Saturday, May 21, 2011

Wings by Aprilynne Pike

Wings Free with Bonus Material

Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful—too beautiful for words. Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings. In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.
My Review:

I love a good fairy book, and that's exactly what this was. I think fairy books are among the most interesting and varying of all the "monster" types of books. All the fairy books give fairies different origins and powers. This book went right along with that. This was a fresh, intersting take on them. The main character is Laurel, who is slowly finding out who she truly is. She makes friends with a beautiful fairy named Tamani. Okay, let me just say I loved Tamani. Honestly, I don't know why Laurel won't just tell David to leave her alone. I mean, come on! Tamani is a fairy! And he's gorgeous! I suppose I'll have to read the next book to make sure she doesn't get too enthralled with David. But anyway, good book. Fun twist on fairies. Refreshing. Exciting. Read it.

4/5 Stars

Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Wither (Chemical Garden, #1)

What if you knew exactly when you would die?

Thanks to modern science, every human being has become a ticking genetic time bomb—males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out.

When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden's genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape—to find her twin brother and go home.

But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limited time she has left.

My Review:
Wither (Chemical Garden #1)

Want an awesome dystopian read? Then this book is for you.
Wither is takes place in a beautiful mansion in a crazed world. All females die at the age of 20, and males at the age of 25. This is the work of the disease, with no known cure. Rhine is 16 years old when she is kidnapped and forced to marry a man named Linden. While living in his house, her and her sister wives realize just how dangerous, in fact deadly, the world has come to be.
I LOOOVED this book! And the cover!! I have been waiting for this book for sooo long and I was ecstatic to read it! And let me tell you, I was not dissappointed. The three main sister wives are so incredibly REAL. While reading this book, I felt like I was watching a movie. Everything is so picturesque. Of course, this book has a dark side. There are creepy "villians," blood and death galore. But it's so exciting! This book will have you turning pages at a fantastic rate! I can' wait until the next in the series comes out!

5/5 Stars

Friday, May 20, 2011

Cover of the Week!

This week's cover of the week award goes to Luminous by Dawn Metcalf!  This cover is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!  Not to mention the interesting story line!


As reality slips and time stands still, Consuela finds herself thrust into the world of the Flow. Removed from all she loves into this shifting world overlapping our own, Consuela quickly discovers she has the power to step out of her earthly skin and cloak herself in new ones-skins made from the world around her, crafted from water, fire, air. She is joined by other teens with extraordinary abilities, bound together to safeguard a world they can affect, but where they no longer belong.
When murder threatens to undo the Flow, the Watcher charges Consuela and elusive, attractive V to stop the killer. But the psychopath who threatens her new world may also hold the only key to Consuela's way home.

Hunger Games Movie Updates!

Woo so much exciting news!  Shooting is planned to begin on MONDAY at the set's location in Hildebran, NC!!  This picture has also been released - I think it is Katniss's house!

Here is a cute picture of Jennifer Lawrence (AKA KATNISS) posing before her interview on the David Letterman show.

Portia and Octavia have also been cast!  These were the loud and excited stylers for Peeta and Katniss.  Latarsha Rose will play Portia and Brooke Bundy will play Octavia, a member of Katniss's team of stylers.  Still to be cast is Cinna- who I adore!  This is a huge role to fill and I can't wait to see who they get!

Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

Boneshaker (The Clockwork Century, #1)

Boneshaker derives its title from the Bone-Shaking Drill Engine, a device designed to give Russian prospectors a leg up in the race for Klondike gold. Unfortunately, there was one hitch: On its trial run, the Boneshaker went haywire and, long story short, turned much of Seattle into a city of the dead. Now, 16 years later, a teenage boy decides to find out what is behind that mysterious wall. Can his sister save him in time?

My Review:

Eh. I wasn't crazy about this book, and honestly, I couldn't even finish it. I thought it was really slow and kinda confusing regarding the family tree. I gave it two stars for the interesting plot line and the potential to be a really good book. However, the promise of an exciting dystopian was never put into action. Maybe I'll try to finish it one day, but for now, I get bored just looking at it.

2/5 Stars

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Cover of the Week!

I'm gonna start posting my favorite cover of the week! This week is Divergent by Veronica Roth.  Gosh, I want this book SO bad and I'm hoping to buy it soon!

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Monday, May 2, 2011

The Death Cure Cover!

OMG the cover for The Death Cure, the third installment in The Maze Runner Trilogy by James Dashner, has been released!  This just got me excited all over again to read this book!

The Death Cure (Maze Runner, #3)

LOOK AT IT!!! Amazing!  This book is gonna be an awesome ride!  Now I'm guessing this book will center around some body of water?  The ocean?  Interesting, because that would be the complete opposite of the desert setting from the last book...  OMG EXCITEMENT!!

This book is set to be released October 11!  Can't wait!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)

City of Fallen Angels takes place two months after the events of City of Glass. In it, a mysterious someone’s killing the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle and displaying their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to provoke hostility between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, leaving tensions running high in the city and disrupting Clary’s plan to lead as normal a life as she can — training to be a Shadowhunter, and pursuing her relationship with Jace. As Jace and Clary delve into the issue of the murdered Shadowhunters, they discover a mystery that has deeply personal consequences for them — consequences that may strengthen their relationship, or rip it apart forever.

Meanwhile, internecine warfare among vampires is tearing the Downworld community apart, and only Simon — the Daylighter who everyone wants on their side — can decide the outcome; too bad he wants nothing to do with Downworld politics. Love, blood, betrayal and revenge: the stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.

My Review:

Good, not great.

Personally, I will think of books 4-6 as Mortal Instruments Series #2. I feel like City of Glass ended with a bang. The characters had defeated the evil Valentine and it looked like each had a partner to rejoice with. Then, Clare plans on writing 3 MORE books, creating a whole new Mr. (or should I say Mrs.) Enemey. So, this will, for me, be the second series of Mortal Instruments.

Now, on to the book. Ok, I LOVE Jace and Clary, as I'm sure a bunch of you do. It's just, come on. This whole book was fight, make up, make out, fight, make up, make out, fight,... you get the point. And I hate the new glum, depressed Jace. He's boring! Bring back the fun, sarcastic Jace! He's much more entertaining! I wanted to read his hilarious little quips, but all I got instead was a character that didn't want to be talked to. Ugh. Boring.

Now Simon I liked. Very intersting to read more about how vampires work for this series. I also loved getting to read about Maia's past and her very juicy ex.

All in all, not a bad book, not great. I will of course finish reading Mortal Instruments Series #2 because I still love Jace and Clary and I have to know how everything turns out.

4/5 Stars

P.S. Why are Jace and Clary on the cover when the majority of the story is told from Simon's POV??