Sunday, September 30, 2012

New Releases for the Week of September 30-October 6, 2012

Here are some of the new releases for this week!


 October 2: Breathe by Sarah Crossan
 
Photo found on Goodreads.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

30 Day Book Challenge (Day 29)

I recently found out about this book challenge hosted by Jude of In Between. I thought that it was a cool idea so I decided I'd join in on it!
The worst book you've read.

I feel like I've said this so many times before, but I've never read a book that I actually didn't like. So I guess I don't have a worst book I've ever read.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Book Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Speak
Release Date: December 2, 2010
Source: Library
Edition: Paperback (372 pages)
Genre: YA Contemporary
Cover Review: I'll admit, it's kind of cheesy. I do really like the font and the Eiffel Tower though! The girl looks just like I pictured Anna.
Tag Line: Can Anna find love in the City of Light?
Main Character: Anna


Anna can't wait for her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a good job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. So she's not too thrilled when her father unexpectedly ships her off to boarding school in Paris - until she meets Etienne St. Clair, the perfect boy. The only problem? He's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her crush back home. Will a year of romantic near-misses end in the French kiss Anna awaits?

This book was absolutely amazing. I didn't think that I would like it this much, considering that I'm not exactly the biggest contemporary fan. Maybe it was because of the setting or St. Clair, I'm not sure. It was just so fun to read! It takes place in France and America. We follow Anna as she is forced to go to an American School in Paris. She doesn't know anyone, although she ends up becoming friends with her next door neighbor. Her next door neighbor has this huge crush on this guy named Etienne St. Clair. Within the first 50 pages, Anna runs into him and she just can't control herself. She can't even speak regularly to the guy! As the story progresses, Anna and St. Clair become best friends. Is it okay for best friends to fall for each other?

I absolutely loved the characters. My favorite character being, of course, Etienne St. Clair. The guy is British! He is so sweet and I feel like he doesn't even know that just about the whole school is crushing on him. I also really like how he wasn't even mean to Anna. Usually, when a new kid turns up at school, everyone kind of ignores him/her or they are rude to the new person. St. Clair was acting like they've been friends for a while even though they just met! Anna was very relatable. She was going through every day drama, just in France instead of America.

If you haven't read this book, I deeply suggest that you do. It's full of romance and every day life... and St. Clair!
Rating:

Recommended for fans of:
Sarah Dessen
Europe (Specifically Paris, France!)
Britain
Relatable Characters

30 Day Book Challenge (Day 28)

I recently found out about this book challenge hosted by Jude of In Between. I thought that it was a cool idea so I decided I'd join in on it!

Your favorite authors.

I accidentally did the wrong post for September 6, so I decided to do the one that I missed.

Kiera Cass, Katie Kacvinsky, Ally Condie, Suzanne Collins, J.K. Rowling, James Dashner, Lauren Oliver, L.J. Smith, James Patterson, Marie Lu, Tahereh Mafi, Libba Bray, and of course... Kiersten White.

I have too many favorite authors! I absolutely love each and every one of their books and I can't wait to read more by them. :)

Thursday, September 27, 2012

30 Day Book Challenge (Day 27)

I recently found out about this book challenge hosted by Jude of In Between. I thought that it was a cool idea so I decided I'd join in on it!

An author you wish was more well-known.

Katie Kacvinsky. Awaken is one of my all-time favorite books and I feel like it just isn't known enough!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

30 Day Book Challenge (Day 26)

I recently found out about this book challenge hosted by Jude of In Between. I thought that it was a cool idea so I decided I'd join in on it!
Favorite book boyfriend.

I guess I'd have to choose either Prince Maxon from The Selection by Kiera Cass, Justin from Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky, Finnick Odair, or Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. They're all just so sweet and caring. :)

Waiting on Wednesday (12)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. This meme spotlights upcoming releases that bloggers are eagerly waiting for.

This week I"m waiting on Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone.

"Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet: she lives in 1995 Chicago and he lives in 2012 San Francisco. But Bennett’s unique ability to travel through time and space brings him into Anna’s life, and with him, a new world of adventure and possibility.

As their relationship deepens, they face the reality that time might knock Bennett back where he belongs, even as a devastating crisis throws everything they believe into question. Against a ticking clock, Anna and Bennett are forced to ask themselves how far they can push the bounds of fate—and what consequences they can bear in order to stay together.

Fresh, exciting, and deeply romantic, TIME BETWEEN US is a stunning and spellbinding debut from an extraordinary new talent in YA fiction."

Time Between Us will be released on October 9, 2012 by Hyperion.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

30 Day Book Challenge (Day 25)

I recently found out about this book challenge hosted by Jude of In Between. I thought that it was a cool idea so I decided I'd join in on it!
A book you want to like, but can't get into it for whatever reason. Why can't you get into it?

I guess I actually had trouble getting into reading Article 5 by Kristen Simmons. I did finish the book and I'm glad that I did. I just found it to be a little slow. I really enjoyed the last 100 pages or so and I will be picking up the next book because I'm excited to see what happens next.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Book Review: Wake by Amanda Hocking

Title: Wake
Author: Amanda Hocking
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: August 7, 2012
Source: Bought
Edition: Hardcover (309 pages)
Genre: YA Fantasy; Mermaids
Cover Review: It's blue! Need I say more?
Tagline: Discover a world of breathtaking beauty, immortal power-and terrifying secrets.
Series: Watersong #1
Main Character: Gemma
Fall under the spell of Wake—the first book in an achingly beautiful new series by celebrated author Amanda Hocking—and lose yourself to the Watersong.

Gorgeous. Fearless. Dangerous. They're the kind of girls you envy; the kind of girls you want to hate. Strangers in town for the summer, Penn, Lexi and Thea have caught everyone's attention—but it’s Gemma who’s attracted theirs. She’s the one they’ve chosen to be part of their group.

Gemma seems to have it all—she’s carefree, pretty, and falling in love with Alex, the boy next door. He’s always been just a friend, but this summer they’ve taken their relationship to the next level, and now there’s no going back. Then one night, Gemma’s ordinary life changes forever. She’s taking a late night swim under the stars when she finds Penn, Lexi and Thea partying on the cove. They invite her to join them, and the next morning she wakes up on the beach feeling groggy and sick, knowing something is different.

Suddenly Gemma is stronger, faster, and more beautiful than ever. But her new powers come with a terrifying price. And as she uncovers the truth, she’s is forced to choose between staying with those she loves—or entering a new world brimming with dark hungers and unimaginable secrets.

 This was actually the first book about mermaids that I've ever read and I'm actually surprised to say that I enjoyed it. It was so good! I especially liked how they were just "mermaids", they were sirens. Sirens are a type of mermaid that are immortal. They are absolutely beautiful and they lure people into the water by their singing. They actually feed off the people that they lure into the water. I enjoyed how mythology was incorporated into the story.

We follow Gemma in her little town where not much ever happens... until recently. Three girls showed up in town and a few people have gone missing, or worse, turned up dead. Gemma finds it strange, but it seems as if no one else does. Gemma used to be the prettiest girl in town until these girls showed up. Boys seem to follow them everywhere. These 3 girls seemed to have developed an interest in Gemma.

Gemma has been swimming for as long as she can remember. She hopes to go to the Olympics one day. Every night she goes to the lake for a midnight swim by herself, until one day the three girls ask her to join them at their party in the cove. Gemma doesn't exactly accept, it seems as if she was told she must accept. She joins the girls and ends up drinking something suspiscious. We later find what this drink really was.

Gemma's next door neighbor, Alex, really likes her. You can tell right from the beginning that there was going to be some sort of romance. The only problem was that Alex is Gemma's older sister's best friend. So of course, Harper (Gemma's older sister), is quite concerned when they start dating. I found Harper to be annoying at times, although I think she really cared about Gemma and she always wanted what was best for her. She felt as if she had to protect her ever since her mother's accident.

I found this book to be filled with twists and turns. I loved how there was a real mysterious aspect to this story. I felt like the beginning of the story dragged on a bit, but the pacing later definitely made me forget about the beginning. I just couldn't stop reading it.

I liked how it was kind of like a dark, mysterious novel although it wasn't at the same time. I'd highly recommend it.

Rating:



 Recommended to fans of:
Mythology
Sirens or Mermaids

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

30 Day Book Challenge (Day 24)

I recently found out about this book challenge hosted by Jude of In Between. I thought that it was a cool idea so I decided I'd join in on it!
You judged a book by it's cover-and it was amazing. What book was it?

I'm not the biggest fan of the cover for Watch Me by Lauren Barnholdt. I absolutely loved the book though! I seem to love books that are kind of like reality T.V. I don't know if that is a good thing or a bad thing.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

30 Day Book Challenge (Day 23)

I recently found out about this book challenge hosted by Jude of In Between. I thought that it was a cool idea so I decided I'd join in on it!
You judged a book by its cover-and it was awful. What book was it?

I've actually never disliked a book before. I guess I'm just lucky!

New Releases for the Week of September 23-29, 2012

Here are some of the new releases for this week!
September 24: Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson

September 25: Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

September 25: Dearly, Beloved by Lia Habel
Sequel to Dearly, Departed

September 25: Shadows by Ilsa J. Bick
Book 2 in the Ashes Trilogy

September 25: The Blessed by Tonya Hurley

September 25: The Iron Fey Boxed Set by Julie Kagawa

September 25: The Mephisto Kiss by Trinity Faegan
Sequel to The Mephisto Covenant

Photos and info found on Barnes & Noble.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

30 Day Book Challenge (Day 22)

I recently found out about this book challenge hosted by Jude of In Between. I thought that it was a cool idea so I decided I'd join in on it!
Your favorite series.

I bet that everyone knows that I LOVE The Hunger Games. I bet everyone didn't know that I LOVE the Vampire Diaries series by L.J. Smith! I really like the books. Even though the show is really good, the books are really enjoyable. I like how they are different in quite a few ways. The only thing that really bothers me is how Elena almost seems dumb and annoying. Even though she's popular. It took me a while (the first 2.5 books to be exact) for me to actually really like her in the books.

Friday, September 21, 2012

30 Day Book Challenge (Day 21)

I recently found out about this book challenge hosted by Jude of In Between. I thought that it was a cool idea so I decided I'd join in on it!
A book you once hated, but now love. What changed?

As soon as I read Evermore by Alyson Noel, I absolutely loved it. After all reading all of the reviews, I almost felt like I had to NOT like it. I decided that I love the series anyway, especially Blue Moon. I guess I decided to just not care about what others think, because deep down I really enjoyed it!

Book Review: Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

Title: Incarnate
Author: Jodi Meadows
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Release Date: January 31, 2012
Source: Bought
Edition: Hardcover (374 pages)
Genre: YA Fantasy
Cover Review: I really like this cover! She has a cool butterfly mask and I love the colors!
Tag Line: N/A
Series: Newsoul #1
Main Character: Ana

New soul

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

No soul

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

Heart

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

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

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I thought it was an exceptional fantasy. We follow young Ana as she tries to uncover the truth of what brought her to this world. I felt as if it were a mysterious fantasy; you had so many questions just waiting to be answered. I especially loved the love interest, Sam. I felt that he was so sweet. He was the only one that would actually speak and look at Ana without some snide remark or face.

My favorite thing about this book was that it was an easy read. It was kind of light and fluffy. I read it pretty fast, which means I really enjoyed it. The awesome thing about this book was that you thought one thing, but you usually thought wrong. I'd definitely recommend this book and I'll be sure to read Asunder, which comes out early 2013!

Rating:

Recommended to fans of:
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Maximum Ride series by James Patterson

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Great Expectations (1)

If you've seen my post about what's in store for everyone on the blog, then you most definitely know about this. If you haven't seen the post, here's what Great Expectations is. Great Expectations is going to be a new meme hosted here at Downright Dystopian. I think I'll host it on Thursdays, every other week.

If you'd like to join in on this meme, just please link back to me and leave a link to your post in the comments! I'd love to see what you have to say about it.

Great Expectations will be a weekly meme where you talk about a book that has had a lot of hype. You then proceed to talk about whether you believe it should've had all that hype. After that, you can talk about a recent read that you loved to try to give it some hype.

The Hype

This week, I decided to talk about Wake by Amanda Hocking. I don't know about you guys, but I think that this one had quite a lot of hype. I've heard so many amazing reviews for all of her books, especially the Trylle novels. I went into this one with an open mind. This was actually my first ever mermaid book. I guess it was 2 firsts!

Wake was absolutely amazing. I read it in a day! I just couldn't put it down and I kept wanting to know what decisions were going to be made. I especially loved the whole creepy aspect of the story. It's like you can feel that something is strange but you don't know for sure. I'll definitely be picking up more by Amanda Hocking and for sure will be buying the rest of this series as it comes out! I'll have the review up soon.


Recent Read

I recently read Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde. It's strange, because I never hear much about her books. It was absolutely outstanding. It keeps you guessing as to what the protagonist is going to do next. There were so many twists and turns and I was asking myself, "What is she thinking?" the whole time. I felt that even though many scenes happened repeatedly, I wasn't bored one bit. I can't wait to read more sci-fi novels by her!
 

30 Day Book Challenge (Day 20)

I recently found out about this book challenge hosted by Jude of In Between. I thought that it was a cool idea so I decided I'd join in on it!
A book you once loved, but don't anymore. What changed?

I really enjoyed The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls by Julie Schumacher. Looking back at it, I'm not sure I enjoyed it so much. I don't know what really changed. I just feel like I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I did!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

30 Day Book Challenge (Day 19)

I recently found out about this book challenge hosted by Jude of In Between. I thought that it was a cool idea so I decided I'd join in on it!
The most disturbing book you've ever read.

I actually don't have a most disturbing book I've ever read. I guess I could do a most disturbing scene. The msot disturbing scene would have to be from The Hunger Games. I found it so disturbing when Cato would just crack the tributes head with one swift movement! How is that not disturbing?

Waiting on Wednesday (11)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. This meme spotlights upcoming releases that bloggers are eagerly waiting for.


This week I'm excited for 2 novels. The first one is Breathe by Sarah Crossan.





"Inhale. Exhale. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe . . .

The world is dead.
The survivors live under the protection of Breathe, the corporation that found a way to manufacture oxygen-rich air.

ALINA
has been stealing for a long time. She’s a little jittery, but not terrified. All she knows is that she’s never been caught before. If she’s careful, it’ll be easy. If she’s careful.

QUINN
should be worried about Alina and a bit afraid for himself, too, but even though this is dangerous, it’s also the most interesting thing to happen to him in ages. It isn’t every day that the girl of your dreams asks you to rescue her.

BEA
wants to tell him that none of this is fair; they’d planned a trip together, the two of them, and she’d hoped he’d discover her out here, not another girl.

And as they walk into the Outlands with two days’ worth of oxygen in their tanks, everything they believe will be shattered. Will they be able to make it back? Will they want to?"

Breathe by Sarah Crossan will be released on October 2, 2012 by Greenwillow.

Photo and summary were found on
Goodreads.com.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

30 Day Book Challenge (Day 18)

I recently found out about this book challenge hosted by Jude of In Between. I thought that it was a cool idea so I decided I'd join in on it!
The environment you most enjoy reading in.

I love to read either on my bed or in my bean bag. They are both so comfy!

Monday, September 17, 2012

30 Day Book Challenge (Day 17)

I recently found out about this book challenge hosted by Jude of In Between. I thought that it was a cool idea so I decided I'd join in on it!
A book that is woefully underrated.

I'll probably say that this one is underrated a lot. I recently read and absolutely LOVED Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde. It was awesome! I highly recommend it. It's kind of dystopian world since our protagonist's world has these virtual reality games in which your body is completely hooked up to a machine with wires. Once in the game, you can smell, feel, and hear everything that is going on around you. You also have memories of the character that you're playing as. It was seriously amazing!

Book Review: Companions of the Night by Vivian Vande Velde

Title: Companions of the Night
Author: Vivian Vande Velde
Publisher: Graphia
Release Date: 1995
Source: Bought
Edition: Paperback (224 pages)
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Cover Review: The cover is okay. I don't have much to say about it.
Tag Line: Kidnapping. Car Theft. Muder. Vampires. True love... Kerry's got a tough night ahead of her.
Main Character: Kerry


When Kerry’s little brother forgets his stuffed bear at the laundry, Kerry ventures out at 11:00 p.m. to retrieve it for him. The laundry is deserted and kind of spooky, and while she’s there three men burst in, dragging a bound and bloodied young man they insist is a vampire. Kerry helps him escape, only to be caught up in a desperate game between vampire hunters and their prey.

This book was pretty good. In Companions of the Night, we follow 16-year-old Kerry. One night, Kerry's younger brother misses his bear. He left it at the laundry. Kerry, even though she doesn't have a driver's license, sneaks out of the house and drives to the laundry with her dad's car. Once she gets there, other people come in right after her. With them is a young man who they all claim is a vampire. Kerry doesn't believe them. She just thinks that they are a little crazy. She was wrong.

Kerry had such a crazy night! I couldn't imagine being in her position. I wouldn't know who to trust or what to do. I really respect Kerry for keeping everything under control. She kind of acts like everything is normal while on the inside she is completely the opposite. I really enjoyed having Kerry as a protagonist and I can't wait to read more by Vivian Vande Velde!


Rating:


Recommended to fans of:

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith


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

Sunday, September 16, 2012

30 Day Book Challenge (Day 16)

I recently found out about this book challenge hosted by Jude of In Between. I thought that it was a cool idea so I decided I'd join in on it!
A book that you think is highly overrated.

I actually don't think that any book I read was highly overrated. I usually thoroughly enjoy the books with a lot of hype. I'm actually starting a meme on this soon. It's going to be called Great Expectations. Here's what it will be: Talk about a hyped up novel that you've read. Does it deserve all the hype? Also, give some hype to a recent book that you've read that you absolutely loved!

This meme will be hosted on Thursdays and will start the first week in October! :)

New Releases for the Week of September 16-22, 2012

Here are some of the new releases for this week!
September 18: Adaptation by Malinda Lo

September 18: Because It Is My Blood by Gabrielle Zevin
Book 2 in the Birthright Trilogy

September 18: Burn For Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

September 18: The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson
Sequel to The Girl of Fire and Thorns

September 18: The Diviners by Libba Bray

September 18: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

September 18: Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Photos and info found on Barnes & Noble. and Goodreads.com.