Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #151: No Place to Fall


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

No Place to Fall
By: Jaye Robin Browne
Release Date: December 9, 2014

"Amber Vaughn is a good girl. She sings solos at church, babysits her nephew after school, and spends every Friday night hanging out at her best friend Devon’s house. It’s only when Amber goes exploring in the woods near her home, singing camp songs with the hikers she meets on the Appalachian Trail, that she feels free—and when the bigger world feels just a little bit more in reach. When Amber learns about an audition at the North Carolina School of the Arts, she decides that her dream—to sing on bigger stages—could also be her ticket to a new life. Devon’s older (and unavailable) brother, Will, helps Amber prepare for her one chance to try out for the hypercompetitive arts school. But the more time Will and Amber spend together, the more complicated their relationship becomes . . . and Amber starts to wonder if she’s such a good girl, after all. Then, in an afternoon, the bottom drops out of her family’s world—and Amber is faced with an impossible choice between her promise as an artist and the people she loves. Amber always thought she knew what a good girl would do. But between “right” and “wrong,” there’s a whole world of possibilities" (Summary from goodreads.com)

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Don't Look Back
By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Released: April 15, 2014
Source: Purchased
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend. Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it's one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took "mean girl" to a whole new level, and it's clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She's getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she's falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash. But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn't just buried deep inside of Sam's memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?" (Summary from goodreads.com)

Don't Look Back was such a creepy and suspenseful story. I loved it! Being the huge Jennifer L. Armentrout fan that I am, I was really excited for this book. I decided to read only a couple of chapters a night though and it just built up the suspense even more. It genuinely freaked me out a few times, so I wouldn't exactly recommend reading this one right before bed. It brought on some crazy dreams.  

One night Samantha disappears with her best friend, Cassie, and when she is found, she has no memory of who she is or what happened to Cassie. I don't want to say too much and ruin the book. I think the less you know going into it, the more you will enjoy it.  That was the case for me, at least.

Samantha was a well developed protagonist. She has to work through this new start at life, but is also trying to remember what happened Cassie. She realizes that the person she was before she lost her memory, isn't someone that she wants to be anymore. There were also some really excellent side characters too. I loved Scott, Carson, and Julie. 

The plot was so captivating and freaky. I could not figure out the ending and it completely took me by surprise. I loved trying to piece together the truth about what happened to Sam and the secrets she was keeping before she lost her memory. There was also a great balance of romance and humor mixed in with all the drama. 

Overall I really loved Don't Look Back! It's a twisted and suspenseful story. I definitely recommend picking this one up! 

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #150: Get Even


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

Get Even 
By: Gretchen Mcneil
Release Date: September 16, 2014

"Follows the secretive exploits of four high school juniors - Kitty, Olivia, Margot and Bree - at an exclusive Catholic prep school. To all outward appearances, the girls barely know each other. At best, they don't move in the same social circles; at worst, they're overtly hostile. Margot Mejia – academically ranked number two in her class, Margot is a focused overachiever bound for the Ivy League. Kitty Wei – captain of the California state and national champion varsity girls' volleyball team, she's been recruited by a dozen colleges and has dreams of winning an Olympic gold medal. Olivia Hayes – popular star of the drama program, she's been voted "most eligible bachelorette" two years running in the high school yearbook and has an almost lethal combination of beauty and charm. Bree Deringer – outcast, misfit and the kind of girl you don't want to meet in a dark alley, the stop sign red-haired punk is a constant thorn in the side of teachers and school administrators alike. Different goals, different friends, different lives, but the girls share a secret no one would ever guess. They are members of Don't Get Mad, a society specializing in seeking revenge for fellow students who have been silently victimized by their peers. Each girl has her own reason for joining the group, her own set of demons to assuage by evening the score for someone else. And though school administration is desperate to find out who is behind the DGM "events", the girls have managed to keep their secret well hidden. That is until one of their targets – a douchebag senior who took advantage of a drunk underclassman during a house party, videotaped it on his phone, and posted it on YouTube – turns up dead, and DGM is implicated in the murder. Now the girls don't know who to trust, and as their tenuous alliance begins to crumble, the secrets they've hidden for so long might be their ultimate undoing" (Summary from goodreads.com)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Open Road Summer
By: Emery Lord
Released: April 15, 2014
Source: Purchased
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking" (Summary from goodreads.com)

Wow Open Road Summer was just perfect! I don't use the word "perfect" lightly, but it's the only word that seems to come to mind when I think of this book. After being in a bit of a reading slump lately, this was just the type of book I needed to remind me why I love to read all over again. I've been hearing buzz about Open Road Summer for months now so as soon as the release day arrived, I ran out to pick up my own copy and I'm happy that I didn't wait a day more. It's been a long time since I've read a book that I've fallen in love with like I have with this story. I could read this book over and over again and still never get tired of it. It made me feel a wide range of emotions and I still can't stop thinking about.

Reagan has gotten into some trouble in the past but is looking to change her ways. So after a break-up, she decides to join her best friend Dee, who just so happens to be a big country singer, on her summer tour. Reagan was a really great protagonist and developed very strongly. She's made some mistakes and is trying hard to make better decisions. She was realistic and I could relate to her in so many ways. She doesn't have it all together and that just makes her that much more real. 

Then there is her best friend, Dee. Dee is quite the opposite of Reagan and she always sees the good in others. Dee was developed really well throughout the story as she struggles with the price of fame. I especially loved the friendship between these two girls. It was one of my favorite aspects of this book. The bond these two share was real and it was clear from the beginning how much they care about each other. They always have each others backs no matter what and can always depend on each other to be there.

Then there is Matt Finch, who comes to join the tour as the opening act. Matt was another strongly developed character. I loved learning more about his past and I loved how he just fit right in with Dee and Reagan. 

The plot was fun and I couldn't put this book down once I started. I loved traveling across the country with Reagan, Dee, and Matt. This book not only made me laugh, but it also brought on the tears, and gave me butterflies. Emery Lord's writing was beautiful and there were so many times that I had to stop and write down a quote. I also loved the lyrics that were a part of the story as well. I will certainly be looking forward to Lord's next book now.

Overall I absolutely loved Open Road Summer and it is now on my list of favorites! It's a beautiful story about friendship, love, and growing up. I can't recommend picking it up enough. It's the perfect book to add to your reading list this summer.   

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #149: Kiss Kill Vanish


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

Kiss Kill Vanish
By: Jessica Martinez
Release Date: October 7, 2014

"Valentina Cruz no longer exists. One moment, she was wrapped in Emilio’s arms, melting into his kiss. The next, she was witnessing the unthinkable: a murder in cold blood, ordered by her father and carried out by her boyfriend. When Emilio pulled the trigger, Valentina disappeared. She made a split-second decision to shed her identity and flee her life of privilege, leaving the glittering parties and sultry nightlife of Miami far behind. She doesn’t know how to explain to herself what she saw. All she knows now is that nothing she believed about her family, her heart, or Emilio’s love, was real. She can change her name and deny her past, but Valentina can’t run from the truth. The lines between right and wrong, and trust and betrayal, will be blurred beyond recognition as she untangles the deceptions of the two men she once loved and races to find her own truth" (Summary from goodreads.com)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Curse
By: Marie Rutkoski
Released: March 4, 2014
Source: Purchased
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined." (Summary from goodreads.com)

Wow The Winner's Curse was amazing! There was so much hype around this book and it certainly lived up to it.

Kestrel is the general's daughter and has the choice to either marry or join the military. She is a wonderful and complex protagonist. She is flawed, but it just made her even more realistic. I especially love that she is witty and smart. 

Then there is Arin, who was another complex character. He is a slave and is purchased by Kestrel. I loved that there was so much more to Arin than what was first expected. Both of these characters were just developed so well. I also love the way the relationship developed between them. There were plenty of really great side characters as well.

The plot was exciting and filled with twists. There was a great balance of drama, action, and some romance. I couldn't put this book down for long, especially once I reached the last half. Not only was Rutkoski's writing absolutely stunning, but she also built this fascinating world. Every aspect of this book was strongly developed and complex. I loved that there were so many layers to this story and that I still can't stop thinking about it.  

Overall I loved The Winner's Curse and strongly recommend picking up this book right now. You don't want to miss out on this story. I will certainly be counting down the days until the sequel is released.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #148: Black Ice


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

Black Ice
By: Becca Fitzpatrick
Release Date: October 7, 2014

"Sometimes danger is hard to see... until it’s too late. Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn't prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage. In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there... and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target. But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?" (Summary from goodreads.com)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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Soul Bound
By: Linda Foster

Ash laughed -- an evil, hollow sound – and grasped his knife more firmly. Kali blinked slowly, her heart breaking. This wasn’t her Ash, she reminded herself. This wasn’t the boy who’d sold his soul to save his sister, or fought by her side. This wasn’t the boy who had changed everything she thought she knew about life, love, and herself.

“I’ll die before hurting you,” Kali repeated, lifting her chin. He possessed the greater strength now, she knew, and would beat her even if she fought. At least, in the end, she would die at his hand rather than someone else’s. Maybe he would still win his soul back that way.

A boy who sold his soul to save his sister’s life.

A fallen angel turned demon, seeking her redemption.

And a surprising love story that could save them both … or destroy the world.

Join Ash and Kali, and a cast of dark characters, as they fight for the fallen angels of the world,

the right to choose their own path, and the one thing they never thought they’d find – true love.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham

 Welcome my sister, Kelly, to The Reading Geek! 
She will now be contributing some guest book reviews to the blog.
 

The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line
By: Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
Released: March 25, 2014
Source: Purchased
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*Note: This is an adult book

"Ten years after graduating from high school in Neptune, California, Veronica Mars is back in the land of sun, sand, crime, and corruption. She’s traded in her law degree for her old private investigating license, struggling to keep Mars Investigations afloat on the scant cash earned by catching cheating spouses until she can score her first big case. Now it’s spring break, and college students descend on Neptune, transforming the beaches and boardwalks into a frenzied, week-long rave. When a girl disappears from a party, Veronica is called in to investigate. But this is no simple missing person’s case; the house the girl vanished from belongs to a man with serious criminal ties, and soon Veronica is plunged into a dangerous underworld of drugs and organized crime. And when a major break in the investigation has a shocking connection to Veronica’s past, the case hits closer to home than she ever imagined. In Veronica Mars, Rob Thomas has created a groundbreaking female detective who’s part Phillip Marlowe, part Nancy Drew, and all snark. With its sharp plot and clever twists, The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line will keep you guessing until the very last page" (Summary from goodreads.com)

Being a fan of Veronica Mars picking up this book was a no brainer. I was slightly worried because I didn't want this to be sub par, I hold Veronica and her story on a very high pedestal, but once I picked up the book my fears were quickly squashed.

The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line picks up a few months after the recently released film left off. Veronica is back in Neptune and the PI business after leaving behind a lucrative law career in New York. Veronica is struggling to keep Mars Investigations afloat and waiting for that next big case. When a girl on spring break in Neptune goes missing Veronica is thrown into the case, but even Veronica's PI skills couldn't help her predict the connection this case would have to her past.

Veronica Mars is a character I grew up with so I hold her close to my heart. What makes Veronica special is her no nonsense attitude. She is this smart, intelligent, strong women and a lot of that had to do with Kristen Bells portrayal. Before I picked this up I was afraid that a lot of what made Veronica special may be lost in a book version. But I'm pleased to say none of that was missing, this was still the Veronica I loved and maybe even more. I've heard a lot of complaints about this story being written in third person instead of the first person, but it never bothered me. I never even thought about it until I saw others complain.

The case in The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line was interesting and exciting. It had all these great twists and turns. My theories on suspects were always changing. There were moments where I audibly gasped out loud and there were moments when I was terrified for Veronica. I was definitely cheering her on as I read though. The case introduces you to a lot of new different characters, but your favorites from the series make a return as well. 

I'd recommend Veronica Mars: The Ten Thousand-Dollar Tan Line to anyone who is a fan of the show. I'd also recommend it to those who aren't familiar with the show, but I would suggest maybe reading up on it and familiarizing yourself with the story. It's not necessary to know anything about Veronica's story before picking this up because the book does give you some quick recaps on characters and situations, but this story was clearly written for the fans. I can't wait for more books to be released in this series because getting Veronica Mars and her story in any format is good enough for this Marshmallow.


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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #147: The Heiresses


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

The Heiresses
By: Sara Shepard
Release Date: May 20, 2014

"The series follows one of the most prestigious and wealthy families on the Upper East Side who have built their entire fortune on the business of diamonds. Due to a clause the grandfather placed in his will, only his granddaughters are set to inherit his massive fortune…these are the heiresses. After the death of their cousin, the remaining heiresses try to figure out if the family curse is real or not, and if not, who killed their cousin, and more importantly, which one of them is next on the hit list?" (Summary from goodreads.com)