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Sunday, June 30, 2013

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In case y'all haven't heard, Google Friend Connect is actually leaving this year. It's true and real and it happens TOMORROW!!! Know what that means? Yeah your blogs on your dashboard will go poof. So you need to go and import your blogs onto Bloglovin. I did a little while ago...maybe a month or two ago? And it is super easy! They know that every or a lot of people need to be switching over so they have links right where you can see them, it's really easy!! So make sure you go and switch over :D

Saturday, June 29, 2013

The Rules for Disappearing.

The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston. 
The Rules for Disappearing (The Rules for Disappearing #1)
 She’s been six different people in six different places: Madeline in Ohio, Isabelle in Missouri, Olivia in Kentucky . . . But now that she’s been transplanted to rural Louisiana, she has decided that this fake identity will be her last.

Witness Protection has taken nearly everything from her. But for now, they’ve given her a new name, Megan Rose Jones, and a horrible hair color. For the past eight months, Meg has begged her father to answer one question: What on earth did he do – or see – that landed them in this god-awful mess? Meg has just about had it with all the Suits’ rules — and her dad’s silence. If he won’t help, it’s time she got some answers for herself.

But Meg isn’t counting on Ethan Landry, an adorable Louisiana farm boy who’s too smart for his own good. He knows Meg is hiding something big. And it just might get both of them killed. As they embark on a perilous journey to free her family once and for all, Meg discovers that there’s only one rule that really matters — survival.
Thoughts: I read a review for this book and was immediately interested. I mean it is about a girl who is fed up with WPP! It just sounds fun :) Plus the cover was pretty mysterious and the review was positive. So I was happy to pick this up at my library a couple weeks ago.
The Rules for Disappearing is about a girl named Meg. At this location anyway. It's not her real name, it's one that she chose for this town, it's her family's sixth placement in the witness protection program. She is sure that something her father has done has landed them in the program. She was yanked away from her life and after the first few placements she's learned not to make friends. It just hurts to much to leave. She is sick and tired of hiding and being unreal.
The moving and stress is tearing her family apart. Her sister is unstable sometimes, just freaked out about everything. Her mother is drinking herself into oblivion. It's getting serious. And her father is withdrawn and doesn't seem to want to deal with the problems. Meg is determined to get to the bottom of why they're in the program. Her first plan though? Not to make friends with anyone at school, to be invisible. That doesn't work out so well. Especially when a boy named Ethan starts asking her questions about her past.

Pros:Just the whole idea of the story rocks! I loved how cool and spy like a bunch of this book felt. She's trying to escape WPP...it's funny and deadly serious all at the same time. So the plot, really interesting. I did guess the "big reveal" pretty much. Although it's not really the huge plot explosion...only half so. It happens about the middle of the book or so. The ending is so super exciting so even if the secret is a bit guessable, the ending makes up for it. Ethan and Meg were so cute together :) Ethan was just so nice and sweet. Dependable. The fact that he wore camouflage so much made me reminded of a guy I know, so I can added his looks to Ethan. Yeah weird. But I really liked him. Meg I liked and I really was glad that the author pulled off her character so well. She could have come off so annoying and brat-ish, but she came out just right I think. She was tough but was still able to accept that she needed help. And she was sweet :)

Cons:Apart from some parts of the book being a little unrealistic (isn't that what we love about books though?) I didn't really have any problems with the writing and characters. There were a couple semi-minor characters that were annoying and didn't seem to have too much of a part, which could annoy some people. But there was a really cool scene towards the end that totally makes them worthy of being in the book.
Content wise there was some making out, I believe that they end up sleeping in the same bed but nothing really happens (sorry my brain is farting, but I think I would remember otherwise :P) and there is some violence mentioned/remembered from the past and blackmailing and FBI-like stuff. There were 215 cuss words.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The characters and adventure were both enjoyable and great :)I didn't like the language but otherwise the content wasn't bad. It was a sweet and action-packed adventure together. I would recommend to 14-15+ teen girls who enjoy some excitement, spy like stuff, and a touch of romance :) 
Rating: 4 stars.
Love, Sierra

Thursday, June 27, 2013

TBR Thursday:Anomaly

Anomaly 
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Thalli has fifteen minutes and twenty-three seconds left to live. The toxic gas that will complete her annihilation is invading her bloodstream. But she is not afraid.

Thalli is different than others in The State. She feels things. She asks questions. And in the State, this is not tolerated. The Ten scientists who survived the nuclear war that destroyed the world above believe that emotion was at the core of what went wrong—and they have genetically removed it from the citizens they have since created. Thalli has kept her malformation secret from those who have monitored her for most of her life, but when she receives an ancient piece of music to record as her community’s assigned musician, she can no longer keep her emotions secreted away.

Seen as a threat to the harmony of her Pod, Thalli is taken to the Scientists for immediate annihilation. But before that can happen, Berk—her former Pod mate who is being groomed as a Scientist—steps in and persuades the Scientists to keep Thalli alive as a test subject.

The more time she spends in the Scientist’s Pod, the clearer it becomes that things are not as simple as she was programmed to believe. She hears stories of a Designer—stories that fill her mind with more questions: Who can she trust? What is this emotion called love? And what if she isn’t just an anomaly, but part of a greater design?

 Why I'm looking forward to this book: I've read all three of Krista McGee's other books and I've loved each one! She has a great, light yet direct writing style that I really love! I'm super excited to see how her science fiction/dystopian turns out, it looks really good! I love the cover and the story both seem to be really exciting!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Pushing The Limits

 Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry. The first book in the Pushing The Limits series.
Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1)
 No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

Thoughts:This book is a book that everyone seems to have been talking about. Everyone said it was really good. That was part of the reason I picked it up. Another was because I've been getting into contemporary romance more lately and every said Anna & The French Kiss was super good. And it was. So I hoped the same for this book.
Echo Emerson's mom has issues. Her dad is a control freak. Her step-mom? Don't go there. Her brother is dead and she doesn't know where she fits in. Broken? Yeah. Shunned? Pretty much. Her mom left scars on her...from when she tried to kill Echo. Only Echo can't remember it. Because of the scars and no explanation wild rumors are flying about what happened and she's been cast out from the popular crowd. Worst of all, she's just been assigned a job tutoring a jerk. Noah Hutchins has problems. He has goals and he can't meet them if he has to be tutored. He has to get his brothers away from their foster family before something happens to them. They're the only thing he cares about, the only family he has left. He has to protect them. Even if Echo is really gorgeous. And interesting. Noah starts digging deeper into Echo's past and even promises to try and help her remember. But that's not the whole story...

Pros:
This is a really sweet story and it's deep too. There are issues and problems that the characters face and must overcome. Echo and Noah were a charming couple and really sweet together. The plot wasn't "exciting" but there was a lot of drama and some mystery going on through the whole book. A nice steady pace. The writing is really great and several of the analogies made me swoon (because I'm a writer & a reader...and a nerd. I do weird things like that), example:instead of butterflies Echo had pterodactyls mutating in her stomach. Yeah. Awesome stuff like that. Echo and Noah are really cute together and it's not all, oh your hot let's make out etc. I mean it is, they're attracted to each other but they depend on each other too. Noah loves Echo and wants her to be a part of his future, someway and somehow. Echo feels safe with Noah and loves that he's trying to help her figure out what happened that night her mom attacked her. She loves that he doesn't think she's a freak. They are both a little broken, both have problems and they both get each other because of that. It's really beautiful...

Cons:There is a lot of cussing (335 cuss words, 66 the f word) and there is also a good bit of violence in the form of abuse and a couple fist fights. And Echo's accident with her mom. There is drinking and smoking pot/weed/whatever mentioned a nice bit of the time, and a brief party scene. There are rumors of how good a guy is at a hook-up, lusting, and brief mention of inappropriate thoughts. Divorce. Mental illness. crude jokes and implications. Sleeping together (not really described) three times.
Apart from the content I didn't have much problem with the writing or anything else. There were a couple times when a character bugged me but otherwise nope.
Overall, this wasn't a favorite, but I still liked it. A lot. The content put me off a good bit. I did like Noah & Echo and the writing had a lot of things I liked in it. I would recommend to older teen girls who are looking for a swoony romance that has some substance. :) 
Rating: 3.5 stars
Love, Sierra

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Eyes On Him

Eyes On Him:Spring Love by Cynthia Marcano.

Eyes On Him: Spring Love
 Spring was the season of new beginnings. Flowers and romance were blooming and the excitement of Summer was looming. At least for Tamryn Davidson it was. Her Junior year at Barredale Christian Academy was coming to an end and the potential for Spring love filled the air, more than she could have imagined. Her recent high school crush was constantly on her mind except when the new stranger in town was within view.

High school drama was in full swing and the junior prom was hot topic of discussion amongst all the juniors. As she balances school, friends, family and her Christian life, Tamryn confronts life as a teenager with her heart being tugged in opposite directions. How will she decide who and what is right for her heart and her life? "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith... " Hebrews 12: 2 GWT

Thoughts:I follow the author's blog and saw that she had published a book. So I got interested and snatched up a copy when it was free as an ebook a little bit ago. Since then I read it bits and pieces on the family kindle.
Tamryn Davidson's life is getting exciting! She's started driving lessons with her mom that ended with a slight accident. Not very serious but now she has a new driving instructor. A really cute one. Chase is flirty and fun, but Tami isn't sure how she feels about him. Besides, she's got another guy on her mind. Jonah is a guy at her school that she's been crushing on for a while now. Her best friend, Dream, says he likes her too. But Tami isn't sure. She'll know soon though, with Prom coming up and all...

Pros:I really enjoyed this book. It's a fun book with bunches of drama and some really fun twists. I really enjoy contemporary books, but struggle with the language, sex/romance and etc. a lot. It was nice to read one where I didn't have to worry about all of that! This is a great adult/teen book (I can't really classify it...Tami is 16-17 or something like that but some aspects feel more adult) for new adults or teens. Tami was a nice character and although I did have a couple frowning moments I liked her overall. Dream was such a fun character, so funny, and I just love the name! The guys were super swoony sounding :) I couldn't quite decide which one I wanted to "win" but there were times that I leaned one way or the other.  The ending was so evil. I flipped back and forth going "really? That's it? auuuugghhhhh!" It practically killed me! The plot was interesting and there were some really great surprises. Some I guessed some I didn't. Nothing to deep or complex because this is a fun romantic-y book :)

Cons:There were some major typos in my ebook, which took away from the experience haha. There were misplaced words, missing ones, missing letters etc. So it could be confusing. Apart from that I felt like this book showed a lot of promise but the author didn't go quite deep enough into the plot and the reveals. I felt like they were good, but had they had more time to bloom, the book been longer, and the writing dug deeper it could have been really really good. Some things felt a little rushed and I felt a little annoyed with how Tami couldn't decide between the two guys. Sometimes it doesn't bother me as much, but this time it did because I couldn't tell which guy she really liked better.
Content wise there were a couple of cheek and forehead kisses. And some flirting. I can't think of anything else.
Overall, I liked and enjoyed this book and even though I thought some things could have been better, this is still a good book :) I would recommend to teen girls who are looking for a fun, clean romance! 
Rating:3 stars
Love, Sierra

Friday, June 21, 2013

A to Z Reading Challenge!

An A-Z reading challenge!
Ms.Jill came up with this idea for an a-z reading challenge! It looked so fun so I definitely wanted to do it. I just took a while to come up with my list :/ Here it is though:

A) Audrey, Wait by Robin Benway. 
After reading Also Known As I was eager to read some more from this author. I've gotten this one already and can't wait to start it!
B) Black City by Elizabeth Richards.
I've been meaning to get around to reading this book for forever! It looks really good and I really love Dystopian. I keep seeing reviews and I just really need to read this one! Haha.
C) City of bones by Cassandra Clare.
I read this book a year and probably more ago and with the movie coming out later this year and the fact that I wanted to reread...well I'm rereading :)
D) Dreamland by Sarah Dessen.
I won this book in a goodreads first reads giveaway and it has the gorgeous new cover! I haven't really read any of Sarah's "older" books and I'm excited too :)
E) Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.
What with the movie coming out and all I thought I should get around to this one. I've had it recommend to me at least once and it's supposed to be like THG...I'll draw my own conclussions :) I have been meaning to read it for a while now and I've finally picked up a copy, yay!
F) The Fault In Our Stars by John Greene.
Ugh, this one I have heard so much love for and I constantly ask myself WHY I haven't picked up this book yet. I just don't know. *shakes head* And then there is the movie. If I don't start reading it before stills come out I WILL kill myself :P
G) Golden by Jessi Kirby. 
I've read several positive and glowing reviews for this book, I hope to get around to it soon, it sounds lovely :) I love the cover too, sun bursts!
H) Happily Ever After by Susan May Warren. 
After reading my first Warren book a mouth or two ago for Tyndale I've been wondering why I haven't read any of her other books. I can't wait to get started!
I) Icons by Margaret Stohl. 
I enjoyed Beautiful Creatures and while still trying to get around to the rest of the series I was excited to hear about both the authors releasing their own books! I've checked this book out maybe 2-3 times and I still haven't gotten to it! :( 
J) The Judgement Stone by Robert

K) Kiss Me Deadly:13 tales of paranormal love by various. 
I checked this anthology a while back and didn't get around to reading it. I really enjoy anthologies so I definitely want to get this one again!
L) Legend by Mary Lu. 
Again another book (Black City) that has been widely talked about and read by dystopian fans and I still haven't gotten it yet! With #3 coming out soon I figure I need to hurry up already!
M)My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick.
This one looks good and the cover is so cute! looking forward to it :)
N) The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett.
This one has such an interesting cover plus I've seen a couple reviews that have been positive. It looks good :)
O) The Originals by Cat Patrick. 
I really enjoyed Revived and this one looks just as good! Yay!!
P) Pretties by Scott Westerfeld. 
I've checked this book out twice and I've gotten half way through it twice. I really enjoy this author's books and I'm ready to finally finish Pretties!
Q) The Queen's Lady by Eve Edwards. 
I read and enjoyed the first book in this series (that is no.2) and the review on that book will be coming soon. So I want to get the next book in this series, it's really good historical fiction!
R) Rodeo Sweetheart by Betsy St. Amant. 
I just recently bought this book and although I've only read one other book by this author I have 3 waiting to be read on my shelves. Thought I'd start with this one and then the other two. :)
S) Song of the Ovulum by Bryan Davis.
My friend lent me her copy and I still haven't gotten around to it...I'm kinda scared to start this one. I love Bryan Davis's other series...and this is the series about the main character's (from the first two series) kids! So yeah...I don't want things to change *wahhh* But I need to read it, I already have book two :)
T) Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.
I won this a while back and I still haven't read it. This happens when I own books :P I've heard it's good and I really want to read it!
U) Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan.
I've read a couple short stories by this author and she rocks. I want to read her book right now!! It looks so fun!
V) Variant by Robison Wells.
I read the first five chapters in a sampler and it certainly looks interesting!!
W) The Ward by Jordana Frankel.
A new dystopian? Oooohhhh :) That sets off my radar, haha. I'm definitely interested in this one!
X) Xenocide by Orson Scott Card (Ender's Game #3)
I've been meaning to read this series and this was the only book I could find (very literally, there were maybe two other books?) with a title starting with the letter x. Harsh....
Y) You look different in real life by Jennifer Castle.
I read the author's book The Beginning of After and it was really good. I like the cover and this one looks interesting :)
Z) Z for Zachariah byRobert C. O'Brien.
This was on another list and was about the only z I could find that looked interesting.

I hope you enjoyed my list :) I will update occasionally...possibly add a page with this list too.  

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Against The Tide

 Against the tide by Elizabeth Camden.
Against the Tide 
Love and Lives are Threatened in Camden's Latest Offering
As a child, Lydia Pallas became all too familiar with uncertainty when it came to the future. Now, she's finally carved out a perfect life for herself--a life of stability and order with no changes, surprises, or chaos of any kind. She adores her apartment overlooking the bustling Boston Harbor, and her skill with languages has landed her a secure position as a translator for the U.S. Navy.
However, it is her talent for translation that brings her into contact with Alexander Banebridge, or "Bane," a man who equally attracts and aggravates her. When Bane hires Lydia to translate a seemingly innocuous collection of European documents, she hesitantly agrees, only to discover she is in over her head.
Just as Bane's charm begins to win her over, Lydia learns he is driven by a secret campaign against some of the most dangerous criminals on the East Coast, compelled by his faith and his past. Bane forbids any involvement on Lydia's part, but when the criminals gain the upper hand, it is Lydia on whom he must depend.

Thoughts:I had read Elizabeth Camden's previous two books, The Lady of Bolton Hill and The Rose of Winslow Street, and I liked them both. This book came out a while back and it took my library a good bit to finally get a copy. I was excited to read it and see how it turned out and compared to the previous two books. Lydia Pallas is an orphan whose family died tragically at sea. She grew up in and orphanage and has fought off the battle waged against her by poverty. She now works at this Navy place translating things. She's fluent in four languages due to traveling all over when she was young. Her father was Greek and her mother a Turk. She's been doing pretty well for herself. Until Alexander Banebridge struts into her life. Bane, as he is called, needs Lydia to translate some papers for him. They're boring papers talking about taxes and odd things of no use. She's getting paid though, nearly enough that she might be able to keep her apartment! So she keeps translating for Bane even if she doesn't trust him. Bane meanwhile is close to a big breakthrough in his war against illegal opium smuggling (as well as against opium in general)...he just needs a little more proof and work put in and he'll have whoever is letting opium slip through. While they work together Lydia struggles to understand why Bane is bringing useless papers to be translated. And Bane struggles with his growing feelings toward Lydia. Meanwhile Bane's old enemy the Professor is plotting ways to stop Bane, if only he could find someone near and dear to him...

Pros:I was super excited with the return of Bane, he had been a great character in The Lady of Bolton Hill and I...well I was excited :P And I was really happy with how this story turned out. Compared to the rest it is either my favorite or tied for favorite with TLOBH. The plot and story-line was really interesting. Some of the things I thought would happen actually didn't and some things did happen. In any case, I was surprised and it's a pretty detailed plot. There are a lot of ties and similarities between Bane and Lydia and they had a great chemistry. Both were stubborn and feisty although you don't always see it in Lydia, especially at first. I really liked Lydia although I didn't exactly relate to her, I still really liked her. Bane was funny and just a great guy :)  The love story was really sweet and it was probably the thing I was most wary of. There were a couple small issues (see below) but otherwise I thought it was written very genuinely and I thought it was just about the sweetest thing ever :) Especially the ending :D Which was really good and I never would have guessed, at the beginning of the book, how it would turn out. Maybe not even midway. The ending area is a bit of a surprise in several ways. But of course there is a happily ever after :)

Cons:Some of the romance was a little cliche or eye roll worthy. But it wasn't that bad really. There was maybe only one scene or two that I had issues with. It's the step between "I like you" and "I love you" that always trips me up with the writing. It has to be done right for me to like it. I wish that the author had mentioned God a little more and perhaps a little sooner, but it kinda went with the plot so I technically shouldn't complain. Haha. Otherwise I had no problems as I really enjoyed all the rest of it.
Content wise there is some kidnapping, death, a fire or two, and of course all the opium and talking about people being addicted to it and smuggling it. Otherwise there was just a small bit of kissing.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and it is probably my favorite from this author! It's a really sweet story and I would recommend to 13+ girls who enjoy clean, Christian romance and historical fiction. 
Rating: 4 stars
Love, Sierra

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Out Of The Easy

Out of The Easy by Ruta Sepetys. 

Out of The Easy
It’s 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer.

She devises a plan get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street. Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn, and escalating to the ultimate test.

With characters as captivating as those in her internationally bestselling novel Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys skillfully creates a rich story of secrets, lies, and the haunting reminder that decisions can shape our destiny.

Thoughts: After reading Ruta Sepetys's Shades Of Gray I knew she was a great author. This book only helped me rediscover that. The first book shocked me, encouraged me to learn my history, and taught me a lot. This book was a bit quieter and less stunning in the "in your face this really happened in the past can you believe things were that bad?" way. When I picked up this book I was definitely excited to read it. And I was expecting a good bit.
Josie has a mother who is a prostitute. When she was old enough to she moved away and started living and working part time in a bookstore. But she kept cleaning the brothel that her mother lived in. For Willie, who runs the place. Willie believes in Josie much more than her mother ever does. And her mother's drama just won't leave her alone. she's sometimes abusive and always awful, blaming Josie sometimes for being born and taking away her beauty. But the worst part is that this gangster type guy called Cincinnati is back in town. Her mother loves him or thinks she does and he hits her. Last time Josie and Willie drove him away. With guns and such. But now he's back and threatening Josie. Set in the 50s in New Orleans Josie is a girl who has been looked down on her whole life because of her mother. All she wants to do is go somewhere else and escape all that. Go to college in the east or something. But start something new.

Pros: The writing, the story, the plot, the characters, and the ending. Just about everything! This is such a lovely book that makes me think I'm living in that world. it actually felt a lot like 30s though...with all the gangster stuff :P However this isn't all "downtown" (I think that's the right term) there is also some visits to the upper class just a bit. Basically this book is super interesting and very historical. I felt like I learned a lot of the feel for the time period. And the whole 30s thing? Possibly just because New Orleans is a bit out of time, from what I've read of this author she is very well researched so I couldn't believe she got the feel wrong. It felt amazingly right. The characters were very well done. I loved Josie and how determined and confident she was. She is pretty crazy and strong and very well rounded in like, everything :P She's the type that knows how to do everything and is hard to surprise. Which kinda expresses Willie as well. Only more so, she's like the ultimate version who is also harder and older. In some ways she's like a huge mentor to Josie and other times she held her back or was the voice of reason. They were both great characters. Jesse I was always a fan of, he's the perfect picture of a car fixing, sweet guy who is a little reckless. But trust-worthy. Patrick I hadn't been much of a fan for him, but I still was sympathetic to his position and all. Those were the main characters really although there were others, like Cokie and Sadie, Charlie, and Sam (I think?) too. The plot was really interesting and it all starts out with a murder and Cincinnati coming back into town. There are many other secrets that Josie knows or is trying to figure out as well as the cleaning for the brothel and keeping all that stuff under wraps (police and stuff apparently). The ending was really lovely and I didn't want it to be over!

Cons:Content wise there are a lot of mentions of the brothel, the work (not in detail at all), men coming up to Josie and wanting to know if she was "working" yet, Josie thinks about and even tries to get some money for doing her mother's work but in the end just can't do it and pulls a gun on him :P Some violence including murdering, shooting, also stealing and really cruel stuff that happens to Josie from her mom :/ Mention of drinking and possibly/probably smoking. Language was 28 words. (possibly more, but that's all I can think of) There are maybe 3-4 kisses. Apart from the content I had no problems, I just loved the writing and the plot and all!
Overall, I really, really liked this book although I didn't approve of all the content it was "real" and wasn't that big of a deal. I really loved the setting and characters. I would recommend to teen girls (16+ or so) who enjoy historical fiction and are looking for some good writing. 
Rating:4 stars.
Love, Sierra

Thursday, June 13, 2013

TBR Thursday: Vortex

Vortex (Insignia, #2) 
The impossible was just the beginning. Now in their second year as superhuman government weapons-in-training at the Pentagonal Spire, Tom Raines and his friends are mid-level cadets in the elite combat corps known as the Intrasolar Forces. But as training intensifies and a moment arrives that could make or break his entire career, Tom’s loyalties are again put to the test.

Encouraged to betray his ideals and friendships for the sake of his country, Tom is convinced there must be another way. And the more aware he becomes of the corruption surrounding him, the more determined he becomes to fight it, even if he sabotages his own future in the process.

Drawn into a power struggle more dramatic than he has ever faced before, Tom stays a hyperintelligent step ahead of everyone, like the exceptional gamer he is—or so he believes. But when he learns that he and his friends have unwittingly made the most grievous error imaginable, Tom must find a way to outwit an enemy so nefarious that victory seems hopeless. Will his idealism and bravado cost him everything—and everyone that matters to him?

Filled with action and intelligence, camaraderie and humor, the second book in S.J. Kincaid’s futuristic World War III Insignia trilogy continues to explore fascinating and timely questions about power, politics, technology, loyalty, and friendship.
Why I'm looking forward to this book:Well there are several reasons. The main conclusion of them being that the first book (Insignia) was amazing. Breaking it down, the writing was inciting and the story extremely fun and interesting and developed. I liked the characters and was on the edge of my seat while reading it. I have been waiting for at least a year for a sequel. I can't believe that it is almost here! It will be released July 2nd and I am so super excited!! This series has so far been a great dystopian science fiction series :)

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

TBR Tuesday:The Wells Bequest

Leo never imagined that time travel might really be possible, or that the objects in H. G. Wells’ science fiction novels might actually exist. And when a miniature time machine appears in Leo’s bedroom, he has no idea who the tiny, beautiful girl is riding it. But in the few moments before it vanishes, returning to wherever—and whenever—it came from, he recognizes the other tiny rider: himself!

His search for the time machine, the girl, and his fate leads him to the New-York Circulating Material Repository, a magical library that lends out objects instead of books. Hidden away in the Repository basement is the Wells Bequest, a secret collection of powerful objects straight out of classic science fiction novels: robots, rockets, submarines, a shrink ray—and one very famous time machine. And when Leo’s adventure of a lifetime suddenly turns deadly, he must attempt a journey to 1895 to warn real-life scientist Nikola Tesla about a dangerous invention. A race for time is on!
In this grand time-travel adventure full of paradoxes and humor, Polly Shulman gives readers a taste of how fascinating science can be, deftly blending classic science fiction elements with the contemporary fantasy world readers fell in love with in The Grimm Legacy.

Why I'm looking forward to this book: I really enjoyed The Grimm Legacy. It was so original and imaginative. I felt like I took a trip to  another fun, beautiful, new world :D A grand adventure. I'm so excited to see what will happen in this book! Also the cover is amazing and the author is pretty talented :) It'll be a YA/MG (because it is very hard to tell) book to pick up! I'm anticipating a wonderful read!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

The Eternity Cure

The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa. The second book in the Blood Of Eden series.
The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden, #2)


Allison Sekemoto has vowed to rescue her creator, Kanin, who is being held hostage and tortured by the psychotic vampire Sarren. The call of blood leads her back to the beginning—New Covington and the Fringe, and a vampire prince who wants her dead yet may become her wary ally.

Even as Allie faces shocking revelations and heartbreak like she’s never known, a new strain of the Red Lung virus that decimated humanity is rising to threaten human and vampire alike.


Thoughts:*note* There are some spoilers to those who haven't read the first book yet*
After reading and seriously enjoying the first book (The Immortal Rules) in this series, Blood of Eden, I was looking forward to this sequel very, very much. Plus all the reviews I had read said it was great, amazing and scary good ending with a cliffhanger. The Immortal Rules was technically my first vampire book. I had read others with vampires but none solely about vampires. And this series really isn't a very vampire-y series. It's dystopian, romance, and vampires. And it's very good.
Allie has seen the group of humans looking for Eden safely there. Some people said it didn't exist, a safe haven for humans with no vampires. Which is why Allie had to leave. She proved herself to that little group by rescuing them from Jackal, her half brother, who was determined that the leader of the group knew the cure for Red Lung. She helped the others escape and tried to rescue the leader (whose name escapes me) from Jackal. In some ways she fails in some ways she wins. Either way the rest of the humans are at Eden. Safe. Now Allie travels to find her Sire. She had been having dreams or visions of him being tortured by a sadistic vampire who wants to make her Sire pay. Because he gave birth to the mutated version of Red Lung after sacrificing vampires to be tested upon. He technically created the Rabids. And a lot of other problems. But he's a good vampire...and Allie wants to rescue him before he fades away from the pain. Kanin saved her from death by turning her into a vampire. The least she can do is save him. Along the way friends pop-up and fade away. Old and new. And Allie still struggles to hold the monster side of her vampire nature inside. Because she might be a vampire but she still has a choice.

Pros:The overall picture I got from this book was a gray vampire city with danger around every corner. This would make a great movie! The characters...wow I loved them! Allie was still growing and becoming a non-monster vampire. Or still trying to not become a monster. She cared and was a strong character as well as a kick-butt heroine :D Zeke grew up some and was still as charming and wonderful as ever. His turning up was a great surprise and there were some great tense moments. Jackal was someone I actually found myself liking a bit because of his attitude. It was annoying and he was a jerk, but you could still laugh at him. And he does have a good side...sorta. Kanin is a great vampire, kinda a picture of the "good" vampires. Not that there are sides, but he's less of a monster than others. He's honorable and really feels sorry for what he has done. The plot kept me guessing and the ending is quite evil. Seriously making me die for the next book! The author is really talented and has given these books the ideal vampire setting for me. Dystopian/vampire. It totally works :) She keeps me flipping pages and I am so excited to see what happens next. I would definitely reread both this book and the first book. So basically I loved the characters, setting, and plot :D

Cons:There was some content. There was of course the whole vampire thing and several scenes with drinking human blood or killing humans (Allie doesn't kill anyone other than criminals). Violence otherwise included injuries, being tortured brutally, gory descriptions of injuries and illness, and killing. There were a couple kisses and Allie and Zeke sleep side-by-side when Allie is super tired and Zeke is pretty sick. There are also a couple times when they imply something about sex. Language wise there were 116 cuss words (3 were f). Apart from the content which didn't really distract or bother me, I had no complaints. All the scenes were great along with the plot that kept me guessing. The ending is really evil and hurts... But otherwise everything worked out and made sense.
Overall, I loved this book and I'm dying for the next one. The cliffhanger is evil and I'm dying. Seriously dying because I have to know, but at the same time I don't. It'll hurt and be shocking and be emotionally scarring I'm sure...but I want it so bad! I would recommend to teen girls (14-15+) who enjoy supernatural romance with great leading characters and a wonderful plot line. 
Rating:5 stars
Love, Sierra

Friday, June 7, 2013

Enthralled:Paranormal Diversions

Enthralled:Paranormal Diversions by various authors.
Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions
 A journey may take hundreds of miles, or it may cover the distance between duty and desire.
Sixteen of today’s hottest writers of paranormal tales weave stories on a common theme of journeying. Authors such as Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Caine, and Melissa Marr return to the beloved worlds of their bestselling series, while others, like Claudia Gray, Kami Garcia, and Margaret Stohl, create new land-scapes and characters. But whether they’re writing about vampires, faeries, angels, or other magical beings, each author explores the strength and resilience of the human heart.
Suspenseful, funny, or romantic, the stories in Enthralled will leave you moved.

 
 (it'll work like this, title of the short story with the author's name. Then the content and brief description. Then what I thought about it. There might be a couple spoilers but I've tried to keep it mostly spoiler free)

Giovanni's Farewell by Claudia Gray-2 cuss words and ghosts as well as supernatural powers.  Ravenna and Cairo are twins who discover they have physic powers on a trip to Rome and encounter a ghost. 
Such a sweet story! I really liked it and I want MORE! It drew me in and made me smile.

Scenic Route by Carrie Ryan- One cuss word. A bit of violence. Mention of sleeping together on a couch, very brief mention. Sally and Margie are living in a cabin at the top of a mountain. A change happened and the world is bloody and dangerous. A boy shows up and says he came because he was lonely. But can they trust him to not betray them? 
This one was okay, a bit violent. I liked it okay and it was definitely interesting.  

Red Run by Kami Garcia- Two cuss words. Ghosts and mention of drinking and drugs. Murdering. Edie is out to get the ghost that killed her brother and five (or four?) other teens. She knows how, she just has to catch it...on red run road, where it makes all of its murders. Only things aren't like they seems sometimes. 
A nice story about trust and mistakes. Creepy and scientific with a surprise ending that I really liked. 

Things About Love by Jackson Pearce-Genies, magic, and a gay character. One cuss word. Lawrence's best friend in love with a genie and he knows about it. So he gets ifrit guards to make sure he doesn't tell. This latest one wants to know about love though, really, like a project! Why? 
I liked it okay, enough. The whole true love thing was sweet but the girl genie was a little awkward and annoying :/

Niederwald by Rachel Vincent-20 cuss words, one was an f. Harpies, an oracle, mention netherworld. Crude implications. Sabine is a Mara, a supernaturl creatures sorta like nightmares. She wants to find out if the guy she loved will be given back to her. So she visits the town and asks an oracle guarded by harpies. However thing don't go quite as planned...
I liked this one okay, I really like mythology...but this one was a bit weird though.

Merely Mortal by Melissa Marr- Mention of sleeping together and making out. Keenan is now a mortal and wants to try and become a winter fey. He gave up his crown and the summer court to save Donia. And now he wants to be with her forever. A critical and slightly odd vacation decides what will happen about Keenan chancing the try of becoming fey again..  
A lovely time to revisit Donia and Keenan. I think I may have spoiled something in the coming books...but oh well. They are really sweet :) I love it when authors write a short story about their actual books in a collection like this.

Facing Facts by Kelley Armstrong- One cuss words, supernatural powers, a werewolf, a witch, ghosts.  Chloe is enveloped with a secret and guilts. Her life is kinda crazy, she's dating a werewolf and all her friends have weird powers if can call them friends. One of them, Tori, runs away from bad news and Chloe followers her. Only she's tricked by someone out for revenge before she can find Tori.
 Lovely tale. I liked learning and understanding more about the b list characters from The Rising. Again, I love short stories from an author's other books :) A touching and chilling story.

Let's get this undead show on the road by Sarah Rees Brennan-1 cuss word and mention of sex used as an analogy and not really described. A crude joke or two and vampires. Chris is a part of a band. And he's a vampire. He can't stand his band and feels like he is all alone. He doesn't know what he is supposed to do and his family doesn't want or trust him anymore. Can touring really create some bonds? 
Cute, sweet story with good characters and was pretty exciting. :) This author is very creative and is unique her writing...very funny :D

Bridge by Jeri Smith-Ready-14 cuss words with 2 fs. Ghosts and suicide. Story about a ghost wanting to give peace to his brother. 
Kinda confusing and written kinda like a poem. Bit weird but whatever. It was confusing partly because for over half of the tale I thought it was a girl, it's really first person....or something...the perspective is a guy.

Skin Contact by Kimberly derting-2 f and 12 cuss words. Murder and violence. Making out. Rafe goes out searching for his girlfriend after a dream he had about her bring her and in danger. Only he doesn't know if his powers was right or not, he hopes they aren't. But what if? And what will he find? 
A bit short and a bit odd. Not a favorite because it was sad :(

Leaving by Ally Condie- The world is split open and people look back to the time when there were beautiful that healed things. Sora's father left and went outside to see them. Or try to find them. And he was gone. She was untouchable for two weeks and still is because of social stuff etc. She's sick of it all, enough to leave. 
An interesting a new world perhaps? Allie Condie writes so beautifully and although there were a couple confusing parts, this was just the same beauty found in her Matched series.

At the late night, double, picture show by Jessica Verday-17 cuss words? Vampires, a demon, some gruesome scenes and a crude joke or mention. Jane is from a family of supernatural hunters each who have a supernatural power to aid them. She doesn't have one and is typically the bait. So she goes out to prove herself and ends up having an adventure and what just might have been the most exciting night of her life! 
I liked it okay. A little creepy and gross, but Jane was so cool!

IV League by Margaret Stohl- 2 cuss words. Vampires. Hopper and Lola are trying to escape their boring, deadbeat southern town and go to a college a whole new world for them. And yeah, there are problems because they are vampires.
Meh. A little confusing and the characters weren't the best. :(

Gargouille by Mary E. Pearson- Gargouilles, they are simply winged humans with some myths. Crude implication? Giselle is a gargouille and she's been captured. Her wings have been cut off, because of that her memories will soon fade. Her true love, her match visits her but cannot free her. Sadly, she will soon forget him along with her past very soon. Her life is falling apart and she won't even know it! 
I like d it okay. It was pretty good. Just a little sad :(

The Third Kind by Jennifer Lynn Barnes-1 cuss word and killing someone. Angel/demon stuff and some weird pulsing power. Jess's sister Kissy wakes her up in the middle of the night saying that they need to go to San Antonio...now! So they do because Kissy's "pulses" saved their lives last time. And this time their trip is no less exciting. After a death attempt and some astonishing news the sisters finally get some answers. Interesting and I liked it okay. Definitely would be interested in a book more about this ^^

Automatic by Rachel Caine. No notes. Can't remember. Mind is blank :( 

So overall for this collection of short stories...it was interesting and very paranormal :) Loved getting snippets from other series (little extras) and just reading some short stories that some of my favorite author have written. I would recommend to teen girls who like the supernatural/paranormal genre.
Rating:3 stars
Love, Sierra

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Reluctant Assassin

The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer. The first book in the W.A.R.P. series.

The Reluctant Assassin (W.A.R.P., #1) 
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Riley, a teen orphan boy living in Victorian London, has had the misfortune of being apprenticed to Albert Garrick, an illusionist who has fallen on difficult times and now uses his unique conjuring skills to gain access to victims' dwellings. On one such escapade, Garrick brings his reluctant apprentice along and urges him to commit his first killing. Riley is saved from having to commit the grisly act when the intended victim turns out to be a scientist from the future, part of the FBI's Witness Anonymous Relocation Program (WARP) Riley is unwittingly transported via wormhole to modern day London, followed closely by Garrick.

In modern London, Riley is helped by Chevron Savano, a seventeen-year-old FBI agent sent to London as punishment after a disastrous undercover, anti-terrorist operation in Los Angeles. Together Riley and Chevie must evade Garrick, who has been fundamentally altered by his trip through the wormhole. Garrick is now not only evil, but he also possesses all of the scientist's knowledge. He is determined to track Riley down and use the timekey in Chevie's possession to make his way back to Victorian London where he can literally change the world.

Thoughts:Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl series is one of my favorites in the same category as the Percy Jackson series. Both wonderful tween/teen series with great characters and fun story lines. So I was obviously excited for a new series from Colfer after he ended Artemis Fowl *sniffs*
In this book new series seventeen year old Chevron "Chevie" Savano has been reassigned to a more or less dead end job after an incident that happened while she was undercover...that kinda blew her cover. She was trained by the FBI and is a partial agent. Not old enough yet of course, but that's all she really wants to be. Skilled in combat, firearms, and other such spy-like abilities she hates her new job. It's boring. Until a dead man and teenaged boy pop out of the pod she is watching. Riley is an orphan. His master, Albert Garrick, is an assassin/magician mix who is sly and someone you don't want to meet on the streets at night. Garrick told Riley that he found him about to be eaten by cannibals and saved him. So from then on Riley lived and trained with him. Only on the night of his first assassin something strange happens. The man they are sent to kill posses some sort of magic! It transports Riley and the dying man to a strange place which he soon learns is the future! Garrick wants this magic however and he won't stop until he gets it. Can Riley and Chevie stop Garrick and escape safely?

Pros:This was a very interesting yet easy to understand time travel book. I loved the settings, the section of the book spent back in time, and some of the jokes and ideas surrounding time travelers and what they encountered were great! This is a great adventure book that starts off a little slow after some excitement, but then picks right off and doesn't stop!  Chevron and Riley are constantly on the run, discovering secrets, escaping or being captured. There really aren't many slow moments and those are filled with interesting dialogue and some special discoveries. While I liked Artemis Fowl a good deal better I did like Riley a lot too. Chevron could easily be pictured as a spin-off of Holly and seeing that makes me wonder if the author meant it that way. *shrugs* Either way they are both nice, new characters.

Cons:This isn't necessarily a con con, it's more like something I was disappointed in. I didn't connect to the writing and characters like I did with Artemis Fowl. I shouldn't have really expected to, but I did. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy this book and the writing was good...just different feeling. There were also a couple of terms or references that I didn't understand.
There were 10-15 cuss words, some violence in the form of murder and injuries. Brief mention of drinking.
Overall, when this book stands alone it's a great one full of interesting places and characters with a wonderful adventure. When compared to Artemis Fowl it dims a bit, but still is likeable. I liked it pretty well and I'm excited to see where the author will go with this series. I would recommend to teens and tweens looking for some adventures :)
Rating: 3.5 stars.
Love, Sierra

Monday, June 3, 2013

Unbreakable

Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris. The second book in the Unraveling series.

Unbreakable (Unraveling, #2)
Four months after Ben disappeared through the portal to his home universe, Janelle believes she’ll never see him again. Her world is still devastated, but life is finally starting to resume some kind of normalcy. Until Interverse Agent Taylor Barclay shows up. Somebody from an alternate universe is running a human trafficking ring, kidnapping people and selling them on different Earths—and Ben is the prime suspect. Now his family has been imprisoned and will be executed if Ben doesn’t turn himself over within five days.

And when Janelle learns that someone she cares about—someone from her own world—has become one of the missing, she knows that she has to help Barclay, regardless of the danger. Now Janelle has five days to track down the real culprit. Five days to locate the missing people before they’re lost forever. Five days to reunite with the boy who stole her heart. But as the clues begin to add up, Janelle realizes that she’s in way over her head—and that she may not have known Ben as well as she thought. Can she uncover the truth before everyone she cares about is killed?

Thoughts: While the first book had me annoyed and a bit disappointed (okay a lot disappointed :P) this book has totally made up for it! I was wary after the first book to pick this one up. Even dreading it a little. But I was encouraged by some reviews and just told myself to buck up and read it. And I am so glad that I did!
Janelle is still thinking about Ben four months after he left to return to his own universe. She misses him. But she has bigger problems, her universe is still recovering from the almost collision they had. There was massive destruction everywhere and they aren't even beginning to pick up the pieces. People are scattered everywhere and disaster hit every city and town. There is no help coming. They keep together and have the army with them, but nothing seems to be getting better. The worst of it is, people keep disappearing. When Interverse Agent Taylor Barclay shows up Janelle finds out just how serious it is. There is some sort of multiverse trafficking group that is kidnapping people from different universes. And Ben has been named as the main suspect. Taylor convinces Janelle to come with him as he hatches a plan to clear Ben's name and stop the disappearances.

Pros:This book was so super exciting! There wasn't a dull moment and this book could just as easily been a movie or a TV show. It's full FBI type stuff and bad agents and the ending was such a shocker and wow. It was exciting and scary and totally a nail biter. I didn't want to put this book down and finished it very quickly! Janelle, I liked her a lot better this time around. She's strong, confident and not afraid to stand up to Taylor and put her opinion out there. She's determined to clear Ben's name. Ben was still sweet but he wasn't a huge part of the story, I thought. He didn't come in until later on in the story and was off for a good bit. The book definitely focused on Taylor and Janelle, which I liked. I thought they made a really, really great team :) I loved them both, a lot! The plot was definitely interesting. It starts off pretty fast and then you keep learning things and adding them to your arsenal. Taylor kept coming up with plans and there were some great enterings and escapes :D The action was fun and interesting. It felt very spy-like. Only more multi-verse-y. Definitely a great science fiction book with a great team up and lots of action and adventure.

Cons: The main problem I had with the first book was that I had expected it to be about superheroes not science fiction and FBI. Don't know why I did, but my expectations threw me off. Plus there was a good bit of cussing. There was still some in this book and the count of the f word was pretty high. Luckily the guy who kept saying didn't come in until half way through :P The writing style I loved and the characters were great as well, I didn't have any problems there. Although it didn't bother me that much there is a good bit of fighting and violence in this book. Janelle does kill a man and it haunts her. There are also shoot-outs and killing and the whole selling people as slaves and "who knows what they've done to them!" stuff. Also content wise there was brief romance but not that much. A couple kisses...and there is some drama with another version of Janelle.  Language wise there was roughly 110 or so words. About 30-40 of them were the f word. The cussing didn't bother me that much, definitely rolling the eyes but not really bothered. Mention of drinking and drugs. Possibly a couple other things.
Overall, I enjoyed this book much, much better than the first book and just loved Janelle! The plot and excitement where great and kept me reading, I would definitely recommend so long as the language and violence wouldn't bother that person. This is a great science fiction book and I would recommend to girls and guys 15+ who enjoy that genre as well as action and a dystopian type feel. 
Rating: 4.5
Love, Sierra

Saturday, June 1, 2013

The Obsidian Mirror

The Obsidian Mirror by Catherine Fisher. The first book in the Chronoptika series.

The Obsidian Mirror
 Jake's father disappears while working on mysterious experiments with the obsessive, reclusive Oberon Venn. Jake is convinced Venn has murdered him. But the truth he finds at the snow-bound Wintercombe Abbey is far stranger ... The experiments concerned a black mirror, which is a portal to both the past and the future. Venn is not alone in wanting to use its powers. Strangers begin gathering in and around Venn's estate: Sarah - a runaway, who appears out of nowhere and is clearly not what she says, Maskelyne - who claims the mirror was stolen from him in some past century. There are others, a product of the mirror's power to twist time. And a tribe of elemental beings surround this isolated estate, fey, cold, untrustworthy, and filled with hate for humans. But of them all, Jake is hell-bent on using the mirror to get to the truth. Whatever the cost, he must learn what really happened to his father.
Thoughts: Catherine Fisher is a pretty good author. I've read Incarceron and I have Sapphique (haven't read it yet) as well as her other series, Relic Master. I had liked Incarceron pretty well and the Relic Master series was interesting. However this book has proved to be my favorite yet!
Jake is convinced that his godfather (who shipped him off to a school in Switzerland) killed his father. Thus he gets himself expelled and sent home. Unfortunately a drama teacher accompanies him. When they arrive to the remote town where Wintercombe Abbey, Oberon Venn's home, is they find they are not entirely welcome and many secrets and mysteries are hidden in the Abbey.  Sarah has just arrived and she's being chased by a replicant and his wolf. She takes refuge in the abbey and is only allowed to stay if she helps Oberon with his experiments. By being the test subject to go through the mirror. But she already knows all about the mirror. That's why she's here. A tale of adventure, mystery and magic, these characters don't know all of what they're in for!

Pros:This book didn't slow down pretty much ever! There were maybe two spots but that was it. The rest was non-stop surprises, discoveries, and secrets. As well attacks, eavesdropping and such :D The first chapter certainly got me interested and the ending was really exciting as well. It makes me wish I had the next book...right now! The characters I all liked mostly well, there were some more and less than others. While they were good they weren't stunning, but I still liked them. This is a wonderful adventure from magic and fey to time travel and replicants from to much time travel being the hunters of time. The writing is really good, it kept me interested and as far as I can remember I thought everything was pretty clear and I don't think I got confused, although there were some complex things going on. As I said, my favorite from this author so far!

Cons:There were a few parts that were a bit confusing or slow but otherwise I didn't really have any problems. The characters weren't super good, but they were good enough. There was a bit of violence, time travel, fey, and language wise there were 21 curse words.
Overall, this was a really exciting and enjoyable book! I would recommend to teens who like fantasy, time travel and adventures. 
Rating: 4 stars
Love, Sierra