Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Loop by Karen Akins


Originally Released: October 21st, 2014
Series: Loop, Book One
Published by: St. Martin's Griffin
Page Amount: 336 pages, US Hardback
Author's Website.
WARNING: I feel like this synopsis is a little spoilery, but it is what goodreads offers.

At a school where Quantum Paradox 101 is a required course and history field trips are literal, sixteen year-old time traveler Bree Bennis excels…at screwing up.

After Bree botches a solo midterm to the 21st century by accidentally taking a boy hostage (a teensy snafu), she stands to lose her scholarship. But when Bree sneaks back to talk the kid into keeping his yap shut, she doesn’t go back far enough. The boy, Finn, now three years older and hot as a solar flare, is convinced he’s in love with Bree, or rather, a future version of her that doesn’t think he’s a complete pain in the arse. To make matters worse, she inadvertently transports him back to the 23rd century with her.

Once home, Bree discovers that a recent rash of accidents at her school are anything but accidental. Someone is attacking time travelers. As Bree and her temporal tagalong uncover seemingly unconnected clues—a broken bracelet, a missing data file, the art heist of the millennium—that lead to the person responsible, she alone has the knowledge to piece the puzzle together. Knowledge only one other person has. Her future self.

But when those closest to her become the next victims, Bree realizes the attacker is willing to do anything to stop her. In the past, present, or future.
Information from Goodreads.com

Review: 
This book. THIS BLARKING BOOK! I loved it so much. I really did. I didn't expect to be as enthralled as I was with it, because I accepted it for review and usually when I get something for review, it isn't one of those MUST READ NOW kind of books. But this book was everything I needed in this moment and is a definite MUST READ NOW kind of book.

The beginning was a little forgettable. Yada yada, girl can time travel, yada yada, gangly kid... but then about a quarter of a way through the story maybe even a little less, it is like BAM! Didn't see that coming. And really, that happens several times throughout the book. Every time you think you figured something out, BAM you're wrong again, like REALLY wrong. It was such a fantastic plot and I really can't wait to read more from this world.

Also the characters were amazing. Bree is hilarious and witty and smart. Not to mention tough, I love a female protagonist that doesn't take crap and can take care of herself. And the other characters all add so much to the story. I think what I loved most about this book, was the romance that rocked all other types of romance. It had everything I usually love but has been overused and it shook it up and made it all new.

I am definitely one who likes funner, less dark books (but still complicated) that HAVE to contain some sort of romance. So if you're one of those readers lately too, you will adore this book as much as I did. But, if you're not, I still think this is something you're going to want to look into.

First Line:
"Hitting the ground is the hardest part."

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas


Originally Released: August 7th, 2012
Series: Throne of Glass, Book One
Published by: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Page Amount: 404 pages, US Paperback
Author's Website.
In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king's champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass--and it's there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena's fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world
Information from Goodreads.com

Review: 
Wow. Okay. I don't really know how to review this. I really enjoyed it. But that was it. I didn't fall madly in love with it, but I will admit I had some deep infatuation. It seemed really dense to me, it took me forever to read even though it was a very quick paced book and I enjoyed it all. I think that there was so much going on the entire time I really had to focus on each word to not miss anything, and it took me longer than usual to read. But I'm so happy I did.

The characters are seriously in depth. I really liked reading about them and slowly learning more and more about each one. There was a lot of world building in this, but begeezle, was it such an amazing world. I think the main problem I had with this book (if I had to find a problem with it) was that it was the beginning of a good series, because there was so much building going on, it was more difficult to focus on this awesome story at hand.

That being said I cannot wait to go on in this series, I have heard it only gets better, and if that is the case I imagine it quickly becoming a favorite.

#TeamChaol

First Line:
"After a year of slavery in the Salt Mines of Endovier, Celaena Sardothien was accustomed to being escorted in shackles and at sword-point."

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Sky Is Everwhere by Jandy Nelson

Originally Released: March 9th, 2010
Published by: Delacorte Press
Page Amount: 276 pages, US Paperback
Author's Website.
Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, bookworm and band geek, plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister, Bailey. But when Bailey dies abruptly, Lennie is catapulted to center stage of her own life - and, despite her nonexistent history with boys, suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two. Toby was Bailey's boyfriend; his grief mirrors Lennie's own. Joe is the new boy in town, a transplant from Paris whose nearly magical grin is matched only by his musical talent. For Lennie, they're the sun and the moon; one boy takes her out of her sorrow, the other comforts her in it. But just like their celestial counterparts, they can't collide without the whole wide world exploding.
Information from Goodreads.com

Review: 
Oh. My. Goodness. This book. Seriously, I just don't even know how to describe it. I fell in love with this story, its characters, the plot, the BEAUTIFUL writing and pretty much every aspect of it. This is without a doubt going to be one of my favorite books for the year.

Lennie is an AMAZING character, and I would read 1,000 books from her perspective. She described and embodied grief, but for those of us who have luckily never had to experience such tragedy, she also embodies self-discovery and what it means to realize you've been metaphorically sleeping your entire life and the realization when you finally wake up.

I am normally only a fan of paranormal romance. I love the cheese. But my gosh this book woke me up to the contemporary genre and I was finally sitting there shaking my head screaming "I get it!" I never understood why someone would want to read about real life, especially tragedy (isn't life hard enough on its own?) until I read this book.

And let's talk about the poetry. Seriously my favorite part. I actually found my breath taken away by the words sometimes and I love that she just writes stuff for the beyond and for no one to see. Wowwowwowowowowowow. I cannot even fathom the reading experience I had here.

Absolutely a new favorite book of the year and pretty much a top favorite of all time.

First Line:
"Gram is worried about me."

Friday, October 3, 2014

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner


Originally Released: October 12th, 2010
Series: The Maze Runner, Book Two
Published by: Delacorte Press
Page Amount: 360 pages, US Paperback
Author's Website.
Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end.

Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.

There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.

The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off.

There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive.
Information from Goodreads.com

Review: 
So this book was pretty underwhelming for me through the middle. The beginning was crazy interesting, and the end of the middle/end of the book was really good. But it seemed like while they were setting up the actual scorch trials I was bored out of my mind. Now, I will say that I have had a lot going on with Emma being sick and college in full swing, so it wasn't like I had an ample amount of reading time. But even when I had a few minutes to read I wasn't compelled to pick this up. In fact, I forced myself to get through it and finally got into it again by the end.

However, I am really eager to see what The Death Cure has in store for me. With this being a sequel, it was undoubtedly going to be hit or miss. Sequels are usually really good, or really terrible, and this just didn't really compete with the first one for me.

A lot of it could have been done purposeful though. I never knew where I was standing in this book, which could be because Thomas never knew where he was standing or what he was dealing with. But come on, readers need a little bit more! I didn't want to be miserable the ENTIRE time. So, I can see this being a deeper book for those of you who like reading harsher stuff in winter/fall. But I was in book need of an escape, and I did not want to escape to this world.

First Line:
"She spoke to him before the world fell apart."

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Originally Released: August 5th, 2014
Series: Saga Lux, Book Five
Published by: Entangled Teen
Page Amount: 534 pages, US Paperback
Author's Website.
Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came.

She can't believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.

They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.

War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing
Information from Goodreads.com

Review: 
Seriously? It's over. I'm devastated. How does this keep happening to me? How is it that my favorite book series just keep ending?! This is a joke right?

Nope. It's really over. And I stinking loved every minute of this ride. I have said pretty much the basics about the book series as a whole, but this conclusion was awesome. It really wrapped up, and really left me feeling slightly satisfied. I just don't even know what to think right now.

My favorite of the series was definitely Opal. But Opposition was a close second/third. I felt like it had my regular dose of quirkiness, adventure, and Kat kickin some major bad guy butt. She is such a great main character.

I have said all I can say after five reviews of these books. Just PLEASE go read them. PLEASE. So we can discuss them.

First Line:
"Back in the day, I had this plan for the off chance that I was around for the whole-end-of-the-world thing."

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."
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