Saturday, August 30, 2014

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart: Review

RATING: 5/5 mind-blowing stars!
Author: E. Lockhart
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Source: Library
Release date: May 13, 2014
Find it on Goodreads here!
SUMMARY (from Goodreads):
A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
For most of the book, I had absolutely no idea what was going on. No idea whatsoever. But even though I didn't know what was happening...I loved it. I loved it so much, it is now tied for my favorite book of the year.
The writing was so unique; I've never read anything quite like it. It was lyrical, but it was to the point E. Lockhart didn't waste any words in this book. 
There was also so much intrigue I could barely stand it. I just had to know what happened! E. Lockhart keeps you in suspense until the very end. And once I finally got to the end, my jaw was on the floor. I DID NOT SEE IT COMING!!
I don't want to say much more, because I don't want to spoil anything, so I am going to end this review with this:
This book absolutely blew my mind. And you should read it, so yours can be blown too.
CONTENT: Kissing, some use of the f-word, and mild violence.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Top Ten Books I Want to Read but Don't Own Yet

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week, in no particular order, I'm talking about my top ten books I want to read but don't own yet!
1. In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis
I really liked NOT A DROP TO DRINK, and I can't wait to see what happens next!
Release date: September 23, 2014
2. Undivided by Neal Shusterman
UNWIND is one of my favorite books of all time, and I can't wait to see how the series ends!
Release date: October 14, 2014
3. Talon by Julie Kagawa

Julie Kagawa + dragons = awesomeness
Release date: October 28, 2014
4. Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
Gansey and Blue > life
Release date: October 28, 2014
5. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

That last cliffhanger was not kind. CHAOLINA IS LIFE <3 align="center" div="">Release date: September 2, 2014
6. In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken
No words for how excited I am.
Release date: October 28, 2014
7. The Sorcerer Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
Cinda Williams Chima is the best.
Release date: October 21, 2014
8. Oblivion by Kelly Creagh
3 years is WAY too long to wait between books in a series. I NEEDED THIS BOOK IN, LIKE, 2013!
Release date: July 2015
9. Winter by Marissa Meyer
No cover for this one yet, but I am beyond excited to read this book, but I'll be in college before this one gets released. :(
Release date: November 10, 2015
10. The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
Release date: September 16, 2014


Friday, August 22, 2014

Mid-year Book Freakout!!

Welcome to my Mid-year Book Freakout survey!! This is hosted by Chami and Ely at A Book So Fathomless, and I really liked it, so I'm going to do it!
Without further ado...
1. Best book you've read so far in 2014:
It's definitely a tie between RUIN AND RISING by Leigh Bardugo and WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart.
2. Best Sequel you've read so far in 2014:
3. New release you haven't read yet, but want to:
BETWEEN THE SPARK AND THE BURN by April Genevieve Tucholke. BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA was fantastic, and I can't wait to read the next one!
4. Most anticipated release for the second part of the year:
5. Biggest disappointment:
IF I STAY by Gayle Forman. I was expecting to love it, but I hated it. WHERE SHE WENT was much better, though.
6. Biggest Surprise:
WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart. I was not expecting to like this book at all, and it is definitely one of my favorite books EVER now.
7. Favorite new author (debut or new to you)
Melissa Landers with ALIENATED. I ADORED that book!
8. Newest fictional crush:
Ry from THE CHAOS OF STARS by Kiersten White. An attractive, Greek poet. *swoon*
9. Newest favorite character:
Tristan from THE VICIOUS DEEP. He's so sassy.
10. Book that made you cry:
11. Book that made you happy:
CRESS by Marissa Meyer. They were happy tears.
12. Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year:
CATCHING FIRE, of course!
13. Favorite review you've written this year:
I'm pretty proud of my ALIENATED review.
14. Most beautiful book you've bought/received this year:
Again, RUIN AND RISING. It's so pretty! The colors! The phoenix! The fire!
15. What book do you need to read by the end of the year:
THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER. I've sat on this one way too long.
What was on your list?

Between the Sea and Sky by Jaclyn Dolamore: Review

RATING: 4/5 stars!
Author: Jaclyn Dolamore
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
Source: Bought

Release date: October 25, 2011
Find it on Goodreads here!

SUMMARY (from Goodreads):

For as long as Esmerine can remember, she has longed to join her older sister, Dosinia, as a siren--the highest calling a mermaid can have. When Dosinia runs away to the mainland, Esmerine is sent to retrieve her. Using magic to transform her tail into legs, she makes her way unsteadily to the capital city. There she comes upon a friend she hasn't seen since childhood--a dashing young man named Alander, who belongs to a winged race of people. As Esmerine and Alander band together to search for Dosinia, they rekindle a friendship . . . and ignite the emotions for a love so great, it cannot be bound by sea, land, or air.


A fun, light read. Perfect for a summer day!

Mermaids are the greatest. Can I just say that now? If the book has to do with mermaids, I will read it. It's so interesting to see all of the different mythologies in the different books. BETWEEN THESEA AND SKY's mythology is one of my favorites. Why? Because of the winged people; people with wings instead of arms. How cool is that? And when a mermaid falls in love with a winged boy, it amounts to one of the best summer reads I have read in a while. The romance was adorable, the writing was great, and the ending was SO SWEET! 

Overall, I highly recommend picking this up if you want a light, fun read. 

CONTENT: Kissing, no swearing, no violence.  

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Cold Spell (Fairytale Retellings #4) by Jackson Pearce: Review

RATING: 5/5 stars!
Author: Jackson Pearce
Publisher: Little, Brown, and Company
Source: Bought
Release date: November 5. 2013
Find it on Goodreads here!
SUMMARY (from Goodreads):
Kai and Ginny grew up together–best friends since they could toddle around their building’s rooftop rose garden. Now they’re seventeen, and their relationship has developed into something sweeter, complete with stolen kisses and plans to someday run away together.

But one night, Kai disappears with a mysterious stranger named Mora–a beautiful girl with a dark past and a heart of ice. Refusing to be cast aside, Ginny goes after them and is thrust into a world she never imagined, one filled with monsters and thieves and the idea that love is not enough.

If Ginny and Kai survive the journey, will she still be the girl he loved–and moreover, will she still be the girl who loved him?
COLD SPELL: also known as Elsa Gone Wild.

COLD SPELL is the fourth book in Jackson Pearce's Fairytale Retelling series, and a retelling of the Snow Queen, which made me think of FROZEN all through reading it. But, unlike FROZEN this book was more true to the actual fairytale. There's no Olaf, no Hans (much to my disappointment), and a lack of funny reindeer.
But that doesn't mean that I did not absolutely LOVE this book. The interweaving of the Snow Queen fairytale with the mythology created in the past three books was absolutely flawless. The writing was fantastic, as always, and the Snow Queen was so badass, even though she was evil. (what is it with villains being so compelling?)
Actually, this whole books is flawless. There wasn't one thing about it that I didn't like. It was absolutely FANTASTIC! I highly recommend this series if you have not started already!

CONTENT: Kissing, mild swearing, and moderate violence. 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Dark Shore (The Atlanteans #2) by Kevin Emerson: Review

RATING: 1/5 stars!
Author: Kevin Emerson
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Source: Library
Release date: May 21, 2013
Find it on Goodreads here!
SUMMARY (from Goodreads):
Spoilers if you have not read book 1. Highlight to view.

Owen and Lilly have escaped Camp Eden, but the next step on their journey to find Atlantis and protect it from Paul and Project Elysium involves crossing the perilous wastelands of a wrecked planet. And unlike in EdenWest, where bloody truths were kept hidden beneath the surface, out here the horrors live bright beneath the poisonous sun.

With treachery at every turn, Owen has no choice but to bring his wounded clan to the dark shores of Desenna, a city built from the ashes of EdenSouth. Desenna's blood-soaked walls may hold the key to Owen's journey in the form of the third Atlantean as well as a deeper understanding of the true purpose of the Three, but there are also secrets lurking in the shadows, waiting to be unleashed, and once they rise, there may be no escape.

Filled with action, mind-bending twists, and powerful scenes of emotional and physical sacrifice, THE DARK SHORE takes readers on a journey to a question so great, even the gods have trouble answering it: What would you be willing to do, to save humanity from itself?

Since this is the second book in a series, my review will be brief.
I could not finish this book. It got so boring in the middle that I had to quite with 200 pages left and read the ending. The writing, the plotline, the characters, all bored me so much. I was reading it, and I found I just didn't care any more. So I just put it down.
Overall, very disappointed. DNF.
CONTENT: I didn't read the whole book, so this may not be very accurate. Kissing, some extremely gross and disturbing things, and no swearing that I can recall.

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White: review

Author: Kiersten White
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Bought
Release date: September 10, 2013
Find it on Goodreads here!
SUMMARY (from Goodreads):
Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Paranormalcy, is back with The Chaos of Stars—an enchanting novel set in Egypt and San Diego that captures the magic of first love and the eternally complicated truth about family.

Isadora's family is seriously screwed up—which comes with the territory when you're the human daughter of the ancient Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris. Isadora is tired of living with crazy relatives who think she's only worthy of a passing glance—so when she gets the chance to move to California with her brother, she jumps on it. But her new life comes with plenty of its own dramatic—and dangerous—complications . . . and Isadora quickly learns there's no such thing as a clean break from family.

Blending Ally Carter's humor and the romance of Cynthia Hand's Unearthly, The Chaos of Stars takes readers on an unforgettable journey halfway across the world and back, and proves there's no place like home.

This book was absolutely adorable. A prefect read for a lazy summer day!
The protagonist, Isadora, was great. She was so feisty, and even though she reminded me a bit of Evie from PARANORMALCY, I still loved her. Ry was great too, along with Tyler and Scott. The story was a bit predictable, but I still loved it.
The only thing I didn't enjoy were Isadora's views on love. They were so childish, and when I could kind of see where she was coming from, she was too immature to really listen to what her parents were saying and their reasoning.
But other than that small detail, this book was so enjoyable. I highly recommend it!
CONTENT: Pretty clean. Kissing, mild swearing, innuendoes, and mild violence. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (13): Undivided by Neal Shusterman

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week's "waiting on" is...
by Neal Shusterman!

Publication date: Osctober 14, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

SUMMARY (from Goodreads):

Teens control the fate of America in the fourth and final book in the New York Times bestselling Unwind dystology by Neal Shusterman.

Proactive Citizenry, the company that created Cam from the parts of unwound teens, has a plan: to mass produce rewound teens like Cam for military purposes. And below the surface of that horror lies another shocking level of intrigue: Proactive Citizenry has been suppressing technology that could make unwinding completely unnecessary. As Conner, Risa, and Lev uncover these startling secrets, enraged teens begin to march on Washington to demand justice and a better future.

But more trouble is brewing. Starkey’s group of storked teens is growing more powerful and militant with each new recruit. And if they have their way, they’ll burn the harvest camps to the ground and put every adult in them before a firing squad—which could destroy any chance America has for a peaceful future.

This series is finally coming to an end, and I cannot wait to see what happens!!
What is your "waiting on"?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Lost Code (The Atlanteans #1) by Kevin Emerson: Review

Author: Kevin Emerson
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release date: May 22, 2012
Find it on Goodreads here!
SUMMARY (from Goodreads):
In the year 2086, Camp Eden promises summer “the way things used to be,” back before the oceans rose, the sun became a daily enemy, and modern civilization sank into chaos. Located inside the EdenWest BioDome, the camp is an oasis of pine trees, cool water, and rustic charm.

But all at Camp Eden is not what it seems.

No one will know this better than 15-year-old Owen Parker. A strange underwater vision, even stranger wounds on Owen’s neck, and a cryptic warning from the enchanting lifeguard Lilly hint at a mystery that will take Owen deep beneath Lake Eden and even deeper into the past. What he discovers could give him the chance to save the tattered planet. But first, Owen will have to escape Camp Eden alive…
I'm not quite sure about this book. On one hand, the mythology was fantastic, but on the other, I found the writing style rather bland. Let's just go with 4 stars and call it even.

The mythology in this book was absolutely fascinating. The Atlantean mythology combined with the sci-fi aspects of the dome were great. There's also some dystopian thrown in there too, with the world being ravaged outside and the government controlling that small worlds under the domes where the kids go to camp. All of this made for a very interesting book.

THE LOST CODE'S downfall though was the writing. It felt really bland sometimes, and made parts of the book very boring. But other than that, I really enjoyed this book! I would highly recommend reading it!

CONTENT: Kissing, no swearing I can recall, and lots of violence, none of it gory. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5) by Richelle Mead: review

Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Release date: July 29, 2014
Find it on Goodreads here!
SUMMARY (from Goodreads):

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 Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.

Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive.

For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .

Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.


Because this is the fifth book in a series, I will keep this review brief to avoid spoilers.

Oh my sweet goodness this book was good. SO GOOD! Sydney is fabulous, Adrian is as swoon-worthy as ever, and all of the new characters were fantastic as well.

The only thing I didn't like was how some of the characters made certain decisions that made absolutely no sense, or made decisions out of pure stupidity. Some of them were SO STUPID. Why, Adrian, why? Stop drinking and look for your girlfriend!!

But other than that, this book was fabulous. A great addition to the BLOODLINES series!

CONTENT: Kissing, implied sex (hardly any details whatsoever), no swearing that I can recall, and moderate violence.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (12): Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week's "waiting on" is...
Heir of Fire
by Sarah J. Maas!

Publication date: September 2, 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

SUMMARY (from Goodreads):

Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?

That cliffhanger at the end of CROWN OF MIDNIGHT was not kind. I loved the last two books (my review), and I cannot wait for this one.
What is your "waiting on"?

Sinner (Wolves of Mercy Falls #3.5) by Maggie Stiefvater: Review

RATING: 4/5 stars!
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release date: July 1, 2014
Find it on Goodreads here!
SUMMARY (from Goodreads):
A standalone companion book to the internationally bestselling Shiver Trilogy.
Sinner follows Cole St. Clair, a pivotal character from the #1 New York Times bestselling Shiver Trilogy. Everybody thinks they know Cole's story. Stardom. Addiction. Downfall. Disappearance. But only a few people know Cole's darkest secret -- his ability to shift into a wolf. One of these people is Isabel. At one point, they may have even loved each other. But that feels like a lifetime ago. Now Cole is back. Back in the spotlight. Back in the danger zone. Back in Isabel's life. Can this sinner be saved?
It's no secret that Cole and Isabel were my favorite characters from the SHIVER trilogy, so when I found out that there was a book dedicated to Cole and Isabel in LA, I was ecstatic.

SINNER was great. Cole is so lovable, and Isabel is too, even though shetries not to be. Their banter back and forth was absolutely hilarious, and infuriating at times. The writing, like the last three books, was flawless.

But why only four stars? The reason for that, involves spoilers, so read ahead at your own risk.


The only thing that I didn't like was all of the sexual tension. I really could've done without all of it. It seemed like the only reason Cole and Isabel came back to each other was because they "wanted" each other, and they talk about how much they "want" each other all of the time. I would have liked it better if it was more of a sweet romance, and they thought about other attributes that make them like each other, and not just the sexual aspect. It felt like that was all they ever wanted with each other was just sex, and it bothered me quite a bit.


Overall, I really liked SINNER. A great companion novel to the Wolves of Mercy Falls!

CONTENT: Lots of sexual tension, a few make-out scenes, some topless girls, and an implied sex scene. No language I can recall, and hardly any violence.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Forever (Wolves of Mercy Falls #3) by Maggie Stiefvater: Review

RATING: 5/5 stars!
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic press
Release date: July 12, 2011
Find it on Goodreads here!
SUMMARY (from Goodreads):
When Sam met Grace, he was a wolf and she was a girl. Eventually he found a way to become a boy, and their loved moved from curious distance to the intense closeness of shared lives.

That should have been the end of their story. But Grace was not meant to stay human. Now she is the wolf. And the wolves of Mercy Falls are about to be killed in one final, spectacular hunt.

Sam would do anything for Grace. But can one boy and one love really change a hostile, predatory world? The past, the present, and the future are about to collide in one pure moment - a moment of death or life, farewell or forever.
Since this is the third book in the trilogy, I will keep my review brief to avoid spoilers.
FOREVER was absolutely fantastic. Cole and Isabel were great, and I even liked Sam and Grace in this one a lot too. The writing was flawless, and the ending was so good. Overall, a great ending to an amazing trilogy.
CONTENT: Kissing, one implied sex scene, and swearing and violence are pretty much the same as the last two books. 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #2) by Maggie Stiefvater: Review

RATING: 5/5 stars!

Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scolastic Press
Release date: July 13, 2010
Find it on Goodreads here!
SUMMARY (from Goodreads):
The astonishing #1 New York Times bestseller.

In Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabelle, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.
So, when I read SHIVER (my review), I wasn't crazy about it. The romance between Sam and Grace just wasn't that captivating, and I found it kind of boring. Nevertheless, I was hesitant to pick up LINGER. But I am SO glad I did.
LINGER was everything that SHIVER wasn't. And that was partly due to the introduction of Cole's and Isabel's POVs. Isabel was one of my favorite characters in the first book, and I loved hearing her thoughts on everything. Cole St. Clair is simply one of the greatest male characters of all time. His confidence and charm made him so lovable, even though he was a previous drug addict.
I loved Isabel's and Cole's romance even more than Sam's and Grace's. While Sam and Grace kind of annoyed me, Isabel and Cole had me captivated. I love them so much.
Also, I was so happy Stiefvater decided to go deeper into the werewolf mythology. I loved it in the first book, and it was so cool to learn more about it.
Overall, LINGER is a fantastic book. I can now safely say that I am addicted to this series.
CONTENT: Kissing, mild swearing, and some gory violence. 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

If I Stay and Where She Went by Gayle Forman: dual book review

Author: Gayle Forman
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Find If I Stay on Goodreads here!
SUMMARY OF IF I STAY (from Goodreads):
Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.

I open my eyes wide now.
I sit up as much as I can.
And I listen.

Stay, he says.

Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?

Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it's the only one that matters.

If I Stay is a heartachingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make.
I really wanted to like IF I STAY. I'd seen the trailer for it when I saw THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, and it looked SO good.
While the movie looked fantastic, the book just did not do it for me. The writing was not engaging enough, and it made most of the book EXTREMELY boring. The only parts that I found interesting were when Mia was having the out-of-body experience in the hospital. All of the stuff about her past I didn't really care for.
The next reason I didn't like it contains some spoilers. If you have not read it, skip to where it says END SPOILER.
The part where Mia and Adam "played" each other like musical instruments? EXTREMELY disturbing. If my boyfriend requested to "play me like an instrument", I would say "GTFO of my house." It was supposed to arouse me, but all I felt was very disturbed. *shudders*
Overall, I gave IF I STAY 2 stars.
But then I decided to pick up WHERE SHE WENT, and this one was so much better. Adam's point of view was WAY more engaging than Mia's, and it was definitely more well-written. Some parts were still a little boring, but overall I really enjoyed this one, and gave it 4 stars.
In short, this is a solid duology. If you want to read IF I STAY, suggest you do, if inly to get to WHERE SHE WENT. If you have read it and feel the same way I do, give WHERE SHE WENT a try.
CONTENT: As mentioned in the spoilers, there's a scene where the characters play each other like musical intruments in the first book, but it never leads to sex. There are also multiple f-bombs. WHERE SHE WENT is the same language wise, and there is a steamy make-out scene and implied sex.