Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Waiting on The Inventor's Secret!

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

Sixteen-year-old Charlotte and her fellow refugees have scraped out an existence on the edge of Britain’s industrial empire. Though they live by the skin of their teeth they have their health (at least when they can find enough food and avoid the Imperial Labor Gatherers) and each other. When a new exile with no memory of his escape from the coastal cities or even his own name seeks shelter in their camp he brings new dangers with him and secrets about the terrible future that awaits all those who have struggled has to live free of the bonds of the empire’s Machineworks.
The Inventor’s Secret is the first book of a YA steampunk series set in an alternate nineteenth-century North America where the Revolutionary War never took place and the British Empire has expanded into a global juggernaut propelled by marvelous and horrible machinery.

The Inventor's Secret will be released on April 22 by Philomel.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Book Review: 172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad

Title: 172 Hours on the Moon
Author: Johan Harstad
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: April 17, 2012
Source: Purchased
Edition: Paperback (384 pages)
Genre: Science Fiction/Dystopian
Cover Review: This cover portrays the book greatly. It's creepy!
Tagline: It's the oppurtunity of a lifetime... if they make it back alive.
Series: N/A
Main Characters: Mia, Antoine, and Midori

It's been decades since anyone set foot on the moon. Now three ordinary teenagers, the winners of NASA's unprecedented, worldwide lottery, are about to become the first young people in space--and change their lives forever. Mia, from Norway, hopes this will be her punk band's ticket to fame and fortune. Midori believes it's her way out of her restrained life in Japan. Antoine, from France, just wants to get as far away from his ex-girlfriend as possible.It's the opportunity of a lifetime, but little do the teenagers know that something sinister is waiting for them on the desolate surface of the moon. And in the black vacuum of space... no one is coming to save them.In this chilling adventure set in the most brutal landscape known to man, highly acclaimed Norwegian novelist Johan Harstad creates a vivid and frightening world of possibilities we can only hope never come true.

First of all, this is the best book I've read in quite a few months. Every single thing that happened had me on edge and I was eagerly flipping each page so I could find out what happened next. I was so creeped out, and it probably didn't help that I was reading at night, either. But I mean, hey, it definitely added to the spooky experience!

The characters in this book were all very different, which I really loved. It was cool to see them all interact with each other on this once in a lifetime experience, especially since none of them really knew what to expect. The world that Harstad created was really interesting, and I love how he definitely kept me guessing.

I really don't want to say too much about this book because I don't want to spoil something by accident, but I will say this: READ THIS BOOK. YOU WON'T REGRET IT. Unless you want to go to the moon... because then you might. Because this is one. creepy. book.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Waiting on To All The Boys I've Loved Before!

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

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters…

To All The Boys I've Loved Before will be released on April 22 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Book Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Title: Insurgent
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Source: Purchased
Edition: Hardcover (525 pages)
Genre: YA Dystopian
Cover Review: Again, it's another symbolic cover. I really love how this series has symbolic covers.
Tag Line: Once choice can destroy you
Series: Divergent #2
Main Character: Beatrice Prior

One choice can transform you--or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves--and herself--while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable--and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.
 Insurgent by Veronica Roth was even better than Divergent. The first time I read Divergent, I thought that it was just an okay book. I then read it again and absolutely loved it. I had heard a lot of mixed reviews about Insurgent, which is why, though I purchased it the day after it came out, it took me a year and a half to finally get the guts to read it. And boy am I glad that I did.

Insurgent was super action packed and full of things that I did not see coming. It was absolutely excellent. I had heard really mixed things about this book compared to Divergent, and to be honest I actually liked this one better. Much more happened in this one over the first. I don't know, I think I'm just a massive fan of second books in trilogies. Call me weird.

I didn't see half of the stuff coming that actually happened, and that's what made me love this book to death. Everything is put to a whole new level, and it was interesting to see how all of the characters behaved in each of the situations. Four is still just as awesome as he was in the first book, as was Tris, though they have both developed a lot since the first book. Tris is definitely much stronger than she was, even though she was really strong in the first book already. Tris's and Four's relationship grew as well, and I loved every minute of it. I just know that I can't wait to read Allegiant. 


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

Friday, March 14, 2014

Book Review: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Title: Eleanor & Park
15745753Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: February 26, 2013
Source: Purchased
Edition: Hardcover (328 pages)
Genre: Contemporary
Cover Review: This cover is so simple, which makes me love it even more.
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, ELEANOR AND PARK is the story of two star-crossed misfits-smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you'll remember your own first love-and just how hard it pulled you under.

I picked this book up on a whim, just because I had heard such great things about it. I've seen it all over the book world, including YouTube. Once I finally picked it up, I just couldn't put it down. I've been in a reading funk for the past few months, and this definitely helped.

Eleanor has a hard life, yet she still lives through everyday. She dresses really wildly and people judge her hardcore for that, even Park when he first meets her that day on the bus. Eleanor is different but she owns it in a way that not many people can. 

And then there's Park. Park, the kid with dark hair that let Eleanor sit with him. Park, the guy who always turns the comic book pages slow so that Eleanor can read them too. Park, the guy that really loves Eleanor. 

Park was just the greatest guy ever. He's really quirky and he's also really different, which makes him and Eleanor such a great couple. Park doesn't know much about Eleanor's life, which is why they always hang out at Park's house everyday after school and Park's mom makes them dinner. 

This book was really uplifting. It definitely had its downs like most relationships do, but it was just so captivating. I instantly fell in love with both characters and I loved reading from their differing point of views. I really enjoyed getting inside both of their heads and seeing what each character thought of the other as well. I love everything about the 80's, so that made this book even better for me. The only person I can truly say I hated in this book is Eleanor's dad, though I was supposed to hate him. I'm definitely going to reread this book soon; it earned a spot on my favorites shelf. 


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

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Waiting on Expiration Day!

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

What happens when you turn eighteen and there are no more tomorrows?It is the year 2049, and humanity is on the brink of extinction….
Tania Deeley has always been told that she’s a rarity: a human child in a world where most children are sophisticated androids manufactured by Oxted Corporation. When a decline in global fertility ensued, it was the creation of these near-perfect human copies called teknoids that helped to prevent the utter collapse of society.
Though she has always been aware of the existence of teknoids, it is not until her first day at The Lady Maud High School for Girls that Tania realizes that her best friend, Siân, may be one. Returning home from the summer holiday, she is shocked by how much Siân has changed. Is it possible that these changes were engineered by Oxted? And if Siân could be a teknoid, how many others in Tania’s life are not real?
Driven by the need to understand what sets teknoids apart from their human counterparts, Tania begins to seek answers. But time is running out. For everyone knows that on their eighteenth “birthdays,” teknoids must be returned to Oxted—never to be heard from again.

Expiration Day will be released on April 22 by TorTeen! 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Waiting on A Shard of Ice!

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

When 13-year-old Lilix Morgan is found alive and floating on a bed of ice at sea, everyone counts it a miracle. Kidnapped nearly four weeks earlier, she remembers nothing of her mysterious abduction. When she tries to remember what happened, she hears only a melody – a faint and delicate set of notes, strung together in a tune she doesn’t understand.

A year later and desperate to put the lingering nightmares of her past behind her, Lilix crosses the country to enroll at Baelmorte Academy, aiming to become the violinist she once dreamt of. Things seem to be finally going well, and Lilix settles into a routine of sheet music and inspiration among new friends.
Then the dreams start.

The melody and night terrors she thought she’d left behind return with a vengeance, threatening to ruin her fragile version of normalcy. Then an unlikely ally tells her that she isn’t alone. That there are others just like her, fighting to hide their own shocking truths from coming to light. That they know who she is, and what she’s been through. Now, accompanied by four other girls, Lilix discovers her nightmares are larger than a single trauma; they’re a window to a hidden part of her soul, a place of immense power with a destiny that cannot be ignored.

With this knowledge comes a new and frightening reality. For Lilix has been reawakened to stop an age-old enemy, one thought to have been destroyed centuries ago. Trapped by her destiny, Lilix is torn between what feels right and what she remembers. Her memories tell her of a star-crossed love waiting to be reunited, of friendships and trust broken in the past. But can she save that love when reality brings her an enemy, and an evil that will be the undoing of them all if they don’t destroy it?

A Shard of Ice will be released on April 14 by Red Alice Press.