Monthly Archives: April 2012

April TBR

Pile of Books by stevecoutts (Flickr)Normally in such a Post people tell you what they are going to read this Month. I NEVER read acording to Plan and fail miserably in such things like TBR Lists. BUT nontheless you are reading an April TBR (To-be-Read) Post at the moment. So you probably are a little confused now. What I am going to do each Month isn’t telling you what I am going to read, I will list you all of the Books I SHOULD read. Either because I have to return them to the Library that Month or because they have their Release Date that Month in case of NetGalley Books (or “real” Books for Review later on but I’m not that far by now). Let’s start with the Library Books first, all of them are Due April 27:

  1. Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
  2. Ohne. Ende. Leben (Going Bovine) by Libba Bray
  3. House of Night #3: Chosen by P.C. & Kristin Cast
  4. Eine wie Alaska (Looking for Alaska) by John Green
  5. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Oh that’s not even as bad as I thought. Let’s move on to the NetGalley Books now – I am scared of it already! (In order of Release Date):

  1. Building Projects for Backyard Farmers and Home Gardeners by Chris Gleason
  2. David Lynch by Justus Nieland
  3. Caring is Creepy by David Zimmerman
  4. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
  5. Hollywood in Heels by Charity Gaye Finnestad
  6. Emerald City by Alicia K. Leppert
  7. The Last Song by Eva Wiseman
  8. Dollhouse Vol. 1 by Andrew Chambliss, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancheroen
  9. By Invitation Only by Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson
  10. Valentino finds a Home by Andy Whiteside (This is a Picture Book so it shouldn’t be too hard Smiley mit geöffnetem Mund )
  11. State of the World 2012 by The Worldwatch Institute
  12. I Spy DIY Style by Jenni Radosevich
  13. The Good Father by Diane Chamberlain
  14. Download Drama by Celeste O. Norfleet
  15. The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
  16. Richard Linklater by David T. Johnson

This is….. a lot. Good that I don’t promise to read all of them. But a few of them I REALLY look forward to read so I might get at least a few of them done (Hopefully!). Oh, I nearly forgot. I won an ARC last Month and it is not for Review but I still want to read it until it’s Release Date. It is:

Purity by Jackson Pearce

Ok, but no I really am done with my huge List. I better go read now :). What are you planning to read this Month?

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March Summary

First of all I have to apologize to everyone who follows my Blog via email. You have probably gotten a few strange emails yesterday. I was trying to install Windows Live Writer and it didn’t let me. Sorry for spamming your Inboxes, Guys!

I decided to do some kind of Summary from now on about the last Month. It could include stuff like the Books I read that Months, Challenge update, Reviews written and statistical numbers. I might split this in more than one Posts if it is getting too long. This might or might not change every month I will see how it goes and if I like it the way it is. As it is April already, this will be the Summary for March. If you want me to, I can do that for the past few months too and if we all like it, I might do it every Month from now on.

Statistics:

Books read:

NetGalley: 0
Library: 2
Bookshelf TBR: 0
Kindle TBR: 0
Total: 2

New Books:

via NetGalley: 26
via Library: 14
bought: 0
Total: 40

Books I had to return:

Library: 14

Total Books TBR:

(Beginning of Month / End of Month)

Bookshelf: 65/65
Kindle (excl. NetGalley): 121/121
NetGalley: 54/80
Library: 25/25
Total: 265/291

I’m not totally sure if all of these numbers are correct but I will go with that now. Too Difficult otherwise. Also I just realised that this Statistics are pretty depressing. Lol! I really should read a little quicker but I have to add that March was a really bad Month for reading. I was pretty stressed out and I did read a lot more the previous Months. I hope this will get better next month too.

The tremendous two Books I read in March are:

  1. Dash & Lily’s Winterwunder (Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares) by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (4,5 Chocolate Hearts)
  2. Blogging Queen by Jutta Profijt (4 Chocolate Hearts)

Stuff I did on the Blog:

  1. I wrote a total of 8 Blogposts,
  2. participated in the Emerald City Blog Tour,
  3. had a Cover Reveal for Pretty Amy and
  4. participated in the Bloggiesta Event.

Cover Reveal: Greta and the Goblin King

I have another Cover Reveal for you today. These are so much fun, I’m so excited! This time I am going to reveal the Cover of Greta and the Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs. Let’s start with the Blurb first:

While trying to save her brother four years ago, Greta was thrown into the witch’s fire herself, falling through a portal to a dangerous world where humans are the enemy, and every ogre, goblin, and ghoul has a dark side that comes out with the full moon.

 To survive, seventeen-year-old Greta has hidden her humanity and taken the job of bounty hunter—and she’s good at what she does. So good, she’s caught the attention of Mylena’s young Goblin King, the darkly enticing Isaac, who invades her dreams and undermines her determination to escape.

But Greta’s not the only one looking to get out of Mylena. The full moon is mere days away, and an ancient evil knows she’s the key to opening the portal. If Greta fails, she and the lost boys of Mylena will die. If she succeeds, no world will be safe from what follows her back…

That sounds interesting, doesn’t it? I also got a little bit of information on the Author to get to know her a little.

About the Author:

Chloe Jacobs is a native of nowhere and everywhere, having jumped around to practically every Province of Canada before finally settling in Ontario where she has now been living for a respectable number of years. Her husband and son are the two best people in the entire world, but they also make her wish she’d at least gotten a female cat. No such luck. And although the day job keeps her busy, she carves out as much time as possible to write. Bringing new characters to life and finding out what makes them tick and how badly she can make them suffer is one of her greatest pleasures, almost better than chocolate and fuzzy pink bunny slippers.

Ok, now that we are done with that it’s time for the big reveal, don’t you think? May I have a drumroll please! Here we go:

Greta and the Goblin King

That’s a really interesting Cover, I think. Now you probably want to know where you can get the Book and all that Jazz.

If you like the Book or if you are not sure about it yet, you should check back here somewhere in September because then I might have an Excerpt for you to read!

IMM #12 – In my Mailbox April, 8th 2012

It’s a long time since I last did an IMM Post. I tried to do a Video for it for so long and never managed to get around to so I finally gave up and do it the old fashioned way now. Wow, it’s April already! Can’t believe how quickly the time flies by when you are stressed. At least Spring is finally coming around the corner. I was soooo waiting for that, I hate Winter and cold. As I didn’t do the IMM Posts in a while I have LOADS of Books to show you today so better get started. But before I start I have to tell you that – because it’s so many books – I will leave the Summaries out today. If you want to know more about the Book simply click on the Cover and it will lead you to the Goodreads Page of the Book. First of all the Books I got from the Library.

Books I got at the Library

The exciting ones that I look forward to read:

Die Purpurrote Schleife   Cathy's Book   Die unrühmliche Geschichte der Frankie Landau Banks

Die Purpurrote Schleife by Carla Miller, Isabelle Metzen & Kathleen Weise
Cathy’s Book by Jordan Weisman, Sean Steward & Cathy Briggs
Die unrühmliche Geschichte der Frankie Landau-Banks (The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks) by E. Lockhart

Nicht schon wieder ein Vampir   Elfenkuss by Aprilynne Pike   Grau by Jasper Fforde

Nicht schon wieder ein Vampir! (Tall, Dark and Dead) by Tate Hallaway
Elfenkuss (Wings #1) by Aprilynne Pike
Grau (Shades of Grey) by Jasper Fforde

Austenland by Shannon Hale   Das absolut wahre Tagebuch eines Teilzeit-Indianers   Abby Cooper #1: Detektivin mit 7. Sinn by Victoria Laurie

Austenland by Shannon Hale
Das absolut wahre Tagebuch eines Teilzeit-Indianers (The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian) by Sherman Alexie
Abby Cooper #1: Detektivin mit 7. Sinn (Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye) by Victoria Laurie

Zweiunddieselbe by Mary E. Pearson

ZWEIundDIESELBE (The Adoration of Jenna Fox) by Mary E. Pearson

And then I got a few books I need(ed?) for a paper. Not that interesting:

(The Covers aren’t interesting either so I won’t bother you)

Postkoloniale Soziologie: Empirische Befunde, theoretische Anschlüsse, politische Intervention by Julia Reuter, Paula-Irene Villa (Hg.)
Postkoloniale Theorie: Eine kritische Einführung by Maria do Mar Castro Varela (Wow, what a Name!) and Nikita Dhawan
Geschichte der Konsumgesellschaft by Wolfgang König
Kursbuch Medienkultur: Die maßgeblichen Theorien von Brecht bis Baudrillard

(All of them are German originally so no english titles, sorry! But they are boring anyway 😀 )

Ok, let’s move on to the NetGalley Books I got, I don’t even want to know how many these are…. We will find out together shortly:

Books I got at NetGalley:

Will write Release Date next to Titles.

Week 1
(February 27 – March 4)

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers   Interrupted by Rachel Coker   Halflings by Heather Burch

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by Robin LaFevers (April 3, 2012)
Interrupted: Life Beyond Words by Rachel Coker (March 1, 2012)
Halflings (Halflings #1) by Heather Burch (February 1, 2012)

State of the World 2012   Cooler Smarter   The Paladin Prophecy

State of the World 2012 by The Worldwatch Institute (April 15, 2012)
Cooler Smarter by The Union of Concerned Scientists (May 14, 2012)
The Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost (September 25, 2012)

The Stone Girl   Hanging by a Thread   Fitz

The Stone Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel (August 28, 2012)
Hanging by a Thread by Sophie Littlefield (September 11, 2012)
Fitz by Mick Cochrane (November 13, 2012)

Week 2
(March 5 – March 11)

The Punk Ethic   The Stein & Candle Detective Agency #1: American Nightmares   No-Name Baby

The Punk Ethic by Timothy Decker (May 1, 2012)
The Stein & Candle Detective Agency #1: American Nightmares by Michael Panush (March 9, 2012)
No-Name Baby by Nancy Bo Flood (March 1, 2012)

Nevermore   The Shapeshifter's Secret   The Summer my Life Began

Nevermore by William Hjortsberg (March 13, 2012)
The Shapeshifter’s Secret by Heather Ostler (June 12, 2012)
The Summer my Life Began by Shannon Greenland (May 10, 2012)

Tomorrow Land   The Lynburn Legacy #1: Unspoken

Tomorrow Land by Mari Mancusi (March 8, 2012)
The Lynburn Legacy #1: Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan (September 11, 2012)

Week 3
(March 12 – March 18)

Richard Linklater   David Lynch   The Book of Summers

Richard Linklater by David T. Johnson (April 30, 2012)
David Lynch by Justus Nieland (April 2, 2012)
The Book of Summers by Emylia Hall (May 29, 2012)

Hollywood in Heels   Empowered   Yesterday

Hollywood in Heels by Charity Gaye Finnestad (April 3, 2012)
Empowered Deluxe Edition Vol. 1 by Adam Warren (February 29, 2012)
Yesterday by C. K. Kelly Martin (September 25, 2012)

Week 4
(March 19 – March 25)

No Books this week!

Week 5
(March 26 – April 1)

Danger Girl: Revolver #1   Between Gears   Comic Book History of Comics

Danger Girl: Revolver #1 by Andy Hartnell (June 26, 2012)
Between Gears by Natalie Nourigat (March 6, 2012)
The Comic Book History of Comics by Fred Van lente (June 5, 2012)

Skinnydipping   Dollhouse: Epitaphs   The compleat Terminal City

Skinnydipping by Bethenny Frankel (May 1, 2012)
Dollhouse: Epitaphs by Andrew Chambliss, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen (April 11, 2012)
The Compleat Terminal City by Dean Motter (February 29, 2012)

Pampered Pets Mystery #1: Desperate Housedogs . Pampered Pets Mystery #2: Get Fluffy

Pampered Pets Mystery #1: Desperate Housedogs and #2: Get Fluffy by Sparkle Abbey (March 31, 2012)

Week 6
(April 2 – April 8)

Making Piece   Blood of Eden #1: The Immortal Rules   Nine Months

Making Piece: A memoir of love, loss and pie by Beth M. Howard (March 27, 2012)
Blood of Eden #1: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa ( April 24, 2012)
Nine Months by Paula Bomer (August 21, 2012)

That's not a Feeling   Never Chronicles #1: Exiled   Imperfect Bliss

That’s not a Feeling by Dan Josefson (October 2, 2012)
The Never Chronicles #1: Exiled by J.R. Wagner (May 5, 2012)
Imperfect Bliss by Susan Fales-Hill (July 3, 2012)

Chrysalis Chronicles: The Eyes of the Desert Sand   Entrepreneur You   Building Projects for Backyard Farmers and Home Gardeners

Chrysalis Chronicles: The Eyes of the Desert Sand by Edwin Wolfe(January 11, 2012)
Enrepreneur You by Holly Marie Katko (January 1, 2012)
Building Projects for Backyard Farmers and Home Gardeners by Chris Gleason (April 1, 2012)

Adventures into the Unknown! Archives Volume 1    Channel zero   FLCL Omnibus

Adventures into the Unknown! Archives Vol. 1 by Edvard Moritz, King Ward, Mac Elkan (June 6, 2012)
Channel Zero by Brian Wood ( May 30, 2012)
FLCL Omnibus by Gainax, Hajime Ueda (May 16, 2012)

The Unholy

The Unholy by Heather Graham (June 19, 2012)

I promise myself (and you) that I won’t wait that long ever again until I write the next In my Mailbox post. This took insanely long to write it’s ridiculous! If you read that far: Bravo! Thank you for your patience. So Happy Easter and see you next week (I’ll really try!)

Review: Starters by Lissa Price

Starters by Lissa Price

Title: Starters (Starters #1)
Author: Lissa Price
Pages: 352
Source: NetGalley
Language: English
Published: March 13, 2012
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
ISBN: 9780385742375

Goodreads Summary :

In the future, teens rent their bodies to seniors who want to be young again. One girl discovers her renter plans to do more than party–her body will commit murder, if her mind can’t stop it. Sixteen-year-old Callie lost her parents when the genocide spore wiped out everyone except those who were vaccinated first–the very young and very old.

With no grandparents to claim Callie and her little brother, they go on the run, living as squatters, and fighting off unclaimed renegades who would kill for a cookie. Hope comes via Prime Destinations, run by a mysterious figure known only as The Old Man. He hires teens to rent their bodies to seniors, known as enders, who get to be young again. Callie’s neurochip malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her rich renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, even dating Blake, the grandson of a senator. It’s a fairy-tale new life . . . until she uncovers the Body Bank’s horrible plan. . . .

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My Thoughts:

I just finished this Book a few Minutes ago. Wow, this was a good one! I was kept in the story after just a few pages and after that there was not one moment I didn’t want to know what would happen next and believe me, it happened a lot! There were a lot of smaller and medium twists in it and also a few big ones. I’m not going to spoiler you, don’t worry. I hate it myself to be spoilered.

Also the Idea that was used about old people renting young peoples bodies was something fresh and new to me. Haven’t seen that before and made me really want to read it. And I am so glad it didn’t disappoint me it was even better than I thought in the beginning.

Since I read the Hunger Games I was searching for another nice Dystopian and this one was right up that Alley. Ok, it is not the Hunger Games but I still gave it 5 Chocolate Hearts which doesn’t happen very often. I definitely recommend it!

Oh, and I just realised that this – as I already guessed – is really the first book in a Series. Really looking forward to the next one!

Cover: I like the Cover design even tho it is so different to the Covers that I normally like but maybe that’s what intrigued me to request it on NetGalley. Which reminds me of wanting to thank Random House for giving me the book to review!

Rating: 5 Chocolate Hearts

Rating 5

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Bloggiesta Wrap up Post

Three days are over, already! The time went by way too quickly. I managed to do only a small portion of what I wanted to do but at least a little bit.

On Day 1 I had a late start because I had to deal with two papers first. I finished one and tried to postpone the other one (haven’t heard back by the teacher yet, so can’t tell if it was successfully). As it was late by then already I just did the Pinterest Mini-Challenge and commented on a few To-do-Lists and then went to bed. Sadly I couldn’t attend the Twitterchat because it was too late for me and I had to go to class the next morning.

Day 2 started with said Class and when I was back home I was sooo tired I couldn’t really do anything so I went for a nap – which made me have even less time . *sigh* Luckily I did manage to get at least a little bit done. I decluttered my Sidebars, wrote the long threaded and most feared Review Policy Page and thought about New Content which was a bigger success than I thought beforehand. I also attended the Twitterchat that day, it was a blast!

Today which was Day 3 I slept in way too long (I start to see a pattern here) and attended the Twitterchat. I updated the Excel Sheet I have for my NetGalley books (and realised how many I have to read by now! brrr), did the Goodreads Mini-Challenge and the one where you learn how to make your Reviews better. I also read through the 5 tips to write your Reviews faster but didn’t do the Challenge part for it.

That’s all not a very huge success especially because I wanted to write and schedule a lot of posts and didn’t even manage to write an IMM Post but I did at least something and got some motivation to do more in the Future. Also I met a lot of awesome people during this weekend. I love the Book Blogger Community, everyone is so kind and helpful. It feels like a big family. Btw did you realise it too that (nearly?) all of us where females? I couldn’t really find any male blogger the whole weekend! Not that I have a problem with it I am just wondering! Is it because reading in general is something that more girls do than boys? Hm, this will keep me thinking a while longer I guess :).

So when it was time to call it an End I was in a kind of depressed mood for a bit. Not sure if it was because the fun weekend was over already or because I was mad at myself because I wasted it without doing a lot…

How was your Bloggiesta Weekend? Did you manage to do everything on your list? Or at least most? If yes, Congratulations, I am really proud of you! (and a little jealous :D)

All I have left to say now is Bye Bloggiesta, see you again in September for the next Weekend of Blogging Madness and Love spreading! Thank you Suey and Danielle for hosting this awesome Event!