Sunday, August 31, 2014

Review: Jet (#2) by Jay Crownover

17204860Summary from Goodreads:

With his tight leather pants and a sharp edge that makes him dangerous, Jet Keller is every girl’s rock and roll fantasy. But Ayden Cross is done walking on the wild side with bad boys. She doesn’t want to give in to the heat she sees in Jet’s dark, haunted eyes. She’s afraid of getting burned from the sparks of their spontaneous combustion, even as his touch sets her on fire.

Jet can’t resist the Southern Belle with mile-long legs in cowboy boots who defies his every expectation. Yet the closer he feels to Ayden, the less he seems to know her. While he’s tempted to get under her skin and undo her in every way, he knows firsthand what happens to two people with very different ideas about relationships.

Will the blaze burn into an enduring love. . . or will it consume their dreams and turn them to ashes?

My Review:

I saved this book for my plane ride to London (it was hard not to read it, lol) and I managed to finish it in two hours or so.

Thankfully the second book has less graphic adultness in it compared to the first (but it still had it so be warned), and I enjoyed finding out about these new characters. I love the characters and I can't wait to get my hands on the next novels.

I recommend this series if you can handle adult novels because they have really great character development.

My Rating:

Four Stars Out of Five.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Review: Noughts & Crosses (#1) by Malorie Blackman

Summary from Goodreads:

Two young people are forced to make a stand in this thought-provoking look at racism and prejudice in an alternate society.

Sephy is a Cross -- a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. Callum is a Nought -- a “colourless” member of the underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses. The two have been friends since early childhood, but that’s as far as it can go. In their world, Noughts and Crosses simply don’t mix. Against a background of prejudice and distrust, intensely highlighted by violent terrorist activity, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum -- a romance that is to lead both of them into terrible danger. Can they possibly find a way to be together?

In this gripping, stimulating and totally absorbing novel, black and white are right and wrong.

This edition also includes 'An Eye for an Eye' which is a short novella written for 2003 World Book Day.

My Review:

When I was in London I managed to pick up the whole Noughts and Crosses Series, and I found the first novel for 2 pounds at a used book shop (the rest from Foyles).

The plot was so unique, and I enjoyed the two main characters, Sephy and Callum, and the duel POVS worked in this novel for me.

The ending was just a twist after twist and it left me almost crying.

I recommend checking out this series, it is a great read and a unique plot.

My Rating:

Five Stars Out of Five.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Five Friday Favorites: Favorite Musicals So Far #15

This meme is hosted by Book Badger.

1. Phantom of the Opera. I saw this twice, once when I was 5-6 (at a dine-in theater and adored it) and once in New York on Broadway. I was obssessed with it when I was in junior high, I used to sing the music all of the time.

2. Matilda. I got to see the UK version of this musical when I was in London and it was so funny I want to see it again in the US.

3. Rent. I saw this musical last spring and I enjoyed it more then I thought I would, but it not for kids.

4. Cats. I saw this when I was really young so I do not remember much of it, however, this fall I will be going again.

5. Richard III. I ran out of musicals that I've seen so here is my favorite play so far. I saw this play last week in London, and it had Martin Freeman in it, so amazing.

Graphic Novel Review: Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley

Summary from Goodreads:

Katie’s got it pretty good. She’s a talented young chef, she runs a successful restaurant, and she has big plans to open an even better one. Then, all at once, progress on the new location bogs down, her charming ex-boyfriend pops up, her fling with another chef goes sour, and her best waitress gets badly hurt. And just like that, Katie’s life goes from pretty good to not so much. What she needs is a second chance. Everybody deserves one, after all—but they don’t come easy. Luckily for Katie, a mysterious girl appears in the middle of the night with simple instructions for a do-it-yourself do-over:

1. Write your mistake
2. Ingest one mushroom
3. Go to sleep
4. Wake anew

And just like that, all the bad stuff never happened, and Katie is given another chance to get things right. She’s also got a dresser drawer full of magical mushrooms—and an irresistible urge to make her life not just good, but perfect. Too bad it’s against the rules. But Katie doesn’t care about the rules—and she’s about to discover the unintended consequences of the best intentions.

From the mind and pen behind the acclaimed Scott Pilgrim series comes a madcap new tale of existential angst, everyday obstacles, young love, and ancient spirits that’s sharp-witted and tenderhearted, whimsical and wise.

My Review:

This graphic novel was really strange, but in the end it kept me interested and I will be reading any others by this author.

I recommend checking out this graphic novel if you like any other work by him, it was really interesting.

My Rating: 

Three Stars Out of Three

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Review: All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

Summary from Goodreads:

What would you change?

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 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, and with it, Marina’s hopes for their future. 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. Em and Marina are in a race against time that only one of them can win.

My Review:

I needed a time travel book for a challenge and I had this one on my shelf. I was expecting a lot, but I just could not get into this book.

It was just so confusing and I had a hard time following it. I might have to re-read it and see if my rating changes. I'm having a hard time finding a science fiction ya novel that I like, ugh.


My Rating:

Two Stars Out of Five.

Film Thursday #9: The Amazing Spiderman 2 (2014)

I really wanted to see this movie when it was in theaters but I never got the chance, but finally I watched it on Saturday. I had a 7 hour flight from London to Philadelphia and it was one of the movies I could watch, and but course it was my first pick. A lot of people did not like it, I however, kind of loved it. I wasn't a huge fan of Spider man 3, and I think this one is a lot better.  It was loaded up with a lot of villains but each one of them were cast perfectly (most of all Harry, swoon) and Emma Stone did an amazing job. This is just my opinion, and I  plan on adding this to my movie collection in the future.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wishlist Wednesday #16

Wishlist Wednesday is where you show a book that has been on your wishlist/TBR list for a while, the meme is hosted by Pen to Paper.

18081809 Landline by Rainbow Rowell. 

Summary from Goodreads:

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now.

Maybe that was always beside the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

My Notes: I almost bought a copy in London (mainly because the cover was beautiful) and if I get to a book store anytime soon I will be picking it up. :)

Waiting On Wednesday #16

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, where you pick a book that is coming out soon that you want to read.

22895264Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

Summary from Goodreads:

Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.

My Notes: I loved Don't Look Back and this looks like it will be a lot like it.

Review: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Summary from Goodreads:

Richard Papen arrived at Hampden College in New England and was quickly seduced by an elite group of five students, all Greek scholars, all worldly, self-assured, and, at first glance, all highly unapproachable. As Richard is drawn into their inner circle, he learns a terrifying secret that binds them to one another...a secret about an incident in the woods in the dead of night where an ancient rite was brought to brutal life...and led to a gruesome death. And that was just the beginning....

My Review:

I wanted to try out a book by Donna Tartt before I dove into Goldfinch (my library has 5 copies, lol) and I ended up really enjoying it even if it was a slow read. It has been a while since I've adult fiction (not paranormal).

The story had so many twists and turns, and by the end of it I just wanted even more to it. I'm planning on reading her other two books.

My Rating:

Four Stars Out of Five

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don't Own Yet #19

1. Paradise Kiss Volume 2. I own volume 1 and 4 and really want to finish the series. 
2. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Ever since the tv show started I want to finally read this series, plus it is an easy one to find at the library.
3. Tatiana and Alexander (#2) by Paullina Simons. I LOVED The Bronze Horseman, and want to keep reading the series.
4. The Unbound by Victoria Schwab. Yet another series I need to finish it.
5. The Pirates Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke. 
6. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner. 
7. A Bone to Pick (#2) by Charlaine Harris.
8. Four A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth
9. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover.
10. Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King.

Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Summary from Goodreads:

From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and √Čtienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

My Review:

I was worried that I wouldn't like this book as much as the other two, but nope, it is now my favorite of the whole series. I picked up this book when I was in London last week, so, instead of a hardcover I ended up with a paperback copy.

This book made me fall in love and it was like eating a piece of candy, and of course it ended too soon. :(

If you've read the other two books, you need to read this one because it wraps up all of the separate story lines.

My Rating:

Five Stars Out of Five

Monday, August 25, 2014

Graphic Novel Review: Revival Vol. 1 by Tim Seeley, Mike Norton (Illustrator), Mark Englert (Illustrator)

Summary from Goodreads:

Subtitle to the book is "A rural noir by Tim Seeley + Mike Norton"

For one day in rural central Wisconsin, the dead came back to life. Now it's up to Officer Dana Cypress to deal with the media scrutiny, religious zealots, and government quarantine that has come with them. In a town where the living have to learn to deal with those who are supposed to be dead, Officer Cypress must solve a brutal murder, and everyone, alive or undead, is a suspect. The sell-out hit series created by NYT Bestselling author TIM SEELEY and Eisner winning artist MIKE NORTON is collected with bonus material!

My Review:

This graphic novel was a new and interesting take on zombies (and when I thought I was sick of them) where some of them have more control over their actions. It follows Officer Cypress who is a kick-ass female cop, and how she has to deal with her sister being one of dead that came back to life. The first five comics were a little confusing, so I'm hoping for more answers in the next batch of five.

If you like zombies like I do I recommend checking out this graphic novel series.

My Rating:

Four Stars Out of Five

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #16

This meme comes from Book Journey, and it is where you show what books you read last week and what you will be reading this week.
 I was in London the last two weeks so I did not read the massive amount as usual, however, I got a few new ones. :)                                                                                  

 The Books I Read Last Week:

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (5 Stars)
Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman (5 Stars)
Game (#2) by Barry Lyga (3 Stars)
The Secret History by Donna Tartt (4 Stars)
Jet (#2) by Jay Crownover (4 Stars) 


Total number of Pages I've read this week: 2,351

Books I Want to Read This Week:


Friday, August 22, 2014

Review: Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Summary from Goodreads:

My Review:

It is pretty clear that I like Gaimans adult novels while not really caring for his middle grade ones. However, this one was not my favorite of his adult novels (that would be American Gods).

I just had a hard time getting into this book, maybe it was trying too hard or I'm just not smart. I did enjoy some of the characters (Crowley).

I recommend reading this if you like Gaiman or Pratchett.

My Rating:

Three Out of Five Stars

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Review: She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

She Is Not Invisible
Summary from Goodreads:

Laureth Peak's father has taught her to look for recurring events, patterns, and numbers--a skill at which she's remarkably talented. Her secret: She is blind. But when her father goes missing, Laureth and her 7-year-old brother Benjamin are thrust into a mystery that takes them to New York City where surviving will take all her skill at spotting the amazing, shocking, and sometimes dangerous connections in a world full of darkness. She Is Not Invisible is an intricate puzzle of a novel that sheds a light on the delicate ties that bind people to each other.

My Review:

I just had to use the UK cover because it is so much better then the US one.

I got a tad bit lost when I read the book, mainly when we got a peak at the main character's fathers notes, which is why it did not get five stars. Besides that I really enjoyed this story and connected with the main character because if there was a chance that my father was in trouble I would totally jump on plan to anywhere to find him.

In YA or even adult novels you do not see blind protagonists very often (and now I want to go find some more) and I think that Sedgwick did a great job of writing the experience. Even if sometimes she seemed to do things a little too well.

I highly recommend checking out this book, it was really interesting and is a short read.

My Rating:

Four Out of Five Stars

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Review: Can't Look Away by Donna Cooner (ARC)

Summary from Goodreads:

Torrey Grey is famous. At least, on the internet. Thousands of people watch her popular videos on fashion and beauty. But when Torrey's sister is killed in an accident -- maybe because of Torrey and her videos -- Torrey's perfect world implodes.

Now, strangers online are bashing Torrey. And at her new school, she doesn't know who to trust. Is queen bee Blair only being sweet because of Torrey's internet infamy? What about Raylene, who is decidedly unpopular, but seems accepts Torrey for who she is? And then there's Luis, with his brooding dark eyes, whose family runs the local funeral home. Torrey finds herself drawn to Luis, and his fascinating stories about El dio de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead.

As the Day of the Dead draws near, Torrey will have to really look at her own feelings about death, and life, and everything in between. Can she learn to mourn her sister out of the public eye?

Release Date: August 26th, 2014

My Review:

I really liked the premise of this book, and how the author talked about Youtube and cyber bullying, it is always interesting to read books that are up to date like that. The fact that the main character had a Youtube channel, and it showed how brutal the comments section can be. I will be checking out the final copy to see how it looks and how the blog posts are formatted.

The main character is great and I loved seeing her journey throughout the novel, and the side characters were interesting as well.

I recommend checking this book out, it has an interesting plot and characters.

My Rating:

Three Out of Five Stars

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Graphic Novel Review: The Pretenders (The Cemetery Girl # 1)

15816406Summary from Goodreads:

She calls herself Calexa Rose Dunhill—names taken from the grim surroundings where she awoke, bruised and bloody, with no memory of who she is, how she got there, or who left her for dead.

She has made the cemetery her home, living in a crypt and avoiding human contact. But Calexa can’t hide from the dead—and because she can see spirits, they can’t hide from her.

Then one night, Calexa spies a group of teenagers vandalizing a grave—and watches in horror as they commit murder. As the victim’s spirit rises from her body, it flows into Calexa, overwhelming her mind with visions and memories not her own.

Now Calexa must make a decision: continue to hide to protect herself—or come forward to bring justice to the sad spirit who has reached out to her for help...

My Review:

Unlike the True Blood graphic novel this one (that is actually written by Harris) was full of great and beautiful art. I really enjoyed the art style and I will be picking up the rest of the series when it comes out.

The storyline was very interesting, and the main character was great.

I only wish it was longer. :(

I recommend picking this up if you enjoy graphic novels and paranormal stories.

My Rating:

Four Out of Five Stars

Monday, August 18, 2014

Graphic Novel Review: True Blood: Tainted Love

21159737Summary from Goodreads:

Complete graphic novel! Our friends in Bon Temps just can't seem to catch a break these days. Sookie Stackhouse's world is turned upside down when contaminated bottles of Tru Blood cause the Southern Vampire population to go berserk! Looks like those growing human/vampire tensions aren't going to simmer down anytime soon! But who (or what) is behind the bad "Blood"? And Hoyt plans to do what for Jessica?! The latest "head-turning" story arc of the True Blood comic series is here! Co-Written by Michael McMillian, "Steve Newlin" from the show, with fan-favorite Marc Andreyko!

My Review:

I love True Blood (the show and the book series), however, I did not like the comics. And the main reason (besides some recycled items from the show) is the art. It just looks to weird, and I just don't like it. I won't be picking up the rest of the bind ups.

My Rating:

Three Out of Five Stars