Waiting On Wednesday

26 06 2013

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

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Goodreads Summary:

One choice will define you.

What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?

The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

Anyone who has read the first two book in the Divergent trilogy already know how amazing this book is going to be. I except it will answer questions that have been burning in our minds since Insurgent first came out and I can’t wait to see how Veronica Roth is going to end it all!

(Expected) Publication Date: October 22nd 2013





Top Ten Tuesday~

25 06 2013

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Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2013 I have read so many book so far this year that it was difficult for me to figure out which were in my top ten! But after much consideration I have them listed below:

Days of Blood and Starlight1. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

This book. THIS BOOK. It is probably the saddest most heart breaking book I;ve read in a LOONG time. It had be screaming as I read it in the middle of the night, it took all of my emotions and ripped them ferociously out of my heart, and left me feeling empty after I finished it. Yeah, it tore me up but in a good way. Definitely my favorite read of the year so far.

Insurgent2. Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Who doesn’t like the Divergent trilogy? I seriously can’t wait for Allegiant! Insurgent was a fast and amazing read that kept me hooked until the very last page. And boy was that a page!

grave mercy3. Grave Mercy by Robin LeFevers

Another great read that kept me hook the entire time! I loved the mystery and the intrigue of the book and the strong female lead character. Everything about this book was great and I can’t wait to get my hands on Dark Triumph!

Sweet Evil4. Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

A sinfully wonderful book that really shows the darker side of the young adult drama. It was sexy, dark, forbidden, and amazing. I know some people don’t like it because of the the way Higgins made the world in the book, but it was the dark risque part of the book that kept me hooked! Can’t wait for Sweet Peril!

until I die5. Until I Die by Amy Plumb

The second book in the Revenant trilogy. It was a another fast read for me that sent me back into the magical undead world hidden int he heart of Paris. Though I pretty much figured out who the villain was from the beginning, the end and all the new information left me surprised enough to redeem the book. Definitely another heart break ending.

tiger-lily6. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

I’ve already reviewed this book & recommended it in another TTT, but I seriously can’t recommend this book enough! My 13 year old brother, who isn’t big on YA (especially from a girls POV), even read it. He loved the book and the take on the Peter Pan story. Everyone needs to read this!

Scarlet_final_USA-Today17. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

I just finished this book and it kept me hooked! It is the second in the Lunar Chronicles and I loved it! Not only did I get to meet new characters (and the sexy Wolf) but characters from the first book made a return. It was completely amazing aand ended in another agonizing cliff hanger.

crave8. Crave by Melissa Darnell

I haven’t been into vampire books lately, but somehow this one snuck in and really made me enjoy it. I love the idea of vampires and witches being at odds. It is not something you see very often (I think) and I really enjoyed it.

Of Poseidon9. Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

The ending of this had me screaming at the author on twitter. It ended abruptly and left me with a million questions. Thank GOD Of Triton is out. I need to get my hands on it.

endure10. Endure by Carrie Jones

The final book in the Need series left me breathless. For once the main character actually got with who I wanted her to get with. It was a shocker and I thought it ended perfectly. If you want a great pixie read, check out the Need series.





Review of Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

25 06 2013

It is exactly 1:16 am and I have just finished Scarlet by Marissa Meyer.

Oh, boy. I have a LOT to say about this book! But before I start gushing about how amazing it is, you all probably want to know about the book right?

“The fates of Cinder and Scarlet collide as a Lunar threat spreads across the Earth…

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner“. (Description from Goodreads)

Scarlet is the sequel to the New York Times Best Seller, Cinder, and tells the tale of Parisian farm girl Scarlet Benoit, Linh Cinder, and Prince Emperor Kai.

Scarlet is a fiesty girl who isn’t afraid to speak her mind when she sees something wrong. From defending Cinder after seeing the poor cyborg girl on the netscreen to her passion for finding her grandmother, Scarlet does everything she can to make things right. I loved the spunk of this girl and her strength and determmination to find her grandmother. Not many people would jump both off and on a moving train in the hopes of finding their possibly dead grandmother. That’s love, people.

Of course I can’t mention Scarlet without bringing up her love interest, the devilishly wild and absolutely yummy Wolf. Wolf is a somewhat clueless man who defended Scarlet after a particularly nasty fight at a local resteraunt (tavern?). Half the time he came off as sweet and gentle, like a giant huggable Bambi or something, but when he got angry or caught up in a fight, the wilder animalistic side of him took over and he proved his namesake right. I loved the innocence and ignorance he showed when interacting with Scarlet. From his first time eating fresh tomatos to that innocent kiss, he captured my heart! That being said, the wilder part of him that he could barely control when it came out, was also impressive. With apparent super strength and ruthless animal instincts, he becomes a cold blooded killer. You definitely don’t want to run into this Wolf alone in the woods.

For all you Cinder fans, you’ll be happy to know that her story takes place right where it left off in the end of book one, with just a little twist. It starts off introducing Cadet Captain Carswell Thorne (he is a bit touchy with the whole captain thing) inside the New Beijing prison. In her attempt to escape, Cinder accidentally falls into his cell and he ends up tagging along in her escape.

Cinder goes through a lot in this book. She’s struggling with her new identity as Princess Selene and learning to deal with her Lunar gift (I.E. being able to brainwash/control people). Not to mention the fact that the guy she kind of loves not only found out she was a Lunar but also a cyborg and threw her in prison. She’s confused and is trying to figure out what she wants to do next. I really felt for Cinder in this book. The poor girl was a wanted fugitive by both the entire Earth and Luna. I have to admit that she really steps up from her situation and tries her best to stay ahead of the curve. Many heroines would probably sit somewhere and hide, hoping for the best, but Cinder strives for answers. She puts herself out there, knowing that the entire planet is looking for her, and does everything she can to figure out what happened to her eleven years ago. In my opinion, she got way more bad ass.

And what about dear Captain Thorne? He reminded me of a cross between Han Solo and Captain Jack Harkness (from Doctor Who & Torchwood for all you non scifi people, but seriously, you should check those shows out!). Thorne was charming, comical, and absolutely fun in an otherwise grim situation. I always looked forward to his playful bantering with Cinder. The poor girl needs a bit of humor in her life, whether she wants it or not. Do I see him as a love interest for Cinder? Honestly, no way. He’s more like the goofy sidekick, but I love him to death for it!

Speaking of sidekicks, Cinder’s android friend Iko returns BIGGER and better than ever! (You see what I did there?) Her drama loving best friend is put into the hardware of the giant spaceship Captain Thorne stole and you can bet there were more laughs to go around. Between Iko and Thorne, that ship had all kinds of fun! (I kind of want to be on that spaceship.)

As for Kai? The poor guy is stressed out more than an honor student the night before finals day. And I don’t blame him! When you have an evil moon queen threatening war against your planet if you don’t find the girl you were into and turn her over to probably die, you’d be stressed out too. Not to mention that said psycho queen also wants to marry you so she can kill you after her coronation and take over the planet anyways. The poor guys has got a LOT of problems and no easy solution. Of all the characters, he is the only one who still has no idea that Cinder is really Princess Selene. And with only one clear choice left to be made, I’m sorry to say that Kai is probably in the worst position out of all the characters in the story. Where’s a moon princess when you need one? Heading towards Africa in a spaceship controlled by her android best friend with a wolfman, crazy ginger, and the world’d biggest flirt.

As far as plot is concerned, Meyer was able to weave another breath taking story that kept me guessing what would happen next. I couldn’t put the book down about twenty pages in and even stayed up until almost 2am just so I could give this book the best review I could while it was still fresh in my brain. The world of The Lunar Chronicles is as breath-taking and captivating as it was when Cinder first came out and I promise that Scarlet will not disappoint.

I give this book five out of five stars. It was complete perfection and I wouldn’t change it in any way! I can’t wait for the next book to come and see where the author takes this odd group of revolutionaries.

5star

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Waiting on Wednesday

19 06 2013

New WoW

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

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Goodreads summary:

Following an all-out battle with the walking Dead, the Spirit Hunters have fled Philadelphia, leaving Eleanor alone to cope with the devastating aftermath. But there’s more trouble ahead—the evil necromancer Marcus has returned, and his diabolical advances have Eleanor escaping to Paris to seek the help of Joseph, Jie, and the infuriatingly handsome Daniel once again. When she arrives, however, she finds a whole new darkness lurking in this City of Light. As harrowing events unfold, Eleanor is forced to make a deadly decision that will mean life or death for everyone.

Susan Dennard, aka the BAMF Queen, brings back her world of the walking dead, bad ass Spirit Hunters, and the sexy Daniel. I am eager to read this second installment in the books! I mean, hello! Zombies! Anything with zombies is usually pretty awesome and Susan won’t disappoint!

Publication date: July 23rd, 2013





Top Ten Tuesday~

18 06 2013

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Time for another Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s theme: Top Ten Books At The Top Of My Summer TBR List. Considering I just happened to pick up a bunch of books from the library, this fits perfectly!

Recently Released

1. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

I absolutely ADORED Cinder. I didn’t think I would because I’m not really into scifi reads, but Cinder was far better than I thought it would be. I actually just picked up Scarlet today, so I cannot wait to read this book in the next few days!

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2. The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

This book is the sequel to The Immortal Rules and honestly, I’m terrified to read it. I’ve seen the countless retweets by distraught fans over the end of the book and I’m afraid of what’s waiting at the end.

The Eternity Cure Julie Kagawa

3. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

I’ve read the first book, Shatter Me, and the e-novella Destroy Me. I have not read this yet either, but again I have heard of the infamous Chapter 62 and am eager to read it. All I know is that it is ‘steamy’.

Books I haven’t Read Yet For Whatever Reason

4. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book. I’m not sure why I haven’t read it yet but I plan to change that this summer!

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5. Across the Universe by Beth Revis

I’ve heard of Beth Revis from many of the authors I follow on Twitter and I have heard of this book. I’m not sure if this is the book the movie Across the Universe if based on or not, but I decided that I need to give it a read this summer!

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6. Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

This book my dear friend Kitty recommended to me (you can check out her blog here), saying it was something right down my alley. I trust this girl, since she has amazing taste in books, so I expect I will like this book!

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Not Yet Released Books

7. Canary by Rachel Alpine

If you’ve seen any of my earlier blog posts, you know how excited I am for this book. Check out what it is all about in my Canary Blog Post.

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8. The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

This is another author I have read before, her Paranormalcy trilogy, and I can’t wait to read her new series! I mean, the book is about EGYPTIAN mythology. You don’t see a lot of that in YA nowadays.

the chaos of stars

9. Awaken by Meg Cabot
I’ve already dedicated myself tot he first two books and I need to know what happens next. End of discussion.

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Book(s) I Happened To Come Across

10. My Family for the War by Anne C. Voorhoeve

I haven’t read any historical books in a while, so I plan to give this one a try. It seems interesting enough to me.

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Review of Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

14 06 2013

I finished this book a couple days ago and it was fantastic!

“Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. . . .

Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn’t believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.

Peter is unlike anyone she’s ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland’s inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she’s always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.

With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it’s the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who’s everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.”(Description from Goodreads)

This book is by the New York Times bestselling author of the Peaches books (which I must admit I have not read). But if her other books are anything like Tiger Lily, I will definitely read them!

This book took a completely different look on the classic Peter Pan story. Told from the point of view of Tinker Bell, the book centers on the life of an abandoned indian girl named Tiger Lily adopted by the Shaman of the Sky People tribe, Tik Tok.

I normally don’t like stories told from a different characters point of view, but I found this book to be entirely unique and different. Every classical character from the original Peter Pan story was shown in a different, refreshing, light. The notorious Captain Hook was no more than a minor character who was either drunk or charming throughout the book. While his faithfil first mate, Smee, was far more dark and dubious.

Peter was a bit crazier and all the lost boys were much older with a wildness unlike anything Disney could have imagined. Tiger Lily herself was silent and strong, stronger than most of the braves in her tribe. I really enjoyed her character. Though Wendy’s appearance in the book was short, it made a large impact in Tiger Lily’s life. I found myself, who is typically a Wendy fan, actually dislike her.

The plot of the whole story was amazing. The whole book described Tiger Lily’s life from an early age until long after the main events of the book. I really felt for all the characters and by the end of it, I was just as upset as the main characters. Out of them all I think I sympathized most with Tinker Bell who was nothing more than a silent observer to all of the events unable to do anything to truly help them and mostly went unnoticed by the characters.

Honestly, there was nothing wrong with this book. I adored the story, the characters, and the inevitable heartache I knew was going to happen. I actually want to buy this book (I borrowed it from the library) and keep it for my own personal collection. I never do this unless the book has really stuck with me, which this one has.

I recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of the original story of Peter Pan or retellings of classic fairytales. Heck, even if they aren’t your typical reads, you should definitely check this book out! I promise this book will keep you glued to your seat until you finish it! 5 stars!
5star

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Canary by Rachel Alpine Book Trailer Revealed!

14 06 2013

That’s right! The book trailer for Rachel Alpine’s highly anticipated debut novel, Canary, has been revealed! Before I show you the trailer, here’s a little about the author, Rachel Alpine and Canary!

Rachel AlpineRachele Alpine is a lover of sushi, fake mustaches, and Michael Jackson. One of her first jobs was at a library, but it didn’t last long, because all she did was hide in the third-floor stacks and read. Now she’s a little more careful about when and where she indulges her reading habit. By day she’s a high school English teacher, and by night she writes with the companionship of the world’s cutest dog, Radley, a big cup of coffee, and a full bag of gummy peaches. Rachele lives with her husband in Cleveland, Ohio, but dreams of moving back to Boston, the city she fell in love with while attending graduate school there.

Find out more about Rachel and her books at her website http://www.rachelealpine.com/

Canary Summary from Goodreads: “Staying quiet will destroy her, but speaking up will destroy everyone.

Kate Franklin’s life changes for the better when her dad lands a job at Beacon Prep, an elite private school with one of the best basketball teams in the state. She begins to date a player on the team and quickly gets caught up in a world of idolatry and entitlement, learning that there are perks to being an athlete.

But those perks also come with a price. Another player takes his power too far and Kate is assaulted at a party. Although she knows she should speak out, her dad’s vehemently against it and so, like a canary sent into a mine to test toxicity levels and protect miners, Kate alone breathes the poisonous secrets to protect her dad and the team. The world that Kate was once welcomed into is now her worst enemy, and she must decide whether to stay silent or expose the corruption, destroying her father’s career and bringing down a town’s heroes.

Canary is told in a mix of prose and verse.”

Sounds good, right? I, for one, am eager to read this book when it comes out in August! So, without further ado, I give you the official Canary Book Trailer!