Friday, February 27, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up (1)

Weekly Wrap-Up is a weekly post that discusses what I read, what I hope to read in the next week, and possibly other book-ish things.
Read This Week:
1. Finale - Becca Fitzpatrick (Hush, Hush #4) (This is a re-read for me.)
2. Miracle - Elizabeth Scott
3. Vendetta - Catherine Doyle
4. Willow - Julia Hoban (Also a re-read.)
I also read the normal textbooks: two history textbooks, my calculus book, and my inclusive teaching textbook. 
What I Hope to Read Next Week:
I started to read Fault Line by Christa Desir last night, and I hope to finish this one.  I also hope to read one to two more books, though I don't know what they will be yet!   
In Other News:
I went to Barnes and Noble on Monday and spent the rest of my Christmas gift cards.  I got two new books, and four ones that I had read before, but did not own because I had an ARC of them. I got:
1. Vendetta - Catherine Doyle
2. Red Queen - Victoria Aveyard
3. Perfect Chemistry - Simone Elkeles
4. Rules of Attraction - Simone Elkeles
5. Willow - Julia Hoban
6. Hate List - Jennifer Brown

What did you read this week?


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Review: Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann


Kendall loves her life in small town Cryer's Cross, Montana, but she also longs for something more. She knows the chances of going to school in New York are small, but she's not the type to give up easily. Even though it will mean leaving Nico, the world's sweetest boyfriend, behind.

But when Cryer's Cross is rocked by unspeakable tragedy, Kendall shoves her dreams aside and focuses on just one goal: help find her missing friends. Even if it means spending time with the one boy she shouldn't get close to... the one boy who makes her question everything she feels for Nico.

Determined to help and to stay true to the boy she's always loved, Kendall keeps up the search--and stumbles upon some frightening local history. She knows she can't stop digging, but Kendall is about to find out just how far the townspeople will go to keep their secrets buried....

Summary is from Goodreads.

Part of a series? No
Pages: 233
Published: February 8, 2011
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: Bought

Lisa McMann never ceases to amaze me. I read the Wake series and I loved them. The writing was something so new, so fresh, and just so different from anything I've ever read. Cryer's Cross was no different.

Now I will admit, as embaressing as it is, that I totally can't do anything dealing with horror. Halloween scares me (masks... EEEK). I watch scary movies behind the comfort of a pillow and only watch when I KNOW there's no chance I can get scared. Yet, I decided I needed to read Cryer's Cross. And I'm definitely not disappointed that I read it.

McMann brings us a setting that is creepy in itself: a rural farming down in Montana that is only home to about 200 or less people. I mean, it's one of those towns you rarely see - everyone knows everyone, and there's still a freaking one room schoolhouse! Then add in students mysteriously going missing without a trace and a new bad boy and you've got a wonderful story.

I loved the characters. Kendall was a great main character. She has OCD, which is really hard for a lot of people (including me) to understand, but McMann writes about it in a way that makes it easily understandable.

The storyline is something very original that I have never seen or even heard about before. It was very spooky and mysterious. There were a lot of plot twists. I didn't see the ending coming at all. I hadn't even thought of it as a possibility, it was kept in the dark so well.

Cryer's Cross is a great mix of romance, action, adventure, mystery, and horror that will leave readers awed at the end, wondering what the heck happened. If you didn't read the Wake series because you weren't a fan of the sparse writing style, I would still recommend this one to you - this one does not have that sparse writing like her other novels.

Overall: Great!  Totally recommended by me.

Grade: A+



Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Hello, all!


It has been a while since I announced that I would not be posting here anymore.  Since August of 2011!  Since that time a lot has happened in my life! 

Since I first posted that Hope's Bookshelf would no longer be here, I have been missing book blogging so much.  I have still been active on Goodreads, and I have been somewhat active on Twitter, but I miss the community that I felt apart of when I was blogging here on Hope's Bookshelf.

After thinking about it for the past week, I have decided to come back to the blogging universe again.

I am not promising that my posts will be as frequent as they were at the height of this blog.

I am hoping to do 3+ posts a week to get started, and see where it goes.  I am not going to promise this every week.  I am in college currently, with full 16 credit semesters, so things can get overly hectic, which results in less reading happening by me.

I am hoping that once I get back into the swing of things, I won't regret this decision.  I hope that I will be able to keep this up and not get too overwhelmed with adding the blog back into my life.  And I hope that there are still people reading this!

Things will be slow to get updated, probably, but I will be doing my best. 

Just a note: I plan to keep the name of the blog - Hope's Bookshelf - the same.  But, as most of you know, that is not my real name.  I don't feel the need to go by Hope anymore, as my Twitter/Goodreads/everything else does not have that name attached to it anymore.  I will be signing posts as Anna this time around.

I hope you all have a great day, and are as excited with this news as I am!
(Although I am sitting here nervous that this will not be taken well, or that nobody is even reading/following this anymore!)

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

I Am Sad To Announce...

...that Hope's Bookshelf will soon be no more.

I am getting to the point that reading lately seems like a chore, instead of a fun hobby.  I want to get myself back to the point where reading is fun again, and the only way I think I can do this is to stop this blog.

There will be a few more posts within the next month.  There will be some blog tour posts and some author interviews that I already agreed to that I won't back out of.

If you want to still read my reviews, go to my goodreads page.  I will be reviewing all of the books I read - including all of the review books I have now - on my goodreads.

So, a few posts of author interviews and blog tours, there will be no more posts on Hope's Bookshelf, but I will be keeping the blog up so people can read the old posts that I have on here.

It's been a great two years, guys!  I hope to see all of you on my goodreads page.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Contest Winners!

Listed below are the contest winners for the Bloodlines swag!

The ultimate grand prize winner is:
Ronda C!

The following people also won Bloodlines tattoos:
Kelsey F.!
Mable L.! 

Your winnings will be mailed to you within the next week. :)

Monday, August 29, 2011

Review: Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles


Luis Fuentes has always been sheltered from the gang violence that nearly destroyed his brothers’ lives. But that didn’t stop him from taking risks—whether he’s scaling a mountain in the Rockies or dreaming of a future as an astronaut, Luis can’t stop looking for the next thrill.

Nikki Cruz lives her life by three rules—boys lie to get their way, don’t trust a boy who says “I love you,” and never date a boy from the south side of Fairfield. Her parents may be from Mexico, but as a doctor’s daughter, she has more in common with her north-side neighbors than the Latino Blood at her school. Then she meets Luis at Alex’s wedding, and suddenly, she’s tempted to break all her rules.

Getting Nikki to take a chance on a southsider is Luis’s biggest challenge, until he finds himself targeted by Chuy Soto, the new head of the Latino Blood. When Chuy reveals a disturbing secret about Luis’s family, the youngest Fuentes finds himself questioning everything he’s ever believed to be true. Will his feelings for Nikki be enough to stop Luis from entering a dark and violent world and permanently living on the edge?


Simone Elkeles is one of my favorite authors. Whenever I see that she has another book coming out, I immediately go and pre-order it because I just have to read it. The Perfect Chemistry series is a favorite series of mine.

I absolutely fell in love again with this novel. Simone Elkeles is a genius. I'm not even kidding. The way she writes makes you fall in love with the characters. While reading these books, I laugh, cry, and get so mad I want to throw them against the wall. (And I have to say, I did almost throw this one against the wall a few times lol.) I get so connected to these characters that I never want the story to end.

Chain Reaction is a must read for any young adult reader. My only hope is that Simone Elkeles will continue on the Perfect Chemistry series with the Fuentes' brothers children, because I definitely do not want this series to end anytime soon. As you can tell, this one is a definite recommendation from me. You just can't go wrong with Simone Elkeles... I am anxiously awaiting her next novel already.

Grade: A+ 

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Week in Perspective (4)

What I Read:

1. Sweetly - Jackson Pearce (finished)
2. The Unwanteds - Lisa McMann
3. One for the Money - Janet Evonovich
4. Chain Reaction - Simone Elkeles
5. The Shattering - Karen Healey (started)

What I Posted:

On Monday, I posted a contest for some Bloodlines swag.  Don't forget to enter - you only have until Monday!

On Tuesday, I posted a review for Sweetly by Jackson Pearce.

On Thursday, I posted a review for Between by Jessica Warman.