Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #259: Carve the Mark

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

Carve the Mark
By: Veronica Roth
Release Date: January 17, 2017

On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not — their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world? Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows. Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuve, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive — no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive — or to destroy one another. (Goodreads)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Please Don't Tell by Laura Tims

Please Don't Tell 
By: Laura Tims
Released: May 24, 2016
Source: Edelweiss
Purchase the Book: Amazon

Joy killed Adam Gordon—at least, that’s what she thinks. The night of the party is hazy at best. But she knows what Adam did to her twin sister, Grace, and she knows he had to pay for it. What Joy doesn’t expect is that someone else saw what happened. And one night a note is shoved through her open window, threatening Joy that all will be revealed. Now the anonymous blackmailer starts using Joy to expose the secrets of their placid hometown. And as the demands escalate, Joy must somehow uncover the blackmailer’s identity before Joy is forced to make a terrible choice. (Goodreads)

Please Don't Tell was a fantastic debut! It's been days since I finished reading it and I still can't stop thinking about this book. 

Please Don't Tell is the story of twin sisters Joy and Grace. Joy thinks she killed Adam the night of his party, but she doesn't remember. However, she does know that she wanted to kill him, especially after what he did to Grace. Then one night, Joy finds a note threatening to reveal her as Adam's killer unless she does what the blackmailer says. 

Joy and Grace were both well developed and complex characters. I loved how the chapters alternated between not only both sisters, but also the past and present. Tims did a wonderful job with differentiating Joy and Grace's voices. Joy and Grace are so different from one another, but they also have their similarities too. Joy is the more carefree sister and constantly seems to be clashing with her parents. Whereas Grace is more serious and focused on school. These sisters share a really complicated relationship and I liked that the past chapters helped show how that came to be. There were also several side characters who each had their own interesting mini side story.  

The plot was filled with so many dark twists that made it difficult to put this book down for long. I loved the way the suspense built and the secrets were revealed. Please Don't Tell was definitely filled with a lot of drama and secrets. However, this book also touches on a variety of serious themes such as sexual abuse, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, and alcohol abuse. I think that Tims handled each theme very well. I will certainly be looking forward to reading what she writes next.

Overall, Please Don't Tell was a suspenseful, dark, and twisted story that you won't be able to stop thinking about any time soon. I highly recommend picking this one up.     

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Upcoming Young Adult Book Adaptations

Book Adaptations Part 2:

In 2013, I compiled a list of Young Adult books that were either currently being adapted into movies or were just optioned. (You can check out that post here: Book Adaptations.) So I decided that it was long overdue to make a new updated list.

Book Adaptations in 2016:

Possible Upcoming Adaptations: 
*Reminder: Just because a book has been optioned doesn't guarantee that it will ever be made into a movie or tv series.* 

So what is your favorite or least favorite book adaptation?
  What adaptation are you looking forward to the most?
What book are you dying to see turned into a movie or tv show?  
(You can check out my wishlist here: Book Adaptation Wishlist
Is there a book that you don't want to see adapted?