About SamiK

I'm a Library Director for a small(ish) Texas town with a desire to share my love of books and the library with my community.

Currently, I am working towards my MLS (Master of Library Science) from Texas Woman's University (my alma mater!).

When I'm not treading through a pile a school work and work work, I make precious memories with both my handsome men at home. Whether we are playing with the sand between our toes, making a campfire, or just taking in a movie at home, every moment is unique.

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January 27, 2012

Next Review: Lenobia's Vow by P.C. Cast

I have been slacking way too much on my reading mostly because of the wedding planning. So my list is getting longer than I'd like. Now would be a good time to update you on my next reads.

Yesterday I received my next book to review for Flamingnet: Lenobia's Vow by P.C. Cast.  Although I haven't read any of the House of Night series, I'm excited to read this novella for two reasons.

1. Because I haven't read the series, I want to see if I'll like the style and story before I start something I won't finish.

2. Most importantly, look at the cover! I love it!

I have a deadline for my review so I'll probably read this tonight. The other books that I'm waiting to read are:
1. Truth by Julia Karr (Thanks to Cristina at thePrincessofStoryland for letting me borrow her copy from ALA Midwinter. I have been dying to read it since I finished XVI!)
2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Cristina recommended this one so I'm sure it will be worthwhile.)
3. Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (seems good so we shall see.)
4. about 5 others I've seen pass me at Circulation. And they all looked sooo good!

Keep checking back for the reviews!
January 17, 2012

How did I NOT see this coming????

There are not many books or let alone series that get me anxious like a thirteen year old girl. The Maze Runner Trilogy did just that, even though I was a little less than impressed with all of the Death Cure. But today my heart skipped a beat and my insides were filled with bubbly joy! :)

As I was scouring new releases on Amazon and adding a few books to my cart for my next order from Baker & Taylor, I saw "The Kill Order" and before seeing who wrote it, I knew Dashner wouldn't let his fans down. In a prequel to the Trilogy, Dashner brings all of us Gladers with how it all started.

To preorder on Amazon click on the cover above!

Despite my not-so-happy attitude with Dashner for the ending of the closing to the trilogy, I have to admit that I am actually excited for a bit more of the story! My only concern is that knowing what happens, I won't be surprised with anything he creates. That is my usual disappointment with prequels. But I'm keeping an open mind and anxiously awaiting August 14, 2012.

What about you, do you think Dashner will redeem himself?
January 12, 2012

Just Added!

I've been contemplating whether or not I would be going through with this idea. I decided to give it a shot and see how well it goes. Now that I am doing almost all of the YA collection ordering and processing, I figured it would be good to let you know what was "just added" to the collection. Enjoy!

These are the first set of new YA books that have arrived!

Look on the New YA shelf to snag your favorites!

Happy reading!

January 5, 2012

The Death Cure - James Dashner

I blog before you now with my head hung low in disappointment. I have been raving over reading the Death Cure by James Dashner for what, a month now??? I finally downloaded it and read it in two days (man, did I have time on my hands yesterday)! I needed to review it quickly before I changed my perspective. All last night and this morning I have been unsure of how I felt about what I read. So here it is:

[BTW, I am already 1/12 of the way through my minimum books to be read resolution.]

The Death Cure by James Dashner

Goodreads summary:
Thomas knows that Wicked can't be trusted, but they say the time for lies is over, that they've collected all they can from the Trials and now must rely on the Gladers, with full memories restored, to help them with their ultimate mission. It's up to the Gladers to complete the blueprint for the cure to the Flare with a final voluntary test.

What Wicked doesn't know is that something's happened that no Trial or Variable could have foreseen. Thomas has remembered far more than they think. And he knows that he can't believe a word of what Wicked says.

The time for lies is over. But the truth is more dangerous than Thomas could ever imagine.
Will anyone survive the Death Cure?

My Thoughts:
First, I would like to say that the summary is misleading. Yes, Thomas does remember a bit more than Wicked thinks, but its mostly in rare dreams.
I felt let down with this closing to the trilogy. The book was good, don't misunderstand me on that, but really?! James, dear James, how could you give the ending such .... hope! This dark trilogy is over and suddenly (seriously, the last few pages) you introduce an area untouched by the Flare??? (Could there be a continuum of the trilogy? I sure hope so!)
Now, that I have expressed my disappointment, I do have some positive comments about the best parts. Gladers finding out that most are immune to the Flare (poor Newt becomes a Crank), the action packed scenes (let me tell ya, they were intense!), and the return to the Maze? Dashner did a wonderful job in quite a few areas.
Overall, I was disappointed, but impressed. Is that possible?
Basically, if you enjoyed the first two, you will enjoy this as well. Just be prepared for some (good and not so good) twists.

Hmm...I need to figure out what else to read.

Speaking of what is coming....
          ..... this morning I downloaded for FREE ...
Cristina over at The Princess of Storyland stopped at the library on Tuesday and said this was a must read. How awesome is it that is was a free download from Barnes & Noble?
If I keep this up, I'll end up reading much more than originally planned, but that's not exactly a bad thing!
January 3, 2012

Welcome 2012!

I'm happy to see the new year has started with such hustle, bustle, and success!

This entry, I have a special surprise for you - TWO reviews! Plus my resolutions.

I'll start with my resolutions:
1. Read at least 2 books per month (hopefully more)!
2. Read 5 new authors (new to me of course).
3. Blog regularly (weekly or bi-weekly)
for my personal resolutions check out my personal blog.

and now the reviews. One is a 2011 read, and the other is my first book/review of 2012! How exciting!!! Because I'm so anxious that is the one I'll start with :)

XVI by Julie Karr

Goodreads summary:
Every girl gets one.
An XVI tattoo on the wrist--sixteen.

Some girls can't wait to be sixteen, to be legal. Nina is not one of them. Even though she has no choice in the matter, she knows that so long as her life continues as normal, everything will be okay.

Then, with one brutal strike, Nina's normal is shattered; and she discovers that nothing that she believed about her life is true. But there's one boy who can help--and he just may hold the key to her past.

But with the line between attraction and danger as thin as a whisper, one thing is for sure...

For Nina, turning sixteen promises to be anything but sweet

I was really torn between giving this a 4 or 5 star review. I ended up going with 4 because of typos; I can't help it, they were blatant. Most poeple wouldn't have even noticed but I did. Now, the book was great! The sequel is a must read for me so I can find out what happens!

Tbh, this book took me longer to read than it should have, but I was so into it! The details were wonderful, and Nina? I love her character! Some parts of the plot are obvious but the unexpected twists make up for these.

Although this has been on my tbr list since it was processed at the library, I was worried it was going to be a disappointment. I should have not been; this is probably one of my new favorites!

I now have two books I'm dying to read!

The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler

Goodreads summary:
It's 1996, and Josh and Emma have been neighbors their whole lives. They've been best friends almost as long - at least, up until last November, when Josh did something that changed everything. Things have been weird between them ever since, but when Josh's family gets a free AOL CD in the mail,his mom makes him bring it over so that Emma can install it on her new computer. When they sign on, they're automatically logged onto their Facebook pages. But Facebook hasn't been invented yet. And they're looking at themselves fifteen years in the future.
By refreshing their pages, they learn that making different decisions now will affect the outcome of their lives later. And as they grapple with the ups and downs of what their futures hold, they're forced to confront what they're doing right - and wrong - in the present.

welllll....I didn't love it, but I like it alot! The idea behind it was wonderful, but I felt like something was lacking the entire time, but I'm not sure what. It's definitely worth reading tho.

Well that is all for today my loves!

Rating System

IT WAS AMAZING!!!! You should be at the book store right now buying it! :)
I really liked it. You should def check it out and give it a shot
It was ok. At least read the synopsis on the back.
Eh....It was alright. It's borrow from a friend material.
Leave it on the shelf!!


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