Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Cover Reveal: Wait For You by J. Lynn

What do early readers have to say about WAIT FOR YOU

J. Lynn creates a wonderful cast of characters that will make you laugh, swoon, and cry. Cam stole my heart.” – Cora Carmack, NYTimes and USA TODAY Bestselling Author of LOSING IT

For the love of all that is Cameron without a shirt on! Wait for You will have you laughing out loud, fanning yourself and anxiously waiting to know what will happen next.” – Molly McAdams, NYTimes and USA TODAY Bestselling Author of FROM ASHES and TAKING CHANCES

I don't think I have ever read a NA Contemporary novel with as much depth as this one. It really moved me and by the end I was just speechless over how inspirational and uplifting it was as well as being sexy and cute and funny and emotional.” - K Books

Wait For You is uniquely different from anything else J. Lynn's written but it might possibly be her best work yet.” – Jenuine Cupcakes

For all of you in love with Aiden and Daemon, PREPARE YOURSELVES! Your heart will have to expand a little more for Cam.Total Bookaholic

For the love of all things CAM, this book deserves more than 5 stars.” – Mundie Moms

I cannot even begin to explain how much I adored this perfectly crafted contemporary.” – Shortie Says 

Excited? Ready to see the cover for WAIT FOR YOU

Some things are worth waiting for…

Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago—an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe—please God—make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn’t need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s building for herself.

Some things are worth experiencing…

Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that’s just so… so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed.

Some things should never be kept quiet…

But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she wants silenced, she’s has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down with her?

And some things are worth fighting for…

WAIT FOR YOU is available now! 

J. Lynn, also known as Jennifer L. Armentrout, is the USA TODAY Bestselling author of the adult romance Gamble Brothers’ series, the young adult Lux Series and award winning Covenant Series. She pretty much writes everything—contemporary, paranormal, and fantasy. All of her books have one thing in common no matter the name or genre: kissing… and stuff. When she’s not busy writing, which is never, she’s usually hanging out with dog Loki, watching reruns of The Walking Dead, or procrastinating on the Internet. You can find out more about Jennifer by visiting the following websites:

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday [#77]

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

The Chaos of Stars
Author: Kiersten White
Expected Publication: September 10, 2013

Isadora’s family is seriously screwed up.

Of course, as the human daughter of Egyptian gods, that pretty much comes with the territory. She’s also stuck with parents who barely notice her, and a house full of relatives who can’t be bothered to remember her name. After all, they are going to be around forever—and she’s a mere mortal.

Isadora’s sick of living a life where she’s only worthy of a passing glance, and when she has the chance to move to San Diego with her brother, she jumps on it. But Isadora’s quickly finding that a “normal” life comes with plenty of its own epic complications—and that there’s no such thing as a clean break when it comes to family. Much as she wants to leave her past behind, she can’t shake the ominous dreams that foretell destruction for her entire family. When it turns out there may be truth in her nightmares, Isadora has to decide whether she can abandon her divine heritage after all.



This book sounds so good!!! We have so many books that deal with Greek Gods so I think one dealing with Egyptian Gods is gonna be an awesome change! I cant wait for this to come out!!!

What are you waiting on this week?

Review: Partials by Dan Wells

Partials (Partials #1)
Author: Dan Wells
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: February 28, 2012
Pages: 468
Source: Hardcover/Library

The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials--engineered organic beings identical to humans--has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated. The threat of the Partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to RM in more than a decade. Our time is running out.

Kira, a sixteen-year-old medic-in-training, is on the front lines of this battle, seeing RM ravage the community while mandatory pregnancy laws have pushed what's left of humanity to the brink of civil war, and she's not content to stand by and watch. But as she makes a desperate decision to save the last of her race, she will find that the survival of humans and Partials alike rests in her attempts to uncover the connections between them--connections that humanity has forgotten, or perhaps never even knew were there.

Dan Wells, acclaimed author of I Am Not a Serial Killer, takes readers on a pulsepounding journey into a world where the very concept of what it means to be human is in question--one where our humanity is both our greatest liability and our only hope for survival.



Review: I enjoyed this book so much more than I thought I would. I don't know why but I was hesitant to read this book, but it was calling to me to finally read it so I gave it a shot. So glad I did. This book was just awesome! I really wanna talk about Kira first. So here goes. I really liked her. I thought she was a strong main character! She is only what? 16. She's had to deal with a lot for a 16 year old and that showed in how strong of a character she was. She's lost her parents due to RM when she was 5, seen infants die because RM gets them either within hours or days of being born since there's no cure and she's dealt with all these rules the Senate has brought down upon her (some of which a 16 year old should not have to deal with.) I really loved though that she was so dedicated to saving humanity, even if it meant her going against the law pretty much to do it. And then on top of that, she went into enemy territory and brought an enemy back alive. That girl has guts. I definitely knew she was right studying a Partial to try and cure RM but I had no clue how exactly it would help cure it. Also, I really don't have an opinion on hers and Marcus's relationship, but I definitely do think they care about each other a lot. 

I thought the whole conflict with the Senate and The Voice was whack! The Senate was deadset on controlling people and The Voice was deadset on getting them to stop it. All The Voice wanted was for The Senate to repeal the Hope Act (the law mandating that girls a certain age or older have to get pregnant). I don't see why that was such a big deal when it was painfully obvious that the Hope Act wasn't working. Making more people have babies that aren't gonna be immune to RM isn't gonna help. The Senate was just determined to keep tight grip on everyone. I really wasn't a fan of The Senate. I honestly wanted them to fall. 

The Partials. Man, I totally wasn't expecting the news about their species that was revealed. Or that they were on a mission to East Meadow when Kira and her group attacked. I was surprised also with how they were built and how they could interact with each other. It was interesting to say the least. I wasn't surprised however that we found out that the Partials didn't release RM on the humans. I felt like that would have been to simple. I definitely think there's something bigger lurking out there.  

Now, Kira's little secret that she herself, and we readers found out at the end of the book. I wish I could say it was surprising, but it wasn't. I had this suspicion for a while reading the book that we were gonna find that out about her. I definitely cant wait to read Fragments to see where Kira's and the Partials stories go next!!!

4 1/2 Stars!

New Releases February 26-March 4

The Madness Underneath (Shades of London #2)
Author: Maureen Johnson
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Publication Date: February 26, 2013

After her near-fatal run-in with the Jack the Ripper copycat, Rory Devereaux has been living in Bristol under the close watch of her parents. So when her therapist suddenly suggests she return to Wexford, Rory jumps at the chance. But Rory's brush with the Ripper touched her more than she thought possible: she's become a human terminus, with the power to eliminate ghosts on contact. She soon finds out that the Shades—the city's secret ghost-fighting police—are responsible for her return. The Ripper may be gone, but now there is a string of new inexplicable deaths threatening London. Rory has evidence that the deaths are no coincidence. Something much more sinister is going on, and now she must convince the squad to listen to her before it's too late.

In this follow-up to the Edgar Award-nominated The Name of the Star, Maureen Johnson adds another layer of spectacularly gruesome details to the streets of London that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.


Fragments (Partials Sequence #2)
Author: Dan Wells
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: February 26, 2013

Kira Walker has found the cure for RM, but the battle for the survival of humans and Partials is just beginning. Kira has left East Meadow in a desperate search for clues to who she is. That the Partials themselves hold the cure for RM in their blood cannot be a coincidence--it must be part of a larger plan, a plan that involves Kira, a plan that could save both races. Her companions are Afa Demoux, an unhinged drifter and former employee of ParaGen, and Samm and Heron, the Partials who betrayed her and saved her life, the only ones who know her secret. But can she trust them?

Meanwhile, back on Long Island, what's left of humanity is gearing up for war with the Partials, and Marcus knows his only hope is to delay them until Kira returns. But Kira's journey will take her deep into the overgrown wasteland of postapocalyptic America, and Kira and Marcus both will discover that their greatest enemy may be one they didn't even know existed.

The second installment in the pulse-pounding Partials saga is the story of the eleventh hour of humanity's time on Earth, a journey deep into places unknown to discover the means--and even more important, a reason--for our survival.

Pulse (Pulse #1) 
Author: Patrick Carman
Publisher: Katherine Tegen
Publication Date: February 26, 2013

From New York Times bestselling author Patrick Carman, a teen fantasy-adventure of epic proportions. In 2051, some teens have a “pulse,” the power to move objects with their minds. Compulsively readable, with thrilling action scenes and a tender love story.

The year is 2051, and the world is still recognizable. With the help of her mysterious classmate Dylan Gilmore, Faith Daniels discovers that she can move objects with her mind. This telekinetic ability is called a “pulse,” and Dylan has the talent, too.

In riveting action scenes, Faith demonstrates her ability to use her pulse against a group of telekinesis masters so powerful they will flatten their enemies by uprooting street lights, moving boulders, and changing the course of a hurtling hammer so that it becomes a deadly weapon. But even with great talent, the mind—and the heart—can be difficult to control. If Faith wants to join forces with Dylan and save the world, she’ll have to harness the power of both.

Patrick Carman’s Pulse trilogy is a stunning, action-filled triumph about the power of the mind—and the power of love.


The Goddess Inheritance (Goddess Test #3)
Author: Aimee Carter
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: February 26, 2013

Love or life.
Henry or their child.
The end of her family or the end of the world.
Kate must choose.


During nine months of captivity, Kate Winters has survived a jealous goddess, a vengeful Titan and a pregnancy she never asked for. Now the Queen of the Gods wants her unborn child, and Kate can't stop her--until Cronus offers a deal.

In exchange for her loyalty and devotion, the King of the Titans will spare humanity and let Kate keep her child. Yet even if Kate agrees, he'll destroy Henry, her mother and the rest of the council. And if she refuses, Cronus will tear the world apart until every last god and mortal is dead.

With the fate of everyone she loves resting on her shoulders, Kate must do the impossible: find a way to defeat the most powerful being in existence, even if it costs her everything.

Even if it costs her eternity.

Other New Releases This Week:
Wicked Kiss (Nightwatchers #2) by Michelle Rowen (2/26/13) [Harlequin Teen]
Dualed (Dualed #1) by Elsie Chapman (2/26/13) [Random House]

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Stacking The Shelves [#43]

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

NetGalley:
Thank you so much Harlequin!!!! :)

From Angela @ Reading Angel:
Thank you so much Angela!!! Love ya Girl!! :)

Library:
Weekly Recap:
Reviews: 
Memes & Other Posts:

Friday, February 22, 2013

Review: Boundless by Cynthia Hand

Boundless (Unearthly #3) 
Author: Cynthia Hand
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: January 22, 2013
Pages: 438
Source: Hardcover/Library

The past few years have held more surprises than part-angel Clara Gardner could ever have anticipated. Yet from the dizzying highs of first love, to the agonizing low of losing someone close to her, the one thing she can no longer deny is that she was never meant to live a normal life.

Since discovering the special role she plays among the other angel-bloods, Clara has been determined to protect Tucker Avery from the evil that follows her . . . even if it means breaking both their hearts. Leaving town seems like the best option, so she’s headed back to California - and so is Christian Prescott, the irresistible boy from the vision that started her on this journey in the first place.

As Clara makes her way in a world that is frighteningly new, she discovers that the fallen angel who attacked her is watching her every move. And he’s not the only one. . . . With the battle against the Black Wings looming, Clara knows she must finally fulfill her destiny. But it won’t come without sacrifices and betrayal.

In the riveting finale of the Unearthly series, Clara must decide her fate once and for all.



*Review contains spoilers. There is no way I could review this and not spoil something*

Review: So overall I thought this was a great ending to the trilogy... Except for one thing... But I'll get to that later. So we finally get to find out what Angela's purpose it in this book! That was so exciting! And I totally did not expect her purpose to be what it actually was (I'll spoil that later!) Lol! The war with the Black Wings comes to a head in this final book. And with it came a whole lotta surprises! So lets start off with the Black Wings and what they want. They want to be able to to control all the Triplare. And if they cant have that, they at least want the majority. The thing is, there is usually only 7 Triplare at most on the Earth at any given time. And 3 are already in the Black Wings control. And Clara, Christian and Jeffrey are the other three that aren't. So that left the question... Who is the 7th Triplare???? This... This question... Man. The answer seriously blew my mind. And the answer leads to Angela and her purpose. So as we all know, she and Clara were in Italy during the summer. Well. Angela was kinda seeing one of the Fallen, a guy named Phen. And it turns out, there relationship was more than just kinda seeing each other on and off. They well, you know. And guess what now!!! Angela got pregnant. And the 7th Triplare is her baby! I so did not see that coming. And her purpose was to tell Phen. That's what all her visions were about. I was just so caught off guard by this that it took some getting used to. So ya, the Black Wings wanted Angela's baby since it is the 7th. So the story took a turn into protecting Angela's baby at all costs after it was born from the Black Wings. Definitely not the storyline I expected, but it actually made it better. I was constantly wondering if Angela and Clara and Christian were gonna be able to protect him and what challenges they were gonna face doing it. And I wasn't disappointing. Angela ended up being taken to hell, leaving Clara and Christian to care for Web (the baby) until they went in after her. 

So... The boys... We all know I'm team Christian. So I was really happy with all the Clara/Christian moments throughout the book. They really grew closer and developed a real bond. I really wanted them to be together... But you know... I never seem to win any of these battles. The girl always seems to pick the guy I don't want her to be with... Sigh... I was so disappointed that Clara couldn't get over Tucker, especially with how close her and Christian got, and with the fact that you know they did hold some type of feelings for each other. But no matter what, she couldn't get over him (not that not getting over someone you're truly in love with is a bad thing...) But hey, the issues in her love life weren't the only boy issues she had. She also had her brother, who as we know from the last book just kinda took off. He ends up showing up, but like every time Clara sees him, he's just being a complete jerk. He was trying so hard to get away from his destiny as an Angel-Blood. And Clara tried to get through to him, but he just wouldn't hear it. But hey, when Clara goes to hell to save Angela, and finds him there too, then after being stubborn he finally lets her help him... Lets just say I'm not the biggest fan of Jeffrey in this book. 

And on top of all that... We find out some major family lineage in this book! So we find out that Christian and Angela are actually brother and sister. WHAT?!?! Totally didn't see that one coming. And on top of that, we find out which parent they share. And this ones even more of a shocker. Their dad. Which we come to find out, is none other than the leader of the Black Wings himself, Asael! Just... Wow... 

So I thought the ending was pretty epic. I mean a showdown with Asael (read it to find out what happened there), Tucker pretty much being killed by Lucy dropping him in a lake and Clara using all her glory to try and save him. It was definitely not the ending I was expecting, but it was still pretty good, even though she saves Tucker and they live happily ever after. :(

Though there's one thing I still don't get or understand. What was Jeffrey's purpose, other than starting a fire. Why would he have just that as his purpose??? I still don't get that. 

5 Stars!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday [#76]

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

Just One Year (Just One Day #2) 
Author: Gayle Forman
Expected Publication: October 2013

Companion to JUST ONE DAY. It will be in Willem's POV.

"Can you fall in love in just one day? Can you become a new person? How about in just one year? In JUST ONE DAY and its companion novel JUST ONE YEAR, sheltered American good girl Allyson “LuLu” Healey and easygoing actor Willem De Ruiter are about to find out against a guidebook-worthy array of foreign backdrops. Equal parts romance, coming-of-age-tale, mystery and travel romp (with settings that span from England’s Stratford upon Avon to Paris to Amsterdam to India’s Bollywood) JUST ONE DAY and JUST ONE YEAR show how in looking for someone else, you just might wind up finding yourself.
"



So thats all there is about it on Goodreads so far, but man... I AM SO FREAKING UNBELIEVABLY EXCITED FOR THIS!!!!!!!!! I read Just One Day last week and absolutely loved it!!! And guess what!!! This cover was just revealed today!!!! (Good thing I waited a little longer to post my WoW today). I like the cover! Can this hurry up and come out???? I need it like now!!!! 

What are you waiting on this week???

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

New Releases February 19-February 25

Fuse (Pure #2)
Author: Julianna Baggott
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: February 19, 2013

When the world ended, those who dwelled within the Dome were safe. Inside their glass world the Pures live on unscarred, while those outside—the Wretches—struggle to survive amidst the smoke and ash.

Believing his mother was living among the Wretches, Partridge escaped from the Dome to find her. Determined to regain control over his son, Willux, the leader of the Pures, unleashes a violent new attack on the Wretches. It’s up to Pressia Belze, a young woman with her own mysterious past, to decode a set of cryptic clues from the past to set the Wretches free.

An epic quest that sweeps readers into a world of beautiful brutality, Fuse continues the story of two people fighting to save their futures—and change the fate of the world.


Mind Games (Mind Games #1)
Author: Kiersten White
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: February 19, 2013

Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right. Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her—except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future.

Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways… or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.

In a stunning departure from her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy, Kiersten White delivers a slick, edgy, heartstoppingly intense psychological thriller about two sisters determined to protect each other—no matter the cost.

Neferet's Curse (House of Night Novella's #3)
Author: P.C & Kristin Cast
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: February 19, 2013

The White City, 1893: In turn-of-the-century Chicago, with the World’s Fair bringing bustle and excitement to her home city, sixteen-year-old Emily Wheiler should be reveling in her youthful beauty and the excitement around her. But her whole life changed when her mother died, leaving her to be the Lady of Wheiler House. Her father, a powerful bank president, is at the center of an important social hub for the booming young city, and he needs Emily to do everything her mother would have – to be a good hostess and make sure the mansion runs smoothly.

As Emily uneasily tries to replace her mother, she also longs for more… for love and a life of her own. When a handsome young man notices her at one of her father’s parties, it seems that her hopes may finally be coming true. Until her father forbids her to see him – or any other man – and starts revealing a darkly violent side that even he can’t understand.

At last, afraid for her life and with nowhere to turn, Emily is Marked by a vampyre and brought to the Chicago House of Night, where she begins a magickal new life that should allow the wounds from her past to heal. But as she gains strength, and a powerful new name, she carries a dark need to wreak vengeance on the man she trusted most.

From victim to High Priestess, beautiful young woman to powerful seductress, Neferet's journey begins in NEFERET'S CURSE...


Shards & Ashes
Authors: Various Authors
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: February 19, 2013

Gripping and powerful original stories of dystopian worlds from New York Times bestselling authors

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Stacking The Shelves [#42]

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


Library:
Foretold: 14 Stories of Prophecy and Prediction by Various Authors (Goodreads/Amazon/Book Depository)

Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro (Goodreads/Amazon/Book Depository)

Weekly Recap:
Reviews:
Boundless (Unearthly #1) by Cynthia Hand

Current Giveaways:
For The Love of Swoon Giveaway Hop (International, ends 2/21) - I'm giveaway a choice between some awesome swoony contemporary books!

Cover Reveals:

Memes & Other Posts:

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Review: Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Just One Day (Just One Day #1)
Author: Gayle Forman
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Publication Date: January 8, 2013
Pages: 368
Source: Hardcover/Library

A breathtaking journey toward self-discovery and true love, from the author of If I Stay
When sheltered American good girl Allyson "LuLu" Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.

Just One Day is the first in a sweepingly romantic duet of novels. Willem’s story—Just One Year—is coming soon!



Review: I totally don't think I'm gonna do this book justice with this review, but I'll try. Lol. This is my favorite read of the year so far, and definitely my favorite contemporary so far (it's gonna take another mind-blowingly awesome book to kick this out of #1 contemp of 2013). So first of all, I'd like to point out that this book starts out in Europe and ends in Europe. I love Europe. I also loved that the main place in this book (besides Allyson's home in the US) was Paris. Everyone in their right mind knows I love Paris. But I also love Europe in general so it was awesome seeing Allyson in places like London and Amsterdam. It was awesome seeing someone around my age just going places in Europe, without being stuck in just one place. That made this book so much fun to read! I also got to learn a bunch of french in this book so that was pretty cool too! (If any of you know, I really like French and really hope to learn the language and speak it fluently.)

Now, onto Allyson and Willem's fun day in Paris. First of all, I totally don't condone getting on a train with a stranger and going to a different city than the one your supposed to be in... But hey. If thats your type of thing I'm totally not gonna stop you! I really thought this trip to Paris was cool. In so many ways. First of all, hot guy. Who wouldn't want to be wandering around Paris with a hot guy??? Second of all, they didn't plan their day. They just let things happen at will. I thought that was really cool. I mean if I went to a foreign country I would probably have a list of places I wanted to see, but I think I'd rather let things happen and have more of an experience than just a list I have to complete. I also thought it was really cool that Willem paid for a bunch of stuff for Allyson (LuLu) even though he didn't have to. They also just kinda got to know each other in their own way. They would open up about certain things, and just really talk even though they had only met each other hours before. I definitely don't think I could do that with a stranger. I don't know though, I could sense there was something between them. I mean Allyson was pretty open with her feelings but Willem... I really couldn't get a read on his feelings. So I really didn't know what to think of him when he just left her all alone. I wanted to hate him, but I felt like I shouldn't because we didn't know why he left her or if he tried to get back to her. But anyways. I thought this whole sudden trip to Paris with Willem was really cool though. Allyson really jumped out of her comfort zone to do this and it really ended up changing her life. I wish I could jump out of my comfort zone like that. I mean, I have jumped out of it recently, but nothing drastic like that. I kinda look up to her a little bit in that respect in having faith to just do it instead of chickening out or worrying about all that could go wrong. 

I really felt for Allyson when she went home, because I have totally been in the shoes she was in. She had no idea why Willem left her and she was pretty in love with the guy. I've been there. So I really understood her depression in the first few months of college, because I've been there (minus the college). Not to mention, she was studying something she didn't even want to study. Being a doctor was always her moms dream and her mom pretty much forced it on her. So I can see why she was also bombing her classes first semester. Its hard to be enthusiastic about classes you don't wanna be in. I was so glad when she changed her schedule second semester to something she liked more. I was also happy that Allyson made new friends once she let herself come out of the whole she had dug herself into. I didn't like however though that her parents blew up on her for it just because she wasn't studying what they wanted her to study. I was proud of Allyson for standing up to them though. Her mom seriously tried controlling every aspect of her life and if I was suffocated like she was I would probably end up doing the same thing. Its her life, not her parents, she should be able to study what she wants and do what she wants with her life. Shes an adult and can make adult decisions. I definitely though the Shakespeare class and the French class she took during the summer were really good for her. Those things really helped her find herself. Especially when she decided to look for him and went back to Paris to try and find him. I really feel like that was a big part of her finding herself. She needed to find him, to know what happened, but she also learned a lot about herself, changed herself to be like the girl she wanted to be, not her parents wanted her to be, and really just opened herself up to new experiences she never would have experienced before if she didn't find herself through this whole thing. I am definitely looking forward to Just One Year (Willem's story), especially with the ending of Allyson finding him. I need to know what happens after that. We better find out!

This was such a good book about love, stepping out of your comfort zone and finding yourself!

5 Stars!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

For The Love of Swoon Giveaway Hop!

So I decided to go with the more romantic side of swoonworthyness (since this hop takes place around Valentines day). Lol. I chose some contemporary books that have boys just are just seriously swoonworthy! These are also some of my fave books so I can definitely tell you how epically swoonworthy the boys are in this book!

So the Winner will get their choice of one book from the following:
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
  • Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry
  • The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Like I said. I've read all of these so I can tell you straight up that Etienne (Anna), Cricket (Lola), Noah (PTL) & Oliver (TSPoLaFS) are all very swoonworthy in their own ways!

Giveaway Rules:
  • One Winner
  • Winner will get choice of one book from those above
  • International as long as The Book Depository ships to you (if the winner is US I'll send it through Barnes & Noble or Amazon)
  • Giveaway ends at midnight on 2/21
  • I'm not responsible for lost or stolen items
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Waiting On Wednesday [#75]

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

Thornhill (Hemlock #2) 
Author: Kathleen Peacock
Expected Publication: September 10, 2013

Mac can’t lose another friend. Even if he doesn’t want to be found.

The ripple effect caused by Mac’s best friend Amy’s murder has driven Mac’s new love, Kyle, to leave Hemlock and disappear from her life forever. But Mac knows that Kyle plans to enroll in a rehabilitation camp, where he can live with other werewolves. She refuses to accept his decision, especially since the camps are rumored to be tortuous. So she sets out in search of Kyle with a barely sober Jason—and Amy’s all-seeing ghost—in tow.

Clues lead Mac to find Kyle in a werewolf den in Colorado—but their reunion is cut short by a Tracker raid. Now Mac and Kyle are trapped inside the electric fences of Thornhill, a camp for young werewolves. As she devises an escape plan, Mac uncovers dangerous secrets buried within the walls of Thornhill—and realizes that the risk to the people she loves is greater than ever before.



So Hemlock was one of last years surprising favorite reads when it came to debuts. I loved the book so much more than I thought I would and I am dying to see what will take place in Thornhill! And I really do like this cover! I think it will go great with Hemlocks! :)

Also, on another note, I'm having a Giveaway for my ARC of Breaking Point (Article 5, #2) by Kristen Simmons. So make sure to stop by and enter (US Only though, I cant afford international shipping out of my own pocket). Though International followers, don't worry, later today I have a giveaway going up that IS International! So I'm not forgetting about you guys either ;)

What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Review: Override by Heather Anastasiu

Override (Glitch #2)
Author: Heather Anastasiu
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: February 12, 2013
Pages: 320
Source: E-ARC/Galley from NetGalley

Zoe is free. She has escaped the enslavement of the Community, disconnected from the hardware that had controlled her every thought and emotion, and evaded capture by the Chancellor intent on killing her. She is finally free, but she is far from safe.

Zoe and Adrien hide themselves from detection at the Foundation, an academy that trains teen glitchers to fight in the Resistance movement. Together, Zoe and her new team of superhuman fighters must risk their lives to rescue other glitchers and humans from the Chancellor's control. Challenges abound at every turn, and Adrien, who has become silent, distant, and tormented by his visions of the future, only adds to the growing certainty of defeat. But worst of all, as Zoe's team fights against impossible odds, distrust and betrayal leads to the terrible discovery that their greatest threat could already be lurking behind the safe walls of the Foundation.

Full of high-adrenaline action and shocking twists, Heather Anastasiu's Override is an exciting continuation of this popular young adult trilogy.



Review: I really have mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed how much action got packed into this book! It was like 10x more eventful than Glitch and that definitely made it really fun to read. There was something happening almost every chapter, if it wasn't a mission to get something or save someone, it was something just as interesting, like snooping in the leaders office, or Zoe losing control of her powers causing something huge to happen. This book never had a dull moment. So I guess since I'm already talking about these awesome action packed scenes I'll start out with talking about them. So the Chancellor is like seriously out to kill Zoe, just because of how powerful her gift is. The Chancellor stops at nothing to kill her. First she found out where Zoe was hiding out before being moved to the Foundation, and went after her, with Zoe barely escaping. And then after that, the Chancellor kept trying to do things to either find out where the Foundation was or doing something that caused the Resistance to come out after her. She would just not give up. 

When it came to the characters I felt like something was lacking. I did feel sorry for Zoe when she was having trouble controlling her gift, because it took a huge toll on not only her but the people around her. I mean, she could be having a dream, or just meditating and just because the power from her gift became to much to keep inside and handle at that moment she would lose it and end up causing a big mess (literally). I was very proud of her though when she got control over it and was able to use it for the good of the Resistance. She became a very valuable member after that. Adrien. I still liked him throughout the book. He genuinely showed how much he loved and cared about Zoe, especially in the beginning when Zoe was struggling with her gift. And Zoe tried to be there for him when he was struggling with whether he should be telling people about his visions. Though I just didn't feel like their relationship grew much. I was just waiting for their relationship to get more serious and it just didn't. 

I did however like some of the other characters that were introduced to us and were main characters. Like Zona and Ginni. I really loved these two. They are such polar opposites of each other. Zona is a non-glitcher who just has a mad hatred against the community for killing her parents and isn't exactly the happiest person. And Ginni is a glitcher, who is like, the most upbeat, happiest person you can find. These two really became Zoe's closest friends in the book and I just really enjoyed their characters. 

I also though, wasnt a fan of the General though. She always seemed to not like the Glitchers and only wanted to use them for her big plan. She did have some great ideas for missions and whatnot, but I wasnt a big fan of her as a person. I did however like that she was willing to sacrifice herself for Zoe just because she knew it had to come true thanks to Adrien's vision. It showed even she was willing to make sacrifices to further the cause. I was really happy also that Zoe became a leader at the end of the book also like Adrien's visions said would happen. I definitely Zoe is up to the task. I was so sad with the ending though when it came to Adrien! What happened to him was horrible. I dont even know how he can come back from this. I'm seriously sad over what happened to him. I also want Max to pay for what he did to play apart in Adrien's pain. The Adrien/Max thing is probably the most infuriating thing about this book. It pissed me off!!! Even though I didnt enjoy the book as much as I wanted to I'll definitely be picking up Shutdown to see what happens in the end!

3 1/2 Stars! 

New Releases February 12-February 18

Breaking Point (Article 5, #2)
Author: Kristen Simmons
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: February 12, 2013

The second installment in Kristen Simmons's fast-paced, gripping YA dystopian series.

After faking their deaths to escape from prison, Ember Miller and Chase Jennings have only one goal: to lay low until the Federal Bureau of Reformation forgets they ever existed.

Near-celebrities now for the increasingly sensationalized tales of their struggles with the government, Ember and Chase are recognized and taken in by the Resistance—an underground organization working to systematically take down the government. At headquarters, all eyes are on the sniper, an anonymous assassin taking out FBR soldiers one by one. Rumors are flying about the sniper’s true identity, and Ember and Chase welcome the diversion….

Until the government posts its most-wanted list, and their number one suspect is Ember herself.

Orders are shoot to kill, and soldiers are cleared to fire on suspicion alone. Suddenly Ember can’t even step onto the street without fear of being recognized, and “laying low” is a joke. Even members of the Resistance are starting to look at her sideways.

With Chase urging her to run, Ember must decide: Go into hiding…or fight back?


Sever (Chemical Garden #3) 
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: February 12, 2013

Time is running out for Rhine in this conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Chemical Garden Trilogy.

With the clock ticking until the virus takes its toll, Rhine is desperate for answers. After enduring Vaughn’s worst, Rhine finds an unlikely ally in his brother, an eccentric inventor named Reed. She takes refuge in his dilapidated house, though the people she left behind refuse to stay in the past. While Gabriel haunts Rhine’s memories, Cecily is determined to be at Rhine’s side, even if Linden’s feelings are still caught between them.

Meanwhile, Rowan’s growing involvement in an underground resistance compels Rhine to reach him before he does something that cannot be undone. But what she discovers along the way has alarming implications for her future—and about the past her parents never had the chance to explain.

In this breathtaking conclusion to Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden trilogy, everything Rhine knows to be true will be irrevocably shattered.

Override (Glitch #2) 
Author: Heather Anastasiu
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: February 12, 2013

Zoe is free. She has escaped the enslavement of the Community, disconnected from the hardware that had controlled her every thought and emotion, and evaded capture by the Chancellor intent on killing her. She is finally free, but she is far from safe.

Zoe and Adrien hide themselves from detection at the Foundation, an academy that trains teen glitchers to fight in the Resistance movement. Together, Zoe and her new team of superhuman fighters must risk their lives to rescue other glitchers and humans from the Chancellor's control. Challenges abound at every turn, and Adrien, who has become silent, distant, and tormented by his visions of the future, only adds to the growing certainty of defeat. But worst of all, as Zoe's team fights against impossible odds, distrust and betrayal leads to the terrible discovery that their greatest threat could already be lurking behind the safe walls of the Foundation.

Full of high-adrenaline action and shocking twists, Heather Anastasiu's Override is an exciting continuation of this popular young adult trilogy.


The Lives We Lost (Fallen World #2)
Author: Megan Crewe
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: February 12, 2013

First, the virus took Kaelyn’s friends. Then, her family. Now it’s taken away her home.

But she can't look back—the life she once had is gone forever.


A deadly virus has destroyed Kaelyn’s small island community and spread beyond the quarantine. No one is safe. But when Kaelyn finds samples of a vaccine in her father's abandoned lab, she knows there must be someone, somewhere, who can replicate it. As Kaelyn and her friends head to the mainland, they encounter a world beyond recognition. It’s not only the “friendly flu” that’s a killer—there are people who will stop at nothing to get their hands on the vaccine. How much will Kaelyn risk for an unproven cure, when the search could either destroy those she loves or save the human race?

Megan Crewe's second volume in the Fallen World trilogy is an action-packed journey that explores the resilience of friendship, the ache of lost love, and Kaelyn’s enduring hope in the face of the sacrifices she must make to stay alive.

The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3)
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: February 12, 2013

In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch--a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood--or else she might be next.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, the Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive—this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone’s out for blood.


Other New Releases This Week:
The Mirrored Shard (Iron Codex #3) by Caitlin Kittredge (2/12/13) [Delacorte]
Arcadia Burns (Arkadien #2) by Kai Meyer (2/12/13) [Balzer + Bray]
Revel by Maurissa Guibard (2/12/13) [Delacorte]
Dance of Shadows (Dance of Shadows #1) by Yelena Black (2/12/13) [Bloomsbury USA]
Out of The Easy by Ruta Sepetys (2/12/13) [Philomel]
Feral Nights by Cynthia Leitich Smith (2/12/13) [Candlewick Press]
The Gathering Dark by Christine Johnson (2/12/13) [Simon Pulse]

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Stacking The Shelves [#41]

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