Wednesday, November 27, 2013

It's Been Too Long

So I realized how long it's been since I last did anything here. I've been away from the YA community for SO LONG. I'm behind on all the new books that have been released in the past 2 years or so. And my TBR pile is still as big as it ever was.

But, my 2014 resolution is to take this blog back and start reading again. I'm starting now, really, because I need to have some books read in order to make new posts. But I'm going to spend time on Goodreads familiarizing myself with what's new for a while.

But I plan to just have fun with this blog again. I think I stopped doing it for so long because it felt like a chore. Now I miss it, and realize just how much I loved blogging, so I'm back! And hopefully here to stay, even if I'm busy.

Hope you guys will be reading. :) See you in January!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Oh, hello there.

Wow. It's been a long time.
A frighteningly long time. I'm so sorry to have left this blog for so long! I love it, I really do. But I just kinda lost my way for a while. Fell out of reading for several months, got preoccupied with other things.

But I'm back! I am back now! Not officially, not yet. I'm still scheduling posts, and trying to finish more books to get some actual reviews up here. I expect everything to be up and running by March. If all goes well, which I think it will. I've started setting goals for myself every week, and giving myself incentives if I reach them. Prioritizing is the way to go, even if you literally have no free time like I don't.

Anyway, if you guys are still out there, I'm still here. :)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Review: Supernaturally by Kiersten White

Supernaturally by Kiersten White 
Pages: 336
Publisher: Harper Teen
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
#2 in Series
Evie finally has the normal life she’s always longed for. But she’s shocked to discover that being ordinary can be...kind of boring. Just when Evie starts to long for her days at the International Paranormal Containment Agency, she’s given a chance to work for them again. Desperate for a break from all the normalcy, she agrees.

But as one disastrous mission leads to another, Evie starts to wonder if she made the right choice. And when Evie’s faerie ex-boyfriend Reth appears with devastating revelations about her past, she discovers that there’s a battle brewing between the faerie courts that could throw the whole supernatural world into chaos. The prize in question? Evie herself.

So much for normal.
Quick Thoughts


Review

If I thought I loved Paranormalcy, I didn't know what love was. I loved Supernaturally a million times more. I'm glad it lived up to my expectations.

I just adore Evie, she is the kind of girl that I want to be best friends with forever and ever. Lend became a lot more lovable to me. I mean, I've always liked him, but I just didn't care much for him as a love interest. I suppose it might be because he and Evie are past that moonstruck lovey-dovey phase that now they can be a real couple that I liked him better. Reth is still my absolute favorite.

In this novel, massive revelations about what Evie is come to light, and I can say that I thought it was pretty cool. I won't spoil it, but I do think it was an interesting take on what she is. Plus, there's a brand new character that's introduced, that I swear took me by surprise. I did not expect him to turn out the way he did, and I loved it!

Who Should Read This Book?

Fans of Paranormalcy will eat this one up!


Monday, September 24, 2012

Explanation

Hey guys.

So, it's been a while. A long time.

This blog has been inactive for a few months now, and it's just because life got in the way. It's still in the way, but I've decided that I can't ignore it any longer. I miss this! I miss the blogging community. I'm so out of it, I honestly have no idea what's going on in the book world. What are the best new releases? What are the new up and coming trends? I don't know!

I'm working on scheduling some posts so that I don't get overwhelmed. Hope you guys are still out there. <3 p="p">

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Review: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout 
Pages: 281
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Genre: YA Greek Mythology/ Urban Fantasy
#1 in Series
The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi-pure-bloods-have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals-well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures. Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she's crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn't her biggest problem--staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.
Quick Thoughts


Review

Me: *finishes book*
Me: *takes deep, steadying breath*
Me: *closes book slowly, places it down reverently*
Me:
Me:
Me: *pterodactyl screech*
Me: *dying whale noise*

I swear, I just did not know what to even do with myself. I lost all ability to function the moment I turned that last page. Jennifer L. Armentrout is so amazing that a chorus of heavenly angels appears and sings her praises each time someone reads one of her books. True story. Don't believe me? Read any one of her books, and after you finish it, BAM, angels. Angels, everywhere.

I read Daimon, which is the prequel to this, and it shows you the events that happen just before Half-Blood, which is really helpful to understanding Alex's emotions and struggles. In this book, Alex is trying to pick the pieces of her life back together after her mother died. She has to readjust to life at the Covenant, and there's so much that she must catch up on from her years away.

What I love about Alex is that even though she's not a normal teenage girl, she's still very relatable. Her time in normal human society has done her well in that aspect, because sometimes in these situations, the main character will be so far removed from humanity that it makes a connection hard. But, Alex could be just another girl going to my high school--you know, if that girl could kick some major ass.

True to Jennifer's amazing talent at creating romance, and more importantly, romantic tension, she has created yet another perfectly imperfect boy who will have you sighing and/or moaning in frustration... sexual frustration. 

Let's take a moment to talk about Aiden and Alex. 
Oh, wow. Aiden was just... wow. I'd say he's neck and neck with Daemon, who is the guy from Jennifer's other book, Obsidian. Except where Daemon is a bit of a douche bag, Aiden is a bit more... austere, I suppose is the word. But Aiden's had a tough past, and he has a hard shell to crack, but he has an incredibly kind and sweet heart. And once he turns up the steam... wooo, child, that man has to be some sort of sex god.

For those wondering, there isn't any sex. There are some very steamy scenes though, but who's complaining about that? People that don't like happiness, that's who.

There's also some really awesome mythology that Jennifer built loosely around the Greek gods. That's what initially drew me to the book, and I can say that I was not disappointed at all. There was a great concept introduced towards the middle of the book that I actually saw coming once it was all revealed, but I still loved the concept of it. I don't want to give away too much, but basically, mythology fans will also get plenty of mythology, so that's a definite plus.

And along with this awesome mythology, we also get yet another awesome character: Seth! We didn't get to see nearly enough of him as I would have liked, but I'm counting on the second book to feature him more. 

Jennifer L. Armentrout, I have a message for you. 

I have a MIGHTY NEED to get my hands on Pure, as soon as possible. This is not a test, people. Read this book, you won't regret it.

5 stars

Who Should Read This Book?

PEOPLE WHO ENJOY HAPPINESS IN THEIR LIVES.


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Review: Darkness Falls by Jessica Sorensen

Darkness Falls by Jessica Sorensen 
Pages: 286
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: YA Dystopian Paranormal
#1 in Series
When the disease spread through the world, people had no choice but to go into hiding. The Colony is hidden deep underground, far away from the vampires—humans that were transformed by the disease. The vampires are hideous, starving, and they will kill any human they come across.
Seventeen-year-old Kayla is a Bellator, a warrior that protects The Colony. In order to survive, there are three rules she must follow:
Rule #1—Never go out after dark.
Rule #2—Always carry a weapon.
Rule #3—No matter what, never EVER get bitten.
But what happens when the rules Kayla has always lived by can no longer apply?
The Highers run The Colony and accept nothing less than perfection. One slip up can mean death. Kayla has always worked hard to follow the rules and strive for perfection. But during a moment of weakness, she lets her imperfections show. Her punishment is worse than death. She is chosen for The Gathering and is thrown out into a world full of starving vampires.
No one has ever survived The Gathering, at least that’s what Kayla’s been told. But when she runs into a group who insist they were once part of The Gathering, Kayla discovers the Highers have been keeping secrets. Secrets that could lead to a cure.
Review

I have to say, I really liked Darkness Falls. It's not my favorite book, but it was good. The only thing was, that I read it right after I had finished The Immortal Rules, and in some freaky coincidence, this is extremely similar to it! Darkness Falls was actually published a month before The Immortal Rules, though, so I know that the similarity wasn't intentional. I just think this was a case of two authors having like a psychic link and writing similar stories.

The opening of the book was very gripping. It just drops you righting on the craziness and danger of the world by showing us Kayla in a deadly situation with a vampire. I was definitely intrigued, although I feel like the writing was just average. I was really taken in by the story line, and the fact that the main character Kayla is this sort of superhuman, not quire vampire, but definitely not average.

I don't think I was so invested in the characters or story as a whole to continue it, but for this one book I did like it. The hints of romance didn't pull me in, although I must say I was really into the 'villain' of the story. I'm not going to read the sequel, it just didn't interest me enough to do that.

3 stars out of 5

Other Books by This Author


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

{GIVEAWAY} Saving June by Hannah Harrington

Saving June by Hannah Harrington 
Pages: 322
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: YA Contemporary


When her older sister commits suicide and her divorcing parents decide to divide the ashes, Harper Scott takes her sister's urn to the one place June always wanted to go: California. On the road with her best friend, plus an intriguing guy with a mysterious connection to June, Harper discovers truths about her sister, herself and life.
Why Giveaway?

I'm not much of a fan of contemporary novels, but I know some people absolutely love them, so I figured I'd give someone who likes this genre a chance to read it. :)

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