Monday, December 22, 2014

The Reader's Antidote Presents: 2014 Top Ten of Young Adult!


This is I believe the second year I'm doing this, and I added a couple of new things to talk about. Here are the categories I'll be talking about from the 23rd-30th. On some days, I'll be doing two categories to fit it all in!


December 23rd
Cover Poison

December 24th
Books I Wish I'd Read

December 25th
Favorite "Reading Challenge" Books

December 26th
Authors

December 27th
Series Endings and Beginnings

December 28th
Book Boyfriends and Heroines

December 29th
Best Books of 2014!

December 30th
Most Anticipated Novels of 2015



So come back starting tomorrow for an entire week of all my favorites of the year!



Saturday, December 20, 2014

What Does the Bookworm Say? ~ Holiday Plans!


Hi everyone, and welcome to the What Does the Bookworm Say? feature hosted by me, Thuy from Nite Lite Book Reviews, Crystal from Books Unbound, and Kimberly from The Windy Pages.

Today is all about our holiday plans! My plans actually start tonight. I'll be going to a friend's holiday party tonight, and then tomorrow I'll be flying to Michigan to stay with my Grandma and see both sides of my family. I also hope to see some snow!

Let's see... It actually is a little up-in-the-air right now with what we're doing what day. I know that I'm going to a Red Wings' home game on the 23rd, which I'm super excited for. My cousin is supposed to have her baby on the 27th, but he'll probably come early, so I'm hoping to see her and her new baby boy. I might see my Italian side, but I actually hang out a lot with the Irish side. Sometimes we do brunch with French toast, eggs, treats, and of course mimosas. I don't know how I ever survived the holidays without some sort of alcohol consumption.

After Christmas, I'm going to visit with a teacher that I had for US history in high school that actually moved to a city like ten minutes from where I'll be staying with my grandma. So I cannot wait to see her and catch up on the last 7 years.

I try not to focus too much on who I'm going to see on my vacation. Crazy things always happen, and especially since one of my favorite cousins is supposed to have her baby on the 27th, I'm not sure I'll get to see her very much. I guess the only solid plan I can make is hoping that I don't get sick.


What are your holiday plans? Let me know in the comments!



Friday, December 19, 2014

Reading Challenges Announcement: Info Post for the Better Late Than Never ARC Challenge, the And So It Begins Reading Challenge, and the And So It Ends Reading Challenge

EDIT: A SPECIAL THANKS TO KIMBERLY FOR CREATING THE LINKY LISTS!


Well hello there lovely followers! I'm so excited for the new year, even though I'm way behind on reviews and still need to pick winners for the giveaway I had :/ But a new year brings new things! I'm actually planning on picking the winners while I'm vacation, so a select few of you will be getting an email about winning some books.

But the best part of the next year is setting new reading goals! I'm really sad I haven't been able to read as much this year, but that means I did more writing and lived a lot more. I've had a fantabulous
2014, and can't wait to see what 2015 brings in books.

I obviously plan on participating in other reading challenges besides my own, but I thought I should announce the rules for the ones that do I host and co-host. Here we go!


BETTER LATE THAN NEVER ARC CHALLENGE


Does looking at your ARC pile stress you out? Do you suffer from NetGalley or Edelweiss Guilt? Have you gotten so behind in your ARC reading that older ARCs have gotten pushed aside? Well then this challenge is for you. The Windy Pages, Nite Lite Book Reviews and The Reader's Antidote have all teamed up and we are challenging ourselves to whittle down that ARC pile. This challenge will run from January 1st - December 31st, 2014. The rules are simple:
  • Goal: to get through those review books that are giving us review pile anxiety, and hopefully write reviews for those books.
  • Books may be physical ARCs or digital ARCs.
  • For book to qualify, release date must be at older than 6 months (release date earlier than July 1, 2014).
  • Give yourself a true challenge! Read at least 12 ARCs that fit in the category of being released before July 1, 2014 and then so on as the months continue (AKA, on February 1, 2014, they can be released before August 1, 2013; on March 1, 2014, they can be released before September 1, 2013, etc.).
  • Please try to do a wrap up post at the end of each month so we can check your progress. (I know I won't be able to, but I'm hoping to do one every three months.)


AND SO IT BEGINS READING CHALLENGE



There are challenges out there for debuts and my End of the Series Reading Challenge, Thuy from Nite Lite Book Reviews, Crystal from Books Unbound and I had the idea that there should be a challenge for the start of any YA series. And so, we decided to create our own challenge. It doesn't matter to me if no one signs up because I'm mostly doing this for myself. Sadly there are no prize packs, as we can't afford them, so this is just for fun.

What are the rules of this challenge?
Your goal is to read seven (7) books that are the first books in the series that come out any year, but that you have read in 2014. To "participate," you need a blog or a Goodreads account. Your reviews need to be written in English. One of us will write up a post at the end of every three months where everyone participating can link up their reviews for these books and we can all check them out! And yes, books from other challenges count, just as long as they are the first in a series.

What books are on the ASIB list?
The first book published in a YA series. I have made a Goodreads group for this challenge, which has a list of books that will count for the challenge. This list may not be accurate as the publishers may not actually picked up the second book and therefore it would not be part of series. If there is an error, I will delete the book and that book will not count for the challenge anymore. I know this is slightly haphazard but hopefully it won't be too much of a problem.

Why should you join this challenge?
Because challenges are awesome! I love starting new series, but sometimes it's daunting when you realize how many books in the series are already out. One of the reasons I wanted to do this challenge is that I know some people hold off on starting a series because they need the push to make the commitment to start something new.

How long does the challenge run?
Any books read from January 1st, 2014 - December 31st, 2014 count for this challenge. This means that if you read the first book in a series before January 1st or after December 31st, then it doesn't count. This also means ARCs that you may have already read this year that aren't published until 2014.

What should you do if you're an author coming out with the final novel in your series?
I would love to feature your book on the challenge list! Just make sure it fits within the rules of this challenge. Please e-mail me [mainardi(dot)nicole(at)gmail(dot)com] or comment on the group page and let me know if you want your book put on the list.

How do you join?
Like I said, I'm not putting up a linky list this time, so there really is no "joining" per say, but I would really like to know what books you plan to read or that you're just going to try and participate. Again, as I said above, if you would in fact like me to embed a linky list to sign up, please let me know and I will do so. Please sign up below with either a Goodreads URL to your page or your blog URL.

Here are the books I plan on reading for this challenge. There are many more on the Goodreads list. I HAVEN'T ADDED MANY NEW ONES TO THE LIST AND I'D LOVE SUGGESTIONS!






AND SO IT ENDS READING CHALLENGE


I figure that, if you want to participate, you can just do it. I'm not going to hold any giveaways or mini-challenges (I like to keep it simple since I don't always have time to blog), so there's no master list I have to check you all against. I'd still love to see what you plan to read for both challenges, so if you want to let me know about that, you can leave a link in the comments. Alright, here we go!

What are the rules of this challenge?
Your goal is to read at least seven (7) books that are the final ones in the series that come out any year, but that you have read in 2014. To "participate," you need a blog or a Goodreads account. Your reviews need to be written in English. I'm going to try to write up a post at the end of every three months where everyone participating can comment with their reviews for these books and we can all check them out!

What books are on the ASiE list?
The final book published in a YA series. It has to be in a series, not an author's third or fourth standalone, etc. I have made a Goodreads group for this challenge, which has a list of books that I believe will count for the challenge. This list may not be accurate as the publishers may not have announced that there is another book in the series yet. If there is an error, I will delete the book and that book will not count for the challenge anymore. I know this is slightly haphazard but hopefully it won't be too much of a problem.

Why should you join this challenge?
Because it's awesome? One of the best things about reading is getting to that final book in a series. This is what it's all come down to. It's the ending of a journey that you've waited at least a year to finish, and this is your chance. One of the reasons I wanted to do this challenge is that I know some people hold off on the final books of the series because they don't want to see it end. This is to push all of to that end.

How long does the challenge run?
Any books read from January 1st, 2015 - December 31st, 2015 count for this challenge. This means that if you read the final book in a series before January 1st or after December 31st, then it doesn't count. This also means ARCs that you may have already read this past year that aren't published until 2014.

What should you do if you're an author coming out with the final novel in your series?
I would love to feature your book on the challenge list! Just make sure it fits within the rules of this challenge. Please e-mail me [mainardi(dot)nicole(at)gmail(dot)com] or comment on the group page and let me know if you want your book put on the list.

How do you join?
Like I said, I'm not putting up a linky list this time, so there really is no "joining" per say, but I would really like to know what books you plan to read or that you're just going to try and participate. Again, as I said above, if you would in fact like me to embed a linky list to sign up, please let me know and I will do so. Please sign up below with either a Goodreads URL to your page or your blog URL.

Here are the books I plan on reading for this challenge. There are many more on the Goodreads list. I HAVEN'T ADDED MANY NEW ONES TO THE LIST AND I'D LOVE SUGGESTIONS!

Oblivion (Nevermore #3) by Kelly Creagh
Deadfall (Blackbird Doulogy #2) by Anna Carey
Shadow of the War Machine (The Secret Order #3) by Kristin Bailey
Deliverance (Defiance #3) CJ Redwine
Willowgrove (Hemlock #3) by Kathleen Peacock
Raging Star (Dust Lands #3) by Moira Young
Ruin and Rising (The Grisha #3) by Leigh Bardugo
Evertrue (Everneath #3) by Brodi Ashton
The Warrior (Dante Walker #3) by Victoria Scott
Of Neptune (The Syrena Legacy #3) by Anna Banks
Across a Star-Swept Sea (For Darkness Shows the Stars #2) by Diana Peterfreund
Shades of the Earth (Across the Universe #3) by Beth Revis
Elegy (Hereafter #3) by Tara Hudson
Three (Article 5 #3) by Kristen Simmons
The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #3) by Michelle Hodkin
Dance of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death #2) by Bethany Griffin
City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare






PLEASE COMMENTS BELOW IF YOU'D LIKE TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY OF THESE READING CHALLENGES!



Monday, December 15, 2014

My Poison Monday (2)


My Poison Monday is inspired by It's Monday! What Are You Reading? hosted by Book Journey, where I talk about my current read, as well as what I just finished and what I want to start next.


WHAT I'M READING NOW:

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

WHAT I JUST FINISHED:


Dry, sarcastic, sixteen-year-old Cam Cooper has spent the last seven years in and out hospitals. The last thing she wants to do in the short life she has left is move 1,500 miles away to Promise, Maine - a place known for the miraculous events that occur there. But it's undeniable that strange things happen in Promise: everlasting sunsets; purple dandelions; flamingoes in the frigid Atlantic; an elusive boy named Asher; and finally, a mysterious envelope containing a list of things for Cam to do before she dies. As Cam checks each item off the list, she finally learns to believe - in love, in herself, and even in miracles.

A debut novel from an immensely talented new writer, The Probability of Miracles crackles with wit, romance and humor and will leave readers laughing and crying with each turn of the page.


WHAT I'M READING NEXT:


She could save the world—or destroy it.

Sixteen-year-old Evangeline "Evie" Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they're still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.

But she can't do either alone.

With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can't totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

Who can Evie trust?

As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it's not always clear who is on which side.



[WARNING: SPOILERS FROM BOOK 1]

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same.

Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life.

Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after...









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