Thursday, February 28, 2013

Review Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #1)Title: Born Wicked 
Author: Jessica Spotswood
Published: February 7th, 2012 (Penguin)
Pages: 352
Source: for review
The Cahill Witch Chronicles #1
Rating: 3.5 stars
Synopsis from Goodreads: Everybody thinks Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they're witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship--or an early grave. Then Cate finds her mother's diary, and uncovers a secret that could spell her family's destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra. But if what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren't safe--not even from each other.

I can't remember the last time I had such mixed feelings about a book. I had trouble getting into the story. I was struggling for almost half the book, but I wanted to read it so badly I wanted it to be good. After the story took off I loved it more with every page. The ending was so good I immediately wanted to read book two!

Born Wicked tells the story of Cate and her two sisters, Maura and Tess. They're witches, but they're living in a society where that's not accepted and they need to keep it a secret whatever the costs. Their mother past away a few years back and Cate is determined to keep her sisters safe, like she promised her mother. But is that even possible?

It's a historical paranormal story and I liked this combination very much. Although it did take some getting used to. I don't read that many historical fiction and in the beginning it was weird that Cate and Maura are almost coming of age and need to go looking for a husband. Or join the sisterhood. Cate wants neither, until she meets Finn, my new book boyfriend! He's so hot! I would marry him immediately!

I liked Cate, but I couldn't understand why she doesn't want to be a witch! I can't imagine anything cooler! Although given the time she's living in and the dangers that's called The Brotherhood, I do understand why it would be a lot easier to just be a normal girl. I did admire Cate's love for her sisters and her determination to protect them!

Jessica Spotswood's writing style is very nice and when the story picked up it was hard to put down. And that ending! She got me there! I want to know how it continues!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (36)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week I'm waiting on 

Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike 

Life After TheftTitle: Life After Theft
Author: Aprilynne Pike 
Will be published on: April 30th, 2013 (HarperTeen)
Synopsis from Goodreads: Moving to a new high school sucks. Especially a rich-kid private school. With uniforms. But nothing is worse than finding out the first girl you meet is dead. And a klepto. 

No one can see or hear Kimberlee except Jeff, so--in hopes of bringing an end to the snarkiest haunting in history--he agrees to help her complete her "unfinished business." But when the enmity between Kimberlee and Jeff's new crush, Sera, manages to continue posthumously, Jeff wonders if he's made the right choice.

I've read the first two books in her wings series and I quite enjoyed them! I'm very curious what her next book will entail! 

What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Top Ten Authors That I'd Put On My Auto-Buy List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday has another topic and different bloggers give their top ten. I love making lists, so here's mine for this week!

This week's topic is 

Top Ten Authors That I'd Put On My Auto-Buy List

Difficult topic this week! Auto-buying hasn't always worked that well for me. The first time I did buy a book just because I liked the author's other books was not a good experience. I loved Lauren Kate's Fallen series and when The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove came out I bought it immediately. I wish I never had, it wasn't at all what I hoped it would be. Ever since I'm very hesitant about buying books from authors I've only read one book or series by. 
Although I must add that I have the same experience the other way around. When Stephenie Meyer's The Host was published I was skeptical and didn't intend to read it. A friend of mine nearly forced me to read and I really enjoyed that one. 

So here's my list of authors that are on my auto-buy list now and I actually intend to read whatever they publish next! 

10. Michael Grant
Echo (Soul Seekers, #2)Michael Grant's Gone series keeps intriguing me. I also read BZRK and although it wasn't as good as Gone I still liked it. I've Eve and Adam on my TBR pile. Not everyone is positive about this one, but so far I've wanted to read every book Michael Grant wrote. 

9. Alyson Noel
Another author I've read multiple books/series by. I love her writing style and that's important for me, so it's most likely that I'll pick up her next books as well. 

8. Rachel Hawkins
I've only read Hex Hall, but I loved it so much that I can't wait to read her other books!

City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5)7. Cassandra Clare
Also an author with an amazing writing style. I'm not up-to-date with her series (so much to read!), but I loved the books I've read so far!

6. Mary Hoffman
I must admit that I always read the synopsis and than make my decision to buy the book or not. Also with authors I always love! I've read multiple books by Mary Hoffman and they're so good. She's one of the authors I would feel comfortable enough with to buy her new book without reading synopsis. 

5. Julie Kagawa
I loved her Iron Fey series, The Lost Prince and Immortal Rules, so I think it's pretty safe to say that I would pick up any book she wrote!

Spirit (Elemental, #3)
4. Richelle Mead
I've only read her Vampire Academy series and I have Bloodlines on my TBR pile. She deserves a spot on this list after I saw her new book, Gameboard of the Gods. It sounds amazing!
3. Brigid Kemmerer
Her Elemental series is one of my favorite series at the moment. I'm very curious what more she'll write! But first she must finish the Elemental series, I can't get enough of it!

2Tahereh Mafi
Dare You To (Pushing the Limits, #2)One of the most amazing things about her Shatter Me series is the writing style! I can't wait to read more books by her!

1. Katie McGarry
Pushing the Limits was my favorite book last year and Dare You To was even better! I will definitely pick up anything she writes!

What authors are on your auto-buy list?

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Stacking the Shelves (32)

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Bloggers share what new books (physical or virtual) they got this week. I like getting new books and showing them. So here's my haul for this week! 

I was looking at my TBR pile earlier this week and it's getting so high again! I really need to stop buying books and first read all those on my shelves! That's going to be tough. But I managed to just buy one book this week! So that's a good start. 


The Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacies, #3)
TitleThe Rise of Nine
Author: Pittacus Lore 
Published: August 22nd, 2012 (Penguin Group)
Pages: 330
Series: Lorien Legacies #3

What new books did you get this week?

Friday, February 22, 2013

Blog Tour: Power by Theresa M. Jones

Power (The Descendant Trilogy #1)Title: Power
Author: Theresa M. Jones
Published: February, 2013 
Pages: 298
Source: for review
The Descendant Trilogy #1
Rating: 3.5 stars
Synopsis from Goodreads: Thousands of years after the battle between the angels, when Lucifer was defeated by Michael in the Heavens, the war is still being fought on Earth by the humans who have their Power, the Angel’s Power. 

Allison Stevens is a 21 year old single mother who gets thrown into the middle of this battle when Damien, the Leader of the Rising, decides to hunt her down and kill her because he fears she is the descendant prophesied to save the world. 

David, a member of the Order, takes Allison under his wing in order to show her the ropes, and hopefully groom her into being the one they have been waiting for. The only problem is that they start to grow more attached than a teacher/student relationship should allow.

But that isn’t all. Damien wants to open the Seven Seals and bring about the apocalypse and it’s up to Allison to not only save herself and her family, but save the world, all while trying to keep her heart from breaking.

No problem… right?

In Power we meet Allison, a single mom, who discovers she has powers and can bring the war between the angels to an end. But there are a lot of angels out there who want her killed. 

I've read quite some angel books by now and there has been a point where I couldn't stand them any longer. But I keep being intrigued by a synopsis including angels. The same with power! When Theresa e-mailed me for being part of this blog tour the synopsis caught my attention immediately. And the best thing is the story was really nice. I had to get into it, but after that I read it without stopping!

What intrigued me in the story was that you didn't know who Allison could trust. I had to keep on reading to find out what would happen. Allison lived a pretty normal life and all of the sudden she has to leave her mother behind and she can only take her daughter after some discussion. Everything changes for her. What made the story even more tense were the different POV's. 

I liked the story and Allison is a great MC. The only thing I really had to get used to was that she has a kid. This almost never happens in YA and that took some getting used to. If you like paranormal than you should check this one out. 

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (35)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week I'm waiting on 

Parallel by Lauren Miller

ParallelTitle: Parallel
Author: Lauren Miller
Will be published on: May 14th, 2013 (HarperTeen)
Synopsis from Goodreads: Abby Barnes had a plan. Get into a great college, major in journalism, and land her dream job at a major newspaper. But on the eve of her 18th birthday, she's stuck on a Hollywood movie set instead, wishing she could rewind her life. But the next morning, she’s in a dorm room at Yale, with no memory of how she got there. A collision of parallel worlds has left Abby living a new reality every time her younger parallel self makes a new decision. Forced to live out the consequences of a path she didn't choose, Abby must let go on her plans for the future and learn to focus on the present, without losing sight of who she is, the boy who might just be her soul mate, and the destiny that’s finally in reach.

A girl who lives in two worlds and she sees the consequences of her younger parallel self? That sounds like an amazing story! I'm in!

What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Top Ten Favorite Characters In The Dystopian Genre

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday has another topic and different bloggers give their top ten. I love making lists, so here's mine for this week!

This week's topic is 

Top Ten Favorite Characters In X Genre

So this week we're thinking about our favorite characters in X genre. I thought about it for awhile and in the end I decided to go for Dystopian! Here's my Top Ten with my fav characters!

Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2)1. Kenji (Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi)
Kenji is definitely my number one! Not many characters in the dystopian genre make my laugh out loud, but Kenji did just that! He's so funny. 

2. Lana (Gone by Michael Grant)
If you've read the Gone series you know Lana is the girl with the healing touch. She's a bit disturbed in the later books after the Gaiaphage used her, but I'm so intrigued by her! 

3. Rue (The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins)
She's the most sweet character I've encountered in this genre. Her end was so beautiful I cried. 

Glitch (Glitch, #1)4. Zoe (Glitch by Heather Anastasiu)
I see a lot of myself in Zoe. People have to earn her trust and she wants to figure things out for herself. I love her for that!

5. Waverly (Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan)
Waverly is a tough girl who acts when that's necessary, even when she doesn't like it or has to go another way than she originally planned. I love a kick-ass heroin!

6. Perry (Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi)
For some reason I always tend to like the girl more than the guy in Dystopians (with the exception of Kenji!), but Perry is just such an amazing guy! Yes, I love him!

7. Lena (Delirium by Lauren Oliver)
Like I said before I like tough girls! And I admire Lena for standing up for what she believes in! But that ending of Delirium! I still haven't found the courage to read the rest of the series. 

8. Tally (Uglies by Scott Westerfeld)
Inside Out (Insiders, #1)What I found most refreshing about this series is that the MC actually wants to be part of the dystopian world! And at first I couldn't understand that at all, but Tally really grew on me!

9. Trella (Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder)
Another kick-ass heroin! She looked so tough, but deep down inside she's a really sweet girl (well, I like to think that anyway). I would love to be more like her. 

10. Kyra (Partials by Dan Wells)
Last, but not least! I admire Kyra for wanting to find the cure no matter what. 

So, what genre did you pick and more importantly which characters?

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Review Dualed by Eslie Chapman

Dualed (Dualed, #1)Title: Dualed
Author: Elsie Chapman
Published: February 26th, 2013 (Random House Children's Books)
Pages: 304
Source: for review
Dualed #1
Rating: 3 stars
Synopsis from Goodreads: The city of Kersh is a safe haven, but the price of safety is high. Everyone has a genetic Alternate—a twin raised by another family—and citizens must prove their worth by eliminating their Alts before their twentieth birthday. Survival means advanced schooling, a good job, marriage—life.

Fifteen-year-old West Grayer has trained as a fighter, preparing for the day when her assignment arrives and she will have one month to hunt down and kill her Alt. But then a tragic misstep shakes West’s confidence. Stricken with grief and guilt, she’s no longer certain that she’s the best version of herself, the version worthy of a future. If she is to have any chance of winning, she must stop running not only from her Alt, but also from love . . . though both have the power to destroy her.

Dualed was one of those book I was absolutely thrilled about to read it for months. Every time I saw it I counted the days until the release. When I saw it up on Netgalley and got accepted for an e-galley I was so excited. When I started reading I wasn't that thrilled anymore. I couldn't believe this was it. It didn't live up to my expectations to say the least. 

The idea behind the book is very interesting. Every person has an Alt, some sort of twin. Somewhere between the age of 13 and 20 every person gets the details about their Alt and they must kill it/her/him before the date expires. West Grayer has been trained all her life, just like everybody else, to get the chance to kill their Alt. She doesn't has any family left, except her brother and his best friend. 

What lacked most for me in this story was explanation. After the tragic misstep West decides she will become a striker, someone who murders other person's Alts in assignment. Short after she gets the message with her Alt's information. By then she has killed quite some other Alts, but she freezes with her own. It didn't become clear to me why she isn't able to just kill her own Alt. She keeps choking up and failing. While in the mean time she does continue killing off other people. 
This was one of the reasons I couldn't empathize with West. I couldn't figure out most of the time why she did certain things. 

And then there is the "romance". You could see from miles away that Chord was madly in love with West. But of course, she doesn't see it. She keeps pushing him away. And to make it even worse it was also very clear that at one point she would realize that she loved him too. I spend multiple pages screaming at West to get going with it and just realize she loves him and say it! 

What I loved about the book was the world setting and the way Elsie Chapman describes it. I really felt like I was there and was walking the streets with West. I liked the idea of Alts and always living with the knowledge that there is someone out there who could be better than you. And if they are, they will kill you when the times comes. This was also the reason why I couldn't wait to read the book. 

I've spoken to quite some people who are looking forward to reading Dualed. Give it a chance. The story is still nice!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Review Plague by Michael Grant

PlagueTitle: Plague
Author: Michael Grant 
Published: April 5th, 2011 (Katherine Tegen Books)
Pages: 316
Source: bought
Gone #4
Rating: 4 stars
Synopsis from Goodreads: It's been eight months since all the adults disappeared. Gone.

They've survived hunger. They've survived lies. But the stakes keep rising, and the dystopian horror keeps building. Yet despite the simmering unrest left behind by so many battles, power struggles, and angry divides, there is a momentary calm in Perdido Beach.

But enemies in the FAYZ don't just fade away, and in the quiet, deadly things are stirring, mutating, and finding their way free. The Darkness has found its way into the mind of its Nemesis at last and is controlling it through a haze of delirium and confusion. A highly contagious, fatal illness spreads at an alarming rate. Sinister, predatory insects terrorize Perdido Beach. And Sam, Astrid, Diana, and Caine are plagued by a growing doubt that they'll escape—or even survive—life in the FAYZ. With so much turmoil surrounding them, what desperate choices will they make when it comes to saving themselves and those they love?

This series gets better with every book! After finishing Lies I thought it couldn't get worse. I was so wrong. Michael Grant did it again. 

In Plague some kids get so sick they literary cough their lungs out. And that's not even the worst part. There were some really stomach turning parts in this book. I don't have the strongest stomach and at times I'm even a bit nauseated by the story! But I just can't stop reading it. Even now I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in the series! 

Michael Grant has an amazing writing style. When I read his books I do it everywhere. Just because I want to read it so badly! I don't have this with many books. When I'm on the train for ten minutes I mostly end up checking my phone, but some books are worth reading everywhere, even if it is for just ten minutes! (I'm a bit weird and don't like to end in the middle of a chapter and that's why I want to have more time when I read). 

If you're familiar with the series you know that there are multiple POV's. Some characters return in every book, like Sam, Astrid and Caine. Others are only there for one book or just one fragment. This makes the book so hard to put down. You want to know what happens next! So you continue reading. 
Most of the time I switch favorite characters. At first I really loved Sam, but in the second and third book there were times when I just wanted to scream at him. I've had the same with Astrid. I didn't like Astrid in Plague, she changed and not in a good way. But I did like Sam a bit more! He doesn't like to be looked upon as the leader, but he does take action when it's necessary. My favorite character in this book was Hunter. He becomes more and more like an animal and sometimes he just can't think straight and he knows. I was fascinated by his struggling! 

If you haven't read this series yet I definitely recommend it! The last book is coming this year and I can't wait to see how this series will end! But first I'm reading the fifth book!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Review The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)Title: The Immortal Rules 
Author: Julie Kagawa 
Published: April 24th, 2012 (Harlequin Teen)
Pages: 504
Source: bought
Blood of Eden #1
Rating: 4 stars
Synopsis from Goodreads: In a future world, vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.

Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked--and given the ultimate choice. Die...or become one of the monsters.

Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.

Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend--a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.

But it isn't easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what--and who--is worth dying for.

Before I started blogging I read a lot of vampire books and after a while it got a bit dull. They all started to look alike and I stopped reading them after I started confusing stories. It was time for a change! After that there was a lot more diversity in my book choices! 

So, why did I picked this one up? I've entered in the Paranormal Reading Challenge and last month was vampire themed! The second reason was that I loved Julie Kagawa's other books and I had looked at this book a couple of times, but the vampire theme was holding me back. Luckily it didn't disappoint! 

In The Immortal Rules Allie lives in a city ruled by vampires. She Unregistered, so she doesn't have to give blood like Registered people do, but this means almost no food and she has to go to dangerous places to get some. One night everything goes wrong and she's attacked by rabids. A vampire gives her a choice, dying or become like him. Allie hates vampires, but she values her life, so in the end she chooses to become a vampire. 

Allie is a tough girl and I liked that about her. I understood her hate for the vampires, but also why she became one of them. I must say that at some points it was heart to empathize with her. She doesn't let anybody in, including me as a reader. Although it was hard to put the book down! I wanted to know what happened next! How can a newly created vampire live among humans? 

I love Julie Kagawa's writing style. It makes reading her books so much fun! You just want to continue reading all the time and that's what I loved most about this book. I'd read some books that weren't that fun to read and it was nice to have that feeling again of always wanting to read this book. Every second of spare time I spend with this book! 

Even if you're tired of vampire books you definitely want to give this one a chance! 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (34)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week I'm waiting on 

The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden, #2)Title: The Eternity Cure 
Author: Julie Kagawa
Will be published on: May 7th, 2013 (Harlequin Teen)
Series: Blood of Eden #2
Synopsis from Goodreads: Allison Sekemoto has vowed to rescue her creator, Kanin, who is being held hostage and tortured by the psychotic vampire Sarren. The call of blood leads her back to the beginning—New Covington and the Fringe, and a vampire prince who wants her dead yet may become her wary ally.

Even as Allie faces shocking revelations and heartbreak like she’s never known, a new strain of the Red Lung virus that decimated humanity is rising to threaten human and vampire alike.

I've read The Immortal Rules a couple of weeks ago and it was so good! I thought I could jump right into the second book, but to my surprise it isn't published yet. I don't really fancy the cover, but it's about the inside, right?

What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Top Ten Favorite Romances

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday has another topic and different bloggers give their top ten. I love making lists, so here's mine for this week!

This week's topic is 

Top Ten Favorite Romances

Ah, romances. If only they could be real! There's nothing better than sitting on the couch with a hot mug of tea and reading about a good romance. And it's only really good if it gives me all the feels! These couples managed to do just that. 
Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1)
1. Echo / Noah (Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry)
This book in general gave me all the feels and for that reason alone it would have been my fave book of 2012! Reading about the romance between Echo and Noah makes you wish something like that would be real. 

2. Gabriel / Layne (Spark by Brigid Kemmerer)
Gabriel is this obvious bad guy, while Layne is this really sweet girl. How they end up together is close to a miracle, but it gives you all the feels!

3. Jacqueline / Lucas (Easy by Tammara Webber) 
EasyI think I'm starting to repeat myself. I rooted for these two to end up together. My copy of Easy has been screamed to a lot. 

4. Crystal / Xav (Seeking Crystal by Joss Stirling)
Joss Stirling has a gift. Every book in her Benedicts series will make you feel all the love. Crystal and Xav are just so cute together!

5. Hermione / Ron (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)
I loved reading Harry Potter for the first time and all those speculations about Ron and Hermione and if they would be together in the end or not. I miss that! I think I actually jumped up and down with joy when they finally kissed!

6. MacKenzie / Ethan (The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa) 
Every time when a guy and a girl are obviously into each other, but they're stubborn and don't want to admit it. I just want them to get together! 

7. Arianna / Luciano (City of Masks by Mary Hoffman)
City of Masks (Stravaganza, Book 1)They're literary from two different worlds and that's one of the things that makes them so perfect for each other! 

8. Lyra / Will (His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman)
I'm still angry at Philip Pullman for that ending. 

9. Lena / Kostos (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares)
Another couple that should have been together from the beginning. 

10. Holly / Jackson (Tempest by Julie Cross)
When a couple can't be together you can count on me hoping they end up together anyway!

What's your Top Ten Favorite Romances?

Monday, February 11, 2013

Review Othermoon by Nina Berry

Othermoon (Otherkin, #2)Title: Othermoon
Author: Nina Berry
Published: January 29th, 2013 (K-Teen)
Pages: 320
Source: for review
Otherkin #2
Rating: 2 stars
Synopsis from Goodreads: Everyone has secrets. I had no idea mine would lead me into shadow. Dez has found the place where she belongs. With the otherkin. With Caleb. Or so she thought. As the barriers between our world and Othersphere fall, a wall rises between Dez and Caleb, leaving her fiercest enemy her only friend. 

And maybe something more. 

Now Dez must make a devastating choice: keep the love of her life, or save the otherkin from annihilation.

You know the feeling when you see a book and you just know it's going to be amazing? I had that with the first book in this series, Otherkin. But when I read I was so disappointed (review). When I got the opportunity to read Othermoon I wanted to give this series another chance. Some part of me just couldn't let the idea of this series being amazing go. Now I wish I had. 

The beginning of Othermoon is very abrupt. It was quite some time ago that I'd read Otherkin, so I spend almost a 50 pages wondering what exactly was going on. And when I finally just gave up on the idea of being able to follow the story the author started to repeat things from book one. A little too late. 

I also forgot that I didn't really like Nina Berry's writing style. That in combination with the MC, Dez, got me so irritated. There were times I just wanted to throw my ereader through the room. Dez makes so many bad mistakes. She gets everybody in trouble and she doesn't even see why most of the time. 

This series had so much promise, but I'm afraid it just isn't for me. If you like a nice story with an original view on paranormal, you might like this book! 

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Stacking the Shelves (31)

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Bloggers share what new books (physical or virtual) they got this week. I like getting new books and showing them. So here's my haul for this week! 

This week I was sick, really sick, for the first time in years. And I'd always imagined it as something special. A few days off with lots of reading, watching TV, you name it. I got a rough wake up call! I had the flu, so everything hurt and the world wouldn't stop spinning. Aka no reading. I'm a little better now, so I'm catching up on all that lost reading time! 

While I was past out in bed I got some pretty exciting books this week! I'd won two books from two different blogs a while ago and they arrived at the same day this week! They always tend to do that! And I got approved for both Fragments and Mila 2.0! I'm so excited to read all these books! 

For review

Fragments (Partials, #2)Title: Fragments
Author: Dan Wells
Published: February 26th, 2013 (Balzer + Bray)
Pages: 564
Series: Partials #2

MILA 2.0 (MILA 2.0, #1)Title: Mila 2.0
Author: Debra Driza 
Published: March 12th, 2013 (Katherine Tegen Books)
Pages: 480
Series: Mila 2.0 #1


Just One Day (Just One Day, #1)Title: Just One Day
Author: Gayle Forman
Published: January 8th, 2013 (Dutton Juvenile)
Pages: 368
Series: Just One Day #1
Thank you, Crazy Four Books!

First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1)Title: First Grave on the Right
Author: Darynda Jones 
Published: February 1st, 2011 (St. Martin's Press)
Pages: 310
Series: Charley Davidson #1

What new books did you get this week?

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Review Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2)Title: Unravel Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Published: February 5th, 2013 (HarperCollins)
Pages: 465
Source: for review
Shatter Me #2
Rating: 4 stars
Synopsis from Goodreads: tick, tick, tick, tick, tick
it's almost
time for war.

Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She's finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam's life.

I already knew that Tahereh Mafi is an amazing author. Shatter Me just blew me away. And Unravel Me is just as good! What I thought is most amazing is that Unravel Me is quite different from Shatter Me. Especially the writing style. Juliette has changed and so the writing style is different. Again I had to get used to it, but that's good! Tahereh Mafi is full of surprises.

I thought Shatter Me was a bit better than Unravel Me, although I was really looking forward to the second book. Discovering more about Omega Point and what kind of powers other people have there. That was so awesome. Juliette gets her training to control her power. But while she does she discovers things she didn't wanted to know. At some point her constant whining drove me insane and I just wanted to scream at her. Luckily at the end it got a lot better and I'm definitely looking forward to book three! That ending of Unravel Me? Wow! Want more now!

My favorite character in this book was definitely Kenji. He's so funny and he really lightened up the story! He acts like he's all into Juliette and he wants to date her. I'm still not sure if he does really like her! Juliette is very detached from every person in the Omega Point, so we don't get to know many people. I thought this was a shame, because I would've loved to get to know them better. 

When I finished Unravel Me I hadn't read Destroy Me yet, but after I did a lot of things became clear to me. Although I must say that reading it in this order, gave an extra dimension to Destroy Me. That scene with the dog was a lot more exciting with me knowing what would happen! I also think I would have read the scenes with Warner quite differently if I had read Destroy Me first. 

This is one of those series you just have to read! It it that amazing. I know the writing style can come across as a bit weird in the beginning, but you have to read through that. You will get used to it and you don't want to miss out on a spectacular series like this one! 

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (33)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week I'm waiting on 

Dare You To by Katie McGarry

Dare You To (Pushing the Limits, #2)Title: Dare You To
Author: Katie McGarry
Will be published on: May 28th, 2013 (Harlequin Teen)
Series: Pushing the Limits #2
Synopsis from Goodreads: If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does.... 

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him. 

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all...

Pushing the Limits was my favorite book last year, so of course I can't wait for this one! It's going to be amazing, I just know it!

What are you waiting on?