POKEMON INDIGO LEAGUE READ-A-THON UPDATE

I am participating in the Pokémon Indigo League. Which is being hosted by Read at Midnight.com.  Here is her link:https://readatmidnight.com/2016/07/25/pokemon-indigo-league-readthemallthon-sign-up/

 

POKEMON INDIGO LEAGUE READ-A-THON

BOULDER BADGE ( FIRST IN A SERIES )

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

CASCADE BADGE ( MIGHT MAKE YOU CRY ) 20cp

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater 44cp  +Review 20cp = 88cp

Ok, first off I love this series.  With that said, I am not really sure how I feel about this book.  There are trumps and tragedies throughout the book. I was expecting some of the things to happen but not all of these.  I also expected character growth but I wasn’t really expecting the one with the most growth to be Adam.  He was the one that I thought most broken but he was the one who grew the most as a person.
Ronan I felt grew but I think he just grew up. He just became more of what he already was.  He became more caring, more responsible and more sincere.  I think he just figured out who he was and what he wanted.  Although that is what is supposed to happen when you grow up or at least that is what should happen.
I still am not sure way Henry was introduced other than to lighten the mood a little.  I did enjoy him as a character but I don’t really see that he was needed.  I get what Maggie was doing because he gave a different perspective.  He didn’t have the same bonds that the others had.  He was able to detach himself from the group and get them to see things in a different light.
I felt we got a little ripped off when it came to Blue.  In this book we didn’t get a lot of time with her.   I felt that she was a side character for most of this book.  I kept want more from her and Gansey.   Henry had more time on the page as far as I could tell.  I could be wrong but that is just how it seemed to me.
Gansey was as always the noble knight/king.  I am just as much in love with him as I was since the first book.  He is still as driven and selfless as he was from the very start of the series.  He is going on the top of my book crushes list.
Noah is a sad case.  Since the beginning of this series I have felt so bad for this boy.   The way his life was cut short and then to see how things were turning out for him just made me so sad.  I still am not sure if its Noah’s sacrifice or Caves Waters that was the reason why things worked out the way they did.  I may have to reread that part to understand.
The book was great but I feel a little let down by it.  I expected more to the ending or maybe just more explanation.   I do plan to reread this story in the future and maybe marathoning them will give me a little more insight that I am missing right now.

THUNDER BADGE ( BOOKS WITH HYPE )

                    Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

RAINBOW BADGE ( DIVERSE )

 An Ember In The Ashes by Saab Tahir

SOUL BADGE ( EPIC ROMANCE )

Winter by Marissa Meyer   

Marsh Badge (Fantasy/Supernatural)

Between the Spark and the Burn by April Genevieve Tucholke 

VOLCANO BADGE ( RED ON COVER ) 20cp

Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson 47cp + Review 20cp=87cp

Let me start out by saying the book was absolutely amazing.  For a sequel you can’t get much better than this. The action, romance, and mystery was even better in this book.  There was a lot of answers but even those answers still left a lot of question.
Also, that ending, OMG!  I was so floored on how this ended.  I am not a crier but I did get a little misty eyed.  I can’t believe how much action was packed into that last chapter then to leave us hanging like that at the end is just cruel.  I love how Pearson is able to keep you on the edge of you seat with all the suspense and tension through out the book.  Even though you know what every one is thinking because it is written  in multiple perspectives you still never know what the characters are going to do.  The author writes this in such away that because nobody really trusts each other they tend to be very secretive with each. Which causes some major issues to occur. Then one thing starts to build off another until our characters are in really deep and trying to navigate a way out. Sometimes I just want to scream at them and tell the not to do this or to do something  which can make a big difference for them.  So being able to see everyone’s thoughts can sometimes put the reader in a very frustrated state.  Which, I was in throughout most of this book but it was in a good way.
I am very much looking forward to reading the final book in this series very soon!  I don’t think I can stand waiting after that cliff hanger(these are my inner ramblings right now)! I may have to run out today and get me my copy because this wait might just be the end of me!!!

EARTH BADGE ( DISTOPIAN )20cp

The Last Star by Rich Yancey 33cp+ Review 20 =73cp

I read this book but I am not sure how I feel about it.  I really enjoyed the first two books a lot but this one I know there were part that were amazing.  Then there were parts that just took for ever to get through.  I am also not a fan of Ringer at all and again there was just too much of her for me. Although she was written better than Cassie in this book.  Cassie was just so different in this book that I almost couldn’t stand her but towards the end she redeemed herself in my eyes.  As always I enjoyed Sam and Ben.  Sam of course was a scene stealer.  He is just so adorable and when Cassie says everything is about him and Megan my heart just broke.  Even though all those things made this book amazing there were things that so brought it down for me.  So, I am going to have to think on this before I can give it a fair rating.

Bout of books Day 7 Update

Update Day 7

Yesterday was a good reading day. I finished The Raven king and Between the Spark and the Burn.

Books Read today: 3

Total finished books so far: 6

Pages Today: 68 inWinter by Marissa Meyer and 156 in The Raven King 186 in Between the Spark and the Burn =410

 Total Pages:  1965 pgs

Bout of Books Day 7 No Challenge but Day 6 Update

Update Day 6

Yesterday was a decent reading day. I didn’t do a lot in any one book but I was able to read some in each book.  I tried to catch up on a lot of housework because the house was looking like I was doing a readathon.

Books Read today: 4

Total finished books so far: 4

Pages Today: 150 inWinter by Marissa Meyer and 46 in The Raven King  54 in Between the Spark and the Burn =250

Also I was able to read a graphic novel: East of West : vol. 2 (144pgs)

 Total Pages:  1555 pgs todate

Bout of Books Day 6 No Challenge but Day 5 Update

Update Day 5

Yesterday was busy even though not as bad.  We ended up with more shopping to do and we are still not done.  Although most of the day was a wash the evening was so much better then yesterday though.

Books Read today: 4

Total finished books so far: 3

Pages Today: 100 inWinter by Marissa Meyer and 63 in The Raven King  44 in Between the Spark and the Burn =207

Also I was able to read a graphic novel:  Rat Queens 128 

Total Pages:  1161 pgs todate

Bout of Books Day 5 Challenge and Day 4 Update

Day 5 Linking Books and Music Challenge from:

Janey Canuck — Book in a Song

Rules – tell me what connections you have between a book and some music.  Anything goes, really.  Some suggestions to get you thinking:

  • Rename your book with a song
  • Give a lyric that sums up the plot of your book
  • A song or album that is forever associated with a particular books in your mind

Post your song connection anywhere you are talking about Bout of Books and post the link here.  Please remember that I have to be able to see your post so make sure your account isn’t private.

This Song  will forever be associated with  Between the Spark and the Burn for me.

This is so funny that this challenge happened.   I have been reading Between the Spark and the Burn and listening to Evanescence – What You Want.

This is a book a bout a family that is extremely dysfunctional and to make it worse they have powers.  These powers can make you go a little crazy.  One of the brother is trying to save his family and one is trying to destroy them.   Then there is a girl who loves one of them and wants to dispose of one.  Once I heard this song it just so fit this book.

Do what you, what you want
If you have a dream for better
Do what you, what you want
’til you don’t want it anymore (remember who you really are)

Do what you, what you want
Your world’s closing in on you now (it isn’t over)
Stand and face the unknown (got to remember who you really are)

Every heart in my hands
Like a pale reflection

Hello, hello, remember me?
I’m everything you can’t control
Somewhere beyond the pain
There must be a way to believe
We can break through

Do what you, what you want
You don’t have to lay your life down (it isn’t over)
Do what you, what you want
‘til you find what you’re looking for (got to remember who you really are)

But every hour slipping by
Screams that I have failed you

Hello, hello, remember me?
I’m everything you can’t control
Somewhere beyond the pain
There must be a way to believe

Hello, hello, remember me?
I’m everything you can’t control
Somewhere beyond the pain
There must be a way to believe

There’s still time
Close your eyes
Only love will guide you home
Tear down the walls and free your soul
‘Til we crash
We’re forever spiraling
Down, down, down, down

Hello, hello
It’s only me infecting everything you love
Somewhere beyond the pain
There must be a way

Hello, hello, remember me?
I’m everything you can’t control
Somewhere beyond the pain
There must be a way to learn forgiveness

Hello, hello, remember me?
I’m everything you can’t control
Somewhere beyond the pain
There must be a way to believe
We can break through

Remember who you really are
Do what you, what you want

 


Update Day 4

Yesterday was busy also, we end up with doctors appointments. We needed to finish school shopping so, I am still behind in my reading.

Books Read today: 2

Total finished books so far: 2

Pages Today: 80 inWinter by Marissa Meyer and 56 in The Raven King  30 in Between the Spark and the Burn=166

Total Pages:  826 pgs todate

 

Bout of Books Day 4 Challenge and Day 3 Update

The Book Junkie — Titles in the Tabloids

Instruction for Challenge:

 

  • Think about the book you are reading or one that you finished during Bout of Books 17
  • Create a “tabloid” type headline.  Make it fun, feel free to use sarcasm liberally.  :)
  • Post your headline in the comment section below

 

AND/OR

 

  • Tweet your headline using two hashtags: #boutofbooks and #tabloidtitles

Have fun with it! We are all looking forward to seeing some of the creative tabloid headlines you all come up with.🙂

Think about the book you are reading or one that you finished during Bout of Books 17

  • Create a “tabloid” type headline.  Make it fun, feel free to use sarcasm liberally.  :)
  • Post your headline in the comment section below

 

AND/OR

 

  • Tweet your headline using two hashtags: #boutofbooks and #tabloidtitles

Have fun with it! We are all looking forward to seeing some of the creative tabloid headlines you all come up with.🙂

Here is my tabloid title:

I am going to use the Heart of Betrayal.  I just finished it and it is on my mind.

Runaway princess sited snuggling up to the leader of warring country while, jilted princes and her sexy assassin look on. Could this be some ploy to make the others jealous or some freaky sex thing? Full story inside.

 


Update Day 3

Yesterday was busy also because I had registration for my son.  Now I just need to finish school shopping and the dentist tomorrow and I should be able to concentrate on my reading.

Books Read today: 2

Total finished books so far: 2

Pages Today: 112 in Winter by Marissa Meyer and 78 in The Raven King 0 in Between the Spark and the Burn=190

Total Pages:  660 pgs to date

Bout of Books Day 3 Challenge and Day 2 Update

Challenge for day 3 instructions:

Show Off Your Shelves Photo Challenge — HERE at the Bout of Books blog!

Share a picture of your books/shelves/nightstand/e-library/wherever you keep your books on Twitter, Instagram, or on this post. Use the hashtags #boutofbooks and #shelfie4boutofbooks

 

 


Day 2 Update

I had school registration today for my daughters so my reading wasn’t great.  I was able to read a graphic novel and a little from Between the Spark and the Burn.

Books Read today: 2

Total finished books so far: 2

Pages Today: 196

Total Pages:  470