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Pining For: The Debut Edition: Part 1

4.27.2012
As Blogger hates me and decided to delete every single post I had scheduled for the next three weeks, so I had to improvise. *rages at Blogger*

So my improvising amounts to a big post about all of the 2012/2013 debuts I'm pining for. (Or, you know, a few of them. I don't want to make your brains explode or anything.)

Touch of Death by Kelly Hasway
Expected publication: January 15th 2013 by Spencer Hill Press

Jodi Marshall isn’t sure how she went from normal teenager to walking disaster. One minute she’s in her junior year of high school, spending time with her amazing boyfriend and her best friend. The next she’s being stalked by some guy no one seems to know.

After the stranger, Alex, reveals himself, Jodi learns he’s not a normal teenager and neither is she. With a kiss that kills and a touch that brings the dead back to life, Jodi discovers she’s part of a branch of necromancers born under the 13th sign of the zodiac, Ophiuchus. A branch of necromancers that are descendents of Medusa. A branch of necromancers with poisoned blood writhing in their veins.

Jodi’s deadly to the living and even more deadly to the deceased. She has to leave her old, normal life behind before she hurts the people she loves. As if that isn’t difficult enough, Jodi discovers she’s the chosen one who has to save the rest of her kind from perishing at the hands of Hades. If she can’t figure out how to control her power, history will repeat itself, and her race will become extinct.

I have learned to trust that Spencer Hill will publish books I love. 


PODs by Michelle K. Pickett
Expected publication: June 4th 2013 by Spencer Hill Press

Seventeen-year-old Eva is a chosen one. Chosen to live, while others meet a swift and painful death from an incurable virus so lethal, a person is dead within days of symptoms emerging. In the POD system, a series of underground habitats built by the government, she waits with the other chosen for the deadly virus to claim those above. Separated from family and friends, it’s in the PODs she meets David. And while true love might not conquer all, it’s a balm for the broken soul.

After a year, scientists believe the population has died, and without living hosts, so has the virus. That’s the theory, anyway. But when the PODs are opened, survivors find the surface holds a vicious secret. The virus mutated, infecting those left top-side and creating... monsters.

Eva and David hide from the infected in the abandoned PODs. Together they try to build a life--a new beginning. But the infected follow and are relentless in their attacks. Leaving Eva and David to fight for survival, and pray for a cure.
 Once again, Spencer Hill. And the fact that it sounds purely amazing. It might be over a year away, but I'm ridiculously excited for this.

Undeadly by Michele Vail
Expected publication: November 20th 2012 by Harlequin Teen

The day I turned 16, my boyfriend-to-be died. I brought him back to life. Then things got a little weird...

Molly Bartolucci wants to blend in, date hottie Rick and keep her zombie-raising abilities on the down-low. Then the god Anubis chooses her to become a reaper—and she accidentally undoes the work of another reaper, Rath.

Within days, she’s shipped off to the Nekyia Academy, an elite school that trains the best necromancers in the world. And her personal reaping tutor? Rath. Who seems to hate her guts.

Rath will be watching closely to be sure she completes her first assignment-reaping Rick, the boy who should have died. The boy she still wants to be with.

To make matters worse, students at the academy start turning up catatonic, and accusations fly—against Molly. The only way out of this mess? To go through hell. Literally.


Reaper stories never cease to be awesome. And let's face it, this sounds like exactly the type of thing I'd love.

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Expected publication: June 14th 2012 by Dial Books For Young Readers

A gorgeous debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another

“One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time.”

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, numerous, messy, affectionate. And every day from her balcony perch, seventeen-year-old Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs her terrace and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely in love, Jase's family makes Samantha one of their own. Then in an instant, the bottom drops out of her world and she is suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

A dreamy summer read, full of characters who stay with you long after the story is over.
See? Even I like a good contemporary sometimes, and this one sounds perfect.

Gravity by Melissa West
Expected publication: October 16th 2012 by Entangled Publishing, LLC

In the future, only one rule will matter: Don’t. Ever. Peek.

Seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander just broke that rule and saw the last person she expected hovering above her bed--arrogant Jackson Locke, the most popular boy in her school. She expects instant execution or some kind of freak alien punishment, but instead, Jackson issues a challenge: help him, or everyone on Earth will die.

Ari knows she should report him, but everything about Jackson makes her question what she’s been taught about his kind. And against her instincts, she’s falling for him. But Ari isn’t just any girl, and Jackson wants more than her attention. She’s a military legacy who’s been trained by her father and exposed to war strategies and societal information no one can know--especially an alien spy, like Jackson. Giving Jackson the information he needs will betray her father and her country, but keeping silent will start a war.

This sounds unique and intriguing and lovely and YOU KNOW IT DOES. 


Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson
Expected publication: October 9th 2012 by HarperTeen

Nothing ever happens in Norway. But at least Ellie knows what to expect when she visits her grandmother: a tranquil fishing village and long, slow summer days. And maybe she’ll finally get out from under the shadow of her way-too-perfect big brother, Graham, while she’s there.

What Ellie doesn’t anticipate is Graham’s infuriating best friend, Tuck, tagging along for the trip. Nor did she imagine boys going missing amid rumors of impossible kidnappings. Least of all does she expect something powerful and ancient to awaken in her and that strange whispers would urge Ellie to claim her place among mythological warriors. Instead of peace and quiet, there’s suddenly a lot for a girl from L.A. to handle on a summer sojourn in Norway! And when Graham vanishes, it’s up to Ellie—and the ever-sarcastic, if undeniably alluring Tuck—to uncover the truth about all the disappearances and thwart the nefarious plan behind them.

Deadly legends, hidden identities, and tentative romance swirl together in one girl’s unexpectedly-epic coming of age.


I'm a sucker for books like this. Don't judge me.


What about you? Are you pining for any of these books? What other 2012 debuts are you waiting for?

Review: Storm

4.23.2012
Storm by Brigid Kemmerer
Expected publication: April 24th 2012 by Kensington
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Earth, Fire, Air, Water – they have more power than you dream.

Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her, Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys—all the ones she doesn't want. Then she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parking lot. Chris is different. Way different: he can control water—just like his brothers can control fire, wind, and earth. They’re powerful. Dangerous. Marked for death.

And now that she knows the truth, so is Becca.

Secrets are hard to keep when your life’s at stake. When Hunter, the mysterious new kid around school, turns up with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time, Becca thinks she can trust him. But then Hunter goes head-to-head with Chris, and Becca wonders who’s hiding the most dangerous truth of all.

The storm is coming . . .


Storm isn't just about the hot boys. It's full of petty high school rumors, some evil guys, and some boys who show you that the good guys really do exist.

Chris and his brothers can control the elements. And that's something no one is supposed to be able to do. While I sometimes felt like the danger could have seemed a little more threatening, the suspense is kept throughout the entire book. It's something Brigid Kemmerer really knows how to write.

Another thing she really knows how to write are likable, three-dimensional characters. Even in third person, it's easy to get a feel for all of the characters. Becca is perfectly ordinary, just like most girls. She worries about grades and boys, but at the same time, she's tough. She does her best to ignore the terrible rumors about her. And in the end, maybe she's not so ordinary after all. Becca is just a very easy character to relate to, but she's also admirable.

Chris can control water. His personality isn't extraordinary, but maybe that's why I liked him so much. He's not a sex-crazed teenage boy, he's not the sweetest guy you'll ever meet . . . he's ordinary. Kind of a breath of fresh air. He's caring and kind, (and even kind of a hero) but at the same time, he's not perfect. He gets angry. His relationships with his brothers aren't full of sunshine and unicorns.

And, let's face it. I think it's kind of kick-ass that he can basically control the tide when he wants.

Another thing that's done perfectly? The way the relationship between Becca and Chris develops. There's usually a bit of tension, but romance doesn't even come into the mix for quite awhile. 

Even the secondary characters are amazing. Chris's brothers - Nick, Gabriel, and Michael - are all people you get strong personalities from, but at the same time, you don't learn everything. You get to be curious for the next books.

Is it weird to say I love the Guild? Because I do. They're the kind of bad guys I love most - the kind that think they're protecting the world from monsters when they're the monsters themselves.

Overall: The characters in Storm are some of the best characters I've ever read. There's suspense and action and even some romance. (And a really cool dog.) Storm isn't anything like the normal paranormal books. (Although to be honest I'm not even sure if it's classified as paranormal. I've been getting my genres confused lately. It's probably more sci-fi. Maybe.) 5 stars.

~Zoey~

ARC Giveaway: This Is So Not Happening

4.21.2012
I've had an ARC of this for awhile and just never wrote a review because I'm lazy and it wasn't required. I'm sure plenty of you out there aren't like me, so hopefully this ARC can find a better home than mine.

This Is So Not Happening by Kieran Scott
Expected publication: May 1st 2012 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

After their long summer apart, Ally and Jake were hoping for a drama free senior year. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like things will work out that way...again. — It turns out that Chloe is pregnant and says that Jake is the father. Hammond is pissed at his best friend, but mostly can't believe that Ally would stay with Jake. But Ally is tired of being apart from Jake and is willing to make it work. But that is easier said than done when Jake starts blowing Ally off to go to doctor's appointments with Chloe and Ally joins the school play and meets a new cute guy.

But as graduation approaches, things get more complicated as new secrets come out and Ally realizes maybe Jake isn't the guy she thought he was. After everything they've been through can Ally and Jake get out of Orchard Hill with their relationship intact?





*Please note:
US/CAN only. Don't worry, I'll be having an international giveaway very soon!




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~Zoey~

In My Mailbox {14}

Really, I shouldn't be doing this IMM right now considering I'm going shopping today. Even though it's supposed to be for clothes, I know I'll end up buying books.

But I have nothing better to do, because right now all I'm doing is fangirling about concert tickets my friend and  I just got. ;)

White Cat by Holly Black
Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins
I actually got the box these were in a few weeks ago but wasn't allowed to open it until my birthday. ;)

Underworld by Meg Cabot (Birthday present from the fabulous Alexis at The Literature Lion!)
Meridian by Amber Kizer (RAK)


 Ebooks:
 Glitch by Heather Anatasiu
Silver by Talia Vance
Dark Companion by Marta Acosta
(I also received What A Boy Wants by Nyrae Dawn from a lovely friend. Forgot to put it in the picture :P)

And I think that's it! Unfortunately, I'll probably have more by the time I come home. :P Leave a link to your IMM and I'll be sure to drop by!

~Zoey~

Review: Unraveling

4.18.2012
Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris
Expected publication: April 24th 2012 by Balzer + Bray
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Two days before the start of her junior year, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit by a pickup truck and killed—as in blinding light, scenes of her life flashing before her, and then nothing. Except the next thing she knows, she's opening her eyes to find Ben Michaels, a loner from her high school whom Janelle has never talked to, leaning over her. And even though it isn't possible, she knows—with every fiber of her being—that Ben has somehow brought her back to life.

But her revival, and Ben's possible role in it, is only the first of the puzzles that Janelle must solve. While snooping in her FBI agent father's files for clues about her accident, she uncovers a clock that seems to be counting down to something—but to what? And when someone close to Janelle is killed, she can no longer deny what's right in front of her: Everything that's happened—the accident, the murder, the countdown clock, Ben's sudden appearance in her life—points to the end of life as she knows it. And as the clock ticks down, she realizes that if she wants to put a stop to the end of the world, she's going to need to uncover Ben's secrets—and keep from falling in love with him in the process.

From debut author Elizabeth Norris comes this shattering novel of one girl's fight to save herself, her world, and the boy she never saw coming.

I don't know if I can even begin to explain why I love this book so much. I don't care if sci-fi isn't your favorite genre to read. I don't care what your favorite genre is: this is a book I think most people will like. (Unless you have an issue with swearing. There's quite a bit of that.)

Unraveling reminded me of why I love sci-fi so much. There are so many different ways you can make it unique, and Elizabeth Norris definitely knows her stuff when it comes to that. Unraveling has the perfect amount of suspense and mystery and romance, all tied together with a bittersweet ending.

Janelle is tough but caring at the same time. She's the kind of character that sticks out; the kind of character that you can't forget. She's determined and sneaky and plenty of other adjectives - all good ones.

The chemistry Janelle and Ben have together is amazing. Their relationship develops so well, and when Janelle thinks Ben might not be as good as he seems, she's afraid. She doesn't think it's okay just because she maybe-sorta likes him. Their relationship is real, regardless of the sci-fi aspects that brought them together.

Unraveling involves a countdown, so the suspense is constantly present. The countdown at the beginning of each chapter reminds you that no matter what happened in the previous chapter, the danger is still there. The hunt to find out what the countdown is for and then find a way to stop it is always on.

Overall: Suspense. Twists and turns everywhere. Plenty of hot guys. There wasn't a single character I didn't like. There wasn't a single thing about this entire book that I didn't like. Unraveling is deserving of 5 stars.

~Zoey~

Waiting on Wednesday {22}

4.11.2012
"Waiting on Wednesday " is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Spark by Brigid Kemmerer
Expected publication: September 2012 by K Teen


Gabriel Merrick plays with fire. Literally.

Sometimes he can even control it. And sometimes he can’t. Like the fire that killed his parents.

Gabriel has always had his brothers to rely on, especially his twin, Nick. But when an arsonist starts wreaking havoc on their town, all the signs point to Gabriel. Only he’s not doing it.

More than Gabriel’s pride is at stake -- this could cost him his family, maybe his life. And no one seems to hear him. Except a shy sophomore named Layne, a brainiac who dresses in turtlenecks and jeans and keeps him totally off balance. Layne understands family problems, and she understands secrets. She has a few of her own.

Gabriel can’t let her guess about his brothers, about his abilities, about the danger that’s right at his heels. But there are some risks he can’t help taking.

The fuse is lit…

My excitement for this is kind of ridiculous. My review for the first book, Storm, will be up this week, but just know that it's amazing. I can't wait to see Gabriel's story *-* 


Black City by Elizabeth Richards
Expected publication: November 13th 2012 by G.P. Putnam's Sons BYR


A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war.

In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-olds Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable--they fall in love. Bonded by a mysterious connection that causes Ash's long-dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they're caught, they'll be executed--but their feelings are too strong.

When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their deaths.


I love the sound of this. I read the first chapter when it was released with the cover, and it sounded amazing! Creepy and dark.

September and November can't come fast enough :( Leave a link to your WoW and I'll be sure to stop by!

~Zoey~

Review: Hemlock

4.10.2012
Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock
Expected publication: May 8th 2012 by HarperCollins
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Mackenzie and Amy were best friends. Until Amy was brutally murdered.

Since then, Mac’s life has been turned upside down. She is being haunted by Amy in her dreams, and an extremist group called the Trackers has come to Mac’s hometown of Hemlock to hunt down Amy’s killer: A white werewolf.

Lupine syndrome—also known as the werewolf virus—is on the rise across the country. Many of the infected try to hide their symptoms, but bloodlust is not easy to control.

Wanting desperately to put an end to her nightmares, Mac decides to investigate Amy’s murder herself. She discovers secrets lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, secrets about Amy’s boyfriend, Jason, her good pal Kyle, and especially her late best friend. Mac is thrown into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal that puts her life at risk.

Kathleen Peacock’s thrilling novel is the first in the Hemlock trilogy, a spellbinding urban fantasy series filled with provocative questions about prejudice, trust, lies, and love.

I almost didn't write a review for this because I'm not sure how to put how much I loved this book into words. But I attempted anyway.

I might have been a little biased about this book because of the werewolves. I have a special attachment to them because the first thing I ever really wrote - and the only thing I ever finished - was about werewolves. But after I finished, I knew that had nothing to do with why I loved it so much. People might say they're sick of werewolves, but Hemlock is something I think everyone should take a chance on. 


I love the idea of a world where people know that mythical creatures exist. The world of Hemlock is such an easy one to immerse yourself in. The way the world is built up and explained is perfect. It's a world that's so interesting that I just completely loved reading about it. Maybe it's so easy to get involved with because it's  also so easy to imagine because it's barely different from ours - but instead of regular serial killers, the serial killers in Hemlock happen to be werewolves. Or maybe Kathleen Peacock is just that good.

I think I only had one issue with this book, and that was Amy. Amy is - or was -  Mac's best friend. Amy, even in death, is a big part of the book, yet I almost hated Amy. She's portrayed as a bad person, both through Mac's dreams and the secrets we eventually find out she kept. Even the way Mac talked about her sometimes. It made me wonder she was friends with her, why everyone loved her so much. It was hard for me to understand anyone's motives when it came to Amy.


However, Hemlock is still full of mystery, suspense, and of course some romance. And some awesome characters. Mac is an ordinary girl who can be extraordinary at times simply because she cares so much about protecting the people she loves. The way she never gives up on Jason is admirable. She doesn't run away from all the scary things in her world just because they're scary - but at the same time, she's still scared. She still acts like a teenage girl. 


There is a slight love triangle in Hemlock that will probably escalate in the rest of the series, but I can't even complain about that. Both boys involved are ones I love. Jason is broken, flawed, not always easy to put up with, but fiercely loyal and protective. Kyle is also very loyal and protective - but in a different way. Either way, no matter what you think their personalities are, all the characters in Hemlock are very well-developed. They all have depth, which isn't something I've seen in YA lately.


Overall: Werewolves. Suspense. Amazing characters that are real, even if they're slightly paranormal. This debut has it all. Hemlock grips you from the first page and doesn't let go - not even when you've finished. 5 stars.


~Zoey~

{Blog Tour Stop} Review: Pure

4.09.2012
This is my stop for the Pure tour, hosted by the lovely Valerie at StuckInBooks! Visit her blog to learn more about the tour and the giveaways being hosted! ;)

Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I'd put a release date here, but let's be honest. The release date of this book means nothing, considering how screwed up it all got.

There is need. And then there is Fate...

Being destined to become some kind of supernatural electrical outlet isn't exactly awesome--especially when Alexandria's "other half" is everywhere she goes. Seth's in her training room, outside her classes, and keeps showing up in her bedroom--so not cool. Their connection does have some benefits, like staving off her nightmares of the tragic showdown with her mother, but it has no effect on what Alex feels for the forbidden, pure-blooded Aiden. Or what he will do--and sacrifice--for her.

When daimons infiltrate the Covenants and attack students, the gods send furies--lesser gods determined to eradicate any threat to the Covenants and to the gods, and that includes the Apollyon... and Alex. And if that and hordes of aether-sucking monsters didn't blow bad enough, a mysterious threat seems willing to do anything to neutralize Seth, even if that means forcing Alex into servitude... or killing her.

When the gods are involved, some decisions can never, ever be undone.

In Half-Blood, Alex was sarcastic. Funny. Tough. Hot-tempered. Awesome. In Pure, she's the same old Alex, but even more sarcastic. Even funnier. And everything else. She's still a kick-ass heroine, just like in the last book, but it's interesting to see how she's grown. She's always had a dangerous life, but I think Alex is starting to realize just how dangerous it truly is. 


Pure has funny moments, heartbreaking moments, and some steamy hot moments. (I think JLA specializes in those.) And more Seth. 


And the best part? All the action. There's never a boring moment in Pure. Alex is still training, but sometimes it's not just training. Sometimes it's the real thing. This book is intense, even more so than the first book in the series, and you can practically feel the danger and suspense coming off the pages. It's impossible to stop reading. 


Even the side characters are pretty kickass. Caleb being on top, of course. Alex's best friend is kind of symbol to me. He shows that Alex can still have a little bit of normality in her life. All I can say is that I'm going to miss him.


Most of you who have follow me on Twitter (or who have been following this blog for awhile) know how much I hate love triangles. Even in Pure, I'm not fond of it, and Seth is probably one of my favorite male YA characters. But the thing is, I'm pretty positive that Alex is going to end up with Aiden. That much is fairly obvious to me. (It's always the "forbidden love," pooey.) And even knowing that, I still absolutely love this series. That's saying something. Jennifer Armentrout handles the love triangle amazingly well. It's easy to see why Alex has feelings for Aiden. It's easy to see why she has feelings for Seth. (I use that term loosely. Alex has lots of feelings for Seth, and not all of them are good ones.) What's done really well is how the romance is woven throughout the book - it's not the main plot, but it's also not just a side plot that seems like it was thrown in.


Overall: Pure is an amazing follow up to Half-Blood, to put it simply. This book is not a letdown at all. It makes you hungry for the next book and leaves you wishing all characters could be as amazing as Alex. 5 stars.


~Zoey~

Review: Struck

4.08.2012
Struck by Jennifer Bosworth
Expected publication: May 8th 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux BYR
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Mia Price is a lightning addict. She’s survived countless strikes, but her craving to connect to the energy in storms endangers her life and the lives of those around her.

Los Angeles, where lightning rarely strikes, is one of the few places Mia feels safe from her addiction. But when an earthquake devastates the city, her haven is transformed into a minefield of chaos and danger. The beaches become massive tent cities. Downtown is a crumbling wasteland, where a traveling party moves to a different empty building each night, the revelers drawn to the destruction by a force they cannot deny. Two warring cults rise to power, and both see Mia as the key to their opposing doomsday prophecies. They believe she has a connection to the freak electrical storm that caused the quake, and to the far more devastating storm that is yet to come.

Mia wants to trust the enigmatic and alluring Jeremy when he promises to protect her, but she fears he isn’t who he claims to be. In the end, the passion and power that brought them together could be their downfall. When the final disaster strikes, Mia must risk unleashing the full horror of her strength to save the people she loves, or lose everything. 
Struck is a very easy book to immerse yourself in. The world is so believable and so easy to imagine, because if you get past the lightning part, it's not that unrealistic. An earthquake that's destroyed Los Angeles and turned it into a place that needs to be rebuilt so badly; a place where people scavenge the houses of the dead and people pay hundreds of dollars for one pill bottle. Jennifer Bosworth does an amazing job at portraying that kind of world. It's definitely my favorite part of the book.

Mia is a kind of character I've never seen before. She doesn't just happen to get struck by lightning multiple times - she likes it. But that's not the only thing I love about her. Mia is definitely what I would consider a kick-ass heroine. She's not perfect and she's definitely kind of weird, but she's not weak and she knows what she has to do to protect her family.

The storyline of Struck is something I haven't really seen before, but I have to admit that all of the talk about God and religion put me off a bit. You would have no idea that religion was even involved at all just by reading the blurb, and sure, I wasn't surprised because someone had warned me about it, but if I hadn't been warned, I would have been very surprised. Prophet and his followers - Apostles, I believe they're called - believe that the storm that destroyed LA was God's doing. And let me tell you, they're all extremely intense about it. I love that they're bad guys who think they're actually doing good in the world; it gives them a kind of depth that you don't get from a lot of the "villains" in YA. But the religion got to be a little too much for me. It's a personal preference of mine, and it kind of took away a lot of my enjoyment during this book.

Struck also has that aspect a lot of us readers dread - insta!love. The insta!love in Struck is a little more enjoyable than it can be in other books, simply because Jeremy is a character I really like, but when you think about it, Struck takes place all in less than a week, if I remember right. Mia and Jeremy meet and somehow end up basically in love by the end of the book. Jeremy himself is definitely an intriguing character, and I can't wait to learn more about him, but I wish the relationship between him and Mia hadn't developed so quickly.

Overall: Struck is unique in all sorts of ways. A lightning addict in a world that is so easy to imagine because it's built up so well. It's full of action and amazing characters that keep you totally interested. If you can handle all the religious mentions that occur in the second half of the book, this is definitely something I'd recommend. 3.5 stars.

~Zoey~

In My Mailbox {13}

4.07.2012
I'll be blogging again this week, I swear! Megan made it sound like I'd disappeared forever. Probably because I've spent the last week avoiding my email entirely. The number of unanswered emails is too intimidating for me.

Anyways, I got some pretty amazing things in the past few weeks! And a box. A box from Lexie at Still Waiting For Books to Come True that I'm not allowed to open until my birthday. (11 days!) I've shoved it in my closet so I won't be tempted to open it, since that's pretty much all I'll have to open :P

Now. BOOKS. I'm sure I'm going to miss a few since it's been three weeks, but hopefully I get most.

Elemental by Emily White - From Spencer Hill Press
Black Dawn by Rachel Caine - Finished copy from Penguin
Silence by Michelle Sagara - Finished copy from Penguin


All of these books were won from a Dystopian prize pack contest :) I'll probably be giving them away soon because I've read almost all of them.
Shatter Me By Tahereh Mafi
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Partials by Dan Wells
Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
Eve by Anna Carey
Divergent by Veronica Roth

Ebooks: (for which I am too lazy to include pictures)
Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
Skylark by Meagan Spooner
Yesterday by C.K. Kelly Martin
Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson
Touched by Cyn Balog
Velveteen  by Daniel Marks

The good news is that I'm on Spring Break and will hopefully have some time to get into all of those ebooks >_>

Leave a link to your IMM and I'll be sure to stop by!

~Zoey~

Life Happens

4.02.2012
I do happen to have a life beyond the internet. (Even though sometimes I wish I didn't.) And sometimes life gets in the way of blogging, yes, because I don't have most posts scheduled a month in advance, or even a week. I am not good at planning, I'm awful at organizing, and sometimes I'm just plain lazy.

~Things~ are happening in my life right now that take precedence over blogging. I'm not going on hiatus or anything, but no, there won't be a post every single day.

And no, I have absolutely no idea what the point of this post is.

So why not just look at this unicorn.

~Zoey~

4.27.2012

Pining For: The Debut Edition: Part 1

As Blogger hates me and decided to delete every single post I had scheduled for the next three weeks, so I had to improvise. *rages at Blogger*

So my improvising amounts to a big post about all of the 2012/2013 debuts I'm pining for. (Or, you know, a few of them. I don't want to make your brains explode or anything.)

Touch of Death by Kelly Hasway
Expected publication: January 15th 2013 by Spencer Hill Press

Jodi Marshall isn’t sure how she went from normal teenager to walking disaster. One minute she’s in her junior year of high school, spending time with her amazing boyfriend and her best friend. The next she’s being stalked by some guy no one seems to know.

After the stranger, Alex, reveals himself, Jodi learns he’s not a normal teenager and neither is she. With a kiss that kills and a touch that brings the dead back to life, Jodi discovers she’s part of a branch of necromancers born under the 13th sign of the zodiac, Ophiuchus. A branch of necromancers that are descendents of Medusa. A branch of necromancers with poisoned blood writhing in their veins.

Jodi’s deadly to the living and even more deadly to the deceased. She has to leave her old, normal life behind before she hurts the people she loves. As if that isn’t difficult enough, Jodi discovers she’s the chosen one who has to save the rest of her kind from perishing at the hands of Hades. If she can’t figure out how to control her power, history will repeat itself, and her race will become extinct.

I have learned to trust that Spencer Hill will publish books I love. 


PODs by Michelle K. Pickett
Expected publication: June 4th 2013 by Spencer Hill Press

Seventeen-year-old Eva is a chosen one. Chosen to live, while others meet a swift and painful death from an incurable virus so lethal, a person is dead within days of symptoms emerging. In the POD system, a series of underground habitats built by the government, she waits with the other chosen for the deadly virus to claim those above. Separated from family and friends, it’s in the PODs she meets David. And while true love might not conquer all, it’s a balm for the broken soul.

After a year, scientists believe the population has died, and without living hosts, so has the virus. That’s the theory, anyway. But when the PODs are opened, survivors find the surface holds a vicious secret. The virus mutated, infecting those left top-side and creating... monsters.

Eva and David hide from the infected in the abandoned PODs. Together they try to build a life--a new beginning. But the infected follow and are relentless in their attacks. Leaving Eva and David to fight for survival, and pray for a cure.
 Once again, Spencer Hill. And the fact that it sounds purely amazing. It might be over a year away, but I'm ridiculously excited for this.

Undeadly by Michele Vail
Expected publication: November 20th 2012 by Harlequin Teen

The day I turned 16, my boyfriend-to-be died. I brought him back to life. Then things got a little weird...

Molly Bartolucci wants to blend in, date hottie Rick and keep her zombie-raising abilities on the down-low. Then the god Anubis chooses her to become a reaper—and she accidentally undoes the work of another reaper, Rath.

Within days, she’s shipped off to the Nekyia Academy, an elite school that trains the best necromancers in the world. And her personal reaping tutor? Rath. Who seems to hate her guts.

Rath will be watching closely to be sure she completes her first assignment-reaping Rick, the boy who should have died. The boy she still wants to be with.

To make matters worse, students at the academy start turning up catatonic, and accusations fly—against Molly. The only way out of this mess? To go through hell. Literally.


Reaper stories never cease to be awesome. And let's face it, this sounds like exactly the type of thing I'd love.

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Expected publication: June 14th 2012 by Dial Books For Young Readers

A gorgeous debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another

“One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time.”

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, numerous, messy, affectionate. And every day from her balcony perch, seventeen-year-old Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs her terrace and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely in love, Jase's family makes Samantha one of their own. Then in an instant, the bottom drops out of her world and she is suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

A dreamy summer read, full of characters who stay with you long after the story is over.
See? Even I like a good contemporary sometimes, and this one sounds perfect.

Gravity by Melissa West
Expected publication: October 16th 2012 by Entangled Publishing, LLC

In the future, only one rule will matter: Don’t. Ever. Peek.

Seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander just broke that rule and saw the last person she expected hovering above her bed--arrogant Jackson Locke, the most popular boy in her school. She expects instant execution or some kind of freak alien punishment, but instead, Jackson issues a challenge: help him, or everyone on Earth will die.

Ari knows she should report him, but everything about Jackson makes her question what she’s been taught about his kind. And against her instincts, she’s falling for him. But Ari isn’t just any girl, and Jackson wants more than her attention. She’s a military legacy who’s been trained by her father and exposed to war strategies and societal information no one can know--especially an alien spy, like Jackson. Giving Jackson the information he needs will betray her father and her country, but keeping silent will start a war.

This sounds unique and intriguing and lovely and YOU KNOW IT DOES. 


Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson
Expected publication: October 9th 2012 by HarperTeen

Nothing ever happens in Norway. But at least Ellie knows what to expect when she visits her grandmother: a tranquil fishing village and long, slow summer days. And maybe she’ll finally get out from under the shadow of her way-too-perfect big brother, Graham, while she’s there.

What Ellie doesn’t anticipate is Graham’s infuriating best friend, Tuck, tagging along for the trip. Nor did she imagine boys going missing amid rumors of impossible kidnappings. Least of all does she expect something powerful and ancient to awaken in her and that strange whispers would urge Ellie to claim her place among mythological warriors. Instead of peace and quiet, there’s suddenly a lot for a girl from L.A. to handle on a summer sojourn in Norway! And when Graham vanishes, it’s up to Ellie—and the ever-sarcastic, if undeniably alluring Tuck—to uncover the truth about all the disappearances and thwart the nefarious plan behind them.

Deadly legends, hidden identities, and tentative romance swirl together in one girl’s unexpectedly-epic coming of age.


I'm a sucker for books like this. Don't judge me.


What about you? Are you pining for any of these books? What other 2012 debuts are you waiting for?

4.23.2012

Review: Storm

Storm by Brigid Kemmerer
Expected publication: April 24th 2012 by Kensington
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Earth, Fire, Air, Water – they have more power than you dream.

Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her, Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys—all the ones she doesn't want. Then she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parking lot. Chris is different. Way different: he can control water—just like his brothers can control fire, wind, and earth. They’re powerful. Dangerous. Marked for death.

And now that she knows the truth, so is Becca.

Secrets are hard to keep when your life’s at stake. When Hunter, the mysterious new kid around school, turns up with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time, Becca thinks she can trust him. But then Hunter goes head-to-head with Chris, and Becca wonders who’s hiding the most dangerous truth of all.

The storm is coming . . .


Storm isn't just about the hot boys. It's full of petty high school rumors, some evil guys, and some boys who show you that the good guys really do exist.

Chris and his brothers can control the elements. And that's something no one is supposed to be able to do. While I sometimes felt like the danger could have seemed a little more threatening, the suspense is kept throughout the entire book. It's something Brigid Kemmerer really knows how to write.

Another thing she really knows how to write are likable, three-dimensional characters. Even in third person, it's easy to get a feel for all of the characters. Becca is perfectly ordinary, just like most girls. She worries about grades and boys, but at the same time, she's tough. She does her best to ignore the terrible rumors about her. And in the end, maybe she's not so ordinary after all. Becca is just a very easy character to relate to, but she's also admirable.

Chris can control water. His personality isn't extraordinary, but maybe that's why I liked him so much. He's not a sex-crazed teenage boy, he's not the sweetest guy you'll ever meet . . . he's ordinary. Kind of a breath of fresh air. He's caring and kind, (and even kind of a hero) but at the same time, he's not perfect. He gets angry. His relationships with his brothers aren't full of sunshine and unicorns.

And, let's face it. I think it's kind of kick-ass that he can basically control the tide when he wants.

Another thing that's done perfectly? The way the relationship between Becca and Chris develops. There's usually a bit of tension, but romance doesn't even come into the mix for quite awhile. 

Even the secondary characters are amazing. Chris's brothers - Nick, Gabriel, and Michael - are all people you get strong personalities from, but at the same time, you don't learn everything. You get to be curious for the next books.

Is it weird to say I love the Guild? Because I do. They're the kind of bad guys I love most - the kind that think they're protecting the world from monsters when they're the monsters themselves.

Overall: The characters in Storm are some of the best characters I've ever read. There's suspense and action and even some romance. (And a really cool dog.) Storm isn't anything like the normal paranormal books. (Although to be honest I'm not even sure if it's classified as paranormal. I've been getting my genres confused lately. It's probably more sci-fi. Maybe.) 5 stars.

~Zoey~

4.21.2012

ARC Giveaway: This Is So Not Happening

I've had an ARC of this for awhile and just never wrote a review because I'm lazy and it wasn't required. I'm sure plenty of you out there aren't like me, so hopefully this ARC can find a better home than mine.

This Is So Not Happening by Kieran Scott
Expected publication: May 1st 2012 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

After their long summer apart, Ally and Jake were hoping for a drama free senior year. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like things will work out that way...again. — It turns out that Chloe is pregnant and says that Jake is the father. Hammond is pissed at his best friend, but mostly can't believe that Ally would stay with Jake. But Ally is tired of being apart from Jake and is willing to make it work. But that is easier said than done when Jake starts blowing Ally off to go to doctor's appointments with Chloe and Ally joins the school play and meets a new cute guy.

But as graduation approaches, things get more complicated as new secrets come out and Ally realizes maybe Jake isn't the guy she thought he was. After everything they've been through can Ally and Jake get out of Orchard Hill with their relationship intact?





*Please note:
US/CAN only. Don't worry, I'll be having an international giveaway very soon!




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~Zoey~

In My Mailbox {14}

Really, I shouldn't be doing this IMM right now considering I'm going shopping today. Even though it's supposed to be for clothes, I know I'll end up buying books.

But I have nothing better to do, because right now all I'm doing is fangirling about concert tickets my friend and  I just got. ;)

White Cat by Holly Black
Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins
I actually got the box these were in a few weeks ago but wasn't allowed to open it until my birthday. ;)

Underworld by Meg Cabot (Birthday present from the fabulous Alexis at The Literature Lion!)
Meridian by Amber Kizer (RAK)


 Ebooks:
 Glitch by Heather Anatasiu
Silver by Talia Vance
Dark Companion by Marta Acosta
(I also received What A Boy Wants by Nyrae Dawn from a lovely friend. Forgot to put it in the picture :P)

And I think that's it! Unfortunately, I'll probably have more by the time I come home. :P Leave a link to your IMM and I'll be sure to drop by!

~Zoey~

4.18.2012

Review: Unraveling

Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris
Expected publication: April 24th 2012 by Balzer + Bray
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Two days before the start of her junior year, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit by a pickup truck and killed—as in blinding light, scenes of her life flashing before her, and then nothing. Except the next thing she knows, she's opening her eyes to find Ben Michaels, a loner from her high school whom Janelle has never talked to, leaning over her. And even though it isn't possible, she knows—with every fiber of her being—that Ben has somehow brought her back to life.

But her revival, and Ben's possible role in it, is only the first of the puzzles that Janelle must solve. While snooping in her FBI agent father's files for clues about her accident, she uncovers a clock that seems to be counting down to something—but to what? And when someone close to Janelle is killed, she can no longer deny what's right in front of her: Everything that's happened—the accident, the murder, the countdown clock, Ben's sudden appearance in her life—points to the end of life as she knows it. And as the clock ticks down, she realizes that if she wants to put a stop to the end of the world, she's going to need to uncover Ben's secrets—and keep from falling in love with him in the process.

From debut author Elizabeth Norris comes this shattering novel of one girl's fight to save herself, her world, and the boy she never saw coming.

I don't know if I can even begin to explain why I love this book so much. I don't care if sci-fi isn't your favorite genre to read. I don't care what your favorite genre is: this is a book I think most people will like. (Unless you have an issue with swearing. There's quite a bit of that.)

Unraveling reminded me of why I love sci-fi so much. There are so many different ways you can make it unique, and Elizabeth Norris definitely knows her stuff when it comes to that. Unraveling has the perfect amount of suspense and mystery and romance, all tied together with a bittersweet ending.

Janelle is tough but caring at the same time. She's the kind of character that sticks out; the kind of character that you can't forget. She's determined and sneaky and plenty of other adjectives - all good ones.

The chemistry Janelle and Ben have together is amazing. Their relationship develops so well, and when Janelle thinks Ben might not be as good as he seems, she's afraid. She doesn't think it's okay just because she maybe-sorta likes him. Their relationship is real, regardless of the sci-fi aspects that brought them together.

Unraveling involves a countdown, so the suspense is constantly present. The countdown at the beginning of each chapter reminds you that no matter what happened in the previous chapter, the danger is still there. The hunt to find out what the countdown is for and then find a way to stop it is always on.

Overall: Suspense. Twists and turns everywhere. Plenty of hot guys. There wasn't a single character I didn't like. There wasn't a single thing about this entire book that I didn't like. Unraveling is deserving of 5 stars.

~Zoey~

4.11.2012

Waiting on Wednesday {22}

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

Spark by Brigid Kemmerer
Expected publication: September 2012 by K Teen


Gabriel Merrick plays with fire. Literally.

Sometimes he can even control it. And sometimes he can’t. Like the fire that killed his parents.

Gabriel has always had his brothers to rely on, especially his twin, Nick. But when an arsonist starts wreaking havoc on their town, all the signs point to Gabriel. Only he’s not doing it.

More than Gabriel’s pride is at stake -- this could cost him his family, maybe his life. And no one seems to hear him. Except a shy sophomore named Layne, a brainiac who dresses in turtlenecks and jeans and keeps him totally off balance. Layne understands family problems, and she understands secrets. She has a few of her own.

Gabriel can’t let her guess about his brothers, about his abilities, about the danger that’s right at his heels. But there are some risks he can’t help taking.

The fuse is lit…

My excitement for this is kind of ridiculous. My review for the first book, Storm, will be up this week, but just know that it's amazing. I can't wait to see Gabriel's story *-* 


Black City by Elizabeth Richards
Expected publication: November 13th 2012 by G.P. Putnam's Sons BYR


A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war.

In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-olds Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable--they fall in love. Bonded by a mysterious connection that causes Ash's long-dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they're caught, they'll be executed--but their feelings are too strong.

When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their deaths.


I love the sound of this. I read the first chapter when it was released with the cover, and it sounded amazing! Creepy and dark.

September and November can't come fast enough :( Leave a link to your WoW and I'll be sure to stop by!

~Zoey~

4.10.2012

Review: Hemlock

Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock
Expected publication: May 8th 2012 by HarperCollins
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Mackenzie and Amy were best friends. Until Amy was brutally murdered.

Since then, Mac’s life has been turned upside down. She is being haunted by Amy in her dreams, and an extremist group called the Trackers has come to Mac’s hometown of Hemlock to hunt down Amy’s killer: A white werewolf.

Lupine syndrome—also known as the werewolf virus—is on the rise across the country. Many of the infected try to hide their symptoms, but bloodlust is not easy to control.

Wanting desperately to put an end to her nightmares, Mac decides to investigate Amy’s murder herself. She discovers secrets lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, secrets about Amy’s boyfriend, Jason, her good pal Kyle, and especially her late best friend. Mac is thrown into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal that puts her life at risk.

Kathleen Peacock’s thrilling novel is the first in the Hemlock trilogy, a spellbinding urban fantasy series filled with provocative questions about prejudice, trust, lies, and love.

I almost didn't write a review for this because I'm not sure how to put how much I loved this book into words. But I attempted anyway.

I might have been a little biased about this book because of the werewolves. I have a special attachment to them because the first thing I ever really wrote - and the only thing I ever finished - was about werewolves. But after I finished, I knew that had nothing to do with why I loved it so much. People might say they're sick of werewolves, but Hemlock is something I think everyone should take a chance on. 


I love the idea of a world where people know that mythical creatures exist. The world of Hemlock is such an easy one to immerse yourself in. The way the world is built up and explained is perfect. It's a world that's so interesting that I just completely loved reading about it. Maybe it's so easy to get involved with because it's  also so easy to imagine because it's barely different from ours - but instead of regular serial killers, the serial killers in Hemlock happen to be werewolves. Or maybe Kathleen Peacock is just that good.

I think I only had one issue with this book, and that was Amy. Amy is - or was -  Mac's best friend. Amy, even in death, is a big part of the book, yet I almost hated Amy. She's portrayed as a bad person, both through Mac's dreams and the secrets we eventually find out she kept. Even the way Mac talked about her sometimes. It made me wonder she was friends with her, why everyone loved her so much. It was hard for me to understand anyone's motives when it came to Amy.


However, Hemlock is still full of mystery, suspense, and of course some romance. And some awesome characters. Mac is an ordinary girl who can be extraordinary at times simply because she cares so much about protecting the people she loves. The way she never gives up on Jason is admirable. She doesn't run away from all the scary things in her world just because they're scary - but at the same time, she's still scared. She still acts like a teenage girl. 


There is a slight love triangle in Hemlock that will probably escalate in the rest of the series, but I can't even complain about that. Both boys involved are ones I love. Jason is broken, flawed, not always easy to put up with, but fiercely loyal and protective. Kyle is also very loyal and protective - but in a different way. Either way, no matter what you think their personalities are, all the characters in Hemlock are very well-developed. They all have depth, which isn't something I've seen in YA lately.


Overall: Werewolves. Suspense. Amazing characters that are real, even if they're slightly paranormal. This debut has it all. Hemlock grips you from the first page and doesn't let go - not even when you've finished. 5 stars.


~Zoey~

4.09.2012

{Blog Tour Stop} Review: Pure

This is my stop for the Pure tour, hosted by the lovely Valerie at StuckInBooks! Visit her blog to learn more about the tour and the giveaways being hosted! ;)

Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I'd put a release date here, but let's be honest. The release date of this book means nothing, considering how screwed up it all got.

There is need. And then there is Fate...

Being destined to become some kind of supernatural electrical outlet isn't exactly awesome--especially when Alexandria's "other half" is everywhere she goes. Seth's in her training room, outside her classes, and keeps showing up in her bedroom--so not cool. Their connection does have some benefits, like staving off her nightmares of the tragic showdown with her mother, but it has no effect on what Alex feels for the forbidden, pure-blooded Aiden. Or what he will do--and sacrifice--for her.

When daimons infiltrate the Covenants and attack students, the gods send furies--lesser gods determined to eradicate any threat to the Covenants and to the gods, and that includes the Apollyon... and Alex. And if that and hordes of aether-sucking monsters didn't blow bad enough, a mysterious threat seems willing to do anything to neutralize Seth, even if that means forcing Alex into servitude... or killing her.

When the gods are involved, some decisions can never, ever be undone.

In Half-Blood, Alex was sarcastic. Funny. Tough. Hot-tempered. Awesome. In Pure, she's the same old Alex, but even more sarcastic. Even funnier. And everything else. She's still a kick-ass heroine, just like in the last book, but it's interesting to see how she's grown. She's always had a dangerous life, but I think Alex is starting to realize just how dangerous it truly is. 


Pure has funny moments, heartbreaking moments, and some steamy hot moments. (I think JLA specializes in those.) And more Seth. 


And the best part? All the action. There's never a boring moment in Pure. Alex is still training, but sometimes it's not just training. Sometimes it's the real thing. This book is intense, even more so than the first book in the series, and you can practically feel the danger and suspense coming off the pages. It's impossible to stop reading. 


Even the side characters are pretty kickass. Caleb being on top, of course. Alex's best friend is kind of symbol to me. He shows that Alex can still have a little bit of normality in her life. All I can say is that I'm going to miss him.


Most of you who have follow me on Twitter (or who have been following this blog for awhile) know how much I hate love triangles. Even in Pure, I'm not fond of it, and Seth is probably one of my favorite male YA characters. But the thing is, I'm pretty positive that Alex is going to end up with Aiden. That much is fairly obvious to me. (It's always the "forbidden love," pooey.) And even knowing that, I still absolutely love this series. That's saying something. Jennifer Armentrout handles the love triangle amazingly well. It's easy to see why Alex has feelings for Aiden. It's easy to see why she has feelings for Seth. (I use that term loosely. Alex has lots of feelings for Seth, and not all of them are good ones.) What's done really well is how the romance is woven throughout the book - it's not the main plot, but it's also not just a side plot that seems like it was thrown in.


Overall: Pure is an amazing follow up to Half-Blood, to put it simply. This book is not a letdown at all. It makes you hungry for the next book and leaves you wishing all characters could be as amazing as Alex. 5 stars.


~Zoey~

4.08.2012

Review: Struck

Struck by Jennifer Bosworth
Expected publication: May 8th 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux BYR
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Mia Price is a lightning addict. She’s survived countless strikes, but her craving to connect to the energy in storms endangers her life and the lives of those around her.

Los Angeles, where lightning rarely strikes, is one of the few places Mia feels safe from her addiction. But when an earthquake devastates the city, her haven is transformed into a minefield of chaos and danger. The beaches become massive tent cities. Downtown is a crumbling wasteland, where a traveling party moves to a different empty building each night, the revelers drawn to the destruction by a force they cannot deny. Two warring cults rise to power, and both see Mia as the key to their opposing doomsday prophecies. They believe she has a connection to the freak electrical storm that caused the quake, and to the far more devastating storm that is yet to come.

Mia wants to trust the enigmatic and alluring Jeremy when he promises to protect her, but she fears he isn’t who he claims to be. In the end, the passion and power that brought them together could be their downfall. When the final disaster strikes, Mia must risk unleashing the full horror of her strength to save the people she loves, or lose everything. 
Struck is a very easy book to immerse yourself in. The world is so believable and so easy to imagine, because if you get past the lightning part, it's not that unrealistic. An earthquake that's destroyed Los Angeles and turned it into a place that needs to be rebuilt so badly; a place where people scavenge the houses of the dead and people pay hundreds of dollars for one pill bottle. Jennifer Bosworth does an amazing job at portraying that kind of world. It's definitely my favorite part of the book.

Mia is a kind of character I've never seen before. She doesn't just happen to get struck by lightning multiple times - she likes it. But that's not the only thing I love about her. Mia is definitely what I would consider a kick-ass heroine. She's not perfect and she's definitely kind of weird, but she's not weak and she knows what she has to do to protect her family.

The storyline of Struck is something I haven't really seen before, but I have to admit that all of the talk about God and religion put me off a bit. You would have no idea that religion was even involved at all just by reading the blurb, and sure, I wasn't surprised because someone had warned me about it, but if I hadn't been warned, I would have been very surprised. Prophet and his followers - Apostles, I believe they're called - believe that the storm that destroyed LA was God's doing. And let me tell you, they're all extremely intense about it. I love that they're bad guys who think they're actually doing good in the world; it gives them a kind of depth that you don't get from a lot of the "villains" in YA. But the religion got to be a little too much for me. It's a personal preference of mine, and it kind of took away a lot of my enjoyment during this book.

Struck also has that aspect a lot of us readers dread - insta!love. The insta!love in Struck is a little more enjoyable than it can be in other books, simply because Jeremy is a character I really like, but when you think about it, Struck takes place all in less than a week, if I remember right. Mia and Jeremy meet and somehow end up basically in love by the end of the book. Jeremy himself is definitely an intriguing character, and I can't wait to learn more about him, but I wish the relationship between him and Mia hadn't developed so quickly.

Overall: Struck is unique in all sorts of ways. A lightning addict in a world that is so easy to imagine because it's built up so well. It's full of action and amazing characters that keep you totally interested. If you can handle all the religious mentions that occur in the second half of the book, this is definitely something I'd recommend. 3.5 stars.

~Zoey~

4.07.2012

In My Mailbox {13}

I'll be blogging again this week, I swear! Megan made it sound like I'd disappeared forever. Probably because I've spent the last week avoiding my email entirely. The number of unanswered emails is too intimidating for me.

Anyways, I got some pretty amazing things in the past few weeks! And a box. A box from Lexie at Still Waiting For Books to Come True that I'm not allowed to open until my birthday. (11 days!) I've shoved it in my closet so I won't be tempted to open it, since that's pretty much all I'll have to open :P

Now. BOOKS. I'm sure I'm going to miss a few since it's been three weeks, but hopefully I get most.

Elemental by Emily White - From Spencer Hill Press
Black Dawn by Rachel Caine - Finished copy from Penguin
Silence by Michelle Sagara - Finished copy from Penguin


All of these books were won from a Dystopian prize pack contest :) I'll probably be giving them away soon because I've read almost all of them.
Shatter Me By Tahereh Mafi
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Partials by Dan Wells
Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
Eve by Anna Carey
Divergent by Veronica Roth

Ebooks: (for which I am too lazy to include pictures)
Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
Skylark by Meagan Spooner
Yesterday by C.K. Kelly Martin
Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson
Touched by Cyn Balog
Velveteen  by Daniel Marks

The good news is that I'm on Spring Break and will hopefully have some time to get into all of those ebooks >_>

Leave a link to your IMM and I'll be sure to stop by!

~Zoey~

4.02.2012

Life Happens

I do happen to have a life beyond the internet. (Even though sometimes I wish I didn't.) And sometimes life gets in the way of blogging, yes, because I don't have most posts scheduled a month in advance, or even a week. I am not good at planning, I'm awful at organizing, and sometimes I'm just plain lazy.

~Things~ are happening in my life right now that take precedence over blogging. I'm not going on hiatus or anything, but no, there won't be a post every single day.

And no, I have absolutely no idea what the point of this post is.

So why not just look at this unicorn.

~Zoey~