PSA: Harper Lee is Publishing a Second Book

Exactly what it sounds like.

Since this is a book blog, I feel that I can’t NOT make a post about this. Just a short one. As most everybody who has graduated from high school knows, Harper Lee is the author of the famous To Kill a Mockingbird. Until now, that has been her only book released.

<Side note: Surprisingly, I never was asked to read To Kill a Mockingbird in my school. I don’t know why, because other students in other classes did. So, actually, until very recently I had never even opened To Kill a Mockingbird. I’m in the middle of reading it now, though, so at least I’m finally getting around to it.>

Apparently the new book is called Go Set a Watchman and features Scout Finch as an adult. The book was written in the 1950s, and To Kill a Mockingbird actually came out of the flashbacks from Go Set a Watchman. Probably this all would be a lot more cool and astounding to me if I had finished To Kill a Mockingbird or if it was an old classic to me, but it’s still shocking news. I mean, to publish a book so long after the original publishing date is one thing, but to publish a book so long after the original publishing date when that book is as famous and widely read as To Kill a Mockingbird…well, let’s just say there’ll be some high expectations! I can’t wait to see whether this book fulfills them. I truly hope it does.

Anyways, since I know that most everybody but me has read the novel, I just thought I’d let you know! (Even though I’m usually so behind on trending topics that this is probably not news to most of you, haha).

Anyways, got to get back to reading so that I can be up to date with everything when this book comes out 🙂

*source of information: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-31118355

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Falling for Fall (Book List)

Mmm, Fall. It’s my favorite season, and how could it not be? Fall is when the leaves turn all orange and red and float down from the sky, coating the pavements with seasonal beauty. It’s when the cold weather finally tells the summer heat to chill out, and it’s when all my favorite holidays are on the horizon. Halloween! Thanksgiving! CHRISTMAS! Eeep!

It’s when I get to dress cozy in sweaters and flannel and it’s when I start drinking hot cocoa and hot coffee drinks again. I could really just list so many reasons why I love autumn. A huge one, however, is that fall is the perfect season for book reading (although any season is great for books, because there is never almost never a time where book reading is inappropriate.) I mean, come on, admit it! Grabbing a blanket, a Pumpkin Spice Latte, and your favorite paperback is pretty damn appealing right about now.

That said, here are My Top Five Books I’m Looking Forward to this Fall.

1. Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

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I read the first book in Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush series, and I didn’t love it. In fact, I was just ‘meh’ed by it. But this new novel by her looks like it has potential to be something v. cool. I think the mysterious, dark feel of it is perfect for these darkening autumn days…

(Available October 7th)

2. The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard

I really did like the Pretty Little Liars series…well, all of the books that I ended up reading, that is. The series was just so long. It went on forever, and I just got so tired of all the false endings that eventually I was like ‘blewrljdlkgs’ (yes, that noise is real) and I ended up moving onto other books. Maybe it’s time for a fresh start with Sara Shepard. Her new series contains the same mystery elements of PLL along with the seemingly perfect group of teens, but I’m hoping that (unlike PLL) it will come to an end at some point.

(Available October 28th)

3. Yes Please by Amy Poehler

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Parks and Recreation. Enough said. Well, okay, maybe I’ll elaborate a little more. I really love Poehler’s comedic style, and this book looks like it will be greatness to the square of awesomeness.

(Available October 28th)

4. Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer

“Julep Dupree tells lies. A lot of them.” For some reason, I like that. I have an imagined concept of what this protagonist might be like, and I approve. Plus, it’s about a teen con-artist, and I love teen con-artists. I really do…if, that is, they are done well. I hope this book does teen con-artists well.

(Available October 9th)

5. Party Games (Fear Street Series) by R.L. Stine

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This book was published a week or so ago, and I can’t wait until I find it! I used to love R.L. Stine’s Fear Street books, and although I’m super surprised that he’s finally continuing the series, I’m also really excited. Yay for nostalgia! Since Stine is a master of spooky thrills, I think I’ll save this book for a few days before Halloween!

So, what’s on your Fall TBR list? Let me know in the comments! 

 

 

 

Stacking the Shelves (1)

Hi, everyone. I already do a few weekly memes, such as Top Ten Tuesday, and my own What I’m Working on Wednesday, so this isn’t an official meme that I’ll be doing every week, but I thought that I’d try it out once, and since I have a pretty sizable book collection that I acquired this week, I figured why not now? Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Here’s the list of books that I got this week, whether it be from the library, NetGalley, or an actual bookstore.

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1. Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira (Library) 

I saw so many good reviews about this book on other blogs, and when I saw it at my library I got really excited. I finished it the same day. The general feel of it was similar to Perks of Being a Wallflower, and although I liked Perks more than I liked Love Letters to the Dead, it was still beautiful and vaguely haunting.

2. and 3. American Gods and Stardust by Neil Gaiman (Bought) 

Yay! I’m so glad to finally have some Neil Gaiman books on my shelves. I can’t believe it took me so long to start reading one of his books, but a lot of people have recommended him to me, and so I finally started to actively search for a couple of his titles. I’m about 200 pages into American Gods, and I’m surprised at how funny it is. Some parts kind of freak me out (I’m barely a college student–still reading mainly YA books!) but everything is written so great that I see why he’s considered a legend.

4. Dave Barry Turns 50 by Dave Barry (Library) 

He is hilarious. His books are hilarious. What else can I say?

5. Obsidian (Lux series) by Jennifer Armentrout (Library) 

One of my friends said this book was cool, and I’ve seen it mentioned a couple of other places, so I decided I’ll give it  a try.

6. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (Library) 

I’m re-reading this series before I get to City of Heavenly Fire. I just want to make sure I freshen up on all the little details, and besides, it’s not like I mind reading this series again, haha. I mean, who would? I have the second, and fourth book in this series, so the rest I have to borrow before I finally buy the last one. I’m really looking forward to meeting some of my favorite characters again.

7. The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud (Library) 

The librarian picked this one out for me. It looks promising, and from what I’ve heard, Stroud is just the kind of snarky, sarcastic writer that I like!

So, those are the books that I have stacked up this week, and I’m eager to get started on them all. I’m always excited when I get new books, but I feel like these are some pretty strong titles that won’t disappoint!

What are you reading this week? Stacked up any new reads? Tell me about them! Or leave suggestions for new books! 

 

 

Book Review: Horoscope (The Astrology Murders)

Horoscope

By: Georgia Frontiere

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*I was provided with a free advance readers copy of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Therefore, I shall be honest.*

Goodreads Score: N/A

My Score (Official): 3.75.

My Score (Unofficial): 1200 astrology consultations out of 1457

The Highlights: Astrology adds a unique twist to a murder mystery, Keeps you reading, Intriguing

The Lowlights: Epilogue was too cheesy for my taste, Chris Palmer.

Need to Read Urgency Level: On the high side of medium. Next time you’re at the bookstore and you’re looking for a thriller or a mystery, consider this one.

So this is my second review in less than a day (odd for me), but I just finished this book from NetGalley, and I wanted to get it up before I forgot any of the finer points. Today is, though, Friday, and that’s when I usually do my Friday Fight Days. If you like them, then don’t fear! One will be up later today, unless something drastic happens, like a particularly horrendous turtle attack. In fact, I’ll even give you a sneak peek. The Friday Fight Day Topic today will be: Attack of the Animals (famous dogs and cats of literature fight it out to see who makes the better literary sidekick). Anyways, I’ll stop talking about that until the actual post comes out. For now, the summary of Horoscope!

There is a dangerous murderer on the loose. As meticulous as he is calculating, he baffles the local police by sneaking into his victims’ houses without so much as breaking a window frame. Once there, he rapes and murders his helpless prey before carving their astrological sign into their thigh. Meanwhile, an Intuitive Astrologer, Kelly York, is on the verge of a breakdown. All her signs point to danger, and she’s developed an acute case of agoraphobia that confines her to her house. And that’s all before the mysterious, threatening phone calls begin. Now, Kelly must delve far into her past to find the connection the killer has to her. The stars are on her side, but will it be enough to survive?

My Thoughts:

Two years ago, I had read only one or two murder mystery books. Now, though, I’m really getting into the genres of mysteries and thrillers. They make me a lot more paranoid of the world we live in, yes, but they’re also so delightful in that creepy, shuddery way. I really enjoyed Horoscope because not only did it have solid red herrings, and great plot twists, but it had the addition of astrology and horoscopes, which has always intrigued me. (What can I say? We Pisces are very into that stuff ;D) The main character, Kelly, wasn’t overtly memorable. She wasn’t annoying or anything (most of the time, anyways) but she just didn’t seem to have much of a personality besides her work and her love for friends and family. There were several other minor characters throughout the story, such as Kelly’s friends and employees Emma and Sarah. Those two were similar in character types–both very caring, kind, protective, etc. Chris Palmer, as I noted in the dislike section, was one of my least favorite characters. I didn’t see what Kelly sees in him, and he was irrational, moody, and annoying. I wanted to skip their whole date scene. But besides a few character flaws, Horoscope was a good read. I was up late reading, and the sections told from the murderer’s point of view were appropriately chilling, disturbing, and awful. All in all, a solid murder mystery with an aura of thriller.

Prediction for the Sequel: Kelly and Emma and Sarah will host a game night where they sit around asking each other if everything in their life is going okay. There will be another murderer on the loose. The cops will suspect the wrong man. Kelly’s life will be in danger.

Publication Date: October 31st, 2014

 So, as always, thanks for reading! I’ll have the Friday Fight Day Post up later today. Have you read any great mysteries lately? If so, tell me about them! I’m always looking to expand my reading list. Thanks! 

 

Book Review: The Murder Complex

The Murder Complex

By: Lindsay Cummings 

Quick Stats:

Goodreads Score: 3.79 stars out of 5.

My Score (Official): 3.8 stars out of 5.

My Score (Unofficial): 66 stars out of 72.

The Highlights: “She’s trained to survive. He’s programmed to kill.”

The Lowlights: A few predictable plot twists.

Points of Interest: Told from two points of views: one boy, one girl. Also, lots of violence. Decipher that as you will.

Need to Read Urgency Level: If you’re in a two mile radius of Barnes and Noble, go now. If not, you can afford to wait until you’re in the area.

The Murder Complex

Guys, I have a condition. Or, rather, an obsession. Maybe both. It’s this thing where once I start a TV series, I get super-obsessed for the next five to seven days, so that by the end of that period, I’ve either finished the season, or I’m just so sick of it that I stopped watching. That’s why I usually don’t start series. I’ve been watching the same ones for the past year, and I’m perfectly content inching along with those.

But recently, I made the grand discovery that is America’s Next Top Model. And I’m having a hard time concentrating until I make it to the end of the cycle. That’s why it’s pretty impressive that I finished the Murder Complex in the middle of this TV craze.

I actually got to attend a book signing by the author, Lindsay Cummings. This is her debut book, and the signing was her first stop, so it was very cool to able to attend. There was a large crowd of eager fans, myself included, who had seen the premise of the book and couldn’t wait to read it. There were  stamps (the people in the book all have bar codes to identify themselves). And there was cupcakes. Go cupcakes! While Lindsay seemed a bit nervous at first, she soon gained her footing, and by the end of the interview session, I found her a very down-to-earth woman just a tad bit obsessed with killing people.

The book was also a tad bit obsessed with killing people. It’s another dystopian novel, interesting (to me, in any case) mainly because of the two characters at the core of the dysfunctional world.

Meadow has been trained her whole life to survive. Her father will stop at nothing to teach his children how to fight and defend themselves, so that they won’t end up like their mother.

An orphan, Zephyr has been trained his whole life to kill. Although he doesn’t know it, he’s an assassin for the Murder Complex, the organization that rules the lives of those left over from the Plague.

When Meadow and Zephyr meet in a chance occasion, they set forth a chain of events that will shake the rocky foundations of both their worlds. Together, they will either help each other discover the dangerous secrets their lurk in their pasts, or, they will destroy one another. Either way, nothing will ever be the same. For Meadow, for Zephyr, and for the whole of the Murder Complex.

My Feelings:

I am not an unduly violent person. Torture scenes make me skip paragraphs, and blood makes me close my eyes. That said, I somehow still enjoyed the Murder Complex. Because even though there was violence–and there was violence. A lot of it. A lot a lot. Like, if you were playing a drinking game based on every time someone died, you would get alcohol poisoning halfway through–there was also plot. I continually wanted to know what happened next, a curiosity that I cherish when reading.

I loved the whole concept of survivor vs. killer, and that alone carried a lot of my interest. Besides that, though, some of the other plot points reminded me vaguely of every other dystopian out there. Not a crippling thing, when does with a spin, and done well, though, so I was able to forgive the things I foresaw. As for the characters themselves: I liked the side characters more than the mains. Zephyr was bland, and Meadow was almost a carbon copy of our good friend Katniss Everdeen for the first half (tough, badass girl with one parent missing and a rocky relationship with the remaining parent who will do anything to protect her little sister. Which one do you think I’m talking about, here?). Sketch, Orion, and Koi were all more interesting characters who I wished I could have spent more time with.

But despite the above flaws, I thought the writing was done well, which was enough to redeem Ms. Katniss in the Meadows. The author’s voice was as edgy and straight forward as her subject matter, and I was both able and compelled to get through the 400 page book in just over a day.

So, all in all, if you like dystopian novels, then you will probably like this book. If you like violence and bloodshed, you will probably like this book. And if you like books with no love triangles (as of yet) then you will also like this book. So, if you’re in one of the three above categories, what are you waiting for? Read this book, and then get your butt back here and tell me what you thought of it.

Sorry if that sounded too demanding. This book has me in a hard-core kind of mood. 😉

The Book Summed Up in 1 Quote:  

“Are you afraid?” she asks me. I have to look deep inside of myself for the truth. And I realize that for the first time, I’m not. If I die, I die. At least I’ll know I died fighting for something right, and the girl I love will be beside me. “No,” I whisper. “I’m ready.”

“Good,” Meadow says, as she closes her eyes to sleep. “Because tomorrow we kill them all.”

Last Book Reviewed: Hyperbole and a Half

Next Book to be Reviewed: Will be a fantasy.

Books on The List

Books on The List

With Summer finally here, I’m beyond excited to actually have time to book binge. It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to get through a whole book in a day, something finally achievable. Woo-hoo! That said, here’s a list of some intriguing books that I’m looking forward to reading. Preferably lying next to the pool with oversized sunglasses and a fluffy towel.

  1. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

I am in love with the Mortal Instruments series. The fantasy world Cassandra Clare created is great and the characters are all so fully fleshed that I could read five hundred pages of them waiting in line at Wal-Mart and still stay interested. Plus: Jace. I mean, come onnnnnn. That boy alone is enough to put this on my Must Read Now list.

  1. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars

“A beautiful and distinguished family.

A private island.

A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.

A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.

A revolution. An accident. A secret.

Lie upon lies.

True love.

The truth.”

I saw this one in Barnes and Nobles the other day on my way out. If it had been on my way in (minus forty dollars worth of pages) then I would have bought it for sure. As for now, I can only wait until my wallet approves.

  1. The Merciless by Danielle Vega

Okay, so exorcisms, torture, and possession aren’t the typical beach side read, but when I saw the synopsis for this debut novel, I just couldn’t quell my interest. I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS, AND I WANT TO KNOW NOW. So, yes, I will happily read this awesome looking, slightly sadistic book while sipping on a mango smoothie. Don’t judge.

  1. The Secret Ingredient by Stewart Lewis

The Secret Ingredient

Finally! A book that actually seems like it would be fitting for a day at the pool. I mean, the cover has a girl standing on the beach! Yeah-yah. Anyways, this book combines two things I really love. Books and food. So, how could I not want to read this? It reminds me (from the description, anyways) a lot of Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes. And if it lives up to it, then I’ll be quite happy.

  1. Paper Towns by John Green

Okay, this is not a new book. In any way, shape, or form. But since I haven’t read it yet, it’s new to me. I’ve read all of John Green’s other books, and so now I have this nagging itch to just finish this one off. So…I will.

In any case, these are a few of the books that I plan on reading in the upcoming month. I have no idea if they’ll turn out to be as good as they look, or if they’ll be a (flip) flop. <hehehe, bad pool puns.> Either way, I’ll be sure to let you know! Thanks for reading, and if you’ve happened to have already read any of the above, let me know what you thought.