Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday 89: The Brokenhearted

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine
Name: The Brokenhearted
Author: Amelia Kahaney
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: October 8th, 2013
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320 pages

A teenage girl is transformed into a reluctant superhero and must balance her old life with the dark secret of who she has become.

Prima ballerina Anthem Fleet is closely guarded by her parents in their penthouse apartment. But when she meets the handsome Gavin at a party on the wrong side of town, she is immediately drawn into his dangerous world. Then, in a tragic accident, Anthem falls to her death. She awakes in an underground lab, with a bionic heart ticking in her chest. As she navigates her new life, she uncovers the sinister truth behind those she trusted the most, and the chilling secret of her family lineage…and her duty to uphold it.

The Dark Knight meets Cinder in this gripping and cinematic story of heartbreak and revenge. From Alloy Entertainment, this inventive new superhero story is sure to captivate any reader.

My Thoughts:
This book sounds really great! It sounds really different than the books that I normally read but I am excited to see what happens in this book! I will definitely be checking this book out in the fall :)
What are you waiting for this week? Let me know in the comments!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Requiem (Delirium # 3) by Lauren Oliver Review

Name: Requiem (Delirium # 3)
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Release Date: March 5, 2013
Format: E-book
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391 pages

They have tried to squeeze us out, to stamp us into the past.

But we are still here.

And there are more of us every day.

Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight.

After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven—pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancĂ©e of the young mayor.

Maybe we are driven crazy by our feelings.

Maybe love is a disease, and we would be better off without it.

But we have chosen a different road.

And in the end, that is the point of escaping the cure: We are free to choose.

We are even free to choose the wrong thing.

Requiem is told from both Lena’s and Hana’s points of view. The two girls live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.

My Review:

What a lovely ending to a great series.  Though not one of my absolute favorite series, I always found the Delirium series to be very entertaining; it is an excellent both love and dystopian story.  This final book was no exception.

I loved the fact that this story was from both Lena and Hana's perspectives.  Although Hana had already undergone the surgery to become free from love, her life was far from perfect.  It was interesting to see how much Hana thought of her best friend Lena, yet how Lena only seemed to mention Hana in her dreams.  I also enjoyed seeing the two interact in the end of the book.  I thought that Lauren Oliver did a great job of making their interaction seem genuine, and I could not help but mentally compare it to the scenes of the two best friends in the beginning of the first book; both characters have changed drastically.

I am always a huge fan of Oliver's beautifully written prose, and Requiem just made me love her even more.  She has a way with words and always makes you feel the story and feel the pain and love of her characters, making the experience so much more than simply reading a book.  I am not sure, however, how I feel about the end of the book.  I definitely thought that it was a unique way of ending a love triangle: although Lena does make her choice, there is a distinct lack of the overjoyed, kissing reunion that always occurs in YA books.  I admire Oliver for making her ending so different and I want to love it just for that reason alone, yet a part of me still wants to see more about the characters and where they end up.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book! I loved how it focused more on the nature of the world and the situations that the characters were thrust into, rather than simply just which boy Lena loves more.  I thought this was a great series in general and I can't wait to see what Oliver will write next!

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Apollyon (Convenant # 4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout Review

Name: Apollyon 
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout 
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press 
Release Date: April 9th, 2013 
Format: ARC Copy
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360 pages
Thank you Spencer Hill Press for sending me a copy of this book for review!
Fate isn’t something to mess with… and now, neither is Alex.

Alex has always feared two things: losing herself in the Awakening and being placed on the Elixir. But love has always been stronger than Fate, and Aiden St. Delphi is willing to make war on the gods—and Alex herself—to bring her back.

The gods have killed thousands and could destroy entire cities in their quest to stop Seth from taking Alex’s power and becoming the all-powerful God Killer. But breaking Alex’s connection to Seth isn’t the only problem. There are a few pesky little loopholes in the whole “an Apollyon can’t be killed” theory, and the only person who might know how to stop the destruction has been dead for centuries.

Finding their way past the barriers that guard the Underworld, searching for one soul among countless millions, and then somehow returning will be hard enough. Alex might be able to keep Seth from becoming the God Killer… or she might become the God Killer herself.


My Review:
Jennifer L. Armentrout has done it again! I didn't think anything could top Deity but I was so wrong..this book was FANTASTIC. This book has action, romance, and lots of awesome revelations!

I LOVED the romance in this book! My love for team Aiden was affirmed in this novel..he never gives up on her. He is so loving towards Alex, he really cares for her and he will do anything to protect Alex. Alex and Aiden both really compliment each other as well. Alex with her strong will and passion and Aiden with his protectiveness and how he is willing to give Alex his whole heart. Even though the the time they have is brief-what they have makes me hope in the end of this series that love will conquer all.

The plot of this book is so awesome! Every scene is action packed and no scene should be overlooked. I’m really glad Jennifer gives us all of these important details and sets up the stage for the next book. I loved seeing the progression of Alex throughout this book as well. No longer do we see the angry girl that we met in the first book but instead we see a girl with a passion to protect those around her and will do anything to help others. I loved how this book sets things up for the final book in the series. Of course this book ended with a cliffhanger..but I am so excited to see what happens next!

Overall, this book literally was so brilliantly written, so earth shattering, that I still can't stop thinking about it. Jennifer L. Armentrout is a fabulous writer, and probably one of the best YA authors out there. If you haven't read this series yet GO READ IT. It literally is such an amazing series and you won't regret it.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday 88: The Chaos of Stars

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine
Name: The Chaos of Stars
Author: Kiersten White
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: September 10th, 2013
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352 pages

Isadora’s family is seriously screwed up.

Of course, as the human daughter of Egyptian gods, that pretty much comes with the territory. She’s also stuck with parents who barely notice her, and a house full of relatives who can’t be bothered to remember her name. After all, they are going to be around forever—and she’s a mere mortal.

Isadora’s sick of living a life where she’s only worthy of a passing glance, and when she has the chance to move to San Diego with her brother, she jumps on it. But Isadora’s quickly finding that a “normal” life comes with plenty of its own epic complications—and that there’s no such thing as a clean break when it comes to family. Much as she wants to leave her past behind, she can’t shake the ominous dreams that foretell destruction for her entire family. When it turns out there may be truth in her nightmares, Isadora has to decide whether she can abandon her divine heritage after all.

My Thoughts:
This book sounds really great! I am a HUGE fan of mythology books but I haven't really read any Egyptian ones yet so I am excited to see where this book goes. Hopefully it will be a great read :)

What are you waiting for this week? Let me know in the comments!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Stacking the Shelves and Weekly Update (26)

Hi everyone!! I hope you all are having a great week and Happy Saturday/Sunday!! Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews, and is a great way for fellow bloggers to share the books that they have received over the week.

Hi everyone! so so sorry for the lack of posts this month..things have been crazy with midterms and spring break! Hopefully since things have calmed down for a little bit posts will go back to normal!

Anyways I know we haven't done stacking the shelves in awhile but here is what we have received lately!

The Rose Throne by Mette Ivie Harrison
Spies and Prejudice by Talia Vance
Thank you Egmont for sending Catching Books these awesome books for review!!
Well what do you think of what we got? Let us know in the comments and I hope everyone is having a great month :)  

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday 87: These Broken Stars

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine
Name: These Broken Stars
Author: Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: December 10th, 2013
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384 pages
It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

The first in a sweeping science fiction trilogy, These Broken Stars is a timeless love story about hope and survival in the face of unthinkable odds.


My Thoughts:
I really don't read science fiction books but this one sounds really intriguing! I am interested in finding more about Lilac and Tarver, and the world they live in. I am excited to read this one in December :)
What are you waiting for this week? Let me know in the comments!