Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Review: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

I'm unsure about how to feel about this book. I wanted to read it because of the gorgeous cover, but the summary really did not sound good to me. Too cheesy. But, then I started reading it and I loved it. Then, of course, some issues arrived and I hated it. So I'm conflicted.

The story actually starts out amazing, with a huge tragedy. And I loved it all. It's extremely exciting. But then, through the rest of the book, it's like that tragedy never happened. And that, to me, was not acceptable. Thought it shouldn't have been forgotten; what happened.

But even though that horrible but sort of awesome thing is forgotten, the story is still amazing. I'm loving it so much. The plot in this book is really, really good. It is so exciting, and it feels sort of real too. In an un-real way. But I enjoyed it so much.

And the characters are amazing. I loved Galen so much, he is an amazing person. So kind, and sweet, and handsome and just so awesome. And in the beginning I really liked Emma. She seemed like such an amazing person. But then my view of her changed, and this book turned into a cliché. Sort of. To me, at least, that's what it turned in to. Into everything I hate in a story.

There is this kiss that happens, and I know it should not bother me, but it does. So damn much. And it kills me that it did not bother her at all. And then, later on, the main character, Emma, sort of turns into a cruel person. And I suppose most people understand her, and she had reasons and whatever.

But I did not. She should have tried to understand. She should have talked to him. And she should not have been so cruel. Worst of all, it's HIM that ends up apologizing. She doesn't say a word about how cruel she has been. And that is why I ended up hated her. I may be alone in feeling like that, but I still feel it. And it made me cry. Not any good tears.

But, anyway, back to the story. Something seems to always be happening, and I liked that. The story is really exciting most of the time. There are other characters in this book too, important ones. But I didn't like them. Not really. They might have been awesome, but they sort of ruined some things for me. But they were important to the story.

I could have loved the romance in this book. And I did, at first. In the beginning. Before all the stupid, unnecessary drama happened. And then it just went over in the end, and everything was suddenly okay. Didn't like that. Should have been more, and better written. But still, I loved the story, and I loved Galen, and I loved the writing in this book. It all captured me.

You really should read this book when it comes out, because it is good. And I don't think many will have the issues I had. But still, I had issues with it, and my feelings towards that won't change. Also, the ending is cruel. It just suddenly ends, and I didn't like that. But it does make me very excited for book two :) Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan Children's Publishing Group for the ARC of this book :)

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Update: Newer and better review of the book can be found here.

Review: Struck by Jennifer Bosworth

I have wanted this book for some time now, and I pre-ordered it a few weeks ago :) And then I got accepted to read it via NetGalley, and I knew I couldn't wait until my hardcover came out in May :D And I wanted to love it so much. But, I only liked this book. But then, I really did like it, so that's good :)

What drew me to this book is the gorgeous cover, and then I read the summary, and thought it sounded amazing. And the cover really is special; it plays a huge part in the book.

I sort of had some huge issues with this book. It took me a long time in the beginning to get used to the writing, but I never truly did. Also didn't think so much of the main character; Mia. She acted weird at times, and not very believable. But, I still did like her. She is an amazing character most of the time, even though she didn't react like I wanted her to most of times ;p

Mia is a lightning addict. And I totally get that, to be honest. It sounds sort of awesome to be struck by lightning. Except for the fact that you might die, and that your body ends up all scarred. But besides that, it sounds amazing ;) Mia is a kind character, trusting, sometimes strong, but she is sort of dumb. What I liked the least, was her mother. And how forgiving Mia was towards her.

I would never have forgiven her, I think. Because to me, Mia's mother did not sound like a nice person. Even if she has lost her husband years ago, and then almost died herself, I did not like how she was towards Mia in this book. She almost openly said that she thinks Mia ruined their life. And she says that Mia is cursed, when she has told Mia for years she doesn't believe that.

And yeah, I'm just not the forgiving type. So I don't see how Mia could just let that go. No matter though, because that isn't a big part of the plot ;p Well, it sort of is, but not really. I also didn't like Mia's brother, Parker much. He didn't seem to care at all, either. And he was sort of dumb many times, and he didn't trust his older sister at all. Which I don't get. But, yeah.

The thing I disliked the most though, was the Prophet thing. I cannot stand God. And I do not believe in him at all, so because of that this book was even harder for me to like. Considering half of Los Angeles has gotten all believers in God and what not. Didn't like that. And I think it focused too much on it, as well.

But besides all that, I found the plot to be really great :D The story is sort of awesome, and there is always something happening, although most things I could predict would happen myself. But even so, the story is great, and there is lots of action, and there is romance. And I loved the ending of this book. It ends sweet. Mostly.

The love interest, Jeremy, is amazing. I really loved him. But, I felt like the romance happened sort of fast, but I did love that, but I felt like it happened fast because one second she was terrified of him, then she suddenly loved him less than a day later. But still, I do get that, and I am that way myself ;p Anyway, Jeremy is an awesome person, so sweet and kind. Hoping for more of him :)

What I also liked about the plot of this book, is the gift so many people seem to have. And I liked those. Although some shouldn't have had anything at all. But still, it is interesting to read about :) Don't want to spoil this book for you, so the rest you must figure out yourself when you read it ;)

There doesn't really have to be a sequel to this book, it could have been a stand alone. But, I am glad there will be a sequel :) Because I do want to know more about these characters, and what happens next. But because of the issues I had with this book, it is only a 3,5 star for me. But I did really enjoy it :)

Anyway, this is a great book, and you really should read it when it comes out :)
Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan Children's Publishing Group for the ARC of this book. <3


Update July 7th 2013: I had to change my rating for this book from a three star to a two star. Why? Because while it has been a while since I read it, I just realized that I was not being honest when rating it. I did not enjoy it as much as I claimed with my three star rating. And because of that I had to change it. Because I like being honest, and giving this a star more than it deserve is not being honest. It is officially a two star for me, because I can’t even remember much of the story, and I would not ever re-read the book. I’m sorry, but not really, because you can’t love every book.

Waiting on Wednesday #20

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Goodreads Description:

What if you were mankind’s last chance at survival?

Sixteen-year-old Tess lives in a compound in what was once the Western United States, now decimated after a devastating fourth World War. But long before that, life as we knew it had been irrevocably changed, as women mysteriously lost the ability to bring forth life. Faced with the extinction of the human race, the government began the Council of Creators, meant to search out alternative methods of creating life. The resulting artificial human beings, or Chosen Ones, were extraordinarily beautiful, unbelievably strong, and unabashedly deadly.

Life is bleak, but uncomplicated for Tess as she follows the rigid rules of her dystopian society, until the day she begins work at Templeton, the training facility for newly created Chosen Ones. There, she meets James, a Chosen One whose odd love of music and reading rivals only her own. The attraction between the two is immediate in its intensity—and overwhelming in its danger.

But there is more to the goings-on at Templeton than Tess ever knew, and as the veil is lifted from her eyes, she uncovers a dark underground movement bent not on taking down the Chosen Ones, but the Council itself. Will Tess be able to stand up to those who would oppress her, even if it means giving up the only happiness in her life?

Paperback, 260 pages
Expected publication: April 10th 2012 by Entangled Publishing, LLC 
Pre-Order here.

Oh, this seems like such a good book! And such a gorgeous cover. <3 Plus the summary sounds interesting :D Very excited to read this book :) What are you waiting for?

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Teaser Tuesday #11

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today my teaser is from Sweetly by Jackson Pearce :) I just finished reading this book today, and I really, really liked it :) It isn't as good as the first book; Sisters Red, but it is still so amazing :) Also including a teaser from Sisters Red that I loved :) My reviews of Sweetly and Sisters Red.
What are you reading?

His lips meet mine, tentatively at first, then hungrily, and I clutch at his shirt as it holding on to him will keep me from floating away into the thunderhead above. His hands run down my back, and one rests on my hip while the other tugs me closer, until I think I could melt into him because nothing has ever, ever felt so right. ~ page 202

Review: Sweetly by Jackson Pearce

I'm having issues figuring out how to feel about this book. On one hand, I loved it. But, I did not love it as much as I loved Sisters Red, and I did have some issues with the writing. But, I did love the story, and I loved most of the characters, and I still liked the writing; mostly. This review might contain a few small spoilers, but they aren't that big :)

I don't really remember much of the fairytale Sweetly is based on; Hansel and Gretel. It's been year since I saw a movie of it, and I don't remember ever reading the book. But, I know the important things, and I really liked that this book was a retelling of that fairytale.

Sweetly starts out really good, we get to see the point where Gretchen and Ansel's sister vanish. We get to feel their fear out there alone in the woods; considering the twin girls were only 6 and the boy 7. We get to see what happens next, sort of, how much everyone blames them for coming out of the forest without their sister.

Then we jump 12 years ahead, and Gretchen and Ansel has just been kicked out of their house by their stepmother. They don't have any family left; their mother died of grief, and then their father died of grieving her. There isn't anything holding them back, so they just moves away; driving for a loong time to get to someplace amazing.

But then their car breaks down on a small town only an hour from where they were headed. But they do not have any money, only $57. So they walk to the small town their car broke down next to, and gets an offer to work for a girl living just out of town. Where she runs a candy store.

They get there, and everything seems so amazing, and the girl is so sweet and kind, and she offers them to stay there. So they do. And, well, this is where I started doubting the girl; Sophia. I just never liked her, not really. I mean, she seems kind and all, and sort of broken and lonely, living all by herself. Her father died some years before.

But yeah, I didn't like her. Felt from the beginning like there was something wrong with her, and I really, really felt like there was something in the candy she made. But then, what kind of really annoyed me is that we never got to know anything about the candy :( Wish we had.

Sophia did have a pretty house though, and a cute dog; Luxe. He was sweet. Don't want to give away more of the plot, so I'm going to talk a bit about the story and characters :) The story is unique, sort of, and what I really loved is that it is connected with Sisters Red a lot more than I thought it would be :) Thought it was just a new story, but it isn't. Not really.

See, the love interest, Samuel Reynolds, is Silas brother from Sisters Red. <3 And yeah. I loved Silas so much. So of course I fell for Samuel as well ;) Samuel is a great character, not as good as Silas though, but I still loved him a lot. He is kind, sometimes, and he is good with a gun, and he knows what took Gretchen's sister.

Which is how he and Gretchen starts to bond. They hunt together. And there isn't really much romance in this book, but there is some, and it is really sweet. Wishing there was more, though :) Also, I really did like Gretchen. But I did not like that she was trusting Sophia so blindly and easily. As was her brother. I didn't really understand Ansel much. I mean, he is a great brother, and he could have been an amazing character for me, but I sort of wish he was in the story more. But, I also did like him the way he was :) Mostly.

Anyway, Sweetly has an awesome plot, it most of the time exciting, it has some action, mostly towards the end, and it has cute romance. It is creepy though. Very. But, I love creepy, so I really liked that :D It has great characters, and it has a good ending. Well, sort of ;) I liked it, at least.

I am very excited about the next book from Jackson, the next book in the fairytale retellings :) I love these fairytale stories, and I want more and more and more. <3 Although I do wish for sequels to both Sisters Red and Sweetly :) Wish to know what happens next to the characters I love.

Anyway, you really should read Sweetly if you haven't done so yet :) But, if you haven't read Sisters Red, you really should start with that one ;) I've decided on 4,5 stars for Sweetly. But, it is closer to five than four :)

Monday, February 27, 2012

Review: Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

I don't even know how to begin writing my review for this book. Words seem to fail me at the moment. Starting with how I found this book. Have been following the author, Jackson, on twitter for many months, because of some giveaways she had ages ago. Continued to follow her after that though, because she seems like such an awesome person :D

And then I saw the cover for her books, and I knew I needed to have them. Then, finally, some weeks ago I bought Sisters Red and Sweetly. Then today I started reading Sisters Red. And omg. It is amazing. So damn good. Was impossible for me to put down. And I just want more and more and more.

The writing is so amazing. The prologue is in third person point of view, so I thought the whole book would be like that. But it wasn't. Only first and last chapter. All the other chapters are from Scarlett and Rosie's POV. And oh, it is so amazing. So glad that we got both sisters POV. Made it all better.

The plot in this book is amazing. I love the fairytale retelling. The book is creepy, and romantic, and all kinds of awesome. Sisters Red has it all. I especially loved the Fenris, the wolves. They are exactly like werewolves are supposed to be; bad persons with no soul who eat people. And oh, it is amazing. It is scary, and it seems so real, and I love it.

I wasn't sure at first which sister I liked the most. Scarlett is such an amazing character, but so is Rosie. Scarlett is the older sister, the one with all the scars. And I love her for it. I love the way she is, how she doubts so much, how driven she is to the hunt, but I also could never have been that way. I think.. But I still understand why she is the way she is. And I'm hoping for something happy for her :)

I did love Rosie a tiny bit more than I loved Scarlett. Because Rosie has the same life as Scarlett has, always the hunt for the Fenris. No school, no friends besides her sister, no other family. No hobbies. But they do have a TV, so that's not so bad. Except that they have no car, and it's a loooong walk to the town. But they do have the most awesome neighbor ;)

Anyway, Rosie. She is kind, and sweet, and she loves her sister more than anything. Just as her sister loves her more than anything. They have an amazing bond. A bit too much with all the hunting, but still, I loved it.

Silas, though, the love interest is amazing. He is so kind, and sweet, and just so amazing. He has been their friend from childhood, and he is still there. Although he has been gone for a year, but that only made it better, because it made the romance happen when he got back ;)

I really love the romance between Silas and Rosie. It is there from the beginning, but they don't act on it until much later, because they are afraid of what Scarlett will think of it. But when they do, it is so sweet and amazing, and just, oh, I want more. <3

Anyway, the plot in this book is so good. But I don't want to spoil it for you by saying what happens, so I'm just gonna say that this book has lots of action and lots of romance and it is always exciting. Sisters Red really is a MUST read. It is that good. And what I want more than anything, is a sequel. I really, really, really need a sequel. That continues with the same people ;)

But the book doesn't really need a sequel, which is why it is so good. But I still wish for one. But still, though, I'm now going to read Sweetly, because I need more of Jackson's amazing writing :) 

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Book Recommendation: Divergent by Veronica Roth

I just finished reading Divergent for the fifth time, I think. But it's been months now since I last read it, so I figured it was about time I read it again :) Missed Four so much. And the whole story.

Divergent is an amazing book, it has amazing characters and an awesome plot. And it has good writing. Which is a huge plus. Divergent became my favorite book when I first read it last May, and it still is my most favorite book. It is the one I love the most. And Four is still my favorite boy. <3

I don't know how to explain this book. I do not want to say too much about it, because I want you to figure it all out for yourself the first time you read it. But I am going to say some things. Non-spoilery, though :)

Divergent has an amazing plot line, which seems to have been given a lot of thought to. Everything seems real to me, and very believeable. I don't see how it's possible to read this book and not fall in love with this book. I love everything about it. I love the factions, although I would only want to be a Dauntless, myself :)

The factions are all very amazing, but the one that stood out the most to me was Dauntless. Probably because we spent most of the time there in the book. But even so, I still think it's the one who I would like the most :) Even though I'm not a huge fan of the initiations. But, I still loved reading everything about it.

This book is so amazing, but it is also heartbreaking at times. A lot of bad stuff happens to Tris, some things I really, really did not like in the middle. But I also loved it, if that makes sense. It made the story better. Although the heartbreak near the end is a bit too much for me, I'm also glad it happened. But it makes me wonder how much it will hurt on book two..

Tris is an amazing character. I love that we got to hear this story from her POV. Also love that it will still be her POV in the next books, as well :) Although it would have been awesome with scenes from Four's POV as well :D Hopefully some outtakes ;) Back to Tris though. She is strong. And kind. And Selfless. And brave. But also selfish. But I love that. She is just really amazing.

As is Four. He is, as usual, the character I fell in love with the most. He is strong, tough, kind, not all the time though, but he always does what's best. The best part though, is that he is broken. I LOVE that in a book. I crave a broken boy. And Four does not disappoint there at all. He is as broken as it gets. Sort of. And I kind of hope we get to learn more about that in Insurgent :)

There is many other amazing characters in this book as well, but I didn't really like Tris's friends. They all seemed so fake, which most of them were. Well, except for Uriah, and a couple of others. I also didn't like her brother, Caleb, much. Didn't like that Tris never had a clue about who he really was. But, I'm hoping he makes up for that in the next books :)

And oh, the bad guys in this book are bad. Really bad. Like Marcus. HATES him so much. And Eric. He is pure evil. As is Jeanine. Kind of excited to know what will happen next with them all ;)

This book has, as I said, amazing characters and amazing plot. It has a lot of action, a lot of romance, and it is never ever boring. Something always happens. And I loved it all. What I loved the most though, was the romance between Four and Tris. It is sweet, it is amazing. It is love. And oh, that is what I am most excited about in Insurgent; the love between Four and Tris :) Needs more. Lots more.

Months back I posted about my biggest wish; getting an ARC of Insurgent. That is still my biggest wish, ever. It is what I want most. I need it. I need to know what happens next, and what doesn't happen, and I just need to know everything.

If you have not read Divergent yet, then you better do so right NOW! Because you will not regret it. I promise. I am now going to share some quotes from Divergent that I loved very much; some might have spoilers though, so beware ;)

He gives me a conflicted look and touches his lips to my forehead, right between my eyebrows.
I close my eyes. I don't understand this, whatever it is. But I don't want to ruin it, so I say nothing.
He doesn't move; he just stays there with his mouth pressed to my skin, and I stay there with my 
hands on his waist, for a long time. ~ page 315

"Ah," he says, his voice raspy. "This is worse. This is definitely ..."
"Shh," I say. "Arms around me." Obediently, he slips both arms around my waist.
I smile at the wall. I am not enjoying this. I am not, not even a little bit, no. ~ page 324

My old review of Divergent. My biggest wish. Goodreads. Buy it. Veronica Roth.

Update: Newer and better review of the book can be found here.

In My Mailbox #20

This week I did not get as many books! :D But I still got soo many. But, from now on, my IMM's will be going back to being small :) Don't have anymore books to order ;p Only all the books I have pre-ordered from now to October.. Gonna try not to buy more books for a while :) Also! I got my bookshelves! :D Will blog about those when I get the last one next week sometime ;)
What did you get this week?

Cryer's Cross
Think this sounds like a really good book. And creepy. I like that :)
The Iron Thorn Bought first the new paperback; then the hardcover :D Excited to read.
Incarnate Loved this book! :D Got two copies because the first of those got lost for 20 days..
Signed Love & Leftovers + When Mike Kissed Emma Won these two from Miriam :D So pretty.
Fire Study + Magic Study Got the first book ages ago, and wanted to have all three ;) Pretty covers.
Graceling + Fire I did not own these two paperbacks :D Now I have them all. Most two copies of each (A)

The Iron Thorn Think this sounds like an amazing book, and I need to have it! :D In hardcover :)
The Nightmare Garden Then I found out it had a sequel that just came out, so needed that one too ;)
Fever Got two pretty hardcover copies of this. <3 Loved this book so much :) Must have :D
Fever Paperback Also got this gorgeous paperback of Fever. <3 It is just so pretty :)
Rapunzel: Tangled Pretty tiny paperback story :D Loves it. Tangled is still my favorite movie :)
Awaken Seems like an awesome story; and it has a pretty cover. Excited to read it :)
Cold Kiss Such a pretty cover! Seems like a great story ;) Can't wait to read it.
Abandon Got pretty UK paperback some time ago, but needed the hardcover too (A)
The Unwanteds Seems like an awesome book! :D Excited to read it. Gorgeous cover, too :)
Legend Like all other books I love, I needed another hardcover copy of Legend that I will not read. <3
Inside These books seems awesome. And I love that this is a copy with two books in it! :D
The Poison Diaries 2 Got the first book on sale, so I felt that I really needed the second one too (A)
Narnia Have not read this books before, and I really wanted this pretty movie-tie-in :)

Mara Dyer Paperback LOVE Mara Dyer. <3 And this paperback is so so so pretty :)
Slide UK Paperback This seems like an awesome book; also getting the hardcover :) Excited to read!
Jurassic Park & The Walking Dead in Blu-Ray. I love Jurassic Park, so I needed to have those movies in blu-ray :D And I have not yet watched The Walking Dead, but I think I will love it :)

In My Mailbox is an amazing weekly meme made by The Story Siren :)

Friday, February 24, 2012

Review: Once by Anna Carey

I should start by saying that if you have not read the first book in this series, Eve, yet, then you should not read this review. Because it will contain spoilers to the first book, and you really should not know those things if you have not read it yet ;) Also, my review of Once has a few small spoilers, but those can also be found by reading the summary :)

I want to start by saying that I LOVE the cover of this book :) It is simply stunning. Love that it follows the cover of Eve. Also love that the cover has something to do with stuff happening in the book ;) Sort of.

Once start at the same place Eve ended. Only three months later. I don't really like time jumps, but, three months isn't really that long :) We get introduced to many new characters from the beginning, and I liked a few of them. Some, I did not like at all. Eve has been living in Califia for three months; she's still missing Caleb so much, and hoping to see him soon.

But she is trying to move forward, but without forgetting about him. Which I was really happy about. Then, suddenly, someone lost arrives at Califia. But it is not Caleb. I really did like the surprise person that arrived. Liked it a lot. Also liked the dog; although what happened later with that killed me.

Eve and the new visitor overhear the women living at Califia discussing what they really have planned for Eve if the soldiers ever catch up with her. It is then Eve decides it is time to leave, if there is any way to. But then someone claims to have seen Caleb outside the city, and she and the 'visitor' rush to find him.

What they doesn't know, however, is that they are being set up. By some (evil) boy that was in the first book. Eve is then separated from her friend, and taken to the King in the City of Sand. Once there, she finds out why she really has been searched for. And what is supposed to happen to her next.

But she also finds Caleb there. He has been there for weeks, working undercover, sort of. But they are all looking for him, accusing him of killing some soldiers; that he did not do. Meaning if he is caught, he will be put in prison and most likely executed.

But so far he has not been spotted by anyone. Except for Eve. And they start meeting in secret, which is really risky, but oh, I really really really loved those parts. I love the romance in this book. So good. Although there was a part in the middle I didn't get. Wasn't sure if something happened, or not. Wish it was more obvious ;)

Won't say anymore about the plot now; because more things happen :D Many spoilery things. Many bad things, but also kind of good things. Anyway, this book is amazing. I really loved it, although I did have a few problems reading at times, but that is my own issues ;p Once is just as exciting as Eve was. Something is always happening.

And I still really liked the characters. Well, I really like Eve and Caleb :) I also liked that we got to learn more about the school where Eve's friends had been locked up. Although we didn't get an end with that. And I'm hoping it will all work out in book three; hoping the "schools" will get shut down :)

I did not like the ending of this book. At all. See, it starts out all hopeful, but then that hope dies. Something horrible happens, and something horrible is about to happen. The cliffhanger is HUGE. Really huge. And for book three I am hoping what happened didn't really happen, and what will happen doesn't happen :D

Also really hoping the wait for book three won't be so long.. but, considering this book isn't out until July I don't think book three will be out before next summer. How I will survive the wait, I do not know. It will be torturous.

Anyway, this book is a must get when it comes out :) A really great sequel to Eve. Even with the evil cliffhanger. Once is a must read :) Also wanting to thank the author, Anna, for writing such amazing books. <3 I'm writing this review because I got an ARC copy of Once :) My review of Eve.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Review #2: Eve by Anna Carey

I first read this book in August of last year; via NetGalley. I really loved it. So I bought a hardcover of it, and oh, it so pretty :) Then a couple of months ago I got an ARC of the sequel; ONCE. But I peeked at the ending, and that really scared me. So I didn't dare read it yet. But then, yesterday, I looked at both Eve and Once and realized I needed to read them. Missed Eve and Caleb. <3

So I put aside my fears, and started to re-read Eve. Which I just finished doing; and will read Once later today :) But back to Eve. Wanted to write a second review for it, since I didn't really say much about it in my previous review.

Eve starts out really amazing, to be honest. It starts at the school where the main character; Eve attends and lives. It is the night before graduation. And Eve is the best student there. They are all supposed to learn a trade, for four years, before moving to the King's city; City of Sand.

But this same night, a girl manages to escape the school. The school is locked up real good, with high walls, to keep out wild dogs and bad men. But before Arden manages to escape, she runs into Eve. Where she tells Eve the horrible truth about what will really happen to them all after graduation.

At first, Eve is too shocked and doesn't really believe her at all. But then, later at night, she slips out of bed, and wades across the lake to see for herself if it's true what Arden says. Which it is. Eve finds out the horrible truth, and oh, it really is horrible what happens to them all. But I won't tell you that ;)

Eve then manages to escape as well; and she is on her own for 8 days out in the woods. And then she bumps into Arden; where they agree to travel to the safe place called Califia together. Along the way though, they run into Caleb. Who helps them with food and shelter; when Arden turns sick.

They spend weeks at his camp, with his friends, most which are really kind. But not all. Like Leif. The sort-of leader. Eve was told at school to fear all men, because there wasn't anything good about them. She was told they would rape her, and other horrible things. But then she discovers that Caleb isn't like that at all. Caleb isn't anything but good and kind. And so cute.

She starts falling for him, and I really really like that part ;) Love the romance in this book. Even though I do wish there had been more of it :) And I also wish that horrible thing near the middle hadn't happened. But, it also made sort of sense that it did. I just didn't like it.

Now that I have told you so much about the book, I don't really want to spoil the end for you :D Just want to say that there is lots of action in this book, and lots of romance, and the plot is amazing. I love most of the characters in this book. They are all awesome. I really like the way the world is :) Even though I do not like the way they all seem to worship the king.

The ending of Eve, though, is horrible. It is sad, but it is also hopeful, and it is a good cliffhanger. That makes it easy to see that there must be a sequel :) I'm excited to read the sequel :D Even though I know how it ends, and I am extremely worried :p But, I still can't wait to read it :)

Anyway, this book is amazing, and if you have not read it yet, you really need to do so :)
My first review of Eve is here.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Review: Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma

I'm feeling very undecided about this book. I should be giving it a five star, but because of some personal preferences I'm only giving it four (A) Which I will tell you all about longer down, but it is spoilery :) When I first saw the cover of this book I knew I had to have it. I was unsure if I would like it, since it didn't mention any romance, but I knew I needed it.

Then I picked it up yesterday, and oh, I'm glad I did. It is an amazing book. It is good written, it's exciting, mysterious and it is super creepy. I think I mostly liked the characters. I really liked Ruby in the first few pages, before that thing happened.

She seemed like an amazing sister. And she kind of is, in the entire book. But, she isn't normal. And she is kind of crazy, which really creeped me out. But, she loves her sister Chloe, and I'm glad she does.

I mostly liked Chloe. She is an interesting character, a great lead character, but I didn't like that she so blindly did anything her sister said she should. Just like they all did. Everyone in town. The boys, the girls, everyone. It isn't really explained much, what Ruby can do, but I understood it just fine. And it is creepy :p

I found the plot to be really great, I loved everything about the reservoir, even though it really is creepy and all. I also mostly loved how close Chloe and Ruby was, even though I did think it was too much sometimes. But I didn't mind so much. I think.

What I did mind though, and this is very SPOILERY, so if you don't want to know, don't read ;)
I didn't like that there was no romance. I think it would have made the story even better, even if it almost perfect on it's own. Because there is a guy, Owen, and he could have been perfect for Chloe. But then, I don't know why, the author just ruined everything they could have had together. What really bothered me was that they had sex. And that was just it. Nothing more. The author just decided that was it, that there shouldn't be a love interest. And I really, really didn't like that. Wish there had been more :) But, I still liked the book. Much.

Anyway, I don't want to say too much about this book, so that I spoil you, so I'm just going to say that you should read this book :) Because it is really good. And creepy ;)

Waiting on Wednesday #19

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Goodreads Description:

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.

Hardcover, 256 pages
Expected publication: March 27th 2012 by Balzer + Bray for HarperCollins
Pre-Order it here.

Oh, this seems like such an amazing book. Gorgeous cover, and awesome summary :D I can't wait to get this one :) I like the way it sounds. Also really like the author, Jill :D She is awesome. <3 Don't you too think it sounds amazing? <3
What are you waiting for?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Title Reveal: Legend #2 by Marie Lu

UPDATE: The title has been changed! So I have now updated this post with the new title :)

The title of the sequel to Legend has finally been revealed! :D And it is amazing. I love it. I'm making this post to let you all know about it too :) Even though there isn't any cover yet, or any summary, just the title. But just the title does deserve it's own blog post. <3 The sequel coming out January 29th 2013. And I simply cannot wait! Need that book so much. <3 But that is so long from now :\

And now.. the title of the sequel to one of the most amazing books is...


'Patriot: A Legend Novel by Marie Lu in which June and Day
strike a dangerous deal with Patriot rebels.'

Love the blurb! And omg! I'm so so so so excited. <3 But oh. Also nervous, because that deal can't be good.. I'm mostly hoping for more romance between Day and June. <3 And for more action :D I'm just so excited for everything :) Can't wait to see the cover; and how it fits with Legend's cover :D
Do you like the title? Marie Lu tweeted about the new title here.

Legend. Prodigy. Marie Lu. My review of Legend. My book recommendation of Legend.

Teaser Tuesday #10

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today my teaser is from Fever my Lauren DeStefano :) I finished reading this book on Saturday, and since there is this one quote I love so much, I really wanted to share it with you all :D And since so far, I'm not reading anything today, I thought I could use this book ;) 
What are you reading?


This is the freedom I craved throughout my marriage. To share a bed not because of a wedding ring or a one-sided promise that was made for me, but because of desire. Inexplicable yet undeniable, I have never craved closeness like this for anyone else.  ~ page 264

Monday, February 20, 2012

Review: Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

I'm not sure how to rate this book. I loved it. But it took me 50 pages before I got used to the writing and started loving it. So I think, for me, this book is a 4,5 Star :) But closer to a five than four. I waited a long time for this book, and today it finally arrived. After 20 days of shipping. But the waiting was worth it :)

What I noticed first as I opened my mail, was the stunningly gorgous cover. It is simply breathtaking. And so soft :) I like it a lot. Also liked that the book is purple. But I did not like the butterfly.. I like butterfly wings, but I do not like their bodies (A)

Then I started reading the book. I liked Ana right away; but I couldn't get used to the writing so fast. Took me 50+ pages, but I never felt like giving up, because the story was so interesting. Then, after those pages, it was very easy to get lost in the book. Which I did.

Ana is an amazing character. She is 18, which I'm happy about, and she is the only one in this world who has not lived for 5,000 years. Which makes her quite the outsider. But I kind of think it would have been a bit different if she hadn't been living with her horrible mother; Li. She was just so terrible. Evil. And I am very glad about what happened with her near the end ;)

But even so, Ana is smart, and kind, and at times brave, and she is sweet. I found her to be a great character :) I really did love Sam. He was interesting, and so kind, and cute, and just amazing. <3 Wish we had gotten to know him more. But hopefully we will in the next books :D

There were many other characters in this book that I liked as well, but it was also so very confusing. I like the plot, with the whole being reincarnated, but it really confused me that they all got new and different bodies each time they died. As in, once a man, then a woman, etc.

I really did like the plot. Where they lived, all the creatures that lived there. Liked them all. But felt like we didn't get to know them very much. Hopefully in the next book :) I did, however, not like the "Temple." And Jaran. Found that to be silly, since I do not believe in God :p But I do get that many people do so. I just don't like it very much.

I really enjoyed the romance in this book. It took forever before anything happened with it, but when it finally did, I really loved it :) So sweet. Although, I just read someone's review of it, and they didn't like that they seemed to just fell in love with each other. And I guess some people won't like that, but I LOVED it :) I'm tired of books with love triangles, or books where the couple aren't together :p

So this book was really great for me. Amazing plot, great characters, awesome love story, and not an evil ending ;) Although there was this part near the end with the Temple that didn't really make sense to me :p And I felt like it would have been better left out. But then, it might make more sense later ;)

Anyway, this is an amazing book, and you really should read it :) I am so so so so excited for the next one. <3 Needs it.

Cover Reveal: Hidden by Sophie Jordan

A dangerous journey.
Shattered bonds.
Undying passion.

Jacinda was supposed to bond with Cassian, the "prince" of their pride.
But she resisted long before she fell in love with Will—a human and, worse,
a hunter. When she ran away with Will, it ended in disaster, with Cassian's
sister, Miram, captured. Weighed down by guilt, Jacinda knows she must rescue
her to set things right. Yet to do so she will have to venture deep into the heart
of enemy territory.

The only way Jacinda can reach Miram is by posing as a prisoner herself,
though once she assumes that disguise, things quickly spiral out of her control.
As she learns more about her captors, she realizes that even if Will and Cassian
can carry out their part of the plan, there's no guarantee they'll all make it out
alive. But what Jacinda never could have foreseen is that escaping would be
only the beginning....

Loyalties are tested and sacrifices made in the explosive conclusion to Sophie
Jordan's Firelight trilogy.

Omg! I love this cover. And I love the summary. So so amazing. <3 I am simply dying for this book. :) I loved Firelight and Vanish so much, and I cannot wait to figure out what happens next :D This simple sentence is giving me so much hope for Jacinda and Will. <3 "Shattered bonds." Hidden is expected to come out September 11th. Is it September yet? <3
Do you like the cover?

Sophie's blog post. Sophie's twitter. Hidden on Goodreads.
My review of Firelight. My review of Vanish.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Review: Fever by Lauren DeStefano

I don't know how to write my review of this book. I should start by saying that I LOVED it! Fever is AMAZING! So, so good. Just as good as Wither, I think. The ending though, the ending is bad. WARNING: My review will contain spoilers from book 1; Wither. And a few BIG spoilers for Fever.

Fever starts out just where Wither ended. With Rhine and Gabriel at the shore, having just escaped the Mansion. There is only a few short pages with happiness for that, before they are taken again. This time by something much worse than the Mansion ever was.

The Carnival. Where the evil old woman rules. She controls everything. And I hated her so much. She is the owner of a whore house; to use the obvious name. She takes care of her girls, but she still sell their bodies to every man with money to pay. This was not a good place for Rhine to end up in.

With her beauty there isn't much surprise that the Madame wants her. She wants her to perform. Not getting into that, but I didn't like it, but I also kind of liked the Gabriel part. <3 Days pass, and slowly they get to see how cruel and heartless the owner is. She truly is evil.

It did surprise me some, but after only 100 pages they managed to escape her. With some.. injuries. And drugs. And then they were once again on their way to Manhattan to find Rhine's brother; Rowan. It isn't an easy trip. And they encounter more bad things on the way. But they finally arrive. Only to find him gone.

Which isn't a good thing for Rhine. She gets very depressed. But she isn't giving up hope. Well, not entirely ;) While she is battling her feelings, she starts to get really sick. Maybe even dying. Gabriel can't stop worrying about her.

Then near the end, Vaughn turns up to take her back to the Mansion. Knowing why she is sick and dying. No one sees her leave with him. But she does, because he is threatening her. And she doesn't really have a choice.

Arriving at the Mansion, though, isn't a happy thing. She arrives in the basement as Vaughn's new guinea pig. I do have an feeling as to what he will get from it, though. Rhine gets to see her sister wife again; Cecily. That isn't really a happy reunion either. But still :) I liked Cecily better in this book.

Fever ends sort of bad, but also really good. Bad part: Rhine is with Linden. Gabriel has been missing from the book for 70 pages. But. The ending still gives me hope. I think. At least, I hope so.

In this book, Rhine and Gabriel are together almost all the time. Which I loved so much. I liked Rhine a lot more in this book. She seemed so much... more. And Gabriel I still adore so extremely much. He is my favorite character. Have read so many people saying they don't think he is a good/interesting character. Saying there is no chemistry between him and Rhine. I disagree. SO MUCH!

Gabriel is extremely sweet. So kind. But also tough, and protective. He is the perfect boyfriend. And I wish I had one just like him. <3 I think Gabriel and Rhine fit together perfectly. There was too little romance in this book, for me personally, but there was love. And there were feelings. Especially near the end. Really loved that.

What I wish for more than anything, in book three, is that Rhine and Gabriel will be together. As a couple. Always. And that Rhine will find her brother :) And that a cure will be found. Which I think it will. What I don't want to happen though, it for Rhine to fall in love with Linden. I do not like Linden. He can be with Cecily. Want that (A)

This review probably hasn't made much sense.. And it has lots of spoilers for the book. But it was the only way I felt to write it. Could blame the non-sense thing on the fact that I am sick, and have been so for almost two weeks :p

Anyway, this book is AMAZING. I loved it just as much as Wither. And if you have read Wither, this book is a must read. <3 And if you haven't, you must read Wither very soon ;)

Goodreads - Buy it

Update: Newer and better review of the book can be found here.