Thursday, July 28, 2011

Hop Day!



So Follow my Blog Friday is a meme held by Parajunkee and it's where you answer the weekly question and then link yourself and you go and check out other blogs of your interest.

Q. LET'S STEP AWAY FROM BOOKS FOR A SECOND AND GET PERSONAL. WHAT T-SHIRT SLOGAN BEST DESCRIBES YOU?

Well to be honest, it would probably be something to do with books like 'sit down and read'.


Book Blogger HopBook Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy For Books made to help showcase your blog to other bloggers out there with the same interests!
Highlight one book you have received this week (for review, from the library, purchased at the store, etc.) that you can’t wait to dig into!


This week I got My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent. Though I am really excited for this book, I accidentaly got this one instead of the first one. The first one is on it's way, but I cannot wait to read this series! At least I'll have the second one to read after the first!

Summary (from Goodreads):

When Kaylee Cavanaugh screams, someone dies.
 
So when teen pop star Eden croaks onstage and Kaylee doesn't wail, she knows something is dead wrong. She can't cry for someone who has no soul.
 
The last thing Kaylee needs right now is to be skipping school, breaking her dad's ironclad curfew and putting her too-hot-to-be-real boyfriend's loyalty to the test. But starry-eyed teens are trading their souls: a flickering lifetime of fame and fortune in exchange for eternity in the Netherworld—a consequence they can't possibly understand.

Kaylee can't let that happen, even if trying to save their souls means putting her own at risk….

TGIF is a meme held over at GReads
Character Envy: If you could be one character from a book,
who would you choose & why?

I would probably choose to be Clary from The Mortal Instruments series. Why? Because she kicks butt and gets to be with Jace. That's pretty awesome in my eyes.

Hush, Hush Graphic Novel Cover!




Hey everyone, in case you didn't see, Hush, Hush is going to be a graphic novel! I don't know about you, but I am stoked for this.


What do you guys think? I know I love the cover and I think the art will be fantastic!

Misfit by Jon Skovron

MisfitTitle: Misfit
Author: Jon Skovron
Publisher: ABRAMS
Release: August 1, 2011
Pages: 384
Series: Unknown
Synopsis:
Jael has always felt like a freak. She’s never kissed a boy, she never knew her mom, and her dad’s always been superstrict—but that’s probably because her mom was a demon, which makes Jael half demon and most definitely not a normal sophomore girl. On her sixteenth birthday, a mysterious present unlocks her family’s dangerous history and Jael’s untapped potential. What was merely an embarrassing secret before becomes a terrifying reality. Jael must learn to master her demon side in order to take on a vindictive Duke of Hell while also dealing with a twisted priest, best-friend drama, and a spacey blond skater boy who may have hidden depths.

Review:
After reading the synopsis of Misfit, I wanted to read it right away. It had a very intriguing concept, a half demon lead character trying to fit in. Demons are not as covered in YA fiction, so I knew I could not pass up the chance to read this unique book. And when I did, I had some mixed feelings about the book.

The cover of Misfit is fairly simple. It simple features the title and some smoke as a background. Unlike many other book covers, it does not feature a model or symbolic object. I found the cover to be a little too plain for my taste, but it certainly was not the worst cover I have ever seen. Overall, the cover could have used a bit more detail in my opinion.

The main character of Misfit was an okay protagonist. At times I could find her a little frustrating because she seemingly forgot about her best friend when her uncle showed up and she found out she was special. Aside from that detail, I didn't mind Jael. The other characters however, I found to be not as developed as I would have hoped for. I didn't mind the supporting characters, I just didn't find them to be that in depth. My favorite of all the supporting characters was probably Jael's father. I liked him because he was the most developed of the supporting characters and I got to learn some of his motives behind his actions through flashbacks throughout the story.

The pacing of this book was a weak point for me. I found that there would be very slow points in the book and then it would speed up into an action scene. I would have been more satisfied if the action scenes had been more evenly spread throughout the book. The writing of Misfit was quite detailed and interesting. I did enjoy the writing, and it never lost me along the way with facts or names.

When all was said and done, Misfit made for a good, simple read, and outside of the plot being fairly slow, the book came together fairly well. In my opinion it deserves a 3.5/5 overall.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Graphic Novel Review: Pariah: Issue #1 by Aron Warner

Aron Warner's Pariah issue #1Title: Pariah: Issue #1
Author: Aron Warner
Publisher: Sea Lion Books
Pages: 32
Series: Pariah: Issue #1
THANKS TO SEA LION BOOKS FOR THE REVIEW COPY.
Synopsis:
Brent Marks is not a freak. He is one of the Pariah, a group of teens who become extremely intelligent after being cured of a genetic disorder. Although in most ways a normal teen, Brent is considered dangerous and is tracked down by the government who see these kids as an enormous threat. Can he evade them? What do they have planned for Brent and the others?
Review:
Today I got an opportunity to review Pariah by Aron Warner. I jumped at the opportunity because I had seen the graphic novel on Sea Lion Books' website and I don't often read graphic novels so I decided to give this one a shot. I read it just now and boy was it ever good.

The art for Pariah was just gorgeous. It had this look to it that is different from a lot of other comic books. It almost looked water coloured. And the novel was full colour, which was a definite good thing. I also liked how identifiable the different characters were. They did not all look too similar and they didn't all blend together. Altogether, the art of Pariah was just gorgeous, I could not have asked for a better visual presentation.

The storyline of Pariah jumped into the action fairly quickly. It did not take long for trouble to strike and for the reader to find out all of the information needed to enjoy the book. In the beginning, the book was a little odd, but soon it got back on track as it gave you the information needed. The characters were built well in a very short amount of time with little text. Altogether, I found the novel to be very well together.

Overall, I believe Pariah Issue #1 deserves a 5/5 for being able to catch my attention in such a short amount of time and for having simply beautiful artwork. I hope I will be able to get my hands on the next issue, because I am for sure hooked.

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine.

The Iron Knight (Iron Fey, #4)Ash, former prince of the Winter Court, gave up everything. His title, his home, even his vow of loyalty. All for a girl… and all for nothing.

Unless he can earn a soul.



To cold, emotionless faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. His own love had died a horrible death, killing any gentler feelings the Winter prince might have had. Or so he thought.

Then Meghan Chase—a half human, half fey slip of a girl— smashed through his barricades, binding him to her irrevocably with his oath to be her knight. And when all of Faery nearly fell to the Iron fey, she severed their bond to save his life. Meghan is now the Iron Queen, ruler of a realm where no Winter or Summer fey can survive.

With the (unwelcome) company of his archrival, Summer Court prankster Puck, and the infuriating cait sith Grimalkin, Ash begins a journey he is bound to see through to its end— a quest to find a way to honor his solemn vow to stand by Meghan’s side.

To survive in the Iron realm, Ash must have a soul and a mortal body. But the tests he must face to earn these things are impossible. At least, no one has ever passed to tell the tale.

And then Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that turns reality upside down, challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Monday, July 25, 2011

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3)Title: City of Glass
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Release: March 24, 2009
Pages: 541
Series: The Mortal Instruments Series #3
Synopsis:
To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters -- never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadow-hunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadow-hunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he's willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her new found powers to help save the Glass City -- whatever the cost?

Review:
I know, I know. I read this book long ago, but I did not review it right away. So here it goes. In this third installment of The Mortal Instruments series, I found myself to be just as taken by the plot as with the last two books, if not more so. As the book reached it's climax, I was yet again astounded by the quality of Cassandra Clare's writing and just how descriptive it was. As for the characters we all know and love, they continued to grow stronger in character and find who they really were. If I have not mentioned it before, I am completely Team Jace. And in the end, fans will be pleased with the outcome of this amazing book. This book deserves a 5/5 in my opinion for being so well written and for being able to keep the reader's attention all the way through.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Book Blogger Hop and Follow My Book Blog Friday

So Follow my Blog Friday is a meme held by Parajunkee and it's where you answer the weekly question and then link yourself and you go and check out other blogs of your interest.


Name 3 authors that you would love to sit down and spend an hour or a meal with just talking about either their books or get advice on writing from?

Well, I would love to sit down with Kelley Armstrong again because not only does she write amazing, she is so nice and lovely to talk to. I would also have to say I would love to meet JK Rowling and Cassandra Clare for obvious reasons.


Book Blogger HopBook Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy For Books made to help showcase your blog to other bloggers out there with the same interests!

What’s the ONE GENRE that you wish you could get into, but just can’t?

As of right now, I just can't get into historical fiction. I don't know why, but they just don't work for me.

Ultraviolet by RJ Anderson

UltravioletTitle: Ultraviolet
Author: RJ Anderson
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Release: September 1, 2011
Pages: 410
Series: None
ADVANCE COPY THANKS TO LERNER PUBLISHING GROUP AND NETGALLEY
Synopsis:
Once upon a time there was a girl who was special.

This is not her story.

Unless you count the part where I killed her.


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?

Review:
I saw Ultraviolet on Netgalley, not knowing what it was about, but wanting to find out after seeing the gorgeous cover. When I got accepted to review it, was I ever reading it quickly. Well, you know that feeling you get when you finish a really good book and you wish it wasn't over? This book will definitely give you that feeling!

The first time I saw the cover of this novel, I lost myself in questions. Who is this girl? Why is everything I believe wrong? What does Ultraviolet have to do with the plot? Why is the character on the cover so sad? Apart from these questions, I also began to admire the colour of the cover and how the text is partially the purple of the cover and partly white. And it comes together so nicely that it is sure to catch the eye of anyone who walks by.

The characters in Ultraviolet could truly make you feel anything. They slowly earned your emotions as the book goes on. I loved Alison as a character because she was so real. Her insecurities were realistic and acknowledged throughout the book. I also liked how the love and feelings between her and love interest (which I won't name to avoid spoilers) were not instant. They developed throughout their time together, not just when they first met. As the book went on and the characters developed, I began to feel attachments to most of the secondary characters, making the cast of Ultraviolet a very well built group of characters.

The writing of this story is great at describing what Alison goes through on a daily basis, it's almost unbelievable. And the story is so effectively told, informing the reader with all the information they need through seamless flashbacks and conversations with the other characters in the story. You really feel as though you are a part of this mysterious novel from page one, as it drags you in and won't let you go until the last page.

Overall, Ultraviolet was an astounding read with a huge surprise twist that will have you gripping the book long after you have finished it. I give it a 5/5 for being just that spectacular.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a weekly feature done by The Story Siren. This week I got some really awesome books that I'm very excited to read!

Dark InsideVirtuosity  Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy, #5)

For Review:
Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts (Thanks to Simon &Schuster Canada)
Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez (Thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada)

Gifted:
Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

Thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada for some great books this week!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Interview with Karsten Knight, Author of Wildefire

Today I have a very special treat for everyone! I got the chance to interview Karsten Knight about his debut novel Wildefire. Lets get started!

1) Wow, your debut novel Wildefire was just amazing! I loved it! Where did you get the idea to use all of that mythology?

Thanks! Part of my heritage is Norwegian, so I grew up fascinated with Norse myth. The study of that eventually directed me to all the other mythologies of the world, and I had a thought: What if, instead of focusing on just a single mythology, the gods and goddesses of all the pantheons were reborn every hundred years, to coexist on earth among mortals?

2) What was your initial reaction to finding out that you would be published?

Shock that lasted for about a month. It was a Monday morning, and it happened really fast. I woke up at 9am, took a shower at 9:05,got a call from my future editor at 9:15, and had an offer memo in my inbox by9:30. I was completely blindsided. 
Wildefire (Wildefire, #1)
3) Did you use any parts of your life as inspiration for your novel?

You mean aside from my turbulent youth as a Polynesian volcano goddess growing up in the suburbs? There really wasn’t much real-life inspiration for Wildefire. Neither of my sister are sociopathic storm goddesses. I never had a steamy affair with a local park ranger.

4) Who was your favorite character to write?

Ade (which is pronounced “A-Day,” not“Aid”) was absolutely one of my favorites. He’s funny but also contemplative, and about halfway through the novel, you discover a dark part of his history when he grew up in Haiti that’s been burdening him for years. The conversation between him and Ashline in the chapel was one of my favorite scenes to write, too.

5) If you could have one of the abilities featured in Wildefire, which one would you choose?

I’d probably choose Lily’s abilities. To be able to manipulate plants, and create forests from nothing? Think aboutit—you’d never have to pay for a landscaper again. Mosquitoes bothering you in your backyard? Instantly grow some Venus fly traps.

Unfortunately, in reality, I don’t have a greenthumb—I actually have a black thumb. For a while I was growing pumpkin vines that never produced any pumpkins, and the palm tree I got for my office slowly withered away. The only plants I should be let around are plastic ones.

Thanks to Karsten for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer my questions!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Interview with ME!!

Hey everyone, just wanted to quickly tell you that I recently did an interview with Such a Teenage Bookworm! Click here to go see it! Hope you guys enjoy!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1)Title: Clockwork Angel
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Release: August 31, 2010
Pages: 476
Series: The Infernal Devices #1
Synopsis:
Magic is dangerous--but love is more dangerous still.

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by--and torn between--two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

Review:
I read all of The Mortal Instruments series fairly recently and I knew I had to read any other books she had out. I dove into Clockwork Angel and read it just as fast as I read all of The Mortal Instruments series. In this novel, we discover a new cast of characters living in the same world that The Mortal Instruments series is set in. The distinct difference between the two sets of books is the time difference. The characters in this novel were very unique. I found I really enjoyed reading about Tessa and her journey into the heart of shadows and mystery. And of the two possible love interests, I could not actually decide which I liked better. They both were awesome characters and I would be happy if she chose either. As in true Cassandra Clare style, the writing was deep and full of amazing, shocking twists in the plot that I did not see coming. And of course the end. The huge cliffhanger ending that left me begging for the next one, but since that isn't for a few months I will give Clockwork Angel a 5/5 until then.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Follow My Book Blog Friday and Book Blogger hop



So Follow my Blog Friday is a meme held by Parajunkee and it's where you answer the weekly question and then link yourself and you go and check out other blogs of your interest.

What do I do when I are not reading?



I can most likely be found hula hooping or writing reviews. Both are passions of mine. I also might be swimming, but we are not getting warm summer weather here right now. I'm talking 57 degrees out.


Book Blogger HopBook Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy For Books made to help showcase your blog to other bloggers out there with the same interests!



How/Where do you get your books? Do you buy them or go to the library? Is there a certain website you use like paperbackswap?

Most of my books come from the library or my local bookstore. The only online place I get books from is Chapters.






Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

Rot & RuinTitle: Rot & Ruin 
Author: Jonathan Maberry
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release: October 5, 2010
Pages: 458
Series: Benny Imura #1
Synopsis
In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn't want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human.

Review:
After receiving the second book in this series for review, I went out and picked up this book so I could start the series. Fast forward to now, after I've read the book and completely enjoyed it. To be honest, this was my first zombie book I've read and I was not disappointed by it. But I am a bit of a scaredy cat when it comes to anything remotely frightening. I now shut and lock my bedroom door before I go to bed and I am considering obtaining a carpet coat just in case. The story itself was very fast paced, full of twists and turns that were completely unpredictable and informative on the post apocalyptic world that the characters live in. The writing was so descriptive that it actually scared me. I now have a fear of zombies and the Apocalypse.  This book gets a 5/5 for being an unpredictable, zombie filled, thrill ride of a book.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

In My Mailbox

Hey everyone! I just got one book yesterday and man does it look awesome!

Eve (The Eve Trilogy, #1)

For Review:
Eve by Anna Carey (Thanks to HarperCollins Canada)

Thanks HarperCollins Canada!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Goddess Test by Aimée Carter

The Goddess Test (Goddess Test #1)Title: The Goddess Test
Author: Aimée Carter
Publisher: Harlequin
Release: April 19, 2011
Pages: 304
Series: The Goddess Test
Synopsis:
It's always been just Kate and her mom—and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear her mother won't live past the fall.
 
Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld—and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he's crazy—until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride, and a goddess.

Review:
After reading tons of raving reviews about this book, I finally decided to buy it, as my first ever eBook for my Kobo. Now I am left to wonder why I took so long to buy it. I have really liked mythology based books for a while now and this one did not end that streak. The story of this novel is incredibly unique- it takes the story of Persephone and retells it in a way that is fresh and relate-able for teens. Plus, there are some awesome twists and turns around every corner in this book. One of the most refreshing aspects of this novel was that there was no instant, head over heals love involved. Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy that sort of book, but I come across that theme quite frequently in all the books I read. The book was very well written and I really enjoyed reading about the characters and seeing the Greek gods with personalities that made them feel much closer to being human. This book gets a 5/5 for living up to all the hype that surrounds it.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

In My Mailbox

Hey everyone! I only got one book this week, but I am super excited for it anyway.

Twisted (Pretty Little Liars, #9)

Bought:
Twisted by Sara Shepard

What did you guys get this week?

Fury by Elizabeth Miles

Fury (Fury, #1)Title: Fury
Author: Elizabeth Miles
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release: August 30, 2011
Pages: 352
Series: Fury #1
ADVANCE COPY PROVIDED BY SIMON & SCHUSTER CANADA
Synopsis:
Sometimes sorry isn't enough....

It’s winter break in Ascension, Maine. The snow is falling and everything looks pristine and peaceful. But not all is as it seems...

Between cozy traditions and parties with her friends, Emily loves the holidays. And this year’s even better--the guy she’s been into for months is finally noticing her. But Em knows if she starts things with him, there’s no turning back. Because his girlfriend is Em’s best friend.

On the other side of town, Chase is having problems of his own. The stress of his home life is starting to take its toll, and his social life is unraveling. But that’s nothing compared to what’s really haunting him. Chase has done something cruel...something the perfect guy he pretends to be would never do. And it’s only a matter of time before he’s exposed.

In Ascension, mistakes can be deadly. And three girls—three beautiful, mysterious girls—are here to choose who will pay.

Em and Chase have been chosen.

Review:
Before receiving this book for review, I had never heard of it before. When I saw the cover however, I fell hard for it. I dove in, expecting an amazing read, but unfortunately, that is not what I found.

The cover for this book is gorgeous online, but on the ARC in person, it is something else. The letters are embossed and the cover will be soft touch. On the final copy, apparently it will have foil. Awesome right? The coolest part of the entire cover is how the cover model's hair turns to smoke and then if you turn the book over, there is some of the hair/ smoke below the summary. That has to be one of the coolest covers.

My troubles over this book begin with the characters. I did not care for Emily that much. She did not respect her friend enough to leave her boyfriend, Zach, alone and she did not respect herself enough to stop being with Zach even when he was quite clearly just playing her. I found it odd how she did not realize that she was being used for the longest time, which also was partially why I did not care for her. Chase on the other hand was in a tough place in his life, putting on a facade everyday to keep other people from getting too close to him. What I found I disliked about him though is how easily fooled he was during most of the book and how he trusted people too easily as well. I found that I enjoyed Chase more than Emily, though they were not my favorite main characters ever.

Fury is set in two different perspectives; that of Chase and Emily. I liked how that gave you insight into what they were thinking when they did some of the things they did. What I did not enjoy was how the characters were so easily tricked into doing these things throughout the story. Though I did not care for the story, the book was well written besides the fact that the characters had a tendency to swear a little too often in my opinion. The ending of Fury was very open ended. I did not find it to be a cliffhanger, but more of an end that you could stop reading the series at or continue on with the books.

Overall, I did not care for a lot of the aspects of Fury all that much. I give it a 3/5, but I will be giving the second book a try when it comes out.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Unbecoming of Mara DyerTitle: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Release: September 27, 2011
Pages: 464
Series: Mara Dyer #1
ADVANCE COPY PROVIDED BY SIMON & SCHUSTER CANADA
Synopsis:
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:
I received this book in the mail a while back (before the Canada Post strike/ lock out) and I could not wait to dive in to it. I had seen the cover and a countdown on another blog and had thought about how gorgeous the cover was. When I stumbled across the official synopsis later, I was beyond curious. Needless to say that when it showed up, I was reading it ASAP! Did I enjoy it? Yes multiplied by a million.

When I first saw the cover of this book, I wanted to know more about it immediately. Who are the two characters on the cover? Is the male a antagonist? Is he a love interest? What are his intentions? How about the girl? Is she in trouble? Why are they underwater? These were some of the first questions I thought upon looking at this cover. After my initial thoughts, I fell in love with this cover and felt drawn to read the book.

The lead character in this novel was Mara Dyer. She had recently gone through a tragedy involving her closest friends, which lead her family to move to sunny Florida to help Mara put her memories behind her and obtain a fresh start. Enter Noah, the care free bad boy with a even worse reputation to boot. The process that brought romance between these two characters was NOT instant, which I found very refreshing. I very much enjoyed these characters because of how they were very realistic. They were like real teenagers to me. Amongst the secondary characters I also had some favorites. One of them being Jamie. I loved Jamie for how genuine he seemed.

My one problem with this book lies in the language that was often used. At times it seemed a little excessive. Apart from that one point, I loved the writing for this novel. It was amazingly submersing for the reader and it was uber-intriguing. Plus, there were unexpected points of humour throughout the book, often through the banter that passed between Noah and Mara. The storyline itself was very mysterious and full of twists and turns you would never see coming. Especially the ending. I never in a million years saw that coming.

I cannot wait for the next book in this series, and until then I give The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer a 5/5 despite my dislike of some of the language used. This book was a never-let-you-go thrill ride that I would recommend to anyone, especially someone who likes very mysterious books with a hint of paranormal added in.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Starcrossed (Starcrossed, #1)Title: Starcrossed
Author: Josephine Angelini
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release: May 31, 2011
Pages: 496
Series: Starcrossed #1
Synopsis:
How do you defy destiny?
 
Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it's getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she's haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they're destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.

As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.

Review:
After hearing all the hype that was being built up around Starcrossed and seeing all the great reviews it was getting, I knew that I would be picking it up the day it came out. Lucky enough for me, my local bookstore (best bookstore EVER!) got it in a few days early and I dove into it and devoured it. Wow, was it ever good. I loved how Helen and Lucas had such amazing chemistry all the time, even when they wanted to kill each other, literally. The writing was fairly descriptive and smooth, making the reader feel immersed and a part of Helen's world. I really enjoyed that other points of view were involved, but not too frequently that it became all about those other characters. The story itself was my favorite part of this book. Just the fact that I have never read anything like this was a huge part of it for me. When all was said and done, Starcrossed was a hugely lovable story that puts a twist on mythology, earning it a 5/5.


In My Mailbox: The New Kobo Touch Edition

Hey everyone! This week I got some really awesome stuff. Here we go:

Dragon's Pupils - The Sword GuestMisfitWard Against Death (Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer, # 1)The Goddess Test (Goddess Test #1)The Beginning of AfterUltravioletThe Strange Case of Finley JayneRot & Ruin


For Review:
Misfit by Jon Skovron
The Beginning of After by Jennifer Castle
Ultraviolet by RJ Anderson
Ward Against Death by Melanie Card

Dragon's Pupils - The Sword Guest by Martin Chu


Bought:
Lilac Kobo Touch
The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
The Strang Case of Finley Jane by Kady Cross

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