Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween!

I love Halloween. Maybe it's because I get to dress up as my favorite book characters, or my love for autumn, or how much I love seeing all the creative costumes. 

Side note: if you are wearing a book-related costume, please accept every piece of the virtual candy and praise I can throw at you. YOU ARE AMAZING.

I'm allergic to most kinds of candy, so I always donate any leftover candy to our troops overseas. There are some fabulous organizations that use it as part of care packages. If you find yourself receiving far more candy than you'll eat, you might want to see if you can donate your candy.

Remember to have a safe, fun Halloween!


Monday, October 26, 2015

Good News!

I don't have a review for you today, but I do have some wonderful, bookish news!


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I have MAGNUS CHASE!

I finished QUEEN OF SHADOWS, but I didn't have enough time this weekend to put together a review. But it will come soon! Prepare yourselves!

I started MAGNUS CHASE this morning, and HOPEFULLY *fingers crossed* I'll have it done so I can do it for my MMGM next week!

I'm currently working on adding an FAQ page to The Reader's Perch as well. 

This is sort of an odd post, but I wanted to get you up-to-date on what's currently going on in my life. Have a wonderful day!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Review: THE HEARTBREAKERS

Hello! I hope everyone is having a fabulous day! I'm going to be doing a review on a YA romance novel today.

(source: Goodreads)

Ali Novak's author website can be found right here.

I tried writing a summary, but Goodreads covers everything pretty well, so I'm going to leave my blurb out this time.

Goodreads says:
"When I met Oliver Perry, I had no clue he was the lead singer for The Heartbreakers. And he had no idea that I was the only girl in the world who hated his music."
Stella will do anything for her sick sister, Cara—even stand in line for an autographed Heartbreakers CD...for four hours. She's totally winning best birthday gift this year. At least she met a cute boy with soft brown hair and gorgeous blue eyes while getting her caffeine fix. Too bad she'll never see him again.
Except, Stella's life has suddenly turned into a cheesy love song. Because Starbucks Boy is Oliver Perry – lead singer for the Heartbreakers. And even after she calls his music crap, Oliver still gives Stella his phone number. And whispers quotes from her favorite Disney movie in her ear. OMG, what is her life?
But how can Stella even think about being with Oliver — dating and laughing and pulling pranks with the band — when her sister could be dying of cancer? 
Ali Novak wrote her debut novel My Life with the Walter Boys when she was just 15 years old, and has since penned her next book, The Heartbreakers. First a hit on the online community Wattpad, her second novel has over 38 million reads and is loved by readers around the world.
My review:

After reading VIP: I'M WITH THE BAND (not a book I loved), I was still in the mood for a book about a boy band. I roamed the shelves of Barnes and Noble for an hour and found this book.

Like most books with pop star and regular girl pairings, suspension of disbelief is a requirement. The situations in THE HEARTBREAKERS weren't too outlandish, but I still found myself a little bit removed from the story due to the never-ending stream of extraordinary circumstances.


THE HEARTBREAKERS did a great job of really showing the pop star lifestyle. It didn't just show the exhilaration that comes with packed arena shows and hordes of fans. THE HEARTBREAKERS also allowed us to peek into the fights between band members and the difficult parts of the music industry that leave artists ripping their hair out in frustration.

Oliver, Alec, Xander, and JJ were all very well developed. I wish there had been more scenes with Xander, but there was a good balance. 

The writing style is fun and definitely addictive. Stella's point of view is extremely well-written. I'm not kidding. The writing is amazing. At parts where the plot seemed thin or the situations were just a little too much of a coincidence, the writing style kept me turning pages. 

I didn't fall in love with the idea of Oliver and Stella as a couple. When they ran into difficulties in their relationship, I didn't feel like they needed to get back together. Even though I liked the characters, I wasn't invested in their relationship. 

Although the book is not explicit, the language contains a lot of cursing and some more mature topics. There is nothing more than what one would hear at a high school, but I think I would only recommend it to eighth graders and high school students.

4.5 out of 5 stars.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Regarding New Releases...

Hello! I hope everyone is having a fabulous week! I wanted to give you a brief update regarding what is going on in my life and how it is going to affect The Reader's Perch.

Somehow the must-read-as-soon-as-humanly-possible part of my TBR pile has jumped in size. Combine that with all the work I've been getting, and I'm just not able to stay on top of the new releases. Trust me when I tell you I want to be reading MAGNUS CHASE, CRENSHAW, SIX OF CROWS, and all those other amazing books that arrive every fall. My current schedule is eating up a lot of my reading time, so I may be a little slower than usual when it comes to new books.

Don't worry- I'm still going to be blogging as often as I can! But the books I talk about won't be the most recent releases. If there is a new release that you think I need to read NOW, send me a quick message using the handy form located to the right. Maybe I'll let it jump to the front of the list. :)

Oh, and as a side note: all of the books I mentioned by title are linked to Goodreads so you can check them out! Happy reading!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Review: THE WINNER'S CRIME

Happy Monday! I'm reviewing a book I finished about a week ago. My review for the first book in the series, THE WINNER'S CURSE is right here.

Before I begin, I wanted to let you know that I am a little bit behind. For those of you who don't know, QUEEN OF SHADOWS came out a few weeks ago. It shouldn't surprise you to hear that I'm currently rereading HEIR OF FIRE. I'm a little bit behind, so I'd like to keep The Reader's Perch free from QUEEN OF SHADOWS spoilers for the time being. Thanks! :)


(source: Goodreads)

You can visit Marie Rutkoski's author website using this link.

Because THE WINNER'S CRIME is a sequel, there are some spoilers for THE WINNER'S CURSE. With that in mind, let's begin with the Goodreads perspective:

Goodreads says:

Book two of the dazzling Winner's Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.

The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement... if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.


My review:

I started (and finished!) THE WINNER'S CRIME shortly after THE WINNER CURSE. I got them at the same time, an action I highly recommend.

I think Kestrel was landlocked in THE WINNER'S CRIME. Due to her situation, she's not able to really do anything. Her chapters focused on her new and old relationships. It was certainly interesting, but I felt like there should have been something more.

On the brighter side, Arin's chapters were wonderful. I like him a lot more than I like Kestrel, and I was happy to see his character grow in importance. Although he fell into the "main character" category, I didn't really feel like he was getting his fair share of the time in the spotlight in THE WINNER'S CURSE. He does a lot more in THE WINNER'S CRIME, and I love how I got to see different sides of him.

There are quite a few new characters and some characters that really blossomed. Kestrel's father played a larger role in this book, and I enjoyed getting to know him.

The characters have higher stakes in THE WINNER'S CRIME, and it really helped fuel the story and make it a little bit bigger than THE WINNER'S CURSE. The story feels larger, and the characters are fighting for more than their own interests.

I don't like it when main characters start inventing modern devices; in fact, it's one of the reasons I'm no longer awaiting the next BROTHERBAND CHRONICLES book with zeal. Arin does construct a modern device in WINNER'S CRIME, and I think that almost singlehandedly dropped the book that half a star.

On an emotional level, this book felt similar to THE WINNER'S CURSE, but not so similar that it was repetitious.

THE WINNER'S CRIME isn't quite as good as the first book, but I still enjoyed it. That's why I'm giving it 3 out of 5 stars.