Monday, January 30, 2012

Pyxis by KC Neal

3/5 Stars

Corinne is just your average teen girl, with a close best friend, and a guy friend that is starting to look more like a boy friend. That is until she finds a mysterious box called the Pyxis and it turns he life upside down.

I loved that Pyxis was a different kind of supernatural story. So often the paranormal element is one of the main three: Vampire, Werewolf, or Demon. This time it was something completely different and by the end of the story even though we had gotten some answers I still wasn't entirely sure what the Pyxis was or what Corinne had to do as the Pyxis.

Usually the romance in a story is my favorite part in Pyxis it really wasn't. I understood Corinne's reasons for not wanting to be in a relationship with Mason in the beginning but as that reason kind of dissipated she still did not want to consider dating him! It made no sense considering how much she liked Mason and how thoughts of him with other girls really bothered her. Hopefully this is better explained in the next book.

I was also really bummed because as the book was ending I really had the feeling that the story was just beginning and then to top it off the story left me on a cliffhanger. That is why I had to deduct a star from my original 4 star opinion of the story, the ending just felt like too much of a cop out.

In sum, I did enjoy this story, while it was a little bit slow it was very realistic and I felt like I was in High School all over again. The characters were all really likable and I have to say Mason was actually my favorite character overall he seemed the most down to Earth and I loved his unwavering loyalty for Corinne in the face of finding out she is the Pyxis. And I will be picking up the sequel The Peril when it releases sometime in 2012!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

In My Mailbox 2

Today was wonderful week for me! I received a signed hardback copy of Wither by Lauren DeStefano and a signed Arc of Fever also by Lauren DeStefano. I have been trying to get my hands on Fever since I saw the cover reveal and I can not wait to start reading! The Wonderful Beth Revis also sent me Across the Universe swag, I am definitely loving the koi print and I can not wait to read A Million Suns ^_^

Sunday, January 22, 2012

In My Mailbox 1

I am finally jumping on the bandwagon and starting to do In My Mailbox posts. I have been getting such great books lately and I wanted to share them with all of you! This will also help me keep track of how long books have been on my shelf. I'm afraid my TBR pile is getting kind of ridiculous =/

This week I got:

And I also got a ton of books back from my sister, Bethany, finally! When I give her books I always feel like they fall into a black void and I have little hope of ever seeing them again but luckily she gave me a box full of books back so I have something to be excited about! Now I have to work on getting my signed copy of Divergent back from her before May....

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Cold Kiss Winner

PhotobucketI am proud to say Christie from Christie's Book reviews has won the ARC copy of Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey!

Thank you to everyone who entered! I did not expect the turnout I had and it has really made the last month exciting for me =)

I am now trying to figure out which book to give away next. I'm thinking about having a Valentines Day contest! *tries to think of a romantic book giveaway idea*

Friday, January 20, 2012

Eve by Anna Carey

4/5 Stars

Eve is a dystopian set in a world where a plague has destroyed the entire population and the King of New America has separated the orphans of the plague into either work camps for boys, or schools for girls. The schools though are not all they are made out to be and Eve must escape before graduation.

Once Eve succeeds in escaping the school she sets out for Califia, an outpost that offers freedom. On the way she meets Caleb a boy *gasp*! And befriends a girl she had misjudged at school.

I really enjoy me a good dystopian so it wasn’t hard for me to get into Eve and keep my interest. The world building was a good start, but I wish there was more information about what caused the plague, what happened during the plague, and how the political system came to be. Eve is a planned trilogy though so hopefully that is further expanded in the next two books.

The relationship between Caleb and Eve is really sweet and I like that it evolves rather slowly. It gave me a chance to really feel what each of the characters feels for 
each other, and I didn’t feel like they just had this instant unexplainable connection. The love was very real and the relationship is one that I could see happening in this dystopian world.

Overall I enjoyed the book, but without more world building I wasn’t able to give it that fifth star. I also wished there had been more action, at times the plot lulled and I was left wanting more. I will definitely be picking up the sequel though and hope that Caleb and Eve get their happy ending! I guess I won't know until June of 2012 because that is when Once the sequel is coming out!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver

4/5 Stars

            The Demon Trappers Daughter is set in Atlanta, Georgia in the near future where Demons and Angels have always existed alongside Demon Trappers. Riley is an apprentice trapper with her father and “former” crush Beck.
            The Demon Trappers Daughter is full of action from the first page onward and I was hooked the entire time. There are demon attacks, take downs, and a little slice of love. My favorite part of this book was that it was honestly different. A strange combination of dystopian, paranormal, and urban fantasy that I really enjoyed.
            One of the best parts about this book was the narrator Riley. I can’t remember the last time I related to a character the way I related to Riley. I understood why she made the choices she made because they are the same I would have made in her situation. I loved the strong duty she felt toward her family and profession. And most of all I loved her snarky badass attitude. Riley is a more realistic Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy with a little mix of every girl who reads the book.  
            I also loved Beck! He was such a Southern gentleman and it was obvious how much he cares about Riley to everyone except Riley. Even though Beck at times upset me because of how stubborn and blind he can be, I found myself hoping he would be in the next scene and when he wasn’t there I noticed his absence.
            I could go on and on about how much I liked all of the characters in this book, even the bad guys! Or about how great the plot and action were, but that would make for the worlds longest review! So I would sum it up by saying I really enjoyed The Demon Trapper's Daughter and chances are you will too.
            Overall this was a great read and one I would definitely recommend if you enjoyed Strange Angels by Lili St.Crow (but were looking for more action and a better love story), or Angelfire by Coutrney Allison Moulton. I will be picking up the sequel so look out for my review!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Across the Universe
Author: Beth Revis
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: January 11, 2011

It has been a while since I read a novel set in space and I have to admit usually I am a little skeptical about the setting. Try as I might I’m just not a big sci-fi fan. Across the Universe was a definite exception to that rule! All of the hype and great reviews about this one are completely true.

I really thought the idea, while no completely original, was done in a new and original way. I loved that Amy was cryogenically frozen and then unfrozen years before the ship, Godspeed, is meant to land on the new planet Centari-Earth. Revis does an amazing job of describing Amy’s pain and loss of everything she has ever known when she is awoken early. I really felt like I was with Amy through her adjusting to the ship and all of her high and low points. I usually don’t get claustrophobic but I started to feel suffocated by the little space in my room when Amy was describing how small the ship is compared to the size of Earth.

I also really loved Elder. He is such a strong character with a dynamic personality that makes him easy to listen and relate to. I enjoyed learning about the ship right along with him.

There were some many twists and turns in Across the Universe that I was never bored and stayed up late at night trying to figure out all of the different mysteries! There was murder, manipulation, and a little bit of love! What more could a girl ask for?!

The only thing that I thought was lacking was a stronger love story between Amy and Elder. While it was clear there may be something between them it never really came to anything and I was kind of disappointed by this. But I have high hopes for the sequel A Million Suns!