Friday, January 29, 2016

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer


Welcome to The Friday 56, a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice.

These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.


I'm also taking part in Book Beginnings, a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader.  The rules are pretty simple - you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires.  Don't forget to link up your post's url with Rose City Reader.




This week I'm spotlighting my next read, Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer.  This is one of my favorite series and I'll be sad to finish it, but it's going to be so exciting to be back with some of my favorite characters!

Beginnings:

Winter's toes had become ice cubes.  They were as cold as space.  As cold as the dark side of Luna.  As cold as--

"...security feeds captured him entering the AR-Central med-clinic's sublevels at 23:00 U.T.C...."

56:

"All right.  I'm going to make you a sandwich."  Standing, Cress gathered her courage, along with her most demanding voice, and planted a hand on her hip.  "And you are going to eat it without argument.  You need to keep up your strength if you're going to be of any use to us, and Scarlet."

Wolf raised an eyebrow at her newfound gumption.

Cress flushed.  "Or...at least eat some canned fruit or something." 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Starting Sparks: January Edition


Starting Sparks is a monthly writing link up hosted by Emily @ Ink, Inc. and Ashley G. @ [insert title here].  Each month they give us a prompt and then we respond however we like with a short story, a scene, a poem - whatever.  The point is to get those creative juices flowing!  I love the sound of this month's prompt which is as follows.


The song I'm using for the basis of my short story is called "Brazil" by Declan McKenna.  I don't know if I'd call it my favorite, but it's definitely addicting and the lyrics are quite interesting.


"Six Cars and a Grizzly Bear"

"I've got a mission and my mission is real."

That's the only thing he said to me.  It's more accurate to say that that's the only thing he's had the chance to say.  I flat out ran from him before he could get anything else out of his mouth.  I don't want to think about what could have happened to me if I'd stayed there a second longer.  But, I made a promise to myself.  I have to go back for them.

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I've heard stories about this guy for years and I've actually seen him from a safe distance.  He lives out in the boonies by the river somewhere and seems to have a mini junkyard around his ramshackle house.  That's what it looks like from the road anyway.  His driveway is very long and actually crosses the river and a wide field before it heads back into the grove of trees surrounding his house-slash-junkyard.  I'm not sure how he makes it across the rickety bridge in that rusted out truck of his - it looks that dangerous - but I suppose that helps deter unwanted visitors just as much as a house that looks like it should have been condemned fifty years ago.  From what my friends and I have been able to piece together, he only leaves his place for important things like last minute shopping on Christmas Eve and to watch the mud runs at the county fair.

I wouldn't have sneaked over to his place for anything after he'd left for said fair, but you see my friends and I have this beautiful game and it was my turn.  I had no choice but to sneak onto his property and come back with something from his wannabe junkyard.  Something he wouldn't miss.  Something we could remember the whole thing by, a souvenir just like from all of the other places.  While I snuck in, my friends would take cover in the old cemetery on the hill across the road.  From their position they would easily be able to see the first half of the driveway and a good portion of the road in either direction to alert me via cell phone if he were to come back early.

When I finally made it back this guy's long driveway and into the shade of the trees surrounding his house and junkyard, I was pretty surprised by what I found.  Before we set out, I tried to find aerial satellite photos online to get a better look, but unfortunately there were too many trees to get a decent view.  Imagine my surprise when I realized that the six cars you can see from the road are the only cars making up the junkyard.  I fully expected there to be more that weren't visible from the road.

As I walked around the front bumper of a beat up '57 Ford Fairlane, I saw what looked like the hatch of a fallout shelter.  The hatch was propped open at least a foot as if to let in some fresh air and air the place out.  I don't know what it was about seeing that but it gave me the creeps.  The six cars totally blocked its view from the driveway and the road, the trees overhead made sure it wouldn't be spotted from above.  As I walked over and glanced down the shelter hatch, I could see light flickering from beyond the base of the thirty-foot ladder, its source out of my line of sight.  At first I thought it was the breeze, but I could have sworn I heard sobbing coming up that shaft.

"Hello?  Is someone down there?  Are you alright?"  I shouted downward.  My only response was a dead silence.

Right then my phone buzzed.  I stood and pulled it out of my back pocket.  It was a text from my co-conspirators.  He's coming back - fast!  GET OUT NOW! 

I looked up hurriedly from my screen, I could hear the sound of tires crunching on gravel.  I didn't expect him to be back so soon - there's no way he even made it to the fairgrounds in the short amount of time he had been gone.  He must have forgotten something.  I glanced back at the open hatch.  It had something to do with what I'd heard, I could feel it.  And that something that couldn't be good.

I couldn't just stand there and let him catch me, so I tore around to the back of the house.  Maybe I could wait him out and get out unnoticed after he left again.  Forget the souvenir.  Still something niggled at the back of my mind about that underground shelter.  It could be nothing, but then again this guy might be a serial killing psycho.  Either way, I needed backup just in case something terrible was going on.  In order to get help, I needed to get out of here unseen.

Behind the house was a cinder block shed, maybe twelve-by-twelve if that.  It was dark inside and I saw no movement through the one window just to the right of the door.  I had to make a decision because I heard a truck door open.  As quickly and as quietly as I could I threw open the shed door and stopped midway through the entrance, dumbfounded.

There was a grizzly bear sleeping in the middle of the floor.  A grizzly bear!

There was a collar around the bear's thick neck which was hooked to a chain and staked down into the dirt floor of the shed.  The only other things in the shed were it's food and water.  The meat in it's food bowl was red and bloody.  As soon as I saw it, my brain jumped right back to serial killing psycho. If I wanted to live through this, I needed to escape.

Stunned, I sucked in a breath and backed away, closing the door behind me, hoping that the bear wouldn't wake.  I took all of two steps backward before I came up against a solid form that wasn't there seconds before.  Still in the wide open doorway, I whipped around.  It was him.  The waves of fear coming off of me must have been palpable enough for him to feel at such close range.  He opened his mouth.  It's funny what you notice, but he had very nice teeth and a charming voice - very much at odds with the rest of his appearance.

"I've got a mission and my mission is real."

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1) by Danielle Paige - Review


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Amy Gumm's life is turned upside down when a tornado picks up her family's trailer and deposits her in Oz. Yes, that Oz - the one with the yellow brick road, the munchkins, the witches, and the flying monkeys. Except this Oz isn't like the Oz she remembers from the books and movies, this one looks like it's been drained. Here the Good Witches can't be trusted, the Wicked Witches might be the good guys, winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion, and the yellow brick road is crumbling. Dorothy is what happened to this Oz. Somehow she found her way back, seized control, and the power went to her head - now no one is safe. Amy is quickly recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked and is trained to fight. She might be the only one who can put an end to Dorothy's reign of terror once and for all.

For the most part, I liked Danielle Paige's dystopian take on Oz. The best part of the story is easily the premise and the setting. Oz is now so twisted, dark, and creepy - I was never quite sure what to expect from it. The change from a Technicolor wonderland to a dystopian wasteland is well realized and developed. Paige really gets across just how different her take on the place is right from the get go. I also enjoyed some little details and Easter eggs that make brief appearances in her novel.

However, as much as I liked those aspects, I had issues with other parts. I never really clicked with Amy. I'm not quite sure why, but her character consistently rubbed me the wrong way, especially as she begins to develop a conscience when an opportunity to get rid of Dorothy presents itself after weeks and weeks of training. On that note, the training slowed everything down dramatically. The middle of the story dragged on and on and on and doesn't really pick up until the last few pages of the book. There's also a bit of romance that goes absolutely nowhere between Amy and Nox. It doesn't do the story any favors and would have benefited from being entirely removed as it just slows it down even more.

Like I mentioned before, the story really doesn't take off again until the last few pages. The ending is entirely open and nothing really gets resolved. You know the tagline on the back of the book: "Your Mission: Remove The Tin Woodman's Heart. Steal The Scarecrow's Brain. Take The Lion's Courage. And Then - Dorothy Must Die. Only You Can Make Oz A Free Land Again." Yeah, it doesn't actually come into play until the very end - a bit deceiving, really. It relies on you reading the next book in the series. Obviously going in, I knew there was a sequel, The Wicked Will Rise, and that there was a third book coming called Yellow Brick War, plus all of the novellas, but I was really hoping that I could say "Ding dong everybody!" by the time I got to the end of the book.


Overall, I liked the concept and setting of Paige's debut, but I had too many issues with Dorothy Must Die to love it. I haven't decided yet if I want to continue on with the sequel. You may like this twisted take on Oz if you enjoyed Splintered by A.G. Howard, Regina, the Evil Queen, from Once Upon a Time, or "How The Wizard of Oz Should Have Ended".


I listened to this audiobook from January 13 - 20, 2016 and my review is also on Goodreads.

The Awesome by Eva Darrows - Review


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Maggie Cunningham is quite a bit different than the average seventeen year old. She's tough, smart, and sassy, but more to the point she's followed her mother, Janice, into the family business of monster hunting. Unfortunately, she isn't eligible to take on bigger, more dangerous targets until she earns her journeyman's license. She can't get her journeyman's license until she loses her virginity - something about virgin blood turning vampires into psycho killing machines and all of that. Maggie quickly realizes that finding herself a boy and fitting in with her peers is more daunting than she expected. Most girls don't carry stakes in their waistbands, stuff their bras with with holy water balloons, exorcise ghosts, or expertly shoot a crossbow. In Maggie's opinion, that makes them lame and her not. She's awesome - The Awesome. But first, she just needs to get a date.


The Awesome by Eva Darrows is colorful and over-the-top, but that doesn't mean it isn't a lot of fast-paced, action-packed fun. I couldn't help compare this book to the tv show Supernatural. I expect that if Dean Winchester was a seventeen year old girl, he would be exactly like Maggie Cunningham.


In Maggie's world the family business isn't so secret, she and her mother are licensed by the Department of Paranormal Relations, the DoPR, to do what they do when one of the monsters crosses the line. Maggie's sense of humor and snark is very sharp and being in her head is an awkward and authentically inappropriate thrill ride. She has a great, if unconventional, relationship with her mother, Janice. While Both characters are really well developed and self-aware, my favorite of everyone was Lauren, a zombie. She's very different from Maggie and Janice, but she really helps to balance everything out. I only wish there was a little more world-building when it comes to the DoPR and where everything fits into a larger world. Overall, if you're looking for a quick and entertaining YA urban fantasy look no further than The Awesome by Eva Darrows.



I read this book from January 6 - 8, 2016 and my review is also on Goodreads.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Were Totally Deceiving


Happy Tuesday everyone!  This week's topic for Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is a freebie.  I have free rein to select any topic I would like, so I'm going to select a past topic that I've missed.  I'm selecting Books That Were Totally Deceiving, which was originally done on April 10, 2012.  I'm going to break this down by deceiving in a bad way and a good way.

Deceiving In A Bad Way:



The Sinister Urge by Frances Newton - The description of this book completely neglects a huge portion of the story.  It sounds as if it's about romantic feelings between two members of a broken up band.  It's actually about the incestuous relationship between siblings who were in a band.




Mrs. Hudson's Diaries: A View from the Landing at 221B by Barry and Bob Cryer - With my love of all things Sherlock Holmes, I felt deceived by what could have been an awesome addition to the canon - mostly it just falls flat with an annoying running commentary.


Incarnate (Newsoul #1) by Jodi Meadows - I fully expected the romance angle based on the description, but I felt deceived because the reincarnation mystery was pretty much completely dropped after the boy saved her life early on in the story.


Unbreakable (The Legion #1) by Kami Garcia - I knew that this had been compared to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Supernatural.  Buffy was even thanked for making it possible in the acknowledgements.  I felt deceived because it was a Supernatural  rip-off, and it wasn't even mentioned in the acknowledgements.  There are zero to few to direct references to Buffy, but it's officially acknowledged while it draws very heavily from Supernatural which isn't.



The Iron Trial (Magisterium #1) by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare - I felt the most deceived by the authors on this joint venture.  With their combined talents, I figured there could be so much more to it than essentially regurgitating Harry Potter.  Don't get me wrong it was fun, but I couldn't help but count all of the similarities.

Deceiving In A Good Way:



The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle - This was a great pleasant surprise.  I had fully expected a contemporary with a dash of mystery based on the summary, but I got a fantastically creepy mystery with a hint of the paranormal.



The Spirit Chaser by Kat Mayor - Going in I knew there was going to be a bit of romance element, even though that based on the summary I wouldn't have guessed at it.  I felt a bit deceived because the romance, in places, gets pretty graphic and takes a front seat.  Overall, though, it all works out in the novel's favor.



The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver - Mostly, I feel deceived by this book because the summary does not do the novel justice at all.  I probably also partially deceived myself due to my normal thoughts on the Oprah Book Club books.  However, this is now one of my all time favorites.


Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson - This was my first foray into Stephenson's work and I loved every second of it.  Most deceiving is the book summary simply because it doesn't begin to touch on half of everything covered in this fantastic cyberpunk novel.


Divided We Fall (Divided We Fall Trilogy #1) by Trent Reedy - I wasn't expecting this to be such a superbly written pre-dystopian novel.  Again, this one's on me, I think, but when I listened to it on audiobook it was paired with The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane, which is a good classic read alike, but just didn't make it come across as timely (which it really is) in my mind.


Have you read any of these novels?  Did you feel deceived in some way or another by them?  What topic did you choose this week?  Thanks for visiting my corner of the internet - all comments are appreciated and I try to respond to everyone!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Music Monday: The Special Consensus


Happy Monday everyone and welcome back to Music Monday! Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately!  If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up below.

Rules:

 Every Monday share one or two of songs you've been enjoying lately.  It doesn't have to be a specific genre, new, or one of your favorites - just something you'd like to share with others.  If possible, share a music or lyric video of the song and your thoughts on the song(s), artist(s), and/or music video(s).

If you would like to participate in Music Monday, please join the link up at the bottom of this post by sharing your post's url.

 Finally, have fun sharing and discovering new to you music!

"Old New Straitsville Moonshine Run" by The Special Consensus (2012) - The Special Consensus is great bluegrass band that was founded in 1975.  The only original member is Greg Cahill on banjo, the other current band personnel have joined more recently - regardless, they're one of those groups that sound just as good, if not better live.  This is a blazing tune about moonshine runners out of a village called New Straitsville, Ohio (my home state!) - they name a few other towns in West Virginia and Kentucky that I've also visited.  Listen up for awesome mandolin, guitar, and banjo solos!  You can listen to the studio album recording of the song here.



"Colleen Malone" by Hot Rize (1990) - Hot Rize is another great bluegrass band that's been around since 1978.  Tim O'Brien is one of the best mandolin players out there (and all around fantastic musician) and the band has so many great songs, but "Colleen Malone" is one of my favorites.  They are another one of those groups that sound just as good, if not better live.  This particular recording was made on September 20, 2014.  Just listen to that guitar solo!  Here's a video of them at a festival on July 21, 1989 performing the song before it was released on their album, Take It Home, in 1990 - you can hear the studio album recording here.



Sunday, January 24, 2016

Sunday Funday: Book Haul


Happy Sunday everyone!  It was almost a month ago that I posted a book haul update, so I thought I would catch you up on the most recent additions to my collection since then.  These wouldn't be possible without gift cards, memberships, and the library!

A couple of weeks ago I stopped by Barnes and Noble armed with a gift card or two, coupons, and a membership.  I think I walked out of that store with the best deal - I left with three new hardbacks that I had been interested in which were each inexplicably 60% off for members!  The really interesting thing - I also saw copies of these on the regular shelves that weren't on sale.


A Passage to Shambhala (The Explorers Guild #1) by Kevin Costner and Jon Baird, Illustrated by Rick Ross - Released October 20, 2015


Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong - Released October 6, 2015



The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson - Released September 15, 2015

Using gift cards that I had won in the past for Amazon, I picked up a few titles that I've been looking forward to as well.


The Demon's Lexicon (The Demon's Lexicon #1) by Sarah Rees Brennan - I've heard it's good for fans of Supernatural or Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so obviously I'm interested.


The Mime Order (The Bone Season #2) by Samantha Shannon - I loved the first book in this series and I'm excited to get to the next novel.


Nevermore (Cal Leandros #10) by Rob Thurman - This is the newest installment of one of my favorite urban fantasy series.  I still need to read the ninth in the series, but this way I'll have two to read back-to-back.


Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen - This author's newest release happened to be on sale for the January sale at my favorite local bookstore.  When I paid, the owner was very surprised to see that she had placed it on the sale cart!  Contemporary isn't my go-to genre, but I have liked what Dessen I've read in the past.

I'd say I've had a pretty good Christmas/ New Year's in books.  Since those were purchased with Christmas money and gift cards - I had quite a haul.




A coworker and I will sometimes swap books - usually historical fiction.  She's recently let me borrow From Dust and Ashes (World War II Liberators #1) by Tricia Goyer and Year of Impossible Goodbyes (Year of Impossible Goodbyes #1) by Sook Nyul Choi.  Earlier we had both read Night Song, the second in Goyer's series, and it was fantastic, so I'm looking forward to reading another installment of the series.  As for Choi's young adult historical fiction, she gave it high praise and noted that it's partially autobiographical.  I'll be interested in getting around to this story about a lesser known part of World War II's history.

Now,  I almost always have a little something on my library hold list.  Of course, this past Friday most of them came in at once.  I was a little surprised since some arrived so early because there was a bit of a wait list for them the last I had checked.



Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson - Since I read Nimona, I've absolutely needed to get my hands on more of her work.  Now my chance has come!


Saga, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan, Illustrated by Fiona Staples - I've been told time and time again how amazing this is - it's time to check it out for myself!




I also received Volumes 18, 19, and 20 of The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman.  I enjoy both the comic books and the tv adaptation (I've just recently completed season five!), and since these volumes go so quickly it's nice to have a few of them at once.


I also picked up some music and a movie - I was introduced to Little Green Cars by Brigid @ Brigid Writes Things during my weekly meme Music Monday.  I enjoyed what she shared enough that I wanted to listen to their first album, Absolute Zero.  I've been listening to it and I'm liking this Irish indie rock band's sound.


I also got What We Did On Our Holiday (2014) starring David Tennant, Rosamund Pike, and Billy Connolly.  I was hoping it was going to be released in theaters in the US, but unfortunately it wasn't.  The movie looks like it will be a lot of fun - and the cast looks top-notch.  You can watch the trailer here.


So, have you read, listened to, or watched any of these?  Do you have any recommendations for which I should read first?  All comments are appreciated and I will try to respond to each and every one!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


Welcome to The Friday 56, a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice.

These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.


I'm also taking part in Book Beginnings, a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader.  The rules are pretty simple - you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires.  Don't forget to link up your post's url with Rose City Reader.




This week I'm spotlighting my current read, Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.  I'm super excited to finally be getting to this one after hearing so many great things about it.  I don't know why I didn't start it sooner!  Since the design itself is quite important, I'm going to do something a bit different and share photos of these two pages.  If you'll notice on page fifty-six, the first "casualty" listed is Jay Kristoff (and on the previous page Amie Kaufman is listed)!

Beginnings:



56:



Vicious (Vicious #1) by V.E. Schwab - Review


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Victor and Eli, once college room mates who recognized a certain ambition in each other, shared similar topics for their senior thesis projects: adrenaline, near-death experiences, and the superhuman abilities that are seemingly connected to the two. In short, they're interested in the science behind ExtraOrdinary humans (EOs), aka superheros. As they begin to realize that a person could gain EO abilities under the right conditions, their project begins to move from purely academic to experimental and as a result they face horrible consequences. Ten years later, Victor has escaped from a federal penitentiary and he plans to find his old friend, now enemy, Eli, and make him suffer. On his side Victor has Mitch, a huge hacker, and Sydney, a young girl with a stunning ability. They realize Eli is much closer than they expected and he has a disturbing mission. Eli has been locating and killing EOs, except for the mysterious woman with an unbreakable will at his side. Just because these two old friends now have superhuman abilities, doesn't mean they're heroes.

Vicious by Victoria Schwab has been the best novel I've read of the new year and it's just what I needed to help tide me over until the release of A Gathering of Shadows. The characters, world-building, plotting, and writing are absolutely stunning. If you like reading about complex villains and what lead them down the path of becoming each other's arch-nemesis, this book is definitely for you.

Just because Victor and Eli have gained superpowers, doesn't mean they're the heroes, not at all. Then again, they're not exactly villains. Yes, they are very, very twisted, but both occupy an interesting gray area, especially Victor. While neither are good guys in any sense of the word, I quickly found myself on Victor's side. I couldn't help, but be drawn in by his cleverness, ambition, and calm demeanor - you know, when he's not turning the pain up to eleven on his enemies. Then, there's Eli, who is incredibly charismatic and likable - when he's not murdering people right and left and taking the credit for being a hero. While I was reading, I also had James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender from the new X-Men films in the back of my mind as Victor and Eli, except they would have to be more evilly villainous.


As much as I liked Victor, I also enjoyed Mitch and Sydney, his new found associates, who easily steal whatever scenes they're in. Mitch, Victor's old cellmate, looks like he could tear someone's arm off and beat them to death with it, but he's actually a hacker. However, he's not exactly above acting the part. Sydney, the little girl the two find on their way to Eli, has one of the more fascinating powers. I don't want to spoil it, but Victor knows he can use it to great effect. As for Eli's partner, Serena, she has quite a bit of power herself considering what she's able to do to her "boyfriend". Each character in this novel is a equally fascinating and horrible, in their own way.

The structure of the novel is very compelling. It uses a series of flashbacks to catch us up to the present - moving incrementally from ten years ago to now. It requires that you pay attention to the chapter headings so you know when you are in Victor's and Eli's story - before they gain EO abilites, or afterward. I particularly enjoyed this style - it really increases the tension rather than if the story would have been told chronologically.

Vicious is exactly my kind of story and I would love to have the forthcoming sequel in my hands right now. I would also like a movie and a tv adaptation. That would be wonderful. If you haven't read anything by V.E. Schwab yet, you're really missing out.



I read this book from January 13 - 19, 2016 and my review is also on Goodreads.

Harry Potter Spells Tag


I saw this tag over at Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense and knew that I needed to take part.  I have a hard time saying no when it comes to Harry Potter.  I tag anyone who is interested!


1. Accio: an upcoming release you wish you could get your hands on right now. 


The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4) by Maggie Stiefvater


   

2. Alohomora: a favorite series starter.


Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1) by Laini Taylor

 

3. Cheering Charm: a book that gave you warm fuzzies.


Beastly Bones (Jackaby #2) by William Ritter

 

4. Aguamenti: a book that made you ugly cry.


The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak

 

5. Expecto Patronum: a bookish hero or heroine you want around to protect you in real life.



Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series - She save Harry and Ron most of the time, so I'd definitely want her on my side.

   

6. Lumos: a book you intentionally spoiled for yourself.


Geek Girl (Geek Girl #1) by Holly Smale

 

7. Imperio: a book you wish you could make everyone read because you love it so much.



   

8. Engorgio: a book series you wish never ended. 



   

9. Wingardium Leviosa: a book with an uplifting message.



   

10. Obliviate: a book you wish you could forget you ever read.



   

11. Anapneo: an author whose books can always get you out of a slump. 



 

12. Jelly Legs Jinx: a swoonworthy hero or heroine. 




13. Aresto Momentum: a book that caused you to stop doing other things until you finished.



   

14. Crucio: a book that was painful to read (for whatever reason) or broke you. 




15. Rictumsempra: a book that had you laughing out loud. 




16. Expelliarmus: a book that made you want to send it (or your ereader) flying. [My iPod, actually!]



 

17. Portus: a bookish world you wish to visit. 



   
18. Stupefy: a book with a shocking twist or ending.



   

19. Avada Kedavra: a character death that destroyed you.



   

20. Finite Incantatem: best series conclusion.