Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Sunday, December 1, 2013
I've only got my eye on a few books this month.
COMING DECEMBER 10th . . .
These Broken Stars
by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.
Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.
Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?
Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.
COMING DECEMBER 24th . . .
by Sara Zarr & Tara Alterbrando
When East Coast native Elizabeth receives her freshman-year roommate assignment, she shoots off an e-mail to coordinate the basics: television, microwave, mini-fridge. That first note to San Franciscan Lauren sparks a series of e-mails that alters the landscape of each girl's summer -- and raises questions about how two girls who are so different will ever share a dorm room.
As the countdown to college begins, life at home becomes increasingly complex. With family relationships and childhood friendships strained by change, it suddenly seems that the only people Elizabeth and Lauren can rely on are the complicated new boys in their lives . . . and each other. Even though they've never met.
National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr and acclaimed author Tara Altebrando join forces for a novel about growing up, leaving home, and getting that one fateful e-mail that assigns your college roommate.
COMING DECEMBER 31st . . .
The Promise of Amazing
by Robin Constantine
Grayson Barrett was the king of St. Gabe’s. Star of the lacrosse team, top of his class, on a fast track to a brilliant future—until he was expelled for being a “term paper pimp.” Now Gray is in a downward spiral and needs to change, but doesn’t know how.
One fateful night their paths cross when Wren, working at her family’s Arthurian-themed catering hall, performs the Heimlich on Gray as he chokes on a cocktail weenie, saving his life literally and figuratively. What follows is the complicated, awkward, hilarious, and tender tale of two teens shedding their pasts, figuring out who they are—and falling in love.
What books are you hoping to get this Christmas?
Monday, November 25, 2013
Thursday, November 21, 2013
HAPPY CATCHING FIRE RELEASE DAY!!! =D
Catching Fire officially hits movie theaters tonight at eight! In honor of the movies release I'm doing a giveaway of Hunger Game notecards from my Etsy shop Celebrity Snail Mail.
Here's what's up for grabs:
1 Grand Prize winner will get the full three-piece set
2 Runners up will each get a Catching Fire card
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Title: The Book Thief
Author: Markus Zusak
# of Pages: 552
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 14th 2006
Level: Young Adult
Rating: 5 Hearts
It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.
Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.
In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.
As I write this post, there are only seventeen days to go until the movie comes out, and to my mothers delight (it's one of her favorite books) I decided it was finally time I read this! At the start I couldn't imagine it possibly living up to all my expectations, but it didn't just live up to them, it exceeded them.
There's really nothing about this book I could say that would do it justice so I've decided to do something a bit different and let the book speak for itself.
Wow right?! I hope that even if this book isn't your normal style you'll give it a go anyway. It is beautiful, it is heartbreaking, and it will touch a part of each and every one of you.
Monday, November 18, 2013
Author: Denise Grover Swank
# of Pages: 250
Publication Date: March 12th 2013
Level: New Adult
Rating: 2 Hearts
I’m normally not a fan of the New Adult genre. I am one of those people who feels it is just an excuse to throw in some explicit content to what would normally be YA. As I read this book, I was beginning to think maybe I had misjudged the genre but than it took a turn for the predictable (a.k.a. explicit content.)
I loved the slow build of Scarlett and Tucker’s romance. It started out as a tutoring job, grew into a friendship, and then exploaded into a romance. I loved watching their relationship grow, the way they looked into one another's eyes and could see each others deepest secrets, the tutoring sessions, and gym workouts. Sadly, this all disappeared once they became a couple and the only thing they did was have sex.
Author: Lisa McMann
# of Pages: 233
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: January 8th 2013
Level: Young Adult
Rating: 3 Hearts
Interesting concept but slow paced, fairly predictable, with average characters. Your typical Romeo & Juliet style romance with Jules and Sawyer being forbidden to see each other because their families run waring restaurants. As for the visions, one day all of a sudden Jules sees a vision and it just keeps playing over and over on every billboard, TV screen, window. Not only was the cause of Jules visions never explained, but it also got extremely monotonous to have her describe the same vision over and over for 200 pages. While the second book is on my TBR, I'm in no rush to read it.
Author: Kiera Cass
# of Pages: 323
Publication Date: April 23rd 2013
Level: Young Adult
Rating: 4 Hearts
Ugh, America Singer you may just be the death of me! Your inability to choose who it is your in love with makes me SO angry. I thought a decision would finally be made in this book but no, America continues to bounce between Aspen and Prince Maxon like a ping pong ball. At this point, I'm going to feel bad for whatever guy gets kicked to the curb because they've both been lead on for so long. The one good thing about this infuriating love triangle is that I do like both guys, which pretty much never happens, so either way I'm happy.
Cass continues to do a great job of drawing the reader into the world she has created and leaving us emotionally invested. After all that's what it's all about right? Getting lost in another world, caring about the characters as if they are real, feeling all the different emotions when things go bad or things work out. Even though it drives me crazy most of the time, I still love it.
Hope you enjoyed these mini reviews! I'll probably be doing a few more before the year ends to help me catch up.