Saturday, May 12, 2012

In My Mailbox

It's Sunday! No it really is... it's 12:01 am. :) SO Sunday, and you know what that means!? ... In My Mailbox day (hosted by Story Siren). You know what this particular Sunday means...... Nic and Del are TOGETHER!!! (dances happily*) This has been a long time coming... we are bestest buddies... and we missed eachother (tear). Back to business: What is this In My Mailbox (still hosted by The Story Siren) all about you may ask. WELLLLL.... Us booky folk have an addiction. An addiction to books. (You'd a thunk it). ANDDD... we like to acquire said books through various means. This may include: borrowing, stealing with the intent to return (very different to borrowing), buying, winning, receiving. gifting, finding (possibly in the street... but more likely from the library). That's probs the most common. We acquire said books through said means and we are happy about it and we want to talk about them. So this is where we do it. If you are having trouble figuring out who is who... Nic is in white font, and del is in that other chalky blueish purplish color... so... this color.

Nic's Said Books:
Die For Me by Amy Plum
Acquired via: Del's Bookshelf

"A must re-read in preparation for its newly released sequel, Until I Die (Also by Amy Plum believe it or not), review of which will be posted soon if Del can finish a book this year." (It's funny because she reads lots of books in a year... get it.)

Ripple by Mandy Hubbard
Acquired via: Del's Bookshelf

"I broke the coveted rule of not borrowing a book that Del hasn't read for this book... so it BETTER BE WORTH IT. ;) kidding... but really."

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Aquired via: Del's Bookshelf (are you noticing a common theme?)

"It has pictures...pretty pictures..." (Nic is making me add the quote "cool huh?" because she thinks people will think she's dumb if she only wants a book because of the pictures... but don't worry people... they aren't like pictures of teddy bears and bunny rabbits... I think I saw a dead person in one of the pictures.... straight up scary... you should think Nic is Bamf) Also... Neil Gaiman = Literary Diety.

Destined by Aprilynne Pike
Acquired via; Del's Bookshelf

"The ending to an epic saga, I think I might cry. Very excited for this one!" (She's read the other 3 if you didn't gather that)
The Selection by Kiera Cass
Acquired via: Del's bookshelf (I will now refer to as my private library of happiness)

"Del forced this one on me. I was given no choice... she threatened to never let me borrow another book if I didn't read it ASAP... and as you can see... I save a lot of money by taking advantage of her book buying addiction. It looks really good though!" (The Selection is SOOOOO good!!! Seriously like if you read yesterdays shelf candy post you'll know how I feel about it.)

So those are the new ones, for Nic at least, if you failed to notice they aren't all that new for Del. ;) Stay tuned for a summer of happy dancing, joint posts and lots and lots of reviews. :) Happy Summer all!! 

*A Happy Dance is one where the dancer in question takes their pointer fingers on both their left and right hands and points them into the air. Moving their adjacent elbows around frantically. What said dancer does with their feet is up to that particular person. However, we at DeLibrarie suggest somewhat of a dancy hop from one foot to the other... sort of what you would picture a lephrachan doing. :)

Shelf Candy

Happy Shelf Candy Day! ... I'm very aware that it's Sunday in like 10 minutes.... but don't care. :) So if you've read my recently posted review on Kiera Cass's The Selection... you know that I'm mega, crazy, awesome, super in love with it. SO.... I am going to talk about every aspect of it that I love for as long as I can before it gets super annoying. :) So you will not be suprised when I tell you that....

This weeks selection for the Shelf Candy meme is....

The Selection!!!!! by Kiera Cass

Isn't the cover preeeeettttyyyy... don't you want to pet it? :) Too creepy? I just loved the mirror effect. And the pretty dress. And America (that's the main character... I don't just have the sudden urge to proclaim my patriotism... but Go USA!) But my favorite thing about the cover is the pretty embossed crown above the title. I like to touch it... it's bumpy. I'm done being creepy now. :) What do you think of this SUPER AWESOME AMAZING COVER OF DELIGHTFULNESS? 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Still On My Mind

Haley over at YA-Aholic has started up a new Thursday meme called Still on my Mind. (the linky will lead to the instructions on how to participate). In the meantime, here is the sparknotes version.

1. Think of a book that you read a while ago (weeks, months, or even Years) that you can't stop thinking about it. It could be for any number of reasons. (you loved it so much, it was scary, funny, heartwrenching... so on and so forth) 
2. Post the summary of the book. 
3. Post why you can't get it out of your head. 
4. Head on over to YA-Aholic and post a comment linking up your post. 

For my first Still On My Mind Post I decided to select: 
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

What if you only had one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all: looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last.

The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. Living the last day of her life seven times during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.

Why can't I get it off my mind? 
This book was a heart-wrencher! There were times that I hated the main character, Sam... well actually there were times that I hated all of the characters, but there were times that I loved them. Lauren Oliver is an amazingly talented writer who has the ability to grab her readers attention from the beginning to even long after her story is complete. Her endings in particular the most memorable. Before I Fall makes you think. It makes you think about what you would do if you were put in the same situation as Sam. This book really is memorable!

Review'd: The Selection by Kiera Cass

Book Review: 
Title: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Published April 24th by HarperTeen

Goodreads Summary:
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself- and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

DeLibrarie Review: 
I love the show the bachelor, and I love reading YA books... ergo... this book and me, basically a match made in literary heaven. I loved this book, Cass's version of the future United States was actually very interesting, I really enjoyed reading about her version of a caste system and it was really refreshing to read about a futuristic government that wasn't entirely oppressive. When America told Maxon about the starving families in his country he goes to great lengths to help his people. That was very refreshing in a dystopic novel. This book was such a great, quick read. Once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down... seriously I took it everywhere with me. I wanted the sequel the moment I finished the last word. 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Review'd: Destined by Aprilynne Pike

Book Review:
Title: Destined
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Published May 1st by HarperTeen

Goodreads Summary:
Tamani looked at her gravely, and reached up to tuck her hair behind her ear.

He hesitated for a moment, then his hands found the sides of her face, pulling her to him. He didn't kiss her, just held her face close to his, their foreheads resting together, their noses almost touching.

She hated how much it felt like good-bye.

Laurel now knows the truth: Yuki is a rare Winter faerie, the most powerful—and deadly—of all, and Klea plans to use her to conquer and destroy Avalon. But Klea's reach extends far beyond one wild Winter faerie. With Tamani, David, and Chelsea by her side, Laurel prepares to face what may be Avalon's final days, in the stunning conclusion to the Wings series.

DeLibrarie Review: 
Well Wings... It's been 4 years... and now it's the end. It's almost sad: finishing the final book of one of your favorite series. I often dread the last book simply because I'm scared I won't like the ending ( the main reason why I still haven't read Stiefvater's Forever), but honestly, I think Laurel's story ended up exactly how it should have. Pike herself claims that the ending is "bittersweet," but aren't the bittersweet endings the most believable, nothing in life ever ends perfectly, so I appreciate when there is a little bitterness in an ending. So, the point of a review, do I think you should read this book? Well, this book in particular was all energy, fast-paced excitement, some heart-ache and a lot of death. The Wings series as a whole is well written, enchanting, touching, and real (emotions, not necessarily situations ;) ) This series is one of the reasons why I want to be a writer. I want to be able to touch people with my imagination the way that Aprilynne Pike has been able to touch me (and I suspect many others) with hers. So do I think you should read this book? Yes. While at times I think it attracts a younger audience, the over all themes and heart-wrenching attachment acquired speak to an older audience as well. Just ask those Mundie Moms. :) I can't wait for the next book that Aprilynne Pike writes and I can only hope that it is even remotely as enchanting as this series.  

Teaser Tuesday

Bonjour! I feel like I've been waiting for a Wings book for 4 years now. :) Now I'm not waiting anymore and it's bitter sweet. I hope Aprilynne Pike writes another series soon! 

"She tried not to pay attention to his fingers pressing into her leg, his breath soft against the skin at her waistline, his forehead planted just under her ribs. She worked quickly wishing she could savor the moment, but knowing her indulgence would only cost lives." pg. 160

There you go. I know my blog buddy Nic is uber psyched to read this one, so I'm going to hurry up and finish it so I can pass it off to her at the end of the week. :) Which means... YAY NIC and DEL time!!!!! Can't wait!

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