Thursday, September 11, 2014

Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Originally Released: August 27th, 2013
Series: Saga Lux, Book Four
Published by: Entangled Teen
Page Amount: 364 pages, US Paperback
Author's Website.
Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything.

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on?

And will they even be together?
Information from Goodreads.com

Review: 
The problem with writing this review is going to be that you guys already know how strong my adoration for this series is. I have reviewed three others, and ranted and raved and loved on everybody. Seriously, it's one of my new favorite series up there with the biggies. But there isn't a whole lot I can say this deep into a book series that isn't a spoiler or a repeat.

So I'm just going to say I friggin loved this book and this series. If you haven't read it you're crazy. This book wasn't my favorite out of the entire saga, that still goes to Opal, but this book still had me on the edge of my toes the entire time. After Opal, I didn't trust Armentrout with my beloved characters and therefore I had to guard the little piece of my soul that leaves and lives in whatever book I'm reading. It was actually kinda stressful in a pathetic, sad, I need a life kind of way.

Seriously guys, if you're apart of the book community, you know how many people like this series. Why aren't you reading it yet?

First Line:
"I was on fire again."

Monday, September 8, 2014

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter


Originally Released: September 25th, 2012
Series: White Rabbit Chronicles, Book 1
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Page Amount: 404 pages, US Hardback
Author's Website.
Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real.

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies.

I wish I could go back and do a thousand things differently.
I'd tell my sister no.
I'd never beg my mother to talk to my dad.
I'd zip my lips and swallow those hateful words.
Or, barring all of that, I'd hug my sister, my mom and my dad one last time.
I'd tell them I love them.
I wish... Yeah, I wish
Information from Goodreads.com

Review: 
This book was seriously so fantastic, definitely one of my favorites for the year. I am going to regret the hours of sleeping I gave up when I was staying up to read this, but hey, I'll sleep when I'm dead (pun intended). Alice in Zombieland was fun, fast-paced, passionate, heartbreaking and hilarious. There was serious man candy thrown all over the place like a ho-dunk county homecoming parade and my girl Kat needs to materialize and be my B.F.F.F.F.L.(Best friend for freaking forever and life).

This book had everything I needed to consider it amazing but it definitely wasn't what I expected. It is NOTHING like Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. But to be honest, that was what was kind of putting me off about this series so far. I'm like really, zombies, in WONDERLAND?! What will they think of next. But besides some seriously clever easter eggs this has nothing to do with Wonderland (sorry to all you Once Upon A Time fans out there, Hatter is a hottie!).

The thing I love about this the most is our main character Ali. She is seriously bad butt the entire time. And even though she is realistically mentally tortured and does her fair share of Stefan brooding, she grabs her lady balls and is constantly manning up. I felt so inspired by this girl. And Cole. Can we just stop to take a moment of appreciation for Cole. Perhaps a book about zombies shouldn't have a guy so delicious sounding. He was so sweet and not in the creepy way most book characters usually are. He liked Ali for Ali in every sense and even though there were moments he tried to change her, he liked her because he couldn't.

Gah, I need to go to bed. If you haven't read this book get the eff up and go do it. Seriously. Now.

No seriously, read this book.

Seriously.

First Line:
"Had anyone told me that my entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, I would have laughed."

Friday, September 5, 2014

Unbreakable by Kami Garcia


Originally Released: October 1st, 2013
Series: The Legion, Book One
Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Page Amount: 305 pages, US Hardback
Author's Website.
I never believed in ghosts. Until one tried to kill me.

When Kennedy Waters finds her mother dead, her world begins to unravel. She doesn’t know that paranormal forces in a much darker world are the ones pulling the strings. Not until identical twins Jared and Lukas Lockhart break into Kennedy’s room and destroy a dangerous spirit sent to kill her. The brothers reveal that her mother was part of an ancient secret society responsible for protecting the world from a vengeful demon — a society whose five members were all murdered on the same night.

Now Kennedy has to take her mother’s place in the Legion if she wants to uncover the truth and stay alive. Along with new Legion members Priest and Alara, the teens race to find the only weapon that might be able to destroy the demon — battling the deadly spirits he controls every step of the way.
Information from Goodreads.com

Review: 
SHABAM this was a good book! I literally just finished it and I can't sit still from the ending. Why are authors so intent on torturing me? I don't know what it is about September, but everything I've read has been incredibly good, but this is a definite tie for my favorite so far.

It was so much different than anything I have read in a while. I seriously LOVE good ghost books. And this felt like a mix of Supernatural, The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong and Cadet Kelly adult style all mixed into one. I really loved every bit of it and I don't think there is a thing I would have changed.

I don't know if I'm just on a book high from reading so many books lately, but I am desperate for the sequel of this baby. Lucky for me it comes out really soon. The plot was so good and definitely went in a way I didn't expect. I'm really into the books where the characters are actually DOING something instead of just fighting someone evil coming to them. They've really captured my attention lately and rocked my book world. I was definitely worried this would be a Mortal Instruments rip off. Enough time has passed for people to try to steal the story, and with the whole mother thing and good looking boys coming in to save her from a demon revealing her mother was apart of a secret society.... but the description is where the likeness ends. In fact, that is about 5% of the novel because it gets so much more in depth than that.

All in all, I was crazy not to pick this up sooner. Don't make the same mistake I did.

First Line:
"As my bare feet sank into the wet earth, I tried not to think about the dead bodies buried beneath me."

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Cinder by Marissa Meyer


Originally Released: January 3rd, 2012
Series: The Lunar Chronicles, Book One
Published by: Feiwel & Friends
Page Amount: 387 pages, US Hardback
Author's Website.
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.
Information from Goodreads.com

Review: 
I devoured this book. It was so much fun to read, and while it did have very predictable moments, this is one of the best original fairy tale spin-offs I have ever read. In fact, I already have the sequel in my amazon cart ready to purchase tomorrow.

I fell in love with Cinder right away. Think she'll take your bs? She won't. And her story is one to tell. It never really gives a good description of her that I remember, and at first that really distracted me. But her personality developed a physical description in my mind, and I love that all the more. I can really own the character, and now I have some serious stock put into her. Definitely probably one of my favorite female characters of the year. But, then there is Kai. I liked him, I did. And I definitely felt the on page chemistry, but he was a little princely for me for a while. Guess he has to be, sigh.

As far as the plot goes, it definitely thickens the more and more you get into this book. As I said earlier, there was a lot I predicted, but it wasn't like I predicted it and then the rest of the book was ruined. It was fun discovering everything along with the characters. And I am majorly intrigued by what is coming next.

First Line:
"The screw through Cinder's ankle had rusted, the engraved cross marks worn to a mangled circle."

Monday, September 1, 2014

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson


Originally Released: September 1st, 2011
Series: Shades of London, Book One
Published by: Putnam Juvenile
Page Amount: 372 pages, US Hardback
Author's Website.
The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it's the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper events of more than a century ago.

Soon “Rippermania” takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him. Even her roommate, who was walking with her at the time, didn't notice the mysterious man. So why can only Rory see him? And more urgently, why has Rory become his next target? In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.
Information from Goodreads.com

Review: 
So this book was suggested to me by several of our youtube viewers after I read a book called Project Cain and confessed my desire to read more books about classic serial killers. While it was definitely not what I expected, I found myself pleasantly surprised at the content in this book.

The plot was really good, especially when I discovered this was a series. As I was reading this I kept thinking about how good of a series it would be, but thought it was a stand-alone so it kind of confused me at some points. But it sets up a really cool genre of weird that hasn't been tapped on successfully in the past (in my experience so far) and I think it does a pretty okay job. Was there some design flaws? Yes. Did it hinder anything about the book? Not really.

I am also going to say I enjoyed the characters. They weren't my favorite out of any stories I have ever read, but like I said before it is setting up a really good series. When I thought it was a stand-alone I thought they weren't diving deep enough into these characters I was falling into like with, and when I figured out it was a series I realized how appropriate that was. You don't show all the skin on a first date after all.

All in all, this book grabbed my attention and kept it through the remainder of the read. I didn't find myself unable to put it down, but I was never reluctant to put aside important things like cleaning, homework and sleep to devour its pages. I can't wait to read the sequel.

First Line:
"If you live around New Orleans and they think a hurricane might be coming, all hell breaks loose."

Friday, August 29, 2014

Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel


Originally Released: January 1st, 2012
Series: Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, Book 2
Published by: Simon & Schuster
Page Amount: 310 pages, US Paperback
Author's Website.
Tragedy has forced sixteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein to swear off alchemy forever. He burns the Dark Library and vows he will never dabble in the dark sciences again - just as he vows he will no longer covet Elizabeth, his brother's betrothed.

If only these things were not so tempting.

When he and Elizabeth discover a portal into the spirit world, they cannot resist. Together with Victor's twin, Konrad, and their friend Henry, they venture into a place of infinite possibilities where power and passion reign. But as they search for the knowledge to raise the dead, they unknowingly unlock a darkness from which they may never return..
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Review: 
Once again I was blown away by the uniqueness of this story. Wow. Though Frankenstein and his monster have been around for ages, and thus have had many awful repeats and spin-offs, I can honestly say I have rarely read such a truly enticing tale surrounding a well loved classic.

I have not had the pleasure of reading anything quite like this story. Normally, when I am reading young adult literature that is not about the typical mythical creatures I feel like the author tries to justify their story too much. There is so many excuses as to why whatever they are writing about tied into the story that seem to promise, hey, there may not be sparkly vampires in here but, just hear me out. Oppel's stories have no such motive. They were so thick with interesting detail that I scarcely felt like I was reading. I could picture these moments clearly in my head and feel the character's feelings deep in the pit of my stomach.

Such Wicked Intent is the first book (since I was much younger and reading the basilisk in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets whisper through the walls for the first time) that has sent frightened shivers up my spine and had me glancing around the room to ensure the terror was only in the pages. However fleeting this moment was it absolutely thrilled me. I have been waiting for a book to put a scare into me, and I was beginning to think it wasn't possible.

All in all, I am in love with this book and its predecessor This Dark Endeavor. They are creepy, unique in every fashion, and seriously make me want to consider alchemy... or not.

First Line:
"The books flew open like startled birds trying to escape the flames."

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Emily the Strange: The Lost Days by Rob Reger


Originally Released: June 2nd, 2009
Series: Emily the Strange, Book 1
Published by: HarperCollins
Page Amount: 266 pages, US Paperback
Author's Website.
13 Elements you will find in the first Emily the Strange novel:

1. Mystery
2. A beautiful golem
3. Souped-up slingshots
4. Four black cats
5. Amnesia
6. Calamity Poker
7. Angry ponies
8. A shady truant officer
9. Top-13 lists
10. A sandstorm generator
11. DoppelgAngers
12. A secret mission
13. Earwigs

Emily the Strange: 13 years old. Able to leap tall buildings, probably, if she felt like it. More likely to be napping with her four black cats; or cobbling together a particle accelerator out of lint, lentils, and safety pins; or rocking out on drums/ guitar/saxophone/zither; or painting a swirling feral sewer mural; or forcing someone to say "swirling feral sewer mural" 13 times fast . . . and pointing and laughing.
Information from Goodreads.com

Review: 
Okay, this book was adorable. I'll admit, at first it was a little difficult for me to get into. In fact, I almost put it down. But once I got into the story and the writing style became familiar I fell in love! There are a lot of lists and some very short and choppy sentences. But it is supposed to be following the thought processes of a young strange girl. And while she is VERY strange, its a strange I can definitely relate to. It is also incredibly diary style with awesome drawings.

But apart from the very hipterishness of this book where there is gothic drawings and she wears all black and is super cool (coming from a hipster, I think hipster things are cool) and has weird things, this book actually has a pretty cool story line. You don't get straight into the meat of it until a lot later in this book but eventually a lot of questions are answered and it gets really suspenseful. Surprisingly so. I really thought the hipster in me would enjoy this book, but let's face it, I all around enjoyed it.

I already added the sequel and the graphic novel to my wishlist on amazon. So, buy it for me or I'll have to buy it for myself soon!

First Line:
"Ok. I think I better take some notes, cuz something super strange is happening to me."
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