Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday





Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they're witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave.

Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word . . . especially after she finds her mother's diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family's destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.

If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren't safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood—not even from each other.

Doesn’t this sound amazing?

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Review: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Category: YA
Warnings: Mild Violence and themes
Buy: Amazon
Find the Authors: Click


Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)





Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.
Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.
In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

Review:
A friend of mine recommended this series to me a few months ago. I was so buried in my reading pile that I hadn’t gotten around to ordering it until almost a month ago. I should’ve gotten it sooner, because this book is, for lack of a better word, epic.


The story starts out with Ethan Wate, a young boy of sixteen living in Gatlin, North Carolina; a city where nothing ever changes, and when things come in style way too late. Except one day when Lena Duchannes comes to town.

Suddenly, Ethan and Lena are bound together by the ties of the past, and nothing for them can quite ever be the same.

I love them. I love Ethan and Lena, because they are just [insert gibberish here]. Amazing, both as a pair and as individual characters. I love that Lena is independent, yet is dependable and loving, and that Ethan sees that in her. He knows that they are different, but he’s willing to overlook that. I love how Ethan loves her and cares for her like no one could. It wasn’t rushed and it wasn’t pushed, they let their relationship take its course.

Other fun characters include Amma, who is the grandma I wish I had, Ridley, the cousin we all love to hate, and Larkin, who despite his mistakes is a guy we’d all love to meet, and Link. Oh, Link. No words. He provided the comic relief in a such a way, that regardless of the situation surrounding the book, he managed to lighten up the mood.

Overall, this is an action-packed novel that will take your breath away until the last page—and will leave you wanting more and impatient to dive into its sequel.

Give it a try, if you can. You must read.

Love, -M

Monday, December 12, 2011

Review: Enclave by Ann Aguirre

Category: YA
Warnings: Violence
Buy:
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Enclave (Razorland, #1)

In Deuce’s world, people earn the right to a name only if they survive their first fifteen years. By that point, each unnamed ‘brat’ has trained into one of three groups–Breeders, Builders, or Hunters, identifiable by the number of scars they bear on their arms. Deuce has wanted to be a Huntress for as long as she can remember.
As a Huntress, her purpose is clear—to brave the dangerous tunnels outside the enclave and bring back meat to feed the group while evading ferocious monsters known as Freaks. She’s worked toward this goal her whole life, and nothing’s going to stop her, not even a beautiful, brooding Hunter named Fade. When the mysterious boy becomes her partner, Deuce’s troubles are just beginning.
Down below, deviation from the rules is punished swiftly and harshly, and Fade doesn’t like following orders. At first Deuce thinks he’s crazy, but as death stalks their sanctuary, and it becomes clear the elders don’t always know best, Deuce wonders if Fade might be telling the truth. Her partner confuses her; she’s never known a boy like him before, as prone to touching her gently as using his knives with feral grace.
As Deuce’s perception shifts, so does the balance in the constant battle for survival. The mindless Freaks, once considered a threat only due to their sheer numbers, show signs of cunning and strategy… but the elders refuse to heed any warnings. Despite imminent disaster, the enclave puts their faith in strictures and sacrifice instead. No matter how she tries, Deuce cannot stem the dark tide that carries her far from the only world she’s ever known.
Review:

I had gotten Enclave nearly a month ago, and I was very excited to start reading it, expecting it to live up to the hype some reviewers were setting it to.

How horribly disappointed I was.

First of all, Deuce is in no way a relatable character. I tried to feel sorry for her or to even empathize with her situation, but I couldn’t. She’s a Mary-Sue: the best huntress, best night vision, manages to escape everything and everyone, has two guys after her, and pretty much everyone loves her by this point. I couldn’t stand it. And Fade is not real, as a character. His personality varies too much from the beginning of the book and the end.

The relationship between Fade and Deuce unravels incredibly and unrealistically fast. This is coming from a fellow author, which much less experience than Ann Aguirre. This is not the way to intertwine two characters, by throwing them haphazardly into a situation and expect them to automatically become an “omg i lov u so much'” type of thing. Just no. The worst part, I believe, was the introduction of Stalker, the gang member, into Fade and Deuce’s relationship. I’m not going to spoil it, but it makes no sense whatsoever.

The world was not realistic. Animals need sunlight to survive, therefore animals in the enclave would’ve died out, except for maybe roaches. If humanity had ended, how could they have clean water? There are just too many holes in this plot and none of them were sown together throughout the story.

I feel like I should add that they have extremely stupid names for characters. Stone? Thimble? Fade? Stalker? Just what even. Get real.

The story, in general, makes no sense, has very unrealistic characters and circumstances, and I just—no. I did not like. Overall, I see this book as a dystopian Twilight. Enough said.

If you read this book, leave your thoughts down below. If you haven’t, I don’t recommend it.

Love, –M.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

IMM

Hello, fellow readers! It’s been a while since I last posted a review, and that’s because I’ve got finals coming up next week and I’ve been studying. After the 16th, reviews will be back on track.
Yesterday in the mail from Amazon, I got:


Nick & Norah's Infinite PlaylistNick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist is a comedy about two teens thrust together for one hilarious, sleepless night of adventure in a world of mix tapes, late-night living, and, live, loud music. Nick frequents New York’s indie rock scene nursing a broken heart and Norah is questioning all of her assumptions about the world. Though they have nothing in common except for their taste in music, their chance encounter leads to an all-night quest to find a legendary band’s secret show and ends up becoming the first date that could change both their lives.
From YA fan-favorites Rachel Cohn and David Levithan comes the story of Nick and Norah. This movie tie-in edition also includes an 8-page photo insert from the film, as well as a map of Manhattan, detailing all of the sites Nick and Norah go to on their all-night date.



The History of the World According to Facebook
The History of the World According to Facebook by Wylie Overstreet

In August 2010, Wylie Overstreet published a satirical article called "If Historical Events Had Facebook Statuses" on the website CoolMaterial.com. Within a month, it had received 3 million views and had been "liked" by 120,000 Facebook users.
In A WORLD HISTORY ACCORDING TO FACEBOOK, Overstreet expands this concept into a full-length history of the world, from its creation up through to the present day, as if Facebook had existed all along and Abraham Lincoln had written a status update about "taking the missus to the theater" on April 15, 1865 and Ben Franklin had done the same alerting his network that he′d signed the Declaration of Independence ("Bring it," replied John Adams). Filled with hundreds of real-life historical figures and thousands of not-at-all-real Facebook statuses, comments, and actions, and parodying Facebook users′ proclivity to over-share and use lazy jargon ("lol," "rofl," "fml," etc.), this is the definitive humor book for our generation.
^This was a Christmas present from a friend of mine, and I finished reading it in one sitting. It is hilariously amazing.

Saving June  Saving June by Hannah Harrington.
When her older sister commits suicide and her divorcing parents decide to divide the ashes, Harper Scott takes her sister's urn to the one place June always wanted to go: California. On the road with her best friend, plus an intriguing guy with a mysterious connection to June, Harper discovers truths about her sister, herself and life.












Looking for Alaska  Looking For Alaska by John Green
Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.
Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another. A stunning debut, it marks John Green's arrival as an important new voice in contemporary fiction.






John Green is one of my favorite authors and I can’t wait to read this! I’m halfway through Nick & Norah, and I love it! It’s hilarious!

What did you get in your mailbox?
Love, -M

Sunday, November 20, 2011

In My Mailbox

Hello! This week’s In My Mailbox is quite good.
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I received:

  • the Beautiful Creatures collection by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.
  • Enclave by Ann Aguirre

What did you get in your mailbox?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Review: Hoopskirts, Union Blues, and Confederate Grays by Kate Havelin

Category: NONFICTION - JUVENILE: Arts & Recreation
Warnings: None
Buy: Amazon - pre-order or buy
Find the Author: click here
Pub date: 10/1/2011
 
Hoopskirts, Union Blues, and Confederate Grays: Civil War Fashions from 1861 to 1865 (Dressing a Nation: the History of U.S. Fashion)

Summary:
What would you have worn if you lived during the Civil War era? It depends on who you were:
  • Upper-class women wore tight corsets, bustles, and wide hoop skirts to fancy balls. The layers weighed almost 30 pounds (14 kilograms)!
  • For everyday, whether at home or nursing soldiers, women put on multiple layers of simple fabrics. Some daredevils sported women's trousers—called Bloomers—to make a statement on women's rights.
  • Civil War soldiers wore flannel and wool uniforms—blue in the North and gray in the South.
  • Men of fashion donned suits with velvet collars and silk lapels during the day and coats with fancy tails for parties.
  • Underneath their everyday clothing—a shirt, tie, vest, coat, and trousers—men wore "drawers," baggy long undergarments that buttoned in front and tied in back.
  • Slaves wore whatever their owners gave them—usually only two sets of rough linen clothing, one for winter and one for summer.
  • Girls had loose garments called pantalets and pinafores, while sailor suits were popular for boys.
Read more about wartime fashions of the 1860s—from ankle boots to parasols and tiaras—in this fascinating book.
Review:
Hoopskirts, Union Blues, and Confederate Grays illustrates and explains Civil War fashion in the most visually appealing way possible. With real Civil War time photos, you’ll feel like you’re discovering a whole new world!

Hoopskirts, Union Blues, and Confederate Grays is a very interesting book for the history geek inside all of us. It’s really very fascinating to see what people around 150 years ago were wearing! It was truly exciting.
I absolutely adored the formatting on this one. It was modern and lovely, but didn’t take away from the history sense of book at all. Colorful and engaging, it made you want to read more!

I really admired the pictures that were showed in this book. They were authentically old, yet charming, in a very lovely kind of way. It takes you back in time.

Overall, this book is a must-read for the history geek, the fashionista, and the picture geek in all of us.
enjoy! –m
** I requested this book via netGalley and it was given to me in return for an honest review. This in no way affected the way I have reviewed this**

Monday, October 31, 2011

Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Category: YA
Warnings: Some violence and sexual scenes.
Buy: Amazon
Find the Author: Here

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer Summary:

Mara Dyer doesn't think 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 mysteriously unharmed.

There is.

She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.
She's wrong.




Review:
Mara Dyer wakes up in a hospital not knowing what happened. An accident killed her friends. She is alive. That’s all she knows. Bizarre things start to happen that may lead her to discover strange new things about herself and the others around her.

From beginning to end, Mara Dyer kept me guessing. It’s the kind of book that turns your attention to one thing while another, seemingly less important detail unravels and you are suddenly stunned when you come to discover that that minute detail turns into into another huge complication.

The characters were beautifully unraveled. Mara is the type of person that has a very strong mindset, very determined. She knows what she wants, yet she is confused about the things that are happening to her, around her. Noah, on the other hand, is the asshole you can’t help but love. I kept laughing throughout the book at his snarky remarks and overall I-just-don’t-care attitude. The one thing I loved about him was that he cared a lot when he needed to. It upset me that Jamie, an awesome character who I grew to love, wasn't given much attention after about the middle of the book.

The plot overall was great. I loved the concept and I loved the execution. The unfolding of events was done masterfully. I absolutely became consumed with it.

The one thing that sort of set me off was the continuous mention of Noah’s beauty. It got a bit annoying at times. Other than that, I didn’t find any defining flaws.

This funny, mysterious book will keep you wanting more well after the last page.

PS: HAPPY HALLOWEEN! 

Sunday, October 30, 2011

IMM

Hey, you lot! This week has been a very good book week indeed.

The Son of Neptune  (Heroes of Olympus, #2)  The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

Percy is confused. When he awoke from his long sleep, he didn't know much more than his name. His brain fuzz is lingering, even after the wolf Lupa tol him he is a demigod and trained him to fight with the pen/sword in his pocket. Somehow Percy manages to make it to a camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he has to keep killing monsters along the way. But the camp doesn't ring and bells with him. The only thing he can recall from his past is another name: Annabeth.
Hazel is supposed to be dead. When she lived before, she didn't do a very good job of it. Sure, she was an obedient daughter, even when her mother was possessed by greed. But that was the problem - when the Voice took over he mother and commanded Hazel to use her "gift" for and evil purpose, Hazel couldn't say no. Now because of her mistake, the future of the world is at risk. Hazel wished she could ride away from it all on the stallion that appears in her dreams.
Frank is a klutz. His grandmother says he is descended from heroes and can be anything he wants to be, but he doesn't see it. He doesn't even know who his father is. He keeps hoping Apollo will claim him, because the only thing he is good at is archery - although not good enough to win camp war games. His bulky physique makes him feel like an ox, especially in front of Hazel, his closest friend at camp. He trusts her completely - enough to share the secret he holds close to his heart.
Beginning at the "other" camp for half-bloods and extending as far as the land beyond the gods, this breathtaking second installment of the Heroes of Olympus series introduces new demigods, revives fearsome monsters, and features other remarkable creatures, all destined to play a part in the Prophesy of Seven.

AH I’d been dying to get this one! My friends have all started reading it already, and I’m starting soon.

So, I got Mara Dyer and Daughter of Smoke and Bone in the mail on Wednesday! I already read Mara Dyer, and it was beyond amazing. My review will be up tomorrow.

 

Love, M.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

In My Mailbox

Hello! This week I’ve gotten quite a few awesome books.

The Name of this Book Is SecretThe Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudnymous Bosch

This is the story about a secret. but it also contains a secret story.
When adventurous detectives, Cass, an ever-vigilant survivalist, and Max-Ernest, a boy driven by logic, discover the Symphony of Smells, a box filled with smelly vials of colorful ingredients, they accidentally stumble upon a mystery surrounding a dead magician's diary and the hunt for immortality.
Filled with word games, anagrams, and featuring a mysterious narrator, this is a book that won't stay secret for long.







Found (The Missing, #1)The Missing: Book 1: Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix

An irresistible set-up for a new series: An unidentified airplane appears out of nowhere. When the aircraft is boarded, its only occupants are babies; once they are removed, the pilotless plane vanishes. Jonah and Chip, now teenagers, discover that they were among the "airborne orphans," who seem to be somehow linked with missing children from history. Rather than forgetting the past, the two boys decide to venture into it, risking their survival to right the wrongs of time. Crisp time-travel adventure.







Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1)Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages--not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out.
When one of the strangers--beautiful, haunted Akiva--fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?


The Unbecoming of Mara DyerThe Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

I’ve been dying for this one.
Mara Dyer doesn't think 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 mysteriously unharmed.
There is.
She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.
She's wrong.





 
AND, I preordered:
the fault in our stars The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now.
Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.
Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

That’s it for me this week. What did you get in your mailbox?

Love, -M

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Fault in Our Stars Cover Release!

Oh my god. This literally came out today and I had to share with you the sheer beauty that is the cover that is John Green’s upcoming new novel, The Fault in Our Stars. I hope you like it as much as I do.

the fault in our stars























This title is set for release on January 10, 2011.  You can preorder it now at Amazon.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Review: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Category: YA
Warnings: Mature themes
Buy: B&N
Find the Authors: Green | Levithan

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Summary:
One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, Will Grayson crosses paths with . . . Will Grayson. Two teens with the same name, running in two very different circles, suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, and culminating in epic turns-of-heart and the most fabulous musical ever to grace the high school stage. Told in alternating voices from two YA superstars, this collaborative novel features a double helping of the heart and humor that have won them both legions of fans.


Review:

Will Grayson, Will Grayson is probably one of the funniest books I have read. Ever. I cannot say enough good things about this book. It’s funny, wholesome, original, rude, and insanely amazing.

I fell in love with every single character from this book. From Will Grayson #1 to Gideon. I especially loved Jane. But I can’t pick one. They’re all so amazingly brilliant. What I liked most about them is that the characters had substance, they weren’t there because they were thrown on a whim to tie up loose ends. Each and every character had a purpose and place.

The premise of the book of course, is incredibly promising, and it doesn’t fail to deliver. It exceeded all expectations. The way their lives intertwine is fascinating to read about, and how their relationships grow and evolve warms your heart.

Really, all I can say about this book is that it’s great. It’s awfully hard to criticize a book you love. All I say is if you haven’t read it, you’re missing out.

Love, -M

Monday, September 26, 2011

Review: The Giver by Lois Lowry + news

Category: YA
Warnings: None
Buy: B&N
Find the Author: click



Summary:

Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.





Review:
I was assigned this book as a summer reading. I’d heard a bit about it, but didn’t exactly pay much attention to it.

My thoughts on the opening chapters of the book were that they progressed quite slowly, which I disliked. The society on which this community lives in is quite dull and even, where everything is fool-proof and mistake-proof.

However, this society has some interesting and unique elements. The community leaves by very clear and strict laws which every citizen must follow, and once three of these rules are broken, they are Released- banished from their community forever.

But where do they go? What is Elsewhere? Where is it? That is what the Giver is about. And that is what makes it so interesting.

The characters in this novel flowed very nicely and were three dimensional. Jonas had his flaws and his virtues, and so did everyone. The Giver, I find, is the most interesting character. He is very wise, knowing, caring, and loving. He has experienced love in a way that no one has, and that makes him special.

Overall, this book had me turning page after page in fascination. The plot made me want to read it that much faster, the pace of the events captivating my senses. It is absolutely astounding.


PS- Hello! It’s been more than a month since I updated, but I’ve been ridiculously busy with school and other personal stuff. I don’t know if I will be able to upload reviews as often, but I will be updating, for sure.

Love, -M

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Review: Wither by Lauren DeStefano

(Make sure to read the PS)
Category: YA
Warnings: Some content may not be suitable for younger audiences
Buy: B&N
Find the Author: website

Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1)

Summary:
Obviously, something went terribly wrong. Genetic mutations have festered, reducing human longevity to twenty-five, even less for most women. To prevent extinction, young girls are kidnapped, mated in polygamous marriages with men eager to procreate. Sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery, a recent victim of this breeding farm mentality, has vowed to break loose from its fetters; but finding allies and a safe way out is a challenge she can only hope she will survive. A dystopian fantasy series starter with wings. Editor's recommendation.








Review:
Wither is definitely a unique book. Amazing, thrilling, and enticing, it is definitely one of the best books I’ve read all summer.

The novel starts out with Rhine, a sixteen year old girl that lives in Dystopian Manhattan with her twin brother, Rowan. In this society, women die at the young age of 20 and men die at 25. What is usually resorted to is polygamist marriages, so the human race doesn’t die out.

I found this society particularly intriguing because, like many dystopian novels, it presents a situation we might find ourselves in in the future. The society, the characters, the plot was just excellent, thoroughly enjoyable.

Rhine was a very strong main character, which is fantastic. Her support system was always Rowan, and she has to grow to not only detach from that, but to never lose hope that she will break out of the Ashby’s mansion and that she will get her brother back.

The love triangle is predictable, because most books do have them nowadays. It also makes sense, because we have Gabriel, who cares about Rhine and understands her, and we have Linden, the blissfully ignorant husband who has no idea what really goes on in the world.

I will take a moment to talk about Housemaster Vaughn. He is a particularly interesting character because no one knows what he really is up to. He could be good and bad, and antagonists like him are always excellent to read about.

Beautifully done. I really hope you enjoyed this as much as I did!

-M

PS: I’ve just passed 100 followers. I am so lucky to have you all! I’m honored. Thank you so much.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

IMM and major good news!

IMM is hosted by the story siren.
Click here for Harry Potter related amazingness.
This week:

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I apologize for the horrendous quality, but I took this with my iPod.








  • Special Edition Delirium by Lauren Oliver
  • After by Amy Efaw
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry


Not much this week, but all these titles sound brilliant! I’ve been wanting to read Delirium forever, so I’m glad I got it today, and happily surprised with the really pretty cover, Q&A with Lauren Oliver, and a sneak peek of the sequel.

On a VERY exciting note, I’ve been recently informed that our only bookstore over here, Borders, has been bought by some locals. Which means that while the chain Borders may be over, we still have a new and similar bookstore to look forward to! I’m just so excited there is no gif for this that I’m feeling.

I hope you had a great week! I’ll see you tomorrow, hopefully.
Love, -M

Friday, August 5, 2011

Book Blogger Hop/ Follow Friday

Hello, book world! Back with another BBH and FF for ya!

FF:

follow friday

This week’s question is:

Q. Talk about the book that most changed or influenced your life (was it a book that turned you from an average to avid reader, did it help you deal with a particularly difficult situation, does it bring you comfort every time you read it?).

 

A. I know for a fact a lot of people will answer with this, but I just need to. Harry Potter. I read this series around two months ago, and absolutely fell in love with everything in it. This series has helped me through a series of family problems recently, always there to provide me with a laugh or corny smile, or even tragedies unrelated to my own. It gives me a place to escape. Makes me feel like I want to go Hogwarts (Which I do, by the way.)

 

book blogger hop

 

This week’s question is:

Q. “What is the one ARC you would love to get your hands on right now?”

A. I would’ve died to get an ARC of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. That book just sounds like it will be a YA classic when it comes out. Sounds amazing!

 

 

 

Remember to leave your answers in the comments! Also, for those of you interested, I’ve got a Harry Potter tumblr which I update quite frequently, so if you would like to check that out, please click here, and tell me if you came from this post!

Much love xx,

-M

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

WoW (News and Updates)


WoW is hosted by Breaking the Spine.
The book I’m waiting on this week:
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: Book Cover

The Fault in our Stars by John Green
Author of the New York Times bestseller Looking for Alaska, John Green delivers his next page-turner -- The Fault in Our Stars. Pre-order his book today!





I really enjoy John Green’s books, so I’m really looking forward to this one!

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I finally got into Pottermore! Well, I got in on the second day, but still! I’m so excited! Did you get in?

So, there’s tragic news. For those of you who don’t live in Puerto Rico, we only had one good bookstore, and that, ladies and gentlemen, was Borders. Only one store. Which closed at the end of July. So this is call for chaos. No bookstores in my country anymore. A group of investors is trying to buy the store back, but the chances look slim :\.

This means that the quantity of reviews is going to diminish a bit. I’ve still got a big enough TBR pile to keep this going, but not that much, so I’m going to have to find a substitute. E-books maybe? I’ve always hated those.

Well, what are you waiting on?
Love, -M

Sunday, July 31, 2011

IMM (Pottermore Edition)

OH HAI. You might now about a little something called “Pottermore
omg lol no big deal.
Me at 3 am: AWAKE and searching for that bloody quill.
Anyway, onto the real IMM:
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • The Little Prince by Antoine De-Saint Exupery
  • Revolting Youth by CD Payne
Really boring week in books, but it’s back to school for me, so :(
BTW, was anyone else anxiously waiting at like 3 am for Pottermore and then you notice the clue will be up at 7 and you’re like,
FML,

yeah, GPOY.

Enjoy this lovely day, -M

Friday, July 29, 2011

Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky


(Make sure to read the PS)
Category: YA
Warnings: Sexual content.
Buy: B&N
Find the Author: Not available.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Summary:
Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie is navigating through the strange worlds of love, drugs, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", and dealing with the loss of a good friend and his favorite aunt.









Review:
I read this book a few weeks ago. It’s absolutely amazing. It’s honestly one of my favorite books. How Charlie is able to speak in such an informal manner yet captivate the senses is mystifying.
Perks tells us the story of Charlie, a very insecure teenager starting out in high school with virtually no friends. He interprets the world differently from most people, but he does it in a way that audiences of every day and age are able to understand effortlessly.

The story is composed of different letters to a person Charlie refers to “friend”. We don’t exactly know who he is mailing these letters to, or who this person is, but Charlie decided to trust him/her with his secrets.
Let’s just talk about the characters here for a second. One word: Brilliant. Charlie, as mentioned, I found that he narrates in the simplest of ways, yet does not fail to convey deep thoughts into his words. And he’s just a very flawed person, who is confused about his life and just everything that’s going on around and inside him.
I also loved the secondary characters, which are Sam and Patrick, or “Nothing”. These characters, as relevant they were to the story, were very real people, three dimensional with good and bad sides, which I absolutely adored.

Overall, I loved this book so much. I can’t begin to describe.

5/5.

Enjoy!-M

PS: Hello! It’s hard to believe that I haven’t reviewed anything in 2 months. I know, I know, I’ve been slacking off. I promise to start again.

There’s just a lot of things going on in my personal life right now, so it’s making it harder to read with everything swimming in my head and I just can’t concentrate well.

I’ll see you Sunday!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

IMM (Post Potter Depression)

Hello. I decided I might take the next step towards possible recovery. Here I present an IMM post on the 9 books I accumulated this past month:
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So that’s:
  1. Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
  2. Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter
  3. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green/David Levithan
  4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  5. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
  6. Hourglass by Myra McEntire
  7. Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Wisp
  8. Wither by Lauren DeStefano
  9. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander
So, all in all, a pretty good book month.

OH! I also got these stickers at the Wizarding World:












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So that’s it for me. I’m currently dealing with Post-Potter Depression, and the only things keeping me going are the lovely people at Tumblr and Pottermore. Plus my friends, they’re all very supportive and we’re helping each other.
I want your opinion, if you would. I want to know whether you want a review on Tales of Beedle the Bard,Fantastic Beasts and Quidditch Through the Ages. Just throwing that out there. Do you think it would be a good idea?
Also, would you want a review on Perks?
Thanks for your insight, and have a nice week!
Love, –M.
PS: We’re all in the PPD together. You can find my Tumblr here.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

My name is Maria, and I have Post-Potter Depression.

Do you have it, too?

Oh, god, I can’t.

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I hope I’m not the only one.

Friday, July 15, 2011

I saw Deathly Hallows yesterday afternoon.

 

remember last post when I said I’d probably cry?
I did. Harder and longer than any time in my entire life. For a good 40 minutes.

Bawling.

Bawling my eyes out. Oh god. The best part?
I have to watch this again tomorrow ;____;

Snape’s death, Hagrid carrying Harry, and the epilogue just did it for me.

when the movie ended I was sobbing. And I mean, hard, desperate sobs. While everyone else was leaving.

Have you seen it yet? leave me a comment. what did you think?

love, -m

Thursday, July 14, 2011

;____;

In an a few hours’ time, i will be at the cinema, waiting in line to see Deathly Hallows Pt. 2.

I think there is a huge possibility that I may cry.

I never cry.

Oh my God.

Wish me luck!

Love, –M

PS: Have you seen it? do you plan on seeing it? let me know!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

YAY!

Oh God, guys, I’m sorry. I know it’s been a really long time since I posted a review, but the family thing is still going on and I’ve had next to no time to read.

On the bright side, though, guess what?

I got tickets to see Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 on Thursday! (Yes, in Puerto Rico, movies are usually released on Thursdays, a day earlier). WHEEE! :D :D :D

I PROMISE I will have some reviews for you FOR SURE on Monday. I’m really really sorry.

I’ll see you tomorrow for WoW.

Love, M.

PS: Check out my Tumblr if you’d like. TONS of Harry Potter stuff there. Click here!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Book Blogger Hop and Follow Friday (9)

BBH is hosted by Crazy-For-Books and FF is hosted by Parajunkee.

follow friday

This week’s question is:

Q. Let's step away from besties...What is the worst book that you've ever read and actually finished?

A. That’s a really tough one. I’ve never actually finished a book I didn’t like, but the worst book I’ve ever read is probably Willow by Julia Hoban. Couldn’t Willow be any more self centered? I tortured myself through about 2/3 of the book before I decided to stop wasting my time.

 

book blogger hop

This week’s question is:

Q. This week’s question isn’t a question at all! I thought I would do things a little differently this week and give all of you a chance to promote a giveaway (or two!) from the blogosphere.

The catch?

IT CAN’T BE YOUR OWN GIVEAWAY!

Gotcha!

You have to find another blogger who is having a giveaway and promote their giveaway for them! If possible, promote a giveaway from a blogger doing the Hop (hey, you are visiting other blogs anyway, right?). Have fun with this one! It’s not an easy task this week! :)

 

A. In lieu of my current Harry Potter obsession, and because hers was one of the first blogs I ever followed, I feel happy to promote Patricia’s Particularity’s Complete List of Harry Potter Celebration Giveaways.

To view information on her awesome giveaway of all the HP books AND Hogwarts House swag, click here.

She’s also having a giveaway on an ARC of Songbird. For details, click here.

that’s it for me! what book did you really torture yourself through? know about any good giveaways? let me know!

enjoy! -m

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

News.

Hi! I know I’ve been slacking on the reviews, forgive me. I’ve been catching up with my friends and taking care of business left behind (answering emails, reading books to review, etc.) So, once again, forgive me.

In unrelated news, I don’t think many of you know, I have a Tumblr now. It’s about HP and PJO and HG and all other amazing books. If you want to check it out and follow, you may go here. My latest post is about seeing HP coming to an end, in film and book. Check that out here.

Thanks! Look out for a Waiting on Wednesday tomorrow! Regular reviews should be up and running next Monday, hopefully. A family situation has just developed that I can’t postpone.

Thanks again,

-M.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Harry Potter/Trip Recap

First of all, HI! I’m back.

As you know, I had been in Harry Potter exile for the past two or three weeks. And it has been way beyond majestic.

First of all, I scold myself. WHY, why did I not read them sooner?! I must be stupid or something. Because, to my delight, Harry Potter has really skyrocketed to the #1 spot on my favorite books of all time list. I can never say that enough.

Secondly, I had the marvelous opportunity to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure, which was my only request. It was AMAZING!! I can’t tell you how much I loved it. My cheeks hurt from smiling, and I guess that tells you much. I actually finished the Deathly Hallows the night before I went there. I rode on the castle ride twice. I got Neville’s wand. I wanted to go to Ollivander’s, but the line was insane and my family was already on other rides at other parts of the park. I still love Neville’s wand, and he was one of my favorites since the beginning. I also had butterbeer. Am I the only one who thinks that it’s really sweet and after a few sips, it’s just too much (I had it frozen)? It was still good, though. I ate lunch at the Three Broomsticks, which was lovely.

All in all, that is my favorite memory from the trip. No contest. I feel like a changed person after the reading the HP series. It just feels different. I’m just weird like that, I don’t know.

Anyway, I had an AMAZING time, and I can’t wait to go back to the WWHP :D

See ya soon!

-M

PS. I’m a Gryffindor! In which house are you?

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (9)

WoW is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.
The book I’m waiting on this week:

Ripple

Ripple by Mandy Hubbard


Lexi is cursed with a dark secret. Each day she goes to school like a normal teenager, and each night she must swim, or the pain will be unbearable. She is a siren - a deadly mermaid destined to lure men to their watery deaths. After a terrible tragedy, Lexi shut herself off from the world, vowing to protect the ones she loves. But she soon finds herself caught between a new boy at school who may have the power to melt her icy exterior, and a handsome water spirit who says he can break Lexi's curse if she gives up everything else. Lexi is faced with the hardest decision she’s ever had to make: the life she's always longed for - or the love she can't live without?
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I think this sounds like a very curious read. Definitely interesting enough.

that’s it for me! what are you waiting on? leave me a comment below!
enjoy!-m

PS- I shall be returning from my trip tomorrow! Hopefully, everything will be back to normal then. I hope you had a good few weeks!
HP recap will be posted soon after I get back!
Signing off,
-M

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (8)

WoW is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.
The book I’m waiting on this week:
Sweet Venom (Medusa Girls, #1)


Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs


Grace just moved to San Francisco and is excited to start over at a new school. The change is full of fresh possibilities, but it’s also a tiny bit scary. It gets scarier when a minotaur walks in the door. And even more shocking when a girl who looks just like her shows up to fight the monster.

Gretchen is tired of monsters pulling her out into the wee hours, especially on a school night, but what can she do? Sending the minotaur back to his bleak home is just another notch on her combat belt. She never expected to run into this girl who could be her double, though.

Greer has her life pretty well put together, thank you very much. But that all tilts sideways when two girls who look eerily like her appear on her doorstep and claim they're triplets, supernatural descendants of some hideous creature from Greek myth, destined to spend their lives hunting monsters.

These three teenage descendants of Medusa, the once-beautiful gorgon maligned by myth, must reunite and embrace their fates in this unique paranormal world where monsters lurk in plain sight.
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I’ve heard a lot of hype for this one as well. Sounds bloody brilliant! Definitely excited for it!

so that’s it for me! what are you waiting on? leave me a comment below!
enjoy! –m

PS- Since this is a scheduled post, and by the time it goes live I won’t be here, so I’ll give you a full HP update and my thoughts on this brilliance I have missed out on for so long.
Truly signing off,
-M

Sunday, June 19, 2011

IMM (Happy Father’s Day!)

IMM is hosted by The Story Siren
The books I got this week:


Dark Parties by Sara Grant
Sixteen-year-old Neva has been trapped since birth. She was born and raised under the Protectosphere, in an isolated nation ruled by fear, lies, and xenophobia. A shield "protects" them from the outside world, but also locks the citizens inside. But there's nothing left on the outside, ever since the world collapsed from violent warfare. Or so the government says...
Neva and her best friend Sanna believe the government is lying and stage a "dark party" to recruit members for their underground rebellion. But as Neva begins to uncover the truth, she realizes she must question everything she's ever known.

Source: Received for review via NetGalley.
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Hmm… I don’t recall anything else. I’ve been busy reading the Harry Potter series, and I’m happy to report that I’m currently reading The Half-Blood Prince, which is nothing less than superb, of course. And I dropped by the mall yesterday, but didn’t stop by Borders, too busy getting my dad a gift and way too eager to finish The Order of the Phoenix to continue shopping. I will, though, drop by a Barnes and Noble or Borders while I’m out on the mainland! *Sigh* I really wish there was more than one good, reliable Borders or any other bookstore in my country.

happy fathers’ day to you! i hope you have a great weekend! see ya on wednesday!
enjoy! -m

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Book Blogger Hop and Follow Friday (8)

BBH is hosted by Crazy-For-Books and FF is hosted by Parajunkee.

follow friday

 

This week’s question is:

Q. Genre Wars! What's your favorite genre and which book in that genre made it your favorite?

A. This one is a real toughie. I love Dystopian, and the book that made me love it was the Hunger Games, and recently, Divergent. I also love Mystery. Believe it or not, several of my favorite books are middle-grade, such as Percy Jackson and the Olympians, and the ever glorious Harry Potter series. I love fantasy and horror, and my love blossomed for this one thanks to the anthology Zombies vs. Unicorns, which remains one of my favorite books. If I keep on going, this question will have not served its purpose. :P

book blogger hop

 

This week’s question is:

Q. “How many books are currently in your To-Be-Read (TBR) Pile?”?

A. *Sigh* I have a miserable 17 as of now. Let’s just say haven’t been shopping lately :(. But I will during the trip. Hopefully, this number can grow a lo- a little bit!

 

that’s it for me, folks. what is your favorite genre? leave your answers in the comments! i’d love to hear from you!

enjoy! -m

PS- Now I’m reading Order of the Phoenix! *Squee!* Whole recap to  come when I get back after the 30th. :D

Have a rather spectacularly spiffy weekend.
-M

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (7)

WoW is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.
Hi! Nice to see ya. Here’s what I’m waiting on this week:

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. She's stuck at JFK, late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's in seat 18B. Hadley's in 18A.
Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.
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Doesn’t this book sound killer?! A couple bloggers got to snatch it at BEA. Too bad it was impossible for me to go. I’ve read from a few that they had loved it! I seriously cannot wait to read this one!

what are you waiting on? leave me a comment below!
enjoy! -m

PS- For those of you who read my last IMM, I’m already reading The Goblet of Fire. How could I have been so ignorant to this sheer greatness?! Amazing.

Sorry for the meme-only two weeks ahead of you. Didn’t wanna leave you guys with absolutely nothing, either.
Signing off, for real this time,
-M

Sunday, June 12, 2011

IMM (Whichever number is next)

IMM is hosted by The Story Siren

The books I got this week:

Iceberg, Right Ahead!

 

Iceberg, Right Ahead! by Stephanie Sammartino McPherson

Only 160 minutes passed between the time a sailor on lookout duty uttered these chilling words and the moment when the mighty ocean liner Titanic totally disappeared into the cold, dark waters of the North Atlantic. This century-old tragedy, which took more than 1,500 lives, still captivates people in the twenty-first century. Even the most avid Titanic fans will learn something new as McPherson brings the reader up to date on the politics and intrigue still surrounding the wreck—including what modern science can reveal about what really happened to the ship and who was at fault. Prepare to follow the never-ending story of the Titanic into its second century.

Source: Received for review via netGalley.

The Art of Forgetting

 

The Art of Forgetting by Camille Noe Pagan

Marissa Rogers never wanted to be an alpha; beta suited her just fine. Taking charge without taking credit had always paid off: vaulting her to senior editor at a glossy magazine; keeping the peace with her critical, weight-obsessed mother; and enjoying the benefits of being best friends with gorgeous, charismatic, absolutely alpha Julia Ferrar.
And then Julia gets hit by a cab. She survives with minor obvious injuries, but brain damage steals her memory and alters her personality, possibly forever. Suddenly, Marissa is thrown into the role of alpha friend. As Julia struggles to regain her memory- dredging up issues Marissa would rather forget, including the fact that Julia asked her to abandon the love of her life ten years ago- Marissa's own equilibrium is shaken.
With the help of a dozen girls, she reluctantly agrees to coach in an after-school running program. There, Marissa uncovers her inner confidence and finds the courage to reexamine her past and take control of her future.

Source: Received for review via netGalley. (It’s already out. Came out June 9th)

Ultraviolet

 

Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson

Sixteen-year-old Alison has been sectioned in a mental institute for teens, having murdered the most perfect and popular girl at school. But the case is a mystery: no body has been found, and Alison's condition is proving difficult to diagnose. Alison herself can't explain what happened: one minute she was fighting with Tori -- the next she disintegrated. Into nothing. But that's impossible. Right?


Source: Received for review via netGalley
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You Will Call Me Drog (Exceptional Reading & Language Arts Titles for Intermediate Grades)

 

You Will Call Me Drog by Sue Cowing

Parker is a normal sixth grader—or he was normal before the puppet. It’s just an old hand puppet, sticking out of a garbage can, and even though Parker's best friend says leave it, Parker brings the puppet home and tries it on. Or maybe it tries him on. "You will call me Drog!" the puppet commands once they’re alone. And now, no matter how hard Parker tries, he can't get Drog off his hand.
Drog is sarcastic, cruel, unpredictable, and loud—everything Parker isn't. Worse yet, no one believes that Drog—not Parker—is the one saying the outrageous things that get Parker into trouble. Then Drog starts sharpening his snarky wit on the most fragile parts of Parker's life—like his parents' divorce. Parker's shocked, but deep down he agrees with Drog a little. Perhaps Drog is saying things Parker wants to say after all.
Maybe the only way to get rid of Drog is to truly listen to him.

Source: Received for review via netGalley. Doesn’t this one sound absolutely creepy? Sounds good to me! :D

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour

 

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew—just in time for Amy's senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she's always known toward her new life. Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy's mother's old friend. Amy hasn’t seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country with a guy she barely knows. So she's surprised to find that she is developing a crush on him. At the same time, she’s coming to terms with her father’s death and how to put her own life back together after the accident. Told in traditional narrative as well as scraps from the road—diner napkins, motel receipts, postcards—this is the story of one girl's journey to find herself.

Source: Bought. Desperately. Wanting. To read this. Probably will on the plane. If I’m done with HP by then. 

Harry Potter Boxset (Harry Potter, #1-7)

 

Harry Potter: The Complete Series (In Paperback)

All 7 books. Because, inexplicably, I have only read the first. Utter and unforgivable shame on me.

Source: Bought.

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That’s an awesome arsenal of books this week! And yes, I cannot even begin to believe that it wasn’t until about a month ago that I had not plummeted into Harry Potter. My father had bought me the first about three years ago, I read the first thirty pages or so and left it on the bookshelf until a month ago. I know, I know, inexcusable, what is wrong with me, that, I don’t know. I’d seen several of the movies and I was familiar with the storyline and characters, so I wasn’t completely ignorant to HP. Still, I don’t have an idea why I didn’t start it sooner. 

So, because of this and other unrelated affairs, this blog will go in a hiatus until June 30th. That’s right folks, strict Harry Potter reading and I’m going to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in the coming weeks. I specifically made sure we would go.

The only time I will post will be a scheduled review that will go up around June 27th, Waiting on Wednesdays, and if I’m lucky, Follow Fridays and BBHs. That’s depending whether or not I have a connection in our hotel.

Hasta next Wednesday, folks.

-m

ps. what did you get this week?

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Book Blogger Hop and Follow Friday (7)

BBH is hosted by Crazy-For-Books and FF is hosted by Parajunkee.

follow friday

 

This week’s question is:

Q. The magic book fairy pops out of your cereal box and says "you and your favorite character (from a book of course) can switch places!" Who are you going to switch with?

A. This is way too easy. I would trade places with Annabeth from Percy Jackson. I actually hate her as a character, but I love her world. *BIGGEST MARY SUE EVER*, but I love the books. SO. MUCH. Another obvious answer would be Hermione from HP. She’s just so quirky and smart! I like her. And I love Hogwarts. And pretty much everything having to do with that. Hardcore Potter fan at your service :D

 

book blogger hop

 

This week’s question is:

Q. “WHO IS THE ONE AUTHOR THAT YOU ARE DYING TO MEET?

A. Probably Rick Riordan or J.K. Rowling. Unique choice, I know. Also Veronica Roth. Totally.

 

 

so that’s it for me! who would you like to meet? who would you switch places with? leave me a comment below!

enjoy! -m

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

WoW (6)


WoW is hosted by Breaking the Spine.
The book I’m waiting on this week:
Twisted, Sara Shepard, Hardcover

Twisted by Sara Shepherd
It’s been a year since the torturous notes from A stopped and the mystery of Alison DiLaurentis’s disappearance was finally put to rest. Now seniors in high school, Aria, Spencer, Hanna, and Emily are older, but they’re not any wiser. The pretty little liars have more secrets than ever—twisted secrets that could destroy the perfect lives they’ve worked so hard to rebuild.

Aria’s jealous of her boyfriend’s new exchange student. Spencer’s getting a little too cozy with her soon-to-be-stepbrother. Hanna’s one scandalous photo away from ruining her dad’s Senate campaign. And Emily will do anything to get a swim scholarship.

Worst of all: Last spring break in Jamaica, they did something unforgivable. The girls are desperate to forget that fateful night, but they should know better than anyone that all secrets wash ashore . . . eventually.
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Last summer I devoured the entire series in about a month. (I had to wait a month- stupid shipping…) And I adored it. Anyway, I just found out, and I can’t wait!! :D

Twisted comes out July 5th, 2011.


squee! what are you waiting on? tell me in the comments below!
enjoy! -m

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Review: Heist Society by Ally Carter

Category: YA
Warnings: Violence, Stealing.
Buy: Amazon
Find the Author: Click


Summary:
When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her to the Louvre...to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria...to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own—scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving "the life" for a normal life proves harder than she'd expected.
Soon, Kat's friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring her back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has good reason: a powerful mobster's art collection has been stolen, and he wants it returned. Only a master thief could have pulled this job, and Kat’s father isn’t just on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat’s dad needs her help.
For Kat there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it’s a spectacularly impossible job? She’s got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in her family’s (very crooked) history—and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way.
Review:
I’ve been wanting to read this book for ages. My best friend had already read it and loved it, so she lent it to me. It had been on my bookshelf for about three months, since I was busy reading other books. But with its sequel release approaching, I decided, why not read it now?

Heist Society tells the story of Kat Bishop, a girl born into the thieving world. She goes to boarding school for three months, but is taken out, because she just got the biggest job of her life. And she must rob one of the world’s most protected museums- in fourteen days.

I really enjoyed the overall plot for this book. It was interesting and fun to read. It kept you at the edge of your seat, wanting to know what happened next. I read the book in two sittings. I could not put it down! It was great.

The characters were very appealing to me. Kat was someone who was easily relatable. She had to go through some unusual things, but her story still kept real. I have to say my favorites were Hale, Angus, and Hamish. They were all so hilarious! This novel definitely featured a cast of unforgettable and funny characters.

I hadn’t read a book by Ally Carter before this one, and I must say I really like her writing! It flowed throughout, without causing any major confusion, and everything was depicted beautifully. Bravo, Ms. Carter!
 
The cover is attractive, mainly because it features the missing painting on the left lens of the sunglasses, and the actual painting on the right lens. I really like the font, and the overall design. I think it’s very original and cute. Not bad!

Scores:
Plot: 4/5
Characters: 5/5
Writing 4/5
Cover: 3.5/5


have you read heist society? are you excited for the sequel as much as i am? let me know in the comments below!
enjoy! -m

Monday, June 6, 2011

Review: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Category: YA Satire
Warnings: Violence, Sexual references
Buy: Amazon
Find the Author: Click
Beauty queens

Summary:
From bestselling, Printz Award-winning author Libba Bray, the story of a plane of beauty pageant contestants that crashes on a desert island.
Teen beauty queens. A "Lost"-like island. Mysteries and dangers. No access to email. And the spirit of fierce, feral competition that lives underground in girls, a savage brutality that can only be revealed by a journey into the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Oh, the horror, the horror! Only funnier. With evening gowns. And a body count.
Review:
Beauty Queens is hard to describe. It centers around beauty pageant contestants that are on a plane crash and afterward are stuck in a remote island. It’s about their survival… and some things that I’m not allowed to spoil for you.

There are many things I want to regard about this book, so let’s begin with characters. They were great, amazing, wonderful. This was written a satire, and it stayed a satire, thanks to the hilarious characters from whose point of view this story is written. My favorite character was Tiara. Hands down. I just loved her. And I loved Taylor because even though she was a stereotypical beauty pageant contestant, her story shined through. Each and every one of them is what made the book what it is. At the end of the story, I came to love each and every one of them, for who they are, for their flaws, and for their courage.

Second, I want to regard the setting, which was marvelous as well. The island felt painfully real to me, as if I were in the island, too. It was plotted and thought through very well.

Third, the plot. I found it very intriguing and unique. It’s most definitely not something you see every day on the YA bookshelf. And that is what makes it so special, so different, but in such a magnificent and real way.
This book had its serious, heartfelt, and honest scenes. The entirety of the book was hilarity at its best, and I laughed in every commercial break, because they are true, they resemble products and tones that are used in real life. And that is what makes them so funny.

The cover. I really like it. I love the lipstick battle sash, and how the girl in the picture is just like I pictured Taylor Rene Krystal Hawkins. Overall really awesome.

And last, but most certainly not least, the writing. Oh, how good. It’s awesome. I hadn’t read anything by Libba before, so this was an unexpectedly good surprise. I still have a copy of Rebel Angels on my shelf, and I think I’ll have to read it soon. Libba’s writing was enchanting, mesmerizing, in a way that envelops you in the story, you are glued to the page, you are there with the characters. This lady has got talent.

~~My favorite Agent Jones quotes ~~
Serape means ‘cape’!” A grinning Agent Jones burst into the room wearing only a fig leaf. He threw his arms into the air and stretched his fingers into peace signs. “We are all beautiful star flowers!” {p. 364} 

“Agent Jones is gone. I am Man Flower.” {p.364} 

“Agent Jones frowned. “Men have feelings, too. You bruised the petals of my man flower.” {p.367}
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Like I said, hilarity at its best.
Scores:
Plot: 5/5
Characters: 4.5/5
Writing: 5/5
Cover: 4/5
have any thoughts on this book? let me know!
enjoy! -m