Monday, January 27, 2014

New Changes!!!

Hello readers!!! Macy and I have been working on some new designs for the blog, and will be releasing them very soon! And by soon, I mean these changes might go into effect today! So if you venture onto the blog and find a completely new world of wonder for your latest reviews, don't be alarmed, for you are in Elysium, and you are already DEAD! Just kidding, but in all seriousness, we think you'll love the new changes.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Unremembered, Book by Jessica Brody, Review By Andrew


Book by Jessica Brody

Review by Andrew

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This was a highly surprising novel, and one that I enjoyed thoroughly. I obtained this book through and event where Leigh Bardugo and several other notable writers were signing their latest novels. At the signing, I heard all the authors give a summary of their books, and Jessica's straight-up blew me away. A "Bourne meets teenage girl meets superhuman powers", I was enthralled. I bought it, and dove in. It started with a griping opening, a plane crash. The only survivor is a teenage girl, who can't remember anything about herself. She tries to gain a grip on what happened to her; why she could only remember some words but have no idea what a airplane is, and what the necklace engraved with "S+Z=1609" around her neck means. And then things get complicated when she starts to be followed by a boy who claims to be the only person that knows who she is.

Let me just say now, this is a book that will stick with you, and it really is because of the unique characterization that is only possible with cases of amnesiacs. While the character starts to discover who they are, so do you. You feel connected in a way that you feel as if you are discovering a part of yourself. Now, to the REALLY good parts, relationships with other characters. While trying to cope with the memory loss, "Violet" has to learn to live with a new foster family until she recovers, and it isn't easy. Unable to relate to their lifestyle, she becomes fairly ostracized. But that changes as the boy that claims to know her starts to cause problems, and asks her to leave with him. But she finds it hard to resist him, and after admitting that they had been in love, Violet finds saying no to be more difficult by the day.

In the end, all is explained, and you'll never see it coming. I was floored by the pure beauty and complexity of the story, but was able to follow the whole time. I also was amazed at the quality at which Jessica created a love story out of the hardships that Violet had to endure. It really was a great book and I truly can't wait to read the sequel: Unforgotten.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Christmas Book Haul

Macy's Christmas Book Haul

Signed Collection
(All of t he books below are signed by their author.)
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1. Spirit: I read the first book in this series, Storm, and automatically fell in love with the Merrick brothers. This is a super unique, underrated book that demand more attention from readers.

2. The Vicious Deep and The Savage Blue: I met Ms. Cordova and she was one of the nicest authors I have ever met! I cannot wait to read her books. I will definitely be reading these this month.

3. The Fame Game and Starstruck: Yes, these are signed by the Lauren Conrad. This makes me very giddy and excited.

4. Cold Kiss: I like me a story about death with a mysterious turn.

5. Unbreak My Heart: I enjoy nice, sappy romances for summer. 

6. The Dead-Tossed Waves and The Dark and Hollow Places: I wasn't that into The Forest of Hands and Teeth, but I am hoping to care more about the characters in these books. I just haven't been that into the whole zombie phase.

Unsigned Collection
(Just plain ole amazing books.)
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1. 21 Proms: Ha. Okay, so let me tell you how much I hated my experience at prom last year. I got stood up less than a week before prom and then my ex kind of ruined the actual dance for me. So it is only fitting that I buy a book about authors' tragic prom experiences. Please note though that I did in fact end up going to prom with Andrew, my bookish partner, and he made the night a bajillion times better than it would have been if I had gone with anyone else. Basically, I am ultimately glad that I went.

2. Ten Things We Did: Um. No comment at this time.

3. Incarnate: This books sounds so amazing! I cannot wait to dive right into this book.

4. Through Her Eyes: I love ghost stories and I absolutely cannot wait to read this one.

5. Dreamless: Loved Starcrossed so I cannot wait to finish up this series.

6. Forbidden: I am a sucker for a psychologically twisted book, and the romance in this book is more than a little perverted.

7. City of Glass: I am on a Mortal Instruments high right now. Don't judge.

8. Lola and the Boy Next Door: GET YOUR BUTT OUT OF YOUR HOUSE AND BUY THIS BOOK NOW. Okay, that is all.

9. The Treachery of Beautiful Things: Trees come alive, therefore this book is unique, and therefore I must read it.

10. American Sign Language Dictionary: I do know how to sign quite a few words and phrases and am hoping this book can teach me many many more.

Friday, January 3, 2014

If Only We Book Blitz

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About the Book
   They say all it takes is one wrong move and you lose the game. One false step and you’re trapped. One slip-up in your choice of words and you ruin a friendship forever. That is what they say. They say I lost. I do not believe them. At the end of the summer after graduation, Adrienne wonders what happened to cause her life to be in ruins. She isn’t getting along with her mom, her stepsister isn’t talking to her, and, to top it off, the boy she’s been in love with doesn’t want anything to do with her. She believes the turning point was a choice she made at graduation. When she wakes up the next day, she has been transported back three months to that moment, the one where everything started to fall apart.
        Adrienne realizes she has been given a second chance—and this time she doesn’t want to mess anything up. Reliving the entire summer, though, turns out to be a lot harder than she thought. As the same days and weeks go by, she starts to see how simple decisions can make a huge impact on the world around her. Despite knowing some of what lies ahead, there are some things she didn’t anticipate. She thought she knew what mistake led her to where she ended up the first time. She was wrong. And by the time summer is over, she discovers what was really at stake.

Meet Jessica Sankiewicz
Jessica is the 28-year-old author of IF ONLY WE, a YA contemporary. You can often find her either reading or marathon watching TV on DVD, her favorites being Castle and Veronica Mars. She frequently mismatches her clothes and giggles uncontrollably. She knows almost every Billy Joel song by heart. She collects books and toys, and she has an intense love of cats and lemurs. Currently in the midst of her quarter-life-crisis, she is still takin' names and getting very close to reaching an epiphany.

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