Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (5)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Breaking the Spine and it's used to showcase the upcoming releases we're excited about.


I saw this book, and while I thought the cover was cute, when I read the summary all I could think of is "I NEED THIS BOOK IN MY LIFE". It seems like such a nice, adorable and sweet story! I can't wait to read it. The meme should definitely be retitled Desperately Waiting on Wednesday just for this book.



Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti

Between Noelle’s difficult home life and the bullying she endures at school, all she wants is to get out of her small town. Noelle would give anything to be with Julian Porter. But staying with her emotionally distant boyfriend is safer. When things heat up between Noelle and Julian, she has to decide whether she can be her true self with him. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Review: Touch by Jus Accardo

♔ Details

Title: Touch - Denazen #1
Author: Jus Accardo
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Release date: 1st November 2011
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♔ Summary

When a strange boy tumbles down a river embankment and lands at her feet, seventeen-year-old adrenaline junkie Deznee Cross snatches the opportunity to piss off her father by bringing the mysterious hottie with ice blue eyes home.
Except there's something off with Kale. He wears her shoes in the shower, is overly fascinated with things like DVDs and vases, and acts like she'll turn to dust if he touches her. It's not until Dez's father shows up, wielding a gun and knowing more about Kale than he should, that Dez realizes there's more to this boy—and her father's “law firm”—than she realized.
Kale has been a prisoner of Denazen Corporation—an organization devoted to collecting “special” kids known as Sixes and using them as weapons—his entire life. And, oh yeah, his touch? It kills. The two team up with a group of rogue Sixes hellbent on taking down Denazen before they're caught and her father discovers the biggest secret of all. A secret Dez has spent her life keeping safe.
A secret Kale will kill to protect.
♔ Review

Deznee is a just your typical normal girl. She goes to her local highschool, she's kind of popular... But no one can be picture perfect, right? In her case, it's her family; her mother died when she was young and her father doesn't care about her, to the point where she has assumed the mission of doing dangerous and risky things with the hopes that if she does something outrageous enough, he will acknowledge her and end his cold treatment. Which often led to little success. And that may have been just one of the reasons why, when Dez finds a guy seemingly running away from something in the woods on her way home from a party, she helps him.

The most important reason why I read Touch was Kale. He was a mystery all by himself! First I fell in love with him for his self confidence, his protectiveness of the things he cared about. And then I fell in love with him all over again because he was just like a child; he didn't know much about the world, he didn't know much about love (gosh! I think I died of pure delight with his more-than-adorable innocence!). I don't have to tell you how sweet and innocent their love was. And here comes in the bad boy and also the other end of the love triangle, although in my mind he really wasn't any competition.

But then, of course, were a couple of things that didn't work for me. Her father was definitely something. At first I couldn't figure him out, and in the end I think I was no better. His actions just didn't make sense to me. And then comes the whole power thing... People with special abilities are called Sixes, and they had something like an underground society (one like you wouldn't imagine!). I enjoyed it, seeing different kinds of powers I'd never even thought about. But in the end, with the final scenes and all, I found it a bit "X-Men-ish".

Touch had its up and downs, but it was a nice urban fantasy read! Full of tension and fast paced, I'm looking forward to what the next installment, Toxic, has to offer.

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Monday morning news

♔ This week has been packed with new covers, which left me drooling all over them. Seriously, some of them are gorgeous. I know I wouldn't have to judge a book by its cover and blah-blah-blah, but honestly, I think the cover says a lot about the book.

    

    


 Cinder 's author Marissa Meyer is hosting an auction to help a friend's relative. The auctioned goods are great and the auction is for a good cause! I think Marissa will appreciate people spreading the word. Here is part of her original post in her blog:

My best friend’s older brother is in need of a kidney transplant, so I’m hosting two mini auctions to help raise money for him and his family. You can see the full explanation and watch his family’s video here:
http://marissameyer.livejournal.com/273596.html
That link will also take you to Prize Pack #1 for you to bid on, which includes signed CINDER, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green, and SHADOWS CAST BY STARS by Catherine Knutsson.
THE AUCTION
This post is to bid on Prize #2:
- A SIGNED ARC OF SCARLET: BOOK TWO OF THE LUNAR CHRONICLES
- Plus whatever swag I have on hand at the time. 
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Continue reading at Marissa Meyer's blog!



Perfect Chemistry series' author Simone Elkeles will be coming to my city, Barcelona on March 27th and 28th! I CAN'T BELIEVE IT. Finally I'll be able to meet an author I love. She'll be coming with Gabriel Chavarría, the actor of Luis Fuentes from the book trailer. I'll be there, no doubt about it! And I'll take pictures and maybe post them here later :) 



Apart from awesome covers, there have been some awesome book trailers, too! I wasn't much of  fun of book trailers in the past, but I think they've been getting better lately. Some of them are pure greatness. And ohmigosh the one from A Touch Morbid is sooo creepy I had to pause it immediately! LOL I haven't read the series, but I've heard they are kind of unusual.




Saturday, February 25, 2012

Review: Arcadia Awakens by Kai Meyer

♔ Details

Title: Arcadia Awakens (Arcadia #1)
Author: Kai Meyer
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release date: 14th February 2012
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♔ Summary
To New Yorker Rosa Alcantara, the exotic world of Sicily, with its network of Mafia families and its reputation for murder and intrigue, is just that—exotic, and wholly unknown. But when tragedy strikes, she must travel there, to her family’s ancestral home, where her sister and aunt have built their lives and where centuries of family secrets await her. Once there, Rosa wastes no time falling head over heels for Alessandro Carnevare, the son of a Sicilian Mafia family, whose handsome looks and savage grace both intrigue and unsettle her. But their families are sworn enemies, and her aunt and sister believe Alessandro is only using Rosa to infiltrate the Alcantara clan. And when Rosa encounters a tiger one night—a tiger with very familiar eyes—she can no longer deny that neither the Carnevares nor the Alcantaras are what they seem.
Ancient myths brought to life in the Sicilian countryside, dangerous beasts roaming the hills, and a long history of familial bloodlust prove to Rosa that she can’t trust anyone—not even her own family. Torn between loyalty to her aunt and love for her family’s mortal enemy, Rosa must make the hardest decision of her life: stay in Sicily with her new love . . . or run as far and as fast as she can.
♔ Review

Rosa Alcantara leaves the life she's always known in the USA and goes to Sicily, to live some time with her sister Zoe and her aunt Florinda. She's always known her family's legacy - they're one of the most powerful families of the Mafia. But once she's there she will discover that there's something more about these dangerous families. Her own family's members can shift into Lamias (snakes)!

The whole setting was enthralling. I've never been to Sicily, but I've been to Italy, and if it's remotely similar, then I can just imagine how wonderful it was. I'd have liked to read more about the Italian culture, although with the Mafia there were certainly plenty of interesting things to discover.

Rosa was a mystery for most part of the book. At the beginning of the book I found her really weird. She went around stealing things! But as the story goes on we discover more of Rosa and her troubling past. If this book has taught me something, is that everything is way more than meets the eye. Unfortunately, I didn't connect much with any of the characters. They felt a little bit flat to me, as if I didn't get their feelings.  

One thing that I did enjoy was how real it all felt. How the mafia worked (although I can't say much in this because I have never read anything about it before), the shapeshifting, as real as that can be. There was no magic, no POOF! I'm an animal, but there was a real transformation, there were middle stages to it. You could feel clearly the power struggles, the tension between the families and even within them. 

I had great expectations of Arcadia Awakens. I'm the saddest one when admitting that it wasn't the one for me. It was definitely well-thought and it never got boring, yet I didn't find the "spark". Oh, but that doesn't mean I won't be reading the next book, Arcadia Burns.

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Follow Friday (4)

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted at Parajunkee & Alison Can Read , used to meet new friends from the blogging world!


Q: Activity!!! Take a picture or describe where you love to read the most...

I think I don't really have a favorite place to read. But when I'm at campus I love reading on the third floor of the library, where there are armchairs by the walls, made of glass and making huge windows. It's very nice!

Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

♔ Details

Title: The Hunger Games - The Hunger Games #1
Author: Suzanne Collins
Publisher: Scholastic
Release date: 1st October 2008
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♔ Summary
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister Primrose, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before — and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
♔ Review

I know I was one of the few who still hadn't read The Hunger Games. Heck, even here in Spain everyone seems to have read it! I was definitely going to see the movie, though, and my friends convinced me to read the book before the movie.

Where to start? I surely won't be saying something you don't already know. I was instantly drawn to The Hunger Games' world. The book isn't overflowed by description, but it felt very real. The author let us know just the exact amount of details to follow the story comfortably without making it overwhelming. It surely had a dystopian setting but I found it easy to read!

Katniss is just another resident of District 12, normal like just any other girl but for the fact that she hunts ilegally in the woods outside her city to support her family since her father died. The country of Panem consists in twelve Districts. The 13th was obliterated in the rebellion, and The Hunger Games are held every year as a reminder of the Capitol's power. Every year, a boy and a girl from each district are chosen randomly between ages 12 and 18 to participate in them. They are sent to an arena to survive, to fight with each other -- until there is only one left alive.

Okay, so just let me tell you what I thought about the Hunger Games: I was so frustrated I wanted to bite something. Literally. It's just that... Sending off children to kill each other? I knew more less what the story was about, but when it really happened I was shocked and I found the whole thing very unfair.

I liked how the author quickly makes us notice the characters that will be most important in the books. There are 24 boys and girls in total and I'm a complete disaster when it comes to remember a lot of names and characters at the same time, so that was a huge help. I didn't connect with Katniss as much as I'd hoped, but I still liked her strength, her fighter nature. I learned a lot about survival (often happens when reading post-apocalyptic books)! Peeta was also very likable, and I found his honesty very sweet.

All in all, while not one of my favorites, I have to admit that The Hunger Games is really well thought and well written. I thought that the games would last through the entire three books, so I was really surprised when it ended. But now I can't wait to read the other two books!

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (4)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Breaking the Spine and it's used to showcase the upcoming releases we're excited about.


A few days ago I saw the cover of this book, and while it was pretty, it immediately went to the top of my to-read list when I read the summary. Peter Pan, Tiger Lily, Neverland... It looks so so good!

Tiger Lily by Lynn Anderson
15 year old Tiger Lily, proud and fierce, wild and misunderstood, doesn't believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland, and immediately falls under his spell. Peter is unlike anyone she's ever known. Impetuous and brave, big-hearted but hard to reach, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland's inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything - her family, her future - to be with the haunted, hunted, courageous boy who loves her. When - as a punishment for her rebellious ways - she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she's always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter. With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it's the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who's everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.
From the New York Times bestselling author of PEACHES comes a magical and bewitching story of the romance between a fearless heroine and the boy who wouldn't grow up.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Review: Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

♔ Details

Title: Catching Jordan
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release date: 1st December 2011
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♔ Summary

What girl doesn't want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn't just surrounded by hot guys, though-she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys, and that's just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university. But now there's a new guy in town who threatens her starting position... suddenly she's hoping he'll see her as more than just a teammate.

♔ Review


Jordan is the quarterback of her high school football team. Her brother also plays football in college. It's in their genes -- their father is a professional football player. But... he doesn't approve of her practicing that sport, claiming that it's too dangerous for a girl to play against guys who more than double her in size. But how can she just throw away her dream, the one thing she loves doing?

I loved the concept (the only girl in a team full of boys) and I have to say the book didn't let me down at all in this. I love strong, independent female characters and Jordan is the perfect example. She is a girl, yeah, but the boys in her team treat her like an equal. It was endearing, really.

I have to admit I was a bit (okay, very) lost when it came to the playing itself. Living here in Europe the sport I'm familiar with is soccer, and soccer and football are very different. But that was just a couple of times, and it didn't stop me from following what was essentially happening in the book. Another definitely strong point of the story is how Jordan was NOT perfect. She was good at football, of course. But she had bad days. She made bad decisions. She isn't a heroine, she is just human, she is just herself. I found it so refreshing!

Oh, silly me, I was forgetting to say something about the boys. The totally swoon-worthy players. I was surprised to see a love triangle developing, but I absolutely loved Jordan's final choice.

A very nice and real contemporary! Can't wait to read Stealing Parker, the author's next book.

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

In My Mailbox 3

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren and originally inspired by Alea at Pop Culture Junkie, used to showcase the books we bought, borrowed, got for review...


♔ Arcadia Awakens by Kai Meyer
Hallowed by Cynthia Hand
Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep

I have read such amazing things about Arcadia Awakenshad to buy a copy once it was out. And since waiting always kills me, I decided to buy the kindle edition. Now I can't wait to digg in! I know I'm late with Hallowed, but the first book wasn't exactly my favorite, so... I really hope I like this one! And I started reading the sample of Touch of Frost and I enjoyed it and I've seen good reviews about it.


City of the Falling Sky by Joseph Evans

My sister was looking for a YA book written by a UK author and stumbled upon this one -- pretty cover, interesting summary... so when I saw it was free on kindle I got it right away. I don't know what to expect, but I really want to give it a try.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Follow Friday (3)

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted at Parajunkee & Alison Can Read , used to meet new friends from the blogging world!


Q: I like unique names for characters and am looking forward to coming up with some when I start writing. What's the most unique character name you've come across?

I don't think they're unique unique but somehow I really liked the name Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next Door. And I just finished The Hunger Games, and also found the main characters' names curious; Katniss and Peeta. Oh, and also Karou and Akiva from The Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I'm not English so I don't know much about usual English names, but those are the ones that come to my mind when thinking about unique names :)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Review: Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

♔ Details

Title: Graffiti Moon
Author: Cath Crowley
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release date: 14th February 2012
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♔ Summary
Senior year is over, and Lucy has the perfect way to celebrate: tonight, she's going to find Shadow, the mysterious graffiti artist whose work appears all over the city. He's out there somewhere—spraying color, spraying birds and blue sky on the night—and Lucy knows a guy who paints like Shadow is someone she could fall for. Really fall for. Instead, Lucy's stuck at a party with Ed, the guy she's managed to avoid since the most awkward date of her life. But when Ed tells her he knows where to find Shadow, they're suddenly on an all-night search around the city. And what Lucy can't see is the one thing that's right before her eyes.
♔ Review

This book is magic. The story in itself takes place in just one night, combining the present with a few flashbacks to the past that help us understand just what is going on in the present.

Lucy has just finished school, and to celebrate she and her friend go out with one purpose: find Shadow, a graffiti artist whose paintings take Lucy's breath away. So distinctive, so different, so beautiful. With his paintings sometimes there is also writing, short poems written by his friend Poet. But Lucy's heart is only for Shadow. She feels some kind of connection to him, through his art, like they're both thinking the same. Lucy's an artist, too, although her element is glass but it wasn't any less awesome. But she's not very lucky and misses her chance to see him and to know him in person. Instead, she's stuck in a party with Ed, her first love that ended with a catastrophic first date. Lucy's an artist, too, although her element is glass but it wasn't any less awesome.

This book is seriously beautiful. Like pure art put into words. NO KIDDING. I can't even begin to imagine the prettiness of the pieces of art they described. And even though I have never read English poetry, Poet's little pieces at the beginning of each chapter were very nice!

The love story in Graffiti Moon is breathtakingly cute. It's simple but complicated at the same time. I enjoyed reading the little steps and the evolution in their relationship to something more to no end.

Writing Graffiti Moon's review makes me want to read it again!

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (3)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Breaking the Spine and it's used to showcase the upcoming releases we're excited about.


This week I'm waiting for... Of Poseidon by Anna Banks. I have not read a lot of books with mermaids, but that doesn't mean I'm not open to more options, and this one seems like just my kind of read.


Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
Emma and her friend Chloe are spending vacation in Florida. When Emma (literally) runs into a hot guy named Galen on the beach, little does she know he’s a prince of the Syrena. Galen and Emma both feel something strange – is it attraction? – and Galen suspects that Emma might well be the girl he’s heard of – a human who can communicate with fish.

What follows is a deadly scene with a shark in which Galen witnesses Emma’s gifts. He must know more about her, and follows her back to New Jersey, and high school, to find out for sure if she’s the key to saving his kingdom. Soon, Emma can’t deny her feelings for him, but can’t explain them, either – and both she and Galen must learn more about where she comes from and what her powers are before they can trust one another and their feelings.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Review: Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

♔ Details

Title: Incarnate - Newsoul #1
Author: Jodi Meadows
Publisher: Katherine Tegen
Release date: 31 January 2012

♔ Summary
New soul
Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.

No soul

Even Ana's own mother thinks she's a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she'll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?

Heart

Sam believes Ana's new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana's enemies--human and creature alike--let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else's life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?

Jodi Meadows expertly weaves soul-deep romance, fantasy, and danger into an extraordinary tale of new life.
♔ Review

I read the first chapters on PitchDark and I couldn't resist. I preordered the kindle edition the day before it went out (I'd have died before the shipping got here were it the physical edition). To my surprise, I got the book in a few hours!

Everyone calls Ana a nosoul. People usually reincarnates once they die, establishing a curious way of immortality. There have always been the same one million people; they have had hundreds of lifetimes and they all know each other. But Ana is a newsoul, someone who hasn't been reincarnated. They were expecting her to be Ciana, who had lived for more than five thousand years. That's the reason why everyone treats her with hate and disdain, like her mere existence supposed a threat to their reincarnations.

The worst was her mother, Li, who never showed her a little of acceptance or love and made her believe that she shouldn't have existed, that nosouls were incapable of love or feelings and that she probably wouldn't even reincarnate like everyone else. She feels like a butterfly; fleeting one moment, gone the other. When she turns eighteen she decides she's had enough and leaves for the city, Heart, to look for information about herself. But the world is a far more inhospitable place than she'd thought and, after a couple of near-death experiences she finds herself on her way to Heart with a boy apparently her age, Sam, who supposedly doesn't hate her for who she is. Once in the city she will have to cope with restrictions, laws, people and their true longevity.

I absolutely loved the beginning. At first I felt a little lost about the reincarnations, but luckily Jodi Meadows does a fine work intertwining the story events with the information about how it all worked. I was immensely interested in their society, how every member played its part within their many lifetimes, how it all stood together. Ana was a great main character. She felt real, and I liked her fighter nature. Oh, and Sam is quite a character. The more I read about him, the more I liked him. He was quite a mystery himself. And the romantic scenes? My gosh, it was all I could do to stop myself from squealing! My bubbly teenage self kept thinking "wait, wait, did that just happen?!". One of the purest love stories I have read.

Unfortunately, I can't say the same for the ending. It felt kind of rushed, and some parts left me a bit puzzled. I'm usually picky when it comes to ending, but this time I think it didn't have anything to do with my pickiness. But of course I'm looking forward to the next book! Can't wait to discover more about Ana and her world. We end up knowing more about her condition as a newsoul, but it feels like there is so much that we still have to learn!

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Review: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire



♔ Details

Title: Beautiful Disaster
Author: Jamie McGuire
Publisher: Jamie McGuire
Release date: May 2011
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♔ Summary
The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn't drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend America, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University's Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the charming college co-ed. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his charms, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis' apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

♔ Review

I'm a fan of fantasy and paranormal themed books, but I always have a tiny spot in my heart reserved for contemporary. Beautiful Disaster revolves around Abby and her highschool life, and Travis, the typical "bad boy". And yep, he WAS a bad boy. Even though there were times when his protectiveness made me smile.

Abby starts her life anew when she goes into college with her best friend America, trying to leave behind a not-so-fortunate past involving her family. She wants to be a good girl. That's why when Travis starts to notice her, going out with him is way out of question. Travis has had a hard past himself and nowadays he is a very good fighter. He uses his talent (he's never lost a fight) to earn money and be able to live comfortably in his apartment.

I liked the love story behind Abby and Travis. Totally. Surprisingly. Like oh-my-gosh-that's-just-so-beautiful. In their relationship there are a couple of difficult moments that made me want to hit myself with the book, but that didn't make me like it any less. Because they made mistakes that everyone could have made given the circumstances, and they somehow made the story more real.

The reviews I read promised that, once finished, I'd like to read it over and over again. With me, they were completely right. 

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Shatter Me's sequel title reveal


Yesterday Tahereh Mafi uploaded a video on her youtube channel revealing the title of Shatter Me book two, which is Unravel Me. I'm still not quite sure how I feel about the title itself (for me it gets time to get used to a new title in a series... yeah, I'm that weird). She also said the release date has been pushed back to February, which is devastatingly sad but I absolutely respect her decision, and she also said it's because of... well, things she couldn't reveal yet.

So now all that's left is waiting! Until then I have more time to reread the book many times and love it, and adore it, and cuddle it more every time I do. 

Friday, February 10, 2012

Follow Friday (2)

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted at Parajunkee & Alison Can Read , used to meet new friends from the blogging world!


Q: What would your prefer: reading your favorite book over and over again until you got sick of it OR reading 100s of mediocre books? And why?

I don't know for sure... I'm prone to get tired of things if I repeat (or in this case, reread) them many times, and I absolutely wouldn't let myself get tired of my favorite books. So, I guess I'd prefer reading many mediocre books, although if I read bad book after bad book, I'd wonder what I'd be doing wrong to choose so many that I don't like!

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Review: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

♔ Details

Title: The Scorpio Races
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic
Release date: 18 October 2011
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♔ Summary
It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

♔ Review

The Scorpio Races is way more than just a fine read. Admittedly, I didn't like the first book of Maggie Stiefvater's other series, The Wolves of Mercy Falls, much. After reading The Scorpio Races, though, now I blame it all on the translation of the book (I read the Catalan version). Which convinced me further that the original version is the best.

The Scorpio Races are a kind of horse race that is held every fall, attracting tourists from the far mainland and capturing the attention of all the villagers during those months. What makes them so special is that they are run on the beach, by the sea, and riding sea horses. Not normal horses... deadly ones.

The idea that first got my attention was the sea horses. I'm all for masterfully worked magic or special creatures, and Maggie Stiefvater didn't let me down at all. You see, the sea horses or capalli uisce are horses that usually live at the sea, but when fall comes, they are drawn to earth. They are bigger, stronger, faster than normal horses and oh, they are also carnivorous. Have I mentioned that I do not like normal horses? I've been afraid of them since I was little. Don't ask me why. So yeah, you can see my "love" for the sea horses. BUT. Through the author's writing and words, I ended up liking the horses, even the sea horses. The two main characters, Puck and Sean, had affinity to horses. They understood them perfectly. It was incredible, seeing the horses through their eyes. Though more extraordinarily was to see the sea horses through Sean's eyes, the best of the village when it came to handling them... because he totally understood them. It was incredible. But just when I started to like those deadly creatures... Let's just say that Maggie doesn't let us forget even for one moment how incredibly dangerous they are.

The characterization is another great thing of the book. Maggie Stiefvater is so great that with a single sentence about a character, you felt like you already knew them. Just one sentence! But all their actions, the things they said, defined them to perfection.

I ended the book LOVING Maggie Stiefvater's writing. So good, almost otherworldly. Every sentence, every paragraph, artfully placed and written so the text had its own rhythm and life. The world was magic, but her writing was, too.

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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (2)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Breaking the Spine and it's used to showcase the upcoming releases we're excited about.


This week I'm specially pinning for Julie Kagawa's new work, The Immortal Rules. I've read The Iron Fey series and there isn't enough love declarations to define how much I liked it. I don't know how this one will turn out to be, but I can't wait to see how Julie works her magic again.


The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa

You will kill. The only question is when.

In the dark days since the insidious Red Lung virus decimated the human population, vampires have risen to rule the crumbling cities and suburbs. Uncontested Princes hold sway over diminished ranks of humans: their "pets." In exchange for their labor, loyalty and of course, their blood, these pets are registered, given food and shelter, permitted to survive.

Unregistered humans cling to fringes, scavenging for survival. Allison Sekemoto and her fellow Unregistereds are hunted, not only by vampires, but by rabids, the unholy result of Red Lung-infected vampires feeding on unwary humans. One night, Allie is attacked by a pack of rabids, saved by an unlikely hero...and turned vampire.

Uncomfortable in her undead skin, Allie falls in with a ragtag crew of humans seeking a cure, or cures: for Rabidism and for Vampirism. She's passing for human...for now. But the hunger is growing and will not be denied. Not for friendship—not even for love.

Sunday, February 05, 2012

In My Mailbox 2

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren and originally inspired by Alea at Pop Culture Junkie, used to showcase the books we bought, borrowed, got for review...


So I decided to make good use of my kindle and buy these e-books. I bought Incarnate the day before it was released. I couldn't resist such an amazing cover! But mostly I bought it because of the excerpt I read on PitchDark. It did not disappoint.

♔ Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
♔ Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
♔ Touch by Jus Accardo


And then I found these freebies. Oh my gosh, The Vincent Boys! It has been in my wishlist for a while so when I saw it was for free for a couple of days I didn't even hesitate to buy it. I hope I can find time for this soon. The other three seemed interesting enough. We'll see! :)

The Vincent Boys bt Abbi Glines
What the Heart Wants by Kelli McCracken
Enchantment by Charlotte Abel
Taken by Charlotte Abel

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

♔ Details

Title: Shatter Me - Shatter Me #1
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: Harper
Release date: 15 November 2011
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♔ Summary
Juliette hasn't touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal. As long as she doesn't hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don't fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war-- and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she's exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting as The Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel—with a paranormal twist—that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel.

♔ Review

You know you're gonna love a book when you're thinking "Oh my gosh oh my gosh oh my gosh!" through all the book. And those were exactly my thoughts while I read Shatter Me. It only lasted one day. So short! But so utterly amazing. So, so perfect. I won't ever think for one instant that I'll do this book justice with my review.

Juliette, the main character, can kill people just by touching their skin. It's like she absorbs the other's life force, and if the skin contact is long enough, she drains their life completely. She's always been isolated, rejected because of her rare "disease". No one touches her. No one talks to her. When she is fourteen there's an accident related to her strange ability and afterwards she is sent to a prison for not so stable people. Meanwhile, The Reestablishment is making people think that they can help save what's left of the Earth.

What drew me in at first was the unique narration. At first I found it a little bit weird, not being used to it, but shortly after I was so engrossed in it. The description was breathtaking. It reflected exactly what Juliette felt and thought. And what a girl! Sometimes she really did seem a little bit psycho, but I loved her the more. Juliette was an instant connection for me. She seemed so natural, so herself, so real. Tangible. It's obvious she hasn't known much love in her life, so when she encounters someone who does care for her, I was pinning for them as hard as she was.

I've talked about Juliette, but of course there are other characters. Tahereh Mafi's characterization is AWESOME. I loved every single character of the book. They were all so defined, so real, so... adorable (the latter one only applying to the "good characters", of course) I just wanted to hug them. Gosh, I wanted to hug the book the whole time!

And then comes Adam. Oh. My. God. I've rarely felt that need for a "book boyfriend" thing with the romantic interest of the books. But Adam? YES, PLEASE. He has gorgeous eyes, he has a totally adorable younger brother, he's gentle, he cares for her... He is perfect, and so much more at the same time.

In Shatter Me there is not even a spare moment to relax. There's just so much tension, so much action! This is one of those books that you won't be able to put down once you've started. Thank you Tahereh Mafi for writing this amazing book!

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Friday, February 03, 2012

Follow Friday (1)

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted at Parajunkee & Alison Can Read , used to meet new friends from the blogging world!


Q: Define what characteristics your favorite books share. Do they all have a kickass heroine or is the hot love interest the Alpha Male?

I definitely like strong heroines, but it's not that important. And as weird as it might seem, I also like the socially awkward type when it comes to the male interest. Now, what my favorite books share is usually heart-throbbingly beautiful narration, unique and strong plot... And definitely NOT insta love.


I know I should have written a little bit more, but it's in the morning and I'm still in the dream world LOL.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

February releases

Here are my most-waited-for February releases. I've already read Halflings and Graffiti Moon, and the ones I'm most excited about are Pandemonium, Born Wicked, Arcadia Awakens and The Fine Art of Truth or Dare.

February 1st - 5th


Halflings (Halflings #1) by Heather Burch
Harbinger by Sara Wilson Etienne


February 6th - 12th



♔ Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #1) by Jessica Spotswood
♔ In Too Deep by Amanda Grace

Dead to You by Lisa McMann


February 13th - 19th





♔ Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen
♔ Someone Else's Life by Katie Dale
♔ Arcadia Awakens (Arkadien #1) by Kai Meyer
♔ Bewitching by Alex Flinn
Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
The Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen



February 20th - 26th


The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg
Fever (The Chemical Garden #2) by Lauren DeStefano


February 27th - 29th


Pandemonium (Delirium #2) by Lauren Oliver
Shooting Stars by Allison Rushby
 
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