Top 10 Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post and, if you want to, add your name to the Linky widget on that day’s posts (typically put up midnight EST on Tuesday) so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It’s a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

This week’s theme is Beach Reads. This is a little hard for me because even though I live at the Jersey Shore I am not a fan of the beach. I really don’t like super hot days, wet sand, or having to sit in a ton of a traffic when I can go across the street and go swimming. So I’m going to just base it more on a summer reads theme.

In no particular order here are some fun, light, enjoyable books for the summer:

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The Siren by Kiera Cass. This is about a group of girls who have to live by the water because well they’re sirens! You can’t get much beachier than that and it has a super sweet romance which just screams beach to me.

 The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. I haven’t read this yet but it seems like the perfect summer read the cover is bright and definitely sunny.

The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Hapgood. This seems like a pretty obviou choice given the word summer in the title lol (that was lame I know). Plus I love that there is quite a bit of brains involved in this book so you can be smart and sassy while still indulging in some summer romance.

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella. I can’t rave about this book enough it’s sweet fun and endearing and if I were to venture out to the beach I would definitely pack this one for the ride.

The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone. This is a case of love at first sight for me. The cover is so sweet and wonderful and one of my favorite GoodReads reviewers gave this a 4 star rating so you know it’s being added to the TBR pile.

We Own the Night by Ashley Poston. I just received the ARC for this and I am giddy to start it. It seems like a super fun contemporary read that I’m hoping to devour.

In Hope of Memories by Olivia Rivers is another ARC I have received and been holding on to even though it was released in May. Even though the backstory is sad (our girl Hope dies and sets her friends on a bit of a scavenger hunt) I think this story about 4 teens finding themselves despite the loss of a friend will prove to be an uplifting read for the summer.

The Curse of the Bruel Coven by Sabrina Ramoth. This is another ARC that I received although this one comes directly from the author herself (Hi Sabrina!) and if you’ve followed my blog for a decent amount of time you know that I love fantasy so even though my summer reading list is pretty heavy on contemporary I can’t leave out my tried and true fantasy reads. And this is one that is sure to be a lot of fun set in Louisiana featuring a 17 year old who has discovered that not only is she adopted but she’s a witch (this is definitely perfect for everyone who is feeling a lack of witch and wizard literature post-Harry).

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir. I’m pretty sure Sabaa is my spirit animal I mean there was no other book in 2015 that blew m mind as much as An Ember in the Ashes so of course summer will not be complete until I read this gem.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. This was another book I fell in love with two summers ago the writing blew me away and the twist ending was amazing. All-in-all definitely a cool fun summer read that takes place on a private island, what more could you want for the summer?

So what is everyone else plan on reading this summer? I’m actually planning on doing seasonal book lists so my first is going to be a list of books to read between Jun-Aug,Sept-Nov. etc. etc. I am definitely a mood reader and I find that there are certain genres I gravitate to during certain seasons. Is anyone else like that? Make sure to leave a link to your Top 10 for me to read.

XOXO,
Mary

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The Book Sacrifice Tag

Thank you so much to Giovannard for tagging me for The Book Sacrifice Tag! I’m super excited to do this!

1. AN OVER-HYPED BOOK: 

Situation: You’re in a store when the zombie apocalypse hits. The military informs everyone that over-hyped books are the zombies only weakness. What book that everyone else says is amazing but you disliked do you start chucking at the zombies?

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FIFTY SHADES OF GREY. I don’t get it there’s nothing sexy or romantic or even likable about anyone in this book plus it’s based off a Twilight fan-fiction which is another series I can’t get into at all.

2. A SEQUEL:

Situation: torrential downpour. What sequel are you willing to use as an umbrella to protect yourself?

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Please don’t hate me for this. Typically when I read the first book of a series and I decide to continue with it I very rarely find that I dislike anything about the sequels. So even though I’m putting a Potter book which is blasphemous I know this is the only one I could think of. I just wasn’t digging the whole time travel thing and I hated meeting Sirius only to have Harry not be with him over the summer.

3. A CLASSIC:

Situation: You’re in English class and your professor raves about a Classic that “transcends time”. If given the opportunity to travel back in time, which Classic would you try to stop from ever publishing?

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Buh-Bye Of Mice and Men ugh just thinking about this book gives me chills and not the good kind. I pretty much everything by Steinbeck but this one really takes the cake.

4. A LEAST FAVORITE BOOK:

Situation: apparently global warming = suddenly frozen wasteland. Your only hope of survival for warmth is to burn a book. Which book will you not regret lighting?

Cinder

Hmm this is kind of tough but I’m gonna have to say Cinder by Marissa Meyer (please don’t hate me). I just could not get into this story at all it was too far-fetched for me and I love fairy tales and re-tellings but this just didn’t work for me. I’ve heard the series gets better but I don’t know if I’m gonna try it. I’m still looking forward to Heartless though because I think she’s a good writer the story just didn’t click with me.

So there you have it my Book Sacrifice Tag. Thank you again to Giovannard for tagging me and now I tag anyone who wants to do this just leave me or a comment. Or if you’ve already done leave me a comment as well because I definitely want to check it out. 

XOXO,
Mary

Exciting News!

So I am super excited to let everyone know that I have had two authors reach out to me to review their books!!! I never thought in a million years that would happen to me I am so excited. So I’m gonna have to shuffle around my TBR pile and probably put some of the stuff I’m currently reading on the back burner. Let me introduce the two new books that have just gone to the top of my reading pile.

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This book by David Meredith looks at what happens after Happily Ever After. Here we find Snow on the eve of her daughter, Raven’s, wedding. Sadly this event is not a happy one for Snow as she is still mourning the loss of her own Prince Charming. I am really excited to read this because I adore fairy tale retellings and twists so I can’t wait for my e-reader to charge so I can get to reading this.

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Ok first can we just fangirl over this cover? Omg I love love love it!!! It’s amazing and intricate and just the perfect amount of color. Ok now that I got that out of my system let’s get into the plot. This book follows teen Vivienne as she discovers she’s not quite the ordinary girl she’s been brought up to believe she is. In fact she is adopted and just like her birth mother she is a witch. When her birth mother goes missing Vivienne must tap into her power to save herself and her mom. This is the first book in a new series.

So, basically my e-reader cannot charge fast enough. And I have work tonight ugh. At least I can get some reading in during my break.

Cover War Wednesday

Have you ever wish that the beautiful UK cover would sell here, or you wish you are a fluently Italian speaker so you can take the exotic looking Italian book/cover home? Or have you ever thank God for your own pretty cover while others have covers that you have to sigh in sympathy for them? Well, at least I have.

So, you could say this is just a small weekly meme where I held “competitions” between covers.Usually between different publishers, editions, or countries. Let the war begin!

This wonderful meme is hosted by Book is Glee

This week my cover war is going to be between editions of one of my favorite books ever, Stardust by Neil Gaiman. This is one of the first books I picked up that really got me into reading right before high school. And I have since devoured just about everything MR. Gaiman has written since then.

Without further ado here is the first cover:

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So this cover is really interesting because it looks more scholarly then the other covers I’ve seen for this book. With the fancy quote and the pretty flowers it reminds me of a Norton edition even though it isn’t. I like the contrast of the blue and the tan it’s very pleasing to the eye. My only beef is that it doesn’t do much to show what the story is.

Option 2:

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Unlike the first cover this one depicts a direct scene from the book. I really like the contrast of colors and this looks more like a children’s version of the book. This is definitely a cover I would expect to see on a MG book but I like it nonethless.

This is tough buuuuuut I think I like cover 2 the best. I love when covers really speak to the words inside the book and the first one just didn’t do that for me. Like I said the first one made me think of a Norton cover and if I’m just a casual reader I think I would be turned off. Even though the second option is a bit more child-like I think it depicts the fairy tale quality of the story nicely. 

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday

Every Tuesday Bibliophile by the Sea hosts a meme where you can share the first paragraph (or few) of something you’re currently reading or about to read. Since I couldn’t think of 3 much less 10 books I bought on a whim for Top Ten Tuesday I decided to do this one instead.

The next book I have on my TBR pile is:

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By Liz Braswell
Published April 2016
Hardcover 448 pages

Consider The Dragon

A dragon was dead.

A giant black and purple fire-breathing dragon from the very pits of hell itself was dead somewhere outside the castle. Thorns were falling from the battlements like rain, making curiously pleasant wooden sounds on the grounds of the bailey. Many strange and dire things were happening to an ancient keep that had already endured enough unusual treatment for the past sixteen years.

The handsome prince had killed the dragon with the help of the three strange little fairies he now followed. Without them, he would have done no good whatsoever.

What do you guys think so far? I love fairy tale retellings and you don’t come across too many sleeping beauty ones in YA so I’m pretty excited for this one. 

Sundays In Bed

Welcome to Sundays In Bed With… Meme! The meme that dares to ask what book has been in your bed this morning? Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed, or which book you wish you had time to read today! This meme comes to us from Midnight Book Girl

This Sunday I’ve found myself in bed with….

A Study in Charlotte

I am really really enjoying this book. I love seeing a modern Holmes and Watson especially in the younger age. I love that Holmes is a girl and that Cavallaro hasn’t feminized her but keeps her true to the inspiration. James Watson is really cute and makes for a Watson that I find far more entertaining than the original. A fair warning though there is definitely some romance in this one. For the most part it does seem one-sided but I think if we saw more into Charlotte’s mind it wouldn’t be completely one-sided. I’m ok with the romance but I know a lot of reviewers aren’t so before picking this one up I just wanted to put that disclaimer up. I’m hoping to wrap this up in the next couple days and get my review up.

What did you wake up with today?

XOXO,
Mary

Book Review: The Siren

The Siren
The Siren
Kiera Cass
Hardcover republished 2016
Available Here

“You must never do anything that might expose our secret. This means that, in general, you cannot form close bonds with humans. You can speak to us, and you can always commune with the Ocean, but you are deadly to humans. You are, essentially, a weapon. A very beautiful weapon. I won’t lie to you, it can be a lonely existence, but once you are done, you get to live. All you have to give, for now, is obedience and time…”

The same speech has been given hundreds of times to hundreds of beautiful girls who enter the sisterhood of sirens. Kahlen has lived by these rules for years now, patiently waiting for the life she can call her own. But when Akinli, a human, enters her world, she can’t bring herself to live by the rules anymore. Suddenly the life she’s been waiting for doesn’t seem nearly as important as the one she’s living now.

The Good: 

-Kahlen was an interesting and sympathetic character. I think her feelings were a little too insta-love considering how little we actually see Akinli but overall I thought she was an interesting MC
-The Ocean was by far the most interesting character. Was she the villain? I don’t know maybe she falls more into the antihero category. Regardless her presence was very welcomed and definitely moved the plot.
-In general the supporting characters were well-built and interesting. I would read more stories about sirens if they were told from any of Kahlen’s sisters.
-I really enjoyed seeing sirens interact in the modern world since every story I’ve read about them is set in the past. I think Cass came up with clever ways to have the be part of society while still being out the outskirts.

The Bad:

-I would have liked more build up the Kahlen and Akinli’s relationship. I understand that they were soulmates but there was still much needed development.
-There was a lot of whining in the middle. Kahlen was just really really annoying during that section. Again I understand why but I felt like it could have possibly be written differently.

The Rating:
4 stars 

This was a quick enjoyable read. I really enjoyed learning more about sirens and getting to feel a part of the sisterhood. The characters were well-written and it was easy to focus on them since there wasn’t much of a need for world building. If you’re in the mood for a nice romance I would definitely recommend it. I thought overall the story was very well written and I found myself laughing and crying which is a good sign for me.

What are you reading this weekend? 

XOXO,
Mary

Fancast Friday: The Selection

This meme was started by Samantha Kilford but it seems to have fallen off. I think it’s a really cool idea for a meme so I’m gonna stick with it. For my first casting I’m going to use a book I just finished reading, The Selection by Kiera Cass. Since I didn’t take great notes on their looks I’m gonna use wikipedia for character descriptions. Without further ado:

America Singer:
America has pale skin, “fiery, brilliant red hair, like honey and roses and the sun all together” and blue eyes “like the morning sky.”

Sophie Turner America Singer.jpg I definitely pictured Sophie as I read America. I think she is gorgeous and fits the description perfectly. Plus she’s a phenomenal actress in Game of Thrones and will soon get to see her on the big screen as X-Men member Jean Grey.

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Maxon Schreave:
Maxon has short honey-blonde hair and chocolate brown eyes. He also has a very muscular build.

ansel-elgortAnsel Elgort fits the physical description of Maxon pretty well I think. Plus as much as I dislike TFIOS I really really liked him.

Josh-visits-Late-Show-With-David-Letterman-josh-hutcherson-32820231-2832-4256.jpg Josh Hutcherson is my swoon book boyfriend from another great series. And sure he may not have light hair naturally but we already know from The Hunger Games he can definitely pull it off.

Marlee Woodwork:

Marlee is described as being very pretty with blonde hair and brown eyes (yay brown eyes).

Diannaagron_photoshoot_diannaagron.orgDianna Agron of Glee game would be the perfect Marlee she is gorgeous and has the blonde hair and brown eye combo. I definitely think she would win over the hearts of Ilea.

Celeste Newsome:

Hailee SteinfeldI think Hailee is adorable but with the right makeup she can definitely achieve the Celeste look. Plus she is tall very tall so the model aspect is something she can pull off.

Aspen:

Aspen is described as “the most attractive guy in town”. He’s not too tall or too thin and has dark hair with light eyes and a mysterious smile.

06-daniel-radcliffe.w529.h529Daniel Radcliffe is most famous for his portrayal of Harry Potter. Since then he has definitely expanded his actiongirlfriend abilities from Broadway to a variety of more adult films. I think he has the right look for Aspen with the dark hair, light eyes and average build.

If you’ve read The Selection who would your dream cast be? Let me know in the comments.

XOXO,

Mary

 

When I First Saw You

What is When I First Saw You?
When I First Saw You, or WIFSY for short, is a weekly meme here on Sailing Through Books that consists of sharing a first impressions of a book in the form of a synopsis, so basically judging a book by it’s cover yes. Though I started this meme alone, I now have the lovely Izel, from A Bookish Flower, as my partner in crime.

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My Made Up Synopsis:

Kent and Chloe wouldnt know each other if fate put them on a collision course together. But that’s exactly what’s about to happen. Chloé is on her way across country to visit her boyfriend at his univeristy. An unexpected text message takes her off course on her road trip.

Kent is looking for an escape and his prayer is answered  by the girl with the flat tire. Kent has never been tied down to one place for long but could this girl help him deal with his bad decisions of the past?

Now
Head over to Sailing Through Books to find out the real synopsis. BUT before you do let me know what you think this book is about based off the cover alone.

XOXO,
Mary

Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by GingerReadsLainey,  and is now hosted by ThoughtsOnTomes. To find out more/Join, check out the Top 5 Wednesday Goodreads group here.

This week’s theme is Characters You Are Most Like: Choose characters you are like, not characters you WANT to be like. You can also choose one character trait you share with a particular character. For example, you may not have Hermione’s bravery, but you do have her book smarts!

Ginny Weasley

Ginny Weasley from Harry Potter 

Like Ginny I am very lively and spirited. I am also quite the chatterbox and am only shy around guys I like. I was always drawn to Ginny in the books and felt I related to her more than Hermione (I love Hermione trust me I just identify more with Ginny). I am super saddened that they didn’t do more with her movies because I think Bonnie is an awesome actress.

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Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games 

Like Peeta many people describe me as sweet and gentle. I’ve also been gifted with the ability to speak well in front of others. Just like in Harry Potter I found myself having a much easier time with Peeta than with Katniss who was a little too guarded for my taste.

Spencer Hastings

Spencer Hastings from Pretty Little Liars

This is one is probably based more on the tv show as opposed to the book but oh well. Spencer is definitely a romantic I mean she joined the A-Team to find Toby and if I was in that situation I would have done the exact same thing. Plus I hope that my friends were consider me just as bright as Miss Hastings.

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Alice from Alice in Wonderland 

Curiosity and imaginative are two of my defining traits just like Alice. It totally makes sense why I have a borderline obsession with this book (I must have about ten different editions of the story).

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Audrey from Finding Audrey 

I don’t think I’m as talented with a camera as Audrey but we do have one big thing in common. And that would be suffering with anxiety. I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder and I can 100% relate to Audrey when she doesn’t feel safe leaving her house or even her special room within the house. But I can happily say that just like Audrey I am moving towards a sort of remission everyday.

That’s it for this week’s Top 5 Wednesday!
What do you think about these characters?
Can you see yourself in any of them? 
Let me know down in the comments!😀

XOXO,
Mary