Counting the Stars 12#

counting the stars

You know what this means? Counting the Stars has been running for THREE MONTHS. This is a proud moment *wipes tears from eyes*.  Anyway, go ahead and the grab the sticker to join in!

The rules:

  • Post a sticker – whether it be mine or your own (provided it has Counting the Stars on it)
  • Either a) leave a link to your post in the comments below or b) tell me your answers in the comments – either is fine!
  • Try to post titles under at least a few of the catergories below

Books I bought:

If you read Counting the Stars last week, you may recall that  I mentioned having bought books that I would post this week. You may also remember that I bought five books. Five soon became seven. One book still is coming, so that will hopefully be featured next week. Not one of these was more than $5, in fact one was a brand new hardcover for $2

  • Captivate by Carrie JonesCaptivate (Need, #2)
  • Fever by Lauren DeStefanoFever (The Chemical Garden, #2)
  • Fallen: In Love by Lauren KateFallen in Love (Fallen, #3.5)
  • Rapture by Lauren KateRapture (Fallen, #4)
  • BZRK by Michael GrantBZRK
  • Insignia by S. J. KincaidInsignia (Insignia, #1)

Gifted:

 

Won:

 

For review:

  • The Pool Theory by Alexa NazzaroThe Pool Theory
  • All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill (I am SO excited for this one!!!!)All Our Yesterdays
  • The League of Delphi by Chris EverheartThe League of Delphi (The Delphi Trilogy #1)
  • Water by Natasha HardyWater
  • Gold by Talia VanceGold (Bandia, #2)

Read and reviewed:

  • Struck by Jennifer BosworthStruck (Struck, #1)
  • The Summoning by Kelley ArmstrongThe Summoning (Darkest Powers, #1)
  • Vesper by Jeff SampsonVesper (Deviants, #1)
  • Heist Society by Ally CarterHeist Society (Heist Society, #1)
  • Extra Credit Epidemic by Nina PostExtra Credit Epidemic

Read, review to be posted:

  • Vampire Mountain by Darren ShanVampire Mountain (Cirque Du Freak, #4)
  • Radiant Shadows by Melissa MarrRadiant Shadows (Wicked Lovely, #4)
  • Darkest Mercy by Melissa MarrDarkest Mercy (Wicked Lovely, #5)

Library:

  • Vesper by Jeff SampsonVesper (Deviants, #1)
  • Vampire Mountain by Darren ShanVampire Mountain (Cirque Du Freak, #4)
  • Trials of Death by Darren ShanTrials of Death (Cirque Du Freak, #5)
  • Above by Leah BobetAbove
  • Going Bovine by Libba BrayGoing Bovine

To be read:

  • Trials of Death by Darren ShanTrials of Death (Cirque Du Freak, #5)
  • Going Bovine by Libba BrayGoing Bovine
  • Grasping at Eternity by Karen Amanda HooperGrasping at Eternity (The Kindrily, #1)
  • The League of Delphi by Chris EverheartThe League of Delphi (The Delphi Trilogy #1)

Currently reading:

  • Above by Leah Bobet (on page 150)Above

Saver Saturdays 3# and Reviews

Hope you’re all having a brilliant weekend!

Saver Saturday:

I don’t as of yet have a button, but feel free to create your own or just not use one yet.

 The rules:

  • Post a special deal you find that can save readers money. This could be an ebook deal (such as a discounted book – or even a free one!), a physical book deal or just a deal anything book related!
  • In your post leave a link back to this post so others may sign up.
  • Leave a link in the comments so that others don’t have to go searching for your tips!

I recently noticed that this book is still around the same price as it was when I purchased it. It is one of my favourite books and is absolutely amazing!

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

The Summoning (Darkest Powers, #1)Goodreads synopsis: My name is Chloe Saunders and my life will never be the same again.

All I wanted was to make friends, meet boys, and keep on being ordinary. I don’t even know what that means anymore. It all started on the day that I saw my first ghost – and the ghost saw me.

Now there are ghosts everywhere and they won’t leave me alone. To top it all off, I somehow got myself locked up in Lyle House, a “special home” for troubled teens. Yet the home isn’t what it seems. Don’t tell anyone, but I think there might be more to my housemates than meets the eye. The question is, whose side are they on? it’s up to me to figure out the dangerous secrets behind Lyle House…before its skeletons come back to haunt me.

Price: $5.37 AUS!!!!

Where from? Book Depository!!!!

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Review of Vesper by Jeff Sampson

Vesper (Deviants, #1)  Publication date: January 25th 2011

                                      Publisher: Balzer+ Bray/HarperCollins

                                      Series: Deviants

                                      Source: Borrowed

 Goodreads synopsis: Emily Webb is a geek. And she’s happy that way. Content hiding under hoodies and curling up to watch old horror flicks, she’s never been the kind of girl who sneaks out for midnight parties. And she’s definitely not the kind of girl who starts fights or flirts with other girls’ boyfriends. Until one night Emily finds herself doing exactly that . . . the same night one of her classmates—also named Emily—is found mysteriously murdered.

The thing is, Emily doesn’t know why she’s doing any of this. By day, she’s the same old boring Emily, but by night, she turns into a thrill seeker. With every nightfall, Emily gets wilder until it’s no longer just her personality that changes. Her body can do things it never could before: Emily is now strong, fast, and utterly fearless. And soon Emily realizes that she’s not just coming out of her shell . . . there’s something much bigger going on. Is she bewitched by the soul of the other, murdered Emily? Or is Emily Webb becoming something else entirely—something not human?

As Emily hunts for answers, she finds out that she’s not the only one this is happening to—some of her classmates are changing as well. Who is turning these teens into monsters—and how many people will they kill to get what they want?

This was a very quick read and here I am now, writing a little review.

Well. If you have noticed the shelve section above, you will love the new shelf I added. Entirely appropriate (totally misjudged what book was about). I have done that with the previous FOUR books I have read. I now feel obligated to add the shelf. Anyway, I assumed Vesper was about ghosts. Nope werewolves. Am I way off or what?

Anyway, to the actual book. I thought it was alright. Didn’t love it, didn’t hate. Just so-so. I think maybe if the book was a tad longer my rating would have easily made four stars but because it was so short I feel as though we didn’t really get to know Emily, i liked one side of her (daytime) but detested the other. I think I just disliked nighttime Emily just a little too much.

I liked the actual story though. Geek with a werewolf alter ego. Cool. I would have loved to see it extended or drawn out because I think it is a great idea. Vesper presents new ideas on werewolves but doesn’t take it too far that people who enjoy reading werewolf books (like myself) don’t lose interest in the book. I am hoping by reading the sequels it will seem like a very long book, because I like the book just too much to discontinue reading.

Jeff Sampson did a great job of writing. Totally believable and realistic, which is a quality in authors that I highly regard. That on its own should deserve a trophy. That is one aspect of reading I am super picky about. The cover is cool too.

I would recommend this to readers of paranormal fiction. I will be continuing with the series.

3/5 stars.

Goodreads author bio:

Jeff SampsonMy writing history: I’ve been involved with children’s publishing for the past 11 years now — I got my start right out of high school, just after turning 18. Since then I’ve published eight books for children and young adults, with six more currently scheduled for release and in various stages of being written and edited. I’ve also contributed material to ten or so other books by other authors and have put out a short story or two.

My most recent release was the debut of my original YA sci-fi series Deviants. The first book, Vesper, was released in stores everywhere in January 2011, with the next two books coming out in Jan. 2012 and Jan. 2013, respectively.

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Review of Heist Society by Ally Carter

Heist Society (Heist Society, #1)  Publication date: February 9th 2010

                                       Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

                                       Series: Heist Society

                                       Source: Hardback copy purchased by myself. Unbiased review.

Goodreads synopsis: When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the Louvre…to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria…to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own—scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving “the life” for a normal life proves harder than she’d expected.

Soon, Kat’s friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring Kat back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has a good reason: a powerful mobster has been robbed of his priceless art collection and wants to retrieve it. Only a master thief could have pulled this job, and Kat’s father isn’t just on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat’s dad needs her help.

For Kat, there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it’s a spectacularly impossible job? She’s got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in her family’s history–and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way.

Let me just get this out there – I LOVE ALLY CARTER’S GALLAGHER GIRL BOOKS!!!! There *releases deep breath*, I said it. I just had to get that out of my system because I was said to find that I enjoyed the Gallagher Girls books a lot more than Heist Society.

I think I had better knock the negative stuff out of the way so that I can get to the good stuff! I was a little disappointed with Hale. It was probably that we didn’t get introduced to him much, we didn’t learn enough about him. I might be wayyyy off here, but I am curious to see whether a love triangle blooms between Kat, Hale and Nick.

The other thing was that I found it quite hard to get into the story. The thing is that I still wasn’t even into the story at the end, and that in my opinion, is a crucial point in the story. So I am left battling whether or not to continue buying the other two books because I own Heist Society in hardcover, so I’d be paying a lot. I think I will borrow the sequel and if I enjoy it a bit more continue to purchase the series.

Now onto the good stuff.

I adored the way that Kat got to travelled the world. I have always been a big traveller at heart and having been to places like the Louvre, the story really called to me. I always got excited to find out where Kat was at each little section telling us where she was.

I liked Kat as a character and I thought her personality was believable. She was brave and we don’t get to read about thieves often, in fact this is the first tie I have! I take off my hat to you Ally Carter.

Heist Society was a fun read. I would recommend this to people who enjoy chick lit with a bit of an unsual twist.

3.5/5 stars!

Goodreads author bio:

Ally Carter Ally Carter is a writer living and working in the Midwest. She loved school so much she kept going…and going…and going…until finally she had to graduate. Now she has degrees from Oklahoma State University and Cornell University and a house and a job and other very grown-up things.

Her life is either very ordinary or the best deep-cover legend ever. She’d tell you more, but…well…you know…

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Counting the Stars 11#

counting the stars

Hi guys! Hope you had an awesome week! For those of you who don’t know, this is a meme hosted here at bookcomet where you remember the week.

Rules:

  • Post a sticker – whether it be mine or your own (provided it has Counting the Stars on it)
  • Either a) leave a link to your post in the comments below or b) tell me your answers in the comments – either is fine!
  • Try to post titles under at least a few of the catergories below

Books I bought:

If you read my post last week, you will know that I was going to buy another book after finishing the post. But, I didn’t end up buying just one book. I bought FIVE. I plan on showing them hopefully next week if they arrive in time.

I did, however, get a freebie on my kindle.

  • The Realm: Secrets Unlocked by Lindsey K. RietzschSecrets Unlocked (The Realm, #1)

Gifted:

  • The Summoning by Kelley ArmstrongThe Summoning (Darkest Powers, #1)

I was so excited to get this in the mail. I wish it had come sooner because I wanted to read it for Once Upon a Read-a-Thon but never mind.

Won:

For review:

From the author:

  • You Are Mine by Janeal FalorYou Are Mine (Mine, #1)

Read to review:

  • Fire Country by David EstesFire Country (The Country Saga, #1)

Via Netgalley:

  • Shadow of Time by Jen MinkmanShadow of Time
  • Sideshow of Merit by Nicole PietschSideshow of Merit
  • Grasping at Eternity by Karen Amanda HooperGrasping at Eternity (The Kindrily, #1)
  • Shadow Hunters and Downworlders edited by Cassandra ClareShadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader
  • The Guardians by T. M. FranklinThe Guardians  (More, #2)

Read and reviewed:

  • Clockwork Princess by Cassandra ClareClockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)
  • The Selection by Kiera CassThe Selection (The Selection, #1)
  • Unearthly by Cynthia HandUnearthly (Unearthly, #1)
  • Fire Country by David EstesFire Country (The Country Saga, #1)
  • You Are Mine by Janeal FalorYou Are Mine (Mine, #1)

Read and reviewed, yet to be posted:

  • Ink Exchange by Melissa MarrInk Exchange (Wicked Lovely, #2)
  • Fragile Eternity by Melissa MarrFragile Eternity (Wicked Lovely, #3)

Library:

To be read:

  • The Summoning by Kelley ArmstrongThe Summoning (Darkest Powers, #1)
  • Radiant Shadows by Melissa MarrRadiant Shadows (Wicked Lovely, #4)
  • Heist Society by Ally CarterHeist Society (Heist Society, #1)
  • Darkest Mercy by Melissa MarrDarkest Mercy (Wicked Lovely, #5)

Currently reading:

  • Struck by Jennifer Bosworth (on page 150)Struck (Struck, #1)

 

Counting the Stars 10#

counting the stars

Wow! Early this week!

Rules:

  • Post a sticker – whether it be mine or your own (provided it has Counting the Stars on it)
  • Either a) leave a link to your post in the comments below or b) tell me your answers in the comments – either is fine!
  • Try to post titles under at least a few of the catergories below

Books I bought:

None again! Although, I think I may be buying a book after this *shakes head shamefully*

Gifted:

I am so grateful for this! I can’t WAIT to read it!

  • Blood Red Road by Moira YoungBlood Red Road (Dust Lands, #1)

Won:

Zilch

For review:

I am super excited for a couple of these:

  • The Genesis by K. L. KerrThe Genesis (Blood of Ages, #1)
  • Forbidden: Discover the Legend by Tina SmithForbidden: Discover the Legend (Wolf Sirens, #1)
  • End Dayz by Kellie SheridanEnd Dayz (The Hitchhiker Strain, #0.5)
  • Fae by C. J. AbediFae
  • More by T. M. FranklinMore
  • Deadly Designs by Dale MayerDeadly Designs (Design, #2)
  • Slumber by Tamara BlakeSlumber

Read and reviewed:

  • The Bagman by Rachael RipponThe Bagman (The Abigail Cobble Trilogy, #1)
  • Double by Jenny ValentineDouble
  • The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess RothenbergThe Catastrophic History of You and Me
  • Crescendo by Becca FitzpatrickCrescendo (Hush, Hush, #2)

To be read:

I am extremely happy because I have decided I am going to aim to read more this week – which means tackling that huge pile of books I have to read that have been piling up is going to slowly go down.

  • The Selection by Kiera CassThe Selection (The Selection, #1)
  • Ink Exchange by Melissa MarrInk Exchange (Wicked Lovely, #2)
  • The Summoning by Kelley ArmstrongThe Summoning (Darkest Powers, #1)
  • Fragile Eternity by Melissa MarrFragile Eternity (Wicked Lovely, #3)
  • Unearthly by Cynthia HandUnearthly (Unearthly, #1)
  • Struck by Jennifer BosworthStruck (Struck, #1)
  • Radiant Shadows by Melissa MarrRadiant Shadows (Wicked Lovely, #4)
  • Heist Society by Ally CarterHeist Society (Heist Society, #1)
  • Darkest Mercy by Melissa MarrDarkest Mercy (Wicked Lovely, #5)

Yeah, somehow I don’t think I’ll read them all this week. However, I am aiming to at least get half way through Unearthly.

Currently reading:

  • Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare (I am currently on page 420. Seriously, this is such an amazing book. If you have not read this trilogy yet – I command you to try it. But it’s better if you read it with the Mortal Instruments series. If you want the reading order, comment below)Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)