Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #39: Social Suicide

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

Social Suicide (Deadly Cool #2)
By: Gemma Halliday
Release Date: April 24, 2012

"Twittercide [twit-er-sahyd]: the killing of one human being by another while the victim is in the act of tweeting. Call me crazy, but I figured writing for the Herbert Hoover High Homepage would be a pretty sweet gig. Pad the resume for college applications, get a first look at the gossip column, spend some time ogling the paper's brooding bad-boy editor, Chase Erikson. But on my first big story, things went...a little south. What should have been a normal interview with Sydney Sanders turned into me discovering the Homecoming Queen-hopeful dead in her pool. Electrocuted while Tweeting. Now, in addition to developing a reputation as HHH's resident body finder, I'm stuck trying to prove that Sydney's death wasn't suicide. I'm starting to long for the days when my biggest worry was whether the cafeteria was serving pizza sticks or Tuesday Tacos..." (Summary from goodreads.com)

I'm looking forward to Social Suicide because I really enjoyed Deadly Cool and I can't wait to see what Hartley is going to get herself into this time.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

Graffiti Moon
By: Cath Crowley
Released: February 14, 2012
Source: Purchased E-book
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"Senior year is over, and Lucy has the perfect way to celebrate: tonight, she's going to find Shadow, the mysterious graffiti artist whose work appears all over the city. He's out there somewhere—spraying color, spraying birds and blue sky on the night—and Lucy knows a guy who paints like Shadow is someone she could fall for. Really fall for. Instead, Lucy's stuck at a party with Ed, the guy she's managed to avoid since the most awkward date of her life. But when Ed tells her he knows where to find Shadow, they're suddenly on an all-night search around the city. And what Lucy can't see is the one thing that's right before her eyes." (Summary from goodreads.com)

Cath Crowley's Graffiti Moon is the story of Lucy who has just completed her senior year. Her plan for the night is to find Shadow, the graffiti artist who Lucy is sure she will fall in love with when she meets him. However, Lucy ends up searching for Shadow with Ed, who she once shared an awkward date with.

I really enjoyed Graffiti Moon and finished it in one sitting. I love how the chapters alternate between Lucy, Ed, and Poet. Lucy just finished her senior year and she is determined to find the graffiti artist Shadow. She greatly admires his work and believes that he is the type of guy she can fall in love with. Lucy is an artist as well and she works in a shop blowing glass. She is a feisty character and does lack some sensitivity.


Ed dropped out of school and works hard to help out his mother. He once went on a date with Lucy but it turned into an awkward disaster and they managed to avoid each other until the night marking the end of her senior year. I really enjoyed how as the night progresses, Lucy and Ed get to know each other much better. Poet is Shadows partner and creates the titles for Shadows work. I especially loved Poet's chapters because they were written as poetry.


The plot moves quickly and takes place over the span of one day. It is a sweet story but at the same time it still deals with some heavy issues such as family hardships. I really enjoyed Crowley's writing style. Shadow's art work is described in such vivid detail that I could picture it. I also liked the alternating chapters because it provided a deeper insight into each character. Although the next chapter did tend to repeat what just happened at the end of the previous chapter but it was from a different characters perspective. Overall I really enjoyed going on this fun adventure with Lucy and strongly recommend Graffiti Moon.


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Monday, February 27, 2012

Fever by Lauren DeStefano

Fever
By: Lauren DeStefano
Released: February 16, 2012
Source: Purchased E-book
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion, but danger is never far behind. Running away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ringmistress keeps watch over a menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. With Gabriel at her side, Rhine travels through an environment as grim as the one she left a year ago - surroundings that mirror her own feelings of fear and hopelessness. The two are determined to get to Manhattan, to relative safety with Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan. But the road there is long and perilous - and in a world where young women only live to age twenty and young men die at twenty-five, time is precious. Worse still, they can’t seem to elude Rhine’s father-in-law, Vaughn, who is determined to bring Rhine back to the mansion...by any means necessary. In the sequel to Lauren DeStefano’s harrowing Wither, Rhine must decide if freedom is worth the price - now that she has more to lose than ever." (Summary from goodreads.com)

Lauren DeStefano's Fever is the sequel to Wither and picks up right where Wither left off. Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion but they are now on the run. Rhine wants to get back home to Manhattan and find her twin brother. However, Vaughn is following Rhine and plans to take her back to the mansion.

I loved Fever and may have enjoyed it even more than Wither, which I already completely loved. Rhine and Gabriel are on the run from the mansion and find themselves in several dangerous situations. I really enjoyed how both characters continue to develop. It was interesting to see them in a new environment this time. I also enjoyed how the relationship between Rhine and Gabriel continues to develop through the story. Then there are so many new and interesting characters introduced throughout the story as well.

I really enjoyed learning more about the world outside in Fever. I thought that the setting in the mansion in Wither was creepy but the outside world may be even worse. The plot moves very quickly and I finished it in just one sitting. I loved that it was never what I expected and I was constantly being surprised by what would happen next. The ending especially left me breathless and extremely anxious for the next book. I have easily become a huge fan of DeStefano. Her writing flows beautifully as she creates this vivid world with interesting characters. I strongly recommend Fever, it is an exciting sequel that was even better than the high expectations I had already held!

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Shadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Shadows
By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Released: February 21, 2012
Source: Purchased E-book
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"The last thing Dawson Black expected was Bethany Williams. As a Luxen, an alien life form on Earth, human girls are…well, fun. But since the Luxen have to keep their true identities a secret, falling for one would be insane. Dangerous. Tempting. Undeniable. Bethany can’t deny the immediate connection between her and Dawson. And even though boys aren’t a complication she wants, she can’t stay away from him. Still, whenever they lock eyes, she’s drawn in. Captivated. Lured. Loved. Dawson is keeping a secret that will change her existence...and put her life in jeopardy. But even he can’t stop risking everything for one human girl. Or from a fate that is as unavoidable as love itself." (Summary from goodreads.com)

Jennifer L. Armentrout's Shadows is a short story set before Obsidian takes place. The short story is about Daemon and Dee's other brother Dawson. Dawson never expected to fall in love with Bethany but he couldn't stay away from her.

I loved Shadows and read it in one sitting. It is a bit long for a short story but I definitely wish that it was even longer. I loved Obsidian and I was so excited to read even more about these characters. I really enjoyed getting to know more about Dawson. He is a bit different from his brother Daemon and his sister Dee. I couldn't help but develop a huge crush on him as well though. He would do anything to protect Bethany. I am already in love with Daemon so I was thrilled to read even more with him. I also loved learning more about Adam and I am already hoping to see more of him in Onyx.

For a short story, I feel like a great deal happened but it didn't feel overwhelming at all. I was laughing out loud at some moments while during other moments my heart was breaking for these characters. I loved finally learning about the story between Dawson and Bethany, which was mentioned several times in Obsidian. Many of the lingering questions I had about Daemon and Dee's past were answered. I also loved to connect how this all affected Daemon and Dee. It explains so much about both of their characters. Shadows was a great way to help hold me over until Onyx, the sequel to Obsidian, is released. However, I admit I am extremely anxious to read what will happen next. I strongly recommend both Shadows and Obsidian. The Lux series is not only just exciting, romantic, and captivating but you won't be able to put these books down.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #38: Stealing Parker

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

Stealing Parker
By: Miranda Kenneally
Release Date: October 2012

"About a 17-year-old girl named Parker who falls for the new 23-year-old coach of the baseball team." (Summary from goodreads.com)

I can't wait for Stealing Parker because I completely loved Catching Jordan! Just the one sentence synopsis so far has me really excited! I'm definitely looking forward to reading another book by Miranda Kenneally.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Balthazar by Claudia Gray

Balthazar
By: Claudia Gray
Released: March 6, 2012
Source: ARC from Aeicha(wordspelunking.blogspot.com)
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"Haunted by memories from his first days as a vampire, Balthazar has spent hundreds of years alone—without allies, without love. When he emerges from his isolation to help Skye Tierney, a human girl who once attended Evernight Academy, Balthazar has no idea how dangerous it will be. Skye’s psychic powers have caught the attention of Redgrave, the cruel master vampire responsible for murdering Balthazar and his family four centuries ago. Having learned of Skye’s powers and the remarkable effect her blood has on vampires, he plans to use her for his own evil purposes. As they stand together to fight the evil vampire, Balthazar realizes his lonely world could finally be changed by Skye...just as Redgrave realizes that he can destroy Balthazar once and for all by taking her for his own." (Summary from goodreads.com)

Claudia Gray's Balthazar picks up shortly after Afterlife left off. However, this time its Balthazar's story. Balthazar is helping protect Skye who is a human who also attended Evernight Academy but she has special psychic powers. She needs protection because she is being watched by Redgrave, who is the vampire that turned Balthazar.

I am a huge fan of Claudia Gray's Evernight series and I loved Balthazar even more than the previous books in the series. When I first heard about this book I was so thrilled to finally get an entire book about Balthazar. Balthazar was one of my favorite characters ever since the first book in the series and I always wanted to know more about him. Gray definitely develops Balthazar even further then in the previous Evernight books. He has been a vampire for centuries and he is forced to face his past in this book while helping protect Skye. I especially enjoyed the multiple flashbacks to Balthazar's past.

Skye had an important role in the end of the previous book in the Evernight series, Afterlife so I was happy to learn more about her character. Skye made a great and interesting character who was strongly developed as well. I also loved the relationship between Balthazar and Skye and how natural it was. Balthazar always seemed to have the worst luck throughout the Evernight series and I always wanted him to find someone other than Bianca.

I really enjoyed having another book set in this world that Gray has created. Especially one that is now from another character's perspective. Lucas and Bianca do make an appearance though and I was happy to see them again. I felt that the plot flowed smoothly from beginning to end. I was completely captivated by the story from the first page and barely put it down until I finished it. There was quite a lot of action throughout the story but also many other sweet moments. I am huge fan of Gray and her writing just continues to improve with each new book. I know for sure that I will definitely be anxiously awaiting what she will write next. I strongly recommend Balthazar, it is an exciting and captivating story.

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Ripper by Stefan Petrucha

Ripper
By: Stefan Petrucha
Released: March 1, 2012
Source: ARC from NYCC
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"You thought you knew him. You were dead wrong. Carver Young dreams of becoming a detective, despite growing up in an orphanage with only crime novels to encourage him. But when he is adopted by Detective Hawking of the world famous Pinkerton Agency, Carver is given not only the chance to find his biological father, he finds himself smack in the middle of a real life investigation: tracking down a vicious serial killer who has thrown New York City into utter panic. When the case begins to unfold, however, it’s worse than he could have ever imagined, and his loyalty to Mr. Hawking and the Pinkertons comes into question. As the body count rises and the investigation becomes dire, Carver must decide where his true loyalty lies. Full of whip-smart dialogue, kid-friendly gadgets, and featuring a then New York City Police Commisioner Teddy Roosevelt, Ripper challenges everything you thought you knew about the world’s most famous serial killer" (Summary from goodreads.com)

Stefan Petrucha's Ripper is the story of Carver who has always wanted to become a detective. Then Carver is adopted by the mysterious Detective Hawking and is finally given the opportunity to look for his biological father.

I really enjoyed Ripper and found it hard to put this book down until I solved the mystery. There were so many interesting characters that I wanted to get to know even more about. Carver is a young orphan who has dreams of becoming a famous detective. When he is adopted by Detective Hawking he is brought into an exciting world of crime solving. Detective Hawking is a bit odd at first and I didn't like him immediately, but his character grew on me as the plot progressed. I had fun though solving the mystery alongside Carver though. It could get a bit predictable at times but there were still some surprises.

I loved the Pinkerton Agency and it was fun learning about them. I especially liked reading about the technology they had and especially how to get into the agency itself. Another interesting character was Delia who grew up in the same orphanage as Carver. She was also adopted though and goes to work with The New York Times. I kind of wish to have gotten to know her character a bit better because I really enjoyed the relationship she shared with Carver. She was smart and somehow always knew what he was up to.

I loved the opening chapter and it instantly got me hooked on the story. I thought it was so interesting how Petrucha intertwined the Jack the Ripper murders into the story. The letters especially gave the plot a creepy feeling to it. I was completely fascinated by the setting in New York and Petrucha brought me back in time. I also really enjoyed were the short chapters. It helped move the plot along much quicker. I would sit down to read only a couple of chapters but before I knew it I was almost done with the book. Overall I recommend Ripper, it was an exciting and interesting mystery.

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Friday, February 17, 2012

The Mail Still Runs Book Trailer

The Mail Still Runs (Book 2 in Far From The War Trilogy)
By: Jeffrey David Payne
Release Date: Summer 2012
Purchase Far From The War: Amazon
My review of: Far From The War

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

The Fault In Our Stars
By: John Green
Released: January 10, 2012
Source: Purchased
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now. Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault. Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind." (Summary from goodreads.com)

John Green's The Fault In Our Stars is the story of Hazel who was been living with cancer for years. However, a miracle drug is helping stop the tumors from growing but it is not definite how long it will work. While attending a cancer support group, Hazel meets Augustus who changes her life.

I loved The Fault In Our Stars and I still feel speechless! It is a raw and beautiful story. I don't even know how to review this book because I don't think it is possible for me to give it the justice it deserves. The characters are beautifully written and strongly developed. Hazel has been battling cancer for years but she is now taking a miracle drug that has slowed the tumors in her lungs. However, it is unknown just how long this medicine will keep working. Hazel doesn't get close to many people. She would rather stay home where she can watch tv or read her favorite book.

While at a cancer support group, Hazel meets Augustus who is in remission. Eventually a unique relationship begins to develop between them. I absolutely loved the dialogue that Hazel and Augustus shared. It was witty and hilarious at times but, I also thought that it was unique just like them.

I don't think I have ever read a book before that has caused me to experience so many emotions so strongly. I laughed at times and then at other times I was a complete hysterical mess. I had to put this book down for a few days before I could finish it because I didn't think I could handle it all in one sitting. Even days after finishing The Fault In Our Stars, I still can't stop thinking about it. I admit this is the first book that I have read by John Green and I picked it up after hearing so many amazing things. I am so happy that I did I buy this book though and I definitely plan on reading more of books very soon. I strongly recommend The Fault In Our Stars, this is the one book that you don't want to miss!

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #37: Wanderlove

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

Wanderlove
By: Kirsten Hubbard
Release Date: March 13, 2012

"It all begins with a stupid question: Are you a Global Vagabond? No, but 18-year-old Bria Sandoval wants to be. In a quest for independence, her neglected art, and no-strings-attached hookups, she signs up for a guided tour of Central America—the wrong one. Middle-aged tourists with fanny packs are hardly the key to self-rediscovery. When Bria meets Rowan, devoted backpacker and dive instructor, and his outspokenly humanitarian sister Starling, she seizes the chance to ditch her group and join them off the beaten path. Bria's a good girl trying to go bad. Rowan's a bad boy trying to stay good. As they travel across a panorama of Mayan villages, remote Belizean islands, and hostels plagued with jungle beasties, they discover what they've got in common: both seek to leave behind the old versions of themselves. And the secret to escaping the past, Rowan’s found, is to keep moving forward. But Bria comes to realize she can't run forever, no matter what Rowan says. If she ever wants the courage to fall for someone worthwhile, she has to start looking back. Kirsten Hubbard lends her artistry into this ultimate backpacker novel, weaving her drawings into the text. Her career as a travel writer and her experiences as a real-life vagabond backpacking Central America are deeply seeded in this inspiring story." (Summary from goodreads.com)

I'm excited for Wanderlove because the summary sounds really good and definitely like my kind of book.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Author Interview: Meredith Zeitlin

Meredith Zeitlin, author of Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters, kindly took the time to stop by and answer some questions.
"Kelsey Finkelstein is fourteen and FRUSTRATED. Every time she tries to live up to her awesome potential, her plans are foiled – by her impossible parents, her annoying little sister, and life in general. But with her first day of high school coming up, Kelsey is positive that things are going to change. Enlisting the help of her three best friends — sweet and quiet Em, theatrical Cass, and wild JoJo — Kelsey gets ready to rebrand herself and make the kind of mark she knows is her destiny. Things start out great - her arch-nemesis has moved across the country, giving Kelsey the perfect opportunity to stand out on the soccer team and finally catch the eye of her long-time crush. But soon enough, an evil junior’s thirst for revenge, a mysterious photographer, and a series of other catastrophes make it clear that just because KELSEY has a plan for greatness… it doesn’t mean the rest of the world is in on it. Kelsey’s hilarious commentary throughout her disastrous freshman year will have you laughing out loud—while being thankful that you’re not in her shoes, of course…" (Summary goodreads.com)

Monday, February 13, 2012

Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin

Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters
By: Meredith Zeitlin
Release Date: March 1, 2012
Source: E-book from G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"Kelsey Finkelstein is fourteen and FRUSTRATED. Every time she tries to live up to her awesome potential, her plans are foiled – by her impossible parents, her annoying little sister, and life in general. But with her first day of high school coming up, Kelsey is positive that things are going to change. Enlisting the help of her three best friends — sweet and quiet Em, theatrical Cass, and wild JoJo — Kelsey gets ready to rebrand herself and make the kind of mark she knows is her destiny. Things start out great - her arch-nemesis has moved across the country, giving Kelsey the perfect opportunity to stand out on the soccer team and finally catch the eye of her long-time crush. But soon enough, an evil junior’s thirst for revenge, a mysterious photographer, and a series of other catastrophes make it clear that just because KELSEY has a plan for greatness… it doesn’t mean the rest of the world is in on it. Kelsey’s hilarious commentary throughout her disastrous freshman year will have you laughing out loud—while being thankful that you’re not in her shoes, of course…" (Summary goodreads.com)

Meredith Zeitlin's Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters is the story of Kelsey as she starts her freshman year of high school. Kelsey wants this to be her year finally. However, everything doesn't go as she plans and it leads to several embarrassing moments.

I loved Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters. This book was absolutely hilarious!  Kelsey is a frustrated and dramatic teenager to say the least. She fights with her parents quite often and can't stand her annoying little sister. She wants it to be the year where she stands out and finally captures the attention of Jordan, who she has been crushing on for years. At times I wanted to scream at Kelsey for being shallow and caring about the smallest things that shouldn't matter. However, then I would take a moment to remember that I was overreacting over the same exact stuff at that age too.

I loved Kelsey's friends JoJo, Cassidy, and Em. I loved the relationship that they all shared but of course there was some drama involved. I enjoyed the drama though because it made their friendship realistic and that is just what high school is like.

Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters was so hilarious that I had to put it down several times to control my laughter. Once I started this book I finished it fairly quickly. Some of the situations that Kelsey found herself in were so embarrassing that I even felt my own face turning red for her. This story brought back so many memories of my own high school experience too. I admit I even found myself in several situations similar to Kelsey just only a few years ago. Zeitlin wrote an excellent and realistic depiction of high school. I highly recommend Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters! Not only is it a hilarious and fun read but, it is also a great story about growing up.  

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Win Incarnate by Jodi Meadows and Swag


"NEWSOUL: Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.
NOSOUL: Even Ana’s own mother thinks she’s a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she’ll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are suspicious and afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?
HEART: Sam believes Ana’s new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana’s enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else’s life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?" 
(Summary from goodreads.com)

One winner will receive a copy of Incarnate by Jodi Meadows and swag consisting of Incarnate stickers and a bookplate signed by Jodi Meadows. Giveaway is open to anyone 13 or older and is for US residents only. 
I loved this book and you can read my full review here: Incarnate.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #36: Glitch

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

Glitch
By: Heather Anastasiu
Release Date: August 7, 2012

"In the Community, there is no more pain or war. Implanted computer chips have wiped humanity clean of destructive emotions, and thoughts are replaced by a feed from the Link network. When Zoe starts to malfunction (or "glitch"), she suddenly begins having her own thoughts, feelings, and identity. Any anomalies must be immediately reported and repaired, but Zoe has a secret so dark it will mean certain deactivation if she is caught: her glitches have given her uncontrollable telekinetic powers. As Zoe struggles to control her abilities and stay hidden, she meets other glitchers including Max, who can disguise his appearance, and Adrien, who has visions of the future. Both boys introduce Zoe to feelings that are entirely new. Together, this growing band of glitchers must find a way to free themselves from the controlling hands of the Community before they’re caught and deactivated, or worse." (Summary from goodreads.com)

I am excited for Glitch because I love dystopian future books and this sounds really interesting.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

Article 5
By: Kristen Simmons
Released: January 31, 2012
Source: Purchased
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned. The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes. There are no more police—instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior—instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested usually don't come back. Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren’t always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it’s hard for her to forget that people weren’t always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. It’s hard to forget that life in the United States used to be different. Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass the random home inspections by the military. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow. That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings…the only boy Ember has ever loved." (Summary from goodreads.com)

Kristen Simmon's Article 5 is the story of Ember who lives with her mother in a country that now has Moral Statutes. If a citizen breaks one of the Moral Statutes they are punished with a trial and often times even worse. Ember and her mother manage to get by but then her mother is arrested for Article 5. Ember is taken away from her mother and the soldier arresting her is Chase. Chase is her old neighbor as well as the first boy she ever loved.
I loved Article 5 and I literally stayed up all night reading it. I am a huge fan of dystopian books and when I saw this in my local bookstore, I immediately picked it up. Article 5 is an exciting and interesting story with captivating characters. Ember is separated from her mother when her mother is arrested for violating Article 5. Ember is very close to her mother and would do just about anything for her. I really liked Ember but at times she was a frustrating character because of the choices she made. However, she learns and grows as a result of her actions. 

Chase is a soldier in the military but he once met much more to Ember. Chase was a complicated character but I completely fell in love with him as the story progressed. There were so many interesting characters introduced throughout the book. Some were characters that you grew to love while others were absolutely terrifying. I am really looking forward to learning more about many of the side characters in the next book.

Article 5 brought me on an emotional roller coaster. The plot is paced well and I was hooked after just a couple of pages. I loved the interesting yet horrifying setting. I especially enjoyed learning about the Moral Statutes and how the society was set up. I loved how the flashbacks, which were spread throughout the book, explained the past relationship between Ember and Chase. I felt like I was a bit of an anxious mess while reading this book because I would get so nervous about what would happen next to Ember. The last couple of chapters especially had me on the edge of my seat. I am dying for the next book because I still have quite a few questions and I can't wait to read what will happen next. I strongly recommend Article 5, it is a captivating dystopian story!

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Monday, February 6, 2012

Fracture by Megan Miranda

Fracture
By: Megan Miranda
Released: January 17, 2012
Source: Purchased E-Book
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters of a Maine lake by her best friend Decker Phillips. By then her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. And yet she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine—despite the scans that showed significant brain damage. Everyone wants Delaney to be all right, but she knows she's far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can't control or explain, Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her altered brain now predicting death, or causing it? Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who recently emerged from a coma with similar abilities. At first she's reassured to find someone who understands the strangeness of her new existence, but Delaney soon discovers that Troy's motives aren't quite what she thought. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature-or something much more frightening?" (Summary from goodreads.com)

Megan Miranda's Fracture is the story of Delaney who should have died the day she fell into the frozen lake. She was in the water for eleven minutes before her best friend Decker pulled her out. Although Delaney made a miraculous recovery, she can't ignore the strange sensations that lead her to the dying. She soon meets Troy who also understands her pull towards the dying.

I loved Fracture and read this book in one sitting. I loved that the characters in this book weren't perfect and each one had their own personal issues. However, they were characters who I found I could understand and relate to. Delaney shouldn't have survived the accident at the lake but she makes a quick recovery. Despite the scans that show brain damage, Delaney is physically fine. Delaney's family just want everything to go back to normal but she has these strange urges which lead her to the dying. Her new gift is definitely creepy and strange. Delaney is an interesting character who, before the accident, was a good student and daughter. However, her life completely changes and she finds it hard to pretend that everything is normal again.

Decker is Delaney's best friend and neighbor. He is also the one who saved Delaney from the lake that day. However, their relationship which was already a bit strained only continues to grow more complicated. Then there is Troy who Delaney meets and learns that he also shares her strange urge to seek out the dying. Troy was definitely a mysterious and complex character to say the least.

Fracture is well paced and filled with unexpected twists. I loved that the story picks up immediately. The suspense definitely kept me on the edge of my seat and I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next. I have so many mixed emotions about the ending still. I completely loved it but at the same time I still have some questions lingering. I know one thing for sure though is that I will definitely be looking forward to what Miranda will write next. I strongly recommend Fracture, it is a creepy, thrilling, and captivating story.

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler

Bittersweet
By: Sarah Ockler
Released: January 3, 2012
Source: Purchased E-book
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"Once upon a time, Hudson knew exactly what her future looked like. Then a betrayal changed her life, and knocked her dreams to the ground. Now she’s a girl who doesn’t believe in second chances… a girl who stays under the radar by baking cupcakes at her mom’s diner and obsessing over what might have been. So when things start looking up and she has another shot at her dreams, Hudson is equal parts hopeful and terrified. Of course, this is also the moment a cute, sweet guy walks into her life…and starts serving up some seriously mixed signals. She’s got a lot on her plate, and for a girl who’s been burned before, risking it all is easier said than done. It’s time for Hudson to ask herself what she really wants, and how much she’s willing to sacrifice to get it. Because in a place where opportunities are fleeting, she knows this chance may very well be her last…." (Summary from goodreads.com)

Sarah Ockler's Bittersweet is the story of Hudson who once had the opportunity of going far in professional ice skating but then her life completely changed. Now she works in her mother's diner where she bakes cupcakes. However, when Hudson is given another chance at her dream, she must decide if it is still worth it. 

I loved Bittersweet and could not put this book down from the first page. The characters are each strongly developed, especially Hudson. Hudson was a character that I immediately connected with. I found that I could relate to her on so many different levels. She works hard to balance all that is going on in her life. She works at her mother's diner, bakes cupcakes, and helps take care of her little brother. Hudson grows a great deal through the story and learns much about herself.

There are so many side characters I fell in love with as well. Bug is Hudson's little brother and he is just so adorable. I love the relationship he shares with his big sister. Then there is Dani who is Hudson's best friend and also works in the diner. Finally there are the hockey team boys. I loved the hockey team and thought they were hilarious. I also completely fell in love with Josh.
I must add I loved the scenes that took place in the diner and found myself laughing out loud at times. I work in a diner myself and I have one too many customers who are like the Cowboy. I also loved all of the different cupcakes that Hudson created and I even baked the lights, camera, cupcakes. I definitely plan on baking a few more of them also. The plot is paced well and made me laugh out at times but, I also felt my heart break at other moments. I highly recommend Bittersweet, it is a captivating story about discovering who you are and what you want. 

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Young Adult February Releases

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Which one are you most excited for?
Also I think I got everything but please feel free to let me know if I missed anything! :)

Waiting on Wednesday #35: The Golden Lily

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

The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2)
By: Richelle Mead
Release Date: June 19, 2012

"The second thrilling installment in Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy spinoff series. Tough, brainy alchemist Sydney Sage and doe-eyed Moroi princess Jill Dragomir are in hiding at a human boarding school in the sunny, glamorous world of Palm Springs, California. The students—children of the wealthy and powerful—carry on with their lives in blissful ignorance, while Sydney, Jill, Eddie and Adrian must do everything in their power to keep their secret safe. But with forbidden romances, unexpected spirit bonds, and the threat of Strigoi moving ever closer, hiding the truth is harder than anyone thought." (Summary from goodreads.com)
I am excited for The Golden Lily because I loved Bloodlines and can't wait to read what will happen next. I loved The Vampire Academy series and was a bit worried I wouldn't love Bloodlines as much but I definitely did.