Saturday, January 28, 2012

On My Wishlist (13)

On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It’s where we list all the books we desperately want but haven’t actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. It’s also an event that you can join in with too – If you want to know more, click here.

Soul Screamers Volume 1: My Soul to Lose, My Soul to Take, My Soul to Save
Paperback: 570 pages
Release date: November 22nd, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
Goodreads Summary: It starts with a scream....
New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent's compelling Soul Screamers series keeps getting better - here, for the first time, the original stories are compiled into one special volume...

My Soul to Lose
— The prequel: never before in print! —
Kaylee is just your average girl shopping at the mall with friends—until a terrified scream burst from her that cannot be stopped.
Taken to a hospital ward, will she be able to save her mind—and her life?

My Soul to Take
She always felt different, but now Kaylee discovers why. The screams that cannot be denied mean that someone near her will die—and she can never save them. Because saving one life means taking another...

My Soul to Save
Going on dates with her boyfriend is still new to Kaylee. But when the singer of the band they're seeing dies and Kaylee doesn't scream, she knows something carzy is going on. Soon she discovers soul can indeed be sold...

Darkness Before Dawn
Paperback: 272 pages
Release date: May 29th, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Goodreads Summary: This electrifying new trilogy blends the best of paranormal and dystopian storytelling in a world where the war is over. And the vampires won.

Humans huddle in their walled cities, supplying blood in exchange for safety. But not even that is guaranteed. Dawn has lost her entire family and now reluctantly serves as the delegate to Lord Valentine, the most powerful vampire for miles. It isn’t until she meets Victor, Valentine’s son, that she realizes not all vampires are monsters....

Darkness Before Dawn is a fresh new story with captivating characters, unexpected plot twists, a fascinating setting, and a compelling voice. Written under the name J. A. London by a talented mother-son team, the trilogy is perfect for fans of True Blood and the House of Night and Morganville Vampires series.

What's on your wishlist for this week? 

Monday, January 23, 2012

Review: Saving June by Hannah Harrington

Paperback: 322 pages
Release date: November 22nd, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin 
Source: NetGalley
Goodreads Summary: When her older sister commits suicide and her divorcing parents decide to divide the ashes, Harper Scott takes her sister's urn to the one place June always wanted to go: California. On the road with her best friend, plus an intriguing guy with a mysterious connection to June, Harper discovers truths about her sister, herself and life. 

It was never been an easy life for Harper to be the bad, stubborn and who-lets-her-parents-down daughter to her parents, it just gets bad when her sister June died. Harper was addressed to be an Ice-cold, hard-headed girl who didn’t cry even on her sister’s funeral. While June was the calm, obedient, smart and almost perfect daughter among the two of them. Harper seems to be eating up all the emotions she felt after June died, with all the annoyed faces of the people who think she should know the signs before June did it and her mother suffering from the lost of her daughter and the divorce before that. But all of it has been aside when she decided to find out what really happened to June and a guy happens to be sort of connected to June could help her. As Harper and Jake discover what was on June’s mind before she died they did not only found what they’re looking for but also Harper seems to found her true self, what she wants and what she didn’t wanted to be. There journey has been a bit of a rollercoaster with all the music and stuffs through their ride to California and the struggles they have to face. 

The whole story was easy to grasp and not a knotty kind of story. I love how Harper was in a bit of a strong and snarky side and Jake, who loves music as his life was like her. There banter and sarcastic comments just add to heat up their affection to each other. The story did not only talk about Harper’s relationship with her family and how to deal with it, but it central theme, which I believed, is being free. Free to do what you want and don’t want, how to express your own feelings. Harper did it, she soon finds what she wants and does it, Jake live up with music but there are things that still keep him from doing what he wants, but with the help of Harper he let his fears go. And June, all her life everyone seems to think that she is perfect but she knows that there are things that she wanted to do but can’t, feelings she wanted to let out but don’t know how. In the end she decided to let her emotions out by doing what she knew would set her free. 

The book was in fact a heart-warming story, with how it shows a life of a person could change in just a click (wrong or right), that could affect not only her self but also the people around her. I really enjoy the book; I don’t have to state the obvious thing that a reader should do. :)) 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Rebel Heart and Pushing the Limits

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Rebel Heart (Dust Lands #2) by Moira Young

Release date: October 30th, 2012
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Goodreads Summary: The Tonton have been defeated. Lugh has been rescued.
The heartstone has brought Saba and Jack together
Now, Saba and her family head west to meet him and start a new life. All should be well.
But shadows of the dead are stalking Saba.
And another kind of shadow is creeping over the dustlands.
Then a messenger shows up.
With news of Jack.
Blood Red Road was one of the best dystopian book I've read last year. And don't you just love the cover?? It's far different from the first book's cover but I still think it's awesome. Jack is such a hottie.

Pushing the Limits

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry 

Release date: August, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Goodreads summary: In Pushing the Limits, two teens, brought together by their court ordered therapist, work together to learn the secrets of their case files, but neither foresaw the shattering consequences of the learning the truth regarding their families or of falling in love. 
her trademark wit and wisdom in a hilarious new novel.
It's a YA Contemporary Romance. How can I miss it?

What are you anxiously waiting on this week? Just leave a comment of the link to your WoW post!

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Review: Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4) by Richelle Mead


Hardcover: 503 pages
Release date: August 25th, 2009
Publisher: Razorbill
Source: Bought
Buy it on: Amazon ││The Book Depository ││ Barnes & Noble
Goodreads Summary: 
Rose Hathaway's life will never be the same.

The recent attack on St. Vladimir's Academy devastated the entire Moroi world. Many are dead. And, for the few victims carried off by Strigoi, their fates are even worse. A rare tattoo now adorns Rose's neck, a mark that says she's killed far too many Strigoi to count. But only one victime matters . . . Dimitri Belikov. Rose must now choose one of two very different paths: honoring her life's vow to protect Lissa - her best friend and the last surviving Dragomir princess - or, dropping out of the Academy to strike out on her own and hunt down the man she loves. She'll have to go to the end of the earth to find Dimitri and keep the promise he begged her to make. But the question is, when the time comes, will he want to be saved?

This book was given to me last Christmas. I started to read it right away, but I was disappointed. It took me a week to finish this one. I expected the book to be fast paced, just like the other VA novels, but it was pretty slow for me. The story picks up where Shadow Kiss left off. Rose decided to leave Lissa and find Dimitri. Yes, the book is mainly about Rose's journey to Siberia, where she expects to find and kill Dimitri as a promise made by her to him when he turns into a Strigoi. There, she reflects her decisions she made, and whether she'll leave Lissa for good or not.

There are things I like about this book. But I'm not going to spoil all of it for the sake of the future readers. First, I liked was the way Rose gets emotional in this book. She lets her guard down, and just think before acting. But she doesn't always do that. For the future readers, you will understand me when you get into the middle of the book. Second, the revelation of the Alchemists. Yes, they have their first appearance on this book. I'm not going to explain what Alchemists are, but for one thing, you'll get mixed feelings for them. Third, Avery Lazar. She's a total b*tch. Sorry for the language, but she really is one. And I love how Mead wrote a villain that wasn't obvious she was until the end. I was like, "Rose, just slap that chick out of your lives." Lastly, the ending of the book. Seriously, the end was bamboozled with revelations and I just kept on reading it until I finished it.

For the most part, I wasn't worked up with this one. There's the part where Rose kills and tortures Strigoi vamps. I didn't like the side where her obsession for Dimitri gets her. Or the side where she just left poor Lissa without further explanation. And there's Dimitri. Spare me the lecture, I know exactly how you, Team Dimitri, feel. Dimitri's very evil in here obviously caused by Strigoi blood running in his veins. There's also less action, romance and mystery. So I was saddened that it's what I felt for like two-thirds of the book. I'd change half of the story if I could think of something better than this, but I don't have any idea.

Even if this seems to be a disappointing book, its still a favorite to me. The book is not bad, but not great. I recommend this to VA series lovers, because I know you'll love it anyway. I'm expecting a lot more on the next book so I'll go on and say VA is really amazing.

Liked it. 


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Review: Clarity by Kim Harrington

Hardcover: 242 pages
Release date: March 1st, 2011
Publisher: Scholastic Print
Source: Won
Buy it on: Amazon ││The Book Depository ││ Barnes & Noble
Goodreads Summary: When you can see things others can't, where do you look for the truth?
This paranormal murder mystery will have teens reading on the edge of their seats.
Clarity "Clare" Fern sees things. Things no one else can see. Things like stolen kisses and long-buried secrets. All she has to do is touch a certain object, and the visions come to her. It's a gift.
And a curse.
When a teenage girl is found murdered, Clare's ex-boyfriend wants her to help solve the case - but Clare is still furious at the cheating jerk. Then Clare's brother - who has supernatural gifts of his own - becomes the prime suspect, and Clare can no longer look away. Teaming up with Gabriel, the smoldering son of the new detective, Clare must venture into the depths of fear, revenge, and lust in order to track the killer. But will her sight fail her just when she needs it most?

Clarity “Clare” Fern is a 16-year old girl who belongs in a family with psychic abilities. Her mother can hear what people are thinking, although only the thoughts right at the very moment. Her older brother Perry has the ability of Mediumship or communicating with spirits, while Clare’s gift is retrocognitive psychometry, meaning she’s able to pick imprints from objects and see, hear, or feel memories in her mind. Living in a tourist town meant productive business for them to do their readings. Tourists love them, but not all locals think it isn’t a freaky family business. Their lives took a turn when a psychic woman moves in to their town and claims she can see the future that stirs up competition between their businesses. Unfortunately, a bigger challenge faces their town and the Fern family when an 18-year old tourist was murdered- a thing that hadn’t happened in a very long time in their town- and Clare was hired unofficially to help with the case alongside with the new detective’s son and her ex-boyfriend. The case hangs on her decisions and ability to find the killer… but what if the killer could be someone close to her heart?

I rarely do book summaries and I hope it didn’t confuse or give too much away. This is totally unexpected of me, just like how this book surprised and stunned me more than a few times. The only things I knew before reading this book is it’s about a girl with psychic abilities who will solve a mystery. Honestly, it wasn’t enough to interest me. But thankfully, I was convinced by bloggers who list Clarity as one of their favorite reads last year. Now I definitely understand their sentiments. This book is one hell of a thriller that engaged me from the very first page ‘til the last. 

The mystery of who is the killer keeps me guessing and going through my mind. Books that make me think earn another half-star for me. Unlike the very few mystery books I’ve read before, the story is not complicated to follow and understand. It suits very well with me and I commend Kim Harrington for that. There’s a love triangle, but I think romance is not the main focus of this one, however I guess the second book would contain a little more of that. 

I really like Clare as a main character. Stripping off her psychic ability, she’s just a regular teenage girl with boy problems, mean-girl type nemesis and stuff. Because of her ‘freakiness’, she was often bullied by some guys in high school. Thankfully she’s strong and intelligent to not feel all downhearted and awful and she has her loving older brother Perry by her side. Perry’s simply awesome. Forget about his hooking up with girls as a hobby as long as he’s a good and responsible brother who cares for his family. Then there’s also the new hottie in town George and her ex-boyfriend Justin. My only problem with this is George. I don’t know… I just don’t feel his and Clare’s connection or chemistry. I believe the thing between them is kind of rushed and underdeveloped. On the other hand I didn’t expect to really like Justin at all. Given the reason why Clare and he broke up, I thought he was a jerk but really he’s not. 

Of course there was also a time when I got annoyed and tired guessing who the killer is. But I tell you not to worry. Kim Harrington has her brilliant way of unfolding the mystery and serving it up to your plate. The second book, Peception, releases March 1st this year and I’m glad I don’t have to wait for so long. 
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Monday, January 9, 2012

Teaser Tuesday: Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
It's our first Teaser Tuesday of the year! My teaser this week is from Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols. It's the sequel of The Boys Next Door which I really loved.

Endless Summer (The Boys Next Door & Endless Summer)
Summary: Two irresistible boys. One unforgettable summer.
Lori can’t wait for her summer at the lake. She loves wakeboarding and hanging with her friends--including the two hotties next door. With the Vader brothers, she's always been just one of the guys. Now that she’s turning sixteen, she wants to be seen as one of the girls, especially in the eyes of Sean, the older brother. But that’s not going to happen--not if the younger brother, Adam, can help it.
Lori plans to make Sean jealous by spending time with Adam. Adam has plans of his own for Lori. As the air heats up, so does this love triangle. Will Lori’s romantic summer melt into one hot mess?


"Her eyes were sad as she said this. I should have bear-hugged her and comforted her. But when the girl of your dreams, who you’ve been chasing for years and have finally caught, tells you to make out with her, are you going to tell her you’d rather just hold each other for a while? Why, hell no."

How about your teaser for this week? Leave a link in the comments and I'll check them out. :)
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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler Book Trailer

Just saw this around the blogosphere today and thought I'd share it with our readers who haven't seen it. 

Isn't it so cute and mouth-watering?? It makes me a lot more excited for my copy to arrive. I love Sarah Ockler and her books and Bittersweet seems like another story written by her that I will eat up.

Bittersweet by  Sarah Ockler
Hardcover: 384 pages
Release date: January 3rd, 2011
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Goodreads Summary: Once upon a time, Hudson knew exactly what her future looked like. Then a betrayal changed her life, and knocked her dreams to the ground. Now she’s a girl who doesn’t believe in second chances… a girl who stays under the radar by baking cupcakes at her mom’s diner and obsessing over what might have been.

So when things start looking up and she has another shot at her dreams, Hudson is equal parts hopeful and terrified. Of course, this is also the moment a cute, sweet guy walks into her life…and starts serving up some seriously mixed signals. She’s got a lot on her plate, and for a girl who’s been burned before, risking it all is easier said than done.

It’s time for Hudson to ask herself what she really wants, and how much she’s willing to sacrifice to get it. Because in a place where opportunities are fleeting, she knows this chance may very well be her last….

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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Quick Review: Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

Paperback: 416 pages
Release date: August 9th, 2011
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Source: Won
Goodreads Summary: Finnikin was only a child during the five days of the unspeakable, when the royal family of Lumatere were brutally murdered, and an imposter seized the throne. Now a curse binds all who remain inside Lumatere’s walls, and those who escaped roam the surrounding lands as exiles, persecuted and despairing, dying by the thousands in fever camps. In a narrative crackling with the tension of an imminent storm, Finnikin, now on the cusp of manhood, is compelled to join forces with an arrogant and enigmatic young novice named Evanjalin, who claims that her dark dreams will lead the exiles to a surviving royal child and a way to pierce the cursed barrier and regain the land of Lumatere. But Evanjalin’s unpredictable behavior suggests that she is not what she seems — and the startling truth will test Finnikin’s faith not only in her, but in all he knows to be true about himself and his destiny. 

Are you a fan of Melina Marchetta and Kristin Cashore? Do you fancy YA Romances that knock you off your feet? Do you easily fall in love with amazing and outstanding and superb and fantastic characters? Are you ready to be blown away by the magical world Marchetta created? If your answers are all YES and you haven’t read this, then you ought to go out, buy a copy, and snuggle up with it all day and not care with the world. Yep, I’m speaking of my own personal experience with Finnikin of the Rock. My only complaint is it should have been a couple of pages longer… like 300 pages more. I even stopped when there were only 20 or 30 pages left because I didn’t want it to end. 

I will now end this to avoid excessive gushing and imminent spoilers. I just have to say that this easily became one of my favorite reads this year or maybe ever. And again like I always say, if you haven’t read any of Melina Marchetta’s books, man you’re missing out on so much of the literary world. Here are some quotes to convince you people furthermore. 
“Sir Topher finally looked up. “Because any hope beyond that, my boy, would be too much. I feared we would drown in it.” 
"Then I choose to drown,” Finnikin said. “In hope. Rather than float into nothing.”  
“Because without our language, we have lost ourselves. Who are we without our words?” 
“Finn, listen!" Trevanion said, his voice raw."I prayed to see you one more time. It's all I prayed for. Nothing more. And my prayers were answered. Go east, I'll lend them west." 
"We have a dilemma, then," Finnikin said fiercely. "Because I prayed that you would grow old and hold my children in your arms as you held me. My prayers have not been answered yet, Trevanion. So whose prayer is more worthy? Yours or mine?” 
“There are worse things than a lie and there are better things than the truth!” 

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