In My Mailbox (26) - Ambuzzador Edition

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi over at TheStorySiren.com and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie. It's a fun way for bloggers to show off what books they've received in the mail, from the library, from a bookstore or a friend, etc. in the past week. Find out more about In My Mailbox here, and if you'd like to participate, join the linky list here. If you participate in this meme or in a meme like it, feel free to comment with a link to your post!

So I've been lazy about posting because a few of these are from the week before last, including:

An ARC of Strands of Bronze and Gold
from the Random Buzzers'
Ambuzzador Program!
I know my "Currently Reading" thing somewhere over there ----> says that I'm reading this right now, but I actually finished it like the day I got it. Haha :). I'm super excited about being a part of this program! I got an extra ARC in the mail as part of my Ambuzzador's kit, so I will have to think of something creative to do with it.
Also, I got a bunch of code cards that are good for one free book when you use them to make a Random Buzzers account. I gave most of them to my library buddies, BUT I have one left! The first person to email me at amandaswritings@gmail.com can have it! So go email me!
(I made ^that^ purple so it would be more noticeable)
SO. In other IMM news, I visited the library a few times and picked up:
1. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (which I sadly haven't read yet).
2. Dead to You by Lisa McMann (which I read and didn't really like, but I think that most people probably would like it).
I ALSO got myself a shiny copy, via BN.com, of:
1. Sever by Lauren DeStefano (which I hope is really good).
So that's all for this week's IMM! I'm happy with my books, and I hope all you lovely people got lots of good reads too! Feel free to comment with a link to your post, and thanks for reading!

Book Review: Forget Me Not by Allison Blanchard

*I recieved a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.*
Synopsis (from Goodreads.com): Cole Dyami is a mysterious boy with a dangerous secret. Adeline Jasely is a typical teenage girl. Living in the seemingly normal small town of Great Falls Montana, Adeline is confronted with everyday teenage problems by a not so normal beautiful boy.

As Adeline and Cole’s worlds collide, the line between illusion and reality is blurred. According to a tribal legend, Adeline and Cole are no longer two friends, but two pieces in a complicated mystery.

Suddenly, Adeline finds herself in a world she never knew existed. Along side Cole, she attempts to unravel the mysteries of the small Chippewa tribe in order to not only find out who Cole Dyami truly is, but who she is as well.

As Cole and Adeline begin to uncover the secrets behind the legends of the Chippewa tribe, illusion slowly unravels into reality and friendship gradually melts into a mutual need of survival.

My Review: This was a cute story. :) It had it's ups and downs for me, but I enjoyed reading it. I'm gonna do one of my listy things for this review, so stay tuned:

What I loved:
1. The Native American aspect of the story. I loved the tribe and the legends and the reservation in the story. I haven't read a lot of books that have that sort of stuff in it. I don't know much about any of it, so I'm glad there were lots of details.
2. Cole's sister. :D She was definitely my favorite character in this whole book.
3. The fallin-in-love part. Yay for no insta-love!
4. The supernatural aspect of this book! It wasn't exactly unique, but it wasn't something that is overplayed. It was a bit refreshing.
5. I loved that Adeline was a strong character for most of the novel.

What I didn't love:
1. I wish the main characters would have had a bit more depth. It was a little hard to relate to them. I enjoyed reading about them, but I didn't feel particularly connected to them.
2. Adeline's relationship with her sister. It didn't seem very genuine. I think that relates back to my first point though. If the characters would have had a bit more depth then I think it would have been better.
3. There was one point in the novel where Adeline was rather mopey. I don't think it quite matched up with her being a strong character in every other instance.

Definately more pros than cons for this book! This book was very similar to Twilight (and I don't say that like it's a bad thing), so all you Twilight fans might like this one. I'm not sure if I would re-read this book, but I would definitely read book two! I would give this one three-and-a-half leaves, but I don't have an image with three-and-a-half leaves so my four leaves image will have to do. :)

Thanks for reading!


Book Review: Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com): Kami Glass loves someone she’s never met . . . a boy she’s talked to in her head ever since she was born. She wasn’t silent about her imaginary friend during her childhood, and is thus a bit of an outsider in her sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. Still, Kami hasn’t suffered too much from not fitting in. She has a best friend, runs the school newspaper, and is only occasionally caught talking to herself. Her life is in order, just the way she likes it, despite the voice in her head.

But all that changes when the Lynburns return.

The Lynburn family has owned the spectacular and sinister manor that overlooks Sorry-in-the-Vale for centuries. The mysterious twin sisters who abandoned their ancestral home a generation ago are back, along with their teenage sons, Jared and Ash, one of whom is eerily familiar to Kami. Kami is not one to shy away from the unknown—in fact, she’s determined to find answers for all the questions Sorry-in-the-Vale is suddenly posing. Who is responsible for the bloody deeds in the depths of the woods? What is her own mother hiding? And now that her imaginary friend has become a real boy, does she still love him? Does she hate him? Can she trust him?
My Review: Paranormal, mystery, a town called Sorry-in-the-Vale with secrets, best-friend-inside-my-head... OMIGOSH! This book was pretty much perfect! AND it has a gorgeous cover! I could NOT put this one down, and I soooo didn't want to take it back to the library. Haha :)

This is the first book I've read from Sarah Rees Brennan, and it was amazing. The characters were vivid and funny and full of personality. I loved how different each character was, and how strongly each personality came through. I loved the gothic feel of the book, and the mystery, and the setting!

And the ending... OH. It's still killing me, and I finished it a few weeks ago! I can't wait for book two!!!

I highly recomend this book, especially to fans of Beautiful Creatures.


Thanks for reading!


Cover Reveal: The Dream Thieves

Book Two in The Raven Cycle
Release Date: September 17th
I am SOOOOOO excited!!! September is way to far away!!!
There isn't a blurb on Goodreads yet, so you and I will have to entertain ourselves with these other links instead:
The Raven Boys (book one)
Pre-Order: (Amazon) (Barnes and Noble)
My Review of The Raven Boys
Thanks for reading!


In My Mailbox (25)

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi over at TheStorySiren.com and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie. It's a fun way for book bloggers to show off what books they've received via mailbox, library, bookstore, friend, etc. Sign up for the linky list here, and if you are participating this week, I'd LOVE to see what books you got, so leave me links in the comments!

For me, this week was a big week for libraries. I'm kinda weird about libraries, particularly school libraries. I think part of it is a subconcious knowledge that if I start reading book from the library, I'll be stuck there for a loooong time. This year it actually took me a whole semester to check out the library (I have a library study period this semester, so I'm pretty much stuck in the library (which is totally ok with me)), and check something out at the library. Now I'm checking out a new book almost every day. Well, then comes the second part of my weirdness about librarires (and just borrowing books in general). If I love the book, I have to buy it. I want to buy it. That's one reason why I'm really picky about what I read, and why I really just don't like borrowing books. It doesn't really make any sense. Lol.

But you're not here to read about my library weirdness. I think. You're here to see what books I got this week! :D

From the library:

1. Seeds of Rebellion by Brandon Mull - I loved it. I will have to aquire it for my lovely bookshelf now.
2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - I also loved it, but I am trying not to let myself buy it, because if I buy it, I will read it again, and it is much too sad for that.
3. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan - OMIGOSH. I finished this one last night. OMIGOSH!!!! I will try to organize my thoughts for a book review tomorrow.
4. Stardust by Neil Gaiman - Haven't read this one yet, but I can't wait to start it!!!

Bought (from Barnes and Noble):

1. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer - Can't wait to read it!
In the mail:
1. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones - if you saw my post about A Few Things, then you noticed that this book is now battling The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern for the title, "Amanda's Most Favorite Book EVER."

So thanks for reading! Feel free to leave links to your In My Mailbox posts, or Sunday Posts, or Weekly Roundups.


Book Review: Tree Hugger by Kea Alwang


*I recieved a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.*

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com): "Treehugger" is Book One of the "Based on a Dream" YA fantasy series.
For fourteen-year-old Chloe, planet hopping is a gift. Righting the wrongs of the multiverse on behalf of a mysterious life form is a privilege. Leading a double life has its perks. Being Earth-born, however, simply bites. Chloe knows she will never fit in when high school starts; that's a given. It's not like she can reveal her true self and her unusual abilities on Earth anyway. She used to be okay with that, as long as her two best friends were part of her extraterrestrial life, understanding her the way nobody else could. That was before those friends vanished. That was before some jerk displayed her underwear on his head. Now two-thirds short of feeling whole, Chloe becomes an enemy to herself just as a terrifying nemesis threatens to resurface. Can she fight through weakened skills, fearsome flashbacks, and evolving relationships to meet her future head on? Does it really matter what world you're on when trying to find yourself?
My Review: Treehugger is definitely one of my favorite reads so far this year! I was pretty excited to get a review copy of this one, and I'm super excited to say that it lived up to my expectations.

I'll start out with the characters! The main character, Chloe (aka Star of Earth) was most definitely my favorite. She was relate-able and different at the same time, she changed a whole lot throughout the book, and it was really easy to connect with her. CK!!! (one of Star's best friends) All I'll say is that I cannot wait to read more about him. I also loved Star's other friends on Jacondor. They were so diverse and different and awesome and fun to read about! Another character I'm dying to read more about is Niik.

I loved the world-building. It was incredible, and there were LOTS of worlds to build. I'm very impressed that I was able to picture them all pretty clearly. :) This book was mostly told from Star's point of view, but there were two or three chapters where it switched to another character. There wasn't anything obvious to indicate that the POV had switched, so it was confusing the first time it hap pend, but I really enjoyed it once I figured out what was going on.

Around page 50, this book pretty much glued itself to my hands. It was fast-paced and exciting, and there was always a lot going on. A lot happened in this book, but there's sooooo much more that could happen. I'm super excited for book two!

The only thing about this book that I didn't love was the first few chapters. This book took a lot of explaining to get started. It was interesting and definitely necessary, but it slowed down the beginning quite a bit. If you get the chance to read this book and find yourself bogged down by these chapters, don't give up! The rest of the book is more than worth it!

Thanks for reading!


Book Trailer: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

(From Goodreads.com): Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother and the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.

As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.

Thanks for reading!


A Few Things...

Hello faithful readers and bookworms and people who Googled something weird and ended up here! Thanks for stopping by! If you've been here before, you may have noticed that I do stuff like read too many books and then gush about them and use the word "definitely" too much (I'm trying to cut back, I promise!). This is a post about that sort of stuff. :)

Thing Number One:
I am incapable of entering a bookstore (namely Barnes and Noble) without forking over some amount of cash and leaving with a shiny new book. Two days ago, the book happend to be this one:

I dearly hope it is amazing, because it looks fantastic on my bookshelf and I rather enjoyed Cinder (book one in this series).
Thing Number Two:
I check my mailbox obsessively for new books every day. I'm always expecting a new book, either one I bought, one a friend decided to send to me because apparently they love me or something, a book from RandomBuzzers.com (I really LOVE that website), or a shiny new review copy of a book from a lovely author. I'm currently expecting... six. I think.
Thing Number Three:
I don't keep any books I won't re-read at least once. When I show of all my shiny books in their decrepit black bookcase, I want to be able to say that I loved them. I haven't been able to get rid of my slightly-less-than-loved books for a while, so my stack is piling up. I'm planning on giving those away sometime in the near-ish future.
Thing Number Four:
I started posting on Cover to Cover two weeks ago! I post every Thursday, and it would be TOTALLY amazing if you would go check it out. :)
Thing Number Five:
I got coerced into reading John Green's The Fault in Our Stars (and by coerced I mean I joined a Goodreads YA bookclub and was promoted to moderater and must now set a good example and read all the books we post). I, for some reason, have a strong aversion to contemporary fiction. I, for obvious reasons if you have read this book, loved this book. I must now go get myself a copy and keep it forever.
Thing Number Six:
After MONTHS of insistant recomendations from a very insistant friend named Leah, I caved in and read Howl's Moving Castle. Howl's Moving Castle is now officially my newest most favorite book ever, and I gush about it constantly and annoy my friends in Spanish Class. I may even possibly love it more than The Night Circus....

Thing Number Seven:
I love this picture of myself:

And so concludes a post with a few things about me... Thanks for reading!


Book Review: The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com): Don't look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.                                                         That is Ethan Chase's unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs - including his reputation - begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he'd dare to fall for.                                                                   Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister's world - the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten. 

My Review: I was SO excited to read this book, and I was NOT disappointed! I've loved all of Julie Kagawa's books so far (except The Immortal Rules because I haven't read it, and The Iron Night because only the end was super good), and it was really refreshing to be back in one of her story worlds again. The Lost Prince was definitely a devour-and-love-in-one-six-hour-reading-session kind of book.

I LOVED the characters! Omigosh! I didn't connect with them quite as much as the originals (which were present at parts in this book), so it was more like being told a story than being in a story (which is still good, just not as good). But they were, in fact, realllllly well-written and highly enjoyable.  

Everything was so fast-paced and awesome and lovely. There was a definite change in scenery compared to the first three Iron Fey books, and it was a very wide range of scenery. I very much enjoyed it.

Because of me not connecting with the characters as well as I would like, I don't think I loved this book quite as much as I could have, and not as much as the first three Iron Fey books. I will say that it far surpassed The Iron Knight, though, thank goodness. I will definitely be keeping this one on my shelf, and not just because of its pretty cover. I look forward to re-reading this one, and the rest of the series!

HIGHLY recomend that you read Iron's Prophecy BEFORE you read this (you know I mean it because I bolded, italicized, capitalized, AND underlined "highly"), and if you didn't, GO READ IT RIGHT NOW. Seriously. It makes the book a million bajillion quadrillion times more awesome.

With that being said, I give this book almost-five-stars and bid you enjoy the links below:

Thanks for reading!


A Few February 2013 Releases

We've got some great YA releases this month! I'm super excited! A few of them have been on my wishlist for a while now. Take a look:

1. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
I LOVED Cinder, and I'm super excited to get my hands on this sequel. Also, I really, really like the cover. :) Check out the blurb on Goodreads.
 Release Date: February 5th

2. Sever by Laren DeStefano
 Book three in the Chemical Garden Trilgoy is almost here! Wither (book one) was fantastic, and the writing style is amazing. I'm not sure how much I like cover for this one though. Here's the blurb on Goodreads!
Release Date: February 12th

3. Pivot Point by Kasie West
This one has worked up a whole lot of hype, especially on Goodreads. I have to admit, it sounds amazing. And the cover is gorgeous! Read the blurb on Goodreads.
Release Date: February 12th

4. Hysteria by Megan Miranda
So far there have been some mixed reviews for this one, but it sounds really intersting, and the cover is really intriguing. This is another one on a lot of lists on Goodreads. You can find the blurb  for this book on Goodreads.
Release Date: February 5th

5. The Different Girl by Gordon Dahlquist
I'm really curious about this one, definitely because of the awesome cover. It's yellow! And look at the power-button-earring! I'm excited to get a copy of this one as well. Click the link for the blurb on Goodreads.
Release Date: February 21st

So these are only a few of the fabulous books coming out this month. Don't they look great? I LOVE YA book covers.
If you're lucky enough to have already read any of these, let me know what you thought of them! I'd also love to hear what other books you're excited for this month.

Thanks for reading!

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