Thursday, August 30, 2012

Wake Audiobook excerpt

I was contacted by a publicist at MacMillan to let me know that an audiobook version of Wake by Amanda Hocking is available. She also sent a clip from the audiobook for me to post on my blog for my readers to check out.

I have posted the link to the clip she provided to me to share with you guys. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Thank you MacMillan for sending this clip for me to share.

Wake excerpt:

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Red Heart Tattoo- Lurlene McDaniel

Title: Red Heart Tattoo
Author: Lurlene McDaniel
Source: Blog it Forward
Series: No
Rating: 4/5

At 7:45 a.m. on the day before Thanksgiving break, a bomb goes off at Edison High. Nine people die instantly. Fifteen are critically injured. Twenty-two suffer less severe injuries. And one is blinded. Those who survive, struggle to cope with the loss and destruction. All must find new meaning for their lives as a result of something they may never understand.

Lurlene McDaniel's signature expertise and finesse in dealing with issues of violence, death, and physical as well as emotional trauma in the lives of teens is immediate and heart trending.

I devoured this book within a few hours. The prologue is the bomb going off and the damage it caused. The story then follows the point of view from the students who were affected by the bomb. The book is broken into months; part one is about what happened between September to November.

The characters were diverse. The point of view is given from five different characters that all play different roles in the school.

Morgan Frieson is the student council president. She is at the top of the social ladder and is ambitious. I actually really liked Morgan’s character. She was not a snob like I thought she would be, I found her to be really down to earth.  Her family was also very supportive and warm and I enjoyed viewing the story from her point of view.

Trent Carpella is Morgan’s boyfriend. He is not the typical jock, he is also an honour student who takes his relationship with Morgan seriously but is very protective of her.

Kelli Larson is Morgan’s best friend but lately she has been more withdrawn from her friends. Her withdraw from her friends is so she will not have to reveal the secrets she is keeping from them.

Stuart Rothman is the typical bad boy. He is covered in tattoos and has been in trouble with the law in the past. He has had a crush on Morgan for years and hopes one day he will have a chance with her.  After the bomb he is thrown into the spotlight. His bad boy looks is only an outer look, underneath he is a super sweet guy who was one of my favourite characters.

Liza Sandiski was not a character I enjoyed. She was very jealous of Roth’s crush on Morgan. I found her to be really snarky, and not in an enjoyable way.  She was so sullen and I sympathized that her affection for Roth was not returned but I still found her completely frustrating.

The story is unique with providing so many points of view. The author also provides a look into the mind of the characters that created the bomb and the planning behind it.

The ending was wrapped up pretty quickly; it kind of reminded me of a hallmark movie. There was some questions left unanswered, making me wonder what will happen with the characters in the future. 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Stacking the Shelves (36)

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

I got a lot of books this week.I won two books and got some for review and of course there was another book sale where the books are always priced well and there is a lot of selection. My reasoning is I did not pay over $4... I can't help it :)

Won from a contest

NW- Zadie Smith

Code Name Verity- Elizabeth Wein

For review

Red Heart Tattoo- Lurlene McDaniel

Ain't No Bum- Dennis C. McCreigth

Coastal Access- Walter Ramsay (Signed!!!)

Bought New

Bare Bones- Kathy Reichs

Wicked Game- Jeri Smith-Ready

The Ivy-Lauren Kunze

Prada & Prejudice- Mandy Hubbard

The Devouring- Simon Hoult
Soulstice- Simon Hoult

Soul Thief- Jana Oliver

Hate List- Jennifer Brown 
Swim- Jennifer Weiner (E-books)


L.A. Candy- Lauren Conrad

What books did you get this week? Leave a comment below so I can check them out.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Shadow and Bone- Leigh Bardugo

Title: Shadow and Bone
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Source: Borrowed
Series: Yes
Rating: 4/5

Alina Starkov doesn’t expect much from life. Orphaned by the Border Wars, the one thing she could rely on was her best friend and fellow refugee, Mal. And lately not even that seems certain. Drafted into the army of their war-torn homeland, they’re sent on a dangerous mission into the Fold, a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh.

When their convoy is attacked, all seems lost until Alina reveals a dormant power that not even she knew existed. Ripped from everything she knows, she is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. He believes she is the answer the people have been waiting for: the one person with the power to destroy the Fold.

Swept up in a world of luxury and illusion, envied as the Darkling’s favorite, Alina struggles to fit into her new life without Mal by her side. But as the threat to the kingdom mounts, Alina uncovers a secret that sets her on a collision course with the most powerful forces in the kingdom. Now only her past can save her . . . and only she can save the future.

The buzz around this book is all true. It is fabulous. I will give a quick warning though that it is a little slow in the beginning but it does pick up. There is lots of awesome packed into this book. There is a little romance and a lot of action.

Aline and Mal grow up together as orphans in the once great nation of Ravka which is now a war torn nation due to the shadow fold which is a near impenetrable place where creatures feast on human flesh reside.

Aline and Mal have enlisted themselves into the army and are sent into the fold. Once there the mission goes horribly wrong and Aline finds a power within herself she was not aware she possessed to save Mal’s life. She is then taken to the royal court to train to become a Grisha.

Mal and Aline have a rocky relationship. Mal does not seem to notice the feelings Aline has for him and once she is whisked off to the royal court she does not hear from him. Aline is a character that took me awhile to get to know and to warm up to. I found her to be a little clingy to Mal and her old life but once she settled into the court and discovered her power she became a more developed and strong character. I thought Mal was a little bit of a jerk in the beginning and it took me almost the entire book to change my mind about him. The darkling was a character that I sided with in the beginning. I found a lot of characters were full of twists and turns I did not expect.

The book was a little slow to start but there is a lot of world building to be done. In order to properly imagine the world that Aline is faced with it does take a lot of description but once this was out of the way I was able to concentrate more on the characters than the setting.

This is a book I expected to like and it followed what I have heard about it. It was really well written and this is a series I look forward to following in the future.

Since I am feeling a little vain today I am going to mention the gorgeous cover. I loved how it extends to the back flap. The cover matches the feel of the story completely.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Snow White and the Huntsman- Lily Blake

Title: Snow White and the Huntsman
Author: Lily Blake
Source: Borrowed
Series: No
Rating: 4/5

A breathtaking new vision of a legendary tale. Snow White is the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman who was dispatched to kill her.

I don’t know what has gotten into me but I have been reading a lot of fairy tales and re-telling lately. This one I would not have picked up on my own but a lady I work with gave it to me to read so I brought it in with me and decided to give it a try. I finished it within a few hours.

This is not at all what I expected from this book, I thought it would be cheesy and boring but I was completely entranced with the story and I could not wait to turn to the next page.

This is a retelling of sorts about Snow White. The story changes a little from the Disney version because the huntsman does not let Snow White go off alone; he accompanies her into the enchanted forest. The other characters from the story are still all there but play a different role. This version is a lot darker than I imagined it would be.

The difference in the story and the characters was a welcome change. Snow White is not a weak minded girl in this story. She leads her army into battle and learns to fight from the huntsman. Each character was different and I never found myself irritated with any of them.

This book really swept me off my feet. I was expecting to give this a one or a two start rating but I am giving it a four instead. Completely threw me off in a good way.

I am swaying towards watching the movie but I am not sure if this will make me like the book less. What is your opinion? Leave a comment below and let me know.

Monday, August 20, 2012

The Bridge of Deaths- M.C. V. Egan

Title: The Bridge of Deaths
Author: M.C.V. Egan
Source: E-Book from the author
Rating: 4/5
Series: No

On August 15, 1939 on the brink of World War II a plane crashes off Copenhagen, Denmark that killed five of the six individuals on board. They were on their way to an international meeting. This is an actual event that occurred.

Now you are probably wondering if this is going to be a history book with no story. This is not the case at all. Yes it is a historical book that follows an actual historical even but Egan takes the facts and adds the story. In a way I felt like I was reading an autobiography with a side of historical fiction. This book does take a little time to get into, there is a lot of information to process, but I read it slowly and soon I found myself completely engrossed in the story.

Bill and Maggie meet when Maggie sees Bill on the street on her way to her local bookstore; they instantly click and begin dating. Bill reveals he has been having dreams about a past life, so the couple decide to unravel the mystery behind these dreams. This is where Catalina, a middle aged woman living in Florida comes in. After she receives an email from Maggie they being to communicate through Skype and email about the plane crash that Maggie and Bill believe occurred to them in a past life. Catalina’s grandfather was killed in the plane crash and she has been researching the crash in the hopes of solving the mystery.

The story of the plane crash was enthralling. There were so many unanswered questions that were completely frustrating. It’s understandable why this accident would have been swept under the rug but the amount of inconclusive and conflicting facts still frustrated me as much as I feel it did for Catalina and Maggie.

This book takes a new approach to a historical mystery and incorporates the use of physics and past life regressions. I enjoyed this book a lot and I look forward to reading more of Egan’s work in the future.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Stacking the Shelves (35)

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

This stacking the shelves is a little dated. There are some books on here that I have had for awhile and either completely forgot to post or forgot to include in previous posts. This should bring me pretty up to date I hope.

I also wanted to add I was gifted some very awesome books from Avery at Avery's Book Nook and Ashley from Book Labyrinth

Borrowed from the library

Lucy in the Sky- Anonymous

Postmortem- Patricia Cornwell

Like A Thorn- Clara Vidal

I Capture the Castle- Dodie Smith

Gifted (Thank you Avery & Ashley)

The Golden Lily- Richelle Mead
Wake- Amanda Hocking

The Scorpio Races- Stiefvater

Article 5- Kristen Simmons

The Unnaturalists- Tiffany Trent

Shatter Me- Tahereh Mafi

Between the Lines- Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer

The Scarpetta Factor- Patricia Cornwell

Bought new/used

Asylum- Patrick McGrath

Social Suicide- Gemma Halliday

You Better Not Cry- Augusten Burroughs ($2!)

Haunting Violet- Alyxandra Harvey

The Demon King- Cinda William Chima

Eona- Allison Goodman

What books did you get this week? Leave a comment below :)

Bout of Books (Day 6 & 7)

This is my end of day update for Day 6 & 7 of the bout of books read a thon. I forgot to add my update yesterday so I apologize. I will update at the end of the day today to be completely up to date and give my final book count.

The official website is

I gave myself five books to read which were...

1) Ghostly Justice Bev Irvin
2) The Bridge of Death- M.C. Egan
3) Postmortem- Patricia Cornwell
4) Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft- Jody Gehrman
5) Lucy in the Sky- Anonymous

Saturday/ Sunday
Number of books I've read today: 1
Total number of books I've read: 5
Book I started: NW- Zadie Smith

Books I have completed....

Lucky in The Sky- Anonymous
 Like a Thorn- Clara Vidal
The Bridge of Deaths- M.C. Egan
Ghostly Justice Bev Irvin
Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft- Jody Gehrman
Red Heart Tattoo- Lurlene McDaniel

Friday, August 17, 2012

Bout of Books (Day 5)

This is my end of day update for Day five of the bout of books read a thon. I finished one book today and started on my 5th book which is not on my read a thon pile.

The official website is

I gave myself five books to read which were...

1) Ghostly Justice Bev Irvin
2) The Bridge of Death- M.C. Egan
3) Postmortem- Patricia Cornwell
4) Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft- Jody Gehrman
5) Lucy in the Sky- Anonymous

Number of books I've read today: 1
Total number of books I've read: 4

Book I started: NW- Zadie Smith

Books I have completed....

Lucky in The Sky- Anonymous
The Bridge of Deaths- M.C. Egan
Ghostly Justice Bev Irvin
Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft- Jody Gehrman

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Wake- Amanda Hocking

Title: Wake
Author: Amanda Hocking
Source: Gifted
Series: Yes
Rating: 4/5

Fall under the spell of Wake—the first book in an achingly beautiful new series by celebrated author Amanda Hocking—and lose yourself to the Watersong.


Gorgeous. Fearless. Dangerous. They're the kind of girls you envy; the kind of girls you want to hate. Strangers in town for the summer, Penn, Lexi and Thea have caught everyone's attention—but it’s Gemma who’s attracted theirs. She’s the one they’ve chosen to be part of their group.
Gemma seems to have it all—she’s carefree, pretty, and falling in love with Alex, the boy next door. He’s always been just a friend, but this summer they’ve taken their relationship to the next level, and now there’s no going back. Then one night, Gemma’s ordinary life changes forever. She’s taking a late night swim under the stars when she finds Penn, Lexi and Thea partying on the cove. They invite her to join them, and the next morning she wakes up on the beach feeling groggy and sick, knowing something is different.

Suddenly Gemma is stronger, faster, and more beautiful than ever. But her new powers come with a terrifying price. And as she uncovers the truth, she’s is forced to choose between staying with those she loves—or entering a new world brimming with dark hungers and unimaginable secrets.

I was gifted this book from Avery at Avery's Book Nook This was my first Amanda Hocking book so I did not know what to think. I managed to read it in its entirety at work.    

Gemma has always loved water, she goes out for late night swims as much as possible. This summer she also falls in love with the boy next door Alex. Her sister, Harper is a little protective but she is manageable. Everything seems to be going good until Gemma meets Penn, Lexi and Thea who invite her to a party on the cove. When Gemma wakes up the next day she feels sick and knows that something has changed forever.    

This book threw me off. I guessed wrong about which creatures the girls were that Gemma meets. I knew there was something different with them but until I was stated I could not figure it out. Harper was a little neurotic and she got on my nerves sometimes but I know she loves her sister and is trying to do what is best for her. Gemma was a little absent minded and she could also be quite a frustrating character. There were times when I thought she was a little selfish but she did her best to make up for it. Alex was a good love interest but I was a little weirded out that he discovered how pretty Gamma came when he was best friends with Harper. I don't know what I was but it took me awhile to warm up to him as a love interest for Gemma.      

This book is pretty dark, do not let the pretty cover fool you. There is some pretty crazy, gross things hidden within the pages. I liked Penn, Lexi and Thea. I thought they fit into the story perfectly, they did come off as a little standoffish at times but it was understandable why they acted like that.    

The setting was gorgeous. I could smell the water and feel the sand between my toes as I read this book. I felt like I was standing next to Gemma as she tries to understand what is going on.    

I am looking forward to the next books in the series, the ending had a bit of a cliffhanger but it suited the story. I feel if it was wrapped up in one book it would have taken away from the story. A lot of ground work was laid and I hope the next book will be just as good as this one was.

Bout of Books (Day 4)

This is my end of day update for Day 4 of the bout of books read a thon. I finished one book today and started on my 4th book. I realized after I made my list that I have a few review books I need to read so I will be unable to finish my list.
The official website is

I gave myself five books to read which were...

1) Ghostly Justice Bev Irvin
2) The Bridge of Death- M.C. Egan
3) Postmortem- Patricia Cornwell
4) Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft- Jody Gehrman
5) Lucy in the Sky- Anonymous

Number of books I've read today: 1
Total number of books I've read: 3
Book I started: Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft- Jody Gehrman

Books I have completed....
Lucky in The Sky- Anonymous
The Bridge of Deaths- M.C. Egan

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Bout of Books (Day 3)

This is my end of day update for Day 3 of the bout of books read a thon. I improved yesterday and completed an entire book and was on schedule for today but I decided to spend the day with my friend and her baby instead of reading so I am behind yet again. I am thinking tomorrow might not be good either but we shall see. How is everyone else doing?

 The official website is

I gave myself five books to read which were...

1) Ghostly Justice Bev Irvin
2) The Bridge of Death- M.C. Egan
3) Postmortem- Patricia Cornwell
4) Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft- Jody Gehrman
5) Lucy in the Sky- Anonymous

Number of books I've read today: 0
Total number of books I've read: 2
Book I started: Ghostly Justice Bev Irvin

Books I have completed....

Lucky in The Sky- Anonymous
The Bridge of Deaths- M.C. Egan

Back to School Read-A-Thon (My list)

Katie at Katie’s book blog has decided to do a back to school read-a-thon from August 16th to August 20th. I have not participated in a read a thon in awhile and I really want to be able to get some books out of the way.

The link for the sign up is here

These are books that are not on my monthly TBR that I am hoping to read, since I decided to choose different books I am keeping this list short. I hope to read four books and they are;

Vampire Academy- Rachel Mead (Re-read. Refresher)
NW- Zadie Smith

Let me know if you are planning on participating in this read a thon or if you are participation in another read a thon. Leave a comment/ link below so I can check it out!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Bout of Books (Day 1 & Day 2)

This is my end of day update for Day 1 of the bout of books read a thon. I did pretty terrible yesterday but I am hoping to make today a lot better. The official website is You can still sign up!

I gave myself five books to read which were...

1) Ghostly Justice Bev Irvin
2) The Bridge of Death- M.C. Egan
3) Postmortem- Patricia Cornwell
4) Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft- Jody Gehrman
5) Lucy in the Sky- Anonymous

Number of books I've read today: 0
Total number of books I've read: 0
Book I started: Lucy in the Sky

Number of books I've read today: 1
Total number of books I've read: 1
Book I started: The Bridge of Deaths

Books I have completed....

Lucky in The Sky- Anonymous
The Bridge of Deaths

Monday, August 13, 2012

Revived- Cat Patrick

Title: Revived
Author: Cat Patrick
Source: Borrowed
Format: Hardcover
Rating: 4 of out 5

As a little girl, Daisy Appleby was killed in a school bus crash. Moments after the accident, she was brought back to life.

A secret government agency has developed a drug called Revive that can bring people back from the dead, and Daisy Appleby, a test subject, has been Revived five times in fifteen years. Daisy takes extraordinary risks, knowing that she can beat death, but each new death also means a new name, a new city, and a new life. When she meets Matt McKean, Daisy begins to question the moral implications of Revive, and as she discovers the agency’s true goals, she realizes she’s at the center of something much larger—and more sinister—than she ever imagined.

Daisy Appleby has died five times in fifteen years. The first was when she was a little girl and a school bus drove off the road into a lake. Daisy has since changed last names and locations. Everytime she dies she is forced to move. The drug that keeps bringing her back is called Revived which has been made by the government that is able to bring people back to life if they have died. Daisy and a group of other teenagers who all died for the first time on the bus are part of this top secret government agency.

This is a book that can easily be read one in one sitting if you have time time. The pages fly by without notice. While reading I was completely absorbed into the story and would be suprised when I looked up and realized I had read 100 pages.

Daisy starts at another new school and meets Audrey who has a hunk of a brother named Matt. They soon all become close friends. When Daisy finds out that one of her new friends is ill with an incurrable illness she starts to rethink everything she has taken for granted and starts to think about the revied program in a new way. This book read like a contemporary with a scientific twist.

There was some romance, which was a little to insta love for my liking but the cheese level is not too bad. Daisy has friends outside of Audrey and Matt. Her friend Megan plays a large role in the story even after Daisy finds a love interest.

This book was fabolous. The parts I did not like quickly corrected themselves and I enjoyed this book from the first to the last page. I loved Patrick`s writing style and I want to read her previous novels.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Bout of Books Read-A-Thon (My list)

This is the first of two Read-a-thon's I have signed myself up for. After I signed up I realized they do overlap a little but that is okay because I am determined to get some serious reading done.

The official website for this is

I have decided to set myself with the goal of five books off my TBR pile. I have no idea if I will get through them all but I am determined so wish me luck!

1) Ghostly Justice Bev Irvin

2) The Bridge of Death- M.C. Egan
3) PostMorem- Patricia Cornwell
4) Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft- Jody Gehrman
5) Lucy in the Sky- Anonymous

If you are participating in this read a thon leave a comment below so I can check out what your reading and cheer you on! Good luck and may the odds always be in your favour Happy reading! )

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Legend- Marie Lu

Title: Legend
Author: Marie Lu
Source: Borrowed
Format: Hardcover
Series: Yes
Rating: 4 out of 5

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.

The United States no longer exists. It has been replaced and is now the home of the Republic who are at war with there neighbours.  June is a fifteen year old girl who lives with her brother Metias in the republic and is being groomed to become a member of the Republic`s army like her brother. Day is the country`s most wanted criminal. He is born in the slums while June is born in one of the wealthiest districts. They should have never crossed paths, until one night brings them together and a secret is discovered.

June loses her brother Metias early on in the story during a break in at a hospital. Day is the prime suspect of the murder. June is determined to find her brother`s murder, Day is struggling to survive and provide for his family.

Each chapter is from either Day`s or June`s point of view. The author allows us to see both sides of the story. June is a pretty kick butt character. She does not allow herself to fall apart after Metias`s death, instead she throws herself into finding Day and bringing him to justice. She works hard and occasionally gets into some trouble but she always finds a way out. She is not a damsel in distress. It was refreshing to see a female character portrayed this way. Day is a pretty sly character too. I found him and June to be very similar. He does everything he can for his family and taking care of Tess. When June and Day join the same team they are a dynamic pair.

There was some pretty delicious slow burning romance, it is more of a background and does not take over the story. The feelings are there and known but it does not get in the way of the main story line.

This book is a little slow to start but do not give up. It does pick up and when it does it is hard to put down. I think the next book will be easier to get into than this one was since the groundwork has been put in place. I hope the author decides to keep the two points of view. I really enjoyed seeing the story from a female point of view and a male point of view.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Stacking the Shelves (34)

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

The local goodwill was good to me this week and I found some pretty awesome books for cheap. I am still trying to restrain the amount of books I get from the library so I can read some of my own books. I did get the third book in a series early so I need to squeeze in the second one to my TBR pile.

Bought Used

 Death Du Jour- Kathy Reichs
Deadly Decisions- Kathy Reichs
Fatal Voyage- Kathy Reichs
MacBeth- William Shakespear
The Book of Lost Things- John Connolly
Vixen- Jillian Larkin

Borrowed from the Library

The Prisoner of Heaven- Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Friday, August 3, 2012

Tiger Lily- Jodi Lynn Anderson

Title: Tiger Lily
Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson
Source: Borrowed
Series: No
Format: Harcover
Rating: 4/5

Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. . . .

Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn't believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.

Peter is unlike anyone she's ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland's inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she's always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.

With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it's the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who's everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.
From the New York Times bestselling author of Peaches comes a magical and bewitching story of the romance between a fearless heroine and the boy who wouldn't grow up.

Peter pan has always been a mystery. The story of Peter Pan starts when Peter meets Wendy but you never really find out what happened before. This is the story of a girl name Tiger Lily and a boy named Peter Pan.

The story does take a little while to get into. There is a lot of back story that is not in the original story to get through. Once Tiger Lily and Peter Pan become friends, things become a lot more interesting. I found like most fairy tales this is darker than the Disney story I grew up with. Smee is not just some silly short man who follows Captain Hook’s orders. He is so much more than that.

We find out shortly after the story begins on who the narrator is. I enjoyed the point of view from a third party; we see Tiger Lily and Peter when they are together and apart.

Tiger Lily is not very trusting. She is very closed off from the rest of her tribe. Peter is close with the lost boys but does not really open up until he meets Tiger Lily. Tinker bell was the most fascinating character. She is one who is prominent in the original story but not much is given about where she came from and if there are more fairies out there like her.

The story tied in so well with the original. We see what happens to Tiger Lily after Peter Pan betrays her and the aftermath of there decisions.

I loved this book. I love finding out how Peter Pan met Wendy and who Tiger Lily really was, the original story shows her but there is not much given about her origins or Tinker Bell even tough they are both significant characters in Peter’s life. I finally also got an answer about the crocodile with the ticking clock. I don’t remember getting a full answer in the original story on how this happened.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

July wrap Up & August TBR

I did absolutely terrible on my July TBR. I did not read any of my own books, every book I read was from the library or borrowed.  I added the books I did not read in July to my August TBR in the hopes of reading them all since they look so good.

On my August TBR I only have a few library books. I am trying to keep it that way :)

In July I read...
Born Wicked- Jessica Spotswood
Gone Girl- Gillian Flynn
Cold- Chris Cleave
Tales from the Arabian Nights- Andrew Lang
Zombicorns- John Green
Bossypants- Tina Fey
The Lover's Dictionary- David Leviathan
The Singing Stone- O.R. Melling
Wonderstruck- Brian Selznick
Fairest of them all- Sarah Mlynowski
The Amulet of Samarkand
Fifty Shades of Grey- E.L. James
Tiger Lily- Jodi Lynn Anderson
Legend- Marie Lu
Guilty Pleasures- Laurell K. Hamilton
The Subtle Knife- Philip Pullman
Sense and Sensibility- Jane Austen
Revived- Cat Patrick
Anthony and Cleopatra- William Shakespeare
Prophecy of the Sisters- Michelle Zink
City of Lost Souls- Cassandra Claire
The Invention of Hugo Cabret- Brian Selznick
Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Trilogy, #1)- Leigh Bardugo
Snow White and the Huntsman- Lily Blake
Diva- Jillian Larkin
The Robot King- Brian Selznick
Team Human- Justine Larbalestier & Sara Rees Brennan

I am currently reading...

Croak- Gina Damico

In August I plan to read...
Darkest Powers Bonus Pack- Kelley Armstrong
 Hate List- Jennifer Brown
The Wizard of Oz- L. Frank Balm
Ghostly Justice- Bev Irwin
Eon- Alison Goodman
The Ask and the Answer- Patrick Ness
Jellicoe Road- Melina Marchetta
The Summer I turned pretty Jenny Han
Ship Breaker- Palo Baigalupi
Envy- Gregg Olsen
Incarceron- Catherine Fisher
The Duff- Kody Keplinger
Hana- Lauren Oliver
13 Secrets- Michelle Harrison
A Midsummer Night's Dream- William Shakespeare
The Forrest of Hands and Teeth- Carrie Ryan
Fifty Shades Darker- E.L. James
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl- Jesse Andrews
Wake- Amanda Hocking
The Bridge of Deaths‏- M.C.V. Egan
Ultraviolet- R.J. Anderson
I Capture the Castle- Dodie Smith