Saturday, April 30, 2011

Review: Die For Me - Amy Plum

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (May 10, 2011)

My life had always been blissfully, wonderfully normal. But it only took one moment to change everything.
Suddenly, my sister, Georgia, and I were orphans. We put our lives into storage and moved to Paris to live with my grandparents. And I knew my shattered heart, my shattered life, would never feel normal again. Then I met Vincent.
Mysterious, sexy, and unnervingly charming, Vincent Delacroix appeared out of nowhere and swept me off my feet. Just like that, I was in danger of losing my heart all over again. But I was ready to let it happen.
Of course, nothing is ever that easy. Because Vincent is no normal human. He has a terrifying destiny, one that puts his life at risk every day. He also has enemies . . . immortal, murderous enemies who are determined to destroy him and all of his kind.
While I'm fighting to piece together the remnants of my life, can I risk putting my heart—as well as my life and my family's—in jeopardy for a chance at love?

While not quite what I expected Die For Me was still a very good read.  I was expecting more action/adventure with a side of romance, but this was more romance with a side of action/adventure.  Normally this type of book wouldn't be my style but the characters all seemed to jump off the page and sink there claws into me.  Watching Kate grow from where we meet her to where we leave her was actually pretty amazing.  And Vincent and crew just amazed me.  Amy Plum's writing was spot on in my opinion.  The story never bored me and the characters seemed so full of life that I had trouble putting this one down.  I look forward to more books in this series, and any other books written by Amy Plum.  This one gets 4 stars from me!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Friday Blog Hop (7) Follow Friday (7)

Friday Blog Hop is hosted by Jenn at Crazy-For-Books.   It is a weekend long Book Party giving bloggers a chance to get to know each other and access to new blogs that we all might enjoy! If you haven't stopped by to give the hop a look I highly suggest that you do! Also every week there is a new question posted for us at answer this weeks question is...

"Summer is coming quickly - what 2011 summer release are you are most looking forward to?"

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee, every week we all get together to answer a question and find new blogs that we enjoy. This weeks question is

Q. Keeping with the dystopian and apocalypse theme that seems to be running rampant on, I have one very hard question for you: If you were stocking your bomb shelter, what books would you HAVE to include if you only had space for ten?

The Hunger Games (3) - Suzanne Collins
Dead to the World - Charlaine Harris
Jane Jameson series - Molly Harper (3)
Hex Hall series - Rachel Hawkins (2)
A Kiss of Shadows - Laurell K Hamilton

although I would like to think I could grab my Nook and just be good to go.  =o)

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Review: After - Amy Efaw

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 350 pages
Publisher: Viking Juvenile; 1 edition (August 11, 2009)

    An infant left in the trash to die. A teenage mother who never knew she was pregnant . . .
    Before That Morning, these were the words most often used to describe straight-A student and star soccer player Devon Davenport: responsible, hardworking, mature. But all that changes when the police find Devon home sick from school as they investigate the case of an abandoned baby. Soon the connection is made—Devon has just given birth; the baby in the trash is hers. After That Morning, there’s only one way to define Devon: attempted murderer.
    And yet gifted author Amy Efaw does the impossible— she turns Devon into an empathetic character, a girl who was in such deep denial that she refused to believe she was pregnant. Through airtight writing and fast-paced, gripping storytelling, Ms. Efaw takes the reader on Devon’s unforgettable journey toward clarity, acceptance, and redemption.

    I don't know what prompted me to pick up this book, but I did.  It wasn't a happy book, or in anyway comical.  I remember when I was younger the news telling a story about two local teens who threw there newborn in a dumpster, and another newscast about "Prom Mom", at the time I didn't have any kids and couldn't understand how or why they could do something like that.  Even after becoming a mother in a not so ideal situation I still didn't understand what would drive someone to do that.  We start our story with an almost unconscious Devon, and we are quickly introduced to our story her mother comes home telling Devon that a baby was found in a garbage can behind there building, and we take off from there down the road of peacing together how Devon a star soccer player and great student  could have been pregnant and no one knew, and what lead her to the choices she made.  We go to the hospital with Devon who is in danger of bleeding to death after her delivery, then to the juvenile detention center where we watch Devon try to figure everything out and come to terms with what happened. We eventually go to trial where we learn the most about Devon as a person.  This book ends with Devon making the most adult and responsible decision possible.  I can't say that this book made me understand why some people feel that this is there only option, but I believe it has helped me be able not to judge them without knowing there story.  I'm giving this book 4 stars.  I wish I could say I liked this book but I really can't.  It was a well written and presented, but it was a tough subject.  I will say that I didn't dislike it, and I am glad I read it, but my gushy feelings of book love are sitting somewhere in the middle. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (7)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My pick this week is...

The year is 2032, sixteen years after a deadly virus—and the vaccine intended to protect against it—wiped out most of the earth’s population. The night before eighteen-year-old Eve’s graduation from her all-girls school she discovers what really happens to new graduates, and the horrifying fate that awaits her.
Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Separated from men her whole life, Eve has been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust...and her heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.
I can't wait for this book!!!! I need it like NOW!  Can't wait to see what you guys are waiting for =o)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Review: Enclave - Anne Aguirre

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends; 1 edition (April 12, 2011)

New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20's. When Deuce turns 15, she takes on her role as a Huntress, and is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy. When she and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been decimated by the tunnel monsters—or Freaks—who seem to be growing more organized, the elders refuse to listen to warnings. And when Deuce and Fade are exiled from the enclave, the girl born in darkness must survive in daylight, in the ruins of a city whose population has dwindled to a few dangerous gangs. As the two are guided by Fade’s long-ago memories, they face dangers, and feelings, unlike any they’ve ever known.

I've seen the trailer for this book popping up all over the blogsphere and it looked good so I said what the heck.  And I'm so glad I did.  This book was terrific!  At first I wasn't sure how much I was going to like Deuce, but quickly she grew on me.  I loved the underground world not that I would want to live there, but it was an interesting place to visit.  The freaks actually gave me the willies.  The seemed too closely related to zombies for me.  Watching Deuce and Fade work together and get to know each other was like being on a roller coaster, and it was a process that seemed to last for the entire book.  I really liked both Deuce and Fade they just seemed so real to me.  The part of the story that really got me was when Deuce had to learn about and try to adjust to life topside.  Simple things we never really think about seemed to either amaze or frighten her, I absolutely  loved it.  The journey does not end there for these two the journey they have while topside will have you on the edge of your seats.  I highly recomend this book and give it 5 stars!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Cover Crazy (7)

Cover Crazy is a weekly mem hosted by Tawni over at The Book Worms

My picks this week are...

One hour to rewrite the past . . . 
For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn’t there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents’ death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She’s tried everything, but the visions keep coming back.
So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson’s willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may change her past.
Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he’s around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should have happened?

Full of atmosphere, mystery, and romance, Hourglass merges the very best of the paranormal and science-fiction genres in a seductive, remarkable young adult debut.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Friday, April 22, 2011

Friday Blog Hop (6) Follow Friday (5)

Friday Blog Hop is hosted by Jenn at Crazy-For-Books.   It is a weekend long Book Party giving bloggers a chance to get to know each other and access to new blogs that we all might enjoy! If you haven't stopped by to give the hop a look I highly suggest that you do! Also every week there is a new question posted for us at answer this weeks question is...

"If you find a book you love, do you hunt down other books by the same author?"

Yes, If I find an author who can tell a good story and whose writing I like I do tend to look for other books by them to at least give them a try. I'm trying to diversify my genres that I will read as well which is good for when an author I like writes more than one genre.  One of the things I have enjoyed most about blogging the past 2 months is finding new authors, or new books that I might like even if they aren't in my "typical" genre.

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee, every week we all get together to answer a question and find new blogs that we enjoy. This weeks question is

Q. What is on your current playlist right now?

oh boy my play list is a mishmash of everything lol

Man - O - War
Toby Keith
Kenny Chesney
Taylor Swift
Kings of Leon

just to name some of the mishmash hehe

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Review: Birthmarked - Caragh M. O'Brien

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press; 1 edition (March 30, 2010)

After climate change, on the north shore of Unlake Superior, a dystopian world is divided between those who live inside the wall, and those, like sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone, who live outside. It’s Gaia’s job to “advance” a quota of infants from poverty into the walled Enclave, until the night one agonized mother objects, and Gaia’s parents are arrested.
Badly scarred since childhood, Gaia is a strong, resourceful loner who begins to question her society. As Gaia’s efforts to save her parents take her within the wall, she herself is arrested and imprisoned.
Fraught with difficult moral choices and rich with intricate layers of codes, Birthmarked explores a colorful, cruel, eerily familiar world where one girl can make all the difference, and a real hero makes her own moral code.

I've had this on my TBR pile since it was released and I never picked it up or ever really considered it,  I got pulled into books with a lot of hype or beautiful covers.  Now while I am happy I waited because the sequel is in the works and it won't seem like such a long wait to get it,  I feel like I robbed myself of this great story for way to long!  This in my opinion was a terrific book.  I really liked Gaia, from the first page you can see her uncertainty.  She knows what she should do but it still seems to feel wrong to her.  She continued on with her life after the arrest of both her parents in the hopes that they would be back home soon.  It wasn't until she gets some very shocking news that she finally strays from her path in an attempt to get them back.. From there she starts her journey into seeing that life within the walls might not have been everything she was lead to believe.  She makes some tough choices that land her in dyer straights and still she clings to the hope of being with her parents.   As the story continues to unravel she makes and unlikely friend and fights for the life of herself and her parents as she plays a delicate game with the people in charge of there world.  I stayed on the edge of my seat for most of this wild ride.  I was amazed by Gaia, once she set her mind she never really wavered.  She was strong and in my opinion amazing.  Along the way my heart broke along with Gaia's, and at times I felt her relief as if it truly were my own.  As I've said before I am rather new to dystopia genre but I am loving it.  My first taste was the Hunger Games and I have been searching for something that compares and while I have found other great books nothing was quite as good, but I think this series has the potential!  I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars but I can't so 5 stars it shall be!  I hope that all of you will give this book a chance. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (6)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My picks this week are...
When alchemist Sydney is ordered into hiding to protect the life of Moroi princess Jill Dragomir, the last place she expects to be sent is a human private school in Palm Springs, California. But at their new school, the drama is only just beginning.
Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Bloodlines explores all the friendship, romance, battles and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive—this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone’s out for blood.

In the thrilling follow up to Birthmarked, sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone has fled
from the Enclave and now must fight for her baby sister’s survival in the matriarchal society of Sylum.
Striking out into the wasteland with nothing but her baby sister, a handful of supplies, and a rumor to guide her, 16-year-old midwife Gaia Stone survives only to be captured by the people of Sylum, a dystopian society where women rule the men who drastically outnumber them, and a kiss is a crime. In order to see her sister again, Gaia must submit to their strict social code, but how can she deny her sense of justice, her curiosity, and everything in her heart that makes her whole?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Review: Shift - Jeri Smith Ready

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse (May 3, 2011)

Aura’s life is anything but easy. Her boyfriend, Logan, died, and his slides between ghost and shade have left her reeling. Aura knows he needs her now more than ever. She loves Logan, but she can’t deny her connection with the totally supportive, totally gorgeous Zachary. And she’s not sure that she wants to.
Logan and Zachary will fight to be the one by her side, but Aura needs them both to uncover the mystery of her past—the mystery of the Shift.
As Aura’s search uncovers new truths, she must decide whom to trust with her secrets…and her heart.

If I could climb a tall building and sing the praises of this book I would!  I really enjoyed Shade, but in my opinion it pales in comparison to Shift.  It was a non-stop, sometimes shocking, sometimes heart wrenching read.  I still really liked Aura she was just as great as in the first book.  Our hot boys were both great and frustrating.  I had said in my review for Shade that I hoped we learned more about the shift, and Jeri Smith Ready delivered.  There was quite a bit I never expected but this is what makes it great!  I have so many ideas and theory's  that I can't wait for the next book just to see how wrong they all were, since all my ideas for Shade got blown out of the water.  I think this series has become on of my favorites and I hope that all of you take the time to give it a try! You won't be disappointed! I give this one 5 stars!

Teaser Tuesday (6)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
This week mt teaser is from...

"You seem like a nice girl Astrid" Diana said. "I'll bet you're one of those brainy, Lisa Simpson types, all full of great ideas and worried about saving the planet or whatever.  But things have changed.  This isn't your old life anymore.  It's know what it's like? Its like you use to live in a really nice neighborhood, and now you life in a really tough neighborhood.  You don't look though, Astrid"

Monday, April 18, 2011

Cover Crazy (6)

Cover Crazy is a weekly mem hosted by Tawni over at The Book Worms

My pick this week is...

I desperately want to know where this girl in the gorgeous dress is running to, or who/what she is running from...I can't wait for this one to come out!!

What covers are all of you crazy for?

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Review: Slice of Cherry - Dia Reeves

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 512 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse (January 4, 2011)

Kit and Fancy Cordelle are sisters of the best kind: best friends, best confidantes, and best accomplices. The daughters of the infamous Bonesaw Killer, Kit and Fancy are used to feeling like outsiders, and that’s just the way they like it. But in Portero, where the weird and wild run rampant, the Cordelle sisters are hardly the oddest or most dangerous creatures around.

It’s no surprise when Kit and Fancy start to give in to their deepest desire—the desire to kill. What starts as a fascination with slicing open and stitching up quickly spirals into a gratifying murder spree. Of course, the sisters aren’t killing just anyone, only the people who truly deserve it. But the girls have learned from the mistakes of their father, and know that a shred of evidence could get them caught. So when Fancy stumbles upon a mysterious and invisible doorway to another world, she opens a door to endless possibilities….

I want more! There is something enthralling about having crazy people as our main characters. I thought Hannah was bad but wow Kit and Fancy take the cake. At first I thought Kit was the worse of the two but somewhere along the way I think Fancy stole the show. Only in a town like Portero could two crazy sisters meet two crazy brothers and manage not to destroy the cosmic balance of the universe. I really can't say too much without giving stuff away but I can that that this book was bloody, gruesome, and at times down right creepy. I really hope Dia Reeves keeps writing about Portero and its crazy citizens because these books are awesome in a train wreck kinda way. You know you should look away but you just can't. If you liked Bleeding Violet you will like this one as well. If you haven't read Bleeding Violet what are you waiting for? Go to the library or a book store and pick up a copy of each...You won't be disappointed. 5 stars from me!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Friday Blog Hop (6) Follow Friday (5)

Friday Blog Hop is hosted by Jenn at Crazy-For-Books.   It is a weekend long Book Party giving bloggers a chance to get to know each other and access to new blogs that we all might enjoy! If you haven't stopped by to give the hop a look I highly suggest that you do! Also every week there is a new question posted for us at answer this weeks question is...

"Pick a character from a book you are currently reading or have just finished and tell us about him/her."

I just finished Starcrossed by  Josephine Angelini , Helen is the name of the main female character in this book.  She is a not so normal teenaged girl.  She doesn't want to be popular or stand out she just wants to float by under the radar hoping that no one notices the things about her that are a little different.  She seems to have a great relationship with her father and has a great friend named Claire.  Her life gets turned a little upside down when a new family moves to the island that she lives on. From then on there is love, hate, excitment and danger in her future, and she faces it all pretty well in my opinion.  But instead of reading this you should be trying to get a copy of Starcrossed and be meeting Helen for yourself, I'm sure you will like her and that you will love her story.  Now go...quirt reading this and go introduce yourself to Helen! lol

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee, every week we all get together to answer a question and find new blogs that we enjoy. This weeks question is

Q. Do you have anyone that you can discuss books with IRL? Tell us about him/her.

I am very luck to have a close friend who is just as addicted to reading as I am, She never goes anywhere with out her Nook or a book, and at any given point in time I am pretty sure I could pop open the trunk of her car and enter a mini library lol.  We have gone to book signings together and we enjoy the same genres so it is nice to be able to discuss a book or laugh at stupid quotes and such with someone. Although no matter the reason either one of us calls the other for we always end up talking about books in the end.  We have helped each other find some pretty good books through out the years and I'm sure we will continue to throw books at each other and say "read this now!!" 

I can't wait to hop around and read everyone elses answers =o)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Cover Reveal!

Kelly Meding revealed the cover to her 3rd book in her Dreg City series! I absolutely love this series!! The first 2 books have been so good and I have been anxiously awaiting the release of the 3rd, while we still have some time to wait for its release on July 26,2011 but the cover was revealed and without further ado here it is...

She can heal her own wounds. She can nail a monster to a wall. But there’s one danger Evangeline Stone never saw coming.
Been there. Done that. Evy Stone is a former Dreg Bounty Hunter who died and came back to life with some extraordinary powers. Now all but five people in the world think she is dead again, this time for good—immolated in a factory fire set specifically for her. Evy and Wyatt, her partner/lover/friend, can no longer trust their former allies, or even the highest echelons of the Triads—the army of fighters holding back from an unsuspecting public a tide of quarreling, otherworldly creatures—they can trust only each other. Because when the Triads raided a macabre, monster-filled lab of science experiments and hauled away the remnants, they failed to capture their creator: a brilliant, vampire-obsessed scientist with a wealth of powerful, anti-Dreg weaponry to trade for what he desires most of all—Evy Stone: alive and well, and the key to his ultimate experiment in mad science

Oh squee!!! I can't wait hehe.

Review: Bleeding Violet - Dia Reeves

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse; Reprint edition (December 7, 2010)

Love can be a dangerous thing....
Hanna simply wants to be loved. With a head plagued by hallucinations, a medicine cabinet full of pills, and a closet stuffed with frilly, violet dresses, Hanna's tired of being the outcast, the weird girl, the freak. So she runs away to Portero, Texas in search of a new home.
But Portero is a stranger town than Hanna expects. As she tries to make a place for herself, she discovers dark secrets that would terrify any normal soul. Good thing for Hanna, she's far from normal. As this crazy girl meets an even crazier town, only two things are certain: Anything can happen and no one is safe.

I think this might by the most messed up book I have ever read, but I LOVED it!  I have never met a character like Hannah, totally crazy but focused.  I really liked the fact that Hannah was crazy, I don't think she would have been able to handle Portero if she weren't.  I also really liked Rosealee who had just as many issues as her daughter.  Watching the relationship change between Rosealee and Hannah was nice, and Hannah's never ending attempt to win over, or help Rosealee even though she wasn't always nice to Hannah was kind of heart warming.  Wyatt to me was yet another awesome character, torn between duty and personal feelings our poor tortured hero.  He balances Hannah well and is a great addition to the overall story.  Now let me say the town of Portero is one messed up place.  I don't think I could live in a town were walking to the mailbox could be the last thing you do!  Flying leeches also aren't a selling point for me! But it was a great place to read about.  I read Dia Reeves FAQ and she says she doesn't do sequals which dissappoints me a little because I would love to revisit Hannah, but while not a sequel she did write another book set in Portero which I can't wait to start.  I give this one 5 stars!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (5)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My picks this week is...

My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Acad­emy — a school of myths, magic and war­rior whiz kids, where even the lowli­est geek knows how to chop off somebody’s head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spar­tan guy in school, also hap­pens to be the deadliest.
But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jas­mine Ash­ton was mur­dered in the Library of Antiq­ui­ties. Then, some­one stole the Bowl of Tears, a mag­i­cal arti­fact that can be used to bring about the sec­ond Chaos War. You know, death, destruc­tion and lots of other bad, bad things. Freaky stuff like this goes on all the time at Mythos, but I’m deter­mined to find out who killed Jas­mine and why – espe­cially since I should have been the one who died...

To save the life of the boy she loves, Jacinda did the unthinkable: She betrayed the most closely-guarded secret of her kind. Now she must return to the protection of her pride knowing she might never see Will again—and worse, that because his mind has been shaded, Will’s memories of that fateful night and why she had to flee are gone.
Back home, Jacinda is greeted with hostility and must work to prove her loyalty for both her sake and her family’s. Among the few who will even talk to her are Cassian, the pride’s heir apparent who has always wanted her, and her sister, Tamra, who has been forever changed by a twist of fate. Jacinda knows that she should forget Will and move on—that if he managed to remember and keep his promise to find her, it would only endanger them both. Yet she clings to the hope that someday they will be together again. When the chance arrives to follow her heart, will she risk everything for love?
In bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s dramatic follow-up to Firelight, forbidden love burns brighter than ever.
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