Sunday, September 30, 2012

In My Mailbox (52)

Sunday, September 30, 2012
IMM is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren to share what books you've bought/borrowed/received in the past week!
As always, my apologies for the terrible photo quality.

In the Mail:
The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Michelle Hodkin hosted a contest where she gave away four ARCs and I won! (When I found out, there may have been some jumping up and down involved. And maybe even a happy dance.) She even signed it, which I didn't expect, but which completely made my month. I've only just started it, but guys, so far it is just as good, if not better than, The Unbecoming. And that's saying something.

Thank you so much, Ms. Hodkin!

Weekly Recap:

What did you get this week? 

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Guest Post

Saturday, September 29, 2012
Hey all!

Just a heads up: I did a guest post over at WORD for Teens, about likable protagonists. 

It would be lovely if you would check it out. <3

Hope you're having a great weekend.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Bookish Buys: Teapot, TFIOS, and a Tee

Friday, September 28, 2012
Each Friday I'll post a different collection of book nerd swag, from jewelry to action figures, that I find on the Internets. Please know that I am not getting reimbursed in any way, shape, or form if you choose to buy these items.   

Bookshelf Lamp, Side...
Lamp Book Holder
How useful would this be? Instead of all those stacks on your nightstand, just organize your books with the light you read by!

Nerdy knee highs (From Sock Dreams).
Bookworm Socks
I don't know if I'd actually wear these, but they'd be good for a chuckle!

Tea and books; inseparable. Very sweet.
Bookish Teapot 
What goes together better than books and tea?

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green Antiqued Bronze Book Page Necklace
TFIOS Necklace
"I fell in love the way you fall asleep. Slowly, and then all at once."

Holden Caulfield Tee
Utter perfection.
Buy it here. (And support John and Hank Green.)

I highly recommend the Holden Caulfield t-shirt, just saying. See anything you like?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (51)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Top Ten Series I Haven't Finished
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

1. The Skinjacker Trilogy by Neal Shusterman
Everlost (Skinjacker, #1)Everwild (Skinjacker, #2)Everfound (Skinjacker, #3)
It's not that I didn't like Everlost- I LOVED it. At first I didn't know it was a trilogy and was pretty satisfied with the ending. I keep saying I'm going to finish it and I will! Someday...

2. Piratica by Tanith Lee
Piratica: Being a Daring Tale of a Singular Girl's Adventure Upon the High Seas (Piratica, #1)Return to Parrot Island (Piratica, #2)The Family Sea (Piratica, #3)
Another series that I LOVED, but only the first two books are published in the U.S. I finally got the third from the Book Depository, though, so I can finally read it! Yay!

3. Flappers by Jillian Larkin
Vixen (Flappers, #1)Ingenue (Flappers, #2)Diva (Flappers, #3)
Yet another series that I enjoyed. Honestly? I have no excuse for not finishing this one.

4. The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley
The Fairy-Tale Detectives (The Sisters Grimm, #1)The Council of Mirrors (The Sisters Grimm, #9)
This is an adorable middle-grade series that I love, but I just need to get books 6-9. (I think...)

5. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries, #1)Forever Princess (The Princess Diaries, #10)
 Maybe I was just too young for this series, but I expected the cute fun of the movie and got something entirely different. I still liked them, but the series just stretched on and the spines aren't numbered. I don't want to do research just to figure out which book to read next!

6. Divergent by Veronica Roth
Divergent (Divergent, #1)Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
I STILL haven't read Insurgent all these months later! I need to get on that!

7. Tattoo by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Tattoo (Tattoo, #1)Fate (Tattoo, #2)
The first book was good and the ending didn't make me think that this would be a series. I don't feel any pull to continue.

8. Fallen by Lauren Kate
Fallen (Fallen, #1)Torment (Fallen, #2)
This series wasn't my cup of tea.

9. Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)The Dead-Tossed Waves (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #2)The Dark and Hollow Places (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #3)
See #8.

10. The Cronus Chronicles by Anne Ursu
The Shadow Thieves (Cronus Chronicles, #1)The Siren Song (Cronus Chronicles, #2)The Immortal Fire (Cronus Chronicles, #3)
For the longest time I couldn't find the second book and eventually it had been so long that I didn't even remember the protagonist's name. Maybe someday.

What series have you never finished? 

Monday, September 24, 2012

Book Review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Monday, September 24, 2012
Genre: Dystopian
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Series: The Forest of Hands and Teeth #1
Source: Random Buzzers
The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)
The Unconsecrated, the zombies, have always been apart of Mary's life. They're always outside the fences that protect her village, trying to get in. Meanwhile, Mary dreams of getting out and of seeing the ocean. But as if the Unconsecrated didn't complicate things enough, there's Travis, the boy she loves who is engaged to her best friend. Not to mention her family, which seems to fall apart more and more with each passing day. Life in the village sometimes seems to be just as hard as life would be in the Forest.

Honestly, I expected to love this one and I'm genuinely disappointed that I didn't. It wasn't the writing that was the problem, it was just, well, everything else.

To begin with, Mary is a passive character if I've ever seen one. Unless some outside forces make her do something (join the Sisterhood, for example), she really doesn't do anything. Or if she does attempt to take action, she nearly has a mental breakdown. I can understand that she's been through a lot as of late, but instead of confronting the problems, she retreats farther and farther into this shell. And when there are zombies that could at any point attack your village, that's really not what you should do.

And it wasn't just Mary: I didn't have a connection with any of the characters. (Well, that's not true. I quite liked the dog.) Try as I might, I didn't care what happened to any of them. Mild Spoiler In one scene, a significant character dies and all I could feel was boredom. And I'm a crier. End Spoiler. It could matter less if Travis and Mary got together because I didn't see why they liked each other. The reader hardly gets to read about Travis and as for why he likes Mary, I have no idea. The whole romantic arc frustrated me.

And then there's the world-building. There are these fences that are supposed to keep the villagers safe from the zombies. But apparently, if there's a breach and zombies take over the village, the Unconsecrated will magically become trapped in there and won't be able to leave the same way they came in. I mean, really the whole layout just doesn't make sense.

In-keeping with world-building, the zombies fell short, too. There's a virus, they try to spread the virus/eat the healthy, they're seemingly unstoppable... It's nothing new. There are no twists. Maybe in the companion novels, the reader will get to find out more about the Sisterhood and the virus, but as far as the first book goes, I'm unimpressed.
*2.5 stars*
Zombie Books I'd Recommend: Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel, Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
What are some of your favorite zombie novels?

Sunday, September 23, 2012

In My Mailbox (51)

Sunday, September 23, 2012
IMM is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren to share what books you've bought/borrowed/received in the past week!

The Diviners by Libba Bray
Isn't it beautiful??? Even without the book sleeve, the cover is simply GORGEOUS. 

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I already own this one but I'm really glad to have another copy because a.) I lent my original copy to a friend and got it back with coffee stains ): and b.) I LOVE this new cover

Keep Calm and Have a Cupcake Bookmark (:

In the Mail:
Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead
Won from Random Buzzers- thank you!

Weekly Recap:
Saturday: A Big Thank You!

The Diviners is incredible so far- definitely go out and get this book if you haven't already! (It's by Libba Bray... do you need another reason to read it?) What did you get this week?

Saturday, September 22, 2012

A Big Thank You!

Saturday, September 22, 2012
I've been blogging for a while now. I guess you could say that I'm a bit of a late-bloomer. I only started to get the hang of things last fall, and I'm still working on figuring some of the blogosphere out. Still, I have to say that I'm proud of all that I've done on The Page Sage and I can't wait to see where it goes next!

The reason I'm writing this is because just this week I got to 100 GFC followers and, well, wow! I'm really so grateful to everybody who follows and comments on my blog. (This goes for GFC followers and subscribers, too!) While I don't do it for the follower number, it's definitely an amazing feeling to know that there are people who care about my posts. So, in short...

Thank you, thank you, thank you! 
You guys are the best. <3

Friday, September 21, 2012

Bookish Buys: Scarves ad Safes

Friday, September 21, 2012
Each Friday I'll post a different collection of book nerd swag, from jewelry to action figures, that I find on the Internets. Please know that I am not getting reimbursed in any way, shape, or form if you choose to buy these items.  

Wrap Up With A Good Book Scarf: A Tale of Two Cities
Book Scarf
Your favorite passage or poem worn around your neck! How perfect is that?

Hand Stamped Bookmark - Brass - Owl Hold Your Spot
Owl Bookmark
A bookmark with the coolest animal EVER on it? Yes, please.

Shh I'm Reading - necklace Charm handmade with Scrabble Wood Tile ... Jewelry Art by HomeStudio
Shh... I'm reading! Charm
Cute and to the point.

The Book was Better Tee

Book Safe
Keep your valuables in a safe disguised as a book! 

Gotta love that owl bookmark. See anything you like?

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (50)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Top Ten Bookish People I Want to Meet
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

1. J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling
2. John Green
John Green
3. Libba Bray
Libba Bray
4. Kristin Cashore
Kristin Cashore
5. Robin Benway
Robin Benway
6. A.S. King
A.S. King
7. Cornelia Funke
Cornelia Funke
8. F. Scott Fitzgerald (a girl can dream!)
F. Scott Fitzgerald
9. James Dashner
10. Stephanie Perkins
Stephanie Perkins
What about you? Who would you love to meet?