Thursday, October 28, 2010

Salvaged by Stefne Miller

It's almost the weekend! I hope you all have had  great week! :)

Title: Salvaged
Author: Stefne Miller
Author website:
Rating: 5
Cover rating: 4
Description: 'My body was being torn apart, and my stomach felt as if it exploded. The pain was excruciating, and I was aware that I was dying... 'Mom?' My vision was murky, but I could see her face. It was bloody, and her eyes were large and full of fear. Her voice calmed. 'Get out of the car, Attie.' Her words sounded crisp and clear. I looked into the backseat in search of Melody and found her lying covered in blood in a twisted heap on the floor. I turned my attention back to my mother and out of the corner of my eye saw fire. 'Get out, Attie!' 'Mom?' Everything went dark.' Attie Reed should have died in the wreck that stole the lives of her mother and best friend. But her life was spared. Why? When Attie moves to Oklahoma to stay with the Bennetts for the summer, she hopes she has left her nightmares behind. But her battle is far from over, and Riley Bennett steps forward to help her fight the nighttime monsters. As the battle wears on, Riley begins fighting monsters of his own: his feelings for Attie. And Attie realizes she must begin to face the monsters of the night herself if she wants to conquer them for good. Can Attie's life be Salvaged?

Wow. Just wow. This book is powerful. First off you need to know that there are a lot of religious undertones in this novel. I am not an extremely religious person. I believe in a higher power, but I go to church once a year, Christmas eve. And I have my problems with the Christian religion. But, my beliefs aren't important. I just think that it'd be better for you to understand where I am on the whole religious thing. Although I am not very religious, this novel makes you believe in something better. It makes you believe in God and all the beauty that creates this world.

The main character Atticus, AKA Attie, talks to Jesus after her accident. She sees him and speaks to him about everything. When I read the first conversation between Attie and Jesus, I'll be honest, I rolled me eyes and wondered to myself "how in the world did I, me of all people, start reading a religious book?" But, I kept on. I thought from that conversation with Jesus that I would not enjoy this novel and I would do a lot eye rolling. But, I was wrong. I was gripped throughout the entire thing. It is a powerful, hearting breaking, and hopeful story about recovery. And, what it takes to recover and forgive. This novel really does make you believe that there is something better out there.

Attie is hilarious, witty, spunky, stubborn, and her own person. I usually am very annoyed at girls that cry all the time, but although she cried a lot, I was not annoyed with her. It may have been because the pain she was going through. I loved meeting her character. I respect her decisions. I admire her recovery process. Wow. I am amazed at her strength and courage.

One thing I sincerely enjoyed about this novel is that it creates the south in such a realistic way. I suppose that is because the author is from the south herself. I couldn't help but laugh when she described OU, OSU, and UT football and the hatred they have for each other. Football is a religion down here. I am not exaggerating about this. I loved that that came through at that part in the novel. I loved the spelling of probably. I loved the southern lingo. It was real and believable.

A very pleasant surprise that made me happy was that it alternated POVs at certain points. I adored reading from Riley's point of view. He was so insanely sweet. I loved when he messed up because it is exactly how a real boy would mess up. His protective nature was amazing. And he is honorable. I loved him. He is so realistic. I can't rave enough enough about him. A true gentleman, so adorable! And if I was ever in Attie's situation, I would love for a boy to do what he did for Attie while she was in the hospital. So amazing. Oh wow! :)

I'm so happy I heard about this book through the blogging world. I recommend this book to everyone. I hope that the religious aspects won't scare you off, because honestly. It's truly amazing. I hope to read more of this author in the future. I do not know if she has any other books planned, but I know if she does that I will be reading her powerful writing again. This is a novel I will be reading way more than one more time.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Unearthly Cynthia Hand

Hello! :) This is my last ARC review of my week of ARC reviews! I hope you guys enjoyed it. I received most of these ARCS from NetGalley.

Title: Unearthly
Author: Cynthia Hand
Rating: 5
Cover rating: 4
Description: Well, I can't find it. The description should be up soon on GoodReads soon though!

I adored this novel. It is so much fun and interesting. It was definitely a new take on angels and all things related to angels. I'm pretty sure that this will be a series, but I'm really not sure. The authors website is not quite up and running yet. Which is why I did not provide the authors website.

Every character in this novel is strong and different. I adored every single one of them, but especially Tucker. Oh, hmmm....that boy sent butterflies into my tummy. Oh goodness, my heart is fluttering just thinking about him! I also really like Christian. It was also interesting because Christian and Clara were the same names from Stay and I read that novel RIGHT before I read this novel. Christian seemed sweet and good looking, but too perfect.

Clara, I love her sense of humor. She's witty and funny. I have a lot of unanswered questions about her and her family. I hope these can be answered in a series. I want to know where the story will take these characters. I think there is a huge potential for all of them. Also I love that this novel was set in the mid-west. We don't read a lot about that part of the country. This is a fabulous debut novel that I will be buying my own copy of.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Lipstick Laws-Amy Holder

Hello! Tomorrow I will be posting who I am passing along the awards to! It is taking me longer than I thought it would to choose.

Title: The Lipstick Laws
Author: Amy Holder
Author website:
Rating: 2.5
Cover rating: 2
Description: At Penford High School, Britney Taylor is queen bee. She dates whomever she likes, rules over her inner circle of friends like Genghis Khan, and can ruin any one's life as easily as snapping her perfectly manicured fingers. Just ask the unfortunate few who have crossed her.

For April Bowers, Britney is also the answer to her prayers. With zero friends and nothing close to a boyfriend, April is so unpopular, kids don't know she exists. That is, until Britney notices her. One lunch spent at Britney's table, and April is basking in the glow of popularity.
But Britney's friendship comes with a price tag.
How much is April willing to pay?

I did not enjoy this book very much. It is way too predictable for me. Although it is well written, it was not a story that grabbed my attention. I found myself to be bored at times throughout the novel.
High school is an ugly place, I found it pretty much to be Hell on Earth. (Yes, that is an exaggeration.) But, I think this novel is TOO exaggerated. I did appreciate the fact the school tried to intervene with the bullying.

April was an interesting character. There were plenty of times that I really didn't care for her though. A lot of things that came out of her mouth made me want to slap her. I didn't care for her love interest either. I think he's an ass. The girls are bitches. My favorite character is Delvin.

If you would like to read a book that is very similar to Mean Girls then this book is the book for you. I'm happy I had a chance to read it, but I will no be buying it once it comes out in 2011.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Stay- Deb Caletti

Hello! I'll be continuing with my ARC reviews this week.

Title: Stay
Author: Deb Caletti
Author website:
Rating: 5
Cover rating: 5
Description: Clara's relationship with Christian is intense from the start, and like nothing she's ever experienced before. But what starts as devotion quickly becomes obsession, and it's almost too late before Clara realizes how far gone Christian is--and what he's willing to do to make her stay.Now Clara has left the city-and Christian-behind. No one back home has any idea where she is, but she still struggles to shake off her fear. She knows Christian won't let her go that easily, and that no matter how far she runs, it may not be far enough....

I was lucky enough to snag an ARC of this novel. I am so, so happy I did. Deb Caletti's books are really hit or miss for me. I love some, but don't really like others. This is by far my favorite Deb Caletti novel. I can't even express how beautiful this novel is.

Caletti weaves an intricate story that stems far beyond a troubled relationship. There is so much drama, so much real life. The tension is palpable. This novel is an emotional roller coaster. It takes you from happy to sad, scared to joyful, laughing to crying. She makes every relationship so real. And, not just the relationship between Clara and Christian, but all the other characters as well. I love how she wrote the novel. Parts in present, parts in past, all leading up to the end. This is one of those life changing books. It some small way it sinks into your soul and speaks to you. It makes you think. You learn about yourself. You learn harsh truths of others. It's stunning.

The relationship between Clara and Christian is magnificent. Not magnificent in the way that makes you swoon, but it is written magnificently. It's real and true. Caletti must have done plenty of research for this novel. I've seen an obessive relationship up close. It over took my family for quite some time. I remember the fear. I remember the angst. I remember the feeling of being competely helpless not being able to help these people. And, you totally get those feelings reading this novel. Clara is so strong and wonderful. I can't imagine actually being in a relationship like that even though my family has been involved in one. I know these relationships happen everyday, but I can't even fathom what it must be like to be in it.

Even though this novel is a heavy read on your heart, it will also lift it and make it happy. There are light points. Theres love. A healthy love, not only an obessive psycho love. The characters are brilliant. The writing is beautiful. The plots are real. I will be buying this book for my shelves next April and I will be reading it again and again.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

I'm back! :)

Hello everyone! I hope you enjoyed your weekend! I had a lovely time on my short vacation with the boyfriend, but it is now back to reality. School, homework, work...blah! But, I am glad to be back to the blogging world! I missed it this weekend.

Those who are new followers: Welcome ! Thank you SO much for following! I am filtering my way through my new comments. If you hopped by my blog, I'm going to hop back over to yours! :) I promise!

I will also be posting more reviews this week. I have a lot of great reads coming up. So, please, stayed tuned :)

Also, remember if I reach 100 followers before New Years I'll be hosting a HUGE giveaway! :) Actually to be honest, I'll host it even if I reach 100 followers after New Years, but I like to give myself deadlines. :) So, I'd love if you could help me out on this. Please, spread the word.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Follow Friday (2) & Blog Hop (2)

Hello lovelies! I hope you all have a fun weekend planned! I'm going on a vacation this weekend and won't have time to post an ARC review before I leave, but I am bringing my laptop with me. If I get Internet service then I will update, but if not, I will miss the blogging world this weekend.

My friend, Gabrielle, is a fellow blogger! She made an awesome recreated cover of Matched by Ally Condie. You can vote for her here. She is number 10! Also, you can check out her blog here. She's wonderful and awesome! :)

Also, I received an award this week! From Lost is Y.A. Wonderland. I wanted to thank Joni for giving me this award. I totally blushed and freaked a little when she told me! I also get to pass it on to 15 bloggers! I will be posting the bloggers I am passing it on to on Sunday or Monday and notifying them individually! :)

Everyone that hops over to my blog, please leave your link and I will hop back over to yours as soon as I get home on Sunday! And, if you follow me I'll return the favor! :)

Follow Friday: This is a meme hosted by Parajunkee.
This weeks question: What are you currently reading?
Right now I am finishing up Stay by Deb Caletti and then I will move on to Unearthly by Cynthia Hand.

Blog hop: This is a meme hosted by Crazy for Books.
This weeks question: Where is your favorite place to read? Curled up in bed, on the sofa, in the garden? favorite place depends on my mood, but I always read inside. I live in Texas, the heat here in unbearable 95% of the year. I either read on my bed, in the bath, or this REALLY comfy chair! :)
What about you?!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Delirium- Lauren Oliver

Hello! It is day 4 of my ARC reviews! I'm hoping I'll be able to complete the 7days, but I forgot that I am going on vacation this weekend, so the last two reviews may be next week!

Title: Delirium
Author: Lauren Oliver
Author website:
Rating (1-5): 5
Cover rating: 4
Description: Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -the deliria- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.
But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.
This is a novel I'll continue to read over and over again. It's beautiful and tragic. Lovely and crazy. Romantic and terrifying. I can't imagine a world without love. If I was forced to live in that world, I'd be an invalid. No doubt about that. There are so many twists and turns. This world is ugly yet beautiful. The fight to keep love alive, to keep in going in a world where it's forbidden is terribly romantic and amazing. It's not 2011 yet, but I know it will be one of my favorite reads of the year. And probably many years after that. This is the most romantic and powerful love stories since Romeo and Juliet. Although I know there will be many mixed opinions about this novel, please read it and form your own opinion before turning away.

I'm nervous to describe Lena and Alex to you. I'm nervous to give away the secrets of this book.  Every page is a rush, every page holds something new. It's really a discovery you need to discover on your own instead of from a review. It's funny, terrifying, adorable, passionate, cruel. But, the characters are lively and real. The drastic differences are described with utter beauty. The teenagers are wonderful. The feelings and emotions. I love Lena and Alex. I love Hana. I love this book so, so much.

Oliver describes falling in love perfectly. The feelings, emotions, rushes, all of the first times. It's utterly perfect. I was smiling and laughing, remembering what it was like to fall in love. This novel contains one of the most romantic scenes I have ever read. This novel will leave you sitting on the edge of your seat, biting your nails dying to flip to that next page. It will leave you breathless and swooning. This is a truly thrilling novel.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Angelfire- Courtney Allison Moulton

Hello! It is day 3 of my ARCs review week! I was thrilled that I had to opportunity to read this before it is released!

Title: Angelfire
Author: Courtney Allison Moulton
Rating: 4.5
Cover rating: 5
Description: When seventeen-year-old Ellie starts seeing reapers - monstrous creatures who devour humans and send their souls to Hell - she finds herself on the front lines of a supernatural war between archangels and the Fallen and faced with the possible destruction of her soul.
A mysterious boy named Will reveals she is the reincarnation of an ancient warrior, the only one capable of wielding swords of angelfire to fight the reapers, and he is an immortal sworn to protect her in battle. Now that Ellie's powers have been awakened, a powerful reaper called Bastian has come forward to challenge her. He has employed a fierce assassin to eliminate her - an assassin who has already killed her once.
While balancing her dwindling social life and reaper-hunting duties, she and Will discover Bastian is searching for a dormant creature believed to be a true soul reaper. Bastian plans to use this weapon to ignite the End of Days and to destroy Ellie's soul, ending her rebirth cycle forever. Now, she must face an army of Bastian's most frightening reapers, prevent the soul reaper from consuming her soul, and uncover the secrets of her past lives - including truths that may be too frightening to remember.
Ellie is a badass. There is no question about that. I adore her character, she's strong, fearless, but still a teenage girl at heart. When her past is revealed she doesn't believe it. She tries everything in her power to write it off as a dream. I LOVED that, because I honestly think that so many novels the characters just so easily accept their fate. And, well, let's be honest. Teenagers? Accepting a fate designed for them without a say? Yeah, just not going to happen. I admired that she was reluctant to believe. And, after she did accept her badass nature, she still didn't change. She was fun, funny, sarcastic, and a girl.
Will is so sexy. Those eyes. Oh my goodness, saaaa-woooooon. He is so protective of Ellie, but he still pushes her buttons. He's a little odd and doesn't exactly fit in. He's so mysterious. You think you have him figured out? You don't. I promise. He's so mysterious and sexy. It's difficult to review him without giving a lot away. He's full of surprises. He's sweet and lovely though. And crush worthy.
I think it's so interesting how concepts of angels, demons, and all the things that go along with it are interpreted in so many ways in different novels. The same names and concepts come up, but they ideas are drastically different. This is a wonderful read that I highly recommend. I think it will be one of the most talked about books of 2011.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Anna and the French Kiss -Stephanie Perkins

Hello! I hope everyone keeps commenting on my contest post, so I can know what YOU would like to see in a prize pack bundle!

Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Author website:
Rating (1-5): 5
Cover rating: 5
Description: Anna was looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. So she's less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris — until she meets √Čtienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, √Čtienne has it all . . . including a serious girlfriend.
But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss? Stephanie Perkins keeps the romantic tension crackling and the attraction high in a debut guaranteed to make toes tingle and hearts melt.
Holy crepes! I am in love, so, so madly in love with this novel. In the past week, I have read it twice. I simply can't get enough of it. Every word, every line, every sentence, every page warms my heart. J'adore this novel! J'adore! J'adore! J'adore! I wish I could say more in French, but I truly don't remember anything from my high school French classes. :( Anywho...
Stephanie Perkin's debut novel has me hooked. It is in my top 5 favorite book of all time. I actually think it may be competing with my favorite novel of all time. (Just Listen- Sarah Dessen) Perkins writing reminds me of Sarah Dessen. Every word is beautiful. I know I will be following Perkins career for as long as she is writing. I am already desperately waiting for her next novel, Lola and the Boy Next Door.
Anna is a wonderful character. She's smart and funny. I love her passion for films, it reminds me of my passion for books. I'm also jealous of her, I would have LOVED to spend my senior year abroad. But, I do understand her reluctance at first. When something feels forced, you'll always want to apposite. I thought her trepidation to explore the city was funny. She made me giggle. I adored her sense of humor. She's a character that everyone can find something to relate to. She finds her way into your heart and stays there.
And Etienne St. Clair, I think I bloody love you and your international self! Almost every time you are featured on a page I am laughing out loud! You're a fabulous friend and boyfriend. Witty, funny, charming, quirky. It's no wonder I fell in love with you after your first line. He's different from other boys in novels. He's not the sports jock. He's intelligent, damaged, and he has an accent. I mean really, could you be anymore wonderful St. Clair? On top of all your wonderful traits you have to have that accent that makes all the girls swoon.
Stephanie Perkins, will you please write forever? You are one of my new favorite authors. I will be following your career step by step. You amaze me. Your writing will take you wonderful places. I can't wait for December 2, so everyone else can read your stunning novel. And so I can buy my "finished copy." By the way, you described France so beautifully. It is exactly how I imagine it in my mind. I can't wait until I can visit in person, but for now I have Anna's view of France! :)

Monday, October 18, 2010

The Lying Game- Sara Shepard

Hello! I hope everyone had a good weekend. For the next week I'll be posting reviews of ARCs I'm reading! I received the majority of these ARCs from NetGalley.

Title: The Lying Game
Author: Sara Shepard
Author website:
Rating (1-5): 4
Cover rating: 5
Description: Foster kid Emma Paxton has only just discovered Sutton Mercer, the wealthy twin sister she never knew she had, when Sutton drops off the face of the earth, asking Emma to cover for her at home, school, and with her friends—just for a few days. At first Emma enjoys trying on her sister’s fabulous life: her fiercely loyal friends, her adoring boyfriend, her close-knit family. But as Emma is drawn deeper into Sutton’s world she finds the friends are not so fabulous, the boyfriend is not who she wants to be with, and the family is clinging to long-buried secrets and a veneer of functionality. And worst of all, Sutton may not be coming back. In fact, someone may have made sure she never could…and that someone knows Emma is not who she claims to be. Emma will need all her wits to survive The Lying Game

This book was sort of like The Pretty Little Liars series for me. The first book in the PLL series I liked, but was kind of indifferent about until towards the end. The end of that first book is what hooked me on that first series. This is the same thing that happened with this novel. I liked it, I was interested. I definitely wanted to keep reading. The characters and the story interested me, but the end. Oh man, the end is what hooked me. Hook, line, and sinker. I will be reading this series until the end. I know it will be torture to wait for the next novel. I can't wait to find out what happens.

I liked how the reader learns Sutton's story. How we learn about her life. Emma is kind and sweet. I can't fathom the strength it must take to pretend to be someone else. I felt so bad for her for her past. And, I have high hopes for her love interest in future novels.

I don't know how Shepard weaves this intricate web of deceit, fear, and lies. Her novels fascinate me. Her characters live in a world I can't understand, but yet they're easy to relate to, they're real. This novel comes out in January. If you enjoyed the PPL series, then you will enjoy this as well. Pick this book up to meet the new pretty girls, in a new town, and with a new way to lie.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Contest Question

Hi everyone! If I reach 100 followers before the New Year, I will host a HUGE giveaway.
Now I have a question for all of you! If you were to win a huge book bundle- what books would YOU like to see in the bundle?
Just leave a comment with the books you would want to win!
These would be books that I would buy, so ARCs would not be possible. Please only leave books that are coming out BEFORE the new year or are already out. Thank you! Can't wait to hear what you guys would like to see!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Grace- Elizabeth Scott

Hi, again!! This is another book I borrowed from friend and fellow book blogger, Tricia. Check out her blog here! She's seriously wonderful and loves books! She has a great taste in books, too! :)
Title: Grace
Author: Elizabeth Scott, the amazing.
Rating (1-5): 4
Cover rating: 4
Description: Grace was raised to be an Angel, a herald of death by suicide bomb. Bu she refuses to die for the cause, and now Grace is on the run, daring to dream of freedom. In search of a border she may never reach, she travels among malevolent soldiers on a decrepit train crawling through the desert. Accompanied by the mysterious Kerr, Grace struggles to be invisible, but the fear of discovery looms large as she recalls the history and events that delivered her uncertain fate.

I had no idea what to expect from this book. And, whatever I did expect, it was pretty much the opposite. It was so insanely intense. It took about 30 or 40 pages for me to start to understand the way Grace spoke. But, once I did I dove right into her story and her world.

Elizabet Scott always amazes me. She can write something so sweet and funny like Bloom, then she can write this world that is ugly, harsh, and cruel. Her talent and mind is amazing. She did a fabulous job telling a world of war and hate. It is amazing how similar two enemies are to each other. Yes, their beliefs were worded differently, but is essence they are the same. I enjoyed this book very, very much. Although, it is not my favorite. I can't deny how powerful it is. And, I can't deny how talented Elizabeth Scott is.

Grace as a character is so strong. Her fight for life is stunning. I can't say I'd do the same as she did in this story, but I relate to her survival instincts. I love, love, love how the story ended.

Boys, Girls & Other Hazardous Materials- Rosalind Wiseman

Hello all! I borrowed this book from from a friend and fellow book blogger, Tricia over at The Truth About Books. If you aren't a follower of hers, I suggest you become one because she's wonderful! And her reviews are great!! :) On to the review!

Title: Boys, Girls & Other Hazardous Materials
Author: Rosalind Wiseman
Author website:
Rating (1-5): 4
Cover rating: 3
Description: Looking for a new beginning after a terrible mean girl past, Charlie Healey realizes there's no escaping high school drama.

Charlie Healey thinks Harmony Falls is the beginning of a whole new life Middle school was brutal. But high school is Charlie's big chance t start over and stay out of drama, except that on her first day she runs into Will- her ex-best friend, who had moved away. Now a varsity athlete and hotter than Charlie remembered, Will hangs with the crown running the school. But Charlie doesn't understand their power until an innocent delivery guy falls victim to a near-deadly hazing prank.

Torn between doing what's right and her secret feelings for Will, Charlie must decide whether to turn in her very best friend or lice with the guilt of knowing what he did.

First thing I want to say is I love the name Charlie for a girl. I adore it! I also adored Charlie's character. She's strong and good-hearted. I never had trouble in middle school, but in high school. Oh dear, that was hell. I rejoiced the day I graduated. I couldn't have been happier. My sophomore year, I wanted to change schools more than anything, but I can be a tad bit defiant. And me leaving the school is what they wanted, so I didn't. (Although, I can't complain too much about high school, because I met the greatest person in my life. He's also the best person I know. So, yes my high school was filled with bitches, but I met the person who changed me forever. And, showed me the good in people again.) I don't back down easily. And, Charlie doesn't either, at least she learns not too. I was very proud of her. I'm extremely happy she made new, real friends.

Will is amazing and sounds super cute. Sydney, I love that girl!! She's a kick ass character with a lot of spunk and heart. This was a sweet story about the evil of girls. Wiseman did a fabulous job portraying the real life of high school and teenagers. I suggest you try to find this book in your local library. It's a fun and sweet read.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Follow Friday #1

Hello! :) Welcome to my blog! I am pretty new to the blogging world. This is my first week participating in Follow Friday! It's hosted by Parajunkee's View.

If you follow my blog and leave your link, I'll return the favor! :)
This weeks question:
What is your reading suggestion this week?
Anna & The French Kiss- Stephanie Perkins
Oh my goodness, I am IN LOVE with every word of this novel. On December 2, 2010, you really need to go to a book store the second it opens to get it! :)
What's your suggestion? I'd love book suggestions! :)

Blogger Hop #1

The question for today:
"When you read a book that you just can't get into, do you stick it out and keep reading or move on to your next title?"

I usually stick it out, but I have just completely left a book before. There are also rare occasions that I'll start a book and decide it's not what I'm in the mood for so I'll save it for another time.

How about you? :) Thanks for stopping by! If you leave your link, I'll become a follower! :)

Bloggerhop is a meme hosted by Jennifer at Crazy For Books

Monday, October 11, 2010

If I Stay- Gayle Forman

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend! When, well if I can get 100 followers in the next couple of months I will host a HUGE giveaway! I may have one lucky winner who will get a big bundle of books or a few winners with smaller bundles of books! And, you will get a say in what books come in the bundle! So spread the word! And, I hope I can get 100 followers by the new year!
Title: If I stay
Author: Gayle Forman
Author website:
Rating (1-5): 10!
Cover rating: 5
Description: In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces- to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heart-wrenchingly beautiful, Mia's story will stay with you for a long, long time.

I recommend this book to literally every single person that walks this planet. This book is stunning, beautiful, terrifying, heart breaking. Yes, you will cry. But, please, please, do not let that turn you off from this book. The sadness is why I waited for a long time to read this book. That was a mistake, even though it is sad, it's hopeful, romantic, sweet. I have read so many books since I started reading in second grade, but this is the most gorgeous book I have ever read. The story, the plot line, the character, the words that flooded off the page. My dear God, it was beautiful.

I wish classes all around could read this book and learn of the love from families and friends. Families aren't always immediate, they can extend outside the immediate family. I could feel every person's heartbreak and love. I can't even imagine Mia's choice. She was strong throughout the whole novel. I applaud her for every thought process of her choice. Adam, his utter love and devotion towards Mia was amazing. The people of her family coming together in this process stunned me. And, Willow? Wow the only thing I can say about her is badass! This book portrays one of my favorite things I have learned in this life- love never dies. It is eternal. It out lives death and heartache. It overrules the negative and is always present at the important times.

Moral of this review. Go out and buy this now. Yes, buy, it will need to live on your bookshelves forever! If I was an extremely rich person, I would buy every copy possible and shove them at people until they read this amazing novel. Gayle Forman, your writing is something to be worshipped. You have been gifted with beautiful words. I am awestruck. And, I am bursting at my seams to read Where She Went.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Blog hop

If anyone has found my blog through the blog hop and you're looking for my blog hop entry, I didn't post one. Almost immediately after I signed up I started having computer problems and when I fixed it, it was late Saturday. So, I promise I'll have one next week. I'm sorry I didn't this week, but thank you for stopping by my blog! I'd also love for you to leave the link for your blog! :)

Mini Reviews

I read quite a few books today. I woke up around 4 a.m. with a pounding headache. I couldn't go back to sleep, couldn't listen to anything, couldn't look at any lights. I hate migraines, but since I was pretty limited and stuck in my dark room most the day I read, A LOT! Eight books! I'm going to post a mini review for most of them. So, here goes!

Title: Rich and Mad
Author: William Nicholson
Rating (1-5): 2.5
Cover rating: 4
This book was extremely different from I thought it was going to be. I assumed it would be a light, fun read about firsts. I was intrigued by this because, well, we all have our firsts. First love. First time having sex. First time experience in a lot of things as we try to find our ways through our adolescent years. Boy, was I wrong. I did enjoy the some of the moral of the story. Sex can involve love, it doesn't just have to be about sex. I enjoyed Rich and Maddy evolving into a relationship. I chuckled a few times. William Nicholson is an English author and I like an English sense of humor. I think what turned me off of this book was the writing about the sex. I am not against sex in a novel. I know sex is a reality amongst teens, but in a YA book I expect it to be done in a tasteful manner. This was on the vulgar side. A sex scene was described in detail. My jaw dropped when I started to read that scene. It is the most racy sex scene I have read in a YA novel. This scene is meant for adult romance books in my opinion. On Barnes and Noble's website, it says this is for ages 14 and up. I have to disagree with that. I think that is too young for this type of sex scene. I recommend picking up this read with knowledge of what to expect. If I had known what to expect I might have enjoyed it more.

Title: Mostly Good Girls
Author: Leila Sales
Rating: 2
Cover rating: 3
Description from B&N

I didn't really enjoy this novel. The writing was well done, the plot nicely executed, the characters had substance, but I couldn't get into the story. The characters were juniors in high school, but I felt as if they're behavior and views ranged around seventh grade. I don't think the author captured a real high school social life, but then again these characters went to an all girls school. Maybe socializing is different there? I don't know, I don't think it would be, but I don't know. The ending ended very quickly and abruptly. If this sounds interesting to you, I recommend trying to find it in your library or on Pulse it.

Title: Blue Bloods Series
Author: Melissa De La Cruz
Rating: 4
Covers: 4
I am not putting the description because I am reviewing the series as a whole, not just one novel. I read the entire Blue Bloods series today including the Misguided Angel that is set to release later this month. I enjoyed this series a lot. I loved the tie in of angels, demons, and vampires. It was a new take on all of these paranormal creatures. I also can't get over how cool the history plots were. It fascinated me how De La Cruz dated these vampires back through time, but especially the Mayflower and the colonies. I love history, I think it's interesting, so that is why I loved this plot point. The characters are great. They all have strong voices and personalities. This is a wonderful series that I recommend to paranormal and mystery lovers.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Torment- Lauren Kate

Happy Sunday! I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend before we all have to head back to school or work. I had a lot of fun this weekend at ATxTBF. I love, love, love seeing and meeting authors, getting new books, hearing about new books. I love the YA lit world! :) Anyway on to the review!
Title: Torment
Author: Lauren Kate
Author website:
Rating (1-5): 4
Cover (1-5): 7!
Description: Hell on earth.
That's what it's like for Luce to be apart from her fallen angel boyfriend, Daniel. It took them an eternity to find on another, but now he has told her he must go away. Just long enough to hunt down the Outcasts-immortals who want to kill Luce. Daniel hides Luce at Shoreline, a school on the rocky California coast with unusually gifted students: Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans.
At Shoreline, Luce learns what the Shadows are, ad how she can use them as windows to her previous lives. Yet the more Luce learns, the more she suspects that Daniel hasn't told her everything. He's hiding something-something dangerous.
What if Daniel's version of the past isn't actually true? What if Luce is really meant to be with someone else?

I loved Fallen, the first in this series, and I loved Torment even more. Luce has stayed the same stubborn girl that I've come to love and care for. Daniel is still frustrating, sexy, and glorious. I'm still nervous about Cam, but find him undeniably beautiful. I was happy to find old and new characters in this installment.

Miles, I kinda fell in love with his floppy brown hair and charming smile! He'd be so, so much better for Luce. And, it's no surprise that he cares for Luce, but I still can't completely shake Daniel even though I spent most of the novel mad at him. I also feel as if I know Miles more than I know Daniel. Daniel is so mysterious and is hard to get to know. But, Miles is easy, charming, an sweet. It is no wonder Luce has an easy relationship with him. I'm now on two sides. I want Luce with Miles and Daniel. I can't decide yet! I mean I obviously know she's meant for Daniel, but Miles? Sweet Miles, I love him!

Even though we all know Daniel is the love of Luce's lives, I loved that she doubted their relationship. Questioned his motives, questioned him, questioned everything. It made it so much more real, so much more believable.

There are still so many questions left unanswered that I can't wait to figure out. This book does kind of leave me frustrated though. Everything Luce hears is so cryptic. No one tells her anything. Not the angels, not the demons, not the nephilim. I want answers, like, now! I'll be anxiously awaiting Passion, the next installment.

Oh, and I can't ignore this gorgeous cover. It's one of my favorite covers and it perfects this story.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Austin Teen Book Fest!

Hello guys! Today was an amazing day at the Austin Teen Book Festival! I had so much fun!! Also, 35 books?! Iyiyiyiy! This was like a dream come true! :) I do need to thank my boyfriend who bought all these books for me as an early Christmas gift! I also need to thank him for carrying 2 of my 3 very, very heavy bags around all day. And, basically just being there with me all day when books and reading really aren't his thing. :)

Congrats, Gabrielle on winning a signed book! I'll get it in the mail this week!