Apr 11
Review: The Voice by Jennifer Anne Davis

Review: The Voice by Jennifer Anne Davis

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Title: The Voice Author: Jennifer Anne Davis Publisher:  Lands Atlantic Release Date: January 29, 2013 Pages: 288, Paperback Goodreads Rating: 4.72 stars My Rating: 3/5 stars Summary from Goodreads: During her abduction and assault, Audrey begins to hear a voice. She hopes she’s not going crazy, because after what she’s experienced, that’s the most logical explanation. However, as she begins to listen to the voice, Audrey realizes that someone may be telepathically trying to help her. Unfortunately, rescue isn’t all she needs. In order to leave behind the constant reminders, she flees to her Aunt Kate’s house in San Diego, and assumes a new identity. It works until the eighteen-year-old twin boys who live next door threaten to break through the protective walls she’s worked so hard to build. Between Caleb going out of his way to befriend her and Justin avoiding her at all costs, Audrey doesn’t know if normalcy will ever find her again. But one thing… Read more »


Apr 08
April Random Reads

April Random Reads

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I found this fun idea on I’m Loving Books. Sarah came up with the idea of picking one random book out of your Goodreads To-Read list (using Random.org) to read within the month. Check out her site for more details… This sounded like a fun way to pick my next book, so I decided to go for it. Random.org chose book #38 for me, which happened to be The Power by L.J. Smith.  The only problem is that The Power is book #3 in The Secret Circle series and I haven’t read the first two books.  So, I decided to bend the rules just a little bit and read The Initiation (the first book in the series) instead. I actually added this book to my To-Read list on April 1, 2012 because I was watching the TV Series on The CW. This peaked my curiosity about the books (since the books… Read more »


Apr 04
Review: Splintered (Splintered #1) by A.G. Howard

Review: Splintered (Splintered #1) by A.G. Howard

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Title: Splintered (Splintered #1) Author: A.G. Howard Publisher:  Amulet Books Release Date: January 1, 2013 Pages: 371, Hardcover Goodreads Rating: 4.02 stars My Rating: 4/5 stars Summary from Goodreads: This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now. When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of… Read more »


Apr 03
Review: The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord

Review: The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord

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Title: The Best of All Possible Worlds Author: Karen Lord Publisher:  Del Rey Release Date: February 12th, 2013 Pages: 308, Hardcover Goodreads Rating: 3.8 stars My Rating: 4/5 stars Summary from Goodreads: A proud and reserved alien society finds its homeland destroyed in an unprovoked act of aggression, and the survivors have no choice but to reach out to the indigenous humanoids of their adopted world, to whom they are distantly related. They wish to preserve their cherished way of life but come to discover that in order to preserve their culture, they may have to change it forever.   Now a man and a woman from these two clashing societies must work together to save this vanishing race—and end up uncovering ancient mysteries with far-reaching ramifications. As their mission hangs in the balance, this unlikely team—one cool and cerebral, the other fiery and impulsive—just may find in each other their own destinies . . . and a… Read more »


Apr 02
Review: Requiem (Delirium #3) by Lauren Oliver

Review: Requiem (Delirium #3) by Lauren Oliver

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Title: Requiem (Delirium #3) Author: Lauren Oliver Publisher:  HarperCollins Children’s Books Release Date: March 5, 2013 Pages: 391, Hardcover Goodreads Rating: 3.87 stars My Rating: 4/5 stars Summary from Goodreads: They have tried to squeeze us out, to stamp us into the past.   But we are still here.   And there are more of us every day.   Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight.   After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven—pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend,… Read more »


Mar 22
Review: Boundless (Unearthly #3)

Review: Boundless (Unearthly #3)

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Title: Boundless (Unearthly #3) Author: Cynthia Hand Publisher:  Harper Teen Release Date: January 22, 2013 Pages: 438, Hardcover Goodreads Rating: 4.2 stars My Rating: 3.5/5 stars Summary from Goodreads: The past few years have held more surprises than part-angel Clara Gardner could ever have anticipated. Yet from the dizzying highs of first love, to the agonizing low of losing someone close to her, the one thing she can no longer deny is that she was never meant to live a normal life.   Since discovering the special role she plays among the other angel-bloods, Clara has been determined to protect Tucker Avery from the evil that follows her . . . even if it means breaking both their hearts. Leaving town seems like the best option, so she’s headed back to California – and so is Christian Prescott, the irresistible boy from the vision that started her on this journey in the first place.   As Clara makes her… Read more »


Mar 22
Review: Fuse (Pure #2) by Julianna Baggott

Review: Fuse (Pure #2) by Julianna Baggott

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Title: Fuse (Pure #2) Author: Julianna Baggott Publisher:  Grand Central Publishing Release Date: February 19, 2013 Pages: 463, Hardcover Goodreads Rating: 4.21 stars My Rating: 3.5/5 stars Summary from Goodreads: When the world ended, those who dwelled within the Dome were safe. Inside their glass world the Pures live on unscarred, while those outside—the Wretches—struggle to survive amidst the smoke and ash.   Believing his mother was living among the Wretches, Partridge escaped from the Dome to find her. Determined to regain control over his son, Willux, the leader of the Pures, unleashes a violent new attack on the Wretches. It’s up to Pressia Belze, a young woman with her own mysterious past, to decode a set of cryptic clues from the past to set the Wretches free.    An epic quest that sweeps readers into a world of beautiful brutality, Fuse continues the story of two people fighting to save their futures—and change… Read more »


Feb 18
Review: Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4) by Richelle Mead

Review: Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4) by Richelle Mead

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Title: Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4)  Author: Richelle Mead Publisher:  Razorbill Release Date: August 25, 2009 Pages: 503, Paperback Goodreads Rating: 4.42 stars My Rating: 4/5 stars Summary from Goodreads: Rose Hathaway’s life will never be the same. The recent attack on St. Vladimir’s Academy devastated the entire Moroi world. Many are dead. And, for the few victims carried off by Strigoi, their fates are even worse. A rare tattoo now adorns Rose’s neck, a mark that says she’s killed far too many Strigoi to count. But only one victim matters . . . Dimitri Belikov. Rose must now choose one of two very different paths: honoring her life’s vow to protect Lissa—her best friend and the last surviving Dragomir princess—or, dropping out of the Academy to strike out on her own and hunt down the man she loves. She’ll have to go to the ends of the earth to find Dimitri and keep the promise he begged… Read more »


Feb 17
Review: UnWholly (Unwind Trilogy #2) by Neal Shusterman

Review: UnWholly (Unwind Trilogy #2) by Neal Shusterman

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  As the summary says, this is a sequel to the 2007 book, Unwind. If you haven’t read Unwind, run now to your nearest bookstore and see what you’ve been missing.  It was an amazing book that Neal Shusterman originally planned as a stand-alone.  But, here we are, five years later, and he decided that there was more to the story that needed to be told.  All I can say is thank you, thank you, thank you!   What I love most about this series is the way that Shusterman tackles some very tough and controversial topics in a way that makes you stop and really examine all sides of the issue.  The series explores a future in which the battle between pro-life extremists and pro-choice extremists has turned into a literal war. The final compromise that is made is outrageous and yet accepted by both sides – abortion is… Read more »


Feb 17
Review: Indigo Awakening (The Hunter #1) by Jordan Dane

Review: Indigo Awakening (The Hunter #1) by Jordan Dane

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Title: Indigo Awakening  Author: Jordan Dane Publisher:  Harlequin Teen Release Date: December 18, 2012 Pages: 304, Paperback Goodreads Rating: 3.54 stars My Rating: 3.5/5 stars Summary from Goodreads: Voices told Lucas Darby to run. Voices no one else can hear. He’s warned his sister not to look for him, but Rayne refuses to let her troubled brother vanish on the streets of LA. In her desperate search, she meets Gabriel Stewart, a runaway with mysterious powers and far too many secrets. Rayne can’t explain her crazy need to trust the strange yet compelling boy—to touch him—to protect him even though he scares her. A fanatical church secretly hunts psychic kids—gifted “Indigo” teens feared to be the next evolution of mankind—for reasons only “the Believers” know. Now Rayne’s only hope is Gabe, who is haunted by an awakening power—a force darker than either of them imagine—that could doom them all.   MY TAKE I struggled with whether to… Read more »