#TBRTakedown Readathon

The books I hope to read:

A book that’s been on your TBR over a year – DONE


Guys, I got this book for Christmas 2013. I just kept putting off reading it because it’s my last unread Doctor Who book. I wanted to save it for when I’m in a reading slump but I couldn’t find any other books that I haven’t read, I’ve had for over a year, and that weren’t way too long. Oh well. I am super excited to finally get to this one. It also gives me an excuse to buy some more Doctor Who books. Not that I need an excuse, but it does help.

Summary: It is the day after John F. Kennedy’s assassination and the faces of the dead are everywhere. PC Reg Cranfield sees his recently deceased father in the mists along Totter’s Lane. Reporter Mae Callon sees her late grandmother in a coffee stain on her desk. FBI Special Agent Warren Skeet finds his long-dead partner staring back at him from raindrops on a window pane. Then the faces begin to talk, and scream… and push through into our world. As the alien Shroud begins to feast on the grief of a world in mourning, can the Doctor dig deep enough into his own sorrow to save mankind?

Unread sequel on your TBR shelf – DONE


This was a bit difficult for me. Most of the series that I have on my shelves I need to re-read the first book (or few books) before I can get to the ones I haven’t read. I am also in a weird mood and only want to read paperbacks right now. I couldn’t find anything that fit that except books that were huge, so I settled for Flame. Which is fine, I really enjoyed the first two books and can’t wait to finish this trilogy off. I’m just not that excited about reading a hardcover right now.

Summary: *Warning: this is the third book in a trilogy. 

In the thrilling conclusion to the Sky Chasers series Waverly, Kieran, and Seth struggle to survive on-board the New Horizon—and take down their enemies before it’s too late.

Waverly and the other members of the Empyrean have scattered, and their home ship has been destroyed. Their mission to rescue their parents didn’t go as planned, and now they’re at an even greater disadvantage: trapped with their enemies on the New Horizon, trying to find a way to survive. Kieran has been pulled under Anne Mather’s wing, but is she really trying to make peace, or just using Kieran to build her own power? Meanwhile, Waverly is taken in by a mysterious old man who wants to help her bring Anne Mather down—but the more Waverly cooperates with him, the more dangerous her position is, and the more at odds with Kieran she becomes.

Seth’s situation is even worse. After setting out from the Empyrean on his own, with only a vague strategy to guide him, he is a fugitive aboard the New Horizon. He’s doing what he can to challenge the power of Anne Mather, but he’s badly hurt, and getting sicker.

Will Seth ever see Waverly again? Will his health hold out long enough to help her topple their enemies? And will Waverly find a way to unite with her friends before they all fall? Nothing is sure and every moment is a risk in this explosive finale of the Sky Chasers series.

A first book in a series on your TBR shelf – DONE


Finding a book on my shelves that is the first in a series wasn’t that hard. Finding a book on my shelves that is the first in a series, not super long, sounds like something I might want to read soon, and is part of a completed series was a bit harder. I try not to start series now unless I own all the books. My memory is just too bad for that.

Summary: Some people have the Sight. Genevieve Scelan has the Scent.

They call her “Hound,” and with her unique supernatural sense Evie can track nearly anything—lost keys, vanished family heirlooms . . . even missing people. And though she knows to stay out of the magical undercurrent that runs beneath Boston’s historic streets, a midnight phone call from a long-vanished lover will destroy the careful boundaries she has drawn. Now, to pay a years-old debt, Evie must venture into the shadowy world that lies between myth and reality, where she will find betrayal, conspiracies, and revelations that will shatter all she believes about herself and the city she claims as home.

When the Hunt is on, the Hound must run . . .

“Out of your comfort zone” book


So technically this isn’t a book that’s out of my comfort zone. I tried so hard to find one, but I just couldn’t. I read pretty much everything. I honestly can’t think of any book that might be out of my comfort zone.

This is different from all the other books I picked for this read-a-thon. Does that count? lol

Summary: For the past century, what’s left of mankind has hidden in a giant, three-walled city, trapped in fear of the bizarre, giant humanoids known as the Titans. Little is known about where they came from or why they are bent on consuming humankind, but the sudden appearance of an enormous Titan is about to change everything..

A book from your most recent book haul

51737Okay, so I’m cheating a little bit with this one too. This book isn’t from my last book haul. All the books from my last two book hauls are packed up in boxes waiting to go to my mom’s house. I didn’t want to dig through all of those books. So I went back a couple of book hauls until I found one that had a book that is still on my shelves that I haven’t read yet. I know, I’m horrible, but at least I’m trying.

Summary: A long, hot summer…

That’s what Macy has to look forward to while her boyfriend, Jason, is away at Brain Camp. Days will be spent at a boring job in the library, evenings will be filled with vocabulary drills for the SATs, and spare time will be passed with her mother, the two of them sharing a silent grief at the traumatic loss of Macy’s father.

But sometimes, unexpected things can happen—things such as the catering job at Wish, with its fun-loving, chaotic crew. Or her sister’s project of renovating the neglected beach house, awakening long-buried memories. Things such as meeting Wes, a boy with a past, a taste for Truth-telling, and an amazing artistic talent, the kind of boy who could turn any girl’s world upside down. As Macy ventures out of her shell, she begins to wonder, Is it really better to be safe than sorry?

Review: A Want So Wicked by Suzanne Young

12924307A Want So Wicked (A Need So Beautiful #2) by Suzanne Young

Details: Hardcover, 282 pages
Publication: June 26th 2012 by Balzer + Bray
Source: I won an ARC of it. Sorry I can’t remember where.
Buy it: Book Depository
My Rating: 3 Stars

Summary: Elise is a normal seventeen-year-old girl until the day she wakes up in a desert park, with no idea who she is.

After that episode, her life takes a bizarre turn. She’s experiencing unexpected flashes of insight into people’s lives—people she’s never met before. Strangers frighten her with warnings about the approaching Shadows. And although Elise has never had a boyfriend, she suddenly finds herself torn between two handsome but very different young men: Abe, the charming bad boy whose effect on her both seduces and frightens her, and the mysterious Harlin, who’s new to town but with whom Elise feels an urgent, elemental connection—almost as if they are soul mates.

Now Elise begins to question everything about her life. Why do these guys both want her so desperately? What are the Shadows? Why does the name Charlotte inspire a terrifying familiarity? And who is Elise, really?

Review: I won this book a really long time ago. Back when I had my old blog. I was so excited because I had been wanting to read A Need So Beautiful for a long time, and getting this book was the perfect excuse to finally get the first one. Unfortunately it didn’t work out that way. It took me a very long time to get my hands on A Need So Beautiful. When it finally happened, I read it right away and really liked it. As soon as I finished, I went right into this one.

Guys, I hate to say it but I didn’t like this one as much. I still liked it, but it wasn’t as good. I liked Elise, but not as much as Charlotte. I’m not sure why that is. I kind of felt that way about all the characters. I liked them, but not as much. I still enjoyed this book and I wish there was a third book because I want more.

Note: This is an older review. So I don’t feel like I can get more into what I liked and disliked about it. Maybe someday I will re-read A Want So Wicked and do another review. Better reviews (hopefully) in the future.

Review: A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young

7656231A Need So Beautiful (A Need So Beautiful #1) by Suzanne Young

Details: Hardcover, 267 pages
Publication: June 21st 2011 by Balzer + Bray
Source: I bought it
Buy it: Book Depository
My Rating: 4 Stars

Summary: We all want to be remembered. Charlotte’s destiny is to be forgotten.

Charlotte’s best friend thinks Charlotte might be psychic. Her boyfriend thinks she’s cheating on him. But Charlotte knows what’s really wrong: She is one of the Forgotten, a kind of angel on earth who feels the Need – a powerful, uncontrollable draw to help someone, usually a stranger.

But Charlotte never wanted this responsibility. What she wants is to help her best friend, whose life is spiraling out of control. She wants to lie in her boyfriend’s arms forever. But as the Need grows stronger, it begins to take a dangerous toll on Charlotte. And who she was, is, and will become – her mark on this earth, her very existence – is in jeopardy of disappearing completely.

Charlotte will be forced to choose: Should she embrace her fate as a Forgotten, a fate that promises to rip her from the lives of those she loves forever? Or is she willing to fight against her destiny – no matter how dark the consequences?

Review: I wanted this book before it even came out but it took me years to find it. One day I just happened to be at the book store and there it was, a signed hardcover for $5. I don’t think I’ve ever grabbed a book off the shelves that fast before. As soon as I bought it, I started reading it and I couldn’t put it down. It was just so good. I had to keep reading to find out what would happen next.

The writing, the character, and the plot are all really good. As soon as I finished reading A Need So Beautiful I went to my shelves, picked up A Want So Wicked and started reading it. I needed more.

Note: This is an older review. So I don’t feel like I can get more into what I liked and disliked about it. Maybe someday I will re-read A Need So Beautiful and do another review. Better reviews (hopefully) in the future.

Wishlist Wednesday: Devil of the Highlands

Wishlist Wednesday

Wishlist Wednesday is hosted by Pen to Paper.

2800168Devil of the Highlands (Devil of the Highlands #1) by Lynsay Sands

Details: Mass Market Paperback, 351 pages
Published: January 27th 2009 by Avon (first published February 1st 2008)
Buy it: Book Depository

Synopsis: The “New York Times”-bestselling author of the Argeneau Vampire series delivers a sexy blend of love, laughter, and mayhem in the wilds of the Scottish Highlands.

They call him the Devil . . .

He is the most notorious laird of Scotland: fierce, cold, deadly . . . and maybe even worse. Yet Evelinde has just agreed to wed him. Anything, she thinks, is better than her cruel stepmother. Though Evelinde should be wary of the rumors, she can’t help but be drawn to this warrior . . . for the Devil of the Highlands inspires a heat within her that is unlike anything she has ever known.

They may call him whatever they wish, but Cullen, Laird of Donnachaidh, cares only for the future of his clan. He must find a wife, a woman to bear him sons and heed his commands. He has no need for beauty or grace, but one taste of his lovely bride’s sweet lips and the sultry feel of her skin arouse an untamed passion. Perhaps there’s more to marriage than he thought . . .

Wow, this cover…

I read Sweet Revenge by Lynsay Sands last week (review), and it made me really miss her writing. I need more of her books. I need more Lynsay Sands in my life. I kind of want to read this trilogy before I jump back into her Argeneau series. It’s been so many years, I would probably have to read the first two books in the series again.

Waiting on Wednesday: Alive


Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. This week I picked: 

23278532Alive (The Generations Trilogy #1) by Scott Sigler

Expected publication: July 14th 2015 by Del Rey
Pre-order: Book Depository

Summary: From New York Times bestselling author Scott Sigler comes something utterly new: a gripping sci-fi adventure trilogy in the vein of The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Maze Runner. A group of young adults awake in a mysterious enclosed space with no knowledge of who they are or how they got there…and an indomitable young woman must lead them not only to answers but to survival.

A young woman awakes trapped in an enclosed space. She has no idea who she is or how she got there. With only her instincts to guide her, she escapes her own confinement—and finds she’s not alone. She frees the others in the room and leads them into a corridor filled with the remains of a war long past. The farther these survivors travel, the worse are the horrors they confront. And as they slowly come to understand what this prison is, they realize that the worst and strangest possibilities they could have imagined don’t even come close to the truth.

Review: Sweet Revenge by Lynsay Sands

21422304Sweet Revenge by Lynsay Sands

Details: Paperback, 384 pages
Publication: November 25th 2014 by Avon (first published February 1st 2000)
Source: Goodreads win
Buy it: Book Depository
My Rating: 5 Stars

Summary: Her brother’s near mortal wounding hadn’t done it. Fleeing to the rolling hills of the Highlands had failed as well. And while being captured by the most dangerous-looking Scotsmen she’d ever imagined had come close, it was staring up at two of the thickest, most well-muscled thighs she’d ever seen that drove Kyla over the edge. But the madness that overwhelmed her felt strangely like desire. It warmed places she’d never known existed. Nit, even should the handsome Galen MacDonald sweep her up and marry her, she would still be sworn to return and destroy her enemies. Yet if she could enlist the fierce warrior’s aid? The Scottish laird had claimed that the sweetest dish of all was never served cold…tonight she’d see if he was right.

Review: When I found out I won this from Goodreads I was beyond excited. Even though I haven’t read much by Lynsay Sands, and it’s been years since I last picked up one of her books, I remember really enjoying what I’ve read by her.

Unfortunately I was in a reading slump when this book showed up, so even though I was thrilled to have it, I didn’t read it right away. I didn’t want to force myself to read something I wasn’t in the mood for and end up hating it. So last week when I was finally in the mood for it, I picked it up and devoured it. I read it in one day. Actually, I read it in one night. I stayed up until 6 AM reading. I just couldn’t put it down. There were so many time this book had me laughing out loud. Kyla is now one my favorite characters. She is seriously amazing.

Guys, please read this book. If you are thinking about skipping it because of the cover, please don’t. It is so good. As soon as I finished it, I wanted to re-read it. I need to start reading Lynsay Sands Argeneau series again. I’ve really missed her writing.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

Posted Last Week:

Review: Betrayed (House of Night #2) by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
Waiting on Wednesday: 13 Days of Midnight by Leo Hunt
Wishlist Wednesday: Graceling (Graceling Realm #1) by Kristin Cashore
Review: The Giver (The Giver Quartet #1) by Lois Lowry
Review: The Shining (The Shining #1) by Stephen King

Read Last Week:

Currently Reading:

7863422A love to die for…
On the run since his daughter was born, Mitch Turner has concealed a truth so dangerous, its discovery could jeopardize both their lives. But when a series of shocking murders hits their newfound home, the trail leads straight to Mitch. With the police out for blood and his daughter ripped from his arms, he has nowhere to turn–until a beautiful stranger offers her help.

Neesy Brown has made mistakes in her life, yet she refuses to believe this mysterious man is a killer. There’s a strength in his broad shoulders that draws her to him and a weariness in his eyes that she longs to ease. As the murders tear her small town apart, she vows to help Mitch find his missing child. But a cunning predator is pulling them deeper and deeper into his fatal game. And the price of losing is the child–and the future–they could both share…

Coming Up This Week:

Tuesday: Sweet Revenge by Lynsay Sands (REVIEW)
Wednesday: Waiting on Wednesday and Wishlist Wednesday
Thursday: A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young (REVIEW)
Friday: A Want So Wicked by Suzanne Young (REVIEW)

Review: The Shining by Stephen King

12977531The Shining (The Shining #1) by Stephen King

Details: Mass Market Paperback, 659 pages
Publication: June 26th 2012 by Anchor (first published 1977)
Source: I bought it
Buy it: Book Depository
My Rating: 4 Stars

Summary: Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote . . . and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

Review: I didn’t know what to expect going into this book. The movie is so good, so I was worried I was going into it expecting too much and that I would be let down. At the same time it’s Stephen King, so of course it would be great. I just didn’t know what to think.

It was so good. It’s not one of my favorites by King, but I still really really liked it. There wasn’t anything I disliked about it so it probably deserves five stars. However, I didn’t love it for some crazy reason. So I’m giving it four stars.

I have now read four books by Stephen King. I’ve read Dreamcatcher, Pet Sematary, ‘Salem’s Lot (my review), and obviously, The Shining. What book by him should I read next?

Note: This is an older review. So I don’t feel like I can get more into what I liked and disliked about it. Maybe someday I will re-read The Shining and do another review. Better reviews (hopefully) in the future.

Review: The Giver by Lois Lowry

3636The Giver (The Giver Quartet #1) by Lois Lowry

Details: Mass Market Paperback, 179 pages
Publication: January 24th 2006 by Ember (first published 1993)
Source: I bought it
Buy it: Book Depository
My Rating: 4 Stars

Summary: Jonas’s world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

Review: Guys! I’ve finally read it. After years of wanting to read The Giver, I have finally bought it and read it. I am so happy that it’s finally happened and that I liked it. It is so good. My only complaint is that it wasn’t longer. I wanted to be in the world longer. I need to get the rest of the series. I need the pretty box set with the pretty covers. Have you read the other books? Are they as good? You guys need to let me know.

Note: This is an older review. So I don’t feel like I can get more into what I liked and disliked about it. Maybe someday I will re-read The Giver and do another review. Better reviews (hopefully) in the future.

Wishlist Wednesday: Graceling

Wishlist Wednesday

Wishlist Wednesday is hosted by Pen to Paper.

3236307Graceling (Graceling Realm #1) by Kristin Cashore

Details: Hardcover, 471 pages
Published: October 1st 2008 by Harcourt
Buy it: Book Depository

Synopsis: Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight – she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.

When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.

She never expects to become Po’s friend.

She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace – or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away…