1.30.2012

"If I only get one life, I don't want to waste it by hesitating.”


Title: Incarnate
Author: Jodi Meadows
Release Date: January 31st, 2012
Publisher: Harperteen
Pages: 384
Edition: Hardcover
Source: For Review
Goodreads: Link

NEWSOULAna is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.
NOSOULEven Ana’s own mother thinks she’s a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she’ll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are suspicious and afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?
HEARTSam believes Ana’s new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana’s enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else’s life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?
Jodi Meadows expertly weaves soul-deep romance, fantasy, and danger into an extraordinary tale of new life.


Oh this book, this book, this book. Incarnate is a beautiful and languid tale of a girl named Ana who is trying to find herself in a world that has been quite adamant about the fact they don't want her.

Incarnate takes place in an alternate world (High Fantasy, but not as 'in your face' about it as books like Graceling and The Demon King) where everyone is reincarnated over and over again into different bodies, so everyone has basically been around for 5,000 years. But then Ana shows up and she's a New Soul because this is the first time she's cycled into existence. The problem? For Ana to appear, Ciana, a girl who has been reincarnated, had to die. So everyone thinks she's evil and awful and so she goes to the capitol city of Heart to find her purpose and why everything that happened, happened.

Ana's got some guts and I totally respect her for it! She's lived with an evil mother who thinks she has no soul for all her life and she still has a big heart and a smart mind, so good on her! Even though she has little to no education, she learns through her own mistakes and actions and she's just a lovely heroine! And yes, sometimes she's confused or melodramatic but I was never annoyed because when you take in how she was raised, did you expect any different?

The plot was fascinating. Maybe it's my obsession with reincarnation but I just found the entire thing intriguing. Imagine living in a world where you know everyone because you've been living with them for 5,000 years, just with different appearances! Or the fact that you can be born one day and be in a guy's body even though you're a girl! The whole society reads like a dystopian and it was quite interesting to read about. I especially like the whole 'bonding' idea, because it sounds sweet and adorable and THAT MASQUERADE PARTY. We'll get to that. 

All the characters in this book are either helping or hindering Ana but the point is? They have a purpose! Lee is a total douche-nugget, Stef was funny and smart, and all the other characters of Heart are well-rounded and interesting, even the bad ones! And the "bad ones" is an operative term! Everyone in this story has something to win or lose, so even the people like the Council have a point there. 

And then we have Sam. Oh Sam. Sam is a kind and loving soul and I loved reading every minute of him. The minute him and Ana met, I knew I was going to love them together! Sometimes he was hot and cold, which was frustrating (and I like that Ana calls him out of it!) but I could see where he was coming from and the minute they come together was just beautiful. Their relationship has so many obstacles in the way even if they have resolved some but with that kind of connection, I know they can plow through it. Also, the masquerade bonding ball. Dear god, that scene. Just goes to show you don't have to be super sexual steamy  to BE steamy. 

Happy Reading!

1.29.2012

In My Mailbox (62)

Hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren

For Review:
Vesper by Jeff Sampson
Havoc by Jeff Sampson

From Kari:
Gilt by Katherine Longshore
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore (ETA: I have since this video finished Bitterblue and....guys. Oh guys. Beautiful.)

From Katie:
Secret Letters by Leah Scheier

Happy Reading!
What did you get in YOUR mailbox?

1.28.2012

A Show You Must Watch: Once Upon A Time (2)

I started this one recently with my sister and i'm actually really, really liking it so far!



Once Upon A Time is a sort-of fairy tale retelling show, where the evil queen from Snow White traps all the Fairy Tale characters in a small town in Maine, imprisoning them and preventing anyone from being able to return to their world and stop her. Until Emma comes along, the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming who is basically the only one who can break the curse.

I love the fact that in most of the episodes, it's two stories happening at once. You have a story going on in Fairy Tale land and then you have the real-time story going on in Storybrook with the same characters!

Snow White and Prince Charming have to be my favorites, ESPECIALLY their Fairy Tale counterparts. Snow White is cunning and smart (while in the real-life world, she's a lot more gentle and kind) and Prince Charming is just witty and awesome (while in the real-life world, he's...recovering. No spoilers!)

Emma is pretty kick-ass, considering she's not taking no flack from anyone who tells her that she needs to leave  town, including Evil Witch Mayor!

While the show doesn't have a lot in the way of character development, it is fun and entertaining to watch!

Happy Watching!

P.S I'm only on episode five so NO SPOILERS IN THE COMMENTS!

1.27.2012

Interview: Jodi Meadows, author of Incarnate

Hey guys! Today I have the lovely, lovely Jodi Meadows here for an interview! My review for Incarnate should be up on Sunday but for now, all you need to know is that I think this book is brilliant!

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1. If you could live with any three YA characters; who would they be and why?

I'm not sure I'd want to live with any YA characters. They tend to have a lot of problems and I don't want to get roped into that. Drama-free zone here!

2. That's the first time I've gotten that answer, haha! Heart, the city in which Ana finds herself in, is full of different people fulfilling different roles! What do you think you’d be doing if you lived in Heart? 

Because the people of Heart don't have a real concept of other people, at least until Ana shows up, they don't really have . . . fiction. My job -- making things up about people who don't exist -- would be pretty useless there. I'd probably get stuck with a crappy job no one else wanted to do. Maybe Dossam would let me be in the orchestra sometimes.

3. Which character do you think is most like you? Least?

I hope I'm nothing like Li! Or some of the other antagonists!

One of my friends thinks Sam and I are alike because we're both calm. That might be true! I'd love to be as patient and open-minded as Sam. But I'd also love to be as brave and big-hearted as Ana. Sadly, we share a lot of insecurities; we both strongly feel the need to be better than we are, especially when it comes to things we care about. (Music for her, writing for me!)

4. If you could choose a side character to write a story about, who would you choose and why?

Sometimes I think about writing a story from Menehem's (Ana's dad) point of view. He's just so oblivious to what other people feel and think. He'd be interesting to write about, anyway.

5. If you could say something to your younger writing self; what would it be and why?

"Just keep writing." I'd have to be vague on purpose (thus frustrating the heck out of my younger self) because I wouldn't actually want to change anything about my journey to publication, as hard as it was. It made me stronger and a better writer.

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Title: Incarnate
Author: Jodi Meadows
Release Date: January 31st, 2012
Publisher: Harperteen
Pages: 384
Edition: Hardcover
Goodreads: Link

NEWSOUL
Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.

NOSOUL
Even Ana’s own mother thinks she’s a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she’ll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are suspicious and afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?

HEART
Sam believes Ana’s new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana’s enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else’s life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?

Jodi Meadows expertly weaves soul-deep romance, fantasy, and danger into an extraordinary tale of new life.

Happy Reading!

1.26.2012

"I Like It. Very un-dead chic."


Title: Getting Over Garrett Delaney
Author: Abby McDonald
Release Date: January 24th, 2012
Publisher: Candlewick
Pages: 336
Edition: Hardcover
Goodreads: Link
Source: For Review
Note: I don't know why she looks so young in the cover when she's seventeen in the book...O.O

Can a twelve-step program help Sadie kick her unrequited crush for good? Abby McDonald serves up
her trademark wit and wisdom in a hilarious new novel.
Seventeen-year-old Sadie is in love: epic, heartfelt, and utterly onesided. The object of her obsession - ahem, affection - is her best friend, Garrett Delaney, who has been oblivious to Sadie'sfeelings ever since he sauntered into her life and wowed her with his passion for Proust (not to mention his deep-blue eyes). For two long, painful years, Sadie has been Garrett's constant companion, sharing his taste in everything from tragic Russian literature to art films to '80s indie rock- all to no avail. But when Garrett leaves for a summer literary retreat, Sadie is sure that the absence will make his heart grow fonder - until he calls to say he's fallen in love. With some other girl! Aheartbroken Sadie realizes that she's finally had enough. It's time for total Garrett detox! Aided by a barista job, an eclectic crew of new friends (including the hunky chef, Josh), and a customized selfhelpguide, Sadie embarks on a summer of personal reinvention full of laughter, mortifying meltdowns, and a double shot of love


Getting Over Garrett Delaney is a cute, funny, and totally heart-warming contemporary!

GOGD is about a girl named Sadie who has been in love with her best friend, Garrett, from day one. But when he goes off to literary camp for the summer and she gets a call about his latest romantic tryst just days after he said he had something special and important to tell her, she decides she needs to go through a full and total Garrett detox! Sadie is a dear. She's a typical teenager, which is something I can always appreciate in YA! Her voice is genuine and I understood her struggle to find out who she was outside of Garrett, because that was the thing.

I liked that this book wasn't about Sadie finding someone else, but about finding out who she was when she was apart from Garrett, someone who influenced her decisions and her life SO much in the past few years. He was her best and really only friend and her opinions were so warped from being with him, she realized she didn't even know who she was! And she spends the book trying new things and meeting new people and simply stepping out of her comfort zone and having fun, which is what the detox was all about! And it's not all breezy for her, I mean, when you've been in love with someone for two years, it's hard to just return your feelings to something platonic. She fails and she has to retrace her steps and sometimes she pisses people off, but that was part of the journey!

The side-characters all had their little quirks and back stories that made them become Sadie's support group, which I liked. LuAnn with her crazy outfits and sucky love life, Aiko, Josh, and Kayla were all funny and wanted to shake some sense into Sadie as much as I did!

This book isn't heavy on the romance, which I actually appreciated. It isn't about Sadie finding someone else, it's about Sadie finding herself! But there is the adorable chef Josh and then there is Garrett, who I found to the biggest ass-hat in the universe. He's one of those pretentious literary writers who think genre fiction is trash and to be a writer means being a slave to your work and writing for money is like selling your soul because you must be poor to be a writer and GOD GARRETT SHUT UP ALREADY. I was so glad Sadie got away from him!

Overall, a cute and light contemporary read!
Happy Reading!

1.24.2012

Top Ten Books: You Might Not Have Read

LET'S DO THIS. 
as always, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovelies over at The Broke And Bookish! 

1. The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S King - She's known for her other books like Please Ignore Vera Dietz but no one talks about her debut! AND HER DEBUT IS AWESOME.

2. The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement Moore - I've said this before and i'll say it again: she is one of the most underrated authors in the universe. THIS BOOK IS AWESOME. And her most recent novel, Texas Gothic? EVEN MORE AWESOME.

3. Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken - Epic, so epic, so epic. This one got quite a lot of buzz in the blogosphere but I still don't think enough people have read it!

4. Lament by Maggie Stiefvater - Everyone is always going crazy about her Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy but what about her books about homicidal faeries she wrote before those? Lament? Was amazing! Maggie's writing with a twisted plot and amazing characters.

5. Epic Fail by Clarie LeZebnik - So much cute is contained in this book that I can't EVEN. It's for fans of Anna And The French Kiss and Lola! Light-hearted, funny and a Pride & Prejudice retelling!

6. The Thief by Megan Whale Turner - This isn't for people who can't handle slow, intriguing, amazing books. This isn't "IN YOUR FACE" about its epicness, but it's slow and twisty and awesome.

7. The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton - Didn't get as much buzz as it deserved! LOVE this book!

8. Apothecary by Maile Meloy - This got some pretty major buzz but i'm sure a lot of you haven't read it, am I right? It was amazing. It's magical and adventurous and the characters are well-rounded and brave!

9. Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves - Now I have a theory about this book: people either LOVE it or absolutely hate it and think the author is crazy.  I am of the opinion this book is brilliant! Dia's writing isn't for the lighthearted, just a warning. It's gritty and dark and SO twisted. Bleeding Violet is about a girl with bipolar disorder and there's things like monsters and crazy people and naked torture scenes so....you know. But it's epic.

10. The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima - Now this one is WAY more popular. This is a best-selling series but i'm including it because WHY HASN'T THE ENTIRE WORLD READ THIS SERIES? WHY?

Happy Reading!

1.23.2012

"What a slut time is. She screws everyone."


Title: The Fault In Our Stars
Author: John Green
Release Date: January 10th, 2012
Publisher: Penguin (Dutton)
Pages: 313
Edition: Hardcover
Goodreads: Link
Note: If you haven't read it yet, enjoy the song Permafrost while you can. Now I can't listen to it without wanting to burst into tears.

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.


So I know you might be thinking: "Why is she even reviewing this book? Of course it's amazing. IT'S JOHN GREEN". But I, unlike others, am a Nerdfighter that doesn't partake in the fangirling of John Green's book. The only one i've read is Looking For Alaska (which was pretty awesome) and I never finished Paper towns. But this? The Fault In Our Stars is an instant classic and John Green is everything Nicolas Sparks should be (and well, isn't.)

First: don't be afraid to read this book because the main characters happen to have cancer. This isn't a Cancer Book. It is a book about friendship and love and trust and finding your purpose in a universe that you're not sure really wants you around anymore. Hazel is an amazing heroine: smart, funny, and strong. My type of girl! But she's not all perfect. Sometimes she's insecure and confused and angry and I loved both sides of the coin so much. I'd be her friend in a heartbeat.

John Green doesn't shy away from the hard questions in this writing and I really appreciate that. He doesn't treat teens like they're idiots, point blank. He takes things like grief and love and faith and puts a big question mark at the end of them so you can fill in the blanks yourself, which I love. This is the kind of book that makes you think about life and death and what kind of mark you want to leave on the world.

I'm not going to say I never cry during books, because that's a big fat lie. But I was in the middle of my 3rd period Math Class while I was reading this and I couldn't even hold it in; I burst into tears. I hid it, but I totally did. And I don't believe in people who say they don't read books that make you cry because that's the whole experience! Feeling something! John Green will make your heart ache, guys.

While writing this review, I realize there's still so much I want to say but can't. This is the kind of book that I want to force everyone to read but recommend doing it by yourself on a day where you don't have anything to do. Do it where you can cry and you don't hold it in and you're not being rushed. You're going to want to savor every single word. And sometimes, you're going to have to stop reading because you can't handle every emotion rushing at you at once, and that's alright!

And finally, Augustus Waters. You live in my heart forever and I love you so damn much. Him and Hazel were beautiful and amazing together despite their differences and arguments. No relationship is perfect and I like how we weren't told to believe that is so, because they had something so special in those 313 pages. Gah, so much love for this book.


Happy Reading!

Time For A Challenge!

So Julie and I have decided to do a challenge together to make us finally read the books we've been telling the other to read FOR AGES. She did this with Lanna, her co-blogger, last year and since she has Graceling and hasn't read Graceling, she thought this would be the perfect opportunity. 


So basically I have to read all these books in a month and the week of February 6th, I'm going to review all five. And here are the books!




DON'T BREATHE A WORD BY HOLLY CUPALA | JANUARY 3RD, 2012 | HARPER TEEN

AMY & ROGER'S EPIC DETOUR BY MORGAN MATSON | MAY 4TH, 2010 | SIMON & SCHUSTER

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE BY JANE AUSTEN | ...1813? | EVERYONE


MAGIC UNDER GLASS BY JACLYN DOLAMORE | FEBRUARY 1ST, 2010 | BLOOMSBURY


 THE FALSE PRINCESS BY EILIS O'NEAL | JANUARY 25TH, 2011 | EGMONT




So all of those books? Shall be read!
Have you read any of them? DO YOU LOVE THEM?

Happy Reading!

1.21.2012

YA WATCH (1/6 - 1/21)

COVERS:

 Title: Stealing Parker

Author: Miranda Kenneally
Release Date: October 2012
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Pages: --
Edition: --
Goodreads: Link

About a 17-year-old girl named Parker who falls for the new 23-year-old coach of the baseball team.

Companion to CATCHING JORDAN.
 Title: The Space Between Us

Author: Jessica Martinez
Release Date: October 16th, 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: --
Edition: --
Goodreads: Link

From the author of Virtuosity, a novel about two sisters and the secrets they tell, the secrets they keep, and the secret that tears them apart.

Amelia is used to being upstaged by her charismatic younger sister, Charly. She doesn’t mind, mostly, that it always falls to her to cover for Charly’s crazy, impulsive antics. But one night, Charly's thoughtlessness goes way too far, and she lands them both in serious trouble.

Amelia's not sure she can forgive Charly this time, and not sure she wants to…but the situation is even worse than either of them realizes. Amelia has no choice but to give up everything--her friends, her future, her dream--in order to cover for Charly’s huge mistake.

Amelia doesn't understand how her sister could have done this to them both. What she doesn't know is that Charly is hiding a terrible secret—one with the potential to change everything.


 Title: Keeper of the lost Cities

Author: Shannon Messenger
Release Date: October 2nd, 2012
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Pages: --
Edition: Hardcover
Goodreads: Link

Twelve-year-old Sophie has always been different -- she's years ahead of the other kids in school and can read minds. She's always assumed there's some kind of logical explanation for her talents, but when she meets an adorable and mysterious boy, she finds out the shocking truth. She's never felt at home because she, well, ... isn't.

There are secrets buried deep in her memory, secrets about her true identity and why she was hidden among humans, that others desperately want and would even kill for. And she must figure out why she is the key to her brand-new world, before the wrong person finds the answer first.

 Title: The Assassin and the Pirate Lord (Throne of Glass Novella #1)

Author: Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: OUT NOW.
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages: --
Edition: Ebook
Goodreads: Link
Note: One of FOUR novellas coming out until the release of Throne of Glass! SO EXCITED.



On a remote island in a tropical sea, Celaena Sardothien, feared assassin, has come for retribution. She's been sent by the Assassin's Guild to collect on a debt they are owed by the Lord of the Pirates. But when Celaena learns that the agreed payment is not in money, but in slaves, her mission suddenly changes - and she will risk everything to right the wrong she's been sent to bring about.


Title: Between The Lines

Author: Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer
Release Date: June 26th, 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: --
Edition: --
Goodreads: Link
Note: You know you're famous when your name is larger than the title.

What happens when happily ever after…isn’t?

Delilah is a bit of a loner who prefers spending her time in the school library with her head in a book—one book in particular. Between the Lines may be a fairy tale, but it feels real. Prince Oliver is brave, adventurous, and loving. He really speaks to Delilah.

And then one day Oliver actually speaks to her. Turns out, Oliver is more than a one-dimensional storybook prince. He’s a restless teen who feels trapped by his literary existence and hates that his entire life is predetermined. He’s sure there’s more for him out there in the real world, and Delilah might just be his key to freedom.

Delilah and Oliver work together to attempt to get Oliver out of his book, a challenging task that forces them to examine their perceptions of fate, the world, and their places in it. And as their attraction to each other grows along the way, a romance blossoms that is anything but a fairy tale.

DEALS:

"Jennifer L. Armentrout's DON'T LOOK BACK, pitched as Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars, featuring a teen girl who had it all until the night she and her friend go missing, and she loses all recollection of who she is, but must piece together a life she no longer wants and the events that led to her friend's disappearance, to Emily Meehan at Disney-Hyperion, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, by Kevan Lyon at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency (World English). Foreign rights: Taryn Fagerness Agency"

In a world English rights deal with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers’ Poppy imprint and Headline (one of Hachette’s U.K. divisions), ICM’s Jennifer Joel sold Jennifer E. Smith’s YA novel, This Is What Happy Looks Like. Elizabeth Bewley acquired the book stateside, and the title is set for a spring 2013 publication. The deal continues LBYR’s relationship with Smith; Poppy published the author’s third book this month. In This Is, an e-mail is the catalyst for an unlikely transatlantic romance between two teenagers.
TRAILERS:




SNEAK PEEKS:


Veronica gave us a little teaser on the Divergent Facebook page for Insurgent and AHHH:

"Before I chose Dauntless...I felt assured of my long lifespan, if nothing else. Now there are no reassurances except that where I go, I go because I choose to."


OTHER: 
Sarah J. Maas is FULL of news this week!



  • Her book, Queen of Glass, just got a name change to Throne of Glass.
  • It now has a release date of August 7th, 2012
  • Bloomsbury has bought the next two books in the series. 

Happy Reading!

1.18.2012

Waiting On Wednesday (21)


Title: Wentworth Hall
Author: Abby Grahame
Release Date: May 1st
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 320
Edition: Hardcover
Goodreads: Link
Pre-order:  Amazon | B&N | Book Depository

It’s 1912, and the Darlingtons of Wentworth Hall have more than just the extensive grounds to maintain. As one of Britain’s most elite families, they need to keep up appearances that things are as they have always been…even as their carefully constructed faÇade rapidly comes undone.

Maggie has a secret. And she’s not the only one…the handsome groom Michael, the beautiful new French nanny Therese, the Darlingtons’ teenage houseguests Teddy and Jessica, and even Maggie’s younger sister Lila are all hiding something. Passion, betrayal, heartache, and whispered declarations of love take place under the Darlingtons’ massive roof. And one of these secrets has the power to ruin the Darlingtons forever.

When scandalous satires start appearing in the newspaper with details that closely mirror the lives of the Darlingtons, everyone is looking over their shoulder, worrying their scandal will be next. Because at Wentworth Hall, nothing stays secret for long.
-from Goodreads

This has a very Downton Abbey feel to it, like Julie said in her Waiting On Wednesday a few weeks ago, AND I SAW DOWNTON ABBEY IN THE BEGINNING OF JANUARY AND SO OBSESSED OH MAI GOD. Guys, it is SO good. If you love historical settings and drama and scandal and love and awesome thing, you will love Downton Abbey.

And if you do watch it, let me know in the comments: how much do you just want Mary and Matthew to GET TOGETHER ALREADY?

Happy Reading!

1.17.2012

The Way We Fall + Minimergency Kit Giveaway



GIVEAWAY TIME! 
*by the lovely people over at Big Honcho Media.



Title: The Way We Fall
Author: Megan Crewe
Release Date: January 24th, 2012
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Pages: 304
Edition: Hardcover
Goodreads: Link

It starts with an itch you just can't shake. Then comes a fever and a tickle in your throat. A few days later, you'll be blabbing your secrets and chatting with strangers like they’re old friends. Three more, and the paranoid hallucinations kick in.

And then you're dead.


When a deadly virus begins to sweep through sixteen-year-old Kaelyn’s community, the government quarantines her island—no one can leave, and no one can come back.
Those still healthy must fight for dwindling supplies, or lose all chance of survival. As everything familiar comes crashing down, Kaelyn joins forces with a former rival and discovers a new love in the midst of heartbreak. When the virus starts to rob her of friends and family, she clings to the belief that there must be a way to save the people she holds dearest.
Because how will she go on if there isn't?


1.16.2012

"We’re on a cliff, all of us, and surviving isn’t about who’s the best or the brightest."


Title: The Way We Fall
Author: Megan Crewe
Release Date: January 24th, 2012
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Pages: 304
Edition: Hardcover
Goodreads: Link

It starts with an itch you just can't shake. Then comes a fever and a tickle in your throat. A few days later, you'll be blabbing your secrets and chatting with strangers like they’re old friends. Three more, and the paranoid hallucinations kick in.

And then you're dead.


When a deadly virus begins to sweep through sixteen-year-old Kaelyn’s community, the government quarantines her island—no one can leave, and no one can come back.
Those still healthy must fight for dwindling supplies, or lose all chance of survival. As everything familiar comes crashing down, Kaelyn joins forces with a former rival and discovers a new love in the midst of heartbreak. When the virus starts to rob her of friends and family, she clings to the belief that there must be a way to save the people she holds dearest.
Because how will she go on if there isn't?

The Way We Fall is about an island in Canada that becomes infected by a deadly virus and a girl trying to survive in the midst of it. Now, if you know, you know i'm a med student at my school. And although I don't exactly want to be a doctor; i'm fascinated by diseases and outbreaks. I love watching movies like Contagion and such, plus, my sister is a microbiologist like Kae's father. The story is written in the form of a sort of diary to Kae's best friend Leo, who she fought with a few months back and she wants to keep close to her.

Kae was a determined heroine. She was smart and brave and had a survival instinct that wasn't enough to drive her to madness, like some other people on the island. She always stayed true to herself and protected the ones she loved. And I like that we got to see a more emotional side of her through the letters to Leo, since he was her former best friend. At the same time; I never connected with her character. We were told a lot of things about her and how she was selfish and her fight with Leo was awful and things like that; but we never saw that side of her. She wasn't as dimensional as I would've wanted her to be.

This would make a great movie; if they ever decided to make another plague movie using a teen heroine. Even though it's written in diary format, it never seems slow or boring. There are people dying, people going crazy, and people trying to survive. Everyone has something to lose and it seemed like every minute, people were dropping like flies. The story has that desperation for a cure and the confusion when the government turns it's back on you when you need them the most.

The book has a sweet romance that doesn't overpower the main focus of the story but definitely contributes to it. Kae and her man were excellent partners that divulged into a friendship that turned into something more. I like that it's a subtle chemistry and not super steamy. It's more that they're there for each other than anything else, and you can really tell they care about each other.

Happy Reading!

1.15.2012

In My Mailbox (61)


My video didn't upload :(
As always, hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren!


For Review:
The Selection by Kiera Cass
Slide by Jill Hathaway
Don't Let Me Go by J.H Trumble
Last Rite by Lisa Desrochers (Thanks a million, Lisa!)

Traded:
The Calling by Kelley Armstrong

Borrowed:
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Happy Reading!
What did YOU get in your mailbox?

1.14.2012

A Show You Must Watch: Sherlock (1)

Why haven't I been posting on the blog, you ask? Because tomorrow is the season two finale of SHERLOCK THAT IS WHY. So I have watching all the episodes so I can be ready (and also, you know, school stuff.)


Sherlock is amazing. One of the best depictions I've ever seen (even better than Robert Downey Jr's!), Benedict brings on Sherlock's snarky, complex, and anti-social personality to the surface. In this modern retelling of the awesome adventures of Sherlock Holmes, he helps out the cops (as well as the British government) by solving crimes with his epic deductive skills. And dear god, they are epic. He doesn't just come to the conclusions but he takes you with him while he rapidly dissects everything about a person just by glancing at his suit.

Also the fact that Benedict is beautiful and I want his cheekbones and as my friend told me yesterday: His eyes are so blue they're SILVER.

And then we have Dr.Watson; who was an army doctor in Afghanistan and got shot so he's back in London and his friend offered to get him a flatmate. The way the two meet is endearing and they just have the best bromance in the entire world. Sherlock is insensitive and rude which is balanced by Watson's sweet and caring nature. They form a bond of epic bro-portions and I LOVE IT. Plus, everyone is constantly calling them a couple because of it, which is hilarious because Sherlock doesn't even try to dispel this and Watson is just bumbling and outraged.

And then we have our villain, Moriarty. This guy is downright insane. His motivations aren't really clear, considering he thinks this whole 'killing people and doing awful things' business is all a game and he's got some major psycho problems, but he's really got the world wrapped around his little finger!

I just like this show like WHOA. Sherlock is the character development I live for, guys.
-Harmony

1.12.2012

“Wisdom ain't a virtue I ever aspired to.”


Title: Blood Red Road (Dustlands #1)
Author: Moira Young
Release Date: June 7th, 2011
Publisher: McElderly Books (Simon & Schuster)
Pages: 459
Edition: Hardcover
Goodreads: Link


Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. That's fine by her, as long as her beloved twin brother Lugh is around. But when a monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked horsemen, Saba's world is shattered. Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on an epic quest to get him back.Suddenly thrown into the lawless, ugly reality of the world outside of desolate Silverlake, Saba is lost without Lugh to guide her. So perhaps the most surprising thing of all is what Saba learns about herself: she's a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Teamed up with a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gang of girl revolutionaries called the Free Hawks, Saba stages a showdown that will change the course of her own civilization.



If you haven't read this book, I suggest you go out RIGHT NOW and buy it. I'm not even kidding, i'm so sad I didn't read this boo k last year to have put it on my Top Ten List.

Blood Red Road follows Saba on a journey across the Dustlands to rescue her twin brother Lugh whose been kidnapped and taken far, far away from her. Writers, take notes. Saba is an amazing heroine and possibly my favorite part of the novel. She was fearless and flawed and I loved reading every minute of her dangerous and heart-wrenching story. What I loved about Saba was simply this: she was built to survive. She wasn't afraid to get her hands dirty, sacrifice things, or even mess up herself to help the people she loved and get what she wanted. But she was also emotionally detached and way too used to living in her brother's shadow and sometimes mean and stubborn and I loved watching her open up to the people she kept trying to push away throughout the book. (I especially loved everything in Hopetown, which is where we really see her come to life.)

And man, does Saba take on some unlikely companions in her journey. We have Emmi, her little sister that she completely resents, who follows her no matter how many tries Saba tries to leave her behind. Epona and Ash, who were funny and brave and the Free Hawks sounded like just about the biggest, baddest girls I've ever seen. Ike, who is the one who said the quote above and is my favorite, just for being one of the most loyal characters I've ever read about. Even Nero, Saba's bird (who is much more human than bird, I can tell you that) was completely kickass and intelligent. And most of all? The loyalty. Every person in this novel is interconnected in some way and the fierce and devoted trust they have for each other over the course of the novel is heartfelt and sincere.

The world-building is beautiful. Moira does not have complicated and long prose, which makes her writing stark and fast-paced. You'll never be bored because with the way she writes, the stakes are always high and there's anyways something to lose. Now, the thing is about the writing is this: it's written in Saba's dialect. Now I didn't think I was going to be able to look past this (after all, the reason I don't like Nate from Eyes Like Stars is because he talks like a pirate) but the second you're sucked into Saba's journey, you hardly even notice. You're much too busy rooting her on!

And then we have Jack and Saba and GUYS. Seriously. The slow building of this relationship just made me swoon. They were sweet and sad and he was just essential in breaking Saba out of her shell. He wasn't pushy but he tested her boundaries, made her think in ways she hadn't really expected herself too, and made her reevaluate the things she thought were important, which I think was necessary for her to come to the revelations she did about herself. And guys? Cave scene? It's only like a page long and I was fanning myself.


MUST READ! Happy Reading!

1.11.2012

Waiting on Wednesday (20)


Title: The Vicious Deep (The Vicious Deep #1)
Author: Zoraida Córdova
Release Date: May 1st, 2012
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Pages: 384
Edition: Hardcover
Goodreads: Link
Pre-order: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository

Set against the backdrop of a Coney Island summer comes The Vicious Deep, the story of sixteen year old Tristan Hart whose life is turned upside down when the mermaids make an unscheduled return to land in search of their new king.

When a sudden storm pulls Tristan from lifeguard duty into a deadly riptide, he discovers what he really is—a prince of the Sea Court. Turns out, his girlfriend hopping and talents as a swimmer aren’t caused by his teenage prime hormones after all.

In this modern Arthurian tale with a twist, when all a guy wants to do is get The Girl and enjoy the freak show that is a Coney Island summer, Tristan has to fight for his life, the lives of his friends, and his humanity, if he still wants it, as he’s caught in a race for a throne that is as ancient as the gods.
--from goodreads

This sounds so dark and mysterious, I love it! Plus: male protagonist!

Happy Reading!

1.10.2012

"Imagine there was a cure, but finding it would cost you everything."


Title: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Release Date: January 3rd, 2012
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (Macmillan)
Pages: 390
Edition: Hardcover
Goodreads: Link

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

I was very surprised by Cinder, considering how much I liked it!

I want to go ahead and start with the things I didn't like really quick, because it's not much! One being almost all of the plot points? I totally guessed from the beginning. And not just because it's a Cinderella retelling but the plot points that had to do with the entire civilization and the Lunar people and Cinder herself; totally called it. So that did take a bit of the "dramatic" effect off all the big reveals which is no fun for me! But simultaneously, it doesn't detach from the experience and I was just as happy reading about Cinder getting there even though I knew where she was going. And another thing is: the villain.

I didn't think Levana was a very fleshed-out villain, and you guys know I LOVE my villains to be realistic and have ulterior motives and be very conniving and tricky. And yeah, I get it: world domination sounds awesome. But I wanted to know more about her and how she came to be the way she is (an amazing example of a wonderfully constructed villain is Warner from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi) throughout the story. ON THE OTHER HAND,

Every other character was so much fun and awesome to read about! Cinder was strong and independent and my heart broke for her on so many levels every time she'd find out another thing she didn't want for herself or did want and couldn't have. She makes some tough decisions and I applaud her for them! Each side character is fleshed out perfectly from Ido, who brought on some comedic relief when needed and Dr.Erland, who is one of the most complex characters in this book and I loved reading about him!

As for plot; it read a lot more like a Fantasy than a Sci-Fi Dystopian to me but maybe that's just because of the whole idea of it being turned into sectors and the kind of magic element incorporated into the story with the Lunar people. Dr.Erland explains it in his scientific way but I don't really buy it; that's magic! And I didn't mind at all; because you guys know I love Fantasy like WHOA. Meyer definitely packs the punches when it comes to high stakes and sacrifices on both Cinder AND Kai's part, which I appreciated. They both had a lot to lose.

BONUS FACTOR? Totally the whole plague aspect of the novel. The entire civilization in which Cinder lives is being killed by a disease called Letumosis and no one has any idea how the hell they're going to fix this. Maybe it's the fact i'm in the Medical Academy at my school but plague books always fascinate me. The whole progession of the disease is strange and curious and I was just as desperate at times (and for certain people) to find a cure as well!

As for the romance; Kai and Cinder don't disappoint! Your heart's going to be breaking because it is not a steady road for these two! There's a lot of secrets (Cinder's fault or otherwise) being kept between these two and it just becomes so much that everything seems to fall apart at times. But they were sweet together and i'm excited to see where she's going with this because that ending! Gah!

Happy Reading!

1.08.2012

The Fault In Our Stars Trailer

No IMM today BUT LOOK AT THIS:


SO good, right? I absolutely love Book Trailers and this is one is definitely one of my favorites!

1.07.2012

YA WATCH (12/11-1/5)


COVER NEWS:

Title: Chosen Ones
Author: Tiffany Truitt
Release Date: April 2012
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Pages: --
Edition: Hardcover
Goodreads: Link
Note: This sounds pretty awesome!

Sixteen-year-old Tess lives in a compound in what was once the Western United States, now decimated after a devastating fourth World War. But long before that, life as we knew it had been irrevocably changed, as women mysteriously lost the ability to bring forth life. Faced with the extinction of the human race, the government began the Council of Creators, meant to search out alternative methods of creating life. The resulting artificial human beings, or Chosen Ones, were extraordinarily beautiful, unbelievably strong, and unabashedly deadly.

Life is bleak, but uncomplicated for Tess as she follows the rigid rules of her dystopian society, until the day she begins work at Templeton, the training facility for newly created Chosen Ones. There, she meets James, a Chosen One whose odd love of music and reading rivals only her own. The attraction between the two is immediate in its intensity—and overwhelming in its danger.

But there is more to the goings-on at Templeton than Tess ever knew, and as the veil is lifted from her eyes, she uncovers a dark underground movement bent not on taking down the Chosen Ones, but the Council itself. Will Tess be able to stand up to those who would oppress her, even if it means giving up the only happiness in her life?

Title: The Girl In The Clockwork Collar
Author: Kady Cross
Release Date: May 22nd, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 304
Edition: Hardcover
Goodreads: Link
Note: I really liked The Girl In The Steel Corset so i'm excited for part two!

In New York City, 1897, life has never been more thrilling - or dangerous.

Sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne and her "straynge band of mysfits" have journeyed from London to America to rescue their friend Jasper, hauled off by bounty hunters. But Jasper is in the clutches of a devious former friend demanding a trade-the dangerous device Jasper stole from him...for the life of the girl Jasper loves.

One false move from Jasper and the strange clockwork collar around Mei's neck tightens. And tightens.



They changed the covers of Holly Black's Curseworkers Trilogy and they are so awesome! They're very simply and classic and AWESOME.


On the left, you see the cover that was released for Destiny's Fire by Trisha Wolfe a week or two ago. But as you can see, it's pretty awful! So the publisher took in all of the comments and decided to redesign the cover! And now it's SO PRETTY. I like the pink and the goggles and the girl! 

Title: If I Lie
Author: Corrine Jackson
Release Date: August 23rd, 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 288
Edition: Hardcover
Goodreads: Link
Note: Very excited for this one!

A powerful debut novel about the gray space between truth and perception.

Quinn’s done the unthinkable: she kissed a guy who is not Carey, her boyfriend. And she got caught. Being branded a cheater would be bad enough, but Quinn is deemed a traitor, and shunned by all of her friends. Because Carey’s not just any guy—he’s serving in Afghanistan and revered by everyone in their small, military town.

Quinn could clear her name, but that would mean revealing secrets that she’s vowed to keep—secrets that aren’t hers to share. And when Carey goes MIA, Quinn must decide how far she’ll go to protect her boyfriend…and her promise. 

DEALS: 

HarperCollins Publishers announced today that it has preempted rights to a three-book middle-grade series, House of Secrets by iconic Hollywood director and producer Chris Columbus, co-authored by acclaimed young adult novelist Ned Vizzini. This is Columbus's debut series for young readers with the first book slated for global publication in Spring 2013. 

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Ilsa Bick's WHITE SPACE, pitched as The Matrix meets Inkheart, about a seventeen-year-old girl who jumps between the lines of books and into the white space where realities are created and destroyed - but who may herself be nothing more than a character written into being from an alternative universe, to Egmont, in a two-book deal, by Jennifer Laughran at Andrea Brown Literary Agency (NA).

MOVIE NEWS:
all news comes from Page To Premiere

Independent financier and production company Kerry, Kimmel and Pollack has acquired rights to Keary Taylor's novel "Eden," a dystopian thriller described as a cross between "The Hunger Games" and "The Terminator." Story follows Eve, a teenage girl living in a post-apocalyptic world where humanity is on the brink of extinction and robots that were created to serve humans have turned against them. As Eve struggles to fight the Fallen and help her friends find safety, she must choose between a boy she has always trusted and one who holds the secrets to her past.

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Interesting news has been released via TheFabLife today regarding the Mortal Instruments movie. The two leads were chosen around six months ago — Lily Collins as Clary, and Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace. So why haven’t we gotten any more casting news? Turns out there have been major script issues! Marlene King, screenwriter of the hit TV show Pretty Little Liars, was brought on for rewrites, and the script is awaiting approval from the studio. The original script was deemed ‘not close enough to the book.’

In the original script, the pivotal character later in the series, Magnus, was left out entirely. The warlock is important because he becomes the boyfriend of another central character, Alec. Cassandra Clare, author of the series, adds, “I feel like the whole twist with Jace and Clary and their relationship was really important and guides the next two books, and you can’t really take it out. It’s so taboo at the same time, but they’re just going with it. That’s what makes these books.” What would you have thought if they had left out Magnus? Are you happy with Lily and Jamie as Clary and Jace?

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The adaptation of Here Lies Bridget by Paige Harbison will be directed by Kat Coiro, according to Deadline. The story is about a narcissistic high school student named Bridget, who dies in a car crash and must confront all the people she belittled, or was mean to, to in a ‘limbo.’ This collection of people will ultimately decide if she goes to heaven or hell. The director says, “Here Lies Bridget is a profound coming of age story wrapped in the glossy packaging of a teen comedy -– think an edgy It’s A Wonderful Life meets Mean Girls.” The script was written by Leah Rachel, and casting is underway.
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"Eden" will be produced by Mark Morgan ("The Twilight Saga"), Kami Garcia (the "Beautiful Creatures" series), Brett Hudson ("Fast Flash to Bang Time") and Michael Pollack ("Black Forest").“Infinity Ring,” a seven-book series on time travel with an online game component, will begin its rollout in September, the publisher plans to announce officially on Tuesday. The first book, “A Mutiny in Time,” will be written by James Dashner, the best-selling author of “The Maze Runner.” Scholastic, the American publisher of the Harry Potter novels, is set to introduce another major successor to that blockbuster franchise by J. K. Rowling.

TRAILERS:


SNEAK PEEKS:

Rae Carson, in an interview with the lovely Mundie Moms, revealed the flap summary of Crown Of Embers, book two in the Girl Of Fire and Thorns Trilogy!
Hero, foreigner, queen. At the age of 17, Elisa is all three. And all three draw enemies.Faced with assassins, court politics, and the threat of civil war, Elisa despairs of being the ruler her people need, for she is too young, she thinks. Too inexperienced. Her only hope is the Godstone. She has no choice but to master its power once and for all.Accompanied by a one-eyed warrior, an enemy defector, and the man she is falling in love with, Elisa takes a leap of faith and crosses an ocean in search of the ultimate source of the Godstone’s power.But her faith has always had a price, and doing the right thing might mean giving up the power she desperately needs. And it might mean giving up the man she desperately loves.

And then Cassandra Clare posted her fair share of teasers these past weeks for YA Tourney so here's the Clockwork Princess One:

And the gold of her ruined wedding dress.

And then the City of Lost Souls One:

Clary looked at Alec steadily. She remembered what Isabelle had told her earlier, about knowing whether Jace was dead or not, and what she had said back. “Alec,” she said. “Don’t you feel anything?”
Alec’s eyes flew open, their blue darkening, and for a moment, Clary remembered the boy who had hated her when she first arrived at the Institute, the boy with bitten nails and holes in his sweaters and a chip on his shoulder that seemed immovable. “I know you’re upset, Clary,” he said, his voice sharp, “but if you’re suggesting that Iz and I care less about Jace than you do —”
“I’m not,” Clary said. “I’m talking about your parabatai connection.”

Happy Reading!

1.06.2012

"Why are you staring at me?"


Title: Switched
Author: Amanda Hocking
Release Date: January 3rd, 2012
Publisher: St.Martin's Griffin
Pages: 336
Edition: Paperback
Goodreads: Link
Buy: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository

When Wendy Everly was six years old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. Eleven years later, Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. She’s not the person she’s always believed herself to be, and her whole life begins to unravel—all because of Finn Holmes. But it isn’t long before he reveals the truth: Wendy is a changeling who was switched at birth—and he’s come to take her home.

Finn is a mysterious guy who always seems to be watching her. Every encounter leaves her deeply shaken…though it has more to do with her fierce attraction to him than she’d ever admit.

Now Wendy’s about to journey to a magical world she never knew existed, one that’s both beautiful and frightening. And where she must leave her old life behind to discover who she’s meant to become…

So this book was not a win for me. List? YES LIST TIME:

1. Wendy was a pretty dull heroine. She never really had a personality, was constantly putting herself down or saying things were her fault, and she didn't really do anything to move forward the plot.

2. I thought the whole idea of the Trylle was pretty frigging awesome and we hardly got any of it! I don't really understand what the plot of this was, considering there was a lot of: THERE IS DANGER BUT SECRET DANGER. No one really told Wendy anything and therefore, *we* didn't know anything. At all. And where's the action? I was expecting some action from how dangerous the bad guys sounded.

3. The instalove in this book! From page 15, I knew it would be the downfall. Wendy has JUST met Finn formally after he'd intense creepy stared at her for a week. THEN he meets her up at a dance and asks her a dance and THEN is a TOTAL DOUCHE. Plus, he sounds completely insane in the beginning. And she says this to herself and she's like: but I really, really like him. WUT? Their entire relationship was based on something that I never saw in the first place. They didn't have any chemistry or spark; they were just tossed together and I didn't like it at all.

4. Speaking of Finn, he was much like Wendy on the personality scale. I can see he's very protective and pushy and likes to foreshadow lots of stuff and never explain it, but I would've liked some more information. ON THE OTHER HAND...

4. Rhys, will you marry me? This boy is the saving grace of this book! He was funny and charming and completely adorable. I mean, if you're going to for someone you can't have, pick the not-creepy, not-pushy boy! He was so sweet and awesome to Wendy and they had SO much chemistry!

5. By the end of the novel, we really don't know anything. We don't know why the bad guys want Wendy, what's so special about her, and if she's even as awesome as everyone keeps reminding her she is! And speaking of that ending, what she did was TOTALLY wrong and why was she going all about "I don't like using my powers like that" and THEN USES HER POWERS LIKE THAT.

Overall, I was very sad I didn't enjoy this book since I've heard SUCH good things about it but definitely not my cup of tea.

Happy Reading!

1.05.2012

Slide by Jill Hathaway Giveaway!


So I got an extra copy of Slide by Jill Hathaway and I thought: HEY. GIVEAWAYS ARE AWESOME. 


Title: Slide
Author: Jill Hathaway
Release Date: March 27th, 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins)
Pages: 256
Edition: Hardcover
Goodreads: Link

Vee Bell is certain of one irrefutable truth—her sister’s friend Sophie didn’t kill herself. She was murdered.

Vee knows this because she was there. Everyone believes Vee is narcoleptic, but she doesn’t actually fall asleep during these episodes: When she passes out, she slides into somebody else’s mind and experiences the world through that person’s eyes. She’s slid into her sister as she cheated on a math test, into a teacher sneaking a drink before class. She learned the worst about a supposed “friend” when she slid into her during a school dance. But nothing could have prepared Vee for what happens one October night when she slides into the mind of someone holding a bloody knife, standing over Sophie’s slashed body.

Vee desperately wishes she could share her secret, but who would believe her? It sounds so crazy that she can’t bring herself to tell her best friend, Rollins, let alone the police. Even if she could confide in Rollins, he has been acting off lately, more distant, especially now that she’s been spending more time with Zane.

Enmeshed in a terrifying web of secrets, lies, and danger and with no one to turn to, Vee must find a way to unmask the killer before he or she strikes again. 

1.04.2012

Waiting On Wednesday (19)

Title: Harbinger
Author: Sara Wilson Etienne
Release Date: Feburary 2nd
Publisher: Putnam (Penguin)
Pages: 320
Edition: Hardcover
Goodreads: Link
Pre-order: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository

Girl, Interrupted meets Beautiful Creatures in this fast-paced thriller
When sixteen-year-old Faye arrives at Holbrook Academy, she doesn't expect to find herself exactly where she needs to be. After years of strange waking visions and nightmares, her only comfort the bones of dead animals, Faye is afraid she's going crazy. Fast.
But her first night at Holbrook, she feels strangely connected to the school and the island it sits on, like she's come home. She's even made her first real friends, but odd things keep happening to them. Every morning they wake on the floors of their dorm rooms with their hands stained red.
Faye knows she's the reason, but what does it all mean? The handsome Kel tries to help her unravel the mystery, but Faye is certain she can't trust him; in fact, he may be trying to kill her - and the rest of the world too.
Rich, compelling writing will keep the pages turning in this riveting and tautly told psychological thriller.
--from goodreads
This sounds like it's going to be MEGA-CREEPY but completely awesome. I love the idea of unreliable narrators such as Mara Dyer and I have a feeling this might be like that as well! And even if not, it sounds like a wild ride!

Happy Reading!

1.03.2012

BUT DID YOU DIE? - On Character Development

So this week on Totally Booksessed, we're talking about things we like/dislike in a heroine. And I wanted to think of extend it onto here to share some more thoughts I had. 

I love strong heroines. I think everyone can agree that strong heroines are basically the best kinds. People like Tris, Katsa, and Elisa who kick ass and take names and aren't afraid to stand up for themselves and what they believe in. 

BUT. 

There's a huge but in this because one of the most important things in novels to be is something so simply, yet sometimes lacking: character development. I don't want characters that start out with NO flaws and NO weaknesses because what kind of person is that? Who wants to read about someone who can do no wrong and can resolve any conflict with no sort of inner turmoil? To me, a good heroine is someone who grows. Someone who starts off in the novel as alone or scared or self-conscious and grows into this confident and strong person not only because of the things they've been through and the experiences they've had, but because they realize that the person they were before wouldn't have been able to survive. 

I'll take the three heroines I used: Tris, Katsa, and Elisa

Tris starts out the novel as someone who wants to be something but has no idea if she can even achieve it in the first place. She's smaller and quieter than everyone else and no one thinks she wants a chance but she's got the guts to make things happen. And over the course of the novel, she learns. She learns how to be selfish (and that's a big thing for me: I like characters that sometimes choose themselves, because sometimes you don't want to sacrifices you things you want or need; and that's alright) and make her own decisions and fight and by the end of the novel, she comes out ten thousand times stronger than she ever would've thought to be in the beginning. 

Then you have Katsa! Which people probably thought: "Katsa was a kick-ass all throughout the book; so what?". But in her case, we're talking about something much more emotional and mental. Katsa has always been able to kick some major ass but she learns not to think herself as monster and open herself up to people throughout the novel, and that makes her a stronger person in the end. 

And then you have Elisa; who is my favorite example of OUTSTANDING character development i've ever seen. Elisa starts out the novel self-conscious, scared, alone, quiet, and completely not in control of herself and her situations. The journey she has to go through in the book changed her into a strong, confident, mature person but didn't change her. She was still the sweet girl from the beginning, but she got a backbone and learned how to fight for herself and for her people! 

So next time you're going (and I know I do this A LOT) :





Remember, they're growing. Sometimes it's alright to complain and feel weak and like you can't do it; but a REAL heroine can pick themselves up from the ground, dust themselves off, and never give up. Unless of course this is them throughout the entire novel in which case: EH.

Happy Reading!
And DEFINITELY tell me your thoughts below!

1.02.2012

"A world of nevers under a never sky"


Title: Under the Never Sky (Under The Never Sky #1)
Author: Veronica Rossi
Release Date: January 3rd, 2012
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 400
Edition: Hardcover
Received: For Review
Goodreads: Link
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Aria is a teenager in the enclosed city of Reverie. Like all Dwellers, she spends her time with friends in virtual environments, called Realms, accessed through an eyepiece called a Smarteye. Aria enjoys the Realms and the easy life in Reverie. When she is forced out of the pod for a crime she did not commit, she believes her death is imminent. The outside world is known as The Death Shop, with danger in every direction.

As an Outsider, Perry has always known hunger, vicious predators, and violent energy storms from the swirling electrified atmosphere called the Aether. A bit of an outcast even among his hunting tribe, Perry withstands these daily tests with his exceptional abilities, as he is gifted with powerful senses that enable him to scent danger, food and even human emotions.

They come together reluctantly, for Aria must depend on Perry, whom she considers a barbarian, to help her get back to Reverie, while Perry needs Aria to help unravel the mystery of his beloved nephew’s abduction by the Dwellers. Together they embark on a journey challenged as much by their prejudices as by encounters with cannibals and wolves. But to their surprise, Aria and Perry forge an unlikely love - one that will forever change the fate of all who live UNDER THE NEVER SKY.
--from goodreads

Man, the FIRST book I read in 2012 and I already know it's going to be one of my favorites of this entire year! Under the Never Sky is a brilliant debut with heart-breaking characters, exquisite world-building, and a bittersweet romance that already has me dying for a sequel.

Even though the book is a Dystopian, the writing is as lush and beautiful as a High Fantasy. It really reads like a fantasy novel because the world-building is that detailed and scary and somewhat magical in the sense of things! Aria and Perry come from two completely different worlds and I loved the insight that we got to both of them throughout the novel, especially The Death Shop! The journey that the two of them have to take not only physically but emotionally was written beautifully. I want to say I can't imagine what it's like to be in The Death Shop but with her writing, I can! I wouldn't last a day! Haha.

As for the characters; they were definitely the best part of the novel. Each character was carefully crafted to have their own little quirks and personalities, which made every character unique and real to me. Aria was headstrong and brave and I was rooting for her even from the beginning. She's a girl who knows what she wants but is impulsive and sometimes makes mistakes but she's got heart and she's tough! I definitely know why it's recommended to fans of Graceling; she has the strength of Katsa! Perry was fascinating to me. The entire idea behind his kind of people and their different abilities was amazing and I can't wait to learn more about it and his past! He was sweet and protective and my heart ached for him.

As for side characters, this book is full of awesome ones! There was Talon: who was cute and young and I loved reading about his relationship with Perry and how much they cared for each other. There was Roar: who was definitely one of my favorites! He was flirty and witty and completely loyal and then you have Cinder: who was simply under all his harsh words, a little boy terrified of what he was capable of. None of them were flat or boring and each had their story!

And finally; the romance. My heart ached for Perry and Aria the entire time but especially the last half of the book. It was all about the subtle touches and sweet longing and because of that; it was so much more meaningful and steamy than a hot and fast romance will ever be for me. They were so calm and accepting for their fate and I just wanted to shout at the rooftops for giving me a romance this amazing when there is SUCH big obsticles in the way for these two. But even though they never say it, they love each other and the way Rossi presents it makes you believe it the second they know themselves. It's a slow romance for them; considering they absolutely hate each other in the beginning. I loved how they first got to know each other and trust each other and then just fell completely for each other. It was beautiful!

NOTE: you can read the first few chapters right here!

Overall? I recommend a thousand times.
Happy Reading!

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