Weekly Book Haul

I am linking up with In My Mailbox which is a weekly theme hosted by The Story Siren where you can share the books you received during the week. I am also linking up with Stacking The Shelves which is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and is all about sharing the books you added to your shelves.

 

In My Mailbox

Stacking the Shelves

Bought New

 

The Battle Of The Labyrinth by Rick Riordan Percy Jackson

The Battle Of The Labyrinth by Rick Riordan (Book Four in the Percy Jackson & The Olympians Series)

Bought Used

 

Foundling Book One in the Monster Blood Tattoo Series by D.M. Cornish

Foundling by D.M. Cornish (Book One in The Monster Blood Tattoo series)

 

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

 

Gifted

 

My birthday was last week and my husband not only got me a Kindle Fire HD but also a few books.

 

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling (We actually have two copies of this one because my husband bought one for himself.)

 

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

 

Nook

 

The Girl Of Fire And Thorns by Rae Carson

The Girl Of Fire And Thorns by Rae Carson (Fire And Thorns Series #1)

 

Kindle

 

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs (Medusa Girls Series #1)

 

Wander Dust by Michelle Warren

Wander Dust by Michelle Warren (The Seraphina Parrish Trilogy #1)

 

Jenny Pox by JL Bryan

Jenny Pox by JL Bryan (The Paranormals #1)

What a week!

All images are from goodreads

The Death Cure By James Dashner

The Death Cure by James Dashner

The third book in a trilogy can be tricky. There can be great anticipation amongst readers for the right conclusion. The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials left readers with more questions than answers. I had high hopes that at least most of my questions would be answered. Some of them being:

Why were they put in the Maze?

Is WICKED good?

How are they able to find a cure by these trials?

What characters are good or bad?

Who can we trust?

The Death Cure, like other books in the series, was exciting throughout with excellent pacing. James Dashner writes with a slow, thudding urgency. It makes putting his books down difficult. (Luckily, all the books in this series are quick reads, so plan on setting aside a chunk of time to plow through them.)

What I Loved About The Death Cure

 

  • Not afraid to kill of main characters
  • Ending not wrapped up in a neat little bow
  • This is not a good versus evil story but rather filled with shades of grey
  • A main character that we really never get to know

The greatest part of this series as a whole is that it does need feel the need to have an epic romance, it does not condescend to its readers, and it is not afraid to use an escalating level of violence where it makes sense in the story. The Maze Runner Series is really some of the best among a crowded field of dystopian young adult fiction.

I highly recommend The Death Cure by James Dashner and look forward to reading his other works.

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NPR Books: 100 Best Teen Novels

There are very few things I love more than books but lists about books (or really lists about most anything) are right up there. My new infatuation with all things John Green (I recently read The Fault In Our Stars and Looking For Alaska) I stumbled upon his Tumblr which led to the 100 Best Ever Teen Novels list from NPR. I am already participating in one reading challenge this year, 100 book in 2012, but am always open to a new challenge.

My plan is to read and highlight a new book from the list. The list is below are the books I have already read.

Harry Potter Series

The Hunger Games Series

To Kill A Mockingbird

The Fault In Our Stars

The Hobbit

The Catcher In The Rye

The Lord Of The Rings

Looking For Alaska

Anne Of Green Gables Series

His Dark Materials Series (I never finished the last book but read the other two.)

Lord Of The Flies

Divergent Series

Speak

Twilight Series

The Call Of The Wild

Go Ask Alice (Hate this book!)

Forever (Read this one over and over as a teen.)

It’s A Funny Kind Of Story

Before I Fall

That lives so many great books and series.

How many of the 100 have you read? Any favorites that should be on here?

A Discovery Of Witches By Deborah Harkness

A Discovery Of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Title: A Discovery of Witches

Author: Deborah Harkness

Series: All Souls Trilogy #1

Publisher: Viking Penguin

Edition: Hardcover, 585 Pages

Literary Awards: SCIBA Award For Fiction

This review does contain spoilers, please read with caution.

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness is a real puzzler. I enjoyed the book and plan on reading book two (Shadow Of The Night) but found the book to be frustrating.

What I did not like about A Discovery Of Witches:

Length:

This book is way too long! For being so long, it has little action. At well over 500 pages, this book seemed to drag. I did have a hard time putting it down but I am not sure if it was because I enjoyed reading it or was just waiting for something (anything) to happen.

Characters:

A Discovery Of Witches has a lot of characters which can be confusing at times. This is especially the case when so many are introduced at the end of the book. Deborah Harkeness might go into further detail about these characters in subsequent books but as of the end of this one, there are a few who seem pretty random. The two daemons introduced near the end (who also have a forbidden love and a forbidden pregnancy) are a great example. They both literally move right in but we learn very little about them

Plot:

The plot is all over the place. It starts with being about alchemy and Asmole 782, jumps to issues with forbidden relationships and all the different creatures, and ends with some kind of stand against the man. It felt like there were so many story lines (many of them interesting) with little to no resolution. I hope these issues are addressed in the subsequent books.

Love Story:

I do not read books for the titillation (not a fan of erotica or romance novels) but having a destined greatest love story ever in a book and all the main characters do is heavy petting is boring. Even with the lack of sex, the love story seems off. Mathew is so overprotective and gushy, it made me want Diana to break up with him.

Diana has such a personality change in the later parts of the book that it seems like she is bent on becoming subservient to a man she has known for a few weeks. I understand that Mathew is a vampire, old-fashioned, but Diana is a modern, educated woman whom I would hope would  have her own voice. There is a lot of talk of obeying Mathew, couched in the hew is a vampire and the head of household, which really did not make it easier for me to read or understand. It made me as ragey as New Moon where all Bella can do is moan about heartbreak. I like my fictional women strong and independent, able to function without the help of a man.

All of these issues aside, I did enjoy A Discovery Of Witches and do plan on reading the follow-up Shadow Of The Night. I have hope that tighter editing and more of a focus on moving the plot forward will lead to a better book two.

Images from goodreads.

Welcome!

Welcome

Hello and welcome to All The Stacks! I started this blog to write about the books I read and to finish my current challenge of reading 100 books in 2012. During this challenge, I discovered so many wonderful books and authors and it reignited my love of reading.

On All The Stacks, I plan on writing about many different genres and all things books. I hope you enjoy this journey with me as I continue to discover the wonders of the written word.

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox

In my mailbox is a weekly theme hosted by The Story Siren where you can share the books you received during the week.

Downloads

Unenchanted An Unfortunate Fairy Tale by Chanda Hahn

Unenchanted An Unfortunate Fairy Tale by Chanda Hahn

Glimpse by Stacey Wallace Benefiel

Glimpse (Zellie Wells #1) by Stacey Wallace Benefiel

Won

The Fourth Fog By Chris Daniels

The Fourth Fog by Chris Daniels (won from goodreads)

Purchased

if i stay by Gayle Forman

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

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