Ten books I’m…

looking forward to reading in 2014!

Book Collage 2014

Trouble by Non Pratt – Hannah’s a fifteen year old girl who is pregnant. Aaron the new boy at school who doesn’t want to attract attention, but he offers to pretend that he’s the father. Why does he offer? We’ll just have to wait and find out. [goodreads]

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski – A general’s daughter, forbidden love, lies, and secrets. This story sounds like it’s going to be action packed and I can’t wait to see this story unfold. [goodreads]

The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno – Molly feels like she’s missed bits and pieces of her life. Now she’s remembering her secrets and uncovers the separate life she seems to have led. I love suspenseful and psychological mysteries, so I’m excited for this one. [goodreads]

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira – Laurel begins writing letters to the dead for a class assignment, but it ends up becoming more than just school work. Through these letters she begins to accept what happened to her sister May and herself; letting her discover her own path. This one sounds like a heart warming story that will probably make me cry. [goodreads]

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge – This one is based on the classic fairy tail Beauty and the Beast. What more can I say? That in itself hooked me. The twist is that Nyx the MC is not sweet, she’s cruel. [goodreads]

Gilded by Christina L. Farley – Jae is moved to Korea where she finds out that a Korean demi-god has been stealing the soul of the oldest daughter of each generation in her family for centuries. Unfortunately, she’s next. I love that it’s set in Korea, there’s fantasy, a love interest, and the MC seems like she can kick some butt. I hope it’s as action packed as it sounds! [goodreads]

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson – If your best friend completely disappeared and all you found was a random to-do list, would you fulfill the items on the list in hopes of it leading you to her? That’s what happens to Emily, and so she sets out to do thirteen tasks she would never try in normal circumstances. I’m really pumped to read this one. It sounds like the perfect summer read. [goodreads]

Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens – I used to devour realistic fiction, so this had to be on my top list. Something has happened to Alexi over the summer and she doesn’t tell anyone about it. Bodee the boy next door comes to live with her family, carrying secrets of his own. They end up forming a relationship that helps them to both deal with the things that have happened to them. [goodreads]

Strange Sweet Song by Adi Rule – I love to sing, so this lovely gem caught my eye. A young soprano enrolls in a remote music academy where nothing is as it seems. There is a dark forest surrounding Dunhammond where they say a great beast called the Felix lives. Sing doesn’t believe in these rumors and ignores them. But maybe they aren’t rumors after all and her vocal coach Nathan has secrets that are entwined with the myths surrounding Dunhammond and the great creature they say lives there. [goodreads]

Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy – A bucket list that’s more about revenge then hope by a dying girl who finishes settling scores just as she finds out she’s gone into remission. It wasn’t what Alice had planned on, but is it too late to start over and to mend the relationships she’s damaged? We’ll find out in March! [goodreads]

There you have it, ten books I’m really looking forward to reading in 2014. Are any of these on your tbr list? If so, which ones? Are there any books that aren’t on my list you think I should add?

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Winter Wonderland Book Tag

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Check out which books I choose for these questions:

1. What book is so happy and sweet that it warms your heart?
2. What is your favorite book with a white cover?
3. You’re sitting in a nice comfy chair, wearing a onesie, with a lovely warm hot chocolate but what MONSTER read are you reading?
4. It started snowing so you decided to have a snowball fight! What fictional character would you love to have the snowball fight with?
5. Sadly, your fire is beginning to go out. So what book would you tear the last few chapters out to throw into the fire?
6. What book is so close to your heart that you would gift to someone this Christmas who hasn’t read before but wants to get into reading?

Review: Angelfall

By Susan Ee

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It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

Penryn is devastated. Warrior Angels have just taken her little sister and her mother is nowhere to be found. They are all she has left in this marauder filled, foodless, Angel infested, murderous new world. On top of having to survive long enough to find her, she now has to make a deal with the enemy; an Angel. He’s the only one who knows where they’ve taken her and without him her sister will be lost forever.

Angelfall was one of my favorite books I read in 2013. It was my first post-apocalyptic novel that dealt with Angels, and it did not disappoint. The main character’s Penryn and Raffe are a great duo. They are what make the story so interesting and captivating. Their relationship, as well as, the journey they embark on together keeps the story flowing. Everything was beautifully woven together making me turn the page craving what was going to happen next. Everything was thrilling, suspenseful, creepy, and even had some lusting thrown into the mix.

One of my favorite things was the way Penryn’s mother was woven throughout the main story. To learn about her mother like this really made a background character stand out in a unique way. It wasn’t all at once in a dragged out scene, but rather slowly and meaningful. As we get to know Penryn’s mother, we also get to know Penryn in a new light. We see the way she was before the Angels came and how it compares to the way she is now. It gives us a few aha moments of understanding why she acts in certain ways.

I usually don’t like story’s that involve creepy things. I have a wild imagination and any type of scary/creepy thing easily gives me the craziest dreams. Now, there are definitely a lot of creepy, squeamish scenes as the story unfolds but I actually enjoyed them. I don’t think I was bothered by them because it made sense. The world had been overtaken by Angels, so of course there was going to be other worldly creatures running about as well. It also added to the suspense in the story because I was like, “What the hell is eating people?”

The only thing I was bothered with while reading was that Penryn hesitated at times to do things. She’d think too long about something and it really frustrated me. Other than that it was amazing and I can’t wait to read World After!

Tell Me: Have you read this? If you have what did you think? Did you love the lusting between Penryn and Raffe? If you haven’t read it, do you think you will?

Review: Dash & Lily’s Book Of Dares

By Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

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“I’ve left some clues for you. If you want them, turn the page. If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”  So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the New York Times bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?”

I decided to read this book a week before December 1st. I was ready to get into the holiday spirit early! I was so excited to delve in because the plot sounded so exciting! A search for Mr. Right by passing a red notebook around different places sharing dares, dreams, and desires. Heck yes, I was in for this adventure!

I opened to the first page and began to read. After about three chapters in, I almost stopped reading altogether. Dash wasn’t coming off as very dashing. He was quite the egotistical sixteen-year-old who has absolutely no holiday cheer. Let’s just say I wasn’t feeling very jolly, or fond of his character. Lily on the other hand was interesting and the epitome of Christmas festivities. It was also nice getting to know her fun and quirky family. So I continued on. Determined to find out where the notebook would lead them and to give Dash a chance.

Let me tell you, I’m really glad I kept reading. It got better! I was taken all around New York City to places I hope to visit myself someday. The city was beautifully described and I now seriously need to try a chocolate pizza! I didn’t even know they existed. Chocolate Lunchables pizza from back in the day doesn’t count! Do those even exist still?

Any who, let’s get back on track. Surprisingly, Dash grew on me. The reason he’s not very cheery during the holidays is revealed, which gave me a soft spot for him. I loved that without knowing it both Dash and Lily give each other unforeseen gifts, the kind that helps them to grow as individuals during Christmas break. It was exciting to see them develop in different ways.

This book also contained great points on relationships. How you may be looking so hard for the perfect person you’ve created in your head, that you could be missing out on your perfect person in real life. As well as, not being afraid of taking chances because something is too good to be true. Taking chances is just part of the fun when getting to know someone.

So get out of your heads people and go take some risks! Or perhaps you could go put your own red notebook in a bookstore somewhere. Then wait to see who happens upon it and what might happen. ; )

Tell Me: Have you read this? If you have what did you think? Who was your favorite character? If you haven’t read it, do you think you will? 

Thanksgiving Giveaway Open until December 8th!!

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Hey everyone! I am doing a giveaway on my YouTube channel. I forgot to post it here so anyone who stumbles upon my blog can go and enter. It is open until December 8th, 2013. It will close promptly at 12 p.m. EST.

What am I giving away??
1.) A hardcover copy of Allegiant by Veronica Roth.
2.) A Secret Santa surprise gift.

How do you enter? It’s simple!
1.) Subscribe to my YouTube if you are not already subscribed.
2.) Post a comment on the video stating one thing you are thankful for.
3.) In the same comment tell me which prize you would like to enter for. (If you’d like to enter for both, just put that in your comment. No need to comment twice!)

What are you waiting for?? Go enter! It’s so easy and you get cool things for free!

P.S. Future giveaways will be here on my blog. So if you’d like, you can follow my blog to stay up to date with what’s going on. Also, I will have another book review up by this weekend, as well as some other things. I will be posting on a schedule soon. I’m just still trying to figure out WordPress, but I’m getting there!

Review: Along For The Ride

 

 

By Sarah Dessen

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It’s been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents’ divorce—or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live.

A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town. Together they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she’s been denied; for Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend.

I must admit this is my first Sarah Dessen book. I know, I know *gasp*.  I honestly haven’t read this type of book in a while, but….

This was exactly what I needed! It wasn’t a, my heart is swooning for days after book, but a typical fluffy and light romance. What was inside was somewhat predictable, a little cheesy at times, but I completely ate it up! There were just so many moments where I caught myself laughing out loud.

I enjoyed Auden as the main character. She was likeable. I was able to relate to her, just not to the same degree. I wasn’t a very girly girl growing up and the extent of my girl talk was about boys only. I wasn’t into the whole makeup, hair, shopping kind of gossip all the other girls in my class would be chattering away about. So when she steps into her step mothers office: Pink, Orange, accented with lots and lots of girly things. I would have had the same reaction, shock.

The characters in this story were developed really well. Every one of them had their own personalities and stories to tell. The three Amiga’s Maggie, Leah, and Esther added a lot of depth to the story. At first like Auden, I didn’t really care for them. They were girly, gossiped, and not very interesting. As we continue to get to know them however, we begin to see that first impressions aren’t always what they seem. Not only are they girly and silly, they are actually clever. In other words they turn out to be pretty cool.

For the most part I adored Auden and Eli’s relationship. Her nightly adventures with this mysterious boy, who like her, can’t sleep at night. Who she finds out has problems of his own he’s trying to deal with. I enjoyed the fact that they both had the whole not sleeping thing going on. It helped them to connect. I also liked how he was trying to help her experience things she never got to do in her childhood. The whole them getting to know each other along with the cute things that happen in between were great.

I was just slightly annoyed by a few things in their relationship. Like how non-assertive Eli was. Auden sought him out in the beginning over and over until it was a given they’d meet at a certain place every night. Then when they had a little tiff, neither one of them talked to each other for like two weeks! Seriously though, when they reunited….

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I also caught myself getting frustrated at Auden quite a bit when she was acting like a noob. Why yes, yes you should take the baby from your step mom because she’s having a nervous break down. Not just ignore it and go to your room like nothing is happening. Or when on her first night there she ends up doing something completely out of character and dumb.

I mean I understand it was to make her transition into the local’s social order harder, but I think her social awkwardness would have sufficed.

In any case, my favorite thing about this book was that it had a great message. The one thing Auden struggles with the most throughout this book is with change. It’s a constant theme. She has heard from her mother over and over again that people don’t change. She goes into the summer with all of these pre conceived notions of how people work, including her self.

Examples: Her father is an egotistical jerk who can’t see what’s in front of him and is repeating the same mistakes he made in his first marriage. Her brother will always be a free spirit who is constantly traveling, finding one exciting moment to the next, never keeping one girlfriend for very long. Her stepmother is an annoying pink Barbie doll with no backbone. And her mother, who she always has to agree with, demands academic perfection from her, and thinks anything girly or pink is weak.

During her carefree summer, Auden begins to question this theory and starts to make her own conclusions as to what she believes. She also comes into her own as a person.

Along For the Ride was just one of those books that made me smile, giggle, and gave me a happy feeling after reading it.

 

Tell Me: Have you read this? If you have what did you think? Did you like Auden and Eli together? If you haven’t read it, do you think you will? What Sarah Dessen book should I read next?