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Thursday, May 30, 2013

TBR Thursday:PODs & Starbounders

PODs
Seventeen-year-old Eva is a chosen one. Chosen to live, while others meet a swift and painful death from an incurable virus so lethal, a person is dead within days of symptoms emerging. In the POD system, a series of underground habitats built by the government, she waits with the other chosen for the deadly virus to claim those above. Separated from family and friends, it's in the PODs she meets David. And while true love might not conquer all, it's a balm for the broken soul.

After a year, scientists believe the population has died, and without living hosts, so has the virus. That's the theory, anyway. But when the PODs are opened, survivors find the surface holds a vicious secret. The virus mutated, infecting those left top-side and creating... monsters.

Eva and David hide from the infected in the abandoned PODs. Together they try to build a life--a new beginning. But the infected follow and are relentless in their attacks. Leaving Eva and David to fight for survival, and pray for a cure.
Not really super sure about how good this book will be, but it certainly looks interesting!!!! I love dystopian and this one sounds like a great one. Maybe even a little science fiction-y too.
Starbounders 
STAR WARS meets PERCY JACKSON in this action-packed sci-fi adventure from the authors of The Familiars series.

Zachary Night is finally headed to Indigo 8, a top secret training center where future Starbounders gain skills to protect the galaxy. But being a Starbounder is no walk on the moon. No sooner has Zachary mastered the warp glove basics than a mission into space goes wrong and a plot to destroy Indigo 8 comes to light. Suddenly Zachary and his new friends are right in the line of fire!
With the "winning combination of action and humor" (SLJ, starred review) that earned The Familiars an Indie Next List Pick and ten state-award nominations, Starbounders is an outerverse adventure full of unforgettable aliens, richly imagined planets, and the kind of strong friendship that Earth kids will know well.
The first couple words convinced me. It looks like an interesting middle grade adventure that I hope will turn out well :) Plus I won a copy from Goodreads and so I can't wait to start reading it!
Love, Sierra

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

TBR Tuesday:The Moon and More & Stealing The Preacher

The Moon and More 
Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough.

Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo's sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby.

Emaline's mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he's convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby?

Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with where she's going?

Sarah Dessen's devoted fans will welcome this story of romance, yearning, and, finally, empowerment. It could only happen in the summer. 
Does there have to be a reason for why I'm looking forward to this book? It's an amazing author whose other books I have loved! She is really talented and I've enjoyed all of the books I've read from her. I'm excited for this new release, it looks really good! This book releases the 4th of June.
Stealing the Preacher
On his way to interview for a position at a church in the Piney Woods of Texas, Crockett Archer can scarcely believe it when he's forced off the train by a retired outlaw and presented to the man's daughter as the minister she requested for her birthday. Worried this unfortunate detour will ruin his chances of finally serving a congregation of his own, Crockett is determined to escape. But when he finally gets away, he's haunted by the memory of the young woman he left behind--a woman whose dreams now hinge on him.

For months, Joanna Robbins prayed for a preacher. A man to breathe life back into the abandoned church at the heart of her community. A man to assist her in fulfilling a promise to her dying mother. A man to help her discover answers to the questions that have been on her heart for so long. But just when it seems God has answered her prayers, it turns out the person is there against his will and has dreams of his own calling him elsewhere. Is there any way she can convince Crockett to stay in her little backwoods community? And does the attraction between them have any chance of blossoming when Joanna's outlaw father is dead set against his daughter courting a preacher?

This is another lovely author. Her books make me smile and I'm definitely excited for revisiting a character from a previous book. I am super excited and I have been waiting for this book since I finished the last book, Short Straw Bride. It's the first in the Archer Brothers series. The story sounds fun and interesting, I can't wait to get started on it! This book releases the first of June.
Love, Sierra 

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Also Known As

 Also Known As by Robin Benway.
Also Known As
Book description:Being a 16-year-old safecracker and active-duty daughter of international spies has its moments, good and bad. Pros: Seeing the world one crime-solving adventure at a time. Having parents with super cool jobs. Cons: Never staying in one place long enough to have friends or a boyfriend. But for Maggie Silver, the biggest perk of all has been avoiding high school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations.

Then Maggie and her parents are sent to New York for her first solo assignment, and all of that changes. She'll need to attend a private school, avoid the temptation to hack the school's security system, and befriend one aggravatingly cute Jesse Oliver to gain the essential information she needs to crack the case . . . all while trying not to blow her cover.



Thoughts:I had read a couple reviews for this book and just loved the title (a.k.a. hehehe) so I had been wanting to read it. I saw it on the shelf pretty soon after I heard about it so I was excited that I had found it so soon and easily :P And I couldn't wait to get started in it. Maggie Silver is a spy. In fact that isn't even her real name. It's just her name for this mission. Luckily Margaret can be used as many nicknames. But Maggie is her favorite. Her parents are spies that work for a group called the Collective that help stop stuff like human trafficking and other behind the scenes evil stuff. They're the good guys. Anyway Maggie has been moved about everywhere and now she is back to New York City. And she's just been handed her first real, solo mission! She's determined to do well! Maggie isn't so sure when she hears what the mission is though. Her mission is to go to private high school and make friends with Jesse Oliver. His dad has an article that could be super dangerous to the spies. Because it's about them, if it gets out they think it will name names...those names would be Maggie's and her parents! So it's super important that she becomes friends and is able to sneak around Jesse's house to find out what is going on with this article and shut it down. While keeping her head and trying to not fall for Jesse...oops.

Pros:The characters! Maggie is funny, determined, sassy, dramatic, and a really good girl with a good heart. I loved her. Roux becomes her best friend as the other outcast at their private school and is just hilarious! She cracked me up :D She is so original and random... Jesse is a genuinely good guy who can also be pretty funny. The way that these three are tied together is great and they make a wonderful team! The plot kept rolling and the ending isn't at all what I would have expected from the beginning. There are some definite surprises and although I sorta guessed the ending, I didn't guess it all and I was thoroughly enjoying every minute with this book :D

Cons:Writing and storyline wise I had no problems and loved everything. There was mention of sleeping with someone (Roux, in the past), a party where there is some drinking, spies of course, slight bit of violence, mention of illegal crimes like human trafficking etc. and a bit of cussing (82 words). There were also a couple sweet kisses.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and it pretty much instantly made its way onto my favorites list. (haha favorites shelf just made!) The characters were just beautiful and that and the hilarious scenes and comments along with a good and interesting plot were my main reasons for loving it. I would recommend to teen girls (14+) who enjoy romance and spies with some funny business on the side :)
Rating:5 stars  
Love, Sierra

Friday, May 24, 2013

Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling. The first book in the Harry Potter series.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He's never worn a Cloak of Invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry's room is a tiny cupboard under the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in ten years.

But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that's been waiting for him... if Harry can survive the encounter.


Thoughts:I picked up this book because I was finally being allowed to read it (long story) and I had heard so many wonderful things about it! Harry Potter is a legend. So I was dying to get started.
Harry Potter is an orphan who has been taken in by his Muggle (or normal) aunt and her family. His parents were killed by a dark wizard called Voldemort, who also tried to kill Harry. Only he couldn't! Everyone was rejoicing because Voldemort left after the attempt to kill Harry...but Harry never knew he was a famous hero. Until he is suddenly plunged into a life of magic and wonder when he excepted into Hogwarts.  He doesn't know anything about the magical world but is learning quickly. He makes friends and some enemies and is learning a lot. However there something being guarded at Hogwarts. And Harry and his friends think someone is after whatever it is. So they try to figure out what that thing is and how to get to it before the bad guy.

Pros:The writing is brilliant. In the characters, plot, and in the little things that the author uses to help define and express the characters. It's a charming book that is fun and mature all at the same time. I love the setting and basically everything about this book. I could go on and on about the characters I love (Ron, Harry, Ron's twin brothers, Hermione, and Hagrid and all the others!) and also on the plot that keeps you guessing but totally surprises you in the end!

Cons:I really don't think there is anything at all. The book is nice and clean, a bit of violence and one cuss word and that's about it. Rule breaking and magic of course too.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and just loved it! I've already gotten the second book and I can't wait to start it. Rowling has a wonderful writing style that is just lovely. I would recommend to teens and tweens and adults. It's great for almost any age!
Rating: 5 stars
Love, Sierra

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Elite

The Elite by Kiera Cass. Book two in The Selection series.

The hotly-anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller The Selection.
Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.
America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.
Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.

Thoughts:After reading The Selection about October (or November or September) last year I was practically dying for this book (the sequel) to come out. I had loved The Selection. It was a wonderful idea that came out wonderful as a book, I loved America and Maxon and the whole thing was just lovely and pretty clean. So I was expecting to love The Elite. And I actually read a sample before I got the book and was a little disappointed. So I was on both sides of the fence. I was still expecting it to be good but I was doubting it at the same time.
America is one of The Elite now, the final six girls to be left in the Selection. The Selection is a contest for the girls of all castes and backgrounds, just ordinary non-royalty girls who are given the chance to compete and be chosen as the Prince's wife. Through a series of circumstances America is in the competition and doing pretty well.  As this book starts off she has been shown a secret room by Prince Maxon and is starting to develop deeper feelings for him. Despite the catty girls, time spent always in the palace so much that it feels like a prison to America, and various other problems, she's beginning to want to stay there. However with increasing rebel attacks, political problems and confusion to where Maxon's attentions and feelings lie America has started to doubt in herself and if she has what it takes to be the Princess.

Pros:This book will drive you crazy. The feelings go up and down and I tore through this book so fast I'm sure that there were only a couple hours spent reading this book. America is happy and moving right along with Maxon and then boom! Several things happen that make me want to scream. Just things that make Maxon look bad, then good, then America is torn, then she's mad and sad...then happy. It's crazy. I just about died from silently screaming as something new happened to sighing and then repeating. This book will definitely leave you with some stronger feelings. In the acknowledgments the author says "Thank you for reading my book! I hope it made you have unbearable feeling that you find yourself tweeting about at 3:00 a.m. That's what it does to me, so..." (page 325)
America is a great character and at the moment I'm so befuddled that I'm more team American than Maxon or Aspen. I know, I know but some of Maxon's actions have made me less of a fan and some of Aspen's actions have made me like him more. But seriously America is a really strong character who is thinking for the good of the people...or really mainly the poorer people as the rich are fine. The plot gets going right at the start and there are some shocking and wonderful reveals that left me gasping and almost yelling. Definitely an exciting book and a smart sequel to the first book. I say smart because it's totally different but a good different. And although I did like the first a bit better and this one drove me crazy I still really, really liked and enjoyed it. It was definitely worth waiting for :)

Cons:The way everything is so crazy. It drove me crazy and made me mad but in the end worked out. I didn't like how quickly the romance with Maxon went in the beginning. It was kinda off. There was maybe one or two times when a scene was a little slow or messy.
Content wise there were some secret meeting between and with different characters were making out or kissing would happen, (spoiler) Marlee is caught with a guard half unclothed, punishments for that << (end spoiler) and injuries. Rebel attacks, 10 cuss words, and brief mention of "did you do it" with a married woman.

Overall, this was a great sequel that might make you pull your hair out. I'm am so super excited for the third book and I would recommend to teen (14/15+) girls who love romantic, slightly dystopian, exciting books :D
Rating: 4.5 stars
Love, Sierra

Monday, May 20, 2013

Chasing The Sun

Chasing The Sun by Tracie Peterson. The first book in the Land Of The Lone Star series.

Tracie Peterson Embarks on a New Texas Series
When her father disappears in war-torn Mississippi, Hannah Dandridge finds herself responsible not only for her younger siblings but for the ranch her father recently acquired on the Texas plains. Though a marriage of convenience could ease her predicament, she determines to trust God for direction.
Wounded soldier William Barnett returns to his home only to discover that his family's ranch has been seized. Though angry and bitter at this turn of events, he's surprised to discover that it is a beautiful young woman with amazing fortitude who is struggling to keep the place running.
Hannah, desperate for help, and William, desperate to regain his family's land, form an uneasy truce. But nearby Comanche tribes, the arrival of Confederate soldiers, and a persistent suitor all threaten the growing attraction that builds between them. Will they be able to set aside their own dreams and embrace the promise of a future together?


Thoughts: I had been meaning to read this book for such a long time. Because I was interested, people kept reading it, and it just kept popping up!! So I finally got it. :P
Hannah has just gotten the news that her father had been captured by the Union soldiers as he was traveling back to visit and care for his mother in Virginia. The news is brought by her father's business partner who is old enough to be her father but still wants to marry her. Says her father wanted it. Hannah manages to put him off for the time being. She's more concerned about caring for her younger siblings and learning of her father's safety.
But attacks and sightings of Comanche indians make her wish for her father back immediately. When only a little later Comanche are sighted on their property Hannah is scared. They have their servants to protect them but, still! And she soon discovers her brother is missing and isn't found in time to hide with them. When the Comanche have left she emerges to find her brother in the care of an ex-Union soldier who not only brought back her brother but also an injured Comanche! This stranger is William Barnett who has returned home to find it given to others. It was taken away because his family "deserted" to be in the union. That isn't the way William sees it though. His father and brother were killed for that war and he himself wounded. He wants his home back but he isn't about to run out a women and some children. For both of them there is attraction and more adventures ahead.

Pros: I liked the characters (Hannah's little sister was so funny!) and there were some really sweet scenes. The time period is great (1863 if I remember right...) and it wasn't all just about the Civil War. There were the Comanche attacks and etc. too, which I wouldn't have thought would be at the same time! It's really a great plot and there are definitely some fun twists.

Cons:While there isn't necessarily instalove there is some doubtfulness to it. Time passes between chapters and so the infatuation turns into to deeper love. Only you don't really get to see that and it annoyed me :/ There were actions to develop the love but I think it was a little unrealistic. And a couple times it was a little slow.
Content wise there is some talk of kissing and feelings and thoughts about marriage and that person they'd be marrying. Mention of the war, injuries and deaths. There's a crooked realtor who kills Hannah's father.
Overall, it was a pretty good book but not one I would reread and while I did enjoy it there were a couple parts I had to force myself through. I would recommend to girls 13+ who like historical fiction and romance.
Rating:3 stars.
Love, Sierra

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Born Wicked

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood. The first book in the Cahill Witches series.
Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #1)
Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they’re witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave.
Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word... especially after she finds her mother’s diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family’s destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.
If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren’t safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood—not even from each other.


Thoughts: I picked up this book because I had read some reviews, read a couple chapters in a sampler and was interested. Although I didn't exactly know what to expect, I was happily surprised!
Cate Cahill and her sisters (Maura and Tess) are witches. Since their mom died, making Cate promise to watch over her sisters, Cate has been trying and trying to keep their powers hidden. If not the Brothers would discover them and have them sent away! They are constantly lecturing the girls about witches, how dangerous they are, how wrong they are, and how wicked they are.
But several things happen to bring about a change to what the Cahill sisters have always known. First they get a governess. Then Cate's old childhood friend returns, as more than a friend. Two popular girls have started taking an interest in Cate now that their governess has started to put them out as Cate could not. After all, Cate isn't her mother and hasn't had her for a good while. Slowly secrets spill out, hopefully into the right ears.

Pros:This book was set so perfectly! I didn't realize in the sampler, though I might should have, but this book is set in nearly 1900s. It's about 1890 I think. The gardens, the library, the house that they live in...a book-keeper's shop and a whole little community of teas and visitings and coming outs. It was so interesting and lovely :) I love the time period and it was really charming and had a slightly gothic feel. I just loved the characters. Cate was sweet and determined to protect her sisters as she promised her mother. Even if it means giving up love and her own life. Tess is a sweet little girl and I just loved her!! I also really liked the owner of the bookshop who was Finn's mom. Finn is the girls new gardener and I just loved him :) He was so nice and a booklover :) There are some great scenes with him *winks*

Cons:Apart from the content I really didn't have any problems with this book. I really liked it and enjoyed it!! Content wise there were 8 cuss words, magic and mind magic, brief violence like slapping, some kissing and mention of unnatural women who like other women (also Cate walks in on her sister kissing another women, she is shocked but accepting and it's very brief).

Overall, I really liked this book and just am dying for the next book!! (which comes out in June) I would recommend to teen girls (14+) who like magic, somewhat steampunk (not entirely) and a slightly romantic adventure.
Rating:4 stars
Love, Sierra

Thursday, May 16, 2013

TBR Thursday:May

Due to being behind I'm doing a whole post of the books on my TBR list releasing in May. Enjoy :)
Once Upon a Prince
Once Upon A Prince by Rachel Hauck. Released May 7th.
Once Upon a Prince, the first novel in the Royal Wedding series by bestselling author Rachel Hauck, treats you to a modern-day fairy tale. Susanna Truitt never dreamed of a great romance or being treated like a princess---just to marry the man she has loved for twelve years. But life isn’t going according to plan. When her high-school-sweetheart-turned-Marine-officer breaks up instead of proposing, Susanna scrambles to rebuild her life. The last thing Prince Nathaniel expects to find on his American holiday to St. Simon’s Island is the queen of his heart. A prince has duties, and his family’s tense political situation has chosen his bride for him. When Prince Nathaniel comes to Susanna’s aid under the fabled Lover’s Oak, he is blindsided by love. Their lives are worlds apart. He’s a royal prince. She’s a ordinary girl. But everything changes when Susanna receives an invitation to Nathaniel’s coronation.
 I've meant to get around to this author's books for ages. Now seems like the perfect time with such a sweet story and beautiful cover :D I'm interested in reading this book and it's finally in at my library!! Yay! Picking it up tomorrow :)




The Originals
 The Originals by Cat Patrick. Released May 7th.
 A riveting new story from Cat Patrick, author of Forgotten and Revived. 17-year-olds Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey Best grew up as identical triplets... until they discovered a shocking family secret. They're actually closer than sisters, they're clones. Hiding from a government agency that would expose them, the Best family appears to consist of a single mother with one daughter named Elizabeth. Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey take turns going to school, attending social engagements, and a group mindset has always been a de facto part of life... Then Lizzie meets Sean Kelly, a guy who seems to see into her very soul. As their relationship develops, Lizzie realizes that she's not a carbon copy of her sisters; she's an individual with unique dreams and desires, and digging deeper into her background, Lizzie begins to dismantle the delicate balance of an unusual family that only science could have created.
After reading Cat Patrick's Revived I've wanted to read more! The cover and the description are so interesting...I can't wait to get my hands on a copy. Cloning? Along with romance and adventure? Sounds great :D
 Beauty
 Beauty by Nancy Ohlin. Released May 7th.

Looks to kill for... Ana is nothing like her glamorous mother, Queen Veda, whose hair is black as ravens and whose lips are red as roses. Alas, Queen Veda loathes anyone whose beauty dares to rival her own—including her daughter. And despite Ana’s attempts to be plain to earn her mother’s affection, she’s sent away to the kingdom’s exclusive boarding school. At the Academy, Ana is devastated when her only friend abandons her for the popular girls. Isolated and alone, Ana resolves to look like a true princess to earn the acceptance she desires. But when she uncovers the dangerous secret that makes all of the girls at the Academy so gorgeous, just how far will Ana go to fit in?
With my love of retellings (I think this one is Snow White) I was happy to discover a new one :) I'm interested and hope that it will turn out good :D
Icons by Maragaret Stohl. Released May 7th.
 Your heart beats only with their permission. Everything changed on The Day. The day the windows shattered. The day the power stopped. The day Dol's family dropped dead. The day Earth lost a war it didn't know it was fighting. Since then, Dol has lived a simple life in the countryside -- safe from the shadow of the Icon and its terrifying power. Hiding from the one truth she can't avoid. She's different. She survived. Why? When Dol and her best friend, Ro, are captured and taken to the Embassy, off the coast of the sprawling metropolis once known as the City of Angels, they find only more questions. While Ro and fellow hostage Tima rage against their captors, Dol finds herself drawn to Lucas, the Ambassador's privileged son. But the four teens are more alike than they might think, and the timing of their meeting isn't a coincidence. It's a conspiracy. Within the Icon's reach, Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas discover that their uncontrollable emotions -- which they've always thought to be their greatest weaknesses -- may actually be their greatest strengths. Bestselling author Margaret Stohl delivers the first book in a heart-pounding series set in a haunting new world where four teens must piece together the mysteries of their pasts -- in order to save the future.
I already have this one in fact...can't wait to start it. Margaret Stohl co-author of Beautiful Creatures? It's bound to be good. It sounds super exciting and I can't wait!!! Only I'm being forced to :/ Oh well. Definitely one that I've got some expectations in.

Towering by Alex Flinn. Released May 14.
At first, I merely saw his face, his hands on the window ledge. Then, his whole body as he swung himself through the window. Only I could not see what he swung on. Until, one day, I told my dream self to look down. And it was then that I saw. He had climbed on a rope. I knew without asking that the rope had been one of my own tying. Rachel is trapped in a tower, held hostage by a woman she’s always called Mama. Her golden hair is growing rapidly, and to pass the time, she watches the snow fall and sings songs from her childhood, hoping someone, anyone, will hear her. Wyatt needs time to reflect or, better yet, forget about what happened to his best friend, Tyler. That’s why he’s been shipped off to the Adirondacks in the dead of winter to live with the oldest lady in town. Either that, or no one he knows ever wants to see him again. Dani disappeared seventeen years ago without a trace, but she left behind a journal that’s never been read, not even by her overbearing mother…until now. A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Alex Flinn knows her fairy tales, and Towering is her most mind-bending interpretation yet. Dark and mysterious, this reimagining of Rapunzel will have readers on the edge of their seats wondering where Alex will take them next!
second in the Kendra chronicles.
Alex Flinn is such a good author and does wonderful retellings. Although I read a review that didn't like it so much I still have hopes that this will turn out to be wodnerful. The cover is just beautiful and I'm getting a copy from Goodreads (I won a first reads giveaway yay!)
 The Neptune Project by Polly Holyoke. Releasing May 21st.
With her weak eyes and useless lungs that often leave her gasping for air, Nere feels more at home swimming with the dolphins her mother studies than she does hanging out with her classmates. Nere has never understood why she is so much more comfortable and confident in the water than on land until the day she learns the shocking truth—she is one of a group of kids who have been genetically altered to survive in the ocean. These products of the "Neptune Project" are supposed to build a better future under the waves, safe from the terrible famines and wars and that rock the surface world. But there are some big challenges ahead of her: no one ever asked Nere if she wanted to be part of a science experiment; the other Neptune kids aren't exactly the friendliest bunch, and in order to reach the safe haven of the new Neptune colony, Nere and her fellow mutates must swim across hundreds of miles of dangerous ocean, relying on their wits, their loyal dolphins and one another to evade terrifying undersea creatures and a government that will stop at nothing to capture the Neptune kids ... dead or alive. Fierce battle and daring escapes abound as Nere and her friend race to safety in this action-packed marine adventure.
This one sounded interesting when I saw it a while back. Hope it will turn out good whenever I read it :)


The Girl with the Iron Touch (The Steampunk Chronicles, #3)
 The Girl With The Iron Touch by Kady Cross. Releasing May 28th.
In 1897 London, something not quite human is about to awaken  When mechanical genius Emily is kidnapped by rogue automatons, Finley Jayne and her fellow misfits fear the worst. What's left of their archenemy, The Machinist, hungers to be resurrected, and Emily must transplant his consciousness into one of his automatons—or forfeit her friends' lives. With Griffin being mysteriously tormented by the Aether, the young duke's sanity is close to the breaking point. Seeking help, Finley turns to Jack Dandy, but trusting the master criminal is as dangerous as controlling her dark side. When Jack kisses her, Finley must finally confront her true feelings for him...and for Griffin. Meanwhile, Sam is searching everywhere for Emily, from Whitechapel's desolate alleyways to Mayfair's elegant mansions. He would walk into hell for her, but the choice she must make will test them more than they could imagine. To save those she cares about, Emily must confront The Machinist's ultimate creation—an automaton more human than machine. And if she's to have any chance at triumphing, she must summon a strength even she doesn't know she has...
I read and loved the first two books in this series. I can't wait to find out what happens next and I'm missing my steampunk as I haven't read it in awhile. Hopefullythis book can cure me *winks*

Sky on Fire (Monument 14, #2)
 Monument 14:Sky On Fire by Emmy Laybourne. Releasing May 28th.
The world hasn't ended...yet. In this sequel to MONUMENT 14, the group of survivors, originally trapped together in a superstore by a series of escalating disasters, has split in two. Most of the kids are making a desperate run on their recently repaired school bus for the Denver airport where they hope to reunite with their parents, be evacuated to safety, and save their dying friend. But the world outside is dark and filled with dangerous chemicals that turn people into bloodthirsty monsters, and not all the kids were willing to get on the bus. Left behind in a sanctuary that has already been disturbed once, the remaining kids try to rebuild the community they lost. But when the issues are life and death, love and hate, who can you really trust?
The first book in this series was very very good (with the exception of the end, it was off) it was a great dystopian and apocalyptic fiction. I just loved the world and the covers are so (haha) beautiful! The school bus is definitely a great touch and I am so excited to see what happens next!
A Simple Song
 A Simple Song by Melody Carlson. Releasing in June (oops there, before it had been set to release in May)
 Katrina Yoder loves to sing, but her Amish parents view singing as vainglory and a sin. Katrina’s best friend, Bekka, is convinced Katrina should try out for American Star, a televised singing competition that Bekka has been secretly watching. Katrina resists the temptation until her father’s health worsens. He desperately needs a surgery the family cannot afford. Katrina decides she must go against her parents’ wishes to win the money needed to help her father. But how will she handle herself as an Amish teenager out in the world?
Teen girls will be swept into the excitement as Katrina ventures out of her quiet Amish world to become a reality television star. Will she be successful? And will she be accepted back into her community when it’s over?

I read the first book in this sort of series and I really enjoyed it. Melody Carlson can write some good Amish fiction :) I'm hoping this one will turn out just as well! Plus Amish books calm me...it's weird.

I had fallen behind in TBR posts. Hopefully I'll be able to keep up better and won't have to do a month post again, haha.
Love, Sierra  

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Rising

The Rising by Kelley Armstrong. Final book in the Darkness Rising series. 
The Rising (Darkness Rising, #3)
Book description:Things are getting desperate for Maya and her friends. Hunted by the powerful St. Clouds and now a rival Cabal as well, they're quickly running out of places to hide. And with the whole world thinking they died in a helicopter crash, it's not like they can just go to the authorities for help.

All they have is the name and number of someone who might be able to give them a few answers. Answers to why they're so valuable, and why their supernatural powers are getting more and more out of control.

But Maya is unprepared for the truths that await her. And now, like it or not, she'll have to face down some demons from her past if she ever hopes to move on with her life. Because Maya can't keep running forever.

Old secrets are revealed and unexpected characters make a surprising return in this stunning conclusion to Kelley Armstrong's New York Times bestselling Darkness Rising trilogy. (taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts:So I had anticipated this book pretty much by the time I was done reading and rereading the previous two books. I was expecting it to be really exciting, fast paced and a great ending that answered all my questions. And it kinda wasn't. Maya and her friends, which are only Danial and Corey now, have escaped the Cabels, companies that have revived the genes that made the teens ancestors powerful, supernatural beings. Things like witches, werewolves, and skin-walkers. Maya is a skin-walker. And she has been running from one Cabel who seems to want her for something, another might or might not protect her. And they are running out of places to go. They follow up on a lead, which turns out to be dead (literally) and she feels like she's running out of options. Those who were a part of the operations and missions of re-enabling the genes in the children and didn't agree after a while have mainly disappeared or won't help. Maya and her friends are getting boxed in when a bit of hope comes in the meeting with her twin brother. Who she'd never before met. And then the Nasts move in to capture them...

Pros:This was an adequate ending (more later) and a pretty good book. The characters are just great. Maya is a great main character and although she doesn't necessarily grow in this book, you can see how she's grown past what she was in the beginning. And there are definitely some things that she has to go through, like meeting her brother and facing the fact that their mother gave her up in order to keep him. Daniel is such a sweetie! He's a great leader and he's the typical suffering best guy friend who loves her...you know the story. I was totally rooting for him. Although I was rooting for Daniel I loved Rafe almost as much. He was a great sport, funny, sarcastic at times and loved his sister bunches. The plot was pretty good and although not as fast paced as the other books this one was still pretty exciting! There were a good many chases, captures and attacks. Not to mention the murder attempts... Secrets come out and it was a good ending to the series :)

Cons:I really didn't feel the connection between this ending and the other books. It was like they had been fighting, Maya was a fighter and then she just kinda gave up and wanted to talk it out. And that disappointed me although overall I did think the series was ended well. I get that they didn't think they could escape or run and everything was getting all tangled up and they couldn't escape. But it still seemed a little off :/ Otherwise there were times that were a little slow and boring. But still exciting too. Content wise there was brief drinking, very brief mention of someone being gay, some shooting, injuries, stealing, and attacks. Also minor demons, demon hunters & skin-walkers etc. Language wise there was a good bit, 119 words.
Overall, I liked it but the ending was a little off :/ 
Rating:3.5 stars
Love, Sierra

Sunday, May 12, 2013

The Calling

The Calling by Kelley Armstrong. The second book in the Darkness Rising series.
 The Calling (Darkness Rising, #2)
Book description:Maya Delaney's paw-print birthmark is the mark of what she truly is -a skin-walker. She can run faster, climb higher, and see better than nearly everyone else. Experiencing intense connections with the animals that roam the woods outside her home, Maya knows it's only a matter of time before she's able to Shift and become one of them. And she believes there may be others in her small town with surprising talents.

Now Maya and her friends have been forced to flee from their homes during a forest fire they suspect was deliberately set. Then they're kidnapped, and after a chilling helicopter crash, they find themselves in the Vancouver Island wilderness with nothing but their extraordinary abilities to help them get back home.

In THE CALLING, the sizzling second book in the Darkness Rising trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong pumps up the romance, danger, and suspense that left readers of THE GATHERING clamoring for more. (taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts:So this is the second book in the Darkness Rising trilogy. And this is the first book I read in the series, a long time ago. I didn't know that it was the second until after I had started reading :/ I read it a while back and now with the third book just coming out I got all three from my library and read or reread them all. And this book was just as good even though I remembered somethings, I didn't remember everything.
 Maya and her friends have just escaped their secluded home town from a wildfire that Maya suspects was set on purpose. As they were escaped from the forest she saw some people who looked like they might have been setting the fire and were acting very strange. And hostile. But she has bigger problems than a possibility with the fire and a definitely with being a skin-walker. Which is a supernatural power that she has which allows her to shape shift into a cougar.But right now isn't a good time to worry about all of that. She and the others are in a helicopter evacuating from Salmon Creek. Rafe is unconscious after inhaling a lot of smoke, possibly a good think because his sister was still in the town or the forest when they left. He would have stayed with her if he was awake. And just then they discover that the Mayor has been sedated. Probably by the pilot who starts acting strange. Daniel yells at him and the pilot is knocked unconscious. Only now...they're going to crash. And be somewhere in the woods. There are those who want to help them and those who want to capture them. Hopefully they'll be able to tell...

Pros:This makes a great reread and I liked it as much as I had reading it the first time. Even though I knew some of the things that were going to happen I still really enjoyed the book. The author has a style of writing that is fast paced and exciting. You really get into the story and the action, this book probably has the most action of all three. They are in the forest, dodging bad guys and trying to find a phone. Which is like really cool because they are fighting injury, capture, finding food and and just trying to survive. The characters are great, there is Nicole who find out may just be a jealous faker but we can't know for sure. She's taken. Sam is a mysterious girl who is a power force (she'll punch or yell at anyone when provoked) and she says she and Daniel have the same type of supernatural powers, being demon hunters. Rafe isn't really a huge part of this book. Due to an accident(ooh). Hayley is shown to be a good friend and someoen who deserves a second chance. Daniel is awesome, sweet, strong, and such a leader! Maya also gets to show off her cat skills in this book, the forest is kinda her domain and all. And she's a great character :)

Cons:There is maybe one teeny tiny part that is a tiny bit slow. Basically everything was fast paced and kept rolling very easily. So writing and plot wise I can't think of anything. There was very brief mention of someone being gay, the supernatural powers are a pretty big part too. There is shooting (tranquilizer darts and real bullets), injuries, they are evading capture (somewhat) mostly the entire book and language wise there was 76 words. And minor demons are briefly mentioned.
Overall, when I say this an exciting adventure like book, I'm not exaggerating! It's really exciting and it really pulls you in. The characters are ones that I like (love in a couple cases) and after reading this book I couldn't wait for the third. So good thing I already had it :P I would recommend to teen girls and maybe some guys, those who like action, adventure, and some shape-shifting and other such cool powers mixed in.
Rating:4 stars
Love, Sierra

Friday, May 10, 2013

The Gathering

The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong. The first book in the Darkness Rising series.
The Gathering (Darkness Rising, #1)
Book description:Sixteen-year-old Maya is just an ordinary teen in an ordinary town. Sure, she doesn't know much about her background - the only thing she really has to cling to is an odd paw-print birthmark on her hip - but she never really put much thought into who her parents were or how she ended up with her adopted parents in this tiny medical-research community on Vancouver Island. 
Until now.
Strange things have been happening in this claustrophobic town - from the mountain lions that have been approaching Maya to her best friend's hidden talent for "feeling" out people and situations, to the sexy new bad boy who makes Maya feel . . . . different. Combine that with a few unexplained deaths and a mystery involving Maya's biological parents and it's easy to suspect that this town might have more than its share of skeletons in its closet.

In The Gathering , New York Times best-selling author Kelley Armstrong brings all the supernatural thrills from her wildly successful Darkest Powers series to Darkness Rising, her scorching hot new trilogy. (taken from Goodreads)


Thoughts:So...although I'd already read part of this series this was my first time reading this book. Why? Because I picked up the second book and read it without realizing it was the second for a little while. Oops. And then I just didn't feel like reading the first one. Big mistake. With the third book coming out a couple weeks ago, I wanted to reread the second and finally read the first book. And I loved both.

The story starts off with the stunning drowning of Maya's best friend. Fast forward and it's about a year later. There is a hot new guy-Rafe-in their secluded town and things have started to get weird. See, Maya and her friends live in a secluded Canadian town called Salmon Creek. There the St.Clouds have hired trustworthy people to work at their drug lab, it's secluded so they won't get into any trouble and no one can steal their ideas. Or so they were told. Now there is a reporter snooping around and hinting to strange things. Maya isn't so sure that her friend's death was an accident and that everything the St. Clouds are doing is...well safe. Not only that but Rafe is also starting to act a little strange. And it all started when an elderly lady at a tattoo shop called her a witch after seeing her birthmark. With the help of her friend, Daniel, she is determined to get the bottom of everything.

Pros:This book is really exciting. From the first page to the last (especially the last ones :D) the pace had been set and never really stopped. I was continually interested not only in the mystery of what the St.Clouds were doing but also what was going with the relationships between the characters. I mean they've known each other (most of them) their whole lives! When all these secrets come up it's interesting to see how those they thought they knew turn out to be totally the opposite. Maybe. *winks* Daniel, Maya's best friend, is a great guy and one of my favorite characters. He's strong, smart, a leader, and like a best friend/protector/older brother all rolled into one. Sort of...there is something more there. Maya is also a great, snarky, honest character. Who recognizes her flaws and faces them. And she has a cool power...which I'm not going to spoil. Rafe is a fun character and I liked him as well. He's tough and he sometimes leans into a persona instead of being honest, but it's because he's wary.

Cons:(including content here) There is some language (60 words) and some interesting supernatural powers(shape shifting is the mainly mentioned one). But other than that there was nothing else that really bothered me. There is violence, but that just makes it more exciting, to me. You know a murder, an accident...ooh interesting :D

Overall, this was a really interesting book and enjoyed it a lot. It's a great adventure. There are great characters. It's a thrilling book that I would recommend it to teen girls who like adventurous, exciting books with fun and seriousness mixed all together :)
Rating:4 stars
Love, Sierra

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Letters To Katie

Letters To Katie by Kathleen Fuller. Third book in the Middlefield Family series.
Book description:Everything changed between them the first time he called her Katie.
Katherine Yoder has loved Johnny Mullet since they were children, but he never actively returned her affections. Like so many things in their world, he assumes Katherine will always be there. Once his horse farm is a success, then he will court her in earnest.
For several weeks, Katherine has been plagued by severe headaches and dizziness. While resting at home, Johnny unexpectedly visits, but when dizziness strikes, she loses consciousness. She awakens hours later in a hospital bed, unable to remember how she got there. Seeing Katherine injured and vulnerable stirs something in Johnny, and his guilt compels him to spend time with her while she heals. Soon his heart begins to stir with questions: Does she even remember why he'd come to her house that day?
As Katherine struggles to recall recent memories of Johnny, a surprise visitor arrives in her already unsteady world—a man named Isaac who claims they had been writing letters to each other, even considering marriage, before her illness.
With two men vying for her attention and her memory still elusive, Katherine has never felt so divided. The answer may lie behind a door she never considered opening.


Thoughts:Having read the first two books in this series (Middlefield Family novel) and several in the author's other series (Hearts of Middlefield). Kathleen Fuller is a great Amish author, I really enjoyed her other books and was excited and happy to pick up her latest book. Katie Yoder has loved Johnny Mullet for forever. But he's always blown her off, offended her and basically broken her heart. Now that she's older she realizes that it's time to move on. But how? Her mom and friends want her to and she knows she should...she just can't seem to. There is a visitor who seems interested in her, but things get even more complicated when Johnny starts paying attention to her! And acting like he really cares. Johnny has bought a farm and hopes to start a horse farm, it's just a matter of getting started. However he's laid off from his job and can't find any other work. His money is getting low and he's just now realizing that if he wants to let Katie know how he feels he needs to do it soon. He's been scared to tell her but now she may not be there when he finally gets up the nerve. Through in some side stories and buggies and you've got a great Amish novel :)

Pros: Kathleen Fuller writes some very great Amish stories. Her books were the first Amish books I ever read (I think) and she just has a great way of combining characters that work really well together and make the story believable. The family and connections between families in Middelfield is so sweet and you get to see peaks into past main characters lives. The characters in this book are some from Fuller's tween series (which I haven't read, but would like to sometime) which is a great tie in for those who have read them. If not it's still a great book and easy to read and understand even if you haven't read any of the author's other books. The plot is interesting and there is a certain part where an illness causes Katie to forget certain things, the past 3 weeks actually. It was so smart of the author to come up with that! It really added a lot to the plot and just made everything work together more beautifully. I liked the characters and overall Amish feel.

Cons: There are a couple cliche overrated scenes that I felt could have been done better or left out. But really that was my only complaint. I did feel like it was a little short but that was probably because I read it within 24 hours. Content wise there was a kiss or two, some illness and thoughts about marriage or being with someone that might not be appropriate for tween aged readers.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and was happy to add it to my shelf...despite a few scenes that made me roll my eyes. I would recommend to 13/14+ teen girls and women who enjoy sweet Amish stories.
Rating:4 stars
Love, Sierra
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I was given a copy of this book from the publisher and the views I've expressed are my own.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Storm

Storm by Evan Angler. The third book in the Swipe series.Visit the authors site.

Storm
Book description: 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—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. Ever since, he’s been on the run from government agents and on a quest to find his sister Lily, who disappeared when she went to get her Mark five years earlier. His journey leads him to befriend the Dust, a vast network of Markless individuals who dissent against the iron-grip rule of the government. Along the way to the capital to find Lily, the Dust receive 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.
In Storm, Logan and his friends are the leaders of the Markless revolution. But while some Markless are fighting Chancellor Cylis’ army, the Dust is busy trying to find a cure for a horrible epidemic sweeping through the Marked. And it’s difficult for them to know who to trust, especially when they aren’t sure if Logan’s sister Lily, one of the commanders in Cylis’ army, is on their side or not. And all across the nation—and the world—the weather has become less stable and a storm is brewing that bigger than any of them could have ever imagined.


Thoughts:Coming into this book, what I thought was the final book in the Swipe series, I had a good many expectations. The first two had been very good books with solid plots, stunning twists and characters that I enjoyed. I expected the third to live up to what had gone on in the first book and to deliver the same, not to mention a good ending. The book delivered :D (coming into this review I thought it was the last book, turns out there is a book four coming later this year :P) Logan Langley has just escaped from the rumored Markless prison for Markless and flunkees of the Mark. He tried to rescue his sister, only to discover that she had been brainwashed and betrayed him. He has also learned about the terrible illness project titled Trumpet that is aimed to killing Marked people with a disease originally created to kill Markless people. He, Hailey, Erin and Logan set out to find the doctor who created the disease and see if she can help cure Erin, she has somehow caught it and they are scared that the illness will be activated into the population any day! They have to find some way to stop it, before it is too late. Also there is a drought over the entire country because he weather mill has been broken by sabotage. For some reason their leader has been asking people to plunge his country into this drought, it will kill them! As Logan's friends the Dust work to find their friends and cause general havoc amongst the secret-no-longer Marked police, called I.M.P.s. A storm is coming.

Pros:The characters are really great. Logan is a slightly above average kid who is fighting for what he believes is right. And he really is a good guy. Hailey and Erin are great girls characters that are strong and sure. But still totally girls in the emotional way, it's just that they happen to be great at causing riots and making plans and hacking computers. Seriously, they're cool. The Dust (a group of rebel, Markless kids) made me laugh, especially Tyler. I loved their pranks on the IMPs that were also geared toward the purpose of finding their friend. This is just a wonderful Dystopian/end times/adventure/exciting book for Tweens and young (or old) teens. This is definitely a book that I would recommend to my siblings and it's clean and Christian! The world is a cool dystopian one and the history of the broken ending world is one that I enjoyed hearing about. I really liked reading the description and loved several of the settings that occurred in this series. The plot kept rolling and I was definitely surprised by several things that came up. Mainly the ending and a couple other things along the way. Although some I did suspect the "big reveal" was still a surprise to me. Sorta. I could kinda see how perfect it would end up and then it kinda did...well it's hard to explain. ending was left a little open, a little mysterious (okay a lot) and was just about perfect. Also, I loved how the book Swipe was read by the characters and mentioned, I really like how the author "lived" in that world and "was running too". It's cool :D

Cons:The ending seemed a little like a spin off of Jesus :/ I didn't like or agree with that part of the ending and otherwise I had no problems with this book. Content wise there was one use of suck, some brief violence of riots, arrests, attacks, the death of many Marked citizens due to the illness and torture of sorts. (like animated/computer game type torture :P)
Overall, this was a great ending to a very exciting book and it definitely lived up to the other books in the series. I really love this series. I liked the book a whole lot and I just loved the ending. Mr.Angler did a good job, just don't let anyone know it was him *winks*  And the book was interesting and a page turner :) I would definitely recommend this series to young Christians teens/tweens and girls and guys who love adventure, are just getting into dystopian type genres and are looking for an exciting, clean series to enjoy!
Rating:4 stars
Love, Sierra
I received a free copy through Team Novel Teen and the publisher. 
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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Poison

Poison by Bridget Zinn.

Poison
Book description:Sixteen-year-old Kyra, a highly-skilled potions master, is the only one who knows her kingdom is on the verge of destruction—which means she’s the only one who can save it. Faced with no other choice, Kyra decides to do what she does best: poison the kingdom’s future ruler, who also happens to be her former best friend.

But, for the first time ever, her poisoned dart . . . misses.

Now a fugitive instead of a hero, Kyra is caught in a game of hide-and-seek with the king’s army and her potioner ex-boyfriend, Hal. At least she’s not alone. She’s armed with her vital potions, a too-cute pig, and Fred, the charming adventurer she can’t stop thinking about. Kyra is determined to get herself a second chance (at murder), but will she be able to find and defeat the princess before Hal and the army find her?

Kyra is not your typical murderer, and she’s certainly no damsel-in-distress—she’s the lovable and quick-witted hero of this romantic novel that has all the right ingredients to make teen girls swoon. (taken from Goodreads)


Objectionable:There is the scene in undergarments (shift) while crossing the river (see below), a couple (like seven) cuss words, one kiss, and some injuries.

Thoughts:This is such a fun book! First the cover drew me in. Then the description. Then the reviews that I read that were good ones. So I was looking forward to reading this book. I was prepared though, from one of the reviews, that this book was more lighthearted than the description let on. But knowing that going in didn't surprise and disappoint me like it might have others who didn't. Kyra is a potions master who has kinda fallen out of her usual company. She's a criminal at the moment. Because she tried to kill her best friend, the crown princess. But she missed. So now she's coming around to try again. Sadly she has to ask for help from a real criminal who gives her a pig to track down the princess. Right after Kyra falls into the river in her undergarments and is rescued by a guy named Fred who names her pig. Honestly! And he keeps popping up on her mission! Avoiding those who try to capture her, trying to find the princess, and denying growing feelings for Fred...ugh. Kyra's having an amazing adventure!

Pros:This book is so funny and just happy :) This adventure made me smile, the scenes that were so awkward made me laugh and I really liked the characters. Kyra just couldn't be evil and was a great MC, Fred was a funny dear, and the princess (whose name I'm to lazy to check) was just funny and great :) The plot was really well done and just well put together. I thought I had something figured out, but no! I got surprised like three times! With things I never would have guessed.

Cons:Although at the beginning I was a bit confused after the first couple chapters everything was clearer and making more sense. Otherwise I don't have any complaints!

Overall, this is a great fantasy adventure full of laughs and interesting twists! I would recommend to teen girls who like fantasy, romance, and some fun along the way.
Rating:4 stars.
Love, Sierra

Friday, May 3, 2013

Frankenstein

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
Frankenstein
Book description: Frankenstein, loved by many decades of readers and praised by such eminent literary critics as Harold Bloom, seems hardly to need a recommendation. If you haven't read it recently, though, you may not remember the sweeping force of the prose, the grotesque, surreal imagery, and the multilayered doppelgänger themes of Mary Shelley's masterpiece. (taken from Goodreads)

Objectionable:There were some deaths/murders, perhaps a bad word or two and the fact that Victor created a monster or sorts.

Thoughts: So I'm doing British Lit. this year. I had gotten this book at a local book/curriculum store for free after we had a purchase of over 450 I believe. I picked Frankenstein because I was currently reading Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde and I was in a bit of a "monster" mood. That was in perhaps February and I've now finally gotten around to reading it! Victor Frankenstein goes off to university (or other) with plans of studying science. He's quite smart and digs really deep into ideas and theories that he actually creates something! A terrible creature that frightens him so, well, he leaves! He can't stand to look at it. His friend finds him ill and in much sorrow and he slowly nurses him back to health. Frankenstein is much recovered, but not fully because he knows what he has created. He fears that it will find him. He returns home to his family only to be greeted with the news that his younger brother, a child, was killed! He catches a glimpse of his creature and is sure that it was his doing. He is broken again and resolves to find his monster and stop him.

Pros:The moral of the story, if one can be decided upon. Who is the good guy? Can you pity the creature despite the wrongs it did? Can you be totally for Victor when he was wrong in many ways as well? Should he have helped his creation more? There seems to be no main answer until you dig deeply into yourself. Perhaps that was the author's intent. The story is interesting and the characters, although brief some were, I really liked and felt like they were written well. It's good book. It's interesting to see the foundation of the Frankenstein you know. But then you get to thinking who really was Frankenstein. It's rather a mystery.

Cons:This book is slow in some parts and definitely depressing in others. And hard to understand because of the writing, put all together some might not be able to get through this book. I had some troubles myself.

Overall, I liked that this book made me think. The story is sad and interesting and I did enjoy it. But it was certainly a bit hard to get through :/
Rating:3 stars
Love, Sierra

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Touch Of Frost

Touch Of Frost by Jennifer Estep. The first book in the Mythos Academy series.
 Touch of Frost (Mythos Academy, #1)
Book description:My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy; a school of myths, magic and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody's head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spartan guy in school, also happens to be the deadliest. But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jasmine Ashton was murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then, someone stole the Bowl of Tears, a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War. You know, death, destruction and lots of other bad, bad things. Freaky stuff like this goes on all the time at Mythos, but I'm determined to find out who killed Jasmine and why; especially since I should have been the one who died... (taken from Goodreads)

Objectionable:There was some rumors about sleeping with so and so, hookups, and who had done what, crude things. There are two scenes when Gwen watches and then hears two suspects making out, somewhat graphic. Mythology. Abusive step-dad mentioned, also a bit graphic (serious yucko). Death, some fighting, and injuries. Language was a 5 (45 words).

Thoughts: I picked up this book because I won the fourth book in a giveaway and so I wanted to start at the beginning. Like a rational person. And as it looked like a good series too :) A series about mythology with coo, intense covers? I'm in! So I grabbed the first book and started to enjoy the adventure. After her mother's death in a car accident Gwen is transferred to Mythos Academy, a strange place (even for Gwen) where myths are true and the students, even the geekiest of them, are able to kill. Because they have powers from their ancestors. Gwen is a nobody and a "gypsy girl" as she is called. She's called this because of her gypsy powers that she inherited from the women in her family. She can tell the feeling of a person by touching them and see things about the owner and what they were feeling by touching an object owned by that person. When a popular girl is murdered in the library, where Gwen discovered her, Gwen is the only one who digs deeper into her death. The students and teachers don't seem to be very affected by the death of Jasmine. They say students die all the time because of the "bad guys" they're fighting. Yeah right. So Gwen starts to research those who may have had something against Jasmine. And why she came to the library so late...something isn't right. She searches to discover what she can with some help from a sort of friend, Daphne. And she attracts the attention of a certain secretive Spartan with killer abs. Logan Quinn. But even the powerful students at Mythos fear him. So what is he doing hanging around her? Through all the rest, Gwen is still trying to figure out why she is at Mythos. What is so special about her?

Pros:Gwen. She was a great character and I really liked her. She was a hero and genuinely felt sorry fro Jasmine, although she might have been mean. She wants to help others and tries to. The plot was really good and interesting. Although I did guess one of the bigger reveals there were some things that surprised me. The mythology was great and there were several different...I don't know...sections? :P They mixed Indian, Greek, Norse and other mythological gods all together. It was really interesting. Daphne and Carson were so cute together and I loved how Gwen set them up. The cover was pretty cool and I really liked it :) Gave me a feel for the book even before I started reading. A mysterious and dangerous feeling :D This was also a pretty exciting book, I didn't get bored at all really! However...

Cons:There were several very, very few parts where I got just a bit bored. But overall I was kept interested. I did guess a slightly main plot twist and I thought it was a bit obvious. Logan was a little annoying at times. I didn't really like him because although he was helpful and at times nice, he was a jerk at other times.

Overall, I liked this book a lot! I really liked the mythology and can't wait to find out what will happen next :) I would recommend to teen girls 14/15 abouts who like mythology, some action, and some romance!
Rating:4 stars
Love, Sierra