Wednesday, September 12, 2012

REVIEW Auracle by Gina Rosati

by Gina Rosati
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.


Happy Reading!


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

REVIEW Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Pushing the Limits
by Katie McGarry
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!


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