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Sunday Post #23

Sunday Post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

 

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

I love participating in Sunday Post because I can provide a recap of books I read, talk about what is coming up next week, and discuss any books I received in the past week!

This week I didn’t really get much on the book haul front, but I did get one from Netgalley and a couple eBooks!

Book Haul

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga (Via Netgalley) I Hunt Killers

He Needs Discipline by Dominic Rod

My Sister and the Priest by Rosalyn Coleman

In Decline (stories) by Michael Crane

The Unexpected Gift (The Hunted) by Amanda Shofner

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Last Week on the Blog

Monday – Mini Review Monday: The Cutting Room Floor by Dawn Klehr

Tuesday – Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’d Give To Readers Who Have Never Read Horror

Wednesday – Waiting on Wednesday: Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer

Thursday – Killing My Kindle: Elusive Memories by Amanda Shofner

Friday – Frodo’s Frisky Friday: Daybreak by Leigh Wilder

Saturday – Book of the Week: Rogue by Gina Damico

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This was another fun blogging week, but a bit of an up and down reading one. I loved Rogue and Daybreak, and I Hunt Killers was thrilling in its own way, but there were a few books I had been looking forward to that either I didn’t enjoy or were just alright. Still, I have plenty of books that I am excited to get to, so hopefully this next week will be a bit better!

Getting back to consistent posts has been a lot of fun for me, and it has kept me distracted from real life which has been a pain as of late. I’ve been working since May on jumping through all the hoops, but this week I found out I won’t be on campus for at least the first semester back at the University of Minnesota, and I might not be at all depending on a financial aid appeal. If that falls through things get ugly very quickly, but I’ll deal with that if/when it happens.

I don’t have set posts yet for this week, but hopefully I’ll be able to continue this run of daily (or nearly daily anyway) posts! I hope you enjoy! Thanks for stopping by, I hope you had a great bookish week, and thanks for reading. Enjoy your Sunday!


Book of the Week: Rogue

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Every Saturday I will talk about my favorite book that I read during the week, whether it be a review or a spotlight, or maybe having the author over to talk about it. Who doesn’t want more happy bookish goodness? ^.^

This week I’m gushing about: Rogue by Gina Damico

Summary from GoodreadsRogue

Lex is a teenage Grim Reaper with the power to Damn souls, and it’s getting out of control. She’s a fugitive, on the run from the maniacal new mayor of Croak and the townspeople who want to see her pay the price for her misdeeds. Uncle Mort rounds up the Junior Grims to flee Croak once again, but this time they’re joined by Grotton, the most powerful Grim of all time. Their new mission is clear: Fix his mistakes, or the Afterlife will cease to exist, along with all the souls in it.

The gang heads for Necropolis, the labyrinth-like capital city of the Grimsphere. There, they discover that the Grimsphere needs a reboot. To do that, the portals to the Afterlife must be destroyed…but even that may not be enough to fix the damage. Things go from bad to worse, and when at last the fate of the Afterlife and all the souls of the Damned hang in the balance, it falls to Lex and her friends to make one final, impossible choice.

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It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!

Normally for a Book of the Week choice I would avoid doing a mini review because I want to give it as much praise as I possibly can and explain why I love the book so much. The problem with Rogue in this case is twofold; I had so many emotions after I finished the book that I was (and still am) a bit in shell shock, and it’s the third book in a series and I don’t want to spoil too much for any readers that haven’t started it yet. So that’s why I’ll be brief, keeping it short and sweet and to the point.

Rogue was one of the best endings to a series that I have ever come across. The ending was absolutely perfect in every way, something I had been worried about, and what had kept me from reading this book for so long despite how much I enjoyed the first two. The writing in this series, and in Rogue in particular, is bar none, just flat out some of the best I’ve ever read. Rogue is equally devastating and heartrending as it is hilarious and sweet. It is filled with equal parts of love and despair.

Every single character in the Croak series is amazing, and in Rogue they are so fully developed and I was so emotionally invested in every one that their experiences really felt like my own. At minimum I felt like I was right alongside them, and that is so incredibly rare to feel for me while reading. Uncle Mort is so much more than he appears, Lex becomes everything I could have ever hoped for and more, and her friends do some amazing things, but Damico makes those acts feel so believable and right that I never questioned them.

The banter and wit displayed in the series is the best I’ve ever seen, and I can’t praise Damico enough for that. She made me near tears on one page and busting out laughing the next. The story was perfectly paced, gripping, and desperate, but wonderfully so. If I had infinite sums of money (which I sadly don’t) this would be one of the first sets of books I’d give to teen readers, especially those that aren’t that into reading, because I swear it could change that in an instant. I can’t recommend them enough, just read it if you haven’t already. Thanks as always for reading.

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon

How can you not love Dewey’s Read-a-Thon? It is easily one of my favorites of the year and the amount of awesomeness they pack into it is always amazing. Challenges, twitter conversations, prizes and wonderful hosts throughout the 24 hours makes for a crazy but super fun day of (kinda) reading. Anyhow, on to my books! This is by no means a full list, but it has a bunch I’d really like to get to and I have SOOO many to choose from. ^.^ If you want to join in on the fun click the pretty picture above or on Twitter by using the hashtag #readathon! Oh and my challenge posts will be under the list so look for that!

Scorch by Gina Damico

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David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer

Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor

William Shakespeare's Star Wars

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescherthirteen reasons why

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Bloodlines by Leigh Wilder

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Stats

Currently Reading: Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver (pg 265)

Books Finished: The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell, Bloodlines by Leigh Wilder

Pages Read: 1,341

Amount of Time Spent Reading: 13 hours 45 minutes

Snacks Eaten: 3 Nutri-grain bars, chips & salsa, grilled cheese, ice cream, and MORE chips & salsa!

Challenges Participated In: Introductory Questionnaire, Book Tunes, Mid Event Survey, Best of Your Reading Year, Turn to Page, Mini Challenges

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Challenges

Introductory Questionnaire:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Small town USA, aka Cologne, MN
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Chips and Salsa!
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I’m a nerdfighting wrimo that paints LotR figures. Sexy, I know.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? The last time I was doing Dewey’s I got distracted by too many non-bookish things, so the goal for today is to get lots of reading in as well as participating in some fun challenges!

Book Tunes: The Opal Deception paired with Joan Jett’s Bad Reputation!

Mid Event Survey:

1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired? I‘m doing fine in terms of being fully awake, but the last book was somewhat of a mood killer.
2) What have you finished reading? The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher, and Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
3) What is your favorite read so far? The Opal Deception, I’m a sucker for Artemis Fowl books.
4) What about your favorite snacks? I think I enjoyed the chips and salsa the most so far, might have more later on.
5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love! I did interact a little bit with one of the #TeamTiger cheerleaders, her Twitter handle is @toofondbeth and her blog is http://toofond.wordpress.com/!

Best of Your Reading Year

1. Best Book of Your Reading Year: Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

2. Best Author of Your Reading Year: Sean Beaudoin author of Wise Young Fool (5/5), Going Nowhere Faster (4/5), and Fade to Blue (5/5)

3. Best Children’s Book of Your Reading Year: Doll Bones by Holly Black

4. Best Indie Author of Your Reading Year: Jeremy C. Shipp author of Monstrosities, Attic Toys, Attic Clowns, Cursed, and Vacation

Turn to Page

“I would rather read than ______ any day!”: I would rather read than play with the loosened gold teeth of dead men any day! – Liesl & Po

Mini Challenges

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Both hours 22 & 23 were tough as they came at 4-6 A.M. for me.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? All things Artemis Fowl!
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Nope, loved it!
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The cheerleaders were amazing!
  5. How many books did you read? 5 finished, I’m working on #6!
  6. What were the names of the books you read? David and Goliath, Thirteen Reasons Why, The Opal Deception, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, Bloodlines, and Liesl & Po
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell was fascinating!
  8. Which did you enjoy least? William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, while short, drove me a tad crazy near the end with the style.
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? N/A
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I definitely will, reader all the way!

YA Wednesday: Croak by Gina Damico

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Summary From Goodreads

Fed up with her wild behavior, sixteen-year-old Lex’s parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape.

But Uncle Mort’s true occupation is much dirtier than shoveling manure. He’s a Grim Reaper. And he’s going to teach Lex the family business.

She quickly assimilates into the peculiar world of Croak, a town populated by reapers who deliver souls from this life to the next. But Lex can’t stop her desire for justice – or is it vengeance? – whenever she encounters a murder victim, craving to stop the attackers before they can strike again.

Will she ditch Croak and go rogue with her reaper skills?

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Croak is a hilarious, if sometimes dark, read that had me captivated from the very beginning. It was easy to fall in love with the snarky MC, Lex, and the rest of the cast of goofball characters. The writing was great, the powers awesome and the plot intriguing. So ya, I liked it.

Lex is a perfect main character for me. She’s sarcastic, she doesn’t put up with crap and she happens to be an all around badass. Sure she’s a hot head and doesn’t have the most tact in the world but she’s genuine and I loved her for it. She wants to fit in just like every other teenager but she refuses to change who she is to achieve that and that is commendable.

The romance in Croak was the only thing that felt a bit forced to me. First, it was made painfully obvious from the get go that they liked each other, at least a little. Second, the back and forth romantic “tension” between them didn’t seem all that realistic especially the awkward exchanges and moments they kept having. The end reveal was obvious and I just didn’t care much about it. It was kind of cute and all but definitely the notable weak point in the book.

The plot though? Genius. Twists and turns, one unexpected reveal after the next and plenty of subplots worked in for depth made this story a great one. The reaper skills were pretty incredible, the possibilities seemingly endless and the creepy deaths added some extra chill to the otherwise humorous piece. Damico worked in plenty of moral dilemmas and discussions on a variety of different topics from who deserves to die, who deserves worse than death and who should hold that power if anyone. Plus the ending? Brilliant!

The quaint, if a tad wacky, little town was as easy for me to fall in love with as it was for Lex. The names were funny, the descriptions thorough without being overly so and I really liked the map provided at the beginning. The complex world of the reapers, the craziness they travel through to do their duty, and all of the other strange and wonderful places that are hidden within the realm are captivating. It’s simply lovely.

I really enjoyed Croak. The writing was unique and Lex was a fantastic, and relatable, main character. The world Damico created was nothing short of remarkable and while the romance was a tad irritating at times that was not enough to knock the story down too much. I already ordered Scorch and pre-ordered Rogue and I’m sure I’ll love those too. Thanks as always for reading! ^.^

Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #133/200; Mount TBR Challenge #74/150; 2013 TBR Pile #74/50

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