Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Through the Zombie Glass by Gena Showalter


Originally Released: September 24th, 2013
Series: White Rabbit Chronicles, Book Two
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Page Amount: 480 pages, US Hardback
Author's Website.
Zombies stalk the night. Forget blood and brains. These monsters hunger for human souls. Sadly, they've got mine...
Alice Bell has lost so much. Family. Friends. A home. She thought she had nothing else to give. She was wrong.
After a new zombie attack, strange things begin to happen to her. Mirrors come to life, and the whispers of the dead assault her ears. But the worst? A terrible darkness blooms inside her, urging her to do very wicked things.
She's never needed her team of zombie slayers more, but ultra bad-boy Cole Holland, the leader and her boyfriend, suddenly withdraws from her...from everyone. Now, with her best friend Kat at her side, Ali must kill the zombies, uncover Cole's secret and learn to fight the darkness.
But the clock is ticking...and if she fails at a single task, they're all doomed.
Information from Goodreads.com

Review: 
Guys, I really love this series. This installment started at the great level the first one left off on, and just kept getting better. Showalter is going to have to pull out some seriously amazing tricks to make the third and final book as good as the first two.

Ali has got to be one of my favorite female characters of the year. She doesn't take crap, she kicks some serious butt, and lets face it, that vulnerable side even makes me love her (Cole doesn't stand a chance!). But am I the only one who notices how they always talk about how awesome she is at zombie fighting, but she usually ends up getting saved by one of her friends at least once EVERY battle? Is this going to have one of those HP 'can't do it without your friends' morals? I hope so! Because every character in this book kicks butt. Kat is amazing, Cole is swoon-worthy and I'm in love with Gavin. And every character in this book for that matter.

I also love this take on zombies. The plot is so fantastic and creative, I never would have thought of something this amazing. They aren't your run of the mill zombies, and it makes for such an dynamic story. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE pick up this book series if you haven't already. It's one of my favorites.

First Line:
"Where should I begin?"

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Deadly Class by Rick Remender


Originally Released: January 22nd, 2014
Series: Deadly Class, Volume One
Published by: Image Comics
Page Amount: 32 pages, Graphic Novel
Author's Website.
It’s 1987. Marcus Lopez hates school. His grades suck. He has no money. The jocks are hassling his friends. He can’t focus in class, thanks to his mind constantly drifting to the stunning girl in the front row and the Dag Nasty show he has tickets to. But the jocks are the children of Joseph Stalin’s top assassin, the teachers are members of an ancient league of assassins, the class he’s failing is “Dismemberment 101,” and his crush, a member of the most notorious crime syndicate in Japan, has a double-digit body count.

Welcome to the most brutal high school on Earth, where the world’s top crime families send the next generation of assassins to be trained. Murder is an art. Killing is a craft. At King’s Dominion High School for the Deadly Arts, the dagger in your back isn’t always metaphorical, nor is your fellow classmates’ poison.
Information from Goodreads.com

Review: 
WARNING: This graphic novel contains some SERIOUS violence, sexual situations, drugs and foul language. NOT a young adult read.

I've really been looking forward to reading this graphic novel since I ordered it on Amazon a few weeks ago. The cover is absolutely fantastic, and I have not read many graphic novels before, so I wanted something with kind of an easy concept to get me into the genre again.

This didn't disappoint. I found it eerie, well written for its genre, and pretty jaw-dropping. The language was a bit much for me (did it REALLY need so many f-bombs?) but I could look past it because the characters were from some seriously troubled pasts and in some messed up situations. I felt like it was lacking a little bit of plot development. I wanted to see some back story, and also more of the assassin school. I would not have minded a longer volume for more quality plot. But, I'm kind of amateur in this stuff.

The artwork was stunning. The cover is still my favorite, but I gotta say inside does not disappoint. I didn't struggle finding my way into the art and the words which was refreshing. I usually find myself stumbling into a rhythm, but this read/artwork was a smooth transition from novels.

All in all, this was a great graphic novel for me to read. I plan on continuing on in the adventure as soon as I am able.

First Line:
"A positive attitude is essential to surviving out here."

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan


Originally Released: October 12th, 2010
Series: Heroes of Olympus, Book One
Published by: Disney Hyperion
Page Amount: 553 pages, US Hardback
Author's Website.
Jason has a problem. He doesn’t remember anything before waking up in a bus full of kids on a field trip. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper and a best friend named Leo. They’re all students at a boarding school for “bad kids.” What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly?

Piper has a secret. Her father has been missing for three days, ever since she had that terrifying nightmare. Piper doesn’t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn’t recognize her. When a freak storm hits, unleashing strange creatures and whisking her, Jason, and Leo away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood, she has a feeling she’s going to find out.

Leo has a way with tools. When he sees his cabin at Camp Half-Blood, filled with power tools and machine parts, he feels right at home. But there’s weird stuff, too—like the curse everyone keeps talking about. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of them—including Leo—is related to a god.
Information from Goodreads.com

Review: 
Okay, I've gotta admit, I wasn't pumped about reading this book. I was terrified it would be a bad Percy Jackson remake, and was only out to get fans coins instead of provide them with more wonderful story. In some ways, I was right, it has so many parallels to Percy Jackson (not including the fact that this begins a few months after the Titan War ends) that even though I sped read through the whole Percy series and don't recall a lot of it, I could see them. But it was actually really great either way, and it felt almost like it was done on purpose.

I loved all the characters in this book and keeping in mind that this is actually for younger YA and middle grades, this book is absolutely perfect. It has action, adventure, young first love, prophecies and everything you could ask for! It even teaches a lot about mythology, which happens to be one of my favorite subjects.

Yep, I already have the next four in my Amazon wishlist. I can't see me not devouring the rest of the series soon, I have to figure out how it ends. And btw, this book ends on such a cliffhanger, so have the second book handy!

First Line:
"Even before he got electrocuted, Jason was having a rotten day."

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."

Win a copy of your own thanks to St. Martin's Press!

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."
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