Saturday, December 28, 2013

2014 Color Coded Challenge

  2014 Color Coded Reading Challenge

Here are the rules:
*Read nine books in the following categories.
1. A book with "Blue" or any shade of Blue (Turquoise, Aquamarine, Navy, etc) in the title.
2. A book with "Red" or any shade of Red (Scarlet, Crimson, Burgandy, etc) in the title.
3. A book with "Yellow" or any shade of Yellow (Gold, Lemon, Maize, etc.)in the title.
4. A book with "Green" or any shade of Green (Emerald, Lime, Jade, etc) in the title.
5. A book with "Brown" or any shade of Brown (Tan, Chocolate, Beige, etc) in the title.
6. A book with "Black" or any shade of Black (Jet, Ebony, Charcoal, etc) in the title.
7. A book with "White" or any shade of White (Ivory, Eggshell, Cream, etc)in the title.
8. A book with any other color in the title (Purple, Orange, Silver, Pink, Magneta, etc.).
9. A book with a word that implies color (Rainbow, Polka-dot, Plaid, Paisley, Stripe, etc.).
* Any book read from January 1 through December 31, 2014 will count.
*Crossovers with other challenges are fine.

*Everyone who completes all nine categories will be entered in a year-end drawing for a book-related prize package.

  1. Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead
  2. The red glove by holly Black
  3. Lemon tart by Josi s. Kilpack
  4. Green eyed demon by Jaye Wells
  5. The Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke
  6. Black Heart by Holly Black
  7. Snow white Sorrow by Cameron Jace
  8. silver by Cheree Alsop
  9. Good girl gone plaid  by Shelli Stevens

2014 Fairy Tales Retold Reading Challenge

It’s here! The 2014 Fairy Tales Retold Reading Challenge is back in it’s third year! This year has been rough and I almost decided not to host it this year, but everything worked out! I’m looking forward to hosting the challenge this coming year, and I hope you guys all
Here are the details:
The challenge starts on January 1st 2014, and ends December 31st 2014
The goal of the read-a-thon is to read as many fairy tale retellings as possible.
There will be six different levels to aim for in this challenge:
Poor Cobbler: 1-3 books
Devilish Wolf: 4-6 books
Lady in Waiting: 7-9 books
Mountain Troll: 10-12 books
Evil Enchantress: 13-15 books
Monstrous Dragon: 16+ books
This challenge is only for Young Adult and Middle Grade retellings. No adult or children’s books count towards this challenge.
Because of confusion in the past, this year only straight retellings of fairy tales will count. No fairy tale-ish books, and no mythological or classic retellings.
Single novellas do not count towards this challenge, however a compilation of novellas or short stories can count towards this challenge.
Have fun and spread the word!
I’ve tried to compile as thorough a list as possible of eligible books for this challenge, which can be found here. If you can think of any book(s) that may be missing, don’t hesitate to let me know!
If you have any other questions or concerns, you can comment, email, or tweet, and I’ll do my best to get back to you.
***UPDATES 12/24/13***
It has been decided that instead of monthly link-ups, there will be quarterly link-ups, which will take place in March, June, September, and December. All those who link up their reviews (whether they be from blogs, Goodreads, Amazon, etc.,) will be able to enter a giveaway, which will most likely feature an assortment of old and new releases!

I've decided to shoot for the Evil Enchantress Level: 13-15 books

Snow White Sorrow by Cameron Jace
Cinderella dressed in Ashes by Cameron Jace
My name is Rapunzel by K.C. Hilton
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Towering by Alex Flinn
Beastly by Alex Flinn
Cindy Ella by Robin Palmer
Geek Charming by Robin Palmer
Little Miss Red by Robin Palmer
Splintered by A.G. Howard
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

Kill me softly by Sarah Cross

2014 DAC

2014 Debut Author Challenge 

challenge objectives

To introduce reader to the awesomeness of debut authors and their books!

To challenge readers to discover and read 12 books by debut authors!

challenge rules & guidelines

You must have place to post your thoughts on the books you’ve read for the challenge. Be it a blog, goodreads account, youtube page, tumblr, amazon account, etc.

Due to past demand there will be no deadline to join the challenge, but please be sure to give yourself enough time to complete the challenge.

The 2014 debuts must be read between January 1, 2014 – January 31, 2015. The extra month is to allow participants time to read December debuts.

Each review equals one entry into the monthly prize packs.

book guidelines

must be a young adult, middle grade or new adult title.

must be the authors ya/mg/na debut, released in 2014.*

*If an author has a previously published adult or children’s book and this is their first ya/mg/na title it counts towards the challenge. In addition if an author has a previously self pubbed ya/mg/na and is now with a traditional publisher it counts toward the challenge. Self published debuts do not count toward the challenge at this time.

I’m still working on the spreadsheet. Printable too!

I just started working on the Goodreads list, feel free to check that out and vote for your favorite titles. Beware that anyone can add a title to the listopia… I’ll try to keep the list updated, but double check that the book listed is a debut.

2014 SARC

2014 SARC

To read 15 Young Adult and Middle Grade standalone novels in 2014 released in the United States between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014.
-YA/MG standalone novels. This means that the book can not have an announced (sometimes sequels happen unexpectedly) sequel, prequel, follow up, etc.
-Companion novels count towards the challenge as well. Companion novels take place in the same world as a novel but usually follows the life of a different character. It can be read independently from the book that came before it.
-Released between January 1 – Decemeber 31, 2014 in the United States. If a book was previously released in another country but is being releasing in the US for the first time, it is eligible. At the same time, if you live in a country where it was previously released, but it is being released in the states for the first time – lucky you – it counts.
-Must be read in 2014
-Can be read in any (legally) readable format: ARC, Paperback, Hardcover or e-book. Audio books do not count toward the challenge.
For a list of eligible challenge titles to get you started towards your goal, please visit this Goodreads List (please note, the list is not comprehensive or final). You are more than welcome to vote for standalones you feel will fit the list.
There will be a prize pack given away each month to a random participant. You gain entries into that month’s prize pack by linking up your challenge-eligible reviews. There will also be giveaways on the hosts’ blogs to go along with special posts with authors. And of course, there are random giveaways that we may throw in here and there!
Sign up with a link to where you will be posting your English reviews.
This can be a blog, Goodreads profile (an SARC 2014 list would be better), Shelfari profile, Librarything profile, or Youtube channel.
What are you waiting for? Sign up and grab a button HERE!

  1. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
  2. Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano
  3. Nil by Lynne Matson
  4. Mistwalker by Saundra Mitchell
  5. The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco
  6. Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  7. Silver by Chris Wooding
  8. Sweet Unrest by Lisa Maxwell
  9. Mayday by Jonathan Friesen
  10. Phoenix Island by John Dixon
  11. Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn
  12. Minders by Michelle Jaffe
  13. Fragile Line by Brooklyn Skye
  14. My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal
  15. Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Fifty Shades of Grey Review

Fifty Shades of Grey
Written By: E.L. James
Published: May 25, 2011

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

This book is intended for mature audiences.

My thoughts:

Every girl friend I have said I needed to read this book it was amazing and that I might need a change a panties close by, so naturally I had to see what all the fuss was about. I liked the story it was good and a little erotic, however the absolutely amazing part and dripping wet panties didn't occur for me. The story did keep my interest and the ending made me want to read the rest of the series so that I know what happens.