Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Review: Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1)

Title: Shatter Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Rating: 5 of 5 stars!

Goodreads Summary:
Juliette hasn't touched anyone in exactly 264 days. 

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal. As long as she doesn't hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don't fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color. 

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war-- and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she's exactly what they need right now. 

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior. 

In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting asThe Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel—with a paranormal twist—that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel.

My Take:
WOW. Really, just, WOW. 

One of my top three favorite books of the year. 

There was a lot of hype going around this book so it made me excited to read it, and worried that I wouldn't like it as much as I was hoping I would. Well, there was no need for me to worry. I loved it! 

Juliette: I found a lot of things interesting about this book, but one of the biggest things I liked is that we don't know everything Juliette is capable of from the beginning. We know why she's locked up, and so does she, but there's more hidden underneath that she unleashes throughout the book. 
A couple of times I thought Juliette's character was a little off, but it was only when she was so forward with Adam. They have huge sexual chemistry, and tension for that matter, and some of the things she said seemed to go against her reserved nature. 

Writing: I think a lot of people are going to say this book isn't good because of the writing. There is a lot of repetition from Juliette when she feels strong emotions and I thought they were annoying at first, but I can to see it as her personality. 
I do think that the sentences or phrases crossed out didn't need to be. They are a vital part of the story. A couple time I actually skipped over them and then realized I shouldn't and it messed up my reading. 
Both of these just make the book awesome though because they fit. 

Romance: The romance in this book is great. It's not a love triangle per se but there's elements of one. Although I don't doubt Juliette and her man, there's a voice in the back of my head wondering if she is just dying for attention from anyone. I think she's confused about the man that tries to bind her. Sometimes I think she's attracted to him too. 

The World: I can't imagine how society would get this way. I was confused about how all of this could happen but they explain it a little better at the end. 

Adam: One of my new favorite fictional boyfriends. Oh, yea. He's a Soldier, compassionate, and a family man. Seriously, my heart is swooning :] 

Minor characters: I fell in love with some of the minor characters even more than I did Juliette! Kenjie is halarious and James is so adorable! 

The End - spoiler free: My favorite part. There's no happily ever after here, but it's still satisfying. Thankfully, there will be another book. Juliette finds herself someone she didn't even know existed. She isn't completely sure how she feels about being there, and I think a lot of the next book is going to take place here. Well, ok, maybe I'm just hoping it will! It seems so gosh darn interesting there!! 

Second book, you are toooooo farrrrr awayyyyyy :{

Seriously people, I wouldn't want to miss this one!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Top Ten Books on My TBR List for Winter

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where there is a different list featured every week. Anyone can participate and if you link back to their site you might get a couple extra visitors!

So all of my books will be new releases between now and the end of March. I already have so many on my shelf that need read, but it's more fun to think about what's coming :)

Top Ten Books on My TBR List for Winter 
(TBR- To Be Read for anyone that didn't know)

1. Clockwork Prince (Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare - after that cliffhanger in Clockwork Angel, who isn't waiting this release? I've heard it's her best book yet too! Dec 6th

2. The Eternal Starling (Emblem of Eternity #1) by Angela Corbett - I'm really excited for this book because the characters are in college, which is closer to my age than most of the YA I read. Dec. 6th

3. Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey - Not only does the book sound good but I'm in love with the cover.  Dec. 8th

4. Everneath (Everneath #1) by Brodi Ashton - I don't think I've read much about the underworld. Especially about characters that go back and forth between realms freely. This should be interesting. Jan. 3rd

5. Bloodrose (Nightshade #3) by Andrea Cremer - I'm only 3/4 of the way through the first and I'm hooked. Will definitely be crying for this by it's release date! Jan. 3rd

6. Destiny's Fire by Trisha Wolfe - anything with shape shifters intrigues me. Jan 10th

7. Tempest (Tempest #1) by Julie Cross - Ok, college characters and time travel. Sold.  Jan 17rd

8. Fever (The Chemical Garden Trilogy #3) by Lauren DeStefano - part way through the first book and sadly I've read a couple of spoilers, so I know I'll be excited for this book. Feb. 21st

9. Pandemonium (Delirium #2) by Lauren Oliver - with the ending to Delirium, I'm getting this AS SOON is it comes out. I was tempted to evil things to Lauren Oliver when I finished Delirium. March 6th

10. Spellcaster (Spellbound #2) by Cara Lynn Shultz - I can't explain why I liked this series so much. Because it was different? Or because of Brendan? Regardless, I'm getting this when it comes out. March 27th

Anyone else excited for any of these? I have more on my list too but these where the ones I'm most looking forward to. What are you reading this Winter?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

In My Mailbox 5

In My Mailbox in a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren and all you do is show off all the books you've collected for that week!

This week my Yiayia (grandma in Greek) rewarded me for watching her cat all week and bought me

Shatter Me
by Tahereh Mafi
I LOVED this book!! Review will be coming soon.

I bought:

The Seeds of Wither
by Lauren DeStefano

And thank you to Heather at Nightly Reading for a personalized copy of

Beg for Mercy
by Shannon Dermott

I've already read this and I was so pumped to get a paperback copy because now I can reread all my favorite parts easily! This was one of top favorite books of the year so I was beyond excited to get this copy :D

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!


There's so much to be thankful for that it would take forever to name it all but I'd like to highlight some points:

- My family 
I just love having everyone together at the house. So wonderful :)

- My friends
I don't think I'd be alive today without them sometimes

- For living in America
There's no where else I'd rather be!

- For the ability to learn
It's one of my favorite things to do. I will never stop learning!

- To be physically able to do activities I like to do. 
I may hate my body sometimes, but I always try to remember and be thankful. 

 - My dad's exceptional cooking skills
Especially today, because if we had to rely on my Mom to cook, we'd never eat. 

Everyone enjoy time with your families/friends/anything you are doing today. It's a beautiful day to be alive! 

Oh, and if you're going shopping tomorrow - Good Luck! 

Review: Hushed

Title: Hushed
Author: Kelley York
Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Goodreads Description:
He’s saved her. He’s loved her. He’s killed for her. 

Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn’t protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids, so he’s never stopped trying to protect her from everything else. It doesn’t matter that Vivian only uses him when hopping from one toxic relationship to another—Archer is always there, waiting to be noticed. 

Then along comes Evan, the only person who’s ever cared about Archer without a single string attached. The harder he falls for Evan, the more Archer sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is. 

But Viv has her hooks in deep, and when she finds out about the murders Archer’s committed and his relationship with Evan, she threatens to turn him in if she doesn’t get what she wants… And what she wants is Evan’s death, and for Archer to forfeit his last chance at redemption.

My take:

This book is very original. I don't think I've ever read anything like it before. I think a big part of that fact is that the main character, Archer, is bisexual. And this made the story very interesting to read because I've never read a story about bisexual main characters before, so it was nice to get something new.

This story was a little gory and I'm not usually a big fan of that, but this wasn't too bad. What was most intriguing about the book was the way the characters think. Archer seems to have a flaw in his thinking pattern, because he finds excuses to kill people. Evan challenges him on those thoughts though and it makes Archer think twice about doing it again. Although I won't say if he does or not. 

Even though Vivian bothered me, I do think her personality was very human. I liked Evan's personality too because he was constant, but Archer was a little hard to figure out sometimes. I couldn't really understand what attracted Evan to Archer. I mean I see why Archer would be attracted to Evan, but I couldn't figure out what kept Evan around. 

Overall, this is a great story and one I would definitely recommend for someone who wants something completely different!

This book will be released December 6!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Review: The Near Witch

Title: The Near Witch
Author: Victoria Schwab
Rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

Goodreads Description:
A darkly romantic young adult novel about a sixteen-year-old girl who lives on enchanted moors. A strange boy arrives in her small village, and right away, children start disappearing.

My Review:
I liked the story. It was a very cute story. But I couldn't do more than like it. It didn't blow me away.

It is a very original story about a young girl living in a village called Near. She meets a boy, a stranger, who isn't exactly all human. When children start going missing he is blamed, but Lexi knows it's not him.

I do have to say Lexi is a great choice of a name because that's my nickname :) So I liked that part of the story.

The characters had dimensions to them and they were even all likable, but maybe we just didn't get to see them enough. Because I feel like I barely knew them.

The story was executed great but there weren't any huge surprises, which can make for an uninteresting story sometimes.

If there becomes a sequel, I'm not sure if I would read it or not. Other people may love this book but something about it just didn't click for me very well.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Review: Enchantment

Title: Enchantment 
Author: Charlotte Abel
Rating: 4/5 stars

Goodreads Description:
Sixteen year old Channie Kerns leads an idyllic life of seclusion and magic deep in the Ozark Mountains ... until her family is forced to flee for their lives.

They leave everything and everyone behind to start over in Louisville, Colorado. Magic is forbidden while they are in hiding, but Channie can't resist the temptation to enchant a group of local boys. When her overbearing parents catch her flirting with these "sex-crazed, non-magical delinquints,” they slap a chastity spell on her to protect her virtue.
The spell is triggered by lust, so just navigating the halls at her new school is an ordeal. She can't even touch a boy she's attracted to without blasting him with a jolt of magical energy that feels like a taser.

When Channie falls in love with Josh Abrim, a BMX racer with dangerous secrets of his own, she rebels against her parents and turns to dark and forbidden magic to break the chastity spell ... with disastrous results.

My Review:
The beginning of this book was a little slow for me but I really liked it after they moved and she met Josh.

There was a good plot, and even though I guessed at the end, I wasn't completely sure it would happen.

What I really liked about the book was the characters, they definitely had strong personalities of their own. They were very believable and they grew, which is always important!

I kept picturing the Channie and Josh as younger, probably because Channie calls her parents Mommy and Daddy still. So when they kept talking about sex, and it's a HUGE part of this book, I was a little shocked. The characters are around 18 though so it makes sense that it would be a big topic. Their love was so cute and it was fun to watch.

I will definitely be reading the next book!

In My Mailbox 4

In My Mailbox was started by The Story Siren  as a weekly post about all the books you bought, won, borrowed, swapped, or however you can get your paws on a book,  throughout the week! 

These are the books I was able to get my hands on for the past couple weeks!

Daughter of Smoke and Bone
by Laini Taylor

I can't wait to start this one! I've heard nothing but great things about it.

by Charlotte Abel

Just finished and it was so cute!

Slave to Sensation
by Naliki Singh

The Princess of Tangleforest
by Dorianna Vann

by Kelley York

This was a little darker than I thought it would be but I still liked it.

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Hunger Games Trailer

Finally, The Hunger Games Trailer.

This is a trailer I've been dying to see. I was curious how they would make the districts' worlds look and especially the arena. Was everything how you imagined it to be? 

I have to say that for me, a couple of things were a little off, but it was mostly pretty close. Nothing I'm upset about. I can't wait to see the movie though to know for sure. These glimpses of everything aren't much help for me.

March 23, 2012 GET HERE ALREADY! :D

Sunday, November 13, 2011


I saw this video and it made my day today so I thought I'd share. 

It's from the movie Mulan and the song is I'll Make a Man Out of You.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Top Ten Reads That Were Outside My Comfort Zone

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a different top ten list and I found it's fun to sit and think about the lists! Anyone can participate and if you link your post on their page, other's might stop by as well.

Yes, yes, I know it's not Tuesday. But I just took the GRE (an exam to get into grad school) so I'm a little behind, oh well :) 

This week is books read that were outside of our comfort zones. I'm not sure I have ten of these, but I'll give it a try.

1. Hushed by Kelley York - I've never read a book where the main character was gay, or maybe in this case, bisexual? I'm still reading it so I'm not 100% sure yet. 

2. The Iron Daughter  by Julie Kagawa - I'm really into the paranormal, but not usually the fantasy. I tried reading Lord of the Rings and I know people are going to hate me for saying this but.... I couldn't get through it :/ Harry Potter I loved so I thought I'd give this fantastical world a try. I'm glad I did because I love this series! 

3. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire - I'm not into contemporary romances because I thought they were probably cheesy and not really that interesting. Well, I saw some rave reviews about this one so I though it'd try it. Amazing! I've seen people say it's great and if all contemporary romances are like these, then I think this book converter me. p.s. - I used the ebook cover pictures because I absolutely love it. She's changed it since then because I guess a lot of people didn't like it. But it's one of my favorites!

4. The Shack by William P. Young - I NEVER read books about religion. Usually, because I hate being preached to. This one was ok though.

5. Radiance by Alyson Noel - This is a middle grade book. I mostly read YA. I think if I was in middle school I would have really liked it. 

6. Matters of the Heart by Danielle Steele - my sister recommended this book to me and I don't usually read her books. Like ones about romance and adult issues and whatnot. 

7. Blood Like Poison by M. Leighton - She was my first Indie author read and I'm so glad she introduced me to the Indie world! Her books are fabulous and she writes one of my favorite series! I thought Indie authors would be boring or unoriginal or not good because they weren't published. BOY WAS I EVER WRONG! 

8. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson - I'm not really into thrillers or books that could scare me, or creep me out (and yes this book did both). But it was recommended to me while I was abroad and it seemed so popular I had to try it!

9. Samson's Lovely Mortal by Tina Folsom - I was never into the adult, paranormal romance books before this. But now I seem to really like them - don't judge me! lol 

Ok, so I'm one short! Ah, oh well, if I searched really hard I might be able to find one but I'm ok with only having 9. I think this is an awesome post! I'm excited to see what everyone else puts. Some of the comments are halarious.