Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Top Ten Books Dealing With Tough Subjects

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and Bookish

I always find books that deal with death to be really tough for me. They often leave me crying, or at least they do when they are well written. That's why many of my picks are that kind of books. I didn't choose ten books this week, but I picked eight of my favorite books.


Saving June by Hannah Harrington
Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozette
If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin

Hold Still by Nina LaCour
The Boy in Stripped Pajamas by John Boyne
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green


If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Fall For Anything by Courtney Summers
Thirteen Reasons Why by JayAsher


Shine by Lauren Myracle

What is YOUR Top Ten this week?

Monday, May 13, 2013

Review: The Ward by Jordana Frankel


The Ward by Jordana Frankel
The Ward #1
Release Date: April 30th, 2013
Number of Pages: 480
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Edelweiss
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Sixteen-year-old Ren is a daredevil mobile racer who will risk everything to survive in the Ward, what remains of a water-logged Manhattan. To save her sister, who is suffering from a deadly illness thought to be caused by years of pollution, Ren accepts a secret mission from the government: to search for a freshwater source in the Ward, with the hope of it leading to a cure.  
However, she never expects that her search will lead to dangerous encounters with a passionate young scientist; a web of deceit and lies; and an earth-shattering mystery that’s lurking deep beneath the water’s rippling surface.  
Jordana Frankel’s ambitious debut novel and the first in a two-book series, The Ward is arresting, cinematic, and thrilling—perfect for fans of Scott Westerfeld or Ann Aguirre. 
The Ward was one of those books I find so hard to review. It is the kind of book that simply didn’t impress me. I was so excited to get my hands on this book, as I loved dystopian novels. Yet, it failed to impress me. I was just looking for more out of this book, and I found the book to be missing out a little something to really get me hooked. The premise sounded really interesting, but I felt let down by the lack of world building. In dystopian, world building is kind of a big deal for me. If that part doesn’t work out in a book, then the book itself falls flat for me. Then there is the fact that there seems to be a little too much going on, making the book more than simply dystopian.

Characterwise, I’m a little torn. Ren was interesting, but there were some aspect of her personality that really put me of. I liked her relationship with Aven, and found her to be a strong character when it came down to the races and everything related to that. Yet, her feelings for Derek put me off a little. The way she reacted to his friend-who-happen-to-be-a-girl made me roll my eyes a few times. Despite those moments, I did root for her, and I did like her. And yes, I did want her to end up with Derek, because I did like him. I found him to be a really interesting character, and I wanted to see him even more.

Overall, The Ward simply didn’t impress me enough to love it. I felt a little let down by this book. The story failed to really captivate me. I do have to give props to Jordana Frankel for managing to give the readers a few really great twits I had not expected. I will still probably give the sequel a shot (if only because the ending made me curious), but it won’t be at the top of my reading pile.

About the Author
From GoodReads

Jordana Frankel is a Jersey native.

She's been a camp counselor, a salesperson of diamonds, a hostess at a southwestern grill, an archivist of rare books, a yoga instructor, and a reading teacher, but her shining moment was when she got to hang out in Walmart for 12 hours a day as the AXE girl.

She received her B.A. in English from Goucher College, graduated and then went to live in Italy for a year. Afterwards she then went for her MFA in Poetry at Hollins University.

But then she graduated and she moved back to NYC.

She got her first job at The Literary Group International as a literary agency, where she'd started as an intern reading queries and then assisted editorially. At Linn Prentis Literary, also a literary agency, she handled foreign sales, picked up gems from unsolicited mail, and helped authors through the publishing process. And then it was onto The Book Report Network where she handled ads and promos for features on Teenreads.com, Kidsreads.com, and GraphicNovelReporter.com.


Bout of Books Read-a-Thon: Goals and Updates


I’m really excited to take part of the Bout of Books Read-a-thon once again. I’ve decided to do both general goals, and some more precise. One of my goals is simply to read daily. I haven’t had time to read daily in the last month, but I want to change that.

Another goal of mine is to write some reviews. I want to write at least 10 this week, since I’m REALLY behind.

When it comes down to read books, I want to read at least 10 books this week (yes, I have a thing about the number 10)

Here are some of the books I want to read:
(list might change during the week)
- How I Lost You by Janet Gurtler
-The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney
- Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer
- The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
- Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead
- Tarnish by Katherine Longshore
- Belladonna by Fiona Paul
- Earthbound by Aprilynne Pike
- Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
- The Theory of Everything by Kari Luna

Updates
5/13
Number of books I’ve read today: None
Total number of books I’ve read: None
Books read: 0

5/14
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Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books read: The Brokenhearted

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Bout of Books Read-a-thon:

Bout of Books

I'm participating to Bout of Books once again! For those of you who don't know what Bout of Books read-a-thon is, here is the official blurb:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 7.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

My official goals will be up on the blog tomorrow, since I haven't decided exactly what I want to do. One thing is for sure, I do want to include writing reviews as one of my goals.

Are you participating? You can still join the read-a-thon if you want!

Review: Reboot by Amy Tintera


Reboot by Amy Tintera
Reboot #1
Release Date: May 7th, 2013
Number of Pages: 352
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Edelweiss
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Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).  
Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.  
The perfect soldier is done taking orders.
I think what made me want to read Reboot was the fact that it sounded so action packed. I mean, teenagers coming back to life as kick ass soldiers? Count me in! Amy Tintera created an addicting novel and a really interesting world, and the world building was nicely done. Tintera gives us enough to understand and follow the story, but she doesn’t dump the info that much to the readers. This was certainly the kind of book I did not want to put down. You can easily read it in one sitting, and you certainly won’t see time fly by.

When it comes down to the characters, I really liked both Wren and Callum. I wasn’t that interested in there romance, mostly because I found the idea the reboot kid more interesting than to see the romance bloom between those two. I’m a huge fan of strong and kick ass female main character, and Wren is one of those. She can really kick people’s ass. I liked seeing her grow through the book, to see her get part of her humanity back.

Yet, the fact that she changes so much through the novel made me unsure about her romance with Callum. I could enjoy the changes from not feeling anything to a more human person, but I found it a little too much to see her go from feeling nothing to falling in love with Callum. I would have prefer to see them develop a deep friendship in this book, and then maybe see a romance between those two. The love was simply to fast to bloom between them.

I did like Callum. He was the voice of humanity in a feeling-free zone. How can you not enjoy reading about Callum? He is full of life, and even if I wasn’t a fan of his romance with Wren, I like seeing them together. They do have great chemistry in the end.

Overall, Reboot was a great debut, and this book was the start of an interesting series. I’m curious to see where Amy Tintera will be taking the story next. Despite the few flaws this book had, Reboot was a strong book that will please many readers.

About the Author:
From her Website

“Hi! I’m Amy Tintera, and I write novels for young adults. I grew up in Austin, Texas and graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in journalism. After receiving a masters in film at Emerson College I moved to Los Angeles, where I promptly discovered I didn’t enjoy working in the film industry, and went back to my first love, writing.”

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

2013 Update (4): April

Well, April is already over, and I sadly didn't get to read as much as I wanted. I also didn't post some of the reviews I had planned on posting. Let's just say that my finals took the best of me this month.

I said last month I was trying to finish the last few books I got at BEA last year before this year BEA. Sadly, I probably won't be going to New York at the end of the month, unless a miracle happen. No BEA for me this year... Anyway, here are some of the books I read this month

Books read:
Death, Doom, and Detention by Darynda Jones
Rise by Anna Carey
Just For Fins by Tera Lynn Childs
A Touch Menacing by Leah Clifford
The Lost Code by Kevin Emerson
Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin
Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready
3:59 by Gretchen McNeil
The Collector by Victoria Scott
Phoenix by Elizabeth Richards
Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood
The Elite by Kiera Cass
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (reread it)

This month, I'm not doing a list. My goal is more to read at least 15 books in May, and I try to finish writing all the review I should have already finished. I have a notebook full of thoughts about the books I read in the last few months, and I just need to turn those into a complete review.

Since I don't have a list this month, any book I should definitely check out this month? Any new releases I shouldn't miss?

Monday, April 29, 2013

Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey


The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
The Fifth Wave #1
Release Date: May 7th, 2013
Number of Pages: 480
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Source: Penguin Canada
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The Passage meets Ender’s Game in an epic new series from award-winning author Rick Yancey.  
After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.  
Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.
I’m not sure where to start with this book. The 5th Wave was one of the books I knew I had to read this year, since I only heard good things about it. You can be sure that it made its way to the top of my to be read pile, and I started it as soon as I was done with my current read. Starting a book with expectations as high as mine were can be risky. After all, I wanted it to be amazing. I needed it to be amazing. Luckily, this book does live up to its expectations. The 5th Wave is definitely a book you need to check out this year. Forget about the Zombie Apocalypse, it’s the aliens you need to worry about.

I’m not even sure where to start with this book. There were so many things that made me love this novel. One of the things I really enjoy, even though it sometimes annoys me, is the multiple points of view. In The 5th Wave, those points of view does not make the story confusing, but it instead creates a richer world. We see the different situations the survivors could end up in, and we can see how the world now works. The most predominant character in the story is certainly Cassie, I girl I definitely would want on my side if the alien apocalypse came to happen. She is a strong and powerful character that is driven by her loyalty to those she loves. You definitely end up rooting for her.

Other narrators do come out strong in this novel, but Cassie is the one that stood out to me. She is the one that drove the novel forward. This didn’t stop me from enjoying every points of view to a certain level. Every character kept me hooked.

Now, romance lovers will be happy to know that there is a little romance in this book. It is not a major part of the book, but it is still there and I couldn’t help but squeal a few times thanks to the great love interest we get to meet. And, of course, I can’t forget about the few twits this book has, twists that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

If there is one book you must read this year, it is The 5th Wave. I feel like I keep you talking about this book forever, but I will let you discover the awesomeness that is hidden in its pages. One thing is for sure; The 5th Wave is the kind of book that you will have trouble putting down. I’m definitely dying to read the sequel.

About the Author:
From Goodreads

Rick is a native Floridian and a graduate of Roosevelt University in Chicago. He earned a B.A. in English which he put to use as a field officer for the Internal Revenue Service. Inspired and encouraged by his wife, he decided his degree might also be useful in writing books and in 2004 he began writing full-time.

Since then he has launched two critically acclaimed series: The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, for young readers, and The Highly Effective Detective, for adults. Both books are set in Knoxville, Tennessee, where Rick lived for ten years before returning to Florida.


Saturday, April 27, 2013

Stacking the Shelves #7


Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga at Tynga's Reviews, inspired by In My Mailbox. It is a way for blogger to share the books we got during the week.

I haven't been online that much in the last two weeks, as it was the end of the semester. I'm now back, and I got some pretty great books in the last few weeks! I'll be back Monday with a review of The 5th Wave!

For Review:

Physical copies:



From NetGalley:

Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne
How I Lost You by Janet Gurtler
The Truth about You and Me by Amanda Grace
Confession of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett
This Side of Jealousy by Lili Peloquin
Between the Devil and the Deep See by April Genevieve Tucholke
Earthbound by Aprilynne Pike
Tarnish by Katherine Longshore
Belladonna by Fional Paul
Phoenix by Elizabeth Richards
Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood
Proxy by Alex London
Firecracker by David Iserson
Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer

Huge thanks to Flux, Sourcebooks Fire, Raincoast Books, Simon & Schuster Canada, Harper Collins Canada, Harlequin Teen, Penguin and Kensington.

What did YOU  add to your shelves?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins


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, my pick is:


Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Release Date: September 17th, 2013
Publisher: Dutton 
From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever. 

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and √Čtienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

What book are you waiting for this week?

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: The End Games by T. Michael Martin

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, my pick is:



The End Games by T. Michael Martin
Release Date: May 7th, 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins

It happened on Halloween. 
The world ended. 
And a dangerous Game brought it back to life. 
Seventeen-year-old Michael and his five-year-old brother, Patrick, have been battling monsters in The Game for weeks.   
In the rural mountains of West Virginia, armed with only their rifle and their love for each other, the brothers follow Instructions from the mysterious Game Master. They spend their days searching for survivors, their nights fighting endless hordes of “Bellows”—creatures that roam the dark, roaring for flesh. And at this Game, Michael and Patrick are very good. 
But The Game is changing. 
The Bellows are evolving. 
The Game Master is leading Michael and Patrick to other survivors—survivors who don’t play by the rules. 
And the brothers will never be the same. 
T. Michael Martin’s debut novel is a transcendent thriller filled with electrifying action, searing emotional insight, and unexpected romance.
What book are you waiting for this week?

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Review: Mind Games by Kiersten White


Mind Games by Kiersten White
Mind Games #1
Release Date: February 19th, 2013
Number of Pages: 237
Publisher: Harper Teen
Source: Bought
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Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right. Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her—except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future.
  
Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways…or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.  
In a stunning departure from her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy, Kiersten White delivers a slick, edgy, heartstoppingly intense psychological thriller about two sisters determined to protect each other—no matter the cost.
I was so excited to read Mind Games, and I guess that left me with really high expectations. I had read and really enjoyed her other work, and I was expecting to enjoy this one as much. Sadly, I ended up being disappointed by this book. When I heard about Mind Games, I thought the premise sounded really interesting. The thing is, I felt like this book was all over the place. Mind Games had two points of view, Annie and Fia. On top of that, we also get flashbacks, and that’s where I got confused. I could understand that the flashbacks helped us understand who Fia and Annie really are, and the reason why they are where they are. Still, considering how short the book, I felt it was too much.

One of the reasons why I really wanted to read this book was the fact that I heard there was a really great sister bond between Fia and Annie, and I was excited to see how it would be portrayed. Yet, I didn’t get what I wanted, because we don’t get to see those two together that often. Besides wanting to protect each other, nothing really stood out in their relationship.

Annie is an interesting character, but I felt like she had more potential than what was shown. She is a little in the background for most of the story, even if we get to see her point of view. After all, she might be blind, but she can also see the future. Yet, she is stuck in her room for most of the novel. Now, when it comes down to Fia, she was a kickass character, and I mean that literally. I think I could have liked her a lot more than I did, if her narration hadn’t been all over the place, as I felt it was. I still enjoyed reading about her, seeing her question her orders and everything, but I was expecting more.

Overall, I was a little disappointed by this book. Maybe my expectations were too high. Mind Games simply ended up being all over the place for me, which made the story a little confusing by moments. It was also lacking the little something that made me really enjoy Paranormalcy and its sequels. I’m still curious enough that I will probably pick up the sequel.

About the Author:
From Goodreads

“I'm the New York Times best-selling author of Paranormalcy and Supernaturally. I also give the most awkward hugs in the world. You should probably opt for one of my books over one of my hugs, but then again, maybe you like awkward hugs.

As for me, I like writing flirting scenes, and fighting scenes, and sometimes I write scenes that fall somewhere in between the two, but only if I can't avoid it.”


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: The Last Academy by Anne Applegate

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, my pick is:



The Last Academy by Anne Applegate
Release Date: May 1st, 2013
Publisher: Point


Curtis Sittenfeld's PREP meets THE SIXTH SENSE in this spine-tingling, unforgettable debut. 

Camden Fisher arrives at boarding school haunted by a falling-out with her best friend back home. But the manicured grounds of Lethe Academy are like nothing Cam has ever known. There are gorgeous, preppy boys wielding tennis rackets, and circles of girls with secrets to spare. Only . . . something is not quite right. One of Cam's new friends mysteriously disappears, but the teachers don't seem too concerned. Cam wakes up to strangers in her room, who then melt into the night. She is suddenly plagued by odd memories, and senses there might be something dark and terrible brewing. But what? The answer will leave Cam--and readers--stunned and breathless, in this thrilling debut novel.

What book are you waiting for this week? 

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Review: Moonset by Scott Tracey


Moonset by Scott Tracey
Legacy of Moonset #1
Release Date: April 8th, 2013
Number of Pages: 384
Publisher: Flux
Source: NetGalley
GR - Amazon - BD - Chapters

Moonset, a coven of such promise . . . Until they turned to the darkness.  
After the terrorist witch coven known as Moonset was destroyed fifteen years ago—during a secret war against the witch Congress—five children were left behind, saddled with a legacy of darkness. Sixteen-year-old Justin Daggett, son of a powerful Moonset warlock, has been raised alongside the other orphans by the witch Congress, who fear the children will one day continue the destruction their parents started.  
A deadly assault by a wraith, claiming to work for Moonset’s most dangerous disciple, Cullen Bridger, forces the five teens to be evacuated to Carrow Mill. But when dark magic wreaks havoc in their new hometown, Justin and his siblings are immediately suspected. Justin sets out to discover if someone is trying to frame the Moonset orphans . . . or if Bridger has finally come out of hiding to reclaim the legacy of Moonset. He learns there are secrets in Carrow Mill connected to Moonset’s origins, and keeping the orphans safe isn’t the only reason the Congress relocated them . . .

Moonset was an interesting novel. I was a little uncertain when I first started this novel, as I was not the biggest fan of Witch Eyes. I still wanted to give this new series a chance. I thought it sounded like something I would enjoy, and I die enjoy the story to a certain level. You know when you read a book and there is a little something missing, but you can’t pinpoint it? Well, that’s what happened here. The premise was really interesting, with the coven, and the story revolving around the children of a terrorist coven. There is a good intrigue, an interesting plot, and I did enjoy reading the novel. Yet, there was still a little something that made it hard for me to love it. I guess it might have something to do with the main character.

The story is told from Justin’s point of view. I didn’t always enjoy following his narration, and I think this book would have gained a lot if there had been maybe a second point of view. There was something about his voice that drew me out of the story, and I can’t really explain why, since I still find Justin to be an interesting character. Jenna was one character I really wish I could have learned more about. We only know she is the troublemaker of the group, and she sounded like a character that could have been really interesting had I learned more about her. She’s not the only one that stood out as one-dimensional. We don’t get to learn much about Malcom, Cole, Bailey, and Jenna. There are characters we do get to know more in dept, like Quinn and Ash, but it wasn’t enough for me.

Overall, I think Legacy of Moonset has a lot of potential, and I will certainly continue this series. Moonset was interesting, and I’m really curious to see where Scott Tracey will be taking the story next. I found the world of magic and witch politic to be really interesting. I do know we will get to know the other characters more in the sequels, and I am really curious to see what will happen next to Justin, Jenna and company.

About the Author:
From GoodReads

Scott wrote his autobiography at age six, and its all been downhill since then. He traveled the country on a Greyhound for a month, devoted a semester of school to starting a series of urban legends, and spent five years perfecting how to say "would you like fries with that" for a short story. Or so he claims.


Top Ten Favorite Books I read before I was a Blogger


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and Bookish


I find it so hard to remember what I've read before I became a blogger. Here are some of the titles I know for sure I read before I was a blogger.


The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Do I really need to explain this series? I have love this series ever since I first started it when I was around ten. It is, and always will be, one of my favorite series.


Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
This was one of the series that really brought me back into Young Adult. I bought it on a whim while I was shopping on Amazon, and I never regretted it. 

His Dark Material by Philip Pullman
I read this series when I was a child in French, and my copy is almost destroyed. I think I read it over twenty time, and I took it with me on a few trips.


If I Stay by Gayle Forman
I fell in love with Gayle Forman/s writing with this book. It was one of those lucky discovery, as I had never heard of that book before buying it. I saw it a the right time, and it came home with me.


My Side of the Story by Will Davis
This book was both touching and hilarious. I bought this book mostyl because it stood out on the shelves, and it got me curious. 


Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
One of the rare adult series I still read up to this day. I think I read the first four books in less than two days. 


Aliss by Patrick Senecal
This book is written by a Quebec author, and I don't think there is any English translation. Still, Aliss is probably one of the most weird and extrem retelling of Alice in Wonderland I have ever read. Let's just say it's for an older audience.

I didn't make it to ten this week, but I chose books I really loved.
What is YOUR Top Ten this week?

Monday, April 08, 2013

Review: Tiger by William Richter


Tiger by William Richter
Dark Eyes #2
Release Date: March 21st, 2013
Number of Pages: 352
Publisher: Razorbill
Source: NetGalley
GR - Amazon - BD - Chapters
A vigilante fights for justice at any cost. Wallis Stoneman isn’t like other teenage girls. She’s beautiful, fearless, and deadly.
  
Wally lives alone in her Brooklyn loft. She’d be a regular teenager, except that she’s the daughter of a Russian assassin. Crime is in Wally’s blood, but she uses her legacy for good: she solves missing persons cases for the Ursula Society, an under-the-radar organization that uses oft-illegal tactics to find people the police have given up on.  
The person Wally most wants to find? Tiger, her own fugitive brother. But the closer Wally gets to finding Tiger, the more dangerous her search becomes. And Klesko, Wally and Tiger’s sadistic father, is again at large. With two highly-skilled con men against them, Wally and Tiger band together to destroy a conspiracy in which they—and their hearts—are mere pawns.
I fell in love with the addicting writing of William Richter in Dark Eyes. I was more than excited to read the sequel, and I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next to Wally and, of course, Tiger. We are brought back into the action packed world we first go into in Dark Eyes. I’m happy to say, this sequel was far from disappointed for me. In Tiger, Wally is getting her life together after the loss of her mother, and the news of her brother’s existence. Yet, life can’t be easy with a brother on the run, and a powerful and dangerous father with enemies just as powerful and dangerous.

We follow once again Wally as she finds herself caught in a dangerous situation. If one thing is for sure, it is that Wally is stubborn. Not only that, but her heart is in the right place. She can’t help wanting to find her long lost brother, and she can’t help wanting to help Kyle. She can’t also help getting herself in trouble, but our Wally can certainly take care of herself. Then, there’s Tiger. I was happy to once again have an insight on what is going on with his life. I found Tiger to be such an interesting character, and I almost wish we could have seen more of his life. He is caught in his father’s legacy, and he has no other choice but to live a life of crime. We are also introduced to a new character, Kyle. He comes to Wally looking for help, but his appearance brought more trouble than she could have expected.

Tiger was addicting as its predecessor. There might not have been as much action as there was in Dark Eyes, but it didn’t make this book boring. Instead, we get a better insight on Wally’s life and thoughts, letting us get to know her better. Fans of Dark Eyes will enjoy Wally’s new adventures. The ending leaves us thinking there will be another book coming, which I do hope is true. I have loved both novels by William Richter, and I cannot wait to read more from him.

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William Harlan Richter is a Hollywood screenwriter. He was nominated for an Emmy Award as Producer of “We Stand Alone Together”, the documentary episode of the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. William was born and raised in California.