Wednesday, April 27, 2011

All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab

Genre: teen mystery
Series and Book #: none
Pages: 352
Synopsis: CARLY: She was sweet. Smart. Self-destructive. She knew the secrets of Brighton Day School's most privileged students. Secrets that got her killed.

NEILY: Dumped by Carly for a notorious bad boy, Neily didn't answer the phone call she made before she died. If he had, maybe he could have helped her. Now he can't get the image of her lifeless body out of his mind.

AUDREY: She's the reason Carly got tangled up with Brighton's fast crowd in the first place, and now she regrets it--especially since she's convinced that the police have put the wrong person in jail. Audrey thinks the murderer is someone at Brighton, and she wants Neily to help her find out who it is.

As reluctant allies Neily and Audrey dig into their shared past with Carly, her involvement in Brighton's dark goings-on comes to light. But figuring out how Carly and her killer fit into the twisted drama will force Audrey and Neily to face the hard truths about themselves and the girl they couldn't save.


I've been waiting to read this book for awhile, and I'm glad I did read it. Although it isn't one of my most favorite books ever, I did enjoy Neily's voice and the complexity of Carly and the life that both Audrey and Neily didn't know about until they discovered more about Carly throughout their investigation.

Of the two voices of this novel, I found that I enjoyed Neily's more because he was really hurt by Carly and what she did to him. That and we see more of Neily anyway. Audrey was, in my opinion, somewhat of a hypocrite as she didn't practice many of the things she preached. Towards the end of the novel, you see that she's drifted away from the investigation more and left most of it to Neily as she rediscovers her relationship with her ex-boyfriend Cass.

Overall, this was more of a think-it-through murder mystery. The ending didn't shock me so much,but I thought it was interesting how Neily and Audrey clicked the pieces together. The story was very complex and intriguing and it sucked you into trying to discover what happened to Carly and what she got herself into.

The Cover: PERFECT for this novel. The model on the cover was exactly what the book described Carly to look like. I loved the cover; it's simple, elegant, and has the undertone of creepiness, especially with the title!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Releases: Abandon by Meg Cabot and We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Hann

Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can't help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she's never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back. But now she's moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid. Only she can't. Because even here, he finds her. That's how desperately he wants her back. She knows he's no guardian angel, and his dark world isn't exactly heaven, yet she can't stay away . . . especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most. But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld.
Belly has only ever been in love with two boys, both with the last name Fisher. And after being with Jeremiah for the last two years, she's almost positive he is her soul mate. Almost. Conrad has not gotten over the mistake he made when he let Belly go even as Jeremiah has always known that Belly is the girl for him. So when Belly and Jeremiah decide to make things forever, Conrad realizes that it's now or never--tell Belly he loves her, or lose her for good. Belly will have to confront her feelings for Jeremiah and Conrad and face a truth she has possibly always known: she will have to break one of their hearts.
Love love LOVE Meg Cabot's novels! I've read her Airhead trilogy, the 1-800-WHERE-R-YOU series, and the Princess Diaries series and they were both wonderful! I can't wait to read Abandon!
I've never read one of the Summer novels, but from what I hear they are great. I can't wait to pick up this series too.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Daily Dose (19)

Daily Dose is a meme hosted by Good Golly Miss Holly where we share inspirational, cute, funny, or all of the above pictures.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (19)

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey where we share what books we've read, what we're currently reading, and what we're hoping to read. Unproductive once again, but with it being Easter week and with me having other things on my plate, I don't think I did so bad.

All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

To Read:
Academy 7 by Anne Osterlund
Boys that Bite by Mari Mancusi

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Preview: Hades by Alexandra Adornetto

Even the love of her boyfriend, Xavier Woods, and her archangel siblings, Gabriel and Ivy, can't keep the angel Bethany Church from being tricked into a motorcycle ride that ends up in Hell. There, Jake Thorn bargains for Beth's release back to Earth. But what he asks of her will destroy her, and quite possibly her loved ones as well. Can be be trusted in his wager? And what does Jake have Xavier believing about Beth's fate that may result in an act of betrayal that will leave Bethany--and readers--wondering if Xav is so good after all?


Haven't read the first book of this, Halo, but I've been waiting to see the cover for the second book as I loved the cover of the first. This reminds me so much of the myth of Persephone and Hades. Persephone gets carried away by Hades, ends up in Hell, etc. etc. The first book sounded very cool and the second sounds like she's going to add cliff-hangers....

Again, thanks to Midnight Bloom Reads for alerting me on this!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

City of Fallen Angels (Mortal Instruments #4) by Cassandra Clare

Genre: paranormal and fantasy
Series and Book #: Mortal Instruments, book 4
Pages: 432
Synopsis: The Mortal War is over, and Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She's training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And--most important of all--Clary can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine's Circle, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second bloody war. Clary's best friend, Simon, can't help her. His mother just found out that he's a vampire and now he's homeless. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side--along with the power of the curse that's wrecking his life. And they're willing to do anything to get what they want. At the same time he's dating two beautiful, dangerous girls--neither of whom knows about the other.

When Jace begins to pull away from Clary without explaining why, she is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: She herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.


I love this series. I started to read it a few years ago, but thought it was a little dark. Then I got it for Christmas and I started reading it and I fell in love: hard. Jace and Clary's story captivated me as soon as I got into the series deeper. A definite must read: I can't say it enough.

I love Cassandra's writing, because she paints the picture of the Shadowhunter world very well. Her details are always very good, but in COFA, I thought it was heavy in places. Like she added a little too much clarification and detail to the story. That's why it probably took me a week to read it, but then again I've been pretty busy.

I LOVE the characters! You see so much more of Simon in this novel, and I think its great. Downworlders are very interesting, and after reading about Shadowhunters for the first three books that I think it was refreshing to catch a glimpse into the other world. Also, Isabelle was amazing, as usual. I love her. She's so honest, but she had a soft spot on her, somewhere....

Overall, this installment had me thirsting for more. Clare left a wide opening at the end, making me scream (more than once) "OH MY GOD, WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN NOW???" Love her writing, the characters, all of it!

The Cover: Although in previous posts I said that I like the face being shown, I think I changed my mind. I'd rather Clary's face to be hidden, first because her eyes are demonic and second because I just like the hidden faces. It gives the books an air of mystery. But I do like the two people on the cover.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Daily Dose (18)

Daily Dose is a meme hosted by Good Golly Miss Holly where we share inspirational photos we've found lately.

It's Monday! What are you Reading? (18)

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey where we share what books we've read, what we're currently reading, and what we're hoping to read. This weeks read was awesome, because it was the newly released City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare! EEP!

City of Fallen Angels (Mortal Instruments #4) by Cassandra Clare (check for the review tomorrow)

All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab

To Read:
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
Academy 7 by Anne Osterlund

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Kiss Me, Kill Me by Lauren Henderson

Genre: teen social issues and mystery
Series and Book #: Scarlett Wakefield Series, book 1
Pages: 260
Synopsis: When Scarlett Wakefield transfers from St. Tabby's, a posh private school outside London, to Wakefield Hall Collegiate, the world-renowned prep school her grandmother runs in the English countryside, she is relieved that no one knows her dark, haunting secret.

A few months ago, Scarlett was living every girl's wildest dream. Plum Saybourne, the queen of St. Tabby's "Smart Set," had surprisingly invited her to an elite party with a guest list full of the hottest names in British society, including Dan McAndrew, the king of Scarlett's nighttime fantasies. Before the party, Scarlett had only imagined what it would be like to have her first kiss with Dan, but on the penthouse terrace, Dan leaned in close and she no longer had to wonder. Their first kiss was beautiful and perfect and magical, and then...

Dan McAndrew suffocated in her arms.

No one knows how or why Dan died, and everyone at St. Tabby's, especially the powerful Plum, believes Scarlett had something to do with it. After all, she was at the scene of the crime and was the last person to see Dan alive. But now that she's safely hidden away at Wakefield Hall, Scarlett would rather forget that it ever happened.

Only she can't. Especially when she receives an anonymous note that will set her on the path to clearing her name and finding out what really happened to the first and last boy she kissed.


Alright, so not my most favorite book ever. The summary suggests that she has something more-than-normal about her, like a dark power she doesn't know she has. But no. It's a regular, set up murder.

This book was more beginning than anything. Henderson spends so much time building up the story, that it's like she forgot to add a climax. Only when you reach the last few chapters does it really pick up and the mystery comes to light.

The characters made up for the failing plot. I liked Scarlett as an MC. I thought she was a very real teenage girl with very real problems. The side characters weren't touched on so much, so you didn't get a great feel for them.

Overall, I would give this a three out of five. The plot was uninteresting, but Scarlett was a wonderful character. I don't know if I will ever read the sequels to this one, even though the ending isn't really a ending but a suspense into the next novel. Wasn't my favorite.

The Cover: I love this cover. The girl kissing the guy (who looks dead) really gets the feel for the novel and what its about. Nicely done.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Daily Dose (17)

Daily Dose is a meme hosted by Good Golly Miss Holly where we post inspirational photos.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (17)

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey where we share what books we've read, what we're currently reading, and what we're hoping to read. This week was pretty successful, I'd say. Also, I got CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS from Amazon! So awesome.... :)

The Six Rules of Maybe by Deb Caletti
All We Know of Heaven: A Novel by Jacquelyn Mitchard
Kiss Me, Kill Me by Lauren Henderson (review to be posted later)

City of Fallen Angels (Mortal Instruments #4) by Cassandra Clare

To Read:
All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Friday, April 8, 2011

The Six Rules of Maybe by Deb Caletti

Genre: teen social issues
Series and Book #: none
Pages: 321
Synopsis: I thought it had worked for me, looking after everyone else. But it didn't. Not anymore.

Scarlet spends most of her time worrying about other people. Some are her friends, others are practically strangers, and then there are the ones no one else even notices. Trying to fix their lives comes naturally to her. And pushing her own needs to the side is part of the deal.
So when her older sister comes home unexpectedly married and pregnant, Scarlet has a new person to worry about. But all of her good intentions are shattered when the unthinkable happens: She falls for her sister's husband. For the first time in a long time, Scarlet's not fixing a problem, she's at the center of one. And ignoring her feelings doesn't seem to be an option....


"When someone gave you everything and it still was not enough, when you made them prove and prove their love again, you were the evil witch of fairy tales; you had snakes for hair and a small stone heart."
-Scarlet, The Six Rules of Maybe, page 57

This was a good book, but it was a little too profound. Scarlet had a lot of, "Oh my gosh, I think I understand the universe" moments. One or two epiphanies would have been enough, but with each chapter, there came a new one. And it took up most of the space. Caletti was detailed in her writing, overly so in some areas, which had me struggling through the book and zoning in and out of attention.

Scarlet was a nice character, who did learn that being overly nice all the time doesn't work. At least, not for all people. Towards the end, when she finally understood her sister Juliet, you could see her take charge with Juliet's help, and you can see her overcome her love for Hayden (Juliet's husband).

Overall, it was a very nice novel towards the end. The details in parts were overwhelming and unnecessary. The profound moments happened a little too often I thought. But some were inspirational. Some of the novel really made you think. I loved Scarlet's character development, and the cast of characters around her. The writing may have been a little sketchy, but the plot and the characters made up for it.

The Cover: I love the openness of the cover. The vastness of the ocean really makes the word "maybe" into this huge possibility of things. I love the summer background, too: I've missed the sun!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Hunger Games MOVIE News (Take Two)

Last time, I mentioned that Katniss Everdeen of the amazing Hunger Games Trilogy would be played by the lovely Jennifer Lawrence of Winter's Bone:

And the two hot boys who vie for Katniss's attentions have been cast too. Peeta will be played by Josh Hutcherson of a lot of movies:

And Gale will be played by Liam Hemsworth of Last Song:

My opinion? I have high hopes for Jennifer Lawrence. Josh Hutcherson is not really what I saw Peeta as, but...I guess in a way I could see him playing the part. And Liam Hemsworth, I think, will be a perfectly fine Gale although in Last Song he was a gentle person and Gale is not-so-gentle.

I'm crossing my fingers, hoping that they'll play the characters well!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Releases: Plague by Michael Grant, Red Glove by Holly Black and...CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS BY CASSANDRA CLARE!

It's been eight months since all the adults disappeared. Gone.
They've survived hunger. They've survived lies. But the stakes keep rising, and the dystopian horror keeps building. Yet despite the simmering unrest left behind by so many battles, power struggles, and angry divides, there is a momentary calm in Perdido Beach.
But enemies in the FAYZ don't just fade away, and in the quiet, deadly things are stirring, mutating, and finding their way free. The Darkness has found its way into the mind of its Nemesis at last and is controlling it through a haze of delirium and confusion. A highly contagious, fatal illness spreads at an alarming rate. Sinister, predatory insects terrorize Perdido Beach. And Sam, Astrid, Diana, and Caine are plagued by a growing doubt that they'll escape—or even survive—life in the FAYZ. With so much turmoil surrounding them, what desperate choices will they make when it comes to saving themselves and those they love?

Curses and cons. Magic and the mob. In Cassel Sharpe's world, they go together. Cassel always thought he was an ordinary guy, until he realized his memories were being manipulated by his brothers. Now he knows the truth—he’s the most powerful curse worker around. A touch of his hand can transform anything—or anyone—into something else.
That was how Lila, the girl he loved, became a white cat. Cassel was tricked into thinking he killed her, when actually he tried to save her. Now that she's human again, he should be overjoyed. Trouble is, Lila's been cursed to love him, a little gift from his emotion worker mom. And if Lila's love is as phony as Cassel's made-up memories, then he can't believe anything she says or does.
When Cassel's oldest brother is murdered, the Feds recruit Cassel to help make sense of the only clue—crime-scene images of a woman in red gloves. But the mob is after Cassel too—they know how valuable he could be to them. Cassel is going to have to stay one step ahead of both sides just to survive. But where can he turn when he can't trust anyone—least of all, himself?

Who will be tempted by darkness? Who will fall in love, and who will find their relationship torn apart? And who will betray everything they ever believed in?
Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge.
In the heart-pounding fourth installment of the Mortal Instruments series, the stakes are higher than ever. [They remain elusive as ever]


Three amazing sequels--in just one day! First, we have the fourth installment in the GONE Series by Michael Grant, creepy novels where teenagers are alone in a zone called the FAYZ and develop superhuman powers that they need to use to get out and back to the adults. The sequel to White Cat by Holly Black (which I haven't read), and the highly anticipated fourth installment in the amazing Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare, City of Fallen Angels, where Clary and Jace fight against demons and dark magic while also falling in love. LOVE THEM ALL! I've preordered C of FA, and I'll be sitting on my porch step waiting for the box from Amazon. EEP! I JUST CAN'T WAIT!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Daily Dose (16)

Daily Dose is a meme hosted by Good Golly Miss Holly where we share photos that we love.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (16)

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey where we share what books we've read, what we're currently reading, and what we're hoping to read. I got a lot of books from the library this week and I borrowed three books. So much to read, so little time.

Stolen by Lucy Christopher
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling
Choker by Elizabeth Woods

The Six Rules of Maybe by Deb Caletti
All We Know of Heaven: A Novel by Jacquelyn Mitchard

To Read:
Kiss Me, Kill Me by Lauren Henderson
Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright and David Leslie Johnson

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Choker by Elizabeth Woods

Genre: teen social issues and mystery
Series and Book #: none
Pages: 233
Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Cara Lange has been a loner since she moved away from her best and only friend, Zoe, years ago. She eats lunch with the other girls from the track team and tries to avoid the popular girls who, after an embarrassing incident in the cafeteria, endlessly torture her, calling her Choker. But mostly she spends her time watching Ethan Gray from a distance, wishing she would finally notice her.

Then one day Cara comes home to find Zoe waiting for her. Zoe's on the run from problems at home, and Cara agrees to help her hide. With her best friend back, Cara's life changes overnight. Zoe gives her a new look and new confidence, and the next thing she knows, she's getting invited to parties and flirting with Ethan. Best of all, she can talk about everything with her BFF.

But just as quickly as Cara's life came together, it starts to unravel. A girl goes missing in her town, and everyone is a suspect--including Ethan. Worse still, Zoe starts behaving strangely, and Cara begins to wonder what exactly her friend does all day while Cara's at school. You're supposed to trust your best friend no matter what...but what if she turns into a total stranger?

I love these types of mysteries. A psychopath who doesn't know what she's doing, it keeps me up at night! Even though Choker's a fast read, it had the thrills and chills that any murder mystery should.

For a debut novel, this was amazing. I didn't really like the beginning--I thought Cara's voice was very childish and that everything went by so fast. But as the story progressed, and Zoe's mood swings became more prominent, it slowed to a comfortable pace.

Cara was an okay MC. She was naive when it came to Zoe, and she didn't stand strong when she wanted Zoe to do something. She also tried so hard to fit in that she lost herself personality-wise. But you could see her true self come out more an more as she delved deeper into the mystery of Sydney's death and Alexis's kidnapping and what Zoe did during the day. I also loved Woods's writing--it wasn't heavy with fluff, but it had a nice balance of descriptions and simplicity.

Overall, Choker was a heart-pounding read that literally kept me up at night. The creepiness surrounding Zoe at points was alarming and exciting all at once. The ending was by far stop-in-your-tracks-whoa. Loved it! I'll be reading more of Woods in the future.

The Cover: Gorgeous. The light pink, curly letters with the rose, and woodsy border was enchanting. It doesn't look like a murder mystery, but it definitely gets your attention with the title.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Stolen by Lucy Christopher

Genre: teen social issues
Series and Book #: none
Pages: 299
Synopsis: You saw me before I saw you. A girl: Gemma, at the airport, on her way to a family vacation. You had that look in your eyes. A guy: Ty, rugged, tan, too old, oddly familiar, eyes blue as ice. Like you wanted me. She steps away. For just a second. He pays for her drink. And drugs it. Wanted me for a long time. He takes her, before she even knows what's happening. To sand and heat. To emptiness and isolation. To nowhere. And expects her to love him.

Written as a letter from a victim to her captor, this is Gemma's desperate story of survival. Ty has stolen her body. Against every instinct screaming inside her, will he also steal Gemma's heart?


Stolen makes you think. It's not just some love story where the girl falls in love with the guy after he does something sweet. No, Gemma is more stubborn than that. She has her mind set on getting away from Ty and back to the life she once had. But along the way, she sees things, in nature, in Ty. She realizes some things, and she starts to understand a little. She doesn't fall head over heels in love with Ty. She understands him a little more, making her love him.

Ty did freak me out in some parts. He had some mood swings, and you see his brutal strength twice. Sometimes, it did look like he was a psychopath, or was mentally ill. But even threw that, he changed into something different. When he found Gemma when she left, and took care of her when she was bitten, you saw a more gentle and nurturing side of him erupt.
I loved the Australian outback setting for this novel! Usually, I would typically read about a girl in a big town, like New York, Los Angeles, and London. But here, you see a wilder side of the world. And it was perfect for a kidnapping story. The setting was also key in Gemma’s slow but steady coming to understand and love Ty.  She learned to love the land  just like him and learned to understand that even if you look dead, you can still be alive on the inside, which kept her pushing to escape Ty.
Overall, Stolen was a moving novel that spoke volumes even if it was a quiet read. I loved the setting, the characters (so dynamic and perfect together). Gemma was a fascinating MC, and even though she was stubborn at times, she learned very quickly and started to understand. She’s loving beneath her rough exterior, and maybe that’s what I loved about her. Christopher has made a splendid read, and if she writes another novel, I’ll be sure to pick it up.
The Cover: I don’t know how the butterfly fits in with the book, but it’s beautiful nonetheless. The title is so eye-catching also. It asks questions: What’s stolen? What is this about? Such a simplistic, pretty cover. I love it!
(P.S. If you loved this book, read Carpe Diem by Autumn Cornwell. Loved her novel! It’s also a somewhat adventurous story in a unlikely setting: Southern Asia! You can see my review here.)

Friday, April 1, 2011

In My Mailbox (2)

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren where we share what books we've purchased, borrowed, recieved, etc. etc. I don't buy/borrow/recieve enough books for a weekly IMM, but I do one every month. Here's a link to February. And here's March's finds:

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
Firelight by Sophie Jodan
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Library Finds:
Fire by Kristin Cashore
Stolen by Lucy Christopher
Choker by Elizabeth Woods
All We Know of Heaven: A Novel by Jacquelyn Mitchard

Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs
Goddess Boot Camp by Tera Lynn Childs
Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright and David Leslie Johnson