Nov 12, 2011

Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth

Title: Divergent (Divergent #1)
Author: Veronica Roth
Pages: Hardcover 489 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Date Published: May 3rd 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction
My Rating: 


Beatrice "Tris" Prior has reached the fateful age of sixteen, the stage at which teenagers in Veronica Roth's dystopian Chicago must select which of five factions to join for life. Each faction represents a virtue: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. To the surprise of herself and her selfless Abnegation family, she chooses Dauntless, the path of courage. Her choice exposes her to the demanding, violent initiation rites of this group, but it also threatens to expose a personal secret that could place in mortal danger. Veronica Roth's young adult Divergent trilogy launches with a captivating adventure about love and loyalty playing out under most extreme circumstances.

My Review

Not my favorite book but does deserve five stars because it really was great. Many compared this to The Hunger Game and I can see why. They are very different books but it gives you that same feeling of the characters having no other choice but to live by what society has planned for you. You can say, “well it sounds like any other dystopian story” but it’s a little more than that. Oh and also that “I can’t stop reading it” feeling. By the way, if you have not read The Hunger Games yet you have not lived. Back to Divergent, it had great characters and good twists. The romance was not overworked like most YA books. There was plenty of action. It was also perfectly paced which is something you have to appreciate because it is one thing not every author can accomplish so effortlessly.

Another book I could not put down. Excited for the second book to come out!

I recommend this book to everyone. I believe there is a little something for everyone in this story.

Nov 1, 2011

The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher

Title: The Water Wars
Author: Cameron Stracher
Pages: Hardcover 240 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Date Published: January 1st 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia
My Rating: 


Vera and her brother, Will, live in the shadow of the Great Panic, in a country that has collapsed from environmental catastrophe. Water is hoarded by governments, rivers are dammed, and clouds are sucked from the sky. But then Vera befriends Kai, who seems to have limitless access to fresh water. When Kai suddenly disappears, Vera and Will set off on a dangerous journey in search of him-pursued by pirates, a paramilitary group, and greedy corporations. Timely and eerily familiar, acclaimed author Cameron Stracher makes a stunning YA debut that's impossible to forget. 

"Let us pray that the world which Cameron Stracher has invented in The Water Wars is testament solely to his pure, wild, and brilliant imagination, and not his ability to see the future. I was parched just reading it."-Laurie David, academy award winning producer of An Inconvenient Truth, and author of The Down to Earth Guide to Global Warming

My Review

When I first read what this book was about I was eager to read it until I actually got to reading it then I had a lot of thoughts on it, some not so great. I will start of about how it made me feel… thirsty, really thirsty. Stracher made it possible for me to crave water, the way he explained the shortage of water and the way the characters were described, lips chapped and at the point of dehydration, I have to say it was pretty intense, made me think about real life and how we might not be using water properly. That was probably the good part of the book, how the author can make you feel a certain way and so extremely. Now I want to talk about the so-so portion of the book. There was so much action, if you are into action filled book, this might be for you. In my opinion there was way too much action, so much that it was really improbable, which was disappointing because the topic of the lack of water was so realistic it was even easy to connect then you get all this action that you get in corny movies in which you think to yourself, “how does that happen? Is that even possible? No one can have that much luck. If it was real life they would have already been dead.” A lot of action in which I waited for something important to happen but nothing ever did, it just went from action to more action and so on. This book was not exactly made for me but it was not so bad.
I recommend this book to anyone into action filled stories and into the dystopian genre.

Oct 21, 2011

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Title: Water for Elephants
Author: Sara Gruen
Pages: Paperback 335 pages
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Date Published: April 9th 2006
Genre: Literature, Historical Fiction, Romance
My Rating: 


Though he may not speak of them, the memories still dwell inside Jacob Jankowski's ninety-something-year-old mind. Memories of himself as a young man, tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. Memories of a world filled with freaks and clowns, with wonder and pain and anger and passion; a world with its own narrow, irrational rules, its own way of life, and its own way of death. The world of the circus: to Jacob it was both salvation and a living hell.

Jacob was there because his luck had run out - orphaned and penniless, he had no direction until he landed on this locomotive 'ship of fools'. It was the early part of the Great Depression, and everyone in this third-rate circus was lucky to have any job at all. Marlena, the star of the equestrian act, was there because she fell in love with the wrong man, a handsome circus boss with a wide mean streak. And Rosie the elephant was there because she was the great gray hope, the new act that was going to be the salvation of the circus; the only problem was, Rosie didn't have an act - in fact, she couldn't even follow instructions. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and ultimately, it was their only hope for survival.

My Review

A ninety-something year old remembering his days working for a circus during The Great Depression.  Doesn’t sound as interesting? Yeah that is what I thought until I read it and it was more than just a book to me.
This book has joined My Favorites list. I was not expecting much from this book; actually I expected to not like it. I only read it because the movie was coming out but I seriously fell in love with it. A well-written and well-researched book. Very unique and I really enjoy knowing that I learned a couple of things from it since it is based on true historic events and I will admit I am not a big history fan so this helped me get into it.

I recommend this book to everyone, it is definitely a must read!

Oct 12, 2011

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium #1) by Stieg Larsson

Title: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium #1)
Author: Stieg Larsson
Translator: Reg Keeland
Pages: Hardcover 465 pages
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday
Date Published: September 16th 2008
Genre: Mystery, Mystery Crime, Suspense
My Rating: 


Once you start The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, there's no turning back. This debut thriller--the first in a trilogy from the late Stieg Larsson--is a serious page-turner rivaling the best of Charlie Huston and Michael Connelly. Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch--and there's always a catch--is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems in Larsson's novel, but there is at least one constant: you really don't want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo.
--Dave Callanan

My Review

Mikael Blomkvist is a journalist one day and another he is hired to be a private investigator but isn’t quite sure what it is he should be investigating since his case has already been investigated by police and has been unsolved for nearly forty years. Later on he gets help from an incredible computer hacker with big issues, Lisbeth Salander.

This book was hard to begin; it was a little slow at the beginning and only picked up at around one third through it. I actually really liked it, but I didn’t read it all at once, I did pause for a month or two. Great plot and characters. It was suspenseful and interesting. I am not a big fan of Mystery Crime novels because they seem a little boring to me but this book was different maybe because it is easier to connect to these characters than with other ones in other Mystery Crime books, at least in my opinion. Lisbeth Salander is such a fascinating character it is hard not to like her. Once you read this book you will be shocked at the types of problems she is in and you won’t help but feel bad for her. Larsson isn’t afraid to be explicit; there will be a couple of things that might shake you.

I recommend this to anyone that is into the Mystery Crime genre and to anyone that is willing to read something different.

Oct 4, 2011

Wither (The Chemical Garden #1) by Lauren DeStefano

Title: Wither (The Chemical Garden #1)
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Pages: Hardcover 358 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Date Published: March 22nd 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia, Romance
My Rating: 


Obviously, something went terribly wrong. Genetic mutations have festered, reducing human longevity to twenty-five, even less for most women. To prevent extinction, young girls are kidnapped, mated in polygamous marriages with men eager to procreate. Sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery, a recent victim of this breeding farm mentality, has vowed to break loose from its fetters; but finding allies and a safe way out is a challenge she can only hope she will survive. A dystopian fantasy series starter with wings. Editor's recommendation.

Better summary of the book go here!

My Review

Amazing. Absolutely, remarkable.

What a strange book. By strange I mean this book goes nowhere but goes everywhere at the same time. Confusing, I know. The setting of this story pretty much stays the same throughout the whole book, you don’t go on an adventure like most in most books but this story proves that you don’t need to! From the beginning this book captures the reader’s attention, from there on you become part of the story. I seriously felt I was there with the characters in that house, even felt imprisoned. I felt seriously connected with this book.

The only thing I didn’t like about this book was the guy characters, Gabriel I can stand but I still feel he was missing something but I really can’t handle Linden, I really dislike his character he annoys me and even grosses me out I have no idea why. I like the rest of the characters, each one is very unique, my favorite is Jenna, and even Linden’s father is an interesting character. This book was different, besides the love triangle, there is no book like it, the story was morbid at times, I just loved it.

Okay one last thing, out of all the books I’ve read I have only cried with at the most three, not even One Day made me cry, its hard for me to get emotional with just anything, but this book had a section where I couldn’t help it, it was way too sad and unexpected.

I recommend this book to EVERYONE!

Sep 29, 2011

Beastly by Alex Flinn

Title: Beastly
Author: Alex Flinn
Pages: Hardcover 304 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Date Published: October 1st 2007
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
My Rating: 


I am a beast. A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog, but a horrible new creature who walks upright – a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.

You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It’s no deformity, no disease. And I’ll stay this way forever – ruined – unless I can break the spell.

Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and a perfect life. And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly beastly.

My Review

For starters I will admit this book was not for me. I really believed it was of my taste but once I read it I realized it wasn’t. It is a temporary version of Beauty and the Beast and I was really excited to read it. The book is small but it took me a while to finish it, I’m guessing it was because it wasn’t seizing my attention. It was a good story and I understand why a lot of people liked it. It had its romance and its moral but it just wasn’t for me. I’m not going to say it was a bad book because it wasn’t, I am sure many of you will like it. It had a good little twist at the end that was pretty clever. I know this review was way too short but I hope you enjoy this book a little more than I did.

Sep 27, 2011

Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright

Title: Red Riding Hood
Author: Sara Blakley-Cartwright
Pages: Paperback 329 pages
Publisher: Poppy
Date Published: January 25th 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Fantansy
My Rating: 


The blacksmith would marry her.
The woodcutter would run away with her.
The werewolf would turn her into one of its own.

Valerie's sister was beautiful, kind, and sweet. Now she is dead. Henry, the handsome son of the blacksmith, tries to console Valerie, but her wild heart beats fast for another: the outcast woodcutter, Peter, who offers Valerie another life far from home.

After her sister's violent death, Valerie's world begins to spiral out of control. For generations, the Wolf has been kept at bay with a monthly sacrifice. But now no one is safe. When an expert Wolf hunter arrives, the villagers learn that the creature lives among them--it could be anyone in town.

It soon becomes clear that Valerie is the only one who can hear the voice of the creature. The Wolf says she must surrender herself before the blood moon wanes...or everyone she loves will die.

My Review

Okay so this book is based off the screenplay written by David Johnson. The real ending to the book was left out so that people would go and watch the movie, which was something a lot of people didn’t think fair but I really didn’t have a problem with it, the bonus chapter was up online (Legally) for people to go read and I think that was a great marketing strategy in their part because the movie was the first idea since the beginning so it seemed fair to me.
Obviously the whole thing is based on the fairy tale we all know except with a dark twists which is what got this book so much attention. Personally I believe this book was a little odd but I’m not sure if it was a good odd or bad odd, mixed feelings here, I liked it for the most part but it was missing something. I would have rated this book maybe half a star less if it didn’t have such a good twist at the end. It’s hard to find books with twists like this one and I love it when I finally find one. By the way, yes the good part is in the bonus chapter that is found online so I guess if you really wanted to know my opinion in just what you buy for, I would give the book three and a half stars. Besides that, it was a very interesting idea the author had with this book because I really didn’t expect how they were going to re-do little red riding hood. There is romance in it and your typical love triangle that most YA readers adore, not so much for me. There is suspense, mystery, great characters, not so bad concept of a story and of course that great twist at the end you just can’t expect. I say if you have seen the movie don’t bother with the book because they followed it very well but If you have yet to see the movie go ahead and give the book a try either you will hate it or love it in my opinion.

For Bonus Chapter CLICK HERE (Please don't read without reading the book first)

Aug 15, 2011

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) by Richelle Mead

Title: Vampire Academy
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Date Published: August 16th 2007
Genre: Young Adult
My Rating: 


St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . .
Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

My Review

Dhampir are half-vampires and guardians to the Moroi, or mortal vampires. Rose is a Dhampir or at least training to be and her best friend Lissa is a Moroi and a very important one at that. At the beginning Lissa and Rose are on the run but from who exactly? From what? They are running from the people that want to keep them safe from the Strigoi, the most evil undead.
The Strigoi feed on the blood of innocents. Are the Strigoi really the only ones coming after Lissa?

This book is full of mystery and the unraveling of the story is so intriguing. It is a dark, mysterious and at the same time has its typical high school drama type of stuff going on and I know what you might be thinking, deal breaker right there right? Well trust me I would have thought the same thing but to be honest, it is very different, very mature. Yes mature, I felt this book was a little more mature than most vampire books in the Young Adult genre, maybe it’s just me. The ending is unbelievable by the way as well, something to look forward to if you are planning to read it. There really isn't anything negative to say about this book. Great beginning for a series.

I recommend this book for people who are into vampire books… okay I will say this now and please no one hit me, yes this book is way better than Twilight. The story is better and the characters are better. Yes even the guys in this story are better. Don’t believe me? Read it!

Again, forgive me for comparing.

Jul 25, 2011

Regarding 2011 Challenges

When I first heard about this challenge I was really excited I must say, but I have to admit that I am no longer as interested in the Young Adult genre as I was when I first heard about the challenge. In that case I am no longer going to continue with the DAC challenge because I don't want to force myself to read something that I am not currently interested in reading only because I don't want to give whatever book I am reading a bad review based on the mood I was in while reading the book. I did get to read FOUR of the twelve books I promised to read and there WILL be reviews for those four. I did have most of those twelve books on my lists already bought and in my bookcase in which case I might read them sometime in the future and there will obviously be reviews. Just because I am pausing the YA reading it does not mean that I no longer like them in any way because I do, those books were the first type of books I read and I still want to continue reading them, in which case I should mention that I am really excited for a couple of YA books that are coming out soon so please know that there will still be YA reviews. I still have plenty of YA reviews that I have to do so this blog will still be mainly YA based for a while.

As for the Stephen King Challenge, I will continue that challenge along with the goodreads challenge.

Jun 29, 2011

Delirium (Delirium, #1) by Lauren Oliver

Title: Delirium (Delirium, #1)
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperTeen
Date Published: February 1st 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia
My Rating: 


Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.

My Review

NO LOVE. WOW. I seriously loved the idea of this book! Even though I felt there was something missing for me to rate this book a five star, just the theme is so incredibly fascinating that it makes up for most of it. Throughout the whole book I couldn’t stop thinking “What if love really is a disease!?” Oliver is such a talented author. I really liked the characters most of all Alex, have to love that guy! I did not like the main character, Lena at the beginning of the story, let’s just say she was really close minded, but no one can blame her, when you are raised thinking one way about life it isn’t easy changing your ways.

I will be honest though, I did expect this story to be very different.

If you already read this book you are going to hate me but I actually liked the ending! It was different!

Check out my review for Lauren Oliver's  Before I Fall

I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies #1) by Pittacus Lore

Title: I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies #1)
Author: Pittacus Lore
Publisher: HarperCollins
Date Published: August 3rd 2010
Genre: YA, Sci-fi
My Rating: 


In the beginning they were a group of nine. Nine aliens who left their home planet of Lorien when it fell under attack by the evil Mogadorian. Nine aliens who scattered on Earth. Nine aliens who look like ordinary teenagers living ordinary lives, but who have extraordinary, paranormal skills. Nine aliens who might be sitting next to you now.

The Nine had to separate and go into hiding. The Mogadorian caught Number One in Malaysia, Number Two in England, and Number Three in Kenya. All of them were killed. John Smith, of Paradise, Ohio, is Number Four. He knows that he is next.

I Am Number Four is the thrilling launch of a series about an exceptional group of teens as they struggle to outrun their past, discover their future—and live a normal life on Earth.


My Review

A very Mysterious book that I enjoyed reading.

I read this book because the movie was going to come out. And to get this out of the way, yes the book was better but the movie was still pretty good!

This was a pretty easy book to get into. I am not going to say this was the best book ever because it wasn’t but it was good enough that I do recommend it and there are a lot of books out there that you will read and in the middle of the story get bored of it or what not but this story was not like that at all, it was well written and it catches your attention. It was suspenseful and full of surprises!

I do believe he should have been older, I don’t know why him being only 15 years old bothers me a little. That is really my only complain.

By the way I love number six! And if you didn’t already know, this is a series and book two is coming out in August, which I am really excited about!

Jun 27, 2011

Lauren Oliver's New Book

Don't know if you know this yet but Lauren Oliver has a middle-grade book coming out in October. Oliver is having a contest where you can win an Advance Readers Copies of  LIESL & PO! 
For more information click HERE ! So go sign up!

May 22, 2011

Review: The Lying Game (The Lying Game #1) by Sara Shepard

Title: The Lying Game (The Lying Game #1)
Author: Sara Shepard
Publisher: HarperTeen
Date Published: December 7th 2011
Genre: YA, Mystery/Thriller
My Rating:


I had a life anyone would kill for.
Then someone did.

The worst part of being dead is that there’s nothing left to live for. No more kisses. No more secrets. No more gossip. It’s enough to kill a girl all over again. But I’m about to get something no one else does—an encore performance, thanks to Emma, the long-lost twin sister I never even got to meet.
Now Emma’s desperate to know what happened to me. And the only way to figure it out is to be me—to slip into my old life and piece it all together. But can she laugh at inside jokes with my best friends? Convince my boyfriend she’s the girl he fell in love with? Pretend to be a happy, carefree daughter when she hugs my parents good night? And can she keep up the charade, even after she realizes my murderer is watching her every move?
From Sara Shepard, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars books, comes a riveting new series about secrets, lies, and killer consequences.
Let the lying game begin.

My Review

I seriously fell in love with Sara Shepard after reading the first three books in the Pretty Little Liars series. The Lying Game is just as good or might even be better. The Lying Game is full of suspense and mystery. It was very addicting. The idea of the story was so intriguing and Shepard really made it work.
Sutton is the twin that got the good life while Emma is stuck in foster care. Now they are seventeen years old and they are getting the chance to meet each other for the first time, or so they think. When Emma gets to the location where they had planned to meet, Sutton is a no show. After that everything becomes a scary movie for Emma. Now that Sutton is dead, someone is determined on making Emma pretend to be her sister. The story is told from Sutton’s point of view, which is a very interesting twist.
If you liked Pretty Little Liars you will surely love this new series, The Lying Game.

Apr 17, 2011

Review: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Title: Before I Fall
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperCollins
Date Published: March 2nd 2010
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
My Rating: 


What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?
Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life.
Instead, it turns out to be her last.
Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.

My Review

    Samantha Kingston lives a great life; she is popular, has great friends and even has the “perfect” boyfriend. This story is based on Samantha’s last day alive… except in a way it’s not. Samantha re-lives the same day of her death seven times. You may decide to believe it is something like deja vu or chances; to make things right perhaps?
    At the beginning I didn’t like Sam and I don’t think anyone will which I believe it is how it was meant to be. She is just your typical bully I think it’s the easiest way to put it. It makes the readers wonder if she is going to change for the good with so many chances to re-live or if she was never worth it.
    Samantha’s extra days consists of her family, who she is no longer as close with as she used to be, friends, who seem to be her best friends and have her back, her old friend who might be the only real friend and a boyfriend who might not be so perfect after all.
    A day repeated seven times? How can that possibly not get boring? Well it doesn’t. Oliver manages to repeat the same day several times without it actually repeating. Each day it’s something totally different and you think you know what is coming but don’t get too ahead of yourself.
    I really recommend this book to teens because I feel there is many things you can learn from it and I know there is many people like Samantha out there and it might just help them identify themselves as well. In Overall, Before I Fall is a great story that will make you think about your own life and appreciate it.

Check out my review for Lauren Oliver's Delirium

Mar 13, 2011

Review: Story of A Girl by Sara Zarr

Title: Story of a Girl
Author: Sara Zarr
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers
Date Published: January 10, 2007
Genre: Young Adult
My Rating: 


When she is caught in the backseat of a car with her older brother's best friend - Deanna Lambert's teenage life is changed forever. Struggling to overcome the lasting repercussions and the stifling role of "school slut," she longs to escape a life defined by her past.

My Review

A good realistic story about a girl whose life changed after getting caught messing around with an older boy who she wasn’t even sure she liked. School was obviously never the same. Deanna’s father never looked at her the same way. Her mother never really defended her the way a mother should. This story demonstrates the cause and effect of an event. To many people, this story would seem like an exaggeration but in my opinion, it is something that needed to be exhibited because there aren’t many books that I’ve read expressing these types of situations and how they can happen to anyone. I just really enjoyed how believable it was. I feel like I really connected with Deanna and I felt sorry for her and the things she had to go through. Knowing that Deanna was in reality a nice and normal girl made things even harder to go through. I don’t believe this book was the best thing out there but it was good enough that it made me a fan. I recommend this book because like many others it has it’s life lessons. It is a good read and it is not a waste of time, I can guarantee you that much.