Saturday, March 30, 2013

April 2013 TBR Pile

TBR Pile:
  • Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare
  • With All My Soul (Soul Screamers #7) by Rachel Vincent
  • Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
  • The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg
  • The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Time Between Us (Time Between Us #1) by Tamara Ireland Stone
  • This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
  • Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg
  • Rise (Eve #3) by Anna Carey
  • Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield
  • Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo
  • Of Poseidon (Of Poseidon #1) by Anna Banks
  • Timepiece (Hourglass #2) by Myra McEntire
  • The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2) by Julie Kagawa

Stacking The Shelves [#48]

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews as a way to share all the books we got during the week!

Bought:
Library:
Bought For Kindle:
Weekly Recap:
Reviews:

Cover Reveals:
Frigid by J. Lynn

Memes & Other Posts:

Friday, March 29, 2013

Review: Requiem by Lauren Oliver

Requiem (Delirium #3)
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: March 5, 2013
Pages: 391
Source: Hardcover/Own

They have tried to squeeze us out, to stamp us into the past.

But we are still here.

And there are more of us every day.

Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight.

After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven—pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancĂ©e of the young mayor.

Maybe we are driven crazy by our feelings.

Maybe love is a disease, and we would be better off without it.

But we have chosen a different road.

And in the end, that is the point of escaping the cure: We are free to choose.

We are even free to choose the wrong thing.

Requiem is told from both Lena’s and Hana’s points of view. The two girls live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.



Review: Overall, I enjoyed the book. I want to start of talking about the action. I really loved how the action continuously picked up the further you got into the book. It started out with small fights with regulators to regulators mass murdering entire towns of resistance/invalids. I didn't exactly like that so many resistance/invalids were being murdered, but just the step up in the action made the book more interesting in terms of fighting. I also loved how the Resistance stepped up in fighting back! They came up with some great plans! Granted one of them was messed up by one of their allies ending up working for the other side, but it was still a great plan none the less. And dont even get me started on the huge plan they had schemed up and did at the end. That... That was huge! I didnt see the ending scene with the Resistance going down exactly like that but it was still huge nonetheless!

Ok, so the alternating POV's. I liked it, but I didn't love it exactly. I liked seeing what was going on both in the Resistance with Lena and then back in Portland with Hana being cured, but I really felt like half of the time Hana's POV was boring. I mean there were many interesting chapters, but there were still many boring ones as well. Lena's POV on the other hand always seemed interesting. Whether it was a fight with Regulators, fighting about where the group should go, someone new showing up or leaving, someone dying. There was just always something going on. I enjoyed Lena's POV a lot more than Hana's. 

Hana. In the few chapters I didn't find boring in her POV there were many things I was curious about. Like she went and found Grace (Lena's Cousin) and brought her food. I would think someone that the cure work fully wouldn't do that. So I questioned whether the cure fully worked on Hana. Also, I do have to say I was very curious, like Hana about what happened to Cassie (Fred's former wife). So whenever she was brought up I was very attentive to what was going on. I have to say, right from the beginning I was skeptical about Hana's Fiance Fred. I just felt like there was something seriously unstable about him and that he was hiding something. I was proved right too. Long story short, was never a fan of Fred in this book! I was so proud of Hana finding Cassie and finding out what Fred was capable of. And I'm happy with what she did at the end of the book leaving the house with Fred still in it knowing what was gonna happen. I definitely don't think Hana's cure worked fully.

Lena. Man, she dealt with so much. Alex showed back up but said he didn't love her anymore. That really hurt Lena. She tried to get over it, but you could tell whenever she talked about him or even looked at him that it was killing her not being with him. I mean she had Julian, but even Lena said it outright herself. She'd never love him the way she loves Alex. And you could tell that was true. Though I was happy that Julian was there for her when she was dealing with all that pain. With the way Alex kept treating her she needed someone to just be there for her. But I was also proud of Lena for stepping up when she needed to in the Resistance. Though the Resistance did give her some complications with her life. It brought her mom back into her life, which she wasnt exactly happy about at first. I mean after really getting to talk to her mom and spend time with her she was happy about it but it really upset her at first. I was kinda confused about the ending for Lena though....

The ending in general made me mad. It just cut off so abruptly! I mean Hana left Fred in the house where something bad was gonna happen. Alex tells Lena he still loves her and that he'll never run away again but thats the end. We dont find out what happens to any of them, if Alex and Lena get back together or exactly what happens as a whole with them taking down the walls. There is just so much left unfinished and I was really disappointed in the ending. I was gonna give the books 5 stars but after that ending I cant. I just cant. 

4 Stars!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday [#81]

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

Across A Star-Swept Sea (For Darkness Shows The Stars #2)
Author: Diana Peterfreund
Expected Publication: October 15, 2013

Centuries after wars nearly destroyed civilization, the two islands of New Pacifica stand alone, a terraformed paradise where even the Reduction—the devastating brain disorder that sparked the wars—is a distant memory. Yet on the isle of Galatea, an uprising against the ruling aristocrats has turned deadly. The revolutionaries’ weapon is a drug that damages their enemies’ brains, and the only hope is rescue by a mysterious spy known as the Wild Poppy.

On the neighboring island of Albion, no one suspects that the Wild Poppy is actually famously frivolous aristocrat Persis Blake. The teenager uses her shallow, socialite trappings to hide her true purpose: her gossipy flutternotes are encrypted plans, her pampered sea mink is genetically engineered for spying, and her well-publicized new romance with handsome Galatean medic Justen Helo… is her most dangerous mission ever.

Though Persis is falling for Justen, she can’t risk showing him her true self, especially once she learns he’s hiding far more than simply his disenchantment with his country’s revolution and his undeniable attraction to the silly socialite he’s pretending to love. His darkest secret could plunge both islands into a new dark age, and Persis realizes that when it comes to Justen Helo, she’s not only risking her heart, she’s risking the world she’s sworn to protect.

In this thrilling adventure inspired by The Scarlet Pimpernel, Diana Peterfreund creates an exquisitely rendered world where nothing is as it seems and two teens with very different pasts fight for a future only they dare to imagine.



So I'm currently reading For Darkness Shows The Stars and I'm really enjoying it! I cant wait to get into another book sent in that world. And that cover is absolutely AMAZING!!! :)

What are you waiting on this week? 

Cover Reveal: Frigid by J. Lynn

Frigid
Author: J. Lynn
Digital (Ebook) Publication: July 30, 2013

For twenty-one-year-old Sydney, being in love with Kyler isn't anything new. They'd been best friends ever since he pushed her down on the playground and she made him eat a mud pie. Somewhere over the years, she fell for him and fell hard. The big problem with that? Kyler puts the 'man' in man-whore. He's never stayed with a girl longer than a few nights, and with it being their last year in college, Syd doesn't want to risk their friendship by declaring her love.

Kyler has always put Syd on a pedestal that was too high for him to reach. To him, she's perfect and she's everything. But the feelings he has for her, he's always hidden away or focused on any other female. After all, Kyler will always be the poor boy from the wrong side of tracks, and Syd will always be the one girl he can never have.

But when they're stranded together at a posh ski resort due to a massive Nor'easter, there's nothing stopping their red-hot feelings for each other from coming to the surface. Can their friendship survive the attraction? Better yet, can they survive at all? Because as the snow falls, someone is stalking them, and this ski trip may be a life-changer in more ways than one.




J. Lynn, also known as Jennifer L. Armentrout, is a # 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author. She lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russel Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Recommend The Most

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. It was created due to their love of lists.

This Weeks Topic Is: 
Top Ten Books I Recommend The Most

1. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

2. Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth

3. Half-Blood (Covenant #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

4. Just One Day (Just One Day #1) by Gayle Forman

5. Pushing The Limits (Pushing The Limits #1) by Katie McGarry

6. Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi

7. Under The Never Sky (Under The Never Sky #1) by Veronica Rossi

8. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1) by Michelle Hodkin

9. The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

10. Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

These are all books I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend to people any time I get the chance! 

New Releases March 26-April 1

Going Vintage
Author: Lindsey Leavitt
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: March 26, 2013

When Mallory’s boyfriend, Jeremy, cheats on her with an online girlfriend, Mallory decides the best way to de-Jeremy her life is to de-modernize things too. Inspired by a list of goals her grandmother made in1962, Mallory swears off technology and returns to a simpler time (when boyfriends couldn’t cheat with computer avatars). The List:
1. Run for pep club secretary
2. Host a fancy dinner party/soiree
3. Sew a dress for Homecoming
4. Find a steady
5. Do something dangerous
But simple proves to be crazy-complicated, and the details of the past begin to change Mallory’s present. Add in a too-busy grandmother, a sassy sister, and the cute pep-club president–who just happens to be her ex’s cousin–and soon Mallory begins to wonder if going vintage is going too far.


Impostor (Slide #2)
Author: Jill Hathaway
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: March 26, 2013

What if a killer took control of you?

Vee Bell’s gift (or curse) of “sliding”—slipping into the mind of another person and experiencing life, briefly, through his or her eyes—has been somewhat under control since she unwillingly witnessed the horrific deaths of her classmates six months ago.

But just as things are getting back to normal, Vee has a very bizarre experience: she loses consciousness and finds herself in a deserted area, at the edge of a cliff, with the broken body of the boy who took advantage of her on the rocks below.

As Vee finds herself in stranger and stranger situations with no memory of getting there, she begins to suspect that someone she knows has the ability to slide—and that this “slider” is using Vee to exact revenge on his or her enemies.

Other New Releases This Week:
A Touch of Scarlet (Unbound #2) by Eve Marie Mont (3/26/13) [K-Teen]
If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin (4/1/13) [Sourcebooks Fire]

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Stacking The Shelves [#47]

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Memes & Other Posts:

Bloggiesta Spring 2013 To Do List

So this is my first time participating in Bloggiesta! I wasnt sure I was gonna participate but after thinking about it I realized I had a lot I need to do so this is the perfect time to get it all done right?!?

To Do List:
  • Write my review of Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout - Idk why I havent done this yet, I just feel like I wont do the book justice!
  • Add share buttons and whatnot to the blog (I havent added the newest ways to share stuff so I really wanna get that done)
  • Update the review archive
  • Write up a discussion post - I've had the idea for the post I wanna write in my head for a while now but I havent even tried writing it. 
  • Update all my challenge posts!!!
  • Add LinkWithin to my blog posts! Finished!
Mini-Challenges:
  • I'm just planning on checking out all the challenges! 
 So thats what I plan on doing this weekend for Bloggiesta!!!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday [#80]

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

Crossing The Line (Pushing The Limits #1.5)
Author: Katie McGarry
Expected Publication: April 1, 2013

Katie McGarry captivated readers with her “riveting, emotional”* Young Adult debut, Pushing the Limits. In this gripping novella, she tells the story of Lila and Lincoln, who discover that sometimes it’s worth crossing the line for love…

Lila McCormick, Echo's best friend from Pushing the Limits, first met Lincoln Turner when tragedy struck both their lives. But she never expected their surprise encounter would lead to two years of exchanging letters—or that she’d fall for the boy she’s only seen once. Their relationship is a secret, but Lila feels closer to Lincoln than anyone else. Until she finds out that he lied to her about the one thing she depended on him for the most.

Hurting Lila is the last thing Lincoln wanted. For two years, her letters have been the only thing getting him through the day. Admitting his feelings would cross a line he’s never dared breach before. But Lincoln will do whatever it takes to fix his mistakes, earn Lila’s forgiveness—and finally win a chance to be with the girl he loves.



I'm so excited for this!!! First of all, its Katie McGarry. Second it just sounds awesome!!! I cant wait to read it!!! :)

What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

New Releases March 19-March 25

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Publication Date: March 19, 2013

Danger intensifies for the Shadowhunters as the New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy comes to a close.

If the only way to save the world was to destroy what you loved most, would you do it?

The clock is ticking. Everyone must choose.

Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment.

Danger closes in around the Shadowhunters in the final installment of the bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy.


With All My Soul (Soul Screamers #7)
Author: Rachel Vincent
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: March 19, 2013

What does it mean when your school is voted the most dangerous in America? It's time to kick some hellion butt...

After not really surviving her junior year (does "undead" count as survival?), Kaylee Cavanaugh has vowed to take back her school from the hellions causing all the trouble. She's going to find a way to turn the incarnations of Avarice, Envy and Vanity against one another in order to protect her friends and finish this war, once and forever.

But then she meets Wrath and understands that she's closer to the edge than she's ever been. And when one more person close to her is taken, Kaylee realizes she can't save everyone she loves without risking everything she has....

Other New Releases This Week:
Fox Forever (Jenna Fox Chronicles #3) by Mary E. Pearson (3/19/13) [Henry Holt and Co.]
The Art of Wishing (The Art of Wishing #1) by Lindsay Ribar (3/21/13) [Dial]
Tiger (Dark Eyes #2) by William Richter (3/21/13) [Razorbill]
Everafter (Kissed by an Angel #6) by Elizabeth Chandler (3/19/13) [Simon Pulse]

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Review: The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe

The Way We Fall (Fallen World #1)
Author: Megan Crewe
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: January 24, 2012
Pages: 309
Source: Hardcover/Library

It starts with an itch you just can't shake. Then comes a fever and a tickle in your throat. A few days later, you'll be blabbing your secrets and chatting with strangers like they’re old friends. Three more, and the paranoid hallucinations kick in.

And then you're dead.

When sixteen-year-old Kaelyn lets her best friend leave for school without saying goodbye, she never dreams that she might not see him again. But then a strange virus begins to sweep through her small island community, infecting young and old alike. As the dead pile up, the government quarantines the island: no one can leave, and no one can come back.

Those still healthy must fight for the island’s dwindling supplies, or lose all chance of survival. As everything familiar comes crashing down, Kaelyn joins forces with a former rival and discovers a new love in the midst of heartbreak. When the virus starts to rob her of friends and family, she clings to the belief that there must be a way to save the people she holds dearest.

Because how will she go on if there isn't?

Poignant and dizzying, The Way We Fall is the heart-wrenching story of one girl's bravery and unbeatable spirit as she challenges not just her fears, but her sense of what makes life worth living.


Review: Overall I enjoyed the book, though not as much as I hoped to. I loved the idea of a virus spreading all over because if you think about it, that is something that really could happen with all the new super-bugs and whatnot that keep showing up. It really tests your strength when you know at some point someone you love is going to come down with the virus and there's no cure for it. It just tests you so much! And beyond that, when you lose the people you love, then you have to learn to trust in others that you probably wouldnt have thought to trust in before. Like Kaelyn, her best friend and person she could count on through all of this wasn't one of her friends, it was one of her enemies. That showed how in times of crisis people can put aside their differences and be there for one another. It was nice to see that. Also, it was nice to see that some people, even in bad times like in this book can still love one another. I really enjoyed seeing the little group Kaelyn has formed. Those people are always gonna have her back so she surrounded herself with some good people! I felt bad for Kaelyn though, her mom came down with the virus and died, just like her best friend. Then her dad got shot and her brother just ran away from it all. And then on top of everything when the book ended her cousin got the virus and we still don't know what happens to her for sure. I hope she survives! :)

What I didn't enjoy... I felt like everything got too predictable. Once the virus broke out it was like go out to scavenge, watch your back to make sure sick people didn't sneak up on you. And when that wasn't enough, then you also had to look out for the group that kept breaking into everything and setting things on fire or killing people. It just got so routine. It was like you run out of supplies, then someone you know gets sick or sick people keep trying to get you, and then the group goes on a rampage again. And it just felt like that same exact pattern over and over again. If it wasn't so predictable with the pattern I probably would have given this book more stars. Besides that the book was good. I really hope the next book isn't as predictable with events!

3 1/2 Stars!

Stacking The Shelves [#46]

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Tucson Festival of Books Recap

Tucson Festival of Books Recap

So last weekend I went to my first book festival! I had so much fun and it was overall a really great experience! So I'm just gonna recap the panels, the authors I saw and the people I hung out with at the festival. 

So I met up with Kylee from Babbling of a Bookaholic! This girl is so freaking awesome!!! I had a blast hanging out with her at the festival!!! She is the sweetest! She is such an easy person to talk to and its very easy to find something you have in common with her (besides books!). I definitely see me and her hanging out and going to more signings and festivals in the future! 

So the first panel we went to was called Fragile on the Outside - Steel on the Inside: Gutsy Girls with Gayle Forman (Left), Elizabeth Eulberg (Middle) & Maggie Stiefvater (Right)! This panel was so much fun! Gayle was a little sick, she was coming down with a cold but still kept such a great attitude throughout the whole day so props to her for that. And Elizabeth and Maggie. These two were just bundles of energy! They were loud, fun and constantly made the audience laugh! And I learned things about each author from this panel as well!

Gayle Forman - So she's traveled! She actually like took off for a few years and just traveled. I thought that was so cool! I also learned that Just One Day came to her in a dream, but that its like the only book thats come to her in a dream. I thought that was interesting as well because I know a ton of authors actually do get a majority of their book ideas from dreams so I thought it was interesting knowing only like one of her books came to her that way so far. 

Elizabeth Eulberg - Ok, so this girl is full of life and energy and is so much fun to be around! Now, I had only heard of her and one of her books from a New Releases post I did last year so I wasnt really familiar with most of her books. It was funny, Maggie and Gayle kept making her answer all the questions first! Just listening to the way she talked about them, and the fact that they are all contemporary really sold me on her books though. Both me and Kylee ended up buying a copy of The Lonely Hearts Club to get signed after listening to her talk about it! Apparently though, it took her like 17 drafts of that book to finally get it to a solid publishing point. Thats a lot of drafts people!! She also worked in the publishing industry for a while as a publicist before writing her own books! I thought that was so cool as well! So apparently she kept her writing a secret when she first started, but ended up telling her friend Dav Pilkey (author of the Captain Underpants) that she was writing and he totally ratted her out to her friends at work (in the publishing house she was working at). But that ended up being a great thing for her! The thing I loved the most though was when she was talking about her newest book "Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality" (published March 1, 2013)! So originally it that was just the working title of it because she totally thought her publisher would make her change the title to something shorter. But it ended up sticking! She got so excited talking about this book!! Theres even a bit of a story behind it. So apparently in the past she's been told she has a great personality. But back then having a great personality was usually associated with someone who was fat and ugly. So when people used to say that to her she'd be like "WHAT DID YOU JUST SAY TO ME?!?!" And so she incorporated that into the book, because the book is about the sister of a seven year old pageant girl who gets all the attention, and while the main character Lexi is smart, funny and popular she's never been able to get attention from anybody. So its about Lexi stepping out from behind the shadows and pretty much getting back at those people with the beauty but without the great personalities! I didn't even realize Elizabeth had a new book out, much less what it was even called, but the moment she started talking about it I knew I'd have to read it sometime very soon! So now I have the book ordered and on hold at the library!

Maggie Stiefvater - This girl!!! Hahaha. So before the panel even started she was being a spaz! Moving around everyone's name tags and such! It was funny to watch! But anyways, So I learned that Maggie wore black all the time in her teens (AND THIS WAS BEFORE GOTH WAS COOL, LOL) (She pointed that out). LOL! We also learned that she feels like she's most like the Water Horses (I think that's what she said, like 99% sure) in The Scorpio Races! She also wrote short stories when she was in her late teens and tried very hard to get them published but got rejected for them. But it also taught her very early how to deal with rejection from publishers. 

So ya. That was the first panel! It was fun to watch!! After that me and Kylee got some books signed and met the authors and even took some pics with them!

So there's Maggie, Me, Gayle, Kylee & Elizabeth!! :)

So after lunch we just walked around some more and eventually ended up at the Teen & Author Meeting Place!
So at the Teen & Author Meeting Place Elizabeth Eulberg & Maggie Stiefvater were crashing each others panels! That was a lot of fun to watch!!! These two girls are just so full of energy! LOL!

So the next panel we went to was pretty awesome as well! Loves Me or Not? With Complications featuring Amy Fellner Dominy , Tamara Ireland Stone (Middle) & Elizabeth Eulberg (Right). So Elizabeth was just as fun in this panel as she was in the first! And I had honestly never even heard of Amy before so I got to hear about someone new! But I wanna focus mainly on Tamara.

Tamara Ireland Stone - She is seriously the sweetest person like ever! I loved hearing her talk about Time Between Us!! She even got all excited when we were talking to her after the panel about the cover to Time After Time. She had asked me and Kylee if we had seen it and we hadnt so she got all excited and took out her phone and showed it to us! She is just so great to talk to as well. She talked to us for like 10 mins and it was just really awesome. It was great to see how she really made an effort to interact with her readers. :)

So thats Kylee, Tamara & Me! We had such a blast talking to her and taking pics with her!

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