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

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?