Wednesday, January 16, 2013

THE BEST FREAKING COVER REVEAL OF ALL TIME


BLANK OVERVIEW. Can you believe that?!


NOTE: The cover has just been revealed for the third book in the series of Mara Dyer. I am in no way stable enough to be posting at all, right now. So let me just go ahead and put it out there that this is NOT a review, or a meme post, or any post at all. It is a rant. NO it is ... I don't know what it is, but it's me, currently typing about what I'm feeling  right now. If you haven't started to question my sanity, yet. Good, very good for you. If you have, you're wise  ... very wise. o_O

The First Date: I saw a bunch of people adding this to their to-read list over the summer of 2012. I got so annoyed, that my TBR-list was like a mile long, that I just ignored it. Month, after month, after month. UNTIL, I gave up! I read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and it was ... 

There were just a bunch of:

I haven't written my review for it yet, and I read it in one day, sometime in ... September... Yeah, September. Each time I stop at the same sentence. "The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer  was ..." then there's just this HUGE OVERLOAD OF FEELINGS.


Oh, I forgot to tell you guys my boyfriend, he happens to be the love interest in the book. (Crazy, right?) His name is Noah! He's a sex god for a living. (Amazing occupation, really.) See I bet you didn't know that I gave my boyfriend permission to let Michelle Hodkin, the author, use his name in the book, and his personality. Everything. So all you girls/guys who are crushing on him ... END IT NOW. .___.Before you get hurt ...WHATEVER YOU THOUGHT YOU HAD WITH HIM IS JUST THAT - A THOUGHT. INSIGNIFICANT AND SMALL. THAT WILL NEVER EVER MEAN OR AMOUNT TO ANYTHING. Okay? :) (I'm smiling, but I'm silently watching the Goodreads page for all three books, and setting all the records straight for anyone who thought that Noah was there's.)

-Calming myself down for a few minutes. 45 minutes. 1 hour. 2 hours. I'm back.-

Then I started school again and didn't have time to read the second book, which is The Evolution of Mara Dyer. It was released in October of 2012, by the way. Fortunately for me, I have an amazing blogger friend named Megan (you can find her here) who lent it to me. No one can possibly understand how grateful I am for her. I would seriously give her my whole library, right now. But, the rates for shipping and handling went up by so much! REALLY. WHAT IS UP WITH THAT?! 

Anyway, so I closed the book and I was all like:

 Then I was like:

So then after that I was all:


And then I went on Goodreads and saw the release date; so then I was all like:


Then on that faithful day I saw the final book, and its cover. And then, and then this:


BUT THAT RELEASE DATE, DUDE! 

The fact that they would even ...


My sanity is truly in the hands of Michelle Hodkins! I'm about this > [| close to snapping. THERE'S BEEN A MISTAKE. That's the only reasonable explanation. The release date should say 1/16/13 9:50:11.5 , which is about ... NOW!


 So yeah. I'm happy with the cover, though. 


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (#1) - Let the Sky Fall

Created by: JillBreaking the Spine

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Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted every Wednesday. For this meme, you're asked to post a picture, and an overview of the book that has not come out yet. You're then asked to discuss why you're waiting for this book. (A release date for the book is also appreciated.)

What We're Waiting For!

Author: Shannon Messenger
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date:  March 5th 2013


Seventeen-year-old Vane Weston has no idea how he survived the category five tornado that killed his parents. And he has no idea if the beautiful, dark-haired girl who’s swept through his dreams every night since the storm is real. But he hopes she is.

Seventeen-year-old Audra is a sylph, an air elemental. She walks on the wind, can translate its alluring songs, and can even coax it into a weapon with a simple string of commands. She’s also a guardian—Vane’s guardian—and has sworn an oath to protect Vane at all costs. Even if it means sacrificing her own life.

When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both of their families, Audra’s forced to help Vane remember who he is. He has a power to claim—the secret language of the West Wind, which only he can understand. But unlocking his heritage will also unlock the memory Audra needs him to forget. And their greatest danger is not the warriors coming to destroy them—but the forbidden romance that’s grown between them.
Why We're Waiting
Screw the whole 'never-judge-a-book-by-its-cover' movement. That cover is disgustingly ... BEAUTIFUL. We kind of want to throw up ... all our money and buy a million copies of the book! Reading the overview only confirms this, and we can't wait for the romance that'll take place between Vane and Audra. We have a feeling we might be getting another book boyfriend. (We share.) Any takers? None? That's exactly what we thought. -.^ Hehehe. >;D 

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Review: The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington


Author: Kim Harrington
Publisher:  Scholastic Point
Release Date: January 1 2013 (Happy New Year!)
Pages: 304
Read in: 2 days

Overview
A haunted house, a buried mystery, and a very angry ghost make this one unforgettable thriller.

Jade loves the house she's just moved into with her family. She doesn't even mind being the new girl at the high school: It's a fresh start, and there's that one guy with the dreamy blue eyes. . . . But then things begin happening. Strange, otherworldly things. Jade's little brother claims to see a glimmering girl in his room. Jade's jewelry gets moved around, as if by an invisible hand. Kids at school whisper behind her back like they know something she doesn't.


Soon, Jade must face an impossible fact: that her perfect house is haunted. Haunted by a ghost who's seeking not just vengeance, but the truth. The ghost of a girl who ruled Jade's school — until her untimely death last year. It's up to Jade to put the pieces together before her own life is at stake. As Jade investigates the mystery, she discovers that her new friends in town have more than a few deep, dark secrets. But is one of them a murderer?

*I received a copy of The Dead and Buried via NetGalley * (Also purchased! I had to ... 51 days is not enough time to admire this book!)
The Dead and Buried was a chilling novel about a teenage girl named, Jade. Jade moves to an upscale home in Silver Road (Woodbridge), Boston with her dad, stepmother, and brother, Colby. Jade has always wanted to live in a big town, with more kids her age, better education opportunities, and a big house. This is all granted to her ... for a little price. The huge house they move into used to belong to one of the wealthiest families in Woodbridge, however, the price on the market was reduced after the “accident.” The summer before, a girl named Kayla Sloane was believed to have fallen down the stairs. Keyword believed. Others believe she was pushed down the stairs, making the house Jade’s living in, the used-to-be crime scene of a homicide. This is the reason for some of the resentment the other kids have in school for her. They’re constantly whispering behind her back, not mention the same guys that fell for Kayla, are also falling for Jade. Jade gets through every day doing just that - getting by. But when her little brother, Colby, starts seeing the ghost of a teenage girl, things get strange. And when that ghost starts threatening Colby and Jade, things get ... stranger. Finally the ghost girl asks something of Jade - to find her murderer. As Kayla’s past unravels before Jade’s eyes, she begins to realize that the people around her are holding a lot more secrets then she’d ever believed.

I really loved Kim Harrington’s style of writing, what I loved even more were the diary entries from Kayla. Kayla wrote in a sort-of code that wasn't easy to understand.  The addition of her diary entries to the novel was an amazing idea! It really made me feel like I was helping Jade decipher it, as well. The ending! Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. After finishing The Dead and Buried, I was physically unable to move. I just kind of stared at the book. My reaction was more like: “This is a magical creation. How dare I have called this a novel?! The Dead and Buried is NOT a novel, it's art. That I will carefully bestow it back on my bookshelf, and spend a whole day writing the review.” I cannot - will not, begin to explain how much I LOVED the ending. Kayla’s killer was so unexpected! Throughout the course of the novel, I kept looking toward the suspicious kids, with obvious motives, but the actual killer wasn't even interrogated/suspected. Not even once. The Dead and Buried was a CSI marathon, all over for me.  Seriously.

I didn't like the relationship between Jade and Kane/Donovan. It felt rushed. All of a sudden Jade becomes the new Kayla? After how long?! No, just no. It wasn't believable! Both guys became so protective and possessive of her. I did happen to like Donovan more, though. He was HOT, adorable, caring, and curious - did I mention HOT?! But. But. It just wasn't enough to ignore the fact that their relationship blossomed way too quickly. The last few lines of the book say something about love, I believe? First of all, Donovan is mine and second of all, Jade hasn't even known him for a whole school year, I've known him since ... I started reading! Nuh-uh, back up lady!

In summary, The Dead and Buried was a quick, and thrilling read that made me want to sleep with a hundred teddy bears at night, and investigate the former owners of MY house. 


Thursday, January 3, 2013

(Review + GIVEAWAY) : Dented Cans by Heather Walsh


Author: Heather Walsh
Publisher:  Self Published (Woohoo!)
Release Date: November 2 2012
Pages: 150
Read in: 5 days


Overview
Sixteen-year-old Hannah Sampson knows her family is not what you would call normal. Her father compulsively buys dented cans and has a particular fondness for cans without labels, which are extremely discounted because their contents are a mystery. Her mother takes countless pictures of her family and then glues them down into the pages of her scrapbooks, but does not allow anyone to look at them. Ryan, Hannah’s mischievous fourteen-year-old brother, is headed straight for the remedial track at the local community college, if he’s lucky. Ben, her eight-year-old brother, is a walking sound effects machine, who prefers to communicate with noises rather than words. While Hannah is focused on escaping her working-class Connecticut suburb, she also finds herself being tugged back home as she worries about her brother Ben.

Hannah’s parents inflict one last family vacation on the Sampson children, a trip that goes comically wrong almost from the get-go. Hannah is forced to confront her family’s past in Disney World, of all places, when an emotional argument prompts her parents to disclose a secret they have been keeping from the children for sixteen years. Ultimately, she must decide whether to leave her hometown and not look back, or to focus on helping her family.

*We received a copy of Dented Cans in exchange for an honest review*
Dented Cans is a hilarious, contemporary novel that 's told from the perspective of a fifteen-year old girl, Hannah. Hannah is a goal-driven and ambitious teenager that tries not to take anything for granted. Any opportunity she's given is taken advantage of. Her life plans are all set out - from her first car payment to her tuition for college! Hannah lives in a suburb-town in Connecticut that she doesn't believe holds much for her future. Aside from the hometown she's trying to escape, she is also trying to distance herself from her family of two brothers, and both parents. Her far-from-the-norm family is the type of family that makes reality TV seem like pure lies. Both her parents have obsessive hoarding habits for pictures, albums, as well as cans - dented cans to be more specific. At the start of her junior year in high-school  her parents decide to subject the children to a long overdue vacation. No - not to visit some cool tourist attractions or explore a new country, but  to DISNEY WORLD. (We can only begin to imagine the joy Hannah was filled with, while hearing this.) 

We think the button above should be changed to 'What We Loved' or maybe even 'How to Write Young Adult (YA).' We thought Walsh did an amazing job displaying the extremely complicated teenage mind, that many authors of the YA genre find hard to grasp. We are completely sure, that if Hannah was a real person, we'd all be best friends! From the sarcasm, to her reasoning, to her perspective on parents, money, and college - Hannah was an average teenage girl. We also loved how Dented Cans didn't have one of those expected endings that contemporary novels usually have. It was more of a modified happily-ever-after-ending. Everything didn't just switch into perfect gear in the last chapter, but realization dawned, and circumstances changed.

We honestly didn't have any complaints about Dented Cans,  we didn't, however, like the turning point. The point in which Hannah realizes, "Wait, I love my family, and want to be there for them in helping get through this situation", seemed a bit abrupt. Her mother just blurts out the family secret they've been keeping for a little over sixteen years? We just didn't feel like Hannah should have been so affected by the confession, not to say that we didn't love how Dented Cans ended, just the time in which the ending or realization was achieved wasn't ... realistic.

To wrap things up, Dented Cans was a great novel that we'd recommend to any teenager or person who enjoys a good laugh. We loved the amazing character development and the views that Hannah had on ... EVERYTHING.


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