Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Waiting on wednesday: False Memory by Dan Krokos

False Memory by Dan Krokos


Miranda wakes up alone on a park bench with no memory. In her panic, she releases a mysterious energy that incites pure terror in everyone around her. Except Peter, a boy who isn't at all surprised by Miranda's shocking ability.
Left with no choice but to trust this stranger, Miranda discovers she was trained to be a weapon and is part of an elite force of genetically-altered teens who possess flawless combat skills and powers strong enough to destroy a city. But adjusting to her old life isn't easy--especially with Noah, the boyfriend she can't remember loving. Then Miranda uncovers a dark truth that sets her team on the run. Suddenly her past doesn't seem to matter...when there may not be a future.
 Dan Krokos' debut is a tour-de-force of non-stop action that will leave readers begging for the next book in this bold and powerful new series.

This cover is incredible! and the book totes sound action-packed!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Gravity (The Taking #1)

WoW is a weekly meme where we share some books we're excited for and that haven't been released. It is hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. Check out the list of blogs participating by clicking on the link.

GRAVITY (THE TAKING #1) by Melissa West

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.

Goodreads | Pre-order GRAVITY at amazon

I have NEVER in my life read something about aliens. Never thought I would, either, 'cause aliens are just not my thing...


this synopsis sounds so good I started to question my preferences, I am definitely giving it a shot! and check out the cover! so simple yet so beautiful! I love the blue and the stars and the planet and the font and I wish I had this on my wall <3

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Interview with Melissa Jensen, author of The Fine Art of Truth or Dare

Hello amigos! today is February 15! which means yesterday was Valentine's Day and tomorrow is the day The Fine Art of Truth or Dare finally comes out!
yay! fiesta!

Which means you should get it for yourself as a late Valentine's gift, because what better way to have a romantic and fun experience without even leaving your house.

You know what I think of this book, but now you can form your own opinion, folks! but before you go out to buy it, check out this short, fun interview I did with the author Melissa Jensen.

The Fine Art of Truth or Dare is a great title for the book. I love that it sums it up perfectly; was it your first choice? Did you have some other titles before you came up with it?

Thanks. Glad you like it. The book's original working title was just "Truth or Dare", but my editor and I agreed we needed something more or different. We debated "Willing Girl", which worked for numerous reasons, but decided against it, for numerous reasons. I came up with "The Fine Art of Truth or Dare" next. It made everyone happy and absolutely suits the book.
*I think I can see why they decided against Willing Girl haha it fit, though. But like I said TFAoToD is absolutely perfect!


Is Edward Willing story really true? What is it about him that captivated you enough to make him such a big part of your book?

Edward is totally a figment of my imagination. I wanted to create a talented but second-tier painter with strong ties to Philadelphia and a story that could complement Ella's. I needed him to be Ella's alter-ego in a sense-- someone who lived in ways she didn't and took chances she wouldn't. Having Edward speak to Ella was the best part. He's a little snarky and a little sweet, and the fact that he's dead makes their conversations a little more interesting.
*that's what I meant when I mentioned in my review that Edward was a character himself, cause he talks to Ella! oh and btw, don't judge me for not knowing Edward was fictional because a) I have a lot going on in my head and b) I'm not even american.

We get to see bit of a "song war" going on between Frankie and Ella. But what song do you think Alex would dedicate to Ella?

Um, well...Between you and me, Alex's taste in music is a bit, shall we say, guy and predictable. He would probably go for something like "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" by Aerosmith. Now, I would encourage him to splash out just a little, choose something like the classic "I Melt with You" by Modern English, or quirky "The Book of Love" by the Magnetic Fields, or my personal fave, the tragically overlooked "Throw Your Arms Around Me" by Hunters and Collectors. There's a slower version they did around 1990 that's just amazing. <good sigh.>

*Oh. I'm so guy cause I think "I don't want to miss a thing" is adorable haha. It's one of my local walmart's favorite. You can drop by at 2:00am sunday morning and it's likely you'll hear it (but "throw your arms around me" is great too).

Imagine a TV producer is trying to reach you because he wants two of your characters to have their own reality show. Which ones would you choose?

What/who comes to mind immediately is Amanda Alstead, the OTT bitchy Queen Bee of the Willing School, and I would totally pair her with my beloved Frankie Hobbes, Ella's best friend and a princely (if sometimes bitchy) guy. He's more than Amanda's match. I would put them in an RV and send them around the country, making them deal with each other and take on other people with Attitude, kinda "What Not to Wear" meets "Dr. Phil". Amanda would probably end up in physical catfights. Frankie might actually make the world a better place.
*haha I would so watch that! Frankie's snark remarks and sarcastic musical choices plus Amanda's bitchiness would make that reality show the next hunger games

Your novel is compared to Pretty in Pink, which is great because that movie is amazing. And I know you’ve seen it, so now tell us, who was your favorite character from that movie?

I loved Duckie. Who doesn't love Duckie? Funny, sweet, devoted, stylish. Blaine was fine; I like Andrew McCarthy. But he wasn't very interesting. Duckie endures. I gotta say "The Breakfast Club" remains my John Hughes movie of choice by a pretty big margin, but PiP will, I think, remain one of the classic Cinderella stories of teen film history. Only maybe in its next incarnation, the Duckie will get the girl. Did you know that's how the movie originally ended...?

*yeah, that would have been awesome! I've heard they didn't went for it cause they didn't ant people to think the poor girl will never get the rich guy or something like that. Oh & I agree about Breakfast Club being the best one, although I don't think Bender is that hot, my favorite was Andrew. But Duckie is my favorite character of all Hughes movies :D

Thanks to Ms. Jensen for her time and everyone else giving this book a chance! :)

Waiting on Wednasday: SUCH A RUSH (!)

WoW is a weekly meme where we share some books we're excited for and that haven't been released. It is hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. Check out the list of blogs participating by clicking on the link.

Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

A sexy and poignant romantic tale of a young daredevil pilot caught between two brothers.
High school senior Leah Jones loves nothing more than flying. While she’s in the air, it’s easy to forget life with her absentee mother at the low-rent end of a South Carolina beach town. When her flight instructor, Mr. Hall, hires her to fly for his banner advertising business, she sees it as her ticket out of the trailer park. And when he dies suddenly, she’s afraid her flying career is gone forever.

But Mr. Hall’s teenage sons, golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson, are determined to keep the banner planes flying. Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she’s leery of getting involved in what now seems like a doomed business--until Grayson betrays her by digging up her most damning secret. Holding it over her head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. Now Leah finds herself drawn into a battle between brothers--and the consequences could be deadly.

Pre-order at amazon
Such a Rush

Seriously, the first time I read the description I just knew this book was going to be sooooo amazing. Just as or even more than Going Too Far. The Top Gun feeling of it, and the love triangle, the adrenaline rush. Oh my God. I shiver just to imagine the day I'd have it in my hands...  I would trade my kidney for a copy. Haha.

Now trying to express my feelings through pictures:

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Review: The One That I Want by Jennifer Echols

Title: The One That I Want
Author: Jennifer Echols
Published December 6th 2011 by Simon Pulse
Goodreads | Amazon

Overweight, a bit of an eccentric and kind of friendless Gemma is trying out for majorette at her school. I instantly liked Gemma, from her dry wit and her style, to the way she dealt with everything in her life, I sympathized with her. Been there, done that. Her only friends are Robert (she has a crush on him) who is a jerk that treats her horrible, and Addison who is a bitch (I don’t even say this word out loud but there’s no other way to describe her) who treats Gemma even worse than Robert.
So why does Gemma puts up with her, you ask? Well, because her mother and Addison’s mother practically forced them to be friends (I can relate) and she has no heart to tell her mother “no”, especially because she's been kind of down since the divorce.

OMG. This picture is so them! Gemma with a chubby, slightly scared face and ponytails. And there's blond Addison with a "I'm the best frenemie ever" face. 

So anyway the real story starts to unfold in the summer, Gemma has lost 50 pounds and is taking majorette summer camp with Addison, right next door to a football camp, where a cute boy, Max, was totally checking Gemma out!... or so she thinks. But when both Gemma and Addison come up to where Max is Addison totally flirts with him and acts like she was the one Max was interested in. So Gemma then gets to go with Max's friend Carter, who is Mr. Grumpy. 
The more Gemma gets to know Max, the more she feels the connection with him and the more she senses he likes her too. But Addison doesn’t let Max go, even though there’s clearly no chemistry there, so Gemma can’t make a move on him. Things are complicated and interesting, enough to hold my attention through the wee hours. But there was something that didn’t click with me and this book. Even though I relate to a lot to Gemma and even though the boy (Max) was really cute (inside and out).
It was a very cute story and very cool characters were in it. I don’t have complains, people. This book was better than some of the big-hype ones (you know which ones I mean). It's really fun and you will find yourself rooting for Gemma and falling for Max, too.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Waiting on wednesday: Dangerous Boy

WoW is a weekly meme where we share some books we're excited for and that haven't been released. It is hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. Check out the list of blogs participating by clicking on the link.

DANGEROUS BOY by mandy hubbard

Harper’s new boyfriend Logan Townsend is everything she never knew she always wanted—tall, muscular, with tousled brown hair that falls effortlessly around his face. But what’s most exciting about Logan is that he’s exhilaratingly dangerous, and dating him allows Harper to say, “buh bye” to her good-girl past and “hello” to newfound adventure.

There’s only one problem with Harper’s otherwise heart-stopping romance: Logan’s twin brother Daemon. Harper knows he’s a bad seed, but she tries to look past his dark, icy stare and his chilling demeanor. After all, he and Logan are a package deal.

Then cow bones start appearing in people’s mailboxes, a flock of birds show up dead, and all of the cars in the senior parking lot are given flat tires—and covered with blood-red handprints. Logan insists that Daemon isn’t involved—sure, he’s had some trouble in the past, but they moved to Harper’s quiet northwest Washington town so that they could both start over.

Harper desperately wants to believe Logan, but the more he tries to protect his brother, the more she wonders what she isn’t being told. Now, Harper must unearth the hidden secrets of the mysterious Townsend brothers’ history if she and Logan are to have any hope of a future. But learning what brought Logan and Daemon to town won’t put just her heart in jeopardy... She’s playing with her life.

Needless to say, I am NOT a fan of love triangles, much less when they involve brothers.
But I really liked Hubbard's last book, Ripple, and I really love The Vampire Diaries, it changed my mind on some cliches I used to hate. So I'm open for this.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Review: Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

Title: Graffiti Moon
Author: Cath Crowley
Hardcover, 272 pages
Expected publication: February 14th 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Goodreads | Buy at Amazon: Graffiti Moon


In celebration of the harcover publication of this incredible book, I'm posting my review of it. A quick and short review would be: I LOVE IT, FAVORITED, GIVE ME MORE.

The long version:

What a flawless, excellent, fabulous, to-die-for book!. Now I don’t throw these words around loosely, only for my heaven-sent authors like Melina Marchetta or Jennifer Echols. But this! This! Left me speechless.
It was a spur of the moment to have picked this ARC and gave it a go, and I’m so glad. I wish I could give this book the articulate and amazing review it deserves, so you could all go and pick up this book the day it is out but it’s hard because I’m not good at words, but you know what I have? Passion. I just can’t contain my love for this story so let’s start.
Lucy’s parents are artists. She is an artist, the thing she loves the most in life is art, and that’s why she feels the biggest attraction to Shadow, a graffiti boy who paints with his soul. Shadow is a troubled guy; his walls are the place where he can unload the weight that’s oppressing his heart. This two are the perfect couple.

I figure Shadow's walls are something along these lines. Eclectic and beautiful.

But right now Lucy is celebrating the last day of school with her friends, Jazz and Daisy. They’re all hanging out in a bar when these cute guys come in, Dylan (Daisy’s ex-boyfriend), Leo (tall, gorgeous and whose fine form has caught Jazz eye) and Ed (who is a high school dropout), they’re all hanging out and then Jazz spills that Lucy is obsessed with Shadow. Dylan, Leo and Ed know who Shadow is, so the girls convinced the boys to help them find Shadow and his friend Poet.

The journey begins...

This book is also hilarious. All of my status updates on goodreads were either “Bwahahaha” or “THIS IS HILARIOUS!” The quest to find Shadow is the funiest, most entertaining, most heart-warming, most nail-biting thing I’ve ever read.

I am one of those people who can’t handle embarrassing events happening to the protagonists, I hate cringe-inducing books, and from one of the first scenes I thought “man! This is going to be embarrassing” but it wasn’t, this book takes the comedic route to soften the deepness of the story, it was an absolute joy to read what these group of teens go through. Teens like these don’t exist in real life! And if they do please point them out to me so I can hang out with them (:
My only complaint though is I wish the book was longer. I turned the last page and I had to contain myself from crying out in pain “MOOOOOOOOORE!”, and you know most of the time I wish books were shorter, most of what I read turns to be 90% BLAH and 10% Action. But Graffiti Moon was entertaining from page 1 to the acknowledgments.
So anyway, you don’t want to miss this story, people. It’s one of this generation’s gems, I’ll save it for humanity for when the apocalypse comes.