Sunday, June 24, 2012

Review: Of Poseidon

Summary:(From Goodreads) Galen, a Syrena prince, searches land for a girl he's heard can communicate with fish. It’s while Emma is on vacation at the beach that she meets Galen. Although their connection is immediate and powerful, Galen's not fully convinced that Emma's the one he's been  looking for. That is, until a deadly encounter with a shark proves  that Emma and her Gift may be the only thing that can save his kingdom. He needs her help--no matter what the risk

review:I was initially drawn in to this book by the cover, I thought it was so pretty. I was curious about it because the legs show it's a human, but the shape of the body is something like how a mermaid would look while swimming..I'm a sucker for a good mermaid..err..Syrena book (sorry Galen), but I have yet to find that absolutely perfect one. My search is over! This book was absolutely amazing, I read it in 2 days, I could not put it down. Skip food, skip work, and just read!! There were a lot of things I really liked about this book: the first being the scary part in the beginning. I won't say what happens and spoil it for those who haven't read it, but I was actually scared and nervous when reading it. 2) I liked how the life of the main character isn't perfect. She suffers a loss, a pretty serious one right in the beginning of the book, it's not rainbows and butterflies, and happy living. Sometimes you just need that moment of realistic loss. 3) I liked how the male character was a bit older, I'm 23 but I enjoy young adult, It's my favorite genre of book, so reading about 15 and 16 year olds sometimes gets like uhhh man, I wish they'd have some older characters every now and then. When I found out Galen and his sister were 20 I was happy they were a little closer in age to me than other books. There were so many funny moments in the book that actually made me giggle out loud, the mispronouncing of words and mistaken words for other words that Galen, Toraf and Rayna stumble upon. (Just remember the'll see, and you'll laugh). This is a book you will LOVE and find hard to put down. There's everything you look for in a good book, romance, a bit of mystery, some fierce punching, friendship, love, loss, and a really awesome underwater adventure to a special piece of history. Must read!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Review: Arise

Summary:(from goodreads)Amelia—still caught between life and death—must fight for every moment of her relationship with the human boy Joshua. They can hardly even kiss without Amelia accidentally dematerializing. Looking for answers, they go to visit some of Joshua’s Seer relatives in New Orleans. But even in a city so famously steeped in the supernatural, Amelia ends up with more questions than answers…and becomes increasingly convinced that she and Joshua can never have a future together.Wandering through the French Quarter, Amelia meets other in-between ghosts, and begins to seriously consider joining them. And then she meets Gabrielle. Somehow, against impossible odds, Gaby has found a way to live a sort of half-life...a half-life for which Amelia would pay any price. Torn between two worlds, Amelia must choose carefully, before the evil spirits of the netherworld choose for her

Review: I was so looking forward to this book because Hereafter was my favorite book of last summer. I instantly fell in love with Josh and Amelia's story and just could not wait to see where their relationship would take us in this book. While I enjoyed this book, I didn't like it as much as I thought I would, or even as much as the first book. I often find in trilogies, I never really love the second book as much as the first and last one. The way this book ended I fully expect to love the next book. We're introduced to new characters and friends in this book, some good, some....not so good, but the ride is a fun one. I really liked the change in settings as this book takes place in New Orleans. I'm really looking forward to the next one. 

Review: A Million Suns

Summary:(from goodreads)Godspeed was once fueled by lies. Now it is ruled by chaos. It’s been three months. In that time, Amy has learned to hide who she is. Elder is trying to be the leader he’s always wanted to be. But as the ship gets more and more out of control, only one thing is certain: They have to get off the ship.

Review: I was a little hesitant to read this book because I wasn't exactly a big fun of the first book, I can't usually start a series without ending it however; so I read this one fully intending to not like it. I'm happy to say that I was wrong and I really really enjoyed this book. I'm really happy with the way things are going with this book, and the revelation they have about the ship and Centauri Earth. I went through a bunch of different emotions reading this book, from: wonder to excitement, fear, betrayal, sadness, longing, loss, anger it was really full of emotions. It was fun getting to better know Amy and Elder, and seeing how Elder takes his responsibilities as Eldest, and Amy trying to become accustomed to being on Godspeed. There was so much chaos I didn't see how it would ever be resolved. I can't wait for the next book and the adventure that awaits them on Centauri Earth.

Review: Thumped

Summary:It’s been thirty-five weeks since twin sisters Harmony and Melody went their separate ways. And now their story has become irresistible: twins separated at birth, each due to deliver twins…on the same day!

Married to Ram and living in Goodside, Harmony spends her time trying to fit back into the community she once believed in. But she can’t forget about Jondoe, the guy she fell for under the strangest of circumstances.

To her adoring fans, Melody has achieved everything: a major contract and a coupling with the hottest bump prospect around. But this image is costing her the one guy she really wants.

The girls’ every move is analyzed by millions of fans eagerly counting down to “Double Double Due Date.” They’re two of the most powerful teen girls on the planet, and they could do only one thing to make them even more famous:

Tell the truth

Summary: I didn't know this was the conclusion of the Bumped books until after I had finished Thumped, and I was kind of sad to see there would not be another book. I thought there would at least be three. Anyway, I really enjoyed this book a lot, I was happy to see all the characters I loved come back for book two (especially jondoe of course). There were a lot of revelations in this book, and as far as endings go, everything was settled and ended in a way I liked. There was quite a shocking revelation from one of the characters in the book, although there were little hints that it was coming throughout the whole book. I kind of hope that Mrs. Maccafferty decides she wants to write at least ONE more, so we can see where the characters have gone since Thumped. 

Review: The Last Echo

Summary:In the end, all that's left is an echo...

Violet kept her morbid ability to sense dead bodies a secret from everyone except her family and her childhood-best-friend-turned-boyfriend, Jay Heaton. That is until forensic psychologist Sara Priest discovered Violet's talent and invited her to use her gift to track down murderers. Now, as she works with an eclectic group of individuals—including mysterious and dangerously attractive Rafe—it's Violet's job to help those who have been murdered by bringing their killers to justice. When Violet discovers the body of a college girl killed by "the girlfriend collector" she is determined to solve the case. But now the serial killer is on the lookout for a new "relationship" and Violet may have caught his eye...

Review: I had been in a sort of funk with reading lately, and hadn't been reading, or even wanting to read, but when I found out this book came out I knew I had to read it. As always with this series, I was hooked right away. Just like the other books in the series I loved the back and forth chapters between Violet and the killer. It's really fun getting into both of their minds and seeing what they're thinking and experiencing at the same time. It's chilling to see the killer watching Violet and reading what he's thinking and feeling. It was great to get to dig into Rafe's background and his past, and finding out the shocking discovery of his family. In this book you really start to feel close to him and build a relationship with him. I have to admit though, this wasn't my favorite of the series, but I still absolutely loved it and can't wait for the next one...which I think will actually be the LAST echo. 

Monday, March 19, 2012

Cover Reveal

I don't know why it says sequel though...I love it anyway!

Review: Legend

Summary: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' 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.

Review: I bought this book because I was at the NY stop of the breathless reads tour, and this book was the one I heard the most about. Throughout the book I found myself not really being swayed on way or another about liking it or disliking it. I was really stuck in the middle. I'm not gonna say I liked it, but I also can't say that I didn't like it, which is weird. I've never really been in that situation with a book before. There were a lot of things I liked about the book though, particularly the characters. I immediately became attached to June's brother Metias, in less than fifty pages. The relationship he and June had was really nice and fun to read about. Metias is so protective and loving to her, even when he's angry with her you see the love coming through and that was cute to read  about. Another character I immediately fell for was Day's brother John, he doesn't have a huge part in the book, but his small moments make such an impact on the reader. You really become attached to Day's family and really want to make sure they're okay.
                The chapters are split between Day's point of view and June's point of view, I LOVE when authors do that. It keeps the book from getting boring and being one large monotonous thing. I did find myself enjoying Day's chapters more though, he's so full of action and adventure. One thing I particularly liked about this book was the humanity she gave to Day. Yes, he's a wanted criminal and a badass, but he has a huge soft spot for his family and will do anything for them. He shows pain. A lot of times in books authors won't let their heroes show pain or hurt they're getting their ribs kicked in and lay there silently to show they're a man. Let's be honest, if you're getting beat up you're gonna scream. When Day is being hit and hurt he's screaming in pain, like a normal person. I will definitely read the second one, I can't wait to see how June and Day end up. 

3/5 Stars

Quote I liked: "I'm from a poor sector too. But I followed the rules. I worked my way up, I earned my country's respect. The rest of you people just sit around and complain and blame the state for your bad luck. Bunch of dirty, lazy, cons."