Sunday, December 30, 2012

I'm not dead!

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

Waiting on Wednesday: Eve and Adam

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme started by Jill at Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This book looks Like it's going to be BIG...there was a lot of hub bub over it at BEA...I hope it lives up to my expectations :)

Amazon SummarySixteen-year-old Evening Spiker lives an affluent life in San Francisco with her mother, EmmaRose, a successful geneticist and owner of Spiker Biotech. Sure, Evening misses her father who died mysteriously, but she’s never really questioned it. Much like how she’s never stopped to think how off it is that she’s never been sick. That is, until she’s struck by a car and is exposed to extensive injuries. Injuries that seem to be healing faster than physically possible. 

While recuperating in Spiker Biotech’s lush facilities, she meets Solo Plissken, a very attractive, if off-putting boy her age who spent his life at Spiker Biotech. Like Evening, he’s never questioned anything... until now. Solo drops hints to Evening that something isn’t right, and Emma-Rose may be behind it. Evening puts this out of her mind and begins her summer internship project: To simulate the creation of the perfect boy. With the help of Solo, Evening uncovers secrets so big they could change the world completely.

Eve and Adam will be out October 2, 2012!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Poison Princess

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme started by Jill at Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on Poison Princess. It sounds like an amazing dystopian novel :)

Amazon SummaryShe could save the world—or destroy it.

Sixteen year old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.

But she can’t do either alone.

With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

Who can Evie trust?

As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side….

The publication date for Poison Princess is October, 2, 2012

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten YA Books I'd Recommend As Good Beach Reads

This meme is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish! This week's topic is Top 10 Books I'd Recommend For The Beach!

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

Book Review: Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock

Title: Hemlock
Author: Kathleen Peacock
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publication Date: May 8, 2012
Source: Library
Amazon Summary:Mackenzie and Amy were best friends. Until Amy was brutally murdered.

Since then, Mac's life has been turned upside down. She is being haunted by Amy in her dreams, and an extremist group called the Trackers has come to Mac's hometown of Hemlock to hunt down Amy's killer: 

A white werewolf. 

Lupine syndrome--also known as the werewolf virus--is on the rise across the country. Many of the infected try to hide their symptoms, but bloodlust is not easy to control. 

Wanting desperately to put an end to her nightmares, Mac decides to investigate Amy's murder herself. She discovers secrets lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, secrets about Amy's boy-friend, Jason, her good pal Kyle, and especially her late best friend. Mac is thrown into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal that puts her life at risk. 

Kathleen Peacock's thrilling novel is the first in the Hemlock trilogy, a spell-binding urban fantasy series filled with provocative questions about prejudice, trust, lies, and love.

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 it next year yet? :)

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Book Review: For Darkness Shows The Stars

Title: For Darkness Shows The Stars
Author: Diana Peterfreund
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publication Date: June 12, 2012
Source: Finished Copy at BEA
Amazon Summary:It's been several generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.

Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family's estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot's estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth—an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go.

But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret—one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she's faced with a choice: cling to what she's been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she's ever loved, even if she's lost him forever.

Inspired by Jane Austen's persuasion, For Darkness Shows the Stars is a breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it.

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 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: Favorite Authors

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...

This weeks discussion: Who are your favorite authors of all time?

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?