05/17/12



Book Review

Surrender by Elana Johnson

Surrender by Elana JohnsonRelease Date: June 5, 2012
Author Info: Website | Twitter | Facebook
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Age Group: Young Adult
Shelfability: Acquire
Pages: 480
Format: Advance Reader Copy
Source: Publisher
Interest: Series
Other Titles in the Series: Possession
Challenge: Sophomore Challenge
Buy the Book: Amazon
Get the Audiobook: Audible

Wow! I liked the first novel in this series, Possession. There were things that I really enjoyed and things I didn’t so much. BUT! I loved Surrender! Oh goodness was this book good! I’m not sure if I would call Surrender a sequel or a companion. We are in the same world and Surrender starts soon after Possession ends, but instead of Vi and Jag, we get Raine and Gunner. I guess it’s more of a sequel than a companion when I look at it like that! Either way, you will want to read Possession before you pick up Surrender.

I felt like I knew the world so much better this time. Perhaps that is why I enjoyed this book so much more than the first.

For those of you that loved Vi and Jag, don’t worry they are still very much a part of this story, but the show belongs to Raine and Gunn. And you will love them too. I know that for me, I enjoyed reading about them more so than Vi and Jag. I loved Raine and her strength, her resilience. She knows that the odds are heavy stacked against her, yet she still tried to change that. How could you not respect that! You get an inside look into Raine as the chapters alternate between her point of view and Gunner’s point of view.

All of the characters are very well developed. Even Raine’s father, who I loved to hate. You always know a writer does a wonderful job writing a character when you hate them so much!

This one is so addicting. You keep reading because you want to know what’s going on. And then, just when you think you know what’s going on, something happens that makes you realize you have no idea what was going on! There is a never a dull moment!

And that ending. Elana Johnson sure knows how to kill you with an ending! Ah! I need more!

One word for you: WOW!

 

05/14/12



Book Review

The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross

The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady CrossRelease Date: May 22, 2012
Author Info: Website | Twitter
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Age Group: Young Adult
Shelfability: Acquire
Pages: 416
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
Interest: Series
Other Titles in the Series: The Girl in the Steel Corset
Challenge: Sophomore Reading Challenge
Buy the Book: Amazon

The Girl in the Clockwork Collar begins just as it left of with The Girl in the Steel Corset. The team of Finley, Griffin, Sam & Emily are on their way to America. (For reasons I will not disclose in this review as to not be spoilery!) The group finds themselves up against another evil foe! One that won’t be easily stopped.

The girl in the clockwork collar is a new character to the series and due to her presence we get to learn a little bit more about the cowboy Jasper, that we met in The Girl in the Steel Corset. I loved Jasper before, but I think I may love him even more now!

If you were a fan of book one, you will NOT be disappointed. The Girl in the Clockwork Collar is even more of a wicked ride than The Girl in the Steel Corset. If that’s even possible! Can I just say that the tension between Finley and Griffin was killer! Would those two just kiss and profess their undying love for each other already!?!

Okay, so things that I liked. Besides more Jasper, which is always a good thing.

1) I absolutely loved the New York City setting in this one! And even though it’s steampunk, from Kady’s author notes a lot of the places in the novel were factual, which is always cool.

2.) And we also get to meet a particularly interesting inventor from that era as well. And though his creations in The Girl in the Clockwork Collar may not have been his ideas, he was very much a real person.

3.) Griffin. He so stepped it up in the novel.

There were a few things that I missed from the first book. Like, what happened to Emily and Sam!!?! I feel like I hardly got to see them in this book. I get that they aren’t where the action is happening. But I so missed Sam being the big burly teddy bear and Emily showing everyone that there really is a heart in there. (And not just because she’s the one that put it there. No really she physically put his heart in there!)

And more importantly… where the heck was Dandy? I mean he sends some flowers and that was it!? I missed him!

Such an exciting addition to the series. I can’t wait to see what happens to these four next!

04/26/12



Book Review

Until I Die by Amy Plum

Until I Die by Amy PlumRelease Date: May 8, 2012
Author Info: Website | Twitter | Facebook
Publisher: Harper Teen
Age Group: Young Adult
Shelfability: Acquire
Pages: 352
Format: ARC/Hardcover
Source: Publisher/Bought
Interest: Series
Challenge: Sophomore Reading Challenge
Buy the Book: Amazon

Until I Die really surprised me. And in a good way. It didn’t suffer from “second book” syndrome! You know what I mean. In the first book our hero and heroine are working do hard to be together and then they finally get to at the end. Only to find some sort of unobtainable obstacle in book two that pushes them apart.

I kept waiting for that to happen in book Until I Die… and it didn’t. Well not really. Sure Vincent and Kate had their share of struggles, but they were together. They might have been keeping a few things from each other, but they always told the other what was going on, just not eventually. That made me really respect them as characters!

This sequel was a smashing success! I adored it! Jules and Ambrose, I love those two. I really missed Charlotte this time around. I love the character dynamics, the unconventional family that they’ve all created. They’d all die for each other. And they do die! Ha! And I really enjoyed the new characters we meet this time around! Though I figured out who the bad guy was long before Kate let the pieces fall together!

I am still completely captivated by the revenant mystery and can’t wait for me! Until I Die really does a wonderful job setting up the next book. I can’t wait to find out what happens to Vincent and Kate!

On another note, I love that I get to visit Paris while reading these novels. You can tell that Plum has a wonderful understanding of the city and the culture. I only hope I can experience it first hand one day!

03/13/12



Book Review

A Million Suns by Beth Revis

Release Date: January 10, 2012
Author Info: Website | Twitter | Facebook
Publisher: Razorbill
Age Group: Young Adult
Shelfability: Covet/Acquire
Pages: 386
Format: Advance Reader Copy
Source: Publisher
Interest: Author/Series
Other Titles in the Series: Across the Universe
Challenge: The Sophomore Reading Challenge
Buy the Book: Amazon
Get the Audiobook: Audible

Whew…. this book is so good! SO GOOD people! Now this is a second in a series, so I’m not going to get into much of the details of the story. Basically it’s a story about a girl and a boy and they are living on a humungous space ship. Oh, and the girl, Amy…. was FROZEN and she was woken up, er thawed out, before she was supposed to be. Thus mystery and intrigue happen, among a few other things. And that is book one. Then in book two, I thought for sure that Beth Revis wouldn’t be able to surprise me. I mean we learned so much in book one, how could there possibly be more to this story. That Beth Revis she is so sneaky and tricky! Whatever you think you “discovered” and “know” from book one, you don’t know anything! And that sort of made me LOVE this book.

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect from A Million Suns. I thought we figured everything out in book one and there wasn’t anything that could possibly happen in book two that I wouldn’t figure out or anticipate. Let me just say that there was PLENTY that I didn’t anticipate and even more that I didn’t figure out until it was staring at me in the face. And I absolutely LOVED that. I loved the complication and the dynamic of Amy and Elder’s relationship. I love that she questioned it, because I did too. The concerns that she felt were something that I did as well. There relationship was more out of convenience than anything else, or so I thought!

Elder’s character development in this novel is fabulous. It was hard to watch him take on this responsibility and struggle with his decisions and the decisions of those before him.

Collecting and solving clues with Amy was the most fun I’ve had with a book in what seemed like ages! The anticipation of it all! It was just killer! No pun intended. ;)

If you like sci-fi with some mystery thrown in, and on top of that an intense plot… A Million Suns may be just the book for you. And after that ending, I can’t WAIT to see what happens next!

 

02/27/12



Book Review

Perception by Kim Harrington

Release Date: March 1, 2012
Author Info: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads
Publisher: Point
Age Group: Young Adult
Shelfability: Acquire
Pages: 288
Format: Advance Reader Copy
Source: Publisher/Blog Tour
Interest: Series
Other Titles in the Series: Clarity
Challenge: Sophomore Reading Challenge
Buy the Book: Amazon

This is such a fun series! And yes, it’s a series, but I’m going to try to keep this review spoiler free for those of you who still need to read the first book. I would definitely recommend reading the first book, Clarity, before you read Perception.

Perception begins soon after Clarity ends. The summer is over and life is going back to normal for Clare and her family. Clare and her family all have these special gifts, though most people are sceptics. Even though Clare helped solve a murder during the summer. (That is what Clarity is all about!) Clare’s mom can read minds, her brother can talk to the dead, and Clare can hold an item and see and feel what the people in contact of that item see and feel. Which is how she found out her boyfriend was cheating on her in book one. Don’t worry that wasn’t really a spoiler.

Soon after Clare starts school she hears that a girl has gone missing, and she’s eager to help. Even though her mom is totally against the idea. However the police aren’t so sure the girl is actually missing. They think that she ran away since several of her personal items were taken with her, and she’s over the age of 18. After a session with the missing girls mom, Clare isn’t so sure that the girl ran away.

On top of it all, Clare is still struggling with her feelings for Gabriel (who you meet in book one, so I won’t go into to much there) and Justin. And did I mention that she has a creepy secret admirer. She has her plate full for sure!

I loved this story! Harrington managed to keep me guessing till the end yet again and she always grabs my attention with those prologues! I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. All of my favorite characters returned for this installment and we even met a few new ones! Like Clare’s new friend Mallory. Although I never met guys like Gabriel and Justin in high school… I sure hope there are boys like them out there. It just seemed that some of the things they do for Clare seem a little far fetched.

Fans of Clarity will definitely enjoy this one! Can’t wait to see what Clare gets herself into next!



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