Sunday, July 17, 2011

IMM: the suitcase edition

I'm going on vacation!

I'll be the first to admit that I haven't been the best this month with blogging,
but I have been trying to get more reading done, it's why I started
blogging in the first place.
But anywho, this is just a heads up that I will be even more out of it this coming week
as I won't have access to my computer and will be doing other things more important,
like relaxing! When I do come back though I will post the winner
of my VERY first Giveaway and catch up on a whole butt load
of reviews. Until then, here's what I'm bringing with me on my trip:

I'm REALLY looking forward to loosing myself in these books!
Have you read any of them? What did you think?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes

(This adorable button is from Lindsay at the Violet Hour)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Here bloggers share

with others what releases they are most eagerly anticipating. 
This week I have chosen:

Title: Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes

Release Date: Aug. 1st 2011

Reason Chosen: I'd seen this available on NetGalley and thought it looked interesting, but maybe a little too kiddish. Then, however, I read the beginning lines of the it's description on from Goodreads "Now for those of you who know anything about blind children, you are aware that they make the very best thieves..." (now tell me you're not hooked, I dare you) and than I stumbled across the authors page and he seemed quite an interesting fellow...his about page sealed the deal. 

What are you waiting for?

A little aside: I couldn't help but share this link, brought to my attention by the 
amazing Allison at The Allure of Books. 51 hours until I bawl my eyes out!!!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Review: Wither (The Chemical Garden #1) by Lauren DeStefano

THANKS to everyone who has participated in my giveaway so far! 
It ends today, so if you haven't entered, here's the link!

Overall Impression

Source: Library

Challenges: DAC, Support Library

Publication Date: March 2011

Short synopsis (Goodreads)What if you knew exactly when you would die? 
Thanks to modern science, every human being has become a ticking genetic time bomb — males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out.
When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden's genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape — to find her twin brother and go home.
But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limited time she has left.

My Review: It took me a while to warm up to the idea of reading this book. Polygamy isn’t a subject that I willingly subject myself to reading about, but this book had such rave reviews that I wanted to at least give it a try. I picked it up this morning after finishing another book and didn’t put it down until this evening after finishing it.

Rhine was an easy narrator to follow and relate to. I understood what she was feeling, both in hating her situation but in feeling warmer towards Linden. Gabriel was a good sympathetic character and I am looking forward to getting to know him better in the future installments.

What most surprised me about this book was the relationship between Rhine and her sisters wives. I came to value their strengths and found their weaknesses just as annoying as she did. I never expected to find out what it might be like to share a husband with other women. I still shudder at the idea, but the way DeStefano presented Rhine with Cecily and Jenna, it didn’t seem so bad, in a bad kind of way, if that makes sense. They each meant different things to their husband and it was interesting seeing the characters change.

It will be interesting seeing the repercussions of Rhine’s decisions in the later books. The end was slightly anti-climatic, but I’m still kind of glad I waited to read this as now I don’t have as long to wait for the next installment. Not that the end is a cliff hanger, but I’m still eager for what’s next. Hopefully it has more physical action and suspense!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: Juliet Immortal

(This adorable button is from Lindsay at the Violet Hour)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Here bloggers share

with others what releases they are most eagerly anticipating. 
This week I have chosen:

Title: Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay

Release Date: Sept. 13th 2011

Reason Chosen: When I first saw this a few months ago I thought "not another one!" and didn't give it another look. But I kept seeing it everyone and finally read the description...and boy was I hooked after that. Such a TWIST from the regular story that I'll just have to give it try when it comes out!

What are you waiting for?

Don't forget to enter my first EVER giveaway!


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