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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Stacking the Shelves (14)

Good morning everyone. I hope you all had wonderful weeks and are enjoying yourselves and the bookish thing that you received.
Love your faces <3

Reviews and Updates:
None. Just getting back into college and the spring semester :) Taking a Creative Writing course, so I'm extremely excited. I'll make a post later this week about college and everything. 

For Review:
*Thank you to Disney Book Group, Amulet Books, and St. Martin's Press for everything this week*

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Stacking the Shelves (13)

Good morning everyone. I hope you all had wonderful weeks and are enjoying yourselves and the bookish thing that you received.
Love your faces <3

Reviews and Updates:

For Review:
*Thank you to Tor Teen, Bloomsbury USA, Walker Childerns, and St. Martin's Press for everything this week*

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Friday Hops (1/18/13)

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Follow Friday (#27)
Q: Who is your favorite villain from a book?

Oh gosh, wow, this is a hard one. Umm... wow this FF question really has me stumped. Villain, villain, villain. Who can you be? Honestly, I cannot think of a single one. None. I am very disappointed by this. Sorry guys! Hope you all have better answers than me!

Edit: Okay, I finally got one! I'm going to have to say Luke Castellan in Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series. :) His fate and struggle in the books just ate my heart away.

Movie/ Comics: The Joker. Hands down, favorite uncontrolled chaotic villain of all time :) And I love Heath Ledger's role, blew me out of the water.

Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Publication Date: November 15, 2011
Publisher: Harper
Series: Shatter Me #1
Young Adult
Pages: 338
Genre: Dystopian, Romance, Science Fiction
Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.
     The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.
     The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war– and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.
     Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

*Purchased this book of my own accord*

There has been very mixed opinions about Shatter Me in many reviews that I had read. When I first saw the novel's original cover, I was excited because it was absolutely stunning: The shattering wall, the dress, the text with a line scrawled through it, I knew that I wanted to read this book. Even the paperback cover is stunning. And no matter if it reminded people of an X-Men rip off, I was wound up to read this exciting dystopian novel. 

Tahereh Mafi has a unique writing style. The use of the strike out feature. She is vivid in description with beautiful narrative and poetic style. There were so many lines that I really loved reading, they were put together perfectly, making me envious at such a gorgeous style of writing. Though there are multiple words that Mafi likes to repeat and then strike out in the text, I found that dynamic to become a repetitive motion that lost its effect after the first few times and then started to agitate me many times later into the novel. So even with the pro of elegant writing style, there is also a con of repetitiveness that weakened the novel in certain portions. 

As the story goes, I enjoyed the artificial world that Juliette lives in. A world where she prays to be free and go where the natural light and the beauty of the world exists again. A world where she is seen as normal rather than a monster. I loved the idea that Juliette had not been touched in days, not just days, over hundreds of day, close to a year. No form of endearment, no comfort, no accidental brushing of skin--nothing. Locked up in an asylum, her thoughts are all over the place but statistical. Numbers are huge in her life. They are constant. And there is a feeling inside me while reading, a feeling that pities her condition and a feeling that wishes the best to happen to her. You want Juliette to escape and be free, live a normal life. 

In the reviews I read, many people loved Warner, the main antagonist. I had no care for him. I had no cares for Adam, the main love interest of Juliette, the boy she's known as a kid and the one determined to save her from a cruel fate. I was just focused on Juliette the whole time, watching her struggle time and again, her strength keeping her from crumbling. She was my main focus. Not the romance, not the sort of love triangle, not even Kenji (who happened to be my other favorite character in this book, he made me smile whenever he came into light in the story). It was just Juliette and what was going to happen next. 

Final Summation: I am excited to see what will be going on in the second installment of this series. Though I wasn't all that impressed with the ending, I do expect Tahereh Mafi to bring an action packed, kickass sequel. Hopefully my hopes won't be crushed. And for whoever has yet to read this novel, I definitely recommend it to all readers. The style is quite something, very unique.

First Line: I've been locked up for 264 days.
Story: S
Old/New Cover: S

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (29): Ink

Ink by Amanda Sun
(The Paper Gods #1)
Publication Date: June 25, 2013
Goodreads | Pre-Order
I looked down at the paper, still touching the tip of my shoe. I reached for it, flipping the page over to look.
     Scrawls of ink outlined a drawing of a girl lying on a bench.
     A sick feeling started to twist in my stomach, like motion sickness.
     And then the girl in the drawing turned her head, and her inky eyes glared straight into mine.
     On the heels of a family tragedy, the last thing Katie Greene wants to do is move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. She doesn’t know the language, she can barely hold a pair of chopsticks, and she can’t seem to get the hang of taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building.
     Then there’s gorgeous but aloof Tomohiro, star of the school’s kendo team. How did he really get the scar on his arm? Katie isn’t prepared for the answer. But when she sees the things he draws start moving, there’s no denying the truth: Tomo has a connection to the ancient gods of Japan, and being near Katie is causing his abilities to spiral out of control. If the wrong people notice, they'll both be targets.
     Katie never wanted to move to Japan—now she may not make it out of the country alive.
So excited for this one. I really hope this one lives up to my expectations.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Review: Want To Go Private? by Sarah Darer Littman

Publication Date: August 1, 2011
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Stand Alone Novel
Young Adult
Pages: 330
Genre: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Goodreads | Amazon
Abby and Luke chat online. They've never met. But they are going to. Soon.

Abby is starting high school--it should be exciting, so why doesn't she care? Everyone tells her to "make an effort," but why can't she just be herself? Abby quickly feels like she's losing a grip on her once-happy life. The only thing she cares about anymore is talking to Luke, a guy she met online, who understands. It feels dangerous and yet good to chat with Luke--he is her secret, and she's his. Then Luke asks her to meet him, and she does. But Luke isn't who he says he is. When Abby goes missing, everyone is left to put together the pieces. If they don't, they'll never see Abby again.
*Purchased this book of my own accord*

Wow, did this novel send me down a path I did not like to be. And let me point out that that comment is not a bad thing, not one bit. I was blown out of the water reading this novel. The realism, the truth. It's raw, rough, I literally felt dirty, scared, and violated reading this novel. The fact that Sarah Darer Littman brought out these feelings is a triumph.

Internet Predators. We've all been warned about the dangers of the internet, who and what is lurking around there, and how to prevent yourself from becoming in danger because of it. Want to Go Private? really gives you the raw, hard evidence as to what can seriously happen to teenagers in this sort of situation.

In the beginning I was put off with how much Abby's friend, Faith, and mother were insistent on her using makeup even though Abby didn't  feel the need to. The push for beauty when it isn't needed just made my nose crinkle. I understand it was a tactic to use in order to break Abby down so that Luke could eventually build her back up, but reading the first chapter and seeing the influence of makeup because they were going into high school, even her own mother trying to push it upon her, just didn't sit well with me. But I ended up reading on.

Final Summation: Want to Go Private? is truly a rough, gritty cautionary tale that teenagers don't think would ever happen to them. That the internet doesn't harbor sick and disgusting perverts. That they're prone to being stupid and getting caught up in a lie like that. But it happens all the time, especially that the internet is extremely prevalent in today's society and the lives of children everywhere. I extremely recommend it to everyone out there.

First Line: "How can you not be excited?"
Story: S
Cover: A

Cover Reveal: The Distance Between Us

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Publication Date: July, 3, 2013
Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop. 
   So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she's beginning to enjoy his company. 
   She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.

Gorgeous cover. I really like the lighting in the background and the outfit on the girl. Sexy dress and heels ;) All around stunning cover.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Bloggers! You Are Wanted to Join "The List"

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Stacking the Shelves (12)

Good morning everyone. I hope you all had wonderful weeks and are enjoying yourselves and the bookish thing that you received.
Love your faces <3

Reviews and Updates from this (and the past) week, Check out anything you missed!

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*Thank you to Simon and Schuster's Pulse It and Bloomsbury USA  for everything this week*

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Blog Tour + Giveaway: Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt

Publication Date: January 15, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Stand Alone Novel
Young Adult
Pages: 240
Genre: Contemporary, Relistic Fiction
Goodreads | Amazon
Anna remembers a time before boys, when she was little and everything made sense. When she and her mom were a family, just the two of them against the world. But now her mom is gone most of the time, chasing the next marriage, bringing home the next stepfather. Anna is left on her own—until she discovers that she can make boys her family. From Desmond to Joey, Todd to Sam, Anna learns that if you give boys what they want, you can get what you need. But the price is high—the other kids make fun of her; the girls call her a slut. Anna's new friend, Toy, seems to have found a way around the loneliness, but Toy has her own secrets that even Anna can't know.

Then comes Sam. When Anna actually meets a boy who is more than just useful, whose family eats dinner together, laughs, and tells stories, the truth about love becomes clear. And she finally learns how it feels to have something to lose—and something to offer. Real, shocking, uplifting, and stunningly lyrical,  Uses for Boys  is a story of breaking down and growing up.
*Digital ARC provided by St. Martin's Press for the blog tour and an honest review*

Uses for Boys is not a light and fluffy story. It's a gritty tale of a girl who learns about the world on her own. Abandoning mother, no father, gone through divorce time and again, and the only people who have been known to keep her company in that big, empty house were the boys she'd take home. Anna has had it rough, and her story is not a very happy one. It's a sad tale leaving you wondering if there will ever be any good to happen to Anna, and leave this desolate feeling to build up inside your chest while you keep reading on through her story.

Love is a complicated feeling to understand. The way I view it, love has many definitions and many different feelings for different people: friends, family, and a significant other. Being in love is something that people crave, even dream about. Anna had grown up in a world where loneliness and love were two sides of the same coin. One minute her life was just the love between her and her mother, the next was her stuck in that large house watching her mother come and go with men left and right. She was always trying to fill the holes that the loneliness ate away at, and then the time of boys came and she felt that she found the perfect way to fill up those holes (no pun intended, but it's actually intended because sex). Anna is the girl that everyone whispers about in the hallways with condescending tones, lashing the world slut around like it was burned into her skin. But you never really know who someone is or what they're past is like.

For a realistic fiction, Anna's story couldn't get more real. Through all the sad, unfortunate events that she'd gone through, I know people who commit to the entire basis of love = sex, where in order to be happy they need to have that physical attribute thrown in there. Sex, for teenagers, is becoming more of a common thing, especially for the younger crowd. Teens always tend to say that they know when they're in love. 

Final Summation:The writing style consisted of short chapters that usually never lasted more than a page which made this novel a fairly quick read. The end did brighten up my feelings for this novel. All in all, I enjoyed Uses for Boys. It gives thought to love and makes you wish for the best to happen to Anna. 

First Line: In the happy times, in the tell-me-again times, when I'm seven and there are no stepbrothers and it's before the stepfathers, my mom lets me sleep in her bed.
Story: A
Cover: A

Story Excerpt:

Downtown the sin is back behind the bridge and there are only a few boys left, skating back and forth on the concrete ramp, dreamy and stoned. I meet a boy named Josh and he and Angel and I sit close together, our shoulders touching. We cup the end of the pipe for each other, sheltering the flame from the wind. I'm trying to describe the dream. I've had it ever since I can remember and it's familiar, but when I try to describe it, it breaks apart. The wind picks up and I shiver. I'm ready to give up because I can't make it sound right.
     I stare at the changing sky and try again.
     "I'm far from the world and I see it like a brightly lit ball in the distance. They sky behind is mostly gray. It starts in silence, but I can see the people. Everyone is in a hurry. They're racing around the globe. They each hold a thread, like a bit of string, and it unravels, covering the planet. The buzzing starts. The buzzing gets faster and louder. They're all racing to one spot on the earth. I'm outside of it and I can see everything. I can see every person in the world racing to a single spot on the earth. The buzzing is all I can hear. It gets so I can't take it. Then I wake up."
Angel's sitting on my left.
     "You're a stoner," she says. But Josh puts his arm around me.
     "I know that feeling," he says. "It's like everything is standing still, but underneath it's all frantic and rushed."
     I'm surprised and look at Josh full in the face. The boys are skating lazy figure eights and the sky is streaky with bits of light and stars showing through. I lean against him as he lights a cigarette and I feel good. Really good.

Author Bio:

When Erica was a kid all she did was write. She dropped out of high school and attended the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University where she was surrounded by writers and artists.
But then, in Erica's early twenties, she got a job. She worked hard at that job for 15 years and didn't write a word.
Then this happened: Erica walked into a bookstore and bought two books by Francesca Lia Block. No particular reason, she just liked their covers. Then Erica read everything Francesca wrote. She read all the YA she could. She still does. Erica think's the world that happens between 13 and 17 is everything.

She quit her job. Studied writing. And then spent three and a half years writing Uses for Boys. Now she's working on a new novel and it's like falling down a hole. Writing her first novel taught her nothing about writing the next one.
She quit her job. Studied writing. And then spent three and a half years writing Uses for Boys. Now she's working on a new novel and it's like falling down a hole. Writing her first novel taught her nothing about writing the next one.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Kindle Steals (1)

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