2012 Challenges – Final Thoughts

Challenges

DAC12graphic-02Debut Author Challenge

Goal: 20  // Completed: 8

Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Grave Mercy by R.L. LaFevers
Kiss the Morning Star by Elissa Janine Hoole
First Date by Krista McGee
Seraphine by Rachel Harman
Spectral by Shannon Duffy
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill

 

 

Harry Potter ChallengeHPRCbig

Failed. I did not reread any of them.

 

 

 

Soul-Screamers-Reading-Chal1Soul Screamers Challenge

Goal: 5 // Completed: 6

My Soul to Take
My Soul to Save
My Soul to Keep
My Soul to Steal
If I Die
Before I Wake

I am so thrilled that I took and completed this challenge! I fell in love with this series, and I read all five books for the challenge. Then I decided to read Before I Wake when it was released (loved it too!). I have yet to read the novellas that accompany the series, but I am hoping to check them out at some point.

Reread Challenge

Goal: 27 // Completed: 4

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Hate List by Jennifer Brown

So, I did not do so well with my challenges this year, but, overall, my book numbers were much lower than 2011. I am not entirely surprised with these results, but I am a little bit disappointed. Hopefully I will do better next year, although I am still deciding which challenges to participate in.

Review: My Soul to Steal

Title: My Soul to Steal

Series: Soul Screamers #4

Author: Rachel Vincent

Read via: Purchased

Trying to work things out with Nash—her maybe boyfriend—is hard enough for Kaylee Cavanaugh. She can’t just pretend nothing happened. But “complicated” doesn’t even begin to describe their relationship when his ex-girlfriend transfers to their school, determined to take Nash back.
See, Sabine isn’t just an ordinary girl. She’s a mara, the living personification of a nightmare. She can read people’s fears—and craft them into nightmares while her victims sleep. Feeding from human fear is how she survives.
And Sabine isn’t above scaring Kaylee and the entire school to death to get whatever—and whoever—she wants.

After the ending of the previous book, I was dying to see what would happen in this one. I was a little bit hesitant about the love triangle-angle, but the way it was written was absolutely brilliant. This book builds so well on the story of My Soul to Keep, and at the same time it manages to raise the stakes for everyone.

Kaylee has a lot to deal with in this book. She is still trying to salvage her relationship with Nash, which is remarkable considering the events of My Soul to Keep. Of course, then Sabine enters the picture, and her history wish Nash causes even more conflict. I expected to really dislike Sabine, but I came to love her. Her history is even more painful than Kaylee’s. She may come off a little bit strong, but she is such a fantastic character. The best thing is her honesty. No matter what the situation is, Sabine is honest, often to a fault. The result can be downright hilarious or just painfully awkward. Nash wins back a few points, but, I must admit, that his actions in My Soul to Keep will forever cling to him. Tod remains absolutely awesome, and becomes a very important person in Kaylee’s life. The friendship between the two of them is so sweet.

The pacing of this series is definitely one of the best aspects of it. The drama, action, romance, and mystery all add up to a story that flies by and is impossible to put down. The fact that each book has its own “mystery” and builds on the story of the series as a whole is another mark of a brilliant series. This book deals heavily with the aftereffects of all the things that happened in My Soul to Keep, which was thrilling. I love exploring the consequences to the decisions that characters have made, and this book does that perfectly.

Overall, I fell even more in love with this series and its characters. My Soul to Steal is a fast-paced, entertaining, and delightful read that builds nicely on the setup of the rest of the series. I would highly recommend this series to anyone looking for a unique paranormal read with a wonderful romance, strong family ties, and chilling mystery.

Cover: 3
Plot: 4
Writing: 4.5
Personally: 4

Overall: 3.8 out of 5

2012 – The Challenges

It’s that time of year again. All over the blogosphere sign-ups are popping up for new reading challenges beginning in 2012. So far I have only signed up for two, although there is a third I am considering.

#1. The Debut Author Challenge 2012- The Story Siren

It was this challenge that began by foray into book blogging, and it introduced me to so many new fantastic authors/books. Of course I am going to do it again!

Info & Sign-ups Are Here!

#2. Harry Potter Reading Challenge – The Reading Fever

I will take any excuse I can get to reread these! Plus I am sadly lacking reviews for the series (although I may have one for Deathly Hallows…), so this will get me motivated to reread & review! 🙂 And Harry Potter themed giveaways = I AM THERE! Lol.

Info & Sign-ups Are Here!

May 2011: Challenge Update

Debut Author Challenge

Hosted by: The Story Siren

Current Status: 11/12
Most Recent Reads: Clarity & Starcrossed
Hoping to Read Next: Moonglass
More information about my part is here.

Support Your Library Challenge

Hosted by: The Book Junkie’s Bookshelf

Current Status: 27/30
Most Recent Reads: Hate List & The Demon Trapper’s Daughter(Forsaken)
Reading Next: Everlasting
More information about my part is here.

Spring 2011: Challenge Update

Debut Author Challenge

Hosted by: The Story Siren

Current Status: 8/12
Most Recent Reads: Where I Belong & Other Words for Love
Hoping to Read Next: Darkness Becomes Her
More information about my part is here.

Support Your Library Challenge

Hosted by: The Book Junkie’s Bookshelf

Current Status: 21/30
Most Recent Reads: Chime & Other Words for Love
Reading Next: The Running Dream
More information about my part is here.

Support Your Library Challenge

I’m trying my hand at this and adding a second challenge for this year. I think I shouldn’t have a problem completing this, since my local library is already like a second home. 😛 But just to be on the safe side, I’m just going to go with the “mini-size”, which means checking out & reading 30 books in 2011.

For more info or to join, check this challenge out here.
You can find my list for this challenge here.

Also, one new review for you!