Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year 2013 Giveaway Hop!

Happy New Year 2013 
Giveaway Hop



So hey guys! I know I have been off the blog for a while now, but only because my exams have been awfully long! I even deactivated my facebook account for the time being and spend most of my time on twitter or youtube. That doesn't mean I want to lose touch with you guys so in the upcoming days I'll be doing one book review and maybe a book spotlight until my exams are done. For the time being, here's another giveaway hop because I love you guys!

This giveaway hop is a bit of two things. Either they're amazing books coming out as movie sometime this year OR they're books that have a sequel coming out this year that I thought you guys would like a chance to win. So here goes the options!


Books coming out as movies.



City of Bones - Cassandra Clare
Beautiful Creatures - Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
The Host - Stephenie Meyer
Warm Bodies - Isaac Marion
Les Misérables - Victor Hugo
Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins


Books with Sequels coming out.



Divergent - Veronica Roth
Delirium - Lauren Oliver
Clockwork Angel - Cassandra Clare
The Selection - Kiera Cass
Cinder - Marissa Meyer
Pushing the Limits - Katie McGarry

Here's the Rafflecopter, enter below and Goodluck to you all!
This giveaway is international as long as 'The Book Depository' ships to your country.



Saturday, December 15, 2012

Saving June: Review

Title: Saving June
Author: Hannah Harrington
ISBN: 1408981491
Publishing House: Harlequin - Mira Ink
Book Source: NetGalley

Buy Now: Amazon - Barnes & Noble

Goodreads Synopsis:

Your sister is dead. Nineteen songs can tell you why. Only one boy can help you understand.

Harper Scott's older sister, June, took her own life a week before high school graduation, leaving Harper devastated. So when her divorcing parents decide to split up June's ashes, Harper steals the urn and takes off cross-country with her best friend, Laney, to the one place June always dreamed of going-California.

Enter Jake Tolan, a boy with a bad attitude, a classic-rock obsession...and an unknown connection to June. When he insists on joining them, Harper's just desperate enough to let him. With his alternately charming and infuriating demeanour and his belief that music can see you through anything, he might be exactly what Harper needs. Except...Jake's keeping a secret that has the power to turn her life upside down again.


Review:

I've put off reading this book for a while because I had expected it to be really sad and heartbreaking - more so than Pushing the Limits actually. I still wanted to read it, I just wasn't sure when would be the right time for it. For some reason, I decided now would be just great.

The main reason why I requested this book was because I heard a lot of people rave about it and it seemed to be everywhere, so I thought to give it a shot. There are many covers for this book, they're all great, though I prefer the pale blue one. The synopsis had me bracing myself for so much inner turmoil.

The book starts off with Harper at her sister's wake. June, her sister, was the most unlikely person anyone would ever expect to take their own life, but she did just that. Harper doesn't understand how her perfect older sister could have done that. No one understood why she did it, or what she'd been going through before that. Harper seems to be having the hardest time crying and getting emotional over it like everyone would expect. She doesn't know how to react to things knowing she could never officially live up to June's perfection. With that, she embarks on a journey trying to understand what drove her sister to this and to do something for her, take her to the one place she's always wanted to go: California. To do that, she enlists the help of her best friend Laney and is forced to allow Jake to join them, a guy who seemed strangely connected to her sister, yet she's never heard of before.

I think this is the most perfect journey of healing I've read about in books recently. I really think so. I mean, I've read numerous books before, but I didn't feel the journey of self-discovery and healing were good enough or convincing. This one on the other hand was. That and, I could relate to the main character, the way she couldn't cry at the time, that  a song is what caused her to finally tear up and be emotional. This trip was basically channelling all that confusion and anger into some form of goal, a finish line, doing something productive to help the person they lost and themselves to heal. Discovering who they really are without that person, or who they managed to become on that journey. I absolutely loved that!

I especially enjoyed the element of music in it all. The importance of it, and the huge role it played in the healing process, as well as moods it played out in. Jake had  a story behind each one, giving them a purpose, a necessity in his life, in the lives of everyone around them. You got to know him through that music, through his choices and his singing and his mixed CDs.


"It's the best kind of devastating there is. He took his pain and he turned it into something beautiful. Into something that people connect to. And that's what good music does. It speaks to you. It changes you." Jake leans in towards me a little closer, voice softening. "What I'm trying to say is, it's just nice, I guess, knowing that someone else can put into words what I feel. That there are people who have been through things worse than I have, and come out on the other side okay. Not only that, but they made some kind of twisted, fucked-up sense of the completely senseless. They made it mean something. These songs tell me I'm not alone. If you look at it that way, music... music can see you through anything."


The characters were all complex and were completely different to one another, the people they interacted with, the things they got to do on their way, it was all beautifully created and well rounded up. I enjoyed the writing, Hannah did a fantastic job with it! It didn't make me cry as much as I expected it to, I mean I cried, but not that much, which is one of the great things about it, you actually felt like there was healing going on in the process.

Rating: 4/5!

Giveaways going on!

So yeah, I haven't done this in a bit, but I thought to highlight two cool giveaways going on right now:


1- If it Fits It Ships


Evie @Evie-Bookish is hosting a cool giveaway where you get to choose ten books if you win! Click here to enter!



2- Holiday Giveaway

Lindsay @Lindsay Writes is hosting a cool holiday giveaway where you can get a chance to win some of the books she's offering, including Requiem, Unravel Me, Divergent & many others!
Click here to enter!



3- End of the World Giveaway Hop



I'm taking part in the End of the World Giveaway Hop so you guys can join by clicking here.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

End of the World Giveaway Hop


Welcome to the "End of the World" giveaway hop! It's hosted by I'm a Reader, Not a writer & My life with books.

This giveaway is basically of all the books you'd like to save if it just happened to be the end of the world. 

For me, I'm giving away some of the most amazing books I've had a chance to read this year and I'm glad I got to do so before the end of the world.


The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern
Delirum - Lauren Oliver
Cinder - Marissa Meyer


City of Bones - Cassandra Clare
Beautiful Creatures - Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Pushing The Limits - Katie McGarry



Like The Flowing River - Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
The Host - Stephenie Meyer

So yeah, this giveaway is international as long as TBD ships to you. Enter the rafflecopter below and best of luck!


Now don't forget to hop onto the other blogs!


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

TBR Pile 2013 Reading Challenge


Evie from (evie-bookish) and 6 other bloggers are having a 2013 book challenge and I am joining in!
Want to take part? Click here!

So here's my pile of books to read for the upcoming year!


This is TBR pile for this year:

*Hush, Hush
*Crescendo
*Silence
*Uglies
*Pretties
*Specials
*Extras
*Across The Universe
*Leviathan
*Glow
*Insurgent
*Divergent
*Pandemonium
*Unearthly
*Dead Until Dark
*Living Dead In Dallas
*Club Dead
*Dead to the World
*Dead as a Doornail
*Definitely Dead
*Cold Kiss

I am not sure if I'll manage the reviews for all of those books, but if I can't do them in writing, I'll do them in videos! I have never done that before, but hope to do so and maybe it would help with my reading pile!

Midnight City: Review

Title: Midnight City
Author: J.Barton Mitchell
ISBN:1250009073
Publishing House: St. Martins Griffin
Source: NetGalley

Buy Now: Amazon - Barnes & Noble

Goodreads Synopsis:

Earth has been conquered by an alien race known as the Assembly. The human adult population is gone, having succumbed to the Tone---a powerful, telepathic super-signal broadcast across the planet that reduces them to a state of complete subservience. But the Tone has one critical flaw. It only affects the population once they reach their early twenties, which means that there is one group left to resist: Children.

Holt Hawkins is a bounty hunter, and his current target is Mira Toombs, an infamous treasure seeker with a price on her head. It’s not long before Holt bags his prey, but their instant connection isn’t something he bargained for. Neither is the Assembly ship that crash-lands near them shortly after. Venturing inside, Holt finds a young girl who remembers nothing except her name: Zoey.

As the three make their way to the cavernous metropolis of Midnight City, they encounter young freedom fighters, mutants, otherworldly artifacts, pirates, feuding alien armies, and the amazing powers that Zoey is beginning to exhibit. Powers that suggest she, as impossible as it seems, may just be the key to stopping the Assembly once and for all. 


Review:

I am not sure what to say on why I had requested this book, except well, the cover was stunning. I always seem to feed my cover lust and this one wasn't any exception. The synopsis had my antenna going up since it sounded very interesting, but at the same time didn't give much away. You just have to read the book to live through the journey with the protagonists to fully comprehend this new distorted world and this pretty much amazing book.

Midnight City is set in a post-apocalyptic dystopian world where aliens known as The Assembly have taken over the planet. There's also the 'Tone', which is a broadcasted telepathic signal to make all adults basically useless as individual beings, and they become enslaved. However, the 'Tone' only seems to control adults, but not teens or children, which leaves room for defiance on their end. Holt is a bounty hunter off to find Mira, who's bounty might help fix a lot of his problems, however, he soon discovers why her bounty is so high as she doesn't plan to come back easily. This soon becomes the least of their worries as strange things begin to happen and they encounter Zoey.

I am not going to fully give away the story, but I feel like the only way to get you guys to appreciate this book is by explaining at least the first chapter fully.

The first chapter was brilliant. I honestly cannot find any other way to say it but that. It started off with Holt in hiding then he was captured by those kids, who were younger than him, but even though they seemed frail, he found the fact that they held weaponry dangerous. Holt estimates their age according to how close they were to being controlled by the Tone. So you're initially just sucked into this world right off, knowing he's what they call Heedless but not what makes him so or what the complete extents of that is. You're inside his head as he tries to calculate how much of a danger he's in with those kids, and that apparently there's a bounty on his head. He's wanted. Why's he wanted? You don't know yet. There's also the part about his eyes, it seems from the sight of them you could tell if he was malleable to the Tone or not. Which makes this gang of teens realize he's Heedless and that maybe, just maybe he's the one a guy - or Alien - called Tiberius is after. You don't know anything about Tiberius, you don't know why he's after Holt, or whether or not it was Holt he was after, until they uncover his hand that the glove was hiding. There, underneath is this unfinished tattoo that makes them go bingo we found the kid. But then a vulture starts attacking those kids and throwing them into the deadly sky. Yes, I loved this particular description the most 'the deadly sky'. You don't usually expect the sky to be called that, but man, as the Vulture - a creature who's not explained further right then - starts plucking those kids, and Holt manages an incredibly narrow escape.

Tell me this doesn't intrigue you! I was just going to read a bit then go to sleep, but I couldn't stop. No matter how hard I tried, I really couldn't. I am usually not one for zombie books. Okay, I am never one for zombie books, but I gave in to this one.  What I didn't like about it mostly was that, sometimes it would lag and drag on. Other times it would get confusing and you'd have to keep reading on to get the whole picture but for sometime you'd be puzzled until things work themselves out.

Other than that, the book is absolutely incredible, I enjoyed reading it immensely and cannot wait to read more in this series. The author has a magnificent way with words and description, I'll most definitely be looking out for more books by him.

Rating: 4/5!


Broken: Review

Title: Broken
Author: A.E Rought
ISBN: 1908844310
Publishing House: Angry Robot
Book Source: NetGalley

Goodreads Synopsis:

Imagine a modern spin on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein where a young couple’s undying love and the grief of a father pushed beyond sanity could spell the destruction of them all.

A string of suspicious deaths near a small Michigan town ends with a fall that claims the life of Emma Gentry's boyfriend, Daniel. Emma is broken, a hollow shell mechanically moving through her days. She and Daniel had been made for each other, complete only when they were together. Now she restlessly wanders the town in the late Fall gloom, haunting the cemetery and its white-marbled tombs, feeling Daniel everywhere, his spectre in the moonlight and the fog.

When she encounters newcomer Alex Franks, only son of a renowned widowed surgeon, she's intrigued despite herself. He's an enigma, melting into shadows, preferring to keep to himself. But he is as drawn to her as she is to him. He is strangely... familiar. From the way he knows how to open her locker when it sticks, to the nickname she shared only with Daniel, even his hazel eyes with brown flecks are just like Daniel's.


The closer they become, though, the more something inside her screams there's something very wrong with Alex Franks. And when Emma stumbles across a grotesque and terrifying menagerie of mangled but living animals within the walls of the Franks' estate, creatures she surely knows must have died from their injuries, she knows.


Review:

So yes, you guys probably guessed it, I requested this book as well because of the STUNNING cover! There's no other way to say it. I hadn't even taken a look onto the synopsis - which I think I should have done considering my aversion to zombie stories or whatever. The first line in the synopsis worried me:

Imagine a modern spin on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein where a young couple’s undying love and the grief of a father pushed beyond sanity could spell the destruction of them all.


This book held so much potential, and had a great and eery start. I really loved it. The idea was so amazing at first, and I had expected some things and gotten predictions, sadly, it wasn't what I had expected or predicted at all, and for once, I don't mean it in a good way. It actually went really downhill halfway through the book and didn't recover.

One of the things I didn't like about this story was first of all, Emma's mum. She was annoying as hell and too childish for a mother. I don't know why but I don't feel the character was so well developed. I also feel like there were too many characters and most of the guys were just seriously into Emma for some reason. The 'popular' girl Ally described her as the Emo Loser girl, so how come just from the start of the book already three guys were so into her, and then comes another. I didn't feel like it was realistic, nor the way she described herself, it didn't sound like she would be the kind of person to have all this attention. A special guy knowing how great she really is, sure, but Josh, Tiny, Daniel and Alex, all drawn to her for her average looks and slightly witty personality? I think not.

Speaking of Emma. I think whatever interest she had with Alex moved too fast. I mean, her boyfriend - who she loved so much and found life bleak without - died, and even though she wasn't interested in the other guys, she was all into Alex. She was saving him a seat at lunch, smiling and not intentionally flirting with him, and also contemplating something going on, I don't know, it just moved so fast. I can understand if he had all these weird qualities that drew her because it reminded her of her ex-boyfriend, but it didn't sound like it was just that.

It wasn't as great as I'd hoped it would be sadly.

Rating: 2/5

Cover Reveal: Love you more

I haven't done one of these in a while it seems, so here goes you guys a cover reveal for:
Love You More by M. L. Stephens


I think it looks pretty awesome and goes great with the title of the story! 

Here's a synopsis:

My life had been fabulous, but that was before I was murdered.
There are only two things in a person's existence that truly matter—before and after.
This is my after.
Caught in a realm between life and death, Jade is torn between the unexpected love of a stranger, or catching the people who killed her.
With the clock ticking, Jade struggles to find a way to save the life of her best friend while holding on to the man that she loves.
One decision might leave her stranded in limbo for all of eternity, yet the other could destroy her happiness.

I don't know about you, but the synopsis sounded really interesting and I'm definitely looking forward to reading it soon! :)


Author's Bio:

I'm just an every day Mrs. Joe, except that I have an unshakable fetish for a good mystery and anything paranormal, along with an insatiable appetite for coffee and travel. When I'm not reading the novels of so many great authors, I'm creating stories of my own. My family keeps me grounded, my pets keep me jumping, my friends keep me focused, and it all happens in Texas!


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares: Review

Title: Dash & Lily's Book of Dares
Author: Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
ISBN: 0375866590
Publisher: Harlequin UK
Source: NetGalley

Buy Now: Barnes & Noble - Amazon

Goodreads Synopsis:

“I’ve left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”

So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the bestselling authors ofNick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.


Review:

I started reading this book the second I got it from NetGalley. I have been looking forward to it for a while now, and I've seen it on many people's blogs so I thought I'd give it a shot. However, it wasn't exactly what I expected. The synopsis made it sound seriously interesting to me as well as the beautiful cover. Not to mention, with the holidays coming up - yes I don't celebrate Christmas, but still - it sounded like the perfect read.

I was hooked from the moment I read this:

“I’ve left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”

The idea of dares and people getting to know one another indirectly holds a great appeal to me, I am not sure why, but somehow, you can get to know a person better that way. Many people are afraid of saying things out loud, so it's easier for them to reveal it on paper. Sometimes people would write the way they'd like to appear to another person, more fun or interesting or smart. You can be anything you want on paper with nothing to be nervous about and scared from. I am personally like that. I'm so much better on paper, I know how to articulate things better, I know how to communicate with others better, so this was very interesting to me.

Dash gets out of spending the holidays with either of his parents and finds himself in the library, only there's a notebook that captures his attention there. This notebook had a challenge and Dash found himself following it through. He then proceeds to challenge the owner of the notebook, Lily, back. This goes back and forth as they pass the notebook all around the city. They never meet, though they do meet the other person's friends or families. But they start to wonder, what if this is all good on paper but not real life?

This book was such a cute winter read that goes perfectly with the holidays. I enjoyed the dares and the idea of the book in general. I loved the assortment of secondary characters added in the mix and how diverse they were from one another. The most hilarious part in the book in my opinion was the first one with Dash in the library trying to figure out what the sentence Lily had written was. I honestly couldn't stop laughing.

What probably knocked a star out for me was Lily's character. On paper she sounded pretty great. In real life, she acted like she was twelve not sixteen. She complained about everything and acted like a baby, I don't get that. My sister is sixteen and I've never seen her be that obtuse or childish or ridiculous. Dash on the other hand was very awesome. His very intensive vocabulary in my opinion is what added to his charm and made him more nerdy and complex than usual. Lily not so much, which is weird, since it didn't match the interests she seemed to have in common with Dash.

I am looking forward to reading more books by those authors. Beta for Rachel Cohn and Every day for David Levithan.

Anyhow, fun read!

Rating: 3/5

Monday, December 3, 2012

Frozen Heart: Review

Title: Frozen Heart
Author: Annabelle Blume
ISBN13: 9780985148355
Publishing House: InkSpell Publishing
Book Source: InkSpell Publishing

Buy Now: Amazon - Barnes & Noble - InkSpell Publishing

Goodreads Synopsis:

Cressenda knows how to survive. With her sled dogs as her only companions, she’s spent the past ten years hiding in the snow covered wilderness from the oppressive regime of the Affinity. When a routine trip to civilization takes a turn for the worst, Cressenda is forced to take refuge with the enemy or lose her life to the frozen countryside.

But Beckett, a Guard of the Affinity, is more than a man in uniform. His desperate need to help Cressenda escape both- the blizzard and the Affinity- makes her feelings for him all the more troubling. Will Beckett be true to his word and set Cressenda free? Will her heart let her leave after all they’ve shared?


Review:

I received this book a while back from Inkspell Publishing for a review, and I don't know why it took me this long to read it. So I am sorry about that! I was a bit disappointed with this book. I mean it works well if you want a short Christmas-y read, but not as a full-on YA novel.

Cressenda lives in the Wilds, the way her parents have been training her to since her infancy, just so she wouldn't be forced to live in the Affinity and be 'matched' - a fate she abhors more than anything. However, on one of her rounds for Trade, she gets to meet Beckett, a Guard of the Affinity, yet, instead of turning her in as an escapee, he takes her home to survive the blizzard. Soon enough Cressenda starts to wonder if it was worth it being in the Wild and free, if she has no one else with her but her dogs.

This book held so much potential, seriously, you cannot imagine how amazing Annabelle's description was at first! But she didn't explain much about the Affinity or life there or how Cressanda's parents were caught, as I mentioned, short - very short. I hated that after just getting so into it in chapter one, it didn't further explain anything, just repeated over and over again the same part of history she'd mentioned before. No explanations, no anything. Though, at some point I hated that it was remarkably like Delirium - maybe because I'd just recently finished the other book? I don't know. In this one they're allowed to fall in love I think, but mostly people don't because they don't get to choose their significant others, they're matched.

So yeah, such a short read, I finished it on my way home from university today, in less than two hours! I liked Annabelle's writing, and hope to read something else by her. Just hopefully longer and with more explanations!

Rating: 2.5/5