Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday 90: Mistwalker

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

Name: Mistwalker
Author: Saundra Mitchell
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
Release Date: February 4th, 2014
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272 pages
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When Willa Dixon’s brother dies on the family lobster boat, her father forbids Willa from stepping foot on the deck again. With her family suffering, she’ll do anything to help out—even visiting the Grey Man.

Everyone in her small Maine town knows of this legendary spirit who haunts the lighthouse, controlling the fog and the fate of any vessel within his reach. But what Willa finds in the lighthouse isn’t a spirit at all, but a young man trapped inside until he collects one thousand souls.

Desperate to escape his cursed existence, Grey tries to seduce Willa to take his place. With her life on land in shambles, will she sacrifice herself?


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 when it comes out next year! :)
What are you waiting for this week? Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Wait For You by J. Lynn Review

Name: Wait For You
Author: J. Lynn
Publisher: J. Lynn
Release Date: February 26th, 2013
Format: E-book copy
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332 pages

Some things are worth waiting for…

Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago—an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe—please God—make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn’t need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s building for herself.

Some things are worth experiencing…

Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that’s just so… so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed.

Some things should never be kept quiet…

But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she wants silenced, she’s has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down with her?

And some things are worth fighting for…


My Review:

What another awesome, wonderful, fantastic book by Jennifer L. Armentrout!  In addition to being the master of all things YA, JLA consistently writes books with amazing plots and even more amazing boys; and Wait For You did not disappoint!

I loved Avery and Cam's relationship!  Not only is Cam completely wonderful and (almost) perfect in every way possible, but he is also great for Avery.  Avery, who definitely has some major problems that still haunt her, is a strong yet reserved girl and protects her heart with an iron cage, and a lock and key for safe measure.  Cam knows this about her and continues to stick by her side, asking her out almost every day of the school year until she finally says agrees, giving her the time she needs to come to terms with him and how much she truly likes him.  I absolutely loved watching the two of them get to know each other as friends and people before rushing into a relationship; their witty banters and heated tension seemed so realistic in the way that all of JLA's characters and plots always do!

Besides excelling at romance and relationships, JLA also did a great job of tackling some real life issues in her book.  Both characters have had some troubling events in their pasts, and each of them (Avery, especially) are so used to hiding everything and trying to shove down bad thoughts and problems rather than dealing with them; as Avery says constantly throughout the book, her "fight or flight" response kicks in, and she always chooses flight.  Though it takes time for the two to adjust, they eventually learn to count on and trust each other so completely, and I loved watching both characters experience that.

One quick thing to note about this book is it's classification as New Adult, rather than Young Adult.  The only difference, it seems to me, is that it is a tad more explicit when it come to Avery and Cam's physical relationship.  Depending on your age, if that sort of thing bothers you then I would shy away from NA, since I am assuming that there will be a lot of that in other books like this.  Personally, I'm not sure how much all of these details actually added to the overall quality book, but I loved it nonetheless.

This is the first NA book that I have read, and if they are all as awesome as JLA's book, then I think I will have to check out some more NA in the future.  I loved loved loved the characters, the plot, and the writing, and everyone who loves romance, JLA, and great books should definitely check out Wait For You!

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Apollyon Tour Post!!

Hi everyone! Today I am hosting apollyon on my blog! Check out my review and the mystery letter below!!

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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Monday, April 1, 2013

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices # 3) by Cassandra Clare Review

Name: Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices # 3)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: March 19th, 2013
Format: E-book copy
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568 pages

Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy

Tessa Gray should be happy - aren't all brides happy?
Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute.
A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa's heart, will do anything to save her.


My Review:

I say it time and time again, but boy do I love Cassandra Clare!  I love her brilliant writing style, her intricate and complex characters, her witty remarks, her unique love stories, and everything else about her books that make them one of a kind.  I have always been a bigger fan of The Mortal Instruments series than The Infernal Devices, but I would be lying if I said that this book didn't knock The Infernal Devices up many points in my book.

Let's start with the main characters: Tessa, Will, and Jem.  All three of these characters go through extreme emotional changes throughout this book, making them all the more exciting.  Tessa finds more faith in herself and her magical abilities, all while coming to terms, as best as possible, with the fact that she will have to outlive all of her beloved shadowhunters.  Will learns to live away from the shadows of his curse, and Jem struggles through some very difficult mortality questions.  Clare did a brilliant job of making these characters' transitions seem realistic and I love the way they all progressed throughout the course of the series.

Everyone always says that you can't have the highs of life without the lows, and man did Clare do an amazing job with both of these.  There would be one chapter that was so sad that I felt like crying, and then the next one just made me feel so insanely overjoyed.  Most of the characters, especially Tessa, seem to deal with sadness by trying to find happiness in what they have left, and I love that about them.  Clare did a brilliant job at writing the happiness in this book, yet without forgetting to weave the underlying sadness throughout almost every chapter.

And that brings me to the best part of this book: the ending, and of course, Tessa's choice.  Let me start by stating how much I love Clare's love triangle.  Most love triangles involve two boys who fall in love with a girl and the girl loves them both back; however, that is not really a full triangle.  In Clockwork Princess, Tessa loves both boys, both boys love her, and the two boys love each other just as much as they love her (not in a romantic way, but in a way much, much stronger than a regular "brother" to "brother" way).  Each person loves the other in unique and different ways, yet they love each other completely and entirely.  I love the way that Clare makes it clear how even though they love each other in different ways, there is no reason why that should mean one love is stronger than another.  They are simply different, and not any less intense or truthful than another.  Who Tessa ends up with is quite interesting and I would not want to include any major spoilers in here, but Clare's ending (and the reasoning behind it) is definitely one of a kind.

I also loved how the epilogue was in the future, or in this case, the present time.  It is clear that one of the character's story fits in with The Mortal Instruments series, and I really hope that plot line is more fleshed out in the final Mortal Instruments book; after all, I know that how that character was brought back into the main story was not strictly speaking important to the ending of Clockwork Princess, but I am still curious to know!  But overall, I absolutely loved this book!  I have yet to find a book by Cassandra Clare that I have not loved, but this one was quite exceptional in and of itself.  That being said, you should definitely read this conclusion right away, and if you haven't read any of The Infernal Devices books, I would highly, highly recommend them!

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