Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (4)

The Pledge by Kimberly Derting
Release: November 15, 2011
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Series: The Pledge, Book 1
Page Amount: 320, US Hardback


In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she's spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It's there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she's never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed. 
Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can't be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country's only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime. - Goodreads


Why? This book sounds very eerie and unique. I can't wait to get this book/ I love the whole idea of being divided by a language. I love books with secrets tied into them and this book sounds like it's going to be filled with suspense. I've been looking for a book that would have a spooky feel to it and yet still include romance and everything else that a good YA book contains.  

A quick apology: I'm so sorry for not posting as frequently as I have this summer. School has been keeping me busy so I haven't gotten much reading done. Hopefully I will get a chance to read a lot more next month. 


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme that is hosted by Breaking The Spine, where we can feature books that we are excited to be released.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater


Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater



Released: August 1, 2009
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls, Book 1
Followed By: Linger
Page Amount: 290, US Hardback
POV: 1st Person (Alternating Grace & Sam)
Buy it here: Barnes & NobleAmazon



OVERALL:
Plot-20/20
Characters-18/20
Creativity-19/20
Writing-20/20
Pace-9/10
Ending-10/10
=96/100  A
★/5

  


SUMMARY:

Grace and Sam share a kinship so close they could be lovers or siblings. But they also share a problem. When the temperature slips towards freezing, Sam reverts to his wolf identity and must retreat into the woods to protect his pack. He worries that eventually his human side will fade away and he will be left howling alone at the lonely moon. A stirring supernatural teen romance.-Goodreads.com

REViEW:
Ahh I loved this book. I was a little bit apprehensive to start this book. I tryed to read it awhile ago and thought it was so slow and boring. After reading a lot more YA, I realize how beautifully written this book was. The writing is lyrical and really amazing. Ms. Stiefvater's writing is slow, but not boring slow. Her style is just very slow. I did enjoy every minute of it, it's just not the kind of book that is easy to read in one day. The plot was well thought out. It wasn't the typical wolf plot. I liked how she incorporated the changing of wolves into man in warmth. I thought that played very well into this book. 


The characters were really believable. I loved Sam. I just didn't think there was much depth about Sam and Grace falling in love. It was just like girl meets boy and automatically start kissing. There was no development of their relationship. I didn't really get to see them fall in love, which I would've liked. The alternate point of views were enjoyable, I liked being able to get inside Sam's head. Some times Sam said things that were the kind of things that Grace would've said. I like it when one author can bring together two distinct voices and make them completely different. At the beginning of the book, I thought that Grace was a sweet, innocent, loner girl, but later on her personality rapidly changed. I don't know if I missed something, but she seemed to be a little bit trampy when Sam came into the picture. It was unexpected. Other than those few things, I loved the characters. 


The ending was so beautiful. It really touched my heart. I'm rooting for Sam and Grace's relationship, and can not wait to get my hands on the next book. The ending was pretty simple, but really cute. It actually surprised me a little bit.  


My Favorite Part: Sam and Grace's relationship, no question about it. It was so romantic, and I can't help wishing that Sam was my boyfriend.

ALL iN ALL:
Do I recommend this book? Absolutely. It's really really good!

Will I be reading the next book? Yes! I plan to buy it very soon!

Thanks for reading and for the comments I have been receiving and for following me. I really appreciate it all. I've been pretty busy with school, but I plan to read more soon and make my YouTube channel.  

It's a Book Thing
Review by Macy ♥

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Top Ten: Books I Have Judged by Their Cover

Top Ten is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish
Top Ten Books I Have Judged by Their Cover

1.  Shiver. That cover is so gorgeous. I bought it because of its beauty and was not disappointed at all

2.  The Adoration of Jenna Fox. The abstract cover is so intriguing, I could not wait to devour this book. 

3.  Matched. Hehe I loved the bubble. I think it is such a cute idea and it really fit into the plot and story. 

4.  Possession. I bought this book only because I loved the cover. It's simple, yet intriguing and beautiful. I think we all bought this book for it's cover. ;)

5. Watched. Unfortunately I was a little bit disappointed in this book, but the cover is gorgeous.

6. Blue Bloods. I'm a vampire freak and the bite on the cover completely drew me in.

7. The Lonely Hearts Club. Being a big Beatles fan, I automatically loved the cover.

8.  Nightshade (Hardback Edition) The purple is so pretty, I cannot believe they changed the covers. I love the sparkling cover and the pages and everything makes this story perfect.

9.  Small Town Sinners. That apple makes me think Twilight and forbidden love, so sign me up! 

10. L.A. Candy. It had candy on the front. Being a girl with a sweet tooth, I could not resist. 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

In My Mailbox (9)

 This book sounds amazing. I've heard such great things about this book. I am really excited to read this book, it sounds really unique. BUY
 I'm big on vampires (if you haven't noticed.)  I'm reading this book now and am enjoying it. I heard mixed reviews on this book, so I'm excited to find out if I like this book or not. I probably will, because, duh, it has vampires in it. :) BUY 
 I heard this book is good, so I picked it up. I almost didn't get it because of the cover and the title, but after reading some good reviews saying that it had a lot of depth to it, I decided to buy it. BUY 
 I also bought the sequel to Evernight, because it was on sale. HURRAY! I think I'm really going to like this series. BUY 
 I read L.A. Candy and did enjoy it, so, seeing that the sequel was on sale, I bought it! BUY


















I like the Blue Bloods series, and this book sounded a lot like it. I'm pretty intrigued to get into this book soon! BUY 




What did you get in your mailbox this week? 
Have you read any of these books? Comment and let me know! 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (3)

Destined by P. C. & Kristin Cast
Release: October 25, 2011
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Series: House of Night, Book 9
Preceded By: Awakened
Page Amount: 336, US Hardback


In Destined, the forces of Light and Dark collide as their epic struggle focuses on Tulsa's House of Night. Zoey is home where she belongs, safe with her Guardian Warrior, Stark, by her side and preparing to face off against Neferet. 

But is Zoey really safe? Does she truly know those who are closest to her? And will love win when it is tested by the very soul of Darkness? Find out what s destined in the next thrilling chapter of the House of Night series. - Goodreads


Why? House of Night is one of my favorite series of all time! I have been so excited for this book since that crazy ending in Awakened. I am so excited that I only have to wait a few more days until Destined is released! So much happened in that book I actually had to edit out some MAJOR spoilers from the summary. If you have read Awakened and would like to read the entire synopsis, just click on the Goodreads link above. I know that there are a lot of books in this series, but in my opinion, I think these books are great. I admit, they do not have the best writing, but the action and plot makes these books an amazing ride. If you gave up on this series and did not read Awakened, read it! Awakened was probably my favorite book in this series. I think this series is improving as it moves forward. 


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme that is hosted by Breaking The Spine, where we can feature books that we are excited to be released.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Never Have I Ever by Sara Shepard

Never Have I Ever by Sara Shepard

Released: August 2, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: The Lying Game, Book 2
Preceded By: The Lying Game
Followed By: Two Truths and a Lie
Page Amount: 309, US Hardback
POV: 1st Person (Sutton)
Buy it here: Barnes & NobleAmazon


OVERALL:
Plot-20/20
Characters-19/20
Creativity-19/20
Writing-18/20
Pace-9/10
Ending-10/10
=95/100  A
★/5

This is the second book in The Lying Game series, I will not post any intentional spoilers but please do not contnue reading if you have not read The Lying Game

SUMMARY:

Sara Shepard, the author of the Pretty Little Liars novels, has followed up those top-selling fictions with an even more artfully knotted series. At its center is a murdered narrator whose long-lost identical twin sister Emma is serving as a stand-in detective to find the killer. In the second episode of their hunt, the pair discovers new clues, but they know that as they search for the killer, he or she is watching their every move, waiting for the right moment to end it all. Editor's recommendation.-Goodreads.com

REViEW:
This book was AH-MAZING! Ohmigosh it had everything I loved about the Pretty Little Liar series! This book was so much better than the first book in this series. There was so much suspense and anticipation for the ending that I could barely stand it! Halfway through the book it felt like it was the exact same passage from Pretty Little Liars, it kind of seemed repetitive. Then, like two seconds later, BAM! It was so shocking... I don't want to give too much away, but let me tell you, it was quite a thrilling ride.

The characters were a little bit easier to understand in this installment. I liked being able to get to know Mads and Char. The Twitter Twins... whoa, did not expect that. Crazy... Anywho, the characters were a lot more developed in this book. I did not even mind Sutton's point of view in this book. I love how Ms. Shepard leads you along through the entire book about "who did it?" and then on the last page is all "just kidding! *insert twist here*." Her storyline and her ability to keep you on the edge of your seat is reason enough to buy this book, preferably right this minute.

I did not expect that ending... wow... SHOCKING!!! Give me book 3 RIGHT NOW! I can not wait until the next book comes out. The ending was a total cliffhanger and makes me want to cry that I have to wait until February until the next book comes out. During my Lying Game review I said that I preferred the show over the book, not anymore. This book was so crazy suspenseful, I am now a full fledged Lying Game book lover.

My Favorite Part: Ooh... probably the twists in this one and the whole thing with the Twins. 

ALL iN ALL:
Do I recommend this book? Yes, please buy it right now!

Will I be reading the next book? DUH! I want it now. :(

Thank you for reading! I would love to hear your thoughts on The Lying Game show or book series. 

It's a Book Thing
Review by Macy ♥

Saturday, October 8, 2011

The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg

The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg

Released: December 29, 2009
Publisher: Point (Scholastic)
Page Amount: 285, US Paperback
POV: 1st Person (Penny)
Buy it here: Barnes & NobleAmazon

OVERALL:
Plot-20/20
Characters-18/20
Creativity-19/20
Writing-17/20
Pace-9/10
Ending-10/10
=93/100  A
/5





SUMMARY:
Love is all you need...or is it? Penny's about to find out in this wonderful debut. 
Penny is sick of boys and sick of dating. So she vows - no more. It's a personal choice...and, of course, soon everyone wants to know about it. And a few other girls are inspired. A movement is born; The Lonely Hearts Club (named after the band from Sgt. Pepper). Penny is suddenly known for her nondating ways...which is too bad, because there's this certain boy she can't help but like...-Goodreads.com

REViEW:
This book was great. The plot was all about Penny swearing off love and starting an anti-dating club. It was very unique and very interesting. It was a very realistic story, I know that I have wanted to swear of love before. This book was also a fast read and an enjoyable ride. The Beatles are incorporated into this book. Being a huge Beatles fan, the lyrics  included and certain references were very clever. If you're a Beatles fan or an avid YA reader, definitely pick up this book, it's great! :)

The characters very very well done. Every character had a backstory that explained why they were in the The Lonely Hearts Club. I could tell Ms. Eulberg put a lot of thought into her book. I really liked Penny Lane. At times her indecision seemed her be prolonged and became a little bit boring. Oh my gosh... I loved Penny's attitude. She was so strong and I loved the way she stood up to Nate. The relationship with Ryan was very well executed. Ryan is definitely a guy I would want to date. I also liked that there was a large amount of characters in this book. All of them were likable and were people I could relate to me and my friends. 

The ending was so romantic. This book came together at a nice end. I was sad when I finished the book. I would definitely like to reread this book in the future. It actually empowered me. GIRL POWER!   

My Favorite Part: The karaoke scene (oh how I wish something like that would happen to me!) or the part where Penny stands up to Nate (probably one of my favorite quotes ever.)

ALL iN ALL:
Do I recommend this book? Yes, it's such a great book, I loved it.


Thanks for reading! I will have a bunch of more reviews up soon, some scarier Halloeween-ish books will be read and reviewed too!
It's a Book Thing
Review by Macy ♥
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