30 September 2011

Review: Halo

Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
Series: Halo # 1
Official Website
Description: Three angels – Gabriel, the warrior; Ivy, the healer; and Bethany, the youngest and most human – are sent by Heaven to bring good to a world falling under the influence of darkness. They must work hard to conceal their luminous glow, superhuman powers, and, most dangerous of all, their wings, all the while avoiding all human attachments.
Then Bethany meets Xavier Woods, and neither of them is able to resist the attraction between them. Gabriel and Ivy do everything in their power to intervene, but the bond between Xavier and Bethany seems too strong.
The angel’s mission is urgent, and dark forces are threatening. Will love ruin Bethany or save her?
Review: I was very intimidated by this book when I first saw it. With over 400 pages, you have to ask yourself, What can this story be about? I don't know what I was expecting. It wasn't this though. I feel as if I'm in kind of a book limbo. Like that right-after-you-read it, you're still in awe, feeling.

So, Halo tells the tale of Bethany Church, an angel who has come to Earth in human form, along with her brother Gabriel, the warrior, and sister, Ivy, the healer. (Can I fit any more commas in that sentence.) Beth, however, doesn't know of her power yet. This is her first trip to Earth, and she just doesn't want to make a fool of herself. She's the most human of the trio, which you'll soon discover throughout the book. The main reason why these angels are on Earth is to protect the people of Venus Cove, and get rid of the Agents of Darkness, or evil in the cozy town.

Ivy and Gabriel do their fair share of good, volunteering, organizing bake sales, and visiting the elderly. Together, they make Venus Cove a more spiritual community, and loving place. Like I said above, Beth doesn't know how to contribute to their goodness. She tries, but she doesn't find her place. She does find her place with Xavier Woods, school captain and rugby player.

The relationship between Xavier and Beth was very fluid, there were no awkward cringing moments, which was a relief. I was rooting for them the entire time. Some people might think that Beth and Xavier's relationship was toothache sweet, and nauseating, but I thought it was adorable. I was really looking for a gut-wrenching relationship, and I definitely found it in this book. I felt as though Xavier was too perfect, to be honest. He has the big family, great relationship with his family, always there to back up Beth, total gentleman. He was perfect, and is every girls knight in shining armor. Some people might not like that perfect relationship, but it was a nice relief from the crash and burn relationships in some books.

I liked this book a lot. The author has such a beautiful way with words, and she describes the scenery so clearly. I felt like I was in each scene with the characters, and I could imagine each scene in my head. She really created such a gorgeous setting for this story.

I liked the kind of cliffhanger at the end. Jake, the antagonist, was a very interesting character. He kinda effed things up big time for the characters, I'm looking forward to seeing what he has up his sleeves in the sequel, Hades.

And I'm just realizing this now, but I really love when books have the characters hand writing in them. I feel like seeing someones hand-writing is a good indicator of their personality.

“Sometimes you meet a person and you just click-you’re comfortable with them, like you’ve known them your whole life, and you don’t have to pretend to be anyone or anything.”
-Halo; Alexandra Adornetto

19 September 2011

Review: Glow

Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan
Series: Sky Chasers # 1
Official Website
Description: In this thrilling first installment, a violent battle separates two young lovers on a ship bound for New Earth. Will they find a way back to their ship-and each other? And most importantly, will they survive and preserve the future of the human race?
Review: I don't remember my thoughts on first going into this book. I was a weenie and started it around July? I'm not sure, it was so long ago. And I got really sucked into it, and I couldn't stop thinking about it, and I always wanted to read it, but I had more books on my to-read list, and I had to read those. So I abandoned Glow, and I picked it up for the first time 2 days ago. And I sped through it, and I finished it and Wow.

Glow tells the story of Waverly and Kieran, who are the oldest children aboard the Empyrean, one of two space-ships headed for New Earth. What happened to Old Earth isn't figured out, but one of the characters describe it being a 'desert; a horrible place to live." However, we're not given the entire story. So the Empyrean and a sister ship, the New Horizon, set sail for New Earth. Traveling separately, they have never interfered with the other's route, until now. Until the members of the New Horizon take all the young girls aboard their ship. As for Waverly and Kieran, the young lovers are separated.

The story is told in alternating points-of-view split between Waverly and Kieran. In Waverly's tale, she is trapped aboard the New Horizon, with adults who are lying to her and scared Empyrean girls. Since she's the oldest, and the most experienced, she's given the task of being the leader, of being the female hero. I really liked Waverly's character a lot. I have never read of a more strong female main character, besides Katniss. But honestly, Waverly was strong, brave, and did not believe the crewmates of the New Horizon for an instant. She trusted her gut and was right in doing so. The things she had to deal with will make your stomach crawl, but you'll understand the grief and pain she had to endure.

However, on the Empyrean, things aren't going so well either. I honestly cannot tell you which scenario is worst, Waverly's or Kieran's. I think Waverly's, because I'm a woman, and what they did to her would make an woman cringe. But on Kierans side of the universe, there is no leadership. The adults are trapped in another section of the ship, and opening the air lock will destroy the ship. When Kieran does manage to free the adults, something happens and the adults either die or being deathly ill. Kieran is the Empyrean's right-hand man. When the Captain died, Kieran would take over. So, naturally, Kieran tries to take control of the boys. But things don't go as planned and another boy, Seth, takes over. And, to get a mental image, it reminded me a lot of Lord of the Flies. Like, the good boy tries, and fails, to take leadership, so the bad boy takes leadership and all hell breaks loose. But you don't know if Seth is a bad boy. He shows a good side in front of Waverly, but when alone with the boys, he's a total idiot. He starves Kieran and traps him in a brig. What the hell!

There was a lot of feeling terribly sorry for these characters. They had leadership roles thrown at them, and they couldn't handle them. But this book was amazing. Jeez, just everything about it! The backstories, the characters, even the ones you wanted dead were just really great. And not in the great category like Waverly and Kieran, great as in greatly executed. Like, their character was well written in and it provided for an incredible story.

The only problem i had with the book was the use of words. I'm not very familiar with futuristic space ships, so when they used lingo like 'air lock' and shuttle port' and such, I couldn't imagine the scene in my head and it was not good.

“I think in our day-to-day lives, we’ve forgotten who we are. We are the forefathers of a new civilization. We will lay the foundation for countless generations of human beings in a corner of the galaxy where nothing..., I say nothing like us has been seen before."
- Glow; Amy Kathleen Ryan



18 September 2011

Update (September 18th)

I only got one book in my mailbox, and I'm too lazy to take a picture of it.
I received:


Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich

Now, this is a book that I'm reading for my journalism class, and it's required.
Thoughts/Reviews?

I have a crapload of books sitting around, about a hundred pages in.
Here is the list of the started books:

Halo by Alexandra Adornetto - Page 156
Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan - Page 134
Glimmerglass by Jenna Black - Page 94

Ughh it's so annoying knowing i have all these books just sitting there!
Halo is numero uno on my list to finish, so look for a review in a week!

I also have the winner of All These Things I've Done.
The winner is....
Alison!
I'll be e-mailing you shortly, congrats:D

Leave your mailboxes here, I'll look at yours even though I have none :P

16 September 2011

Insurgent cover REVEALED


Oh my. This is the most GORGEOUS THING I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY ENIRE LIFE.
SO excited for this sequel!
CAPITOL LETTERS!!!


THOUGHTS?

13 September 2011

Giveaway: Dreamland by Alyson Nöel; WINNER OF HADES ANNOUNCED

Giveaway

Today I am giving away a copy of Alyson Nöel's new book, 
Dreamland, courtesy of Zeitghost Media. 

Here's the info and the trailer!

Dreamland by Alyson Nöel 
Series: Riley Bloom #3 
Description: "Riley's finding that the afterlife can be a lonely place when all you do is focus on work. So she goes to the place where dreams happen, hoping to find a way to contact her sister, Ever. She meets the director, who tells her about the two ways to send dreams. As a Dream Jumper, a person can jump into a dreamer's dream, share a message, and participate. As a Dreamweaver, an entire dream can be created in a studio and sent to the dreamer. But Dreamweaving was outlawed decades ago, and the studio was boarded up. Thinking it's her only way to reach out to her sister, Riley goes in search of the old studio. There she finds a ghost boy, who's been creating and sending nightmares to people for years. In order to stop him and reach out to Ever, Riley is going to have to confront and overcome her own fears."


Trailer 




Giveaway Info
-Ends September 23rd
-USA/Canada addresses only

Also:
The Winner of the giveaway of Hades by Alexandra Adornetto is....
Kandee @ Pretty Little BookHead!
I'll be contacting you shortly :)

11 September 2011

In My Mailbox 25





In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren.
It showcases what readers got during the week.
This is what's in my mailbox.

Again. Crappy phone quality.

Received:

Library:

To be completely honest, I have not read the first book in the Jenna Fox Chronicles.
And I feel terrible because Macmillan Publishing sent me the sequel. 
I'm debating on getting the first one and reading it, and then the sequel.
Or just jumping facefirst into The Fox Inheritance.
Thoughts?
I saw some incredible reviews for The Adoration of Jenna Fox.

Ah my senior year started. 
I'll be reading a lot more this year, since I get out of school at 1:00.
And I have two free periods, so I'll be reading during at least one of those!

Also, I hope people see this! I posted it late :x

Week in Review:
Giveaways:

Reviews:

What's in your mailbox?


06 September 2011

Giveaway:All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin


I have the honor of hosting a giveaway by MacMillans Children Publishing, 
giving away the book All These Thing's I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin. 

Here's some info regarding the book:


All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin
Also by author: Elsewhere, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac

DescriptionIn 2083, chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is hard to find, water is carefully rationed, and New York City is rife with crime and poverty. And yet, for Anya Balanchine, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the city's most notorious (and dead) crime boss, life is fairly routine. It consists of going to school, taking care of her siblings and her dying grandmother, trying to avoid falling in love with the new assistant D.A.'s son, and avoiding her loser ex-boyfriend. That is until her ex is accidentally poisoned by the chocolate her family manufactures and the police think she's to blame. Suddenly, Anya finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight--at school, in the news, and most importantly, within her mafia family.

Trailer:






Now for the giveaway....
Info:
-Ends September 18
- US/Canada only


More links regarding author & book:

Good Luck Everyone! :D

Review: Solid by Shelley Workinger

Solid by Shelley Workinger
Series: Solid # 1
Official Website
DescriptionTeens who discover they were secretly genetically altered before birth are brought together at a classified site where they forge new friendships, find love, develop "super-abilities," and even unearth a conspiracy.
Review: I really love books with boarding schools and far-away campsites. I guess because I've lived at home, with the same commute, for the past 16 years is very...routine. But these books, where the kids go off on their own, all together, is very interesting to me. In Solid, you get that, plus romance, plus conspiracy theories, plus powers. I was sold right from the start.

Solid lived up to every possible expectation I had. I was also happy to find out that the author designed the cover herself, and the cover is very eye catching. The color and just the way the chromosome looks is very unique. It makes you do a double take and want to grab it off the shelf.

Solid begins the tale of teenager Calliope 'Clio' Kaid, who just found out she was chemically altered while still inside her mother, and is being sent to a out-of-eye-shot campsite in New Jersey. Clio already knows that she was genetically altered, so there was no 'omg whAT' sequences. I have to admit, the story opens up as she's travelling there, and I totally thought I downloaded the sequel by accident. It was a little confusing, but you understand, after a few pages that she knows.

Clio makes friends easily, settling in with the funny jock, Garret; the shy, naive Bliss; outspoken Miranda; and dreamy, smart Jack. I have to say, from a self-published book, I have never seen a group of friends so realistic and true. Their friendship has to go down in the books as one of my favorite book friendships. They're just so real with each other, and they listen to each other, and they help each other out. It's very admirable and it's something that you want to be a part of.

Obviously, Solid has tons of backstories. You learn why the crazy doctor even wanted these super kids, and about the man who had to keep everything a secret. You learn the truth about Clio's father's death, because in every YA, nobody's parents can die on accident.There has to be a secret agency against them, or in this case, they found out the wrong information.

Some of the things that go on in Solid would have had be suspicious from the first second. For example, all of the food is free, and the only thing they ask of you is to join some group sessions to work on their powers. Also, nobody has computer connection except the group counselors, and none of the kids can get in contact with their parents. That would have been a big eye opener for me.

Overall, Solid is an amazing start to an awesome series. I can't wait to jump right into the next book, Settling, and back into Clio's life.

"I knew now that I wasn't going anywhere, wasn't letting go of this. We'd find a way to work things out, because what we had was real, solid."
                                                  -Solid; Shelley Workinger

02 September 2011

Review: Reborn by Ley Mesina

Reborn by Ley Mesina
Series: Goddess of Night #1
Official Website
Description: Lily Westbrook discovers that being half witch and half vampire is more of a challenge than she thought.  When her powers mature on her eighteenth birthday, she unlocks a mystery that many witches thought was a legend. After moving back to her birthplace in Cedar Creek, MA to attend Kensington University, Lily is instantly pulled deeper into the world she was kept from—the world of witches and vampires—uncovering the truth about her past and discovering who she is meant to be.

Review: I am one of the biggest Sims fans alive. Okay, I used to play that game into the wee hours of the night, creating families, houses, generations, and more. Each game came with a mythical creature. So they had vampires, witches, plant people, etc. Needless to say, when I discovered I can make Vampire-Witch hybrids, I was ecstatic! It was the greatest thing EVER! They couldn't go out during the day, but they could conjure up spells and fly around at night. Long story short, it brought me back to my childhood. (2 years ago)

Reborn tells the story of half witch - half vampire Lily Westbrook. Her parents disappeared and she is living under the care of her Aunt Trudy and family friend, Arthur. But Lily always got that feeling, ya know that most supernatural main characters get, that her father is still out there. On her 18th birthday, as she's about to venture out into the world for college, built by her father centuries ago, she learns a bit of family history : it was against the witch law for her father and mother to wed, so they've been on the run ever since and they left Lily with her Aunt. Interesting.

Reborn was such a lovely novella. For one thing, it's the perfect length. There was no 100+ pages of teenage angst, or 50+ pages of Lily questioning her identity. It was nice. The author got her point across and it flowed beautifully. The only problems I did have with the writing was some spelling & grammar mistakes, and in the beginning, when changing between characters, I was pretty confused. But it evened itself out quickly.

Lily is a very determined main character, which was enjoyable. She's 18, so I guess she's more mature than if a 16 year old found out that she was a powerful witch and vampire. I liked the way she treated her family members. I'm really big on family, so when I main character isn't a whiny little brat, I really appreciate and admire them. Lily was very enjoyable to read about, and I look forward to her thoughts in the future.

Overall, Reborn is a fast read about the mind of a vampire-witch, and the family and secrets that surround her.

"But you should know that in our world, nothing is impossible to believe."
                                                       -Reborn; Ley Mesina