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A Week in Review 4/06/13

A Week in Review

Whew, I just got back from Boston literally a half hour ago (with a cold D:) and I’m wiped out! I was at an academic conference and those things are freaking jam-packed (the jam was tasty though, hehe). I was able to get a bunch of reading done on the plane rides and lay-overs though :D. It always makes me happy when I’m able to read an entire book on a trip since it’s such a satisfying use of travel time.

My Week


I finished Poison earlier in the week and found it quite fun! While I wish that the magic and fantasy feel had been taken a bit more seriously, I can’t deny that I laughed out loud a couple of times. I’m going to try to get my review out this week, since this one was released not too long ago, so you won’t have to wait for more details on what exactly I did and didn’t like ;-).

The Great Hunt

I finished The Great Hunt this week for the read along, and the ending was spectacular. I had been having a little bit of trouble getting into the book for the last month, but that last section gave me goosebumps multiple times :D. It was so much more satisfying than the ending of the first book and really convinced me that I could grow to love this series as much as so many people have (well, maybe not the fanatic level of all of them ;-) ). I’ve already got my copy of The Dragon Reborn, so I’m all set for the next read along to start!

Frost Burned

I’ve been very excited to read Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs ever since it came out a couple of months ago, and was freaking thrilled that I had so much time in airports to finally get it read. That’s right, I read the whole book on two flights, one layover and a little bit in the hotel room because I just couldn’t put it down ;-). This is another one that I’m going to try to get the review out soon since it’s a new release. Also, I’m so freaking excited for the next one (Night Broken!) since Frost Burned hinted at some pretty epic things brewing :D.

The Testing

So I was super lucky to get an ARC of the testing from a friend and have been plowing through it! It’s been compared to Hunger Games, and it is a fair comparison in some respects (teens competing due to the plotting of dystopian government), however there is a lot less outright kids killing kids and no love triangle that I’ve found so far. Past that, the writing is compelling and the characters are strong, so I’m thinking The Testing is going to be a big hit. It’s set to be published on June 4th, so my review will have to wait a bit yet.

Zenn ScarlettFinally, I’ve been getting father in Zenn Scarlett this week since it was next up on the Kindle books TBR. This one is being published May 7th, and it is so much fun! There are so many awesome alien critters and friends, and a lot of plot potential. Zenn is still just helping out with the space animals where I am currently, but there are hints at all sorts of other problems that she might end up dealing with. My current questions: What is going on with Zenn’s head? What really happened to her mother? What is her father up to? What is going to happen to the clinic??

And in case you missed it, these were my posts this week:

The Great Hunt Readalong

The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson (4 stars)

The Perks of LibraryThing Discussion

Above World by Jenn Reese Review (5 stars)

Around the Community

Here are some awesome reviews and discussions you should check out :D


Dark Triumph from Reader of Fictions (historical fantasy)

Florence from Shelfspace Needed (YA, mermaids!)

Poison from Lunar Rainbows (YA, 4 stars)

Clockwork Princess from Read, Write, Read Some More (5 stars, steampunk)

Girl of Fire and Thorns from Kimberly’s Novel Notes (4.5 stars)


Mila 2.0 from Book Interrupted (5 stars, YA)

Earth Girl from Bookworm Blues (3 stars)

Ready Player One from Xpresso Reads (4 stars)

Shades of Earth from Reading in Winter (4 stars, YA)


Reading on a Schedule from Reader of Fictions

Reader or Collector? From Nyx Book Reviews

6 Reasons Why I’ll Buy a Book from Ella Bee Reads

Trying to Stay Sane from My Shelf Confessions

Why People Are Not Reading Your Blog from Spice Up Your Blog

Reader Requests Archive from John Scalzi’s Whatever -> Awesome collection of all of his “reader request” posts from years back, so many interesting posts!

Ten Twitter Tools of Awesome from Parajunkee

And I just tried to spell Rules “Rools” so I think I’ll go to sleep now ;-).

Happy Reading!

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings – A

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  1. Good looking week here! So glad you had fun with Poison too – and that it made you laugh :D I had a very similar experience with it! (Thanks for the shout-out btw ♥)

    Mercy Thompson is a series I am anxious to get into…story of my life hehe. Really happy you loved & devoured it…especially being so far along in a series!!

    Zenn Scarlett! I was really curious how you’d find this one…I hesitated requesting it myself cause it was so new to me (and I have too many books >.<) but it has stuck with me since then so I'll be looking out for your review!

    • Yey! I understand having a lot of books you really want to read ;-) I wish that I could just hook my brain up to a direct line, haha!

      Yes, I think you still could request Zenn Scarlett maybe >.> It’s definitely a fun ride and such a cool premise :D

  2. And thanks for mentioning my Staying Sane post, I appreciate it! :D

    • Of course! I loved reading your thoughts on it since I struggle with my sanity when it comes to book blogging a lot ;-)

  3. The Testing looks like a really good book, definitely have it on my wish list! Sorry you got sick but glad you were able to get so much reading done on your flights! Hope you feel better soon!

  4. Megan K. says:

    I’ve been seeing Poison around a lot, recently! Makes me extremely curious, so I’ll be keeping an eye out for your review on it. :) Also, I’m super hyped for The Testing. It sounds right up my ally, and you’re so lucky you managed to score an ARC! I’ll be reading The Summer Prince really soon, so it’s promising that you rated it 4 stars, especially since it’s been getting a lot of mixed reviews from the community.

    Looks like you had a pretty great week! Hoping that this one will be equally as good. :)

    • The thing I’ll say about the Summer Prince is that you have to go into it not expecting fast-paced action. It’s much more of an “experience” type book ya know?

  5. I’m incredibly interested in The Testing!!! Fan of The Hunger Games? I’m sold! And it actually sounds like a legitimately good comparison. I’m excited!

  6. Looking forward to your review of Poison!

  7. Thanks for the mention gurl :D So many awesome fantasy books have come out recently that I’m so excited to read! Awesome post.

  8. I’ve been thinking about reading Poison, I’ve heard pretty good things about it, so it’s on my to read list, hopefully I can get to it sooner rather than later.

    I’ve also heard lots of good things about the Wheel of Time series. I’m thinking I should check that one out too. Maybe my husband would like it as well..

    The Testing sounds great to me. Hunger Games with no love triangle? (that you’ve found so far) Very interesting! Sometimes it’s refreshing to NOT have a love triangle!

    Sounds like you had a busy time! But at least you got to read while travelling! I *might* be going to Boston next April for PAX East with my husband. He went this year alone and wants me to go next time. We just have to not be expecting (well, at least no more than 7 months) and I’m looking forward to it as we would be driving and it would be eight hours both ways so lots of reading time while travelling!

    Have a wonderful week!

    • Hehe, I’m a fan of no love triangles to be honest, so I loved that aspect of The Testing ;-)

      Yes, traveling while expecting wouldn’t be very much fun I assume, but it would be so fun to go to PAX East :D Especially if someone else drives, then you can get lots of reading in ;-) That’s always my strategy, hehe!

  9. Glad you enjoyed The Great Hunt! I have yet to try any Robert Jordan, but my brother liked his books very much.

    Thanks a lot for linking up my post <3

    • Thanks for stopping by! Robert Jordan is definitely a particular flavor, if you’re looking for pretty intense epic fantasy ;-)

  10. Ahhh, I’ve been thinking about reading Poison for a while now.

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