Monthly Archives: November 2012

Save the Date {12}

Love and Other Perishable Items
AUTHOR: Laura Buzo
EDITION: Hardcover, 256 pages
EXPECTED PUBLICATION: December 11th 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
WHAT THE BACK OF THE BOOK SAYS: Love is awkward, Amelia should know.
From the moment she set eyes on Chris, she is a goner. Lost. Sunk. Head over heels infatuated with him. It’s problematic, since Chris is 21, and a sophisticated university student – while Amelia is 15.
Amelia isn’t stupid. She knows it’s not going to happen. So she plays it cool around Chris – at least as cool as she can. Working checkout together at the local supermarket, they strike up a friendship: swapping life stories, bantering about everything from classic books to B movies, and cataloging the many injustices of growing up. As time goes on, Amelia’s crush doesn’t seem so one-sided anymore. But if Chris likes her back, what then? Can two people in such different places in life really be together?
Through a year of befuddling firsts – first love, first job, first party, first hangover – debut author Laura Buzo shows how the things that break your heart can still crack you up.
MY THOUGHTS: Guys, I’ve been sucked into this Contemporary-Romance black hole lately. I CRAVE it… and this is SO not like me! And this one sounds so good! I mean come on! We’ve ALL been there – crush on the older hottie? Yep! Excited to get this one and see how Chris and Amelia navigate their situation.
Happy Reading!!

What Now? {2}

Hey! Welcome to my new Tuesday Post – What Now? This new once-a-week post is based off of Epic Reads – Like, Try, Why.



If You Liked … Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely #1) by Melissa Marr

Try … The Iron King (The Iron Fey #1) by Julie Kagawa
Why … Besides the fact that both are centered around faeries (which in my opinion everyone should love fairies as much as I do!) they are both such incredible series! Marr brings a darker side of the fey to life, while Kagawa brings equal parts light and dark with plenty of comic relief in the form of Grimalkin. While Kagawa tends to stay closer to known myths and legends, Marr has a unique and wholly her own take and twist on the fey. 



If You Liked … The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer
Try … Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) by Richelle Mead
Why … While I definitely enjoy Twilight and reread the series usually once a year, I never thought I would fall in love with another vampire series…until I stepped into Rose and Lissa’s world…and met Dimitri. And Adrian. Oh yeah! This series doesn’t hold back at all when it comes to kick ass vampires (that do NOT sparkle) and forbidden love that makes your heart beat faster, and want to throw the book at the wall at the same time!



If You Liked … Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1) by Veronica Rossi
Try … Breathe (Breathe #1) by Sarah Crossan
Why … Dystopian at it’s best! I was easily transported to the world of Reverie alongside of Aria and wholeheartedly love Perry. And Roar. Sigh. Crossan creates a wonderful world reminiscent of Rossi’s story in Breathe, and is a great way to pass the time while waiting for Through the Ever Night to release.

Happy Reading!



It’s YA Scavenger Hunt Time!!!!!

This will be my 3rd time participating in the YA Scavenger Hunt, and each time I get more and more excited for it because it’s such a great opportunity to not only WIN awesome prizes! But also because you can find some really great authors that you may not have discovered yet.
This years Hunt begins on Thursday November 29th 2012 at 12:00 (Noon) PST and ends on Saturday December 2nd 2012 at 12:00 (Noon) PST, and December 5th at 12:00 (Noon) PST the winners will be announced.
For a list of this years participating authors, go HERE.
For all other Hunt info, check out the blog HERE.
Good Luck everyone, and may the odds be ever in your favor!!
Happy Reading!!

Review {16} Breathe by Sarah Crossan

Breathe
BY: Sarah Crossan
SERIES: Breathe #1
PUBLICATION INFORMATION: October 2nd 2012 by Greenwillow
EDITION: Hardcover, 373 pages
ACQUISITION: Borrowed/Library
CATEGORIES: Young adult, Sci-Fi, Apocalyptic/Post-Apocalyptic, Adventure, Romance, Dystopian
RATING: 3.50/5.00 | GOODREADS RATING: 3.73/5.00
WHAT THE BACK OF THE BOOK SAYS: Inhale. Exhale. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe… The world is dead. The survivors live under the protection of Breathe, the corporation that found a way to manufacture oxygen-rich air.
ALINA has been stealing for a long time. She’s a little jittery, but not terrified. All she knows is that she’s never been caught before. If she’s careful, it’ll be easy. If she’s careful.
QUINN should be worried about Alina and a bit afraid for himself, too, but even though this is dangerous, it’s also the most interesting thing to happen to him in ages. It isn’t every day that the girl of your dreams asks you to rescue her.
BEA wants to tell him that none of this is fair; they’d planned a trip together, the two of them, and she’d hoped he’d discover her out here, not another girl.
And as they walk into the Outlands with two days’ worth of oxygen in their tanks, everything they believe will be shattered. Will they be able to make it back? Will they want to?
MY THOUGHTS: I really enjoyed this book, which isn’t a huge surprise considering my love for anything dystopian/apocalyptic. This book has it’s own unique spin, as Crossan creates a world without trees – – without oxygen.  The book centers around the big, bad corporation, Breathe, who manufactures oxygen and pumps it into the dome that the survivors now live under, and who are split into a caste-like system with premiums and auxiliaries, and the Resistance – aka – RATS. 
Of course there is corruption within the dome, and the RATS are trying to bring it to light, and bring the world back how it was before the Switch. Part of the RATS, Alina Moon finds herself mourning the loss of Abel, her crush and fellow RATS member. She runs into Quinn Caffery at school, in line for green flu vaccinations, and he’s smitten. But Bea Whitcraft, an auxiliary, is secretly in love with Quinn, the son of Breathe’s head honcho. Alina suffers alone with the grief of her “missing” (read: Dead) parents, and lives with her aunt, uncle, and cousin Silas – also all RATS. 
When Alina is suddenly being hunted by Breathe, she must escape the dome and make her way through the Outlands to The Grove, one of the outposts of the RATS who call an old soccer stadium home. Of course as a wanted possible criminal, she isn’t able to get access out of the dome, and so Quinn, in an act of lust, gets her out of the dome with himself and Bea, who planned a camping trip. Along the way they meet drifters, one in particular, Maude Blue who is actually the best character in the book, in my opinion. She’s so flawed and imperfect that you can’t help but love her and feel for her. With the stealing of a Breathe tank, Alina unknowingly begins a war between the Resistance and Breathe.
I think the overall theme and plot are my favorite part of the book. To me, this is something I constantly think about. Can we ever eventually log all of the forests? Will there ever be a time where the Earth is tree-less? Clearly Crossan has similar thoughts and even was able to build this world around the same question. While I thoroughly enjoyed Crossan’s writing style, I did have some trouble with the world-building, and had some trouble envisioning the dome world, and The Grove in my mind’s eye. Eventually I was able to get a sense of the world she’s created, and was able to put myself right in the action.
I have a love/hate relationship with the multi-POV as well. The story is told from the POV of three people – Quinn, Alina, and Bea, with Alina being the “Main character”. I did have some issues distinguishing the characters from one another, and sometimes had to go back and check the chapter’s first page to see which character it was “speaking”. I liked each of the characters, as they each had different challenges and inner demons, but I didn’t feel that they were totally rounded and 3D. If I had to choose a favorite, I’d actually pick Quinn. I think of the three, he’s the one who changed and grew the most throughout the book, and had the most to lose.
Another plus is that there aren’t too many obvious twists, and Crossan is wonderful at leaving doors open to be resolved in the sequel/subsequent novels in the series.
TO SUM IT UP: If you are looking for a fast-paced, action packed dystopian with a unique spin on a post-apocalyptic world and incredible characters that you’ll keep thinking about long after you end the book, then you should read Breathe.
READ THIS IF YOU LIKE: Beta by Rachel Cohn | Ashes of Twilight by Kassy Tayler | Skylark by Meagan Spooner | Black City by Elizabeth Richards | The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse
MY ‘SIMILAR BOOK FROM MY BOOKSHELF’ SUGGESTION: Matched by Ally Condie
BREATHE MEDIA:

AUTHOR INFO: Sarah Crossan is Irish. She graduated with a degree in Philosophy and Literature before training as an English and Drama teacher at Cambridge University and worked to promote creative writing in schools before leaving teaching to write full time.

She completed her Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Warwick in 2003 and in 2010 received an Edward Albee Fellowship for writing.
She currently lives in NYC.

Say Anything {10} Goals for 2013

I try to set goals every year for reading. How many books, what kinds, what I hope to accomplish book/blog wise, etc.
This year, I set a goal to read 100 books. As I started falling behind, I reexamined my goal and set it to 65. This is a better number for me to achieve, and I should be able to accomplish it with no problem. That being said, like anyone else who loves reading, I want to read more than that next year! So as of right now, I am going to set my 2013 Read Books goal at 75. 
Last year I said I wanted to break into more genres that I typically do not read. I was successful in getting myself more acclimated with the fantasy/high fantasy genre, but I didn’t get into the steampunk genre like I wanted to. So for 2013, I again will attempt to tackle steampunk!
I am going to participate in the Debut Author Challenge again this year. I started the challenge over at my old blog, but when I started The Little Pink Book Boutique I lost my steam on that challenge. So this new year I will participate again and complete it. My goal is 20 books. My list and more info on the challenge can be found here.
So far these are the goals I have set. I’ll post more as this year comes to a close, but this is what I have at this point. 
What are your goals for 2013?
Happy Reading!

All I Want for Christmas… is More Books! {1}

From now until Christmas I will be posting the books that are on my wishlist to Santa this year!

1. Fever (The Chemical Garden Trilogy #2) by Lauren Destefano
     Okay, so technically I’ve already read this one (and covet it!) but I only got it from the library, I unfortunately do not have it on my shelf next to book 1, Wither. This is a must-have!

2. Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth
     Another one that I’ve already read but don’t own. Also, another MUST-HAVE!!!!

3. Dreamless (Starcrossed #2) by Josephine Angelini
     Yep, I’m sensing a trend here! Another one where I own book #1 but need #2.

4. Spider’s Bite (Elemental Assassin #1) by Jennifer Estep
     I had this one in my hands last time I was at Barnes & Noble, but I put it back. I hate when I do that! No worries, I’ve got book 1 on my “Want for Xmas” list!

5. Crewel (Crewel World #1) by Gennifer Albin
     Besides the amazingly gorgeous cover, this story about Adelice Lewys who can weave time with matter sounds incredible!

6. Crossed & Reached (Matched #2 & #3) by Ally Condie
     You guessed correctly. I’ve got book 1, but need 2 & 3!

7. Ashes of Twilight (Ashes Trilogy #1) by Kassy Tayler
     I fell in love with the cover and was set on buying it just for that, and the fact that the main character’s name is Wren, which I love! A mix of dystopian & steampunk make this one appear on my list this year.

8. What’s Left of Me (The Hybrid Chronicles #1) by Kat Zhang
     This one sounds great, I want to read it ASAP!

9. Black City (Black City #1) by Elizabeth Richards
     Because this one just looks awesome!

10. Renegade (The Elysium Chronicles #1) by J.A. Souders
     I’ve been wanting this one since I first found it on Goodreads! It’s so unique sounding and yeah, I just really want it!!

What books are your Wish List this holiday season?

Happy Reading!

On My Bookshelf {8}

Eek… this was a sad, slow week for this little book blogger.

FOR REVIEW
Netgalley ~ A Shimmer of Angels (Angel Sight #1) by Lisa M. Basso

PURCHASED
Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1) by J.R. Ward

That’s it for me! What new books did you add to your bookshelf this week?

Happy Reading!!

Book Stole My Look {8} Books With the Blues

Mermaids
Fairies

Necklaces

My Picks: Lost Voices – Love the color of the water and how it looks. I like that the mermaid has more definition to it, even though the silhouettes on In Great Waters leaves an air of mystery. Like the font better as well. | Wicked Lovely – I bought this one because of the cover. It’s always been one of my favorite – it’s so beautiful! | Immortal – it has a vintage, eerie feel to it. I love the layout and how the necklace chain “flows” with the water.

 which are your favorites?

Book Info (From Goodreads)
The Iron King (The Iron Fey #1) – Julie Kagawa
Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely #1) – Melissa Marr
Immortal (Immortal #1) – Gillian Shields
The Awakening (Darkest Powers Trilogy #2) – Kelley Armstrong
Lost Voices (Lost Voices #1) – Sarah Porter
In Great Waters – Kit Whitfield

Happy Reading!

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Movie Poster Revealed

One year and one day away from it’s November 2013 release date, and we finally get our first glimpse at the movie poster for the second installment in The Hunger Games trilogy.
Here it is!

So what do you think?

I think it’s pretty plain, but then again the books are the same – little hype, huge amazingness inside type of thing. I, for one, cannot wait to see this!

Happy Reading!

Save the Date {11} Touched by Corrine Jackson

Touched
AUTHOR: Corrine Jackson
SERIES: Sense Thieves #1
EDITION: Paperback, 343 pages
EXPECTED PUBLICATION: November 27th 2012 by Kensington Teen
CATEGORIES: Young adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Supernatural, Sci-Fi
ADD TO GOODREADS (Enter to win a copy until 11/27/12)

WHAT THE BACK OF THE BOOK SAYS: Remy O’Malley heals people with touch – but ever injury she cures becomes her own. Living in a household with an abusive father, she has healed untold numbers of broken bones, burns, and bruises. And then one night her stepfather goes too far.

Being sent to live with her estranged father offers a clean start and she is eager to take it. Enter Asher Blackwell. Once a Protector of Healers, Asher sacrificed his senses to become immortal. Only by killing a Healer can a Protector recover their human senses. Falling in love is against the rules between these two enemies. Because Remy has the power to make Protectors human again, and when they find out, they’ll be coming for her – if Asher doesn’t kill her first.

This is book one in the Touched trilogy.

MY THOUGHTS: A pretty unique concept, and not one overburdening the YA market right now. I’m really curious to see how the relationship between Remy and Asher is going to play out — sounds like it could get pretty messy!!

What are your thoughts?

Happy Reading!