Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (3)

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. They choose a topic and bloggers list their top ten things to go in that list.

This weeks topic was....

Top Ten Characters  Kick-Butt Heroines

1. Hermoine Granger from Harry Potter:  Hermoine is my obvious choice. She is witty, smart, and she's a witch! That practically screams awesome!

2. Rose from The Vampire Diaries: Any girl who can fight vampires has got to be pretty awesome.

3. Tris from The Divergent Trilogy: Tris is awesome. She's even more awesome because she can kick some major butt.

4. Jessica from The Running Dream: Now while Jessica can't shoot some crazy guy or stake a vampire, having the will to run after you lost your leg is definetly kick-butt to me.

5. Puck from The Scorpio Races: Being the first girl to compete in a dangerous all-boys sport sounds like kick-butt to me.
Uglies (Uglies, #1)
6. Tally from The Uglies Series: Tally practically took down the whole ugly vs. pretty system down. That's crazy!

7. Katniss from The Hunger Games: Katniss is like the heroine.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (10)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine. It showcases upcoming titles that we are currently awaiting.

Meant to BeThis weeks selection is...

Meant To Be
by Lauren Morrill
Publication Date: November 13th, 2012

Synopsis(Goodreads): Meant to be or not meant to be . . . that is the question.

It's one thing to fall head over heels into a puddle of hazelnut coffee, and quite another to fall for the—gasp—wrong guy. Straight-A junior Julia may be accident prone, but she's queen of following rules and being prepared. That's why she keeps a pencil sharpener in her purse and a pocket Shakespeare in her, well, pocket. And that's also why she's chosen Mark Bixford, her childhood crush, as her MTB ("meant to be").

But this spring break, Julia's rules are about to get defenestrated (SAT word: to be thrown from a window) when she's partnered with her personal nemesis, class-clown Jason, on a school trip to London. After one wild party, Julia starts receiving romantic texts . . . from an unknown number! Jason promises to help discover the identity of her mysterious new suitor if she agrees to break a few rules along the way. And thus begins a wild goose chase through London, leading Julia closer and closer to the biggest surprise of all: true love.

Because sometimes the things you least expect are the most meant to be

Monday, October 22, 2012

Easy by Tammara Webber

   Title: Easy
   Author(s): Tammara Webber
   Release Date: May 24, 2012
   Publisher: CreateSpace
   Pages: 543
   Format: Ebook
   Synopsis(Goodreads): A girl who believes trust can be misplaced, promises are made to be broken, and loyalty is an illusion. A boy who believes truth is relative, lies can mask unbearable pain, and guilt is eternal. Will what they find in each other validate their conclusions, or disprove them all?

When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup two months into sophomore year. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she's single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, and failing a class for the first time in her life.

Leaving a party alone, Jacqueline is assaulted by her ex's frat brother. Rescued by a stranger who seems to be in the right place at the right time, she wants nothing more than to forget the attack and that night--but her savior, Lucas, sits on the back row of her econ class, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. Her friends nominate him to be the perfect rebound.

When her attacker turns stalker, Jacqueline has a choice: crumple in defeat or learn to fight back. Lucas remains protective, but he's hiding secrets of his own. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy.

My Review: Wow. All I can say is wow. I picked up this book, like I have picked up many others, knowing hardly anything about it,except that Ginger at GReads! had read it and loved it. So I looked it up on my Ereader, saw that it was cheap, and bought it. And oh my gosh, this book is now my favorite!

This book deals with sexual abuse, and when I figured that out, I was a little hesitant to keep reading. Sexual abuse is a difficult subject, I wasn't sure that reading about it was a good idea for someone of my age. But I'm glad I kept reading, because this book was fabulous. The plot was fast paced and I couldn't put this book down. This book had a dark undertone all the way through that was addicting, and I loved it!

I loved our main characters Jacqueline and Lucas. They both had gone through emotionally traumatic things and I sympathized with them. Jacqueline had been dumped by her boyfriend and was assaulted by a guy she thought was her friend. And Lucas had gone through some very difficult things in his past. I loved the characters and cheered when they got together. I also really liked our side characters.
They weren't just put in the story because they needed to be there. They also had a purpose.

I felt that the writing style was what really made it all work. Tammara Webber created a beautiful group of characters and a story with a fabulous plot and a message. I don't think she could have done any better.

Rating: 5/5 worms!!!
If you couldn't already guess, Easy was fabulous and if you haven't read it you should get it right now!


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Mini Review: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

An Abundance of KatherinesTitle: An Abundance of Katherines
Author(s): John Green
Release Date: September 21, 2006
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Page Number: 228
Fomat: Paperback

Synopsis(Goodreads): When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton's type is girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact. On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun–but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl.

My Review: I liked An Abundance of Katherines. Colin was an okay protagonist and the supporting characters were good too. Colin was full of sadness over losing Katherine 19 at the beginning of the book, but at the end he had let that go and he had realized that he needed to move on. All the main characters in this book had a lot of character development, especially Lindsey and Colin. I really liked how Lindsey's character grew as the book went on. The only issues I had with this book, was that I felt that the first 100 or so page dragged on for a while (but that might have been just the fact that I didn't have a lot of reading time, so I didn't read a lot at a time). But after those pages, and especially at the end, the plot picked up and it was fabulous. I also felt that the wonderful writing style John Green had in The Fault in Our Stars that made me laugh and cry wasn't there. But otherwise I did really enjoy An Abundance of Katherines.

Rating: 4/5 worms

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (9)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted at Breaking the Spine. It showcases titles that we are currently awaiting.

This weeks title is...                                                                             
by Elana K. Arnold
Publication Date: November 13th, 2012
SacredSynopsis(Goodreads): Growing up on Catalina Island, off the California coast, Scarlett Wenderoth has led a fairly isolated life. After her brother dies, her isolation deepens as she withdraws into herself, shutting out her friends and boyfriend. Her parents, shattered by their own sorrow, fail to notice Scarlett's pain and sudden alarming thinness. Scarlett finds pleasure only on her horse, escaping to the heart of the island on long, solitary rides. One day, as she races around a bend, Scarlett is startled by a boy who raises his hand in warning and says one word: "Stop."

The boy—intense, beautiful—is Will Cohen, a newcomer to the island. For reasons he can't or won't explain, he's drawn to Scarlett and feels compelled to keep her safe. To keep her from wasting away. His meddling irritates Scarlett, though she can't deny her attraction to him. As their relationship blossoms into love, Scarlett's body slowly awakens at Will's touch. But just when her grief begins to ebb, she makes a startling discovery about Will, a discovery he's been grappling with himself. A discovery that threatens to force them apart. And if it does, Scarlett fears she will unravel all over again

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (8)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted at Breaking the Spine. It showcases titles that we are currently awaiting.

Ask The Passengers
This weeks title is...

Ask the Passengers
by A.S. King
Publication Date: October 23rd, 2012

Synosis(Goodreads): Astrid Jones copes with her small town's gossip and narrow-mindedness by staring at the sky and imagining that she's sending love to the passengers in the airplanes flying high over her backyard. Maybe they'll know what to do with it. Maybe it'll make them happy. Maybe they'll need it. Her mother doesn't want it, her father's always stoned, her perfect sister's too busy trying to fit in, and the people in her small town would never allow her to love the person she really wants to: another girl named Dee. There's no one Astrid feels she can talk to about this deep secret or the profound questions that she's trying to answer. But little does she know just how much sending her love--and asking the right questions--will affect the passengers' lives, and her own, for the better.

In this unmistakably original portrayal of a girl struggling to break free of society's boxes and definitions, Printz Honor author A.S. King asks readers to question everything--and offers hope to those who will never stop seeking and sharing real love.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (7)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted at Breaking the Spine. It showcases titles that we are currently awaiting.

Valkyrie RisingThis weeks title is....                                                                                                

Valkyrie Rising
by Ingrid Paulson
Publication Date: October 9th, 2012

Synopsis(Goodreads): Nothing ever happens in Norway. But at least Ellie knows what to expect when she visits her grandmother: a tranquil fishing village and long, slow summer days. And maybe she’ll finally get out from under the shadow of her way-too-perfect big brother, Graham, while she’s there.

What Ellie doesn’t anticipate is Graham’s infuriating best friend, Tuck, tagging along for the trip. Nor did she imagine boys going missing amid rumors of impossible kidnappings. Least of all does she expect something powerful and ancient to awaken in her and that strange whispers would urge Ellie to claim her place among mythological warriors. Instead of peace and quiet, there’s suddenly a lot for a girl from L.A. to handle on a summer sojourn in Norway! And when Graham vanishes, it’s up to Ellie—and the ever-sarcastic, if undeniably alluring Tuck—to uncover the truth about all the disappearances and thwart the nefarious plan behind them.

Deadly legends, hidden identities, and tentative romance swirl together in one girl’s unexpectedly-epic coming of age.