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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Leap Into Books Giveaway Hop 2014!

Leap Into Books Giveaway Hop
February 28th to March 7th

Co-hosted by Jinky is Reading

I'm so excited to be participating in an I Am A Reader Giveaway Hop.  

So for this giveaway, I will be giving away two options to choose from.  Right now, I'm reading Cress by Marissa Meyer and it is fabulous!  I'm loving this new addition to the series.  You can choose from a copy of such mentioned awesome book or a $10 Amazon gift card.  This is for international and US/CA. 

One copy of Cress by Marissa Meyer (which I am currently listening to *FABULOUS*)
A $10 dollar Amazon gift card.
It's time to leap into the wonder of books!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Follower Thoughts #1

I wanted to try something new today! I know that we have followers, and that the site is visited daily, but what makes you as a follower want to comment on a post or review? Is there something you read (or see) that gives you the urge to let your feelings be known? Do you prefer to just read the reviews without expressing your thoughts? What are you looking for when you see a post on our site? Is there something more that we can do as reviewers to make things more interesting and comment-friendly?

I love blogging and reviewing because I enjoy discussing books with others. How can we turn our reviews into more of a conversation between everyone? I want to share my feelings about a book, but I also want to know how you felt about the same book, or what expectations you have about it before you read it. I want to talk with you about how amazing it was to read a book that you just couldn't put down.

Should we include questions in our reviews? Maybe at the end? Would that give you something to respond to? I don't want to just post reviews on this site. I want to talk about books. I want to talk about what impact (if any) that they had on my life, and yours. The good and the bad. Blogging is supposed to be about community and discussions. A group of people who come together to share something they are passionate about--and I want to turn that sharing into actual conversation.

Let me know your thoughts!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Deidra Reviews Into the Still Blue

Author: Veronica Rossi 
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: 28 January 2014
Series: Under the Never Sky #3
Source: Edelweiss 
Summary: The earth-shattering conclusion to Veronica Rossi's "masterpiece" Under the Never Sky trilogy and sequel to the New York Times bestselling Through the Ever Night. Their love and their leadership have been tested. Now it's time for Perry and Aria to unite the Dwellers and the Outsiders in one last desperate attempt to bring balance to their world.

The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe-haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do-and they are just as determined to stay together.

Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. And when Roar returns to camp, he is so furious with Perry that he won't even look at him, and Perry begins to feel like they have already lost.

Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble a team to mount an impossible rescue mission-because Cinder isn't just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival, he's also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.

In this final book in her stunning Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi raises the stakes to their absolute limit and brings her epic love story to an unforgettable close.
There were lots of lines that I loved, but due to the fact that over Christmas, I made the switch from my Nook to a beautiful Kindle Fire HDX, I don't have my notes and highlights anymore.  But considering the writing is Veronica Rossi, the writing was as beautiful as always!

I got this book awhile ago, and I was so excited.  But then I put off reading it... and then some more time.. and then even more.  Ending a series is so hard on my heart at times.  And after what Allegiant did to me, I was hesitant to reach anymore series finales.  Finally though, I took the plunge, and I'm so glad I did.  Perry and Aria are two characters that I love very, very much.

SPOILERS FROM BOOK 1 and 2 follows:

The characters that are created among the pages of this series are incredible.  The depth they have and the many layers to the relationships that join such different lifestyles together makes me incredibly happy.  Through the Ever Night left the readers hanging as they wondered how resolution would be found.  With Sable and Hess joining forces to enter the Still Blue with Cinder in their captivity, the Tides faced a lot of challenges at the opening of this book, with the huge elephant in the room that was the Dwellers that had joined their numbers.

The book is full of action and twists that are not so much unexpected but even worse because you dread it coming.  The ride is well worth all the gut-wrenching moments.  Perry, Roar, and Aria show us the highs and lows of what our humanity means.

Veronica Rossi also knows how to end a series without causing me immense heartbreak and refraining myself from writing nasty tweets on the Twitter.  She knows how to satisfy her readers and give them resolution (and not torture us with a love triangle).  I adored the way she ended the series, and I can not wait to fangirl over whatever she writes next.  FANGIRL FOR LIFE over here.

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Blake Reviews Under the Never Sky

Author: Veronica Rossi
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: 3 January 2012
Format: ARC
Series: Under the Never Sky #1
Source: BEA
Since she'd been on the outside, she'd survived an Aether storm, she'd had a knife held to her throat, and she'd seen men murdered.

This was worse.

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland--known as The Death Shop--are slim. If the cannibals don't get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She's been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He's wild--a savage--and her only hope of staying alive.

A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile--everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria's help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.
I didn't think I would like this book once I started it. I thought I had opened the pages to another helpless girl that didn't know what to do with her life now that bad things were happening to her. In my mind, I was going to follow her around while some guy continuously came to her rescue, and kept her from having to actually deal with anything herself. I was wrong, and pleasantly surprised.

Aria starts off scared and alone, which is understandable given her previous life and the crapfest that was just thrown her way. However, Aria doesn't wallow in self-pity, or rely on other people to take care of her. She's constantly on guard, and wary of almost everyone and everything that she comes into contact with. She doesn't take things at face value, people have to earn her trust, and she also has to learn how to trust herself.

Her mind and body have started to change since she found herself on the outside of her pod. She has had to adjust to a lot of changes all at once, and she never complains about being uncomfortable. Once she mentions being hungry, but that was after days of barely having enough food to eat. It was understandable.

Perry I loved from the beginning. He is who he is, and he isn't going to change for anyone. He will fight for his people, his loved ones, and the things he believes in. He has shown a great amount of self control throughout his life, and he hasn't had the easiest life. Crappy dad, thinks he's cursed... but he deals. He also saves Aria countless times without even blinking. His instincts tell him to protect the innocent and kill the evil. He's really good at doing both.

I like the world the author has created. A world that steadily gets more complicated, because things in the pods aren't as carefree and under control as others would like us to believe. Life on the outside isn't peachy, but it's a lot better than being cooped up and living in some alternate reality. I would choose a shorter life on the outside over a prolonged one locked in a fancy cage. The freedom Aria discovers, the feelings, the life... it's all worth so much more than what she had before. Yes, now she has had to deal with intense feelings like fear and loss, but also love and happiness.

Under the Never Sky might start off like other YA books that I've read, but the story is unique and entirely its own. The characters are vastly different in every way, and they grow on you throughout the book. It's a learning process for both sides. I can't wait to see where the story picks up, and how Perry and Aria solve their current problems.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Deidra Reviews Being Sloane Jacobs

Author:  Lauren Morrill
Publisher: Delacorte
Release Date: 7 January 2014
Source: NetGalley
Pages: 352
Summary:  Meet Sloane Emily Jacobs: a seriously stressed-out figure-skater from Washington, D.C., who choked during junior nationals and isn’t sure she’s ready for a comeback. What she does know is that she’d give anything to escape the mass of misery that is her life.

Now meet Sloane Devon Jacobs, a spunky ice hockey player from Philly who’s been suspended from her team for too many aggressive hip checks. Her punishment? Hockey camp, now, when she’s playing the worst she’s ever played. If she messes up? Her life will be over.

When the two Sloanes meet by chance in Montreal and decide to trade places for the summer, each girl thinks she’s the lucky one: no strangers to judge or laugh at Sloane Emily, no scouts expecting Sloane Devon to be a hero. But it didn’t occur to Sloane E. that while avoiding sequins and axels she might meet a hockey hottie—and Sloane D. never expected to run into a familiar (and very good-looking) face from home. It’s not long before the Sloanes discover that convincing people you’re someone else might be more difficult than being yourself.
Lauren Morrill is queen of the adorbs.  Seriously.  When I first started reading her, she reminded me a lot of Jennifer E. Smith with more zaniness.  I fell in love after Meant to Be.  It's one of those perfect chick flick-isque types of book that everyone needs at times.  I needed something that wouldn't break my heart.  So Being Sloan Jacobs it was.  

The book centers around two girls.  They look somewhat similiar and can skate on the ice.  Oh and they are named Sloane Jacobs.  Both Sloanes come from families that are having some struggles.  Both are facing a summer for a sport that both are terrified of failing at.  Sloan Devon has been playing hocket since she was 5.  She loves the game more than anything.  But ending the season before her senior year, Sloane is hiding a big secret that no one can know.  When her coach forces her into a 4 week hockey camp in Canada, she is not excited.  At all.  

Sloane Emily is the daughter of a U.S. Senator.  That type of role is a bit stressful.  There's always a spotlight, photos, and pressure from her mother.  She's been figure skating as long as the other Sloane.  A bad jump 3 years ago kept her from the spotlight on ice.  Now, according to her mom, she's ready for her comeback, so off to training camp to hone those figure skating skills.  She goes.  Nothing sounds worse than being alone in the spotlight again.  

They meet for the first time, they fight, and then they hatch their parent trap plan.  Ok, it's more like the Prince and the Pauper.  Still either way, it's a fabulous story with laughs and awwww's and a sweet plot line that never really gets old.

Both Sloanes want to run away from their problems, but both will find that running away never solves the problem fully.  They just needed to see the world through another Sloane's eyes.  This is a book worth reading.  

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Blake Reviews Love & Leftovers

Author: Sarah Tregay
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: 27 December 2011
Format: ARC
Series: None
Source: BEA
My wish is to fall cranium over Converse in dizzy daydream-worthy love.

If only it were that easy.

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'm usually a huge fan of books written in verse, and I can easily finish them within a day, but Love & Leftovers was different for me. I couldn't connect with Marcie or feel sympathetic for her in any way. Yes, her world was turned upside down, but she didn't even try to make the best of her new situation. We followed her through a move and a change in scenery, but nothing really happened to her or around her. Life happened, and not a particularly bad one.

I feel like something somewhat overwhelming would happen, and Marcie would just shrug her shoulders and go about her day. She didn't deal with her emotions or problems, they simply just ceased to be an issue in her mind. She was also very blind to what others were thinking and feeling around her. Marcie also didn't really think about how her actions would be seen by others, she simply did what she wanted.

I did, however, enjoy the flow of the book. It progressed smoothly and seemingly without effort. I just wish I had been more engrossed in the overall story. I feel like I still know nothing about Marcie, even after reading about what should have been very intimate details of her life.
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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Character Names I Love or Top Ten Unusual Character Names (I have done a little mixing and matching. A few of the names are favorites, and others just struck me as being unique or different.)

This meme is hosted by the lovely ladies at The Broke and the Bookish.  Go check them out!

1) Finley Jayne, Griffin King, Jasper, and the lovely Jack Dandy from The Girl in the Steel Corset (Steampunk Chronicles #1) by Kady Cross. I haven't had a chance to read the other books in this series, but they are on my list! I particularly want to know how the relationship between Jack Dandy and Finley unfolds. He's dangerously delicious. 

2) Echo Emerson from Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits #1) by Katie McGarry. It's just a name that I love! 

3) Vincent, Jules, Ambrose, Gaspard from Die for Me (Revenants #1) by Amy Plum. I love all of the names Plum gave to her male characters. I remember loving this book, but it's another unfinished series for me. I need to remedy this!
Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna #1) by Kendare Blake. I love Greek Mythology, and mythology in general, so imagine my happy surprise when a character was given a name like that. Apparently, his father loved mythology as much as I do. 
Crewel (Crewel World #1) by Gennifer Albin.
6) Finnikin, Prince Balthazar, Lucian, and Evanjalin from Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles #1) by Melina Marchetta. I'm pretty sure ALL of the characters in this book have unique names. The author created an entirely new world with new rules, so why not invent new names, too? 
7) Gemma Doyle, Pippa, and Felicity from A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle #1) by Libba Bray. The Gemma Doyle series is one of my all-time favorites! I have thrown exactly two books in my life, and the last book in this series was one of them. 
Of Poseidon (The Syrena Legacy #1) by Anna Banks. 
9) Laurel and Tamani from Wings (Wings #1) by Aprilynne Pike. This is another series I started but haven't had the chance to finish. I remember loving the first book, but not feeling so strongly about the second. Laurel started to annoy me by ignoring her past and adamantly trying to pretend she was still mostly human. The girl needed a reality check, and she also needed to appreciate what was right in front of her face. I guess I need to finish the series and see if she has any more character development. 

10) Aislinn, Keenan, Irial from Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely #1) by Melissa Marr