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Thursday, May 31, 2012

What's Your Status? #65



Finished This Week:
~~When the Black Girl Sings by Bil Wright, 24/5/2012
~~Silence by Becca Fitpatrick, 26/5/2012
~~Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev, 29/5/2012
~~Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins, 30/5/2012
~~Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, 31/5/2012

Currently Reading:
~~The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (audio), chapter 15
~~Graveminder by Melissa Marr, page 10

Top of the TBR Pile:
~~Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz

Upcoming Events:
Wicked Wildfire Read-A-Thon

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Review: Hush, Hush Series 1-3 by Becca Fitzpatrick

Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush #1) by Becca Fitzpatrick
391 pages, paperback
Finished on 19/5/2012
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Coming of Age, Action
Synopsis via GoodReads:
For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her...until Patch comes along.

With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment, but after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is far more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.

Crescendo (Hush, Hush #2) by Becca Fitzpatrick
427 pages, hardcover
Finished on 19/5/2012
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Coming of Age, Romance
Synopsis via GoodReads:
Nora Grey's life is still far from perfect. Surviving an attempt on her life wasn't pleasant, but at least she got a guardian angel out of it: a mysterious, magnetic, gorgeous guardian angel. But, despite his role in her life, Patch has been acting anything but angelic. He's more elusive than ever and even worse, he's started spending time with Nora's arch-enemy, Marcie Millar.

Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has moved back to town, if Patch hadnt been acting so distant. Even with Scott's totally infuriating attitude Nora finds herself drawn to him - despite her lingering feeling that he's hiding something.

Haunted by images of her murdered father, and questioning whether her nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death, Nora puts herself increasingly in dangerous situations as she desperately searches for answers. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything - and everyone - she trusts.

Silence (Hush, Hush #3) by Becca Fitzpatrick
438 pages, hardcover
Finished on 26/5/2012
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Coming of Age, Romance, Some Action
Synopsis via GoodReads:
The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They've overcome the secrets riddled in Patch's dark past...bridged two irreconcilable worlds...faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust...and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they've worked for—and their love—forever.

Motivation to Read Them: They were "all the rage" after Hush, Hush came out, and I was a little behind, but I still bought and read it. I loved it from the beginning, reread it this year, and continued the series.

Review: I absolutely LOVE this series! Fitzpatrick had me hooked from the first few chapters. I honestly just can't believe it took me so long to finally read Crescendo. They get better and better as you along.

Nora is just a regular kid who's trying to pass chemistry without too much trouble. And then her teacher decides to change up the seating chart. And so Vee, Nora's best friend, is replaced by Patch, a clear-to-see bad boy. A hot one at that. Nora was pretty much annoyed with him from the beginning, and I must admit that I was as well. After that wonderful day, everything is a fast-paced thrill of events.

The plot, like I said, is fast-paced, but it's a good kind of pace. You're drawn into it automatically. You always want to know what's going to happen next. The events flowed freely into each other. Sometimes there would be so much tension, and then somehow the things that occurred on the next few pages would make everything very calm. If only for a few pages before the next epic adventure started. :)

The characters, well, I'm not sure "ahmazing" is a strong enough adjective. I loved these characters. SO. Much. As I mentioned before, when we were first introduced to Patch in Hush, Hush I wasn't very fond of him. But I'm pretty sure that now he's my favorite character, even over Nora. Every charrie had something, I believe, that I loved about them, that made me connect with them, even if only a little.

This series is just so ahmazing. My words don't do the novels enough justice whatsoever. I sped through these books when I read them. And not on purpose either; I realized afterwards that I read those books the fastest I read a lot of things in a long while. I'm telling you, get them. They're very much worth it.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Teaser Tuesday #45

Hosted by MizB @ Should Be Reading

I haven't done TT in a while, but it's good to be back:). Won't be doing it every week, though.

Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev, page 123 (hardcover)

" 'Yeah, she's not the boss of us!' Moth and Cobweb stopped painting each other with jam war paint long enough to stick their tongues out at the Stage Manager.

'Yes, she most certainly is,' he said.

'For argument's sake, let's say that I am,' said Bertie. 'I therefore direct them to make a lovely, lovely mess on your table.'

'Nyah!' the boys jeered, and did just that.

And Peaseblossom -- decorous, proper Peaseblossom -- deopped her trousers to waggle her naked, pale bottom at the Stage Manager. Bertie laughed involuntarily, choked on her coffee, and nearly died as it came out her nose, but it was worth the searing pain in her nostrils to see the look on the Stage Manager's face. He spun away from the table and disappeared into the wings, presumably to retrieve his headset and his dignity."

Monday, May 28, 2012

Review: When the Black Girl Sings by Bil Wright

When the Black Girl Sings by Bil Wright
266 pages, Library Book (hardcover)
Finished on 24/5/2012
Genres: Young Adult, Coming of Age, Realistic Fiction
Synopsis via GoodReads:
Lahni Schuler is the only black student at her private prep school. She's also the adopted child of two loving, but white, parents who are on the road to divorce. Struggling to comfort her mother and angry with her dad, Lahni feels more and more alone. But when Lahni and her mother attend a local church one Sunday, Lahni hears the amazing gospel choir, and her life takes an unexpected turn.

It so happens that one of Lahni's teachers, Mr. Faringhelli, has nominated her for a talent competition, and she is expected to perform a song in front of the whole school. Lahni decides to join the church choir to help her become a better singer. But what starts out as a way to practice singing becomes a place of belonging and a means for Lahni to discover her own identity.
Motivation to Read It: My cousin read this and said that it was really good. I saw it at the library and put it in my hands automatically.

Review: This novel was better than I thought it would be. Lahni really clicked with me, and the author had more than one plotline going on at once, which really added flavor to the book.

Lahni is almost in high school, she's nowhere near the top of the social ladder at her school (a school she doesn't even like at that), and then some crazy guy starts stalking her. But she finds a new home when she and her mom start going to church.

The characters were really good. I had to keep reminding myself that Lahni was just in the 8th grade. Sometimes she seemed a couple years older than what she was, but that's a good thing; just means she was mature :). Donna and Amber were your usual "queens" of the school, but every book has them I think.

The plot, like I said before, had little stories running off of it. There was the problems with her parents and the crazy stalker kid. These added some extra flavor to the story, which I really liked. The main plotline, which was Lahni's singing and being in the talent competition at her school, was amazing. I really enjoyed reading about Lahni's experience with this. She definitely earned more confidence in herself.

Overall, this book is really great, and I think you should take some time out to sit and read it. It isn't too long of a read, and it's a great story.

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Review: Ordinary Wisdom by K. Blue

Ordinary Wisdom by K. Blue
98 pages, paperback (ARC)
Finished on 27/3/2012
Genres: Young Adult/Mature Teen
Synopsis via GoodReads:
This collection of short family stories is heartwarming and genuine. Each story is a lesson learned by experiencing everyday life. From childhood to adulthood there are lessons in all that we do and experience. The trick to growing as a person is to recognize their significance and continue to learn.You may find that you identify with the experiences of this wonderful family. You may even be reminded of times in your past and the lessons you have learned. Be prepared to smile, laugh and maybe even cry a little as you enjoy reading of ordinary wisdom.
Motivation to Read It: I am a part of a group of book reviewers that was emailed by a book tour planner asking if we wanted to host this book on our blog's during a tour. It sounded interesting, and I replied to the email.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not paid in any way.
Review: K. Blue has really shown some light with this novel. She uses personal experiences in her life and what she learned from them to try and help us with things that happen in out daily lives. K. had me laughing at some parts, shaking my head and thinking "Oh dear, that's not good" in others.

I was kind of sad to reach the end of the book. It was interesting to learn about the things that she went through. But overall, I loved it. She takes us through good lessons, and I think it would help all of us even in the smallest of ways to read Ordinary Wisdom.

I loved this book and think it's definitely worth reading!

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Wicked Wildfire Readathon

"The Wicked Wildfire Read-A-Thon is a time when we all get together to dedicate the days of June 20-24 to as much reading as possible. You read as much as you can in order to get yourself a little further through that huge to-read pile! We know real life gets in the way and even if you can’t participate more than one day, you’re welcome to join in on the fun!" (--Kindle Fever)

I was checking out a meme on a blog when I noticed the button on their sidebar. I'm obviously already signed up. :) Head on over to Kindle Fever and see what all the hype is about!!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

What's Your Status #64 & In My Mailbox #46

What's Your Status?

A/N: WYS will now be posted on Thursdays/Fridays. You can still leave your links in the comments.

Finished This Week:
~~Looking for Alaska by John Green, 17/5/2012
~~Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, 19/5/2012
~~Crescendo by Becca Fitzptrick, 19/5/2012
~~Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson, 23/5/2012

Currently Reading:
~~Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick, page 198
~~When the Black Girl Sings by Bil Wright, page 167

Top of the TBR Pile:
~~Chosen by P.C. & Kristin Cast
~~Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz

In My Mailbox

~~When the Black Girl Sings by Bil Wright
~~Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
~~Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
~~Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
~~Graveminder by Melissa Marr

Blogoversary Readathon

Hey everyone!! I'm thinking that instead of jazzing up my Blogoversary this year with a giveaway, I could (co-)host a readathon instead. I'm thinking it would last about a week and we could maybe do a couple Twitter chats, something exciting. Comment, email, FB, Twitter me if you have any ideas, or want to co-host with me.

I'll probably have a poll up soon with some stuff for my lovely followers to help me decide on a few things.


P.S., while I'm thinking about it, I think a new year deserves a better blogging life. One that's a little more alive, updated, etc. So I'm going to be redoing a lot of things over the next couple months here at Butterfly Feet. Any comments, suggestions, ideas you have are greatly appreciated. (:

Monday, May 21, 2012

#boutofbooks Wrap-Up

Sadly, Bout of Books 4.0 has come to an end. However, I can definitely say that it helped my reading this month! I stuck to the reading MUCH more than I thought I would. Can't wait until 5.0! :)

In general- 5 books
~~(Finish) Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
~~Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
~~Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
~~Looking for Alaska by John Green
~~Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

~~Books Finished: Revolution (5/15), Looking for Alaska (5/17), Hush Hush (5/19), Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick (5/19)
~~Books Not Finished: Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick (read 152 pages)
~~Total Pages Read: 1632 (this includes the pages in Looking for Alaska, which I read on my Kindle)

I hope everyone's week was great as well!!!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

#boutofbooks Update #6

Saturday went MUCH better than I thought it would!!! I finished the last 30-odd pages of Hush, Hush in the wee hours of the morning. I immediately started Crescendo, the sequel, and managed to read ALL of it only 12 minutes before midnight! Words cannot explain my excitement :D.

Saturday's Stats:
~~Books Finished on Sat.: 2
~~Total Books Finished: 4
~~Pages/% Read on Sat.: 463 pages
~~Total Pages/% Read: 1259 pages, 100%

Saturday, May 19, 2012

#boutofbooks Update #5

Friday's reading definitely went ahmazing! I sped through Hush, Hush like it was nothing lol. I read over half the book. Got super close to the end, but fell asleep before I got the chance to finish it.

Friday's Stats:
~~Total Books Finished: 2
~~Pages/Percent Read on Fri: 293 pages
~~Total Pages/% Read: 796 pages, 100%

Friday, May 18, 2012

#boutofbooks Update #4

Thursday went really good for me!! I finished my second book, Looking for Alaska; updated on GoodReads, etc.; and immediately started rereading Hush, Hush. I got the first 60 pages done in HH so I feel pretty good! I should finish it today because I won't be busy whatsoever.

Thursday's Stats:
~~Books Finished (on Thurs.): 1
~~Total Books Finished: 2
~~Pages/Percent Read: 62 pages, 50%
~~Total Pgs/% Read: 503 pages, 100%

Thursday, May 17, 2012

#boutofbooks update #3

Wednesday was pretty good, but could have been better. I didn't do aas much reading as I probably should have; got to 50% in Looking for Alaska, though, so I wasn't complaining too much.

Not participating in Wednesday's Question.

Wendesday's Stats:
~~Books Finished (on Wedn.): none
~~Total Pages/Percent Read: 44%

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

By Jennifer Donnelly
Publisher: Ember, 2010
472 pages, paperback
Date Finished: 15/5/2012
Genres: Young Adult, Adventure, Coming of Age, Some Action, Romance, Some Historical Fiction, Some Realistic Fiction
BROOKLYN: Andi Alpers is on the edge. She’s angry at her father for leaving, angry at her mother for not being able to cope, and heartbroken by the loss of her younger brother, Truman. Rage and grief are destroying her. And she’s about to be expelled from Brooklyn Heights’ most prestigious private school when her father intervenes. Now Andi must accompany him to Paris for winter break.

PARIS: Alexandrine Paradis lived over two centuries ago. She dreamed of making her mark on the Paris stage, but a fateful encounter with a doomed prince of France cast her in a tragic role she didn’t want—and couldn’t escape.

Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages—until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.

Motivation to Read It: Close friends of mine on GoodReads, and Leanne, read it and said that it was absolutely ahmazing. It was also our first Moderator Book of the Month.

Review: Andi has a lot to deal with. Her dad walked out her on her, her mother, and her younger brother; Truman, her younger brother, was hit by a car; and her mother has been mute ever since. She goes to a prestigious school, only to be on the verge of not graduating with her class. Then her dad makes her go to Paris with him. That's when the real "fun" begins.

Long story short, she finds a diary from a now-dead girl that lived in Paris during the French Revolution, Alexandrine Paladis. She gets caught up in Alex's story, and a BUNCH of freaky things start happening. This was/is definitely a page-turner from the beginning!

Revolution appealed to me the most because the French Revolution was such a big part of the novel. The FR was my favorite chapter in World History, so you can imagine this made me really happy. Donnelly even taught me a few new things! Like I said, this spectacular novel pulls you in from the beginning. Every second you want to know what's going to happen next, with both Alex and Andi.

The plot was super good. Everything just flowed right together. Near the end, it did get to the point where I kind of wanted to put it down; I must admit, it gets a little creepy in the last maybe 75 pages, but it's totally worth it! The characters were also marvelous. I'm not sure I even have a favorite. By chapter 5 or 6, I was already feeling what Andi was feeling. I dreaded being with certain characters, loved being around some, got super irritated by others. It's super easy for you to fall into the character's place really fast, and you don't even realize you're speeding through the pages all the while, practically living the characters' experiences.

Basically, I'm saying that this book is super awesome, and you should totally give it the time of day. Sadly, and fortunately, it's a stand alone. Pros- don't have to struggle to keep up with upcoming books dealing with Andi. Cons- It wouldn't hurt to have a sequel. Anyway, I think any history geek would love it! :)

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#boutofbooks Update #2

Tuesday's reading was pretty good. I finished reading Revolution (Jennifer Donnelly), and almost immediately started reading Looking for Alaska (John Green). I got almost a tenth into the book, so I was feeling pretty good about it!

Tuesday's Question (Part Two): Answer the following "this or that" questions--

1. Physical book or eBook? Physical book
2. Paperback or Hardcover? Hardcover
3. Reality or Make-believe? Either one as far as books go.
4. Adult or Young Adult?  YA
5. Dog ears or Bookmarks? Bookmarks!!!
6. Breaking the spine or Barely opening the book? Breaking the spine
7. Tea or Coffee? Neither, orange Fanta.
8. Reading in bed or On the couch? If I have to choose, in bed, but my favorite place to read is at the kitchen table -- with or without food being present.
9. Series or Standalone? Either one.
10. Original or TV Adaptation? Original!!!!!
11. Defy motion sickness or Audiobooks? Depends on the book. Usually, I'd defy motion sickness.
12. Author crushes or Who-was-that-guy-again? Both. :)
13. Interview or Guest post? Interview.

Tuesday's Stats:
~~Books Finished: 1
~~Total Pages/Percent Read: 144 pages, 6%

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

#boutofbooks Update #1

The first day of Bout of Books went pretty well for me! I didn't finish any books, but I read almost 300 pages in Revolution (Jennifer Donnelly). I was debating on whether I wanted to go ahead and start Looking For Alaska (John Green), but then just decided not to.

Monday's Question:

“What do you like best about readathons? Do you have any readathon traditions or rituals? If this is your first readathons, what do you like so far?”

I'm not really sure what my favorite part of readathons is. I think it would be the fact that the entire week, I'm really motivated to read my butt off. I have to admit, lately, I'm not in the greatest of reading moods. If I have any readathon traditions, I haven't noticed that I have them yet :)

Monday Stats:
~~Books Finished (on Mon.): none
~~Total Pages/Percent Read: 297 pgs

Monday, May 14, 2012

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

Hey guys!!! I realize that it has been absolutely FOREVER since I posted a review on here, and I'm super-duper-sorry for that. Forgive me?

13 Little Blue Envelopes (Little Blue Envelope, #1)
By Maureen Johnson
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books, 2005
319 pages, Kindle Edition
Date Finished: 13/5/2012
Genres: YA, Adventure, Romance, Realistic Fiction, Coming of Age
When Ginny receives 13 little blue envelopes with instructions to buy a plane ticket to London, she's soon on an adventure that will change her in more ways than one.

Motivation to Read It: I've had this novel on my Kindle for quite a long time, and it was the Moderator Book of the Month in one of my groups on GoodReads.

Review: Virginia Blackstone, aka Ginny, is your regular, shy, American teenager girl. She had a runaway aunt that died after she left the U.S. and didn't communicate with anyone back home. One day, Ginny gets a letter from her aunt -- months after she's passed. There are thirteen letters in all, each one containing a task that Ginny has to complete before she can open the next letter. These letters take Ginny on a European journey she probably never would've taken on her own.

I loved Ginny's character. She kind of reminded me of myself (the shyness), but I think that was the only thing that I could relate to. I would have been scared poopless if I had to go around Europe following orders from a dead relative without knowing what to expect next. Ginny was pretty brave for that.

The plot was amazing. Once I started reading, I couldn't put my Kindle down. I really didn't expect half of that stuff to happen, especially when she got to Amsterdam. Everything that happens keeps you wondering what Johnson makes her characters do next.

Speaking of characters, I loved the ones in this novel. Especially Keith. At first, I didn't like him that much, but I grew to love him. And Richard. Richard was amazing. I can't really say much about the characters without giving away part of the book, so I'll leave off there :).

Now my goal is to get ahold of The Last Little Blue Envelope, the sequel. I'm sure it'll be absolutely ahmazing! You should definitely try to get this novel. I think you'll really enjoy it :D

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Goals for Bout of Books 4.0

So I just discovered this marvelous thing known as Bout of Books 4.0 while I was catching up with my bookish friends on Twitter. I've now promised myself to get online more often as I seem to miss the important things, lol!

Anyway, Bout of Books is a "low pressure" readathon, and, being the readathon junkie that I am, I'm all for this one!! It lasts from Monday, May 14th at 12:01 am (your time zone) to Sunday, May 20th 11:59 pm. The goal is to read more than you would normally read during a one-week period. So let the challenge begin!!!!

Here are my goals for Bout of Books 4.0--

(Finish) Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick


Monday, May 14th
~~Books Read From Today: Revolution
~~Total Books Finished: none
~~Pages/Percent Read Today: 297 pgs
~~Total Pages/Percent Read: 297 pgs

Tuesday, May 15th
~~Books Read From Today: Revolution (finished), Looking for Alaska
~~Total Books Finished: 1
~~Pages/Percent Read Today: 144 pages, 6%
~~Total Pages/Percent Read: 441 pages, 6%

Wednesday, May 16th
~~Books Read From Today: Looking for Alaska
~~Total Books Finished: 1
~~Pages/Percent Read Today: 44%
~~Total Pages/Percent Read: 441 pages, 50%

Thursday, May 17th
~~Books Read From Today: Looking for Alaska (finished); Hush, Hush
~~Total Books Finished: 2
~~Pages/Percent Read Today: 62 pages, 50%
~~Total Pages/Percent Read: 503 pages, 100%

Friday, May 18th
~~Books Read From Today: Hush, Hush
~~Total Books Finished: 2
~~Pages/Percent Read Today: 293 pages
~~Total Pages/Percent Read: 796 pages, 100%

Saturday, May 19th
~~Books Read From Today: Hush, Hush (finished); Crescendo (finished)
~~Total Books Finished: 4
~~Pages/Percent Read Today: 463 pages
~~Total Pages/Percent Read: 1259 pages, 100% (will be converted into 221 pages)

Sunday, May 20th
~~Books Read From Today: Silence
~~Total Books Finished: 4
~~Pages/Percent Read Today: 152 pages
~~Total Pages/Percent Read: 1632 pages (includes the 100%)

For more info and to sign up, go to, and make sure you follow the reading progress of some of the participants through the Twitter hashtag #boutofbooks. You can keep track of what I finish for BOB through my Goodreads and, because they're linked, Twitter accounts.

Happy Reading!!!