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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (41): In the Afterlight

   

Ruby can't look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government's attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. With them is a prisoner: Clancy Gray, son of the president, and one of the few people Ruby has encountered with abilities like hers. Only Ruby has any power over him, and just one slip could lead to Clancy wreaking havoc on their minds. 

They are armed only with a volatile secret: proof of a government conspiracy to cover up the real cause of IAAN, the disease that has killed most of America's children and left Ruby and others like her with powers the government will kill to keep contained. But internal strife may destroy their only chance to free the "rehabilitation camps" housing thousands of other Psi kids.

Meanwhile, reunited with Liam, the boy she would-and did-sacrifice everything for to keep alive, Ruby must face the painful repercussions of having tampered with his memories of her. She turns to Cole, his older brother, to provide the intense training she knows she will need to take down Gray and the government. But Cole has demons of his own, and one fatal mistake may be the spark that sets the world on fire.

Why?
1. It's so close that I can almost feel it – I want it more...now.
2. Someone on Goodreads pointed this out and now I can't unknown it: The Darkest Minds / Never Fade / In the After Light.
3. I want my secondary ship to sail.
4. It's the final book in a trilogy, I want to know what happens. 
5. Ruby and Cole!!!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Starry Night (Review)


 Starry Night
By: Isabel Gilles 

Sometimes one night can change everything. On this particular night, Wren and her three best friends are attending a black-tie party at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to celebrate the opening of a major exhibit curated by her father. An enormous wind blasts through the city, making everyone feel that something unexpected and perhaps wonderful will happen. And for Wren, that something wonderful is Nolan. With his root-beer-brown Michelangelo eyes, Nolan changes the way Wren’s heart beats. In Isabel Gillies's Starry Night, suddenly everything is different. Nothing makes sense except for this boy. What happens to your life when everything changes, even your heart? How much do you give up? How much do you keep?


Friday, September 26, 2014

Reboot (Review)


Reboot

By: Amy Tintera

Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).

Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.

The perfect soldier is done taking orders.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Anatomy of a Misfit (Guest Review)


Anatomy of a Misfit
By: Andrea Portes
Reviewed by: Annie


Outside, Anika Dragomir is all lip gloss and blond hair—the third most popular girl in school. Inside, she’s a freak: a mix of dark thoughts, diabolical plots, and, if local chatter is to be believed, vampire DNA (after all, her father is Romanian). But she keeps it under wraps to maintain her social position. One step out of line and Becky Vilhauer, first most popular girl in school, will make her life hell. So when former loner Logan McDonough shows up one September hotter, smarter, and more mysterious than ever, Anika knows she can’t get involved. It would be insane to throw away her social safety for a nerd. So what if that nerd is now a black-leather-jacket-wearing dreamboat, and his loner status is clearly the result of his troubled home life? Who cares if the right girl could help him with all that, maybe even save him from it? Who needs him when Jared Kline, the bad boy every girl dreams of, is asking her on dates? Who?

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Ruin and Rising (Review)


Ruin and Rising
By: Leigh Bardugo

The capital has fallen.

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova's amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Fine Art of Pretending


The Fine Art of Pretending

By: Rachel Harris


According to the guys at Fairfield Academy, there are two types of girls: the kind you hook up with, and the kind you're friends with. Seventeen-year-old Alyssa Reed is the second type. And she hates it. With just one year left to change her rank, she devises a plan to become the first type by homecoming, and she sets her sights on the perfect date—Justin Carter, Fairfield Academy’s biggest hottie and most notorious player.

With 57 days until the dance, Aly launches Operation Sex Appeal and sheds her tomboy image. The only thing left is for Justin actually to notice her. Enter best friend Brandon Taylor, the school’s second biggest hottie, and now Aly’s pretend boyfriend. With his help, elevating from “funny friend” to “tempting vixen” is only a matter of time.

But when everything goes according to plan, the inevitable “break up” leaves their friendship in shambles, and Aly and Brandon with feelings they can’t explain. And the fake couple discovers pretending can sometimes cost you the one thing you never expected to want.



Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (40): The Devil You Know

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases.

Arcadia “Cadie” Wells has one primary goal in life –– to escape the sleepy Florida town where she was born and raised. Since her mother's death, she's sacrificed her boyfriend, her spot on the soccer team, and even her plans for the future to raise her little brother and help her still-grieving father. On a rare night out at a party at the local state park, Cadie meets a couple of good-looking tourists and impulsively agrees to join them on their road trip from one end of Florida to the other. But when their adventure goes tragically wrong, Cadie’s new goal is to make it home alive.

Why?
1. I love Trish Doller and her amazing writing style.
2. WTSSS is one of my favorites, ever. 
3. This sounds pretty kick ass on it's own.
4. Set in Florida
5. The cover is absolutely gorg. and you can't convince me otherwise. 


Monday, September 15, 2014

Positive: A Memoir (Guest Review)

Rating: 5/10 Series: None
Genre: Contemporary, Realistic, Non-Fiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Inspirational,
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: August 26, 2014
Page Count: 250
Format: ARC
Source: My Heart Hearts Books Guest Review Program
Barnes & Nobles ~ Goodreads ~ Amazon
Reviewed by: Sofia

In this compelling and compulsively readable memoir, nineteen-year-old Paige Rawl tells the story of how she was mercilessly bullied in middle school...and how she overcame the ordeal to change her world for the better.
In this astonishing memoir, Paige tells a story that is both deeply personal and completely universal—one that will resonate deeply with the thousands of children and adults whose lives have been touched by bullying.
Paige Rawl has been HIV positive since birth…but growing up, she never felt like her illness defined her. It never prevented her from entering beauty pageants or playing soccer or making the honor role.

On an unremarkable day in middle school, while attempting to console a friend, Paige disclosed her HIV-positive status—and within hours the bullying began. She was called "PAIDS," first in whispers, then out in the open. Her soccer coach joked that she was an asset because opposing team members would be too afraid to touch her. Her guidance counselor told her to stop all the “drama,” and her principal said she couldn’t protect her. One night, desperate for escape, Paige swallowed fifteen sleeping pills—one for each year of her life to date. That could have been the end of her story. Instead, it was only the beginning.
The gripping first-person account of Paige’s life will pull in even the most reluctant readers of nonfiction, and her call to action to choose compassion over cruelty will stay with them long after they turn the last page.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Book Haul #11


Hey! I haven't done a book haul in FOREVER (not for any particular reason, other than, I'm really lazy) & I decided that this would be the perfect time to start up again. 


Bought
Thrift Store in Atlanta
Will Grayson, Will Grayson // One Day // Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief // Of Mice and Men

Books A Million
Die for Me // Until I Die

Book Warehouse
Kiss Me Again // Jane // What Happens Next

Barnes and Noble & The Book Depository
Isla and the Happily Ever After (I bought two copies).

Decatur Book Fest
The Kiss of Deception

Won
Fierce Reads
A Little Something Different // Starry Night // Second Star // On the Road to Find Out // The Truth About Alice // Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend // Something Real

Just One Wish (via a giveaway on her lovely blog)

Just Like the Movies (& Fandango gift card)

Street Team
Fierce Reads Street Team
Sekret // Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend // Love Letters to the Dead // The Winner's Curse // Of Neptune // The Truth About Alice // Monument 14: Savage Drift // Ruin and Rising

Gifted
Starry Night

So a lot of books were coming into me recently and I've had the chance to read most of them and I love them. Such great books and I'm beyond lucky. 

Also, I wanted two share two things:
The Story of how I ended up with two copies of some books (especially Starry Night) and something that's happening on the blog. 

The Story:
So I was a part of the Fierce Reads Spring 2014 Street team and in exchange for helping promoting those books, I was given a copy of all the Spring 2014 Fierce books. But because of moving mixup I wasn't able to get them until recently. Anyway, since there was going to be a Fierce Reads panel at the Decatur Book Fest, I decided to go and get them signed. Well a week before DBF, I participated in a Fierce Reads twitter chat and won a set of books. There was some overlap but I decided to take the books that were doubled and get them signed, so I could eventually give them away. 

I was at DBF in line for Stephanie Perkins and the line was one of the longest, slow moving lines ever, so I asked this random person that I befriend in line to hold my spot so I could get my other books signed by the other authors. One of those authors were Isabel Gilles. I chatted with her a little bit and she told me how she hated the ARC of Starry Night and bought it for me. I was so shocked and truly grateful. That's one of the best things (if not the best thing) that happened to me that weekend. 

Later I read Starry Night and it's honestly a story I wish I had the gust to write. It left me so confused but I think I really really really liked it. I'm still a little shell shocked to tell you for sure. (This is completely unbiased too. I'm grateful she bought me the book but if I hated it, I would've told you.)

Announcement:
I don't know if you noticed but I started taking guest reviewers for the blog. I give you a book (of your choosing) and you give me an exclusive review. The button is on the side column if you want to check it out. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Never Fade (Review)


Never Fade
By: Alexandra Bracken

Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster. 


When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children—and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts—has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future—and who now wouldn’t recognize her. 

As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam—and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart—she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?
 

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