Sunday, February 16, 2014

Fan Cast: Unremembered by Jessica Brody

Today I'm doing a fan cast for Jessica Brody's Unremembered before book two, Unforgotten releases.

9791892When Freedom Airlines flight 121 went down over the Pacific Ocean, no one ever expected to find survivors. Which is why the sixteen-year-old girl discovered floating among the wreckage—alive—is making headlines across the globe.

Even more strange is that her body is miraculously unharmed and she has no memories of boarding the plane. She has no memories of her life before the crash. She has no memories period. No one knows how she survived. No one knows why she wasn’t on the passenger manifest. And no one can explain why her DNA and fingerprints can’t be found in a single database in the world.

Crippled by a world she doesn’t know, plagued by abilities she doesn’t understand, and haunted by a looming threat she can’t remember, Seraphina struggles to piece together her forgotten past and discover who she really is. But with every clue only comes more questions. And she’s running out of time to answer them.

Her only hope is a strangely alluring boy who claims to know her from before the crash. Who claims they were in love. But can she really trust him? And will he be able to protect her from the people who have been making her forget?


Played by: Emily Rudd


Played by: Drew Roy


Played by: Chandler Canterbury

Played by: Jessica White
Over and out,

Friday, December 27, 2013

Book Review: Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Allyson Healey's life is exactly like her suitcase—packed, planned, ordered. Then on the last day of her three-week post-graduation European tour, she meets Willem. A free-spirited, roving actor, Willem is everything she’s not, and when he invites her to abandon her plans and come to Paris with him, Allyson says yes. This uncharacteristic decision leads to a day of risk and romance, liberation and intimacy: 24 hours that will transform Allyson’s life.
A book about love, heartbreak, travel, identity, and the “accidents” of fate, Just One Day shows us how sometimes in order to get found, you first have to get lost. . . and how often the people we are seeking are much closer than we know.

I adore books that are set in Europe, whether it be traveling or living; I think that they rock. I waited to read this book (for some strange reason) and it turns out it is phenomenal. SO GOOD. Brilliant, truly brilliant.

The first fifty pages were a bit slow for me, though. However, once she took off with Willem, I couldn't peel my eyes away from the page. There are so many themes and ideas about the identity of teenagers that runs so much deeper than just the simple words on the page. I related with Allyson so well in this. She exposed ideas that made me reconsider the definitions of the things I've been around my whole life. I never knew what to expect from page to page.

Forman immerses you this story. She drags you under and doesn't let you up for air until the last page. She attached me, made me cling to these characters I had just met. Dee, for example! He was such a perfect friend; I found myself smiling with happiness every time he appeared. He helped Allyson along her journey in so many ways. They seemed like such an odd pair at first, but now, I think they will be friends for the long run.

I literally do not have words to say. This book was amazing. Go read it. Come back and comment your thoughts.

Over and out,

Monday, December 23, 2013

Book Review: Champion by Marie Lu

14290364He is a Legend.
She is a Prodigy.
Who will be Champion?  
June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps Elect while Day has been assigned a high level military position. But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them once again. Just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything he has. With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.


"Marie Lu's bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion." This sentence is one the back of every final YA book out there, but I rarely ever agree with them. This time, though, I couldn't agree more. Marie Lu is a phenomenal writer. One of my biggest (and probably most pathetic) life achievements is that I have the entire trilogy in hardback and signed *cue choir singing Hallelujah music*. I can't get enough of her writing style.

There are books that make you want to fall into a fit of depression and there are books that make you want to jump and shout, letting the whole world know to read this page-turner. Champion is both. Normally, I look at reviews for books and see if the ending is sad or happy, but I've found that never once looking ahead but reading it like you're standing outside of a bookstore at midnight of the release, reading, is a much, much more satisfying way to conclude a series. This way, I formed my own opinions and appreciated the full impact of her work.

Before Champion, I thought Day was just . . . okay. I loved Metias and June, though, before you go crazy on me. However, I came into Champion with a negative attitude about Day, but I left tearing up and shaking over the ending. Marie Lu did this book the justice it needed, with the ending that was satisfying, an ending that I could handle.

The characters evolved so well. I used to really dislike Tess in the earlier books, but now I love her! The author made me hate the characters that were supposed to be hated (Jameson- ugh), sympathize (Thomas, anyone?), and learn to love characters like Tess. I know that, especially in Prodigy, not so sure now, that many people really didn't like Anden. I personally always really him, and I think that he and June have a very strong friendship. I hope that he finds happiness with someone out there. I also loved how the author didn't just give us every answer to every problem. She left some things open-ended so that we as readers have the freedom to figure them out.

I just love this war-ridden world she's created. It's so believable and realistic. June surprised me with her character around every turn and every corner. I feel like I have more to say about this book, but my thoughts are pretty scrambled right now. All I can process is: gooooood booooook. But seriously, I cannot wait to read what Marie Lu has next for us.

Over and out,

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Book Review: The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

   Michael is a gamer. And like most gamers, he almost spends more time on the VirtNet than in the actual world. The VirtNet offers total mind and body immersion, and it’s addictive. Thanks to technology, anyone with enough money can experience fantasy worlds, risk their life without the chance of death, or just hang around with Virt-friends. And the more hacking skills you have, the more fun. Why bother following the rules when most of them are dumb, anyway?
   But some rules were made for a reason. Some technology is too dangerous to fool with. And recent reports claim that one gamer is going beyond what any gamer has done before: he’s holding players hostage inside the VirtNet. The effects are horrific—the hostages have all been declared brain-dead. Yet the gamer’s motives are a mystery.

I wasn't originally going to do a review on this book, but I've seen about .02 reviews for this, so I decided to add to the pile. I could see where people would be cautious- when I see the name James Dashner, I associate it with The Maze Runner, not some random gamer book. For me, I never want to really read something by an author who already has a fan base built around another series. It might just be me and my need for little things not to change, but who knows.

I found this book at Target SIGNED, and I jumped on it and practically acted like Gollum with his precious Ring. However, it did sit on my shelf for a few weeks before I read it, mainly because I didn't know what to think of this new series from a legendary YA author. I did like it though. Most of the book was good (nice paced, but eh, I don't know. It just felt a bit off) but as usual, Dashner delivered with the ending. I can't wait for the next book.

One of the things that I loved about this book is that, like the Maze Runner, Dashner creates a world that is suited for boys but is still sprinkled with light romance. I think that this book has even less than the Maze Runner. I liked that, mainly because I feel like sometimes they get a little too balanced, like a book that should be 100% guns, games, and boy stuff instead of 50-50. It feels awkward most of the time, like the author is trying way too hard.

Dashner's writing style makes this book very easy to read too. This is a great book to read in between classes or work, where there isn't too much time to get fully invested but it's a nice break from reality. You can stop and start this book without getting confused or missing key details that were meant to flow together.

Some of the scenes were a bit weird, though. When the main plot line gets introduced to Michael about the Mortality Doctrine, he is SUDDENLY pulled over by four weird men in suits. It wasn't very realistic, to say the least. I suppose that was the point intended, though. Who knows? (James Dashner.)

The world is built wonderfully. This book was a really nice break from all of the fantasy and contemporary I've been reading. I love how everything felt virtual, right down to the freckles on their faces. It just felt like a futuristic movie, through and through. I feel like that is sometimes hard to portray without a visual aspect, but Dashner did it very nicely.

I would just love to see inside of James Dashner's head sometime. The characters and the scenes that he paints are so unique and potent. In The Maze Runner series, Dashner created many weird and creepy enemies, just as he did here. The plot is so intricately woven, with most of the secrets being saved until the last, final breaths of the novel.

Dashner certainly doesn't disappoint in this new sci-fi novel. He's very, very talented, and I will recommend this to all of my friends. I think that everyone should definitely pick up a copy of this, especially if they loved The Maze Runner.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Over and out,

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Book Review: The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.

Elisa has always felt powerless, useless. Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king who needs her to be the chosen one, not a failure of a princess. And he's not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies, seething with dark magic, are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could save his people. And he looks at her in a way no man has ever looked at her before. Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn't die young.
Most of the chosen do.
So, I got the opportunity to meet Rae Carson back in July 2013, however, I didn't get her book because, for some weiiiird reason, books cost money. I know, I know. Don't look at me like that, okay? Anywho, I finally got around to reading this book!

It's not much of a spoiler to know that the main character is fat. Trust me, Carson reminds the readers practically every other page. If it really isn't a problem that she's larger than a twig, than why tell us every page? I suppose it factors in as a self-conscious thing towards Elisa's character, but still, how could a person who kicked butt every minute go stand in front of a mirror another second and be vain? She should've been more accepting of herself. It's not like in any "skinny" book we hear about their diet every second. I liked how she changed it up by adding that, but it shouldn't have been that prevalent. That's just my opinion.

I hate it when bloggers write a review just to be nice. My mindset when blogging is that I can't really offend anyone-it's my opinion. I always try to look at other reviews before I begin mine to see where I want to go with it, but all of them aren't exactly "real" reviews. No book is perfect, so no review should be sparkling. I get irked when people write a nice review and then give it 2 stars. I'm nice on the grading scale, though. I realize that the author put a lot of work into it, so I start from the top and take points off from there.

Anyway, to continue with that paragraph, even though I liked this book, I still found things within it that personally made me scratch my head. However, I did like many aspects. The world was nicely crafted.

One thing that I was confused of was the need for three (fifteen million, pretty much) love interests. I would've been fine with just one. Also, she really wanted her king-friend, which was really awkward to read about...

So, here's the part where I give a nice rating. I feel like it's much easier to talk about the bad points than the good (I suppose because that's the part where my review differs from others, as it's my opinion), but I still think it was a good book. Not my favorite, but it was good.

Rating: 4.25 out of 5 stars

Over and out,

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Book Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

So, if you've checked out my review of the first book, The Raven Boys, you'd know that I was a little iffy on that book. Don't get me wrong- it was good, I just couldn't get into it for some reason. However, after I picked up a copy of this book, I couldn't stop reading. If you are the same way, I definitely recommend checking it out anyway.

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after....

First things first, let's talk about those characters. I feel like this story is 70% characters 30% plot. The characters, though, are fantastic! Each and every one has their own motives, their own reason to be there at that exact moment. There is nothing that isn't thought through. 
The way the author writes really allowed me to not remember much about the first book, and still become deeply enraptured in this book. I felt like they were definitely two separate entities, the way it should be. It wasn't Book 1: We're looking for a dead king. Book 2: ...still looking...  It made everything important within the novel. 
I've heard many complaints about Maggie Stiefvater's writer style, however, having met her, I can say that her personality very much so reflects her writing style. Everything is paid attention to, which is how the characters so easily flow into one another and transition easily. Her personality is very sporadic and what I'd classify as a 'theatre kid' (AKA the ones in school who were the most bizarre and theatrical. Honestly, she didn't strike me as a writer when I met her, but reading her books really awes me at her talent. 
Another thing is that I read most of this book whilst not at home, so I would often get distracted and not really pay attention. One nice thing about her writing style is that you can drift off and come back a few pages later and not miss anything too important. There were a lot of snippets that I felt like they were just there, but I'm sure they had some purpose...
Anyway, I could blab on for ages, but basically, I really enjoyed this book. I definitely recommend sticking with it if it is a bit boring in the beginning. 
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Over and out,
P.S. I'm pretty bad at taking pictures so I promise she looks better than this in real life, but this is her when I got to meet her!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Cover Talk: The One by Kiera Cass


Okay, guys, let's talk! First off, that's a wedding dress, don't lie to yourself. THIS IS NOT A DRILL, EVERYONE. This is happening! The book is the third book in The Selection series by Kiera Cass (they are phenomenal books- go check them out). Eep!

My main complaint: Do I look like an idiot to you, photographers? That is clearly not the same girl.


Anyway, I still think it's a very pretty cover! I soo cannot wait until this book comes out! Since The Elite was on Netgalley, I'm hoping that the final book will too. I will scream if that happens.

Over and out,