Saturday, July 30, 2011

This Book Really is a YA Novel!!!

Okay, so I found this book on Goodreads. When I first saw the cover I immediatedly determined that it was just another adult book. Boy was I so very wrong. It was not until tonight when I decided to look at the book a bit more, because the title is an attention grabber, did I find out it is a YA novel. Plus, a YA novel that sounds like the kind of book I'll love. So I truly felt compelled to bring this to everyone's attention, who might have also immediatedly judged it for an adult book, that Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts is in fact 100% a Young Adult novel. I can say that yes this another case where I did judge a book by its cover and I'm so glad that I took another look into it. But I can't be the only person out there to have seen this book and was like "well there's another adult book with a set of eyes on the cover." In my opinion nothing about this book cover screams or even gives a hint that this book might in fact be a YA novel. Sometimes I find myself asking why did the publisher choose this cover? Like sometimes I'll find a book that looks like it could be YA but turns out to be an adult novel and vice versa. 

Anyways here is the book's synopsis if you are interested: 
Since mankind began, civilizations have always fallen: the Romans, the Greeks, the Aztecs…Now it’s our turn. Huge earthquakes rock the world. Cities are destroyed. But something even more awful is happening. An ancient evil has been unleashed, turning everday people into hunters, killers, crazies.
Mason's mother is dying after a terrible car accident. As he endures a last vigil at her hospital bed, his school is bombed and razed to the ground, and everyone he knows is killed. Aries survives an earthquake aftershock on a bus, and thinks the worst is over when a mysterious stranger pulls her out of the wreckage, but she’s about to discover a world changed forever. Clementine, the only survivor of an emergency town hall meeting that descends into murderous chaos, is on the run from savage strangers who used to be her friends and neighbors. And Michael witnesses a brutal road rage incident that is made much worse by the arrival of the police--who gun down the guilty party and then turn on the bystanding crowd.
Where do you go for justice when even the lawmakers have turned bad? These four teens are on the same road in a world gone mad. Struggling to survive, clinging on to love and meaning wherever it can be found, this is a journey into the heart of darkness – but also a journey to find each other and a place of safety.

So what are your thoughts about this book and its cover? Did you have the same situation as I did? 

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

"Waiting On" Wednesday (4)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. "Waiting On" is for book lovers to share what book they are eagerly anticipating.

My can't wait for book this week is:

The Storyteller by Antonia Michaelis will be published iin the U.S. in January 2012 by Amulet Books.

Synopsis: Anna and Abel couldn’t be more different. They are both seventeen and in their last year of school, but while Anna lives in a nice old town house and comes from a well-to-do family, Abel, the school drug dealer, lives in a big, prisonlike tower block at the edge of town. Anna is afraid of him until she realizes that he is caring for his six-year-old sister on his own. Fascinated, Anna follows the two and listens as Abel tells little Micha the story of a tiny queen assailed by dark forces. It’s a beautiful fairy tale that Anna comes to see has a basis in reality. Abel is in real danger of losing Micha to their abusive father and to his own inability to make ends meet. Anna gradually falls in love with Abel, but when his “enemies” begin to turn up dead, she fears she has fallen for a murderer. Has she?
Award-winning author Antonia Michaelis moves in a bold new direction with her latest novel: a dark, haunting, contemporary story that is part mystery, part romance, and part melodrama.

Why I want this book: Just using the words mystery and romance and immediately its already a done deal for me. I love mystery books, and with mysterious deaths in this book with the love interest under suspicion who can't help but become interested? With the synopsis I really want to see how all the characters' lives go. Even though I have yet to read Nevermore by Kelly Creagh I can see these two books turning out similar for some reason. Plus Nevermore has received nothing but good praise too. Another reason I want this book is because the author is German, and I love to read books that were originally published in some other country than the U.S. Lastly I would like to comment on the cover. Its so simple looking that its beautiful. I love how the rose seems to be growing out of the ice. 

So what are your thoughts on The Storyteller? What book are you currently waiting for?

Monday, July 25, 2011

Review: Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer

When Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemies, she’s certain her days are numbered. But then the Searchers make her an offer—one that gives her the chance to destroy her former masters and save the pack—and the man—she left behind. Is Ren worth the price of her freedom? And will Shay stand by her side no matter what? Now in control of her own destiny, Calla must decide which battles are worth fighting and how many trials true love can endure and still survive.

Book Details:
Publisher: Philomel (Penguin)
Pub. Date: July 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 400

My Review:

Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer was absolutely phenomenal. Where Nightshade was more about the romance, Wolfsbane was more about finding the truth and the war. Now I’m going to admit that at first I was disappointed that Wolfsbane was not like Nightshade. Wolfsbane was full of action but there was barely enough romance like the first book had. It worked out though because while I do like romance I also like books that have intense action scenes and that's exactly what I got. 
Now Wolfsbane picks up right where Nightshade left off, well more precisely a week later. When Calla wakes we are introduced to new characters. The new characters are all Searchers and they Monroe, Connor, Ethan, Tess, Isaac, Silas, Adne, and Lydia. I love every single new character, even if some of them did have a tendency to being a know-it-all and obnoxious. In this book the Searchers prove that they are brave souls and will risk it all if it means peace will exist. 
Gosh. After finishing this book five days ago I still don’t know how to put my words together to form a great review. All I can think about is how riveting Wolfsbane is. Seriously this book is 400 pages long and normally it takes a week or two to finish a 400 page book. Not with this book though. It took me two or three days to read and complete Wolfsbane. Now that should tell you something. 
This book has it all literally! I was feeling every emotion from happiness to despair. I was hanging on for dear life reading Calla’s story. Andrea Cremer has done it again creating a beautiful masterpiece of a book. Andrea knows how to get right into the core of one’s heart with her writings, and take them on a journey that will leave the reader feeling like they came out with something valuable. 
Now I’m left with wanting and waiting for the day that I can get my hands on Bloodrose. I need to find out how it all ends as soon as possible. That cliffhanger at the end is going to make the wait that much more unbearable. I highly recommend Wolfsbane for those who have already read Nightshade. For those who have yet to read Andrea’s books what are you waiting for? The Nightshade series are the best! 

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Just a Heads Up

So my blog looks a little blank right now don't you think? Well I feel like now is a good time to make some changes on the blog. My blog's background needs to be new and improved. I've been thinking about making some minor changes on my blog for a while now and until recently, when my boyfriend pointed out that other bloggers have a much updated and cool design, I'm just now putting things into action. Plus I do agree with my boyfriend. Other blogger's blogs are more fun to be on than mine and their back ground works for them. Not saying mine didn't but its just time for change. Thanks for your time and for sticking with me! 

Review: Forgotten by Cat Patrick

Synopsis (from
Each night when 16 year-old London Lane goes to sleep, her whole world disappears. In the morning, all that's left is a note telling her about a day she can't remember. The whole scenario doesn't exactly make high school or dating that hot guy whose name she can't seem to recall any easier. But when London starts experiencing disturbing visions she can't make sense of, she realizes it's time to learn a little more about the past she keeps forgetting-before it destroys her future.

Part psychological drama, part romance, and part mystery, this thought-provoking novel will inspire readers to consider the what-if's in their own lives and recognize the power they have to control their destinies.

Book Details:
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pub. Date: June 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 288

My Review:
The synopsis was not lying when it tells the reader that Forgotten by Cat Patrick is a thought-provoking novel. This book had me thinking a lot of the time more than any book really. The beginning was the most confusing and then as the book proceeds it gets less confusing.

Regardless of the fact that this book makes the reader think, Forgotten is an excellent debut novel. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about London's life. The story did remind me of the movie 50 First Dates only because London wakes up everyday with no memory of the day before. She can only see future memories. Which brings me to the next thing I would like to point out. I'm not sure about other people who have read this book already, but I was able to figure out what was happening to London fairly quick. I liked that I was able to correctly guess the answer to London's vision mystery. Usually I like books that prove me wrong, but for once I liked being right about the mystery.

Now moving on to the characters. London is a very likeable protagonist. I found myself emotionally invested with London and her predicament. The love interest, Luke, was adorable. Although London's friend thinks he is some kind of freak. I liked reading about Luke and London's relationship and how it develops over time. He genuinely cares a lot about London. Plus, I can't forget the bombshell he throws out there at the end of the book. Don't get worried though its definitely not bad. Its actually cute.

In case no one knows this Forgotten is to be made into a movie with Hailee Steinfeld as London. Now while reading Forgotten I often found myself thinking that London's role seems a little too mature for a 14 year old actress to portray. I guess the filmmakers will make the proper adjustments. I've never seen Hailee's acting but I bet she'll make a perfect London.

Forgotten by Cat Patrick is a perfect blend of everything I love in a book: Mystery, Romance, and Suspense. I love how this book kept me glued to the pages. Trust me when I say that this book is a must read. I absolutely can't wait until I get my hands on another Cat Patrick novel. Forgotten is truly a beautifully written debut novel. Whatever you do don't let this novel be forgotten in your to-be-read pile.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July + Book Cover

Hi everyone, I hope you are enjoying yourself this Independence Day. Even the overseas peeps, I hope you are having a great day! :)

Right now there is a nasty storm. So that means no fireworks today.

Oh, and I want to explain my little absence from the blog. For awhile my laptop's charger has been stubborn. I've been having to wiggle the charging cord and if that didn't work I'd have to move my laptop somewhere else in the house and see if the charger would work elsewhere. One day it was working better than it had in weeks. So later that day I go to charge my laptop again and it just doesn't work at all. I can honestly say that now I have a new appreciation for laptop chargers. It was really tough for me because I had papers to write and tests to take on a computer. Thankfully, my boyfriend has the same computer as me so whenever he came over to see me he'd bring his charger. But because I couldn't keep my boyfriend around all the time or borrow his charger I was having to get on my laptop strictly for writ ting papers and working on a project for school. Of course I had my mom's and sister's laptops as an option but Windows 7 frustrates me because its so different, everything was backwards, from my laptop. This Friday my dad came over the house with a new charger. On a happy note I now can use my laptop whenever I want to.

Another tid bit: Since getting my new charger I'm happy to finally be playing the new Nancy Drew game, The Captive Curse. I got it the day it came out; even though my laptop was practically dead at the time.

With all that out of the way I wanted to share with you all this beautiful book cover I found while browsing Barnes and
Cover Image

What do you guys think of this cover? I think its pretty and makes me interested in the book. Also, it reminds me of Becca Fitzpatrick's books covers, Hush, Hush and Crescendo.

Want to know more about this book? Take a look at the synopsis:

The year is 2009. Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it’s just harmless fun.

That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future.

Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.

But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler. Recruit… or kill him.

Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far he’s willing to go to save Holly… and possibly the entire world.