"A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe." — Madeleine L'Engle

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Pushing the Limits Giveaway!

You can see my review of Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry here! Here's your chance to win a copy of this amazing book!

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Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Title: Pushing the Limits
Author: Katie McGarry
Pages: 384
Rating: 5/5!
Synopsis: "I won't tell anyone, Echo. I promise." Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. "You didn't do that-did you? It was done to you?" No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked.

So wrong for each other...and yet so right.

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

Review: We start off with Echo and Noah, two people who are just trying to live their lives. After the night that she can't remember, Echo is someone different. Noah has his own problems that he has to deal with. Both have no reason to know each other but as it turns out they find that they can trust each other. As the story progresses we get to see more of how they bond and and how they deal with the problems they have.

Echo has had to deal with the talking that goes around at her school after what happened to her. She doesn't remember what happened the night she got the scars. The newest person trying to help remember and overcome it is Mrs. Collins. She's one of those characters that I immediately liked. She was going through rough time and all she wanted to do was be normal. I liked how she came to understand that sometimes things can't go to the way they were before. I liked the way things worked out for her and how she handled them.

Noah. He's broken in so many ways and it's true that he does things that are seen as bad but he just needs a way of forgetting all the pain that goes through. He has practically lost everything and has gone through rough times before getting to a place where it might not be the best but at least it's not as bad as other places. His only wish is to make sure his brothers are safe. As we get to know we see how much he loves and all the things he's willing to do for them. The ending might not be what he's expecting but I think it works for best.

I had been looking forward to reading this story and having read it I can say that I recommend this book to everyone. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down until I had known the whole story. The more we know about the characters the more we understand about them. I felt that the ending for both Echo and Noah were what was best for them and even if some of it was sad. Definitely read this book if you haven't yet.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (19)

Title: Defiance
Author: C.J. Redwine
Release Date: August 28th 2012

Goodreads Summary: Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses, host dinner parties, and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father’s apprentice, Logan—the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same boy who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.

At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to the city’s top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for his mentor’s impulsive daughter. Logan is determined to protect her, but when his escape plan goes wrong and Rachel pays the price, he realizes he has more at stake than disappointing Jared.

As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.

This seems like my kind of book! =)

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

Title: The Golden Lily
Author: Richelle Mead
Pages: 418
Rating: 5/5
Synopsis: Tough, brainy alchemist Sydney Sage and doe-eyed Moroi princess Jill Dragomir are in hiding at a human boarding school in the sunny, glamorous world of Palm Springs, California. The students--children of the wealthy and powerful--carry on with their lives in blissful ignorance, while Sydney, Jill, Eddie, and Adrian must do everything in their power to keep their secret safe. But with forbidden romances, unexpected spirit bonds, and the threat of Strigoi moving ever closer, hiding the truth is harder than anyone thought.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Richelle Mead's breathtaking Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive. In this second book, the drama is hotter, the romances are steamier, and the stakes are even higher.

Review: This book was so good! I feel like this book was better than Bloodlines even though I really enjoyed that one too! Richelle Mead just keeps bringing new things into the world when you thought there wasn't much more to learn of it. 

Sydney is now a bit more accepting of those around her and starting become more comfortable with them. She is still looking out for all of them and trying to do the best she can. She also starts to see that not everything that she was taught is exactly as they say.  Little by little she sees things a bit different. I loved reading of all the different things that she knows which just makes you realize how smart and intelligent she is. One thing I really enjoyed was how she knows she can't fight like Rose but still wants to be able to put up a fight. She might not fight like Rose but she knows how to in a different way.

In Vampire Academy I didn't really like Adrian as much as others but this book let's you see deeper into his character and I have to say that now I love him! He's still that bad boy we all know and love but we get to see different sides to him. He's starting to take control of his life and now does something that he loves. I loved how he's trying to help in his own way. And that ending killed me because of how Adrian must have felt.

Another character that we can't forget is Eddie. In Vampire Academy we didn't get to see a lot of him but I love how here we see him more. Just like a lot of character he has gone through bad times that are now affecting the decisions that he makes. Angeline was awesome to read about. She had never experienced life like this so seeing her adventures and the things she does was awesome. And Jill. I feel kind bad for what she is going through and having to give up things. And again towards the end it was kind of sad for her too.

I feel like things have just started to get better and there is still much to see so I can't wait to read the next book, The Indigo Spell, which I'm sure will be amazing. I want to see Sydney embrace that part of her that she doesn't want to but that has helped her. I can't wait to see what happens next with all the things that were revealed in this book!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Books of Before (3)

Books of Before is going to be random books that I want to read and are available to read whenever I want to. They could have been published last week or last year or even more! =)

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Why: I've seen how a lot people really liked this series but for some reason I never had the urge to read them. I actually tried reading it once but I couldn't get into it but I feel like it's only right to try again.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Why: I had been wanting to read it for a long time but I would always pick up something else. Now that all the bo0ks are out I feel like I wouldn't have to wait a whole year for the next book so that encourages me even more to read it. 

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

Why: It was inspired by Persuasion by Jane Austen and it's set in the future! I know I haven't actually read Persuasion but I saw the BBC adaptation of it and I loved it! This story might even be the one I love the most. Especially with Captain Wentworth!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Title: Delirium
Author: Lauren Oliver
Pages: 441
Rating: 5/5
Synopsis: Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.

Review: I know I'm really late in reading this book but I finally read it and it was really good! Lena lives in a world where everyone is afraid of getting infected with love. In her world this is the worst thing that could happen and when they turn a certain age they go through a procedure that will stop them from getting it.

At first I didn't really like Lena because she didn't see that what was happening was wrong. She was always trying to do what the government told them was right. She was afraid of getting in trouble and looking at her past I can see why she was this way but I still didn't like it. At the end of the book I was happy to see that she had changed her views on things and actually did things that went against everything that she had been told.

Hana was such a good friend to Lena who tried to help her to the end even if she would also get in trouble for helping her. I actually enjoyed reading more about Hana at the beginning because she went against many things that they had been told. I feel like Alex made a huge impact on Lena. If she hadn't met him she would still be believing in all the horrible things that she had been raised to believe.

This was a slower book but I still enjoyed it a lot. There aren't a lot of action scenes but I feel like it fits with the story and what they are fighting for. I'm excited to learn more of what is outside and how Lena will be living now that things have changed for her. I know I will be reading the sequel soon!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Title: Bloodlines
Author: Richelle Mead
Pages: 421
Released: August 2011
Synopsis: 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: I had been sad to see the Vampire Academy series end so when I found out there would be a spin-off series I couldn't wait to read it. Which is why I don't see how I could have lasted almost a year without reading it. Bloodlines follows Sydney who is the Alchemist that we learn about in Blood Promise. Sydney now has to work with Moroi and dhampirs to keep Jill safe from those who want to harm her.

It wasn't as easy to love Sydney like I loved Rose but as I read more I started to warm up to her. Her fear for vampires and their world was annoying but I can see how she has so much trouble being near them when all her life she has been taught that they're bad. Throughout the book, though, she starts to get more friendly with them and started seeing them as normal people which is something I enjoyed reading about. 

One thing I hated in Last Sacrifice was how things ended with Adrian. I loved seeing him in this book more often than we did in the others. I have to admit I wasn't a huge fan of Adrian Ivashkov before but now that we're seeing new sides to him I'm starting to really like him. And Eddie! I loved Eddie in Vampire Academy and even more now that we see more of him. I love how he just wants to be able to protect everyone.

I was a bit hesitant to read Bloodlines since I wanted to love it but Richelle Mead didn't let me down. I absolutely loved jumping back into the world that Richelle has created and learning more about things that we knew and some that we didn't. I'm sure as the story progresses things will just get better!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Title: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Pages: 452
Released: September 2011
Synopsis: Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.
She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
There is.
She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
She’s wrong.

Review: This is one of weirdest books I've read but also a really good one. Mara wakes up in the hospital with no memory of how she got there. She has had an accident that also involved her friends that unfortunately died. Mara knows that she must remember that night again if she wants to know what really happened. 

Having Mara as the one person you're seeing everything through made me question everything thast she wss seeing. After going through an accident where her friends were killed, she starts to see them around. Her mind was a strange place where even she doesn't know what to believe when she sees and hears things. She's an interesting character to say the least. Everything that happens around her is something that she questions and in turn makes me wonder what is real and what is not. 

And of course there is also Noah Shaw. His accent sure does make him much more interesting for me. I liked finding more of him at the end and of what he was going through and that he was always there for Mara. Mara also has some of the best siblings. I'm not sure my sister would be kind enough to help me in the ways that Daniel did. I kind of wish I had a brother who would cover for me when I needed it. =)

That ending! I was not expecting that! So now I don't exactly know how to react to the things that Mara saw and heard. I feel like I can't say much without saying everything that happens. Definitely one of those that you need to read for yourself to fully understand it. I'm excited for the next book and see how Mara deals with everything that keeps happening to her. And of course, who doesn't want to see more of Noah.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Book Haul (54)

So these are the books that I have gotten recently!

Native Son by Richard Wright
Legend by Marie Lu
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead 

Happy Reading! =)

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Book Haul (53)

In Honor by Jessi Kirby
Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally (Review)
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers (Review)
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

For Review:
Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter

Happy Reading! =)

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Books of Before (2)

Books of Before is going to be random books that I want to read and are available to read whenever I want to. They could have been published last week or last year or even more! =)

Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles
Why: I've read the books on the Fuentes brothers and I absolutely loved them all so I think I will really enjoy reading her other books. Plus, I think I should give them a try seeing as it's Simone Elkeles.

The Karma Club by Jessica Brody
Why: I don't really know. It's just one of those books that I have the need to pick up and read. The idea of someone trying to make the universe right with karma sounds interesting, especially if it's a girl.

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
Why: I've heard so much about this book so I feel like I should read it. From what I hear it's a good book and fantasy which I love reading about! Definitely one I think I would really enjoy.

Have you read any of these? What did you think of it? =)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Title: Grave Mercy
Author: Robin LaFevers
Pages: 549
Released: April 2012
Rating: 5/5
Synopsis: Escaping from the brutality of an arranged marriage, seventeen-year-old Ismae finds sanctuary at the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts- and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must be willing to take the lives of others.

Ismae's most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany, where she must pose as mistress to the darkly mysterious Gavriel Duval, who has fallen under a cloud of suspicion. Once there, she finds herself woefully unprepared- not only for the deadly games of love and intrigue, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death's vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

My Thoughts: Ismae has lived a pretty tough life ever since she was born. She is helped and taken to the convent of St. Mortain who happens to be the god of death. There she is given the opportunity at having a better life as long as she does what the convent says. After finishing some of her assignments, she is given one that she isn't too happy about and where she will start to question what she has been told and also find that not all men are alike.

We start off when Ismae is younger and how her father hasn't been the best person to her and is also forced into a marriage that turns out to be horrible. When she arrives at the convent she is given the opportunity for a better life and takes it. After three years she has been trained in different ways to go through with what her convent is asking of her which killing people who are a threat to her country. Once she gets to the court of Brittany she starts to see things differently and starts to realize that she may have taken too easily to the orders of the convent. Her change in thoughts and feelings throughout the story is something I really loved about her.

The majority of the book is Ismae trying to find who are the ones they can trust and who is trying to gain something for themselves who are also a threat to Brittany. There's a lot mystery and I loved finding along with Ismae who were the traitors and who were not. Duval was another character that I really loved! At first he seems cold and distant but as the story progresses we see different sides of him. Everything he does is for the safety Anne who is the Duchess even if others are trying to go against him.

This book honestly had everything that I wanted for in a book. I loved seeing how Ismae changed throughout the story and seeing her interact with others who she might not have. And we can't forget the fact that she was trained to be an assassin so she knows how to use various weapons. Even though it was a long book I went through it pretty fast so don't think too much about how long it is!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

Title: Catching Jordan
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Pages: 281
Released: December 2011
Rating: 5/5
Synopsis: What girl doesn't want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn't just surrounded by hot guys, though- she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys and that's just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university.
But everything she's ever worked for is threatened when Ty Green moves to her school. Not only is he an amazing QB, but he's also amazingly hot. And for the first time, Jordan's feeling vulnerable.Can she keep her head in the game while her heart's on the line?

My Thoughts: Jordan isn't your typical girl in high school. She's on the football team and also happens to be the captain. Her friends are her team mates and has no friends who are girls. The most important thing to her right now is playing good football and getting to play in the college of her choice. All her plans are changed with the arrival of Ty who changes her in ways that she wasn't expecting. Now she has to figure things out with her heart and how being a girl is going to affect her chances of playing in the college that she wants.

I absolutely loved reading through the eyes of Jordan since she wasn't the typical girl in high school. She is constantly trying to prove herself to others that she can play football despite the fact that she's a girl. She doesn't want to let others tell her that she shouldn't be playing football because she's a girl or that she's not good because she knows this isn't true. She's far from being a girl so when Ty arrives things start to get complicated. Now she has to figure things out with her feelings and how to deal with them, especially knowing what she really wants.

One part that I really enjoyed was Jordan's relationship with her team mates. The author does a great job in giving us a whole football team who has Jordan's back and will look out for her. There was JJ, Carter, and Henry who all looked out for her and tried to help her when she needed it. In particular I have to say I loved Henry! I wish I had someone like that in my life! Another part that I really enjoyed seeing was how Jordan's relationship with her dad changed throughout the book and I loved the way it ended compared to how it started.

I'm not the kind of person who knows everything about football so I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to understand the football aspect but I'm glad that things were explained in a way that I could understand. Catching Jordan has everything one could ask for in a book, and one part I loved was that Jordan went against a lot of common thoughts such as girls not being able to play on a football team. If you haven't read this book yet then you should definitely go read it! =)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (18)

Title: Sweet Evil
Author: Wendy Higgins
Release Date: May 1st 2012

Goodreads Summary: What if there were teens whose lives depended on being bad influences? This is life for sons and daughters of fallen angels in Sweet Evil.

Tenderhearted Southern girl, Anna Whitt, was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage, and her will-power is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

A cross-country trip to meet her father forces Anna to face the reality that hope and love are not options for her kind. When she confronts her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

I've been seeing really good things about this one which has slowly but surely made me excited for this book! It seems to be something different on fallen angels and their children. There is also a cross-country trip which something I enjoy reading!

Here's the trailer for it!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter

Title: Out of Sight, Out of Time
Author: Ally Carter
Pages: 294
Published: March 2012
Rating: 5/5
Synopsis: The last thing Cammie Morgan remembers is leaving the Gallagher Academy to protect her friends and family from the Circle of Cavan--an ancient terrorist organization that has been hunting her for over a year. But when Cammie wakes up in an alpine convent and discovers months have passed, she must face the fact that her memory is now a black hole. The only traces left of Cammie’s summer vacation are the bruises on her body and the dirt under her nails, and all she wants is to go home. 

Once she returns to school, however, Cammie realizes that even the Gallagher Academy now holds more questions than answers. Cammie, her friends, and mysterious spy-guy Zach must face their most difficult challenge yet as they travel to the other side of the world, hoping to piece together the clues that Cammie left behind. It’s a race against time. The Circle is hot on their trail and willing stop at nothing to prevent Cammie from remembering what she did last summer.

My Thoughts: Cammie has woken up in a place that she doesn't know and has no idea how she got there. After getting back to school without any memory of what she did over the summer she will start to put together the pieces of flashbacks and evidence that she gets to know what she did. Over the course of the book she will learn things that she may want to forget about.

We start off in the same place as Cammie without knowing anything of what happened during her summer. Everyone that she talks to someone they tell her it's best to leave it alone but of course she doesn't listen to them and starts looking for answers. She develops as a character and I really liked how she reacted to a certain thing that happened. There were a lot of mysteries that she didn't know and went on a mission to know them and also know herself.

I have to say that this was the darkest book in all. Comparing it to the first book which was light and with a boyfriend problem this was more a story of the darker secrets that we have been learning about. Things start to get clearer with the answer of why the Circle of Cavan has been wanting Cammie. And that end? Intense! Seeing how they figured things out was interesting since we were seeing things from Cammie's point of view.

For me this was the best book out of all five. We finally get answers to some of the questions that have been going on for a while. If you haven't read this series you really should. All the books have gotten better and everything that happens keeps you reading until you finish the book. Definitely a great book! =)

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Books of Before (1)

Books of Before is going to be random books that I want to read and are available to read whenever I want to. They could have been published last week or last year or even more! =)

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Why: A lot of people seem to love this book and seeing their love for it and its sequal makes me want to read even more.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Why: I have heard of a lot of people reading this book and it's gotten to the point where I just need to read it so I know something about it. I know people either loved it or hated it so I want to know in what side I'm in.

Evernight by Claudia Gray

Why: This is one of those books that I have always wanted to read but for some reason or another I haven't read. Now that all the books are available I should probably read them soon.

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

Why: This is one that I think I would really enjoy reading during the summer and hope I can actually get the chance to see if I agree with others or not, especially since a lot seem to enjoy it.

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

Why: She gets to go to London! The idea of following what the envelopes says to do and going on an adventure is something that I would like to read about.

Have you read any of these? If you did, what did you think of it?

Monday, April 2, 2012

April TBR List

So this month I decided to actually make a list of the books I plan to read. I don't know if I'll be able to finish all these books by the end of the month with all I need to do but I hope I will.

Books Mentioned:
The Lost Saint by Bree Despain
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Die For Me by Amy Plum
Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (17)

Title: Grave Mercy
Author: Robin LaFevers
Release Date: April 3rd 2012

Goodreads Summary: Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae's most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

From what I've been seeing about this one it sounds like it will be one I will enjoy! It doesn't seem to be like a book I've read before so now I'm excited to read it! =) Oh, and the first line? Definitely makes me want to read it!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Title: Amy & Roger's Epic Detour
Author: Morgan Matson
Pages: 344
Published: May 2010
Rating: 5/5
Synopsis: Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew—just in time for Amy's senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she's always known toward her new life. Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy's mother's old friend. Amy hasn’t seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country with a guy she barely knows. So she's surprised to find that she is developing a crush on him. At the same time, she’s coming to terms with her father’s death and how to put her own life back together after the accident. Told in traditional narrative as well as scraps from the road—diner napkins, motel receipts, postcards—this is the story of one girl's journey to find herself.

 Review: Amy is living her life through all the hard things that have happened to her. She goes on a road trip and goes along with Roger. Throughout the trip she learns to come to life with the help of Roger and all the different things that she sees. Along the way she meets different kinds of people and has the opportunity to face all those things that she hasn't been able to.

At the beginning of the book Amy is living by herself. She hasn't been able to fully recover from what happened to her father. She is forced to go on a road trip with Roger who was a family friend. She isn't happy about the idea but goes with it. She agrees to go on a little detour but it turns out to be longer than expected. This detour is what helped her face her fears and be able to talk about those things inside of her. I really felt like at the end of the book she was a different person in a very good way.

Another big part of this book that I really loved was the whole road trip about it. They went to different states and I got to learn about places that I may have heard about but never thought I would actually learn something about it. After reading this book I definitely want to go across the country which would work perfectly since I'm on the west coast. Too bad it will have to wait until I can actually drive! =)

I loved everything about this book! I'm glad I had the opportunity to read it and learn about different states that hadn't been of much interest to me before. Seeing Amy change was another thing I enjoyed reading about it. I would recommend this book to everyone since I loved it so much!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

In My Mailbox (52)

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren! So here are the books I've gotten in the past weeks.

The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter
Divergent by Veronica Roth

For Review:
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

What did you get this week? =)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR List!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Since this week it was about the books that I plan to read this spring here they are! Not sure I'll actually be reading these but I hope to.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver
I know. There is probably something wrong with me for not having read this book before.

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
I honestly have no idea why I haven't read it yet if I loved Vampire Academy.

The Lost Saint by Bree Despain
This is one of those that I also really liked the first one and since the third one came out I think it's time that I read it.

Die For Me by Amy Plum
I was really excited for it but for some reason I haven't read it yet so I think now is the perfect time to read it.

Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Again, loved the first one but haven't been able to read it yet.

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
I haven't read The Iron Knight yet but I really want to see how Julie writes about vampires!

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
I really, really loved the first 2 books and I can't wait to see more of the amazing world that I read about in Gtaceling!

In Honor by Jessi Kirby
I still haven't read her first book but I'm really interested in the road trip aspect of this book.

Insurgent by Veronica Roth
I just read Divergent and I couldn't stop reading! I can't wait to see what happens next!!

Grave Mercy by R.L. LaFevers
It sounds awesome and from the reviews that I've seen of it I know I will enjoy reading it!

What books do you plan to read? =)

Friday, March 9, 2012

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

Title: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Pages: 256
Published: January 2012
Rating: 5/5
Synopsis: Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. She's stuck at JFK, late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's in seat 18C. Hadley's in 18A.

Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.

Review: I loved it. I had heard that it was a good book but I didn't think that I would like it as much as I did. It was hard for me to picture a book that only takes 24 hours and it actually good. Well, this book did it and in such a way that I completely fell in love with it.

Hadley has some problems from the beginning. She misses her plane by 4 minutes but those 4 minutes make a big impact on what is coming from her. Thanks to those 4 minutes she gets to meet Oliver, a British boy, who is going on the same plane as her. They take the trip across the Atlantic together and when they get at their destination there is still much more to come for them.

I felt that Hadley was really reacting to the situations that she was living through. She's forced to go to her father's wedding with a women that she doesn't even know while still trying to come to terms to what happened to her family. She goes through a journey to figure out things in her life. She's still mad at her father and doesn't quite know what to do about it. I loved seeing how she thought things through and by the end of the 24 hours her feelings and thought were much more settled.

And then there's Oliver. Since the first time that we meet him he's charming and for the most part of the book it's the same thing. We don't really get to know why he's going to London until they actually get there. When we get to find out it just adds to how deep the book actually is.

I knew I would enjoy it but I didn't think I would come to love it as much as I did. It's one of those that I expect to be short and with a simple romance and even though this one had the romance it also had much more than just that. This will definitely be in my top books of this year! =)

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (16)

Title: A Breath of Eyre
Author: Eve Marie Mont
Release Date: March 27th 2012

Goodreads Summary: Emma Townsend has always believed in stories—the ones she reads voraciously, and the ones she creates in her head. Perhaps it’s because she feels like an outsider at her exclusive prep school, or because her stepmother doesn’t come close to filling the void left by her mother’s death. And her only romantic prospect—apart from a crush on her English teacher—is Gray Newman, a long-time friend who just adds to Emma’s confusion. But escape soon arrives in an old leather-bound copy of Jane Eyre…

Reading of Jane’s isolation sparks a deep sense of kinship. Then fate takes things a leap further when a lightning storm catapults Emma right into Jane’s body and her nineteenth-century world. As governess at Thornfield, Emma has a sense of belonging she’s never known—and an attraction to the brooding Mr. Rochester. Now, moving between her two realities and uncovering secrets in both, Emma must decide whether her destiny lies in the pages of Jane’s story, or in the unwritten chapters of her own.

I loved reading Jane Eyre so I was really interested in seeing how things play out in this book. It sounds like a book where she tries to find herself and what she wants. I would probably read any book that had anything to do with Jane Eyre. =)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Top Ten Favorite Covers!

This is my first time participating on Top Ten Tuesday! Yay! It's hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! =) This week it's all about the covers!

The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
 Seeing that it's not really the dress but the corset that is showing makes me really like plus the lace that she's holding adds to it.

Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
I love how dark the cover is but the pink dress gives it a pop of color. Plus I love that there's writing on it that is visible enough to know it's there.

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Them standing in the middle of the road holding hands is something that I love about the cover.

Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Yeah. The moment I saw this one I knew that I loved the cover.

Torment by Lauren Kate
I really like how the dress is dark but the background is lighter.

Die For Me by Amy Plum
Since red is my favorite color and my dream is to go to Paris, I couldn't not put this one one the list.

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
I just think that cover is beautiful!

Envy by Anna Godbersen
This is one of my favorites. Mainly because of the dress, how I wish I had one like that! =)

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Love how they're under the water. There's something about this one that makes me love it.

Like I said, red is my favorite color and having the cover in black and white with a pop of red is something that I loved. I also don't see a lot of black and white covers.

What covers do you like?

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Title: Brave New World
Author: Aldous Huxley
Pages: 259
Published: 1932
Rating: 4.5/5
Synopsis: Huxley's story shows a futuristic World State where all emotion, love, art, and human individuality have been replaced by social stability. An ominous warning to the world's population, this literary classic is a must-read.

Review: This is one of those books that I would not have thought of giving it a chance and read it. I had heard about but it had never been in my interest to pick it up and read it for myself. If it hadn't been for school it would still be one of those books everyone talks about but that I have no idea what it's about. One sure thing that I wouldn't have gotten if I had read this book by myself was that it was a satire.

Having gotten the background and how the world works before starting the book really helped. I knew how each individual character would act and their reactions to things. The world that they have created it something like an utopia where everything is perfect, or so it seems. They are conditioned to think a certain way and do as society tells them. However, as the story progresses we see how having their own thoughts and plans can lead to something bad for that individual.

Reading this through the perspective of different characters was interesting because it allowed the reader to see things differently. There were parts were the only thing that it talked about is the perfection of their society with no desire to change things and then you get to see another character who is forming ideas for themselves that doesn't go with what society has shown to be the right thing. This allowed the reader to show just how many flaws there were in society that was supposed to be perfect.

One thing that I may not have liked was the ending. I was hoping that things would end up being different. And the part were John does what he does at the end? Yeah, I wasn't really happy about that since I was hoping that he had more control of himself since he had shown to not do what the world state had tried to make him become.

We get to see an extreme version of how things can turn out for society today if we don't realize that some of the things that we do now will lead to this world. Some of the things that we read about were kind of wrong to read about but I now understand that it was done on purpose and how we should avoid that kind of thing. It was a book that was not really enjoyable in that it was something like I normally read but it was a book that made me think more of the world around me and how things are changing.

And since this book was a satire we had to make a project on satire and this is what we came up with.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (15)

Title: Out of Sight, Out of Time
Author: Ally Carter
Release: March 13 2012

Goodreads Summary: The last thing Cammie Morgan remembers is leaving the Gallagher Academy to protect her friends and family from the Circle of Cavan--an ancient terrorist organization that has been hunting her for over a year. But when Cammie wakes up in an alpine convent and discovers months have passed, she must face the fact that her memory is now a black hole. The only traces left of Cammie’s summer vacation are the bruises on her body and the dirt under her nails, and all she wants is to go home.

Once she returns to school, however, Cammie realizes that even the Gallagher Academy now holds more questions than answers. Cammie, her friends, and mysterious spy-guy Zach must face their most difficult challenge yet as they travel to the other side of the world, hoping to piece together the clues that Cammie left behind. It’s a race against time. The Circle is hot on their trail and willing stop at nothing to prevent Cammie from remembering what she did last summer.

I have no idea how long I have been waiting for this book so seeing the date for its release coming closer each day makes me really happy. I can't wait to see how things work out for Cammie in this book! And Zach! Who doesn't want to see Zach more?

Sunday, February 19, 2012

In My Mailbox (51)

In My Mailbox is hosted by the awesome Kristi at The Story Siren!!

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa
Inheritance by Christopher Paolini
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Catching Fire and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Happy Reading! =)

Monday, February 13, 2012

A Season of Eden by Jennifer Laurens

Title: A Season of Eden
Author: Jennifer Laurens
Pages: 248
Published: October 2008
Rating: 4/5
Synopsis: He's my teacher. I shouldn't be alone with him. But I can't help that he's irresistible.

I let the door silently close at my back. He stared at me, and a taut quiet stretched between us. "I like hearing you play," I said, moving toward him. He turned, in sync with my slow approach. He looked up at me but didn't say anything. I rested my clammy hand on the cold, slick body of the baby grand. "May I?" The muscles in his throat shifted, then he swallowed. "Eden." My knees weakened, like a soft tickling kiss had just been blown against the backs of them. "Is it okay?" I asked. His gaze held mine like two hands joined. He understood what I was really asking. "Let me stay," I said. "Please." "You're going to get me in trouble," he said.

Review: Eden is a girl who can get everything that she wants and doesn't let things get in her way. When a new teacher arrives at the school, Eden makes it her mission to get him to notice her. They both know that this is something dangerous for them since the teacher-student thing exists between them.

Eden used to getting everything and when Mr. Christian arrives at her school she's determined to make him notice her. She doesn't stop to think about the consequences that this might have on both of them and goes on with her plan. I did see her change over the course of the book but it took me a while to understand why she did things but it's just the way she grew up.

Mr. Christian was the one who wanted to stay away from the trouble that Eden brought with her but of course he couldn't resist it. I loved that he could play the piano and had a love for classical music. I'm glad that he was able to take a hold of the things he wanted after a while and could decide and think things for what he wanted. I loved the relationship that he had with his mother and how much he cared for her.

It was a pretty short read that I enjoyed reading, especially since I had wanted to read it for so long. One thing I really enjoyed about it (and maybe why I wanted to read it) was that I hadn't read any book that had the student-teacher relationship like it was in A Season of Eden. It was definitely different than other forbidden romances and I liked that.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Title: Paranormalcy
Author: Kiersten White
Published: September 2010
Rating: 5/5
Synopsis: Weird as it is working for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, Evie’s always thought of herself as normal. Sure, her best friend is a mermaid, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she's falling for a shape-shifter, and she's the only person who can see through paranormals' glamours, but still. Normal.

Only now paranormals are dying, and Evie's dreams are filled with haunting voices and mysterious prophecies. She soon realizes that there may be a link between her abilities and the sudden rash of deaths. Not only that, but she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal.

Review: Hearing all the good things about this book had made want to read it for a long while and when I finally got the chance to I was really happy. Evie doesn't know a different world from the one that she's been living in for most of her lifetime. She's used to being surrounded by things that are considered to be not normal. That doesn't stop her from wanting to have a normal life.

Evie is hilarious! I loved the way she looked at things we consider as normal as something amazing. She lives such a different life and has best friends that we only wish we could but she tries to be as normal as possible. She made the book and story so good by how she looked at things in a funny way and talked about her world in such a normal way. They way that she was concious of the things that the paranormals could do made me happy since she knew the consequences and tried to think straight even if at times she couldn't.

I'm glad that I was finally able to read this book and totally agree with those who think this book is amazing because really is! It had moments that were really funny but there also times when it took a serious tone that balanced each other out. I always end up loving books that make me laugh and keep me reading even though I have so much homework to do! If you haven't read it yet then you need to!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Title: Lola and Boy Next Door
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Published: September 2011
Rating: 5/5
Synopsis: Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit -- more sparkly, more fun, more wild -- the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.

When Cricket -- a gifted inventor -- steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

Review: This was just as good if not better than Anna!

Lola seems to live an almost perfect life with a rocker boyfriend and 2 dads that love her. Everything seems fine until her used to be neighbors move in after years of not seeing them. After the way they left Lola doesn't want anything to do with them and also doesn't want to know about them. Unfortunately for her, it seems kind of impossible since each day her feelings towards them change, especially for Cricket.

Lola is the person that I could never be and I loved that! She had her own personality and she really distinguished herself from the rest. She was trying to get over what had happened with her neighbors and when they suddenly appeared everything came back to her which made her not want to see them. Of course, the one person that she doesn't want to see is the person she sees.

And Cricket is awesome! According to Lola he dresses well and can also invent stuff. He doesn't have that big personality that everyone can see that Lola does but he stands out in his own way. He was going through his own things and trying to figure out his own problems that were tormenting him. He actually seemed like he could be the boy that lived next door.

I can't decide if I liked Anna more or not but I know for sure that they are both amazing. I enjoyed reading every single minute and I can't wait to read her next book. I feel like anything that Stephanie comes out with I will buy even if I don't know what it's about. =)