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A Reader of Fictions: On My New Arrivals Shelf (64)

A Reader of Fictions

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

On My New Arrivals Shelf (64)

Bloggers Mentioned:

For Review:
Two Boys Kissing - David Levithan
Cat in an Alien X-Ray (Midnight Louie #25) -  Carole Nelson Douglas

Audiobooks for Review:
Divergent (Divergent #1) - Veronica Roth {my review of the print}
Insurgent (Divergent #2) - Veronica Roth

Playlist to accompany This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

*Thanks to Random House, Tor, Harper Audio and MacKids!*



Blogger Amy said...

I got the audiobooks of Divergent and Insurgent too!! It was a fabulous surprise!! Also the playlist for This Song Will Save Your Life. I think that's the coolest swag I've ever gotten.

July 20, 2013 at 10:05 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Cat in an Alien X-Ray cracks me up. Going to add that one to my TBR for the title alone. Welcome back!

July 20, 2013 at 10:09 AM  
Blogger Miranda D said...

I wasn't overly fond of This Song Will Save Your Life, but I gotta admit, sending out playlists as swag for promotions is a REALLY cool idea.

Welcome back! I hope you get to relax and read a lot now.

July 20, 2013 at 10:25 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I'm really curious about TWO BOYS KISSING! can't wait to see what you think!

July 20, 2013 at 10:33 AM  
Blogger GillyB said...

Aw, part of me was hoping you'd be all tan and unrecognizable. NEVER LEAVE ME AGAIN!

I hope you love Two Boys Kissing as much as Blythe did. OMG, Cat in an Alien Window. Hilarious. If you didn't like Divergent, I don't think you'll like Insurgent, even though I liked it better.

That playlist is pretty brilliant swag.

July 20, 2013 at 11:19 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

I really liked This Song Will Save Your Life, and it's super cool that they sent you a playlist :) I got excited every time I recognized lyrics in that book.

Bahaha, Divergent. I did like Insurgent slightly better than its predecessor, but I had the same reaction to Divergent that you did, so take that with a grain of salt.

Also, St. Thomas?! Awesome!

July 20, 2013 at 11:32 AM  
Blogger Grace Fonseca said...

Thats awesome they sent you a playlist for it. That's a great addition to listen to the book while you are reading it. Divergent was awesome. I still have to read Insurgent. Great haul of books. Come visit me as well. I'm now at Self-Hosted WP.

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July 20, 2013 at 12:40 PM  
Blogger Alexia Boesen said...

So jealous that you got Two Boys Kissing. I want that one SO much. The Divergent/Insurgent thing I'll try not to growl at you for that as I loved them both (Actually I liked Insurgent BETTER than Divergent) Great haul this week.

July 20, 2013 at 1:37 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Ha, I'm less thrilled by this surprise since I hated Divergent, but I might try Insurgent anyway.

July 20, 2013 at 2:08 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

It does sound like it could potentially be hilarious, though I've never heard of the series before.

July 20, 2013 at 2:10 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Awwww, that's too bad. I'm hoping I love it, but I was meh at best about Past Perfect, so we'll see.

Thanks for the welcome!

July 20, 2013 at 2:11 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Me too! This one comes out in August, so hopefully within a month.

July 20, 2013 at 2:13 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Same old pasty white person. Sorry to disappoint. My skin doesn't like changing colors. At least I have reduced risk of skin cancer?

I hope so tooo. Also, we'll see how the cat book goes. I have to at least try it. I suspect I wouldn't like Insurgent, but I may try. Glutton for punishment, I guess.

July 20, 2013 at 2:14 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Sweet! If you liked it, odds are high that I will as well. Weeeeee!

Right. We'll see how that goes. I'm sort of hoping I can't stand the narrator and immediately DNF.

Sadly, I was working during pretty much all of the daylight hours, so no fun beachy things really.

July 20, 2013 at 2:18 PM  
Blogger Bekka said...

Well, I'm definitely interested in what you'll think of Insurgent. I thought it was loads better than Divergent, but we'll see.

I want to read Two Boys Kissing but I've had nothing but problems with David Levithan, so I'll probably stay away lol.

July 20, 2013 at 2:20 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

I really didn't like Divergent, but I may still try Insurgent since it came to me.

July 20, 2013 at 2:22 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

I am so excited! I didn't know it was coming, so *dances with book*

Well, you're in good company for loving them anyway.

July 20, 2013 at 2:22 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

We shall see. Unless Tris has a major personality overhaul or everyone starts hating her or she dies, I don't think this will go well.

I loved, WG, WG so Levithan and I have hope, despite the ones he's cowritten with female authors. I hope anyway.

July 20, 2013 at 2:25 PM  
Blogger Kara_Malinczak said...

The cat book looks cute. I am so sorry you got tortured with an audiobook of Divergent. I will be interested to hear your ranty thoughts though if you decide to listen to Insurgent.

July 20, 2013 at 7:52 PM  
Blogger Christina Reads YA said...

Welcome back! If you choose to listen to Insurgent - well, I'll look forward to reading your thoughts, especially about the "special snowflake" lol that I know you dislike. I recently discovered the site (http://audiobooksync.com/) where this week, Grave Mercy is up for free download. I remembered that you loved Dark Triumph, so I thought, in case you hadn't heard... Enjoy the review books :)

July 20, 2013 at 8:58 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Let's hope the cat book is cute, since I've had a series of Tor books that didn't work for me. X_X

July 20, 2013 at 9:29 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Thanks! Glad to be back. I missed my cat and my blogging friends.

I did know about GM, but I love that series so much in print that I wouldn't do the audio. Haha. I'm weird about such things.

July 20, 2013 at 9:32 PM  
Blogger Kat said...

Well hello David Levithan book! Really looking forward to that one (please let it be better than the car crash that was Invisibility!).

July 21, 2013 at 5:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL, I love that you had zombie unicorns as your rating system last time. I actually ended up enjoying Divergent quite a bit, though Insurgent was a different story. Maybe the audio will be better? I haven't heard much about Two Boys Kissing, but I hope it's good, because it's DAVID LEVITHAN. I'm not his biggest fan, but I did enjoy Every Day, so I have high hopes for him.

You're probably getting tired of hearing this, but: playlists as swag! Sweet! The most original idea ever.

July 21, 2013 at 10:07 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Ooh... St. Thomas? That's super shitty you didn't get to go have some fun. But definitely better than having to travel to Kentucky. Or Alabama. Or various related states.It's funny, I read Divergent and did enjoy it somewhat but wasn't so completely blown away like many... but I haven't read Insurgent and haven't really had any desire to do so. I've heard that it has a bit of 'middle-book-syndrome' too. I thought that maybe once the third book comes out and I can 'finish' the story then I'll want to pick up book 2... yeah so I'm done rambling.

July 21, 2013 at 2:59 PM  
Blogger Christina said...


July 21, 2013 at 4:43 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Ha, yes, I did that for dystopian August. Pretty fun.

So far the audio is marginally better, but Insurgent feels like the same logicless mess with action to distract the reader from how awful it is. *coughs*

I'm hoping it's more Every Day and less Invisibility.

July 21, 2013 at 4:45 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

I mostly slept when I wasn't working tbh. BUT it was pretty so I will not complain. Always said I would read Insurgent if it came to me, and it did, so here we are.

July 21, 2013 at 4:47 PM  
Blogger Sara @ Forever 17 Books said...

I'm really curious to hear how Two Boys Kissing is! I've never done an audiobook but I think I'd like to try one one day. We'll see. I hope you like your new books! :)

July 21, 2013 at 5:30 PM  
Blogger kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

Well, I hope you at least enjoy Two Buys Kissing, Christina. The rest is definitely random :))) Have a good week!

July 25, 2013 at 1:27 PM  

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