Monday, September 1, 2014

Most Anticipated September Young Adult Books!


Here is my list of the books I am most looking forward to this September! The final book in one of my favorite trilogy's is coming out (SUPER EXCITED) but there are also many more great books coming out! Fall is my favorite season and it looks like a great season for books too! Here we come fall! If you click on the titles it will send you straight to the book's Goodreads page! I hope you all have a good bookish September! 

#10

Don't Touch
Rachel M. Wilson 
HarperTeen
YA Contemporary
September 2nd 2014

#9

Afterworlds
Scott Westerfeld 
Simon Pulse
YA Fantasy 
September 23rd 2014

#8 

Anatomy of a Misfit
Andrea Portes 
HarperTeen
YA Contemporary
September 2nd 2014

#7

Falling into Place
Amy Zhang
Greenwillow Books
YA Contemporary
September 9th 2014

#6

Salt & Storm
Kendall Kulper
Little Brown Books 
YA Fantasy 
September 23rd 2014

#5 

The Vault of Dreamers
Caragh M. O'Brien 
Roaring Brook Press
YA Science Fiction 
September 16th 2014

#4

Rites of Passage
Joy N. Hensley 
HarperTeen
YA Contemporary
September 9th 2014

#3

The Jewel (The Lone City, #1)
Amy Ewing 
HarperTeen
YA Dystopia
September 2nd 2014

#2

Kiss of Broken Glass
Madeleine Kuderick 
HarperTeen
YA Contemporary 
September 9th 2014

#1! 

Unmade (The Lynburn Legacy, #3)
Sarah Rees Brennan 
Random House
YA Fantasy 
September 23rd 2014



What September releases are you all looking forward to?






Sunday, August 31, 2014

Review: The Sound

The Sound

Title: The Sound

Author: Sarah Alderson

Pages: 320

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Publication Date: May 13th 2014

Genre: Young Adult Mystery

Synopsis via Goodreads:

When aspiring music journalist Ren Kingston takes a job nannying for a wealthy family on the exclusive island of Nantucket, playground for Boston's elite, she's hoping for a low-key summer reading books and blogging about bands. Boys are firmly off the agenda.

What she doesn't count on is falling in with a bunch of party-loving private school kids who are hiding some dark secrets, falling (possibly) in love with the local bad boy, and falling out with a dangerous serial killer...

Review:

The Sound follows Ren Kingston a teenage girl who takes a job nannying for a family in Nantucket for the summer. Throughout the summer Ren discovers secrets about the wealthy family's on Nantucket, may fall in love with somebody unexpected, and steps right into the path of a serial killer.
 
The sound is set in Nantucket making it the perfect atmosphere for a summer beach read. The setting added charm to the book. I also liked how Alderson showed us into the world of the wealthy Nantucket summer goers but also let us into the world of the year round locals. It added interesting contrast and diversity for the book.
 
I enjoyed the relationships in the book too. The growing chemistry between Ren and apparent bad boy Jesse added some nice steamy aspects to the book. Their banter and attitudes towards each other also added for some fun in their complicated relationship. Romance aside I also really enjoyed the relationships between Ren and the family she works for. I specifically loved the dynamic between Ren and Brodie, the little girl she nannies for. Ren helps her through bullying and in exchange Brodie says some rather funny things 4 years olds should not know about quite yet.
 
The characters themselves did not astound me though. I enjoyed Ren's music blogging and her music references but besides that nothing really stood out about her and she could come off as bland at times. There were also many characters that I wanted to reach into the book and smack around a bit by the end of the story, which is understandable in the context of this book.
 
My one real critique for this book is that there are actually two crimes happening in the book. This led to a lot of back and forth between storylines. It also made one of the crimes take a back seat and left it rushed and unsatisfying at the end. I wish Alderson had chosen one crime to focus the book around to make it more fully plotted and complete.
 
The Sound is a fast summer contemporary/mystery beach read filled with intrigue, a glimpse into the world of the wealthy, and romance.
 
 
 

Friday, June 6, 2014

Review: To All The Boys I've Loved Before

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)
 Author: Jenny Han
Pages: 368 
Publisher: Simon & Schuster 
Publication Date: April 15th 2014
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Goodreads Description 
What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them... all at once?

Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren't love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she's written. One for every boy she's ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control.



When I read the synopsis for To All The Boys I've Loved Before, I thought it was going to be this crazy fun and hilarious read. I thought Lara Jean was going to be having like fifteen different guys begging on their knees for her, professing their love. I expected some hilarious shenanigans would then ensue, but this did not happen. Only three boys actually received letters and they did not go crazy over her. The book turned out to be much more tamed and serious then I expected. I still liked the book, it is just a big book pet peeve of mine when the synopsis leads you in the wrong direction. 

I personally thought the book focused a lot more around family and family dynamics then it did Lara Jean's love life. I thoroughly loved the family dynamic though. This is one of the first books I have read where each member of the family is a fully developed character. I loved all the scenes with Lara Jean, her little sister Kitty, and their dad. I actually did not like her older sister Margot though. She really frustrated me and I personally thought she did nothing good for Lara Jean. 

The characters were fully developed but I actually did not find myself drawn to many of them. I found Lara Jean did not have much of a personality and that made me struggle with the books at times. The only  two characters I liked were her sassy little sister Kitty and her love interest Peter. Peter was by far the stand out character in the book. 

When you read this book you will get to the last page and be like, wait......that is how the book is ending! But do not worry there is going to be a second book! This ending will be resolved and we will see more of Peter and Lara Jean!

Overall I liked this book. I enjoyed the relationship between Peter and Lara Jean and found the family focus very refreshing. 





Saturday, May 31, 2014

Stacking The Shelves (May 2014)




Stacking the Shelves


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme, hosted by Tynga's Reviews, where we get to showcase the books we have added to own collection recently! 

Catch a Falling Star
Catch a Falling Star by, Kim Culbertson
Reading Teen  was so nice and sent me a copy of this book! I am very excited for this perfect beach read!

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)
The Winner's Curse by, Marie Rutkoski
This is one of my favorite books so far this year and when I got a gift card I knew this was the book I wanted to spend it on! 
The Rules for Breaking (The Rules for Disappearing, #2)
The Rules For Breaking by, Ashley Elston
I read the first book in this series last year and loved it! When the sequel came out I went and bought it right away! 

Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2)
Unravel Me by, Tahereh Mafi
I was lucky enough to win a copy of this from Epic Reads!


As you can see I have cut down on my book buying because I have been taking so many books out of the library that I have to read before they are overdue! Right now I have 41 books checked out of the library! Oh My! I know, that is so many! I better get to reading them all!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Most Anticipated Young Adult Releases of June 2014


Here is to another month of great new Young Adult releases! If this gives any indication on summer reading this year I would say this is going to be a great summer! 
Here are my top ten most anticipated YA releases of June 2014: 

#1
The Murder Complex (The Murder Complex, #1)
(THRILLER/DYSTOPIA)

#2

Inland
(CONTEMPORARY)

#3

#scandal
(CONTEMPORARY)

#4

The Things You Kiss Goodbye
(CONTEMPORARY)

#5

Otherbound
(FANTASY)

#6

The Truth About Alice
(CONTEMPORARY)

#7 

Gasp (Visions, #3)
(MYSTERY)

#8

Fan Art
(CONTEMPORARY)

#9

Take Back the Skies
(SCIENCE FICTION)

#10 

Hungry
(DYSTOPIA)

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Review: Don't Look Back


Don't Look Back

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 384
Genre: Young Adult Mystery
Publication Date: April 15th 2014


Goodreads Description

Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend. 
 
Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it's one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took "mean girl" to a whole new level, and it's clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She's getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she's falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash.
 

 
But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn't just buried deep inside of Sam's memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?


 
I have been meaning to try out Jennifer L. Armentrout's books for such a long time. When I heard she was coming out with a murder mystery it was about time I gave her a shot. I am so very glad that I did. This is one of my favorite mystery's I have read in the young adult genre.

The  book grabbed me right from the start. It started off with the police finding Sam walking along a road beaten and bruised. She was immediately thrown back into the confusing world she does not remember. This made the story very intriguing. It was fast paced and I could not stop turning the page to find out the next missing piece of the puzzle.  Armentrout took me on a roller coaster chase for the murderer. She made me believe it was so many people in the book but never the actually killer. When the killer was revealed I was completely shocked. This is what really makes a mystery book for me, whether or not I can figure the killer out on my own. It makes the book so much better if I cannot figure it out. 

One thing that usually falls apart in mystery books is the characters and character development but in Don't Look Back this did not happen. The main character Sam was a fully developed character and you got to see her change and grow throughout the book. There were also some fantastic relationships created in the book. I loved the brother-sister relationship between Sam and Scott. But most of all I loved the romance between Sam and Carson. There was a ton of romantic tension in the beginning and as you got to see the romance grow you fell harder and harder for them. By the time they kissed for the first time you were cheering like crazy.


Don't Look Back  is a page turning mystery full of intrigue, secrecy, twists and turns, and budding romance. A must read for any young adult mystery fan!








Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: The Murder Complex

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, where we get to showcase upcoming releases we are extra excited for! 

The Murder Complex (The Murder Complex, #1)

Author: Lindsay Cummings
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Pages:400
Genre: Young Adult Thriller/ Dysoptian
Synopsis (via Goodreads): 

An action-packed, blood-soaked, futuristic debut thriller set in a world where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate. For fans of Moira Young’s Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita, and the movie Hanna.


Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.



The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?
Action-packed, blood-soaked, and chilling, this is a dark and compelling debut novel by Lindsay Cummings


COMING JUNE 10th 2014