Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Jill Hathaway and Imposter


Imposter by Jill Hathaway

What if a killer took control of you?

Vee Bell’s gift (or curse) of “sliding”—slipping into the mind of another person and experiencing life, briefly, through his or her eyes—has been somewhat under control since she unwillingly witnessed the horrific deaths of her classmates six months ago.

But just as things are getting back to normal, Vee has a very bizarre experience: she loses consciousness and finds herself in a deserted area, at the edge of a cliff, with the broken body of the boy who took advantage of her on the rocks below.

As Vee finds herself in stranger and stranger situations with no memory of getting there, she begins to suspect that someone she knows has the ability to slide—and that this “slider” is using Vee to exact revenge on his or her enemies.


EEEEKKKS!

For those of you that have read Slide, are you waiting at the edge of your seat for Imposter??? Because I know I am!


Besides, Jill Hathaway is hosting a GIVEAWAY for Imposter. Plus it's international. [Insert very hyperactive Grace.]


Cheers!
Grace, feeling like she downed a couple of Red Bulls


P.S. I've actually never drank Red Bull. Like, ever. So I actually don't know how I'm supposed to feel. Hyperactive maybe? Ahh, details, details . . . (Avoids eye contact and begins whistling.) 

Monday, July 16, 2012

Review: Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols


Title: Going Too Far
Author: Jennifer Echols
Series: None
Publisher: Pocket Books/MTV Books
Release Date: March 17, 2009
ISBN13: 9781416571735
Format: paperback
Genre: mature YA, romance, contemporary, chick lit
Source: borrowed from library

Rating: 4/10

How far would you go?

All Meg has ever wanted is to get away. Away from high school. Away from her backwater town. Away from her parents who seem determined to keep her imprisoned in their dead-end lives. But one crazy evening involving a dare and forbidden railroad tracks, she goes way too far . . . and almost doesn't make it back.


John made a choice to stay. To enforce the rules. To serve and protect. He has nothing but contempt for what he sees as childish rebellion, and he wants to teach Meg a lesson she wont soon forget. But Meg pushes him to the limit by questioning everything he learned at the police academy. And when he pushes  back, demanding to know why she won't be tied down, they will drive each other to the edge - and over. . . .

My thoughts:
Note: Going Too Far has "bits" in it, so it's probably most suitable for those sixteen and up. Heck, even eighteen and up wouldn't be pushing it.

Alright, so let's just make this clear: novels based solely on romance is definitely not my bread and butter. Going Too Far is a very "cute" story, but just not my thing. It was all a little predictable and while in some cases it's fine, this is not it. The transitions were a tad awkward and didn't flow properly, and just felt really chunky. It's great to have surprises to twist up the plot, but a bit of foreshadowing could suffice.

Despite its shortcomings, I still thinks that it was a very sweet story about two individuals learning to let go of the past. If you like romances, then go ahead and try it out and see what you think.

If you like this, try:
Forget You by Jennifer Echols
One Night That Changes Everything by Lauren Barnholdt
Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles

Cheers!
Grace, the non-romantic.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (1)


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey.


What happened this week?


So I'm sure we're all past the fact that I'm a new blogger, but phew, blogging is by no means an easy thing. Level of respect for book bloggers before: Level 9000. Level of respect for book bloggers now: [program malfunction: scale broke]. So I'm trying out book memes, which are kind of scaring me now because they all require a certain level of commitment to them.

Okie, so now that I've gone over whatever I should say, I'm going to get to the reading part. Below are some books that I've read this past week, listed by date.

Enjoy!

The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade
The List by Siobhan Vivian
Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols
Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday
Croak by Gina Damico
Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick
Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
Destined by Aprilynne Pike

If you have a suggestion for, say, what I should read next, or what other memes I should participate in, shoot me a comment down below.

Cheers!
Grace, book meme unfamiliar.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Title: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent Series #1
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: February 28, 2012
ISBN13: 9780062024039
Format: paperback
Genre: YA, dystopia, sci-fi, romance
Source: bought

Rating: 9.5/10

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.


Veronica Roth is the "New York Times" bestselling author of "Divergent," the first in a trilogy of dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.


My thoughts:
I borrowed this book from the library to read it last year, but I bought a copy of myself this week at a local bookstore, Black Bond Books. Divergent never ceases to amaze me. 

I've read countless dystopian novels, but I find that this was probably my favourite. Divergent not only has a great plot, but is jam packed with emotion; sometimes so sweet that I wanted to cry, while other times I'd feel like screaming, "Don't you dare do that, Tris! It's positively the most stupid idea I've ever heard!" Another part why I found it to be so great was because it doesn't let romance overwhelm the story-line, something that's a bit uncommon these days.

The characters are perfectly flawed, selfish, and that what I love about them all. Veronica Roth doesn't jut write about perfect people, instead making them painfully realistic so that I would not necessarily sympathize with them but treat them like actual people rather than characters in a book.

It's very liberating to read from a protagonist who would actually admit her [Tris'] mistakes, take it for all it's worth, and just get on with life instead of thinking of any other thing she probably could do better in that situation. To just be plain straightforward. After all, life has no rewind button, life give you no second chances. Highlight to see teensy tiny spoiler. Although it was a bit of a let down that Tris kind of betrayed her family in the Erudite headquarters, I felt like I had to understand what Tris did because the society in which she grew up was very different from our own, and that she did it to survive.

The character of Four was great; he was mean, pushy, a pain in the butt, but in the end it shows that he cared a whole awful lot. He doesn't meet the typical boyfriend stereotype because he's not the sweet guy who'd give you flowers and jewelry. (Tris would probably think they're impractical.) He would instead compliment Tris by making her as tough as she could be, instead of treating her like a shrinking because that's what it would take for her to survive, and because he knows she isn't delicate and fragile.

The entire idea of the book was unbelievably original; from the five factions to the simulations to the entire would that we could not begin to understand. It gives us a glimpse into a life that's not all bubblegum and charm. I've read Insurgent just a few weeks ago, so be sure to watch out for my review sometime in the next couple weeks.

If you like this, you might like:
Legend by Marie Lu
Birthmarked by Caragh O'Brien
Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder

Cheers!
Grace, waiting at the edge of my seat for the next installment of the Divergent Series.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Review: Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick

Title: Ashes
Author: Ilsa J. Bick
Series: Ashes Trilogy #1
Publisher: Egmont USA
Release Date: September 6, 2011
ISBN13: 9781606841754
Format: hardcover
Genre: YA, apocalypse, horror, sci-fi, dystopia
Source: Borrowed from library

Rating: 10/10

It could happen tomorrow . . .

An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device, wiping out every computerized system, and killing billions


Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom - a young soldier - and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP.

For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it's now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.


Author Ilsa J. Bick crafts a terrifying and thrilling novel about a world that could be ours at any moment, where those left standing must learn what it means not just to survive, but to live admist the devastation.


My thoughts:
It took me longer than usual to get to this book, probably because the cover didn't really appeal to me, but wow. Just, wow. Ashes is beautiful, terrifying, real, painful and just plain scary. Usually, dystopian and apocalyptic novels, to me, are a representation of what life may be in the future, and generally happy and calm even when the characters meet conflict. But this pretty much just freaked me out, something that books don't do a lot to me. This is not only dystopia, but pure horror. Generally I have two reactions to horror novels:
  1. I freak out and leave the book forever with this kind of face. O_O And then I cower beneath my blanket and hope the monster under the bed doesn't get me. 
  2. I read it, for the sake of trying to fool myself into thinking I'm not that chicken and end up liking it. And then I make myself a congratulatory sandwich for being brave. c:
But Ashes wasn't just there to scare my pants off. It connected with me, like I was living in Alex's shoes. Alex, with her own baggage to get rid of. Ellie, who at first seemed like a bratty little sister but a character who I came to love afterwards. Tom, sweet and just plain good, even with his own secrets, who I cried over, something that doesn't happen a lot. The setting, very modern and real in the beginning morphing into a nightmare making the apocalypse seem not too far off in the distance, way too close for my own comfort. Any choice you make could be your last. (I think I read that from a book, but I don't remember . . .) I generally don't go around buying my books because of lack of money (I get 99% of my reads from the library), but all I want to do is go to the nearest bookstore to get a copy for myself and cry myself to sleep while reading this.




Cheers!
Grace

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Sky's the Limit - Meagan Spooner GIVEAWAY

I swear this has got to be the best giveaway I've seen; it's international, everybody wins, and did I mention SKYLARK? Yup.


You can win up to anything from ARCs, to lockets, to bookplates, and more.


[Please insert overreacting hyper Grace freaking out here.]


Enter right over here.


Gosh, you get free entries for tweeting, making FB posts, blogging... etc. It could all amount to a whopping 27 entries. (Thumbs up!!!)


Cheers!

Grace, the super ├╝ber excited fan.

Friday, July 06, 2012

Crush Tourney - Round One



IT IS TIME.

TIME TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT.

FOR ZACHARY MOORE.

IT'S NOW OR NEVER.


The reason is simple enough. IT'S ZACHARY. So heck, why not? Just click this link right here to vote!

Need more of a reason? *Sigh* If Zach doesn't win, all these incentives here would be *POOF* gone... And yes, I mean gone.

So go and show your support for #TeamKilt! *holds up pom-poms*




Cheers!
Grace, #TeamKilt fanatic c:
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