June Page Count Overall Progress

Page Count Contest

Angela from Reading Angel is hosting her monthly page count contest and I figured I’d join in this month, unfortunately I know I wont get a high number because this is for YA and Adult books only – no children’s or picture books, comics of graphic novels or mangas and no audio books – and I know the majority of my reads this month will be graphic novels. Never the less here I am taking part so I can get into the flow of things and hopefully I can take part next month too! 

Week 1:
Divergent by Veronica Roth – 487 pages
Free Four: Tobias Tells the Story by Veronica Roth – 13 pages
Total: 500 pages
Week 2:
Graphic Novels only
Week 3:
Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowan – 348 pages
Tallis by M.C. Rae – 58 pages
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry – 384 pages
Total: 790 pages
Overall: 1,290
Week 4:
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead – 421 pages
Overall: 1,711 pages
I think I’ll take part next month too, even though I didn’t make it to the top 20 list and I doubt I will next time either, but I do think it’ll be interesting to see whether I can beat my own record.

Follow Friday (13)

Q. Birthday Wishes – Blow out the candles and imagine what character could pop out of your  cake… Who is it and what book are they from?

Lauren: How many crazy girls are wishing for a Mr Grey right now? A lot probably, but certainly not me. No way. Never ever. I’m thinking more along the lines of Eric from the Sookie Stackhouse series (even though I’ve only read about 5) or maybe Jonas from Intangible, either way its a Vampire and I’m not passing up on this chance to meet one!

Nia: Wow a hard one if I had to choose I’d probably say Eric Northman who is coincidentally also mentioned above, or maybe Jace from the Mortal instruments, or Aragorn from Lord of the Rings god there’s so many I could drive myself crazy thinking about it so lets just leave it at that.  

Review: FLCL Omnibus

FLCL Omnibus by  GAINAX and Hajime Ueda.

Publish: May 29th 2012
Pulbisher: Dark Horse Comics
Page Count: 392
Synopsis: 
The complete FLCL manga adaptation-now with bonus color illustrations and remastered story pages! In this surreal sci-fi romp, a sullen Japanese boy finds himself in the middle of an interstellar conspiracy. As his home life unravels, a sexy space assassin becomes his family maid, and his own head becomes a portal for armed robots. Life as he knows it is quickly falling apart, and Naota doesn’t know who’s friend or foe! One thing’s for certain-he has to grow up quick and save his hometown, whether he wants to or not! With Dark Horse’s FLCL Omnibus, fans will not only get every chapter in Hajime Ueda’s acclaimed FLCL adaptation, but this collection will also include revised story pages and over a dozen color FLCL illustrations by Ueda. 
Review: I honestly have no idea what I just read. It’s bizzare, confusing and all over the place. I don’t know whether it has something to do with me being tired every time I tried reading it or if it was due to the fact I was reading it on my laptop. I just don’t really think I took any of this manga in. There is a girl with a vespa, a boy who grows a robot out of a lump of his head (not the mention the semi-naked girl dressed as a bunny), another girl who has a jellyfish-looking-thing growing out of her head and cats that seem to be some form of higher beings or Gods. I just – what? I enjoyed what I understood but I just couldn’t follow the storyline and was left so utterly confused that I almost
almost gave up. I think one day I’d like to try and reread this in a hard copy because I think that would really help for me to take in what the hell was going on and it’d be a lot easier to flick back and read or double check the previous pages. I’d try and write more but I don’t really think I can do it justice from this readthrough.

Recommend? Yes simply so you can explain to me what I read.
Amazon: UK | US
GAINAX: GR | Website
Hajime Ueda: GR

Wishlist Wednesday (5)

Wishlist Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Pen to Paper where we can share books that are on our wishlist. 
All The Pretty Girls (Taylor Jackson, #1)This sounds like a pretty creepy read, one that you’d stay up by torchlight to read. I can’t remember how I stumbled across it but it sounds fab – All The Pretty Girls by J.T. Ellison.

GRSome secrets should stay buried. When a local girl falls prey to a sadistic serial killer, Nashville Homicide Lieutenant Taylor Jackson and her lover, FBI profiler Dr. John Baldwin, find themselves in a joint investigation pursuing a vicious murderer. The Southern Strangler is slaughtering his way through the Southeast, leaving a gruesome memento at each crime scene — the prior victim’s severed hand. Ambitious TV reporter Whitney Connolly is certain the Southern Strangler is her ticket out of Nashville; she’s got a scoop that could break the case. She has no idea how close this story really is — or what it will cost her. As the killer spirals out of control, everyone involved must face a horrible truth — that the purest evil is born of private lies.

This weeks choice wasn’t very hard. I should have read this ages ago but I forget to buy it every time I make a trip to Waterstones, or they only have the hard backed version which is usually £11.99 which for me is just to much to pay for a book. I love the idea of this book and it sounds fantastic I just need to try and make time and get round to reading it.

GR: In Mary’s world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?


Wicked Wildfire Read-a-Thon Wrap Up

WWReadathon

Wow. That went by super quickly. Like super super quickly. One minute we’re all wearing party hats, talking about Vampires and planning to live with one and another and now its over. I hope I can take part next time round – in fact I’m pretty sure I will regardless of when it happens because I met some wonderful people!

At the start of the read-a-thon I decided I’d aim to read 5 books as I figured I’d be reading some graphic novels which help bump numbers up a lot, unfortunately I only read 2 books and 54% of another which honestly I’m pretty happy about considering I only finished off one comic. 


I also aimed to read for a minimum of 7 hours. I thought I’d struggle with this but Pushing the Limits was a book I didn’t want to put down and I almost reached 7 hours on the second day and smashed it by the end.

Overall I read 3 books, read for 9 hours 19 minutes which is a total of 784 pages. Not bad considering the 23rd was a really slow reading day. 

I also took part in both twitter chats – the first one all the way through, and the second only for the first 55 minutes. They were a lot of fun and during the first one I won a $5 Amazon voucher which I used to pay for the postage for a book that wasn’t prime eligible *o* but I’ll be super happy to get my hands on it!
My entries to the challenges can be seen here.


Pushing the LimitsBloodlines (Bloodlines, #1)

The books I finished reading/read/currently reading are:FLCL by Gainax – review completed (posting on 28th June).The complete FLCL manga adaptation-now with bonus color illustrations and remastered story pages! In this surreal sci-fi romp, a sullen Japanese boy finds himself in the middle of an interstellar conspiracy. As his home life unravels, a sexy space assassin becomes his family maid, and his own head becomes a portal for armed robots. Life as he knows it is quickly falling apart, and Naota doesn’t know who’s friend or foe! One thing’s for certain-he has to grow up quick and save his hometown, whether he wants to or not! With Dark Horse’s FLCL Omnibus, fans will not only get every chapter in Hajime Ueda’s acclaimed FLCL adaptation, but this collection will also include revised story pages and over a dozen color FLCL illustrations by Ueda. 
 Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry  – review in progress (posting on 26th July).“I won’t tell anyone, Echo. I promise.” Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. “You didn’t do that-did you? It was done to you?” No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked. “An edgy romance that pulls you in and never lets go. I was hooked!”-Gena Showalter,  New York Times bestselling author of the Intertwined series . So wrong for each other…and yet so right. No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.  Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead – still readingSydney protects vampire secrets – and human lives. Sydney belongs to a secret group who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the world of humans and vampires. But when Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, she fears she’s still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. What unfolds is far worse. The sister of Moroi queen Lissa Dragomir is in mortal danger, and goes into hiding. Now Sydney must act as her protector. The last thing Sydney wants is to be accused of sympathizing with vampires. And now she has to live with one…  

Review: Dark Kiss

Dark Kiss (Nightwatchers, #1)

Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen
Published: May 29th 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Page Count: 348
Synopsis: I don’t do dangerous.  Smart, über-careful, ordinary Samantha-that’s me. But I just couldn’t pass up a surprise kiss from my number-one unattainable crush. A kiss that did something to me…something strange. Now I feel hungry all the time, but not for food. It’s like part of me is missing-and I don’t know if I can get it back. Then there’s Bishop. At first I thought he was just a street kid, but the secrets he’s keeping are as intense as his unearthly blue eyes. If he’s what I think he is, he may be the only one who can help me. But something terrifying is closing in, and the one chance Bishop and I have to stop it means losing everything I ever wanted and embracing the darkness inside me….
Review: I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this book as I’ve never read a book with an angel in before. Or at least not one that I can remember. But this book definitely made an impression on me. I did almost gave it 4 stars instead of 3.5 and though I enjoyed what I read I have a feeling the second book will be a lot better and this really set up for a great sequel. This story follows Sam who is a normal teen in every sense possible, bland looking, good grades and a bit of thievery whilst he parents were going through a divorce. Well… I say normal because she starts off that way, until she gets kissed by the boy next door. Ooops big mistake! Soon afterwards, before she realises how much of a mistake the kiss was, she stumbles into the path of an Angel and shortly afterwards a Demon. The Angel and Demon are currently on Earth to protect the area from another being that is taking peoples souls, creating others who can take their soul through a simple but deadly kiss and now Sam has to help. Or does she? Sam is left in a difficult position because lets face it having all this dumped on you in one night is not something easily dealt with and did I mention she witnessed a murder too? Its not something normal people can deal with easily which is why I guess its a good job that with Sam no longer having a soul, it makes her (and only her) very special indeed. I do have to nit pick with a few things about Sam, I enjoyed the male characters a lot more than I did her and I also feel like we can expect a huge flip in personality if we meet Carly again, but as for Sam I think sometimes she needed to trust her gut instincts a bit more and not be pushed about my other characters because lets be honest *spoiler* it was so obvious that the Source was simply using her and toying with her emotions and it was completely her own fault for misunderstanding Bishop’s promise  and sometimes I felt like she was reading Bishop’s emotions a bit too well through his eyes considering she’d never been involved with someone before but I was happy to dismiss this because it could also be down to her new found powers.*end spoiler*

Image from Life Ambrosia

Side Note: This book made me crave chicken wings, constantly. I want some now just thinking about it and reviewing it. Man can someone please give me some chicken wings? I finished this book on the 14th June and still haven’t had any! Le sigh. Here lets just look at some yummy pictures instead.
Recommend? Yes.

Rating: 3.5/5

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