Saturday, March 31, 2012

Birthday Giveaway Winner

Emily over at Doodles Book Blog was the lucky winner of my Birthday Giveaway! 


I want to thank everyone who entered and made my Birthday feel extra special all month long! You guys are seriously the best!



Remember on April 2 to check back and enter to win a e-book of Lacrimosa by Christine Fonesca when the Lacrimosa Blog tour stops by Falling for YA!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

4/5 Stars

Review:

Lauren Oliver’s Delirium is set in a future where love has been diagnosed as a disease and everyone gets the cure for this disease at 18. Originally, I thought this idea was a bit far fetched and for a long time I put off reading this book. After much urging and amazing reviews from other bloggers I finally decided to read it. And I am so upset I waited this long!

The World building, the most important part of a dystopian book, was wonderfully done. I understood why the government closed off the borders to prevent the disease. I also understood all the reasons why Lena originally wanted the cure for love. There was no guessing as to how this future happened. Oliver does leave some pieces for the reader to put together themselves but it was not hard a small stretch of the imagination bridges these gaps.  

My favorite part of Delirium was by far the characters! I felt like every character that was introduced I got to know on a personal level. And Oliver did not suffer from disappearing friend syndrome. Hana the main character, Lena’s, best friend was present throughout the entire book and played a pivotal role. So often in YA books the girl has a best friend, meets a guy and then no longer has a best friend. This always really bothers me because that isn’t how it works in real life, you don’t meet a guy and then bail on your friends. Fortunately Oliver masterfully weaves each of the characters into the storyline and no one, even Lena’s little cousin gets lost in the shuffle.

I also really enjoyed the relationship between Lena and Alex. It was a sweet relationship that grew with the story. I liked that Alex let Lena come to her own conclusions about the government and was there for her even when it was at his own peril. Oliver really showed and didn’t have to tell how much Alex and Lena care for each other.

 I loved the attention to detail in Delirium as well. Each chapter starts with a poem, verse, or some other approved government material. It reminded me every chapter that this society just isn’t right.

Overall, I really enjoyed Delirium and after the cliffhanger it leaves you on I will definitely be picking up Pandemonium! 

Sunday, March 25, 2012

In My Mailbox 9


At first I thought I didn't get anything this week and was totally bummed putting together my mailbox now that I see them all I am pretty pleased with my mailbox and I feel like I had a good week! I also missed the UPS guy today and I have no idea what he was delivering so that should be a pleasant surprise on Monday. 


From the Author:


  

Lacrimosa by Christine Fonseca
Pretty Amy by Lisa Burstein
The Forever Girl by Rebecca Hamilton (I got this a few weeks ago and forgot to add to my IMM)

Won:
 
Entangled by Nikki Jefford Thanks Katrina @ Kindred Dreamheart
Bright Young Things by Anna Godberson (Thanks HarperTeen!)



Thursday, March 22, 2012

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

3/5 Stars


I want to thank NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt publisher for allowing me to review an advanced readers copy of this book.

Review: 
Release Date: April 3, 2012

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers is set in Brittany prior to the county being under French Rule where the old Gods are still worshipped and the influence of one family can affect an entire nation. LaFevers does an excellent job of taking you into this olden day realm and paints a vivid picture of what life was like both at the convent and at court for Ismae.

I really enjoyed all the court intrigue and different plot twists and turns. Despite the length of the book I was never bored. I did find some of the portions of the book to drag and I wished for more action but all of the lulls in the storyline just made the action sequences more exciting.

I also enjoyed the relationship between Duval and Ismae, it is definitely not instant love. In fact I would say that they hated each other, came to tolerate one another, and then were able to work together and start a romance. It was very true to the time period and under the restraints each of the characters are under it made sense to me. The relationship also is not the pivotal action in the book which was refreshing, there were so many things going on that if romance isn’t your thing you will find something else you like.

Grave Mercy reads more like an adult novel then YA. Aside from the Ismae’s age, I can’t really see why this was classed as YA. In fact I kept getting the vibe that Duval was much older the Ismae or that LaFevers wrote the book with older characters in mind and then for some reason decided to change their ages. So if you are looking for a more grown up YA read Graver Mercy is definitely a novel you should look into!

In Summary Grave Mercy was a very intriguing read that was different from other YA novels out there. If you enjoy historical romance, court intrigue, and assassins you just might enjoy Grave Mercy!    


Monday, March 19, 2012

Legend by Marie Lu

5/5 Stars

Review:

Legend by Marie Lu is set in a not too far off future where the United States has broken apart and the main characters June and Day live in the Republic; A totalitarian society that is kept in check by raw power and secrets.

The world Lu creates is masterfully crafted, I never felt myself grasping for reasons why the society was in existence and I understood the reasons why the 10 year olds had to endure trials. Something about the world just clicked with me and I could easily see our society deteriorating in much the same way. It is definitely a scary future.  

I really like both the characters June, and Day. The book alternates perspectives and while this usually gets on my nerves it did not in Legend. I found myself liking to read the voice of Day’s perspective just a little bit more though. I liked Day’s very Robin Hood-esque personality, steal from the rich and give to the deserving. I also loved his fierce loyalty to his family it was something I could relate to.

That is not to say that I did not like June, I also related to her in a different way. I think personality wise I am much more like June then I care to admit! June is regimented, loyal to the Republic, and has this naïveté trust that only someone who has been a “have” rather then a “have not” can attain.

The relationship between Day and June was also something I enjoyed. It was a slow evolving romance that had you really rooting for both of them! Each of the characters had lost so much that I couldn’t bear it if they lost each other as well. It was also wrought with misunderstandings and secrets but that just added to the tension and made me like it even more.

Overall I really loved Legend and can not wait for the next book! This is another great addition to the dystopian genre. 


Sunday, March 18, 2012

In My Mailbox 8

I had a pretty uneventful week in the world of books. That is a lucky thing because in the world of Law school I have had a VERY busy week and am so glad that it is now over.  


Bought:
Black Hole Sun by David Macinnis Gill (.99 cents Epic Reads Epic Deals)

NetGalley:

Yesterday by C. K. Kelly Martin
Tomorrow Land by Mari Mancuis 
Innocent Darkness by Suzanne Lazear

A couple of these I got last week but I totally spaced out about netgalley so I decided to featured them today!

While you are here make sure to enter for your chance to win $10 to Amazon.com!




Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


To help Celebrate St. Patrick's Day I thought it would be fun to share my Top 5 favorite books with Green covers! There were a lot to choose from but after much soul searching these are my favorites. 




1 Matched by Ally Condie
3 Eve by Anna Carey
5 Oppression by Jessica Therrien
5 The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter


In the comments tell me if you agree or your favorite green covers!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Revealing Eden by Victoria Foyt

2/5 Stars


I want to thank the publisher Bookmasters and Netgalley for allowing me to read a advanced readers copy of this book.

Review:
Revealing Eden: Save the Pearls was a different book then anything I had ever really read before. I am not a huge Shifters fan so this one had me grasping at straws for what I should expect out of a novel like this one. Luckily I am fully versed in dystopians and know exactly what I’m looking for in a good End of the World story. Unfortunately Revealing Eden came up short.

The world in Revealing Eden at first blush was really intriguing. I was drawn into this underground society where dark skinned coals are the ruling class and light skinned pearls are the lowliest of people. I was really disappointed when Foyt did not really expand on why the individuals were forced underground, who the bad guy “FFP” were. It was a one dimensional world that I never really understood, and by the time this started bothering me someone Eden had left the compound and was somehow surviving on the surface with no real explanation of this either.

I also had a really hard time liking the main character Eden. She was so immature and indecisive it made the story confusing. I never really found myself relating to her or the decisions she made. The relationship between Eden and Bramford was also not really to my taste. I never felt like either one of them really liked each other and this spoiled the story for me.

Overall Revealing Eden: Save the Pearls wasn’t a bad book but too many things left me saying huh? For me to give it any higher then two stars. In the future I probably won’t pick up the sequel but if you like lusty romance, and panthers you just might enjoy Revealing Eden.

Monday, March 12, 2012

The Weeping Blog Tour Interview and Review

So today is my actual Birthday and to help celebrate I have a blog tour for all of you!

Interview with O'Dell Hutchison:

Q:What gave you the idea for The Weeping?
I had a few strange encounters at the theatre where I work that were just too good to not write about. I love theatre and ghost stories, so it was inevitable that I would someday write something that combined the two. For a more detailed explanation, check out the guest post I did at http://livetoread-krystal.blogspot.com or over at Jordan Dane’s Dark YA blog, http://ADR3NALIN3.blogspot.com

Q: How long did it take from your first draft of The Weeping to publication?
I started writing “The Weeping” in April, 2011, so almost a year.

Q: I received my undergrad from Portland State University and now I am out in South Dakota for Law School. Your descriptions of Oregon were spot on, they made me homesick for the rain. Are you a native of the Pacific Northwest?
I’m actually a farm/ranch boy from Idaho, but I had relatives that lived in Oregon and I went to college at OSU. I LOVE Oregon. It’s beautiful and I definitely miss the rain. I’d love to live there again.

Q: Have you ever know a person like Heath? Or is Heath a little like you?
I think Heath is a combination of a few people I’ve known in life. There’s definitely some of me there.

Q: The ending had me clicking my e-reader not believing that that was just the end, was that your intention?
It was (I know, I’m evil!) I actually had another chapter, but it just felt contrived, like I was trying to suck the last little bits of life from the story and I didn’t want that.

Q: Are there any plans for a sequel?
Not at this time. The extra chapter I mentioned earlier made it seem like a sequel was inevitable, but I had no intention of writing one. I kind of like it the way it is. My favorite ghost stories are those where you ask “And then what happened?” and the response is “Nobody knows…”

Okay Lightning Round! This or That

E-book or Real book?
Real books, hands down, even though I do love the convenience of my eReaders.

Business or casual?
Totally casual. I have to wear Business-casual to work and it is so not me. I’m much more comfortable in a pair of jeans and a T-shirt, or even better, a pair of pajama bottoms and a T.

Inside or Outside?
I love to be outside, but the heat and humidity of South Texas make that difficult. I hate hot weather. I was definitely more of an outside person when I lived in Oregon.

Rain or Shine?Sunny days are nice, but I love the calming effects of rain.

Do you write with Music or No Music?
I typically write without music as I am easily distracted, but I will turn on some music for inspiration if I get stuck along the way

Review:

4/5 Stars
The Weeping is centered around Heath a recent High School graduate who has just suffered a terrible tragedy. The car he was driving after Prom lost control and all of his best friends were killed but he was spared. Following the accident Heath became withdrawn and introverted his parents feeling like there was nothing else to do send him to the Oregon coast to live with his Uncle over the summer. The Uncle happens to own a theater Haunted by the ghost of a girl killed in devastating fire. Hutchison's novel follows Heath as he discovers what happened to the girl killed in the fire, how is father and the town is connected to all of this, and what part he plays in the big picture.
Usually I am not a big fan of male narration but Heath was really relateable and I could really feel the anger and emotional turmoil he felt over losing his friends and later the guilt that Heath feels when he is trying to move on. I came to really like Heath as a person and it was really fun to read what he thought as each twist and turn in the book occurred. (I really want to give spoilers but I don't want to ruin it for you!)

One of my other favorite things about this book is that it was set in Oregon. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and being stuck out in South Dakota I get really homesick. Hutchison does a wonderful job of bringing the scenery to you and showing not telling what the weather is doing. The descriptions of the rain and Pacific Ocean made me a little less homesick.

The best thing about The Weeping is that it is a true ghost story that leaves you guessing until the last page. It also had just the right amount of scary (I get frightened really easily and it wasn't too bad for me). The supporting characters were great all of them unique in their own ways and all of them helped to further the story.

Overall it was a very good book and an excellent ghost story. It definitely merits a read and is already on my list of best books of 2012 so far.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

In My Mailbox 7


Won:
Signed Copy of Heavenly by Jennifer Laurens, A T-shirt, Tote bag, and set of Angel Wings! Sorry for the lame picture, my cats kept trying to jump on the chair. 
Bought:
The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
The Lost Saint by Bree Despain
Oppression by Jessica Therrien
All were on sale for 99 cents!


Also don't forget to enter my Birthday Giveaway!!








Thursday, March 8, 2012

Paradox: The Angels Are Here by Patti Roberts

2/5 Stars


Review:
This is a review of an adult book. 

I don’t often read Adult books, its not that I don’t like the genre I just
seem to prefer YA. I decided to read Paradox: The Angels Are Here when I talked to the author and was intrigued by the synopsis. It is only a little over a 100 pages so I thought it would be a quick novella, unfortunately it left me feeling confused and asking more questions then I had answers for.

Paradox: The Angels are here begins in the far away past with two families the Grigorians and the Bulguardians that are in a war. Abbadon the second in command for the Grigorians sends his sister Thieria down to Earth to find someone. (I assume Grace).

The story then jumps to the life of a little girl Grace who loses her father in an accident. Grace has flashbacks to her former lives, and an “imaginary” friend who looks out for her. This part of the book left me with a ton of questions like who is Grace? Why is she important? What is her relation to the ancient war? And none of these questions were answered which is why I gave the book only 2 stars. I don’t like to be led on only to left hanging.

In general though the writing in Paradox is phenomenal I related to each of the characters in the novel and all of them had separate and distinct personalities. The descriptions were all very lush and vivid and I enjoyed the interaction between the characters. The flashbacks were also very well written and I wish they had been the focus of the book rather then Grace’s daily life.

Overall it was a good read, but there were just too many questions left answered for me to truly enjoy the read. I will be picking up the next book because the writing is really well done and I am curious as to what happens next, and bonus Grace is an adult in the next book so hopefully I will relate to her character more.

Thank you Patti Roberts for providing me an ebook copy of this book for review purposes.

Monday, March 5, 2012

A Million Suns by Beth Revis

5/5 Stars

Review:
A Million Suns by Beth Revis starts just where Across the Universe left off. At first I was afraid that this book was just going to be a filler to bridge the gap between book 1 and 3. Instead I was pleasantly surprised to find an amazing work that was, in my opinion, better then the first.

A Million Suns chronicles Elder’s struggle to control the ship without Phydus in light of a mounting revolution. It also delves further into the mysteries surrounding Godspeed and Amy must follow a trail of clues left by Orion before he was frozen. Needless to say this novel was all excitement and had me on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading and even after.

The sequel also delves more into the lives of the secondary characters aboard Godspeed and Elder’s life prior to Amy’s arrival. We get to hear more about Victria, Bartie, and Harley’s history. I really like this because the book felt more rounded and was not entirely focused on Elder and Amy.

Speaking of Elder and Amy (lovely transition, I know) there relationship really evolves in this novel and takes a turn for the better. Although it, of course, has its ups and downs it just wouldn’t be right if it didn’t! I think the relationship and character development in this novel made me enjoy it more then the first.

Needless to say this was an amazing sophomore novel and I am eagerly anticipating the release of Shades of Earth! 2013 is wwwaaaayyy too far away!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

In My Mailbox 6


This week I got Paranormalcy by Kristen White (which I have already read), How to say goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford, and Jonas (Beautiful Dead #1) by Eden Maguire all from Mug of Moxie's Follower Love giveaway.

 I also ordered The Demon's Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan from Amazon with the gift card Lexis Nexis Law School gave me for earning points with them! 

Negalley:

Also make sure to enter my Birthday giveaway!