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Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

12 Jun

Scarlet

Lunar Chronicles #2
Book 1: Cinder

author : marissa meyer

pages : [hardcover] 452

memorable quote She did not know that the wolf was a wicked sort of animal, and she was not afraid of him.

favorite characters : wolf & scarlet

summary:

The fates of Cinder and Scarlet collide as a Lunar threat spreads across the Earth…

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

review :

Oh. My. Goodness. I could NOT wait to read this book after I read Cinder. I took such a long time getting my hands on the first book that I didn’t delay in running off to get the sequel as soon as I was finished. Now, I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not because I can’t quite read Cress, book three, yet. Not until 2014. 2014. 

This book introduces another set of main characters, the two most exciting to me being Scarlet and Wolf. Again this sci-fi take on a fairy tale surprised me. Wolf . . oh! He gave me all of the lovely, fluttery, agonizing emotions that make me wish his character was real so I could date him. He’s just so adorable, even though he’s also lethal and mysterious and did I mention lethal? Prince Kai never gave me so many feels in Cinder but I can forgive him because Wolf more than makes up for that!

But even before Wolf was fully introduced to the story I was in love because there was another kick-ass heroine to love. Scarlet isn’t going to let anything stand in the way of her rescuing her grandmother even when she realizes that investigating this further could get herself killed and doesn’t even guarantee her grandmother’s freedom. It’s really awesome how she’s been through so much and is such a great girl. Plus she never loses her signature red hoodie!

Cinder’s story picks up just where it left off in book one and I’m so, so happy to see how tough and awesome she is. Not that she wasn’t before but it’s so easy to see how she’s growing and changing because of all of these events and revelations. Even if she has to deal with an annoying partner in crime, who I thought was hilarious!

You really, really need to read this book and you won’t regret it. I promise! Stars, it’s great.

5/5 stars

If you loved this, you might also like Tyger Tyger or Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow

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Towering by Alex Flinn

10 Jun

Towering

Author : Alex Flinn [also wrote: A Kiss in Time, Beastly, and Cloaked]

pages : [hardcover] 293

favorite characters : rachel & wyatt

summary :

At first, I merely saw his face, his hands on the window ledge. Then, his whole body as he swung himself through the window. Only I could not see what he swung on.
Until, one day, I told my dream self to look down. And it was then that I saw. He had climbed on a rope. I knew without asking that the rope had been one of my own tying.

Rachel is trapped in a tower, held hostage by a woman she’s always called Mama. Her golden hair is growing rapidly, and to pass the time, she watches the snow fall and sings songs from her childhood, hoping someone, anyone, will hear her.

Wyatt needs time to reflect or, better yet, forget about what happened to his best friend, Tyler. That’s why he’s been shipped off to the Adirondacks in the dead of winter to live with the oldest lady in town. Either that, or no one he knows ever wants to see him again.

Dani disappeared seventeen years ago without a trace, but she left behind a journal that’s never been read, not even by her overbearing mother…until now.

A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Alex Flinn knows her fairy tales, and Towering is her most mind-bending interpretation yet. Dark and mysterious, this reimagining of Rapunzel will have readers on the edge of their seats wondering where Alex will take them next!

review :

I’ve loved all of Alex Flinn’s fairy tale retellings and when I heard she was doing one based on the tale of Rapunzel I was overjoyed. I love Disney’s Tangled and wanted to see what one of the most well-known names out there in modern fairy tales could do with the story. I was excited for the creativity, how the girl would react to being saved, what the evil villain would be like . . Towering was nothing like what I expected and not really in the best of ways.

First of all, and a little thing too that probably only annoyed me, I was kind of hoping for a more romantic, fairy tale name for the heroine rather than Rachel. Second, in the book she mentions that she can clearly see a lake from her tower and can see people there in the summer, etc. The town that this story is set in is one where everybody knows everybody else and there’s practically nothing to do. Don’t tell me that no bored group of teenagers wouldn’t go and investigate a tower that they can see out in the woods, even if it does seem abandoned. It kind of seems impossible that no one but Wyatt could have ever found it.

I didn’t really feel the entire evil plot going on, either. It was an interesting take on things but just didn’t work for me. It seemed too little and insignificant, contained in that small town. At times it just felt . . off.

I did like how Wyatt was with Rachel, being so kind and gentle and allowing her to experience things that she’d never had before because she’d been kept up in that tower because of Mama. I loved hearing about his past and what had brought him to stay in that place, so far away from home and everything he’d ever known. That said, I do hope that I enjoy Alex Flinn’s next book more than I did this one. I’d recommend checking out another of her tales before trying Towering.

3/5 stars

If you like this, you might want to try Sisters Red or Tiger Lily

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

8 Jun

Unravel Me

Shatter Me #2
Book 1 : Shatter Me

author tahereh mafi

pages : [hardcover] 461

memorable quote “Books are easily destroyed. But words will live as long as people can remember them.”

favorite characters : adam & kenji

summary :

tick
tick
tick
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it’s almost
time for war.

Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She’s finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam’s life.

review :

I have waited so long to read this book! I read Shatter Me last year and it gripped me immediately; I loved the colorful and embellished writing style and couldn’t wait to read more about Juliette and Adam. At the end of book one there are so many exciting revelations that set up the sequel to be much different from what I ever could have imagined it to be when I first started reading. There were so many new, interesting characters to learn about as well as a new villain and, of course, Warner returns.

I love how the writing style has evolved as Juliette changes and grows stronger. It’s less centrally focused as she comes out of her shell and less whimsical as she’s forced to face reality for maybe the first time in her life. She’s found people who might come to accept her if she gives them the chance. I think it’s really brilliant, how Tahereh Mafi manages to pull this off so smoothly and seamlessly and doesn’t interrupt the flow of the plot at all. Unravel Me is more fast-paced than the first book. Now that everything has been set up it’s time for action and I can’t wait to see how that climaxes in the next and final book in the trilogy.

I’ve always had a thing for characters with superpowers, even more so when they’re flawed and the reader really gets to see the changes the character has to make throughout the book. As a rather shy person myself, it’s awesome having a leading lady like Juliette who is often afraid to speak for herself or offer up information even if it’s being asked for or she feels ridiculous for not speaking up. I think that having a person like her as a role model is great; even if she isn’t perfect, it’s easy to see how she’s testing the surface and making her way now as her own person.

I’d recommend this series to anyone! I love the characters so much . . even if the only complaint I have is the whole thing between Warner and Juliette, that I didn’t warm up to until near the end of the book. Other than that this book was as great and gripping as I’d hoped it would be and now I can’t wait to read more!!

5/5 stars

If you love this book, try reading Paranormalcy or The Darkest Minds!

 

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

1 Jun

Cinder

author : marissa meyer

pages : [hardcover] 387

favorite characters :  cinder & peony

memorable quote I’m sure I’ll feel much more grateful when I find a guy who thinks complex wiring in a girl is a turn-on.

summary :

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

review :

I’ve book looking forward to reading this book for so long! I’ve always had a soft spot for retold fairy tales and I’ve heard nothing but good things about Cinder. As soon as I started reading it I was immediately hooked by the story and the wonderfully developed characters. So addicted that I read the entire thing in a day!

Cinder is definitely a strong character who I immediately came to love. She’s faced hardship throughout her entire life-well, the part that she can remember-not only because her stepmother dislikes her but because everyone has a prejudice against cyborgs. So much so that cyborgs are singled out to test the antidotes for the plague . . and none have survived. I love how Cinder continued to fight for herself and for what she wanted, even when it seemed like the entire world was against her.

There are so many things going on in this book! Handsome Prince Kai, cyborg problems, the plague rising, people on the moon threatening war with the entire Earth. It’s crazy, how many things are including and how wonderfully they all go together so that no part of it sounds absurd and the reader and is still left cheering Cinder on.

I really can’t wait to read Scarlet. I went into this book thinking that it would be fully concluded and that Scarlet was only a companion book but I was wrong; Cinder ends in a way that immediately leaves you clamoring for more. With an ending like that, I’m definitely picking up the next book as soon as I can.

I give Cinder 5/5 stars and recommend it to all fairy tale lovers and people looking for a great, quick read.

Dare You To by Katie McGarry

25 May

 

Dare You To

author : katie mcgarry

pages : 462

memorable quote : Beth feels likes this storm. Constant and persistent as a whole, but the more I get close and try to clutch the individual drops of rain, the more the water falls out of my hands.

favorite characters :  Beth & Ryan

summary :

Ryan lowers his lips to my ear. “Dance with me, Beth.”

“No.” I whisper the reply. I hate him and I hate myself for wanting him to touch me again….

“I dare you…”

If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk’s home life, they’d send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom’s freedom and her own happiness. That’s how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn’t want her and going to a school that doesn’t understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn’t get her, but does….

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can’t tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn’t be less interested in him.

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won’t let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all….

review :

I loved Katie McGarry’s book Pushing the Limits that I read it in just two days, so of course I was thrilled to know that I wouldn’t have to wait long to read more of her work. When I heard the it was going to be a ‘sequel’, I was a little wary, because I loved Noah and Echo and their story but thought that it was finished. When I found out that Dare You To was actually a companion and focused on both new and old characters, I refound my enthusiasm and couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book.

I love McGarry’s writing style! She’s wonderful at getting the reader to easily connect with her characters, even if they have their flaws and might not be particularly nice people. Her writing draws you into the story and refuses to let go; this book is a real monster with nearly 500 pages and I flew through it in two days because I was literally setting aside other things that I needed to do simply so that I could get in a few more minutes of reading. Dare You To has so many elements that will interest many different kinds of people, including those who don’t normally read contemporary YA romance.

Yes, that’s right. I usually go for fantasy with my books but I think I’ve found my exception in Katie McGarry because I’ll happily devour any book she decides to put out. She has an exceptional way of making even the most normal, natural settings completely new and interesting.  Obviously I could just gush about this infinitely. ^.^

The characters. How wonderful they are. Especially because the minor and secondary characters actually have fleshed out flaws and personalities and things that make them unique, which so many authors neglect these days and which I always look out for. There are the good guys, the bad, and the ones who just need more time and effort to turn better, all in this novel. I love when it’s complicated and so full of layers that there isn’t a discernable way to draw the line between who is a good person or who’s fundamentally evil.

I was so happy to hear that there will be another companion book, this one featuring Isaiah! I think it’s safe to say I’ll be getting that one as soon as it’s released.

I give Dare You To 5/5 stars. Even if you don’t normally read these kinds of books, you’ll want to give this one a try. I did and now it’s one of my favorites.

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

10 Dec

The Name of the Star

Shades of London #1

author : maureen johnson

pages : [hardcover] 372

memorable quote : “And if we get caught, I will claim I made you go. At gunpoint. I am American. People will assume I’m armed.” 

favorite characters : jo, boo, & rory

summary :

The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it’s the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper events of more than a century ago.

review :

I LOVE THIS BOOK.

Maybe I just have an obsession with people and ghosts and crimes. One of my favorite series of all time is the Mediator series by Meg Cabot, after all. It’s too bad that I haven’t found enough in YA to satiate this new obsession of mine . . But I’m lucky enough that what I have read of it has been fantastically awesome.

The Name of the Star drew me in immediately, even when there wasn’t much of a plot to go on. The characters were so incredibly interesting and diverse. I love books with little side characters that have as much of a background and interesting personality as one of the main characters. This is one of those books, right from the start, so I knew that I’d be flipping through the pages. Not only that, it isn’t completely character driven, as you could guess because there’s a murderer on the loose. Which is wonderful to read about. Really.

I don’t think that I could gush about this enough. While the book is slowly paced in the beginning and huge plot points were made around the middle of the book (actually almost directly in the middle) I think that I liked it better that way. I liked that everything wasn’t immediately predictable from what I could read on the back cover. That’s why I didn’t include the full description of this from Goodreads because I think that it gives too much away. I much preferred being surprised by everything, because I only went by the summary on the back of the copy I have (the UK version) and it’s just enough to get you thinking. That’s all that is needed for something as filled with plot twists as this!

I really recommend this book. You need to read it, now. It’s easily one of my favorite books of the year and I’m so, so glad that there is going to be a sequel! I can’t wait!!

Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

11 Nov

Girl of Nightmares

Anna #2
Book 1: Anna Dressed in Blood

pages : [hardcover] 332

memorable quote : “Jesus. I have become the thing they call the third wheel.” 

favorite characters: anna & cas

summary :

It’s been months since the ghost of Anna Korlov opened a door to Hell in her basement and disappeared into it, but ghost-hunter Cas Lowood can’t move on.

His friends remind him that Anna sacrificed herself so that Cas could live—not walk around half dead. He knows they’re right, but in Cas’s eyes, no living girl he meets can compare to the dead girl he fell in love with.

Now he’s seeing Anna everywhere: sometimes when he’s asleep and sometimes in waking nightmares. But something is very wrong…these aren’t just daydreams. Anna seems tortured, torn apart in new and ever more gruesome ways every time she appears.

Cas doesn’t know what happened to Anna when she disappeared into Hell, but he knows she doesn’t deserve whatever is happening to her now. Anna saved Cas more than once, and it’s time for him to return the favor.

review:

I think this and Anna Dressed in Blood are some of the first YA horror books I’ve read. I think I can recall reading one or two others that I’ve read and liked immensely, before I started blogging, but I never really got into the genre. I’m thinking that I’m going to start reading more in this vein (I’ve already checked out another horror book from the library!) and I’m so thankful that a book like this can inspire me to read more. That’s when I know I’ve found something even more wonderful than a favorite novel.

I like the way that the story is told, simply yet with a lyrical quality that lends to the feeling that I’m reading an extended ghost story. Something that might be told late at night or around the campfire . . If there were time to get through over three hundred pages of the stuff. Some of the things in here are truly terrifying and I loved that, thinking that the possibility of scaring myself just made it more exciting.

The ending . . I think that it was perfect. To whoever is worried about how this might resolve, think again and pick up this book without any reservations. It made me laugh, made me want more, made me cry . . It made me feel so much more than I expected from a book that I just wanted to scare me. This is better than a simple ghost story. It’s one that speaks of love and friendship and the strength it takes to learn just how meaningful each can be.

5/5 stars

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