Thursday, January 31, 2013

Shadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader by Cassandra Clare

Shadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader
By: Cassandra Clare and various authors
Released: January 29, 2013
Source: Netgalley
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, epic urban fantasy set in a richly imagined world of shadowhunters, vampires, werewolves, fairies, and more, has captured the imaginations and loyalty of hundreds of thousands of YA readers. Originally a trilogy (City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass), the series has extended to six titles, plus a prequel trilogy, the Infernal Devices, and a planned sequel series, the Dark Artifices. A feature film is planned for 2013. Shadowhunters and Downworlders, edited by Clare (who provides an introduction to the book and to each piece), is a collection of YA authors writing about the series and its world. Authors Who Contributed: Holly Black / Kendare Blake / Gwenda Bond / Sarah Rees Brennan / Rachel Caine / Sarah Cross / Kami Garcia / Michelle Hodkin / Kelly Link / Kate Milford / Diana Peterfreund / Sara Ryan / Scott Tracey / Robin Wasserman" (Summary from goodreads.com)

Shadowhunters and Downworlders is a collection of essays by several authors about The Mortal Instruments series. I'm a huge fan of The Mortal Instruments series so I found these essays to be really interesting.

The essays touch on a variety of topics such as the characters, the setting in New York, and themes that are found throughout the series. It was fun to read another perspective on these books and it even made me think of some topics differently. Some of my favorite essays were by Kate Milford, Sarah Rees Brennan, Kendare Blake, and Sarah Cross. My favorite essay out of all of them was definitely Kami Garcia's. I loved how she connected John Hugh movies to the relationship between Simon and Clary. It was something I never would have thought but it makes sense in a way.

Overall Shadowhunters and Downworlders was a quick and interesting read. I definitely recommend this to any fans of The Mortal Instruments.

My Rating:

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #86: Siege and Storm


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

Siege and Storm (Grisha #2)
By: Leigh Bardugo
Release Date: June 4, 2013

"Darkness never dies. Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can't outrun her past or her destiny for long. The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling's game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her--or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm." (Summary from goodreads.com)

I loved Shadow and Bone and I can't wait to read the next book in this series.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Discussion: Book Adaptations



As much as I love reading the actual books, I'm also a complete sucker for television and movie adaptations. I do get a bit nervous every time though, especially when it's based on a book I absolutely love. It's hard to sometimes accept that the book can't be perfectly adapted just the way I imagined it while I'm reading. I tend to panic when I first hear the actors casted as my favorite characters.

There are quite a few adaptations that are coming out in 2013 though and then it seems like every week I hear about another book turning into a movie or television show. So I thought I would compile some lists.

Some Recent Book Adaptations:
-The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer
-I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
-The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
-The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith (In this case I love that the show is different from the books)
-Secret Circle by L.J. Smith
-Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (My favorite adaptation*)

 
 
Upcoming Adaptations in 2013 :
-The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (August 23)
-Beautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia (February 14)
-The Host by Stephenie Meyer (March 29)
-Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (November 22)
-Enders Game by Orson Scott Card (November 1)
 
 
Possible Upcoming Adaptations:
-Delirium by Lauren Oliver (Pilot ordered by Fox)
-Maze Runner by James Dashner (Wes Ball attached as the director)
-Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (Optioned by Fox 2000)
-Under the Never Sky by Victoria Rossi (Optioned by Warner Brothers)
-Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (Optioned)
-The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (Optioned)
-The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (Optioned)
-Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza (Shonda Rhimes signed on as producer)
-Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (Patrick Sean Smith writing the screenplay)
-Unearthly by Cynthia Hand (Optioned)
-This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers (Optioned by Sony for a TV movie)
 
(I know I'm missing a lot on these lists so feel free to add in anything in the comments)
 

So what is your favorite or least favorite book adaptation?
What adaptation are you looking forward to the most?
What book are you dying to see turned into a movie or tv show?
Is there a book that you don't want to see adaptated?
 
My favorite adaptation is definitely Perks of Being a Wallflower. I think what worked best is that the author made the film so it stayed so true to the story. My least favorite adaptation is definitely Secret Circle, in that case it should of stuck more closely to the books.
I'm so excited to see The Mortal Instruments movie. It's definitely my most anticipated movie of 2013 but I'm also really excited about Beautiful Creatures and Catching Fire.
I definitely would love to see Divergent, Legend, Shadow and Bone, and Vampire Academy as movies! However as much as I love The Fault in Our Stars, I don't think I could ever sit through a film adaptation because it would emotionally be too much. The book made me sob uncontrollably.


Monday, January 28, 2013

Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Just One Day
By: Gayle Forman
Released: January 8, 2013
Source: ARC Trade Margie (Bumbles and Fairytales)
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"When sheltered American good girl Allyson "LuLu" Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines." (Summary from goodreads.com)


I have been anxiously awaiting this book for months because Gayle Forman is one of my favorite authors. I loved every single page of One Day and never wanted this story to end. Forman wrote a stunning book that I won't forget.

Allyson has always been a good girl but while on a trip in Europe she takes a chance and goes to Paris with a boy she meets in England. After a day together in Paris, Allyson wakes up and Willem is gone. Allyson was such an excellent and realistic character that is strongly developed through the course of the story. She is on a journey of discovering who she is and what she wants out of her life. While in Paris she takes on the name Lulu and it gives her the confidence to take chances and be someone else. I know that I personally would love the chance to be a Lulu for even just for one day and Allyson inspired me.

There is just so much I loved about this book. Forman's writing is beautiful and flows so well from page to page. It was so difficult for me to put this book down. It made my heart swell but also broke it too. This book took me to so many places that I have always dreamed of going to. It especially brought me to a Paris that I wasn't expecting because it wasn't about all of the famous tourist stops. I also loved all of the fascinating characters that Allyson encounters throughout the book. 

What I loved most of all about Just One Day was that it was a story of growing up and going after what you want. I will definitely be rereading this story many more times. I'm also going to be waiting on the edge of my seat for Just One Year. I highly recommend Just One Day, it's a beautiful and inspiring story!

My Rating:

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Torched by Andrea Lynn Colt

Torched
By: Andrea Lynn Colt
Released: September 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 

"Rose Whitfield's senior year just went up in smoke. Instead of having a blast with her best friend, her cheerleading squad, and her boyfriend Ryan, she's framed for arson. Popularity and criminal records don't mix, apparently. Luckily, Rose knows who's framing her: Paxton Callaway. Paxton and Rose have spent years locked in a war of practical jokes. This time he's gone too far. Rose sets out to prove her innocence, win Ryan back, and take Paxton down hard. Not necessarily in that order." (Summary from goodreads.com)

I really enjoyed Torched and couldn't put it down! This book is just filled with drama and it's great.

Rose is in her senior year of high school. She is a cheerleader and at the top of her class academically. However, she is then framed for burning down her boyfriends family boat. She is determined to find out who is framing her and she suspects that it's her neighbor Paxton. Rose and Paxton have had a ongoing prank war going on for years.

Rose was a believable teenager. I didn't like her all the time but I was definitely on her side still. She goes from being popular one day to everyone thinking she is an arsonist the next. I liked that she doesn't give up on trying to find the truth though. Rose certainly develops a great deal through the course of the book. There are plenty of side characters too. Some I hated and others I really liked.

The plot was great and paced really well. I especially loved the voice it was told in. It just made the story flow smoothly. It's dramatic and funny at the same time. I definitely think that Colt nailed what high school is like.

I really enjoyed the whole mystery of finding out who framed Rose as well. It was fun trying to figure it out. It wasn't as obvious as I was expecting it to be in the beginning so I really enjoyed the ending of the book.   

Overall, Torched was an enjoyable and quick read that was filled with drama and a mystery. I definitely recommend picking this one up!

My Rating:

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #85: The Eternity Cure


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

The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2)
By: Julie Kagawa
Release Date: April 23, 2013

"Allison Sekemoto has vowed to rescue her creator, Kanin, who is being held hostage and tortured by the psychotic vampire Sarren. The call of blood leads her back to the beginning—New Covington and the Fringe, and a vampire prince who wants her dead yet may become her wary ally. Even as Allie faces shocking revelations and heartbreak like she’s never known, a new strain of the Red Lung virus that decimated humanity is rising to threaten human and vampire alike." (goodreads.com)


I loved The Immortal Rules and I can't wait to read what will happen next.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Prodigy by Marie Lu

Prodigy (Legend #2)
By: Marie Lu
Released: January 29, 2012
Source: ARC from BEA
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review 

"The Elector Primo of the Republic has died, with his son assuming power over what’s left of the USA’s West Coast as it teeters on full-blown chaos. June and Day join up with Patriot rebels so they can rescue Day’s brother and head east for the Colonies. In order to help, though, the rebels want June and Day to kill the new Elector, who may pose an even greater threat than his father." (Summary from goodreads.com)


I'm not even sure where to start this review because I don't think I can express how much I love this book properly. I loved Legend but I was a bit hesitant where Lu would take this story next. However, now I think I love Prodigy even more than Legend. June and Day are on the run after escaping the Republic and join the Patriot rebels. June is one of my favorite protagonists because she can take of herself. She's smart and tough. Then there is Day who is another one of my favorite protagonists. He had a much different upbringing than June but he knows how to survive as well. The relationship between Day and June is complicated because they are different from one another and grew up in different lifestyles. I like that in Prodigy, this is being addressed much more.

I was happy to see the return of characters such as Kaede and Tess. I especially enjoyed learning more about both of their childhoods. Then there is Anden who is now the new Elector Primo and I found him to be really interesting.

I enjoy how the chapters alternate again between Day and June. I love Lu's writing style because she develops the plot and characters strongly while also making the alternating chapters flow smoothly. Her writing is beautiful as well and there is one particular passage in this book that I can't get out of my head. I love the new settings we were introduced to in Prodigy. Lu did an excellent job building this world in Legend but in Prodigy she expands it even farther.


The plot picked up immediately and once I started the first page, I couldn't put this book down. The plot has quite a few unexpected twists that I did not see coming and the last couple of chapters left me breathless. I will be waiting on the edge of my seat for the next book in this series. Overall, Prodigy is a strong sequel that won't disappoint!

My Rating:

Cover Reveal and Interview: Radiant

Radiant
By: Christina Daley
Release: February 12, 2013
 
Mary is part Vietnamese. Carter is a complete jerk. Normally, they don't talk much. But when Mary's in an accident on the way to school one morning, Carter nearly dies saving her life. The doctors say his chances of living are slim, and Mary's feeling the full weight of survivor's guilt. However, Carter's back at school in a matter of days, as if nothing had happened. Although, he is a little "glitchy," and he's developed a sudden and intense interest in Mary. She thinks he's suffering from major brain trauma from the accident. Or that he's been possessed. As it so happens, Carter really is possessed. And the thing controlling him is having the time of its life learning to be human. Featuring a diverse cast of characters, RADIANT is a funny and heartfelt story about being human, being in love, and being healed.
 
Interview:
 
1.) First tell us a bit about Radiant.
   Thanks for having me here today, Traci! Radiant's about a seventeen-year-old girl named Mary, and she's in a freak accident on her way to school one morning. However, a boy named Carter, who also goes to her school, saves her life and nearly dies instead. But rather than spend weeks or months in the hospital, Carter's back at school in a couple days as if nothing had happened.

He is a little "glitchy" though, and he's suddenly really interested in Mary. It may be the brain trauma from the accident, but Mary develops this alternative theory that he's possessed. And as it turns out, he is! Things get a little weird when Mary tries to figure out ways to exorcise him. Then, they get really interesting when the thing possessing him reveals what "it" is and why "it's" there.
 
2.) What is the writing process like for you?   It varies from project to project for me. I don't outline, but I'll often write a working synopsis that I reference. Sometimes I write the first draft long hand, sometimes just the first few chapters, or sometimes I'll just go straight to the computer and start typing. And my favorite place to write is on my couch. It's soft and warm, and there's a butt-shaped impression in the left cushion that fits me perfectly.
 
3.) Any writing tips you would like to share?   Different things work for different people, but one thing that works for everyone is to read well and often. Certainly read in the genre you write in so that you know what's out there, but also read in other genres you enjoy for the sake of enjoyment and perspective. And don't shy away from books you think aren't well done. Those can teach you how you don't want to write.

The other tip I'd give is to do it for the love of the game. Yes, there is a business aspect you have to be aware of. But at the core, write because you love to tell stories and because this is the medium by which your thoughts flow best (for other creatives, their stories flow best in their paintings, photography, music, cooking, wedding cake designs, inventions, etc.). If you write for any other reason than that, you're wasting time.

 
4.) What inspired you to write Radiant?
   At the time, I was working on another book called Seranfyll, which is a middle grade fantasy I published a couple years ago. When I got about 20 pages into Seranfyll, I ran out of ideas and set it aside. I then came across a bunch of science articles that weren't really related--some were about comets and others were about health and other things. I can't remember where the possession idea came from, but I wondered what it would be like for a person to nearly die and then get possessed by something that wasn't a ghost or an alien.

The story grew from there, and I wrote the first draft of Radiant. After I got it out of my system, I had come across more inspiration for Seranfyll in other places and went back to finish that manuscript as well.
 
5.) What would you say is the best aspect of self publishing?    Chatting with readers! Especially on Twitter, but I answer my emails pretty regularly, too. I also like looking at book blogs like yours. Almost all the ones I've seen have great designs and fun posts. Of course, there are probably lots of traditionally published authors who do those, too. But specifically for self-publishing, I like that I'm not bound by another entity's schedule. Don't get me wrong, I think that trade publishers are still great for a lot of things, and if the opportunity arose and the terms were right, I'd probably go with one. But right now, I'm flexible enough to write and release as I see fit.
 
6.) What are you currently working on?
   I have two YA historical fiction projects that I'm keeping under wraps for now, but I can say that one of them is going to be more on the epic side (Battles! Swords! Elephants?) and the other will be more on the quiet-palace-life (or is it?) side. My other WIP is the third book in the Seranfyll series. As I had mentioned, Seranfyll was published a couple years ago and Book 2, titled Eligere, went out last year. I've gotten several gentle reminders from my awesome readers that they're patiently awaiting Book 3 :)

Thanks again for having me here today! Hope you like the cover and I hope everyone will check out Radiant when it releases on February 12!
 
Thanks so much for stopping by to answer some questions Christina! Radiant definitely sounds really great and different! You can add it on Goodreads here: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17253238-radiant

Monday, January 21, 2013

Castles on the Sand by E.M. Tippetts

Castles on the Sand
By: E.M. Tippetts
Released: August 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 

"Madison Lukas knows her place in the world. She’s not pretty, not interesting, and therefore easy to forget. John Britton is serving his mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and has been praying for fifteen years to find the sister he lost in his parents’ divorce. She is beautiful, talented, and makes kindness a fine art. When John and Madison cross paths, he recognizes her at once, but Madison is certain that he’s got it all wrong. Even if she is his long-lost sister, she can’t possibly be the exceptional, amazing girl he thinks she is, can she?" (Summary from goodreads.com)

I usually tend to stay away from books that involve religion but something about this synopsis caught my interest. I'm definitely happy I picked this one up now.

Madison's life is turned upside down when she meets her brother that she never knew existed. Madison is a realistic character because she has insecurities that I think everyone experiences. She is discovering who she is and she has flaws. She has trouble with her best friend and then there are boy troubles too. Then there is the relationship that Madison shares with her mother, which is certainly complicated to say the least. I just found Miranda to be developed really well through the course of the book.

John was definitely an interesting character too. He has grown up so differently from his sister. I wished that I could get to know him a bit more though. I did really enjoy reading the letters between them and it's clear how much he loves his sister.

The plot dragged on at times so it did take me a few days to read this one. I just wanted some moments to be developed a bit more strongly. There is just a lot going on in this story, especially a great amount of drama. It managed to never feel over dramatic though and remain realistic. 

Some heavy topics, such as abuse and suicide, were handled well. Religion is a part of this book but it isn't as much of a main focus as I expected it to be so I really didn't mind it at all. Overall I really enjoyed Castles on the Sand and found it to be a heavy and realistic story.  

My Rating:

Blurred Cover Reveal

 
Blurred (Kissed by Death #2)
By: Tara Fuller
Release Date: July 2, 2013
 
Cash is haunted by things. Hungry, hollow things. They only leave him alone when Anaya, Heaven’s beautiful reaper, is around. Cash has always been good with girls, but Anaya isn’t like the others. She’s dead. And with his deteriorating health, Cash might soon be as well. Anaya never breaks the rules, but the night of the fire she recognized part of Cash’s soul—and doomed him to something worse than death. Cash’s soul now resides in an expired body, making him a shadow walker—a rare, coveted being that can walk between worlds. A being creatures of the underworld would do anything to get their hands on. The lines between life and death are blurring, and Anaya and Cash find themselves falling helplessly over the edge. Trapped in a world where the living don’t belong, can Cash make it out alive?
 
 Amazon
 
About Tara: Tara Fuller writes novels. Some about grim reapers​. Some about witches. All of course are delightfully full of teen angst and kissing. Tara grew up in a one stop light town in Oklahoma where once upon a time she stayed up with a flash light reading RL Stine novels and only dreamed of becoming a writer. She has a slight obsession with music and a shameless addiction for zombie fiction, Mystery Science Theater, and black and white mochas. Tara no longer lives in a one stop light town. Now she lives with her family in a slightly larger town in North Carolina where they have at least three stoplights.
 
Kissed by Death Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/KissedByDeath?fref=ts

Cover Reveal: Reclaimed by Sarah Guillory

 
Reclaimed
By: Sarah Guillory
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Release Date: October 15, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-937053-88-8
 
Jenna Oliver doesn’t have time to get involved with one boy, let alone two.  All Jenna wants is to escape her evaporating small town and her alcoholic mother. She's determined she'll go to college and find a life that is wholly hers—one that isn't tainted by her family's past. But when the McAlister twins move to town and Jenna gets involved with both of them, she learns the life she planned may not be the one she gets. Ian McAlister doesn't want to start over; he wants to remember.
Ian can’t recall a single thing from the last three months—and he seems to be losing more memories every day. His family knows the truth, but no one will tell him what really happened before he lost his memory. When he meets Jenna, Ian believes that he can be normal again because she makes not remembering something he can handle.
The secret Ian can’t remember is the one Luke McAlister can’t forget.
Luke has always lived in the shadow of his twin brother until Jenna stumbles into his life. She sees past who he’s supposed to be, and her kiss brings back the spark that life stole. Even though Luke feels like his brother deserves her more, Luke can’t resist Jenna—which is the trigger that makes Ian's memory return. Jenna, Ian & Luke are about to learn there are only so many secrets you can keep before the truth comes to reclaim you.
 
 

Friday, January 18, 2013

Giveaway: Signed ARC of Keeper of the Black Stones

Keeper of the Black Stones
By: P.T. McHugh
Release Date: February 26, 2013
 
"Awkward in his own skin, shy around girls and worried about anything and everything, Jason Evans is just like a million other teenage boys in high school, with one very large exception: he has been given a gift that allows him to jump through time. A set of stones has fallen into his lap that gives him access to any place - and any time - that he chooses. But along with that gift comes the responsibility of stopping the man who is using those very stones to travel through time and change history for his own purposes. A man who is now holding Jason's grandfather hostage, and threatening the world's very existence. Jumping through time with his best friend and body guard, Jason must enter the world of Medieval England, learn its customs, navigate unimaginable danger, and help Henry VII win the Battle of Bosworth, in the name of finding his grandfather, rescuing a beautiful girl from the clutches of a corrupt church, and destroying the one man who pledges to turn history inside out" (Summary from goodreads.com)
 
Giveaway:
First place winner will receive a ARC of Keeper of the Black Stones signed by P.T. McHugh and a signed bookmark. A second and third place winner will each receive one signed bookmark. Giveaway is open to US residents. To enter just fill out the rafflecopter form below. Good Luck! :)
 
 
*Thank you Glass House Press for providing the ARC and bookmarks for the giveaway!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Shades of Earth by Beth Revis

Shades of Earth (Across the Universe #3)
By: Beth Revis
Released: January 15, 2013
Source: ARC from NYCC
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review 

"Amy and Elder have finally left the oppressive walls of the spaceship Godspeed behind. They're ready to start life afresh--to build a home--on Centauri-Earth, the planet that Amy has traveled 25 trillion miles across the universe to experience. But this new Earth isn't the paradise Amy had been hoping for. There are giant pterodactyl-like birds, purple flowers with mind-numbing toxins, and mysterious, unexplained ruins that hold more secrets than their stone walls first let on. The biggest secret of all? Godspeed's former passengers aren't alone on this planet. And if they're going to stay, they'll have to fight. Amy and Elder must race to discover who--or what--else is out there if they are to have any hope of saving their struggling colony and building a future together. They will have to look inward to the very core of what makes them human on this, their most harrowing journey yet. Because if the colony collapses? Then everything they have sacrificed--friends, family, life on Earth--will have been for nothing. FUELED BY LIES. RULED BY CHAOS. ALMOST HOME." (Summary from goodreads.com)

I'm a big fan of this series and have been looking forward to Shades of Earth all year. I had high expectations for this one and it definitely exceeded those expectations. Revis brought this series to a whole new level and kept me on the edge of my seat.

Amy and Elder have come a long way and now they are ready to land on Earth. Amy is a character that I both love and hate. She can get frustrating sometimes, but then I can't hate her for the choices that she makes. Elder also frustrated me in this book because I wanted him to stand up for himself more. However, I still love both Amy and Elder even with their flaws because it just makes them feel real. I can't imagine being in the situations that they both find themselves in. Their relationship has also developed a great deal since the first book. I was excited to see the return of some old characters and also meet some new ones.

Throughout the series I have loved how Revis alternates the chapters between Amy and Elder because it has provided a great way for the plot to move forward. The plot was paced well and I immediately got sucked into the story on the first page. I couldn't put it down and finished it in one day. There was a great balance of suspense, action, drama, and romance. Some twists were predictable while others took me by surprise.

I loved the setting on Earth because it was refreshing to go somewhere other than Godspeed with these characters. This Earth was terrifying though and definitely gave me chills. Overall I loved Shades of Earth and thought it was a fantastic ending to one of my favorite series. I will certainly be rereading this series again soon and I will definitely read what Revis writes next. I recommend the Across the Universe series. These books take you to a fascinating world.

My Rating:

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #84: The Moon and More


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

The Moon and More
By: Sarah Dessen
Release Date: June 4, 2013

"Emaline works at her family's vacation rental company the summer before she leaves for college. She must confront her values, goals and choices as her relationship with city-boy Theo evolves and she's forced to say goodbye to the beach town where she grew up." (Summary from goodreads.com)

I'm a huge Sarah Dessen fan so I'm really excited for The Moon and More.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt

Uses For Boys
By: Erica Lorraine Scheidt
Released: January 15, 2013
Source: Netgalley
Purchase the Book: Amazon 
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review 

"Anna remembers a time before boys, when she was little and everything made sense. When she and her mom were a family, just the two of them against the world. But now her mom is gone most of the time, chasing the next marriage, bringing home the next stepfather. Anna is left on her own—until she discovers that she can make boys her family. From Desmond to Joey, Todd to Sam, Anna learns that if you give boys what they want, you can get what you need. But the price is high—the other kids make fun of her; the girls call her a slut. Anna's new friend, Toy, seems to have found a way around the loneliness, but Toy has her own secrets that even Anna can't know. Then comes Sam. When Anna actually meets a boy who is more than just useful, whose family eats dinner together, laughs, and tells stories, the truth about love becomes clear. And she finally learns how it feels to have something to lose—and something to offer. Real, shocking, uplifting, and stunningly lyrical, Uses for Boys is a story of breaking down and growing up" (Summary from goodreads.com)

Uses for Boys was a good story that I liked but it wasn't what I entirely expected. It was definitely a heartbreaking and heavy story to read though.

The book begins with Anna as a little girl who watches her mom jump from one marriage to the next. By the time she is a teenager, her mom is never around and Anna finds comfort with boys. Anna's story is not easy to read because I just felt so terrible for her. She just wants to be a part of a family because she's been practically all on her own since she was a little kid. The reader watches her from a little girl who wants her mother around to a teenager that barely has any contact with her anymore. She grows up and changes in a way that you don't want for her. She meets a lot of people along the way and forms these relationships that aren't necessarily healthy.  

It was a quick read because the plot flows well through the years of Anna's life. However the writing style took some time to get used to. I felt that the writing made it difficult to connect to the characters and it kept the reader detached. The story still felt real but it's definitely for more mature readers though. It deals with topics such as family issues, drugs, and sex. By the end of the book though I still wanted more from this story.

I waited a few days to write this review after reading this book because I felt like I needed the story to sink in more. I'm happy I waited those few days because the more I thought about it, the more impact this story left me. I definitely won't be able to forget about Anna's story anytime soon.


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Title: Firefly (Cicada #2)
By Belle Whittington
Release Date: February 2nd 2012
Cover Design: LB Whittington
Cover Reveal organized by Willing to See Less
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Author Bio:
Belle resides somewhere north of Houston, Texas in a small inconsequential town with the smallest most inconsequential name. There, in the shady reaches of the pines, elms, and oaks, she daydreams of adventures and secrets that she weaves throughout her stories. Having studied literature at University of Houston, Belle has been known to consider teaching at the college level someday.
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Monday, January 14, 2013

Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines

Fallen Too Far
By: Abbi Glines
Released: December 14, 2012
Source: Purchased E-book
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"To want what you’re not supposed to have…She is only nineteen. She is his new stepfather’s daughter. She is still naïve and innocent due to spending the last three years taking care of her sick mother. But for twenty-four year old Rush Finlay, she is the only thing that has ever been off limits. His famous father’s guilt money, his mother’s desperation to win his love, and his charm are the three reasons he has never been told no. Blaire Wynn left her small farmhouse in Alabama, after her mother passed away, to move in with her father and his new wife in their sprawling beach house along the Florida gulf coast. She isn’t prepared for the lifestyle change and she knows she’ll never fit into this world. Then there is her sexy stepbrother who her father leaves her with for the summer while he runs off to Paris with his wife. Rush is as spoiled as he is gorgeous. He is also getting under her skin. She knows he is anything but good for her and that he’ll never be faithful to anyone. He is jaded and has secrets Blaire knows she may never uncover but even knowing all of that… Blaire just may have fallen too far" (Summary from goodreads.com)

I liked Fallen Too Far but, I really did want to love this book more. I've read quite a few of Abbi Glines' books and I always find them to be enjoyable. I definitely started this one with high expectations though because the summary itself just sounded fantastic. I absolutely loved some aspects of the story, but overall it just felt like something was missing and it left me wishing for more development.

Blaire was definitely a tough protagonist to say the least. She has been through a lot but she takes care of herself. I completely respect her for that and for her strength. She is going to move in with her father, who she barely has any contact with, and his new family. That is where Rush comes in.

Rush is her new stepbrother and it didn't take much for me to fall for him too. He has his own secrets and his own past. The chemistry between Rush and Blaire is definitely there from the beginning. However, I wish that there was a bit more development between them.

The plot was paced fast and I read this book in one sitting. There is a great blend of romance and drama that kept me hooked. There was even a good twist too that I didn't exactly expect. I'm definitely dying to read the sequel now ,though, because I loved the last few chapters the most.

Overall, I definitely suggest Fallen Too Far to any Abbi Glines fans and to anyone looking for a quick and captivating book.   
 
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