Monday, November 7, 2011

Review: Crossed

Summary:In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky - taken by the Society to his certain death - only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.

Cassia's quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander - who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia's heart - change the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever.

Review: This book was really great. Reading the first one, I was a little on the fence between if I liked it or not until the middle/end, so although I was eager to read this book, I was a little nervous that I wouldn't get completely into it like I wanted to. This was not the case thankfully. The book was full of beautiful moments, and I will admit I cried a few times. Finally we were taken into the life of Ky Markham a bit more deeply than we were in Matched and that was something I really enjoyed about this book. I think there is still a lot we have to learn about KY and I am hoping that will come out in the next book. This book unlike the previous one was a lot more adventurous and spontaneous. You never knew what to expect. Since Matched takes place when we're still under the rule of the "society" and everything is orderly and planned out it's kind of a change of pace to not know what's gonna happen next, who you're gonna meet on the way, and who you're gonna lose. There was quite a bit of loss in this book, and that made me sad, I hate getting to know a character and begin to really like them, and then have them die, or leave. You grow a kind of friendship and attachment to these characters. I would have liked to see more of Xander, but I liked the secrets that started being revealed about him in this book, and I can't wait to hear the full secret in the next book! A MUST read, loved it!

Quotes I liked:

“In the end you can't always choose what to keep. You can only choose how you let it go.” 

“Everyone has something of beauty about them. But loving let's you look, and look, and look again. You notice the back of a hand, the turn of a head, the way of a walk. When you first love, you look blind and you see it all as the glorious, beloved whole, or a beautiful sum of beautiful parts. But when you see the one you love as pieces, as why's, you can love those parts too, and it's a love at once more complicated and more complete.” 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Review: Warm Bodies

Summary:A zombie who yearns for a better life ends up falling in love—with a human—in this astonishingly original debut novel. 

R is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He doesn’t enjoy killing people; he enjoys riding escalators and listening to Frank Sinatra. He is a little different from his fellow Dead. 

Review: This review isn't going to be long or very informative. There isn't anything that I didn't like or I liked so much that I'd dote on it like I sometimes do in my reviews. I liked the book, I thought it was an interesting new take on zombies. Normally I don't read zombie books, (I'm too afraid that they're gonna be real someday), but after reading the summary of this one I decided to give it a try. So, I liked it, it was new and interesting, I liked the evolution of the relationship between the two main characters. It was weird, sweet, kind of innocent, but alluring. There is a movie adaptation currently being filmed, starring Teresa palmer who plays number six in I Am Number Four, so I'm super excited to see that and will definitely see it the day it comes out. 

Quote I liked: Soft flesh is eaten by hard teeth.

Cover Reveal

Expected publication: March 13th 2012 by EgmontUSA
A troubled soul. An impossible choice. A final battle. 

Wrestling with the werewolf curse pulsing deep inside of her, Grace Divine was finally able to find her brother, but it nearly cost her everything. 

With her boyfriend, Daniel, stuck in wolf form and Sirhan's death approaching, time is running out for Grace to stop Caleb Kalbi and his gang of demons. If she fails, her family and hometown will perish. Everything rests on Grace's shoulders. 

The final installment in The Dark Divine trilogy brings Daniel and Grace's love story to a breathtaking conclusion.

I won an ARC of this from Bree Despain, which I am impatiently waiting for! I CAN'T wait to read this!! I don't think I will post the review straight away, because I am kind of bad with spoilers, but we shall see.

Cover Reveal

Expected publication: May 2012 by HarperTeen

Review: Something Borrowed

Summary:Rachel White is the consummate good girl. A hard-working attorney at a large Manhattan law firm and a diligent maid of honor to her charmed best friend Darcy, Rachel has always played by all the rules. Since grade school, she has watched Darcy shine, quietly accepting the sidekick role in their lopsided friendship. But that suddenly changes the night of her thirtieth birthday when Rachel finally confesses her feelings to Darcy's fiance, and is both horrified and thrilled to discover that he feels the same way. As the wedding date draws near, events spiral out of control, and Rachel knows she must make a choice between her heart and conscience. In so doing, she discovers that the lines between right and wrong can be blurry, endings aren't always neat, and sometimes you have to risk everything to be true to yourself.

Review: I'll admit, I read this book because I really loved the movie. I'll also admit I only saw the movie because I love Colin Egglesfield (Dex in the movie).  I loved the movie so much that I decided to read the book. There were a couple of things about this book/movie that is different from most book/movies experiences I have. For one, I liked the movie more! That has never happened to me before, I'm not sure if it's because I saw the movie before reading the book or something else. I do know that something I liked more in the movie was that there was no question if Dex loved Rachel loved in law school. He flat out tells her in the movie, and in the book it was kind of hinted out once or twice "I was gonna ask you on a date once" or something silly like that, it doesn't tell me anything. In the movie his feelings are there, they're obvious and he declares them quite often. Anyway, on to the book. Usually when I read a book I hate the "other woman" but Giffin has a way of making you like her. Everyone has the friend like Darcy, gets everything she wants, lucks out and gets things she doesn't want, beautiful, popular, everyone likes her, so you automatically have that  connections with Rachel. You feel connected with her, you cry when she cries, and you get aggravated with Dex when she does.  There's also the relationship between Darcy and Rachel, that close friendship that is like having a sister. I liked it, a lot of people have that relationship, and if they don't they wish they did, so you get to live that friendship for the duration of the book. You're rooting for Rachel in this book, you want her to her the guy, because I think most girls will find a little piece of themselves in her. Darcy has screwed her over so many times you just WANT to see her get hurt in the end, to have the average girl from behind and steal the beautiful girls man away. I still liked the book even though I liked the movie better, I will read the next one for sure!

Quotes I liked: Surely he knows we are all watching. That I am watching. It is always that way when you are in a group and someone decides to go for a swim or walk to the water. The ocean is a giant stage. It is natural that the others watch, if only for a moment.

"I'm telling you, it's harder to find a good guy in New York than anywhere." It is the cliche of single life in Manhattan, but only because it's true.

There is no better audience for someone in love than someone in love.