Friday, March 30, 2012

Follow Friday (9)

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

Q: Do you read one book at a time or do you switch back and forth between two or more?

I always try to read only one book at a time, but I'm not successful most of the time. I usually end up reading around three books at the same time. It's not that I prefer it that way, but rather I can't help it.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Review: Geek Girl by Cindy C. Bennett

♔ Details

Title: Geek Girl
Author: Cindy C. Bennett
Publisher: Cedar Fort
Release date: 8th December 2011
Add on Goodreads

♔ Summary
Jen's life of partying and sneaking out has grown stale. So on a whim, Jen makes a bet to turn Trevor, a goody-two-shoes geek, into a "bad boy." As she hangs out with Trevor, however, she finds it's actually kinda fun being a geek. But when Trevor finds out about the bet, Jen must fight for the things she's discovered matter most: friendship, family, and, above all, love.
♔ Review

This was actually a very interesting read. In fact, I didn't expected to like it as much as I did! The thing that first catched my attention was the theme. A "bad girl" wanting to turn a good boy, bad. I thought it was something worth giving a try.

The characters were nicely defined. Jen is an orphan who has grown up constantly changing homes. She's always careful not to develop any feelings towards her adopted family and her classmates at school. After all, she never stays at the same place for long. She follows the fashion and thoughts of the goth subculture. One day, when she's bored of her everyday life, she makes a bet; she's going to turn a geek boy bad. And here comes Trevor. Oh my gosh, Trevor! A while ago I wrote somewhere that I have a soft spot for geeky, nerdy boys. TREVOR WAS ITS TRUE INCARNATION. I, plainly, absolutely, adored him.

Jen's tactic to change Trevor was, obviously, making him fall for her. Oh, boy, did I love those first moments between them. It was really like some kind of dance, and I enjoyed every second of it. But not everything goes as Jen planned. Their love was so sweet, the kind that makes you smile later on and makes you wish the guy really existed.

One of the greatest points of Geek Girl was how Jen changed. Real character change and development is one of the best things to read, in my opinion. Just when I was halfway the book I wondered how the book would end... I just had to reread the title! LOL Although somehow I hoped that she'd still dress like before, that she'd still be different in the most Lola-and-the-Boy-Next-Door kind of way.

All in all, Geek Girl is a highly enjoyable and very recommended, nice contemporary read.

♔ Rating


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (9)

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.

The cover is tantalizing... but when I read the summary I KNEW I had to read it once it came out. It sounds amazing! Just read, just read:

Struck (Struck #1) by Jennifer Bosworth
Mia Price is a lightning addict. She’s survived countless strikes, but her craving to connect to the energy in storms endangers her life and the lives of those around her.
Los Angeles, where lightning rarely strikes, is one of the few places Mia feels safe from her addiction. But when an earthquake devastates the city, her haven is transformed into a minefield of chaos and danger. The beaches become massive tent cities. Downtown is a crumbling wasteland, where a traveling party moves to a different empty building each night, the revelers drawn to the destruction by a force they cannot deny. Two warring cults rise to power, and both see Mia as the key to their opposing doomsday prophecies. They believe she has a connection to the freak electrical storm that caused the quake, and to the far more devastating storm that is yet to come.
Mia wants to trust the enigmatic and alluring Jeremy when he promises to protect her, but she fears he isn’t who he claims to be. In the end, the passion and power that brought them together could be their downfall. When the final disaster strikes, Mia must risk unleashing the full horror of her strength to save the people she loves, or lose everything.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Monday morning news

♔ Starting with the covers... This week I've only seen one! But it totally deserves its spotlight. In my opinion, breathtaking -- there are no better words.

♔ Oh, but if there was a lack in cover reveals, this week has been packed with new trailers. Starting with super-awesome Under the Never Sky. I read the first sample chapters and I honestly didn't like it much, but after seeing this trailer I'm starting to doubt my decision...

♔ Now you can read an excerpt from The Golden Lily, the second book of the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead. I still haven't had time to settle down and quietly read it yet, but I have spring break next week (YAY!) so I'm hoping it'll be very soon. You can read it here!

♔ And last but not least, the first images and trailer from the movie The Host came out! Oh, my. Excited doesn't even come close to describing how I felt when I saw it. The book is one of my all-time favorites, so I hope the movie does it justice! Right now I'm happy just by seeing it come to life.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

In My Mailbox 6

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...

 Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
 Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles
 The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
 The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

I thought my order would arrive on Monday, so you could imagine how excited I was when I got them on Friday! I've already read the first two books from the Perfect Chemistry series, but since its wonderful author Simone Elkeles is coming to my city and since original versions are better than translations, I bought them in English. Guess who's rereading the series soon? 

Awesome Sarah from Miss Page-Turner's City of Books has been recommending me The Body Finder forever, so I couldn't resist anymore. Seems a bit dark and creepy, but I'm thrilled and can't wait to get started with it. And then The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. Can't wait to get even more creepeed out!

 The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

I received The Immortal Rules from Harlequin Teen at Netgalley (thank you so much!) for review, can you imagine? GREAT, because I still can't believe it. I was practically jumping around when I saw it. Julie Kagawa is one of my favorite authors, so any chance to read anything by her is more than welcome. I'm so excited to see how it is!

Gosh, this seems IMM-the-creepy-edition. Oh, well. Have a wonderful week and happy reading!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Review: Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

♔ Details

Title: Paranormalcy - Paranormalcy #1
Author: Kiersten White
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: 1st September 2010
Add on Goodreads

♔ Summary
Weird as it is working for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, Evie’s always thought of herself as normal. Sure, her best friend is a mermaid, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she's falling for a shape-shifter, and she's the only person who can see through paranormals' glamours, but still. Normal.

Only now paranormals are dying, and Evie's dreams are filled with haunting voices and mysterious prophecies. She soon realizes that there may be a link between her abilities and the sudden rash of deaths. Not only that, but she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal.
♔ Review

Paranormalcy wasn't what I was expecting at all. First of all, I read it in Spanish, which I don't usually do (I don't like reading translations, I always prefer the original version). But I liked it anyways! I had a very bad experience with City of Bones, which I also read in Spanish but the translation was so horrible it ruined the whole book for me. So, yay!

To tell you the truth, I decided I had to read this as soon as possible when I read the first couple of pages in my local bookstore. It's just that there was some kind of humor... it totally sold me. And then, the paranormal theme (hence the title). Sometimes it's not easy throwing a bunch of paranormal creatures in an otherwise normal world, but Kiersten White did a wonderful job blending them together. I liked the mix!

Our main character, Evie, works for the IPCA, controlling the paranormal beings. I liked the fact that she wasn't with the "good ones" at first. It was interesting! How you can judge something as "evil" if you've lived your entire life by it, thinking that it was the right thing? Sometimes I found Evie a bit immature (is it just me, or she was tearing up almost all the time?) but I found her even more endearing. In this book there are a bunch of lovely characters. First of all, Reth... Oh gosh, he was SMOKING HOT. Really! Well, at the end I had mixed opinions about him, but I sure hope to see more of him in the future. And then there's Lend. Lend. Lend. What can I say? His name is so awesome (or weird, but that's the main reason why it's awesome) I don't know what else to say. Oh, yeah. His gift had me totally fascinated.

Lend was the sweetest character, and theirs was one of the sweetest romance I have read! With a love story that makes you feel like jumping around and a suspense that keeps you glued to the book the whole time, what's not to love in Paranormalcy?

♔ Rating


Friday, March 23, 2012

Follow Friday (8)

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

Q: What is the longest book you've read? What are your favorite 600+ page reads?

Hm... I always love super long books. That only means you will read the same book for a longer period of time! When I was little I read long books all the time (these long books mainly being the Inheritance series by Christopher Paolini and other Spanish YA releases), but since I started reading English YA books I've noticed books are not usually very long -- they are 300+ pages most of the time. But then there are also long books, like The Host by Stephanie Meyer... And that's the only one I can think of (apart from the ones already mentioned)!

All in all, the longest are...

Panteón by Laura Gallego García | 942 pages
Brisingr by Christopher Paolini | 763 pages
The Host by Stephenie Meyer | 619 pages

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Review: Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

♔ Details

Title: Wanderlove
Author: Kirsten Hubbard
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Release date: 13 March 2012
Add on Goodreads

♔ Summary
It all begins with a stupid question:

Are you a Global Vagabond?

No, but 18-year-old Bria Sandoval wants to be. In a quest for independence, her neglected art, and no-strings-attached hookups, she signs up for a guided tour of Central America—the wrong one. Middle-aged tourists with fanny packs are hardly the key to self-rediscovery. When Bria meets Rowan, devoted backpacker and dive instructor, and his outspokenly humanitarian sister Starling, she seizes the chance to ditch her group and join them off the beaten path.

Bria's a good girl trying to go bad. Rowan's a bad boy trying to stay good. As they travel across a panorama of Mayan villages, remote Belizean islands, and hostels plagued with jungle beasties, they discover what they've got in common: both seek to leave behind the old versions of themselves. And the secret to escaping the past, Rowan’s found, is to keep moving forward.

But Bria comes to realize she can't run forever, no matter what Rowan says. If she ever wants the courage to fall for someone worthwhile, she has to start looking back.

Kirsten Hubbard lends her artistry to this ultimate backpacker novel, weaving her drawings into the text. Her career as a travel writer and her experiences as a real-life vagabond backpacking Central America are deeply seeded in this inspiring story.
♔ Review

I love books (obviously), but this hobby of mine shares my heart with art -- I love it, too. So, put them together? YES, PLEASE. In the past I read -and adored- Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley, which is another book related to art. I was thrilled to read another book with this same theme!

Bria decides to travel to South America. I immediately loved that adventurous part of her. I don’t know if I’d have the courage to do that – scratch that, I probably wouldn’t, at least not alone. That’s why I had so much fun living that adventure with her. I enjoyed seeing the world through her artist eyes. There’s something special and magic about traveling and discovering new places. And just imagining those beautiful places Kirsten Hubbard described in Wanderlove made my day. 

Put apart from that but at the same time related to art, there was Bria's past. A tangle of feelings, hidden emotions, that come to life again on her journey. It was great seeing how Bria changed, really lived and grew stronger. The love story told in Wanderlove is so delicate, so sweet, it was just like a tiny flower I wanted to hold and protect with my hands. Okay, so maybe I didn't love Rowan as much as I'd had liked to, but I enjoyed reading about them anyways.

Don't push it back! Read Wanderlove as soon as you can. It's a beautiful story that will have you daydreaming and smiling through all the journey.

♔ Rating


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (8)

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've heard so many great things about it, I can't wait to read it and see mor myself! The summary certainly sounds amazing, and the cover... It's not the prettiest out there, but I like it!

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near-impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one unlikely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life– a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha… and the secrets of her heart.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Monday morning news

♔ Of course, starting with the new covers. And all I have to say is that they are L-O-V-E. I'm particularly in love with Crewel. Do you see all those colors? *swoons* I first came to know about this book because a Spanish editorial announced they would publish the Spanish version. I hope they keep the cover!


♔ Now, with the trailers... I have to say I quite like the Unraveling one. I'm pretty excited about it! Aaaah, but the A Temptation of Angels one is -sadly- just pictures with background, so I can't say much about it :(

♔ Onto The Immortal Rules and other Julie Kagawa news, because they deserve the whole point (crown, really) for themselves. There are two novellas from The Iron Fey series, Winter's Passage and Summer's Crossing. The author announced on her blog that they will be released as an anthology! It will be named The Iron Legends, and they will come with a new novella titled Iron's Prophecy. She even said that it will have exclusive content (maybe the first chapter of the new Iron Fey series/book!).

Oh, and then one most creepy, awesome and gorgeous trailer...

Sunday, March 18, 2012

In My Mailbox 5

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...

Yay, I got Paranormalcy! Actually, it's Paranormal, since it's the Spanish version. I borrowed it from the library -- couldn't resist any more time without reading it. I actually read the first couple of pages on my local bookstore and I was hooked instantly. I don't usually like translated versions, but I think this one's fine. And then, The Fine Art of Truth or Dare, the book I added and bought mostly because of its title.

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
♔ The Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen


And then some freebies I found! :)

♔ The Mayfair Moon by J.A. Redmerski
♔ Airel by Aaron Patterson and Chris White
♔ Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan

Friday, March 16, 2012

Follow Friday (7)

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

Q: What is the best book you've read in the last month? What is the worst book you've read in the last month?

Interesting question... Last month I read a lot of books, but I can safely say last month's favorite is Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. In fact, it's one of my all-time favorites now :) And my worst... I suppose Lord of Rage by Jill Monroe or Starters by Lissa Price. They weren't awful but I've certainly read better books.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Review: Starters by Lissa Price

♔ Details

Title: Starters - Starters #1
Author: Lissa Price
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Release date: 13th March 2012

♔ Summary
Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie's only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.
He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie's head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator's grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations' plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined. . . .
♔ Review

I was very excited to begin reading Starters. Everyone said it was going to be amazing! And I was kind of interested in all that swapping bodies thing, too.

Callie lived a normal, quiet life when she was a child... Until there was the Spores War. There was a war, being fought far away from her home and her country itself. But the enemies weren't content with just weapons, so they attacked with spores: tiny, tiny little speckles that once they touched your skin, you'd become ill and then die, as there was no cure. Except, there was a vaccine (although it only worked to prevent it, not cure its effects). They were kind of limited at the time, so they were first given to the ones that needed them the most, old people and children. And that's why, now in Callie's world there are just the Enders (old people) and the Starters (children). No middle-aged population whatsoever. Just like that. That was a very interesting thing because it's, in fact, the truth. We give priority to elders and children, but in this book Lissa Price shows us how the world could be without middle-aged people.

In today's society, the Enders are the ones that hold the power and the Starters (the ones that aren't "claimed", that don't have living Ender relatives) are the ones fighting to merely stay alive. Callie lives with her brother and her neighbor, occupying buildings that are abandoned. But the government is often raiding these places to take the children to special centers. Callie is struggling -- with money (which they obviously don't have), food, and her brother's weak health. At one point she only sees one way out: rent her body to old Enders who strive for a young, healthy body at Prime Destinations. They tell her that it'll be like taking a nap, that she'll wake up just there and it'll be over. Except, in one of her long rentals, she wakes up in the middle of a club, where she wasn't supposed to wake up.

Okay, so all that body renting gave me the creeps. Specially seeing what the Elders thought of it, not even considering the people whose body they were using for their own benefits. More and more Starters were turning for that option because of the money, which was heart-breaking.

There's a lot of action in this book, and the author lets you get a taste of victory a lot of times but then snatches it away and more problems arise for Callie. It was really a roller-coaster of emotions! However, as much as I'd have liked it to, it didn't fully convince me. Starters was addicting, yes, but I didn't really connect nor feel emotions towards any of the characters. And to me, the love story felt a little bit forced.

I was expecting this one to be a new favorite, so I was a bit disappointed to see I didn't enjoy it as much as I'd liked. There was certainly a very unexpected turn of events at the end, which was nice. I think I'll read the next one, just to see how things turn out.

♔ Rating


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (7)

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'm so excited for this one! I haven't read that much books about mermaids, but this year I think I have three or so books on my wishlist about that theme. Which is great, since I like all kinds of mythology! And this one... a MERMAN? I want to read it soooo bad.

The Vicious Deep (The Vicious Deep #1) by Zoraida Córdova
When an unnatural riptide sweeps lifeguard Tristan Hart out to sea for three days and then dumps him back on the shore of Coney Island, it’s the start of the Sea Court claiming its own. Suddenly, Tristan’s girlfriend dramas and swimming championship seem like distant worries as he discovers the truth: he’s a Merman. Now Tristan must fight for his life, the lives of his friends, and his humanity (if he still wants it), while competing in a race for a throne as ancient as the gods.

Seductive, duplicitous, and with an agenda of their own, these are not the mermaids you know.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Monday morning news

♔ More new covers~ This week there weren't so many, but they weren't less beautiful. There are more and more beautiful covers every day. And wow, Meant to Be! The cover is surely pretty, but I've read the summary and I can tell it's going to be a very nice read :)


 ♔ I also saw a new trailer, this time of Illuminate by Aimee Agresti. It doesn't really pull me in, but it's nice and I like the narration (yay! I usually don't like it. Much.).

♔ Awesome author Kody Keplinger has just announced her 4th book! That's so awesome, I'm very happy for her :) It will be titled Goldfish and is expected to be released on Fall 2013 (so far away! Lucky we've still got A Midsummer's Nightmare while we try not to die from waiting). Here's a summarized summary:

The story is about Paige, an 18-year-old counting down the days until graduation - the days until she can escape from her small, unforgiving hometown in western Kentucky. Two and a half years ago, Paige attempted suicide. Now, she feels like everyone is watching her, like she has to be shiny, happy, and golden for them - like her goldfish, Todd. Paige doesn't think they'll ever forget about her past, then she meets a boy who has just moved to her high school and doesn't know her story. That's when things start to change.

♔ The release date of The Savage Grace is nearing! It'll be in stores in just two days, and to celebrate it, Bree Despain is posting bits of The Savage Grace's playlist. I'm always open to music suggestions, so I checked them out... I loved them! Now they're on my favorites playlist (not kidding...).

I particularly fell in love with the first batch of songs.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Review: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

♔ Details

Title: Mockingjay - The Hunger Games #3
Author: Suzanne Collins
Publisher: Scholastic
Release date: 24th August 2010
Add on Goodreads

♔ Summary
Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss's family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.
It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plains - except Katniss.
The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss's willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels' Mockingjay - no matter what the personal cost.
♔ Review

I finally read the third book of The Hunger Games! I always like when the book is very long or it's a series, but it's always sad when you see it ending. In this case, it wasn't any different. The good and bad thing about this series is that you go through so many hardships, you relish so much in their successes, that in no time they've already taken a place in your heart.

Aaaaah, Mockingjay. After finishing Catching Fire I was dying to continue reading and know what had happened to everyone. I was making my own versions and possibilities, but I was still stunned.

To tell the truth, all the book passed mostly like a blur. I just kept reading. All the time, I was worried sick of Peeta. But Katniss? I wanted to sympathize with her, I really did. But I wanted her to react, to do something, to fight, to rescue him. Instead, she was in a catatonic state (I know I shouldn't, but I couldn't help comparing her to Bella in New Moon). And Peeta? Well, remember the first book when he joined the Careers in the games? I thought "Wow, he's a good fighter after all!" and I waited to see him in action, to demonstrate his abilities. But have you noticed he's injured all the time? There was no fighter-Peeta (I love him anyways, of course), although I know his power rests within his words, in the way he speaks (something I'll always admire).

In this book there were, in my opinion, too many deaths. MY POOR TEARS. I said I had fallen in love with the characters, and well, it proved that.

The end confused me. A lot. I'm still shaken, and I don't really know who the bad guy was. I'm a bit unsure how I feel about the series' end.  All in all I was sad to see it ended, happy because of Katniss' choice in the love department. I still think my favorite is Catching Fire, and I want to re-read the series another time (probably after I see the movie) to set my feelings.

♔ Rating


Friday, March 09, 2012

Follow Friday (6)

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

Q: Have you ever looked at book's cover and thought, This is going to horrible? But, was instead pleasantly surprised? Show us the cover and tell us about the book.

Oh! That happened to me recently, with Geek Girl by Cindy C. Benett. The cover is not particularly bad-looking, but I thought it would be boring and drag out, so I was really surprised to see that it was actually a really nice read.

Here is the cover. It's not so bad, but I didn't expect to like the book so much :)

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (6)

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 still can't believe it -- The Savage Grace will be released next week! Yay! I love this series and even when I'll undoubtedly be sad that they have ended, I can't wait to read the third book. Those of you who have read the second understand me, right? And if you haven't read the series, I highly recommend them! :)

A troubled soul. An impossible choice. A final battle.
Wrestling with the werewolf curse pulsing deep inside of her, Grace Divine was finally able to find her brother, but it nearly cost her everything. 
With her boyfriend, Daniel, stuck in wolf form and Sirhan's death approaching, time is running out for Grace to stop Caleb Kalbi and his gang of demons. If she fails, her family and hometown will perish. Everything rests on Grace's shoulders. 
The final installment in The Dark Divine trilogy brings Daniel and Grace's love story to a breathtaking conclusion.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

♔ Details

Title: Catching Fire - The Hunger Games #2
Author: Suzanne Collins
Publisher: Scholastic
Release date: 1st September 2009
Add on Goodreads

♔ Summary
Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol - a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.
Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she's afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she's not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol's cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can't prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.
In Catching Fire, the second novel of the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before... and surprising readers at every turn.
♔ Review

Catching Fire totally blew me away. In fact, I liked it more than the first! Not because here everyone is happy or anything. But, maybe, because I already knew the characters and how everything worked in their world. In this book I fell even more in love with Katniss, Peeta, Gale, Cinna, Effie, Prim... It was really great reading about them again. I hadn't noticed how attached I grew to them until I started Catching Fire.

So... It got frustrating for me to see children sent to an arena to kill each other in the first book. But, being sent there A SECOND TIME? I was speechless. Outraged. It was downright cruel, knowing how it had affected all the previous winners. At least the people from the Capitol were discontent with their decision as well. It eased me a bit. This time I was fully prepared for what was to come: the trip to the Capitol, the preparation, the training center, the games, so I enjoyed it a lot more.

An then there are the love struggles. Oh, boy, did I enjoy reading about them. This time the tension was palpable. I still don't know how to feel about the love triangle. When they were in the games everything pointed to Peeta, but then they return and there's Gale, but then they go off again... I hope it all gets solved in the third book, Mockingjay, hopefully without anyone getting hurt (hey! A girl can dream, right?).

I think I can safely say that Catching Fire is my favorite of the series. I feel like the first is special on its own because it is the "original", when things happen for the first time, but I fully enjoyed myself with the second. Cannot wait to see what the third is like!

♔ Rating


Monday, March 05, 2012

Monday morning news

♔ New covers this week, too! Now that I'm keeping track of them, I'm seriously wondering if there are so many covers revealed each week.



♔ New trailer of Balthazar! Sadly I still haven't read any book of the series :( And then a SUPER AWESOME German trailer of Under the Never Sky. Seriously, it's ridiculous how much I love it. Just watch it.

♔ The sequel of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer has a title! *insert drumrolls here*

ev·o·lu·tion n. 1. A gradual process in which something changes into a different and usually more complex or better form.
-Read the author's original post!

♔ The author of my much-loved series The Iron Fey, Julie Kagawa, is giving away an early SIGNED copy of The Immortal Rules, the first book of her new vampire-themed series. I'm dying to read this one, I even have a countdown set on my iPod LOL. You can participate in her giveaway here in her post!

Sunday, March 04, 2012

In My Mailbox 4

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...

These are the ones that my sister bought, but I'll post them here anyways because I'll also read them :)

 The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald
 Stolen by Lucy Cristopher

And here are the ones that I bought! Of course, having read The Hunger Games, I had to buy the other two right away. I couldn't wait any more to read them. Oh, and of course,  Wolfsbane and Bloodrose. I still don't know why I've waited so much to buy them. I bet they're going to be incredible!

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer
Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer

And finally, Pandemonium! I honestly don't know what to expect from this one (crying at the end, probably lol). Because I didn't love the first one as much as everyone else did... but I love Lauren Oliver and I won't miss the chance to read anything that she's written.

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Friday, March 02, 2012

Follow Friday (5)

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

Q: What book would you love to see made into a movie or television show and do you have actors/actresses in mind to play the main characters?

I have a love-hate relationship with movies. I like them, since they're based on the book, but I hate them, because sometimes it doesn't do it justice or it cuts out too much from the book. I hadn't thought about a book that I'd like to see made into a movie, but now I'd say maybe Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Cinder. They're both fabulous reads that do a lot more than just telling a story, they build a world of their own, and I'd love to see that in a movie.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

March Releases

Here are my March-released favorites! I'm dying to read The Savage Grace, A Temptation of Angels and Life is But a Dream. The others, I'm planning to read or think will be a nice read. I haven't read Clarity nor The Goddess Test but I'm planning to do so very soon! :)

March 1st - 4th

Perception (Clarity #2) by Kim Harrington | Goodreads
Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin | Goodreads

March 5th - 11th

Balthazar by Claudia Gray | Goodreads
Where it Began by Ann Redisch Stampler | Goodreads
Illuminate (Gilded Wings #1) by Aimee Agresti | Goodreads
Embrace (Embrace #1) by Jessica Shirvington | Goodreads

March 12th - 18th

The Savage Grace (The Dark Divine #3) by Bree Despain | Goodreads
Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard | Goodreads
Starters (Starters #1) by Lissa Price | Goodreads
Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwing | Goodreads

March 19th - 25th

A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink | Goodreads
When You Open Your Eyes by Cleste Conway | Goodreads

March 26th - 31st

Goddess Interrupted (Goddess Test #2) by Aimee Carter | Goodreads
Slide (Slide #1) by Jill Hathaway | Goodreads
Spellcaster (Spellbound #2) by Cara Lynn Shultz | Goodreads
Life is But a Dream by Brian James | Goodreads
Blog Template by Delicious Design Studio