Reading Challenge 2014: February

A few things happened on February regarding reading:

  • I finally got my hands on Born Wicked!! I was waiting for this book for what it seemed forever (library queues sometimes suck).
  • I ventured outside of my genre bubble of comfort. Left dystopian worlds for a more Contemporary Literature.
  • I was called a book junkie….which I am very proud of.
  • I also managed to read TEN books this months!! I am quite happy with that.

Reading Challenge 2014: February

{From PDX with Love} Reading Challenge 2014: FebruaryCrossed by Ally Condie // Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle // Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Crossed is book number 2 of the Matched series by Ally Condie. Unlike the first book nothing happened here. The only climax to this book came when the main characters finally found each other but it took to long. I am not a poetry fan so their poetry references became annoying to me. Plus, I understand that they are in love but this just consumes them to the point where I was about to toss the book across the room. And I have read that Reached, the final book, is even worse.

Thirteen Reasons Why was a great change of pace. Thirteen Reasons Why tells you the story of Hanna Baker who committed suicide. But before she killed herself she made 7 different tapes. On each tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Each story is about a different person and they all have to go through the tapes and pass it along to the next person. It was a GREAT read. One of my top reads of the month.

The Hallowed Ones was also out of my comfort zone. I never thought I’d read a book about vampires but this books, well, I just had to do it. Why is this one different? Three words: Amish county, apocalypse, vampires. Yeap. It was a fun read. Definitely a must read!

Born Wicked is book one of the Cahill Witch Chronicles and I was excited to finally get my hands on it! Born Wicked takes place back in the 1900’s in the small town of Chatham (in New England). In this story we meet the Cahill sisters: Cate, Maura, and Tess who are witches. Cate has only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood. But soon she finds her late mother’s diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family’s destruction. Plus, to add a bit of romance, Cate falls for the family’s gardener: Finn Belastra. I must confess, I read the book with great expectations. Many were met but it did not make it to my favorites list.

{From PDX with Love} Reading Challenge 2014: FebruaryThe Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan // Champion by Marie Lu
Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood // Pawn by Aimee Carter

The Lightning ThiefWell, I am surprised it took me this long to start the Percy Jackson series. If you have seen the movie you know all about Percy Jackson, a demigod, who has been wrongly accused of stealing Zeus’s Lightning. The book is so much better than movie; it is definitely action packed and things are better explained as well. Definitely a great read. One that I will, for sure, share with my boys once they are older. Now…looking forward to getting my hands on The Sea of Monsters.

Champion was the final book of the Legend series. And it was amazing! Champion follows June and Day as they try to save the Republic and their people. Now the war is being played on their footsteps, the Colonies are coming with everything they have, and some allies, to destroy the Republic. It was a action packed read which will leave you with a broken heart. This is how you say goodbye. Your heart will break, you’ll shed tears. But there will be hope.

Star Cursed. Cate is now part of the Sisterhood and has to keep up appearances. But as things start to get worse for all witches, thanks to the Brotherhood, Tess and Maura join their sister at the Sisterhood. To me, this book suffered from the second book syndrome (second book fails to deliver what the first book did). It was a good read, don’t get me wrong, but it could have been better. Although the ending, wow, if you didn’t dislike Maura by now you will hate her! Cannot wait to read book three.

Pawn is the brand new series from Aimee Carter (master mind behind my favorite book series: The Goddess Test). Pawn depicts a dystopian world were people are ranked depending on what they have to give to their country. And of course the system is flawed and completely unfair. In Pawn we meet Kitty Doe who after becoming a III  has her world turned upside down as she is offered to become part of the most powerful family, the Harts. But little did she know what this entailed. Great read. Definitely recommend it. Sucks that book 2 will come out in November!

{From PDX with Love} Reading Challenge 2014: February Slide by Jill Hathaway // Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano

Slide is about a girl who slides into somebody else’s mind and experiences the world through that person’s eyes. This time, she sees her sister’s friend being murdered. Sounds interesting right? Well, it is sad to say that this is the kind of slow paced book where nothing happens until the very last chapters. It left me wanting more. That said, Slide is also a good and quick read for in-between books/series. Not finishing the series.

Perfect Ruin is based on Internment, a floating island in the clouds, where we meet Morgan, her best friend Pen, her betrothed Basil, her family, Thomas, Amy, Judas and a few other rebels. After the first murder in a generation, in a relatively safe place, Morgan discovers that Internment is not what it seems. I was not a fan of Lauren DeStefano’s writing. To me it felt incongruent. I often found myself rereading paragraphs to make sure I actually read what I read. It can start with one idea and soon turn into something else, all in one paragraph. Not finishing the series.

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  • Kelsey Apley
    March 3, 2014

    I have been lacking on my reading, so I need to get back into it this year! Looks like you have a nice list of books!

    • Jennifer
      March 3, 2014

      Ah, so it isn’t just me! LOL! I always have a list of books I want to read but never seem to have enough time.

  • Jennifer @TheRebelChick
    March 3, 2014

    Ah, you’re making me jealous, having read ten books! I have been so busy that I haven’t had any time to read lately.

  • susan
    March 3, 2014

    I have been a little behind on my reading, so nothing right now… But these books sound great!

  • Mistee Dawn
    March 3, 2014

    I just finished Collision Course by Chuck Gleason. A cute little love story. I now I am on to a new one. Adam Becomes Audrey.

  • Crystal @ Simply Being
    March 3, 2014

    I so wish I had time to read. Being a book junkie isn’t a bad thing at all.

  • Shauna
    March 3, 2014

    I only read at the gym, which forces me to go back, so I love finding books that I will want to go back to read… thanks so much

  • Camille
    March 3, 2014

    Ten books! Wow! I have three I’ve been trying to finish since January! And I agree, library queues are a pain!

  • Ellen Christian
    March 3, 2014

    Right now I’m reading Mark of Evil. These sound like my daughter’s type of books.

  • Sharon
    March 3, 2014

    Love reading too! I just finished Divergent 1 and can’t wait to start my next book in a few minutes!

  • valmg @ Mom Knows It All
    March 3, 2014

    I love to read. I have a pile of books waiting to be read, but am not reading anything at the moment due to a packed schedule. I saw the first Percy movie but haven’t read any of the books,I might have to add that to my list.

    • Sofia
      March 3, 2014

      If you liked the first Percy Jackson movie you should definitely read the books! They are 10x better 🙂

  • Mama to 5 BLessings
    March 3, 2014

    Interesting reads, wish I had more time to do so!

  • Tammi @ My Organized Chaos
    March 3, 2014

    10! WOW!! Way to go! I just finished one, eager to break open another,

  • Amber Edwards
    March 3, 2014

    I’ve read crossed and the LIghtening thief and loved them both. Right now I’m re-reading the When Calls the Heart series and about to go on a hunt for another dystopian series.

  • Angela S
    March 3, 2014

    I am going on a cruise next month and hope to read a couple of books. Thanks for the suggestion.

  • Melanie a/k/a CrazyMom
    March 3, 2014

    Great reading list.. we have the Percy Jackson books and LOVE them!!! My kids read them over and over and say they are sooo much better than the move…

  • Tammilee T
    March 3, 2014

    Wow, I am so jealous of the number of books you have read. My goal is to read one a month right now

  • Jennifer Soltys
    March 3, 2014

    You know… when you first mentioned you were going to do this I was going to try to, as well. I failed!! LOL Right now I am struggling through Winter’s Tale. Definitely going to take a few of your suggestions!

  • Pam
    March 3, 2014

    I have read several of these books. But I will definitely have to check out the other ones!

  • Whispered Inspirations
    March 3, 2014

    Lots of books I want to read, putting this on reading list. Thanks!

  • Liz Mays
    March 3, 2014

    Oh my gosh, how I would love to read ten books in a month. Heck, I’d be happy reading one!

  • Melissa
    March 3, 2014

    I really enjoyed the lightning thief.

  • Heather @ It's a Lovely Life!
    March 3, 2014

    Wow! That’s great! 10 books! I really want to start reading more books too!

  • Carlee C
    March 4, 2014

    This looks like such a great collection and I need some good recommendations. Maybe this is a sign to get started reading again.

  • Kenda Smith
    March 4, 2014

    “Book Junkie” I love that! I guess I’m a junkie too. I have a list a mile long. And now, thanks to your post, my list just got longer!

  • Onica {MommyFactor}
    March 4, 2014

    I’m not currently reading anything. Boo. But I need to start making a reading list with some of these titles.

  • Nancy L. StyleDecor
    March 4, 2014

    Thanks for sharing your opinions on these books. I’m always looking for a good read and don’t want to waste my time on something that is slow-paced or lacks a great story or plot.

    13 Reasons Why sounds very interesting. Suicide is such a difficult thing we struggle to understand.

  • Wendy | Around My Family Table
    March 4, 2014

    I need to find more time in my day to read and do something just for me…but it never seems to happen. Great list of books though..added a few to my list!