Super Six Sunday: Super Six Books I wish I lived in/I'm glad I don't live in

Super Six Sunday is a meme created by Bewitched Bookworms and inspired by "Top Ten Tuesday" from The Broke and the Bookish.

Super Six Books I Wished I Lived In/I'm Glad I Don't Live In 
Like WHHATTTT? Who wouldn't love to live in Harry Potter? Well, ok, I have to say the last three are with Voldemort in them so it wouldn't be the most pleasant place to live in but still. Butterbeer. Hogwarts. Wands. Quidditch. Diagon Alley. HOW CAN YOU NOT!!
Factions where you have to make a life-changing choice to be brave, smart, peaceful, selfless, or honest? Oh sounds just wonderful! Especially when you don't pass initiation and you have to become a factionless! I love this book and the series, but I'm sorry I would NOT like to live in them. 
The romantic town of Avonlea, with the Lake of Shining Waters and it's sweet, charismatic people. Anne, with her witty remarks and imaginative daydreams. I have recently fallen in love with the series. I can't help it! How wonderful would it be to live in Avonlea, have a "bosom friend", and go to school with Gilbert Blythe, Gertie Pye, and all the others!
Okay, I would LOVE to be part of Max's gang. Iggy, Fang, Nudge, Gassy, Angel, and best of all, Max. A kick-butt heroine right there. But being chased constantly by Erasers and always getting hurt while running away from scientists that want to conduct experiments on you? Doesn't sound too good.
Oh the thrills of being with other overly intelligent kids your age and spying on an evil man trying to vex everyone into believing he is the master of the world! I would LOVE to live in this world, and meet Kate (SQUEE we share the same name), Sticky, Reynie, and Constance and try out all the difficult tests they had to pass...<3
These are some of my favorite books- real nail biters where you never know who to trust. Exactly the reason I would NOT like to live in them. Horrible things happen to Violet, Klaus, and Sunny all the time, and they are constantly running away from Count Olaf who is trying to steal their enormous fortune. 

Link some of your books you would/wouldn't like to live in!

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The Farm Review

Title: The Farm 
Author: Emily McKay
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Genre: Dystopian 

Blurb:(from goodreads) Life was different in the Before: before vampires began devouring humans in a swarm across America; before the surviving young people were rounded up and quarantined. These days, we know what those quarantines are—holding pens where human blood is turned into more food for the undead monsters, known as Ticks. Surrounded by electrical fences, most kids try to survive the Farms by turning on each other…

And when trust is a thing of the past, escape is nearly impossible.

Lily and her twin sister Mel have a plan. Though Mel can barely communicate, her autism helps her notice things no one else notices—like the portion of electrical fence that gets turned off every night. Getting across won’t be easy, but as Lily gathers what they need to escape, a familiar face appears out of nowhere, offering to help…

Carter was a schoolmate of Lily’s in the Before. Managing to evade capture until now, he has valuable knowledge of the outside world. But like everyone on the Farm, Carter has his own agenda, and he knows that behind the Ticks is an even more dangerous threat to the human race...

Me: Vampires. Ticks. Suspense. That's what I was thinking when I saw this at a book festival and was instantly hooked. I am not a person for the dystopian craze that is going around, but this is a really different take on the whole thing. It is not sparkling vampires falling in love with people they want to drink from, but a surprisingly real and touching story. 

Lily is the usual sacrificial main character; it was her sister Mel that really interested me. The book was told from three POVs. Carter's, Lily's and Mel's. But the idea of a girl having autism in a situation like this was so different and refreshing. Carter, on the other hand, annoyed me. He was, in a way, a love interest, but that never developed. He also had too many conflicting emotions, making it hard for him to be believable. 
The ending was so perfect and so bad in many ways. But in a general view, I think that it was a really nice read that I would pick up again. 

Rating: 4 kisses out of 5!

Anne of Green Gables Review

Title: Anne of Green Gables
Author: L.M. Montgomery
Publisher: Bantam Books
Genre: Classic

Blurb: Anne Shirley is a skinny eleven-year old girl with "fiery red hair and a temper to match." Even though she is not what they expected, Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert find themselves slowly growing fond of the imaginative girl who can never stop talking. Through the ups and downs of life at Green Gables, Anne portrays a lively, sweet "kindred spirit" that everyone can relate to.

Me: Wow. After chugging through this book once in 3rd grade, I think I never touched it again. But it might have been destiny that I picked it up. In Heather Vogel Frederick's Much Ado About Anne, it says " I think there's a little bit of Anne in everyone." I couldn't agree more.

        Classics are always an "eh" subject for everyone. They seem boring and hard to understand. But even though Anne is set in a completely different time and setting, it is such a relatable story, and Anne gets into so many scrapes that I found myself seeing Anne as a real person. Some find her long rants about flowers and nature and the beauty of life boring and hard to get through, but I found them rather comforting and interesting, a nice change to all the action in recent novels. 

Rating: 5 kisses out of 5!

Need To Read

Busy days fly by, right? And because of them I know I don't get to read all the books that I want to. Need to Read is a few books that I need to read (well duh) and books that you might enjoy reading to.

This first Need to Read is going to be a mixture of books that are out and that I haven't picked up yet and books that are coming out in 2014 I'm looking forward to.

Why not Wednesday!

So I've started a kind of series thing... called.... Why Not Wednesday showing you books for you to pick up because.. you know, why not?

Blurb:(from goodreads) It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.

Me: I know, I know. You've probably already read it. But if you haven't, it's a great read you won't be able to put down. It has suspense, humor, and history beautifully woven into it. And if you have, read it again. It's surprising what you will find. 

Blurb: (from goodreads)Stolen as a child from her large and loving family, and on the run with her mom for more than ten years, Callie has only the barest idea of what normal life might be like. She's never had a home, never gone to school, and has gotten most of her meals from laundromat vending machines. Her dreams are haunted by memories she’d like to forget completely. But when Callie’s mom is finally arrested for kidnapping her, and Callie’s real dad whisks her back to what would have been her life, in a small town in Florida, Callie must find a way to leave the past behind. She must learn to be part of a family. And she must believe that love--even with someone who seems an improbable choice--is more than just a possibility.

Trish Doller writes incredibly real teens, and this searing story of love, betrayal, and how not to lose your mind will resonate with readers who want their stories gritty and utterly true. 

Me: This is actually a book on my to-read list. But I met the author at a book festival not to long ago, and still need to read it. So I encourage you to pick it up so we can read it together! It looks like a pretty decent book; so excited!

Blurb: Emaline has lived in Colby her entire life. A small beach tourist town, it attracts all kinds of people, especially to Emaline's family's beach houses. That's when Theo comes in; smart, artistic, Theo, who thinks Emaline is too good for Colby. Emaline must give up her perfect boyfriend and her set destiny for her big dreams of leaving Colby. Will she be able too? Or will she not?

Me: Okay. So let's discuss Sarah Dessen here. She is probably one of my most loved authors, and even though people insist that her books are repetitive and too girly, I picked up What Happened to Goodbye and fell in love with her. I actually met her when she talked about the release of this book-and finally read it 2 weeks ago! It's a really nice book that portrays some really real characters and feelings, the only disappointment with it would be that the romance is not very satisfying from a reader's view.

So, I hope you get the chance to pick these up and read them. :)

Monday Madness...Kate Reads

Ok, so a Monday off. I take that as a sign to um... READ READ READ.

What I am currently reading:
I know. God, another dusty, old book. That's what I thought too until today. I must have been really desperate because I reached for it thinking, eh, why not. But it's actually a great story that has a lot of beauty. And how she talks about "kindred spirits"! <3 I can't put it down! I have "fallen under her spell" as Marilla puts it.

What I just finished reading:
A great find, personally. It was sitting on my bookshelf, just begging to be read. I started it and I just couldn't finish! 
Review: Jonah is 13 years old when a letter comes to him. YOU ARE ONE OF THE MISSING, it says. He ignores it, thinking it an ordinary prank, when his best friend, Chip receives the same letter after he learns that he is adopted. They are sent off on an extraordinary journey, pulling the strings of time, and at the same time, searching for their true identity. They learn about 36 babies who mysteriously appeared at an airport 13 years ago, and they try and unravel the suspicious story behind them. 
Thoughts: A great read, but a little slow paced. There is no real action in the book, but there is a lot of suspense. Haddix is one of my favorite authors, and the second book in the series, SENT, is much better than this one. 
Rating: 4 kisses out of 5!

Okay, this is one of my all time favorites. I picked it up again after a long time, and once again I was entranced into the world of Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gassy, and Angel.
Review: Max and her "family" are experiments, created by scientists at the horrible place they call the "School". They are 98% human, 2% bird. So, they can FLY. Oh, and did I mention that they are constantly on the run from Erasers, wolf-like humans who are constantly being modified? Join them on their adventure when their most valuable and youngest member, Angel, is taken. What will they do to take her back?
Thoughts: A real nail-biter. Max is witty, strong, and an amazing heroine.You know it won't happen in real life, yet sometimes you expect Erasers to come popping out at you. The entire series is beautiful-thrilling and stunning from start to end.
Rating: 5 kisses out of 5!

What I'm looking forward to reading: 
I know, i know. Shame on me, I haven't read it. But I will soon! So look forward to that!:) 

Well, well, well. What do we have here? Another sci-fi book you say? Yes. Sci-fi is really not my thing, or so I thought. but I've been really gravitating towards them these days. What do you say? Worth reading?
Last but not least, this baby. I'm really pumped to reading it! The first one was a roller coaster, can't wait for this one! Hey, if you've watched the movie, tell me what you think of it!