Sundays in Bed With...NaNoWriMo and This Is How It Ends

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sundays in Bed With... is a meme/feature 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'm hoping to spend the day in bed with...

This Is How It Ends by Jen Nadol
and my NaNoWriMo novel
(My cat, Siri, is totally over being photographed...)

As of yesterday around 1 PM (which is when I wrote this post), I was horribly behind on my NaNoWriMo novel. But hopefully I spent a good portion of the day yesterday trying to catch up. Today I'll actually be going to my region's midway party, and I hope to meet several other WriMos!  I've only lived in my town for a year so I still don't know very many people and I'm excited to meet some more writers and book lovers!

I also just recently started This Is How It Ends by Jen Nadol and although I'm not very far in, I'm quite intrigued already!

What are you spending this Sunday in bed with?  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!

Mini Review: Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer

Monday, November 10, 2014
Title:  Cress
Author:  Marissa Meyer
Series:  The Lunar Chronicles #3
Publisher:  Feiwel & Friends, an imprint of Macmillan
Publication Date:  February 4, 2014
Pages:  550
Format/Source:  Hardback/Purchased
Age Group/Genre:  Young Adult/Science Fiction, Retelling
In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has. (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads.)

*Warning:  This is the third book in a series.  While I really don't like spoilers, you might find some slight Book 1 and Book 2 spoilers in this review.*

Since this is the third book in the series, I thought I'd just write a mini review where I share some of my notes:

  • The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favorite series, and Cress reminds me of another one of my favorite series, the WondLa series by Tony DiTerlizzi!
  • I still LOVE Thorne. He's totally a mix between Mal from Firefly, Zaphod Beeblebrox from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Jack Harkness from Doctor Who, and Han Solo from Star Wars.  Thorne and Iko are probably my favorite characters in this series.
  • I'm beginning to think that one of my theories from the first two books might not be correct.  But nothing was proven or disproved in this book, so we shall see...
  • I'll let my tweet speak for itself:
  • I have a couple of new theories after reading Cress, and I think at least one of them will be proven correct in Winter.
  • I loved the scene with Adri, but I wish there had been more of her in this book.
  • I loved some of the banter in this book, especially some that wasn't expected, like between Cinder and Dr. Erland. Really funny!
  • This book seems to have the most action out of all the books so far. And I love action!
  • I love Iko!
  • I knew I loved Thorne! "Eye stuff weirds me out." Me too, Thorne. Me too.
  • Marissa Meyer gets 50,000 of my Bonus Points for secret tunnels!
  • Cress and Thorne are definitely my OTP of this series. One of my all-time OTPs, actually!
  • Lots of scenes that are just described so well that I can picture them in my head and totally see them in movie-form!
  • I love that this series just gets more and more complex with each book!
  • Some great and creepy stuff happening near the end!

My rating for Cress by Marissa Meyer:

5 huge stars, of course!  I liked this one more than Scarlet, but I'm not sure if I liked it more than Cinder or not.  I'm definitely pumped to finish this series as well as read all of the novellas!

Disclaimer:  I purchased this book myself.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.

NaNoWriMo 2014

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Hi everyone!  I just wanted to write a little note explaining why my blog is on a hiatus, yet again.  Well, since 2009, I've participated in NaNoWriMo each November, and this year is no exception.

So far my novel is going really well--I'm rewriting a novel I've been working on since 2010 and my goal is to finally finish the story. I've never actually written the whole book, so that's my goal this year.  I know that there will be many drafts of edits later, and I'm kind of already on my 5th draft for this novel (I have lots of half-completed drafts), but I want to just finish an entire draft.

Anyway, because I've been spending a lot of time writing this month, and will continue to do so, I won't have as much time for reading and reviewing. I'm still trying to read a little each day, and I still plan on getting some reviews up this month, but my blog schedule won't be posts every-other-day like I normally strive for. But I hope to be back to that schedule in December!

Are any of you participating in NaNoWriMo this year?  Add me as a buddy! My NaNo screen name is andreamantis.  And good luck to any of you participating! We can do it!!

Stacking the Shelves (58)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme, hosted by Tynga at Tynga's Reviews, where bloggers can share the books and bookish items that we've bought, borrowed, or received each week.

This StS is for the past two weeks.

Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly
Poison by Bridget Zinn
I got both of these at my son's school's Scholastic Book Fair for a great price!  I LOVE book fairs!

For Review
From Simon Pulse, I received Compulsion by Martina Boone, as well as a bookmark and an awesome key charm.  Thanks so much, Simon Pulse!

What did you guys get this week?  Let me know, or leave a link to your StS post (or IMM or any other alternative) in the comments and I'll try to stop by your blog!

Top Ten Tuesday: New Series I Want To Start

Tuesday, October 21, 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 Top New Series I Want To Start (New..let's say within the last year or two).  There are lots of series that I want to start, many of them are older series, but I wanted to stick with the idea of within the last year or two, so my list has series where the first book was published in 2013, 2014, or will be published soon.  And like usual, this list is in alphabetical order by the author's last name.

Avalon series by Mindee Arnett

Blackbird duology by Anna Carey
Firebird series by Claudia Gray

In the After series by Demitria Lunetta
A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas (no cover yet)

The Winner's Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski
A Darker Shade of Magic series by Victoria Schwab

The Elemental Trilogy by Sherry Thomas

The Program series by Suzanne Young

What new series do you want to start? Let me know, or leave a link to your TTT in the comments, and I'll try to stop by your blog!
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