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Waiting on Wednesday {6}

11.30.2011
"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I actually have two this week. I'm not very god at choosing ;)

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
Publication Date: May 1st, 2012 by HarperTeen

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences? This is life for sons and daughters of fallen angels in Sweet Evil.

Anna, a tender-hearted southern girl, was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage, and her will-power is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

A cross-country trip forces Anna and Kai to face the reality that hope and love are not options for their kind. When it's time for Anna to confront her demons, will she choose to embrace her halo or her horns?

Do I even need to explain why I want this? *-* It sounds amazing, the cover is amazing, and Wendy is an awesome person. While I know parts have probably changed a lot, I really regret not reading this when it was back up on Inkpop. I can't wait for this.

The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams
Publication Date: January 3rd, 2012 by Simon & Schuster

Seraphina’s first love made her immortal…her second might get her killed.

Incarnation is a new series that introduces a fresh mythology perfect for fans of bestselling series like The Immortals by Alyson Noel and Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

After spending six hundred years on earth, Seraphina Ames has seen it all. Eternal life provides her with the world’s riches, but at a very high price: innocent lives. Centuries ago, her boyfriend, Cyrus, discovered a method of alchemy that allows them to swap bodies with other humans, jumping from one vessel to the next, taking the human’s life in the process. No longer able to bear the guilt of what she’s done, Sera escapes from Cyrus and vows to never kill again.

Then sixteen-year-old Kailey Morgan gets into a horrific car accident right in front of her, and Sera accidentally takes over her body. For the first time, Sera finds herself enjoying the life of the person she’s inhabiting—and falls for the human boy who lives next door. But Cyrus will stop at nothing until she’s his again, and every moment she stays, she’s putting herself and the people she’s grown to care for in great danger. Will Sera have to give up the one thing that’s eluded her for centuries: true love?

While this isn't something that's right up my alley, I've heard some great things about it. (And S&S novels are kind of my weakness.)

Leave a link and I'll be sure to check out what you're waiting on this Wednesday!

~Zoey~

2012 TBR Reading Challenge

11.27.2011
The 2012 TBR Reading Challenge is all about reading those books you've had sitting around forever. Check out the post HERE, where you can see the lists of all the hosts (:

Obviously, because of That Awful Book Disaster, I don't actually have any books sitting here that I've had forever. But there are books I've been meaning to read for way too long, and I have a very nice friend who will get things from the library for me and give them to me at school :)

As of right now, I'm only going for "A Friendly Hug," which is 11-20 books, but I'll (hopefully) probably move that up at some point.

Some of the things I plan to read:

  • White Cat by Holly Black
  • Blood Red Road by Moira Young
  • Once Every Never by Lesley Livingston
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  • Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles
  • Burn Bright by Marianne de Pierres
  • Hourglass by Myra McEntire
  • Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder
  • Wicked Woods by Kailin Gow
  • My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody
  • Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
And I'm sure there will be plenty more later, but, you know, gotta find out what's at the library first :P

~Zoey~

Review: dancergirl

11.25.2011
dancergirl by Carol M. Tanzman
Published November 15th, 2011 by Harlequin
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The videos went viral...

EVER FEEL LIKE SOMEONE’S WATCHING YOU?

ME TOO.

BUT LATELY IT’S BEEN HAPPENING IN MY ROOM.

WHEN I’M ALONE.


A friend posted a video of me dancing online, and now I’m no longer Alicia Ruffino. I’m dancergirl. And suddenly it’s like me against the world—everyone’s got opinions.

My admirers want more, the haters hate, my best friend Jacy—even he’s acting weird. And some stalker isn’t content to just watch anymore.

Ali. dancergirl. Whatever you know me as, however you’ve seen me online, I’ve trained my whole life to be the best dancer I can be. But if someone watching has their way, I could lose way more than just my love of dancing. I could lose my life.

For me, dancergirl was one of those books where I didn't really enjoy it, but I just had to keep reading because I felt like I needed to know what was going to happen. 

Ali was so paranoid during this book that it was almost funny. Of course, halfway through the book, she definitely had a reason to be paranoid, but even when she was on a date with Luke, I just wanted to smack her and then laugh. It was a bit ridiculous.

There were also lots of parts I found myself extremely bored during. I just wanted to either skim or stop reading. And the worst part was that there would be a really good part, something very interesting, and my hopes would go up, but then a few pages later it was boring again. 


One thing I wish we'd seen more of is the best friend relationship between Jacy and Ali. Their relationship didn't really feel like a best friend one to me. Not even a romantic one. The only best friend-type moment they had was when a little Batman incident. I loved how Jacy basically saved the day, but that doesn't mean they're best friends, it just means Jacy's a good guy. 


I will admit that I never saw the identity of the stalker coming. There were plenty of suspects, there could have been even more, but I never would have guessed it was who it really was. Tanzman did a good job at keeping us guessing, and dancergirl was fairly suspenseful. 


Even though I'm not a dancer and therefore didn't understand some of the dance terms in this book, my favorite parts were actually when Ali was dancing. Tanzman did an amazing job at capturing Ali's emotions during these parts. 


Overall: dancergirl just didn't hold my interest. The characters fell a bit flat for me, and I feel like it all moved too slowly. While the identity of the stalker was definitely a surprise, it was honestly the only thing I liked about this book, other than the dance scenes. 2 stars. 


~Zoey~

Review: Kiss of Frost

11.24.2011
Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep (Mythos Academy #2)
Publish date: November 29th, 2011 by Kensington
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Logan Quinn was try­ing to kill me. My Spar­tan class­mate relent­lessly pur­sued me, swing­ing his sword at me over and over again, the shin­ing sil­ver blade inch­ing closer to my throat every time. A smile tugged up his lips, and his ice-blue eyes prac­ti­cally glowed with the thrill of battle...
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I’m Gwen Frost, a second-year warrior-in-training at Mythos Acad­emy, and I have no idea how I’m going to sur­vive the rest of the semes­ter. One day, I’m get­ting schooled in sword­play by the guy who broke my heart — the drop-dead gor­geous Logan who slays me every time. Then, an invis­i­ble archer in the Library of Antiq­ui­ties decides to use me for tar­get prac­tice. And now, I find out that some­one at the acad­emy is really a Reaper bad guy who wants me dead. I’m afraid if I don’t learn how to live by the sword — with Logan’s help — I just might die by the sword …

I remember reading the first  book, Touch of Frost, back in August and liking it more than I expected. But this book? It blew the first one away. (And I really like the cover of this one :P)


Gwen Frost is a very real character to me. Her reactions were realistic, and her emotions always made sense to me. She's a very determined character, and that's something I like about her. She doesn't let other people fight her battles for her, but she also acknowledges that sometimes she needs help and she lets people give it to her. 


As for Logan Quinn? Not only do I totally love him, I also loved getting to find out a little more about his past. I hated that he never really explained what he was doing with Savannah, though - sure, he talked to Gwen about it a little bit, but he never really gave any reasons as to why he was going out with her when we all know he likes Gwen >.o Logan and Gwen spent the first book dancing around each other, and the same can be said for Kiss of Frost - but this time, it's even better. No matter how much I want them to just rip off each other's clothes and get it over with already.

I have to admit, though. I think Vic might be my favorite character, regardless of the fact that he's a talking sword. There was not nearly enough of him in Kiss of Frost. I really hope he's in the third book more.

And of course, what would a Mythos Academy novel be without a Reaper trying to kill Gwen? I was kind of shocked about who it was, but once Gwen realized it and started to notice all the signs she missed, I went "Ohhhhh, yeah," right along with her. Now THAT'S what I call some good foreshadowing.

And I don't care if most people think it's cliche, but I love the fact that these books take place at a boarding school. I'm usually a fan of board school books, but Mythos Academy is fairly original, if you ask me. I can picture it all in my head, and I love the way it looks. 

The only problem I had was that sometimes I had to force myself to read some paragraphs that I really just wanted to skip over. There was a lot of recapping from the first book that I didn't really want to read because, yes, I did read the first book, and yes, I do remember what happened. The first chapter of the third novel was also included in the e-ARC, and it seemed to do the same thing. Then again, what I believe is unnecessary recapping might be important for someone else. I just forced myself to read through those parts because I didn't want to miss anything :P

Overall: Kiss of Frost surpassed the first novel by a margin. The suspense was great, the characters were even better and more developed, and I loved the new characters that get involved. While my attention wandered a little bit during parts of the book, for the most part, I loved this and can't wait for the next one. Estep does a great job with descriptions - both of the action scenes and the setting in general. 4.5 stars.
~Zoey~

Waiting on Wednesday {5}

11.23.2011
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
Publication Date: June 12th, 2012 by Balzer + Bray

Generations ago, a genetic experiment gone wrong—the Reduction—decimated humanity, giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.

Eighteen-year-old Luddite Elliot North has always known her place in this caste system. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family’s estate over love. But now the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress and threatening Luddite control; Elliot’s estate is floundering; and she’s forced to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth—an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliott wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she abandoned him.

But Elliot soon discovers her childhood friend carries a secret—-one that could change the society in which they live…or bring it to its knees. And again, she’s faced with a choice: cling to what she’s been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she’s ever loved, even if she has lost him forever.

Inspired by Jane Austen’s PERSUASION, FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS is a breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it.

The release date is more than six months away. *sadface* I should probably have saved this for a later WoW, but I just couldn't. It sounds amazing. I haven't yet read any of Diana Peterefreund's book, but I will eventually, and this just sounds like something I'd love. And I really like Balzer + Bray's books so far >_>

What are you waiting on? Leave a link and I'll be sure to check it out :)

~Zoey~

Review: Catching Jordan

11.22.2011
Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
Publication Date: December 1st, 2011 by Sourcebooks Fire
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What girl doesn't want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn't just surrounded by hot guys, though-she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys, and that's just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university. But now there's a new guy in town who threatens her starting position... suddenly she's hoping he'll see her as more than just a teammate.

Warning: Language abound. Fairly spoiler-free, but I swear in this review. Repeatedly.

Catching Jordan fucked with my emotions. I want to chalk it up to, I dunno, PMSing or something, so I was getting all emotional, but maybe Kenneally is just that good o.o Either way, what Jordan felt, I felt. When she cried, I wanted to cry. When she was frustrated, I was, too. 


Jordan is one of those characters where, if she was real, I would look up to her. She's so determined to play football in college, regardless of the fact that her father doesn't support it and football is, admittedly, considered a sport for guys. And what Jordan does is amazing, too. Playing football with a bunch of 200 pound guys? I don't know any girl that could do that.


Even from the beginning, I was not a fan of Ty. And I don't really know why - he was just one of those characters that I immediately disliked. I did like that he had flaws, though, and that he wasn't unaffected by what happened to his family. His personality showed that something had happened, and that was very realistic for me. 


Henry. Oh, Henry. Henry was Jordan's best friend, and also another player on the football team. All I can really say about him is that I love him, but there were times when he was such an asshole. I understand why he did what he did, (kind of) but I think he should have given Jordan a better explanation. (Also, he was a total man-whore. This made me sad. I think Jordan should have made a bigger deal about that, but then again, Jordan was a pretty ~chill~ character. She and I are very different, so while I would have made a bigger deal about that, I guess it makes sense that Jordan didn't.) 


One thing I really liked about Catching Jordan was that, even though I don't really like football, I still loved this book. There was a lot of football involved. Obviously. But it didn't bother me, not at all. I actually enjoyed the fact that it involved football. (This is where you all gasp in shock, guys.)


I think the only problem I really had was that we never really got any backstory on how Jordan actually made the team. I assume there was difficulty involved during the tryouts, since, y'know, she's a girl, (dur) and I kind of want to know just how difficult it was for her to get on the team. 


Overall: I kind of want to pretend my emotions didn't get totally fucked around, but they did. I have to give props to Miranda Kenneally for taking me on a major roller coaster that I most certainly was not expecting. Catching Jordan was a surprising read - I was expecting something light and fun and cliche with minimal problems. Instead, I got a novel that teaches you about determination and throws in some romance and emotional turmoil just to screw with you and turn it all into an addicting novel. 4 stars.


~Zoey~

Review: Obsidian

11.20.2011
Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publication Date: December 6th, 2011 by Entangled Publishing
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Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

Jennifer Armentrout needs to stop being such a genius. Seriously.

Obsidian is that novel I wanted to give practically every book I own for. (Not that I did that. But if I had, this would probably have been worth it.) I mean, aliens? Come on. I might be slightly obsessed. Area 51, anyone? >_>

Anyway. Obsidian is definitely a character-driven novel. That's not to say there's not plenty of plot, because there is, but the characters seem to be the most notable. Katy, for one thing. I loved how determined she was to remain friends with Dee, and I love how she wasn't a total pushover when it came to Daemon, specifically at the end. Katy is easy to connect to, and not just because she's a book blogger. I also loved that she was affected when everyone was rejecting her when she tried to sit with them at lunch. It's not like she was untouchable. Katy had real emotions.

Daemon is a completely different story. I didn't love him at first. Not at all. He was just too rude, regardless of how hot I pictured him :P I loved seeing how he changed throughout the book, though I will admit, he didn't fully redeem himself in my eyes until the last 40 pages or so. He might have been funny at times, but he was a major ass. And that's the thing - he worked that way. His sweet moments were genuine, and I think if he'd had more moments where he wasn't being an ass, they would have seemed fake.

The plot was amazing, too. The story of Daemon and his sister, Dee, and what they really are was something I really enjoyed reading, and something I thought was really original, too. I loved that story. I loved how Jennifer Armentrout basically took "aliens" to an entirely new level O_O

I've read a lot of reviews that talk about how funny this book is. I never really laughed-out-loud, but there were some funny moments. And the thing is, Obsidian isn't just some silly read. While there were funny moments, there were also some intense moments and some action scenes, and there were plenty of emotions that came across strong and clear.

And also, there were plenty of moments when I was like this:

 
In fact, I think the only issue I had was that I had a bit of a problem with the book blogging. I think the references to memes might confuse some people who aren't book bloggers. Sure, "Waiting on Wednesday" and "In My Mailbox" seem fairly self-explanatory, but for someone who's not a book blogger, I feel like they might need an explanation for those kinds of things.


Overall: For me, Obsidian was definitely worth the hype. I think it's a good book for anyone - there's plenty of chemistry between the characters for romance readers, plenty of moments where Katy did amazing things for such an ordinary person for anyone who loves strong heroines, plenty of action scenes (and some killing ones, too) for anyone who loves that stuff, and lots of alien things going on for sci-fi lovers. I'd be crazy to give this anything other than 5 stars.


~Zoey~

Review: Remembrance {Blog Tour}

11.16.2011
I'm participating in the Remembrance blog tour, hosted by the lovely Stuck in YA Books. To see the list of all participates, click HERE.

Remembrance by Michelle Madow
Published July 27th, 2011 by Dreamscape Publishing
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New Hampshire high school junior Lizzie Davenport has been reincarnated from Regency Era, England ... but she doesn't know it yet.

Then Drew Carmichael transfers into Lizzie's school at the beginning of the year, and she feels a connection to him, almost like she knows him. She can't stop thinking about him, but whenever she tries talking with him about the mysteries behind her feelings, he makes it clear that he wants nothing to do with her. Reaching him is even more difficult because she has a boyfriend, Jeremy, who has started to become full of himself after being elected co-captain of the varsity soccer team, and her flirtatious best friend Chelsea starts dating Drew soon after his arrival. So why can't she seem to get him out of her mind?

Even though Lizzie knows she should let go of her fascination with Drew, the pair of them soon find that fighting fate isn't going to be easy.

Because I am an anti-social loser, I decided just to do a review for the blog tour :P

You know, I'm not even sure why I decided to read Remembrance. I knew it was about reincarnation, and to be honest, I hate the idea of reincarnation. I don't want to think about how I could have Jeffery Dahmer or Hitler in a past life o_o I've just always kind of hated to think about it in general. 


But Remembrance made it interesting. Remembrance also took another topic I hate and made it work - insta-love. Most of you have probably read my rage against insta-love, but in Remembrance, it just . . . works. And it's not intense insta-love, either. It's subtle, and there's a reason for it.


If I'm being honest, I have to admit that Chelsea annoyed me to no end. Chelsea is Elizabeth's best friend, and every time she was in a scene, I was wondering how she would annoy me. Granted, her reaction at the end when she finds out about Drew and Elizabeth is completely warranted, but throughout most of the book, she just seemed like an obnoxious airhead to me. I would not have been able to be friends with her o_o


Jeremy was another character I didn't like, but I did love that he wasn't just a jerk, he was a subtle jerk. It wasn't so obvious that it seemed fake. 


I wish the reincarnation bit had been focused on a little more, though. Sometimes it felt like it was just in the background and it was easy to forget about, and I think it should have been given some more focus, since it's such a big part of the book and Drew and Lizzie's relationship.


I loved how Lizzie was awful at French and then one day it all just suddenly came to her xD I wish that would have happened to me in my French class. I never had any idea what my teacher was saying.


I also loved the idea of a Guide who could help you remember your past life. That old guy from the store was cool xD His story was really interesting, and I can't help but hope that he'll be in the rest of the books in this series, too, however many there may be.


Overall: Remembrance is a novel about second chances and love that can transcend even time. Although I feel like the reincarnation should have been focused on a little more, I loved that Remembrance turned two things I usually hate into something that made the book enjoyable. I'm not actually going to give this book a rating, because I can't choose, for one thing, and I don't want to dissuade you from reading this if all you look at is the rating :P



Waiting on Wednesday {4}

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

Existence by Abbi Glines
Expected publication: December, 2011 by Wild Child Publishing

What happens when you are stalked by Death? You fall in love with him of course. Pagan Moore doesn’t cheat Death, instead, she falls in love with him.

Seventeen year old Pagan Moore, has seen souls her entire life. Once she realized the strangers she often saw walking through walls were not visible to anyone else, she started ignoring them. If she didn’t let them know she could see them, they left her alone. Until she steps out of her car on the first day of school and sees an incredibly sexy guy lounging on a picnic table, watching her with an amused smirk on his face. Problem is, she knows he's dead. Not only does he not go away, when she ignores him he does something none of the others have ever done; he speaks. Pagan is fascinated by the soul. What Pagan doesn’t realize is that her appointed time to die is drawing near and the wickedly beautiful soul she is falling in love with is not a soul. He is Death and he is about to break all the rules.

This might sound kind of weird, but stories involving the Grim Reaper or Death as a person have always really interested me, so I really want to read this. Plus, I read The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines and loved it, so I have high hopes for this one :o

Although it's only being published as an e-book, which means I will probably never read it xD Buying ebooks involve credit cards. I'm pretty sure it's illegal for me to have a credit card . . . >_>

~Zoey~

Review: The Predicteds

11.13.2011
The Predicteds by Christine Seifert
Published September 1st, 2011 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Your future is not your own...

"We wanted to know what makes a good kid good and a bad kid bad. Can you blame us for that? We found an astoundingly, marvelously simple answer: The brain isn't so much a complicated machine as it is a crystal ball. If you look into it, you will see everything you want to know."
-Dr. Mark Miliken, senior researcher at Utopia Laboratories 

Imagine a world where the authorities can use computer programs to determine who you will become.  Imagine that computer program can predict your future behavior – who will turn to drugs, who will turn to crime and who will commit murder. Imagine that it’s happening today.
 
An original, edgy premise that draws on current teen issues, The Predicteds imagines a world – our world – where something done to “protect the people” is taken a step too far.  Readers will be drawn into Daphne’s quest to find the answers in Christine Seifert’s tautly plotted, intriguing tale.

This book sounded amazing. Exactly the type of thing I like to read. But it's true - you can't like everything.

To be honest, there isn't a single character in this book that I actually liked. There were times when maybe I thought I liked Sam, a random side-character, but he hopped around a little too much. There were times when I thought I liked Jesse, but he was just too confusing to me. And it's not like I hated Daphne, the narrator and main character, but I didn't like her most of the time, either. She was merely . . . tolerable.

And the rest of the characters pissed me off to no end. Brooklyn was such a bitch that she wasn't even realistic. I was never really sure if Daphne considered Dizzy a friend. I mean, I wouldn't have, since she was extremely obnoxious, but Daphne never really said anything about it and she still hung out with Dizzy, so maybe it was just me . . . ?

I think the biggest problem I had was with Daphne, though. Most of the time, I felt like she had no personality. Her emotions just didn't come through or connect with me, so she just seemed kind of . . . blah. She just wasn't interesting. I don't even think I remember her having a hobby or anything.

I'm borderline on the plot. I think it could have been made way more suspenseful. That's not to say that it was a boring plot, because it wasn't, but I think so much more could have been done with it. It could have been made a little creepier, more suspenseful. Popped a little more.

What I did like about the plot was that it actually did surprise me - everything that happened with January and Josh and the ones who were predicted. (Being predicted meant that you'd been predicted to have a life of crime, drugs, etc.) I just wish it had all been done better.

Overall: I wanted to like this. I really did. It sounded amazing, but it just didn't hold my interest. Daphne needed more emotion, I needed the book to be more exciting. That's not to say you shouldn't read it, because this might just be me, but I suggest getting it from your library instead of buying it. 2 stars.

*So yeah. The picture should be here, but it doesn't want to show up.*

~Zoey~

Love Triangles and Why I Hate Them

11.12.2011
People continuously ask me why I hate love triangles so much, so I figured it was time I tell you.

I know that some people really like love triangles. I respect that. Obviously, a lot of people really like love triangles since they seem to be so popular. You like them, that's fine. I have no problems with it. But I think I'm always going to hate them.

For one thing, (and this is the totally obvious one) THEY ARE EVERYWHERE. Obviously, there are plenty of books without love triangles. But the majority of YA novels that I happen to come across - say, at my bookstore or when I'm lurking on Goodreads - seem to have love triangles. And I'm sick of it. Maybe I'm just awful at discovering good books. But you have to admit that love triangles are plentiful these days. And yeah, okay, lots of stuff is overdone, and I still love it. But love triangles are almost always the same. No twists. (How would you even put a twist on a love triangle, anyway? O_o It's fairly straight-forward. Girl loves Boy 1. Girl also loves Boy 2. Both Boy 1 and Boy 2 love Girl. Girl cannot choose between Boy 1 and Boy 2.)

Not every teenager girl has two guys she's completely and utterly in love with. Not every teenage girl has two guys that are totally in love with her. I don't think I have ever come across that in real life. That's not to say it doesn't happen, because I'm sure it does, but not nearly as much as books seem to make us believe. It's just so unrealistic.

And another reason? Rarely does the character ever end up with who I like. And okay, maybe to some of you that seems like a stupid reason, and maybe I'm a little bitter, but it's the truth. In fact, I think Suzanne Collin's The Hunger Games series was the only love triangle where the character ended up with who I wanted, and let's face it, I hated Katniss anyway. If you ask me, the character usually chooses the worst option.

Another thing is that 90% of the time, they just feel so pointless. They don't add anything to the plot other than a ridiculous amount of angst. And if a girl is going to rely on which guy she loves to choose between good and evil or something, then . . . Stop being such a wussy.

And not only do they feel pointless and plotless to me, I feel like they take up too much of the plot. Love triangles are being constantly focused on. There are so many interesting things - that have nothing to do with a love triangle - that could be put in the place of all this constant focusing on the love triangle. Just take the Twilight series, for instance. Instead of spending all her time thinking about  Edward or Jacob, she could have done something . . . well, interesting. Because interesting is pretty much the opposite of Bella. Obviously, there are exceptions to this. Some books have love triangles that balance well with the plot. But I haven't found very many, and until I do, this is going to stay a reason to hate love triangles for me.

And then there's the fact that all the love triangles are one girl in love with two guys. I know there has to be some where there's just one guy and two girls, but I have not come across any. I kind of want to D:

I'm not going to say that if an author writes a love triangle into their book that they're awful writers. There are even some love triangles I've enjoyed. But I just don't see the point in them anymore. They're frustrating and overused and boring. To me. I didn't say they have to be that way to you. I'm more of a fan of the love line with a few bumps - like the Mythos Academy series by Jennifer Estep and the Darkest Powers series by Kelley Armstrong. Those relationships where there might be another guy or girl involved, but you totally know it won't stay that way.

Believe me when I say that I have way more reasons than these for hating love triangles. But those are not reasons are not for anyone else to know, because they're all rather rude and involve some bashing. So. >_>

~Zoey~

Review: Shatter Me

11.10.2011
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Publish Date: November 15th, 2011 by HarperTeen
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Juliette hasn't touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal. As long as she doesn't hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don't fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war-- and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she's exactly what they need right now. 

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon or be a warrior.


Shatter Me is a highly anticipated novel, and I suppose it's with good reason. But maybe I tried too hard to love this book, just because everyone else did. 


My biggest problem - my only problem, really - with Shatter Me was the writing style. Commas are hardly used, and I understand that that's the style, but it irritated me to no end when there would be a sentence like . . . Well, I know I should give an example, but my copy is in my backpack right now. :o Anyway, while Mafi writes beautifully, I feel like this writing style just isn't for me. Sometimes a sentence just wouldn't make sense to me because she would say something like "The sun and moon explode as he responds." I just DIDN'T UNDERSTAND. 


The other problem I had? [Highlight text to read. It's extremely spoilery :P] I need an explanation for why Juliette can touch Adam and Warner and no one else. I mean, I'm sure that's coming, but I need a real reason. It's just too convenient.


Juliette was, by far, my favorite part of the book. She's an interesting narrator and an amazing character. I loved how she was strong yet vulnerable at the same time. She was so real that I loved reading from her perspective. She was even fierce at times, and the way she felt about Adam was so easily translated. Her emotions came through clearly and always made sense to me. 


The rest of the characters were all really well done, too. Kenji was the comedic relief, sort of, even though he wasn't a huge character. James was adorable, and I felt like he had a purpose for being in the book. Warner was awesome, even though he was a total psycho :P Mafi did a great job on him - I could understand why he was crazy. He actually had a real reason, one that made total sense to me.


And Adam. Oh, Adam. I don't even know what to say about him. Sometimes I wish he'd seemed a little more manly, but then he wouldn't be Adam anymore, would he? ;)

The plot was a nice part of the book, too. While I wish The Reestablishment's history had been explained more, I liked the idea. I loved how the book started off, too, with Juliette locked up like a monster. I loved seeing how her feelings changed about herself.

Overall: Shatter Me was a great start to a series, although I feel like some of the questions that are going to be answered in the second and third (if there's a third. I'm assuming it's a trilogy. Everything is a trilogy these days) should have probably been answered in Shatter Me. Despite my problems with the writing style, Shatter Me is a solid read that I can see a lot of people enjoying. 3.5 stars.




~Zoey~

Waiting on Wednesdays {3}

11.09.2011
"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 


The Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen
Publish date: February 16th, 2012 by Speak

Pretty in Pink meets Anna and the French Kiss in this charming romantic comedy

Ella is nearly invisible at the Willing School, and that's just fine by her. She's got her friends - the fabulous Frankie and their sweet cohort Sadie. She's got her art - and her idol, the unappreciated 19th-century painter Edward Willing. Still, it's hard being a nobody and having a crush on the biggest somebody in the school: Alex Bainbridge. Especially when he is your French tutor, and lessons have started becoming, well, certainly more interesting than French ever has been before. But can the invisible girl actually end up with a happily ever after with the golden boy, when no one even knows they're dating? And is Ella going to dare to be that girl?

I swear, it's not the Anna and the French Kiss part that makes me so excited to read this. I love some good chick-lit novels, and I read the first chapter HERE, and for some reason it just sounds like it's going to be very entertaining.

What are YOU waiting on this Wednesday?

~Zoey~

300 Follower Giveaway!

11.06.2011
Whoooo~ Gracias to all of you for helping me reach 300 followers! :D

So now, let's get on with it~

There will be TWO winners who will each get to pick one of the prizes below:

#1
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (It will be an ARC copy, just an FYI)
(Open to US only)
#2
Touch by Jus Accardo
(Open to US only)
#3
The Darkest Powers Series by Kelley Armstrong
The Summoning, The Awakening, The Reckoning
(Open to US only)
 #4
The Pledge by Kimberly Derting
(Open internationally, as long as The Book Depository ships to you. Check HERE.)

So. Yeah. :D 
Please note:
*You must be a follower of this blog and leave your GFC name. I do check.
*You must leave the name of your country. If you live in any country other than the US and you win, you will automatically be getting The Pledge. If you live in the US, you can choose any of the four prizes. (Unless the other winner is international; then you can choose any of the first three prizes. If that makes sense.)
*Giveaway ends at 12:01 AM on December 1st. (Basically, Nov. 31st is the last day to enter.)



~Zoey~

Review: The Pledge

11.05.2011
 The Pledge by Kimberly Derting
Publish date: November 15th, 2011 by Simon & Schuster
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In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she's spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It's there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she's never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed.

Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can't be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country's only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.
The Pledge was kind of refreshing, in a way. No love triangles, no insta-love, and no Mary-Sues.

But I'll start with what I didn't like, since there's not much of it.

From reading the blurb, you know that Charlie can understand every language and that she's not supposed to. But in the book, it takes forever to actually explain that. I don't care if we technically already know it, I like elaborations, dang it! And the world of Ludania, how the Queen ruled, Ludania's past, I felt like it was revealed too late in the book. I spent all this unnecessary time wondering what the heck was going on.

In the beginning, I didn't really like the writing style. Lots of the sentences were too long and felt awkward, but it wasn't very long before I didn't think about it. I'm not sure if it's because the sentences got less awkward or because I didn't notice it anymore, but either way, I started to really like the writing.

AND NOW ONTO THE GOOD STUFF.

I don't know how Derting did it, but she made me totally understand Brooklyn. At first, I hated her. And when Charlie started to suspect that Brook was just using her for selfish purposes, (which I totally agreed with) I couldn't believe Charlie wasn't even angry about it. But then I found out about the real Brooklyn, and I was like WHOA. I GET IT. SHE'S NOT REALLY THAT MUCH OF A BITCH. I have to applaud Derting on that, considering I utterly hated Brooklyn for the first half of the book.

Although there were times when I didn't really understand it, I loved the romance. There was no insta-love, and after the first night she met him, Charlie wasn't constantly and obsessively thinking about Max. He crept into her thoughts sometimes, but not all the time. It seemed very realistic to me. And there were things she liked and disliked about Max. He wasn't perfect, and Charlie knew that, and that just made it so realistic for me.

I also really liked Charlie as a character. She had her faults. When her city was being attacked, sure, she was worrying about her sister, but she also afraid for herself, which made her seem much more real and relateable. She was caring and strong, but she had her moments where she questioned everything. She was an awesome narrator/main character.

But by far, my favorite thing about this was the originality. Sure, the whole "rebelling against the leader" thing has been done plenty of times before, but Derting made it an idea all her own. I loved the world of Ludania, I loved how everything worked, and I loved how modern things were still incorporated into it, like restaurants and clubs.

Overall: The Pledge surprised me and then continued to surprise me. Full of originality and twists and turns, I really loved this. The characters were real, the romance were real, but the plot was definitely not something you see every day. 4.5 stars.


~Zoey~

Waiting On Wednesday {2}

11.02.2011
"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 

Legacy by Molly Cochran
Publish Date: December 20th, 2011 by Simon & Schuster

When her widowed father dumps 16-year-old Katy Jessevar in a boarding school in Whitfield, Massachusetts, she has no idea that fate has just opened the door to both her future and her past. Nearly everyone in Whitfield is a witch, as is Katy herself, although she has struggled all her life to hide her unusual talents. Stuck at a boarding school where her fellow students seem to despise her, Katy soon discovers that Whitfield is the place where her mother committed suicide under mysterious circumstances when Katy was just a small child. With dark forces converging on Whitfield, it’s up to Katy to unravel her family’s many secrets to save the boy she loves and the town itself from destruction.

I know there have been a lot of mixed reviews on this, but it sounds extremely interesting to me. Mysteries, romance, and witches? Bring it on, dude. Bring it on. Not to mention I haven't been able to find more than one two books involving witches that I liked. 

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

~Zoey~

Oh, November.

11.01.2011
November is not a month I like very much. Not only is NaNoWriMo in November, (which will forever make me angry, since YES, I do have school, and NO, I do not have time to write 2k a day. I'm not capable of it like some people) but it also means I have state testing. YAY.

Other News:
Win £50 to spend at book depository @ Bookaholics Book Club! 

RAK wrap-up:
*sadface* I had the links to the blogs of these people saved in a document, but that document has mysteriously disappeared :( I can only remember one of them.

I sent (*cough* Sent only two days ago because I'm a procrastinator)

Fallen by Lauren Kate to Amanda @ Hippies, Beauty, and Books


Received:
Once Every Never by Lesley Livingston                               The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa


















(If anyone has Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon or Wings by Aprilynne Pike on their wish list, let me know. I'm really looking to get rid of those books :P)

My wishlist for November can be found HERE.

OFF TO NANOWRIMO  I GO.

~Zoey~

11.30.2011

Waiting on Wednesday {6}

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

I actually have two this week. I'm not very god at choosing ;)

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
Publication Date: May 1st, 2012 by HarperTeen

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences? This is life for sons and daughters of fallen angels in Sweet Evil.

Anna, a tender-hearted southern girl, was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage, and her will-power is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

A cross-country trip forces Anna and Kai to face the reality that hope and love are not options for their kind. When it's time for Anna to confront her demons, will she choose to embrace her halo or her horns?

Do I even need to explain why I want this? *-* It sounds amazing, the cover is amazing, and Wendy is an awesome person. While I know parts have probably changed a lot, I really regret not reading this when it was back up on Inkpop. I can't wait for this.

The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams
Publication Date: January 3rd, 2012 by Simon & Schuster

Seraphina’s first love made her immortal…her second might get her killed.

Incarnation is a new series that introduces a fresh mythology perfect for fans of bestselling series like The Immortals by Alyson Noel and Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

After spending six hundred years on earth, Seraphina Ames has seen it all. Eternal life provides her with the world’s riches, but at a very high price: innocent lives. Centuries ago, her boyfriend, Cyrus, discovered a method of alchemy that allows them to swap bodies with other humans, jumping from one vessel to the next, taking the human’s life in the process. No longer able to bear the guilt of what she’s done, Sera escapes from Cyrus and vows to never kill again.

Then sixteen-year-old Kailey Morgan gets into a horrific car accident right in front of her, and Sera accidentally takes over her body. For the first time, Sera finds herself enjoying the life of the person she’s inhabiting—and falls for the human boy who lives next door. But Cyrus will stop at nothing until she’s his again, and every moment she stays, she’s putting herself and the people she’s grown to care for in great danger. Will Sera have to give up the one thing that’s eluded her for centuries: true love?

While this isn't something that's right up my alley, I've heard some great things about it. (And S&S novels are kind of my weakness.)

Leave a link and I'll be sure to check out what you're waiting on this Wednesday!

~Zoey~

11.27.2011

2012 TBR Reading Challenge

The 2012 TBR Reading Challenge is all about reading those books you've had sitting around forever. Check out the post HERE, where you can see the lists of all the hosts (:

Obviously, because of That Awful Book Disaster, I don't actually have any books sitting here that I've had forever. But there are books I've been meaning to read for way too long, and I have a very nice friend who will get things from the library for me and give them to me at school :)

As of right now, I'm only going for "A Friendly Hug," which is 11-20 books, but I'll (hopefully) probably move that up at some point.

Some of the things I plan to read:

  • White Cat by Holly Black
  • Blood Red Road by Moira Young
  • Once Every Never by Lesley Livingston
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  • Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles
  • Burn Bright by Marianne de Pierres
  • Hourglass by Myra McEntire
  • Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder
  • Wicked Woods by Kailin Gow
  • My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody
  • Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
And I'm sure there will be plenty more later, but, you know, gotta find out what's at the library first :P

~Zoey~

11.25.2011

Review: dancergirl

dancergirl by Carol M. Tanzman
Published November 15th, 2011 by Harlequin
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The videos went viral...

EVER FEEL LIKE SOMEONE’S WATCHING YOU?

ME TOO.

BUT LATELY IT’S BEEN HAPPENING IN MY ROOM.

WHEN I’M ALONE.


A friend posted a video of me dancing online, and now I’m no longer Alicia Ruffino. I’m dancergirl. And suddenly it’s like me against the world—everyone’s got opinions.

My admirers want more, the haters hate, my best friend Jacy—even he’s acting weird. And some stalker isn’t content to just watch anymore.

Ali. dancergirl. Whatever you know me as, however you’ve seen me online, I’ve trained my whole life to be the best dancer I can be. But if someone watching has their way, I could lose way more than just my love of dancing. I could lose my life.

For me, dancergirl was one of those books where I didn't really enjoy it, but I just had to keep reading because I felt like I needed to know what was going to happen. 

Ali was so paranoid during this book that it was almost funny. Of course, halfway through the book, she definitely had a reason to be paranoid, but even when she was on a date with Luke, I just wanted to smack her and then laugh. It was a bit ridiculous.

There were also lots of parts I found myself extremely bored during. I just wanted to either skim or stop reading. And the worst part was that there would be a really good part, something very interesting, and my hopes would go up, but then a few pages later it was boring again. 


One thing I wish we'd seen more of is the best friend relationship between Jacy and Ali. Their relationship didn't really feel like a best friend one to me. Not even a romantic one. The only best friend-type moment they had was when a little Batman incident. I loved how Jacy basically saved the day, but that doesn't mean they're best friends, it just means Jacy's a good guy. 


I will admit that I never saw the identity of the stalker coming. There were plenty of suspects, there could have been even more, but I never would have guessed it was who it really was. Tanzman did a good job at keeping us guessing, and dancergirl was fairly suspenseful. 


Even though I'm not a dancer and therefore didn't understand some of the dance terms in this book, my favorite parts were actually when Ali was dancing. Tanzman did an amazing job at capturing Ali's emotions during these parts. 


Overall: dancergirl just didn't hold my interest. The characters fell a bit flat for me, and I feel like it all moved too slowly. While the identity of the stalker was definitely a surprise, it was honestly the only thing I liked about this book, other than the dance scenes. 2 stars. 


~Zoey~

11.24.2011

Review: Kiss of Frost

Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep (Mythos Academy #2)
Publish date: November 29th, 2011 by Kensington
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Logan Quinn was try­ing to kill me. My Spar­tan class­mate relent­lessly pur­sued me, swing­ing his sword at me over and over again, the shin­ing sil­ver blade inch­ing closer to my throat every time. A smile tugged up his lips, and his ice-blue eyes prac­ti­cally glowed with the thrill of battle...
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I’m Gwen Frost, a second-year warrior-in-training at Mythos Acad­emy, and I have no idea how I’m going to sur­vive the rest of the semes­ter. One day, I’m get­ting schooled in sword­play by the guy who broke my heart — the drop-dead gor­geous Logan who slays me every time. Then, an invis­i­ble archer in the Library of Antiq­ui­ties decides to use me for tar­get prac­tice. And now, I find out that some­one at the acad­emy is really a Reaper bad guy who wants me dead. I’m afraid if I don’t learn how to live by the sword — with Logan’s help — I just might die by the sword …

I remember reading the first  book, Touch of Frost, back in August and liking it more than I expected. But this book? It blew the first one away. (And I really like the cover of this one :P)


Gwen Frost is a very real character to me. Her reactions were realistic, and her emotions always made sense to me. She's a very determined character, and that's something I like about her. She doesn't let other people fight her battles for her, but she also acknowledges that sometimes she needs help and she lets people give it to her. 


As for Logan Quinn? Not only do I totally love him, I also loved getting to find out a little more about his past. I hated that he never really explained what he was doing with Savannah, though - sure, he talked to Gwen about it a little bit, but he never really gave any reasons as to why he was going out with her when we all know he likes Gwen >.o Logan and Gwen spent the first book dancing around each other, and the same can be said for Kiss of Frost - but this time, it's even better. No matter how much I want them to just rip off each other's clothes and get it over with already.

I have to admit, though. I think Vic might be my favorite character, regardless of the fact that he's a talking sword. There was not nearly enough of him in Kiss of Frost. I really hope he's in the third book more.

And of course, what would a Mythos Academy novel be without a Reaper trying to kill Gwen? I was kind of shocked about who it was, but once Gwen realized it and started to notice all the signs she missed, I went "Ohhhhh, yeah," right along with her. Now THAT'S what I call some good foreshadowing.

And I don't care if most people think it's cliche, but I love the fact that these books take place at a boarding school. I'm usually a fan of board school books, but Mythos Academy is fairly original, if you ask me. I can picture it all in my head, and I love the way it looks. 

The only problem I had was that sometimes I had to force myself to read some paragraphs that I really just wanted to skip over. There was a lot of recapping from the first book that I didn't really want to read because, yes, I did read the first book, and yes, I do remember what happened. The first chapter of the third novel was also included in the e-ARC, and it seemed to do the same thing. Then again, what I believe is unnecessary recapping might be important for someone else. I just forced myself to read through those parts because I didn't want to miss anything :P

Overall: Kiss of Frost surpassed the first novel by a margin. The suspense was great, the characters were even better and more developed, and I loved the new characters that get involved. While my attention wandered a little bit during parts of the book, for the most part, I loved this and can't wait for the next one. Estep does a great job with descriptions - both of the action scenes and the setting in general. 4.5 stars.
~Zoey~

11.23.2011

Waiting on Wednesday {5}

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
Publication Date: June 12th, 2012 by Balzer + Bray

Generations ago, a genetic experiment gone wrong—the Reduction—decimated humanity, giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.

Eighteen-year-old Luddite Elliot North has always known her place in this caste system. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family’s estate over love. But now the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress and threatening Luddite control; Elliot’s estate is floundering; and she’s forced to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth—an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliott wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she abandoned him.

But Elliot soon discovers her childhood friend carries a secret—-one that could change the society in which they live…or bring it to its knees. And again, she’s faced with a choice: cling to what she’s been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she’s ever loved, even if she has lost him forever.

Inspired by Jane Austen’s PERSUASION, FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS is a breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it.

The release date is more than six months away. *sadface* I should probably have saved this for a later WoW, but I just couldn't. It sounds amazing. I haven't yet read any of Diana Peterefreund's book, but I will eventually, and this just sounds like something I'd love. And I really like Balzer + Bray's books so far >_>

What are you waiting on? Leave a link and I'll be sure to check it out :)

~Zoey~

11.22.2011

Review: Catching Jordan

Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
Publication Date: December 1st, 2011 by Sourcebooks Fire
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What girl doesn't want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn't just surrounded by hot guys, though-she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys, and that's just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university. But now there's a new guy in town who threatens her starting position... suddenly she's hoping he'll see her as more than just a teammate.

Warning: Language abound. Fairly spoiler-free, but I swear in this review. Repeatedly.

Catching Jordan fucked with my emotions. I want to chalk it up to, I dunno, PMSing or something, so I was getting all emotional, but maybe Kenneally is just that good o.o Either way, what Jordan felt, I felt. When she cried, I wanted to cry. When she was frustrated, I was, too. 


Jordan is one of those characters where, if she was real, I would look up to her. She's so determined to play football in college, regardless of the fact that her father doesn't support it and football is, admittedly, considered a sport for guys. And what Jordan does is amazing, too. Playing football with a bunch of 200 pound guys? I don't know any girl that could do that.


Even from the beginning, I was not a fan of Ty. And I don't really know why - he was just one of those characters that I immediately disliked. I did like that he had flaws, though, and that he wasn't unaffected by what happened to his family. His personality showed that something had happened, and that was very realistic for me. 


Henry. Oh, Henry. Henry was Jordan's best friend, and also another player on the football team. All I can really say about him is that I love him, but there were times when he was such an asshole. I understand why he did what he did, (kind of) but I think he should have given Jordan a better explanation. (Also, he was a total man-whore. This made me sad. I think Jordan should have made a bigger deal about that, but then again, Jordan was a pretty ~chill~ character. She and I are very different, so while I would have made a bigger deal about that, I guess it makes sense that Jordan didn't.) 


One thing I really liked about Catching Jordan was that, even though I don't really like football, I still loved this book. There was a lot of football involved. Obviously. But it didn't bother me, not at all. I actually enjoyed the fact that it involved football. (This is where you all gasp in shock, guys.)


I think the only problem I really had was that we never really got any backstory on how Jordan actually made the team. I assume there was difficulty involved during the tryouts, since, y'know, she's a girl, (dur) and I kind of want to know just how difficult it was for her to get on the team. 


Overall: I kind of want to pretend my emotions didn't get totally fucked around, but they did. I have to give props to Miranda Kenneally for taking me on a major roller coaster that I most certainly was not expecting. Catching Jordan was a surprising read - I was expecting something light and fun and cliche with minimal problems. Instead, I got a novel that teaches you about determination and throws in some romance and emotional turmoil just to screw with you and turn it all into an addicting novel. 4 stars.


~Zoey~

11.20.2011

Review: Obsidian

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publication Date: December 6th, 2011 by Entangled Publishing
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Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

Jennifer Armentrout needs to stop being such a genius. Seriously.

Obsidian is that novel I wanted to give practically every book I own for. (Not that I did that. But if I had, this would probably have been worth it.) I mean, aliens? Come on. I might be slightly obsessed. Area 51, anyone? >_>

Anyway. Obsidian is definitely a character-driven novel. That's not to say there's not plenty of plot, because there is, but the characters seem to be the most notable. Katy, for one thing. I loved how determined she was to remain friends with Dee, and I love how she wasn't a total pushover when it came to Daemon, specifically at the end. Katy is easy to connect to, and not just because she's a book blogger. I also loved that she was affected when everyone was rejecting her when she tried to sit with them at lunch. It's not like she was untouchable. Katy had real emotions.

Daemon is a completely different story. I didn't love him at first. Not at all. He was just too rude, regardless of how hot I pictured him :P I loved seeing how he changed throughout the book, though I will admit, he didn't fully redeem himself in my eyes until the last 40 pages or so. He might have been funny at times, but he was a major ass. And that's the thing - he worked that way. His sweet moments were genuine, and I think if he'd had more moments where he wasn't being an ass, they would have seemed fake.

The plot was amazing, too. The story of Daemon and his sister, Dee, and what they really are was something I really enjoyed reading, and something I thought was really original, too. I loved that story. I loved how Jennifer Armentrout basically took "aliens" to an entirely new level O_O

I've read a lot of reviews that talk about how funny this book is. I never really laughed-out-loud, but there were some funny moments. And the thing is, Obsidian isn't just some silly read. While there were funny moments, there were also some intense moments and some action scenes, and there were plenty of emotions that came across strong and clear.

And also, there were plenty of moments when I was like this:

 
In fact, I think the only issue I had was that I had a bit of a problem with the book blogging. I think the references to memes might confuse some people who aren't book bloggers. Sure, "Waiting on Wednesday" and "In My Mailbox" seem fairly self-explanatory, but for someone who's not a book blogger, I feel like they might need an explanation for those kinds of things.


Overall: For me, Obsidian was definitely worth the hype. I think it's a good book for anyone - there's plenty of chemistry between the characters for romance readers, plenty of moments where Katy did amazing things for such an ordinary person for anyone who loves strong heroines, plenty of action scenes (and some killing ones, too) for anyone who loves that stuff, and lots of alien things going on for sci-fi lovers. I'd be crazy to give this anything other than 5 stars.


~Zoey~

11.16.2011

Review: Remembrance {Blog Tour}

I'm participating in the Remembrance blog tour, hosted by the lovely Stuck in YA Books. To see the list of all participates, click HERE.

Remembrance by Michelle Madow
Published July 27th, 2011 by Dreamscape Publishing
//Amazon//B&N//The Book Depository//

New Hampshire high school junior Lizzie Davenport has been reincarnated from Regency Era, England ... but she doesn't know it yet.

Then Drew Carmichael transfers into Lizzie's school at the beginning of the year, and she feels a connection to him, almost like she knows him. She can't stop thinking about him, but whenever she tries talking with him about the mysteries behind her feelings, he makes it clear that he wants nothing to do with her. Reaching him is even more difficult because she has a boyfriend, Jeremy, who has started to become full of himself after being elected co-captain of the varsity soccer team, and her flirtatious best friend Chelsea starts dating Drew soon after his arrival. So why can't she seem to get him out of her mind?

Even though Lizzie knows she should let go of her fascination with Drew, the pair of them soon find that fighting fate isn't going to be easy.

Because I am an anti-social loser, I decided just to do a review for the blog tour :P

You know, I'm not even sure why I decided to read Remembrance. I knew it was about reincarnation, and to be honest, I hate the idea of reincarnation. I don't want to think about how I could have Jeffery Dahmer or Hitler in a past life o_o I've just always kind of hated to think about it in general. 


But Remembrance made it interesting. Remembrance also took another topic I hate and made it work - insta-love. Most of you have probably read my rage against insta-love, but in Remembrance, it just . . . works. And it's not intense insta-love, either. It's subtle, and there's a reason for it.


If I'm being honest, I have to admit that Chelsea annoyed me to no end. Chelsea is Elizabeth's best friend, and every time she was in a scene, I was wondering how she would annoy me. Granted, her reaction at the end when she finds out about Drew and Elizabeth is completely warranted, but throughout most of the book, she just seemed like an obnoxious airhead to me. I would not have been able to be friends with her o_o


Jeremy was another character I didn't like, but I did love that he wasn't just a jerk, he was a subtle jerk. It wasn't so obvious that it seemed fake. 


I wish the reincarnation bit had been focused on a little more, though. Sometimes it felt like it was just in the background and it was easy to forget about, and I think it should have been given some more focus, since it's such a big part of the book and Drew and Lizzie's relationship.


I loved how Lizzie was awful at French and then one day it all just suddenly came to her xD I wish that would have happened to me in my French class. I never had any idea what my teacher was saying.


I also loved the idea of a Guide who could help you remember your past life. That old guy from the store was cool xD His story was really interesting, and I can't help but hope that he'll be in the rest of the books in this series, too, however many there may be.


Overall: Remembrance is a novel about second chances and love that can transcend even time. Although I feel like the reincarnation should have been focused on a little more, I loved that Remembrance turned two things I usually hate into something that made the book enjoyable. I'm not actually going to give this book a rating, because I can't choose, for one thing, and I don't want to dissuade you from reading this if all you look at is the rating :P



Waiting on Wednesday {4}

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

Existence by Abbi Glines
Expected publication: December, 2011 by Wild Child Publishing

What happens when you are stalked by Death? You fall in love with him of course. Pagan Moore doesn’t cheat Death, instead, she falls in love with him.

Seventeen year old Pagan Moore, has seen souls her entire life. Once she realized the strangers she often saw walking through walls were not visible to anyone else, she started ignoring them. If she didn’t let them know she could see them, they left her alone. Until she steps out of her car on the first day of school and sees an incredibly sexy guy lounging on a picnic table, watching her with an amused smirk on his face. Problem is, she knows he's dead. Not only does he not go away, when she ignores him he does something none of the others have ever done; he speaks. Pagan is fascinated by the soul. What Pagan doesn’t realize is that her appointed time to die is drawing near and the wickedly beautiful soul she is falling in love with is not a soul. He is Death and he is about to break all the rules.

This might sound kind of weird, but stories involving the Grim Reaper or Death as a person have always really interested me, so I really want to read this. Plus, I read The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines and loved it, so I have high hopes for this one :o

Although it's only being published as an e-book, which means I will probably never read it xD Buying ebooks involve credit cards. I'm pretty sure it's illegal for me to have a credit card . . . >_>

~Zoey~

11.13.2011

Review: The Predicteds

The Predicteds by Christine Seifert
Published September 1st, 2011 by Sourcebooks Fire
//Amazon//B&N//The Book Depository//

Your future is not your own...

"We wanted to know what makes a good kid good and a bad kid bad. Can you blame us for that? We found an astoundingly, marvelously simple answer: The brain isn't so much a complicated machine as it is a crystal ball. If you look into it, you will see everything you want to know."
-Dr. Mark Miliken, senior researcher at Utopia Laboratories 

Imagine a world where the authorities can use computer programs to determine who you will become.  Imagine that computer program can predict your future behavior – who will turn to drugs, who will turn to crime and who will commit murder. Imagine that it’s happening today.
 
An original, edgy premise that draws on current teen issues, The Predicteds imagines a world – our world – where something done to “protect the people” is taken a step too far.  Readers will be drawn into Daphne’s quest to find the answers in Christine Seifert’s tautly plotted, intriguing tale.

This book sounded amazing. Exactly the type of thing I like to read. But it's true - you can't like everything.

To be honest, there isn't a single character in this book that I actually liked. There were times when maybe I thought I liked Sam, a random side-character, but he hopped around a little too much. There were times when I thought I liked Jesse, but he was just too confusing to me. And it's not like I hated Daphne, the narrator and main character, but I didn't like her most of the time, either. She was merely . . . tolerable.

And the rest of the characters pissed me off to no end. Brooklyn was such a bitch that she wasn't even realistic. I was never really sure if Daphne considered Dizzy a friend. I mean, I wouldn't have, since she was extremely obnoxious, but Daphne never really said anything about it and she still hung out with Dizzy, so maybe it was just me . . . ?

I think the biggest problem I had was with Daphne, though. Most of the time, I felt like she had no personality. Her emotions just didn't come through or connect with me, so she just seemed kind of . . . blah. She just wasn't interesting. I don't even think I remember her having a hobby or anything.

I'm borderline on the plot. I think it could have been made way more suspenseful. That's not to say that it was a boring plot, because it wasn't, but I think so much more could have been done with it. It could have been made a little creepier, more suspenseful. Popped a little more.

What I did like about the plot was that it actually did surprise me - everything that happened with January and Josh and the ones who were predicted. (Being predicted meant that you'd been predicted to have a life of crime, drugs, etc.) I just wish it had all been done better.

Overall: I wanted to like this. I really did. It sounded amazing, but it just didn't hold my interest. Daphne needed more emotion, I needed the book to be more exciting. That's not to say you shouldn't read it, because this might just be me, but I suggest getting it from your library instead of buying it. 2 stars.

*So yeah. The picture should be here, but it doesn't want to show up.*

~Zoey~

11.12.2011

Love Triangles and Why I Hate Them

People continuously ask me why I hate love triangles so much, so I figured it was time I tell you.

I know that some people really like love triangles. I respect that. Obviously, a lot of people really like love triangles since they seem to be so popular. You like them, that's fine. I have no problems with it. But I think I'm always going to hate them.

For one thing, (and this is the totally obvious one) THEY ARE EVERYWHERE. Obviously, there are plenty of books without love triangles. But the majority of YA novels that I happen to come across - say, at my bookstore or when I'm lurking on Goodreads - seem to have love triangles. And I'm sick of it. Maybe I'm just awful at discovering good books. But you have to admit that love triangles are plentiful these days. And yeah, okay, lots of stuff is overdone, and I still love it. But love triangles are almost always the same. No twists. (How would you even put a twist on a love triangle, anyway? O_o It's fairly straight-forward. Girl loves Boy 1. Girl also loves Boy 2. Both Boy 1 and Boy 2 love Girl. Girl cannot choose between Boy 1 and Boy 2.)

Not every teenager girl has two guys she's completely and utterly in love with. Not every teenage girl has two guys that are totally in love with her. I don't think I have ever come across that in real life. That's not to say it doesn't happen, because I'm sure it does, but not nearly as much as books seem to make us believe. It's just so unrealistic.

And another reason? Rarely does the character ever end up with who I like. And okay, maybe to some of you that seems like a stupid reason, and maybe I'm a little bitter, but it's the truth. In fact, I think Suzanne Collin's The Hunger Games series was the only love triangle where the character ended up with who I wanted, and let's face it, I hated Katniss anyway. If you ask me, the character usually chooses the worst option.

Another thing is that 90% of the time, they just feel so pointless. They don't add anything to the plot other than a ridiculous amount of angst. And if a girl is going to rely on which guy she loves to choose between good and evil or something, then . . . Stop being such a wussy.

And not only do they feel pointless and plotless to me, I feel like they take up too much of the plot. Love triangles are being constantly focused on. There are so many interesting things - that have nothing to do with a love triangle - that could be put in the place of all this constant focusing on the love triangle. Just take the Twilight series, for instance. Instead of spending all her time thinking about  Edward or Jacob, she could have done something . . . well, interesting. Because interesting is pretty much the opposite of Bella. Obviously, there are exceptions to this. Some books have love triangles that balance well with the plot. But I haven't found very many, and until I do, this is going to stay a reason to hate love triangles for me.

And then there's the fact that all the love triangles are one girl in love with two guys. I know there has to be some where there's just one guy and two girls, but I have not come across any. I kind of want to D:

I'm not going to say that if an author writes a love triangle into their book that they're awful writers. There are even some love triangles I've enjoyed. But I just don't see the point in them anymore. They're frustrating and overused and boring. To me. I didn't say they have to be that way to you. I'm more of a fan of the love line with a few bumps - like the Mythos Academy series by Jennifer Estep and the Darkest Powers series by Kelley Armstrong. Those relationships where there might be another guy or girl involved, but you totally know it won't stay that way.

Believe me when I say that I have way more reasons than these for hating love triangles. But those are not reasons are not for anyone else to know, because they're all rather rude and involve some bashing. So. >_>

~Zoey~

11.10.2011

Review: Shatter Me

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Publish Date: November 15th, 2011 by HarperTeen
//Amazon//B&N//The Book Depository//

Juliette hasn't touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal. As long as she doesn't hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don't fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war-- and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she's exactly what they need right now. 

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon or be a warrior.


Shatter Me is a highly anticipated novel, and I suppose it's with good reason. But maybe I tried too hard to love this book, just because everyone else did. 


My biggest problem - my only problem, really - with Shatter Me was the writing style. Commas are hardly used, and I understand that that's the style, but it irritated me to no end when there would be a sentence like . . . Well, I know I should give an example, but my copy is in my backpack right now. :o Anyway, while Mafi writes beautifully, I feel like this writing style just isn't for me. Sometimes a sentence just wouldn't make sense to me because she would say something like "The sun and moon explode as he responds." I just DIDN'T UNDERSTAND. 


The other problem I had? [Highlight text to read. It's extremely spoilery :P] I need an explanation for why Juliette can touch Adam and Warner and no one else. I mean, I'm sure that's coming, but I need a real reason. It's just too convenient.


Juliette was, by far, my favorite part of the book. She's an interesting narrator and an amazing character. I loved how she was strong yet vulnerable at the same time. She was so real that I loved reading from her perspective. She was even fierce at times, and the way she felt about Adam was so easily translated. Her emotions came through clearly and always made sense to me. 


The rest of the characters were all really well done, too. Kenji was the comedic relief, sort of, even though he wasn't a huge character. James was adorable, and I felt like he had a purpose for being in the book. Warner was awesome, even though he was a total psycho :P Mafi did a great job on him - I could understand why he was crazy. He actually had a real reason, one that made total sense to me.


And Adam. Oh, Adam. I don't even know what to say about him. Sometimes I wish he'd seemed a little more manly, but then he wouldn't be Adam anymore, would he? ;)

The plot was a nice part of the book, too. While I wish The Reestablishment's history had been explained more, I liked the idea. I loved how the book started off, too, with Juliette locked up like a monster. I loved seeing how her feelings changed about herself.

Overall: Shatter Me was a great start to a series, although I feel like some of the questions that are going to be answered in the second and third (if there's a third. I'm assuming it's a trilogy. Everything is a trilogy these days) should have probably been answered in Shatter Me. Despite my problems with the writing style, Shatter Me is a solid read that I can see a lot of people enjoying. 3.5 stars.




~Zoey~

11.09.2011

Waiting on Wednesdays {3}

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


The Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen
Publish date: February 16th, 2012 by Speak

Pretty in Pink meets Anna and the French Kiss in this charming romantic comedy

Ella is nearly invisible at the Willing School, and that's just fine by her. She's got her friends - the fabulous Frankie and their sweet cohort Sadie. She's got her art - and her idol, the unappreciated 19th-century painter Edward Willing. Still, it's hard being a nobody and having a crush on the biggest somebody in the school: Alex Bainbridge. Especially when he is your French tutor, and lessons have started becoming, well, certainly more interesting than French ever has been before. But can the invisible girl actually end up with a happily ever after with the golden boy, when no one even knows they're dating? And is Ella going to dare to be that girl?

I swear, it's not the Anna and the French Kiss part that makes me so excited to read this. I love some good chick-lit novels, and I read the first chapter HERE, and for some reason it just sounds like it's going to be very entertaining.

What are YOU waiting on this Wednesday?

~Zoey~

11.06.2011

300 Follower Giveaway!

Whoooo~ Gracias to all of you for helping me reach 300 followers! :D

So now, let's get on with it~

There will be TWO winners who will each get to pick one of the prizes below:

#1
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (It will be an ARC copy, just an FYI)
(Open to US only)
#2
Touch by Jus Accardo
(Open to US only)
#3
The Darkest Powers Series by Kelley Armstrong
The Summoning, The Awakening, The Reckoning
(Open to US only)
 #4
The Pledge by Kimberly Derting
(Open internationally, as long as The Book Depository ships to you. Check HERE.)

So. Yeah. :D 
Please note:
*You must be a follower of this blog and leave your GFC name. I do check.
*You must leave the name of your country. If you live in any country other than the US and you win, you will automatically be getting The Pledge. If you live in the US, you can choose any of the four prizes. (Unless the other winner is international; then you can choose any of the first three prizes. If that makes sense.)
*Giveaway ends at 12:01 AM on December 1st. (Basically, Nov. 31st is the last day to enter.)



~Zoey~

11.05.2011

Review: The Pledge

 The Pledge by Kimberly Derting
Publish date: November 15th, 2011 by Simon & Schuster
//Amazon//B&N//The Book Depository//

In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she's spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It's there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she's never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed.

Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can't be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country's only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.
The Pledge was kind of refreshing, in a way. No love triangles, no insta-love, and no Mary-Sues.

But I'll start with what I didn't like, since there's not much of it.

From reading the blurb, you know that Charlie can understand every language and that she's not supposed to. But in the book, it takes forever to actually explain that. I don't care if we technically already know it, I like elaborations, dang it! And the world of Ludania, how the Queen ruled, Ludania's past, I felt like it was revealed too late in the book. I spent all this unnecessary time wondering what the heck was going on.

In the beginning, I didn't really like the writing style. Lots of the sentences were too long and felt awkward, but it wasn't very long before I didn't think about it. I'm not sure if it's because the sentences got less awkward or because I didn't notice it anymore, but either way, I started to really like the writing.

AND NOW ONTO THE GOOD STUFF.

I don't know how Derting did it, but she made me totally understand Brooklyn. At first, I hated her. And when Charlie started to suspect that Brook was just using her for selfish purposes, (which I totally agreed with) I couldn't believe Charlie wasn't even angry about it. But then I found out about the real Brooklyn, and I was like WHOA. I GET IT. SHE'S NOT REALLY THAT MUCH OF A BITCH. I have to applaud Derting on that, considering I utterly hated Brooklyn for the first half of the book.

Although there were times when I didn't really understand it, I loved the romance. There was no insta-love, and after the first night she met him, Charlie wasn't constantly and obsessively thinking about Max. He crept into her thoughts sometimes, but not all the time. It seemed very realistic to me. And there were things she liked and disliked about Max. He wasn't perfect, and Charlie knew that, and that just made it so realistic for me.

I also really liked Charlie as a character. She had her faults. When her city was being attacked, sure, she was worrying about her sister, but she also afraid for herself, which made her seem much more real and relateable. She was caring and strong, but she had her moments where she questioned everything. She was an awesome narrator/main character.

But by far, my favorite thing about this was the originality. Sure, the whole "rebelling against the leader" thing has been done plenty of times before, but Derting made it an idea all her own. I loved the world of Ludania, I loved how everything worked, and I loved how modern things were still incorporated into it, like restaurants and clubs.

Overall: The Pledge surprised me and then continued to surprise me. Full of originality and twists and turns, I really loved this. The characters were real, the romance were real, but the plot was definitely not something you see every day. 4.5 stars.


~Zoey~

11.02.2011

Waiting On Wednesday {2}

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

Legacy by Molly Cochran
Publish Date: December 20th, 2011 by Simon & Schuster

When her widowed father dumps 16-year-old Katy Jessevar in a boarding school in Whitfield, Massachusetts, she has no idea that fate has just opened the door to both her future and her past. Nearly everyone in Whitfield is a witch, as is Katy herself, although she has struggled all her life to hide her unusual talents. Stuck at a boarding school where her fellow students seem to despise her, Katy soon discovers that Whitfield is the place where her mother committed suicide under mysterious circumstances when Katy was just a small child. With dark forces converging on Whitfield, it’s up to Katy to unravel her family’s many secrets to save the boy she loves and the town itself from destruction.

I know there have been a lot of mixed reviews on this, but it sounds extremely interesting to me. Mysteries, romance, and witches? Bring it on, dude. Bring it on. Not to mention I haven't been able to find more than one two books involving witches that I liked. 

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

~Zoey~

11.01.2011

Oh, November.

November is not a month I like very much. Not only is NaNoWriMo in November, (which will forever make me angry, since YES, I do have school, and NO, I do not have time to write 2k a day. I'm not capable of it like some people) but it also means I have state testing. YAY.

Other News:
Win £50 to spend at book depository @ Bookaholics Book Club! 

RAK wrap-up:
*sadface* I had the links to the blogs of these people saved in a document, but that document has mysteriously disappeared :( I can only remember one of them.

I sent (*cough* Sent only two days ago because I'm a procrastinator)

Fallen by Lauren Kate to Amanda @ Hippies, Beauty, and Books


Received:
Once Every Never by Lesley Livingston                               The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa


















(If anyone has Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon or Wings by Aprilynne Pike on their wish list, let me know. I'm really looking to get rid of those books :P)

My wishlist for November can be found HERE.

OFF TO NANOWRIMO  I GO.

~Zoey~