Friday, June 28, 2013

Audio Review: Scarlet





Title:
Scarlet
Author: Marissa Meyer
Pages: 452
Format: Audio 
Release Date: February 5, 2013 
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends





Goodreads Description:

The fates of Cinder and Scarlet collide as a Lunar threat spreads across the Earth...

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.



The second book in the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer does not disappoint. SCARLET will give you everything you loved from the first book and so much more! Action, adventure, humor, and love the makings of a great book!

I admittedly was a little hestitant with SCARLET. I wasn't sure how I would like the story not being completely about Cinder and Kai. I just couldn't figure out how the story would all piece together with the addition of Scarlet and Wolf. BUT...Marissa Meyer knew what she was doing and pulled it off near flawlessly. It was interesting seeing how their stories were interconnected and watching them both piece everything together. It was a big puzzle and was fun trying to put all the pieces together along with the characters.

As much as I love Prince Kai, I must say that he's got some hefty competition for my heart. Lucky for him, he's not after my heart. Neither is Wolf for that matter...maybe Throne? Hmm...I could totally go for this because Thorne is also hot and very funny. I like funny guys... Okay, I'm getting off subject. Basically, what you need to know is that SCARLET is full of swoonworthy guys!

Scarlet and Cinder are both great female heriones. Cinder struggles with getting a grasp on her new lunar abilites but I believe that she handles it all well. Cinder is scared of what her new identity means but she pushes forward and realizes that there is more at stake than her identity crisis. Scarlet, on the other hand, is fiesty and determined. She'll stop at nothing to find her grandmother even if that means losing her life. I loved both of the characters and can't wait to see more.

Like with Cinder, I listened to the audiobook of SCARLET. The narrator did an excellent job with the voices and portraying the characters emotions. This is an audiobook I definitely recommend.

SCARLET was an excellent addition to the Lunar Chronicles and I can't wait to see what Marissa Meyer has in store for us in Cress after the ending to SCARLET!




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Thursday, June 27, 2013

That Awkward Thursday (15) Wait, he's blonde??



That Awkward Thursday is a feature hosted by Wholly Books where it's not only okay but encouraged to share your awkward moments! 

That awkward moment you realize that the way you picture a character is completely wrong...


I admit I am notorious for not paying attention to the descriptions of characters. This is probably why I typically don't care if Annabeth's character in the Percy Jackson movie has red hair instead of blonde (like the book) or if Daniel Radcliffe's eyes are green when he plays Harry Potter. I can't be bothered by something I didn't even know. 

The thing is I like to picture a character the way I WANT to picture them. I'll picture them based on their personaility and what I think they should look like (which 9 times out of 10 is incorrect). So when someone is cast for a part in a book to movie adaptation I always ask, Does his/her personailty fit the character? If the answer is yes then I am okay with it. If not, then usually I'll get over it. lol. I rarely let something like that stop me from watching a movie or enjoying it. I mean how can you judge a movie/actor/actress before you even see it? It's like judging a book by the cover (which ironically I do in fact do so I guess that's me contradicting myself). BUT..the point is that usually I don't pay attention to the description and I am shocked when I hear people on twitter talking about who they would cast for a movie for this book. 

A perfect example of this is with Zeke from The Blood of Eden series by Julie Kagawa. First, let me show you who I had pictured.


Alright, so we can all agree that Zac Efron is smoking hot. BUT...unfortunately, this doesn't look anything like what Zeke actually looks like. Here's a picture of chibi that Julie did of Zeke. 

(Also, Julie has an etsy store and puts up new items on Saturday if you like him. She also does dragons, unicorns and other characters from her books. You can check out her shop here!


Umm...see Zeke is actually BLONDE! How did Zac Efron even pop into my head? I think it was partly because I had seen him in a movie recently where his name was Zeke (I think I did, anyway). Also, I went through a period where I was in love with Zac so I'm sure I pictured everyone as him! lol. Don't judge! He's hot! 

Do you ever do this? Or is it just me??



Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Book Blast: Disneylanders


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Welcome to the DISNEYLANDERS Book Blast!

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In Disneylanders, 14-year-old Casey Allison, on the brink of starting high school, struggles to find a new identity on her family’s annual summer vacation, but with the help of an outgoing boy she meets while waiting in line, she discovers that Disneyland is the one place where her overprotective parents let her have the freedom to grow up.
Casey looks forward to her family’s annual summer vacation to Disneyland to escape her anxieties about starting high school. This summer, however, her vacation forces her to confront her parents’ ancient attitudes, getting dumped by her best friend, an intense crush, and a pack of gum-snapping girls who seem intent on ruining her vacation.
Her parents won’t accept she’s no longer a little kid, but she can’t fathom growing up to be like the bra-strap girls who seem to be following her. Worst of all, she fears that in order be accepted as “mature,” she’ll have to not only display her underwear but stop going to her beloved theme park. As she explores Disneyland—and her first romantic relationship—with Bert, the charming high school sophomore she meets, she realizes that she can overcome her real-world insecurities only when she’s in the Magic Kingdom.
As Casey and Bert banter in line for rides, they find that confessing the secrets they couldn’t share with anyone back home lets them both discover their true selves. Although they spend time in Fantasyland, they confront their real-life issues…Bert’s flaky parents, his precocious grandmother, and why he wears a watch that hasn’t worked in two years; Casey’s ex-best friend, her secret passion for old-school film photography, and her cast member crushes. By the last fireworks show, after she’s been on a wild ride of a summer vacation, Casey rediscovers herself and takes home new self confidence, along with a sentimental souvenir.




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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (32)

   

  


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

Top Ten Tuesday: June 25: Top Ten Books I've Read So Far In 2013


There's been so many great books I've read so far and I still have five more months. 

10) Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne 

Teenagers and kids trapped inside a mall and they're attacked by zombies. Fun!

9) Blankets by Craig Thompson 

A beautiful coming-of-age graphic novel.

8) Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

A dark love story.

7) Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

A numerous book about cancer.

6) Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

A love story between siblings. I know it's out there but worth the chance.

5) Shelter and Seconds Away by Harlan Coben

His books are fun and never the same.

4) Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
 
I really like the illustrations and the few pages just describing one object.

3) Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

This was my first audiobook and I had an amazing experience. Because of the storyline, listening instead of reading it made sense, and Hannah's voice was perfect. I really do think that if you're going to pick this book up definitely listen to the audiobook. It makes all the difference. 

2) The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

I know I'm quite late joining the bandwagon but there was so much hype surrounding the books I was afraid I would not like them as much, but boy, was I wrong! I cannot wait for all the movies to be out.

1) Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

One of my favorite books ever. Their love story is adorable and I thought the ending was realistic. You must read it (if you like romance, nerds, awkward people, pop culture, and the 70's)! 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Review: The Distance Between Us





Title: 
The Distance Between Us 

Author: Kasie West
Pages: 320
Format: ARC 
Release Date: July 2, 2013 
Publisher: Harper Teen
Goodreads Description:

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she's beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.


THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US is smart, fun, and completely hilarious! After reading PIVOT POINT earlier this year I knew that I had to read more of Kasie West’s books. I was a little worried because I have been disappointed with books I was really looking forward to lately but THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US did not disappoint. Better yet, it surpassed all of my expectations!
I don’t typically read a lot of contemporary YA. I mean, I do read it but paranormal/dystopian is more my thing. However, now, I find myself wanting to read more contemporary books. I’m not sure if it’s the summer or paranormal burnout or if this book was just that good that I want to read more books that are similar to it. (I’m leaning toward the last explanation).
The characters in THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US were excellent! I loved Cayman. She was so funny with all of her sarcasm. I loved that she was able to be sarcastic without coming off as rude, obnoxious, or a know it all. Her comments were genuinely funny and I found myself laughing out loud on multiple occasions due to her wit. She is definitely a character that will keep you on your toes!
Xander! Oh, Xander! How I loved you! He was sexy. He was confident without being arrogant (most of the time anyway). I loved that he was your typical rich guy but at the same time not. He was loaded and had all of the fancy things rich people tend to have. He didn’t have any cheap clothes and knew nothing about the Salvation Army or thrift stores. Yet, he was incredibly kind and genuine.
I finished this book at 2:45 in the morning and immediately tweeted Kasie West AND sent her an email gushing about it. That’s how good it was! THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US is one of those books that can easily be devoured in a day or even in a sitting if life doesn’t get in the way.
Kasie West has officially become a part of my author auto-buy list. Currently, this list includes two names: Kasie West and Julie Kagawa. I’m just not one to auto-buy. The main takeaway from this review? Buy a Kasie West book. You can’t go wrong!




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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Secret Side of Empty Blog Tour: Spotlight


COMING NEXT SPRING… The Secret Side of Empty
**Read about the book and scroll below for details on how to enter to WIN a $250 Amazon gift card just by liking the author’s Facebook page!**
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You've heard the news stories.  Now hear the real story.
M.T. is starting her senior year with a lot going for her.  She gets great grades, has a best friend she met in kindergarten and a boyfriend who is sweet and into her.  But life – at least as she knows it – is about to end.
M.T. is what the news calls “illegal” – she came to the U.S. with her parents as a baby and never got the right papers that allowed her to stay.  She lives in fear of her family getting deported, in even more fear that she’ll have to go to the home country she doesn’t even remember, of people finding out her ugly secret and of the increasingly volatile situation at home.  When senior year is over, the protected world she’s found in her small parochial school will disappear.  Without a social security number, she won’t be able to go to college, get a job or, maybe worst of all, get a driver’s license.

But she’ll worry about all that later.  First, she’s got a senior year to take on.


A Note from the Author, Maria Andreu:
The fulfillment of great dreams feels best when shared, which is why I'm inviting people to Like my Facebook page and come along with me on the fabulous and improbable journey of publishing my first novel.  As my thanks, when you like the page by July 31st, you'll be able to enter to win a fan-only sweeps for a $250 Amazon gift card!  
Why does it feel so unlikely to get to fulfill my dream?  Well, like M.T., the main character of my novel, I was once an undocumented immigrant, which means I spent my teenage years in fear of getting deported from the only country I've ever called home.  I grew up feeling totally American but knowing that a choice my parents had made for me when I was too young to have a say made me unwanted in my homeland.  Although I got my papers through amnesty when I was 18, for years I carried the shame and secrecy of that experience.  So going from little girl hiding in a Tijuana shack waiting to cross the border to published author living all my dreams feels incredibly lucky and nearly impossible.  But I am living proof that dreams do come true.

The Secret Side of Empty is a novel about a teen girl whose life, as she knows it, is going to end after senior year.  It's not just run-of-the-mill, end-of-high-school anxiety... it's really going to end.  Her parents brought her to the U.S. undocumented as a baby, so she's what the news calls "illegal," although she's an American teenager through and through. With no social security number, she'll have to watch as her friends go off to college, get after-school jobs and drivers' licenses and travel overseas on the senior trip, while her life goes into the dangerous shadow of the undocumented.  No one knows the big secret she's keeping, not her best friend Chelsea and not her super-cool boyfriend, Nate.  Things have gotten pretty bad at home too, so she can't turn to anyone there.  

What's it like when you have nowhere left to turn and are stuck in circumstances you didn't create and which are beyond your control?  The Secret Side of Empty explores the fear, the hope and how the human spirit ultimately prevails.
Be the first to get updates on the cover, new tour stops, and fan-only content (plus enter a sweeps for a $250 Amazon gift card) by liking the author's Facebook page here:  https://www.facebook.com/maria.andreu.books
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Maria Andreu is an author and immigration rights activist.  She lives in beautiful Bergen County, New Jersey with her two wonderful middle schoolers.  At the age of 12, she wrote in her diary, "Most of all, I want to be a writer."  Growing up undocumented and poor, she never imagined that dream might come true one day.  Her work has been published in Newsweek, The Washington Post and The Star Ledger and her first novel, The Secret Side of Empty, will be published by Running Press in Spring, 2014.






Thursday, June 20, 2013

Cover Reveal: Split Second by Kasie West & ARC Giveaway


Guys, GUYS! Today, I am so excited to reveal the cover for Split Second, the second book in the Pivot Point series by Kasie West! I loved Pivot Point (You can read my 5 Cow review here!) so I am literally waiting on pins and needles to read Split Second. Feburary 11 can't come soon enough!

Also, after checking out the beautiful cover be sure to read the description AND enter the giveaway for a chance to win an ARC of Split Second! How amazing is that?! I am so jealous of whoever wins this! 

Anyways, I am assuming that y'all are all anxious to see the cover, right? RIGHT! 

SO.......here it is!







Description:



Life can change in a split second.

Addie hardly recognizes her life since her parents divorced. Her boyfriend used her. Her best friend betrayed her. She can’t believe this is the future she chose. On top of that, her ability is acting up. She’s always been able to Search the future when presented with a choice. Now she can manipulate and slow down time, too . . . but not without a price.

When Addie’s dad invites her to spend her winter break with him, she jumps at the chance to escape into the Norm world of Dallas, Texas. There she meets the handsome and achingly familiar Trevor. He’s a virtual stranger to her, so why does her heart do a funny flip every time she sees him? But after witnessing secrets that were supposed to stay hidden, Trevor quickly seems more suspicious of Addie than interested in her. And she has an inexplicable desire to change that.

Meanwhile, her best friend, Laila, has a secret of her own: she can restore Addie’s memories . . . once she learns how. But there are powerful people who don’t want to see this happen. Desperate, Laila tries to manipulate Connor, a brooding bad boy from school—but he seems to be the only boy in the Compound immune to her charms. And the only one who can help her.

As Addie and Laila frantically attempt to retrieve the lost memories, Addie must piece together a world she thought she knew before she loses the love she nearly forgot . . . and a future that could change everything.




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My Thoughts:   I love it! I love that it fits well with the previous cover and that we get a visual on another character. Laila is the one on this cover and the reason for that is because the book alternates between Laila and Addie's point of view. So what do you think of the cover?





That Awkward Thursday: What's his name?



That Awkward Thursday is a feature hosted by Wholly Books where it's not only okay but encouraged to share your awkward moments! 

That awkward moment you have no idea how to pronounce character names...


The down side to reading (I know it's hard to believe there is one) is that inevitably there will come a point when there is a character that you have no idea how to pronounce their name. I mean seriously some of the character names these days are strange. I'm all about being different but come on, it would be nice to be able to talk books with someone without sounding completely AWKWARD! 

This is one of the reasons why I have come to love audiobooks so much! It's great being able to talk books and know how a character's name should be pronounced. For example, had I not listened to the audiobook of Daughter and Smoke and Bone I probably would have pronounced Karou, Car-u. See the problem? 

What I have found myself doing whenever reading books that I don't know how to pronounce character names is to make up my own pronouncation of the name. For instance, Haymitch from The Hunger Games was called Hatchmitch in my head for the duration of the series. Yes, I realize that is a name that is pronounced just as it looks but for whatever reason I still thought Hatchmitch!

This has happened to me so many times. It's just easier to have these names in my head than try to figure out what it actually is. However, if I have to talk to someone about it outloud....it definitely gets awkward! I think all books should come with a pronouncation guide!

What do you think? Do you ever have problems pronouncing character's names? Let me know what you think in the comments or create your own post and leave a link!
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (33)




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


 Tandem (Many-Worlds, #1)
 






Title: Tandem                                                   
Author: Anna Jarzab
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Release DateOctober 8, 2013

 









Goodreads Description:

Everything repeats.
You. Your best friend. Every person you know.
Many worlds. Many lives--infinite possibilities.
Welcome to the multiverse.


Sixteen-year-old Sasha Lawson has only ever known one small, ordinary life. When she was young, she loved her grandfather's stories of parallel worlds inhabited by girls who looked like her but led totally different lives. Sasha never believed such worlds were real--until now, when she finds herself thrust into one against her will.

To prevent imminent war, Sasha must slip into the life of an alternate version of herself, a princess who has vanished on the eve of her arranged marriage. If Sasha succeeds in fooling everyone, she will be returned home; if she fails, she'll be trapped in another girl's life forever. As time runs out, Sasha finds herself torn between two worlds, two lives, and two young men vying for her love--one who knows her secret, and one who thinks she's someone she's not.

The first book in the Many-Worlds Trilogy, Tandem is a riveting saga of love and betrayal set in parallel universes in which nothing--and no one--is what it seems.


Why I'm Waiting: First, the cover is beautiful! I absolutely love it. Second, I'm loving the whole alternate reality trend that's been happening. This one sounds like it will be really interesting!


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (31)


  

 


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


Top Ten Tuesday: Top Books At The Top Of My Summer TBR List


There has been so many great book releases in the last few months that I'm excited to read but because of classes, I haven't had the chance to. I hope I'm able to read at least five of the books by the end of summer.


1) The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

  • She's one of my favorite authors and I can't believe I haven't read it but school has me so busy!

2) The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

  • I heard so many great things about it but it's still just sitting on my bookshelf.

3) Dare You To by Katie McGarry

  • I recently finished Pushing the Limits (book 1) and I really enjoyed it and I'd like to read more books by Katie McGarry.

4) Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne

  • I really need to get on this one soon.

5) Altered by Jennifer Rush

  • Scientific experiments are being performed on a group of six boys and they're able to escape with the help of the scientist's daughter and of course romance pursuits. Sounds good.

6) Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

  • I loved Warren and I can't wait to read more of his story.

7) Storm Front by Jim Butcher

  • I've been recommended this series a few times, so I guess I should give it a try.

8) Someday Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham

  • I just want to read it because of it's written by Lauren Graham from Gilmore Girls.

9) Looking for Alaska by John Green

  • This is my favorite book of his and since I'm going through a John Green withdrawal, I really need it.
10) Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
  • The wider a color palette you have, the higher in an economic class you are. It sounds like a unique dystopian story.



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