Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Ten Tiny Breaths {by K.A. Tucker}

Title: Ten Tiny Breaths
Author: K.A. Tucker
Series: Ten Tiny Breaths, #1
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Kacey Cleary’s whole life imploded four years ago in a drunk-driving accident. Now she’s working hard to bury the pieces left behind—all but one. Her little sister, Livie. Kacey can swallow the constant disapproval from her born-again aunt Darla over her self-destructive lifestyle; she can stop herself from going kick-boxer crazy on Uncle Raymond when he loses the girls’ college funds at a blackjack table. She just needs to keep it together until Livie is no longer a minor, and then they can get the hell out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
But when Uncle Raymond slides into bed next to Livie one night, Kacey decides it’s time to run. Armed with two bus tickets and dreams of living near the coast, Kacey and Livie start their new lives in a Miami apartment complex, complete with a grumpy landlord, a pervert upstairs, and a neighbor with a stage name perfectly matched to her chosen “profession.” But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle all of them. What she can’t handle is Trent Emerson in apartment 1D.
Kacey doesn't want to feel. She doesn't. It’s safer that way. For everyone. But sexy Trent finds a way into her numb heart, reigniting her ability to love again. She starts to believe that maybe she can leave the past where it belongs and start over. Maybe she’s not beyond repair.
But Kacey isn't the only one who’s broken. Seemingly perfect Trent has an unforgivable past of his own; one that, when discovered, will shatter Kacey’s newly constructed life and send her back into suffocating darkness.

All in all, I'm not exactly sure how I felt about this one. I have not really forayed into the New Adult genre, so I wasn't completely sure what to expect. And I did like it, truly, but I still have conflicting feelings about it.

Kacey has spent the last four years after her accident trying to forget it. Although she has put aside her self-destructive lifestyle for her sister, she still is cold and hard, and doesn't let anyone in, except Livie. (Until Trent, that is.) Then finally, the string snaps, and they run away to Miami, where they decide to start anew.

I did like the characters, both major and minor. In fact, one of the major reasons I think I will continue with this series is because of the characters. I especially want to read book 3 (Cain's story) and 4 (Ben's story). I feel each one was well-written and brought something to the story, no matter how small a part it was. Some of them were predictable, some of them were your stereotypical characters, nothing special about them, but I still enjoyed them.

For the most part, I enjoyed the story line as well. It wasn't anything terrible unique or different. In fact, it was quite cookie-cutter and predicable, the same plot we've seen before. The author did twist and change it, and although didn't make it completely new or unique, made it fun and exciting. It kept you interested enough to keep reading, but I felt like it wasn't supposed to be as much about the plot as it was about the characters and emotion.

Emotions. This book was full of them. Laughter, sadness, grief, despair, happiness, joy. They are there, and you will feel them. This book was about growing, changing, life, love, and hope. And it did that very well. Sure, the plot is predictable, the story line stereotypical, but the author was able to get the feeling of raw emotion through quite well, and for that I would definitely recommend it.

And as for what happens in the end? (The "plot twist" that, well, could be guessed quite early on.) That's kind of where the conflicted feelings come in. I liked it up until that point and then....I don't know. I applaud Kacey for having the strength to do what she had to, for herself and for Livie. But as for Trent...then the whole getting back together thing...I don't know how I feel about it. I just don't know.

The series:

I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This does not affect my opinion in any way.

This review can also be found on   Rachel Marie's book recommendations, liked quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists (read shelf)

K.A. Tucker

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Friday, December 20, 2013

{Cover Reveal} Othello

You guys know how much I love retellings, so today I am excited to share the cover for an awesome Shakespeare retelling: Othello by C.E. Wilson.

So without further ado...

Title: Othello
Author: C.E. Wilson
Series: Shakespeare for Everyone Else, #2

Shakespeare’s work features some of the most memorable stories and characters ever created, yet for too many curious readers the combination of ultra-dense dialogue and unfamiliar historical settings make tackling the Bard’s work something between a tedious chore and a confusing mess of bird-bolts and quondam carpet-mongers.
While it’s nearly impossible to replicate or improve on these works, it is (thanks to their timeless nature) possible to make them more accessible to a wider audience.
In this Young Adult retelling of one of William Shakespeare’s most memorable plays, join C.E. Wilson as she breathes new life into Othello, the second book in her series Shakespeare for Everyone Else.

And there you have it! I can tell from the cover that this is going to be a very different and interesting retelling. And it's also nice to get a Shakespeare retelling that isn't Romeo and Juliet.

Check out the first book in the Shakespeare for Everyone Else series:

C.E Wilson

C.E. Wilson is currently living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband and her two dogs and two cats. They are all the loves of her life. When she’s not writing young adult fantasy novels, she enjoys writing short stories on her Deviant Art page. She loves to write stories involving giants and little people (also known as GT) and nothing helps her to write more than Coca-Cola and glazed doughnut holes.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

{Blog Tour} Review: Clan by Realm Lovejoy

Hey guys! Today, I am excited to be part of the blog tour for Clan by Realm Lovejoy. I'll be sharing my review of this book, so keep reading!

Title: Clan
Author: Realm Lovejoy
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Purchase: Amazon 

No variation. No deviation.
On Clades, to be a Clan is to be an exact copy. A perfect society cloning themselves to survive, even as the zombielike Frags threaten to overrun them on an unforgiving planet. 
Clan 1672 (privately known as Twain) was never supposed to survive the Incubation Tank. But he did. Illegally. He is different from the other Clans. 
A secret that could destroy him.

Wow. What an interesting book. I was pleasantly blown away by it. I am always wary of futuristic novels, because it has to be well done. Well, I am pleased to announce that this one was very well done.

Twain is a Clan. Except, not really. He is hidden away, never allowed out of the house, to see another Clan, or to even look out the window. The only person he has is his sponsor ("father"), Twigg, and the computer. All Twain wants is to be out there, with the other Clans, doing what other Clans do. Except he can't, because he isn't even supposed to be alive. When he is discovered by the leader of the Clans, he is allowed to live, and finally be like other Clans, like he's always wanted. Except, he soon finds out that not everything on Clades is like he has been taught.

Even though everyone is a clone of the same person, the author did a really good job with characterization. Each of the main characters are different, distinctive. Twain is a bit different character. Since he's been hidden away for all of his life, he is very naive, like a child instead of the teenager (I think) he is. I also loved the other characters. Each one has the difficult issue of trying to separate themselves, be an individual. It was a hard task, but one Lovejoy pulled off quite well.

I did not know what to expect going into this, but it surprised me at every turn. Just when I thought I had it figured out...I didn't. There were definite plot twists, and Lovejoy kept it interesting the whole time. And that end? I thought I knew how it would end. But it didn't end that way. What. 

Oh, and Twain's real secret? The one that even he didn't know about? Without spoiling anything...

I would definitely recommend this book. It was such a refreshing, interesting take on sci-fi and I loved it. It will definitely keep you guessing and entertained. Not to mention, Lovejoy touches on some really tough, deep issues that are more prevalent in our society than we would think. And I hear the paperback even has illustrations. You can't beat that.

I received an ecopy in exchange for my honest opinion for this blog tour. This does not affect my opinions in any way, except that maybe I need a physical copy to see these illustrations.


About the Author:

Realm Lovejoy is a writer and an artist. She was raised in Washington State and the alps of Nagano, Japan. Her father is a Japanese ex-monk and her mother an English teacher from Rhode Island. Her art is influenced by both the East and the West.
Realm aspires to tell stories through her writing and art.
She is agented by Jessica Regel.

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Monday, December 16, 2013

What's in the Snow Scavenger Hunt

Hey guys! I am excited to be part of the What's in the Snow scavenger hunt. This is a fun blog event hosted by Read Books and Live Green & Reviews Abound. Make sure to check out their intro posts for the huge giveaways, as well as the list of all the blogs participating so you can visit them as well!

So without further ado, today I have...

So I know you celebrate Chanukah. Can you tell us a little bit about it, for those of us not as familiar with it?

Of course! Chanukah commemorates the end of the Maccabees’ battle against religious intolerance in ancient Israel. The story goes that, when the Maccabees finally won the ability to go back into the Temple, they only found enough purified oil to light the menorah for one night – but a miracle happened, and the oil lasted for eight nights instead.

What are some of your favorite holiday traditions from your childhood?

A few weeks before the holiday, we would always bring out the books corresponding to that holiday to sort of “gear up” for what was to come. The same books came out every year, and it was like seeing old friends after a long time apart. I still do the same thing with my kids (and of course we add a couple – or ten – books each year. 

What are some new traditions you are trying to start with your kids?

Oooh, good question! I’m a serious introvert, so entertaining is tough for me, but I want the kids to  have the memories that come along with sharing their holidays with their friends. So this year we had an ice cream party for Sukkot (a harvest festival) and a Chanukah party, too. 

Favorite holiday memory?

Over winter break, staying in pajamas and watching TV with my siblings all day, and cuddling up together in one big bed (usually mine) and chatting late into the night. 

Worst holiday memory? (You don’t have to get too personal here. Maybe just something humorous or light that happened.)

Haha thanks for the leeway! It has to be the year I tried to host my sister and brother-in-law for Chanukah at our brand-new house. I was trying my hand at frying latkes for the first time ever and had no clue what I was doing. I should have read a tutorial, but I didn’t. Long story short, the house filled up with smoke quicker than I ever imagined it could, we had fire alarms going off and doors open in the frigid cold, trying to get rid of the smoke. 

And I think I got about eight latkes out of the ordeal. They were burned on the outside and raw on the inside. 

We ordered pizza.

You have four kids, which means the holidays must get insane. Craziest thing that has happened (so far)?

Yes! Last year my daughter caught her pigtails on fire with the Chanukah candles. Twice.

{Speed Round}
Favorite winter scent? Cinnamon!
Favorite winter drink? Peppermint or Caramel hot chocolate.
Favorite winter food? Donuts! (I mean, that’s my favorite food always, but Chanukah gives me a religious excuse to eat them.)
Favorite holiday desert? My family’s sugar cookie recipe from Germany.
Most worn winter item of clothing?  My scribbling suit! A humungous ugly knit sweater coat I wear for writing. It makes me look like a hermit (which I kind of am.)
Favorite nail color to wear in winter? Gold, with subtle sparkles.
What is winter like where you live? Honestly? It’s a toss up. We’ve had winters where it stays mostly in the 50s, and others where it’s nothing but snow, ice, and frigid temperatures.
Favorite winter activity? Sitting inside under an electric blanket.
Favorite winter TV show? Is a movie okay? Love Actually.
Favorite winter song? Sleigh Ride! It’s a long story that involves high school showchoir.
Favorite book to snuggle up with? Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Quickest answer in the bunch. 

Leigh Ann has been kind enough to provide 1 winner with copies of all three of her books: One, Two, and Solving for Ex. Huge thank you to Leigh Ann for taking the time to answer these questions, as well as have this giveaway!

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Don't forget to visit every stop in the scavenger hunt for more blog-specific giveaways, as well as the clues for the big giveaways. Happy holidays!

Monday, November 25, 2013

{Double Cover Reveal} Legend of Me and The Winter People by Rebekah L. Purdy

Today Rebekah Purdy and Entangled Teen are revealing the covers for LEGEND OF ME, releasing in early 2014, and THE WINTER PEOPLE, releasing July 1, 2014! Check out the gorgeous covers, exclusive excerpts, and enter to win an eARC of each!

So...onward to the reveals!

Legend of Me:

Title: Legend of Me
Author: Rebekah  L. Purdy
Release Date: Early 2014
Publisher: Entangled Teen

Sixteen-year-old Brielle has grown up hearing tales of a beast that kills humans, leaving behind only a scattering of bones and limbs. Or so the village elders say. She thinks it’s just their way of keeping children in line, though it doesn’t explain her grisly premonitions of blood, claws, and severed heads.
When Lord Kenrick, Knight of the Crowhurst Order, shows up asking questions about the legendary monster and Brielle finds a mangled body in the woods, she begins to wonder if the grim stories are true. Her attraction to the handsome knight grows as she spends time with him searching for clues to the creature’s existence, and she becomes even more determined to help him discover the beast’s location. 
But as her seventeenth birthday approaches, her nightmares worsen. If Brielle doesn’t figure out the connection between Kenrick, the monster, and visions of a ghostly woman in the woods soon, more people could die. Including those closest to her…

Exclusive Excerpt!

Brambles scratched my legs, snagging my skirt. Gnarled trees bent in gruesome forms, while thick shadows splayed out beneath them. A heavy gloom settled over the woodland as wisps of fog slithered like snakes against the ground. I shivered. 

Don’t think. I picked an animal trail to follow, stepping over dead branches and forest debris. Blood pounded in my ears and the hair on the back of my neck prickled. I twisted around to glance behind me. 

Nothing there. Only the trees. Urgency gripped hold of me and I picked up my pace once more. As I scrambled through the thicket, an overwhelming scent of rotten meat made me gag. I covered my mouth with my hand and stopped running when a bright red piece of fabric caught my eye. With hesitant steps, I moved toward it.

“Oh God.” I stumbled. There, sticking out from beneath a barberry bush was a severed arm, its finger pointed at me in accusation. My breath came in gasps as I scanned the rest of the clearing.
My foot nudged against something and I looked down in horror to find the head of Liam Gatekeeper staring up at me.

I screamed, backing away as fast as I could. All around me were pieces of his body scattered like breadcrumbs. I shielded my eyes with my hands, until I bumped into something else.

With another scream, I whipped around only to find myself faced with an oak tree covered in dried blood and deep claw marks. My vision darkened and I prayed I wouldn’t faint, that I wouldn’t be stuck in the woods. Because somewhere out here, a monster lurked. If I didn’t believe it before, I did now. The beast was real.

The Winter People:

Title: The Winter People
Author: Rebekah L. Purdy
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble

An engrossing, complex, romantic fantasy perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore or Maggie Stiefvater, set in a wholly unique world.Salome Montgomery fears winter—the cold, the snow, the ice, but most of all, the frozen pond she fell through as a child. Haunted by the voices and images of the strange beings that pulled her to safety, she hasn’t forgotten their warning to "stay away." For eleven years, she has avoided the winter woods, the pond, and the darkness that lurks nearby. But when failing health takes her grandparents to Arizona, she is left in charge of maintaining their estate. This includes the "special gifts" that must be left at the back of the property.
 Salome discovers she’s a key player in a world she’s tried for years to avoid. At the center of this world is the strange and beautiful Nevin, who she finds trespassing on her family’s property. Cursed with dark secrets and knowledge of the creatures in the woods, his interactions with Salome take her life in a new direction. A direction where she’ll have to decide between her longtime crush Colton, who could cure her fear of winter. Or Nevin who, along with an appointed bodyguard, Gareth, protects her from the darkness that swirls in the snowy backdrop. An evil that, given the chance, will kill her.

Exclusive Excerpt!

The sky darkened with ominous storm clouds. Giant flakes fell onto my face, sticking to my eyelashes and cheeks. Snow blew unhindered across the yard into what looked like small tornadoes. 

Oh God. It’s happening again. The frigid air. The creaking of the treetops beneath the wind. Even the way the snow blew across the yard. 

I only had one more feeder. Just needed to toss the seeds in then I could leave. Be safe.

The pond water rippled, while the trees bent beneath the strong gusts. Soon, everything became so white I couldn't see the house. In the distance a strange tinkling sounded, like dozens of wind chimes. 

What had the shrink told me to do? 

Ten, nine, eight. Breathe. Seven, six, five. Shit!

 Panic stole my thoughts. I backed away from the pond as the flurries swirled toward me. Chasing me. 
Then, I bumped into something—something that felt quite human. A firm chest, arms, hands. Not something, someone. A shriek tumbled from my lips and I spun around to face my captor.
“It’s okay. I won’t hurt you,” a soft masculine voice said, pale hands clinging to my arms as he kept me from falling. 

My gaze followed those long fingers, up black leather sleeves, to the most gorgeous face I’d ever seen. My breath caught in my throat. I’m gawking. But I couldn't help it. His raven hair shot with strands of blue, his face pale and perfect, like an ice sculptor had chiseled it into existence. His eyes—oh God, his eyes. They were the palest blue I’d ever seen. Glacial. He had to be over six feet tall, muscles evident through the tight shirt he wore beneath an unzipped jacket.

His mouth turned up at the corners as if enjoying my scrutiny. A cocky grin that made my cheeks warm. 

“You’re trespassing.” I tried to keep the tremble from my voice. “This is private property, or can’t you read the signs?” Bravo, that’s right, scare him off with your bitchiness.

He chuckled. And it sounded like the low song of the chimes. “Doris doesn't mind me coming around. In fact, I've met you before, Salome.”

My name on his lips made my knees go buttery. I groaned inwardly. 

“You know my grandma?” I fidgeted with the bucket still in hand. 

He gave a nod. “Yeah, I've known her for years. But I haven’t seen you since you were a child.”

Warning bells went off in my mind, but I pushed them aside. If he knew my grandma, then he must be okay. 

“Funny, I don’t remember you at all.” 

“Don’t you, Salome?” Strands of my hair blew about my face. He reached a hand out as if to touch them then stopped, dropping his arms back to his side.

“No. Grandma’s never mentioned you.”

He gave me another cocky grin. “Well then, maybe we should be reacquainted.”

“Or maybe not.” I snorted. “I’m not sure how you got on the property, Grandma keeps all the gates locked.”

He produced an antique-looking skeleton key. “She gave me this. Like I said, Doris has known me for a long time.”

“I’m sorry. I’m not trying to be a jerk or anything, it’s just my grandma never mentioned I’d have visitors.” In fact, I wondered why she didn't ask this guy to watch her house instead of me.

The arrogance left his face and he stared at me. “Perhaps, we can try this again.” He held his hand out to me. “I’m Nevin.”

About the Author:

Rebekah was born and raised in Michigan (just look for the mitten-shaped state on the map). She’s lived there most of her life other than the few years she spent in the U.S. Army.  At which time she got a chance to experience MO, KS, SC, and CA.

She works full time for the court system and in her free time she writes YA stories. Pretty much any genre within the YA realm is game for her, but her favorites are fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, thrillers, light sci-fi, and some time travel.

She also has a big family–she like to considers them the modern day Brady Bunch. When her hubby and her met and got married, he had 3 children from a previous marriage, she had 2, and  they have 1 together. It’s a lot of fun though.

And she can’t forget her other family members–yep, they've got some pets: 4 dogs, 3 cats,  and 1 turtle. Everyone in the family has one…she won’t bore you all with their names (unless you really want to know). Okay, you talked her into it! Jack, Pearl, Grr…(yes that’s her dog’s name), Callie, Shadow, Mooshoo, Grouchy, and Sorbert. Other than writing some of her other hobbies include: reading (mostly YA of course), singing, swimming, football, soccer, running, camping, sledding, church, hanging with her kids, and traveling.

She belong to a fabulous writing group called YA Fiction Fantatics (YAFF) and you guessed it they all write YA!

REPPED by Jennifer Mishler and Frances Black of Literary Counsel.

And that’s her in a big ‘ol nutshell.

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Friday, November 22, 2013

{Guest Post by Mary Crockett} A Case of Two Sherlocks

Hey guys! Today I am excited to bring you a guest post from Mary Crockett, talking about one of my favorite things(obsessions)...Sherlock! In fact, I too struggle with the very thing she discusses ;) So without further ado...

Torn Between Two Sherlocks: Confessions of an Addict

When RachelMarie invited me to do a guest post for The NerdHerd Reads, I was excited but also a bit at a loss. My debut novel DREAM BOY is coming out next summer – which is mega-thrilling for me and my coauthor Madelyn Rosenberg, but it's maybe not the timeliest of topics as we approach the doldrums of winter.

Write about your writing process, RachelMarie suggested.

Ok, I thought. I write. All the time. This should be easy.

At which point I sat down at my computer, typed “WRITING PROCESS,” stood up, wandered around the house, ate a piece of toast, sat back down at the computer, retweeted some random stuff, and traipsed off to check on the dog.

That pretty much IS my writing process. Which may explain why I'm not meeting my National Novel Writing Month goals. Ah well.

Several toasts and dogs later, I eventually found my way back to the NerdHerd site to see what there might rouse my muse. It was then that I noticed RachelMarie's Sherlock Challenge. The heavens parted, angels sang, and I knew my topic. Because while DREAM BOY is half a year away, what IS right around the corner? Come on, you know this....

That's right. Season Three of The Most Awesome of Awesomes. I'm speaking of course of the BBC's SHERLOCK, premiering in the US January 19.

So, here's the thing: Since Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock left us wondering how he faked his own death so he could go terrorize hobbits and the Starship Enterprise, another Sherlock—Jonny Lee Miller's tatted, terse-lipped incarnation—has swooped in and stolen my affections.

Call me fickle? Fair enough. If you'd told me two years ago that I'd be in love with TWO different big-headed Brits who go around poking at dead bodies, I'd... well, I'd probably have thought you were a figment of my imagination and just ignored you. But that doesn't change the fact that my whorish little heart is confused.

I never intended to fall for Miller. In fact, when I suggested to my thirteen-year-old daughter that we watch Elementary as a sort of stop-gap between seasons of Sherlock, she responded as if I'd told her we were going to eat the cardboard cereal box just because we ran out of Cheerios.

It's going to be a long time before we get another Sherlock, I said. Let's just try it and see what happens.

Huffing. Eye-rolling. Silence.

They have a female Watson, I said.


Just one episode. Come on. It's not like one episode is going to kill anybody.

Even to my own ears I sounded like a drug dealer trying to reel in a new customer.

But as it turns out, Jonny Lee Miller is a gateway drug. And now we're hooked not only on him, but also on Lucy Liu as Watson and on the idea of Holmes as a recovering addict and person-in-progress.

I am, to quote really bad 70's pop music, “torn between two lovers, feeling like a fool.”

To aid in my confusion, here's a little something I ran across when I googled “Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch” to see if anyone else was suffering from Sherlock Disorientation Anxiety.

Check out this promo for Danny Boyle's 2011 stage version of Frankenstein in which Jonny Lee Miller's Creature (who morphs into Benedict Cumberbatch's Creature) is conversing with Benedict Cumberbatch's Victor Frankenstein (who morphs into Jonny Lee Miller's Victor Frankenstein).

Keep in mind as you watch this, that I'm not only a Sherlock fangirl, but I'm also obsessed with Mary Shelley's novel—and in fact tried to convince my coauthor on several occasions that DREAM BOY is really a loose retelling of Frankenstein.

AKKK!!! It's like I'm the junkie and this is a really, really bad trip.
So, what to do?
Come new year, do I abandon Jonny Lee and his doe-eyed care of bees?
Do I schedule a Snuggie Pub Crawl on January 19 to keep me from the temptation that is Sherlock?
Both of these questions I answer with a resounding HECK NO!
I will instead seek to turn myself into (and this time I borrow from the country music cannon) “a two timin' woman with a heart of solid stone.” I will find out how Sherlock faked his death. I will know why Mycroft is scheming to lure Sherlock to London.
In short, I will learn to live with my own whorish heart, and I will love it.

About the Author:

Mary Crockett:

Mary Crockett's debut young adult novel DREAM BOY, co-authored with Madelyn Rosenberg, is about the aftermath of dreams and the nightmare of figuring out how you fit into the puzzle of your own life. It's also about cute guys, epic kisses, and the mystical power of a really awesome pair of shoes. A native of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Mary grew up as the youngest of six children in a family of misfits. She has worked as everything from a history museum director to a toilet seat hand model. In her other life, she's an award-winning poet, professional eavesdropper, and the person who wipes runny noses. If you tweet at her, chances are she will tweet back.

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Add DREAM BOY to your 'to-read' list on Goodreads

 Thank you Mary for this wonderful post! I was right there with your daughter on refusing to give it a shot until my friend pushed my to "just check it out". Now, I'm obsessed too, and will not apologize. Have not seen the Sherlock movie with RDJ yet though. 

Who else here has a (more than) slight obsession with Sherlock?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

2014 Series Challenge

So...yep. I've decided to join Octavia's 2014 Series Challenge. What is it? Well, basically, it's where you challenge yourself to read series. Oh wait. You didn't already get that from the title? Okay, it's a challenge to finish series. Now, these can be series that you've read one of or most of and just never got around to the rest. It can be series that you have always said that you absolutely going to read it....at some point and still haven't. As long as you finish the series.

For the list of official rules, as well as a run-down of the badge system and prize incentives, head on over to Read.Sleep.Repeat and read them. But here are the series that I am going to challenge myself to read in 2014.

Series I've started yet never finished:
Legend (Legend, #1)A Beautiful Dark (A Beautiful Dark, #1)Unwind (Unwind, #1)Divergent (Divergent, #1)A Breath of Eyre (Unbound, #1)Abandon (Abandon Trilogy, #1)The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, #1)Unearthly (Unearthly, #1)I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies, #1)The Giver (The Giver Quartet, #1)The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)Infinity (Chronicles of Nick, #1)

Series I've never started:
Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1)Airel (The Airel Saga, #1)Mercy (Mercy, #1)Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)Enclave (Razorland, #1)Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles, #1)Starcrossed (Starcrossed, #1)Everneath (Everneath, #1)Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy, #1)Leviathan (Leviathan, #1)The Assassin's Curse (The Assassin's Curse, #1)Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms, #1)Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)

So am I going to get to everything on this list? Gracious no. I'm a college kid after all. But it's a starting point of books that I really need to read. And so maybe I will.

Progress will be kept in a tab above, and I will be back every month with a checkpoint post.