Monday, December 31, 2012

The Books I Read in 2012

Well... there were quite a lot of books that I read in 2012 and I thought I'd share a huge list of them with you guys. There aren't reviews on all of them because I started the blog in July and I've been reading for longer than that.

January
1. Matched by Ally Condie
2. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
3. The Lying Game by Sara Shepard
4. Never Have I Ever by Sara Shepard
5. The Unidentified by Rae Mariz
6. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
7. I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
8. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
9. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
10. Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
11. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
12. Fallen by Lauren Kate
12. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

February
13. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (re-read)
14. The Hunger Pains by The Harvard Lampoon
15. Wither by Lauren DeStefano
16. Empty by Suzanne Weyn
17. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ranzom Riggs

March
18. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
19. Tempest by Julie Cross
20. Blood Red Road by Moira Young
21. Evermore by Alyson Noel
22. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
23. Divergent by Veronica Roth
24. The World of the Hunger Games by Kate Egan

April
25. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (Re-read)
26. The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
27. Slide by Jill Hathaway
28. Starters by Lissa Price
29. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
30. The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks
31. The Hunger Games Tribute Guide by Emily Seife
32. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
33. The Hunger Games: Official Illustrated Movie Companion by Kate Egan

May
34. Blue Moon by Alyson Noel
35. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
36. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
37. Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky
38. Annexed by Sharon Dogar
39. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
40. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
41. The Selection by Kiera Cass
42. If I Stay by Gayle Foreman
43. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
44. Gone by Michael Grant

June
45. The Awakening by L.J. Smith
46. The Struggle by L.J. Smith
47. Hourglass by Myra McEntire
48. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
49. The Fury by L.J. Smith
50. Dark Reunion by L.J. Smith
51. Legend by Marie Lu

July
52. Watch Me by Lauren Barnholdt
53. The Future of Us by Carolyn Mackler & Jay Asher
54. The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls by Julie Schumacher
55. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
56. All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin
57. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
58. The Death Cure by James Dashner
59. The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda
60. Crossed by Ally Condie
61. Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London
62. A Great & Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
63. The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
64. Shadowland by Alyson Noel
65. Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

August
66. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
67. Struck by Jennifer Bosworth
68. This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers
69. The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
70. School's Out Forever by James Patterson
71. Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson
72. The Final Warning by James Patterson
73. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
74. Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
75. Companions of the Night by Vivian Vande Velde

September
76. The Epic of Gilgamesh
77. Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde
78. Wake by Amanda Hocking
79. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
80. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

October
81. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
82. Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay
83. The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams
84. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
85. Elixir by Hilary Duff
86. Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
87. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
88. Unwind by Neal Shusterman

November
89. Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles
90. The Lying Game by Sara Shepard (re-read)
91. Never Have I Ever by Sara Shepard (re-read)
92. Oedipus Rex by Sophocles
93. Revived by Cat Patrick
94. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
95. The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse
96. The Host by Stephanie
97. Fathomless by Jackson Pearce

December
98. Max by James Patterson
99. Enclave by Ann Aguirre
100. Moonglow by Michael Griffo
101. Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
102. Dare to Dream: Life as One Direction by One Direction
103. Persistence of Vision by Liesel K. Hill
104. Lucid by Adrienne Stoltz & Ron Bass
105. Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone
106. Beta by Rachel Cohn

My Momentous Month (6)

*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!
Books Read in December 2012
  1. Enclave by Ann Aguirre
  2. Moonglow by Michael Griffo
  3. Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
  4. Dare to Dream: Life as One Direction by One Direction
  5. Persistence of Vision by Liesel K. Hill
  6. Lucid by Adrienne Stoltz and Ron Bass
  7. Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone
  8. Beta by Rachel Cohn

Reviews Posted in December 2012
  • The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse
  • Annexed by Sharon Dogar
  • The Lying Game by Sara Shepard
  • Never Have I Ever by Sara Shepard
  • Fathomless by Jackson Pearce
  • The Host by Stephanie Meyer
  • Life as One Direction by One Direction
  • Enclave by Ann Aguirre
  • Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone
  • Lucid by Adrienne Stoltz and Ron Bass

To Be Read for January 2013
Since I never follow by tbr, I guess this could just be books that I'd like to read at the moment.
  1. Black City by Elizabeth Richards
  2. What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang
  3. The Kill Order by James Dashner
  4. Tempest by Julie Cross (Reread)
  5. Delirium by Lauren Oliver (Reread)
  6. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
  7. Wither (reread) & Fever by Lauren DeStefano

Favorite Book of the Month
I'm going to have to go with Persistence of Vision by Liesel K. Hill. It was absolutely amazing. It was my kind of dystopian, most definitely.
Favorites in Each Genre
Dystopian Persistence of Vision by Liesel K. Hill
Paranormal Romance Lucid by Adrienne Stoltz & Ron Bass
Contemporary N/A
Steampunk N/A
Historical Fiction N/A
Fantasy Moonglow by Michael Griffo

Science Fiction Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone (It's time travel... which I consider sci-fi)

Favorite Cover of the Month
 
This cover is gorgeous! I love the color of it and I also like how it's a little blurry in spots... just like lucid dreaming.
Favorite Characters of the Month
Male Bennett Cooper from Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone
Female It's a tie. It's between Maggie from Persistence of Vision by Liesel K. Hill and Elysia from Beta by Rachel Cohn.
Favorite Setting/World of the Month
This is a no-brainer. Of course the futuristic world that Liesel K. Hill created in Persistence of Vision! How could I not choose it? It's very sciencey and some people have special powers. There's even time travel.

What were your favorites of the month?

Book Review: Lucid by Adrienne Stoltz and Ron Bass

Title: Lucid
Author: Adrienne Stoltz and Ron Bass
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Source: Gifted
Edition: Hardcover (342 pages)
Genre: YA Paranormal/Contemporary
Cover Review: I think this cover is absolutely beautiful. The colors are super pretty.
Tagline: N/A
Series: N/A
Main Character: Sloane & Maggie

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.
Sloane lives in Connecticut and has a best friend named Gordy. She has many friends, though one in particular, Bill, died last year on her birthday. She lives a pretty normal life. One day at school, a new kid named James shows up. There were rumours going around that he was dating one of Sloane's friends, but he told her that it wasn't true. The funniest thing about James and Sloane is that they are exactly the same. They are super into reading and they're both really intelligent. They are also the only two who every speak in English class. They even got into a fight on James's first day about Daisy from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Maggie is an actress who lives in New York. Her mom works at Elle magazine. Since her mom works with fashion, Maggie always has the coolest clothes because she can just take them from the Elle closet. Maggie doesn't have many friends, considering that she pretty much quit school to focus on her job. She spends a lot of time helping her sister Jade. After finding out that there was a casting call for Robin on a new vampire show based off of very popular books, she decides to go for it. She heard about it from this man named Thomas, who happens to really seem to have a crush on  her. He confides in her that if they were in a relationship, it would have no hold over whether she would get the job or not on the show.

While in the park one day, Maggie finds this couple working on some sort of film. She watches them and listens in on their conversations. She meets the both of them, and finds that they guy's name is Andrew. A few days later, Maggie finds him in the park again, and he asks her to do a voice-over for his girlfriend's speaking because the professor didn't like her's much. She agrees and becomes stuck in a love triangle.

This book was really interesting. It was kind of cool because the same thing was happening to both of the characters at pretty much the same time. It was also interesting because you never knew which one was real and which wasn't, or if they were both real or both fake. It definitely messed with my brain and I absolutely loved that. The other thing I really liked was how there were two love triangles going on at the same time. There was Maggie, Thomas, and Andrew in New York and then there was Sloane, Gordy, and James in Connecticut. I especially loved how in the end they were practically spiraling into insanity. The very ending definitely threw me off. I'm still a bit confused as to what exactly happened, but I think that made me like the book even more. Stoltz and Bass have written a mind-bending novel which will keep you thinking about what happened days after reading it.

Rating:


Recommended for fans of:
Mind Bender's
Love Triangles

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

Sunday, December 30, 2012

New Releases for the Week of December 30, 2012-January 5, 2013

Here are some of the new releases for this coming week!
January 1: Changeling by Philippa Gregory in paperback

January 1: Falling For You by Lisa Schroeder

January 1: Love is All You Need by Deb Caletti
Bind up of The Nature of Jade and Wild Roses

January 1: Splintered by A.G. Howard

January 1: Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz

January 1: The Essence by Kimberly Derting
Sequel to The Pledge

January 1: Wentworth Hall by Abby Grahame in paperback

January 2: Catherine by April Lindner

January 2: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith in paperback

Photos and info found on Barnes and Noble.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Stacking the Shelves (11)

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

Gifted:
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.
I read this one already, and I really enjoyed it. Plus, just look at the cover! It's the most beautiful color!

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

As their relationship deepens, the two face the reality that time may knock Bennett back to 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, what consequences they can bear in order to stay together, and whether their love can stand the test of time.

Fresh, exciting, and deeply romantic, Time Between Us is a stunning, spellbinding debut from an extraordinary new voice in YA fiction.
I've read this one too and I absolutely loved it. The characters were amazing and I'm always fascinated by the idea of time travel.

Elysia is created in a laboratory, born as a sixteen-year-old girl, an empty vessel with no life experience to draw from. She is a Beta, an experimental model of a teenage clone. She was replicated from another teenage girl, who had to die in order for Elysia to exist.

Elysia's purpose is to serve the inhabitants of Demesne, an island paradise for the wealthiest people on earth. Everything about Demesne is bioengineered for perfection. Even the air induces a strange, euphoric high, which only the island's workers--soulless clones like Elysia--are immune to.
At first, Elysia's life is idyllic and pampered. But she soon sees that Demesne's human residents, who should want for nothing, yearn. But for what, exactly? She also comes to realize that beneath the island's flawless exterior, there is an under-current of discontent among Demesne's worker clones. She knows she is soulless and cannot feel and should not care--so why are overpowering sensations cloud-ing Elysia's mind?

If anyone discovers that Elysia isn't the unfeeling clone she must pretend to be, she will suffer a fate too terrible to imagine. When her one chance at happi-ness is ripped away with breathtaking cruelty, emotions she's always had but never understood are unleashed. As rage, terror, and desire threaten to overwhelm her, Elysia must find the will to survive.

The first in a dazzlingly original science fiction series from best-selling author Rachel Cohn, "Beta "is a haunting, unforgettable story of courage and love in a cor-rupted world. Praise for Beta "A terrific premise that is equally well executed...Readers can only hope [the sequel] will be as thrilling as this series kickoff."--Los Angles Times

The prequel to the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series.

Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares hit the earth and mankind fell to disease.

Mark and Trina were there when it happened, and they survived. But surviving the sun flares was easy compared to what came next. Now a disease of rage and lunacy races across the eastern United States, and there’s something suspicious about its origin. Worse yet, it’s mutating, and all evidence suggests that it will bring humanity to its knees.

Mark and Trina are convinced there’s a way to save those left living from descending into madness. And they’re determined to find it—if they can stay alive. Because in this new, devastated world, every life has a price. And to some, you’re worth more dead than alive.

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.

I should not exist. But I do.Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else—two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren’t they settling? Why isn’t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn’t . . .

For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie knows she’s still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable-hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked away with the others. And yet . . . for a chance to smile, to twirl, to speak, Eva will do anything.


What books did you get this week?


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Friday, December 28, 2012

Feature & Follow Friday (7)

Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Alison Can Read & Parajunkee's View. It's a nice way to meet to new friends and gain new followers. I'd prefer if you'd follow via GFC. If you can't, you may follow via e-mail. Feedburner is okay as well.

Q: What book do you think everyone should read? If you could gift the entire population with one book?
A: I was going to go the obvious route and choose The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, but I think that most of the population has already read it. That's why I'm going with a recent read of mine, Persistence of Vision by Liesel K. Hill. It was unbelievably awesome. I was really intrigued by the world and all of the characters in it. I really enjoyed learning many things about everyone and everything in the world. It's a dystopian with time-travel and magical powers... and I think everyone should read it!

What book would you gift the population with?



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Book Review: Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone

Title: Time Between Us
Author: Tamara Ireland Stone
Publisher: Hyperion
Release Date: October 9, 2012
Source: Gifted
Edition: Hardcover (384 pages)
Genre: YA Contemporary/Time Travel/Science Fiction
Cover Review: This cover is absolutely beautiful in real life. I love the colors and the girl's hair is really pretty... and she looks just like how I pictured Anna. I also love the boy walking in the background (Bennett?).
Tagline: N/A
Series: N/A
Main Character: Anna

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

As their relationship deepens, the two face the reality that time may knock Bennett back to 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, what consequences they can bear in order to stay together, and whether their love can stand the test of time.

Fresh, exciting, and deeply romantic, Time Between Us is a stunning, spellbinding debut from an extraordinary new voice in YA fiction.
Anna lives in Chicago and the year is 1995. One day, while she is doing her early morning jog, she sees a guy staring at her on the bleachers. She smiles, and when she looks back at him, he's gone. There is proof that he was there, but there are no footprints, just impacted snow where he was sitting. Later, when her British friend Emma picks her up for school, Anna finds that there is a new kid coming to school. When they finally arrive to school and Anna is in Spanish class, she meets the new kid. He ends up sitting right behind her. It just happens to be the same guy that was watching her earlier. His name is Bennett.

After Bennett tries to save Anna during a robbery at her father's bookstore, all secrets are revealed. Bennett happens to have time traveling capabilities, but he's never told anyone but his parents about it before. This is extremely awkward for Anna because it turns out that 1995 is actually the year that Bennett was born. He tells Anna that he will probably not be able to stay because he's only in the year 1995 for his sister, whom he lost in the year 1994 during a concert. He doesn't know how long he'll be able to stay because it's not that good to mess with time. Would Bennett be willing to stay in 1995 just so he could stay with Anna?

This book was really good. I loved the romance and especially Anna and Bennett. I just love his name too. Bennett... it has this certain kind of sound to it. One of the coolest things about this story was that Bennett had more powers than just time travel. He could also just disappear and reappear somewhere else. As he puts it, he just thinks really hard about the place and then poof he's there. I love the story that he tells of how he came to find out about his powers.

Another great thing about this book was the fact that it was TIME TRAVEL. I absolutely love time travel novels and I really wish that there were more in the YA genre. I'm always interested in time travel and Bennett's version was explained very well by Ms. Stone. I also loved the sense of humor in this book. Though some parts were kind of sad, Bennett always seemed to make me laugh. Especially the car incident. (If you've read the book, you definitely know what I'm talking about!) I'll definitely be reading anything else that Tamara writes in the future, because Time Between Us is a new favorite.

Rating:


 Recommended to fans of:
Time Travel
Great Romance
Tempest by Julie Cross
Hourglass by Myra McEntire


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

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Blogger Interview Sign-Ups!

A very long time ago, I mentioned that I was thinking about doing blogger interviews... and guess what? The time has finally come. I decided to start doing them weekly starting in 2013! If you'd like to be featured, just e-mail me the answers to the following questions, and I'll be sure to reply with the date of which you will be featured. The interview will feature your blog button, your website, and anything else that you'd like me to link to. This will be for mostly book blogs, but if you're a cross-over site of two different subjects, that's fine too. As long as one of those is books. :) It would be nice if there was mostly YA reviews on your blog as well, as I'm a YA blogger.

You can e-mail me at: downrightdystopian@gmail.com


For 1-4, which would you choose and why? For the rest, just answer them and feel free to include an explanation!
  1. Hardcover or paperback?
  2. Book or e-copy?
  3. Library or book store?
  4. New books or used books?
  5. If you were in a book, which type of character would you be? (EX: hero, villain, sidekick, etc.)
  6. Would you want the book you were featured in to be turned into a movie? Who would play you?
  7. If you could live in any possible genre, which would you choose and why?
  8. If you could meet any one author, who would you meet any why?
  9. If there was a book about your life, what would it be called?
  10. Which character in a novel that you've read most resembles you and why?
  11. How many times have you read your favorite book and will you read it again?


I had so much fun coming up with questions, and I've actually had this list for a while now! I hope you enjoy answering them as much as I enjoyed coming up with them!

Book Recommendation (4): Holiday/Winter Reads!

As I've mentioned before, I've decided to start doing book recommendations. These will be done at random times. I'll group my recommendations by cover color, genre, or even base them off an author!

This week, I decided to recommend some great Holiday/Winter Reads, since of course, Christmas was this week! I've got quite a lot of recommendations, so let's get started!


The Wolves of Mercy Falls Series by Maggie Stiefvater
Shiver, Linger, and Forever
This series is a perfect winter read. Stiefvater created werewolves that only change when it's cold outside, hence the winter theme. We follow Sam, a werewolf, and Grace, a human, as they fall in love. Grace always had a fascination with the wolves so of course she couldn't help but fall in love with them, especially when she found out that Sam was one of them. I've only read the first two books, mostly because I really don't want the series to end!


The Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa
The Iron King, The Iron Queen, The Iron Daughter, and The Iron Knight
The Iron Fey series is, of course, a fae series. I'd say that this is a winter read because the covers remind me a lot of winter, plus there are some winter elements involved in the story. I've only read the first book, but I'm hoping to buy and read the rest of the series soon enough.


Matched by Ally Condie
I love reading dystopians during the winter. I don't know why, but I tend to enjoy them more when I read them in the colder months. Matched was one of the first dystopians that I read, and I absolutely loved it. There is a Society that pretty much controls everything that everyone does and eats, so what happens when it's defied? Cassia will find out.







Delirium by Lauren Oliver
This is another dystopian read that I absolutely love. This one is all about love. By looking at the cover, I'm automatically reminded of winter. This is definitely a great read to cozy up by the fire with. It was more of a fluffy read, right up until the cliff hanger ending. I instantly fell in love with the characters and I'm sure you will too.







Across the Universe by Beth Revis
This is a sci-fi that takes place in outer space, which is one of the best settings imaginable. There is love and much to explore. It's super fun exploring the ship with Amy as she slowly unravels many answers to the mystery aboard the ship. A great winter read, just because it's absolutely amazing!








Tempest by Julie Cross
Ahh, time travel... one of my favorite sub-genres. This one happens to be a time travel love story. After witnessing the death of the girl he loves, Jackson is thrown back into the past. It just so happens that his girlfriend is still alive at this time. This book was so good and I was constantly wondering what was going to happen next. It was that good. I'm super excited for Vortex!






Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone
This was an anticipated read of mine for 2012 and I was not disappointed. It's another epic love story that involves time travel, except in this one, the two lovers happen to be from two completely different years. Annie is from 1995 while Bennett is from 2012. It was absolutely amazing and my heart was even torn once, which doesn't happen often to me. Highly recommended!







What are some of your favorite holiday reads? Have you ever read any of these before?

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (25)

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 Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum.

Twenty years ago, the robots designed to fight our wars abandoned the battlefields. Then they turned their weapons on us.

Only a few escaped the robot revolution of 2071. Kevin, Nick, and Cass are lucky —they live with their parents in a secret human community in the woods. Then their village is detected and wiped out. Hopeful that other survivors have been captured by bots, the teens risk everything to save the only people they have left in the world—by infiltrating a city controlled by their greatest enemies.

Revolution 19 is a cinematic thriller unlike anything else. With a dynamic cast of characters, this surefire blockbuster has everything teen readers want—action, drama, mystery, and romance. Written by debut novelist Gregg Rosenblum, this gripping story shouldn’t be missed.

Revolution 19 will be released on January 8, 2013 by HarperTeen.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Book Review: Enclave by Ann Aguirre

Title: Enclave
Author: Ann Aguirre
Publisher: Square Fish
Release Date: April 12, 2011
Source: Purchased
Edition: Paperback (288 pages)
Genre: YA Apocalyptic
Cover Review: I thought this cover was pretty cool. I love how it has Deuce's knives on it.
Tagline: Welcome to the apocalypse.
Series: Razorland #1
Main Character: Deuce

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

In Enclave by Ann Aguirre, we follow Deuce who lives in a world where Freaks are growing by the minute. Deuce lives in an Enclave where you are trained for a certain job since birth. If you are a citizen of the enclave then you must swear to do whatever it takes to protect your enclave. Deuce has always wanted to be a hunter. She finally gets the chance and she's excited... except for the fact that her new hunting partner is Fade.

Fade is a social outcast. He's from Topside, which is an area where not many humans lived to see. Outside the enclave walls, Freaks, zombie-like animals, ravage the cities. Everyone wonders how Fade could've made it past all of the Freaks and made it to the enclave. He was pretty young when he accomplished all of that alone.

Deuce isn't so sure of Fade until she actually works with him. He turns out to be a nice partner who has a lot to say. The council made up lies about what Fade said was the truth, so Deuce finally gets to know Fade's whole life story. After doing something the council deems terrible, Deuce and Fade are exiled. They must leave immediately with only one bag full of keepsakes. Deuce has to leave all of her friends and trust that Fade knows his way in the outside.

Fade decides that it's best to head north because he always heard that it was better there. Therefore Deuce and Fade head that way. Along their journey they meet a few new characters. We meet Stalker, who was in charge of his own little gang. He started out being kind of nasty and rude, but he ended up being pretty nice. I guess people will do whatever it takes to survive in this world. We also meet another character who comes with Deuce and Fade on their journey north.

This book was pretty amazing. For some reason, I wasn't really sure about it. I'd heard many mixed reviews so I was surprised after I read it. This is one of those dystopians where the world is more rugged. Enclave is more of an adventurous dystopian more than anything else, which I absolutely loved. The romance was just on the side. The characters were amazing as well. I absolutely loved how truly deep Fade was, although you couldn't really see it on the outside. I didn't really see the comparison to The Hunger Games. This is an excellent apocalyptic read for fans of Blood Red Road.

Rating:



 Recommended for fans of:
Apocalypse novels
Adventure
Tuned-down romance
Blood Red Road by Moira Young

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

-Very- Mini Book Review: Life as One Direction by One Direction

Title: Dare to Dream: Life as One Direction
Author: One Direction (Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: September 15, 2011
Source: Purchased
Edition: Paperback (288 pages)
Genre: Autobiography
Cover Review: It has the band on it!!
Tagline: N/A
Series: N/A
Main Character(s): Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson

Join the UK’s hottest new boyband on their rollercoaster ride to superstardom, with the follow-up to the Number 1 bestselling book One Direction: Forever Young: Our Official X Factor Story.

Last year they were just five normal boys, who didn’t even know each other, dreaming of being up on stage, with fans screaming their names... so much has happened for One Direction since then!

Following their huge success on The X Factor, and the hysteria they caused wherever they went on The X Factor tour, One Direction are quickly becoming the UK’s biggest boyband, and the pop act that everyone wants to meet. And this is just the beginning...

With their first single due in the summer, and their debut album in November, 2011 looks set to be the year of One Direction!

Here, in their own official book, Harry, Niall, Zayn, Liam and Louis each tell the story of their amazing journeys in full—from teen hopefuls auditioning for The X Factor to pop superstars in the making, and now to living their dreams out. And the boys are so grateful to their fans for getting them there, they want to give you all an exclusive peek inside their world...

Stunningly designed and jam packed full of exclusive unseen photos of the band on and off stage, plus private captured moments, the incredible story of One Direction’s rise to fame is a must-have for any true fan and the perfect gift for Christmas.

This book was a really fun read. It was interesting to learn more about each member of One Direction. The most unique thing about this book was the fact that each member wrote their own portion of the book. I definitely know much more about each member now and I'm looking forward to their next book.

I'd highly recommend this to any fan of One Direction. This could also qualify for a Christmas read because each member wrote about their Christmas break from the X Factor show. I may have to start watching the X Factor because it seems like a really good show.

I decided not to rate this because it was a biography.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

My Top 12 of 2012

Here's the final list of my top 12 of 2012.

12. Blood Red Road by Moira Young The story was amazing and I loved how adventurous Saba was. There is so much to explore in this world and I'm sure we'll get even more in Rebel Hearts.

11. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray This is the only contemporary that made my list... and with good reasons. It was absolutely hilarious and the writing was exceptional. The characters were really fun to read about as well. It was just so funny!!
10. Delirium by Lauren Oliver I loved this world that Oliver created. I can't wait to read Pandemonium because I've heard that it's even BETTER.

9. Matched by Ally Condie The Society is really fun to learn about and Cassia, Ky, and Xander are really interesting characters. I'm super sad to see this amazing series end.

8. Across the Universe by Beth Revis I loved the setting of this book: on a space ship in outer space. It was like a futuristic mystery with great characters and an even greater love interest.

7. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin This book was fantastic. The unreliable protagonist just made it even better. Plus Mr. Shaw was great because he's British!
6. The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse The island that Alenna was forced onto was really interesting. There was so much lurking on the island that it reminded me of three of my favorite books: The Maze Runner by James Dashner, Beauty Queens by Libba Bray, and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I highly recommend it.

5. The Death Cure by James Dashner Though this was the last book in the series, it is probably my favorite. There were so many unanswered questions in the end that it made me love the novel even more. I still imagine what happened after the ending.

4. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi I absolutely loved the world building in this novel. We got the full story of how it got to be the way it is, which I greatly appreciate. The characters were amazing as well and I loved how they developed powers over time.

3. Struck by Jennifer Bosworth I loved the whole lightning addict concept, mostly because I love science. It was really interesting to learn about something that you usually wouldn't hear much about. I'm not sure if it's part of a series, but I kind of hope it is.

2. Awaken by Katy Kacvinsky I'm currently rereading this one, and I'm liking it even more the second time. The characters are great and the world is even greater. I love how the world is obsessed with technology, because it could possibly happen in this world.

1. The Selection by Kiera Cass This book was OUTSTANDING. The characters, the caste system, the whole princess thing, it all just made me love it even more. The cover is absolutely gorgeous as well. This was a very unique novels with an outstanding world with caste systems. I'd give it as many stars as I possibly can.


Honorable Mentions:

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi I absolutely loved Juliette and Adam. The enemy was really pretty cool as well. It was interesting because he was a different kind of villain: he actually loved the protagonist.

Unwind by Neal Shusterman This world was insanely creepy. I think that's what I liked most about it. Plus, there are multiple POVs so you really can connect with each character.

Tempest by Julie Cross I absolutely love time travel, and this is probably my favorite time travel novel. Instead of moving to the future, our protagonist gets trapped in the past.

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout I haven't read many alien novels besides this one and I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore. This one was really interesting because the main character actually had her own book blog, so it was really relatable!

Darkness Before Dawn by J. A. London I loved this one because it was a futuristic vampire apocalypse type thing. The humans lived in a walled-in town and the vampires live outside.

The Hunt by J.A. London This is another vampire dystopian, which I really like. Our protagonist in this novel pretends to be a human because there aren't many humans left. He must do everything the way a vampire does because the moment he slips up, he could be a goner.


What were your 2012 favorites?