Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (17)

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 Reached by Ally Condie. Because this is the third novel in a series, the synopsis will most likely contain spoilers.


"Cassia faces the ultimate choices in the long-anticipated conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Matched Trilogy

After leaving Society and desperately searching for the Rising—and each other—Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again: Cassia has been assigned to work for the Rising from within Society, while Ky has been stationed outside its borders. But nothing is as predicted, and all too soon the veil lifts and things shift once again.

In this gripping conclusion to the #1 New York Times bestselling Matched Trilogy, Cassia will reconcile the difficulties of challenging a life too confining, seeking a freedom she never dreamed possible, and honoring a love she cannot live without."

Reached will be released on November 13, 2012 by Dutton Children's Books.

Photo and summary were found on Goodreads.com.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Book Review: Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

Title: Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side
Author: Beth Fantaskey
Publisher: Graphia
Release Date: February 1, 2009
Source: Purchased
Edition: Paperback (351 Pages)
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Cover Review: Alright, I don't like the cover that much. I do really like the girl's dress though as well as the font of the title.
Tagline: The undead can really screw up your senior year...
Series: Jessica #1
Main Character: Jessica/Anatasia Packwood

The undead can really screw up your senior year . . .

Marrying a vampire definitely doesn’t fit into Jessica Packwood’s senior year “get-a-life” plan. But then a bizarre (and incredibly hot) new exchange student named Lucius Vladescu shows up, claiming that Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth—and he’s her long-lost fiancĂ©. Armed with newfound confidence and a copy of Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampire’s Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions, Jessica makes a dramatic transition from average American teenager to glam European vampire princess. But when a devious cheerleader sets her sights on Lucius, Jess finds herself fighting to win back her wayward prince, stop a global vampire war — and save Lucius’s soul from eternal destruction.

In Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, we get a glimpse into a different world of vampires. Our protagonist, Jessica Packwood, thinks that she is just a normal girl. She doesn't feel like there is anything special about her at all. So when she finds this young man, Lucius, watching her, she doesn't know what to think.

After Lucius convinces Jessica's parents that he needs a place to stay, we find out the real truth. Jessica and Lucius have been set to marry since their birth. It was all planned out just so that a long-lasting feud between two vampire families could finally end. Jessica isn't the biggest fan of this, especially since she didn't get any say in it whatsoever.

After many attempts of trying to play nice, Lucius finally gives up. He starts to agree with Jessica-they should've had a say in the matter and they probably won't see this marriage through. They don't want to listen to their long dead parents. Jessica also thinks that she will never come to love Lucius. He, on the other hand, starts out really liking her.

Lucius finally stops liking Jessica. She can't stand him... but do they end up falling for each other anyway?

This book was a really great read. I didn't quite understand why people were saying that this was kind of a "dark" book, because I found it not that dark at all. I guess that's what happens when you read a lot of dystopians. I thought that this was a great book to get one into the mood of Halloween. It was a great paranormal romance filled with characters that are easy to relate to-especially Jessica.

Rating:


 Recommended for fans of:
Vampires
Paranormal Romance
A Good Halloween Story!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

New Releases for the Week of October 28-November 3, 2012

Here are some of the new releases for this coming week!

October 30: Insurgent: Collector's Edition by Veronica Roth
Sequel to Divergent
October 30: Rebel Heart by Moira Young
Dust Lands, Book 2

October 30: Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier
The Ruby Red Trilogy, book 2

October 30: The Pledge by Kimberly Derting in paperback

October 30: Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini

October 30: Venom by Fiona Paul

Photos and info found on Barnes & Noble.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Book Review: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Title: Thirteen Reasons Why
Author: Jay Asher
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: 2007
Source: Purchased
Edition: Paperback (288 pages)
Genre: YA Realistic Fiction
Cover Review: I really like this cover. It's very simple and I love how it has tape; it ties in with the story.
Tagline: N/A
Series: N/A
Main Character: Clay Jensen

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker - his classmate and crush - who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why. Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah's pain, and learns the truth about himself-a truth he never wanted to face.

Thirteen Reasons Why is the gripping, addictive international bestseller that has changed lives the world over. It's an unrelenting modern classic.
As soon as I started this book, I had a feeling that I'd enjoy it. It was pretty good. The main character, Clay, was a really interesting character. We started off not knowing much about him at all. I really liked how every time we listened to a tape with him, we would get sort of these "flash-backs". It really helped the character understand him in a different way than straight out telling you what his character is like.

Thirteen Reasons Why was full of mystery and amazing characters. Especially Hannah Baker. I felt deeply bad for her and all the situations she was in. All she wanted was to fit in. She didn't ask for anything more. Really, she didn't ask for anything at all. It makes me wonder what would have happened if she never came to Clay's school to begin with. Would her life turn out differently? Would she still be alive? I did find the book to be a bit slow at times, but I believe that it was necessary. If everything was told to you right in the beginning, there would be no story.

All in all, I'd recommend this book to everyone. I feel like it's one of those classic YA type books that all book fans need to experience at least once, if not more. I can't wait until Jay Asher writes another book, as I know that I'll be sure to pick it up!

Rating:

 Recommended to fans of:
Jay Asher
The Future of Us
Contemporaries
Real World Situations

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (16)

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 Renegade by J.A. Souders.


Since the age of three, sixteen-year-old Evelyn Winters has been trained to be Daughter of the People in the underwater utopia known as Elysium. Selected from hundreds of children for her ideal genes all her life she’s thought that everything was perfect; her world. Her people. The Law.

But when Gavin Hunter, a Surface Dweller, accidentally stumbles into their secluded little world, she’s forced to come to a startling realization: everything she knows is a lie. Her memories have been altered. Her mind and body aren’t under her own control. And the person she knows as Mother is a monster.

Together with Gavin she plans her escape, only to learn that her own mind is a ticking time bomb... and Mother has one last secret that will destroy them all.

Renegade will be released on November 13, 2012 by Tor Teen.

Photo and summary were found on Goodreads.com.


Monday, October 22, 2012

Book Review: The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams

Title: The Alchemy of Forever
Author: Avery Williams
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: January 3, 2012
Source: Purchased
Edition: Paperback (368 pages-includes bonus material)
Genre:  YA Paranormal Romance
Cover Review: I love this cover! It's so much better than the original cover. It's very bright and I just think it looks beautiful on my shelf!
Tag Line: Her first love made her immortal.... her second might get her killed.
Series: Incarnation #1
Main Character: Seraphina Ames


In the first novel of the Incarnation series, the immortal Serephina grapples with a wrenching truth: Falling in love might mean succumbing to death. People say “love never dies”…but love might be the death of Seraphina.

     Seraphina has been alive since the Middle Ages, when her boyfriend, Cyrus, managed to perfect a method of alchemy that lets them swap bodies with any human being. Sera ran away from Cyrus years ago, when she realized that what they were doing—taking the lives of innocent people—was wrong. Yet she doesn’t want to die, so she finds young people who are on the brink of death, and inhabits their bodies.

     Sera has just landed in the body of a girl named Kailey who was about to die in a car accident. For the first time, Sera falls in love with the life of the person she’s inhabiting. Sera also falls for the boy next door, Noah. And soon it’s clear the feelings are returned. But she can never kiss Noah, because for her to touch lips with a human would mean the human’s death. And she has even more to worry about: Cyrus is chasing her. If she stays in one place for long, she puts herself—and the people she’s grown to care for—in great danger. Will Sera have to give up the one thing that’s eluded her for centuries: true love?
I read this book as soon as I finished reading Juliet Immortal. I'd been in the mood to read a book like this for a while now. I love to read books that have to do with immortality. I also enjoy reading books about characters who had a history in a European country.

After Seraphina is stabbed at a Masquerade ball in the past, Cyrus tries to save her by giving her the immortality that her alchemist father created. She ends up surviving, only to find that only her soul survives. Once she died, she moved to the nearest person, who happened to be the woman that was with the man that stabbed her. Her body perished.

With her newly found immortality, Seraphina can move from body to body whenever she feels like it. The only thing is that she doesn't like to kill innocent people. She tries her hardest to only shift into people that are close to death or humans who don't want to live anymore.

After living with Cyrus for a long time, Seraphina decides that it is about time that she leaves-forever. She decides that it's about time that she dies for real. On the night of her new body party, she tries to escape, and succeeds-for the most part, anyway.

Seraphina witnesses a car crash and tries to save the girl in the crash. While trying to save her, Seraphina accidentally shifts into the girl. She now must try to survive as this girl. Seraphina must pretend that nothing happened, that this girl isn't dead.

This book was a light and fun read. It was an easy read, and it was very enjoyable. The characters were lovable and I loved the whole fact of Seraphina having to be someone that she isn't. I'd definitely recommend this book to others who are looking for a fluffy paranormal romance.

Rating:

Recommended for fans of:
Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay
Immortality
Paranormal Romance

Sunday, October 21, 2012

New Releases for the Week of October 21-27, 2012

Here are some of the new releases for this week!

October 23: Angel Fire by L.A. Weatherly in paperback
Sequel to Angel Burn

October 23: Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Beautiful Creatures book 4

October 23: Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick
Book 4 in the Hush, Hush saga

October 23: Sacrifice by Cayla Kluver
Legacy series, book 3

October 23: The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

October 23: The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa
Book 1 in the Spin-off series for the Iron Fey

October 25: Burning Blue by Paul Griffin

Photos and info found on Barnes & Noble.

Friday, October 19, 2012

My Momentous Month (3)

*Note: If you'd like to try out this meme, feel free! If you do, please link back to my blog and leave a link in the comments so that I can check yours out! If you wish, you can also grab my button that I attempted to make (I know, I know, it's pretty bad. I'll try to make a better one soon!) or you can make your own.*

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!
 
Sorry that I'm doing this post so late, it's been very busy the past few weeks!

Books Read in September 2012
  1. Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
  2. The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams
  3. Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay
  4. Wake by Amanda Hocking
  5. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  6. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  7. Companions of the Night by Vivian Vande Velde
  8. Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde
Reviews Posted in September 2012

  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • Wake by Amanda Hocking
  • Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
  • Companions of the Night by Vivian Vande Velde
  • Maximum Ride: The Final Warning by James Patterson
  • Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson
To Be Read for October 2012
This month I'm just going to read whatever I feel like. No plan whatsoever!
Favorite Book of the Month
Anna and the French Kiss by Stehpanie Perkins! This book was utterly amazing. I couldn't believe that I liked it so much. I can't wait to dig into Lola and the Boy Next Door!
Favorites in Each Genre
Contemporary Anna and the French Kiss vs. The Fault in Our Stars... I absolutely loved them both but I'm going to have to go with Anna and the French Kiss just because of St. Clair's Englishness and the setting of Paris.
Dystopian Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde
Fantasy Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
Paranormal Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay
Steampunk No steampunk was read in 9/12.
Historical Fiction No historical fiction was read either... unless Juliet Immortal can count as that.

Favorite Cover of the Month
Wake by Amanda Hocking


Favorite Characters of the Month
Female: Juliet from Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay
Male: St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Favorite Setting of the Month
Paris from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I've always wanted to go to Paris and I absolutely loved reading a book with Paris as a setting!


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (15)

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 Black City by Elizabeth Richards.


"

 A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war.

In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-olds Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable—they fall in love. Bonded by a mysterious connection that causes Ash’s long-dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they’re caught, they’ll be executed—but their feelings are too strong.

When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their deaths."
Black City will be released on November 13, 2012 by G.P. Putnam's Sons BYR.

Photo and summary were found on Goodreads.com.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

New Releases for the Week of October 14-20, 2012

Here are some of the new releases for this week!

October 16: Ashen Winter by Mike Mullen
Sequel to Ashfall

October 16: Beta by Rachel Cohn

October 16: Crewel by Gennifer Albin

October 16: Kiss & Blog by Alyson Noel in the new paperback cover
October 16: The Space Between Us by Jessica Martinez
October 16: Two and Twenty Dark Tales: Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes edited by Michelle Zink and Georgia McBride
Photos and info found on Barnes & Noble.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Book Review: Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde

Title: Heir Apparent
Author: Vivian Vande Velde
Publisher: Sandpiper
Release Date: June 1, 2004
Source: Purchased
Edition: Paperback (352 pages)
Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Cover Review: I didn't quite understand this cover in the beginning, although after reading I do. I really like the cover!
Tagline: N/A
Series: N/A
Main Character: Giannine

In the virtual reality game Heir Apparent, there are way too many ways to get killed--and Giannine seems to be finding them all. Which is a darn shame, because unless she can get the magic ring, locate the stolen treasure, answer the dwarf's dumb riddles, impress the head-chopping statue, charm the army of ghosts, fend off the barbarians, and defeat the man-eating dragon, she'll never win.

And she has to, because losing means she'll die--for real this time.

In Heir Apparent, we follow Giannine as she struggles to get through a video game titled the same as the book. She lives in a world where you can go to arcades and actually be hooked up to the game. Once hooked up, you can feel, touch, hear, taste, and even smell everything that your character can. You can also have all the memories of your character as well as your own.

Once Giannine is in the game, some protestors broke into the arcade and now she is stuck in it. She must try to live or she might die forever. She may have no second chances before time is up. She must try to beat the game by making the right decisions and befriending the right people.

This book was so good! I absolutely loved how I didn't ever feel bored while reading. Even though it repeats a lot because she is repeatedly sent back to the beginning of the story, I never felt like it really was repeating. I absolutely loved Giannine. It was cool to see what decisions she would make compared to my own. I loved following her around as she explored this fantasy world. I'm really starting to like Vivian Vande Velde's novels.

Rating:





Recommended for fans of:
Fantasies
Sci-Fi's
Video Games

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

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (14)

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 Crewel by Gennifer Albin.

"Incapable. Awkward. Artless.

That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: she wants to fail.

Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she’s exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen as a Spinster is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to embroider the very fabric of life. But if controlling what people eat, where they live and how many children they have is the price of having it all, Adelice isn’t interested.

Not that her feelings matter, because she slipped and wove a moment at testing, and they’re coming for her—tonight.

Now she has one hour to eat her mom’s overcooked pot roast. One hour to listen to her sister’s academy gossip and laugh at her Dad’s stupid jokes. One hour to pretend everything’s okay. And one hour to escape.

Because once you become a Spinster, there’s no turning back."

Crewel by Gennifer Albin will be released on October 16, 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR).

Photo and summary were found on Goodreads.com.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Title: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Publisher: Dutton Books
Release Date: January 10, 2012
Source: Bought
Edition: Hardcover (313 pages)
Genre: YA Contemporary
Cover Review: I really like this cover. I love blue! I also really like how the font looks like chalk.
Tagline: N/A
Series: N/A
Main Character(s): Augustus Waters and Hazel Grace Lancaster


Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

 I absolutely loved this book. As I've said in past reviews, I'm not always the biggest contemporary fan. This was my first John Green book and I can't wait to read more by him. Hazel was diagnosed with cancer as was Augustus. Augustus seems to be perfectly fine while it seems as if everyone finds it a miracle that Hazel is still alive.

I absolutely loved how their were many twists in this book. Especially the totally unexpected twist at the end! I was definitely not prepared for what happened.

My favorite character would have to be Augustus. He was hilarious and I love how he spoke. He was just an excellent character all around. I wish there were more Augustus' in literature! I read this book pretty fast as I could just not put it down. 

Rating:



Recommended for fans of:
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Excellent contemporaries
Thought-provoking fiction