Sunday, March 13, 2011

In My Mailbox (9)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.It gives us a chance to show what we got during the week.

 Delirium  by Lauren Oliver
 I read Lauren's debut novel 'Before I Fall' last summer and it was quite amazing. I can't wait to read this! 
Secrets and Shadows by Shannon Delany
I absolutely loved the first book! Shannon Delany's writing style is captivating, but I'm not a big fan of this cover.

Solid by Shelley Workinger
This book has a very interesting concept. Gonna read it soon.

What did you get?

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (1)

'Waiting on Wednesday' is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the SpineIt gives bloggers a chance to spread the word about upcoming books that you can't wait to get your hands on. 

This week I can't wait for:
Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma!
Chloe's older sister, Ruby, is the girl everyone looks to and longs for, who can't be captured or caged. When a night with Ruby's friends goes horribly wrong and Chloe discovers the dead body of her classmate London Hayes left floating in the reservoir, Chloe is sent away from town and away from Ruby.But Ruby will do anything to get her sister back, and when Chloe returns to town two years later, deadly surprises await. As Chloe flirts with the truth that Ruby has hidden deeply away, the fragile line between life and death is redrawn by the complex bonds of sisterhood.
With palpable drama and delicious craft, Nova Ren Suma bursts onto the YA scene with the story that everyone will be talking about.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

Name - Angelfire
Author - Courtney Allison Moulton
Release - February 15, 2011
Publisher - Harper Collins / Katherine Tegan Books
Rating - 4.5/5
Summary -
This debut, the first novel in a trilogy, is achingly romantic, terrifying, and filled with blistering action.

When seventeen-year-old Ellie starts seeing reapers - monstrous creatures who devour humans and send their souls to Hell - she finds herself on the front lines of a supernatural war between archangels and the Fallen and faced with the possible destruction of her soul.

A mysterious boy named Will reveals she is the reincarnation of an ancient warrior, the only one capable of wielding swords of angelfire to fight the reapers, and he is an immortal sworn to protect her in battle. Now that Ellie's powers have been awakened, a powerful reaper called Bastian has come forward to challenge her. He has employed a fierce assassin to eliminate her - an assassin who has already killed her once.

While balancing her dwindling social life and reaper-hunting duties, she and Will discover Bastian is searching for a dormant creature believed to be a true soul reaper. Bastian plans to use this weapon to ignite the End of Days and to destroy Ellie's soul, ending her rebirth cycle forever. Now, she must face an army of Bastian's most frightening reapers, prevent the soul reaper from consuming her soul, and uncover the secrets of her past lives - including truths that may be too frightening to remember.

Summary from GoodReads
Review - 'Angelfire' is a killer debut novel. Going in to this book I didn't know what to expect. All I knew is that it had to do with reapers which is pretty darn awesome, so I dived right in.

It's about a girl named Ellie and a guy named Will. Ellie is one of the best heroines I've ever read about, she is the reincarnation of an ancient warrior and every time she dies, she just gets born again. I just loved her, she was kinda amazing. Now, onto Will, I loved Will also. I think I loved every single character in 'Angelfire'. They were all so amazing!

The story was just so original! Have you ever heard of a book about reapers? I know I hadn't before 'Angelfire'. The plot will keep you on the edge of your seat. The action in the book was just enough to grasp the attention of the male audience, while the romance will keep the females attention. 

The writing for me wasn't anything special, but when the writing didn't keep my attention the plot and characters did. 

I will most definitely be picking up anything else Moulton writes, and so should all of you 'cause it's truly amazing awesomeness. Mostly.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Beastly by Alex Flinn

Name - Beastly
Author - Alex Flinn
Publisher - HarperTeen
Release - October 1st 2007
Rating - 4.5/5
Summary from Goodreads - I am a beast.

A beast!

Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright. I am a monster. You think I'm talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It's no deformity, no disease. And I'll,stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell.
Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I'll tell you. I'll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I'll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.
Review - So Beastly is loosely based on The Beauty and The Beast which I have never seen (shocker right?), so I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Lucky for me, I quickly found out that I was getting myself into a magically written, captivating, and charming tale of two very different people in New York city.
The main character Kyle Kingsbury is popular, beautiful, and rich, but he is also vain, egotistic, and obnoxious. As the story progresses you get to see a major change in Kyles character, which is something that makes a book great for me. Lindy, the Belle of the story, is smart, poor, and nice. The polar opposite of Kyle.

I am now yearning to read more by Flinn. Her writing just captures you. The only thing in the book that was a little off for me was the time line. I know it would be difficult to fit two years into a 304 page book, but I didn't like it. I think everyone should at least give this book a try because who doesn't like a good love story?

Saturday, January 15, 2011

In My Mailbox (8)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

Across the Universe by Beth Revis
 Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves
 Choker by Elizabeth Woods
What did you get?

Unthinkable by Shirley Duke

Name - Unthinkable
Author - Shirley Duke
Publisher - Lerner Classroom
Release - October 8th 2010
Rating - 3.5/5

Summary - Omar Phillips is Bridgewater High's favorite local teen author. His Facebook fans can't wait for his next horror story. But lately Omar's imagination has turned against him. Horrifying visions of death and destruction come over him with wide-screen intensity. The only way to stop the visions is to write them down. Until they start coming true... Enter Sophie Minax, the mysterious Goth girl who's been following Omar at school. "I'm one of you," Sophie says. She tells Omar how to end the visionsbut the only thing worse than Sophie's cure may be what happens if he ignores it. 
From Goodreads

Review - 
I have mixed feelings for Unthinkable. The writing was amazing, but the plot was disappointing. To me, Unthinkable was just another cheesy horror book.

Let's start with the things I liked. Unthinkable is a very fast very light read, you won't be able put it down until you finish it. I know I couldn't. 

Now for the things I didn't care for. The plot was not very original. I would compare it to a cheesy horror movie from the 90's. The characters were lacking and I didn't like the way that Duke introduced a new character in the book

I do not regret reading this book, but if Duke releases a new book I'm not sure if I would pick it up judging on the originality of Unthinkable. I think if the book sounds good to you give it a try, but if you don't care for this type of book, you won't miss out on anything big by not reading it.
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