Monday, December 27, 2010

Life as We Knew It - Susan Beth Pfeffer


Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun? As summer turns to Arctic winter, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove.
    
Told in journal entries, this is the heart-pounding story of Miranda’s struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all--hope--in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world.



I loved this book. I'm a huge fan of post-apocolyptic fiction and movies. This is the first in a series (followed by The Dead and The Gone...and The World We Live In) in which an event happens in space that re-aligns the moon's orbit closer to the Earth, causing catastrophic natural disasters. This is those events, told through the eyes of Miranda, a 16 year old girl living in a smallish town in the United States, as her family struggles to adapt in a doomed new world.

One of the things I liked most about this story was how gradual the changes were. First the big moon thing happens, which scares a lot of people, and causes a bunch of natural disasters, but things don't get bad right away--not for Miranda at least.

But slowly but surely everything starts to change. Gas prices climb. Food becomes scarce. Electricity and telephones are lost. One by one, things start to fall apart, and whether or not a character realizes that things are going to change plays a huge part in their ability to survive, and even then...

I really enjoyed this one.  Can't wait for more!

-geekgirl


Friday, December 24, 2010

The Compound - S.A. Bodeen



Eli and his family have lived in the underground Compound for six years. The world they knew is gone, and they've become accustomed to their new life. Accustomed, but not happy.
For Eli, no amount of luxury can stifle the dull routine of living in the same place. with only his two sisters, only his father and mother, doing the same thing day after day after day.

As problems with their carefully planned existence threaten to destroy their sanctuary - and their sanity - Eli can't help but wonder if he's rather take his chances outside.

Eli's father built the Compound to keep them safe. But are they safe - or sorry?





I read this one a while back, but I really enjoyed it.  I remember I started reading this one late at night, as a curled up in bed to go to sleep.  I thought Oh, I'll just read a little until I'm tired enough to sleep.  Three hours later...yeah.  I stayed up really late (when I had work the next morning) to read this one in its entirety.

I've always been interested in end-of-the-world type stuff, and when I read the summary for this one, I knew it would fit the bill.  There is a small flashback to when the world ended, and Eli's father dragged his family down into the compound that he'd built to keep them safe.  The only problem is that Eli's twin brother and grandmother are left behind, and because of that, Eli is never really able to fully adapt to life inside the compound--always feeling like something's missing.

It's been six years since the end of the world, and it's starting to become pretty clear that the compound is not going to hold them forever.  Supplies are running out, his father starts acting strangely, Eli starts to become concerned.

And then Eli detects a signal from the outside...

This was a tense, exciting read.  There were a lot of twists and turns, and more than once I sat up in bed, startled, going Wait...you're doing what now?

Great read.  Can't wait for more from this author!


-geekgirl

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Into the Wild - Sarah Beth Durst


Twelve-year-old Julie has grown up hearing about the dangerous world of fairy tales, “The Wild,” from which her mother, Rapunzel, escaped.
Now The Wild wants its characters back. Julie comes home from school to find her mother gone and a deep, dark forest swallowing her hometown. Julie must fight wicked witches, avoid glass slippers and fairy godmothers, fly griffins, and outwit ogres in order to rescue her mom and save her Massachusetts town from becoming a fairy-tale kingdom.
Sarah Beth Durst weaves a postmodern fairy tale that's fresh, funny, and sweetly poignant.


I love fairy tales.  I have always loved fairy tales, so I had high hopes for this story.  I was not disappointed.
Twelve-year-old Julie is the daughter of Repunzel, and she's perpetually stuck between two worlds--the fairy tale world of her heritage (the Wild), and the ho-hum everyday world where she's growing up.

Years and years ago, Repunzel had led the revolt of the fairy tale characters, which led to their escape from the Wild--the land that had held them captive for so long, forcing them to relive their stories over and over again.  Ever since then, the fairy tale characters have lived out their lives as best they can in the "normal" world, and have tried to keep up the illusion that the Wild doesn't exist.  The only problem is, it does exist.  It's trapped under Julie's bed...or at least, it was trapped.

As the Wild escapes and grows, pulling the fairy tale characters back into its hold--along with a bunch of "normal" people--Julie is forced to go on a quest of her own in order to save her mother, and all of her fairy tale friends.

This was a really great read that took my beloved tales, and turned them on their heads.  I adored the way the author managed to merge the Wild with the real world.

Can't wait to read more from this author.  I have Enchanted Ivy sitting in my to-read pile, and I'm really looking forward to it.

-geekgirl.


Defiance (Strange Angels #4 by Lili St.Crow) Trailer!


I am so frickin excited!
grabbyhands!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Linger - Maggie Stiefvater


In Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabelle, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.


I've got to say that I loved this book.  I got a little too caught up in the divergance between the werewolf mythology in Shiver, as compared to normal werewolf mythology--silver, changing due to the moon vs the weather, etc.  It was a little too different for me to accept in the first novel.  But in Linger, the new mythology seemed to take a backseat to everything else that was going on.

Grace and Sam's relationship continues.  It's not easy for them, but then, it's never been easy for them.  I really enjoyed their relationship, and how we as readers got to watch it develop without the threat of the werewolf curse hanging over their heads...at least in the beginning.

I really enjoyed the whole dynamic between Isabel--please let me have spelt that right...I've already returned my copy to the library so I can't double-check and I forgot to take notes--and the new character of Cole.  Cole was intriguing.  He wanted to be a wolf just as much as Sam wanted to be human.

This book was also a lot faster paced than Shiver, which I found exciting and made the book hard to put down.

All in all, I really enjoyed this.  I recommend that even if you were a little bit meh about Shiver, that you give Linger a chance.  It might surprise you.

-geekgirl

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Lookie what I got!



Please excuse the awful, awful photo.  I need a new camera.  This was taken on my phone.
  I'm so happy.  My friend bought me my very own copy of Strange Angels (Strange Angels, Book 1) by Lili St. Crow.  I loved this book so much that it was my first review on this blog.

So very pleased.  This will make my bookshelf so happy.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Okay...now this is getting rediculous...

So...the BF was down unexpectedly this evening.  Which was awesome.  Love having him around.

He was great.  He did the dishes, and helped with dinner, then afterwards, he was asking what I was going to get up to when he left that evening (because he has to go back and study...it's exam time for him, poor soul), I said I didn't know.

Him:  Well...what were you going to do tonight before you found out I was staying?
Me:  Weeeeellllllll..... the library just finished its renovation, and it's having its grand re-opening tonight.
Him:  Until when?
Me:  8:30.
Him:  Okay.
Me:  Uh-huh.
Him:  Yeah, we can do that.
Me: (boggles)...really?

Best.  Boyfriend.  Ever.

Please note:  The Boyfriend is not a reader.  He thinks my book-addiction is cute, but he's not a book-addict himself.  So the fact that he was not only willing to come to the library's grand re-opening with me, but was willing to drive me there...well...it was pretty epic.

I'm uber-impressed with him right now.  Just saying.

Of course, this subsequently led to the terrifying epic-ness that is my library book pile.  (see Fig. 1)


Fig. 1


I fear it.

Send help.

-geekgirl.

apologies for the accidental hiatus

Hi All!

As the title says, I'd like to apologize for my accidental hiatus on this blog.  It wasn't intentional.  Life has just been so crazy lately.

But you're not interested in that.  You're interested in what's next.

Upcoming Reviews:
The Hollow - Jessica Verday
White Cat - Holly Black
Infinity (the Chronicles of Nick) - Sherrilyn Kenyon
Into the Wild - Sarah Beth Durst
Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods  - Suzanne Collins
Academy 7 - Anne Osterlund
...and more!

I hope you all haven't forgotten about me while I've been gone, because I'm thrilled to be back!

lots of love
-geekgirl

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Not Suitable for Family Viewing - Vicki Grant




Summary:

If your life were a TV show, would you even get a speaking part?

Robin has everything a girl could want.  Thanks to her mother--the internationally beloved talk show host Mimi Schwartz--Robin's got the money, the means and the connections to make even her wildest dreams come true.

Why, then, does she chose to sit alone in a dark room watching endless reruns of You, You and Mimi?

Don't ask Robin.  She doesn't know--at least, not until a bizarre discover propels her to ditch her pampered new York Life for a deserted nova Soctian fishing village.  There, she stumbles upon love, the truth of her own background--and the shocking secret that helped make her mother a star.


Review:

ohmigod.  Please read this book.  Please? 

I started it on a whim on my lunch break (the book I brought with me really wasn't doing anything for me, so I ditched it, and picked this one at random from the stack I have stashed on my desk for reading emergencies (yes, I am that nerotic about reading.  This habit came about after a couple instances during which I realized I'd left home with nothing to read, and had a mini panic attack while having to pretend to be normal).

I couldn't put it down.

Wait...let me put that another way.

I COUDLN'T PUT IT DOWN!!!!!

It was amazing.  I fell completely in love with Robin (the main character--a teenage girl who has everything a girl could possibly need, except for any kind of family affection) as she discovers one tiny flaw in her mother's otherwise flawless life.  It's a shock for her to find that her mother (a world-famous talk-show host--think Oprah) is hiding something when she has made her career out of putting her entire life on display, so Robin decided to start digging.

For her, it's an effort to become close to her mother whom she isn't close to at all.

It's exciting, the writing is amazing.  It's funny, it's frightening, and it's sweet and romantic.

Amazing read.

Please read it.

Please.

Wait...this is a Canadian title.  Is this even sold outside of Canada?  I have to look into this.

If it isn't, I'll do a contest for a copy.  I promise.


5 (absolutely amazing) stars!

-geekgirl


Goodreads
Amazon.ca


P.S. The cover really doesn't capture what this book's about.  I don't know what the cover should be, but this isn't it.  It makes you think it's going to be completely about a teen romance, and while there is some of that (and it's adorable), that's not what the heart of the story's about.  (please read it)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

In My Mailbox (5)

In My Mailbox was created by The Story Siren. It's a weekly meme where bloggers share the books they've received throughout the week.

If you'd like to participate, or would like to know more, here's the link: In My Mailbox





Rampant - Diana Peterfreund (Library)
Once a Witch - Carolyn MacCullough (Library)
Night Runner - Max Turner (Bought)
Meridian - Amber Kizer (Library)
The Line - Teri Hall (Library)
End of Days (Night Runner #2) - Max Turner (Library)


I actually have a few more, but my computer is kicking my butt right now, so I'll have to save them for next week. 

So what did everyone else get in their mailbox?

Avalon High - Meg Cabot

I'm having a giveaway for this book HERE
contest is open until Midnight EST tonight (Sunday November 14)



Summary:

Avalon High, I was starting to think, might not be so bad after all.
Maybe it's not where Ellie wants to be, but if you have to start at a new school, Avalon High is typical enough: There's Lance, the jock. Jennifer, the cheerleader. And Will, senior class president, quarterback, and all-around good guy.
But not everyone at Avalon High is who they appear to be . . . not even, as Ellie is about to discover, herself. As a bizarre drama begins to unfold, Ellie has to wonder, what part does she play in all this? Do the coincidences she's piecing together really mean—as in King Arthur's court—that tragedy is fast approaching for her new friends?
Ellie doesn't know if she can do anything to stop the coming trouble. But somehow, she knows she has to try.


Review:

This was a really cute read.  I loved the integration of the King Arthur mythology within the story.  I've always been a fan of the King Arthur/Sword in the Stone myth, so it was really fun to see it set in the modern day.  I also really liked that it wasn't just a modern story of the King Arthur myth, but a story of fate.  It was the destiny of King Arthur to rise again, and Ellie has to stop Will (the new Arthur) from being killed before he comes to power.

Ellie's a really cool character too.  She's a sweet girl, but she also stands up for herself and for her friends.  I liked that she really didn't believe in the myth, and wasn't willing to play her part in it as instructed.

As always, Meg Cabot's writing is fun and fresh. 

Really fun read.  Can't wait to see the new movie.

-geekgirl
xoxo


On Amazon.com Avalon High
On Goodreads.com Avalon High

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

clearly I have issues with restraint....

...AKA an In My Mailbox sneak-peak.




Thoughts?

Does anyone else have this problem when they go to the library?

Speak up.  I can't be the only one.

-geelgirl

I'm not dead! I promise!

I've just been a little MIA recently.

I somehow managed to pinch something in my neck (I choose to blame a combination of my boyfriend, and a badly-placed pillow during sleep) which makes typing on my computer uber-painful.  And since I have to sit in front of a computer all day at work, the desire to do so once I've returned home has dwindled drastically.

So...apologies for being absent as of late.  I promise it's not permenant.

I'm not dead.  I promise.

Sincerely,

zombiegeekgirl
xox...braaaaaains!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Library Addicts Anonymous... [confessions of a book addict]

...I feel like there should be a club.

I'd join.

I've got a gazillion and one things in my to-be-read pile, not to mention I just had to take a couple books back only half-read because they were due and I couldn't renew them.

That being said...I pretty much had to physically restrain myself from going to the library today.  And yesterday.  I'm only half kidding.

It's a problem.  I check my library account page probably at least half a dozen times a day to see what's on it's way to me, and what has already arrived.  Today I found out that I have five (5!!!!!) glorious new YA books waiting for me at my local branch, and I nearly drove straight there.  They'll be waiting on the hold shelf for me for a week, but I almost couldn't wait.

I think I have issues with prioritizing.  I see the new and the pretty, and I forget about my sad, sweet pile of to-be-reads, and leave them hanging.

It's a problem.

I need a support group.  Not so much to deal with the actual problem, but to meet others like myself who share it.  I need to know I'm not the only one.

I'm not...right?

Right?

Saturday, October 30, 2010

In My Mailbox (4) & Nanowrimo Countdown

In My Mailbox was created by The Story Siren. It's a weekly meme where bloggers share the books they've received throughout the week.

If you'd like to participate, or would like to know more, here's the link: In My Mailbox


So without further ado...my In My Mailbox... (I've got some great stuff this week...so excited!!!)

From the Library:







I've been waiting for these to arrive at the library forever.  So excited.  I can't wait to read them.  I wish I could just stay home all week, and do nothing but read...but alas...I must eat...



And Purchased...





Did you know that The Summoning was originally written for Nanowriomo some years ago?  It was...according to some very old emails I received when I attempted (and failed) years ago.

And in regards to Nanowrimo...I've signed up....and I'm petrified.  There's only a little over 24 hours left until it begins and all that's going through my brain right now is I'm not ready...I'm not ready...I'm not ready.

But see, that's the thing.  I don't think I'm ever going to actually be ready, so I have to try anyway.

Are there any other book bloggers out there participating in Nanowrimo this year?  If so, do you have any tricks of the trade, words of encouragement, or anything else that might help me?

Pretty please?  I'm a little overwhelmed here...(cowers in the corner)

-geekgirl xoxo.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Weekend Wishlist - October 2010 (4) - Special Edition!

Every weekend I try to compile a little list of books that have caught my eye during the week.  I figure if they caught my eye, they might catch yours too!

This week, I thought I'd do something a little different....

Because I'm inspired.

Because it's almost Halloween (and I lurve Halloween)

Because my BF is awesome and he bought me a horror movie in another city when I couldn't find it in my own...

I decided that this week, instead of posting the covers of the books like I normally do, I'd post some of the super-aweseme fanart that Katie at Sophistikated Reviews posts every friday as part of her Fan Art Friday meme.  Because, to be honest, though the books sound amazing, their original covers didn't really grab me.

But Katie's art totally did.

So without further ado...my Weekend Wishlist, featuring the gorgeous fanart of Katie from Sophistikated Reviews...

(HINT: if you click on the links below the art, they'll take you to Amazon.com, where you can see what the books actually look like).

deadtossedwavesfaf

The Dead-Tossed Waves (Forest of Hands and Teeth, Book 2)
by Carrie Ryan
Why I Wish - Dystopian Society with Zombies the sequel.  Of course I want this.



echantedivyfaf

Enchanted Ivy
by Sarah Beth Durst
Why I Wish - More paranormal YA, and I've heard the main character in this one is good.



wonderousstrangefaf

Wondrous Strange (Wondrous Strange #1)
by Lesley Livingston
Why I Wish - Fairies and Shakespeare.  Nuff said.



paranormalcyfaf

Paranormalcy
by Kiersten White
Why I Wish - My YA Paranormal kick continues.




sistersredfaf

Sisters Red
by Jackson Pearce
Why I Wish - Red Riding Hood/Werewolves?  I'm in.



rampantfaf

Rampant
by Diana Peterfreund
Why I Wish - Unicorns!  I love unicorns!  ...wait... killer unicorns?  Sign me up!


Well, that's all for now folks.  Thanks again to Katie for letting me borrow her art for this post.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane - Suzanne Collins (The Underland Chronicles #2)

gregorprophecybane

Summary:
In the months since Gregor first encountered the strange Underland beneath New York City, he’s sworn he won’t ever go back. But when another prophecy, this time about an ominous white rat known as the Bane, calls for Gregor’s help, the Underlanders know the only way they can get his attention is through his little sister, Boots. Now Gregor’s quest reunites him with his bat, Ares, the rebellious princess Luxa, and new allies and sends them through the dangerous and deadly Waterway in search of the Bane. Then Gregor must face the possibility of his greatest loss yet, and make life and death choices that will determine the future of the Underland.
Suzanne Collins has created characters and a world that are capturing countless imaginations. This second installment of the Underland Chronicles is sure to win her even more enthusiastic fans.



Review:
Okay, I adore this series. 

All I've got to say is that when you finish a book, and instantly jump up searching for the next one to see if the cockroach is okay, you know the author is darn good.

Gregor continues to grow as a character, and I've got to tell you, I hope one day when I have kids, that I have a son like Gregor.  This kid is awesome.  He's smart and strong and wants nothing more than to protect and help his family.  I love him.

The world that Collins has created is amazing.  She has managed to weave a tale in which creatures that are classically seen as evil or disgusting (rats, spiders, bats, etc) are seen as friends.  Not an easy feat.

In this second volume of the series, Gregor returns to the Underland after the cockroaches grab his baby sister Boots (who they adore) from Central Park when he's supposed to be watching her.  Upon his return to Regalia, he finds out they took her for her own protection, as the rats are hunting her in order to fulfill an ancient prophecy.  In order to stop them, Gregor agrees to go hunting for the Bane, a huge white rat that is a symbol of the rats' power.

This is a great tale of adventure and danger and excitement that's still suitable for younger readers.

4 stars!

-geekgirl
xoxo

*Please tell me you'll give this series a try.  It's absolutely wonderful.  You won't regret it!*

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Inside Out - Maria V Snyder

insideout

Summary:

Keep Your Head Down.

Don't Get Noticed.

Or Else.


I'm Trella. I'm a scrub. A nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. I've got one friend, do my job and try to avoid the Pop Cops. So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? The only neck at risk is my own…until I accidentally start a rebellion and become the go-to girl to lead a revolution.



Review:
I really really enjoyed this one.  In case you haven't noticed, I'm a big fan of dystopian literature.  The Giver was one of my absolute favourite books growing up, and I never quite got over it. 

I love the idea that society has created itself in such a way that it believes itself to be perfect, or at least, the only way, only for the characters to find the flaws, and to think for themselves.

Trella is one of those characters.  Raised as a scrub to keep the society she lives in in working order, she is one of the "lowers"--the maintenance people, trained from infancy to do the horrible jobs of cleaning the vents, repairing the pipes, and collecting the waste of those who live above.  They have no families--families are not permitted--and Trella has rebelled against everything around her by having no friends.  In the overcrowded world of the scrubs, all Trella wants is to be alone.

Unfortunatly Cog, a boy who has been watching out for her since she was little, has other plans.  He drags her off to see a prophet--a man recently banished from the upper levels who has knowledge that the lowers do not--and he tells her she's special, and that he needs her help.

And then her entire world changes, and everything gets a whole lot bigger.

I loved the blend of dystopian society, science fiction, and a light love story in this book.  I also loved how Trella was far from perfect, but that she grew to realize that there were things out there much more important than herself.

I really recommend this one.  Try it out.  You'll like it too!

4 stars!

-geekgirl
xoxo.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

In My Mailbox (3)

In My Mailbox was created by The Story Siren. It's a weekly meme where bloggers share the books they've received throughout the week.

If you'd like to participate, or would like to know more, here's the link: In My Mailbox



From the Library

Possessed - Kate Cann
13 to Life - Shannon Delany
Never After - Dan Elconin
Bad Girls Don't Die - Katie Alender


Not nearly as many this week, but that's okay.  I'm still trying to catch up.  But I figure I've received some great books for Halloween. 

I Love Halloween.

So what did you get in your mailbox?

-geekgirl
xoxo.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Weekend Wishlist - October 2010 (3)

Every weekend I try to compile a little list of books that have caught my eye during the week.  I figure if they caught my eye, they might catch your's too!

So without further ado...my Weekend Wishlist



Betrayed - P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
Why I Wish - I just read Marked not too long ago, and I really enjoyed it.  Can't wait to read the second book in the series.

Linger - Maggie Stiefvater
Why I Wish - I read Shiver for the first time this week and I quite enjoyed it.  Also, I hear Isobel (did I spell that right?) is a bigger character in this one.  I love her bitchiness.  Really looking forward to her point of view.

Fallen - Lauren Kate
Why I Wish - Gorgeous cover.  Also I've never read anything about fallen angels.  I'm looking forward to it.

Fearscape - Simon Holt
Why I Wish - This is the third in a very creepy series.  I've read books one and two (The Devouring and Soulstice--reviews coming soon!) and enjoyed them a lot.  Soulstice ended on a cliffhanger, and I'm dying to know what happens.  I wish I could get this one before Halloween.  I'm in the mood for a good scary read.

Gone - Michael Grant
Why I Wish - All the adults disappear!  Poof!  And then apparently it's very much like The Stand by Stephen King (who I adore).  And my friend read it and couldn't stop talking about it.  This definately makes my list.

Hunger - Jackie Morse Kessler
Why I Wish - Anorexic teenage girl becomes one of the four horsemen of the apocolypse (she's famine).  I love the four horsemen of the apocolypse, and this is a really unique take.  Want!


Well, that's all for me folks.  I hope you enjoy this week's Weekend Wishlist.

And as always, please feel free to let me know what's on your wishlist.  I'm always looking for more books to read.

Have a great (reading) weekend!
-geekgirl
xoxo.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins (Hunger Games #3)

mockingjay

Summary:
Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss's family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans -- except Katniss.

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss's willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels' Mockingjay -- no matter what the personal cost.



Review:
This was a very hard book for me to read.  I'm awful with the final book of a series I love...I never want it to end.  I don't want to know what happens, I just want every character to live on in my mind forever, and I knew, just due to the nature and the premise of this series, that that would not be the case.

It was a great book, but it's not easy to get so attached to characters only to have their very lives endangered.  Having so much invested, I was a little scared to read this one, but I'm really glad I did.

Katniss' strength has grown so much over the series, and this book is no exception.  Even faced with incredible horror and loss, she is a character to be reckoned with.  At the beginning of the series she was a hunter, and used that identity in order to survive, becoming a warrior.  Now she has become a symbol for the very war she is in the middle of.  And a symbol does not need to survive to remain powerful.  But Katniss realizes that she has to survive, because no matter what she is, hunter, warrior, or symbol, she is at her very heart a protector.  And she can't protect anyone if she's dead.

The Hunger Games have begun again, but instead of a handful of frightened teenagers, it's the entire nation, and everyone is desperate to survive.

Suzanne Collins' writing is supurb.  You feel every emotion, every hard decision, and every challange as though you were going through it yourself.  She is an incredible writer. 

Completely heartbreaking.  Wonderful.

A great ending to the Hunger Games trilogy.

4 stars!

-geekgirl

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Immortal - Gillian Shields

immortal

Summary:

Wyldcliffe Abbey School for Young Ladies, housed in a Gothic mansion on the bleak northern moors, is elite, expensive, and unwelcoming. When Evie Johnson is torn away from her home by the sea to become the newest scholarship student, she is more isolated than she could have dreamed. Strict teachers, snobbish students, and the oppressive atmosphere of Wyldcliffe leave Evie drowning in loneliness.
Evie's only lifeline is Sebastian, a rebellious, mocking, dangerously attractive young man she meets by chance. As Evie's feelings for Sebastian grow with each secret meeting, she starts to fear that he is hiding something about his past. And she is haunted by glimpses of a strange, ghostly girl—a girl who is so eerily like Evie, she could be a sister. Evie is slowly drawn into a tangled web of past and present that she cannot control. And as the extraordinary, elemental forces of Wyldcliffe rise up like the mighty sea, Evie is faced with an astounding truth about Sebastian, and her own incredible fate.
Gillian Shields's electrifying tale will dazzle readers with suspense, mysticism, and romance.


Review:
I really enjoyed the backstory in this novel.  I loved the back-and-forth between Evie's story and Agnes', and the parallels between the two girls born over 100 years apart.  I also loved the magic in this story--I'm a big sucker for the whole elements thing (earth, air, fire, water)...I don't know why.

However, I had a really hard time connecting with the main character.  I found myself much more fond of Agnes (who grew stronger and stood up for herself and what she believed in) than of Evie (who kept caving and doing whatever Sebastian asked of her).  I also had a bit of a problem with the relationship between Sebastian and Evie.  It seemed too fast for me.  One minute he knocks her down into the mud and is really rude to her, and the next she's in love with him and sneaking out every night to see him.  There was almost no in-between, and I really couldn't see what Evie liked so much about him.  I didn't trust him.

It was a fun paranormal tale, but the relationship between Evie and Sebastian just wasn't for me.  I'm sure a lot of others out there would enjoy it though, and I'm really hoping Evie toughens up a bit for the next installment in the series.

3 stars.

-geekgirl
xoxo

Monday, October 18, 2010

Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater

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Summary:
For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human ... until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.



Review:
Book one of Theme Week Blue! is done!

This was an extremely unique take on werewolves.  Especially in the midst of all the other YA paranormal fiction out right now, which is so dark.  This was lovely.  It was a bright winter's day as opposed to a dark and stormy night.  I liked the relationship between Grace and Sam, and the connection the two of them shared throughout the years, before they even really met.  They have such a sweet relationship.  It's really cute.

At first, I wasn't sure what to make of this new take on werewolves, where it's not the moon that causes them to change, but the cold...but it grew on me.

However, there was one thing that really bothered me about this book.  It wasn't the characters, and it wasn't the story.  It was the fact that the print inside is blue.  And yeah, that looks really neat at first sight to most people, but my eyes aren't the greatest.  I can't read my computer screen at all without wearing my glasses, so when the print faded out every few pages to a pale blue on a white background, it was a real strain to read.  I couldn't stand it.  I was really hard on my eyes.  I'm a little concerned that they'll do the same for the future books in the series.

That aside, this was a really nice read.  If you're looking for paranormal with a little less darkness, this is the book for you.  Just beware the blue print.

4 stars! (I was going to take half a star away, because I just can't stand the blue print, but I enjoyed the story, so I won't)

-geekgirl
xoxo

Tune in tomorrow for book two of Theme Week Blue!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Theme Week (1) - Blue!

Hi All!

I've decided that I have too much to read, and no idea what I should read next...so in an effort to bring a little sanity into my insane world, I've decided I want to attempt a theme week.

What is a theme week, you ask?  Well, it's pretty much whatever pops in my head that week.  It won't be every week, and a lot of the themes are going to be pretty silly.  Like Vampires!...or The World is Ending! or Where's my Cat!?! (please note:  I have no idea what I would put into a "where's my cat!?!" theme week...but it's Sunday night, and officially, I'm not allowed to think on Sunday...so...yeah).

In summary, it's a theme that makes sense to me Sunday night, which may not make sense for the rest of the week, but I'm gonna try to run with it anyway.

So here's this week's theme....Blue!

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These are the books I'm going to try to read and review this week...Monday to Sunday.  Wish me luck!

Also, please leave me a comment if you happen to review a book that happens to fall in this week's theme.  I'd love to read it!

-geekgirl
xoxo

P.S.  I know this is probably a stupid idea, and this first attempt might be my last attempt, but bear with me while I try, ok?


ETA - List of completed books from this challenge...

Book 1 - Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater

Marked - P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

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Summary:

Review:
For some reason, I really didn't think I was going to like this series at all.  I don't know why I thought that...I have no idea, really.  I just somehow decided that I wasn't going to like it. 

Normally, I wouldn't tell you guys this, but I'm doing it for a reason. 

I was wrong. 

This was awesome.

And I'm telling you that I didn't think I was going to like it, because I really really did, and I'm sure that there's someone else out there who thought the same thing, and I'd really like to change their minds, and to give this book a chance.

I loved how strong Zoey was, and how she is special without really wanting to be.  I also think the cast of secondary characters was really strong, and I'm looking forward to how the story will pan out in the next book.

Where's the next book?  Gimmie gimmie gimmie.

4 stars!

-geekgirl
xoxo.

I think this was a very productive day...aka In My Mailbox part two

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Well, I promised on twitter that I'd post about my haul from my book road trip today, and I feel I've done pretty well.  Didn't get everything I was hoping for, but I'm really pleased.

I've decided that this counts as a second In My Mailbox post, as it's still Sunday, and mostly because I just really want to share the excitement.

So here's what I got...

Gregor the Overlander - Suzanne Collins
I did a review for this one here, but that was from a copy I had out from the library...this one belongs to me, and that makes me very very happy.  Also, this is by the same author as the Hunger Games, so if you know someone a bit younger who's not quite ready for the Hunger Games yet, this is a good alternative.  Great writing!  So happy to have found this one!

Runaway - Meg Cabot
I've read the first two in this series--Airhead and Being Nikki--and I loved both of them (haven't done reviews yet, but those will be coming soon).  Since the waiting list for this at the library is about a million and a half years long, I'm really glad I found this one.  Can't wait to read it.

The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Gothgirl - Barry Lyga
Not sure what this one's about, but the title pulled at my heartstrings.  I have a huge love for fanboys.  Couldn't resist.  Looks like a good read.  I'll keep you posted.

Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
Read this one not too long ago (review here) but yet again, from another library find.  Very happy to have my own copy, but a little bummed that the store didn't have the Hunger Games in stock.  It will be mine though, oh yes, it will be mine.  (name that reference)

Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver
Not too sure what this one's about, but I've heard good things.  Really looking forward to checking it out.

Hourglass - Claudia Gray
I've only read Evernight in this series so far, and that was a while ago, so I think a re-read may be in order.  I have both that and Stargazer on my shelf though, so I thought I'd better pick this up while I could.

Prophecy of the Sisters - Michelle Zink
Don't know too much about this one either, but it looks interesting.

Skulduggery Pleasant Dark Days - Derek Landy
I read the first Skulduggery Pleasant book ages ago and I loved it.  I have the others sitting on my shelf, just waiting to be read.  Teenage girl who's friends with a badass talking skeleton.  What's not to like? 


Well, that's all for now.  I got a couple adult titles as well, but I wasn't sure if I should post them, since I won't be reviewing them on this blog. 

What do you think?  Which should I start with first?

-geekgirl xoxo.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

In My Mailbox (2)

In My Mailbox was created by The Story Siren. It's a weekly meme were bloggers share the books they've received throughout the week.

If you'd like to participate, or would like to know more, here's the link: In My Mailbox



From the Library:

Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater
Demon's Lexicon - Sarah Rees Brennan
Immortal - Gillian Shields
Into the Wild - Sarah Beth Durst
Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods - Suzanne Collins

Anyone else get anything good?  Let me know!

Have a great rest of the weekend!

-geekgirl xoxo.

The Roar - Emma Clayton

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Summary:

Mika and Ellie live in a future behind a wall: Solid concrete topped with high-voltage razor wire and guarded by a battalion of Ghengis Borgs, it was built to keep out the animals, because animals carry the plague. At least that's what Ellie, who was kidnapped as a child, has always been taught. But when she comes to suspect the truth behind her captivity, she's ready to risk exposure to the elements and answer the call of the wild. Listen. Can you hear it? She's strapping on her headset, jumpstarting her Pod Fighter, and--with her capuchin monkey at her back--she's breaking out!


Review: 

I'm not sure if I should mark this as younger readers or not.  The main characters are younger than most of the other stories I blog about--they're around 12--but there's a lot of violence in this one (science fiction violence as opposed to fantasy violence...I'm not sure why that's different to me, but for some reason it is).  Not sure.  Any suggestions?  I'll leave it off for now, just in case.

This was a great fast-paced read.  I loved the character of Mika, as he does everything he can to find his sister, and connects with the others around him.  The summary focuses on his twin sister Ellie, but the story itself revolves almost completely around Mika as his world begins to change.  People start to disappear, the children at school are suddenly put through a program to make them healthier and stronger, and an incredible new game is introduced.  Mika struggles through all of it, knowing that his efforts are the only way to find his sister, who everyone else believes is dead.

Great read!  Absolutely cannot wait for the next book...this is going to have a sequel right?  Right?

Pretty please?

5 stars

-geekgirl xoxo

Friday, October 15, 2010

I Am Number Four - Pittacus Lore

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Summary:

Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books—but we are real.

Our plan was to grow, and train, and become strong, and become one, and fight them. But they found us and started hunting us first. Now all of us are running. Spending our lives in shadows, in places where no one would look, blending in. we have lived among you without you knowing.

But they know.

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They killed them all.

I am Number Four.

I am next.

Review: 

It was the title of this one that caught my attention, and when I learned it was about aliens, I was completely sucked in.  There's isn't too much YA sci-fi out there right now, and I for one really enjoy sci-fi.

That being said, I thought it was a bit strange that the story contained both sci-fi (aliens, spaceships, etc) and what could only be referred to as magic (charms, powers--other than strength and speed and so on, which could totally be alien powers, thanks Superman!).  I thought it was a bit odd, but maybe it will be explained in later books (this is the first in a series).

The story moved at a good pace, and I really liked the main character (aptly named Four, but who currently goes by John Smith...trying to blend in buddy?).  He seemed to be a blend of normal teenage boy, and Superman (except without the need to save everybody all the time).  The other characters seemed a little flat at times--the pretty girl, the jock, the nerd, the mentor, but a lot of the book was more focused on the backstory to what was happenening, and the mythology of Lorien, the planet where Four came from, all of which was very interesting and engaging.

I enjoyed this one a lot, and I'm really looking forward both to the next book in the series, and to the movie that is being made from this one, due out in February.  Definately going to go see that one.  Anyone want to join me?



4 stars!

-geekgirl xoxo

On Amazon.com I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies)
On Goodreads.com I Am Number Four
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