Monday, November 24, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #181, November 24th

It's Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week...and anything in between! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as never know where that next "must read" book will come from!

What happened in the past week:

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #180
Teaser Tuesday #188
WWW Wednesday #188
WOW #185
Will the Time Come #181
Third Sentence Thursday #171
Random Reads #157
First Lines Friday #177
The Reward Challenge Update #166
Follow Friday #159
LLFL Reading Challenge Update 52
How Well I Stuck to It #10
Wrote that Review Update #15

Week 47 Reviews:
Strange Skies
The Legacy of Eden
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
The Young Elites
Beware the Wild
The Killing Game
Precious Blood
Blue Lily, Lily Blue

A Darker Past: Review
One Wish Away: Review
Wild: Release Book Blitz
Possession: Review

Write on Review-a-Thon:
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Elsie Chapman Author Page
Emma McLaughlin Author Page
Nicola Kraus Author Page
Emma Pass Author Page
Erin Bowman Author Page
Eve Marie Mont Author Page
Paula Stokes Author Page
Frannie Billingsley Author Page
Gabrielle Zevin Author Page
Gail Carriger Author Page
I Just Watched the Mockingjay Part 1 Movie!!!!
Rebound: Cover Reveal
Gemma Halliday Author Page

OK, so I got 49 posts in 7 days, which is pretty good, considering what I was doing! Hope to do more, this week, though! What about you guys? Happy reading!

So this week I want to read Crimson BoundThis Night So DarkThis Shattered WorldTake Back the SkiesGabriel's RedemptionTake Me OnNearly GoneWhite Witch, Black CurseThe Spring Before I Met YouThe Summer Before I Met YouUnspokenThe Night After I Lost YouWitchriseDark MetropolisThe Nightmare DilemmaSunriseDead Over HeelsCaptiveStone Cold Touch, The Treatment, The Evolution of Mara Dyer, The Retribution of Mara DyerOriginally HumanMortal DangerPolarisThe Fault in Our StarsAlienatedAfter Anthology, AfterworldsThe Gospel of WinterThe FallAnything to Have YouExquisite CaptiveRed Queen99 Days, On the EdgeUnbreakableEternalAngels & DemonsThe Rules for BreakingNantucket BlueNantucket RedDarker Still, The Last Time We Say Goodbye, Angels in the Dark, Fallen in Love, Rapture, SinnerA Questionable ClientMagic BitesLie for MeFind MeRemember MeThe Murder WallSettled BloodDeadly DeceitDream DarkBeautiful DarknessGlowThe Fear TrialsThe Murder ComplexDeath SwornDeath MarkedThe Darkest Minds, Her Dark Curiosity, and Liars, Inc..

When Rachelle was fifteen she was good—apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless— straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.

Three years later, Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in an effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand—the man she hates most—Rachelle forces Armand to help her find the legendary sword that might save their world. As the two become unexpected allies, they uncover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic, and a love that may be their undoing. In a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?

Inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, Crimson Bound is an exhilarating tale of darkness, love, and redemption.
Every touch has its price

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla's powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…
Can Sloane and James survive the lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end? Find out in this sequel to The Program, which Publishers Weekly called “chilling and suspenseful.”

How do you stop an epidemic?

Sloane and James are on the run after barely surviving the suicide epidemic and The Program. But they’re not out of danger. Huge pieces of their memories are still missing, and although Sloane and James have found their way back to each other, The Program isn’t ready to let them go.

Escaping with a group of troubled rebels, Sloane and James will have to figure out who they can trust, and how to take down The Program. But for as far as they’ve come, there’s still a lot Sloane and James can’t remember. The key to unlocking their past lies with the Treatment—a pill that can bring back forgotten memories, but at a high cost. And there’s only one dose.

Ultimately when the stakes are at their highest, can Sloane and James survive the many lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end?
Mara Dyer wants to believe there's more to the lies she’s been told.
There is.

She doesn't stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She should.

She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now.

Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.

Retribution has arrived.
A fearless debut novel about the restorative power of truth and love after the trauma of abuse.

As sixteen-year-old Aidan Donovan’s fractured family disintegrates around him, he searches for solace in a few bumps of Adderall, his father’s wet bar, and the attentions of his local priest, Father Greg—the only adult who actually listens to him.

When Christmas hits, Aidan's world collapses in a crisis of trust when he recognizes the darkness of Father Greg's affections. He turns to a crew of new friends to help make sense of his life: Josie, the girl he just might love; Sophie, who’s a little wild; and Mark, the charismatic swim team captain whose own secret agonies converge with Aidan's.

The Gospel of Winter maps the ways love can be used as a weapon against the innocent—but can also, in the right hands, restore hope and even faith. Brendan Kiely's unflinching and courageous debut novel exposes the damage from the secrets we keep and proves that in truth, there is power. And real love.
From Allison van Diepen, author of Snitch and Street Pharm, comes a sexy, dangerous novel about a teen who witnesses a murder and gets caught up in the seedy world of Miami’s gangs.

Maddie Diaz never should have taken that shortcut through the park. If she hadn't, she wouldn't have seen two members of the Reyes gang attacking a homeless man. Now, as the only witness, she knows there’s a target on her back. 

But when the Reyes jump her on the street, Maddie is protected by a second gang and their secretive leader, Lobo, who is determined to take down the Reyes himself. Lobo is mysterious and passionate, and Maddie begins to fall for him. But when they live this close to the edge, can their love survive?

On the Edge is a compelling story about fighting for what’s right and figuring out where you belong. The novel showcases a gritty, realistic voice and earth–shattering romance that will intrigue readers of Simone Elkeles and Paul Griffin and captivate fans of Allison van Diepen's other novels.
There's death all around us.
We just don't pay attention.
Until we do.

The last time Lex was happy, it was before. When she had a family that was whole. A boyfriend she loved. Friends who didn't look at her like she might break down at any moment.

Now she's just the girl whose brother killed himself. And it feels like that's all she'll ever be.

As Lex starts to put her life back together, she tries to block out what happened the night Tyler died. But there's a secret she hasn't told anyone-a text Tyler sent, that could have changed everything.

Lex's brother is gone. But Lex is about to discover that a ghost doesn't have to be real to keep you from moving on.

From New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Hand, The Last Time We Say Goodbye is a gorgeous and heart-wrenching story of love, loss, and letting go.
A 50+ page collection of intense moments and amazing insights from the dangerously romantic world of the Fallen series. A party that goes terribly wrong, Arriane on a heavenly shopping spree, Daniel navigating the streets of L.A., Miles taking a step into darkness, an uncomfortable scene at Shoreline, an angel on the hunt, and a deleted scene of a date between Luce and Daniel make up this digital collection, offering a unique glimpse into the world of Fallen, a must for any fan of Lauren Kate.
A standalone companion book to the internationally bestselling Shiver Trilogy.

Sinner follows Cole St. Clair, a pivotal character from the #1 New York Times bestselling Shiver Trilogy. Everybody thinks they know Cole's story. Stardom. Addiction. Downfall. Disappearance. But only a few people know Cole's darkest secret -- his ability to shift into a wolf. One of these people is Isabel. At one point, they may have even loved each other. But that feels like a lifetime ago. Now Cole is back. Back in the spotlight. Back in the danger zone. Back in Isabel's life. Can this sinner be saved?
It all starts with one little lie…

Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell lies to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money and liven up a boring senior year. With the help of his friends Preston and Parvati, Max starts a business providing forged permission slips and cover stories for the students of Vista Palisades High. Liars, Inc. they call it. Suddenly everybody needs something and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?

When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice about hooking him up. Until Preston never comes home. Then the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead the cops to Preston’s body. Terrifying clues that point to Max as the murderer.

Can Max find the real killer before he goes to prison for a crime he didn’t commit? Paula Stokes starts with one single white lie and weaves a twisted tale that will have readers guessing until the explosive final chapters. 

Gemma Halliday Author Page

The Story: Got Deadly Cool from the library, because it sounded really awesome and cool, and yeah, I really enjoyed it, and Social Suicide, they were just so entertaining, and yeah, I can't wait for Wicked Games!


Series: Deadly Cool.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Wrote that Review Update #15

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My reviews to reward is 25 to 1, and I motivated myself to write my review for A Darker Past, One Wish Away, Possession, The Legacy of Eden, The Legacy of Eden, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, The Young Elite, Beware the Wild, Crimson Bound, The Killing Game, Precious Blood and Passionaries, Blue Lily, Lily Blue,  so I have  of 25 reviews written! My reward is !

And this week, I want to review !

What about you guys? Happy reading!

How Well I Stuck to It #10, November 23rd

So I decided that I should have accountability on sticking to what should be in a week, so I'm doing How Well I Stuck to It every Sunday, because my schedule should be fixed in by now!

Week 48:
Saturday: Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge, This Night So Dark by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner, This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner, Take Back the Skies by Lucy Saxon, Gabriel's Redemption by Sylvain Reynard, Take Me On by Katie McGarry, Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano, White Witch, Black Curse by Kim Harrison, The Spring Before I Met You by Sarah Rees Brennan, The Summer Before I Met You by Sarah Rees Brennan
Sunday: Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan, The Night After I Lost You by Sarah Rees Brennan, Witchrise by Victoria Lamb, Dark Metropolis by Jaclyn Dolamore, The Nightmare Dilemma by Mindee Arnett, Sunrise by Mike Mullin, Dead Over Heels by Alison Kemper, Captive by Aimee Carter, Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Monday: The Treatment by Susanne Young, The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin, The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin, Originally Human by Eileen Wilks, Mortal Danger by Eileen Wilks, Polaris by Mindee Arnette, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Alienated by Melissa Landers, After Anthology
Tuesday: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld, The Gospel of Winter by Brendan Kiely, The Fall by Bethany Griffin, Anything to Have You by Paige Harbison, Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios, Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, 99 Days by Katie Cotugno, On the Edge by Allison van Diepen, Unbreakable by C.C. Hunter
Wednesday: Eternal by C.C. Hunter, Angels & Demons by Dan Brown, The Rules for Breaking by Ashley Elston, Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland, Nantucket Red by Leila Howland, Darker Still by Leanne Renee Hieber, The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand, Angels in the Dark by Lauren Kate, Fallen in Love by Lauren Kate
Thursday: Rapture by Lauren Kate, Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater, A Questionable Client by Ilona Andrews, Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews, Lie for Me by Romily Bernard, Find Me by Romily Bernard, Remember Me by Romily Bernard, The Murder Wall by Mari Hannah, Settled Blood by Mari Hannah, Deadly Deceit by Mari Hannah, Dream Dark by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stolh
Friday: Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stolh, Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan, The Fear Trials by Lindsey Cummings, The Murder Complex by Lindsey Cummings, Death Sworn by Leah Cypress, Death Marked by Leah Cypress, The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken, Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd, Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes

Tour Books: NA.

Review Books: The Treatment, Afterwords, The Gospel of Winter. Check.

NetGalley: This Shattered World, Take Back the Skies, Take Me On, Witchrise, Dark Metropolis, Sunrise, Dead Over Heels, Captive, Alienated, Anything to Have You, The Rules for Breaking, Nantucket Red. 12 which means I can have 9 extra rereads or new books. Check.

Edelweiss: Crimson Bound, Polaris, The Fall, Exquisite Captive, Red Queen, 99 Days, On the Edge, The Last Time We Say Goodbye, Remember Me, Deadly Deceit, The Murder Complex, Death Sworn, Death Marked, Liars, INC. 14 which means I have have 12 extra rereads or new books. Check.

Meme Books: Gabriel's Redemption. 2 or 3 Others above. Check.

Rereads: White Witch, Black Curse, Unspoken, Angels & Demons, Darker Still, Rapture, Beautiful Darkness, Glow, The Darkest Minds. 8. Which means I used up 2 of my extras from above. Check.

New Books: Nearly Gone, Stone Cold Touch, Mortal Danger, The Fault in Our Stars, After, Eternal, Sinner, Magic Bites. 8, but 3 are exceptions, which means I used up 0 of my extras from above. Check.

Pretty good week, if the sheer quantity of books doesn't overwhelm. Which it's kinda doing to me! Oh, well! I'll try! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Write on Review-a-Thon Update 11

So I wrote my next review, The Burn, and I'll be reviewing Forgotten next.

Week 48 Reviews: Crimson Bound.

Goals: 20
Reviews: 11

Write on Review-a-Thon Update 10

So I wrote my next review, Blue Lily, Lily Blue, and I'll be reviewing The Burn next.

Week 48 Reviews: Crimson Bound.

Goals: 20

Reviews: 10

Write on Review-a-Thon Update 9

So I wrote my next review, Precious Blood and Passionaries, and I'll be reviewing Blue Lily, Lily Blue next.

Week 48 Reviews: Crimson Bound.

Goals: 20

Reviews: 9

Write on Review-a-Thon Update 8

So I wrote my next review, The Killing Game, and I'll be reviewing Precious Blood and Passionaries next.

Week 48 Reviews: Crimson Bound.

Goals: 20

Reviews: 8

Week 47 Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue

From Goodreads:
There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel. 

My Review:
I really enjoyed this book so much! It picked up about a month after the end of The Dream Thieves, and yeah, her mom is still missing, and a ton of stuff is going on, and yeah, that was just so freaking great!

On thing at I've noticed, is that it ends on a cliff-hanger-y note, each chapter, and then the start of the next chapter, half the time, at least, it's moved on past the element that made it cliff-hanger-y, for example, one chapter ended with Adam's dad's trial, and having Gansey and Ronan walking in. I'd like to know the verdict of that, but it just skipped over it!

Adam finds out that the residents of 300 Fox Way know that Gansey is going to die before the next May, I believe is the month when the yearly upcoming deaths happens. And we get meet Colin, the guy who hired the Gray Man last book, and his wife! And the guy that has a lot of experience with ley lines!

And we learn that there are actually 3 sleepers, one to wake, one not to, and one in the middle. And they wake up the daughter of the king, who was used as a easier grave to be found to protect her dad's one. Which is just kinda mean! And it's her dad that left her, and she was awake still. 600 years like that! And she knows Blue's dad! But that Adam is probably the middle sleeper! And 3 is a very important number! And Colin's wife wife wakes up the sleeper that shouldn't be woken up! And Blue's aunt, Neeve, is there! Yeah, the next book, the final book, is going to be pretty excellent!

Favourite lines:

"Hey! Don't you hear me? Don't do anything stupid. It ate my deer thing." Very articulate, Roman! Sounds like something I'd say! "Jesse Dittley's death dominated the newspapers. One of the articles had noted that the valley was beginning to look like a dangerous place to live: Niall Lynch, Joseph Kavinsky, Jesse Dittley, Persephone Poldma. Everyone had been surprised to discover Persephone had a last name." Which is just a bit sad!

Such a great book, and another ending that just wants me to have the 4th and final book in my hands!

Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #3
Read: November 21st, 2014
Source: Tuebl
Reason Why: Love this series, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Published: October 21st 2014
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 47 Reviews: Precious Blood, Passionaries

From Goodreads:
From the author of the New York Times bestselling ghostgirl series, the start to a captivating and haunting teen trilogy about three girls who become entangled with an enigmatic boy—a boy who believes he is a saint.

What if martyrs and saints lived among us? And what if you were told you were one of them?

Meet Agnes, Cecilia, and Lucy. Three lost girls, each searching for something. But what they find is Beyond Belief.

From Goodreads:
Agnes, Cecelia, and Lucy watched as Sebastian sacrificed himself for what he believed in. Will the girls trust that their destiny as saints and martyrs and perform the miracles as Sebastian instructed? Or lose faith in themselves and each other in his absence? Time is running out for them to make a decision, and the fate of the world lies in the balance.

My Review:
Ah, these were just so great! I kinda procrastinated reading these books, because there's 2 of them, and I want to read them together, and various thoughts in my head about that subject, that just made it a bit harder for me to read them. But I made a perfect time to read them! So yeah!

So initially, of all the characters, I didn't like Lucy as much in the beginning, because she was this party girl who made her fame by trading coverage with various secrets of those around her! And yeah, as someone who is pretty much the opposite of the popular crowd, I didn't like her too much at first!

Really enjoyed how all these things about this world were revealed, that Doctor Frey knew about it, and was against it, that faith is a disease that has been proven as being transmitted from the people with minds that are weakened by something, kinda like an immune system, I'm on the girl's side, though!

That ending of Passionaries! Everyone pretty much under the thumb of Doctor Frey, that's not going to be a bad thing, and between the deaths of Sebastian and Lucy, yeah, those are just a lot of things that are testing them, and I can't wait to see how they're going to face them!

Favourite line from  Passionaries: "Well, my attitude is still a virgin because I never gave a f**k." Love this a lot!

Great 2 books, I really enjoyed them a lot, and yeah, I really can't wait for the 3rd and final book!

Author: Tonya Hurley
Series: The Blessed #1, 2
Read: November 20th, 21st, 2014
Source: Tuebl, Publisher for Review
Reason Why: Sounded good, and I have the 2nd one as an ARC, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Books! And Passionaries is a LLFL Book!
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Published: May 14th 2013, January 7th 2014

Precious Blood:
5/5 Hearts
4/5 Books
4/5 Stars

5/5 Hearts
4/5 Books
4.55 Stars

Week 47 Review: The Killing Game

From Goodreads:

The killer knows Eve Duncan all too well. He knows the pain she feels for her murdered daughter, Bonnie, whose body has never been found. He knows that as one of the nation's top forensic sculptors she'll insist on identifying the nine skeletons unearthed on a bluff near Georgia's Talladega Falls. He knows she won't be able to resist the temptation of believing that one of those skeletons might be her daughter's. But that is only the beginning of the killer's sadistic game. He wants Eve one on one, and he'll use his ace in the hole to make sure she complies. And he won't stop playing until he claims the prize he wants most: Eve's life.

My Review:
I really enjoyed this book so much! Really enjoyed rereading it, because it was just so enjoyable! I enjoyed it thoroughly, getting to go on this journey with the characters again, it was just great! I admit that since it's been a while since I first read it, I reread the ending, so I knew who the bad guy was!

We got to have Eve and Jane meeting for the first time! And yeah, it's hard, seeing as a serial killer has targeted Jane so that Eve could connect to her, so that when he kills Jane, it'll be harder on Eve, but yeah, they develop a pretty strong connection!

And then her and Joe! I know where they're going, and yeah, this book had a great big step in that direction, the start of their romantic life, and her finding out that he's felt this way about her for 10 years, that she's his centre, that he married Diane so she could have a female friend? Yeah.

So I'm going to try and keep a death tally, and there's 1 cat and 8 people, who die, and then 2 we know who are going to in the first book, and then 1 fox, and 5 people in this book (because I'm not counting people who were killed before the series, or not in the books, which means Bonnie, and the various victims who's graves they're just discovering. Yeah. And of that combined 15 people, 4 of them are the bad guys!

Favourite lines:

"And what's the connection? Is taking me into your bed the equivalent of giving me a puppy?" If so, pretty weird!

Yeah, this was a fantastic book, and I really can't wait to reread more of the series!

Author: Iris Johansen
Series: Eve Duncan #2
Read: November 19th, 2014
Source: Own
Reason Why: Rereading! And it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Book!
Publisher: Bantan Books
Published: May 2nd 2000
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Write on Review-a-Thon Update 7

So I wrote my next review, Crimson Bound, and I'll be reviewing The Killing Game next.

Week 48 Reviews: Crimson Bound.

Goals: 20

Reviews: 7

Week 47 Review: Beware the Wild

From Goodreads:
It's an oppressively hot and sticky morning in June when Sterling and her brother, Phin, have an argument that compels him to run into the town swamp -- the one that strikes fear in all the residents of Sticks, Louisiana. Phin doesn't return. Instead, a girl named Lenora May climbs out, and now Sterling is the only person in Sticks who remembers her brother ever existed.

Sterling needs to figure out what the swamp's done with her beloved brother and how Lenora May is connected to his disappearance -- and loner boy Heath Durham might be the only one who can help her. 

This debut novel is full of atmosphere, twists and turns, and a swoon-worthy romance.

My Review:
When I think about this novel, now, after I've read it, I think, pretty great, entertaining book, unique as in hardly ever done in making the setting a really vital plot point, and characters that have heartfelt, human emotions!

So they live near a swamp that has some stories attached to it, a lot of those stories aren't good. And then her brother becomes one when he runs into the swamp, after almost hitting her, and hitting their step-father. And as the story goes on, a good deal more of people enter the swamp! More on that!

Really enjoyed the relationship between Sterling and Heath, it was started about a year before the novel opens up, but then something happened, and rumours started to float around him. Turns out there's a reason!

I read this in 2 parts. I read about 80 pages on my nook, and then I read the rest of it. So I kinda forgot the name of her friend, but I remembered her, so that's why I thought it a bit weird that she didn't come along to the racetrack place. And then Sterling goes to look for a phone number-for her friend's twin sister. That's when it hit me that she had lost that friend to the swamp!

Favourite lines: "

Really enjoyed this book, ended in a pretty great spot, sad about Lenora, but yeah, all in all, pretty good! Really enjoyed it, can't wait to read what Natalie C. Parker writes next!

Author: Natalie C. Parker
Read: November 18th, 2014
Source: Edelweiss
Reason Why: Sounded good, and it's a DAC Book and a SAC 2014 Book!
Publisher: Harper Teen
Published: October 21st 2014
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
4.5/5 Stars

Week 47 Review: The Young Elites

From Goodreads:
I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all. 

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen. 

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

My Review:
This book was really creepy and amazing! From the synopsis, it doesn't really say the fantasy element in it, because it could've just been a dystopian book, but it's not, it's a fantasy one! And yeah, it was just so entertaining!

So in the back, it says that when she was originally writing this book, it was about a hero, and that when it didn't work, someone suggested that Adelina was a very interesting character, and that sparked an idea of it being a story about a villain. And yeah, there were aspects to her character that are villain-ly. The definitions of the word are a) a cruelly malicious person who is involved in or devoted to wickedness or crime; scoundrel. or b) a character in a play, novel, or the like, who constitutes an important evil agency in the plot. And Adelina has a darkness in her that makes her a "cruelly malicious person" sometimes. Yeah.

On goodreads, on the series page, it says "The Young Elites is set in a Renaissance-like world where magic is new, chaotic, and misunderstood, and three rival societies with supernatural abilities battle for power. And a girl transforms from an unwanted daughter into a fearsome leader, igniting panic and sparking war between seven nations." And this felt like a prequel novel to that, setting all this up, because this book, has the world, and the start of the transformation, because in the end, she's heading in becoming a leader. So yeah, there's that!

One thing that annoyed me, was, to me, ignorance, saying the Young Elites were bad luck, when we know they have powers that link them to the gods. That storm? The one that was sad to be caused because they let a YE compete? Probably happened because she won, and then you took it away from her! Gah, the ignorance was very aggravating!

That ending was sad. And that he thanked her. Because she unwittingly helped him when she thought she was destroying him. And that really sucks! And that she gets kicked out, and then thinks the line in the synopsis. Which is pretty dark. And then the epilogue that was creepy, and confirms a one liner, and yeah, it was very important!

Favourite line: "At a loss for words, You Highness? I'll take that as a compliment." And you should, because it really is!

I really enjoyed this book, so much, the wait for the next book, it just, I want it now, but we don't even have a title, cover, synopsis, or even a release date, so yeah, it's probably going to be a year, but it's still going to be a long wait!

Author: Marie Lu
Series: The Young Elites #1
Read: November 18th, 2014
Source: Bought
Reason Why: Really enjoyed her first series, and it's a 2014 Dystopia Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Published: October 7th 2014
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 47 Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

From Goodreads:
Mara Dyer doesn't think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.
She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
There is.
She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.
She's wrong.
My first review of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
My Review:
Oh, how I enjoyed rereading The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer! It was just so fantastic, amazing, and since it's been just around a year since I read Evolution, I remembered almost none of the details about this book except that Jude was alive. Yeah.

So loved diving into this world again, and combined with just the fantastic writing, the pages just flew, to the point where I started reading Evolution right after, even though I was behind on my schedule. I eventually pulled myself away, but yeah. It happened.

Noah. There's not much to say about him, except that he's pretty perfect. I read somewhere, that the author had Noah, and that he knew his flaws, and excepted them, and just lived with them. And yeah, that self-confidence is just mesmerizing!

That ending! I knew that Jude was alive, but just having it happen, it was just so great! So awesome, and thrilling, and dark! Because there's the whole question of how he survived, and why Rachel and Claire didn't!

Favourite lines: "

This was just such a great, fantastic book, loved rereading it, and I can't wait to reread Evolution, and read Retribution! It's going to be fantastic, I just know it!

Author: Michelle Hodkin
Series: Mara Dyer #1
First Read: November 21st-22nd, 2011
Read: November 17th, 2014
Source: Own
Reason Why: Rereading! And it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Book!
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing
Published: September 27th 2011
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 47 Review: The Legacy of Eden

From Goodreads:
"To understand what it meant to be a Hathaway, you'd first have to see Aurelia." 

For generations, Aurelia was the crowning glory of more than three thousand acres of Iowa farmland and golden cornfields. The estate was a monument to matriarch Lavinia Hathaway's dream to elevate the family name - no matter what relative or stranger she had to destroy in the process. It was a desperation that wrought the downfall of the Hathaways - and the once prosperous farm. 

Now the last inhabitant of the decaying old home has died - alone. None of the surviving members of the Hathaway family want anything to do with the farm, the land, or the memories. 

Especially Meredith Pincetti. Now living in New York City, for seventeen years Lavinia's youngest grandchild has tried to forget everything about her family and her past. But with the receipt of a pleading letter, Meredith is again thrust into conflict with the legacy that destroyed her family's once-great name. Back at Aurelia, Meredith must confront the rise and fall of the Hathaway family... and her own part in their mottled history. 

"Our farm was like the world when people still thought it was flat. And when you left it, it was as if you had simply sailed too far and fallen off the surface into the void."

My first review of The Legacy of Eden
My Review:
OK, so my first impressions of this book, from my first reading, pretty much still held. Like the whole thing of what people would do for Aurelia. Sure, I'm someone who moved 5 or 6 times before I was 5, and 2 times since then, but still, I can't see how someone could be so devoted to land.

Really enjoyed this family story, of the 3 generations, the grandparents, and siblings, the kids, and then the grand kids. It was creepy, between the scheming and controlling hands of the matriarch Lavinia Hathaway, and how her family played out these plans, knowingly, or not!

Yeah, just the thought that Lavina told her manipulations to Meredith, which just added a lot to the whole family creepiness, that Lavina didn't love Meredith, but she didn't hater her either, which considering how she felt for her other family members, is a good thing? Yeah, not something a grandma supposed to say to a grand child!

The tone of the novel, it's reflective, and pretty sad, considering the history, and yeah, that it ends in just 3 generations, that's a pretty short legacy, in the long run! And yeah, this family really has some bad seeds in it!

Favourite lines:

Really enjoyed rereading this book, while it's different, and focuses mainly on the 4 main females, it was vastly entertaining! I stayed up till 1 in the morning to read it! And it's song is Style by Taylor Swift!

Author: Nelle Davy
First Read: February 17th, 2012
Read: November 17th, 2014
Source: NetGalley
Reason Why: Sounded interesting, and the cover is very pretty!
Publisher: MiraBooks
Published: January 24th 2012
5/5 Hearts
4/5 Books
4/5 Stars