The blog may be, but I am not. After a pretty horrible summer, I finally found a new job at a PR firm, that leaves me almost no time to blog anymore.
Hopefully I'll start commenting on other's blogs, but, for now, mine is inactive.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
1. Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
This book is a light read that's super cute! Why not dream of Paris whuile laying in the sun?
2. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Another Stephanie Perkins novel that's super cute. You gotta love the relationship of Lola and Crickett
3. For Darkness Shows The Stars by Diana Peterfreund
I'm pretty sure this book will be on most of my lists. It's amazing, but it's light enough to be a good beach read.
4. Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
Enchanted is another one of those books that is simply amazing. It's written like a fairy tale, unlike a lot of other fairy tale remakes.
5. Reunited by Hilary Graham
Reunited hasn't actually come out yet...but it's a perfect girly summer read. As three girls discover why they used to be best friends...
6. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
First of all? All Lauren Oliver books are amazing. Second. I read this on a beach in Antigua, so I already know it's a good beach read.
7. Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown
Mermaids seem to fit with the beach reads theme...right?
8. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Cinder is awesome because it's not all that dark, making it a good beach read, but it still makes you think...maybe while you're napping in the sun?
9. Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik
I always enjoy reading contemporary books on the beach, way more than anything else. And this book is light and fluffy!
I always LOVE beach reads! Suggest some for me to check out!
Monday, June 11, 2012
Author: Kathleen Peacock
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publication Date: May 8, 2012
My Thoughts: Five months ago, Mac's best friend was murdered by someone with the werewolf disease. Since then, nothing in her life has been the same. But as her relationship with her other best friend, Kyle, and Amy's boyfriend, Jason, start to change, Amy is determined to figure out what really happened to Amy.
This was such a new take on werewolves, that I couldn't help but love the plot. I love when authors can take a worn out idea, and turn it into something completely new. Shiver was close to this...they both treat werewolves as a disease, but I found it more fascination that the werewolf disease in Hemlock almost brought about a dystopian society.
The way the author was able to tell the story in an American society in the middle of a crisis was the thing I most enjoyed about the book. It was almost a question into our society, if this happened, what would we do? Would we let private companies (or thugs) patrol our streets? Would we look for a cure? Or would we lock our loved ones up for the rest of their lives?
The book was a struggle of the what ifs. I like books that can make you think without blatantly laying it out for you. Peacock was able to ask the questions without actually asking the questions. She put the idea in reader's minds that we should make sure we're thinking for ourselves, not following the crowd.
Mac was an interesting character. I enjoyed that she *tried* to stick up for herself all the time, but every time she was in trouble, a boy eventually came to her rescue. I liked that she was split between two boys with opposite ideas on how to deal with their grief, and that there was more to all of their relationships than anyone knew.
I will say that this book has the typical YA love triangle...and I don't think it was done very well. Of course, it is a trilogy, so there may be more that the author is keeping back. I've already made up my mind who I want Mac to end up with, though.
All in all, Kathleen Peacock has delivered a refreshing new take on werewolves that makes me wonder why I ever disliked werewolf books. I'm definitely going to be anxiously awaiting the next book...is it next year yet? :)
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Author: Diana Peterfreund
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publication Date: June 12, 2012
Source: Finished Copy at BEA
My Thoughts: I'll be honest, I've been dying to read this since I heard about it. I adore Persuasion. I own every movie version of it. I wish more people would read Persuasion, rather than just Pride and Prejudice.
To my delight, this book was able to exceed my expectations! Instead of simply taking the exact same characters from Persuasion and dropping them into a new setting, Peterfreund made the characters her own...giving them their own personalities and hardships, and a completely new situation to deal with.
The world that the author placed the characters is was fascinating. A completely new take on scifi, and dystopian. Two islands separated from anything else that may be out there, and technology has been all but outlawed because of a plague of sorts. What makes it really interesting, is that this book doesn't really fit in any category, it's not completely dystopian, or completely scifi, but I feel uncomfortable calling it anything else. I'm always amazed when an author can do that, because it's not as predictable as another novel might be.
The characters in this story were absolutely amazing! Elliot made a decision four years before the book took place that she questions to this day. A decision that changed her, and her family, and the boy she still loves. Watching her struggle to come to grips with that decision, as she sees how Kai has turned into the man he wanted to be, is heartbreaking, and beautiful. But the love and dedication she shows to everyone else in the novel is even more interesting...a dedication most people in her class do not have, or care to achieve.
I was a little disappointed with Kai, but I understand what the author was going for with his character. I thought he seemed a little too distant throughout the book, but one scene really made me change my mind about his character. I would have loved to read his perspective in some of the situations, instead only seeing it from Elliot's point of view.
The letters scattered throughout the book were fantastic. I loved that we got a chance to see the relationship between Elliot and Kai progress as they grew up together, and Elliot's heartbreak once he left. Some letters were so short, but the meaning and passion behind them was incredible.
I honestly can't write this review and NOT mention this cover. It's absolutely gorgeous. I'm so excited I have a finished copy to put on my bookshelf!
The book is an incredibly heartbreaking, tender love story about lost love, and second chances. It was true to Austen, but it's not an ode to her. Those who have not read Persuasion will still be able to fall in love with the characters, and (hopefully) the story as well.
Small Add: For those of your who have read For Darkness Shows the Stars Already, be sure to check out the short prequel Diana Peterfreund posted on her website Among the Nameless Stars
Friday, June 8, 2012
Let's Talk is a fun new weekly meme hosted by Melissa at I Swim For Oceans. The purpose is to discuss anything and everything about books! Whether it's a nagging issue in the blogosphere, or simply a fun discussion topic...
I'm going to sound like an old record here...Jane Austen. I love Jane Austen. Especially Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice. She's a genuis, and writes incredibly well.
Other than that...Cassandra Clare, JK Rowling, and Julie Lessman. For those of you who read Christian Fiction...READ JULIE LESSMAN. Her books are amazing. Seriously.
Who are your favorite authors?