“Waiting On” Wednesday: Deadly

 

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Publication Date: December 3, 2013
Publication Date: December 3, 2013
High school seniors Aria, Emily, Hanna, and Spencer have all done horrible things—things that would put them behind bars if anyone ever found out. And their stalker “A” knows everything.
So far A has kept their secrets, using them to torture the girls. But now A’s changed the game. Suddenly the girls are hauled in for questioning, and all their worlds begin to unravel. If A’s plan succeeds, Rosewood’s pretty little liars will be locked away for good. . . .

 

I seriously love this series. And for once, I love the television adaptation! The show doesn’t follow the books to a T, but that’s what makes it great. This series kind of jumped the shark around book 9 (but as an avid fan, I kept reading).  Shepard went back to her roots a little bit with book 12, and has me on pins and needles for the follow-up.  Hopefully I will not be disappointed when this one rolls out.

Teri 

Monday Maybes: The Host by Stephanie Meyer

 

Monday Maybes is a weekly feature of books that have kept me on the fence.  Do I add them to my kindle library or leave them on my wish list?

Publication Date: April 21, 2010
Publication Date: April 21, 2010
Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, didn’t expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind. As Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she’s never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.

Why can’t I convince myself to pick up this book? I LOVED Twilight. No, like not Taylor Lautner’s abs or Robert Pattinson’s lustful looks.  I loved Edward and Jacob and felt truly invested in their ending.  Stephanie Meyer created this story that captivated me (and countless millions). Who is this girl and why does everyone want her? I was left trying to figure it out in the movies…sorry, Kristen.  I’m have no delusions that Meyer is a perfect writer.  I couldn’t help but gloss over large sections of New Moon. However, I kept wanting MORE.  I wouldn’t have flown through them in less than a week if I wasn’t sold on the story. Although I still feel the need to point out that Bella is not my idea of an inspiring leading lady.

The Host just leaves me unsure.  A foreign species parasite invading Melanie’s mind and falling in love with her love? Meh. Kind of leaves me cold. Perhaps I just prefer the invaders of The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey.  They just get in there and take over.  They don’t happily share thoughts with a host and find a common ground.

Do I get off the fence and jump on the bandwagon? Thousands of reviews can’t be wrong!  For the time being, I feel I must stay put.  The view isn’t so bad, and maybe I’ll see a reason to jump. As a side note, Anna Kendrick is my favorite part of the Twilight Series of movies.  She brings her own dry humor and nails it. All these scenes are great, but the one at 55 seconds is my favorite.

Guardians: The Fallout by Lola StVil Review

Publication Date: July 24, 2012
Publication Date: July 24, 2012
 Just because she has wings, doesn’t mean she’s an Angel…

Okay, guys.  I’m feeling much better about the Guardian series after this book.  I think I liked the shift in point of view. Ameana is a much stronger character than Emmy.  I feel like she is much more complex and has the development I found lacking in the first book.  I must say, this is a series where you should expect ANYTHING to happen.  Things seem to go at breakneck speed, and you can’t help but fly through as fast as possible to see all the twists and turns.

I will continue to read these books, but will probably limit posts so some of you can form your own opinion.  Expect a follow-up of the series at a later date.  I can’t wait to see what StVil has in mind for (what’s left) of our team.

Keep reading,

Teri

Guardians: The Girl by Lola StVil Review

Publication Date: January 9, 2012
Publication Date: January 9, 2012
I crave him. I need him. I love him. And that is the reason, we will all die…

I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book.  Maybe it’s because the whole angels genre isn’t my thing?  I like to consider them noble and kind, but they don’t seem any different from humans in this story.  The book did suck me in and I am committed to the sequels, but I feel like some of it was too back and forth for my taste.  Emmy and Marcus just came off selfish.  Save the world or be together until the world ends? Hmmmmmm…..tough call.

I guess I would have liked to have seen a little more Rose Hathaway and a lot less Bella Swan in our leading lady.  Pining and crying is out and gumption is in for me to enjoy a main character.  Maybe Emmy will develop as a character in the next couple books and I can start to like her more.  Until then, I will remain satisfied with her amazing ensemble cast and pray some of the plot lines develop more to my taste.  All in all, Guardians is an enjoyable read, but could use a stronger protagonist for me to add it to my favorites shelf.

Keep reading,

Teri

Books, and blogs, and stress. Oh, my!

ship launch

Welcome to my blog! This is our Maiden Voyage. So let’s break out the champagne and hope we don’t spot an iceberg straight ahead. I’m new to all this website business, so bear with me as I work out the kinks and get into the swing of things. Just for the record, I am obsessed with reading.  I have no desire to have a single other hobby than reading.

So why stick around? Because there are many of you out there, like me, who love to read. Real life is fabulous, but nothing beats the escape of a good book. I will have daily and weekly blog specials to feature different books.  I am a fan of many genres, with a current addiction to young adult.  New, old, fantasy, reality.  Name it, and I will read it.

Hopefully I have intrigued you enough to stick around and maybe create some buzz about my site.  I promise it won’t be without entertainment and a lot of laughs. Happy reading!

Teri