Monday, December 30, 2013

The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine

The Promise of Amazing
By: Robin Constantine
Released: December 31, 2013
Source: Edelweiss
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

"Wren Caswell is average. Ranked in the middle of her class at Sacred Heart, she’s not popular, but not a social misfit. Wren is the quiet, “good” girl who's always done what she's supposed to—only now in her junior year, this passive strategy is backfiring. She wants to change, but doesn’t know how. Grayson Barrett was the king of St. Gabe’s. Star of the lacrosse team, top of his class, on a fast track to a brilliant future—until he was expelled for being a “term paper pimp.” Now Gray is in a downward spiral and needs to change, but doesn’t know how. One fateful night their paths cross when Wren, working at her family’s Arthurian-themed catering hall, performs the Heimlich on Gray as he chokes on a cocktail weenie, saving his life literally and figuratively. What follows is the complicated, awkward, hilarious, and tender tale of two teens shedding their pasts, figuring out who they are—and falling in love." (Summary from goodreads.com)

I liked The Promise of Amazing. It was a captivating and quick read.

Wren is a quiet "good" girl who works at her family's catering hall. While working one night she saves Gray's life when he is choking. After that Gray and Wren just can't seem to stay away from each other. I thought that both Wren and Gray were developed well. However, I have to say that I was not much of a fan of either of these characters. I liked Wren and I could relate to her on some aspects. She is really quiet. Then when compared to her siblings and friends, she is average. What made me not like her that much were the decisions she kept on making. I think that she was too easily manipulated. I also don't think that her friends were good influences for her. Then there is Gray and I really did want to like him, but I couldn't. He is a jerk and he has these sweet moments, but to me he just remained that jerk. 

The plot kept me hooked and I read this book in one day. There was a lot more drama going on than I expected there to be from the summary and I liked that. Gray has quite the past and it gets him into trouble. I also really liked that the chapters alternated between Gray and Wren. I thought that both characters had strong voices. My favorite aspect of this story was definitely the family storylines though. Wren has two older siblings and her family owns a catering hall. While Gray's parents are both divorced and remarried. Both characters had interesting family lives that were both very different from each other.

Overall, I liked The Promise of Amazing.       


My Rating:

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #133: Say What You Will


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

Say What You Will
By: Cammie McGovern
Release Date: June 3, 2014

"I want someone who will talk to me honestly about things. You're the only person who ever has. Maybe you don't know this, but when you're disabled almost no one tells you the truth. They feel too awkward because the truth seems too sad, I guess. You were very brave to walk up to the crippled girl and say, essentially, wipe that sunny expression off your face and look at reality. That's what I want you to do next year. Tell me the truth. That's all. Amy and Matthew didn't know each other, really. They weren't friends. Matthew remembered her, sure, but he remembered a lot of people from elementary school that he wasn't friends with now. Matthew never planned to tell Amy what he thought of her cheerful facade, but after he does, Amy realizes she needs someone like him in her life. As they begin to spend more time with each other, Amy learns that Matthew has his own secrets and she decides to try to help him in the same way he's helped her. And when what started out as a friendship turns into something neither of them expected, they realize that they tell each other everything—except the one thing that matters most" (Summary from goodreads.com)

Say What You Will sounds like a really good read.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally

Racing Savannah
By: Miranda Kenneally
Released: December 3, 2013
Source: Netgalley
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

"They’re from two different worlds. He lives in the estate house, and she spends most of her time in the stables helping her father train horses. In fact, Savannah has always been much more comfortable around horses than boys. Especially boys like Jack Goodwin—cocky, popular and completely out of her league. She knows the rules: no mixing between the staff and the Goodwin family. But Jack has no such boundaries. With her dream of becoming a horse jockey, Savannah isn’t exactly one to follow the rules either. She’s not going to let someone tell her a girl isn’t tough enough to race. Sure, it’s dangerous. Then again, so is dating Jack…" (Summary from goodreads.com)


I've really enjoyed all of Miranda Kenneally's previous books and Racing Savannah is definitely another great contemporary story. Once I started reading, I couldn't walk away from this story for long.


Savannah has just moved with her dad to the Goodwin estate where her dad will work with the horses. She doesn't want to be stuck in the same life that her dad is in. While Jack Goodwin is given the opportunity to prove to his dad that he is capable of running the business by himself. Both characters are really different and come from different backgrounds, but they do discover that they share a few similarities. For the most part, I did like Savannah and Jack. I thought they were developed fairly well. They are far from being my favorite characters in the Hundred Oaks series, but I still found myself really caring about these characters. 

I especially thought that Savannah was the more interesting character. I loved the moments where she was selfless and stood up for what she wanted. However, she still had her flaws too. Then I loved seeing the characters from the past Hundred Oaks books make an appearance.

The plot was really interesting and immediately hooked me in. It had a good balance of drama and romance. I especially enjoyed learning more about horses and horse racing. I loved the setting at the Goodwin estate. Kenneally really made me feel like I was at the stables with the horses and at the horse races watching in anticipation to see who would win the race. For most of the book the pacing moving along well, but the last few chapters felt rushed to me.

Overall I really enjoyed Racing Savannah. I strongly recommend any of the Hundred Oaks books to any contemporary fans. I can't wait to read Kenneally's next book. 


My Rating:


Sunday, December 22, 2013

New Releases 12/22/13 - 12/28/13

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The Best of 2013: Day 7

The Best of 2013: Day 7

This year I thought I would do something different with my end of the year wrap up. For the next few days I will be featuring different Young Adult bloggers who will talk about what their favorite books were from 2013.

For the last day, I will be sharing my favorite book from 2013. 


It's tough to choose just one, but my favorite book from 2013 is This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales. 

I loved This Song Will Save Your Life because it had a great plot, a strong voice, and well developed characters. I loved how music played a role in this book too. It was just a really beautiful story that I can read over and over again. 

One of my absolute favorite quotes from This Song Will Save Your Life is:

"You think it's so easy to change yourself. You think it's so easy, but it's not. True, things don't stay the same forever: couches are replaced, boys leave, you discover a song, your body becomes forever scarred. And with each of these moments you change and change again, your true self spinning, shifting positions-- but always at last it returns to you, like a dancer on the floor. Because throughout it all, you are still, always, you: beautiful and bruised, known and unknowable. And isn't that - just you - enough." - Leila Sales

You can read my full review for This Song Will Save Your Life here: http://thereadinggeek.blogspot.com/2013/09/this-song-will-save-your-life-by-leila.html



Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Best of 2013: Day 6

The Best of 2013: Day 6

This year I thought I would do something different with my end of the year wrap up. For the next few days I will be featuring different Young Adult bloggers who will talk about what their favorite books were from 2013.

Meet Liv from Lived One Thousand Lives: 

Hi, my name is Liv and I run the blog Lived One Thousand Lives at LivedOneThousandLives.blogspot.com

1.) What was your favorite book from 2013?
One of my favorites this year was Prodigal by Rektok Ross!

2.) Why was Prodigal your favorite book of 2013?
This book really connected with me and honestly there isn't a reason. It was easy to read, and I got absorbed into the story quickly. The characters were very well developed an I thought this wasn't just they typical YA romance novel because it had a few twists. The cover is simply beautiful and the title is unique, both things really improve my attitude going Into the book. I loved that it brought God and religion in but in a very low key way, because I enjoy that aspect wen it isn't overpowering. I just had a magnificent time reading this book!

3.) What was your favorite quote from Prodigal?
I had two so here they are:
“It's just not that easy answer you want wrapped up in a pretty, little bow. Nothing real ever is, but that doesn't mean it's hopeless.”

“People lie to themselves all the time. If they lie to themselves, how can you expect them not to lie to you?”


Meet Ashley from Wholly Books:
 
Hey y'all! I'm Ashley from the YA Book Blog, Wholly Books.

1.) What was your favorite book from 2013?
 
Pivot Point by Kasie West

2.) Why was Pivot Point your favorite book of 2013?

The thing I really loved about Pivot Point was how West shows you two possible futures for the main character, Addison. Neither of them actually happen but to her it feels real. When she comes back she has to decide which future she wants to live and then she'll relive it all over again. However, the future she doesn't choose never happens so she will have memories of events, people, ect that no one else will because it didn't happen to them. It's such an interesting and unique story idea. It's a story that really makes you think about what you would do if you were in that situation.  The characters, writing, and plot are all amazing. 


3.) What was your favorite quote from Pivot Point?

He takes a deep breath. "I want you to choose me, Addie," he whispers. "I want this to be real."

You can read all of Ashley's review for Pivot Point here: http://www.wholly-books.com/2013/02/review-pivot-point.html



Meet Flo from Book Nerds Across America:

Hi, my name is Flo and I'm one of the co-founders of Book Nerds Across America: http://www.booknerdsacrossamerica.com

1.) What was your favorite book from 2013?

Just one?!?! Okay, okay. I will say Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. I was pretty much bawling all the way through the 565 page book.


2.) Why was Clockwork Princess your favorite book of 2013?

I love everything Cassandra Clare, This one in particular because it brought a trilogy I have loved for years to a conclusion. And while I was crying, I was smiling, too. 


3.) What was your favorite quote from Clockwork Princess?

“Life is a book and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read.” 

You can read all of Flo's review for Clockwork Princess here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/258186956
 
Thank you Liv, Ashley, and Flo for sharing your picks!

Check out The Best of 2013: Day 2 
Check out The Best of 2013: Day 3
Check out The Best of 2013: Day 4  
Check out The Best of 2013: Day 5 

Check back again tomorrow to see what my pick is for my favorite book of the year.

So what was your favorite book from 2013? 

Friday, December 20, 2013

The Best of 2013: Day 5

The Best of 2013: Day 5

This year I thought I would do something different with my end of the year wrap up. For the next few days I will be featuring different Young Adult bloggers who will talk about what their favorite books were from 2013.


Meet Dreams from Once Upon a Dream Books:

Hello, I'm Dreams, and my blog Once Upon A Dream Books (http://adreamfrommyheart.blogspot.com) is still a baby in the book blogger world. But after reading nearly one thousand books in the last few years, my reviews and recommendations needed a place to call their own. From an early age, I've always been a fan of books, but lately it seems like reading has become an intricate part of my life. After all, there really is nothing else better than a good book and a nice, comfy couch to waste the hours away.



1.) What was your favorite book from 2013?
This is such a tough choice, to me it seemed like 2013 was the year of majorly awesome books. Yes, I did just say 'majorly awesome.' But, if forced to pick one, I'd say Water (Elements of Power #2) by Heather James. (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18005818-water)


2.) Why was Water your favorite book of 2013?
This is probably one of the lesser known books that I have read this year, and also one of the ones I was looking forward to most. It has all the hallmarks of a great book: well written, generated emotional attachment/involvement, interesting world. The story picked up right were book one left off, and was fun and entertaining. But it was the characters that really sold this book for me. These guys are complex, and felt very real with their responses and decisions. Some are admirable and you want to be their friend, other are despicable and you'd shy away from them. Then there the ones that are are so ambiguous, you don't know where they truly fall on the moral scale because they are so great at presenting different faces. Even when they are "bad" you have to wonder if you knew their true motivations, would they still be considered bad? Any author who can make me love and hate a character at the same time for his/her actions deserves an award. 
If you want to sell me a book, sell me the characters. I may slush through any book that has it's dull moments, but I will never fight the desire to skim through a book with poorly written characters. If the characters win me over early on, I am in it for the long hall, no matter the genre.


3.) What was your favorite quote from Water?
"Why did it feel like lately all I was doing was waiting to be rescued? By useless boys, too." (Roxy)




Meet Bonnie from A Backwards Story:

Hi bookworms! I'm Bonnie from A Backwards Story (http://abackwardsstory.blogspot.com). My favorite genres to R&R are high fantasy and fairy tale/mythological retellings!

1.) What was your favorite book from 2013?

Just one! So hard! I'm going to go ahead and talk about my favorite debut novel that hasn't gotten as much attention as it should, rather than throw out new series installments that you already know and love yourselves! I was a big fan of THE BURNING SKY by Sherry Thomas. It's a book that snuck up on me, one I received for review without knowing anything about it, one I sort of dragged my feet over. AND I LOVED IT.



2.) Why was The Burning Sky your favorite book of 2013?
Action! Adventure! Mystery! Intrigue! Deception! Romance! What more do you want in a book? HarperCollins' Balzer + Bray imprint always puts out great, engaging fantasy. I often want to read a book just because it's from this imprint (And their other imprint, Greenwillow Books, is also fabulous). THE BURNING SKY is no exception. I read it with no expectations, and finished wanting more. There should be more buzz surrounding THE BURNING SKY than there is. It was unputdownable, a book not to be forgotten. It lingers with you when the last page is done, making it impossible to just dive into something new right away. 
It's also blurbed by fantasy authors I love such as Rae Carson, Sarah J. Maas, Marie Lu, and Cinda Williams Chima. It has aspects of beloved series, while still remaining wholly its own entity, and is recommended as "Kristin Cashore meets Cinda Williams Chima"...with a dash of Tamora Pierce for good measure! If you love high fantasy, this is exactly your cup of tea!

3.) What was your favorite quote from The Burning Sky?
"And think no more on the exact hour of your death, prince. That moment must come to all mortals. When you will have done what you need to do, you will have lived long enough."~pg. 330




Thank you Dreams and Bonnie for sharing your picks!

Check out The Best of 2013: Day 2 
Check out The Best of 2013: Day 3
Check out The Best of 2013: Day 4

Check back again tomorrow to see what other bloggers are choosing as their favorite book of the year.

So what was your favorite book from 2013? 
 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Best of 2013: Day 4

The Best of 2013: Day4

This year I thought I would do something different with my end of the year wrap up. For the next few days I will be featuring different Young Adult bloggers who will talk about what their favorite books were from 2013.



Meet Millie from Millie D's Words:

Hello, I’m Millie and I run my blog, Millie D’s Words.

1.)  What was your favorite book from 2013?

 
 Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn 


2.)   Why was Another Little Piece your favorite book of 2013?

Out of the many books I’ve read this year, one of my favorite—a total stick-out compared to the others I’ve read—would have to be Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn. This one totally knocked my socks off and really affected my reading experience. Such a great novel! I have to say I’ve read nothing else like it and that makes me very happy. I’ve basically told all my bookworm friends that they need to read this book during some point in their lives. So, if you’ve not read it, read it!


Read all of Millie's review of Another Little Piece here: http://milliedswords.blogspot.com/2013/05/another-little-piece-by-kate-karyus.html




Meet Trinity from Trin in the Wind:
Hi, I’m Trinity from Trin in the Wind http://trinitydoyle.com

1.) What was your favorite book from 2013?
  There were so many amazing books published this year but one of my favourites would have to be Girl Defective by Simmone Howell (Side note: this book is Australian but I know it will be out in the US soon)

2.) Why was Girl Defective your favorite book of 2013?
 I love immediate writing, books where you’re immersed in the MC’s head from the start and that’s what Girl Defective is like. From the first line I knew I would love it. Everything is so real and rich, all the characters layered. It’s the story of one girl finding herself, amongst her strange family, overshadowing best friend and the kind of mystery that peeks out at you but few would actually pursue. 

3.) What was your favorite quote from Girl Defective?
 I can’t choose!
 "I had a shock of yearning, of wishing I was Nancy. The feeling was sharp and it carried a shadow. I was always on the edge of something that was never going to happen.”
"Sometimes I’d see Dad look at my brother and feel the acid tang of jealousy in the back of my mouth. I’d flash on Gully at four saying, ‘I’m a boy and Dad’s a boy but Sky is a GIRL.’ And I’d feel cursed and isolated and defective.”
“I liked the records to all be leaning the right way, facing me, full of promise. As I looked at their shiny faces I felt a mix of awe and sadness, Music was everything: the whole stinging ringing pulse of being human was in here pressed against each other.”




Thank you Millie and Trinity for sharing your picks!

Check out The Best of 2013: Day 2 
Check out The Best of 2013: Day 3

Check back again tomorrow to see what other bloggers are choosing as their favorite book of the year.

So what was your favorite book from 2013? 
 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Best of 2013: Day 3

The Best of 2013: Day 3

This year I thought I would do something different with my end of the year wrap up. For the next few days I will be featuring different Young Adult bloggers who will talk about what their favorite books were from 2013. 



Meet Ashley from The Roaming Reader:

Hi everyone!  I'm Ashley Lauren - writer and blogger.  I blog about books on The Roaming Reader - theroamingreader.com.  I have a lot of passions in life but the ones at the top of my list are 1) writing 2) reading 3) my husband 4) traveling 5) eating gummy bears - I'll admit those aren't always in the same order :-)  I currently live in Chicago although my home will always be Wisconsin.

1.)  What was your favorite book from 2013?

Wild Cards by Simone Elkenes


2.)   Why was Wild Cards your favorite book of 2013?

I've always enjoyed Simone's work.  Of all the young adult authors out there I feel like she really gets the language and actions of teenagers - it's a struggle I have in my own writing.  Wild Cards in particular I think she nails it.  Ashtyn and Derek have problems that could easily be resolved with a couple conversations but they have too much else going on.  That being said there are some "real" problems too - broken up families and breaking through gender stereotypes.  Aside from that it has great dialogue, fun scenes, and some downright sexy moment. It's just a great book to get lost in, even as an adult.

Read all of Ashley's review for Wild Cards here: http://theroamingreader.com/2013/11/27/ya-book-review-wild-cards-4-out-of-5/


Meet Teresa from Readers Live A Thousand Lives:

My name is Teresa and I run Readers Live A Thousand Lives (http://readerslive1000lives.com). I have been blogging for about a year and a half now and I have loved every second of it. I am obsessed with the color green, tootsie rolls, and anything JLA related.
 
1.)  What was your favorite book from 2013?
 
Just one... just one? How am I expected to do that? There were so many books I loved this year! But if I have to pick one *sigh* I guess I have to go with Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. 

2.)  Why was Clockwork Princess your favorite book of 2013?
 
I have always loved the Shadowhunter world, but Will Herondale stole my heart many years ago and he still hasn't given it back. I loved everything about that book and I am pretty sure I cried the entire time I spent reading it because of feelings. It is hands down my favorite conclusion to a series ever!
3.) What was your favorite quote from Clockwork Princess?
 
Ahh this is tough to do spoiler free.... most of my favorites from this book contain spoilers, but this one is spoiler free “Life is a book and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read.” 


Thank you Ashley and Teresa for sharing your picks!
Check out The Best of 2013: Day 2 

Check back again tomorrow to see what other bloggers are choosing as their favorite book of the year.

So what was your favorite book from 2013? 

Waiting on Wednesday #132: Sweet Reckoning


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

Sweet Reckoning
By: Wendy Higgins
Release Date: April 29, 2014

"It’s time.  Evil is running rampant and sweet Anna Whitt is its target. Nobody knows when or how the Dukes will strike, but Anna and her Nephilim allies will do anything necessary to rid the earth of the demons and their oppressive ways. The stakes are higher than ever, and Anna is determined that the love she feels will be her strength, not a liability. But trying to protect the ones she loves while running for her life and battling demonic forces proves to be perilous—especially as faces are changing and trust is fleeting. When the Duke of Lust sends Anna’s great love, Kaidan Rowe, to work against her, Anna must decide how much she’s prepared to risk. In the most sensual and fast-paced installment yet, Sweet Reckoning brings all the beloved Neph together one last time to fight for their freedom" (Summary from goodreads.com)

I love this series and I'm so excited for Sweet Reckoning!


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Best of 2013: Day 2

The Best of 2013: Day 2

This year I thought I would do something different with my end of the year wrap up. For the next few days I will be featuring different Young Adult bloggers who will talk about what their favorite books were from 2013. 

Meet Amanda from Cite Something:


I’m Amanda and I run the blog Cite Something, which focuses on reading, writing, and research tips for teenagers—mostly reading. Come visit me at www.citesomething.com, find me on Facebook (facebook.com/CiteSomething), and follow me on Twitter (@CiteSomething)

1.)
What was your favorite book from 2013?

 I loved so many books that came out in 2013, and I’m seeing most of them ending up on all of the best of the year lists. My pick is a little offbeat. It’s Crap Kingdom by DC Pierson (Viking, 2013).
 

2.) Why was Crap Kingdom your favorite book of 2013?

I loved this book because it’s WEIRD. It’s an absurd and self-aware fantasy that messes with all  of the conventions of what it means to be the Chosen One. It’s got broad appeal—it’s a funny fantasy couched in reality.
 

3.) What was your favorite quote from Crap Kingdom?

A favorite quote, from the king, talking about why negativity is one of the land’s most important values: "Our people are happier when their expectations are lower. The past was better than today, today is bad, and tomorrow will be worse. Viewed that way, anything that happens that is remotely good is very good…. Eventually, you are going to fail, and when that failure happens, you will feel even worse than you had when you started. So why start?” (pg 55)
 

You can read all of Amanda's review for Crap Kingdom here: http://www.citesomething.com/2013/12/05/review-crap-kingdom/


Meet Briana from Pages Unbound: 


 Briana from Pages Unbound (http://pagesunbound.wordpress.com)
1.)    What was your favorite book from 2013?
 Steelheart (Reckoners #1) by Brandon Sanderson
2.)    Why was Steelheart  your favorite book of 2013?
 The best young adult books are great stories that just happen to feature teen characters—not books that authors intentionally dumb down for a younger audience.  Sanderson provides such a story in Steelheart, one skillfully written, complexly characterized, and intensely plotted.  It is an edge-of-your seat read that teaches the audience that trying to save the world, against all odds, is worth the risks.
Thank you Amanda and Briana for sharing your picks!

Check out The Best of 2013: Day 1

Check back again tomorrow to see what other bloggers are choosing as their favorite book of the year.

So what was your favorite book from 2013? 

Monday, December 16, 2013

The Best of 2013: Day 1

The Best of 2013

This year I thought I would do something different with my end of the year wrap up. For the next few days I will be featuring different Young Adult bloggers who will talk about what their favorite books were from 2013. 


Meet Dahlia from The Daily Dahlia:
 

Dahlia, The Daily Dahlia, http://dailydahlia.wordpress.com  

1.) What was your favorite book from 2013?

 Just one?? Cruel! Because it's the freshest in my mind, I'll go with HOW TO LOVE by Katie Cotugno
 
2.) Why was How to Love your favorite book of 2013?


 What was really special to me about HOW TO LOVE was how real the characters and their choices felt to me. There's so much discussion in YA of "likable" characters and I feel like often authors forsake the realities of adolescent choices in order to give us characters who act as we'd want them to rather than as they would. This book felt brave and honest to me in its explorations of many different kinds of relationships - romantic, platonic, familial, and even a bit of religious - and did so with lovely writing and a compelling story.

  3.) What was your favorite quote from How to Love?

 "I thought he'd be taller." (That was the point at which I realized every character in this book had been given a real personality, and no choices would be easy.)
 
You can read Dahlia's full review of How to Love here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/615434059





Meet Jesse from Pretty in Fiction:

My name is Jesse and I'm a YA blogger at PrettyInFiction.com.

1.) What was your favorite book from 2013?
There are so many amazing books to choose from, but I'd have to say that one of my favorites released in 2013 would have to be Inhuman by Kat Falls.

2.) Why was Inhuman  your favorite book of 2013?
 I think I liked Inhuman so much because it surprised me. One of my favorite genres is post-apocalyptic/dystopians so when I saw the cover and synopsis of Inhuman I thought it would be a fun end-of-the-world read, but what I got felt like so much more than that. There was fantasy and adventure and a love triangle that, for once, didn't make me want to pull my hair out. Plus there's Rafe. I sort of fell in love with Rafe.

3.) What was your favorite quote from Inhuman?
  "Don't give me the mean mofo face," Rafe said. "I taught you that face." — Inhuman, Ch. 22


You can read Jesse
's full review of Inhuman here:

 Thank you Dahlia and Jesse for sharing your picks! 

Check back again tomorrow to see what other bloggers are choosing as their favorite book of the year.

So what was your favorite book from 2013? 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

April Fools Blog Tour: Review



April Fools
By: Karli Perrin
Released: December 12, 2013
Source: Author
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*Note this is a New Adult book
*A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review
 
"Love. Hate. Fear. Fate. All four letter words. All consuming. Naked to the eye, they have the power to control the heart and destroy the soul. April Adams is about to experience them like never before. When everything in April's life goes up in smoke, she is faced with some life changing decisions. Join April as she continues her journey of love and loss." (summary goodreads.com) 


I really enjoyed April Fools and thought that it was a good follow up to April Showers

April Fools follows April as she deals with the aftermath of the fire. April is a really likable character and I've enjoyed reading her story. I thought that she grew more in this book. I love the way the relationship develops and grows more between April and Isaac in this book too. 

Then I also really loved the side characters, like Lucy, Brody, and Katie. I love that each of them brought some humor to the story. I especially loved Brody and seeing more of the relationship that he shared with his sister, April.

Once I started April Fools, I couldn't stop reading and I read this in one sitting. The pacing is quick and the story moves along. My questions left over from April Showers were answered. I think that Perrin really wrapped up these character's stories well.  

Overall, I enjoyed April Fools. It's a fast paced read with a good blend of romance, drama, and some humor.


My Rating:



Visit other stops on the April Fools Blog Tour

December 12th-20th

Thursday 12th (release day)

Debbie - review - http://snugglingonthesofa.com/
Holly - review - http://hollyshotreads.wordpress.com/
Jassie - review - http://clapstompjump.blogspot.co.uk/
Christy - spotlight only - http://christyswrittenwordlove.wordpress.com/
Marisa - spotlight only - http://www.illbereading.blogspot.co.uk/
Wendy - spotlight only - http://thegeekerybookreview.blogspot.co.uk/
Anny - review - http://sexylm.blogspot.co.uk/
Carrie - review - http://bookscoffeeandwine.wordpress.com/
Laura - review - http://shelovestoread.weebly.com/
Traci - review - http://thereadinggeek.blogspot.co.uk/
Tich - spotlight only - http://lovesallthingsbooks.blogspot.co.uk/

Saturday 14th
Christy - review - http://tyhadareads.com/
Christine - review - http://hookedonbooksuk.blogspot.ca/
Ellen - review - http://www.alwaysyaatheart.com/
Ellen - review - http://www.thebookbella.com/
Jovana - review - http://rumpledsheetsblog.wordpress.com/
Angee - spotlight only - http://www.angeesafterthoughts.com/
Amanda - spotlight only - http://www.xscapefromreality.com/
Feifei - review - http://forevermeromance.blogspot.com.au/
Lisa - review - http://lisamforester.wix.com/books/apps/blog
Victoria - review - https://victorialovesbooks.wordpress.com/
Wendy - review - http://www.barenakedwords.co.uk/
Allura - review - http://teacupsandbookends.wordpress.com/
Erin - review - http://erins-choice.blogspot.co.uk/
Kristy - review - http://bookaddictmumma.wordpress.com/
Patricia - review - http://roomwithbooks.com/
Bianca - review - http://www.martinitimes.com/
Courtney - review - http://lovenbooks.com/
Emma - review - http://www.shereadsnewadult.com/
Laura - review - http://www.bookishtreasures.blogspot.co.uk/
Nicole - review - http://storiesandswag.blogspot.co.uk/

Wednesday 18th
Adriana - review - http://www.bibliobelles.com/
Emma - review - http://chicklitvfantasy.wordpress.com/
Simone & Andrea - review - http://makemydaybooks.blogspot.co.uk/
Nadia - spotlight only - http://totalbooknerds.com/

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #131: The Taking


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


The Taking
By: Kimberly Derting
Release Date: April 29, 2014

"A flash of white light . . . and then . . . nothing.  When sixteen-year-old Kyra Agnew wakes up behind a Dumpster at the Gas ’n’ Sip, she has no memory of how she got there. With a terrible headache and a major case of déjà vu, she heads home only to discover that five years have passed . . . yet she hasn’t aged a day.  Everything else about Kyra’s old life is different. Her parents are divorced, her boyfriend, Austin, is in college and dating her best friend, and her dad has changed from an uptight neat-freak to a drunken conspiracy theorist who blames her five-year disappearance on little green men.  Confused and lost, Kyra isn’t sure how to move forward unless she uncovers the truth. With Austin gone, she turns to Tyler, Austin’s annoying kid brother, who is now seventeen and who she has a sudden undeniable attraction to. As Tyler and Kyra retrace her steps from the fateful night of her disappearance, they discover strange phenomena that no one can explain, and they begin to wonder if Kyra’s father is not as crazy as he seems. There are others like her who have been taken . . . and returned. Kyra races to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had, but what if the life she wants back is not her own?" (Summary from goodreads.com)

I'm so excited for The Taking because I'm a big fan of all of Kimberly Derting's previous books.