Monday, October 15, 2012

Monday Mini-Reviews (1)


Good Morning Everyone!

I've decided that my little hiatus has gone on long enough, and in order to get back into the swing of things, I'm introducing a new feature on the blog. Monday Mini-Reviews. Here you'll find my quick opinions on books I've read (or have tried to read and couldn't get through).


So let me know what you think!

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Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross

Sadly this was a did-not-finish for me. I adore fairy tales, but this one had insta-love all over it.













Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti
[goodreads]

Liked this one quite a bit, but not for the romance. The love interest seemed to be in the background the whole time. Great story about a girl finding the strength to stand up for herself, but not as romantic as it's made out to be.











No Safety in Numbers by Dayne Lorentz

Loved the concept, but wasn't in love with all the point-of-view characters. The tone of the story was excellent, and kept getting tenser as the situation worsened. Amazing ending. Can't wait for book 2!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

REVIEW Auracle by Gina Rosati


Auracle
by Gina Rosati
Hardcover
Roaring Book Press
August 7, 2012



16 year old Anna Rogan has a secret she's only shared with her best friend, Rei; she can astrally project out of her body, allowing her spirit to explore the world and the far reaches of the universe.

When there's a fatal accident and her classmate Taylor takes over Anna's body, what was an exhilarating distraction from her repressive home life threatens to become a permanent state. Faced with a future trapped in another dimension, Anna turns to Rei for help. Now the two of them must find a way to get Anna back into her body and stop Taylor from accusing an innocent friend of murder. Together Anna and Rei form a plan but it doesn't take into account the deeper feelings that are beginning to grow between them.


Okay, first thing's first.  I'm claiming Rei.  Just thought I should let you know.  You can't have him.  He's mine.  He's dreamy and adorably mother-hennish towards Anna.  He kind of came out of nowhere and was awesome and I love him.  You can't have him.

But I digress.  There's so much more to talk about.  This book is so phenomenally good.  I don't know what I was expecting, but it really wasn't THIS. 

I loved that this book was practically a murder mystery, even though you know exactly what happened when Anna's classmate was killed (Anna happened to be doing her wandering-around-without-a-body thing at the time), but now Anna is stuck without her body, possibly for good, and one of her best friends is framed for the "murder".

The characters were great in this.  Anna is so tough and she's doing everything she can (which isn't much considering she's stuck without a body at the moment) to help "solve" the crime of her dead classmate.  And Rei...well, you already know my stance on Rei.  The romance between them was brilliant (falling for one's best friend is sure to be good) but I loved how it took a backseat to the story.

This book kept me reading all night.

I LOVED it.

Happy Reading!

-geekgirl

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

REVIEW Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry


Pushing the Limits
by Katie McGarry
Hardcover
July 31, 2012
Harlequin Teen

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

Hello book world!  I'm back from my summer hiatus and I'd like to introduce you to my new fave contemp!

Seriously.  All other contemps of the world...sit up, take note.  THIS is what I'd like you to be.

I started pining for this book the moment I saw the cover.  I drooled.  Look at it.  It's HOT.  But I've got a bad habit of building books up in my mind just based off of the covers alone, so I was a little hesitant when I started reading this.  Readers, don't you worry.  This time I wasn't let down.  In fact, I was kind of floored by how good this book is.

I LOOOOVED it.  (Not joking about the "new fave contemp" thing).

This book has such great characters, and it's told in alternating points of view between Noah (our hero) and Echo (our heroine) as they encounter each other for the first time and are forced to interact.  Echo is trying to muddle through living up to her father's expectations, living with the death of her older brother, and trying to figure out what happened that forgotten night that caused her mother to be locked out of Echo's life, and for Echo's arms to be covered in scars.  Noah, on the other hand, is trying to bring his family back together the best he can.  Marked as a "dangerous" foster child, and fostered separately from his younger brothers, Noah is trying to get his life together so that he can get custody of them once he turns eighteen.  But, as Noah is a bit of a rebel, things aren't going well, so he's forced to play by his new social worker's rules...and that means getting tutored by Echo.

Seriously, I read this book in like one sitting.  The way these two characters bond and fall for each other was amazing.  I loved it.  They're both so flawed, but they see hope in each other, and they start to help one another and rely on one another to survive their unhappy lives.

SUCH a good read.

If you enjoy contemporaries (no vampires or sci-fi here!) I highly recommend this book.

I'm already pining for more from this author.

Happy Reading!

-geekgirl




Monday, June 18, 2012

REVIEW Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

Unraveling
by Elizabeth Norris
Hardcover
Balzer + Bray
April 24, 2012


Two days before the start of her junior year, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit by a pickup truck and killed—as in blinding light, scenes of her life flashing before her, and then nothing. Except the next thing she knows, she’s opening her eyes to find Ben Michaels, a loner from her high school whom Janelle has never talked to, leaning over her. And even though it isn’t possible, Janelle knows—with every fiber of her being—that Ben has somehow brought her back to life.

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

From debut author Elizabeth Norris comes this shattering novel of one girl’s fight to save herself, her world, and the one boy she never saw coming.


Okay, one of the absolute best parts of this book was that I had no idea what was coming.  I was seriously completely surprised.  And that's what I loved about it so I'm going to try to make this review as spoiler-free as I can make it.

I LOOOOVED this book.  I loved how mysterious it was.  I loved how you only got little bits of the puzzle.  No info-dump here, just learning what was going on as Janelle did.

I loved her.  She was tough but still very much a normal teenage girl.  She stresses out about her family.  She worries about her best friend.  She has issues with her ex-best-friend who did the unforgivable.  She's doing the best she can with very little support system.  She had worries and fears and was not perfect.  Except in Ben's eyes.  All her life she's barely noticed him (he's one of the stoner kids that sit in the back of the class) but after he brings her back to life she's understandably obsessed with figuring out just who he is.

And Ben is awesome.  He is absolutely smitten with Janelle and has been for as long as he's known her.  It's adorable.  And it annoys his friends who are sick of hearing about it (for years), which is at times hilarious.

I got so absorbed in the back and forth between the two of them that I managed to forget a vital piece of information from the back of the book..."to put a stop to the end of the world". Oh yeah.  The world REALLY IS going to end if they can't figure out what's going on and stop it.  And the world-ending thing?  Totally not what I was expecting.

LOVED it.

There's a bunch of unexpected sci-fi elements in this book, which was a HUGE plus for me, but if you hate sci-fi, this isn't the book for you.  Just warning you since it really doesn't go into detail on the blurb.

Hope you love it as much as I did!

-geekgirl


Sunday, June 17, 2012

REVIEW Revived by Cat Patrick

Revived
by Cat Patrick
Hardcover
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
May 8, 2012

As a little girl, Daisy Appleby was killed in a school bus crash. Moments after the accident, she was brought back to life.

A secret government agency has developed a drug called Revive that can bring people back from the dead, and Daisy Appleby, a test subject, has been Revived five times in fifteen years. Daisy takes extraordinary risks, knowing that she can beat death, but each new death also means a new name, a new city, and a new life. When she meets Matt McKean, Daisy begins to question the moral implications of Revive, and as she discovers the agency’s true goals, she realizes she’s at the center of something much larger—and more sinister—than she ever imagined.

This book was WAY more serious than I anticipated it to be, and it was SO GOOD because of that fact.  I'm not sure what I was expecting, but Revived went above and beyond my expectations.  I think I was expecting something kind of fluffy, something where Daisy is kind of learning what she can do as she's drawn into a whole Reviving society.  I don't know.

But it wasn't that at all.  IT WAS BETTER.

After dying AGAIN, Daisy and her pseudo-parents have picked up and moved.  She's starting over and for once she's actually trying to be normal.  She's going to make friends.  That's where Audrey and Matt come in.  She bonds with Audrey from the get-go, and it doesn't hurt anything that her brother Matt is super-hot.  But as she gets closer to the siblings, she starts to wonder about the thing she's taken for granted ever since she was a kid--the fact that if she dies, it isn't the end.  She's been brought back again and again, and as she gets close to her new friends (and, in Matt's case, something more) the whole issue of morality and mortality start turning over in her mind.

Why does she get to live?  Why has she been chosen to be brought back to life again and again?  And why are the kids that died in the bus crash with her when she was little the only ones who get to use Revive?

But Daisy starts asking too many questions, and before long, everything starts to crumble down around her.

This book had a fabulously unexpected premise.  The bonds that Daisy made with Matt and Audrey were so wonderful.  They were almost difficult to read as Daisy was going through such a hard time as she made such deep connections with people outside the program for the first time in her life.  The science-fiction element in this story was compelling, and the relationships tugged at my heartstrings.

Great read!

-geekgirl




Friday, June 15, 2012

REVIEW Dead to You by Lisa McMann

Dead to You
by Lisa McMann
Hardcover
Simon Pulse
February 7, 2012

Ethan was abducted from his front yard when he was just seven years old. Now, at sixteen, he has returned to his family. It's a miracle... at first. Then the tensions start to build. His reintroduction to his old life isn't going smoothly, and his family is tearing apart all over again. If only Ethan could remember something, anything, about his life before, he'd be able to put the pieces back together. But there's something that's keeping his memory blocked. Something unspeakable...


This was another small book with a big impact.  I still don't really know what to say in my review.

It kind of broke me.

Reviewing this without giving anything away is going to be tough, but here goes...


Dead to You picks up right as Ethan is reunited with his family.  He'd always known there was something strange about his broken childhood, so when he saw his picture on a site for missing children he didn't hesitate before contacting them and being reunited with his family.

The problem is, he really isn't sure what to do now that he's with them again.  He doesn't remember anything before his abduction and after years of not being able to trust anyone, he can't quite make himself open up to his parents as to exactly what happened to him in the meantime.  It's hard, but he's trying to remember.  He's trying to be the son and brother they want him to be.

But he's a little bit...different.

The lack of information and backstory really gave me the impression of Ethan as a brand new baby, when in fact he was a teenager.  It was like he was learning things from the first time (if that makes any sense...it's hard to put into words) as he tries to fit in to his new hometown.  It was as though he tried to completely blank out his life before he found his family, and he was starting all over again.  It really put me in the moment, in his head, and he was hiding things from even himself.

Wow...this is hard to review.

It was hard to see Ethan find his family, only to have to deal with the fallout from the trauma he'd experienced.  The rage.  The panic attacks.  The attention he didn't want and didn't know how to deal with.  The doubt.

This wasn't an easy read, but it was a good one.  I'm still reeling a little.

I love Lisa McMann.

-geekgirl

Weekend Wishlist - The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

I've been on holidays this week and I'm amazed at the fact that it's Friday AGAIN.  How did this happen?  Where did my vacation days go?

I'm kind of bummed.

But this means it's time for another Weekend Wishlist post.  And that's always fun.

For those of you new to the blog (hello!) Weekend Wishlist is a little post I created where I could feature older titles that have caught my attention.

Here's what's caught my eye this week...


The Goddess Test
by Aimee Carter
Paperback
April 19, 2011
HarlequinTeen

EVERY GIRL WHO HAS TAKEN THE TEST HAS DIED.

NOW IT'S KATE'S TURN.

It's always been just Kate and her mom--and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won't live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld--and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he's crazy--until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride and a goddess.

IF SHE FAILS...

I can't believe I STILL HAVEN'T READ THIS BOOK.  What's wrong with me, guys?  I feel like such an epic fail.

I was going to pick it up when I was book shopping yesterday, but IT WASN'T THERE.

Travesty.

Not cool, world.  Not cool.

So yeah, that's my pick for this week.  Are there any backlist titles you've got your eye on?  Let me know in the comments!

Love ya!

Happy Weekend!

-geekgirl








Thursday, June 14, 2012

REVIEW Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

Monument 14
by Emmy Laybourne
Hardover
Feiwel & Friends
June 5, 2012
Your mother hollers that you’re going to miss the bus. She can see it coming down the street. You don’t stop and hug her and tell her you love her. You don’t thank her for being a good, kind, patient mother. Of course not—you launch yourself down the stairs and make a run for the corner.

Only, if it’s the last time you’ll ever see your mother, you sort of start to wish you’d stopped and did those things. Maybe even missed the bus.

But the bus was barreling down our street, so I ran.

Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong.

In Emmy Laybourne’s action-packed debut novel, six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves inside. While outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world—as they know it—apart.

I wasn't sure about this one at first.  To be honest, it took me a couple of chapters to figure out if the narrator was a guy or a girl (Note: it's a guy. His name is Dean.  There, I just saved you a whole lot of concentration that you should be putting towards other parts of the book) but once I got past that part, Monument 14 was a really exciting read.

The book opens as Dean and his brother are running for their respective school buses.  In that moment, that's all that matters, making it to school on time.  They have no idea that the world around them is about to end, and that their lives are about to be changed forever.

Without warning giant hailstones begin falling from the sky.  Dean's bus is destroyed and most of its passengers are killed in the chaos, and before they know it, a group of survivors including Dean's brother Alex, his little neighbors, a kid that only speaks Spanish, the bully from Dean's school, the popular jock, and the girl Dean has been pining for forever end up taking shelter in the local superstore under the care of the bus-driver.  The bus-driver tells them two things: One, she's going to get help and will be back soon.  Two: the jock is in charge until she gets back.

Only she doesn't come back, and soon the group is locked inside the superstore.

And THEN all hell breaks loose.

This was an exciting, page-turning read.  I couldn't wait to see what happened next and I sped through this book like my life depended on it.

Sometimes I wanted to throttle the characters--because little kids can be ANNOYING and big kids aren't much better--but I loved the way the author has brought about the end of the world.  Choices have to be made.  Life has to be protected, and sometimes you can't even trust yourself.

Great read and a great new voice.  Can't wait for more!

-geekgirl


P.S. Feel free to judge me for taking about a million years to figure out exactly why this book is called "Monument 14".  I was in the middle of telling my brother I didn't know why that was the title when I figured it out. If you've read it and haven't figured it out yet...*solidarity fistbump*

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

REVIEW I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

I Hunt Killers
by Barry Lyga
Hardcover
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
April 3, 2012


What if the world's worst serial killer...was your dad?

Jasper (Jazz) Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say.

But he's also the son of the world's most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could--from the criminal's point of view.

And now bodies are piling up in Lobo's Nod.

In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret--could he be more like his father than anyone knows?


Oh, this one is getting SO MANY STARS.  ALL OF THEM.  You have no idea.

Really, there are no words for how much I loved this book.  The characters, the setting, the mystery...everything was spot-on and I was able to get completely lost in the world and the story that the author had created. 

Jazz is one of the best narrators I've come across in awhile.  He's pretty screwed up, what with being the son on a notorious serial killer and all.  He's been trained all his childhood to follow in his father's footsteps, and now, even years after his father was caught and taken away, it's hard for him to silence the running commentary his father has in his head of just how easy it would be to kill someone.  He constantly has to fight with himself to NOT think about how easy it would be to take down that cop he's watching, how to take his weapon...how to end his life.

He's trying.  But it's hard. 

So he's turned to another method to sort of channel his darker urges.  When a body turns up in a field, Jazz sneaks to the side of the crime scene to investigate exactly who it was that was killed, and how the killer did it.  That's where we meet Jazz, on his belly hidden in the grass at the edge of a field, binoculars in hand (special ones his dad picked out years before he'd been caught, ones that don't reflect the light so that the police that are investigating the scene won't see the little flash of light that would give his position away), spying on the crime scene.  That's where the story begins and that's where Jazz realizes that there's more to this killing than the cops are wiling to accept.  That there's a new serial killer in town.

And it isn't Jazz.

I loved Loved LOVED Jazz's interactions with the other characters.  While Jazz is fighting with himself over whether or not he's actually a good person or if he's a killer that just hasn't killed yet, his friends have taken on a different approach to looking at him.  The sheriff, the man who put Jazz's dad in prison, has a sort of "you're creepy, kid...if I didn't know you DIDN'T kill this woman, I'd totally think you did because you're so weird and also please stop hanging around crime scenes because that is what serial killers do" kind of mentality towards him....in a very affectionate-slash-exasperated way.

I was absolutely ABSORBED in this book.  I loved it so SO much.

I don't want to give anything away, so I'll stop my review here...but in summary OMG LOVE!

I'm really, REALLY hoping there's a sequel in the works for this book.

-geekgirl

 p.s.  Jazz's best friend also happens to be a hemophiliac...which creates an interesting dynamic when Jazz drags him along to crime scenes and to break into the morgue and the boy BLEEDS ALL OVER EVERYTHING.  Yeah.  I loved the two of them. 


Friday, June 8, 2012

REVIEW 172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad


172 Hours on the Moon
by Johan Harstad
Hardcover
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
April 17, 2012

It's been decades since anyone set foot on the moon. Now three ordinary teenagers, the winners of NASA's unprecedented, worldwide lottery, are about to become the first young people in space--and change their lives forever.

Mia, from Norway, hopes this will be her punk band's ticket to fame and fortune.

Midori believes it's her way out of her restrained life in Japan.

Antoine, from France, just wants to get as far away from his ex-girlfriend as possible.

It's the opportunity of a lifetime, but little do the teenagers know that something sinister is waiting for them on the desolate surface of the moon. And in the black vacuum of space... no one is coming to save them.

In this chilling adventure set in the most brutal landscape known to man, highly acclaimed Norwegian novelist Johan Harstad creates a vivid and frightening world of possibilities we can only hope never come true.


This book is hard for me to review because while all I've been hearing from my fellow bloggers was rave reviews...I didn't love it.

I did LIKE it however.

I think this one sits firmly in the 3.5 star range for me.

Here's why...

I LOVE science fiction.  I really do.  I'm such a huge geek, you have no idea.  But although I'm a firm believer in the fact that you have to suspend disbelief when you read a story, I couldn't for the life of me figure out why they were sending teenagers to the moon.  If anyone who has read the book knows why, PLEASE let me know.  I think I missed something.

I liked the characters and the switching points of view.  They really were typical teenagers...the two girls both seemed to pine over Antoine, but really, can you blame them?  He's a cute French guy.  There is no bad there.  And I really liked the dynamic and bonding between the three of them when they finally got to the moon and things started going wrong.  They banded together like a little family.  LOVE.

I LOVED the setting.  The moon-base was brilliantly described.  Totally felt like I was there.

That being said, once they got to the moon and everything started going to hell, the book felt a little rushed.

By the end I was sitting there going "wait...what?  what's going on?" and that was a little disconcerting.

So in summary, I'm a little torn about this one.  I'm not really sure what I think about it.  I did enjoy it though, and if you're a fan of science fiction, I urge you to give this one a shot.

Happy Reading!

-geekgirl


Weekend Wishlist - Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

You know what I haven't done in FOREVER?...  A Weekend Wishlist post.

For those of you new to the blog (hello!) Weekend Wishlist is a little post I created where I could feature older titles that have caught my attention.

Here's what's caught my eye this week...


Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

In an explosion of his own making, Lucius blew his arms off. Now he has hooks. He chose hooks because they were cheaper. He chose hooks because he wouldn’t outgrow them so quickly. He chose hooks so that everyone would know he was different, so he would scare even himself.

Then he meets Aurora. The hooks don’t scare her. They don’t keep her away. In fact, they don’t make any difference at all to her.

But to Lucius, they mean everything. They remind him of the beast he is inside. Perhaps Aurora is his Beauty, destined to set his soul free from its suffering.

Or maybe she’s just a girl who needs love just like he does.


Doesn't that sound so interesting?  It's like a twist on Beauty and the Beast but all DARK.

WANT.

I'm going to need to track this one down.

So what about you, dear readers?  Do you have an older title you've got your eye on this weekend?

If so, let me know!  I'm always on the hunt for my next read.

Love ya!

-geekgirl

 

Thursday, May 31, 2012

REVIEW Purity by Jackson Pearce



Purity
by Jackson Pearce
Hardcover
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
April 24, 2012


A novel about love, loss, and sex -- but not necessarily in that order.

Before her mother died, Shelby promised three things: to listen to her father, to love as much as possible, and to live without restraint. Those Promises become harder to keep when Shelby's father joins the planning committee for the Princess Ball, an annual dance that ends with a ceremonial vow to live pure lives -- in other words, no "bad behavior," no breaking the rules, and definitely no sex.

Torn between Promises One and Three, Shelby makes a decision -- to exploit a loophole and lose her virginity before taking the vow. But somewhere between failed hookup attempts and helping her dad plan the ball, Shelby starts to understand what her mother really meant, what her father really needs, and who really has the right to her purity.



Purity Review

This has been one of my favourite books this year, which was completely unexpected considering 1. It isn't a very long book, 2. It has a lot to do with religion and generally I steer clear from books like that and 3. While I love Jackson Pearce's Fairy Tale re-tellings, I wasn't sure what to expect from her with a contemporary novel.

All these (imagined) issues were quickly dashed as soon as I sat down in my reading chair and whipped through this fabulous book.

I loved it.

I LOVED IT.

Shelby was a great character.  She's been following the three rules her mother gave her before she died.

1. Love and listen to her father
2. Love as much as possible
3. Live without restraint

She's been doing great with number 3.  I loved that Shelby had a life-list of all the things she wanted to do.  And I loved the fact that the list was closely guarded by her friend Jonas.

She's been also doing the best she can with rule number 1, but when her father decides to throw himself into working on the town's Purity ball, everything goes to hell.  Because if she pledges her purity to her father (which is done at the end of the ceremony, so that the fathers can keep them safe until marriage) it means she can't have sex until she's married. And she isn't planning on getting married any time soon.  So, stuck between a rock and a hard place, she decides her only option is to have sex before the purity ball.

This creates problem after problem for Shelby and her friends as they try to track down the right guy, keep her from getting caught, and try not to ruin their friendship over it.

I don't want to give anything else away, but seriously...READ THIS BOOK!  It's wonderful.

-geekgirl

p.s. Jonas is my favourite and all his interactions with Shelby were amazing. Their relationship made me feel ALL THE FEELINGS. 

Cover Watch

Good Morning All!

There have been a whole bunch of new (and GORGEOUS) covers popping up lately.  I've rounded up a few of my faves to share with you, just in case you missed them.

Please join me in drooling now...











Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday - Days of Blood and Starlight

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Breaking the Spine...

Here's what I'm waiting on this week...






In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed "Daughter of Smoke and Bone," Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone was declared a "must read" by Entertainment Weekly, was named a Best Book of the Year by Amazon.com, and The New York Times called it "a breath-catching romantic fantasy."


Oh my goodness, you have NO IDEA how much I want this book.  I was absolutely blown away by Daughter of Smoke and Bone.  It was one of my favourite books of last year.

The cover for this one came out just this last week or so, and I've been drooling over it ever since.

Isn't it GORGEOUS?!?!

What about you, my lovelies?  What are you waiting on this week?

Let me know in the comments!

<3 geekgirl

 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Hunting Lila Tour Stop - Review & Q&A!


Hunting Lila
by Sarah Alderson
Paperback
Simon & Schuster (UK)
August 5, 2011

17-year-old Lila has two secrets she’s prepared to take to the grave. The first is that she can move things just by looking at them. The second is that she’s been in love with her brother’s best friend, Alex, since forever.

After a mugging exposes her unique ability, Lila decides to run to the only people she can trust—her brother and Alex. They live in Southern California where they work for a secret organization called The Unit, and Lila discovers that the two of them are hunting down the men who murdered her mother five years before. And that they’ve found them.

In a world where nothing and no one is quite as they seem, Lila quickly realizes that she is not alone—there are others out there just like her—people with special powers—and her mother’s killer is one of them…

Oh, I LOVED this book.

First, even before I managed to get my hands on a copy, I PINED for this book. Have you seen the cover? (*points*) Isn't it gorgeous?!?  LOVE.

Okay, now for the actual book review.

I loved Lila.  She felt like a very genuine seventeen year old girl...she's a little hurt by the fact that she's been held at arm's length by her father and her brother ever since her mother's death, she thinks about school and fitting in, and her future college.  Oh, and she's also head-over-heels in love with Alex, her brother's best friend, who she has known all her life.  And really, once you see him through her eyes, you can't really blame her.  Alex has always been there for her.  And quite frankly, he is swoon-worthy.  There.  I said it.

So when she's mugged in England, she rushes back to California to find comfort in her brother...and with Alex.

The only thing is...Lila isn't exactly a normal seventeen year old girl...she can move things with her mind. And it wasn't the mugging that had her so freaked out, it was what she DID during it.

And she's getting stronger.

So she takes solace in her brother and in Alex, but she quickly notices that they are keeping something from her.  Something big.  Something to do with their work with the government.

And they might all be in danger.

I don't want to give too much away. One of the best things about the story was the twists and turns the author took me on, but if you have a chance to pick up Hunting Lila, I definitely recommend it.

The only thing that bothered me about this book was the fact that Lila was supposed to have grown up mainly in the U.S., but her point of view was full of Britishisms (like "maths" and "flat" and so forth) which I thought was a little out of place.  But then, after I had finished reading, I remembered a friend of mine who has spent her whole life in Canada, but with British parents, and even she uses Britishisms without thinking about it.  So while it struck me as strange at first, I finally realized that yes, that was realistic.

This was a great read full of action and adventure and some of the best romantic pining that I've read in a long time.

I can't wait for the sequel!







 
Sarah Alderson, the author of Hunting Lila, was kind enough to do a little interview with me on the blog...

1. What made you want to tell as story about a girl with a superpower?
Because I was tired of all the books about girls who needed rescuing. I wanted to see a girl who could kick ass.


2. Lila is in love with Alex before the book even began. What made you choose to go the lifelong crush route over the introduction of a new love interest?
I think it’s more believable and that it appeals to readers. It’s so romantic. Alex has known Lila since she was born and they have all these gorgeous memories. He’s always been there for her and she trusts him implicitly. It also raises interesting questions about how a relationship that’s built on friendship (and he’s her brother’s best friend) can morph into a romance. There’s all that tension and history to overcome (as well as a brother’s anger).


3. In the book, Lila has the power to move things with her mind. If you could choose a power for yourself, what would it be?
I’d like to be able to teleport anywhere in the world. I’d fly to Sydney to meet the bloggers I love over there, then I’d head to LA to hang out with my actress friend MyAnna who’d give me all the low-down on Twilight (she plays Tanya Denali) and to party with her, then I’d go to Vancouver for breakfast because I’ve never been there before and am dying to go. Then I’d head to the Caribbean where one of my best friend’s lives to have lunch with her on the beach, before spending an afternoon shopping in New York. Then I’d meet up with all my friends in my hometown of London for dinner and a pint down the pub. The next day I’d maybe spend the day eating in Paris or strolling around Amsterdam before jumping over to Istanbul and then on to Tokyo for another wild night out. Wow. I just wouldn’t stop. I’m a true vagabond at heart.


4. If you had a superpower, would you be a superhero, a supervillian, or would you hide it from the world and pretend to be ordinary?
I’m not sure. I think I’d hide it like Lila tries to do. People tend to look at you differently and treat you differently if they think you’re something else…even as an author people tend to see you as an author – as a persona - and not just as a person. It creates weirdness. Like being chased around supermarkets by eleven year olds. So I’d rather just pretend to be non super-powered and get on quietly with my life.


5. Is Losing Lila going to be the final book, or is there more in store for us?
I have no idea yet. We’ll see how Losing Lila goes. I’m tied up with writing projects until early next year so I’ll have to see.


6. (And since I feel the need to ask EVERYONE this...) Do any of your characters have a zombie apocalypse plan?... Do YOU?
I plan every day for the coming Zombie apocalypse. I am fully stocked up with Baked Beans and Tequila, the two things I think will see me through any invasion. I am also practicing my dance walking, which to some people looks a little like a Zombie Shuffle. This will help me blend in and avoid detection. I also just bought some super sharp kitchen knives from Ikea. I think I could use those to chop off Zombie limbs.


Thanks Sarah!







Sunday, May 20, 2012

REVIEW Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout





Obsidian
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Paperback
Entangled Teen

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.



 Okay, I'll be honest. At first I did NOT like Daemon.  He's condecending and self-important and seems to think he's better than Katy.


I wanted to hit him.  Or blush and run away (because, let's be honest, if I was a teenage girl and was faced with a guy like that who also happened to be ridiculously hot, I would blush and run away.  And possibly cry. Let's not pretend I was any tougher as a teenager than I actually was, okay?)  But Katy (who I loved, and not only because she's a book blogger) is far tougher than I, and when she makes friends with Daemon's sister Dee, she's not willing to let Daemon being a jerk run her off.


Refusing to back down, Katy slowly becomes settled in her new life, and in doing so, entwines her life with Dee and Daemon's.  And she's not exactly welcome.  The twins have friends that want to keep Katy far, far away from them, and they aren't shy in telling her so.  


But even as unwelcome as she feels from time to time, Katy gets closer to Dee and manages to get Daemon's attention, which is all well and good but at the same time she's starting to realize that there's something strange about the twins and their friends.


Loved Katy, loved Dee.  Still spent the whole book alternating between drooling over Daemon and wanting to kick him in the shins.  Because Daemon isn't good at being human. His primary goal in life is to  protect his sister, and having his sister befriend a human isn't really conducive to that plan.  So he can't seem to decide between being attracted to Katy and pushing her away.


This was a great start to a series.  I loved the mythology of the aliens and their enemies, not to mention their previous interactions with humans.  I can't wait to get my hands on Onyx, the sequel, and Shadows, the prequel to this wonderful book.


Great read!  Go pick it up!


-geekgirl

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday - PODs by Michelle Pickett

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Breaking the Spine...

Here's what I'm waiting on this week...


Seventeen-year-old Eva is a chosen one. Chosen to live, while others meet a swift and painful death from an incurable virus so lethal, a person is dead within days of symptoms emerging. In the POD system, a series of underground habitats built by the government, she waits with the other chosen for the deadly virus to claim those above. Separated from family and friends, it’s in the PODs she meets David. And while true love might not conquer all, it’s a balm for the broken soul.

After a year, scientists believe the population has died, and without living hosts, so has the virus. That’s the theory, anyway. But when the PODs are opened, survivors find the surface holds a vicious secret. The virus mutated, infecting those left top-side and creating... monsters.

Eva and David hide from the infected in the abandoned PODs. Together they try to build a life--a new beginning. But the infected follow and are relentless in their attacks. Leaving Eva and David to fight for survival, and pray for a cure.


End of the World? Survivalism? Monsters?

Yes please!

Can't wait for this one, but it isn't out until 2013.  Sadness.

What do you think?

What are you waiting on this week?

Let me know in the comments!

REVIEW The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda

The Hunt
by Andrew Fukuda
Hardcover
St. Martin's Griffin
May 8, 2012

Don’t Sweat.  Don’t Laugh.  Don’t draw attention to yourself.  And most of all, whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them.

Gene is different from everyone else around him.  He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood.  Gene is a human, and he knows the rules.  Keep the truth a secret.  It’s the only way to stay alive in a world of night—a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood.

When he’s chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last remaining humans, Gene’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble around him.  He’s thrust into the path of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible—and into a ruthless pack of hunters whose suspicions about his true nature are growing. Now that Gene has finally found something worth fighting for, his need to survive is stronger than ever—but is it worth the cost of his humanity?


There are no words for how much I loved this book.  NO WORDS. But I'm going to try and review it anyway. Please excuse me if I get a little ramble-y, but this book was so good that I had to keep putting it down so that I could chase my family around the house to gush about how good it was.  I think I scared them a little. *blushes*

The Hunt follows a teenage boy living in a vampire-ruled world. There aren't really any humans left since the vampires that Fukuda has created kind of revert to I-MUST-EAT-THAT-RIGHTNOW as soon as they see a human.  The only problem is that the main character IS a human (or a heper, as the book calls them) and he's been faking being a vampire all his life. He has a mental list of rules and a strict regimen of physical cleanliness that he has to go through so that he won't give himself away. Because vampires don't sweat, they don't smell, they don't laugh, they don't do a million little things that we take for granted that would get him killed in an instant.

And now The Hunt has been announced.  A small group of vampires are to be chosen by lottery to have the privilege of hunting and killing the last of the hepers that will be released into the wile.

The problem is that HE has been chosen as one of the hunters, and all of his little ways to keep himself from being noticed have all gone out the window because they're no longer available to him at the training compound.  Now he must hide his true nature while surrounded by vampires whose only purpose is to hunt him down and eat him.

I was completely blown away by this book.  The world that Fukuda has created is just so intricate and involved that I had no choice but to keep reading.  It was beautifully crafted.  Gene is perfect. He's strong yet flawed, and is constantly conflicted because he isn't a vampire and yet he can't see himself as one of the harmless hepers that have been raised in captivity.  Also, he's a little bit in love with a girl that could tear him to pieces.

Seriously awesome read. 

This is definitely going on my birthday wishlist!

Loved it!

Happy Reading!

-geekgirl

Monday, May 7, 2012

REVIEW Forgiven by Jana Oliver


Forgiven
by Jana Oliver
Paperback
St. Martin's Griffin
March 27, 2012

Jana Oliver's third spellbinding Demon Trappers novel - following The Demon Trapper's Daughter and Soul Thief - brings all new thrills, as Riley Blackthorne takes on demons, love... and the future of the human race.

The days are growing darker for 17-year-old demon trapper Riley Blackthorne. With her father’s reanimated body back safely, Beck barely speaking to her because of a certain hunky Fallen angel, and a freshly-made deal with Lucifer, she has enough on her hands to last a normal teenage lifetime. Though she bargained with Heaven to save his life, her ex-boyfriend Simon has told the Vatican’s Demon Hunters that she’s working with Hell. So now she’s in hiding, at the top of everyone’s most-wanted list.

But it’s becoming clear that this is bigger than Riley, and rapidly getting out of control: something sinister is happening in Atlanta… or someone. The demons are working together for the first time ever and refusing to die, putting civilians in harm’s way. Riley thinks she might know who’s behind it all, but who’s going to believe her? Caught between her bargain with Heaven and her promise to Lucifer, Riley fears the final war is coming – and it may be closer than anyone thinks

Friday, May 4, 2012

REVIEW What I Didn't Say by Keary Taylor


What I Didn't Say
by Keary Taylor
May 11, 2012

Getting drunk homecoming night your senior year is never a good idea, but Jake Hayes never expected it all to end with a car crash and a t-post embedded in his throat.

His biggest regret about it all? What he never said to Samantha Shay. He's been in love with her for years and never had the guts to tell her. Now it's too late. Because after that night, Jake will never be able to talk again.

When Jake returns to his small island home, population 5,000, he'll have to learn how to deal with being mute. He also finds that his family isn't limited to his six brothers and sisters, that sometimes an entire island is watching out for you. And when he gets the chance to spend more time with Samantha, she'll help him learn that not being able to talk isn’t the worst thing that could ever happen to you. Maybe, if she'll let him, Jake will finally tell her what he didn't say before, even if he can't actually say it.

Friday, April 13, 2012

REVIEW Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Born Wicked
by Jessica Spotswood
Hardcover
Putnam Juvenile
February 7, 2012

Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they’re witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave.

Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word... especially after she finds her mother’s diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family’s destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.

If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren’t safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood—not even from each other.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

REVIEW After the Snow - S.D. Crockett

After the Snow
S.D. Crockett
Hardcover
Feiwel & Friends
March 27, 2012

Fifteen-year-old Willo was out hunting when the trucks came and took his family away. Left alone in the snow, Willo becomes determined to find and rescue his family, and he knows just who to talk with to learn where they are. He plans to head across the mountains and make Farmer Geraint tell him where his family has gone.

But on the way across the mountain, he finds Mary, a refugee from the city, whose father is lost and who is starving to death. The smart thing to do would be to leave her alone -- he doesn't have enough supplies for two or the time to take care of a girl -- but Willo just can't do it. However, with the world trapped in an ice age, the odds of them surviving on their own are not good. And even if he does manage to keep Mary safe, what about finding his family?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday - The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda


Don’t Sweat.  Don’t Laugh.  Don’t draw attention to yourself.  And most of all, whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them.
 
Gene is different from everyone else around him.  He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood.  Gene is a human, and he knows the rules.  Keep the truth a secret.  It’s the only way to stay alive in a world of night—a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood.
 
When he’s chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last remaining humans, Gene’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble around him.  He’s thrust into the path of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible—and into a ruthless pack of hunters whose suspicions about his true nature are growing. Now that Gene has finally found something worth fighting for, his need to survive is stronger than ever—but is it worth the cost of his humanity? 
 This is totally my choice for this week's Waiting on Wednesday post. 

Why? you ask.  You just read that one, geekgirl, you say.


It's my pick for two reasons.


1. It was so flipping amazing I was actually going around, stopping my family from whatever it was they were doing, just so I could talk to someone about it.  It's THAT GOOD!


2. My galley was merely a digital galley.  That means it's going to disappear into the ether before I get a chance to read it again.  That means I need my own copy.  And that means I need the release date to come so I can buy it.


*taps foot* 


Hurry UP!


-geekgirl

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

REVIEW Black Heart by Holly Black

Cassel Sharpe knows he’s been used as an assassin, but he’s trying to put all that behind him. He’s trying to be good, even though he grew up in a family of con artists and cheating comes as easily as breathing to him. He’s trying to do the right thing, even though the girl he loves is inextricably connected with crime. And he’s trying to convince himself that working for the Feds is smart, even though he’s been raised to believe the government is the enemy.

But with a mother on the lam, the girl he loves about to take her place in the Mob, and new secrets coming to light, the line between what’s right and what’s wrong becomes increasingly blurred. When the Feds ask Cassel to do the one thing he said he would never do again, he needs to sort out what’s a con and what’s truth. In a dangerous game and with his life on the line, Cassel may have to make his biggest gamble yet—this time on love.
WARNING, THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR THE CURSE WORKERS SERIES.
READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!

I am so sad that this series has come to an end.  I knew it was coming, but I didn't want to accept it.  I've been head over heels for Cassel and the incredibly intricate world he calls home since I first picked up White Cat years ago.  I remember my boyfriend seeing my copy of Red Glove and reading the back, seeing the blurb about "magic and mobsters" and turning to me going, "what on earth are you reading?!?"  Only one of my favourite YA series ever.  Yes, I said it.  He was confused, but you, dear readers, will understand if you've read White Cat and Red Glove.

Black Heart picks up after the events in Red Glove.  Lila has joined her father's family business--the mob--and Cassel is now working for a government agency that secretly employs curse workers.  He's been using this mostly to spy on Lila, since he's still head over heels in love with her.  Cassel's family continues to be a constant strain on his life--he loves them, but man, they are NOT nice people.

So after finding out Lila has just ordered a hit on someone, and learning that his mother is currently being held hostage (albeit, rather glamorously) by Lila's father, and finding out that there's more to the government agency than there seems to be, Cassel is getting pretty stressed out.

This book was just layer upon layer of problems that Cassel had to deal with, and it just made me love Cassel all the more.  He's strong even when he thinks he's falling apart.  Stuck between the mob and the government, his friends and his family, Cassel struggles through.  He's quick, he's clever, he's got a bit of a chip on his shoulder, but he's extremely loveable.

What I love about Holly Black's writing is that she makes you wonder constantly just who the good guys are.  You're rooting for Cassel all the way through, but even he has no idea what he should be doing, what side he should be on. 

Throughout the entire series, I have loved the complexity of the relationships Cassel has.  They're all so complicated.  Especially with his family and with Lila.  That doesn't change.  Just like in life, your first impressions aren't always correct, and as time goes on you get to see the complexities of the characters emerge, and it changes the way you see them.  Even Cassel isn't always a nice guy.

I'm not ready to leave the Curse Worker's world, but alas, all good things must come to an end, and this?  This was damn good.

If you haven't picked up the Curse Workers series, I really recommend you do.  The worldbuilding and characters are phenominal, and the story has twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

This series is definitely GeekGirl-approved.

Happy Reading!

-geekgirl

Monday, April 9, 2012

Cover Watch - Eve and Adam by Michael Grant & Katherine Applegate


Sixteen-year-old Evening Spiker lives an affluent life in San Francisco with her mother, EmmaRose, a successful geneticist and owner of Spiker Biotech. Sure, Evening misses her father who died mysteriously, but she’s never really questioned it. Much like how she’s never stopped to think how off it is that she’s never been sick. That is, until she’s struck by a car and is exposed to extensive injuries. Injuries that seem to be healing faster than physically possible.


While recuperating in Spiker Biotech’s lush facilities, she meets Solo Plissken, a very attractive, if off-putting boy her age who spent his life at Spiker Biotech. Like Evening, he’s never questioned anything...until now. Solo drops hints to Evening that something isn’t right, and Emma-Rose may be behind it. Evening puts this out of her mind and begins her summer internship project: To simulate the creation of the perfect boy. With the help of Solo, Evening uncovers secrets so big they could change the world completely.
Look at it!
 
It looks so cool.  I'm all intrigued, and lets be honest, I was a HUGE Animorphs fan growing up, so anything by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate is instantly on the to-read-wishlist.
 
What about you?
 
-geekgirl

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Cover Watch - Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

Look what was posted this morning.

Just...LOOK!


Summary from GoodReads.com

A new series featuring a teenage girl who loses her family in a crash, only to wake up to a world of zombies and zombie slaying, as well as a bad boy who could save or destroy her.
 
It's...SO...PRETTY!!!!

Come to me, my precious.  You shall be mine.
 
 


Thursday, March 22, 2012

REVIEW The Maze Runner by James Dashner



The Maze Runner
by James Dashner
Hardcover/Paperback
Delacorte Press
October 6, 2009
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When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.

Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.

Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday - The Kill Order by James Dashner

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

My choice for this week is: The Kill Order by James Dashner.


Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares seared the earth and mankind fell to disease. "The Kill Order" tells the story of that fall.
I just recently finished reading The Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner and I loved it!  The Kill Order is the prequel to the trilogy, and I can't wait to see all the things that led up to the building of the maze.

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

Let me know in the comments!

-geekgirl

Sunday, March 18, 2012

BLOG TOUR The Changelings by Elle Casey


The Changelings
by Elle Casey
ebook
February 5, 2012
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Jayne Sparks, a potty-mouthed, rebellious seventeen-year-old and her best friend, shy and bookish Tony Green, have a pretty typical high school existence, until several seemingly unrelated incidents converge, causing a cascade of events that change their lives forever. Jayne and Tony, together with a group of runaway teens, are hijacked and sent into a forest, where nothing and no one are as they seem. Who will emerge triumphant? And what will they be when they do?

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

REVIEW The Night She Disappeared by April Henry


The Night She Disappeared
by April Henry
Hardcover
Henry Holt and Co BYR
March 13, 2012
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Gabie drives a Mini Cooper. She also works part time as a delivery girl at Pete’s Pizza. One night, Kayla—another delivery girl—goes missing. To her horror, Gabie learns that the supposed kidnapper had asked if the girl in the Mini Cooper was working that night. Gabie can’t move beyond the fact that Kayla’s fate was really meant for her, and she becomes obsessed with finding Kayla. She teams up with Drew, who also works at Pete’s. Together, they set out to prove that Kayla isn’t dead—and to find her before she is.

Monday, March 12, 2012

REVIEW Sweetly by Jackson Pearce


Sweetly
by Jackson Pearce
Hardcover
Little, Brown
August 23, 2011
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SWEETLY is a modernization of Hansel and Gretel and a companion book to SISTERS RED.

Twelve years ago, Gretchen, her twin sister, and her brother went looking for a witch in the forest. They found something. Maybe it was a witch, maybe a monster, they aren’t sure—they were running too fast to tell. Either way, Gretchen’s twin sister was never seen again.

Years later, after being thrown out of their house, Gretchen and Ansel find themselves in Live Oak, South Carolina, a place on the verge of becoming a ghost town. They move in with Sophia Kelly, a young and beautiful chocolatier owner who opens not only her home, but her heart to Gretchen and Ansel.

Yet the witch isn’t gone—it’s here, lurking in the forests of Live Oak, preying on Live Oak girls every year after Sophia Kelly’s infamous chocolate festival. But Gretchen is determined to stop running from witches in the forest, and start fighting back. Alongside Samuel Reynolds, a boy as quick with a gun as he is a sarcastic remark, Gretchen digs deeper into the mystery of not only what the witch is, but how it chooses its victims. Yet the further she investigates, the more she finds herself wondering who the real monster is, and if love can be as deadly as it is beautiful.

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