Thursday, April 30, 2015

Review: The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard


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Summary from Goodreads:

From the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling series Pretty Little Liars comes a thrilling new novel about five perfect girls who are framed for a murder they didn’t commit.

In Beacon Heights, Washington, five girls—Ava, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Julie, and Parker—know that you don’t have to be good to be perfect. At first the girls think they have nothing in common, until they realize that they all hate Nolan Hotchkiss, who’s done terrible things to each of them. They come up with the perfect way to kill him—a hypothetical murder, of course. It’s just a joke...until Nolan turns up dead, in exactly the way they planned. Only, they didn’t do it. And unless they find the real killer, their perfect lives will come crashing down around them.

From Sara Shepard, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Pretty Little Liars series, comes another story of dark secrets, shocking twists, and what happens when five beautiful girls will do anything to hide the ugly truth.


My Review:

This was a quick and enjoyable read, but I would have loved it more if it was a stand-alone novel. I'm not sure I want to read the next novel, and I'm hoping that it does not turn into the Pretty Little Liars series where there are way too many novels and the mystery is never solved.

I've read a few of the Pretty Little Liars novels and watched the show, and I think this new series seems too close in plot. I would have loved it more if there was less characters and POVS and a original plot, but it did keep me reading.

However, if this is made into a TV show I will be watching, mainly because of the character Parker, I loved her and wanted the whole book to be from her POV.

I recommend checking this out if you like Pretty Little Liars or YA mysteries.

My Rating:

Three Stars Out of Five.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Review: All Fall Down by Ally Carter


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Summary from Goodreads:

A new series of global proportions -- from master of intrigue, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Ally Carter.

This exciting new series from NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Ally Carter focuses on Grace, who can best be described as a daredevil, an Army brat, and a rebel. She is also the only granddaughter of perhaps the most powerful ambassador in the world, and Grace has spent every summer of her childhood running across the roofs of Embassy Row.

Now, at age sixteen, she's come back to stay--in order to solve the mystery of her mother's death. In the process, she uncovers an international conspiracy of unsettling proportions, and must choose her friends and watch her foes carefully if she and the world are to be saved.


My Review:

It took me two months to finish this novel, lol, I read 20% of it in February and totally forgot about until yesterday. So I powered through the last 80%.

I had a really hard time getting my head around the plot, so that took away some of my enjoyment. However, as the novel went on The Embassy Row element was interesting, and it looks like the next novel will have a lot more action.

The main character, Grace, was okay, but I liked the side characters, Noal, Alexi, and others more than her. And the ending seemed very rushed, and did not really explain everything that was happening.

I recommend checking this out if you like Carter's writing style.

My Rating:

Three Stars Out of Five.

Wishlist Wednesday #51



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.


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In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees...
Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place and out of place at the same time. Because there's another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.


My Notes:

I've been meaning to get into this series for ages, and I just bought the next book and will be binge reading them during summer.

Waiting on Wednesday #51



"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.


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Summary from Goodreads:

Rainbow Rowell continues to break boundaries with Carry On, an epic fantasy following the triumphs and heartaches of Simon and Baz from her beloved bestseller Fangirl.

Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything.

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story — but far, far more monsters.


My Notes:

I loved Fangirl, and I'm so excited about a sequel, plus the fact that is about Simon Snow and the fictional Harry Potter type books that Cath writes fanfic about is amazing! :)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Review: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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Summary from Goodreads:

I WILL TELL YOU THE SAME THING I TELL EVERY SLAVE.
 
THE RESISTANCE HAS TRIED TO PENETRATE THIS SCHOOL COUNTLESS TIMES. I HAVE DISCOVERED IT EVERY TIME.
 
IF YOU ARE WORKING WITH THE RESISTANCE, IF YOU CONTACT THEM, IF YOU THINK OF CONTACTING THEM, I WILL KNOW
AND I WILL DESTROY YOU. 

LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier— and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.

When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.


My Review:

I managed to get my hands on the ARC of this book at my college library and devoured it in two days (sad that I had to put it down to do homework).

At the start, I was not a huge fan of it because I was lost in the new world. It just jumped in without any info but as it went on I was sucked into this world and rooting for the two main characters.

Yet again we get the duel povs, however, this time I enjoyed it because Laia and Elias's are in different situations and don't sound alike at all. Laia was by far my favorite character, she was scared like any normal human would be in her situations. Plus, Elias was interenting because he comes from the other side, The Empire, and he could have everything he wants in the world but his heart won't let him.

I'm excited to keep reading when the other books come out, and I bet this series will be big.

I recommend checking this new series out if you want a great action fantasy like Legend.
 
My Rating:

Four Stars Out of Five

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who Are Brave #53

 
 
1. The Bone Season. Paige Mahoney was my favorite character in the novel, she was brave in the face of slavery, and I cannot wait to read the second novel.
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2. Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz. Ivy Jenson, she was my favorite character in this multiple POV novel, and I want the second novel now.
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3. Blue Sargent. The Raven Cycle Series. Blue is one of my favorite female characters, mainly because she is far from the common YA heroine.
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4. Aria Morse from Ask Me by Kimberly Pauley. Aria was a great main character and it was easy to root for her at the end. She has spent the majority of her life with a "gift" that makes it impossible not to answer questions, any question at all, and she is able to use her powers to help in a murder investigation.
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5. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby. The two main female characters, Roza and Petey, are the best female characters I've seen in a while.
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Review: The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer


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Summary from Goodreads:

‘I’ll tell you what happened because it will be a good way to introduce my brother. His name’s Simon. I think you’re going to like him. I really do. But in a couple of pages he’ll be dead. And he was never the same after that.’

There are books you can’t stop reading, which keep you up all night.

There are books which let us into the hidden parts of life and make them vividly real.

There are books which, because of the sheer skill with which every word is chosen, linger in your mind for days.

The Shock of the Fall is all of these books.

The Shock of the Fall is an extraordinary portrait of one man’s descent into mental illness. It is a brave and groundbreaking novel from one of the most exciting new voices in fiction.


My Review:

My main problem with this novel was the timeline, I had a hard time following the story because it jumped between different moments in the main character's life.

However, the writing style was amazing, so I'm planning on reading more this new author. And it was interesting how he wrote mental illness, he did not make light of it.

The main character, Matt, was interesting, but I had a hard time connecting with him because of his mixed up thoughts and the short chapters.

I recommend checking this out if you enjoy novels that make you think and that are well-written.

My Rating:

Three Stars Out of Five.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Review: The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand


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Summary from Goodreads:

There's death all around us.
We just don't pay attention.
Until we do.


The last time Lex was happy, it was before. When she had a family that was whole. A boyfriend she loved. Friends who didn't look at her like she might break down at any moment.

Now she's just the girl whose brother killed himself. And it feels like that's all she'll ever be.

As Lex starts to put her life back together, she tries to block out what happened the night Tyler died. But there's a secret she hasn't told anyone-a text Tyler sent, that could have changed everything.

Lex's brother is gone. But Lex is about to discover that a ghost doesn't have to be real to keep you from moving on.

From New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Hand, The Last Time We Say Goodbye is a gorgeous and heart-wrenching story of love, loss, and letting go.
  

My Review:

This is my first Cynthia Hand novel (I've been meaning to read her Unearthly Series) and I flew through it in one day, one sitting. And I was complete mess after I finished it, the tears came right away and at the end.

The main character, Lex, was relatable, and her pain seemed to come off of the page. This novel hit a little close to home, and it was hard to get through.

Compared to the other novels I've read lately, this one had great side characters, Ty, and her friends were not just throwaway characters.




I recommend this if you want a beautiful novel, but it does have very touchy subjects involved.

My Rating:

Four Stars Out of Five Stars

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #51


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.

The Books I Read Last Week:

Damage Done by Amanda Panitch (4 Stars)
Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel (4 Stars)
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby (5 Stars)
The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand (4 Stars)
Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty (3 Stars)
The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer (3 Stars)
Indelible by Dawn Metcalf (4 Stars)
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Total number of Pages I've read Last week: 2,237

What I Want to Read Next:
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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Review: Indelible (#1) by Dawn Metcalf


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Summary from Goodreads:

Some things are permanent.

Indelible.

And they cannot be changed back.

Joy Malone learns this the night she sees a stranger with all-black eyes across a crowded room—right before the mystery boy tries to cut out her eye. Instead, the wound accidentally marks her as property of Indelible Ink, and this dangerous mistake thrusts Joy into an incomprehensible world—a world of monsters at the window, glowing girls on the doorstep, and a life that will never be the same.

Now, Joy must pretend to be Ink’s chosen one—his helper, his love, his something for the foreseeable future...and failure to be convincing means a painful death for them both. Swept into a world of monsters, illusion, immortal honor and revenge, Joy discovers that sometimes, there are no mistakes.

Somewhere between reality and myth lies…

THE TWIXT
  

My Review:

Yet another book that has been waiting patiently on my TBR for me to find a copy, I mainly picked this one because of the beautiful cover.

It was a slow start, but as it got into the meat of the story I flew through it. The plot was very original, but sometimes it was hard to follow, and I doubt I could totally explain the world or plot.

The main character Joy, and the side characters, Ink, Ing, and others were great (expect for Monica, who was super annoying), so it was easy to root for them to win at the end.

The use of marks/tattoos, was interesting, but it would have been amazing if the book had pictures of them.

I recommend checking this if you want a teen novel with an interesting plot.

My Rating:

Four Stars Out of Five

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Stacking the Shelves/Weekly Update #51



Reviews:

Bone Gap: Review
Second Star: Review
Burying Water: Review
Soulless: Review
Ask Me: Review


Library:

The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige
Changeless (#1) by Gail Carriger
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
My True Love Gave To Me Edited by Stephanie Perkins
Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer
Illusionarium by Heather Dixon
The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand
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For Review:

Friday, April 24, 2015

Review: Bone Gap by Laura Ruby



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Summary from Goodreads:

Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps—gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years before, their mother had high-tailed it to Oregon for a brand new guy, a brand new life. That’s just how things go, the people said. Who are you going to blame?

Finn knows that’s not what happened with Roza. He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turned up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone, and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go.

As we follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap—their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presents, their uncertain futures—acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, magic and mystery, regret and forgiveness—a story about how the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.


My Review:

I've been trying to get ahold of this book for weeks and finally grabbed it in ebook form from my library, and it was utterly amazing!

It had four or so characters, and my favorites were the women, Roza and Petey, each have to deal with the downside of being beautiful and ugly.

I was shocked to learn who the author was of this novel, I read her contemporary novels, Bad Apple and Play Me ages ago (in high school). I enjoyed those books, but this one is amazing compared to those.

I wasn't expecting it to contain magical realism, but I think it made the story even better. It was confusing in the beginning but by the end I was caught up the characters and story.

I recommend checking this out just for the writing style it was beautiful. I cannot wait until this author writes more novels like this one.

My Rating:

Five Stars Out of Five

Friday Meme: Books/Movies/Games Coming Out Next Week That I Want To Read/See/Play # 10

Books:

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My Notes: I loved the Legend series and can't wait to see it graphic novel form. :)


Films:

Adult Beginners (2014)


My Notes: I doubt that my theater will have this film but I really want to see it.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Review: Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel


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Summary from Goodreads:

A twisty story about love, loss, and lies, this contemporary oceanside adventure is tinged with a touch of dark magic as it follows seventeen-year-old Wendy Darling on a search for her missing surfer brothers. Wendy’s journey leads her to a mysterious hidden cove inhabited by a tribe of young renegade surfers, most of them runaways like her brothers. Wendy is instantly drawn to the cove’s charismatic leader, Pete, but her search also points her toward Pete's nemesis, the drug-dealing Jas. Enigmatic, dangerous, and handsome, Jas pulls Wendy in even as she's falling hard for Pete. A radical reinvention of a classic, Second Star is an irresistible summer romance about two young men who have yet to grow up--and the troubled beauty trapped between them.

My Review:


This book jumped up on my list the moment I found out it was a retelling of Peter Pan, one of my favorite classics.

The main disappointment with the retelling was the lack of magic, it focused more on contemporary, and the whole, Wendy, Pete, Jas, love triangle was a little pointless. However, I really loved the way the author retold the story and was able to covert it to reality.

It was a quick read, even though it was not amazing I still enjoyed it, and I loved who Wendy ended up with at the end.

I recommend checking this out if you're a fan of Peter Pan. :)

My Rating:

Four Stars Out of Five

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #50



"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.

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Summary from Goodreads:

 Reece’s father hasn’t spoken to him since the car wreck that killed Reece’s brother. Desperate for forgiveness, Reece joins the Junior Cadet program at his dad’s firehouse. But the program is grueling, and Reece isn’t sure he can make it through. Then he meets Amanda.

Amanda understands wanting to belong. As a foster kid, the firehouse is the only place that feels like home. She agrees to help Reece, but falling for him wasn’t part of the deal. And when a string of arsons suddenly point to Amanda, their relationship could go up in flames.


My Notes:

I read Some Boys by Patty Blount in the beginning of the year and I'm looking forward to her next novel.


 

Wishlist Wednesday #50



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.


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Summary from Goodreads:

Some things are permanent.

Indelible.

And they cannot be changed back.

Joy Malone learns this the night she sees a stranger with all-black eyes across a crowded room—right before the mystery boy tries to cut out her eye. Instead, the wound accidentally marks her as property of Indelible Ink, and this dangerous mistake thrusts Joy into an incomprehensible world—a world of monsters at the window, glowing girls on the doorstep, and a life that will never be the same.

Now, Joy must pretend to be Ink’s chosen one—his helper, his love, his something for the foreseeable future...and failure to be convincing means a painful death for them both. Swept into a world of monsters, illusion, immortal honor and revenge, Joy discovers that sometimes, there are no mistakes.

Somewhere between reality and myth lies…

THE TWIXT


My Notes: I've had this book on my TBR for months now and I'm finally getting it from my university library.
 

Review: Ask Me by Kimberly Pauley


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Summary from Goodreads:

Ask Aria Morse anything, and she must answer with the truth. Yet she rarely understands the cryptic words she‘s compelled to utter. Blessed—or cursed—with the power of an Oracle who cannot decipher her own predictions, she does her best to avoid anyone and everyone.

But Aria can no longer hide when Jade, one of the few girls at school who ever showed her any kindness, disappears. Any time Aria overhears a question about Jade, she inadvertently reveals something new, a clue or hint as to why Jade vanished. But like stray pieces from different puzzles, her words never present a clear picture.

Then there’s Alex, damaged and dangerous, but the first person other than Jade to stand up for her. And Will, who offers a bond that seems impossible for a girl who’s always been alone. Both were involved with Jade. Aria may be the only one who can find out what happened, but the closer she gets to solving the crime, the more she becomes a target. Not everyone wants the truth to come out.


My Review:

I've checked out this book multiple time but thanks to my goal this year to finally read the neglected novels on my TBR I finally finished it!

The cover is kind of blah, so the reason I wanted to read this one was the summary. The main character, Aria, has no choice but to answer every question with the truth, and sometimes it predicts the future. So, when a girl gets murdered, Aria, who hates her gift, is finally using it to help figure out who the killer is.

I liked a majority of the characters, expect the bullies (it was creepy how they physically attacked the main character), most of all the main character, Aria.

This book reminded me of The Kiss of Deception, where you do not know which if the two love interests are the villain, and in this one, Will or Alex could be the killer. I was able to guess, but I'm pretty good at guessing half-way through (which is why I enjoy thrillers or mysteries that stump me) and the author did a great job of confusing the reader.

I recommend checking this out it was a pleasant surprise.

My Rating:

Four Stars Out of Five

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Authors #52

 
 
1. Sarah Dessen. - She is my favorite YA author and I've read every book of hers so far. Her new one comes out next month. :)
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2. Meg Cabot - I've read twenty or so of her books and I cannot wait until her new Princess Diaries book comes out.
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3. Richelle Mead. I loved the Vampire Academy series, and I've read the first three Bloodline novels (I really need to finish that series). Plus, I've been slowly reading her adult novels.
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4. Stephen King. I've read 31 of his books, and I still want to read more, lol. The Green Mile is my favorite.
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5. Charlaine Harris. I own all 13 books of the Sookie Stackhouse series (and I'm planning a massive re-read) and I'm slowly reading her mystery novels.
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6. Maggie Stiefvater. I only just started to really enjoy her novels last year.
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7. Deb Caletti. Another great YA author, like Sarah Dessen, and I've read all of her YA novels.
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8. Lauren Oliver. I've read all of her novels and I enjoy her writing style.
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9. Libba Bray. I've loved this author ever since her first YA series, A Great and Terrible Beauty.
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10. Katie McGarry. Yet another contemporary author that I try and read everything she writes, lol.
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