Filling The Bookcase(1)

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Filling The Bookcase is pretty much Stacking The Shelves or Mailbox Monday but with a different name. Please visit both of the host and join in on the fun!

I raided the used bookstore last week 🙂 I left with an armful of books and a very big smile. I got many different types of books but variety is always nice.

Additions To The Bookcase

Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1)Changeless (Parasol Protectorate, #2)Blameless (Parasol Protectorate, #3)Heartless (The Parasol Protectorate, #4)Timeless (Parasol Protectorate, #5)

Soulless by Gail Carriger

Changeless by Gail Carriger

Blameless by Gail Carriger

Heartless by Gail Carriger

Timeless by Gail Carriger

-I have been hearing a lot of good things about this series. I have started the first book, Soulless and have not been disappointed. I love the mix of steampunk, paranormal, and ettiquet!If I Stay (If I Stay #1)

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

-Many people I know have loved this book a lot so I decided I should read it to. I can hardly wait to read this beauty! I have been sneaking glances at the gorgouse cover whenever I am near it.

 Eon (Eon, #1)Eona (Eon, #2)

 Eon by Alison Goodman

Eona by Alison Goodman

-Anything that involves Chinese and Japanese legends is a must read for me.

 Boy Toy

Boy Toy by Barry Lyga

-After reading and loving I Hunt Killers I thought I should read some of Lyga’s other books.

The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew, #1)

The Secret Of The Old Clock by Carolyn Keene

-It was a very inexpensive book and I have been wanting to read a Nancy Drew book for a long time now so I bought it.

Additions To The eBookcase

Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1)

Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry

-I am giving in to the hype. The book sounds very interesting and I love the cover! It being on the Kindle Daily Deals list also helped convince me to buy it.

Pantomime by Laura Lam: review

PantomimePantomime by Laura Lam

Series: Micah Grey #1

My rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Genre: YA Fiction, Fantasy

Publisher: Strange Chemistry

Release Date: February 5th 2013

Synopsis: R. H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic is the greatest circus of Ellada. Nestled among the glowing blue Penglass—remnants of a mysterious civilisation long gone—are wonders beyond the wildest imagination. It’s a place where anything seems possible, where if you close your eyes you can believe that the magic and knowledge of the vanished Chimaera is still there. It’s a place where anyone can hide.

Iphigenia Laurus, or Gene, the daughter of a noble family, is uncomfortable in corsets and crinoline, and prefers climbing trees to debutante balls. Micah Grey, a runaway living on the streets, joins the circus as an aerialist’s apprentice and soon becomes the circus’s rising star.

But Gene and Micah have balancing acts of their own to perform, and a secret in their blood that could unlock the mysteries of Ellada.

My thoughts: Pantomime has two main characters: Iphigenia Laurus and Micah Grey. The Summer chapters(the present) told through the eyes of Micah and the Spring chapters(the past) told through the eyes of Gene. Gene is a girl who is not happy with her current life and Micah is a boy who had just joined the circus which is place he feels like he truly belongs. They have a lot of things in common. One of those things being a big secret.

I thought Gene and Micah are very interesting characters. Their journey to find their self-identity was filled with obstacles and I really felt for them. Their secret is revealed fairly early in the book. The secret will surprise a lot of people but if one if able to pay close attention to the writing and find the clues they will be able to guess it before the big reveal. I was very impressed with the secret though. It was strange and sad. I have only encountered a couple of books where something like that was used. Lam was very brave to include it in her book and I believe it worked amazingly well with the story. I can’t talk much about the characters or the romance without spoiling anything so I am going to stop here.

The atmosphere of the story is amazing. I loved how the circus was written as a very joyful but also sad place. The circus act scenes were very vivid. I could picture myself sitting with the audience. The fantasy element in Pantomime was very subtle as it is mostly shown in the myths that are told in the world of Pantomime. I really want to learn more about the world that Micah and Gene’s stories take place in.

The ending was really exciting. There was so much happening that I could not stop reading. So many things are discovered in the last chapters and it made me really excited. I can hardly wait for the next installments.

My only complaint is that there were some parts that I felt were a bit boring. This is only a minor flaw and it does not take much away from the story.

Pantomime was a great book. Filled with beautiful atmosphere, great writing, amazing characters, and a circus(because everything is always better with a circus). This was an amazing debut.

*An advanced copy was given to me by the publisher via Netgalley

Waiting On Wednesday(4): Marco Impossible by Hannah Moskowitz

Marco Impossible by Hannah Moskowitz

Expected Publication: March 19th 2013

Publisher: Roaring Book Press

Synopsis: Thirteen-year-old best friends Stephen and Marco attempt a go-for-broke heist to break into the high school prom and get Marco onstage to confess his love for (and hopefully steal the heart of) Benji, the adorable exchange student and bass player of the prom band. Of course, things don’t always go according to plan, and every heist comes with its fair share of hijinks.

Why I need this book: It seems like a really fun story and I have heard many good things about Hannah Moskowitz

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine. The purpose of this meme is to showcase upcoming releases that you are really excited about.

Top Three Graphic Novels Of 2012

I just started reading graphic novels this month so I didn’t read much this year. (I plan to read much more in 2013). I compiled a list of my top three!

Anya's Ghost

Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

I loved the creepiness of Anya’s Ghost. The colors used in the art helped a lot with the creepy atmosphere. I enjoyed reading this ghost story a lot and it has easily become one of my favorites. Anya was an amazing character. I loved her to bits.

Drama

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

This graphic novel was very fun to read. The characters were all loveable and I loved that they all had a strong passion for something. The art was very colorful which only added to the fun.

Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks

Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks

Another ghost story! I admit, the only reason I love this graphic novel is because of the characters and the art. The art has a very sketchy feel to it and the characters were hilarious. The ghost story was barely even there. I think this is a series so I believe that the next books will have more ghost in them.

Top Five Manga Of 2012

I read a lot of manga this year. Some of them were wonderful and some…not so much. This is my list of my favorite manga series that I discovered this year!

Pandora Hearts, Vol. 1 (Pandora Hearts, #1)Future Diary, Volume 1

Pandora Hearts by Jun Mochizuki

Future Diary by Sakae Esuno

There are so many reasons I love Pandora Hearts! The characters are all memorable in their own way. The art is just fantastic and it gets even better as the series goes on. The mystery is mind-blowing! I can’t count how many times Mochizuki made my mind explode awhile reading this series. I just know my mind exploded many times. I am eleven volumes in this series now.

Future Diary is one of my favorite manga series for three reasons: Yuno Gasai, Akise Aru, and the story. Yuno is a psychotic Yandere and Akise is just awesome. Put them both in the same series than I get an immediate favorite! I love the idea of this manga: Cellphones that tell the future mixed with a fight to the death.  I am two and a half volumes in this series so far.

Kitchen Princess, Volume 1Alice in the Country of Hearts, Vol. 1 (Alice in the Country of Hearts, #1)

Kitchen Princess by Miyuki Kobayashi, Natsumi Ando

Alice in the Country of Hearts by QuinRose

Kitchen Princess is filled with cuteness and I love it! I love the cooking, I love the art, I love the characters, I love the cuteness! I am four volumes in this series so far.

Alice in the Country of Hearts is a retelling of Alice in Wonderland(Do you see why I love it?). I loved the world of Wonderland in this manga and I wanted to learn more about how it worked and more about Alice. Unfortunately, the ending came to soon so we don’t learn much. I still love the story though! The art is very lovely and the characters are also very nice. I completed this series.

Ultra Maniac, Vol. 1 (Ultra Maniac, #1)

Ultra Maniac by Wataru Yoshizumi

I love the magical girl genre so I was very excited to read Ultra Maniac. This manga did not disappoint. It was very cute and I loved reading about all the awkward situations Nina got her friend into. The art was not as cutesy as I thought it would be but it was still very nice to look at. This series is very rereadable. I completed this series.

Top 10 Books Of 2012

The end of 2012 is approaching and I believe it is time to make a list of my favorite that I read this year! I have read many wonderful books this year so it was really hard to decide. After a good amount of struggling I managed to make the list. So without further ado, here is my top ten list of 2012!

Stolen: A Letter to My CaptorUnspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)

Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Stolen was a very though provoking book and made a big impact on me in a quiet way. The characters in this book were unforgettable. I felt very unsure of my own emotions and I don’t think I will be finding another book that effected me like this one anytime soon.

Unspoken was a delightful book to read. The development of the characters was amazing,  the romance was captivating, and the humour was hilarious. The book contains secrets and betrayal. This is a book that left me wanting more. I eagerly await for the next book.

The Diviners was amazing! I loved the dark atmosphere of the novel. The mystery and horror kept me reading until the last page. Evie is such a memorable character with her loud personality. I just could not help but love her! I can not remember a villain that scared me more than Naughty John.

Dairy Queen (Dairy Queen, #1)Stormdancer (The Lotus War, #1)

Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

Dairy Queen was an amazing light read. D.J. tells her story with such honesty and humour that I fell in love with her immediately. The book is about personal desires and responsibilities. The romance between D.J. and Brian was well developed and not sappy. I am currently reading the second book of the Dairy Queen trilogy and I am loving it.

Stormdancer has had a fairly large amount hype surrounding it. I think it lived up to it. The writing was simply beautiful and I was enraptured by the story. I loved Yukiko and Buruu. Their friendship was heartwarming and I loved reading about it. The steampunk and Japanese themes were awesome and I loved the world building.

Tiger LilyAmy and Roger's Epic Detour

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Tiger Lily broke my heart into a million pieces. The story of the girl named Tiger Lily was heart-wrenching and beautiful. This book is simply a masterpiece and I will never forget it.

I love road trips so when I saw Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour on the shelf in the bookstore I let out a little scream. The book did not disappoint. The writing was great and the scrapbook pages made the story seem even more real. Amy was an amazing main character and Roger was so cute!

Going VintageWhat's Left of Me (The Hybrid Chronicles, #1)

Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt

What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang

Going Vintage was a very cute and quirky story! The idea of “going vintage” kind of scares me but I loved reading about it. Mallory was a very relatable character and she was a very entertaining narrator. This book was a very enjoyable read and I will watch out for more of Leavitt’s books.

What’s Left of Me is one of my favorite dystopian novels. It had a lot of substance and emotions in the pages. Eva and Addie’s story was heart-wrenching and sad and I felt very sorry for them. The sibling relationship the two girls have is an amazing thing to read about. The story is not action filled but I loved it anyway. I can hardly wait for the next book!

Bossypants

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Tina Fey has an hilarious personality and it really shows in her writing. Bossypants was simply hilarious and very enjoyable. I learned a lot about Tina Fey awhile reading this book and it has easily become one of my favorites.