Check It Out Fridays #12

Dear Book Reader,

I hope that everyone has had a great week!  Catching up on some reading tonight and have a lot of books that I’m going to need to be reading in the next weeks.  Here’s a look at what I’ve still got out from the library!  Of course, a bunch of books on my TBR list were sitting on the YA shelf, so I couldn’t help but pick up all of them, with the hope I’ll eventually get to read them.

First Time Check Out:

  • To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  • Expiration Day by William Campbell Powell
  • Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen
  • Pointe by Brandy Colbert
  • Boys Like You by Juliana Stone
  • The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt
  • A Girl Called Fearless by Catherine Linka
  • After The End by Amy Plum
  • The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes

Checked Out Again:

  • Three: An Article 5 Novel by Kristen Simmons
  • Panic by Lauren Oliver
  • A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
  • Infinite by Jodi Meadows
  • Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave by Shyima Hall
  • Asunder by Jodi Meadows

Renewed Again:

  • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
  • Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

Returned For Keeps:

  • Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

Well, I did get one book returned, and I know I’ll be returning another book next week after I write the review.  But all of the new books…I need more time to read, less time doing anything else.

What did you get from the library this week?  Leave it in the comments!

Read On,

Liz

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Check It Out Fridays #8

Dear Book Reader,

It’s been awhile since I’ve published one of these posts!  I still have tons of books checked out from the library, but I haven’t been making as many new book check outs lately.  I have a number of “on order” or “in cataloging” books on hold though.  I’m still sitting at maximum holds on my card for books I still haven’t gotten around to reading, so I’ve been putting stuff on hold with my mom’s card.  Too many books, too little time!

First Time Check Out:

  • Asunder by Jodi Meadows
  • Infinite by Jodi Meadows
  • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
  • Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina by Rodman Philbrick
  • Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

 

Checked Out/Renewed Again…and Again:

  • Me Since You by Laura Wiess
  • Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave by Shyima Hall
  • A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
  • Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
  • Three: An Article 5 Novel by Kristen Simmons
  • Panic by Lauren Oliver (Not sure if I have both copies…again).
  • A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier
  • The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (I think I have two copies of this book checked out)

Have you read any of these books?  I’m patiently (not) waiting for the one copy of Incarnate to be returned so that I can start reading this trilogy!

Read On,

Liz

 

Check It Out Fridays #4

Hey there book readers!  Short list this week, and only two new check outs!  I did get two books returned to the library that get to stay there until someone else comes across them.  It’s a nice feeling, especially when one of the books I’ve had out for a few months.  I don’t know when I’m going to have time to get to all of these books, but a day doesn’t pass without me reading something!

First Time Check Out:

  • Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave by Shyima Hall with Lisa Wysocky
  • This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl with Lori and Wayne Earl

Checked Out/Renewed Again..And Again:

  • Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
  • Three: an Article 5 novel by Kristen Simmons
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • Lies: A Gone Novel by Michael Grant

Overdrive Media Library

  • The Blue-Haired Boy by Courtney C. Stevens
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi Published by HaperCollins on February 5, 2013. Hardcover, 461 pages. $17.99, US

From Goodreads:

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Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She’s finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam’s life.

Dear Book Reader,

Unravel me was pretty much one of those “building the love triangle”, second-book-in-a-trilogy books.  You’ve got Adam and Warner (later you find out that he wants to be called Aaron, his first name, and only by Juliette), the two guys.  Then there’s Juliette, who can’t make up her mind about which guy she wants.  One can touch her and might get hurt if he can’t control his special power and the other can touch her and won’t be hurt because of his special power.  Yes, that’s how a guy should be chosen, by who can or can’t touch you and the reason.  Both of these guys have done plenty emotionally and mentally to Juliette, but that doesn’t seem to be taken into consideration by her all that much.

Between all the back and forth of the love triangle, there’s a war brewing, with Juliette becoming a key figure.  Except she has to get out of her thick head and stop throwing a pity party for herself.  At one point the lightbulb does kick on and Juliette starts seeing that everything isn’t just about her.  There are other people involved in this war and she can help them.  If Juliette actually starts the training she can receive at Omega Point, she could use her power for good.

What are Juliette’s feelings towards Adam and Warner?

How does her training go, once she starts?

Does she ever learn to stand up for herself?

I’m honestly struggling with the review of this book.  I really wanted to like this book, but I just can’t.  I struggled to stick with it to the end, as I did with the first book in this trilogy.  At times I just wanted to ask Juliette what she was thinking.  Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results.  Ignoring the advice of others doesn’t do any good if they are legit trying to help you, and doing things alone aren’t going to get you anywhere.  Boundaries are okay to set as well.

The main point of this is that I just can’t stand the main character of this book.  She’s not relatable, at least to me.  Juliette is indecisive, has no sense of the word “no”, thinks everything is her fault and won’t listen to reason.  I can’t come up with the right phrase to describe this girl.  I know the reason I don’t like this book is because of the way the main character has been written.  I had no problem reading the two novellas that go along with this trilogy.

I’m not even going to get started on the love scenes in this book.  Over dramatic and almost a focal point.  I could do without them, or at least not having them as graphic.

If you’re someone who’s a stickler for grammar, get ready if you choose to read this book.  All I feel like I need to say with that point.

Stars: *** (generously)

Read On,

Liz

This book was checked out at my awesome public library.

Check It Out Fridays #3

Dear Book Readers,

Here we are again at another Friday.  Another look to see what I’ve gotten from my library!  I’m super excited about two of the books I checked out and they’ve moved to the top of my reading list!  It’s also been one of those weeks where everything came in or was up for renewal.  So if this doesn’t say anything about the number of books I currently have checked out, I’m not sure what more can.  Maybe I need to do a post of what I’ve managed to return each week, although it would only be one or two books.

First Time Check Out:

  • Panic by Lauren Oliver
  • Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens
  • Insanity by Susan Vaught
  • Ruins by Dan Wells
  • Liv, Forever by Amy Talkington
  • Something Real by Heather Demetrios
  • The Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Ward Kehoe

Checked Out/Renewed Again… And Again:

  • Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
  • Altered by Gennifer Albin
  • The Savage Blue by Zoraia Corova
  • Starry Nights by Daisy Whitney
  • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
  • Hereafter by Kate Brian
  • Withering Tights by Louise Rennison
  • A Midsummer Tights Dream by Louise Rennison
  • The Taming of the Tights by Louise Rennison
  • Mirage by Jenn Resse
  • What We Become by Jesse Karp
  • Wake by Amanda Hocking
  • Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
  • Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
  • The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Cordova
  • The Other Countess by Eve Edwards
  • The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
  • Crewel by Gennifer Albin

Overdrive Media Library:

  • Landry Park by Bethany Hagen
  • The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow

Quotes That Move Me #1

Dear Book Readers,

This week is going to be a very slow blogging week!  In spite of that, I’ve decided to share some quotes that move me from the book(s) I’m currently reading (which means I really need to update my Currently Reading shelf on Goodreads).  Feel free to share quotes from the same book(s) in the comment section.  What just struck your heart while you were reading?  What made you connect to the character?

But time is beyond our finite comprehension.  It’s endless, it exists outside of us; we cannot run out of it or lose track of it or find a way to hold onto it.  Time goes on even when we do not.

~ Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

I’m always apologizing.  Forever apologizing.  For who I am and what I never meant to be and for this body I was born into, this DNA I never asked for, this person I can’t unbecome.  17 years I’ve spent trying to be different.  Every single day.  Trying to be someone else for someone else.

And it never seems to matter.

~Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

I just understand the emotions that the main character, Juliette, is feeling as she puts those feelings into words.

Quote On,

Liz