Thursday, May 31, 2012

REVIEW Purity by Jackson Pearce

by Jackson Pearce
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.


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.


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, 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
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

by Jennifer L. Armentrout
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!


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
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!


Monday, May 7, 2012

REVIEW Forgiven by Jana Oliver

by Jana Oliver
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.
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