Thursday, May 31, 2012

Being Friends With Boys by Terra Elan McVoy

Being Friends With Boys
By: Terra Elan McVoy
Released: May 1, 2012
Source: Purchased E-book
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"Charlotte and Oliver have been friends forever. She knows that he, Abe, and Trip consider her to be one of the guys, and she likes it that way. She likes being the friend who keeps them all together. Likes offering a girl's perspective on their love lives. Likes being the behind-the-scenes wordsmith who writes all the lyrics for the boys' band. Char has a house full of stepsisters and a past full of backstabbing (female) ex-best friends, so for her, being friends with boys is refreshingly drama-free...until it isn't any more. When a new boy enters the scene and makes Char feel like, well, a total girl...and two of her other friends have a falling out that may or may not be related to one of them deciding he possibly wants to be more than friends with Char...being friends with all these boys suddenly becomes a lot more complicated." (Summary from goodreads.com)

Terra Elan McVoy's Being Friends With Boys is the story of Charlotte who has been friends with Oliver for years. She is happy with being a part of his band with Abe and Trip as manager and writer. However things get complicated when there is a new guy.

I loved Being Friends With Boys and finished this book in one sitting. I was really excited when I first heard about this book because it sounded just like a contemporary that I would love and it definitely turned out to be just that. Charlotte was a character I could easily relate to. She is friends with a lot boys and she is also the responsible one. Charlotte tries to take care of everything for everyone. She is also recently adjusting to living with a new stepmother and stepsisters while her sister goes away to college. I found that I really related to Charlotte because growing up most of my friends were guys as well. Ever since middle school, my best friend has been a guy and I just found hanging out with guys to involve a lot less drama. However, in this book there is quite a lot of drama.

There were so many great side characters in this book as well that just made me love this story even more. Oliver has been friends with Charlotte for years and their relationship can get complicated at times but they need each other. Then there is Trip who I absolutely loved and I loved his friendship with Charlotte. There were several other characters I really enjoyed as well such as Benji, Darby, and Gretchen. 

Being Friends With Boys is just my kind of contemporary story because it involved realistic and strongly developed characters who aren't perfect. It was easy to finish this book in one sitting because I was immediately drawn into the story. The plot is filled drama but there are also some hilarious and unexpected moments. There is more than just romance and friendship to this story but some family issues as well. I definitely didn't want this book to end because I wasn't ready to say goodbye to these characters just yet. Overall, I loved Being Friends With Boys and highly recommend it. 

My Rating:

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #52: Lucid

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

Lucid
By: Ron Bass and Adrienne Stoltz
Release Date: October 2, 2012

"What if you could dream your way into a different life? What if you could choose to live that life forever?Sloane and Maggie have never met. Sloane is a straight-A student with a big and loving family. Maggie lives a glamorously independent life as an up-and-coming actress in New York. The two girls couldn’t be more different—except for one thing. They share a secret that they can’t tell a soul. At night, they dream that they’re each other. The deeper they’re pulled into the promise of their own lives, the more their worlds begin to blur dangerously together. Before long, Sloane and Maggie can no longer tell which life is real and which is just a dream. They realize that eventually they will have to choose one life to wake up to, or risk spiraling into insanity. But that means giving up one world, one love, and one self, forever. This is a dazzling debut that will still readers’ hearts" (Summary from goodreads.com)

I am excited for Lucid because it sounds really good and I love the cover!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Grasping At Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper


Grasping At Eternity (Kindrily Series #1)
By: Karen Amanda Hooper
Released: May 21, 2012
Source: E-book from the author
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review 

"Leave it to Maryah Woodsen to break the one rule that will screw up eternity: Never erase your memories. Before entering this life, Maryah did the unthinkable—she erased. Now, at seventeen years old, she’s clueless that her new adoptive family has known her for centuries, that they are perpetually reincarnated souls, and that they have supernatural abilities. Oh, and she's supposed to love (not despise) Nathan, the green-eyed daredevil who saved her life. Nathan is convinced his family’s plan to spark Maryah's memory is hopeless, but his love for her is undying. After spending (and remembering) so many lifetimes together, being around an empty version of his soulmate is heart shattering. He hates acting like a stalker, but has no choice because the evil outcast who murdered Maryah in their last lifetime is still after her. While Maryah’s hunter inches closer, she and Nathan make assumptions and hide secrets that rip them further apart. Maryah has to believe in the magic within her, Nathan must have faith in the power of their love, and both need to grasp onto the truth before they lose each other forever—and discover just how lonely eternity can be." (Summary from goodreads.com)

Karen Amanda Hooper's Grasping At Eternity is the story of Maryah who erased her memories of her previous lives before beginning her current life. Now Maryah is living with her new adoptive family and has no recollection of the past they share. She also doesn't remember Nathan, her soulmate.

I really enjoyed Grasping At Eternity and finished it rather quickly. I loved Hooper's other book, Tangled Tides, so I was really excited to read another book by her. I love the way that Hooper writes because once again her story quickly hooked me in. Maryah was a really interesting character that I found that I connected with very easily. I especially found that I related to her in many ways. She not only finds herself living with a new adoptive family, but she is discovering that there is so much more to them. I like that her reactions to all of it were honest and realistic.

Nathan is Maryah's soul mate and he still remembers all of their previous lives together. I liked that the chapters alternated between Maryah and Nathan. It not only helped move the plot along but it helped develop the characters more deeply.

There were so many side characters that I really enjoyed getting to know. I especially loved Carson, Harmony, and Faith and wanted to know even more about their characters.

The concept of reincarnation that Hooper incorporates into the book is really interesting and different from anything that I have read before. It was a bit confusing at first, but as the story progressed it became much easier to understand. I really enjoyed how this story unraveled and I found it to be paced well. The plot was exciting and filled with twists. I especially was not expecting that ending. I'm really looking forward to the second book now. Overall I thought that Grasping At Eternity was an excellent start to what will sure be a great series!  

My Rating:

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #51: Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone


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

Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone
By: Kat Rosenfield
Release Date: July 5, 2012

"On the night of Becca’s high school graduation, the discovery of an unidentified dead girl left to bleed out on the side of a dirt road sends the town—and Becca—into a tailspin. Becca has always longed to break free from her small home town, but as the violence of the outside world creeps into her backyard, she withdraws and retreats inward, paralyzed for the first time in her life. Short chapters detailing the last days of Amelia Anne Richardson’s life are intercut with Becca’s own coming-of-age summer, unfolding into the parallel stories of two young women struggling with self-identity and tense romantic relationships as the summer’s tumultuous events twist Becca closer and closer to the truth about Amelia’s murder." (Summary from goodreads.com)

I am looking forward to Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone because the summary sounds really good and mysterious.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Unbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker

Unbreak My Heart
By: Melissa C. Walker
Released: May 22, 2012
Source: Netgalley
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review 

"Sophomore year broke Clementine Williams’ heart. She fell for her best friend’s boyfriend and long story short: he’s excused, but Clem is vilified and she heads into summer with zero social life. Enter her parents’ plan to spend the summer on their sailboat. Normally the idea of being stuck on a tiny boat with her parents and little sister would make Clem break out in hives, but floating away sounds pretty good right now. Then she meets James at one of their first stops along the river. He and his dad are sailing for the summer and he’s just the distraction Clem needs. Can he break down Clem’s walls and heal her broken heart? Told in alternating chapters that chronicle the year that broke Clem’s heart and the summer that healed it, Unbreak My Heart is a wonderful dual love story that fans of Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, and Susane Colasanti will flock to." (Summary from goodreads.com

Melissa Walker's Unbreak My Heart is the story of Clementine who is spending the summer living on a boat with her family. Clem is happy for the escape because she began to fall for her best friends boyfriend. While on the trip though she meets James who is also sailing for the summer with his dad.

I really enjoyed Unbreak My Heart and finished this book in one day. Clementine is leaving to spend the summer on a boat with her parents and little sister. She has had a tough year at school after falling for her best friends boyfriend. She is upset and feels really guilty for it all. Clem is pretty depressed about it but she's dealing with it all in her own way. I found it hard to really connect with her and thought she was a bit overdramatic. However she is a realistic character because she isn't perfect and she makes mistakes.

I love the relationship Clem shares with her little sister Olive though. It's evident how much Olive adores her big sister. While at dock, Clem meets James who is so sweet and cheerful. It was hard not to fall in love with him. He is traveling for the summer on a boat as well with his father. I definitely wanted more James in this story.

I have been getting into reading a lot more contemporary books lately and I found that this was a good and quick read. I struggled with some parts of the story because I felt that Clem was being way to hard on herself. However, I really enjoyed the second half of the book the most. I liked that the chapters alternated between the present and what happened in the past with Clementine's friendship. It helped move the plot along and piece together what happened. I also love that this book dealt with family and I completely loved Clementine's family. Overall, I enjoyed Unbreak My Heart, it's a sweet and realistic story about growing up.  

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Of Poseidon
By: Anna Banks
Released: May 22, 2012
Source: Netgalley
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review 

"Emma and her friend Chloe are spending vacation in Florida. When Emma (literally) runs into a hot guy named Galen on the beach, little does she know he’s a prince of the Syrena. Galen and Emma both feel something strange – is it attraction? – and Galen suspects that Emma might well be the girl he’s heard of – a human who can communicate with fish. What follows is a deadly scene with a shark in which Galen witnesses Emma’s gifts. He must know more about her, and follows her back to New Jersey, and high school, to find out for sure if she’s the key to saving his kingdom. Soon, Emma can’t deny her feelings for him, but can’t explain them, either – and both she and Galen must learn more about where she comes from and what her powers are before they can trust one another and their feelings." (summary from goodreads.com)

Anna Banks' Of Poseidon is the story of Emma who is on vacation with her best friend when she accidently bumps into Galen. Galen is the prince of the Syrena, or mermaids. Galen and Emma can't deny that they instantly felt something when first met though. Galen also suspects that Emma is not just an ordinary when he sees that she is capable of communicating with fish.

I completely loved Of Poseidon! I couldn't stop reading this book once I started. The characters are well written and strongly developed. Emma is feisty and tough. She definitely has a bit of a temper at times. Emma is also hilarious too though and I loved her little inner rants.

Emma meets Galen by accident when she trips and falls into him while on vacation. Galen wants to know more about Emma though, especially after seeing her communicate with fish. Galen kind of creeped me out a bit at first but it only took a couple of chapters before I was in love with him. He doesn't know how to act like a human very well. I enjoyed the alternating chapters though because it not only helped move the plot along but, it also provided a deeper understanding into both Galen and Emma. I also loved Rayna and Toraf. Rayna is Galen's sister and she also has a bit of a temper. Toraf is Galen's best friend and I wish he was in the story even more.

The plot moves along quickly and immediately captured my attention from the first line. The history of the Syrena, or mermaids, was so interesting and I enjoyed how it was spread out through the story so that I never felt overwhelmed by the information. Of Poseidon ended on a cliffhanger that left me dying for more. While reading, I had some suspicions about what would happen next but I was definitely proven wrong. I know I have said it before but mermaids have easily become my new favorite genre and Of Poseidon just further proves it for me. I know that I will definitely be anxiously sitting on the edge of my seat while I wait for the sequel. I strongly recommend Of Poseidon! It is an exciting, romantic, and interesting story that you will find hard to put down.  

My Rating:

Sunday, May 20, 2012

New Releases May 20 - May 26

New Releases May 20 - May 26


May 22:

Weekly Recap

Weekly Recap May 7- May 20



Hi, I'm officially back from vacation so this recap will be from the past two weeks. My vacation was amazing though and I visited several bookstores such as City Lights and a really cool outdoor bookstore. I also met fellow blogger, Nicole @ The Readers Antidote. :)


Books I Reviewed:

*Also I made a playlist of songs that remind me of Daemon for a stop on the 30 Days of Daemon Tour.

Books I Received For Review:

*Thank you Netgalley and Harlequin!

Books I Won:
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa (Signed and a sweatshirt)

*Thank you Harlequin, Goodreads, and Harper

Books I Purchased:
Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Bought another copy for the new cover)


So how did your week go?
:)

Saturday, May 19, 2012

30 Days of Daemon Tour: Music


Welcome to the next stop on the 30 Days of Daemon Tour!
For those who don't already know, Daemon is a character from Jennifer L. Armentrout's Lux series. I'm completely addicted to this series and of course Daemon! The first book is Obsidian which you can purchase on Amazon. You can also pre-order the sequel Onyx on Amazon. I highly recommend Obsidian if you haven't read it already because it's one of my favorite books! You can read my full review here.

For this stop on the 30 Days of Daemon Tour, I created my own playlist of music that reminds me of the completely gorgeous Daemon. 




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1. Sour Cherry by The Kills
This song makes me think of when we first meet Daemon in Obsidian. (I believe that Jennifer Armentrout may of mentioned this song on twitter once before)

2. E.T. by Katy Perry
This whole song just reminds me of several Daemon moments throughout Obsidian.

3. Drop Dead Beautiful by Britney Spears
The title of this song pretty much says it all ... Daemon is beautiful! <3

4. Bad Things by Jace Everett
A pretty self explanatory song when it comes to Daemon.

5. Sex on Fire by Kings of Leon
Yet another self explanatory song when it comes to Daemon.

So do you have any particular songs that remind you of Daemon?


*Don't forget to keep following the 30 Days of Daemon Tour for some more great posts and sneak peeks at Onyx!
Also check out an interview with Daemon over at Fiktshun

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

Unraveling
By: Elizabeth Norris
Released: April 24, 2012
Source: Won ARC from Jenna @ Making the Grade
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"Two days before the start of her junior year, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit by a pickup truck and killed—as in blinding light, scenes of her life flashing before her, and then nothing. Except the next thing she knows, she's opening her eyes to find Ben Michaels, a loner from her high school whom Janelle has never talked to, leaning over her. And even though it isn't possible, she knows—with every fiber of her being—that Ben has somehow brought her back to life. But her revival, and Ben's possible role in it, is only the first of the puzzles that Janelle must solve. While snooping in her FBI agent father's files for clues about her accident, she uncovers a clock that seems to be counting down to something—but to what? And when someone close to Janelle is killed, she can no longer deny what's right in front of her: Everything that's happened—the accident, the murder, the countdown clock, Ben's sudden appearance in her life—points to the end of life as she knows it. And as the clock ticks down, she realizes that if she wants to put a stop to the end of the world, she's going to need to uncover Ben's secrets—and keep from falling in love with him in the process." (Summary from goodreads.com)

Elizabeth Norris's Unraveling is the story of Janelle who is hit by a truck and dies. However, she is brought back to life and wakes up with Ben leaning over her. Janelle soon learns that this is only the beginning of an even bigger mystery that may lead to the end of the world.

I loved Unraveling and I don't think I can entirely express just how much I love this book! The well written characters and plot were both strongly developed. I loved how real the characters felt to me. Janelle especially was a character that I could instantly connect with on so many different levels. She is tough and can take care of herself. She has a lot of responsibilities to handle though. Her mother is bipolar and her father works a lot which leads her to taking care of her younger brother Jared.

Alex has been Janelle's best friend for years and I loved the relationship they shared. Then there is Ben who has been the loner boy at school for years. However, he is there when Janelle is killed and manages to bring her back to life. I loved learning more about Ben and trying to uncover his mystery.

I had a feeling that I would love this book as soon as it opened with a quote from my favorite Robert Frost poem. The plot is so exciting and suspenseful. There is plenty of action and romance. Then there are some moments that made me laugh out and other parts that had me on the verge of tears. I couldn't stop turning the pages to see what would happen next. I completely loved trying to solve the mystery and it was definitely not what I expected. I have been looking for a good sci-fi book for a while now and this was definitely the one! Norris's writing is addictive and she makes an excellent debut! I highly recommend Unraveling, it's a captivating and suspenseful sci-fi story that will keep you up late at night. 

My Rating:

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #50: My Life Next Door


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

My Life Next Door
By: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Release Date: June 14, 2012

"One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time."The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, numerous, messy, affectionate. And every day from her balcony perch, seventeen-year-old Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them… until one summer evening Jase Garrett climbs her trellis and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely in love and stumble through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first romance, Jase's family makes Samantha one of their own - even as she keeps him a secret from her disapproving mother and critical best friend. Then the unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha's world. She's suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself? A debut novel about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another." (Summary from goodreads.com)

I am excited for My Life Next Door because it sounds really good! I also love the cover!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Insurgent (Divergent #2)
By: Veronica Roth
Released: May 1, 2012
Source: Purchased
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love. Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so." (Summary from goodreads.com)

 

Veronica Roth's Insurgent is the sequel to Divergent and picks up immediately after the ending to Divergent. Tris is still trying to help the ones she loves while also dealing with her grief. The factions are also growing closer and closer to war.

I don't think I have the right words to express just how much I loved Insurgent. I had high expectations picking up this book because of how much I loved Divergent. Divergent was easily my favorite book from last year and I'm happy to say that I was not disappointed with Insurgent.

I already found Tris to be a complex character and I think that is one of the reasons why I love this character so much. Tris is struggling to deal with her grief in Insurgent. I kind of liked that she was struggling with everything that happened in Divergent and didn't immediately jump back to this tough and strong person. She is still that fearless and tough character, but I thought that seeing her struggle with her grief and guilt showed she had yet another side to her. It was a reminder that she is still human and not invincible. Tris is still easily one of my favorite female heroines of all times. Then there is Four who I already loved from Divergent and I think I love him even more now. I enjoyed learning more about him and seeing him in new environments. There are also so many other new and returning characters that I completely loved as well.

The plot picked up immediately from where Divergent left off. Even though I felt that so much happened in this book, I still wish it was longer. There were so many twists and surprises that I didn't expect and had me gasping. I'm a huge fan of Roth's writing and I love the world that she has created. I loved that the setting moved around and I especially enjoyed learning more about each faction.

I finished Insurgent in just a couple of hours and I didn't want to put this book down to even get a drink. I found myself getting completely lost in this strongly developed world with these characters and dying to know what would happen next. The ending was not what I expected at all and left me speechless. I still can't stop thinking about it all and plan on rereading this book again very soon. I will definitely be anxiously awaiting the next book in this series. I strongly recommend Insurgent, it's an exciting sequel that will keep you on the edge of your seat!

My Rating:

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting

The Last Echo (The Body Finder #3)
By: Kimberly Derting
Released: April 17, 2012
Source: Purchased E-book
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"In the end, all that's left is an echo...Violet kept her morbid ability to sense dead bodies a secret from everyone except her family and her childhood-best-friend-turned-boyfriend, Jay Heaton. That is until forensic psychologist Sara Priest discovered Violet's talent and invited her to use her gift to track down murderers. Now, as she works with an eclectic group of individuals—including mysterious and dangerously attractive Rafe—it's Violet's job to help those who have been murdered by bringing their killers to justice. When Violet discovers the body of a college girl killed by "the girlfriend collector" she is determined to solve the case. But now the serial killer is on the lookout for a new "relationship" and Violet may have caught his eye...." (Summary from goodreads.com)

Kimberly Derting's The Last Echo picks up shortly after Desires of the Dead left off. Violet is now working with a group and using her gift to find the echos of the dead and the murderers. While working with the group, Violet discovers the body of a college girl and begins to look for the murderer known as "the collector."

First off The Body Finder series is one of my favorite series and I'm a huge fan of Kimberly Derting. With that said, I had extremely high expectations already set before starting this book and it was even better than I could have imagined. I loved the first two books but I think that The Last Echo is my favorite in this series.

I already love these characters and I have really enjoyed how they still continue to develop. Violet has always had this unique gift and at times it can control her life. However, she is using it to help out her new team and to find a murderer. It seemed as though she was finally embracing her gift in this book. I liked seeing Violet in a new environment and interacting with some new characters though. 

Jay is Violet's best friend and boyfriend and I completely love him too. The only negative thing that I can think of about this book is that there wasn't enough Jay. However, it wasn't until I finished the book that I realized he wasn't in this one as much as the previous books. I was a bit hesitant when I first heard Rafe would have a bigger role in this book because I still was unsure of him after Desires of the Dead. However, I was definitely won over by Rafe. I really liked finally learning more about him. I also loved meeting the team members; Gemma, Sara, and Krystal.

From the first page of The Last Echo I was hooked and I found it nearly impossible to put this book down. I had originally planned on trying to take my time with this book but I finished it in a few hours instead. Some parts of the plot were predictable while other parts were unexpected. I love Derting's writing and the alternating chapters between Violet and the killer. This killer has got to be the creepiest one yet. "The collector" definitely left me with chills and a bit paranoid for a few days. The last couple of chapters had me on the edge of my seat. The ending especially left me anxious for the next book. While I wait for the next book though, I will definitely be rereading this book again and again. I strongly recommend The Last Echo and The Body Finder series, it's an exciting and chilling page turner.

My Rating:

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #49: Team Human

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

Team Human
By: Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan
Release Date: July 3, 2012

"When a vampire shows up at Mel’s high school, it’s up to Mel to keep her best friend from falling in love with him. Add a mysterious disappearance, a cranky vampire cop, a number of unlikely romantic entanglements, and the occasional zombie, and soon Mel is hip-deep in an adventure that is equal parts hilarious and poignant." (Summary from goodreads.com)

I am excited for Team Human becase it sounds so awesome and really fun!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Until I Die by Amy Plum

Until I Die
By: Amy Plum
Released: May 8, 2012
Source: Won ARC from Beneath The Jacket
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"Kate and Vincent have overcome the odds and at last they are together in Paris, the city of lights and love. As their romance deepens there’s one question they can’t ignore: How are they supposed to be together if Vincent can’t resist sacrificing himself to save others? Although Vincent promises that he’ll do whatever it takes to lead a normal life with Kate, will that mean letting innocent people die? When a new and surprising enemy reveals itself, Kate realizes that even more may be at stake—and that Vincent’s immortality is in jeopardy. In Die for Me, Amy Plum created a captivating paranormal mythology with immortal revenants and a lush Paris setting. Until I Die is poised to thrill readers with more heart-pounding suspense, spellbinding romance, and a cliff-hanger ending that will leave them desperate for the third and final novel in the series." (Summary from goodreads.com)

Amy Plum's Until I Die is the sequel to Die for Me and picks up shortly after. Kate and Vincent are struggling to find a way to stay together. Vincent finds it difficult to resist the urge to sacrifice himself saving others which leads him to find an alternative way to stay with Kate. However, the Numa are beginning to rise again.

I loved Until I Die even more than Die for Me. I felt that I got to know the characters much better in this book. I loved Kate already, especially after the ending of Die for Me. Kate is becoming more deeply involved in the world of the revenants though. She is training to fight now and is growing stronger. I think I like Kate so much because if she wants something she will go out and do it.

I already loved Vincent but I only grew to love him even more in this book. He is trying to find an alternative way to control the urge to sacrifice himself while saving others for Kate. I really like how Kate and Vincent's relationship has developed because it isn't perfect. I was also thrilled to see the return of some characters such as Jules and Georgia. I definitely loved Jules even more after reading this book as well. I love Kate's sister Georgia because I think she is hilarious. The relationship between Kate and Georgia is one of my favorites because they would do anything for each other. I'm always a huge fan of sibling relationships in books. Also Violette and Arthur are two of the new interesting characters introduced.

I found it hard to put this book down once I picked it up. The plot moves quickly even though there isn't much action but there is quite the build up of suspense. I didn't even miss the action all that much because I found I was genuinely interested in learning more about these characters. After reading Die for Me, I felt that I wish I knew them better and so I was happy to have this sequel. I was also happy that many of my lingering questions about revenants were answered. I love this revenant mythology and it's definitely not something I have read before. However, the few action scenes that did happen were great. I also adore the setting in Paris! Plum uses great detail and I can almost imagine that I'm on the streets of Paris alongside Kate and Vincent. I wasn't entirely sure what would happen next as the story progressed, although I had a few suspicions, I was definitely shocked by the time I finished it. The ending leaves on a cliffhanger that has me dying to read the next book. I was a mix of emotions after putting this book down. I strongly recommend Until I Die, it was an excellent sequel!

My Rating:

Monday, May 7, 2012

Struck by Jennifer Bosworth

Struck
By: Jennifer Bosworth
Released: May 8, 2012
Source: Netgalley
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*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review 

"Mia Price is a lightning addict. She’s survived countless strikes, but her craving to connect to the energy in storms endangers her life and the lives of those around her. Los Angeles, where lightning rarely strikes, is one of the few places Mia feels safe from her addiction. But when an earthquake devastates the city, her haven is transformed into a minefield of chaos and danger. The beaches become massive tent cities. Downtown is a crumbling wasteland, where a traveling party moves to a different empty building each night, the revelers drawn to the destruction by a force they cannot deny. Two warring cults rise to power, and both see Mia as the key to their opposing doomsday prophecies. They believe she has a connection to the freak electrical storm that caused the quake, and to the far more devastating storm that is yet to come. Mia wants to trust the enigmatic and alluring Jeremy when he promises to protect her, but she fears he isn’t who he claims to be. In the end, the passion and power that brought them together could be their downfall. When the final disaster strikes, Mia must risk unleashing the full horror of her strength to save the people she loves, or lose everything." (Summary from goodreads.com)

Jennifer Bosworth's Struck is the story of Mia who has survived getting struck by lightning several times. She is addicted to it but it's a danger to those around her. She thought it would be better in Los Angeles but then a major earthquake hits and the city turns to chaos. Two cults rise to power and both want Mia because they both believe she has an important role in the end of the world.

I really enjoyed Struck and finished this book in one day. Mia is an interesting character who is addicted to getting struck by lightning. She can feel the energy from a storm as it builds. I liked Mia but I found it difficult to completely connect with her. After the earthquake, her mother is injured and Mia must take care of her family. She wants to keep her family safe but then the Seekers and the Followers both want her to join them. She tries to do what she thinks is best for her mother and her little brother Parker.

Jeremy is the mysterious boy who shows up and wants to protect Mia. I really liked Jeremy but I wish I could have learned more about him. Another character I really liked was Katrina. She goes to school with Mia and it was difficult to determine whether or not she could be trusted. However, I also wish I got to know more about her.

The plot moves along very quickly and at times I did feel it was bit rushed. The book is really exciting from the first page though and I found it hard to put it down. It was a really interesting and different concept and Bosworth does an excellent job at explaining it all. I loved the setting in Los Angeles after the earthquake because it made the story feel realistic. Two cults, the Seekers and the Followers, come into power and just added to the chaos that the city was already in. The Prophet, who leads the Followers, was completely terrifying and infuriating. Reading about what he was doing was getting me so furious, but at the same time he gave me chills because he was so creepy. Some aspects of the ending were predictable for me but I still really enjoyed it. Overall I recommend Struck, it was an exciting and different story.

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