Thursday, November 27, 2014

3:59 by Gretchen McNeil Review

Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Balzer and Bray
Source: Conference
Stand Alone
Josie Byrne's life is spiraling out of control. Her parents are divorcing, her boyfriend Nick has grown distant, and her physics teacher has it in for her. When she's betrayed by the two people she trusts most, Josie thinks things can't get worse.
Until she starts having dreams about a girl named Jo. Every night at the same time—3:59 a.m.
Jo's life is everything Josie wants: she's popular, her parents are happily married, and Nick adores her. It all seems real, but they're just dreams, right? Josie thinks so, until she wakes one night to a shadowy image of herself in the bedroom mirror – Jo. 
Josie and Jo realize that they are doppelgängers living in parallel universes that overlap every twelve hours at exactly 3:59. Fascinated by Jo's perfect world, Josie jumps at the chance to jump through the portal and switch places for a day.
But Jo’s world is far from perfect. Not only is Nick not Jo's boyfriend, he hates her. Jo's mom is missing, possibly insane. And at night, shadowy creatures feed on human flesh.
By the end of the day, Josie is desperate to return to her own life. But there’s a problem: Jo has sealed the portal, trapping Josie in this dangerous world. Can she figure out a way home before it’s too late?

I didn't know much going into this story. The concept had me curious. I really enjoyed the storyline. It was suspenseful and unique! 

This tells the story of Josie. Her life has taken a turn for the worst. She discovers a portal into a parallel universe. She is eager to see what her life on the other side is like. What she doesn't know is that the other side may not be any better. 

I loved Josie. I loved her personality. She was very determined. She was also very caring. Jo and Joise were very different personality wise. They had very different lives. Jo had a great personality as well. Nick was my favorite secondary character. He was super cute. Madison and Penelope were also great secondary characters. 

This has a pretty intense storyline. I loved it! I loved all the suspense and mystery. I had a hard time putting it down. Parallel universes aren't something I read a lot of. I thought this did it well. It was a super unique concept. All the physics was pretty cool. I found this story super duper unique. I couldn't compare it to anything I've ever read! Overall this was a great read. If you like suspense and mystery this one is for you! 


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

****"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 Summer of Chasing Mermaids
The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
Expected release date: June 2nd, 2015
From Simon Pulse
Sometimes there are no words...
The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse D’Abreau was destined for stardom—until a boating accident took everything from her. Now, the most beautiful singer in Tobago can’t sing. She can’t even speak.
Seeking quiet solitude, Elyse accepts a friend’s invitation to Atargatis Cove. Named for the mythical first mermaid, the Oregon seaside town is everything Elyse’s home in the Caribbean isn’t: an ocean too cold for swimming, parties too tame for singing, and people too polite to pry—except for one.
Christian Kane is a notorious playboy—insolent, arrogant, and completely charming. He’s also the only person in Atargatis Cove who doesn’t treat Elyse like a glass statue. He challenges her to express herself, and he admires the way she treats his younger brother, Sebastian, who believes Elyse is the legendary mermaid come to life.
When Christian needs a first mate for the Cove’s high-stakes Pirate Regatta, Elyse reluctantly stows her fear of the sea and climbs aboard. The ocean isn’t the only thing making waves, though—swept up in Christian’s seductive tide and entranced by the Cove’s charms, Elyse begins to wonder if a life of solitude isn’t what she needs. But changing course again means facing her past. It means finding her inner voice. And scariest of all, it means opening her heart to a boy who’s best known for breaking them…
Everything about this book makes me want to read it. I've read two other books by this author and absolutely loved them. The cover is adorable. It's set in a beach town. I already ship them. It has the word mermaid in the title. I could go on. The only thing I don't like about it is the wait. Can it be next summer a little sooner?!

That's what I'm waiting on this week! What are you waiting on? Let me know in the comments.
 And if you celebrate Thanksgiving, eat a ton of pie of your choice (my favorite is pumpkin) for me tomorrow!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi Review

Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Harper Collins
Source: Bought
Third and Final book in the Shatter Me series
The heart-stopping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, which Ransom Riggs, bestselling author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, called “a thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love.”
With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world . . . but that’s not all he wants with her.
The Shatter Me series is perfect for fans who crave action-packed young adult novels with tantalizing romance like Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Legend by Marie Lu. Tahereh Mafi has created a captivating and original story that combines the best of dystopian and paranormal, and was praised by Publishers Weekly as “a gripping read from an author who’s not afraid to take risks.” Now this final book brings the series to a shocking and satisfying end.

This wasn't at all what I was expecting. I was a little scared to read this because I didn't want to dislike it. I had heard some mixed things and was worried. I ended up loving this ending. I had nothing to worry about! 

This concludes Juliette's story. She knows what she has to do. And, she knows how hard it's going to be. But she's determined to save the world. She will stop at nothing to take down the Reestablishment. 

Juliette was like a whole new character. I loved seeing her finally come into herself. I loved how strong and determined she was. I loved that she didn't let anyone control her. Warner finally won my heart. I've been fighting him for so long. He's always been an amazing character but I enjoyed him so much more I'm this. I loved finally learning to love him. We got to know so much about him it was impossible not to love him. Adam was also a whole new character. I miss the old sweet Adam. He was intense in this story. He was still enjoyable but he wasn't my favorite. Oh Kenji, how I love you. You are perfect in every way. I shall miss you so very much. Seriously, Kenji makes the most amazing secondary character. The story wouldn't have been the same without him. 

This had an unexpected storyline. I expected constant action this focused more on answering our questions and getting to learn new things. It wasn't slow or boring at all. It was just showing us a side of the story we hadn't gotten to see. Most of the action was closer to the end. But there was tension between  characters and plenty of building up to it. Overall I couldn't have asked for a better ending. It was everything I wanted!


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Unleashed by Sophie Jordan

****"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:
Unleashed (Uninvited, #2)
Unleashed by Sophie Jordan
Expected publication: February 24th 2015 by HarperTeen
What if the worst thing you ever did was unforgivable?
Davy’s world fell apart after she tested positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome. She was expelled from her school, dumped by her boyfriend, abandoned by friends, and shipped off to a camp that turns HTS carriers into soldiers. Davy may have escaped, but the damage has already been done. The unthinkable has happened. Now, even worse than having everyone else see her as a monster is the knowledge that they may have been right about her all along. Because Davy has killed.
On the run from government agents, Davy is rescued by Caden, the charismatic leader of an underground group of rebels. Despite Caden’s assurances that the Resistance is made up of carriers like her, Davy isn’t sure she can trust them. Then again, she doesn’t even know if she can trust herself . . . or her growing feelings for Caden. But if she doesn’t belong with Caden and his followers, is there anywhere she can call home?

We all know I'm a big fan of this author. I'm very excited for this pretty. I loved the plot so I can't wait to see more of it. I don't have much longer to wait :)

Let me know what you guys are waiting on in the comments! 


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday (71)

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 Sequels I Cant Wait To Get. These will probably mostly be books that aren't out yet. 

  1. Salt and Stone by Victoria Scott.
  2. Burning Kingdoms by Lauren DeStefano.
  3. This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.
  4. The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick.
  5. Winter by Marissa Meyer.
  6. The Heir by Kiera Cass.
  7. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han.
  8. The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige.
  9. The Death Code by Lindsay Cummings.
  10. Unleashed by Sophie Jordan.
That's it for me! Let me know what you guys would pick in the comments!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Crash Into You by Katie McGarry Review

Crash into You (Pushing the Limits, #3)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: Bought
Third book in the Pushing the Limits series
From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a romance forged in the fast lane 
The girl with straight A's and the perfect life—that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy family…and she's just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker—a guy she has no business even talking to. But after the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind. 
The last thing Isaiah needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks. But when their shared love of street racing puts their lives in jeopardy, Isaiah and Rachel will have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they'll go to save each other. 

Katie McGarry has done it once again. This author never ceases amaze me. 

This tells the story of Isaiah and Rachel. They are nothing alike but share a love of street racing. When they get into some trouble, they must band together. But they only have six weeks. 

Isaiah isn't my type of guy. But boy is he something else. He makes tats and street racing look like paradise. I loved his caring side. He was very careful with Rachel. He has this adorable complex personality. I really loved Rachel. She was like a whole new person with Isaiah. I loved how self sacrificing she was. Even though it was difficult she cared so much for her family that the difficulty didn't matter. I really enjoyed that Isaiah and Rachel took it slow. You don't see that very often! 

This story is honestly like Fast and the Furious with kissing. I loved it with a passion. It was addicting. I loved the suspense. I loved all the cars and the racing. I loved the tension between characters and the family issues. This story might have to be my favorite. It had that can't get enough spark. I cannot wait to see where this author takes us next! 


Thursday, November 13, 2014

If I Should Die by Amy Plum Review

If I Should Die (Revenants, #3)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Harper Teen
Source: Bought
Third and final book in the Revenants series
I will not lose another person I love. I will not let history repeat itself.
Vincent waited lifetimes to find me, but in an instant our future together was shattered. He was betrayed by someone we both called a friend, and I lost him. Now our enemy is determined to rule over France’s immortals, and willing to wage a war to get what they want.
It shouldn’t be possible, none of it should be, but this is my reality. I know Vincent is somewhere out there, I know he’s not completely gone, and I will do anything to save him.
After what we’ve already fought to achieve, a life without Vincent is unimaginable. He once swore to avoid dying—to go against his nature and forsake sacrificing himself for others—so that we could be together. How can I not risk everything to bring my love back to me?

This was the perfect ending to an amazing series. I really should have read it a long time ago! 

This concludes Kate's story. Vincent has been taken from Kate. Kate will not give up hope for him and their future. The battle will rage and Kate will make some tough choices. 

Kate really blew me away in this one. I loved her strength. She never gave up. I loved getting to see her grow into herself. I loved the good vs bad vibe to this story. We really got to see so much of both the good and the bad people. Of course I was glad to see all my babies from the past books. This one is a little hard on the feels character wise. That's to be expected with last books. I thought everything character wise was well done. I loved the way things wrapped up. I'm sad to say goodbye though! 

I think this is my favorite out of the series. I loved it so much. I loved the storyline. All the action was great. I did predict the main twist. I was pretty proud of myself for figuring it out. This was impossible to put down. It keeps you on your toes. I was very happy with this ending. I loved the way things wrapped up. I will miss this series dearly. I can't wait to see more from this author! 


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan Review

Untold (The Lynburn Legacy, #2)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Source: Bought
Second book in the Lyburn Legacy series
It's time to choose sides.... 
On the surface, Sorry-in-the-Vale is a sleepy English town. But Kami Glass knows the truth. Sorry-in-the-Vale is full of magic. In the old days, the Lynburn family ruled with fear, terrifying the people into submission in order to kill for blood and power. Now the Lynburns are back, and Rob Lynburn is gathering sorcerers so that the town can return to the old ways.
But Rob and his followers aren’t the only sorcerers in town. A decision must be made: pay the blood sacrifice, or fight. For Kami, this means more than just choosing between good and evil. With her link to Jared Lynburn severed, she’s now free to love anyone she chooses. But who should that be?
A darkly humorous take on Gothic romance, Sarah Rees Brennan's Lynburn Legacy weaves together the tale of a heroine desperate to protect those she loves, two boys hoping to be saved, and the magical forces that will shape their destiny.

I knew right from the start that this book would be rough on my feelings. But, it was worth it! This was an absolutely amazing sequel. 

This continues Kami's story. Kami is free from her bond. She hopes things will be getting back to normal. But Rob Lynburn has other ideas. 

Kami is seriously the best heroine ever. She has this amazing personality. She's got an amazing humor. She's a great leader. Sorry in th Vale honestly wouldn't be the same without her. Oh, Jarded. What am I going to do with you? We definitely got to see a different side of Jared. He wasn't the happiest guy around. I love his snarky, bad boy attitude. I loved getting to see his powers grow. I did have a few moments where I wanted to slap the taste out of his mouth. But, in a loving way! I was happy to see more of Ash. He doesn't have my trust though. Angela, Holly, and Rusty make the best secondary characters. I can't wait to see more of them. 

I really loved where this story is going. I loved the good vs bad vibe. I loved all the magic and suspense. The tension between characters was perfect. This really kept you on your toes. It was impossible to put down. It hurt my feeling but that was to be expected. I plan on picking up the next book as soon as possible! 


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: The Heir by Kiera Cass

****"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 Heir (The Selection #4)
The Heir by Kiera Cass
Expected publication: May 5th 2015 by HarperTeen
Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story. But as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she always thought.

You guys have no idea how excited I am for this book! Words cannot even express my excitement! The Selection series is one of my favorites. I'm so glad its being continued in a different way. If you guys aren't waiting on this pretty, you should be.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers Review

Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin, #3)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Hourcourt
Source: Conference
Third and final book in the His Fair Assassin series
Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.
She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind doesn't mean she has...

This series is very close to my heart. I couldn't have imagined a better ending. This was absolutely perfect! 

Annith has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. When she realizes she's wanted for the next seeress, things get complicated. Annith must fight for not only herself but for those around her as well.

I've been waiting forever for Annith's story. She might be my favorite of the girls. I love her strength and determination. I love how caring she is. I loved how she stood up for herself with no fear of punishment. She is a total badass. Those skills really came in handy. I absolutely adored Balthazar. He made for an amazing love interest. He never ceased to surprise me. The hellions were also an amazing addition to the story, I was so happy to see all my favorite characters form past books! 

This has a very action packed storyline. It was impossible to put down. I loved how unpredictable it was. I absolutely adored the characters. I loved the war aspects. This story made for a perfect conclusion. There was lots of twists and turns. I never got bored. This might have to be my favorite out of the series. It wrapped things up nicely. All my questions were answered. I'm very sad to say goodbye to this series. But, it's had an amazing run! 


A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray Review

A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Harper Teen
Source: Conference
First book in the Firebird series
Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.
Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.
Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.
A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure. 

I don't even know what to say. This is an impressive story. It literally screams WOW! 

Marguerite's life is wrecked when her father is murdered and his alleged killer escapes into another dimension. She rushes after him in hope of answers. But each dimension tangles her, Paul, and Theo in unimaginable ways.

I absolutely adored these characters. I loved all the different sides of them we got to see. I loved how they banded together. Marguerite was an amazing main character. I loved her strength. She really threw herself into each dimension no matter how difficult it was. She was cert compassionate and loving. I do have a little soft spot for Theo. I really hope to see more of him. I loved the way Marguerite and Paul's lives intertwined. I thought it was really beautiful. I loved that we didn't really know who was good and who was bad. I cannot wait to see more of these guys!

This book has a fantastic storyline. You get to see all these new worlds with all these unique aspects. This plot has a sense of urgency to it. It's pretty impossible to put down. It's terribly unpredictable. There's an insane amount of action and suspense. The romance was perfect. I really cannot get over how perfect this story was. I don't think there was one thing I didn't like about it. It was flawless and I cannot wait to continue it!


Top Ten Tuesday (70)

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 I Want To Reread. I'm gonna do series instead of individual books.
  1. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. 
  2. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. 
  3. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare.
  4. Divergent by Veronica Roth.
  5. Delirium by Lauren Oliver. 
  6. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson.
  7. The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa.
  8. Graceling by Kristin Cashore.
  9. Every John Green book ever written. 
  10. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi.
I picked these series because I love them so much. It's been awhile since I've read some of these books. 

What would you guys pick? Let me know in the comments!