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Monday, April 28, 2014

Review for Switched by Amanda Hocking


Switched by Amanda Hocking is the second (and last) full book that I read during the Read-A-Thon. I have read this book before, but I wanted to read the rest of the series so I started with this book first.

Synopsis: "When Wendy Everly was six years old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. Eleven years later, Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. She's not the person she's always believed herself to be, and her whole life begins to unravel - all because of Finn Holmes.

Finn is a mysterious guy who always seems to be watching her. Every encounter leaves her deeply shaken...though it has more to do with her fierce attraction to him than she'd ever admit. But it isn't long before he reveals the truth: Wendy is a changeling who was switched at birth - and he's come to take her home.

Now Wendy's about to journey to a magical world she never knew existed, on that's both beautiful and frightening. And where she must leave her old life behind to discover who she's meant to become..."

Switched is the first book in the Trylle trilogy, or the tryllogy like I like to call it.

Wendy Everly has always been the outcast of the family. Her hair is darker while her family's is light. She has a bad temper, her hair will never lay down, she eats differently than anyone else, she hates wearing shoes, and she can make people do what she wants when she thinks hard enough.

Her life changes when Finn Holmes comes into her town. He constantly watches her, and he gives her the wrong idea. He's happy and kind one moment, then dripping venom the next. One night he appears at her window and tells her she's a Trylle. That she needs to go home with him. Obviously there are some questions.

A Trylle is a troll, but not the fairytale kind of troll. They look like humans, but their hair doesn't lay down like a normal humans. Some of them have a green tint to their skin, but not all of them. The best part is they all have some sort of power to them.

At first she refuses to go, but as the story goes on she gets attacked by a rival 'clan' (basically) of Trylle and she decides to leave. She finds out that she's the princess, and the only heir to the throne. She doesn't want to become queen, but she has too.

The reason she was with humans is because the Trylle switch the human babies with their Trylle babies. That way, the Trylle can take the child's inheritance fund when they become of age. The human baby is called a mansk in the Trylle world.

She befriends Tove (a very powerful Trylle), Willa (a semi-powerful Trylle), Rhys (a mansk), and Rhiannon (a mansk).

Wendy's mom is a psychic. She doesn't know what she sees, but she paints it. She doesn't know when or where it is going to happen, all she knows is what is in the painting.

She paints a picture of Wendy laying on the floor in glass, and towards the end of the book we find out what that means. There is a war between the rival Trylle clans, and Wendy is in the middle of it. They attack her party, but with the Trylle powers combined they stop their rivals. At least for the end of this book.

At the end, Wendy takes Rhys to meet his actual brother. The brother she thought was hers through the beginning of the book.

I really liked this book, but the second time reading it I started getting bored and noticed I was skipping parts of the book.

I give this book four books

Review for A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford


A Touch Mortal is the first book that I read for the Read-A-Thon for this month (link to the Read-A-Thon page: )

A Touch  Mortal by Leah Clifford is a book that I have been waiting to read for a while, and I don't know why I didn't pick it up sooner.

Synopsis: "Eden didn't expect Az. Not his saunter down the beach toward her. Not his unbelievable pick-up line. Not the instant, undeniable connection. And definitely not his wings. Yea. So long, happily-ever-after.

Now, trapped between life and death and cursed to spread chaos with her every touch, Eden is at the center of the eternal struggle between heaven and hell. All because she gave her heart to one of the Fallen, an angel cast out of heaven. She may lose everything she's ever had. She may be betrayed by those she loves most. But Eden will not be a pawn in anyone else's game. Her heart is her own.

And That's only the beginning of the end."

Eden is an outcast everywhere. Probably because of her black and pink hair. Her parents don't care, she has no friends, and she's contemplating suicide. She wants to die. That's all she wants is to die. Then she meets Az and Gabriel. She makes friends with them that summer, but it was probably worse than when she had no friends.

Az and Gabriel (AKA Gabe) are angels. Az is a fallen angel, because he fell in love with a human. Gabe is a messenger of heaven, he is sent down to Earth to report what is happening there. Gabe decides to check Eden's path, basically her reason for being alive. The bad part, is the fact that Eden has no path, she has to die. She is a sider. Siders die, everyone in their life forgets them (except other siders and angels).

One day, Az and Gabriel decide that Eden needs to die before the big bad guy named Luke can get to her and get her to side with the Devil (Luke, Lucifer?). Az jumps off a balcony and fakes his death so Eden would kill herself. It worked.

She learns that she needs to pass her power or she will store too much and hurt herself or something. However, she finds out that she can cause other siders to pass to heaven, AKA she can kill them. She begins to "release" other siders because "they shouldn't have to live like this".

Along the course of the book, Eden moves in with different siders. Adam, Jarrod, and James. They also take in a woman named Libby later in the book. While Eden is looking for siders to release (which didn't show up on her doorstep like usual) James is released by someone else. Eden thought she was the only one with this power.

It is up to Eden to find out what is going on (obviously). So the answer is to go with Libby to see some band. They are invited backstage, and it turns out the singer is Luke.

It turns out he is after her, and he'd do anything to get her on his side.

As time goes on, Eden falls back in love with Az and passes him the touch. Which causes him to feel bad, so he begins to choose the side of Luke. She needs help, so she goes to her friends who have all joined with Luke for no reason at all, but they did. Libby was always on his side, because she is Luke's girlfriend.

There's a crazy battle on a roof. Adam gets killed, Libby can release siders, and Az almost falls completely. Until the biggest bombshell is dropped.

Eden didn't commit suicide. She was MURDERED!!!

She tells Luke that the siders she releases is sent to heaven, which tells Luke exactly who killed her.

She thinks it was Az, but it was Gabriel!

Gabriel killed her to jumpstart what was happening. But in return all of the siders were being sent to heaven because of him.

The book ends with Gabriel falling and siding with Lucifer to save his friends. However, it isn't over and Lucifer will be back!

Lets list the good and bad things about this book.

  1. The storyline. It was pretty new to me. Not the whole angel part, but the fact that she had to die to get the story started.
  2. The characters weren't all whiny and they helped themselves. Most of them anyway.
  3. The plot twists were pretty good. I honestly thought it was Az that had killed her, but I didn't expect Gabe.
  4. It was a long book (419 pgs.)
  1. Eden was stupid sometimes. Someone is after her, so she sneaks out to a club. And then someone is after her, she knows who, but she goes out to meet him alone? Everything she did was behind someone's back.
  2. It reused the angel storyline. I like angel books, but there are so many of them.
  3. Its a long book. For a Read-A-Thon it was a bad choice.
  4. A few things missing in the storyline.

Overall, I really liked the book. I felt that there were a few holes in the story, like why do they have to pass the touch? What happens if you don't?

I give A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford 4 books.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The end of Read-a-Thon quiz!

Read-a-Thon is officially over! I'll be honest, I crashed hour 20. However, this was an amazing experience that I will be redoing, and hopefully I will be a little more organized. There is a little quiz for me to do so here we go:

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Hour 20 because I fell asleep.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? The trylle trilogy by Amanda Hocking, the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, and anything by John Green.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Maybe do less games that involve a camera?
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? For me or in general? For me, I think just keeping on helped me read the books I did. In general, the community was helpful in assisting everyone.
  5. How many books did you read? I read 2 and a half books, or a total of approximately 776 pages.
  6. What were the names of the books you read? A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford, Switched by Amanda Hocking, and half of Torn by Amanda Hocking
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? I really loved a touch mortal.
  8. Which did you enjoy least? Switched, because I've read it before.
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I am definitely doing this again. I read there's one in October? I would be a reader. It is such a fun experience!
Even though I did not reach my goal of 3 books for the read-a-thon, I feel like I did really good for my first one! I did not go for smaller books (though that may have been my downfall), but I liked the books I did read and that's what matters. I didn't realize how much reading took out of a person! You get exhausted so quickly! I am eagerly waiting for the next one to begin!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Half way through the Read-a-Thon!

This is hour 12 of the 24 hour marathon! I have a little survey to complete for the Read-a-Thon, so here we goooooo!

Mid-Event Survey 1. What are you reading right now? Switched by Amanda Hocking
2. How many books have you read so far? I have finished one full book *I made the mistake of choosing a 400 page book to start with*
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? I'm just choosing as I go so I have no idea lol.
4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day? No
5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? I had a doctors appointment at around hour 8-10. I brought my book to the office and read while waiting.
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? How difficult it is to read soooo many books in one day.
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Read smaller books
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year? See question 7
9. Are you getting tired yet? Yes! I usually take a nap, but I haven't!
10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered? Do something besides reading while reading. Listen to music, have some type of background noise. It helps a ton!

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon!

Hour 1-

Hour 2-

Hour 3- Began reading A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford

Hour 4- Started: pg. 39   Ended: pg. 85

Hour 5- Started: pg. 85   Ended: pg. 179

Hour 6- Started: pg. 179  Ended: pg. 228

Hour 7- Started: pg. 228   Ended: pg. 274

Hour 8, 9, 10, 11- Started: pg. 274   Ended: pg. 373

Hour 12- Finished A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford and started reading Switched by Amanda Hocking

Hour 13- Started: pg. 20   Ended: pg. 86

Hour 14- Started: pg. 86   Ended: pg. 142

Hour 15- Started: pg. 142   Ended: pg. 198

Hour 16- Started: pg. 198   Ended: pg. 254

Hour 17- Finished Switched by Amanda Hocking and started reading Torn by Amanda Hocking

Hour 18- Started: pg. 1   Ended: pg. 73

Hour 19- Started: pg. 73   Ended: pg. 121

Book Puzzles!

This is a little game called book puzzles! I post different pictures that together make a book title. See if you can guess them, and how many you can guess.

Book 1:

Book 2:




What is your favorite of My Favorite Stand-Alones?