Jul 8, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Should Be Reading were you grab a book, open it up, find something that isn't going to spoil the book and share it. Which is what I plan to do today!  I'll be sharing a teaser from my current read I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore.

"My hands come on and glow brilliant with bright light that sweeps through the night, the world suddenly ablaze. I look up. I flash my hands across the trees and sprint off into the night." (from pg 151)

"This ain't my first rodeo." "Don't show your intelligence It'll make them resent you." "Wouldn't dream of it." "Don't stand out or draw to much attention." "Just a fly on the wall." "And don't hurt anybody." (from pg 24)

I'm finally reading this book at the request of my best friend. She is a big fan of this series. She literally made a deal with me that she would read any book I suggested if I would finally just get around to reading this book. I had to agree!  Now that I have started it I'm enjoying it so far! I like the way it's written and I'm loving Four's narration. And I absolutely love Henri. Hopefully I'll have a review posted by the end of the week. Thanks for hanging in there with me guys! I know I haven't been posting all that much. Hope you enjoyed the teasers I picked out. :)

Jul 3, 2014

Cover Reveal

I haven't really done any cover reveals in a while, but I had to share this cover. I am a huge Rachel Vincent fan. I love, love her Soul Screamers series and have all intentions of reading her adult novels as well. Yesterday there was an unexpected cover reveal for her new book. It's not what I was expecting since I'm so used to her beautiful model + stunning dress covers. But boy, I really like this color. It's so pretty!!

It's so not what I was expecting but it's so pretty that I don't even care. I love the butterfly and how the red is kind of expanding and leaking from the wings. I especially love all the different colors in the title and how it's like little twinkling stars. Okay, I'll stop but seriously I am in love with this. I can't wait to read this book! I've been in some need of a good Rachel Vincent book. So what do you guys think of the cover? Let me know in the comments!

Jul 1, 2014

Black City

Black City I didn't really know all that much about before reading. I just knew that the cover was far to intriguing not to pick up and buy. I am glad that I read this book because it was an interesting story that kept me pretty invested.

In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-old Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable—they fall in love. Bonded by a mysterious connection that causes Ash’s long-dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they’re caught, they’ll be executed—but their feelings are too strong.

When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their deaths.

Ash and Natalie come from two completely worlds but for some insane reason have this undesired connection. It causes complications in their lives, but it also brings some light into the world they live in as well.

I really enjoyed this book from the very first chapter. Ash's point of view caught my attention right off the bat and I'm glad the book starts off with Ash and not Natalie. Not that I didn't like getting Natalie's perspective because I did, but with Ash being the introduction was definitely a strong and intriguing opener. 

There is something really intriguing and fresh with the world that Elizabeth Richards has created in Black City. Being someone who has a harder time getting into books set in a dystpioan world really fell into this story. It didn't take me long at all to get really invested in the characters and their lives.  Elizabeth Richards writes in a way that flows really great and you aren't getting all this information about the world right away. It all comes at a good pace which I enjoyed very much.

Ash and Natalie. Well, I liked them as individual characters and I liked them together as well. I have to say that I loved the start of their relationship more than their actual relationship. In the beginning they are determined to not like each other and the banter and sometimes cold shoulders between the two was insanely amusing. It was like yeah, yeah we get your both to good for the other now just kiss already! But then once they actually did get romantically involved it got a bit...cheesy for me. It wasn't so cheesy that it was a turn off but I definitely rolled my eyes a few times.

There are quiet a few characters in this book who I liked, but didn't get all that attached too. Day being one of them. I liked her, but at times I felt like she was kind of annoying. I was really surprised by how cruel Sebastian turned out to be. I wasn't expecting him to be that big of an asshole.

Though I really enjoyed the first half and middle of the book the ending wasn't all that good for me. It got cheesy and cliche and it simply fell flat for me. Now, because of that my rating for the book fell down a bit. But even so it doesn't make me not want to read the next book. Because I do still want to continue with this series I'm just not sure exactly when I will read the next book. There isn't any urgent desire.

Black City is a fresh and intriguing read that can be a bit cheesy at times. I really did enjoy it and it's getting 3 out of 5 birds from me. This is a book I would definitely recommend, it's a good story. And not everyone might find what I found cheesy to be so. That was just my take. So deinfietly read this if you can!

Jun 9, 2014

Our Song

I hate, hate, hate marking books as DNF. Simply because I always want to give a book the best chance I can, but when it becomes so many days and I'm getting no where I have to stop. There are too many other books I could and want to be reading.

Olive Bell has spent her entire life in the beautiful suburb of Vista Valley, with a picture-perfect home, a loving family, and a seemingly perfect boyfriend. But after a near-fatal car accident, she’s haunted by a broken heart and a melody that she cannot place.

Then Olive meets Nick. He’s dark, handsome, mysterious . . . and Olive feels connected to him in a way she can’t explain. Is there such a thing as fate? The two embark on a whirlwind romance—until Nick makes a troubling confession.

Heartbroken, Olive pieces together what really happened the night of her accident and arrives at a startling revelation. Only by facing the truth can she uncover the mystery behind the song and the power of what it means to love someone.

I really wanted to like this book. I really wanted to finish this book, but I couldn't get into the story. It just dragged so much for me. And I am one to really love contemporary stories it's rare for me to not finish them. This really sounded like one I would like to!

Olive was not a character I could connect with. Her focus on her broken heart and Derek drove me nuts. I just felt like she was really whiny about so much. I really wish I could have liked her, but by the time I hit the one hundred page mark I still felt no connection with Olive or her story.

Annie was the only character who I semi liked. She was the best friend that told Olive as it was and had the confidence that Olive didn't. I really liked Annie and am curious what happens with her had I kept reading. But I couldn't push through even if I did like this one character.

For me, I felt like this book was a completion of way to many cliches. Whether it be Nick's English accent or the car accident that's turned everything upside down for Olive. I had the urge to roll my eyes a lot. Though the authors writing was okay it just wasn't written in a way that caught my attention of grabbed on to me. Had the main character been written differently I think maybe that would have helped.

The main reason I wanted to read this was because I'd seen quiet a few good reviews and I thought the storyline sounded interesting. Though I didn't enjoy it like I thought, I'm sure others might. Our Song is getting 1 out of 5 birds from me. This is just my take on the story and really I don't have much to say so don't be discouraged from reading it because you really might like it. I was just one of those few who didn't. And maybe had I kept reading it would have gotten better.

May 25, 2014

Along For The Ride

At this point it's no secret I'm a big fan of Sarah Dessen books. It doesn't matter what she writes, there is always something about it that I love. Along for the Ride is no different, there is a lot about this story that I adore.

 It’s been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents’ divorce—or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live.

A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town. Together they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she’s been denied; for Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend.

In her signature pitch-perfect style, Sarah Dessen explores the hearts of two lonely people learning to connect.

Auden doesn't sleep at night, not since her parents divorce. She spends most of her nights at an all night diner to kill the time when everyone else is sleeping. And then she makes a rash decision to go spend the summer with her dad and her whole outlook on life changes with the people she meets.

Auden is a very complicated character. At times she can sound a bit...I don't want to say bitchy because she isn't a bitch. She's just been raised around a very opinionated woman and doesn't really know anything else. So she is very quick to judge. Though she was like this for the better half of the novel she would second guess these thoughts. I found myself really liking Auden and getting to experience her story. She really grew into an amazing character by the end of the book.

Like most of her books this book spotlights great friendships. Not just friendships that are already built and good, but the start of new ones that you know will last. I love reading about those kind of relationships and when the characters are as fantastic as Maggie, Esther, and Leah it's hard not to get engrossed in each of their different personalities. 

I don't know if I've ever mentioned this in any of my other reviews for a Sarah Dessen book, but she often brings back characters from previous books. And she does it in some ways that are obvious and others that are so sneaky that if you blink you will miss it completely. I never used to catch it but now anytime I reread her books I'll get so excited when I do. And this one had quiet a few mentions of some great characters. It brings back the joy of reading those certain characters stories.

Alright, alright I'll get talking about the boy in this book. Because of course there is a boy. Eli is different than any of Sarah's previous characters. He doesn't say much and when he does it's often very to the point, with not much of a tone. And yet there is such an appeal to him. The more Auden and Eli got to know each other and learn about their pasts the more I fell in love with this character. He's so sweet and I loved how he made it his mission to help Auden experience all these things she missed out on as a kid. 

I really loved this story and all of the characters in it. There are so many that are worth mentioning but this review would be really long if I did that. I can't get enough of Sarah's books, even long after I have read them. They are timeless to me. The summer setting vibrant and alive. The heart of the story touching. The friendships, sweet and the romances even sweeter. Need I say more?

Along for the Ride is getting 5 out of 5 birds from me! I really love Auden's story and I think it's one a lot of people would enjoy as well. Bring it to the beach with you. Read it by the pool. Curl up in bed with it. I don't care where you read it, just read it. I promise you won't regret it. It's such a good story.