Friday, December 30, 2011

Top Ten 2012 Releases

Top 10 of 2011 is hosted by Jessica at Confessions of a Bookaholic, Lisa at A Life Bound by Books, Rachel from Fiktshun, and Jamie and Patricia from Two Chicks on Books.

Today's topic is TOP TEN MOST ANTICIPATED OF 2012. In no particular order:

Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

Fever (Chemical Garden #2) by Lauren DeStefano

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Above by Leah Bobet

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Pandemonium (Delirium, #2) by Lauren Oliver

Enshadowed (Nevermore, #2) by Kelly Creagh

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

Who Are Some Of Your Most Anticipated Books 0f 2012?

Top Ten Characters from 2011

Top 10 of 2011 is hosted by Jessica at Confessions of a Bookaholic, Lisa at A Life Bound by Books, Rachel from Fiktshun, and Jamie and Patricia from Two Chicks on Books.

Today's topic is TOP TEN CHARACTERS OF 2011. In no particular order:
The ladies never specifically said what kind of favorite characters they wanted and I decided to go with characters who broke their stereotypes:

Nathan and Andy from Lola and the Boy Next Door: I had noticed an extreme lack of good parents in YA books. Why were they always so mean or non caring? Couldn’t we just have some awesome, normal parents? Well, Nathan and Andy were just the kinds of parents I needed to see. Not all parents are mean and don’t care about their kids. Andy and Nathan were nice and caring but weren’t afraid to become parents.

Hanna from Delirium by Lauren Oliver: Not all best friends are horrible , back stabbing b******. Hanna proved to be a funny, carrying friend who isn’t afraid to tell her bff when she’s being stupid or wrong.

Tris from Divergent: She’s not a damsel in distress. She’s not afraid to get into action, to do something dangerous. She’s not afraid to have a heart and be human at the same time as being a daring girl.

Jordan from Catching Jordan: Jordan hung out with the guys and went against what was considered normal. She didn’t listen to her dad tell her not to go after her dreams. When people said girl’s can’t play football, she said no. She went out to prove herself.

Duce from Enclave: I think I loved that Duce was able to be afraid of the “things” (if you’ve read it, you know what I’m talking about) but also be really strong. She was strong and didn’t let anything get her down. She was willing to get back up after a bad day or hard work.

Piper from Five Falvors of Dumb: She’s deaf but she was able to go way past the norm and prove that even though she can’t hear the music, she can play it. She didn’t let anything get to her and she knew what she wanted.

Kate from The Liar Society: Kate lost her best friend and even though people are telling her to move on, she knows that something happened to her best friend and Kate will stop at nothing to prove it. Kate was determined and it wasn’t for her. She was so selfless as to devote so much time and energy to prove that her friend had been wronged. When you think of a book like this, you’d think it would be about Kate morning her best friend’s death by like hosting memorial services in her honor. Instead, she’s out to get the person who killed her bff.

Kat from Uncommon Criminals: She’s a thief and you’d expect the thief to (mostly) have no heart and just steal the things they wanted. Kat wasn’t like that. She was a good person who only wanted to help people. Yeah she stole things, but she returned them to their rightful owners.

Kate from Die for Me: When I began this book, I was afraid that it was going to be a Twilight re make. I so expected Kate to become all Bella like when it came to Vincent (thought Vincent IS NOT a vampire)…she didn’t and that was a nice touch. She was interested in Vincent, yes, but she was willing to learn more about him and his kind and not become a damsel in distress. She held her own.

Rose from Vampire Academy Series: I’m including Rose not only because she’s just plain awesome and I think she broke the stereotype of being strong and willful but she had a heart also. I think she was also one of the most honest characters out there. There was no bull with her and she was willing to accept that yeah, she might not be alive the next morning.

Who Are Some Of Your Favorite Characters 0f 2011?

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Top Ten Book Boyfriends of 2011

Top 10 of 2011 is hosted by Jessica at Confessions of a Bookaholic, Lisa at A Life Bound by Books, Rachel from Fiktshun, and Jamie and Patricia from Two Chicks on Books.

Today's topic is TOP TEN BOOK BOYFRIENDS OF 2011. In no particular order:
1) Four from Divergent by Veronica Roth: so strong and sexy and awesome. 
2) Vincent and Jules from Die For Me by Amy Plum: I never would have thought I would have fallen for a * 2 zombies* but Vincent and Jules were such nice, cute guys! Plus, they’re Parisian. 
3) Archer from Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins: He's hot and sexy and mysterious and smoldering..
4) Jeremy from Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez: He's a violin player. He's super nice but mysterious too!
5) Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins: He’s such a super cutie! He’s weird and awkward and an inventor and oh so realistice! 
6) Carlos from Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles: Hot, sexy, and the ultimate bad boy with a soft heart. 
7) Fade from Enclave by Ann Aguire: He’s had such a hard life but he’s still so strong, and the silent brooding type!
8) Hunter from Love Story by Jennifer Echols: He’s the hot, sexy guy who you have a huge crush on and can’t seem to stop thinking about.
9) Zachary from Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready: He’s Scottish, he’s got an accent, he’s super nice and carrying and he’s smart too!
10) Adam from Where She Went by Gayle Forman: He's a singer, super cute and nice and sweet and swoon worthy.

  Who Are Some Of Your Favorite Book Boyfriends 0f 2011?

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Top 10 Book Covers of 2011

Top 10 of 2011 is hosted by Jessica at Confessions of a Bookaholic, Lisa at A Life Bound by Books, Rachel from Fiktshun, and Jamie and Patricia from Two Chicks on Books.
Today's topic is TOP TEN BOOK COVERS OF 2011. In no particular order:

Divergent by Veronica Roth
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Die For Me by Amy Plum
Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Blood Red Road (Dustlands, #1) by Moira Young

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin 
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Lalani Taylor

What Are Some Of Your Favorite Book Covers 0f 2011?

Monday, December 26, 2011

Top 10 Books I've Read in 2011 (Blog Event)

Top 10 of 2011 is hosted by Jessica at Confessions of a Bookaholic, Lisa at A Life Bound by Books, Rachel from Fiktshun, and Jamie and Patricia from Two Chicks on Books.

Divergent by Veronica Roth 2011 Debut 
Why: Divergent had a great plot AND a great romance. More so, the romance didn’t take over the plot. There was just the right amount of (super cute) romance that helped the plot progress. The plot, was SO AWESOME. It was like non stop action. The idea for the factions was interesting based on the virtues people like most. Tis is so tough and kick ass. She REALLY knows what she believes in and I found that to be amazing. Ms. Roth was able to convey danger, fear, angst, happiness, hurt, and a lot of other things, very well. This was one of the reasons I connected with Tris.
Enclave by Ann Aguire
Why: I have to also give Ms. Aguire HUGE props for her world building skills. Though it’s like post-apocalypse and all, holy moly was her world awesome. We see the world through Duce’s eyes and like Duce (who has lived under ground her whole life) we’re amazed and scared at what the world has turned into. From the very beginning, the way Ms. Aguirre characterized Duce was so awesome. Her determination to be a Huntress (and to be good at it) showed so much about it. It’s when she’s partnered with the slightly intimidating, broody Fade that her true character is revealed: she’s a girl who wants to do the right thing, she wants to protect the people she loves and she’s doing it the only way she knows how! I loved the relationship between Duce and Fade. It’s really when he enters her life that her journey really takes off. I just can’t get the world out of my head…and is it weird for me to say that I’m actually a little scared of the world that Ms. Aguirre introduced me to?
Wither by Lauren DeStefano 2011 Debut 
Why: I have to give it to Ms. DeStefanofor not making polygamy the absolute main focus of this plot. To me, the main focus was on our protagonist Rhine and her feelings of where she currently was and what was happening to her. The plot moved a bit too slowly at times and some things seemed a bit repetitive and that really pulled me away. I just loved, loved the feel and sounding of the words together. This book really, really came alive with her descriptions but the best part was that the descriptions weren’t overdone. They were just right! The feel of this entire novel is just so palpable. The emotions and the descriptions were just so darn real! Rhine in turn was an amazing protagonist! She’s a strong, fierce girl who knows what she wants but she’s human too.
Why:Anna and Lola have become some of my favorite characters ever! These books are so well written, SO REALISTIC, fun, full of cute romance, and so much more. Anna’s got the whole “but does he like me” thing going for it and the teenage angst that comes with that question is super realistic. Lola is so, so unique. She’s not perfect and she’s got flaws but she’s willing to admit to it. Another realistic, fun, cute book that has an awesome, quirky, shy, nerdy boy crush!
The False Princess by Elis O’Neal 2011 Debut 
Why:O’Neal has a great clear cut writing style that takes time to develop but it’s not too fast or too slow; it’s just right. She writes her characters to be believable people and people we can relate to even though they live in a fantasy world. She gives her characters a defined voice and is able to write it that way throughout the novel. It had great characters, romance, danger, surprises, twists and turns, sword fighting, a bad guy; it had everything!
The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab 2011 Debut 
Why:Amazing. Wonderful. Poetic. Breathtaking. All of those adjectives TRY to describe The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab. There are some books out there that leave you breathless because of how beautifully and gracefully the author has written the book. The Near Witch is one of those books. Victoria Schwab’s writing is so epic. This book, with her descriptions and dialogue made this book come alive. It was like a bed time story come alive in the most perfect way.
Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver
Why:Beautifully written, achingly sad but wonderful at the same time, Liesl & Po is one of the best middle grade books I’ve read. Liesl & Po was an enchanting, heartbreakingly beautiful book about losing someone you love and making it out alright. You HAVE to read this book.
The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker 2011 Debut 
Why: What a nice jem in all the paranormal I was reading. Such a surprisingly dark and more in depth book than I had imagined. I had anticipated somewhat of a light, funny novel but wow was I happily surprised. The sisters had a great writing style and kept me engaged in the story the whole time. I can't wait to read more.
Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez 2011 Debut 
Why:I just read this recently and it's been in my mind for a while now. Such a beautifully written, heart wrenching novel! Carmen was a great protagonist and I felt for her throughout the whole book. The plot was great, and some aspects kept me guessing on. As a violin player (NOT as good as Carmen), I loved reading all about the music and the notes and all the other things!

What Are Some Of Your Favorite Books 0f 2011?

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

I can't believe 2011 is almost over! It's been a great year but I hope 2012 will be even better. I won't be posting much until the 27th where the wrap up posts will be up! I talk about the best books, movies, shows, and music and more!