Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Kaniesha's Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books to Read if You Like Adventure Time

Top Ten Tuesday is a book blog meme created and hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week we're choosing the top ten books to read if you like (x) our choice! I chose Adventure Time!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Kaniesha DNF Reviews: Shattered Secrets ARC by Krystal Wade

Title: Shattered Secrets
Series: Book of Red #1
Author: Krystal Wade
Release date: March 3, 2014
Publisher: Curiosity Quills
Genres: fantasy, romance, magic
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After being kidnapped, hogtied, and stuffed in the trunk of a car, seventeen-year-old Abigail Nichols' boy problems seem unimportant.
She couldn't be more wrong.

The boy who saves her holds her heart.

But Derick Crawford also holds secrets.

Magical beings who guide human emotions are fighting an invisible war dating back to the dawn of time, and Abigail's one of them. The more she learns of her heritage, the less she wants to know. Armed with a very old, very massive book to teach them about their history, Abigail and Derick run away to a place where they think they can be safe and happy, only to have their troubles secretly hitch a ride.

Her history book is in a sharing mood, and it tells her to keep a secret of her own.

But has she put her trust in the wrong place?

And will the world survive if she has?

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Wired Weekends: Our 100th post

So, hello hello!  Welcome to a special Saturday edition post!  This is something new we've wanted to try out for a little while as a "get to know the bloggers" thing, and will just tell you a little about our lives, what we're into at the moment.  This will cover a wide range of topics from music to television shows to what books we're reading or even if we went for walks!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Heather Reviews: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

I am really, really sorry about this.  I honestly believed I had scheduled it and then, by chance, I was looking at the blog a few days ago and noticed this review wasn't on it, then I realized what I had actually done and felt like a butt.  -__-  Ugh.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Kaniesha's Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters Who I'd Date: Book Boyfriends (and Girlfriends) Edition (Spazz Warning)

Top Ten Tuesday is a book blog meme created and hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week we're choosing the top ten characters who x (our choice of topic). I choose book boyfriends!

Ever wondered who Kaniesha's book boyfriends are? Well she is here today to tell you!
I actually have way more than ten so here's just the top ten!

1. Han Alister from the Seven Realms series
I fell in love with this guy in the second or third book in the series and I have not been the same since. I love everything about him. The literal worst thing happens to him but he uses it as motivation, he gets his revenge and everything else he wants by working hard and not giving up.

2. Nick Gautier from the Chronicles of Nick series
Nick is an actual babe.

3. Leo Valdez from the Heroes of Olympus series
I will literally fight you over Leo.

4. Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games
Have you read THG? Do I need to explain?

5. Day from the Legend trilogy

6. Sam Roth from the Shiver trilogy
This guy is actually why I want to name my son Samuel. (If I have a son. You know, genetics). But he is so, so, so so so cute.

7. Derek from the Darkest Powers trilogy
Derek may appear to be an asshole but he's not at all, wow!

8. Jeb from the Splintered trilogy
SCREAMS he has a lip piercing. I spot a winner!

9. Lend from the Paranormalcy trilogy
Lend is probably the most perfect boyfriend on this list.

10. Galen or Toraf from the Of Poseidon trilogy
Alright so I named two. I can cheat. (Actually it's more I don't know which of them I'd choose...)

Well there you have it. All my baaaaabies. Who are your book boyfriends? Do you have book girlfriends instead? Book girlfriends are so much harder to choose. I'll try to name some though (BONUS ROUND):

1. Celaena Sardothien from the Throne of Glass series
I'm conflicted with whether or not my love for Celaena is platonic or romantic. It could be either. It could be both. All I can tell you is that I love her.

2. Raisa Ana Marianna from the Seven Realms series
Part of why I love the Seven Realms series so much is because I love both protags. Flawwwwless. (Actually incredibly flawed but that's why I love them).

3. June from the Legend trilogy
Honestly I think June might be nicer than Day.

4. Cinder from the Lunar Chronicles
Cinder is lovely you can't convince me otherwise.

5. Calla from the Nightshade trilogy
I actually designed my new Skyrim character after Calla.

I'm not really sure who else I'd pick for book girlfriends so I'm going to leave it at that. Would you date any of these characters?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Kaniesha Reviews: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Title: Cruel Beauty
Series: Stand-Alone
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Release date: January 28, 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genres: paranormal, retelling, mythology, magic
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Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl's journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Heather's Monthly Roundup: March

I have to apologize for the hiatus because it was mostly me.  I've been terribly sick the last two months and then this past week has just been rough with my allergies.  I might not be around much, but I'm still reading!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Kaniesha's Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Most Unique Books I've Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a book blog meme created and hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week we're choosing the top ten unique books we've ever read.

1. Angelfall by Susan Ee
I haven't read a lot of angel books but I'm assuming this one stands out because angels are not good guys. I really enjoyed it.

2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
I love that this book is so bleak about everything but still not monotonic like a lot of books get. A character can not have hope and still be interesting to read about!

3. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Did someone say DRAGONS? Yes, and it was me. When you think dragons, or at least when I think dragons, I imagine fire and destruction. Nope, you're not really going to find that here. In fact, the opposite! Read it and find out.

4. Mind Games by Kiersten White
I had no expectations going into this but it was so intense and incredible. I never have feelings while reading books like I did with this one.

5. The Diviners by Libba Bray
The Diviners was just incredible. There is so much to this story and it gets overwhelming a little bit but not enough to turn you away. It's supposed to be that way. We feel what the characters feel. Their fear and confusion.

6. Splintered by A.G. Howard
I love that this takes a fairty tale and makes it a lot darker and brings in characters that reflect the different sides of the main character.

7. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
How many books are there about a badass teenager FEMALE assassin? Very few, I'm guessing.

8. Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
This was so bizarre and I've never read anything like it and I'm not sure I'll ever read anything like it again. It was weird, hilarious and frustrating.

9. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
I've read a lot of dystopias (Who hasn't?) but this one has always set the bar high up for me. I read this series when I was in middle school and I really hope to re-read it soon because I loved it that much. This takes the dystopian world that you wouldn't ever want to live in to.. wait.. I think I might actually want to live there. Actually for years I've been saying I wish our world was like the Uglies world. The technology available is incredible.

10. Five Ancestors Series by Jeff Stone
This series is following five to seven kids throughout an incredible journey. Each book changes POV but the story is pretty seamless. It's centered around Cantonese/Chinese culture and martial arts. I've never read anything close to this series before or since.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Kaniesha (Micro)Reviews: Secret ARC by Brigid Kemmerer

Title: Secret
Series: Elemental #4
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Release date: January 28, 2014
Publisher: Kensington Teen
Genres: supernatural, romance, urban fantasy
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Nick Merrick is stretched to breaking point. He's trying to keep his grades sky-high or he won't get in to college. He's trying to keep his brother's business afloat or the Merricks will be out on the street. He's trying to keep the secret of where he's going in the evenings from his twin brother Gabriel - or he fears he'll lose his family. And he's trying to keep his mind off the hot, self-assured dancer who is his 'girlfriend's' partner.

And then Quinn takes to hanging around his sworn enemy, and an Elemental Guide is counting the hours until he can try again to kill the Merrick brothers. Storms are brewing. On all sides.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Kaniesha's March 2014 Roundup

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina Rating: 4/5 stars
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple Rating: 4/5 stars
White Hart by Sarah Dalton Rating: 3.5/5 stars (reviewed!)
The Seers by Julianna Scott Rating: 5/5 stars (reviewed!)
The Diviners by Libba Bray Rating: 5/5 stars
The Iron-Jawed Boy and the Hand of the Moon by Nikolas Lee Rating: 4/5 stars

Coda by Emma Trevayne
Nothing wrong with this one, just really boring and a lot of me asking myself "Why?". Not for me.

Dollhouse by the Kardashians
The Lost Sun by Tessa Gratton
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Approved on Netgalley:
Amity by Micol Ostow

Cinder, Scarlet, Cress signed hardcovers from Cuddlebuggery giveaway! YAY!
Fake ID, Champion and These Broken Stars from NovaTeen event!
The Diviners, The Bone Season, The Song of Achilles, Huntress, Unremembered, What's Left of Me, Prophecy, Tiger Lily, False Sight, All Our Yesterdays, etc checked out from the library!

March was... fantastic, book wise! I kind of had a rough period of time because of some things but any obstacle can be overcome with time, patience and a bit of bravery! Speaking of bravery..

I saw Divergent which was SO good. There was a lot in the book that's missed in the movie. You know how the things that really stand out to you when you read, like the characters thoughts and what's significant to THEM? That's always missing in the movies. All we get to see is their exterior, so there are things I tried to point out to my sister while they were happening, like I told her to count the scene changes when Tobias went under his fear landscape with Tris for the first time. We don't really get a good reaction from Tris when she sees Marcus after that, either. Okay, I have a lot of complaints but it was SO good. You should definitely see it.

And that's the most interesting thing I did to celebrate my 21st birthday! How was your month?