Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Book Review: A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

Whitley Johnson's dream summer with her divorcé dad has turned into a nightmare. She's just met his new fiancée and her kids. The fiancée's son? Whitley's one-night stand from graduation night. Just freakin' great.

Worse, she totally doesn't fit in with her dad's perfect new country-club family. So Whitley acts out. She parties. Hard. So hard she doesn't even notice the good things right under her nose: a sweet little future stepsister who is just about the only person she's ever liked, a best friend (even though Whitley swears she doesn't "do" friends), and a smoking-hot guy who isn't her least, not yet. It will take all three of them to help Whitley get through her anger and begin to put the pieces of her family together.

Filled with authenticity and raw emotion, Whitley is Kody Keplinger's most compelling character to date: a cynical Holden Caulfield-esque girl you will wholly care about.

Rating Scale (1-10): 8

My Review: Kody Keplinger has quickly become one of my automatic buy authors. I love her writing style and her hilarious characters. This book has definitely become one of my favorite summer reads.

Okay so this is one of those times where I'm not too crazy about the cover. Don't get wrong, I don't hate it. I don't like it or hate it. I don't know what it is with Kody Keplinger's books and all the close of the girls.

Plot! Okay, so Whitley's just graduated from high school and she's spending the summer with her dad. But then she finds out that everything is changing. Her dad is engaged and the fiancée's kid happens to be the one-night stand from that graduation party. So, like it says above, Whitley parties hard. And eventually, she realizes all the great things she has in this new life. Like, an awesome best friend, an adorable little stepsister, and a hot new--to-be--stepbrother.


Whitley: I was super annoyed with her during the entire first half of the book. I'll admit, at times she had me laughing with her snarkiness, but other than that, no. She goes through a lot of character development, and I'm so glad she did, because otherwise I don't think I would've liked the book as much. By the end of the book, she's still her snarky, cynical self, but she's a lot better about it.

Nathan: He was just so darn cute! Okay, maybe cute isn't the right word. Sexy, smoking hot, gorgeous, sizzling . . . Okay, okay. I'm done. You get my point anyway. Nathan's one of those really hot nerdy guys who sleeps on Star Wars sheets and is definitely not ashamed about it.

Harrison: Oh God, this guy was my favorite character throughout the entire book! He was hilarious and had me laughing every time he was in a scene. I would love this guy as my best friend. It doesn't hurt that he's smokin' hot either.

Bailey: She was so cute! Just that adorable little sister you can never say no to.

My Randomness Moment: I loved that Nathan had a Darth Vader bobblehead in this room! It was so funny and just shows how nerdy he is! I want a Darth Vader bobblehead. Hmmmm . . . I wonder if that shows how nerdy I am.

My Favorite Quotes:

"She could bitch to a houseplant just as well as she could to me."

"It was like a bad made-for-TV movie. Poor little widow meets successful local celebrity. Then it's all flowers and sunshine in suburbia. Ew."

"Of course I'm not comfortable, you Stepford Wife. This is, like, my worst nightmare."

"What the hell? Okay. It was time for a subject change."

"If her man was eye-raping teenagers, he ought to be doing the hard labor. Pervert."

"Somehow, though, Nathan didn't strike me as the type. Maybe it was the Spider-Man comforter on his bed or the Darth Vader bobblehead on his shelf, but he seemed to be more needy than pervy."

"Yeah, that's my name, I thought. Get to the point."

"I tried to think of something else, something disgusting. Anything that would be a major turnoff.
Like dead kittens.
Or spinach.
Yeah. None of that worked."

They're real troublemakers."

"Like a ghost. Gone, but not gone."

"I forced a smile. "Okay. But I'm not watching Bring It On again."
"Damn. I am just so heartbroken by that," he joked."

""You look--"
"Like a giant stick of bubble gum. Yeah, I know."

"When you say epic, are you describing the movies or your shocking level of nerdiness?"

"I want to see that cute little ass shaking right now. You can't fight the music, baby!"

Did I like this book? Yes.
Would I reread it? Probably.
Would I recommend it? If you like Kody Keplinger, then yes. If you like summer contemporaries that aren't cutesy and clichéd, then yes.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Book Review: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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.

Rating Scale (1-10): 9

My Review: So, I've heard from so many reviews and from a lot of people that Half-Blood is really similar to Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. To be honest, when I first read this, I didn't see the similarities; probably because I hadn't read V.A. for a while. But when it was pointed out, I was like, "Oh yeah." Nevertheless, I am still very much in love with this series. I mean, come on! It's Jennifer Armentrout! How can you not love her books?

The cover is so gorgeous and just purple! The flower is so beautiful and when when I read about it in the book, I just about stared at that flower! Definitely one my favorite covers of all time!

So, let's talk about some plot and action! Half-Blood definitely doesn't disappoint in the action department. There are so many kickass scenes There are two different species in the Covenant world. There are the Hematoi, also known as the pure bloods, who are born from Gods and mortals. The half-bloods are the children of pure bloods and mortals. Alex is a half. For three years she's been away from the Covenant and when she comes back, she dreams to become a Sentinel. Now that she's back at the Covenant, she needs to be on her best behavior and not break any rules. But the rule she's having trouble with is Rule #1: You can never be romantically involved with a pure blood.

So the romance was cute and frustrating and steamy! I love Alex and Aiden. They've both been through horrible tragedies. Alex's mom was murdered by daimons right in front of her and it was basically the same case with Aiden. When he was a kid, both of his parents were murdered by daimons, but luckily, him and his brother Deacon survived. They both have such strength that the other needs.

Character Discussions!

Alexandria Andros (Alex): Alex is definitely my favorite female protagonist of all time. She's funny, snarky, sarcastic, and so kickass! I've never loved a character more. Despite everything she's gone through, she's still so strong and she's the type of person that's easily put down.

Aiden St. Delphi: Oh, I definitely this sexy guy is descended from the gods. He was so cute, and sweet, and even funny! Aiden is what Alex has always wanted to be. A Sentinel. I definitely wouldn't mind Aiden being my trainer. He is hot hot hot!!

Caleb Nicolo: Caleb is Alex's best friend and he is hilarious! He was another favorite character of mine throughout the book.

Marcus Andros: This is Alex's uncle that is now the Dean of the Covenant. He grew on me towards the end of the book.

Seth: At first, he's a huge douchecanoe, but he . . . almost . . . grew on me.

My Randomness Moment: I loved the scene where Alex pulls out some of Lea's hair! It was so funny!

My Favorite Quotes:

"I'd be super pissed in the afterlife if I died a virgin in this craphole."

"Blah. Blah. You're gonna kill me. Blah. I know."

"Only titanium would kill a daimon, but I felt confident that being burned alive didn't feel too good."

"Suddenly I entertained a wild idea. I wondered if his lips felt as good as they looked. . . because they looked awesome."

"Would be what---a Cyclops?"

"I rolled my eyes. He made me sound like a cunning criminal about to bring down the entire Covenant."

"You better have had a baby, killed someone, or slept with a pure. Those are your three options. Anything less is totally unacceptable."

"You don't have to. And besides, I don't think I want you shopping for me. I'd end up looking like a stripper."

"I don't want to find out in the morning you burnt down a village while I slept."

"So, what am I learning today? I think we should start with anything that doesn't involve you kicking my ass."

"Try to refrain? As if I has uncontrollable animalistic urges and jumped every half in sight?"

"And don't worry about the shopping. I got some hot chicks to try clothes on for me. Trust me, mutually beneficial day for me."

"One thing I wasn't good at was talking about how I felt. Hell, I wasn't even good at thinking about how I felt."

"Friends don't let friends act like ho-bags."

"'Oh, yes. Please. Can we talk about another hot guy?' Caleb snorted. 'Exactly the thing I want to talk about.'"

"Come to think of it, where in hell is that little ho?"

"I looked down at my own and noted that my legs looked nowhere near as good as hers did. Bitch."

"Illogical? Distraught? Pissed off? Those were a few things I was feeling right now."

"Pissing off the Apollyon probably wasn't the smartest thing to do, but my mood was somewhere between crappy and really crappy."

"Then you would not be upset if I said he was a pompous ass?"

"Oh . . . I'm just saving all of this up for years of therapy later."

"Wow. I have the fingers of death."

"I'm the kung fu master."

"I already had excuses ready if I ran into one of those nurses. I had killer cramps. I'd broken my toe. I'd even say I needed a pregnancy test if it meant I could get to where they had Kain, but I didn't need any of my excuses."

"Alex, you're stating to worry me. Insult me . . . or something."

"I don't care if you can shoot lightning from your hand. I will kick you in the face."

"'If you ever say something that stupid again, I will smother you in your sleep.'
His golden brows rose. 'Little Alex, are you suggesting that we sleep together?'
Stunned by how he came to that conclusion, I lowered the towel. 'What? No!'
'Then how could you smother me in my sleep unless you were in bed with me?' He gave a sly grin. 'Think about it.'
'Oh, shut up.'"

"Rules could suck it."

"Look. What are friends for if they can't share a few hours with psychotic daimons? We can look at it as a bonding experience."

"Try telling me when I don't look like I went to third base with a vampire."

Did I like this book? Really loved!
Would I reread this book? I've already read this book, like, 5 times! What does that tell ya?
Would I recommend it? If you're a fan of Jennifer Armentrout, then I definitely would recommend this one!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Book Review: Daimon by Jennifer L. Armentrout

"Love in my world usually ended up with someone hearing 'I smite thee ' as she was cursed to be some lame flower for the rest of her life." For three years, Alexandria has lived among mortals--pretending to be like them and trying to forget the duty she'd been trained to fulfill as a child of a mortal and a demigod. At seventeen, she's pretty much accepted that she's a freak by mortal standards... and that she'll never be prepared for that duty. According to her mother, that's a good thing.But as every descendant of the gods knows, Fate has a way of rearing her ugly head. A horrifying attack forces Alex to flee Miami and try to find her way back to the very place her mother had warned her she should never return-the Covenant. Every step that brings her closer to safety is one more step toward death... because she's being hunted by the very creatures she'd once trained to kill. The daimons have found her.

Rating Scale (1-10): 9.5

My Review: So, if you guys don't know already, I am a huge fan of Jennifer Armentrout! I've read (almost) all of her books and I have to say that her Covenant series is my absolute favorite. Don't get me wrong, I am so in love with her Lux series, but the Covenant takes the cake. I thought I would reread this series just so I can review them for you guys!

So the cover is just green and so gorgeous! I love the way the flower looks as if its on fire. Definitely one of my favorite covers.

Now it's plot and action time! Since its a prequel, there isn't a lot of action, but it definitely has you expecting that there's going to be some kickass action in the next book. So, Alex and her mom have been on the run from the Covenant for the past 3 years, and she doesn't know why they are. On a perfectly normal day for them, the things Alex had once trained to kill, find her and her mom. A daimon.

There's not much romance except for Alex's boyfriend in the beginning, but that relationship didn't last for very long.

Let's discuss some characters!

Alexandria Andros (Alex): My favorite female protagonist of all time. I'll explain more about why I love her in the Half-Blood review.

Alex's Mom: I loved Alex's mom so much. She was so sweet and motherly and I loved the mother/daughter relationship they had together. It was so cute.

Matt: Alex's boyfriend. He never won me over and I never liked him. I'm so glad they were over in a snap.

No Randomness! Sorry!

My Favorite Quotes:

"I'd always had this thing about being touched. If I didn't touch someone then I believed they shouldn't touch me."

"Actually, I was prone to random acts of stupidity. I considered it to be one of my talents."

"Previously, I'd crushed on a brooding academic who'd written poems on the back of his school books and styled his dyed, jet black hair so it'd covered his hazel eyes. He'd written a song about me. I'd laughed, and that relationship had been over before it got started."

"Normal girls didn't want their boobs mauled either, and I wholly believed if they could've landed a fist like I could, they would have."

"Even now, I wanted to spin-kick myself in my face for that one. I was like a walking romance novel character, thinking love conquers everything and all that crap. Sure. Love in my world usually ended up with someone hearing "I smite thee!" as she was cursed to be some lame flower for the rest of her life."

"He hadn't seen me make a big deal yet."

"I caught his arm. "Was your mom a gardner?" I asked innocently.
"What?" Ren's mouth hung open slightly.
"Because a face like yours belongs planted on the ground.""

""Oh." I smiled as I faced him fully. "It's on like Donkey Kong."

"I thought his name was Mitch?"

"With or without a purpose, you're a very special girl. Don't ever forget that."

"A quick glimpse at my reflection in the tiny bathroom mirror while I stripped confirmed I looked like Chewbacca."

"Death by flowerpot would be a hell of a way to go."

"Half-bloods were known for their agility and grace, not for tripping over things."

"Great, I thought, I'm being robbed by unorganized criminals. Someone's definitely getting stabbed and it's probably going to be me."

"Surviving a daimon attack only to have my throat slashed for a few hundred dollars? Dammit, people sucked."

"I will survive this."

Did I like this book? It's a part of my favorite series, so, uh, YEAH!
Would I reread it? I've already read Daimon, like, a bunch of times.
Would I recommend it? Yes! If you're thinking about reading the Covenant series, this is the one you should start with.

- What did you think of this review? :D

Friday, July 19, 2013

Book Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length . . . everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world. . . . and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

Rating Scale (1-10): 10!!

My Review: I feel like the last person to read Clockwork Angel, and now that I've read it, I want to kick myself! This book was sooooo good! There's just something about Cassandra Clare's writing and the world she creates that makes it so compelling and just has you so engrossed in the story that you just can't put it down. I'm so excited to start Clockwork Prince, it's just sitting on my shelf waiting for me to pick it up.

The cover is gorgeous, of course. I mean, come on, that's Will Herondale on the cover. Why wouldn't it be beautiful? I love how the clockwork angel that Tessa wears is on the cover, too.

Plot and action! Come on, it's the Shadowhunter world! There's always going to be action and of course it's going to be kickass. Anyways, Tessa comes to London to live with her brother after their aunt has passed away and gets kidnapped by the Dark Sisters. Tessa quickly finds out that she has the power to transform. As in, shapeshift into other people. The Dark Sisters are saving her for the Magister, who wants her--ahem, I mean her power--desperately.

So there are two love interests in Clockwork Angel: Jem Carstairs and Will Herondale. I had a difficult time deciding which guy I loved more because Jem is so sweet and cute and just plain amazing. Although, Will can be sweet and cute when he wants to be, he takes the cake because he was just so funny. Nearly all of the quotes I picked out were what Will said. I loved the way Tessa interacted with Will and definitely snapped at him when he was a bit out of line or really annoying. Without a doubt now, I am so Team Will!

Character Discussions!

Tessa Gray: Okay, so Tessa isn't a bad character, I just kind of wished she had fought a little more. Don't get me wrong, I liked her, she was a pretty cool character and I would love to see what happens with her in the next couple of books. My favorite thing about her was that she absolutely loved to read! She got so excited about books and that's the same way I am! So yeah, I think we could be best friends.

Will Herondale: I already talked a little bit about him above, but let's refresh. Will is a gorgeous, swoon-worthy, hilarious guy that can be a huge douchecanoe when he wants to be. He definitely was a complex character because he wants people to think he's an ass, and he does a pretty good job of convincing people that is, but in reality, he's not that way. Lol okay, so long story short, I want to marry this guy.

Jem Carstairs: I loved Jem! He was so sweet and definitely an example of a guy not having to be snarky (like, Mr. Herondale) to be totally attractive to girls. Mr. Nice Guy over here and I am absolutely in love with him. I want Will and Jem both and they will both have to deal with it.

Jessamine Lovelace: I'm really not that fond of Jessamine. She's was just so bitchy most of the time that I really wanted to slap her. I kept comparing her to Isabelle from TMI throughout this whole book, but I just liked Isabelle a lot more.

Charlotte: She was so nice and just the mother figure of all the Shadowhunters. Even to Tessa, which I found so sweet.

Henry: Charlotte's husband. He was just so cute with his gadgets and being all inventor-y!

My Randomness: Magnus Bane makes an appearance here! And when I saw his name, I literally screamed his name and kinda sorta dropped my book. Lol so yeah my mom looked at me weird for the rest of the night.

My Favorite Quotes:

"Nice place to live, isn't it? Let's hope they left something behind other than filth. Forwarding addresses, a few severed limbs, a prostitute or two . . ."

""They ate it too," Will reminisced. "Bloodthirsty little beasts. Never trust a duck.""

""Were you thinking about eating me?" Will inquired."

"Thomas! We must away at once to the nearest brothel! I seek scandal and low companionship."

""You know," Gabriel said, "there was a time I thought we could be friends, Will."
"There was a time I thought I was a ferret," Will said, "but that turned out to be the opium haze. Did you know it had that effect? Because I didn't.""

"Drowning yourself won't help, she told herself sternly. Now, drowning Will on the other hand . . ."

"Anger, Tessa thought, was satisfying in its own way, when you gave into it. There was something peculiarly gratifying about shouting in a blind rage until your words ran out."

Did I like this book? Absolutely!
Would I reread it? Probably. I'll always need more of Will Herondale.
Would I recommend it? Duh!

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Diva by Jillian Larkin: Paperback Release & Giveaway!

Hey, guys! Hope everything is good in all your book loving lives! Have you read some awesome books lately? Yeah? Yeah? No? Well, nevertheless you should definitely leave some recommendations for me!

Anyways! Let's talk about the real reason for this post. As you know from the title, it's a GIVEAWAY! My fellow book blogger Liana from Bookaholic-ness~ is having a giveaway for a series that she loves!

Jazz . . . Booze . . . Boys . . . It’s a dangerous combination. It's 1923, and anything goes

Liana will be giving away the third installment in the series, which is Diva! The point of this giveaway is to celebrate the paperback release of this book. So you haven't yet read this series, you should definitely be picking it up. The cover is so gorgeous, if I do say so myself!

The only terms & conditions are that you must be living in the USA! Now go forth and enter this awesome giveaway!

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Book Review: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

Rating Scale (1-10): 9

My Review: Well, it seems to me that I've been reading nothing but amazing books! And believe me, that is OKAY with moi! I actually picked up this book because of all the hype I'd heard about it, and yes okay I was a little hesitant to start this one because I just, well I'm gonna be honest here, I really didn't want to. It was just one of those books where it's on my shelf and I plan on reading it, I just don't exactly feel like it yet. I want to kick myself for that! For not reading this sooner! The Darkest Minds was an amazing book and it was soooo good! I'll explain why I love this book below!

I'll be honest, I'm not too crazy about the cover. It wasn't what I expected for a YA book. Although it does fit the book perfectly, the cover is dark and mysterious and creepy and just represents the book very well.

So the action was actually pretty impressing. And so was the plot! Ruby is classified at Thurmond as a Green, but she's the only one that knows the truth about herself (ha, no I'm not going to tell you) . She escapes Thurmond with the Children's League, and then quickly escapes them, and joins a small group on a journey of their own. Liam, Chubs, and Zu are looking for a safe haven for children like them--ones with abilities--called East River. I don't think I can really say any more without giving anything away. But yeah, the action was awesome and definitely kept me on the edge of my seat.

The romance was just perfect and so cute! I loved the relationship Liam and Ruby had with each other. They're such strong characters and together, they just made each other stronger. The snippy banter they had was funny and absolutely adorable. I'm not so sure that I would like this book as much if there weren't any romance.

Now let's discuss characters!

Ruby: She was such a fantastic protagonist! Ruby was strong and definitely had a lot of character development throughout the book. In the beginning she couldn't even stand up for herself and but the end, she was so kickass and awesome!

Liam: Liam has now been added to my Book Boyfriend list! I loved every time he called Ruby darlin' and Ruby Tuesday! He was such an amazing leader and he cared so much about the people in his little group. I definitely want my own Liam.

Chubs: So, at first Chubs wasn't my favorite person. But of course, he grew on me. He was funny and snarky at times, and then a total butthole at other times, but he cools. He's definitely that type of guy that pretends he doesn't care but he totally does.

Zu: She is such a cute little girl and you have no choice but to love her!

My Random Statement: I definitely want to be a Blue! Liam and Chubs abilities are so awesome and I want them!

My Favorite Quotes:

"I was still stuck in my own world of sunshine, ponies, and my race car collection."

"Dreaming led to disappointment, and disappointment to a kind of depressed funk that wasn't easy to shake. Better to stay in the gray than eaten by the dark."

"I'm not sure who she thought she was fooling with her sweet little B.S., but it wasn't me."

"It was the first true sign of life we'd seen in all of our driving--most likely because we were cruising down Dead Man's Highway in the middle of Butt-Freaking Nowhere--but that single truck was enough to scare Cate."

"Maybe if I'm lucky, you'll drown yourself in it."

"That was not like riding a bike, you asshole!"

""Thank you, Chuckles," Liam cut in, "for that rousing burst of optimism.""

""Thanks," Liam said. "You're the best, Mother Teresa.""

""Fat chance," Chubs grumbled. "The woman is a Terminator.""

"He wore his thought plain as day on his face: You're still here?
I shrugged. Deal with it."

"Thanks, Ruby Tuesday."

""You okay?" He asked.
"Fine," I said. "Pissed. You?"
"Fine. Pissed.""

"I'm sorry, did I stutter?"

"The only thing the ramshackle group had in common, outside of their pool of food and an alarming pile of firearms and knives, was their camp in New York, which they lovingly referred to only as "Satan's Ass Crack.""

""You have two seconds to tell me you're kidding," I said, "or I'm punching you in the face.""

"Okay, Charles. Charlie? Chuck? Chip?"

"When a girl cries, few things are more worthless than a boy. Having two of them just meant that they stared at each other helplessly instead of at me."

"We wanted you yesterday, we want you today, and we'll want you tomorrow. There's nothing you could do to change that."

"Did I? The memory was milky and distorted, like I was glimpsing someone else's dream. "Angry man," I said. "Rifle. Ruby's head. Ouch.""

"". . .crackers . . . " a voice breathed out behind us, "yessss . . .""

"Time to carpe the hell out of this diem."

"Any day now, Marian Librarian."

Did I like this book? Yes! Absolutely!
Would I reread it? I plan on it!
Would I recommend it? I recommend that you read this now!

--So what did you think of this review? :D

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Book Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she's beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.

Rating Scale (1-10): 8

My Review: The Distance Between Us, though not a book set in summer, is the perfect summer read. I'll admit it was a bit cliché for my taste, but somehow I still loved it. Kasie West's writing was flow-y and very easy to get in to. This is the first book I've read from Kasie and I know that she currently has a paranormal book called Pivot Point. I have it on my Nook and now that I've read her contemporary, I'm excited to start it.

The cover is exactly what I expected for a contemporary and it's perfect. It's cute and looks very romantic. I'm guessing that's Xander and Caymen on the cover; the thing that makes me laugh is Cander is all rich and stuff and he looks all casual while Caymen looks super pretty in that fancy-ish dress (a dress that I want, by the way). Is it bad that I keep looking at her shoes? They're just so cute! I want them!

So, since there's no action in this book, we'll just talk about the plot. In Caymen's town, there are two types of people: the rich, and the people who sell things to the rich. Caymen falls into the second category. In the very beginning of the book, a boy her age walks into her and her mother's doll store, and from one glance, Caymen could already that he's oozing rich. And everything goes downhill from there! This one was not an insta-love! relationship and I think that's what made me love it. That there was no rush in the romance; they were friends first. Of course there were obstacles, what good book doesn't have them? Obstacles like his friends, her friends, his parents, her mom, and a couple more things I won't mention.

Like I said before, there was no rush in the romance. It was a bit of flirty fun between the two characters. They were so adorable together and their "career days" seemed like such a fun idea. They were absolutely fantastic together and their snippy banter went along so perfectly.

Let's talk about the characters now!

Caymen: She was my favorite character throughout the whole book. She was funny, and sarcastic, and I just loved her humor! She's such a strong character and I loved how she was there for her mom and would do anything for her. The mother/daughter relationship they had was touching. The thing I loved mostly about her is that she uses jokes as a defense mechanism and that kinda sorta reminds me as myself.

Xander Spence: I love this guy! He's so cute, and thoughtful, and creative, and I just want him to be mine! He just had the right kind of patience and tolerance that it takes to be with Caymen. And he actually really liked her a lot, which I found SO cute! I want my own real-life Xander.

Caymen's Mom: Very secretive, but in the end, a mom that loves her daughter more than anything. I didn't like her at first, but then she kind of grew on me.

My Random Statement: Pre-sipped hot chocolate does actually seem a little gross. Although if it's Xander the one doing, I don't think I'll have a problem with it.

My Favorite Quotes:

"Theirs say, 'I want to steal your soul so don't turn your back on us.'"

"No, they threatened to release the souls of past customers. We couldn't have that."

"Would it be wrong if I sicced one of the dolls on him?"

""My mom says before I turn eighteen she still has the right to murder me." My mom always tells me to blame it on her if I am ever in an uncomfortable situation. It seems to work well."

"Note to self: Caymen is very good at sarcasm."

"Sorry, I got caught in a thorny vine and had to untangle myself from its clutches."

"Am I your required dose of daily abuse?"

""You've looked him up?"
"I had to. I might need a kidney one day.""

"Hi, I'm stranger one and this is stranger two. Are you uncomfortable yet?"

"Sean raises one eyebrow when he sees us, probably thinking, Didn't we all agree that this boy is too pretty?"

Did I like this book? Love.
Would I reread it? Well, of course. I need my daily dose of Xander Spence.
Would I recommend it? If you're a fan of contemporary books, you definitely need to pick this one up.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Book Review: Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger

Seventeen-year-old Vane Weston has no idea how he survived the category five tornado that killed his parents. And he has no idea if the beautiful, dark-haired girl who’s swept through his dreams every night since the storm is real. But he hopes she is.

Seventeen-year-old Audra is a sylph, an air elemental. She walks on the wind, can translate its alluring songs, and can even coax it into a weapon with a simple string of commands. She’s also a guardian—Vane’s guardian—and has sworn an oath to protect Vane at all costs. Even if it means sacrificing her own life.

When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both of their families, Audra’s forced to help Vane remember who he is. He has a power to claim—the secret language of the West Wind, which only he can understand. But unlocking his heritage will also unlock the memory Audra needs him to forget. And their greatest danger is not the warriors coming to destroy them—but the forbidden romance that’s grown between them.

Rating Scale (1-10): 8.5

My Review: Holy cow! Ho-ly cow! Guys! Guys, this book was fantastic! This is the second time I've read it and I still love every single part of it. It never ceases to amaze me. The writing, the plot and concept, the romance, and the characters were absolutely amazing. Shannon Messenger is such a breathtaking author. She pulled me in right away and had me in love with the characters with a quick wave of her pen.

The cover is so beautiful. The second I saw it, I knew I had to have this in my hands. The clouds look so beautiful and magical. The way Vane and Audra are on the cover is actually a scene in the book and I remember, "Hey! That's on the cover! Cool!"

Plot and action! Absolutely amazing! Audra makes a mistake and due to that, the people-or should I say, Stormers--that have been after Vane for years, now know exactly where he is and are coming for him. Audra is Vane's guardian and knows she will go to any lengths to protect him. She is one badass guardian; she will do whatever it takes to survive. I loved the concepts of the winds. There are four types of winds: the Notherlies, Southerlies, Easterlies, and Westerlies. Audra is an Easterly while Vane is the very last of his kind: a Westerly. She has to train him to fight, and during the battle, as a last resort, Audra is prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice.

The romance was a bit frustrating, but nevertheless, I loved every single moment of Vane and Audra together. Vane does nothing to hide his feelings from Audra, but she's so broken that she's convinced that once he finds out her secret, he'll never feel the same way about her. She tells herself that she doesn't want him, but come on. Who can resist Vane Weston? Um, no one! That's who!

Character Discussions!

Audra: Like I said before, Audra is one badass guardian. For the last 10 years, she's been alone, hidden in the shadows while protecting Vane. Her father is dead and the relationship she has with her mother isn't so great. Her mother blames her for her father's death. Audra carries so much guilt and the more I got to know her, the more my heart broke for her. She was such a strong character and I'm excited to read more about her in the next book.

Vane Weston: Hot hot hottie! Although I loved Audra, I found myself looking forward to reading from Vane's POV. He was funny, and snarky, and he's definitely my new book boyfriend. Vane's been through a lot in his life, both of biological parents are dead, but he knows that his adoptive parents love him with everything they are. He was such a determined and strong character, and believe me, he's a stubborn one, too. But to make up for it, he's definitely swoon-worthy.

Arella: Audra's mom. You don't even want to get me started.

My Random Statement: Does anyone else sing Adele's Skyfall when they read the title? Don't tell me I'm the only one.

My Favorite Quotes:
"And don't watch me sleep--it's creepy,"

"Wait--what am I doing?
Right, mental inventory of last night."

"Part of me wants to slam the window, lock it tight, and crawl back under the covers. Maybe I'll even put up a sign that says Don't come back unless you're wearing the sexy dress."

"I'm not about to admit I got beat up by a skinny girl."

"Besides feeling like an idiot for sitting in a burned-down house at five-freaking-a.m., holding out my hand like it's some sort of deformed claw . . . not a whole lot."

"It isn't until a fly almost zips into my mouth that I realize my jaw's hanging open."

"I'm Vane Weston: The Last Westerly.
Great--it sounds like something out of an anime cartoon."

Awesome name."

"Note to self: Steal and destroy her jacket as soon as possible."

"my mom says, biting her lip like she's worried we might feel the uncontrollable urge to rip each other's clothes off the second we get near a bed."

"Sheesh, one hot girl walks into the house and all trust vanishes."

"I want to say more, but my dad's joined my mom at my bedroom door, and while he doesn't have her look of nervous terror, he looks like when he's watching the Discovery Channel.
Aren't the mating habits of teenagers fascinating, honey?"

"Her tone's light--but I know she's really saying, "I don't believe your story. Let me poke holes in it.""

"My mom's grinning her my little boy is growing up smile and my dad looks like he wants to pat me on the back and call me "slugger."
Parents: perfecting ways to humiliate their children since the dawn of time."

"If she starts crying, I'm going to smother myself with my pillow."

""Mom," I complain, ready to bean her with my pillow. Or maybe the bedside table lamp."

"Aaaaaaaaaand, there it is.
I shoot her my best I really don't want to talk about this look. She doesn't take the hint."

"Mental note: Bring a Sharpie to training next time."

"I can't believe I made a tornado. A really tiny, wimpy one--but still. A tornado!"

"Epic Vane fail."

"But then my phone vibrated and I realized the first step to taking back my life was right there, in my hands. Well, in my butt pocket--but still."

"The waitress delivers our food, and I smile when I see the giant bowl of pasta she sets in front of Hannah. A girl who eats when she's hungry. Score one for Hannah."

"I stare at my plate, wondering if I can stab myself to death with my butter knife."

"I don't pull away. I might even lean into her hand as ten thousand sparks shoot through my skin at her touch. What can I say? I'm weak."

"Then she fumbles with the seat belt for a hilarious amount of time, twisting it all kinds of wrong ways. "How does this infernal device work?" she finally asks."

"Huh--I'm actually figuring her out.

"She's probably referring to the fact that I've rested my head in her lap. Hey, when I see an opportunity, I take it."

"I'm insanely grateful Audra slept through that little experiment. I probably look constipated."

"Arella clears her throat, ruining the moment.
She's begging to be tackled."

"Dammit--why can't I be more flexible?"

"Arella gasps.
Yeah--that's right. Let's not forget who's the last freaking Westerly here."

Did I like this book? LOVE LOVE LOVED!
Would I reread it? Already have, and I definitely will be reading it again.
Would I recommend it? Definitely. This is a must-read.

Waiting on Wednesday #7

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases we can't wait to get our hands on.

My choice this week is:
Title: Let the Storms Break (Sky Fall #2)
Author: Shannon Messenger
Expected Publication: March 4th 2014

Vane Weston is haunted. By the searing pull of his bond to Audra. By the lies he's told to cover for her disappearance. By the treacherous winds that slip into his mind, trying to trap him in his worst nightmares. And as his enemies grow stronger, Vane doesn’t know how much longer he can last on his own.

--What's your WOW of the week?

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday

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

Top Ten Most Intimidating Books
(might be intimated by size, content, that everyone else loves it but you are sure you won't etc) (in no particular order)

1. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
I've read the entire Vampire Academy series and I loved each and every book. I'm just afraid that this spin-off series won't live up to my expectations or be as good as Rose's story.

2. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
The Infernal Devices trilogy has gotten a lot of hype. Like the previous book, I'm afraid that this series won't be as good as TMI. Yeah, yeah, a lot of people say that it's even better than TMI, but I'm still a little scared.

3. Legend by Marie Lu
My friends and bloggers that I follow have all said that this was amazing and I should definitely give it a shot. Believe me, I want to, but I haven't had the chance. And again, I'm scared!

4. The Host by Stephanie Meyer
Need I explain? Have you seen how big this book is?

5. Crossed by Ally Condie
I own the whole Matched series and I quite enjoyed the first one, but I've heard a lot of negative reviews about Crossed. So, naturally, it sits on my bookshelf gathering dust.

6. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
Have you seen the size of this book?! Come on, someone tell me I'm not the only one afraid to read this.

7. Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers
I loved Grave Mercy and I loved reading from Ismae's point of view. I'm not exactly a fan of Sybella so I'm not so sure I want to read from her POV.

8. Everneath by Brodi Ashton
I've heard mixed things about this one so. . . yeah, you know.

9. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
It's supposed to be this epic romance, but I've seen the movie (like 15 times), so I'm not so sure I want to read it. Since its written a while back, I don't think I'll really like it.

10. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Once again, I've heard mixed things, so for right now, I'm keeping my distance.

--What are your top ten most intimidating books?