Monday, December 31, 2012

Partials

Partials (Partials Sequence #1)


Author: Dan Wells
Review By: Courtney
Published By: Balzer + Bray Harper Collins
Date: February 28th 2012
Genre: YA Dystopia
Pages: 468 pages


The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials--engineered organic beings identical to humans--has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated. The threat of the Partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to RM in more than a decade. Our time is running out.

Kira, a sixteen-year-old medic-in-training, is on the front lines of this battle, seeing RM ravage the community while mandatory pregnancy laws have pushed what's left of humanity to the brink of civil war, and she's not content to stand by and watch. But as she makes a desperate decision to save the last of her race, she will find that the survival of humans and Partials alike rests in her attempts to uncover the connections between them--connections that humanity has forgotten, or perhaps never even knew were there.



So this book came out in the beginning of 2012 and has been on my radar for months. Just recently I bought it and couldn't read it because of the holiday season, hours went up and I got busy. Then I came down with Pneumonia and although bad to have, it gave me time to read. 

The first page kicks you into the book with Kira training in the hospital maternity ward going over yet another dead baby. While reading this book I had no idea what the heck a Partial was, since I didn't read any reviews on this book. I seriously chose this book from description alone, I thought they were just cloned humans not Engineered Robots that are pretty much Superman re-made. We built them to fight for us in wars and they did, but then they rebelled and released a toxin into the air called RM and pretty much killed everyone. 

So what they are trying to do it figure out how to cure RM, all the babies are dying from the disease because they are not immune. Kira is extremely smart and very observant, and everyone around her seems to be oblivious to the government. Xochi is the only one of them who really sees their government for who they are, and slowly Kira comes to see it that way too. I can't say much more into the plot of this book without giving to much of it away. Really all I can say is that Kira sets out to find the cure of RM with the help of some people and the reluctance of others. Then the plot thickens and more things come to light and by the end you are jumping out of your chair screaming at the book because it ended and now you have to wait for the second one to come out. *sigh*

I always know the end of the book their are always going to be cliff hangers. The last couple chapters there was one, and I was expecting it, actually I was hoping it to be true before hand. So when I read the absolute last page I screamed REALLY!!! my husband sitting beside me watching his cartoons looked at me, then I had to explain how shocked I was and what had happened. Of course he really didn't care, but to me it was a amazing ending. I'm usually not shocked and I figure out the ending but this time I didn't.

I have to say this for all the people who for some reason read the last page of a book before starting (like my little sister) DO NOT READ THE LAST PAGE!!! it will seriously ruin the shocker that I had.

I also have to add why some people had problems with this book. I understand yes shes a 16 year old girl, but readers should understand that circumstances as Kira's make you grow up faster and have to learn quicker. Also there is some romance in there. Not the sappy romance but just enough to really complete the story. I recommend this book to everyone who reads, even to my niece who doesn't read. She doesn't know what shes missing....

Anyways I will end this with giving the book a 5 star review. It was one of the best books I've read this year. I am completely excited for book #2 called Fragments coming out at the end of February and I cannot wait for 2013 to be here since there are a lot of amazing books coming out!!

 I hope you all have a amazing New Year!!!!

 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Breaking Waves Cover Reveal

Breaking Waves (Heart Waves Trilogy #2) by Danielle Sabarium 

 

From the moment they met, Jenna knew Reece would break her heart, but she never dreamed it would happen like this. Jenna is left shattered and broken. When life becomes too painful to deal with and she feels completely alone, there’s only one person to help her pick up the pieces and move on. The one person she doesn’t want to turn to. The one person she promised to stay away from. Tyler.

Can Jenna put aside everything she knows about him and let Tyler help heal her broken heart?  

Out January 10th 2013


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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Author Interview && Giveaway With Danielle Sibarium

Interview with Author Danielle Sibarium


About: Danielle Sibarium grew up as an only child of divorced parents in Brooklyn, New York. Her imagination was developed at an early age. Surrounded by stuffed animals and imaginary friends, she transported herself into a fantasy world full of magic and wonder. Books were the gateway between her play world and reality. On any given summer afternoon she became Snow White sweeping and cooking for the dwarves, or Cinderella waiting for the prince.

Danielle always loved dialogue and in elementary school began writing plays and short stories. This is when she began to understand she could not only bring her fantastical world to life for herself, but she could enchant others as well. And so she wrote. She wrote and wrote and wrote.
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Heart Waves Jenna Kingsley has a gift. She knows things. With a simple touch she can pick up personal information from jewelry or objects. While at a neighbor’s party, a voice mesmerizes her. Jenna is momentarily frozen as a ring is placed in her hand. White electricity surges through her and a dire prediction is made. “It’s like Romeo and Juliet. You’re going to break my heart.”
From the moment they meet Jenna is enchanted and entranced with Reece Walton. She’s thrilled to learn he’s spending the summer two houses away from hers. Every moment they spend together is magical. But she can’t get the prediction out of her mind. As the summer draws to a close and secrets are revealed, can Jenna get past the fear of being left with a broken heart to live in the moment with Reece or will her fear of being hurt fulfill the prophecy?

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Tithe


Tithe: A Modern Faery Tale (The Modern Faerie Tales #1)

Author: Holly Black
Review By: Courtney
Published By: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Date: April 2004
Genre: YA Fantasy/Fey-Magic
Pages: 331 pages


Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother's rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms - a struggle that could very well mean her death.


I once again borrowed this book...I bet you all think does she ever read her own books...at least that's what my husband says. I have a lot of books on my shelves but when I borrow a book I hate to have it for to long since its not mine :) Anyways on with my review...I loved this book, now not like I love Divergent but I really did enjoy reading this story. Its short and to the point and its magical. :)

What I really enjoyed is how the main character Kaye is so realistic. She is the girl next door just with issues. Shes always been weird because of her imaginary friends, who are in reality not so imaginary but only she can see them. Her and her mother travel from place to place (in a band) and don't really have a home. While shes away her friends do not follow and she hasn't heard from them in years. Something happens and Kaye and her mother are forced to go back home to New Jersey and live with her grandmother again...home sweet home.

She loves being home but she still hasn't seen her imaginary friends until one night while shes walking home alone by the woods a knight (Roiben) comes and needs her help. He has a arrow through his chest and if he doesn't get help he will die. Kaye knows this is a fey, because in reality this wouldn't be happening. Hes gorgeous but more of the other world gorgeous, with his hair as silver and glows like the moon. As she helps him he tells her that he has a debt to pay for her help and that he will answer any 3 questions she ask. I knew from the beginning that I wanted there to be a connection between them and it doesn't take long after this encounter to happen.

While Kaye is hanging out with her human friends she realizes there's something wrong with her best friends boyfriend, He keeps hitting on her. While at the cafe he makes his moves only to be interrupted and then of course Roiben shows up and as her third question, asks for his full name (fey cannot give out their full name or they are forever served to what ever you tell them to do). The moment after this scene is very funny and my first time read I never noticed but the second glace through the book I did and laughed...how did I miss the fact she told him to kiss her ass and he did it :) ugh, that's what happens when you get so into a book that you just miss minor details.

Anyways a lot happens afterwards and we come to find she is a fey and a changeling. Come to find out that the imaginary friends she had were pretty much using her and now they want her to pretend to be human so that the evil queen can do a ritual and end up not choosing a human and they can all be free from her rules. A lot of things happen from there, only I don't wanna tell you the most important and on the edge of your seat details because that's for you to read :)

Over all I give this book a 4 and a half stars. Its a lovely book to read and kept me turning the pages. It's just I want more. the second book to this series isn't about Kaye but I do know the third one is so I will be reading that one soon. I say this a a good book for adults to rent from the library and a awesome book for teens to buy. For your school reading list, this will keep them reading :)

I hope I didn't give to much away already in this review. I was super excited to have read this book and usually when I'm excited I say to much : /  so I hope you all enjoyed this review and have joined my blog I can't wait to see what you all think of this book as well!!

~Good Readings~






Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Bared To You

Bared To You (Crossfire #1)

Author: Sylvia Day
Review By: Courtney
Published By: Penguin Group
Date: April 3rd 2012
Genre: Adult Romance
Pages: 360 pages

Our journey began in fire... Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness-beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I'd never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily... Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other's most private wounds... and desires. The bonds of his love transformed me, even as I prayed that the torment of our pasts didn't tear us apart...



I borrowed this book from a friend. I had never heard of it, but I did hear about 50 Shades Of Grey, which it is compaired to. Let me say that I read it in a day, yes a day, its a amazing read and not for anyone who is...a prude. : /

I honestly think this is better than 50 Shades of Grey. Why?? In 50 Shades I just got bored and tired of the main character Ana and the character in Bared to you just seemed more real to me.

Surprisingly this is a hard book for me to review...like its taken me a week to think of what to write... :( sad I know but there's just to much to say and I don't want to have to write you all a small book of this one :) So here's my best shot...

I was hooked at the first couple of pages. Eva Tramell is a captivating, strong main character. She's witty and quite talented, but shes also clumsy so I can relate. Her and her best friend Cary have just moved to Manhattan and shes on her way to track out her way to work for the next morning. When shes in the building a woman next to her drops her change all over the floor so she drops down and helps her, while shes on the floor a stranger steps right in front of her making it hard to pick up more change. As she scans her vision upwards she sees Mr. Dark & Dangerous. He leans down and she turns right into a stuttering teenager about to have her first kiss *blush*. So you can imagine shes shaken right and drops onto her behind right in front of him, so he helps her up and its just a very awkward situation.

She then runs off and thinks nothing of this man except that hes totally hot. The next day we meet her boss at her awesome job for advertisements. She helps her boss get ready for a meeting with the big boss and hes hoping to be picked for this. As she enters the meeting room later that week guess who's standing there staring at her, yep you know it Mr. Dark & Dangerous (Gideon Cross) and stumbles into his arms. eek!! We then find out that hes not only high up in the company but hes the owner of Crossfire industries and is extremely rich. That does not faze Eva though since she grew up rich and is in no need for money, so his money does not attract her at all. Its all in his Intensity and lets face it his HOTNESS!!!

So anyways I'm sure you can guess some things that happen after this embarrassing encounter. But there is a story to this novel. One that captures you and makes you dig into the book to figure out what the heck is going on. Gideon Cross has some dark secrets that are there for you to figure out. The main characters struggle to stay together because they cannot let go of their past. There is honestly a lot of sexual encounters in this book and they are blush worthy, so under age children should obviously stay clear, unless your parents say okay and your mature enough to read, since some teens have frankly seen or read worse.

I have some ideas as to what is up with Gideon Cross but of course I'm not going to say it on here if my guess is true then I may just have a give away for the upcoming #2 of the Crossfire novels :)  I really love this book and am obsessed with it. its the first and the second comes out in October!! So excited. I recommend to anyone who enjoys romance novels also who doesn't mind to much graphic content. Also to anyone who enjoys 50 shades of grey and any other adult erotica.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars for captivating me and keeping me interested. I love the characters and the story. I hope you all feel the same as I do :) So you know I'm not just gonna give away the second book I'll put a glimmer of what I think is Gideon Cross's deepest darkest secrets. I believe it has something to do with his mother and his sister....why??? I think its a blonde thing ;)

~Good Readings~

Monday, July 30, 2012

Heart Waves

Heart Waves (#1)

Author: Danielle Sibarium
Review By: Courtney
Published By: KFR Communications, LLC
Date: June 1st 2012
Pages: 249
Genre: YA-Romance

Jenna Kingsley has a gift. She knows things. With a simple touch she can pick up personal information from jewelry or objects. While at a neighbor's party, a voice mesmerizes her. Jenna is momentarily frozen as a ring is placed in her hand. White electricity surges through her and a dire prediction is made. "It's like Romeo and Juliet. You're going to break my heart."

From the moment they meet Jenna is enchanted and entranced with Reece Walton. She’s thrilled to learn he’s spending the summer two houses away from hers. Every moment they spend together is magical. But she can’t get the prediction out of her mind. As the summer draws to a close and secrets are revealed, can Jenna get past the fear of being left with a broken heart to live in the moment with Reece or will her fear of being hurt fulfill the prophecy?


I will start out saying this book is amazing!! It blew me away, It's been such a long time since I've read just a young adult romance book and I'm glad it was this one. Danielle Sibarium has a way of stealing your heart and making you fall in love with the characters. 


It was a easy read. It starts out with Jenna at a house party with her thoughts. Shes mad at this guy named Steve and has finally got a chance for revenge, she intentionally ruins his relationship with a girl by what holds in his future. When shes all said and done a guy comes up and places his ring in her hand and this is where our journey begins. She gets upset about what she sees and how she is in his future. Only things will end sadly so she storms out. Only he's this amazing guy who likes to play the Hero and man oh man is he great with the smooth talking. I would have melted in his arms :)


Jenna knows from the beginning that her and Reece are doomed to end, so she figures she'll stop it before it begins. Only he wins her heart in the end. His thousand watt smile and carelessness draws Jenna in. Hes drawn to her in a way hes never felt before, girls always chase after him, he's never had to do the chasing and I loved seeing him struggle and be surprised by her. Jenna is a very relateable character. I can see some things in her that were like me as a teen. I think every girl who reads this will find a part of her that they can relate to. She's insecure at times and has some trouble trusting Reece at times. 


When they are together its the cutest thing, hes very protective of her and can't stand to be apart for more than a moment, but the summer is coming to a end and shes still in high school while hes in college. The drama in this book is on high. Grace (Jenna's Best friend) is a great addition to this book. Grace adds a element of comfort for Jenna and advice in dire situations. As the past catches up with Reece will Jenna still trust him. Is his past to much for her, and will knowing the future make Jenna give up hope for a ultimate action to change the reaction of their future?? 

Throughout this story we learn more and more about Reece, he's Mister Mystery and holds some dark secrets. An ex-girlfriend, a family who never meets his girl friends, best friends with a guy she hates (Mike) who dates her best friend, breaking Jenna's heart somewhere in the future, and then the hatred for a guy named Tyler. The ending left me emotional. We didn't get all our answers and are left blank wondering what is going on. I was a bit upset with Reece and wanted him to trust in Jenna to tell her what's going on and know that she wont run this time. We are left with questions and now I want to know more...Is Grace and Mike okay and is Tyler good or bad??? Can Reece be trusted??


I give this book 5 out of 5 stars and recommend to anyone who is interested in a light easy read. The book flows and is easy to stay with the story. It's very charming and makes you hopeful that everything works out for the best. There's not to much of a paranormal feel to it, and for all those people who don't like paranormal books, this one you can find an exception for. I think it's also a great read for teens in high school and even adults. I personally cannot wait for the sequel to this book and think that this series would make a great movie for young girls :)  All in all I loved it and read it in a day. I hope you all enjoy this book.


~Good Readings~


Monday, July 23, 2012

Ascend

 Ascend (Trylle Trilogy #3)

Author: Amanda Hocking
Review By: Courtney
Published By: St. Martin's Griffin
Date: April 24th 2012
YA / Epic Fantasy
Pages: 326 pages

The Final Chapter Begins

Wendy Everly is facing an impossiable choice. The only way to save the Trylle from their deadliest enemy is by sacrificing herself. If she doesn't surrender to the Vittra, her people will be thrust into a brutal war against an unbeatable foe. But how can Wendy leave all her friends behind...even if it's the only way to save them?

The stakes have never been higher, because her kingdom isn't the only thing she stands to lose. After falling for both Finn and Loki, she's about to make the ultimate choice...who to love forever. One guy has finally proven to be the love of her life-and now all their lives might come to an end.

Everything has been leading to this moment. The future of her entire world rests in her hands-if shes ready to fight for it.


So this is probably my favorite book in the Trylle Trilogy. I am a person who gets obsessed with the trilogy and will rush out the day it comes out and buy it, that is exactly what I did for this book I would go to Walmart everyday just thinking about this book and when it would be on the shelves, I am a nerd and only think about the books, it annoys my husband  :) it makes me really sad to see it this trilogy come to a end.

In the start of the book Wendy is turning 18 and about to get married to Tove (even though they both have no attraction for each other, they know the kingdom will respect them and listen to them instead of rebelling). Right before her birthday, her friends are throwing her a small party with Rhys (her changeling brother) and before the party there's this huge boom on the door. Guess who......Loki shows up beaten to hell and back and asks for amnesty.

I did like Fin in the beginning but as this series has gone on I really began to dislike him. In this book Fin and Wendy's relationship changes for the best. During the wedding Wendy's father shows up (Oren) and causes some small trouble and she kicks him out, I think this is where everyone starts to see that shes turning into a princess, since everyone before doubted her. The relationship between Wendy and her mom develops but not with enough time. I really enjoyed that part in the book since in the first two books we sorta have this underlying hatred for her but we get to learn why she is that way. There's also this unspoken competition between Loki and Fin in this book  :)

Fin soon comes with bad news, a village not far from them is attacked by the Vittra. So Wendy kicks into leader mode, plans a meeting & sends a rescue squad to help them and they get ambushed. So she comes up with a stupid yet brilliant plan to go to the king herself. Will the king agree to the truce? Then the next day she goes out to help the village that got attacked, the group use their powers together, by the end of the day Tove has gone crazy from using to much of his power in one day so of course Loki comes into the room an saves her by using his power on Tove. Since shes so shaken from what just happened Loki try's to comfort her. Does he finally get his way into her heart, or will she turn him away again??

When they come back to the kingdom they that something major has happened. As shes talking to Tove about their decision, since Loki was eavesdropping he storms in in the middle of their conversation so mad at her and screaming. Wendy and Loki argue and come to a decision. Then Tove drops a bomb shell on Wendy something we learn about Tove and something Tove knows about Wendy and Loki's relationship.A lot of this book deals a lot with character building and finalizing who they are and whom they love.

Wendy's mom does pass and she is left with only two days to figure out how to kill Oren. While Wendy's figuring all that out she also has to decide on her future relationships between Tove, Fin, and Loki. Fin walks in on Wendy and Loki and goes into a jealous rage. This is the part of the book Wendy completely becomes the queen she is. She makes up her mind and decides her future. There is this great fight scene in the end. Some people we really like get hurt and its a both sad and proud moment in the conclusion of this trilogy.

I give this story 5 out of 5 stars. My favorite book in this trilogy and a great way to end it all. Amanda really knows how to keep you reading. I recommend that if you haven't read this trilogy from the beginning that you should. and to buy the paperback editions because each one has a bonus story. The last books bonus story is the best one I have read yet. Its like putting the finishing touches on a cake boss cake (haha tv to much??) with a little extra on the top :) I hope you all enjoy it as much as I have!!

~Good Readings~



Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Insuregent

Insurgent (Divergent #2)

Author: Veronica Roth
Review By: Courtney
Published By: HarperTeen
Date: May 1st 201
YA / Dystopia
Pages: 525 pages

 
ONE CHOICE

A CHOICE
Becomes a Sacrifice

A SACRIFICE
Becomes a Loss

A LOSS
Becomes a Burden

A BURDEN
Becomes a Battle

ONE CHOICE
CAN DESTROY YOU 


Okay so I grabbed this book as quick as I could right after I read Divergent. Let me just say this series is my ultimate favorite this year so far. I borrowed the first book from Kayla and right when I was done my husband surprised me with book two, and then I went and bought the first book for myself :) That's how much I really enjoy this series.

It continues where we left off in Divergent and Tris, Four, Marcus, Caleb and Peter are on the run after the attacks on the Abnegation, They wind up going to Amity to hide since Amity are peaceful people they have no choice but to help but they will not get involved. This is something I really enjoyed about this book. You get a sneak peak at the other Factions and how they work. So it kind of fills in all the wholes in the story. (Like harry potter we didn't get to learn a lot about the other houses) without telling you all to much information about this book I'm gonna try not to say to much about the plot because then it will pretty much be laid out for you. But When they get to the Amity Tris of course doesn't feel safe and shes very paranoid. Wouldn't you be??

We now know that something is wrong for the Erudite for them to attack the Abnegation and we are on this journey to figure out just what it is. A thing you have to be prepared for, and I for sure was not is the back stabbing and man is it HUGE. I was like SERIOUSLY???? So yes be prepared for it. In this book Tris and Fours relationship is pretty much put to the test. Can they last?? I was crying like almost through this whole book because I was all messed up trying to figure everything out, okay I didn't really cry but I was reading as fast as possible to see what happens.

Another thing I really enjoyed about this book is the emotions of the characters seem completely real. Tris is full of guilt and grief and worse of all feels like shes not worthy being in charge.  But I'll get back to that later. So Amity help them for a couple days, somehow Erudite show up and somethings are about to get hectic. They are looking for Tris and Four. If it wasn't for Fours tats they would have been fine and then its also where Four realizes there's something wrong with Tris because she wont hold a gun and when she does she freezes up.

Then they are off, and this time to Candor. Where the only way they can stay there is if they take the truth serum (It makes you tell the truth no matter what). Four and Tris have to take this and a lot of things that they were both keeping in comes out. Its good for their relationship but not so great for some friendships. We also meet new people in this book from the Dauntless since a lot of the Dauntless went to Candor after the simulation on Abnegation. We meet and get to read some familiar characters like, Lynn, Marlene, Zeke and of course Uriah whom I have grown to really like. Edward from the first book who got stabbed is back joined in with the faction-less (Sorry to anyone who hasn't read Divergent, its not a big spoiler) and Jeanine (who is mentioned in Divergent but not known Erudite Leader) and Eric. Also people who have back stabbed in Divergent will surprise you in this book.

So Tris since she feels so guilty for everything that's going on, like its her fault she bum bum bum bummmm goes straight to Erudite (We learn a lot about them too) Its quite a funny part because she just walks right in and no one notices her and she could have like took out a million people before they realized who she was. Then of course if shes gonna die Four cannot live without her so he joins too *hits my head off the wall* come on don't be so stupid but I could understand that he loves her so much and will do anything to protect her (Married Remember...I'm completely spoiled by my husband) so blah blah blah stuff happens, I cannot tell you what but I can tease you ;) 

The ending there is this giant bomb shell, a lot of reviewers say they could see it coming, of course I knew there would be a cliff hanger but this one was huge and the events leading up to the end was earth shattering. Tris and Fours relationship was put on a thin line and I was scared of what was gonna happen to them because I love them together. Then BOOM we learn the truth FINALLY :) We figure out what information it was the abnegation was entrusted with. And man is it BIG. Now I cannot wait for the third book, I can't believe I have to wait a year!!! It will be well worth it I believe :)

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars and that EVERYONE should buy this books (&Divergent). It is amazing and you will love this story and characters. It is well worth the money, I barley tell people to go out and buy the books I love because you can always rent from library but this series is something you will enjoy owning and re-reading. There's a lot of character growth in this book and a lot of self doubt. To be in charge of a whole group of people without wanting to can be hard and I know I would struggle if I was Tris. I extremely love this book and this series, by far my favorite and I believe it will always be my favorite. I hope you all will enjoy this series as much as I do.


~Good Readings~


Monday, July 9, 2012

Liebster Blog Award




Books-Marks the Spot has actually been awarded two liebster awards one from Lisseth @Read-A-holicZ and the other one from Kit @Kitty Korner Library. How cool are they, if you haven't checked out there blog, do so. The real question what is a Liebster Award, it is given ti blog that have under 200 followers. What does Liebster mean, it is a German word which means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome.

I got mine from Snyder & Tiffney you should check out their blog at

What you have to do:

  1. Each person must post 11 facts about themselves.
  2. Answer 11 questions the tagger has given you and 11 questions for the people you tag.
  3. Tag 11 more bloggers!
  4. Tell them you tagged them.
  5. No tag backs!!! 

  1. I've been married since I was 20 (High School Sweet Heart)
  2. I didn't get my Lincense till I was 21
  3. I'm a Ginger
  4. I have a fear of Spiders their just creepy
  5. I have a Overly Weird Obsession with...sunflower seeds (I literally eat them all the time)
  6. I am addicted to jersylicious on the Style network
  7. I also have a weird obsession with Pop Corn :)
  8. I didn't begin reading till I was almost out of high school
  9. I was Homecoming Queen
  10. I love exercising
  11. I love watching the DIY network all day long :)

How long have you been blogging?
I have been blogging since um...March I believe

Why did you want to start blogging?
Me and Kayla were just sitting in her living room and I was like why don't we start blogging about the books we read and make a beauty blog (in the works) and now here I am :)

Where are you from?
I was born in Las Vegas but when I was young my parents moved to Toronto, Ohio (family lives here) and thats where I've resided since (Toronto is close to Weirton, WV and only 35 mins from Pittsburgh, PA)

What is your favorite movie?
My favorite movie is between Moulin Rouge (Weading song is from that movie) and Easy A

What are your hopes from your blog?
My hopes is to just have a great blog with people who enjoy reading my reviews and sharing their thoughts also, and be able to get books out there to people. I hope one day to be able to host giveaways and become more personable with my followers and other bloggers and even write my own book if I really sit down to do it :) Busy life right now. So just to be able to speak with people like me, who enjoy books as much as I do it probably the best thing out of it.

What are you afraid of?
Spiders and Flying

How did you come up with the name of your blog?
Sitting in my room at 2 am and watching something about Alcoholics and was like boom Bookaholics because I'm addicted to books but them it was like um...no someone has that try something else then Kayla adds XOXO to every thing she creates, so that is where bookaholicsxoxo was born :)

If you could have one super power what would it be and why?
Um....hmm that's a hard one I guess I'd want to be able to stop time haha so I can finish everything

Who is you favorite book crush?
Myrnin from Morganville Vampires

Do you review every book you read?
I am in the process of doing that now...so yes I will review every book I've read old and new, because I believe that just because a book is old doesn;t mean it don't deserve our reviews.

How many books do you plan to read this year?
I plan to read about 20 more maybe try more because my book shelf is growing :)




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Questions for Taggers:
  1. When did you start to blog?
  2. What are your hopes for your blog?
  3. What is your favorite book?
  4. Whos your favorite character?
  5. What character do you hate the most?
  6. Where are you from?
  7. Whats your favorite Genre?
  8. Whats your favorite TV Show?
  9. Whos your book Crush?
  10. Whats your favorite Movie?
  11. What do you enjoy doing in spare time (Other than reading)?
 

Monday, June 25, 2012

Need

Need (Need #1)

Author: Carrie Jones
Review By: Courtney
Published By: Bloomsbury USA
Date: December 23rd 2008
YA / Paranormal Fantasy
Pages: 306 pages


Zara White suspects there's a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She's also obsessed with phobias. And it's true, she hasn't exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane...but Zara's pretty sure her mom just can't deal with her right now.

She couldn't be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara's overactive imagination. In fact, he's still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There's something not right - not human - in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara.


Okay if that cover didn't do anything for you then I have a simple question...What's wrong with you?? :) This book drew me in with this cover. Of course I don't always judge books by their cover but this one I sure did and man is it amazing. I realize that this book doesn't get the best of reviews, why I have no idea. It is very well written and the characters have a personality. Zara is this quirky, awkward girl who is obsessed with reciting phobias. She is kinda in a sort of depression but she pushes through it. Now she ends up having to move to Maine to stay with her grandmother, because her mother thinks shes deeply depressed because her stepfather died right in front of her. As shes traveling there's someone strange fallowing her, but she thinks that its just her mind playing tricks on her....Is she right??


What makes the book so much greater is that not only is Zara's back story good but all the character's have depth to them. Nick is this amazing guy who's like the jock, what I really loved was that he was kinda a jerk to her at first, it wasn't love at first sight and they just grew on each other and it didn't seem to fast. But he has a secret about himself. It seems this whole town is a big pot of stirring secrets. Zara even has a secret of her own, only she doesn't know it yet. So this story is about her pretty much figuring out who she can trust and who she can't and of course the secrets to the occupants of this town. She starts to notice some weird things like the gold dust that gets left behind when something happens to her, like shes being followed by something. Of course you should know that their are more than one paranormal force at work in this town like Fairy's (pixies), not the tinker bell fairies but these blue, tall fanged scary fairies. And shape-shifters, witches and plenty more.

It turns out that there's this really super scary guy (pixie) that is following her and that he wants her, I bet your thinking why? Well I can't tell (Seems there's always something I can't tell you all :) The character's in this story are really well described and while you read they all have a place in your head of what they sound like, Issie and Devyn are geeks just like her and I love them, they take her in as their friends in the beginning and show her the town, while Zara's grandmother Betty is amazingly awesome for a grandmother. Then there's Ian, in the beginning I liked him but I also thought man what a suck up and then I hated him. Megan is the popular mean girl (every book has one) of course you end up hating her :)


I would say that this book would appeal to anyone who enjoys the House of Night series by P.C.Cast and her daughter. A lot of people compare it to Twilight and I just say WHAT??? I am gonna say this now and get it over with, I hate Twilight!!!! It was among the first YA books I read (my bestie said I HAD to read it) and frankly one of the worst, yet I still go see the movies *confused*. I really began to hate the books when I started to read more YA and saw that the book was all hype, I know sad. So I say more of House of Night mixed with some Vampire Diaries.


I give this book 5 out of 5 stars, because it is a refreshing read and a nice short read, and I just really enjoyed this book and I know I'll enjoy the rest :) So in order for you to know the secrets going on in this town and with Zara you need to go out and grab this from the library or order off of Amazon has a e-book. I will eventually buy this as a book because I love this series so much that I need to have the real book :) I just hope you all enjoy it as much as I have. 


~Good Readings~



Thursday, June 21, 2012

Torn

Torn (Tryelle Trilogy #2) 

Author: Amanda Hocking
Review By: Courtney
Published By: St. Martin's Press
Date: February 28th 2012
YA / Urban Fantasy
Pages: 324 pages


When Wendy Everly first discovers the truth about herself—that she’s a changeling switched at birth—she knows her life will never be the same. Now she’s about to learn that there’s more to the story…

She shares a closer connection to her Vittra rivals than she ever imagined—and they’ll stop at nothing to lure her to their side. With the threat of war looming, her only hope of saving the Trylle is to master her magical powers—and marry an equally powerful royal. But that means walking away from Finn, her handsome bodyguard who’s strictly off limits…and Loki, a Vittra prince with whom she shares a growing attraction.

Torn between her heart and her people, between love and duty, Wendy must decide her fate. If she makes the wrong choice, she could lose everything, and everybody, she’s ever wanted…in both worlds.





In the first book we are left off on Wendy leaving the Trylle kingdom and heading back home. The whole month before the next one came out I was going crazy trying to think what she is going to do because she needs to mater her powers and I was hoping that she would. Did my wish come true?? Well as soon as this book came out I had to buy it and well things were unsuspected.

We learned in Switched that Wendy was a troll and that there was a kingdom that was waiting for her to become their princess and all the powers she will behold. Only she was doubtful and childish, and frankly didn't have any confidence in herself. She fell in love with her tracker (Finn) when its not allowed. She didn't want to play by their rules and learn to be proper. She just wanted to go home.

Already in the beginning I was thrown into a whirl wind of chaos. There are a few things that I had no idea was lurking just a page ahead. I didn't know how crazy it was about to get, and that it did. Loki and his "friends" show up and take Wendy, Rhys, and Matt to the Vittra Kingdom. I really enjoyed this part of the book because we get to learn more about the Vittra and their ways and why they want Wendy :) which I will never tell of course. But also how Loki becomes more than a side character. He grabs a top spot in this book as a main character and becomes the epic bad boy, who is curious of Wendy and is conflicted to help her and his King. We also meet the King Oren and his wife Sara, The king has a surprising secret that is well BIG and he has been waiting years to tell it. We get a lot of back story that is well needed from the Vittra and Loki. We also learn a lot about the Vittra when they were allies with the Trylle.

Of course she does escape from there with some help from her friends, and that's where things will start to slow down a bit, but things do happen its just mostly a time in the book for information that you know is gonna be needed for the final book. We meet some new characters like Duncan, Wendy's new body guard. and we learn more about Tove and his powers. He is very special and you will grow to really like him. I love that he can see peoples auras and after I finished I immediately went online to see what the colors truly meant, I was that engaged into this book that I wanted to know more.

We get the chance to learn more about the Vittra powers and Wendy's father as well as the politics of the Trylle. I really did enjoy reading this book, It did not take long and it was a light and easy read. I really enjoyed reading about Wendy gaining more of her power, sometimes it was quite funny reading about her and Tove trying to figure it all out. I was quite upset when her mother tells her she has to marry, but in a way I understand that Elora needs the people to trust in Wendy. In the first book I enjoyed Finn but in this one I extremely disliked him. There are characters in this book you will love and some you will hate. Just like in any kingdom story's there are people to trust around you and some you cannot. Luckily Wendy has some great friends by her side.

Wendy is completely confused with Finn and the way he treats her, and she is scared of Loki.  What I really enjoyed is that Wendy listens to her heart and not what others tell her. Her will to fight becomes stronger and she begins to become a leader right before us. Elora and Wendy finally become close, but is it to late? Will Loki hurt her in the end or help, will Finn allow himself to betray the rules and even put Wendy at risk of losing the crown. Does Tove...well Tove is just a trusting character nothing I could question about him :)

For anyone who doubts this trilogy it is a nice read, it is a urban fantasy about magic and Trylle (Trolls). But all in all a great escape from today's reality. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars, for I would read this book a million times and recommend to anyone who has never read urban fantasy before. I would recommend reading Switched first, but that is not necessary, Amanda is great at summing up what happened in the first book, but not in a boring stretched out way, and it is very easy to catch up :)


Trylle Trilogy by Amanda Hocking

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Mistborn

Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1)

Author: Brandon Sanderson
Review By: Courtney
Published By: Tom Doherty Associates
Date: July 25th 2006
Fantasy or Epic Fantasy
Pages: 541 pages

For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison. Kelsier "snapped" and found in himself the powers of a Mistborn. A brilliant thief and natural leader, he turned his talents to the ultimate caper, with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark.

Kelsier recruited the underworld's elite, the smartest and most trustworthy allomancers, each of whom shares one of his many powers, and all of whom relish a high-stakes challenge. Only then does he reveal his ultimate dream, not just the greatest heist in history, but the downfall of the divine despot.

But even with the best criminal crew ever assembled, Kelsier's plan looks more like the ultimate long shot, until luck brings a ragged girl named Vin into his life. Like him, she's a half-Skaa orphan, but she's lived a much harsher life. Vin has learned to expect betrayal from everyone she meets, and gotten it. She will have to learn to trust, if Kelsier is to help her master powers of which she never dreamed.



Okay I totally understand that this is not a YA book. It is a Fantasy book that I fell in love with and I have to share it with all of you.This book was recommended to me from non other then my older brother whom is a very big fantasy reader (currently working on his very 1st Fantasy Novel). But what really made me want to read this book was when my brother explained Vin and Kelsier to me. The way he explained them made me give this book a chance it very much deserves.


I was kinda iffy about this book because I'm not a fantasy reader, back when I read this I was into romance novels and V.C. Andrews books (Didn't even pick up my first YA yet). But the moment I started was the moment I became mentally involved with these characters. I couldn't put the book down. I was up all night till 4 in the morning reading, which was bad because I was in college then getting my associates degree in Mechanical Engineering  :)


To begin Kelsier is the main character and he is a Allomancer, which I will explain. He is seeking revenge on the immortal Lord Ruler (Thousands of years), whom he blames for the death of his wife and is gathering a crew. This is a world so unlike ours there are special people who have powers when they consume Metals. Such as Copper, and burning one or more, of the metals & draws abilities from them. Kelsier is special he is a Mistborn  (can consume and use more than one metal), while the others (Mistings) can only do one metal at all. How you figure out your a allomancer is by being "Snapped" and to snap you have to be beaten to a point where your body snaps to save yourself from dying. The Nobel family's will try to snap their children on purpose in hopes of them being a allomancer because that means power for the family, but it can be dangerous.

There is also some weird parts to the book. Like the Ash falling from the sky??? Of course I can't say why but I can say it's important, and then there's the fact that nothing of color grows in this world. It's like the world is broken. Then there's the Mist. No one goes into the mist (Which arrives at night fall), and if they do, then they die...why?? I cannot explain to you these things for it would spoil the whole series to you. Also the coins :) I love the coins....and the jacket Kelsier wears...*SNAP okay back on track, got lost there.

Kelsier is making plans and gathering allomancers. He finds Vin in Luthadel while he's recruiting. She has no idea what she is and why she can do the things she can do. Kelsier tells Vin that she is a allomancer and that she has the power, though weak, to sooth emotions. He notices this when she trys to sooth Marsh and doesn't do to well, shes noticeable. There's a lot of back story to each character that is extremely important but I can't tell you because it would be a spoiler :). But Kelsier takes Vin in and helps her understand and learn to control her power or powers if shes lucky. She begins to look up to Kelsier as her guide and joins them in their crew.

Vin, since growing up in a tough background has a very hard time trusting anyone. Her brother Reen, who deserted her, is always in her mind reminding her not to trust. Only to survive there are some people she needs to learn to trust. To do her job in the crew she needs to attend balls as Valette Renoux, a noblewoman. This process is a very funny and interesting part of the book because shes so awkward. but anyways she mistakenly falls in love with Elend Venture (screams like a 16 year old girl), a nobleman, and heir to the strongest noble house. The way they meet and everything is just amazing and the whole time your like COME ON get it through your head Vin and KISS HIM.

Just when Elend and Vin are almost there something happens and ________________ teaser...can't tell you!! I am being 100% honest here. All you YA Paranormal readers, grab this book. It can't hurt right?  If you give this a try you will not be disappointed (I hope).

Vin grows a lot in this book and she and the other characters just pull you in. Brandon Sanderson is a amazing writer. He does such a great job at creating this whole new world and all these new rules and his characters are so in depth and real that you are forever rooted to these people. The book takes your emotions and pulls you into the characters world and then breaks you and picks you up again. The way Brandon captures you and wont let you go is amazing. Like so many other reviewers I can say something so emotionally pulling happens and you just shut down and CRY your heart out. Only you have to read to figure out that thing.

I give this book a well deserved 5 out of 5 stars. Till this day (Read 3 years ago) I am still infused with these characters and enjoy thinking of this book series. There are 3 books and the 4th is like hundreds of years after telling how Kelsier and his crew influenced the future. They are currently working on a video game :) I can't wait for it (Geek :P) and it has been picked up to be made into a movie, although no new news has been told yet...Hopefully soon there will be.

Anyways I hope this is enough...There is just so much I could say about this book I could probably go on for hours with this and probably have a book written about this book :) So I'm gonna end with this...and hopefully you all take the chance and read this book!!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Pandemonium

Pandemonium (Delirium #2)
Author: Lauren Oliver
Review By: Courtney
Published By: HarperCollins
Date: February 28th 2012

Pagse: 375

**Spoliers for anyone who hasn't read Delirium - just a catuion to read at your own risk**


"SO WHAT was your name before?" I say, and she freezes, her back to me. "Before you came to the Wilds, I mean."
 
For a moment she stands there. Then she turns around. "You might as well get used to it now," she says with quiet intensity.

 
"Everything you were, the life you had, the people you knew...dust." She shakes her head and says, a little more firmly, "There is no before. There is only now, and what comes next."



I loved Delirium so as soon as I saw that this book came out I bought it, and I was extremely excited...I couldn't wait to see what would happen to Lena and Alex. Of course I didn't write this blog as soon as I finished the book and I usually don't for any book because I just started blogging and I am trying to get the books I've read caught up to today's books...but I like to mix in current books :)

Anyways This book continues where we left off in Delirium and may I just say oh my gosh :O Was that ending not the biggest cliff hanger ever?? I couldn't wait to hear about Alex..and to my shock he wasn't in it?? DUHH Courtney *how can he be in it after the last book ;)*  We meet a lot of new characters in this book, like Raven, Blue, Sarah, Hunter, Bram, Tack and Julian. Some of these characters are important some are not, some live and some die....only you wont know unless you read it :)

I absolutely Love this book....It was kinda confusing in the beginning because I didn't reread Delirium so when it all began I was confused. But I got into it soon after that. The chapters go from Then to Now, and I also love that about this book. I like being able to read what happens after Delirium to reading a new objective.

Anyways we soon meet Raven in the beginning and Lena is a complete mess and shes really hurt so Raven takes care of her. Eventually she gets better and meets the rest of the Invalids at that Homestead. She learns their ways and try's to get over Alex, because that is the past and the past no longer exist. Good things and bad things happen that change and give clues to whats gonna happen in this book, only you don't realize that their clues...Lauren always does a great job at hiding what is clearly in front of our eyes :)

Lena gets a new ID and joins the rest of the zombies in Brooklyn, her mission is to get close to Julian Fineman. He is the DFAs leaders son and a perfect Idol for the young people who have yet to get their cure to the Amor Deliria Nervosa. Then during the DFA Rally the Scavengers attack (Scavengers-brutal rebels, not at all like the Invalids) and Julian runs, Lena follows only to get caught with him.

While they are being held Julian tells Lena stories and gets close to her, The characters grow to rely on each other and to trust one another. Certain events come to hand that makes Julian wonder what is right from wrong and has a hard choice to make if they survive this.

I am going to say this I absolutely love Julian more than I liked Alex. Alex was amazing, but he was also hard and bossy and very this is the way and you have to chose my way and Lena was completely absorbed in him. While Julian is gentle and has a open curious mind and Lena slowing develops feelings she doesn't understand.

The ending is the most bombshell of a ending I have read in a long time....I stopped and looked up and just was like NO WAYYYYY!!!!!!! My husband then turned to me and was like What??? I had to tell him what happened as I always do when I'm reading a good book and he of course didn't understand (which is why I wanted to make a blog so much) Does Lena save her and Julian?? Will she ever meet her mother?? Will her life be turned upside down?? Will Alex ever come back...?? Only these questions can be answered by YOU. I suggest buying this book and if you haven't read Delirium to read it now!! I give it 5 out of 5 stars. Its a great Dystopia novel and a thrilling read.

The book keeps you guessing of what is going to happen next and rooting for Lena all the way. I enjoyed this book a lot and I cannot wait for the third and last book to the Delirium Trilogy. I cannot wait to see what will happen next....








Friday, June 1, 2012

Fever

 Fever (The Chemical Garden #2) 
Author: Lauren
Reviewed By: Courtney
Published By: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Release Date: February 21st 2012
YA/ Dystopia
Pages: 341 pages
 **Spoiler - This is the second book to Wither, read at own risk :)**
 
Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion, but danger is never far behind.

Running away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ring mistress keeps watch over a menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. With Gabriel at her side, Rhine travels through an environment as grim as the one she left a year ago - surroundings that mirror her own feelings of fear and hopelessness.

The two are determined to get to Manhattan, to relative safety with Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan. But the road there is long and perilous - and in a world where young women only live to age twenty and young men die at twenty-five, time is precious. Worse still, they can’t seem to elude Rhine’s father-in-law, Vaughn, who is determined to bring Rhine back to the mansion...by any means necessary.

As soon as this book came out I immediately went out to buy it. This series is very interesting to me. Of course to me it is still a easy read and almost predictable. For me I had a feeling from the get go what was gonna happen. Just like in Wither I knew she would eventually get out of the mansion. Just like I knew in the beginning that Rhine's brother would not be there for her when she got home. 

I would have to say I really enjoy this series because the back story is so interesting. I love it. The things that happen to Rhine when she leaves is scary. Gabriel trys to protect her but it doesn't always work. She does what she wants and always will do whats best to find her home and her brother. During the part when shes in the red light district she and Gabriel find out they are some how being found, when Lindens father comes to collect the bride and take Rhine back to the mansion. 

They soon escape and end up taking along a little girl who's mother did not make it through the fence with them. They soon are on their way home, and as I predicted things are not as Rhine left it. They are then on a adventure to find something. Now I'm speeding things up and skipping some very important details because I don't want to say everything. Some people give this series bad reviews but I really enjoy reading it. It gets to the point  where I'm like what the hell is going on....and you have to keep reading to figure out how Lindens father keeps finding them and the shocking ending that leaves you on a huge cliff hanger. 

My favorite people are Rhine and Linden. I don'
t really care much for Gabriel. I care more for whats gonna happen between Rhine and Linden and hoping that somehow they can find the cure for the world....I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. If your not so sure about this book I highly suggest the library because it is a very nice read. 



The Chemical Garden by Lauren Destefano

Friday, May 25, 2012

Books in TV Shows

So as I was browsing the Internet tonight on books, I came across something that said they are making The Selection by Kiera Cass into a TV show on the CW. The book came out this year and it is just sitting in my e-reader waiting for me to read it...


I am a CW watcher and have been for years now (90210, Supernatural) and now they are making these books into TV shows && I love it!! I read the Vampire Diaries before I knew anything about them turning it into a show. A lot of readers got upset about many things they changed compared to the books, but in a way the TV show is of its own standards, its like reading the novels and seeing the fanfiction on TV. I also started watching the Secret Circle, though I have not read that series. 

Anyways The Selection is about thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime they get the opportunity to escape their life & to be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself- and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.


It sounds amazing right?? I cannot wait to read this one, and I will keep everyone posted on any news I hear of this so far you can check out the cast on IMDB  






Aimee Teegarden will play America Singer, Which we all should know her from Friday Night Lights, and the movie Prom. William Moseley will play Aspen Leger. He doesn't look the same but hes the guy from all the Chronicle of Narnia movies.



So anyways I think that this will make a great TV show. The Hunger Games did really well as a movie and now the CW is going to try and get there ratings up with a Dystopia themed TV show. I will keep my eyes out for any trailers this summer and any news on other books becoming TV shows/Movies. Hopefully there's news soon for the House of Night series to be made into a series..."sigh" if only if only....

 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Before I Fall

Author:
Reviewed By: Courtney
Published By: HarperCollins
Release Date: March 2nd 2010
Young Adult
Pages: 470 

 
What if you only had one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all: looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last.

The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. Living the last day of her life seven times during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing


 This was recommend to me by my friend who also recommend Delirium to me. I am a quick reader so I flew when I read this book. Unless its more than 500 pages it will only take me a day if I really love the book. This one took me about 2 days to read.

I was not so sure about the beginning of this book...it wasn't what I expected at all, the main characters were annoying. The main characters are the popular girls who have everything and do anything they want to and get away with it because of their social standing. As I kept reading though I began to love it more and more. The main character Samantha Kingston is oblivious to life and the people around her. She doesn't think twice about her life ending because it can't happen to her.Then one Friday night the worst happens and her and her friend are in a car accident, only to wake up the next day fine. She soon finds out that it's Friday again and the same things are happening over again.

She learns that maybe shes supposed to change something, although it takes her a while to figure that out. It kinda makes you mad at her. So she changes some things through each day and sees how her actions cause a whole domino effect. Her friends and her boyfriend is a big part in whats wrong and why shes always reliving Friday. But things get complicated after a couple days of living this never ending Friday, Sam gets frustrated and rebels against this force of nature. Kent (Her childhood friend) has always had eyes for her and has watched her since she left him behind for the in-crowd, He soon realizes something is wrong with Sam.

Sam knows that there is something she is missing. Is she supposed to be nice to the losers (Kent and Izzy) or break up with her boyfriend? Is there something wrong with her? I love how she slowly changes and stands up for good things. Every one can learn from Sam. Sometimes we all take our life for granted and get caught up in our lives and forget about the people we have. Anyways...I got hooked to the book, trying to figure out how she was going to figure this whole time thing out. The moral of the story was very well told and very clear.

The ending is the worse of all...I'm not saying its a bad ending and the book sucks at all just saying that the ending was not what I wanted it to be. All in all the ending was the best part of this book, I bawled my eyes out and was so devastated. I just didn't know that was coming at all, complete shock. The author must have wanted  to make a clear statement that life is not fair and can't always be how we want it to be. Also how our actions speak louder than our words. Doing something is better than standing back and letting it all unfold.

So I really enjoyed reading this book I love Kent and Izzy and wish there would be another book to continue, maybe in Kent's point of view. I give it 4 out of 5 stars only because the ending took me longer to get into then most books I read, other than that that's it!! Thanks!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Divergent

 Divergent (Divergent #1)

Author:
Reviewed By: Courtney
Published By: Harper Teen
Release Date: 2011
YA/Dystopia
Pages: 487 pages

One Choice
Decides your friends
One Choice
Defines your beliefs
One Choice
Determines your Loyalties-Forever
One Choice
Can Transform You


Okay so I borrowed this book off my friend, I had heard a lot about this book from other websites and I saw it at my local Walmart store. Don't have a book store where I live (have to travel 35 mins)

 The book is about a girl named Beatrice "Tris" Prior, whom lives in Chicago in the future and she has to choose among 5 predetermined factions (Candor, Amity, Abnegation, Dauntless, and Erudite) to define her identity for the rest of her life. The decision ends up so difficult since she discovers that she is a anomaly who does not fit into any 1 group (Very dangerous) and that the faction she lives in is not so perfect after all.

This book hooks you in right in the beginning. Instead of teaching us about this future world right off the bat Veronica drops you right into the story, no time wasted here. So you end up learning as Beatrice goes through her days. I love when the story isn't laid right out to you and they leave you learning throughout. Anyways shes 16 and getting ready to take her test to figure out which faction she is best made into. Only thing is when you choose a different faction other than the one your in you have to leave your family behind, since its faction before blood.

The Candor only tell the truth are open and honest. The Amity are peaceful people who enjoy art and singing and just being happy. The Abnegation are Selfless people who never think of themselves and live plain lives since it would be selfish to have things. The Dauntless are crazy adventurous people who like danger. Then the Erudite are people who believe in knowledge and always learning. She soon learns after her test that she is unusual and that she should tell no one about it. On the day to choose the faction you will live in for the rest of your life she is conflicted. What one should she choose, what do you think she will choose??

I love this book a lot and I have to say I like it more than the Hunger Games. The book is more dangerous and you learn a lot of bad things are going on that no one knows or is oblivious to. Can Tris trust her faction and friends and give up her family? What's going on with her faction and are they catching on to her? You also will have a love-hate relationship with her instructor Four. Hes mysterious and dark and sometimes even crazy and mean.

I really enjoyed the story line and the factions. The only thing for me was I felt sick the whole time while reading...Meaning I was so nervous and scared the whole time. That's how connected I was to the the book when something was happening I was like going crazy with my nerves, I had to take little 5 minute breaks to calm down...yes the book is that exciting and scary and nerve wrecking at times. Tris is a amazing character, she is no damsel in distress. Shes very smart but sometimes doesn't think before her actions. So that can get her into trouble sometimes. Shes stubborn and hard headed. What did you think of her?

I'm just glad to finally have some kick ass girls in some books...and its time for girls to become tough and kick some ass on their own. I'm not saying a guy can't save a girl sometimes. Tris stands up for herself but she also gets help from Four and her friends.
Does Tris really know Herself?  Her family? Her Friends? Her Instructor? Is she ready to face the things to come? Will she have the courage, the knowledge, the selflessness, the love, and the honestly to face the things to come? There's not much more I can say without giving you more information...you will just have to trust my judgment and go out and read this book....its amazing and worth it. You get to travel on this whirl wind of a journey, you lose and gain some people along the way.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

The Author has some songs she listened to while writing at the end of the book.
Well this song of the band I listen to just makes me thing of Tris.
Freak Like Me by Halestorm (Rock) youtube the song.

I'm on the train that's pulling the sick and twisted, making the most of the ride before we get arrested, we're all waisted and we're not going home tonight. Covered in black we lack the social graces, just like a animal we crawl out of our cages, They can't tame us so if your one of us get on the bus.
If your a freak like me raise your flag if your a freak like me get off your ass, its our time now to let it all hang out, if your a freak like me, you were born to burn, this is no disease you don't need a cure, its our time now to come out...if your a freak like me.
We are underground but we will not surrender were gonna give them something to remember yeah so write your name in gasoline and set that shit on fire
If your a freak like me raise your flag if your a freak like me get off your ass, its our time now to let it all hang out, if your a freak like me, Don't apologize, they can't hold you down you were born to rise. Its our time now to come out, if your a freak like me,,,