Thursday, August 30, 2012

Review: Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Title: Masque of the Red Death
Author: Bethany Griffin
Series: Masque of the Red Death #1
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
ISBN13: 9780062107794
Format: Hardcover, 319 pages
Genre: YA, romance, dystopia, steampunk, post-apocalyptic
Source: blog tour
Desire is contagious

Everything is in ruins.

A devastating plague has decimated the population, and those who are left live in fear of catching it as the city crumbles around them.

So what does Araby Worth have to live for?

Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery makeup . . . and tantalizing ways to forget it all.

But in the depths of the club—in the depths of her own despair—Araby will find more than oblivion. She will find Will, the terribly handsome proprietor of the club, and Elliott, the wickedly smart aristocrat. Neither is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does.

And Araby may find not just something to live for, but something to fight for—no matter what it costs her.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Notification of my absence

Long story short: Something happened and I won't be around much.

Very recently, a family emergency came up and I won't be able to post regularly for the next few days, as I probably won't be around a computer often. I won't be around books so I can't write reviews, but I'll try and put something together once in a while.

Someone hinted that they'd like a review of Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin. I'll get that out as soon as I can, although I can't make any promises.

Sorry everyone for the disappointing news.


Friday, August 17, 2012

Review: Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Title: Every Other Day
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Series: None
Publisher: Egmont USA
Release Date: December 27, 2011
ISBN13:  9781606841693
Format: hardcover
Genre: YA, paranormal, urban fiction
Source: borrowed from library

Rating: 5.5/10

Every other day, Kali D'Angelo is a normal sixteen-year-old girl. She goes to public high school. She attends pep rallies. She's human.

And then every day in between . . .She's something else entirely.

Though she still looks like herself, every twenty-four hours predatory instincts take over and Kali becomes a feared demon-hunter with the undeniable urge to hunt, trap, and kill zombies, hellhounds, and other supernatural creatures. Kali has no idea why she is the way she is, but she gives in to instinct anyway. Even though the government considers it environmental terrorism.

When Kali notices a mark on the lower back of a popular girl at school, she knows instantly that the girl is marked for death by one of these creatures. Kali has twenty-four hours to save her and, unfortunately, she'll have to do it as a human. With the help of a few new friends, Kali takes a risk that her human body might not survive. . .and learns the secrets of her mysterious condition in the process.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Booking Through Thursday (5)

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Deb at btt2. Every Thursday, a book-related question is posted and fellow bloggers answer them.

What was the most emotional read you've ever had?

Note: This post has a ton of spoilers in it. So many that I didn't even bother with the purple highlighting thingy I usually do. So unless you're like, "Yay, spoilers! I love knowing what comes next," please, oh please, don't read. (Wow, I just asked my readers to not read something. Imagine my shock. O.O)

I really don't want to end up a blubbering mess at X-o'-clock in the morning. But I feel like my eyes. Are. Watering. So, I actually have three. Firstly, Sing Me To Sleep by Angela Morrison. Of course, I thought Derek was an asshole and a sort of bastard for keeping his secrets, and not really letting Beth into his life, using his biggest puppy-face to make everything better. And then came the big slam in my face, which felt like I got hit by an SUV. Derek had cystic fibrosis, and his death was indefinite. And because his hospital stay was so drawn out, I cry every time I read it. Second, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Oh, why did you have to kill Augustus, Mr. Green? 'Nuff said. Lastly, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Celia and Marco deserve each other, they really do, but the two of them die. For real. And that's just the most undeserved death anyone has ever had. At least they'd be together on the other side . . .

Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Title: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Series: Mara Dyer #1
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Release Date: September 27, 2011
ISBN13:  9781442421769
Format: hardcover
Genre: YA, horror, contemporary, urban fantasy
Source: borrowed from library

Rating: 10/10

Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

She’s wrong.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday (5)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Breaking the Spine. It shines a spotlight on upcoming releases that we are very, very excited for.

By Michelle Hodkin
Release Date: October 23, 2012

Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.

She can’t.

She used to think her problems were all in her head.

They aren’t.

She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets.

She’s wrong.

In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?

By Becca Fitzpatrick
Release Date: October 23, 2012

Fates unfurl in the gripping conclusion to the New York Timesbestselling Hush, Hush saga. Nora is more certain than ever that she is in love with Patch. Fallen angel or no, he is the one for her. Her heritage and destiny may mean they are fated to be enemies, but there is no turning her back on him. Now Nora and Patch must gather their strength to face one last, perilous trial. Old enemies return, new enemies are made, and a friend's ultimate betrayal threatens the peace Patch and Nora so desperately want. The battle lines are drawn—but which sides are they on? And in the end, are there some obstacles even love can't conquer?

WWW Wednesday (5)

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading

Just to play along, answer the following three (3) questions . . .

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you'll read next?

My answers:
What are you currently reading?
Still reading The Storyteller by Antonia Michaelis, but I don't know if I can bring myself to read it. It's so sad . . . Another book I'm reading is Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin. Currently re-reading (terrible habit, I know) Across the Universe by Beth Revis. Fantastic read, that one.

What did you recently finish reading?
My ordered copy of 13 by Kelley Armstrong just came, and I finished it in a single sitting. All 480 pages of it. It was AMAZING. And I finished Ditched: A Love Story by Robin Mellom and Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore. So, so, happy.

What do you think you'll read next?
Dunno just yet, but maybe Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein or 172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad.

And this is a completely off topic thing to say, but I recently heard someone say that they like light casual reads in summer and save the darker stuff in winter. That's not the case for me. I'd relish the reading of dark reads year round, and tend to line up a ton of quick reads for the colder days. (I'd blame it on school.)
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