Monthly Archives: November 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (8)

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth
Release date: February 7th 2012
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When Cameron Post’s parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief. Relief she’ll never have to tell them that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl.

But that relief soon turns to heartbreak, as Cam is forced to move in with her conservative aunt Ruth. She knows that from this point on, her life will forever be different. Survival in Miles City, Montana, means blending in and not making waves, and Cam becomes an expert at this—especially at avoiding any questions about her sexuality.

Then Coley Taylor moves to town. Beautiful pickup-driving Coley is a perfect cowgirl with the perfect boyfriend to match. To Cam’s surprise, she and Coley become best friends—while Cam secretly dreams of something more. Just as that starts to seem like a real possibility, her secret is exposed. Ultrareligious Aunt Ruth takes drastic action to “fix” her niece, bringing Cam face-to-face with the cost of denying her true self—even if she’s not quite sure who that is.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a stunning and unforgettable literary debut about discovering who you are and finding the courage to live life according to your own rules.

I heard about this book in may In My Mailbox Videos and I thought that it wounded amazing, I can’t wait to give it a try! 

2012 Contemporary Challenge

This is the first time I have a chance to sign up for challenges as a blogger (I started blogging in May) So this year I am super excited to try some challenges out! I signed up for the Contemporary Challenge (Hosted by Katie’s Book Blog and Reading Angel) The focus of the challenge is to get those who sign up to read one of the three levels.  And all of the books must be published in 2012 and read in 2012.

Levels:
Level 1 5+ books
Level 2 10+ books
Level 3 15+ books

I hope to be a level two if at all possible, and this challenge may work with another or all three of the challenges I have signed up for this year (Standalone and Debut Author Challenge) 

Planned books to read:
The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Standalone)
Don’t Breath a Word (Standalone)
Isla and the Happily Ever After
The Statistical Probability of Love at first sight (Standalone)
The Fine Art of Truth or Dare (Standalone)
Fracture (Standalone)

The Standalone Reading Challenge

Since this will be my first beginning of a year blogging I’m super excited to start some challenges this year! This year I am going to try the Standalone Reading Challenge from Icey Books and I Like These Books. The object is to read 15 books in the year of 2012 that are NOT part of a series and are released in 2012, which is a very difficult thing to do these days. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get though all 15 though I do hope to get a good amount of that done this year.

My To Read List:
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Don’t Breathe a Word
The Catastrophic History of You and Me
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Love & Leftovers
*More may Come Later

In My Mailbox (Video 1)

My First Youtube video! It’s not a vlog, more of a test of the whole youtube uploading thing, though I do think I did pretty good.

I Just realized, It’s not sideways! How did that happen?

Review: Shatter Me

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: November 15th 2011
Copy Type: Hardcover
Source: Bought
Genre: Romance, Dystopian, Paranormal
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Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war– and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting as The Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel—with a paranormal twist—that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel.

SHATTER ME is a book that kept me hooked from the very start. Starting from the first chapter you feel an instant connection to the characters. There is never a dull or predictable moment and its very difficult not to read this book in one sitting. From the moment I got it I spent every available moment gripped to the pages, and when I was not, I was wishing I was reading. 

Juliette enters the book in one of the most unforgettable ways ever. The way Mafi narrates in a first person perspective is beautiful, emotional, and very distinct. One can instantly understand how the main character, Juliette feels through the writings and she seems like a very real person you wish you could just hug and encourage at many points of the book because you become so connected.

Juliette’s and her love interest Adam are perfect together is so many ways. The romance is placed in just the perfect parts of the book. Unlike many romance stories today their love is unwavering and does not consist of love triangles. There love is so pure you can’t help falling in love with the characters yourself. 

Through out the book lines are crossed out which are lines the Juliette have eliminated from her mind like a filter though they are what she truly feels. I love how they used the crossed out lines to give a feeling of how she views herself and truly thinks that she is a monster until Adam comes and pulls her from the darkness. 

I am truly at a loss of words to review this book with. If I were to sum up this book in one sentence it would probably look something like this: 

THIS BOOK IS TOTALLY REMARKABLE SO YOU NEED TO READ IT NOW!

So yeah… go do that…

 

Review: The Iron Knight

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: October 25th 2011
Pages: 361
Copy Type: Paperback
Source: LIbrary
Genre: Romance, Fantasy
Sub-Genes: Adventure
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Ash, former prince of the Winter Court, gave up everything. His title, his home, even his vow of loyalty. All for a girl… and all for nothing.

Unless he can earn a soul.

To cold, emotionless faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. His own love had died a horrible death, killing any gentler feelings the Winter prince might have had. Or so he thought.

Then Meghan Chase—a half human, half fey slip of a girl— smashed through his barricades, binding him to her irrevocably with his oath to be her knight. And when all of Faery nearly fell to the Iron fey, she severed their bond to save his life. Meghan is now the Iron Queen, ruler of a realm where no Winter or Summer fey can survive.

With the (unwelcome) company of his archrival, Summer Court prankster Puck, and the infuriating cait sith Grimalkin, Ash begins a journey he is bound to see through to its end— a quest to find a way to honor his solemn vow to stand by Meghan’s side.

To survive in the Iron realm, Ash must have a soul and a mortal body. But the tests he must face to earn these things are impossible. At least, no one has ever passed to tell the tale.

And then Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that turns reality upside down, challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.

The Iron Fey series is the most exciting, unpredictable, and enchanting I have read in a long time. Writing a review for the last book in a series is always very difficult and this is no exception. 

This story begins in Ash’s point of view. Ash’s story begins with Puck (Robin Goodfellow) and the two going on a quest to find a way for Ash to once again join his love, Meghan in the Iron Kingdom which Ash can not currently survive in his fey form. 


The characters in this series all have very distinct and loveable personalities. My favorite characters in this series are Puck and Grim who are both very opposite figures. Puck is the loveable prankster from A Midsummer Night’s Dream who can be found more ofter than not sneaking alligators in toilets or popping up when he is need the most. Grim however is the least humorble of the group who often acts as the brain or guide in most situations. 

The setting of this books is always either Enchanting or completely frightening. There are many pieces to the NeverNever the most common being the Wyldwood which is the mostly unpopulated woods in the Fey realm in which most of the traveling that the characters makes takes place. 

I love the imagination humor that is put in this story and I am completely satisfied with the ending that is presented in the end, though I never think I would be tired of the story. 


 

Waiting on Wednesday (7)

Arise (Hereafter #2) By Tara Hudson
Release date: July 5th 2012
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Amelia—still caught between life and death—must fight for every moment of her relationship with the human boy Joshua. They can hardly even kiss without Amelia accidentally dematerializing. Looking for answers, they go to visit some of Joshua’s Seer relatives in New Orleans. But even in a city so famously steeped in the supernatural, Amelia ends up with more questions than answers…and becomes increasingly convinced that she and Joshua can never have a future together.Wandering through the French Quarter, Amelia meets other in-between ghosts, and begins to seriously consider joining them. And then she meets Gabrielle. Somehow, against impossible odds, Gaby has found a way to live a sort of half-life…a half-life for which Amelia would pay any price. Torn between two worlds, Amelia must choose carefully, before the evil spirits of the netherworld choose for her.

I really liked Hereafter, the first book in this series so I am super excited for the release of the squeal.