Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Book Trailer Tuesday [3]

This week's edition features Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris!
It comes out April 24th and is published by Balzer + Bray.

This trailer had a pretty haunting ending, but I'm not sure if all of the pieces in the beginning really added up....I had to watch it a second time, and then things didn't seem as disjointed. But the trailer piqued my interest enough for me to check the book out on Goodreads and it still looks pretty interesting. 

So, what do you think?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Book Trailer Tuesday [2]

I thought this trailer was pretty well put-together. The book is Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi and it came out in November 2011, published by HarperCollins. I like the shattering graphics and epic music through-out. I picked up this ARC from ALA last summer, but I haven't gotten a chance to read it yet. I've pretty much been consumed by school.

Have any of you read the book? Do you think the trailer accurately portrays the story/characters? I'd love to have your feedback.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Spring Cleaning Giveaway Hop!

My next giveaway will be from March 20-25th and is hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer! This giveaway is open to the US.

For this hop I'm giving away a copy of THE IRON WITCH by Karen Mahoney!


Freak. That's what her classmates call seventeen-year-old Donna Underwood. When she was seven, a horrific fey attack killed her father and drove her mother mad. Donna's own nearly fatal injuries from the assault were fixed by magic—the iron tattoos branding her hands and arms. The child of alchemists, Donna feels cursed by the magical heritage that destroyed her parents and any chance she had for a normal life. The only thing that keeps her sane and grounded is her relationship with her best friend, Navin Sharma.

When the darkest outcasts of Faerie—the vicious wood elves—abduct Navin, Donna finally has to accept her role in the centuries old war between the humans and the fey. Assisted by Xan, a gorgeous half-fey dropout with secrets of his own, Donna races to save her friend—even if it means betraying everything her parents and the alchemist community fought to the death to protect.
- Taken from Goodreads. Check out the book for yourself HERE.

The form below will open at midnight March 20th!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Book Trailer Tuesday! [1]

I'm starting my first meme! Book Trailer Tuesday. I don't know if other people have already been doing this, but I saw a really interesting book trailer and thought I'd like to share it with you guys.

This is a trailer for Partials by Dan Wells. I picked up this book at ALA and it's been high up on my to-read list because of the reviews and postings I've seen about it on goodreads. The book trailer was pretty impressive and definitely piqued my curiosity!

What do you guys think? Does it make you want to read the book?

Friday, March 9, 2012

Book Review #1301
Cut by Patricia McCormick
Rating: two stars (out of four)

The subject matter of this book was pretty intense, but the overall feel of the book wasn't. It dealt with the topic in a serious matter, but it wasn't overwhelmingly depressing. It was a really quick read, and I'm not sure if that was a good thing, since I would have liked to see more character development.  I thought it was good, but I've read other books about cutting that I thought handled the subject better. It felt a little shallow plot-wise. I probably wouldn't recommend.

Book Review #1300
The Last Dragon by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Rebecca Guay
Rating: two stars (out of four)

I was really intrigued by the cover and format of this book. I acquired this graphic novel from NetGalley. I also love dragon books, so I was kind of excited to read this fantasy. Sadly though, it didn't live up to my expectations. It was an interesting tale, but I felt like it lacked development and some of the characters fell flat for me. I liked the illustrations, but I didn't see enough interaction between the text and the drawings. I felt like there was a loss of depth between the dialogue bubbles and the overall story - something was missing. There were also a couple of awkward gaps in the story where I wasn't sure what was going on or it felt like pages had been left out of the story. This book was okay, but probably not something I'd recommend.

Book Review #1299
Iva Honeysuckle Discovers the World by Candice Ransom
Rating: two stars (out of four)

This book was fairly interesting, but it was rather short. I liked the spunk of Iva Honeysuckle, but felt like the story was a little too predictable. I enjoyed some of the conversations between the characters and thought there were some cute and humorous moments, but nearly enough to complete the story. I didn't feel like i was relatable or interesting enough to become a family favorite. It didn't feel fleshed out and I wasn't really engaged in the story. Probably wouldn't recommend.

Book Review #1298
Drawing from Memory by Allen Say
Rating: three stars (out of four)

It was really cool to see the story of how Allen Say grew up and fostered his passion for drawing. I also liked that it was told in a medium that was engaging and interesting. I had never known much of Say's story or how he became an artist and so this biography was very intriguing. The pictures were good and I especially enjoyed the photographs of Say's childhood. A good read if you're interested in learning more about the life of this marvelous storyteller.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

In other news...

I bought tickets for the Hunger Games opening day! Yeah, I'm pretty stoked. I had wanted to get midnight tickets, but they didn't have a theater near me....so I settled for opening day, which is still pretty stellar.

But other than that I've been pretty bogged down with school/activities/homework/graduation/internship applications/grad school applications and the crazy things associated with being a college student.

I'm still trying to read books throughout the semester...and I actually joined a book group - which is something I've never done before. We're reading Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer and I'm liking it so far.

But I'm concentrating on graduation...which is looming in the distance and absorbing most of my energy. That's why I have not been posting as frequently. Sorry about that! I'm hoping to get some reading done over Spring Break and definitely post some reviews!