Friday, May 31, 2013

Texas Library Association 2013 Conference

We were lucky to get to attend our second TLA conference! It was so great to attend this conference again and see some old friends. The conference was three days, filled to the brim with signings and exploring the exhibit hall.

I think total we each got 100 books. We're not doing pictures this year of the books. Instead we're going to leave our top ten books we were most excited to get. We weren't very grabby this year. One because it wasn't our first time. Two, because we realized we didn't want to get books we weren't going to read. Sadly we also realized its frowned upon to take copies for giveaways. Instead when we are done with our ARC we might give some away for you guys! You can also ask to borrow we love sharing!

I think total we met maybe 15 YA authors! We have tons of pictures to share. Some books we got free some we bought there and some we brought from home. We ended up with so many signed books its crazy. That's one of the reasons we love TLA so much. Lots of great authors go!

We also got to catch up with some bloggers and even made some new friends. We had Alex from Peace Love and Fangirl with us. She's our friend first, blogger friend second. We met Mary from Mary Had a Little Book Blog who is new to Texas and a new blogger who definitely has the potential to be huge in the blogging world. We ran into Kari from A Good Addiction who is always funny and awesome to hang out with. We also ran into Dee from Good Choice Reading who was absolutely hilarious. We got to meet Jean from Jean Book Nerd and Book Nerd Blog Tours. We had never met her before and had no idea we would run into her! We chatted with upcoming author Lindsey Cummings for a little. We also ran into Mary Lindsey for I think the third time. Jasmine happened upon to tap David Leviathan on the shoulder and beg him to sign her copy of Invisibility since we had to miss his signing. We also talked to A.S. King for a bit.

Now for the fun stuff, pictures!
From left to right we have us with Bree Despain, Margaret Stohl, Jeniffer Echols, and Victoria Scott

From left to right we have us with Lisa McMann, Tera Lynn Childs, Robin LaFevers, and Marissa Meyer.

From left to right we have us with Marie Lu, Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong, and Kiersten White
On the left both of us with Mindee Arnett, Marissa with Simone Elkeles, and us with Kendare Blake.
Jasmine's top ten most excited to get!

Marissa's top ten most excited to get!
We packed all our books onto one bookshelf. Both those shelves are double stacked!
Jasmine's poor car was packed to the brim with all our books!
I think that's it! We had an amazing time at TLA. We have tons and tons of books set up to read. We want to say thank you to all the publishers and librarians that make TLA so amazing! Thanks for reading guys and keep an eye out for reviews!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Stealing Parker by Miranda Kennealley Review

Stealing Parker
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: Won
Second book in the Hundred Oaks series
Red-hot author Miranda Kenneally hits one out of the park in this return to Catching Jordan's Hundred Oaks High.
Parker Shelton pretty much has the perfect life. She’s on her way to becoming valedictorian at Hundred Oaks High, she’s made the all-star softball team, and she has plenty of friends. Then her mother’s scandal rocks their small town and suddenly no one will talk to her.
Now Parker wants a new life.
So she quits softball. Drops twenty pounds. And she figures why kiss one guy when she can kiss three? Or four. Why limit herself to high school boys when the majorly cute new baseball coach seems especially flirty?
But how far is too far before she loses herself completely?

I wasn't wowed by Catching Jordan. I expected to feel the same with this one but was pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed this one!

Parker had it all when she decided she wanted a new life. She quits softball, loses weight, and becomes somewhat the outcast of her school. She's known as easy. The baseball coach is a little too friendly. Parker must decide how far is too far and what kinda person she wants to be.

I had to get used to Parker. She annoyed me at times but at others was great. What annoyed me was that she knew what she was doing was wrong yet she continued to do it. But that's a very real quality and made her seem more relatable. Teacher student relationships are a little creepy. Brian annoyed me so much but was very real. I could see something like that happening in real life. Now Corndog kinda made the book for me. He was such a great guy! I wished he had a bigger role in the story.

I think teacher student relationships make a good story. Yes they do seem a bit weird but still a nice concept. I think this one was pretty well done! I really liked that what happening between Brian and Parker wasn't the only aspect of the story. There was some church, some family, and of course some baseball and softball. The characters were great. I loved getting to see Sam and Jordan again. Overall this one blew my expectations away. It was an amazing read. I cannot wait to continue the series!


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

****"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Jill at the Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.****

My pick this week is:
The Chaos of Stars
The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White
Expected release date: September 10th, 2013
from HarperTeen

Isadora’s family is seriously screwed up.

Of course, as the human daughter of Egyptian gods, that pretty much comes with the territory. She’s also stuck with parents who barely notice her, and a house full of relatives who can’t be bothered to remember her name. After all, they are going to be around forever—and she’s a mere mortal.

Isadora’s sick of living a life where she’s only worthy of a passing glance, and when she has the chance to move to San Diego with her brother, she jumps on it. But Isadora’s quickly finding that a “normal” life comes with plenty of its own epic complications—and that there’s no such thing as a clean break when it comes to family. Much as she wants to leave her past behind, she can’t shake the ominous dreams that foretell destruction for her entire family. When it turns out there may be truth in her nightmares, Isadora has to decide whether she can abandon her divine heritage after all.

Everything about this book makes me want to read it. I'm a huge fan of the author, the cover is gorgeous, the title has the word stars, and there's mythology in it. I can't wait for September to roll around so I can pick this pretty baby up.

What are you waiting on this week? Let me know in the comments!


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (19)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of us will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All that's asked is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

This weeks topic is a freebie! I keep getting these. At first I wasn't sure what topic to do, but since yesterday was my birthday and I always ask for books I decided I would do Top Ten Books I Want For My Birthday.

  1. The Revenants Trilogy by Amy Plum-I absolutely adore this series and it's characters. Sadly, I don't currently own any of them. I can't wait to have all the pretty books on my shelves and finally see how the series wraps up. (1-3)
  2. Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting-This is one of my favorite paranormal series. I'm definitely sad to have to say goodbye to the characters, but I'm excited to see how the series ends. And for more Jay! 
  3. The Archived by Victoria Schwab-This authors debut novel The Near Witch was one of my favorite books last year. When I read her beautiful writing style I knew I would be reading whatever she wrote next. It was pretty easy to stick to that decision when I saw what this was about. 
  4. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell-The buzz for this book has been huge lately. It looks like such a sweet and honest contemporary. If John Green blurbs about it that's reason enough to pick it up!
  5. Of Triton by Anna Banks-Not only did I stay up way too late to finish Of Poseidon-I read it in one sitting. I was that addicted. Well, I also wanted Galen and Emma to get cute already. I'm hoping this one will be just as addicting and that there's plenty of cute! 
  6. Sever by Lauren DeStefano-This is one series I'm half terrified, half excited to finish. Mainly because it's one of the ones that I have no idea what to expect. I've heard mixed things about the conclusion, but I'm excited to see what I think for myself.
  7. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen-This is what the winner of my Sarah Dessen giveaway recommended as well as the most recommended out of all the entries. I promised to order it and hopefully I can read it soon. It definitely sounds like a good place to start.
  8. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin-This book and it's sequel totally blew my mind. I loved them. Since I only have the second one I'm dying to finally get this one so I'll have all the pretties when the third one comes out this fall.
  9. Goddess by Josephine Angelini-I got an ARC of this and already read it and loved it. But if you've seen how gorgeous the first two are you'll understand why I'm dying to have a finished copy to pet.
So that was more than 10 and I don't know how many books I'll actually be able to get, but hey I can't be the first person who goes a little book shopping crazy?

What topic did you pick this week? Have you read any of these books? Do you ask for books for gifts, too? Let me know in the comments!


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook Review

Nobody But Us
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Won
Stand Alone
Maybe I'm too late. Maybe Zoe's dad stole all her fifteen years and taught her to be scared. I'll undo it. Help her learn to be strong again, and brave. Not that I'm any kind of example, but we can learn together.
When the whole world is after you, sometimes it seems like you can't run fast enough.
Maybe it'll take Will years to come to terms with being abandoned. Maybe it'll take forever. I'll stay with him no matter how long it takes to prove that people don't always leave, don't always give up on you.

This wasn't really what I was expecting. For a book with such a series concept it had some really light moments. I loved the premise of the story. I thought it was such a unique story. The characters did take some getting used too but once I did I enjoyed them.

This tells the story of Will and Zoe. Zoe has an abusive father and Will has been in and out of adopted families all his life. Will wants to save Zoe so they hop in his car and run away. But the police aren't just going to let them go. They may be madly in love but their also on the run.

It was difficult getting used to Will and Zoe. Something felt kinda off. They were both amazing characters though. Will was the cutest thing ever. He was just such a good person. All he wanted to do was take care of Zoe and he was willing to do anything for her. Zoe was so incredibly mature. I can't believe she was only 15. With that being said she had her memes where she acted her age. Will and Zoe were meant to be. They had an amazing relationship. I don't really know why it felt off for me it just did.

One thing I really enjoyed about this Tory was how unpredictable it was. I had no idea where it was going and ended up shocked at times. This didn't haven't insanely fast plot but it didn't bore me. I ended up reading this in one sitting. It had some great aspects. Overall I am so glad I enjoyed this story. I was a little worried since I'd seen some mixed reviews. It was a unique read and I highly recommend.


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Earthbound by Aprilynne Pike

****"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Jill at the Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.****

My pick this week is:
Earthbound by Aprilynne Pike.
Expected publication: July 30th 2013 by Razorbill
Love, fate, and power collide in this new series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike!
Tavia Michaels is the sole survivor of the plane crash that killed her parents. When she starts to see strange visions of a boy she’s never spoken with in real life, she begins to suspect that there’s much about her past that she isn’t being told. Tavia will soon discover that she’s an Earthbound—someone with the ability to create matter out of nothing—and that she alone holds the key to stopping the Reduciata, an evil society that manipulates global events for its own shadowy purposes. Tavia will ultimately have to make a choice: to come into her powers and save the world from the evil Reduciata or to choose free will and a love of her own.

Being a huge Aprilynne Pike fan I've been dying for this book for a long time! Since she first started tweeting little teasers and I didn't even know about the book. I picked this pretty because I'm about to start it so I wanted to spread the word a little bit! It sounds fabulous! If your not waiting on this one you should be!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (18)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of us will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All that's asked is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get o know your fellow bloggers.
This weeks topic is Top Ten Favorite Book Covers. This is an easy topic because covers are one of my most favorite things! I'm going to go ahead and do this by series because that means I can include more :).I'm not going to include the covers because that would take a really long time but you guys should go look them up!
  1. Covenant series by Jennifer Armentrout. What I like about these covers is that they fit the book but their also kind of simple.
  2. Lux series by Jennifer Armentrout. I mean Daemon is on the cover how could I not adore these covers?
  3. Across the Universe by Beth Revis. I love that these covers are not only drop dead beautiful they also are perfect for the books. They did redo the whole series but even those are perfect.
  4. Starcrossed series by Josephine Angelini. Hello beautiful shiny amazing covers how are you today?
  5. Die For Me series by Amy Plum. *pets the pretty*
  6. The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa. These covers make my heart happy. And they have some amazing details on the chapter pages :).
  7. Newsoul series by Jodi Meadows. These books have the prettiest covers ever! I can't wait to for the third book cover revel.
  8. Hourglass series by Myra Mcentire. Can I just have Infinityglass right now?!
  9. Divergent series by Veronica Roth. Hello Allegiant.
  10. Hereafter series by Tara Hudson. This series has such pretty covers I can't even pick a favorite!
So there's my list! That's only a few of my favorites. I tried to include some less popular ones so if you haven't heard of some of these books go look them up! Leave me your top ten in the comments!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout Review

Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Source: Bought
Stand Alone
Dying sucks
...and high school senior Ember McWilliams knows firsthand.
After a fatal car accident, her gifted little sister brought her back. Now anything Ember touches dies. And that, well, really blows.
Ember operates on a no-touch policy with all living things--including boys. When Hayden Cromwell shows up, quoting Oscar Wilde and claiming her curse is a gift, she thinks he's a crazed cutie. But when he tells her he can help control it, she's more than interested. There's just one catch: Ember has to trust Hayden's adopted father, a man she's sure has sinister reasons for collecting children whose abilities even weird her out. However, she's willing to do anything to hold her sister's hand again. And hell, she'd also like to be able to kiss Hayden. Who wouldn't?
But when Ember learns the accident that turned her into a freak may not have been an accident at all, she's not sure who to trust. Someone wanted her dead, and the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she is to losing not only her heart, but her life.
For real this time.

I think I underestimated this one. I had seen some mixed feelings and negative reviews. So I had low expectations. It deserved higher! I am surprised by how much I loved it. It took some getting used too but I thought it was amazing.

This tells the story of Ember. Since dying and being brought back to life she has the power to kill with her bare hands. All Ember cares about is taking care of Olivia her baby sister. She meets Hayden and is forced to trust his adopted father with not only her life but Olivia's as well.

Ember took some getting used too. For the first half I wanted to knock her face in. She was pretty annoying. But she eventually got less annoying and I enjoyed her. She wasn't the best character but I did like seeing her grow throughout the story. Hayden was by far the amazing character. He made up for what Ember lacked. He was the biggest sweetheart while still being hot. He had an amazing personality. One thing I really liked was that he didn't let Ember walk over him. Ember and Hayden were pretty cute. I liked that they took things slow. One thing that felt kinda off to me was Olivia. She was so important to Ember but after I got to halfway she was hardly in the story.

Yes the cannot touch people thing has been done quite a few times. But, this one was really unique. It was very much it's own book. I loved that it wasn't just one character with powers. I also loved how fast paced it was. There was also lots of suspense. I saw some people say they knew who the bay guys were. I had no idea. It was a huge surprise for me. Overall I loved this with all my heart. The first 100 pages weren't great but the rest of the book made up for it!


Friday, May 17, 2013

Shadowflesh by Shawn Martin Review

Shadowflesh (Shadowflesh, #1)
Reading Level: Young Adult
 Publisher: Vinspire Publishing
 Source: Author
First book in a possible series
*This was gifted to my by author for review*
Torn from her home and fighting bouts of suicidal depression, seventeen year old Aileen McCormick lands in the small coastal town of Redcliff, North Carolina. Her first day of school promises to be the worst day of her life - until she falls into the arms of Addison Wake. Addison's otherworldly charm and drop-dead gorgeous face leave Aileen breathless, but only for a moment. Grim and painful secrets lurk in his dark soul.
Addison Wake isn't exactly like other boys. Far from it. He's dead and has been for 300 years, locked in an ethereal prison by a lethal enchantress named Donelle. When she hungers, she blesses Addison's tortured spirit with moments of freedom, allowing him to roam the mortal world as Shadowflesh. But that dark blessing comes at a price. He must deliver the souls of five unsuspecting humans to Donelle.
When four dead bodies pop up in Redcliff, Aileen asks herself is her love for the mysterious boy unconditional? Is the love worth the risk? And will she be the next victim?

This was an interesting read. I really liked the idea of the story. But it took quite awhile to get going. It was a little hard to connect with.

This tells the story of Aileen. Her life has taken a turn for the worst. Now she's in a new house and a new school. She doesn't have high hopes until she falls into the arms of Addison Wake.

It was hard to connect with Aileen. She had moments where I really enjoyed her and vise versa. It kinda felt like she didn't know herself completely. She seconded guessed herself. But I liked how determined she was and strong at times. I felt liked I never fully got to know Addison. At times he played a big role then he would disappear for awhile. I liked how complex his character was. I didn't like how he would say one thing then do another. He said he would stay away from Aileen and then he would do the exact opposite. I didn't get to really connect with these characters but I did enjoy their story.

So I basically knew the overall premise of the story before it ended. Things didn't really unravel until close to the end. I felt like I was playing a waiting game. There would be some fast moments. Towards the end it stayed fast. There was a fair share of action. The concept of the story really interested me. The father I read the more I enjoyed the story. Overall this was pretty good. I wished I could have connected with the characters but that's okay. I'm curious to see what the next book will bring. If your a fan of ghost stories this one is for you!


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Champion by Marie Lu

****"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Jill at the Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.****

My pick this week is:

Champion (Legend, #3)
Champion by Marie Lu
Expected release date: November 5th, 2013
from  Putnam Juvenile
*Spoilers for Prodigy below*
He is a Legend.
She is a Prodigy.
Who will be Champion?

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps Elect while Day has been assigned a high level military position. But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them once again. Just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything he has. With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.
Do I really need to explain my need for this??? The ending of Prodigy was like the worst two ways a author could end a book put together. As soon as I finished it I wanted there to be another page making it a happy ending. From the synopsis that obviously didn't happen, but I still have faith that the author can at least give the series a happy ending. November come faster!


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (17)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of us will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All that's asked is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get o know your fellow bloggers.
This weeks topic is Top Ten Books Dealing With Tough Subjects. To be honest I haven't read many 'issue books'. I'm not sure why. Here's what I could come up with.
  1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green-Cancer is definitely a tough subject. John Green manages to write about it in such beautifully brutal way that is as hard to read as it is to forget.
  2. In Honor by Jessi Kirby-With her brothers best friend passed out in the passenger seat Honor sets off on this crazy road trip in the name of her dead brother. Along the way they deal with their grief over losing someone so important to them and the way they do that through the things they did for his memory and for each other were so honest and touching. 
  3. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver-The main issue in this book is that in the beginning the main character is not likeable one bit. Then she dies and is forced to relive that day 7 times and throughout them she finds a way to say her goodbyes in the right way, fix what she's messed up, and grows so much as a person.
  4. Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey-In the midst of her grief when her boyfriend dies Wren finds a way to bring him back and has to deal with the consequences of that. This book was a great way to put a paranormal twist on losing someone you love.
  5. The Wake Trilogy by Lisa McMann-This is a dark intense series about a girl who gets sucked into other peoples dreams. You wouldn't guess it as first, but this series deals with physical abuse, absentee and alcoholic parents, inappropriate teachers, and rape. It pretty much has it all and it is so emotional. 
  6. Shiver by Maggie Steifvater-When your parents put you in the bathtub and slit your wrists those physical and emotional scars stick with you. It's not a major plot point in the series, but it definitely affects the main characters storyline.
Those are my (few) picks this week! What were yours? Are their any issue books that are on your list that you think I would like? Tell me in the comments!


Monday, May 13, 2013

Purity by Jackson Pearce Review

Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Little Brown
Source: Conference
Stand Alone
 novel about love, loss, and sex -- but not necessarily in that order. Before her mother died, Shelby promised three things: to listen to her father, to love as much as possible, and to live without restraint. Those Promises become harder to keep when Shelby's father joins the planning committee for the Princess Ball, an annual dance that ends with a ceremonial vow to live pure lives -- in other words, no "bad behavior," no breaking the rules, and definitely no sex.
Torn between Promises One and Three, Shelby makes a decision -- to exploit a loophole and lose her virginity before taking the vow. But somewhere between failed hookup attempts and helping her dad plan the ball, Shelby starts to understand what her mother really meant, what her father really needs, and who really has the right to her purity.

Goodness this book surprised me! I didn't know what to expect. Then I got the overall premise of the book and was a little scared. But it was handled perfectly! This had a more mature storyline but it never felt over done!

This one tells the story of Shelby. She promised her mom that she would always follow three rules. Since that day, the day her mother passed, she has lived her life by those three rules. She eventually realizes she might have taken the rules the wrong way and must figure out what's right for her!

I know this sounds like a serious read which it was but, there was tons of humor too. Shelby was hilarious! I loved her. I liked how faithful she was. Even when she didn't agree with something she stuck to what she thought was right. She was very determined. I think she really grew throughout the story. I liked that she tried to remain strong. Shelby had some amazing companions. I absolutely adored James. He was a fabulous character. Ruby was also fabulous. Put the three of them together and your in for quite the adventure. I really liked how good friends James and Ruby were to Shelby. The story wouldn't have been the same without them.

This had a serious storyline. Shelby had to deal with the loss of her mother even though some time had passed. But it had more funny moments than serious. I think it was balanced well! The book was pretty much based around Shelby losing her virginity. That makes for some pretty hilarious moments. One thing I really liked was how careful she was. Yes she planned on sleeping with whoever she could but she made sure she was safe. Overall I loved this one. I thought it was a quick, super fun, unique read. I highly recommend!


Sunday, May 12, 2013

Giveaway: The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

Giveaway time! It's been a while since we've had one of these. I have a book that I want to giveaway and we're about to hit 175 followers, so what better time?

I got an ARC of Sarah Dessen's new book at TLA this year, but I've never actually read one of her books. I know, I know. What's taking me so long?! So I figured why not spread the love and decide what one of her many books to read first?

Here's the info on the book in case you don't know:

The Moon and More
Release date: June 4th, 2013
Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough.

Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo's sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby.

Emaline's mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he's convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby?

Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with where she's going?

Sarah Dessen's devoted fans will welcome this story of romance, yearning, and, finally, empowerment. It could only happen in the summer.
Doesn't that sound awesome? Don't you want to have it for yourself? Okay, here's how it's going to work. You'll have from today to the 26th (fingers crossed I can get it to you before it comes out) to tell me what book you think should be my first Sarah Dessen book. Whatever book the winner picks I'll order (probably for my birthday-it's the 27th just in case you were wondering) for myself and send the winner their book. Sounds fair, right? Enter below!

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Sophia Within by Jordana Lizama Review

Sophia: Within
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Self Published
Source: Author
First book in a possible series
*This was gifted to me by author for review*
Only time will tell if Sophia, Alec and the world are ready to accept the mission that has been passed down for many generations. This is more than a story of reincarnation. This is a story that never ended following the reign of the Greek gods.
What has been hidden for thousands of years is about to surface in a small New England town. The impact on this rural village is ageless, but only the chosen time travelers know what is happening, the reason it is happening and how to control the outcome.
The Men of Ages have walked the Earth unnoticed since the time of Greek mythology and have kept their ancient war alive by transporting the lead warrior in a most unusual time machine. There is only one way to stop the cataclysmic demise of the human race and Sophia is the answer. But, Sophia is a teenage girl faced with many human and nonhuman desires that create a tortuous path from antiquity to the present day. Love conquers all; or, so it seems.

Greek mythology is one of my favorites. I've never really read a nymph story. I thought this had s really cool concept. The characters mainly Sophia lacked just a bit.

This tells the story of Sophia. A boy named Alec comes into her life and tells her she's in danger. He explains to her that she is a bearer of a nymph and many want to get that nymph out of her. Slowly Sophia starts to remember her past and must rely on Alec to teach her how to protect herself. All the while the world around her is falling apart and she must find a way to stop it.

Sophia lacked as a character for me. I can totally understand not having confidence but questioning constantly how anyone could ever like you is too much. She did get better throughout the story which made me very happy. Now Alec, I really enjoyed. He was so sweet! It was obvious he really cared for Sophia. I loved how he protected her. His family made for some amazing secondary characters. One thing I really liked about this story was how important family was. Sometimes that can left out but it plays a huge role in this story.

This had a lot of back story. It did help me connect with the story but it made it hard to keep up at times. I loved all the Greek aspects of the story. I loved how it was fast paced and action filled. I liked that I didn't know where the story was going. This had some really great aspects. I had trouble putting it down. It was a very enjoyable read for me. I'm excited to see where the story continues. If your a fan of Greek mythology this is for you!


April Monthly Wrap Up

Happy May guys! Today we both have wrap up videos for you! These consist of the books we read in April, the books we plan on reading in May, and a few books coming out in the month of May.


Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Last Secret of Nikola Telsa by Rene Daniel Review

Reading Level: YA or NA
Publisher: CreateSpace
Source: Author
Second book in the Spear of Seth series
Tesla was wrong. Most of the time, anyway. Right? In any case, you may find it annoying when you have to study his inventions, at least those which worked, during your physics class. Just like Alex, Heather and the rest of the Van Senmut College gang you may have met before, when they searched for Spear of Seth. This time, first comes a mystery, then a tragedy. The adventure, unwished for, is next. And so our heroes ride again, from New York to Alexandria, from Florida to the White Desert, and back again, following a trail, which links a legendary civilization to that mysterious genius, Nikola Tesla. 

This was a pretty good read. It had a lot going on and was hard to keep up with at times. The mythology was very well done and the characters were great.

I don't remember the first book well. This story follows Alex and Heather. Alex's mother has just been in a tragic accident that he believes was planned. He's determined to get to the bottom of it. Heather just wants to have her relationship with Alex back. Little do they know their in for an incredible adventure.

I didn't enjoy Alex as much as I expected too. I liked how determined he was but I didn't like how he always made rash decisions. Because he didn't stop to think things didn't always go as well as they could have. I enjoyed Heathers character a lot. She balanced Alex well. I liked how smart she was and how she always thought everything through. Dragon also made an awesome addition to the story. He just might have been my favorite.

Mythology is one of my favorite genres. I loved that this was packed with gods and myths. It had its fast moments and its slow. I did have a really hard time keeping up. It switches from 3 point of views and things are happening at different times but all kinda connect in a way. Overall I think this was a great sequel. It seemed very well done and thought out. If your a fan of mythology this one is for you!