Wednesday, April 23, 2014

WWW Wednesday #30: Thief of Souls

Hello all!
Welcome to WWW Wednesday,
a meme hosted by Should Be Reading!

What did you recently finish reading?

by Neal Shusterman

Thief of Souls A group of monumentally powerful teens must face an ancient, soul-eating foe in this second book of The Star Shards Chronicles.

A cataclysmic explosion has given earthly teens astronomical powers—when the star Mentarsus-H went supernova at their conceptions, the teens absorbed the shattered soul of the star and inherited unimaginable abilities. Now the Star Shards have become like gods, drunk on their own power—and ripe for manipulation by The Bringer, a creature who would turn them against one another and transform the planet into his own personal feeding ground. But who is more dangerous: The Bringer or the Star Shards?

Acclaimed author Neal Shusterman presents “a story which is grippingly unexpected; (The Bookwatch) that sets the stage for the riveting conclusion to The Star Shards trilogy.

What are you currently reading?

Delirium (Delirium #1) by Lauren Oliver

Book Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't.

What are you reading next?

by Neal Shusterman

Book In this conclusion to The Star Shards Chronicles, powerful and terrifying invaders have arrived from a parallel dimension, and only the Star Shards can prevent the destruction of the human race.

Six children were conceived at the exact moment that the star Mentaras-H went supernova, and the explosion transformed their souls into living star fragments. Now the Star Shards face the ultimate battle and the true purpose of their gifts be revealed, for it is no accident they have these powers. Once despised for their deformities the Star Shards are now worshiped and feared as gods. Their power is unlimited, as is the temptation to abuse it. But a new and terrifying force has torn a wound in the universe, infecting it like a deadly, intelligent virus. Only one power exists that could conceivably prevent the extermination of the human race: the Star Shards. But only if they can put aside their titanic egos and join forces one final time.

Acclaimed author Neal Shusterman and talent for depicting superhuman characters with human strengths and weaknesses lends depth and immediacy to a tale of cosmic proportions in this stunning conclusion to a visionary trilogy.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Giveaway! Fairy Tale Fortnight!

This hop is in conjunction with the 4th annual Fairy Tale Fortnight.  
Fairy Tale Giveaway Hop
Hosted by
April 22nd to May 3rd

For this giveaway I am giving away a 
$10 Giftcard to Amazon or Barnes and Noble!!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Weekly WrapUp!

Hello all!
Welcome to my Weekly WrapUp!
With this post, I participate in the following meme's!

Here are the posts from this week!

Here is one of the new books I received from Netgalley!

Book When emotions are erased from the world, creating a civilization of mindless drones, only those with fury can survive.

On the same day each year Josephine Luquet wakes naked, shivering and covered in blood that is not her own. Under the cold gaze of the blood moon she is someone else entirely, but when dawn breaks her memories flee and she is left with only an icy horror, a burning fury. Amid a sea of drones, she alone hasn’t been cured.
It will be the same each year: atrocities forgotten, truths hidden and pieces of herself left to die.
Until Luke.
He isn’t like the other drones. With secrets whispering behind his eyes and a hunger for all things Josephine, he is the only one determined to help her discover the truth before the next blood moon rises.
But time is running out. Is Luke willing to risk his life to be near her? Does he truly understand what violence she is capable of?

Raw and full of passion, Fury is a story of love in a dystopian world, and how much we are willing to forgive in the struggle to remember our humanity.

Review: Scorpion Shards (Star Shards Chronicles #1) by Neal Shusterman

Book Title: Scorpion Shards (Star Shards Chronicles #1)
Author: Neal Shusterman
Published: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Simon and Shuster
Format: Hardcover; 256pg
ISBN: 1442451149
Source: Library
Barnes and Noble

Six teens struggle to discover the source of their strange and horrific abilities in this first book of The Star Shards Chronicles.

Dillon has the terrifying power to create massive amounts of destruction with the slightest tweak of his will. Deanna is so consumed by fear, it has become like a black hole, drawing to her the very things that terrify her. Then, when the glare of a supernova sixteen light-years away illuminates the night sky, they have a vision: There are six of them out there, all teenagers, and all suffering from supernatural afflictions that disfigure their bodies and souls. Only by finding one another will the six ever be strong enough to defeat these mysterious forces that, bit by bit, are devouring their souls from the inside out.

Scorpion Shards was a freak-tastically trippy and wicked read. It begins with the story of Dillon Cole aka the Destroyer. Dillon has the affliction of the "wrecking hunger" which makes him want to cause catastrophes. Dillon isn't the only one with problems though. Winston is growing backwards, Michael is consumed with lust, Lourdes grows larger every day, Deanna has intense fears and Tory is infested with disease. None of them have ever met, but that is going to change because they all feel an unexplainable pull towards the others. And once they finally get together, nothing will ever be the same.

I just love the no holds barred voice of the author, Neal Shusterman. The characters he has created are so multifaceted and really embody the tormented soul. I felt their pains and developed such empathy for the characters. I related to the character of Lourdes the most, because I am overweight myself. Sometimes it feels like it has control of me and it is suffocating. I also empathized with Deanna, who suffers from a crippling, constant fear of EVERYTHING. My anxiety gets the best of me a lot, so I could feel where she was coming from too.

Overall, a gripping read that makes me definitely want to continue the series! This book was just as good as Unwind by Shusterman and I look forward to finding out more about what the Shards are doing...

5 stars to Scorpion Shards!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Think Out Loud #92: Insane Self Portraits (Brain on Drugs)

Hello all!
Welcome to my weekly meme,
This is the time to do ANYTHING you want!!

I saw this on Facebook and thought it was interesting!
I definitely do NOT recommend trying this,
but the art the guy produced is worth checking out.
This man, Bryan Lewis Saunders, did several
different drugs for several weeks and produced
a self portrait while on them.
Click HERE for all the pics and the story!

2mg Nictotine Gum






Crystal Meth

G13 Marijuana

Huffing Gas

Psilocybin Mushrooms

And there were tons more portraits as well.
Kinda freaky huh???
I feel sorry for this guy's brain now...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #2: Bookish Things

Hello all!
Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday,
a meme hosted by

This week:

Top Ten Bookish Things (That Aren't Books)
That I Want!!

So, I raided the internet and had
a fantasy shopping spree.
Here is what I came up with,
in no particular order!

1. All You Need is Love...
This sign from Barnes and Noble is totally
on my wishlist!

2. White Owl Bookends from Barnes and Noble

3. Owl Embossed Italian Leather Journal

4. Blu-Ray Disc of Ender's Game

5. 642 Things to Write Journal
This looks so cool!

6. Corner Zig Zag Shelf
from Amazon!
So cute and functional!

7. Bookends with Drawers
from Amazon

8. Owl Bookmark
from Amazon

9. Gryffindor Scarf

10. Hunger Games Book Tote

What's on your Bookish Wish List??

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Weekly WrapUp!

Hello all!!
Welcome to my Weekly WrapUp!
With this post, I participate in the following meme's!

Posts from this week:

I am so stoked because 
 gifted me this wonderful book!
The cover is absolutely to die for!

Book Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl's journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

How was your week?
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