12.03.2014

Review: BURNING KINGDOMS

BURNING KINGDOMS

book two of The Internment Chronicles
by Lauren DeStefano

to be published by Simon and Schuster
on March 3, 2015

read as an ARC

                        

***WARNING: This book summary is SPOILEROUS in regard to the first book!***

After escaping through the bottom of Internment, Morgan and her fellow fugitives aboard the great mechanical bird land on the ground to finally learn what has lived beneath their floating island home all these eons.

The ground is a strange place where water falls from the sky as snow, and customers watch moving pictures and visit speakeasies. A place where families can have as many children as they want, their dead are buried in vast gardens of bodies, and Internment is the feature of an amusement park. 

It is also a land at war. 


Everyone who fled Internment had their own reasons to escape their corrupt haven. But caught under the watchful eye of another king that wants to dominate his world, they wonder if coming to the ground will drag Internment down with them.

                      

10.17.2014

REDEEMED by P.C. and Kristin Cast

REDEEMED

by P.C. Cast + Kristin Cast

published on October 14, 2014 by St. Martin's Griffin

                        

In the final electrifying novel in the HoN series, Neferet has finally made herself known to mortals. A Dark Goddess is loose on Tulsa and the world. No single vampyre is strong enough to vanquish her - unless that creature has the power to summon the elements as well as the ability to wield Old Magick. Only Zoey Redbird is heir to such power…but because of the consequences of using Old Magick, she is unable to help. Find out who will win and who will lose in this epic battle of Light versus Darkness.


TEN by Gretchen McNeil

TEN

by Gretchen McNeil

published by HarperTeen

                        

It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their reasons for being there (which involve T.J., the school’s most eligible bachelor) and look forward to three glorious days of boys, booze and fun-filled luxury.
But what they expect is definitely not what they get, and what starts out as fun turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine.
Suddenly people are dying, and with a storm raging, the teens are cut off from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?

9.30.2014

TAKEN by Erin Bowman

TAKEN

by Erin Bowman

published by in 2014 by HarperTeen

                        

There are no men in Claysoot. There are boys—but every one of them vanishes at midnight on his eighteenth birthday. The ground shakes, the wind howls, a blinding light descends…and he’s gone.
They call it the Heist.
Gray Weathersby’s eighteenth birthday is mere months away, and he’s prepared to meet his fate–until he finds a strange note from his mother and starts to question everything he’s been raised to accept: the Council leaders and their obvious secrets. The Heist itself. And what lies beyond the Wall that surrounds Claysoot–a structure that no one can cross and survive.
Climbing the Wall is suicide, but what comes after the Heist could be worse. Should he sit back and wait to be taken–or risk everything on the hope of the other side?

                        

School / Reviews

Hey all,

Sorry the blog has been a little slow lately! School is kicking back into gear, this time in a completely new place with completely new people, so it's a bit of an adjustment and I haven't had much time for reading. I promise I'll have some reviews and other fun stuff up soon!

Thanks,
Hayden

9.21.2014

My Bookstore Process / Birthday!

   A couple things:

   First off, by the time you're reading this (I'm writing this post ahead of time! Genius), it will be my birthday! Woot!

   I'm turning 18, which is such a big moment in my life. Financial independence, heftier traffic tickets, the ability to possess my own Costco card... the list of benefits goes on and on!

   I'm also off to college, but by the time you're reading this, I'll already be there! That's a nerve-wracking thought. And a huge life change.

   To celebrate my birthday, I'm going to the bookstore at my university's campus, where I will peruse shelves that probably look something like this:


   I've been there before, and the shelves look nothing like that. But I couldn't find an accurate picture, so that will have to do.

   I thought I'd talk a little about how my typical bookstore routine works.

9.20.2014

FIND ME by Romily Bernard

Find Me

by Romily Bernard

published by HarperTeen

                        

“Find Me.”

These are the words written on Tessa Waye’s diary. The diary that ends up with Wick Tate. But Tessa’s just been found . . . dead.

Wick has the right computer-hacking skills for the job, but little interest in this perverse game of hide-and-seek. Until her sister Lily is the next target.

Then Griff, trailer-park boy next door and fellow hacker, shows up, intent on helping Wick. Is a happy ending possible with the threat of Wick’s deadbeat dad returning, the detective hunting him sniffing around Wick instead, and a killer taunting her at every step?

Foster child. Daughter of a felon. Loner hacker girl. Wick has a bad attitude and sarcasm to spare.

But she’s going to find this killer no matter what.

Because it just got personal.


                        

LUCID by Adrienne Stoltz and Ron Bass

LUCID

by Adrienne Stoltz and Ron Bass

published by Razorbill

                        

What if you could dream your way into a different life? What if you could choose to live that life forever?

Sloane and Maggie have never met. Sloane is a straight-A student with a big and loving family. Maggie lives a glamorously independent life as an up-and-coming actress in New York. The two girls couldn't be more different--except for one thing. They share a secret that they can't tell a soul. At night, they dream that they're each other.

The deeper they're pulled into the promise of their own lives, the more their worlds begin to blur dangerously together. Before long, Sloane and Maggie can no longer tell which life is real and which is just a dream. They realize that eventually they will have to choose one life to wake up to, or risk spiraling into insanity. But that means giving up one world, one love, and one self, forever.

This is a dazzling debut that will steal readers' hearts.


                        


5 owls

Lucid took me by complete surprise.

Maggie and Sloane live completely different lives, but they're interestingly connected: at night, when one of them goes to bed, they dream of the other. The novel is told through two different perspectives, and at the beginning, they're just about how the lives are different and how the wonder of their connection, but as the novel progresses, their perspectives blur and things take a turn for the terrifying.

While Lucid in general took me by complete surprise, what also shocked me was the complete difference between the beginning and the end of the book. At first, the book plays out like a Gossip Girl-style case study bundle, and by the end, it is a twisted psychological thrill ride. The journey is only half the fun; trying to figure out the vague, emotional ending will leave you breathless.


9.18.2014

PIVOT POINT by Kasie West

PIVOT POINT

by Kasie West

published by HarperTeen

                        

Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier...

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through... and who she can’t live without.

                         

FEATURE AND FOLLOW FRIDAY: 9/19




Question of the Week: Blogger pet peeves? 


  Ugh, what a question. I feel like the list is endless!
  (Kidding.) One of my main pet peeves is when I publish a post and I forget to label it. It's so annoying when I have sluggish internet speed to have to go back and add them.
  Another thing that often happens to me, more often on Goodreads, is when I'm about to publish a post, and the page fails to display, or dumb Alice pops up when the site is over capacity, and then I lose the entire review I've drafted. I'm actually used to copying my whole review in case that happens!

What about you? Let me know, and be sure to follow!

COVER ALERT: The Ruby Circle

COVERALERT

     So, let's face it: I'm a bit late for this cover reveal. I just found out about it today, and the official cover reveal was on the fourth of the month. Whoops.

     But anyway, I thought I'd start a new segment where we discuss new covers! Sounds like fun. It's called COVERALERT, and it'll happen whenever I feel like it.

     Today's featured cover is for The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines, #6) by Richelle Mead, the first five of which I have read and reviewed here, here, here, here, and here. The past covers have all been pretty terrible, and this one hasn't changed it up by any means. Below, you'll find the cover in all its (pink! ew!) glory:

     This one wins for me in regard to the fact that they aren't pale beyond living. But other than that, I'm pretty disappointed. It is the cheesiest shade of pink and tells me nothing about the book (aside from the golden lily tattoo, but, I mean, c'mon, that's been a thing the whole time).

     Aside from the sad cover, I am very much looking forward to this book? What about you? What are your thoughts on the cover? Are you excited for the book? Let me know in the comments!

IN A HANDFUL OF DUST by Mindy McGinnis

In a Handful of Dust
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by Mindy McGinnis
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to be published on September 23, 2014
by Katherine Tegen Books

                       

The only thing bigger than the world is fear.

Lucy’s life by the pond has always been full. She has water and friends, laughter and the love of her adoptive mother, Lynn, who has made sure that Lucy’s childhood was very different from her own. Yet it seems Lucy’s future is settled already—a house, a man, children, and a water source—and anything beyond their life by the pond is beyond reach.

When disease burns through their community, the once life-saving water of the pond might be the source of what’s killing them now. Rumors of desalinization plants in California have lingered in Lynn’s mind, and the prospect of a “normal” life for Lucy sets the two of them on an epic journey west to face new dangers: hunger, mountains, deserts, betrayal, and the perils of a world so vast that Lucy fears she could be lost forever, only to disappear in a handful of dust.

In this companion to Not a Drop to Drink, Mindy McGinnis thrillingly combines the heart-swelling hope of a journey, the challenges of establishing your own place in the world, and the gripping physical danger of nature in a futuristic frontier.


                       

NOT A DROP TO DRINK by Mindy McGinnis

Not a Drop to Drink
        
by Mindy McGinnis
        
published by Katherine Tegen Books

                       

Regret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water. 

Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn't leave at all.

Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….

With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, debut author Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a barren world not so different than our own.


                       

9.12.2014

FEATURE AND FOLLOW FRIDAY: 9/12




Question of the Week: Before blogging (dark times, people!), how would you find out about new books, or would you?

Before blogging, I was an active member of Goodreads, which helped, too (and I still am). I also would go through the "Coming Soon" page of Barnes and Noble's teen section and look at upcoming books by release date. (Confession -- I still do that!)

What about you? Let me know, and be sure to follow!

9.05.2014

FEATURE AND FOLLOW FRIDAY: 9/5




Question of the Week: Are you also a writer and what genre or did you ever consider writing?

As a matter of fact, yes, I am a writer! (I'm not an author yet, though.) I just recently finished the first draft of my first novel, and am just now beginning to go back and rip it to pieces! So excited!
As for the genre, it is a psychological thriller.

What about you? Are you a writer? Do you want to be? Let me know, and be sure to follow!

9.04.2014

INK by Amanda Sun

INK

by Amanda Sun

published by Harlequin Teen

369 pages

                     

On the heels of a family tragedy, the last thing Katie Greene wants to do is move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. She doesn’t know the language, she can barely hold a pair of chopsticks, and she can’t seem to get the hang of taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building. Then there’s gorgeous but aloof Tomohiro, star of the school’s kendo team. How did he really get the scar on his arm? Katie isn’t prepared for the answer. But when she sees the things he draws start moving, there’s no denying the truth: Tomo has a connection to the ancient gods of Japan, and being near Katie is causing his abilities to spiral out of control. If the wrong people notice, they'll both be targets. Katie never wanted to move to Japan—now she may not make it out of the country alive.

                     

9.01.2014

Review: THE GOOD GIRL

THE GOOD GIRL

by Mary Kubica

published by Harlequin MIRA
on July 29, 2014

                        

"I've been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she has her dry cleaning done, where she works. I don't know the color of her eyes or what they look like when she's scared. But I will." 

Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, at first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life. 

Colin's job was to abduct Mia as part of a wild extortion plot and deliver her to his employers. But the plan takes an unexpected turn when Colin suddenly decides to hide Mia in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota, evading the police and his deadly superiors. Mia's mother, Eve, and detective Gabe Hoffman will stop at nothing to find them, but no one could have predicted the emotional entanglements that eventually cause this family's world to shatter. 

An addictively suspenseful and tautly written thriller, The Good Girl is a compulsive debut that reveals how even in the perfect family, nothing is as it seems. . . .
                        

Review: SPEECHLESS

SPEECHLESS

by Hannah Harrington

published by Harlequin Teen
on August 28, 2012

                        

everyone knows that chelsea knot can't keep a secret

Until now. Because the last secret she shared turned her into a social outcast—and nearly got someone killed.

Now Chelsea has taken a vow of silence—to learn to keep her mouth shut, and to stop hurting anyone else. And if she thinks keeping secrets is hard, not speaking up when she's ignored, ridiculed and even attacked is worse.

But there's strength in silence, and in the new friends who are, shockingly, coming her way—people she never noticed before; a boy she might even fall for. If only her new friends can forgive what she's done. If only she can forgive herself.

                        

8.30.2014

Review: DROWNED

DROWNED

by Nichola Reilly

published on June 24, 2014
by Harlequin Teen

                       

Coe is one of the few remaining teenagers on the island of Tides. Deformed and weak, she is constantly reminded that in a world where dry land dwindles at every high tide, she is not welcome. The only bright spot in her harsh and difficult life is the strong, capable Tiam — but love has long ago been forgotten by her society. The only priority is survival.

Until the day their King falls ill, leaving no male heir to take his place. Unrest grows, and for reasons Coe cannot comprehend, she is invited into the privileged circle of royal aides. She soon learns that the dying royal is keeping a secret that will change their world forever.

Is there an escape from the horrific nightmare that their island home has become? Coe must race to find the answers and save the people she cares about, before their world and everything they know is lost to the waters.

                       


8.28.2014

Review: SUBLIME

SUBLIME

by Christina Lauren

to be published on October 14
by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers

                        

True love may mean certain death in a ghostly affair of risk and passion from New York Times bestselling duo Christina Lauren, authors of Beautiful Bastard. Tahereh Mafi, New York Times bestselling author of Shatter Me calls Sublime “a beautiful, haunting read."

When Lucy walks out of a frozen forest, wearing only a silk dress and sandals, she isn’t sure how she got there. But when she sees Colin, she knows for sure that she’s here for him.

Colin has never been captivated by a girl the way he is by Lucy. With each passing day their lives intertwine, and even as Lucy begins to remember more of her life—and her death—neither of them is willing to give up what they have, no matter how impossible it is. And when Colin finds a way to physically be with Lucy, taking himself to the brink of death where his reality and Lucy’s overlap, the joy of being together for those brief stolen moments drowns out everything in the outside world. But some lines weren’t meant to be crossed...

                    


8.24.2014

Teaser Review: THE WALLS AROUND US

THE WALLS AROUND US
(TEASER REVIEW)

by Nova Ren Suma

to be published March 23, 2015
by Algonquin Young Readers

319 pages

                        

5 owls (and then some!)

Nova Ren Suma's next book is a ways off, but I was given the privilege of reading it early (thanks bunches to Algonquin Young Readers).

And here I am, months upon months before it will be released, about to rave to you all about how awesome it is.

This is no surprise to fans of Suma's other books, who expect nothing less than greatness from her next title. Trust me, folks: greatness is what you're going to get. And then some. Suma's fourth published title is her best by miles. I loved it so, so much.

The Walls Around Us is a journey. It is a beautiful adventure, from the first page to the last and long after. It lies to you and it reveals scary truths. And I can't wait to read it again.

8.22.2014

FEATURE AND FOLLOW FRIDAY: 8/22





This Week's Question:
What book/series do you think would make a better TV show than a movie?
Back when the House of Night series was actually good, I thought it would make an excellent TV show. Now, I'm not so sure, but with some good writers, I think it would be passable! Definitely better than a 12-part film franchise (assuming it made it past the first).
I would definitely binge-watch it on Netflix.
What about you? Be sure to comment so I can follow you back!

8.20.2014

Review: 17 & GONE

17 & GONE

by Nova Ren Suma

published by Dutton (hardcover) on March 21, 2013 // Speak (paperback) on March 6, 2014

                        

Seventeen-year-old Lauren is having visions of girls who have gone missing. And all these girls have just one thing in common—they are 17 and gone without a trace. As Lauren struggles to shake these visions, impossible questions demand urgent answers: Why are the girls speaking to Lauren? How can she help them? And . . . is she next? Through Lauren’s search for clues, things begin to unravel, and when a brush with death lands Lauren in the hospital, a shocking truth changes everything.


With complexity and richness, Nova Ren Suma serves up a beautifully visual, fresh interpretation of what it means to be lost.

                        

8.16.2014

Review: BRUTAL YOUTH

BRUTAL YOUTH

by Anthony Breznican

Published by St. Martin's Press // Thomas Dunne Books
on June 10, 2014

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Three freshmen must join forces to survive at a troubled, working-class Catholic high school with a student body full of bullies and zealots, and a faculty that's even worse in Anthony Breznican's Brutal Youth

With a plunging reputation and enrollment rate, Saint Michael’s has become a crumbling dumping ground for expelled delinquents and a haven for the stridently religious when incoming freshman Peter Davidek signs up. On his first day, tensions are clearly on the rise as a picked-upon upperclassmen finally snaps, unleashing a violent attack on both the students who tormented him for so long, and the corrupt, petty faculty that let it happen. But within this desperate place, Peter befriends fellow freshmen Noah Stein, a volatile classmate whose face bears the scars of a hard-fighting past, and the beautiful but lonely Lorelei Paskal —so eager to become popular, she makes only enemies.

To even stand a chance at surviving their freshmen year, the trio must join forces as they navigate a bullying culture dominated by administrators like the once popular Ms. Bromine, their embittered guidance counselor, and Father Mercedes, the parish priest who plans to scapegoat the students as he makes off with church finances. A coming-of-age tale reversed, Brutal Youth follows these students as they discover that instead of growing older and wiser, going bad may be the only way to survive.



4.08.2014

Review: KISS OF BROKEN GLASS

KISS OF BROKEN GLASS
by Madeleine Kuderick

-published by HarperTeen
-releases 9.4.2014
-read as an eARC

synopsis:


Kenna has seventy-two hours of mandatory psych evaluation to think about that one cut—the one she needed to feel alive and that began her downward spiral. Told in searingly powerful verse, these are the most harrowing and moving seventy-two hours you’ll read about.To Kenna, everything is a potential tool for self-harm: a razor blade, a safety pin, a pencil eraser rubbed fast against her skin.When Kenna is found cutting herself in the school bathroom—with the blade from her pencil sharpener—she’s put under a psychiatric watch for seventy-two hours. In the facility Kenna meets other kids like her: her roommate, Donya, who’s there for her fifth time; the birdlike Skylar; and Jag, a boy cute enough to make her forget her problems…for a moment.In this dark, haunting debut, Madeleine Kuderick creates a vivid world with beautiful, sparse verse that draws you in from page one and stays with you long after you put it down.


MY LORD, I HAVEN'T POSTED IN A LONG WHILE

Hello, everyone!

I have returned from the Cave of Anti-Blogging Solitude and Desolation. It's senior year, people; I mean, what do you expect? I am in 6 AP classes, and my run in the musical AIDA just ended. I'm back!



I plan to start adding reviews again like I used to in the coming months. I have lots of new, shiny books to read and review, and I can't wait to share my opinions with you all!

Let's celebrate my return with:

1) a smexy new blog theme, and

2) a review!

Shall we?

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