Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2)
By: Richelle Mead
Released: June 12, 2012
Source: Purchased
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"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)

The Golden Lily is the second book in the Bloodlines series and picks up shortly after Bloodlines. I really love Bloodlines and I especially love the Vampire Academy series so I'm pretty much a huge fan of Richelle Mead in general. I had extremely high expectations for The Golden Lily and I'm so happy that it was even better than I expected. Mead once again wrote a captivating and exciting book with a strongly developed plot and characters that you can't help but fall in love with. I particularly love how Mead writes characters, especially the protagonists.

Sydney is still working with the alchemists and helping hide Jill at a boarding school in Palm Springs. Sydney is one of my favorite characters because not only is she tough but she is brilliant as well. She has a lot to deal with and she always puts others ahead of herself. I enjoy how she is developing and changing throughout this series though.

I loved seeing the return of Eddie, Jill, Trey, and of course Adrian. Adrian is a character I never really cared about in the Vampire Academy series but in this series, I'm crazy about him. I love how much his character has developed since his first appearance in the Vampire Academy series. I was also really excited about Dimitri having a role in this book. I not only loved seeing more of him but I also enjoyed seeing how he interacts in this setting with these characters. 

The plot for The Golden Lily was interesting and hooked me in early on. I really like where Mead is taking this story and these characters. I especially found it hard to put this book down for long. However, a couple parts of this story were a bit predictable but it was still enjoyable.

One of my favorite aspects of this book and series though is the humor. Some of the lines in this book make me completely laugh out loud. I loved the ending of this book the most though and it definitely left me with a mix of emotions. I will be anxiously awaiting the next book in this series. Overall, The Golden Lily is an excellent addition to the Bloodlines series and I highly recommend it.

My Rating:

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #56: Asunder


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

Asunder (Incarnate #2)
By: Jodi Meadows
Release Date: January 29, 2012

"DARKSOULS: Ana has always been the only one. Asunder. Apart. But after Templedark, when many residents of Heart were lost forever, some hold Ana responsible for the darksouls–and the newsouls who may be born in their place.
SHADOWS: Many are afraid of Ana’s presence, a constant reminder of unstoppable changes and the unknown. When sylph begin behaving differently toward her and people turn violent, Ana must learn to stand up not only for herself but for those who cannot stand up for themselves.
LOVE: Ana was told that nosouls can’t love. But newsouls? More than anything, she wants to live and love as an equal among the citizens of Heart, but even when Sam professes his deepest feelings, it seems impossible to overcome a lifetime of rejection. In this second book in the Incarnate trilogy, Ana discovers the truth about reincarnation and will have to find a way to embrace love and make her young life meaningful. Once again, Jodi Meadows explores the extraordinary beauty and shadowed depths of the soul in a story equal parts epic romance and captivating fantasy
." (Summary from
goodreads.com)

I'm really excited for Asunder because I loved Incarnate and I can't wait to read what will happen next. Also the cover is gorgeous!

Monday, June 25, 2012

A Want So Wicked by Suzanne Young

A Want So Wicked ( A Need So Beautiful #2)
By: Suzanne Young
Released: June 26, 2012
Source: Won ARC from Goodreads
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review 

"Elise is a normal seventeen-year-old girl until the day she wakes up in a desert park, with no idea who she is. After that episode, her life takes a bizarre turn. She’s experiencing unexpected flashes of insight into people’s lives—people she’s never met before. Strangers frighten her with warnings about the approaching Shadows. And although Elise has never had a boyfriend, she suddenly finds herself torn between two handsome but very different young men: Abe, the charming bad boy whose effect on her both seduces and frightens her, and the mysterious Harlin, who’s new to town but with whom Elise feels an urgent, elemental connection—almost as if they are soul mates Now Elise begins to question everything about her life. Why do these guys both want her so desperately? What are the Shadows? Why does the name Charlotte inspire a terrifying familiarity? And who is Elise, really?" (Summary from goodreads.com)

Suzanne Young's A Want So Wicked and is the sequel to A Need So Beautiful. This time the story follows Elise who is beginning to experience some weird flashes of another person's life. Things only get stranger though for Elise when she is warned about Shadows. She is also finding herself torn between Abe, the bad boy, and Harlin, the new guy in town.

I really enjoyed A Want So Wicked and was definitely surprised by where Young took this story next. Elise was an interesting protagonist. She is a good girl and cares a great deal about her family. I especially loved the relationship she shared with her dad. Her relationship with her sister Lucy is strained at times because her sister is the troublemaker. However, Elise's life is beginning to drastically change when she starts having weird flashes of someone else's life and she also has weird dreams that don't make much sense.

Abe is the bad boy that Elise can't seem to stay away from him. I found Abe to be a really interesting character and I wanted to know even more about him. Then there is Harlin who I already loved from A Need So Beautiful. I was happy to see him again and I found myself falling even more for him.

It took me a while to get into this story because I felt so confused by everything that was going on in the first few chapters. I know that I was already familiar with this world but there was just something about the beginning that was so confusing and I really struggled to get through. That may just be me being impatient though and I think that rereading the first book again could have really helped. However as the story began to develop more, I found myself really getting into this story and it was hard to put this book down. I also love Young's writing, it's gorgeous.

I loved that this time we learned more about the dark side and the Shadows. I was really interested in learning more about the Shadows, especially after A Need So Beautiful. It even got really creepy at some moments. The last couple of chapters were definitely my favorite and I was not expecting the several twists that happened. Overall, I really enjoyed A Want So Wicked and thought it was a great follow up to A Need So Beautiful. I will definitely be looking forward to the next book in this series because A Want So Wicked left me wanting more.

My Rating:

Thursday, June 21, 2012

A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

A Midsummer's Nightmare
By: Kody Keplinger
Released: June 5, 2012
Source: Purchased
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"Whitley Johnson's dream summer with her divorcé dad has turned into a nightmare. She's just met his new fiancée and her kids. The fiancée's son? Whitley's one-night stand from graduation night. Just freakin' great. Worse, she totally doesn't fit in with her dad's perfect new country-club family. So Whitley acts out. She parties. Hard. So hard she doesn't even notice the good things right under her nose: a sweet little future stepsister who is just about the only person she's ever liked, a best friend (even though Whitley swears she doesn't "do" friends), and a smoking-hot guy who isn't her stepbrother...at least, not yet. It will take all three of them to help Whitley get through her anger and begin to put the pieces of her family together." (Summary from goodreads.com)

Kody Keplinger's A Midsummer's Nightmare is the story of Whitley who usually loves spending the summer with her dad but that all changes when she meets his fiancee and her kids. The son just so happens to be the guy that Whitley had a one night stand with after graduation.

I loved A Midsummer's Nightmare and read this book in one sitting. I'm a big fan of Kody Keplinger so I have been looking forward to reading this book for some time now. Whitley is an angry teenager and she likes to party. She was looking forward to her summer before college with her dad but is shocked when she finds out that not only did he move, but he is engaged as well. Whitley doesn't have a great relationship with her mom either because her mom is still bitter from the divorce years ago. However, I liked Whitley even though she could get frustrating at times. She is a character who is far from perfect which just makes her even more realistic to me. I also loved Whitley's hilarious sarcasm.

There were also so many great side characters as well. My favorite character was definitely Nathan. Nathan is Whitley's soon to be step-brother and her one night stand from graduation. I loved how his character developed and learning more about him. Then there is Bailey who is Whitley's soon to be step-sister. Bailey is so sweet and looks up to Whitley. Finally there is Harrison, who becomes Whitley's friend and I wished he was in the story even more. I thought he was not only hilarious but he seemed like a great friend to have. I was also really excited to see Wesley and Bianca from The Duff make an appearance.

I love Keplinger's writing and it continues to improve more and more with each book. I love that she writes how teenagers actually speak. The plot is realistic and honest as well. Keplinger does an excellent job with topics like family, alcohol, bullying, and sex. I especially liked how she handled slut-shaming. I will definitely be anxiously awaiting the next book that Keplinger writes. I strongly recommend A Midsummer's Nightmare!

My Rating:

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #55: Alice in Zombieland


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


Alice in Zombieland
By: Gena Showalter
Release Date: September 25, 2012


"She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever. Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone. Her father was right. The monsters are real…. To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies…. I wish I could go back and do a thousand things differently. I'd tell my sister no. I'd never beg my mother to talk to my dad. I'd zip my lips and swallow those hateful words. Or, barring all of that, I'd hug my sister, my mom and my dad one last time. I'd tell them I love them. I wish... Yeah, I wish." (Summary from goodreads.com)


I'm so excited for this book! Zombies and Alice in Wonderland in one book! It sounds so awesome and it consists of my two favorite things!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer

Smart Girls Get What They Want
By: Sarah Strohmeyer
Release Date: June 26, 2012
Source: ARC from Author/Publisher
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

"Gigi, Bea, and Neerja are best friends and total overachievers. Even if they aren’t the most popular girls in school, they aren’t too worried. They know their real lives will begin once they get to their Ivy League colleges. There will be ivy, and there will be cute guys in the libraries (hopefully with English accents)! But when an unexpected event shows them they’re missing out on the full high school experience, it’s time to come out of the honors lounge and into the spotlight. They make a pact: They will each take on their greatest challenge—and they will totally rock it. Gigi decides to run for student rep, but she’ll have to get over her fear of public speaking—and go head-to-head with gorgeous California Will. Bea used to be one of the best skiers around, until she was derailed. It could be time for her to take the plunge again. And Neerja loves the drama club but always stayed behind the scenes—until now. These friends are determined to show that smart girls get what they want—but that could mean getting way more attention than they ever bargained for" (Summary from goodreads.com)

Sarah Strohmeyer's Smart Girls Get What They Want is the story of three best friends Gigi, Bea, and Neerja. The girls all dream of going to Ivy League schools but they decide that they will still get everything out of their high school experience. Gigi runs for student rep, Bea joins the ski team, and Neerja auditions for the school play.

I loved Smart Girls Get What They Want! This book was hilarious and I loved the plot, the characters, and the writing! Gigi, Bea, and Neerja are best friends and have been since childhood. The three friends are each strongly developed as the story progresses and I loved reading where their story took them next. It only took a couple of pages before I was attached to these characters and fiercely cheering them on. I loved the friendship they shared because they stuck together no matter what. They would do anything for each other. They even remind me a lot of myself in high school, especially Gigi.

Gigi is a perfectionist when it comes to school and it was nice seeing a character who cared so much about her work. She is afraid of public speaking though and she doesn't always think through what she says out loud. I loved her hilarious and witty remarks though. I especially loved her commentary on taking Latin class since I suffered through that for two years. It's also good to know that I'm not the only person who puts Nutella on Poptarts.

There are plenty of other great side characters as well. Will is the new guy from California and who is also running against Gigi for student representative. Then there is Mike who Gigi must work on a project with and I completely adored him.

I finished Smart Girls Get What They Want rather quickly because I found it nearly impossible to put this book down. The writing is captivating and flows smoothly. There were plenty of hilarious moments that had me completely laughing out loud. I also loved that there were some great references to a few of my other favorite books. This story is an honest and realistic portrayal of friendship and high school though. It was also nice to see that it wasn't the typical popular girl who was getting everything. I loved that overall this book had a great message about being yourself and working hard for what you want. I definitely didn't want it to end though because I wasn't ready to say goodbye to these characters just yet, so I will be rereading this book again very soon. I strongly recommend Smart Girls Get What They Want, it's a fun and light read that you won't want to miss out on!

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Cover Reveal: All The Broken Pieces by Cindi Madsen


All The Broken Pieces
By: Cindi Madsen
Release Date: December 2012

"What if your life wasn’t your own?
Liv comes out of a coma with no memory of her past and two distinct, warring voices inside her head. Nothing, not even her reflection, seems familiar. As she stumbles through her junior year, the voices get louder, insisting she please the popular group while simultaneously despising them. But when Liv starts hanging around with Spencer, whose own mysterious past also has him on the fringe, life feels complete for the first time in, well, as long as she can remember.
Liv knows the details of the car accident that put her in the coma, but as the
voices invade her dreams, and her dreams start feeling like memories, she and Spencer seek out answers. Yet the deeper they dig, the less things make sense.
Can Liv rebuild thepieces of her broken past, when it means questioning not just who she is, but what she is?"


"Olivia reached up, feeling the tender spots on her head. Her fingers brushed
across a row of—were those little ridges made of metal?
“Careful. The staples are almost ready to come out, but it’s still going to be sore
for a while.”
Staples?!Her stomach rolled. I have staples in my head? She lowered her now-
shaking hand. “Can I get a mirror?”
Mom looked at Dad, then back at her. “I don’t think that’s a good idea. Not until
you’ve healed a little more.” Mom patted Olivia’s leg. “You just relax. We’ll be back in a few minutes.”
The two of them left the room, but when Mom swung the door closed, it didn’t
latch. Olivia could hear their voices in the hall.
“I still think we should…” She couldn’t make out the rest of Dad’s muffled
words. “…know if I can do this.”
“…late for that,” Mom said. “We’d lose everything, including…” Her voice
faded as they got farther away. “…have to move.”
Olivia could tell the conversation was tense, but the words were impossible to
decipher now. Holding a hand in front of her face, she turned it back and forth. A plastic tube ran from her arm to a machine next to her bed. She peeked into her nightgown and stared in horror at the long red stripe running down her chest. Sick.
You’re alive. You shouldn’t be thinking about looks.
Lowering her hand, she scanned the room. I wonder how my face looks. From the way Dad stared at me, plus the fact Mom won’t let me see a mirror, it must be bad.
Brains are more important than looks. That’s what ugly people say.
Olivia put her hands on her head and squeezed. “Stop it,” she whispered to her
arguing thoughts, hysteria bubbling up and squeezing the air from her lungs. What was happening to her? Why didn’t she recognize her parents or know where she was? Who she was? Tears ran warm trails down her cheeks. “Just make it all stop.”"


All the Broken Pieces, by Cindi Madsen is available for pre-order on: Amazon | Barnes & Noble Be sure to add it to your TBR pile on Goodreads!


Monday, June 18, 2012

Author Interview: Anne Tibbets

Anne Tibbets, author of Shut Up, kindly took the time to stop by and answer some questions.

1)  First tell us a bit about Shut Up.
   Shut Up is about Mary, whose teenage sister, Gwen, has screwed up her life, and by proxy, screwed up the whole family.  Not only is Gwen pregnant at seventeen, but she also plans to marry The Creep who knocked her up, and Mary's parents and siblings are not dealing with the stress well.  Mom is a violent volcano, Dad is hiding, Gwen likes to pick on Mary for sport, The Creep likes to sexually harass Mary, and even though her brother, Paul, advises Mary to shut up about it, Mary can't and ends up absorbing the brunt of the family's anger.
As things progressively fall apart, Mary suffers from depression and thoughts of suicide and becomes shut up inside herself.
The story is about Mary finding her strength when at every corner there lurks hardship.


2) What was the writing process like for Shut Up?
   I worked on Shut Up, on and off, for about three years.  I found it difficult to write about depression of that magnitude and not feel it myself, so I would write for a few weeks, then spend a week or two away from it, so I could come out of the dumps.  It was not a fun book to write, but I was so personally driven, I couldn't work on anything else until I felt it was finished. 

3) Did any music influence you while you were writing Shut Up?
   I had been working on Shut Up for about a year when my brother moved out of state.  We were both rather bummed about it at the time, but in retrospect it was the best thing for him - anyway, we started making CDs of our favorite music for each other and mailing back and forth, and one time he sent me a CD with the song "Simon" from Lifehouse on it.  I didn't think twice about it, I just loaded it into my car and started listening and then one day when it came on, it hit me like a ton of bricks.  Literally, it felt like an actual ton of bricks.  This song was exactly how I felt about Mary.  Exactly! Word for word!  This song was instrumental in getting me focused on Mary's emotional journey, and still to this day, when I hear that song, it brings me to tears.  I had to take it out of my car because my kids kept asking me why I was crying. (Listen to Simon on Youtube)


4) What is your favorite book?
   I reserve the right to change my mind at any given moment, but for the past two years my favorite book has been "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak.  If you haven't read it yet, you should. It's so beautifully crafted.  Not a word is out of place.  It's quite brilliant. I aspire to one day write something that sharp.

5) What was the last book you read?
   I just finished "Old Man's War" by John Scalzi.  I'm on a bit of a Sci-Fi bender.  It was a good read!


6) Are you currently working on anything new?
   Yes. I've got a Social Sci-Fi that I'm rewriting, at the moment, and I've got part of a first draft of a supernatural mystery cooking inside my brain.  There are too many ideas and not enough hours in the day!


Thank you again Anne for stopping by! You can purchase Shut Up on Amazon. I definitely recommend this book. It's a quick read that you won't be able to get out of your head long after you finish it.

Shut Up by Anne Tibbets

Shut Up
By: Anne Tibbets
Released: April 15, 2012
Source: E-book from Author
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review 

"Mary's older sister, Gwen, has royally screwed up her life. Not only is Gwen pregnant at seventeen, but she's also decided to marry The Creep who knocked her up. Now Mary is powerless to stop her family from imploding. Her parents are freaking out, and to top it off The Creep has a gross fascination with Mary while Gwen enjoys teasing her to tears for sport. Despite her brother's advice to shut up, Mary can't keep her trap closed and manages to piss off Mom so much it comes to blows. Mary doesn't know what to do, and all her attempts to get help are rejected. When she finally plans her escape, she fails to consider how it could destroy them all." (Summary from goodreads.com)

Anne Tibbets' Shut Up is the story of Mary whose life at home is falling to pieces. Her older sister is pregnant and marrying the guy. Her parents are freaking out about it and Mary can't seem to do anything right in their eyes.

Shut Up is a quick read that I was able to finish in one sitting but this story carries a strong impact that will stay with you long after you finish this book. I really wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book but I was definitely surprised. Just a few pages in, Tibbets already had me feeling strong emotions towards these characters. Mary is not having an easy time growing up in her family. She is a character that I wish I could just hug. Being a teenager is hard already but Mary's home life is falling apart and she doesn't feel like she fits in.  

I completely hated Mary's older sister, Gwen, though. She is pregnant and plans on marrying a guy who is rightfully nicknamed The Creep. Gwen, however, makes Mary's life miserable. It's sickening how much pleasure she gets in putting Mary down time and time again. So many other characters infuriated me as well such as Mary's parents, The Creep, and her teacher.

However, I loved that this story is realistic and honest because there is no perfect family. I enjoyed how the chapters alternated between Mary and her older brother Paul because it gave different perspectives on the family. I also liked that the chapters alternated between the present and past. Tibbets makes it work really well and flow smoothly. Tibbets also does a great job addressing family issues, teen pregnancy, and suicide. Overall, I really enjoyed Shut Up and recommend it. It's a short book that you won't forget about anytime soon.

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

My Life Next Door
By: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Released: June 14, 2012
Source: Netgalley
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review 

"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 terrace and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely in love, Jase's family makes Samantha one of their own. Then in an instant, the bottom drops out of her world and she is suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?" (Summary from goodreads.com)

Huntley Fitzpatrick's My Life Next Door is the story of Samantha who has lived next door to the Garrett family for years. She has secretly watched them for years wishing that she was a part of their family. However her own neat and seemingly perfect life changes the night Jase Garrett climbs up to her window.

I don't think I can properly emphasize just how much I loved My Life Next Door. This is the kind of book where with every page I loved it even more and more. It has easily become one of my favorite contemporary books. I found myself completely lost in this story and with these characters. Samantha is a strongly developed character that I easily could connect with. She lives with her mother who is a politician and her older sister. Their lives are neat and organized which is the complete opposite of her neighbors. Samantha is jealous of them though. She isn't the perfect person that everyone assumes she is though. Samantha works hard and tries to live up to her mother's expectations.

I loved the entire Garrett family and their family dynamic. I even wish I was a part of their family. The Garrett's have several children and are judged harshly by most of their neighbors for it. I especially loved Jase Garrett. I really enjoyed how a relationship develops between him and Samantha. There are also Samantha's friends Nan and Tim, who I really enjoyed getting to know as well.

I was instantly hooked by this story as soon as I started reading and was reluctant to put it down. I think what I loved most about this book is that it was so realistic and honest. There are so many issues handled well such as family, sex, and drugs. The book is set in Connecticut which I really connected with also because that's where I grew up. The town reminded me a lot of my own and I unfortunately know plenty of people who judge large families just like the Garrett's. Fitzpatrick makes an excellent debut and her writing is captivating. I will definitely be reading what she writes next. I found this book to be the perfect example as to why I love contemporary books so much. I strongly recommend My Life Next Door, it's one book you won't want to put down!

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

June Giveaway

June Giveaway
This giveaway is for a couple of reasons. First, I never did a giveaway for 300 GFC followers and now I'm almost at 400. :) I really do appreciate every single person who visits my blog. Second, my birthday is coming up on June 26 and there are a couple of books coming out on that day that I'm super excited about and I really want to share them. There are also some other June book releases that I'm excited about too. June is just basically an all around awesome month since it means the beginning of summer!

 One winner will win one book of their choice from this selection of June releases below that I really loved. This giveaway is open to US residents 13 or older. To enter just fill out the rafflecopter form below. Good Luck! :)


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Waiting on Wednesday #54: The Evolution of Mara Dyer


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


The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2)
By: Michelle Hodkin
Release Date: October 23, 2012


"Two days after Mara walks into a police station in Miami at the close of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, she is committed for psychiatric treatment for what her parents believe is a mental breakdown. But what seems like a hallucination to everyone else is a chilling reality for Mara. Someone from her past has discovered her strange, disturbing secret and that someone wants her to pay. But she's about to discover that the price is more than she can bear. Dark and thrilling, suspenseful and passionate, The Evolution of Mara Dyer will have readers breathlessly turning pages to find out what will become of Mara Dyer next." (Summary from goodreads.com)


The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was one of my favorite books last year so I can't wait to read what will happen next!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Flirting In Italian by Lauren Henderson

Flirting in Italian
By: Lauren Henderson
Released: June 12, 2012
Source: Netgalley
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review 

"Four girls. One magical, and possibly dangerous Italian summer. Family mysteries, ancient castles, long hot nights of dancing under the stars . . . and, of course, plenty of gorgeous Italian boys!" (Summary from goodreads.com)

Lauren Henderson's Flirting in Italian is the story of Violet who goes to Italy to study abroad. She is spending her summer with three other girls and learning about the culture and history of Italy.

I had high expectations starting this book because it sounded really fun but unfortunately it didn't quite live up to it for me. Violet leaves home for the summer to go study in Italy. Violet was a character I had a hard time really liking at first but she definitely grew on me the more I kept reading. I really liked that she isn't pushed around easily though and she will stand up for herself and her friends.

Violet is staying with three other girls for the summer as well. First there is Kelly who Violet immediately gets along with. I really liked Kelly and learning more about her backstory. Then there are Paige and Kendra who I wish were in the book even more. There are also plenty of Italian boys. I really liked Andrea and Leonardo. However, I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about Luca.  

I loved the setting in Italy and that was my favorite part of this story. I was also excited to finally put to use what Italian I can understand while reading this story. I felt that the plot didn't really go anywhere and it didn't start to get really good until the last couple of chapters though. Some parts were funny though and the last couple of chapters were unexpected. There was still enough going on with the plot for me to keep reading and wanting to know what would happen next so it was a pretty quick read. However, I found that I just kept waiting for it to really take off. I also have a problem with how the book ended. Overall I liked Flirting in Italian but unfortunately it fell short for me. I'm curious to see what will happen next so I will definitely continue to read this series though.

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Rogue Wave by Christie Anderson

Rogue Wave (Water Keepers #2)
By: Christie Anderson
Released: June 1, 2012
Source: Purchased E-book
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"After five months of blissful pretending, Sadie and Rayne are practically the couple of the year. At least, according to Sadie's friends at school they are. But she knows the truth. Their feelings are just an illusion. Now, with graduation and college right around the corner, Sadie realizes she can't put off the inevitable any longer. She has to make a choice. Take the easy way out and run away from her problems, as usual, or move forward with courage and discover her own destiny. But when Ash Hastings, the son of the black-eyed man who almost drove Sadie to her death last November and Rayne's supposed best friend, makes an unnerving appearance in Sadie's life again, the path to her future takes an unexpected turn. And this time, Sadie's life isn’t the only one in danger." (Summary from goodreads.com)

Christie Anderson's Rogue Wave is the sequel to Deep Blue Secret and picks up shortly after Deep Blue Secret. Sadie and Rayne have been pretending to be a couple for months now as a cover for all the time they must spend together. Sadie isn't sure if she wants to let their relationship to continue though. Now However, Ash has returned for revenge for his father and Sadie isn't the only person he wants.

I really enjoyed Rogue Wave and finished it rather quickly. This was the kind of book when I did put it down, it stayed on my mind until I could get back to reading. I wasn't entirely sure where this story would go next after Deep Blue Secret but I was pleasantly surprised with it. Sadie knows that the feelings she has for Rayne are just a side effect of their bond. She is unsure whether or not she wants to continue on with their fake relationship though. I really like Sadie but she could get frustrating at times. I understand why she is hesitant to trust Rayne or anyone else but she repeatedly needs his reassurances.

I love Rayne and I really enjoyed learning more about his past. I especially enjoyed the chapters from his perspective. I'm a big fan of alternating point of views so I love how Anderson does that in Rogue Wave. I also enjoyed the chapters from Ash's perspective and learning more about his past.

My favorite aspect of this series is the concept of the Water Keepers and the Healing Water. It's so different from anything else that I have read before. Anderson does an excellent job of explaining it all even more in this book. After finishing Deep Blue Secret I was still kind of confused about a couple of things. However, Rogue Wave cleared all that up now and I learned even more about this interesting world. The plot got predictable at times but I still found myself surprised by some things that happened in the end. The last couple of chapters were definitely my favorite part of the book. Overall I really enjoyed Rogue Wave and I'm really looking forward to reading book three in this series!

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

BEA Recap

BEA Recap June 5 - June 6

I'm back from BEA and had the most amazing time!

(The epic Mortal Instruments stairs)

Day 1:

Timepiece by Myra McEntire

Timepiece (Hourglass #2)
By: Myra McEntire
Released: June 12, 2012
Source: Netgalley
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review 

"A threat from the past could destroy the future. And the clock is ticking...Kaleb Ballard's relentless flirting is interrupted when Jack Landers, the man who tried to murder his father, timeslips in and attacks before disappearing just as quickly. But Kaleb has never before been able to see time travelers, unlike many of his friends associated with the mysterious Hourglass organization. Are Kaleb's powers expanding, or is something very wrong? Then the Hourglass is issued an ultimatum. Either they find Jack and the research he's stolen on the time gene, or time will be altered with devastating results. Now Kaleb, Emerson, Michael, and the other Hourglass recruits have no choice but to use their unusual powers to find Jack. But where do they even start? And when? And even if they succeed, it may not be enough..." (Summary from goodreads.com)

Myra McEntire's Timepiece is the sequel to Hourglass and picks up shortly after the ending of Hourglass. Jack Landers appears once again and attacks. Now Kaleb, Michael and Emerson must try to track down Jack and stop him.

I really enjoyed Timepiece and thought it was a great sequel to Hourglass. I loved Hourglass and couldn't wait to see where McEntire would take this different and exciting story next. I found that Timepiece was captivating and it took me by surprise with several unexpected plot twists.

This time the story is told from Kaleb's perspective. I was a bit worried about the change in narrator but McEntire makes it work very well. I completely loved reading this book from Kaleb's perspective and getting another point of view of what is happening. I also loved learning more about Kaleb because he is a character I easily fell in love with in Hourglass and I adore him even more now.

Emerson and Michael are still a major part of the story but I did miss them a bit. I was also happy to read a lot more of Lily. Lily is Emerson's best friend and I loved learning her story. She became one of my favorite characters in this book.

I loved that the story picked up immediately in the first chapter. It slowed down for a bit after that for a couple of chapters but it quickly picked up again. Once it picked up again, I found it hard to put this book down until I finished. I love the concept of time traveling that McEntire has introduced in this series because it's so interesting and different from what I have previously read. I love how it's all starting to come together now and I found that I was able to follow along with all the science of the time traveling a lot easier in this book. I loved the ending the most and it was not what I was expecting to happen at all. I definitely can't wait to read what will happen in the next book now. I highly recommend Timepiece, it's an exciting and interesting sequel!

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #53: Survive

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

Survive
By: Alex Morel
Release Date: August 2, 2012

"Jane runs away from Life House, a facility for kids with mental health disorders and addictions. She boards a plane to Montclair, New Jersey, though her destination does not matter—she doesn’t plan to be alive when the plane lands. Jane has planned the perfect suicide: she’ll fall asleep on the plane and never wake up. As she’s reaching for her pills in the cabin’s bathroom, the plane hits turbulence. Another jolt, and the engine’s down. The plane crashes into the mountains of Montana, and Jane and a boy named Paul are the only two survivors. What starts out as a death mission quickly becomes a fight for life." (Summary from goodreads.com)

I am looking forward to Survive because the summary sounds so good!