Saturday, December 27, 2014

Talon

Name: Talon
Author: Julie Kagawa
Rating:  5/5
Description:
In Julie Kagawa's groundbreaking modern fantasy series, dragons walk among us in human form.  Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.  Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.  Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastien has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey—and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him—and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.


My Review:
Still waiting for her fae books, I picked this up and let me tell you I got into to story an characters pretty quick and can't wait for the next book to find out what happens next!


Alienated

Title: Alienated
Author: Melissa Landers
Rating: 5/5

Description:
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.

My Review:
This book reminded me of Starcross, which was a CW tv show. Which I liked a lot. And guess what I gobbled this book up- read it in only one day. I love the story and the characters which were so colorful. Cara is a strong character not letting people get to her until she loses her best friend. I love thi book and will be reading the short, Until Midnight (soon), and book 2 Invaded (once its out)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Kaya : An Adventerous 1764 Nez Perce Girl Book 1-3

Book 1
Title: Meet Kaya
Author: Janet Beeler Shaw
Rating: 5/5

Description: In 1764, when Kaya and her family reunite with other Nez Percâe Indians to fish for the red salmon, she learns that bragging, even about her swift horse, can lead to trouble. Includes historical notes on the Nez Percâe Indians.

Book 2
Title: Kaya's Escape
Author: Janet Beeler Shaw
Rating: 5/5

Description: In the fall of 1764, after Kaya and her sister are kidnapped from their Nez Percâe village by enemy horse raiders, she tries to find a way to escape back home. Includes historical notes on education and learning among the Nez Percâe Indians.

Book 3
Title: Kaya's Hero
Author: Janet Beeler Shaw
Rating: 5/5

Description: In 1764, Kaya greatly admires a courageous and kind young woman in her Nez Percâe village and wants to be worthy of her respect. Includes historical notes on the winter activities of the Nez Percâe Indians, including ceremonies and crafts.



My Review: After being told that this isn't the best collection of American Girls, I took it upon myself to get the first 3 books of it and read them... for my 12X12 challenge which is now complete. But back to the books... I love Kaya, she has such a sense of family and rebellious streak. Yes she gets in trouble but who doesn't at that age. Plus I love the stories they tell each other and the crafts plus horses yay. I will be probody finishing this collection soon!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Kare First Love (Manga Completed)

Title: Kare First Love Volumes 1-10
Author: Kaho Miyasaka
Rating: 4/5

Description: Four-eyed high-schooler Karin has never thought of herself as the glamorous type, so why is this hot guy on the subway taking pictures of her? Does he actually like her or is he just some kind of subway perv? Things get complicated when the most popular girl in Karin's school, Yuka, starts showing an interest in Kiriya (yes, that picture-taking guy on the subway) and sees Karin as her rival! Can Karin build up her self-esteem (and ditch her glasses) enough to stand up to jealous Yuka--and experience first love?

My review: I loved this story and was happy that it ended how it did :) Tho a bit rushed there. Oh well its Manga they do that a lot!

Friday, November 21, 2014

We were There (Manga Completed)

Title: We were There
Author: Yuuki Obata
Rating: 3/5

Volumes: 1-16

Description: Nanami Takahashi falls for Motoharu Yano, the most popular, carefree boy in class. For Nanami, it's first love, but Yano is still grieving the death of his girlfriend who died the year before. Nanami starts high school with high hopes of making lots of friends. She develops a crush on the enigmatic Yano, but he may have too many secrets for her to handle.

My Review: Was in tears in the middle of the last volume. I don't know what to say, if you like slice of life/romance manga this is for you!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Black Bird (Manga Completed)

Name: Black Bird
Author: Kanoko Sakurakouji
Rating: 4/5

Description:
A mythical, paranormal roma
nce that has sold through over 280,000 copies in the U.S. There is a world of myth and magic that intersects ours, and only a special few can see it. Misao Harada is one such person, and she wants nothing to do with magical realms. She just wants to have a normal high school life and maybe get a boyfriend. But she is the bride of demon prophecy, and her blood grants incredible powers, her flesh immortality. Now the demon realm is fighting over the right to her hand...or her life!

My Review:
Wow the ending of this manga had me in sad tears and then happy tears. It spun me around in loops as the story and characters grew in leaps and bounds. At first in the volume 1 I didn't think I was going to finish this manga but heck ya I'm glad I did and so should you!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Atlantia (Sneek Peak)

Name: Atlantia
Author: Ally Condie
Review for NetGalley
Rating:  4/5
 
Description: Can you hear Atlantia breathing? For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamt of the sand and sky Above— of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all her plans for the future are thwarted when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected decision, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self —and the powerful siren voice she has long hidden— she has nothing left to lose. Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the complex system constructed to govern the divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths.
 
My Review:
This preview of this book is filled by mystery and gave me more questions. I will be waiting for my library to get the full book and I can't wait. I love the story so far- a girl waiting to go live above to feel sand and breathe real air. But instead she is stuck in Atlantia where people live under the water in a sealed city. Also the poor girl is a siren and has power in her voice to make people do stuff. Very interesting and as I said can't wait to read the rest of this book.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Kill Me Softly

Title: Kill Me Softly
Author: Sarah Cross
Rating: 4/5

Description:
An edgy contemporary fairy-tale retelling perfect for fans of ABC's Once Upon a Time and NBC's Grimm . When Mirabelle runs away from her godmothers to Beau Rivage, the city where she was born, she hopes to discover answers about her parents' tragic death. Instead, she finds a group of unusual teenagers, each with a fairy-tale curse. In this strange seaside city, scenarios from fairy tales are played out over and over, and Mira has her own part in the drama: she's a "Somnolent," doomed to prick her finger and fall into an enchanted sleep like Sleeping Beauty. The problem is she's not interested in the charming (but slightly boring) "prince" who is fated to be her romantic counterpart. Mira is much more attracted to suave, handsome Felix, who bears a curse he can't, or won't, explain to her.

My Review:
vlog will be up soon!
 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Stung


Title: Stung
Author: Bethany Wiggins
Rating: 5/5 and FAV.

Description:
Government attempts to save endangered bees by genetic modification causes their sting to induce deadly, flu-like symptoms in humans. A vaccine created in response changes children into ferocious, killer beasts. The uninfected have built a wall to keep the beasts out, & a girl has awakened on the wrong side.

My Review:
This a retelling of Sleeping Beauty will a bit of a sci-fi/end of the world feel. I loved that the whole book was full of action and story that didn't slow down at all and I can't wait to get book 2 Cured from the library. The characters I love them.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Delirium


Title: Delirium
Author: Lauren Oliver
Rating: 4/5

Description:
Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -the deliria- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Haloway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.
But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable.
Lena Haloway has always thought the cure was good, but one encounter can change everything. She does the unthinkable and falls in love.

My review:
I was startled how much I loved the story of this book. Love is a disease in which this world is trying to get rid of and also free thinking. Portland turns into a prison where Lena wants to fly free from after finding out she was lying to. I have to check out the series on Hulu now after watching this.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Four


Title: Four
Author: Veronica Roth
Rating: 5/5

Description: More Four! Fans of the Divergent series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth will be thrilled by "The Transfer," the first of four new short stories told from Four’s perspective. Each brief story explores the world of the Divergent series through the eyes of the mysterious but charismatic Tobias Eaton, revealing previously unknown facets of his personality, backstory, and relationships.

My Review: I love this series, it made me cry like a lil baby. And everyone should read it!

Grim (Analogy)


Title: Grim
By: Ellen Hopkins, Julie Kagawa, Amanda Hocking, Claudia Gray, Rachel Hawkins, Etc
Rating: 5/5

Description:
Inspired by classic fairy tales, but with a dark and sinister twist, Grim contains short stories from some of the best voices in young adult literature today: 
Ellen Hopkins
Amanda Hocking
Julie Kagawa
Claudia Gray
Rachel Hawkins
Kimberly Derting
Myra McEntire
Malinda Lo
Sarah Rees-Brennan
Jackson Pearce
Christine Johnson
Jeri Smith Ready
Shaun David Hutchinson
Saundra Mitchell
Sonia Gensler
Tessa Gratton
Jon Skrovan

My Review: I loved the Julie Kagawa Story about the 3 pigs and the wolf. Most of these fairy tales are so good! There are the basic beauty and beast story to a robot one I enjoyed more than half of this book and hope you grab it and read it yourselves :)

Friday, June 27, 2014

Dualed (NetGalley Sample)


Title: Dualed
Author: Elsie Chapman
Rating:
NetGalley Review

Description:
The Hunger Games meets Matched in this high-concept thriller where citizens must prove their worth by defeating the other version of themselves—their twin. Two of you exist. Only one will survive. West Grayer is ready. She's trained for years to confront her Alternate, a twin raised by another family. Survival means a good job, marriage—life. But then a tragic misstep leaves West questioning: Is she the best version of herself, the version worthy of a future? If she is to have any chance of winning, she must stop running not only from herself, but also from love . . . though both have the power to destroy her.

My Review:
This was a sample of chapter one, so its hard to make an opinion on something that is less than one chapter but so hard I like the book. So I ended up grabbing the whole book at the library so I can read the whole story and then head to the second book which I got to review for NetGalley also. :)

The Eye of Minds


Title: The Eye of Minds
Author: James Dashner
Rating: 5/5

Description:
Michael is a gamer. And like most gamers, he almost spends more time on the VirtNet than in the actual world. VirtNet offers total mind and body immersion, and it’s addictive. Thanks to technology, anyone with enough money can experience fantasy worlds, risk their life without the chance of death, or just hang around with Virt-friends. And the more hacking skills you have, the more fun. Why bother following the rules when most of them are dumb, anyway?

But some rules were made for a reason. Some technology is too dangerous to fool with. And recent reports claim that one gamer is going beyond what any gamer has done before: he’s holding players hostage inside the VirtNet. The effects are horrific—the hostages have all been declared brain-dead. Yet the gamer’s motives are a mystery.

The government knows that to catch a hacker, you need a hacker. And they’they've been watching Michael. They want him on their team. But the risk is enormous. If he accepts their challenge, Michael will need to go off the VirtNet grid. There are back alleys and corners in the system human eyes have never seen and predators he can’t even fathom—and there’s the possibility the line between game and reality will be blurred forever.

My Review:
Alright so at first this book was hard to get into but once into the story it moved pretty quick. What an interesting concept that I loved. The ending... nice ending. Now to wait for book 2- which is the worse part of reading- right guys :) So as you can tell I loved this book- I think this series will be better than the Maze Runner books- which says a lot since those were so good too!

Monday, June 9, 2014

American Girls : Meet Kristen


Title: Meet Kristen
Author: Janet Beeler Shaw
Rating: 5/5

Description:
Kirsten, a pioneer girl of strength and spirit who settles on the frontier. Their friends and families, their struggles and successes, their sad times and celebrations, their secrets and adventures.

My Review: This book in this series was a teary-eyed story, but I loved it!

American Girls : Samantha


Titles:  Meet Samantha / Lessons / Surprise / Birthday / Saves / Changes
Author: Susan S. Adler
Rating: 4/5

Description:
Girls can enjoy all six beloved Samantha stories in one keepsake volume. Set in 1904, each story reveals more of this compassionate girl who reaches out to friends in need. The richly illustrated hardcover offers a glimpse into Samantha's world. Inside, this book features even more full-color illustrations and words of inspiration that will delight girls who love Samantha. Samantha is a brave girl who lives with her grandma.

My Review: I still need to read the last book in this series, Changes for Samantha. But read all the rest! I simply love this series... and the movie of course!

American Girls : Julie & Molly


Title: Meet Julie
Author: Megan McDonald
Rating: 3/5

Description:
Julie Albright doesn't want to move away from her San Francisco neighborhood near Chinatown, even if their new apartment is just a few miles away. Moving means leaving her best friend, Ivy, and her pet rabbit, Nutmeg. Worst of all, it means leaving Dad, now that her parents are divorced. Julie tries to make the best of it by joining the school's basketball team, but the coach won't allow girls to play. She learns that it's up to her to make positive changes in her new school--and her new life.

My Review:
I didn't like this book as much as the others, but the story was good. She just wanted to be an equal and play basketball. :)




Title: Meet Molly
Author: Valerie Tripp
Rating: 4/5

Description:
The story of Molly Mcintire is set in the year 1944, at the time of the WW ll. Molly is an average girl living on the homefront during the war. Her father is away fighting, and Molly misses him very much. At home, Molly struggles to get along with her brother, and gets into some mischief with her friends. Being the first book in the series of the American Girl Molly series. Recommended for ages 7+. Wonderful historical fiction, and a great entertainment and learning source for young children.

My Review:
I just Loved this Family!

American Girls : Caroline


Titles: Meet Caroline / Caroline's Secret Message / A Surprise for Caroline / Caroline Takes a Chance / Caroline's Battle /Changes for Caroline
Author: Kathleen Ernst
Rating: 4/5

Description:
Caroline Abbott is doing what she loves most--sailing on Lake Ontario with Papa--when her world turns upside down. A British officer boards their sloop, announces that Britain and America are once again at war, and takes her father prisoner. As Papa is led away, Caroline promises him that she will be brave until he returns. Then the British attack her village, and it looks as if the Americans are in trouble. Can she stay steady enough to help win the day? The illustrated "Looking Back" section explores the beginning of the War of 1812.

My Review:
Brave and Smart girl... making the best out of a horrible thing!

American Girls : Felicity


Titles: Meet Felicity / Felicity Learns a Lesson / Felicity's Surprise / Happy Birthday, Felicity! / Felicity Saves the Day / Changes for Felicity
Author: Valerie Tripp
Rating: 5/5

Description: Meet Felicity Merriman, a spunky, spritely nine-year-old girl who lives in Williamsburg, Virginia, in 1774, just before the Revolutionary War. She grows impatient doing "sitting down kinds of things," like practicing her stitchery or handwriting. She would much rather be riding horses. That's why Felicity is so excited to hear about a new horse in town. But the horse is owned by Jiggy Nye, the cruel tanner who beats his animals. Felicity sneaks off to visit the horse and falls in love with the copper-colored mare, which she names Penny. When Penny's life is in danger, Felicity knows she must help.

My Review:
luv it! This bright girl wants to be more than just a lady, she wants adventures and to live her life how she wants to live it!

Marmalade Boy (Manga) Volume 6- 8



Title: Marmalade Boy (Manga) Volume 6- 8
Author: Wataru Yoshizumi
Rating: 4/5

Description: Miki Koishikawa's ordinary life as a high school sophomore is turned upside down when her parents suddenly announce that they are getting divorced in order to swap partners with a couple they met in Hawaii. They seek her approval of the shocking change, and at a dinner where Miki meets the other couple as well as their son Yuu, who is about her age, she reluctantly agrees to the arrangement. Yuu, while at first a jerk who takes every opportunity to make fun of Miki, turns out to be fun and attractive, and Miki finds herself falling for him. Little by little, she accepts her new family arrangement, and opens up to Yuu as they become friends.

My Review: I truly loved this series :)

Where She Went


Title: Where She Went
Author: Gayle Forman
Rating: 3/5

Description:
It's been three years since Adam's promise made Mia choose to live after the accident that annihilated life as she knew it. It has also been three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever.
Now both living the life they had dreamed of together but living separately, Mia and Adam meet by fate in New York. Both leaving the next day towards the next chapter in their successful lives they choose to spend one more night together exploring the city. Through tension at first they begin to open up share and explain what has happened to them over the past three years. There is guilt, anger, resentment, shock, and love. He did promise that if she stayed he would let her go. Will she make him keep this promise?

My Review: This one wasn't as good as 'if I stay' that one was amazing. But I loved that ending so that is all that matters :)

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Bella Italia


Title: Bella Italia
Author: Suzanne Vermeer
Rating: 3/5

Reviewed for Netgalley

Description: The story of a family camping trip turned deadly When Niels and his parents arrive at the beautiful forest campground in Lake Garda, Italy, they are looking forward to making friends, relaxing, and so much more. But they are not expecting that Niels will be witness to a killing. The ongoing investigation threatens the family’s sense of security. Will Niels have to face the murderer? And more importantly, could he still be in danger? In one of her most enthralling tales, Vermeer makes us all afraid of the dark woods.

My Review: My first mystery/thriller in a long time, I decided to request this book. The story sounded good and I was wondering about the cover. Its a nice dress but that's all its about. This story is about a young boy and other boys and their families . So it doesn't fit the story at all. But let's get on with the story. The characters are intense and real life. And at no point I didn't know who was the killer and I also felt bad for Niels but who wouldn't. At one point I thought it was the boy who killed the other boy and at one point thought the father did it. Suzanne is a very good author and I'll be reading her other books I requested :) Cruise & Bon Bini Beach

Friday, May 16, 2014

Marmalade Boy (Manga) Volume 1-5


Title: Marmalade Boy (Manga) Volume 1-5
Author: Wataru Yoshizumi
Rating: 4/5

Description:
Miki Koishikawa's ordinary life as a high school sophomore is turned upside down when her parents suddenly announce that they are getting divorced in order to swap partners with a couple they met in Hawaii. They seek her approval of the shocking change, and at a dinner where Miki meets the other couple as well as their son Yuu, who is about her age, she reluctantly agrees to the arrangement. Yuu, while at first a jerk who takes every opportunity to make fun of Miki, turns out to be fun and attractive, and Miki finds herself falling for him. Little by little, she accepts her new family arrangement, and opens up to Yuu as they become friends.

My Review:
This is a quirky romance about a girl's world turning upside as she gains a new mother, father and brother. Its strange but nicely written and I love the art. Nothing more to say and I'll keep reading it!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Giver/ If I Stay


Name: The Giver
Author: Lois Lowry
Rating: 4/5

Description:
A major theme of this book is accepting differences and overcoming the obstacles created by these differences. This novel is set in a society that values conformity and makes every attempt to eliminate individuality. I included this novel in the text set, so that readers can begin comparing a society that struggles with accepting differences to one that strives to do away with them all together..

My Review: This was the first time reading this book, and I got to tell you its brilliant, I wanted... no craved more at the end.... what a cliffhanger there. I'm planning to read the rest of the series soon!




Name: If I Stay
Author: Gayle Forman
Rating: 5/5

Description:
In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen year- old Mia Hall has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck... A sophisticated, layered, and heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make—and the ultimate choice Mia commands.This book will bring tears to your eyes at one point and laughter at another.

My Review:
This book was amazing, so much storytelling as the author flings you into the past to talk about Mia's family, I found myself crying like a little baby thru the book. This story is about the strength of love from family and friends. I'll be reading the next book to see what happens to Mia, Adam and the rest of them!

Confessions of a Wild Child


Title: Confessions of a Wild Child
Author: Jackie Collins
Rating:  5/5

Description:
Who is Lucky Saint? She's a fifteen year old wild child who discovered her mother's murdered body floating in the family swimming pool when she was only five years old. In Confessions of a Wild Child you will follow Lucky as she navigates her teen years - boys, drugs, family dramas, and many adventures from Greek islands to Vegas penthouses. You will meet the Santangelo family. Gino Santangelo, Lucky's father, a powerful man with a dubious past, who owns hotels in Vegas and struggles to control his willful and stubborn daughter. And Dario, Lucky's gay teenage brother who is too scared to reveal his sexual preference to his father. In Confessions of a Wild Child you will discover how Lucky strikes a path to become the powerful and charismatic woman she is today. Super-heroine of seven books and three mini-series, Lucky Santangelo is Jackie Collins' most popular and beloved heroine.

My Review: This is my first Jackie book, and I got to say if the rest of the Santangelo series is like this I will be reading it soon and enjoying it. I loved it and it was an easy read :)

Pawn


Title: Pawn
Author: Aimee Carter
Rating: 4/5

Description:
YOU CAN BE A VII. IF YOU GIVE UP EVERYTHING.   For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country.  If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked-surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister's niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter.  There's only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed...and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that's not her own, she must decide which path to choose-and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she's only beginning to understand.

Questions will be answered at the end of this month- beginning of next month!

Questions at the back of the book/instead of a review :P :

1. Do you believe that your life's work should be determined by a test you take when your 17?

2. What kind of job do you think would be assigned if you took that test now? When you were 25?

3. If your life was limited by restrictions- your job, the area where you live, having only one child and going to Elsewhere when you turn 60- do you believe you would be eager to achieve and succeed in life?

4. Kitty's dyslexia limits her future. Do you think children and teens today who have dyslexia are also under unfair burdens? Do you know people with dyslexia, and how do they cope? How do their families and teachers react?

5. What would you give up to get out of the life that was predicted for you?

6. Do you believe that life in a meritocracy is "fairer" than one where your family or a lucky break benefits you? What happens if someone plays with the system?

7. One of the reasons why this America became a meritocracy was overpopulation. Do you think that the strain of overpopulation might lead us in this direction unless changes are made? What can be done to create a better future?

8. Instead of an elected official, this America has a prime minister, and the role is inherited. How does the idea of one family in power match with the meritocracy in this country?

9. Kitty gives up her own name and not-so-bright future to take on another girl's name and family. Would you be willing to give up your own life to live someone else's?

10. Even in an ordered society, there are those who find a way to rebel. Do you think Tabs was right to encourage Kitty to follow in her footsteps?

11. Almost everyone- except for Benjy - is keeping secrets in this book. Are you good at keeping secrets? How would you live lying to everyone around you?

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Killer Frost

Name: Killer Frost
Author: Jennifer Estep
Rating: 4/5

Description:
I’ve battled the Reapers of Chaos before — and survived. But this time I have a Bad, Bad Feeling it’s going to be a fight to the death…most likely mine. Yeah, I’ve got my psychometry magic, my talking sword, Vic, and even the most dangerous Spartan on campus at my side in Logan freaking Quinn, but I’m no match for Loki, the evil Norse god of chaos. I may be Nike’s Champion, but at heart, I’m still just Gwen Frost, that weird Gypsy girl everyone at school loves to gossip about. Then someone I love is put in more danger than ever before, and something inside me snaps. This time, Loki and his Reapers are going down for good … or I am.

My Short and Straight to the Point Review:
I loved the book, but noticed that she repeats info from the other books, like how characters look and assorted events. But that didn't stop me from loving the book. And reading it all last night... all 290 something pages done in less than 4 hours. *hugz book*

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Chase



[Netgalley Review]
Title: The Heist & The Chase
Author: by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg
Rating: 1/5

Description: (the chase)
Internationally renowned thief and con artist Nicolas Fox is famous for running elaborate and daring scams. His greatest con of all: convincing the FBI to team him up with the only person who has ever caught him, and the only woman to ever capture his attention, Special Agent Kate O’Hare. Together they’ll go undercover to swindle and catch the world’s most wanted—and untouchable—criminals.

Their newest target is Carter Grove, a former White House chief of staff and the ruthless leader of a private security agency. Grove has stolen a rare Chinese artifact from the Smithsonian, a crime that will torpedo U.S. relations with China if it ever becomes public. Nick and Kate must work under the radar—and against the clock—to devise a plan to steal the piece back. Confronting Grove’s elite assassins, Nick and Kate rely on the skills of their ragtag crew, including a flamboyant actor, a Geek Squad techie, and a band of AARP-card-carrying mercenaries led by none other than Kate’s dad.

A daring heist and a deadly chase lead Nick and Kate from Washington, D.C., to Shanghai, from the highlands of Scotland to the underbelly of Montreal. But it’ll take more than death threats, trained henchmen, sleepless nights, and the fate of a dynasty’s priceless heirloom to outsmart Fox and O’Hare.

My Review:
I couldn't get into the first book enough to even give this one a shot... maybe i'll try to reread the first one again later.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Through the Ever Night

Name: Through the Ever Night
Author: Veronica Rossi
Rating:  /5

Description:
It's been months since Aria last saw Perry. Months since Perry was named Blood Lord of the Tides, and Aria was charged with an impossible mission. Now, finally, they are about to be reunited. But their reunion is far from perfect. The Tides don't take kindly to Aria, a former Dweller. And with the worsening Aether storms threatening the tribe's precarious existence, Aria begins to fear that leaving Perry behind might be the only way to save them both.

Threatened by false friends, hidden enemies, and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, can their love survive through the ever night?

In this second book in her spellbinding Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi combines fantasy and dystopian elements to create a captivating love story as perilous as it is unforgettable.

My Review:  Soon to Come

Under the Never Sky

Name: Under the Never Sky
Author: Veronica Rossi
Rating:  5/5

Description:
Since she's been on the outside, she'd survived an Aether storm, she'd had a knife held to her throat, and she'd seen men murdered.
THIS WAS WORSE

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland--known as The Death Shop--are slim. If the cannibals don't get her, the violent energy stones will. She's been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He's wild--a savage--and her only hope of staying alive.

A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile--everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria's help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.
In her enthralling debut, Veronica Rossi sends readers on an unforgettable adventure set in a world that's harsh but often beautiful.

My Review: I loved everything about this book, from the story to the characters. And I will be reading the rest of this series. Rossi created a new world where there are Dwellers (people who live in false worlds like vr and pods) and the outsiders which survive and work the land. This first book shows that survival is very hard on this world and you can die very easy.  Two thumbs up!

The Darkest Hour (movie)

Name: The Darkest Hour
Movie Review

Rating: 3/5

Description:
Arriving amidst a mysterious lightning storm, young Internet entrepreneurs Sean and Ben land in the vibrant Russian capital to pursue their business dreams. Travelers Natalie and Anne, stranded in Moscow by an unscheduled stopover en route to Nepal, make the best of it by seeking adventure in one of the nightlife capitals of the world. The two pairs of best friends meet amid the glitz and glamour of the Zvezda Nightclub, the hot spot for the international and the beautiful in Moscow, but the club is quickly transformed to a scene of terror when aliens invade and everything goes dark.

My Review:
I hate movies that really have no ending, there are a lot of them. I thought that the story had a good start... but lack of anything but we have to get home. That was all this movie was- not really an action movie but who knows what I watched. :) Certain moments kept me watching and then others I thought I was floating away. Oh well. We will see what my next movie review will be. So long...

Monday, January 20, 2014

100 Books in a Year Challenge 2014

Joining this challenge like I did last year! :)
http://www.bookchickcity.com/2013/12/100-books-in-a-year-2014-details-sign-up.html

The Iron Traitor

Title: The Iron Traitor
By: Julie Kagawa
Rating: 5/5

Description:

IN THE REAL WORLD, WHEN YOU VANISH INTO THIN AIR FOR A WEEK, PEOPLE TEND TO NOTICE

After his unexpected journey into the lands of the fey, Ethan Chase just wants to get back to normal. Well, as "normal" as you can be when you see faeries every day of your life. Suddenly the former loner with the bad reputation has someone to try for-his girlfriend, Kenzie. Never mind that he's forbidden to see her again.

But when your name is Ethan Chase and your sister is one of the most powerful faeries in the Nevernever, "normal" simply isn't to be. For Ethan's nephew, Keirran, is missing, and may be on the verge of doing something unthinkable in the name of saving his own love. Something that will fracture the human and faery worlds forever, and give rise to the dangerous fey known as the Forgotten. As Ethan's and Keirran's fates entwine and Keirran slips further into darkness, Ethan's next choice may decide the fate of them all.

My Review: Soon to Come!

A Year and a Day of Everyday Witchcraft

Title: A Year and a Day of Everyday Witchcraft Author: Deborah Blake Reviewed for Netgalley Out: 10.8.2017 Description: Connect with...