Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Love and Other Theories

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill, over at Breaking the Spine, where we get to showcase upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating!
 
Love and Other Theories
Title: Love and Other Theories 
Author: Alexis Bass
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
 
Synopsis via Goodreads:
 
If you want more, you have to give less.

That’s the secret to dating in high school. By giving as little as they expect to get in return, seventeen-year-old Aubrey Housing and her three best friends have made it to the second semester of their senior year heartbreak-free. And it’s all thanks to a few simple rules: don’t commit, don’t be needy, and don’t give away your heart.

So when smoking-hot Nathan Diggs transfers to Lincoln High, it shouldn’t be a big deal. At least that’s what Aubrey tells herself. But Nathan’s new-boy charm, his kindness, and his disarming honesty throw Aubrey off her game and put her in danger of breaking the most important rule of all: Don’t fall in love.
 
 
 
 
COMING DECEMBER 31st
 
 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Review: The Hunt

The Hunt (Project Paper Doll, #2)
Title: The Hunt 
Author: Stacey Kade
Series: Project Paper Doll #2
Pages: 400
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: April 22nd 2014
 
Synopsis via Goodreads:
Ariane Tucker has finally escaped GTX, the research facility that created her. While on the run, Zane Bradshaw is the only person she can trust. He knows who-and what-she is and still wants to be part of her life.

But accepting Zane's help means putting him in danger.

Dr. Jacobs, head of GTX, is not the only one hunting for Ariane. Two rival corporations have their sights set on taking down their competition. Permanently. To protect Zane and herself, Ariane needs allies. She needs the other hybrids. The hybrids who are way more alien and a lot less human. Can Ariane win them over before they turn on her? Or will she be forced to choose sides, to decide who lives and who dies?
 
 
REVIEW:
 I LOVED the first book in The Project Paper Doll series, The Rules. In other words I was super excited for The Hunt to hit bookstores. And very sadly it did not live up to the expectations I had from the first book at all.
I do not have that much to say about the book actually so this will probably be a short review. This is one of the books that I have read and did not like but cannot pinpoint what actually went wrong. I had really liked the atmosphere from the first book and in the second book Ariane and Zane are on the run. So do not go into the book expecting the same atmosphere and feel like I did. Since they are on the run I thought that it would feel more high stakes but I actually did not find it to be very action packed or exciting at all. A majority of the book just dragged on for me. A lot of the decisions that Ariane made also frustrated me in this book.
I did find some of the storylines that Kade added in interesting though. I did like learning more about GTX's rivals and the trials. The only real reason I stayed with the book is because I really do like the characters Ariane and Zane. I like them as individual characters and I also really like seeing them together. I will read the next installment though so I can finish Ariane and Zane's story. I kind of have to read it now also because of that huge, oh my gosh, what??, cliffhanger Kade threw in at the end. Well played Kade, well played.
The Hunt fell flat for me as a sequel but I still have an investment in the great characters so I still have to stay with the series. I may not have liked the second book but I do have to point out that the first book, The Rules, was absolutely phenomenal. I just wish the sequel had been like that.

Top Ten Tuesday: New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2014







Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish! This weeks topic is our top ten new-to-us authors we read this year. I am showcasing the authors themselves and which of their books introduced me to them. Some are debut authors and others are well known in the YA community and I finally got around to picking up their books this year.
 
 
#10
Don't Look Back
#9
authorpicOpen Road Summer
 
#8
Falling into Place
 
#7

robynschneidersq1The Beginning of Everything
 
#6
Photo of MichelleThe Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)
 
#5
Faking Normal
 
#4
The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)
 
#3
Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)
 
#2
Since You've Been Gone
 
 
 
#1
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Reality Boy
 
 
 
 
 
What great new authors did you all find this year??
 Make sure to tell me in the comments below!
 
 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Review: Exquisite Captive

Exquisite Captive (Dark Caravan Cycle #1)
Author: Heather Demetrios 
Pages: 480
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy 
Publisher: Balzer+Bray 
Publication Date: October 7th 2014 

Synopsis via Goodreads: 
Forced to obey her master.
Compelled to help her enemy.
Determined to free herself.

Nalia is a jinni of tremendous ancient power, the only survivor of a coup that killed nearly everyone she loved. Stuffed into a bottle and sold by a slave trader, she’s now in hiding on the dark caravan, the lucrative jinni slave trade between Arjinna and Earth, where jinn are forced to grant wishes and obey their human masters’ every command. She’d give almost anything to be free of the golden shackles that bind her to Malek, her handsome, cruel master, and his lavish Hollywood lifestyle.

Enter Raif, the enigmatic leader of Arjinna’s revolution and Nalia’s sworn enemy. He promises to free Nalia from her master so that she can return to her ravaged homeland and free her imprisoned brother—all for an unbearably high price. Nalia’s not sure she can trust him, but Raif’s her only hope of escape. With her enemies on the hunt, Earth has become more perilous than ever for Nalia. There’s just one catch: for Raif’s unbinding magic to work, Nalia must gain possession of her bottle…and convince the dangerously persuasive Malek that she truly loves him. Battling a dark past and harboring a terrible secret, Nalia soon realizes her freedom may come at a price too terrible to pay: but how far is she willing to go for it?

Inspired by Arabian Nights, EXQUISITE CAPTIVE brings to life a deliciously seductive world where a wish can be a curse and shadows are sometimes safer than the light.


 
REVIEW:

Exquisite Captive is an sinful, sexy, fantasy read full of strong characters, action and intrigue.
I had never read a book about Jinni's before so I was very curious and excited to pick up this book. It did not disappoint. The plot is interesting because it actually focuses on two dilemmas. It focuses on The Dark Caravan, the Jinni slave trade, and the revolution happening back in their own world. I personally preferred the plot of The Dark Caravan and I am interested to see which plot will take center stage in the upcoming books.
I loved the characters in the book. Especially the protagonist Nalia. She is a strong, dedicated, yet vulnerable girl. Even though I'm not off fighting for the future of Jinni I still found it very easy to relate to her emotions.  She was a great role model full of strength too. Even though she is put in the situation of being in the slave trade and being "owned" by another she still refuses to bend her beliefs and she doesn't give in, she keeps fighting for herself and her family. I also really was intrigued by her master, Malek. I love a flawed character with a tortured soul and that is what Malek is. His character kept you curious and made you struggle with whether or not you wanted to like him.
I enjoyed the setting of the book at the beginning. You get to live in this glamorous world of Malek's. It is a tempting world of luxury. But do not worry there was still plenty of room for action in this prestige world. There are many life threatening fight scenes to keep you turning the pages. You also get some flashbacks too Nalia's past life back home in Arjinna. I do wish there had been more of an introduction and description of Arjinna though. You do get glimpses of it from the flashbacks but it was never fully depicted and explained. I am hoping some of the next book my take place there and that will help clear some things up.
There was one thing that I have to point out that put a downer on the story. The story had some serious insta-love. Two of the main characters, Nalia and Raif, first meet and hate each other and then all of sudden the next meeting they are hugely attracted to one another and can't stop thinking about each other. Then within days they are professing love and risking their lives and what they have worked for to protect one another. I personally did not even like the two of them together, so that made the insta-love even worse for me.
Overall, Exquisite Captive is a captivating, interesting, and seductive read full of complex yet believable characters about Jinni's and their fights in their own world and on earth.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Suspicion


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, where we get to share our most anticipated upcoming releases!
 
My WOW of the week is: 


Suspicion Title: Suspicion
Author: Alexandra Monir
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: Young Adult Mystery/Fantasy

Mysterious. Magnificent. Creepy. Welcome to Rockford Manor.

"There's something hidden in the Maze." Seventeen-year-old Imogen has never forgotten the last words her father said to her seven years ago, before the blazing fire that consumed him, her mother, and the gardens of her family's English country manor.

Haunted by her parents' deaths, Imogen moves to New York City with her new guardians. But when a letter arrives with the news of her cousin's untimely death, revealing that Imogen is now the only heir left to run the estate, she returns to England and warily accepts her role as duchess.

All is not as it seems at Rockford, and Imogen quickly learns that dark secrets lurk behind the mansion's aristocratic exterior, hinting that the spate of deaths in her family were no accident. And at the center of the mystery is Imogen herself--and Sebastian, the childhood friend she has secretly loved for years. Just what has Imogen walked into?

 

Coming December 9th 2014

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I'm Looking Forward To In 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish where we get to share our top ten lists of bookish things.
This weeks topic is the top ten books we are looking forward to in 2015.
 

#10

Finding Paris
Joy Preble
Young Adult Contemporary
April 21st 2015
 

#9

The Start of Me and You
Emery Lord
Young Adult Contemporary
March 31st
 

#8

The Conspiracy of Us
Maggie Hall
Young Adult Mystery
January 13th 2015
 

#7

The Devil You Know
Trish Doller
Young Adult Thriller
June 2nd 2015
 

#6

Everything That Makes You
Moriah Mcstay
Young Adult Contemporary
March 17th 2015
 

#5

My Heart and Other Black Holes
Jasmine Warga
Young Adult Contemporary
February 10th 2015
 

#4

All Fall Down (Embassy Row, #1)
Ally Carter
Young Adult Mystery/Thriller
January 27th 2015
 

#3

 
 
 
 
 
Sara Raasch
Young Adult Fantasy
2015
 

#2

Saint Anything
Sarah Dessen
Young Adult Contemporary
May 5th 2015
 

#1

The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy, #2)
Marie Rutkoski
Young Adult Fantasy
March 3rd 2015
 
 
 
Wow....It is almost 2015. That is so hard to believe. It looks like it is going to be a great year for books! This list is filled with many genres and new and old authors. And this list isn't even close to all the books I am anticipating this year! So make sure to check back for my most anticipated releases post for each month.
Make sure to comment and tell me what books you are looking forward to this year!
Happy 2015!
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Most Anticipated December Young Adult Releases!

This month I have 5 upcoming YA releases that I am excited to check out! They are organized from least to greatest, labeled with genre and due date, and if you click on the title it will send you to their goodreads page. Also make sure to comment down belong about what December releases you are excited for!
 
 

#5

Zodiac (Zodiac, #1)
Romina Russell
Young Adult Fantasy/Science Fiction
December 9th
 

#4

Suspicion
Alexandra Monir
Young Adult Mystery/Paranormal
December 9th
 

#3

Top Ten Clues You're Clueless
Liz Czukas
Young Adult Contemporary
December 9th
 

#2

No Place to Fall
Jaye Robin Brown
Young Adult Contemporary
December 9th
 

#1

Love and Other Theories
Alexis Bass
Young Adult Contemporary
December 31st
 
 
 
 
What books are you all excited for this December?
I hope you have a great reading month!