Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Dead Girls' Dance by Rachel Caine

The Dead Girls' Dance by Rachel Caine

Released: April 3, 2007
Publisher: NAL Jam
Series: Morganville Vampires, Book 2

Precended By: Glass Houses
Followed By: Midnight Alley
Page Amount: 256, US Paperback
POV: 3rd Person
Buy it here: Barnes & NobleAmazon

=93/100 A

Claire Danvers has her share of challenges---like being a genius in a school that favors beauty over brains, dealing with the homicidal girls in her dorm, and above all, finding out that her college town is overrun with vampires. On the up side, she has a great roommate (who tends to disappear at sunup) and a new boyfriend named Shane, whose vampire-hunting dad has called in backup: cycle punks who like the idea of killing just about anything.

Now a fraternity is throwing its annual Dead Girls' Dance and---surprise!---Claire and her equally outcast best friend, Eve, have been invited. When they find out why, all hell is going to break loose. Because this time both the living and the dead are coming out---and everybody's hungry for

This is a great series! It's one of those series that will appeal to vampire haters as well as Twilight fans! The action in this book kept me on the edge of my seat. There were some surprising twists and turns throughout the book that were super interesting. I started to feel like I was a part of Morganville, instead of just a bystander. I wasn't bored for a minute. I typically stop halfway through a series in order to catch up with some other series on my shelves, but this series I cannot put down.

The characters were as good as in the first book. Claire was strong and determined, which I love in female protagonists. Eve was as good of a friend as she was previously. I really like Eve, she's a pretty rocking goth! Michael is the ultimate boyfriend and friend. He really adds that feeling of protection to the rest of the Glass House roomies. Shane...he is surrounded by, excuse me, he is the problem in this book. I still love him dearly, but he really needs to get away from his dad. I think it's better to stay out of the vampires' way.

The ending makes me want to zoom right into the 3rd book! I really want to see what will happen next with Michael, Shane, Claire, and Eve. If I know Morganville, I know that there will be much more drama to come in the next books.

My Favorite Part: The whole drama surrounding how they were going to help Shane.

Do I recommend this book? Yes, this is a really unique vampire series.
Will I be reading the next book? Heck yeah. I'm glad I already have it!

Thank you for reading!
I hope you are all having an amazing summer! Please follow me on twitter and on facebook! :D

It's a Book Thing
Review by Macy ♥

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Top Ten: Beach Reads

Top Ten is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish
Top Ten Beach Reads

1. The Summer I Turned Pretty: the ultimate summer book! I loved this book! It takes place on a beach and has that free, fun writing style that leaves you wanting more! :D

2. It's Not Summer Without You: The sequel to The Summer I Turned Pretty! I just had to add all 3 books to this trilogy because they are so perfect for summer! Don't let the cheesy titles fool you, these are deep books.

3. We'll Always Have Summer: Jenny Han, why do you have to write such wonderful summery books? 

4. The Summer My Life Began: This book sounds perfect for summer! I'm actually taking this one to the beach when I go this summer.

5. Stunning: Everyone needs a little mystery for the beach. Pretty Little Liars is amazing anywhere haha.

6. Stay: Deep, more realistic summer read. Just so hauntingly beautiful.

7. Moonglass: Who am I kidding? I'm going for the cliche 'takes place on beach so needs to be read on beach' approach to this.

8. Forever Summer: Alyson Noel's bind-up is perfect to read at the beach.

9. This Lullaby: Everyone needs a little Dessen in the summer! This one's my favorite.  

10. That Summer: Sarah Dessen knows how to write summer romances!
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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Clean by Amy Reed

Clean by Amy Reed

Released: July 19, 2011
Publisher: Simon Pulse 
Page Amount: 304, US Paperback
POV: 1st Person (alternating Kelly and Christopher)
Buy it here: Barnes & NobleAmazon

=85/100  B

You’re probably wondering how I ended up here. I’m still wondering the same thing.
Olivia, Kelly, Christopher, Jason, and Eva have one thing in common: They’re addicts. Addicts who have hit rock bottom and been stuck together in rehab to face their problems, face sobriety, and face themselves. None of them wants to be there. None of them wants to confront the truths about their pasts. And they certainly don’t want to share their darkest secrets and most desperate fears with a room of strangers. But they’ll all have to deal with themselves—and one another—if they want to learn how to live. Because when you get that high, there’s nowhere to go but down, down,

This was a pretty intriguing read. I loved how Ms. Reed wrote in honest, unique voices for each of the characters. Her writing portrayed each of their frame of minds. Because of this the writing was sometimes a bit choppy, but it suited this book perfectly. One of my favorite parts of this book was how tough concepts were written. The danger of drugs and how important help is were focal points. This is a great book to show teens that there is hope and that they aren't alone. The whole key is getting help.           

Like most teens would, the characters in this book resisted treatment and didn't know why they needed to be in rehab. As the book went on, I was able to get a peak into each individual's thoughts and their past experiences. Personally, I think that all of the kids in this book were good kids. They just had some bad backgrounds. Although I am a ton different then these characters, they were still relatable. Kelly came from a good home, but she still needed guidance. Christopher was so over-protected that his mother resisted anything being wrong with him. These characters, along with the rest, all added that spark of creativity that really got the pace moving.

The ending was hopeful. I liked it. I felt really bad for Olivia, but I'm glad she's finally on the road for recovery. All the characters really needed one another and they all touched each others' lives in incredible ways. I wish I could read more about these teens and their overcoming of a huge obstacle. This novel was certainly an inspiration to me. I hope it is the same for you.    

My Favorite Part: The plot and how Reed approached such difficult subjects.

Do I recommend this book? Yes, it's a good book to read.

It's a Book Thing
Review by Macy ♥

Friday, June 1, 2012

May Wrap-Up/June Jubilance


So yesterday I looked at the calender on my desk and thought I had two more days of May...Yeah I was looking at the June calender. Because of my little date mishap, I was not able to post my May Wrap-Up in May so I am combining it with my June schedule! Now that Summer is finally here, I have so much more time to read! It's great! This blog is already available on Twitter and FaceBook, and I promise I will make YouTube channel this month. I sadly only read 4 books in May, but this month, I'll read many more. 

Books I Plan to Read: 
1. Moonglass
2. The Summer My Life Began

3. It's Not Summer Without You
4. Stunning
5. Midnight Alley
6. The Fury

Reviews I Plan to Post:
1. Clean
2. Choker
3. Moonglass
4. The Dead Girls' Dance
5. Cracked Up To Be

I'm really sorry I didn't post the last few days of the month. I kinda got caught up in watching the Vampire Diaries series. I haven't read as much last month because I spent every waking moment watching Vampire Diaries! Anywhoo, I also spent a lot of time re-doing my room! I got new bookcases to store my 100+ books! If you have any comments, questions, or recommendations please let me know! 
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