Wednesday, February 29, 2012

I'm back!

Hi guys! I’m back! Sorry I haven’t been around much for the last few weeks, I needed some time for me. I was in a little book funk and I just had to relax.

Now I’m back! Starting tomorrow, I’ll be posting daily again. Thanks for not giving up on me, even though I wasn’t posting anything! 

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Review: Fever by Lauren DeStefano

Title: Fever
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Series: Chemical Garden #2
Release Date: February 21st, 2012
Number of Pages: 341
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Source: Publisher
Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion, but danger is never far behind.
Running away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ringmistress keeps watch over a menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. With Gabriel at her side, Rhine travels through an environment as grim as the one she left a year ago - surroundings that mirror her own feelings of fear and hopelessness.
The two are determined to get to Manhattan, to relative safety with Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan. But the road there is long and perilous - and in a world where young women only live to age twenty and young men die at twenty-five, time is precious. Worse still, they can’t seem to elude Rhine’s father-in-law, Vaughn, who is determined to bring Rhine back to the any means necessary.
 In the sequel to Lauren DeStefano’s harrowing Wither, Rhine must decide if freedom is worth the price - now that she has more to lose than ever.

Wow. First, I have to say that I completely adored the first book, Wither. I absolutely fell in love with the world Lauren DeStefano has created, which is why I was extremely excited to get a copy of Fever from Simon & Schuster Canada. I simply devoured this book once I got it, even though I had exams to study for. The cover of this book, when compare to the first book really represents the story, which I think was really a great bonus. I know many readers didn’t like it, but once you read the book, you understand why it is that way.

I have to say DeStefano didn’t disappoint with the sequel. The book kept me captivated from page one. This sequel gives us a better view of what is happening in the world, outside of the mansion. We see that Rhine actually had it easy in the mansion, as the world is cruel. I don’t want to give too much away, as I would really hate to spoil anyone story. All I can say is that DeStefano did it again: She got me addicted to her writing, to her style and to her story.  

I really enjoyed the new characters. Maddie, Madame, Annabelle and Lilac were nice additions to this series, especially since I’m not a big fan of Gabriel. I find him a little flat (I prefer Linden!) I really enjoyed the interaction between Maddie and Rhine. It brought a little bit of hope to this sequel that is slightly darker than the first book. Madame was creepy, but really added something to everything Rhine was going through. All she had to live made her grow. Rhine became a little less whiny and more mature. I liked her more and more. I can’t wait to see where all of this will influence her choices in book three. I’m already dying to read it.

Fever was an amazing sequel to an excellent debut. It is seriously a must read if you enjoyed Wither. If you haven’t read Wither yet, all I can say to you is: Read it soon!! 

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Coming Out This Week! February 5th- 11th

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!

The Rivals by Daisy Whitney ( BD - )
Two Truths and a Lie by Sara Shepard ( BD - Amazon )
Dead to you by Lisa McMann ( BD - Amazon - )
Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood ( BD - Amazon )
Pure by Julianna Baggott ( BD - Amazon )
In Too Deep by Amanda Grace ( BD - Amazon )
The Wood Queen by Karen Mahoney ( BD - Amazon )

Now in Paperback

The Hunger Games: Movie Tie-In by Suzanne Collins ( BD - Amazon - )
The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong ( )
Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins ( Amazon - )
Once by Cameron Dokey ( BD - Amazon - )
Choker by Elizabeth Woods ( BD - Amazon - )

Evercrossed by Elizabeth Chandler ( BD - Amazon - )

Which books are you the most excited to read?

Waiting On Wednesday (25)

 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: Onyx
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: May 15th, 2012
Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.

Something worse than the Arum has come to town.

The Department of Defense is here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we're linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there's this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that's possible. Against all common sense, I'm falling for Daemon. Hard.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…

Okay, I know that the cover will probably change now that they redid the cover for Obsidians. I loved the first book. I simply can't wait to read more!

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Review: Pure by Julianna Baggott

Title: Pure
Author: Julianna Baggott
Series: Pure #1
Release Date: February 8th, 2012
Number of Pages:  448
Publisher: Grand Central Publising
Source: NetGalley
We know you are here, our brothers and sisters . . .
Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, she thinks about what is lost-how the world went from amusement parks, movie theaters, birthday parties, fathers and mothers . . . to ash and dust, scars, permanent burns, and fused, damaged bodies. And now, at an age when everyone is required to turn themselves over to the militia to either be trained as a soldier or, if they are too damaged and weak, to be used as live targets, Pressia can no longer pretend to be small. Pressia is on the run.
Burn a Pure and Breathe the Ash . . .
There are those who escaped the apocalypse unmarked. Pures. They are tucked safely inside the Dome that protects their healthy, superior bodies. Yet Partridge, whose father is one of the most influential men in the Dome, feels isolated and lonely. Different. He thinks about loss-maybe just because his family is broken; his father is emotionally distant; his brother killed himself; and his mother never made it inside their shelter. Or maybe it's his claustrophobia: his feeling that this Dome has become a swaddling of intensely rigid order. So when a slipped phrase suggests his mother might still be alive, Partridge risks his life to leave the Dome to find her.
When Pressia meets Partridge, their worlds shatter all over again.
Pure was one of these novels that I was really hoping to love, yet didn’t really work out for me. It simply wasn’t for me. The thing is, it took me while to really get into the book. Well, even when I got a little more into the story, I still felt a distance that I couldn’t make disappear. I think there are novels like this one that just won’t work for everyone. It doesn’t mean they aren’t good. I have to give it to Julianna Baggott, the story is original and the world is well built. Thing is, I was missing something.

The ideas behind the characters were amazingly interesting, yet I wish she could have given more. I mean some characters were supposedly in love with another character, yet I never felt anything of that during the novel. Suddenly, they are telling each other that they care. I simply wished we could have had a little more information about the characters through the novel. Hopefully, we’ll get more through the rest of the series.

One of the things I think is really great in this novel is the multiple points of views.  It gave us a better understanding of the world the story is set in, as they all come from different background. I have to say that I do prefer Pressia as the narrator. Well, I did prefer her as a character too, so that’s a given...

One of the things that may stop you when you first start reading this novel is the slow beginning. Give it a chance. It does seem to speed up through the book.

Finally, one of the things I have to give to Julianna Baggott is that this book is beautifully written. Readers that don’t enjoy dystopian will probably find it hard to love this book, especially if you have trouble with worlds that sounds slightly familiar, yet with an extremely horrible outcome for the future of the human race.

This is one those kinds of novels I believe one need to try to make up their mind. I know that many readers loved it. Yet, it simply didn’t work out for me.

Saturday, February 04, 2012

In My Mailbox 42

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.

Okay, I didn't really get it this week. I actually got it last week, but forgot to put it in my IMM post.

The Fault in Our Stars Audiobook from DFTBA

My camera isn't working, so I took the image from this tumblr.
This was my Christmas gift from my dad. I only got it last Thursday.

What did you guys get?

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Review: The Disenchantments by Nina Lacour

Title: The Disenchantments
Author: Nina Lacour
Series: None
Release Date: February 16th, 2012
Number of Pages: 304
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Source: Won from Razorbill

Colby and Bev have a long-standing pact: graduate, hit the road with Bev's band, and then spend the year wandering around Europe. But moments after the tour kicks off, Bev makes a shocking announcement: she's abandoning their plans - and Colby - to start college in the fall.
But the show must go on and The Disenchantments weave through the Pacific Northwest, playing in small towns and dingy venues, while roadie- Colby struggles to deal with Bev's already-growing distance and the most important question of all: what's next?
Morris Award—finalist Nina LaCour draws together the beauty and influences of music and art to brilliantly capture a group of friends on the brink of the rest of their lives.

I won this book from Razorbill, and I was really excited to read it. I hadn’t read Nina Lacour’s first book, but The Disenchantments sounded like my kind of books. First, I have to say that I did enjoy this book, once I got into it. It took me a while to get into the story, but it was worth it.

The story was fun. We follow Colby and his friends’ band, The Disenchantments, as they tour. That sounds like a great and fun story that will be filled with fun anecdotes of what can happen on tour. Well, Colby is in love with one of the band member, Bev, who’s also his best friends. He’s planning to leave for Europe with her, only to learn once on tour that she will be going to college instead. At first, I wasn’t really interested in the story between those two, simply because I don’t like Bev. I was hoping he would fall for Meg, one of the two sisters, as Meg and Alexia were a lot more fun than Bev. I simply hated the fact that the only thing Bev seemed to be doing was leading Colby on. Still, I got to understand her a little more after a while. That’s when Colby I wanted to punch Colby in the face so he would wake up. He simply was too caught up with Bev to realize that there was much more going. He’s 18! Time to grow up a little, no?

Even though I really liked the road trip, with everything that went on with the four of them, I had one major problem with the book at the end. I was seriously confused with the book. I felt like the story only lasted a week in one sense, but on the other end, it felt like the book covers the entire summer. I’m not sure if it’s just me, or if anyone else felt the same (if you did, please tell me!)

Overall, I did enjoy the novel. It may have taken me a while to get into the story, but by the end, I simply couldn’t put it down. It was a great contemporary, which will probably please its fan.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday (24)

 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: Timepiece
Author: Myra McEntire
Release Date: June 12, 2012
Publisher: Edgemont USA

A threat from the past could destroy the future. And the clock is ticking...
Kaleb Ballard's relentless flirting is interrupted when Jack Landers, the man who tried to murder his father, timeslips in and attacks before disappearing just as quickly. But Kaleb has never before been able to see time travelers, unlike many of his friends associated with the mysterious Hourglass organization. Are Kaleb's powers expanding, or is something very wrong? 
Then the Hourglass is issued an ultimatum. Either they find Jack and the research he's stolen on the time gene, or time will be altered with devestating results. 
Now Kaleb, Emerson, Michael, and the other Hourglass recruits have no choice but to use their unusual powers to find Jack. But where do they even start? And when? And even if they succeed, it may not be enough... 
The follow-up to Hourglass, Timepiece blends the paranormal, science fiction, mystery, and suspense genres into a nonstop thrill ride where every second counts.

Loved Hourglass. I simply can't wait for the sequel.