Sunday, March 31, 2013

Stacking The Shelves + Weekly Round-Up

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. HAPPY EASTER TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU! May your day be filled with giant book stuffed eggs! Anywho, let's do this thing, shall we?


For Review:

*The Milk of Birds by Sylvia Whitman (goodreads/amazon)
*September Girls by Bennett Madison (goodreads/amazon)
*Rise (Eve #3) by Anna Carey (goodreads/amazon)
*If I Should Die (Revenants #3) by Amy Plum (goodreads/amazon)
*Dead Silence (The Body Finder #4) by Kimberly Derting (goodreads/amazon)
*Transparent by Natalie Whipple (goodreads/amazon)
*The Elite (The Selection #2) by Kiera Cass (goodreads/amazon)
*Parallel by Lauren Miller (goodreads/amazon)
*Tarnish (The Royal Circle #2) by Katherine Longshore (Gifted from Ginger!) (goodreads/amazon)
*Ashes On The Waves by Mary Lindsey (Gifted from Ginger!)(goodreads/amazon)
*Star Cursed (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #2) by Jessica Spotwood (Gifted from Ginger!) (goodreads/amazon)
*Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan (goodreads/amazon)



***Special thanks to Harper Teen, Penguin Teen, Simon Teen, and my very awesome buddy Ginger at GReads!!!!!***



Weekly Round-Up:


**Wherein I review THE TROUBLE WITH FLIRTING by Claire LaZebnik. This is such a cute book, you guys!
*Want to read chapter 2 of TAKEN by Erin Bowman? Check out the TAKEN tour where you can read the first 8 chapters!
*The 24 Hour Unclaimed Prizes Giveaway is over! Congratulations to Lisa and Melissa! Emails have been sent. Please respond within 48 hours or a new winner may be selected. :-)




That's it for me! Feel free to leave links to your mailbox posts below, and I'll be sure to drop by!

*MWAH*

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

24 Hour Unclaimed Prizes Giveaway!

Hey y'all! I have a couple unclaimed prizes that I must find winners for. In the comments below, let me know which prizes your interested in (and yes, you can enter to win both), and I'll pick some winners tomorrow. These giveaways are courtesy of MM Publicity/Egmont and Penguin Teen and are only open to US peeps.

Ready???


Okay...


Prize 1:

Finished copies of both EVERY OTHER DAY and NOBODY by Jennifer Lynn Barnes


Prize 2:

THE INDIGO SPELL by Richelle Mead


And go!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Taken by Erin Bowman Chapter Two Download


Thanks to the fabulous people at Harper Teen, I have the honor of revealing chapter two in the highly anticipated TAKEN by Erin Bowman. Haven't heard of it? Let me fix that for you!

"There are no men in Claysoot. There are boys—but every one of them vanishes at midnight on his eighteenth birthday. The ground shakes, the wind howls, a blinding light descends…and he’s gone.

They call it the Heist.

Gray Weathersby’s eighteenth birthday is mere months away, and he’s prepared to meet his fate–until he finds a strange note from his mother and starts to question everything he’s been raised to accept: the Council leaders and their obvious secrets. The Heist itself. And what lies beyond the Wall that surrounds Claysoot–a structure that no one can cross and survive.

Climbing the Wall is suicide, but what comes after the Heist could be worse. Should he sit back and wait to be taken–or risk everything on the hope of the other side?"


Awesome, right? Now, here's Chapter 2 of TAKEN! All you have to do is click on that link to download the chapter. If you haven't read chapter one yet, be sure to go to The Midnight Garden and check it out. Don't forget to stop by the rest of the tour (listed below) where six more chapters will be revealed!


Wednesday, 3/27 – Chapter 3
The Bookcellar

Thursday, 3/28 – Chapter 4
Itching for Books

Friday, 3/29 – Chapter 5
A Dream Within A Dream

Saturday, 3/30 – Chapter 6
Live to Read

Sunday, 3/31 – Chapter 7
Shooting Stars Mag

Monday, 4/1 – Chapter 8
Total Bookaholic

Monday, March 25, 2013

Review: The Trouble With Flirting


Title: The Trouble With Flirting
Author: Claire LaZebnik
Published: February 26th 2013 by HarperTeen
Source: Finished copy received by the publisher for an honest review

"Franny's supposed to be working this summer, not flirting. But you can't blame her when guys like Alex and Harry are around. . . .

Franny Pearson never dreamed she'd be attending the prestigious Mansfield Summer Theater Program. And she's not, exactly. She's working for her aunt, the resident costume designer. But sewing her fingers to the bone does give her an opportunity to spend time with her crush, Alex Braverman. If only he were as taken with the girl hemming his trousers as he is with his new leading lady.

When Harry Cartwright, a notorious flirt, shows more than a friendly interest in Franny, she figures it can't hurt to have a little fun. But as their breezy romance grows more complicated, can Franny keep pretending that Harry is just a carefree fling? And why is Alex suddenly giving her those deep, meaningful looks? In this charming tale of mixed messages and romantic near-misses, one thing is clear: Flirting might be more trouble than Franny ever expected."

First line: "When Jasper Snowden's parents divorced, Jasper got to sta in his bedroom in the big house he'd always lived in, while his parents took turns living there with him."

Thoughts: Looking for an adorable, good, clean, and fun read? Toss in some humor and angst, and you've got THE TROUBLE WITH FLIRTING. Did I also mention that it's a modern retelling of the Jane Austen classic MANSFIELD PARK? I believe the word you're looking for is "Whoa".

Franny is spending the summer with her aunt and helping her sew costumes for the attendees at Mansfield Summer Theater Program (Mansfield...cute!). She'd rather be attending the program instead of working behind the scenes, but c'est la vie. Even though the room is cramp and hot and her aunt is extremely strict, at least she's there. It's not until she runs into her old friend, Julia, that things start to get interesting. You see, Franny has had a crush on Alex (Julia's brother) for as long as she can remember. It seems as though he actually got cuter over the years and on top of that, he remembers her.

Problem? Alex, though sweet, seems to be interested in the gorgeous and just too cool Elizabeth. Elizabeth is also handsome Harry's best friend and possibly something more. Franny can't tell, but it definitely starts to get interesting once Harry starts flirting with her and Alex starts flirting with her, too. I guess the real job this summer is finding out who's genuine and who's not.

Something I loved about this book is how lovable each character is. There wasn't one person I couldn't stand and hated. All the characters were easy going and while there was drama (literally), it was all out of good fun. Needless to say, this book didn't stress me out like so many other books do.

The romance was sweet, subtle, and clean. I really appreciated this because in a world of 50 Shades, it was refreshing to read a YA book that can make me giddy with something as simple as a gentle touch or a wink from across the room. Out of both Alex and Harry, I adored Harry more. I felt like his feelings were more genuine and really liked how he treated Franny. He made her feel like she was the most beautiful girl in the room, and that's how a guy should make a girl feel. While I didn't completely swoon over him, I did make a lot of "Aww" sounds.

Overall, I would recommend THE TROUBLE WITH FLIRTING to all fans of cute contemporary novels and modern Austen adaptations. This book is great for people of all ages and not just the older YA crowd. If you're looking for a book that reminds you of those quirky early 2000's movies (Ten Things I Hate About You, Clueless, She's All That, etc), this is the book for you.



Rating:

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Stacking The Shelves + Weekly Round-Up

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. I have't done one of these in a few weeks so I'm excited. What about you? Are you ready for this jelly?



For Review:

*Dare You To (Pushing The Limits #2) by Katie McGarry (goodreads/amazon) Giggidy!
*Arclight by Josin L. McQuein (goodreads/amazon)
*Goddess (Starcrossed #3) by Josephine Angelini (goodreads/amazon). Super excited about this one. I loved STARCROSSED but have yet to read DREAMLESS. I know what I'm doing next weekend!
*Night School by C.J. Daugherty (goodreads/amazon)
*Born of Illusion by Teri Brown (goodreads/amazon)
*The End Games by T. Michael Martin (goodreads/amazon)





Won:

*Loki's Wolves (The Blackwell Pages) by K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr (Kelley Armstrong and Melissa Marr) (goodreads/amazon)
*The Testing (Signed! Yay!) by Joelle Charbonneau (goodreads/amazon)

Bought:

*Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (AHHH!!!) (goodreads/amazon)
*Things I Can't Forget (Hundred Oaks #3) by Miranda Kenneally (AHHHH!!!)(goodreads/amazon)
*Star Crossed by Jennifer Echols (AHHHH!!!!) (goodreads/amazon)



Weekly Round-Up:

*Wherein I Review NOBODY by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
*Top ten books I HAD to buy but are still sitting on my shelf.
*Waiting on Wednesday featuring books by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal, Rainbow Rowell, and Diana Peterfreund.




There you have it, folks! I hope you guys are having a fabulous week. Remember, a week from now, Winter will be coming (i.e. season premiere of GAME OF THRONES). Prepare yourselves!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.


"A young Southern woman of modest means suddenly finds herself thrust into New York's high society when she discovers that she is the illegitimate daughter of a recently-deceased billionaire.

Savannah Morgan had high hopes. She dreamed of becoming a writer and escaping her South Carolina town, where snooty debutantes have always looked down on her. But at twenty-four, she's become a frustrated ex-cheerleader who lives with her mother and wonders if rejecting a marriage proposal was a terrible mistake. Then Savannah's world is shaken when she learns the father she never knew is Edward Stone, a billionaire media mogul who has left Savannah his fortune on the condition that she move to Manhattan and work at his global news corporation. Putting aside her mother's disapproval, Savannah dives head first into a high-class life of wealth and luxury that is threatened by Edward's other children--the infuriatingly arrogant Ned and his sharp-tongued sister, Caroline, whose joint mission is to get rid of Savannah. She deals with their treachery along with her complicated love life, and she eventually has to decide between Jack, a smooth and charming real estate executive, and Alex, a handsome aspiring writer/actor. Savannah must navigate a thrilling but dangerous city while trying to figure out what kind of man her father truly was.

NEW MONEY is a keenly observed, fun yet wise peek into a world of privilege and glamour with a spirited and charming heroine at its center."

Why I Can't Wait: Technically, this isn't a YA book but I love stories about Southern girls being thrust into NYC society. I'm currently reading OTHER WORDS FOR LOVE (I know, about time) and am completely in love with the book. Talk about your true, relatable stories! Definitely looking forward to Lorraine Zago Rosenthal's next book.

Expected publication: September 10th 2013 by St. Martin's Press (Thomas Dunne Books)

Add it to your Goodreads.


"A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . .

But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

Or will she just go on living inside somebody else’s fiction?"

Why I Can't Wait: How cute does this book sound? And the cover? Too cute. Plus, it's by Rainbow Rowell, and all I've heard for months is how I must read ELEANOR & PARK.

Expected publication: September 10th 2013 by St. Martin's Press

Add it to your Goodreads.


"Centuries after wars nearly destroyed civilization, the two islands of New Pacifica stand alone, a terraformed paradise where even the Reduction—the devastating brain disorder that sparked the wars—is a distant memory. Yet on the isle of Galatea, an uprising against the ruling aristocrats has turned deadly. The revolutionaries’ weapon is a drug that damages their enemies’ brains, and the only hope is rescue by a mysterious spy known as the Wild Poppy.

On the neighboring island of Albion, no one suspects that the Wild Poppy is actually famously frivolous aristocrat Persis Blake. The teenager uses her shallow, socialite trappings to hide her true purpose: her gossipy flutternotes are encrypted plans, her pampered sea mink is genetically engineered for spying, and her well-publicized new romance with handsome Galatean medic Justen Helo… is her most dangerous mission ever.

Though Persis is falling for Justen, she can’t risk showing him her true self, especially once she learns he’s hiding far more than simply his disenchantment with his country’s revolution and his undeniable attraction to the silly socialite he’s pretending to love. His darkest secret could plunge both islands into a new dark age, and Persis realizes that when it comes to Justen Helo, she’s not only risking her heart, she’s risking the world she’s sworn to protect.

In this thrilling adventure inspired by The Scarlet Pimpernel, Diana Peterfreund creates an exquisitely rendered world where nothing is as it seems and two teens with very different pasts fight for a future only they dare to imagine."

Why I Can't Wait: This is, by far, one of my most anticipated 2013 books. I love, love, loved FOR DARKNESS IN THE STARS and Diana Peterfreund in general so really, the only question is why did I wait so long to feature it in my WoW posts?

Expected publication: October 15th 2013 by Balzer + Bray

Add it to your Goodreads.




What books are you guys looking forward to?

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Top Ten Books I HAD To Buy...But Are Still Sitting On My Shelf Unread


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fabulous ladies at The Broke And The Bookish. This week's topic is the Top Ten Books I HAD to Buy But Are Still Sitting On My Shelf Unread. HA, I've got LOADS of them (because I'm such a hoarder and a bookaholic). Let's do this thang!



This makes me a HORRIBLE person. DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE was, by far, my favorite read in 2012, and I have yet to read it's sequel. *SMH*



For so long, I've been wondering how this series will end. Yeaaaahhhh, I still don't know. O_o



Pretty sure Ginger from GReads! will kill me once she sees this.



Again, with the Ginger and the killing me.



Technically, I just got this last week but still. I plan on breezing through this bad boy sometime this weekend.



I KNOW! I'm such a horrible person. I promise I'll read this ASAP!



WHAT'S WRONG WITH ME?!



I remember months ago, I was making a HUGE deal about buying the paperback copy for THE PIPER'S SON. I did, and I still haven't read it. It's Melina Marchetta for goodness sake!



Definitely need to read THE HOST before the movie comes out!



What can I say? I've been waiting for CLOCKWORK PRINCESS to release before reading this bad boy.





What books have been sitting on your shelves but haven't read yet?

Monday, March 18, 2013

Review: Nobody


Title: Nobody
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Published: January 22nd 2013 by EgmontUSA
Source: ARC sent by the publisher for an honest review

"There are people in this world who are Nobody. No one sees them. No one notices them. They live their lives under the radar, forgotten as soon as you turn away.

That’s why they make the perfect assassins.

The Institute finds these people when they’re young and takes them away for training. But an untrained Nobody is a threat to their organization. And threats must be eliminated.

Sixteen-year-old Claire has been invisible her whole life, missed by the Institute’s monitoring. But now they’ve ID’ed her and send seventeen-year-old Nix to remove her. Yet the moment he lays eyes on her, he can’t make the hit. It’s as if Claire and Nix are the only people in the world for each other. And they are—because no one else ever notices them."

First line: Nine letters.

Thoughts: NOBODY is a complex, interesting story with originality. To say that in the world of YA is saying a lot. If the movies Lost In Translation and Wanted were to be combined, NOBODY would be that movie. Needless to say, it was quite a wild ride!

NOBODY is about a girl name Claire who, of all things, just wants to be noticed. She wants someone to tell her to have a good day, a good summer, a good anything. Alas, this doesn't happen. The thing is, Claire is a Nobody (i.e. a person who is practically indistinguishable and with no "energy"), but she just doesn't know it yet. The only way for Nobody's to feel purpose in life is to join the Society and kill Nulls, those who only bring danger and pain to people. Enter Nix.

Nix is a Nobody. He works for the Society as an assassin and his next kill just happens to be, get this, Claire. But there's something different about Claire. As he begins to watch her, he notices that she's not at all what the Society says she is. Then she does the unthinkable. She notices him. Only Nobodys can recognize other Nobodies, so who is she?

I'm really grateful the author decided to write this book in third person as well as write it through both Claire and Nix's point of views. It was interesting to see how both of them think and what they go through each day. You get glimpses of the Society and to counter that, what it's like being a Nobody in everyday life. With that said, I must admit that this book was quite depressing. Imagine never being noticed and not having any true friends or anyone to talk to. Can you imagine how lonely that is? I certainly wouldn't have been able to till I read NOBODY. Though there are moments of romance and an obvious attraction between our two main characters, I couldn't help but feel sorry for both of them throughout the book, especially Claire. She's just so sad, and I genuinely felt bad for her. I do kind of wish she was a bit of a stronger character but can also see why the author decided to write her the way she did. Everyone has had that "First day at a new school/job, I don't know anyone, who do I eat lunch with" moments and to me, it makes Claire all that more relatable.

Then there's Nix. Nix is...wow. He's unlike any character I have ever read about. Out of the two, his point of view was my favorite. It was much more interesting and yes, a bit strange, but I couldn't help but root for him. While I didn't love him, I did like him a lot. The romance between him and Claire was simple yet perfect. I'm really glad the author decided to include a bit of romance (but not too much) in this novel because it wouldn't have been the same without it.

Overall, while I didn't love NOBODY, I did like it. Out of all of Jennifer's books, I think RAISED BY WOLVES is still my favorite. Jennifer Lynn Barnes knows how to write kick-ass characters and NOBODY is further proof of this. If you're a fan of EVERY OTHER DAY, you'll definitely enjoy NOBODY.



Rating:


Favorite Quotes:

“You can't tell me I matter and then leave like I don't.”

“I am everything. I am nothing. I am powerful. I am forgotten.”

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. There are SO many amazing titles coming out in September. Better start saving now!


"From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and √Čtienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new."

Why I Can't Wait: ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I have been anxiously waiting for this book for like two years now. All the past characters we love will make a cameo? Am dying here!!!

Expected publication: September 17th 2013 by Dutton

Add it to your Goodreads.


"Making friends has never been Elise Dembowski’s strong suit. All throughout her life, she’s been the butt of every joke and the outsider in every conversation. When a final attempt at popularity fails, Elise nearly gives up. Then she stumbles upon a warehouse party where she meets Vicky, a girl in a band who accepts her; Char, a cute, yet mysterious disc jockey; Pippa, a carefree spirit from England; and most importantly, a love for DJing.

Told in a refreshingly genuine and laugh-out-loud funny voice, THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE is an exuberant novel about identity, friendship, and the power of music to bring people together."

Why I Can't Wait: I am a HUGE fan of Leila Sales. After reading MOSTLY GOOD GIRLS and PAST PERFECT, how can I not be? She writes fun yet real contemporary novels, and believe me when I tell you they are good.

Expected publication: September 17th 2013 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Add it to your Goodreads.


"Marina has everything. She’s got money, popularity, and a bright future. Plus, she’s best friends with the boy next door, who happens to be a gorgeous prodigy from one of America’s most famous families.

Em has nothing. Imprisoned in a small white cell in the heart of a secret military base, all she has is the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain.

But Marina and Em have one big thing in common: they’re the same person.

Now Em must travel back four years in time in order to avert the terrible future from which she’s fled, and there’s only one way to do it. She must kill the person who invented the time machine in the first place: someone from her past. A person she loved.

But Marina won’t let them go without a fight."

Why I Can't Wait: What originally drew me to this book was the cover. You can just sense the tension and pain jumping right through. Then I read the summary and was floored. With the exception of the time machine, it kind of reminds me of the movie THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT. Y'all, I'm seriously excited about this book!

Expected publication: September 3rd 2013 by Disney Hyperion

Add it to your Goodreads.



These are just a few of the September books I'm waiting for. I'll be sure to feature more next week. In the mean time, what books are you guys excited about?

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Top Ten Books on the Top of my Spring TBR List


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fabulous ladies at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is the top ten books on my Spring TBR list. The books I picked range from March-May, which is funny because a lot (and I mean A LOT) of awesome books come out in May. Woot, let's do this!



Can't wait to buy it, can't wait to read it.



I'm a huge fan of Stacey's Goth and Ghost series so it's really no wonder why this is on the top of my Spring TBR.



Loved GILT, am sure I'll love TARNISH.



Gotta support the Houston gals!



FIVE SUMMERS sounds like such a good book and what better way to pumped up for summer than reading a book about summer?



This one sounds like an intense yet awesome book!



Seriously love Sarah Ockler. TWENTY BOY SUMMER and BITTERSWEET are two books I truly adore.



Who doesn't love Sarah Dessen? You'd be crazy not to!



And my last two (because the pictures refuse to download)...

*LEVITATING LAS VEGAS by Jennifer Echols. It's Jennifer Echols. Enough said.

*OUR SONG by Jordanna Fraiberg. Because the cover is swoony and the summary is right up my alley!



What are some books on your Spring TBR list?

Monday, March 11, 2013

Review: Perfect Scoundrels


Title: Perfect Scoundrels (The Heist Society #3)
Author: Ally Carter
Published: February 5th 2013 by Hyperion Books for Children
Source: Finished copy received by the publisher for an honest review

"Katarina Bishop and W.W. Hale the fifth were born to lead completely different lives: Kat comes from a long, proud line of loveable criminal masterminds, while Hale is the scion of one of the most seemingly perfect dynasties in the world. If their families have one thing in common, it's that they both know how to stay under the radar while getting--or stealing--whatever they want. No matter the risk, the Bishops can always be counted on, but in Hale's family, all bets are off when money is on the line. When Hale unexpectedly inherits his grandmother's billion dollar corporation, he quickly learns that there's no place for Kat and their old heists in his new role. But Kat won't let him go that easily, especially after she gets tipped off that his grandmother's will might have been altered in an elaborate con to steal the company's fortune. So instead of being the heir--this time, Hale might be the mark. Forced to keep a level head as she and her crew fight for one of their own, Kat comes up with an ambitious and far-reaching plan that only the Bishop family would dare attempt. To pull it off, Kat is prepared to do the impossible, but first, she has to decide if she's willing to save her boyfriend's company if it means losing the boy."

First line: "Of all people who knew about the big house in the middle of Wyndham Woods, very few had ever been inside."

Thoughts: Oh my goodness, oh my goodness. I must admit, I'm a huge Hale fan and before starting this novel, I thought to myself "The only thing that would make this book better than the rest is more Hale." Because seriously, who doesn't love him? Does Ally Carter deliver in this department? You bet your sweet hiney she does!

One of the things I love about this series is how much fun they are. It's not all about angst or random teenage drama. While I love those things, they get tiring and repetitive. PERFECT SOUNDRELS is about coning people (and readers), friendship, and so much more. The best thing about this series? Each book has a beginning and an end. There's no dramatic and torturous cliffhanger. Like the others in the series, the ending will leave you satisfied yet still craving more. The best way I can describe it is it's like eating the best meal you've ever have, being completely stuffed and still wanting to order dessert. What can I say? I'm a glutton!

PERFECT SCOUNDRELS is a tad different than the previous two books. Instead of being the ones behind the con, they're the ones being conned. Hale's family is up to something, and it's up to Kat to save him. What I adore about this is you get to truly see how strong of a character Kat is. Unlike the previous two books, she really, really puts herself out there. While Kat has always been a loyal friend and family member, this book truly makes her shine. At one point, Hale literally leaves Kat hanging but does this stop her? Not at all. If anything, it encouraged her figure things out and fight harder. She's a feisty little thing with a lot of heart which is why she's one of my favorite heroines.

The only bad thing I will say about this book is that the relationship between Hale and Kat is torturous. I get it, they're young and taking things slowly but COME ON! I find myself longing for the smiles and banter and maybe mores. Do I still swoon? For sure, but it's a frustrated swoon.

Overall, I highly, highly recommend checking out PERFECT SCOUNDRELS. In my opinion, it's the best one yet. For those who haven't read THE HEIST SOCIETY, you don't need to read it in order to enjoy PERFECT SCOUNDRELS. Like I said, each book has a beginning, a middle, and an end. I still recommend reading THE HEIST SOCIET and UNCOMMON CRIMINALS first so you can watch the character and relationship development, but you don't necessarily have to. It's just so much better when you do!


Rating:


“The things that are most precious to us are sometimes the most secret.”

“'But on the upside, I guess we're getting ready to find out if you really only love me for my jet.'
'I might love you for your jet,' Gabrielle said, straight-faced.
He smiled a Kat. 'What about you?'
'Yeah," Kat said, nodding. "I guess that is the question.'”

“'Someday you will know that the heart is not always as wise as it is strong.'"

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Stacking The Shelves + Weekly Round-Up

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Happy, Happy Sunday! I hope you guys are having a booktastic week. Now, y'all ready to get this party started?



For Review:

*Requiem (Delirium #3) by Lauren Oliver (AHHHH!!!!!) (goodreads/amazon)
*Delirium Stories: Hana, Annabel, and Raven by Lauren Oliver (I've only read Hana but totally heart her short stories!) (goodreads/amazon)
*Spellcaster by Claudia Gray (goodreads/amazon)
*The Rules (Project Paper Doll #1) by Stacey Kade (goodreads/amazon)

Gifted:

*Through The Ever Night (Under The Never Sky #2) by Veronica Rossi (goodreads/amazon)



Weekly Round-Up:

*Y'all, today is the LAST day to enter and win a signed finished copy of MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza. DO IT!
*Speaking of MILA 2.0, check out my interview with Debra Driza. We discuss things like the craziest thing she's ever done and ate.
*Wherein I review UNREMEMBERED by Jessica Brody. It's as addicting as chocolate. Seriously.
*The top ten series I'd like to start but haven't yet. Which one do I need to start ASAP? Y'all tell me!



And that's my week in a nutshell! Hope you guys have a fabulous Sunday! Feel free to leave links to your mailbox posts in the comments.

*MWAH*

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Dark Days Interview With MILA 2.0 Author Debra Driza

Thanks to the fabulous people at Harper Teen, I received the opportunity to interview this fabulous lady right here:


That's right. It's MILA 2.0 author Debra Driza. We talked about things like current Hollywood crushes to favorite books and even the song she'd pick if MILA 2.0 were made into a movie. Without further ado, here's Debra!

1. I noticed you have a playlist for the book on Goodreads. If MILA 2.0 were to be made into a movie, what song would you pick for the movie trailer?

Oh, gosh, that’s hard. I feel like I need multiple songs to capture the feelings of different parts of the story. I might be tempted to go with something like Army of Me by Bjork, because it’s exciting and jarring and would capture Mila’s badass side (plus, love that song!) If I were going for campy, then I’d definitely consider More Human Than Human by White Zombie.

2. If you were created in a lab, what superhuman abilities would you want to have?

I would love the ability to pack nine hours of sleep into two or three. Also, I could use some superhuman—or even normal human—organizational skills. I am woefully challenged in that department! I’d also dig being able to do those urban warrior-type stunts. I can’t believe how they just climb walls and make it look so easy!

3. What is the craziest thing you have ever done?

Wow, that’s a seriously tough question! I’m super random and have no qualms about acting like a giant goofball in public, but I’m also innately cautious when it comes to dangerous things—no sky-diving for me. Oh, but I did jump off the top of the Seven Falls in Maui when I was a youngster—which was pretty crazy, considering I don’t see all that well and apparently almost hit a rock! (My mom was thrilled) I also attended Burning Man last year, which most of my non-writer friends consider to be loco since you’re basically roughing it in the middle of the desert for a week with 40,000+ strangers.

4. What is the craziest thing you have ever eaten?

I was the pickiest eater for a really long time, so I’m still making up for lost years. That said, my hubby’s family is Czech, and I did sample Sulz one year—which is something like head cheese and gelatin combined. Bon appetite!

Speed round...

Favorite candy: Probably Skor bars. Or anything chocolate, really—unless it has nuts. I like nuts and I like chocolate, but they have to remain separate.

Coffee or tea: Tea! Iced or, my fave, chai lattes! I rarely drink coffee as the massive doses of caffeine make me spaz out. Trust me, this is a bad thing.

Cats or Dogs: Dogs. Too many dogs. Dogs that hog the bed, dogs that steal my food. I’m surrounded by naughty dogs.

Favorite restaurant: So tough! One place that I will always remember fondly for comfort food is Snuffer’s back in Dallas. Cheese fries, MMMMM. Also, pretty much anywhere that has good chips and salsa.

OMG, CHEESE FRIES!!! Ahem, sorry. Back to the questions...

Favorite Book: Impossible to name just one! But two of my all-time favorites are Brideshead Revisited and Fletch.

Hollywood crush: You know, I don’t really crush on actors for looks—more on characters and personalities. Back in the day, I would have said Spike from Buffy. Now? I guess I’d have to say—Jennifer Lawrence. I love what a total goober she is!

Dream vacation destination: Ever since I read The Sun Also Rises, I’ve wanted to go to Pamplona for the Running of the Bulls. Though, more for thehuge tomato fight than anything (seriously, what could be more fun than pegging total strangers with overripe fruit?)





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Review: Unremembered


Title: Unremembered (Unremembered #1)
Author: Jessica Brody
Publication: March 5th 2013 by Farrar, Straus, & Giroux (BYR)
Source: ARC received by the publisher for an honest review

"The only thing worse than forgetting her past... is remembering it.

When Freedom Airlines flight 121 went down over the Pacific Ocean, no one ever expected to find survivors. Which is why the sixteen-year-old girl discovered floating among the wreckage—alive—is making headlines across the globe.

Even more strange is that her body is miraculously unharmed and she has no memories of boarding the plane. She has no memories of her life before the crash. She has no memories period. No one knows how she survived. No one knows why she wasn’t on the passenger manifest. And no one can explain why her DNA and fingerprints can’t be found in a single database in the world.

Crippled by a world she doesn’t know, plagued by abilities she doesn’t understand, and haunted by a looming threat she can’t remember, Seraphina struggles to piece together her forgotten past and discover who she really is. But with every clue only comes more questions. And she’s running out of time to answer them.

Her only hope is a strangely alluring boy who claims to know her from before the crash. Who claims they were in love. But can she really trust him? And will he be able to protect her from the people who have been making her forget?

From popular young adult author, Jessica Brody comes a mesmerizing and suspenseful new series, set in a world where science knows no boundaries, memories are manipulated, and true love can never be forgotten."

First line: "The water is cold and ruthless, lapping against my cheek."

Thoughts: Jessica Brody has done it again creating not only a clever novel but also a ridiculously addictive one. Thanks to UNREMEMBERED, I'm running on about three hours of sleep. Was it worth it? YEAH IT WAS!

As you can see from the summary, UNREMEMBERED is about a girl who wakes up after surviving a plane crash and doesn't remember a thing. This includes her name, what a television is, foods, etc. The works. It's not until she "meets" a mysterious brown haired, maple eyed boy that she starts questioning who or even what she was and is. Her instincts tell her to not trust this guy but her heart tells her something else. As memories start blazing back, like a fire in the night, she slowly begins to remember that her life isn't an ordinary one.

I'll stop right there. Originally, I thought about using distinct details (including character names) in my review, but I honestly think half the fun in this book is the mystery of it all. It's alluring and what kept me reading. You see, this novel is more than just a book. It's an experience, and I wouldn't want to ruin that for you.

I will talk about how much fun I had reading this book. I loved discovering things with the main character. The details were incredibly well-written and vivid, especially the grilled cheese sandwich scene. I instantly grew hungry just reading it! You start learning things about the character and as you read further on, begin to realize that something just isn't right with her. There's something off and you can't quite point your finger at it but also know it's going to be good. The mystery behind everything will most definitely intrigue you. It'll keep you hooked and reading until the answers slowly unfold and by the time you're gasping for more, the author does the unthinkable.

She leaves you with a cliffhanger...

Needless to say, I'm panting, no DYING for the next book in this fabulous series. UNREMEMBERED is everything I love about a good book. There's mystery, a crazy and kick butt heroine, and a romance you'll be cheering for long before the book ends. I cannot recommend this book enough. Please, I beg you, pick it up as soon as possible so we can discuss it and swoon over it together. You owe this to yourself and will regret it if you don't.



Rating:

“Forgetting who you are is so much more complicated than simply forgetting your name. It's also forgetting your dreams. Your aspirations. What makes you happy. What you pray you'll never have to live without. It's meeting yourself for the first time, and not being sure of your first impression.”

“The memories that really matter don't live in the mind.”