Tuesday, January 31, 2012

In My Mailbox: Article 5

Article 5 (Article 5, #1)

Kristen Simmons
Thriller/ Dystopia/ Romance
Ebook, 384 pages 

New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned.

The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.

There are no more police—instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior—instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested usually don't come back.

Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren’t always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it’s hard for her to forget that people weren’t always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. It’s hard to forget that life in the United States used to be different.

Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass the random home inspections by the military. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow. 

That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings…the only boy Ember has ever loved.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Book Review: Touch "who knew something so simple, could kill you"

Jus Accardo
Paranormal Romance/ Fantasy

3.5 stars

When a strange boy tumbles down a river embankment and lands at her feet, seventeen-year-old adrenaline junkie Deznee Cross snatches the opportunity to piss off her father by bringing the mysterious hottie with ice blue eyes home. 

Except there’s something off with Kale. He wears her shoes in the shower, is overly fascinated with things like DVDs and vases, and acts like she’ll turn to dust if he touches her. It’s not until Dez’s father shows up, wielding a gun and knowing more about Kale than he should, that Dez realizes there’s more to this boy—and her father’s “law firm”—than she realized. 

Kale has been a prisoner of Denazen Corporation—an organization devoted to collecting “special” kids known as Sixes and using them as weapons—his entire life. And, oh yeah, his touch? It kills. The two team up with a group of rogue Sixes hellbent on taking down Denazen before they’re caught and her father discovers the biggest secret of all. A secret Dez has spent her life keeping safe. 

A secret Kale will kill to protect.

My Review:

                            Ooh, dear sweet baby Jesus, the cover..*fans myself*
   Well, I'm not  of a big fan of this book. It reminded me way too much of X-Men. All that was missing was the skin-tight, colorful outfits. It had a good dose of action and the book  started out very nicely. It basically hits the ground running, and for Dez, the main character,  that's really how it happens.  

Now, for the main MC's, I liked Dez 'cause of her spunky attitude and well, for her fearlessness. And of course there is the hot, eye candy, well, mental candy really, Kale. The boy Dez saves.  

Kale is a very unusual boy, from the start, but soon Dez falls head over heels for him, and for me, way too quickly. It was just like 'BAM' I love him!! I'm the kind of person who loves development and watching as the characters learn to 'love' each other. But other than that, the action is quite nice.

But I felt she just accepted everything, with no second thoughts.  When she discovers who Kale really is and what his "killer touch" can do and he's not the only one with strange abilities, and who her dad really is and what he does, she just goes with, accepts everything so nicely. Nothing seemed to really surprise her.  If I found out there were a bunch of people with 'super powers' well, I would freak, then realize how freakin' awesome that was. But I wouldn't just except it right away,with no questions asked.

While the action was nice, I felt like I've read a lot of the scenes before. It wasn't too original. It reminded me of a book I actually  read a few months back, 
 Shatter Me, by Tahereh Mafi, which like Touch, how Kale has a deadly touch and the girl meant to love him is somehow 'deadly-touch-resistance', it's just flipped. In Shatter Me, Juliette has the killer touch and it's the guy, the one she has always loved, is well, shielded from it. But Shatter me had to the hero customs...XD. 

The plot seemed too loose and way too predictable at times. And Dez's secret, very easy to guess it. I essentially guessed the whole plot by the  time I reached the middle of the book. It definitively had the entertainment factor though, I'll give it that. And, well, I most likely will read the second book, just to see if  it'll grow into something better and I kind of want to know what will happen to Kale and Dez, damn curiosity, it always gets the better of me. 

I do recommend this book to those who love the 'I've been born with super powers somehow, and everyone is after me, gotta save the world, kinda sci-fi books,' 'cause, this  definitively has that. Secret underground organization and all, I'm just waiting for the super, awesome, hero customs! 
*Hero pose, with cape flipping in the wind*

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Book Review: Under the Never Sky

Under the Never Sky

Veronica Rossi
Dystopia/Paranormal Romance/Science Fiction

4 stars

"A world of nevers under a never sky."

   What makes a good book for me always starts with the MC. That can make or break a book. Well, the MC's made this book for me. 

Now, the dystopian world that Rossi has created, is of course original in its own. I like the fact that the sky, or the Aether, was an enemy, a very dangerous aspect within the story. 

Of course, I am a big fan of dystopian books, and a lot have been popping out lately, but this one is diffidently worth reading.

Aria is the heroine that I like to read about! She does what she can and  she doesn't stop fighting until she has accomplished what she set out to do. Aria doesn't need a 'guy'  to always to be there, saving her. She is a very strong character, and I love, I mean love, strong female characters. I guess it's the fact that if I was a character in a book, I would be that, kick-ass, falcon punch, no need to call batman, kind of girl. All the boys would be bowing down to me and the hot, mouth-dropping, drool worthy, bad-ass guy, with dangerous good looks would fall for me. *a girl can dream, right?*  Well, that's Aria, and of course she gets that guy, Perry or Peregrine. 
Which I love that name, totally swoon worthy, in my opinion.  Perry, another strong MC, even though he is a 'savager' rescues Aria, which in turn sets off a chain reaction of events, which then leads the two characters together and fighting for their lives and the lives of those they love. 

Aria lives within the protection of the Pod and Perry, a savager, lives in the dangerous, unknown world outside.. Now, Rossi does not get into detail on just how the world has ended up into this state, and hopefully that fact will be revealed in the other books, but the mystery of it, is quite nice, leaves me playing the guessing game on 'how did the world almost get destroyed and all that.' 

Rossi also uses split narration between Aria and Perry, usually this doesn't work for most authors, but for Rossi, she did a great job. I was able to understand both characters and the reasons behind their actions.

I also found that I like that the 'outsiders' or the 'savager's' had enhanced abilities, because of the exposure of Aether. Aether, what a mysterious force and unknow substance...hhmmm....

And the plot, not complicated, was worth reading and the story was something I truly enjoyed.
 The only thing I didn't like was the fact she would jump and then an amount of time would pass, we would miss chucks of time, from a few days to even months. 

I'm the kind of reader who loves detail and knowing every aspect of the characters. But other than that, this is a must read and I am non-patiently waiting for the next edition of this book. 

Favorite Quotes:

“She looked up. “A world of nevers under a never sky.” 
She fit in well then, he thought. A girl who never shut up.” 

“She absorbed the terror and beauty of him and his world. Of every moment over the past days. All of it, filling her up like the first breath she'd ever taken. And never had she loved life more.” 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Currently reading update: This library has a funky smell

Under the Never Sky
by Veronica Rossi
Post Apocalyptic/ Romance/ Dystopia

Aria is a teenager in the enclosed city of Reverie. Like all Dwellers, she spends her time with friends in virtual environments, called Realms, accessed through an eyepiece called a Smarteye. Aria enjoys the Realms and the easy life in Reverie. When she is forced out of the pod for a crime she did not commit, she believes her death is imminent. The outside world is known as The Death Shop, with danger in every direction. 

As an Outsider, Perry has always known hunger, vicious predators, and violent energy storms from the swirling electrified atmosphere called the Aether. A bit of an outcast even among his hunting tribe, Perry withstands these daily tests with his exceptional abilities, as he is gifted with powerful senses that enable him to scent danger, food and even human emotions. 

They come together reluctantly, for Aria must depend on Perry, whom she considers a barbarian, to help her get back to Reverie, while Perry needs Aria to help unravel the mystery of his beloved nephew’s abduction by the Dwellers. Together they embark on a journey challenged as much by their prejudices as by encounters with cannibals and wolves. But to their surprise, Aria and Perry forge an unlikely love - one that will forever change the fate of all who live UNDER THE NEVER SKY.

School has officially started, pure joy is radiating through my body as I, well, type this, or maybe that's just the hunger gnawing at my stomach. Whatever it is, it's painful as hell.  I am updating (a late update I guess I'll apologize for *looks away*), but it's a lame and failed attempt at an update, it'll just  have to do as of now.  My classes this semester has taken away my precise reading time, my ever fateful books I love so much, I just do not have that much time for *starts to hyperventilate*.  I will survive!!!! :) *music starts playing in the background* Wow, I am being really over dramatic today. Guess it's from being stuck reading text books I do not want to read.... Anyways, I am currently sitting in my school's library and it has this funky oder to it today. Don't get me wrong I usually love the smell of libraries, the smell of books and coffee is like an epic mind explosion of smell for me, but my school's library smells like old gym socks and Doritos today with and underlining hint of something I just can't put my finger on...mmhhmm.. Anyway, aside from an unknown smell, I am currently trying to read Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi. I am only a few chapters in, because of my classes *stares at texts books, willing them to explode into flames*, I have to say it is becoming a very engrossing book. I literally had to make myself put it down last night so I could go to sleep, which was hard to do. The characters are engaging and enticing, the genre, not truly original, is different and unique in its own way. The author, who I have not read before, can definitely  make you become truly wrapped into the world she has created. And I am thoroughly enjoying it!
This is a book I  would recommend for enthusiasts of romance and dystopia genres/ series.  I wish I had time to sit down and become completely absorbed. But atlas I can not, damn classes, but I know as soon as I finish, it will be a book I will place among my favorite reads. 
So enjoy and don't forget to bring febreze for smelly libraries. 

**If you are a fan of the Covenant series and Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout (who is my absolute favorite author ). Check out her official website and blog. She has been posting teasers for Onyx, which have left me fanning myself and craving for more :) Takes deep breathes!! I am sooo ready for Onyx and Shadows to be out!!! I. MUST. READ. THEM. NOW....**

Friday, January 6, 2012

Beyond anticipation :Will They? Won't They?

What will they do?
Daemon and Katy?

I personally can not wait!

I wonder what will happen?? Oh dear, oh my!!! I am so ready for Onyx to be out! I can't handle the anticipation! AHH.....(it's killing me!)
Hurry Hurry!!!



Shadows (Lux, #0.5)
by: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Expected publication: February 2012

(super excited >o<)

"The last thing Dawson Black expected was Bethany Williams. As a Luxen, an alien life form on Earth, human girls are…well, fun. But since the Luxen have to keep their true identities a secret, falling for one would be insane. Dangerous. Tempting. Undeniable.

Bethany can’t deny the immediate connection between her and Dawson. And even though boys aren’t a complication she wants, she can’t stay away from him. Still, whenever they lock eyes, she’s drawn in. Captivated. Lured. Loved.

Dawson is keeping a secret that will change her existence...and put her life in jeopardy. But even he can’t stop risking everything for one human girl. Or from a fate that is as unavoidable as love itself."

Now, (and finally) we are getting a glimpse of Daemon's sexy twin Dawson. I am beyond thrilled and looking forward to Shadows. I want to finally get a glimpse into Dawson's life (and finally days)  and see his story, well, through his eyes.  Even though I know the outcome for Dawson and Bethany, their story wasn't told but with short mentions in Obsidian. Now, we might be getting a much better understanding, which, I am eagerly waiting for (and thankful for)!
All I can say is THANK YOU SWEET BABY JESUS!!!! 
and I want it now! ( I have no patiences when it comes to a book I am eagerly anticipating *stares at calender*)
And again, I thank you Jennifer, for creating this beautiful and amazing story! 

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Book-list Update: I literally can't survive without the internet

    Well, I am finally back in North Carolina and I now (thank you sweet Jesus) have internet connection once again. I hope everyone had a great and eventful (unlike me) Christmas and New Years! It was beyond dull and I am beyond sleep deprived (which makes me not a happy camper) and I have realized when I don't have the ability to get on the internet (thinks to my mother's lack of modern society technology), I slowly die inside, which is why I am now posting a new blog. (I have been waiting for this day since I headed deep into the boondocks, where the sun doesn't shine and I feel so out of touch of the cyber world and reality....okay, maybe I'm being a little over dramatic...*shrugs shoulders* oh well)
But, with a brief warning, this blog will be short, just a quick update on my reading list (since I do not have to time or the energy), Books I have read during my average, humdrum Christmas break and books I am currently reading as of now. I will, however, go back and write my own personal review when I have the time and, well, desire to do so, until then, enjoy..

                                                 The Perfect Chemistry Series
                                                    by: Simone Elkeles

Perfect Chemistry
rating: 4.36
 Rules Of Attraction (book 2)
   rating: 4.24
Chain Reaction (book 3)
rating: 4.21


 Cross My Heart
by: Katie Klein

rating: 4.38

 Amy & Roger's Epic Detour
by: Morgan Matson

rating: 4.56
Flat-Out Love
by: Jessica Park

rating: 4.11

                                                     Currently Reading:

by: Cynthia Hand

 Prized (book 2 of the Birthmarked trilogy)
by: Caragh M. O'Brien
Inheritance ( book 4 in the Inheritance Trilogy)
by: Christopher Paolini