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Nov
26
This post has been sorted into "5 stars, Book Review" • 4 Comments

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me
Publisher: HarperCollins
Released Date: November 15, 2011
Hardcover: 352 Pages
Rating: 5/5
Buy it on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war– and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior. 

In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting as The Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel—with a paranormal twist—that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel.

My Thoughts

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi is a quick and electrifying read! It is about a girl named Juliette, who has the power to bring death to anyone she touches. No wonder why these people want her for their own!

The story is very captivating. It starts off very appealing drawing me in to know why she was imprisoned for so many days and not being able to talk to anyone. This story develops with her in the cell and how after so many days she was able to talk to someone, someone of the opposite sex, Adam. Both Adam and Juliette are kick-ass characters. The only person that will not die from Juliette’s touch is Adam. Together, a romance unfolds and they escape together from the people who want to use Juliette for a bad cause. The story progresses pretty quickly with details, actions and romance.

My favorite part is learning the abilities that Juliette has. Not only is her touch fatal, she is one strong heroine! Although she has been imprisoned for so long, she does not give up on her life and she knows what is wrong and what is right. She has her own opinions and decisions when she finds out what is going to happen to her if she stays with her captors.

Shatter Me is one kick-ass novel with kick-ass characters! I cannot wait for the second installation in this series! I can hardly put this book down! If you enjoyed books like, Divergent by Veronica Roth and Delirium by Lauren Oliver, you will love Shatter Me!

Source: Sacramento Book Review.
Originally published by Sacramento Book Review – ©2011


Nov
24

Wynter Chelsea: The Legacy by Becca Michelle Ritchie
Series: Wynter Chelsea
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Released Date: October 18, 2008
eBook: 381 Pages
Rating: 4/5
Buy it on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound

Few know of the demonic beings that plague our world, threatening to destroy it. But for two families, it is a familiar battle they have fought for ages.

The Wynters and the Chelseas live for the hunt, to kill those who prey upon the innocent. Four children, born of these two dynasties, are now in their teenage and young adult years. The three boys-Jack, the conjurer; Dustin, the telepath, and Trevor, prescient one-are all warriors, well aware that their destinies are sealed. Then there is 17-year-old Amanda, the one who has been protected and guarded all of her life-much to her great questioning and dismay. She is the special one, the empath and first girl born to the families. Burning with the fever to fight, Amanda constantly challenges the status quo, but to no avail. When their parents inexplicably disappear, Amanda’s dream of joining the legacy wins out, and she goes to battle with her brother and her lifelong friends. But as the four follow a dangerous path across the United States, a long-buried affection surfaces between Dustin and Amanda, and each must confront their hidden emotions . . . and ultimate reason for their existence.

My Thoughts

Wynter Chelsea: The Legacy by Becca Michelle Ritchie is an interesting read. At times I find myself wanting to put this book down, however, I picked it right back up.

This book is really interesting with a very old legend about the Wynter and Chelsea’s family. I find it intriguing to learn about their families’ legacy and what they do for a living. The way that the legacy and the story is described, it makes me feel like I know what exactly is happening and that I am part of the story too.

I kind of have a love-hate relationship for Amanda and Dustin. I find myself yelling at the book hoping that Amanda and Dustin can just BE together. Although they may be friends since they were really young, I feel like that should bring them even closer together. I wished they could be together as a couple. (If they are not together in the next novel, I think I might have to yell some more!)

I did not really like the action scenes as much because I feel like those parts happened too quickly. I also felt that it lack a few details here and there because of the shortness of the action. I wished those parts are described more in detail.

My favorite part of this novel is where Amanda learns about their families’ history and what part she plays in the legacy. I think that was what drew me in the most after knowing this is a book I had to pick up.

Wynter Chelsea: The Legacy is a fascinating read. It really sets the book up quickly and draws you in to know about what the legacy between the two families is.

Source: Author, {Teen} Book Scene.


Nov
21
This post has been sorted into "5 stars, Book Review" • 2 Comments

Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Series: Delirium
Publisher: HarperTeen
Released Date: February 1, 2011
Hardcover: 448 Pages
Rating: 5/5
Buy it on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound

Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love–the deliria–blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold.

Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Haloway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: she falls in love.

My Thoughts

Delirium by Lauren Oliver is an exquisite and magnificently written novel in which love is a disease. This dystopian novel tells a story of a different kind of love.

I was gifted this book back in April and did not start nor finish until September. I do not know why it took me so long to pick up this novel, but I kind of regret not diving into this when I first received it! I found myself staying up late just to find out what happens next!

I love the idea that “love” is a disease and how you cannot “love” someone that the government has not assigned to you. Once you have been “cured” at a certain age, you will be able to “love” the partner you have been assigned to and live happily ever after. However, that is now how it worked out for Lena.

Lena always knew she would be “cured” and was looking forward to it until she meets a guy. She fell in love with him, which was forbidden. She was assigned to “love” another guy and when she was “cured,” they will love each other, however, that did not happen. Not only does Lena fall in love with the guy she meets, she also sees him secretly.

I love Lena’s character because you can see that she once believed in what the “cure” was. She used to follow the rules. She changed when she fell love for herself. She was not forced to love this guy, she just…fell in love with him and he with her. I like how she is not afraid to break the law. I find her a fierce and fearless person.

I also like how Lena discovers who her mother is and what she did for love; like mother, like daughter.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver is a fantastic and quick read! You would not want to put this book down and it will keep you up late at night! Can’t wait for its sequel, Pandemonium!

Source: Gifted from A Cover Lover.


Nov
17

Metamorphosis by Devon Ashley
Series: The Immortal Archives
Publisher: Self-Published
Released Date: November 15, 2011
Paperback: 328 Pages
Rating: 4/5

Change is not always a good thing…

Some survived the battle – but not without a price. As one heart starts up again, another dies down. The pure vampires learn their immortality isn’t as strong as they’d thought – the status of their hearts determines their vulnerability. And when the truth gets out, a betrayal by one of their own will cost more lives.

My Thoughts

Metamorphosis by Devon Ashley is an intriguing and unpredictable novel with twists and turns!

I really enjoyed Metamorphosis more than its first book, Ordained, because it is more compelling and appealing. Although they have left the academy, there is more to know about who Abby and Noel really are. Also, Emily moved out of the academy and is closer to Abby and Noel more than before. She deals with who she is and what she has become thanks to Abby.

My favorite and most worrisome part of the novel is what we have learned about Noel and his relationship to Abby. I never thought it would turn out this way, but it is interesting to see how Noel, Abby, and someone from Abby’s past react to what happened. I felt that it was an interesting part to add in and it totally changes my love for Noel and Abby. I was totally mad at some parts of this novel!

Emily, who is trying to discover herself wants more action, however, Abby would not let until things are stable. It was until Noel and Abby are in trouble where she and her friends tries and goes save Noel and Abby only to find out what Noel and Abby did.

Metamorphosis by Devon Ashley is a great addition to The Immortal Archives! I am expecting more and intriguing story for Noel, Abby, and other characters from this series. I cannot wait for more!

Source: Author, {Teen} Book Scene.


Nov
12

 

Eternal Starling by Angela Corbett
Series: Emblem of Eternity
Publisher: Pendrell Publishing
Release Date: December 6, 2011
eBook: 365 pages
Rating: 3/5

A love so strong, even eternity can’t separate them.

Evie Starling has lived a relatively uneventful life hanging out with friends, gossiping about boys, and driving her 1966 Mustang. All of that changes when she moves to Gunnison, Colorado, to start college and meets two mysterious men.

For centuries, Alex Night and Emil Stone have yearned for Evie—but they each have their own reasons for wanting to be with her. When both men claim to be her soul mate and tell her about an unbelievable past, Evie learns that she’s not the person she thought she was. Soon, Evie finds herself in the middle of an age-old battle between the Amaranthine Society—the soul protectors, and the Daevos Resistance—the soul destroyers. With a past she doesn’t understand, and a future rife with danger, Evie has to decide who she can trust. But Alex and Emil aren’t the only ones who want Evie, and her soul is about to become the rope in an eternal tug-of-war.

My Thoughts

Eternal Starling was a little slow for me in the first 2/3 of the book. It was not really until the last 1/3 of the book where it drew me in more. I wished there was more going on during the first 2/3 of the book because it made me read slower than expected.

The first 2/3 was more like putting the story in place. Once you get to the last 1/3, it is really where the story unfolds and everything seems to be revealed about the characters and more about the background of who Emil and Alex really are. Also, the action and adventure really start at the last 1/3. I wished it more mixed in to draw the readers in from the first 2/3 of the book.

My favorite part is where I learned about Alex and Emil. I liked what they told Evie their real purpose is and how they are both connected to Evie. I feel more touched with Emil’s story because it seems more romantic than Alex’s story, however, it is also touching. It is just not as touching as Emil. I think they are good in their own ways. It is obvious that Alex and Emil, both, really love Evie and would do anything to keep her safe.

I love the concept of soul mates! I thought it was somewhat weird that in this book, Evie is connected to two soul mates. However, it makes it a good twist to the story. I think the beginning really sets these two characters in place in this novel.

Overall, Eternal Starling is a pretty interesting novel. I would continue to read this series just to find out about Evie, Alex, and Emil!

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