Saturday, January 31, 2015

Stacking the Shelves (46)

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

Purchased:
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Won:
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I won this from Sara @ Sara in Bookland and I'm so excited to read it!

What books have you gotten this week?

Friday, January 30, 2015

My Momentous Month: January 2015

I can't believe it's 2015 already! I've been off to a pretty good reading start considering that I had been in a really long slump!

Books Read:
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
The Murmurings by Carly Anne West
The New World by Patrick Ness
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
The Here and Now by Ann Brashares
The Young World by Chris Weitz
The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon
Just One Day by Gayle Forman
Just One Year by Gayle Forman
When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle
Good Bye, Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell

Reviews Posted:
Noggin by John Corey Whaley
Reality Boy by A.S. King
The Murmurings by Carly Anne West
The Dare by Hannah Jayne
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
The Here and Now by Ann Brashares
The New World by Patrick Ness
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Mercy Mode by Em Garner

To Be Read for July:
Finish Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahearn
Whatever else I please!

Favorite Book of the Month:
Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Favorites in each genre:
Dystopian The bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Contemporary Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Favorite Cover of the Month:
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Favorite Characters of the Month
Male Willem from Just One Day by Gayle Forman
Female Allyson from Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Favorite Setting of the Month:
So even though it's a real place, I'm going to have to choose Europe from the Just One Day series by Gayle Forman. I've always wanted to travel there so it was really fun to read about!

What books did you read this month?

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I definitely prefer hard print books. I don't mind reading digital books because I do sometimes if it's a book I really want to read and it's on Netgalley or something, but I don't prefer it.

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Book Review: Mercy Mode by Em Garner

19141099Title: Mercy Mode
Author: Em Garner
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Release Date: August 26, 2014
Source: Edelweiss
Edition: e-ARC
Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction
Series: Contaminated #2

A gripping survival story, the second in a series by a best-selling author, of a strong girl rebuilding her life in a post-apocalyptic society where a contaminated drink makes victims act like zombies; just right for fans of James Dashner, Carrie Ryan, and The Walking Dead.
Seventeen-year-old Velvet, her little sister, Opal, their mom, who is recovering from the Contamination, and Velvet's sweet boyfriend, Dillon, are attempting to build a new life amid the rationing and regulations of the post-outbreak nation. But the outbreak isn't over: more people turning into "connies," more madness erupting, more killing occurring. And what they are being told is not the truth; the truth is far darker and more threatening. 

So I read Contaminated last year for review on Netgalley and I was super excited because it was a book that I had really been looking forward to reading. It was definitely different than any other zombie book that I had read before, and when it ended I was thoroughly pleased with how it all ended and went down for the most part. So when I saw that Contaminated had a sequel, I was quite surprised and interested so I got lucky enough to get a copy through Edelweiss.

Mercy Mode starts basically where the first book left off. Velvet has now married Dillon in order to keep Opal with them; otherwise Opal would have been taken. It is quite strange that they're married at such a young age and they've not even known each other for that long, but then again it is a post apocalyptic book, so nothing is supposed to be normal.

Yet again, I love the whole way that this apocalypse of zombies came to be. It's interesting to think that it could come from a simple dieting product that takes the world by storm that everyone suddenly wants and drinks. It's weird to think that something like that could possibly happen because there's tons of insane weight-loss pills and such in today's society.

In this sequel, people are actually getting rounded up and tested to make sure that they don't have the virus. If they are tested and do have the virus but don't even show symptoms of it, they are still taken. All of these people that are taken are never seen or heard from again. Velvet has of course had a few sips of this drink that caused this whole outbreak of zombies, so she has to do her best to steer clear of the people that are rounding civilians up and taking them up because it's very highly possible that she has the virus even though she doesn't show signs of it.

Overall, this was an okay sequel. It wasn't as good as the first book but it was still pretty satisfying.

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

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Waiting on Soulprint!

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

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Alina Chase has been contained on an island for the last 17 years-whether that's for the crimes of her past life, or for her own protection, well that depends on whom you ask. With soul-fingerprinting a reality, science can now screen for the soul, and everyone knows that Alina's soul had once belonged to notorious criminal, June Calahan, though that information is supposed to be private. June had accomplished the impossible: hacking into the soul-database, ruining countless lives in the process.
Now, there are whispers that June has left something behind for her next life-something that would allow Alina to access the information in the soul-database again. A way to finish the crimes she started.
Aided by three people with their own secret motivations, Alina escapes, only to discover that she may have just traded one prison for another. And there are clues. Clues only Alina can see and decipher, clues that make it apparent that June is leading her to something. While everyone believes Alina is trying to continue in June's footsteps, Alina believes June is trying to show her something more. Something bigger. Something that gets at the heart of who they all are-about the past and the present. Something about the nature of their souls.
Alina doesn't know who to trust, or what June intends for her to know, and the closer she gets to the answers, the more she wonders who June was, who she is, whether she's destined to repeat the past, whether there are truths best kept hidden-and what one life is really worth.


Release Date: February 3, 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015

Book Review: Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

24770Title: Uglies
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: February 8, 2005
Source: Purchased
Edition: Paperback (448 pages)
Series: Uglies #1

Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous. What could be wrong with that?
Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. Not for her license-for turning pretty. In Tally's world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there.
But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to be pretty. She'd rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world and it isn't very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all.
The choice Tally makes changes her world forever...

I read this series way back in sixth grade because a teacher had recommended it to me, and when I saw the first two books of this series really cheap at a book sale, I knew that I had to pick them up and give them another read. This is actually the third time that I've read Uglies-Yes, it's that good.

Tally lives in a world where once you turn sixteen, you get this special procedure that will turn you "pretty". Basically, until then, you are considered "ugly" which is kind of horrible. Anyways, Tally's best friend Paris has recently been turned pretty and now Tally anxiously awaits the day when she gets to become pretty and be reunited with her best friend.

Then she meets Shay.

Shay is a rebel. I mean, all uglies are pretty much rebels because they can get away with pulling off pranks so easily since it's seen as an ugly thing to do. Shay is about more than that though. She likes to go outside of where everyone is allowed to go and she tells Tally about this place called The Smoke and this guy named David who lives there-where people live and stay ugly forever and don't conform to the restrictions of their society. Tally doesn't believe this and she wants to know why anyone would want to stay ugly forever when they could turn pretty and party for a long time, so when Shay offers Tally the opportunity to run away with her, she turns down the offer.

The thing is, Tally is told that she can't turn pretty unless she finds Shay, so the entire book is Tally's experience in the Smoke and what it's like there, which is pretty awesome. A really cool aspect about this book is the technology. They have HOVERBOARDS. How awesome would that be!? They even have crash bracelets, which help them stay safe and not fall. WHY DON'T WE HAVE THIS?!

I just think that this whole world that Westerfeld created was genius. The reader really gets to dive head-first into this society and this whole idea of everyone needing to turn pretty, when in reality it's our differences that make us beautiful. That's another thing-this book teaches a really valuable lesson about that.

I absolutely loved David and Tally's relationship, though I felt so horrible for Tally since the whole reason she traveled to the Smoke was to bring Shay back to New Pretty Town just so that she could become pretty herself. It's all Tally's ever wanted.

I'd definitely suggest this book for anyone who loves science fiction and dystopians, because this book is just so unique and the series gets better as it goes on-I guarantee it.

Notable Quotes:

"What you do, the way you think, makes you beautiful."

"Perhaps the logical conclusion of everyone looking the same is everyone thinking the same."

"Maybe they don't want you to realize that every civilization has its weakness. There's always one thing we depend on. And if someone takes it away all that's left is some story in history class."

"Your personality-the real you inside-was the price of beauty."

"Doing what you're supposed to do is always boring. I can't imagine anything worse than being required to have fun."

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

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Stacking the Shelves (45)

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.
Just One Day (Just One Day, #1)Just One Year (Just One Day, #2)
Just One Day by Gayle Forman
Just One Year by Gayle Forman

So I actually already read both of these because I just couldn't wait! I loved them so much, it only took me two days to read each one (one per day). They are definitely new favorites!
What new books have you gotten this week?

Friday, January 23, 2015

Book Review: The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

17901125Title: The Mime Order
Author: Samantha Shannon
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Source: Publisher for review
Edition: ARC (528 pages)
Series: The Bone Season #2

Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London...
As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on the dreamwalker, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city's gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take centre stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner. Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows.But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided.

**Thank you so much to Bloomsbury for sending me a copy of The Mime Order!**

After reading the first book in this series, The Bone Season, I instantly picked up my ARC of The Mime Order and delved right back into Paige and her adventures in Scion. In The Mime Order, Paige goes back with her work with Jaxon Hall, her mime-lord. She originally didn't want to go back to Jaxon, but after being talked to a lot by Nick and considering the fact that she is one of Scion's most wanted, she knows that she needs protection so she goes back to him. 

That was one of my favorite things about this book-learning more about the illustrious Jaxon Hall. Not much was really learned about him from book one, though he really started to become one of my favorite characters of all time while reading this sequel. Just the way he talks and acts, like he's upper class and the world revolves around him because he knows at the end of the day that he will always get what he wants. Plus, Jax seems to always be one-or sometimes two-steps ahead of everybody.

Nick plays an important role in this book as well. After learning more about him from Paige's memories in the first book, we now know that she did have quite the crush on him until finding out that Nick has a massive crush on Zeke, another one of the Seven Seals. I really loved the friendship between Paige and Nick; they've known each other for so long and Nick is actually the one that got Paige into this underground world of Scion and got her the job with Jaxon Hall. Nick is always there for Paige, always protecting her and if she is in trouble, he is there as soon as he can be. 

I found the use of propaganda and penny-dreadfuls in this novel to be very interesting, especially when Paige and the rest of the survivors from Oxford publish one. I recently found out that this is going to be quite a lengthy series, and I'm so excited about that! The Bone Season series has quickly become one of my top favorites, because it's set in a futuristic London and it's filled with suspense, magic, and epic friendship and romance. This sequel was just as entertaining if not more than book one, and I'm excited to see what's in store with book three-especially after this ending. Sadly, this review is much shorter than my review for book one, but I'm scared that I'll give away too much! Just know that this is a series that you MUST check out!

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

Also, check out this awesome clip from the Audible audiobook!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Book Review: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

18594512Title: The Bone Season
Author: Samantha Shannon
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Source: Publisher
Edition: Paperback (480 pages)
Series: The Bone Season #1

It is the year 2059. Several major world cities are under the control of a security force called Scion. Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London, part of a secret cell known as the Seven Seals. The work she does is unusual: scouting for information by breaking into others' minds. Paige is a dreamwalker, a rare kind of clairvoyant, and in this world, the voyants commit treason simply by breathing.
But when Paige is captured and arrested, she encounters a power more sinister than even Scion. The voyant prison is a separate city-Oxford, erased from the map two centuries ago and now controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. These creatures, the Rephaim, value the voyants highly-as soldiers in their army.
Paige is assigned to a Rephaite keeper, Warden, who will be in charge of her care and training. He is her master. Her natural enemy. But if she wants to regain her freedom, Paige will have to learn something of his mind and his own mysterious motives.

I had been deeply wanting to read The Bone Season because the premise was just so intriguing! Then one day I got home after school and was lucky enough to find a copy of it in a package from Bloomsbury! I couldn't have been more thrilled!

The Bone Season is about a girl named Paige who lives in this futuristic London, where people have special powers that connect them to the afterlife. Paige specifically is a dreamwalker, which isn't a common form of afterlife communication. The thing is, being clairvoyant is completely illegal, which is kind of horrible, because you can't help it if you are clairvoyant or not. You were just born that way.

Anyways, Paige works in the underground crime scene of London where many other clairvoyants work. She works for this guy named Jaxon who has made her his mollisher, which means she's second in command. She gets paid well and has a place to live, so considering that she's clairvoyant, she has a pretty good life. Then one day, after accidentally killing two men on a train with her powers, she gets chased and ends up getting taken to this place called Oxford, which Paige didn't even know existed because it wasn't even shown on maps anymore.

Oxford has tons of other clairvoyants, though they are all here to work and be trained, and some of them that have not useful powers or people who aren't even clairvoyant, are punished. The people that rule this city are the Rephaim-they came from another world because of this dangerous race called the Emim. The Rephaim are trying to help protect the city in a way. Paige is assigned to Warden. Many people in the city are completely surprised by this, because it's really rare that Warden will undertake a clairvoyant to train. Throughout the novel, Paige finds out more about her world than she used to and she even learns more about her powers as well as Warden.

THIS BOOK WAS SO AMAZING. When I first started reading this book, I got a bit worried that I'd end up being so confused by all the new lingo and slang, though after reading for about 100 pages, I already had caught onto the world of clairvoyance and the different powers and sectors in the city, so my worrying was such a waste. I absolutely loved the world as well. The whole idea of being able to talk to people of the afterlife is just so awesome. I also really liked how the main character wasn't the only one that could do it and have that special power like most books are-I mean, she did have a rare one, but still, tons of people possessed clairvoyant powers which was pretty cool.

I also really loved the relationship between Warden and Paige. I was a bit wary of Warden at first, though after a while he grew on me. He was so nice to Paige, it just took me a while to realize his intentions. Warden was always so sweet to her and I adored their relationship so much.

One of my favorite things about this book was that it was set in a futuristic London. All of the futuristic books that I've read have taken place in America, which after a while can get a bit boring so it was nice to see something a bit out of the box. Plus, I have this obsession with the United Kingdom, so if there's a book set in the United Kingdom, it's definitely going to be at the top of my to-read list. The whole underground crime scene was just so interesting to read about and I really loved the idea.

The ending of this book was such a cliffhanger and I just need to know what happens next!

Notable Quotes:

"I do not know what I can do for this world, but I will not let any harm come to you."

"Knowledge is dangerous. Once you know something, you can't get rid of it. You have to carry it. Always."

"There was no normal. There never had been. 'Normal' and 'natural' were the biggest lies we'd ever created."

"Nothing's worse than a story without an end."

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

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Waiting on Love Hurts!

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

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Malorie Blackman brings together the best teen writers of today in a stunningly romantic collection about love against the odds. Featuring short stories and extracts about modern star-crossed lovers from stars such as Gayle Foreman, Markus Zusak and Patrick Ness, and with a brand-new story from Malorie Blackman herself, Love Hurts looks at every kind of relationship, from first kiss to final heartbreak.


Release Date: January 29, 2015

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Novella Review: The New World by Patrick Ness

9412471Title: The New World
Author: Patrick Ness
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release Date: September 27, 2010
Source: Purchased
Edition: ebook (40 pages)
Series: Chaos Walking, Book 0.5

In this dramatic prequel to the award-winning Chaos Walking Trilogy, author Patrick Ness gives us a short story of Viola's journey to the New World.
This was actually the first novella I've ever read. After seeing all the extra information you can get from the smallest of readings of one of these, I'm definitely going to have to check out more with some of the other series I've read or plan on reading.

The Chaos Walking trilogy was a trilogy that I read in an entire week in Summer 2013. It was so great-I had never read anything like it before. I was just so immersed in the world and captivated by all the new species that the world had.

So The New World actually shows us what happened to Viola and how she ended up getting there. I loved seeing that Viola actually came down on a spaceship even though she didn't want to come to begin with. She was from a different spaceship community, where the people of Earth had gone to escape because Earth wasn't as safe as it used to be, especially for living. So since both of her parents are really important on the ship and they possess great skills, they win the opportunity to go down to Earth to see if it's still habitable.

I felt so horrible for Viola, since I knew from the start that her parents wouldn't survive the trip from the actual trilogy. It was heart-breaking. Overall, I really enjoyed this novella and I'll have to check out the rest for the Chaos Walking trilogy!

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

Monday, January 19, 2015

Book Review: The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

23352730Title: The Here and Now
Author: Ann Brashares
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Release Date: January 1, 2014
Source: Netgalley
Edition: e-Arc

An unforgettable epic romantic thriller about a girl from the future who might be able to save the world... if she lets go of the one thing she's found to hold on to.
Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.
This is the story of seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn't come from a different country. She came from a different time-a future where a moquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins.
Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they're from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she's told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth.
But everything changes when Prenna falls for Ethan Jarves.

I was really super excited for this book when it first came out, so when I saw it as a "Read Now" option on Netgalley I was super pumped and I couldn't wait to start reading, so of course I started reading it instantly.

My favorite thing about this book would have to be the whole time travel aspect, though there wasn't as much time travel as I was expecting. You see, the time travel kind of already happened, so we are reading about the aftermath. Prenna's people came from a future where a mosquito bite could basically kill you, and in order to try to escape that trauma, all the survivors of that epidemic traveled back in time.

When Prenna comes to New York by time travel, she appears in front of Ethan Jarves, who gives her his New York Giants sweatshirt to keep her warm. Ethan and she become good friends later on, even though Prenna has no recollection of this incident ever happening.

In Prenna's community of all the people who came from the future, they have these seriously strict set of rules that they all must follow. They can't really be anything more than acquaintances with anyone from this time period that they traveled to which is seriously hard. Basically they have to live and mate with only the people that they traveled with. If they go against the rules, then only bad things will come of it.

I really liked the romance between Ethan and Prenna. You could tell that it was coming from the start, which was sweet. The only thing about it that was a bit bothersome was that when they were supposed to be trying to intervene in a murder they were spending so much time just hanging out and doing things together. I guess at times I just wanted more action. Though when the action scenes did come-oh, boy-they did not disappoint. I ate up those moments while I sat on the edge of my seat.

I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars because while I did enjoy it, I wasn't completely blown away. It was a quick read with a few action scenes, so if you're looking for a fun read that won't take long then I'd suggest picking this one up.

Notable Quotes:

"When you open yourself to somebody, when you feel these things that you feel, well, what do you do? You can try to ignore it, maybe you can try to forget about it, but you can't undo it and you can't give it back."

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

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Book Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

18339662Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: May 13, 2014
Source: Won
Edition: Hardcover (240 pages)
Genre: Contemporary

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends-the Liars-whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.
THIS BOOK. This book. This book was a masterpiece. It was intriguing, heart-breaking, and earth-shattering all in one.

Now, I usually explain the book before I review it and blah blah blah but this book would be better if you go into it not knowing anything about what it's about because that way you will feel all the feels like I did, and when I say all the feels, I mean all the feels.

Not once have I ever read a book that made me want to cry. I didn't cry when I read this, but it was the closest I've ever gotten. I had gotten so angry at first and then I just kind of sat and thought about everything that had happened with watery eyes. It was that good.

The characters in this book were magnificent. I loved the cousins and how they were always close for so many years. I also loved the secrets kept in the family just to keep their image up to the public. Sometimes they'd smile when all they'd want to do was cry. How? Just how?

The mystery that was in this book was fantastic-I didn't even know it was a mystery when I started to read the book. But it is, and it will definitely pull you in and make you wonder what the heck is going on. And the ending. Oh my goodness the ending. I did not see it coming. It just hit me so hard. I just sat and thought and thought and thought about what had even happened. I was so confused but then all of a sudden it all became crystal clear.

Now I get that this review is all over the place, but after you read the book and try to write a review on it-you'll see why. All I can say to you is READ IT. You will not regret this decision.

Notable Quotes:

"Do not accept an evil you can change."


"If you want to live where people are not afraid of mice, you must give up living in palaces."

"Better than chocolate, being with you last night. Silly me, I thought that nothing was better than chocolate."

"Someone once wrote that a novel should deliver a series of small astonishments. I get the same thing spending an hour with you."

"There is not even a Scrabble word for how bad I feel."

"Always do what you're afraid to do."

"We are liars. We are beautiful and privileged. We are cracked and broken."

"Be a little kinder than you have to."

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