Friday, May 31, 2013

My Very First Giveaway!

Okay, guys, I know I've been pretty M.I.A lately with all the reviews, but I has been pretty busy with school and finals. But now! Now! Now that school is out and over for the summer, I'll finally be able to catch up with my reviews! And to make up for my absence, I'm having a giveaway! Yes, my very first giveaway, I'm so excited!

I'll be giving away a copy of Lauren Kate's Fallen and a paperback copy of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas! This giveaway ends one month from now.

Good luck!

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Book Review: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

You can't stop the future. You can't rewind the past. The only way to learn the secret. . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen doesn't want anything to do with the tapes Hannah Baker made. Hannah is dead. Her secrets should be buried with her.

Then Hannah's voice tells Clay that his name is on her tapes-- and that he is, in some way, responsible for her death.

All through the night, Clay keeps listening. He follows Hannah's recorded words throughout his small town. . .

. . .and what he discovers changes his life forever.

Rating Scale (1-10): 8.5

My Review: Now that I think back to the entire story, I want to cry. It was beautiful and devastating and amazing and heartbreaking. I could go on with so many more adjectives, but I won't. I picked up Thirteen Reasons Why just a couple of days ago at Target. Yeah. Target. I was happy to find it there. I picked this book up because it sounded like a very interesting concept. And believe me, I was not disappointed at all with how the book turned out.

Okay, so the cover. It's cute and simple and absolutely perfect for the book. There's not really a lot I can say about the cover except that I couldn't have thought of a better cover. So cute!

So there is no action in this book, but the plot is definitely interesting enough to have you stick around until you're finished. On a day like any other, Clay finds a package waiting for him when he gets home. At first he thinks that it's from some secret admirer, but what he discovers is much, much different. He opens the box to find a box of old tapes. Hannah Baker's voice is on these tapes and on these tapes, she explains why she decided to end her life. And since Clay received these tapes, he's one of the reasons why. I've been wanting to read this book for a while now. The synopsis had me hooked from the very beginning!

The romance is mostly between Hannah and Clay, but since Hannah is dead, the romance is all past tense. Clay had always had a crush on Hannah but never pursued her either because of her reputation or because he was just too shy. I forget which; maybe both. Hannah felt the same way about Clay, but I guess she was scared to pursue him, too. If Hannah hadn't done what she did, I would've loved to see her and Clay as a couple.

Character Discussions!

Hannah Baker: The entire story revolves around Hannah Baker's suicide tapes. She was a really broken character that had to go through tough situations. She didn't have many friends and in school, and she doesn't exactly have a line of boys waiting to win her heart. Or at least, I didn't read in the book that she did.

Clay Jensen: When Clay finds out that he's one of the reasons why Hannah killed herself, he's devastated. Clay is the good boy who gets all the good grades. I really liked him and I wished he had grown a pair and told Hannah how he felt.

My Random Statement: If you've read this book, and if you haven't already listened to Hannah's tapes on YouTube, then you should go do that right now! The username is Hannahsfriend13 Go now! Scoot!

My Favorite Quotes:
"Now, why would a dead girl lie?
Hey! That sounds like a joke. Why would a dead girl lie? Answer: Because she can't stand up."

"Oops. Did you catch that? I said, "Hannah Baker is." Can't say that anymore."

"And sometimes, a rumor based on a kiss has a snowball effect.
A rumor, based on a kiss, is just the beginning."

"And what about you--the rest of you--did you notice the scars you left behind?"

"Because most of them can't be seen with the naked eye."

"I guess that's the point of it all. No one knows for certain how much impact they have on the lives of other people. Oftentimes, we have no clue. Yet we push it just the same."

"When you try rescuing someone and discover they can't be reached, why would you ever throw that back in their face?"

"But does that diminish any of your stories? Are your stories any less meaningful because I'm not telling you everything?
Actually, it magnifies them."

"When you mess with one part of a person's life, you're messing with their entire life."

"Everything. . . affects everything."

"All you really have . . . is now."

"And what was the last thing I said to you? Because trust me, when I said it, I knew it was the last thing I'd ever say."

Did I like this book? It was amazing.
Would I reread it? Yes.
Would I recommend it? Go pick this up now. (It's at Target!)

--What did you think of this review? :D

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Favorite Book Covers Of Books I've Read (In no particular order)

1. Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

2. Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

3. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

4. The Selection by Kiera Cass

5. Die For Me by Amy Plum

6. Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas

7. Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger

8. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

9. Defiance by C.J. Redwine

10. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Book Review: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

What if you only had one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all: looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last.

The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. Living the last day of her life seven times during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death--and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.

Rating Scale (1-10): 10!

My Review: Okay, just give me a moment so I can get control of my emotions! This book got me right in the feels! Why do all of Lauren's book just make me cry and cry and CRY?! She is one amazing, talented author if she makes me feel all these emotions every time I read one of her books. Her writing is so beautiful and amazing and I just love every single word. The sentences are so captivating and flow off the page so easily and just makes you look up to the sky and go, "Wow."

So here is some information about Lauren Oliver from her website: I was born in Queens and raised in Westchester, New York, in a small town very similar to the one depicted in Before I Fall. My parents are both literature professors, and from a very early age, my sister and I were encouraged to make up stories, draw, paint, dance around in costumes, and essentially spend much of our time living imaginatively. Our house was old and full of art and towers and towers of books, and that’s still the kind of house I like best.

I started writing as a way of extending my love of reading; when I read a book I loved, I would continue to write sequels for it (I was inadvertently a fan fic writer, before “fan fiction” was even a term!). Later on, I began working on my own stories, and keeping company with a lot of imaginary friends.

I pursued literature and philosophy at the University of Chicago, and then moved back to New York to attend NYU’s MFA program in creative writing. I simultaneously began working at Penguin Books, in a young adult division called Razorbill, and while there, I started work on Before I Fall. I left in 2009 to pursue writing full-time, and now I happily work in my pajamas every day.
I have a variety of interests apart from writing, including reading, cooking, traveling, dancing, running, and making up weird songs. Some of my favorite things are: being cozy; fires; autumn; fuzzy slippers; very high heels; great wine; dark chocolate; ketchup; pasta. Things I hate: practical shoes, liars, and bananas. I live in Brooklyn, New York, with my best friend and fiancé, Michael.

The major themes in this book are loss and living life to the fullest. On Samantha's last day she tries to make the best decisions possible and doesn't want any regrets. The last of the page was just so beautifully written and might've been my favorite out of the whole book. I love that living your life to the fullest is one of the themes because you never know what's going to happen tonight, or tomorrow, or even in the next 5 minutes.

Character Discussions!

Samantha Kingston: Samantha is one of the popular girls in school that has it all. In the beginning I was a little on the fence about her, but as the story progressed, she began to grow on me. As much as I didn't like her at first, the amount of character development was just amazing. Sam went from not giving a crap about anything to actually caring about what happens to other people.

Kent McFuller: Definitely my second favorite character. He just seemed so darn cute and you could tell from the second that he was introduced in that first scene that he's been in love with Sam since forever. I kept looking forward to the scenes where he was in it. I just LURV him so much!

Lindsay Edgecombe: She was definitely the leader of Mean Girls--or the Plastics--whatever. But Sam and the other two girls followed her as if she were God's gift to the world. I didn't like Lindsay really because I just felt like she was just fake the entire time, but I will admit that she kinda sorta seemed like she's a good best friend. She was there for Samantha when she needed her.

My Random Statement: She makes out with a teacher! Come on! Seriously? That teacher was a total perv! EW!

My Favorite Quotes:

"I guess what I'm saying is there's no point in analyzing it. If you draw a circle. There will always be an inside and an outside, and unless you're a total nut job, it's pretty easy to see which is which."
This quote just reminds of how people say that there is only black and white, no shades of grey.

"A good friend keeps your secrets for you.
A best friend helps you keep your own secrets."

Ah, yes. The unwritten rule of friendships. If you didn't know this already, learn this, people!

"Here's another thing to remember: hope keeps you alive. Even when you're dead, it's the only thing that keeps you alive."
A beautiful Lauren Oliver quote! It got me right in the feels!

"My point is: maybe you can afford to wait. Maybe for you there's a tomorrow. Maybe for you there's one thousand tomorrows, or three thousand, or ten, so much time you can bathe in it, roll around in it, let it slide like coins through your fingers. So much time you can waste it.
But for some of us there's only today. And the truth is, you never really know."

It was so beautiful that it made me cry! I had to read it over and over again before it finally sunk in.

"I suppose that's the secret, if you're ever wishing for things to go back to the way they were. You just have to look up."
A small, sad smile moment.

"So many things become beautiful when you really look."
This quote is pretty self-explanatory. I love it.

"That's when I realized that certain moments go on forever. Even after they're over they still go on, even after you're dead and buried, those moments are lasting still, backward and forward, on into infinity. They are everything and everywhere all at once.
They are the meaning."

This is the page that made me cry! So many emotions!

"I'm not scared, if that's what you're wondering. The moment of death is full of sound and warmth and light, so much light it fills me, absorbs me: a tunnel of light shooting away, arcing up and up and up, and if singing were a feeling it would be this, this light, this lifting, like laughing . . .
The rest you have to find out for yourself."

Tears! Just so many tears! I swear, Lauren Oliver enjoys making me cry!

Did I like this book? Fan-flipping-tastic! Definitely one of my favorites!
Would I reread it? If I was in the mood to shed some tears, this is the book I'd grab!
Would I recommend it? Absolutely! This book was amazing!

My BTW Moment: *slaps forehead* That is what I get for taking so long to read this book! Oh! And this is a school review! That's why it isn't like my other ones. Thanks for reading!
--What did you think of this review? :D

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #6

Hosted @ Breaking the Spine

My choice this week is:
Title: Alienated
Author: Melissa Landers
Expected Publication: February 4th 2014

Interplanetary relations have never been more exciting! The first in a funny, romantic YA sci-fi series.

Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.

But when Cara's classmates get swept up by anti-L'eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn't safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara's locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she's fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.

--What's your WOW of the week? :D

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Book Review: The Elite by Kiera Cass

Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.

Rating Scale (1-10): 8.5

My Review: This is not what I expected at all. No! Don't get me wrong, The Elite was freaking amazing and definitely had me reeling hours after I finished it, but there were so many things that happened that pissed me that made this book less than a 10. The Elite was definitely one of my most anticipated reads of the year and I can't help but be a little disappointed. Okay, so most of you must have noticed that in romance novels, everything is all flowers and sunshine in the first book, but in the second book all these problems come up and it's an almost kinda sorta kind of romance. That's exactly what happened in this sequel.

After I bought this, I must've stared at the cover all the way home. It's so beautiful! And that dress! Oh, that dress. I love that we get to see America's face now (I'm assuming that's America. Am I wrong? I don't know.). I'm sure I'd give my left pinky finger for that dress. And I love her hair! It's just so pretty

Okay, so the action mainly consisted of the rebels attacking the palace time and time again. And I have to say, they did a pretty good job with these attacks. Not that I'm supporting them or anything but if I were on their side, I'd applaud. There was a lot of shooting and running and hiding. Oh! I think you guys would like to know this! (I don't know if its a spoiler or not but whatever!) There is a cat fight! America slaps the shit out of Celeste! I remember putting the book down and cheering. I was like, "You go, girl!" Lol this is the second time Celeste has been slapped in The Selection. I have a feeling it's not going to be the last.

The romance was such a disappointment to me. At the very beginning, it was all cute and happy and I just loved it. But then as the story progressed, it got worse. I wanted more Maxon and America swoony moments. But did I get them? Yeah, kind of, but it wasn't what I wanted. There was so much fighting between them and then he started falling for Kriss because she made him a card. A freaking card!


America Singer: She is so incredibly indecisive the whole time! I think when she finally realized she was being stupid was during the last scene of the book. I still think she's a pretty good protagonist, but when you piss her off, she comes at you guns blazing. Like that incident with the castes, I seriously just wanted to yell at her.

Maxon: I liked him a lot less in this book. He was still the sweet, loving Maxon we all know from the first book, but after everything that happened (especially with Kriss and Celeste), I just didn't like him as much as before. I get it, it's a competition and its expected of him to mess around with the other girls, but me being Maxerica (I just made that up right now), I didn't like it!

Aspen: Just as my love for Maxon decreased, my love for Aspen increased. Just a little bit though! I am still Team Maxon all the way! Aspen just has that pure hatred for anyone in the upper castes, and that just starts to get annoying after a while. Also! During the entire book, he, not only endangers his own life (!), but also puts America's life in danger! WTH?!?

Marlee: I was heartbroken when it came to Marlee. She was definitely one of my favorite characters. After the pain she endured, it's nice to see that she is happy now. Maxon was able to provide a life she would be happy with.

Queen Amberly: We did see a little more of her in this book, but I can't say whether I like her or not.

King Clarkson: Let's just say that this guy is so off my Christmas list.

My Random Statement: I think I would be the third person to slap the hell out of Celeste!

No quotes this time! Sorry! Next time!

Did I like this book? I am in love with this series!
Would I reread it? Yes!
Would I recommend it. Only if you read The Selection first!

--What did you think of this review? :D

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Cover Reveal: Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout

He’s arrogant, domineering, and… To. Die. For.
Hunter is a ruthless killer. And the Department of Defense has him firmly in their grasp, which usually doesn’t chafe too badly because he gets to kill bad guys. Most of the time he enjoys his job. That is, until he’s saddled with something he’s never had to do before: protect a human from his mortal enemy.
Serena Cross didn’t believe her best friend when she claimed to have seen the son of a powerful senator turn into something…unnatural. Who would? But then she witnesses her friend’s murder at the hands of what can only be an alien, thrusting her into a world that will kill to protect their secret.
Hunter stirs Serena’s temper and her lust despite their differences. Soon he’s doing the unthinkable—breaking the rules he’s lived by, going against the government to keep Serena safe. But are the aliens and the government the biggest threats to Serena’s life…or is it Hunter?

The book will be releasing on 5/31/2013 with Entangled's Covet line.

About the Author:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
--What did you think of this cover? :D

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Book Review: Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi

Perfect for the fans of Shatter Me who are desperately awaiting the release of Unravel Me, this novella-length digital original will bridge the gap between these two novels from the perspective of the villain we all love to hate, Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

In Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me, Juliette escaped from The Reestablishment by seducing Warner—and then putting a bullet in his shoulder. But as she’ll learn in Destroy Me, Warner is not that easy to get rid of. . .

Back at the base and recovering from his near-fatal wound, Warner must do everything in his power to keep his soldiers in check and suppress any mention of a rebellion in the sector. Still as obsessed with Juliette as ever, his first priority is to find her, bring her back, and dispose of Adam and Kenji, the two traitors who helped her escape. But when Warner’s father, The Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment, arrives to correct his son’s mistakes, it’s clear that he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner simply cannot allow.

Set after Shatter Me and before its forthcoming sequel, Unravel Me, Destroy Me is a novella told from the perspective of Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

Rating Scale (1-10): 10!

My Review: Tahereh is such an amazing author! The second I finished Shatter Me, I've been dying to get my hands on Unravel Me! And now I have!! Yippee! (Yes, I just said "Yippee".) When I found out that there was a novella between the first and second book, I knew I had to read it before I went anywhere near Unravel Me.

The cover is gorgeous! I just love all the colors and how the eye (is it weird to just say one eye?) is all closed and looks like its crying. It's just so cool! Gorgeous!

Not much romance in the book besides the fact that Warner is obsessing about Juliette every second of every day. He finds her journal and reads nearly every word. Some of it he can't really understand so he tries to decipher it like they're secret nuclear war codes. I thought it was pretty high on the creep-o-meter at first, but I guess it's a good thing he's getting into her head and seeing the way she saw things while she was in the asylum.

Characters! (I'm only talking about 2.)

Warner: This whole novella is from his POV and I guess it was to show that Warner does actually have a heart. Too bad for him because I definitely know which side of the love triangle I'm on! Yeah, but he's almost cool now.

Warner's Dad: Can I just slap this guy? I never thought I'd see the day where I would want to protect Warned, but when it comes to his dad . . . Geez. This guy really needs a nice good kick to the zipper part of his pants!

Did I like this book? Yeppers!
Would I reread it? Probably.
Would I recommend it? Definitely! Read it before Unravel Me!

Book Review: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he's heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen — literally, ouch! — both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma's gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom . . .

Told from both Emma and Galen's points of view, here is a fish-out-of-water story that sparkles with intrigue, humor, and waves of romance.

Rating Scale (1-10): 9.5

My Review: Ohmysweetgoodness, this book was so fan-flipping-tastic! (Lol did you see what I just did there? Emma loves to say that.) I read this book last summer and decided to reread for you guys. Yes, all of you. Lol okay I'll stop. But reading it over again just reminded me of how much I love this book. This is the book that started my crazy mermaid mania frenzy!

The cover is just gorgeous and I love it. So I'm guessing that the girl on the cover is Emma. And I just love the fact that she's underwater. It's just so beautiful and I love all the colors of the water!

Action and plot! It was awesome and amazing and creative and--did I mention awesome?--freaking fantastic! There wasn't much fighting or stuff like that which means there isn't much action. You know, besides the punching and the encounter with a shark that was really suspense-y.

The romance was too cute and maybe a little frustrating. During almost the whole book I was just like, "CAN YOU GUYS JUST GET TOGETHER ALREADY?!" Of course, like every other romance book, they eventually do and it's just so freaking adorable!


Emma: She is so funny! Emma is definitely a likable protagonist. One thing that I wasn't too crazy about was the fact that she was so incredibly stubborn. She's one of those protagonist that if you tell her not to do something, then she does it just to piss you off. Eh. Kinda sound like me. Lol.

Galen: Hottest. Merman. Ever. I love this guy! If only I could jump in this book and have him for myself.

Rayna: At first I was like, No! She's a bitch! This is Galen's sister and she's so freaking mean that I hated her right away! But then eventually she started becoming okay. Her and Toraf are so cute!

Toraf: He was such a perfect addition to the story! There's always that one guy in the book that's the best friend and he's hilarious. I just love how he's been in love with Rayna since they were little kids (or fingerlings as they say in the book).

My Random Statement: Ugh! That cliffhanger! I can totally picture Anna Bank's evil author laugh as she wrote that!

My Favorite Quotes: "Worst-case scenario, they saw me totter like an intoxicated walrus into this complete stranger because I was looking for a place to park our beach stuff."

"but then again, Cinderella wasn't as clumsy as an intoxicated walrus."

"I also try to decide what kind of flowers I'll bring to her funeral after I strangle the life from her body."

"But he wouldn't tell me, so I tackled him."

"But if that someone has a body that could make sculpted statues jealous--and thinks you've broken your nose on one of his pecs--well, that's when tripping runs a distant second to humane euthanasia."

"I need to know where Jersey is and if I have enough money to buy it."

"I handle it with the grace of a rhino on stilts."

Did I like this book? Ehmergerd yes!
Would I reread it? I've read it like, 3 times already.
Would I recommend it? Absolutely positively!