Thursday, November 22, 2012

Review: Envy by Gregg Olsen

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Author: Gregg Olsen
Publisher: Splinter
Release Date: August 23rd 2011
Pages: 285
Read in: 5 days

Overview:
Murder is such a dirty word… 
Crime lives--and dies--in the deceptively picture-perfect town of Port Gamble (aka “Empty Coffin”), Washington. Evil lurks and strange things happen--and 15-year-olds Hayley and Taylor Ryan secretly use their wits and their telepathic “twin-sense” to uncover the truth about the town's victims and culprits. 

Envy, the series debut, involves the mysterious death of the twins' old friend, Katelyn. Was it murder? Suicide? An accident? Hayley and Taylor are determined to find out--and as they investigate, they stumble upon a dark truth that is far more disturbing than they ever could have imagined.
 
Envy is about two twin Nancy-Drew-modeled twins who try to solve the mystery of their once-close, now-dead friend, Katelyn Berkeley  This troubled teen died a sad and very tragic “accidental” death. Death by what, you ask? Death by espresso machine. If that’s not creative, then ... we don’t know what is. (Not really a spoiler. Promise.)  We thought the plot was most definitely original. Two crime-solving twins? O-R-I-G-I-N-A-L.

While the plot had so much potential, the characters did NOT. They were SO underdeveloped that we didn't really get and real back-stories for them. As a result, we felt as if most of them were complaining half the time. We didn’t feel for them. Normally we’d say, “Yay! Girl Power” and all that jazz. Instead, we found ourselves saying “Suck it up!”, “Who cares?”, and “STOP COMPLAINING”.


In addition to this “spice”, we’d just like to add a laugh or too! A text message from Envy.
“Not @ all!!! DZ sound pervy 2 wotch som 1 ... N I 100% mean dat in a ryt way - I wud just ask u out.”
If you were unable to decipher this “text message,” fear not! We and our good friend, Webster’s Dictionary, have determined this to be Morse code. Someone, anyone we beg of you, please shows us a teenager who texts like this, (This coming from two teenagers, themselves. Who speak ENGLISH, a language a majority of the book was written in besides those few select “text messages”.).

We are not fans of writing bad reviews. Our policy? If you have nothing nice to say, keep it short and to the point. Which is clearly what Olsen did when writing this book. Minus the short part. 49 chapters! Is an extremely unattractive length for a novel. We couldn't allow any of our fellow book lovers to suffer the horrible fate we did... Anyhow, we absolutely found Envy irritating. What was supposed to be a “cliffhanger” ended up being a cliff-runner. Runner, as in run the plot over with a stampede of elephants! This book did not in any way depict the amazing generation of teenagers, rather - it mocked it. MAJOR mistake on Olsen’s part considering the audience you’re targeting are young adults. A.k.a, teenagers? Research is fundamental, our dear friends!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Teaser Tuesday - Eve and Adam

Created by: MizB @ Should be Reading
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Teaser Tuesday is a meme where you get to have a little fun with your followers >:)
For this meme, you are asked to post a sentence, paragraph, or even a page from a book you are currently reading. This 'excerpt' is supposed to be alluring. (Enough to make your followers want to read the book you're reading.) Hence, the teasing .

~ Currently Reading ~
Author: Michael Grant & Katherine Applegate
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: October 2nd 2012 Eve and Adam

And girl created boy…

In the beginning, there was an apple—

And then there was a car crash, a horrible injury, and a hospital. But before Evening Spiker’s head clears a strange boy named Solo is rushing her to her mother’s research facility. There, under the best care available, Eve is left alone to heal.

Just when Eve thinks she will die—not from her injuries, but from boredom—her mother gives her a special project: Create the perfect boy.

Using an amazingly detailed simulation, Eve starts building a boy from the ground up. Eve is creating Adam. And he will be just perfect... won’t he?
Our Teaser!
"This much I know already: When Tommy and the Big Brains, in whispered, wry asides, talk about Project 88715, they call it something else. They call it the "Adam Project."
  Solo,  Michael GrantEve & Adam 

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Review: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Release Date: October 18th 2011
Pages: 281
Read in: 2 days

Overview:
The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi-pure-bloods-have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals-well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures. Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1: Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she's crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn't her biggest problem--staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.


Alex is a half-blood, a.k.a "affair-child" between a Hematoi and a human. When she was 12, her mother took her away from the Covenant, a school for pure-bloods (Hematoi) and half-bloods to learn or help go into the "field." No, not the medical field or the business field, but the kick-ass-hunting-daimons-for-a-living-field! I don't know about you guys, but I sure do love some kick-ass action. Alex was torn away from that for an unknown reason, she probably wishes she found at earlier. An unlikely but sad event occurs that puts her in the hands of the Covenant again. Literally, puts Alex in the hands of the Covenant, scratch that - an extremely breath-takingly, beautiful, save-me-I'm-drowning Sentinel, Aiden. Now, two options are presented to her. Obey her "elders" and catch up on what she has missed for the last 4 years, or be submitted into a life of slavery. I think Alex's decision is pretty clear here, but when push comes to shove Alex will be forced to re-assess herself and determine what she really wants, what she really needs, and what road she's willing to take to achieve these goals.

First things first, if you've read the Vampire Academy series and loved it, then you'll either love Half-Blood or hate it! Half-Blood is almost exactly like the Vampire Academy series, in that the characters are almost identically modeled. The relationships, their attitudes, and their train of thoughts all seem to be alike. However, I'm not reviewing the Vampire Academy series, I'm reviewing Half-Blood, so I think I’ll focus on Half-Blood, rather than compare it to the Vampire Academy series.

I really loved Armentrout's writing style. She made me feel for Alex and the trials and tribulations she was put through. At certain points in the story, I found myself wanting to jump in and backhand a couple of guys for her, and that one stereotyped Barbie girl who believes she's superior to every girl ever born to the planet Earth. Armentrout's work flowed logically, and made me want to ... simply put, "go with the flow." I felt this was far from "fan-fiction." While no-doubt extremely comparable to the Vampire Academy series, Half-Blood was original, right down to the core. I mean forbidden relationships? HOT. Sexy god-like people? Extremely HOT. And a bunch of consistent kick-ass action? Well that's just down-right blazing!
Read Forever. Seriously.


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

( GIVEAWAY ] New Reads: November Giveaway

Hey guys! We have a new feature. And we're extremely excited to tell you about it! The new feature is called New Reads. This feature will be hosted every month (First Monday - Last Friday) with a blogger friend of ours, Amelia @ The Blooming Reader.  Basically, we will host a giveaway for newly released books of that month. We will have a list of books for you to choose from, however, you are not limited to the list. The list will only include the most anticipated novels for that month. 

Giveaway Details:
-The giveaway will last from the first Monday of every month to the last Friday.
-The book you select must be available for purchase through the Book Depository.
-Seeing as this is a YA blog, the book you choose must be of the YA/NA (New Adult) genre.
-Must be 13 or older to enter this giveaway.
- If the Book Depository ships to your country, then you're illegible for the giveaway. 
-The winner will be announced on the following Saturday, and notified via email.
-The winner is required to respond within 72 hours or the "win" will be invalidated.
-The book will be shipped to you as soon as the Book Depository transaction goes through. We are not in any way responsible for the damage or loss of the book during its shipment.

The List:  
(Goodreads-linked)
November 1st
Gilded Wings by Amy Lignor
Lost Spirits by Gabriella Poole
Rootless by Chris Howard
The Bar Code Prophecy by Suzanne Weyn
November 6th
Bitter Blood by Rachel Caine
Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor
Diety by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Eternally Yours by Cate Tiernan
Sacred by Elana K. Arnold
The Lies That Bind by Lisa Roecker
November 8th
Curse of the Thirteenth Fey by Jane Yolen
Flash Point by Nancy Kress
The File on Angelynn Stark by Catherine Atkins
November 12th
The Crimson Hunt by Victoria H. Smith
November 13th
Bad Hair Day by Carrie Harris
Black City by Elizabeth Richards
Echo by Alyson Noel
Flawed by Kate Avelynn
Greta and the Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs
Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
Miss Fortune Cookie by Lauren Bjorkman
My Beautiful Failure by Janet Ruth Young
Reached by Allie Condie
Secrets and Lies by Ella Monroe
Speed of Light by Amber Kizer
Witch World by Christopher Pike
Under the Bridge by Michael Harmon
November 13th
Destined by Jessie Harrell
November 20th
Middle Ground by Katie Kacvinsky
Undeadly by Michele Vail
November 27th
Fragile Darkness by Ellie James
Lullaby by Amanda Hocking
The Lucky Ones by Anna Godbersen
Touched by Corrine Jackson

Without further ado - 

The GIVEAWAY:

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Review: Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Author: Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Pages: 368
Read in: 1 day

Overview:

BIG GIRLS DON'T CRY...
THEY GET EVEN.

Lillia has never had any problems dealing with boys who like her. Not until this summer, when one went too far. No way will she let the same thing happen to her little sister.

Kat is tired of the rumours, the insults, the cruel jokes. It all goes back to one person– her ex-best friend– and she's ready to make her pay.

Four years ago, Mary left Jar Island because of a boy. But she's not the same girl anymore. And she's ready to prove it to him.

Three very different girls who want the same thing: sweet, sweet revenge. And they won't stop until they each had a taste.

*I received Burn for Burn as a free review e-copy, in exchange for an honest review by Net Galley.  For more information go to our Authors-Publisher Policy.*

This was mostly a spice review!

Kat, Lillia, and Mary have all been wronged, and believe me with all my heart I believe they deserve revenge. But the way they go about it was so freaking frustrating! I love a good revenge book, you know? Mwahahaha, and all that. But with Burn for Burn, I felt like certain elements/scenes were thrown together to fulfill a purpose that I felt really didn't matter. As a result, the back stories for the girls kind of lagged - a lot. Lillia, who I thought was wronged the most wasn't as revengeful (Yes I made up that word.) as Kat and Mary. However, the slight Paranormal twist had me going crazy! Literally, I was like this :

ALLL DAYYY LONG.


I did it again! I judged a book based on its cover and now I will forever be disappointed  My "take" on this? All books should have no covers! The only thing I want to rely is on, is the blurb. Unfortunately, whenever I see a gorgeous cover, it just calls to me. It's all "Behold! The best book you will ever read. You know you want to read me over and over again." So what do I do? I go Net Galley, and request/download it. Yay, for me! NOT. Well ... kind of NOT.

Burn for Burn is a story of 3 girls who all want one thing. Revenge. Their different plots for revenge all intertwine, because of the fact that they all involve the same circle of friend/enemies and everything else in between. So why not team up, right? Wrong. In fact so wrong, that someone is probably going to end up paying for it in the end. (Unintentionally slightly-not-really-a-spoiler spoiler. I kind of apologize. Not Really.) Triple the trouble, nevertheless.


Overall, I thought Burn for Burn had a lot of potential, but the ENDING, and some other scenes fell short, and didn't serve the book much justice. Oh and guess what? Its a series now! Isn't that swell. -_- Maybe I might read the next book. Maybe not. One thing's for sure, it's totally going to drag onnnnnnnnnnnnn....