Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Under Construction Again! (Last time, hopefully.)

Hey guys!

We're extremely sorry ... BUT we're under construction, again. We kind of hate pirates except any pirate played by Johnny Depp, of course! ;) Switching back to girly, and saying that way! *Crosses fingers*

~Annie & Demi

Friday, December 21, 2012

Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater


Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher:  Scholastic Press
Release Date: September 18th 2012
Pages: 409
Read in: 2 days




Overview
Blue has spent the majority of her sixteen years being told that if she kisses her true love, he will die. When Blue meets Gansey’s spirit on the corpse road she knows there is only one reason why – either he is her true love or she has killed him.

Determined to find out the truth, Blue becomes involved with the Raven Boys, four boys from the local private school (lead by Gansey) who are on a quest to discover Glendower – a lost ancient Welsh King who is buried somewhere along the Virginia ley line. Whoever finds him will be granted a supernatural favour.


Never before has Blue felt such magic around her. But is Gansey her true love? She can’t imagine a time she would feel like that, and she is adamant not to be the reason for his death. Where will fate lead them?



First things first, I'd like to state that my rating might not be accurate. A lot of reviews I've read hyped up this book in all its glory and I just didn't find it ... glorious. Also, my expectations were really high after reading and LOVING Maggie Stiefvater's trilogy, The Wolves of Mercy Falls

The Raven Boys revolves around a guy named Gansey and his ever-determined search for a man named Glendower. On his search, he is joined by two - make that three of his best friends that attend private school with him: Adam, Ronan, and Noah. (The emblem of the school is a raven. Woah. Would ya' look at that? I wonder how they came up with the title...) On their search, the boys decide to consult a psychic. Enter Blue. A daughter, niece, roommate, and observer of psychics. She, herself, isn't psychic, but this all changes on St. Mark's Eve when she sees and communicates with a "ghost". The "ghost" she sees belongs to Gansey, someone who is still alive; meaning either she's his true love, or his murderer. 

The Raven Boys is told in a sort of third/first person point of view. That wasn't consistent and made me extremely confused! I loved Blue, the some-what main character, however, her personality was NOT consistent, either. One minute she's shy and collected, and the next she's this sassy, "I don't have to put up with you" kind of gal. It clashed. It just did. Sorry. The relationship, while I loved, felt too ... forced. Last but certainly, CERTAINLY not least was the rushing! I felt like I was being pushed through the book! Now, don't get me wrong; I really love books that jump into the action, but NOT when I have to reread and ANALYZE pages just to understand what the heck is going on.  What was supposed to be the climax ended up being a little bump in the road!

Overall, The Raven Boys just didn't live up to all the hype. For me, there were a few good scenes sprinkled here and there, but there was no Big Bang - no climax - no pizazz - no "Woah. Did that just happen?" moment.  I felt as if I was being rushed into the madness, into the magic, into the relationships, and into the characters. As a result, I was kind of JUST reading, I wasn't really feeling. Sorry, guys, but I think I'm gonna advise that you pass this one up.

Monday, December 17, 2012

The Boys of Summer by C.J Duggan (Book Blitz!)

Here's a new book that we can - WILL NOT wait for. This is on my Christmas wishlist <3 'Chea!

Overview

Eve and Adam
It seemed only natural to nickname them the ‘Onslow Boys’. Every time they swaggered in the front door of the Onslow Hotel after a hard week’s work, their laughter was loud and genuine as they settled onto their bar stools. I peeked through the restaurant partition, a flimsy divider between my world and theirs. I couldn’t help but smile whenever I saw them, saw him ... Toby Morrison. 

Quiet seventeen-year-old Tess doesn’t relish the thought of a summertime job. She wants nothing more than to forget the past haunts of high school and have fun with her best friends before the dreaded Year Twelve begins. 
To Tess, summer is when everything happens: riding bikes down to the lake, watching the fireworks at the Onslow Show and water bomb fights at the sweltering Sunday markets. 
How did she let her friends talk her into working? 

After first-shift disasters, rude, wealthy tourists and a taunting ex-boyfriend, Tess is convinced nothing good can come of working her summer away. However, Tess finds unlikely allies in a group of locals dubbed ‘The Onslow Boys’, who are old enough to drive cars, drink beer and not worry about curfews. Tess’s summer of working expands her world with a series of first times with new friends, forbidden love and heartbreaking chaos. 

All with the one boy she has never been able to forget. 

It will be a summer she will always remember. 


Warning: sexual references, and occasional course language. 
Author Bio/Links - C.J Duggan
C.J is an up and coming Australian Author. Her debut novel, a YA Romance 'The Boys of Summer’ is a coming of age love story set in a mythical small Australian Town in the mid 90's. 
Whether juggling the pressures of a stressful day job, or be it the many realms of mundane reality? C.J has earned a name for her ballistic imagination and witty banter in her blog. Offering an honest, refreshing account with her daily rants of the world and her personal journey in being an Aspiring Author.

To find out more about C.J Duggan and her debut YA Romance

“The Boys of Summer” visit http://can-duu.blogspot.com/

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Review: The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart by Leanna Renee Hieber

Author: Leanna Renee Hieber
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: November 1st 2012
Pages: 332
Read in: 1 week


Overview
I'm coming for you. The whispers haunt her dreams and fill her waking hours with dread. Something odd is happening. Something...unnatural.

Possession of the living. Resurrection of the dead. And Natalie Stewart is caught right in the middle. Jonathon, the one person she thought she could trust, has become a double agent for the dark side. But he plays the part so well, Natalie has to wonder just how much he's really acting.


She can't even see what it is she's fighting. But the cost of losing her heart, her sanity...her soul.

Natalie Stewart is a mute girl gone ... loud. Not only can she talk, but she's amazing at meeting the hot, doomed-for-eternity type of guys. Starting with Lord Denbury (Johnathan Whitby). Swoon. Both Johnathan and Natalie have been cursed by a demon who wants one thing - their souls. Finding the source of this demon leads them to a centuries' old "brotherhood"  called The SocietyJohnathan and Natalie fall in love when she saves him from the demon, but more problems arise when they go on a search for answers. Problems that aren't too ... natural. Something more super than supernatural is going on. Something that may set back their courting plans for a bit, something that might just take them and everything they've ever loved and cherished away.

The story-line was a bit choppy before the search began. In the beginning, we didn't really understand who they were or what their motives were. It begins with them posing as other people, so we kind of flipped through that a bit quickly.

The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart was a new, original, stimulating type of book that had us wanting school to end just so we could get another hit of it. Literally. Leanna has got us hooked, line and sinker. We absolutely loved the flow of Leanna's writing. The book started off a little slow at first, making us doubtful as to whether there was actually going to be a plot. However, when the search finally began - 'Twas a long night. We'd just like to state that there was no love triangle! Eep! ( It's the small things that make us happy.) We hope we don't have to wait long for the next book. Otherwise major consequences will have to be faced. No this is not a threat, it is a reminder. This is the part where normal people say they're joking ... hehe. We're not normal.  T-T

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Under Construction

Ahoy ye Shipmates!

Annie & Demi, here. We just wanted to let you guys know that we're currently under construction! Ooh, yes! New. Completely, new layout! The theme is going to be piratey ;) The December Reads Giveaway still stands, so we're working around our posts and pages. Wish us luck, sailors?

~Annie & Demi

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

( GIVEAWAY ] - New Reads December Giveaway + And the winner is ... (November)

Hey guys! We just wanted to let you know that our New Reads November Giveaway just ended! The winner was actually one of our blogger friends Nette @ Nette's Bookshelf Reviews. If you don't already follow her, do that NOW. Seriously. She's amaaazing <3
   Any who ... November ended. Now it's time time for the December New Reads Giveaway! Eep!                                                   

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.
*NOTE: The book you choose does not have to be from the list below.*

The List:  
(Goodreads-linked)
December 1st
Deadwood by Kell Andrews
December 3rd
Breath on Embers by Anne Calhoun
December 4th
Archangel of Mercy by Christina Ashcroft
Burned by Sara Shepard
Never Let You Go by Rachel Caine
Poison by Molly Cochran
The Almost Truth by Eileen Cook
The Believing Game by Eireann Corrigan
The Farm by Emily McKay
December 5th
Kiss Me Again by Rachel Vail
December 6th
Hot Blooded by Nancy HolderDebbie ViguiĆ© 
The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress
December 11th
All the Broken Pieces by Cindi Madsen
Avow by Chelsea Fine
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzzo
Not Exactly a Love Story by Audrey Couloumbis
Princess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day George
December 18th
Boys of Summer by C.J Duggan
Deadly Little Lessons by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout
December 24th
There by Denise Grover Swank
December 26th
Blood-Kissed Sky by J.A London
Full Moon Kisses by Ellen Schreiber
Last Kiss Goodnight by Gena Showalter
December 31st
Dirty Red by Tarryn Fisher
Black Fallen by Elle Jasper
* One last NOTE: Since we posted the giveaway two days late, so we're extending the giveaway to December 30th, rather than December 28th.*

Without further ado - 

The GIVEAWAY:

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Review: Eve & Adam by Michael Grant & Katherine Applegate

Author: Michael Grant & Katherine Applegate
Publisher:  Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: October 2nd 2012
Pages: 291
Read in: 3 days

Overview:
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?

Eve & Adam is about a 17-year old girl named Evening Spiker. On her way back home one day, she is involved in a tragic car accident. Minus the tragic, actually. The accident that severed her leg and with-out-a-doubt should’ve killed her; leaves her ... alive. In fact, probably more alive than she’d ever been. There’s only one problem when she wakes up - she’s not in a hospital. She’s in her mother’s research facility, Spiker Bio-pharmaceuticals.

Eve is introduced to a mysterious young guy named Solo. And when I say Solo, I mean he most definitely should NOT be solo. Swoon. Little does she now, he secretly has this wicked revenge plot to get back at her mom for taking his parents away from him. (Crazy twist ending, by the way.) Together, they set out to make things right at Spiker Bio-pharmaceuticals  while simultaneously developing feelings for each other. (Sigh.)

 
Let's take this one step at a time, shall we?

Characters - While I thought Grant and Applegate developed the characters really well, some of them just didn't add up. Example? Aislin. What’s this chick’s problem? Her drug dealer, money-stealing, no-good, lying-behind cheating boyfriend has to be a hundred times hotter than his personality, because honestly, I don’t know what on earth could have compelled this girl to continue going out with him and have her best friend, Eve save his butt several times. Seriously, Aislin.  Somethings got to give. However, while I didn't like him very much,I felt the novel was missing pieces and when it wasn't,  then the pieces were awkwardly placed to fit the story together. For example, what the heck happens to her boyfriend at the end? She just leaves him for dead. 

Insta-Love - Don’t get me started on the Insta-love between Eve and Solo. No. No. NO. Here I am reading over the chapter, and Solo’s playing hero to go save Eve’s butt once again, and you know what I read? Him admitting he’s madly in love with the woman-who-killed-his-parent’s daughter. Whoa. Rewind. You love her. After what ... 2 weeks? Don’t get me wrong I am a firm believer in love at first sight, but I found the relationship between Eve & Adam to be a bit ... unrealistic. Yes. Let’s go with that word.

I really like how Grant and Applegate developed their characters and the relationships between them. They all have this familiarity with each other that made me want to just give - Solo -  I mean all of them one huge group hug. The plot was extremely compelling, and imaginative. Cloning, creating humans, and all that mumbo-jumbo had me really whacked out throughout the few hours it took me to read the novel. 


Does anyone remember this plot line from an old, late 80's - early 90's movie?