Thursday, July 28, 2011

Possession - Elana Johnson

  
Vi knows the Rule: Girls don’t walk with boys, and they never even think about kissing them. But no one makes Vi want to break the Rules more than Zenn…and since the Thinkers have chosen him as Vi’s future match, how much trouble can one kiss cause? The Thinkers may have brainwashed the rest of the population, but Vi is determined to think for herself.


But the Thinkers are unusually persuasive, and they’re set on convincing Vi to become one of them….starting by brainwashed Zenn. Vi can’t leave Zenn in the Thinkers’ hands, but she’s wary of joining the rebellion, especially since that means teaming up with Jag. Jag is egotistical, charismatic, and dangerous: everything Zenn’s not. Vi can’t quite trust Jag and can’t quite resist him, but she also can’t give up on Zenn.


This is a game of control or be controlled. And Vi has no choice but to play.



I don't know how to feel about this book.

I think I wanted to like it a lot more than I actually did.

I love dystopian tales, and I liked the backstory of the world of Possession, but it took me forever to actually piece everything together and figure out what was going on. It was really unclear.

I liked the main character Violet a lot, but it seemed like she had no idea what was going on around her. She's sucked into this adventure and she's supposed to be special and instrumental, but it was like she was just dropped there out of nowhere. She grew up in this world, but you wouldn't really know it. There's so little backstory on her as a character that, even though I liked her, I couldn't really connect with her and what she was feeling.

I really liked the romance between her and Jag, but only when Jag was being sweet. He drove me crazy throughout the entire novel.  He swung back and forth between sweet and infuriatingly secretive and closed off so quickly that it gave me whiplash. And he kept getting mad at her. Over things that weren't her fault.  Half of their relationship was him stalking off, pissed at her. It was really hard for me to read.

I really enjoyed the writing itself, but unfortunately Possession just wasn't the book for me.  But, that being said, I'd love to hear what you thought about it.

Let me know in the comments.

Happy Reading Everyone!

-geekgirl

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Cover Watch - Fever!

The cover for Fever, the sequel to Wither, was revealed today!




Just look at it.  Bask in its glory.

So beautiful.  I want this one so badly.

Can't wait!

-geekgirl

Paranormalcy - Kiersten White


Weird as it is working for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, Evie’s always thought of herself as normal. Sure, her best friend is a mermaid, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she's falling for a shape-shifter, and she's the only person who can see through paranormals' glamours, but still. Normal.

Only now paranormals are dying, and Evie's dreams are filled with haunting voices and mysterious prophecies. She soon realizes that there may be a link between her abilities and the sudden rash of deaths. Not only that, but she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal.

 Oh my goodness, why did I wait until now to read this book?  WHY?


Have you read this?  No...why not?  


Seriously, why not?


For some reason, I thought this book was something about a paranormal girl trying to fit in in a normal highschool.  I don't know why I thought that.  I think a lot of reviewers/summaries mentioned Evie's obsession with lockers and somehow the idea got lodged in my brain.


That thing I thought this was?  That's not it.


This book is about a million times better than I ever thought it would be.  Why didn't I listen?


Evie...ah, Evie.  I haven't felt quite this connected to a main character in quite some time.  She's adorable and kinda clueless about what constitutes normal, but that's completely understandable considering she's spent most of her childhood working for a paranormal detection agency.  But she's a normal girl...more or less...she's just really good at detecting paranormals.  And that makes her really, really good at her job.


But when a shapeshifter infiltrates the agency, her entire world gets turned upside down.


The relationships Evie had with the other characters--her coworkers, her best friend, her ex, even the shapeshifter--were all so complex and varied and real.  And as she starts to learn more about herself--while trying to save the world, naturally, or at least all the paranormals--her relationships flow and change and oh my goodness, just read this book.  If you like supernatural/paranormal YA, you WILL LIKE THIS BOOK.


YOU WILL LIKE THIS BOOK.


Don't wait.  Waiting was a dumb mistake on my part, and I think I owe someone a cookie to make up for it.


Although...I waited just long enough, considering Paranormalcy's sequel Supernaturally was just released yesterday.


Guess what's next on my reading pile?


 Oh, yeah.


Happy Reading!


-geekgirl

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Wildefire - Karsten Knight


Every flame begins with a spark.
Ashline Wilde is having a rough sophomore year. She’s struggling to find her place as the only Polynesian girl in school, her boyfriend just cheated on her, and now her runaway sister, Eve, has decided to barge back into her life. When Eve’s violent behavior escalates and she does the unthinkable, Ash transfers to a remote private school nestled in California’s redwoods, hoping to put the tragedy behind her.
But her fresh start at Blackwood Academy doesn’t go as planned. Just as Ash is beginning to enjoy the perks of her new school—being captain of the tennis team, a steamy romance with a hot, local park ranger—Ash discovers that a group of gods and goddesses have mysteriously enrolled at Blackwood…and she’s one of them. To make matters worse, Eve has resurfaced to haunt Ash, and she’s got some strange abilities of her own.
With a war between the gods looming over campus, Ash must master the new fire smoldering within before she clashes with her sister one more time… And when warm and cold fronts collide, there’s guaranteed to be a storm.

I didn't really know what to make of this book when I first picked it up.  It's pretty different from a lot of the paranormal YA titles out there right now.  First of all, it's told through the eyes of a female teen--Ash--but it was written by a guy.  That gives a pretty unique perspective.  Romance is not the focus here.

Ash has a burning inside her, one that her sister Eve has always managed to stoke.  When her sister is around, bad things happen, and Ash finds that it's more than a little difficult to control herself.  So when tragedy strikes, and Ash is sent to a boarding school in the middle of nowhere, she takes it as a fresh start--one without her sister.

But then strange things start to happen, and Ash finds herself caught up in a war between gods living on earth, she's forced to make a choice--between her new friends, her new life, or her own family.

Despite the novel's very violent beginning, it started off a little slow, and I had a hard time getting into it after the first bit.  By the time Ash starts over at a new school, it was like I was reading a different book about a different Ash, but, slowly, you got peeks of the old Ash shining though.  Her growth and her strength as she works with her new friends was great.  I loved the relationships betwen them, as well as the budding romance between Ash and the park ranger.

The ending was killer.  I immediately messaged the author and demanded to know if there was going to be a book two (hint: there is!).

I can't wait to see where this series goes.

Wildefire by Karsten Knight is out today!

Happy Reading!

-geekgirl

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (26)


Waiting on Wednesday was a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, so that bloggers can feature upcoming releases that they cannot wait to get their hands on.

Here's mine...

 SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD ADEN STONE HAS HAD A HELL OF A WEEK. HE’S BEEN:

Tortured by angry witches.
Hypnotized by a vengeful faery.
Spied on by the most powerful vampire in existence.
And, oh, yeah. Killed – twice.

His vampire girlfriend might have brought him back to life, but he’s never felt more out of control. There’s a darkness within him, something taking over . . . changing him. Worse, because he was meant to die, death now stalks him at every turn. Any day could be his last.

Once upon a time, the three souls trapped inside his head could have helped him. He could have protected himself. But as the darkness grows stronger, the souls grow weaker – just like his girlfriend. The more vampire Aden becomes, the more human Victoria becomes, until everything they know and love is threatened.

Life couldn’t get any worse. Could it?

 I have absolutely loved the first two books in this series, and there's no way I'm missing out on this one.


What about you?  What are you waiting on this week?


-geekgirl

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Cover Watch (3)

Just a few of the many gorgeous covers that have been recently revealed...THREEquels edition!  All of these books are #3 in their series.

I can't wait to get my hands on these books!






-geekgirl

Sunday, July 17, 2011

In My Mailbox (24)

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

 Here's what I got this week...

From the Library:


Darkest Powers Trilogy Kelley Armstrong
Wake Unto Me Lisa Cach
When You Reach Me Rebecca Stead
Possession Elana Johnson
The Iron Thorn Caitlin Kittredge
Red Moon Rising Peter Moore
The Haunted Jessica Verday
Rot & Ruin Jonathan Maberry

Well...that's all for me this week.  I hope you all got great stuff in your mailbox too!

Tell me what you got in the comments!

Happy Reading!

-geekgirl

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Weekend Wishlist (21)

Hey everyone!  Happy Saturday!
Do you have a list of books building up in your head (or on your bookshelf), that have been out for awhile, but you've never read, but you keep hoping you will?
Weekend Wishlist is a way for bloggers to share their to-be-read piles with each other, and to remind themselves that, though we all adore the new releases, there are many backlist titles that deserve our love too.

Anyway, here's mine!


A Victorian boarding school story, a Gothic mansion mystery, a gossipy romp about a clique of girlfriends, and a dark other-worldly fantasy--jumble them all together and you have this complicated and unusual first novel.
Sixteen-year-old Gemma has had an unconventional upbringing in India, until the day she foresees her mother's death in a black, swirling vision that turns out to be true. Sent back to England, she is enrolled at Spence, a girls' academy with a mysterious burned-out East Wing.
There Gemma is snubbed by powerful Felicity, beautiful Pippa, and even her own dumpy roommate Ann, until she blackmails herself and Ann into the treacherous clique. Gemma is distressed to find that she has been followed from India by Kartik, a beautiful young man who warns her to fight off the visions.
Nevertheless, they continue, and one night she is led by a child-spirit to find a diary that reveals the secrets of a mystical Order. The clique soon finds a way to accompany Gemma to the other-world realms of her visions "for a bit of fun" and to taste the power they will never have as Victorian wives, but they discover that the delights of the realms are overwhelmed by a menace they cannot control. Gemma is left with the knowledge that her role as the link between worlds leaves her with a mission to seek out the "others" and rebuild the Order.
A Great and Terrible Beauty is an impressive first book in what should prove to be a fascinating trilogy.
I've been wanting to read these forever.  They sound like my kind of book, but for some reason, I've never really looked into other people's reviews.

Have you read this series?  Did you like it.

Tell me!

Oh, and if you'd like to take part, just post your link below.  Remember, the focus of this meme is on back-list (already published) titles, so as much as we look forward to upcoming books, this is only for ones that have been out for awhile that are sitting on our to-read piles, okie dokie?

Friday, July 15, 2011

Forever Giveaway!

Well, Maggie Stiefvater is going to be doing signings in Ontario this weekend.  Unfortunately, I'm going to be up north at my friend's cottage all weekend, and I'll be unable to attend.

I'm super bummed about this, but the amazing Liz (aka Midnight Bloom Reads...go follow her, she's awesome!) is going in my stead.

So, since I'm not the only one who's unable to attend, I thought I'd give you a little treat....


GIVEAWAY!!!



One (1) lucky winner will win their choice of Shiver, Linger, or Forever.  So if you haven't read this trilogy, you have the chance to start.  If you're one book behind, you have a chance to win Linger so you can catch up, or if you're all caught up, you can win Forever and complete your set.

Contest is open Internationally.  If Bookdepository.com ships to you, you could win.

You must be a follower to enter.  New follower, old follower, it doesn't matter.

Just fill out the form to enter.  Contest closes at 11:59 EST July 31st.

GOOD LUCK!


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Unraveled - Gena Showalter


Since coming to Crossroads, Oklahoma, former outcast Aden Stone has been living the good life. Never mind that one of his best friends is a werewolf, his girlfriend is a vampire princess who hungers for his blood, and he's supposed to be crowned Vampire King—while still a human! Well, kind of. With four—oops, three now—human souls living inside his head, Aden has always been "different" himself. These souls can time-travel, raise the dead, possess another's mind and, his least favorite these days, tell the future.
The forecast for Aden? A knife through the heart.
Because a war is brewing between the creatures of the dark, and Aden is somehow at the center of it all. But he isn't about to lie down and accept his destiny without a fight. Not when his new friends have his back, not when Victoria has risked her own future to be with him, and not when he has a reason to live for the first time in his life….

Oh, Gena Showalter.  How do you make me love your books so much?  This one didn't want to go back to the library.  It wanted to live with me and be my pet.



It was my friend, and I miss it, and I want it back.


I adore this series (also, isn't it pretty?  It matches my blog so well *pines*).  We get a little deeper look in the more minor characters in the series (Shannon, oh how I love Shannon.  Shannon needs a hug, like, all the time) but mostly Unraveled picks up right where Intertwined left off (read that one first!  That's an order!) and I loved being thrown back into Aden's world, even though it's a pretty rough place to be.


The relationships between the characters, both romantic and friendship alike are quite different than a lot of the YA out there right now.  There's no real love triangle, there's just love and devotion and a wonderful sense of family that has been created.  I love it.


And it doesn't hurt that the series is getting more exciting and mysterious as we go along.


If you enjoyed Intertwined, I highly recommend you pick up Unraveled.  It's a great addition to the series.


I can't wait to read book three.


Happy Reading!


-geekgirl


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Witchlanders Trailer!

Lena Coakley, the author of Witchlanders which is coming out August 30th, just posted a book trailer for Witchlanders.

It's epic.

Let's watch, shall we?




So very awesome.  This one just got moved up in my TBR pile...pretty much to the top.

Love it.

-geekgirl

Waiting on Wednesday (24)


Waiting on Wednesday was a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, so that bloggers can feature upcoming releases that they cannot wait to get their hands on.

Here's mine...

Maya Delaney’s paw-print birthmark is the sign of what she truly is a skin-walker. She can run faster, climb higher, and see better than nearly anyone else. Experiencing intense connections with the animals that roam the woods outside her home, Maya knows it’s only a matter of time before she’s able to Shift and become one of them. And she believes there may be others in her small town with surprising talents.

Now, Maya and her friends have been forced to flee from their homes during a forest fire they suspect was deliberately set. Then they’re kidnapped, and after a chilling helicopter crash, they find themselves in the Vancouver Island wilderness with nothing but their extraordinary abilities to help them get back home. Plentiful action and romance in this second installment in the Darkness Rising series will keep readers enthralled to the very last page.

 I LOVED The Gathering, the first in this new trilogy.  I devoured it in like a day, and have been anxiously awaiting book two ever since.  It's not out until next April, but still...isn't it pretty?

*wants*

-geekgirl

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Girl, Stolen - April Henry


Sixteen year-old Cheyenne Wilder is sleeping in the back of a car while her mom fills her prescription at the pharmacy. Before Cheyenne realizes what's happening, their car is being stolen--with her inside! Griffin hadn’t meant to kidnap Cheyenne, all he needed to do was steal a car for the others. But once Griffin's dad finds out that Cheyenne’s father is the president of a powerful corporation, everything changes—now there’s a reason to keep her. What Griffin doesn’t know is that Cheyenne is not only sick with pneumonia, she is blind. How will Cheyenne survive this nightmare, and if she does, at what price? 



This was a story full of mystery and horror. 

When Cheyenne falls asleep, waiting for her stepmom in the car, she doesn't expect to awaken to the car itself being stolen, but that's exactly what happens.  And Griffin, her unwitting kidnapper, doesn't realize it until it's too late, and then he doesn't know what to do.

So he makes a big mistake...he chooses not to let her go.

Soon both teens are in way over their heads.  Griffin never meant to kidnap anyone, especially not a dangerously ill blind girl.

I liked how sympathetic Griffin was as a character, and how much he tried to help and protect Cheyenne.  I also loved how strong Cheyenne was, despite her terrifying situation.

This was a fairly short read that packed a big punch.  I was sorry to see it end.  I'd have loved to see even more in that world, and I felt that though the story was good, it could have gone on a bit longer.

Thrilling read!

-geekgirl

Monday, July 11, 2011

Lockdown - Alexander Gordon Smith

Beneath Heaven is Hell. Beneath Hell is Furnace.

Furnace Penitentiary: An underground hellhole. A place of pure evil with walls soaked in blood. Murderous gangs and vicious guards rule the darkness. Horrific creatures steal people away in the dead of night. And the impossible - escape - is the only hope.




This is the first book in Alexander Gordon Smith's Escape from Furnace series, and boy, was it a doozy.

It was violent and terrifying and I loved every minute of it. 

Alex--who's far from the perfect kid, make no mistake--has been found guilty of a crime he didn't commit.  Sure, he's knocked over a few houses in his time, stolen some stuff, but he never killed anyone.  He was framed.  No one believes him though.  The society he lives in is pretty much terrified of child violence, especially after the child gangs killed so many people a few summers back, and they've cracked down on the problem the only way they know how.

They built Furnace, an inescapable prison built deep underground.  That's where they send Alex, where he's pretty much left for dead.

And, unfortunately, that's not the worst thing.  There are strange things going on in Furnace, and even stranger creatures.

And Alex wants out.

This book was such an incredible thrill-ride.  I couldn't put it down. 

I cannot wait to get my hands on book two.  Expect a cliffhanger when you read this one folks, and have book two ready and waiting to go.  Don't make the mistake I did. 

Waiting is hard.

-geekgirl

Sunday, July 10, 2011

In My Mailbox (23)

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


Hey Everyone!  It's been so long since I've done one of these.  My computer's been all wonky lately, and we haven't been getting along.  But hopefully that's all behind us (I'm looking at you, computer) and we can get back to more wonderful bookish things.
I've gotten a few things since I last did an IMM post, and I'd love to share what I got.

So come closer, have a seat, and behold!

For Review:


Beauty Queens by Libba Bray


 Twisted by Gena Showalter

Thanks so much to Simon & Schuster Canada, Scholastic Canada, and Gena Showalter/HarperTeen for sending me these awesome books to review!
I can't wait to start reading them.

So what did you get in your mailbox?

Post your link in the comments!

-geekgirl

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Weekend Wishlist (20)

Hey everyone!  Happy Saturday!
Do you have a list of books building up in your head (or on your bookshelf), that have been out for awhile, but you've never read, but you keep hoping you will?
Weekend Wishlist is a way for bloggers to share their to-be-read piles with each other, and to remind themselves that, though we all adore the new releases, there are many backlist titles that deserve our love too.

So recently, I read this:


And it kind of blew me away with it terrifying awesomeness.

Here's what it's about:

Beneath Heaven is Hell. Beneath Hell is Furnace.

Furnace Penitentiary: An underground hellhole. A place of pure evil with walls soaked in blood. Murderous gangs and vicious guards rule the darkness. Horrific creatures steal people away in the dead of night. And the impossible - escape - is the only hope.

So now, I clearly need to get my hands on the rest of the series, or else I won't be able to sleep at night.



The series is called Escape From Furnace (click here for Goodreads link), and I cannot wait to get my hands on number 2.

C'mon, Library!  Hurry up!


Oh, and if you'd like to take part, just post your link below.  Remember, the focus of this meme is on back-list (already published) titles, so as much as we look forward to upcoming books, this is only for ones that have been out for awhile that are sitting on our to-read piles, okie dokie?

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