Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #150: Get Even


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

Get Even 
By: Gretchen Mcneil
Release Date: September 16, 2014

"Follows the secretive exploits of four high school juniors - Kitty, Olivia, Margot and Bree - at an exclusive Catholic prep school. To all outward appearances, the girls barely know each other. At best, they don't move in the same social circles; at worst, they're overtly hostile. Margot Mejia – academically ranked number two in her class, Margot is a focused overachiever bound for the Ivy League. Kitty Wei – captain of the California state and national champion varsity girls' volleyball team, she's been recruited by a dozen colleges and has dreams of winning an Olympic gold medal. Olivia Hayes – popular star of the drama program, she's been voted "most eligible bachelorette" two years running in the high school yearbook and has an almost lethal combination of beauty and charm. Bree Deringer – outcast, misfit and the kind of girl you don't want to meet in a dark alley, the stop sign red-haired punk is a constant thorn in the side of teachers and school administrators alike. Different goals, different friends, different lives, but the girls share a secret no one would ever guess. They are members of Don't Get Mad, a society specializing in seeking revenge for fellow students who have been silently victimized by their peers. Each girl has her own reason for joining the group, her own set of demons to assuage by evening the score for someone else. And though school administration is desperate to find out who is behind the DGM "events", the girls have managed to keep their secret well hidden. That is until one of their targets – a douchebag senior who took advantage of a drunk underclassman during a house party, videotaped it on his phone, and posted it on YouTube – turns up dead, and DGM is implicated in the murder. Now the girls don't know who to trust, and as their tenuous alliance begins to crumble, the secrets they've hidden for so long might be their ultimate undoing" (Summary from goodreads.com)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Open Road Summer
By: Emery Lord
Released: April 15, 2014
Source: Purchased
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking" (Summary from goodreads.com)

Wow Open Road Summer was just perfect! I don't use the word "perfect" lightly, but it's the only word that seems to come to mind when I think of this book. After being in a bit of a reading slump lately, this was just the type of book I needed to remind me why I love to read all over again. I've been hearing buzz about Open Road Summer for months now so as soon as the release day arrived, I ran out to pick up my own copy and I'm happy that I didn't wait a day more. It's been a long time since I've read a book that I've fallen in love with like I have with this story. I could read this book over and over again and still never get tired of it. It made me feel a wide range of emotions and I still can't stop thinking about.

Reagan has gotten into some trouble in the past but is looking to change her ways. So after a break-up, she decides to join her best friend Dee, who just so happens to be a big country singer, on her summer tour. Reagan was a really great protagonist and developed very strongly. She's made some mistakes and is trying hard to make better decisions. She was realistic and I could relate to her in so many ways. She doesn't have it all together and that just makes her that much more real. 

Then there is her best friend, Dee. Dee is quite the opposite of Reagan and she always sees the good in others. Dee was developed really well throughout the story as she struggles with the price of fame. I especially loved the friendship between these two girls. It was one of my favorite aspects of this book. The bond these two share was real and it was clear from the beginning how much they care about each other. They always have each others backs no matter what and can always depend on each other to be there.

Then there is Matt Finch, who comes to join the tour as the opening act. Matt was another strongly developed character. I loved learning more about his past and I loved how he just fit right in with Dee and Reagan. 

The plot was fun and I couldn't put this book down once I started. I loved traveling across the country with Reagan, Dee, and Matt. This book not only made me laugh, but it also brought on the tears, and gave me butterflies. Emery Lord's writing was beautiful and there were so many times that I had to stop and write down a quote. I also loved the lyrics that were a part of the story as well. I will certainly be looking forward to Lord's next book now.

Overall I absolutely loved Open Road Summer and it is now on my list of favorites! It's a beautiful story about friendship, love, and growing up. I can't recommend picking it up enough. It's the perfect book to add to your reading list this summer.   

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #149: Kiss Kill Vanish


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

Kiss Kill Vanish
By: Jessica Martinez
Release Date: October 7, 2014

"Valentina Cruz no longer exists. One moment, she was wrapped in Emilio’s arms, melting into his kiss. The next, she was witnessing the unthinkable: a murder in cold blood, ordered by her father and carried out by her boyfriend. When Emilio pulled the trigger, Valentina disappeared. She made a split-second decision to shed her identity and flee her life of privilege, leaving the glittering parties and sultry nightlife of Miami far behind. She doesn’t know how to explain to herself what she saw. All she knows now is that nothing she believed about her family, her heart, or Emilio’s love, was real. She can change her name and deny her past, but Valentina can’t run from the truth. The lines between right and wrong, and trust and betrayal, will be blurred beyond recognition as she untangles the deceptions of the two men she once loved and races to find her own truth" (Summary from goodreads.com)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Curse
By: Marie Rutkoski
Released: March 4, 2014
Source: Purchased
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined." (Summary from goodreads.com)

Wow The Winner's Curse was amazing! There was so much hype around this book and it certainly lived up to it.

Kestrel is the general's daughter and has the choice to either marry or join the military. She is a wonderful and complex protagonist. She is flawed, but it just made her even more realistic. I especially love that she is witty and smart. 

Then there is Arin, who was another complex character. He is a slave and is purchased by Kestrel. I loved that there was so much more to Arin than what was first expected. Both of these characters were just developed so well. I also love the way the relationship developed between them. There were plenty of really great side characters as well.

The plot was exciting and filled with twists. There was a great balance of drama, action, and some romance. I couldn't put this book down for long, especially once I reached the last half. Not only was Rutkoski's writing absolutely stunning, but she also built this fascinating world. Every aspect of this book was strongly developed and complex. I loved that there were so many layers to this story and that I still can't stop thinking about it.  

Overall I loved The Winner's Curse and strongly recommend picking up this book right now. You don't want to miss out on this story. I will certainly be counting down the days until the sequel is released.

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