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Monday, April 21, 2014

Book Review | World After by Susan Ee

Title: World After (Penryn & the End of Days, #2)
Author: Susan Ee
Publication: November 19th, 2013
Publisher: Skyscape
Source: Borrowed from the library

Rating: 5 out 5 stars

Synopsis: Warning: This is the second book in a series, do not continue if you are trying to avoid spoilers from the first book, Angelfall. In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what's left of the modern world. 

When a group of people capture Penryn's sister Paige, thinking she's a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels' secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can't rejoin the angels, can't take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?

Review: Warning: May contain Angelfall spoilers. After reading the second book of this series, I am a full supporter and believer of the hype surrounding this series. I loved this book even more than I loved Angelfall. 

I loved the further development of Penryn, she is one of the most awesome heroines that I have ever read. Though I was a bit disappointed at the lack of Raffe throughout the majority of this book, Penryn kept me fully entertained until he peeks back in. Penryn rocks because of her sensible and strong attitude along with her determination and courage. 

I was happy to get some much-needed answers to some of the questions that develop into the first book. I don't want to give any spoilers in here, but I have to say that along with some answers also come some more deeper questions. Ee does such a good job of giving you just enough to hook you and keep you on the line. 

Ee has done an amazing job continuing to develop this world. This series is unlike anything I have ever read before and it has stuck with me since I started reading it earlier in the year. I would recommend this book for anyone that enjoys post-apolyptic books, kickass heroines, or an interest in seeing a different take on angels. Check it out :) While you do that, I'll be over here, anxiously awaiting the release of the next book in the series. 

Have you read this one and if so, what did you think of it? What do you think on this take on angels?   

Saturday, April 19, 2014

A Bookish Game: Can You Guess What Book I Am?

Everybody loves games...right?! I was thinking that there are a serious lack of games with books in them. So I thought why not do a spin on the classic "Who Am I?" game to be a "What Book Am I?".

If you haven't played this game before, here is how it works: I give you 3 clues and you guess what book you think I'm talking about. To avoid revealing the answer too early, I have provided a link that will take you to the Goodreads page for the book. Alright let's get on with the game.

The 3 Clues:

My cover has an eye on it. 

My main character's name starts with a J.

I can be considered a paranormal dystopian book.

Can you guess what book I am?

Click Here to find out if you're right

What did you guess? Were you right? Feel free to give three clues to a book for me to guess in the comments!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Book Review | Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Title: Pushing the Limits
Author: Katie McGarry
Publication: July 31st, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: Bought it

Rating: 4 out 5 stars

Synopsis: No one knows what happened the night that Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. 

But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets the both keep, being together is pretty much impossible. 

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who may teach her how to love again. 

Review: I was pretty hesitant about picking up this book. I am hesitant to pick up romance novels, because I feel like I'm not going to like them but they usually end up surprising me. Pushing the Limits was no exception - it surprised me with its depth and meaningful characters.

I struggled a tab bit with the characters, I felt that they were a little had a little too much angst for me at times. I found myself saying in my head "come on...really?", "oh, get over it", and "oh boy, here we go again". However, while it was irritating, it was eerily close to how teenagers act and I appreciated the realness of the characters here. I also appreciated their growth throughout the novel, by the end of the novel both characters grow to become strong, independent and mature people. 

The story kept me going, I wanted to know what was going to happen next. There were minor cheesy points but it's the ones that you smile about. I have heard that this series only gets better and I can't wait to read the other books in this series. Speaking of the other books, I loved Beth and Isaiah, especially Isaiah. The next books in the series follow each of them and I can't wait to get more of their stories!

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It wasn't a fluffy or quick read, but it kept me entertained. If you're a fan of contemporary or just looking to check out contemporary, I would recommend this book. I am looking forward to continuing this series. 

Have you read this one and if so, what did you think of it? Did you have a favorite scene of the book? Have you continued the series and if so, do you think it gets better with each book - or which book is your favorite so far?  

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

ARC Review | The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

Title: The Geography of You and Me 
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publication: April 15th, 2013 (TODAY!)
Publisher: Poppy 
Source: Borrowed from Rachel

Rating: 5 out 5 stars

Synopsis: Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they're rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father. 

Lucy and Owen's relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and -- finally -- a reunion in the city where they first met. 

Review: I did a video review of this one on my collaborative BookTube channel with Rachel, called RayKayBooks. Let me know what you think of this format of review.

Have you read this one and if so, what did you think of it? How did feel about Owen and Lucy's relationship? This book is a perfect spring read - what are some reads you think are perfect for spring? Also, what do you think of my review in video format? 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Top 5 Most Embarrassing Unread Books

It's confession time. I have some unread books that I can't believe I haven't read yet. These are popular YA novels that it seems just about everyone has read except me. So I'm calling myself out.

I first saw this idea on Booktube. It was on one of my favorite booktuber channels - Regan from Peruseproject. She's pretty awesome and you guys should definitely check her out. You can see her Top 5 Most Embarrassing Unread Books video here.

My Top 5 Most Embarrassing Unread Books

The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak 

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien 

Vampire Academy by Rachelle Mead

Okay, Okay, I hope you don't hate me after seeing this list. I honestly don't know why I haven't gotten to these books yet, but I know I want to read all of them. Here's to looking forward to some good reading in my future. 

Honorable Mentions: Unwind by Neal Schusterman, A Great & Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams and Eoin Colfer, The DUFF by Kody Keplinger.

Help me pick these up sooner - What did you love about the books in my list that you have read? If you're willing to share - What are some of your most embarrassing unread books?


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Book Review | Defiance by CJ Redwine

Title: Defiance 
Author: C.J. Redwine
Publication: August 28th, 2012
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Source: Bought it

Rating: 5 out 5 stars

Synopsis: Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city's brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses, host dinner parties, and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father's apprentice, Logan--the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same boy who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father's survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her. 

At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to the city's top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for his mentor's impulsive daughter. Logan is determined to protect her, but when his escape plan goes wrong and Rachel pays the price, he realizes he has more at stake than disappointing Jared. 

As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can't be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making. 

Review: I have a hard time starting this review without just diving into the book and all its goodness, so we're just going to dive in. 

I loved the different elements that come to play in this novel.  There's fantasy and dystopian, which are two of my favorite genres. You have a dystopian in the world that they live in, there's poverty, monsters outside of the wall built around the city, and a strong militia presence enforcing strict societal regulations. There's fantasy in the quest that Rachel and Logan set out on to find her father. There's romance between Logan and Rachel that starts off in a very different spot. So let's talk about the romance.

In a few other reviews that I have read, some people had a real problem with Logan. They thought that Logan was a battering-type. A few certain phrases come up, such as when Logan talks about locking Rachel up or when he talk about killing her. I viewed the situation where he expresses these differently, did I think they were okay? NO. But I think he was thinking of Rachel in those moments as a little sister. Often siblings fight, they threaten each other, in the beginning of this novel I think Logan viewed Rachel as a little sister because he felt he had to. As the novel moves on you see the shift in the way he thinks about her and the different way he treats her because he has developed feelings for her. 

I grew frustrated with Rachel easily in the beginning of the novel. I thought she was making rather stupid decisions and acted rather selfishly immature. However, I enjoyed watching her grow strength and maturity throughout the novel as she went on her quest to find her father. I think she was humbled through what she encountered on her quest and her strength started to show through. The growth of both her and Logan was an aspect of this novel that I really enjoyed. 

I don't want to go too much into depth on the world that is within this book. I think it's best going in not knowing what to expect, because there are so many awesome surprising elements. The world building was done fanastically, I didn't have anything to question (other than things that were supposed to be questioned) and I was completely enthralled in what was going to happen or the potential for something big to be happening at every moment. 

This amazing hybrid of a book is one that I would strongly recommend to those that are fans of fantasy and dystopian. But not only that, I think this book has something in it for everyone to enjoy. I can't wait to pick up the second book in the series and see what it takes me. 

Have you read this one and if so, what did you think of it? What did you think of Logan and Rachel's relationship? What about the world and different elements of multiple genres included? Are there any hybrid genre books that you have read lately and loved?  

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Monthly Wrap Up | March 2014

Last month was a busy one, but I managed to read 8 books. School is finishing up this month, so I'm not sure if I'll do much better, but still hoping to get some good reading done. Anyways, let's talk about what I read and posted during March.

Books Read

World After (Penryn & the End of Days, #2) by Susan Ee This book was even better than the first! I can't wait to see where this series is going. Rated this one 5 out of 5 stars. 

A Fable by William Faulkner I had to read this book for my English class and it was a DNF. I couldn't get through this book. It was scattered and difficult to read. Rated this one 1 out of 5 stars.

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith. I really enjoyed this book and did a video review of it, which you can check out here. I will also have a written review coming up later this month closer to the pub date. I would recommend checking it out later this month when it releases! Though I struggled between rating this one a 4 or 5 I settled and ended up rating this one a 4.5 out of 5.

The Color Purple by Alice Walker This was another book required for my english class but this one was much more enjoyable than Faulkner. I loved the style of this book and the story told within. It's such a strong womanly book. Rated this one 5 out of 5 stars. 

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2) by Sarah J. Maas At this point in the month, I felt myself slipping into a reading slump so I wanted to pick up a series or book that I knew I would love. Having devoured and LOVED Throne of Glass, I decided the Crown of Midnight would be a good choice. I was correct. This book blew my socks off. It was amazing. I can't praise this series enough and I can't wait for the next book to come out in September! No surprise that I rated this one 5 out of 5 stars. 

The Archived by Victoria Schwab I read this one for The Archived read along and I'm glad that I joined in. There's so much hype around this book and I think it got to me a little bit. The writing was beautiful and the story was dark. I really enjoyed this book, but it didn't blow me away. Rated this one 4 out of 5 stars. 

The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de le Cruz This book is coming out later this month. I read this book in a day - it's a highly entertaining read. Look for a review coming soon. Rated this one 4 out of 5 stars. 

Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher I just finished this book today. It's a rather big book at nearly 600 pages, but it's 600 pages of goodness. This book begins a series that I'm looking forward to reading more of. Such amazing world building and characters, with plot twists that I didn't see coming. Definitely rated this one 5 out of 5 stars. 

March Reviews

Other Fun Posts I did in March

How was your March reading month? What was your favorite read of the month?