Wishlist Wednesday # 9

Wishlist Wednesday hosted by Pen to Paper is a book blog hop in which you post about one book per week that has been on your wishlist for a while or  that was just recently added (entirely up to you) that you cannot wait to add to your shelves.

The Wicked will Rise by Danielle Paige Release Date: March 31, 2015

Synopsis: In this dark, high-octane sequel to the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die, Amy Gumm must do everything in her power to kill Dorothy and free Oz.

To make Oz a free land again, Amy Gumm was given a mission: remove the Tin Woodman’s heart, steal the Scarecrow’s brain, take the Lion’s courage, and then Dorothy must die….

But Dorothy still lives. Now the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked has vanished, and mysterious Princess Ozma might be Amy’s only ally. As Amy learns the truth about her mission, she realizes that she’s only just scratched the surface of Oz’s past—and that Kansas, the home she couldn’t wait to leave behind, may also be in danger. In a place where the line between good and evil shifts with just a strong gust of wind, who can Amy trust—and who is really Wicked?

My Thoughts:  I am not a huge fan of the covers of this series, but that does not mean that I do not like them. I think they serve their purpose. They reveal enough about the story, but leave some a mystery, just enough to keep me interested. I absolutely LOVED the first book in this series. I am so excited for the release of this book. I cannot wait to see how twisted this world can really become. It was so creepy and magical in the first book. I am really hoping that it is the same in this book. Is anyone else excited for this book? Or has anyone had a chance to get an early copy? If so, what did you think? I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions on this book.  Last, but not least, what is on your Wishlist Wednesday? I would love to know. Leave me a comment down below letting me know which books you are excited for this year!

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Book Review: Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen

Cover: I think that this cover is pretty awesome. I love that it looks like a school book but also looks like an old book that might be used for I don’t know maybe summoning demons. I also Love the fact that it has a big huge b-movie devil drawing on the front.

Synopsis:#EvilLibrarian He’s young. He’s hot. He’s also evil. He’s . . . the librarian.

When Cynthia Rothschild’s best friend, Annie, falls head over heels for the new high-school librarian, Cyn can totally see why. He’s really young and super cute and thinks Annie would make an excellent library monitor. But after meeting Mr. Gabriel, Cyn realizes something isn’t quite right. Maybe it’s the creepy look in the librarian’s eyes, or the weird feeling Cyn gets whenever she’s around him. Before long Cyn realizes that Mr. Gabriel is, in fact . . . a demon. Now, in addition to saving the school musical from technical disaster and trying not to make a fool of herself with her own hopeless crush, Cyn has to save her best friend from the clutches of the evil librarian, who also seems to be slowly sucking the life force out of the entire student body! From best-selling author Michelle Knudsen, here is the perfect novel for teens who like their horror served up with a bit of romance, plenty of humor, and some pretty hot guys (of both the good and evil variety).

Goodreads Rating: 3/5 however it really is a 3.5/ 5 

Review: Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen is a fun read. However, there were some parts of this book that annoyed the hell out of me. So this story follows Cynthia Rothschild, she is the run of the mill average teenager. She spends most of her days hanging out with her best friend Annie and lusting after her crush Ryan. One day a new librarian arrives at her school and her friend Annie is smitten, actually she becomes rather obsessed. Annie stops hanging out with Cyn and starts spending all of her time in the library. What Annie does not realize is that the new librarian Mr. Gabriel is a demon. Now I do not want to say too much more on the premise of the story. However, it basically breaks down into Cynthia discovers that he is a demon and all hell is set to break loose at the closing of the schools musical Sweeney Todd. This book left me with a lot of mixed feelings while I liked the book I hated it as well. First thing first, I liked it because it did make me laugh, it was a tad ridiculous. Which is what made this a fun read. If the authors intentions were to write a B movie style book she hit it on the nose. However, the thing that got on my nerves was Cynthia’s consistent lusting after her crush, sure I get it, she thinks that he is hot and swoon worthy, that is great. However, I do not feel that this needed to be stated a billion times throughout the course of the book. Eventually, Cynthia and Ryan start hanging out because Cynthia tries to convince him that something is off about Mr. Gabriel. Ryan is reluctant to believe her until they walk into the Library and find him in a demon like form. From there Ryan and Cynthia begin hanging out and try to figure out how they are going to save the school from Mr. Gabriel. I felt that every time the story started getting better it was stopped by Cyn’s consistent lusting after Ryan. For Example, in one part of the book Ryan and Cynthia are talking to a teacher, whom they think will be able to help them, however, Cynthia can do nothing but lust after Ryan. “Maybe he’s got some additional motivation, maybe there’s a larger story, some ultimate overarching goal, but in the end, demons do what they do because they want to. I think our essences are like candy to them. Or like drugs. They cannot always come through to our world; that must be true, or else we would all have been wiped out long ago. But some of them come through, and some of them are able to get to us in various ways.” “Alright,” Ryan says. “So how do we stop him?” LOVE. Seriously, the way he stays on topic is just incredibly hot. (Pg 131). Stuff like that happens A LOT throughout the duration of the book. Other than that the book was ok. It read like a B movie, which is always fun. It is cheesy and ridiculous and that is what I enjoyed. I don’t mind a little bit of the girl drooling over the guy, but this was overboard. All in all I do not foresee myself reading this book again in the future. I do believe that this is a stand-alone novel, however, if there was a second book I may pick it up, but I am not too sure. Have any of you read this book? If so, I would love to hear your thoughts. Leave your comments letting me know below.

Wishlist Wednesday #8

It has been a while since the last time I did a wishlist wednesday. However, I am excited to get back at it and try to be more active on my blog with these sort of things. Wishlist Wednesday hosted by Pen to Paper is a book blog hop in which you post about one book per week that has been on your wishlist for a while or  that was just recently added (entirely up to you) that you cannot wait to add to your shelves.

Red Queen by  Victoria Aveyard

Synopsis: The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

My Thoughts:  I absolutely LOVE this cover. I have heard nothing but good things about this book. It has been all over booktube and the girls over at Epic Reads keep talking about how awesome it is. If you are curious to see what it is all about here is a youtube video explaining what this book entails. This book is not released until February 10th!!! So close but yet so far! If any of you have had the opportunity to check this out early please let me know what your thoughts are. Also, if you are excited about this book let me know in the comment section! What is on your wishlist wednesday? I would love to know leave me a comment below letting me know.

Book Review: Jackaby By William Ritter

Jackaby

Cover: I absolutely LOVE this cover. I love the colors and I love the style. It tells so much about the book without giving anything away. BEAUTIFUL!

Synopsis:Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary–including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police–with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane–deny.

Doctor Who meets Sherlock in William Ritter’s debut novel, which features a detective of the paranormal as seen through the eyes of his adventurous and intelligent assistant in a tale brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre.

Goodreads Rating: 5 out of 5. 

Review: Jackaby by William Ritter is one of my new all time favorite books. It is a combination of Sherlock Holmes meets Doctor Who, which if you are a fan of these shows you are going to LOVE this book. The story follows Abigail Rook who sails from England to New Fiddleham in 1892. She has the need for adventure in her life, which is why she left home. When she arrives in New Fiddleham she has little to no money and a few select items of clothing. While in a bar she meets R.F. Jackaby a strange and delightful character. He is a detective of the paranormal. Jackaby while he reminds me of Benedict Cumberbatch’s version of Sherlock Holmes he does posses qualities that remind of Matt Smith’s portrayal of the Doctor. While this is a short book, only 299 pages, it is fast paced and it flows really well. It draws you into the world and it makes you feel like you are right there alongside Jackaby and Abigail Rook. From what I understand this is not a stand alone book, I believe it is going to be a series, though I do not know how many books there will be. I will have to do some research and find out! Once I do though I will let you guys know. I am so excited to see how the story will progress. While there are no cliff hangers at the end and everything is tied up I believe there is so many ways that this story can develop. So if you have had not had a chance to check this book out yet I suggest that you do. You will be in for one heck of a ride. If you have had the chance to read it I would love to hear what you guys think!!! Let me know in the comment section below.

Where have I been?

So I have been M.I.A from here for quite sometime and a few of you may be wondering why. It is not that I have not wanted to be on here, but there have been a few changes in my life over the last few months that it has taken a while to adjust and get situated. Over the last few months of 2014 (Oct-Dec) my husband and I both acquired new jobs. Back in Oct my husband found out that the preschool that he teaches at would be closing their doors and had to find a new job. Luckily, his mom (through her job) met a woman who worked at a preschool and they needed a teachers aide. Not only was he adjusting to his new job, but he is also working on finishing his degree. My husband was taking a writing class which required a lot of time and well, neither of us really had it. So, we were able to work together and pull through his class with a B. YAY! Then in Mid-Oct my husband and I along with his family took a vacation and went to Maui. It was so nice and relaxing to take a break and be away from the madness that was my retail job. Once we came back from Maui it was blackout months (Christmas time) for my job. It was so crazy and so chaotic I literally had no time for anything. I was so tired and so physically exhausted every day I could not force myself to pick up a book. I was getting so sick and tired of the crap from my job I knew I needed to find something else. I have this habit of looking for jobs and saying I am going to apply and I never do, because I always get so insecure that I am not going to be good enough or have enough education to get it. Then right before Christmas, my mother in law had heard from a friend at church that they knew someone who was hiring for a receptionist. I have never done office work before, so I was a little apprehensive because I thought that maybe they wanted someone with experience. I figured the worst they could say was no, so I applied and interviewed. Initially, they had told me that they were not going to hire me because they found someone who had a little more experience, but I was their second choice. Then that following Monday, while at work I got a call from the office manager telling me that if I was still interested in the job it was mine. So, needless to say, I got off the phone and gave my two weeks notice. I started at the new job on Dec. 29, 2014 and I am loving it. The people there are so nice and helpful. I love the fact that it is a family run business and they make you feel like you are family. Recently, my company had a holiday party and they took us to San Francisco to see Cirque Du Soleil Kurious: Cabinets of Curiosities (which was AMAZING!!!) and they paid for our hotel and they also rented out an entire restaurant for the company to enjoy a meal. Since I have started working there I have been less stressed and less tired and have been able to focus more on reading. Although, now that I have a new job I am hoping that I am able to keep this up so that I am able to be more active on here and be able to post more reviews and all of that. So yeah. Here is to a new years and a new reading year. Since the the beginning of January  I have been able to complete nearly 3 books. I am about 30 pages away from finishing the third book!!! I am hoping that I am able to stay with the trend of at least a book a week. Well I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year! I am at least happy to say that I completed my goal of 20 books this last year. I wish it could have been more, but with the way things were with my other job, it was not a realistic goal to go any higher. Did you guys reach your reading goals this year (2014) and what new goals have you set for yourself? I would love to hear from you guys. Leave a comment in the section below letting me know.

Wishlist Wednesday # 7

Wishlist Wednesday hosted by Pen to Paper is a book blog hop in which you post about one book per week that has been on your wishlist for a while or  that was just recently added (entirely up to you) that you cannot wait to add to your shelves.

I was going to choose Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini, but I went to the store and bought it today! So, I can cross that off and add it to my I am extremely overabundant To Be Read shelf. So for this week I am going to choose something that does not get released until November. I am hoping that it comes out in November, because I have heard the release date for this book has been changed a few times. This weeks Wishlist Wednesday is… 

The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

15768409Synopsis: Mara Dyer wants to believe there’s more to the lies she’s been told.
There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She should.

She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now.

Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.
Retribution has arrived.

My Thoughts:  First off I have to say that I love the covers of these books. I think they are so alluring. They give off just enough about the book, but enough to make you wonder what this book could be about. I absolutely loved the first two books in the series. It is a crazy ride right until the end of the second where it leaves with this cliff hanger that just left me speechless. I am curious to see how this series ties up its loose ends and answers all the questions that have been going through my mind. How do you guys feel about this book? Are you excited? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section. Also, leave your Wishlist Wednesday! I love seeing what you guys are excited about!

 

So Many Books, So Little time! TBR Tag

This tag was created by Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books and Dana from Dana Square. I was tagged by the Mimi @ M&MReads

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

I use a combination of Goodreads and my wish list on Barnes and Noble.

Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?

I think that it is pretty evenly matched. I try to buy series I already own in print form in print form and if it is a book that I don’t own in a series or anything by that author I will do an e-book. However, if the book has an awesomely beautiful cover I must buy it in print forms. Also, if it is a book by my favorite author(s) I usually will buy it in both print and e-book.

A Book That’s Been On Your TBR List The Longest

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This is a hard one. I have had a lot of my book collection since I was young and I just keep adding to the TBR pile. However, I believe the book that has been on my TBR list is Tunnel Vision by R. Patrick Gates. I got this book about 16 years ago. Then I purchased another book by him called Grimm Memorials and that book kind of put me off of him. I liked the idea of that book, but it was so twisted and so disgusting that I could not even finish it. So then I went to pick up Tunnel Vision I was leery of it and afraid that it was going to be like Grimm Memorials that I just put it back down. However, I keep it because I can’t say that all his books are terrible. I may read it one day….maybe.

 

A Book You Recently Added To Your TBR

15729539NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

I am excited for this book, because I keep hearing good things about it. I hear that it is creepy and I love a good creepy book!

 

 

 

A Book In Your TBR Strictly Because of Its Beautiful Cover

45ab45b78e0e76d4a0ff73ad1a64dfd2A Creature of Moonlight by Rebecca Hahn

I was at Barnes and Noble one day with my husband a good friend of mine and saw this book and had to buy just because of the cover. I knew nothing about it and now that I have read some information about it I am glad that I picked it up. It looks like a promising read.

 

 

 

 A Book On Your TBR That You Never Plan on Reading

18116I usually do not buy books or put them on my TBR unless I have the intentions of reading them.  However, I do struggle with wanting to read the His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. I saw the movie The Golden Compass and I enjoyed it. So, I went out and bought the books, but there was so much controversy surrounding these books that I have become a little off put by it. I am not sure if I will read it or not. However, I do feel like I spent the money on them so I should read them.

 

 

 

An Unpublished Book on Your TBR That You’re Excited For

15768409The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

I absolutely loved the first two books in the series!!! So, I cannot wait to see how everything ties together and how everything ends.

 

 

 

 

 

A Book On Your TBR That Basically Everyone’s Read But You

2e2e0f79ce58cdeaf538688eac9c15b4That would probably be The Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy by Lani Taylor. I hear nothing but good things and I really really want to read it. However, I want to own these books in Hardcover because they are so freaking beautiful, but I don’t want to spend the money on the whole set right now.

 

 

 

A Book On Your TBR That Everyone Recommends To You

luner-chroniclesThat would have to be the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. My husband just purchased the first two books in hardcover for me from Bookoutlet for my birthday next week. So, I will be reading those pretty soon. I hope.

 

 

A Book On Your TBR That You’re Dying To Read
witch with no nameThe Witch with No Name by Kim Harrison I am just waiting for my hardcover copy to arrive in the mail. Then every other book on my TBR will not matter until that one is finished. Kim Harrison is my all-time favorite author. Plus I want to finish the book before I go to her book signing event at the end of this month.

 

 

 

 

How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf?

522

Who would you like to Tag to do this?

I would like to tag SparklingBooks and anyone else who wants to do this tag.