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Saturday, June 30, 2012

New Releases: Week of July 2nd

Another week of awesome new releases!!! I have no idea what I'll try to pick up this week (probably nothing because I'm BROKE, but I'll definitely be staring longingly at them :P)

Some of these titles are releasing in paperback, while others are brand new to the shelves!! What will you be picking up this week?

Friday, June 29, 2012

Review: A Want So Wicked by Suzanne Young

A Want So Wicked by Suzanne Young
Publication Date: June 26th, 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Page Count: 288 pages
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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* I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review *
* Spoiler Alert: This book is part two in a series. If you haven't read the first book, this review may contain spoilers *
Elise is a normal seventeen-year-old girl until the day she wakes up in a desert park, with no idea who she is.

After that episode, her life takes a bizarre turn. She’s experiencing unexpected flashes of insight into people’s lives—people she’s never met before. Strangers frighten her with warnings about the approaching Shadows. And although Elise has never had a boyfriend, she suddenly finds herself torn between two handsome but very different young men: Abe, the charming bad boy whose effect on her both seduces and frightens her, and the mysterious Harlin, who’s new to town but with whom Elise feels an urgent, elemental connection—almost as if they are soul mates.

Now Elise begins to question everything about her life. Why do these guys both want her so desperately? What are the Shadows? Why does the name Charlotte inspire a terrifying familiarity? And who is Elise, really?
If A Need So Beautiful is a look into the purity of good, than A Want So Wicked opens our eyes to the damaging effects that evil has. A Want So Wicked is from Elise's point of view (not Charlotte's,) and we learn more about Onika and her past which is definitely something I enjoyed. I loved A Need So Beautiful, but A Want So Wicked tore me up inside; there's a depth of emotion to this story that was a bit lacking in ANSB. It was heartbreaking watching Elise's life shatter and piece itself back together as she realizes who she truly is.

Elise's definitely a different character from Charlotte, but I still found myself drawn to her. Also, Harin is back and hotter than ever! I really fell in love with him a second time around. There's a new love interest named Abe who was positively charming in the beginning until I realized he was actually very creepy. There was something really off about him that I didn't quite understand. I think the most interesting part for me is the connection I saw between Elise and Charlotte. While Elise has her own personality, there were qualities about her that reminded me of Charlotte and I loved how Young combined the two girls into one cohesive character.

The story line itself was pretty similar, but still different enough to keep me interested. I loved learning more about Onika and how/why she became a shadow. There's a lot more backstory given in A Want So Wicked that helped piece a lot of things together. The plot was really unpredictable, I completely did NOT see that ending coming!!! I'm really hoping there will be another book in this series to tie things together, I can't wait to see what's going to happen to Elise and Harlin!!

If you haven't already picked up this series, I definitely recommend it. Just make sure you read A Need So Beautiful first!!! Overall, I really loved A Want So Wicked much more than ANSB. I'm always a fan of the darker side, so getting to see that made everything much more enjoyable. The characters are as amazing as ever, and I can't wait to see what's going to happen next! Fans of angels, demons, romance, and intrigue will want to pick this one up!!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Review: Team Human by Justine Larbalestier & Sarah Rees Brennan

Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan
Expected Publication Date: July 3rd, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Page Count: 344 pages
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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* I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review * 
Just because Mel lives in New Whitby, a city founded by vampires, doesn't mean she knows any of the blood-drinking undead personally. They stay in their part of town; she says in hers. Until the day a vampire shows up at her high school. Worse yet, her best friend, Cathy, seems to be falling in love with him. It's up to Mel to save Cathy from a mistake she might regret for all eternity

On top of trying to help Cathy (whether she wants it or not), Mel is investigating a mysterious disappearance for another friend and discovering the attractions of a certain vampire wannabe. Combine all this with a cranky vampire cop, a number of unlikely romantic entanglements, and the occasional zombie, and soon Mel is hip-deep in an adventure that is equal parts hilarious and touching.

Acclaimed authors Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan team up to create a witty and poignant story of cool vampires, warm friendships, and the changes that test the bonds of love.
Team Human is just one big vampire cliche after another (in a good way!) The writing is funny, witty, sarcastic, and satirical, poking fun at all the different vampire myths and stories we've grown so accustomed to these days. It was incredibly refreshing to read something that wasn't taking the insta-love, vampire romance seriously. Mel is the complete opposite of Bella Swan, and Cathy is a seriously hilarious version of the popular protagonist. Imagine all of your favorite vampire stories rolled into one and performed as a skit on SNL. That's Team Human, and that's why I loved it!

Mel is such a great character, and I loved reading from her point of view. She's completely anti-vamp and when her best friend, Cathy, falls for one she does everything in her power to sway the girl's mind. This is the kind of friend that Bella Swan needed when she started making googly eyes at Edward! Not only is Mel loyal to her bff, but she's also incredibly funny! Some of the things she says just made me laugh out loud! Sadly, I didn't find anything particularly swoon-worthy about either of the love interests, and some of the side characters had minor plot twists that I didn't think were necessary, but overall I enjoyed this eclectic group of friends.

The story itself is so weird. There's a lot of romance as well as mystery going on. The kind of mystery I like where the protagonist doesn't stop searching for answers despite the danger that might be lurking in the shadows. There were a lot of twists that I wasn't able to guess, and the ending definitely had me shocked! I always love being surprised with plot twists and that was definitely one of them! The actual ending was pretty predictable, but I wasn't disappointed in the least! Even the writing is so well done, both Larbalestier and Rees Brennan were able to capture the voice of a witty teenage girl and I loved it! Job well done ladies!

Overall I definitely enjoyed reading Team Human. While it did have some flaws, it was an excellent satirical take on the modern day vampire love story. There are even a few zombies thrown in for good measure! The story is fast-paced, exciting, and laugh out loud funny, you won't want to put it down! Fans of all vampire novels will get a kick out of this one, and I'd really love to see these ladies write a spin on another popular creature! Werewolves anyone!?

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

[Giveaway] Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha van Leer!

Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha van Leer
Published June 26th by Simon Pulse
What happens when happily ever after…isn’t?

Delilah is a bit of a loner who prefers spending her time in the school library with her head in a book—one book in particular. Between the Lines may be a fairy tale, but it feels real. Prince Oliver is brave, adventurous, and loving. He really speaks to Delilah.

And then one day Oliver actually speaks to her. Turns out, Oliver is more than a one-dimensional storybook prince. He’s a restless teen who feels trapped by his literary existence and hates that his entire life is predetermined. He’s sure there’s more for him out there in the real world, and Delilah might just be his key to freedom.

Delilah and Oliver work together to attempt to get Oliver out of his book, a challenging task that forces them to examine their perceptions of fate, the world, and their places in it. And as their attraction to each other grows along the way, a romance blossoms that is anything but a fairy tale.
I happen to have a finished copy of Jodi Picoult's YA debut, Between the Lines which just came out this week! Thanks to the lovely Maggie from Not Your Mother's Book Club, my local bookish event planner, you guys will all have the chance to win this beautiful book!

- US/CAN only!
- Must be 13 or older to enter
- I will be shipping this book MYSELF, I am not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items
- Winner will have 48 hours to respond!
- Winner will receive a HARDCOVER copy of Between the Lines
- Giveaway ends on July 7th
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Waiting on Wednesday [45] - Blind Spot by Laura Ellen

****"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Jill at the Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.****

Blind Spot by Laura Ellen
Expected Publication Date: October 23rd, 2012
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
Page Count: 356 pages
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There’s none so blind as they that won’t see.

Seventeen-year-old Tricia Farni’s body floated to the surface of Alaska’s Birch River six months after the night she disappeared. The night Roz Hart had a fight with her. The night Roz can’t remember. Roz, who struggles with macular degeneration, is used to assembling fragments to make sense of the world around her. But this time it’s her memory that needs piecing together—to clear her name . . . to find a murderer. This unflinchingly emotional novel is written in the powerful first-person voice of a legally blind teen who just wants to be like everyone else.

Why I Can't Wait: A little bit of mystery, a little bit of thriller, murder, and blind girls?! Uhm... yes please! Something about this book just draws me in, I need to know what happened!!!!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Stacking the Shelves [8] - The One Where I'm on Vacation!

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews as a way to share all the books we've received this week!

So I'm actually on vacation right now and have no computer nor do I have any idea what's come in the mail this week, so I'll be putting off everything until I'm back next week!!! Make sure you leave some links to your posts though so I can come home and check out what you have!!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

New Releases: Week of June 25th

Look at these great new releases!! I already read Smart Girls and it's AWESOME!!! If you havent added it to your TBR yet you really need to!!!! 
What books will you be picking up this week?

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Review: Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter

Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter
Publication Date: March 27th, 2012
Publisher: HarlequinTeen
Page Count: 296 pages
Format: E-ARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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* I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review * 


Becoming immortal wasn't supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she's as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he's becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate's coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans.

As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future.

Henry's first wife, Persephone.
Goddess Interrupted starts off right where Goddess Test ends. Kate and Henry are now married, but Henry is still as distant as ever. I have to admit, I wasn't too thrilled with their relationship at this point. I really loved Henry in Goddess Test, but he lost some points in my book by this one. The story is definitely more exciting than the first, with Henry being kidnapped and Kate on a mission to save him. I loved how the characters developed throughout the story and I loved getting to see the Underworld, I can't wait to see what's going to happen next!

Kate definitely grows stronger in this installment, but her relationship with Henry is incredibly rocky. There were times when I could relate so well to Kate, having gone through some of the same things in my personal relationship, that I just wanted to slap Henry and make him realize what an amazing girl he has right in front of him. I'll admit, there was a time in my relationship where I felt like I was the only one trying, and where I didn't feel like my concerns were being listened to, which is a heartbreaking experience if you ever have to go through it. Kate's situation touched so close to home, I related so well to her, but I also admired her unwillingness to give up. When you truly love someone, you do everything in your power to hold on to them until the last minute and she really does that. Albeit, seeing Persephone step into the picture did not ease my hesitations, I genuinely disliked the girl. She's incredibly shallow and just plain unpleasant.

The story itself has a lot going on, and it's great to see Kate step up and be the hero for once. The descriptions of the Underworld are amazing, changing from person to person, and Carter really takes you into a world that is both descriptive as well as mysterious. I was definitely hooked from the beginning, not really expecting what was coming. By the end I was completely satisfied until the biggest cliff hanger of my life came out of left field!! I was NOT expecting it whatsoever and now I'm DYING to get my hands on the final book!!

Goddess Interrupted isn't just a middle novel in a trilogy. It's a story all its own that showcases an amazing world that could very well be real. The myth of Persephone has always intrigued me, and seeing more mythology play into the lore of Hades is definitely a plus. I enjoyed seeing the way Kate and Henry's relationship dealt with dysfunction and I definitely loved seeing Kate grow so much as a person, as well as a wife. I am definitely hooked on this series and I cannot wait to find out how it's all going to end! Fans of mythology, romance, and fantasy will love this one!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday [44] - The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna

****"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Jill at the Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.****

The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna
Expected Publication Date: August 28th, 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Page Count: 432 Pages
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Eva’s life is not her own. She is a creation, an abomination—an echo. Made by the Weavers as a copy of someone else, she is expected to replace a girl named Amarra, her “other”, if she ever died. Eva studies what Amarra does, what she eats, what it’s like to kiss her boyfriend, Ray. So when Amarra is killed in a car crash, Eva should be ready.

But fifteen years of studying never prepared her for this.

Now she must abandon everything she’s ever known—the guardians who raised her, the boy she’s forbidden to love—to move to India and convince the world that Amarra is still alive.
Why I Can't Wait: This book just sounds ridiculously awesome! It's something I've never really heard of before, and if it's done well I can totally see it being fantastic! I'm really excited to read this one!! What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Teaser Tuesday [40] - 172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad

 Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week's teaser is from... 172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad
"In that instant, it was totally clear to him where he'd seen those drawings before, and his face changed from an empty, apathetic expression to one of blinding, white fear.
He screamed." (Page 26)
I'm only about a third of the way through this one, but I'm really enjoying it!! I can tell this one is going to be such a thriller!!!

Monday, June 18, 2012

New Blog Design!!!!

In case you didn't already notice, I have a new blog design!!!!! I am so so so excited about it, and I am so crazy in love with it I can't even contain my joy :D The amazing Jude at In Between started doing blog designs and she offered to make one for me!!!  I was super thrilled when I got her email, and I am so happy with the way it turned out! If you need an amazing, sophisticated layout I definitely recommend going to Jude!

And look at all the cool banners she made for my posts!

Ahhhhhhhh I love them :D This girl is amazing!!!!! So thank you soooo much Jude! If you need a new design for your blog I definitely recommend going to Jude!

Review: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Expected Publication Date: July 3rd, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Page Count: 304 pages
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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* I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. *
Warning: This review may contain spoilers if you are unfamiliar with the Peter Pan story
Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. . . .

Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn't believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.

Peter is unlike anyone she's ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland's inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she's always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.

With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it's the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who's everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Peaches comes a magical and bewitching story of the romance between a fearless heroine and the boy who wouldn't grow up.

I just have to start out by saying that this book broke my heart. It tore it into little tiny pieces and made little effort to put it back together. I fell so head over in heels in love with these characters, immersed myself into their lives so much, that their love and heartbreak nearly tore me to pieces. Tiger Lily is told from Tink's POV, who remains an outsider to the lives of those around her, but I loved this method of narration because it really allowed me to become part of the story. Tink lets us in on everyone's secrets while never being accepted into the story herself. Jodi Lynn Anderson is an amazing writer and story teller, and this story has imbedded itself so deeply into my heart that I can't shake the pain it's caused me. The raw emotion that radiates from Tiger Lily is a roller coaster experience that will tug at your heartstrings and leave you begging for more.

Tiger Lily is one of the best female protagonists I've read about in a long time. She's tough, unconventionally pretty, stubborn, but loyal to a t. Being raised by a community of people who fear and hate her has hardened her heart and made it hard for someone to penetrate her rough exterior. Peter Pan is just as tough, just as stubborn, and just as jaded. Peter, however, is willing to take a leap and extend his heart. Their relationship became something I loved watching, and despite knowing how this fairy tale ends the ephemeral qualities easily slipped past me. Tink also became someone I grew to love, despite having hated her for most of my childhood. I loved that Anderson provided some explanations for Tink's hostile behavior towards Wendy.

Seeing such a unique twist on the characters really made me think back to watching all of those Peter Pan movies, which I was obsessed with, and Anderson makes it easy to see such a different spin on this classic fairy tale. Tinker Bell, a fairy who has always ben viewed as being a jealous wench in my eyes, is turned into something heartbreaking and loyal. Tiger Lily, a girl we learn very little about in classic movies becomes a heroine with whom we fall madly in love. The world building is also impeccable, wrapping Neverland up into something attainable while still remaining mysterious. The idea that Neverland is a physical place that can be reached only served to fuel my need to find this place for myself.

Jodi Lynn Anderson has worked her magic into my heart. I've fallen in love with her stories and her characters and I can't seem to get her out of my head. My heart rarely aches for characters in the way this story did, but I found myself experiencing real, physical pain while attempting to piece back together my broken heart. This story will have you twisted in so many ways you'll never want to let go. I can't recommend this book enough, I know I don't give ratings anymore, but 5 stars wouldn't be enough. If you're a fan of Peter Pan, I definitely suggest you pick Tiger Lily up right away. It will grab you by your heartstrings and never let go.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Stacking the Shelves [7]

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews as a way to share all the books we've received this week!

I only got a couple ebooks from NetGalley this week! I'm definitely excited for them though :D

Velveteen by Daniel Marks
Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

What kind of awesome did you get this week???

Saturday, June 16, 2012

New Releases: Week of June 18th

Another week of new releases!!! Not much is coming out this week, but I know I'll be picking up a copy of This is Not a Test!!!! I've been DYING to get my hands on that one :) What are you picking up this week?

Not many new releases this week!! I'm a little bummed >_< Most of these are actually paperbacks too!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Review: Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer

Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer
Expected Publication Date: June 26th, 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Page Count: 352 pages
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Amazon | Goodreads | Indiebound
* I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review * 
Gigi, Bea, and Neerja are best friends and total overachievers. Even if they aren’t the most popular girls in school, they aren’t too worried. They know their real lives will begin once they get to their Ivy League colleges. There will be ivy, and there will be cute guys in the libraries (hopefully with English accents)! But when an unexpected event shows them they’re missing out on the full high school experience, it’s time to come out of the honors lounge and into the spotlight. They make a pact: They will each take on their greatest challenge—and they will totally rock it.

Gigi decides to run for student rep, but she’ll have to get over her fear of public speaking—and go head-to-head with gorgeous California Will. Bea used to be one of the best skiers around, until she was derailed. It could be time for her to take the plunge again. And Neerja loves the drama club but always stayed behind the scenes—until now.

These friends are determined to show that smart girls get what they want—but that could mean getting way more attention than they ever bargained for....
When this book showed up in the mail along with a few others from HarperTeen I had no idea what it was about. I honestly had never even heard of it, and since I'm not a big contemporary reader I was a bit skeptical. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised! Not only is this book adorably fun, but it's a great summer read! Gigi and her friends, Bea and Neerja, have been holding themselves back from enjoying high school by spending all their time doing homework, but they've finally decided enough is enough! This is a great story about overcoming social anxiety, the pressures of succeeding, and learning to enjoy high school while still getting good grades!

Gigi is so smart, yet so dumb sometimes which definitely had me face palming a few times. She doesn't have the best taste in boys, although I thought she did for awhile! And her need to succeed has her oblivious to the social world around her. I absolutely ADORED her! Not only was she hilarious, but she was pretty too! I loved reading a story about a girl who was not only smart, but also pretty because I feel like that can be kind of rare in YA. Usually, it's the hot popular girl vs. the mousy-haired book nerd but there's no in between. It was so refreshing to read about someone who was pretty and proud to be so brilliant! Bea and Neerja were also incredibly awesome. Bea especially. I would definitely love to have girls like that for my friends!

The story itself is nicely paced, while staying fun and entertaining. It's told from Gigi's POV and she's got a pretty hilarious mind, I found myself laughing out loud on more than one occasion. Beware, there is a love triangle but it is definitely done well. I even found myself having a hard time choosing between the two boys, or even figuring out if they had feelings for Gigi at all! Strohmeyer does an awesome job of putting the reader in Gigi's shoes, because I really felt like I was her. When Gigi felt anxious, I felt anxious for her. When she got excited, I found myself with a huge grin on my face! I'm so happy I had the chance to pick up this book, because it was just so fun!

Overall, I absolutely LOVED Smart Girls Get What They Want! I was so happy to read about a Smart Girl going after what she wanted and putting herself out there on the social chopping block. High school isn't easy and it was great to see a group of friends who could stick together and make the best of it, while maintaining their 4.0 averages! If you're looking for a fun, exciting, cute, and just plain awesome summer read, Smart Girls is the way to go!!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Review: Thief's Covenant by Ari Marmell

Thief's Covenant by Ari Marmell
Publication Date: February 21st, 2012
Publisher: PYR
Page Count: 240 pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
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* I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review *
Once she was Adrienne Satti. An orphan of Davillon, she had somehow escaped destitution and climbed to the ranks of the city’s aristocracy in a rags-to-riches story straight from an ancient fairy tale. Until one horrid night, when a conspiracy of forces—human and other—stole it all away in a flurry of blood and murder.

Today she is Widdershins, a thief making her way through Davillon’s underbelly with a sharp blade, a sharper wit, and the mystical aid of Olgun, a foreign god with no other worshippers but Widdershins herself. It’s not a great life, certainly nothing compared to the one she once had, but it’s hers.

But now, in the midst of Davillon’s political turmoil, an array of hands are once again rising up against her, prepared to tear down all that she’s built. The City Guard wants her in prison. Members of her own Guild want her dead. And something horrid, something dark, something ancient is reaching out for her, a past that refuses to let her go. Widdershins and Olgun are going to find answers, and justice, for what happened to her—but only if those who almost destroyed her in those years gone by don’t finish the job first.
I went into this book with basically no expectations. I honestly didn't have a clue what I was getting myself into, I just knew it sounded awesome. A YA Sci Fi? Yes please! I've been looking for some good YA Sci Fi so I was really excited to pick this one up. While the actual plot is fast-paced and exciting, the way it is executed had me confused a number of times as well as made it feel like things were dragging. Widdershins is a strong female protagonist, but there's nothing particularly relatable about her. I didn't feel connected to the story, nor the characters, but I definitely enjoyed it. Thief's Covenant is a quick and exciting read, with a slew of interesting characters, but the execution of the story fell a little short.

While I liked Widdershin's character (she's smart, spunky, brave, and tough) I didn't really connect with her on any level. There are also a lot of secondary characters in the story which made it difficult for me to keep track of who was who. There isn't a lot of character development, making it harder for me to really grow to care about anyone in particular. Also, there's no romance. As you know, I'm a huge romance junkie, but there are only flickers of romantic interests here and there, but nothing substantial. I really wish that some romance had been incorporated.

In addition to there being so many characters the focus jumps from character to character throughout the story making it hard for me to really get into what's happening in one situation. I also found this confusing at times; I had a hard time remembering what was just happening and following the plot line, or I would have to back track just to figure out what happened. The story is definitely mysterious and intriguing, it kept me guessing. The ending is also incredibly exciting, and I can't wait to start False Covenant!

Although I did have some issues with Thief's Covenant, for the most part it was an enjoyable and quick read. There are some confusing moments, and I would have liked more character development, as well as romance, but I am definitely looking forward to the next book! If you're looking for a good Sci Fi/Fantasy YA, pick up Thief's Covenant!

Waiting on Wednesday [43] - Defiance by C.J. Redwine

****"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Jill at the Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.****

Defiance by C.J. Redwine
Expected Publication Date: August 28th, 2012
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Page Count: 416 pages
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Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses, host dinner parties, and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father’s apprentice, Logan—the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same boy who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.

At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to the city’s top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for his mentor’s impulsive daughter. Logan is determined to protect her, but when his escape plan goes wrong and Rachel pays the price, he realizes he has more at stake than disappointing Jared.

As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.
Why I Can't Wait: Uhhhh Dystopian Fantasy anyone? Seriously, this book has been on my list since the Fall catalog came out and I am SO EXCITED for it :) Aren't you?! Also, this cover looks AMAZING!!!!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

HarperTeen Books Provide the Best Shade!

From HarperTeen: Did you know… books provide excellent shade? HarperTeen is giving you the chance to sample your very own Sun-Proof Fiction with nine of our most fantastic summer reads in paperback. During the month of June, we’ll be tweeting our favorite beach reading photos with #spf9 hashtag, giving away books and more on HarperTeen’s Facebook, and spreading the word that books can be better than sunglasses.

I've read most of these books and I can tell you know, they are AWESOME!! Want your chance to win a batch of these books?? All you have to do is check out the HarperTeen Facebook Page for lots of summer awesomeness!

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