Some News…

Hi guys!

As you have probably noticed, I haven’t really been around the blogosphere recently. And that’s because:

Chris and I are having a baby!

That’s right! The author and the bibliophile are expecting a little bundle of joy in late December of this year. A lot of my time has been spent researching baby stuff and going to a bazillion doctor’s appointments, so I apologize for not doing much in the way of reviews. I have actually been re-reading a lot of stuff because I often get interrupted or distracted, so it’s nice to already know the plot.

You might also be happy to know that our baby announcement was definitely book-centric:

Baby

Anyway, I will try to post on this blog as much as I can since things have finally started to settle down a little bit, but if you are interested in following my pregnancy and motherhood adventures, you can go over to my other blog http://www.kickmebabyonemoretime.blogspot.com (sorry wordpress!) and catch up on the latest news.

Much Love,

Casey

THE ROTTEN APPLE IS NOW AVAILABLE!

Most of you know that my husband is a writer. But did you know his newest book was released yesterday?!

THE ROTTEN APPLE IS NOW AVAILABLE!.

If you like 50’s noir crime, then this book is perfect for you. I read it myself and I think it’s awesome! Head over to mentalsweatshop to take a look, and head over to Amazon to pick up a copy!

Cheap Books

This week, my husband and I have been scouring Goodwills and Salvos for books. Why didn’t we think of this before? Why? We have absolutely no idea. Recently, we have gotten almost 20 books, including a box set of the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman, which I have been looking for for a long time! I really don’t know why we have not been looking at thrift shops for books before. We are always on the lookout at yard sales, household sales and bazaars, but those things typically only take place in the summer. We now have two tall bookcases, a short bookcase, a CD tower, three shelves, and four stacks of books that we will someday need to pack up into boxes when we move. Does anyone have a forklift we can borrow?

Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

Title: The Selection

Author: Kiera Cass

Publisher: Harper Teen

Release Date: April 24th, 2012

Date Read: May 7-8, 2013

When we got the letter in the post, my mother was ecstatic. She had already decided that all our problems were solved, gone forever. The big hitch in her brilliant plan was me. I didn’t want to be royalty. And I didn’t want to be a One. I didn’t even want to try.

First Impression: You can read all about my very first impression here.

I thought it was dumb.

I was wrong.

When I picked it back up, I did it because I ran out of books and I still hadn’t finished this one. I flew through it in about a day, because it gets so much better than that first chapter. I thought it was going to end up being a vapid, pretty girl’s version of The Hunger Games- with a love triangle. But, as I read further, I really liked it. I got to know the character more than the first few pages, and I was glad I picked up the book again.

Things I Liked: The relationship between all of the contestants was an interesting one to read about. It’s like being backstage on The Bachelor (I am assuming this, because I have never seen it), and it was fun to read. I think that kind of writing takes a little effort too, because the author really needs to study group dynamics in a competitive setting. I was angry and happy and confused by some of the girls, and I loved it. I would have hated it if the book wasn’t told from America’s perspective, but it really was nice seeing it through her eyes. I also really loved that there is a dash of politics in here. Royal secrets, questions about the end of the U.S. as we know it, all that. It is a theme that becomes increasingly important, and increasingly interesting.

Things I Didn’t Like: I am not sure that I like the love triangle. Love triangles are ridiculously overdone, but somehow they always feel like a necessary part of YA lit. I think that this book could have stood without the love triangle, but I don’t know how it plays out in the rest of the series, so I won’t write it off (so punny) just yet.

Overall: I reallllly liked it. That being said, my first impression really sticks with me, so I can’t give it 5 stars. I know that I am not the only one to feel this way about the beginning chapters, but I do wish the others would finish the book.

Rating: 

fourstars

Pre-Ordered

I both love and hate pre-ordering books.

love that I will get the books I pre-ordered on the very day they are released.

hate that paying for them in advance feels like paying to be reminded of a book that isn’t even out yet and an already-missing-sum from my bank account.

 

What I have pre-ordered so far:

1. Allegiant by Veronica Roth

2.  Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi (no cover yet!)

This one is the second novella in the series, right between Unravel Me (#2) and Ignite Me (#3- not yet released.)

3. The Guard by Kiera Cass

This is also a second novella, right between #2 and #3 of The Selection series.

Both novellas don’t come out until December. How will I stand the wait?!

Do you guys have anything pre-ordered that you are just dying to get your hands on? 

Should I have something else on my pre-order list?

*I just remembered a I should have pre-ordered The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines, #4) by Richelle Mead, which comes out in November.

Dear YA Lit: I Have A Bone To Pick With You

Courtesy of Tumblr

My problem is with your leading ladies.

My problem is that almost all of them are the same.

This is what I have noticed about a lot of YA’s leading ladies:

1. All of them have messy hair.

2. They don’t realize that they are beautiful, and it undoubtedly takes a very specific male to point it out.

3. They are very reluctant to fall in love, or are simply too oblivious to see when a guy likes them.

4. They are always very easily embarrassed , especially in situations that should not end in embarrassment.

And this one gets to me the most:

5. They always remember to wear lip gloss. Ummm, what? Lip gloss is literally the last thing I remember when I’m getting ready? Chapstick, yes. Lip gloss? Absolutely not. These girls can literally have 2 minutes to get ready, and instead of brushing their hair or their teeth, they grab their lip gloss and go. Crazy people.

 

Anyway, that’s the extent of my list for now. I am absolutely positive there are things I’m forgetting.

Do you have anything to add?

Review: Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Title: Under The Never Sky

Author: Veronica Rossi

Publisher: Harper Books

Release Date: January 3, 2012

Date Read: April 18, 2013

IN A WORLD OF DANGER

AN UNLIKELY ALLIANCE

BREATHTAKING ADVENTURE

AND UNFORGETTABLE ROMANCE

First Impression: If you take a look at how long it took me to read this book, you will notice that the only impression I had time for was the first one. That’s how good I thought the book was. The book is 376 pages long, and I flew through every one of them in no time. I liked the dystopian setting right of the bat, I liked the characters and wanted to learn more about them, and I ended up being too interested to stop reading it.

Things I Liked: I really liked that the characters were independent. I know that a lot of the characters are independent in YA books, but mostly I find that they are in the extremes. Some characters are so independent that they hardly have any friends and we think they are weird until we really jump into the story. Others are so dependent on their friends and family that it often causes problems. I liked that these characters had bonds, but could see the big picture as well. The bonds are important, but so is the big picture. Their feelings are also realistic as well. That’s another thing that YA books do. I know that teenagers are often moody and shallow, but that doesn’t mean that every teenager everywhere is only concerned about what to wear and what their love interest is doing or thinking. These characters are often shallow and selfish. However, the other half are introverted to the point of social aversion- but they are the deepest thinkers ever. Possible? Sure. Realistic? No. These characters seem realistic in a world that is not real (in our reality, anyway.) It makes the whole book and all of it’s newness in terms of setting more real. That’s the ticket. If you want to write me a piece of dytopian literature, then you better take some steps to make sure that I can make some sort of connection to make it seem real for me.

Also, I just liked the story. I love the outsiders-insiders theme.

Things I Didn’t Like: It’s obvious I read this quite a while ago, so I don’t really remember anything bad. Also, I think when I read books so quickly, I might not have picked up on anything I don’t really like. Because, for me, it’s over in a flash. So, moral of the story, I liked it way more than I my have potentially not liked it.

Overall: Looooooved itttttt. (In my head that sounded like a flamboyantly gay man saying “fabulous.”) Great story, great characters, great read.

Rating: 

stars

You Know What Really Grinds My Gears?

straight from tumblr

Typos. Typos, typos, typos. I have been reading ebooks almost exclusively because I am poor. Also, I have gotten used to getting my books instantly when I buy them.

Anyway. I have found ridiculous typos in almost every single one of the ebooks I have read recently, and it is making me angry. Do these authors just get so excited that they finished their books that they can’t help but publish them before the final edits? That’s what it seems like to me. This has happened so often that I have just started assuming the worst when I start a new ebook.

And that isn’t cool.

So, to all of you authors out there that think you are ready to publish your ebook: take another look.

However, it is worth mentioning that quite a few of these ebooks were actually free downloads. But, I think that authors should still have enough pride in what they do to give it a final look-through.

But, I also want to thank authors for making their ebooks free for poor girls like me.

Lately

Hello! I just thought I would check in. It turns out, more people read my blog than I gave myself credit for! We just got back from a visit with my in-laws, and my husband’s grandma made a comment about how I am trying not to eat bread… turns out my MIL read my “Getting In Shape” post and told her about it! It was a strange moment for me, but it was nice to know that someone is reading my blog! 🙂

In other news, movies are coming out for most of the books I have read in the past year or two, and it’s kind of cool. My friend Ashley and I (you may remember her from this post) went and saw Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters in our town’s quaint little theater last week, and I really enjoyed it. I have to admit, it’s been a little while (a few years) since I read the book, but the movie was entertaining. Ash and I had to have the talk with ourselves afterward, though. I don’t mean the birds-and-the-bees talk, I mean the movies-can’t-cover-every-tiny-detail-of-the-books-or-else-we’d-be-watching-for-days talk. I know there is probably a shorter name for that talk, but it’s still an important one to have. Movies would be days and days long if they contained every minute detail of the books, much to our chagrin. You can’t always get what you want, I suppose. Although, I think it is worth mentioning that the best book-to-movie I have ever seen is The Help. The book was written by Kathryn Stockett. It made a really, really good transition to the big screen and if you haven’t read the book or watched the movie, you owe it to yourself to do so!

Ash and I are also planning on going to see The Mortal Instruments sometime very soon (It came out today). I am looking forward to it, although I don’t know how I feel about some of the cast choices (I don’t think Jace should be so… androgynous). I also plan on reading Ender’s Game so that I will be prepared for the movie, which comes out 11.1.13. Have you guys read it? Is is good?

Other movies I am looking forward to:

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Book Thief

The Fault in Our Stars

Divergent (I am especially pumped about this one)

 

If you haven’t read any of these books, go do it! 

 

Also, I just thought I would tell you guys about an awesome birthday card we saw at Target the other day. The dialog went like this:

Girl 1: Where’s your birthday party at?

Girl 2: Don’t end your sentences in prepositions.

Girl 1: Where’s your birthday party at, bitch?

 

We laughed and laughed.