Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Dark Star

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

Dark Star

by Bethany Frenette

Audrey Whitticomb has nothing to fear. Her mother is the superhero Morning Star, the most deadly crime-fighter in the Twin Cities, so it’s hard for Audrey not to feel safe. That is, until she’s lured into the sweet night air by something human and not human—something with talons and teeth, and a wide, scarlet smile.

Now Audrey knows the truth: her mom doesn’t fight crime at night. She fights Harrowers—livid, merciless beings who were trapped Beneath eons ago. Yet some have managed to escape. And they want Audrey dead, just because of who she is: one of the Kin.

To survive, Audrey will need to sharpen the powers she has always had. When she gets close to someone, dark corners of the person’s memories become her own, and she sometimes even glimpses the future. If Audrey could only get close to Patrick Tigue, a powerful Harrower masquerading as human, she could use her Knowing to discover the Harrowers’ next move. But Leon, her mother’s bossy, infuriatingly attractive sidekick, has other ideas. Lately, he won’t let Audrey out of his sight.

When an unthinkable betrayal puts Minneapolis in terrible danger, Audrey discovers a wild, untamed power within herself. It may be the key to saving her herself, her family, and her city. Or it may be the force that destroys everything—and everyone—she loves.

I like the idea of her and the sidekick being *insert childish teasing voice* in looooove

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Review: Bunheads by Sophie Flack

Title: Bunheads

Author: Sophie Flack
Published October 10th 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Goodreads | Amazon

I devoured this book like you have no idea. I’ve always been kind of amazed by ballerinas, their dedication and discipline is something I respect and applaud. But I know there’s a dark side to it, even if from the audience all you can see is the brightest, most wonderful kind of light you can see through an art performance.

Bunheads it’s all about the bright and the dark side of ballet, it’s about maturing and about relationships and compromise and priorities. Hannah Ward is the main character, a corps ballet dancer, not a soloist, not a ballerina. She’s been doing ballet since she was eight, and she became part of the Manhattan Ballet Academy when she was only 14, she had to move to NYC alone and she was determined to become a soloist. Hannah is definitely talented, and oh so dedicated, but in the cut-throat world of ballet, that’s never enough.

Example: Hannah’s chest develops…

Ordinary girls = thrilled; ballerinas = nightmare.

Is it her fault = no; do her teachers care that it isn’t = no.

She is expected to take care of it somehow, because any kind of fat in a ballerina’s body is simply not acceptable.

You guys, I suspected things like that happened to ballerinas, but Jeez it blows my mind… the things this girls go through, it’s like they are part of the army of something. No matter how perfect Hannah’s life seems from the outside, inside everything’s falling to pieces. I love the realness of this book, I love the relationships between Hannah and her three closest friends. I especially like her frenemy, Zoey. I love the tiny bit of romance this book has, Jacob the adorable musician/ NYU student. I pretty much love everything about it.

I love this picture so much

Now this picture reminds me of Hannah because that ballerina looks like a rebel. And Hannah, intentionally or not, is kind of a rebel. She has attitude and she has guts and she doesn’t care if you are the son of the company’s owner.

So basically, this book is about the journey of a dancer, how someone can be so passionate about something, working so hard for something, that they never realize they’ve stopped enjoying it. It’s about having the guts to walk out (or stay in). I admire Hannah’s courage to do what her heart told her even though she was so scared.

I wish I could write an amazing review for the amazingness this book is, but I can’t. So I’d settle for: get this book. Seriously, contemporary fans will love it and ballet fans (like me) will probably obsess with it for a long long time.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday: Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt

WoW is weekly meme created by Jill at Breaking The Spine in which bloggers can share books they're excited to get soon :)
Welcome, welcome. To the Xth edition of WoW. ;)
This week I have an awesome-sounding book,
see for yourself...
Going Vintage
by Lindsey Leavitt
The cure for a broken heart? Go vintage and live like it’s 1962!
Mallory’s boyfriend, Jeremy, isn’t just cheating on her. He’s cheating with an online girlfriend. So Mallory decides to swear off boys and modern technology. Inspired by a list of goals her grandmother made in 1962, Mallory decides to “go vintage” and return to a simpler time. She sets out to complete grandma’s list: run for pep club secretary, host a dinner party, sew a homecoming dress, find a steady, do something dangerous.

The list proves to be trickier than it looks. Obviously finding a steady is out . . . no matter how intriguing she finds Oliver (er, Jeremy's cousin). But with the help of her sister, Mallory will finish the list and find peace. Somehow.
GOING VINTAGE is the story of a girl figuring out the truths and illusions of life and love, both in the nostalgic past and in the very real now.
Goodreads | Not yet on amazon ):

This one! this I just gotta have!
Swearing off technology would be like, the hardest, funniest thing ever. It sounds like it will be full of hilarious situations.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Review: Something like Normal by Trish Doller

Title: Something like normal
Author: Trish Doller
Expected publication: June 19th 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Goodreads | Amazon

I spent 4 hours completely engrossed in this book. I even missed lunch. And the most important thing, I lost 4 precious hours of studying. Do I regret it, though? Not at all. I can tell you this, for me to sit through a whole book in just one day (when I clearly have things to do) is one heck of a sacrifice, and I won’t do it for any book, but Something like Normal was just really good.

I loved that it was written in a male POV. Especially because Travis was easy to sympathize with, you can’t help but root for the guy, he’s been through so much; he just got back from Afghanistan and there’s nothing in home that he missed, only his jerk of a brother who stole his girlfriend, her douchebag of a father who always treats him like poop, and his mother’s overwhelming love, it is just too much for him to take right now.

Lost in his nightmares and filled with guilt for surviving the shooting where his best friend Charlie was killed, Travis is kind of a train wreck. Until he sees Harper, the girl whose reputation he trashed back in middle school. And before they realize it, Harper and Travis get to know each other and discover they’re more alike than they thought. I loved their relationship, it was cute and didn’t feel rushed, I liked that they knew each other for a long time, and I liked that Harper didn’t lose her faith on Travis and was up to get to know the real him.
How beautiful is this picture, people?
check for more of the inspirational pics behind this story--> Ginger interviews Trish

The thing I liked the most about this book was the realness of it. It feels like you could really be reading someone’s story, like this Travis guy could be real and walking down the street in the other side of town. And it was educational to see the kind of things that marines go through, I am sorry to see that happening to anyone but it is reality and no one can escape that.

One thing I didn’t like though, was the language. It bothered me. I mean I guess I should have expected it, Travis is a nineteen year old after all, but the thing is I don’t know anything about 19yo boys, (I barely know anything about 19yo girls and I am one) so I was a surprised they can be that crude (although I refuse to believe all of them are like that, and Travis has had a tough life). I didn’t agree with most of his word choices (I am not talking about the swearing, although that was annoying too) when he referred to something Afghanistan related. I would be very angry to read that if I happened to be Afghan, but since I am not I was just angry. But I can’t ask people to feel the way I do, so if you don’t find it a bit insulting then good for you.

I will only advice that when you read this book you keep a clear mind and get a comfortable seat because you are going to be there for quite a long time. Because this book (with its contemporary romance and raw and real take on marines) will totally have you at the edge of your seat.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

waiting on wednesday: From what I remember by Kramer & Thomas

WoW is weekly meme created by Jill at Breaking The Spine in which bloggers can share books they're excited to get soon :)
From What I Remember
by Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas

KYLIE: Tijuana WHAT? I should be putting the finishing touches on my valedictorian speech. Graduation is TODAY, and is this a wedding band on my finger.
MAX: It all started with Kylie's laptop and a truck full of stolen electronics Okay, it was kind of hot, the way she broke us out like some chick in an action movie. But now we're stranded in Tijuana. WIth less than twenty-four hours before graduation. Awesome.
WILL: Saving Kylie Flores from herself is kind of a full-time occupation. Luckily, I, Will Bixby, was born for the job. And when I found out she was stuck in Mexico with dreamy Max Langston, sure, I agreed to bring thier passports across the border--but there's no reason to rush back home right away. This party is just getting started.

LILY: I just walked in on my boyfriend, Max Langston, canoodling with Kylie Flores, freak of the century. Still, I can't completely hold it against him. He NEEDS me. It's even clearer now. And I'm not giving him up without a fight.


Just looking at the cover and reading the synopsis makes me laugh out loud.
I can't wait for this book! I love me some 'what the heck happened yesterday?' ala The Hangover type of books :)

Fun is guaranteed.

Or at least I hope so ;)

And remember: this book comes out today, (I really wanted to do a WoW about it before it came out) look for it in bookstores and it's already available for kindle!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Review: Body and Soul by Stacey Kade

Title: Body & Soul
Author: Stacey Kade
Published May 1st 2012 by Hyperion
Goodreads | Amazon

WARNING: This review contains a lot of spoilers for the people that have not read this series. Check out my review of book one to see if you think it's worth a try! ;)

I just finished, and I’m too freaked out to write anything…

*a day later*

So, this was weird. I mean all through the book this was my face:

It was just so weird. Let me explain.

Alona is still stuck in Lily’s body, she and Will are trying to find out a way for Alona to be out and Lily to survive without Alona’s spirit in her. I’m like, good, you’re making sense. But when they go see this crazy psychic, they run into Misty, Alona’s former best friend and boyfriend stealer extraordinaire, who claims she’s being haunted by Alona. Alona is of course unable to haunt her, giving that she’s currently alive. So after finding out the psychic was a fake anyway, Alona and Will try to make a quiet exit, which of course didn’t work out and they ended up exposing Will (and Alona’s) ability to communicate with the dead.

Now that Alona is exposed, she tries to find out what’s going on in Misty’s house, who is pretending to be her; while Will tries to find a way out of this mess. They can’t catch a breath when Alona is already in trouble, the ghost in discussion is the psychic’s sister, and she’s very powerful, and she throws Alona out of Lily’s body and takes it for her, to have some fun. But Alona cannot survive with Lily’s body because she has grown dependent of it, and once again Will is trying to save her. But they can’t help but wonder how much longer can this go? I mean it’s not like they have a future together, and the truth is proving to be really hurtful for both of them.

There’s a lot of confrontations and it is entertaining I give you that, and I enjoyed a lot of parts because frankly, Will and Alona are one of the most amazing couples out there, but I just can’t get pass that


You see the cover? See the blond girl in that? Well she’s Alona but 95% of the book she’s not that one! So I feel like the cover is misleading, you can't help but think that they would find a way for Alona to get back to the way she was but *SPOILERS* She stayed that way! All through the book and at the end!


So forgive me if I’m a little grossed out/confused/weirded out by this! I mean Lily was once Will’s crush, and now Alona is inside of that body, HOW DOES THAT WORK? WHO DOES HE THINK OF WHEN HE KISS? HOW CAN SHE NOT BE HAVING A PERSONALITY CRISIS?

It’s too much for me, and I know some people might tell me that I'm exagerating or that it was the only way...



Perfectly reasonable!

So that’s why I refuse to rate this book, not now not ever because it's just confusing to me and I don't know what to think or feel...

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday: Out of Reach by Carrie Arcos

WoW is weekly meme created by Jill at Breaking The Spine in which bloggers can share books they're excited to get soon :)
Sorry I'm late for the fun today, you know me, always a busy bee ;)
but I got a great one this week, so let's get down to business
Out of Reach
by Carrie Arcos

Sixteen year old Rachel has always idolized her older brother Micah, but she knows he also secretly struggles with addiction. So when Micah doesn’t come home one night, Rachel panics.

Then Rachel gets an anonymous note telling her that Micah is a few hours away—and on the brink of destruction. Accompanied by Micah’s best friend Tyler, Rachel sets out to find her brother. With no concrete leads, Rachel and Tyler spend hours wandering the streets. But before Rachel can move on, she must confront her own dark secrets, her growing attraction to Tyler…and the possibility that Micah may never come home.

Goodreads | Amazon  (the pre-order it's only 10 bucks right now)

Now tell me if this one doesn't sound totally intese and so emotional...

I've seen lots of people in that path of self-destruction and I cannot even begin to imagine how must it feel to see your brother walking down that path, it would destroy me too. I love reading about that incredible connection between siblings, AND I just adore it when two friends realize they might have greater feelings for eachother.

Plus, look at that fabulous cover, it gives me a sense of loneliness but it kind of has a "it's still a big world, there's have to be hope" vibe, it's glorious <3

So basically I don't know what to do with my life until this book comes out

Monday, May 7, 2012

Review: Queen of the Dead (The Ghost and the Goth #2) by Stacey Kade

Title: Queen of the Dead
Author: Stacey Kade
Published May 31st 2011 by Hyperion Book CH
Goodreads | Amazon

Okay so where we left off in The Ghost and The Goth everything was doing great, Alona and Will were in a good (if not romantic) relationship and I was having so much fun :D

Queen of the dead starts with a bang, Will and Alona go ghost hunting, there’s some making out in the first chapter and let’s face it I’m all up for that, so I was ecstatic. But then there was trouble in paradise, because if you recall, Will was supposedly the only ghost-talker in town…

that is until Mina Blackwell, with her tough attitude (and look), first appears and safes Will’s life by kicking major ghost ass.

So you can imagine Will was kind of starstruck, he has never seen another ghost-talker, much less a hot chick with the kind of technology that can trap ghosts in pieces for all eternity. You can also imagine Alona is less than thrilled, I mean is not only that she is jealous (which she is) is also that hello?! Mina is traping ghosts, and Alona is a ghost!

And a bit of a battle unfolds inside of Will, what is he supposed to believe? That helping the ghosts is his purpose- like Alona said. Or that helping the living, not caring about what ghosts want?- like Mina thinks. This would be much easier if only someone could give him the correct answers. Making matters worse, Alona wants to communicate with her parents to make sure they remember her and keep mourning her, Will refuses to spoil Alona’s parents current happiness ; So Will and Alona get into a huge fight over all of this, and Alona runs away.

I will have to spoil it, becausethere’s no other way I can provide a coherent review if I don’t say this, so close your ears eyes if you don’t want the book spoiled

Right now would be a good time to do it…

You’re warned…

Alona, in her stubbornness, cannot stop at anything to get what she wants, so she accidentally, ends inside the body of a comatose girl, Lily, who also happen to be one of Will’s old friends. While all of this is happening, Will is trying to find information about what is exactly he’s supposed to do as a ghost-talker with an organization called The Order, whose Mina’s father himself is running, and Will’s dad used to be the boss of (until he killed himself), so forgive Will if he’s trying to find some anwers.

Things get out of control when Will finds out what Alona has done, he’s really pissed and Alona is really freaking out, so they get into fight again.

But before any of them can catch a breath, The Order has found out about Alona inhabiting a living person’s body, and they don’t like it. So now, Will has to forgive and forget, and fast because Alona is in danger of being gone, forever.

You know, I liked this book, not as much as the first one, but it was entertaining and action-packed so I can’t complain. The thing is, things took at unexpected turn (at least for me) and I didn’t like that turn at all.  Because hello? Alona in Lily’s body is just wrong, and I want to thing to go back to the way they were.

Also, I thought the there’s other ghost-busters out there card would be played in more than one hand, if you know what I mean. They were a great addition to the story, and even the possibility of a love triangle was starting to grow on me, but none of that happen at all, it was blink and you missed it fast and suddenly it was all about body interchange, which like I said, I didn’t like at all, so let’s see what happens at the final book. *fingers crossed*

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Review: The Ghost and The Goth by Stacey Kade

Title: The Ghost and The Goth
Author: Stacey Kade
Published June 29th 2010 by Hyperion Book CH
Goodreads | Amazon

I don't know if I have a soft spot for ghosts (yeah, right) or for KICK-ASS characters, but luckyly for me, this book happens to have both.

So imagine how happy I was all through this read.

I randomly found the book description here in goodreads and was blown away by how similar it sounded to
Shadowland first book in my all time favorite YA series. And opposite to what others might do, being all like "there's no way something can be as awesome as that one" but I'm an open-minded person and was glad to find something similar so I decided to give it a try, and went and get the book by all means -begging, crying and acting like a 2 year old- and oh man! I'M SO GLAD!

PLUS: JUST LOOK AT THE COVER! I love the cuteness (I'm thinking about getting a full back tattoo of it) I loooove how accurate it actually is, it's like THOSE are Alona and Will, they're exactly like that, clothes and everything.

Since the very first chapter things are attention grabbing and I find myself immersed in the story, it starts when Alona, the queen bee of her high school, seemingly perfect in every way possible...
*gasps again*but despite what people like to think about her, and what you're already imagining (snotty bitch) nooo! far from the truth! GIRL IS FIERCE! she's a fighter and has the master mind of Brain from Pinky and the Brain, no really, she could totally take you in a 'guess the murderer' contest.

Not that there's a murderer in this book, just tons of hilarious, interesting, sad, hot, fun, and kickass moments. I can't complain here, cause I got everything I was asking for, so I will just continue summarizing the plot,

so yes, Alona dies ):
but hey! stop sobbing, girl is not going anywhere for now, and that is because (if you ever read a ghost's book or have been going to the movies/ watching tv this past 20 years you already know this): she has unressolved issues. And what's her to do, she doesn't know anything about being dead, and no one can help her, right?

There's someone out there, someone who can help Alona with her newly acquired troubles...
and that someone is Will Killian! aka Will Kill, you might recognize him as the pseudo-goth guy sitting in the farthest cafeteria table that apparently talks to himself out loud and wears his hoodie over his head all the time to keep the voices out.

Yeah, Alona thinks that too: NO WAY I'M GETTING NEAR THAT FREAK.
But the only other person who she knows that can communicate with the dead is in Puerto Vallarta and I mean it's a long walk to Mexico D: .

So Alona and Will make a deal, he would teach her everything he knows about ghosts, death and moving on if she serves as his bodyguard, that is keeping the other ghosts off of his face so he can finally have some peace and quiet after years and years of ghosts 'haunting' him.

I bet you can guess where that leads...
me= fun fun fun, Will & Alona= damn damn damn!

Despite what you might think after reading this (that is if you're still with me after all this babbling):
"Oh but it sounds SO clichéd!" I have only one thing to say about this, okay two:
a) what's not cliche these days?, I mean, come on! nothing is 100% original now, after all this is 2011.
and b) Cliche can be FUN.

But whatever, cliché aside, this book is infinitely entretaining and with very real main charachters, a realistic MALE teenager and a realistic GIRL teenager, and that's not easy to pull off let me tell ya, not everyone can portray a boy and a girl so relatable.

So yeah this book is ALL ABOUT THE FUN (plus some twists you might have not seen coming).
If you just came back from a trip to a child's hospital, got out of jail, witnessed an animal massacre, got your heart broken, read Mockingjay or lost your favorite lipstick at the mall and you are SO DEPRESSED you can't take it anymore, I suggest you read this, it won't dissapoint IT'S MADE OF FUN, no seriously, read the tag it says it's made with the same stuff SIX FLAGS is made of.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Waiting on wednesday: Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson

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

Oh my beautiful visitors, I don't have words to describe how incredibly excited this summary makes me. I think I am in love with the idea of this book <3...


I saw it a few days ago and I haven't stop thinking about it, 
because, hello?! original concept? original setting? amazing story?: epicness


Valkyrie Rising
by Ingrid Paulson
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.
|  Amazon