Thursday, September 18, 2014

Review: Made For You by Melissa Marr
Made For You
by Melissa Marr
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Publication Date: September 16th 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780062011190
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary | Paranormal
Source: Advance Review Copy

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Bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely books Melissa Marr’s first contemporary YA novel is a twisted southern gothic tale of obsession, romance, and murder. A killer is obsessed with Eva Tilling. Can she stop him, or will he claim her?

When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.

For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has applied her extraordinary talent to contemporary realism. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa’s fans, and every YA reader, will find its wild ride enthralling. (Goodreads)
I was super excited when I heard that Melissa Marr was coming out with her first contemporary YA novel. I had read Marr’s ‘Wicked Lovely’ series in the past and had really enjoyed it, so I was looking forward to seeing what contemporary story she had up with. I definitely was not disappointed when reading this creepy thriller!

After being hit by a car one evening, Eva wakes up in the hospital confused, with little memory of what happened to her. She also discovers that she awoke with an ability to see people’s death whenever people touch her. Is this just a side effect of her brain injury, or something more? When her schoolmates start turning up murdered, Eva realizes that her gift is exactly what she needs to use to help track down this killer, and stop more innocent murders.

Eva was a really interesting character. I sympathized with her for everything that she had been through, it couldn’t have been easy. But with the help of her friend Grace and a friendship rekindled with her old friend Nate, she manages to learn to cope with everything that happens. She’s a very determined character, and I liked that about her. Her friendship with Grace was awesome, and the romance between her and Nate was super cute as well.

The story is told from alternate viewpoints, but mostly through Eva’s character. I always think that the multiple viewpoints are interesting because it always feels like we are getting more insight not only about the story, but about the different characters as well. It’s always interesting to get inside the characters heads for a while.

The storyline for this novel was super creepy, and left me feeling more than a little paranoid after I closed the book. And, despite the slight paranormal feel to the book, it felt very realistic. It also definitely kept me guessing on who the bad guy was throughout the story as well.

Overall; I really enjoyed reading Made For You! I’m really looking forward to seeing what story Mrs. Marr comes up with next.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #165 - Save Me by Jenny Elliott
Save Me
by Jenny Elliott
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Publication Date: January 6th 2015
Publisher: Swoon Reads
ISBN: 9781250061478

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Debut-novelist Jenny Elliott’s thrilling romance, chosen by readers, writers, and publishers for the first list in the new Swoon Reads imprint, pours on the tension and danger in an addictive combination that will keep you turning pages!

Something strange is going on in the tiny coastal town of Liberty, Oregon. Cara has never seen a whale swim close enough for her to touch it—let alone knock her into the freezing water. Fortunately, cute newcomer David is there to save her, and the rescue leads to a bond deeper than Cara ever imagined.

But then she learns something about David that changes everything, and Cara is devastated. She turns to her best friend for support, but Rachel has changed. She’s suddenly into witchcraft, and is becoming dangerously obsessed with her new boyfriend….

Cara has lost her best friend, discovered that her soul mate is off limits, and has attracted the attention of a stalker. But she’s not completely alone. Her mysterious, gorgeous new friend Garren is there to support her. But is Garren possibly too perfect? (Goodreads)

Wow! So this book sounds pretty intense, right??
And the cover is pretty gorgeous as well.
I'm really looking forward to checking out this book and debut author!
Hurry January!!

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Review: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil
Get Even
(Don't Get Mad #1)
by Gretchen McNeil
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Publication Date: September 16th 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780062260857
Genre: Young Adult | Mystery
Source: Edelweiss

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The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars in Gretchen McNeil’s witty and suspenseful novel about four disparate girls who join forces to take revenge on high school bullies and create dangerous enemies for themselves in the process.

Bree, Olivia, Kitty, and Margot have nothing in common—at least that’s what they’d like the students and administrators of their elite private school to think. The girls have different goals, different friends, and different lives, but they share one very big secret: They’re all members of Don’t Get Mad, a secret society that anonymously takes revenge on the school’s bullies, mean girls, and tyrannical teachers.

When their latest target ends up dead with a blood-soaked “DGM” card in his hands, the girls realize that they’re not as anonymous as they thought—and that someone now wants revenge on them. Soon the clues are piling up, the police are closing in . . . and everyone has something to lose. (Goodreads)
Get Even is the story of four girls with nothing in common that form a group, ‘DGM’, as a way to get revenge on the bullies and mean girls that terrorize their private school. But even though these girls work together to get revenge for the people that can’t defend themselves. But when one of their targets turns up dead and secrets about themselves start coming out, the group they started begins to slowly unravel.

The four main characters in the story, Olivia, Margot, Bree, and Kitty, have absolutely nothing in common. Despite that, they manage to come together and form the group ‘Don’t Get Mad’ as a way to get revenge on the bullies that pick on the helpless that can’t defend themselves. I love that these girls wanted to get justice for the people that were bullied. I also liked that each of the girls were so different from each other, and even one having been bullied herself. They were a really diverse group of girls, and I’m really looking forward to getting to know them more as the series goes along.

I really, really enjoyed the storyline for the book. I found it to be extremely engaging, and it kept me engrossed throughout the whole book. I loved the mystery and the fact that when I finished the book, I still had no freaking idea who the bad guy was. I’m completely in the dark. Just when I suspected someone, I was proved wrong.  ARGH!  The book ended with a massive cliffhanger. MASSIVE! It’s kind of killing me that I have to wait until next year to get the next book in the series. I need it NOW!

Also - this book would make a really awesome tv show. Just sayin’!

Overall; I really enjoyed this book! It kept me guessing and turning the pages and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the series, Get Dirty, out May 2015!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Review: Blackbird by Anna Carey
(Blackbird Duology #1)
by Anna Carey
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Publication Date: September 16th 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780062299734
Genre: Young Adult | Mystery | Thriller
Source: Edelweiss

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This twisty, breathless cat-and-mouse thrill ride, told in the second person, follows a girl with amnesia in present-day Los Angeles who is being pursued by mysterious and terrifying assailants.

A girl wakes up on the train tracks, a subway car barreling down on her. With only minutes to react, she hunches down and the train speeds over her. She doesn’t remember her name, where she is, or how she got there. She has a tattoo on the inside of her right wrist of a blackbird inside a box, letters and numbers printed just below: FNV02198. There is only one thing she knows for sure: people are trying to kill her.

On the run for her life, she tries to untangle who she is and what happened to the girl she used to be. Nothing and no one are what they appear to be. But the truth is more disturbing than she ever imagined.

The Maze Runner series meets Code Name Verity, Blackbird is relentless and action-packed, filled with surprising twists. (Goodreads)
I was super excited to read Blackbird, as I really enjoyed reading Anna Carey’s ‘Eve’ series, and I was curious to see story she was going to come up with next with Blackbird.

Blackbird is the first book in the ‘Blackbird Duology’. The story is about a girl who wakes up on a train track with no memory of who she is or how she got there. All she knows is that there are many people want to kill her, and she has no idea why, but she’s determined to figure it out and stay alive in the process.

The main character in the story, whose true identity we never really learn, was a bit of a badass. Even though she was lost and confused, in a city she didn’t know and with no idea of who she was, she still managed to take care of herself. She was very determined to figure out who she was and how she got into the situation that she was currently in. I can’t even imagine going through what she had been through.

The story is told through a second-person narrative, which is helpful when you have a couple of mysterious point-of-views that you want to keep mysterious, but is also a bit confusing at times when you don’t really know who you were following.

The storyline for the book was really mysterious and suspenseful. It actually reminds me of a movie that I watched many, many years ago that that had a similar storyline and the movie totally freaked me out. The last few chapters in the book were insane, and I was left with SO many questions that I really, really need answered. (Thankfully we don’t have to wait too long until the next book in the series is released.) At only 256 pages, this book made for a really quick read. I was so engrossed in the story that I read the book in just one day.

Overall; I really enjoyed reading this fast paced thriller. I’m anxious to get my hands on the next book in the series so that I can get answers to the questions that will be plaguing me for weeks to come.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Review: The Iron Trial by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare
The Iron Trial
(Magisterium #1)
by Holly Black
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Publication Date: September 9th 2014
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780545522250
Genre: Middle Grade | Fantasy
Source: Netgalley

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From NEW YORK TIMES bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare comes a riveting new series that defies what you think you know about the world of magic.

From two bestselling superstars, a dazzling and magical middle-grade collaboration centering on the students of the Magisterium, an academy for those with a propensity toward magic. In this first book, a new student comes to the Magisterium against his will -- is it because he is destined to be a powerful magician, or is the truth more twisted than that? It's a journey that will thrill you, surprise you, and make you wonder about the clear-cut distinction usually made between good and evil. (Goodreads)
I was super excited to finally read The Iron Trial because it is written by two really awesome writers; Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. I’m not a huge fan of middle grade books, but this book was SO good. I will definitely be ordering a finished copy of this book to share with my son! I’m going to attempt to write this review without giving too much away, but I urge you all to check out the book for yourself!

Once a year, a few chosen children with magical abilities receive an invitation to participate in a special test called The Iron Trial. All of the children that participate in the trial want nothing more than to pass, and gain admittance into the Magisterium, a school of magic. All expect for Cullen Hunt, who has been told all his life by his father to stay far, far away from magic. But even though he purposely fails all of his tests at the trial, he still manages to gain admittance into the Magisterium, and once he is there, he begins to question everything he’s ever been told about magic.

The three main characters in the story, Callum, Tamara and Aaron, are all really well written characters. I found Call to be the most relatable character, as he was snarky and sarcastic most of the time, and I really love that in a character. I enjoyed following the journey with these three characters and watching them grow and mature throughout the book. Also, they were all pretty funny. I laughed so many times while reading this book, and I absolutely adore books that make me laugh.

I really liked how creative the storyline was for this book. I was worried that it would have the same feel as the Harry Potter books, but I didn’t really get that feeling at all as I read the book. I also liked that while the book was a fantasy, it still dealt with issues that kids deal with today; with bullying being a big part of the storyline. It definitely makes the book more relatable. Also, the world-building for the novel was awesome. I loved the world that Clare and Black created! At only 304 pages, this book made for a really quick read. Besides that, the storyline was so engaging that it kept me hooked as I turned the pages.

Overall; The Iron Trial is a wonderful beginning to what should be a spectacular series. I really did not expect to like this book as much as I did. It was a really great read.  I’m really looking forward to reading the rest of the books in this series in the future!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #164 - The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne
The Wrong Side of Right
by Jenn Marie Thorne
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Publication Date: March 17th 2015
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780803740570

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Fans of Sarah Dessen and Huntley Fitzpatrick will enjoy this smart debut young adult novel, equal parts My Life Next Door and The Princess Diaries.

Kate Quinn’s mom died unexpectedly last year, leaving Kate grasping. But when the totally unexpected shows up in her living room, Kate must confront another reality she never thought possible—or thought of at all. Moving in with a politically powerful family she never knew she had, joining a presidential campaign in support of a man she barely knows, and falling for a rebellious boy who may not have the purest motives—this is Kate’s new life. But who is Kate? When what she truly believes flies in the face of the campaign’s talking points, Kate must decide. Does she turn to the family she barely knows, the boy she knows but doesn’t necessarily trust, or face a third, even scarier option?

Set against a backdrop of politics and family conflict, this is a story of personal responsibility, delicious, complicated romance, and trying to discover who you are even as everyone tells you who you should be. (Goodreads)

Sarah Dessen meets The Princess Diaries?
I love the synopsis for this book.
It sounds like it's going to be a really great read.
I can't wait to check it out!

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