Bookish Talk: Pan trailer

I’m sure that I’ve mentioned on my blog at least once how much of a Peter Pan fan I am. I love that story and I will read and watch anything that is set in that world. Like the Peter Pan Live! that’s airing on NBC next week (with freaking Christopher Walken as Hook. Dude. Christopher freaking Walken as Hook). Anyway, so when I saw that they were making a movie about Peter Pan that was going to be about his origin story and how he got to Neverland, you know I was excited. The first trailer was released three days ago and I’m pretty excited but I’m not getting my hopes up to much – I tend to be disappointed that way. Check out the trailer and then I’ll give you my first thoughts.

Okay, so Hugh Jackman looks absolutely ridiculous. Whatever that is on his head? No. However, Neverland looks amazing! And those floating ships? Wow. The kid playing Peter (Levi Miller) is adorable. Garrett Hedlund as Hook is really interesting and I’m excited to see how he is in that role. I haven’t seen Rooney Mara in anything really but I saw that a lot of people think choosing her for Tiger Lily was a mistake. Any of you guys know her acting better than me? What do you think? I think she looks pretty awesome in the costume, but her acting is what I really care about.

So what do you guys think? Are you excited to see Peter’s origin story? What about Hugh Jackman’s ridiculous wig?

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WWW Wednesday [6] – Are the thousand pieces of black ice hanging out without me?

WWW Wednesdays are hosted by Should Be Reading. To play along, just answer the following three questions: (As always, all titles are linked to their corresponding Goodreads pages)

  • Black IceWhat are you currently reading?

I’m reading Becca Fitzpatrick’s Black Ice. It’s interesting so far. I haven’t really had time to just sit down and read it, but every time I do, I read at least 50 pages in no time. Hopefully I can finish it on Thanksgiving. 🙂

  • What did you recently finish reading?10335308

This past weekend, I took a trip down to the coast and to New Orleans. On the way there and back, I listened to Mindy Kaling’s autobiography Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? It was entertaining and funny and fun to listen to. I plan on reviewing it on Friday.

  • A Thousand Pieces of YouWhat do you think you’ll read next?

I was going to read Michael Grant’s Messenger of Fear next, but then I bought A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray and I have to read it next. I’ve been looking forward to this one for months and months. Plus look at how absolutely beautiful that cover is. That book deserves to be read.

What about you? Answer the questions in the comments or link me up to your WWW Wednesday!

Waiting on Wednesday: The Prom Goer’s Interstellar Excursion

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

The Prom Goer's Interstellar ExcursionPublisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Author: Chris McCoy

Release date: April 15, 2015

Synopsis from Goodreads: It’s Superbad meets Spaceballs in this hilarious extraterrestrial road trip!
Just a few days before prom, Bennett pulls off something he never imagined possible: his dream girl, Sophie, agrees to be his date. Moments afterward, however, he watches Sophie get abducted by aliens in the middle of the New Mexico desert.
Faced with a dateless prom (and likely kidnapping charges), Bennett does the only thing he can think of: he catches a ride into outer space with a band of extraterrestrial musicians to bring her back.
Can he navigate alien concert venues, an extraterrestrial reality show, and the band’s outlandish egos to rescue his date in time for the big dance? Fans of King Dork and Winger won’t want to miss this!

Why I’m excited: Dude, what? That synopsis. Yes, please! This sounds hilarious and fun and silly and exactly like something I need to be reading. Sounds a little bit like Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – at least the silly, fun, imaginative, creative, and space-opera-y craziness that’s going on in that synopsis. I definitely think this is something I’ll like.

Seize the Tuesday [6] – Learning a new skill

seizethetuesdaybanner_zpsf766e20aSeize the Tuesday is a book blogger meme created by myself and the Let’s Get Lost Buddies Street Team, to share stories about how we’ve seized the Tuesday, with a special focus on the particular book we’re reading. We’ll share our posts online with the hashtag: #LetsAllGetLost. The idea is to share little ways in which you may have embraced Bree’s motto of seizing the Tuesday. To relate it to books, you can talk about what book you’re reading, and how you stole some moments from the day to enjoy reading. It doesn’t have to be about reading, but we all know that a well-read day is a day seized. The idea is not just to help spread the word on LGL, but also to remind people to live fully, even/especially if that means spending a part of your day reading.

When I started this year, I made a list of things to do this year. One of the things on the list was “Learn a new skill”. This could have been anything – sewing, coding, playing guitar, etc. But my favorite (and the one I wanted to learn the most) was archery. I have always wanted to learn how to shoot a bow, and of course, this want was fueled in recent years by things like The Hunger Games, Arrow, The Lord of the Rings…aka the abundance of archers in the media. So when my brother’s girlfriend said she was going to buy a new bow, I asked if she’d teach me. Today she bought it and today I began learning archery! Yay!

It’s kind of difficult to draw the bow/pull the string/whatever you want to call it (which is only more difficult due to my arthritis), but I’ve always had pretty good aim so that part wasn’t too hard. I had a lot of fun, and I think that’s mostly the point. Here’s me shooting and my first bag full of arrows. I hit the bullseye! [Sorry for the seriously crappy picture of the target]

Shooting Bow Arrows

So today, I get to mark something off my to-do list for the year, and that’s awesome. Tuesday seized.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my winter TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme was:

Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

My True Love Gave to MeThe Rosie EffectLegendThe 5th WaveShadow and Bone

My True Love Gave to Me, Edited by Stephanie Perkins – I was going to wait until winter to buy this one, but couldn’t wait. However, I think I’m going to read one story a day during my holiday break from work. I think that’d be the perfect time. 🙂

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion – Can’t wait for this one. CAN’T. WAIT.

Legend by Marie Lu – I recently read and LOVED Marie Lu’s The Young Elites. I already own Legend (got it for my birthday), so I’m definitely looking forward to reading this one!

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey – I’ve heard mixed things about this one, but my friend Booknerderie just reviewed it and really liked it, so I’ve got to read it. Already own this one too.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – winter is all about dark books for me – dystopian, fantasy, sad books – and I’ve been wanting to read this one for a while. Good thing I already have a copy of this – signed too!

SinnerDaughter of Smoke and BoneShiftDustLet It SnowThe Scorpio Races

Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater – I started rereading The Wolves of Mercy Falls series as audiobooks, but Linger was skipping, so I’m going to finish rereading them as physical books. I know I don’t have to reread the series to understand Sinner, but it’s been so long since I’ve read it and the series was due a reread anyway.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – same reason as Shadow and Bone.

Shift and Dust by Hugh Howey – These were on my fall TBR and I wasn’t able to get to them. I need to.

Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle – I haven’t read this book yet and it is the only John Green book I haven’t read. What better time of year to read it than during winter?

(hopefully) The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater – I saw hopefully because it’s on my Christmas wishlist. I love Maggie and I need to read everything she’s ever written!

What’s on your winter TBR?

Fragile Reign Release Day Launch – Giveaway + Excerpts!

Fragile Reign Release Day

You guys might remember how much I enjoyed Stacey O’Neale’s The Shadow Prince and Mortal Enchantment, so of course I jumped at the chance to participate in the Release Day Launch for Fragile Reign, which comes out today! There’s a giveaway AND two excerpts. Wuuut? So cool. Enjoy! ❤

FRAGILE REIGN (Mortal Enchantment #2)

Fragile Reign_coverIt’s been a week since all hell broke loose…

Rumors of King Taron’s weakened powers have left the air court vulnerable. Kalin is desperate to awaken her akasha powers, except she doesn’t know how. Tension within the court is at an all-time high. Pressure is mounting for her to ascend to the throne, but a halfling has never ruled over any court. To solidify her position, the council has advised her to marry Sebastian—a high ranking air elemental she’s never met and her betrothed.

Will Kalin sacrifice her relationship with Rowan to strengthen her court?

Rowan and Marcus return to a fire court in turmoil. Liana’s death has fueled the fire elementals’ distrust against the air and woodland courts. The unbalanced elements have set off natural disasters all over the mortal world. Rowan takes the throne to restore balance, promising to unite the fire court. But not all elementals are happy with his leadership. Many are secretly loyal to Valac, which means Rowan needs to find allies for his cause.

Can Rowan unify the court of fire before the elements destroy the world?

Fragile Reign: Goodreads  | Amazon

ABOUT STACEY O’NEALE

Stacey_ONealeStacey O’Neale lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she’s not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter.

Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.

Stacey loves hearing from readers. Follow her on Twitter @StaceyONeale, look for her on Facebook, Pinterest, and GoodReads. You can also visit her blog at http://staceyoneale.com/.

Author Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest | Goodreads

GIVEAWAY

https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/Yjg2ZDA3NWQxNDVlYzdmZjMxZTAwNzJlNTVhZTM0OjE3NQ==/

EXCERPTS

I chose two excerpts for the post, one from Rowan’s point of view and one from Kalin’s. Enjoy!

ROWAN

I need to clear my head.

Away from my court.

Away from everyone.

I took a portal to the beach—the last place I had spent time with Kalin. Nothing about the last several hours made any kind of sense to me. I walked aimlessly down the sandy beach as I tried to unravel the confusion in my head. Dark skies made it difficult to see much of anything in front of me. The only illumination came from the full moon. In this dimmed light, I could make out the outline of the veil protecting Avalon. It sparkled like the stars in the sky.

My thoughts quickly shifted back to the engagement party. Kalin just stood there at his side and didn’t say a word. She didn’t even bother to answer my question. Did she feel nothing when she saw me? Did she even care how I felt? This wasn’t the Kalin I had come to know. The brave girl I had trained. The girl who saved her father against all odds. The girl who fought viciously for her court. It was a nightmare. Unfortunately, my nightmare was also my reality.

KALIN

Being betrothed totally sucked. Having powers I couldn’t control sucked. Not being able to help my ailing father sucked. Pretty much everything about my life right now sucked on an epic level of suckage. I forced a smile as I stood beneath the stone archway next to the council members, pretending to be excited to meet Sebastian. The same way I pretended not to notice my decisions were being made for me. Like everything in my life wasn’t out of control and falling to pieces right in front of me.

The mountain wind caught hold of the bottom trim of my yellow full-length gown. I pushed it back down with my gloved hands. The council insisted that our first meeting was to be a formal affair, so I had to dress like I was going to a prom. Ariel, of course, tried to make the best of it. She thought a princess makeover might improve my mood. Unfortunately, all of her efforts— combined with the way-too-tight bodice on this gown—just added to my overall disdain.

After speaking with Dad, we decided it was best for him to keep Mom away from all of this. At the moment, I had to go along with the engagement. I was hoping I could gain my akasha powers and never have to tell her about this whole disaster. Although I understood Dad’s motives, I was still pissed that he never told me about the betrothal. There should have been a discussion between us. Lots and lots of them until he saw my side and then changed his mind. An overwhelming sense of despair lingered in the pit of my stomach. If I couldn’t ignite my akasha powers, would I really have to follow through with this and marry a stranger?

If you haven’t read Stacey’s Mortal Enchantment series, you can get the first book for FREE on Amazon and Barnes & Noble! The Shadow Prince won GOLD at the 2014 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards in the Short Story/Novella category!

ARC Review: Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn’t Fly

Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn't Fly

Author: Stephen Graham Jones and Paul Tremblay

Genre: Young adult, fantasy

Publisher: Chizine Publications

Publication Date: November 11, 2014

250 pages

NOTE: I was provided with an e-ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Chizine Publications for letting me read this.

Mary is a normal teenager, but her life gets flip turned upside down when, at her young cousin’s birthday party, a teenage boy climbs up into a tree and takes off – floating away in the wind. When most of the other kids in town start to float as well, including her little brother, things start to get weird. Her brother Terry gets kidnapped and the government puts a quarantine on her town. How is Mary supposed to figure it all out when she’s completely grounded and everyone and everything else is up in the air?

This book just kind of fell flat for me, which is weird since everyone in the book is floating in the air. I think I had higher expectations for this book than I realized: that title, that cover, the synopsis. It sounded so cool, and the book has a lot of potential, but the book just didn’t match up.

I thought that it moved way too fast. This book happens over the course of, like, one day…? I think. It all just kind of blurs together into this one big lump.

As for Mary, I’m not sure how I feel about her. We are told that she has these anxiety problems, but we never really get to experience them before she apparently evolves into someone who is able to take charge to go on a mission to save her brother. I wish we’d been able to see her with her anxiety first. However, one thing I do like about Mary is that she doesn’t really fit in with the story (which did make it hard to connect with her at first). I think that’s the point of her character though: to show how absurd everything that’s happening is. She sticks out, and because she can’t fly, she’s grounded unlike the other characters. This helped make the fantasy aspect of the story feel like it could actually happen.

As for the other characters…meh. They were interesting, but other than the crazy, Bible-bashing cult of relatives Mary has, none of them were particularly memorable. Well, except for the villain. The writing about him actually made my skin crawl, so that’s a plus – not that I like my skin to crawl, but obviously he was creepy enough to get a physical reaction from me.

The bottom line: I suppose I did enjoy this book, and obviously I was intrigued enough to finish. I just don’t know if this’ll be one I remember.

Rating: 5 – take it or leave it

BookBlogWriMo: My TBR & Best Books of 2014

Hey guys, I’m really bad at these sorts of things, the ones where I have to write or post something every day. Whoops. So today I’m going to post both yesterday’s “My TBR Books” and today’s “Best Books of 2014” BookBlogWriMo in one post. I think they go well together anyway: looking forward and looking back. 🙂

My TBR – the next several books I plan to read. They aren’t in any order because I don’t really know what I’m going to read next. All covers are linked to their corresponding Goodreads page, as always.

Black IceMessenger of FearEvery DayMy True Love Gave to MeThe Rosie EffectSinner

For my “Best Books of 2014” I’m including any books read in 2014, so they may or may not have been published this year. Also, they aren’t in any particular order or anything. Just going to insert them as I think of them.

The Young ElitesIt's Kind of a Funny StorySince You've Been GoneSaga, volume 1 CoverThe Black HourThe Dream ThievesLola and the Boy Next DoorThe Day the Crayons Quit CoverRivers by Michael Farris SmithMaze Runner cover imageSamuel Blink and the Forbidden ForestFortunately, the Milk CoverThe Walking Dead, Volume 1 coverThrough the Woods coverLet's Get Lost

There’s probably more, but those are the ones that come to mind right away. I’ve read a lot of good books so far this year. By the way, all of these book covers are linked to my reviews. 🙂

What books are on your TBR? How about your best books of 2014.

 

Book Blog Name Tag

So I was over on alwaysopinionatedgirl’s blog and I saw this tag that she created called the Book Blog Name Tag. “Basically you have to think of a book character for each letter in the name of your blog and then post the final acronym.” I thought it looked like a ton of fun, so I thought I’d have a go. Let’s do this.

C – Charlie (Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky)
A – Augustus Waters (The Fault in our Stars by John Green)
U – Uriah (Divergent by Veronica Roth)
G – George Weasley (Harry Potter series by JK Rowling)
H – Harry Potter (duh by JK Rowling)
T – Thor (from, you know, all the Thor things)

R – Randall Flagg (The Stand by Stephen King)
E – Elliot (Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid)
A – Atticus Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee)
D – Dale (The Walking Dead comics by Robert Kirkman)

H – Huckleberry Finn (by Mark Twain)
A – Adelina Amouteru (The Young Elites by Marie Lu)
N – Noah Czerny (the Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater)
D – d’Artagnan (The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas)
E – Elizabeth Leefolt (The Help by Kathryn Stockett)
D – Darcy Patel (Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld)

I’m not going to tag anyone, but if you want to participate, feel free! Just link back to alwaysopinionatedgirl, and send me the link so I can see what you come up with!

Bookish Talk: Library Displays!

As you may or may not know I work at a library. One of my favorite things about my job is doing the displays – I love getting artsy fartsy and creative. It’s super fun. I know several of my followers also work in libraries, so I thought it’d be fun to share some of my displays with you. Feel free to use my ideas – just send me a picture so I can see what you did! Also, link me up to your displays in the comments if you have pictures! 🙂 You can also follow me on Instagram where I post most of my displays as well as lots of bookish pictures.

Thanksgiving display

Fall books display – actually most of the books with this are sad, dark books, which I feel are the most appropriate for fall.

No-Shave November display. Sign reads: We mustache you to check out these stache-tastic books!

Halloween/horror books display

Fall display. Floating words say: Fall in love with a good book. All books had “Fall” in the title.

My Teen Read Week display. Theme was “Turn Your Dreams into Reality”

Banned Books Week display

I’ve done a few more, but these are my favorites of the ones I’ve done so far. Would you guys be interested in seeing more of these as I continue doing them? I don’t want to post something you don’t want to see!