Jul 3, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking The Spine where you spotlight a book that hasn't come out yet but you are dying to read. My Waiting on Wednesday pick this week is...

Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie.

What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides— especially when she’s sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own.

Sarcastic, privileged Michael has a knack for reading emotions, which he uses to get inside Cassie’s head—and under her skin. Brooding Dean shares Cassie’s gift for profiling, but keeps her at arm’s length.

Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms closer than Cassie could ever have imagined. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive.

It's been ages since I've done a Waiting On Wednesday post but I want to get back into posting them and today felt like a good day to start especially since I have so many books I am waiting on. I really liked Jennifer Lynn Barnes book Raised By Wolves and I can't wait to read this one. It sounds so interesting and I know I love this authors writing. Can't wait for it to come out in November!

Do you have a book you're waiting on? Let me know in the comments! :)

Random Ramblings

Recently I've been thinking about something involving blog tours. I've always wondered why reviews lower than 2 stars can't be posted with the tour and it wasn't until the other day it finally really bothered me. I haven't come across one blog tour that didn't want you to contact them asap if you didn't like the book so you could change your post to something other than a review. 

But...isn't the point of blogging is to be totally honest about books? I feel it's unrealistic that a book will get all praise and no dislike. The point of blogging to me is to share my thoughts on a book honestly and for people to read that and give them some perspective into a book. It's good to have both the good and the bad.

I never read a review and think "Well since this blogger didn't like it I won't read it." For me it's just learning what someone else liked or disliked. I never let a review be my final decision on why or why not I won't read a book. It's just nice to know what someone else liked or didn't like so I can compare or discuss with that blogger what we both liked or didn't like. And I think because of this I feel like it shouldn't matter if you give the book 5 or 2 stars. The point is to share your thoughts on the book. So why not allow the review to still be posted?

Am I the only one that feels like this? I mean I understand why someone wouldn't want a lower rating review to be promoted like they would the raving reviews but just because a review isn't all praise doesn't mean it will be degrading or completely bad. There are plenty of bloggers who write really tastefully lower reviews and they allow me to understand why they didn't like something about a book and often times it isn't just all bad being stated. They also state what they did like as well.

I don't know. I can't decide if I'm getting this across the way I want or not. I often ramble endlessly when I really get thinking about something. But let me end it with this...What do YOU think about reviews not being posted for blog tours because of a lower rating? Do you agree with it? Or have you never really thought about it? Let me know in the comments! I'm really curious what other people think about it.

Jul 2, 2013

Passion and Pain

Initially this review was supposed to be posted for a blog tour. I was thrilled to be asked to review this book because I thought it sounded so interesting. Who doesn't want to read a book about dance? Unfortunately I couldn't get into Passion and Pain and I had to mark it did-not-finish.

Summary from Goodreads:

 Does passion and desire guarantee success? Can friends really be trusted? Can true love be found beneath lust and deceit?

These are questions tenacious street dancer Elena Martinez faces as she struggles to compete against the most talented students at New York’s top Performing Arts High School. Along with her best friend, the carefree and mischievous Sebastien Duval, they are determined to make center stage.

But the singing diva Letitia has other plans. Beautiful, talented and popular, her desire for revenge could ruin everything for Elena and Sebastien. Now, they must fight against prejudice, treachery and deceit as Letitia sets out to destroy Elena’s friendships, her romance, her dignity and her dreams. Can Elena win the battle for true love, happiness and success?

Elena Martinez isn't a girl from a family of wealth but she finds herself competing agaisnt some very talented people at New York's top performing arts school. I had a really hard time getting to know Elena as a character. I never felt like I could connect to her. She just didn't feel like she was fully developed to me. Often times she got on my nerves because she'd fall into the superficial traps such as Letitia and obsessing over Jay. The one thing I did like about Elena was her relationship with Seb but I just felt like she wasn't a relateable or well developed character. Though I think Elena could have been a really nice character if she was flushed out a bit more. She definitely had the potential there!

When I first started this book I really liked it I loved how Kathy started things off with Elena and Sebastien as young kids. It felt like a strong opening to me and I loved how Elena handled things. And of course right away I loved scrawny Sebastien. He honestly was the only character who I really loved in this book from what I had read. He felt like the only character who was really developed fully and he was the main reason I kept reading until I finally realized this book wasn't for me.

Kathy Petrakis writing felt like it could have been better. I could see that she definitely was a writer but I just wasn't feeling it with this story. It didn't seem to flow naturally to me and it might have been because she wrote it in third person. I never take well to third person. Something about it always makes it hard for me to get into a book. It just depends on how the authors writing is too and with Passion and Pain I just couldn't get lost in the writing like I would have liked.

As stated above I didn't finish this book which is why it's only getting 1 out of 5 birds. I got to about the eighty page mark and even then I probably should have stopped sooner. It wasn't that this book was completely terrible because it wasn't. A lot of the reviews I have seen people adored this book. But for me I just wasn't one of them. But that doesn't mean that you won't like the book. Everyone's tastes are different which is why I never tell someone not to read a book. Read it because you might just enjoy it but for me it wasn't a winner. But I could see the potential that the story had.

Jul 1, 2013

Just Read It! Book Club: July Read

As you know, Lexi from the The Literature Lion and I are hosting a book club every month. For the month of July we are back for another amazing read! For more information about our book club, you can read our introduction posts here and here.

Since today is the first of July, we will be starting a new book for the book club. We took a poll to see which June release we would read for July and this was our winner:

This month's book is The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen:

The Moon and More

Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough.
Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo's sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby.

Emaline's mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he's convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby? Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with where she's going? Sarah Dessen's devoted fans will welcome this story of romance, yearning, and, finally, empowerment. It could only happen in the summer.

Now that we've released the book title, it's your job to go and read it within the next three weeks! Then you can follow this schedule for the rest of the month:

If you're participating in the book club, feel free to put some of these in your sidebar!

Now it's your turn to keep reading!

Leave a comment below if you plan on joining the Book Club!

PS - If you have any ideas for more things to include in the Book Club, email us at literaturelion@gmail.com or bploveslondon@gmail.com