Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Review: Someone Else's Life

Title: Someone Else’s Life
Author: Katie Dale
Series: None
Release Date: February 14th, 2012
Number of Pages: 512
Publisher: Delacorte books for Young Readers
Souce: NetGalley
When 17-year-old Rosie's mother, Trudie, dies from Huntington's Disease, her pain is intensified by the knowledge that she has a fifty percent chance of inheriting the crippling disease herself. Only when Rosie tells her mother's best friend, "Aunt Sarah," that she is going to test for the disease does Sarah, a midwife, reveal that Trudie wasn't her real mother after all. Rosie was swapped at birth with a sickly baby who was destined to die. 
Devastated, Rosie decides to trace her real mother, joining her ex-boyfriend on his gap year travels, to find her birth mother in California. But all does not go as planned. As Rosie discovers yet more of her family's deeply buried secrets and lies, she is left with an agonizing decision of her own, one which will be the most heart breaking and far-reaching of all.
I was quite surprised by this book. It wasn’t that I wasn’t expecting to really enjoy it (I really couldn’t wait to read it, based on the premises). It was more that the story itself kept me guessing. I was expecting the story to go one way and BAM, Katie Dale made Rosie’s life and Rosie’s choices a lot harder. That’s one of the thing that I loved about this book. It surprised me so many times.

One of the main aspects of the book is the Huntington’s. It wasn’t something I had heard of before, so I did appreciate that Katie Dale took the time to explain what it was, without it sounding out of place. That information was well incorporate to the story.  That disease is simply terrifying, if you think of it. Other than already having been through the pain of seeing her mother die, now she may have 50/50 chance of suffering from it, well, if she was her biological daughter.

Rosie’s character broke my heart. It is unimaginable all the pain she must have gone through, first by losing her mother, and then learning that her mother, Trudie, isn’t her real mother. After all, it was like she lost her all over again. That’s one of the reason why I could understand why Rosie wanted to go through everything she did, to find her real mother. She needed answer, and she needed something to make go on. She just lost the woman who raised her, only to learn that her life was based on a lie her “Aunt” Sarah created. Still, Andy was one of the characters that really surprised me. I find it hard to believe he stood by her through so much, as she wasn’t always that honest with him. Of course, there are other characters that stood out for me. Yet, I can’t really talk about them without giving away too much, so I guess you will have to discover them on your on.

Katie Dale really impressed me with this novel. Even though it is a pretty lengthy novel, I read it in a matter of hours, because I simply couldn’t put it down. It was beautifully written, and the emotions simply kept me reading, as I was hoping thing would finally get better for Rosie and the others.

Someone else’s life is a novel I would definitely recommend to fan of contemporary.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Review: Hourglass by Myra McEntire

Title: Hourglass
Author: Myra McEntire
Series: Hourglass
Release Date: June 14th, 2012
Number of Pages: 400
Publisher: Edgemont USA
Source: Bought
One hour to rewrite the past . . .
For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn’t there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents’ death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She’s tried everything, but the visions keep coming back.
So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson’s willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may change her past.
Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he’s around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should have happened?
Full of atmosphere, mystery, and romance, Hourglass merges the very best of the paranormal and science-fiction genres in a seductive, remarkable young adult debut.
I simply can’t believe this book has been on one of my shelves for this long. Wow. I was nicely pleased with this book. I thought I would simply start this book before going to work, as I had an hour to kill at Starbucks. This was seriously a mistake. Why? Because I didn’t want to put this book down. I came back home at 10:00pm and I kept on reading this book until I was done. It didn’t matter I was working the next morning. I had to read this book. I had to know what would happen next!

The story Myra McEntire wrote was simply beautifully crafted. It was captivating and nicely written. She created characters that were able to keep us guessing, to keep us entertained.

Emerson was really great. I love how she was able to deal with the rips before she met Michael, even though it probably wasn't fun for her. I would have gone crazy with that (imagine seeing some kind of ghosts, which of course aren’t seen by anyone else.)

Her brother and his wife were so sweet. I find Emerson really lucky to have a sibling like him. He was just always there for her, even though he had his own life, his own wife. His wife was so nice with Emerson. There was also Lily that I though Em was lucky to have. She was simply there for her, no matter what happened in the past.

Now, there’s Michael. Wow. He made me swoon and he made me so angry at the same time. I wasn’t always sure what were his intentions. Yet, it was clear that he felt something for Emerson. That’s one of the reason I like him that much. All the little things that happened before those two during the novel. I really liked him, and I really liked with Emerson.

Now, the last character I want to talk about, it’s Kaleb. I loved him! I can’t wait to read Timepiece, as he will narrate it. He simply made me laugh, especially when we saw a little bit of Kaleb-Emerson-Michael interaction.

Myra McEntire really made me fall in love with her series. I’m now dying to read the sequel, so I can know what will happen next to her amazing characters!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Coming Out This Week! January 29th - February 4th

Coming Out This Week is a weekly feature presenting you some of the books coming out this week. Please remember that this is a non-exhaustive list. Still, feel free to leave other books coming out this week in the comments. I would be Happy to add them!

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows (BD- Amazon - Amazon.ca )
Article 5 by Kristen Simmons (BD- Amazon - Amazon.ca )
Lenobia's Vow by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast (BD- Amazon - Amazon.ca )
Destiny and Deception by Shannon Delany (BD- Amazon - Amazon.ca )
New Girl by Paige Harbison (BD- Amazon - Amazon.ca )
Tangled by Erica O'Rourke (BD- Amazon - Amazon.ca )

Now in Paperback

Shine by Lauren Myracle (BD- Amazon - Amazon.ca )
Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg (BD- Amazon - Amazon.ca )
Clarity by Kim Harrington (BD- Amazon - Amazon.ca )

Which book are you excited for?

Saturday, January 28, 2012

In My Mailbox 41

In My Mailbox is a Meme hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren. It is a way to share with other bloggers what you got during the week.

I got:

Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
This is not a Test by Courtney Summers

Thanks to Raincoast and St. Martin's Press!

What did you guys get?

Friday, January 27, 2012

Review: Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

Title: Article 5
Author: Kristen Simmons
Series: Article 5 #1
Release Date: January 31th, 2012
Number of Pages: 384
Publisher: TorTeen
Source: From Raincoast
New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned. 
The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.
There are no more police—instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior—instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested usually don't come back.
Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren’t always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it’s hard for her to forget that people weren’t always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. It’s hard to forget that life in the United States used to be different.
Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass the random home inspections by the military. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow.
That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings…the only boy Ember has ever loved.
Wow. I was already super excited about reading this book. I love the premises. It sounded so amazing. So when I got an ARC from Raincoast, I couldn’t wait to read it. I simply couldn’t stop once I started. It was simply captivating! I had to know what would happen to Ember. It is so hard for me to find the right words to describe how much I enjoyed this book!

The world Kristen Simmons was brutally real. It’s the kind of world I would hate to live in, because the population has lost all control over their life. That for me is scary. All the rules Simmons created, the military, the rehabilitation centers, those are horribly scary. That’s one of the things I adore of this. I love a dystopian novel that is able to create a world that seems so real, yet so scary.

Through the novel, there is no dull moment. There is always something happening, something to keep you on the edge of your chair. It keeps you addicted to the characters, to the story. From the moment Ember’s mother is arrested, Ember has never a second of real freedom. She is fighting for herself, for her hope of seeing her mother and for the memory of her Chase. I love how Kristen Simmons has introduced some of the happy memories she has with Chase, those lived before he left her. That showed that there was ways to be happy, there were people who still could love. It reminds us that there is still hope, even in this kind of dystopian world.

Now the main characters were really amazing to me. I love Ember. She was strong, and she was ready to fight for those she loves, even if it can kill her. That’s one of her side that I really liked. Now, there is also Chase that really got me interested in what went on behind the door of the MM. In a way, I was reminded, as a history geek, of the Nazi (Am I the only one?)  Some were doing what they thought was right, others were fueled by their need of power, and others were doing what they were told, scared of what could happen to those they care about. That’s one of the reasons that it was easy for me to like Chase. I knew which kind of those he was.

Kristen Simmons really got me hooked from page one. Her debut novel really set a series that is sure to keep me hooked until the end, really a must read for any dystopian lover.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Review: Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

Title: Incarnate
Author: Jodi Meadows
Series: Newxoul #1
Release Date: January 31th, 2012
Number of Pages: 384
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: NetGalley
Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.
Even Ana’s own mother thinks she’s a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she’ll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are suspicious and afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?
Sam believes Ana’s new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana’s enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else’s life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?
Jodi Meadows expertly weaves soul-deep romance, fantasy, and danger into an extraordinary tale of new life.
Wow. That was simply amazing. I fell in love with the world Jodi Meadows created. It was simply beautifully described and I easily could imagine the world in my mind. Of course, when you have that kind of world, it can slow the story a little, as there are so many things that need to be introduced. Yet, I simply couldn’t put this book down. It was captivating and addicting.

Ana had many sides as a character. She was both strong and weak, both intelligent and na├»ve. That’s understandable when you look at everything she went through as a child, with her mother being so cruel to her as she is only a Newsoul, and some think that she stole someone’s rightful place. Sam was great. I really liked the interaction between those two, the patience he had with her. He was simply so sweet and amazing with her, as she was finally learning about the truth of the world, and how much she is worth. He is teaching her that she deserve happiness, when she grew up as being worthless, as being no one.

The writing was amazing. I love how realistic the relationship grew. It wasn’t too fast, as it can be sometime the case. It left me craving for more, as it was simply a beautiful aspect of the book. Jodi Meadows was able to master so many aspect of her novel, that it made it even more captivating.

Overall, it was an original tale, set in an amazingly well build world. I was highly impressed by this book, and I already can’t wait for the sequel. A Must-Read for 2012. Let's not forget about how amazing the cover is!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday (23)

 Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly Meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. It is an opportunity for us to show books we can't wait to get our hands on.

This week, I'm waiting for:

Title: Black Heart
Author: Holly Black
Release Date: April 3rd, 2012
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry

Cassel Sharpe knows he’s been used as an assassin, but he’s trying to put all that behind him. He’s trying to be good, even though he grew up in a family of con artists and cheating comes as easily as breathing to him. He’s trying to do the right thing, even though the girl he loves is inextricably connected with crime. And he’s trying to convince himself that working for the Feds is smart, even though he’s been raised to believe the government is the enemy. 
But with a mother on the lam, the girl he loves about to take her place in the Mob, and new secrets coming to light, the line between what’s right and what’s wrong becomes increasingly blurred. When the Feds ask Cassel to do the one thing he said he would never do again, he needs to sort out what’s a con and what’s truth. In a dangerous game and with his life on the line, Cassel may have to make his biggest gamble yet—this time on love.

What are you guys waiting for? 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Review: Switched by Amanda Hocking

Title: Switched
Author: Amanda Hocking
Series: Trylle Trilogy #1
Release Date: January 3rd, 2012
Number of Pages: 293
Publisher: St.Martin’s Griffin
Source: Bought
When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn't until eleven years later that Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed - a world both beautiful and frightening, and Wendy's not sure she wants to be a part of it.

This book really made me curious. Trolls? Changeling? That caught my attention. I still wasn’t really sure about what to expect about this book. It is one the most successful self-published book, but still, I feared that all the hyped would make my expectation too high. Fortunately, I found it to be excellent. It was nicely written and captivating from the very start.

The world really intrigued me. Trolls that don’t look like the classic trolls? That was original. I love the entire world she created, the whole history and traditions of there culture. The characters were a nice aspect of the novel, but it wasn’t what I found to be the strongest. The strongest was the world for me.

I find myself torn when it comes down to Wendy. I find myself both liking her and being annoyed by her. I wish she had fought a little more for what she wanted, for whom she wanted to be with. On the other side, I felt she was a great narrator, as she sounded honest and true. Her human family (other than her mother) really was charming. They were amazing, especially her brother. Now, Finn, on the other hand, annoyed me at first, because he was clearly acting both really nice or like an ass. He liked her, that much was clear. I understood why he couldn’t tell her, but still! She liked him and so did he. The real mother really annoyed me. She was so cold, which is understandable for a queen. Yet, I can’t like her.

Overall, this was a fast paces novel that kept me addicted from page one. I can’t wait to read the sequel, as it is coming soon. 

Monday, January 23, 2012

Review: Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Title: Everneath           
Author: Brodi Ashton
Series: Everneath #1
Release Date: January 24th, 2012
Number of Pages: 370
Publisher: Balzar + Bray
Source: NetGalley
Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she's returned- to her old life, her family, her friends- before being banished back to the underworld... this time forever.
She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can't find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.
Nikki longs to spend these months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there's a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he'll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen. 
As Nikki's time grows short and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she's forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole's...
This book was seriously one of the 2012 debut I was the most excited about. I really loved the premise and the cover. That’s why I was dying to read it. Brodi Ashton caught my attention from page one. It was simply captivating. I really enjoy her style, the pace of the book and, of course, the story.

I was told it was a kind of retelling of Hades and Persephone (I actually don’t remember where I read that… sorry), but that’s not how I would describe it. It isn’t the same story at all. Still, I can understand where those who say that come from.

The characters were an important part of this book. Their emotions simply rang so true to the reader that it made the story addicting. First, Nikki was a nice main character, yet I wish she was willing to stand up a little more for what she wants. I know that what she went through made a huge impact, and that Cole is there breathing sown her shoulder, but I still wish she could have believe that she could be with Jack. Jack, of course, I adored him. He was simply a great, strong and interesting character. I really wanted what was best for him, what he really wanted. Now, Cole really creeped me out. I didn’t find him attractive, or great. He was a nice villain though. That part of him I liked. I simply couldn’t picture him as any kind of love interest for Nikki, even though he wanted her.

Overall, this book made me addicted from page one. I devoured it in one sitting, only to leave me hoping for me. The next can’t come fast enough.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Coming Out This Week! January 22nd - 28th

Coming Out This Week is a weekly feature presenting you some of the books coming out this week. Please remember that this is a non-exhaustive list. Still, feel free to leave other books coming out this week in the comments. I would be Happy to add them!

Everneath by  Brodi Ashton ( BD - Amazon - Amazon.ca )
Forbidden by Syrie James & Ryan James  ( BD - Amazon - Amazon.ca )
The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe  ( Amazon - Amazon.ca )

Fallen in Love by Lauren Kate  ( BD - Amazon - Amazon.ca )
Havoc by Jeff Sampson  ( BD - Amazon - Amazon.ca )
Angel Fire by L.A. Weatherly  ( BD - Amazon - Amazon.ca )

There is no Dog by Meg Rosoff  ( BD - Amazon )
Diabolical by Cynthia Leitich Smith  ( BD - Amazon - Amazon.ca )

Which book are you the most excited about?

Saturday, January 21, 2012

In My Mailbox 40

In My Mailbox is a Meme hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren. It is a way to share with other bloggers what you got during the week.

I bought:
Obsidian by J. L. Armentrout
Half-blood by J.L. Armentrout
Daimon by J. L. Armentrout

I got:
The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour (Won on Razorbill)
Sirenz: Back in Fashion by Charlotte Bennardo & Natalie Zaman (NetGalley)

What did you guys get?

Friday, January 20, 2012

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I was planning on waiting for my audiobook before making a post about this book. Still, I couldn’t wait any longer, as this book is simply amazing. I won’t say much about the story itself, because I’m really scared of spoiling it. It is, after all, really spoilery.

Instead, I’ll talk about the experience of getting this book. I preordered it only a couple of months ago. Then, because I really wanted to have it on January 10th, I preordered a copy at Indigo downtown. I went there a little after 10:30, and I checked every copy to see if there was a Hanklerfish left. There wasn’t. I kept the copy they had put aside for me, which had a simple green J Scribble.

I then went to Starbucks to read a little, as I love reading at Starbucks. I ended up reading more than half the book because it was simply amazing. After I was done drinking my coffee, I went back home, where I finished the amazingness that is The Fault in Our Stars. That’s what it is. It is funny, beautiful, heartbreaking and captivating. I simply couldn’t stop reading. It was, in my opinion, his best book. I fell in love with the honesty of the characters, the humor in the dialogs and the beauty of the story. I simply couldn’t get enough.

I had an appointment at 4:00 downtown for the University, so I went back on Ste.Catherines. After that said appointment, I went to Chapters, just to see if they had a Hanklerfish, and YES THEY DID!!! It even had this note in it, left by the girls that gave me the last Hanklerfished copy the store had (Thank you!!). I bought it and I went back home, super excited to be the proud owner of a Hanklerfished copy.

Now, on Monday I realized I forgot to cancel my online order of The Fault in Our Stars, which I received on Tuesday (It had a light blue J Scribble!). So now I have THREE copies!!! And I’m still waiting to receive my audiobook, which my dad bought me online on DFTBA, meaning I will get the copy narrated by John Green <3. I have to wait a little longer, as it will be delivered at my dad's house instead of my apartment.

Here are my three copies with their brothers and sisters <3

What the book is about:

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now. 
Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault. 
Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

Now, if you still haven’t read this book, here are the links to listen to the first two chapters, narrated by John Green.
Chapter 1
Chapter 2

If you’ve read it, what did you think of it?

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday (22)

 Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly Meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. It is an opportunity for us to show books we can't wait to get our hands on.

This week, I'm waiting for:

Title: Glitch
Author: Heather Anastasiu
Release Date: August 7th, 2012
Publisher: St.Martin's Press

In the Community, there is no more pain or war. Implanted computer chips have wiped humanity clean of destructive emotions, and thoughts are replaced by a feed from the Link network. 
When Zoe starts to malfunction (or "glitch"), she suddenly begins having her own thoughts, feelings, and identity. Any anomalies must be immediately reported and repaired, but Zoe has a secret so dark it will mean certain deactivation if she is caught: her glitches have given her uncontrollable telekinetic powers. 
As Zoe struggles to control her abilities and stay hidden, she meets other glitchers including Max, who can disguise his appearance, and Adrien, who has visions of the future. Both boys introduce Zoe to feelings that are entirely new. Together, this growing band of glitchers must find a way to free themselves from the controlling hands of the Community before they’re caught and deactivated, or worse. 
In this action-packed debut, Glitch begins an exciting new young adult trilogy.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Review: My Beating Teenage Heart by C.K. Kelly Martin

Title: My Beating Teenage Heart
Author: C. K. Kelly Martin
Series: None
Release Date: September 27th, 2011
Number of Pages: 288
Publisher:  Random House Books for Young Readers
Source: Publisher
Ashlyn Baptiste is falling. One moment she was nothing—no memories, no self—and then suddenly, she's plummeting through a sea of stars. Is she in a coma? She doesn't remember dying, and she has no memories of the life she left behind. All she knows is that she's trapped in a consciousness without a body and she's spending every moment watching a stranger.
Breckon Cody's on the edge. He's being ripped apart by grief so intense it literally hurts to breathe. On the surface, Breckon is trying to hold it together for his family and his girlfriend, but underneath he's barely hanging on.
 Even though she didn't know him in life, Ashlyn sees Breckon's pain, and she's determined to find a way help him. As her own distressing memories emerge from the darkness, she struggles to communicate with the boy who can't see her, but whose life is suddenly intertwined with hers. In alternating voices of the main characters, My Beating Teenage Heart paints a devastatingly vivid picture of both the heartbreak and the promise of teenage life—a life Ashlyn would do anything to recover and Breckon seems desperate to destroy—and will appeal to fans of Sarah Dessen, John Green, and David Levithan.
I’m a little torn about this book. I was really hoping I would love it, but I just couldn’t get into the book at first. After a while, I got a little more into the book, but it simply felt a little too slow at first.

One of the things that I really liked about the book was the writing. That’s what kept me going, as I was hoping I would get captivated by the book. The emotions were beautifully portrayed, but it was only that. Breckon couldn’t get past his sister’s death, as he felt guilty, but Ashlyn was only an observer. That made the book a little slower for me, as she only seemed to be giving me z second point of view on Breckon, which I didn’t personally need.

I wish Ashlyn could have had a bigger impact on the book. I wish there could have been something better for her. Strangely, she’s the one I felt the most sorry for. She lost her life, her chance to bet with her family, to have a future. Breckon may have lost his little sister (which is a tragedy), but he still had his future, his family and his friends. I felt like Ashlyn should have had more. Does it sounds heartless? I felt sadder for Ashlyn that Breckon.

Overall, I liked it, but I sadly didn’t fall in love with this book. I enjoyed the writing though, which is why I’ll have to read more from C.K. Kelly Martin. I know many readers have loved this book, but it simply wasn’t for me.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Review: Fracture by Megan Miranda

Title: Fracture
Author: Megan Miranda
Series: None
Release Date: January 17th, 2012
Number of Pages: 264
Publisher: Walker & Company
Source: NetGalley
Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters of a Maine lake by her best friend Decker Phillips. By then her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. And yet she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine
—despite the scans that showed significant brain damage. Everyone wants Delaney to be all right, but she knows she's far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can't control or explain, Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her altered brain now predicting death, or causing it?
Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who recently emerged from a coma with similar abilities. At first she's reassured to find someone who understands the strangeness of her new existence, but Delaney soon discovers that Troy's motives aren't quite what she thought. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature-or something much more frightening?
For fans of best-sellers like Before I Fall and If I Stay, this is a fascinating and heart-rending story about love and friendship and the fine line between life and death.

This book wasn’t what I expected. Well, I don’t even know what I expected. Still, I ended up really enjoying it and reading it in only a couple of hours. It was a little creepier than I expected, mostly because of Troy… He seemed so creepy and unstable. Even the moment he met Delaney felt strange to me, as he seemed to know her more than he should normally do, as they never have met.

Delaney was really great. I really enjoyed reading from her point of view, as she seemed to be dealing with the strange circumstances of her accident (mostly the fact that she spent 11 minutes underwater and survived) Decker was really the character that I liked the most. He was just so there for her. I loved the reaction he had when she fell in the water. I think that if I had seen it, I would have been heartbreaking for him as much as I would be terrified for Delaney.

The writing was really great. It can be sometime hard to write the human mind, as we are kind of complicated being, but she did it well. It didn’t felt wrong, nor did it feel unrealistic.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Coming Out This Week! January 15th - 21st

Coming Out This Week is a weekly feature presenting you some of the books coming out this week. Please remember that this is a non-exhaustive list. Still, feel free to leave other books coming out this week in the comments. I would be Happy to add them!

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand (BD - Amazon - Amazon.ca )
The Tempest  by Julie Cross (BD - Amazon - Amazon.ca )
Fracture by Megan Miranda (BD - Amazon - Amazon.ca )
Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic (BD - Amazon - Amazon.ca )
Truth by Julia Karr (BD - Amazon - Amazon.ca )
Stolen Away by Alyxandra Harvey (BD - Amazon - Amazon.ca )
Halflings by Heather Burch (BD - Amazon - Amazon.ca )
Try not to Breathe by Jennifer Hubbard (BD - Amazon - Amazon.ca )

Saturday, January 14, 2012

In My Mailbox 39

In My Mailbox is a Meme hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren. It is a way to share with other bloggers what you got during the week.

I bought:

2 Copies of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (you will see the J-Scribble in my post about this book on Friday)
The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges

For Review:

Freshman Year & Unnatural Disasters by Meridith Zeitlin
Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown (NetGalley)
Starters by Lissa Price (NetGalley)

Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter (NetGalley)
Spellcaster by Cara Lynn Shultz (NetGalley)
Partials by Dan Wells (NetGalley)

What did you guys get?