Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Top Ten: Books I Hope Santa Brings

Top Ten is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish
Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings

1. Ruthless. I am going to die if I don't get this new Pretty Little Liar book! After Twisted I can not wait to get my hands on this book! The suspense is already killing me! Ahhh I can't take it! 

2. Nightshade. This book sounds so good. I can't believe I haven't bought it yet! 

3. Firelight. This book also sounds amazing! I haven't read a dragon book, so I'm very excited to read this!

4. Divergent. I have heard so many great things about this book. It sounds very Hunger Games-esque, which is amazing! I'm very much into the dystopian thing right now.

5. Stay. The plot of this book really intrigues me. The whole idea of obsession vs love is something that I find very interesting. This book is very high on my to be bought list (in case Santa doesn't come through!) 

6. Shatter Me. This sounds really good and unique. I can already tell that it's going to be exciting! I've also heard a lot of good things about this book too.

7. Shattered Souls. This book sounds amazing! I cannot wait to read this book. It sounds unique and very entertaining.  

8. Beautiful Darkness. After reading  and loving Beautiful Creatures of course I want the sequel! I am very excited to get this book. The romance in Beautiful Creatures was so beautiful and just plain amazing that I look forward to reading more about Ethan and Lena.

9. Crossed. I'm very excited for this book. I loved Matched and I have a feeling this book is going to be even better! TEAM KY! 

10. Cracked Up To Be. This book sounds so great. I really want to read some more contemporary romance/realistic books, so this book sounds perfect.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Fade by Lisa McMann

Fade by Lisa McMann

Released: February 10, 2009
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Series: Dream Catcher, Book 2
Preceded By: Wake
Followed By: Gone
Page Amount: 248, US Paperback
POV: 3rd Person
Buy it here: Barnes & Noble•Amazon

=87/100  B

This is the second book in the Dream Catcher series, I will not post any intentional spoilers but please do not keep reading if you have not read Wake.

For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.
She can't tell anybody about what she does they'd never believe her, or worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can’t control. 
Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant. -Goodreads.com

The plot of Fade was very easy to get into. Once I started reading this book, I did not want to put it down. McMann's writing is unique and fast-paced, which was just what this book needed. I enjoyed this book much more than the preceding one. This one had a lot more depth to it and was very enjoyable. I really felt as if I was a part of Janie's world. 

The characters were a major improvement from the last book. The last book did not develop the characters. In this installment, I really was able to get to know Janie and Cabel and loved it! They are really great characters. I'm looking forward to even better understanding them in the next book.

The ending was very thrilling. I was on the edge of my seat, rooting for janie and hoping the bad guy would be punished. It was great. It was kind of like watching an action movie. I really, REALLY enjoyed this book. The whole part about Dream Catchers was shocking and surprised me. It made me ready to buy the next book. 

My Favorite Part: The plot was so intriguing! 

Do I recommend this book? Yes, it's a really quick and entertaining read.
Will I be reading the sequel? Yes, I'm really eager to dive right into it.

Thanks for reading! 

It's a Book Thing
Review by Macy ♥

Monday, December 5, 2011

Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Released: March 22, 2011

Publisher: Simon and Schuster 
Series: The Chemical Garden, Book 1
Followed By: Fever
Page Amount: 358, US Hardback
POV: 1st Person (Rhine)
Buy it here: Barnes & NobleAmazon

=98/100  A+


Obviously, something went terribly wrong. Genetic mutations have festered, reducing human longevity to twenty-five, even less for most women. To prevent extinction, young girls are kidnapped, mated in polygamous marriages with men eager to procreate. Sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery, a recent victim of this breeding farm mentality, has vowed to break loose from its fetters; but finding allies and a safe way out is a challenge she can only hope she will survive. A dystopian fantasy series starter with wings. Editor's recommendation-Goodreads.com

This book left me breathless. When I initially picked up this book, I did not expect to like it as much as I actually did. This book went above and beyond what I expected. Wither is a dystopian tale, but it is unlike the others that I have read. The premise and world that DeStefano creates in Wither is very unique and hauntingly beautiful. It is a horrible world to live in, I certainly feel bad for Rhine, Jenna, and Cecily. I would never want to be forced into a marriage. It's horrible, but it seems so normal and typical while reading the book. It takes a true author to be able to transport you into a fictional world. Another thing I loved about this book was the strong emotions that in evoked within me. I cried at one part in the book, and that is really rare for me. I also found myself cheering for Rhine at the end. I was completely absorbed in this book, which made this book even more enjoyable.  

The characters were just as amazing as the plot. Rhine was three-dimensional and very realistic. Rhine is a strong female protagonist. I loved seeing her strength as well as her hope of running away. Although I'm not exactly like Rhine, I felt like I was Rhine while reading this book. Usually I have to perfectly relate to a character, but with Rhine I felt as if I just fit into the story alongside her. It was a very neat experience. I also loved Jenna and Cecily. They both had they're backstories and I felt like I was able to get to know them alongside Rhine. Rowan, I feel like I was able to get to know him from Rhine's reminiscing. I also felt bad for Linden, he was such an interesting character. Vaughn was the most perfect evil villain in this book. All of the characters came together to add some color to this already glowing book. 

The ending was very good as well. It was a little bit simple, but the climax and other event leading up to the end gave it some power. I really enjoyed the ending. It seemed like the perfect conclusion. It left me with many answers, but also left some questions unanswered to fill the next book. The ending is not a cliffhanger, but it does leave the reader wondering what will happen next in Rhine's adventure. All in all, I have definitely enjoyed this book. It is certainly a new favorite of mine. It had something special that I haven't read in a while. 

My Favorite Part: The entire story was just breathtaking. I loved how it evoked so much emotion within the reader.

Do I recommend this book? Absolutely it was very unique and amazing!

Will I be reading the next book? Definitely! I liked this book so much that I'm going to pre-order the next book!

Thanks so much for reading! If you like my blog, recommend me to your friends. Thank you followers and to all of my viewers, I really appreciate you taking the time to read my thoughts on books.   

It's a Book Thing
Review by Macy ♥

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Top Ten: Books To Be Read This Winter

Top Ten is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish
Top Ten Books On My TBR List This WInter

1. Possession. It sounds really good, but I haven't made the time to read it yet. I'm really getting into dystopian and this sounds very intriguing. Plus the cover is just so gorgeous. 

2. Last Sacrifice. I really have to finish the Vampire Academy series. Don't get me wrong, I love this series I just haven't made the time to read such a big book, even though I know it's going to be worth it!

3. The Iron King. It sounds super good, but just haven't gotten around to reading it yet. I hope to sit on the couch sipping cocoa with this book! :)

4. Unearthly. I read Fallen and wasn't a big fan, making me leery to read this book. It does sound good and I do want to read it.

5. Fever. I'm reading Wither now and absolutely LOVE it! Cannot wait for the sequel!

6. Shatter Me. This sounds really good and unique. I think it's going to be exciting!

7. Shattered Souls. I cannot wait for this book to come out! It sounds incredibly good!

8. Beautiful Darkness. Beautiful Creatures was kinda long but I loved it, so I definitely have to check out this book this winter!

9. Pretty Little Liars: Pretty Little Secrets. Absolutely can NOT wait for this. I love the Pretty Little Liar series and this just sounds amazing.

10. Mockingjay. Still have yet to finish the Hunger Games series, but I cannot wait to read it! I really adore this series!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Elixir by Hilary Duff

Elixir by Hilary Duff

Released: October 12, 2007  
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Series: Elixir, Book 1
Followed By: Devoted
Page Amount: 327, US Hardback
POV: 1st Person (Clea)
Buy it here: Barnes & NobleAmazon

=92/100  A


Clea Raymond has felt the glare of the spotlight her entire life. The daughter of a renowned surgeon and a prominent Washington DC politician, she has grown to be a talented photojournalist who takes refuge in a career that allows her to travel to the most exotic parts of the world. But after Clea’s father disappears while on a humanitarian mission, Clea’s photos begin to feature eerie, shadowy images of a strange and beautiful man—a man she has never seen before. 
When fate brings Clea and this man together, she is stunned by the immediate and powerful connection she feels with him. As they grow closer, they are drawn deep into the mystery behind her father’s disappearance, and they discover the centuries old truth behind their intense bond. Torn by a dangerous love triangle and haunted by a powerful secret that holds their fates, together they race against time to unravel their pasts in order to save their lives—and their futures.-Goodreads.com

I am pleasantly surprised with this book. Honestly, I was a little bit leery when I picked up this book. HIlary Duff was my idol when I was littler. I loved her on Lizzie McGuire and I had all of her cd's. I was afraid that although Ms. Duff could do all of that, maybe she could not write. I couldn't have been more wrong, and I'm glad. I really wanted to enjoy this book, and I did. This book entranced me from the first page. All of the settings were brilliantly described, making me feel like I was there with Clea. The plot was detailed and very interesting. The whole incorporation of soulmates was very unique and just beautiful.  This book was not what I expected, and that made it even better.   

With characters named Clea and Rayna, they have to be good! I love unique names, and these names in this book were just gorgeous. Clea was realistic and I loved seeing bits of the author shine through her personality. Rayna was the typical best friend, but was very enjoyable. I could see bits of my friend in her. Ben was pretty great. He was a different personality. The tension between him and Clea added something special to this novel. Sage was an interesting character. I wanted to get to know him and to better understand him right next to Clea. The romance in this book wasn't the entire book, but it was realistic and was logical for the direction of this book. It was easy to feel the romantic tension throughout the book.   

The ending was not what I expected. This book had a continuous, suspenseful tone as it edged to the ending. It really set the tone for the end and made me wonder what was going to happen next. The ending let me down a bit. This was an amazing book, but the end was a bit of a letdown. It was not really a cliffhanger but it also didn't solve all of my questions. I'm not sure how I feel about the ending, but the rest of the book was so good, it made up for the ending.  

My Favorite Part: Soulmates. It was a unique twist on this book.

Do I recommend this book? Yes, it's very addicting, I couldn't put it down!

Will I be reading the next book? Yes, I really want to see what happens between Sage and Clea.

Thanks for reading! I love having so many followers and viewers, it's a great feeling that you liked my blog enough to follow it. 

It's a Book Thing
Review by Macy ♥
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