Wednesday, February 29, 2012

R.A.K. February Wrap-Up

Book Soulmates

Sent:

This month I sent Matched by Ally Condie to Jessica @ Curled up with Books.

Matched (Matched, #1)



Recieved:

This month I recieved an e-book of Sophie and Carter by Chelsea Fine from Mary @ Sweeping Me 

Sophie and Carter


And I also recieved an email today from Rebekka @ Pretty Deadly Reviews and she is sending me The Girl of Fire and Thorns!


The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)

HUGE THANK YOU to Mary and Rebekka and also
 Book Soulmates for putting this on!
Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Leap into Books Giveaway Hop!



This year is a Leap Year so let's celebrate by having a giveaway! There are over 200 blogs on this giveaway hop so be sure to check them all out!  You can see a full list by clicking here! This giveaway will run now until March 5th.

As my part of this giveaway hop I am giving away 2 books from the below list to 2 winners. First winner gets first choice. Second winner gets choice from the remaining pile. All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter below. This giveaway is US only!

Good Luck!!!


Below are the books that you can choose from if you win.

Thirst No. 1 by Christopher Pike PB

Thirst No. 1: The Last Vampire, Black Blood and Red Dice (Thirst, #1)

Goodreads Description:

As to blood -- ah, blood, the whole subject fascinates me. I do like that as well, warm and dripping, when I am thirsty. And I am often thirsty....

Her quest leads her to Ray. He is the only person who can help her; he also has every reason to fear her. Alisa must get closer to him to ensure her immortality. But as she begins to fall in love with Ray, suddenly there is more at stake than her own life....

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler PB

Twenty Boy Summer

Goodreads Description:

"Don’t worry, Anna. I’ll tell her, okay? Just let me think about the best way to do it."
"Okay."
"Promise me? Promise you won’t say anything?"
"Don’t worry.” I laughed. “It’s our secret, right?"


According to Anna’s best friend, Frankie, twenty days in Zanzibar Bay is the perfect opportunity to have a summer fling, and if they meet one boy every day, there’s a pretty good chance Anna will find her first summer romance. Anna lightheartedly agrees to the game, but there’s something she hasn’t told Frankie–she’s already had her romance, and it was with Frankie’s older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago.

TWENTY BOY SUMMER explores what it truly means to love someone, what it means to grieve, and ultimately, how to make the most of every beautiful moment life has to offer.


The Secret Life of Prince Charming by Deb Caletti  PB

The Secret Life of Prince Charming

Goodreads Description:

Maybe it was wrong, or maybe impossible, but I wanted the truth to be one thing. One solid thing.

Quinn is surrounded by women who have had their hearts broken. Between her mother, her aunt, and her grandmother, Quinn hears nothing but cautionary tales. She tries to be an optimist -- after all, she's the dependable one, the girl who never makes foolish choices. But when she is abruptly and unceremoniously dumped, Quinn starts to think maybe there really are no good men.
 
It doesn't help that she's gingerly handling a renewed relationship with her formerly absent father. He's a little bit of a lot of things: charming, selfish, eccentric, lazy...but he's her dad, and Quinn's just happy to have him around again. Until she realizes how horribly he's treated the many women in his life, how he's stolen more than just their hearts. Determined to, for once, take action in her life, Quinn joins forces with the half sister she's never met and the little sister she'll do anything to protect. Together, they set out to right her father's wrongs...and in doing so, begin to uncover what they're really looking for: the truth.

Once again, Deb Caletti has created a motley crew of lovably flawed characters who bond over the shared experiences of fear, love, pain, and joy -- in other words, real life.
Alisa has been in control of her urges for the five thousand years she has been a vampire. She feeds but does not kill, and she lives her life on the fringe to maintain her secret. But when her creator returns to hunt her, she must break her own rules in order to survive.

A Time of Miracles by Anne-Laure Bondoux  HC


A Time of Miracles

Goodreads Description:

Blaise Fortune, also known as Kouma├»l, loves hearing the story of how he came to live with Gloria in the Republic of Georgia: Gloria was picking peaches in her father’s orchard when she heard a train derail. After running to the site of the accident, she found an injured woman who asked Gloria to take her baby. The woman, Gloria claims, was French, and the baby was Blaise.

When Blaise turns seven years old, the Soviet Union collapses and Gloria decides that she and Blaise must flee the political troubles and civil unrest in Georgia. The two make their way westward on foot, heading toward France, where Gloria says they will find safe haven. But what exactly is the truth about Blaise’s past?
Bits and pieces are revealed as he and Gloria endure a five-year journey across the Caucasus and Europe, weathering hardships and welcoming unforgettable encounters with other refugees searching for a better life. During this time Blaise grows from a boy into an adolescent; but only later, as a young man, can he finally attempt to untangle his identity.

Bondoux’s heartbreaking tale of exile, sacrifice, hope, and survival is a story of ultimate love.


Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher PB

Almost Perfect


Goodreads Description:

You only hurt the ones you love.Logan Witherspoon recently discovered that his girlfriend of three years cheated on him. But things start to look up when a new student breezes through the halls of his small-town high school. Sage Hendricks befriends Logan at a time when he no longer trusts or believes in people. Sage has been homeschooled for a number of years and her parents have forbidden her to date anyone, but she won’t tell Logan why. One day, Logan acts on his growing feelings for Sage. Moments later, he wishes he never had. Sage finally discloses her big secret: she’s actually a boy. Enraged, frightened, and feeling betrayed, Logan lashes out at Sage and disowns her. But once Logan comes to terms with what happened, he reaches out to Sage in an attempt to understand her situation. But Logan has no idea how rocky the road back to friendship will be.

After the Kiss by Terra Elan McVoy  HC

After the Kiss

Goodreads Description:

"This moment changes everything."

Becca has been head-over-heels for Alec from the instant they met. He's a brainy jock with a poet's heart--in other words, perfect for her.
 
Camille is careful with her words and protective of her heart, especially since Chicago. Then a new boy in her new town catches her off guard with a surprise kiss.
 
Too bad that new boy is Becca's boyfriend, Alec.
 
Camille and Becca have never met, but their lives will unravel and intertwine in surprising ways as they deal with what happens after the kiss.
 





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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Harry Potter Reading Challenge



 

So I’ve been doing the Soul Screamers Reading Challenge and I’ve been having so much fun I’ve decided to do another one. This time with Harry Potter! As some of you may know, I just read Harry Potter last year. I know, I KNOW! However, I never did read the last book. Again, I KNOW! So I figured now was as good of time as any, right? RIGHT!
Since most of the world has read Harry Potter like a zillion times I have decided to go ahead and re-read the first 6 books before reading for the first (gasp) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I’m really looking forward to this and think it's going to be a lot of fun! If you would like more information about the challenge just click on the button at the top!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Pandemonium-Review


Pandemonium (Delirium, #2)Goodreads Description: 
I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare,
pushing aside thoughts of Alex,
pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school,
push,
push,
push,
like Raven taught me to do.
The old life is dead.
But the old Lena is dead too.
I buried her.
I left her beyond a fence,
behind a wall of smoke and flame.

Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.


My Thoughts:
Pandemonium comes out in exactly one week so I thought this would be the perfect time to post my review and thoughts about this book.
Pandemonium alternates back and forth between the “Then” and the “Now”. The “Then” part is her life immediately following crossing over into the wilds while the “Now” part is the present. I liked the back and forth because I felt that it gave an added suspense. You knew where Lena was going but you didn’t know how she got there.
This book gives us an almost entire new set of characters. Raven is the leader of the group that Lena is rescued by. You can tell that Raven’s time in the wilds has hardened her but it’s also made her stronger. I have mixed feelings about Raven. While she does some things to help Lena she also does some things that make me angry. Lena undergoes a definite transformation in this book. She has no other choice. She must forget her old life and Alex if she is going to survive in the wilds.  Julian is another new character and yes, he is another love interest for Lena. As much as I loved Alex in the first book, I like Lena, couldn’t help but fall for Julian as well.  
I enjoyed the storyline and pace of this book. I was constantly wondering what was going to happen next and how they were going to get out of the current situation. The book ends on a cliffhanger, but it’s one that you can see coming.
I loved this book! It’s my favorite book so far this year and I will be sitting on pins and needles until the final book is released next year! If you haven’t pre-ordered this book yet, do so NOW!
Grade A+
Monday, February 20, 2012

My Soul to Take- Review

My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers, #1)



Goodreads Description:

She doesn't see dead people. She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.

Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who'll be next.





My Thoughts:
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I read it right after reading the prequel, My Soul to Lose, because I just had to know what happened next.
I thought the storyline in My Soul to Take was excellent. It was interesting and fast-paced. PLUS, there’s a super hot guy (Nash) then it turns out there’s another super hot guy (Tod) and they just happen to brothers. Complicated love triangle here we come. However, I must admit that in this book Tod didn’t really stand out to me. But from what I understand, he’s going to have a larger presence in upcoming books.
Some of the suspense was lost on me when it came to Nash and Tod’s relationship. I knew they were brothers because I heard so much about Tod Hudson during the YA Crush Tournament and once I heard Nash’s last name was Hudson I kinda put two and two together. (Sorry, if there was someone out there that didn’t already know that!)
I liked being able to watch Kaylee struggle with figuring out what was going on with her and I loved that Nash was there to help her. He was so sweet and understanding. I agree with others that their relationship did seem kind of rushed and I don’t fully understand his sudden attraction to her. However, I still managed to fall in love with him and enjoyed seeing their relationship progress.
There were some definite twists and turns in this book. More than enough to keep me interested. And the one at the end? Wow, didn’t see that one coming.
All in all, I thought this was a good book. The characters are relatable, the storyline is interesting, and the premise is original, all of the ingredients for a great series. I can’t wait to see where this series goes!  
Grade: A-

Monday Pick-Me-Up

Monday Pick-Me-Up is a weekly post intended to get everyone over their Monday Blues by sharing quotes I thought were funny in the books I read the previous week.

 
I just started The Dark Elite series by Chloe Neill. I'm a HUGE fan of her Chicagoland vampires series so I fnally decided to give her YA series a try. I'm about halfway through Firespell and I'm enjoying it so far. Here's a couple of quotes I found funny.

“Lily," Mom said, "we need to talk."
I don't think I'm ruining the surprise by pointing out that nothing good happens when someone starts a speech like that.”


"Have you ever had one of those days where you give up on being really clean, and settle for being largely clean? Where you don't have time for the entire scrubbing and exfoliating regime, so you settle for the basics? Where brushing your teeth becomes the most rigorous part of your cleaning ritual? Yeah, welcome to Monday morning at St. Sophia's School for (Slightly Grimy) Girls.”

Happy Monday Everyone!!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Jessica Rules the Dark Side-Review

Jessica Rules the Dark Side (Jessica, #2)


Goodreads Description

It’s one thing to find out you’re a vampire princess. It’s a whole other thing to actually rule. Newly married Jessica Packwood is having a hard enough time feeling regal with her husband, Lucius, at her side. But when evidence in the murder of a powerful elder points to Lucius, sending him into solitary confinement, Jessica is suddenly on her own. Determined to clear her husband’s name, Jessica launches into a full-scale investigation, but hallucinations and nightmares of betrayal keep getting in her way. Jessica knows that with no blood to drink, Lucius’s time is running out. Can she figure out who the real killer is—and whom she can trust—before it’s too late?



My Thoughts

I read Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side a while back and loved it, so when I found out there was a sequel I was thrilled. In the sequel, Jessica and Lucius are married and living in Romania. This proves to be a difficult transition for Jessica and understandably so. She misses her friends and family and the comforts of her life in the United States.

At the beginning of this book, I felt Jessica was a much weaker character than the one we had come to love in the previous book. However, I understand why this is. Her life has changed drastically and she’s still not sure where she fits in. I think that portraying Jessica as weaker makes her a more believable character. But don’t worry guys, Jessica gets her stuff together by the end and I can’t tell you how great it was to watch it unfold.
I really loved Mindy in this book. The book alternates between Mindy and Jessica’s points of view and also shows written correspondence between Lucius and Raniero. I thought that this was a very good choice. Mindy is a fun character and it’s nice to see what going on in her head. I also thought that the written correspondence was a good way to show what Lucius was thinking because we didn’t get to see as much of him in this book.
Raniero was a very interesting addition to the cast of characters. I have to admit that I fell a little bit in love with him. There were literally two sides to him and I think I loved them both. I definitely think there’s more to tell with his and Mindy’s story.
There were a couple of things about this book that I didn’t love. First, Jessica goes by the name Antanasia, except for when she’s talking to Mindy or Lucius in private. I get the reasoning behind it I just didn’t care for it. Also, it’s fairly easy to figure out who the “bad guy(s)” are in this book. There were just too many clues to not be able to figure it out.
Overall, Jessica Rules the Dark Side is an entertaining read. If you like Jessica’s Guide you should definitely pick up this sequel.
Grade: B
Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Why We Broke Up-Review

Why We Broke Up

Goodreads Description
I'm telling you why we broke up, Ed. I'm writing it in this letter, the whole truth of why it happened.

Min Green and Ed Slaterton are breaking up, so Min is writing Ed a letter and giving him a box. Inside the box is why they broke up. Two bottle caps, a movie ticket, a folded note, a box of matches, a protractor, books, a toy truck, a pair of ugly earrings, a comb from a motel room, and every other item collected over the course of a giddy, intimate, heartbreaking relationship. Item after item is illustrated and accounted for, and then the box, like a girlfriend, will be dumped.


My Thoughts
WARNING: While I don’t say exactly what happened, some of my statements may make it so you can figure out what happened. I do have it noted where the slight spoilers start and end if you would like to read the rest of the review.  Thanks!
My first thought when I picked up this book was, “Man, this book is HEAVY!” My second thought, (after reading the book description and taking a peek inside), was “Man, this sounds like an interesting concept for a book. I was especially intrigued on how the book was written, plus there were pictures!
Why We Broke Up is printed on thick paper and has cute illustrations to go along with the story. It is written in the form of a letter (a very long letter) from Min to her now ex boyfriend Ed. In it, Min tells the story of how they met and got together and ultimately why they broke up. The ending itself is no mystery. You  watch them get together and fall in love but in the back of your mind you keep thinking (hoping) maybe they will make it, maybe the title is just there to throw you off, maybe, maybe, maybe… You know it’s pointless, but still you hope or at least I was.
I loved this book! I fell in love with Ed and Min’s relationship and the whole time I kept telling myself that maybe things would work out. They fell so hard for each other; I knew that it had to be true love. The fact that they were so different but both comprised made me love them both even more.
I love the letter format for the book. However, there were times with it got on my nerves and made it difficult to understand. For example, during dialogue there would be a lot of “you said”, “I said”, “she said”. It got a bit repetitive and also a bit confusing. Overall though, I enjoyed Min’s narration of the story. She was funny and very to the point.
I will admit that Ed kind of stole my heart in this book. The things he’s willing to do for Min even though, they are things that are completely foreign to him made me love him. I couldn’t help it. The whole time I’m just wondering what could he have done to make Min break up with him?
SLIGHT SPOILERS AHEAD!!!
All of that being said, this book broke my heart. Ed broke my heart. I couldn’t believe what happened in the end. But being honest, reading the book from Min’s perspective allowed me to really see the situation and experience the situation the exact way that she did and I think that’s why I was blindsided. All of the warning were there but, I, like Min, just overlooked them because we were both so in love with Ed. We didn’t think that it was possible for him to betray us and when I say “we” and“us” I mean Min and I because I felt betrayed and I didn’t believe Ed was capable of that.  In my mind though, that just makes the story that much more believable. The story and characters are real. And as they say love is blind.
SPOILERS OVER!
As I said earlier, I loved this book, but as I also said earlier, this book broke my heart. I hated the ending and above all I hated Ed. However, the older you get the more you realize that life is full of heartbreak and disappointment, and the people you thought you could count on and trust will let you down. So if you want to read a real story, about real heartbreak, while getting a few laughs along the way, read this book. You will not be disappointed.
Grade: A

W.W.W. Wednesday

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MizB @ Should Be Reading hosts WWW Wednesdays...
To play along just answer three simple questions:

What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


 
What are you currently reading?
I am still reading on The Soul Screamers Vol. 1. I am on My Soul to Save right now.
What did you recently finish reading?
I just finished reading My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent. I love this series so far!
What do you think you’ll read next?
Next, I plan on reading Last Breath by Rachel Caine (if it ever arrives in the mail). If it doesn't I'll probably read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A Dark Divine Valentine's Treat from Bree Despain

Any Dark Divine fans out there?  If you haven't checked the series out you definitely should! The first book was really good. I'll admit I've only read the first book but I do have the second book. I'm just waiting on the third book to be released so I can read them back to back.

I saw last night on Twitter where Bree Despain was offering a special Dark Divine Valentine's Treat to those who tweeted her or emailed her. Of course I had to check it out. She said in the email to feel free to share them with whoever might enjoy it so I thought I would share it with all of you here on the blog.

So without further ado....










Now, since I've only read the first book I'm not familiar with one of the guys but aren't these just YUMMY!!

My Top 5 Literary Couples

Hey Guys! I’m not sure if you’re aware but IT’S VALENTINE’S DAY! Ya know, that day devoted to love, commitment,  yadayadayda.  Well, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day I have composed a list of my favorite literary couples. This was a difficult list to make because there are so many couples that I absolutely adore! But I narrowed it down and here they are. I’m going to count them starting at #5.

Ashley's Top 5 Literary Couples 

5) Damon and Elaine- The Vampire Diaries by L. J. Smith This has more to do with the TV show than the books. I did read the first four books but haven’t continued the series. What can I say, I love the bad boy turned good story!

4) Merit and Ethan- Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neill
Wow! These two probably have one of the steamiest relationships ever. The sexual tension between these two is undeniable.

3) Jace and Clary- The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
I just love these two together. They balance each other out so well.

2) Katniss and Peeta- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I don’t believe I have ever hoped for a happy ending more for two people in my entire life. They went through so much together and were stronger because of it.

1) Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I honestly believe that Lizzie and Mr. Darcy will forever reign as the best literally couple of all time.

Honorable Mentions

Ash and Meghan- The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa
Leslie and Niall- Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr
Edward and Bella- Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer
Shane and Clare- Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine
Will and Tessa- The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare



So who makes your list for top literary couples? Let me know which ones you agree with and which ones you didn't.
Monday, February 13, 2012

Review- My Soul to Lose

My Soul to Lose (Soul Screamers, #0.5)



Goodreads Description

It was supposed to be a fun day, shopping at the mall with her best friend. Then the panic attack started and Kaylee Cavanaugh finds herself screaming, unable to stop. Her secret fears are exposed and it's the worst day of her life.

Until she wakes up in the psychiatric unit.

She tries to convince everyone she's fine--despite the shadows she sees forming around another patient and the urge to scream which comes burbling up again and again. Everyone thinks she's crazy. Everyone except Lydia, that is. Another patient with some special abilities....





My Thoughts


Honestly, I wasn’t really sure how I would feel about this series. I had heard a lot of great things about it but the idea of the book just didn’t really interest me. However, after I saw that Rachel from Fiktshun was doing a Reading Challenge I thought I should give the series a try. And I must admit that so far I am loving this series.
I bought the Soul Screamers Vol 1 that included this prequel novella. I read it before the book and I’m really glad that I did. I think reading it first gives some insight into what Kaylee has already endured and also offers a glimpse of what’s to come. I’m really hoping that we get to see more of Lydia somewhere in this series. She was such an interesting character. I know that she has more to offer to the story.
I fell in love with Kaylee’s sense of humor in this novella. Her ability to come up with these quick comebacks while hospitalized in a mental institute is amazing. She’s very quick witted and resilient. I can’t wait to see where this story goes and to watch Kaylee grow. This series has definite potential to work its’ way onto my favorites list!
Grade: A

Monday Pick-Me-Up

Monday Pick-Me-Up is a weekly post intended to get everyone over their Monday Blues by sharing quotes I thought were funny in the books I read the previous week.


This week’s quote comes from the Soul Screamers: My Soul to Take. I just started this series as part of the readathon hosted by Fiktshun. So far I am really enjoying this series. If you aren't participating and would like to you should head on over to her blog and sign-up, there is still time!

Hope your Monday is off to a good start! If not, hopefully, this will help! Enjoy!


“Nash Hudson. Holy crap. I almost looked down to see if ice had anchored my feet to the floor, since hell had surely frozen over. Somehow I’d stepped off the dance floor and into some weird warp zone where irises swam with color and Nash Hudson smiled at me, and me alone.”


“His name's Nash."
Aunt Val took a butter knife from the silverware drawer. "What year is he?"
I groaned inwardly. "Senior." ...here we go ...
Her smile was a little too enthusiastic. "Well that's wonderful!"
Of course, what she really meant was "Rise from the shadows, social leper, and walk in the bright light of acceptance!”

"So what does Tod look like? Whitewashed skeleton skulking around in a black cape and hood? Carrying a scythe? 'Cause I'm thinking that would cause mass panic in the hospital." ..... "Do you chase after a funeral processions in a long, dirty dress, hair trailing behind you in the wind? I shot him a mock frown. "Have you been following me again?”
Thursday, February 9, 2012

The One that I Want- Review


The One That I Want


Goodreads Description

Gemma can't believe her luck when the star football player starts flirting with her. Max is totally swoon-worthy, and even gets her quirky sense of humor. So when he asks out her so-called best friend Addison, Gemma's heartbroken.
Then Addison pressures Gemma to join the date with one of Max's friends. But the more time they all spend together, the harder Gemma falls for Max. She can't help thinking that Max likes her back--it's just too bad he's already dating Addison. How can Gemma get the guy she wants without going after her best friend's boyfriend?


My Thoughts
After finishing Catching Jordan, I found myself looking for another fun contemp. As I said before, I don’t read a ton of them so when I looked at my TBR pile I didn’t find one. Well, you can imagine my excitement when this book turned up in my mailbox the next day. I immediately picked it up and began reading it. This book was exactly what I had been looking to read!
Ever had a friend that looking back you realize they weren’t your friend at all? If so, you will definitely relate to this book.
You would think that since Gemma was the one trying to steal Addison’s boyfriend that she would be the villain in this story, however, that is not the case. It is actually quite the opposite, really. Addison’s character is so rude and disrespectful to Gemma that it’s impossible to care what happens to her. It’s almost to the point where you want her to get hurt just because she has caused Gemma so much pain through the years.
I loved Gemma and Max’s relationship. From the beginning, it’s obvious that they are perfect for each other. They have similar personalities but not so much that the relationship is boring. I loved how they would get mad at each other and argue then feel bad and make up. However, truth be told, 99% of their problems stemmed from Addison. Gosh, I just can’t say enough times how much I disliked her! For most of the book, Carter was a mystery to me. I didn’t understand why he would act one way one minute then turn around act totally different the next. This is all well explained at the end of the book.
The storyline was fun and entertaining. It kept me turning the pages and within 24 hours I was finished with the book. The book is very relatable to teens that are in high school, as well as anyone who’s been in high school. Basically, anyone can relate to this book. Great Read!
Grade: A-
Wednesday, February 8, 2012

WWW Wednesday

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MizB @ Should Be Reading hosts WWW Wednesdays...
To play along just answer three simple questions:

What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?




What are you currently reading?
I am currently reading The Soul Screamers Vol. 1. It includes the prequel and that's where I am right now.
What did you recently finish reading?
I just finished Looking for Alaska, which is both funny and sad.


What do you think you’ll read next?
I'm going to work through the Soul Screamers series. I'll probably read the 1st and 2nd books before taking a break then move to Last Breath by Rachel Caine.
Monday, February 6, 2012

Catching Jordan-Review

Catching Jordan


Goodreads Description:

What girl doesn't want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn't just surrounded by hot guys, though-she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys, and that's just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university. But now there's a new guy in town who threatens her starting position... suddenly she's hoping he'll see her as more than just a teammate.










My Thoughts
I won a copy of Catching Jordan from Rather be Reading. It was a book that I typically wouldn’t pick out for myself. I don’t read a ton of contemps and the ones I do read tend to be sad and typically involve the recent death of a loved one (morbid, I know) or some other really tough situation. I just don’t read a lot of fun, light hearted books. Don’t ask me why. But after reading this book and a couple of other light hearted books I am beginning to think that I should and I have found myself looking for more of them.
Catching Jordan is a fun book. The idea of a female quarterback to me was awesome. There are so few women football players out there and Jordan is the first girl I’ve ever heard of playing quarterback with a guy’s high school team. This idea is simply unheard of. It was a nice change and made for a very interesting story.
Another one of my favorite things about this book? Jordan was dying to play for the University of Alabama. Why? Because we are the best. Yes, I say we because I am a proud UA alum. (Roll Tide!!) Now, there were a couple of things that I didn’t like because they did in a way paint UA in a bad light.  However, it didn’t bother me too much because a) it wasn’t anything too bad and b) it was realistic (at least I think it was). I am a huge football fan and know a ton about the SEC so actually reading a story that took place somewhere that I knew and understood was awesome.
I thought that the characters in this book were excellent. Jordan is a strong female character who knows what she wants and goes for it. Henry is the best guy friend every girl wishes she had and can’t help but fall for. Mike is the perfect older brother; supportive, knows when to give you a hard time and when to lend a helping hand. I also, loved that Jordan’s dad was Brett Favre (at least partly). The line about how the sportscasters are always speculating as to whether he’ll play again this year or retire, priceless! The only character I didn’t love was Tyler. He was okay but I just didn’t fall for him as much as I was supposed to. There was just something about him that I didn’t quite get.
Like I said earlier, this book is a fun and light hearted read. However, it definitely deals with some real issues. Jordan has to deal with being a girl that wants to play football and also deal with a dad who isn’t supportive on the one thing that she wants to do more than anything.  Catching Jordan is a story of growing up, going after dreams, and realizing that sometimes the people on the journey with you are just as important as the journey itself.
Grade: A-

Monday Pick-Me-Up

Monday Pick-Me-Up is a weekly post intended to get everyone over their Monday Blues by sharing quotes I thought were funny in the books I read the previous week.


This week’s quote comes from Looking for Alaska by John Green. Hope your Monday is off to a good start! If not, hopefully, this will help! Enjoy!


“It's not because I want to make out with her."

Hold on." He grabbed a pencil and scrawled excitedly at the paper as if he'd just made a mathematical breakthrough and then looked back up at me. "I just did some calculations, and I've been able to determine that you're full of shit.”



“The Colonel led all the cheers.
Cornbread!" he screamed.
CHICKEN!" the crowd responded.
Rice!"
PEAS!"
And then, all together: "WE GOT HIGHER SATs."
Hip Hip Hip Hooray!" the Colonel cried.
YOU'LL BE WORKIN' FOR US SOMEDAY!”



Friday, February 3, 2012

Hereafter-Review

Hereafter (Hereafter, #1)

Goodreads Description

Can there truly be love after death?

Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she's dead. With no recollection of her past life—or her actual death—she's trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but will him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive.
Amelia and Joshua grow ever closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit named Eli is doing everything in his power to destroy their newfound happiness and drag Amelia back into the ghost world . . . forever.
 
My Thoughts

I really, really, really wanted to like this book because I loved the cover and I loved the idea of the book. I mean the cover is absolutely beautiful and I’ve always been into books about life after death. I enjoy seeing other people’s beliefs on what happens when we die. However, I didn’t care for this book.
The characters were probably my biggest problem. We know very little about any of them. Amelia doesn’t know much about herself (although slowly throughout the book a little of her story is revealed), we are given very few “real” details about Josh or Joshua, whichever you would like to call him (personally I preferred Josh), and Eli is so mysterious and elusive it’s hard to gain any opinion on him at all. The lack of details about the characters caused a lack of connection for me and at the end of the book I didn’t really care what happened to them.
The storyline was okay. There were lots of things that I thought were strange and didn’t make sense to the story. I think there were several plot points that could have changed to make the story a lot better. I did read it rather quickly but I think that was because I was hoping that the story would get better, that something would come along to tie everything together for me. It just didn’t happen.
Even though, I loved the cover I ended up buying the kindle version while it was on sale for .99.  I’m glad I didn’t buy the actual book but it did hold my attention enough to make me feel like I didn’t waste the .99 I spent on it.
This book just wasn’t for me. There have been many people that loved it…I just wasn’t one of them.
Grade: D+
Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Delirium- Review



Delirium (Delirium, #1)

 
Goodreads Description
Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.



My Thoughts
When I first bought Delirium I was a little hesitant to read it. It actually set on book shelf for quite a while. Then my sister borrowed it and read part of it (my sister isn’t much of a reader, but she did love The Hunger Games so she wanted to borrow something similar. Even though, I hadn’t read it, it seemed like something she would like). She really enjoyed what she read but she started ultrasound school and from what she says it’s intense (plus like I said she’s not much of a reader) so she didn’t ever finish. However, since my sister did like what she read and I won an ARC of Pandemonium I thought, “Okay, now’s a good time to give Delirium a try.” And I can’t tell you how glad I am that I did. I was worried that it was going to be a lot like Matched and while there were some things that were similar, it’s not large enough similarities to make a difference.
Delirium is a definite page turner. I was completely absorbed into the story right from the beginning. I loved Lena. I loved Alex. I loved Hana and her friendship with Lena. I pretty loved everything about this book.
My favorite thing about dystopian novels is the fact that the main character(s) fight for change. They rebel. They are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to change their world. Even if they believe they can’t win, even if they believe that it’s hopeless, they fight. That’s why I love dystopian books. That’s why I loved Delirium.
Also, Oliver does an excellent job creating a realistic world. Her characters are easy to love and make decisions that are believable. Lena doesn’t completely throw away all of her beliefs immediately. She holds tight to what  has been drilled into her for years, but slowly over time you see that she sheds her old beliefs and comes to realize those beliefs may not be true. Maybe the delirium isn’t so bad or even if it is maybe it is worth dying for. Maybe love isn’t a terrible word after all.
Overall, Delirium is an excellent read. It’s a story that will truly change you and leave you dying to read the sequel. A must read for everyone!
Grade: A

W.W.W. Wednesday

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MizB @ Should Be Reading hosts WWW Wednesdays...
To play along just answer three simple questions:

What are you currently reading?What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?



What are you currently reading?
I am currently reading The One that I Want by Jennifer Echols.

What did you recently finish reading?
I just finished Jessica Rules the Dark, which I really enjoyed.
 
What do you think you’ll read next?
This always the tough question for me. I'm thinking I'll probably read the first book in the Soul Screamers series (My Soul to Take, I think) and then I have two books by John Green I've been wanting to read (Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars).

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