Unreviewed Books (7)

The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Curse #2); by Marie Rutkoski. Rutkoski’s oft-lyrical prose still holds strong with this follow up to The Winner’s Curse as does my love for both Kestrel and Arin. As a whole, I did find it somewhat slow in pace. While I still really enjoyed it, The Winner’s Crime is not on quite the same level as The Winner’s Curse for me. (Also, I just don’t understand why the U.S. cover has a blue dress. There’s not a rich-looking blue dress in the book. Red makes more sense.)

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (#1); by Michelle Hodkin. This one just caught me completely off guard. I was expecting more of a contemporary romance but the excitement of Mara and Noah came third for me. I (over)enjoyed Mara’s mysterious condition and with it narrated from her POV? It messed with my mind so much and I LOVE it when books do that! I wanted to sing hallelujahs! The only thing that holds me back from giving it full marks is that I found myself confused in several places because of the unreliable narrator and the seemingly random kidnapping plot. 4.5/5

Speaking of…how on earth do I choose which books to take with me when I move??

I need the help of any and every book lover who has ever accumulated enough books to create a problem moving them to a new home. My own personal philosophy in moving my books is to take my absolute favorites (i.e., Harry Potter, Throne of Glass), read as many on my TBR shelf as possible before I leave, and box up the rest of my TBR shelf to take with me. My logic there is that with the majority of my books at my new home being books I haven’t yet read, my thirst for buying more books will stay (pseudo) quenched a little while longer. Any books that I have the desire to reread I could probably ask my mom to ship them at some point. (Just not too many at once because heavy books make it expensive!)

Is this sound logic? Do any of you book lovers have any other recommendations? I’d love to hear ‘em!

Early Review: Spelled by Betsey Schow

Details: ARC gifted from a friend — THANK YOU KYLIE!!!
Release Date: June 2, 2015
Series: N/a as of yet
Rating: 3.5/5
Preorder: BN.comBooks-a-Million

Summary (from Goodreads): Fairy Tale Survival Rule #32: If you find yourself at the mercy of a wicked witch, sing a romantic ballad and wait for your Prince Charming to save the day.

Yeah, no thanks. Dorthea is completely princed out. Sure being the crown princess of Emerald has its perks—like Glenda Original ball gowns and Hans Christian Louboutin heels. But a forced marriage to the brooding prince Kato is so not what Dorthea had in mind for her enchanted future.

Talk about unhappily ever after.

Trying to fix her prince problem by wishing on a (cursed) star royally backfires, leaving the kingdom in chaos and her parents stuck in some place called “Kansas.” Now it’s up to Dorthea and her pixed off prince to find the mysterious Wizard of Oz and undo the curse…before it releases the wickedest witch of all and spells The End for the world of Story. Continue reading

Sunday Update

My upcoming move to Arlington VA became super official this last week when I signed the last of the paperwork and sent that in along with checks. I’ve of course been more than a little distracted with all I have to do to prepare for that move. (How does one do auto insurance? Real world problems!!)

Since my last Sunday update post, I’ve posted several reviews and a couple memes. These are a few of my personal favorites.

  • A combo review featuring A Dance with Dragons and The Boy with the Hidden Name
  • A review of Ensnared by A. G. Howard
  • My first real ARC book haul (my heart is still flailing with feels)
  • A review of one of those ARCs, Undertow by Michael Buckley
  • A post where I contemplate the use of multiple POVs

Elsewhere on the interwebs, there are some good book bargains happening RIGHT NOW. Here are some bargain finds of books I’ve read and recommend. (US links)

And that’s all for this Sunday Update! Happy reading, y’all!

Speaking of…multiple POVs

Hopefully everyone knows that not-so-elusive narration that accompanies more and more YA literature (and beyond) these days: dual point-of-view and multiple point-of-view stories like Allegiant by Veronica Roth, the Under the Never Sky series by Veronica Rossi, The Fifth Wave series by Rick Yancey, Rick Riordan’s few Demigod series, etc. sometimes they’re done exceedingly well, sometimes they’re…well, not.

Like most things, I tend to sit in fairly middle ground when it comes to narration from more than one point of view: if the premise of the book(s) sounds like something I’ll really enjoy, then I’ll give it a shot. Overall, however, I strike out more often than I fall in love with the book. I thought Allegiant was the weakest of the Divergent books. Under the Never Sky I could take or leave, though they were still fun. And The Fifth Wave books just confuse the crap out of me. I’m about 50 pages into The Infinite Sea and cannot for the life of me figure out who is speaking when. Very confused.

For me, it really makes a difference when you have characters that are easily distinguished from one another; it helps the story run seamlessly without bluntly advertising whose POV the section is in. I think this is my biggest problem with The Fifth Wave: the characters come together because of the apocalypse and all learn how to survive. They’re all teenagers. They all think with their survival instincts. There’s just nothing distinctive enough to have the POVs make a smooth “ombré transition” instead of a jerky “multi-colored tie-dye transition”.

How do you like your books: singular POV, dual, or multiple? What drives you toward one or the other?

Undertow by Michael Buckley

Details: 374pp, ARC provided by HMH for review — THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Released: May 5, 2015
Series: Undertow, book 1
Rating: 4.5/5
Buy: BN.comBooks-a-MillionBook Depository

Summary (from Goodreads): Sixteen-year-old Lyric Walker’s life is forever changed when she witnesses the arrival of 30,000 Alpha, a five-nation race of ocean-dwelling warriors, on her beach in Coney Island. The world’s initial wonder and awe over the Alpha quickly turns ugly and paranoid and violent, and Lyric’s small town transforms into a military zone with humans on one side and Alpha on the other. When Lyric is recruited to help the crown prince, a boy named Fathom, assimilate, she begins to fall for him. But their love is a dangerous one, and there are forces on both sides working to keep them apart. Only, what if the Alpha are not actually the enemy? What if they are in fact humanity’s only hope of survival? Because the real enemy is coming. And it’s more terrifying than anything the world has ever seen. Continue reading


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I felt like the luckiest girl in the world when I came back from DC to find a box full of ARCs from my friend who is at HMH right now. I can’t even…. My heart is still doing somersaults! A MASSIVE thank-you to my friend and all of HMH! And I also hauled home 3 books I bought in DC. Here are the goods.


  • Undertow by Michael Buckley (finished this Wednesday and I highly recommend!) [ARC]
  • You and Me and Him by Kris Dinnison [ARC]
  • Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell [ARC]
  • Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman [ARC]
  • An Inheritance of Ashes by Leah Bobet [ARC]
  • The Girl Who Could Not Dream by Sarah Beth Durst [ARC]
  • Need by Joelle Charbonneau [ARC]
  • Forbidden by Eve Bunting [ARC]
  • This Raging Light by Estelle Laure [ARC]
  • No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns Goodwin [bargain find at the Library of Congress store]
  • Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafon [bought at Politics and Prose]
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  • Burial Rites by Hannah Kent [bargain find at Politics and Prose]

Those set in a slightly larger typeface are the ones I am most highly anticipating of the bunch! But each and every one will get their due love in time.

Have you guys read any of these yet? Give a shout-out if there’s one you think I absolutely must read immediately!


** All ARC book cover and spine images courtesy of HMH.**