Thursday, April 28, 2011

Review: Spellbound

Description:
What’s a girl to do when meeting The One means she’s cursed to die a horrible death?

Life hasn’t been easy on sixteen-year-old Emma Conner, so a new start in New York may be just the change she needs. But the posh Upper East Side prep school she has to attend? Not so much. Friendly faces are few and far between, except for one that she’s irresistibly drawn to—Brendan Salinger, the guy with the rock-star good looks and the richest kid in school, who might just be her very own white knight.

But even when Brendan inexplicably turns cold, Emma can’t stop staring. Ever since she laid eyes on him, strange things have been happening. Streetlamps go out wherever she walks, and Emma’s been having the oddest dreams. Visions of herself in past lives—visions that warn her to stay away from Brendan. Or else.


Review:

So, I had no idea what to really expect of this book. I hadn't heard of it or the author before I started reading it, but I'm glad I got it! Right away the voice of this book jumped right off the page at me! I think Emma's voice might have been my favorite part of this book. Seriously, I was giggling out loud at so many funny things she says/thinks.

I really enjoyed how the story evolved, how it weaved together bringing everything in at just the right time. Emma's backstory, new characters, and plot points were written in a way that kept me engaged and always wanting more (but not confused as to what was going on). And even though the story wrapped up nicely, I think there's room for a sequel as well. And I just wanted this story to keep going because I liked it so much, so I'm hoping for a sequel!

Emma's was such a wonderful character, vulnerable yet strong. And Brendan was just as wonderful, a bit of a bad boy mixed with a sweetheart. Also, the side characters and the high school dynamics were very believable and, since I don't want to give anything away, I'll just say that I loved some of them as much as I disliked other (in a good way, they were meant to be disliked).

This was another captivating read that I couldn't put down. I've been reading some pretty awesome books lately that have me reading them all in one sitting and staying up late and Spellbound fell into this category for me!

Spellbound is set to come out June 21st, so pick this book up when you get the chance and fall in love with the story like I did!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Review: Starcrossed

Description:

How do you defy destiny?

Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it's getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she's haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they're destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.

As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.


Review:

Any of you that read my review on The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter will know how I love a good Greek mythology story (not that I like *any* Greek myth book out there, I have read some not-so-good ones before) But of course, I loved this one also!

I think the best part of this book was the tension. I really liked how there was a lot of tension between Helen and Lucas. So good. I was reminded of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instrument series with this. Not in anyway with the story but with how great the guy/girl tension and relationship were.


All the characters were pretty awesome actually, not just Helen and Lucas. They all had some way for you to relate to them or love them. They were well developed and evolved throughout the story.

The story was definitely a great page turner. I was up all night reading this book because I really didn't want to put it down! I had to know how it ended! It's full of full of twists that I wasn't even expecting! I know that I say that I love books a lot, but I really loved this one!

Starcrossed is set to come out May 31st, so check this book out. I doubt you'll be disappointed!...Now where is the sequel Dreamless? I NEED IT!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Review: The Last Little Blue Envelope

Description:

Ginny Blackstone thought that the biggest adventure of her life was behind her. She spent last summer traveling around Europe, following the tasks her aunt Peg laid out in a series of letters before she died. When someone stole Ginny's backpack—and the last little blue envelope inside—she resigned herself to never knowing how it was supposed to end.

Months later, a mysterious boy contacts Ginny from London, saying he's found her bag. Finally, Ginny can finish what she started. But instead of ending her journey, the last letter starts a new adventure—one filled with old friends, new loves, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Ginny finds she must hold on to her wits . . . and her heart. This time, there are no instructions.


Review:

The Last Little Blue Envelope is the sequel to 13 Little Blue Envelopes and just like the first one, I loved this one. It was a wonderful read. I loved seeing some of the old characters along with meeting new ones too. They were all written so well and fully created.

Once again, I was blown away by the descriptions of all the places that Ginny goes. It really does feel like you are right there visiting these places with them. They're beautiful and Maureen completely pulls you into all the different places with her descriptions.

The story was fast paced and full of adventure, the characters come alive off the page, and I loved how even though Ginny was following a letter like she did with letters 1-12 in the first book, it was--because of Oliver--done in a different way.This was a book that I read in one sitting because I just didn't want to put it down.

So, go check it out! It comes out today, April 26, 2011~

Monday, April 25, 2011

Illusions by Aprilynne Pike

*Note*-there are spoilers for books 1 & 2 in this video!



Aren't you excited for Illusions now? Wanna know more about it? Check out the description below!~

--Laurel hasn't seen Tamani since she begged him to let her go last year. Though her heart still aches, Laurel is confident that David was the right choice.

But just as life is returning to normal, Laurel discovers that a hidden enemy lies in wait. Once again, Laurel must turn to Tamani to protect and guide her, for the danger that now threatens Avalon is one that no faerie thought would ever be possible. And for the first time, Laurel cannot be sure that her side will prevail
.--

I just finished reading this and I loved it so much! (And I want the next one so badly!) If you are a fan of the previous two books then you'll definitely love this one as wel. And if you aren't a fan of the books then I'm just going to have to assume it's because you haven't read them yet! So, you really should. Because they're wonderful books.

Illusions is set to come out May 3, 2011 so be sure to check this book out (or series, if you haven't started it already)!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Review: Bumped


Description:

When a virus makes everyone over the age of eighteen infertile, would-be parents are forced to pay teen girls to conceive and give birth to their children, making teens the most prized members of society.

(I shortened the description because it's long and also, this was the only description I'd read before I started reading the book. For a full description click on the picture)


Review:

This was a hard book for me to review. I found the book to be entertaining and difficult. At the beginning is a letter from the author about how this book is all about extremes and because of this the characters have the most extreme situations, ideals, and expectations.

Melody grows up surrounded with the belief that she should want to be pregnant at a young age because, in the world that Megan McCafferty has created, sometime after your teens everyone becomes infertile. Melody grows up with her adoptive parents with the idea that she should basically sell her 'eggs' to the highest bidder of infertile couples. It was difficult to read a book where half the view was encouraging young girls to become pregnant as if it were just another way to make 'money' with no repercussions.

And then on the other side, Melody's twin sister, Harmony, is adopted by a religious group and this religious group is definitely taken to the extreme. I kept getting a little annoyed at the way the 'church' in the book was shown because I feel like so many people think this is how all religious people are.

Throughout the book, I kept reminding myself of the letter from the author at the beginning of the book, kept reminding myself that this whole book was meant to showcase the way these things could be taken to these extremes.

I did really enjoyed the character arcs through the book, seeing how they adapt and begin to think for themselves. I did find the book entertaining and I'm not saying it was bad at all. I think it was exactly what the author was going for and that she did a good job of writing it. And by the end of the book, I was left wondering what the characters were going to do next and wanting to know more about them (yes, there is a sequel. You aren't left with an open ended book and no future resolution)

I was left feeling like this book was difficult but good and I kind of feel like it was exactly what the author was going for. It was hard to read about the way the teens looked at sex and their babies and hard to read about the generalization of those that were religious too. The story and message were definitely good and Megan is certainly a great writer though.

Also, I really loved Zen. He was hilarious and wonderful. I wish he would have been in it more, but I'm guessing he'll have a little bigger part in the sequel.

So, what about you guys? Have you ever read a book that was just hard to read but still good? (Wow, also realized this is a such a long post. Sorry, guys!)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Autism Awareness Winner!

Congrats to:

Musicalhobbit

who won the copy of Marcelo in the Real World for the Autism Awareness Hop! Thanks to everyone for participating!! Come back soon for another giveaway!!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Autism Awareness Hop Giveaway!

It's time for the Autism Awareness blog hop hosted by: Lindsay @ Just Another Book Addict, Heather @ Fire and Ice, Pixie @ Page Turners, and Kathy @ I Am A Reader, Not A Writer

Hopefully this blog hop/giveaway will raise awareness on autism for any one that doesn't know about it or wants to learn more! For the last 6 years I've worked with children with autism and it has been such a learning experience for me. My students can certainly be difficult and frustrating but at the same time there hasn't been a day that's gone by where they haven't made me smile and laugh and love my job. Even on the most difficult days, these kids make my job worth it.

It's my hope that people will learn more about autism but also keep in mind that these kids aren't just a disorder; they're children too--wonderful kids that can teach you as much as you can teach them


So, on to the contest! Here is what you can win!
(Click on the picture for the Goodreads description)

Rules & Info
-Enter by commenting below
-Be a follower of this blog and get an extra entry.
-This is for U.S. residents only.
-Make sure you leave your email address, so I can contact you if you win.
-The winner will be picked randomly on April 14th!


For More Information about Autism check these sites:
http://www.autismspeaks.org/index.php
http://www.autism-society.org/
http://autism-resources.com/


Go here for a list of other blogs participating in the hop. Just scroll down to the bottom of Kathy's post for her giveaway! (Sorry everyone, I couldn't get the linky for the list to work on my post)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Review: The Near Witch

Description:

The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children.

If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company.

And there are no strangers in the town of Near.

These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life.

But when an actual stranger—a boy who seems to fade like smoke—appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true.

The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion. Still, he insists on helping Lexi search for them. Something tells her she can trust him.

As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi’s need to know—about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy.

Part fairy tale, part love story, Victoria Schwab’s debut novel is entirely original yet achingly familiar: a song you heard long ago, a whisper carried by the wind, and a dream you won’t soon forget.

Review:

Lovely and creepy. Those are the best words for me to describe this book. It's beautifully written and the story is so gorgeously creepy (and if that doesn't make sense to you now, it will when you read it!). Victoria pulled me in from the first page and never let go!

The characters were wonderful, fully fleshed out and believable. Lexi is the kind of girl that knows who she is and doesn't care what others think. She's going to do what she believes is right. Even if others tell her not to. Even if it scares her. And oh goodness, could Cole have been anymore swoon worthy? The mysterious stranger that everyone blames for what is happening to the children. Poor guy. I don't want to give any of his story away though, so I'll move on. The other characters in the book, all of them, were created so fully that they didn't feel like just side characters put in because they were needed for this or that to happen. Instead they ended up feeling as if I knew them right along with Lexi, they were so richly created.

The tension in the book was palpable all throughout it! Let me tell you, my heart was seriously beating fast in my chest at certain parts, especially ones with the Near Witch. And just so you know, I fell in love with the descriptions that Victoria gave for the witch: hauntingly beautiful. The personal story of the witch was so scary and so sad at the same time that it couldn't have been written any better! I loved the way this story came together and I did not want to put it down! I thought the way that Victoria added in the songs and rhymes along with the way the wind plays into that was amazing. I felt the wind, I heard the song, I tasted Lexi's fear. This is a book that I will recommend to anyone!

(I felt like I should have read this story sitting next to a campfire as the light flickered and the wind blew and animals made little noises all around me. So here you go Victoria, the chocolate is for you and the burnt marshmallows for me! *Nom nom nom*)

So, go out on August 2 of this year, lovely readers, and get The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab! You won't be disappointed!

Who else is excited?!

So you all know what came out today right? RIGHT?!


So, yeah, you know what I'll be doing with any time that I can spare! How about you guys? Any of you follow this series and pick up CoFA yet? I'm pretty sure I snagged the last copy at my bookstore :)

On another note, I'm sorry for the lack of posts lately. I have been doing revisions on my WIP like a madwoman with the help of my two wonderful crit partners (I'd be lost without them, srsly)! Why you ask? Well, I was lucky enough to win a full edit for my WIP by the lovely CA Marshall YAY and lots of SQUEE!!

So because of this, I've been uber busy and if I'm sparse the rest of the month, you know why! But I do have a few posts (book reviews, giveaway, ect.) coming up for you so, have no fear! I won't abandon you completely!!

And one last thing, lovely readers, go check out this awesome post about being yourself by the wonderful Danielle!