Friday, July 31, 2015

August 2015 Book Releases

August 4

The Heartbreakers
Author: Ali Novak
Genre: Contemporary, Music, Young Adult
Goodreads Synopsis: Stella will do anything for her sister—even stand in line for an autographed Heartbreakers CD... for three hours. At least she met a cute boy at the Starbucks beforehand. A blue-eyed boy who looks an awful lot like...

Oliver Perry. Of course Starbucks guy is the lead singer for her least favorite band. Thanks, universe. But there may be more to Oliver than his world-famous charm, because even after she insults his music—to 
his face—he still gives her his number. Seriously, what is her life?

Crystal Kingdom
Author: Amanda Hocking
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

About: Book 3 of the Kanin Chronicles
                                        First book: Frostfire

August 18

The Creeping
Author: Alexandra Sirowy
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Contemporary

Goodreads Synopsis:  Twelve years ago Stella and Jeanie vanished while picking strawberries. Stella returned minutes later, with no memory of what happened. Jeanie was never seen or heard from again.

Now Stella is seventeen, and she's over it. She's the lucky one who survived, and sure, the case is still cloaked in mystery—and it's her small town's ugly legacy—but Stella is focused on the coming summer. She's got a great best friend, a hookup with an irresistibly crooked smile, and two months of beach days stretching out before her.

Then along comes a corpse, a little girl who washes up in an ancient cemetery after a mudslide, and who has red hair just like Jeanie did. Suddenly memories of that haunting day begin to return, and when Stella discovers that other red-headed girls have gone missing as well, she begins to suspect that something sinister is at work.

Court of Fives
Author: Kate Elliott
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Goodreads Synopsis: Jessamy's life is a balance between acting like an upper class Patron and dreaming of the freedom of the Commoners. But at night she can be whomever she wants when she sneaks out to train for The Fives, an intricate, multi-level athletic competition that offers a chance for glory to the kingdom's best competitors. Then Jes meets Kalliarkos, and an unlikely friendship between a girl of mixed race and a Patron boy causes heads to turn. When a scheming lord tears Jes's family apart, she'll have to test Kal's loyalty and risk the vengeance of a powerful clan to save her mother and sisters from certain death.

August 25

Legacy of Kings
Author: Eleanor Herman
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Goodreads Synopsis:  Alexander, Macedonia’s sixteen-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world but finds himself drawn to newcomer Katerina, who must navigate the dark secrets of court life while hiding her own mission: kill the Queen. But Kat’s first love, Jacob, will go to unthinkable lengths to win her, even if it means competing for her heart with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince. And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander’s unmet fiancĂ©e, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.

The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall
Author: Katie Alender
Genre: Paranormal, Mystery

Goodreads Synopsis: Delia's new house isn't just a house. It used to be an insane asylum, a place to lock up "troubled" young women long ago. And a restless, wicked spirit is still at play--and it doesn't want defiant girls like Delia to go anywhere.
So the house kills her.

Now Delia is a ghost, trapped in her creepy home forever. As she meets the other ghost girls who haunt the narrow hallways, as well as the handsome ghost boy on the grounds, she learns shocking truths about the house's history. Delia also realizes that her alive and grieving sister might be the house's next target. Can Delia unlock the mystery of the old asylum, save her sister, and free herself?

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Type: Stand- Alone
Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Date Published: September 3, 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Source: E-Book

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Summary: Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown's gates, you can never leave.
One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

Review: This book was definitely hard to get into at the beginning. It was slow and I got bored, but I was glad that I did not give up on it. This book was phenomenal.

The world is very interesting. It takes place in a world like ours, but we co-exist with vampires who are locked up in walled cities called Coldtowns. It follows Tana and her infected boyfriend (whose name I have forgotten right now) traveled to Coldtown.

The concept was confusing for a vampire book, and even when I finished it, I still don't get it. It was very descriptive and I really enjoyed Holly Black’s writing style. The story was very captivating and an interesting take on vampires.

It was very enjoyable. This doesn’t seem like a stand-alone at all and I want to read more from this world. There are some holes at the end that I believe would be able to be turned into a sequel.

My Rating: 3/5

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday: The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy (1)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill Birmingham at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 

This is my first waiting on Wednesday and this week I pick:

The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy
Publication Date: August 18, 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: Mystery, Horror, Young Adult

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Summary: Twelve years ago Stella and Jeanie vanished while picking strawberries. Stella returned minutes later, with no memory of what happened. Jeanie was never seen or heard from again.

Now Stella is seventeen, and she's over it. She's the lucky one who survived, and sure, the case is still cloaked in mystery—and it's her small town's ugly legacy—but Stella is focused on the coming summer. She's got a great best friend, a hookup with an irresistibly crooked smile, and two months of beach days stretching out before her.

Then along comes a corpse, a little girl who washes up in an ancient cemetery after a mudslide, and who has red hair just like Jeanie did. Suddenly memories of that haunting day begin to return, and when Stella discovers that other red-headed girls have gone missing as well, she begins to suspect that something sinister is at work.

And before the summer ends, Stella will learn the hard way that if you hunt for monsters, you will find them.

My Thought: I am so excited for this book! It sounds very creepy and I have been anticipating this release for a while now so I am glad that it will finally be released next month.

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Type: Trilogy
Genre: Paranormal, Post Apocalyptic, Young Adult
Date Published: April 24, 2012
Sequel: The Eternity Cure
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: E-Book

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Summary: Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them—the vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself dies and becomes one of the monsters.
Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what and who is worth dying for… again.

Review: So I jumped on this band wagon late, but I don’t care. It was amazing! This book was very impressive and it was interesting.

The Immortal Rules follows Allison, a newly turned vampire forced to survive on her own outside the city where she meets a group of humans  who are on their way to Eden, a safe haven without vampires.

Allie was a strong protagonist in this book which makes her likable. However, I did not like Zeke, the love interest, at all. In the book, he is very kind and everyone seems to like him, but not me. He is the complete opposite of Allie. He is a caring human while Allie is a strong tempered vampire which does not makes them compatible.

Julie Kagawa has an interesting way of writing stories with a unique concept into it. The world was interesting in a apocalyptic world and there are two types of monsters in it: rabids and vampires.

My Rating: 3.5/5

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Zodiac by Romina Russell

Type: Series
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Date Published: December 9, 2014
Sequel: Wandering Star 
Publisher: Razorbill

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Summary: Rhoma Grace is a 16-year-old student from House Cancer with an unusual way of reading the stars. While her classmates use measurements to make accurate astrological predictions, Rho can’t solve for ‘x’ to save her life—so instead, she looks up at the night sky and makes up stories.

When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet off-kilter and killing thousands of citizens—including its beloved Guardian—Rho is more surprised than anyone when she is named the House’s new leader. But, a true Cancerian who loves her home fiercely and will protect her people no matter what, Rho accepts.

Then, when more Houses fall victim to freak weather catastrophes, Rho starts seeing a pattern in the stars. She suspects Ophiuchus—the exiled 13th Guardian of Zodiac legend—has returned to exact his revenge across the Galaxy. Now Rho—along with Hysan Dax, a young envoy from House Libra, and Mathias, her guide and a member of her Royal Guard—must travel through the Zodiac to warn the other Guardians.

But who will believe anything this young novice says? Whom can Rho trust in a universe defined by differences? And how can she convince twelve worlds to unite as one Zodiac?

Review: It was an interesting concept of using the zodiac signs to build a world and I was pretty excited to see how it turned out. It was a big disappointment. 

It was cheesy and predictable. The world is confusing and there was a lot of information jammed into a short book. Like I said, the world is based off of astrology and the main character, Rhoma is from House Cancer, which means that she is very caring. It reminded me of the Divergent world where instead of factions that shows your personality, each "house" that you are born in shows what type of person you are. 

The characters are not very likable at all. These are one of the few rarest times where I do not like the main character at all. Rhoma is frustratingly annoying and I just can't keep up with her. She has two love interests: Hysan (whom I approve) and Mathias, both forbidden and yet she falls in love with them both. Throughout most of the book, Rhoma is just trying to figure out her feelings for both boys and I just can't stand it.

Overall, this book is filled with a lot of disappoinments. About halfway through, I just wanted to get this book over with that I started to skim through the pages to the end. 

My Rating: 1.5/5 

Friday, July 24, 2015

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Type: Stand- Alone
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Adult
Date Published: January 13, 2015
Publisher: Riverhead Books

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Summary: Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Review: The Girl on the Train has been compared to Gone Girl a lot. I haven’t read the book, but I watched the movie so I think that this comparison is definitely true. The girl on the train was a fascinating thrill. It kept me on the edge of my seat and it was just amazing. It just makes you want to keep reading to find out what happens next.

What makes me enjoy this book more is the fact that no one was good, even the main character. The characters were portrayed realistically to the modern world. No one was innocent and no one can be trusted. Every characters have multiple personalities and you don't know who to root for. 

It was a really thrilling read and I really enjoyed it. This is my first thriller and I am syrprised at how much I enjoyed it. It kept me on the edge of my seat and entertained till the end. 

My Rating: 4/5

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Talon by Julie Kagawa

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Type: Series
Date Published: October 28, 2014
Sequel: Rogue (April 28, 2015)
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

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Summary: Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.
Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.

Review: This is by far one of the best dragon book that I have ever read. It was very interesting and I really enjoyed it. I was very hesitant to pick up this book because I did not do so well with dragon books, but boy was I wrong.

Ember is a very feisty character that I can’t help but fall in love with. The characters are well developed and have their own personalities that make them each stand out.

It was also very fast paced for me to read and their was a right amount of action that doesn’t make it boring nor hard to keep up. I also like the romance in this book. It didn’t drag on and there was the right amount of cuteness to make the romance bearable.

This is the first Julie Kagawa that I have read and I fell in love with her storytelling. Her writing style was so captivating that I read it in one sitting. It was very interesting and I am just dying to read the second one.

My Rating: 4/5

I'm Back!!!

Yay! So I have not been able to post anything in a while and I totally miss this. Excuse my absence because I was on vacation and I have no access to the internet at all during that time! And then, when I got back home, my Internet stopped working! Yeah, so that happened...
On the bright side, I was able to read a lot of books during that time without any distractions from social media, but I still definitely miss it a lot. Now that I'm back, I am going to do a lot of reviews on the books that I have read!

I know it's only been a few months since starting this blog, but I just feel like I've done this for years now. Plus, I love sharing my thoughts and opinions on the books that I have read. Most of my friends aren't any big readers, so I always keep my opinions contained, but this blog has really helped me.

Anyway, enough with this. I just want to say that I'm back, and I will make up to lost times with a bunch more posts so stay tuned!


P.S. I will be doing some remodeling on this blog so don't mind them. They can either be big changes or small changes, but who knows!

Friday, July 3, 2015

July 2015 Book Releases

This month doesn't seem to have a lot of new releases that I am anticipating for which is okay since it will give me more time to read other books on my TBR shelf.

July 7:

The Fixer
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
About: When sixteen-year-old Tess Kendrick is sent to live with her older sister, Ivy, she has no idea that the infamous Ivy Kendrick is Washington D.C.'s #1 “fixer,” known for making politicians' scandals go away for a price...
My thoughts: I think it would be very interesting because I do enjoy reading about politics, so want to see how it turns out.

The Heart of Betrayal
(Sequel to the Remnant Chronicles)
Author: Mary E. Pearson

Ink and Bone
Author: Rachel Caine
About: Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.
My thoughts: I wasn't going to pick this up, but since there are already a lot of greats reviews for it, I could give it a try.

July 21:

The Wicked + The Divine Volume 2: Fandemonium
(Sequel to The Faust Act)
Author: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Jamie McKelvie
About: Second volume of the graphic novel series about a bunch of gods reincarnated into "superstars."

The Fading Dusk
Author: Melissa Giorgio
About: In the gritty city of Dusk, seventeen-year-old Irina makes her living as the street magician Bantheir’s assistant. The job isn’t glamorous, but she loves the crowds, the shows, and most of all, the illusion of magic. But Irina’s world is shattered the night she is arrested and charged as Bantheir’s accomplice to murder—murder by magic...
My thoughts: Just sound very intriguing and it seems like a historical fiction book (I think) which I haven't read a lot of so I hope it will be a good experience for me.

Pretending to Be Erica
Author: Michelle Painchaud
About: Violet pretends to be a kidnapped rich heiress in a con to steal some valuables.
My thoughts: I do love reading about spies and thieves so I am definitely excited for this.