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Friday, July 3, 2015

Book Blogger Hop #9



Book Blogger Hop is another post I'm going to be trying out and this one has a topic each week, which is something I've been trying to bring to the blog.  I'm really excited about this one because I have a hard time coming up with something fresh to talk about and I'm hoping this helps.   
If you would be interested in doing your own post, please CLICK HERE to learn more about this great hop! 


This Weeks Question:


Do you lend your books out to friends and family?

I'm pretty picky about my books and honestly I've lent my books out before and they came back really messed up.  Once I lent one of my books out and it came back with all the pages scribbled on with a pen.  So, since then I haven't really lent my books out that much.  Except to my mom, which we share books back and forth all the time and know that we wont screw each others books up.  Now lately I have lent out a few books to my amazing fiance, so I guess that counts.

 What about you, do you lend out your books or are you as picky as me?


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Review: The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher


Title: The Killing Woods
Author: Lucy Christopher
Publisher: Chicken House
Published: January 7th 2014
Format: Hardback
Pages: 384 pages
ISBN #: 0545461006

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Fatal attraction, primal fear, survival in the forest: From the author of the Printz Honor Book STOLEN, the highly anticipated thriller about deadly games played in the dark. Ashlee Parker is dead, and Emily Shepherd's dad is accused of the crime. A former soldier suffering from PTSD, he emerges from the woods carrying the girl's broken body. "Gone," he says, then retreats into silence. What really happened that wild night? Emily knows in her bones that her father is innocent -- isn't he? Before he's convicted, she's got to find out the truth. Does Damon Hilary, Ashlee's charismatic boyfriend, have the answers? Or is he only playing games with her -- the kinds of games that can kill?





When I first got this book for review, I stared at it for a few minutes, read the summary and then put it down.  At first I didn't think it was a book that I wanted to really read right away, seeing as it wasn't something that I would usually read.  It took me a few weeks to pick it back up, but this book stayed with me.  I kept thinking about it and wondering what it would actually be like to read it.  So when I finally picked it up, I was so intrigued that I read it in one sitting. 

I will say that there are parts that were pretty predictable, but they weren't so much so that I didn't want to stop reading. I guess this just shows that just because it's not what you usually read, doesn't mean you wont actually enjoy it, because I loved reading this book.  

There are some great twists and turns in this book that weren't very predictable and I think that's what kept me reading.  This book is very sad though, so fair warning, I cried while reading The Killing Woods.  So points for the author getting that emotion out of me.  Again this is a book with duel narrative and I really enjoyed that about it. There isn't much of a romance in this book and to be honest I don't think there could have been and the book still be realistic.  I probably wouldn't have liked it if there had been romance.  

If you are looking for something that isn't the ordinary read, this is the book for you.   If you are looking for something different, then pick up The Killing Woods. I recommend this author and will read other books by her when they are released.  


Going to give The Killing Woods an Ali's Bookshelf...

Plot: 19/20
Writing: 19/20
Characters: 20/20
Creativity: 19/20
Ending: 10/10
Cover: 10/10

Total: 97 out of 100 

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Teaser Tuesday #65



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser. 

 
It wasn't as if he were going to tuck himself into a corner with Jane Morgan, after all. Her unkind cuts would have left him bleeding.










Please, leave me a teaser below in the comments.  If you post your own teaser Tuesday post, please leave me a link below so I can read your post as well.  

Monday, June 29, 2015

It's Monday...What Are You Reading?



It's Monday! What Are You Reading is hosted by Book Journey!


Today I'm Reading

(Since I didn't finish it last week, the first one on my list is...)


Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe 
Author: Benjamin Alire Saenz

 
A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.


 This Week I Plan To Read 


No-Where But Here 
Author: Kaite McGarry

An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible. Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she's curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn't mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both. Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They're the good guys. They protect people. They're…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club's most respected member—is in town, he's gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it's his shot at his dream. What he doesn't count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down. No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.



 So there you have it, the two books that I plan on reading this week. What are you reading this week? 


Friday, June 26, 2015

Book Blogger Hop #8



Book Blogger Hop is another post I'm going to be trying out and this one has a topic each week, which is something I've been trying to bring to the blog.  I'm really excited about this one because I have a hard time coming up with something fresh to talk about and I'm hoping this helps.   
If you would be interested in doing your own post, please CLICK HERE to learn more about this great hop! 


This Week's Question:


Do others come to you for book recommendations?

I would like to think that people come to this blog for book recommendations, but I'm not really sure.  As for in the real world, yes people come to me all the time for book recommendations.  Most of my friends know what I do for a living and what I do here on the blog.  So they are always asking me what to read next.


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