Saturday, March 30, 2013

Stacking the Shelves (18)

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.
 
This week I only got one book, though I'm really excited to finally read it!
Partials (Partials, #1)
 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (39)

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 Taken by Erin Bowman.

There are no men in Claysoot. There are boys—but every one of them vanishes at midnight on his eighteenth birthday. The ground shakes, the wind howls, a blinding light descends...and he’s gone.

They call it the Heist.

Gray Weathersby’s eighteenth birthday is mere months away, and he’s prepared to meet his fate–until he finds a strange note from his mother and starts to question everything he’s been raised to accept: the Council leaders and their obvious secrets. The Heist itself. And what lies beyond the Wall that surrounds Claysoot–a structure that no one can cross and survive.

Climbing the Wall is suicide, but what comes after the Heist could be worse. Should he sit back and wait to be taken–or risk everything on the hope of the other side?
Taken will be released on April 16, 2013 by HarperTeen.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Book Review: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Title: Beautiful Creatures
Author: Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: December 1, 2009
Source: Purchased
Edition: Paperback (563 pages)
Genre: YA Paranormal
Cover Review: This cover is absolutely beautiful. Though it is very simple, the title art is amazing.
Tagline: N/A
Series: Caster Chronicles #1
Main Character: Lena Duchannes


There were no surprises in Gatlin County.
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.
At least, that's what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.
Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.
 
Beautiful Creatures was a book that I never saw coming. I'd seen it around a lot, but I never thought about picking it up until I heard that there was a movie coming out... and I saw the trailer. I immediately knew that I had to check it out. I also heard that it took place in the south and it just really intrigued me.

The magic in this story was really amazing. Some of the stuff that went on was really original. I especially loved Macon's house; how it always was styled differently whenever Ethan went to Lena's house. Ethan was such a great character. It was really cool because paranormal stories are always told through the eyes of the girl, and this time it was the boy. Another thing that was totally original! I also thought it was interesting how both Ethan and Lena had dreams about each other before they even met. It was kind of creepy but it was really interesting.

I really liked how music was incorporated throughout the novel. Ethan started listening to his ipod one day and he heard this song called "Sixteen Candles". He was really confused as to how it got onto his ipod and he even asked his friend Link, though he had no clue where it came from. Even the last page of the novel incorporated music...

Lena was really cool. The whole "you don't know if you're good or bad until your sixteenth birthday" thing was really interesting, even if it only ran in the Duchanne's family. I also liked how Lena was so original and she wasn't scared to be the way she was. She dressed so differently than everyone else and she didn't seem to mind at all. I mean, she did get payback a few times...

After reading this book, I was really pumped up to see the movie, though my movie theater stopped playing it after two weeks, so I never go to. Therefore I'm going to have to wait until it comes out on DVD before I can actually review the movie. The characters in this book were really great, especially Ridley. I think she might have been my favorite since she was kind of close to Lena at one point. I definitely can't wait to read Beautiful Darkness... especially with the cliffhanger ending! It was completely unbelievable!!

Recommended for fans of:
Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Notable Quotes:

"There was a curse. There was a girl. And in the end, there was a grave. I never even saw it coming."

"The right thing and the easy thing are never the same."

"I never loved you any more than I do, right this second. And I'll never love you any less that I do, right this second."

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

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (38)

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 The Haven by Carol Lynch Williams.

For the teens at The Haven, the outside world, just beyond the towering stone wall that surrounds the premises, is a dangerous unknown. It has always been this way, ever since the hospital was established in the year 2020. But The Haven is more than just a hospital; it is their home. It is all they know. Everything is strictly monitored: education, exercise, food, and rest. The rules must be followed to keep the children healthy, to help control the Disease that has cast them as Terminals, the Disease that claims limbs and lungs—and memories.

But Shiloh is different; she remembers everything. Gideon is different, too. He dreams of a cure, of rebellion against the status quo. What if everything they’ve been told is a lie? What if The Haven is not the safe place it claims to be? And what will happen if Shiloh starts asking dangerous questions?


The Haven will be released on April 9, 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Book Review: Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott





Title: Perfect You
Author: Elizabeth Scott
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: March 25, 2008
Source: Purchased
Edition: Paperback (282 pages)
Genre: YA Contemporary
Cover Review: Yeah... not a big fan of this cover.
Tagline: N/A
Series: N/A
Main Character: Kate Brown

Kate Brown's life has gone downhill fast.Her father has quit his job to sell vitamins at the mall, and Kate is forced to work with him. Her best friend has become popular, and now she acts like Kate's invisible.

And then there's Will. Gorgeous, unattainable Will, whom Kate acts like she can't stand even though she can't stop thinking about him. When Will starts acting interested, Kate hates herself for wanting him when she's sure she's just his latest conquest.

Kate figures that the only way things will ever stop hurting so much is if she keeps to herself and stops caring about anyone or anything. What she doesn't realize is that while life may not always be perfect, good things can happen -- but only if she lets them...
 Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott is a contemporary novel. As many people may know, I'm not the biggest fan of any contemporary novels. For some reason, I'm into all the action-packed fighting books with futuristic devices. Stuff that could never possibly happen, right? So I wasn't expected much with this book at all. I was just reading it for fun, since it was around Valentine's Day.

The main character, Kate, could easily be relatable for some people. She has to work a job with her father just so her father can get buy... yet her family still doesn't have enough money. Her grandma ends up coming to help them with the money situation. What's even worse is that her father actually quit his job after having a sudden realization that he had to be in the vitamin industry after an earthquake. That doesn't happen every day, but for some reason, he felt the need to try it. So basically her father put the family in debt, since his father doesn't sell anything. I guess nobody wants to buy vitamins when they're in a mall.

Kate used to be really good friends with a girl named Anna. Anna ended up becoming popular after losing a lot of weight and she just left Kate behind in the dust, as if she never cared for her at all. Kate has to go to school every day and see Anna even though Anna never waves or even says the slightest hello to her. How could Anna do that to someone? It's just not right.

Anyway, I think the best character in the entire book was Will. Kate had known Will for the longest time and he always gets on her nerves. In other words, he has a big crush on her, though Kate doesn't seem to see it for some reason at all. Will works at the mall where Kate's father has his little vitamin shop, so he ends up seeing her around a lot. Well, anyone can put two and two together.

I thought this book was pretty good. It was just what I was expecting. A light read. The only thing I didn't enjoy was the ending. I felt as if not much was solved, but maybe that's just how contemporary novels are. I guess I'm not sure. I'll be sure to try to check out some more of Elizabeth's novels in the future if I can.

Recommended for fans of:
Contemporaries
Stephanie Perkins

Notable Quotes:

"Things end. People leave. And you know what? Life goes on. Besides, if bad things didn't happen, how would you be able to feel the good ones?"

"I didn't want it to be one good memory that led to a lot of bad ones. I wanted it to stay what it was, one amazing moment, something that was strong and sweet enough to stand on its own. Something I could remember without any pain."

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

Friday, March 15, 2013

Book Review: Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

Title: Linger
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: July 10, 2010
Source: Purchased
Edition: Hardcover (360 pages)
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance; Werewolves
Cover Review: This cover is just as beautiful as the first book. I really like how this one has a girl... it's probably Grace.
Tagline: N/A
Series: Wolves of Mercy Falls #2
Main Characters: Grace Brisbane, Sam Roth, Isabel Culpeper, and Cole St. Clair
In Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabelle, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.

Linger was a truly amazing story. I thought that the first book was absolutely amazing, though I think that this one was even better. I loved all of the new perspectives, such as Cole and Isabel. It was really interesting to see into Isabel's head because of how she was portrayed in book one. She's actually not all that despicable! She's actually really helpful and she's a great friend to Grace.

I was really worried for Grace in Linger.  You know that something is up with her from the first page of the prologue. She's starting to act much different. I just wish that she didn't keep it all to herself until it was too late! I just can't help but feel bad for Sam, you know? He's always so sweet and he never really keeps anything to himself. He always tells Grace!

Sam was just as amazing as usual. He was living his life not having to worry about suddenly turning or anything. Sam is trying to find a cure for the wolves though, since his cure might not stay forever. He's also enjoying his new job as being in charge of the wolves when they change back into humans. He gets to do the job that Beck once did. Sam feels bad for all the humans who have to change, since he knows exactly what they are going through.

Cole St. Clair is probably one of my new favorite characters of all time. There's just something about him. He used to be in a band, though he was a party animal. Cole is one of the new werewolves that Beck had changed before he became a wolf permanently. I think that he and Isabel would be really good together.

Maggie's writing style is also amazing as ever. I love how she incorporates music into her writing style, since Sam is a musician. I'm definitely kind of sad to get started on Forever, since it's the last book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series. At the same time, I need to know what happens, NOW! Especially with that cliffhanger of an ending!

Recommended for fans of:
Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Maggie Stiefvater

Notable Quotes:

"Right now, it's hard to imagine that it is raining anywhere in the world."


"This is a love story. I never knew there were so many kinds of love or that love could make people do so many different things. I never knew there were so many different ways to say goodbye."

"I couldn't imagine ever reading a book enough to make it look like that. It looked like it had been driven over by a school bus after someone had taken a bath with it."

"I won't let this be my good-bye. I've folded one thousand paper crane memories of me and Grace, and I've made my wish. I will find a cure. And then I will find Grace."

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

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (37)

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 Nameless by Lili St. Crow.

When Camille was six years old, she was discovered alone in the snow by Enrico Vultusino, godfather of the Seven—the powerful Families that rule magic-ridden New Haven. Papa Vultusino adopted the mute, scarred child, naming her after his dead wife and raising her in luxury on Haven Hill alongside his own son, Nico.

Now Cami is turning sixteen. She’s no longer mute, though she keeps her faded scars hidden under her school uniform, and though she opens up only to her two best friends, Ruby and Ellie, and to Nico, who has become more than a brother to her. But even though Cami is a pampered Vultusino heiress, she knows that she is not really Family. Unlike them, she is a mortal with a past that lies buried in trauma. And it’s not until she meets the mysterious Tor, who reveals scars of his own, that Cami begins to uncover the secrets of her birth…to find out where she comes from and why her past is threatening her now.

New York Times bestselling author Lili St. Crow thrilled legions of fans with her dark paranormal series Strange Angels. Now she has crafted an evocative update of Snow White, set in a vividly imagined world and populated by unforgettable new characters.

Nameless will be released on April 4, 2013 Razorbill.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Book Review: The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Title: The Evolution of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Publisher: Simon & Shuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: October 23, 2012
Source: Purchased
Edition: Hardcover (544 pages)
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Cover Review: I think this cover is absolutely stunning. I like it even more than the first.
Tagline: N/A
Series: Mara Dyer #2
Main Character: Mara Dyer

Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.

She can’t.

She used to think her problems were all in her head.

They aren’t.

She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets.

She’s wrong.

In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?
Since this book was just so amazing, I decided not to do a summary like I suaully do. I don't want to ruin anything because this book was so breathtaking. Here's the only summary I'll give: book 2 picks up right where book 1 left off.

This book was so much better than the first book, which is crazy talk because the first one was so great. So much more happens and Jamie is finally back. I had a feeling it wasn't the last that we'd seen of him! I just can't believe that people think that Mara is still crazy. At least her parents really appreciate Noah! They actually allow him to come over all the time because of how nice he is. He even hangs out with Mara's brother sometime.

I also really liked how there was more about Mara's family heritage. The book is intertwined with many flashbacks, though many aren't even Mara's. Then there's the whole doll thing... it's so creepy! I thought that the first book was creepy, but this one is even creepier. I even thought that some of the flashbacks were a little scary! I was kind of like, "Wait, WHAT?"

I'm definitely a huge Michelle Hodkin fan. I can't wait to finally read The Retribution of Mara Dyer. If only the release date would come faster! If you've read book one, I highly suggest starting book two. Same with if you haven't even started this series... start it!

Recommended for fans of:Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Creepy Stories
Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Memorable Quotes:

"The people we care about are always worth more to us than the people we don't. No matter what anyone pretends."

"Well, schmear my bagel, if it isn't Mara Dyer."

"My father might be right. If I lost Noah, I might just lose my mind."

Rating:

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

Sunday, March 10, 2013

New Releases for the Week of March 10-16, 2013

Here are some of the new releases for the week!

3/12: Wanderlove by Kristin Hubbard in paperback

3/12: Surfacing by Nora Raleigh Baskin

3/12: Starstruck by Rachel Shukert

3/12: Seizure by Kathy Reichs in paperback with the new cover!

3/12: Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta

3/12: Promises to Keep by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

3/12: Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown in paperback

3/12: Heart of Glass by Sasha Gould

3/12: Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston

3/12: Deep Betrayel by Anne Greenwood Brown
sequel to Lies Beneath

3/12: Code by Kathy Reichs



Friday, March 8, 2013

Book Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Title: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Publisher: Simon & Shuster Children's Publishing
Release Date: September 27, 2011
Source: Purchased
Edition: Hardcover (452)
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Cover Review: I think this cover is pretty cool. I love how it's an underwater image!
Tagline:
Series:
Mara Dyer #1
Main Character: Mara Dyer

Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

She’s wrong.
In The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, Mara's friends had died. It's unknown exactly how it happens, though everyone knows that they were in the creepy house that they were told to never go to, as it used to be like an asylum. Sometimes people said that you could still hear the children's screams in some of the rooms. After the funeral for her friends, Mara decides to ask her parents if they can move. They end up moving to Florida, where Mara and her brother have to go to a private school. Uniforms are required, except on the first day, Mara wears her real clothes.

During her first day, Mara makes a new friend. His name is Jamie and he's pretty cool. Mara also meets another guy. She doesn't know what his name is, though he has a British accent. She later finds from Jamie that his name is Noah Shaw, and he has been known for dating just about the most popular girl in school. Fact is, they broke up.

As the story progresses, Mara finds that she seems to have powers that she can't control. The downside of this: her powers have to do with killing people. It's as if she wishes it to happen and she sees the picture of how it's going to happen in her head and it happens the exact way that she pictures. Mara thinks that she's crazy. Her family already thinks that she's crazy, but there's much more than that. With the help of Noah, Mara finds out the truth behind the death of her friends and the secret behind her powers. Plus... she may not be the only one with some supernatural characteristics.

Mara was the best characters that I've read about in a while. She's seen as crazy, though really she's just stating everything that's really happening to her. Then she ends up getting confused because maybe she is really crazy. I mean, she's kind of unreliable in a way. Plus, there's so much that we don't know about her past that just come back in flashback scenes.

Noah was British. Need I say more? He's rich and there's a lot more to him than meets the eye. He's always there for Mara and he also seems to always know when she needs his help.

Jamie was a pretty cool side character. He was kind of like a crazy friend that's kind of an outcast, yet he doesn't seem to care. I definitely want a friend like him! He also always has the funniest things to say at just the right moments.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was filled with many unexpected twists and turns. Many things I didn't even see coming. I'd mention them, but I wouldn't want to spoil anything. Also, I love how right in the beginning of the story there's a letter from Mara Dyer herself. For all I know, Mara Dyer isn't even her real name, and Noah Shaw isn't even Noah's real name. It's kind of hard to wrap my head around. It's like, everything isn't exactly as it seems. That's exactly why I love this book. The characters were amazing, especially the ones that were mentioned in all of Mara's dream/flashback type things. Have I mentioned before that I love flashbacks? Well, it's true, I do. I feel like they're such a creative way to show the reader some facts, and I think that Michelle did it brilliantly.

Notable Quotes:
I had a little fun with all the amazing quotes from this book. I was writing them down from like every other page! This isn't even all of them. :)
"Thinking something does not make it true. Wanting something does not make it real."
"You told me I smelled-like bacon."
"Well," he said evently. "That's awkward."
"Mara, if you're tired, I can hear it. If you're hurt, I can feel it. And if you lie, I will know it."
"Grounded likely means no phone or computer," Jamie said. "But if I encounter an owl, I'll try to smuggle a message to the outside, okay?"
"You're distracting," I said truthfully.
"I won't be. I promise," Noah said. "I'll get some crayons and draw quietly. Alone. In a corner."

Recommended for fans of:
Books that make you think!
British Guys
Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Rating:

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

Thursday, March 7, 2013

2013 B2M Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

So here's to another book to movie review for 2013! I know that this one came out last fall, but it wasn't showing anywhere near my area. Therefore I had to wait for it come out on DVD to actually watch it. Anyway, it was amazing.                                                            The Book: My first review of The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky only received 3 stars. I think it's because I didn't exactly understand most of what happened, especially with Charlie's aunt. I did some research after I did the movie, and I think I'm gonna have to give the book another try... most definitely.                  
The Movie: The movie was absolutely wonderful. I only saw it about 4 times in 3 days. No big deal or anything. I really liked the movie... Patrick & Sam were terrific and Charlie was great too. I think that it was portrayed very greatly and though some key elements were left out, other issues were dealt with, so it was alright. I guess I can say that I'm going to give the book another try because of the movie. Have I mentioned how awesome Logan Lerman and Emma Watson are?

Both: I definitely suggest watching the movie and reading the book. They're both really great. I don't think that the movie was a disappointment at all, and hopefully I'll be able to buy the movie sometime soon so that I can add it to my collection.


Have you seen this movie & read this book? What were your thoughts?

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (36)

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 Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza.

Mila 2.0 is the first book in an electrifying sci-fi thriller series about a teenage girl who discovers that she is an experiment in artificial intelligence.

Mila was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was a girl living with her mother in a small Minnesota town. She was supposed to forget her past —that she was built in a secret computer science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do.

Now she has no choice but to run—from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology. However, what Mila’s becoming is beyond anyone’s imagination, including her own, and it just might save her life.

Mila 2.0 is Debra Driza’s bold debut and the first book in a Bourne Identity–style trilogy that combines heart-pounding action with a riveting exploration of what it really means to be human. Fans of I Am Number Four will love Mila for who she is and what she longs to be—and a cliffhanger ending will leave them breathlessly awaiting the sequel.
Mila 2.0 will be released on March 12, 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books.