Saturday, April 27, 2013

Book Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi




Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.


Rating Scale (1-10): 9

My Review: Ehmergerd wow! I seriously think I'm going through a phase where I'm going to give every book I read a high ass freaking rating. But whatever. This book so deserves it! Okay, so last Saturday I went to the LA Times Festival of Books and I saw that Tahereh was there signing and I've heard so many good things about Shatter Me that I figured I might as well and pick up a copy of my own. And I'm so happy that I did! Shatter Me was amazing!

The cover! That cover is so beautiful and creative that I fell in love with it right away! I love the use of the colors and the water (I think it's water. Am I right?) and the trees and the birds. It's just amazing and so gorgeous. The cover designer did such a good job.

Action and plot! This was just so freaking fantastic that I was just so amazing that the author was able to captivate me so well! I've read a couple books before this one about a girl whose power is to kill with a single touch. But this one, by far, is the best. Juliette doesn't want to be a monster (total Twilight moment there), she knows she isn't insane, and she knows she never meant to hurt anyone. The whole type she's been stuck in the psych ward, all she's wanted to know is survive and maybe live a normal life. The action really did surprise me because I didn't peg Juliette as the type of heroine that can kick some serious ass. But that's what she ended up doing and I loved it!

Okay, so, romance! Oh, geez, the romance was just too adorable! It's safe to say that I am on Team Adam! He was just amazing and I fell in love with him right away. Except for in the beginning where the author freaked me out and I just wanted to punch him. But then I loved him again! Adam really cares about Juliette and you can totally tell in the book. After everything he's done for her, you'd have to be blind if you don't see his feelings for her. And how she loves him! *Squee* it's just too cute!

Now it's time to talk about the characters!

Juliette: She is such an awesome protagonist. Lol yeppers I definitely like her.

Adam: A hot, sexy angel sent from heaven above! Him and Juliette have been the cutest couple since forever!

Warner: Don't even get me started on this guy. Me no likey.

Kenji: I love this guy! He's hilarious and I can't wait to read more about him!

My Random Statement: I want my own superhero outfit!

My Favorite Quotes: "Hope is a pocket of possibility."

"Because I'm in love with you."

"I'm oxygen and he's dying to breathe.”

“Raindrops are my only reminder that clouds have a heartbeat. That I have one, too.”

“Killing time isn't as difficult as it sounds."

"His smile is laced with dynamite. "Go to sleep"
"Go to hell."
He works his jaw. Walks to the door. "I'm working on it.”"

“Every butterfly in the world has migrated to my stomach.”


Did I like this book? Duh! That's why I gave it a 9!
Would I reread it? Most definitely.
Would I recommend it? Oui!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Stacking the Shelves- 2




This meme is hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Bought:


-Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
-Soul Screamers: Volume 2 by Rachel Vincent
-Body & Soul by Stacey Kade



-Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
-Supernaturally by Kiersten White
-Endlessly by Kiersten White
-And some awesome bookmarks! (I got this all from The LA Times Festival of Books! Kiersten is so super nice and I love her!)

Won:


-The Jenna Fox Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson
-Drain You by M. Beth Bloom
-Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn
-If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
-Everlost by Brenda Pandos & SWAG! (Swag is not featured except for that one bookmark.)





Borrowed:


-City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
-The Host by Stephanie Meyer

Library:



-Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Ebooks:



-Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

That's it! Yes, yes, yes I know! Lots of books! I'm so happy! And more to come this week, too!

What books have you added to your stack this week?

Friday, April 19, 2013

Book Review: Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter






She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.

Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real….

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies….


I wish I could go back and do a thousand things differently.
I'd tell my sister no.
I'd never beg my mother to talk to my dad.
I'd zip my lips and swallow those hateful words.
Or, barring all of that, I'd hug my sister, my mom and my dad one last time.
I'd tell them I love them.
I wish... Yeah, I wish.


Rating Scale (1-10): 10

My Review: I love this book so much! I've already read it, like last year, but for you guys, I reread it because I love you. Yes, you. Everything I do on here is for you (and okay, let's face it, it does give me some satisfaction). By reading Alice in Zombieland over again, I remembered why I loved it so much. Because every part is just made of awesome! I love Gena Showalter's writing! I know for sure that I'm definitely going to start reading more of her books after this.

So, the cover! The gorgeous, amazing cover that drew me in at right away! It was like love at first sight. And, okay, I'm going to be honest, the only reason I bought it at first was because of the title and the cover. Like I said before, I've already read this, on my nook, before I had a blog, which is why there isn't a review for it. But this past Saturday, I went to Barnes & Noble and I saw this is book, in all it's glory, sitting on the shelf just waiting for me to buy it! And since my mom loves me sooo very much, she bought it for me! I think I might've squealed when I took it home. But yeah! I love this cover so much and it's so much prettier in person!

The action and plot! Oh, the heart-stopping action and the amazingly well-written plot! I loved all the fighting and the zombies definitely get their asses handed to them on more than one occasion. The zombie slayers (I love saying that) can kick some serious zombie and human ass. No, really. Humans wouldn't dare mess with them, either. The action consists of the slayers and the zombies fighting each other, but also the fight-training the slayers do. Which was also awesome, by the way. The plot was fast-paced, but not too fast that it got the point where I wanted everything to slow down and stop for a second. It was perfectly paced and never left a dull moment.

The romance! The wonderful romance! There were definitely some hot, steamy romance moments that go on in this book, and can't I tell you, I loved every second of it! Cole and Ali just belong together. They almost you know in a club. Which seemed a little tiny bit forward, but whatever. They're both awesome and they're amazing together. They both know how to kick some serious zombie ass.

Character Discussions! Yippee!



Alice Bell/Ali: Ever since the night of the car crash that killed her family, Alice no longer wants to be called Alice. At her new school, her new town, she has everyone call her Ali. She is my favorite type of protagonist. She don't need no hero! She is her hero. She is funny, witty, snarky, and one bad-ass fighter! I'm excited to see more of her!


Cole Holland: If you haven't noticed already, there is a Cole button on my right side bar. Go ahead. Look at it. You done? Okay, great. I love Cole! He is the baddest of bad boys, the kind of guy your dad will gladly put a shotgun to for just talking to you. I'm talking piercings and lots of tattoos. It's okay, he's hella sexy. And I just love the way he cares for Ali and would do anything to keep her safe.

Kat: This is Ali's best friend. Also known as Princess Fluffy. Lol I'm just kidding. That was just the nickname Ali told Kat that she was going to call her from now on. Kat is the Cheshire Cat, well, at least that's what I came up with. She literally was the funniest person in the entire book. She cracked me up so much that I would love life if she were my best friend.

Frosty: Weird name, I know, but it's unique and I like it. Its a nickname btw. Everyone has a nickname in this book. Almost everyone actually. Anyways, Frosty is like Cole's right hand man and Kat's on-again-off-again boyfriend. He was such an awesome character and I'm so excited to be reading more of him.

My Random Statement: I am now going to call one of my friends Princess Fluffy!

My Favorite Quotes:
"I've seriously got to stop turning my girlfriends gay, but like I can really help it. It's my animal appeal."

"Note to self: Never talk badly about jungle cats. I'd probably get my head dunked in the toilet."

"Either way . . . wow, just wow. Deer? Headlights? Hi, I'm Ali."

"Actually, it's just a matter of time before I feed your balls to my dog."

"Remind me that I need to buy a dog."

"If eyes could throw daggers, I'd have a few embedded in my chest."

"Cole was watching Justin as if he meant to flay the skin from his bones, throw it down and play "Dance Dance Revolution" on it."

"Or, what? You'll grow a few inches, develop muscles and turn green?"

"I'd only been smart-alecking--yeah, I'd just turned that word into a verb--when I'd told her to find me later."

"Besides, Cole's the one you should be chatting with. He practically ate her up with his eyes. In fact, I'm surprised Ali doesn't have bite marks."

"I stepped in front of Kat, just in case. No one hit my friend and lived to tell the tale. That was my new motto, and one I would forever embrace."

"As you've figured out, there are only two people in this place who have the lady balls to stand up to her--and I'm one of them, but I had no idea you'd be the other,"

"If U don't answer, Mad Dog, I'll tell every1 UR nickname is PRINCESS FLUFFY."

"So telling him that he clearly put the 'fun' in 'funeral' is out?"

"He wanted to play the quiet game first. Prepare to lose Cole Holland!"

"Uh, what was that? Surely the bad boy of Asher wasn't offering to chauffeur me. Me. The weird girl with the staring problem."

"Uh, maybe because at first glance he looked like he ate puppies for breakfast and kittens for lunch? As for what he enjoyed having for dinner--that couldn't be discussed in polite company."

"I whirled. Three more monsters had decided to join our Dance Party Massacre."

"You're right. I was having dinner with Zombie Carl the other night. You know, steaks, rare, and a bottle of vintage type A. He told me all his secrets, but too bad for you I promised I wouldn't tell. In exchange I asked him to gather his best undead buddies and stalk me through my friend's yard. And oh, yeah, it was totally fine if they wanted to use me as an all-night dinner buffet, because having organs is so last season."

"For some reason, Cole burst out laughing, no longer trying to hide it. Mr. Holland shot him a look that shouted shut up a lot louder than actual words, saving me the trouble."

"You're not going to be able to intimidate her. Believe me, I've tried."


Did I like this book? Freaking amazing! This is my new baby!
Would I reread it? Already did! And I would so do it again!
Would I recommend it? Hells yeah! Go buy this now!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Book Review: My Soul to Save (Soul Screamers #2) by Rachel Vincent




When Kaylee Cavanaugh screams, someone dies.

So when teen pop star Eden croaks onstage and Kaylee doesn’t wail, she knows something is dead wrong. She can’t cry for someone who has no soul.

The last thing Kaylee needs right now is to be skipping school, breaking her dad’s ironclad curfew and putting her too-hot-to-be-real boyfriend’s loyalty to the test. But starry-eyed teens are trading their souls: a flickering lifetime of fame and fortune in exchange for eternity in the Netherworld—a consequence they can’t possibly understand.

Kaylee can’t let that happen, even if trying to save their souls means putting her own at risk...


Rating Scale (1-10): 9.5

My Review: I definitely liked this book better than the first one. I'm excited to start reading Volume two! I finished this book about three days ago, and with testing going on at school, I just haven't found the time to write a review. But . . . Here it is! Typed up and ready for your viewing pleasure!

The cover! Beautiful! And very Swan Lake-ish! I love that it's blue! This cover is gorgeous!

Action and plot! Both were awesome and definitely had me on. The edge of my seat. What I love about this series so far is, that the action never ceases. There's always something major going on. Whether its a little kissy-kissy or someone needs a little soul-saving!

The romance! The beautiful, beautiful romance. I fell in love with the romance in this book! There was more than in the first book, but of course, that would make sense. I think it's safe to say that I'm definitely Team Nash! Because I love him! And he's sexy and sweet and smart and loving and . . . Okay, I'm done.

So, again! Just like the review for My Soul to Take, I'm only discussing the three main characters! Kaylee, Nash, and Tod! I know, you're excited. So am I! Lol.

Kaylee: She definitely impressed me more in this book. She was so much more take charge and I liked that about her. She's such a good protagonist, and I don't think there was a time in the entire book that I found her annoying. I loved Kaylee's witty comments, she cracked me up a couple times!

Nash: Sweet Baby Jesus! Nash! Like I said before, I love Nash! He has made my Top Ten Favorite Book Boyfriends list! So I basically already did a discussion for Nash. You know, by saying that he is sexy and smart and . . . Nope, I'm not going to start again. But yeah, he's sexy!

Tod: I'm so glad we got to see more of Tod in this book. He is an awesome character and I found myself looking forward to the scenes where he was present. Even though, I am Team Nash ANSI love him, I can't help but wonder if there is going to be a major love triangle going on.

My Random Statement: Never sell your soul! Because then Kaylee and Nash and Tod will have to come and save you! Wait . . . Nash?

My Favorite Quotes:
"Chocolate says "I'm sorry" so much better than words."

"Says the undead man in love with the soulless pop star."

"It's not like I'm actually wishing for more dead cheerleaders. I'm just saying, if someone has to go . . ."

"What else could they do to him, take away his birthday?"

Somehow I don't think hellions are much into social networking."

Did I like this book? Yeppers!
Would I reread it? Probably. If I found the time. Or I was having some serious Nash withdrawals.
Would I recommend it? Absolutely!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #5




Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. Every week, book bloggers all over the world showcase and share upcoming releases that we want to receive, read and devour.

My choice this week is:
Title: Through the Zombie Glass (White Rabbit Chronicles #2)
Author: Gena Showalter
Publication Date: September 24th 2013



Inspired by the childhood classic Alice in Wonderland, this harrowing and romantic story features teen zombie slayer Alice Bell who has lost so much—family, friends, her home. After a strange new zombie attack, Alice fears she may be losing her mind as well. A terrible darkness blooms inside her, urging her to do wicked things. The whispers of the dead assault her ears and mirrors seem to come frighteningly to life. She’s never needed her team of zombie slayers more—including her boyfriend, Cole—than she does now. But as Cole strangely withdraws and the zombies gain new strength, Ali knows one false step may doom them all.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Book Review: My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers #1) by Rachel Vincent




She doesn't see dead people. She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.

Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who'll be next.


Rating Scale (1-10): 8

My Review: I really think I've found a new series to obsess over. Lol as if I didn't have enough already. I still can't believe it took me THIS long to finally read this. I feel so ashamed! Wow. Just plain wow. This book wasn't as amazing as I thought it would be, but it was still really good. I've heard so many good things from so many bloggers so I finally decided to give it a try. (Just a heads up here, my peeps, this is going to be a quick review!)

Look at the cover! It's beautiful! And red! Look at that red! Is it bad that my first thought was, "Hey! She's a ballerina!" Lol yeah, but the cover is gorgeous! I've seen the covers for the rest of the series and I'm absolutely in love with every single one of them!

So there isn't much kick-butt action in this book, but there were enough twists and turns that it surprised the hell out of me at some times. Everything was well-written and just awesome! Just a small spoiler, there's a little frying pan hitting going on!

For this review, I'm only discussing three characters. The three MAIN characters!

Kaylee: She was one of my favorite type of protagonists. She was funny, snarky, and she definitely would kick some butt if she had to! Remember the frying pan hitting thing I mentioned? Yeah, all her.

Nash: I don't think I can swoon anymore! I loved this guy from beginning to end! He was sweet, and hot, and he was always there to help Kaylee when she needed a rock. Nash was her rock.

Tod: I think I'm sensing a love triangle coming on in the next book! -wink wink-

My Random Statement: Reading about all that screaming gave me a headache.

My Favorite Quotes:
“The worst memories stick with us, while the nice ones always seem to slip through our fingers.”

“What if I was the sexual equivalent of popcorn? Suitable for light snacking only?”

“Kaylee, you're adding two and two and coming up with seven.”

“I didn’t know if I could stop her with one blow. But I could whack the crap out of her.”

“Crap. He was actually crying. I didn't know how to deal with a crying father. I barely knew how to deal with a normal one.”


Did I like this book? Yep!
Would I reread it? It's possible.
Would I recommend it? Definitely.