Thursday, February 28, 2013

Pivot Point by Kasie West

Nook Book, 352 pages
Release Date: February 12, 2013
Published by: HarperTeen
Pivot Point, #1
Source: Own
For fans of: Paranormal, Sci Fi, Beautiful Covers, YA

     Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier . . .
     Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.
     In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without. (Goodreads)

*MY THOUGHTS*
     When the cover was released, I was so excite for this. Then the synopsis was released and I was even MORE excited about this read. And then when I was finally reading it, I was like o_O what in the world is this?! It was truly not what I was expecting. I wanted a really in depth mystery, but what I found was something I felt was all over the place and I knew the answer before it came out in the story. I remember everyone was giving it 4 and 5 stars before it cane out and I was super excited to read it, but it just wasn't my cup of tea. It really left me disappointed.
     When I first heard about the mystery in this novel, I was thinking it was going to be the center of this story. It definitely wasn't. The mystery was centered around football. One half the regular sport and the other half the paranormal sport that I didn't really understand 100%. This was where I was most disappointed. I love mysteries, especially ones that have me on the edge of my seat and biting my nails. Even ones where I can guess it still intrigue me if done well. This one wasn't one that had me scared and I was able to pick out who it was from the very beginning.
     The writing for the book was also a little bland for me. It just seemed to be nothing happening and the jumping back and forth unfortunately made it worse. It was like there was nothing happening in the story x2. If it makes sense.
     The only reason I finished this was to see why everyone was talking about the ending. And when I got there it was the huge FLASH BANG BOOM that I was expecting. It was more of a mole hill made into a mountain. So, I'm giving this 2 Stars because I actually finished it. 1 Star is usually reserved for those books that I DNF.
   

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: 2/27/13

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what I'm waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) for! It's run by Jill over at Breaking the Spine! 

This week I'm waiting on a book that is (surprise, surprise) ANOTHER retelling! And this one I'm super excited for because I haven't seen another retelling about Rapunzel!

Towering


     At first, I merely saw his face, his hands on the window ledge. Then, his whole body as he swung himself through the window. Only I could not see what he swung on.
Until, one day, I told my dream self to look down. And it was then that I saw. He had climbed on a rope. I knew without asking that the rope had been one of my own tying.

     Rachel is trapped in a tower, held hostage by a woman she’s always called Mama. Her golden hair is growing rapidly, and to pass the time, she watches the snow fall and sings songs from her childhood, hoping someone, anyone, will hear her. 
     Wyatt needs time to reflect or, better yet, forget about what happened to his best friend, Tyler. That’s why he’s been shipped off to the Adirondacks in the dead of winter to live with the oldest lady in town. Either that, or no one he knows ever wants to see him again.
     Dani disappeared seventeen years ago without a trace, but she left behind a journal that’s never been read, not even by her overbearing mother…until now. 
     A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Alex Flinn knows her fairy tales, and Towering is her most mind-bending interpretation yet. Dark and mysterious, this reimagining of Rapunzel will have readers on the edge of their seats wondering where Alex will take them next!



Expected Release Date: May 14, 2013
Published by: HarperTeen

So, what are you waiting on this week?!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

TTT: Authors I Have on Auto-Buy!


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we will post a new Top Ten list. Everyone is welcome to join.    

This week's topic is:
 Top Ten Authors I Have on Auto-Buy!
These are in no particular order.

  1.  Miranda Kennealy: Miss Kennealy doesn't just deliver a great story, she teaches at the same time. I love all her stories, lessons, and her book boys ;)
  2. Jennifer L. Armentrout: After reading The Covenant series, I HAVE to read everything she writes. Just to see if it'll live up to it.
  3. Marissa Meyer: She is a new addition, but Cinder and Scarlet were amazing and have quickly made it to the list of my favorite books. 
  4. Rachel Vincent: The Soul Screamers series is one of my favorites. I love all the covers, the fact that its set in Dallas, and the uniqueness of all the characters. I would read anything else by Vincent because I'd hope to see more uniqueness.
  5. Simone Elkeles: She's the author of the beautiful amazing Fuentes boys. They all had very believable stories that tackled real issues. And to top it off, she introduced me to the genre- contemporary romance. After reading "Perfect Chemistry" I fell in love with this genre. 
  6. Trish Doller: The main character's voice in Something Like Normal was phenomenal. And I would read anything else she wrote just to get more. 
  7. Katie McGarry: Pushing the Limits was a great story that covered some real life issues.
  8. Rick Riordan: I've learned so many things from his books. Because of him, I have fallen in love with Greek mythology, Roman mythology, and Egyptian mythology. So many things I didn't know but got interest in once I read the books by him. He is easily one of my favorite authors. 
  9. Rachel Hawkins: She completely surprised me with The Hex Hall series. And those are the type of books I love. Something I'm not completely certain I'll even like and end up falling in love with it. 
  10. Stephanie Perkins: If you don't have her on your list, Idk what's wrong with you! She combines love and laughter and by result, her books are the epitome of light and fluffy and I love them! 

Monday, February 25, 2013

Dualed by Elise Chapman

E-ARC, 300 pages
Release Date: February 26, 2012
Published by: Random House Children's Books
Series? Dualed, #1
Source: Netgalley*
For fans of: Dystopia, YA

You or your Alt? Only one will survive.

The city of Kersh is a safe haven, but the price of safety is high. Everyone has a genetic Alternate—a twin raised by another family—and citizens must prove their worth by eliminating their Alts before their twentieth birthday. Survival means advanced schooling, a good job, marriage—life.

Fifteen-year-old West Grayer has trained as a fighter, preparing for the day when her assignment arrives and she will have one month to hunt down and kill her Alt. But then a tragic misstep shakes West’s confidence. Stricken with grief and guilt, she’s no longer certain that she’s 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 her Alt, but also from love . . . though both have the power to destroy her.

Elsie Chapman's suspenseful YA debut weaves unexpected romance into a novel full of fast-paced action and thought-provoking philosophy. When the story ends, discussions will begin about this future society where every adult is a murderer and every child knows there is another out there who just might be better.

*MY THOUGHTS*

     This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2013 and I was a little upset by it. I wanted this book to be so absolutely good that I wouldn't be able to put it down for anything, but it fell just short of that. It started out really slow and I just felt like nothing was really happening. It took me until about the ending mark when I really fell for it.
     The way the premise is, this book shouldn't be any less than 5 Stars, but unfortunately for me it was. For the most part I felt like nothing was going on. It seemed like there was nothing going on. Either there was someone dying or she was hiding. It just got weird for me, like repetitive. Maybe I’m being picky, but I wasn't really feeling it. Then when it finally was a killing, it wasn't gruesome and drawn out and cool like, it was just like “Oh someone else is dead.” *shrugs* I can’t lie it was a little disappointing.
     To top all that off, I was really upset about the characters. With West I just felt she was a little flat. She was so dead set on everyone else’s Alt’s but when it came to her own she just seemed afraid. She was like a real life contradiction. But maybe its just me. I’m sure plenty of people would have trouble killing “themselves,” but at the same time, if you can do anyone else, you shouldn't have any worries.
     As for the romance I just felt like it wasn't there. I mean I understand it wasn't the main focus of the story, but when there’s not much else happening, it might be better to add a little “umph” to it.
What I did like about the story though, was the world building. There were so many details that were well thought out. It was so well planned that I would have thought it was researched, but since the premise was so unique, I’m sure she made up things as she went along.
     Overall, I loved the premise and the cover, but that was about it. I was expecting a lot more out of the story, but it just fell flat. But, the world building in itself was really cool and gave the story a very unique feel.
Overall, I give this

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Stacking the Shelves #30

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what we bought, borrowed, or got for review during the week! Its run by Tynga's Reviews!

     This week I'm super excited to tell you all what I got! This week is definitely a doozy. I got so many great titles that I honestly wasn't expecting. I can't wait to read them all and share them with you as well as my students! So, without further ado, check out what I got:

Bought: 
Pivot Point (Pivot Point, #1)

From NetGalley:
That Time I Joined the CircusThings I Can't Forget (Hundred Oaks, #3)Ten Tiny Breaths

Guys, when I was approved for these I literally squealed. I just used both of these as my WoW picks not too long ago. And for Things I Can't Forget, I was chosen to be part of the blog tour for it! I cannot wait! 

*Thanks so much to Sourcebooks Fire, Scholastic Point, Atria Books, and NetGalley for these awesome titles! 

From Edelweiss:
Reboot (Reboot, #1)The End GamesNight School (Night School, #1)

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Losing It by Cora Carmack

E-ARC, 204 pages
Release Date: October 15, 2012
Published by: William Morrow Paperbacks
Losing It, #1 (Companion)
Source: Edelweiss
For fans of: Hot Literary Guys, LOL, Realistic Fiction, New Adult

     Virginity.
     Bliss Edwards is about to graduate from college and still has hers. Sick of being the only virgin among her friends, she decides the best way to deal with the problem is to lose it as quickly and simply as possible-- a one-night stand. But her plan turns out to be anything but simple when she freaks out and leaves a gorgeous guy alone and naked in her bed with an excuse that no one with half-a-brain would ever believe. And as if that weren't embarrassing enough, when she arrives for her first class of her last college semester, she recognizes her new theater professor. She'd left him naked in her bed about 8 hours earlier. (Goodreads)

*MY THOUGHTS*
     When I first read the synopsis about this book it was on another blogger's site and they were looking for people to sign up for a cover reveal. By the end of the synopsis I knew I had to sign up because I had so many different ideas in my head about what it might look like. When I finally started the book, I had so many of the same thoughts going in my head about how the book itself might be. And it surpassed all those thoughts and was even better than I imagined.
     The biggest thing I loved about this book was the characters. They were so easy to connect with. Bliss was so awkward it was funny and Garrick was nothing less than amazing. And those were just the main characters. Carmack didn't leave the "supporting roles" (no pun intended) flat, they were full of life as well and gave more meaning to the story. Especially Cade who has earned his own book because he was such a hurt, interesting character. (See more about Cade's story HERE) And then there's Garrick. Don't let me get started on him. I mean, he was blonde, had blue eyes, rode a motorcycle, and had stacks and stacks of books around his apartment. There's no way I COULD ignore him! (Just looking at the cover I knew I couldn't ignore him lol)
     As for the romance, it blew me away. I'm already drawn to forbidden romance, and with Bliss falling for her teacher, there's nothing that could be more forbidden. But even still, with it being that way, it still seemed effortless. They were very much in love with each other and it showed. Carmack did an amazing job with portraying all the feelings in this story. When they were sick, it really seemed that they were sick. When they were so joyous after Opening Night, I really felt that same joy. I connected with this story like no other.
     This book had me laughing the entire time. From the awkwardness of Bliss to the sarcastic humor that Garrick had, I fell in love with this book from the beginning. I cannot wait to see what else that Carmack has in store for us. This was a refreshing New Adult that gave me just enough hotness without going overboard and I definitely appreciated that. 
Overall, I give this

Friday, February 22, 2013

Follow Friday! Books we've given as Gifts!

Follow Friday is a feature created by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.  It's a fun blog hop where you meet other book bloggers and find people to follow.

Q: "We always talk about the books that WE want. Let's turn it on its head. What books have you given other people lately?"


A: The last book I remember giving away was to my mom and it was "Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton." She asked me for something containing mythology but with a twist. I sent it through the mail for her the next day!

So what was yours last bookish gift? Leave a link and I'll be sure to visit it! 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Blog Tour! Persistence of Vision by Liesel K. Hill! With guest post from the author!

     I really am super excited for this post today! With me being an "older person" who enjoys YA, I really am LOVING this new genre New Adult. It brings the characters closer to my age and that makes it easier to relate to them. Unfortunately in the New Adult genre, mostly every book I've read is about contemporary romance. Until I found out about this book "Persistence of Vision." This book breaks all the norms for the New Adult genre and is all the while 100% enjoyable. Here with us today is Liesel K. Hill about why it was important to stray away from the "normal" New Adult genre!
Persistence of Vision


"     Hello Everyone! Thanks so much for having me here, Nikki. I’m very excited to talk (uh type!) to you today.

     New Adult (NA) is a relatively new genre classification, dealing with characters in their twenties or late teens, but while still maintaining YA standards for clean reads (think of NA as the midpoint between YA and adult). While this genre is becoming more prevalent, you see it most often used for contemporary novels.

     Enter me.

     I write dystopian, historical fiction, and crime drama (okay, technically that’s contemporary) and almost exclusively use NA. So why the deviation from contemporary?

     I’m not sure there’s a hard-and-fast reason for it. I simply prefer stories about adults to those about teenagers. I’m not a big fan of high school drama, teenaged angst, or problems revolving around adolescence. Even my favorite YA novels (take Hunger Games for example) have nothing to do with teenaged girl problems. They’re about youngsters facing real world problems. (Yeah, yeah, technically in that story they’re fake world problems, but you get my gist.)

     Anyway, when I write, I simply write older characters. Meanwhile, my genre of preference isn’t contemporary. I like sci-fi/fantasy, including dystopian, historical, and mystery/crime.

     So what’s the moral of the story? Don’t try to pigeonhole your writing into any particular genre or niche. There’s tons of cross-over going on these days. For examples, look—you know—anywhere on Amazon. In fact, one definition of NA is a cross-over between character age or other genre types (i.e. something that’s typically YA but with older characters, etc.). Write what you love and what you envision. Be true to your story and worry about genre classification later. Your readers will appreciate it.

Trust me on that. ;D"
-Liesel K. Hill
  
Goodreads Author Page: goodreads.com/lieselkhill

MY REVIEW

Paperback, 384 pages
Release Date: January 29, 2012
Published by: Tate Publishing
Series: Interchron, #1
Source: Received from the Author
For fans of: Dystopia, Sci-Fi, New Adult

In a world where collective hives are enslaving the population and individuals have been hunted to the verge of extinction, Maggie Harper, and independent 21st Century woman, must find the strength to preserve the freedom of the future, but without the aid of her memories.

After experiencing a traumatic time loss, Maggie is plagued by a barrage of images she can't explain. When she's attacked by a creep with a spider's web tattoo, she is saved by Marcus, a man she's never met, but somehow remembers. He tells her that both he and her creepy attacker are from a future in which individuals are being murdered by collectives, and Marcus is part of the rebellion. The collectives have acquired time travel and they plan to enslave the human race throughout all of history. The flashes Maggie has been seeing are echoes of lost memories, and the information buried deep within them is instrumental in defeating the collective hives.

In order to preserve the individuality of mankind, Maggie must try to re-discover stolen memories, re-kindle friendships she has no recollection of, and wade through her feelings for the mysterious Marcus, all while dodging the tattooed assassins the collectives keep sending her way.

If Maggie can't fill the holes in her memory and find the answers to stop the collectives, the world both in her time and in all ages past and future will be doomed to enslavement in the grey, mediocre collectives. As the danger swirls around her and the collectives close in, Maggie realizes she must make a choice: stand out or fade away...

*New Adult futuristic dystopian fantasy

*MY THOUGHTS*
     This was definitely not what I was expecting. But in a very good way. I was taken on the ride of a lifetime with dozens of twists and turns. I just wish I knew a little more about the world where they were. I mean the society seems crazy, but the world we don't get a huge glimpse into it. 
     As for the characters, I enjoyed them all, but it seemed that a huge amount of the story was dialogue. (YES I KNOW THIS IS FICTION!) But I wish I had gotten a larger glimpse into the main character, without everyone else's voices coming into it. I was missing the chance to fully bond with Maggie. Although this didn't make me hate the story, or her, it was still something that I missed as a reader. 
     The biggest thing I loved about this story was the genre. I forgot all about what society has labeled as "normal" New Adult, and was able to enjoy a Sci-Fi/futuristic story about a girl and guy who are my age. Don't get me wrong, there is some romance in this book, but its not ALL there is to it. This will be the  opening of the floodgates for so many other authors to branch out and be different. 
     Another thing I especially liked about this book is how it taught me so much. Hill is so knowledgeable about the human brain and she researched it really well for her book. I felt it to be a little overwhelming at times, but I was still able to follow along. I even took a few notes to help me along. 
     This story is one for the books. (No pun intended.) The plot will leave you on the edge of your seat and the knowledge you gain from it wil leave you with something you can take with you long after you finish it. 
     Overall, I give this



Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: 2/20/13

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what we're waiting on. Sometimes patiently and sometimes not so patiently. This meme is hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. 

     This week I chose a book who's author is on my "auto buy" list. I love how everything she writes has a lesson and will teach you a little something without even meaning to. I LOVE books like this and I can't wait to see what lesson this one will teach me!

Things I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally
Things I Can't Forget (Hundred Oaks, #3)

     Companion to Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker. 
     Kate has always been the good girl. Too good, according to some people at school—although they have no idea the guilty secret she carries. But this summer, everything is different…
     This summer she’s a counselor at Cumberland Creek summer camp, and she wants to put the past behind her. This summer Matt is back as a counselor too. He’s the first guy she ever kissed, and he’s gone from a geeky songwriter who loved The Hardy Boys to a buff lifeguard who loves to flirt…with her.
     Kate used to think the world was black and white, right and wrong. Turns out, life isn’t that easy…
     Read an excerpt here.
Note: Mature themes, sexual situations, religious discussions.

Expected Publication: March 1, 2013
Published by: Sourcebooks Fire

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

TTT: Fave Characters in the Paranormal Genre



Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we will post a new Top Ten list. Everyone is welcome to join.    

This week's topic is:
Top Ten Favorites from "X" Genre
I chose the Paranormal Genre. 
These are in no particular order.

This week I tried to choose some characters and books that were different from usual because I know I pick a lot of the sameeee books all the time. 

Twilight (Twilight, #1)Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1)My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers, #1)
1. Alice from the Twilight Saga: She was so quirky and so smart. I wished Bella was more like her. 

2. Sophie from the Hex Hall series: I LOVED her sarcasm! It reminds me so much of me! (Which reminds me, I NEED to finish this series smh)

3. Todd from the Soul Screamers series: Dude, he's a reaper and a pizza boy. How can he NOT be your favorite?!

Shade (Shade, #1)Time Between UsThe Dead and Buried
4. Logan from the Shade series: He was so passionate about his music and it was obvious how much he loved Aura. 

5. Bennett from Time Between Us: Dude, he can time travel.... Nuff said lol 

6. Jade from The Dead and Buried: I loved learning about her jewelry collection! I'd love to know more about it. 

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy, #1)Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)
7. Magnus Bane from The Mortal Instruments/The Internal Devices: He's a hot warlock.... I mean what else is there? 

8. Kaidan Rowe from the Sweet Evil series: Plays the drums, has a BRITISH accent, and he's the son of the Duke of Lust. Can you say HOT?!

9. Anna from the Anna Dressed in Blood series: She was such a nice "Person" until you pissed her off. She kind of reminded me of me... Besides the whole dead thing lol 

Obsidian (Lux, #1)
10. Katy from the Lux series: Come on, she's a book blogger! And her boyfriend is Dameon, the hottest alien around! 

So, what's your favorite genre and who are some of your favorite characters? 
Leave a link to your TTT list and I'll be sure to visit! 

Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington

Hardcover, 304 pages
Release Date: January 1, 2013
Published by: Scholastic Point
Series? No. Standalone.
Source: Own
For fans of: Paranormal, Ghosts, Mystery, YA

A haunted house, a buried mystery, and a very angry ghost make this one unforgettable thriller.

Jade loves the house she's just moved into with her family. She doesn't even mind being the new girl at the high school: It's a fresh start, and there's that one guy with the dreamy blue eyes. . . . But then things begin happening. Strange, otherworldly things. Jade's little brother claims to see a glimmering girl in his room. Jade's jewelry gets moved around, as if by an invisible hand. Kids at school whisper behind her back like they know something she doesn't.

Soon, Jade must face an impossible fact: that her perfect house is haunted. Haunted by a ghost who's seeking not just vengeance, but the truth. The ghost of a girl who ruled Jade's school — until her untimely death last year. It's up to Jade to put the pieces together before her own life is at stake. As Jade investigates the mystery, she discovers that her new friends in town have more than a few deep, dark secrets. But is one of them a murderer? (Goodreads)

*MY THOUGHTS*
     When I first started this, I wasn't sure what to expect. I had read so many mixed reviews about it that I kept it on the back burner for so long. Finally I decided to give it a try. And it may sound cliche, but I'm so glad I did. 
     This book was filled with suspense, drama, spooky moments, and all that you need for a good paranormal story. There were a few small things I wish had been different, but overall I felt that it was a good story. Jade and her "new" family move to a new town and into a new house. Soon afterwards, weird things start going on in the house that causes Jade and the other kids at her school to investigate a mystery that happened way before Jade even got there. 
     The main thing that bothered me about the book was the writing style. Although it was marketed as a YA novel, it had the feel of a MG novel to me. Knowing that Harrington is a MG writer as well, I wasn't surprised, but I was hoping for a little more distinction in her writing style. 
     The next disappointment I had was with the main character Jade. She just seemed to be without a backbone. It was obvious she was that way because of plot movement, but there came a time when I began thinking "Enough is enough." 
     This brings me to what I DID like. The plot and its movement is STELLAR. We don't find out "whodunit" until the last few pages, after going on a wild and ride of guessing who it might be. Just like in most mysteries though, I was able to figure out who it was, but not without having to put the actual book aside and think about it. Harrington did a GREAT job with the mystery aspect and making all the characters amazing suspects. 
     This turns right to my love for the characters. Without their "real-ness" the book, the mystery none of it would have worked. Jade seemed like a weird closed off teen with a new family, her stepmom seemed like a real woman trying to win over her family, and all Jade's friends/enemies seemed real in their own ways as well. I especially loved Colby (but I think it may have been because he was 5 lol) but what happened to him CREEPED ME OUT. I kept picturing the way his face might have looked and.... Ughhh *shivers* Then there was Donovan, I don't want to say too much for fear of spoilers, but I will say this, <3!
     But the biggest thing I loved about the book ironically had nothing to do with the plot or the mystery, it was the gem stones. They were still a huge part of the story. I loved that there was an explanation of them and that they fit right in with the story. I really like this because I had no idea about all of those meanings. I found myself jotting down the meanings as "notes" and keeping them around. I was taught alot from this book that I wasn't expecting to learn, and if there's one thing I love, its a fiction book that can teach me something. 
     From beginning to end Harrington takes you on a wild ride that will leave you on edge. This may seem like a thriller for the younger crowd, but the creep factor definitely turns it up a notch. If you are looking for a fast exciting read, this is the book for you! 
Overall, I give this

Friday, February 15, 2013

Follow Friday! Write a letter to your favorite character!

Feature and Follow is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. This is to promote blogs, have new followers and to be friends with everyone!!

RULES: (just tweaked them a bit but still the same idea!)

To join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:

1. (Required) Follow the hosts {Parajunkee and Alison Can Read} and Featured Bloggers.
2. Put your Blog name and URL in the Linky thing on either of the host's blogs.
3. Follow as many as you want.
4. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love!

ACTIVITY: Write a letter to your favorite character. Rant, rave or gush…just pretend like they are real and you just want to let them know a “few things”. – Activity courtesy of author, Kelly Walker. 

Dear Fuentes brothers, 
             I know life is hard when you're from a one parent household and you stay in a not so safe place, but still, you don't have to act like everyone is out to get you. All you guys needed was some guidance and love and you ended up with a good life. I really wish you had realized all you needed was someone who truly cared about you before you got yourselves into all that BS and drama. 

Love,

Nikki

P.S. Remember one of my favorite quotes, "Love is all you need!"

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum

Hardcover, 272 pages
Release Date: January 8, 2013
Published by: HarperTeen
Series? No. Stand alone
Source: Traded for
For fans of: Post Apocalyptic, Robots, Sci-fi

Twenty years ago, the robots designed to fight our wars abandoned the battlefields. Then they turned their weapons on us.

Only a few escaped the robot revolution of 2071. Kevin, Nick, and Cass are lucky —they live with their parents in a secret human community in the woods. Then their village is detected and wiped out. Hopeful that other survivors have been captured by bots, the teens risk everything to save the only people they have left in the world—by infiltrating a city controlled by their greatest enemies.

Revolution 19 is a cinematic thriller unlike anything else. With a dynamic cast of characters, this surefire blockbuster has everything teen readers want—action, drama, mystery, and romance. Written by debut novelist Gregg Rosenblum, this gripping story shouldn’t be missed. (Goodreads)

*MY THOUGHTS*
     I can't lie, I really really wanted to post a review saying that I what I loved about this book. Sadly, this one didn't do it for me.  It just fell flat to me. I was so excited about the robots and I was thinking OMG these robots are going to be terrifying and I'm going to chew off my fingernails because I'm so scared. Yeah that definitely didn't happen. The robots were no where near as frightening as they couls have been and the main characters were really naiieve to me. We just didn't work out. I even tried to skim to the end, but I couldn't even do that. It just wasn't my cup of tea. 
     I was wondering why so many of my blogger friends had decided to put it off, and now I can see why. For it to be labeled action and adventure, it just didn't get my blood pumping like others have. I felt bored with it. The main reason was because I was 100 pages in and the plot had barely gotten started. In a 272 page book, that's a little late. 
     Maybe I'm just being picky, but that's just me. I hope any of you who read it enjoy it better than I did. 
Overall, I give this


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: 2/13/13

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what we're waiting patiently (and most times not so patiently) for! 
It's hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!

     This week I'm waiting on something that's been on my TBR pile since I first read the first book in its series about two years ago. I LOVE this series and after reading this last book, I am on pins and needles waiting for this! 

Apollyon (Covenant, #4)
Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Expected Publication: April 9, 2013
Published by: Spencer Hill Press 

     Fate isn’t something to mess with… and now, neither is Alex.
     Alex has always feared two things: losing herself in the Awakening and being placed on the Elixir. But love has always been stronger than Fate, and Aiden St. Delphi is willing to make war on the gods—and Alex herself—to bring her back.
     The gods have killed thousands and could destroy entire cities in their quest to stop Seth from taking Alex’s power and becoming the all-powerful God Killer. But breaking Alex’s connection to Seth isn’t the only problem. There are a few pesky little loopholes in the whole “an Apollyon can’t be killed” theory, and the only person who might know how to stop the destruction has been dead for centuries.
     Finding their way past the barriers that guard the Underworld, searching for one soul among countless millions, and then somehow returning will be hard enough. Alex might be able to keep Seth from becoming the God Killer… or she might become the God Killer herself.

Now I KNOW a lot of you have received your ARC of this book.... If you'd like to share, I'd gladly give you a limb for it lol I NEEEEEEDDDDD this book! 

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