Saturday, August 31, 2013

Interview with Jasmine of Flip That Page!

This week's interview is with Jasmine of Flip That Page! Jasmine's blog is absolutely beautiful (seriously, I love the blog design!) and she always comes up with really interesting content. It's not all just the normal stuff, it's really quite unique. She definitely deserves a visit! Onto the interview!

1. Hardcover or paperback?
  Paperback. I think hardcovers are pretty and stable and all that, but I make sure to take care of my books, so I have next to no problem when it comes to damage. I just think it's more practical to buy a paperback copy, since it's essentially of the same content.

2. Book or e-copy?
 Book. Nothing beats a physical copy! I have nothing against e-copies, mostly since I haven't tried any of them out, though I'm admittedly contemplating the idea. Books seem more accessible that way. Still. It's as if I need to feel the pages in between my fingers. Is that weird? Haha!

3. Library or bookstore?
 Bookstore. I only use the library for school. I'd rather read a book that's my own, thank you very much :)

4. New books or used books?
  New Books. There's something about flipping the pages open to a book for the first time, and knowing you're also the first person to have done that. I'm quite the neat freak when it comes to books, so I only buy used ones for required reading :D

5. If you were in a book, what kind of character would you be?
 Hero. But only 'cause I thrive in the spotlight.What? I like feeling special. Besides, heroes get to meet all the cool, attractive people, don't they? You gotta admit, that's a perk. Haha!

6. Would you want the book you were featured in to be turned into a movie? Who would play you?
 Yep, Analeigh Tipton. She's got the same build, personality, and that foreign vibe. Haha! Maybe a younger, tanner version with jet black hair would suffice. I grew to adore her since her ANTM stint, and she's a great actress. It's fitting.

7. If you could live in any possible genre, which would you choose and why?
 Contemporary. I don't think I'm cut out for thrillers or dystopian novels or anything else heavy handed and fantastical. I'd like to stick to realistic, girl problems. But only the interesting ones.

8. If you could meet any one author, who would you meet and why?
 Cassandra Clare. Just because.

9. If there was a book about your life, what would it be called?
 Jasmine. It's a simple, common word, but it's also my name. And wouldn't that be awesome if they started attributing it to me?

10. Which character in a book you've read most resembles you and why?
 As much as I hate to say it, America Singer. I mean, she was the worst headache in The Selection, and she complained a lot and doubted herself, but hey. That's me at times. On the other hand, she evolved quite well into an independent and clever woman, and yeah, I'd like to think that's me, too.

11. How many times have you read your favorite book and will you read it again?
 Only twice. I don't believe in incessant re-reading, because I like to preserve the book's specialty. It's a weird theory, but weird is good. And yes, I will reread it. I can't help myself.

Find Jasmine on:
 Flip That Page
Twitter
Tumblr
Goodreads

Thanks so much for letting me interview you, Jasmine!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Waiting on Hexed!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

If high school is all about social status, Indigo Blackwood has it made. Sure, her quirky mom owns an occult shop, and a nerd just won’t stop trying to be her friend, but Indie is a popular cheerleader with a football-star boyfriend and a social circle powerful enough to ruin everyone at school. Who wouldn’t want to be her?
Then a guy dies right before her eyes. And the dusty old family Bible her mom is freakishly possessive of is stolen. But it’s when a frustratingly sexy stranger named Bishop enters Indie’s world that she learns her destiny involves a lot more than pom-poms and parties. If she doesn’t get the Bible back, every witch on the planet will die. And that’s seriously bad news for Indie, because according to Bishop, she’s a witch too.
Suddenly forced into a centuries-old war between witches and sorcerers, Indie’s about to uncover the many dark truths about her life—and a future unlike any she ever imagined on top of the cheer pyramid.

Hexed will be released on June 10 by Delacorte Press/Random House Children's Books.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Book Review: Relativity by Cristin Bishara

Title: Relativity
Author: Cristin Bishara
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Release Date: September 10, 2013
Source: From Publisher for Review
Edition: ARC
Genre: Parallel Universes
Cover Review: This cover is overly awesome. It's all my favorite colors!
Tagline: What would you give up for the perfect life?
Series: N/A
Main Character: Ruby Wright


If Ruby Wright could have her way, her dad would never have met and married her stepmother Willow, her best friend George would be more than a friend, and her mom would still be alive. Ruby knows wishes can't come true; some things just can't be undone. Then she discovers a tree in the middle of an Ohio cornfield with a wormhole to nine alternative realities.

Suddenly, Ruby can access completely different realities, each containing variations of her life—if things had gone differently at key moments. The windshield wiper missing her mother’s throat…her big brother surviving his ill-fated birth…her father never having met Willow. Her ideal world—one with everything and everyone she wants most—could be within reach. But is there such a thing as a perfect world? What is Ruby willing to give up to find out?

**Thanks so much to Bloomsbury for the review copy in exchange for an honest review!**

Ruby has been uprooted from California so she can move to Ohio with her father just so he can be with his new wife, Willow. Ruby even had to leave her friend George, though she was hoping that at one point they'd be able to get together. Plus, Willow's daughter is really rude and seems to have it out for Ruby. It's kind of creepy. 

One day, while running away from Willow's daughter, Ruby finds a wormhole in an old tree that supposedly could never be cut down before. It's actually been said that people had died trying to cut down the huge tree, which is quite surprising.  Of course, she decides to get inside the tree and try it out, because who knows how often this type of thing will happen in life? In the wormhole, she finds many other universes though none of them ever seem to be just perfect. She'd love to find a life where her mom is still alive and the family is still living in California with George. Will she be able to find a life this perfect?

Relativity was a really different parallel universe book because it mentioned wormholes, which was very interesting. I absolutely loved the concept of a tree being a kind of portal to other universes as well. It's just so cool to think about! I really loved how every time Ruby went to a different universe, she never thought it was perfect enough. This brings across the life lesson that life isn't always perfect. I really enjoy it when books actually teach you not only one thing, but two things. Another theme brought to light through this book is to appreciate what you have.

The entire story that came along with the magical tree was really cool. I loved how there were stories of people dying trying to hack the tree down. I also love how Willow had been painting the tree for quite a while because she had been really fascinated by it as well. It was just so mesmerizing.

I really loved the characters in this book, since for some reason characters always either make or break the story for me. Ruby was a really impressive main character. I liked how she was a bit geeky; I really appreciated that about her. She's also really smart and she doesn't seem to really care what others think about. I also found it so cute that she had a crush on George. George is Ruby's friend and she was devastated when she had to leave him in California, though she always hoped that they'd later become more. It's really interesting to think that maybe they will become something more in a different parallel universe. Like Ruby, George was a little geeky though he was really sweet at the same time.

Kandy, Willow's daughter, is so annoying. She always attacks Ruby for an unknown reason. It's as if the world revolves around Kandy, which clearly it doesn't. I found it odd that Willow didn't know how mean Kandy had been to Ruby because for some reason Willow and Ruby's dad always heard Kandy's story first, so Ruby ended up looking like a liar.

I have the biggest fascination with parallel universe books, so I'd definitely recommend this book to anybody.  I find it so interesting that another version of us could actually be in a different universe living a different story. It's just so weird to think about, which is why it's so interesting. The story line was one that I've never heard before so I was intrigued from the first page. I fell in love with the characters so much as well. If you're looking for a quick, fun parallel universe book, I definitely suggest picking this one up!

Recommended for fans of:
Parallel by Lauren Miller
Parallel Universes

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Stacking the Shelves (28 + 29)

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

For some reason, I didn't post my book haul for last week! So this week I have a video from last week and a written post for this week. Sorry guys!

Last week's haul:
OH MY GOSH. Ignore the horrible thumbnail, I didn't get to pick it! AHHH

My YouTube channel: http://youtube.com/downrightdystopian


From Giveaways: 

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, Arc (Thanks Literary Rambles!)
Fire With Fire by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian, Signed Arc (Thanks Books and Sensibility!)



For Review:

The Bane by Keary Taylor (Thanks Keary Taylor Books!)
Contaminated by Em Garner (Thanks EgmontUSA!)
Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards (Thanks Sourcebooks Fire!)
Countdown by Michelle Rowen (Thanks Harlequin Teen!)

This week I finally joined Netgalley. I don't own any type of e-reader, so I thought that I couldn't read any of Netgalley's books. Turns out, they can also be read on the computer or on an app on any Apple product. Lucky for me, that means I can read them! I'm super excited to finally join and I'll definitely be starting these books really soon.





Thursday, August 22, 2013

Book Review: Ravenous by Heidi Loney

Title: Ravenous
Author: Heidi Loney
Publisher: CreateSpace
Release Date: July 1, 2013
Source: From Author for Review
Edition: Paperback (215 pages)
Genre: Dystopian
Cover Review: This cover is super interesting! I really like the background.
Tagline: N/A
Series: N/A
Main Character: Calla Ryan


Overpopulation throttles the world’s food supply. In 2050, the government of the Americas introduces the Food Crisis Act—new measures that create a system for growing and rationing food.
Calla Ryan is pretty much your average teen, except for enduring hunger every day of her life. One morning, new sensors at her high school determine that she exceeds the weight limit of the State, and they send her north to a “fat camp” or re-education centre.
Calla begins to realize the centre holds many secrets. Her counsellor dies mysteriously, and new shipments of recruits are the picture of health. Finally, Calla becomes a guinea pig for a dangerous lab experiment.
On the outside, a virus that began overseas has now made its way to the Americas with deadly consequences.
Calla must run from her captors, escaping to the far north with help from the facility’s chef and fellow inmates Billy and Madge. And to complicate things, the infected are very hungry.
**Thanks so much to Heidi Loney for sending me a review copy in exchange for an honest review!**

Calla lives in a world where overpopulation has made the food scarce. One day, when she's getting ready to go to school, her mom tells her that she's to come straight home if something seems off at the doorways of the school, such as sensors being placed in the entrance. So when she goes to school, she sees the sensors and tries to escape. Only she ends up being pushed through the doorway anyway because of all the people. As soon as she passes through, she's stopped and is sent to a fat camp where she is to become healthy again, because supposedly she isn't anyway. 

At this fat camp, Calla finds that pretty much nobody is actually fat. She thinks that everyone is really pretty fit, so she's a bit confused. Once people end up dying and going missing, Calla decides that maybe she should do something about it and get to the bottom of this mystery.

Ravenous was quite a great dystopian. I was really intrigued by the awesome mystery that pursued throughout the novel. I was constantly wondering about the deaths and everything else going on. I especially loved the characters presented in this novel. Calla was a really great main character. I found it interesting that she was sent to a fat camp and yet she didn't even really mind. I also think that Calla was a really strong character: there were quite a few instances where she would've sacrificed herself just to save her friends. I really respect that about her. They were all instantly friends and they really loved each other.

Another thing I really loved about Ravenous was the zombies. I hadn't even expected there to be any zombies, so I was super excited when a zombie appeared because the zombie virus had hit. I'm a huge zombie fan yet I haven't read many zombie books, so of course that's an aspect that I loved. The zombie scenes were pretty epic. I definitely think that this whole idea was really unique and with that ending, I'm quite excited to read the next book. Ravenous was a really short read, so I'd definitely recommend it if you're looking for a quick fix of a unique dystopian!

Recommended to fans of:
Zombies
Dystopians

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Waiting on More Than This!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that features upcoming books that we're looking forward to!



From two-time Carnegie Medal winner Patrick Ness comes an enthralling and provocative new novel chronicling the life — or perhaps afterlife — of a teen trapped in a crumbling, abandoned world.

A boy named Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He remembers dying, his bones breaking, his skull dashed upon the rocks. So how is he here? And where is this place? It looks like the suburban English town where he lived as a child, before an unthinkable tragedy happened and his family moved to America. But the neighborhood around his old house is overgrown, covered in dust, and completely abandoned. What’s going on? And why is it that whenever he closes his eyes, he falls prey to vivid, agonizing memories that seem more real than the world around him? Seth begins a search for answers, hoping that he might not be alone, that this might not be the hell he fears it to be, that there might be more than just this. . . .

More Than This will be released September 10 by Candlewick Press.

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I'm also looking for any bloggers interested in doing an interview on my blog! If you'd like to be featured, just answer the following questions and send the answers to downrightdystopian@gmail.com!

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  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?

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Book Review: Shiloh by Helena Sorensen

Title: Shiloh
Author: Helena Sorensen
Publisher: Alpha Wolf Publishing
Release Date: April 22, 2013
Source: From Author for Review
Edition: Paperback (248 pages)
Genre: Fantasy
Cover Review: I think this cover is really cool! I love the trees.
Tagline: N/A
Series: N/A
Main Character: Amos


In a world of perpetual darkness, a boy is born who wields remarkable power over fire. Amos is no more than seven when he kills a Shadow Wolf and becomes a legend in Shiloh. He would be destined for great things were it not for the stories his father tells about a world beyond the Shadow and a time before the Shadow. Only madmen hold to such tales, and in Shiloh, they have always come to bad ends.
Amos is fearless. He walks with easy confidence, certain that the Shadow cannot touch him. Even his family is in awe of him. His father marvels at his skill with the bow, his mother thanks the gods that he has all the courage she lacks, and his sister, Phebe, worships him for saving her from an attack of the Shadow Cats.
On a trip to the village of Emmerich, Amos rescues the Magistrate’s son, Simeon, from the village bullies. Simeon, fair-skinned and pale-eyed like other Dreamers in Shiloh’s history, becomes Amos’s constant companion and dearest friend. Simeon becomes a part of Amos’s family, listening to fireside stories told in a way he’s never heard them before and learning to wield a bow and arrow.
The year the boys turn twelve, they are itching to prove themselves. An impetuous plan to steal a beautiful lantern goes miserably awry, and the lantern’s owner prophecies that Amos will be devoured by the Shadow. For the first time, a seed of fear is planted in Amos’s mind, and when his father is killed by a Shadow Wolf on the last day of the Great Hunt, the fear takes hold. If so great and brave a man as his father could fall to the Shadow, what hope has he?
**Thanks so much to Helena Sorensen for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!**

Amos has survived a Shadow Wolf and even killed it, which happens very rarely. Plus, he did this when he was young. Of course, this makes him pretty spectacular so everyone knows who he is. Amos lives with his mom, Wynn, his father, Abner, and his little sister, Phebe. Phebe's face is scarred from a past attack by a Shadow Cat, so of course their parents are a bit overprotective.

In Shiloh, we are also introduced to Simeon, who is a dreamer. Being a dreamer is pretty unheard of in Shiloh, so it's not something to go around telling everyone about. Simeon does his best to make sure that nobody knows. As soon as Amos saves Simeon from a group of bullies that were picking on him because he was a dreamer, the two become instant friends. Simeon even ends up spending a lot of time at Amos's house where Abner helps teach the boys how to hunt.

When the boys decide to take part in the Great Hunt, both are so excited. Abner goes with Amos and Simeon gets paired with Orin. Simeon is not too happy about his pairing, but he'll deal. During the hunt, Amos's father gets killed by a Shadow Wolf. Amos is quite shocked by this, because he was the one of the few to actually kill one in the past so he feels as if he could've stopped it. How will Amos survive without his father when he's slowly growing apart from Simeon and the world is still dark?

Shiloh really was a pretty fantastic fantasy novel. I absolutely loved all the stories woven throughout the pages of this glorious book. There were legends and such, so it was really cool to learn about the past of the Shiloh. I could suggest this book on the awesome stories alone, but there's even more than that! I really had a feeling for the many characters in this book. My favorite character was Simeon because I felt like he was just so sweet and caring. I also loved how he was a dreamer and that was such a rare gift to have. Amos was also a really great character, because he definitely grew throughout the novel.

The other great thing was the beginning. I loved being introduced to the many characters and seeing how they lived in this village. Oh, and did I mention? I'm a huge fan of little villages in books. I absolutely love it. So when I found that this book had a village, I was ecstatic. It makes me so happy. I always feel like villages are so close-knit. I didn't find that this book was fast-paced or too slow, which I really loved.

Shiloh will definitely be a book that I won't forget about. I may even reread it next year. It was also a pretty quick read, which I really liked. If you're looking for a quick, fantasy read with fantastic characters and awesome legends, I definitely suggest that you pick up a copy of Shiloh ASAP.

Recommended for fans of:
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Bout of Books 8.0 Goals!

Bout of BooksSo since I decided to join Bout of Books, I think I should definitely show you all of my goals. I'll be reading *hopefully* every day, in order to get through all of these books.

I'm mostly doing this readathon because I'd love to finally catch up on my Goodreads challenge. I'm 8 books behind! I also think it's a great way to bring booklovers together. I'd love to find some new blogs to follow as well, because that would be pretty cool. :)

I have a list of books I'd like to get to, but of course these could change because I tend to not follow tbrs to well.

Books to Read 
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card I just want to read this one before I go to see the movie!
Arclight by Josin L. McQuein This one is one of my anticipated 2013 reads, so I really want to read it.
172 Hours on the Moon I've just heard such fantastic things about this one and I definitely think I'm going to love it.
Legend by Marie Lu This one is a reread but I loved this book so much the first time and I really want to reread it soon.
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi This one is another reread!
The Kill Order by James Dashner I loved this series so much but I never read the prequel!
The Selection by Kiera Cass This was my favorite book of last year and I just really want to reread it.
Skull Creek Steakout by Eddie Jones Review book that sounds awesome.
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare I read this over a year ago and I'd love to read it before the movie is released.

So those are the books!

Here's where I will keep you updated on my progress!

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Wish me luck!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Bout of Books Sign Up!

Bout of BooksSo I've decided to join Bout of Books! I recently finished a readathon and I really enjoyed it, so I think it's cool that this one starts immediately after that one ended!

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 19th and runs through Sunday, August 25th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 8.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. -From the Bout of Books team

Beat the Heat Readathon Wrap-Up!

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So I know I haven't been keeping you guys up to date with my progress like I promised, but I decided I'd make a wrap-up post just to show you all that I'm accomplished!


Let's take a look at my original goals:
The Hunger Pains by Harvard Lampoon
Aquifer by Jonathan Friesen
Gated by Amy Christine Parker
Shiloh by Helena Sorensen
Ravenous by Heidi Loney
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
Viral Nation by Shaunta Grimes
The Uprising by Lisa M. Stasse
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Empty by Suzanne Weyn

Here's the books I actually read:
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Aquifer by Jonathan Friesen
The Uprising by Lisa M. Stasse
Gated by Amy Christine Parker
Shiloh by Helena Sorensen
Parallel by Lauren Miller
Ravenous by Heidi Loney
3:59 by Gretchen McNeil
Relativity by Cristin Bishara
Hallowed by Cynthia Hand
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
Skulk by Rosie Best

Total Pages: 4136

I personally think I did pretty well. 12 books and 4000+ pages! Pretty impressive. I think I love readathons now, most definitely. :D 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Interview with Kimberly Marie of My Favorite Escape!

This week I have an interview with Kimberly Marie of My Favorite Escape for you all! Kimberly's blog has been up since January of 2013!

1. Hardcover or paperback?
Definitely paperback! Just because they're cheaper and I can get more of them. But if I'm over the moon excited for a book and it's not in paperback yet then, much to my wallet's horror, I'll buy it in hard copy!

2. Book or e-copy?
E-copy! I normally buy my books on my beloved Kindle first and then if I really really like them I'll buy it in solid book form. 

3. Library or book store?
I like the bookstore better! My library doesn't have a very good selection of young adult books:( But whenever I can I go ahead and stalk the shelves and see if there's anything new! 

4. New books or used books?
I don't really know of any good used book stores around so I have to get new books. But my friend and I like to trade books and and when I get hers they're are technically used;) So I guess I like both!

5. If you were in a book, what kind of character would you be?
Hmmmmm.... probably the sidekick. I don't think I could pull the evil thing off convincingly, although it would be fun to try! I'd like to say I'd be the brave and courageous hero but that would be lie. Whenever I see a spider I sprint out of the room screaming for my brother to put it outside. So I'm definitely not hero material.  
6. Would you want the book you were featured in to be turned into a movie? Who would play you?
I would absolutely want my book to be turned into a movie (not that I'm that interesting!) I'm all for book-to-movie adaptations! I love to see other peoples visions on screen. As for who would play me I have no idea! I think I have to go with Jennifer Lawrence. I know, not a very creative answer! But she's so talented I think she could play just about anybody:)

7. If you could live in any possible genre, which would you choose and why?
Paranormal!!!! Do I really have to explain this? Who wouldn't want to have super cool powers? But then again the characters in paranormal books go through some pretty freaky stuff! I'm not sure if I could tough it out but I''d sure like to try! 

8. If you could meet any one author, who would you meet and why?
I would want to meet Suzanne Collins just so I could yell at her for killing Finnick! (not that I would have the guts to actually yell at her)

9. If there was a book about your life, what would it be called?
How To Solve a Rubik's Cube 

10. Which character in a book you've read most resembles you and why?
I think Juliet from Juliet Immortal most resembles me. She thinks very rationally and even though she has a lot going on inside her, she doesn't like it to show on the outside. 

11. How many times have you read your favorite book and will you read it again?
I always re-read my books. I can count on my right hand the number of books I haven't re-read or at least re-read part of. As for my favorite books I have so many and I can't possibly count how many times I've read them. Hunger Games is definitely up there and so is The Host, although I almost never re-read the whole thing. And I will be re-reading these books until the end of time!

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Thank you so much for letting me interview you Kimberly Marie!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Book Review: All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

Title: All Our Yesterdays
Author: Cristin Terrill
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: September 3, 2013
Source: Publisher for Review
Edition: ARC
Genre: Science Fiction
Cover Review: This is one of the coolest covers I've ever seen. It's so unique!
Tagline: N/A
Series: N/A
Main Character: Em

"You have to kill him." Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain.
Only Em can complete the final instruction. She’s tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present—imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called the doctor while war rages outside.

Marina has loved her best friend James since the day he moved next door when they were children. A gorgeous, introverted science prodigy from one of America’s most famous families, James finally seems to be seeing Marina in a new way, too. But on one disastrous night, James’s life crumbles apart, and with it, Marina’s hopes for their future. Now someone is trying to kill him. Marina will protect James, no matter what. Even if it means opening her eyes to a truth so terrible that she may not survive it. At least not as the girl she once was.

All Our Yesterdays is a wrenching, brilliantly plotted story of fierce love, unthinkable sacrifice, and the infinite implications of our every choice.

*Thank you to Disney Hyperion for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!*

Em has been stuck in a jail cell right next to her friend Finn. They haven't seen each other in forever. She gets tortured every day, and, occasionally so does Finn. The only thing that's keeping them alive is a piece of paper that Em doesn't even have anymore. 

After sneakily keeping the spoon from the food she was given, Em opens up the drain and she finds a piece of paper that tells her what she must do in order to stop the world from getting as bad as it is. Em finds that she has retried many different strategies and none of them have worked yet. There is only one option left at the bottom of the list: she must go back and kill him. Deep in her heart, she knows that she must travel back and do it. So when Connor comes and helps Finn and Em break out, the two of them travel back in time in search for him. They must kill him while he's young so he doesn't grow up and do all the bad things that he does.

-Meanwhile, in the past-

Marina lives in a house that's quite expensive because her family has money. Next door lives James, the brother of Nate. James graduated highschool at the age of 15 and he's already in college. When he comes back, Marina is so excited to see him and she just wants to tell him how much she loves him. Her friends have finally convinced her to say something to him because she and James had been friends for so long. Of course, she doesn't get the guts to do it because James' friend Finn comes and Marina is asked to leave. Marina never liked Finn.There's just something about him. 

When James' brother Nate is mysteriously murdered right in front of their eyes, Finn, James, and Marina go on an adventure involving life and death.

All Our Yesterdays is definitely a book that you won't want to miss. It's an action-packed time travel novel filled with characters that you will grow to love more with each page. It was non-stop action and I just didn't want to put it down. I instantly loved Finn, even if Marina didn't like him. He was just so funny and I adored him. His character was just so well written. I want to meet a Finn!

All Our Yesterdays is written in two different point of views: Em and Marina. Em is more adventurous and crazy while Marina is a prim and proper. They're complete opposites. I absolutely loved seeing the world through both of their eyes. I'm personally a huge fan of alternating point of views so I was really excited when I saw that this one was one of them.

Now, this book is a time travel book. I love any type of time travel book. This book was really great in that aspect. I loved how Cristin Terrill used time travel and the whole "time is out to get us since we're not supposed to be here" thing. It was genius. This book was just so epic and many ways. We had the fantastic characters, it was time travel, and the alternating view points. Another cool thing about this book is that I think it would translate pretty well onto the big screen. It would make a seriously awesome movie.

One of my favorite things about All Our Yesterdays is that it's kind of a mystery as well. You won't believe some of the things that are thrown at you. I seriously couldn't believe it at times. I love how some of the characters knew more than what you knew as well. Cristin Terrill brilliantly told you throughout the book different clues that you could piece together to find some things out that you definitely didn't expect.

The only thing: this book is a standalone. I was quite sad when I found that out, though I guess it made me love the book even more as I'm probably going to reread this one again pretty soon. I definitely can't wait to read more books by Cristin Terrill in the future, as I'm sure I'll love those as well. Before this book comes out in September, I definitely suggest preordering it. Trust me, you won't regret it. 

Recommended for fans of:
Tempest by Julie Cross
Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone

Rating:

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Beat the Heat Readathon Progress Day 9-NOW!


So I haven't exactly been keeping you guys up to date on my progress, but here's some of my progress from the last time I updated you!

Tuesday, August 6
Finished All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
Finished Hallowed by Cynthia Hand
Finished Relativity by Cristin Bishara

Total Books Read: 11 (Unearthly, Aquifer, The Uprising, Gated, Parallel, Shiloh, Ravenous, 3:59, Relativity, Hallowed, All Our Yesterdays)
Total Pages: 3768

What's left to read?
Skulk by Rosie Best
The Hunger Pains by Harvard Lampoon
Viral Nation by Shaunta Grimes
Empty by Suzanne Weyn

How's your progress?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Waiting on The Coldest Girl in Coldtown!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that features upcoming books that we're looking forward to!

Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.
One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown will be released September 3 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Book Review: Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

Title: Hallowed
Author: Cynthia Hand 
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: January 17, 2012
Genre: Fantasy/Angels/Paranormal Romance
Cover Review: This cover is beautiful. I love the covers in this series!
Tagline: N/A
Series: Unearthly #2
Main Character: Clara Gardner

For months Clara Gardner trained to face the fire from her visions, but she wasn't prepared for the choice she had to make that day. And in the aftermath, she discovered that nothing about being part angel is as straightforward as she thought.
Now, torn between her love for Tucker and her complicated feelings about the roles she and Christian seem destined to play in a world that is both dangerous and beautiful, Clara struggles with a shocking revelation: Someone she loves will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning.
In this compelling sequel to Unearthly, Cynthia Hand captures the joy of first love, the anguish of loss, and the confusion of becoming who you are.

Hallowed picks up right where Unearthly left off. Clara didn't complete her purpose, and she ends up finding that there's more to her purpose than she thought. Clara actually begins having visions at a cemetery and Christian is comforting her, though Tucker isn't there. She automatically jumps to conclusions: Tucker is going to die. Through the rest of Hallowed, we find out more about angels, her mother's history, and an angel's purpose.

Clara has definitely grown as a character. She's more sure of herself than she was in the first book. I really loved learning out more about her and her mother. It was really interesting and I loved it. Tucker was just as awesome as he was in the first book, though since they're together, he wasn't always cracking jokes. That's why I actually am currently loving Christian. Since we now know that he's an angel as well, he's even more lovable. Christian really has a soft spot for Clara and I just love it. I have a feeling that they're definitely going to get together, that's for sure. Angela is still obsessed with everything angel. She actually started an angel club that consisted of Christian, Clara, Jeffrey, and herself. Jeffrey definitely has something up. He's kind of lurking around and such, and I'm a bit worried for him. Wendy wasn't in Hallowed as much as she was in Unearthly, but every time that she mad an appearance I loved her. She seems like such a good friend!

Hallowed was an even better book than Unearthly. More is revealed and we ultimately learn more about everything angel. Plus, Samjeeza, the Black Wing, is still involved in the story! For some reason, I like Samjeeza. He doesn't seem like that bad of a guy to me. Maybe because he seems as if he's been tormented? I don't know. I'm not really sure. I really loved learning more about Clara's mom as well. Her mom is super cool! I also loved learning more about an angel's aging, most definitely. I can't wait for Boundless!

I read this as part of the Hallowed Radical Read-Along. 

Recommended for fans of:
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Angels

Rating:

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

Hallowed Radical Read-Along Day 5 Discussion

So, Day 5!

It's so nice of Clara to go with Christian for a bit. She definitely likes him. But oh my gosh she ran away! I definitely think that Clara is falling more for Christian now though she's already with Tucker.

Oh, how I love flashbacks. Jeffrey was so strong as a kid... it's really kind of cool. I'd totally want angel powers, that's for sure.

Her mom died. This makes me feel so sad right now. Her mom was such a cool person!

Oh gosh. Tucker and Christian are fighting. This isn't good.

Not Samjeeza again! For some reason I actually don't mind him... he's kind of a tormented soul.

Poor Tucker. D: I am definitely going to miss him. Clara and Tucker were so cute together.

Favorite Quotes:

“Why do you want me, Christian? I’m hopelessly screwed up.”
“We’re all screwed up. And you look so cute while you’re doing it.

A to Z Survey

AtoZsurvey
I've been loving this survey that I've been seeing all around the blogosphere lately! This is a survey created by The Perpetual Page-Turner!

Author you’ve read the most books from:


According to Goodreads, I've read 5 Maggie Stiefvater books and 5 James Patterson books as well... so it's a tie!

Best Sequel Ever:

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins... it was even better than The Hunger Games!

Currently Reading:

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
Skulk by Rosie Best
Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

Drink of Choice While Reading:

I'm obsessed with drinking frozen hot chocolate while I read. Oh, and don't forget the whipped cream!

E-reader or Physical Book?

I definitely prefer physical books. I actually don't even own an e-reader, though I should probably really consider purchasing one. I feel like I wouldn't get into an e-book as much as I would an actual physical book.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

Etienne St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss, most definitely.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand... it had been sitting on my shelf for way to long!

Hidden Gem Book:

Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

I'd definitely have to say that reading The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins was a HUGE turning point in my reading life. I discovered dystopian novels!

Just Finished:

Relativity by Cristin Bishara

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

Nothing too romantic. I like light and fluffy contemporaries though.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (870 pages)

Major book hangover because of:

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Number of Bookcases You Own:

I have three bookcases though I have begun adding some of my books to random wall shelves.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

Preferred Place To Read:

My bed, the couch, or on my bean bag!

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

"Just because it's fiction doesn't mean it's any less true." -Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer

Reading Regret:

I wish I read The Hunger Games back when it first came out, most definitely. Then I would've had to wait for the books!  Either that or I wish that I had started my blog WAY earlier than I did (July 2012)

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):

The Lying Game by Sara Shepard
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Fallen by Lauren Kate
The Chemical Garden Trilogy by Lauren DeStefano
The Immortals by Alyson Noel
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
If I Stay by Gayle Foreman
Gone by Michael Grant
Hourglass by Myra McEntire
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London
Gemma Doyle by Libba Bray
Maximum Ride by James Patterson
Graceling Realm by Kristin Cashore
Rasmussem Corporation by Vivian Vande Velde
Watersong by Amanda Hocking
Elixir by Hilary Duff
Jessica by Beth Fantaskey
Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Summer by Jenny Han

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, The Selection by Kiera Cass, The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Noah Shaw. He's just so awesome in the Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. 

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts

Worst Bookish Habit:

Hmmm.... I have a tendency to start series and never finish. Then I have tons of first books and no series on my shelves!

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

Enclave by Ann Aguirre

Your latest book purchase:

I actually purchased 2 at the same time: 172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad and Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card!

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

3:59 by Gretchen McNeil. This book was INSANE.