Monthly Archives: June 2013

Tumble & Fall

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Title: Tumble & Fall

Author: Alexandra Coutts

Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis: The world is living in the shadow of oncoming disaster. An asteroid is set to strike the earth in just one week’s time; catastrophe is unavoidable. The question isn’t how to save the world—the question is, what to do with the time that’s left? Against this stark backdrop, three island teens wrestle with intertwining stories of love, friendship and family—all with the ultimate stakes at hand.

Review:  This book was beautiful and haunting on so many levels. I’m normally not a huge fan of multiple POV novels, but the voices and stories in this were so distinct that I didn’t mind at all. I do wish that the three stories would have lined up a bit more than they did… I found them to be all very good individually, but when the three main characters paths crossed it was… a bit anticlimatic.

It’s hard to choose which story I liked best. Sienna’s was probably my least favorite because she ‘fell in love’ in like, the last 4 days left on earth. But she was a messed up 17 year old (was she 17?) who had just tried to kill herself not that long ago. I guess when you’re young and the world is ending it doesn’t really matter how much time it takes to fall in love. Normally this type of instalove would have made me REALLY annoyed with the book… but given the circumstances…

Zan’s story was the saddest. I loved the mystery in it, but the way she twisted her thoughts and feelings around and was upset with herself and doubted her love… it was just really tragic. But I’m glad that she went on the journey that she did, it was like, the most perfect way to spend your last few days on earth.

Caden’s story was interesting… but weird. It didn’t really feel that ‘real’ to me. I liked the way it ended though, and that because he disappeared his family was able to change and grow and forgive themselves when they needed to the most.

The writing in this was stunning. And emotional. I was moved to tears a few times towards the end. And yet, woven together in the sadness, the uncertainty, and the fear, was hope. Hope and forgiveness.

I was a little sad that in the end it was left open ended. I guess it’s up to the reader to choose how it ends… and that gave the book a very unique feeling. And it lingers… which is what a good book should do.

I was dying to read this book and I’m so glad that I was given the chance. Thanks to Edelweiss for letting me read this!

 

Stacking the Shelves (5)

ENTER MY GIVEAWAY!!! Win a copy of The Sight Seer & Anna and the French Kiss

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BEA HAUL! Guys, I didn’t even GO to BEA. But my lovely friend Melissa HOOKED ME UP!

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ARCs! It’s been kinda slow for ARCs these past few weeks but… I’m so excited about these. I’m reading Parasite now and it’s AMAAAAAAAZING.

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Bought… in moments of weakness and SALES. Shadow was free, and Storm was under $5, and I REALLY want to get into that series… the other two were only .99 so WHY NOT (that’s my motto!)

Not a bad week! What did y’all end up with? I’ve been DYING over everyone’s BEA posts… someday I’ll go! SOMEDAY!!!!!!!

Stacking The Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. It is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Not a Drop to Drink

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Title: Not a Drop to Drink

Author: Mindy McGinnis

Rating:  ★★★ ★★

Synopsis: Teenage Lynn has been taught to defend her pond against every threat: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most important, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty or doesn’t leave at all.

Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. But when strangers appear, the mysterious footprints by the pond, the nighttime threats, and the gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it. . . .

New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant says Not a Drop to Drink is a debut “not to be missed.” With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a frontierlike world not so different from our own.

Review: I made my mom read this after I finished it and I told her ‘this totally reminds me of you, and our family’. She got about 20% into it and was like WTF HOW DOES THIS REMIND YOU OF US?! And then she kept reading and… it clicked.

How many of you could survive a zombie apocalypse? Or a fight to the death in the annual Hunger Games? How about if you were faced with a killer virus? Killer robots? A 2nd ice age? Yeah… these are some of my favorite end-of-the-world book scenarios  but… these ones don’t terrify me (well… maaaaaaaaybeeeeeee zombies) as much as the idea of having to just plain survive. I mean, we’d all die if any of these were to actually happen. But what about when the odds are against you… and survival IS possible (and not because you’re an olympic-trained fighter). What then?

I grew up in basically… the same back-woods countryside that Lynn survives in in this book. My house was in the middle of nowhere, and we have a huge pond behind it. My father, an avid hunter, taught us how to shoot, hunt and track. I went to outdoor wilderness camp every summer growing up, and I know how to fish, purify water, and gut a deer (ew, right?). My family has a huge garden, my mother cans EVERYTHING and our freezer is usually filled with venison. All of these things that I grew up with rang SO TRUE with me while I was reading this book.

I’m from Michigan, where we get snow about 6 months out of the year, and I’ve gone without power and running water more times than I can count.

So if we ran out of clean drinking water, could I survive? Could my family? I think we’d have a chance. And this is why I connected so well with this book. This is why I had to share it with my mother. I could see and feel this entire story from start to end. It was so easy to put myself in Lynn’s shoes, to think about the choices she had to make, and compare them to the ones that I’d make if I were in the same position.

This book is bloody, raw, and emotional. It pulls NO punches and spares no one. There is pain and suffering all around, but there is also hope, growth, happiness, and I love how Lynn changes through the book. I had actual moments of gasping-OMFG THAT DID NOT JUST HAPPEN-throw my kindle down on the bed-tears in my eyes CANNOT STOP READING hysterics.

And one of THE MOST refreshing things about this is that it’s a standalone. You get a full story with a bittersweet ending and a perfect conclusion that just sits so right. I couldn’t have asked for more.

Keep your eyes out for this one when it hits shelves. It’s a MUST READ!

I received an eARC of this from Edelweiss. Thank you!

Giveaway — THE SIGHT SEER & Anna and the French Kiss

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Gabi Harkins likes to think she’s a pretty normal sixteen-year-old. She goes to school, suffers though an awful part-time job, and deals with a bratty younger sister. But when a potential shoplifter morphs into a monster right in front of her, Gabi realizes her life is far from normal—especially when that monster follows her home and ends up battling a boy wielding a sword in her backyard.

The boy, Rafe Fitzgerald, is a member of Silver Moon, an organization devoted to eradicating demons before they kill humans. If this little bit of news isn’t earth-shattering enough, Rafe reveals that he needs Gabi’s help. As strong as Rafe is, he does not possess the Sight—a rare ability that allows a hunter to See through a demon’s glamour, enabling them to strike before the demon does. But guess who does?

While Gabi is reluctant to face another demon, she knows she owes Rafe big time for saving her. Together, they’re thrown headfirst into heart-stopping situations as they battle newer and more frightening demons. When she starts to fall for Rafe, Gabi knows her normal life is gone forever.

HOLY CRAP YOU GUYS! Check out this book. My VERY good friend (we’ve been friends since high school!!! We used to write the most ridiculous stories together about pretty boys in love. And she even came to Japan and stayed with me for a week) Melissa Giorgio‘s VERY FIRST BOOK is being released on JUNE 14TH. It’s a Young Adult paranormal (first in a possible series) and I am SO EXCITED FO HER! I also can’t wait to buy my own copy and read it’s gorgeousness in all it’s published glory.

To celebrate her book birthday I’m going to host my very first GIVEAWAY!!!! This is open INTERNATIONALLY. Not only will I be giving away one e-copy of THE SIGHT SEER I asked Melissa to choose a book to add to the giveaway and she picked…

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Anna and the French kiss… one of her current favs (and mine too!) So hot damn you get a YA Paranormal AND a contemporary out of this giveaway. Something for everyone.

For THE SIGHT SEER I can only send you a KINDLE version of the ebook, so if you don’t have a kindle and don’t want to read it thru the kindle app then we can talk about a physical copy. The ebook of ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS will be available for any device tho.

And the winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize.

So please fill out this rofflecopter (sorry I can’t embed it, wordpress rules…). You can: follow us on twitter, subscribe to both our blogs by email, and tweet about the giveaway. That’s it 😀

CLICK HERE!

you have until June 14th to enter!

Right of Way

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Author: Lauren Barnholdt

Rating: ★★★

Synopsis: Here are Peyton and Jace, meeting on vacation. Click! It’s awesome, it’s easy, it’s romantic. This is the real deal.

Unless it isn’t. Because when you’re in love, you don’t just stop calling one day. And you don’t keep secrets. Or lie. And when your life starts falling apart, you’re supposed to have the other person to lean on.

Here are Peyton and Jace again, broken up but thrown together on a road trip. One of them is lying about the destination. One of them is pretending not to be leaving something behind. And neither of them is prepared for what’s coming on the road ahead…

Review: I received this ARC from edelweiss, thank you!

Overall this book was enjoyable. It was a nice, light read. I liked the way it was written (very intense!) and I even didn’t mind the alternating POV (I HATE alternating POVs but this was really well done). Both Peyton and Jace had clear voices and I was able to tell who was who every time. I also like how sometimes there were flashbacks and other times we got to see the same scene from each person’s side.

At the start of the book there are multiple HORRIBLE THINGS THAT HAPPENED and for a good 30-40% of the book we don’t know for sure what these things were. They slowly start to trickle out of the two characters and we get the full story. While they were pretty shitty things to happen, I didn’t feel that they warranted the DRAMA that came with them.

Both Peyton and Jace felt a bit cliched at times… and I had a lot of trouble connecting to either character. I felt like I was watching something on the CW because while I could understand both of them… I just didn’t really feel any connection.

The biggest problem I had with this was that I just didn’t see what Peyton saw in Jace or what Jace saw in Peyton other than… they’re both good looking. I didn’t feel the chemistry between the two, and other than ‘they talked a lot’ and ‘he/she’s hot’ I couldn’t figure out WHY they were so damn in love with each other.

I read that this is a companion book to TWO WAY STREET and if you haven’t read that it’s okay… you will totally get this story without that one… but the BIG SECRET from the first novel is spoiled in this book. I think I might still read TWO WAY STREET tho just to see what it was all about.

Thirteen

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  1. Monument 14 – Emmy Laybourne ★★★★★
  2. Mila 2.0 – Debra Driza (ARC) ★★★
  3. The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey ★★★★
  4. Moonglass – Jessi Kirby ★★★★★
  5. The Summer I became a Nerd – Leah Rae Miller (ARC) ★★★★★
  6. Coda – Emma Trevayne ★★★★★
  7.  Not a Drop to Drink – Mindy McGinnes (ARC) ★★★★★
  8. The Moon and More – Sarah Dessen ★★★★★
  9. Ink – Amanda Sun (ARC) ★★★
  10. Right of Way – Lauren Barnholdt (ARC) ★★★
  11. This is not a Test – Courtney Summers ★★★★
  12. Outcast — Adrienne Kress (ARC) ★★★★
  13. Smart Girls Get What They Want — Sarah Strohmeyer ★★★★★

Holy hell I read THIRTEEN books last month. I actually thought it was only 12 but… the numbers don’t lie. I did manage to JUST squeeze in ‘Smart Girls’ (finished it about 11:30pm on the 31st) but wow. I’m impressed with myself.

And yes, that is SEVEN five-star reads (six of them IN A ROW). Out of all of them MONUMENT 14 was the winner… but it was really hard to choose and honestly… I don’t think I could rate them all if I could! May was a good month. And I was good and didn’t spend TOO much money on eBooks (sales only!) Let’s just hope that the ARC gods are as good to me in June as they were in May…