Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (12)

Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

Top 10 Book Characters I’d like to Switch Places with for 24 Hours

America Singer- The Selection by Kiera Cass Hot prince? Yes, please!
Harry Potter- Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling I’ve always wanted the opportunity to save the world. 24 hours should be enough time, right?
Katniss Everdeen- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins I know this is a weird choice but I really admire her strength and courage. I think it would be awesome to be someone with that much strength for a day!
Rose Hathaway- Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead I would spend the entire 24 hours with Adrian. I’m really who wouldn’t want 24 hours with this guy?
Meghan Chase- The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa She’s such a super strong character. I would love to be her for 24 hours. Plus, Ash is hot.
Elizabeth Bennett- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Two words: Mr. Darcy
April- Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn’t Have) by Sarah Mlynowski 24 hours is more than enough time to get into some good trouble in April’s world!
Clary Fray- The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare There’s never a dull minute in Clary’s world. Making out with Jace is nice a plus too.
Percy Jackson- Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan Who wouldn’t want to be the son of Poseidon?
Emma- Of Poseidon by Anna Banks Let’s face it Galen is hot and I absolutely couldn’t pass up the opportunity to spend a day with him.

So there’s my list. I hope you enjoy!

Who made your Top 10? Leave the link in the comments and I’ll check out your post!

Cover Reveal: Options by Abbi Glines

Title: Options
Author: Abbi Glines
Expected Release Date: February 5, 2013

Book description:

Two paths.
Two completely different roads.
Each one standing before me.
Each one holding a different destiny.
In life you're just supposed to choose one path.  
In life you're not given the chance at choosing one specific future.
Until now.
Until me. 
Why am I different? I don't know. But I'm going to see those roads and walk down each one. When it's over I'll know which one to choose because I'll know my - options.

My Thoughts: 

I love this cover! I think it's absolutely beautiful! The description sounds really interesting! I can't wait for the release!

So what do you think about the cover?

Friday, July 27, 2012

Review: Of Poseidon

Of Poseidon (Of Poseidon, #1)

Goodreads Description:

Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he's heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen — literally Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he's heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen — literally, ouch! — both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma's gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom . . .

My Thoughts:

I really wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up Of Poseidon. All I knew was that she was an author touring on the Fierce Reads tour that was coming near to where I lived so I bought a copy. Words cannot express how happy I am that I did!

Of Poseidon is funny, unique, and most importantly entertaining! I had to force myself to the book down and sometimes I just couldn’t do it. It was that good!

I loved the world Banks created. It was completely different and unique. The background on the Syrena was interesting and I found myself continuously wanting to learn more about them. I also loved the addition of Greek mythology. 

Emma was breath of fresh air when it comes to female leads. She was so feisty and super funny without even trying. She didn’t take Galen’s crap which frustrated him to no end. The push/pull of their relationship was super cute and I thoroughly enjoyed watching it develop. Their relationship was full of miscommunication that led to hilarious situations.

Now, I would like to take just a second to mention just how very hot Galen is. The dude is a freaking Prince that looks like a Greek god. There’s just something about Princes that captures a girls heart, isn’t there?

Of Poseidon ends on a major cliffhanger. Most of the time I can see the twist coming from a mile away but the end to Of Poseidon? DID.NOT.SEE.THAT.COMING! It came as a complete shock. If I end up in prison, I blame Anna Banks because I am willing to cheat, steal, or kill to get my hands on book two. Trust me, when I say it will be worth it!


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (12)

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Title: Starling
Author: Lesley Livingston
Expected Publication: August 28, 2012
Why I'm Waiting: I absolutely LOVED the Wondrous Strange series. Fennrys Wolf was one of my favorite characters so I can't wait to read more of his story!

Goodreads Description:

 "Love is just the beginning... of the end."

Mason Starling is a champion fencer for Gosforth Academy, but she’s never had to fight for her life. Until now. When a ferocious storm rips through Manhattan and unleashes terrifying creatures onto Gosforth’s campus, Mason barely escapes alive. Without help from the mysterious stranger who appeared in the midst of the storm, she might not have made it at all. But now, in the aftermath, Mason’s life begins to spin dramatically, mystically out of control, and the only one who seems able to help her is the stranger who can remember nothing but his name: Fennrys Wolf.

As Mason and Fenn uncover more about Fenn’s past and the strange events that surround them, they realize that Mason’s family — and its dark allegiance to the ancient Norse gods — is at the center of everything. A predetermined fate seems to be closing in on Mason, but is it possible to change one’s destiny?

Readers who fell in love with Lesley Livingston’s Wondrous Strange trilogy and those who love Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series will be captivated by the sweeping romance and pulse-pounding action of Starling.

What are you waiting on??

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (11)

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish!

I feel like I mention the same books every week but I’m going to do it again. I’ve read several people say that so I guess it’s normal. It makes sense that the books you really LOVE will make almost any top 10 list.

1. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
2. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
4. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
5. Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
6. The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa
7. Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neill
8. Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent
9. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
10. The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine

What made your Top 10? 
Leave a link and I'll be sure to check it out! 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Review: Destined

Destined (Wings, #4)Goodreads Description:
Tamani looked at her gravely, and reached up to tuck her hair behind her ear.

He hesitated for an instant, then his hands found the sides of her face, pulling her to him. He didn't kiss her, just held her face close to his, their foreheads resting together, their noses almost touching.

She hated how much it felt like good-bye.

Laurel now knows the truth: Yuki is a rare Winter faerie, the most powerful - and deadly - of all, and Klea plans to use her to help conquer and destroy Avalon. But Klea's reach extends far beyond one wild Winter faerie. With Tamani, David, and Chelsea by her side, Laurel prepares to face what may be Avalon's final days, in the stunning conclusion to the Wings series.

My Thoughts:

Destined is the fourth and final book in the Wings series by Aprilynne Pike. I think it the review I did for Illusions I mentioned that it set up for an epic finale and I must say that it certainly did. Destined is an action-packed love story that will capture your attention from literally page one!

I read this book immediately after reading Illusions and I finished it in one sitting! I was completely glued to the pages.  I couldn’t wait to see how things would turn out. Would Laurel be with Tamani or David or neither? Who would die?  Will Laurel be able to save Avalon? All of these questions and more are answered in Destined.

The plot is fast paced. The story picks up right were Illusions left off. They have discovered who Yuki is and now they are trying to figure out how to stop them. I loved how Pike added some Arthurian Legend with the bit about Excalibur. I thought that was an interesting storyline for David.

Another thing I loved was the actual battle. Pike didn’t do like some author’s do and not have a real battle sequence. The battle in Destined was real. People died, places were destroyed, and lives were changed. In a sense it was a difficult book to read because it was very emotionally charged but it was so worth. I loved every second of it.

In the end, Laurel does make a final decision about who she’s going to be with. I feel it was the right choice for her and I think anyone who has read the series probably already knows who she picks.

I have to say though that one of my favorite things about the book was the letter at the end. I won’t tell you who it’s between but I will say that it evokes some serious emotions. (At least it did for me). Pike even added a little warning note before it. Personally, I loved it. I thought it was an excellent addition to the novel. It made sense to me and gave me some closure. It was in a way heartbreaking but like I said it made sense. It was real.

Destined was an insanely fast paced, emotionally charged book. It is definitely a book that will keep you reading until all hours of the night. Most importantly though, Destined gives readers a real, believable ending that is both heartbreaking and satisfying.


Sunday, July 22, 2012

3 Questions to Ask Yourself BEFORE Responding

I hate drama, HATE with a capital H-A-T-E. Honestly, I got enough of it in high school and college so the last thing I want now that I am out is to hear about more drama. Unfortunately, the YA blogging world has had more than it’s fair share of drama lately and it’s next to impossible to escape it.

Usually, I feel the best way to handle the drama is to ignore it and that’s what I’ve done and will continue to do. I’m not going to give my opinions or two cents about the drama that’s going on. It’s not like my point of view would make any kind of difference. I haven’t been directly involved so it’s really not my place to anyway. What I am going to do is offer up what I think are some helpful questions you should ask yourself before responding to any sort of drama. I know it’s difficult to keep silent when someone is directly attacking you and I’m not saying you shouldn’t respond. What I am saying is that you should think before you respond. I am also NOT saying that I think anyone handled anything inappropriately. Again, that's not my place. I'm just giving some helpful hints.

Here’s the three questions I recommend asking yourself before responding to drama.

1. What are you trying to accomplish? Before responding to any controversial topic make sure you know what you are trying to accomplish by speaking out about the said issue. If you see that your intentions are in any way malicious or you have any thoughts about “getting even with someone” you should probably refrain from posting.

2. How do you plan to address the issue?  How you say something is often more important than what you actually say. If you feel you are too emotionally charged or angry to respectfully respond to the issue, you probably shouldn’t post it. That’s definitely not something you want out on the internet for all to see. Even if you take it down, it’s still there.

3. Is it worth it? Ever heard the saying “choose your battles?” There are lots of things that you aren’t going to like so unless you want to constantly be at war with EVERYONE, choose your battles, wisely. It’s impossible to win them all so make sure the ones you choose are worth it. If you have even the smallest doubt about whether it's worth, don't post it.

There it is, my humble opinion. Do with it what you will.

Also, the more I read about a certain self-pub author, the more crazy he seems. Just saying.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

My Week in a Nutshell (6)


I haven't done a my week in a nutshell in quite a while so I have lots of things to discuss this week so I thought this would be the perfect way to do that! First things, first!

Earlier this week, I along with Kayla from Bibliophilia, Please tried to pull Percy Jackson into the next round of the YA Crush Tourney. Unfortunately, the gods did not smile upon us. Apparently, they are busy dealing with Gaea or more likely bickering amongst themselves. Percy was defeated by Patch from the Hush, Hush saga. Still, I would like to take the time thank everyone that supported Percy. We are so happy to see how many people love him just as much as we do. 

Second, you may have noticed that I have a new blog design. It's great isn't it? I absolutely loved it! Cierra from Blogovation Design did it and I honestly couldn't be more happy! I recently did a giveaway in celebration of the new design (I will announce the winner shortly) and with the giveaway I asked questions about my design. Personally, I thought the name of my blog, Wholly Books!, was a really clever play on words type thing. However, I have come to realize that many people simply didn't get so I'm going to explain how I came up with the name.

The title Wholly Books essentially means this blog is wholly, entirely about books. I think most people get that part. They do not, however, understand where the cow icon came into play. When I came up with it I was thinking about the saying "Holy Cow!" so "Wholly Books!" was supposed to have a double meaning of that it was all about books but also an almost disbelief feeling of "Wow, that's a lot of books!" Like when a person says, "Holy Cow!" they are in shock of something. Does that make sense? 

Anyways, I'm sure you don't really care about where I came up with the name for my blog and what not but still there it is. Me and all my cleverness.

Currently, I am reading Sovereign Hope by Frankie Rose. I'm a little over halfway through and so far I'm really enjoying it. I will be reviewing it on Me, My Shelf, and I next Friday (I think) or you can wait and I'll post the review here about a week or so later. 

I also just finished the first audiobook I have bought and listened to solely for pleasure. It was Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I thoroughly enjoyed it and am anxiously awaiting Scarlet. 

I am way behind on writing reviews (I think I have 6, maybe 7 to do). I am hoping to knock at least 2 or 3 out tonight and the rest some time this weekend. Either way the Cinder review probably won't be up for a week or two. 

Oh, and I've been thinking about doing a "Classics" Reading Challenge for next year. Basically, you would set a number of classic books you would read throughout the year and read them as you wanted. Would anyone else be interesting in doing this if I hosted it?

Finally, the giveaway winners. I have had several giveaways close this week so I decided to do a winner's post which I rarely do. So here's the winners from this week's giveaways.

Signed Monument 14: Nataly
Love, Love, Love (Blog Design Giveaway) Megan 
Percy Jackson book of choice: Litza

So thanks to everyone for entering the giveaways and for continuing to read my blog. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Review: Cold Fury

Goodreads Description:
Jason Bourne meets The Sopranos in this breathtaking adventure

Sara Jane Rispoli is a normal sixteen-year-old coping with school and a budding romance--until her parents and brother are kidnapped and she discovers her family is deeply embedded in the Chicago Outfit (aka the mob).

Now on the run from a masked assassin, rogue cops and her turncoat uncle, Sara Jane is chased and attacked at every turn, fighting back with cold fury as she searches for her family. It's a quest that takes her through concealed doors and forgotten speakeasies--a city hiding in plain sight. Though armed with a .45 and 96K in cash, an old tattered notebook might be her best defense--hidden in its pages the secret to "ultimate power." It's why she's being pursued, why her family was taken, and could be the key to saving all of their lives.

Action packed, with fresh, cinematic writing, Cold Fury is a riveting and imaginative adventure readers will devour.

 My Thoughts:

When I first read the description for COLD FURY I was intrigued. It was not like any of the books that I typically find myself reading but a YA novel set in Chicago dealing with the Mob? Hello, who wouldn’t want to read that?

To be honest, the book starts off kind of slow. The author gives a lot of background information and makes several time jumps. In the beginning, it feels like the author is telling us what happens, instead of, showing us what happens. Eventually though, the story picks up and I finally starting feeling like I was being shown the events rather than told.

The story is set in Chicago, which I loved! I recently took a trip to Chicago so I loved knowing all of the street names and places that Sara Jane went. Chicago is such an amazing city with so much history (and Mafia history) that it was the absolute perfect setting for COLD FURY.

Once the story picked up, I found myself really enjoying COLD FURY. Sara Jane is a strong female heroine, which is one of the main qualities I look for in a book.  She doesn’t cower away from danger. Instead, she seeks out the people who took her family and sets out to find the answers to who she is and what exactly her family is mixed up in. Turns out, everything she believed about her nice, private family was only half the truth.  The other half is dangerous and could get everyone she cares about killed.

There wasn’t much emphasis on the love story component in this book but the little bit that was there I loved. Max is cute and sweet and I loved how they had previously met. Despite the lack of a detailed love story, I do foresee a potential love triangle with the addition of Tyler. As much as I loved Max, I got to say Tyler definitely had me intrigued. I can’t wait to see more of him and believe me we have not seen the last of him!

I thought Doug was adorable. His ability to ignore Billy the Bully and fight violence with non-violence was beyond admirable. If I were in his shoes I know I couldn’t have put up with everything he did. I enjoyed seeing how his character developed in the book.

My favorite part of this book was the world building. The idea that the Mafia is not only, alive and well, but actually, flourishing is incredibly interesting and original, especially for a YA novel. Yes, the author throws a lot of information at you but it’s all necessary. The Chicago Outfit is a very intricate organization that requires a lot of details. Even with all of the information Goeglein reveals in COLD FURY there is still a lot to be learned. Who exactly has Sara Jane’s family and what are they planning to use them for? Is Tyler’s interest in Sara Jane genuine? Will Sara Jane be able to unravel all the mysteries and save her family?

I am truly fascinated with the world Goeglein has created and I cannot wait to learn more! When is book two coming out??


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Review: Chime


Goodreads Description:
Before Briony's stepmother died, she made sure Briony blamed herself for all the family's hardships. Now Briony has worn her guilt for so long it's become a second skin. She often escapes to the swamp, where she tells stories to the Old Ones, the spirits who haunt the marshes. But only witches can see the Old Ones, and in her village, witches are sentenced to death. Briony lives in fear her secret will be found out, even as she believes she deserves the worst kind of punishment.

Then Eldric comes along with his golden lion eyes and mane of tawny hair. He's as natural as the sun, and treats her as if she's extraordinary. And everything starts to change. As many secrets as Briony has been holding, there are secrets even she doesn't know.

My Thoughts:
I wanted to love this book. I met the author in Chicago at RT Teen Day and she was super nice. She talked to me for a few minutes about writing and never giving up. I knew the book was a national book finalist so I was excited about reading it.
Unfortunately, this book just wasn’t my cup of tea. The story moves at a much slower pace than I prefer. I’m not one of those people that enjoy watching things slowly unfold. I like action pretty much from beginning to end. Chime was definitely a slow unfolding mystery.
A lot of elements in this book were confusing to me. What time period is it set in? Where are they? What is the Chime child, wolf girl, ect.? The setting is never clearly defined and other elements are presented with very few details. Throughout the course of the book more details are revealed and it’s up to the reader to put everything together.
Another thing I wasn’t a fan of (and never have been) was the writing style. It was written in a very grammatically incorrect and “country” sounding voice. Now, I am an Alabama girl. I was born and raised in the south. I have heard people that needed subtitles to understand what they were saying. The point is I speak “country”. I understand “country”. I don’t, however, enjoy reading “country”. It’s just distracting. I mean a “y’all” here or there is completely fine but when I have to sit there and try to figure out what the word is suppose to be, there’s an issue. That being said, I did love the opening line.
“I’ve confessed to everything and I’d like to be hanged.
Now, if you please.” – pg 1
I must say that the story idea was unique and original. The book was full of mystery and puzzles waiting to be solved. Some of the plotlines were easy to figure out, others took some time. There were clear lessons to be learned, but for me the pacing was just too slow to really enjoy.
If you love slow unfolding stories, Chime is the book for you. However, if you are like me and love fast paced action, you may want to look elsewhere.



Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (11)

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Title: Stealing Parker
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Expected Publication: October 1, 2012
Why I'm Waiting: I absolutely LOVED Catching Jordan so I can't wait to see what Miranda Kenneally has in store for us in Stealing Parker!

Goodreads Description:

Parker Shelton pretty much has the perfect life. She’s on her way to becoming valedictorian at Hundred Oaks High, she’s made the all-star softball team, and she has plenty of friends. Then her mother’s scandal rocks their small town and suddenly no one will talk to her.

Now Parker wants a new life.

So she quits softball. Drops twenty pounds. And she figures why kiss one guy when she can kiss three? Or four. Why limit herself to high school boys when the majorly cute new baseball coach seems especially flirty?
But how far is too far before she loses herself completely.

What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Vote for Percy!!!!

Hey Guys!!!

It's time to begin voting for Percy's match in the 2nd Annual YA Crush Tournament. Tonight, Percy is going up against Patch from the Hush, Hush saga. I know I've mentioned this in an earlier blog post but I'm helping Percy's advocate, Kayla from Bibliophilia, Please, spread the word about voting for Percy.

So in order to give you a little incentive to vote for Percy (not that you really need any) I am giving a book of choice to one winner. This giveaway will be international. The winner can pick any book that features Percy Jackson which can include a pre-order of Mark of Athena. All you have to do is #1 VOTE FOR PERCY & #2 SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT VOTING FOR PERCY! There are several different ways that you can earn extra entries.

Now, go forth and VOTE!

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Top Ten Tuesday (10)

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish!!!

Top 10 Books for People that Like Vampire Books

Okay, so I think this was supposed to be a list of books that remind me of another specific book. However, I try so hard NOT to compare books to other books that I find it almost impossible to do. So instead, I have complied a list of my favorite vampire books/series. I love vampire books so this list was super easy! J

1. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
2. The Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neill
3. The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
4. The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine
5. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
6. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer- Yes, I put Twilight on this list. Sue me, okay?
7. Evernight by Claudia Gray
8. Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
9. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
10. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

What books made your Top 10? Leave me a link and I'll check yours out! :)

Monday, July 16, 2012

Book Trailer: Hooked by Liz Fichera

Hey Guys!

I have a special treat for y'all today! I have the trailer for Hooked by Liz Fichera that will be published by Harlequin Teen in January 2013. Haven't heard of it? That's okay! I have the cover and brief synopsis listed below. Plus, as I mentioned before I have the trailer.  :)

Goodreads Description:
Sparks fly when a Native American girl with a killer swing joins the boys’ varsity golf team and takes on the boy with the killer smile. Don’t miss this heartwarming and emotional new romantic contemporary!

So what do y'all think? Personally, I love the cover and I'm very excited about this book. The whole girl joining a boy's team reminds me of Catching Jordan (which I loved) so I'm very curious about this book. Let me know what you think in the comments!!
Friday, July 13, 2012

Review: Charmfall

Charmfall (Dark Elite, #3)
Goodreads Description:
High school can be a battlefield, but for Lily Parker, surviving at St. Sophia’s School for Girls is a matter of life and death...

Protecting Chicago from the dark side can be an exhausting job, especially when you’re a junior. So when the girls of St. Sophia’s start gearing up for Sneak, their fall formal, Lily decides to join in on some good, old-fashioned party prep—even if it means not giving demons, vampires and the twisted magic users known as Reapers her undivided attention.

But when a Reaper infiltrates the school, Lily doesn’t forget what she’s sworn to protect. She reaches deep into herself to draw out her magic—and finds that it’s gone. And it turns out she’s not alone. A magical blackout has slammed through paranormal Chicago, and no one knows what—or who—caused it. But Lily knows getting back her magic is worth the risk of going behind enemy lines.

My Thoughts:
The third novel in the Dark Elite series by Chloe Neill is more mystery than action. The adepts and reapers have both lost their magic so most of the novel is spent trying to figure out what is going on, who took it and why.
While there wasn’t a ton of action in this book (due to no one have any power to create action with), Neill’s ability to create unique, fun characters make Charmfall a quick and entertaining read. The characters really are the driving forces behind this book with Scout and Lily taking the lead. I love their relationship and their smart comebacks. They are both very snarky and seem to truly understand each other, despite the fact that they haven’t known each other very long.
Another character I am always interested in seeing more of and learning more about is Sebastian. I was pleased to see that Sebastian has a pretty large role in this book.  I feel that there is so much more that could be developed with his character. Throughout the first two books and this book as well, I feel that there have been many hints thrown about why he’s a reaper and what the reapers are really doing. Sebastian continuously tells Lily that things aren’t black and white and that the reapers aren’t all bad. I keep waiting to see what good the reapers are doing but it has yet to be explained.
I thought that the plotline about both the adepts and reapers losing their powers was an interesting one. Even though adepts plan on giving up their power when the time comes you can tell that none of them are ready to at this time. They are all desperate to figure out what is going on and get their powers back.  They are so desperate in fact that they are willing to work with the reapers to get to the bottom of everything. Lily’s boyfriend, Jason, was the only one that really had a problem with this and I’m not sure what his deal was. For most of the book, Jason just seemed kind of moody. I realize he had a lot going on with his family but I just didn’t understand why he was so upset about it.
The one thing I had a problem with this book about wasn’t even really about the book itself. I’ve heard that there are no plans for any future Dark Elite novels. I feel like that when Neill began writing this series, she did so planning for it to be a very long series (like her other series, The Chicagoland Vampires). There were little tidbits of information here and there that I felt were placed there to come back to at a later time. The part about Sebastian and the reapers was one thing and also the part about where Lily’s parents are. I hope that things change and there are more books because these are both storylines I am interested in learning.
Overall, I thought Charmfall was a fun book. The character’s witty banter made for a quick read. I feel that there is a lot more to be told in this series and I sincerely hope that I eventually get the chance to see more adventures for Lily and Scout.



Thursday, July 12, 2012

Review: Before I Wake

\Before I Wake (Soul Screamers, #6)

Goodreads Description:

I died on a Thursday-killed by a monster intent on stealing my soul. The good news? He didn't get it. The bad news? Turns out not even death will get you out of high school...  Covering up her own murder was one thing, but faking life is much harder than Kaylee Cavanaugh expected. After weeks spent "recovering," she's back in school, fighting to stay visible to the human world, struggling to fit in with her friends and planning time alone with her new reaper boyfriend. But to earn her keep in the human world, Kaylee must reclaim stolen souls, and when her first assignment brings her face-to-face with an old foe, she knows the game has changed. Her immortal status won't keep her safe. And this time Kaylee isn't just gambling with her own life...

My Thoughts:

After reading If I Die, I was dying (pun intended) to read the next book in the Soul Screamers series. I loved where the series was headed (more Kaylee and Tod) and also curious as to what Vincent had in store for Kaylee and company.

While I didn’t love Before I Wake the way I did If I Die, I still loved and enjoyed it in it’s own way. Before I Wake deals heavily with Kaylee figuring out where she fits in now that she’s not actually living. Kaylee struggles with her new immortal status. She feels herself slipping away but what worries her most is that most of the time she doesn’t care. The only time she really feels alive is when she’s with Tod.

That being said, the story kind of dragged while Kaylee was trying to come to terms with being alive, but not alive. I get that it was important to portray that her immortality was an adjustment but I found myself getting bored with the whole none of it matters bit. More than that I was somewhat frustrated. She was given another chance to live and enjoy life (without an expiration date) and instead of being grateful that she had a chance to spend forever with the guy she loves she goes on and on about how it doesn’t matter.

I loved the Kaylee and Tod scenes. I still can’t believe how much I have come to love him. I really disliked Tod in the beginning and now I’m completely in love with him! He’s absolutely perfect for Kaylee. Scratch that, they are perfect for each other.

Sabine is one of my favorite characters. I love how she’s honest and doesn’t sugar coat things. I’m still hoping for an official Sabine/Nash reunion because I honestly believe that they are perfect for each as well. Nash just has to get it through his thick head.

The action in Before I Wake doesn’t really pick up until the end. This was probably the one part of the book that I thought was lacking. However, I feel that the ending set things up for an amazing ending to this series.

While it wasn’t my favorite installment, I thought Before I Wake was a nice addition to the Soul Screamers series.  I’m anxious to see what Vincent has in store for us in what is sure to be a truly grand finale!



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