01/10/13



Book Review

Shades of Earth by Beth Revis

10345937Release Date: January 15, 2013
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Publisher: Razorbill
Age Group: Young Adult
Shelfability: Covet/Acquire
Pages: 369
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Interest: Series
Other Titles in the Series: Across the Universe & A Million Suns
Buy the Book: Amazon

It’s over. I am so sad. The last of the trilogy! But it was oh so frexing good! This was my favorite of the series. Just wow. So many secrets and betrayals, I don’t think I ever knew what was going to happen next. After the first book I had a hard time envisioning how Revis would keep the series going for two more books, but what she did was brilliant!

Since this is the last of a series, I don’t want to go into the plot to much. I’ll just refer you to my review of book one: Across the Universe. So now you know a little bit about the books, they are sci-fi, but you don’t need to be a sci-fi fan to enjoy these books. I don’t consider myself a sci-fi fan and I LOVE them.

The world building in these books is out of this world! (Ha!) Seriously though, Revis does this excellent job of creating Godspeed and the atmosphere. It seems like this could totally be real, and it’s sort of scary.

Amy and Elder. Love them. They are such memorable characters, and they compliment each other so well. I’m not sure I would have enjoyed this series as much had I not gotten that dual perspective. It really gives the reader a one of a kind reading experience.

And thank you Beth Revis for killing people. Yes, I said it, the authors KILLS people. I she doesn’t actually kill people, but she sure enjoys writing about killing her characters. It’s not a spoiler, she does it the WHOLE time. I hated her for it, and I loved her for it too.

This series has everything I expected and then a whole lot more on top of that. I’m so glad that I took the chance and read these books even though it’s not usual choice. I hope you will take the chance too!

I am disappointed about the cover change, because this one is not going to match my other covers! UGH! But I totally understand why the changed happened. The new covers will definitely appeal to a new audience and if that means more people discovering the awesomeness of this series, I’m all for it!

12/11/12



Book Review

Easy by Tammara Webber

Release Date: October 9, 2012
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Publisher: Penguin USA
Age Group: New Adult
Shelfability: Covet/Acquire
Pages: 318
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
Interest: Story
Challenge: The Completely Contemp Challenge
Buy the Book: Amazon

Jacqueline gets dumped by her boyfriend. Realizing, that she might have made a mistake following him to college instead of attending a musical conservatory like she’s always dreamed. Leaving her ex-boyfriends frat party, her head isn’t where it should be and she’s attacked and almost raped by one of the frat brothers. Thankfully Jacqueline is saved by a fellow student. A fellow student who also happens to be in her Econ class, and he seems to be starring at her all the time.

Not only can she not get him out of her mind, but he seems to be everywhere she goes. And so begins the epicness!

This story was self published initially and then bought later by Penguin. I had a copy from NetGalley to review and I’m not sure if it was the Penguin copy or the self pubbed one, not that it really matters. I loved it. This was one of those reads that was recommended by my blogging friends, after so many people telling me I had to read it, I did. And I should have done it sooner!

I was so in the mood for a girl meets boy love story, this delivered just that. It’s a “new adult” book. I’m not exactly 100% sure what the definition of new adult it, but these characters were college aged, the situations were a bit more mature than the average YA book, so I’m thinking it had something to do with that. Feel free to point out my mistake if I’m wrong!

I loved the characters and the story, it was so very addicting! It’s been a while since I’ve had a story that I just HAVE to get one more chapter in before I can do something else. I don’t remember how long it took me to read this one, but I know it didn’t take long.

Lucas is a “bad” boy, but he’s a polite and considerate “bad” boy. If that even makes sense! I mean I love a good bad boy as much as the next person, but when the bad boy is an super jerk, ugh that is such a turn off. Luckily Lucas is not like that.

I enjoyed Jacqueline’s growth throughout the story, she’s such a real character and wonderfully imperfect!

If you enjoy YA and looking for a story with a bit more mature story line and characters, I definitely recommend EASY!!!

10/29/12



Book Review

This is Not a Drill by Beck McDowell

Release Date: October 25, 2012
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Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
Age Group: Young Adult
Shelfability: Acquire
Pages: 214
Format: Advance Reader Copy
Source: Publisher
Interest: Debut
Challenge: 2012 Debut Author Challenge & The Completely Contemp Challenge

Emery and Jake are tutoring a first grade class, when a man comes in demanding his son. Luckily the teacher is able to talk him into going to the office, only to have him burst back into the classroom minutes later and he has a gun. And so This is Not a Drill begins. Well actually it begins with Emery in the hospital and she’s flashing back, but anyway. They come to learn that the man is one of the student’s father that has returned from Iraq and is suffering from PTSD. We experience the roller coaster of emotions with Emery and Jake as they try to keep the students and themselves alive. What makes the story even more interesting is the relationship between Emery and Jake…..

This is Not a Drill is not my typical read. Or maybe I just think it’s not my typical read, I like stories with heavy issues like this one, but they tend to drain me emotionally. I almost want to say I avoid them because of that, but I don’t. I just have to be in a certain mood to read them and then once I do, I feel like a piece of me will be changed forever.

This story is about much more than a gunman taking over a classroom. It’s about family and friends. Living. Acceptance and forgiveness. And not taking any of that for granted. Although it’s just a mere 200 some pages, this story really packs a punch. It was heartbreaking and intense. I loved the alternating perspectives between Jake and Emery. I almost wish that Stutts (the gunman) would have had a chapter or two as well.

Looking forward to what McDowell comes up with next.

 

09/04/12



Book Review

Dangerous Boy by Mandy Hubbard

Release Date: August 30, 2012
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Publisher: Razorbill
Age Group: Young Adult
Shelfability: Acquire
Pages: 262
Format: Advance Reader Copy
Source: Publisher
Interest: Author
Challenge: The Completely Contemp Challenge

I love Mandy Hubbard’s books, so I was excited to have the opportunity to read her newest title, Dangerous Boy! Dangerous Boy was a little on the creepy side, especially compared to Mandy’s other books. I wasn’t expecting it, but I liked it!

Harper is dating the new guy, Logan. And ladies he’s as dreamy as can be. They share a common bond both having lost someone close to them. Harper having lost her mother and Logan having lost both of his parents. Their relationship is wonderful until Harper meets Logan’s brother. Eek. Poor Logan has an evil twin brother and now Harper knows. Unsatisfied with Logan’s answers about his brother, she does some investigating of her own. I won’t spoil what she find out!

Dangerous Boy was creepy and a fast read. I think I ended up reading it in one setting. I totally knew what was going on, well sorta. I wasn’t exactly right. I’m glad I didn’t read the summary on Goodreads until after I read the book, that darn thing is spoilery! I hate when that happens.

I think readers will love Harper, I know I did. And I loved the setting and the fact that Harper was a country girl. A little reminiscent of my own teenage years. I also loved the setting (which you can read more the reasons why in my interview with her!) and the other accurate tidbits she included. Still a fan of Mandy’s writing style, can’t wait for more.

If you are looking for something quick, fun and a little creepy, you should definitely try Dangerous Boy!

08/16/12



Book Review

The Waiting Sky by Lara Zielin

Release Date: August 2, 2012
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Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Age Group: Young Adult
Shelfability: Acquire
Pages: 224
Format: ARC
Source: Author
Interest:Author
Challenge: The Completely Contemp Challenge

Jane is visiting her brother for the summer. Chasing tornadoes with the Torbros, a group of chasers her brother Ethan belongs too. Despite all the action happening around her, her thoughts are consumed with her mother. Jane left her alcoholic mother alone for the summer. She struggles with doing what is best for her or staying and taking care of her mom.

Sometimes to discover something about yourself you need a change of scenery. That is exactly what happens to Jane. It doesn’t happen right away, but by the end of the story Jane finally has a moment of clarity.

I loved the characters in this novel. Even moody Victor. The character dynamics were spot on. I just love how Lara creates and depicts her characters. The Waiting Sky is my favorite book she’s written yet!

Throughout the story Jane shares experiences with her mother and the dysfunction of their relationship. Jane is very much the adult in their relationship. Jane realizes that she is the one taking care of her mother, but she struggles with leaving her mother to fend for herself. As a reader it’s easy to see that Jane is making excuses for her mother, yet at the same time you can understand and sympathize with her reasoning.

There is an instant in the story where Ethan mentions that although he left Jane and their mother, he just traded one chaos for another. Something about that statement really resonated with me.

I enjoyed the story, the writing and the characters. The three components that make a good novel for me. I can’t wait to see what Lara comes up with next.

Totally not related to the content of this book, but I LOVE this cover!



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