Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Book: Unearthly
Author: Cynthia Hand
# of Pages: 435 (Hardcover)
Rating: 5 stars
                                                                           Goodreads Summary:
In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees . . . .
                                                                             Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy.
Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place—and out of place at the same time. Because there's another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side.
                                                                                                                         As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make—between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?
                                                                                                                     Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.                         
                                                                                                                             My Thoughts: Wow, this book was amazing! I read Halo by Alexandra Adornetto last year and could not bring myself to read another angel book until now. Hand's descriptions of Wyoming are so beautiful and vivid. I would really like to go see it for myself. I love Tucker. His and Clara's relationship is sweet and believable. I could not help but root for them to be together. As for Clara, I like how her character grows as the story progresses. When she first moves to Wyoming, she seems to be focused on her popularity status. She grows to accept her new surroundings and turns her attention to the purpose she was meant to fulfill. If you like paranormals and angels, then you will definitely like this book. Highly recommended.

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating.

Book: Unraveling
Author: Elizabeth Norris
Release Date: April 24

Goodreads Summary: Two days before the start of her junior year, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit by a pickup truck and killed—as in blinding light, scenes of her life flashing before her, and then nothing. Except the next thing she knows, she’s opening her eyes to find Ben Michaels, a loner from her high school whom Janelle has never talked to, leaning over her. And even though it isn’t possible, Janelle knows—with every fiber of her being—that Ben has somehow brought her back to life. 

But her reincarnation, and Ben’s possible role in it, is only the first of the puzzles that Janelle must solve. While snooping in her FBI-agent father’s files for clues about her accident, she uncovers a clock that seems to be counting down to something—but to what? And when someone close to Janelle is killed, she can no longer deny what’s right in front of her: Everything that’s happened—the accident, the murder, the countdown clock, Ben’s sudden appearance in her life—points to the end of life as she knows it. And as the clock ticks down, she realizes that if she wants to put a stop to the end of the world, she’s going to need to uncover Ben’s secrets—and keep from falling in love with him in the process. 

From debut author Elizabeth Norris comes this shattering novel of one girl’s fight to save herself, her world, and the one boy she never saw coming.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

Saturday, November 26, 2011

In My Mailbox

IMM is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.     

Forgotten by Cat Patrick

The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo

Monday, November 21, 2011

Must Read Monday

Must Read Monday is a new meme created by Jenna from Fans of Fiction. This is a fun way to recommend books to other bloggers by using an acrostic puzzle based on the week's theme. It helps bloggers learn more about the book. This week's theme is fantasy (any book with fantastical elements).

                                          senT to a new school every year
                                     with adHd and dyslexia
                                              pErcy just can't fit in
                               a class fieLd trip goes awry
                                and in an Instant
                            his life chanGes
               he is taken to camp Half blood
                where he learns thaT gods and goddesses
                                          do iNdeed exist
               and there are other kIds just like him
                  zeus's master lightNing bolt is missing
                     and percy is deleGated to find it
                      and must return iT by the summer solstice
he is accompanied by annabetH, daughter of athena,
               and grover, his best frIend
                they emark on the quEst hoping they'll find the bolt
                                              beFore it's too late
                                                                                                                       The book is so much better than the movie.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Book: The Maze Runner
Author: James Dashner
# of Pages: 374 (Paperback)
Rating: 3.5 stars

Goodreads Summary:
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.

Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. 

Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.

My Thoughts: I have mixed feelings about this book. I liked how Thomas was quick-thinking when he was faced with danger and never let panic take over. I  liked the interesting scenes within the Maze, and I thought the Grievers, part animal-part machine covered in needles and other lethal instruments, were pretty creepy.

On the other hand, I felt that the first half of the book dragged. For the longest time all Thomas did was ask questions. Yes, I know that would be the logical thing to do if put in a situation like him, but he never tries to find anything out on his own. I also thought Thomas was a bit too trusting. When Teresa arrives, he feels a "connection," and is sure he knew her before coming to the Maze. He almost instantly accepts her, unlike the other boys who find her presence very suspicious. I do hope that more of Thomas and Teresa's history is revealed in the sequel.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

In My Mailbox

IMM is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.     

Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker

2012 Debut Author Challenge

The 2012 Debut Author Challenge is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. The goal is to read and review at least 12 YA/MG debut novels between Jan. 1, 2012 and Jan. 31, 2013.

My List:
Tempest by Julie Cross
Slide by Jill Hathaway
Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
Blue Sky Days by Marie Landry
Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig
Grave Mercy by R.L. LaFevers
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Splintered by A.G. Howard
Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris
Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic
Elemental by Emily White
Fracture by Megan Miranda

Friday, November 18, 2011

2012 Ebook Challenge

The 2012 Ebook Challenge is being hosted by Sarah from Workaday Reads.

This challenge will run from Jan. 1, 2012 to Dec. 31, 2012. Any genre or length of book counts, as long as it is in ebook format.

  1. Floppy Disk - 5 ebooks
  2. CD - 10 ebooks
  3. DVD - 25 ebooks
  4. Memory Stick - 50 ebooks
  5. Hard Drive - 75 ebooks
  6. Server - 100 ebooks
  7. Human Brain - 150 ebooks

I'm going to aim for Level 3 DVD - 25 ebooks

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Top Ten Books That Have Been On My Shelf The Longest But I Haven't Read Yet

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

1. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

2. The Stand by Stephen King

3. Angel Time by Anne Rice

4. The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

5. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

6. Along Came a Spider by James Patterson

7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

8. The City of Falling Angels  by John Berendt

9. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

10. My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares

Monday, November 14, 2011

2012 TBR List Reading Challenge

This challenge is hosted by Evie at Bookish and 9 other co-hosts. I think that this is a great challenge. I have many books that I keep telling myself that I will read, but I never get around to them, so this is perfect.

1. This challenge will run from Jan. 1, 2012 - Dec. 31, 2012.
2. As we would like to see quality reviews linked up to our monthly wrap-ups, only bloggers can enter. Sorry about that!
3. Any genre, length or format of book counts, as long as it is a book that's been sitting on your shelf for some time now. Only books released in 2011 and earlier! NO ARCs and 2012 fresh-off-the-press releases allowed!
4. You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap-up post. If you list them, feel free to change them as the mood takes you.
5. When you sign up in the linky, put the direct link to your post about joining the 2012 TBR PILE Reading Challenge.
6. You can move up levels, but no moving down.
7. Sign-ups will be open until Dec. 15, 2012, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year.
8. At the end of each month one of the hosts will post a wrap-up. Every wrap-up will have it's unique theme, a mini-challenge, a giveaway and place for you to link up your reviews from this monthFor each review you link up, you will get one entry in a drawing of one book of choice from Book Depository. It's open to INTERNATIONALS.
9. If you miss a wrap-up post + giveaway, you can link up your reviews next month. Do not, however, try to link up one review twice - we will be checking ;)
10. December is a wrap-up for the whole year. All the book reviews you linked up January-November + the ones you'll link up in December will be entered into a HUGE giveaway - 12 books, 12 winners, INTERNATIONAL.
11. You don't have to follow all the hosts to join the challenge, but you do have to follow all of us to be entered in giveaways!

1-10 - A Firm Handshake
11-20 - A Friendly Hug
21-30 - A Sweet Kiss
31-40 - Love At First Sight
41-50 - Married With Children

Evie from Bookish - @SeoEvie
Nicole from All I Ever Read -

Bonnie from Hands and Home -
Donna from Book Passion For Life
Caitlin from WatchYA Reading @caitlingss
Rie from Mission To Read @missiontoread
Vicky from Books, Biscuits & Tea - 
Christa from Hooked On Books
Jenna from Fans Of Fiction @fansoffiction
Angel from Mermaids Vision

Wrap-Up Post Schedule:
January - Donna (Theme: Let It Snow + Book Cover Challenge) 
February - Nicole (Theme: Un-requited Love/Love Gone Wrong + Advice Column Challenge)
March - Rie (Theme: Green or Pinched + Green Cover Challenge)
April - Bonnie (Theme: Easter + Mini Challenge)
May - Christa (Theme: MayDay - Disaster Books! + Cover Disaster Challenge)
June - Jenna (Theme: Camping + Sentence Challenge)
July - Rie (Theme: International Day + Cover Comparison Challenge)
August - Angel (Theme: Summer Memories + Send Your Fav Character On Vacation Challenge)
September - Nicole (Theme: Life Changing Books + Mini Challenge)
October - Caitlin (Theme: Thanksgiving Theme + Share-A-Book Challenge)
November - Vicky (Theme: Spooky Halloween + Book Puzzle Challenge)
December - Evie (Theme: Xmas Bliss + Book Bachelor Challenge)

My List:
Sass and Serendipity by Jennifer Ziegler
Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares
My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
The City of Fallen Angels by John Berendt
Piss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore
...more to come

Sophomore Reading Challenge

This challenge is hosted by Shanyn at Chick Loves Lit. For this challenge, you must read 10 sophomore YA/MG novels published in 2012. It can be the second in a series, a new series, or a standalone. She has started a Goodreads list here.

My List:
1. Fever by Lauren DeStefano
2. Enshadowed by Kelly Creagh
3. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
4. Outpost by Ann Aguirre
5. Ashen Winter by Mike Mullin
6. Revived by Cat Patrick
...more to come

Sunday, November 13, 2011

In My Mailbox

IMM is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.     

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating.

Book: Partials
Author: Dan Wells
Release Date: February 28

Goodreads Summary
The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the population. Reduced to tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated. The threat of the Partials is still imminent, but worse, no baby has been born immune to RM in more than a decade. Our time is running out.

Kira, a sixteen-year-old medic in training, is on the front lines of this battle, seeing RM ravage the community while mandatory pregnancy laws threaten to launch what’s left of humanity into civil war, and she’s not content to stand by and watch. But as she makes a desperate decision to save the last of her race, she will discover that the survival of humans and Partials alike rests in her attempts to uncover the connections between them—connections that humanity has forgotten, or perhaps never even knew were there.

Dan Wells, acclaimed author of I Am Not a Serial Killer, takes readers on a pulse-pounding journey into a world where the very concept of what it means to be human is in question—one where our humanity is both our greatest liability and our only hope for survival.(

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Ashfall by Mike Mullin

Book: Ashfall
Author: Mike Mullin
# of Pages: 456 (Hardcover)
Rating: 5 stars

Goodreads Summary
Under the bubbling hot springs and geysers of Yellowstone National Park is a supervolcano. Most people don't know it's there. The caldera is so large that it can only be seen from a plane or satellite. It just could be overdue for an eruption, which would change the landscape and climate of our planet.
                                                                                              Ashfall is the story of Alex, a teenage boy left alone for the weekend while his parents visit relatives. When the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts unexpectedly, Alex is determined to reach his parents. He must travel over a hundred miles in a landscape transformed by a foot of ash and the destruction of every modern convenience that he has ever known, and through a new world in which disaster has brought out both the best and worst in people desperate for food, water, and warmth. With a combination of nonstop action, a little romance, and very real science, this is a story that is difficult to stop reading and even more difficult to forget.
                                                                                                                               My Thoughts: I loved this book! It is an action-packed and incredibly realistic tale of survival that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The story sucks you in from the very first page. The description of the eruption is so vivid that I felt like I was actually there. Alex was a very likable protagonist and seemed mature for his age. He sets off to find his family and must deal with finding food and water as well as try to avoid looters and the desperately hungry. He meets Darla and discovers that she is a hard-working, innovative girl who does not let anything stand in her way. Alex could not have found a better traveling companion., and it turns out that they make a really good team. Together they forge through the ash and horrific weather determined to reach their destination.

So, three reasons why you should read this book: 1) the action 2) the awesome characters 3) the brilliant writing.