Thursday, January 31, 2013

Divergent By Veronica Roth

Divergent by Veronica Roth


GoodsReads Synopsis:

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

Bobbi’s Thoughts:

I went into this book with zero knowledge about the story. All I was told was that it was semi-similar to The Hunger Game, which is one of my all time favorite series and that I would probably like it due to the main character being a chick. I love the heroine types :P

Off the bat I knew this was going to be an enjoyable read for me. I love the whole different society  and government with some conspiracy going on (sound familiar?) Veronica Roth, the author does a beautiful job in the beginning setting up the society making it east to understand that different factions and why one would choose one of the other. I found it fun to role play with main character Beatrice, or Tris as she changes her name later in the book, because Tris is any easy character to either relate to or imagine yourself being in her shoes. Honestly I think the concept of being able to relate to Tris or imagining yourself in the story is really what sold me on this story. Over the plot of the story you see Tris transform from a dainty little girl who in most cases was over looked to a girl who can take care of herself, conquer her fears and overall kick some butt!

The one but tiny tiny part that semi annoyed me was the love story between Four and Tris. While I absolutely loveeeeee Four’s character I felt there feelings for each other moved a little too quickly, but considering where the story goes I can see why Roth made the story line the way it is. I do hope in the sequel, Insurgent, there is a little conflict between Four and Tris. I feel it will add for an interesting dynamic :] Four’s character will easily become one of my favorite guy characters :P

Anyone who enjoyed The Hunger Games will most certainly enjoy Divergent. There are many similarities; different society and government, factions vs districts, quest for power, conspiracy, ect. Yet Roth was able to emerge her readers in an entirely new idea even with those similarities.

5/5 birdies Must Read!
<3 Bobbi

Fire Country (Country Saga #1)

Fire Country (Country Saga, #1)Fire Country (Country Saga #1)
by David Estes
Format: 398 pages
Expected publication: February 1st 2013
Source: Review Copy
Author: Website | Goodreads | Twitter
Purchase: Smashwords | Amazon | B&N 

Goodreads Synopsis:
In a changed world where the sky bleeds red, winter is hotter than hell and full of sandstorms, and summer's even hotter with raging fires that roam the desert-like country, the Heaters manage to survive, barely.

Due to toxic air, life expectancies are so low the only way the tribe can survive is by forcing women to procreate when they turn sixteen and every three years thereafter. It is their duty as Bearers.

Fifteen-year-old Siena is a Youngling, soon to be a Bearer, when she starts hearing rumors of another tribe of all women, called the Wild Ones. They are known to kidnap Youngling girls before the Call, the ceremony in which Bearers are given a husband with whom to bear children with.

As the desert sands run out on her life's hourglass, Siena must uncover the truth about the Wild Ones while untangling the web of lies and deceit her father has masterfully spun.


My Thought:
Best David Estes book! Of course I could always change my mind when the sequel comes out! ;)

I don't know what I expected but it definitely was not this world. Not this world of heat, surviving and an amazing main character! Siena is 15 and in her peoples tradition at 16 she has to begin procreating to continue her people. A man who be chosen for her and she will be his good little wife. Hah! Siena does not wasn't to be that! Yes one should respect their elders but I loved Siena for her strength. Her stubbornness in wanting something else... maybe even someone else ;) If she were real I would probably tackle hug her for everything she stood up for. Very inspiring! Easily one if my favorite heroines! Thank God there is no insta-love in here! Love that blooms from a friendship is always more realistic and it added so much to this book! Two thumbs up!

With a setting the way David described it no wonder some of these people were going crazy! Absolutely love the way it was all described, I could almost feel the blazing heat on my face! Not just that though David always goes above and beyond with these worlds down to the way the characters speak! Very unique. If you've read any of his books you know you're in for a ride and if you haven't then buckle your seatbelt!. 

The journey Siena goes through is amazing and Perry (hehe you'll love him!) is hilarious! Now just when you think you've lost all hope and life will never go on, trust me it will because the end will leave you SPEACHLESS! At least it did to me :D 

Favorite part? Hmmm... so many to choose from. I'd probably have to go with...oh man but that would spill it! Ok how about... no that would say too much too. Daing! Ok how about you read it first and then we'll compare our favorites.

Overall, I would most definitely recommend Fire Country! Its jaw dropping, bust out laughing, hyperventilate, cry like a baby kind of book. Its got it all! READ IT!
I Rated Fire Country (5/5)

-Martha

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Title: Please Ignore Vera Dietz Author: A.S. King

Published: October 2010
Genre: Realistic YA, Ghosts, Drama, Mystery
Reviewer: Hannah

Synopsis:

Charlie is dead. That's a fact. His parents know it, his friends know it, the police know it, the town knows it. Even his best friend Vera admits that it's true. That still doesn't stop him from haunting her in the afterlife. And he'll keep haunting her until she reveals the true story of his death. 

Review:

So, I was going to review a book I read over a year ago, but I decided to review something more recent before it slips from my mind (the other book hasn't done that because it was very memorable. Perhaps a review of it next week, eh?). So just a few days ago I finished Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King, a Printz Honor book. (For those of you who don't know, the Michael L. Printz Award is the most prestigious award any young adult book can receive. And the Printz Honor is basically a runner-up for the award, an honorable mention.)

So, obviously, I was expecting something pretty good. Other Printz-related books I've read (such as The White Darkness, Speak, A Step from Heaven, etc) have ended up as my all-time favorites. Perhaps my expectations were too high, or perhaps it genuinely is an unimpressive book, but I didn't find Please Ignore Vera Dietz very striking. It was mediocre, really. The kind of book you read, and then forget about the next day. You know the kind. 

Basically, the main character, Vera, has a typical teenage life: estranged mother, controlling dad, pizza job, relationship drama, blah blah blah. The only anomaly is her best friend Charlie--enigmatic and troubled Charlie. What are Charlie's secrets? 

Without revealing too much, Charlie dies (but that's not a secret, so don't hate me like, "You spoiled the entire book for me!! Grrrr....") and begins haunting Vera. He wants her to clear his name, because he died in unfortunate circumstances that make him appear guilty of a horrendous crime. Nobody wants that on their head, dead or not.

So, yeah, the entire book is pretty much Vera dealing with her baggage, and the true story of the latter part of Charlie's life being slowly revealed in the process. 

Bottom line: The book was unmemorable. Not bad. But not good either. The narrative was engaging. But nothing special. The characters were well-developed. But nothing special. The plotline was decent and well-paced. But nothing special.

I think I've made my point. Feel free to read it, it's certainly not a trainwreck. It's very well-done. But I highly doubt you'll be reveling in the past and thinking, "What an amazing book, I had such a great time reading it." It's most likely going to be more like, "Huh? What? No, I don't believe I've read that one before..."

-Hannah 

Teaser Tuesday!!

Teaser Tuesday!!!
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

 
Insurgent (Divergent #2)
"I open my eyes, and stare at the pieces of chair I can faintly see on the pavement below. For the first time I feel like I can understand Al. I am tired of being Tris. I have done bad things. I can't tale them back, and they are part of who I am. Most of the time, they seem like the only thing I am".
- Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Be sure to read my review of Insurgent when it posts in a few weeks! Happy reading!
<3 Bobbi

Entice (The Violet Eden Chapters, # 2)
 
"We ran up the stairs and into the open first level. The floor had been stripped bare, right down to the concrete."

-Entice (The Violet Eden Chapters #2)
by Jessica Shirvington

Monday, January 28, 2013

Rules of Attraction (Perfect Chemistry #2) by Simone Elkeles


Rules of Attraction (Perfect Chemistry, #2)
Rules of Attraction (Perfect Chemistry #2) by Simone Elkeles
Published April 27th 2010 by Walker Childrens (first published 2010)
Paperback, 326 pages
ISBN: 0802720862 (ISBN13: 9780802720863)

Goodreads Summary
When Carlos Fuentes returns to America after living in Mexico for a year, he doesn't want any part of the life his older brother, Alex, has laid out for him at a high school in Colorado. Carlos likes living his life on the edge and wants to carve his own path—just like Alex did. Then he meets Kiara Westford. She doesn't talk much and is completely intimidated by Carlos’ wild ways. As they get to know one another, Carlos assumes Kiara thinks she’s too good for him, and refuses to admit that she might be getting to him. But he soon realizes that being himself is exactly what Kiara needs right now.

Nitza’s Review
This book was just as addictive as Perfect Chemistry. Carlos has the same sarcastic, bad boy personality as Alex did in Perfect Chemistry, which is to be expected since Alex and Carlos are brothers. Like Alex in Perfect Chemistry, Carlos believes that is destiny is set and it doesn't include college or a career. And like Alex, Carlos winds up falling for the most unlikely person.

From the beginning of the novel, Carlos is forced into a situation that is less than ideal for him. After getting into trouble in Mexico and losing his job, he’s sent to Colorado to live with Alex, who’s attending the college. From the time he gets off the plane, Carlos is determined that no matter how many rules Alex tries to enforce or how hard Alex tries to convince him that he could do better than gangs and drugs, he will never be like Alex…at least not the college student Alex who’s in a committed relationship with the rich gringo Brittany. He misses the old Alex, the gang-banger who was tough, dated around, and who listened to no one. This new Alex, Carlos feels, is a sell-out, a want-to-be gringo, who is completely whipped by Brittany. He will never allow that to happen to him.

Underneath his tough exterior, however, there is a softer side to Carlos. For example, his mother and brothers were lead to believe that he was fired from his job in Mexico due to his involvement with a local gang. In reality, he was fired because he stood up to his boss for taking advantage of a 15-year-old female employee. He may be a rebel who doesn't follow rules, but he knows injustice when he sees it. He also has a soft spot when it comes to his mom, who got pregnant and married young, lost her husband in a gang hit when Carlos was 4 and Alex was 6, and who has works multiple jobs in order to support her sons. He gives her a hard time with is rebellious ways, but deep down he wants more than anything to make enough money so she doesn't have to work so hard and to see her smile and laugh like she used to. He loves Alex as well. They may clash a lot in regards to Carlos’ future, but in the end they’re brothers and will always have each other’s back.

Kiara is a quiet, shy girl who loves hiking and cars and who never backs down from a challenge. She comes from an upper class family with a father who is a psychiatry professor at the University and a mother who owns and runs a tea shop. As the novel begins, she was “text dumped” by a guy she dated over the summer and her gay best friend Tucker (b.k.a. “Tuck”) creates the “Rules of Attraction” which lists the great things about Kiara and the things she is looking for in the perfect guy. Being her last year of high school, she has vowed to be more outspoken now that she has gotten her stuttering problem under control. Her vow is tested when she is assigned to be Carlos’ peer guide his first week at Flatiron High School. From the moment he meets her, Carlos is determined to give her such a hard time that she quits before the week is out. Little does he know, he has met his match.

As with Alex and Brittany, Carlos and Kiara are forced together and hate each other at first. Carlos feels that Kiara is not worth his time because she’s white, rich, dresses in baggy clothes and doesn't immediately fall for his charm and good looks. Kiara feels that Carlos is mean with a huge chip on his shoulder and nothing but trouble. They play a couple of pranks on each other in a means to intimidate each other. The more time they spend together, the more they find themselves thinking about each other and slowly becoming attracted to each other. As time goes on, Kiara starts to see the nicer sides of Carlos and the more she learns about him, the more she feels for him. Carlos likes that Kiara seems to handle everything he throws at her and is crafty enough to fight back.

There is some action and violence towards the end of this novel, but not as much as there was in the of Perfect Chemistry. Also like Perfect Chemistry, there are some minor sexual situations, so it may not be suitable for anyone under the age of 17.

I recommend anyone who likes romantic, realistic, contemporary fiction. I will definitely be reading the last book in the series, Chain Reaction, which tells the story of the youngest Fuentes brother, Luis.

-Nitza


Sunday, January 27, 2013

Blog Tour | The Gatekeeper's Challenge (Gatekeeper's Trilogy #2) by Eva Pohler

The Gatekeeper's Challenge (The Gatekeeper's Trilogy, #2)The Gatekeeper's Challenge(Gatekeeper's Trilogy #2)
by Eva Pohler
Source: Review Copy
Format: Paperback, 228 pages
Published December 1st 2012 by Green Press
Author: Goodreads | Website | Twitter 
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | Smashwords

Goodreads Synopsis:
Ten agonizing months have gone by since Therese faced off against her parents’ murderer at Mount Olympus, and she suspects Thanatos’s absence is meant to send her a message: go on with your life. She tries to return Pete’s affections even though her heart aches for the god of death, but when Than shows up to take her hamster’s soul, she becomes infuriated when he says he’s “been busy.” In cahoots with her new friend, who's gotten in with the Demon Druggies at school, Therese takes a drug that simulates a near-death experience, planning to tell Than off so she can have closure and move on, but things go very, very wrong.

Eventually she learns Than has been busy searching for a way to make her a god, and he’s found it, but it requires her to complete a set of impossible challenges designed by Hades, who hopes to see her fail.

My Thoughts:
Things rarely go the way we plan them, just ask Than and Therese!

I'm not sure how much I like Therese in this one. She seems a bit whiny about Than. Don't get me wrong I can definitely sympathize with her situation but that doesn't mean I like the way she handles it, at least not the part where she tries to see him. Not a very responsible way to go about and very dangerous. On the flip-side though the reason I like her is because she's brave enough to try these challenges instead of taking the easy road. If I had to fight a Minotaur I'd probably run for the hills! It's a minotaur!

The challenges Hades set seemed hard when he first said them but then when she actually had to perform them they seemed too easy. Too many things to help her and I sort of felt like she should've had it a little harder or at last less to help her. I mean, what she's going to get in return in HUGE! A life with Than and immortality? Yeah I would've made it a lot harder. Or maybe Hades was doing it on purpose and making one of the hard so that she would fail! He did pretty much hate her when he set the challenges. Oooohh buddy! O.o

The ending! Ahhh! I need book 3 NOW! Need to know what happens! Is there a loophole? Can something be changed? Is there any hope at all?

Overall, I would say read it. Give it a shot.
I've Rated The Gatekeeper's Challenge(3/5)
-Martha

Saturday, January 26, 2013

The Future of Our Past (The Remembrance Trilogy #1) by Kahlen Aymes

The Future of Our Past (The Remembrance Trilogy, #1)Title: The Future of Our Past (The Remembrance Trilogy #1)
Author: Kahlen Aymes 
Source: Review Copy
Format: Paperback, First Edition, 338 pages
Published: 2012 by Telemachus Press
Author: Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Twitter   
Purchase: Amazon | B&N 

Goodreads Synopsis:
Julia Abbot and Ryan Matthews have been inseparable best friends since the moment they met. Each of them fight an internal battle unwilling to risk their incredible friendship but unable to quell their deep longing for the other. On the verge of his departure to medical school and to her new job on the opposite coast, Ryan and Julia are forced to face the undeniable truth of their deeper feelings.

My Thoughts:
To say that this was not was I expected might be too vague on my part.

The synopsis really didn't give me any hint or clue that the direction this story went was the direction it was going to go. Here I was expecting the characters to move away and have years pass them by, they marry other people all the while still in love with each other until one fateful day when they're both widow/single and things change. Nope! Too soon did it turn into a "I can't live without you, you are the my soul mate" kind of book. That's fine and all but (I love Romance books) but it was just too....whats the word I'm looking for....mushy, for me. One thing I absolutely loved was that their connection wasn't all insta-love, love at first sight sort of thing. They became best friends whilst in college and hung out and knew each other so well that they inevitably felt more than friendship for the other. That was great!

Julia, is a great character, as is Ryan but they seemed wayyyy to perfect. No one is that perfect in real life. Killer bodies, amazing jobs, perfect at everything they do. They seemed to have absolutely no flaws and that is just not real.

Right when everything was going good for them something seemed to ruin it and turn their world inside out again and they would end up unhappy. Very up and down, up and down. No doubt the author is an amazing writer, but the story lacked a little for me.

The only reason I would read book 2 is to see what happens after the very low point at the end of this one.
*Not suitable for anyone under 18*
I've Rated The Future of Our Past(2/5)
-Martha

Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy #6) by Richelle Mead

Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy, #6)
Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy #6)
by Richelle Mead 
Source: Own a Copy
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 594 pages
Published: December 7th 2010 by Razorbill

Goodreads Synopsis:
Rose Hathaway has always played by her own rules. She broke the law when she ran away from St. Vladimir's Academy with her best friend and last surviving Dragomir princess, Lissa. She broke the law when she fell in love with her gorgeous, off-limits instructor, Dimitri. And she dared to defy Queen Tatiana, leader of the Moroi world, risking her life and reputation to protect generations of dhampir guardians to come.

Now the law has finally caught up with Rose - for a crime she didn't even commit. She's in prison for the highest offense imaginable: the assassination of a monarch. She'll need help from both Dimitri and Adrian to find the one living person who can stall her execution and force the Moroi elite to acknowledge a shocking new candidate for the royal throne: Vasilisa Dragomir.

But the clock on Rose's life is running out. Rose knows in her heart the world of the dead wants her back...and this time she is truly out of second chances. The big question is, when your whole life is about saving others, who will save you?

Join Rose, Dimitri, Adrian, and Lissa in Last Sacrifice, the epic, unforgettable finale to Richelle Mead's international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series.

My Thoughts:
AHHHHHHHHH BEST BOOK EVER! This is bands down my favorite in the series!

And when I thought it couldn't possibly get any better Mead proves me dead wrong! In this one EVERYONE teams up to help Rose because she's gotten into some trouble....AGAIN! She is falsely accused to tell ya! FALSELY ACCUSED! She's crazy but not THAT crazy to kill the Queen!

I was GLUED to this book! Or I should say my phone because that's where I was reading it. Any spare moment I my eyes weren't needed for something else they were on my phone catching up with Dimitri, Rose and everyone else who was sneakily involved in this mess and what a mess this is!

Will you excuse me while I go cry my eyes out? No seriously  I am so sad this is the last book! Why Richelle? Why?? Add another! Please! Ok fine! I'll settle for reading the Bloodlines Series. :(

You still haven't read Last Sacrifice? :O Where have you been living? Get a copy and read it! NOW!
I've Rated Last Sacrifice(5/5)
-Martha

Friday, January 25, 2013

The Ghost Runner (The Lithia Trilogy #2) by Blair Richmond

The Ghost Runner (The Lithia Trilogy, #2)The Ghost Runner (The Lithia Trilogy #2) by Blair Richmond
Source: Review Copy
Format: Paperback, 270 pages
Published October 2012 by Ashland Creek Press
Purchase: Amazon | B&N 

Goodreads Synopsis:
You can't outrun your past...

In The Ghost Runner, Kat is still in Lithia, trying not to see Roman’s face everywhere she looks. It’s not easy, but she tries to move on: She starts taking classes at the local college, keeps up with her job at the running store, and is beginning a relationship with Alex.

Yet Kat’s past is never far behind, and as old ghosts begin to catch up with her, she finds herself fighting to defend the things she believes in, from the hope of a new family to the deeply wooded forests that she has begun to call home. As her relationship with Alex begins to crumble, a new secret from her past emerges, and she is once again torn between those she loves as she struggles to reconcile her dark past with her hopes for a brighter future.

The Ghost Runner, continuing Kat's adventures in Out of Breath, brings us further into the mysterious town of Lithia, where the old traditions of logging and gold mining—and the new traditions of development—collide with conservation. Meanwhile, the spirits of the town keep watch over everything—and occasionally find it necessary to intervene…

The Lithia Trilogy, which blends adventure and the paranormal with environmental awareness and Shakespeare, offers an exciting new series in young adult fiction.

My Thoughts:
So much better then the last one!

Kat's not the scared little homeless girl that was lucky enough to find a job. She has a job, she's going to school and she's even in a school play! That's pretty amazing from where she had been not too long ago. She's become a strong young lady, still a bit too trustful. Enter someone from her past (I'm not going to tell you who) but my goodness when they betrayed her I just knew that's what they were going to do all along! The bum! Come on, Ket! When you have more then one person warning you about this person and you know how they were maybe you should be a tiny bit more wary! *shakes her head*

A few surprises in The Ghost Runner, I'll give you a few: a ghost runner, someone from her past coming to find her, and inheritance. Those are only a few of the amazing surprises in store for you! Normally I don't like surprises but these added so much to the book and made to great that I'll let it slide...this one time :D Loved how it flowed. Likes water. smooth and at a great pace. No rushing and no slow pokes in this one!

In book one she's herself situated in her new life but in The Ghost Runner she's out to help save the beautiful land of Lithia. She's makes one mistake but she's out full force trying to rectify this mistake. I applaud her for this. She could have given up but no. She's literally running to save it. Two thumbs up, Kat! I love all the things she's dealing with in this book. Most I can relate to (not the vampires though) and some I can sympathize with. I can definitely picture myself in her running shoes. I'm still in college and have to juggle all these things in my life and she is no different. Very happy that they didn't change her too much and made her even more relatable then before and not "oh she's perfect now".

Overall, yes! Read it! You'll love the surprises! Especially the end! By the way, when is book 3 going to come out? This cliffhanger is making me anxious!!
I've Rated The Ghost Runner(4/5)
-Martha

Broken City (Book #1) by D.D. Chant

Broken City (Book #1)
Broken City (Book #1)
Author: D.D. Chant 
Source: Review Copy
Format: Kindle Edition, 348 pages
Published: (first published February 7th 2011)
Author: Goodreads | Website   
Purchase: Amazon | B&N 

Goodreads Synopsis:
Deeta Richards has never seen the outside world. Before she was born a banking crisis brought civilization to an end and now no one leaves the safety of the compounds unless they need to, but Deeta still dreams of seeing more than the building she was born in.
Tom is in the guard, this group are the only people that the tribal elders allow to leave the compound and tom knows only too well that Deeta could never survive the harshness that exists outside. Then tragedy strikes and Deeta and her sister Jan find themselves captured by a hostile tribe. Why does Tom know so much about these people? And why do they know so much about him? As this mystery draws to a climax, they discover that their friend Tom is not quite what he seems...

My Thoughts on Broken City:
New societies, new governments, and lies.

Deeta got on my nerves at the beginning of the book because she was just damsel in distress, can't seem to do anything other then housework and taking care of kids but towards then end I really liked her. She changed so much from the frail woman to a string woman who could get things done. Tom, yes he lied, but I think he did it for a good reason. Doesn't excuse his lying but I can understand why he did it.*shakes finger* No more lying Tom! if you've read any other post you'll probably know that I can't stand insta-love/love at first sight thing just because I don't think it's actually possible. With Tom and Deeta this does not happen. They've known each other fo such a looooooong time I wondered how they hadn't known about the others feelings. I mean she is practically his kids mum. He takes care of him and everyone in his family. It was natural and I loved that it was.

I thought it was amazing that they lived in old buildings. They weren't living out in the country as some Dystopian novels I've read. They stayed in the city and worked with what was left. The settings were great! I could picture everything.

The plot was amazing! Had me wondering what was going to happen. The lies created mystery which had me coming back for more and more. The beginning was a bit too slow for mt tastes but it quickly picked up. The end was not something I was expecting! I had amy list of suspects as I usually do but nope, this one I did not suspect even a bit!

Overall, I would pick up a copy and read it if I were you. Great read especially if you like like Dystopian novels.

I've Rated Broken City(4/5)

-Martha


Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Host by Stephanie Meyer

The Host by Stephanie Meyer
Read from November 25, 2012 to January 01, 2013. 809 Pages 

GoodReads Synopsis:
Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed.

Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of the man Melanie loves - Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body's desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she's never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love.
  

Bobbi's Thoughts
I put off reading this book for so long because I was worried I was going to hate it. The whole body snatcher concept in general freaks me out a little and plus I'm a true Twihard fan! I love the Twilight Saga books and movies (yes i love the movies too). With that being said I didn't want to not like The Host and have it tarnish my love for Twilight :P

The Host  is a worth while read. It shows Stephanie Meyer's level of writing. I feel like this story was better written than the Twilight Saga and is more versatile. Her level of vocabulary is larger then what you would read during Twilight  Meyer has quite a bit of description of the new world she created. I do wish that others who are not fans of Twilight would give Stehanie Meyer a chance with this book, because this really was wodnerful and fun read.Probably her best yet.

I'm not gonna lie, the book started off a little slow, mainly due to Meyer setting the stage of the book so that is to be expected. The first few chapters are a little confusing because you are not sure who is speaking. It is important to pay attention to those details given in the beginning! 

The Host really had my attention throughout the whole book because I like to associate with my characters, and Melanie/Wanda are characters easily associated with. I did feel like the book wanted you to stay true to the human race and root for Melanie and Jared but honestly I loved Wanda and Ian. I guess you will have to read it now if you wanna find out what happens :P

The ending caught me by surprise but I loved it! I was worried because the last section of the book you are left wondering if they are going to go through with it and then BLAMMM something happens and your left going "What just happened!!"

Now The Host  is longer book then most of the books I read. It sits at 809 pages. There is plenty of time to read it before the movie comes out which i am super excited for!!

 5/5 Birds :]

Happy Reading!
<3 Bobbi  

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

TBR Challenge January Wrap-up!

Sorry this post is late!
I've been a bit bust this last weekend and didn't have time to post it but here it is!
:D

Books I've read for the challenge this month:
-Goddess Interrupted (Goddess Test #2)
by Aimee Carter 

-My Soul to Steal (Soul Screamers #4)
by Rachel Vincent 

-If I Die (Soul Screamers #5)
by Rachel Vincent

-The Gatekeeper's Challenge (Gatekeeper's Trilogy #2)
by Eva Pohler 

-The Ghost Runner (The Lithia Trilogy #2)
by Blair Richmond

-Masque of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death #1)
by Bethany Griffin

-Don't Turn Around (PERSEF0NE #1)
by Michelle Gagnon

7 out of 50 read for this challenge!
I am very happy with myself.
I am definitely going to try and read more then 7 for February!

-Martha

Monday, January 21, 2013

Black Moon (Paige Tailor Series #1)


Black Moon (Paige Tailor Series, #1)
Black Moon (Paige Tailor Series #1) by Jessica McQuay
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Charles River Press (November 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936185741
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936185740


Goodreads Summary

"Am I losing my mind?"

Paige couldn't help but question her sanity. What other explanation could there be for her hearing a conversation held barely above a whisper in the back of a classroom full of students? What about coming home to find one of those very classmates lying in wait in the darkness of her home, ready to attack her? 

Confused, frustrated and feeling every ounce of her social ostracism, Paige confides in the one person she's always been able to count on: her mom. But when her mom reveals a deeply rooted, unbelievable family secret, Paige discovers her world is filled with more than she ever imagined possible. A world where fairytales live alongside nightmares and secrets are the glue that binds them together. Suddenly no one is who they seem and Paige is faced with more questions than answers. Can she survive in a world filled with creatures scarier than anything she could imagine and where deceit runs as thick as blood? Or will the truth send her over the edge?

Nitza's Review


I read this book as part of a read and review and I received an ARC copy of the book. The book is a bit slow starting as Paige learns about who (or better yet what) she is, her roots, and her powers. For the most part I enjoyed it. It was nice to join Paige in her journey to learn about herself. Every time Paige thinks she's learned the whole truth, another twist in her family history comes to light. I greatly felt Paige's pain and confusion as her world is turned upside down and the person she trusted the most, her mother, reveals lie after lie (even though they're more lies of omission than anything else). 

My feelings towards Paige as a character are kind of bitter sweet. Sometimes I was with her and felt for her, but other times, particularly when she was sarcastic or uncontrollably angry, I just wanted to shake her. She is a strong character, especially towards the end, but her age, immaturity, and social awkwardness shine through quite a bit. She doesn't seem to have any friends at all, not even acquaintances. And she reminds us over and over how she is uncomfortable in social situations and that she isn't the most athletic person. It really makes me wonder how she's gotten this far in life. Not everyone is a socialite, this is very true. However, I've read only a handful novels where the protagonist lacks any companionship. It must be so lonely for Paige to be going through all of these changes and new discoveries without anyone to talk to about it.   

One question I have is how come in these YA novels are children allowed to miss school abruptly and sometimes for long periods, and yet still move on to the next grade? This isn't particular to this one novel; I've seen this in quite a few. In this novel there is at least one consequence to Paige's absence to go to her mother's childhood home, but she was still able to graduate even though I believe she was gone for weeks. I don't think it’s as simple as that in real life. Just saying. 

I did have one major problem with this novel and it's a stylistic one. I know some people like a lot of details and I am not totally against it myself (I just speed read through when it gets to be too much). I am a firm believer, however, that there is such a thing as too much detail, especially when it leads to redundancy.

I won't go too much into the factor that every little thing that the characters do is described when I feel that at times it could have been expressed in a simpler fashion. For example:

"I grabbed the mouse and double clicked on the internet icon and waited as it loaded onto the screen. I clicked Google and typed in 'Faeries' as the search string." 

I feel this is too detailed. It could have been stated much more simply because these are steps that everyone knows. However, this is my personal preference, everyone's style is different. Plus, this was an ARC copy, so maybe this was fixed before publication.  

My problem has to do with the instances where Paige expresses her thoughts to us and then says the exact same thing verbatim in the next paragraph. Or at one point where Paige explains to her mother everything that happened one afternoon and we get a whole monologue of information we already went through with her in the previous chapter. I feel a simple "I told her everything that happened this afternoon..." would've sufficed. And many times there are long, speech-like dialogues from characters that sometime either say the same thing several ways or are just too wordy. Sometimes less is more powerful. 

For those who like action, there is some, but it doesn't come until the last fourth of the book. McQuay does do a good job of making it worth the wait. 

For a first novel, this novel is pretty good. The plot is good, with a lot of buildup and a great climax. Paige is a decent protagonist, but there are instances where she gets a bit annoying. She does gain strength by the end. Stylistically, it was a bit too detailed and wordy for me at times, but if that doesn't bother you, then I definitely recommend it. I would like to read the next book in the series when it comes out because there are still questions that I hope McQuay will answer.

My rating--

--Nitza




Sunday, January 20, 2013

Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata

Title: Death Note
Authors: Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata

Published: October 2005 by VIZ Media LLC
Genre: Manga, shounen, seinen, crime investigation
Reviewer: Hannah

Summary:

Light Yagami is a normal high school student, living a normal high school life. That is, until a Shinigami--a god of death--drops the Death Note into the human realm. The Death Note is a supernatural notebook with the power to kill anyone by merely writing their name into it.

Upon finding the Death Note, Light decides to leave behind his usual monotonous routine and become Kira, an all-powerful killer doling out judgment on criminals. 

All seems perfect: fear is instilled into the world's population as the otherworldly executioner Kira is made known, therefore persuading people to do good. There's no chance that Light's family will ever discover his secret alternate identity as Kira. But when world-renowned detective L is added into the mix--and hot on Light's tail--how long will it be before Kira is unmasked? 

Review:

Alright, so I just finished volume 8 of this downright AMAZING manga series. And I have one thing to say:

Read it.

O hail ye, great, powerful, and wise Ohba! This man, who conjured up the incredible story of Death Note, is amazingly talented. He thinks everything through. Without spoiling too much, basically the main character Light is a paranoid, narcissistic psychopath............

........Yeah.

But it is never stated outright that he is. Instead of Ohba telling us, "Light's a psychopath," he shows us. He demonstrates Light's alternative thought process so well, Ohba just may be a psychopath himself. And I mean that in a good way.

Okay, so you know in some books you've read, the author wants to include something that they don't have much knowledge or experience of, so they just skimp on the details? For example, "Joe quickly and masterfully assembled a makeshift radio to..." Well, I made that up, but you know what I mean? I don't blame the authors for having limited knowledge of certain things; but I will say I have an immense respect for authors who take the time to thoroughly research every aspect of the event/action they are portraying. Ohba certainly did that here. My GOSH, did he. 

And the artwork: I have to squeeze in a mention of the beautiful artwork done by Takeshi Obata. It's detailed without being cluttered. I love it. 

This manga is so well-written and well-done; it's intelligent, thought-provoking, and fascinating. To say I'm impressed would be an understatement. I'm baffled. Flabbergasted. Uncomprehendingly stunned. (And now I'm building it up too much...). Hands down: read it. 

-Hannah 

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