New name; currently reading; getting back in the game

First off: I used to be, but I thought a name change would do me some good. This book blog is now–trying to get more in line with the “book”-y aspect of things.

I’ve got a few more weeks of school left, and then it’s summertime, which means READING time! Reading for pleasure I mean–I do plenty of reading during the school year, but it’s a lot of textbooks and analysis and blah blah blah.

Anyway, I jumped the gun into summer by finishing Bitterblue in about a day, and I’m currently in the midst of Patricia Briggs’ latest Alpha & Omega novel: Fair Game.

Here’s the summary for the 3rd novel in the series:

Patricia Briggs, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson novels, “always enchants her readers.” (Lynn Viehl, New York Times bestselling author) Now her Alpha and Omega series-set in a world of shifting shapes, loyalty, and passion- brings werewolves out of the darkness and into a society where fear and prejudice could make the hunters prey…

They say opposites attract. And in the case of werewolves Anna Latham and Charles Cornick, they mate. The son-and enforcer-of the leader of the North American werewolves, Charles is a dominant alpha. While Anna, an omega, has the rare ability to calm others of her kind.

Now that the werewolves have revealed themselves to humans, they can’t afford any bad publicity. Infractions that could have been overlooked in the past must now be punished, and the strain of doing his father’s dirty work is taking a toll on Charles.

Nevertheless, Charles and Anna are sent to Boston, when the FBI requests the pack’s help on a local serial killer case. They quickly realize that not only the last two victims were werewolves-all of them were. Someone is targeting their kind. And now Anna and Charles have put themselves right in the killer’s sights…

I think one of my goals for summer 2012 is to do a better job on this blog–more reviews, more networking, more discussion, more everything. I’ve really been neglecting it for the past few months. At one point in the past I was updating twice weekly and doing giveaways! That was also back when I had more time to read & review, however.

Time to get back in the game.


Upcoming Reads!

Here’s a brief preview of things I’m currently reading and hoping to read soon:

Immortal City by Scott Speer. This comes out in April 2012, and I got an ARC from the publisher, razorbill! I’m enjoying it a lot so far. Here’s the summary from the back:

Jackson Godspeed is the hottest young Angel in a city filled with them. He’s days away from becoming a full Guardian, and people around the world are already competing for the chance to be watched over by him. Everyone’s obsessed with the Angels and the lucky people they protect – everyone except for Madison Montgomery.

Maddy’s the one girl in Angel City who doesn’t breathlessly follow the Angels on TV and gossip blogs. When she meets Jackson, she doesn’t recognize him. But Jackson is instantly captivated by her, and against all odds the two fall in love.

Maddy is swiftly caught up in Jackson’s scene, a world of glamour, paparazzi – and murder. A serial killer is on the loose, leaving dead Angels’ wings for the police to find on the Walk of Fame. Even the Guardians are powerless to protect themselves in the face of this threat … and this time it’s up to Maddy to save Jackson.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I’ve started this and picked it up in eBook fomat because it was billed as one of Amazon’s be st books of the month for this past September. I’m about a third of the way in and I can’t say I’ve fallen in love yet. But I’ll keep reading. It does have a lovely cover.

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. I’ve been hearing about this one in the book blogging circles. Haven’t started yet, but definitely excited to–dystopian science fiction is right up my alley. 

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war– and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice:
Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting as The Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel with a paranormal twist that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel.

Another thing I’d like to note is that up until about this fall, I was strictly a dead-trees book kind of girl. I never bought an eBook reader, mostly because the books themselves were too pricey at an average of $10/book, and my local library system doesn’t have the most awesome eBook stash yet. I also just didn’t have the money in the first place to shell out for a Kindle or Nook or, god forbid, a $400 iPad. But the thing is, I’ve had a smartphone for ages–several different kinds of phones, actually. And silly me didn’t realize that you can get free eReaders on your smartphone as apps. Which, in my mind, defeats the point of buying a super expensive reader like the Kindle or Nook. I already carry my phone with me EVERYWHERE (why load myself up with yet another gadget?) and I can read things on it without having to pay $200 or somesuch for the device. The apps (including Kindle) are free for smartphones! I like Aldiko, personally, since it can handle books in .epub format, which my library has a lot of. And it looks pretty 🙂

I can legitimately say that at least 70% of the books I’ve read in the past 2 months have been in eBook format on my phone. So convenient.

Linger ARC review soon!

Eeeek! I am beyond excited! I just won an ARC of Linger by Maggie Stiefvater over at Angieville! So many thanks to her!

I have wanted to read this sequel since I read Shiver back in December. I was very disappointed when I found out it wasn’t releasing until July and thought I’d have to wait forever 😦

But now I am going to be able to read and review it much sooner than anticipated! Thanks Angie!

Here’s the cover art, and link to my review of Shiver.

Hard to Keep Up

I’ve had almost no time to read fiction and fun things all year except for when I’m on break from school. 😦

Things I read over winter break, but didn’t end up reviewing for lack of time.

Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey (loved this one)
The Bride’s Farewell by Meg Rosoff (also great)

Recently during spring break I managed to re-read the Ender’s Game series by Orson Scott Card, which are some of my absolute favorite favorite books in the world.

Ender’s Game
-Shadow of the Hegemon
-Shadow Puppets
-Shadow of the Giant

I’m going away this weekend and I managed to scrounge up some fiction from my university’s library (which has a wealth of non-fiction and research material, but lacks a bit in other respects) and hopefully I’ll get a chance to go through those too.

I have a lot of ARCs that I haven’t even touched yet 😦

An Update

I feel like I have been reading quite a bit lately, but I’m not finishing anything. I hate it when this happens, when I keep getting distracted by a new book and not finishing the 52 other ones that I’ve already started. And for some reason I don’t like to review books that I don’t finish. But perhaps I shall now in order to have something to post about…

Books I am currently reading:

The Treasure Keeper by Shana Abe
Genghis Khan: Bones of the Hills by Conn Iggulden
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera