2013 Book Challenges: March Edition

Geez! The Sophomore challenge is starting to be a pain in my ass! I have books for every other challenge except for that one! Fingers crossed April is a better book month for me.

2013 Reading Challenge

Goal: 100

Read: 12

Total:31

Insomnia by J. R. Johanson

The Exemeus by Folami and Abeni Morris

The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington

Crash by Lisa Mcmann

My Ex From Hell by Tallulah Darling

Mind Games by Kiersten White

You Know What You Have To Do by Bonnie Shimnko

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hopkins

Butter by Erin Lange

The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

2013 Debut Author Challenge

Goal: 13

Read: 2

Total: 5

Insomnia by J. R. Johanson

The Exemeus by Folami and Abeni Morris

2013 TBR Pile

Goal: 50

Read:5

Total: 9

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hopkins

Butter by Erin Lange

The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

2013 YA Contemporary Challenge

Goal: 30

Read: 0

Total: 2

2013 Sophomore Challenge

Goal: 20

Read: 0

Total: 0

How are your challenges going? Send me links so I can check them out!

Book Review: The Exemeus by Folami and Abeni Morris (Book Tour+ Giveaway!)

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Welcome to my stop on The Exemeus blog tour by Folami Morris and Abeni Morris hosted by YA Bound.  Click HERE to see the rest of the blog tour schedule!

16189172The Exemeus by Folami and Abeni Morris

Publisher: Independent

Genre: Fantasy and young adult

Release Date: January, 2013

Pages: 337 (Ebook)

The Exemeus (The Exemeus#1)

Hyalee Smith is dead, she just doesn’t know it yet.

Her short life was devoted to love and to hate. Love of the man who stole her heart, hate for the man who stole the world. Murdered by the government she swore to destroy, she has been given another chance to make it right. But to save the planet, she needs the help of the most powerful mystic the world has ever seen—unfortunately he hasn’t been born yet.

In a world where fear is the only currency, Dephon has committed the ultimate crime:inspiring hope.

His only goal is to make it safely through ninth grade, but on a post-apocalyptic Earth run by the Treptonian government, it isn’t that simple. Heir to a legendary power, Dephon Johnson is the only threat to the government’s rule. And on Trepton, all threats must be eliminated. When hundreds of assassins are dispatched to neutralize him, Dephon is forced to fight back. His only chance of survival is to enlist the aid of the greatest warrior the world has ever known. The only problem is, she’s been dead for 13 years.

(My Opinion)
Most of the book is told from the perspective of Hyalee and her life on Earth while Dephon is just reading about her. The Exemeus
isn’t a bad book, but it is a bit on the mediocre/ mainstream side. The romance in the book has been done before. With the insta-love and everything that goes on with the couple, it gets very annoying. But I still liked the book with the many different types of magic, worlds, and love. The Exemeus is a (mostly) fun read that many people will enjoy.

It’s blind-fully obvious that Hyalee and singleton are in love. Many books have this type of insta-love that also shows the couple facing many obstacles. What makes me dislike the romance is that they feel the need to touch each other every second of every day. There is a line between affectionate couples and too affectionate couples. Not only this, but some of the characters are boring and dull. I especially didn’t like reading about Dephon and his sad, wimpy ways.

Usually, when I read a book, that’s in third person, it takes me a while to feel connected with the book and enjoy the writing. This isn’t the case with The Exemeus in fact, the writing makes it more enjoyable and tolerable of the romance. I love the idea of having two stories fit into one book almost perfectly. It also better that Dephon and Hyalee have a connection to each other. The ending is a surprise! I was not expecting what happens because when you think its predictable, it takes a sharp turn and you are left in the dark. I was only expecting about a quarter of what happens.

Jacqueline is an awesome character. She is so laid back and all hakuna-matata-like about everything. I love her and her blue tipped hair! This book isn’t perfect but the action and adventures Hyalee faces is worth the read. I recommend this to anyone who loves stories with different perspectives, magical beings, and a world full of destruction where the only hope for peace is far too young to understand.

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This week the book is discounted for the tour on Kobo and Amazon to 2.99 as opposed to 4.99. It is unfortunately regular price on barnes and Nobles

Kobo: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/The-Exemeus/book-NACBz6XkRUm30xGGIYzcmg/page1.html?s=Mj782RHbT0GgAX4AbPnalA&r=1

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Exemeus-ebook/dp/B00ATRXB5K/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1363967628&sr=8-1

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-exemeus-folami-morris/1114047812?ean=9780988688605

 Now! For the giveaway!

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First Prize:  $50 Amazon Gift Card and ebook copy of The Exemeus

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Favourite Book Quotes Of The Week#20

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A list of my favourite quotes from books I’ve read in the past week. Leave a comment telling me what your favourite quotes are! I’ll be sure to check your post out too!

The Exemeus by Folami and Abeni Morris

16189172Favourite Quotes:

1. “Life isn’t about how long you live it, but what you do with it. When you have lived for too long and experienced so much, the lines between right and wrong, good and bad, begin to blur. Immortality isn’t a goal, it’s a temptation–a punishment.”

2. “But sometimes you have to sacrifice your life for the safety of others, even if you don’t know who those people are.”

3. “It is always better to die like a hero than live like a coward.”

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

51737Favourite quotes (There are MANY):

1. “An empty frame, in which the picture is always changing, makes a statement about how time is always passing. It doesn’t really stop, even in a single image. It just feels that way.”

2. I’d long ago learned not to be picky in farewells. They weren’t guaranteed or promised. You were lucky, more than blessed, if you got a goodbye at all.

3. I’d been doing so well, as far as everyone was concerned, for so long, that it seemed like it would be a failure of some sort to admit otherwise. As with so much else, I’d missed my chance.

4. I am not a spontaneous person. But when you’re alone in the world, really alone, you have no choice but to be open to suggestions.

5. “God,” she said, sighing as she pushed her hair out of her face, “doesn’t it seem, sometimes, that the whole damn world’s uphill?”

6. But that was the problem with having the answers. It was only after you gave them that you realized they sometimes weren’t what people wanted to hear.

7. “But if everything was always smooth and perfect,” she continued, “you’d get too used to that, you know? You have to have a little bit of disorganization now and then. Otherwise, you’ll never really enjoy it when things go right.”

8. That was the thing. You never got used to it, the idea of someone being gone. Just when you think it’s reconciled, accepted, someone points it out to you and it just hits you all over again, that shocking.

9. But it was okay not to fit everywhere, as long as you did somewhere.

10. It was weird, I thought, how much you could have in common with someone and, from a distance, never even know it.

11. Grief can be a burden, but also an anchor. You get used to the weight, to how it holds you to a place.

12. “Just because someone’s pretty doesn’t mean she’s decent. Or vice versa. I’m not into appearances. I like flaws, I think they make things interesting.”