Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: Pandemonium (4)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.



This week, I am waiting on...
Pandemonium (Delirium #2) 
by Lauren Oliver
Publication Date: March 6, 2012
Lauren Oliver captivated readers with Delirium, the first book in a thrilling dystopian trilogy in which Lena Haloway dared to fall in love with Alex and escape the cure, the government-mandated procedure that renders a person immune to the disease of love. Lena and Alex staked their lives on leaving their oppressive society, but only Lena broke free. 

Pandemonium continues Lena’s gripping story. After escaping from Portland, Maine, Lena makes it to the Wilds and becomes part of an Invalid community, where she transforms herself into a warrior for the resistance. A future without Alex is unimaginable, but Lena pushes forward and fights, both for him and for a world in which love is no longer considered a disease. Swept up in a volatile mix of revolutionaries and counterinsurgents, Lena struggles to survive—and wonders if she may be falling in love again. 

   I recently finished Delirium (see review here) and I loved it! I cannot wait for this sequel to come out! :) I love the cover. Don't you? 
   
   What are you waiting for this Wednesday? Feel free to leave links below. :)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Books that are on the Top of my TBR List for the Fall (3)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which bloggers share their top ten list of whatever the prompt is for the week.

Wow! This week has a pretty long title, huh? Well, let's get started!

So, a lot of bloggers are choosing books that are to come out this autumn to place on their list, but I'm so behind on my TBR, that I'm going to have to fill my list with books that have been out a while.
1. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare - Yes, I've been waiting to read this one for such a long time, but I haven't found the time to fit it in anywhere! :( My friends keep recommending this one to me as well as the Mortal Instrument series, so hopefully I'll get to read this soon!

2. The Lying Game by Sara Shepard - I got this book when it first came out... Still haven't read it. With all the hype over it, especially because of the new show on ABC Family, I'm definitely going to try and read this asap.

3. Wither by Lauren DeStefano - This is a book that has had tons of hype. The sequel is coming out soon, I believe and I've gotten recommendations to read this book, so I'm really excited for this one! Oh!-and it's dystopian! <3

4. Abandon by Meg Cabot - I love Meg Cabot so much. She's one of my favorite authors. I don't know why I've been waiting so freaking long to read this. I mean, I have it. It's in the box filled with books right next to my bed, so why haven't I picked it up yet? Sigh. I don't know.

5. Across the Universe by Beth Revis - This was recommended to me and it sounds really, really good. I'm really to eager to read this one!

6. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa - Omg, I've been wanting to read this series since forever. I've heard tons of great stuff about it so I'm really excited!

7. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins - One of my close friends at school brought this book today to lend to another friend, and I was thinking, "Oh my goodness! I've heard of that book! I need to read it." Apparently, it's really good, so yay! Hopefully, I can read this one soon.

8. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl - This book was brought up today at school by my friends and they all said it was pretty good, so I'll probably check this out of my library soon.

9. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater - I've been a bit iffy on this one, I'll admit. I read the first couple of chapters like two years ago, but because of time restrictions at school, I put it down and never picked it up again. Everyone seems to love this series, so I think I'll try to read it soon.

10. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins - Ok, so yes, this is number ten on my list. There's just SO MUCH HYPE around this book, I'm afraid to read it. I actually read the first 50 or so pages at Barnes & Noble, but wasn't intrigued enough to buy a copy to take home. Big mistake? You tell me... I want to read it since everyone has loved it, but I'm also super scared. D:

Thanks for stopping by my blog! What's on your top ten? Feel free to leave links below!! :)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Synopsis: 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 governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway 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.

   *Kind of off topic note: School started this week and so it took me a couple of days longer than I expected to read this. So, I might not be reading as frequently as I can, but I'll try.*
   I read Oliver's debut novel, Before I Fall, earlier this summer and I liked it a lot. I had heard that this one was even better so I was definitely eager to read it, so I bought it on my nook and started reading!
   Delirium is a story about an average girl named Lena who lives in a dystopian Portland, where love is ruled as an awful disease. Once she turns 18, she'll be able to become "cured," meaning that she won't feel any strong emotions, including love. At first, she's so excited to become cured. She wants to be normal and happy. But all that vanishes when she meets the "cured" Alex.
   Alex is so lovable, even during his first appearance in the novel. He's a bit hard to figure out, and Lauren Oliver does a brilliant way in unveiling just bits of him at a time. That said, in absolutely no way is he evilly mysterious or anything, which I really liked about him. He's open and caring, and just wonderful.
   As I could tell from her debut book, Oliver's writing is so beautiful. Even when writing heart-racing action or horror scenes, the writing is poetic and marvelous. It's breathtaking and flows very well, like this passage:
"Anything could happen here, and when he bends down to kiss me it's as though the weight of the velvety darkness around us, the soft flutters of the trees, the pitter-patter of the unseen animals, come beating into my chest, making me feel as though I'm dissolving and expanding into the night."
I mean, gosh, I wish I could write like that.
   Lauren Oliver's style of writing outshines everything else, in my opinion. But everything else leaves very little to be desired as well. The characters are great! Lena is afraid, yet one of the bravest heroines I've ever read about. Alex is just a brilliant character. Hana is so adventurous, yet a tad bit restrictive and cautious. 
   The dystopian world that Oliver creates is so realistic. The secrets and the twists in the government and citizens felt so solid and true. The cure and the procedures is official, and the little excerpts from The Book of Shhh make it even better.
   Miss Oliver, you have written a very fine story.
   Delirium is a novel filled with the whispered secrets in between people, dramatic romance, and the story of a girl who learns to love and choose the path that she wants, against all odds.
   5 keys.


Love,
Sophia

P.S. Oh, and the ending? It killed me. I don't know whether I can pick up Pandemonium without having a tiny sliver of hope. 

Cover note: I love these special edition covers! :)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: Wrecked (3)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.



I am so excited for...
Wrecked by Anna Davies
Publication Date: May 1st, 2012
Miranda has lived on Whym Island since the death of her parents. She has taken comfort in its seclusion and in the folklore that claims a mysterious sea witch controls the fate of all on the island and its surrounding waters. It's easier to believe things are out of her control.

But when a terrible boating accident takes the lives of several of her friends, Miranda is rescued by a mysterious boy that haunts her dreams. As the guilt of the accident consumes her, she finds refuge in her late night swims. Until she meets Christian, a boy who seems so familiar, but won't tell her where he is from and why they can only meet at the beach. As Miranda falls for Christian and begins to put the accident behind her, she discovers that there are secrets that Christian is keeping to protect her that may only end up bringing her nothing but harm.

The synopsis is definitely intriguing! I'm not too fond of the cover, but the story sounds so good! :)

What are you waiting on this Wednesday? Feel free to leave links below. :)

Monday, August 22, 2011

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (1)

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey.

Recently finished: Fallen, Torment both by Lauren Kate



Currently reading: Delirium by Lauren Oliver and Passion by Lauren Kate



Reading next: Abandon by Meg Cabot and The Lying Game by Sara Shepard



What are you reading on this fine Monday? :)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Torment by Lauren Kate (ARC)

Synopsis: Hell on earth.  
That’s what it’s like for Luce to be apart from her fallen angel boyfriend, Daniel.
It took them an eternity to find one another, but now he has told her he must go away. Just long enough to hunt down the Outcasts—immortals who want to kill Luce. Daniel hides Luce at Shoreline, a school on the rocky California coast with unusually gifted students: Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans. 
At Shoreline, Luce learns what the Shadows are, and how she can use them as windows to her previous lives. Yet the more Luce learns, the more she suspects that Daniel hasn’t told her everything. He’s hiding something—something dangerous.
What if Daniel’s version of the past isn’t actually true? What if Luce is really meant to be with someone else?

   I didn't really have too high of expectations for this sequel considering that Fallen wasn't exactly one of the greatest books I'd ever read. Maybe that's why I enjoyed Torment so much. It was definitely an improvement and now I'm excited to read the rest of the series!
   In this book, Luce has left Sword and Cross and is now enrolling at Shoreline, a boarding school in California. I loved this book's setting. Cali's weather, the scenery, everything. Anyway, so Daniel drops her off there and is forbidden to see her because he's working his butt off to save Luce's life from her attackers. Yay, trouble!
   Luce was basically a doormat in the first novel, but in Torment, she really shined! She was independent and strong, definitely a great change. I loved the characters a lot more in this book. I don't know why Lauren Kate didn't give her characters awesome personalities in the first novel. Anyways, let me talk about Shelby. Shelby is Luce's new roommate, and I. LOVED. HER. I thought she was absolutely hilarious and I loved how she was a bit vicious as well. Reminds me of myself. (joking)
   Miles was a nice new character. He's kind of like Luce's new love interest, although she may not completely realize it. He wasn't exactly appealing to me, but I'm pretty sure that's just me. I just didn't feel like he was worthy of Luce. I mean, sure, what he did at the end of the novel was like, "OMG HE'S SUCH A HERO," but... I don't know. I guess I'm too attached to Daniel.
   The plot pace and the plot itself was excellent! It didn't drag at all, and this novel was so much more intriguing than Fallen. The characters blossomed wonderfully and I cannot wait to read Passion! Hopefully it'll be just as great. :)
   Torment is Luce's story of discovering herself, becoming independent, and finding out who she truly loves. This book will keep you turning the pages until the very end.
   4 keys.


Love,
Sophia
Thanks to Michelle and Leslie's Book Picks who hosted the giveaway in which I won this book. :)

*SPOILER ALERT* Okay, so I'm confused about some things. In the beginning, the dude on the plane... who the heck is he? I mean, honestly, he was just kind of thrown in there and never mentioned again, even though I thought his role would be very important. And the ending?! I mean, seriously! Biggest. Cliffhanger. Over. Also, I think Luce is pretty rash. Doesn't think about her actions before she's doing them. She leaves everyone and expects them to clean up after her? And Callie! She's clueless and Luce (a crap "best friend" btw) just leaves her. Ugh.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: Out of Sight, Out of Time (2)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.

I cannot wait for...
Out of Sight, Out of Time (Gallagher Girls #5)
by Ally Carter
Publication Date: March 20, 2012

With more than a million Gallagher Girls books sold, a legion of fans have fallen in love with the New York Times best-selling spy-girl series, and the fifth book delivers the most nerve-wracking, high-stakes adventure yet.

The last thing Cammie Morgan remembers is leaving the Gallagher Academy to protect her friends and family. But when Cammie wakes up in an alpine convent and discovers months have passed, her memory is a black hole. The only traces left of Cammie’s summer vacation are the bruises on her body and dirt under her nails. All she wants is to go home. But even the Gallagher Academy now holds more questions than answers as Cammie and her friends face their most difficult challenge yet. With only their training and a few clues to guide them, the girls go in search of answers on the other side of the world. But the Circle is hot on their trail and will stop at nothing to prevent Cammie from remembering what she did last summer.

I've always been a fan of the Gallagher Girls series and I cannot wait for this fifth book. Cammie's story is always exciting and the romance is just so adorable. Plus, the titles are cute play on words! :)

Thanks for visiting! What are you waiting for on Wednesday?

Love,
Sophia

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Fallen by Lauren Kate


Synopsis: There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.  
Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move. 
Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce–and goes out of his way to make that very clear–she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret... even if it kills her.




   For every book, I always read several reviews before I read the book myself. Maybe that's bad because then I already have a judgement before I even read the first word, but it's a habit that I never break. I did the same thing for Fallen and was concerned. There were mixed reviews, but about 70% of the ones I came across were negative. Nevertheless, I read this book.
   I must give Lauren Kate credit. She creates a very detailed and descriptive world of Sword & Cross. It's obviously spooky and creepy. Any reader could definitely tell. But I wish she could've done the same with the characters. The characters were rather dull, especially the protagonist, Luce. She never took charge and she wasn't very interesting, to be completely honest. It was like she waited for everyone around her to carry her along through the story. Sigh. Oh well. Moving on.
   The male leads... I really liked. Cam and Daniel were both interesting to me, the former more than the latter. There wasn't much description on Daniel, so it was kind of hard to feel attached to him, as I usually do with male leads. Cam, though, he was exciting.
   During the majority of the novel, the plot was quite slow. It wasn't "omg, this is sooo draggy" but it definitely was not fast paced. Near the end of the novel, things were taking action and momentum, and the novel was especially enjoyable.
   The whole story was very Twilight-esque. I mean, very, very, very Twilight-esque. Of course, there are some major differences, but there are also some major similarities.
   All in all, this novel is perfect for Twilight fans. It's filled with dramatic romance and the ultimate war between good vs. evil (literally!). Now I'm off to read Torment!
   3 keys.


Love,
Sophia


Cover note: Isn't the cover gorgeous? I love it!!

Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Male Leads (2)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which we share our top ten list of the theme that Tuesday. Today's is a freebie, meaning I can choose whatever topic I'd like! How fun. :)

This Top Ten, I decided to use the freebie as a list of the top ten male leads from novels that I am in love with! This should be very, very fun. ;)
1. Four from Divergent (Veronica Roth) - Can you blame me for putting him as number uno? Divergent is my favorite book of the year! It's so spectacular and just... so-freaking-perfect-when-can-i-get-my-hands-on-Insurgent. I'm such a Four fangirl. He's caring and strong and a fabulous character (plus he's hot). I'm jealous of Tris!!!

2. Gale from The Hunger Games Trilogy (Suzanne Collins) - From the start, I was always Team Gale and I have stuck with it forever. Gale is the stronger one, the fighter. He can protect Katniss. Gale also has a tender side. He's perfect. Swooooooon!

3. Wes from The Truth About Forever (Sarah Dessen) - Everyone knows that Dessen is famous for her heart-throb male leads! Wes is definitely my favorite. He's just so sweet and lovable. And very handsome!

4. Conrad from the Summer Trilogy (Jenny Han) - I admit, sometimes Conrad annoyed the crap out of me, but didn't everyone know that he would always be a sweetheart? Once he loves you, he won't let you go in the end. He's just so loving, although sometimes he doesn't show it. Oh, Conrad, such a sweetie.

5. Charlie from The Year of Secret Assignments (Jaclyn Moriarty) - I loved this book! It has three guys in it (don't worry, no love shapes in this book), but out of all of them, Charlie was definitely my favorite! He's just so kind and innocent, not to mention adorable. His personality is also so cute.

6. Hale from the Heist Society series (Ally Carter) - Hale... Hale is just a hottie. And he kicks butt. He's secretive in that mysterious way where you are dying to know everything about him. Nothing more to say about him. ;)

7. Jesse from the Mediator Series (Meg Cabot) - Jesse is caring. His heart is warm and open to everyone and he calls girls "querida". How. Cute! He's also really good looking. ;) Plus, Meg Cabot is one of my favorite authors; I couldn't help but fall in love with Jesse!

8. Edward from the Twilight Saga (Stephenie Meyer) - Okay, come at me, bro. Murder me. Yell at me. Whatever. I actually really like Edward's character (minus the fact that he watches Bella sleep). He's really romantic and very humble, and those are excellent qualities in a male. <3

9. Roger from Amy & Roger's Epic Detour (Morgan Matson) - Amy & Roger's Epic Detour was one of my favorite books in 2010. Roger is sweet and kind. He's not shady, not mysterious, not a jerk. He was a refreshing male lead and I liked him for that. :)

10. Percy from the Percy Jackson & The Olympians series (Rick Riordan) - I started The Lightning Thief when I was in the fourth grade. I couldn't help having a crush on Percy! He was so brave and cute. He was loyal and loved his friends/family. He was just such an admirable protagonist, can you blame me?

Thank you for stopping by. What's on your Top Ten list? :) 

Love,
Sophia

Sunday, August 14, 2011

In My Mailbox (1)

IMM is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren in which bloggers show what books they have received in the past week(s).


I won (what I think is) a lot of books this previous week.


From a prize pack won at Michelle and Leslie's Book Picks:
   Ten Miles Past Normal by Frances O'Roark Dowell
   The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens
   The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
   The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan
   Abandon by Meg Cabot
   Torment by Lauren Kate
   Passion by Lauren Kate
   The Ivy by Lauren Kunze and Rina Onur


From a giveaway at Once Upon a Twilight:
   OyMG by Amy Dominy


From a giveaway at The Book Scout:
   Love Story by Jennifer Echols


I bought:
   Divergent by Veronica Roth (omg, I'm in love with this book, see my review here)


Thanks for stopping by! What'd you get in your mailbox?


Love,
Sophia

Friday, August 12, 2011

ANGEL (Maximum Ride #7) by James Patterson

Synopsis: Is this the end of Max and Fang, and the beginning of Max and Dylan? Only Angel knows.


Maximum Ride and her friends have always had each other’s backs because they can’t trust anyone else. No. Matter. What. But now the flock is up against a threat unlike any they’ve ever faced and, just when they need each other the most, Fang is gone. He’s creating his own gang that will replace everyone – including Max.

Max is heartbroken over losing Fang, her soulmate, her best friend. The one she thought would always be there for her. Could it be that she really is destined to be with Dylan? He’s proven that he’ll do anything for her, and she can’t deny that there’s an intensity about him that draws her in. As the flock race to Paris to stop a terrifying cult intent on exterminating the human race, she has no choice but to trust him.


   *MINOR SPOILER ALERT*
   I started disliking the Maximum Ride series after The Final Warning so I don't really know why I keep reading the books. I'd like to believe that it's only because I want to know how Max's story ends. Now, I know that I was disgusted with FANG, but I picked up ANGEL anyway.
   So it seems like James Patterson is running out of ideas because really, the plot is getting so repetitive. And what the heck is with Fang making his own flock? Um, no. I thought him and Max "loved" each other. Honestly, it's just so... out there, I can't imagine why Fang would get any respect.
   Also, out of nowhere, this human hating group pops up?
   Oh, and not to mention, apparently Dylan and Max are supposed to make babies together soon.
   I sound so harsh, I know. Well, on the plus side, ANGEL was better than FANG, by quite a large margin. And Angel (the character herself) is now wonderful again! :) Hope that lasts. Another plus is Dylan. Oh, Dylan. He's probably my favorite character. I wish he was the official male lead and got a book to himself, not Fang. 
   Alright. Enough of that. This book is as action packed and adventurous as ever. It may not be "OMG WHAT A GREAT BOOK" but it's worth reading, especially if you've already started the series. Like the other Maximum Ride books, it's a quick read and the ending will definitely leave you thinking!
   3 keys.


Love,
Sophia


The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells

Synopsis: Sometimes I still wake up shivering in the early hours of the morning, drowning in dreams of being out there in the ocean that summer, of looking up at the moon and feeling as invisible and free as a fish. But I'm jumping ahead, and to tell the story right I have to go back to the very beginning. To a place called Indigo Beach. To a boy with pale skin that glowed against the dark waves. To the start of something neither of us could have predicted, and which would mark us forever, making everything that came after and before seem like it belonged to another life.


My name is Mia Gordon: 
I was sixteen years old,
and I remember everything.


   I've actually had this book on my shelf for quite a while now. I had started the first few pages and put it down, and it had become a repeated process. But one day, when I got farther into it, I was intrigued! And so here I am, writing a review for this book. 
   The description is so vague, I know. Basically, it's about Mia visiting her cousins at the Hamptons in New York. They stay at a beach house (that's huge). I will admit, in the beginning of this novel, it was pretty slow. It took a while to get to the interesting part. But enter Simon, and POOF! This book gets fantastic!
   Usually, I fall in love with the male leads in novels, if written well. But that wasn't the case for this novel. Don't get me wrong, Howells writes amazingly! I just didn't loooove Simon. I'm pretty sure it's because he's a ginger... Haha, joking! Simon is a really great character though. He has so many layers and flaws, he's so realistic. He's a dreamer and he's so sweet.
   Mia just recently got her heart broken and when arriving at Hamptons, she's disappointed. Her cousins have changed. They're snotty and drink and party all the time. But then she meets Simon and he's there to keep her company and push her limits. They don't call the title The Summer of Skinny Dipping for nothing! There are tons of ocean swims and I felt light hearted while reading this book.
   I had read reviews about this book before reading it, and they all warned me that this was not a beachy, fluffy read. They said it was emotional and heartbreaking. I didn't believe them at first because the novel was so fun and happy! But now I know why. I cried at the end. I just can't even... I was so shocked. It was unbelievable, honestly.
   This novel has so many twists and turns, filled with bittersweet romance and self-discovery. It's not a light read, I assure you, but it's still wonderful. Great writing, intriguing plot, I couldn't flip the pages fast enough. Ugh, my heart is sinking just writing this review. The ending was just so...!! Well. Read the book to find out! ;)
   4 keys.


Love,
Sophia


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Synopsis: Beatrice "Tris" Prior has reached the fateful age of sixteen, the stage at which teenagers in Veronica Roth's dystopian Chicago must select which of five factions to join for life. Each faction represents a virtue: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. To the surprise of herself and her selfless Abnegation family, she chooses Dauntless, the path of courage. Her choice exposes her to the demanding, violent initiation rites of this group, but it also threatens to expose a personal secret that could place in mortal danger. Veronica Roth's young adult Divergent trilogy launches with a captivating adventure about love and loyalty playing out under most extreme circumstances.

   Oh my goodness. Just... oh my goodness. I can't even begin to describe how amazing this book was, but I guess I'll try my best. At first, I was definitely not intrigued by this book, despite all the wonderful reviews. Summary was meh. Cover was meh. It just didn't appeal to me.
   But today, at Barnes and Noble, I picked it up and started reading. I was absolutely HOOKED. By the time I had to leave, I was about 100 pages in and I knew that I HAD to buy it. So I did, and I never put it down after that. I took it with me everywhere; when I went to the restroom, when I went to eat watermelon, even when I went to dinner at Olive Garden! This book was so addicting. Finished in one day! The summary is great. The cover is great. I just can't get over how perfect this book is. (I fangirled throughout my whole reading of this book.)
   I had to eat dinner during a big action scene, so my heart was pounding so hard. Oh my goodness. Ok, done rambling. Now more about the book!
   Beatrice, AKA Tris, is a lovely character. I loved her, all the way. I didn't find her annoying, EVER, which is really rare with books nowadays. She reacted the same way I would and she was just such an exciting character. (Gosh, my heart is pounding just writing this review! IT WAS SO GOOD!) The whole concept was very familiar to me. It's a dystopian novel and everything reminded me of either The Giver or The Hunger Games. But in no way does that mean that this novel is unoriginal! Divergent is just so brilliant.
   Four... My goodness, Four. I am in love with him. I'm such a Four fangirl. His whole character is just so perfect. He's so real and.... I'm having such a difficult time putting my thoughts into words! The whole book was just so perfect. And the sexual tension between him and Tris? Ah, so great. There are even some funny parts as well!
   This book is probably my favorite book that I've read in 2011. (Sorry Entwined!) If you haven't read it, go read it right now. You will definitely never, ever regret it. I cannot wait until next May when Insurgent (Divergent #2) comes out! This novel is a story about adventure, romance, war, and discovering yourself as well as others' true intentions. It will stay in your thoughts long after you turn the last page.
    5 keys. More like 10 billion keys, but 5 keys will do. ^-^

Love,
Sophia

P.S. My heart is still thudding!
P.S.S. I think I'm going to reread it.... Even though I JUST read it. :D SO GOOD. 
P.S.S.S. My favorite lines:
 "Ah," he says, his voice raspy"This is worse. This is definitely..."   
 "Shh," I say. "Arms around me."   
 Obediently, he slips both arms around my waist. I smile at the wall. I am not enjoying this. I am not, not even a little bit, no.
haha, that part made me laugh really hard! :) 

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: Second Chance Summer (1)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine.


I cannot wait for...
 Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson!
Publication Date: May 8, 2012

Taylor's family might not be the closest-knit – everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled – but for the most part, they get along fine. Then they get news that changes everything: Her father has pancreatic cancer, and it's stage four – meaning that there is basically nothing to be done. Her parents decide that the family will spend his last months together at their old summerhouse in the Pocono Mountains. 
Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven't actually gone anywhere. Her former summer best friend is suddenly around, as is her first boyfriend. . . and he's much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve.As the summer progresses, the Edwards become more of a family, and closer than they've ever been before. But all of them very aware that they're battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance – with family, with friends, and with love.

Morgan's first novel, Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, is one of my favorites! She's a wonderful author and I cannot wait until her next book, Second Chance Summer, comes out.

What's your book that you're waiting on?

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Underrated Books (1)

   I saw many of these Top Ten Underrated Books on my dashboard, so I thought I'd join along as well. This meme seems really fun and is hosted by the people of The Broke and the Bookish.
   Alright, so let's get on with my list (in no particular order)! :)


1. Entwined by Heather Dixon - this book was phenomenal, I mean really. I loved it so much. It was fantastic and magical and creative. Everyone should read this. Sadly, this book isn't as famous as it deserves to be.



2. Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson - this book was advertised a lot during it's release time, but after that.... where'd it go?? This book was really exciting and different. It was the first road trip book I had ever read and I loved it.


3. Avalon High by Meg Cabot - I read this a couple of years ago and it's my favorite Meg Cabot book ever. Meg Cabot is definitely one of my favorite authors and I like pretty much every book of hers, but this one takes the cake! Sadly, it doesn't get much recognition (although Disney did make a movie out of it! the movie was awful though).


4. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart - this book is... genius. It's just absolute genius. Wonderful, mysterious, hilarious, it has everything. I haven't seen many reviews/attention about this book, so I think it's underrated. Pick this book up! You'll never put it down.


5 and 6. Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac and Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin - I read this book after I had read Zevin's earlier novel Elsewhere. Both books were great. I hadn't heard of either of the books before getting them at Barnes & Noble so I think these books are severely underrated. It's such a disappointment since these novels are amazing. Go read them right now if you haven't! Now. Now. Now.


7. Thanks For The Memories by Cecelia Ahern - This book was a bit different to my taste since it wasn't a YA book. It isn't much of a romance either, but that didn't take away anything from it! Ahern's more famous novel is P.S. I Love You. I haven't read that one, but I've read this one and it's breathtaking.


8. The Naughty List by Suzanne Young - this book is so cute and yet heartbreaking (at the end). This book is definitely not dirty, despite the suggestive title and book cover. In fact, it was pretty clean. It was a really exciting story, dealing with cheaters and spies. It was also funny, which is a plus! Check this one out.


9. All American Girl by Meg Cabot - This one was my very first Meg Cabot book. This is the book that made me fall in love with Cabot's easy writing and hilarious stories. It was so entertaining, I could not put it down! I wish that there were a million copies of this book at every store so that people can experience Meg's magic.


10. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green - This is the only John Green book I've read but I will say that it's great. I don't know why I haven't picked up another one of Green's books! I remember reading this... I got straight into it. The storyline is really intriguing and the romance is so cute. I loved it. This book deserves tons of hype! 


What's on your Top Ten?


Love,
Sophia

We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han

Synopsis: It's been two years since Conrad told Belly to go with Jeremiah. She and Jeremiah have been inseparable ever since, even attending the same college-- only, their relationship hasn't exactly been the happily ever after Belly had hoped it would be. And when Jeremiah makes the worst mistake a boy can make, Belly is forced to question what she thought was true love. Does she really have a future with Jeremiah? Has she ever gotten over Conrad? It's time for Belly to decide, once and for all, who has her heart forever.


   Oh my goodness. OH MY GOODNESS.
   That's basically all I can say about this whole series. This is the concluding book of the Summer series and I loved every single word. This series is phenomenal, without a doubt. I loved it so much.
   I'll try my very best to not mention any spoilers, but it'll be pretty difficult. Not going to lie. This book was very, very emotional. I was crying throughout about half of the book. It's heart-wrenching and raw and unbelievably amazing. It's so upsetting that the series is over. This book, like the others before it, was a very quick read. I finished it within hours.
   So Belly is now with Jeremiah at college and their relationship is picture perfect, right? Wrong. Jeremiah messes up really badly and things don't really recover easily. Belly's pain and confusion is so real. I felt like I was experiencing everything with her. Jenny Han's writing is brilliant and easy going. Things lead to another, and now (*SPOILER*) a wedding is in the picture? WHAT? I know, right?
   Belly's a mess with the planning and her mom doesn't agree of any of it. It's becoming too difficult, and Conrad is definitely not helping. But Conrad also makes this story so much greater. It's just... I can't even describe it. Just read the book!
   Belly's story is definitely a memorable one and one of my favorites. Her decisions are reasonable and when I turned the last page, something in my heart clicked and locked a portion of love away. That's how much I love this series. The characters were as fantastic as ever. In this book, they change a lot, and their true colors shine purely. It's incredible.
   I am in love and will forever be in love with this series. You need to pick it up right away!
   5 keys, without a doubt!

Love,
Sophia


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