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Monday, February 20, 2012

Reading Update

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Reading Update


Last week in books:
  • Finished Doubletake by Rob Thurman. Five zombies. Review coming within the next few days. I'm soooooo glad I got this book for review, because I never pick favorites, but this series is definitely my favorite. Yes, I just contradicted myself. Even logic fails when faced with Cal Leandros.
This week in books:
  • Starting Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs today. I love the Mercy Thompson series, but I'm still two books behind because I have an entire shelf of unread books, plus school stuff and ebooks. I read the graphic novels based off of this series a few days ago and just had to read this one next.
  • Hoping to finish The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larson as soon as I finish Silver Borne, but I may read something else first.
Wishful thinking:
  • Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs
  • Grimspace by Ann Aguirre
In other news, I officially have my first college degree, an A.A. in Language Arts. My last semester of community college starts on Wednesday (I'm getting a few more units before I transfer). Yay! Can't wait to start on my B.A. The extra work was definitely worth it to graduate before I'm 18.

That's all for this week. What are you planning on reading? Any good books you've read lately?

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Blogger Burnout

Recently, I haven't been posting much on the blog because I've been, for lack of a better word, burned out. It's not so much that I didn't want to blog, but I had so many other things that I just wanted to do more, and then I ended up running out of time, again and again and again. I don't know if this is normal or not, but usually when I'm not blogging regularly, that's why.

My blog is a hugely important part of my life, and I've been thinking about starting up a second blog to review the comics and graphic novels that I read, and I really want to avoid this issue and be a good blogger, but I just don't know what to do to stop it!

I know that blogger burnout has been a problem for most of us in the past, and I was wondering if anyone had any useful tips for overcoming it in the future. If you do, thanks in advance for sharing!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Cover Trends (17)

COVER TRENDS


Cover Trends is a feature here at Braintasia Books where I discuss aspects of book covers that I've seen recently that seem to be popping up in a lot of books. Sometimes they're good, sometimes they aren't, but they're all getting quite common. These book covers tend to only represent YA, UF, and PNR since those are the genres I read, and as such, the covers I see.

This week's trend is Symbols/Objects w/o People. In some instances, I love it, in other instances I hate it. This trend could be cute and artsy, stark and statement-making, or just plain ugly. These examples, I think, run the gamut, although I won't name any names.

Examples:








  What do you think of this trend?

Thursday, February 9, 2012

REVIEW: Last Breath by Rachel Caine


 
With her boss preoccupied researching the Founder Houses in Morganville, student Claire Danvers is left to her own devices when she learns that three vampires have vanished without a trace. She soon discovers that the last person seen with one of the missing vampires is someone new to town-a mysterious individual named Magnus. After an uneasy encounter with Morganville's latest resident, Claire is certain Magnus isn't merely human. But is he a vampire-or something else entirely?

Book: Last Breath by Rachel Caine
Release Date: November 1, 2011
Format: eBook
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Young Adult
Series: Morganville Vampires, #11
Obtained: Bought on Amazon
Rating:PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket (5 Zombies)

I can't even begin to express how much I love this series! Every book is better than the last, even though I never think it could be possible, and I fly through them all in a matter of nail-biting, enthralled hours, wishing it would never end while at the same time looking forward to the final showdown.

Claire Danvers, the protagonist, is one of the most entertaining and human characters ever, and I will never stop loving any book that she is in. She really makes these books pop, and I miss her like a real life friend in between books.

Despite how amazing Claire and the other characters are, the best part of the Morganville Vampires series is Morganville, itself. It is the perfect setting for me, very self-contained and full of complex relationships and political dynamics. And, of course, vampires. I love me some good ol' over-done vampires, no matter how saturated the YA market gets.

If you aren't reading this series, then I don't know why not. You need to get yourself on the Morganville bandwagon as soon as possible. You'll never get off.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (55)




Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Jill at Breaking the Spine. Each week, participating bloggers will make a post about a book whose publication they're eagerly awaiting.

This week, I'm featuring Black Dawn by Rachel Caine.
 

 Despite the fact that there's no synopsis available yet, I am dying to get my hands on the next Morganville Vampires book. I love this series to death, and after the last book, Black Dawn is all that I can think about!

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

REVIEW: Undercurrent by Tricia Rayburn


 
The sirens are back, but Vanessa may be the biggest threat of all. . . .
 
Nothing has been normal since Vanessa Sands learned that her sister was murdered by sirens—femme fatales of the watery depths—and that everything she believed about her family was a lie.

Her boyfriend Simon’s been the only person Vanessa feels she can really trust. But now there are some secrets she can’t tell even him. And when Vanessa finds herself in the sights of Parker, Hawthorne Prep’s resident charmer, she needs someone to confide in more than ever. Doubting her relationship with Simon, unsure of Parker’s intentions—and of her own—and terrified by what she’s learned about herself, Vanessa has never felt so alone.

But personal problems must be put aside, because the Winter Harbor sirens are back for revenge. Now, Vanessa must face her past and accept that she is just like her enemies—every bit as alluring, every bit as dangerous.

The eagerly anticipated second novel of the Siren trilogy, Undercurrent is a seductive paranormal romance that will leave you breathless.

Book: Undercurrent by Tricia Rayburn
Release Date: July 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Young Adult
Series: Siren, #2
Obtained: Purchased from Amazon
Rating:PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket (4 Zombies)

It took me a while to get into Undercurrent because of how mind-blowingly amazing Siren (the first book in the series) was. I was having trouble because I kept expecting that it would be better than the first book, but it really wasn't. That isn't to say that it wasn't good, though, because it was. Just not quite as good as Siren.

I think that one of the biggest problems I had with Undercurrent was that it left the mysterious, whimsical setting of the first book in exchange for a more real-world school setting that didn't thrill me. The setting was one of the best things about Siren, and I understand, logically, why it had to be changed for most of Undercurrent, but that doesn't mean that I was happy about it. It could have been handled better, in my opinion.

Now, on from the worst part of the book to the best: the deeper relationship between Vanessa and Simon. I didn't feel like their relationship was explored at all in the first book, but Undercurrent really delved into the intricacies of their romance, and I loved how fleshed out it was. I can't wait to see where they go as a couple (if they even do), and how they will resolve the issues they've developed lately.

I missed Caleb, Simon's younger brother, since he wasn't in it much and I loved his character in the first book, but that was a fairly minor complaint.

If you've read Siren, I definitely recommend that you pick up a copy of Undercurrent, and if you don't come into it expecting a repeat of the greatness of the first book, then it will be a fun, enjoyable sequel, but not groundbreaking.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Back From Hiatus!

I went through a pretty difficult semester in college, even though I was taking fewer classes than usual. I guess they were just a lot of work, and I'm transferring soon, so I need to get fantastic grades in order to get into the school I'd like to go to. I had a lot of school work, and I just wasn't feeling very motivated to read much, and without reading, I really can't post much on this blog because it's about books XD So, I finished the semester up, the holidays are over, and I'm ready to get back into the swing of things, blogging-wise. I can't wait to get back into the rhythm of things and start interacting with all of my fabulous readers and fellow bloggers again! You guys are amazing and one of the reasons that I've been blogging for almost two years now!