Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Review: The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds,#1) by Alexandra Bracken

Title: The Darkest Minds
Series: The Darkest Minds, #1
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Category: Dystopian/ Sci-Fi/ Romance
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

My thoughts

Let’s just say The Darkest Minds was not what I was expected at all. I’m going to be honest, this book has been sitting on my shelf for months. I had won an ARC some time back, but I just didn't pick it up. So, going into it, I had no idea what I was going to encounter. I now love The Darkest Minds.  

It was just after the first few pages that I was completely sucked in. I then knew I wasn't going to be able to put this one down. I was right, I devoured this book in no time, and when I shut it, I realized waiting for the next book was going to be my own personal hell. 
“The Darkest Minds tend to hide behind the most unlikely faces.”
Alexandra created a world, very much her own. Yes, there are tons of dystopian books floating around. I have read my share, but Alexandra’s idea, though not all original, was very unique. I found her world to be refreshing.  The Darkest Minds had some brilliant twist and turns that left me on the edge of my seat, wondering what was going to happen next. I couldn't even really guess what was going to happen with the story line or the characters.

Speaking of characters, Alexandra created some unique ones that went so well with her story. They made her world even more remarkable. Ruby was one girl I just really admired. And throughout the book, you can really empathize with her, with the situation she goes through. She does go through so much in the book, you get to see just how human she is despite what the ‘others’ think of her. Even though she has been treated as someone to fear, she cares for others, and puts others before herself. The ending really showed that!

Now, the guys (if you know me, you know I’m big on the boys in books) in The Darkest Minds, well, one guy in particular, really was different from the other hero types. Liam is so different from what I read in other books. Now, that doesn't make him a character you can't fall head over heels for, on the contrary, he is a very strong character. Now, what do I mean when I say Liam is different? Well, in most books( YA, NA, the such) the guy is good at sports, amazing, dashing looks, arrogant personality, et cetera et cetera. Liam does have those dashing good looks, but he isn't arrogant, he’s clumsy, which I found sweet. He treats everyone as equals. How he treated Ruby is what really made him an amazing character in my eyes.

Ruby and Liam really make the story, but so do the side characters. Suzume, I love her, and Chubs! These two are simply brilliant. I loved Suzume’s innocent and childlike character, and Chubs’ snarky attitude! He had me smiling so much! Each character, from the main characters to the side characters, they each had their own distinct personalities. 
“They were never scared of the kids who might die, or the empty spaces they would leave behind. They were afraid of us-the ones who lived.”
Of course, no book would be complete without the antagonist. The Darkest Minds has some brilliant and scary ones. And some you don’t even notice are bad till they come and slap you in the face.

The world Alexandra paints is vivid and scary real. Though this book isn't all sweet and sunshine, Alexandra doesn't hold back on the glory details. But The Darkest Minds also has its sweet moments. This book is a mixture of hope and despair.  It was also more intense and dark then I had thought it would be.

The book also moved at a great pace, I never got lost or felt the pacing to be too much. The mystery also was pretty intense. I couldn't figure out what was going to happen next, and I love when a book can do that to me. Alexandra put just enough detail for me to be able to be in the world she created; to not be a reader, but become character. 
“I'm a monster, you know. I'm one of the dangerous ones.”


Monday, April 29, 2013

It's Monday! What are you reading?? 4/29/13

Welcome to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!
 Hosted by Book Journey

Here's what I'm reading:

A love out of time.

A spaceship built of secrets and murder.

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone-one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship-tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

Been kind of scared to read this one, not sure if I'll like it. So, I'm taking the chance and going to see if I do end up enjoying it!! Hopefully I will!! 


What are you reading??

COVER REVEAL: Until I Break by M. Leighton

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Title: Until I Break (A Twisted Novel)
Author: M. Leighton
Publisher: M. Leighton
Release date: May 14, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Adult
Cover reveal organized by: AToMR Tours

Laura Drake is an author. She writes bestselling paranormal romances that continue to top the charts. She is sharp. She is confident. She is in control.

And she doesn’t exist.

Samantha Jansen is the woman behind the wig, the woman most of the world doesn’t know exists. She is shy. She is insecure. She is nothing like her main character or her alter ego. She is scarred—deeply scarred—by a past she can’t let go of and a present she can’t make peace with.

Samantha’s dreams are consumed by one man, the broken hero from her books. Mason Strait is both her wildest fantasy and her most terrifying nightmare.

When Samantha meets Alec Brand, a corporate consultant, it is as though Mason has come to life. Alec is handsome to a fault, as elegant as he is arrogant, and more intense than any man has a right to be.

Samantha is soon sucked into a world that mirrors the fiction she writes. Just like her main character, Daire Kirby, Samantha finds herself unable to resist the forbidden lure of Alec. And just like Daire, she also finds that she is faced with taking a chance on a man who could either set her free or destroy her.

The scale tilts toward destruction when Samantha finds out that Alec is as much a work of fiction as Mason. And he has scars of his own, scars that could ruin them both.
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  About the Author:

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, M. Leighton, is a native of Ohio. She relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she can be near the water all summer and miss the snow all winter. Possessed of an overactive imagination from early in her childhood, Michelle finally found an acceptable outlet for her fantastical visions: literary fiction. Having written over a dozen novels, these days Michelle enjoys letting her mind wander to more romantic settings with sexy Southern guys, much like the one she married and the ones you'll find in her latest books. When her thoughts aren't roaming in that direction, she'll be riding wild horses, skiing the slopes of Aspen or scuba diving with a hot rock star, all without leaving the cozy comfort of her office.


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COVER REVEAL: The Warrior's Code (Legend of the Dreamer #1.2) by David James

Official Synopsis:

Live by the Code.
Die by the Code.

"In the magical world of the Order, Warriors fight for justice, freedom, and peace. Becoming a Warrior is an honor given to few, and twelve-year-olds Zackery Solts and Kate Black will do anything to have a place among the elite. Zack and Kate must compete against eighteen others and pass three deadly tests of courage and skill. Above all, they must be strong because while the dangers of the tests are unknown, one thing is clear: not everyone will survive."

Available 5.14.13

The Warrior’s Code (Book 1.2) is an e-format prequel short story in the Legend of the Dreamer series that can be read before or after Light of the Moon (Book 1) and The Witch's Curse (Book 1.1). 


About the Author:

David James writes books about stars and kisses and curses. He is the author of the YA novel, LIGHT OF THE MOON, the first book in the Legend of the Dreamer series, as well as the companion novellas, THE WITCH'S CURSE and THE WARRIOR’S CODE. The sequel, SHADOW OF THE SUN, will be released in late 2013. Living in Michigan, he is addicted to coffee, gummy things, and sarcastic comments. He enjoys bad movies, goofy moments, and shivery nights. Be sure to visit David’s blog and facebook to learn more about his various addictions and novels.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Quote of the Week: David T.W. McCord

Quote of the week is a weekly bookish post.
Each Friday, I will pick one of my favorite quotes from a book I have read or am currently reading to share with you, my wonderful readers!!

Quote of the Week:

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"Books fall open, you fall in"

-David T.W. McCord

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Review: The Summer I Became A Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

The Summer I became a Nerd
Leah Rae  Miller


4 stars out of 5
On the outside, seventeen-year-old Madelyne Summers looks like your typical blond cheerleader—perky, popular, and dating the star quarterback.
But inside, Maddie spends more time agonizing over what will happen in the next issue of her favorite comic book than planning pep rallies with her squad. That she’s a nerd hiding in a popular girl's body isn’t just unknown, it's anti-known.

And she needs to keep it that way. Summer is the only time Maddie lets her real self out to play, but when she slips up and the adorkable guy behind the local comic shop’s counter uncovers her secret, she’s busted. Before she can shake a pom-pom, Maddie’s whisked into Logan’s world of comic conventions, live-action role-playing, and first-person-shooter video games. And she loves it.

But the more she denies who she really is, the deeper her lies become…and the more she risks losing Logan forever.

Expected publication: May 7th 2013
by Entangled Teen

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review*

My thoughts

The Summer I became a Nerd was a cute, light and enjoyable read. Perfect for summer! Its light, has no real drama or conflict, and honestly, I felt that to be very refreshing. Especially with all the loaded angst-y books I’ve been reading lately.

It’s also filled with the most awesome nerdness, which just makes my inner nerd jump up and down! Filled with all sorts of nerddom, heroes, comics and animated goodness, The Summer I became a Nerd is just plain adorkable!

'I'm a nerd hidden inside a popular girl's body.'

Madelyne Summer has spent her life hiding her love for all things nerdy, since an embarrassing incident that has left her scared of other’s judgment. She has the prefect fa├žade, cheerleader, dating the quarterback and the popular bff. No one would suspect she wishes her school uniform included a cape, and that she has a crush on Peter Parker. It’s only during the summer that Madelyne can let her nerd flag fly, well, discretely. But this summer, things change, and while trying to get her hands on her favorite comic, her nerd side is revealed by none other than, Logan Scott, a guy she’s been crushing on since he wore that ‘porn shirt’ to school.

Madelyne has made it a mission to hide her nerdself from her friends at school, from everyone in general, from the humiliation that would most likely come if anyone found out that she is a lover of all things nerd. At times, I really enjoyed Maddie, she reminded me of my nerd self. I do love me some good comic books, hero movies, and  anime once in a while. However, as much as Maddie loves her nerdiness, she is also so scared of the judgment of others, I really wanted to shack her because of this. But as the story progressed, she realized that she shouldn’t be scared of what others think. I then really started to like her character. Also, I really enjoyed that when she made a mistake, she really owned up to it!

Then you have her nerd crush, Logan Scott. He’s a cute, soccer player whose family runs the local comic book store. When a certain incident brings these two together, and Logan figures out about Maddie’s nerdy side, things get interesting! I also have to admit, I might have a nerd crush on Logan Scott, too. He’s just so adorkable! As Maddie’s character grows, so does his, and watching that was pretty interesting!

Not only did this book have some cool main characters, but the side characters were original and fun to read. Especially Scott’s mom and best friend, Dan. He is a character I really enjoyed, with his humor and smart mouth, he had me cracking up.

‘You can’t spend your life being afraid of what other people think.’

Another reason I just enjoyed this book is because, well, I’m a nerd! A pretty big one at times. Also, the setting in this book is in Louisiana, I loved that! Since I spent a lot of my childhood there, it was like reading about home, in a way.

It did have, at parts, a very fast pace, and I felt like more could have been added to the storyline, to make it more rounded. But despite that, the character growth and flow of the storyline was nice.

The Summer I Became A Nerd is a book about being true to yourself, regardless of what others may say or think. Being happy with who you are and accepting who you are, too. I felt that is a very good message to the readers.

I really enjoyed this book! It’s a fun, light read, with no real drama or angst. It's a perfect book to read during the summer. So, if that’s what you are looking for, then add this book to your to-be-read list!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Teaser Tuesday: Real (Real, Raw and Ripped, #1) by Katy Evans

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can tease others. 

Here’s how: 
  • Step 1: Grab your current read. 
  • Step 2: Open to a random page. 
  • Step 3: Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. Be careful not to include any spoilers so as not to ruin the book for others. 
  • Step 4: Make sure to share the title and the author so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR piles!
And that’s how you make a successful tease (as far as a book goes). 

By the time those electric blue eyes seek me out in the stands, my heart throbs fiercely in my temples, and my insides bubble with emotion when he spots me. He stares straight into my eyes, and his eyes are only mine, and his smile is only mine, and for this fraction of an instant, nothing else matters but us.

Oh, my!! ;D 


Share your TT! 

Monday, April 22, 2013

It's Monday! What are you reading? 4/22/13

Welcome to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!
 Hosted by Book Journey

Here's what I'm reading:

A fallen boxer.
A woman with a broken dream.
A competition…

He even makes me forget my name. One night was all it took, and I forgot everything and anything except the sexy fighter in the ring who sets my mind ablaze and my body on fire with wanting…

Remington Tate is the strongest, most confusing man I’ve ever met in my life.

He’s the star of the dangerous underground fighting circuit, and I’m drawn to him as I’ve never been drawn to anything in my life. I forget who I am, what I want, with just one look from him. When he’s near, I need to remind myself that I am strong–but he is stronger. And now it’s my job to keep his body working like a perfect machine, his taut muscles primed and ready to break the bones of his next opponents . . .

But the one he’s most threatening to, now, is me.

I want him. I want him without fear. Without reservations.

If only I knew for sure what it is that he wants from me?

Mature New Adult/Adult Contemporary Romance - recommended for ages 18 and up.

Heard some amazing things, and I hope it's as good as everyone is saying :D 


What are you reading??

Friday, April 19, 2013

Quote of the Week: Cassandra Clare

Quote of the week is a weekly bookish post.
Each Friday, I will pick one of my favorite quotes from a book I have read or am currently reading to share with you, my wonderful readers!!

Quote of the Week:

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It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone.

― Cassandra Clare

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Review: The Collector (Dante Walker, #1) by Victoria Scott

Title: The Collector
Series: Dante Walker, #1
Author: Victoria Scott
Category:Paranormal/ Romance
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
He makes good girls...bad.

Dante Walker is flippin’ awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence have made him one of hell’s best—a soul collector. His job is simple: weed through humanity and label those round rears with a big red good or bad stamp. Old Saint Nick gets the good guys, and he gets the fun ones. Bag-and-tag.

Sealing souls is nothing personal. Dante’s an equal-opportunity collector and doesn't want it any other way. But he’ll have to adjust, because Boss Man has given him a new assignment:
Collect Charlie Cooper’s soul within ten days.

Dante doesn't know why Boss Man wants Charlie, nor does he care. This assignment means only one thing to him, and that’s a permanent ticket out of hell. But after Dante meets the quirky Nerd Alert chick he’s come to collect, he realizes this assignment will test his abilities as a collector…and uncover emotions deeply buried.

My Review: 

The Collector… oh my lordy! All I can really say is I loved me some Dante Walker! Now, I’m going to be honest, at first, I was a bit unsure if I was going to love this book  or not. a Thankfully, I love it! Er, Dante. The Collector had elements that really surprised me. A great roundup of characters, a main guy who is literally bad to the bone, the main girl also really took me by surprise and let’s just say the world Victoria created was pretty darn awesome in my book!

I was pretty much hooked on The Collector by the first page. With Victoria’s catchy and unique writing style, I kept flipping those pages like a boss. 
‘Maybe I shouldn’t be proud that the devil tells me his secrets. But I am.’

Characters are really something in this book, okay, Dante was really something. He is a very, uh, different kind of male character. He is bad. Period. Cocky and arrogant. I mean, he does work for the guy downstairs. But even with that bad attitude, killer looks, and awesome pair of red converses, Dante is more than what meets the eye. I will emit, he really showed some douchebagger moments, and at times I wanted to really smack this guy.

However, I had to keep in mind just who he is. He is The Collector, numero uno guy for the boss downstairs. He shows characteristics of selfishness, greed and egotism. That’s Dante. But with the progress of the story, with everything he goes through, he really also shows there is more to him underneath all that bad boy. I loved watching his character develop, seeing him change and grow before my eyes.

Now, Charlie was nothing what I imagine or thought she would be. And truthfully, I loved that about her.  She isn't your, I’m-pretty-and-I-have-no-idea type of heroine. She’s, well, average. And pretty dorky.  Shy but has a very big heart. When she first appeared, I was a bit worried about how her character would grow, but Victoria did an amazing job showing the transformation of Charlie.  She is the essences of true virtue and kindness, which leads to Dante wondering why the boss man wants her.  All in all, Charlie is a very unique character, and I came to really like her.

I also enjoyed the side characters that Victoria created. Each had a great place in the book, and I just enjoyed reading about them.
"I wonder what it would feel like to laugh like that, with complete abandon."

What I feel was the best part of this book is the character transformation that Dante goes through.  And watching how both he and Charlie grow together.  Along with the character development, the book flowed well. It was paced throughout each event nicely. Victoria also has a very catchy way of writing, it literally pulled me into the story.  

As much as I do love this book, I do have some complaints, I felt that the ending was the only part that was rushed, to me, anyways. Everything came together well, but it just moved really fast and then it was the end of the book. However, even though it felt rushed, I enjoyed the ending. I really need the next book!! Also, I want to know why Dante was the devil’s right hand man. Yeah, Dante was a bad boy, but why? I just really wanted that questioned answered.
“I glance in the mirror. Surprise, surprise—I look finger-lickin’ delicious.” 

The Collector is a sinfully delicious read, with a great band of characters, all unique in their own way. Victoria created a unique story, and a world that sucked me right in, and left me wanting more. This book shows real human flaws and desires. That even a good guy, can be bad to the bone.

Swoon Thursday: The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1) by Alexandra Bracken

Swoon Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by  YA Bound.

Here's how it works:

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering. 

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My heart thundered in my chest. More, more, more- a steady beat. His body relaxed under my hands, shuddering at my tough. Breathing him in wasn't enough, I wanted to inhale him. The leather, the smoke, the sweetness. I felt his fingers counting up my bare ribs. Liam shifted his legs around mine to draw me closer. I was off-balance on my toes; the world swaying dangerously under me as his lips traveled to my check, to my jaw, to where my pulse throbbed in my neck. He seemed so sure of himself, like he had already plotted out this course. 

Well, well, well...  ;} 

What made you swoon this week??

COVER REVEAL: Ten Days by Olivia Mayfield

Ten Days 
 by Olivia Mayfield 

Publication date: May 2013 
Genre: New adult/YA crossover sci-fi romance

Seventeen-year-old Cally isn’t like the others. In her society, the Machine caters to every whim, ensuring people don’t have to leave their pods. But Cally and her best friend Marshal find themselves drawn to how things used to be, when people lived on the surface of the earth and relied upon manpower, not technology. When physical contact wasn’t uncivilized, and love was normal, acceptable, embraced. Cally tries to swallow down her increasing dissatisfaction with the "rules," as well as her rapidly developing feelings for Marshal, a task getting harder each day.

Then, things start going downhill, fast. Food is spoiled. Air grows musty. The population panics about the dysfunction--is it sabotage? Anarchy? But Cally and Marshal discover the truth: The Machine, the answer to all their problems for longer than anyone can remember, is breaking down. Now, these two have to risk it all to save themselves and the people they care about...before their entire world destroys itself.


About the Author:

.Olivia Mayfield has been an unabashed fan of romance since she was a young teen, secretly devouring her mom’s Harlequins. She has a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing, as well as a Master’s degree in English, and lives with her family in Ohio. In her free time, she loves reading, shopping, wearing absurdly high-heeled boots, cheesecake, singing karaoke, and harassing her friends

Author Links: FACEBOOK | WEBSITE | TWITTER