Monday, February 27, 2012

Taken by Zia Marie

"Lately, I think you've forgotten which side you're on," he says to me. Instead of responding, I smile. I know exactly which side I'm on. Whichever one gets me the hell out of this place.
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All Jackson Smith wanted to do was take his little sister Aubrey to a county fair, but they ended up in the town of Wicker Farm, a place that doesn't even exist on Earth as he knows it. Run by the ambitious and diabolical Governor Richards, Wicker Farm is in the process of rebuilding following a disease that wiped out most of of the population of the state. Anyone who ends up there is expected to stay forever.

With the governor's forces everywhere, escape seems impossible-- not that Jackson can even begin to figure out how to escape. That is, until he forms an uneasy alliance with Russell Tremell, the young leader of The Resistance, the rebel group that opposes the governor.

If Jackson can lead two lives, moving up the ranks as the perfect Wicker Farm resident while working for The Resistance, he may be the key to getting everyone out. This means bringing the danger even closer, from Richards' security officers and from the temptations that Wicker Farm offers: the type of life he never would have had access to in his world.

But after finding himself torn between Charlie, the Resistance wild child, and Sasha, Governor Richards' daughter, the real danger could come from the unlikeliest source-- from falling in love.
The first book in the YA sci-fi/dystopian adventure, The Taken Trilogy. "Lost," the second book, is scheduled for a December 2011 release.

I liked the idea behind the story, that there is this mysterious town that Jackson and his sister Aubrey end up in accidentally when going for a drive one day, but they get trapped there. There is this whole idea behind the story is that is this a better place than their home or a dangerous town that they must get out of as soon as possible. The only thing They seem to have traveled through a portal into another world. There has been a recent loss of several of the townspeople and they have opened the portal to repopulate. Once you cross over, you cannot go back. There is a also a resistance group of rebels in the town that Jackson forms an alliance with, but ends up falling for the Governor's daughter and torn on what to do.
I had a friend recommend this book to me, she referred to it as a Twilight Zone feel to it, and I couldn't agree more. That is exactly the feel you get from this book.

There were a few times that the pacing of the story and the unraveling of mystery dropped in intensity. I kept wanting to see huge fight scenes, escaping and running for your life kind of stuff, but it was more of an slower unraveling and getting to know several characters in the town on more personal levels than a high paced story. Jackson is an intelligent guy and I loved his sister as well. I am not a big fan of romance, sometimes it takes away from the story and the pacing in my opinion. But in this story the romantic aspect is a big part of the plot, will Jackson choose to get him and Aubrey back home or will he choose to stay?

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Awakened (The Guardian Legacy #1) by Ednah Walters

Most teens turn sixteen and get the license to drive, but Lil Falcon gets the license to kill demons. Orphaned as a child and raised by an eccentric grandfather, Lil is concerned with surviving high school and is unaware that she's a Guardian-a being with super powers charged with killing demons and protecting humanity. When she meets Bran, a mysterious boy with amazing abilities, his psi energy unlocks her latent powers. But Bran has a secret that can ruin their growing relationship, and the truth she discovers may destroy everything she believes in unless she finds the right balance between love and sacrifice.Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 22nd 2010 by Pill Hill Press ISBN 1617060380 (ISBN13: 9781617060380

I was pleasantly surprised getting into this story I have been reading a lot of angel stories in YA books over the past year and this cover had me wondering if it was going to be one of those books that I swear I have read it before.
Needless to say it was not. I loved the fact that I could just throw myself into this book and just enjoy the story. It's fun with lots of exciting scenes and plot twists. Some of the things like the borderline instant love and the ease to which some of the events ended were a too easily gained, but overall I was really ok with that. I thought that it was thoroughly an enjoyable read and I enjoyed that.
It had all of the aspects a good paranormal young adult story should have. I would not call any of the plot twist predicable because I didn't see any of it coming.
I liked the creativity behind the Guardians and their history and duties. The side characters have a mix of different relationships with Lil.
The funnest thing is that Lil is a gypsy and that is something that I have not seen a lot of books and she is a great and entertaining main character, spunky and feisty.
Lil goes through some training and learning to develop her powers. Enjoyable fighting scenes and a little romance on the side. It was a very fast read and I thought it was very well written, I enjoyed it. 4 stars

Friday, February 24, 2012

Switched by Amanda Hocking

When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn't until eleven years later that Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed - a world both beautiful and frightening, and Wendy's not sure she wants to be a part of it.

Even though this is one of those series that I picked up cheap ebook format. It took me until the publication of her first book to actually pick up a copy and read it. This saddens me that I waited for so long. I loved the Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa. When that series ended I wondered what new one I would be able to jump into that was just as good. This is it.
I found that Switched reminded me of The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff and The Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa. There were some similar feel to this story as I got from the other two and the combination worked very well.
I found that I enjoyed all of the characters and their stories. I wanted Wendy to get everything that she wanted. The interactions between the characters was just, perfect timing. She is strong and a fighter, sticking to her gut feelings. I can see why a publisher finally picked up this author. Her writing is just as amazing as all of the popular novels you see in the bookstores and deserves a spot there as well.
Everybody loves a strong lead character and Wendy fits that slot. I am really excited to pick up the new books coming out in this series because the covers are amazing, as is the story. I think the pacing, and that the romance was just enough and does not pull away from the plot.
Even though we did not get to see a lot of her brother in this book, I would love to see more of him, he is a very intelligent and strong character. His love and protection for Wendy is incredibly touching and I would hate to lose their interactions with each other after just a short bit in this first story.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Fever by Lauren DeStefano

Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion, but danger is never far behind.

Running away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ringmistress keeps watch over a menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. With Gabriel at her side, Rhine travels through an environment as grim as the one she left a year ago - surroundings that mirror her own feelings of fear and hopelessness.

The two are determined to get to Manhattan, to relative safety with Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan. But the road there is long and perilous - and in a world where young women only live to age twenty and young men die at twenty-five, time is precious. Worse still, they can’t seem to elude Rhine’s father-in-law, Vaughn, who is determined to bring Rhine back to the any means necessary.

In the sequel to Lauren DeStefano’s harrowing Wither, Rhine must decide if freedom is worth the price - now that she has more to lose than ever.
Hardcover, 341 pages February 21st 2012 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

This is a fantastic continuation to Rhine's story. In Wither, there was a story that was so different than anything I had read before that I lost myself completely into that story. I was disgusted and shocked and intrigued by how much imagination when into creating such a story. There is nothing uplifting or good about anything that Rhine is going through. From her daily life, just fighting to survive, but the idea that there are people that have a better life. She gets to become part of a better life in Wither, but there is always that looming knowledge that you are going to die young. And the death is not easy, this is not something that your body just starts deteriorating as you get older, this is a grotesque sickness that takes over in a matter of weeks you die. It's very disturbing.
But that knowing no matter how you live your daily life, that sickness is waiting for you. That factor brings a really depressing tone to the novels. The thought that Rhine does not get to choose how she lives her life, even though she is put into a glamorous lifestyle, the idea that she was stolen from her brother and her life cannot escape her. She did not chose to become a wife, even though she is given everything, she is determined that the only way that she wants to live out her days is in her home, with her brother, fighting to stay together.
I bring up these factors from the first book Wither because it's what drives this whole 2nd book. That drive to find her brother and only family she knows is the only thing that keeps her living at this point. The drive to keep moving and find answers and just keep on.
There were only a couple of spots that I felt the story dragged a little. All of the events that happen are logical and I enjoyed learning more about the people she encounters and what is going on in this world that has taken over all the young and newborns with this sickness. I would not choose to live in a world so torn and destroyed. But if I had to live in that world I would have chosen Linden and Vaughan over what is happening outside of the house.
I appreciated Rhine's determination. The writing style keeps that guilt and depression that she's feeling for all of her decisions comes across clearly in the story.

5 stars

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

For months Clara Gardner trained to face the fire from her visions, but she wasn't prepared for the choice she had to make that day. And in the aftermath, she discovered that nothing about being part angel is as straightforward as she thought.

Now, torn between her love for Tucker and her complicated feelings about the roles she and Christian seem destined to play in a world that is both dangerous and beautiful, Clara struggles with a shocking revelation: Someone she loves will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning.

In this compelling sequel to "Unearthly," Cynthia Hand captures the joy of first love, the anguish of loss, and the confusion of becoming who you are.

Warning: There may be a spoiler to Unearthly!!!!

Man, I hate when a book makes me cry. I felt so bad while reading this book, it was just one thing after another being done to Clara. She is still having a hard time dealing with the fact she messed up her calling in Unearthly (book 1) then the black wing is still causing trouble, her brother is acting weird, Tucker and her are having issues and above it all her mother..(no spoilers please!)
I was overwhelmed with emotions throughout this whole book. I was always a Tucker fan, and I learned to appreciate Christian more in this book, but really hated for the jealousy that arose in Tucker because of all the time Clara was spending with the Angel Club and Christian in particular.
This whole story made my heart hurt and when it ended there was no cliffhanger, but still a lot of questions on what could possibly happen next.
What I enjoyed was the writing, this story had me crying, it was so emotional that I was just not expecting. I loved being introduced to Clara's father. He seems really strong and confident. I also loved the introduction to Billy. Billy is an awesome best friend to Clara's mother, very strong and reminded me a lot of who Clara's mother was in the first book. I hope that she is a prominent character in the next one as well.
I am not usually one that praises books that remind me of soap operas. The drama and the angst in most books really put me over the edge as a reader, but I have no qualms at all about how this story was approached. Although it broke my heart several times and I even needed to reach for the tissues. I loved it.
5 stars

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

U.S. #Giveaway (closed) Valentines Day Celebration!!!

A love so strong, even eternity can’t separate them.

Evie Starling has lived a relatively uneventful life hanging out with friends, gossiping about boys, and driving her 1966 Mustang. All of that changes when she moves to Gunnison, Colorado, to start college and meets two mysterious men.

For centuries, Alex Night and Emil Stone have yearned for Evie—but they each have their own reasons for wanting to be with her. When both men claim to be her soul mate and tell her about an unbelievable past, Evie learns that she’s not the person she thought she was. Soon, Evie finds herself in the middle of an age-old battle between the Amaranthine Society—the soul protectors, and the Daevos Resistance—the soul destroyers. With a past she doesn’t understand, and a future rife with danger, Evie has to decide who she can trust. But Alex and Emil aren’t the only ones who want Evie, and her soul is about to become the rope in an eternal tug-of-war

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Today I have a signed copy of Eternal Starling to giveaway to one lucky commenter!
All you have to do is leave a comment, now what I am looking for in that comment is for you to list a movie, or a book that you think would be a great valentines day suggestion for me. Try to pick something less popular (something other than Anna and the French Kiss)
In addition to this awesomeness I have some news that the author Angela Corbett is also hosting a giveaway of some really pretty Eternal Starling jewelry and signed bookmarks, etc on her website today so you can enter HERE
If you want to check out her website HERE You can find a trailer for this book, a link to order a signed copy directly from a local bookstore as well as links to sneak peeks to chapters and FAQ's about the author and the book!
and just for added fun if you want to follow or chat with Angela, she can also be found on twitter

I also heard that the publisher is planning on dropping the price of the ebook for valentines day.
*****Giveaway Closed*****
Giveaway Rules
above and beyond my regular giveaway policies I wanted to clarify:
You must be 13 or older to enter
You must have a US mailing address
You must leave a way for me to contact you, either email or twitter handle will be acceptable.
The giveaway closes on Friday morning (Feb 17th) the winner will be contacted and then announced after I hear back from them. Winner has 48 hours (2 days) to respond before I will choose another winner.

Winner is Amanda! Congratulations to BookLove101

The ebook is still currently on sale for those of you that may be interested

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Audiobook :Pure by Julianna Baggott

We know you are here, our brothers and sisters . . .

Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, she thinks about what is lost-how the world went from amusement parks, movie theaters, birthday parties, fathers and mothers . . . to ash and dust, scars, permanent burns, and fused, damaged bodies. And now, at an age when everyone is required to turn themselves over to the militia to either be trained as a soldier or, if they are too damaged and weak, to be used as live targets, Pressia can no longer pretend to be small. Pressia is on the run.

Burn a Pure and Breathe the Ash . . .

There are those who escaped the apocalypse unmarked. Pures. They are tucked safely inside the Dome that protects their healthy, superior bodies. Yet Partridge, whose father is one of the most influential men in the Dome, feels isolated and lonely. Different. He thinks about loss-maybe just because his family is broken; his father is emotionally distant; his brother killed himself; and his mother never made it inside their shelter. Or maybe it's his claustrophobia: his feeling that this Dome has become a swaddling of intensely rigid order. So when a slipped phrase suggests his mother might still be alive, Partridge risks his life to leave the Dome to find her.

When Pressia meets Partridge, their worlds shatter all over again

I heard this book was being advertised as an adult book. But I have seen many Young Adult bloggers picking it up with some crossover appeal. In finishing the story I felt it was no different than most of the dystopian books in the YA market today and that if you enjoyed The Hunger Games, Divergent, Ashfall or Dark Inside you may like this story as well.
It's dark, it's intense and it's freaky. Deformed people living in horrendous situations in a world that's been almost completely destroyed by the "detonations" and I am not just talking about the "wretches" that live outside the dome. Those that live within the dome are not in the utopian state that the others believe. Although like most people in this world I would choose to live in the dome than outside without a second thought.
The story is told from several perspectives, mostly Partridge and Pressia but as the story progresses we get to jump a round a little into others perspectives as well. Every character has their place, there are no huge info dumps and the pace and intensity of the novel is a constant level of fear and the unknown. A continuing idea throughout the book was, looking for beauty in the small things. From a trinket in the dirt, to the rare and welcomed smile on a face, or the nicety of trading just a little more food than what was agreed upon, just because.
This is by far one of my favorite reads this year. As I stated above this was one I chose to listen to the audiobook and still all this emotion and intensity comes through, maybe even more clear in the emotions of the narrators. I think it was put together very well and I recommend that if you enjoy audiobooks that this is one you listen to. I fully intend on buying myself a physical copy as soon as possible. It's a fantastic cover, that fits this story perfectly and an addition to my collection I'd be happy to own.
Happy Reading!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

New soul

Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.

No soul

Even Ana's own mother thinks she's a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she'll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?


Sam believes Ana's new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana's enemies--human and creature alike--let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else's life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?

Jodi Meadows expertly weaves soul-deep romance, fantasy, and danger into an extraordinary tale of new life.

This book had me so torn. When it came down to sitting and writing out my thoughts on the book I found they are jumbled and are hard to express. But I am going to try. Firstly I was not sure for a long time how I was going to rate the book, but I decided to stick with my gut feelings and stay with the 3 stars over a 4.
Let me firstly say that I am lover of character driven books. I wanted so much for Ana to be a heroine that was tough, strong and kicked butt. I feel that she did not quite meet what I expected of her. She is a soft spoken and naive girl. She does slowly grow throughout this story, but when it came down to the absolute ending when I wanted to her just fight, I felt that she came off a little flat. There was one instance in the very end of the story I was proud of her, but it wasn't that emotional culmination I was expecting. Which also may be explained by the fact that this is the first in a series, so they had to leave some of the anticipation for the next book? I don't know.
The majority of the story we get to know Sam and Ana. They travel together and they learn from each other and grow to care about each other. Even though Ana is a new soul and very naive about the way things are I do believe that Sam learns just as much from her and she from him. When it came down to the subject of music and learning music, I felt these parts of the story dragged a little, the pace slowed incredibly and it really took me a while to get back into the world around them.
The ending and the world building is what almost brought the story up to 4 stars
for me. I just wished it hadn't felt like it took so long to get there and then it ends too fast. Right as everything really gets interesting the story ends. The world is by far a 5 star rating, but the characters and the pace had a lot more potential.
This is not a negative review. 3 stars does mean that I liked this book. In fact after that ending I am still looking forward to see what happens in the next book, and I love the cover, that artwork is amazing.
My favorite part of the novel is the main idea, that the souls are reincarnated. I giggled at the concept of being reborn as another sex. My imagination goes wild thinking of what that would be like to be in love with somebody, and having you or them reborn into a different body altogether. How love can have no boundaries? But what if your love was not born until you were 40 or 50 years that possible to still be in love yet so far apart in age. My opinion is yes, it's the actual acts and in intenseness of the emotion of love that changes, not the feeling.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Shift by M.R. Merrick (The Protector #2)

Devastated by the loss of his mother, Chase is trying to balance the life he’s been left with, a family he’s still getting to know, and power he never thought he’d have. He doesn’t understand why the Goddess has named him the Protector and granted him two gifts: the Mark, a tattoo that now covers his back, and the ring. But between getting interrogated by the Circle and psychic attacks from Riley, the Mark is the least of his concern. There’s a demon inside Rayna that’s fighting to be released, and it’s not her inner witch. It’s something else–a monster threatening to tear her apart.

As Chase struggles to control his magic, his enemies are closing in. Everyone has staked a claim on his ring, and destroying it may be his only chance to stop Riley. But Chase must decide if stopping him is worth risking the lives of everyone he cares about, or if protecting the ring will be enough to save his world

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In the second book in the series the author is able to maintain an intense storyline and great characters (Chase and Rayna are my favorites). Although there is really a ensemble of great characters in this story. They all have parts to play and fit perfectly together or against each other well. I always love a good story with a well written villain.
I also love a good action story with great dialogue and humor. So far I have been very impressed with the way these stories have been put together. The world building is fantastical and with each book we get a better look into it as well as the characters.
Chase is one of those main characters that really gets the reader to cheer for them. He's caring and unselfish, noble and a fighter. Chase is left in a very depressing state at the end of book one. This brings about alot of emotion into his character in book 2. We also get to see a little romance make an appearance which was not too mushy and very well done. Not a nauseating mushy romance, but actually makes sense and not added for extra fluff or a.k.a. love at first site syndrome.

Each new book bringing in additional information and more detailed relationships between the characters that is done just right to hook the reader a little more each chapter. There is not a lot of info dumps, we learn as the scenes progress and through the dialogue and interactions with each other. This type of writing style automatically gets a three star rating at least for me, when you add in the well rounded and combination of characters that work well together and the amazing world and storyline, I'm hooked. The 5 stars is well deserved and I hope this series continues on for several more books.

The end of this story had me on the edge of my seat. I love the fighting scenes and the addition of fighting with elemental powers, it adds a whole other level of excitement. Somebody please tell me why he is not published yet?!
If you do not follow the author on twitter, I suggest you do M.R. Merrick

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Pantheons by E.J. Dabel

On the streets, they call fifteen year old orphan Isaiah Marshall the “Indestructible Diamond”. Isaiah is the leader of the “Redrovers”, a group of teenage misfits consisting of his friends Jeremy, Monty, and Pipsqueak, but when they trespass into “Kaliber Academy” to get even with the arrogant Jason Ollopa, they are in way over their heads.

Principal Webb enrolls them into the High School and Isaiah soon learns about the existence of the gods of the Ancient World. Because the gods have refused to fight the last War for fear of the Mysterious Dark, the Powers-that-Be have stripped them of their spiritual bodies and given them mortal, teenage forms.

Isaiah discovers he's not only a god, but that he's the child of the Greek goddess Metis, the son destined to overthrow his cruel and sadistic father Zeus, the Darkener of the Sky, and become the greatest god in all the Pantheons.

Isaiah is thrown into a world where the democratic Olympians, war-mongering Norse, Gothic Celts, firstborn Egyptians, the enlightened Hindu, the animal-like Aztecs, the martial artist Asians, the intelligent Babylonians, the great spirits of the Native American Indians, and the fierce Finnish will war against one another for the greatest of all prizes: the Dominion.

It's not really like me to describe a book as "book for guys" because I for one love reading books that were written for boys. This one is full of fighting, magic fantastical lands and adventure. The main group of characters is Isaiah and his gang. He is homeless and has a speech impediment so doesn't speak much. They are rough kids that stand up against others and do what they need to survive. One day they are hassled by a rich kid and end up walking into the Kaliber Academy to find the kid. Miraculously they end up getting invited to attend the school and eventually Isaiah is offered a place in the Pantheon Club, in which he learns he is the son of Zeus.
As the story goes on, Isaiah overcomes his impediment and grows stronger. He eventually discovers who killed his mother and decides to avenge her. The gods and goddesses are all introduced to the reader, in a very informative but not overwhelming way. Very entertaining way to learn more about the Greek Gods.
Isaiah is a great main character to follow, he fights fair, fights for acceptance and portrays what it's like to be the better man in many instances. There is also great chemistry between him and his friends and other characters that appear in the story.
The story culminates in an amazing Tournament that takes place on a magical island. And leaves plenty of open possibilities for a continuation to the series.
ending in a tournament

Friday, February 3, 2012

The Deepest Cut (MacKinnon Curse #1) by J.A. Templeton

Sixteen-year-old Riley Williams has been able to see ghosts since the car crash that took her mother’s life and shattered her family. Guilt-ridden over the belief that she’s somehow responsible for her mom’s death, Riley is desperate to see her mother’s elusive spirit to gain her forgiveness.

When her father moves the family to Scotland so they can all start over, Riley believes her life couldn’t get worse––that is until the ghost of nineteen-year-old Ian MacKinnon catches her purposely cutting herself. An uneasy truce quickly turns into friendship, and soon Riley’s falling hard for Ian.

Riley believes her gift could help Ian end the curse that has kept him tied to the land for centuries, but that would mean letting him go forever and she’s not sure she is strong enough to do that. As if her life wasn’t complicated enough, the spirit of the woman who killed Ian returns and she’ll stop at nothing to keep Riley from helping Ian find eternal peace

Although there is a ghost story within these pages (a rather interesting one at that) I really enjoyed the story because of Riley. She's lost her mother recently in a car crash. She feels responsible for the accident and has begin cutting herself as a result to "ease the pain" I think that combining a very common factor in contemporary teen reads today along with the supernatural element of ghosts made the story unique and interesting.
Riley finds comfort in Ian. He wants to get rid of the bond that keeps him tied to Earth, he wants to be able to move on, and Riley finds a friend in Ian and wants to help. It was sad in a way that by doing a good thing by helping Ian, Riley also loses the one thing that she has been able to connect to since her mother's death.
The ghost element is not scary, but more edgy or creepy at most.
I am not a huge fan of contemporary or romantic teen reads, but I am a huge fan of ghost stories and I think this combination worked well here.
I think that the added factor that Riley had against her trying to hide her cutting was the fact that there was always a possibility that Ian was witnessing what she was doing to herself. In my opinion this added aspect made her really think about what she was doing in the eyes of somebody else. Most self mutilation is done in private, it's a stress reliever, but here she has this constant nagging of eyes always on her, it would sure make one take a deeper look at what they are doing if it's done publicly. But I am getting off course here.
I enjoyed all of the characters, even the evil Laria and hope to see a continuation of Kade's the next book? Let's HOPE So!

Spirits of Glory by Emily Davenport

One morning the people of the North woke up and the people of the South were gone. That s the first thing every child learns on the colony world of Jigsaw. But for one girl, knowing about The Disappearance is not enough. Hawkeye wants to know why.

That's why she spent half her life researching The Disappearance. And that's also why eight Neighbors show up on her doorstep, demanding that she accompany them into the Forbidden Cities ruled by the Southern gods to speak with the Spirits of Glory. Everyone thinks Hawkeye is an expert on Neighbors, these almost-humans who move, talk, and think as if they were born inside one of the Time Fractures. But she can't imagine what they want to ask the ghosts of their ancestors, or why they need her to go along. The Southern gods caused every human inhabitant of the Southern cities to disappear overnight :&emdash; what else might they do?

But the Northern gods say Hawkeye should go and her curiosity won't let her refuse, even though she's going into more danger than she can imagine. Pain and puzzlement wait along the broken interstate, along with scavengers who want to kill them all. Hawkeye's questions only generate more questions as they move farther and farther into the South, right into the heart of the Disappearance, until Hawkeye's questions have all been answered.

Even the ones she was afraid to ask

A unique, science fiction story about a young girl who goes on an incredible, fantastical journey at the request of the Neighbors to find the answers from the Spirits of Glory. The answers to why all the human inhabitants from the Southern cities had vanished. Along with her animals that are each their own character in this story, bandwagon on their quest.
A lot of details and specifics as you read, so it's important to pay attention. This is not a story that I could fly through and be able to keep all the details straight. I had to take my time.
Hawkeye is approached by the Neighbors because of her knowledge, intelligence and gifts. Hawkeye is young and smart, but not described as beautiful. She is one of the strongest and most admirable female lead characters I have read about. There is no romance in this story, but an introduction to a possible romance right at the end.
There is no way that anybody could figure out what was going to happen next in this one, no way you can guess the ending. There is magic, time fractures, intelligent animals, ghosts, Gods and the mystery that they have set out to solve.
I can tell you right now you have never and will never read a story like this one out there. I dare you to try to find one. Then come back and tell me about it!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Notes to Self by Avery Sawyer

Two climbed up. Two fell down.

One woke up.

In the aftermath of a traumatic brain injury, Robin Saunders has to relearn who she is and find out what happened the night everything changed.

As Robin wakes up in the hospital with a brain injury the only thing she repeats over and over is "we fell" we spend the rest of the story piecing together what happened and wondering if Emily will ever come out of her coma. Robin decides to go back to school, maybe sooner than she should have. By writing little notes to herself to help her remember how to do things, because her brain is having a hard time making connections as easily as the process of showering and remembering her locker number.
You could feel her confusion and frustration as you read. The loss of her best friend and how hopeless she feels knowing there is nothing she can do for her and having to live each day knowing that her friend is stuck in the hospital. As well as the guilt that she feels every time she goes to class and the other students treating her differently , as to make her feel even worse that she made it and Emily is still in limbo.
I enjoyed Robin's mother in this one, you could really tell that she was trying her best to help Robin work through her healing process. I also liked Reno and his down to Earth approach on the situation and starting up a romance in the middle of what is happening.
I was completely drawn into this story, I think it portrays a lot of emotions that we all feel in our own life. There are some thought provoking realizations that Robin comes to that got me wondering about how I would feel in her shoes.

Waiting on Wednesday : Cleopatra's Moon

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Bending the Spine

"The Luxe" meets the ancient world in the extraordinary story of Cleopatra's daughter.Selene has grown up in a palace on the Nile with her parents, Cleopatra & Mark Antony--the most brilliant, powerful rulers on earth. But the jealous Roman Emperor Octavianus wants Egypt for himself, & when war finally comes, Selene faces the loss of all she's ever loved. Forced to build a new life in Octavianus's household in Rome, she finds herself torn between two young men and two possible destinies--until she reaches out to claim her own.This stunning novel brings to life the personalities & passions of one of the greatest dramas in history, & offers a wonderful new heroine in Selene

I have had this one on my To-Buy list for several months now. I was first introduced to the book by a friend of mine Lindsay Mead (AKA The Book Vlogger) I loved her review on it HERE: Since then I have wanted to pick it up and still intend on doing so. I cannot wait to get this one, and I keep intending to get this one, I have no clue why it's one of those that didn't get bought immediately. I think the only problem for me is trying to decide on the audiobook or the physical book. I am still torn on what version I want..but this one is at the top of my to-buy stack for the next shopping spree (aka next paycheck)