Monday, February 28, 2011

Evercrossed

Evercrossed- Elizabeth Chandler


Synopsis:
It’s been a year since Ivy’s boyfriend, Tristan, died. They’ve both moved on—Tristan to the other side of the afterlife, and Ivy to sweet, dependable Will. Now Ivy’s heading to Cape Cod, hoping to leave the horror of last summer behind. She wants nothing more than to lie on the beach, sip lemonade, and hang out with her friends.
  But then a car crash ends Ivy’s life.
  As she floats to the beyond, looking down on the life she’s left behind, Tristan breathes life back into her with a passionate kiss. She wakes up in the hospital, surrounded by Will and her family, but all she can think about is the love that she lost.
  But memories aren’t all that’s come back from the past. And this time, Ivy’s not sure love will be enough to save her.


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My thoughts:
With the ending of Kissed by an Angel, I really don’t see the need for this book. And after reading it, I still don’t see the reasoning…but I do know that the end of this book definitely leaves it open for another book in this series. So I won’t be surprised when a fifth book is released. (Not sure if I’ll bother reading it, though…)
  That being said, I did like the book…I just didn’t know why it was written! As I did with the three before it, I felt that the book was lacking in not action, but in the way situations are described. For some reason, Ivy seems like a really shallow character, and she’s a little annoying with all the angel stuff. If I was being honest, I’d tell you that I almost put the first two books down because of the obsession with angels. It’s not so much as weird as strange, what with all the paranormal books nowadays.
  The foundation for the books is good I guess; Ivy’s boyfriend dies in a car accident and it seems that he’s haunting her—but only to help her. Which hey, I’m happy he’s a good angel, and not some evil incarnate-crazed-boyfriend-blaming-her-for-his-death type of boyfriend, but c’mon; that’s nothing new. There are hundreds, if not thousands of novels out there about people coming back from the ‘dead’ to haunt people. Which, in my mind, is a very useless storyline; once you’re dead, you’re dead. So, I don’t think I will be picking up another ‘angel’ book for a while.
  Back to the topic at hand: Evercrossed was a nice addition to the series. (*SMALL SPOILER*) The ending definitely has a twist and it’s a little weird. I also feel bad for Ivy’s new boyfriend, Will. Ivy treats him like crap in some of the book, she’s basically only thinking about herself and wants she wants without considering the feelings of those around her. But back to the ending: I definitely didn’t see it coming, and it’s all Lifetime-movie-ish, but it’s fanned out nicely, and it takes the entire book to really come to a close, even if I did sorta have a small inkling of what was going to happen (Ivy is so predictable, sometimes!).
  Elizabeth Chandler is definitely going to make fans happy with the sequel to their beloved Kissed by an Angel series (I thought it was a trilogy…but I guess that changed!). *4/5 stars

Library

New book haul :) I now have 28 items checked out...it's a good thing the limit is 49.
  • Charmed & Dangerous - Candace Havens
  • In the Blood - Adrian Phoenix (YES! FINALLY!)
  • Secrets and Shadows - Shannon Delany
  • My Name is Memory - Ann Brashares (This is an adult book (or was shelved as one)...but from the description, it sounds more YA)
  • Don't Look Now - Lina Lael Miller
  • The Radleys - Matt Haig

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Cover Reveal: Vanish- Sophie Jordan


If you've read my review for Sophie Jordan's Firelight, Vanish's former, then you know how much I love this cover. There isn't a complaint even trying to worm it's way into my mind right now...Oop. No; pardon me. The font for Vanish should either be stroked, bevelled, embossed, or hell, glowing. BUT THAT IS IT.
  I love that this is totally the same model (maybe? IDK), even if her hair is now blonde and not red. I, once again, envy the editor who did the scales and eyes. GENIUS!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Cover Reveal: Everlasting - Alyson Noel


*sigh* I love it! SO much better than the last one. AND LOOK, COULD IT BE THAT DAMIEN FINALLY HAS A FACE?! :) (of course, the critic in me can't help but pointing out how much BRIGHTER this should be...but hey, you take what you can get, yes?)

Friday, February 11, 2011

Happy dance :)


Books I just got (but won't be able to read for like a week, seeing as how my TBR pile is humongous):

  • Delirium - Lauren Oliver 
  • Blessed - Cynthia Leitich Smith
  • The Iron Witch - Karen Mahoney
  • Dreaming Anastasia - Joy Preble
And...
  • Nightshade - Michelle Rowen
  • Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men - Molly Harper ('bout time; had this on hold for like, a week!)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Unearthly

Unearthly- Cynthia Hand


Synopsis:
In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees . . . .
  Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy.
  Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place—and out of place at the same time. Because there's another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side.
  As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make—between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?
  Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.


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My thoughts:
Unearthly was, by far, one of the best books I’ve read this past month! I really really like how more and more authors are giving up the vampire trend for an angel one, and so I was really happy to start this book.
  First time author Cynthia Hand definitely writes like she’s been doing it awhile. And seeing as how she’s a creative writing teacher, she was bound to become ‘the next best thing’ in YA authors. She manages to blend suspense, mystery, romance, and well, feathers in a story that is guaranteed to grab fans of novels such as Hush, Hush into its clutches.
  I had very few complaints while reading this novel: one of the main ones being that I really disliked Christian from the get-go. He came off as egotistical and well, a jerk for basically the entire novel. He was a boring character to me; Tucker, on the other hand, was much, much more interesting.
  I’m seriously hoping that the next book doesn’t involve a ‘love triangle’, like the one in Lauren Kate’s Fallen series. Since I liked Tucker so much, I just hope that Clara doesn’t ever end up with Christian (sorry, Christian fans!). Despite the fact that he calls her Carrots for nearly the entire novel, Tucker was one of the perks of the book.
  And final complaint: the ending could have had more of a closing feel. For some reason, I just felt that it was like; get it, got it, good. It didn’t have a sense of finality—which I guess is okay, since there are to be two more books. But still, I kept staring at the flyleaf, willing more words to appear.
  Can’t wait for the next one, though! *4/5 Stars

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Slice of Cherry

Slice of Cherry- Dia Reeves


Synopsis:
Kit and Fancy Cordelle are sisters of the best kind: best friends, best confidantes, and best accomplices. The daughters of the infamous Bonesaw Killer, Kit and Fancy are used to feeling like outsiders, and that’s just the way they like it. But in Portero, where the weird and wild run rampant, the Cordelle sisters are hardly the oddest or most dangerous creatures around.
  It’s no surprise when Kit and Fancy start to give in to their deepest desire—the desire to kill. What starts as a fascination with slicing open and stitching up quickly spirals into a gratifying murder spree. Of course, the sisters aren’t killing just anyone, only the people who truly deserve it. But the girls have learned from the mistakes of their father, and know that a shred of evidence could get them caught. So when Fancy stumbles upon a mysterious and invisible doorway to another world, she opens a door to endless possibilities…


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My thoughts:
Yet another creepy, fantastical, and gruesome novel from Dia Reeves!
  Slice of Cherry starts out with action and blood and ends in it as well. That being said, this novel is definitely one of my favorites that I've read recently. (Please don't think I'm too much of a freak for loving all the bloodshed!)
  A little piece of advise: I do not recommend this book, (or Reeves's first novel, Bleeding Violet) if you are the weak at heart. You should not read either of Reeves's novels if you're squirmy about blood and details about how far it can spray and how much of a bitch it is to get out of clothes. So, if you can't stomach normal, PG-13 rated 'horror' films, you definitely won't be able to stomach these books (which I would rate R in the horror category). You wouldn't want to read the books and then get to a gruesome part (and there are plenty!), and have to set it down because it makes you turn green, now would you?
  The sisters are so freaking weird it's awesome! At first, I was under the impression that the roles with the sisters were reversed. (*SMALL SPOILER!*) I initially thought that Kit was the more demented, sick sister, and that Fancy was the kinder, not-so-sick sister. Turns out that Fancy was the one who had more screws loose in her head, but nevertheless, I loved both of the characters. For some reason, I really like how the author makes each of her books so lengthy. That way, the characters get to develop nicely and you relate better...Knowing the characters on deeper levels allows readers to feel what they're feeling, and really understand them. Not that normal, run-of-the-mill teenagers like myself really understand a duo of serial killers...but you get the idea. Maybe.
  I also really liked the boys in the novel, Gabriel and Ilan. They were a little weird, too. So they fit right in!
  I really, really, really liked this book. I'm a huge freak when it comes to the horrible, scary parts of books, and I just love Reeves's world of Portero, Texas--I definitely can't wait to be in it again. So creeptastic! *4.5/5 stars
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