#ReadThemAllThon Update #3

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Last week was the last week of the read-a-thon, and while I wasn’t able to actually complete the entire challenge, I think I did pretty well, and I had so much fun!

Badges Earned

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The first book I read this week was Into the Wild (Cat Warriors #1) by Erin Hunter.  My sister has been a huge fan of this series for a while now, and since we both love cats so much, she knew I would like it, too!  I did not manage to get a review written in time to count for the read-a-thon, but be on the look out for one soon. 🙂

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The second book I read was Beastly by Alex Flinn.  It was a Beauty and the Beast retelling, and I ended up enjoying this book a lot more than I expected to.  You can look forward to a review for this book in the coming weeks as well. 🙂

CP Earned

Dance of Fire Review | +20CP

Into the Wild |+28CP

Boulder Badge | +20CP

Beastly | +30CP

Soul Badge | +20CP

Tweets | +20CP

My pokemon’s final CP is at 338!  He didn’t make it into a Venusaur this time, but maybe for the next read-a-thon. 🙂

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This read-a-thon was so, so much fun!  Overall, I ended up reading 4 really great books.  I may not have been able to finish all 8 books, but I know if it weren’t for the challenges, I probably would not have read any of these books yet, and they would have just sat on my TBR pile for who knows how long.

I just wanted to say thanks again to Aentee from ReadAtMidnight for creating the #ReadThemAllThon, and for all the hard work and thoughtfulness she put into it.

I hope you all have enjoyed seeing what I’ve been reading! 🙂

Be sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram to continue to stay updated on what I am reading in between blog posts.

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Book Review | Dance of Fire

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Title: Dance of Fire by Yelena Black

Pages: 321

Genres: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Published by: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (March 12th, 2015)

Summary

All dancers dream of the chance to try out for the Royal Court Ballet Company. Only two dancers from the elite New York Ballet Academy will have this honour. Vanessa is one of them. She dances with grace and elegance, and a fury that is unmatched. Justin – strong, sexy and caring – will be her partner. But the thrill of travelling to London for this once-in-a-lifetime competition is shrouded by their past and the demands of an ancient organisation. The Lyric Elite needs them to win the contest and to infiltrate the Royal Court Ballet in order to seek out a dark society of Necrodancers. Vanessa will dance like she has never danced before, but not for them. Vanessa is there to find her missing sister, Margaret, and she won’t let anything get in the way of that …Fierce rivals, dark forces and hidden motives weave together in a gripping thriller for fans of Black Swan and Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments.

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What I Thought

First, you should know that this book is the sequel to Dance of Shadows.  You can check out the review I did for that by clicking here. 🙂

I read Dance of Shadows back when it came out in 2013.  It wasn’t a super hyped up book, but, of the few bloggers I knew back then, people talked about it.  There was definitely some media hype, and as a dancer, I just new I had to get that book.  So, after finishing it, it was quite clear there was going to be a sequel.  So, I kept waiting, and waiting, for any type of information concerning the next book in the series.  Finally, Dance of Fire was quietly released in 2015, straight to paperback, and only available in the UK (I bought my copy from The Book Depository).  I’m saying all of this, because I feel like this book is highly underappreciated, and I want to know why there were absolutely no announcements or hype about the release of this book.  In fact, the only way I found out about its release is because I had marked it on my to-read shelf on Goodreads, and one day there was a release date on it.  That was it.  This book was good!  Was it the best book I ever read? No.  That being said I really did enjoy it, and I cannot figure out why its release is so quiet and shady.  Okay, random, mini-rant over; I’m going to talk about the actual content now!

Dance of Fire had a different vibe than book 1, and I think that worked really well for it.  In this book, Vanessa is in a new location, with new characters – and a few old ones – and everything just felt very fresh and new.  The dancing, as always, was super fun to read about, and I loved how Yelena Black incorporated the paranormal aspect of the novel in the actual dancing.  I loved getting to know Vanessa’s mom in this one, because I don’t remember her in Dance of Shadows very much, if at all, too.  I also found myself liking Justin’s character a lot more than I remember.  I did miss Vanessa’s friends though.

Something I did not necessarily care for was the dual perspective.  In this book, it alternates between present day, and Margaret’s diary from 2 years ago.  I appreciated the insight from the past, but sometimes things felt a bit disjointed because of it.  Overall, this book just did not feel as strong as the first.  I also found this book struggling in the same way Dance of Shadows did.  The beginning was exciting, and the ending was great, but the middle was a bit lacking at times.  I felt like things should have been progressing more, when nothing was really happening.

I really did enjoy the ending though.  I thought it really tied the two books together, and wrapped up the mystery well.  It also left just enough loose ends open for the series to feel complete, but also stay available for more sequels in the future, if the author decides to do so.

Overall, while I did not enjoy this book quite as much as the first one, Dance of Fire was a very entertaining, mysterious read.  I would recommend this series to anyone who is a lover of both dance and the paranormal.

Also, can we just appreciate that gorgeous cover?! *heart eyes*

 

 

 

 

#ReadThemAllThon Update #2

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Reading wise, this week was not great.  I only finished one book.  However, I had a super busy, fun-filled week, so that is okay!

Badges Earned

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This week, I only earned my Marsh Badge, with Dance of Fire by Yelena Black.  For some reason, it took me forever to read this book – I only just finished it today!  I had planned on having it finished early last week, and the review would have been up for sure last Saturday, but that, obviously, didn’t happen.  You can look for the review to be up in the next day or two!

Like I said, I didn’t get that much time to read this past week.  However, I am okay with that, because I had a really great last week of summer break! 🙂  My family and I bought week passes to the fair, and so I ended up going 5 times this year!  I always have so much fun at the fair, and it’s really nice, because we have a trailer we go camping at in the summer, and the campground is literally right next to the fairgrounds.  So, my family and I went camping there a couple of times last week, and then we would walk over to the fair, too.

Because of my lack of reading, however, I realize the chances of me being able to complete this read-a-thon are now super slim!  So, my goal now is to just complete at least 2 more books, which would bring me to at least the halfway mark.

CP Earned

Dance of Fire | +32CP

Marsh Badge | +20CP

Tweets | +2CP

My Pokemon is now at 150 CP, which means he can finally evolve into an Ivysaur, gaining me an extra +50CP, which brings us up to 200 CP!

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Okay, so like I said, my goal for this final week of the #ReadThemAllThon, is to read at least 2 more books.  I also want to have all my reviews for these books, as well as Dance of Fire, written and posted before the read-a-thon is over.  Wish me luck!! 🙂

Be sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram for more day-to-day updates!

#ReadThemAllThon Update #1

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Well, we are one week into the read-a-thon already, and this week went okay, but I need to hustle a little bit if I want to get all my badges!

 

Badges Earned

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This week, I earned my Earth Badge with The Program by Suzanne Young.  I really enjoyed this one, and it only took me about 2 days to finish, which is really good for me.  My review for it went live yesterday, and you can check it out by clicking here!

 

I’m currently working on my Marsh Badge with Dance of Fire by Yelena Black.  I’m almost halfway through, and plan to have it finished in the next day or so!

CP Earned

The Program | +40CP

Earth Badge | +20CP

The Program Review | +20CP

Tweets | +6CP

My Pokemon is now up to 96 CP (if I did my math correctly 😉 )!

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That about wraps up what I’ve read for the read-a-thon so far!  My goal for next week is to have completed at least 2 or 3 more badges…let’s see if I can do it.

Be sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram for more day-to-day updates!

Book Review | The Program

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Title: The Program by Suzanne Young

Pages: 405

Genres: YA, Science Fiction/Dystopian, Romance

Published by: Simon Pulse (April 30th, 2013)

Summary

In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.

Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.

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What I Thought

What a page turner!  The Program was one of those books that had been sitting in my TBR pile for a very long time.  I had always been super intrigued by it, but for one reason or another, I just never bothered to pick it up.  I finally decided to read it for the #ReadThemAllThon, and I am so glad I did!

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#ReadThemAllThon TBR

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Part of my tentative TBR

Hey everyone!  I wanted to let you all know that I will be participating in the #ReadThemAllThon – a read-a-thon inspired by Pokemon and Pokemon Go – hosted by Read At Midnight! The read-a-thon runs from August 14th to September 3rd.  Click here to get all of the details! 🙂

Chosen Pokemon:

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Read at Midnight made the most perfect trainer card, that I just had to make one for myself as well! Bulbasaur is usually my go-to starter Pokemon, so I just had to use him for this read-a-thon too. 🙂

I admit, I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to keep track of all the CP, but I’m going to at least try!


TBR Pile

This TBR pile is still a bit incomplete, because I have a couple different options that I can’t decide between when it comes to some of these gyms, but here’s what I have so far:

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This is one of the ones I’m not sure on.  There’s a couple different series I’ve been meaning to start, so we’ll see!

 

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I think I’m going to read My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult, but I’ll be honest though, this book intimidates me!

423 pages, +42CP

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I’m going to reread Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.  The last time I read it, Twilight was in its glory days.  This book may not be quite as popular today, but it has had thunderous hype times 10!  Plus, I’ve been looking for an excuse to reread Twilight, and here it is! 🙂

498 pages, +49CP

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This is another one I’m still deciding on.  I might read Pointe by Brandy Colbert, but I’m really not sure.  We’ll have to see if it’s available at the library, or maybe I’ll pick up something else.  I’ll include the pages for this one just in case, though.

352 pages, +35CP

 

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Yet another category I can’t decide on!  I have several love stories I’ve been meaning to read, so we are just going to have to see which one I pick up!

 

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I’m going to read Dance of Fire by Yelena Black.  I bought this book quite a while ago and I still have not read it yet.  It’s time!

321 pages, +32CP

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I plan on reading Reached, the third and final book in the Matched trilogy, by Ally Condie.  I admit, my book’s cover is not completely red, but it’s the most red-ish book that I have been meaning to read.  Plus, I know the paperback version is super red, so I’m going with it.

512 vpages, +51CP

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The Program by Suzanne Young is a book I’ve always been intrigued with, but never got around to reading.  Let’s see if I finally get it read!

405 pages, +40CP


If I finish all of these (including the completed book bonus), I’ll have 369CP!

Also, be prepared to see more book reviews from me during this read-a-thon.  Each review that I post for these books during the #ReadThemAllThon, I get a bonus +20CP.  😉

I think this read-a-thon is going to be a lot of fun!  I plan on posting progress updates on my blog at least once a week.  I’ll also be posting day-to-day reading updates on Twitter, so be sure to follow me there as well!