Treesofreverie June Readathon

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Treesofreverie Read-A-Thon | June 2014<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
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Treesofreverie is hosting another readathon! 😀 So of course I had to take part. And it’s going to last for a full two weeks. Below are my goals and daily updates as the readathon continues. Feel free to join in if you’d like!

Reading Goals:

  • Finish A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
  • Read first few hundred pages of Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
  • Finish Wool by Hugh Howey
  • Finish The Flies of August by P. J. Lee
  • Read Cyndere’s Midnight by Jeffrey Overstreet
  • Read Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
  • Read Wake by Lisa McMann
  • Read The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
  • Read Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz
  • Read Angelfall by Susan Ee
  • Read Tale of the Music-Thief by Earl T. Roske
  • Read Looking for Alaska by John Green (and maybe An Abundance of Katherines and Paper Towns)
  • Read Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan

Reading Prompts:

  • Read a popular or well-known book
  • Read a book you’ve heard a lot of good things about
  • Read something recommended to you by a friend
  • Read a book from your Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Read a book to go towards a specific reading challenge
  • Read a book you received as a gift or from a giveaway
  • Read a book you received in exchange for an honest review
  • Read one of your best friend’s favourite books
  • Read a book you’ve been meaning to read
  • Read a book you’ve had lying around unfinished

Reading Challenges:

  • Finish an entire book in ONE day
  • Read a book by an author you haven’t read before
  • Read outside
  • Finish a book in a series you’ve not yet completed
  • Read a graphic novel or manga
  • Read a book in the Fantasy genre
  • Read a book in the Contemporary genre
  • Read a book from a genre you don’t usually read
  • Read a book by an indie or self published author
  • Share some of your favourite quotes from the books you read
  • Write a book review for one of the books you read
  • Share your progress and updates through video (book vlogging)
  • Take pictures of your reading progress
  • Show off your books by taking more pictures

Reading Progress:

Monday (6/16)
Wool – 19 pages
A Discovery of Witches – 45 pages (Finished)
Books Read: 1
Pages Read: 64

Tuesday (6/17)
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie – 192 pages
Books Read: 1
Pages Read: 256

Wednesday (6/18)
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie – 33 pages
Books Read: 1
Pages Read: 289

Thursday (6/19)
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie – 145 pages (Finished)
Books Read: 2
Pages Read: 434

Friday (6/20)
Wake – 210 pages (Finished)
Books Read: 3
Pages Read: 644

Saturday (6/21)
Looking for Alaska – 91 pages
Books Read: 3
Pages Read: 735

Sunday (6/22)
Looking for Alaska – 90 pages
Books Read: 3
Pages Read: 825

Monday (6/23)
Looking for Alaska – 40 pages (Finished)
The Flies of August – 73 pages (Finished)
Books Read: 5
Pages Read: 848

Tuesday (6/24)
Of Poseidon – 216 pages
Books Read: 5
Pages Read: 1064

Wednesday (6/25)
Of Poseidon – 108 pages
Books Read: 6
Pages Read: 1172

Thursday (6/26)
Witches of East End – 42 pages
Books Read: 6
Pages Read: 1214

Friday (6/27)
Witches of East End – 15 pages
Books Read: 6
Pages Read: 1229

Saturday (6/28)
Witches of East End – 31 pages
Books Read: 6
Pages Read: 1260

Sunday (6/29)
I read nothing this day because reasons

Monday (6/30)
Fantastical Beast and Where to Find Them – 59 pages
Books Read: 7
Pages Read: 1319

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Book Review: Slow Burn – Zero Day by Bobby Adair

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Slow Burn: Zero Day (Slow Burn, #1)Book Synopsis:

Slow Burn #1
Published July 2013 by CreateSpace
Zombie, Post-Apocalypse | 236 pages

A new flu strain has been spreading across Africa, Europe, and Asia. Disturbing news footage is flooding the cable news channels. People are worried. People are frightened. But Zed Zane is oblivious. 

Zed needs to borrow rent money from his parents. He gets up Sunday morning, drinks enough tequila to stifle his pride and heads to his mom’s house for a lunch of begging, again.

But something is wrong. There’s blood in the foyer. His mother’s corpse is on the living room floor. Zed’s stepdad, Dan is wild with crazy-eyed violence and attacks Zed when he comes into the house. They struggle into the kitchen. Dan’s yellow teeth tear at Zed’s arm but Zed grabs a knife and stabs Dan, thirty-seven times, or so the police later say.

With infection burning in his blood, Zed is arrested for murder but the world is falling apart and he soon finds himself back on the street, fighting for his life among the infected who would kill him and the normal people, who fear him.

Book Review: ★★★★

“Sometimes, a half-bottle of breakfast tequila just isn’t enough to deal with the day’s reality.” – Slow Burn page 3

I picked up this book because I wanted a fast and fun book to read. This novel definitely delivered. The writing was very fast paced and kept me on my toes through the whole experience. It’s not bogged down by unnecessary descriptions or dialogue and I really enjoyed the point of view from the main character. There were instances where we read his thoughts (most of the time it’s swear words) and it was done very well. I loved reading from Zed’s perspective because he is very different from many of the main characters I’m used to. He is very abrasive and level-headed and stubborn – just the type of person who could survive a zombie apocalypse.

The story seemed rather typical for a zombie apocalypse. The outbreak starts in Africa and spreads into China and Europe. However, since it’s Africa the issue isn’t important to the media until it spreads into Europe. By the time it hits America, it’s too late for anything to be done. The uniqueness of this story is the idea of a slow burner. I won’t go into detail about what they are, though, you’ll have to read the book to find out. I am definitely curious to see how they play out in the rest of the series.

Overall, it was a very good book. I picked it up and finished it in less than three hours. I was kept at the edge of my seat the entire time and now I feel the need to stock up on non-perishables and artillery. I definitely do not recommend reading this in the middle of the night (zombie nightmares and what not). It was a great start to what appears to be a great zombie series. Can’t wait to see where Zed finds himself next!

Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

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Divergent (Divergent, #1)Book Synopsis:

Divergent #1
Published Jan 2011 by Katherine Tegen Books
YA, Dystopia | 487

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Book Review: ★★★★

After a lot of hype and my friend finally pressuring me to read it by buying it for me, I finally picked up Divergent. I was really hesitant and unsure if I would like it because of said hype and because I am not a huge fan of dystopia. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book. The writing was well done and I really liked the world that Roth had created with all the factions.

I felt like a lot of this book was world building, but it was done very well. We get to learn more about the factions and initiation with Tris as she is exposed to a new faction. The following action and tests were fun and interesting to read about and I liked a lot of the characters that were present. Four and Tris’s interaction was interesting to read about and I liked how they both simultaneously connected and clashed.

The big twist in the end was definitely a surprise and very fast paced. I was sitting at the edge of my seat and I couldn’t read it fast enough. I immediately bought the rest of the trilogy and I really hope to learn more about the factions because I found that the most interesting.

Top Ten Tuesday (7)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far This Year

  1. Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell
  2. Cress – Rainbow Rowell
  3. The Scourge – A. G. Henley
  4. Divergent – Veronica Roth
  5. Siren – Tricia Rayburn
  6. Attachments – Rainbow Rowell
  7. Etiquette & Espionage – Gail Carriger
  8. The Monstrumologist – Rick Yancey
  9. The Maze Runner – James Dashner
  10. Gone – Michael Grant

What are your top ten books you’ve read so far this year?

Book Review: A Little Night Magic by Lucy March

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A Little Night MagicBook Synopsis:

Nodaway Falls #1
Published Jan 2012 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Fantasy, Romance | 310 pages

In New York Times bestselling author Lucy March’s new novel, Olivia Kiskey needs a change. She’s been working at the same Nodaway Falls, New York, waffle house since she was a teenager; not a lot of upward mobility there. She’s been in love with Tobias, the cook, for the last four years; he’s never made a move. Every Saturday night, she gathers with her three best friends—Peach, Millie, and Stacy—and drinks the same margaritas while listening to the same old stories.

Intent on shaking things up, she puts her house on the market, buys a one-way ticket to Europe, and announces her plans to her friends… but then she meets Davina Granville, a strange and mystical Southern woman who shows Olivia that there is more to her life than she ever dreamed.

As Liv’s latent magical powers come to the surface, she discovers that having an interesting life is maybe not all it’s cracked up to be. The dark side of someone else’s magic is taking over good people in town, and changing them into vessels of malevolence. Unwilling to cede her home to darkness, she battles the demons of her familial past and her magical present, with those she loves at her side… and in the cross fire.

Can the most important things in life—friendship, love, magic, and waffles—get her through the worst that the universe can throw at her?

Book Review: ★★★

I picked up this book because I wanted a cheesy romantic read and this is pretty much what I got. We are introduced to this small town with a girl who wants a huge change in her life. She gets that when she finds out she has magical abilities and to top it off, someone is trying to kill her and steal her power. The magic in this book is different than others I’ve read about. Instead of levitation or causing hexes we see magic like making baked goods appear or turning inanimate objects alive.

The plot was more interesting than I had expected it to be. I actually found it interesting how Olivia is faced with someone out to get her for something she didn’t know about until recently. There were a couple plot twists I didn’t expect and it definitely made the book better than I was expecting.

The main thing I didn’t like and the reason for the 3 stars, is that I found the main character really annoying. While all this stuff was happening to her and everyone was basically trying to help her, she kept whining. And on top of that she kept quitting. Rather than trying to get a handle on things I felt like she would just refuse to face what was happening and go about like nothing was wrong. I could understand why she would do that in the beginning but this was going on through practically the whole book.

Regardless of how I felt about her, the book and the story was really interesting. I liked where it went and I look forward to reading the sequel.