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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

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



The Young Elites by Marie Lu

I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.


Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.


ADD ON GOODREADS


IS THIS BOOK FOR REAL?


It sounds so awesome and action packed and with lots of feelings. And from what I have Heard Marie Lu writes some kickass stories so I'm super excited to read this one.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday: Prisioner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

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



Prisioner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman


In 1930s Munich, danger lurks behind dark corners, and secrets are buried deep within the city. But Gretchen Müller, who grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her "uncle" Dolf, has been shielded from that side of society ever since her father traded his life for Dolf's, and Gretchen is his favorite, his pet.
Uncle Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler.
And Gretchen follows his every command.
Until she meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen. Gretchen should despise Daniel, yet she can't stop herself from listening to his story: that her father, the adored Nazi martyr, was actually murdered by an unknown comrade. She also can't help the fierce attraction brewing between them, despite everything she's been taught to believe about Jews.
As Gretchen investigates the very people she's always considered friends, she must decide where her loyalties lie. Will she choose the safety of her former life as a Nazi darling, or will she dare to dig up the truth—even if it could get her and Daniel killed?
From debut author Anne Blankman comes this harrowing and evocative story about an ordinary girl faced with the extraordinary decision to give up everything she's ever believed . . . and to trust her own heart instead.
I spent a good chunk of my childhood obsession over the real testimonies of the Holocaust that now that I've cried all the tears, I only have energy to read fictional ones. And this one sounds as captivating as all of them.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Review: Four Seconds To Lose by K.A. Tucker

Title: Four Seconds To Lose
Author: KA Tucker
Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Atria Books (first published November 4th 2013)
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
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Four Seconds to Lose is my first experience with a book by K.A. Tucker, and wow, I wish I would have been smarter and have grabbed them before because this one is amazing. Seriously, I have such a difficult relationship with New Adult books but it's books like this one that make me see why they are so popular.

The most outstanding thing about it is that it is hugely entertaining. I never once got bored, and I loved that the story progressed so quickly, you were never left hanging on any of the "mysteries" because they were always almost instantly resolved and yet not really because so many things were yet to be unraveled. I loved the main characters and I loved the dual point of view. Both Charlie and Cain were great characters; it takes talent to make characters likable when they do what these two do. But K.A. Tucker did it.

Another thing that I really, really loved was that Cain, our hero, was not a jerk. I can't even count how many times I've read a New Adult whose main male character is a "bad boy" (which nowadays seems to be a synonym for "huge jerk"). Cain was a genuinely good guy even if his job and past were edging the bad side. I loved Cain and his caring nature. And I also loved Charlie. She was so strong and brave and my heart ached for the lonely little girl living inside her. She might have been afraid most of the time but I could see her real strength shinning through.

Some might argue that the story was too over the top drama, and while that might be true what really counts is that it was so engaging and entertaining that it was impossible to put down. There were minor details that kept me from giving it five stars but they mostly have to do with personal pet peeves and not really with the story. I enjoyed the story and eat it up like it was, I don’t know, I guess any kind of delicious food. Totally recommended for New Adult fans.


 

 

Warning: This is a NEW ADULT book, and it contains scenes that are only for mature audiences.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Review: Panic by Lauren Oliver

Title: Panic
Author: Lauren Oliver
Published March 4th 2014 by HarperCollins
Genre: Contemporary Young Adult
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Panic is the newest (and my first) Lauren Oliver novel. I knew of her (who doesn't) and I knew of the huge hype her books cause, and all the fan base she has acquired. So yeah I was a little bit scared to tackled this book. And my expectations were high.

Since this is a contemporary novel, I felt like this was my chance to start something that I would probably like, and I went ahead. I did like Panic. I liked that the dual Point of view was not shared by the two parts of a couple but rather by two practical strangers that end up being friends.

Heather and Dodge both participate on Panic this summer. Panic is a dangerous but entertaining game high school seniors play for the fame and money. At the start I didn't really liked, or get, either Heather or Dodge. They were both whining and complaining and didn't seem to have a lot of potential. But as the story progressed I started to like them, I saw where they were coming from and why they were that way and my heart felt for them.

While the plot story was great and the writing style was romantic and engaging, I really didn't think the book was that exciting for me. I figured everything out very early on and had a lot of trouble to keep going. However, I did finish the book and that counts a lot to me. The romance aspect wasn't the main focus but I did liked the way it developed with one of the couples, Heather and Bishop; and how they went from best friends to something more. Dodge and Nat gave me a little bit of trouble, I could really see how obviously in love Dodge was but Nat was enigmatic and I had a hard time believing she truly was interested in him.

The game was cool to read about and witness but completely terrifying to think about. Like, in some form or another, people actually do stuff like this in the streets. It strengthens my conviction that every teenager should get a 24-hour job in the summer.

So basically, a good book that made me glad I tried Oliver's books (finally) even though it didn't quite convert me into her fan base. But I am sure it is going to please everyone else who has been waiting for her next work.