Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I Own the Most Books From

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic. I'm a huge fan of lists, so this meme is right up my alley! 

This week's topic is Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From.

I usually put my TTT lists in alphabetical order, rather than any kind of ranking order, but this time I put them in ascending order, with number 10 being listed first, and with author number 1 listed last and that's the author that I own the most books from.  I've also decided to post picures of my favorite book (so far) by each author that I've listed.  So let's get to it, shall we?

#10:  5 books - I own 5 books from several different authors, and they are (in alphabetical order): Suzanne Collins, James Dashner, John Green, Tahereh Mafi, Megan McCafferty, Stephenie Meyer, and J.R.R. Tolkien.

#9 & #8 & #7:  6 books - I own 6 books from 3 different authors and they are: Julie Kagawa, David Levithan, and Gregory Maguire. 

#6:  8 books - I own 8 books by C.S. Lewis.

#5 & #4:  11 books - I own 11 books by Janet Evanovich and Charlaine Harris. 

#3 & #2:  13 books - I own 13 books by J.K. Rowling and Scott Westerfeld.

#1:  34 books - I own a whopping 34 books by Francine Pascal.  My friend Courtney from Abducted by Books and I wanted to read all the Sweet Valley High books a few years ago, and I found a set of 34 of them on Ebay for like $30 or $35, so I bought them.  I've read 17 out of the 34.

So my list is kind of interesting.  I knew I had lots of books by Francine Pascal, Janet Evanovich, and Charlaine Harris, but I was really surprised that I had so many books by Scott Westerfeld.  But it totally makes sense, since he's one of my favorite authors!

What authors do you own the most books from?  Let me know, or leave a link to your TTT in the comments, and I'll try to stop by your blog!

In Bed With Get Even

Sunday, July 27, 2014

In Bed With a Book (formerly known as Sundays in Bed With...) is a blog hop/meme started by my friend Kate at Midnight Book Girl, where we can highlight the book that we're spending the day in bed reading (or the one we wish we could be reading all day in bed!).

I hope to be spending the day in bed reading...

A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

I always have a pretty full day on Sundays but I hope to have at least a little reading time today!

Are you lounging around, reading in bed today?  Let me know in the comments, or leave a link to your post if you're participating in this meme and I'll try to stop by your blog!

Review: Random by Tom Leveen

Friday, July 25, 2014
Title:  Random
Author:  Tom Leveen
Series:  None
Publisher:  Simon Pulse
Publication Date:  August 12, 2014
Pages:  217
Format/Source:  ARC/From Publisher
Age Group/Genre:  Young Adult/Contemporary
Who's the real victim here? This tense and gripping exploration of cyberbullying and teen suicide is perfect for fans of Before I Fall and Thirteen Reasons Why.

Late at night Tori receives a random phone call. It's a wrong number. But the caller seems to want to talk, so she stays on the line.

He asks for a single thing—one reason not to kill himself.

The request plunges her into confusion. Because if this random caller actually does what he plans, he'll be the second person connected to Tori to take his own life. And the first just might land her in jail. After her Facebook page became Exhibit A in a tragic national news story about cyberbullying, Tori can't help but suspect the caller is a fraud. But what if he’s not? Her words alone may hold the power of life or death.

With the clock ticking, Tori has little time to save a stranger—and maybe redeem herself—leading to a startling conclusion that changes everything…(Cover and synopsis from Goodreads.)

Lots of Potential...

I like the idea of seeing a bully case from the view of the bully.  I think it's interesting to see why people do the things they do, and to see what makes them tick, even if I don't agree with their actions.  And I know that there are lots of bullies who grow up to really regret their actions, and that sometimes even the best of people can be bullies.  It's kind of an eventual part of childhood, that you're either the bully or you get bullied, or even both.  I'm not excusing it at all--I hate bullying and I think we really need to crack down on it.  But I think it's interesting to see other sides of any situation.

That all being said, I guess I thought that Tori would already be extremely upset about the fact that a guy killed himself because of things that she and her friends said about him online.  I especially thought she would regret it and be upset because she used to be friends with the guy.  She wasn't really friends with him anymore, but still.

But no, Tori says "What's the difference?" when her brother asks her if she's sorry for her actions, or just sorry that she's in trouble.  And she continues to be extremely judgmental throughout the book, especially about her brother. She wants to take him shopping to get him "real" clothes, and says things like "hot guys generally don't hang out at comic book shops."

I knew pretty early on in this book that this was going to be one of those narrators that I didn't like, but I understand that this might have been Leveen's point.  But I also feel like Tori didn't really redeem herself enough for me to care about her at the end.  Random was a quick read and an interesting one, but I feel like there was so much more that could have been done.

My rating for Random by Tom Leveen:

2 stars--maybe more like 2.5.  I think Random had some major potential, but it just fell flat.
Find it:  Goodreads │ Amazon │ Simon & Schuster

Disclaimer:  I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated in any other way for this review.

Waiting on Wednesday (43): Blackbird by Anna Carey

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My pick this week:
by Anna Carey
Release Date:  September 16, 2014
Published by HarperTeen
This twisty, breathless cat-and-mouse thrill ride, told in the second person, follows a girl with amnesia in present-day Los Angeles who is being pursued by mysterious and terrifying assailants.

A girl wakes up on the train tracks, a subway car barreling down on her. With only minutes to react, she hunches down and the train speeds over her. She doesn’t remember her name, where she is, or how she got there. She has a tattoo on the inside of her right wrist of a blackbird inside a box, letters and numbers printed just below: FNV02198. There is only one thing she knows for sure: people are trying to kill her.

On the run for her life, she tries to untangle who she is and what happened to the girl she used to be. Nothing and no one are what they appear to be. But the truth is more disturbing than she ever imagined.

The Maze Runner series meets Code Name Verity, Blackbird is relentless and action-packed, filled with surprising twists. (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads.)
I just think this book sounds so interesting, with the whole amnesia thing and it being told in second person.  I'm very intrigued to read it!

What book are you waiting on?  Let me know, or leave a link to your WoW post in the comments, and I'll try to stop by your blog! 

Review: Servants of the Storm by Delilah S. Dawson

Monday, July 21, 2014
Title:  Servants of the Storm
Author:  Delilah S. Dawson
Series:  None?
Publisher:  Simon Pulse
Publication Date:  August 5, 2014

Pages:  376
Format/Source:  ARC/From Publisher
Age Group/Genre:  Young Adult/Fantasy, Horror
A year ago Hurricane Josephine swept through Savannah, Georgia, leaving behind nothing but death and destruction — and taking the life of Dovey's best friend, Carly. Since that night, Dovey has been in a medicated haze, numb to everything around her.

But recently she's started to believe she's seeing things that can't be real ... including Carly at their favorite cafe. Determined to learn the truth, Dovey stops taking her pills. And the world that opens up to her is unlike anything she could have imagined.

As Dovey slips deeper into the shadowy corners of Savannah — where the dark and horrifying secrets lurk — she learns that the storm that destroyed her city and stole her friend was much more than a force of nature. And now the sinister beings truly responsible are out to finish what they started.

Dovey's running out of time and torn between two paths. Will she trust her childhood friend Baker, who can't see the threatening darkness but promises to never give up on Dovey and Carly? Or will she plot with the sexy stranger, Isaac, who offers all the answers — for a price? Soon Dovey realizes that the danger closing in has little to do with Carly ... and everything to do with Dovey herself. (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads.)

All Kinds of Creepy...

So I'm pretty much a wimp when it comes to gory or really scary stuff, especially in TV shows and movies.  I can kind of handle it in books, but, for instance, I will never be watching movies like Saw and TV shows like The Walking Dead.  I LOVE Game of Thrones but I cover my eyes during all the really gory or scary scenes--I just have to.  I can't handle that stuff.

BUT I really enjoy creepy stuff.  And Servants of the Storm came through with the creepiness factor, for sure.  It might not be scary enough for some of my friends who really love Horror, but I found it very sufficiently creepy.  In fact, I wrote "SO CREEPY" at least 4 times in my notes.

I also enjoyed the humor in Servants of the Storm, as well as the fact that there was action right from the beginning.  And the ending had a fantastic (also creepy) twist.

But I did have my issues with the story.  I don't enjoy it when characters have all these crazy things happen to them, and then when someone explains it, they refuse to believe it.  It's like, "Hello!  You have all this crazy supernatural stuff happening around you and you aren't going to believe the obvious explanation?  Why the hell not?"  Dovey does come to believe it fairly quickly, but not as quickly as I would have liked.  I also don't like it when there is a supernatural guy who doesn't have a bed in his room.  It reminds me of Twilight, which is a series I enjoyed, but I don't really like other books to remind me of that story.  I don't know, it just wasn't the best story in the world, you know?  And in Servants of the Storm, it totally doesn't make sense that this guy wouldn't have a bed in his room.

There's also a love triangle going on in this story, and to be fair, I do think that Dovey really doesn't know exactly how she feels about either of them for most of this story.  But still, it's not one of those excusable love triangles. (Like, for instance the one in the Throne of Glass series.  That's a totally excusable and complex love triangle and I fully support it.)  But I still enjoyed Servants of the Storm despite all of these issues.

Bonus Points...

Delilah S. Dawson gets some of my Bonus Points for the following reasons:

  • Mentioning Dr. Pepper = 50,000 points (It's the Nectar of the Gods, people!)
  • A Star Wars reference = 50,000 points
  • Mentioning Mississippi Mud Pie = 50,000 points (This is a dessert I grew up on and if you haven't had it, I suggest you change that immediately. And wash it down with a Dr. Pepper.) (Now I'm extremely hungry and thirsty...)
  • A Super Mario Bros. reference = 25,000 points

My rating for Servants of the Storm by Delilah S. Dawson:

4 big stars.  I really hope there is a sequel to this story, because that ending had such a cool twist and I could see there being more to this story!
Find it:  Goodreads │ Amazon │ Simon & Schuster

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated in any other way for this review.
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