Friday, May 31, 2013

Armchair BEA: Ethics & Non-Fiction

Ethics

     This IS a heavy topic today! Ethics is something that everyone should hold dear. It goes against yur reputation and people don't forget about that kind of thing too easily. If you use something that you even think may come from somewhere else, try to figure it out and give credit where its due. One thing I do, is steer clear of other reviews for books until I've written my own. Once I have my own written and ready to be posted, I can then read what other's think about it. Until then, I just talk to other bloggers that I know are currently reading it and ask what they think of it so far. That way, there is no room for plagiarism or any kind of  miscommunication. 
     Me personally, I've never had a run in with plagiarism. And I hope I never do. As a blogger,  you must remember that you are reviewing these books because you want to give your opinion on them. If you are giving someone else's thoughts and words, that doesn't count as your opinion. It counts as theirs, and that's one less review that the author has. Just remember to be honest and to take everyone's feelings into consideration. Everyone who writes their reviews work long and hard on them, so taking those words away from them just isn't fair. As my mom used to tell me, "if you can't find the words you want to use, say it a different way." 

What do you think about ethics? How do you avoid miscommunication? 

Non-Fiction

     I don't read too much non fiction anymore, but I do dabble in it from time to time. I read things that scare me (in other words, things I shouldn't) like true crime novels. Call me morbid, but I really love the stories about the unsolved mysteries like The Black Dahlia. I also like biographies of musicians. (I'm still looking for one on Janis Joplin if anyone has a good one....)
     If I was to help someone pick out their first non fiction book, I would make sure they were really interested in it. Don't pick out a non-fiction book that you will only be merely interested in. You will never finish it. 
Do you read non-fiction? What topics do you read?

Follow Friday: Up Close and Personal!

Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee’s View & Alison Can Read.
 

The goal is to increase blog followers and make friends. Basically how it works is you follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. So looking forward to making new blogging friends & following blogs!

Q: Which blogger would you like to meet in real life?

A: You really want me to pick one? Like for real? Ummmm no way lol I can name 3 without even thinking about it... Those 3 are 
1. Jen from Jenuine Cupcakes: She's one of the sweetest bloggers I've had the pleasure of talking to. I mean come on, she let me borrow Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout MONTHS before its release. All because she knew I had become addicted to a book boy. 
2. Molli from Once Upon a Prologue: We have just about the same feelings towards most books we've both read. I love to read her reviews after I've written my own and see how much we have in common. I'm sure if we lived closer we could go out for drinks and talk about books allllllllll day! Plus we already fangirled over The Archived by Victoria Schwab so we pretty much already bonded lol 
3. Sara from Forever 17 Books: She's always been so nice. Even when my blog was way smaller. Plus we bonded because she won my first ever giveaway I had on the blog and my boyfriend even gave her a little extra congratulatory cash on it! 

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Armchair BEA: Giveaways and Literature!

Giveaway

     When I'm upset I use retail therapy to make me feel better. And of course that shopping list always involves books.  So, I'm assuming the rest of you are like me. And like me, you are upset that you can't make it to BEA :( So I'm holding a giveaway just for you! Your prize is shopping for one book on Amazon for $10 or less and I will purchase it and ship it to you! (You must be 13 years or older to participate, you cannot be attending BEA, you must be participating in Armchair BEA, and sorry folks, but this is USA participants only!) 

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General Literary Fiction


     So, this topic said to be creative, so I'm going to tell you all a little story....Sit back and grab some popcorn! The title is: Books that Have Changed my Life

     When I was a little girl, my mom used to read to me all the time. My favorite two books were 
Goodnight Moon and Green Eggs and Ham.
     Pretty soon I began to follow along and read by myself. When my mom realized that I could read by myself I was 4 years old. To this day we have no idea how I learned to read. We just know that I followed along and next thing we knew I was a reading machine and a The Berenstain Bears Forget Their Manners fanatic! 
     This may seem like a pretty cool feat, but it got me in trouble. In school I would read
Dick And Jane Reading Collection (Collection: We Look, Something Funny, Jump And Run, Guess Who, Go Away, Spot, Go, Go, Go, Away We Go, Who Can Help, We See, We Work, We Play, Fun With Dick & Jane, Volumes 1  12)
my readers at home and then tell my classmates the ending when we were supposed to be discussing it.
     In fifth grade I picked up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1). I fell in LOVE with the series. I remember following it all the way up until the last one came out years later when I was a high school grad. I loved them so much, for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4) I was the first person in Galveston, Tx to have it (because I had went to a midnight release party) and they took my picture and I was in the paper and everything. In between waiting on the Harry Potter novels to come out, I found out I was addicted to Kristy's Great Idea (The Baby-Sitters Club, #1). I had the entire collection. 
     As I grew older, I read anything I could get my hands on. I started to read books where I related to the characters by skin color. How Stella Got Her Groove Back That in turn sparked my love for adult novels. The problem was, I was merely a teen and my mom was trying to monitor everything I read. So then I turned to everything that I had to read for class, with my favorite being To Kill a Mockingbird. This is a small miracle, because I naturally, I hate anything that I'm forced to read. 
     Finally, when I got to college I was still reading adult novels but by then, the Twilight (Twilight, #1) craze had hit because the movie was coming out. I'm someone that REFUSES to watch the movie before reading the book, so I finally gave in and read it... From then on I was addicted to paranormal romance and even more so YA books. 

As you can see, books changed me even as a small child and I want to make sure they all get their credit. 
What about you? What books have changed your life? 


Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn

e-ARC, 272 pages
Release Date: June 11, 2013
Published by: HarperTeen
Standalone
Source: Edelweiss (This galley was given to me in exchange for a just and honest review.)
For fans of: Paranormal, Thriller, Mystery, YA, Sparkly Covers

     The spine-tingling horror of Stephen King meets an eerie mystery worthy of Sara Shepard's Pretty Little Liars series in Kate Karyus Quinn's haunting debut.
     On a cool autumn night, Annaliese Rose Gordon stumbled out of the woods and into a high school party. She was screaming. Drenched in blood. Then she vanished.
     A year later, Annaliese is found wandering down a road hundreds of miles away. She doesn't know who she is. She doesn't know how she got there. She only knows one thing: She is not the real Annaliese Rose Gordon.
     Now Annaliese is haunted by strange visions and broken memories. Memories of a reckless, desperate wish . . . a bloody razor . . . and the faces of other girls who disappeared. Piece by piece, Annaliese's fractured memories come together to reveal a violent, endless cycle that she will never escape—unless she can unlock the twisted secrets of her past.

*MY THOUGHTS*
     Normally I wouldn't post something more than two or three days ahead of its publication date, but since I didn't finish this one, I'm going to go ahead and post it. 
     For the longest time I was super excited about this. I made it to half way through and I just couldn't do it anymore. I'm most disappinted because I wanted to enjoy this. Especially when in the synopsis it mentions Stephen King, one of my favorite authors. Maybe when it comes out I'll give it another try, but for right now, I just can't get into it.
     I didn't like the sub chapters and the awkward writing style was just really weird to me. Finally the only thing keeping me in the book was finding out what was really going on, but then even that didn't appeal to me. 
     I can see from other reviews that I'm not the only one who struggled with this, but there were also other people who loved it. Give it a try and you be the judge! It wasn't for me, but it doesn't mean that its not for you either!
Overall, I give this

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Armchair BEA: Blogger Development and Genre Fiction

Blogger Development

     I love this topic! I really haven't thought about going pro on my blog, but the idea does sound appealing. But I have branched out in my community. I donate books to my local library and I have helped out at the Boys and Girls Club to help their child readers. I sometimes partner with other bloggers by trading books back and forth to give them books they don't have and vice versa. 
     When I first started blogging I was really shy and didn't like to put any negative reviews. Now I have no qualms with writing negative reviews. As much as I hate it, its my honest opinion and that's what's asked of me as a blogger.
     I have also realized that my content in my reviews have changed dramatically. Where they used to be short and not very descriptive, they gotten longer with way more descriptions on what I liked or didn't like about the book. 
     Overall, I caan honestly say I've grown as a blogger. I wouldn't say that I've made it big time in the blogging world, but I have done ok for my small blog. 
What about you?

Genre Fiction

     My favorite genres include all things YA, NA, and MG. I am mostly drawn to anything dealing with romance in these types of books, but I will give other books a try as well. My favorite sub-genre right now is retellings! I just read and LOVED Cinder and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer and The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepard. 
     Since its summer, what I'm mostly looking forward to is sitting by the pool with a fruity drink and a contemporary romance in a beach like setting. I need some fun in the sun with a hot literary guy to get me through this down south heat!
What is your favorite sub-genre of fiction?

Waiting on Wednesday: 5/29/13

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

3:59

     Josie Byrne's life is spiraling out of control. Her parents are divorcing, her boyfriend Nick has grown distant, and her physics teacher has it in for her. When she's betrayed by the two people she trusts most, Josie thinks things can't get worse.
     Until she starts having dreams about a girl named Jo. Every night at the same time—3:59 a.m.
     Jo's life is everything Josie wants: she's popular, her parents are happily married, and Nick adores her. It all seems real, but they're just dreams, right? Josie thinks so, until she wakes one night to a shadowy image of herself in the bedroom mirror – Jo. 
     Josie and Jo realize that they are doppelgängers living in parallel universes that overlap every twelve hours at exactly 3:59. Fascinated by Jo's perfect world, Josie jumps at the chance to jump through the portal and switch places for a day.
     But Jo’s world is far from perfect. Not only is Nick not Jo's boyfriend, he hates her. Jo's mom is missing, possibly insane. And at night, shadowy creatures feed on human flesh.
     By the end of the day, Josie is desperate to return to her own life. But there’s a problem: Jo has sealed the portal, trapping Josie in this dangerous world. Can she figure out a way home before it’s too late?
     From master of suspense Gretchen McNeil comes a riveting and deliciously eerie story about the lives we wish we had – and how they just might kill you.
Release Date: September 17, 2013
Published by: Balzer & Bray

Why I'm waiting: Ummm hello creep factor! It just sounds amazing! And I really enjoyed Ten by McNeil so I'm ready to see what else she has in store for her readers!


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Armchair BEA: Introductions & Classics!

Well, the title is a little self explanatory... I'm an unlucky soul who can't make it to NYC so I'm going to have fun at BEA from my chair! So, first things first, allow me to introduce myself:

Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? 

My name is Nikki H and I love all things with words and Wonder Woman. I love reading all genres, but my favorite age groups are YA, NA, and MG, only because I can escape the "adult" life I already live. Right now I'm studying to become a YA/Children's Librarian. I've been blogging since May 2011 (my blogoversary should be soon!) and I love it! I started blogging because of an English class I took in my undergrad college years. We were supposed to keep notes on all the books we read, and I thought a creative idea would be to make it through a blog! After the class was  over I didn't want to get rid of it so I kept it going!

Where in the world are you blogging from? Tell a random fact or something special about your current location. Feel free to share pictures. 
I'm blogging from the south side, Texas to be more specific! Home of the most bipolar weather ever! And just in case you're wondering, NO we do not use horses as transportation everywhere and not everyone has that terrible twang accent lol 

Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you. 

I am addicted to spicy foods. Sometimes when we go to the movies and I finish my nachos, I eat just the jalapenos and cheese by themselves. I blame my mother, she did that all throughout her pregnancy with me. 

What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? 

Talking to authors. Authors are our celebrities, so tweeting them, having a convo with them, or meeting them makes my day. 

What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2013? 
Another Little Piece
I'm currently reading Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn, but I'm looking to read more summery reads. (As in romance, sand, hot literary guys, etc.) 

Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2)Splintered (Splintered, #1)
Eleanor and ParkMy Life After Now
My favorite books of the year have been Splintered by A.G. Howard and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. In a different category, I really liked My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi and Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. 


Classics

     For a long time I wasn't a huge fan of the classics. Only because throughout my school years they were shoved down my throat as assignments and not enjoyment. I was one of those that automatically hated anything I had to read for class. 
     As I got older and had to reread them for college classes they grew on me. For example, I now LOVE To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. 
     I think a better way to get students to appreciate the classics is to give them a choice. If you know that particular student loves romance novels, let them read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Going by what they love could make the world of a difference. 
What do you think could change the way students feel about the classics?

TTT:FREEBIE!!!

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:
A Freebie!
Top 10 Best/Worst Bookish Trends
*These are in no particular order.

Worst
1. Love Triangles: After Twilight EVERYTHING had a love triangle. Whatever happened to just having that one special person that you connect to? 

2. Vampires: Again after Twilight vampires exploded in pop culture. And then I grew sick of them. If you notice, I haven't reviewed a book with vampires since I reviewed Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London

3. Missing Parents: Let's be real here, your teen years were when you got in the most trouble. There is no way your parents let you be by yourself and do whatever it is you wanted at that age. 

4. Stereotypes: The mean girl is almost always a cheerleader, the bad boy almost always has dark hair, the good boy almost always has the golden hair, and so on and so forth. Just once I'd like to see the mean girl be a random or a geek or something. 

5. Sex in YA: As a 24 year old, I'm no stranger to the hormones I had as a teen. I know the pressure that sex puts on them at that age. Reading this in books is expected. My problem is the way its portrayed. If you're going to put it in your book, make sure you add somewhere in there how to protect themselves. By letting them do it and having nothing happen to them can put the idea in teens' head that nothing will happen to them if they do it unprotected.

Best
6. Mythology: I've seen a lot of books featuring gods and goddess and even more featuring The Furies. This makes me happy because anything dealing with mythology is sure to teach the reader about the myths as well as entertain them. 

7. Bad Boys: Do away with the love triangles, but not the Bad Boys! Smart alec remarks, broody looks, and all the hotness like EVER? Umm yes please!

8. Mermaids: With summer here, I would love to see more water creatures! Especially those that center on our fish tailed humans! I really love the books about the nice ones that center around romance.

9. Retellings: I love to read the original story and then see what kind of world the author can come up with in their novels. My favorite retellings this year have been (fairy tale) Scarlet and (plain retellings) The Madman's Daughter

10. New Adult: With me being 24, I love that most of these characters are closer to my age. I just wish the genre would branch out more to different genres than just romance. Maybe we can get the word out and it can become more than just a sub genre to romance. 

What do you think are the best/worst bookish trends in YA nowadays?

Monday, May 27, 2013

The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

e-ARC, 201 pages
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Published by: Entangled Teen
Stand alone
Source: NetGalley (This galley was given to me in exchange for a just and honest review.)
For fans of: Contemporary, Humor, Hot Literary Guys,Romance, Summer Love, YA

     On the outside, seventeen-year-old Madelyne Summers looks like your typical blond cheerleader—perky, popular, and dating the star quarterback. But inside, Maddie spends more time agonizing over what will happen in the next issue of her favorite comic book than planning pep rallies with her squad. That she’s a nerd hiding in a popular girl's body isn’t just unknown, it's anti-known. And she needs to keep it that way.
     Summer is the only time Maddie lets her real self out to play, but when she slips up and the adorkable guy behind the local comic shop’s counter uncovers her secret, she’s busted. Before she can shake a pom-pom, Maddie’s whisked into Logan’s world of comic conventions, live-action role-playing, and first-person-shooter video games. And she loves it. But the more she denies who she really is, the deeper her lies become…and the more she risks losing Logan forever.

*MY THOUGHTS*
     I honestly had a lot of mixed emotions with this book. In some ways I loved it, but in other ways I didn't. In some ways I could absolutely connect with the main character while in other ways I wanted to shake her a couple of times. 
     To me, the best thing about the story was Logan. I LOVED him. He brought out (in my opinion) Maddie's best side. He was always himself and taught Maddie to be ok and comfortable in her own skin. Anyone that can bring out the best in someone is always worth it. 
     I liked Maddie because she was in some ways like me. When I first started blogging, I was embarrassed for anyone to know that not only was I blogging about books, I was blogging about YA books. I even kept it from my boyfriend, so I know all about the hiding from people you love. But just like Maddie I learned that not everyone will always accept you, you have to do what makes you happy. I can also relate to all her fandoms, love of reading, and the smelling of fresh book pages. This part was portrayed almost perfectly. 
     Which bring me to my next point. This was a very quick read, but I fear that it was too quick for me. I admit I don't like a lot of fluff (too many details) when I read, but not having enough is a problem for me too. I found myself flying through the book, but not really having an emotional connect to it. But I did like it enough to finish the story. 
    This was a great coming of age novel. Maddie learns not only who she is, but who her friends, family, and new boyfriend are as well. 
Overall, I give this

     

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Stacking the Shelves #40


This meme tells the blogosphere what exciting bookish things we've bought, borrowed, or received for review through out the week! Its hosted by Tynga over at Tynga's Reviews.

This week I only got one thing since I'm trying to cut down on my spending.... 

Bought: 
How My Summer Went Up in Flames
How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

Friday, May 24, 2013

Follow Friday: They are 150 weeks old!


Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee’s View & Alison Can Read.
 

The goal is to increase blog followers and make friends. Basically how it works is you follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. So looking forward to making new blogging friends & following blogs!

Q: The #FF is 150 weeks old! And we want to hear from you! What would you change about the hop? What do you like about it? Or just suggest a question to be used for next week!


A: As someone who was once one of the featured blogs, I don't think I would change a thing about the program. It was a great way to put my name out there in the blogging world and I found some other cool blogs out there in the process. I also gained some friends from this as well.

So, what about you, would you change anything?

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Dare You To by Katie McGarry



e-ARC, 479 pages
Release Date: May, 28, 2013
Published By: Harlequin Teen
Companion (Pushing the Limits, #2)
Source: NetGalley (A HUGE thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this galley! It was given to me in exchahnge for a just and honest review.)
For fans of: Contemporary romance, Sparkly covers, Chick lit, Realistic Fiction, YA

     Ryan lowers his lips to my ear. "Dance with me, Beth."
     "No." I whisper the reply. I hate him and I hate myself for wanting him to touch me again....     "I dare you..."
     If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does....
     Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him.
     But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all....

*MY THOUGHTS*
          Before I get started though, there was something really cool that happened when I was reading this book. I was just reading this and then I get on Twitter to play for a minute and see this:
     Ok obviously my phone screen shots suck, but yeah, the words are pretty clear... I was on Twitter and reading when I saw Katie mention Taco Bell's drive thru. After I had JUST read the Taco bell drive thru scene in Dare You To! That was like freaking awesome timing lmao 
     Anyways, as you know, Pushing the Limits was one of my favorite reads of 2012, so when I heard about Dare You To, I was superrrrr excited. And then I got upset when I saw that the names were Beth and Ryan and not Beth and Isiah. I was sad that they weren't going to get together, but then I found out the reasoning behind it..... Isiah will get his OWN story, Crash Into You. Mrs. McGarry, you are indeed an evil genius. 
     But even though I wasn't 100% on the Ryan bandwagon in the beginning, the story definitely turned me into a Ryan fan. Granted he's no Noah, but he and Beth had their own story and I loved something about each one of them. As for Beth, its a little hard to say what I thought of her. I loved that she was so passionate about certain things, but that was also her downfall. She was so passionate about the wrong things. Her mother and her past life smh, I would have left it all behind. If I had been her, in that first scene with her mother I would have sent her to jail. She can be fed, clean, and free of the monster in there. But Beth was too busy focusing on the fact that she wanted her mother free, but she didn't think about the fact that even while she's not in jail, she's still not free of the bad things holding onto her. As she held on to all those things, she seemed ungrateful and it was hard to read through her temper tantrums. But as her shell begins to crack, Beth turns into a different person. I loved the person she became when she was finally with Ryan. She had hope and finally knew the real meaning of love.
     When it came to Ryan, he had his own demons following him. His parents are both idiots in my opinion. His father is a man who I could NEVER talk to or understand. So many things in this story he steered his son down the wrong path. I was floored that his mother never said anything about it as scared as she seemed of him. But the persona they put on for their community makes them all seem perfect. To everyone except Ryan. At first I wasn't just in love with him, but as the story went on I began to see why everyone was falling for him so hard. He had to figure out a few things about him self just as Beth had to figure out somethings about her self. 
     Together, their romance felt real and it didn't seem rushed. It was nice to see their changes as things went by. There was so much growth for the both of them throughout the story and it was nice to see that love can really change even the hardest things. 
Overall, I give this






Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: 5/22/13

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

The Naturals

     Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they've begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie.
     What Cassie doesn't realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides— especially when she’s sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own.
     Sarcastic, privileged Michael has a knack for reading emotions, which he uses to get inside Cassie’s head—and under her skin. Brooding Dean shares Cassie’s gift for profiling, but keeps her at arm’s length.
     Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms closer than Cassie could ever have imagined. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive.

Why I'm waiting: "Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they've begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie." Enough said. Plus, we all know I love a good mystery, so I'm all for trying to figure it out before its revealed in the end!

Release Date: November 5, 2013
Published by: Hyperion

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

TTT: Fave Book Covers of Books I've Read

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 10 Fave Book Covers of Books I've Read
*These are in no particular order.*

That Time I Joined the CircusSplintered (Splintered, #1)Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)
Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2)
2. Splintered by A.G. Howard
3. Cinder and Scarlet  by Marissa Meyer

The Archived (The Archived, #1)imageUnearthly (Unearthly, #1)
4. The Archived  by Victoria Schwab
5. I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga (And this one has an extra surprise underneath it!)
*picture taken from Tumblr
6. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand (The real cover features silver shimmery words!)

Firelight (Firelight, #1)Vanish (Firelight, #2)Apollyon (Covenant, #4)Dare You To (Pushing the Limits, #2)
7. Firelight and Vanish by Sophie Jordan
8. Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout
9. Dare You To by Katie McGarry

Masque of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death, #1)
10. Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

What are your favorite book covers?!

Monday, May 20, 2013

The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher

e-ARC, 322 pages
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Published by: Gallery Books
Standalone
Source: NetGalley (A review copy was recieved from them in change for a just and honest review.)
For fans of: Mystery, YA, Suicide

     First it was SLUT scribbled all over Lizzie Hart’s locker.     But one week after Lizzie kills herself, SUICIDE SLUT replaces it—in Lizzie's looping scrawl.
     Lizzie’s reputation is destroyed when she's caught in bed with her best friend’s boyfriend on prom night. With the whole school turned against her, and Angie not speaking to her, Lizzie takes her own life. But someone isn’t letting her go quietly. As graffiti and photocopies of Lizzie’s diary plaster the school, Angie begins a relentless investigation into who, exactly, made Lizzie feel she didn’t deserve to keep living. And while she claims she simply wants to punish Lizzie’s tormentors, Angie's own anguish over abandoning her best friend will drive her deep into the dark, twisted side of Verity High—and she might not be able to pull herself back out.
     Debut author Chelsea Pitcher daringly depicts the harsh reality of modern high schools, where one bad decision can ruin a reputation, and one cruel word can ruin a life. Angie’s quest for the truth behind Lizzie’s suicide is addictive and thrilling, and her razor-sharp wit and fierce sleuthing skills makes her impossible not to root for—even when it becomes clear that both avenging Lizzie and avoiding self-destruction might not be possible.

*MY THOUGHTS*
     I was expecting something else from this book. Something else entirely. Normally I wouldn't write a review for this because I didn't even make it to page 50, but I just had to tell someone what I really disliked about this story from its beginning pages. 
     The writing style was terrible. Every other word was hard to follow. Most of the book was about the description about the people in the book. There was no set up for the actual story. It was like the story line was what was at the back of the author's mind and the characters were what was most important. By page 40 something, I was still lost, but knew almost all the cheerleaders and whether or not they started writing the words on the lockers again. This is especially a problem when you're describing the characters like "She had the kind of ass they rap about." and "Rumor has it they mix love spells into their lip balm." Just from those entries you may think its funny, but surrounding the rest of the words in the book, I thought it was stupid. 
     This synopsis stopped me in my tracks when I read it on NetGalley and I just knew it was going to be good. Unfortunately I couldn't get past the writing style to find out. 
Overall, I give this