Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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!


 
The Registry saved the country from collapse. But stability has come at a price. In this patriotic new America, girls are raised to be brides, sold at auction to the highest bidder. Boys are raised to be soldiers, trained by the state to fight to their death.

Nearly eighteen, beautiful Mia Morrissey excitedly awaits the beginning of her auction year. But a warning from her married older sister raises dangerous thoughts. Now, instead of going up on the block, Mia is going to escape to Mexico—and the promise of freedom.

All Mia wants is to control her own destiny—a brave and daring choice that will transform her into an enemy of the state, pursued by powerful government agents, ruthless bounty hunters, and a cunning man determined to own her . . . a man who will stop at nothing to get her back.
 - Goodreads.com

 
Release Date:  June 1, 2013
 
Why I'm excited about it:
A New Adult dystopian!
Haven't read one of those
before.  Eager to see what it's like.
 
 
 
 
Leave a comment and let me know what your WoWs are this week!
 

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

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 Tuesday - Top Ten Tuesday Freebie (Anything you want!):  So I'm choosing Top Ten Books that got my blood pumping!


1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

2. Isle of Night: The Watchers by Veronica Wolff

3. Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts

4. Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

5. The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

6. The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawan

7. The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse

8. Divergent by Veronica Roth

9. Pivot Point by Kasie West

10. The Bane by Keary Taylor


What books got your blood pumping?



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Monday, May 27, 2013

The Love Game by Emma Hart

The Love Game by Emma Hart
Release Date: March 29, 2013
Publisher: Emma Hart

His challenge? Make her fall in love with him.  Her challenge? Play the player.  Until life changes the rules of the game.  Maddie Stevens hated Braden Carter on sight. Arrogant, egotistical, and the playboy of the University of California, Berkeley, he's everything her brother Pearce has taught her to despise. So why, when the girls challenge her to play the player, doesn't she say no? She doesn't know either.  Braden wanted fiery little Maddie the second he laid eyes on her - and he'd do anything to have her, hence why he's agreed to make her fall in love with him. After all, it's the only way he'll get what he wants. Sex.  But, as Braden discovers, there's more to the girl from Brooklyn than he ever imagined - and he can't help but care about the broken girl behind those pretty green eyes  Maddie finds Braden isn't just a walking erection - he actually has feelings. He can be sweet, funny and his good looks don't exactly hurt. That means trouble - but when her brother Pearce turns up in Berkeley begging for her help, she realises Braden and Pearce aren't so alike anymore.  And maybe, just maybe, they're exactly what each other needs.  - Goodreads.com

I really expected to find this story to be cliché and overdone.  I've seen a similar premise several times before, after all.  What Emma Hart does with this story and with these characters, however, made it into something new.

I loved these characters, all of them.  Not just the two main characters, but all of the friends on both sides.  This was just a really fun crowd of guys and girls that I could easily have seen myself hanging with in college.  The characters were all so real.  I could picture bits and pieces of my own friends in all of them, and in the guys they hang with as well.  Some of my favorite parts are those where Maddie and her friends are just hanging out, talking, laughing, and just being girls.  The characterization in this story was one of the strong points that gave this story it's unique quality.

Secondly, I loved the romance in this book.  Braden and Maddie are hot, hot, hot together.  I loved Braden.  He wasn't just a playboy.  There was a lot more to him than meets the eye, and I loved how easily, smoothly, and unexpectedly he fit into the role of boyfriend.  The romance was slow-building, intense, and amazing.  And when the big moment of discovery comes, because you knew it would, the reactions were exactly what they should be.

The author did an amazing job with characterization, keeping me caring about her characters and wanting to see their happy ending.  I loved pretty much everything about this story.  It just worked perfectly.  I'll be looking for more books by this author.


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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Dualed by Elsie Chapman

Dualed by Elsie Chapman
Release Date: February 26, 2013
Publisher: Random House Books


You or your Alt? Only one will survive.  The city of Kersh is a safe haven, but the price of safety is high. Everyone has a genetic Alternate—a twin raised by another family—and citizens must prove their worth by eliminating their Alts before their twentieth birthday. Survival means advanced schooling, a good job, marriage—life.  Fifteen-year-old West Grayer has trained as a fighter, preparing for the day when her assignment arrives and she will have one month to hunt down and kill her Alt. But then a tragic misstep shakes West’s confidence. Stricken with grief and guilt, she’s no longer certain that she’s the best version of herself, the version worthy of a future. If she is to have any chance of winning, she must stop running not only from her Alt, but also from love . . . though both have the power to destroy her.  - Goodreads.com

The summary for this story really caught my attention when it came out.  Having to fight and kill your alternate in order to survive in this dystopian world is very "Hunger Games" and I knew it would make for an exciting story.  And it did.  The fighting in this story was very suspenseful, and the fact that West only has so much time to kill her own alternate before they both die amps up the suspense even more.

West was an interesting character.  From the start I felt she was mature, but she had residual elements of a stubborn, impulsive girl to her that she makes a terrible mistake that costs her dearly.  The fact that she did it was impulsive and reckless, but it's the kind of mistake anyone would make.  This made it even more sad when the inevitable outcome occurred.  I understood her motivations for everything she did, and this made her such a real character for me, that I really did love her.

The romance to this story wasn't really front and center.  The majority of the book is spent in West's head, and rather than become boring to hear so much internalization, it was a very exciting book.  The fighting alone really revved the story up, just when you thought things were getting a little stagnant.  I felt like the romance appeared just when it needed to.  Not too much, not too little.  And I loved the guy!  How he took care of her, even when she didn't know he was doing so, made me fall for him immediately.

Chapman created a very suspenseful, exciting story here.  It was inventive and exciting.  The pacing was perfect, and I flew through the pages and the story so quickly.  The ending surprised me a little bit because I know this is a series and will have a sequel, but I felt that the author wrapped things up so well, that this book could have been a standalone.  I will definitely pick up the next installment.

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Stacking the Shelves



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

 Here's my shelf this week...


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



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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Matchplay by Dakota Madison

Matchplay by Dakota Madison
Release Date: March 17, 2013
Publisher: Short on Time Books

A Girl, a Guy, a Tournament and a Challenge  The Girl: At a time when most girls obsess about homecoming and high school prom, Rainy Dey spent her senior year caring for her dying mother. So when her father drops her off at college to start her freshman year, his words of advice to his bookish daughter are to start acting like a young person and finally have some fun.  The Guy: College senior, Aaron Donavan, aka Mr. Hot-and-Knows-It, is President of the Clubhouse, a social club for the college’s most wealthy and popular guys. Aaron can have any girl on campus except the one who challenges and excites him the most—Rainy Dey.  The Tournament: Every year, the senior members of The Clubhouse engage in a golf-inspired tournament to see who can sleep with the most freshman girls. When Rainy finds out about the tournament, she believes Aaron’s only interest in her is to score points by taking her V-Card.  The Challenge: Can Aaron convince Rainy that his feelings for her are true and that she won’t be just another notch on his tournament scorecard? - Goodreads.com

Okay, I was looking for a fun, hot kind of New Adult story here, and for the most part that's what I got.  However, there were just a couple things that kept me from really getting into this one the way I had hoped to.  Don't get me wrong, I liked it, but it didn't quite live up to my expectations.

First of all, I liked the main character, Rainy, and I felt for her as she had to give up a great deal of her last high school years caring for her mother.  Any girl who goes through that deserves some good times, so when her dad wants her to kick up her heals a little and enjoy college life, I felt it was well-deserved.  Aaron, on the hand, I didn't take to quite so quickly.  I liked him, don't get me wrong, and yes, he was kind of hot.  BUT, I just never felt like I got to know him.  He seemed very surface to me, with very little depth.  I didn't pick up on the things that made him a real person, so he just kind of seemed a bit unfinished.

Because the romance is front and center to this story, and I didn't feel like I knew the guy very well, this story just didn't hold my interest the whole time, because I never felt like I could get fully invested in their romance.  First of all, I had a hard time buying the fact that Rainy went ahead and went out with Aaron to begin with, knowing what she knew about him.  Granted, we may find out later that he's not as bad as his frat brothers are about the whole thing, but she didn't know that at the time.  So she seemed not too smart to just go out with him when she knows he's a part of this little tournament.  I felt like the situation, the romance, was somewhat forced.

I liked her friends, and I did like the premise of the story and how everything worked out, but due to the few factors mentioned above, I just couldn't fall in love with it completely the way I wanted to.  I did enjoy the author's writing, as it was straightforward, fast-reading, and interesting.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

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!



 Rose Zarelli has big plans for sophomore year—everything is going to be different. This year, she’s going to be the talented singer with the killer voice, the fabulous girl with the fashionista best friend, the brainiac who refuses to let Jamie Forta jerk her around...

...but if she’s not careful, she’s also going to be the sister who misses the signals, the daughter who can only think about her own pain, the “good girl” who finds herself in mid-scandal again (because no good deed goes unpunished) and possibly worst of all...the almost-girlfriend.

When all else fails, stop looking for love and go find yourself
.
 - Goodreads.com
 
Release Date:  June 18, 2013
 
Why I'm excited about it:
Absolutely loved the first
book.  One of my favorites last
year.  Can't wait to see what
happens next!
 
 
 
 
Leave a comment and let me know what your WoWs are this week!
 

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Rule by Jay Crownover

Rule by Jay Crownover
Release Date: December 30, 2012
Publisher: Jay Crownover Books

Opposites in every way . . . except the one that matters.  Shaw Landon loved Rule Archer from the moment she laid eyes on him. Rule is everything a straight--A pre-med student like Shaw shouldn’t want--and the only person she’s never tried to please. She isn’t afraid of his scary piercings and tattoos or his wild attitude. Though she knows that Rule is wrong for her, her heart just won’t listen.  To a rebel like Rule Archer, Shaw Landon is a stuck-up, perfect princess-and his dead twin brother’s girl. She lives by other people’s rules; he makes his own. He doesn’t have time for a good girl like Shaw-even if she’s the only one who can see the person he truly is.  But a short skirt, too many birthday cocktails, and spilled secrets lead to a night neither can forget. Now, Shaw and Rule have to figure out how a girl like her and a guy like him are supposed to be together without destroying their love . . . or each other.  - Goodreads.com

This was a really great find.  I'm not sure how I uncovered this book, but I'm so glad I did.  It's definitely a New Adult title, as there is some steaminess to this book, but that's A-Okay with me. I loved it.

The characters in this story were so well developed.  I loved Shaw...loved how she worked so hard to keep a family together that isn't really even her family.  But her own is so undesirable that I can't blame her for grasping onto the Archers so much.  I loved how they treated her as one of their own due to her relationship with Rule's dead brother.  And this is the crux of the whole story.  Rule is treated like a visitor in his own home.  His family doesn't approve of him, his looks or anything about him.  I loved that he was a bad boy, but he had a uniqueness to even the bad boy persona.  He wasn't just a bad boy who was tattooed but also mohawked.  I kept thinking of Puck on Glee.  Aside from looks though, I just loved this guy, loved his struggles, love how he falls for Shaw.  He is who he is because he had to be an individual buried next to a twin brother, and an also an older brother.  I liked how the author gave him a reason for wanting to individualize himself more from his brothers.

His relationship with his family broke my heart, and I love how Shaw did everything she could to help alleviate that, make peace, and bring Rule back into the family.  All the while, she has parents who treat her like she's never good enough, and have a very distinct idea in mind for what she should be like, who she should date, and what she should make of herself.  With these issues going on, it was very rewarding to see Rule and Shaw find, together, an acceptance.

This was an emotional and thought-provoking book...much more than what the cover or even the summary reveals.  I devoured it very quickly.  Excellent writing. 




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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer

Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer
Release Date: May 28, 2013
Publisher: Kensington

With power comes enemies. Lots of them.  Hunter Garrity just wants to be left alone. He’s learned the hard way that his unusual abilities come at a price. And he can’t seem to afford any allies.  He’s up to his neck in hostiles. His grandfather, spoiling for a fight. The Merrick brothers, who think he ratted them out. Calla, the scheming psycho who wants to use him as bait.  Then there’s Kate Sullivan, the new girl at school. She’s not hostile. She’s bold. Funny. Hot. But she’s got an agenda, too.  With supposedly secret powers rippling to the surface everywhere around him, Hunter knows something ugly is about to go down. But finding out what means he’ll have to find someone he can trust… - Goodreads.com


This third installment to the Elemental series really threw me for a loop in more than one way.  There were a couple of twists and turns that I really never expected, and in a way, I still don't know what I think of them.  But it was great to return to the world of Elemental and revisit my favorite characters.

It was great to finally feel like I knew Hunter.  He's been something of an enigma in most of the other books and you just never really know what he's thinking.  Well, this is his book, and so we get to be inside his head, hear his thoughts and understand him, finally.  And I loved him.  He's not as cut and dry as I thought he'd be.  He has internal struggles that were sad and made me feel for him even more than I always had.  He has no one in the world, and has felt that since the death of his father.  He doesn't feel he belongs anywhere except with others like him, but can he really trust them either?  For this reason, I loved his interactions with the brothers so much and look forward to seeing that dynamic develop further in future books.

Kate... I'll admit, I really had a hard time with Kate.  I just didn't like her.  I'm not sure what it was about her, except that I didn't feel like I really knew her until near the end.  For this reason, there just didn't seem to be anything there for me to grasp onto...nothing to humanize her or make me really care about her.  Until near the end.  At that point, I changed my mind about her due to a certain event that occurred, and then I did like her.  She redeemed herself. 

The romance between them was hot, of course, because this author knows how to write hot romance between her characters.  So I enjoyed that, even if I didn't feel that Kate was the right girl for Hunter.  And considering a certain event that happens near the end of the book, it makes sense why I would feel that way.

The writing in this book was, like all her other books, was phenomenal, so emotional and well done.  I felt strong emotions throughout the whole book.  She has a way of packing a punch into her books that really makes you care about those main characters.  I was feeling a little shocked at the end, and I'm not really sure where the author is going to take things next.  I'm having to step very carefully around not revealing something earth-shaking about this ending.  It was definitely a cliffhanger and definitely really shocked me.

I don't want you to think, because of the things I said above, that I didn't like this book.  I did.  It was actually a great installment to this series, but it left me begging for more and wanting to find out what is going to happen next to the Merrick brothers, and to Hunter.  Great book.





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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Stacking the Shelves


 


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

 Here's my shelf this week...


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



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