Sunday, September 30, 2012

Stacking The Shelves 27


I only got a few books this week but I'm kind of thankful for that. I am trying to tackle my massive TBR list and just getting a few books gives me the illusion that I may one day catch up! Make sure to leave you links so that I can see what new books you got this week ^^

Bought:
Kissed By An Angel by Elizabeth Chandler (I found this for $1 at the civic center and thought why not?! My TBR list is already outrageous lol)

Ebook:
Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs (This is free right now!)
Jenny Pox by JL Bryan (I found this free on Smashwords and have heard some crazy things about it)

Netgalley:
Splintered by A.G. Howard - This was my WOW a few weeks ago and I just found out it was on Netgalley so I can not wait to start reading!

Friday, September 28, 2012

What A Boy Wants by Nyrae Dawn


4/5 Stars

What A Boy Wants by Nyrae Dawn
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: April 6, 2012

Review:
Sebastian Hawkins in order to make a little money on the side and after watching his Mother’s string of terrible relationships starts an online venture as “The Hook-up Doctor”. Sebastian doesn’t promise a long loving relationship just a hook up and he has a very good success rate. Until someone contacts him and all of his clever hook-up plans no longer work.

I was not expecting to like this nearly a much as I did. I bought this on a whim looking for a quick but cute summer read. I got exactly that but it was also so much more. Nyrae Dawn creates easily likeable characters that you feel an instant connection to. It was great to see Sebastian grow as a character as the book progressed. I loved the moment when he finally figured out exactly what he wanted and how he planned to get it, even if all his plans did fall apart. Actually, watching his plans fall apart and having him pick up the pieces was my favorite part of the story.

The supporting characters also really shined in this book. I really liked Aspen, Pris, and Jaden and their friendship dynamic. I think my favorite supporting character was definitely Jaden though, he was interesting and I could tell that while he put on this tough man exterior inside he really cares about Pris and the friendship he shares with all of them. I am really excited to read the companion novel What A Boy Needs so that I can see things from his perspective.

Overall, this was a great albeit short novel. I loved the voice that Dawn was able to give Sebastian and how well the characters interacted with each other. I am seriously looking forward to reading more from this author and am excited to see what happens in What A Boy Needs!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: The Dead and Buried


The Dead and Buried
Author: Kim Harrington
Publisher: Scholastic Point
Expected Publication: January 1, 2013

Synopsis:
A haunted house, a buried mystery, and a very angry ghost make this one unforgettable thriller.

Jade loves the house she's just moved into with her family. She doesn't even mind being the new girl at the high school: It's a fresh start, and there's that one guy with the dreamy blue eyes. . . .

But then things begin happening. Strange, otherworldly things.

Jade's little brother claims to see a glimmering girl in his room. Jade's jewelry gets moved around, as if by an invisible hand. Kids at school whisper behind her back like they know something she doesn't.

Soon, Jade must face an impossible fact: that her perfect house . . . is haunted.

Haunted by a ghost who's seeking not just vengeance, but the truth. The ghost of a girl who ruled Jade's school -- until her untimely death last year. It's up to Jade to put the pieces together before her own life is at stake. As Jade investigates the mystery, she discovers that her new friends in town have more than a few deep, dark secrets.

But is one of them a murderer?

My Thoughts: I am ridiculously excited for this book, my Mom loves haunted house and all things spooky so I grew up loving those same things. I'm looking forward to seeing how Harrington weaves the haunted house, ghost, and murderer plot lines together and I already want to learn more about what happened to this ghost girl who died only a year before Jade came to town! 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Velveteen by Daniel Marks

2/5 Stars

Veleveteen by Daniel Marks
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Publication: October 9, 2012

Review:
I wanted to like this book, the author is from the Pacific Northwest and is definitely funny his YouTube is hilarious, and he wrote about some of my favorite book themes: YA, death/murder, and purgatory but this book was just not my thing.


Velveteen was murdered by a man named Bonesaw and is now living in purgatory. Velvet is a member of an elite Salvage crew that is tasked with stopping cracks that are appearing in purgatory which are in part a result of her crossing back and forth between purgatory and the regular world to haunt Bonesaw (I think?). In retrospect I’m not entirely sure why there are so many cracks in purgatory, or even why Velvet was in charge of such an important Team when she was clearly the one breaking all the rules.

In general I didn’t like any of the characters. Velvet is selfish, succumbs easily to petty banter from the collectors, doesn’t listen to advice, and puts her entire world in danger. I think her saving grace was supposed to be that the reason she did all of this was to kill Bonesaw before he took another victim but in the end I felt there were other ways she could have gone about getting even with him. A vengeful main character is not someone I can easily relate to and that may be the reason I didn’t like this novel.

The other characters were just kind of dry stereotypes. The Collectors were the “mean girls”, there was hot love interest (I can’t even remember his name now ^^’), and the twins Logan and Luisa who were, I think, meant to be cute but came off rather creepy. Actually the whole idea of salvaging was kind of creepy and disgusting, think exploding bodies and flies.

The relationship in this book was flat out terrible. It was insta-love, shaken and stirred, with a dash of don’t come near me it’s forbidden. It made me roll my eyes whenever Velvet and Nick (that’s his name!) wanted to have a little alone time. I actually would have preferred the author skip the romance, because no romance is better then a bad romance (got you to sing Lady Gaga there didn’t I?).



This book while I didn’t care for the plot or characters is still well written and you can see that the author has a specific audience in mind (the darker YA crowd). I just do not happen to be in the audience. If you liked the synopsis though or are looking for a dark slightly gross read this might be right up your alley!

Thanks you Netgalley and Delacorte Books for Young Readers for allowing me to read an advanced readers copy of this novel. 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Stacking The Shelves 26


So after my crazy haul to end all hauls last week I only got a few books this week but the books I got I am crazy excited about and can not wait to start reading! Actually The Raven Boys was the first book I ever featured in a Waiting on Wednesday post so I am kind of freaking out that it is now officially on my shelf. Anyways, make sure to leave links in the comment section so that I can see all the new books you got this week!

Bought:
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Blog Tour:
Dear Teen Me (Authors Write Letters to their Teen Selves) Edited by Kristin Anderson and Miranda Kenneally
This week I was also selected to be on the Timeless by Michelle Madow Blog Tour so make sure to check out my post on December 22!

E-book:
The Fallen Star by Jessica Sorensen (This is free on Nook right now!)

Friday, September 21, 2012

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

5/5 Stars

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: July 3, 2012

Review:

When I was a little kid Peter Pan was my imaginary friend, no joke, I made my parents feed him and buckle him into the car right along with me, I insisted that Peter and I were going to be married. It was actually because of Peter Pan that I got a sister; my parents thought I needed a friend. So of course I am already skewed toward liking Peter Pan retellings, but even if I didn’t have this sordid history with Peter I would have loved Tiger Lily.

The story is set in Neverland and follows Tiger Lily the Indian Princess who, in this story, is actually the adoptive daughter of the Tribe Shaman. Tiger Lily is a quiet loner, who is ostracized by the other kids and has never really fit in. Usually I do not relate well to this type of character but the narration and descriptions given by Anderson were so spot on and descriptive that you just can’t help connecting with her.

Tiger Lily was so much deeper of a read then I thought it was going to be. I picked this book up with the intention of having a light read, just a happy Peter Pan retelling but what I got was so much more! The heartache Tiger Lily goes through involving not only Peter but her Tribe made me teary eyed. Actually half way through the book I found myself wanting to take a break because everything was falling apart and I didn’t know how Anderson could ever make it better. I resisted this desire though and somehow the ending was not as sad as I had originally expected it to be.

My favorite part of this book though was definitely the symbolism and parallels to what happened in history. Not since I read the Generation Dead series by Daniel Waters have I seen such a great YA allegory of a historic event as I did in Tiger Lily. **Watered Down Spoiler Warning** Tiger Lily rescues a man from England and eventually he is brought back to the tribe. While at the tribe he begins telling everyone about his religion and converts the tribe. **Spoiler Over** I liked how true to history Anderson was in her descriptions of what was going on and how easy it was to get people to change their minds. I also like the inclusion of the group mentality and how easily people will turn on one another. The selective beliefs of a faith were also very interestingly integrated. It was definitely deeper then I expected the story to go but I loved every page of it!

Needless to say I loved this book (can I say that one more time?). It was heartbreaking, but remained so utterly real. It was a completely different story then Peter Pan and while at first this surprised me I was thankful for it. I was glad to read from Tiger Lily’s perspective and in the future I will definitely by reading other Jodi Lynn Anderson books!


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Unremembered


Unremembered
Author: Jessica Brody
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux
Expected Publication: March 5, 2013

Synopsis:
When Freedom Airlines flight 121 went down over the Pacific Ocean, no one ever expected to find survivors. Which is why the sixteen-year-old girl discovered floating among the wreckage—alive—is making headlines across the globe.

Even more strange is that her body is miraculously unharmed and she has no memories of boarding the plane. She has no memories of her life before the crash. She has no memories period. No one knows how she survived. No one knows why she wasn’t on the passenger manifest. And no one can explain why her DNA and fingerprints can’t be found in a single database in the world.

Crippled by a world she doesn’t know, plagued by abilities she doesn’t understand, and haunted by a looming threat she can’t remember, Seraphina struggles to piece together her forgotten past and discover who she really is. But with every clue only comes more questions. And she’s running out of time to answer them.

Her only hope is a strangely alluring boy who claims to know her from before the crash. Who claims they were in love. But can she really trust him? And will he be able to protect her from the people who have been making her forget?

From popular young adult author, Jessica Brody comes a mesmerizing and suspenseful new series, set in a world where science knows no boundaries, memories are manipulated, and true love can never be forgotten


My Thoughts: This book sounds spooky! I love books where the main character experiences a traumatic event and memory loss, I think it is fun to piece together everything right along with the character. This idea though can be hard to get right though, and many authors have failed in the delivery. I am excited though because this is Jessica Brody and if anyone can get the right mix of memory loss, plot twists, and love story right it is definitely her!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Auracle by Gina Rosati


Auracle
Author: Gina Rosati
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: Aug 7th, 2012
Goodreads ♥ Amazon

Review:
I won Auracle prize pack as part of the blog tour for Auracle and I must say that it was the nicest thing I have ever won! Rosati’s presentation and attention to detail was amazing. There was of course an ARC of Auracle, bookmarks, magnet, pin, and my personal favorite an adorable bracelet which I am wearing as I type up this review. While I am excited to have won the prize pack regardless I would have loved Auracle.

Anna Rogan has a special ability she can astrally project out of her body and zip around the world. This is a special secret she has only ever shared with her childhood friend Rei, and Rei does not approve. His disapproval is shown to be for good reason though when Anna becomes trapped and her classmate Taylor takes over her body and her life.

I have never read a story about astral projection so I was absolutely enamored by the idea of walking outside of your own body. Rosati does a fabulous job of blending this supernatural idea with characters that are utterly real. Anna has a troubled home life and so has spent most of her time at Rei’s. The relationship between the two was so true to life. We all have that guy friend that we are close with but are afraid of taking the next step because it might ruin a perfect friendship. In this case it could ruin not only a perfect friendship but the only home Anna feels truly comfortable at. I also really liked Seth, Rei’s guy friend who has to deal with so much in the story and I even came to tolerate Taylor which is truly saying something because I really thought I could strangle her at certain points in the story.

Auracle deals with some pretty heavy issues but still remains a “light read” without getting preachy or talking down to the reader. I don’t feel like Rosati was ever judgmental, she merely stated what was going on and how it made Anna feel. This is something I really admired about this book.

Overall, Auracle was a great read with a really original supernatural idea. I can not wait to see what Rosati will choose to write next, whatever it is I know I will be reading it!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Stacking The Shelves 25


Hello everyone! After a little bit of a break I am returning to blogging, I am scheduling posts for the rest of the month and hoping that I won't have to take a break again but no promises. Anyway, while I was away I received a TON of great books that I can't wait to share with you!

Bought/Received for Review:
Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London
The Devouring by Simon Holt (Thanks Megan for the recommendation!)
This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare (I read an ebook ages ago but I wanted the hardback!)
City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

Enshadowed by Kelly Creagh
Possessions by Nancy Holder 

Defiance by C.J. Redwine (Thanks @EpicReads!)
Timeless by Alexandra Monir
The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski (Thanks @FierceReads!)

E-books:
Embrace by Jessica Shirvington
Raven by Suzy Turner (Free on B&N)
Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
Ember by Jessica Sorensen

From The Author/Netgalley:


Weaver by John Abramowitz (I actually met John on Twitter and am excited to read his new YA novel! If you'd like to check out his website you can do so here ^^)
Transcend by Christine Fonesca ( I was on the Lacrimosa blog tour a while back and really enjoyed Christine's writing, I'm excited to read Transcend a retelling of The Phantom of the Opera)
Broken by A.E. Rought

Slammed and Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover (My real life friend Nichole recommended these to me so I'm hoping they are great!)



Monday, September 3, 2012

A Little Break

Recently life has become a little hectic with my second year of Law School starting. I have been unable to read as much as I would like, and I am having a hard time finding the motivation to write reviews. Therefore I have decided to take a short break, catch my breath, get caught up on reviews and live a little. I am hoping to keep this break short but if you need to chat with me in the meantime I can always be found on Twitter (@FallingforYA) or via e-mail (emisbookblog@aol.com).

Thanks everyone for understanding
-Emily