Friday, October 29, 2010

Review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth


Goodreads Description:
In Mary's world there are simple truths.
The Sisterhood always knows best.
The Guardians will protect and serve.
The Unconsecrated will never relent.
And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth.
But, slowly, Mary's truths are failing her. She's learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future-between the one she loves and the one who loves her.
And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?
My Thoughts:
I had heard good things about this book and so when it came back into the library I scooped it up. I wasn't sure if I was going to like it since it wasn't like books I normally read but I was caught up in the story right away and read it in a day.
Mary lives in a world inside a fence that keeps out the Unconsecrated. Even though she is safe (as safe as she can be) she longs to be on the outside of the fence and to see the ocean. When she discovers secrets that the Sisterhood has been keeping from the town this makes her even more determined to find a way out and for the boy she loves to go with her. But before she can the fences are breached and she and her friends must find a way to survive.
The love story in this book is heartbreaking really. There are so many different characters involved with it and the way it ends. *sigh* I just really loved it. There are some gruesome parts with people getting their heads chopped off and usually that stuff freaks me out in movies but since it was a book I kinda just skimmed over it and went on.
I felt like the ending was very sudden with a lot of things left unanswered. I really can't wait to read the next one and now that I finally got the audio from the library I can start it.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Review: Beautiful Darkness

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Goodreads Description:

Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena's family of powerful supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.
Sometimes life-ending.
Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan's eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there's no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town's tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems.

My Thoughts:

Oh, how I loved this book! I didn’t read Beautiful Creatures that long ago, maybe a month or so but I thought this book would never come out. I thought I had it the Saturday before it was suppose to come out – they had put it out at Target early but when I went to check out it wouldn’t go through. I was so sad, ya’ll!

This book picks up where Beautiful Creatures left off with our characters dealing with the things that happened at the end of the book.  It’s so hard to even say anything without ruining Beautiful Creatures for you! But with Lena pulling away and Ethan struggling with the trials going on in his life the book takes you on a different journey with Ethan and Lena. The teen love angst was definitely felt more in this story but it was definitely needed and what made the story that much more enjoyable.

I flew through this book though. There was so much going on and it was different from Beautiful Creatures but in a good way. I loved Ethan even more in this one. I love that the voice in this book is a guy – you don’t see that a lot in YA books. And guys can be just as tortured and in love as girls.

If you haven’t read these – pick them up. They are completely fantastic and with THAT ending (!!) I can’t wait for the next one!

(Oh, I also listened to some of – definitely still love the guy reading them.)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Halloween Read-a-Thon

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Well, yesterday started the read-a-thon. I’ve been sick so it was kinda hard for me to stay awake last night and I ended up going to sleep at 10pm (on a Friday night. Yep.). So, I haven’t read as much as I would like. Here’s an update though.

Day 1: I was about 75 pages into Beautiful Darkness so I was trying to finish it. Went to sleep with about 75 pages left.

Day 2: Finished Beautiful Darkness around noon. Now, on to The Forest of Hands and Teeth.

Finished The Forest of Hands a Teeth around midnight. Now time for some sleep!

Day 3: Either going to start The Replacement or Dead Tossed Waves. Decisions.. decisions..

Decided to start The Replacement but my head has been hurting and I’ve really just laid on the couch all day. Going to start reading but know I won’t make it through this book today.

We’ll see how this goes since S is home and wants to do something today.

In My Mailbox (5)

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren.

This week wasn’t as good as last week but I did get a few books.

Bought:

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Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl – Got it. (Finally!) Read it. LOVED it. Go read these books.

Library:

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Need by Carrie Jones – This has been on my TBR shelf on Goodreads for a while and when it came back in the library I scooped it up.

For Review from NetGalley:

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Delirium by Lauren Oliver – This is suppose to be great. I’ve seen it on several blogs so I’m excited to read it.

UnEarthly by Cynthia Hand – This looked interesting.

The Cellar by AJ Whitten – “A horrifying retelling of Romeo and Juliet – with zombies!” Gotta be interesting, right?

Read-a-Thon Spookiest Read

Well, with this Halloween Read-a-Thon there are challenges you can participate in to win books and other fun stuff.

YAAddict wanted to know what the spookiest read you have for this weekend is.

I just finished The Forest of Hands and Teeth and some of it was definitely spooky but I have The Replacement to start today and I hear it’s really creepy. So one of those two.

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Halloween Read-a-Thon

Well, I’ve never did one of these but what the heck – I’ve got the books and I know I’ll be reading this weekend so why not participate.

Lesley over at YA Books Reviewed is hosting a Halloween Read-a-Thon starting tomorrow and ending Sunday. There will be mini challenges with chances to win prizes and a twitter #readathon party Saturday at 9.

All the books you read for this must be scary or have a paranormal/supernatural theme to them. This will include Beautiful Darkness, The Forest of Hands and Teeth and the first book in the House of Night series. We will see if I have time for anything else. S talked about going 4wheeling on Saturday so its a good thing the iPod is loaded with audiobooks too!

If you want to participate head over to YA Books Reviewed and sign up!

Review: Incarceron

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Goodreads Description:

Incarceron -- a futuristic prison, sealed from view, where the descendants of the original prisoners live in a dark world torn by rivalry and savagery. It is a terrifying mix of high technology -- a living building which pervades the novel as an ever-watchful, ever-vengeful character, and a typical medieval torture chamber -- chains, great halls, dungeons.
A young prisoner, Finn, has haunting visions of an earlier life, and cannot believe he was born here and has always been here. In the outer world, Claudia, daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, is trapped in her own form of prison -- a futuristic world constructed beautifully to look like a past era, an imminent marriage she dreads. She knows nothing of Incarceron, except that it exists.
But there comes a moment when Finn, inside Incarceron, and Claudia, outside, simultaneously find a device -- a crystal key, through which they can talk to each other. And so the plan for Finn's escape is born

My Thoughts:

I think if I would’ve started reading this instead of listening to it I would have gotten into it a lot sooner. For some reason the audio just wasn’t doing it for me this time. I couldn’t keep up with the story and had to end up going back and reading stuff to make some of the details clear.

That being said – this book was so different and such a unique story that I loved it. There were some holes in the story that kinda irritated me (little things about how the characters ended up a certain place or how the prison was working/moving) but overall it was a good story with some twists that I didn’t see coming until the very end.

Going back and forth between Claudia and Finn kept the story going and there was sometimes I would rush through ones narrative to find out what happened to the other.

Overall, I really liked this book and I’m interested to see where this series goes and get some of the questions answered. Pick it up!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Review: Life As We Knew It

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Goodreads Description:

It's almost the end of Miranda's sophomore year in high school, and her journal reflects the busy life of a typical teenager: conversations with friends, fights with mom, and fervent hopes for a driver's license. When Miranda first begins hearing the reports of a meteor on a collision course with the moon, it hardly seems worth a mention in her diary. But after the meteor hits, pushing the moon off its axis and causing worldwide earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes, all the things Miranda used to take for granted begin to disappear. Food and gas shortages, along with extreme weather changes, come to her small Pennsylvania town; and Miranda's voice is by turns petulant, angry, and finally resigned, as her family is forced to make tough choices while they consider their increasingly limited options. Yet even as suspicious neighbors stockpile food in anticipation of a looming winter without heat or electricity, Miranda knows that that her future is still hers to decide even if life as she knew it is over.

My Thoughts:

This book freaked me out but I couldn’t stop reading. The fact that something like this could really happen and that’s what it will be like is scary in a real kinda way. I told S that if we ever hear of a meteor crashing into the moon we are going to the store ASAP and stockpiling food. (He thinks I’m insane.)

Sometimes it really irritated me that the book was written in diary form. I would think, there is no way she remembers this conversation word for word like that, and then realize, hey, it’s a book – of course she does. It was the best way to get the story across though.

Everything that Miranda and her family went through in the book was just awful. And the emotions and arguments that they got into was so real. Sometimes I would have to put it down because it was so depressing but then would pick it up again 30 mins later because I had to know what happened.

Even after I finished reading it I thought about it for days. I picked up the next one in the series and can’t wait to start on it. I loved it in a weird, depressing sorta way.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Review: Firelight

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Goodreads Description:

With her rare ability to breathe fire, Jacinda is special even among the draki—the descendants of dragons who can shift between human and dragon forms. But when Jacinda’s rebelliousness leads her family to flee into the human world, she struggles to adapt, even as her draki spirit fades. The one thing that revives it is Will, whose family hunts her kind. Jacinda can’t resist getting closer to him, even though she knows she’s risking not only her life but the draki’s most closely guarded secret.

My thoughts:

The fact that this book has already gotten movie rights kinda speaks for itself. Jordan does a great job of pulling the reader in right away and getting you invested in the story. It’s a new take on fantasy, being as they are dragons, and nice to get away from werewolves and vampires as the love interests. I enjoyed the stories behind the draki and would like to know more about them eventually.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series and finding out what happens with Jacinda and Will.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Review: Clockwork Angel

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Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Goodreads Description:

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.
Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.
Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by--and torn between--two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

My Thoughts:

I had high hopes for this book. I LOVED LOVED LOVED The Mortal Instruments series, and think of Jace as my secret boyfriend, so I probably expected to much since it’s based on completely different people. I’m not saying that I hated the book. I enjoyed it but, for me, it was no where near as good as TMI.

I thought I would like that it was set in England in the 1800’s but not so much. I don’t know what it was. The characters were interesting and the story was good and action packed but I think I just missed Jace, Clary, and Simon.

I liked the book but didn’t love it like Mortal Instruments. If you can separate the two (which I, obviously, can not) then read it. If you need a little more time before you get over your love for Jace (like I do) then wait until you realize its a completely different story before you pick it up.

 

(Is City of Fallen Angels out yet?!?)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

In My Mailbox (4)

In My Mailbox was started by The Story Siren and takes a look at the books you received this week.

Well, last week I didn’t get any books but I more than made up for it this week.

From the library:

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The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff – This book looks creepy! I’ve heard it’s great so I can’t wait to read it!

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White – Another paranormal book. I’m so into this right now. This has been all over the blogs too so I’m excited to read it.

Bought:

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The Dead & The Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer – I read the first one in this series (Life As We Knew It (which I need to review)) last week and found this one for $5 so I picked it up.

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick – I’ve been wanting to read this one for a while and had a gift card for Amazon so I ordered it.

Fallen by Lauren Kate – The cover of this book is gorgeous and creepy! The second book in the series just came out and they look good so I got it from Amazon too.

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garci and Margaret Stohl – Even though I’ve already read it I loved it so much that I went ahead and ordered it when I pre-ordered Beautiful Darkness. I like to have sets of books.

What I almost had!

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Beautiful Darkeness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Sthol – I had this in my hand at Target! I guess they put it out early but when I went to pay it wouldn’t let them check it out. I was so sad! My preorder shipped from Amazon already so I know I’ll get it Tuesday but I was so excited when I saw it.

For Review (from NetGalley)

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Wildthorn by Jane Eagland – This will be out Oct. 12. It looked interesting then I read a review on it and now I’m not too sure. I’ll try it and see.

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton – This will be out Feb. 15, 2011. I’ve seen a few blogs and tweets about it so I’m interested to read it.

One in a Full Moon by Ellen Schreiber – This will be out Dec. 28, 2010. Love the cover and the story sounds interesting enough.

Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler – The reviews for this book are great. I think its already out so go pick it up!

 

Well, that’s it!  I have a lot of books to read. I’ve been cutting stuff off my DVR this week. I’ve been reading more than watching tv so stuff is getting deleted.

What are you reading this week?

 
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