Monday, April 30, 2012

A Million Suns by Beth Revis

A Million Suns by Beth Revis
Release Date: January 10, 2012
Publisher: Razorbill

Godspeed was once fueled by lies. Now it is ruled by chaos. It’s been three months. In that time, Amy has learned to hide who she is. Elder is trying to be the leader he’s always wanted to be. But as the ship gets more and more out of control, only one thing is certain: They have to get off the ship.  -

Beth Revis has done it again!  After her extraordinary debut in Across the Universe, she has put out a sophomore book that is absolutely amazing!  Just like the first book, A Million Suns sucked me in completely from the very first page and kept me suspended and devouring pages until the very end.

I had never really read a sci-fi-ish type story before this series, and I actually always thought I hated that type of story.  So the fact that this series has turned out to be one of my favorites is pretty incredible, but there you go.  I count the days until Revis' books come out, and this one was no exception.

The characters were awesome....  Again, I just loved Amy.  She's no damsel in distress, but at the same time she's not super tough either.  She's a wonderful mixture of bravery, vulnerability and intelligence.  I love how she's the thinker in this story.  She's the one who pieces the clues together, follows the leads, figures things out.  And Elder...  I just love Elder.  You gotta love this guy.  He wants so much to be a good leader, and he actually already is and just doesn't realize it.  There were times in this book, though, that I just wanted to smack some people upside the head and yell, "leave Elder alone!"  But it was all good.  That's what makes good struggle in a book.

There were a couple of really excellent and very unexpected twists in this book that I never saw coming.  Great job, Beth Revis, keeping us all in suspense and holding us there until just the right moment.  Which hits upon another aspect of the book that I love... Beth Revis knows when and how to reveal details.  Nothing comes at the wrong time, or comes too fast or slow.  It's always just enough, just what the reader needs, and no more, and it's always at just the right moment.

This author is a vastly talented storyteller.  I absolutely fell in love with yet another of her books.  I can't wait until the third book comes out.  Awesome!!

If you liked this book, check out the first one:


Sunday, April 29, 2012

In My Mailbox (71)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

Here's what I got this week!

Leave a comment and let me know what you got this week!


Saturday, April 28, 2012

Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay

Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay
Release Date: December 27, 2011
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books

Marcie has been dragged away from home for the summer--from Idaho to a family summerhouse in New Hampshire. She's left behind her friends, a group of freaks and geeks called the Leftovers, including her emo-rocker boyfriend, and her father. By the time Labor Day rolls around, Marcie suspects this "summer vacation" has become permanent. She has to start at a new school, and there she leaves behind her Leftover status when a cute boy brings her breakfast and a new romance heats up. But understanding love, especially when you've watched your parents' affections end, is elusive. What does it feel like, really? Can you even know it until you've lost it?  -
I had a little trouble getting into this one like I hoped I would.  Perhaps it was the fact that the book was written in verse and I've never really been a fan of that style of novel.  It's more distracting to me than engaging.  Another thing that kind of pulled me out of the story is that it was a tad bit predictable to me.  There was a love triangle... and I kind of knew that one side of the love interest was going to go anywhere, and then boom, I'm right.  And then coincidentally, things change to put Marcie back where she was, there's a little conflict there, and then boom, resolution. 

Marcie was really the only character in the story that I really felt like I knew.  Everyone else was sort of like looking at a picture... a little flat and two dimensional.  I really wished I could have seen a bit more depth in some of those other characters.

Lastly, the conflict in the story was based mainly on a big misunderstanding, in my view.  So I never really felt like there was a mounting level of emotional buildup.  All in all, I admired the author's ability, but the book fell a little flat for me.


Friday, April 27, 2012

Gotta Have It YA Releases: May 2012

It's time to celebrate the upcoming titles for May release.  If you don't find something exciting in this list, there's something wrong!  Here we go...

Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth  (5/1/2012)
Elemental by Emily White (5/1/2012)
Waiting by Carol Lynch Williams (5/1/2012)

Silence by Michelle Sagara West  (5/1/2012)
Wrecked by Anna Davies (5/1/2012)
When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle  (5/1/2012)

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins  (5/1/2012)
The Summer of No Regrets by Katherine Grace Bond (5/1/2012)
The Last Princess by Galaxy Craze (5/1/2012)

Slated by Teri Terry (5/3/2012)
Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock  (5/8/2012)
In Honor by Jessi Kirby (5/8/2012)

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis  (5/8/2012)
First Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky  (5/8/2012)
Last Rite (Personal Demons #3) by Lisa Desrochers (5/8/2012)

Revived by Cat Patrick  (5/8/2012)
Underworld (Abandon #2) by Meg Cabot  (5/8/2012)
Until I Die (Revenants #2) by Amy Plum  (5/8/2012)

Magic In Manhatten by Sarah Mlynowski (5/8/2012)
Beauty by Lisa Daily (5/10/2012)
Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout (5/15/2012)

Gilt by Katherine Longshore (5/15/2012)
Kiss the Morning Star by Elissa Janine Hoole (5/15/2012)
Of Poseidon by Anna Banks (5/22/2012)

The Lost Code by Kevin Emerson  (5/22/2012)
Fated (Soul Seekers #1) by Alyson Noel  (5/22/2012)
Unbreak My Heart by Melissa C. Walker (5/22/2012)

Wicked Sweet by Mar'ce Merrell  (5/22/2012)
Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen (5/22/2012)
Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London (5/29/2012)

Dreamless (Starcrossed #2) by Josephine Angelini (5/29/2012)
Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti  (5/31/2012)

What a great month for book releases!!  Leave a comment and let me know which ones you can't wait to get!!
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