Friday, December 27, 2013

Stacking the Shelves[19]

Posted by Jenn Christensen at 9:16 PM 0 comments
Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.
 
I probably should wait to put this up because I am going book shopping tomorrow but oh well. Aside from breaking my foot and severely damaging my ankle to the point of tissue damage, I think I had a pretty decent Christmas. How was your Holidays? What did you get?
 
 
So this is my haul. I was very fortunate this Christmas and I am thankful for that. I am hoping to get quite a bit of reading done over the next two months considering I am not really allowed to leave my bed. So books, books and more books. I have a bunch of ARC's I need to read and I think I might just decide to read them all early, write the reviews and save them on my computer until it's close to publishing time. I have about 20 review books. Ahhhh!
 
 

Thursday, December 26, 2013

REVIEW: Where You'll Find Me by Erin Fletcher

Posted by Jenn Christensen at 11:16 PM 0 comments
Title: Where You'll Find Me
Author: Erin Fletcher
Format: eBook ARC
Source: NetGalley
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Publication Date: January 7th, 2013

REVIEW: Unique is the word that comes to mind when I reflect back on this book. Girl meets boy, girl's life revolves around boy, girl is happy. Girl met said boy in her garage... WHAT? See. Unique.

For some reason I kept thinking about The Fault in Out Stars while I was reading this and I didn't like that book too much. It only took me about 3 hours to read this book so I can't say that I wasted too much time on it but I can say I could have never read this book and my life would have gone on perfectly.

I think one of the few things I did enjoy about this book is that garage boys name is Nate and I haven't read a book with the name Nate in it and that is one of my favorite names.

I really disliked Hanley's parents until the last few pages of the book. They were all about status and didn't seem to care that their daughter was grieving and suffering. Heather was kind of the same way. She was in her own little world but at least she does try to help Hanley.

I did like the fact that the story wasn't just focused on the boy in the garage. Everyone had their own story and I enjoyed getting to know each character.

I also didn't like Nate's parents. What kind of parent instantly jumps to the conclusion that one of their sons killed the other? No parent would ever want to believe that. It just seemed like they loved Jeremy more than they did Nate.

This is just one of those really sad books where people die and someone who was connected to those dead people ends up finding love. Blah. Blah. Blah. But finding love in your garage is still unique.

The authors writing was extremely repetitive. Black ChapStick, every kiss is like the first, UGH!

Overall, I gave the book 3.5/5 Kitty's.


Sunday, December 22, 2013

Stacking The Shelves[18]

Posted by Jenn Christensen at 12:22 AM 0 comments

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

God it's been forever since I've done one of these. It's not that I haven't been getting books... Ive just been ridiculously lazy. But anyways... It's long.. (that's what she said?)

BookOutlet

2nd&Charles

Ollies




I told you it was long... I also have 3 packages that were supposed to be here TODAY but with Christmas all the mail is all screwed up. My one package went from Jersey City, NJ to Memphis TN. I live in Maryland... Please tell me why my package had to go 600 miles down to TN when I live RIGHT UNDER NJ. I want to rage. But I won't. Thank you for looking =)





Tuesday, December 17, 2013

REVIEW: Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi

Posted by Jenn Christensen at 4:17 PM 0 comments
Title: Fracture Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Format: eBook
Source: Amazon
Publisher: Harper

REVIEW: This novella was short. No shorter than most novella's but I feel teased and emotional now.

Adam was an emotional wreck and I kind of think he needs to put on his big boy panties. He was very whiny and every little thing got to him.

The book was definitely a good reminder of what happened at the end of Unravel Me. I was lost at first and then it all started to come together.  It also added some insight as to what happened after Juliette was taken.

It also hit me that the "war" in the book is reminding me of World War II. Lining people up and shooting them. Soldiers blindly following a tyrants orders. Innocent people dying at the hands of someone who wants to control everything.

Now I can't wait to read Ignite Me. What happened to Omega Point? What is Adam going to do with the news he just got?

And just as a little side note. There is a place at the top of the cover that say "I will not lose her" and I find that to be very inaccurate to the novella because Adam doesn't even worry about Juliette through the entire novella. In fact he seems to think of her more as a burden than anything.

Overall, I gave the book 4.5/5 Kitties.



Monday, December 16, 2013

REVIEW: The Diviners by Libbra Bray

Posted by Jenn Christensen at 12:08 AM 0 comments
Title: The Diviners
Author: Libba Bray
Format: Hardback
Source: Bought
Publisher: Little, Brown

REVIEW: The Diviners took my Historical Fiction virginity. And I loved it! I have tried to read other Historical fiction books before but I never got very far or got disinterested due to the writing and not understanding what was going on.

Maybe it was the murder or maybe it was Jericho but for some reason I was taken with this book and I couldn't put it down half the time.

Evie is such an amazing character. She is reeling with pain from losing her brother but she still somehow manages to be rowdy and cheerful. She is nothing like most girls of her time and she is proud of it. I did find it kind of sad that she felt the need to be so "out there" in order to be seen. But Jericho proves that she was seen regardless of what she did.

I loved how everyone that was portrayed had different problems and abilities. I am still a little bit confused as to how Jericho is going to play into this in the second book. He isn't like the others but he is different.

Henry... Seriously. This book touches on homosexuality and I'm shocked it did giving the time period. But, hey, love has no bounds or time periods.

I am still trying to get a good clear picture of Naughty John in my head. He keeps changing back and forth from a "God" to a ghost with a walking stick.

I think Sam's story is going to involve everyone in the next book. With the ending and what Will pulled out of the book I definitely think the next book will show how they are all connected, hopefully.

I think James is still around too. I just have a funny feeling that he's going to pop up out of nowhere.
Libba Bray is so amazing with world building and character molding. I found myself imagining this world very easily and I adore that.

Overall, I gave the book 4/5 Kitties.


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

REVIEW: Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry

Posted by Jenn Christensen at 9:57 PM 0 comments
Title: Pushing The Limits
Author: Katie McGarry
Format: Hardback
Source: Bought
Publisher:Harlequin Teen

REVIEW: I checked this book out from the library two months ago and it suffered the syndrome of I don't want to read it because I don't own it. Yes, that is real. At least to me it is. But then I found this book at a used book store and I grabbed it and ran off into the sunset with it. Yes, that also was real considering the sun was setting when we left the store.

Oh, Noah... Where for art thou, Noah. He was amazing. The pot smoking would have turned me off though. But aside from his bad habits he was a great guy with actual morals, at least when it came to Echo. Before Echo... Well.. That is an entirely different story.

I REALLY loved Echo. She was strong even though she had been through so much. Losing two family members in such a short period of time and becoming physically scarred should really screw with someone. But she managed to keep up with school even though she became somewhat of a recluse. And if she wasn't a recluse before she sure as hell would have been after Noah. I find it funny that the people who actually have good intentions are the ones who get bullied or shunned in High School while the slutty, rich people are pushed to the top. This world is a messed up place.

This is also another one of those books where I want to strangle the parent. Echo's father was a real piece of work. In my opinion he was a shattered vase that was swept up and thrown in a furnace and melted back together. He was shattered but hid behind his daughters pain and problems. And banging the babysitter and then marrying her and "replacing" his dead son aren't exactly role model choices. He pushed Echo too far and I am glad she broke free of that.

Echo's mom on the other hand was the one who broke that vase and put it into the furnace. But at least she had a mental disorder so that was her excuse. The father has no excuse for his actions.

Echo was born into this life, Noah wasn't. Noah was a product of unfortunate events. Echo was in a way too but she was still born into her problems. Noah's problems didn't start until after his parents were gone.

This book was pretty much perfection when it comes to contemporary YA with these kinds of situations. I think the author wrote the book beautifully and she really captured the essence of the teenage heart.

Overall, I gave the book 4/5 Kitties.


Sunday, December 8, 2013

Blog updates

Posted by Jenn Christensen at 1:55 AM 0 comments
Hello my lovelies! I just wanted to update everyone on what the future holds for my blog. I will no longer be posting random reviews of the books I read. Instead I will post review for newly released or ARC books WITH the occasional random review. I have come to the understanding that most people don't want to read reviews about older books or see the same stuff over and over again so I am going to try and not bore you guys. I will still be reading whatever I want and probably reviewing it on Goodreads but for the most part there will be five reviews a month on this blog unless I feel the need to review a book because it was just that darn good.

I wanted to take a moment to thank all of my followers and fan. Blogging is a huge passion of mine and so is reading so I am glad I can be of service to some people and help other find awesome reading material!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Personal Updates

Posted by Jenn Christensen at 8:12 AM 0 comments
I wanted to apologize for my absence. I am currently dealing with losing my place to live. I trusted my family to pay their mortgage while I was paying them rent and they have recently lost the house so I am now stuck without a home pretty much.

Watch who you trust.

So I am in the process of trying to find a new place to rent but it's proving to be difficult because everywhere I look you need to make at least 30k to live there.

I have lost sleep over this. I have cried myself into a trance like state. I have not talked to people for days on end because of my situation. I trusted my family and because of their selfishness and the need to constantly fight with each other and prove who is the breadwinner, we have all lost our home.

Upon moving I will also be losing my job so that makes everything even more difficult and stressful. This time of year is also when my fiancee doesn't get that many hours.

So, this my dear readers, is my pitiful excuse as to why I have been so horrible with blogging lately.

I did read 8 books in November. I just couldn't bring myself to write reviews when I could barely get out of bed and feed myself.

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