Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby

****"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:

Things We Know by Heart
Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby
Expected release date: April 21st, 2014
from HarperTeen
When Quinn Sullivan meets the recipient of her boyfriend’s donated heart, the two form an unexpected connection.After Quinn loses her boyfriend, Trent, in an accident their junior year, she reaches out to the recipients of his donated organs in hopes of picking up the pieces of her now-unrecognizable life. She hears back from some of them, but the person who received Trent’s heart has remained silent. The essence of a person, she has always believed, is in the heart. If she finds Trent’s, then maybe she can have peace once and for all.

Risking everything in order to finally lay her memories to rest, Quinn goes outside the system to track down nineteen-year-old Colton Thomas—a guy whose life has been forever changed by this priceless gift. But what starts as an accidental run-in quickly develops into more, sparking an undeniable attraction. She doesn't want to give in to it—especially since he has no idea how they're connected—but their time together has made Quinn feel alive again. No matter how hard she’s falling for Colton, each beat of his heart reminds her of all she’s lost…and all that remains at stake.

I've been constantly checking for a new book by Jessi Kirby for what seems like forever. So of course when I saw the cover reveal for this, I freaked out. Not only do I absolutely love the cover, but that synopsis got me, too. It sounds so different from any contemporary out there right now and I just love her books. And that cover! April needs to hurry up.

That's what I was waiting on this week. What about you?


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano Review

Perfect Ruin (Internment Chronicles, #1)
Reading Level:Young Adult
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Source: Bought
First book in the Internment Chronicles
On the floating city of Internment, you can be anything you dream, unless you approach the edge. Morgan Stockhour knows getting too close can lead to madness, like her older brother Lex, a Jumper. She takes solace in her best friend Pen, and in Basil, the boy she’s engaged to marry. When she investigates the first murder in a generation, she meets Judas. The suspect was betrothed to the victim, but Morgan believes he is innocent. Nothing can prepare Morgan for the secrets she will find – or whom she will lose.

I've had my eye on this since I first heard about it. The cover and synopsis and me curious. I'm a huge fan of this author. My expectations were pretty far up there. Not to worry though, this met them easily! 

This tells the story of Morgan. The most important rule in her city is to stay away from the edge. Morgan lives a pretty calm life until a murder happens. As she starts to investigate, she makes a new friend, and uncovers come secrets that are better left hidden. 

I really enjoyed Morgan. I loved how mysterious and complex she was. I loved that she never stopped asking questions. I loved how sweet and caring she was. She was very true to herself. Basil was such an amazing addition to the story. I loved how loving and protective he was. He was also very strong. Both Renn and Judas made great secondary characters. This story had an amazing family aspect. Everyone really stuck together.  I can't wait to learn more about all these characters. 

The world building in this story is amazing. As is the plot. It was very mysterious and suspenseful. I really enjoyed the setting. The story was very fast paced. You had no idea what was coming next. I loved the variety of characters. This was a one sitting read for me. I really enjoyed it. I cannot wait for the sequel. If you're looking for something unique, I highly recommend checking this one out! 


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Waterfal by Lauren Kate

****"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:
Waterfall (Teardrop, #2)
Waterfell by Lauren Kate
Expected publication: October 28th 2014 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fallen books comes WATERFALL, a novel about love, betrayal, and epic consequences—a world-altering tale told by a girl whose tears have the power to raise the lost continent of Atlantis. This second novel in the Teardrop series is intensely romantic, with strong, hot main characters caught up in a thrilling fantastical love triangle. For readers who love Lauren Kate and the worlds of Alyson Noël, P. C. Cast, Maggie Stiefvater, and Veronica Rossi.
Eureka’s tears have flooded the earth, and now Atlantis is rising, bringing with it its evil king, Atlas. Eureka is the only one who can stop him, but first she must learn how to fight. She travels across the ocean with Cat, her family, and Ander, the gorgeous and mysterious Seedbearer who promises to help her find Solon, an enigmatic lost Seedbearer who knows how to defeat Atlas.
Once on land, Eureka is taunted by gossipwitches, a group of displaced Atlantean sorceresses, and ambushed by locals struggling to survive amid the destruction her tears have wrought. And she feels no closer to facing Atlas or saving the world when Solon lets slip that love is Ander’s weakness, and that any affection he feels toward her makes him age faster.
Trying to make sense of the dark world her sorrow has created, Eureka receives startling insight from an enchanted pond. Her bewildering reflection reveals a soul-crushing secret: if she’s strong enough, Eureka can draw on this knowledge to defeat Atlas—unless her broken heart is just what he needs to fuel his rising kingdom...
In Waterfall, Eureka has the chance to save the world. But she’ll have to give up everything—even love

I'm a little on the late train for this one. I've been waiting to hear about a sequel for Teardrop. And now I've got it. Being a huge fan of this author, I'm super excited to read this one. I am sad the cover doesn't match but this cover is gorgeous too!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday (69)

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

This weeks topic is Top Ten Book Series I Want to Start. I almost didn't do this week because I didn't think I would be able to come up with anything. I don't have ten but I managed to come up with a few.
  1. The Unwanteds series by Lisa McMann. This series is middle grade. I read the first one and own the second but haven't managed to catch up. 
  2. The White Rabbit Chronicles by Gena Showlater. I own the first book but not the rest. I think this series sounds incredibly unique. 
  3. The Immortal Rules series by Julie Kagawa. This series is incredibly popular. I'm a big fan of this author so I need to check this one out!
  4. Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead. This is another super popular series that I've heard amazing things about. 
  5. Keeper of the Lost Cities series by Shannon Messenger. This is another middle grade. I really want to make it a goal to read more middle grade. 
  6. The Fallen World series by Megan Crewe. Another I read the first book and never read the rest. Now that all the books are out, I hope to catch up.
That's all I could come up with! Let me know in the comments if you guys have read any of the series or what you guys would pick.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Just One Year by Gayle Forman Review

Just One Year (Just One Day, #2)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Dutton Childrens
Source: Bought
Second and final book in the Just One Day series
Just One Day. Just One Year. Just One Read.
Before you find out how their story ends, remember how it began....
When he opens his eyes, Willem doesn’t know where in the world he is—Prague or Dubrovnik or back in Amsterdam. All he knows is that he is once again alone, and that he needs to find a girl named Lulu. They shared one magical day in Paris, and something about that day—that girl—makes Willem wonder if they aren’t fated to be together. He travels all over the world, from Mexico to India, hoping to reconnect with her. But as months go by and Lulu remains elusive, Willem starts to question if the hand of fate is as strong as he’d thought. . . .
The romantic, emotional companion to Just One Day, this is a story of the choices we make and the accidents that happen—and the happiness we can find when the two intersect.

This review is really hard for me to write. My feelings for this book are very mixed. The story was amazing but it lacked the one thing I desperately wanted. 

This tells the story of Willem. He's had an accident and was rushed to the hospital. He rushes back to the scene of that amazing day but it's too late. Now Willem hunts for Lulu but isn't having much luck. 

One thing I really wanted from this story was to get to know Willem. We definitely got that! I loved getting to see so much of him and to get inside his head. He's a pretty complex character. He's had quite the adventure on his hunt for Lulu. I loved the variety of characters he stumbled upon. It made the story super fun. 

When I started this story all I wanted was to see Willem and Allyson reunited. I really enjoyed Willem's adventure but I was impatient. I ended up a little disappointed. This story was filled with amazing aspects. But I just wanted them reunited. I almost feel like I missed out because I was desperate for them to be reunited. I definitely think I'll have to reread this in the future! I wish I hadn't gone into the story with that mindset. It ended up being my fault I didn't enjoy the story as much as possible. This story didn't lack much. It was an amazing sequel that I did enjoy. Don't let this mixed review push you away! This story is very much worth the read! 


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raaschn Review

Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Balzer and Bray
Source: Conference
First book in the Snow Like Ashes series
A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.
Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.
Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.
So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

Talk about a debut novel. This story was killer impressive. It takes fantasy to a whole new level. 

This tells the story of Meria. She's one of Winters last refugees. Raised to be a warrior, she's never been given the chance to prove it. When the opportunity arises, Meria is quick to take it. 

Meria was an amazing main character. She had so much fight in her. Her strength was unbelievable. All she wanted was to prove herself and boy did she succeed. She had an amazing growth throughout the story.  I cannot wait to see more of her. Mather and Theron were amazing secondary character. I can't wait to see more of them too. 

This story had the best world building. I loved all the magic and the seasons. I loved the darker tint this had. I loved the good vs bad vibe. There was a perfect amount of action in a war setting. The storyline was totally unpredictable and addicting. This was definitely a one sitting read for me. I cannot wait to see where this author takes this story. If you're a fan of fantasy, this one if for you!


Monday, October 13, 2014

September Monthly Wrap Up

Hey guys! We hope you guys are having an amazing year so far! Here's our wrap ups. Let us know in the comments what you guys are planning on reading :)

Jasmine's Wrap Up
Marissa's Wrap Up


Friday, October 10, 2014

Series Love 30: Contemporary Edition

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Series Love is a meme we came up with. There are so many amazing book series out there. We love to share the love and help spread the word. If you want to play along all you have to do is pick a series. It doesn’t matter if it only has one book or a million, as long as you include the authors name and the covers of the books

I thought it would be fun to do a contemporary edition this week. I've done this only one time before. So I'm gonna include the cover and a little bit about why I enjoyed them :)

Two Boys Kissing
This story is really just brilliant. David Levithan is an amazing author. This story wraps a difficult topic in with tons of life lessons and different things. And if you know the back story it makes it even better.
To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)
This was my first experience with this author. Boy, was I impressed. This story has my whole heart. I couldn't have enjoyed it more 

Breathe, Annie, Breathe
I have seriously been gushing about this story. I can't help it. This story really wowed me. I loved it to pieces. This book alone has made me a huge fan of this author!

So that's it for me! I hope you guys enjoyed this weeks post. I hope you want to go pick up all these pretties now :)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Just One Day by Gayle Forman Review

Just One Day (Just One Day, #1)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Speak
Source: Bought
First book in the Just One Day series
Allyson Healey's life is exactly like her suitcase—packed, planned, ordered. Then on the last day of her three-week post-graduation European tour, she meets Willem. A free-spirited, roving actor, Willem is everything she’s not, and when he invites her to abandon her plans and come to Paris with him, Allyson says yes. This uncharacteristic decision leads to a day of risk and romance, liberation and intimacy: 24 hours that will transform Allyson’s life.
A book about love, heartbreak, travel, identity, and the “accidents” of fate, Just One Day shows us how sometimes in order to get found, you first have to get lost. . . and how often the people we are seeking are much closer than we know.

This is one of those books that makes you believe everything is possible. That you can do or be anything. That alone is the reason I loved it so much. 

This tells the story of Allyson. She craves adventure. Willem gives her the adventure of a lifetime. But only for one day. As Allyson returns to reality, she wonders what really happened that day. 

Allyson had a few moments where I didn't enjoy her. She liked to doubt things. Other than those few moments, I enjoyed her. I loved getting to see her grow. She was learning to fight for herself. She had an amazing sense of adventure. We only saw a little bit of Willem. I really can't wait to see more of him. He was quite the cutie! 

This really had the most amazing storyline. I loved all the different places we got to see. I loved the life lessons. I loved how hard things were for Allyson. There is so much to be taken from this story. It's impossible to put from. Everything was incredibly well done. I of course had to start the sequel right after finishing this. That ending was killer! If you crave adventure, this one is for you! 


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

****"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 Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen, #1)
The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows 
Expected publication: March 10th 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books
Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.
She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.
She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.
She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others
Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.

Doesn't this sound absolutely amazing? Plus look how beautiful that cover is! I'm a really big fan of this author. That synopsis really draws you in. I cannot wait to get my hands on this pretty! 

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

Monday, October 6, 2014

Unbreakable by Kami Garcia Review

Unbreakable (The Legion, #1)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Little Brown
Source: Bought
First book in The Legion series
Supernatural meets The Da Vinci Code in this action-packed paranormal thriller, the first book in a new series from New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia. 
I never believed in ghosts. Until one tried to kill me.
When Kennedy Waters finds her mother dead, her world begins to unravel. She doesn’t know that paranormal forces in a much darker world are the ones pulling the strings. Not until identical twins Jared and Lukas Lockhart break into Kennedy’s room and destroy a dangerous spirit sent to kill her. The brothers reveal that her mother was part of an ancient secret society responsible for protecting the world from a vengeful demon — a society whose five members were all murdered on the same night.
Now Kennedy has to take her mother’s place in the Legion if she wants to uncover the truth and stay alive. Along with new Legion members Priest and Alara, the teens race to find the only weapon that might be able to destroy the demon — battling the deadly spirits he controls every step of the way.
Suspense, romance, and the paranormal meet in this chilling urban fantasy, the first book in a new series from Kami Garcia, bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures novels

The only word I can think of to describe this book is wow. That's all I can come up with. This was seriously one impressive read. 

This tells the story of Kennedy. Her moms sudden death has brought on a million questions. Two boys suddenly show up with answers. If Kennedy is going to survive, she must take up her role in the Legion. 

Kennedy had a few self doubt moments that got old. But other than that I really enjoyed her. I liked seeing her grow throughout the story. She can be pretty badass when she tries. Lukas and Jared were super cute. I personally fell a little harder for Jared. I've always been one for the tortured soul. Priest and Alara were pretty fantastic also. I loved how everyone had something different to contribute to the team. They all held their own very well. And they were a family which always nice to see. 

This had an uber creepy storyline. I loved the ghostbusters feel. It was a super original concept. I loved all the action and different things going on. I didn't see half that stuff coming. I also loved that everything seemed to have a backstory. It made things more interesting. Those ghosts were pretty scary. I even had to take a few breaks to calm down! This was definitely a one sitting read for me. As soon as I finished I wanted more. I cannot wait to continue this series!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott

****"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:

Salt & Stone (Fire & Flood, #2)
Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott
Expected release date: February 24th, 2014
from Scholastic Press
 What would you do to save someone you love?

In FIRE & FLOOD, Tella Holloway faced a dangerous trek through the jungle and across the desert, all to remain a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed for a chance at obtaining the Cure for her brother. She can't quit--she has to win the race, save Cody, and then fight to make sure the race stops before it can claim any more lives. In the next legs of the race, across the ocean and over mountains, Tella will face frostbite, sharks, avalanche, and twisted new rules in the race.

But what if the danger is deeper than that? How do you know who to trust when everyone's keeping secrets? What do you do when the person you'd relied on most suddenly isn't there for support? How do you weigh one life against another?

The race is coming to an end, and Tella is running out of time, resources, and strength. At the start of the race there were one hundred twenty-two Contenders. As Tella and her remaining friends start the final part of the race, just forty-one are left--and only one can win.
I love me some Victoria Scott, y'all. Fire and Flood was brilliant and as soon as I finished it I wanted the sequel. Even now I think the wait is too long. I miss Tella and guy and all the Pandora's. Okay maybe not all of them. Mainly just Maddox. I need this book.

Also, I know it's not finished, but isn't that cover gorgeous?

That's what I'm very impatiently waiting on this week. What about you?