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
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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
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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

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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