June 2012
06.30

Something Like Normal

9 years ago | filed under Fiction
Author: Trish Doller Published: June 19th 2012 Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens Categories: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction Rating: After much deliberation, I settled with three stars. I mean, the book was good, no doubt about it. I can even understand why people gave it stellar ratings/reviews. I just don’t have the same response, we just don’t click. But I do get Travis. I even liked his story. The whole bad boy, fragile, broken and on its way to healing. I loved those kinds of stories. But there’s something quite missing that I failed to have the same emotional connection as other readers 
06.28

Before I Wake

9 years ago | filed under Fiction
Author: Rachel Vincent Series: (Soul Screamers #6) Published: June 26th 2012 Publisher: Harlequin Teen Categories: Paranormal, Fantasy Rating: I’ve been staring at the screen for ample amount of time and I still don’t know how to start this post. I even thought that I’ll sum it up by saying something like this: “Y’all should read this book (this series) because it's awesome!” Because it’s true. It was awesome. But I don’t think the word ‘awesome’ covers the greatness that is BEFORE I WAKE. It was…everything. Everything I hoped for. This book surpasses If I Die on many levels. I do think 
06.27

Week 26. Waiting on Wednesday

9 years ago | filed under Feature
It’s Wednesday again. What books are you looking forward to reading? “Waiting on” Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that showcases much awaited upcoming releases. Touched (Sense Thieves #1) by Corrine Jackson Expected publication: November 27th 2012 (first published October 29th 2012) Publisher: Kensington Teen Format/Pages: Paperback, 304 pages Remy O’Malley heals people with touch—but every injury she cures becomes her own. Living in a household with an abusive stepfather, she has healed untold numbers of broken bones, burns,and bruises. And then one night her stepfather goes too far. Being sent to live with her estranged 
06.26

Week 26. Teaser Tuesdays

9 years ago | filed under Feature
How about some non-spoilery sneak peek? Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: • Grab your current read • Open to a random page • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT (Teaser Tuesdays) participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if 
06.24

Something Strange and Deadly

9 years ago | filed under Fiction
Author: Susan Dennard Series: (Something Strange and Deadly #1) Expected publication: July 24th 2012 Publisher: Harper Teen Categories: Historical Fiction, Paranormal Rating: I received an eARC from Harper Teen via Edelweiss. Thank you. What did I expect from Something Strange and Deadly? Maybe some gowns. And corsets. Maybe a conversation over a cup of tea. Or those deadly parasols (same league as Ms. Tarabotti?). And yes, the influx of zombies. Oh boy did I get those from this novel. And more! And I’m one satisfied reader. Although I keep saying that historical fiction doesn’t always work for me (my least 
06.21

My Life Next Door

9 years ago | filed under Fiction
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick Published: June 14th 2012 Publisher: Dial Books For Young Readers Categories: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction Rating: Samantha's life is dull compared to her loud and chaotic neighbor—the Garrett. Her mom is hell-bent on cleanliness and organization. She’s also a politician and reputation matters to her. Her mom won’t allow her to be friend the family next door. So Sam only admires the family from a distance. But Jase became her friend and eventually her boyfriend. The Garrett was the real star of the book. I loved this family. Jase younger siblings Patsy the baby, and his 4-year old 
06.20

Week 25. Waiting on Wednesday

9 years ago | filed under Feature
It’s Wednesday again. What books are you looking forward to reading? “Waiting on” Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that showcases much awaited upcoming releases. The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd Expected publication: January 2013 Publisher: Balzer + Bray Format/Pages: Hardcover, 323 pages London, 1894. Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father’s gruesome experiments. But when she learns her father is alive and continuing his 
06.20

Rapture

9 years ago | filed under Fiction
Author: Lauren Kate Series: (Fallen #4) Published: June 12th 2012 Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers Categories: Fantasy, Paranormal Rating: Yes! It’s done. It’s finish. It’s over. Gosh, what a relief. Confession time, I liked Fallen (but I think my taste has drastically changed from that time). But the next books in the series, namely Torment and Passion dragged my good impression of the series downhill. Torment was just ok and Passion was…redundant. I didn’t like the time traveling shenanigans Luce and Daniel did in the third book. It was repetitive and most were unnecessary (because the bottom-line was they 
06.19

Week 25. Teaser Tuesdays

9 years ago | filed under Feature
How about some non-spoilery sneak peek? Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: • Grab your current read • Open to a random page • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT (Teaser Tuesdays) participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if 
06.19

Lies Beneath

9 years ago | filed under Fiction
Author: Anne Greenwood Brown Series: (Lies Beneath #1) Published: June 12th 2012 Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers Categories: Fantasy, Paranormal Rating: What a bummer. Yep, that pretty sums up my emotions right now. I think it’s safe to say that I don’t have that much luck when it comes to mermaid books. I always end up disappointed every time I try reading one. Maybe it’s just me, the half human half fish is not really appealing to me unlike other paranormal creatures catered for pnr junkies (like myself). I read from early reviews that this one is told from 
06.16

The Temptation

9 years ago | filed under Fiction
Author: Alisa Valdes Series: (Kindred #1) Published: April 24th 2012 Publisher: HarperTeen Categories: Fantasy, Paranormal Rating: You know self, it’s not the book’s fault so don’t blame it. The book implies that this is going to be another instant love kind of story. The summary gave you a sort of warning: she is instantly attracted to him. Instantly being the operative word. You hate insta-love and yet you still read it, now whose fault is it? I’m talking to myself…this is not good. This is what happens when I write a review in the midst of a migraine. But I 
06.14

Monument 14

9 years ago | filed under Fiction
Author: Emmy Laybourne Series: (Monument 14 #1) Published: June 5th 2012 Publisher: Feiwel & Friends Categories: Science Fiction, Dystopia/Post-Apocalyptic Rating: I’m giving this a 3 star even though I’m greatly disappointed with the book. I was originally going to read Storm but I couldn’t get into it. Funny, I chose a bunch of kids in a superstore than the four hot brothers. That says a lot. Anyhoo, I was unable to put it down and managed to finish it in a day. Honestly, I thought it’s going to be a slow read, it wasn’t really that action-packed than I expected 
06.13

The Golden Lily

9 years ago | filed under Fiction
Author: Richelle Mead Series: (Bloodlines #2) Published: June 12th 2012 Publisher: Razorbill Categories: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy Rating: I’m at loss for words. Where were they when I needed them? I just…can’t…uh, it’s… it’s just so awesome. AWESOME I tell you. When I finished the book, the first word that escaped from my mouth was wow. I mean, really it was WOW. To say I have a huge expectation for the follow up is an understatement. I expect nothing less than awesome and with any luck, surpass the first book. And oh boy, did this book deliver it. It blew my 
06.13

Week 24. Waiting on Wednesday

9 years ago | filed under Feature
It’s Wednesday again. What books are you looking forward to reading? “Waiting on” Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that showcases much awaited upcoming releases. Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1) by Gail Carriger Expected publication: February 5th 2013 Publisher: Little Brown and Company Format/Pages: Hardcover, 320 pages It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to finishing school. Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is the bane of her mother's existence. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper 
06.13

Week 24. Teaser Tuesdays

9 years ago | filed under Feature
How about some non-spoilery sneak peek? Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: • Grab your current read • Open to a random page • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT (Teaser Tuesdays) participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if 
06.12

Arise

9 years ago | filed under Fiction
Author: Tara Hudson Series: (Hereafter #2) Published: June 5th 2012 Publisher: Harper Collins Categories: Paranormal, Fantasy Rating: I gave the former five stars, but this time I’m snatching the one star. And while I think (with all honesty) that Arise have improved a lot and think this one is better than the first, (IMHO!) I just can’t seem to give the sequel a full mark. Amelia and her ghost status made her think of her relationship with Joshua. She’s a ghost and he’s human. He’s going to get old and she’s not. She’s stuck in that form for who knows 
06.11

Once

9 years ago | filed under Fiction
Author: Anna Carey Series: (Eve #2) Expected publication: July 3rd 2012 Publisher: Harper Collins Categories: Science Fiction, Dystopia/Post-Apocalyptic Rating: I received an eARC from Harper Collins via Edelweiss. Thank you. Although Eve is definitely not on a par with my favorite dystopian/post-apocalyptic novels, I still think the book was nice and fairly entertaining. It just that it left me a little discontented with some of its aspects that I was actually hoping were given more highlight but once again eclipsed by the romance. Now, I back-pedaled and checked my review of Eve before I started reading Once. What do I want 
06.10

Easy

9 years ago | filed under Fiction
Author: Tammara Webber Published: May 25th 2012 Publisher: Tammara Webber (Kindle Edition) Categories: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction Rating: “Choosing to be with you isn’t a difficult decision, Jacqueline,” he breathed, pulling back one final time to stare into my eyes. “It’s easy. Incredibly easy.” Oh man, it was so good. Really good. So why the heck did I gave it 3.5 and I didn’t even have the heart to round it up to four stars? I don’t know why, but something’s off with my ratings today. I just can’t force myself to raise it, even just a tiny notch. I will 
06.10

Don’t You Wish

9 years ago | filed under Fiction
Author: Roxanne St. Claire Expected publication: July 10th 2012 Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers Categories: Contemporary, Science Fiction Rating: I received an eARC from Random House via Netgalley. Thank you. “Yes. My name is Annie Nutter, and about a week or week ago, I went to sleep in my house on Rolling Rock Road in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, just as ordinary as I could be. Then I woke up living and breathing in Ayla Monroe’s world. In her body, actually.” When I read the summary I immediately thought of Freaky Friday. But she didn’t switch body with her mother. And 
06.07

Raves. Rants. Squee. # 1

9 years ago | filed under Feature
Ok, since I’m still on reading mode (no reviews up, it’s weird) here are some interesting tidbits I found out: No more Galley Grab: The news is floating around the twitter-sphere (I don't know if there's an official announcement somewhere). Simon & Schuster is halting the program, someone broke the news on BEA (from people who’ve heard it). And I think I cried buckets of tears. I prefer this one over netgalley and edelweiss (I rarely check this site, and I’m scared to request from the latter to be honest). You know, no rejections. Plus, the titles they put up 
06.06

Week 23. Waiting on Wednesday

9 years ago | filed under Feature
It’s Wednesday again. What books are you looking forward to reading? “Waiting on” Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that showcases much awaited upcoming releases. Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger Expected publication: March 2013 Publisher: Simon Pulse Format/Pages: N/A Seventeen-year-old Vane Weston is the only survivor of the category five tornado that killed his parents. Every night since the storm, a beautiful, dark-haired girl has swept through his dreams. She's the only clue to his past, and he clings to the hope that she's real. Audra is real, but she's also a sylph. An 
06.05

Week 23. Teaser Tuesdays

9 years ago | filed under Feature
How about some non-spoilery sneak peek? Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: • Grab your current read • Open to a random page • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT (Teaser Tuesdays) participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if 
06.03

Darkness Before Dawn

9 years ago | filed under Fiction
Author: J. A. London Series: (Darkness Before Dawn #1) Published: May 29th 2012 by Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Categories: Paranormal, Dystopia/Post-Apocalyptic Rating: I set the bar a little lower this time. Especially after I read The Immortal Rules, which shares the same premise, a mix of paranormal (vampires) and dystopian story. And after the disappointment that is The Hunt, I don’t think any book can topple Julie Kagawa’s vampire/post-apocalyptic book on my list. Or so I thought. The Immortal Rules, The Hunt and now, Darkness Before Dawn: all have the same basic idea but thank goodness I find a gem in 
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