Tuesday, July 31, 2012

My Momentous Month (1)

I decided to start an end of the month meme where I go over all of my favorites from the month in each genre, go over my favorite book of the month, go over the reviews I posted, as well as the books I plan to read in the coming month. I also plan on going over my favorite characters, covers, and settings of the month as well. I decided to try something new and I hope you guys enjoy it! 

Books Read in July 2012

  1. Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London
  2. Shadowland by Alyson Noel
  3. The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
  4. Crossed by Ally Condie
  5. The Death Cure by James Dashner
  6. All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin
  7. The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler
  8. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
  9. The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls by Julie Schumacher
  10. Watch Me by Lauren Barnholdt
  11. The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda
  12. Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
  13. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Favorite Book of the Month

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
It was just so fun & humorous. Beauty Queens is a great summertime read!

Reviews Posted in July 2012
Books to Read for August 2012
  1. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
  2. Companions of the Night by Vivian Vande Velde
  3. Heir Apperant by Vivian Vande Velde
  4. Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
  5. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
  6. This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers
  7. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  8. If these are finished, I'll just randomly choose some others... most likely 2012 debuts.

Favorites in Each Genre

Contemporary: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
Dystopian: The Death Cure by James Dashner
Fantasy: The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff (If this is even considered a type of fantasy...)
Paranormal: Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Favorite Characters of the Month

Favorite Male Character: Lend from Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Favorite Female Character: Dawn fom Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London

Favorite Cover of the Month

The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda

Favorite Setting(s) of the Month

Darkness Before Dawn-The futuristic world where humans are kept in towns surrounded by a wall. The town is ruled by a vampire lord.

Photos found on Goodreads.

Top Ten Tuesday (4)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's theme is Top Ten Characters I'd Like to Switch Places With for 24 Hours.

This was a fun one! These are in no particular order.

10. Mara from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
She's friends with a British guy. Enough said.

9. Tris from Divergent by Veronica Roth
I would love to take the test when I turn 16 to see what faction I'd belong to.

8. Clary from City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Just being able to live in that world...

7. Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter Series (I know she isn't in this one!)
It's in the magical world of Harry Potter. What else do I have to say?

6. Annie Cresta from The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins (isn't mentioned until Catching Fire)
Annie is married to Finnick. Who wouldn't want to switch places with her for 24 hours?

5. Teresa from The Maze Runner series by James Dashner
I think it would be totally cool to be able to talk to people while just thinking-even if it is with only one other person!

4. Adina from Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
I think that it would be awesome to switch places with Adina-she was a great leader.

3. Six from I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
I think it would be cool to be an alien from some awesome planet. Especially if you were saved from the planet while it was being destroyed so that you could help save them in the end! I don't care if other aliens would be after me.

2. Evie from Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Evie is one of the funniest characters ever. It would be cool to see past supernatural's glamours!

1. America Singer from The Selection by Kiera Cass
I just think that it would be amazing to be in a competition to be the next princess... especially if you made it to the near top!
 Photos found on Goodreads.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

New Releases for the Week of July 29-August 4, 2012

Here are some of the upcoming releases for this week! 

July 31: Hide and Seek by Sara Shepard
Book 4 in the Lying Games series

July 31: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

July 31: Beautiful Days by Anna Godbersen
Book 2 in the Bright Young Things Series

July 31: Never Have I Ever by Sara Shepard in paperback
Book 2 in the Lying Games series

Photos & info found on Barnes & Noble.

Book Review: The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

Title: The Replacement
Author: Brenna Yovanoff
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: September 1, 2010
Edition: Paperback (352 pages)
Cover Review: I think that the cover is creepy, but it definitely represents the story.
Main Character: Mackie Doyle

"Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is fighting to survive in the human world.

Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with his crush, Tate. But when Tate's baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs."

Story: In this novel we follow Mackie as he struggles to live in the human world. He can't touch iron or smell metal. When those things do happen, he starts to get dizzy and possibly blacks out. When Mackie was younger, he was put in a crib in place of a real child. The only people that know about this are his parents and his sister. His friend can tell too, just since they've known each other for a long while. The strange thing is, the Replacements usually die... Mackie didn't.

After a child is taken from a crib and the Replacement dies, Tate asks Mackie for help. Tate's little sister, Natalie, was stolen and she knows that the child that died was not her sister; it couldn't be. Mackie refuses to help. He mustn't let anyone know what he truly is. After finding an underground mystical place where people like him live, he finds that the Morrigan (the lady in charge) has a sister, Lady. Lady is evil and she steals kids to sacrifice on All Soul's Day. She believes this is just how it has to be in the little town of Gentry.

Together, Mackie and Tate must try to get Natalie back.

Characters: Mackie was the mysterious guy at school who hung out with the popular guy. Girls secretly liked him but I don't think he really knew. I believe that Mackie wanted to be normal and not have to worry about staying away from metals. No one besides himself was ever having dizzying feelings from being near metals.

Tate wanted help, and for some reason, she knew that Mackie wasn't normal, that he was a Replacement. Throughout the whole story, she kept trying to get to the bottom of the case for her missing sister. I felt like she really cared for Mackie the whole time, but he didn't notice until close to the end.

All in All: This was a great creepy tale that was unique. I really liked the whole concept of Replacements. Most of the citizens in Gentry didn't even care when children died anymore because of how often they did. I would defnitely suggest this novel... definitely around Halloween. I also enjoyed how it was a stand alone novel instead of being part of a series. Everything seems to be in a series nowadays.

Rating: 4/5 Lightning Bolts

Have you read this novel? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Photo, summary, and info at top were all found on

Friday, July 27, 2012

Project Runway: Season 10

I am a HUGE Project Runway fan. I just started watching it last year, though I have also watched season 1 & 8 on DVD. Out of the three seasons I've watched, last season was definitely the best. Last year, I was rooting for Josh. His clothes were just so fun and bright. I'm happy for Anya though.

I started watching season 10, and I'm loving it so far. I can't wait to watch more! Last night's episode was y favorite kind of challenge: unconventional. All the designers had to visit Dylan's Candy Bar and find items to use in their design. The idea was to make something out of candy that doesn't look like candy. It had to look professional and neat.

Last night, my favorite was definitely Melissa's. It didn't really look like candy (she used black licorice). It almost looked like leather from afar.

Melissa's Black Licorice Design
 I also liked Dmitry's. He was the only one with a design that had movement, which I greatly appreciated. I loved how his also didn't look like candy. It had these gumballs (at least I think they were gumballs!) that looked just like beads, and I found it amazing.

Dmitry's Gumball Design

Are you a fan of Project Runway? What did you think of last night's episode?

Photo at top was found on Goodreads.
Model photos were found on Lifetime.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Book Review: Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London

Title: Darkness Before Dawn
Author: J.A. London
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: May 29, 2012
Edition: Paperback (342 pages)
Cover Review: I personally like the cover... especially the font used for the title.
Series: Darkness Before Dawn, Book 1
Main Character: Dawn

"Only sunlight can save us.

We built the wall to keep them out, to keep us safe. But it also makes us prisoners, trapped in what's left of our ravaged city, fearing nightfall.

After the death of my parents, it's up to me--as the newest delegate for humanity--to bargain with our vampire overlord. I thought I was ready. I thought I knew everything there was to know about the monsters. Then again, nothing could have prepared me for Lord Valentine . . . or his son. Maybe not all vampires are killers. Maybe it's safe to let one in.

Only one thing is certain: Even the wall is not enough. A war is coming and we cannot hide forever."

Story: In this novel, Dawn is our protagonist. In her world, towns are ruled by vampires. They have one vampire overlord in Denver... Lord Valentine. A delegate is chosen in each town to talk to the Lord every month. They talk about what is best for the people, recent vampire attacks on citizens, if vampires are getting enough blood, etc. Dawn's parents were the delegates before they were brutally murdered. It was quite brutal-they never found the bodies, only found blood. Dawn is chosen by Lord Valentine as the next delegate. She must go through training and become the youngest known delegate in history. The night before she goes to visit with Lord Valentine for the first time, she goes out to party with her friend Tegan. This party is near the wall that helps to keep vampires out. It isn't qiute safe to be near the wall, but she decides that she needs a night out. While at the party, Tegan is almost stolen by a vampire. After this fiasco, Dawn gets Tegan and they head out on the night train. While on the night train, Dawn notices that everyone on the train is a vampire. She is worried that she won't be able to survive until she finds that someone else is saving her... Victor.

After the terrific escape, Victor helps them get home. Dawn couldn't be thankful enough. Once she gets dropped off at her house, she realizes that she never told Victor where she lived.

The next night, at her meeting with Valentine, she finds something she never expected. Victor is Lord Valentine's son.

The goal of the characters was to find out who was killing the vampires. Vampires were found dead with bite marks on their necks, which is suspicious considering that they closely resemble vampire bite marks. Vampires can't drink other vampires blood... or can they?

I found that most of my questions were answered and that this would make a great stand-alone novel. But I do have to say that I'm excited to read the sequel. I feel that it did have the classic vampire story ending.

Characters: I felt like Dawn didn't really want to do what others told her. She wanted to do what she felt was right. She always spoke her mind, which I greatly appreciated. Dawn talked to Lord Valentine like he was anyone else. She didn't give him special treatment. I feel like Dawn grew throughout the novel as well. She started out as a girl who hated vampires since she was brought up in a world where everyone hates them. She ended as a girl who fell in love with a vampire and noticed that maybe they aren't all monsters. She hated vampires ever since her brother was murdered right in front of her at the age of 9. She hid in the closet since her brother told her to. She never saw him again.

Victor's goal was to pretty much take his father's throne. His father, Lord Valentine, was acting as if everything was perfectly normal. He didn't believe that their was such thing as vampires drinking other vampires blood. He said that it was impossible to survive like that. Victor believed that it was happening. He knew that if vampires drink other vampire's blood, they will survive, but they will end up in the crazy house. He also knew that human blood will never be good enough for them after a drop of vampire blood is drunk.

Lord Valentine was an okay villain. For some reason, I felt like he wasn't all that evil. Yes, he didn't believe that vampires were drinking from other vampires, but other than that, I didn't find that much was wrong with him. I feel like he was bad in the past, but he isn't as bad now. In the past, he banished his other son and his mother, saying that something was wrong with them.

All in All: I believe that this was a great vampire adventure/mystery/romance novel. I'd definitely recommend it. The novel was full of mystery and questions to be answered which were fully answered at the end.

Rating: 5/5 Lightning Bolts

Have you read this novel? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Photo, info at top, and summary were all found on Goodreads.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Book Review: Watch Me by Lauren Barnholdt

*Note* This was originally published as Reality Chick.

Title: Watch Me
Author: Lauren Barnholdt
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: June 20, 2006
Edition: Paperback (304 pages)
Cover Review: I don't like the cover much. All I see is feet.
Main Character: Ally Cavanaugh

"She thinks she has nothing to hide…

Ally has everything under control. She’s about to move into a house full of strangers and have her life broadcast to the world, but as long as she still has her long-distance boyfriend, Corey, nothing can go wrong. Nothing, that is, until Ally starts spending time with her housemate Drew, the hot and sensitive guy who always seems to be around when she needs someone the most.

As suspicions and lies start pulling Ally and Corey apart, she’s not sure if she can trust anyone, not even herself. Ally is about to learn the hard way that life is what happens when everyone is looking, and it doesn’t always capture her good side…."

Story: Ally is about to start college soon, and she finds that one the most popular shows, In the House, is going to be shooting a season at the college she is going to attend. Because of this, she decides to audition. After her audition, Ally doesn't think that she did well enough to make it on the show... she was wrong. She made it and she is really excited.

When she starts college, she meets all the other people in her house. There are four others-Simone, Drew, James, and Jasmine.

While going through all of this, her long-time boyfriend, Corey, is at another college in Florida. They barely see each other and don't talk much. One day while looking online, Ally sees a comment saying that Corey likes someone else. This really frustrates her. While the story goes on, Ally keeps seeing more and more of Drew, and less of Corey.

Everything really comes out once Corey comes to visit Ally over break.

Characters: Ally was my favorite character. I felt like she was the only normal-ish one. She was having boy troubles and she didn't know what to do.

Corey annoyed me a little. I felt like he did like someone else, he just didn't want to tell Ally. Plus, since hanging out in Florida, he started acting WAY different.

Drew was nice. He was a great best friend to Ally. If Ally seemed mad or angry, he knew to give her space. He also knew when she needed help and he was always there for her, even whey Corey wasn't. He also helped Ally with her photography class.

Jasmine seemed to be way different than she really was. It's like she put on a show for others, but deep down, she was really sweet and had the potential to be an amazing best friend.

Simone was okay. She fell hard for James, only to find that he was a player all along. We never saw much of James throughout the story, but when he was there, he really bothered me.

All in All: I thought that this was a great book. I loved how it was pretty much a T.V. show in book form. I also liked how it kind of sends the message that everything you see on T.V. isn't always true. I would suggest it if you are looking for a light contemporary read for summer. I'm definitely going to try to get Lauren Barnholdt's other novels.

Rating: 3.5/5 Lightning Bolts

Have you read this book? I'd love to hear what you thought!

Photo, summary, and info at the top were all found on Goodreads.

Waiting on Wednesday (3)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that spotlights upcoming releases that we're anticipating. This meme is hosted by Breaking the Spine.
This week I'm waiting on Middle Ground by Katie Kacvinsky, the sequel to Awaken. I absolutely loved book 1, so I can't wait for the sequel! The summary may contain spoilers for book one.

"In the sequel to Awaken, seventeen-year-old Maddie is in LA, is trying to stay out of trouble. But she can't quell the fire that rages within her against the digital life, and one night, a seemingly small act of rebellion lands Maddie in the place she fears the most: a detention center. Here, under the guise of rehabilitation, patients are reprogramed to accept the digital life. When Maddie discovers what goes on here, her fight shifts. She's no longer just fighting against the digital life. She's fighting for her mind, her soul, and her life. Once again, Katie Kacvinsky paints a disturbing picture of what the future holds if we're not careful."
This book will be released on November 20, 2012.

Photo and summary found on Goodreads.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (3)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's theme is Top Ten Most Vivid Worlds/Settings In Books.

This was quite a fun one!

1) The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Of course I picked the world of Harry Potter as my first choice. Everyone loves this series!
Did you know that there is a prequel? I just found out. I'm going to have to buy it!

2) Panem
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
While reading this book, you really get a feel for the setting and there is great world building. Not that I'd want to live in Panem, but this is definitely my second choice.

3) Delirium by Lauren Oliver
I really felt bad for Lena while reading this book.

4) Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky
While reading this book, I could really tell how much everyone loved their electronics. I could also really tell how often a person actually went out and visited with others.

5) Matched by Ally Condie
I loved learning more about this world with Cassia as she uncovered some secrets.

6) Wither by Lauren DeStefano
I loved this book. You could really tell how scary it is to be a girl all alone walking on the streets in this world.

7) Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
I loved the setting in this book. I really felt like I was with the kids from Miss Peregrine's.
I recently found out that this was part of a series, and book 2 comes out in 2013.

8. Maximum Ride series by James Patterson
I love the world that James built in the Maximum Ride series.

9. Gone by Michael Grant
I love this world! Most of the characters have special powers and the world is amazing.
10. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
I love this futuristic New Beijing with cyborgs and the like.
Hope you enjoyed my Top Ten Tuesday!

Photos were found on Goodreads.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Book Review: The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

Title: The Future of Us
Author(s): Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: November 21, 2011
Edition: Hardcover (356 pages)
Cover Review: I'm not a big fan of the cover, but I do love the font used for the title.
Main Character(s): Josh and Emma

"It's 1996, and Josh and Emma have been neighbors their whole lives. They've been best friends almost as long - at least, up until last November, when Josh did something that changed everything. Things have been weird between them ever since, but when Josh's family gets a free AOL CD in the mail,his mom makes him bring it over so that Emma can install it on her new computer. When they sign on, they're automatically logged onto their Facebook pages. But Facebook hasn't been invented yet. And they're looking at themselves fifteen years in the future.

By refreshing their pages, they learn that making different decisions now will affect the outcome of their lives later. And as they grapple with the ups and downs of what their futures hold, they're forced to confront what they're doing right - and wrong - in the present."

Story: One day, Josh gives Emma an AOL cd-rom. She tries it out on her new computer, and finds that she can somehow see herself on this website called "Facebook." She believes that it predicts the future, while Josh... well, not so much.

Throughout the whole novel, Emma keeps trying to change the future. They are never happy with the outcome. One minute Emma will be with one husband, and the next minute, it will be some other husband. Josh is perfectly happy with his future. He's with the most popular girl in the whole school, who he's never even talked to in his life. Plus, he's living the good life-his wife is rich.

I really enjoyed the story of this novel. I could definitely see how someone would try to keep changing their fate. It was very enjoyable, and I read it in less than 4 hours.

Characters: Josh and Emma were very funny. I knew all along that they'd end up together. I mean, they'd been best friends since they were young, how could they not end up together in the end?

I think I liked Josh better. He wasn't trying at all to change his future. He thought it should stay the way it was... but then again, he was with the popular girl.

Emma got on my nerves sometimes. She NEVER liked her future. She NEVER liked her husband. She always needed something better. When she saw that life wasn't working out, she tried her hardest to change it. Life is tough. She needs to learn to live with it.

All in All: I thought this was a good read. I mostly read it because the Facebook sections were fun to read.

Rating: 4/5 Lightning Bolts

Have you read this book? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Info at top, summary, and photo were all found on Goodreads.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

New Releases for the Week of July 23-28, 2012

Here are some of the upcoming releases for this week!

July 24: Endlessly by Kiersten White
Book 3 in the Paranormalcy series.

July 24: I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: The Legacies by Pittacus Lore

July 24: Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

July 24: The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore in Paperback
Book 2 in the Lorien Legacies

July 24: Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

July 24: Twilight Graphic Novel 2 by Stephanie Meyer & Young Kim

July 24: Supernaturally by Kiersten White in paperback
Book 2 in the Paranormalcy series by Kiersten White

July 24: Cold Fury by T.M. Goeglein
Photos found on Barnes & Noble and Goodreads.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Book Review: The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls by Julie Schumacher

Title: The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls
Author: Julie Schumacher
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Release Date: May 8, 2012
Edition: ARC
Cover Review: I'm not the biggest fan of the cover. It looks too normal and simple.
Main Character: Adrienne Haus

"I'm Adrienne Haus, survivor of a mother-daughter book club. Most of us didn't want to join. My mother signed me up because I was stuck at home all summer, with my knee in a brace. CeeCee's parents forced her to join after cancelling her Paris trip because she bashed up their car. The members of "The Unbearable Book Club," CeeCee, Jill, Wallis, and I, were all going into eleventh grade A.P. English. But we weren't friends. We were literary prisoners, sweating, reading classics, and hanging out at the pool. If you want to find out how membership in a book club can end up with a person being dead, you can probably look us up under mother-daughter literary catastrophe. Or open this book and read my essay, which I'll turn in when I go back to school."

Story: This book was about Adrienne, whose mother organized a summer book club. This book club was only organized because Adrienne ended up with her knee in a brace. She was supposed to be spending the summer with her friend. Instead, her friend went without her. In the book club, there are 4 girls and 4 mothers. CeeCee is the popular girl in school, and Adrienne is quite surprised that she will even talk to her. Jill is always working, usually at the pool, to try to earn herself some money. Wallis is kind of lonely, and she joined the book club because it seemed "fun". Throughout the summer, they must all read many books. They also do some things that they probably shouldn't. Adrienne ends up sneaking out of the house by jumping out of a window in the middle of the night. She goes to the golf course after hours with CeeCee. They also end up going to the pool, and some bad things happen there as well.

Characters: Adrienne was my favorite character since I could relate to her in many ways. I've broken my ankle over the summer, so I definitely know what it feels like to not be able to do much besides sit around.
The only thing I didn't like was that she didn't seem to stand up for herself much. If CeeCee told her to do something, she usually did it without complaining. Who in their right mind would jump out of a window, nonetheless if you have a brace?

CeeCee was kind of annoying. I felt like she kind of did whatever she pleased and didn't even care if what she was doing was wrong. I did enjoy how we did actually see the real CeeCee at times, instead of the show that she puts on for others.

Jill was relatable as well. She always had her face in a book and was working non stop. She seemed like the kind of person who would get great grades in school.

Wallis was kind of a nerd. We never knew much about her until the very end. She didn't like to share much of her life with others. I can see why now.

All in All: I would definitely say that this is a great summer read. It was a very easy read and it was kind of enjoyable. The characters were fun since they all had very different personalities.

Rating: 3/5 Lightning Bolts

Have you read this book? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Photo, info at top, and summary all found on

Friday, July 20, 2012

Book Review: Crossed by Ally Condie

This review may have spoilers for book 1, Matched. The review can be found here.

Title: Crossed
Author: Ally Condie
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Release Date: November 1, 2011
Edition: Hardcover (367 pages)
Cover Review: I like the cover. It shows that Cassia is finally escaping the Society (hence the girl punching the bubble, which is like the Society).
Series: Matched, book 2
Main Character(s): Ky Markham and Cassia Reyes

"Rules Are Different Outside The Society

Chasing down an uncertain future, Cassia makes her way to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky--taken by the Society to his sure death--only to find that he has escaped into the majestic, but treacherous, canyons. On this wild frontier are glimmers of a different life and the enthralling promise of a rebellion. But even as Cassia sacrifices every thing to reunite with Ky, ingenious surprises from Xander may change the game once again.
Narrated from both Cassia's and Ky's point of view, this hotly anticipated sequel to Matched will take them both to the edge of Society, where nothing is as expected and crosses and double crosses make their path more twisted than ever."

Story: Since Cassia got herself into the work camps, she met a girl named Indie. They end up escaping into the Carving to try and find Ky. Ky has found someone as well-Vince. Cassia and Ky end up finding each other, as well as a young boy named Eli and a man named Hunter. Together, they set off to find the Rising.

My favorite part was when Ky and Cassia were reunited. They were finally together again! It was definitely the most cheerful part of the story.

Characters: My favorite character would still have to be Ky. I feel like he's the most interesting character. He has the wildest history out of all the characters as well.

Indie was enjoyable. She knew what she wanted and she knew how to get it.

Cassia was the same. She knew that she wanted to find the Rising but she wanted to stay with Ky as well. Ky wasn't the biggest fan of the Rising, since he knew some things about it that have happened in the past.

Eli reminded Cassia a lot of her little brother, so he stayed with them as well. Hunter was picked up along the way. His daughter, Sarah, had died and he didn't have anyone left.

All in All: It was definitely a good book. I found myself getting bored a few times, but I can't really say that it's true because Ally Condie's writing is amazing. I would definitely suggest starting this series. If you've read Matched, you should definitely pick up Crossed. Reached, the final book in this trilogy, comes out this fall.

Rating: 4/5 Lightning Bolts

Have you read this book? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
Photo, summary, and info at top were all found on Goodreads.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Book Review: Matched by Ally Condie

Title: Matched
Author: Ally Condie
Publisher: Speak
Release Date: November 30, 2010
Edition: Paperback (369 pages)
Cover Review: I love the cover. It is a reference to the book-Cassia is stuck in her society, hence the girl being stuck in a bubble.
Series: Matched, Book 1
Main Character: Cassia Reyes

"Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate... until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow."

Story: Cassia lives in a society where once you turn a certain age, you have a Matching Ceremony. On the night of Cassia's matching ceremony, she is matched with her best friend, Xander. Of course she's happy. They've been friends for a long time. Why shouldn't she be happy?

After the ceremony, each person is given a card with information about their match. Cassia puts her card in, but it doesn't show Xander. Instead, it shows Ky.

As the story continues, Ky and Cassia end up becoming friends, and they start to fall for each other. The bad thing is, Cassia still must be with her match, Xander.

Characters: Cassia was an enjoyable character. She seemed like the person who would normally stick to the rules, but I enjoyed how she went against the Society and loved Ky. It was probably definitely out of her comfort zone.

Xander kind of got on my nerves towards the end of the book. Yes, he was a great best friend, but I think he believed too much in the rules. I did like how he was always looking out for Cassia though.

Ky was my favorite character. He was so sweet to Cassia!

All in All: I would definitely recommend this story to anyone who likes Dystopian and Contemporaries, as this was a mix of both. It was a Dystopian Romance, kind of like The Selection by Kiera Cass.

Rating: 5+/5 Lightning Bolts

Have you read this book? I'd love to hear what you thought!

Info at top, summary, and photo found on Goodreads.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Book Review: The Death Cure by James Dashner

This book may contain spoilers for the first 2 books in the series.
To see the book 1 review, The Maze Runner, click here.
To see the book 2 review, The Scorch Trials, click here.

Title: The Death Cure
Author: James Dashner
Publisher: Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
Release Date: October 11, 2011
Edition: Hardcover (325 pages)
Cover Review: I love the cover! I just noticed that there's snow on the cover. It looks so neat!
Series: The Maze Runner, Book 3, Final Book in the series
Main Character: Thomas

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

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

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

Story: In the last book of the Maze Runner trilogy, Thomas finds that the Trials aren't over. He is kept in a cell for 20 days, and is finally released only to be told that he doesn't even have the Flare. He is then told that some of his friends do. He finds that he is considered Immune, and the world hates the Immunes. His close friend, Newt, is told that he has the Flare and is slowly becoming a Crank.

He is happy to find that Brenda & Teresa are Immune, and have nothing to worry about.

Brenda helps Newt, Minho, & Thomas escape after being told that they must have their memories restored. These three don't want their memories restored. The group of people that did want their memories restored, escaped and left without them... including Teresa.

While in Denver, Thomas finds that just about everyone is living off of Bliss, the medicine that slows down the Flare. He finally realizes that the world is slowly going crazy, and he believes that there is nothing you can do about it. He may be right.

Characters: Thomas was awesome as usual. He was such a great hero. I do wish that he gave Teresa another chance and actually realized that he did everything that she could just for HIM.

I felt like Minho tried to be a tough guy quite a lot in this one. He was always threatening to kill people. He wanted answers, and he wanted them now.

Brenda was always there for Thomas. She agreed with Thomas all the time, and proved to him that everything that happened in the Scorch was the real her. No one was controlling her.

I wish that we saw more of Teresa in this book. I kind of miss reading about her. She and Thomas had a special connection. We end up finding that Teresa left without Thomas & his friends because she was told that they had already escaped and left them.

I felt really bad for Newt in this book. He was slowly going crazy, becoming a Crank. He didn't want this for his life.

I was kind of happy that Gally was back in the story. I felt kind of bad for him knowing that he was used to kill Chuck. He didn't do it on purpose. He still feels really bad whenever he thinks about it.

All in All: This was a great ending to an even greater series. I'm sad that it's over, especially with all the sacrifices that happened in this one. I just wish that Thomas gave Teresa a chance. She really deserved it. I also wish that Thomas ended up getting his memories back. He has no idea about his past. I bet that if he did remember his past, he would enjoy life more.

I really enjoyed how the ending left you with more questions. I love endings like that! That's what makes a great story. I can't wait to read about Thomas' past in The Kill Order, which comes out next month!

Rating; 5/5 Lightning Bolts! Go read this series now!

Have you read this book? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Photo, info at top, and summary all found on Goodreads.

Waiting on Wednesday (2)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. This meme spotlights upcoming releases that we're excited for.

This week, since I recently finished the Maze Runner Trilogy, I'm excited for The Kill Order by James Dashner, which is the prequel to the amazing trilogy. The summary may contain spoilers for the series.

"Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares seared the earth and mankind fell to disease. "The Kill Order" tells the story of that fall."

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