Sunday, October 31, 2010

In My Mailbox

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

*Stranded by J.T. Dutton (arc)
*Girlfriend Material by Melissa Kantor (arc)
*The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson (arc)
*Tweet Heart by Elizabeth Rudnick

*Take Me There by Carolee Dean
*Beautiful Darkness (personalized and signed!) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Around The World Arc Tours:
*Where I belong by Gwendolyn Heasley
*XVI by Julia Karr

For Review:
*Where I Belong by Gloria Whelan (arc)

**Special thanks to all my homies at PBS, Catie at Book Bound, Maggie at Maggie Writes, and HarperTeen.

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Friday, October 29, 2010

Review : Matched

Title: Matched
Author: Ally Condie
Published: November 30th 2010 by Dutton Juvenile

In the Society, Officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.

Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s barely any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one . . . until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow—between perfection and passion.

Matched is a story for right now and storytelling with the resonance of a classic.

Thoughts: It took me about 100 pages to get into this book. Once I did, I couldn't put it down. I love the story line, the Society, the romance, the characters...I love it all!

As you can see, Matched is a dystopian novel, where the Society decides everything for you. Can you imagine not being able to make your own choices? From who you will marry, to where you will work and even when you will die, the Society makes these decisions. For Cassia, there is no better time for a young woman than when she will attend the Matched ball and find out who her mate will be. Above all odds, Xander (her best friend and local hottie) is chosen for Cassia, and she couldn't be more thrilled.

The Society gives each person who attends the ball a disc with information and pictures of their match. Kind of like a background check. When Cassia gets home, it's not Xander's face she sees but Ky, the quiet boy who lost his family so long ago.

At first, Cassia believes this is a fluck. She's meant to be with Xander. They're perfect for each other. But the more time she spends around Ky, the more she's attracted to him. She can't deny their chemistry. Now, Cassia can't but question the Society. Do they really have everyone's best intentions involved?

As you can see throughout the blogosphere, there's a lot of hype about this book. Though I don't believe it lived up to all it, Matched is still a great read. It's deinitely different from other books out there and one of the reasons I'll be checking out more dystopia books in the future.

One question I wonder is, if Cassia never saw Ky's face to begin with, would she still have felt this undeniable attraction towards him? Because of the Society, you'll never know. It's one of the many questions Matched will have you asking.

Now, swoon-worthy boys. In all honesty, while I liked both Xander and Ky, I never really felt any connection towards either of them. Xander comes off as the cookie cutter guy every girl is suppose to fall for, whereas Ky is the type who seems to blend in everywhere he goes and never standing out. Yes, I was cheering for something to happen between Cassia and Ky and while he's a well written character, he just lacked a little something. He doesn't say much, so you don't really get to know him. There are bits and pieces of his personality and background here and there, but for the most part, he's a big mystery. I get the appeal in that, but it's not for me. Maybe I'll fall for him in the sequel.

All in all, I found Matched to be an enjoyable read. I must say, the setting for Matched is quiet amazing. It takes a lot of time and creativity to come up with something like this. I would recommend checking this one out come late November.


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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Blogoversary Giveaway

Did you know that exactly one year ago yesterday, I posted my first blog post? And a year ago today, I posted my first review?!

*wipes tear away*

What better way to celebrate than hosting a giveaway? Oh, but not just one...several! Here's what you can win:

Contemporary Prize Pack (US only):
*Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials by Rosalind Wiseman (HB)
*The Naughty List by Suzanne Young (PB)
*A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley (ARC)

Dream Catcher Trilogy Pack (US only):
*Wake by Lisa McMann (PB)
*Fade by Lisa McMann (HB)
*Gone by Lisa McMann (HB)

$10 Book of Choice From the Book Depository (International)

To Enter:

*Please fill out THIS FORM.
*You must be a follower to enter.
*You must be 13 and up.
*If you are an international participant, but have a US address I can ship the Contemporary/Dream Catcher Prize Packs to, feel free to enter those as well!
*Giveaway ends November 25th

But wait...there's more:

If for some miraculous reason I reach 555 followers (b/c it's a neat number), I'll add another $10 Book of Choice winner! Maybe I'll even throw in another prize pack.

Good luck to everyone, and thanks for being so supportive this entire year. You guys are the best buddies ever!


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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday

Synopsis: Scott Abrams is the love of Brooke's life. He just doesn't know it yet. So when his family moves to New York City the summer before senior year, Brooke has no choice but to follow Scott. It's her last chance to prove to him that they're meant to be together.

What will Brooke do when her biggest dream finally comes true, but instead she wants something more?

Why I Can't Wait: Ever since I read When It Happens, I've been a Susane Colasanti fan. She just writes fun YA reads. And I love the synopsis. I'm curious ot know what happens with Brook and Scott.

Release Date: May 3, 2011

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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is weekly meme hosted by Mizb at Should Be Reading.
The rules are simple:

-Grab your current read
-Open to a random page
-Share 2 “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!(make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

-Share the title & author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week's Teaser Tuesday comes from Steel by Carrie Vaughn.

"He swung the weapon through a few circles like it didn't weigh anything. The crowd, including the captain, pressed back, leaving a wide circle of open deck for them to fight in.

A duel. A freaking duel. She'd lost her last bout- why did she think she had a chance now?"-
Page 31.

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

In My Mailbox

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

Traded For:*Hunger by Jackie Moore Kessler

Around the World Arc Tours:
*Steel by Carrie Vaughn

So, what did you get in your mailbox?

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Review : 13 To Life

Title: 13 To Life
Author: Shannon Delaney
Published: June 22nd 2010 by St. Martin's Griffin

Synopsis: When junior Jess Gillmansen gets called out of class by Guidance, she can only presume it’s for one of two reasons. Either they’ve finally figured out who wrote the scathing anti-jock editorial in the school newspaper or they’re hosting yet another intervention for her about her mom. Although far from expecting it, she’s relieved to discover Guidance just wants her to show a new student around—but he comes with issues of his own including a police escort.

The newest member of Junction High, Pietr Rusakova has secrets to hide--secrets that will bring big trouble to the small town of Junction—secrets including dramatic changes he’s undergoing that will surely end his life early.

Thoughts: 13 to Life sets up the foundation for other books in this series. Not a lot happens. There's a handful of action, but not much. It's mainly all about setting up the environment, the characters and the plot. Think of it as 200 pages of background, 50 pages of irritating drama and 50+ pages of action/love scenes.

The Rusakovas are new to town, and Jess has the honor of showing Pietr around school. He's gorgeous and brooding. It's clear all the girls are into him. And though Jess feels attracted to him, she can't forget about her crush, Derek. Derek may be your typical high school jock, but hey, in a small town like Junction, who else is there to love?

The more time Jess spends with Pietr, the more mysterious he becomes. But it's not just him, it's his entire family. Will she be able to handle the truth?

First, lets start off with the romance. What I'm learning after almost a year of blogging is that every good book has a love triangle in it. 13 To Life is no different. Though interesting at first, I just had so many issues with the Jess-Pietr-Sarah drama/love triangle. While I understand Jess to be a very giving character, there's no need to be a complete martyr. Even other characters point this out to her, yet there she goes with the self-sacrificing. Why make everyone else unhappy just to make one person happy? This drama was interesting at first, but became tiresome after so many pages of the same problem.

Now, onto the swoon-worth boy. Because I absolutely adored Pietr, I wish there was more of him. I enjoyed his interactions with Jess. From the first encounter to the last, every scene he was in left me with goosebumps. I loved the way he added Russian words into his speaking. Like how he'll say "Da. Yeah." Adorable, much? I think so!

Though I had a few issues with the book and found the pacing to be a bit slow and some of the dialect repetitive, I still must say I'm greatly looking forward to the next book in this series. I'm interested in seeing what happens next and how everything will unfold. Shadows and Secrets will definitely be added to my long 2011 waiting list.


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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday

Synopsis: Clara’s relationship with Christian is intense from the start, and like nothing she’s ever experienced before. But what starts as devotion quickly becomes obsession, and it’s almost too late before Clara realizes how far gone Christian is--and what he’s willing to do to make her stay. Now Clara has left the city—and Christian—behind. No one back home has any idea where she is, but she still struggles to shake off her fear. She knows Christian won’t let her go that easily, and that no matter how far she runs, it may not be far enough....

Why I Can't Wait: Wow, this book sounds intense. I'm really curious as to where she went and what happens. Deb Caletti is a fantastic YA author, so I'm definitely excited about this one!

Release Date: April 19th, 2011

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Teaser Tuesday : Anna and the French Kiss

Teaser Tuesday is weekly meme hosted by Mizb at Should Be Reading.
The rules are simple:

-Grab your current read
-Open to a random page
-Share 2 “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!(make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

-Share the title & author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week's Teaser Tuesday comes from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. It's true what they say, this book is keeper! And Paris really is the city of love...and drama. Check this teaser out:

"I risk a glance, and St. Clair stares back. Deeply. He has not looked at me like this before. I turn away first, then feel him turn a few beats later.

I know he is smiling, and my heart races."-Page 107

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Blog of Dares Giveaway

As you know, David Levithan and Rachel Cohn have come together again and created another masterpiece. What better way to celebrate than to giveaway a copy of Dash & Lily's Book of Dares? But as you know, not everything is that simple.

How it works:

*This giveaway is international (as long as the Book Depository ships to you!).
*You must fill out this FORM.
*You can earn extra entries by performing a few dares. Remember, the more dares you perform, the better your odds are at winning.
*Contest will end November 8th

Be sure to check out my review of Dash and Lily's HERE, and good luck to everyone!

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Interview + Giveaway with Jackson Pearce

A couple months ago, I had the priveledge of interviewing Jackson Pearce for the Ultimate Reviewers Challenge. I don't know what happened, but for some reason, I never posted the interview!

*hangs head in shame*

Better late than never, right? Please welcome As You Wish and Sisters Red author, Jackson Pearce.

1. What makes Sisters Red different from other books out there?

The five dollar bills I put between the pages to encourage buyers.

2. Sisters Red has two main girls, older sister, Scarlett and the younger sister, Rosie. If you could match each girl up with any literary boy out there, who would you choose and why?

Rosie, well...I don't want to give away the story. Scarlett? I don't know. I don't think Scarlett-- or any woman, for that matter-- needs a match to be a complete person. I don't think there's anyone I WOULD match her up with, because she simply wouldn't love him until SHE was ready, and right now? She isn't. Will she ever be? I don't know. If not, that's cool, if so, that's cool too. I'm bothered when I see reviews that say Scarlett needs a man. You can be a whole, complete person without a hot male lead in your life!

3. For those who have read Sisters Red, we know there will be a sequel (Sweetly) coming out in 2011. Is there anything you can tell us about the sequel?

SWEETLY stars a girl named Gretchen who is running from a lifetime of fears stemming from her twin sister's disappearance years before. She and her older brother run right into a hotbed of those fears though, in the form of a South Carolina chocolatier. It's not a direct sequel to SISTERS RED, but Silas's brother is a starring character!

4. What projects are you currently working on?

Right now I'm working on a historical novel that I'm writing just for fun. I'm having a great time with it-- I'd love to see it sell one day, but if it doesn't, I've really enjoyed writing it!

5. Why do you love bloggers (assuming you do!)?

I love that there are people out there not only reading, but telling people about what they love to read! A book can only make it so far on it's own-- book bloggers help word of mouth spread like wildfire.

Thank you so much, Jackson, for stopping by! And now for the giveaway. I'm giving away an audiobook of Sisters Red. WOO!

The Rules:
- Fill out the FORM.
- This is for US participants only. If you are not from the states, but have a US address to send the prize to, feel free to enter.
- Giveaway ends November 1st.

*sends everyone good juju*

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Smart Chicks Kick It WINNER!!!

Thanks to everyone who entered the Smart Chicks Kick It Giveaway. Out of 117 people and 427 entries, the winner is...

#398: A Canadian Girl!!!

I have already contacted the winner and out of all the possible books, she chose The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong. GOOOOOD CHOICE!

For everyone who didn't win, not to worry. I'll be announcing a new giveaway tomorrow morning. Stay tuned. Same bat time, same bat channel.

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In My Mailbox

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

Arc Tours:
*Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting
*Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Traded For:
*The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
*The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
*Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

*Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
(Special thanks to Cindy aka The Princess Bookie)

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Review : The Lying Game

Title: The Lying Game
Author: Sara Shepard
Published: December 7th 2010 by HarperTeen
Source: NetGalley

Synopsis: "New York Times bestselling author Sara Shepard’s new series weaves a mystery of long-lost twins, mistaken identities, a duplicitous circle of friends, and cold-blooded murder. Combining juicy plot lines, to-die-for lifestyles, a tangled web of friendship and romance, magnetic characters, and sharp-witted narration from the afterlife, The Lying Game is an alluring cross between Pretty Little Liars and The Lovely Bones.

Foster kid Emma Paxton has only just discovered Sutton Mercer, the wealthy twin sister she never knew she had, when Sutton drops off the face of the earth, asking Emma to cover for her at home, school, and with her friends—just for a few days. At first Emma enjoys trying on her sister’s fabulous life: her fiercely loyal friends, her adoring boyfriend, her close-knit family. But as Emma is drawn deeper into Sutton’s world she finds the friends are not so fabulous, the boyfriend is not who she wants to be with, and the family is clinging to long-buried secrets and a veneer of functionality. And worst of all, Sutton may not be coming back. In fact, someone may have made sure she never could…and that someone knows Emma is not who she claims to be. Emma will need all her wits to survive The Lying Game."

First Line: "I woke up in a dingy claw-foot bathtub in an unfamiliar pink-tiled bathroom."

Thoughts: If you're a fan of snobby girls, cruel pranks, liars, mystery and the quiet-yet-brooding-boy-from-school, then The Lying Game is the book for you! Much like Sara's Pretty Little Liars series, The Lying Game will have you questioning every character's motives, including Sutton's (one of the main characters). Who can you trust when it seems like everyone's keeping secrets from you?

From the prologue, you (aka, the reader) know exactly what happened to Sutton. The main questions are how, who and why. That's something that Emma (Sutton's long lost twin sister) will have to find out.

After moving from foster family to foster family, the only thing Emma is looking forward to is graduating from high school and going to college. She's had a rough life, and soon, she won't have to rely on the system anymore. Then, out of the blue, she finds out there's a girl out there who looks exactly like her. Could this girl be a long lost twin sister? With no family, Emma must find out more about this mysterious girl. So what does she do? She packs up her bags and goes to visit her!

As soon as Emma arrives in Arizona, everyone mistakes her for Sutton. Sutton's friends, sister and even parents can't tell the difference. But the bigger question is, where's Sutton? In order to find out what happened to Sutton, Emma must now take her place. But how do you pretend to be a girl you've never met, especially when she's everything you're not? And what if something really bad happened to Sutton? Does that mean Emma's next?

This book is like one of those 10000 piece puzzles. At first, I was confused and didn't know what was going on. Then, the pieces started pulling together, and I started to see the big picture. Sadly, because this is the first book in a series, it left me with about 200 pieces of the puzzle placed together and the rest still scattered everywhere. While I have an idea of what's going on, it still left me questioning where all the other pieces fall.

One thing I loved about the book is the plot. Yes, it kind of borderlined Pretty Little Liars (it has that "WTF is going on?" feel), but I still found it very creative and well written. It's interesting and addictive. And, the best part is it'll have you guessing over and over again.

Now, lets move on to swoon-worthy boys. This book didn't really have that much romance in it, but it does leave you with the hope and potential for more. Garrett was Sutton's boyfriend before she went missing. Now, since no one knew Sutton was missing to begin with and everyone thinks Emma *IS* Sutton, he automatically becomes- you guessed it!- Emma's boyfriend. Personally, he's not the guy for me. He's just too cookie cutter and lacked personality. I do wish the book mentioned him more, but I guess this all falls into the mystery factor.

Then there's Ethan. He's the quiet, brooding and from what I can tell, hot guy from school. I think of the two boys, Ethan is a more swoon-worthy candidate. Who doesn't love a boy who not only is a stargazer, but also reads Syvia Plath and various other poetry? He even writes his favorite lines on his arm! AH-DORABLE! The few interactions Ethan has with Emma are personally my favorite parts of the book. It's strange how even though she's pretending to be Sutton, Ethan just seems to know Emma and see through her facade. I'm definitely looking forward to more Ethan.

This is a great book for mystery lovers. Plus, if you're a fan of Sara's Pretty Little Liars series, I'll bank that you'll like The Lying Game. It's intriguing, has a hint of romance, and tons of dangerous, crazy situations. For anyone who thought the girls at your high school were mean, be prepared. You haven't seen anything yet.


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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Fall For Anything Excerpt

You all know I'm a die hard Courtney Summers fan. Some Girls Are was one of my favorite reads this year, and Cracked Up To Be is equally as fabulous. I love the honesty in her writing. Life is harsh, and Courtney's not afraid to say it!

Imagine my delight when I found out Courtney posted the first 5 (yes, 5!) chapters of Fall For Anything on her website. Check it out , and feel free to post your thoughts in the comments below. If you love it, be sure to let Courtney know. I'm sure she'd appreciate it!


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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday

Synopsis: "Abby accepted that she can’t measure up to her beautiful, magnetic sister Tess a long time ago, and knows exactly what she is: Second best. Invisible.

Until the accident.

Now Tess is in a coma, and Abby’s life is on hold. It may have been hard living with Tess, but it's nothing compared to living without her.

She's got a plan to bring Tess back though, involving the gorgeous and mysterious Eli, but then Abby learns something about Tess, something that was always there, but that she’d never seen.

Abby is about to find out that truth isn't always what you think it is, and that life holds more than she ever thought it could.

Why I Can't Wait: I'm a huge fan of Elizabeth Scott. In fact, my favorite book by her is Bloom. The other day, on Elizabeth's blog, she mentioned two characters from Bloom that will play a surprising role in Between Here And Forever. Here's what she said:

"My next novel, Between and Forever, has two characters from Bloom in it (yes, for real!) and:

a. it's going to be surprising who they are
b. it's going to be even more surprising to find out what role they play..."

Seriously?! I wonder which ones. I'm hoping maybe Dave or Evan? EEP! Unfortunately, it's going to be a LOOOOONG wait because Between Here And Forever releases May 24, 2011.

I'm hoping, praying, and wishing on every shooting star that the release date will be bumped up.

And you better be too!

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is weekly meme hosted by Mizb at Should Be Reading.
The rules are simple:

-Grab your current read
-Open to a random page
-Share 2 “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!(make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

-Share the title & author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week's Teaser Tuesday comes from The Lying Game by Sara Shepard. If you're a Pretty Little Liars fan, I highly recommend checking out Sara's first book in her new series. The language is a bit PG-13, so I hope you're not easily offended. Here we go:

"She never felt a gun at her back before, but this couldn't be anything else.

'Don't move, bitch,' whispered a husky voice. Emma felt hot breath on her neck, but all she could see was the inside of someone's palm. 'You're coming with us.'"- Page 40.

The Lying Game releases December 7th, 2010.

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

In My Mailbox

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

*Prey by Rachel Vincent
*Pride by Rachel Vincent
*Alpha by Rachel Vincent
(All I'm missing is Shift! :D)
*Trance by Linda Gerber

Won In A Bet (Don't ever bet against the champ, i.e. me!):
*When Rose Wakes by Christopher Golden
*Torment by Lauren Kate. This copy came with a cool poster and awesome short story (from the journal of Daniel Grigory!)

*The Forbidden Game by L.J. Smith
(Special thanks to the lovely ladies at Fallenarchangel and Simon & Schuster)

That's it for me. What did you get in your mailbox?!

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Review : The Scorch Trials

Title : The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner #2)
Author: James Dashner
Published : October 12th 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

**Warning: If you have not read The Maze Runner, this review will contain spoilers. This will not be spoilery for those who haven't read The Scorch Trials.**

Synopsis: Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. No more puzzles. No more Variables. And no more running. Thomas was sure that escape meant he and the Gladers would get their lives back. But no one really knew what sort of life they were going back to.

In the Maze, life was easy. They had food, and shelter, and safety... until Teresa triggered the end. In the world outside the Maze, however, the end was triggered long ago.

Burned by sun flares and baked by a new, brutal climate, much of the earth is a wasteland. Government has disintegrated--and with it, order--and now Cranks, people covered in festering wounds and driven to murderous insanity by the infectious disease known as the Flare, roam the crumbling cities hunting for their next victim... and meal.

The Gladers are far from done running. Instead of freedom, they find themselves faced with another trial. They must cross the Scorch, the most burned-out section of the world, and arrive at a safe haven in two weeks. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Thomas can only wonder--does he hold the secret of freedom somewhere in his mind? Or will he forever be at the mercy of WICKED?

Thoughts: I couldn't think of a better word other than brutal, thus, I looked it up in a Thesaurus. Barbarous, callous, ferocious, harsh, heartless, ruthless and vicious, yet not one of these words can truly describe the Scorch. The Maze seems like a cake walk compared to what WICKED has in store for the Gladers. Every page is filled with more action, suspense and surprises than anyone can anticipate.

And I loved every minute of it.

The Scorch Trials picks up right where The Maze Runner ends. Remember the safe haven? As the reader, and with the way The Maze Runner ended, we knew this wasn't the case. The Gladers are about to have a rude awakening.

At least the Gladers know this is a trial. What they can't expect is how severe The Scorch Trial is. They know it'll be difficult. After all, they survived the Maze and dealt with the Grievers, so they can defeat anything right? Wrong. With only two weeks to cross the Scorch, sunlight that would make the Sahara look like Antartica, and Cranks (people infected with The Flare) trying to eat or kill them, the Gladers are finally realizing how "lucky" they were when they lived in the Maze.

One of the things I love about this trilogy is how well the author describes every event and setting. I can actually visualize being there, and it's not a pretty picture. Plus, the creativity is right up there with the best of them. I don't know what James Dashner was thinking when he wrote this book, but whatever it was, I'm craving more!

The same key players are still there. You have Minho, Newt, Teresa, and of course, Thomas. The real question is, who will survive? This book will have you cringing and applauding at the same time. And though there's not much to hope for, every Glader is determined to find the solution and survive.

I know after reading The Maze Runner, some (if not all) of you were trying to guess what will happen next. All I can say is expect the unexpected. Word of advice? Make sure you leave plenty of time to finish this in one sitting. With the way each chapter ends, you will instantly want to know what happens next.

For anyone who liked The Maze Runner, you'll LOVE, LOVE, LOVE The Scorch Trials. If you're looking for a never ending thrill ride that will leave you breathless, I would highly recommend reading The Scorch Trials. It'll blow your mind away!


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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday

Synopsis: Clarity "Claire" Fern sees things. Things no one else can see. Things like stolen kisses and long-buried secrets. All she has to do is touch an object and the visions come to her. It's a gift.

And a curse.

When a teenage girl is found murdered, Claire's ex-boyfriend wants her to help solve the case — but Claire is still furious at the cheating jerk. Then Claire's brother — who has supernatural gifts of his own — becomes the prime suspect, and Claire can no longer look away. Teaming up with Gabriel, the smoldering son of the new detective, Claire must venture into the depths of fear, revenge, and lust in order to track the killer. But will her sight fail her just when she needs it most?

Ahh, doesn't it sound awesome?! Eeep, can't wait. Sadly, we all must because Clarity does not release till March 10, 2011.

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Teaser Tuesday : The Lipstick Laws

Teaser Tuesday is weekly meme hosted by Mizb at Should Be Reading.
The rules are simple:

-Grab your current read
-Open to a random page
-Share 2 “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!(make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

-Share the title & author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week's Teaser Tuesday comes from The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder. Here we go:

"'Hi.' Okay, so it isn't Shakespeare or anything, but give me a break-I made the first move.

'Hey,' he says, showing his delicious smile.

I almost faint...but I don't. I want to sit in his lap, run my fingers through his thick, scruffy brown hair, and lick his face from top to bottom. Say something else, dialogue! I can't. Words escape me."- Page 22

To find out more about The Lipstick Law's, visit Amy Holder's newly revamped website. The Lipstick Laws releases April 4, 2011.

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Review : Dash and Lily's Book of Dares

Title: Dash & Lily's Book of Dares
Authors: Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Published: October 26th 2010 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Source: Arc received from Around The World

Synopsis: “I’ve left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”

So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the New York Times bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.

Thoughts: Absolutely adorable. Dash and Lily's Book of Dares is one of those fun, light reads best enjoyed on a cool winter night, with a cup of hot chocolate and a snuggie. This book reminds you of all the things you love about the holidays and, of course, New York. Though I've only been once, I can picture New York during the hectic holidays through Dash & Lily's eyes. Who knew it could be so much fun?!

The book alternates between Dash to Lily's POVs. Their only way of communicating is through a redskin journal Lily purposely left at her favorite bookshop. In order to get it from one another, they each must perform tasks/dares the other person has specially arranged. Let me tell you, some of these dares, while not extremely crazy (such as jumping off the Empire State Building), are 100% hilarious and humiliating. What's so great about this is, neither character seems to care. To be a teenager and not care what other people think? Awesome.

Though I did enjoy Lily's point of view, my favorite between the two was definitely Dash's. He has his own sarcastic, verbose way of speaking I just couldn't get enough of. Yes, he is a cynic and yes, can be a jerk at times, but you can't say he's not witty and entertaining!

As far as secondary characters go (and there are quite a few), one of my absolute favorites was Boomer. He's Dash's friend and interacts with both main characters. You see how both Dash and Lily view him and as far as literary characters go, he's a winner! It's hard to describe him without spoiling anything. Lets just say he's one of those energetic puppies you fall for instantly. I wouldn't necessarily categorize Boomer as swoon-worthy, but I would definitely befriend him.

**Fair warning, this book will make you crave Christmas cookies so bad. I'm serious. At times, I felt my mouth watering. **

Honestly, I could go on and on about Dash & Lily's Book of Dares. A part of me wishes to fly out to New York during the holidays and experience everything they did first hand. While that's probably not going to happen (dang you, family, for all living in Texas!), at least I can live this experience vicariously through Dash and Lily.

If you're looking for an entertaining and fanciful read (especially due to induced stress because of the holidays syndrome), I highly recommend reading Dash & Lily's Book of Dares. It will cheer you up in a heart beat!


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Sunday, October 3, 2010

In My Mailbox

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

*signed copy of If I Stay by Gayle Forman
(Special thanks to Kelsey at The Book Scout and Simon and Schulster)

*Freefall by Mindi Scott
(Special thanks to Simon Pulse)

*Crank by Ellen Hopkins
*Incarceron by Catherine Fisher