Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Fault In Our Stars Trailer

The Fault in Our Stars
By: John Green
Movie Release Date: June 6, 2014



I'm so excited for this movie! The Fault in Our Stars is one of my absolute top favorite books of all time. I love this story and I'm really looking forward to this movie adaptation. I love this trailer a lot and I love the cast.

So what do you think?

Waiting on Wednesday #138: Wild


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


Wild
By: Alex Mallory
Release Date: July 8, 2014

"The forest is full of secrets, and no one understands that better than Cade. Foraging, hunting, surviving— that’s all he knows. Alone for years, Cade believes he’s the sole survivor. At least, until he catches a glimpse of a beautiful stranger… Dara expected to find natural wonders when she set off for a spring break camping trip. Instead, she discovers a primitive boy— he’s stealthy and handsome and he might be following her. Intrigued, Dara seeks him out and sets a catastrophe in motion. Thrust back into society, Cade struggles with the realization that the life he knew was a lie. But he’s not the only one. Trying to explain life in a normal town leaves Dara questioning it. As the media swarm and the police close in, Dara and Cade risk everything to get closer. But will the truth about Cade’s past tear them apart? A YA Tarzan retelling." (Summary from goodreads.com)

I'm so excited about Wild! This book sounds so good!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Believe by Erin McCarthy

Believe
By: Erin McCarthy
Released: January 21, 2014
Source: Netgalley
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*Note this is a New Adult book 
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

"Robin used to be a party girl… until she got black out drunk and woke up in bed with her best friend's boyfriend. Now she's faced with being THAT girl, and couldn't be more disgusted with herself. She can't even tell her friends the reason for her sudden sobriety and she avoids everyone until she meets Phoenix—quiet, tattooed, and different in every way that's good and oh, so bad…Phoenix is two days out of jail when he meets Robin at his cousin's house, and he knows that he has no business talking to her, but he's drawn to her quiet demeanor, sweet smile, and artistic talent. She doesn't care that he's done time, or that he only has five bucks to his name, and she supports his goal to be a tattoo artist. But Phoenix knows Robin has a secret, and that it's a naïve dream to believe that his record won't catch up with them at some point. Though neither is prepared for the explosive result when the past collides with the present…" (Summary from goodreads.com)

Believe was a quick and captivating read. I really liked the previous books in the True Believers series and this was another enjoyable addition.

Believe is the story of Robin and Phoenix. Robin used to be a party girl until one night when she sleeps with her best friend's boyfriend. Now the guilt is eating away at her. Then there is Phoenix who just got out of jail a few days ago. I liked both Robin and Phoenix and found them to be really interesting characters. They both are so different, but also have a lot in common. I really enjoyed getting to know more about them.

The chemistry between these characters was certainly there from the beginning, but I found that the relationship developed very quickly. Their relationship just progressed really fast in a short amount of time so that made it seem unrealistic to me.

I loved seeing the return of Riley, Jessica, Rory, Tyler, Easton, and Jaden. I really love the family relationship in these books so I was happy to see it being continued on again in Believe. This is a family that sticks together no matter what. 

The plot was captivating with a good balance of drama and romance. It was a bit predictable at times, but not always. I did feel like it was really rushed though. I would of loved to see some things expanded on more because I was expecting for something more to come from certain situations. The end, especially, just wrapped up all really quickly.

Overall I liked Believe. It wasn't my favorite book in the True Believers series because of the pacing, but I still enjoyed it. I will still definitely be looking forward to the next addition in the series.  
  
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Monday, January 27, 2014

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Cruel Beauty 
By: Rosamund Hodge
Release Date: January 28, 2014
Source: Edelweiss
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

"Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny. Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him. With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people. But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her. As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love" (Summary from goodreads.com)

Wow I have not been able to stop thinking about Cruel Beauty for days. Beauty and the Beast has been one of my absolute favorite stories for as long as I can remember, which is why I love to read retellings of this story so much. Cruel Beauty has definitely just become my favorite retelling though. I've been excited about this book for months and it was even better than all of my expectations. 

As a result of her father's bargain with the evil ruler, Nyx has been betrothed to him since birth. She has been trained to kill him, but the evil ruler isn't what she expected at all. Nyx was such a great and complex protagonist. She was developed so well. Nyx is so angry and resentful, which is understandable since she is stuck in this situation because of her family. However, I loved learning that there was so much more to her besides this anger. Then there is Ignifex who was such a great character too. He was developed really well also.

The plot was absolutely captivating and it was difficult to walk away from reading even for a few minutes. Each time I thought I figured it all out, there was a new twist that I never expected. The plot was strongly developed and had a great blend of suspense, romance, and mystery. 

Hodge created such a refreshing story that combined elements of the classic Beauty and the Beast fairy tale and then all of this Greek mythology. It was all incorporated into the story smoothly. Cruel Beauty was completely different from everything else that I have been reading lately. The world that Hodge created was so fascinating and strongly built too. I loved reading about the castle and all of the rooms. I felt like I was there with these characters. I'm already looking forward to rereading this book again very soon.

Hodge has made a fantastic debut and I will definitely read what she writes next. I strongly recommend Cruel Beauty! It's an exciting and refreshing fantasy story set in a world that will be difficult to forget. 


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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #137: The Art of Lainey




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

The Art of Lainey
By: Paula Stokes
Release Date: May 20, 2014

"Soccer star Lainey Mitchell is used to getting what she wants, and when her boyfriend Jason breaks up with her for no reason, what she wants is to win him back before the start of their senior year. Lainey and her friend Bianca check the interwebz for tips and tricks, but the online dating advice is all pretty lame.  Then the girls stumble across a copy of The Art of War. Didn't someone once say that love is a battlefield? Jason isn't going to stand a chance once Lainey and Bee go all Zhou Dynasty on him...  Old school strategy and subterfuge meet modern-day dramarama in the story of a girl who sets out to win at all costs and ends up discovering what's really worth fighting for" (Summary from goodreads.com

The Art of Lainey sounds so good!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #136: Exile




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

Exile
By: Kevin Emerson
Release Date: April 29, 2014

"Catherine Summer Carlson knows how to manage bands like a professional—she’s a student at the PopArts Academy at Mount Hope High, where rock legends Allegiance to North got their start. Summer knows that falling for the lead singer of her latest band is the least professional thing a manager can do. But Caleb Daniels isn’t an ordinary band boy—he’s a hot, dreamy, sweet-singing, exiled-from-his-old-band, possibly-with-a-deep-dark-side band boy. And he can do that thing. That thing when someone sings a song and it inhabits you, possesses you, and moves you like a marionette to its will. Summer also finds herself at the center of a mystery she never saw coming. When Caleb reveals a secret about his long-lost father, one band’s past becomes another’s present, and Summer finds it harder and harder to be both band manager and girlfriend. She knows what the well-mannered Catherine side of her would do, but she also knows what her heart is telling her. Maybe it’s time to accept who she really is, even if it means becoming an exile herself. . . ." (Summary from goodreads.com)

I'm looking forward to Exile because it sounds like a good read. 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Champion by Marie Lu

Champion (Legend #3)
By: Marie Lu
Released: November 5, 2013
Source: Purchased
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps-Elect, while Day has been assigned a high-level military position. But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them: just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything." (Summary from goodreads.com)

I love the Legend series and Champion was an excellent conclusion! Champion was one of my most anticipated books and it absolutely lived up to those expectations.

June is a Princeps-Elect while Day is working in the military. The tension between the Republic and Colonies is growing, especially after a plague outbreak in the Colonies. June and Day are both great characters who I have loved getting to know throughout this series. Day and June have come so far and grown so much. They have both been developed very well. I loved that the chapters continued to alternate between point of views. Lu really gave both characters distinctive voices.  I also loved seeing the return of some past characters too.

The plot was exciting and I was immediately hooked to this story from the first page. There was a lot of action, but still some romance too. It wasn't all that predictable either, so it certainly kept me on the edge of my seat. I was happy that a lot of my lingering questions were all cleared up too. One of my favorite aspects of this series has been the world that Lu has built. It was developed really well and I loved how she expanded on it with each new book. For instance in Champion, I loved learning about Antarctica and the technology, it was probably one of my most favorite chapters. 

Overall I loved Champion. This is definitely a series that I can reread again and again. I highly recommend picking it up!


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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #135: Fan Art


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

Fan Art
By: Sarah Tregay
Release Date: June 17, 2014

"When the picture tells the story… Senior year is almost over, and Jamie Peterson has a big problem. Not college—that’s all set. Not prom—he’ll find a date somehow. No, it’s the worst problem of all: he’s fallen for his best friend. As much as Jamie tries to keep it under wraps, everyone seems to know where his affections lie, and the giggling girls in art class are determined to help Jamie get together with Mason. But Jamie isn’t sure if that’s what he wants—because as much as Jamie would like to come clean to Mason, what if the truth ruins everything? What if there are no more road trips, taco dinners, or movie nights? Does he dare risk a childhood friendship for romance? This book is about what happens when a picture reveals what we can’t say, when art is truer than life, and how falling in love is easy, except when it’s not. Fan Art explores the joys and pains of friendship, of pressing boundaries, and how facing our worst fears can sometimes lead us to what we want most" (Summary from goodreads.com)

I'm so excited for Fan Art, it sounds so good!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Blog Blitz: Review: Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill

Being Sloane Jacobs
By: Lauren Morrill
Released: January 7, 2014
Source: Netgalley
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

"Meet Sloane Emily Jacobs: a seriously stressed-out figure-skater from Washington, D.C., who choked during junior nationals and isn’t sure she’s ready for a comeback. What she does know is that she’d give anything to escape the mass of misery that is her life. Now meet Sloane Devon Jacobs, a spunky ice hockey player from Philly who’s been suspended from her team for too many aggressive hip checks. Her punishment? Hockey camp, now, when she’s playing the worst she’s ever played. If she messes up? Her life will be over. When the two Sloanes meet by chance in Montreal and decide to trade places for the summer, each girl thinks she’s the lucky one: no strangers to judge or laugh at Sloane Emily, no scouts expecting Sloane Devon to be a hero. But it didn’t occur to Sloane E. that while avoiding sequins and axels she might meet a hockey hottie—and Sloane D. never expected to run into a familiar (and very good-looking) face from home. It’s not long before the Sloanes discover that convincing people you’re someone else might be more difficult than being yourself" (Summary from goodreads.com) 


Being Sloane Jacobs was a great read. I really enjoyed Lauren Morrill's previous book Meant to Be, so I was really excited to read what she wrote next. 

Sloane Emily Jacobs is a figure-skater who is trying to make a comeback, but isn't to sure if she's ready for it. Then there is Sloane Devon Jacobs who is a hockey player. She is being sent to hockey camp after getting into one too many fights on the ice. When both Sloane Emily and Sloane Devon meet up by accident, they decide to switch places. I really liked both of these characters and thought that they were developed well. They both are so different, but have some similarities too. There were also some really great side characters as well.

I really liked this plot a lot. First I'm always looking for more books that include hockey because it's my favorite sport, so I really loved that it played a role in this book. I don't know much about figure skating, so I liked learning a bit more about that too. Then I just loved the whole plot line of these two girls switching places. They both just wanted to get away from all the pressure that was in their lives. 

From the beginning this book hooked me in. I liked that the chapters alternated between Sloane Emily and Sloane Devon. Both of their voices were distinct so it didn't get confusing. The plot had a good mix of drama, humor, and a bit of romance. There were quite a few times that this book made me laugh out loud too.

Overall Being Sloane Jacobs was a really enjoyable story. I definitely recommend picking it up if you are a fan of contemporary books.


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Monday, January 6, 2014

The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines #4)
By: Richelle Mead
Released: November 19, 2013
Source: Purchased
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives. In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her. . . . But the struggle isn't over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there's still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure — and re-education — looms larger than ever." (Summary from goodreads.com)
  
The Bloodlines series is one of my top favorites and The Fiery Heart was another fantastic addition. This has definitely become my favorite book in this series so far. 

Sydney is trying to keep her secret life from the Alchemists, but that is becoming more and more difficult now that her sister Zoe is staying with her. She is balancing a lot in The Fiery Heart. Sydney has developed so much since Bloodlines and she has slowly become one of my favorite Young Adult characters. Then there is Adrian, who I think has also been developed really well over the course of this series. I think that he was especially developed well in this book. I also loved seeing the return of many characters and meeting new ones. I especially loved seeing some characters from The Vampire Academy series again too.

I loved the plot for The Fiery Heart. It was captivating and exciting from the first chapter. I read this book in one sitting because I just couldn't walk away until I knew what happened next. It was predictable though, but that didn't make it any less enjoyable for me to read. 

I also loved that the chapters alternated between Sydney and Adrian. I think it helped move the story along a lot quicker and I loved getting to know more about Adrian. Mead also brought out the humor in this book, which is again one of the big reasons why I love her writing. There is a good mix of serious moments and some lighter funny ones too.

Overall I loved The Fiery Heart I strongly recommend this series, it's one of my favorites. I can't wait to read Silver Shadows in July!



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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #134: Tease


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

Tease
By: Amanda Maciel
Release Date: April 29, 2014

"Emma Putnam is dead, and it's all Sara Wharton's fault. At least, that's what everyone seems to think. Sara, along with her best friend and three other classmates, has been criminally charged for the bullying and harassment that led to Emma's shocking suicide. Now Sara is the one who's ostracized, already guilty according to her peers, the community, and the media. During the summer before her senior year, in between meetings with lawyers and a court-recommended therapist, Sara is forced to reflect on the events that brought her to this moment—and ultimately consider her role in an undeniable tragedy. And she'll have to find a way to move forward, even when it feels like her own life is over. In this powerful debut novel inspired by real-life events, Amanda Maciel weaves a narrative of high school life as complex and heartbreaking as it is familiar: a story of everyday jealousies and resentments, misunderstandings and desires. Tease is a thought-provoking must-read that will haunt readers long after the last page" (Summary from goodreads.com)

Tease sounds like a really good and intense story.