Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Breaking the Spine, and it spotlights upcoming books that we as readers are anxiously awaiting...

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Genre:  YA Paranormal Fantasy
Blood of Eden Series, Book 1
Julie Kagawa's website
Expected publication date:  April 24, 2012
Amazon | Book Depository | Goodreads

Description (taken from Goodreads):
You will kill. The only question is when.

In the dark days since the insidious Red Lung virus decimated the human population, vampires have risen to rule the crumbling cities and suburbs. Uncontested Princes hold sway over diminished ranks of humans: their "pets." In exchange for their labor, loyalty and of course, their blood, these pets are registered, given food and shelter, permitted to survive.

Unregistered humans cling to fringes, scavenging for survival. Allison Sekemoto and her fellow Unregistereds are hunted, not only by vampires, but by rabids, the unholy result of Red Lung-infected vampires feeding on unwary humans. One night, Allie is attacked by a pack of rabids, saved by an unlikely hero...and turned vampire.

Uncomfortable in her undead skin, Allie falls in with a ragtag crew of humans seeking a cure, or cures: for Rabidism and for Vampirism. She's passing for human...for now. But the hunger is growing and will not be denied. Not for friendship—not even for love.

This one sounds so good!  I don't know if you know it or not, but I have a vampire fetish.  And I've heard so many good things about Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series.  You'd think I'd have read those books by now, but I haven't.  I can't wait for this one!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Top Ten Books I'd Give A Theme Song To

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's post is the Top Ten Books I'd Give A Theme Song To.

Oh boy.  I have like no imagination here.  And I don't even know which books to list...  So here's what I'm going to do: I'll list the last eight books I liked/enjoyed and what I think the theme song should be.  And in lieu of an explanation, I'll add some lyrics.

1.  Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Nemo by Nightwish
Oh how I wish
For soothing rain
All I wish is to dream again
My loving heart
Lost in the dark
For hope I'd give my everything
2.  Life is But a Dream by Brian James
Into the Ocean by Blue October
Not knowing how to think
I scream aloud, begin to sink
My legs and arms are broken down
With envy for the solid ground
I'm reaching for the life within me
How can one man stop his ending
I thought of just your face
Relaxed, and floated into space
3.  Hot Six by Janet Evanovich
Don't Cry Out by Shiny Toy Guns
Ten nine eight and I'm breaking away
I'm all dressed up and I'm ready to play
Seven six five four and I'm all over you
Counting three two one and I'm having fun...
4.  Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Looking Glass by Birthday Massacre
Waiting as I'm wanting to
Speaking as I'm spoken to
Changing to your point of view
Fading as I follow you
A boyish notion of false emotion
These words are spoken despite my love
A fool's devotion was set in motion
My eyes are open now
5.  Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
Lovesong by The Cure
However far away,
I will always love you.
However long I stay,
I will always love you.
Whatever words I say,
I will always love you;
I will always love you.
6.  A Million Suns by Beth Revis
Yellow Submarine by The Beatles
So we sailed on to the sun
Till we found a sea of green
And we lived beneath the waves
In our yellow submarine
7.  Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
What You Waiting For? by Gwen Stefani
Naturally i'm worried if i do it alone
Who really cares cuz it's your life
You never know, it could be great
Take a chance cuz you might grow
8.  Shadow Heir by Richelle Mead
Always by Birthday Massacre
Repeating words until they're true
It slows the breathing
Pretend they never came from you
It kills the feeling

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Night She Disappeared by April Henry

Genre:  YA Mystery
Expected publication date:  March 13, 2012

Description (taken from April Henry's website):
Gabie drives a Mini Cooper. She also works part time as a delivery girl at Pete's Pizza. One night, Kayla-another delivery girl-goes missing. To her horror, Gabie learns that the supposed kidnapper had asked if the girl in the Mini Cooper was working that night. Gabie can't move beyond the fact that Kayla's fate was really meant for her, and she becomes obsessed with finding Kayla. She teams up with Drew, who also works at Pete's. Together, they set out to prove that Kayla isn't dead-and to find her before she is.

Hmmm, this was a quick and easy read for me.  What I thought would be a classic "who dunnit?" novel was something that actually left me with a feel-good feeling.

Let me point this out for anyone who wants to read this book: this isn't the type of book that you can guess who the perpetrator is from the beginning.  Because the perpetrator is never introduced as a 'normal' cast member in the book.  So, get that idea out of your head.

Now let me point out what I really enjoyed with this book: the creativity outside of the character's voices was awesome.  There are some moments where you get to read newspaper clippings, police interviews, and various other things that crop up throughout the investigation of Kayla's disappearance.  It gives you another view of the story.  I also loved how the chapters are from different character's perspectives (for me, that's really saying something since I normally dislike this).  The different perspectives meshed really well together and made the story flow well.

Even though I don't think Gabie and Drew's story is very realistic, I was left feeling happy at the end.  It's a definite feel-good novel.  Who would I recommend this to?  Anyone who likes mysteries would probably enjoy this.  I would say young teens could read this and enjoy it.  I'd give a copy to my little sister to read.

Thanks goes to Macmillan Children's Publishing Group and Netgalley for providing me a review copy of this book.

Challenges:  Young Adult Reading Challenge

Sunday, February 26, 2012

In My Mailbox

The "In My Mailbox" post consists of which books we bought during the past week, hosted by The Story Siren.


For Review:
  • Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
    • Amazon | Book Depository | Goodreads
      • This book completely caught my interest.  Seeking sanctuary in a convent and then working for Death?  Yes, please (just the reading, not the living)...

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
    • Amazon | Book Depository | Goodreads
      • I had a coupon for Barnes and Noble and thought I'd pick a book out.  After seeing this book on so many favorites lists out there, I decided to inspect it.  After finding out the World War II setting, I decided I needed to buy it.
  • Archon: The Books of Raziel by Sabrina Benulis
    • Amazon | Book Depository | Goodreads
      • Remember said coupon above?  I forgot to use it on my first purchase.  So, I grabbed this one (almost purely based on the cover - it's beautiful).  Angels and demons, we'll see if it becomes a favorite of mine.
  • The Fault in our Stars by John Green
    • Amazon | Book Depository | Goodreads
      • I don't think I've seen a negative review for this book.  I've heard it's good and will make you cry.  So I decided to pick it up with the giftcard my mom gave me for my birthday.

For Review (e-edition):

Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama
Mermaids and tragic lovers?  Yes!  This will be my first mermaid read.  Thanks goes to Netgalley and Macmillan Children's Publishing Group.
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
This sounds like a dark book.  You'll have to read the description to figure out why I want to read it.  Thanks goes to Netgalley and Macmillan Children's Publishing Group.
The Raft by SA Bodeen
This sounds like a book about survival.  I can't wait!  Thanks goes to Netgalley and Macmillan Children's Publishing Group.
Beauty in the Beast by Christine Danse
A story within a story.  Add some paranormal dust and a bit of London.  Then I think I want to read it!  Thanks goes to Netgalley and Carina Press.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Genre:  YA Dystopian
Delirium Series, Book 1

Description (taken from Lauren Oliver's website):
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.

Honestly, if you read the description and wonder, "What on earth?  No love?" then you probably need to read it.  It is a good dystopian read, but I wouldn't tell you to read it if you think your so done with dystopian novels (since they're the new fad).

When I first started reading about Lena's world, I had a hard time getting into it.  I had to reread the first twenty pages to figure out what was going on.  Lauren Oliver's words are very lyrical and descriptive, but they take a second to figure out.  Also, don't expect her book to go from one plot explosion to another.  Her book breathes with life.  You have the fast parts and the slow parts.  And the slow parts let you reflect and digest which made me love this book more.  And then I was in the last chapter without realizing it (my book had fifty extra pages of bonus content and I didn't realize this until afterwards).  Honestly, the plot built upon itself and went higher and higher, and then I felt like I fell off a cliff.  It's not a super huge cliffhanger, but things definitely aren't resolved by the ending (and I heard the second book's cliffhanger is worse).

This book reminds me of one of the first young adult dystopian books I read:  Uglies.  Yeah, I loved those books, and this one seemed eerily similar.  However, they do have some major differences.  And they're both great reads.  If you're ready for a good dystopian read, I recommend this one.  I'm definitely looking forward to the next one.

Challenges:  Young Adult Reading Challenge

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Giveaway: Young Adult Paranormal Acitivity

Congratulations goes to Suz at A Soul Unsung!!!  She won a copy of Born Wicked.

It's my birthday!  And to celebrate, I've decided to participate in the Young Adult Paranormal Activity Giveaway Hop.  What's up for grabs?

The above books are some of the latest YA paranormal reads I've read lately.  You can pick from one of these or another similarly priced book (book to be purchased from Amazon).  So really, it's up to you to decide what book you win.

How it works:
  1. This contest is open to US residents only.
  2. Entrant must be 13 years of age or older.
  3. Giveaway ends on Tuesday, February 28.
  4. You can enter via the Rafflecopter form below.  You can enter by doing one of the following:
    1. Follow blog via GFC.  Let me know your GFC name in the comments section.  (You don't have to be a new follower.)
    2. Leave a comment on this post.  Answer the following question:  What book would you give me for my birthday and why?
    3. Tweet about the giveaway.  Leave a link to your tweet in the comments section.
  5. Winner will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to respond with logistics.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...