Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday: Servants of the Storm by Delilah S. Dawson

WoW is weekly meme created by Jill at Breaking The Spine in which bloggers can share books they're excited to get soon :)
Servants of the Storm
by Delilah S. Dawson

A year ago Hurricane Josephine swept through Savannah, Georgia, leaving behind nothing but death and destruction — and taking the life of Dovey's best friend, Carly. Since that night, Dovey has been in a medicated haze, numb to everything around her.
But recently she's started to believe she's seeing things that can't be real ... including Carly at their favorite cafe. Determined to learn the truth, Dovey stops taking her pills. And the world that opens up to her is unlike anything she could have imagined.
As Dovey slips deeper into the shadowy corners of Savannah — where the dark and horrifying secrets lurk — she learns that the storm that destroyed her city and stole her friend was much more than a force of nature. And now the sinister beings truly responsible are out to finish what they started.
Dovey's running out of time and torn between two paths. Will she trust her childhood friend Baker, who can't see the threatening darkness but promises to never give up on Dovey and Carly? Or will she plot with the sexy stranger, Isaac, who offers all the answers — for a price? Soon Dovey realizes that the danger closing in has little to do with Carly ... and everything to do with Dovey herself.
I'm really not cut for creepy stuff, you know?
And that cover SCREAMS creepy.
I just know that I won't be reading this at night.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Review: Winger by Andrew Smith

Title: Winger
Author: Andrew Smith
Published May 14th 2013 by Simon & Schuster
Goodreads | Amazon

I've been trying to write this review since the beginning of time* and yet I find myself unable to convert what my heart felt and turn it into words.

Because Winger will sure make you feel, a story of growing-up and going down and being lifted up and realizing you had a very wrong concept of how others perceive yourself.

I friggin loved Ryan Dean from the start. Even though my prejudice-filled mind was like "what the hell are you doing?! this is gonna be about a disgusting, hormonized boy your brother's age! abort! abort!" 

Well, Ryan Dean is a fourteen year old, and that's where my predictions ended because he is nothing like the cliché I imagined him out to be. BOY IS FREAKING AWESOME. No, seriously, you'll be cheering him up and rooting for him from page one. And then his comics (and his whole life basically) is hilarious. As in, get-me-some-diapers-I-might-lose-the-fight-with-incontinence funny. I was laughing so hard I forgot bad stuff happens in this world.

And I won't spoil you but let's just say I tried to hold back the tears...

but did not succeed...

* Meaning, since I read this book back in May.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Anyone But You


I hope you are having a great day. I know I am, because I love to promote authors whose books I've loved before. Why yes, I could live for this, so now I want the whole wide world to check out Kim Askew & Amy Helmes' next book in their Twisted Lit Series:


I'm thrilled to present you the summary of this new spin on Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet.

Two Italian restaurants, both alike in dignity, in Chicago’s Little Italy where we lay our scene...
After her family’s struggling eatery, Cap’s, falls prey to another of the Monte clan’s vicious and destructive pranks, sixteen-year-old Gigi Caputo finds herself courting danger during a clandestine encounter with Roman Monte, the very boy whose relatives have brought her family such grief. When the daughter and son of these two warring factions fall for each other, their quest to mend this bitter family feud turns out to be a recipe for disaster. Their story is irrevocably linked to the summer of 1933, when two twelve-year-olds, Benny and Nick, hop the turnstile at the Chicago World’s Fair. While enjoying some of the fair’s legendary amusements, Nick has a “love at first sight” encounter with Stella, a young girl who unintentionally causes a lasting rift between the two boyhood pals. Deftly winding its way through past and present day, this modern take on Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet has much to do with hate — but more with love.


And now the cover...

I love that it has to do with the story but it also matches the rest of the series.
Now because Kim & Amy are such lovely people, they decided to giveaway one of the books on their series to ONE OF YOU.
Enter away :)
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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday: The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos

WoW is weekly meme created by Jill at Breaking The Spine in which bloggers can share books they're excited to get soon :)
This week's pick is:
The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos
In attempting to describe himself in his college application essay-help us to become acquainted with you beyond your courses, grades, and test scores-Harbinger (Harry) Jones goes way beyond the 250-word limit and gives a full account of his life.
The first defining moment: the day the neighborhood goons tied him to a tree during a lightning storm when he was 8 years old, and the tree was struck and caught fire. Harry was badly burned and has had to live with the physical and emotional scars, reactions from strangers, bullying, and loneliness that instantly became his everyday reality.
The second defining moment: the day in 8th grade when the handsome, charismatic Johnny rescued him from the bullies and then made the startling suggestion that they start a band together. Harry discovered that playing music transported him out of his nightmare of a world, and he finally had something that compelled people to look beyond his physical appearance. Harry's description of his life in his essay is both humorous and heart-wrenching. He had a steeper road to climb than the average kid, but he ends up learning something about personal power, friendship, first love, and how to fit in the world. While he's looking back at the moments that have shaped his life, most of this story takes place while Harry is in high school and the summer after he graduates.

I want to kick those bullies in the nuts. My level of indignation is high right now, you guys.
Burn-scars are one horrible thing, and to be carrying them just because of a cruel prank from when he was eight friggin years old. THIS KID BETTER SUCCEED IN EVERYTHING. HE DESERVES IT.  

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday: Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

WoW is weekly meme created by Jill at Breaking The Spine in which bloggers can share books they're excited to get soon :)
I have read Ms. Jordan's work before, I remember liking her Firelight book and even obsessing over dragons for a bit...
but somehow among my never-ending activities and work I never went back for book 2.
But this one sounds even more awesome than her other series. Sounds more awesome than any dystopian I've read about this year. WANTS.

 Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

The Scarlet Letter meets Minority Report in bestselling author Sophie Jordan's chilling new novel about a teenage girl who is ostracized when her genetic test proves she's destined to become a murderer.

When Davy Hamilton's tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS)-aka the kill gene-she loses everything. Her boyfriend ditches her, her parents are scared of her, and she can forget about her bright future at Juilliard. Davy doesn't feel any different, but genes don't lie. One day she will kill someone.

Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life. Davy wants to trust him; maybe he's not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.


I don't know if I should feel
bad for her,
or afraid of her
I just I want her DNA-hair.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday: Bright Before Sunrise by Tiffany Schmidt

WoW is weekly meme created by Jill at Breaking The Spine in which bloggers can share books they're excited to get soon :)

So people, last year I read a book about two people falling for each other in just one exceptionally magical night. I loved that book. And my feelings are trying to tell me that this will kind of be like it. Just check out the blurb:

Bright Before Sunrise

by Tiffany Schmidt


When Jonah is forced to move from Hamilton to Cross Pointe for the second half of his senior year, "miserable" doesn't even begin to cover it. He feels like the doggy-bag from his mother's first marriage and everything else about her new life—with a new husband, new home and a new baby—is an upgrade. The people at Cross Pointe High School are pretentious and privileged—and worst of all is Brighton Waterford, the embodiment of all things superficial and popular. Jonah’s girlfriend, Carly, is his last tie to what feels real... until she breaks up with him.
For Brighton, every day is a gauntlet of demands and expectations. Since her father died, she’s relied on one coping method: smile big and pretend to be fine. It may have kept her family together, but she has no clue how to handle how she's really feeling. Today is the anniversary of his death and cracks are beginning to show. The last thing she needs is the new kid telling her how much he dislikes her for no reason she can understand. She's determined to change his mind, and when they're stuck together for the night, she finally gets her chance.
Jonah hates her at 3p.m., but how will he feel at 3 a.m.?
One night can change how you see the world. One night can change how you see yourself

YAY for killing all the prejudice! haha

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Review: The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

Title: The Spectacular Now
Author: Tim Tharp
Published October 20th 2008 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Goodreads | Amazon

When I finished this book I was like: sure my copy is missing some pages, I mean, there's no way it ends like this...

But it does. It ends like that, because life is inexplicable and abrupt and stories don't finish for the young. Or maybe they do, but we never get the whole story so I accept it. I accept the end, but I don't accept not having a clue about where Sutter ends.

I loved Sutter, he made the book for me. He's like a naughtier version of Ferris Bueller, too well-liked for his own good. He's funny and charming and fun, and he cracked me up. Yet I still felt like I couldn't figure him out most of the time. And mostly because I don't think he has even figure out himself. The teenage is just one abyss no one can explain for sure.

And then we have all these secondary characters who, to be really honest, rocked. I liked them because they felt real and not someone's idea of how teenagers are supposed to be. I felt like they could have been any of my friends. And I liked that they were more than just one dimension in the Sutter universe, especially Aimee and Cassidy, Marcus and Ricky. 

My biggest complain, though, is that I don't really see much point to the story. Sure, Sutter grew up and is on his way to become a fine young man, but still. What about Aimee? I seriously doubt she learn anything but how to be jealous and claim ownership on people.

However, I really had a great time reading and am waiting anxiously for the movie version, I might end up liking it more since I'm a sucker for love stories (like the movie seems to be) and the book wasn't romantic AT ALL. 
Here's the link to the movie trailer, which looks amazeballs: