Saturday, April 28, 2012

Pure (Covenant #2)

Pure (Covenant, #2)Title: Pure (Covenant #2)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Rating: 4.5/5
SummaryThere is need. And then there is Fate... 

Being destined to become some kind of supernatural electrical outlet isn't exactly awesome--especially when Alexandria's "other half" is everywhere she goes. Seth's in her training room, outside her classes, and keeps showing up in her bedroom--so not cool. Their connection does have some benefits, like staving off her nightmares of the tragic showdown with her mother, but it has no effect on what Alex feels for the forbidden, pure-blooded Aiden. Or what he will do--and sacrifice--for her.

When daimons infiltrate the Covenants and attack students, the gods send furies--lesser gods determined to eradicate any threat to the Covenants and to the gods, and that includes the Apollyon... and Alex. And if that and hordes of aether-sucking monsters didn't blow bad enough, a mysterious threat seems willing to do anything to neutralize Seth, even if that means forcing Alex into servitude... or killing her.

When the gods are involved, some decisions can never, ever be undone.
My Thoughts: If you guys follow me for any length of time you know I’m a bit obsessive over Jennifer’s writing. You have no idea how excited I was to read this book. 
This book starts out where the first one ends. The relationships between all the characters are taken to a new level, the action (yes, even that kind of action) is ever present, and the storyline continues to grow. I can’t seriously talk about this book without wanting to give everything away.
Alex and Seth are pretty much joined at the hip and this puts strains on everyone. Alex is one of my absolutely favorite YA heroines. She’s real, strong, fearsome, and yet there is a side to her that’s just a little girl wanting to be loved. I love the contrast and Jennifer does it well. Throughout the whole book, Alex continues to grow and I love seeing her character develop.

What can I possibly say about this book that won't just make me just sound like a raving fan-girl? Hmm...not sure if it's possible to NOT sound that way. Jennifer L. Armentrout simply blows my mind, rocks my world, and makes me question my sanity. POINT: GO READ THE DAMN BOOK NOW! 
P.S. Favorite Quote: “I love your bed." I rolled onto my stomach, smiling. 
"I love it so much I'd marry it if I could."

Seth laughed out loud. "You'd marry my bed?"


Out of Sight, Out of Time (Gallagher Girls #5)

Out of Sight, Out of Time (Gallagher Girls, #5)Title:Out of Sight, Out of Time (Gallagher Girls #5) 
Author: Ally Carter
Rating: 4.5/5
SummaryThe last thing Cammie Morgan remembers is leaving the Gallagher Academy to protect her friends and family from the Circle of Cavan--an ancient terrorist organization that has been hunting her for over a year. But when Cammie wakes up in an alpine convent and discovers months have passed, she must face the fact that her memory is now a black hole. The only traces left of Cammie’s summer vacation are the bruises on her body and the dirt under her nails, and all she wants is to go home. 

Once she returns to school, however, Cammie realizes that even the Gallagher Academy now holds more questions than answers. Cammie, her friends, and mysterious spy-guy Zach must face their most difficult challenge yet as they travel to the other side of the world, hoping to piece together the clues that Cammie left behind. It’s a race against time. The Circle is hot on their trail and willing stop at nothing to prevent Cammie from remembering what she did last summer.
My Thoughts: For the remainder of this review, any time Zachary Goode's name is mentioned, it shall be CAPITALIZED in honor of his awesome-ness
This book was AWESOME for the following reasons:
1. The mystery
2. The SPIES
3. We finally get ANSWERS
4. INTENSE ending
8. ZACH and Cammie!
As each book in the Gallagher Girl Academy series releases, Ally Carter's writing is even more phenomenal.This book was not what I had expected or the direction I had predicted it would go in, and there were some great twists and turns.  I loved being surprised! Perhaps what got me to love it most was how I was able to relate to the characters even though they were spies. 

Everytime ZACH's name was mentioned I did this:
I really want to write more about the book, but I can't, it will give away WAY to much. 
 If you don't believe me read the book right now. If you don't have it, go to your local library, and request it, so you can read it. My brain was on overload after reading this. I waiting for sooooo long to read this, and it did not disappoint. And if your one of those people that think this is too late in coming, WHO CARES? JUST GO AND READ THE BOOK. READ. THE. BOOK. REEEAADDD IIITTTT.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Spell Bound (Hex Hall #3)

SpellboundTitle: Spell Bound (Hex Hall #3)
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Rating: 4/5
Summary: Hailed as “impossible to put down,” the Hex Hall series has both critics and teens cheering. With a winning combination of romance, action, magic and humor, this third volume will leave readers enchanted.
Just as Sophie Mercer has come to accept her extraordinary magical powers as a demon, the Prodigium Council strips them away. Now Sophie is defenseless, alone, and at the mercy of her sworn enemies—the Brannicks, a family of warrior women who hunt down the Prodigium. Or at least that’s what Sophie thinks, until she makes a surprising discovery. The Brannicks know an epic war is coming, and they believe Sophie is the only one powerful enough to stop the world from ending. But without her magic, Sophie isn’t as confident.
Sophie’s bound for one hell of a ride—can she get her powers back before it’s too late?
My Thoughts: For this review, I'm going to make a list of likes and dislikes:
  • I love Sophie's wit! Her personality is what got me hooked onto the series. 
  • The introduction of the Brannicks in person
  • Spell Bound = drama=what I love=JOY :)
  •  I thought the first two books were fantastic, this one was a little slow for me. Nothing new happened in the sense that it was obvious Sophie was going to win. I was just waiting for it to happen and at times I was thinking, let's just get this over with already. Book two was so dangerous and mysterious and this one was just bleh!
  • I loved how the book wrapped up nicely, but, I am COMPLETELY SHOCKED at Cal's ending. I'm literally holding my self back from ruining the ending. IT IS SO SHOCKING. 
All in all, Spellbound is still a must-read, especially after the HUGE cliffhanger at the end of Demonglass.

Friday, April 13, 2012

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ScarletTitle: Scarlet
Author: A.C. Gaughen
Rating: 4/5
SummaryMany readers know the tale of Robin Hood, but they will be swept away by this new version full of action, secrets, and romance. 
Posing as one of Robin Hood’s thieves to avoid the wrath of the evil Thief Taker Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only the Hood and his band know the truth: the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past. Helping the people of Nottingham outwit the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham could cost Scarlet her life as Gisbourne closes in.
It’s only her fierce loyalty to Robin—whose quick smiles and sharp temper have the rare power to unsettle her—that keeps Scarlet going and makes this fight worth dying for.

My Thoughts: I raced through.
I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. And it's A.C. Gaughen's debut! The thing that struck me the most about this book was the pacing. Gaughen had me racing through to see what happened. And the writing was good too.
I just wanted to read one book.
This may be a reaction to the currently ubiquitous trilogy. But I hated the obvious set up for the sequel (or likely trilogy). Seriously, people, publishers, writers, can't ANYTHING be stand-alone any more? To be fair, this story does mostly wrap up, but I was hoping for a more conclusive conclusion. 

All is Fair in Love
The romance story here was great. The tension builds and builds and builds. I think the romance plot required some suspension of disbelief with respect to some of the misunderstandings that occurred, but I usually most willingly suspended mine. And, of course, the Robin Hood story was well done. There are prison breaks, and the mean old Sheriff of Nottingham, and a wedding, and taxes, and thieving from the rich to feed the poor. Good (and bad) times were had.
In sum, this is an innovative retelling of a beloved story that I think will appeal to a wide array of readers. 

Born at Midnight (Shadow Falls #1)

Born at Midnight (Shadow Falls, #1)Title: Born at Midnight (Shadow Falls #1)
Author: C.C. Hunter 
Rating: 3.5/5
SummaryDon’t miss this spectacular new series that will steal your heart and haunt your dreams,  Welcome to Shadow Falls camp, nestled deep in the woods of a town called Fallen…
One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever.  Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls—a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just “troubled.”  Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapshifters, witches and fairies train side by side—learning to harness their powers, control their magic and live in the normal world.
Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either.  Or does she?  They insist Kylie is one of them, and that she was brought here for a reason.  As if life wasn’t complicated enough, enter Derek and Lucas.  Derek’s a half-fae who’s determined to be her boyfriend, and Lucas is a smokin’ hot werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past.  Both Derek and Lucas couldn’t be more different, but they both have a powerful hold on her heart. 
Even though Kylie feels deeply uncertain about everything, one thing is becoming painfully clear—Shadow Falls is exactly where she belongs…
My Thoughts:The first book in the new Shadow Falls series is addicting. Kylie is a heroine with resolute courage, tenacious loyalty, and at times a fiery personality. Her journey of self-discovery, friendship, and romance is so full of honesty, it is impossible not to fall in love with her and Shadow Falls. 
After a party incident, Kylie’s cold, distant mother decides to ship her off to Shadow Falls Camp for the summer. This camp deals with troubled teens…but neither Kylie nor her mom truly realize how troubled these teens may actually be.
Kylie soon learns that Shadow Falls Camp is a refuge for troubled supernatural teens–witches, vampires, werewolves, fairies, and shapeshifters. At first, Kylie denies she is anything like these “freaks” and does everything she can to make that point clear with anyone who will listen. Gradually, however, she comes to accept that she may not be all that normal. She becomes best friends with a witch and a vampire, and she has not one but two love interests. Derek is a seemingly safe fairy, and Lucas is an anything-but-safe werewolf that Kylie has encountered previously. While Kylie is dealing with new friendships and love interests, she’s also coming to terms with her own abilities and what this might mean for her future.

The ENTIRE BOOK basically describes how torn Kylie is between wanting to be normal and afrain of being a supernatural (vampire, werewolf, fae, witch, ect.). The other main conflict is Kylie being torn between two insanely hot guys (of course), Lucas and Derek.
Overall, it was a short, quick read that I would recommend to YA paranormal rommance fans!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Pandemonium (Delirium #2)

Pandemonium (Delirium, #2)Title: Pandemonium (Delirium #2)
Author: Lauren Oliver
Rating: 4.8/5
SummaryI’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare, 
pushing aside thoughts of Alex,
pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school,
like Raven taught me to do.
The old life is dead.
But the old Lena is dead too.
I buried her.
I left her beyond a fence,
behind a wall of smoke and flame.
Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.
My Thoughts: ________!!!!(insert exclamatory phrase of your choice) I don't know what to do with myself but write a review right away. This series is amazing, beautiful, heart breaking, incredible, and nerve wrecking. 
Pandemonium is an amazing follow up to Delirium. The book takes place in alternating chapters of "now" and "then".
Then: Lena wakes up dazed, weak, and confused. Having made it over the fence, Lena is now in the Wilds....without Alex. As she gains her strength and forms bonds with other Wilders Lena learnes the spirit behind the revolution.
Now: It's March in NY and Lena is an undercover agent for the wild. She joins the governmental organization (DFA) that supports the surgery to remove the feeling of love. 
We also meet Julian, the president's son, and (SPOILER) Lena's roommate in the "prison" they are held captive in. 
Julian is INCREDIBLY sweet and treats Lena right, but there is no comparison to Alex (I LOVE YOU)
My reaction to the end of Pandemonium.
The book takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions, you will laugh, cry, and go crazy!
As for the ending, this was my reaction:

All in all, Pandemonium is my FAVORITE book of the year!

Fever (The Chemical Garden #2)

Fever (The Chemical Garden, #2)Title: Fever (The Chemical Garden #2)
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Rating: 4.5/5
SummaryRhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion, but danger is never far behind. 

Running away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ringmistress keeps watch over a menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. With Gabriel at her side, Rhine travels through an environment as grim as the one she left a year ago - surroundings that mirror her own feelings of fear and hopelessness. 

The two are determined to get to Manhattan, to relative safety with Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan. But the road there is long and perilous - and in a world where young women only live to age twenty and young men die at twenty-five, time is precious. Worse still, they can’t seem to elude Rhine’s father-in-law, Vaughn, who is determined to bring Rhine back to the any means necessary. 

In the sequel to Lauren DeStefano’s harrowing Wither, Rhine must decide if freedom is worth the price - now that she has more to lose than ever.

My Thoughts: To make this review as simple as possible, Fever was better than Whither. A LOT BETTER. Like OMG-I-WISH-I-COULD-WRITE-LIKE-THAT! better.  
Fever began exactly where Whither finished off. We follow the journey of Rhine and Gabriel on the quest of their lives. However, on the way Rhine and Gabriel are trapped at Madame Soleski's carnival of amour. 
Madame Soleski's is pretty much a pimp. She has boys and girls that she prostitutes out, and now she wants Rhine to work for her. In order to save their lives, Rhine complies, creating a "lovebird"show with  Gabriel, where creeps can watch them. Eww. Insert Lilac: a child prostitute who has a malformed daughter named Maddie. Rhine decides that they need to escape and find her brother Rowan. And then the story continues.
Oh Lauren DeStefano why do you hurt us like that?!  A perfect cliffhanger. Other then that, the book was great. I liked all the detail that went into the descriptions of everything. I liked how secrets came to the surface. I do hope we hear more about Maddie and Lilac.  Can't wait for the last book!

Friday, March 9, 2012

The Catastrophic History of You and Me

Title: The Catastrophic History of You and Me
Author: Jess Rothenberg 

Rating: 3.5/5
SummaryDying of a broken heart is just the beginning.... Welcome to forever. 

BRIE'S LIFE ENDS AT SIXTEEN: Her boyfriend tells her he doesn't love her, and the news breaks her heart—literally. 

But now that she's D&G (dead and gone), Brie is about to discover that love is way more complicated than she ever imagined. Back in Half Moon Bay, her family has begun to unravel. Her best friend has been keeping a secret about Jacob, the boy she loved and lost—and the truth behind his shattering betrayal. And then there's Patrick, Brie's mysterious new guide and resident Lost Soul . . . who just might hold the key to her forever after. 

With Patrick's help, Brie will have to pass through the five stages of grief before she's ready to move on. But how do you begin again, when your heart is still in pieces?

My Thoughts: Brie's heart broke in half the minute her boyfriend said he didn't love her. And I don't mean that figuratively, it literally snapped in two. Death by heartbreak. Could your life end anymore tragically? It probably could, but the whole concept of death by heartbreak was intriguing and original. 
Brie dies after her boyfriends breaks up with her, and is then free to roam the earth, along with the other countless dead souls. While roaming, Brie meets a guy named Patrick. He's from the eighties(well, he died in the eighties) and he helps her deal with her death. He helps her get revenge on the boy who broke her heart and watches as Brie discovers horrible things about the people in her life. 
Oh gosh, Patrick. I LOVED HIM.  With his leather pilot jacket and smooth 80's charm, he claimed territory in my heart almost instantly. I don't care if some of his lines were totally corny, he's the type of character who can hold them with dignity and woo the pants off you. His 'cheesy' nicknames for Brie (and I mean this in the Cheescake, Chedster, Cheeto kind of 'cheesy') could have become annoying, but that boy made every one of them endearing. 
The writing is brilliant, and if I didn't know this was a first time author I'd swear she'd been writing for years. The characters couldn't get more believable and lovable. I seriously liked every character--even the dog! I hated the boyfriend, Jacob, and the best friend, Sadie for a while, but soon I got over it and I think I can honestly say that I did enjoy their characters. 
I loved how each chapter is headed by a lyric/title of a very good song. Reminds me of another awesome novel, Audrey, Wait by Robin Benway!. Kudos! 
This novel is hilarious, beautiful, heartbreaking and healing. I loved it so much, I think I may go read it again.


ForbiddenTitle: Forbidden
Author: Syie James and Ryan M. James
Rating: 3.8/5
SummaryShe should not exist.
He should not love her.
Claire Brennan has been attending Emerson Academy for two years now (the longest she and her mom have remained anywhere) and she's desperate to stay put for the rest of high school. So there's no way she's going to tell her mom about the psychic visions she's been having or the creepy warnings that she's in danger.
Alec MacKenzie is fed up with his duties to watch and, when necessary, eliminate the descendants of his angelic forefathers. He chose Emerson as the ideal hiding place where he could be normal for once. He hadn't factored Claire into his plans. . . .
Their love is forbidden, going against everything Alec has been taught to believe. But when the reason behind Claire's unusual powers is revealed and the threat to her life becomes clear, how far will Alec go to protect her? 
My ThoughtsSyrie & Ryan James’ Forbidden was an interesting take on the Angel genre. It is the story of Claire Brennan, a scholarship student at Emerson Academy. The book begins with a new school year, and Claire is determined to gather up the confidence to speak to Neil, the boy of her dreams. *CUE ALEC* However, Claire finds herself getting more than she bargained for after becoming friends with the new student, Alec MacKenzie. 
Alec can't believe his luck when he meets a girl like Claire, and can't wait to find out more about her. But the thing is, he's a Grigori, an angel watcher, who protects humans, but has also gone AWOL from his job, because he can no longer stand the strict laws of the Grigori ways. But no one can find out who he really is, not even Claire, for they would be put in danger. 
Although the dialogue was a little to dramatic, the book was still an addictive read. I will definitely be waiting for a sequel!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Vincent Boys

Title: The Vincent Boys
Author: Abbi Glines
Rating: 3.5/5
SummaryBeing the good girl isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Ashton Gray has grown weary of playing the part to please her parents, and to be worthy of the town’s prince charming, Sawyer Vincent. Maybe That’s why she’s found herself spending time with Sawyer’s cousin, Beau, while he’s away for the summer camping with his family. Beau is nothing like her perfect boyfriend. He’s the sexiest guy she’s ever seen, dangerous in ways she’s only day dreamed about, and the one guy she should stay away from. 
Beau never envied Sawyer his loving parents, his big nice home, or his position as quarterback. He loves him like a brother. Which is why he's tried everything in his power to keep his distance from Sawyer’s girlfriend. Even if he has loved her since the age of five, Ashton is Sawyer’s girl, so therefore she’s off limits. But when Sawyer leaves for the summer, Ashton, the one girl Beau would move Heaven and Earth for, decides she wants to get into trouble. Stabbing the one person who’s always accepted him and stood by him in the back, is the cost of finally holding Ashton Gray in his arms. Is she worth losing his cousin over?.... Hell Yeah.
My Thoughts: A really close friend of mine had recommended this book to me, and I'm so glad she did! The Vincent Boys follows the life of Ashton Gray, a high schooler who is torn between 2 cousins, Sawyer and Beau Vincent.
Over-all the book was, to sum it up, not complicated. There was no gloom doom over an impending death threat or a battle between two mythical creatures over one girl. The book was simple, and so I have decided to keep my review simple too. 
This was a nice story about a girl who wants to be herself. A girl who loves a boy and finally realizes that he’s what she needs. It reminds me of a soap opera of sorts…a guilty pleasure. I’m interested to see if the next book develops these characters further, if we get to know more about Sawyer and how things turn out. And, of course, I look forward to more Beau!
Favorite Quote: “She started walking toward me and perfect white teeth caught her full bottom lip between them. I’d fantasized about those lips way too many times. She’d barely covered up her long tanned legs with a pair of shorts that made me want to go to church this Sunday just to thank God for creating her.” 

Monday, February 20, 2012

Hallowed (Unearthly #2)

Hallowed (Unearthly, #2)Title: Hallowed (Unearthly #2)
Author: Cynthia Hand
Rating: 4/5
SummaryFor 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.
My Thoughts: The highly-anticipated sequel to Unearthly Hallowed is just as great, and in a lot of ways, greater than its predecessor. 

Hallowed picks up right where Unearthly left off, soon after Clara and Christian mess up their respective purposes. Clara chose Tucker, and that inevitably has consequences with the Powers That Be. More details on the angel hierarchy and history are given in this one, and the myth lover in me devoured those tidbits. 
The level of intensity in Hallowed is not for the faint of heart. The dangers have increased, the emotional turmoil has gone beyond the boiling point, and the amount of tears shed have broken the dam. Hallowed is about choices and decisions. Hallowed is about fulfilling purposes, believing in faith, and most of all trusting in a higher power. And like with most things, Clara has choices. One of those choices is the inevitable: Christian or Tucker. 

I was prepared to write a breakdown about the differences and similarities between Christian and Tucker, but you know what? Unlike most love triangles, Hand has written this in a way where either choice isn’t so bad. She has allowed me, the reader, to accept the inevitable and face reality. I think this is the only story where I was okay with the choices and decisions that Clara had to make, when it came to these two. 
Favorite Quote: "Tucker--the man is definitely Tucker; I'd know that butt anywhere---leads him around the pasture." 
All in all, this sequel is a MUST READ!

Tempest (Tempest #1)

Tempest (Tempest, #1)Title: Tempest (Tempest #1)
Author: Julie Cross
Rating: 4/5
SummaryThe year is 2009.  Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it’s just harmless fun.

That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future.

Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.

But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler.  Recruit… or kill him.

Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far he’s willing to go to save Holly… and possibly the entire world.

My Thoughts: The hardest books to review for are the one's you love the most. In Tempest Jackson Meyer carries a recessive gene known as the Tempest gene. This gene is capable of producing certain symptoms or abilities such as time travel and advanced memory. When Jackson begins to experiment with his new found abilities, he’s faced with the dangers that come with time jumping and exposes himself to a whole new world filled with lies, intrigue and danger that not only risks those he cares for most, but also the fate of events which he can alter during his time jumps. 
To put it simply:
Jackson loves Holly
Holly loves Jackson
But, time loves Jackson a little too much.
After accidentally time-traveling into the past, Jackson finds himself stuck in 2009, before he met Holly: the love of his life. 
Overall, I really loved this book. The whole time travel plot really cleared up but at the same time, there are so many interesting mysteries. I'm really excited to see where Cross goes with this series. But Oh Dear God the killed me. It really killed me. Can't wait for the next book!  

A Million Suns (Across the Universe #2)

A Million Suns (Across the Universe, #2)Title: A Million Suns (Across the Universe #2)
Author: Beth Revis
Rating: 4.3/5
SummaryGodspeed was fueled by lies. Now it is ruled by chaos. 
It's been three months since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. And everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceship Godspeed. But there may just be hope: Elder has assumed leadership of the ship. He's finally free to enact his vision - no more Phydus, no more lies. 

But when Elder discovers shocking news about the ship, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed. They must work together to unlock a puzzle that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier, unable to fight the romance that's growing between them and the chaos that threatens to tear them apart. 

In book two of the Across the Universe trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis mesmerizes us again with a brilliantly crafted mystery filled with action, suspense, romance, and deep philosophical questions. And this time it all builds to one mind-bending conclusion: They have to get off this ship.

My Thoughts: This book was so FREXING good! And yes, I used the word frexing, (fricking in the future) Before I read A Million Suns, I HATED Sci-Fi, its a true but sad fact. 
A Million Suns (the Across the Universe trilogy) by Beth Revis is a wondrous sequel to the first book.It continues the story of Elder and Amy -- both on the Godspeed -- a huge ship traveling toward another "Earth" for the thousands of passengers to settle. They have been traveling for hundreds of years, and generations have been born and have died on the ship. Amy is unfrozen by Elder (In Across the Universe) and now she is stuck on a dying ship without her parents.  Throughout A Million Suns, Amy and Elder try to save Godspeed to fight for their lives. *Cue dramatic music*

AHHHHHH! I really, REALLY want to tell you what Elder discovers in this book. OH FREX! But, I don't want to ruin it for you guys, so READ THIS BOOK! It really is one of the best ones I've read in a while. Beth Revis is the master of surprise! You have to read this book to find out why. I couldn't put this book down. Even after reading it, I was thinking about it all day. The ending is a cliffhanger! I can't wait for Book 3.


BittersweetTitle: Bittersweet
Author: Sarah Ockler 
Rating: 3/5
SummaryOnce upon a time, Hudson knew exactly what her future looked like. Then a betrayal changed her life, and knocked her dreams to the ground. Now she’s a girl who doesn’t believe in second chances... a girl who stays under the radar by baking cupcakes at her mom’s diner and obsessing over what might have been. 

So when things start looking up and she has another shot at her dreams, Hudson is equal parts hopeful and terrified. Of course, this is also the moment a cute, sweet guy walks into her life... and starts serving up some seriously mixed signals. She’s got a lot on her plate, and for a girl who’s been burned before, risking it all is easier said than done. 

It’s time for Hudson to ask herself what she really wants, and how much she’s willing to sacrifice to get it. Because in a place where opportunities are fleeting, she knows this chance may very well be her last...

My Thoughts: Hudson Avery once had what she considered the best in life---the perfect family, perfect best friend, and even being the best figure skater in Watonka. But one event changed it all: from being on top, Hudson's life changed drastically which led her to give up ice skating, her family, and her best friend. 

Three years later, Hudson found herself as the Cupcake Queen of Watonka, helping out her mother in Hurley's, their diner. Her life may be imperfect compared to the past, but everything went well for Hudson... until she received the letter that might change her life again. Given another chance at her dreams, Hudson will make decisions which will help her define her real happiness in life. 

Favorite Quote:  "It takes forty muscles to frown, and only twelve to jam a cupcake in your mouth and get over it."
Perhaps one of my favorite things about the book was that each chapter came with its own cupcake recipe. I SWEAR, I will make all of them one day!
Sarah Ockler has written a wonderful and truly inspiring novel. Bittersweet is THE book for everyone. 

Bloodrose (Nightshade #3)

Bloodrose (Nightshade, #3)Title: Bloodrose (Nightshade #3)
Author: Andrea Cremer 
Rating: 3/5
SummaryCalla has always welcomed war. 

But now that the final battle is upon her, there's more at stake than fighting. There's saving Ren, even if it incurs Shay's wrath. There's keeping Ansel safe, even if he's been branded a traitor. There's proving herself as the pack's alpha, facing unnamable horrors, and ridding the world of the Keepers' magic once and for all. And then there's deciding what to do when the war ends. If Calla makes it out alive, that is.

My Thoughts: Picture this: Your laying down in your bed, reading Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer. Everything has gone down PERFECTLY; Shay and Calla are together and although Calla was slutty at times, Shay a little too protective, and Calla left everyone's life in mortal danger just to be with Shay, the climatic battle is over now. You have got about, 40 pages left and figure that the author will use it to tie up some loose ends. Suddenly. BAM! A new plot arises, disturbing your serene happiness. BAM! Shay and Calla's love life may be over. BAM! (spoiler) Cala, Shay, and the rest of the pack must remain in their wolf form forever and not have any humanity.
I'm going to try to go through character by character:
Calla:  "Oh, I would wait until the war ends, then I make the choice." Umm, yeah while you're basically letting Shay rip your clothes off.  Calla DID NOT know what she wanted, she keep going back and forth. She's kissing the other behind the other guy's back and she gets OH SO MAD when they try to rip each others throat out. Like hello, you can't expect them to not fight over you!
Shay: A little to incompetent, and too over protective
Ren: All I can say is, I don't speak evil of the dead.
Adne & Conner= PERFECTION

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Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1)

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)Title: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Rating: 4/5
Summary: Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth's fate hinges on one girl... Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She's a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world's future.
My Thoughts: Set in a world were androids and humans walk side by side in the city of New Beijing, a deadly plague looms over the city, with death just around the corner. A young mechanic- Cinder lives with her “wicked” stepmother, and being a cyborg is made more of a second-class citizen. But when her path crosses with Prince Kai and her sister falls ill to the plague, Cinder’s life and past start to intertwine with the future of those of the city and even the worlds.
I love Cinder. Shes intelligenthumorous and extremely endearing. I loved her spirit, she was not meek or a pushover. 
And then there's Prince Kai. With his easy smile and his impartial character, I was pretty much in love with him instantly. And his winning qualities didn’t stop there! He was also so kind and caring and charming...and did I mention handsome? 
Marissa Meyer has created a TRULY engrossing take on this classic fairytale. The book was very well written, and descriptive, I had a movie playing in my head while reading. The only con I can find is that the next book will not come out until 2013. Oh my poor soul! 

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

The Statistical Probability of Love at First SightTitle: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight 
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Rating: 3.5/5
SummaryWho would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. She's stuck at JFK, late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's in seat 18C. Hadley's in 18A. 

Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.

My Thoughts: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is a cute, funny book that reads like a romantic comedy. Hadley Sullivan's life changes when she misses her flight to London  by 4 minutes. Hadley, now stuck at JFK meets Oliver, a native European who is on his way home.
Although the book is predictable, it has a certain captivating air around it that makes you want to know more. Throughout the book, we journey through Hadley's character and all the pain she felt after her parents divorced. 
Most interesting thing of the book: It takes place over the course of  24 hours. Yes, 24 HOURS! 
For fans of Anna and the French Kiss, and romance in general, this is a book for you. 

Monday, January 9, 2012

Shattered Souls

Title: Shattered Souls
Author: Mary Lindsey 
Rating: 4/5
SummaryA thrilling debut story of death, love, destiny and danger

Lenzi hears voices and has visions - gravestones, floods, a boy with steel gray eyes. Her boyfriend, Zak, can't help, and everything keeps getting louder and more intense. Then Lenzi meets Alden, the boy from her dreams, who reveals that she's a reincarnated Speaker - someone who can talk to and help lost souls - and that he has been her Protector for centuries.

Now Lenzi must choose between her life with Zak and the life she is destined to lead with Alden. But time is running out: a malevolent spirit is out to destroy Lenzi, and he will kill her if she doesn't make a decision soon.

My Thoughts: Mary Lindsey's debut novel puts an new and and story gripping twist on ghosts and the ones in charge of keeping everything in order here on earth. Lenzi thinks like her father, she's going truly mad. While popping pills to keep the voices down, and trying to hold it together for her mother and Zak, Lenzi is just about ready to give up. But then she meets Alden. Sweet, caring, and might I say gorgeous, Alden. It is Alden who tells her that the voices are real, and Lenzi's true duty on earth, to help lost souls move on to the after life. 
Mary Lindsey has created a new mythology, a true debut novel. The idea of reincarnation is used throughout the story, and unlike previous times, Lenzi has no recollection of her past lives. 
Alden pieces the story together, by teaching Lenzi (and readers) the system of Speakers and Protectors. Alden is an amazing character, he cares to deeply about Lenzi that he forgets about his own life. 
Overall, this was an amazing book, and should definitely be read by all. 

The Alchemy of Forever (Incarnation #1)

Title: The Alchemy of Forever (Incarnation #1)
Author: Avery Williams 
Rating: 4.5/5
SummaryAfter spending six hundred years on Earth, Seraphina Ames has seen it all. Eternal life provides her with the world's riches but at a very high price: innocent lives. Centuries ago, her boyfriend, Cyrus, discovered a method of alchemy that allows them to take the bodies of other humans from jumping from one vessel to the next, ending the human's life in the process. No longer able to bear the guilt of what she's done, Sera escapes from Cyrus and vows to never kill again. 

Then sixteen-year old Kailey Morgan gets into a horrific car accident right in front of her, and Sera accidentally takes over her body while trying to save her. For the first time, Sera finds herself enjoying the life of the person she's inhabiting--and falling in love with the boy who lives next door. But Cyrus will stop at nothing until she's him again, and every moment she stays, she's putting herself and the people she's grown to care about in danger. Will Sera have to give up the one thing that's eluded her for centuries: true love?

My Thoughts: My reaction when the book ended: WHAT? HOW CAN THE BOOK END LIKE THIS?
My reactions while reading the book: GASP! Sweet potato pie, I want me a slice of THAT, and OH MY FREAKIN' GOODNESS.
The Alchemy of Forever (Incarnation #1) is an incredibly unique book. The book journeys through Seraphina's eyes, a 14 year old girl who learns that love never dies. Seraphina was born in London in the year 1349. After a close brush in with death, Seraphina is given a vial to drink, but the apothecary's son (Cyrus). This gives Serpahina the power to switch souls with another body, and live forever. Present day: After living for over 600 years, Seraphina is ready to say goodbye to this world. However, while saving a 16-year old girl from a car accident, Seraphina mistakenly takes over the girl's body. Now, Serpahina must live the life of Kailey Morgan, without being caught by Cyrus. *Cue EPIC story*
There wasn't much romance in this book, which I actually thought was fine. There was a little in the end of it. Oh, the end. That's definitely something I wish I could talk to you guys about as well, but I can't without spoiling it. All I can say is that it's SO frustrating and I definitely feel sympathetic towards Sera.
All in all, The Alchemy of Forever (Incarnation #1) is a fabulous debut that you'll definitely want on your bookshelves!