Favorite Quote(s): “Don’t ask me how I came to be straddling no-shirt-cute-jerk.” “Sometimes we have to prove to other we’re strong even when we’re not.” Favorite Character: Amy. She is just so hilarious, and she made this book worth reading! First Line: “How does a relatively smart sixteen year old girl get stuck in a sucky situation she can’t get out of?” My Musings: First things first. This was the most hilarious series I have ever read in my entire life. Every single one of these books, on every single page, I was cracking up. Cracking up while reading at dinner, cracking up in the middle of class, cracking up while reading at night; just cracking up in general. So this review is about How to Ruin a Summer Vacation. After reading the first few chapters, I was torn. The writing was very simplistic and sometimes redundant, but absolutely hilarious. I couldn’t figure out if I liked it or not. However, as the book progressed, the writing helped me develop a sense of identity pertaining to the main character, Amy. Although not nearly as eloquently written as many of the novels that I have read, the writing style was unique, and it fit the tone of the book perfectly. Amy is your typical city girl; so when she is sent to spend her summer in Israel with her estranged father, […]
BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS, BOOK 1 Nara Collins is an average sixteen-year-old, with one exception: every night she dreams the events of the following day. Due to an incident in her past, Nara avoids using her special gift to change fate…until she dreams a future she can’t ignore. After Nara prevents a bombing at Blue Ridge High, her ability to see the future starts to fade, while people at school are suddenly being injured at an unusually high rate. Grappling with her diminishing powers and the need to prevent another disaster, Nara meets Ethan Harris, a mysterious loner who seems to understand her better than anyone. Ethan and Nara forge an irresistible connection, but as their relationship heats up, so do her questions about his dark past. Read an excerpt Amazon | Barnes & Noble LUCID: BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS, BOOK 2 Once Nara combines her prophetic ability with Ethan’s power to outsmart Fate at his own deadly cat-and-mouse game, she’s more determined than ever to help Ethan learn the meaning behind the raven sword tattoo that suddenly appeared on his back after their confrontation with Fate. During her quest to uncover the tattoo’s secrets, Nara enlists the help of some new friends and discovers her own surprising connection to Ethan. While Nara digs deeper into the mystery, her desire for answers leads her down a dangerous path full of powerful and […]
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine! Each week, bloggers spotlight what upcoming release they’re eager for. Title: Crimson Frost Author: Jennifer Estep Expected Publication: December 24, 2012 For a moment, a face flashed before my eyes — the most hideous face I’d ever seen. No matter how hard I tried to forget what had happened, I saw him everywhere I went. It was Loki — the evil god that I’d helped set free against my will. I should have known that my first official date with Logan Quinn was destined to end in disaster. If we’d gotten into a sword fight, or been ambushed by Reapers, I’d have been more prepared. But getting arrested mid-sip at the local coffee hangout? I didn’t see that one coming. I’ve been accused of purposely helping the Reapers free Loki from his prison — and the person leading the charge against me is Linus Quinn, Logan’s dad. The worst part is that pretty much everyone at Mythos Academy thinks I’m guilty. If I’m going to get out of this mess alive, I’ll have to do it myself… What are you waiting on this Wednesday?
Title: Dante’s Girl Genre and Age Group: Young Adult Author: Courtney Cole Release date: July 2012Event dates: Sept. 10-29, 2012 Courtney’s Website | Amazon | Barnes and Noble I have spent every summer since I was ten years old with my father in London. Every summer, since I was ten years old, has been uneventful and boring. Until this year. And this year, after a freak volcanic eruption strands me far from home, I have learned these things: 1. I can make do with one outfit for three days before I buy new clothes. 2. If I hear the phrase, “You’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto,” even one more time, I might become a homicidal maniac. 3. I am horribly and embarrassingly allergic to jellyfish. 4. I am in love with Dante Giliberti, who just happens to be the beautiful, sophisticated son of the Prime Minister of a Mediterranean paradise. 5. See number four above. Because it brings with it a whole slew of problems and I’ve learned something from every one of them. Let’s start with the fact that Dante’s world is five light-years away from mine. He goes to black-tie functions and knows the Prime Minister of England on a first name basis. I was born and raised on a farm in Kansas and wear cut-off jeans paired with cowboy boots. See […]
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. “His golden voice was as deliciously warm as it had always been, wrapping around me in a comforting blanket, insulating me from the bite of the December air. ‘No, but I do love you, silly creature that you are.’” Endlessly, Kiersten White
No one is like Daemon Black. When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well… There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on. But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love. After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever. Together we’re stronger… and they know it. Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble Follow this link to an ~~~ EPIC CONTEST ~~~ Announcement. You will want to bookmark this page! http://jenniferarmentrout.blogspot.com/p/october-1-2012.html USA TODAY Bestselling author, Jennifer L. Armentrout, lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, working […]
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine! Each week, bloggers spotlight what upcoming release they’re eager for. Title: Opal Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout Expected Publication: December 11, 2012 No one is like Daemon Black. When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well… There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on. But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love. After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever. Together we’re stronger… and they know it. What are you waiting on this Wednesday?
Goodreads Description- The ultimate battle. The ultimate love.For the past two years, Jenn has lived and trained at Spain’s Sacred Heart Academy Against the Cursed Ones. She is among the few who have pledged to defend humanity or die trying. But the vampires are gaining power, and the battle has only just begun. Forced to return home after death takes a member of her family, Jenn discovers that San Francisco is now a vampire strong-hold. As a lone hunter apart from her team, Jenn is isolated—and at risk. She craves the company of her fighting partner, Antonio: his protection, his reassurance, his touch. But a relationship with Antonio comes with its own dangers, and the more they share of themselves, the more Jenn stands to lose. Then Jenn is betrayed by one who was once bound to protect her, causing her to doubt all she had held as true. To survive, Jenn must find the courage to trust herself—and her heart. My ReviewFavorite Quote(s): “Do you know, Antonio’s been going outside in the cold mornings, and then coming and putting his hands on your face, to bring your fever down. That’s really awfully sweet, in a very strange way.” Favorite Character: Antonio. I think it’s sad that he doesn’t trust himself around the person that he loves, but he is very very sweet. I’d kill to have a […]
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. “It seems like a long time, but when I reach the enclosure my pace doesn’t falter. Mr. Haraldson, my gym teacher, would be proud of my leap. I was nowhere near the presidential award in physical fitness last year, but i’m probably making a world-record jump right now.” How to Ruin a Summer Vacation, Simone Elkeles
Favorite Quote(s): “We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.” “‘I might be in love with you.’ He smiles a little. ‘I’m waiting until I’m sure to tell you, though.’” Favorite Character: Tris. I loved seeing her grow into herself and find confidence in who she is. First Line: “There is one mirror in my house.” My Musings: I just want to start off saying that Divergent was everything that everyone said it would be. It was action packed, romance littered, and overall a really good story! I had been waiting on this book from the library for three months. When I finally got it, I hunkered down and finished it in a few days! I proably could’ve finished it in one day if not for school–it was that good! I loved the plot and the concept of the world that the characters live in. It’s futuristic, which gives it an edge. I loved the way that this novel way written. It was descriptive, and there was never a dull moment. I felt like I could relate to the characters: they were very realistic. I personally loved Tris’ character. I felt like I could put myself in her shoes; I know what it’s like to feel like you don’t belong, and working so hard for something. I enjoyed following Tris through […]