Monday, April 30, 2012

Insurgent Countdown and Giveaway: 1 Day Left

   Welcome, everyone! It's Day 1 of The Book Basement's Insurgent Countdown! Technically, since I didn't post yesterday, it's not really "1 Day Left." There are LESS THAN 24 HOURS UNTIL THE RELEASE OF INSURGENT. CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS? I CAN'T. OH MY GOODNESS, MY CHEST IS GOING TO EXPLODE.

   Okay, sorry, folks, for the abuse of caps lock and bold. But I can't even contain myself. It's so close!

   My plan for today is to go to my Barnes & Noble and BEG--I mean seriously, BEG!!!!--for a copy of Insurgent. Sadly, I don't think that even a teenage girl begging will make the workers ignore the extremely strict sale date of Insurgent. (Mariam from Mindful Mundanes and Anna from Literary Exploration both work at book stores and have said that Insurgent has an EXTREMELY STRICT SALE DATE. This makes for a very unhappy Sophia.)

   So if that plan fails, I'll just have to wait to get on Tuesday. Sigh. I'll take tons of pictures probably. I'm crossing my fingers that my Barnes will have a grand big display for such an amazing book. Yeah. Okay.

   I know what you're thinking: Wait. Didn't you preorder it? Yeah, I did. But it's not coming until four days after the release day or something. WHICH SUCKS. Ugh. I don't like shipping.

   Short post today, I know. I can barely type with my excitement. What are your plans to get Insurgent? Leave your answer in the comments/tweet about the post! And fill out this form!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Insurgent Countdown and Giveaway: 2 Days Left

   Welcome to Day 2 of The Book Basement's Insurgent Countdown! Today's topic is fear landscapes.

   Fear landscapes were a part of why I loved Divergent so much. It was such a fascinating and unique concept. For those who don't know, fear landscapes are your biggest fears compiled into one simulation. You have to keep your heart rate normal to pass through each fear. I'd probably fail miserably, haha. I have many fears, but I'll just share a few that I think would be in my fear landscape!

   Death by drowning - I'm a fairly strong swimmer. I have a pool in my backyard and live thirty minutes away from several beaches, so swimming is basically necessity. However, despite the fact that swimming comes almost naturally, I've always been scared of death by drowning. I think it's because when I first watched the Titanic movie, I could only think about how awful it would be if you were trapped in a room flooding with water. Ah! Makes my chest feel tight every time I think of it.

   Getting lost - I have an extreme fear of getting lost. I'm not joking. I'm sure everyone gets a little afraid, but I'm always seriously scared of just winding up in an unfamiliar place. If I had lost all contact, I'd be so screwed, because I am so not self sufficient. Not knowing where I am, where to go, or who to go to would be the end of me.

   Heights - I feel sort of special because I share a fear with Four! But heights is a totally common fear. I don't ride roller coasters or look down when somewhere high because I'm afraid of heights. I look down and think, "If I fell, I wouldn't stand a chance." Heights creep me out. I hate it. Maybe the more accurate fear would be of falling, but I'll just say heights for now.

   Obviously, I have way more fears, but I'll just keep it at three. What fears would be in your fear landscape? Answer the question in the comments/tweet about the post to be entered in the giveaway! Also, fill out this form. :)

   I will not be posting a countdown post on Sunday! The countdown will resume on Monday, May 30, with Day 1.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Insurgent Countdown and Giveaway: 3 Days Left

   Welcome to Day 3 of The Book Basement's Insurgent Countdown! Today's topic is my dream cast for the characters of Divergent!

   Saoirse Ronan as Tris Prior - I think she's the perfect Tris. At least, in my head!

   Matt Lanter as Four - Matt Lanter is like 29 years old. Four is 18. Huge age difference, I know, but I can't picture Four as anyone else!

   Shanica Knowles as Christina.

   Lucas Till as Will.

   Cameron Bright as Peter.

   Landon Liboiron as Caleb Prior.

   If I left out characters (such as Eric, Jeanine, Uriah, etc.), it is NOT because I forgot about them! It's because I couldn't find someone that really looked like how I pictured them.

   That's my dream cast! What do you think? Who would you want to play the characters of Divergent? Leave your answer in the comments and/or tweet about the post! Fill out the form here. :)

   Day 2 will be fear landscapes.


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Insurgent Countdown and Giveaway: 4 Days Left

   Welcome, readers, to Day 4 in The Book Basement's Insurgent Countdown! Today's topic is similar books, AKA "I've read Divergent. Now what?"

   I know a few bloggers do this type of thing in each of their reviews, but I don't. So this post is dedicated to books that a fan of Divergent might enjoy!

   The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (YA) - Okay. I know there are people who compare Divergent to The Hunger Games. And yes, I am recommending it to Divergent fans, but that doesn't mean these books are alike. They're both set in dystopian worlds, yes, but other than that, they're pretty darn different. I love The Hunger Games and I'm definitely sure fans of Divergent will as well.

   Legend by Marie Lu (YA) - I kind of see a lot of Tris in the main protagonist of this book, June. June is very proactive and smart, which I think relates well with Tris. So if you're a fan of Divergent, I think you'll enjoy this action-y, dystopian book!

   Delirium by Lauren Oliver (YA) - If you're a fan of Divergent that has a huge spot for romance, Delirium is your book! There's the dystopian government and the limited life, but then there's also a thrilling romance, as well as some scary action scenes!

   The Giver by Lois Lowry (MG) - I'm not sure if this book is middle grade or young adult, but I think it's middle grade. Nonetheless, Divergent actually reminded me of The Giver quite a bit. The government is sort of alike, and although this book is not quite as action packed and doesn't have a dazzling romance, I'm positive fans of Divergent will like this book!

   Those are my book recommendations to a Divergent fan! Do you have any recommendations to a Divergent fan? What do you think of mine? Answer the questions in the comments to be entered in the giveaway! Or you can tweet about it. Fill out the form!

   Day 5. Day 6. Day 7.

   Day 3's topic will be my dream cast for Divergent!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Insurgent Countdown and Giveaway: 5 Days Left

   Welcome to Day 5 of The Book Basement's Insurgent Countdown! Today's topic is rave reviews. I'm sure that I've already said more than you guys want to hear about Divergent. So why not highlight some of things awesome bloggers have said about my favorite book?

   Mimi from Mimi Valentine says, "Divergent is an amazing book filled with thrilling challenges, lovable characters, unexpected turns and just enough romance to satisfy the cravings of a reader. Divergent is a must have for your literary shelf!"

   It definitely is a must-have!

   Katie from Katie's Book Blog says, "I couldn't stop reading and I was dying for more. Overall, Divergent is a brilliant debut that I want more of.  I never thought a 496 page book would be too short for me but this one was."

   Totally! 496 pages = NOT ENOUGH.

   Amber from Down the Rabbit Hole says, "Engrossing, unforgettable and addictive, Divergent sizzles with unique characters and an incredibly intense plot line that rivals The Hunger Games. There are some books that grip you from page one and hold firmly to you long after the pages have all been turned it is sleeping snuggly next to the other books on your shelf. Divergent is absolutely one of these novels. Honest, unforgettable, tension-packed and beautifully written, Divergent is a perfect debut."

   My goodness. Amber has such a way with words. She needs to work for Kirkus or something!

   Bailey from IB Book Blogging says, "Divergent is sooooo good that I want to shout at the top of my lungs to the whole world about its awesomeness! It is dystopian at its finest! Divergent is wonderfully written and I can’t brag enough about it! There aren’t enough words to describe the beauty of the novel. I will be waiting on pins and needles for the next novel in this series. Do not miss out on this fantastic debut!!"

   Bailey's enthusiasm is infectious, no? :)

   So, you've heard it from four other bloggers! Divergent is just a book packed with AWESOME. The question(s) for this post: Do rave reviews make you want to buy the book? Or do they make you wary, thinking that the novel can't possibly live up to such high expectations? Remember, you must either leave a comment and/or tweet about this post. Oh, and of course, make sure to fill out THIS FORM! :) Remember the more posts you comment on/tweet about, the more entries you get! Day 6 is here. Day 7 is here.

   Day 4 will be similar books! Or "You've read Divergent. Now what?"

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Insurgent Countdown and Giveaway: 6 Days Left

   Welcome to Day 6 of The Book Basement's Insurgent Countdown! As usual, there's a form at the end of this post for the giveaway of copies of Divergent and Insurgent!

   Today's topic is Tris & Four.

   Wait, you might be thinking. Wasn't yesterday Tris & Four? 

   Well, yes, kind of. It was the characters individually. Today, I'm focusing on another one of my favorite things about Divergent: the romance.

   I'm a romantic. I only read YA books with romance--which, luckily, is basically all of them. I appreciate a good romance story, and I was so surprised by the one in Divergent. It was absolutely fabulous!

   When I think of YA romance, I think of two things: insta-love and love triangles. Surprisingly, Divergent has neither! One of the reasons why I love the romance in Divergent is because it's slow building. In the beginning, you're not exactly sure who the love interest is going to be (unless you know before even picking the book up, of course!). Tris and Four slowly begin to talk, opening up to each other just a little bit at a time. And what I love so much is that it starts out as a friendship. They are equals. Four is never condescending. Tris is never a damsel in distress. They have mutual respect for each other, which I think is the coolest thing since sliced bread.

   What I mean by mutual respect - no one is higher than the other. They treat and praise each other equally. Example:

Tris thinks, "Four crouches by the side of the bed, and watches me. I see no sympathy in his eyes. I would have been disappointed if I had." (Page 284.)

Four says to Tris, "You aren't giving me that look. Like I'm a kicked puppy or something." (Page 338.)

   Pretty equal, right? Ah. They're just SO perfect together! Even though both characters go through so many obstacles, neither of them pity the other.

   Anyway. There's no insta-love. And there's no love triangle either. Tris and Four are interested in only each other, and there's never any hint of a love triangle. How refreshing is that!

   To stop my rambling before it turns into a novel, I'm ending this post here, haha. Obviously, I love Tris and Four together. I think they're perfect. They're my OTP, without a doubt! What do you think of Tris and Four? Could you ever imagine them with anyone else but each other? If you haven't read Divergent, which fictional couple is your OTP (one true pairing)?

   Thanks for stopping by for Day 6! The form for today is HERE! Make sure to leave a comment and/or tweet about the post. :) Remember, a comment on each post gets you more entries, as does tweeting each day! The giveaway is accumulative. Here's Day 7's post.

   Day 5 will be what other bloggers have to say about Divergent!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Insurgent Countdown and Giveaway: 7 Days Left

  Hey, everybody! I'm sure a lot of you guys know that my favorite book ever is Divergent by Veronica Roth. I love this book so much, I'm afraid I'm going mad. In honor of the release of Insurgent (Divergent #2), I'm having a week of countdown posts! There are seven days until Insurgent will be released. Throughout these seven days, I'll be having a giveaway! You can get extra entries in the giveaway by commenting on the daily countdown post and tweeting about it.

   Today is Day 7! (Which is fairly inaccurate, so just pretend "Day 7" means "7 Days Left".)

   Today, I'll be talking about the characters of Divergent.

   Characters are an extremely important part of a book for me. If I don't like the characters, I usually end up disliking the book as well. I have to connect with them, or at least admire them. In Divergent, the characters were my favorite part.

   Beatrice "Tris" Prior is our protagonist. She is strong. She is fierce. She is vulnerable. She is smart. And I totally have a huge girl-crush on her. I love the character development in Tris. She starts out as a small, rather weak girl, afraid to break away from her family and strict life in Abnegation (the faction for the selfless). By the end of the novel, though, she's a kick-butt, powerful, no-nonsense fighter, ready to take on anything that comes her way. She also has a soft and caring side, one that makes her protect her friends and those she loves.

   Four is also an amazing character. He starts out as just a normal instructor. But as the book progresses, Tris (and essentially, the reader) notices that Four recognizes certain things. He's different. He doesn't buy anyone's crap. He sees through things. He's secretive, wise, thoughtful, and protective. Four has many, many layers to his character, and although we uncover many things about him in Divergent, I know that we'll find out even more about him in Insurgent.

   Jeanine is a villian that you can't help but hating. The things she does, the way her mind works, just her whole character--it's evil and horrible. She's selfish. She's scheming. And she's awfully intelligent, which makes things worth by tenfold. Christina, Will, and Uriah are all really great secondary characters. They truly care for Tris, and even though they're supposed to be competition to each other, they support one another. Veronica Roth can seriously write amazing, in-depth characters.

   The characters are only one out of a billion reasons as to why I love Divergent. Have you read Divergent? If yes, what did you think of the characters? Did you love them as much as I did? Who's your favorite?

   Day 6 will be about the romantic relationship between Tris and Four!

   Want to enter the giveaway for copies of Divergent and Insurgent? Leave a comment answering the questions above or tweet about the post, and fill out THIS FORM! There'll be a new form for every post, so check back daily!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Publication Date: May 22, 2012
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Format: eGalley
Page Count: 324
SynopsisGalen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he’s heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen—literally, ouch!—both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma’s gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom . . . 

Told from both Emma and Galen’s points of view, here is a fish-out-of-water story that sparkles with intrigue, humor, and waves of romance.
Review: I am sad. I judged this book too quickly. When I read the first paragraph, I thought, "Wow, I'm going to love this book!" And then, I continued reading. My earlier prediction was wrong.

   Unfortunately, I had quite a few problems with this book. The book starts with Emma and her best friend, Chloe, vacationing in Florida. My first problem was with Chloe. Chloe is black. That's awesome--I don't read about too many colored people in YA books. But Chloe has a weave. And wears fake nails. She is at a beach. With a weave. And fake nails. I couldn't believe it. The stereotypes Chloe had were just so cringe-worthy. Oh, and then, (SPOILER!) she dies. And is basically never mentioned again. If my best friend died, I would be thinking about her all the time. But instead, after a week, Emma just forgets about her.

   Emma, I had issues with. She just bugged me. The way she spoke drove me crazy, although there were a few good lines throughout the book. And the way she interacted with Galen was just facepalm worthy. She is supposed to be a feisty, likable character, but sometimes, I thought she was plain crazy. Like, on her first night over at Galen's house, she beat up his sister and threw her against a hurricane-safe window. WTH. Everything about Emma just felt too fake, and I never connected with her. It was the same with Galen. Well, first, let me address the changing of POVs. I don't think it was done well. Galen sounded like a girl. I think the book would've been better if it was just in Emma's POV. Anyway, back to Galen. He didn't have any depth, I don't think. Sure, he was gorgeous, and I guess he could be sweet, but most of the time, he was either boring or creepy.

   The romance. Ohmysweetgoodness, the romance. I didn't like it. Insta-love alert! I am warning you. I didn't believe in Emma and Galen's love for each other. I didn't find either of the characters appealing, so when they were popping out "I love you"s, I was thinking, "WHY. Why do you like each other!" I felt like their attraction to each other was purely physical and without reason.

   The ending is a cliffhanger. By the end, I was annoyed with the book, and wanted it to end. But then the ending was a CLIFFHANGER. I felt like it was a gimmick, saying, "So. Nothing happened in this book. It was slow and there was nothing at all going on. But look! The ending is insane! Read the next book!" I think I'll pass.

   There were a couple of things that I did like. I liked the humor. There were several hilarious lines thrown around in the dialogue that I appreciated. I also felt that Anna Banks's writing wasn't that bad. Sadly, if it were a case of sink or swim, I think Of Poseidon sank. But I'm definitely in the minority. I know tons of bloggers loved this one! Maybe you'll be one of those readers. There are definitely admirable things in this book, but unfortunately, nothing really worked for me.

   2 keys.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Ironskin (29)

Waiting on Wednesday by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week, I am waiting on...
Ironskin by Tina Connolly

Expected Publication Date: October 2, 2012
Publisher: Tor
Synopsis: Jane Eliot wears an iron mask. 

It’s the only way to contain the fey curse that scars her cheek. The Great War is five years gone, but its scattered victims remain—the ironskin. 

When a carefully worded listing appears for a governess to assist with a "delicate situation"—a child born during the Great War—Jane is certain the child is fey-cursed, and that she can help. 

Teaching the unruly Dorie to suppress her curse is hard enough; she certainly didn’t expect to fall for the girl’s father, the enigmatic artist Edward Rochart. But her blossoming crush is stifled by her own scars, and by his parade of women. Ugly women, who enter his closed studio...and come out as beautiful as the fey. 

Jane knows Rochart cannot love her, just as she knows that she must wear iron for the rest of her life. But what if neither of these things is true? Step by step Jane unlocks the secrets of her new life—and discover just how far she will go to become whole again.
Why I'm Waiting: I haven't read too many faerie books, but this one sounds great! It's a retelling of Jane Eyre, so you know it's going to be fabulous. I can't wait for this release! The concept is intriguing, the cover is beautiful, and I'm sold. :)

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Publication Date: April 24, 2012
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Format: eGalley
Page Count: 206
SynopsisEverything is in ruins.

A devastating plague has decimated the population. And those who are left live in fear of catching it as the city crumbles to pieces around them.

So what does Araby Worth have to live for?

Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery make-up . . . and tantalizing ways to forget it all.

But in the depths of the club—in the depths of her own despair—Araby will find more than oblivion. She will find Will, the terribly handsome proprietor of the club. And Elliott, the wickedly smart aristocrat. Neither boy is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does.

And Araby may find something not just to live for, but to fight for—no matter what it costs her.
Review: After reading many raving reviews for Masque of the Red Death, I had really high expectations for it. I can definitely say that I've never read anything quite like this book. I didn't love it as much as other bloggers, unfortunately. It's very strange and confusing at times.

   Masque of the Red Death is dark and terrifying. The world that the book is set in is ridden with disease and hopelessness. The prince doesn't care for his people. The air is toxic. Everything is depressing. Bethany Griffin's world building is wonderful. However, Araby's narration was just so emotionless. I had an extremely difficult time connecting with Araby because of her dull voice. I felt like although there were emotional words on the page, I (Araby, really) didn't feel anything.

   The love triangle is a distinct one. There is a large dose of insta-love between the protagonist and both male leads, but in the end, as a reader, I did genuinely care for both boys. Elliot does throw around the word "love," and although I do not believe that any of the characters are in love, I can definitely see it in the future. Will is the sweet boy who takes care of his siblings. I went back and forth between Will and Elliot, but after a huge plot twist, I think I'm definitely more fond of Elliot and his revolutionary ways.

   Speaking of plot twists, HOLY. CRAP. Bethany Griffin definitely knows how to throw in twists. I felt like the first three quarters of the book were slow and pretty boring, which nothing extremely major happening. And then in the last quarter, Bethany Griffin puts the amp on high and starts throwing in twists and turns, betrayals and revelations. I wish the whole book was as great as the last quarter. Oh, and for a lot of the book, I was confused. It was like there were chunks of book just missing, which disrupted my reading.

   Haunting, unique, and wonderfully dark, Masque of the Red Death is a surprising debut that many readers will enjoy. It fell short of my expectations, but I still thought it was enjoyable.

   3 keys.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Publication Date: April 24, 2012
Publisher: HarlequinTEEN
Format: eGalley
Page Count: 504
Synopsis: In a future world, Vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity. 

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. 

Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die… or become one of the monsters. 

Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad. 

Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike. 

But it isn't easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for.
Review: It's difficult to write this review, because I basically just want to say, "OH MY GOODNESS IT WAS SO FABULOUS YOU NEED TO READ IT RIGHT NOW." I loved this book. It's strange because I wasn't that fond of The Iron King. I wasn't expecting much from this book either, but then I read it. The Immortal Rules blew me away. With a strong gale.

   There are so many things I want to say about this book. (Warning: this review will be total gush.) I'll start with the vampire concept. I'm not a big fan of vampires. I think it's overdone and there's nothing fresh anymore. But then, this book came along innocently and spun my world around. The world that Julie Kagawa created was brutal, scary, and gritty. The vampires were truly evil and malicious. The humans were weak and frail. The myths of vampires were true. There were no sparkly vamps, and they had fangs--thank goodness.

   Allie was a great protagonist. She doesn't accept no as an answer. She's so kick butt! The only problem I had with her was that sometimes, she was just so selfless. I know, I know, that's a fabulous trait to have, but at times, I thought it was put to an extreme. Nonetheless, Allie is a character I really enjoyed reading about. This book is long, but I'd be okay with reading another 500 pages!

   Usually, I am a huge sucker for a love story. I usually only read a book with a love story in it, which is why I love the YA genre so much, haha. But this book is an exception. I would be totally okay if this book didn't have a love story. To be honest, I sometimes felt like the romance was out of place. I initially thought that Allie's love interest would be Kanin, her creator. But then Zeke came along. It took me a while to warm up to him, mainly because I was still so attached to Kanin, but by the end, I realized that Zeke had wormed himself into my heart.

   The plot in this book is insane. There's always something big going on. It's exciting, breathtaking, intense, thrilling and utterly amazing. I feel like there's nothing bad to say about this book! It's crazy. Maybe I love it so much because my expectations were low, but honestly, The Immortal Rules is a book you do not want to miss.

   Addicting, gripping, and dark, The Immortal Rules grasps your attention and doesn't let go until you've turned the last page. Once you've finished the book, you'll be begging for the next installment.

   5 keys.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: NERVE (28)

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week, I am waiting on...
NERVE by Jeanne Ryan

Expected Publication Date: September 13, 2012
Publisher: Dial Books
SynopsisA high-stakes online game of dares turns deadly

When Vee is picked to be a player in NERVE, an anonymous game of dares broadcast live online, she discovers that the game knows her. They tempt her with prizes taken from her ThisIsMe page and team her up with the perfect boy, sizzling-hot Ian. At first it's exhilarating--Vee and Ian's fans cheer them on to riskier dares with higher stakes. But the game takes a twisted turn when they're directed to a secret location with five other players for the Grand Prize round. Suddenly they're playing all or nothing, with their lives on the line. Just how far will Vee go before she loses NERVE?

Why I'm Waiting: This book sounds creepy and thrilling. It reminds me a lot of L.J. Smith's The Forbidden Game. Just reading the synopsis makes my heart pound! And the cover. Doesn't it make your eyes widen? I'm so excited for NERVE. 

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

Saturday, April 7, 2012

A Want So Wicked by Suzanne Young

Publication Date: June 26, 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Format: ARC
Page Count: 288
SynopsisElise is a normal seventeen-year-old girl until the day she wakes up in a desert park, with no idea who she is. 

After that episode, her life takes a bizarre turn. She’s experiencing unexpected flashes of insight into people’s lives—people she’s never met before. Strangers frighten her with warnings about the approaching Shadows. And although Elise has never had a boyfriend, she suddenly finds herself torn between two handsome but very different young men: Abe, the charming bad boy whose affect on her both seduces and frightens her, and the mysterious Harlin, who’s new to town but with whom Elise feels an urgent, elemental connection—almost as if they are soul mates. 

Now Elise begins to question everything about her life. Why do these guys both want her so desperately? What are the Shadows? Why does the name Charlotte inspire a terrifying familiarity? And who is Elise, really?
Review: Suzanne Young creates a shining sequel to A Need So Beautiful. I'm not sure which of the books I liked better. Maybe the first? I think they're both pretty equal. They're both achingly gorgeous and unique.

   It took me a little while to get into the story. I don't think it was until around 100-120 pages in that I fully invested myself. That sounds like a lot, but it's really not. The pages go by very quickly. Like the first book, the main reason why I loved the story was the concept. I love the idea of supernatural beings (Forgotten) only existing to help others make the right decision. And of course, there must be a balance of good and bad, so there are also the Shadows. The mythology and background of it all is what I found intriguing.

   The characters weren't exactly memorable. They don't always leap off the page, nor are they especially remarkable, but I don't have anything against them either. Elise is a normal girl until she suddenly gets memories of someone else. She also gets impulses to help people she doesn't know. And then through a twisted turn of events, she gets caught between two boys: Harlin and Abe. I thought Abe was creepy as heck. I suppose he could've been seductive, but I always felt something very off about him. Harlin was such a sweetheart. I loved him so much, just like in the first book.

   A Want So Wicked is a thoughtful, wonderful and unique sequel to A Need So Beautiful, complete with easy-to-read prose and a too-perfect-for-real-life romance.

   4 keys.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Touching the Surface (27)

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week, I am waiting on...
Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini 

Expected Publication Date: October 30, 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Synopsis: Life altering mistakes are meant to alter lives…

When Elliot dies for the third time, she knows this is her last shot. There are no fourth-timers in this afterlife, so one more chance is all she has to get things right. But before she can move on to her next life, Elliot will be forced to face her past and delve into the painful memories she’d rather keep buried. Memories of people she’s hurt, people she’s betrayed… and people she’s killed. 

As she pieces together the mistakes of her past, Elliot must earn the forgiveness of her best friend and reveal the truth about herself to the two boys she loves…even if it means losing them both forever.
Why I'm Waiting: I've always been a big fan of multiple lives in books! It's such a fascinating concept, and from the synopsis, it sounds like Kimberly Sabatini has written a fabulous addition to the fantasy/paranormal genre. This book sounds emotional, poignant, and wonderful. SO. EXCITED! <3

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

Publication Date: April 24, 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Format: ARC
Page Count: 445
SynopsisTwo days before the start of her junior year, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit by a pickup truck and killed—as in blinding light, scenes of her life flashing before her, and then nothing. Except the next thing she knows, she's opening her eyes to find Ben Michaels, a loner from her high school whom Janelle has never talked to, leaning over her. And even though it isn't possible, she knows—with every fiber of her being—that Ben has somehow brought her back to life. 

But her revival, and Ben's possible role in it, is only the first of the puzzles that Janelle must solve. While snooping in her FBI agent father's files for clues about her accident, she uncovers a clock that seems to be counting down to something—but to what? And when someone close to Janelle is killed, she can no longer deny what's right in front of her: Everything that's happened—the accident, the murder, the countdown clock, Ben's sudden appearance in her life—points to the end of life as she knows it. And as the clock ticks down, she realizes that if she wants to put a stop to the end of the world, she's going to need to uncover Ben's secrets—and keep from falling in love with him in the process. 

From debut author Elizabeth Norris comes this shattering novel of one girl's fight to save herself, her world, and the boy she never saw coming.
Review: I had sky high expectations for this book. I don't think they were exactly met, but I do know that this book was very intense. I had a few problems with it, to be honesty, but overall, I thought it was a good book.

   Janelle was too cookie-cutter heroine for my tastes. She was independent, a good sister, the care taker, smart, and while yes, that sounds fabulous, I just didn't buy it. I felt like she was too plain. She didn't have an unusual personality. She wasn't particularly interesting. She just seemed too unoriginal. I felt the same way about Ben. I know other bloggers found him completely swoon-worthy, but I just didn't feel it. He, like Janelle, was too stereotypical. The smart, attractive, quiet boy who turns out to be something more. I wasn't invested in him, really. Both main characters were too perfect. It wasn't believable. I also wasn't invested in their love. The romance seemed forced and came too quickly for my taste. I loved the minor characters, especially Janelle's younger brother Jared and Ben's friend Elijah. I cannot wait to read more about them in the sequel!

   What really got to me was the plot and the concept. Science fiction is a really broad topic that I love, and Elizabeth Norris definitely had the right idea going when she wrote this. Multiple universes? Love it! I ate it up. There really wasn't an exact science to the science fiction, but I still found it extremely fascinating. The chapters are short and dramatic, making it very easy to read large chunks at a time. The plot is fast-paced and surprising.

   Unraveling is a heart-pounding, crazy intense, and enjoyable story that will surely please many readers. It's fascinating, captivating and highly readable. The characters were disappointing and two-dimensional but the plot and concept made up for it!

   4 keys.

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