WWW Wednesday 4/16

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Play along with MizB and let us know what you have finished, what you are currently reading and what is up next

charmingbeneath the dark iceI finished a few things this weekend, Charming (Pax Arcana, Bk 1) by Elliott James and Beneath the Dark Ice by Greig Beck.  Both were super fun, though totally different.

I am currently reading Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell which is heart-rending in its first love perfectness.  Wow, so sweet and fragile.  I also started Cruising Attitude by Heather Poole because I needed something tongue-in-cheek and funny to contrast against E&P.

Next up I think I will read Blood Destiny by Tessa Dawn though I will be surprised if I finish anything before next week since I will be hosting my family most of the week.

What are you guys reading this week?

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Review – The Last Academy

last academyThe Last Academy

by Anne Applegate

Well, I enjoyed this. It is a little bit slow but bizarre, and then it bashes you at the end with the story near the end, but it kept me reading and intrigued.  Not that there is a ton to it, it is a boarding school romp, with confusing people and creepy interactions. So, if you don’t mind a quick read yet young high school age issues with some heavy stuff at the end, try it out.

Camden is sent to boarding school for Freshman year after her best friend is super mean to her at a pool party.  The school is across the country, she doesn’t know anyone and people are kind of mean.  Also, there is a pretty dang weird, unrepentant scary dude in charge of everyone running around.  Pretty soon someone disappears and he seems to be the one who caused it, yet know one freaks out except for Camden.

So what the heck is going on?  What is this guy doing and why are the teachers sort of afraid of him?  You have to read it to find out!  It is pretty cool.  The end is a little shocking, though you kind of figure things out around the half way mark, it is still good to see Camden figure it out.  Not as dramatically as it could have been, but it was still fun.  I would have completely dug this book if I were younger and didn’t have the knowledge I do now, it would have been way more exciting for the reveal.  Anyway, three pictures of stars on a board, labeled with their names, all three disappeared before the end of term yet no one seems to care.

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WWW Wednesday 4/9

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Time to play with our host MizB from shouldbereading where we answer What we have finished, What we are reading and What is up next…

between two thornsmorning gloryI feel like a reading fool this week, yay!  I finished Morning Glory by Sarah Jio which was nice present and past collide mini-mystery as well as Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman which is a super fun fantasy AND I read The Last Academy by Anne Applegate.  That was a boarding school something is seriously wrong here YA book.

charmingI am currently reading Charming (Pax Arcana, Bk 1) by Elliott James and loving it!  Very witty, funny and interesting urban fantasy with a conflicted (aren’t they all) male lead.

Next up is Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, I promised it to someone and need to get a move on!

What are you guys reading this week?

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Frivolous Fridays April 4th

Happy April everyone!  Just wanted to share a little creature I saw last weekend.  They supposedly shoot blood out their eyeballs to get away from predators. Luckily I didn’t freak him out too badly, he just tried to run away really fast and looked totally crabby.  Little horned lizard guy…

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Additionally, my dad lives in Arizona and sent me this happy bloom picture, just had to share!  Look at all those flowers ready to bust out singing!  So Happy for a FRIDAY!  Happy weekend everyone  :)

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Review – Asylum

asylumAsylum (Asylum, Bk 1)

by Madeleine Roux

Male protagonist in a creepy summer college program where all the kids are housed in an old sanitarium.  Dude, it was great.  The story moved fairly quickly. There was a little love interest, some crazy characters and tons of creepy things happening.  Even the town feels like it is under the “creepy miasma” the sanitarium throws out there.

The story moved along at a pretty decent pace.  A few things felt a tiny bit clunky but I was having so much fun it didn’t really bother me.  I liked the characters and if they did anything stupid at least the story moved fast enough so I wasn’t in a tension limbo for too long.  The pictures simply added to the color and creep factor.  They have a heightened sense of drama and let you see a little more by adding to the descriptions of things.  But they didn’t seem to force the story in any direction, which I appreciated.

The only thing that surprised me was the how.  I won’t say what happens exactly, but I had a hard time suspending disbelief and I don’t know why, because I can usually roll with just about anything!  So, it was wonderfully tense, scary and freaky and it seemed like there could possibly be more story in some form or another.  She could stick with these characters, or pull a new set in.  I am curious what it will be.  3.5 stars with old lobotomy stitches across their foreheads.  They don’t smile much anymore, but they are relatively harmless to themselves and others…

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WWW Wednesday 4/2

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Play along with MizB from Shouldbereading and tell us

1. What you recently finished. 2. What you are reading now and 3. What is up next.

Portrait of young  coupleI finally finished On Dublin Street by Samantha Young.  It was cute with some sexy times, an emotionally stunted girl and a sexy, alpha male get together.  I also finished Spell Bound (Hex Hall, Bk 3) by Rachel Hawkins which was a fun paranormal trilogy, boarding school, lots of paranormals and some bad guys raising demons.  Nothing too ground breaking, but quite enjoyable.

between two thornsI am currently in the  middle of way too many books, but I am actively working on Sealed with a Curse by Cecy Robson.  This is a crazy paranormal which I am both enjoying and yet it bugs me.  I will admit I am scattered so I don’t catch as much as I usually do and in addition I think some things are disjointed.  Tons happen, lots of silly fights and jealousies which make me roll my eyes.  I think it could have been smoothed a lot more, but I like the characters even though they do some dumb stuff, I guess their fighting and snarking and jealousies make them a bit more human even though they are paranormals.  I am also reading Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman which is lovely.  But there is a lot going on there too.  I am 100 pages in and just finally seeing all the players so even though I like it, I am leisurely making my way through.

beneath the dark iceNext up I really want to try to get into Beneath the Dark Ice (Alex Hunter, Bk 1) by Greig Beck.  It looks crazy good! “Terror from the deep”.  A blend of paranormal, science and military thriller.  Love those.  :)

What are you guys reading these days?

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Review – Into the Deep

into the deepInto the Deep (Into the Deep #1)

by Missy Fleming

I received an ebook in exchange for an honest review.

Cute and entertaining and about a girl who is half mermaid and doesn’t realize it!  Of course I loved it mostly because I wanted that for myself while growing up.  So I was slightly jealous of our lead as well.  Oh well.

So not only do we have a coming of age story, and a “get used to who you are and what you look like, and how you were raised”, we also have some major strife in the oceans that needs fixing.  And our lead character has more of what I always wanted, big ole magical powers. Oh yea, and she is nobility.  So, she is kind of stacked in the “I want to be her” department. But did I mention it is fun?

The story flows, the underwater scenes are pretty dang cool, the bad guy isn’t seen too much, but her destruction is felt throughout the story.  The bad guy reminded me a bit of the bad sea witch from the Little Mermaid, but maybe that is because is the most similar story I have to this one.

Besides the stacking of powers and awesome specialness, our heroine is really adult in her thinking and speaking.  She is supposed to be 16 or so and she is so level-headed or at least open about things that it shocked me.  It was great, cause she kind of showed you how you should do it, though at times it wasn’t horribly believable that a young girl could be that way.  I wouldn’t have been that good!  So, she is too level headed which then didn’t round her out as a character.  Or maybe it did, but I like a little struggle and growth and while she learned things, she didn’t need much personal growth.

There are a couple of love interests but no triangle for long and an evil stepmother.  That makes it a little bit like a fairy tale.

So this story is just the beginning.  There is more story to tell/read and experience and I am interested to see where Fleming takes things.  3.5 sharks circling, just waiting for a chance to strike!

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