Thursday, January 26, 2012

5 Books I Loved But Didn't Review

5. Delirium by Lauren Oliver

 This book was simply beautiful. Every line was like poetry. The entire idea for this book, that love is a disease, drew me in immediately.  It carries a heart-wrenching message, and I have to admit that I cried my eyes out at the ending.

 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.

 4. The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

This book was so haunting and beautifully written. Every second of it was electric and alluring. Just a great story that feels as if it's from another world, and as old as time.

The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children. 
If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company. 
And there are no strangers in the town of Near.

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

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

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

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

 I love the stars, and I love books that have to do with being trapped in a hostile territory. And this book is all over that, not to mention just being amazing.

  A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone-one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship-tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.
 2. My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent

  This is one of my all-time favorite books, not to mention, one of the books that got me into YA. I love the romance, the humor, the characters, the story....  it's all just so good. If you haven't read this book, that means you also do not know Tod. And, believe me people, you want to know Tod.

  She doesn't see dead people, but…
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…

1. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

 This is my all-time favorite series. The setting is gorgeous. The faery lore is intriguing. The characters are so realistic you feel as if you could touch them. And the romance? Let's just say, I fell right along with Meghan.

And, um, also Puck. Forever Puck.

 Meghan Chase has a secret destiny—one she could never have imagined…
Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home.
When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.

 But she could never have guessed the truth—that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face…and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #12

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine

Pure by Juliana Baggott

  We know you are here, our brothers and sisters . . .
Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, she thinks about what is lost-how the world went from amusement parks, movie theaters, birthday parties, fathers and mothers . . . to ash and dust, scars, permanent burns, and fused, damaged bodies. And now, at an age when everyone is required to turn themselves over to the militia to either be trained as a soldier or, if they are too damaged and weak, to be used as live targets, Pressia can no longer pretend to be small. Pressia is on the run.

Burn a Pure and Breathe the Ash . . .
There are those who escaped the apocalypse unmarked. Pures. They are tucked safely inside the Dome that protects their healthy, superior bodies. Yet Partridge, whose father is one of the most influential men in the Dome, feels isolated and lonely. Different. He thinks about loss-maybe just because his family is broken; his father is emotionally distant; his brother killed himself; and his mother never made it inside their shelter. Or maybe it's his claustrophobia: his feeling that this Dome has become a swaddling of intensely rigid order. So when a slipped phrase suggests his mother might still be alive, Partridge risks his life to leave the Dome to find her.

When Pressia meets Partridge, their worlds shatter all over again.
 While I already have a galley, oh my goodness, I just want to touch this book! The cover is gorgeous, and, from what I've read, the book is just plain amazing.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Book:  ★★☆☆☆
Cover:  ★★★★★

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English

 Mara Dyer doesn't believe life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there. It can.

 She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed. There is.

 She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love. She's wrong.
  To tell you the truth, this book just really, really disappointed me. The beginning was so eerie and foreboding, and I was hooked. At first. After reading further, however, I quickly became confused. At first, it was a good confused. Then I was just sort of bewildered. At the end of the book, I was still confused, left staring that the acknowledgements page and trying not to scream. Many, many questions were raised during this book, and only a few were answered. I know that there is going to be a sequel, but I feel like all of the stuff that happened in this book could have been wrapped up in this book. I would have liked it better as a stand alone.

  One major thing that was disappointing to me is that, as soon as Mara meets Noah, the mystery goes to the back burner. Everything becomes about the romance. While I do love romance in my books, the romance isn't the only thing I wanted this book for. I wanted an eerie, creepy mystery, and I got that, at first. But soon, all attention was focused on Noah. I feel like the mystery and plot in this book had so much potential, but instead, the whole book went to the romance.

  Another thing is that I found myself skimming through paragraph after paragraph and finding that it was just filler and fluff. Now, I do think that filler and fluff is okay, if in the right place and not frequent. But in this book, it occurred way too often, and there was more of it than actual substance to the book. That really frustrated me, as I hate skipping because I feel like I'm missing things, but also hate having to dig myself out of a pile of filler.

  (Spoiler alert!) One thing I remember being off, though, is when Mara sees her earrings at the bottom of the tub, and then later finds them in her ears, well, that's not a symptom of her power. Maybe I wasn't paying attention, but that sort of seems like the author was trying to play Mara off as very insane, and while doing that, forgot what Mara actually was. I don't know. Like the whole book, that was very confusing to me. Thoughts?

 Overall, this book wasn't my cup of tea. But, remember, this is my opinion, not yours. I know lots and lots of people have absolutely loves this book. I would maybe pick it up at the library and give it a try. Maybe you'll love it.
  However, even though I didn't really like the book, this trailer is AMAZING. Watch it.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

IMM #8

In My Mailbox is a post where, basically, book bloggers get to make other bookish people drool over their newly acquired awesome stuff. And this awesome little meme is hosted by Kristi, over at her epic blog, The Story Siren.


Two Signed Copies of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 
A Million Suns by Beth Revis
 Crossed by Ally Condie

Received through NetGalley:

Pure by Julianna Baggott

I am super excited to read all of these! What books have you gotten this week?

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #11

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine

Fever by Lauren DeStefano

Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion, but they’re still in danger. Outside,they find a world even more disquieting than the one they left behind.
 Determined to get to Manhattan and to find Rhine’s twin brother Rowan, the two press forward, amidst threats of being captured again . . . or worse.
The road they are on is long and perilous-and in a world where young women only liveto age 20 and men die at age 25, time is precious.
 In this sequel to LaurenDeStefano’s harrowing Wither, Rhine must decide if freedom is worth the price-now
that she has more to lose than ever.

Who isn't looking forward to this book? I read Wither last spring, and I aboslutely adored it. I hope (read: know) Fever will be just as amazing!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Review: Under The Never Sky

Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Book: ★★★★☆
Cover: ★★★☆☆
  • Reading level: Ages 14 and up
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (January 3, 2012)
 Aria is a teenager in the enclosed city of Reverie. Like all Dwellers, she spends her time with friends in virtual environments, called Realms, accessed through an eyepiece called a Smarteye. Aria enjoys the Realms and the easy life in Reverie. When she is forced out of the pod for a crime she did not commit, she believes her death is imminent. The outside world is known as The Death Shop, with danger in every direction.

As an Outsider, Perry has always known hunger, vicious predators, and violent energy storms from the swirling electrified atmosphere called the Aether. A bit of an outcast even among his hunting tribe, Perry withstands these daily tests with his exceptional abilities, as he is gifted with powerful senses that enable him to scent danger, food and even human emotions.

They come together reluctantly, for Aria must depend on Perry, whom she considers a barbarian, to help her get back to Reverie, while Perry needs Aria to help unravel the mystery of his beloved nephew’s abduction by the Dwellers. Together they embark on a journey challenged as much by their prejudices as by encounters with cannibals and wolves. But to their surprise, Aria and Perry forge an unlikely love - one that will forever change the fate of all who live under the never sky.
  In one word, this book was beautiful. I loved the alternating POV, which I usually do not, but Aria and Perry were both absolutely delightful characters to read. The writing is in third person, which, yet again, I usually do not like, but this book did much more than pull it off. All of the characters are crafted wonderfully, each of them with their own opinions, feelings, and thoughts. While you don't always agree with their choices, you do understand why they did it. I have to say, though, my favorite thing about this entire book was the world.

 I'm really not sure whether to call this book a post-apocalyptic or a dystopian. Really, it's both. In the pods, life seems perfect, but it becomes obvious very quickly that there are sharks in the water. But outside, the world has been reduced to villages and tribes that constantly destroy eachother. And the threat that ruined the world so long ago? It's still hanging around. Aether, swirling currents of water and lightning, still writhe in the sky. Even worse, a new madness is brewing in the pods- making "Dwellers" go completely postal. Which is, you know, kind of frightening.

However, the writing style was, to sum it up, electrifying. Throughout the whole book, there is a sense of urgency and suspense. Both Aria and Perry experience loss and pain. At first, both of them hate the other. Aria thinks Perry is like a caveman, ruthless and volatile. Perry sees Aria as a fragile, useless dweller. But after traveling with each other for a while, they realize that the other isn't half bad. And so their epic love story begins.

 Another thing I always love in a book is action, and lots of it. I'm happy to say that this book was full of the stuff, plus a little Aether mojo. The action was perfectly paced, unlike my heartbeat when a Cannibal came out of nowhere and tried to EAT EVERYONE. (Yes. Cannibals. How's that for a kick ass enemy? Although, believe me, there are plenty of other enemies who are just as scary.)

 I've been trying to decide who my favorite character in this book is and I just cannot do it! I'm torn between Cinder, Roar, and Liv. If you've read the book, you know what I'm talking about when I say Cinder is officially one of the coolest and most mysterious characters ever. Then again, Roar is handsome, brave, kind, and will go to all lengths to save the one he loves. And, well, you know, his name is Roar. Roar! Finally, Liv. You never actually meet Liv in the book, but you feel like you do. Liv is Perry's sister and Roar's girlfriend. The way everyone speaks of her, she is very courageous and kind. She seems like a very interesting character to me. Thoughts?

 Overall, a wonderful and beautiful read. I totally recommend it.Be sure to pick it up the next time you can! You won't regret it.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Top Five 2012 Covers #2

Once again, there is an amazing amount of beautiful book covers being revealed, and I want to show you my favorites! They say not to judge a book by its cover, but sometimes, it's nearly impossible to resist! These are those covers that are the cherry on top of a great book. 
Keep in mind, however, that these are just the covers that have been released so far. I can't wait to see what other covers are released!

1. Destined by Aprilynne Pike- That flower is so beautiful! I love the way the water looks, and the color of the font perfectly blends with the other colors.


2. Mirage by Kristi Cook- I love how the blue contrasts with the purple, and how they brought the butterfly from the first cover into this one too. I also love the mirror.

3. Until I Die by Amy Plum- I absolutely love the swirls! And, once again, the color scheme is amazing. I love the blue hue on the buildings. 

4. Once by Anna Carey-  I've heard a lot of people really bashing this cover, but I really like it. I think the tunnel really has an ominous feeling, and the purple glow adds to that effect.

5. Surrender by Elana Johnson- This cover is even more stunning than the first! I absolutely love the simplicity of it. The hummingbird is beautiful, as well as the font, and they are both very striking against the white background.


Arise by Tara Hudson

 This cover is absolutely breathtaking! The dress, the graveyard, the ferns- they all mix together perfectly. It's so eerie and beautiful. Allthough, I feel obligated to tell you that I'm slightly biased on the matter of this book. The first book, Hereafter, was completely and totally amazing. And when I found out this one took place in New Orleans, my favorite place in the world, it was like the world became a better place. When the cover was unveiled, I immediately fell in love.

 What is YOUR favorite?

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Curseworkers Series by Holly Black: Redesign?

 So, I was running around the internet today and I saw that the fabulous Curseworkers series had undergone some major facial work.

I know this is rather small, so just click on the image to enlarge it.

 I both love and am a little iffy on these covers. They are gorgeous, but I think their predecessors fit the feel of the books more. What do you all think? Yay? Nay? Tell me in the comments.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday #10

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine

Arise by Tara Hudson

 Amelia—still caught between life and death—must fight for every moment of her relationship with the human boy Joshua. They can hardly even kiss without Amelia accidentally dematerializing. Looking for answers, they go to visit some of Joshua’s Seer relatives in New Orleans. But even in a city so famously steeped in the supernatural, Amelia ends up with more questions than answers…and becomes increasingly convinced that she and Joshua can never have a future together.Wandering through the French Quarter, Amelia meets other in-between ghosts, and begins to seriously consider joining them. And then she meets Gabrielle. Somehow, against impossible odds, Gaby has found a way to live a sort of half-life...a half-life for which Amelia would pay any price. Torn between two worlds, Amelia must choose carefully, before the evil spirits of the netherworld choose for her.

 Doesn't it look amazing? And isn't the cover beautiful? So, what are YOU looking forward to today?

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Top Five 2012 Covers #1

So, obviously, a list of only ten books cannot cover my excitement for all the lovely new book coming out this year. I've seen so many new and completely gorgeous covers set to come out soon and I can't wait to get my hands on them and see them in person! I'm breaking this post into 2 parts. You can expect to see the next five covers January 10th!

5. Dreamless by Josephine Angelini- I love the pink sky and the texture of the rocks. I also love how her dress sort of looks like flower petals.

4. Everneath by Brodi Ashton- I love the smoke curls and the way the smoke is blended so well with the dress. I also love the color scheme.

3. Endlessly by Kiersten White- I love the purple! Love, love, love it! The clouds in the background add an eerie effect that just makes you want to wrap yourself up in this book.


  2. Insurgent by Veronica Roth- HOLY CRAP, YOU GUYS. I freaking ADORE this cover.     The tree, the storm clouds, the cityscape below- its simply gorgeous.

1. Incarnate by Jodi Meadows- Say it with me: Ooooooohh. The butterfly wings are so flawlessly blended in with her eyes. I love the blue and reddish pink hues. It all mixes together to be so, so flawless!

Which is YOUR favorite?

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