Friday, January 30, 2015

Cress by Marissa Meyer Review

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Source: Bought
Third book in the Lunar Chronicles 
In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army. 
Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. 
When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

This series literally never stops getting better. Like really I don't even have words anymore! Amazing is the only one I could think off. 

Cress is an amazing tracker. She's been stuck on a satellite for seven years. Cinder, Thorne, Scarlet, and Wolf are plotting to overthrow the Queen. Cress will do anything to help. Even if it means playing for both sides. 

I was so happy we got to see all my favorite characters! Cress made a fabulous addition to the gang. I loved how strong she was. She was very true to herself. She was also very determined. I loved getting to see so much of Thorne. He's fabulous! We really got to know him a little better. As always Cinder, Scarlet, Wolf, and Kai were amazing! 

This story seriously rocked! There was so much going on. It was fun and exciting. The action and suspense were perfect. I loved the point of view switches. I loved having no idea what was coming next. This set up for an amazing conclusion. It left me dying for more. I thought everything was well done. The wait for the next book might just be the death of me! 


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

****"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:
Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Expected publication: February 10th 2015 by Orion
The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.
To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.
Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.
But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

There's a lot of hype for this pretty. That can be a good thing or a bad thing. I think it sounds amazing! And it comes out in just a few short weeks :)

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

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler Review

The Book of Broken Hearts
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: Conference
Stand Alone
Jude has learned a lot from her older sisters, but the most important thing is this: The Vargas brothers are notorious heartbreakers. She’s seen the tears and disasters that dating a Vargas boy can cause, and she swore an oath—with candles and a contract and everything—to never have anything to do with one.
Now Jude is the only sister still living at home, and she’s spending the summer helping her ailing father restore his vintage motorcycle—which means hiring a mechanic to help out. Is it Jude’s fault he happens to be cute? And surprisingly sweet? And a Vargas?
Jude tells herself it’s strictly bike business with Emilio. Her sisters will never find out, and Jude can spot those flirty little Vargas tricks a mile away—no way would she fall for them. But Jude’s defenses are crumbling, and if history is destined to repeat itself, she’s speeding toward some serious heartbreak…unless her sisters were wrong?
Jude may have taken an oath, but she’s beginning to think that when it comes to love, some promises might be worth breaking.

This story was incredibly well done. I loved it to pieces! It had amazing humor with a great family atmosphere. 

This tells the story of Jude. The book of broken hearts has been passed down from generation to generation. There's one rule when it comes to boys, stay away from the Vargas'. But, that isn't as easy as it may seem. 

I really enjoyed Jude. I loved her humor. I loved how important her family was to her. She put everything aside for what mattered most. I loved that we got to see Jude grow and learn to stand up for herself. Emilio was absolutely fantastic. I loved him! Not only was he super funny, but he was super cute too. I loved his work ethic. I loved that he took things slow with Jude. You could tell he really cared about her. Family was a huge aspect of this story. It made the story relatable and more serious. the family aspect may have been my favorite part of the story. Other than the motorcycles of course. 

This was a one sitting read for me. Once I started reading, I couldn't stop. I loved it right from the beginning. I loved that it had a serious time to it. I thought that part of the story was very well done. But it was very light at times too. This was a very fun read. I loved the motorcycles. There was just enough cute to satisfy. I can't think of a single thing I didn't like about this story. I can't wait to read more from this author! 


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

December Monthly Wrap Up

Happy New Year guys! We hope you guys had an amazing year and an even more amazing year coming up! Here's our wrap ups for the month of December. Let us know in the comments what your reading plans are!

Jasmine's Wrap Up

Marissa's Wrap Up

Waiting on Wednesday: My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

****"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:
My Heart and Other Black Holes
My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
Expected release date: February 1st, 2014
from Balzer and Bray

A stunning novel about the transformative power of love, perfect for fans of Jay Asher and Laurie Halse Anderson.

Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who can barely look at her without wincing, classmates who whisper behind her back, and a father whose violent crime rocked her small town, Aysel is ready to turn her potential energy into nothingness.

There's only one problem: she's not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But once she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel's convinced she's found her solution--Roman, a teenage boy who's haunted by a family tragedy, is looking for a partner. Even though Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in each other's broken lives. But as their suicide pact becomes more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it. Ultimately, she must choose between wanting to die or trying to convince Roman to live so they can discover the potential of their energy together.
Okay, this does sound super dark and depressing. But it also sounds different than anything I've read. And like it might even have a happy ending. I just want to know. Luckily, there's not much more of a wait.

That's my pick for this week. What's yours?


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday (75)

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 Most Anticipated 2015 Debut Novels. There are so many great debuts coming out next year so this topic was pretty easy for me.

  • My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga-Long story short, two teens team up to kill themselves before one starts to have second thoughts. I'm not really sure why that sounds so interesting to me, but it does.
  • Last Year's Mistake by Gina Ciocca-Not gonna lie, the cover looking a lot like a Katie McGarry book was what originally drew me in. Plus the synopsis sounds pretty great, too.
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir-As soon as I read what this was about I wanted to read it. Undercover slaves and soldiers in a Rome-like world. All the yes.
  • Tracked by Jenny Martin-Basically, Jenny is a local author and I've wanted to read this ever since I met her. My body is ready.
  • I Am Her Revenge by Meridith Moore-Just the title gets me. Plus the cover is gorgeous. 
  • The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne-The cover is so, so pretty. That's enough, really.
  • The Edge of Forever by Melissa E. Hurst-I found this while looking for books for this list and knew I had to add it. Time travel. Enough said.
  • The Night We Said Yet by Lauren Gibaldi-I just love books like this about nights like that.
  • Tangled Webs by Lee Bross-Historical London. Double lives. Thieves and spies. Yes, yes, and yes. 
  • The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall-Even after reading the synopsis I'm still not really sure what this is about. But I'm definitely interested.
Those are only a few of the debut releases I'm looking forward to in 2015. Not to mention the non debuts and the sequels. It's going to be a good reading year. What are you most excited for?


Thursday, January 1, 2015

To Be Perfectly Honest by Sonya Sones Review

To Be Perfectly Honest: A Novel Based on an Untrue Story
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Source: Conference
Stand Alone
Her friends 
have a joke about her:
How can you tell if Colette is lying?
Her mouth is open.
Fifteen-year-old Colette is addicted to lying. Her shrink says this is because she’s got a very bad case of Daughter-of-a-famous-movie-star Disorder—so she lies to escape out from under her mother’s massive shadow. But Colette doesn’t see it that way. She says she lies because it’s the most fun she can have with her clothes on. Not that she’s had that much fun with her clothes off. At least not yet, anyway…
When her mother drags her away from Hollywood to spend the entire summer on location in a boring little town in the middle of nowhere, Colette is less than thrilled. But then she meets a sexy biker named Connor. He’s older, gorgeous, funny, and totally into her. So what if she lies to him about her age, and about who her mother is? I mean, she has to keep her mother’s identity a secret from him. If he finds out who she really is, he’ll forget all about Colette, and start panting and drooling and asking her for her mother’s autograph. Just like everyone always does. 

But what Colette doesn’t know is that Connor is keeping a secret of his own…

This book draws you in like no other. I was a little intimidated by this book. I didn't know much about it and it's quite big. I'm so glad I gave it a chance. I really enjoyed it! 

Collette is a perfect liar. She is know for telling tall tales. Her famous superstar mother has dragged her to this hole in the wall town for the summer. She Meg's super hot, bad boy Conner. A couple lies and a few kisses later, things get complicated. 

I absolutely adored Collette. She has an amazing personality. I loved her humor. I loved how important family was to her. I loved that even though she wasn't the most honest person, she still had her morals. Conner was a great addition to the story. He made things exciting. Right off the bat I had a vibe about him. He made the story cute but I knew he had something planned. He as way too mysterious. Will made the most amazing secondary character. She was so adorable. 

This story is so fun! It was very humorous. It was impossible to put down. This book is over 400 pages. It had a lot to keep up with. All the lies kept me on my toes. I loved the characters and the family aspects. The lesson with the sex was done perfectly. I loved that even with the humor, there was still something to be taken from it. Overall I loved this story. I thought it was very well done. I cannot wait to see what this author does next!