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Friday, December 1, 2017

Quick-Fire Review: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Creatures
by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Paperback: 592 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Mti edition (November 20, 2012)
Language: English
Buy the book: Amazon
Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

At a Glance:
I've wanted to read this book for a while now, my mom read it and she loved it. Now that I've finally read it, I'm glad I did. And just in time for the movie to come out, the movie was pretty amazing as well.

Action:
There wasn't much action in this book, but the little bit of action was really fun.

Romance:
Oh, The romance... It was so brilliant. This book is defiantly in my favorite romantic books. I just couldn't put the book down, that's how amazing it was. I even got in trouble for reading instead of doing my chores. :)

Heroine:
I really liked Lena's character, she was really fun to read about, and I was just in love with her character.

Hero:
I loved Ethan's character, he was quirky and really funny. He was probably my favorite character.


Favorite Supporting Character:
I would say I really loved Amma and Link. They both were really fun and quirky. Link just made me laugh and I just loved Amma, she kinda reminded me of my mom.


Something I loved:
I loved all the romance between Lena and Ethan. I also loved all of the fantasy and all the different characters they were all just so much fun.

Something(s) I hated:
I didn't really hate lots of things in this book, just that it got a little boring at the end but I still loved it!

Cliffhanger? 
No, not really.

Would I recommend it?
Maybe only to people who really love these kinds of books. This book wasn't that good enough to recommend to anyone.


Did my friends like it? 
My best friend says that this is one of her favorite series ever. She absolutely loved this book. My mom loved the first book but she didn't really like the rest of the series.

Will I buy/keep it? 
I think I would keep the first book, but I didn't really like the second book. I only got half way through it, and couldn't read the rest. It just kinda got boring to me.

Book Rating:


4 out-of 6
~Anna

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Giveaway: NEVERMOOR by Jessica Townsend

*Little, Brown sent us a copy to check out, and is partnering with us for a giveaway of NEVERMOOR: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend. 

I don't know about you, but in my house, the Christmas list is getting pretty long. And for at least one of my kids, that means LOTS OF BOOKS. I love that I have a serious reader to pass on all the books to. And this book will definitely be one that's hiding under the tree. Check out more about Nevermoor, then enter the giveaway below!

NEVERMOOR
By Jessica Townsend
In Stores October 31, 2017
Recommended for ages 9-12
A breathtaking, enchanting new series by debut author Jessica Townsend, about a cursed girl who escapes death and finds herself in a magical world--but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination

Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she's blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks--and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday.

But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.

It's then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city's most prestigious organization: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart--an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests--or she'll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.

Perfect for fans of the Harry Potter series and Neil Gaiman, this fast-paced plot and imaginative world has a fresh new take on magic that will appeal to a new generation of readers.

JOIN THE WUNDROUS SOCIETY!

One (1) winner receives:
  • Copy of Nevermoor
  • Branded lapel pin
  • Branded Hotel Deucalion pen and notebook.
*Prizes provided by Little, Brown

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jessica Townsend lives on the Sunshine Coast in Australia, but has lived on and off in London for a few years. She was a copywriter for eight years, and in a previous role, was the editor of a children's wildlife magazine for Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow is her first novel.

photo credit: Lani Carter

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Quick-Fire Review: Alice In Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles, Book 1) by Gena Showalter

Alice in Zombieland
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Teen (September 25, 2012)
Language: English
Buy the book: Amazon

She won't rest until she's sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.

Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that's all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real.
To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn't careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies.
At a Glance:

I've been staring at this book, for some time now, on my bookshelf. I really have to be in a certain mood to read about zombies. When I did finally pick this book up and read it, it wasn't anything like I thought it was going to be. First of all, it didn't really have anything to do with Alice in Wonderland at all. This book reminded me of Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton a bit.

Ali doesn't really know about her past, doesn't know what she can do. That is until she meets the gorgeous bad boy Cole Holland. When she realizes her destiny and what she needs to fight for, Ali is a machine. With intense drama, violent zombie slashing, visions of extreme lusty make-out scenes, and one big mystery to solve, Alice In Zombieland is my kind of book.

Cover:

The cover is pretty cool. The model is Ali, sweet and innocent looking.

Action:

There is tons of action. Of course we are talking about stabbing, decapitations and tearing apart zombies here. Yes, bloody gory goodness. 

Romance:

Ali and Cole has the typical good girl/bad boy scenario. The romance is good. I enjoyed it very much. It was a little redundant, but Cole is Ali's rescuer in more ways than one. I'm a sucker for that kind of stuff.

Heroine:

Ali didn't know how to slay zombies in one chapter, but then after a couple of chapters, she was a professional zombie slayer. It was really weird. Maybe if I had Cole teaching me the ropes, I would be a fast learner as well.

Hero:

Cole Holland. He is totally kick-butt. Falling in love with Cole's tall, dark, mysterious character was easy.

Will I buy/keep it?
Yes! I've had an ARC forever, but I'm buying the hardcover for sure!

Rating:

Friday, November 24, 2017

THE SYRENA LEGACY (Of Poseidon Series) by Anna Banks


OF POSEIDON 
The Syrena Legacy by Anna Banks
Publisher: Square Fish; Reprint edition (April 30, 2013)
Amazon

Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he's heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen—literally, ouch!—both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma's gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom...

Told from both Emma and Galen's points of view, here is a fish-out-of-water story that sparkles with intrigue, humor, and waves of romance.

At a Glance:
Okay, This is one of my absolute favorite series. When I first started reading Of Poseidon I couldn't put it down. It was so amazing, the romance, the action, the humor. Everything about it was brilliant.

Action:
Oh, yes. I love action. If a book has romance and action, I'm in. This action was amazing. From throwing sisters through a bulletproof window (Yes that actually happened) to fighting Syrena's underwater. And it got really gory just at the start of the book (lots of blood and very detailed)

Romance:
Wow. I seriously don't know what to say about it. The romance in these books in one reason why I absolutely love this series. Emma and Galen's relationship is a sitting-on-the-edge-of-your-seat type of thing. What I love about romance in some books are the little teasers. Like when there about to confess there love to each other or about to kiss but something just has to happen. And then its only till the end of the book till they finally kiss, and you have to wait for the second book. Yeah. It was like that.

Heroine:
Emma was an okay character. She may be sometimes dramatic (like all teenage girls), and very, very stubborn. But other than that I liked her.

Hero:
Galen is in my top 5 favorite book heros. And that kind of hard to get into. Galen is so sweet and I started to like him the first page I found him. He wasn't like guys in other book all cool and bad attitude all cool like. He was sweet and was his own character and I think thats why I liked him so much.

Favorite Supporting Character:
Toraf (Galen's brother in-law), because he's just amazing. He's in my favorite supporting character list. (Anna Banks is really good with making up characters) He makes this book hilarious, he's charming and kind and I just loved him.

Something(s) I hated:
Emma would maybe overreact or just be dramatic (I mean, like every teenager) but I really didn't like that about her character. She was stubborn and dramatic at sometimes and I think thats what I really hated about the book.

Cliffhanger? 
Oh. Yes. One of the biggest cliffhangers ever. Like, Lauren Kate cliffhanger (thats bad). But its still amazing. So read it.

Would I recommend it?
If you're into romance, action, and mermaids. Then yes.

Rating:




Thursday, November 23, 2017

Quick-Fire Review: Delirium By Lauren Oliver


Delirium
by Lauren Oliver
Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (February 7, 2012)
Language: English
Buy the book: Amazon

Lena Haloway is content in her safe, government-managed society. She feels (mostly) relaxed about the future in which her husband and career will be decided, and looks forward to turning 18, when she’ll be cured of deliria, a.k.a. love. She tries not to think about her mother’s suicide (her last words to Lena were a forbidden “I love you”) or the supposed “Invalid” community made up of the uncured just beyond her Portland, Maine, border. There’s no real point—she believes her government knows how to best protect its people, and should do so at any cost. But 95 days before her cure, Lena meets Alex, a confident and mysterious young man who makes her heart flutter and her skin turn red-hot. As their romance blossoms, Lena begins to doubt the intentions of those in power, and fears that her world will turn gray should she submit to the procedure.

At a Glance: When I found out that ReadingTeen was going to meet Lauren Oliver I just had to read this book. My mom said it was in her favorites and I should read it. So, I read it and it was amazing. And then when I found out that the Delirium TV show was coming out, I got so excited! I really excited to see how Emma Roberts and  Daren Kagasoff act as Lena and Alex!

Action: 
There was only a bit of action not a lot, but that bit of action was really fun. I'd like to see more action in this book, but I heard that Pandemonium had some more action in it, so i'm excited for that.

Romance:
Ooohhh... The romance! I just love all the romance between Lena and Alex, it was just so brilliant!

Heroine:
Lena was probably my favorite character. She was really funny and she had a great character.

Hero:
I absolutely loved Alex, and he was really fun to read about.

Favorite Supporting Character:
I really liked Hana's character she was really funny and i loved how she was so outgoing!

Something I loved:
I loved all the romance and all the different characters.

Something(s) I hated:
I just really wish that there was more action in it, but either than that it was really good, and there really was nothing I didn't like.

Cliffhanger? 
Uh. Yeah. It was a total cliffhanger, like it just stopped in the middle of the book.

Would I recommend it?
Yes, I would recommend it to people who really love romance.

Did my friends like it? 
Yes, they definitely loved these books, and I'm really excited to see how the other books turn out.

Will I buy/keep it?
Yes, I think I would.

Rating:

5 out-of 6
~Anna