28 April 2012

Weekly Book Haul (1)

**Only after I posted my IMM video and linked it on the Story Siren's blog did I discover all the drama (I know, I'm not on Twitter enough) that occurred this week.  So I have amended this post because I will no longer be participating in In My Mailbox even though I still say it in my video.**

Books Mentioned:
Sweep Vol. 1 by Cate Tiernan
Sweep Vol. 2 by Cate Tiernan
Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Grave Mercy by Robin LeFevers
The Statistical Probably of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Drink Slay Love by Sarah Beth Durst
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Where She Went by Gayle Forman
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

27 April 2012

Review- Bumped

Title: Bumped
Author: Megan McCafferty
Series: Bumped #1
Publisher: HarperTeen
Find it Here: Amazon, Goodreads
Source: Purchased eBook

When a virus makes everyone over the age of eighteen infertile, would-be parents are forced to pay teen girls to conceive and give birth to their children, making teens the most prized members of society.

Sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony were separated at birth and had never met until the day Harmony shows up on Melody’s doorstep. Until now, the twins have followed completely opposite paths. Melody has scored an enviable conception contract with a couple called the Jaydens. While they are searching for the perfect partner for Melody to bump with, she is fighting her attraction to her best friend Zen, who is way too short for the job.

Harmony has spent her whole life in religious Goodside, preparing to be a wife and mother. She believes her calling is to bring Melody back to Goodside and convince her that “pregging” for profit is a sin. But Harmony has secrets of her own that she is running from.

When Melody is finally matched with the world-famous, genetically flawless Jondoe, both girls’ lives are changed forever. A case of mistaken identity takes them on a journey neither could have ever imagined, one that makes Melody and Harmony realize they have so much more than just DNA in common.

My thoughts:

I am a huge, huge fan of Megan McCafferty! She is literally one of my favorite authors. I absolutely adore the Jessica Darling series, so when I discovered that she had written a young adult book I knew I had to read it!

Bumped is definitely one of the most unusual books I have ever read. But I immediately grasped on to the concept of the oversexed, baby crazy community and right then I knew that it is a satire. And I love satire! Ever since college when I had to read Jonathan Swift and other writers who wrote satires and completely embarrassed their family members, I knew I loved satire. I most relate it to dry or sarcastic humor that sometimes doesn’t translate well to the page. But once I was able to put myself in that mindset, I found it absolutely hilarious!

I love how absolutely over the top Bumped is. In this futuristic world where men and women are both affected by a virus that causes them to be infertile by their twenties, society is completely obsessed with teenagers having sex and making babies. Everything they do, say, wear and aspire to revolves around it.

Melody, one of the main characters, is a reproductive professional and her parents have worked long and hard to secure her a very high paying contract with a rich couple she is supposed to have a baby for. But of course everything goes wrong when her identical twin sister shows up and tries to get her “see the light” and the error of her ways.

The only thing I didn’t really like about this book was that Melody and Harmony were both sort of annoying and bratty. They were both very selfish and had a hard time seeing outside the scope of their world view. Melody definitely grew more as a character than Harmony. By the end, Melody was beginning to question whether or not she was making the right decisions by being a reproductive professional.

Overall, I very much enjoyed this book! I give Bumped 4 hearts because I know it must have taken some serious wit to write it!

26 April 2012

Review- I Hunt Killers

Title: I Hunt Killers
Author: Barry Lyga
Publisher: Little, Brown Books For Young Readers
Find it here: Amazon, Goodreads
Source: ARC compliments of the publisher

What if the world's worst serial killer...was your dad?

Jasper (Jazz) Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say.

But he's also the son of the world's most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could--from the criminal's point of view.

And now bodies are piling up in Lobo's Nod.

In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret--could he be more like his father than anyone knows?

My thoughts: 

When I was given the opportunity to review I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga, I was so excited and I started it the day I got it in the mail. I had had my eye on it because creepy serial killer books are right up my alley!

I’m sitting here thinking about how I’m going to write this review because I don’t want to sound like some kind of weirdo for liking this book so much! And the reason that I liked it so much is because I felt like I was in an episode of Criminal Minds (one of my favorite shows). Jazz was raised by one of the most infamous and deranged serial killers in the world. His father essentially taught how to be a great killer and how to do it without getting caught. His father is now in prison and he is trying to live as normal as possible.

The major theme of I Hunt Killers is nature vs. nurture which I think is an excellent argument. Jazz is constantly haunted by the lessons his father gave him and believes that he is fighting the serial killer nature within himself. So when people are being murdered in his small town, he knows that he is the most likely suspect so he tries to figure out who is killing according to his father’s pattern.

Howie is definitely one of my favorite characters in the book. Even though he has a rare blood disease where he could bleed out in a matter of minutes very easily, he is still Jazz’s very trusty side kick (and the comic relief). He believes in Jazz more than any other person in the book and knows that Jazz’s strong nature and moral compass will win out over the way he was raised.

I Hunt Killers is a definite must read for all those who are big fans of mystery, suspense, thriller and serial killer books. Even though I was expecting this book to be more of a horror book, I still give it 4 hearts because it was awesome!

25 April 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (51)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating. This is one of my favorite memes because not only is my TBR pile so much bigger at the end of the night but also the covers are always amazing!

Title: One Moment
Author: Kristina McBride
Hitting the Shelves: June 26, 2012

This was supposed to be the best summer of Maggie’s life. Now it’s the one she’d do anything to forget.

Maggie Reynolds remembers hanging out at the gorge with her closest friends after a blowout party the night before. She remembers climbing the trail hand in hand with her perfect boyfriend, Joey. She remembers that last kiss, soft, lingering, and meant to reassure her. So why can’t she remember what happened in the moment before they were supposed to dive? Why was she left cowering at the top of the cliff, while Joey floated in the water below—dead?

As Maggie’s memories return in snatches, nothing seems to make sense. Why was Joey acting so strangely at the party? Where did he go after taking her home? And if Joey was keeping these secrets, what else was he hiding?

Why I want this: Last week I read Unbreak My Heart by Melissa C. Walker and I absolutely loved it (I highly recommend it).  It also got me thinking about summer and all the great YA contemporary romance summer books that are coming out!  I really think it's going to be a great summer for YA contemporary and I just can't wait!!

What are you waiting for?

23 April 2012

Review: Social Suicide

Title: Social Suicide
Author: Gemma Halliday
Series: Deadly Cool #2
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Find it here: Amazon, Goodreads
Source: ARC compliments of HarperTeen

Twittercide [twit-er-sahyd]: the killing of one human being by another while the victim is in the act of tweeting.

Call me crazy, but I figured writing for the Herbert Hoover High Homepage would be a pretty sweet gig. Pad the resume for college applications, get a first look at the gossip column, spend some time ogling the paper’s brooding bad-boy editor, Chase Erikson. But on my first big story, things went... a little south. What should have been a normal interview with Sydney Sanders turned into me discovering the Homecoming Queen-hopeful dead in her pool. Electrocuted while Tweeting. Now, in addition to developing a reputation as HHH’s resident body finder, I’m stuck trying to prove that Sydney’s death wasn’t suicide.

I’m starting to long for the days when my biggest worry was whether the cafeteria was serving pizza sticks or Tuesday Tacos...

My thoughts: 

Hartley Featherstone is by far one of my favorite silly murder mystery crime solvers ever! Deadly Cool was one of my favorite reads last year and I was so excited to hear that the release of Social Suicide was right around the corner!

Hartley is so hilarious! This year she’s on the staff of the school paper and she has been itching to land a huge story so that she can impress Chase, the editor. So when a fellow classmate gets caught cheating and then mysteriously commits “twittercide”, Hartley wants this story all to herself and she will do whatever it takes to find out the truth.

Hartley is such a great character because of her determination. She doesn’t let anything like the police, a possible killer on the loose or curfews stop her from investigating. She’s also not whiny like a lot of other characters out there in YA. She’s clumsy, she’s gets herself into the craziest situations and she always laughs at herself in the end.

Chase is so freakin HOT in Social Suicide! He continually send her these mixed signals where he won’t really explain what they’re doing so beforehand Hartley thinks it might be a date so her best friend dresses her up all fancy but then it turns out to be a steak-out in the bushes. Situations like that were just so hilarious! I loved that romance isn’t the main focus of Social Suicide. Chase and Hartley’s relationship is going really slow, which can be annoying sometimes but you’re just laughing your ass off so much that you don’t even notice.

If you haven’t read Deadly Cool yet I strongly recommend that you do! They are such fun, quick reads where you can lose yourself and the next thing you know you’ve finished the book! They can be predictable at times but the ride is so fun that you don’t even notice! I give Social Suicide 4 hearts because Hartley had me laughing the whole time!

22 April 2012

In My Mailbox (37)

In My Mailbox is an awesome way to connect with our blogger and reader friends and share which amazing books we received, bought or borrowed during the week! This weekly meme is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

OMG you guys! It's been so long since I've done an IMM post! I even went back to see how long it's been since and this is the first IMM I've done this month! That's crazy! I feel like my life is finally getting back to normal since my grandma passed away and it's been a lot easier to blog more consistently! Thank you guys for hanging in there with me and I really think it's going to be a great summer for reading.

For Review:

Intangible by J. Meyers
Pack of Lies by Staci Weber & Sara Dailey

From NetGalley:

Velveteen by Daniel Marks
Hanging by a Thread by Sophie Littlefield
Bad Hair Day by Carrie Harris
Kissing Shakespeare by Pamela Mingle
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa


Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins

Weekly Wrap-up:







21 April 2012

Review- The Last Echo

Title: The Last Echo
Author: Kimberly Derting
Series: The Body Finder #3
Publisher: HarperTeen
Find it here: Amazon, Goodreads
Source: ARC compliments of HarperTeen

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....

My thoughts:

I love this series! I love this book. I love Violet and Jay. I love her ability. I love her job. I love that she always wants to help. I love Rafe. I love the perspective of the killer. I love the creepiness. I just have such an overwhelming love for everything about the Body Finder Series!

I was convinced that when I got this book it was going to be the last Body Finder book. I was a little bit sad but I also know that all good series have to come to an end. But when you get to the end, you find out that it is, in fact, not the end at all! Which also makes me very happy because I will take more Violet, Jay and echoes to find any day.

As previously stated above, I absolutely love the characters. I fell in love with Jay and Violet in the first book and have been rooting for them ever since. They continue to grow with each other and become better people. What I really loved about the Last Echo is that we get to know so much more about Rafe. Dark, serious, mysterious and sexy Rafe. And there definitely is a reason for that dark and tortured attitude. There is also a big reveal about Rafe and another character that I did not see coming! When I first met Rafe in Desires of the Dead I did not like him because I felt like he was causing problems with Jay and Violet’s relationship. And now I’m so torn! I absolutely love Jay but Rafe has this certain appeal like a guilty pleasure. I’m nervous about the state of Jay and Violet’s relationship in the next book!

The killer in this book is especially creepy! He’s convinced that when a girl looks at him and smiles then that’s the start of their relationship. He kidnaps them because he thinks they’re his girlfriends but he doesn’t see it as kidnapping. He even paints their nails!

The Last Echo is a great addition to the Body Finder series! As long as Derting continues to write fantastic books, I will continue to read them! I give The Last Echo 4 heart because I just love it so much!

20 April 2012

Review- Masque of the Red Death

Title: Masque of the Red Death
Author: Bethany Griffin
Publisher: HarperTeen
Find it here: Amazon, Goodreads
Source: ARC compliments of HarperTeen

Everything is in ruins.

A devastating plague has decimated the population. And those who are left live in fear of catching it as the city crumbles to pieces around them.

So what does Araby Worth have to live for?

Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery make-up . . . and tantalizing ways to forget it all.

But in the depths of the club—in the depths of her own despair—Araby will find more than oblivion. She will find Will, the terribly handsome proprietor of the club. And Elliott, the wickedly smart aristocrat. Neither boy is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does.

And Araby may find something not just to live for, but to fight for—no matter what it costs her.

My thoughts:

When I first read the title of this book I added to my wish list on Goodreads even though it didn’t have a cover or a synopsis. I’ve been a huge fan of Edgar Allen Poe ever since high school and the Masque of the Red Death is one of my favorite short stories. Then the cover and the synopsis were revealed and I about died! I knew I had to get my hands on an ARC of this book no matter what I had to do to get it!

And let me tell you, I was in no way disappointed! Never have a read a book where the writing and the story was just as dark and beautiful as the cover. They fit each other perfectly.

I loved the dark world of death that Griffin created. The way she depicted the dying in the streets and the carts picking up the dead, is exactly how I pictured the Bubonic Plague that ravaged Europe in the 14th century. More modern of course but definitely the same concept. In this world, people are either so rich that they are able to lock themselves away and hope that the virus never reaches them, those that have turned to religion and those, like Araby who go to the clubs and take drugs to numb themselves of the pain.

This first book (after the ending it has to be a series) is a great setup for what is going to happen next. The world building was amazing, we got to know the characters and now the momentum is really going for book 2. And let me tell you I cannot wait!!!

As much as I absolutely loved the book, I thought the ending was somewhat anti-climactic. I guessing all the action is going to happen in the next book which is understandable. There was also a huge surprise that I wasn’t expecting so that really helped too! I’m giving this book 5 hearts and putting in on my list of favorite reads of 2012!

19 April 2012

Follow Friday (29)

Follow Friday is a really fun way to make new blogger friends and promote your blog in the process! This weekly meme is hosted by Alison Can Read and Rachel @Parajunkee.

Q: Fight! Fight! If you could have two fictional characters battle it out (preferably from books), who would they be and who do you think would win?

A: Since Rose from Vampire Academy is one of my favorite strong female characters, I would love to see her fight anyone! But in this particular instance I would like to see her fight Katniss from the Hunger Games.  I would really like to see how Rose's brute force and physical strength matches Katniss' incredible cleverness.  I think it would be an interesting match!

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Review- Harbinger

Title: Harbinger
Author: Sara Wilson Etienne
Publisher: Putnam
Find it here: Amazon, Goodreads
Source: ARC from Putnam

When sixteen-year-old Faye arrives at Holbrook Academy, she doesn't expect to find herself exactly where she needs to be. After years of strange waking visions and nightmares, her only comfort the bones of dead animals, Faye is afraid she's going crazy. Fast.

But her first night at Holbrook, she feels strangely connected to the school and the island it sits on, like she's come home. She's even made her first real friends, but odd things keep happening to them. Every morning they wake on the floors of their dorm rooms with their hands stained red.

Faye knows she's the reason, but what does it all mean? The handsome Kel tries to help her unravel the mystery, but Faye is certain she can't trust him; in fact, he may be trying to kill her - and the rest of the world too.

Rich, compelling writing will keep the pages turning in this riveting and tautly told psychological thriller.

My thoughts:

Reading Harbinger did not go as well as I had planned. When asked if I would like to review it, I was so excited! I featured as one of my WoW’s because I loved the cover and I thought the synopsis sounded fantastic. I got it pretty early on so I put off reading it closer to the release date. I started it in November and put it down 80 pages into. The release date came and went and I decided to give it another try. Maybe when I tried to read it the first time I was going through some kind of reading slump and I might love it this time around. I hoped for these things, I really did! I so wanted to love this book.

First of all, I want to say that I know there has been some controversy around negative reviews. I personally don’t see anything wrong with them as long as the blogger/review is not personally attacking the author. I believe it’s rude and inappropriate and if someone has something to say to an author, it should be done in private and not on a public forum. With that being said, I’m giving my honest opinion of a book that just didn’t connect for me as it did with others.

I’m going to try and tell you exactly why I didn’t like this book but first just picture me struggling through every last page. Since I got this book for review and I wanted to speak honestly about my thoughts, I knew I had to read the whole thing.

A big part of why the book just fell flat for me was the characters. I wasn’t able to connect to Faye or Kel or any of the other characters for that matter. I felt like we weren’t given a chance to get to know them. All of a sudden they’re thrown into this school without a solid pretext of their lives before. Even after the last page I couldn’t tell you who was good and who was evil or even what had just happened.

I got the sense that Harbinger is set in an America that is not the same as the present America. It seemed to be a poor attempt at building a dystopian world. Nothing was clearing stated about the world outside of the academy.

Even after all my dislikes, this book still had some redeeming qualities. It was creepy and I liked that. It was also so confusing that I read to the end just to know what happened. These are all good elements for a book to keep the audience reading. I also liked that the island and the land that the school was on had a past and a history. I really enjoyed when the sections of the journal was revealed. It really kept me reading.

I’m glad there are readers out there who really enjoyed this book but it just wasn’t for me. Which is why I can’t justify giving it any more than 2 hearts.

18 April 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (50)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating. This is one of my favorite memes because not only is my TBR pile so much bigger at the end of the night but also the covers are always amazing!

Title: Defiance
Author: C.J. Redwine
Hitting the Shelves: September 06, 2012

When Rachel Adam’s father fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, she is assigned a new Protector, her father’s apprentice, Logan—the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same boy who handed her heart right back to her. With a fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.

Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.

What are you waiting for?

17 April 2012

Top Ten Tuesday- Tips for New Bloggers

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and it's a meme of lists.

This week's list is the Top Ten Tips for New Bloggers:

1.  Blog for the right reasons.  If you're starting a book blog, I hope you're starting it because you love to read and because you want to other people who love to read as well.  Don't start a book blog because you want free books.

2. Make your blog design reader friendly.  The quickest turn off for me when reading any blog is neon pick lettering on a bright yellow background.  I don't want to get a headache just trying to read your blog.  Make sure it's easy for your readers to find your feed buttons such as: RSS, Twitter, Goodreads and GFC.  Don't make us search for them.

3. Memes and Reviews.  Participating in memes is fun but make sure the bulk of your blog is reviews.  Throw in a few discussions and comparison posts or participate in a read-a-long.

4. Be honest.  Don't write a 5 star review just to please the author.  If you didn't like a book, then we want to know! You're not doing anyone any favors if you're not being honest.

5. Negative reviews.  Negative reviews are great and I'm all for them! But this does not mean you can personally attack and/or criticize the author on a public forum.  It's okay to be known as a tough reviewer but no one want to be that rude and inappropriate blogger.

6. Requesting reviews.  I firmly believe that you should be running your blog consistently for at least six to nine months before you start requesting books for review.  When you're reading to start, make sure you do your home and your sending your emails to the right places.  Always be polite.  Don't send an email that sounds like you're entitled to receive books for review.  If they don't respond immediately, don't get upset.  Just be patient and send another email.  The worst they can say is no.

7. ARCs.  NEVER, and I mean NEVER EVER sell your ARC's.  If a publisher finds out that you sold an ARC, you will probably never receive another ARC again.

That's not ten but those are pretty much the basics.  Just remember to stay true to yourself and your reasons for starting your blog in the first place.  It's hard to put yourself out there in the beginning, but before you know it, you're going to have lots of friends and you're going to discover more books than you could have dreamed of!

16 April 2012

Review- The Alchemy of Forever

Title: The Alchemy of Forever
Author: Avery Williams
Series: Incarnation #1
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Find it here: Amazon, Goodreads
Source: Purchased

Seraphina has been alive since the 1300's, made immortal when the boy she was beginning to love back then, Cyrus, saved her from death with a strange liquid - a method of alchemy that lets them swap bodies with any human being. But now, in modern day America, Sera has decided that she can no longer bear the weight of stealing people's lives so she can keep living on. So she decides to run away from Cyrus and end her stolen existence once and for all. Her plan goes awry when she accidentally takes the body of a dying teenager and feels forced to take over her life. When the lines between Sera and Kailey's identity begin to blur, Sera finds a reason to desire to live once more. But she can't shake the guilt of having taken Kailey's life, even if she was dying. And what if Cyrus finds her?

My thoughts: 

When I first picked up The Alchemy of Forever I was super excited but the cover is just gorgeous and the synopsis sounded amazing! I also needed a book by a debut author for January but that's beside the point. But in the end I was a tab bit disappointed because of the direction it went.

When I started the book, I just ate up the beginning. I thought it was an original and unique idea of being able to separate the soul from the body therefore living as long as they desired. Seraphina comes by this existence by accident when she is stabbed. Her good friend Cyrus is the son of the town's alchemist and they believed they had found a way to separate the soul from the body. They had not tried it yet but since she was dying, he felt like he had no choice and her soul is put into the body of a near-by servant girl. Fast forward almost 800 years where Cyrus, Seraphina and a few others that they've picked up along the way are living in New York. Over the years, Cyrus has become controlling and doesn't let Seraphina out of his sight and she is dying to get away from and to finally die. She makes makes this whole elaborate plot to escape and then it kind of becomes a normal story of a girl just trying to be a teenager and fitting in.

I felt like the story went a little bit downhill from there. It became boring because it was just chronicling the life of a girl who was trying to become the girl of the body she stole. She knew that if she ran away from Cyrus that he was going to do everything in his power to find her. I was just annoyed by how easily she let her guard down and just seemed to forget that Cyrus was looking for her. If felt like there could have been more to the story but maybe the author is just saving all the good stuff for the next book! I give The Alchemy of Forever 3 hearts for originality and creativity with the hope that the next book will be more exciting.  

14 April 2012

Review- Slide

Title: Slide
Author: Jill Hathaway
Publisher: HarperTeen
Find it here: Amazon, Goodreads
Source: ARC from HarperTeen

Vee Bell is certain of one irrefutable truth—her sister’s friend Sophie didn’t kill herself. She was murdered.
Vee knows this because she was there. Everyone believes Vee is narcoleptic, but she doesn’t actually fall asleep during these episodes: When she passes out, she slides into somebody else’s mind and experiences the world through that person’s eyes. She’s slid into her sister as she cheated on a math test, into a teacher sneaking a drink before class. She learned the worst about a supposed “friend” when she slid into her during a school dance. But nothing could have prepared Vee for what happens one October night when she slides into the mind of someone holding a bloody knife, standing over Sophie’s slashed body.

Vee desperately wishes she could share her secret, but who would believe her? It sounds so crazy that she can’t bring herself to tell her best friend, Rollins, let alone the police. Even if she could confide in Rollins, he has been acting off lately, more distant, especially now that she’s been spending more time with Zane.

Enmeshed in a terrifying web of secrets, lies, and danger and with no one to turn to, Vee must find a way to unmask the killer before he or she strikes again.

My thoughts:

Over the past few months I have really become a huge fan of books that I consider to be mysteries with just a hint of the paranormal. In these books, there's usually no such thing as vampires or werewolves, just someone with a slight ability that makes them unique. For example: Violet from the Body Finder Series can sense the echos of those that have been murdered, Delany from Fracture is drawn to those that are dying and Vee from Slide can fall into a person's body if she is holding one of their personal items. I really love a good mystery, who-done-it type of book.

The main character Vee pulled me in two opposite directions. On the one hand she is very closed off, has about one friend who doesn't even know about her ability and acts like a mother to her younger sister. She seems to be this really closed off person who doesn't really let anyone in but as soon as the new guy in town shows a little bit of interest in her she is all over him! I thought it was kind of a contradiction to her character.

I thought Vee's little sister was a brat and I wanted to slap her so many times! She was always mad at Vee because Vee chose to be best friends with someone who was considered a “loser” and never really wanted to go to the big parties or the social functions at school. Characters like that are just really shallow and very annoying.

Even though I sort of figured out what was going on about two-thirds of the way through the book, I still really enjoyed it and I was still surprised to find out who all was involved in the murders. I thought it was a very good stand alone book and I have just come to realize that it's the first in a series. I don't know how this is going to be a series because I think it's a great book by itself. I give this book 3 hearts because I really thought it was an original idea but I figured out who was master-mind murderer.

13 April 2012

Follow Friday (28)

Follow Friday is a really fun way to make new blogger friends and promote your blog in the process! This weekly meme is hosted by Alison Can Read and Rachel @ Parajunkee.

Q: What is one book that you would be nervous to see a movie adaption of because you think the movie could never live up to the book?

A: As much as I love seeing my favorite books come to life on the big screen, there are a few that I would rather be left alone.  I believe a movie could never capture the awesomeness that is the Unearthly series by Cynthia Hand or Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.  These were some of my most favorite reads from last year and I would prefer them to continue to live on the page and in my imagination.  I would hate for a poorly made movie and unwise casting ruin some great books!

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11 April 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (49)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating. This is one of my favorite memes because not only is my TBR pile so much bigger at the end of the night but also the covers are always amazing!

Title: Such a Rush
Author: Jennifer Echols
Hitting the Shelves: July 10, 2012

A sexy and poignant romantic tale of a young daredevil pilot caught between two brothers.

High school senior Leah Jones loves nothing more than flying. While she’s in the air, it’s easy to forget life with her absentee mother at the low-rent end of a South Carolina beach town. When her flight instructor, Mr. Hall, hires her to fly for his banner advertising business, she sees it as her ticket out of the trailer park. And when he dies suddenly, she’s afraid her flying career is gone forever.

But Mr. Hall’s teenage sons, golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson, are determined to keep the banner planes flying. Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she’s leery of getting involved in what now seems like a doomed business — until Grayson betrays her by digging up her most damning secret. Holding it over her head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. Now Leah finds herself drawn into a battle between brothers — and the consequences could be deadly.
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