Friday, August 31, 2012
Thank God it's Friday anddd a 3 day weekend, WOHOOO!!! Who's excited? Me for one! OK, To start off with I have 2 great books lined up to read and with the holiday on Monday, well that is an extra reading day off from work to relax with my puppy Cody! The first book up is called "Dark Companion" by Marta Acosta and I was immediately drawn in by the cover it is gorgeous!!!! The second book I will be reading is one I have been waiting to get my grubby lil paws on for months!!!!! "Defiance" by CJ Redwine who's cover also has just blown me away. I'm actually leaving my desk shortly and heading to B&N to pick that one up.. SO I hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend. Let me know what you will be reading in the comments below and I can't wait to share next week!! xx - j
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Publisher's Synopsis: In a future world, vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity. Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die…or become one of the monsters. Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad. Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike. But it isn't easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for.
My Review: I thought the premise of this book was strong. I thought the first 2 (out of 4) parts were really captivating. Then I have no idea what happened. I think the Author does some excellent world building in this book. There is definitely a scary feel to it, especially with the "Rabids" outside the city walls with the most terrifying screams. (P.S. I am not a horror movie girl so this scared the be-jesus outta me) I loved the fact that Allie collected books even though they were illegal, helped her crew find food and looked out for people all while realizing you're still looking out for only you out there. When Allie is turned by the mysterious, give-me-more-a-him Kanin I think oh yeah she is gonna be a serious but kicking sword wielding avenger of the human race!!!!! SO i don’t know what happened to her.. I found that everything I loved about this character disappeared once she hooked up with Zeke and his gang. The story Dragged and I had to sit down and force myself to finish the book so that's probably not a good sign. Also I'm not thrilled that the only other female character is a psycho-jealous bitch. Why? Ugh .. One last thought, there has been alot of noise on this cover. The main character Allie is described as Asian while the cover model is in my opinion, not. Discuss the impact/significance of this in the comments below, thoughts, feelings?
Bottom Line: This book is often compared to "Darkness before Dawn". The only thing they have in common is they’re a 'dystopian vampire book'. If I had to choose one I would recommend DBD.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Publisher's Synopsis: What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem. From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets. Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills
My Review: This book was amazing! There were so many twists and turns to it that I feel like if I talk about any of the plot I will give it away!!!! All I can say is that it did not disapointment! I would reccomend this book to fans of Divergent as well as Delerium. Well thought out dystopian world, great charecters and good pacing to the plot! In other words read it, before you know it the sequel will be out and I can't wait :)
Friday, August 17, 2012
Thank God It's Friday :) I'm going to be posting on Fridays what I plan to read over the weekend or following week to give you guys a heads up on what will be coming next!! This weekend I have two books that I need to get to, "The Siren" which is an adult/romance. Also I'm going to be stoping by Barnes & Noble to pick up "Legend" a YA book I've had some interest in for a while now, and since they mailed me a 40% off coupon for teen books (which happens once in a blue moon) I will be shopping there tonight! Sound off in the comments and let me know what you will be reading! xx - j
Publisher's Synopsis: Being connected to Daemon Black sucks. Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems. Something worse than the Arum has come to town.The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we're linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there's this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that's possible. Against all common sense, I'm falling for Daemon. Hard. But then everything changes, I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me? No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies.
My Review: WOW! 24 hours after reading this book and I am still at a loss for words. This book pretty much picks up where Obsidian left off and never stops. The pacing is intense and it is a serious page turner. One of the things I love most about this book is all the action, and they’re not kidding when they say not everyone survives. It is an emotionally packed ride that will leave you gasping for breath.
One of my favorite things about the series is Katy and Daemon's chemistry. OMG its hotttt. Daemon's hott. And when he says "I think reading is so sexy" I think i basically fell out of my chair haha hello new book boyfriend are you available on Saturday? Speaking of book bfs, Katy and her book obsession really does make me feel closer to her. When share a passion that not many people get and I love that. What I don’t love? There amount of time and f*ck-ups it takes her to get to the A-HA moment of ..'I think I like really like daemon black'....Um duh! (*bangs my head against the wall several times*) I'm hoping we're done with all that!!
Best news about this series? Author Jennifer L. Armentrout announced on a Q&A on her blog that the next book Opal will be out in December 2012..thats like 4months away, eeek!!! ALSO that after Opal there will be 2 more books in the Lux series that alternate between Daemon and Katy's point of view!!!! ~ Are you sure its August bc it feels like Christmas to me :)
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Publisher's Synopsis: The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University's Walking One-Night Stand.
Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.
My Review: I received this book as an ARC from Net Galley to preview. Since finishing it I've been thinking aboout how to review this book while leaving my soap-box under my bed and not having a total melt-down!! Its pretty difficult to be honest with you. This book is just rediculous. Rediculous that it bills itself as a love story rather than a warning to teenage girls who will undoubtably be drawn in to the beautiful cover and mild synopsis. There are so many things wrong with Travis and Abby's relationship. At 19 I dated someone pretty close to him and it was horrible. First off to the people who say that Travis was not physically violent towards Abby, I would say you are wrong. Constantly grabbing her by the wrist/or arm and dragging her around is being physically violent. Would you be happy if someone treated your daughter that way? If the answer is No its because his behavior is wrong. There is nothing sexy about being abused!!!!! He is controlling, posessive, dangerous violent, jealous, manipulative and abusive; just to name a few. I littlerally had a lump in my throat reading the parts where they argued. It was horrible. and Yeah Abby is really annoying and selfish but that isnt justification to treat another person that way Even the way he was practically physically attacking everyman that looked at her, I'm not kidding beating them to a pulp or telling her to go back in and change her outfit because he couldnt stand to think of people looking at her. Abby's room-mate Kara got it right when she said they were in a co-dependent relationship. The ending was rediculious and It didnt give me the warm fuzzies of look what they made it through together, It was more like get a restraining order and a therapist girl!!!
I would recommend this book only to someone who wants to know what being in an abuisive relationship feels like. As a Counselor I know the signs and red flags that are out there but seriously encourage anyone who doesn't/think his behavior is 'no-big-deal" Please educate yourself. I would've never picked this book had i known what the story really was about.