Monday, September 30, 2013

Fall Kindle Fire Giveaway :)

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Happy Reading. :) 

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Book Review: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill a MockingbirdTo Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
Release Date: December, 1982
Publisher: Warner Books
Content: PG/PG-13 
Hardcover, 281 pages
Obtain a Copy:
       B&N | Amazon

Goodreads Summary: 
"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view .. until you climb into his skin and walk around in it."
Tomboy Scout Finch comes of age in a small Alabama town during a crisis in 1935. She admires her father Atticus, how he deals with issues of racism, injustice, intolerance and bigotry, his courage and his love.

Cindy's Review:
At First Glance/The Cover:
My first thoughts were, 'Hmmm. A classic. *searches up on Goodreads* Nice reviews. Hmmm. Okay. Let's read.' The cover, well, I totally know what the cover means now. And of course, after we analyzed and talked about things in class, I really begin to realize what deep meaning this book really has. And guys, it's a classic. Being a classic is not a book that kids don't want to read because it's boring. Like I had always thought it was. Being a classic is being book with really deep meaning that can change one person's way of viewing something. Anything. History. Life. Future.

The Characters/My Thoughts:
Okay. I spent a lot of time analyzing the characters in class, through homework, and worksheets so let's move on to that later. It might be way long. 
  
The beginning literally bored me to death. The first chapter made no sense. I had no idea how this book started. I mean. Like I was on Chapter 14 and literally stopped reading for a month because it was that boring. All it kept mentioning was Scout and her life at school. At home. With Atticus. With Jem. With Dick. With Boo. Repeat. Next year comes. And next year comes again. 

Then of course, I pushed myself to read because was starting in two weeks and I still have to finish the book, answer the questions, answer the essay paragraphs, etc. That was finally when things started going uphill. About the last ten chapters was when I couldn't put down the book. It was full of suspense. Every character was nervous. Waiting. Seeing what was going to happen next. That was during the Tom Robinson trial. 

Okay. Onto the characters.
Scout 'Jean Louise' Finch - who I consider the narrator of the story. The story is in her point of view. She talks about her family. Her friends. Jem. The neighborhood. Her teacher. We learn about how her everyday life was. About Atticus. Etc. Scout was a really chirpy, perky tomboy. If that even makes any sense at all. She doesn't like to stay still at all. She likes to run around. Be naughty. Get into fights. What you expect from naughty boys. But she does kind of get along her brother.

Jem FinchDespite how we can see into Scout's thoughts, I find Jem the real main character. Sure, we don't know what Jem's thoughts are and everything is Scout POV, but we see the most character improvement from Jem. More importantly, we see Jem grow up. Have his own thoughts. And really know how unfair the world he lives in. And what a racist neighborhood he lives in. We see him go from a boy who plays around to a boy who can learn how to protect his sister, to a boy who finally sees clearly at the environment around him.

Atticus FinchHe is a real hero. At least to me. And I must say, he's definitely really wise. Everyone around him thinks that he's not teaching his kids right. They've grown up around an African American housekeeper and he lets them be. But to me, I think it was the best way he could have taught his kids. He taught his kids how to read. How to look another person's POV. How to stand up for others. I really would have been really proud. This dear ol' dad. I can cry. He shows leadership. And he most certainly know how to be an ally, not just a standby or a bully like everybody else.

Boo Radley - Boo Radley is such an important character. There is like two sides to this story. One is the Tom Robinson court case. Very important. Teaches us so much about our unfair history. From this side, Jem learns about the world around him. Jem learns his lessons. But Boo Radley was the one that made Scout grow up. A bit. He was the one that had really thought Scout to step in someone else's shoes and look around. And really know how they see the world.
Calpurnia - The strict housekeeper. The one that had kept the children from being a bully. And I think Cal was a really good influence on the children. 

Of course, there are many more important characters such as Tom Robinson, Heck Tate, Aunt Alexandra, etc, but yannoe, 

Overall Thoughts:
When you finally reach the end, you really, then realize, 'Ohmygod. This book.' The end wasn't a really sad, dying, dead end, no good ending. But you still have this feeling in your heart that it's breaking. Like a breath of  'Wow. All that had just happened.' In a way, it's like graduating high school. Like seeing all your fellow students and all be going to different colleges. And be like, wow. High passed. We're moving on with life. 

All this took place in four years, but I think this was a really deep classic. The title definitely made more sense. Mockingbirds are such innocent little birds that sings to us. Why shoot them? Why make them fall?
Rating: (1-10): 9

Happy Reading. 

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Blog Tour: Wolgast Castle by Linda Bell Brighton

 
Welcome to my stop on the Wolgast Castle Blog Tour
hosted by Michelle Geary (I'm pretty sure).
In this post, you would be able to find a guest post from Linda Bell Brighton and a giveaway.

  Blurb:

What if witches really existed during the Burning Times?

Forced to attend the Regent's celebration at Wolgast Castle, 1560 Germany, Sidonia von Bork, fears her magical abilities will be discovered and she'll be burned alive as a witch. When she discovers she is actually a member of an ancient shape-shifting race and the prophesied Golden One, she must face her destiny: to save the multiverse from the daemons determined to destroy all humans, and stay alive in the process.

Thoughts: Hmmm witches. Magic. Hmmm. Romance? I dunno. Either way, I'm gonna (try) to read this book later. So look forward to the review! Chances are is that I have finished the book and it's on my long waiting list of books to be reviewed. Either way, here comes the guest post! :D

Guest Post on Fae and Other Magical Beings by Linda Bell Brighton 

In stories long told, elves have some relationship to fae. Fae have some relationship to other magical creatures. What is the link?

First, we have to ask, who are the fae? Just as during the Shakespearean days, elves and fairies were thought to be the same, so too the fae are now. But then elves whispered their history to Tolkien and others. The distinction came alive. So too, the authors listening to fae voices will be bringing the various fae to life.

In European folklore, what's agreed to is that the fae are a form of spirit. What’s not agreed to is what spirit is. The most common fae in tales is the fairy. Usually described as young and human-like with bodies smaller than elves. But some are tall. Some have wings. All have magic abilities. Their history says they have been driven into hiding by invading humans. Perhaps this is why most stories tell about a human’s need for protection from their malice. The origin of their species is unknown except they are independent from angels and humans.

The best known writing about these beings is The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser. That he framed the fairies’ whispered information in a political allegory matters not. Nor does it matter that he set it in the age of Arthur. Even the fact that he’s talking about virtues is irrelevant. What matters is his discoveries about the fae. He doesn’t describe them with wings, nor smaller than humans. Perhaps there are two or more races.

When “nymph” is mentioned, what creature do you think of? For the longest time, I thought of them as beautiful women living in the sea. Actually, they live everywhere.

In the sky (Celestial) nymphs: daughters of Atlas, dazzling light, star clusters, constellations.

Land nymphs live in glens, groves, pastures, meadows, or mountain valleys. Some protect flowers, trees or specific trees types -- laurel, apple, or ash. Some live by protecting flocks. The most famous water nymphs are the three thousand Oceanids, supposedly daughters of Uranus and Gaia. Whether the nymphs living in fountains, wetlands, and springs are Oceanids or another nymph type isn't clear, yet.

Some nymphs live underworld. As cave-dwelling dark elves have less admirable actions, so it is with these. Several love Hades. Others bring nightmares and madness.

Some, like the Muses (originally only memory, knowledge, and art) go wherever they wish. Others, like the daughters of Zeus and Themis, are prophets and guardians of divine artifacts.

Fae, come whisper to me and other writers. Let us tell your story. Is that leaves rustling? Perhaps it’s a wood fae whispering now.

Author Bio:
https://mail-attachment.googleusercontent.com/attachment/u/0/?ui=2&ik=875bf87df8&view=att&th=1416623a6b6a6e30&attid=0.1.3&disp=inline&safe=1&zw&saduie=AG9B_P-6Lf-V27LiSdAvTNEdcu16&sadet=1380399239424&sads=OeYMX3Pf7pJJq_vGSFSHahOPb4ELinda Bell Brighton fell in love with myths, magic, and monsters at an early age. On a thunder-storming day in the Keys, her father—in his bass reading voice—brought The Hound of the Baskerville to too-vivid-life. From that day forward, Greek and Roman myths merged with Wonder Woman and Super girl. After studying medieval and Renaissance literature in college, she now combines her loves by writing an alternate history of the Witch Burning Times that she calls magpunk: real history with myths, magic, monsters—and daemons, too.



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Giveaway:
Linda is giving away prizes, including an e-copy of her book at each blog stop on her tour AND three Grand Prize Giveaway of one Travel Mug, one T-Shirt and one Custom Jumbo Tote Bag with your choice of fan art, chosen from here: http://www.zazzle.com/sidonia_the_sorceres , shipped to anywhere in the world!

1) To win a book: Leave a comment on this blog post on what is your favorite magical creature to be entered to win a book. Be sure to leave your email address in the comments so we can contact you if you’re the lucky winner. This giveaway ends seven days after the post goes live.

2) To win the Travel Mug or the T-Shirt or the Custom Jumbo Tote Bag with Linda’s fan art of your choice, click the link to go to Linda’s website here http://www.lindabellbrighton.com/ and enter the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the page. The three lucky winners will be selected by October 7, 2013. 

 
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Happy Reading :) 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Blog Tour: All Hallow's Eve Picture Book

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Welcome to my stop on the All Hallow's Eve Blog Tour
hosted by Enchanted Book Promotions.

CoverHallowWebTitle: All Hallow’s ABC
Author: Jenni Kaye
Genre: Alphabet Book

Blurb: From Apples to Zombies, the alphabet has never been spookier! Find visual treats and tricky rhymes in this colorful Halloween primer. All Hallow’s ABC is a delight to read out loud for kids of all ages.


Cindy's Review: I know, you guys are probably thinking ".... A picture book?" But like guys, this picture book is like super duper cute. :D Even thought it's like teaching toddlers how to read, older readers and can just look at the pictures and entertain themselves. Since this is a picture book, LOL, there isn't much that I can write about. Adults can also read this though, and just enjoy a fast moment of looking through a kid's book. :) And everything rhymes. 

Excerpt:

Teehee~

Book Trailer:

Links:
Author Website: http://jennikaye.com
Publisher Website: http://daringinkpress.com
Twitter: @writing1page and @kayebooks

I just can't rate picture books~ IT'S TOO CUTE. Haha. You know the rating is somewhere near the sky. :)

Happy Reading~

Monday, September 23, 2013

Book Haul #4

Eek! Guys! These are just the books that I couldn't resist. 
I don't do much book hauls. So this one is a huge one. Where I actually bought for all the books. As in they are not gifted or free. And as in they are NOT ebooks. :)
I had to buy them. Omg. Hehe. Glad to add them to my shelf.
Everything is from Amazon.

Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)Graceling (Greaceling Realm #1)
by Kristin Cashore
Release Date: October 1st, 2008
Paperback, 471 pages
Price: $8.99 +tax

Blurb:

In a world where people born with an extreme skill—called a Grace—are feared and exploited, Katsa carries the burden of the skill even she despises: the Grace of killing. She lives under the command of her uncle Randa, King of the Middluns, and is expected to execute his dirty work, punishing and torturing anyone who displeases him.

When she first meets Prince Po, who is Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.

She never expects to become Po's friend.


She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace—or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away...a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.

Comments:
I first read this book in the 2009 CYRM event. Because it was a nominee. And it turns out I loved it. :) So did everyone else. So yep. Definitely. I would love to have Katsa and Po on my shelves. There they can join my ARC version of Fire, with Brigan and Fire. Teehee~ 

Graceling is becoming a movie guys~ In 2014. Oh yes, I'm definitely watching that.
I think Graceling was on sale for 5 something once. I didn't buy it....oh wells.

Divergent (Divergent, #1)Divergent (Divergent #1)
by Veronica Roth
Release Date: February 28th, 2012
Paperback, 487 pages
Price: $5.49 +tax

Blurb:

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Comments: 
The other 2014 movie I'm dying for. This action packed dystopian young adult novel is also one of my high list books. They rank very high. :) And they are GOOD. So if you ever want to read them, go ahead. But probably everyone had read them already. LOL.

So yes. I certainly want sexy Four on my book shelf.

And for the movie status. The cast is already known to public! :D
Here's more info on the 2014 Divergent movie and other recent and future book movies.
The pictures might not show..so yeah...


Insurgent (Divergent, #2)Inurgent (Divergent #2)
by Veronica Roth 
Release Date: May 1st, 2012
Hardcover, 496 pages
Price: $9.24 +tax

Blurb:
One choice can transform you, or destroy you.


Every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves, and herself, while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Comments: 
Of course, I would also buy Book 2 of Divergent. Since it was half off.  9.24 for a hardcover? Especially for a famously sought one. Hell yeah! LOL. 

Okay. No news on Insurgent movie yet. But yannoe. We'll get there. 

P.S. The price may vary. Like when you get to Amazon, it might not be the same price so don't be disappointed.

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1)
by Cassandra Clare
Release Date: August 4th, 2011
Paperback, 479 pages
Price: $9.49 +tax

Blurb:
In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them....

Comments: 
Since my friend had been pushing me to read this series....I might as well buy the book. She made it sound really good and I thought I would give it a try. 



Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2)


And yes. More movie business. I heard this is becoming a movie. Not certain. And not clear when. But yes. I heard. 


Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2)
by Cassandra Clare
Release Date: March 19th, 2013
Paperback, 528 pages
Price: $9.68 +tax

Blurb:

True love is shrouded in secrets and lies in the #1 New York Times bestselling second book of the Infernal Devices trilogy.

In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when it becomes clear that the mysterious Magister will stop at nothing to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.

With the help of the handsome, tortured Will and the devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal and fueled by revenge. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.


Tessa is drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa answers about who she really is? As their search leads to deadly peril, Tessa learns that secrets and lies can corrupt even the purest heart.

Comments:
Then, I also bought the second installment of the series. Haven't read it yet. Since it came today. :) But going to. 

I did buy the Clockwork Princess. But I pre-ordered the paperback version. I have no release date on that. But the price is somewhere in the 9 ranges. 

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1)
by Cassandra Clare
Release Date: February, 2008
Paperback, 485 pages
Price: $7.24 +tax

Blurb:
When Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder. Much less a murder commited by three teenagers covered with odd markings. This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons--and keeping the odd werewolves and vampires in line. It's also her first meeting with gorgeous, golden-haired Jace. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in an ordinary mundane like Clary? And how did she suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know....

Comments:
And with the movie coming out for this one. I had to also buy this one and reread my Jace lines. The  cocky and arrogant Jace in the book is amazing. Haha. :) 

Okay. SO THAT MOVIE. 
Here's my fandom post. LOL.


United We Spy (Gallagher Girls, #6)United We Spy (Gallagher #6)
by Ally Carter
Release Date: September 17th, 2013
Hardcover, 304 pages
Price: $10.35 +tax

Blurb:
Cammie Morgan has lost her father and her memory, but in the heart-pounding conclusion to the best-selling Gallagher Girls series, she finds her greatest mission yet. Cammie and her friends finally know why the terrorist organization called the Circle of Cavan has been hunting her. Now the spy girls and Zach must track down the Circle’s elite members to stop them before they implement a master plan that will change Cammie—and her country—forever.

Comments: 
Last but not least, United We Spy. The finale to the Gallagher Girl series. I started this series in like 3rd grade. Omg. And it's finally coming to an end. *tears LOL. But this series has really gotten me to love spy books. And dramas. And mysterious guys. I just love spy things with all my heart. Inspired me to be in the CIA. But I think that would never happen. My parents wouldn't let me. But I can secretly.....hehe.

Wells. That's all I got in my hands RIGHT NOW. But there's gonna be at least two more coming if not even more. So waitup. guys. :D
Happy Reading~

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Blog Tour: Quantum Entanglement by Liesel K. Hill

 
Welcome to my stop on the Quantum Entanglement Blog Tour
hosted by Liesel K. Hill herself!
In this post, you will find a super cool guest post done by Liesel. :) and a Goodreads giveaway.

Quantum Entanglement (Interchron #2)Blurb:

Five months after traveling to a post-apocalyptic future where collectives reign supreme and individuals have been hunted to the verge of extinction, Maggie Harper was returned to her own time until the threat to her life could be neutralized. She thought Marcus and the others would return for her within a few weeks, and now she’s beginning to worry. 

When travelers from the future finally show up to collect her, it’s not who she expected. With the return of her memories, she wants more than ever to see Marcus again, but a snake-like woman whose abilities are a perfect match for Maggie’s, an injured Traveler, and decades of civil unrest to wade through all stand in the way of their reunion.


Meanwhile, Marcus and Karl traipse through the countryside, trying to neutralize Colin, who’s promised to brutalize and murder Maggie if he can get his hands on her. When a collective woman is left for dead, Marcus heals her, hoping she’ll be the key to killing Colin and bringing Maggie back. But she may prove as much a hindrance as a help.



The team struggles to get their bearings, but things happen faster than they know. The collectives are coalescing, power is shifting, and the one called B is putting sinister plans into action. If the team can’t reunite and get a handle on the situation, their freedom and individuality—perhaps their very identity—will be ripped away before they can catch their breath.

Guest Post: Top Ten Things to Put in Your Time Travel Kit


Hello Wonderful Readers! Has this ever happened to you? You’re minding your own business and going about your day, when life happens and you are forced, through no fault of your own, to leap frog through time without warning? If so, don’t beat yourself up. It happens to the best of us. However, you may want to consider keeping a Time Travel kit in the trunk of your car or basket of your bike. You know, just in case. It’ll make your next Traveling experience much less stressful.

Recommended Items:


The first few are basic supplies. If you’re Traveler is injured, or can only jump a handful of years at a time, the trip may take you several days or even weeks. You’ll need emergency supplies.


10. A week’s worth of rationed meals and water.

9. Space blanket and a change of clothes.
8. Portable shelter--tent or waterproof tarp will work.
7. First Aid Kit. 

6. A weapon of some kind. I’d recommend a gun or Taser. Maybe a light saber if you can find one. Jumping into the future, you have no idea what kind of political atmosphere you’ll be landing in. Granted, depending on the status of neurochemical abilities in the time you land in, weapons may be obsolete, but having a bona fide weapon is still better than looking for rocks to throw. Besides, if your trip takes longer than a week, a weapon can also be used to hunt.


5. Conduit stone or other neurochemical focusing device. If you get captured in another time, especially by people with the ability to block neurochemical energy, it might be prudent to have something that will amplify your abilities. Comes in handy when fleeing from oppressive, futuristic regimes.


4. Concealer and/or Protector. Okay, you can’t really pack people with these abilities into your kit, but they sure are convenient in a tight spot. Perhaps try to grab someone with one of these abilities on the fly before you actually Travel. (Forcible kidnapping recommended.) Or just hone your own skills in these areas.


3. A timeline of the future. You won’t know when you are until you get there. You’ll have to look around and figure it out based on what’s happening in the society of the time. A timeline that includes key events will help you figure it out more quickly. And, let’s face it, the sooner you can blend in, the better.


2. A great attitude. Cheesy, I know. But let’s face it: Dropping everything to leap-frog through time while being chased by dangerous--sometimes homicidal--futuristic governments, can be rather stressful. A positive attitude goes a long way. And your fellow Travelers will sure appreciate it.


1. A book. If, like in #7-10, your Traveler requires rest between jumps, you may end up with a lot of downtime. And if you land in a period where it’s too dangerous to go down into the cities, TV may not be an option. Sure, you could bring board games, but I infinitely prefer a book. Here’s a universal truth for you: A well-written book can save your sanity on the average, impromptu trip through the post-apocalyptic future.


Note: if there are any items that you, personally can’t live without--medication, sentimental items, your Twilight Barbie Doll collection--make sure and pack those too. There’s no telling how long trips like this can last.


Of course, these are just recommendations. You don’t have to have a Time Travel kit, but if you opt not to put one together and find yourself being chased one hundred years from now by homicidal collective goons…well, don’t say I didn't warn you.



Here’s to making all your Time Travel trips…survivable. Cheers!

My Thoughts (of the guest post):
Now that was just brilliant~ :D You gotta admit it guys, it was totally fun to read. Great job, Liesel! Such a creative idea that me, myself, and I would have definitely not have thought up of. It's great having you here on my blog~ 

Look for the review later~ (it's probably taking me longer to write the review then reading. I'm still writing reviews for books I've read in June. OMG.) 

P.S. And of course, being me, I color-coded everything. Haha. 

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Book Spotlights: Ignite Me and more..





Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)
These are just some of the books that are coming out and caught my attention. I want to share these with everyone. :) 
This kind of like a bunch of Waiting on Wednesdays combined.

Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3)
by Tahereh Mafi
Release Date: February 4th, 2014.

Blurb:

The heart-stopping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, which Ransom Riggs, bestselling author of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, called "a thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love"

Juliette now knows she may be the only one who can stop the Reestablishment. But to take them down, she'll need the help of the one person she never thought she could trust: Warner. And as they work together, Juliette will discover that everything she thought she knew-about Warner, her abilities, and even Adam-was wrong.

In Shatter Me, Tahereh Mafi created a captivating and original story that combined the best of dystopian and paranormal and was praised by Publishers Weekly as "a gripping read from an author who's not afraid to take risks." The sequel, Unravel Me, blew readers away with heart-racing twists and turns, and New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia said it was "dangerous, sexy, romantic, and intense." Now this final book brings the series to a shocking and climactic end.

Cindy's Thoughts: Ohmergerd. Can't wait! Like forreal! That love-triangle. Okay. My brain is like saying Adam and Juliette should really be together. Cuz yannoe, good, hot boy with girl. But then half of my heart is saying Warner and Juliette~ Warner is so mysterious. And like I wanna really to get to know him in the last book. The finale of Shatter Me~ CAN'T WAIT! 


Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky, #3)Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #3)
by Veronica Rossi
Release Date: January 28th, 2014.

Blurb:

The earth-shattering conclusion to Veronica Rossi's "masterpiece" Under the Never Sky trilogy and sequel to the New York Timesbestselling Through the Ever Night (Examiner.com).

Their love and their leadership have been tested. Now it's time for Perry and Aria to unite the Dwellers and the Outsiders in one last desperate attempt to bring balance to their world.

The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe-haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do-and they are just as determined to stay together.

Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. And when Roar returns to camp, he is so furious with Perry that he won't even look at him, and Perry begins to feel like they have already lost.

Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble a team to mount an impossible rescue mission-because Cinder isn't just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival, he's also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.

In this final book in her stunning Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi raises the stakes to their absolute limit and brings her epic love story to an unforgettable close.

Cindy's Thoughts: Whoodeedoop. Another great series coming to an end. Although this series aren't one of my favorites, I still enjoy a good novel. Since I had already read the first two, why not finish it off. And see what future awaits Perry and Aria? :)


The Son of Sobek
Son of Sobek 
by Rick Riordan
Release Date: June 18th, 2013.

Blurb:

In this audio e-book short story narrated by Rick Riordan, Carter Kane is investigating rumored sightings of a monster on Long Island when he runs into something else: a mysterious boy named Percy Jackson. And their meeting isn't exactly friendly. . . . Includes a sneak peek chapter from HOUSE OF HADES, Book Four in the Heroes of Olympus series.

Read an excerpt from the story here:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/123234832/S...

Cindy's Thoughts: Finally! Rick Riordan had done it. Egyptians meet the Greek & Romans. In this case, it's probably just Greece. Omg. So the great Percy Jackson finally meets Carter Kane. :) Awesome. Can't wait to read this one. Or hear it. Since this book is already out, we don't have to wait that long.


Resist (Breathe, #2)Resist (Breathe #2) 
by Sarah Crossan
Release Date: October 8th, 2013.

Blurb:

The sequel—and conclusion—to Sarah Crossan's Breathe. Three teen outlaws must survive on their own in a world without air, exiled outside the glass dome that protects what's left of human civilization. Gripping action, provocative ideas, and shocking revelations in a dystopian novel that fans of Patrick Ness and Veronica Roth will devour.

Bea, Alina, and Quinn are on the run. They started a rebellion and were thrown out of the pod, the only place where there's enough oxygen to breathe. Bea has lost her family. Alina has lost her home. And Quinn has lost his privileged life. Can they survive in the perilous Outlands? Can they finish the revolution they began? Especially when a young operative from the pod's Special Forces is sent after them. Their only chance is to stand together, even when terrible circumstances force them apart. When the future of human society is in danger, these four teens must decide where their allegiances lie. Sarah Crossan has created a dangerous, and shattered society in this wrenching, thought-provoking, and unforgettable post-apocalyptic novel.

Cindy's Thoughts: This book was okay. I would continue on its series...so let's see what happens in book two. Book one wasn't as good as I thought it was but let's continue on. 

That's it for now. Of course, there's a whole lots of others like Champion by Marie Lu, Cress by Marissa Meyer, and Allegiant by Veronica Ross. But I featured all them already so. Yeap. Have a nice day. 
And Happy Reading~