Friday, August 31, 2012

My Momentous Month (2)

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My Momentous Month is a weekly meme which is hosted here at Downright Dystopian. It's pretty much just a way to wrap up everything that has happened over the past month. I also pick favorites and I share what I'm going to read next month!

Books Read in August 2012
  1. Struck by Jennifer Bosworth
  2. This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers
  3. The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
  4. School's Out Forever by James Patterson
  5. Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson
  6. The Final Warning by James Patteron
  7. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  8. Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
  9. Companions of the Night by Vivian Vande Velde
It's four less than last month, but I think I still did pretty well!

Reviews Posted in August 2012

To Be Read for September 2012
  1. Revived by Cat Patrick
  2. The Forsaken by Lissa M. Stasse
  3. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (finish)
  4. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi (from last month! I never got to it.)
  5. Enclave by Ann Aguirre
  6. The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams

Favorite Book of the Month

This book was amazing! I loved how I learned a lot of new things and it's definitely a new favorite!

Favorites in Each Genre
Contemporary I was contemporary free this month!
Dystopian Struck by Jennifer Bosworth
Fantasy Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Paranormal Companions of the Night by Vivian Vande Velde (This book was okay. I'd say 3.5 stars. It wins the award because it's the only paranormal book I read this month.)
Steampunk I was steampunk free this month!
Historical Fiction I was historical fiction free this month!

Favorite Cover of the Month
This was a pretty hard one because I didn't like many of the covers for the books I read this month.

I picked the cover of Graceling because it actually has to do with the book! It has a sword and you can see one of Katsa's eyes which I think is pretty cool. I was actually quite nervous about reading this one since I started it once a while ago and I just couldn't get into it. I'm so glad that I tried to read it again! It was absolutely amazing! It's definitely a new favorite.
Favorite Characters of the Month
Male Character: Po from Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Female Character: Max from the Maximum Ride Series by James Patterson

Favorite Setting of the Month
My favorite setting of the month would definitely have to be the zombie apocalypse setting from This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers. I just can't imagine having to live in a high school for a long time when all you hear outside is madness. It's just crazy to think about!

What do you guys think about this meme?

Feature and Follow Friday (2)

This meme worked out pretty well last week, so I thought I'd try it again. Feature and Follow is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read.

Question: Best Cover? What is the best cover of a book you've read and loved?

I absolutely love this color! Blue is my favorite cover color. I absolutely love the dress that the model is wearing and I also love how the model has red hair just like America Singer. I absolutely love this book. I don't know why it was compared to The Hunger Games... it's totally different! It's more of a dystopian romance rather than a dystopian action/adventure. If you haven't read this book, I suggest that you at least give it a try! This is my favorite novel of 2012 so far. 

You can check out my review for it here.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Book Review: This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

Title: This is Not a Test
Author: Courtney Summers
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: June 19, 2012
Edition: Paperback (323 pages)
Cover Review: I like the cover. It's creepy, just like the story itself.
Main Character: Sloane Price

It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live. But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside. When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?

In this novel, we follow Sloane as she tries to survive in an apocalyptic world. One day while she's home with her father, there's a banging on the door. Then, someone comes through the glass window and tries to attack both she and her father. Sloane doesn't know what is going on.

7 days later, Sloane has found herself some people to stay with. She and her group stay in the highschool. The original meet-up place for emergencies is the community center, but that place was already sabotaged.

Even though she is in a world filled with "zombies", all that Sloane can think about is her sister who left her when she said that she never would. You see, Sloane's father usually beats on both she and her sister. Once her sister was old enough, she said she couldn't take it anymore and she left without anyone knowing. Or so Sloane thought.

Let's talk about some of the people that Sloane had to spend weeks with while trapped in a highschool.

Harrison-I just had to talk about Harrison first. He bothered me through the whole novel. He's like 15 and he cries. All. The. Time. If something goes wrong, he cries and whimpers. He doesn't seem to talk much either. If I knew someone like that in real life, I don't know what I'd do.

Grace-Grace and Sloane used to be friends. They had a sleepover. Once. Grace has a twin brother named Trace. She seemed really nice.

Trace-This is another character that got on my nerves. He just wouldn't let things go. In an apocalyptic world with zombies, he's bound to not last very long if he won't let things go. He believes that one of the other kids in the highschool, Cary, killed his parents. Sure he did.

Rhys-Rhys was one of the only characters I enjoyed. He was sweet and put up with Sloane, which I think would be quite a hard thing to do. Sloane had many issues, which I'll get into later. Rhys was always there for Sloane when she needed someone to talk to. Same with if she didn't.

Sloane-Sloane started out in the novel as a girl who wanted to kill herself, but it turned out to be much more than that. I found her a little annoying at times. Why would you kill yourself? Other than that, I thought she was a great character.

Cary-I guess that in school Cary never did much. Now that zombies attack the world, he seems to know exactly what to do. He is pretty much the leader of the pack. Cary has excellent survival skills and he did everything for the sake of all the people he was helping. I felt bad for him. He had a huge crush on Sloane's sister, but they hadn't talked since she left either.

This novel kept me up at night. I just couldn't stop thinking about it after I read it. I guess it's really thought-provoking! It's full of chaos and adventure. I kept wondering if they were even going to survive. It was an excellent read and I really suggest that you check it out!


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (8)

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

This week I'm excited for 2 books. Lucid by Ron Bass & Adrienne Stoltz is the first one.

What if you could dream your way into a different life? What if you could choose to live that life forever?

Sloane and Maggie have never met. Sloane is a straight-A student with a big and loving family. Maggie lives a glamorously independent life as an up-and-coming actress in New York. The two girls couldn't be more different--except for one thing. They share a secret that they can't tell a soul. At night, they dream that they're each other.

The deeper they're pulled into the promise of their own lives, the more their worlds begin to blur dangerously together. Before long, Sloane and Maggie can no longer tell which life is real and which is just a dream. They realize that eventually they will have to choose one life to wake up to, or risk spiraling into insanity. But that means giving up one world, one love, and one self, forever.

This is a dazzling debut that will steal readers' hearts.

Lucid by Ron Bass & Adrienne Stoltz will be released on October 2, 2012.
The other novel I'm excited for is Dangerous Boy by Mandy Hubbard.

Photo and summary were found on Goodreads.
"Harper has never been worried about falling in love, something she is skeptical even exists. But everything changes when Logan moves to town, and to Harper's shock, the two tumble into an intense romance. It's everything she never thought she wanted.

Then she meets Logan's twin brother, Daemon, who was expelled from his last school. True, he's a bad boy, but Harper can't shake the feeling that there's something deeply sinister about him--something dangerous. When Logan starts pulling away, Harper is convinced that Daemon's shadowy past is the wedge being driven between them. But by the time she uncovers the truth, it may be too late.

The author of Prada & Prejudice, You Wish, and Ripple delivers a modern-day retelling of a famously gothic tale, full of suspense, lies, and romance."

Dangerous Boy will be released on September 4, 2012.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (8)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week's theme is Top Ten Bookish Confessions.

  1. I don't like to dog-ear pages. It really bothers me when I borrow someone else's book and it has dog-eared pages.
  2. I don't like stains on books and stains in general.
  3. I like to read my hardcover books without the actual dust jacket on it. I find it annoying when I read the book with it on. Plus, it keeps the book cleaner.
  4. I prefer hardcover books to paperback books.
  5. When I lend out a book, I only give the book without the dust jacket.
  6. I have not yet read Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door.
  7. I have not yet read anything by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Not even Obsidian! I really want to though...
  8. I treat a book with more care before I read it. Once I read the book, I don't treat it as well, but I still treat it with tons of care.
  9. I'm okay with taking books from the library, although I don't like it when I absolutely LOVE the book because then I don't own a copy of it.
  10. I like to seperate my books by height on my shelf, although I'd like to try seperating by color because I think that is just so cool.
  11. This isn't really a bookish confession, although it's an awesome snack to eat while reading! Mix chai tea with whipped cream and dip graham crackers in it! I love vanilla chai tea mixed with whipped cream with cinnamon graham crackers. It's delicious!
What were your bookish confessions? Leave a link below and I'll be sure to check out your list!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Book Review: Struck by Jennifer Bosworth

Title: Struck
Author: Jennifer Bosworth
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux BYR
Release Date: May 8, 2012
Edition: Hardcover (373 pages)
Cover Review: I like the cover. It explains the story. I really like the back of the cover as well ( I don't have a picture of it, sorry!).
Series: Struck, book 1
Main Character: Mia Price

"Mia Price is a lightning addict. She’s survived countless strikes, but her craving to connect to the energy in storms endangers her life and the lives of those around her.

Los Angeles, where lightning rarely strikes, is one of the few places Mia feels safe from her addiction. But when an earthquake devastates the city, her haven is transformed into a minefield of chaos and danger. The beaches become massive tent cities. Downtown is a crumbling wasteland, where a traveling party moves to a different empty building each night, the revelers drawn to the destruction by a force they cannot deny. Two warring cults rise to power, and both see Mia as the key to their opposing doomsday prophecies. They believe she has a connection to the freak electrical storm that caused the quake, and to the far more devastating storm that is yet to come.

Mia wants to trust the enigmatic and alluring Jeremy when he promises to protect her, but she fears he isn’t who he claims to be. In the end, the passion and power that brought them together could be their downfall. When the final disaster strikes, Mia must risk unleashing the full horror of her strength to save the people she loves, or lose everything."

The other day I was sitting at home and all the sudden I started thinking about this book. I don't even know why. I just thought, "I must buy Struck." I am glad that I did.

We follow Mia Price, a lightning addict. A while ago, a huge earthquake sabotaged most of L.A. Many people died and many buildings were crushed down. Mia's mother was actually a survivor. Mia's mom has been crazy ever since the earthquake. She doesn't talk much and she hides in her room, spending her days watching Prophet on T.V. Prophet is this guy who can predict the future, or so he tells everyone. Prophet predicted that this earthquake was going to come right before it actually happened. He now tells everyone that a huge storm is going to come. He says that if you choose to be one of his followers, God will save you. If you don't follow him, you will be among the dead. How nice, right? Prophet has orphaned children which he calls his "12 Apostles". The strange thing is that there only seems to be eleven. Where is the twelfth?

One day at school, Mia finds that there is a group who is trying to stop others from joining the Followers. Who are these people?

There's also this guy named Jeremy. Whenever Mia touches him, she falls into this dream-like trance. Usually, Mia ends up asleep for a few hours afterwards. Jeremy is usually gone when she wakes up.
Throughout the novel, we follow Mia as she falls in love and tries to figure out which side she is really on.

I LOVED this novel! I'm so glad that it is part of a series. I was seriously flipping through the pages, wondering what was going to happen next. Where is Prophet's twelfth Apostle? What's up with Mia's mom? Her brother? Jeremy? The group that everyone seems to be trying to make her join? Seriously, I had even more questions than that going through my brain. I just wished that we could find out a little more about Mia's history. I wish that we knew how she became a lightning addict. I really liked the whole lightning addict thing. I learned quite a lot about lightning! I love finding out more about things that I don't know. It was definitely fast-paced and there were so many twists and turns. I finished this novel in a day... that's how good it was. It's definitely a favorite of 2012 and I am eagerly awaiting the sequel. I highly suggest that you read this novel!


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

Photo and summary found on Goodreads.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

New Releases for the Week of August 26-September 1, 2012

Here are some of the upcoming releases for the coming week!
August 28: A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies in paperback

August 28: Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick in the new cover (paperback)

August 28: Enshadowed by Kelly Creagh
Sequel to Nevermore

August 28: Foretold: 14 Tales of Prophecy and Prediction edited by Carrie Ryan

August 28: The Iron Legends by Julie Kagawa

August 28: The Blood Keeper by Tessa Gratton
Sequel to Blood Magic

August 28: The Mephisto Covenant by Trinity Faegan in paperback

August 28: Unwholly by Neal Shusterman
Sequel to Unwind

August 28: Vanquished by Nancy Holder (both paperback & hardcover)
Book 3 in the Crusade Series

August 28: Wildefire by Karsten Knight in paperback
The cover may be different.

August 30: Dangerous Boy by Mandy Hubbard

September 1: Embrace by Jessica Shirvington in paperback

Photos found on Barnes & Noble as well as Goodreads. Info was found on Barnes & Noble.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Stacking the Shelves (4)

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. I only got one book again this week, but I'm really excited to read it because I've wanted it for quite a while!

In Deuce’s world, people earn the right to a name only if they survive their first fifteen years. By that point, each unnamed ‘brat’ has trained into one of three groups–Breeders, Builders, or Hunters, identifiable by the number of scars they bear on their arms. Deuce has wanted to be a Huntress for as long as she can remember.

As a Huntress, her purpose is clear—to brave the dangerous tunnels outside the enclave and bring back meat to feed the group while evading ferocious monsters known as Freaks. She’s worked toward this goal her whole life, and nothing’s going to stop her, not even a beautiful, brooding Hunter named Fade. When the mysterious boy becomes her partner, Deuce’s troubles are just beginning.

Down below, deviation from the rules is punished swiftly and harshly, and Fade doesn’t like following orders. At first Deuce thinks he’s crazy, but as death stalks their sanctuary, and it becomes clear the elders don’t always know best, Deuce wonders if Fade might be telling the truth. Her partner confuses her; she’s never known a boy like him before, as prone to touching her gently as using his knives with feral grace.

As Deuce’s perception shifts, so does the balance in the constant battle for survival. The mindless Freaks, once considered a threat only due to their sheer numbers, show signs of cunning and strategy… but the elders refuse to heed any warnings. Despite imminent disaster, the enclave puts their faith in strictures and sacrifice instead. No matter how she tries, Deuce cannot stem the dark tide that carries her far from the only world she’s ever known.

What did you get this week?

Feature and Follow Friday (1)

I know that this meme is usually done on a Friday, but I decided I would try it out a little late. Feature and Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. This may be a one-time thing... it depends on how it turns out. As far as following goes, I'd prefer if you follow via GFC, but e-mail is okay if you don't have a google account. If you follow me, tell me in the comments and I'll be sure to follow you back!

Worst cover? What is the worst cover of a book you've read and loved?

The worst cover of a book that I absolutely read and loved is the cover of Gone by Michael Grant. I just don't see anything on the cover that has to do with the book. I mean, I guess the guy on the front kind of looks like how I pictured Sam, and the girl kind of looks like how I pictured Astrid... but that's about it. It is an ABSOLUTELY AMAZING book. If you haven't read it, you really should. I haven't read the sequels yet, but I plan to pick them up soon.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Book Review: A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

Title: A Great and Terrible Beauty
Author: Libba Bray
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: December 9, 2003
Edition: Hardcover (403 pages)
Cover Review: I'm not a big fan of the cover. It doesn't really represent the story at all. I did find myself repeatedly coming to the cover for reference of what a corset looks like.
Series: Gemma Doyle, Book 1
Main Character: Gemma Doyle

"A Victorian boarding school story, a Gothic mansion mystery, a gossipy romp about a clique of girlfriends, and a dark other-worldly fantasy--jumble them all together and you have this complicated and unusual first novel.
Sixteen-year-old Gemma has had an unconventional upbringing in India, until the day she foresees her mother's death in a black, swirling vision that turns out to be true. Sent back to England, she is enrolled at Spence, a girls' academy with a mysterious burned-out East Wing. There Gemma is snubbed by powerful Felicity, beautiful Pippa, and even her own dumpy roommate Ann, until she blackmails herself and Ann into the treacherous clique. Gemma is distressed to find that she has been followed from India by Kartik, a beautiful young man who warns her to fight off the visions. Nevertheless, they continue, and one night she is led by a child-spirit to find a diary that reveals the secrets of a mystical Order. The clique soon finds a way to accompany Gemma to the other-world realms of her visions "for a bit of fun" and to taste the power they will never have as Victorian wives, but they discover that the delights of the realms are overwhelmed by a menace they cannot control. Gemma is left with the knowledge that her role as the link between worlds leaves her with a mission to seek out the "others" and rebuild the Order. A Great and Terrible Beauty is an impressive first book in what should prove to be a fascinating trilogy."
After I read Revolution, I knew I needed to read more historical fiction. I decided to read this one. I loved Libba Bray's Beauty Queens, and I've heard great things about this series. I think it's great too!

We follow Gemma after her mother killed herself. Gemma has always wanted to go to school in London. Her mother always told her no. Since her mother died, Gemma is allowed to go the school since the rest of her family lives in Europe. Gemma and her friends at school all find that they can perform magic. Gemma can bring everyone to another little world where anything is possible. The girls meet up at midnight every night in order to go to this mystical world. At one point, everything starts to go wrong. Gemma must do anything she can in order to fix it and make it right.

There were many mysteries in this book and I absolutely loved it. I kept wondering, "Who is Mary Dowd?" Of course, we find that out. I really enjoyed the parts where the girls read from Mary Dowd's diary. I liked learning more about her. There's also this guy named Kartik. At the moment, I still don't know what his deal is. I know what group he was a part of but I don't know why he really kept following Gemma.

I can't wait to read the sequel and see what mess Gemma gets stuck in next time!

I definitely recommend this for fans of historical fiction, Libba Bray or gothic novels.


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

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Blog Makeover

I just re-designed my blog the other day, so I was wondering what you guys thought about it!

I really wanted to do something with orange, so I combined it with the blue that my blog was originally colored.

Just thought I'd see if you guys noticed the difference! So, what do you guys think?

Week of Hunger Games Wrap-Up

I had so much fun making all the posts for the past week! My favorite post would probably have to be the dystopian recommendations post. I may have to make more of those!

Here's a brief overview of what I posted:

Thursday I posted a review of The Hunger Games movie.
Friday I posted a review of The Hunger Games.
Saturday I posted a review of Catching Fire.
Sunday I posted a review of Mockingjay.
Monday I posted a list of Dystopian Recommendations.
Tuesday I posted a review of the Hunger Games Tribute Guide.
Wednesday I posted a review of The World to the Hunger Games.

I hope you enjoyed my week of the Hunger Games! Thank you all again for the 100 followers! :)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (7)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. This meme spotlights upcoming events that you're looking forward to.

This week I'm looking forward to 2 books. The first one is Defiance by C.J. Redwine.

"Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses, host dinner parties, and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father’s apprentice, Logan—the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same boy who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.

At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to the city’s top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for his mentor’s impulsive daughter. Logan is determined to protect her, but when his escape plan goes wrong and Rachel pays the price, he realizes he has more at stake than disappointing Jared.

As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making."

Defiance by C.J. Redwine will be released on August 28, 2012.

The other book I'm excited for is What we Become by Jesse Karp.

Two years ago, teenagers Mal and Laura destroyed a corporate empire intent on controlling human thinking through technology. For a while, life was good. But now a new force has arisen: the Old Man. He’s hungry for power and he knows who holds the key to getting it: Mal. Mal needs his beloved Laura’s help to defeat the Old Man, but is he willing to risk her life in another battle to save humanity? What We Become combines mind-bending thrills with the hot immediacy of corporate greed. It will leave readers wondering who is really in control…

What We Become by Jesse Karp will be released on February 26, 2013.

Photos and summaries were found on Goodreads.

Book Review: The World of the Hunger Games by Kate Egan

Title: The World of the Hunger Games
Author: Kate Egan
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Release Date: March 23, 2012
Edition: Hardcover (192 pages)
Cover Review: I like the cover. This was my favorite Hunger Games movie poster!

This is the definitive, full-color guide to Panem. Gorgeous photographs from the movie make this a rich visual dictionary for the incredible world that Suzanne Collins created and that has come to life on the big screen. It showcases the major players and participants in The Hunger Games, the life and home of Katniss Everdeen, and the perils of the Games themselves — injuries, fire, muttations, and all the rest. A glossary and new quotes from Suzanne Collins herself complete the package. Fans of both the Hunger Games novels and the stunning forthcoming film will treasure this book.

I thought that this was pretty good. I saw this in Kmart the day before the movie came out right before I went to the premiere. I couldn't help myself and I looked in the book. I totally felt like I ruined the movie for myself since I saw what the cornucopia looked like, I saw Peeta and Katniss in the cave, and some other things that I hadn't seen before. If you haven't seen the movie but you've read the books, I wouldn't suggest reading/looking at this until you've seen the movie. I guess you could read it if you don't want to see the movie.

This book was pretty much just a brief overview of the movie. It goes through all the scenes and everything. There are little written parts which tell you exactly what happened in the movie. There were a lot of pictures though. I really enjoyed that!