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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Girl In The Clockwork Collar

The Girl In The Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross.
Summery: Sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne and her "straynge band of mysfits" have journeyed from London to America to rescue their friend Jasper, hauled off by bounty hunters. But Jasper is in the clutches of a devious former friend demanding a trade—the dangerous device Jasper stole from him…for the life of the girl Jasper loves. One false move from Jasper and the strange clockwork collar around Mei's neck tightens. And tightens. From the rough streets of lower Manhattan to elegant Fifth Avenue, the motley crew of teens with supernatural abilities is on Jasper's elusive trail. And they're about to discover how far they'll go for friendship. More than ever, Finley Jayne will rely on powerful English duke Griffin King to balance her dark magic with her good side. Yet Griffin is at war with himself over his secret attraction to Finley…and will risk his life and reputation to save her. Sam, more machine than man, finds his moody heart tested by Irish lass Emily—whose own special abilities are no match for the darkness she discovers on the streets. Now, to help those she's come to care for so deeply, Finley Jayne must infiltrate a criminal gang. Only problem is, she might like the dark side a little too much…. (taken from Amazon)
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Romance:Flirting, admiring, liking/loving someone, thinking/talking about someone, several kisses(1 scene which briefly was described with a good deal), hugging/touching.
Inappropriate Romance:Griffin is injured and Finley is watching over him and falls asleep in the same bed (although she not under the blankets and is fully clothed), Jasper and Mei sleep together or lay in the same bed (I believe both may have happened). Griffin sees Finley's bare back when she is injured, but it does not say whether or not he sees more. A joke.comment that was inappropriate, seeing someone's bare chest and enjoying the view. There is an merchant or something of the like who was after Mei and tried to rape her, barely mentioned (it didn't happen and she protected herself)
Language:5 :( I was sad about this when i counted, it didn't seem like that many.
Violence:Threats, yelling/arguments, sparring, fighting, injuries (fatal and minor), hitting or wanting to hit someone, death, murder.
Other:Lying/hiding something, stealing, aether powers (used to see ghosts etc.), manipulation, trickery, mention of selling Chinese immigrant girls into prostitution.
Time Period:1897
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My Thoughts:I have fallen in love with this series and its characters. They lead such exciting lives! Although I liked the first book, The Girl In The Steel Corset, a good bit better than this one... it still had a wonderful plot, conniving villain, a dangerous weapon falling into the wrong hands and a betrayal. :) I was sad when I  saw how much language I counted, it didn't seem to be that much when I was reading it. However since there was a good bit and a couple other little problems had with it, I would say teens only for this book. It is a wonderful book though. A grand adventure and you will most certainly love the characters. They're so diverse! I'm not really sure if guys would like it, but for those girls who likes some action...this is your book! And on a little side note, I love the unique way the page before a new chapter is done. The first book had gears and this one had keys I believe. It was great and so steampunk-y :D
My Stars:
Love, Sierra

Monday, September 24, 2012

Looking Forward To:Stormdancer

The first thing that drew me to this book was the cover. You have to admit it is pretty freaking cool.  However I have since read a couple reviews for it, read the description and such...and I have to say that I'm really excited to get my hands on this book. Basically this is a Steampunk book...but it's set in old Japan. How cool is that? It really sets it apart from every other Steampunk book in that way! So it's totally unique, looks really interesting and has a great cover. I'm ready to read it! I've actually already got it on hold :D As Stormdancer was released September 18. (as you can see I'm a little behind *wink*) So maybe your library already has it too! Anyway it is sure to be a great book!

Here is the blurb from Amazon: The first in an epic new fantasy series, introducing an unforgettable new heroine and a stunningly original dystopian steampunk world with a flavor of feudal Japan. A DYING LAND  The Shima Imperium  verges on the brink of environmental collapse; an island nation once rich in tradition and myth, now decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, the land is choked with toxic pollution, and the great spirit animals that once roamed its wilds have departed forever. 
AN IMPOSSIBLE QUEST  The hunters of Shima's imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to capture a thunder tiger – a legendary creature, half-eagle, half-tiger. But any fool knows the beasts have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Shōgun is death.
A HIDDEN GIFT  Yukiko is a child of the Fox clan, possessed of a talent that if discovered, would see her executed by the Lotus Guild. Accompanying her father on the Shōgun’s hunt, she finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in Shima’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled thunder tiger for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her.
But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire.

  1. Do you like Steampunk?
  2. Does this book look interesting to you wherever you stand on Steampunk?
  3. Gonna try to read it?
For me all yeses :D
Love, Sierra

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Insignia

Insignia by S.J. Kincaid

Summary: More than anything, Tom Raines wants to be important, though his shadowy life is anything but that. For years, Tom’s drifted from casino to casino with his unlucky gambler of a dad, gaming for their survival. Keeping a roof over their heads depends on a careful combination of skill, luck, con artistry, and staying invisible. Then one day, Tom stops being invisible. Someone’s been watching his virtual-reality prowess, and he’s offered the incredible—a place at the Pentagonal Spire, an elite military academy. There, Tom’s instincts for combat will be put to the test and if he passes, he’ll become a member of the Intrasolar Forces, helping to lead his country to victory in World War III. Finally, he’ll be someone important: a superhuman war machine with the tech skills that every virtual-reality warrior dreams of. Life at the Spire holds everything that Tom’s always wanted—friends, the possibility of a girlfriend, and a life where his every action matters—but what will it cost him?
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Romance:One kiss, liking someone, flirting, thinking/talking about someone.
Inappropriate Romance:Mention of Dalton (Tom's step-dad) having relationships with several women, a fantasy of Tom's in which two girls are being giddy like and have their clothes fall off then insist that Tom carry them because they are cold. (not described it just says their clothes fall off)
Language:1
Violence:Shooting (video games and spaceships), yelling/arguments, kidnapping(kinda), bullying, torture (sort of, questioning and going through memories forcefully that could possibly injure the subject), injuries, threats.
Other: Lying, reprogramming someone, spying,(spoiler) surgeries/putting a computer in someone's mind, crude jokes.
Time Period:Future.
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My Thoughts: A truly exciting adventure one I wouldn't mind at all reading again. Great dystopian world full of technology that will leave you wanting more from this world and the characters. It was one of those books. Yeah the ones that keep you up past midnight. I think that this was a well balanced book as there is certainly enough action and video game playing for guys to be happy (and flooding a fancy building with sewer water...) and then there some things that will attract girls too. Like the friendships between Tom and his friends, the jokes, and several other things. So I would recommend this book (which I loved!) to gals and guys about 13+
My Stars:5
Love, Sierra

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Trouble With Cowboys

The Trouble With Cowboys by Denise Hunter.
Read my review of Smitten, a book Denise Hunter co-wrote with several authors.

Summary: Only one pair of boots—and the cowboy wearing them—can get Annie out of the mess she’s in.Annie Wilkerson is Moose Creek’s premiere horse trainer and equine columnist for Montana Living. Money is tight as she tries to put her kid-sister through college and provide for her young nephew. When Annie’s column is cancelled, she’s given first shot at a new lovelorn column—and she can’t afford to turn it down. Only problem is . . . Annie’s never been in love.Always resourceful, she reluctantly strikes a deal with the town’s smooth-talking ladies’ man Dylan Taylor: She’ll work with his ailing horse, Braveheart, if he’ll help her answer the reader letters.Working closely with Dylan is harder than Annie imagined, and she quickly realizes she may have misjudged him. But her unwavering conviction that cowboys are nothing but trouble has kept her heart safe for years. And she can’t risk getting hurt now. The more Annie tries to control things, the more they fall apart. Her feelings are spinning out of control, and her sister’s antics are making life increasingly more difficult. Annie knows she needs to turn the reins over to God, but surrender has never come easily.When Dylan reveals his feelings for her, Annie doesn’t know what to trust—her head or her heart. The trouble with this cowboy is that he might just be exactly what she needs.
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Romance:A couple kisses (a bit descriptive), touching/holding, liking/loving someone, flirting, thinking/talking about someone.
Inappropriate Romance:Annie's sister, Sierra, got pregnant at 16. Annie and Dylan get stranded out in the country and are unable to get back until morning. There are some rumors of what might have happened although nothing did.
Violence: Injuries, yelling/arguments, death (from age).
Other:Annie's dad left them when she was young, lying/hiding something, a horse going blind, Sierra runs away for a short while.
Time Period:Modern.
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My Thoughts: I must admit, I wanted this book (shame on me) because of the cover. I'm a sucker for westerns, especially if it involves horses and cowboys! You won't be to disappointed if that is what you want when you pick up this book. There are a good deal of cowboys and some horses on the side. I would have wanted a few more, but I take what I can get. I really liked Annie's character and felt I could relate. I'm constantly mothering my siblings, just like she does to her sister. And I always thought it would be fun do do a "Dear Abby" like column for some topic. That was just another interesting addition to the book that drew me in. I didn't connect as much as I would have liked to the whole romance. Some of it felt a little bumpy :/ However I did really enjoy this book and I would recommend to teens as it is an adult romance and Annie's sister was a teen mom.
My stars:4
Love, Sierra
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I was given a copy of this book free from the publisher and the views I expressed are my own.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Enclave

Enclave by Ann Aguirre.

EnclaveSummery: Deuce has just become a huntress for her enclave. (a group of people surviving in a village/colony underground, each person in the enclave has a specific job to do) She will now hunt and bring food back from the tunnels. which will be a dangerous job as she and her partner must evade the angry, wild Freaks that roam the tunnels. They also search for food, of the human kind. But the partner she is given is the man her enclave discovered as a child. Somehow he managed to survive in the tunnels alone. The enclave took him in but he has always been an outsider. However as they hunt together she grows to like him, looking past his hard shell and finding the real Fade. She is also starting to see the truth in what Fade tells her about her enclave and the wrongness of the things they do. It changes her world. But it is a good thing? After all...they get exiled.

Romance: A kiss, breeding in the enclave (brief mention), touching, liking/loving.

Language:0

Violence:Yelling/arguments, fighting, injuries, death, killing, shooting, threats, kidnapping, sick playing/hunting of other humans.

Other:Mutants, sort of  rape (basically misuse of women by a gang. It could also be considered Inappropriate romance although mostly it is implied. Several times)

Time Period:Future.

My Thoughts: I can see the connection between The Hunger Games and this book. In both cases the heroine is very tough and there is a good bit of violence. And it's in the future. That is about where it stops though. Enclave is a very unique book and leaves you with a great, satisfying ending... but also a cliff hanger! I really liked Fade and Deuce as characters and the excitement kept you turning pages! There were a couple parts that were a bit darker, but overall I liked it a good bit :) I would recommend to girl and guy YA readers.

My Stars:4
Sierra
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Band Of Sisters

A Band Of Sisters by Cathy Gohlke.
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Summary: Maureen O’Reilly and her younger sister flee Ireland in hope of claiming the life promised to their father over twenty years before. After surviving the rigors of Ellis Island, Maureen learns 
that their benefactor, Colonel Wakefield, has died. 
His family, refusing to own his Civil War debt, casts 
her out. Alone, impoverished, and in danger of 
deportation, Maureen connives to obtain 
employment in a prominent department store. But 
she soon discovers that the elegant facade hides a 
secret that threatens every vulnerable woman in the city. Despite her family’s disapproval, Olivia Wakefield determines to honor her father’s debt but can’t find Maureen. Unexpected help comes from a local businessman, whom Olivia begins to see as more than an ally, even as she fears the secrets he’s hiding. As women begin disappearing from the store, Olivia rallies influential ladies in her circle to help Maureen take a stand against injustice and fight for the lives of their growing band of sisters. But can either woman open her heart to divine leading or the love it might bring? 

Romance: A couple kisses, touching/holding hands, talk of marriage, thinking/talking about someone, flirting, liking/loving someone.
Inappropriate Romance:Mention and implication of: rape, prostitution, abuse and mistreatment of women. Also cheating husbands or wives.
Language:0 (There were two uses of d-mning referring to a letter and God. It was used as: the d-mning letter and the d-mning God which I assumed wasn't as a cuss word but more of a different term for condemning.)
Violence: Abuse, yelling/arguments, hitting/wanting to hit someone, threats, injuries, a fire, flooding, death, kidnapping.
Other: Mention of a character drinking/being drunk, illness, human slavery.
Time Period: 1910
My Thoughts: This is truly a book that I am happy and proud to add to my collection. It is so strong and wonderful in it's message of not only the mistreatment of women but about the amazing grace of God. That no matter how far you think you have fallen you can never be "bad" enough that God can't help you. I enjoyed reading this book so much and I think I learned a lot too. I don't know what I can do right now as a teen other than spread awareness about human trafficking and such, but I think that it is just a terrible terrible thing and it must be stopped. After reading this book I definitely wanted to go out and stop all the terrible things that are happening to the people caught up in human trafficking. I wanted to turn into Batman, Huntress or someone like that. To rescue those who are being mistreated. I think that it can be stopped (with a lot of work) if we all pitch in and help. It might take time but with books like this and spreading awareness I think people will just be moved to act. I really liked the characters in this book and it was well written. Just enough excitement, just enough romance, and a good cause that the characters fought for. I really enjoyed it. I would recommend this book for older teens, although there is nothing graphic the abuse and misuse can be a bit much and wouldn't be for younger readers.
My Stars:4
Sierra
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Monday, September 10, 2012

The Selection



The Selection by Kiera Cass.
The Selection (The Selection, #1)
Summery: For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks. Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself—and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Romance:Kissing, flirting, liking/loving someone, thinking and talking about someone, touching, hugging.
Inappropriate Romance: There were two scenes in which America's boyfriend was in her room and they were making out. There were a one or two other make out scenes (I don't really approve of) however non of the make out scenes were very descriptive. The Selected are told that they are to never to deny the Prince of anything and it's implied that the same goes for something beyond a kiss.
Language:2
Violence:Several attacks from the past or on another town mentioned, two attacks on the palace while The Selected are there, slapping someone, small injuries, threats, yelling/arguments.
Other:Castes, homelessness, starvation, lying/hiding something,
Time Period:Future.
My Thoughts:WOW. I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I had read a review or two about it that said it was good. The blurb on amazon was interesting enough and I liked the cover. It might have been all of that and the trailer (see below) combined that made me finally get from the library and try it. I wish I had done it sooner. This is a stunning book that had me up late reading. I loved pretty much every single minute of reading it and I loved the characters. It's calm and exciting at the same time...I just can't explain or express all that I loved about it.  There were a couple things that I didn't like but for the most part it was pretty clean. I cannot wait for the second book and in the time between then and now I just might reread this book. I would recommend to teen girls.


My Stars:5
Sierra
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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Looking Forward To: Sneak

Sneak (Swipe Series)Sneak is the sequel to Swipe by Evan Angler. Swipe was quite an interesting book. It has many twists and turns and keeps you guessing. Even though it might have been for tween aged readers both me and my cousin enjoyed it. It is very exciting and I am really looking forward to getting my hands on Sneak. Also I just happen to like the cover a ton :D And the best part? You don't even have to wait to go and get it! It came out the fourth of September. (as I said, I'm a little behind) Here is the blurb from Amazon:


In a future United States under the power of a charismatic leader, everyone gets the Mark at age thirteen. The Mark lets citizen shop, go to school, and even get medical care—but without it, you are on your own. Few refuse to get the Mark. Those who do . . . disappear.
Logan Langly went in to get his Mark, but he backed out at the last minute.  Now he’s on the run from government agents who will stop at nothing to capture him. But Logan is on a mission to find and save his sister, Lily, who disappeared five years ago on her thirteenth birthday, the day she was supposed to receive her Mark.
Logan and his friends, a group of dissenters called the Dust, discover a vast network of the Unmarked, who help them travel safely to the capital city where Lily is imprisoned. Along the way, the Dust receives some startling information from the Markless community, opening their eyes to the message of Christianity and warning that humanity is now entering the End of Days.
When the Dust finally arrives in the capital, it seems that all their careful planning is useless against a government that will do anything to bend its citizens to its will. Can the gentle words Logan has found in a tattered, banned Bible really stand against the most powerful military the world has ever known? Can Logan even sacrifice his own freedom, choosing to act through faith alone?

So...
  1. Do you want to read it after reading that super interesting summery?
  2. Have you read Swipe?
  3. Do you like this type of genre?
Sierra
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Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Unnaturalists

The Unnaturalists by Tiffany Trent
The Unnaturalists
Summery: Vespa Nyx is interested in unnaturals, which any normal girl her age shouldn't be interested in. She should be raving over balls and sewing all morning. But not her. She dreams of  being a pedant, something women aren't allowed to be. (A pedant is basically a scholar/researcher/discoverer mix) However one fateful day she is somehow pushed into the shield holding the Sphinx. The shield collapses and the Sphinx attacks her. She is only saved by a mysterious Pedant Lumin who brings an adventure to her that was just waiting to break forth. Meanwhile another adventure has started. Syrus Reed is a Tinker, an outcast people who know the unnaturals and the old ways, before New London. His clan and family have been taken to be slaves at the Refinery and he is the only one left. He is given a mission by the Manticore, to find the only hope to save their world. 

Romance:A couple kisses, forcing someone to marry, flirting, liking/loving someone, thinking/talking about someone, touching.
Inappropriate Romance: Syrus sneaks in and hides in Vespa's room to talk to her and she undress while he hiding (nothing seen, very brief mention), mention of marriage bed (once), mention in a story of wife having a secret lover, mystic implication to heirs and a companion (either that or a high lady in waiting type position, two sentences)

Language:2 (barely)

Violence: Taking human beings and turning them into wights (soulds taken away),turning people into werewolves, killing, battles, magical battles, an attack, threats, injuries, yelling/arguments.

Other:Fairies and other creatures of such (manticore, hob, sphinx, giant), lying, eavesdropping, breaking and entering, magic, werewolves, the worship of scientists and Darwin, a carnival in which it is mentioned that some of the party goers aren't wearing anything (they ride by in a carriage).

Time Period: Another world...1900s like.

My Thoughts: I was looking forward to reading this book for a while and although I don't think it is a favorite it was certainly good! The plot was pretty well done and although I thought the ending could have been done a bit better I overall liked it pretty well. And I don't mean to say that I didn't like, I did and it was an enjoyable read. I also really liked the cover and the "New London" there were a lot of new inventions that I liked :) I would recommend this book to teen reader. Mostly girls probably. 

My Stars:4
Sierra
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P.S. I thought y'all would like to know...this is one of the most exact reviews I've done (not including Booksneeze, Zondervan or Tyndale reviews) as I only finished this book yesterday!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Looking Forward To:Outpost

OutpostOutpost is out! I unfortunately fell a bit behind so the next two Looking Forward To posts that I do will also be a bit late, but you still love me right :P
Anyway Outpost by Ann Aguirre is the sequel to Enclave.
Enclave has been compared a bit to Hunger Games and of being that (sort of) genre. Yes there is violence, yes there is a strong/tough girl for a main character, but that is pretty much were the similarities end in my book.
I have read Enclave (sorry that I haven't posted the review yet, I'll remember to as soon as I can) and I liked it pretty well.
It kinda leaves you on a cliffhanger and it is certainly an exciting book!
So I was wondering how she would tie it up in this book I have put a hold on it at my library and I'm pretty excited to get it. Here is the blurb from Amazon:


Deuce’s whole world has changed. Down below, she was considered an adult. Now, topside in a town called Salvation, she’s a brat in need of training in the eyes of the townsfolk. She doesn’t fit in with the other girls: Deuce only knows how to fight. To make matters worse, her Hunter partner, Fade, keeps Deuce at a distance. Her feelings for Fade haven’t changed, but he seems not to want her around anymore. Confused and lonely, she starts looking for a way out.
Deuce signs up to serve in the summer patrols—those who make sure the planters can work the fields without danger. It should be routine, but things have been changing on the surface, just as they did below ground. The Freaks have grown smarter. They’re watching. Waiting. Planning. The monsters don’t intend to let Salvation survive, and it may take a girl like Deuce to turn back the tide.

  1. Does it sound exciting to you?
  2. Have you read Enclave?
  3. Did you think it was very much like THG?
My answers: Yes. Yes. Not very.
Let me know what you think!
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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Looking Forward To: Sweet Shadows

Sweet Shadows (Sweet Venom)I have really enjoyed Tera Lynn Childs books. Her Greek Mythology books, Oh. My. Gods. and Goddess Bootcamp. And her mermaid books Forgive My Fins and Fins Are Forever. (oops, it would appear I haven't posted the reviews for Fins Are Forever, I will soon though!) Both series are fun and enjoyable. However my favorite by far would be this series right here. When I read the first book, Sweet Venom, I loved it. It had a lot more mythology and was more "serious" than her previous Greek Mythology themed series. There was a lot of excitement and it was written in a way that kept me reading until I was finished. I was bouncing of the walls when I learned the release date for the sequel. September 4, just around the corner! I don't know how it will measure up, but if it is anything like the first book it will be great! Here is a blurb from Amazon:


Gretchen may have known she was a descendant of Medusa long before her sisters—after all, she's spent her life fighting the monsters that escape the abyss—but that doesn't mean it will be easy to teach the other girls the ropes. Can she rely on Grace and Greer, or even trust herself to keep them safe? Greer has pressing social commitments on her plate and precious little time to train in her newfound powers. But that wretched second sight won't leave her alone, and her fabled heritage seems to be creeping into her fashionable life.
Grace has worries closer to home—like why her brother, Thane, has disappeared. He's hiding something. Could it possibly be related to the secret heritage the triplets share?
With the warring factions among the gods of Olympus coming for them, the creatures of the abyss pushing into their world, and the boys in their lives keeping secrets at every turn, the three girls must figure out where their fate will take them and how to embrace the shadows of their legacy.

  1. Have you read any of the author's books before? 
  2. Did you like them?
  3. Are you going to read this one?
I answer yes to all three :)
Sierra
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