Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (15)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. The book I chose this week is:

by Karsten Knight

Hardcover: 393 pages
Publication Date: July 26, 2011

Every flame begins with a spark.

Ashline Wilde is having a rough sophomore year. She’s struggling to find her place as the only Polynesian girl in school, her boyfriend just cheated on her, and now her runaway sister, Eve, has decided to barge back into her life. When Eve’s violent behavior escalates and she does the unthinkable, Ash transfers to a remote private school nestled in California’s redwoods, hoping to put the tragedy behind her. But her fresh start at Blackwood Academy doesn’t go as planned. Just as Ash is beginning to enjoy the perks of her new school—being captain of the tennis team, a steamy romance with a hot, local park ranger—Ash discovers that a group of gods and goddesses have mysteriously enrolled at Blackwood…and she’s one of them. To make matters worse, Eve has resurfaced to haunt Ash, and she’s got some strange abilities of her own. With a war between the gods looming over campus, Ash must master the new fire smoldering within before she clashes with her sister one more time… And when warm and cold fronts collide, there’s guaranteed to be a storm.

I'm loving all the greek mythology this year! Can't get enough and this one sounds like another great one!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Review: Forgotten

by Cat Patrick

Hardcover: 304 pages
Publication Date: June 7, 2011

Each night when 16 year-old London Lane goes to sleep, her whole world disappears. In the morning, all that's left is a note telling her about a day she can't remember. The whole scenario doesn't exactly make high school or dating that hot guy whose name she can't seem to recall any easier. But when London starts experiencing disturbing visions she can't make sense of, she realizes it's time to learn a little more about the past she keeps forgetting-before it destroys her future.

Part psychological drama, part romance, and part mystery, this thought-provoking novel will inspire readers to consider the what-if's in their own lives and recognize the power they have to control their destinies.

My Rating / Review: 4 of 5 stars

Thought provoking and hopeful. This book surprised me in a good way. Just glimpsing through the summary, this storyline might remind you of "50 First Dates," where the main character wakes up each day forgetting what happened the day before and her supposed romantic relationship with a stranger. At least that's what I thought of. So I went into this book with some preconceived notion that it would be a light, comedic read - not expecting something with so much more.

London is the type of girl that everyone can relate to. She's not perfect. She has flaws just like everyone else, except hers just happen to be a lot more in your face. You see, London doesn't have a normal memory. She can't remember the past, but she can remember the future. I guess you could sort of call her a psychic in a way. Dealing with high school is hard enough with a memory, so I was curious to see how London would handle it.

Every night London writes notes to herself reminding her of what happened the day before. She knows what will happen the next day and who her lifelong friends will be. It isn't until she meets a boy named Luke who she has never seen in her future before that things start to become strange. Who is this Luke and why hasn't she ever seen him in her future? The more time she spends with Luke, the more questions arise. The story takes on a twist that I definitely didn't see coming.

I really loved London in this book. She's fiercely loyal to her friends until the very end. I loved the strength she had to be able to deal with what life has dealt her and still manage to be so optimistic. Her story unfolds in a way that keeps the reader guessing. Time almost seems relative - we get glimpses of the future, past and present as London is trying to discover the secrets of her past and why she can't remember it. I said before that this story left off on a hopeful note because you would think that since London can see the future, her future would be set in stone. But the truth is that only London can control her destiny and really... anything is possible. If you haven't already added Cat Patrick's debut novel to your "to-read" shelves, you should do it now!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday (14)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. The book I chose this week is:

by Becca Fitzpatrick

Hardcover: 400 pages
Publication Date: October 4, 2011

The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They've overcome the secrets riddled in Patch's dark past...bridged two irreconcilable worlds...faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust...and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they've worked for—and their love—forever.

The cover is finally released! I've been addicted to this series since the beginning and I can't believe it's coming to an end. Definitely can't wait for this one!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday (13)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. The book I chose this week is:

by Erica Orloff

Paperback: 256 pages
Publication Date: December 8, 2011

An epic romance full of mysteries that transcend time—fans of Romeo and Juliet and The Time Traveler’s Wife will rejoice! 

Some loves are not made to last . . . Like Romeo and Juliet, Heloise and Abelard were doomed from the start, and their romance was destined to pass into history. Yet when sixteen-year-old Callie Martin discovers a diary hidden within an antique book, their story—and hers—takes on another life. For the diary leads Callie to the brilliant and handsome August, who is just as mysterious as the secret the diary hides. Their attraction is undeniable. As the two hunt down the truth behind the diary—and that of Heloise and Abelard’s ancient romance—their romance becomes all-consuming. But Callie knows it can’t last . . . love never does. Will their love that burns as bright as a shooting star flame out, or will these star-crossed lovers be able to defy history?

So the summary pretty much had me at epic romance haha. This is being compared to Time Traveler's Wife and Romeo and Juliet? Wow! That does sound epic! I'm there!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Follow Friday (11)

Follow Friday is a weekly event hosted by Parajunkee where you can discover great blogs and make some new friends while you're at it. Happy Friday!

This week's question:
Q. Do you have anyone that you can discuss books with IRL (In Real Life)? Tell us about him/her.

Yes, I do! I have cousins and a younger sister who also love reading young adult books. We discuss and recommend books once in awhile, but it's hard because we all have such different tastes! There's only a few series that we all have in common, but we initially all bonded over our love of the Twilight series back in 2005 when it first came out. Haven't been able to find one we all love since then, sadly.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday (12)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. The book I chose this week is:

The Carrier of the Mark
by Leigh Fallon

Paperback: 352 pages
Publication Date: September 13, 2011

A move to Ireland is about to introduce Megan to her destiny, her real destiny, can she embrace it and will she survive it?

A tragedy in Megan’s past set her on a predetermined course. A chain of events has been set in motion that brings Megan to Kinsale, a small town in the south of Ireland where her destiny awaits her. Her life starts to fall into place as she makes new friends and settles into her new school. However, the reclusive and distant Adam DeRĂ­s calls to her body and soul.

She finds herself increasingly drawn to Adam and his strange family. Adam knows a secret from her past and he and his family hold the key to her future. A future that binds her to Adam and his world, a world of power, mystery and ancient orders. A world that unbeknownst to her, she very much belongs in.

This one's starting to get more buzz around the blogosphere. I heard that this is the first book to be discovered and published from a website called Sounds pretty impressive. I already knew I wanted to read this because of the cover, but the summary sounds even better! Can't wait!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Review: Die For Me

Die For Me (Revenants #1)
by Amy Plum

Hardcover: 352 pages
Publication Date: May 10, 2011

My life had always been blissfully, wonderfully normal. But it only took one moment to change everything.

Suddenly, my sister, Georgia, and I were orphans. We put our lives into storage and moved to Paris to live with my grandparents. And I knew my shattered heart, my shattered life, would never feel normal again. Then I met Vincent.

Mysterious, sexy, and unnervingly charming, Vincent Delacroix appeared out of nowhere and swept me off my feet. Just like that, I was in danger of losing my heart all over again. But I was ready to let it happen.

Of course, nothing is ever that easy. Because Vincent is no normal human. He has a terrifying destiny, one that puts his life at risk every day. He also has enemies . . . immortal, murderous enemies who are determined to destroy him and all of his kind.

While I'm fighting to piece together the remnants of my life, can I risk putting my heart—as well as my life and my family's—in jeopardy for a chance at love?

My Review / Rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was my first zombie book and I have to admit I've never liked the idea of them. I mean, zombies? No offense to anyone who likes them, but they've just always creeped me out. I decided to give this a chance and I'm glad I did. All in all, I did like this book. It was fast-paced and written in a way where the story just flows. I also appreciated Amy Plum's use of vocabulary. Glad I read this on my NookColor because the built-in dictionary feature came in handy!

I only had a couple small problems with this one. Vincent and Kate's relationship for starters. I felt like their whole relationship was really rushed and not that well developed. I didn't really understand why they liked each other so much. I guess it was just a case of "instant love" that some books suffer from. Vincent also uses the word "obsess" in part of the book to explain his feelings and maybe it's just me, but  I found that creepy. Then there was the plot. Every book has a conflict. It's that climax that the whole story builds up to. I didn't really notice that the conflict was missing for awhile because I was getting caught up in the story, but about 3/4 of the way through the book I started to wonder, "where is this story  going?" The conflict did finally come, but only to be resolved about 30 pages later.

These weren't deal breakers for me - just things that I noticed. I really did enjoy reading this one. Its premise is completely different than any other paranormal book I've read. This story's definitely more romance driven and I'm not complaining. Looking forward to reading the next installment!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Follow Friday (10)

Follow Friday is a weekly event hosted by Parajunkee where you can discover great blogs and make some new friends while you're at it. Happy Friday!

This week's question:
Do you judge a book by its cover?

Have to admit, I do. A cover that draws my attention makes me want to read that book more, but I'll also give books with less appealing covers a chance too.
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