Under the Never Sky (#1) by Veronica Rossi

HarperCollins (January 03, 2012 ), 384 pages

$11.98 (Amazon)

Procurement

eARC via NetGalley.

My Grade

Plot: 5

Setting: 5

Writing: 5

Originality: 5

Characters: 5

Romance: 5

Overall: 30/30! Totally engrossing!

Title/Cover Bonus: 5

Overall

An epic journey to find a mother, save a child, and bond one barbarian of a male to one strongwilled girl.

Continue reading…


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December 31st, 2011

2011 Favorite Reads

Just a quick post to highlight some of my favorite reads this past year.

If you’ve done a post too please link me to it in the comments!

In no particular order here are a few of my favorite books this year. I’ll link to my review, if I’ve written one and I’ll take my “Overall” thought from each review so you don’t “have” to read the whole review if you don’t want to! :)

A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan

352 pages, Candlewick Press, (2011-08-09)

$12.40 (Amazon.com)

My Review

Overall

An emotionally charged sci-fi of a young girl traumatized by her unfit parents who left her in stasis for 62 years; awoken to a new, unknown world full of technology and unending traumatic stress.

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

272 pages, Knopf Books for Young Readers, (2012-02-14)

(Amazon.com)

My Review: Coming 02/13/2012

Overall

So much swoon I nearly died by heart bursting! An epic tale of finding love, acceptance, painting, and broken noses.

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

501 pages, HarperTeen, (2011-05-31)

(Amazon.com)

My Review

Overall

Action packed romance with teenaged, flying Greek demigods trying to cheat the Gods of their prophecy.

Legend by Marie Lu

pages, Putnam Juvenile, (2011-11-29)

(Amazon.com)

My Review

Overall

Action packed dystopia of a corrupted government uncovered by two strong willed teens who overcome it all together in both body and soul.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

357 pages, HarperCollins, (2011-11-15)

(Amazon.com)

I’m a bad blogger and haven’t reviewed this yet!

Overall

A beautifully written story of one strong willed girl and a boy who gives her the only helping hand she can accept.

Birthmarked

(2010-04-01)and Prized

(2011-11-08)   by Caragh M. O’Brien

No review yet!

Overall

One of the best dystopias I’ve read! Gaia and Leon make one hell of a pair. The premise of turning over babies to the government was shocking. I loved the second book just as much as the first and can’t wait for the next book!

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

384 pages, HarperCollins, (2012-01-03)

$11.98 (Amazon.com)

My review is to come!

Overall

Another great dystopia. I LOVED these characters so much! Perry was  hunk of a male and Aria was thrust into his world with no life jacket to keep her afloat but she is super strong willed. The setting of this book was just amazing.

Touch of Power (Healer) by Maria V. Snyder

396 pages, Mira, (2012-01-01)

(Amazon.com)

My Review

Overall

An amazing epic journey of one girl and several young men, all with the intent to save one King’s life, by Kerrick’s forceful hand at least.

Stats

Books Read: 60 (2010: 61 | 2009: 58)

Pages Read: 19,655 (2010: 21,420 | 2009: 20,265)

These are according to Goodreads. I’m wondering if I have some editions set as Kindle and if they convert into pages. Not sure.

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I hope 2011 was a good reading year for you! I’m looking forward to many more great reads in 2012!


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Today is Day 2 of Armchair BEA and I’m kinda excited abut this one! The topic of today is “Best of 2011” as well as giveaways galore! Be sure to check out the Armchair BEA blog today for all the cool giveaways!

My giveaway is listed below. Please follow the directions to enter below!

Best of 2011

Picking a “best” book is not an easy task for me. As I stated in yesterday’s intro post I don’t usually accept or read books that I don’t expect to like. However, today’s pick isn’t hard for me for several reasons.

1. Dystopian elements

2. Strong female protagonist

3. Awesome technology

4. World building

5. Romance

6. Unexpected twists and turns

7. Emotion – when a book makes me cry, OMG Love.

8. Debut Author – seriously?! I want more books!

What book could possibly have all of these? A book I recently read but have not sat down to review. A book that will be released in August and is truly worth pre-ordering RIGHT NOW!

A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan352 pages, Candlewick, (2011-08-09) 

$9.99 (Amazon.com)

However, I love this book so much I’m going to pre-order it for one lucky winner and this giveaway is International if you live in one of the countries listed on this list that The Book Depository ships to.

Summary (Goodreads)

Rosalinda Fitzroy has been asleep for 62 years when she is woken by a kiss. Locked away in the chemically-induced slumber of a stasis tube in a forgotten sub-basement, sixteen-year-old Rose slept straight through the Dark Times that killed millions and utterly changed the world she knew. Now, her parents and her first love are long dead, and Rose – hailed upon her awakening as the long-lost heir to an interplanetary empire – is thrust alone into a future in which she is viewed as either a freak or a threat. Desperate to put the past behind her and adapt to her new world, Rose finds herself drawn to the boy who kissed her awake, hoping that he can help her to start fresh. But when a deadly danger jeopardizes her fragile new existence, Rose must face the ghosts of her past with open eyes – or be left without any future at all.

Anna Sheehan says of A Long, Long Sleep, her first novel, “I always thought the interesting thing about Sleeping Beauty wasn’t why she was put to sleep, but what she had to come to terms with afterward. Everything would have changed radically—technology and politics as well as social structure. She would have seemed like a foreigner in her own country.”Anna Sheehan lives in rural Oregon. (Candlewick Catalog)

Giveaway

Interested?

To enter this giveaway there are TWO PARTS (both must be done to qualify!):

Part 1 – Leave a comment letting me know your “Best of 2011” and why or link me to your review or your Armchair BEA “Best of 2011” you posted today. Please note: Comments are moderated if you haven’t commented and been previously approved. Be patient!

Part 2 – Fill out the form! GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED!

Followers are always welcome but not required. I’d rather you followed because you want to, not because you have to. :)

Details
  • Ends 05/28 at midnight eastern time
  • Entrant must be 13 years of age or older. Filling out the form is acceptance of this requirement.
  • Open to US & only International countries listed on The Book Depository shipping list.
  • If shipping info is not supplied in the form, selected winner must respond to my email within 3 days or a new winner will be selected.
  • Giveaway has ended!

    Congrats to Alyce for her win!

    I can’t wait to see all of your “Best of 2011”!

    P.S. – Today is the last day to enter my other giveaway of Juniper Berry by M.P. Kozlowsky. Enter here.


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