Sunday, January 12, 2014

Crushed by Sara Shepard

Book: Crshed (Pretty Little Liars #13)
Author: Sara Shepard
# of Pages: 338 (Hardcover)
Challenge: 2014 TBR Pile Reading Challenge
Rating: 4.5 stars

Goodreads Summary:
It's springtime in suburban Rosewood, which means iced soy lattes, fresh manicures in shimmering pastels—and prom. But while everyone else is flipping through the racks at Saks in search of the perfect dress, Hanna, Spencer, Emily, and Aria are on a different kind of hunt: They're looking for A. . . .

Hanna puts her campaign for prom queen on the back burner to volunteer at the burn clinic, where one of A's victims is recovering. Emily digs into Ali's past at the mental hospital with some very crazy consequences. Spencer contacts a private eye to help her stalk her stalker. But when their sessions get a little too private, they may forget to keep their eyes on A. . . . And Aria's worried that A is even closer than she thought. When her dark secret from Iceland finally comes to light, she discovers that maybe, just maybe, the one person she's been trying to hide the truth from has known all along.

The liars are finally taking the fight to A. But no matter what they do, A's always one step ahead, ready to crush the girls completely.

My Thoughts:

To be perfectly honest, I was not expecting to like this book as much as I did. Since book eight, the original final book in the PLL series, I have not found any of the following books particularly gripping or attention-holding. Thankfully, Crushed exceeded my expectations and fulfilled both of these qualities.

This installment of the PLL series was full of unexpected twists and turns. The series is definitely taking on a darker, scarier feel. A's threats are becoming more serious. Spencer, Hanna, Aria, and Emily are frantically  trying to discover A's identity to stop all the madness once and for all. And the ending…whoa, so shocking.

Overall, Crushed was a great read. Though there were a couple predictable things that happened, it was a major step up from the last couple books in the series. 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

2014 Dystopia Reading Challenge

The 2014 Dystopia Reading Challenge is hosted by Blog of Erised. I love dystopian novels, but I didn't read as many as I wanted to. So I'm going to make up for that this year.

Level 3: Revolutionist 13-18 books

Through the Ever Night and Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi
Prodigy and Champion by Marie Lu
Plague, Fear, and Light by Michael Grant
Taken by Erin Bowman
Matched series by Ally Condie
Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi
Partials by Dan Wells
Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

Friday, January 3, 2014

2014 Releases I Can't Wait to Get My Hands On

Oblivion (Nevermore #3)
by Kelly Creagh
Release Date: August 28
Unfortunately, this doesn't have a synopsis yet.

It feels like forever since Enshadowed was released. I can't wait to see how this series ends. Hopefully the release date won't change again.

Breakable by Tammara Webber
Release Date: May 6

I LOVED Easy, so I was absolutely thrilled when I found out Tammara Webber was coming out with a story from Lucas's perspective.

The Taking by Kimberly Derting
Release Date: April 29

I loved Kimberly Derting's Body Finder series. I still need to read the Pledge series. But The Taking sounds like it's going to be AMAZING!

Conversion by Katherine Howe
Release Date: July 1

I really enjoyed Katherine Howe's The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane. So I'm very happy that she is releasing a YA novel.

Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne
Release Date: July 8

I read and really liked the prequel, Poison Dance. It gives some insight into the world of Midnight Thief and Blackburne's writing, which is amazing.

The Murder Complex
by Lindsay Cummings
Release Date: June 10

This sounds like it's going to be really good.

Gasp (Visions #3) by Lisa McMann
Release Date: June 3

Lisa McMann is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I loved her Wake series, and the Visions series is proving to be just as good.

Sunrise (Ashfall #3) by Mike Mullin
Release Date: April 15

Ashfall is a fantastic book. I haven't read its sequel, Ashen Winter, yet, but I can't wait for Sunrise to be released. So I'll read Ashen WInter and Sunrise back to back.

What 2014 releases are you looking forward to reading?

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Poison Dance: A Novella by Livia Blackburne

Book: Poison Dance: A Novella (Midnight Thief #0.5)
Author: Livia Blackburne
# of Pages: 54
Rating: 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:
James is skilled, efficient, and deadly, a hired blade navigating the shifting alliances of a deteriorating Assassin’s Guild. Then he meets Thalia, an alluring but troubled dancing girl who offers him a way out—if he’ll help her kill a powerful nobleman. With the Guild falling apart, it just might be worth the risk. But when you live, breathe, and love in a world that’s forever flirting with death, the slightest misstep can be poison. Poison dance is approximately 14,000 words, or 54 printed pages.

My Thoughts:

A big thank you to Livia Blackburne for sending me a copy of this novella.

I enjoyed everything about this novella.

Blackburne's writing style is captivating. I really did not want the story to end. The characters were very well developed. I was impressed by how well I got to know them in such a short time. I was intrigued by the world and can't wait to see more of it in Midnight Thief.

Overall, this was a very quick, addictive read full of action, mystery, and a little romance. It is one novella that is definitely worth checking out.