Thursday, April 17, 2014

Review: Sleep No More by Aprilynne Pike
Sleep No More
by Aprilynne Pike
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Publication Date: April 29th 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780061999031
Genre: Young Adult | Paranormal
Source: Edelweiss

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The blockbuster film Inception meets Lisa McMann's Wake trilogy in this dark paranormal thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike. This novel is also perfect for fans of Kelley Armstrong, Alyson Noel, and Kimberly Derting.

Charlotte Westing has a gift. She is an Oracle and has the ability to tell the future. But it doesn't do her much good. Instead of using their miraculous power, modern-day Oracles are told to fight their visions—to refrain from interfering. And Charlotte knows the price of breaking the rules. She sees it every day in her wheelchair-bound mother and the absence of her father. But when a premonition of a classmate's death is too strong for her to ignore, Charlotte is forced to make an impossible decision: continue following the rules or risk everything—even her sanity—to stop the serial killer who is stalking her town. (Goodreads)
Sleep No More is the first book I’ve read by Aprilynne Pike, but it definitely won’t be the last!

Charlotte Westing is an Oracle, one that has the ability not only tell the future, but to change it as well. But in the current day and age, oracles aren’t allowed to use their powers, not even for good. They must hold them in, and not let themselves be known for what they really all. All of this is for their protection, of course. But when her classmates start dying in very brutal ways, it’s up to Charlotte to use her powers to track down the killer, before she loses even more of her friends.

Charlotte was a very interesting main character. On one hand I admired her for her determination to keep people safe and to find out who was killing the teens, but on the other hand I wanted to shake her for making some of the insanely dangerous decisions that she made. I definitely found her remoteness to be relatable, even if hers wasn’t exactly by choice. I actually think that more people cared about Charlotte than she actually believed did so, and we really see that throughout the story.

The storyline for this book was very creative! I can’t say that I’ve read a book where an Oracle is the main character before. It was interesting and very unique.  The actual deaths in the story were brutal and very descriptive. Kudo’s to Pike for having the stomach to write those scenes! I figured out who the killer was pretty early in the story, but his motive was for killing came as a surprise to me. Even though I figured it out, there was still so much mystery that I caught myself second guessing a lot, and suspecting everyone. There was a pretty big twist at the end of the novel that had me a bit surprised, but I thought it worked out perfectly for this novel.

Overall, this book was a very intense read! If you want to read something different than the norm, you should definitely check out Sleep No More. I’m really looking forward to reading more of Aprilynne Pike’s novels in the future.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #143 - Talon by Julie Kagawa
(Talon, #1)
by Julie Kagawa
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Publication Date: October 28th 2014
Publisher: HarlequinTeen
ISBN: 9780373211395

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Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons. (Goodreads)

Of course this week's WOW pick is going to be Julie Kagawa's TALON!
I've been waiting to see the cover for this book for a while now.
And the story sounds amazing too, as always.
Everything is just amazing!!
Of course, it is Julie Kagawa... HELLO!! :)

Have you added Talon to your to-read list yet?
Don't forget to pre-order your copy! I've already ordered mine. ;)

What are you Waiting for this week??

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that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Review: The Last Best Kiss by Claire LaZebnik
The Last Best Kiss
by Claire LaZebnik
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Publication Date: April 22nd 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780062252289
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary | Retelling
Source: Edelweiss

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Anna Eliot is tired of worrying about what other people think. After all, that was how she lost the only guy she ever really liked, Finn Westbrook.

Now, three years after she broke his heart, the one who got away is back in her life.

All Anna wants is a chance to relive their last kiss again (and again and again). But Finn obviously hasn’t forgotten how she treated him, and he’s made it clear he has no interest in having anything to do with her.

Anna keeps trying to persuade herself that she doesn’t care about Finn either, but even though they’ve both changed since they first met, deep down she knows he’s the guy for her. Now if only she can get him to believe that, too....

With her signature wit and expertly authentic teen voice, Claire LaZebnik (the author of fan favorites Epic Fail and The Trouble with Flirting) once again breathes new life into a perennially popular love story. Fans of Polly Shulman, Maureen Johnson, and, of course, Jane Austen will love this irresistibly funny and romantic tale of first loves and second chances. (Goodreads)
The Last Best Kiss is a modern-day retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. I really enjoy anything that is related the Jane Austen, so I was thrilled to discover this book. And I was even more thrilled that the storyline for this novel, even while modernized, follows the original story so well. It made for a very cute read!

When we first meet Anna Eliot she’s just starting her freshman year of high school. She’s young, naive and very impressionable. This, of course, causes her to break the heart of the one person that she could actually be herself around. I alternated between feeling completely frustrated with Anna, to feeling really bad for her throughout the novel. The frustration came from the way she treated Finn, and how she gave in to peer pressure so easily.  However, I felt even worse for her because of her home life. Her parents and one of her sisters were just awful, selfish people, which I’m sure is why Anna felt so insecure about being herself around her friends. It was a sad situation to have to be in. We do see Anna grow throughout the book, thankfully, and even before Finn came back into her life, she seems to have changed for the better. That is always a plus in my book.

While I liked both Anna and Finn, I really wasn’t able to connect with many of the secondary characters in the novel. As I mentioned before, most of the people in Anna’s family were just awful. Her friends seemed very shallow and were very annoying most of the time. There were a few characters that were ok, but otherwise, I didn’t really care for most of them.

I really have a love/hate relationship with these types of books. I love the storyline for the book, but I hate how long it takes for the characters to finally get together! The tension drives me crazy every single time, but in a good way!

Overall; if you’re looking for a modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, you should check this book out! It was a very enjoyable read. Now that I’ve read something by Mrs. LaZebnik, I’m really looking forward to reading more of her books in the future.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Giveaway: Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly

Deep Blue
(Waterfire Saga #1)
by Jennifer Donnelly

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About the Book:

The first in a series of epic tales set in the depths of the ocean, where six mermaids seek to protect and save their hidden world.

Deep in the ocean, in a world not so different from our own, live the merpeople. Their communities are spread throughout the oceans, seas, and freshwaters all over the globe.

When Serafina, a mermaid of the Mediterranean Sea, awakens on the morning of her betrothal, her biggest worry should be winning the love of handsome Prince Mahdi. And yet Sera finds herself haunted by strange dreams that foretell the return of an ancient evil. Her dark premonitions are confirmed when an assassin’s arrow poisons Sera's mother.

Now, Serafina must embark on a quest to find the assassin’s master and prevent a war between the Mer nations. Led only by her shadowy dreams, Sera searches for five other mermaid heroines who are scattered across the six seas. Together, they will form an unbreakable bond of sisterhood and uncover a conspiracy that threatens their world’s very existence.

About the Author:

Jennifer Donnelly is an award-winning author of both adult and young adult books, including Deep Blue, the first book in the Waterfire Saga. For adults she has written a trilogy of best-selling books that includes The Tea Rose, The Winter Rose, and The Wild Rose. Her first young adult novel, A Northern Light, received many accolades, among them the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Carnegie Medal in the UK, and a Michael L. Printz Honor. Her second young adult novel, Revolution, was named a Best Book of 2010 by Kirkus Reviews and School Library Journal, and the audiobook received a 2011 American Library Association Odyssey Honor. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #142 - Waterfall by Lauren Kate
(Teardrop #2)
by Lauren Kate
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Publication Date: October 28th 2014
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
ISBN: October 28th 2014

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fallen books comes WATERFALL, a novel about love, betrayal, and epic consequences—a world-altering tale told by a girl whose tears have the power to raise the lost continent of Atlantis. This second novel in the Teardrop series is intensely romantic, with strong, hot main characters caught up in a thrilling fantastical love triangle. For readers who love Lauren Kate and the worlds of Alyson Noël, P. C. Cast, Maggie Stiefvater, and Veronica Rossi.

Eureka’s tears have flooded the earth, and now Atlantis is rising, bringing with it its evil king, Atlas. Eureka is the only one who can stop him, but first she must learn how to fight. She travels across the ocean with Cat, her family, and Ander, the gorgeous and mysterious Seedbearer who promises to help her find Solon, an enigmatic lost Seedbearer who knows how to defeat Atlas.

Once on land, Eureka is taunted by gossipwitches, a group of displaced Atlantean sorceresses, and ambushed by locals struggling to survive amid the destruction her tears have wrought. And she feels no closer to facing Atlas or saving the world when Solon lets slip that love is Ander’s weakness, and that any affection he feels toward her makes him age faster.

Trying to make sense of the dark world her sorrow has created, Eureka receives startling insight from an enchanted pond. Her bewildering reflection reveals a soul-crushing secret: if she’s strong enough, Eureka can draw on this knowledge to defeat Atlas—unless her broken heart is just what he needs to fuel his rising kingdom. . . .

In Waterfall, Eureka has the chance to save the world. But she’ll have to give up everything—even love. (Goodreads)

So, I haven't had a chance to read Teardrop yet...
But it's sitting on my shelf, just waiting for me to pick it up.
(Something that I MUST do soon.)
I love the covers for these novels.

I also adored Kate's *Fallen* series, it was SO good!

I can't wait to add this book to my collection.

What are you Waiting for this week??

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that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Review: The Taking by Kimberly Derting
The Taking
(The Taking #1)
by Kimberly Derting
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Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780062293602
Genre: Young Adult | Paranormal | Aliens
Source: Edelweiss

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A flash of white light . . . and then . . . nothing.

When sixteen-year-old Kyra Agnew wakes up behind a Dumpster at the Gas ’n’ Sip, she has no memory of how she got there. With a terrible headache and a major case of déjà vu, she heads home only to discover that five years have passed . . . yet she hasn’t aged a day.

Everything else about Kyra’s old life is different. Her parents are divorced, her boyfriend, Austin, is in college and dating her best friend, and her dad has changed from an uptight neat-freak to a drunken conspiracy theorist who blames her five-year disappearance on little green men.

Confused and lost, Kyra isn’t sure how to move forward unless she uncovers the truth. With Austin gone, she turns to Tyler, Austin’s annoying kid brother, who is now seventeen and who she has a sudden undeniable attraction to. As Tyler and Kyra retrace her steps from the fateful night of her disappearance, they discover strange phenomena that no one can explain, and they begin to wonder if Kyra’s father is not as crazy as he seems. There are others like her who have been taken . . . and returned. Kyra races to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had, but what if the life she wants back is not her own? (Goodreads)
I’ve had a copy of The Taking to read for a while now, and I finally decided to start it today. What a great decision that was!  I have read Derting’s Body Finder series, and The Pledge trilogy in the past, and really enjoyed them both. I couldn’t wait to get started on this book to see what new story Derting has in store for us. Let me just say this, you definitely will not be disappointed with this book!

Sixteen year old Kyra Agnew has a great life. She has two loving parents, an awesome best friend, and a boyfriend that adores her.  And all that changes in a flash of white light. When Kyra wakes up one morning behind a dumpster, with no recollection of how she got there, she heads home only to find out that five years have passed. While she hasn’t changed at all, everything else in her life has. Her parents are now divorced, and her best friend and boyfriend have moved on with her lives. Nothing is the same anymore, except for Kyra. With the help of her ex-boyfriends brother, Tyler, Kyra sets out to discover what happened when she disappeared.

Poor Kyra, I can’t even imagine being in her situation. One minute she has it all, the next minute years have passed and she’s lost in a mess of confusion. But Kyra is a very headstrong young lady, and she was determined to figure out what had happened to her. And that’s exactly what she sets out to do with Tyler’s help.

Tyler was such a great character. He has definitely made the list of my most swoon-worthy characters. I love that even when he had no idea what to believe, he still believed in Kyra, and that he would do anything that he could to protect her. Not only did Tyler and Kyra make a great team, but they make a great couple as well. Seriously, I could cut through the romantic tension with a knife! Tyler was such a sweetie.

I am seriously kicking myself for not reading this book sooner. Once I started reading it, I couldn’t stop. I ended up reading the book in one day, which was a bit surprising for me. Once I started reading, I was hooked. There is a LOT of action and suspense in the second half of the book, it was intense! I seriously couldn’t put it down, and was sitting on the edge of my seat, holding my breath, waiting to see what was going to happen. The end of the book left me hanging a bit, so I’m dying to get my hands on the next book to see what is going to happen next!

Overall, if you are a fan of Derting’s already, you will definitely love the beginning of this awesome new series. If you’ve not yet read her work before, The Taking is a great place to start! Add it to your reading list today!

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