The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

The Pledge is definitely a gorgeous piece of work that deserves more attention than it is currently getting.

College Calls

Unfortunately, college demands my full attention right now. I will return with bigger and better things planned. See you soon!

Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay

Juliet Immortal started out confusing but quickly became a great retelling of Shakespeare’s famous work.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Being swept into a fairytale filled with cyborgs, creatures from the moon, and an unforgettable prince made for a wild ride!

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Rick Yancey wrote a great story that every sci-fi reader should discover. It captures reality and the story keeps readers on the edge of their seats the entire time.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: January 3, 2012
Pages: 390
Source: purchased
Buy It: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. 
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future. --Goodreads
Set in New Beijing, everything that Cinder, a cyborg, once knew starts to crumble when Prince Kai smiles at her at the market one day.  From then on, she discovers who she really is but all she can think about is escaping from that evil stepmother at home.  When the balance of the country is placed in Cinder’s hands, she must choose.

Let’s get a few things straightened out: for some reason, I’m not much of a science fiction lover, nor do I like books with robots.  Dystopian backdrops catch my eye but many fall flat after the first few pages.  However, that was not the case with this novel.  I LOVED this book.  Seriously, I have no excuse as to why I waited this long to read it.  Cinder should be on the top of your to-read list.

Retellings have always caught my eye and I wasn’t sure what I was getting into except that Cinder is most obviously a retelling of Cinderella.  It was so much more than that.  With retellings, though, readers must be aware that the story, at most times, will be predictable.  There have been several retellings of Cinderella but Cinder brings something new to the mix.  In retellings, readers want to know how the author will twist the tale to make it their own but still keep the magic of the original.  Marissa Meyer did just that.

Meyer’s world places us in New Beijing, after World War IV.  Readers get swept into her story, her world that you forget you are even reading.  It was a unique experience which quickly claimed a spot on my favorite-books shelf.

Not only does Meyer bring you in with the setting but her characters, even minor ones stay with you.  Even after one read, I feel like I’ve known these characters all my life, like we are best friends or neighbors.  Iko is one of my favorite characters.  She was hilarious and sassy.  But… Prince Kai was every girl’s Prince Charming.  I mean, it is a retelling of Cinderella, everyone is bound to be attracted to the prince.

If you think you know how Cinderella ends, think again.  The ending will leave you shocked.  Cliffhanger galore!

Marissa Meyer wrote a great debut and continues Cinder’s story in the sequel, Scarlet(which is out now).  She knows how to keep readers on their toes, being swept into a fairytale filled with cyborgs, creatures from the moon, and don’t forget about the prince.

Cover: 4
Writing Style: 5
Plot: 5
Characters: 5
Ending: 5

Friday, December 5, 2014


It's been too long, guys.  Too long.

I tried this last year with the Love Me Again? post and you guys are so awesome that you have stuck with me for all this time.  I'm not going to try to recreate that post but basically the biggest excuse I can tell you as to why I haven't been posting is:

Life happened.

I blame myself for not posting as much as I should.  It's also part of the reason why I think I might come up with a new feature.  The Bucket List is coming up on five years old.  It is time to try something new.  

This new feature: Blogger Behind the Bookshelf.  We've known each other for five years or so, The Bucket List and I.  However, the blog knows only what I have said in the About Me page.  I think it is time to change that. 

I'm not giving the feature a daily, planned-out time.  Currently, I am in South Korea.  I won't be posting anything until winter break, that is for sure.  I return to America then but after the holiday season, I travel to Disney World.  It's a busy break.  In between holiday cookies and Mickey Mouse ears, I will try to post as much as I can.    

I did end up going to BEA and I loved it.  I wish I had written some awesome things but work got in the way.  However, I'm going to BEA this year and I'm going to love it.  If you are coming, let's meet up.  I always love to meet new people and talk books.

Unfortunately, once again, there will be no annual book discussion this year.  I am a senior in college and should be focusing on finding an internship and other work-related duties.  Thank you for sticking with me and understanding.

I hope to start blogging again in a few weeks!

Until then-- happy reading!

Friday, May 23, 2014

BEA Countdown: 2 NYC Bookstores You Need to Check Out

BEA Countdown started off on Tuesday with the top five books I'm most excited for and Wednesday was the top four authors I can't wait to see.  Yesterday I updated you on three bookish events I will be attending next week.   Today, if it's you're first time going to NYC, you seriously need to check out these bookstores.  They are must sees for any book-lover who is going to NYC.

What book lover wouldn't love 18 miles of bookshelves?  At least four floors of lovely floor to ceiling bookshelves and books piled everywhere.  Plus, they sell used and new books which means discounted prices which is always the best!

If you like discounts, well this is a bookstore for you.  It has everything from books, a huge manga (Japanese comics) section (both in English and Japanese), CDs, and movies.  There's a whole section for awesome books for only a dollar.  

Make sure to check these out!  I hope to see you all during BEA!