August 27th, 2012

What I Read | Week 34

Here’s what I read this week and what I am reading now!

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Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles, #1) by Gena Showalter
September 25, 2012 | Harlequin Teen | 404 Pages

Summary (Goodreads)

She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.

Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real….

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies….

I wish I could go back and do a thousand things differently.
I’d tell my sister no.
I’d never beg my mother to talk to my dad.
I’d zip my lips and swallow those hateful words.
Or, barring all of that, I’d hug my sister, my mom and my dad one last time.
I’d tell them I love them.
I wish… Yeah, I wish.

I LOVED this book. Zombies, with a spin from the normal; a dark, handsome young man; a kick-ass lead female character; some pretty cool side kick characters and a building romance. Blog tour stop here on September 26th!

Poison Princess (Arcana Chronicles, Book 1)

Poison Princess (Arcana Chronicles, Book 1) by Kresley Cole

October 2, 2012 | Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers | 384 pages

Summary (Goodreads)

#1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole introduces The Arcana Chronicles, post-apocalyptic tales filled with riveting action, the dark mysticism of Tarot cards, and breathtaking romance.She could save the world—or destroy it.

Sixteen year old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.

But she can’t do either alone.

With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

Who can Evie trust?

As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side….

Well, I got to page 89 before I threw in the towel. I just couldn’t like this one and I really wanted to. I did like that it was trying to be super original. However, it fell flat with the writing narration, the attempt to be too cool or too teen or something. And the characters were dull and unlikeable. Also, there is little to no explanation as to what the hell was going on! I am a fan of Kresley’s adult books but this one had nothing on the awesomeness that Gena Showalter does in her YA series. I have to thank Goodreads reviewer Baby T-Rex because she pin points all the areas I disliked and made me feel like I wasn’t the only one having the issue of disliking this title.

Currently Reading

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (#1) by Laini Taylor

September 27, 2011 | Little, Brown and Company | 417 pages

Summary (Goodreads)

Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages—not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

I am currently up to page 94 and LOVE. This book is gorgeous, wonderful, beautiful, amazing. It had me from the second page. The opening reminded me a lot of Soulless by Gail Carriger and this book has nothing to do with vampires but it was just awesome. Beautifully written, so very, very original and I can’t wait to read the rest!

Here’s the part that had me hooked.

    She held her coffee mug in one hand and clutched her coat closed with the other. An artists’s portfolio was slung over her shoulder, and her hair — loose, long and peacock blue — was gathering a lace of snowflakes.

    Just another day.

    And then.

    A snarl, rushing footfall, and she was seized from behind, pulled hard against a man’s broad chest as hands yanked her scarf askew and she felt — teeth — against her neck.

    Nibbling.

    Her attacher was nibbling her.

LOVE. Hooked.

What did you read this week or are you reading now?


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August 12th, 2012

What I Read | Week 32

Here’s what I read this week!

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

December 11, 2012 | Razorbill | 400 pages

Summary (Goodreads)

In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering. Three kingdoms grapple for power—brutally transforming their subjects’ lives in the process. Amidst betrayals, bargains, and battles, four young people find their fates forever intertwined:

Cleo: A princess raised in luxury must embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of a magic long thought extinct.

Jonas: Enraged at injustice, a rebel lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country impoverished—and finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Lucia: A girl adopted at birth into a royal family discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Magnus: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, a firstborn son begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword…

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

This was a great fantasy book. It was very much like Game of Thrones because it involved multiple King’s ruling their parts of the world. Many characters, some I didn’t love and some I did and some I learned to love and hate equally (read: Magnus). There’s romance, some sorcery and castles.

Black City (Black City Chronicles) by Elizabeth Richards

November 13, 2012 | Putnam Juvenile | 384 pages

Summary (Goodreads)

 A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war

In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-olds Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable–they fall in love. Bonded by a mysterious connection that causes Ash’s long-dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they’re caught, they’ll be executed–but their feelings are too strong.

When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their deaths.

I’m currently reading Black City by Elizabeth Richards. So far it’s a very neat look at vampires. More next week!

What have you read or are reading now?


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August 5th, 2012

What I Read | Week 31

Here’s what I’ve read the past two weeks.

The Assassin’s Curse (Strange Chemistry) by Cassandra Rose Clarke

This book was great! A mix of Shadow and Bone (Grisha Trilogy) and Blood Red Road (Dustlands, Book 1) and maybe a little bit of Throne of Glass. I didn’t love the ending very much but that’s okay because it ensured that I will come back to read the next book in the series.

Beautiful Disaster

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Now this one was interesting. There seems to be a new genre emerging lately, a mix of YA and adult or rather a more mature YA. While a contemporary at heart this went a  bit deeper than the usual YA. It embraced college issues, abuse in just about all aspects, sex, friendship and addiction, again, in all different kinds of forms. The only major issue I had with this was the length and the focus on some of the topics more than the others. Overall, an enjoyable contemporary.

 Anna Dressed in Blood

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

I bought this a few weeks ago when it was on sale for the Kindle. It was a book many had said they enjoyed the most recently. I, however, did not see the appeal. I was not able to get past 34%. It was a YA version of Supernatural with a hint of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. A YA horror and ghost story but one I just was not compelled to finish.

Sam Cruz’s Infallible Guide to Getting Girls

Sam Cruz’s Infallible Guide to Getting Girls by Tellulah Darling

Now this book….was interesting and not really in a good way. This is YA but it is way mature for a budding teen. It’s focus is purely on sex. Two best friends, Sam and Ally, manage to cross the line to friends with benefits. It’s vulgar yet hilarious. The tone is true to teens, especially Sam’s. I couldn’t really relate to Ally’s character too much. A quick read.

Up next

Not sure what I’ll read next. I did start a book late last night but I’m not feeling it anymore.

 


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July 22nd, 2012

What I Read | Week 29

What I Read…..or didn’t read this week!

Origin

Origin by Jessica Khoury

I started this book on Monday and I made it 32% into it until yesterday. I had such high hopes for this book! I am quite sad that I just could not get into it.

Pia is the most unlikeable character I have read in ages. She’s “perfect”. And that may be her greatest flaw. I thought it would get better once we met Eio but it just doesn’t.

I am not sure if I will continue reading this or not. I decided to start another book and I am only 2% into it and it is already 100 times better than Origin.

The Assassin’s Curse (Strange Chemistry) by Cassandra Rose Clark

Summary (Goodreads)

Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to an allying pirate clan. But that only prompts the scorned clan to send an assassin after her.

And when Ananna faces him down one night, armed with magic she doesn’t really know how to use, she accidentally activates a curse binding them together. To break the curse, Ananna and the assassin must complete three impossible tasks—all while grappling with evil wizards, floating islands, haughty manticores, runaway nobility, strange magic, and the growing romantic tension between them.


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