Monday, February 27, 2012

Review: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Title: Anna Dressed in Blood
Series: Anna #1
Author:  Kendare Blake 
Release Date: August 30, 2011
Publisher: Tor Teen
Source: Publisher
Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story. . .

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn't expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.
Review: When I first laid eyes on this book's cover, I knew I needed to read it. It's jet got one of those covers, you know? After reading the synopsis and many reviews, I still waited a while to dig into this book. I am now kicking myself for doing so because this book...this book, guys, was oh so awesome. Fantastic. Scary. Wonderful. Funny!

Kendare Blake begins Anna Dressed in Blood with a bang! She takes no hesitation in bring the reader right into the excitement, the danger, that comes with Cas's job! From the beginning, you know that the plot will have gruesome, mean ghosts, a funny, witty protagonist and such a contemporary writing style. Kendare Blake created not only a vivid world but her writing style is so fresh and advanced, especially since this is her debut book! I could relate to Cas, even though he is a guy, and the teenager world that Kendare Blake gave him was really relatable, sans the ghosts.

I loved Cas. So, so much. Not only was he a kickbutt protagonist, but he was funny and sarcastic and caring too. You can tell that he misses his dad and loves him mom to death. It's also evident that Cas is very smart and focused and he knows what he has to do. In most cases, he's fearless but then there were those little moments where his fear shone through and that was really the thing that proved him to be relatable. No guy wants to be labeled a coward and neither does Cas but he does get scared at times. The friends he made were quirky and fun and has personalities all their own. Anna herself was pretty kickbutt and I felt so bad for her at times!

Overall, Anna Dressed in Blood is a magnificent debut for author Kendare Blake. She displays well rounded characters with many layers and a plot full of twists and turns and suspense and yes, scary things. Anna Dressed in Blood is a fun, fast paced, sometimes scary book that will keep you at the edge of your seat until you close the book. Then you're going to want more!



Overall: 4.5/5
Cover Comments: 5/5—It's so creepy and pretty and awesome. AND it goes perfectly well with the book itself!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Review: Shooting Stars by Allison Rushby

Title: Shooting Stars
Author: Allison Rushby 
Release Date: February 28, 2012
Publisher: Walker Children's 
Source: Publisher 
Meet Josephine Foster, or Zo Jo as she’s called in the biz. The best pint-sized photographer of them all, Jo doesn’t mind doing what it takes to get that perfect shot, until she’s sent on an undercover assignment to shoot Ned Hartnett—teen superstar and the only celebrity who’s ever been kind to her—at an exclusive rehabilitation retreat in Boston. The money will be enough to pay for Jo’s dream: real photography classes, and maybe even quitting her paparazzi gig for good. Everyone wants to know what Ned’s in for. But Jo certainly doesn’t know what she’s in for: falling in love with Ned was never supposed to be part of her assignment.
Review: I’ve been in another reading slump lately and it was really, really bad. I wanted something fun and light and cute to read but I couldn’t find anything that fit. When I received Shooting Stars by Allison Rushby, I decided to give it a go. I was happy I did because it was cute, light and fun to read!

You always read about the person whose picture is being snapped and therefore, it was refreshing to see the point of view from the person actually taking the pictures. Zo Jo is a fun character who takes her work seriously and uses all of her advantages (her heights gives her the ability to look like a kid) to get the job done! Though there is a lot about Jo’s job and why she’s sent to the center, the entire book does not just focus on that. The plot was rather predictable but there was that one big secret that really got me and I was happy about that! This book is rather short and I felt that a lot of things, like the ending, were rushed and could have been longer.

As for the characters, I liked them a lot and I loved going on this adventure with them, I didn’t particularly feel that they were really developed. Throughout this novel, Jo learns more about the people around her and a lot about herself. Being raised by a father who isn’t always around (he’s a pap too), Jo has to figure out how to be a teenager…a normal, non-pap teenager, but it was really generic. There was cute romance there that was again, predictable (I totally called it) but cute nonetheless. I also felt that the people at the center had a lot going for them and I would have liked to get to know them better as well but that didn’t work out either. While I’m sure this is for young adults and the protagonist is sixteen, I wasn’t sure if it was middle grade or not which I think had to do with the lack of character development and all.

Overall, though, Shooting Stars was a fun read that made me smile. Sure it didn’t deliver as much as I had hoped it would, I did enjoy it and I think you shouldn’t ride it off just yet.

Overall: 3/5
Cover Comments: 5/5—SO cute! It fits with the novel with not only how well it relates to was Jo does BUT GUYS, look! The girl looks Japanese like Jo!


Friday, February 24, 2012

Old is Gold {2}: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

My attempt to bring attention to all those awesome old books we read a few years ago or maybe as far as elementary school!Sometimes, all we need is a good childhood favorite! Inspired by Tynga's Daring You To Read Feature. This feature focuses ONLY on YA and Middle Grade books. 

Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won't talk to her, and people she doesn't even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that's not safe. Because there's something she's trying not to think about, something about the night of the party that, if she let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have to speak the truth. This extraordinary first novel has captured the imaginations of teenagers and adults across the country.
Title: Speak 
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson 
Release Date/Publisher: April 1, 2001 by Puffin
Why You Should Read It: I'm not sure I even need to tell people why you should read this book! I mean, it's so sad but beautiful and raw and honest and a real tear jerker. It's a very powerful book about trust and finding your voice and so much more. You have to read it. 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Book Tuber Thursday {4}


I've got a Book Tuber for you all:
ChapterChicks
Name: Jessica and Stacey 
Channel: ChapterChicks
Blog: Chapter Chicks 
Twitter: @ChapterChicks
Why You Should Watch These Book Tubers: These ladies not only have good video reviews, they also have a blog which is totally awesome. They let you know right away if they have any spoilers in their reviews. They are sophisticated ladies who review books, no matter how much they like it or not. They have great features and get their viewers engaged and they reply on a lot of these comments too! 
Videos:

Monday, February 20, 2012

Review: Queen of Kentucky by Alicia Whitaker

Title: Queen of Kentucky 
Author: Alicia Whitaker 
Release Date: January 2, 2012 
Publisher: Poppy
Source: Publisher 
Fourteen-year-old Kentucky girl Ricki Jo Winstead, who would prefer to be called Ericka, thank you very much, is eager to shed her farmer's daughter roots and become part of the popular crowd at her small town high school. She trades her Bible for Seventeen magazine, buys new "sophisticated" clothes and somehow manages to secure a tenuous spot at the cool kids table. She's on top of the world, even though her best friend and the boy next door Luke says he misses "plain old Ricki Jo."

Caught between being a country girl and wannabe country club girl, Ricki Jo begins to forget who she truly is: someone who doesn't care what people think and who wouldn't let a good-looking guy walk all over her. It takes a serious incident out on Luke's farm for Ricki Jo to realize that being a true friend is more important than being popular.(
Review: I really love contemporaries that are fun and cute but have a deeper message. Queen of Kentucky by Alicia Whitaker was just that! It was fun, cute, lighthearted, full of drama but an excellent book! But it's so much more than that. Alicia Whitaker skillfully showed that there are many sides to life than meets the eye, or in this case, what you see.

Ricki Jo was a girl I knew I was going to love from the very beginning. She was quirky and weird and different and not as sophisticated as she wanted to be which was so awesome. She really and truly was herself, a quirky country girl with an accent and cowboy boots who has that sophisticated side of her too.She just wants to fit in which is totally relatable. I still remember how freaked I was when I was going to the 9th grade. I mean, it was high school for crying out loud! Not only was Ricki Jo perfectly written, she was relatable too. She grew as a character throughout the book and I loved see ing Ricki Jo to Ericka to Ricki Jo again. I loved Luke, her best friend and a totally sweetie and I even liked the "mean girls" who were, really, just high school girls. I did not like Wolf at all. What a jerk!

The plot focused a lot on Ricki Jo trying to figure out who she is and who she wants to be but there was a lot more going on. It had a lot to do with how life throws you something scary and you have to figure out what you can do with it. She not only has to deal with changing herself, but with peer pressure and the drama going on in her life and her friends' lives (especially Luke). Though there were so dark times in this novel, Ricki Jo took it all with a awkward, funny way and I loved that it wasn't all sad and gloomy during those times.

Overall, Queen of Kentucky is a quirky, fresh story about a girl who is trying to figure out who she is and taking life with a smile on her face, even when things turn scary or unwelcome. Alicia Whitaker's debut if a funny take on a fourteen year old way of getting through high school and life in general.  



Overall: 4.5/5
Cover Comments: 3/5—It's nice and simple yes, but I think a lot more could have been done with it.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Review: Winterling (Winterling #1) by Sarah Prineas

Title: Winterling
Series: Winterling #1
Author: Sarah Prineas
Release Date: January 3, 2012
Publisher: HarperChildrens
Source: Publisher

With her boundless curiosity and wild spirit, Fer has always felt that she doesn’t belong. Not when the forest is calling to her, when the rush of wind through branches feels more real than school or the quiet farms near her house. Then she saves an injured creature—he looks like a boy, but he’s really something else. He knows who Fer truly is, and invites her through the Way, a passage to a strange, dangerous land.

Fer feels an instant attachment to this realm, where magic is real and oaths forge bonds stronger than iron. But a powerful huntress named the Mor rules here, and Fer can sense that the land is perilously out of balance. Fer must unlock the secrets about the parents she never knew and claim her true place before the worlds on both sides of the Way descend into endless winter.

Sarah Prineas captivates in this fantasy-adventure about a girl who must find within herself the power to set right a terrible evil.
Review: I’ve been on a middle grade reading kick recently and when I heard about this book, I knew I just had to read it. An middle grade fantasy novel combined with a gorgeous cover makes for a great read, I’ve discovered!

I was sucked into the world that Sarah Parineas creates from the very beginning and I couldn’t stop reading the book until I got to the end. The plot weaves magic and friendship, courage and belief and so much more together to really deliver a good read. There is a lot going on in the world that the author creates without overbearing descriptions and boring dialogue.

Fer was an absolute perfect protagonist for this book! Not only was she fierce and determined, she was a kid too and often times, she didn’t always know what to do and she got scared too. It made her not only admirable but realistic too. The other characters that were a part of this novel were wonderful too. They had their own minds and personalities and had different ways of helping Fer and contributing to the plot.

Overall, Winterling was a perfect fantasy novel full of adventure and excitement, woven with bits of fantasy and folklore elements. It’s a great way to get kids reading and is a quick, fun read.


Overall: 4/5
Cover Comments: 5/5—So pretty! I love the horse and the girl and the background and all the colors. Really gives off the cold, winter time that is beautiful too.

Book Haul & Weekly Recap (57) Epic Fails and Shooting Stars

From the Library:

Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik

For Review:
Shooting Stars by Allison Rishby 
**Thanks Little, Brown!**

Purchased:
None

Won: 
None

Hosted by The Story Siren


1) Overall, it's been an excellent week in book!

WHAT DID YOU GET IN YOUR MAILBOX?



Saturday, February 18, 2012

Old Is Gold {1}: The Giver by Lois Lowry

I have yet another new feature to introduce to you guys! It's called Old is Gold. In this feature, I'm going to share with you an old book, Young Adult or Middle Grade that I think everyone should read, no matter how old you are! Inspired by Tynga's Daring You To Read Feature.  So I give you the first ever Old is Gold post:

Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.
Title: The Giver 
Author: Lois Lowry 
Release Date/Publisher: January 24, 2006 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Why You Should Read It: It has to be one of the best books I've ever read. It was my first introduction to dystopian and for my little seven year old self, I wasn't always sure what I was reading about. It has a lot to do with society and how we function and it's all really fascination. I understand that many people did not and will not enjoy this book but I wish that people give this book a chance though. Read it with an open mind and I think it will surprise you. 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Review: Two Moon Princess by Carmen Ferrerio-Esteban

Title: Two Moon Princess
Author: Carmen Ferrerio-Esteban 
Release Date: June 16, 2010 
Publisher: Tanglewood Press
Source: NetGalley and Publisher 
A Spanish Princess.

An American Boy.

A King set on revenge.

An unrequited love

and a disturbing family secret bring a World to the brink of War.

In this coming-of-age story set in a medieval kingdom, Andrea is a headstrong princess longing to be a knight who finds her way to modern-day California. But her accidental return to her family's kingdom and a disastrous romance brings war, along with her discovery of some dark family secrets. Readers will love this mix of traditional fantasy elements with unique twists and will identify with Andrea and her difficult choices between duty and desire.
Review: The summary doesn’t give much away much about Two-Moon Princess but it did sound good and I began reading it. I didn’t really know what to expert from this book and I had hoped to like it better than I did, especially with all the different elements of time travel, fantasy, and other things that were present in this book.

The plot was well throughout and what it lacked with characters made up with the amazing world that Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban created in this novel. The diction that the author used to bring out Andrea’s medieval kingdom was stunning and beautiful and I could really imagine the world in my mind. It was an interesting twist, I have to admit, and I wasn’t sure if I should classify it as a fantasy novel or something else. The history is rich and depictive and a lot is actually explained about Andrea and her people.

As said, the characters were not my favorite part of the book and in any book I read, characters are very important. While I began out liking Andrea, as the story progressed, things changed. I think it has to do with the constant mood and attitude change. She’s really fierce person who wants to be a squire at the beginning of the book but then things change when she is transported to California and then again when she returns home. The supporting characters weren’t as helpful nor were they really developed which also didn’t work out.

Overall, Two Moon Princess was a good read, not great but not terrible either. I did enjoy the plot and it was what kept me reading on but it lacked in character depth and development.


Overall: 3/5
Cover Comments: 5/5—It’s actually not that bad and it does go with the book…but I wouldn’t have really picked it up if I hadn’t read the synopsis.

Review: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Title: The Fault in Our Stars 
Author: John Green
Release Date: January 10, 2012
Publisher: Dutton 
Source: Gifted
Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now. Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means) Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault. Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly, to her interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.
Review: I have read one John Green book before and that was Looking for Alaska, which I loved with my whole heart. When I heard about this book, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it! I did a while to The Fault in Our Stars and after all the amazing reviews I've seen, I knew this book was going to be good. As Hazel Lancaster said this is not a Cancer Book. It's so sad but beautiful, funny and real, heart wrenching yet awesome and so much more. While I didn't absolutely, out of this world love it, this book is now a favorite. For starters, I heard that I would be like this throughout this book:
The characters are simply wonderful in this book! Hazel Lancaster was so real and witty and honest, it nearly broke my heart. There were so many times that I just wanted to go into the book and hug her like crazy. John Green has this way of writing his characters so different from all the other characters out there. I don't have cancer and I don't know anyone with cancer but I was still able to connect with Hazel. The other characters were pretty awesome too. I didn't totally love Augustus Waters at first. He was rather a jerk and annoyed me a lot, especially with the whole fake smoking thing, which by the way, causes cancer and it made no sense to me. But then again, there are a lot of things that don's sense to me.

The writing itself was try John Green as was the plot. He had the same sarcastic, witty writing and dialogue and the majority of the plot did focus on Hazel's love her a certain book that brought her and Augustus tougher which also resulted in their road trip. It doesn't focus a lot on the cancer itself but rather the character development and how Hazel and Augustus' relationship blooms. It's also, I think, a lot about how Hazel has to get over her view on life as the boring thing she believes it to be.

I think another reason I didn't absolutely love The Fault in Our Stars was because I figured out a huge plot arc early on in the book and it all had to do with how I noticed the similarities in John Green's other books and his general style. This was a sad thing, but it didn't stop me from enjoying the book, and yes, tearing up near the end.

Overall, The Fault in Our Stars is another win for John Green. It's touching and poignant novel that deals with first love and dealing with your own things. It's sad but funny, heartbreaking but awesome too. Although I would have liked to love it a lot more than I did, I still find that this book is a must read.

Overall: 4/5
Cover Comments: 3/5—Maybe it's just me, but this cover just doesn't seem to fit this book at all! I wanted something more...something more meaningful! 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

"Waiting On" Wednesday (70)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Title: The Raven Boys 
Author: Maggie Stiefvater 
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Filled with mystery, romance, and the supernatural, The Raven Boys introduces readers to Richard “Dick” Campbell Gansey, III and Blue Sargent. Gansey has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on the hunt to find Glendower, a vanished Welsh king. Legend has it that the first person to find him will be granted a wish—either by seeing him open his eyes, or by cutting out his heart.

Blue Sargent, the daughter of the town psychic in Henrietta, Virginia, has been told for as long as she can remember that if she ever kisses her true love, he will die. But she is too practical to believe in things like true love. Her policy is to stay away from the rich boys at the prestigious Aglionby Academy. The boys there—known as Raven Boys—can only mean trouble. When Gansey and his Raven Boy friends come into her life, Blue realizes how true this is. She never thought her fortune would be a problem. But she was wrong.
I  have yet to read anything by Maggie and that's mainly because I'm scared I'm not going to like her work BUT I want to really, really read this one.
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Title: Keeper of the Lost Cities  
Author: Shannon Messenger 
Publisher: Aladdin 
Release Date: October 2, 2012 
Twelve-year-old Sophie has always been different -- she's years ahead of the other kids in school and can read minds. She's always assumed there's some kind of logical explanation for her talents, but when she meets an adorable and mysterious boy, she finds out the shocking truth. She's never felt at home because she, well, ... isn't.

There are secrets buried deep in her memory, secrets about her true identity and why she was hidden among humans, that others desperately want and would even kill for. And she must figure out why she is the key to her brand-new world, before the wrong person finds the answer first.
Doesn't that look awesome? It's a middle grade, yes, but I've been following Shannon's blog for a while (well over a year, actually) and I absolutely love it!

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING ON?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday {26}

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish!
This week was a freebie week so here is my topic:

Top Ten Books That Broke My Heart:
1) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: John Green is not nice to his protagonists

2) Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver: I think we all know why!

3) Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins: The ending...and Prim.

4) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling: One word: Sirius Black!

5) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling: The death of Dumbledore really broke my heart. In both the book and the movie, I cried when he died.

6) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling: The end to my childhood as well as all the deaths! Fred! Lupin! Tonks!

7) Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler: Such a good book that deals with dealing with grief.

8) Speak by Laure Halse Anderson: I don't need to explain, do I?

9) Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls: A childhood favorite that makes me cry EVERY SINGLE TIME I READ IT.

10) Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor: Yet another childhood love of mine!

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Review: Cleopatra’s Moon by Vicky Alvear Shecter

Title: Cleopatra’s Moon
Author: Vicky Alvear Shecter
Release Date: August 1, 2011
Publisher: Author A. Levine Books 
Source: Publisher 
"The Luxe" meets the ancient world in the extraordinary story of Cleopatra's daughter.Selene has grown up in a palace on the Nile with her parents, Cleopatra & Mark Antony--the most brilliant, powerful rulers on earth. But the jealous Roman Emperor Octavianus wants Egypt for himself, & when war finally comes, Selene faces the loss of all she's ever loved. Forced to build a new life in Octavianus's household in Rome, she finds herself torn between two young men and two possible destinies--until she reaches out to claim her own.This stunning novel brings to life the personalities & passions of one of the greatest dramas in history, & offers a wonderful new heroine in Selene.
Review: I can't believe I waited this long to read this book! Full of mystery, danger, and loads of historical facts, Cleopatra's Moon is an excellent book that tells the story of a young and courageous girl who was overshadowed by her powerful mother.

To say that I knew a lot about Cleopatra Selene, Queen Cleopatra's daughter, is an understatement. Selene (meaning "Moon") has not really been talked about much in any form of history and I was relieved to finally be able to read more about her and her life. While this book is fictional, the plot actually followed Selene's life rather well, since there isn't a whole lot about her out there. There is a lot of scheming and danger and even romance, but the larger part of the plot follows the development of Selene. We go from her being with her mother and trying to please her to Selene being alone and trying to figure out who she is.

Cleopatra Selene was riveting character. She was strong willed and carrying and yes, there were times when she annoyed me but I got over it quickly. She missed her mother, was in a place she didn't know and there was a threat to her life around every corner. I'd act like her too. She grew a lot through the course of this novel, from a dependent little girl to a very strong, independent young woman, really embodying her mother. The other characters, such as her brothers, the Romans, and Juba really helped her and the plot. You can get a little confused at who is who which is very much noted, since there are so many people centered around Cleopatra and her children in history itself.

Overall, I liked this book a lot. Vicky Alvear Shecter's writing brought out the culture and traditions and the beautiful (and sometimes gruesome) scenery of Egypt and Greece. Her writing was really advanced and beautiful, her choice of words flowing along the pages, making reading a whole lot of fun. Cleopatra's Moon has an array of different characters and setting and cultures that are really beautiful and rich. This book has romance, danger, and a heroine who is trying to find her worth and her place in her world.

Overall: 4/5
Cover Comments: 5/5—It's so simple and pretty. I can totally picture the girl as Cleopatra Selene!


Sunday, February 12, 2012

Book Haul & Weekly Recap (56) Rivals and Goddess and Traitors

From the Library:
None

For Review:
 
The Mockingbird by Daisy Whitney  
The Rivals by Daisy Whitney 
**Thanks Little, Brown!**
Goddess Interrupted (Goddess Test #2)by Aimee Carter
The Traitor in the Tunnel by Y. S. Lee
**Thanks HarlequinTeen and Netgalley!**

Purchased:
None

Won: 
None

Hosted by The Story Siren


1) Overall, it's been an excellent week in book!
2) Changed the background and I figured out something in PhotoShop and I love the header! What do you think?
3) I am going to come back into the full swing of blogging this week!
4) It's Valentine's Day on Tuesday!

WHAT DID YOU GET IN YOUR MAILBOX?

What I Have To Say About: Nevermore

I'm not sure what this is exactly, but I'm going to be randomly posting these "What I Have To Say About" posts on this blog. It's going to be very random and spontanious and deal with a lot of bookish things! So here's the first post:

I saw this one a while back and I'm not sure what to say exactly:
I'm a big James Patterson fan and I've read the books up until Fang. I wasn't able to get my hands on Angel and it was a good thing too since James Patterson revealed that Nevermore was going to be the FINAL, LAST EVER MAXIMUM RIDE BOOK OUT THERE. This is both sad and exciting. Sad, obviously since this series is coming to an end but exciting because I will FINALLY be able to see how their adventure ends.

BUT

Nevermore? After The Angle Experiment and Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports, we get Nevermore? I mean, yeah, I'll read the book and all and that cover is FANTASTIC, Nevermore is just such a...Edgar Allen Poeish sounding name. It fit's Kelly Creagh's novel but I'm not sure how this title is going to work out. And I was like:

Guess I'll have to wait for this book to come out and see if the title fits, right?

What do you think?

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Review: Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1) by Richelle Mead

Title: Bloodlines
Series: Bloodlines #1
Author: Richelle Mead
Release Date: August 23, 2011
Publisher: Razor Bill
Source: Library
The first book in Richelle Mead's brand-new teen fiction series - set in the same world as Vampire Academy.

When alchemist Sydney is ordered into hiding to protect the life of Moroi princess Jill Dragomir, the last place she expects to be sent is a human private school in Palm Springs, California. But at their new school, the drama is only just beginning.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Bloodlines explores all the friendship, romance, battles and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive - this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone's out for blood.
Review: To say that I was super excited to read this book is an understatement. I wanted to read this book since I found out that Richelle Mead was going to write another book in the same, most loved Vampire Academy world. I was scared too, of reading this book because I wasn’t sure what to expect. I didn’t love Sydney in Vampire Academy but I didn’t hate her either. After reading Bloodlines, I have to say, sadly, I was a bit disappointed.

Plot wise, it was awesome and I expected nothing else from Richelle Mead. I was happy to get more about the secondary characters that I was introduced to in Vampire Academy. It didn’t start off with all the action that Vampire Academy did and that was rather refreshing and interesting and there were surprises and twists that I didn’t expect. While I felt that the plot itself was rather slow and sometimes boring, I think it really went with the characters, mainly our protagonist.

Sydney was always an intriguing character and it was exciting to get to know her better and to see things from her point of view. She wasn’t my favorite character, a bit too much of a goody goody and rather boring. She though way too much about things when she should have just acted but then, I guess that’s her. I missed the snarkiness and the action. Adrian and Eddie and Jill are back and Adrian was my favorite in this one. I felt so bad for him with everything that has happened and I really wanted something good to happen to him. Also, the very, very last sentence of this book? My absolute favorite part was the last sentence (Dimitri Belikov had arrived) that made me smile like an idiot. Though I did feel bad for Adrian, I loved it so much!

Overall, Bloodlines was a good beginning to a series I know I’m going to enjoy but not absolutely love. Though I don’t want to compare it to Vampire Academy, it’s hard not to. Richelle Mead’s writing style is back again and she has a way of revealing important information at the perfect time and her signature cliffhanger ending is back. While I am annoyed with most cliffhanger endings, Bloodlines ending leaves lots of room for anything to happen!


Overall: 3/5
Cover Comments: 3/5—Not a favorite. The stances of the models aren’t very good and it just looks awkward. The guy (Adrian?) is rather good looking but a bit too old, as is the girl. And the tattoo? Weird.

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Book Haul & Weekly Recap(55) Bloodlines and Stars and Pledge

From the Library:
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

For Review:
 None

Purchased:
None

Won: 
Stay With Me by Paul Griffin (ARC)
The Pledge by Kimberly Derting (ARC)

Forbidden by Syrie James and Ryan M. James
Shut Out by Kody Keplinger 
**Thanks Steph Su!**

Gifted: 
The Fault In Our Stars **SIGNED COPY**
**Thank you to my awesome uncle!**
**So excited for this one! My uncle is still here so I haven't read anything; I want to spend time with him, ya know? But it will be the first thing I read when he leaves.**

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