Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

Shade
By: Jeri Smith-Ready
Released: May 4, 2010
Source: Purchased
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"Aura can see ghosts. Born after the Shift, a little-understood event that enabled younger generations to communicate with the dead, Aura is relentlessly pursued by these violet-hued spirits. They need help to pass out of this world and into the next. And some are so angry they are on the verge of becoming Shades, dark vortexes of energy. But Aura just wants the ghosts to leave her alone so she can spend time with her boyfriend, Logan. When Aura is paired with a new foreign-exchange student to research the Shift for a class project, she is determined to ignore her partner’s sexy Scottish accent and discover the cause of the Shift so she can reverse it. Then Logan dies a most untimely death. Forced to reconsider her relationship with the living and the dead, Aura is caught in a love triangle with her violet-hued boyfriend and her hot research partner... one of whom may hold the key to reversing the Shift." (Summary from goodreads.com)

I have been hearing so much about the Shade trilogy for months and I'm so happy now that I decided to pick up the first book at the bookstore when I noticed it misplaced on a table near the register. Shade was such an interesting and captivating story that only took me a few short hours to read. I loved everything about this book.

In the world that Jeri Smith-Ready has created anyone born after what is called the Shift has the ability to see ghosts. The ghosts need help to move on or some become angry and turn into Shades instead. Aura is one of the individuals who was born after the Shift and doesn't want to see the ghosts. However that all changes when her boyfriend Logan dies unexpectedly and Aura can see his ghost. I thought Aura made an excellent protagonist. She is smart but still flawed. I liked that she wasn't a whiny character either even though a lot does happen to her.

Then there are the boys, Logan and Zachery. Logan is Aura's boyfriend and dies suddenly. He returns as a ghost and isn't quite ready to leave Aura just yet. It was difficult for me to not love Logan even though he is definitely a flawed character. Zachery just moved from Scotland and is Aura's new research partner for school. It was also very easy to love Zachery. This is a character I have particularly heard quite a bit about and I completely understand why now. 

The plot picks up immediately and it was easy to read this book in just one sitting. The concept with the ghosts and the Shift was really interesting and different from anything else that I have read so far. I really liked that it's all presented clearly throughout the story too.

This story sent me on a roller coaster of emotions though. I admit I cried at times but there were still plenty of lighter moments that made me laugh. I also loved all the music mentioned in this book. I'm a big music person so I love when I have songs that I can listen to while reading. Overall I strongly recommend Shade. It was an excellent start to an exciting and romantic story.   

My Rating:

Monday, July 30, 2012

The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines

The Vincent Boys
By: Abbi Glines
Released: October 12, 2011
Source: Purchased E-book
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"Being the good girl isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Ashton Gray has grown weary of playing the part to please her parents, and to be worthy of the town’s prince charming, Sawyer Vincent. Maybe That’s why she’s found herself spending time with Sawyer’s cousin, Beau, while he’s away for the summer camping with his family. Beau is nothing like her perfect boyfriend. He’s the sexiest guy she’s ever seen, dangerous in ways she’s only day dreamed about, and the one guy she should stay away from. Beau never envied Sawyer his loving parents, his big nice home, or his position as quarterback. He loves him like a brother. Which is why he's tried everything in his power to keep his distance from Sawyer’s girlfriend. Even if he has loved her since the age of five, Ashton is Sawyer’s girl, so therefore she’s off limits. But when Sawyer leaves for the summer, Ashton, the one girl Beau would move Heaven and Earth for, decides she wants to get into trouble. Stabbing the one person who’s always accepted him and stood by him in the back, is the cost of finally holding Ashton Gray in his arms. Is she worth losing his cousin over?.... Hell Yeah." (Summary from goodreads.com)

I liked The Vincent Boys and it was easy to finish this book in one sitting. Ashton is trying hard to be perfect for her parents and her boyfriend, Sawyer. Sawyer and his cousin, Beau, have been Ashton's friends since childhood. However once she started dating Sawyer her friendship with Beau fell apart. Ashton misses the days she used to cause trouble alongside Beau though. She wants to please everyone but she ends up judging herself too harshly throughout this story. 

Sawyer is Ashton's boyfriend and he goes away for the summer. I really struggled to like Sawyer unfortunately. I don't know what it was about him exactly but I just found it really hard to like him. Maybe it was because he wasn't in the book all that much. While he is away though, bad boy Beau and Ashton grow closer. I liked Beau a lot but I just couldn't fall in love with him either.

The plot grabbed my attention on the first page and held it until the end. I thought some parts were paced a bit too quickly. However I liked that the chapters alternated between Ashton and Beau. I also liked learning about the friendship Ashton, Sawyer, and Beau once shared. I really did want to like this book a lot more but I unfortunately struggled to like or connect with the characters and I had some issues with the plot. Overall it was an enjoyable and quick read though. I will probably still read The Vincent Brothers because I actually really liked Ashton's cousin, Lana.

My Rating:

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Chosen Ones by Tiffany Truitt

Chosen Ones
By: Tiffany Truitt
Released: June 12, 2012
Source: Signed Finished Copy from BEA
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review 

"What if you were mankind’s last chance at survival? Sixteen-year-old Tess lives in a compound in what was once the Western United States, now decimated after a devastating fourth World War. But long before that, life as we knew it had been irrevocably changed, as women mysteriously lost the ability to bring forth life. Faced with the extinction of the human race, the government began the Council of Creators, meant to search out alternative methods of creating life. The resulting artificial human beings, or Chosen Ones, were extraordinarily beautiful, unbelievably strong, and unabashedly deadly. Life is bleak, but uncomplicated for Tess as she follows the rigid rules of her dystopian society, until the day she begins work at Templeton, the training facility for newly created Chosen Ones. There, she meets James, a Chosen One whose odd love of music and reading rivals only her own. The attraction between the two is immediate in its intensity—and overwhelming in its danger. But there is more to the goings-on at Templeton than Tess ever knew, and as the veil is lifted from her eyes, she uncovers a dark underground movement bent not on taking down the Chosen Ones, but the Council itself. Will Tess be able to stand up to those who would oppress her, even if it means giving up the only happiness in her life?"(Summary from goodreads.com)

I really enjoyed Chosen Ones and finished this book rather quickly. Set in a dystopian future, women can no longer carry children and artificial humans, Chosen Ones, are being created. Tess is sent to work at Templeton where the Chosen Ones train. However while she is there she meets James, a Chosen One who is different from the others.

I really liked Tess from the beginning because she is tough and trying to survive. I enjoyed learning more about her childhood and her family because it helped explain why she has such a negative view on love and the future. I especially loved how she develops as the story progressed though.

James is a Chosen One but he is different from the others. It was interesting getting to know him and learn about how he is trained at the facility for most of his young life. He loves books and music though and that is what helps Tess and James bond in the beginning. However, the relationship between Tess and James is paced a bit fast at first.

The setting was one of my favorite aspects of this book. The world that Truitt creates is terrifying but realistic. I loved that the history and the background information on the Chosen Ones was spread out through the story.

The plot was interesting and it didn't take long for me to get sucked into this book. I loved the role that music and literature played in this story, especially Frankenstein. I enjoyed the second half of this book the most though. I loved how the story began to unravel and there were so many unexpected twists that I never saw coming. The ending left me breathless for more and I will be highly anticipating the next book. I can't wait to see where Truitt will take this story next. Overall, Chosen Ones was an exciting and romantic story set in a disturbing world.  

My Rating:

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #60: The Indigo Spell


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

The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3)
By: Richelle Mead
Release Date: February 12, 2013

*No synopsis yet (goodreads.com)

I'm so excited for The Indigo Spell! I love the Bloodlines series and I'm dying for this book, especially after the way The Golden Lily ended!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Pushing the Limits
By: Katie McGarry
Released: July 31, 2012
Source: Netgalley/ARC from BEA
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review 

"So wrong for each other...and yet so right. No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible. Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again." (Summary from goodreads.com)

I completely loved Pushing the Limits and I never wanted this book to end. I loved the plot, the characters, and especially the writing. When I first started hearing about this book I knew it would be a story that would touch me personally. So I admit I was a little hesitant about picking it up because of my own personal reasons. However I'm so happy I didn't let that stop me from reading this book and I'm particularly happy with how McGarry delivered Echo and Noah's story.

Echo went from being one of the popular girls to a complete outcast. She has scars on her arms and no recollection of what happened the night she got them. She wants to be normal but she also wants to know what happened to her. It was easy for me to connect with her from the beginning. Echo is a complex character and I really enjoyed how McGarry developed her over the course of the story.

Then there is bad boy Noah who is also an outcast with his own secrets. I loved how the relationship between Noah and Echo developed. The chemistry between them was evident from the beginning but their relationship developed naturally and at a realistic pace. There were several other characters I completely loved also such as Lila, Isaiah, and Grace.

I loved how McGarry alternated the chapters between Echo and Noah. I'm a big fan of alternating point of views and I think it especially worked well in this book. It not only helped develop Noah and Echo much stronger but it also helped move the plot along. The writing was just beautiful and it all flowed smoothly from one page to the next. It was definitely a struggle to put this book down at night.

Overall, Pushing the Limits was an honest and intense story. This book made me smile, laugh, cry, and it even caused my heart to ache quite a bit. McGarry did an excellent job handling several issues in this book too. I can't wait to read what she writes next because this book has definitely made me a fan now. Pushing the Limits has rightfully earned a place as being one of my new favorite contemporary books and I strongly recommend it!


My Rating:

Monday, July 23, 2012

Eve by Anna Carey

Eve
By: Anna Carey
Released: October 4, 2011
Source: Purchased E-book
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"The year is 2032, sixteen years after a deadly virus—and the vaccine intended to protect against it—wiped out most of the earth’s population. The night before eighteen-year-old Eve’s graduation from her all-girls school she discovers what really happens to new graduates, and the horrifying fate that awaits her. Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Separated from men her whole life, Eve has been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust...and her heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life." (Summary from goodreads.com)

I really enjoyed Eve and finished this book in one sitting. I found it easy to get sucked into this book. Set in a dystopian future, a virus has killed the majority of the population. Eve is set to graduate school and she is looking forward to the bright future that she was led to believe she would have. However after discovering the truth, Eve runs away. Eve was a flawed character that I really liked. She may be book smart but she lacks knowledge of how to survive in the real world. This leads Eve to make mistakes but also learn about what she was being kept in the dark about at school.

One of my favorite characters in this book though was Arden. I didn't immediately like her but as I got to learn more about her, she easily became my favorite. She is tough and a survivor but she is also flawed. I loved how she was developed. While on the run, Eve meets Caleb who lives out on his own. I loved learning more about Caleb but I wish he was in the story even more.

One of my favorite aspects of this book was definitely the setting. It's set only a few years into the future and it's scary how realistic it all is. I loved learning about it and I really liked how Carey presented it.

The plot was paced a bit too quickly for me though. I felt that some relationships developed too quickly and I also felt that some moments were rushed. However I was surprised by many of the twists throughout the story. Some things were predictable while other moments took me by surprise. I will definitely be reading the next book in this series, Once, because I'm looking forward to learning about what will happen next. Overall I recommend Eve, it was a captivating and quick read.

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Giveaway: Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout



Daemon from Jennifer L. Armentrout's Lux series is competing in the YA Crush Tourney. He will be going up against Augustus on July 23. To learn more about Daemon check out this post. To vote for Daemon head over to the YA-Sisterhood. #TeamDaemonFTW


In honor of Daemon competing in the tourney, I will be giving away one pre-order of Onyx (book #2 in Lux Series) by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

"Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarre connection. I’ve sworn him off even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But against all common sense, I’m falling for him. Hard. Our relationship issues aren’t out biggest problem…The Department of Defense is here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And when a new boy shows up a school with a secret of his own, things get complicated fast. I need to choose between my own instincts and Daemon’s. But then everything changes…I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. Daemon’s never going to stop searching until gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me? No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies." (Summary from goodreads.com)

To enter to win one pre-order of Onyx, just fill out the rafflecopter form below. *It is not mandatory for you to vote in the tourney to enter the giveaway. Giveaway is open to US residents 13 or older. Good Luck! :)



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Team Daemon FTW
Daemon from the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout will be going up against Augustus from The Fault in Our Stars in the Young Adult Crush Tournament today (Monday July 23). Valerie from Stuckinbooks.com is Daemon's advocate.

To vote just head on over to

For those who don’t know Daemon is from the Lux series (Obsidian and Onyx) by Jennifer L. Armentrout. To find out more about the series check out Jennifer’s website, here. Also check out the book trailer for Obsidian on Youtube

The incentives that Jennifer will be offering include:
500 Votes: A Daemon teaser from Onyx
800 Votes: A Daemon POV teaser from Onyx
1000 votes: Signed ARC of Onyx (Pepe, Sztella, and me)
1300 Votes: A juicy teaser from Deity and Cursed.
1550 Votes: Signed Daemon Invasion Tour swag
2000 Votes: A juicy teaser from Deity, Cursed, and Unchained
2500 Votes: A signed copy of Diety
3000 Votes: A reeeeeaaaal good teaser of Onyx
Winning Vote: A deleted, unedited Obsidian scene between Katy and Daemon
(**Remember** If Daemon or Aiden makes it into the final four, I will share the unedited, special edition "Laptop Scene")

Also don’t forget to join in on the Twitter party that will be lasting all day. There will even be the opportunity to win some awesome giveaways. To join in just use the hashtag #TeamDaemonFTW


“Beautiful face. Beautiful body. Horrible attitude. It was the holy trinity of hot boys.” - Obsidian


Go Team Daemon!


Still need more convincing on why you should vote for Daemon? Then check out Valerie from Stuckinbooks.com defense or should I say Katy's defense. (Also don't forget to head over to stuckinbooks.com for some giveaways):

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Friday, July 20, 2012

Book Trailer: The Forsaken


The Forsaken
By: Lisa M. Stasse
Released: July 10, 2012

"As an obedient orphan of the U.N.A. (the super-country that was once Mexico, the U.S., and Canada), Alenna learned at an early age to blend in and be quiet—having your parents taken by the police will do that to a girl. But Alenna can’t help but stand out when she fails a test that all sixteen-year-olds have to take: The test says she has a high capacity for brutal violence, and so she is sent to The Wheel, an island where all would-be criminals end up. The life expectancy of prisoners on The Wheel is just two years, but with dirty, violent, and chaotic conditions, the time seems a lot longer as Alenna is forced to deal with civil wars for land ownership and machines that snatch kids out of their makeshift homes. Desperate, she and the other prisoners concoct a potentially fatal plan to flee the island. Survival may seem impossible, but Alenna is determined to achieve it anyway." (Summary from goodreads.com)



I love this trailer and this book sounds so good! Definitely plan on picking this one up soon!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Tiger Lily
By: Jodi Lynn Anderson
Released: July 3, 2012
Source: Purchased
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. . . . Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn't believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell. Peter is unlike anyone she's ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland's inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she's always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter. With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it's the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who's everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart." (Summary from
goodreads.com)
I loved Tiger Lily and I already can't wait to read this book again. I'm a big fan of the Peter Pan story and I was so excited to read this refreshing twist on the story. Tiger Lily is the story of Tiger Lily who meets Peter Pan and falls in love.

The story was narrated by Tink and I absolutely loved it. She made an excellent narrator and I enjoyed how she looked at the world and characters. Tiger Lily made such an excellent protagonist. She doesn't fit in very well in her village and they are afraid of her. She is tough, strong, and brave though. She will do anything for the people she cares for. I admit I was worried that I wouldn't love her character because Wendy was one of my favorite characters growing up. However by the time that I was halfway through this book, I was fiercely rooting for Tiger Lily.

Then there were plenty of other characters in this book who I was already familiar with. There was of course Peter Pan, Hook, the Lost Boys,  the mermaids, and Smee. Peter Pan is another character I have already loved for years and it was fun to read another take on him. I liked that the typical characteristics that I have already associated with Peter were there but also Anderson made him a more complex character.

The plot was captivating and paced really well. It was hard to put this book down for long. I loved going on a new adventure in Neverland. There was action but also drama and romance. This book was also beautifully written. I just loved the way that Anderson wrote this story and the descriptions of characters and Neverland. It was so refreshing to revisit some of my favorite characters from my childhood but with a new spin. I strongly recommend Tiger Lily, it was a fun and exciting story you won't want to miss!  


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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #59: Fathomless


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


Fathomless
By: Jackson Pearce
Release Date: September 4, 2012

"Celia Reynolds is the youngest in a set of triplets and the one with the least valuable power. Anne can see the future, and Jane can see the present, but all Celia can see is the past. And the past seems so insignificant -- until Celia meets Lo. Lo doesn't know who she is. Or who she was. Once a human, she is now almost entirely a creature of the sea -- a nymph, an ocean girl, a mermaid -- all terms too pretty for the soulless monster she knows she's becoming. Lo clings to shreds of her former self, fighting to remember her past, even as she's tempted to embrace her dark immortality. When a handsome boy named Jude falls off a pier and into the ocean, Celia and Lo work together to rescue him from the waves. The two form a friendship, but soon they find themselves competing for Jude's affection. Lo wants more than that, though. According to the ocean girls, there's only one way for Lo to earn back her humanity. She must persuade a mortal to love her . . . and steal his soul." (Summary from goodreads.com)

I'm really excited for Fathomless because I have really been enjoying mermaid books lately. Also I love a good fairy tale retelling!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee

The Unquiet
By: Jeannine Garsee
Released: July 17, 2012
Source: Netgalley
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review 

"Sixteen-year-old Rinn Jacobs has secrets: One, she’s bipolar. Two, she killed her grandmother. After a suicide attempt, and now her parents' separation, Rinn and her mom move from California to the rural Ohio town where her mother grew up. Back on her medications and hoping to stay well, Rinn settles into her new home, undaunted by the fact that the previous owner hanged herself in Rinn's bedroom. At school, her classmates believe the school pool is haunted by Annaliese, a girl who drowned there. But when a reckless séance goes awry, and terrible things start happening to her new friends—yet not to her—Rinn is determined to find out why she can’t be "touched" by Annaliese...or if Annaliese even exists. With the help of Nate Brenner, the hunky “farmer boy” she’s rapidly falling for, Rinn devises a dangerous plan to uncover the truth. Soon reality and fantasy meld into one, till Rinn finds it nearly impossible to tell the difference. When a malevolent force threatens the lives of everyone she cares about--not to mention her own--she can't help wondering: who should she really be afraid of Annaliese? Or herself?" (Summary from goodreads.com)


The Unquiet is a creepy story that I just couldn't put down. Rinn has just recently moved to a small town after an accident that killed her grandmother and Rinn attempted suicide. Rinn is also bipolar and is back to taking her medication again. Not only does she blames herself for her grandmothers death but she also feels guilty for her parents separation. Rinn was a character I definitely grew to like as the story progressed. Sometimes she can be frustrating while at other times I was cheering her on. She is far from being perfect and she is dealing with quite a lot. 

There are plenty of other really interesting characters in this book as well. However, one of my favorites was definitely Rinn's neighbor Nate. Nate was a character I instantly liked and I loved the banter between him and Rinn. I found that many of his scenes helped lighten the story up a bit.  

I went into this book expecting it to probably be really depressing because it does sound like an intense story. However, I didn't find that to be the case necessarily. It was still a really intense story that dealt with some extremely heavy issues but overall this book left me feeling quite creeped out. It's a chilling and scary story that I'm still thinking about days later. I must add though that I did think that Garsee did a great job handling the topic of bipolar and clearly explaining it.

I like that this book instantly picks up and Rinn's past is laid out pretty early. Garsee easily kept me captivated for the entire story. The mystery of Annaliese picks up quickly as well and it had me guessing for the majority of the book. Even once I began to piece it together, there were several unexpected moments that surprised me. I felt that at times the plot dragged on a bit, especially during the last several chapters. However, I really enjoyed the last chapter and it was not what I was expecting to happen at all. Overall, I recommend The Unquiet, it's a chilling story that will keep you up late at night.

My Rating:

Monday, July 16, 2012

This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers

This Is Not A Test
By: Courtney Summers
Released: June 19, 2012
Source: Purchased
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live. But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside. When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?" (Summary from goodreads.com)

The only word that comes to my mind when I think of This Is Not a Test is amazing. I finished this book weeks ago and I still can't stop thinking about it. This is just one of those books where the plot, the characters, and the writing is just all amazing.

It's the zombie apocalypse and six students are hiding in the high school. Sloane is different though because her world already fell apart months ago. Her older sister, who she doesn't know how to survive without, ran away from home and left Sloane with her father. Sloane is such a complex and interesting character. I loved how her story unraveled in pieces throughout this book. 

Then there are the other kids in the school; Rhys, Trace, Grace, Harrison, and Cary. It was interesting learning more about each of them and how they interacted with one another. 

The plot picks up immediately on the first page and I was easily hooked on this story. I had high expectations when I started this book because people kept telling me it was so good. This book was even better than what I could of ever expected. There were so many twists that I was not expecting. I will say this though, This Is Not a Test is so much more than just a zombie story. 

Summer's writing is beautiful and I definitely plan on reading more of her books soon. I love that she doesn't censor anything in this story. It's a raw and chilling story about life and death. I found myself constantly putting the book down for a few minutes trying to process what just happened. This Is Not a Test has easily become one of my new favorite books and I can't recommend it enough!

My Rating:

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #58: Finale


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

Finale (Hush, Hush #4)
By: Becca Fitzpatrick
Release Date: October 23, 2012

"Nora is more certain than ever that she is in love with Patch. Fallen angel or no, he is the one for her. Her heritage and destiny may mean that they will always be enemies, but there is no turning her back on him. But now they face their biggest challenge. Can their love survive a seemingly insurmountable divide. And in the end, will there be enough trust left to rebuild what has been broken? The lines are drawn - but which sides are they on?"(Summary from goodreads.com)

I'm looking forward to reading what will happen next in the Hush, Hush series.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Once Upon A Read-A-Thon Update



Once Upon a Read-a-Thon
 

I'm participating in the Once Upon A Read-A-Thon which is hosted by Lori at Pure Imagination, Angela at Reading Angel and Candace at Candace's Book Blog. It will take place from 12:01 am on July 9th to 11:59 pm on July 11th. 

Update:
I will be reading The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe.

 I also would like to read Team Human by Sarah Rees Brennan and Justine Larbalestier and Insignia by S.J. Kincaid but I might not get to those. I'm happy to have at least gotten one book read though. :)

Challenges:
Took part in the challenge at Between the Pages

Monday, July 9, 2012

Why Young Adult?

"Why do you read Young Adult books?"

This is the one question I find myself being asked constantly and it can frustrating at times. I read young adult books for plenty of reasons but the most important one is that it's what I enjoy. (A previous guest post with author, Sherry Soule, on her love for young adult books also helped inspire this post.)


I've just recently turned twenty-one and I still prefer young adult books. I love them so much that I made this blog almost 2 years ago. It's not that I haven't tried other genres either. Sure, there are some adult fiction books that I love and I have tried everything from science fiction to romance. I also read and enjoy plenty of classic literature because I'm an English major in college. However, there is just something about young adult books that I keep going back to. These books can make me experience a wide range of emotions from crying to laughing like crazy. I'm not saying that adult books or classic literature can't make you experience those feelings as well because there are some that certainly have made me feel that way.  

Young adult books just provide me with the perfect escape. They saved me as a teenager and still do every single day. When I have a bad day, I immediately reach for a book. I can often lose myself in the crazy adventures, scary dystopian futures, or the heartbreak of first love. Every single person was a teenager at one point in their life so these characters and their experiences are easy to relate to. Some books remind me of high school while other books can directly relate to something I'm currently handling in my own life.  A common theme I find in the young adult genre, whether it be a dystopian book or a contemporary book, is discovering yourself. I'm still growing up and learning new things every day and I don't want that to ever stop. Then there are even some books that I don't make any personal connections with but it doesn't mean I can't enjoy experiencing it all alongside the protagonist. The writing can range from simple to beautiful to complex.  

What really pushed me to write this post though is the unnecessary judgements that are made because of what I choose to read. I have had clerks at bookstores laugh in my face because in their opinion "I'm too old to read young adult." I have heard teachers and complete strangers say that young adult does not count as "real literature." I have even heard a mother refuse to buy her teenage daughter a young adult book in the bookstore because it is "garbage." Usually I ignore these comments because normally I'm not big on confrontation. When I do respond though, I give them a list of books that I challenge them to read or I just say "So you're telling me that The Outsiders or Lord of the Flies is not real literature?" 

However, I also try to remind myself that I don't need to be embarassed by what I read. I don't need to hang my head low while browsing the teen section of the bookstore or rush out of the store without buying anything when I see someone I know. I used to be so embarassed to even read in between my classes at school because of comments that my fellow classmates would make. It has taken me until this past year at college to finally have the confidence to pull out a book during a break in class. It has always bothered me that this stigma is attached to young adult books in the first place.   

I understand that this genre isn't for everyone and I don't want to push it on to anyone. However, I do think it's important to at least try more than one book before making a judgement about the entire genre. Maybe one day in the future my reading preferences will change but for now I'm perfectly happy reading young adult because that is what I personally love. The bottom line though is that a reader shouldn't be judged for what they read. Instead they should be proud because they are actually reading a book and that is what is really important! I'm proud that I read and I'm proud that I love young adult books!

So how do you answer when you are asked about why you read what you read? Do you have any experiences you would like to share?



Sunday, July 8, 2012

Once Upon A Read-A-Thon


Once Upon a Read-a-Thon

I will be participating in the Once Upon A Read-A-Thon which is hosted by Lori at Pure Imagination, Angela at Reading Angel and Candace at Candace's Book Blog. It will take place from 12:01 am on July 9th to 11:59 on July 11th. 

Books I Plan on Reading:

It's kind of a big list for me but I finally have a few days off from work and have a lot of reading to catch up on. Also I have already started Tiger Lily and Shadow Bone last week but haven't found time to read for a few days. I will be using my twitter, @thereadinggeek, to update my progress.


New Releases: July 8 - July 14

New Releases: July 8 - July 14


July 10: