Thursday, May 31, 2012

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen

What if there were teens whose lives depended on being bad influences?
This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels in Sweet Evil.  Tenderhearted Southern girl, Anna Whitt, was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage, and her will-power is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.  Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?  - Goodreads.com


Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow!!  OMG, OMG, OMG!!!  This is, hands down, one of the best books I've read in a while... which says a lot, because I feel like I've been on a great book kick lately and I have literally loved just about everything I've read lately.  But this book just knocked my socks off.  What a debut!!  I can't believe a first time author wrote this, but then I guess I shouldn't be surprised by some of the awesome writing talent out there.

Wendy Higgins has managed to create a book here that not only entertains and keeps you on the edge of your seat, but really makes you think.  The first sentence of the summary says it all: "What if there were teens whose lives depended on being bad influences?"  Yeah, what if?  Can you imagine what it would be like if this was your daughter and she found out she was part demon, part angel, and she lived in a world where others like her were forced to "work" each night promoting the seven deadly sins?

Seeing into the "behind the scenes" struggle between good and evil was amazing, a struggle that goes on right over your shoulder each day as good and evil representatives battle unseen for your thoughts and how you will look at the world, and whether you'll envy your friend's new dress, or lust for someone else's boyfriend.  It really made you stop and think.

The characters in this story were so interesting.  Jay was not just the obligatory guy best friend.  There was something so special about him, and how he loves and cares for Anna without any romantic interest at all was so sweet and endearing. 

I loved Anna... and not because she was perfect.  She has weaknesses, and they're bad ones.  She works hard to stifle them and to do good things instead.  There's innocence about her, but also a worldliness that was somewhat sad.  Her influence on Kaiden was so sweet, especially considering his character!  He was one of those characters you just had to love, despite the fact that they do bad things.  Then again, one could argue that he can't help the things he has to do.  He was strong, sexy, hot, but he had a heart too, even thought he's not supposed to.  I found myself really cheering these two on.  Their scenes together are sexy, and the tension between them was intoxicating where you just couldn't stand it!

Quite a few other characters are introduced, but I don't really feel like I can say much more without giving away too much for those who haven't read the book.  This is the type of book that you just need to discover for yourself.  It was brilliant, beautifully written, fast-paced and just a whole lot of awesome!!  It packed an emotional punch that just left me breathless.  Instant Wendy Higgins fan here!  I can't wait for book two.  This book was amazing!



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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. WoW posts are about books that you can’t wait to get your hands on.

This is one of my favorite posts to read on the blogs that I follow because other bloggers have found so many wonderful books that I had no idea about! I get most of those from reading Waiting on Wednesday posts. :-) I urge you to visit other blogs and read theirs to find these great lists!



Release Date: September 18, 2012


Why I love it: A girl cursed with
a touch that kills.  I love this type
of story.  Sounds so good.


Buy it on Goodreads


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Monday, May 28, 2012

Glimmer by Phoebe Kitandis

Glimmer by Phoebe Kitandis
Release Date: April 17, 2012
Publisher: Balzer & Bray

What if you forgot your identity and had to rely on other people to tell you who you were?  And what if to discover your true self, you first had to unravel a mystery so big and terrifying you were not sure you’d survive solving it?  When Marshall and Elyse wake up in each other’s arms with zero memory of how they got there or who they are, it’s the start of a long journey through their separate pasts and shared future.  Terrified by their amnesia, the two make a pact to work together to find the answers that could jog their missing memories. As they piece together clues, they discover they’re in the idyllic mountain resort town of Summer Falls, where everyone seems mysteriously happy, but as Marshall and Elyse quickly learn, darkness lurks beneath the town’s perfect facade. Not only is the town haunted by sinister ghosts, but none of its living inhabitants retain bad memories of anything—not the death of Marshall’s mom, not the hidden shame in Elyse’s family, not even the day-to-day anguish of high school.  - Goodreads.com

In a world filled with so many series and trilogies, Glimmer was definitely a welcome change.  From what I can tell, this was a standalone book, and it was actually very refreshing to read a book where there are no cliff-hangers and everything is resolved and completed in book one.  Aside from that aspect, Glimmer was just a fascinating book.

The idea of two people waking up in each other's arms with no memory of either each other, or themselves, was so intriguing.  I loved both Marshall and Elyse.  They bond quickly over their shared experience, and the fact that only each other can possibly know what the other is going through. So it is easy to see how their relationship can begin when they need each other to get through the strangeness going on around them.  These two were awesome together.  Such steamy, sexy scenes between them.  Awesome sexual tension building throughout the story.

This was a truly unique idea behind this town and what was going on there.  Just when I thought I had it all figured out, the author surprised me.  There was more than one strange element going on here, and everything worked together so well.  There were times when this story got downright eerie, but in a good way!

The author's writing was great... suspenseful and fast-paced.  The clues leading up to the final reveals were well-done and I was truly shocked when the culprit/s were finally revealed.  I truly didn't see that coming.

Awesome book!  Hope to see more from this author!


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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Storm by Brigid Kemmerer

Storm by Brigid Kemmerer
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Publisher: Kensington

Earth, Fire, Air, Water – they have more power than you dream. Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her, Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys—all the ones she doesn't want. Then she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parking lot. Chris is different. Way different: he can control water—just like his brothers can control fire, wind, and earth. They’re powerful. Dangerous. Marked for death.  And now that she knows the truth, so is Becca.  Secrets are hard to keep when your life’s at stake. When Hunter, the mysterious new kid around school, turns up with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time, Becca thinks she can trust him. But then Hunter goes head-to-head with Chris, and Becca wonders who’s hiding the most dangerous truth of all.  The storm is coming . . . - Goodreads.com

This is my type of book!  One girl surrounded by a bunch of hot guys with magic, danger, subterfuge, and hidden secrets.  What's not to love here?

The characters in this story was the crowning acheivement.  The brothers Merrick were my favorite thing about this story.  There are four brothers and their relationship with each other, as well as their interactions and scenes together were the most compelling scenes, even if you throw in the magic and suspense.  Just watching their play, the volatility, their vulnerability around the oldest brother, Michael, and how their relationships together evolve and grow throughout the story was so rewarding.

Then there's Becca.  I loved her.  She was sweet, sorta selfless, but with a really healthy dose of 'don't mess with me'.  The contradictions in her personality made her so much more endearing and you just had to fall in love with her. 

The story was magical, suspenseful, and had me completely invested from page one.  This is definitely one of those books that starts off immediately and with a bang.  This author knew exactly the perfect place to start this story, and every scene thereafter is a compliment to the others.  Nothing useless was left in this story... it all worked together beautiful, building to that final moment when revelations occur and I was left shocked.  I did have a pretty good suspicion about the identity of a certain key character, but I wasn't disappointed to find out that I was right.

This was just a fantastic book that kept me on the edge of my seat, loving the romance, loving the characters, and utterly fascinated by the events going on.  It's going to be very difficult to wait until the sequel comes out, but the wait will be well worth it  Awesome!!


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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Stacking the Shelves



Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

Here's what I got this week!


 

 

 

 


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

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Friday, May 25, 2012

The Summer of No Regrets Giveaway!


I'm so excited to be hosting my first giveaway!  I will be giving away a copy of The Summer of No Regrets by Katherine Grace Bond to one of my awesome followers.  Here are the book details:

The Summer of No Regrets by Katherine Grace Bond
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

The day Brigitta accidentally flings herself into the lap of a guy she's never met, her friend Natalie is convinced he's Trent Yves, egotistical heartthrob-in-hiding. When the boy, who calls himself Luke, is nearly eaten by a cougar, Brigitta finds herself saving his life, being swept into his spectacular embrace and wondering if she wants Natalie's fantasy to be true.  As the two spend the summer together raising orphaned cougar cubs, Brigitta still can't be sure of his true identity. But then again, since her grandparents' death, her father's sudden urge to give away all their possessions and become a shaman, and her own awkward transition from girlhood into a young woman, she isn't sure of anything. What is the truth? More importantly, can she accept it?  - Goodreads.com

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Timepiece by Myra McEntire

Timepiece by Myra McEntire
Release Date: June 12, 2012
Publisher: EgmontUSA

A threat from the past could destroy the future. And the clock is ticking... Kaleb Ballard's relentless flirting is interrupted when Jack Landers, the man who tried to murder his father, timeslips in and attacks before disappearing just as quickly. But Kaleb has never before been able to see time travelers, unlike many of his friends associated with the mysterious Hourglass organization. Are Kaleb's powers expanding, or is something very wrong?  Then the Hourglass is issued an ultimatum. Either they find Jack and the research he's stolen on the time gene, or time will be altered with devastating results.  Now Kaleb, Emerson, Michael, and the other Hourglass recruits have no choice but to use their unusual powers to find Jack. But where do they even start? And when? And even if they succeed, it may not be enough...  - Goodreads.com

I loved Hourglass so much, that I figured I would love Timepiece as well.  It surpassed my expectations though.  The author did something new and unexpected for a sequel.  She changed the lead character point of view to someone different.  In the first book, the story was all about Emerson and Michael and written from Emerson's point of view.  I loved both of those characters and I enjoyed seeing them again and continuing their story in this installment.  But this time, the story is told from Kaleb's point of view.

I fell in love with Kaleb in Hourglass.  He wasn't in the story for a very long time, but it was enough to make me really care about him and be drawn to his misunderstood and tortured bad boy persona.  Now we get to see into his head, hear his thoughts and truly get to know him.  I loved it!

His love interest was, to me, the perfect compliment to his character.  I loved these two together and it was so nice to see some good things happen to Kaleb.  Additionally, the overall story progressed a great deal and I was completely engrossed.  There was romance, mystery, suspense, and just about anything else you can think of to make an awesome book.

The writing is tight and fast-paced and before I knew it, the book was over.  Great story.  I can't wait for book three!

See where it all began and read:

 





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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. WoW posts are about books that you can’t wait to get your hands on.

This is one of my favorite posts to read on the blogs that I follow because other bloggers have found so many wonderful books that I had no idea about! I get most of those from reading Waiting on Wednesday posts. :-) I urge you to visit other blogs and read theirs to find these great lists!



Release Date: September 4, 2012


Why I love it:  Sequel to
Dark Inside!! 


Buy it on Goodreads


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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list complete answers. This week's Top Ten list is:

Top Ten Blogs/Sites You Read That AREN'T about Books

1.  Jennifer Echols' blog:  http://jenniferechols.livejournal.com/

2. Agent Scott Eagan's blog: http://scotteagan.blogspot.com/

3. Agent Janet Reid's blog: http://jetreidliterary.blogspot.com/

4. Ex-agent Nathan Bransford's blog: http://blog.nathanbransford.com/

5. Routines for Writers: http://www.routinesforwriters.com

6. Agent Rachelle Gardner's blog: http://www.rachellegardner.com

7. The League of Extraordinary Writers: http://leaguewriters.blogspot.com/

8. WOW: Women on Writing: http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/index.html

9. Writers Write, Right?  http://jmanni32.blogspot.com/

10. Linda Kage's blog: http://lindakage.blogspot.com/

What are your favorite blogs?

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen

One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.  Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.  - Goodreads.com

Let me start out by saying that I love this author, and I love this series.  Divergent was one of my favorite books of 2011.  I have been eagerly anticipating the release of this book, as have most all YA book fanatics.  Insurgent was a great second installment to what is shaping up to be an awesome series.  I do have some nit-picky things though that detracted from my enjoyment somewhat and kinda kept me from fully loving it as much as I had expected to...

First, was it just me or was Tris kinda whiny in this book?  While I do understand a certain amount of guilt and angst over one or two of her actions in Divergent, I felt that her reaction was a little over the top.  It made her personality be almost completely different in this story than the Tris I'd come to love in the first book.  I missed that spunky Tris! 

Secondly, I just didn't buy her being so close-mouthed and secretive with Four.  She overhears one conversation, one in which he doesn't really say a thing, and suddenly he's untrustworthy?  She keeps so many things from him, and I felt that it went against her character to do that.  There's wasn't really any justification to it, and it seemed like it was done just so that the author could keep some distance there that would have us readers being scared for the outcome of their relationship.

Lastly, I figured out the big secret pretty early in the book.  I'm not sure if the clues were just too overt for me, or if I'm just that darn good (I'm not) but I wasn't really surprised when the big revelation came. 

All that being said though, I really did like the book.  I loved getting a chance to see and experience some of the other factions and get to know their ways and cultures.  That was neat.  And getting to have a more in depth look at how the factionless live was also eye-opening.  There were a couple of wow factors and unexpected things that came from that which I thought were great.

I also loved the relationships in the book, just as I did in the first.  People you thought you could trust turn out to be traitors, and vice-versa.  So that put a bit of a punch into the story, emotionally.  And then there is Tris and Four's relationship...which I also love.  I would have liked to have seen her place a bit more faith in him than she did, as I felt that her distrust and secretiveness was undeserved, but when they're together, they're awesome.  I love Four!!

All in all, the ending of this book has me clammoring for book three.  This was a great second installment and I am definitely looking forward to seeing what happens next, now that everything is about to change.  What a cliffhanger!

Check out where it all began and read:











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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Stacking the Shelves


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

Here's what I got this week!


 

 

 

 

 

 
Leave a message and tell me what you got this week!!

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