Thursday, August 16, 2012

Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally | Review

Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally | ReviewCatching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks #1
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on December 1, 2011
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 281
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
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5 Stars

ONE OF THE BOYS

What girl doesn't want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn't just surrounded by hot guys, though-she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys and that's just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university.

But everything she's ever worked for is threatened when Ty Green moves to her school. Not only is he an amazing QB, but he's also amazingly hot. And for the first time, Jordan's feeling vulnerable. Can she keep her head in the game while her heart's on the line?

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Catching Jordan is the perfect romantic comedy.  Anytime you are in the mood for a fun YA read I highly recommend this one.  Miranda Kenneally’s debut novel makes me long for a plate full of nachos and some cute boys playing football!

Jordan is a pretty fierce girl.  She’s captain of the football team (as well as quarterback) and she can hold her own with the guys.  They don’t intimidate her (although some of the cheerleaders do.)  She definitely has some flaws though.  She doesn’t see some of the things that are right in front of her face.  And she really starts to want things when she can’t have them.  I also felt that she didn’t always take other people’s feelings into account.  She thought only of herself for quite a while.

Now there is quite a bit of a love triangle (you’re blind if you don’t see it coming from the beginning) but it’s one of the better love triangles in YA books.  Both Henry and Ty are great guys, just very different.  Ty is a little needy but also a little demanding.  However he’s a total sweetheart who cares deeply for his family.  Henry is kind of a player but it’s clear to see that he does it because he wants to be with Jordan and can’t.  He’s very torn.  I was definitely Team Henry.  He’s impossible not to love but Ty did appeal to me too.

The best part of Catching Jordan is the friendship aspect.  Jordan may not know it but she has a lot of friends.  The guys on the football team would do anything for her.  They all see her as their best friend even though she’s a girl.  They just think of her as a more delicate guy.  As for the girls, they see her either as a threat (like some of the cheerleaders) or as someone to look up to.  She’s also very loved by her family even though she doesn’t always see it.

Disclaimer: I am not a football fan.  I like some sports but football has never been one of the ones that I enjoy.  However I great enjoyed the games and practices in Catching Jordan.  Everything I needed to know was explained but not overdone.  And it wasn’t all about football.  =)

Overall, Catching Jordan is a must-read for contemporary fans.  This is one that I will definitely be re-reading in the future!

Looking for more reviews of Catching Jordan?
Once Upon A Prologue’s review
Books Over Boys’ review

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Pushing The Limits (Pushing the Limits #1) by Katie McGarry | Review

Pushing The Limits (Pushing the Limits #1) by Katie McGarry | ReviewPushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing the Limits #1
Published by Harlequin Teen on July 31, 2012
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Source: BEA
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5 Stars

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.

But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

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Echo is one severely damaged girl. Something traumatic happened to her one night close to the end of her sophomore year. She has scars on both her arms but she doesn’t remember anything about how she got them. That night changed everything for her and she has never been the same girl since. Now it’s her senior year and she’s finally trying to get back her life. She is scared, confused, lonely, and a lot of the time angry. Life has gone on without her and everyone is trying to shove her back into her old life and she just doesn’t fit. She’s such an easy character to like and connect with. She’s very raw and real and she’s very sarcastic inside her head (and sometimes out of it.) She may be damaged but she still has a great sense of humor and it’s clear that she’s a very smart girl. She’s a well-rounded, supremely awesome main character.

Then there is Noah. What is it about guys named Noah? So far every one that I have read about, I have loved and this Noah is no exception. He’s the quintessential bad boy but there is so much more to him. The book is told in alternating point-of-views so you get a glimpse inside Noah’s head and he’s a wonderful guy no matter how he acts on the outside. Sure I liked Echo but I was so invested in everything that happened with Noah. I have to say that his story may have been more interesting to me. Everything that happened to him broke my heart and I found myself sobbing by the end of the book, both about what happened to Echo and what happened to Noah. They are both very broken people but together they are so perfect. Also, Noah’s friends, Isaiah and Beth help make this book so awesome. They are hilarious and they really are like family to Noah. Beth’s story is the next book and I have very high hopes.

The romance in Pushing the Limits is some of the hottest I have read. Simone Elkeles blurbed this book and that kind of gave me a clue but I was still surprised by how sexy and steamy it was. I would honestly have to compare this one to a Simone Elkeles book, both with the romance and with how much I loved it. The story is addicting and I dare you to put this one down once you’ve started it. It’s damn near impossible.

Overall, Pushing The Limits is a must-read for every YA reader out there. Heck, even if you aren’t a YA reader (if you aren’t, why are you on my blog?) you must check this one out. Katie McGarry is an author to watch!

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Under The Never Sky (Under The Never Sky #1) by Veronica Rossi | Review

Under The Never Sky (Under The Never Sky #1) by Veronica Rossi | ReviewUnder the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Series: Under the Never Sky #1
Published by Harper Teen on February 7, 2012
Genres: Dystopian
Pages: 384
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4 Stars

Since she'd 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, electrified energy storms 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.

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The world is fascinating. The pods, the realms, the outside worlds; each one is so unique and interesting. The differences in the lifestyles of the inhabitants are also so intriguing. The outsiders (called Savages by the people who live in the pods) are rather brutal people. Killing comes easy to a lot of them because they have been forced to defend themselves their whole lives. The people who live in the pods (called Moles by the outsiders) are so sheltered and practically defenseless. Even their minds have been altered to not feel fear, pain, or many other things. There’s a reason they can’t survive on the outside and that incapability to feel those emotions is a big part of it. It’s also really fascinating to see how being on the outside changes Aria and how she changes Perry.

Aria is not the smartest person in the beginning. She’s quite oblivious and at times just plain stupid. It was really hard to like her at first. However, being cast out of the pods into the outside world really changed her (in a good way.) She was forced to learn how to survive and she did it without complaint. She was rather stoic in her pain and misery. I’m a huge fan of non-whiny characters so I grew to like Aria.

Perry was pretty awesome from the beginning. He was bad-ass and he knew it. Still, he managed to be totally loving with Talon and had these great friendships with Roar and Marron. He was such a well-rounded character. He felt so many things and it was so hard not to fall in love with him. He managed to be both a sensitive guy and a total kick-ass fighter. Now that’s what I call the perfect guy.

Speaking of falling in love with Perry… Aria is not easily wooed and Perry doesn’t even want to woo her. In fact they want nothing to do with each other. They are forced to rely on each other to get what they want but that doesn’t mean they have to like each other. In fact, they kind of hate each other. At least until they really start to get to know each other. Then things change. Perry and Aria’s relationship was something that developed over time spent together and getting to know each other, inside and out. There was no insta-love for these two!

The plot was a but slow. I figured that as soon as Aria was exiled things would pick up and that wasn’t really the case. They spent a lot of time wandering and it was a little dull. I expected more action from this book than I got. Towards the end it was pretty hard to put down but I really wanted more from the rest of the book.

Overall, Under The Never Sky was a solid start to this new dystopian trilogy. I’m eager to see where things go with the next book.

Looking for more reviews of Under The Never Sky?
Shut Up! I’m Reading’s review
Kristina’s World Of Books’ review

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Sweet Evil (Sweet #1) by Wendy Higgins | Review

Sweet Evil (Sweet #1) by Wendy Higgins | ReviewSweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
Series: The Sweet Trilogy #1
Published by Harper Teen on May 1, 2012
Pages: 464
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5 Stars

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She's aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn't until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He's the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

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As most of you know, angels (including fallen ones) are my favorite paranormal creature.  Sweet Evil may have changed that though.  This book has some kick-ass demons and I can’t wait to read more about them.  (The angels were also pretty awesome.)

Anna is not a spectacular character.  She’s normal.  She has a best friend she loves to hang out with, she gets frustrated around cute guys, and she has superhuman senses.  Wait, that last one’s not normal?  Oh.  So maybe she’s not exactly normal but she’s pretty close.  Anna has no idea what she is until Kaidan Rowe enters her life and turns her world upside down.  He’s sexy, he’s mysterious, and he’s a major slut.  For some reason though Anna is still drawn to him.  Turns out he’s very similar to her.  He wants to help her find out more about herself but he doesn’t know why.  And it turns out that helping Anna could get them both in serious trouble.

Anna is a total sweetheart.  She adores her best friend Jay, she is super confused by guys, and she makes some mistakes.  She is fun and easy to like.  She acts like a very normal girl even though she totally isn’t.  She also doesn’t immediately fall for Kaidan although admittedly, he is an easy guy to fall for.  He’s sexy (I think I already mentioned this one but it needs repeating), he’s a drummer, and he has a British accent.  Triple threat!  However he is a slut and way too cocky for his own good.  I wanted to high five Anna every time she turned him down.  It really showed her strength.  Although I will admit that Kaidan did grow on me.

The cast of secondary characters in Sweet Evil is phenomenal.  Patti is such a wonderful mom and so loving.  Pharzuph is creepy beyond compare and makes for a great villain.  Belial is scary at times but quite a big teddy bear at others.  Kopano, Blake, the twins, they were all unique and didn’t let their jobs define them.  Jay and Veronica were probably the best though.  They were great comic relief.

Sweet Evil is an angels and demons story and there are quite a few of those out there already.  However Sweet Evil reads like no other angel and demon story.  These demons are scary and evil but not all of them. And the good guys aren’t quite who you would expect them to be.  There is more to this story than most and it completely drew me in.  The history was fabulous and detailed and you can clearly tell that what goes on in this book is only just the beginning.

Overall, Wendy Higgins has written an awesome debut novel.  It seems like it’s going to be the start of an explosive new series.

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Dearly, Departed (Gone With The Respiration #1) by Lia Habel | Review

Dearly, Departed (Gone With The Respiration #1) by Lia Habel | ReviewDearly, Departed by Lia Habel
Series: Gone With The Respiration #1
Published by Del Rey on October 18, 2011
Genres: Steampunk
Pages: 470
Format: Hardcover
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5 Stars

Love can never die.

Love conquers all, so they say. But can Cupid’s arrow pierce the hearts of the living and the dead - or rather, the undead? Can a proper young Victorian lady find true love in the arms of a dashing zombie?

The year is 2195. The place is New Victoria - a high-tech nation modeled on the manners, mores, and fashions of an antique era. A teenager in high society, Nora Dearly is far more interested in military history and her country’s political unrest than in tea parties and debutante balls. But after her beloved parents die, Nora is left at the mercy of her domineering aunt, a social-climbing spendthrift who has squandered the family fortune and now plans to marry her niece off for money. For Nora, no fate could be more horrible - until she’s nearly kidnapped by an army of walking corpses.

But fate is just getting started with Nora. Catapulted from her world of drawing-room civility, she’s suddenly gunning down ravenous zombies alongside mysterious black-clad commandos and confronting “The Laz,” a fatal virus that raises the dead - and hell along with them. Hardly ideal circumstances. Then Nora meets Bram Griswold, a young soldier who is brave, handsome, noble . . . and dead. But as is the case with the rest of his special undead unit, luck and modern science have enabled Bram to hold on to his mind, his manners, and his body parts. And when his bond of trust with Nora turns to tenderness, there’s no turning back. Eventually, they know, the disease will win, separating the star-crossed lovers forever. But until then, beating or not, their hearts will have what they desire.

In Dearly, Departed, romance meets walking-dead thriller, spawning a madly imaginative novel of rip-roaring adventure, spine-tingling suspense, and macabre comedy that forever redefines the concept of undying love.

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I have to start off by saying that this is one of the best books I have read recently and definitely my number one zombie book.  The page count made be 470 but don’t let that stop you because by the end you will be wishing it was longer.  It is just that good.

Lia Habel may be a debut author but from her writing you cannot tell.  The book is beautifully written, full of lush descriptions, and a wonderful, unique world.  Lia Habel doesn’t shy away from dark things.  Instead she takes them and makes the beautiful.  I’m sure you will fall in love with her zombies, just like Nora (and I) did.

The world Lia Habel creates is a very unique one.  It is a futuristic world that’s cultures revolve around the Victorian age.  New London has very high tech gadgets but also historical standards such as chaperones, parasols, and dresses that cover every inch of skin.  It seems rather odd at first but you are quickly given the history of New London and their customs begin to make sense.

The characters, each and every one of them, were fabulous.  Nora and Pamela and Chas and Beryl were all strong females that kicked some serious zombie ass.  Bram was the sweetest, bravest, most conflicted zombie out there.  Renfield, Coalhouse, Tom, Dr.Samedi, all the good zombies really were wonderful and unique and quite hilarious.  I cannot express how much I loved them all.

The plot was fast-paced and full of action (both romantic and of the zombie killing variety.)  Interspersed throughout was some history of the characters but that did not slow things down at all.  Another thing that kept it interesting was the switching point-of-views.  You mainly get things from Nora and Bram but some of the other characters also get a few chapters.  I really liked that about this book.  Oh and the zombie killing action was rather gory at times but still totally awesome.

Overall, Dearly, Departed is a must read for everyone, even if you don’t particularly care for zombie books.  I am now eagerly awaiting the sequel, Dearly, Beloved.

What others are saying about Dearly, Departed:

Smart Bitches, Trashy Books’ review: “It would be a lot easier to write a coherent review forDearly, Departed if I hadn’t been up all last night reading it.”

Confessions of a Book Addict’s review: “If you are a fan of zombies, the horror genre, or dystopias, I would suggest picking up Dearly, Departed this summer.”

Bookloversity Reviews’ review: “It’s a fun, smart, riveting and unique story, with a lot of different genre elements that Habel somehow blends together really well.”

Monday, December 12, 2011

Half-Blood (Covenant #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout | Review

Half-Blood (Covenant #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout | ReviewHalf-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Covenant #1
Published by Spencer Hill Press on October 18, 2011
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 281
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5 Stars

The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi-pure-bloods-have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals-well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures.Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden.Unfortunately, she's crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn't her biggest problem--staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

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Wow!  Half-Blood is the book that would be produced if the Vampire Academy series and the Percy Jackson series had a baby!  It was a mix of all my favorite elements: fighting, romance, and Greek gods!  I might have to add this to my favorites list!

Half-Blood is one of those books that starts with a bang.  From the very first line to the very last, this book was full of action.  It never slowed down!  There were also lots of surprises in Half-Blood.  So many things that happened, I never saw coming.  I love a book that keeps me guessing and Half-Blood definitely did that.

The characters really made this book though.  The plot was great and fast-paced but the characters were what made me want to keep reading.  I felt connected to each and every character and I was very interested in their stories.  Alex was just like a regular teenage girl as far as emotions, boys, and fitting in.  She was so easy to relate to.  I felt for her and I wanted to see her get a happy ending.  It was the same with Caleb, Deacon, Olivia, Aiden, Seth, and even Mia.  Each character was so different and had such unique personalities that I couldn’t get enough of them.  Aiden and Seth were some of my favorites though.  Aiden was sweet, sensitive, and kind of bad ass.  Seth was rude at times, cocky, and a total bad ass.  What can I say? I like the good and bad boys.

Overall, Half-Blood is a fantastic novel that I recommend checking out.  I can’t wait for more!

 

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab | Review

The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab | ReviewThe Near Witch by Victoria Schwab
Published by Disney Hyperion on August 2, 2011
Genres: Historical Fantasy
Pages: 288
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5 Stars

The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children.

If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company.

And there are no strangers in the town of Near.

These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life.

But when an actual stranger-a boy who seems to fade like smoke-appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true.

The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion. Still, he insists on helping Lexi search for them. Something tells her she can trust him.

As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi's need to know-about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy.

Part fairy tale, part love story, Victoria Schwab's debut novel is entirely original yet achingly familiar: a song you heard long ago, a whisper carried by the wind, and a dream you won't soon forget.

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Lexi is one of the best main characters I have ever read about. Her life was not easy but she never let that change her positive outlook on life and people. She was one of the few people in the town of Near who was not afraid of witches and instead she treated them just like everyone else. She was open-minded, loving, and very brave. I feel like teenage girls should read this book just to see how a heroine should really act. Lexi is a role model or she should be.

The rest of the characters were wonderful as well. Cole was very sweet and caring but he did have a troubled past. His story was very heartbreaking. Lexi’s little sister, Wren, was fun and bubbly and she helped lighten the mood at times. Lexi’s mom was a little confusing at times, as was Lexi’s uncle, Otto, but in the end I liked them both.

As for the plot, I don’t want to give anything away but I will say that it was very suspenseful, unique, and creepy at times. Victoria Schwab’s lyrical writing really brought this story to life and I can’t wait to see what is next from her.

Overall, The Near Witch is a must-read for everyone, boy or girl, young or old. I’m sure that everyone will find a little something to fall in love with (or a lot, like me).

What others are saying about The Near Witch:

Alexa Loves Books’ review: “Finishing The Near Witch was like having the perfect cup of coffee in the morning – it left me feeling relaxed and satisfied.”

Ivy Book Bindings’ review: “Ultimately, I have to admit that it was the slow pace that made me put this down far before I’d reached the end.”

Great Imaginations’ review: “Victoria Schwab did it all, and she did it well in this book.”

Monday, August 8, 2011

Anna And The French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1) by Stephanie Perkins | Review

Anna And The French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1) by Stephanie Perkins | ReviewAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #1
Published by Dutton on December 2, 2010
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 372
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5 Stars

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming,beautiful, Étienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

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Anna and the French Kiss is one of those books that is surrounded by a lot of hype.  Normally it is hard for a book to live up to that hype. That was so not the case with this book.  I adored it!

For once, the characters weren’t my absolute favorite part of the book.  Don’t get me wrong, they were great but the setting was what really got me.  Anna and the French Kiss takes place in Paris and I am now dying to go there (even more than before.)  The descriptions were so rich and vivid.  Stephanie Perkins made Paris come alive and it was glorious.  The Pantheon, Notre Dame, the School of America in Paris.  Field trip, anyone?

Now like I said before, the characters were awesome.  Anna was a bit scared and insecure at first but she became confident and independent throughout the book.  Then there were her friends, Meredith, Josh, Rashmi, and Etienne St.Clair.  Oh gosh, St.Clair!  Swoon!  He definitely stole the show.  He was so sweet and romantic and he had a British accent.  Can I have him, please?  Josh was pretty comical and he and Rashmi together were hilarious. Meredith was okay but I would have liked to see more of a personality from her.

Overall, Anna and the French Kiss is fabulous.  If you haven’t already read it, do it now!  I can’t believe I waited so long!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Die For Me (Revenants #1) by Amy Plum | Review

Die For Me (Revenants #1) by Amy Plum | ReviewDie For Me by Amy Plum
Series: Revenants #1
Published by Harper Teen on May 10, 2011
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 341
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5 Stars

In the City of Lights, two star-crossed lovers battle a fate that is destined to tear them apart again and again for eternity.

When Kate Mercier's parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life--and memories--behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.

Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate's guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he's a revenant--an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again.

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Amy Plum’s debut novel, Die For Me, is a wonderful, unique new story for the YA paranormal market.  At first I was a bit skeptical but Kate and Vincent’s story drew me in and I couldn’t stop reading.

Kate Mercier is just managing to get by since the death of her parents and her move to Paris with her sister, Georgia.  She spends most of her time holed up in her bedroom until her sister convinces her that she has to get out.  Kate agrees and that is when she meets Vincent.  Vincent is the most gorgeous guy Kate has ever met so she can’t understand why he is interested in her but he clearly is.  As their relationship starts growing though Kate realizes that Vincent has some secrets and things aren’t quite as they seem.

Kate annoyed me in the beginning but I quickly grew to like her.  At first she seemed a little mopey but it was understandable.  Then when she met Vincent she seemed a little obsessed.  I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about that but eventually she calmed down and I really liked her. Especially at the end but I won’t go into details about that. Vincent was sexy and mysterious and FRENCH!  Boy, he is a dream come true.  I loved him and his story was fascinating.  He was also super romantic!

The plot was fabulous.  In the beginning I was so lost as to what Vincent was but when it was explained I was amazed.  Amy Plum did a wonderful job creating a paranormal story with a whole new type of being.  I love books that surprise me like this one did.  And that ending was intense!

Overall, Die For Me is another wonderful debut for 2011 that I must recommend for paranormal lovers.  I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Across The Universe (Across The Universe #1) by Beth Revis | Review

Across The Universe (Across The Universe #1) by Beth Revis | ReviewAcross the Universe by Beth Revis
Series: Across the Universe #1
Published by Razorbill on January 11, 2011
Genres: Dystopian
Pages: 398
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4 Stars

A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone - one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship - tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

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Beth Revis’ debut novel is definitely a unique story but one that I had trouble getting into.  After about the first 100 pages I was hooked but it took me a while to get there.  Hopefully the next book in this series picks up faster!

Amy does not want to be cryogenically frozen for 301 years but she doesn’t really have a choice.  She loses even more of her freedom when she is woken up 50 years ahead of schedule.  Life aboard Godspeed is not what she imagined.  The leader is a dictator, the next leader, Elder, appeals to Amy way too much, and someone is killing the rest of the cryogenically frozen people.  Amy and Elder must figure out who it is and how to stop them before it is too late.

Amy and Elder didn’t really do it for me.  I didn’t understand Elder or his motives.  He said he wasn’t like Eldest, that he didn’t think like him but a lot of the time he did.  Amy was more of a free thinker but I never sympathized with her or really cared about what happened to her.  I wish they had both been more developed.  Same with Doc and Eldest.  I did like Harley though!

The plot was great once I got into it.  It seemed like nothing really happened for the first 100 pages and I was really bored with the story then.  Once the murders started though things got a lot better.  Although I did guess who the murderer was from the very beginning.

Overall, Across The Universe is a pretty good start to this trilogy and I will be checking out the next book, A Million Suns.  Maybe get this one from your library though before buying it.

What others are saying about Across the Universe:

Miss Page-Turner’s City of Books’ review: “The actual story of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE is set in future and has many opportunities and inventions to offer, medical-wise for example.”

Ranting Dragon’s review: “While in no way would I really compare Across the Universeto a Golden Age classic, it has enough merits to stand its ground with ease in the modern market.”

Oh, The Book Feels’ review: “To be honest, it gave me the same emotions and fears that the Hunger Games series did — the whole not being in control of your existence and dictatorship and what not.”