Thursday, January 31, 2013

To Be Read Thursday

Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2)tick, tick, tick, tick, tick
it's almost
time for war.

Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She's finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam's life. (taken from Goodreads)
 This is the second book in the Shatter Me series. The first book is Shatter Me (didn't see that one comin' didja?) I read Shatter Me. I read the in between 1.5 book...Destroy Me. And I'm dying for Unravel Me. There are no others words. I'm dying. This is on Divergent level people! It's that good  and amazing. I'm dying. I am looking forward to the characters. The whole crossing out thing that is so cool so great so unique. I wish i could write like that all day :) or have my thoughts come out of my head like that. I'm weird. I'm looking forward to the next adventure, the next chapter in the journey...this book :) And yeah...I love the cover too :)
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Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School, #1)
 It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to finishing school.

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is the bane of her mother's existence. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea--and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish, all right--but it's a different kind of finishing. Mademoiselle Geraldine's certainly trains young ladies in the finer arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also in the other kinds of finishing: the fine arts of death, diversion, deceit, espionage, and the modern weaponries. Sophronia and her friends are going to have a rousing first year at school. (taken from Goodreads)
 I love steampunk. I saw the cover (kept popping up) a bit ago and added it to my TBR list. Then this month I read the description. And several reviews. I CANNOT WAIT. This books sounds amazing! The MC sounds really great, the plot exciting and the book...well as I've already said, it sounds amazing! I can't wait to read this one! I've got a hold on it and I only have to wait a little longer... I'm  not #1, but I think #2 or #3

Both of these books will be released Feb.5
Love, Sierra

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Brush of Angel's Wings

Brush of Angel's WingsBrush Of Angel's Wings by Ruth Reid. Second book of the Heaven on Earth series.
Book description:He doesn't plan to stay Amish. She doesn't have a plan. Then an angel draws their hearts toward God . . . and each other. A buggy-racing champion, a hardworking field-hand, and a terrible cook, Rachel Hartzler does not fit her Amish community's standards for an eligible bride. Hurt by their rejection and still grieving the loss of her brother, Rachel is ready for change. She's not, however, ready for Jordan Engles. Rachel's father hired him to help tend the fields so Rachel can learn to cook and sew, thus increasing her chances of finding a husband. She can't understand why her father doesn't want her help and blames Jordan for trying to replace her beloved brother. Jordan plans for his time on the Michigan farm to be short. Before his mother passed away, he promised her he'd give her Amish roots a chance. Upon her death, uncertain about what else to do, he came to stay with his Uncle Isaac in Hope Falls. He's curious why his mother left the community she obviously loved. But it doesn't take Jordan long to conclude that the strict lifestyle and the three hour church services are not for him. But there isn't just human interaction at play. Nathaniel, an angel of God, sees the potential in Jordan and Rachel's hearts from heaven's perspective. His goal is to shepherd them toward the path of healing and love. When tragedy strikes, then strikes again, this angelic being is sent to guide them toward the healing and abundant life promised in God's Word - if only they will listen. (taken from Goodreads)
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Romance:A bad pregnancy, a couple kisses, some flirting and jealousy because of it. Language:0 Violence: A buggy accident, death, injuries. Other:Drinking, lying, demons. Time period: Modern.

Thoughts:Although I haven't read all too many Amish books this one is definitely on my favorites list! It was a truly inspiring story with little sections of an angel's POV watching over Jorden and Rachel. I really liked that. It did seem as though the angel didn't have much power over the demon. I'm not sure where they stand or what is says in the Bible about how much power they have so I may be incorrect about being a little upset about that. (In the second book it seems as if the angel has more power and always it is shown that God has power over the demons) The plot kept me guessing just as the book kept me reading! I really enjoyed it and got the "calm" feeling I do when I read Amish books. It may sound silly but it's true! I didn't have (really) any problems with this book other than that little demon part and that it might have been a little slow here and there. I would recommend to girls 13+
Characters:Rachel was my favorite as she was small but feisty. Like me, I hope. I thought the characters were well done and I felt like I got familiar with them really quickly :)
Cover:I like the whole bokeh-ish thing they have going. But it kinda comes out as blurry :/ I liked An Angel By Her Side's cover better.
Love, Sierra

Sunday, January 27, 2013

~MR~ Valkyrie Rising

Valkyrie Rising (Valkyrie, #1)Book Description:Nothing ever happens in Norway. But at least Ellie knows what to expect when she visits her grandmother: a tranquil fishing village and long, slow summer days. And maybe she’ll finally get out from under the shadow of her way-too-perfect big brother, Graham, while she’s there. What Ellie doesn’t anticipate is Graham’s infuriating best friend, Tuck, tagging along for the trip. Nor did she imagine boys going missing amid rumors of impossible kidnappings. Least of all does she expect something powerful and ancient to awaken in her and that strange whispers would urge Ellie to claim her place among mythological warriors. Instead of peace and quiet, there’s suddenly a lot for a girl from L.A. to handle on a summer sojourn in Norway! And when Graham vanishes, it’s up to Ellie—and the ever-sarcastic, if undeniably alluring Tuck—to uncover the truth about all the disappearances and thwart the nefarious plan behind them. Deadly legends, hidden identities, and tentative romance swirl together in one girl’s unexpectedly-epic coming of age. (taken from Goodreads)
Thoughts:I think I had read a  couple reviews (at least one) and it seemed that they only kinda liked it. However I felt differently....because I  LOVED it! First off this is only my third or fourth book involving Norway, viking, and Norse mythology. But this is probably my favorite. It had some cool facts, but not much that I didn't already know. It did take me a few chapters before I was really loving this book and getting caught up in it. And I did get caught up, because there was so much mystery, excitement and kick butt warrior girls :) Plot wise it could have been better, but I still thought it was pretty good. There were some things I guessed, but there were still surprises for me. 
I liked Ellie and I thought that Tuck had a little Puck flair in him, although it might have just been the whole names rhyming thing :P But Tuck definitely proved himself to Ellie...and I liked that. And the roof scene at the end? Dawwwwwhhhh! There were several funny parts involving Ellie's brother that I liked too. This book was actually pretty clean, there a couple of crude jokes, and slightly inappropriate romantic implication, a bit of drinking, a couple kisses and language wise it was a 2. I would recommend for 14-15+ girls who like a bit of action with their adventure and romance. I thought, overall, that this is a book that I would want to probably reread, one whose sequel I will read and one whose characters I will remember, because of their great adventure :D
Cover thoughts:I really like it! The mountains almost seem like wings behind Ellie. I like the mist and the hazy form of Tuck (I'm guessing) in the background and how confident and tall Ellie looks. And the Norse-y stuff on the :)
Love, Sierra

Friday, January 25, 2013

Library Wars Vol.3-8

Library Wars: Love & War 3 (Library Wars: Love & War, #3)Vol. 3 by Kiiro Yumi.
Book description:In the near future, the federal government creates a committee to rid society of books it deems unsuitable. The libraries vow to protect their collections, and with the help of local governments, form a military group to defend themselves--the Library Forces!
Iku is witness to a disturbance during a Board of Education speech on protecting children from the danger of books. The perpetrators are two young boys protesting the banning of their favorite books. But while Iku wants to reach out to the next generation of book lovers, Dojo insists that they can't play favorites. Will Dojo's prickly insistence on sticking to the rules ruin their budding friendship? (taken from Goodreads)

Objectionable:Language (2), kidnapping & some injuries, and flirting.
Thoughts:I'm really coming to love this series.They're funny and make me seriously laugh out loud sometimes. They're exciting, interesting and really good manga that is well drawn. They really appeal to me because of the whole library thing and the right to read books :)  I would recommend to teen (14-15+) girls.
Characters:Iku is spunky, slightly awkward and such a great character.

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Library Wars: Love & War 4 (Library Wars: Love & War, #4)Vol.4 by Kiiro Yumi.
Book description: (In the near future, the federal government creates a committee to rid society of books it deems unsuitable. The libraries vow to protect their collections, and with the help of local governments, form a military group to defend themselves--the Library Forces!) Iku and Commander Inamine are abducted by Bakushu-kai terrorists, who demand sensitive material from the library's protected collection in return for the hostages! Dojo is worried about Iku, his problem student with limited field experience. But what Iku lacks in training she more than makes up for in gumption, and she is not going to let library material go without a fight! (taken from Goodreads)
Objectionable:Some drinking, language (2), shooting & kidnapping, liking someone.
Thoughts:This has to be one of my favorites as it is really exciting, has several funny parts and Dojo is really worried and sweet :) Usually in the volume the "cliffhanger" from the end of the last volume will be tied up and a new one created. It flows very nicely. I got this one right after the third because I just had to find out what happened :) I enjoyed it and would definitely want to recommend it! I would recommend to teen girls (14-15+)
Characters:Komaki is unexplainable. He's so many things. He's funny, a great friend, sweet and one of my favorite characters :)
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Library Wars: Love & War 5 (Library Wars: Love & War, #5)Vol.5 by Kiiro Yumi.
Book description:(In the near future, the federal government creates a committee to rid society of books it deems unsuitable. The libraries vow to protect their collections, and with the help of local governments, form a military group to defend themselves--the Library Forces!)
Iku is about to face her most difficult challenge--her parents are coming to visit the library where she works! When she joined the Library Forces, she told her parents that she was just going to be a librarian Now they might discover that she's on the ultra-dangerous Task Force. Can her parents ever accept that she's a library warrior?(taken from Goodreads)

Objectionable:Language (1), brief drinking, flirting, attempted attack and torture, and someone having a disability.
Thoughts:I love the plot in this one, but not as much as I love the characters. Immediately after I finish the last volume I want the next one. Whenever I do get it I'll read a chapter or so. Then I'll wait. I have to ration it out so I don't devour it :) I have gotten so attached to the characters that I just want more & more & more! I would recommend to teen girls who like action with a hint of romance.
Characters:Komaki has a friend that is introduced in this volume that is soooo sweet! I really like her, but Dojo or Komaki are still my favorites.
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Library Wars: Love & War 6 (Library Wars: Love & War, #6)Vol.6 by Kiiro Yumi.
Book description:(In the near future, the federal government creates a committee to rid society of books it deems unsuitable. The libraries vow to protect their collections, and with the help of local governments, form a military group to defend themselves--the Library Forces!) It's Valentine's Day, and Iku's hopes are dashed when Dojo, the guy she's been crushing on--and who's her Library Force superior!--receives an elegant box of chocolates from another woman. Romantic intrigue strikes the whole team as Shibazaki meets a would-be suitor and confides in Iku about her tortured love life. And it seems that Hikaru is being followed by someone from his past... (taken from Goodreads)
Objectionable:Language (2), (a hot springs type thing >>) Iku runs into the guy's because of an emergency, brief drinking, liking someone, shooting & an attack.
Thoughts:I truly enjoy the funny, loveable, dear characters and plot that develops as I read. Next one please :) Another thing that I like is the whole book thing. You really get to see a very interesting future where books are battled for and protected. And I happen to like books a lot. So this is like the most perfect manga for me ever. I would recommend to other teen, book loving girls who also love some action and romance.
Characters:Dojo...have I mentioned I love him? He's like a really cute, strong, and protective big brother. And he's short :)
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Library Wars: Love & War 7 (Library Wars: Love & War, #7)Vol.7 by Kiiro Yumi.
Book description:(In the near future, the federal government creates a committee to rid society of books it deems unsuitable. The libraries vow to protect their collections, and with the help of local governments, form a military group to defend themselves--the Library Forces!)
Hikaru's big brother is working for the enemy, and he wants to reunite with Hikaru. Meanwhile, someone is posting negative reviews on the library's website, and Kasahara intends to find out who. Later, personal issues are set aside when the Library Forces find out about a book burning on their ho
me turf! (taken from Goodreads)
Objectionable:Language (2), brief drinking, liking someone, burning of books, and yelling&arguments.
Thoughts:This one just about killed me. I waiting to get it until I couldn't stand it. Because I knew that the eighth one didn't come out for another 4-5 months. I died waiting to find out what would happen. I died waiting to be reunited with my characters. I really do love them so much :) Other than that it is terribly evil as it is wonderful I wouldn't have any problems other than the language and drinking. I would recommend to to teen girls.
Characters:Tezuka/Hiukaru is another great character. I like him. He isn't a favorite but I know to expect a tough I'm-trying-to-do-the-best-I-can attitude from him.
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Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 8Vol.8 by Kiiro Yumi.
Book description:(In the near future, the federal government creates a committee to rid society of books it deems unsuitable. The libraries vow to protect their collections, and with the help of local governments, form a military group to defend themselves--the Library Forces!)
The Media Betterment Committee’s inquiry into Iku’s role in the so-called book burning continues, and an evil conspiracy comes to light. Someone on the team is deliberately manipulating Iku, and even her attraction to Dojo becomes fodder for the fight! Will Iku ever understand Dojo’s feelings for her? (taken from Goodreads)

Objectionable:A girl was briefly assaulted, liking, language (1), hitting someone, censorship, and brief drinking(?).
Thoughts:I had waited a long time (several months) for this volume and I guess now I'll be doing it once more as the ninth volume doesn't come out until April 2. So yeah :/ As always I really loved the characters. There wasn't a ton of action in this one but the last adventure was tied up and as you might guess by it's title (>> prince & princess) Iku finally found out who was her Prince! I was definitely so excited about that :) :) :) Seriously exciting. But yes, I loved it and would recommend to teen girls.
Characters:Dojo. or Komaki. Or Iku. Possibly in that order but really...I love them all :)

OVERALL: I love this series and cannot wait for the next volume! Although I gave them all 4s, I would reread these over and over. It's just like plot wise and all it doesn't exactly have the same scale as a regular book. :/ Read my reviews of Vol.1 & Vol.2
Love, Sierra

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A Unique 'To Be Read'

(because I was a bit behind, this post happened)
There are people in this world who are Nobody. No one sees them. No one notices them. They live their lives under the radar, forgotten as soon as you turn away.
That’s why they make the perfect assassins.
The Institute finds these people when they’re young and takes them away for training. But an untrained Nobody is a threat to their organization. And threats must be eliminated.
Sixteen-year-old Claire has been invisible her whole life, missed by the Institute’s monitoring. But now they’ve ID’ed her and send seventeen-year-old Nix to remove her. Yet the moment he lays eyes on her, he can’t make the hit. It’s as if Claire and Nix are the only people in the world for each other. And they are—because no one else ever notices them. (taken from Goodreads)

 This book was released yesterday, January 22. As you see from the description, it looks pretty exciting. I was interested in this book after reading the description, but have since read one to three reviews that haven't exactly loved it. They haven't hated it really, just said it was "okay". So I'll see. I have a hold on it at my library  and I hope that it'll turn out to be a little better than "okay" for me. I really love this cover. The whole idea seems really mysterious and spy-like and I think the cover... well...covers the whole spy/assassin/mysterious thing. Definitely a cool cover :)

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Asunder (Newsoul, #2)
Ana has always been the only one. Asunder. Apart. But after Templedark, when many residents of Heart were lost forever, some hold Ana responsible for the darksouls–and the newsouls who may be born in their place.
Many are afraid of Ana’s presence, a constant reminder of unstoppable changes and the unknown. When sylph begin behaving differently toward her and people turn violent, Ana must learn to stand up not only for herself but for those who cannot stand up for themselves.
Ana was told that nosouls can’t love. But newsouls? More than anything, she wants to live and love as an equal among the citizens of Heart, but even when Sam professes his deepest feelings, it seems impossible to overcome a lifetime of rejection.
In this second book in the Incarnate trilogy, Ana discovers the truth about reincarnation and will have to find a way to embrace love and make her young life meaningful. Once again, Jodi Meadows explores the extraordinary beauty and shadowed depths of the soul in a story equal parts epic romance and captivating fantasy. (taken from Goodreads)

After reading the first book, Incarnate, I was really super excited about the sequel! It sounds soooo good!! I cannot wait to get this book. My library is being nice and has this already on order (or preorder) so I already have a hold on it! And I'm #1 too! This book will be released the  29th of January and I really can't wait! Also, I'm totally in love with this cover :) :) And I'll try to post Incarnate's review before I start to read this one ^^ that way it'll get done soon *crosses fingers*

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Broken Wings (Angel Eyes, #2)Giant angels with metal wings and visible song. A blind demon restored from the pit of darkness. And a girl who has never felt more broken. Brielle sees the world as it really is: a place where the Celestial exists side by side with human reality. But in the aftermath of a supernatural showdown, her life begins to crumble. Her boyfriend, Jake, is keeping something from her—something important. Her overprotective father has started drinking again. He’s dating a much younger woman who makes Brielle’s skin crawl, and he’s downright hostile toward Jake. Haunting nightmares keep Brielle from sleeping, and flashes of Celestial vision keep her off kilter. What she doesn’t know is that she’s been targeted. The Prince of Darkness himself has heard of the boy with healing in his hands and of the girl who sees through the Terrestrial Veil. When he plucks the blind demon, Damien, from the fiery chasm and sends him back to Earth with new eyes, the stage is set for a cataclysmic battle of good versus evil. Then Brielle unearths the truth about her mother’s death and she must question everything she ever thought was true. Brielle has no choice. She knows evil forces are converging and will soon rain their terror down upon the town of Stratus. She must master the weapons she’s been given. She must fight. But can she fly with broken wings? (taken from Goodreads)

So super excited for this one too. I hope it can be pulled off...the whole sequel thing can sometimes fall through. I am really excited for this one because I loved the first book, Angel Eyes, which is now one of  my favorite christian ya books! It was amazing and I really liked the characters :) This book releases February 19. It looks like it will be great :) Although I'm not crazy about the cover *shrugs* I'm planning to get this one from Booksneeze.

Love, Sierra
P.S. I just realized that I hadn't mentioned this (I'll keep mentioning it, too), but Britt did an amazing job redesigning this blog!!!! Dontcha think? It looks great *grins*

Monday, January 21, 2013

An Angel By Her Side

An Angel By Her Side by Ruth Reid.
Book description: Katie has lived through tragedy and heartache. But with the angel Elias by her side, the best years of her life are just ahead. When Katie Bender’s fiancé died in a tragic accident, so did her hope of finding love. Though heartbroken, Katie is also practical. In the years since the accident she has discovered her gift for teaching. But when a tornado destroys her small Amish settlement, including the schoolhouse, Katie doesn’t know how she will provide for herself. Seth Stutzman arrived in Hope Falls days before the storm. And when he helps usher Katie and the children to safety, sparks fly. But Seth is only in town to help his brother, Amos, get back on his feet following the death of his wife. He can’t afford to have feelings for Katie. Rebuilding the community is a huge task, and soon, Katie and Seth are working side by side. As they privately wrestle with their feelings for each other, another silent—and ultimate—battle for their hearts rages unseen. Sworn to protect what God has ordained, the mighty angel Elias appears to them as a mysterious visitor. And with his guidance, Katie and Seth find the courage to take the first small steps toward the life, and love, they were destined for.
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 Objectionable:A bad storm causing much damage, hatred and running from God, a demon attempts to tempt the characters several times, liking & loving someone, a couple kisses, injuries, running away and an accident in the past.

Thoughts:I have really enjoyed this series so far. I've read all three (although I've only posted a review of the first book, A Brush Of Angel's Wings) and liked all of them. I can't remember if it was done in the first book, but in both the second and third (this one) you got a peek of Elias (the angel) whispering to Katie or Seth. Or keeping the demon who was trying to tempt them away from them. I liked that and it was very unique. I liked the characters pretty well, but I didn't connect as much as I would have liked with them. The plot was interesting and at the same time calming as amish books usually are... or seem to me.Whenever I wasn't reading the book I wanted to be reading it :) I would recommend to girls and women 13+
Characters:Katie was probably my favorite. She was determined and confident even if she was a little outspoken at times. Who isn't though?
Cover:I like how the schoolhouse seems to glow, the wind and grass's very pretty!
Love, Sierra
I review for BookSneeze®
I received a copy of this book from the publisher and the views I have expressed are my own.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Water Song

Water Song by Suzanne Weyn.
A book in the Once Upon A Time series.
Water Song: A Retelling of "The Frog Prince" (Once Upon a Time)
Book description:Young, beautiful, and wealthy, Emma Pennington is accustomed to a very comfortable life. Although war rages abroad, she hardly feels its effect. She and her mother travel from their home in Britain to the family estate in Belgium, never imagining that the war could reach them there. But it does. Soon Emma finds herself stranded in a war-torn country, utterly alone. Enemy troops fight to take over her estate, leaving her with no way to reach her family, and no way out. With all of her attention focused on survival and escape, Emma hardly expects to find love. But the war will teach her that life is unpredictable, people aren't always what they seem, and magic is lurking everywhere. (taken from Goodreads)
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Romance:Feelings and talk of feelings, a kiss or two. Langauge:0 Violence:Talk of things going on in the war (WW1), some soldiers tortured (not really described), injuries, yelling/arguments. Other:Magic (bayou magic healing), lying to keep Jack safe (the lie was that they were married). Time period:1915
My thoughts:A great retelling, not at all what you would expect from the frog prince. I thought it was really interested in how the author wove historical fiction and a fairy tale together :D  Also the war was a great addition to the story and added a lot of excitement. I enjoyed just about everything and would want to read it again, now, as it has been a while since I first read it. The romance was also nice, but I apparently didn't like the ending romance that much. I would recommend to girls YA+
My favorite character:Emma.
My cover thoughts: I really like the reflection of the castle, but otherwise I only like it.
My stars:4.5   
Love, Sierra 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

To Be Read Thursday:The Fairest Beauty

Melanie Dickerson is a great author! I have both of her previous books, The Healer's Apprentice and The Merchant's Daughter, and loved both of them so much. She writes wonderful retellings set in medieval times. This book is a retelling of Snow White and was released the 8th I believe (slightly behind here :P) As I love retellings and everything about fairy tale this is a book I cannot wait to read and see what will happen!

The Fairest BeautyA daring rescue. A difficult choice. Sophie desperately wants to get away from her stepmother's jealousy, and believes escape is her only chance to be happy. Then a young man named Gabe arrives from Hagenheim Castle, claiming she is betrothed to his older brother, and everything twists upside down. This could be Sophie's one chance at freedom---but can she trust another person to keep her safe? Gabe defied his parents Rose and Wilhelm by going to find Sophie, and now he believes they had a right to worry: the girl's inner and outer beauty has enchanted him. Though romance is impossible---she is his brother's future wife, and Gabe himself is betrothed to someone else---he promises himself he will see the mission through, no matter what. When the pair flee to the Cottage of the Seven, they find help---but also find their feelings for each other have grown. Now both must not only protect each other from the dangers around them---they must also protect their hearts. (taken from Goodreads)

I love the cover too! Isn't mysterious and beautiful??? All in all this looks like it will be another great book from Ms.Dickerson and I'm really mad that my library hasn't gotten it yet. If they don't I might go ahead and buy it :) 
Love, Sierra
P.S. This was supposed to have been published on Thursday. I'm going ahead and making it say it was posted Thursday...sorry for any confusion and being late :/

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

To Be Read Tuesday:Shades Of Earth

Beth Revis has done an amazing job with this series, Across The Universe, it's us, but in the future. *winks* On a journey to "our" new home, a new earth. It's a wonderful mix of science fiction, dystopian and romance genres! I have really enjoyed this series and couldn't wait for this book to come out, in fact this books came out yesterday, the 14th. I already have a hold on it at my library and I hope I get my hands on a copy very, very soon!

Shades of Earth (Across the Universe, #3)Amy and Elder have finally left the oppressive walls of the spaceship Godspeed behind. They're ready to start life afresh--to build a home--on Centauri-Earth, the planet that Amy has traveled 25 trillion miles across the universe to experience.
But this new Earth isn't the paradise Amy had been hoping for. There are giant pterodactyl-like birds, purple flowers with mind-numbing toxins, and mysterious, unexplained ruins that hold more secrets than their stone walls first let on. The biggest secret of all? Godspeed's former passengers aren't alone on this planet. And if they're going to stay, they'll have to fight.
Amy and Elder must race to discover who--or what--else is out there if they are to have any hope of saving their struggling colony and building a future together. They will have to look inward to the very core of what makes them human on this, their most harrowing journey yet. Because if the colony collapses? Then everything they have sacrificed--friends, family, life on Earth--will have been for nothing. FUELED BY LIES. RULED BY CHAOS. ALMOST HOME.
(taken from Goodreads)

I like the new covers okay, but I preferred the first ones I think :/ Definitely excited to see what will happen!
Love, Sierra

Sunday, January 13, 2013

~MR~ Daughter Of Smoke & Bone

Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1)Book description:Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.
When one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself? (taken from Goodreads)

My thoughts:I had heard good things about this book and thought I'd give it a chance and try. I was turned off at first (when I read the flap) because of the whole angel and devil thing. Really the chimaera aren't devils or demons. They're just mixed and mashed up monsters that keep coming back to fight the angels for some liberty. There is a good bit of language, some implied sexuality (them laying together, talking after,  and implication or mention of something concerning it) and some nudity (Karou's ex comes to model for her art class.) Apart from that however this was a great book that I felt lived up to the hype that I had heard about it. It was exciting and exotic. I mean blue hair, is that not completely set apart from other books??!?!?!? There was a nice plot throughout the whole book, a very nice ending that leaves you wanting more and really strong characters. Speaking of characters, I really liked Zuzana, I mean she's short and could I not like her? I would recommend this book to teens. (and if you are a Christian teen, I would say that 15-16 would be a good age to read it because of some of the things mentioned)
Cover thoughts:It doesn't really make sense until the end of the book, but it's a nice touch, I thought. Definitely mysterious and beautiful, as masquerades are *grins*
Love, Sierra

Friday, January 11, 2013

The Friday Society

 The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress.
The Friday SocietyBook description: Set in turn of the century London, The Friday Society follows the stories of three very intelligent and talented young women, all of whom are assistants to powerful men: Cora, lab assistant; Michiko, Japanese fight assistant; and Nellie, magician's assistant. The three young women's lives become inexorably intertwined after a chance meeting at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murdered mystery man.

It's up to these three, in their own charming but bold way, to solve the murder–and the crimes they believe may be connected to it–without calling too much attention to themselves.

Set in the past but with a modern irreverent flare, this Steampunk whodunit introduces three unforgettable and very ladylike–well, relatively ladylike–heroines poised for more dangerous adventures. (taken from Goodreads)  

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   Romance: Some kisses (not described) and mention of scandalous things, liking someone. Language:5+ Violence: Shooting, a couple sword fights, some death and murder. Other: Drinking, opium den (brief) several escapades in undergarments. Time period:Somewhere about 1900s or very late 1800s.
My thoughts:I had been expected to really enjoy this book...kick-butt girls taking down bad guys in a steampunk setting... In that sense it did not disappoint. I thought it was well written and exciting as well but there was a lot of language (not necessarily old-ish bad language, more modern stuff like sh-t and crap) and a scene a bit like a sleepover where they get drunk and play an older form of truth or dare. (and I mean older like an old name :P) In some ways it was contradictory. You'd have a historical setting and then a very modern expression or something like that. Which bugged me. It seemed really off, in that sense. However it was very exciting and enjoyable. I did like it, just wished a couple of things could have been changed. The ending was great in the fact that the bad guy was a surprise and one of the people I wanted to be a bad guy because I found them annoying was indeed guilty of something :) I hope that there is another book coming soon...I would recommend to teen girls. Girls, this is a funny, slightly romantic and definitely kick-butt filled  book :)
Cover thoughts:I like it. However if you have it on your lap the bottom is a bit too dark and you can see nail polish (pink) on at least two of the girl's hands. :/ I really like the outfits, props and the background!
My favorite character:Michiko, because she was honorable. And strong. Secondly....maybe Cora or Nellie? (they're tied) None of the others really stood out to me.
Love, Sierra

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Demon King

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima.
The first book in the Seven Realms series.
The Demon King (Seven Realms, #1)Book description:Times are hard in the mountain city of Fellsmarch. Reformed thief Han Alister will do almost anything to eke out a living for for his family. The only thing of value he has is something he can't sell - the thick silver cuffs he's worn since birth. They're clearly magicked - as he grows, they grow, and he's never been able to get them off. One day Han and his clan friend, Dancer, confront three young wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea. Han takes an amulet from Micah Bayar, son of the High Wizard, to keep him from using it against them. Soon Han learns that the amulet has an evil history - it once belonged to the Demon King, the wizard who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. With a magical piece that powerful at stake, Han knows that the Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back. Meanwhile, Raisa ana’Marianna, princess heir of the Fells, has her own battles to fight. She’s just returning to court after three years of freedom in the mountains - riding, hunting, and working the famous clan markets. Raisa wants to be more than an ornament in a glittering cage. She aspires to be like Hanalea - the legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. But her mother has other plans for her - including marriage to a suitor who goes against everything the queendom stands for. The Seven Realms tremble when the lives of Han and Raisa collide, fanning the flames of the smoldering war between clans and wizards. (taken from Goodreads)
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Romance:Not a whole lot but still some. Fear for Raisa's reputation when Han kidnaps her, some kisses and making out. Language:1-2 Violence: Some. A couple fights, killing and injuries. Other:Stealing, gangs, magic. Time period:Another world.
My thoughts:I picked this one up because it looked good. And it was. I really enjoyed learning about the land and what is going on between the wizards, clans and the lowlanders. The plot (and the entire book really!) was very detailed and sucked me right into the world. The adventures were exciting, the characters easily loveable (and I do love them!) and the whole overall opinion on my part was that I really enjoyed this book and would reread and recommend. I would recommend to both guys and girls YA+ I think that because of the romance to come that this book might be more likeable to girls, but there are several fights and battles that go on. So it could really be a great series for both!
My cover thoughts:I love the mountains in the background and the amulet or jinxpiece as they call it in the book draws you interest.
My favorite character:It's tied between three. Han is likeable because he's funny, honorable even though he used to be a thief and all that and because he is...well Han. Amon is really loveable and loyal. Raisa is tough and spirit. But she really cares for others. I love them all :)
Love, Sierra

Monday, January 7, 2013

Aurelia Series Review

Aurelia by Anne Osterlund. 
The first book in the Aurelia series.
Aurelia (Aurelia, #1)Book Description: Princess Aurelia is next in line to rule the kingdom of Tyralt, but she would rather be one of the common folk, free to learn and roam and . . . not marry the next tyrannical prince that comes courting. Naturally, the king wants Aurelia to marry for political power. Aurelia wants to marry for love. And someone in the kingdom wants her . . . dead. Assigned to investigate and protect Aurelia is Robert, the son of the king's former royal spy and one of Aurelia's oldest friends. As Aurelia and Robert slowly uncover clues as to who is threatening her, their friendship turns to romance. With everything possible on the line, her life, her kingdom, her heart, Aurelia is forced to take matters into her own hands, no matter the cost. (taken from Goodreads)
Romance: Slight bit. Language:0? I didn't have anything written down... I don't remember any though. Violence:A bit, including murder and a couple fights. Other:Spying, possible affair and slight drinking. Time period:Another world, medieval.
My thoughts:A good fairy tale/medieval feel, the whole master spy part and all the court games was beautiful in a sly way. The plot was good and kept me interested, sadly, too short of a book :( I liked just about all of it and it being mostly clean was great! I'm looking forward to the next one! I would recommend to girls YA+

Cover thoughts:Beautiful. I love the mask being JUST removed. It's very elegant and mysterious the way she is glancing over her shoulder. 
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Exile by Anne Osterlund.
Second book in the Aurelia series.
Exile (Aurelia, #2)Book description: Exiled. From the weight of others' expectations, the responsibilities of being crown princess, and the pressure to marry, Aurelia is finally free to travel the kingdom and meet the people of Tyralt. If only Robert, her expedition guide, would stop pestering her about her safety and just kiss her.
But then their journey erupts in a fiery conflagration, and with both of their lives and the fate of the kingdom at stake, she and Robert must determine whether they have the strength, and the will, to complete their mission. And face the darker side of exile. (taken from Goodreads)

Romance:A bit. They make out and sleep together as Aurelia doesn't want to go farther (pages 227-230) apart from that only thinking about someone and two or so other kisses. Language:1 (literally, one word) Violence:Again a bit. Some attempted murder, accidents, & injuries. Other:Slavery, wife leaving because of an illegitimate child, brief drinking. Time period: Another world, medieval.
My thoughts:The plots tie in and you get to see the story come to a close. The answers and the end to the adventure was great. However this book was darker and more depressing than the first, which I would have described as lighthearted but serious. So in that case I liked Aurelia better. It was still an exciting book with a good plot. I just didn't enjoy it as much. Often times when the main character whose POV you are reading is unhappy you tend to get that feel for most of the book :P Although in some cases this can be pulled off, I don't think it worked in this case, for me. i would recommend to YA+ (it does have that making out etc. scene so like 15-16+) girls and those who enjoy medieval touched tales.
Cover thoughts:It's nice, but I like the first cover better. The things I like most about this cover is the sunset or sunrise in the background and her hair blowing.
Love, Sierra

Saturday, January 5, 2013

~Mini Review~ Game Changer

Game ChangerBook description:Athletics are everything for eighth-grader KT Sutton. She’s a softball star, and she’s on track to get a college scholarship and achieve international fame. Then one day during a championship game—in the middle of an important play—she suddenly blacks out.

When she wakes up, she’s in a different world. One where school is class after class of athletic drills, and after-school sports are replaced by popular academic competitions. One where KT is despised for her talent, and where her parents are fixated on her brother’s future mathletics career rather than KT’s softball hopes.

KT is desperate to get back to reality as she knew it, but bits and pieces of disturbing memories and dreams make her wonder if something truly awful happened there. What if she’s lost something a lot more important than a softball game? (taken from Goodreads)

My thoughts:Through the first third of the book or so I didn't like it as much. It felt  a bit depressing. By the middle though I was really enjoying this book. It has a wonderful message of being kind to those who might be different from you, for sticking up for your real friends and how important all that is especially, in middle school. I really loved the ending because it was so perfect. This book has a bit less of some of the author's excitement as in other books, but it was still a book that I really liked. Margaret Peterson Haddix is a wonderful writer! I love all of her books :) And this one was no different! I would recommend to tween girls. It will definitely be a great book for any tween girls to read because of the message the author brings up, which is one that needs to be heard. That no matter who you are you have feelings and that no matter how different from you a person is they could still be their friend.
Cover thoughts:I like the fonts for the title, but the rest is a bit generic
Love, Sierra

Thursday, January 3, 2013

To Be Read Tursday:The Tutor's Daughter

The Tutor's DaughterJulie Klassen has to be one of my favorite authors ever! She basicalyl writes Jane Austen style and time period books that focus on the behind the scenes part of governesses, apothecaries, maid's and in this one, I believe, tutors. Each one of her books have been really interesting and I have enjoyed them so much! I truly cannot wait to get my hand's on her latest release. It came out Jan.1st and I'm eagerly awaiting my library system to hurry up and order it!
Emma Smallwood, determined to help her widowed father regain his spirits when his academy fails, agrees to travel with him to the distant Cornwall coast, to the cliff-top manor of a baronet and his four sons. But after they arrive and begin teaching the younger boys, mysterious things begin to happen and danger mounts. Who does Emma hear playing the pianoforte, only to find the music room empty? Who sneaks into her room at night? Who rips a page from her journal, only to return it with a chilling illustration?
The baronet's older sons, Phillip and Henry, wrestle with problems--and secrets--of their own. They both remember Emma Smallwood from their days at her father's academy. She had been an awkward, studious girl. But now one of them finds himself unexpectedly drawn to her.
When the suspicious acts escalate, can the clever tutor's daughter figure out which brother to blame... and which brother to trust with her heart? (taken from Goodreads)

And isn't that cover absolutely lovely??? I think so :)  
Love, Sierra

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Waiting For Morning

Waiting For Morning by Margaret Brownley.
The third book in the Brides Of Last Chance Ranch series.
Book description: Molly Hatfield comes to Arizona Territory seeking stability and security. But living in Cactus Patch provides her with more than she ever dreamed.
There is nothing Molly wouldn’t do for her teenaged brother, Donny. Blaming herself for the accident that left him wheelchair bound, Molly has dedicated her life to his care. But in 1896, gainful employment for a woman is hard to come by. So when Molly learns that an eccentric rancher in Cactus Patch, Arizona, is looking for an heiress—someone to take over management of the ranch in exchange for future ownership—she jumps at the chance to provide a real home for her brother.
However, Molly didn’t bank on meeting Dr. Caleb Fairbanks, the town’s charming unmarried doctor. Caleb has a way with Molly that makes her nervous. But it’s how he is with her brother that really alarms her. Caleb sees past the wheelchair and genuinely likes Donny, but Molly fears he’s putting unrealistic ideas into her brother’s head. Falling in love with Caleb would threaten everything she’s worked for, even her brother’s future happiness. But it could be the very reason God brought her to Last Chance Ranch.
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Romance:Kissing (not descriptive), touching, thinking & talking about someone, loving someone, flirting.
Violence:Shooting, injuries (&sickness), Donny's accident, a fire,
Other:Judging, Molly is called a harlot for wearing bright clothing and singing and dancing in a saloon (past), also mention of that past and how she kept her virtue despite working there, drinking (expressed as wrong), lying/hiding something, rumors and gossip, gambling, brief mention of divorce.
Time period:1896
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My thoughts:I picked this book without really reading the description or looking it over really and I'm glad I did! I now want to read the other book's in this series :) This book got me interesting and I had no problem reading it without having read the first two books. The story was sweet and fun with characters that spark your attention. I read the book in one night and really enjoyed it. I liked how Molly was being healed from her past and being accepted again. However I just don't really know if I would reread in the future :/  I'm unsure, because I liked it, but just don't see myself rereading it.  I would recommend this book to YA+ girls and women. It's an enjoyable book with a beautiful cover!
My cover thoughts:I love it :) I think it goes really well with the setting and it's soooo pretty! I just think it's little weird that a doctor would wear a cowboy hat :P
My favorite character:I really liked Molly, Aunt Bessie and Donny. All were strong characters that you enjoy and with Molly and Donny you really get to see them grow :)
Love, Sierra
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