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.
 
 

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