Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Review: Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Series: Graceling Realm #1
Author Info: Wikipedia
Published: Octorber 1, 2008
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages: 472
Age Group: Young Adult
Format I Own: Kindle e-book
Purchase: Amazon

I hate that I'm giving this book a rather negative review, especially because I had really high hopes for it. But this book really didn't meet any of my expectations. I do hope that when you read this review, you understand that is this soley MY opinion on this book, if you don't agree with it I respect that, but please also respect my opinions.

To be completely honest, I mainly read this book because I liked the premise of the second book in this series titled Fire. I didn't want to jump into the second book without reading the first, cause I might have missed out on some key points or just been totally confused. After reading this, I have much less of an interest to read the second in the series because I found this book to be rather dull.

This book started out with action. So at first I was excited, my expectations went up even higher, and I was really expecting to be completely sucked into the book. Once that initial action was over, it got extremely dull from there, and I slowly found myself losing interest, and even finding it hard to keep myself reading. At one point I even considered putting it down and marking it as unfinished, but I don't like doing that so I forced myself to continue on. It wasn't until the second half that the pace started picking up a bit, and more excitement was thrown in, but not enough to get me really interested.

The characters were not interesting at all to me. Yes I did enjoy having a kickass female lead, but that's pretty much the only thing I liked about Katsa. I thought Po was completely flat and boring. None of the characters in this book stood out to me.

I really don't know what else to say about this, I'm finding it difficult to describe my feelings for this book. But you get the general idea. I didn't like it, and was left rather disappointed.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Friday Finds 4/20

What great books did you hear about/discover this past week? Share with us your FRIDAY FINDS! 
Hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

 After rebounding from a broken engagement and relinquishing her job in sports PR, the irrepressible Waverly Bryson has a new man, a new career, and a new lease on life. Her part-time gig as an advice columnist has proven to be as entertaining as it is affirming, and her fledgling greeting card line, Honey Notes, is off to a promising start. After a series of disastrous romantic rebounds, she has settled into a long-distance relationship with handsome Jake McIntyre. Things are certainly looking up?at least, until lingering emotional baggage threatens her love life and her best friends stun her with a pair of shocking announcements. Suddenly, Waverly is faced with being left behind by everyone she loves. And in true Waverly fashion, things must get comically worse before they can get better. It takes forming an unexpected new friendship with an elderly neighbor and meddling in the love lives of two of her coworkers to make ?the American Bridget Jones? realize that although life ? before and after thirty ? never fails to be messy and unpredictable, friendship and love make it all worthwhile.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine that highlights upcoming releases that we can't wait to read.

I know a lot of you have probably seen this book mentioned hundreds of times already but I couldn't resist!

 From Goodreads
One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature. 

What books are you eagerly anticipating the release of? Let me know!  

Friday, April 13, 2012

Friday Finds 4/13

What great books did you hear about/discover this past week? Share with us your FRIDAY FINDS! 
Hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

I only added one new book to my wishlist this week!

There are stories where the girl gets her prince, and they live happily ever after. (This is not one of those stories.)

Jenna Lord's first sixteen years were not exactly a fairytale. Her father is a controlling psycho and her mother is a drunk. She used to count on her older brother—until he shipped off to Iraq. And then, of course, there was the time she almost died in a fire.

There are stories where the monster gets the girl, and we all shed tears for his innocent victim. (This is not one of those stories either.)

Mitch Anderson is many things: A dedicated teacher and coach. A caring husband. A man with a certain...magnetism.

And there are stories where it's hard to be sure who's a prince and who's a monster, who is a victim and who should live happily ever after. (These are the most interesting stories of all.)

Drowning Instinct is a novel of pain, deception, desperation, and love against the odds—and the rules.

 Have you read this book? Let me know your thoughts, or show me your review!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Review: Fated by Alyson Noel

Recieved ARE from GoodReads
Series: Soul Seekers #1
Author Info: Website
Release Date: May 22, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: 368
Age Group: Young Adult
Format I Own: Paperback
Pre-order: Amazon

First I'll mention that I really love this cover. I know you're not supposed to judge a book by it's cover but I will admit that was what originally drew me to this book. The next thing that drew me to the book was reading the premise, where it states the main character Daire, is being haunted by disturbing visions. Woohoo! I can never turn down a book with insane characters in it.

And that's pretty much how the book starts out, with a little bit of insanity, and it was a perfect way to get me instantly sucked into this book. However I'd say the beginning was probably the best of the book in my opinion, but I'm very confident the majority of readers will not feel the same way. Don't get me wrong though, I still found the entire book to be quite enjoyable.

I liked that this book incorporated hispanic origins and cultures into it, that was a unique change of pace which I think is almost necessary in a good paranormal romance, considering just how many YA books are popular in this genre these days.

I did find Daire to be a little annoying and childish at times, but on the other hand when I think about it, if I was in her situation I probably would have reacted in a similar manner. Also, I felt like it took forever to get to the point of just what the plot was supposed to be. I found myself asking 'what's really going on?' for quite a large part of reading this.

The ending didn't leave me with that feeling of NEEDING the next book right now because I have to find out what happens, even though there was one specific thing mentioned towards the end that had me asking questions, and wanting to figure out what it means. Because of that and my overall liking of this book, I do plan on reading the next one in the series once it comes out.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Friday Finds 4/6

What great books did you hear about/discover this past week? Share with us your FRIDAY FINDS! 
Hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

I actually feel like I found quite a lot of books to add to my wishlist this week, so instead of listing them all individually, I'm going to group them all together and you can click on the books to take you to a page where you can read more about them!

These book covers are REALLY difficult to rearrange side by side. I must be doing something wrong but this is the best I could get them. :P

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine that highlights upcoming releases that we can't wait to read.

From Goodreads
Mirabelle's past is shrouded in secrecy, from her parents' tragic deaths to her guardians' half-truths about why she can't return to her birthplace, Beau Rivage. Desperate to see the town, Mira runs away a week before her sixteenth birthday—and discovers a world she never could have imagined.

In Beau Rivage, nothing is what it seems—the strangely pale girl with a morbid interest in apples, the obnoxious playboy who's a beast to everyone he meets, and the chivalrous guy who has a thing for damsels in distress. Here, fairy tales come to life, curses are awakened, and ancient stories are played out again and again.

But fairy tales aren't pretty things, and they don't always end in happily ever after. Mira has a role to play, a fairy tale destiny to embrace or resist. As she struggles to take control of her fate, Mira is drawn into the lives of two brothers with fairy tale curses of their own . . . brothers who share a dark secret. And she'll find that love, just like fairy tales, can have sharp edges and hidden thorns.

What books are you eagerly anticipating the release of? Let me know!