Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Grasping At Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper

Grasping At Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper
Release Date:

Leave it to Maryah Woodsen to break the one rule that will screw up eternity: Never erase your memories.  Before entering this life, Maryah did the unthinkable—she erased. Now, at seventeen years old, she’s clueless that her new adoptive family has known her for centuries, that they are perpetually reincarnated souls, and that they have supernatural abilities. Oh, and she's supposed to love (not despise) Nathan, the green-eyed daredevil who saved her life.  Nathan is convinced his family’s plan to spark Maryah's memory is hopeless, but his love for her is undying. After spending (and remembering) so many lifetimes together, being around an empty version of his soulmate is heart shattering. He hates acting like a stalker, but has no choice because the evil outcast who murdered Maryah in their last lifetime is still after her.  While Maryah’s hunter inches closer, she and Nathan make assumptions and hide secrets that rip them further apart. Maryah has to believe in the magic within her, Nathan must have faith in the power of their love, and both need to grasp onto the truth before they lose each other forever—and discover just how lonely eternity can be.  - Goodreads.com
The concept for this book is one I had not seen before.  So that alone made the book worth reading, as it's really hard nowadays to find a fresh concept that hasn't been done before.  I see a lot of books where the concept has been used before but at least the author is able to bring something new and interseting to it.  In the case of Grasping At Eternity, though, I truly had never seen this before, so that sucked me in right away.

I loved the characters in this book, especially the family members of the Kindrily.  They made the entire book interesting, and really, I was more interested in them than I was the main character, Maryah.  Not that Maryah wasn't interesting, but just that the Kindrily members had so much going on, and clearly know almost exactly what's going on, when she herself has no clue. 

I especially loved Nathan.  This is a great guy!  And he loves her so much.  From the very first page, you understand that Nathan loves her and always has, but for some reason, instead of being reborn to their Kindrily, she chose to erase her memory so that she would have no knowledge of them when she returns.  (Which is the neat little concept I mentioned above.)  So obviously, Maryah doesn't even know she's been with these people before.  As far as she's concerned, she's just a typical school girl like any other. 

There were times during the story that I just wanted to knock Maryah in the head for being so stupid and not seeing how great Nathan was and for pushing him away.  But, in her defense, again, she has no idea that she's supposed to love him.

Again, the concept to this story was what really kept you reading.  You really wanted to know why she chose to erase, especially when you meet Nathan and see how great he is.  I was left thinking, "you chose to leave him?"  But there's got to me more to her choice than that, right?

The author did a really good job keeping you interested and focused and wanting more.  The writing was great and fast paced and the characterization was the strength.  Good first book for this series.  Looking forward to the next.


Monday, July 30, 2012

A Girl Named Digit by Annabel Monaghan

A Girl Named Digit by Annabel Monaghan
Release Date: June 5, 2012
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

Farrah “Digit” Higgins may be going to MIT in the fall, but this L.A. high school genius has left her geek self behind in another school district so she can blend in with the popular crowd at Santa Monica High and actually enjoy her senior year.  But when Farrah, the daughter of a UCLA math professor, unknowingly cracks a terrorist group’s number sequence, her laid-back senior year gets a lot more interesting. Soon she is personally investigating the case, on the run from terrorists, and faking her own kidnapping—all while trying to convince a young, hot FBI agent to take her seriously. So much for blending in... - Goodreads.com

The name of this book leaves a lot to be desired, but the book itself was such a cute one.  I love the idea of a very genius girl.  A lot of the time you read books about a young protigy/genius and it always seems to be a boy.  So it was nice to see a girl being the superbrain in this book.  And you just had to love Farrah/Digit.  She's was brainy, but so quirky.  Her internal thought processes were so funny that I found myself laughing out loud at this book.  But more interesting was just listening to how her brain worked and how she worked things out in her head.

Loved the hot FBI agent.  He was great for her, and I loved how these two interacted together.  Obviously, she's a tiny bit young for him, even though he's a young agent.  But it kind of gave the book a steamy quality, because there was that touch of the forbidden to it.

The book, to me, was just about perfect because it had the romance, the intrigue and mystery and suspense.  They're running from bad guys and trying to figure out who all the players are and bring them down.

The book was faced paced and exciting.  The writing was entertaining and sparkling with great banter between the two main characters.  This was just a really fun book and I would highly recommend it.  Don't judge it by its name!


Sunday, July 29, 2012

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Release Date: June 14, 2012
Publisher: Dial Books

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, numerous, messy, affectionate. And every day from her balcony perch, seventeen-year-old Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs her terrace and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely in love, Jase's family makes Samantha one of their own. Then in an instant, the bottom drops out of her world and she is suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?  - Goodreads.com

I waited a very long time to read this story, and I was really hoping that it wouldn't disappoint me because I had built it up so much in my head based on the summary.  I shouldn't have been worried.  My Life Next Door was exactly what I expected, and more.

Samantha's home life with her mom isn't a bad thing, but her mom has some firmly held prejudices against large families like the Garretts, and she's a politician so her time with Sam and her sister is limited and sometimes seems superficial.  It's not hard to see why Samantha would have been drawn to life over the fence when she spends so much time watching the loving chaos that comes from the Garretts home.  There were times, when hearing Jase describe the way strangers in a grocery store treat his mother, asking questions like "You know there's birth control," that I had admit to having once shared a similar opinion of families that have so many kids.  But seeing this awesome family interact together, their love for each other, and how fun and loving they were, made me take a much different view.  They were quirky, caring, fun, and so loving with each other.  You had to love them.  And the scenes where Samantha interacts with them are some of my favorites in the book.

Her relationship with Jase is so sweet and endearing.  This guy comes from a wonderful family who loves each other, and being the product of that, he has an amazing character.  Sweet, gentle, responsible, and with an indefinable quality that really opens Samantha up and makes her realize what she's missing.  And for her part, Samantha was quiet at first, but opens up and fits right in with the Garretts.  She's strong enough to know what's right later in the book.

There were times in this book when I just wanted to grab her mother and shake her until her teeth rattled.  This woman was judgmental and hypocritic so much that it was hard to see her redeeming qualities, even if she did have them.  But I had to remind myself that people make mistakes and that it's possible to be redeemed from them.

I can't really say anymore without revealing too much for those who haven't read the book.  But suffice it to say, this book had a wonderful mix of intrigue, romance, mystery, and a little humor.  It was a perfect summer read, but with a little something extra that made it more than just a summer book.  There were some great life lessons here.

The authors writing was beautiful and engaging, and I flew through these pages and was disappointed when it had to end.  This was really a great book.


Saturday, July 28, 2012

Stacking the Shelves

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

This was a huge week for me in book acquisitions.  I felt like a kid in a candy store instead of, well, a kid in a bookstore.  Here's what I got this week!







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


Friday, July 27, 2012

Gotta Have It YA Releases: August 2012

August continues an awesome trend in books.  This summer has just been phenomenal for amazing book releases.  So here's what we have to look forward to in August 2012!!!

Losing Lila (Lila #2) by Sarah Alderson  (8/2/2012)
 Survive by Alex Morel  (8/2/2012)
Wake (Watersong #2) by Amanda Hocking  (8/7/2012)

Girl of Nightmares (Anna #2) by Kendare Blake  (8/7/2012)
Glitch by Heather Anastasiu (8/7/2012)
Auracle by Gina Rosati (8/7/2012)

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas  (8/7/2012)
Touched by Cyn Balog (8/14/2012)
Intentions by Deborah Heiligman  (8/14/2012)

Onyx (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout  (8/14/2012)
False Memory by Dan Krokos  (8/14/2012)
The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long  (8/16/2012)

Smashed by Lisa Luedeke  (8/21/2012)
The Raft by S.A. Bodeen  (8/21/2012)
Over You by Emma McLaughlin  (8/21/2012)

Heaven (Halo #3) by Alexandra Adornetto  (8/21/2012)
The Sweetest Spell by Suzanne Selfors  (8/21/2012)
The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe (8/21/2012)

Starling by Lesley Livingston  (8/28/2012)
Embers & Echoes (Wildefire #2) by Karston Knight  (8/28/2012)
The Dark Light by Sara Walsh  (8/28/2012)

The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna (8/28/2012)
Erasing Time by C.J. Hill  (8/28/2012)
Enshadowed (Nevermore #2) by Kelly Creagh  (8/28/2012)

If I Lie by Corrine Jackson  (8/28/2012)
Dangerous Boy by Mandy Hubbard  (8/30/2012)

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