Aug 12, 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! Today I will be sharing two teasers from The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater!

"Blue had two rules: stay away from boys, because they're trouble, and stay away from raven boys, because they were bastards." (pg 81)

"I'm going to see a friend." "The mean one or the white trash one?" "Helen." She replied, "Sorry, I meant Captain Frigid or Trailer-Park boy." (pg 128)

I've only ever read one book by Maggie Steifvater and I really loved it. I'm having a bit of a hard time getting into The Raven Boys, but I'm really hoping that it picks up. I've heard some people say that the beginning is kind of slow but it does pick up. So I'm holding out because I really hope to like it. Hope you enjoyed the teasers! :)

Aug 11, 2014

Catching Jordan

I have heard so much about Miranda Kenneally's books that I knew I had to finally read one. I've wanted to for a while but never seemed to get around to it until recently. I really liked this book considering at first I wasn't to sure if I would.

What girl doesn't want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn't just surrounded by hot guys, though-she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys and that's just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university.

But everything she's ever worked for is threatened when Ty Green moves to her school. Not only is he an amazing QB, but he's also amazingly hot. And for the first time, Jordan's feeling vulnerable. Can she keep her head in the game while her heart's on the line?

Jordan Woods is just one of the boys--quarterback of her high school football team. Her teammates respect her but when recruits come out she learns quick that despite being respected by her team most people see her as a girl first, not a football player.

At the start of this book I wasn't sure if I was going to be on board with Jordan's narration, but soon after a couple of chapters I really started to love her voice. She's a major tomboy who's got a bunch of guys as her buds. I loved that Jordan wasn't girly, but even so I could relate to her in some ways. I loved her determination and her strength. She didn't put up with anyone's shit and I admired that.

I am not a football fan but I have to admit that the way that Miranda wrote this book it was easy to feel like I was a fan. She described everything so well that it was so easy to picture everything and not be confused at all about what the heck was happening on the field. Her writing in general was very easy to fall into after the first few chapters. Everything felt very authentic, like she really knew what she was writing about. And I don't just mean the football but as if she was a teenager in high school. She wrote everything so well that it all felt very real and I could visualize everything.

Sam Henry. Holy cow. This character made me laugh so hard--specifically with the Jerry Rice chapters. Anyone who has read this book knows what I am talking about. I literally can not get over this character and how comical he was. But not just that he was sweet, caring, adorable, and a total bonehead in the later half. I adored him and his blonde curls so much.

I was and am still not a fan of Ty. From the start I did not like him and I like him even less now. He was annoying to me and I didn't trust him at first. Now I just think he's whiny. I don't know but Ty really drove me nuts and I never felt the romance between him and Jordan. I just..blah.

There are a lot of great characters in this book and J.J and Carter have to get a mention because they we're written great. I loved them. I loved how Miranda was able to create all these male characters and keep them separate with their own little personalities.

 There's a lot more I could continue to say about this book whether it be about Jordan's relationship with her dad or the total amazing character her mom was. But I won't because some things you just need to read to understand and see for yourself. Catching Jordan is getting 5 out of 5 birds from me! I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be reading more from this author! I'd recommend this one for anyone who is a fan of contemporaries and who love having crushes on characters. Because um, hello Sam Henry. Good luck not crushing on that idiot.

Aug 5, 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! Today I will be sharing two teasers from Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally!

 "But I'm practically a guy. I mean except for these fucking hormones that makes me want to jump Ty and Justin Timberlake." (pg 50)

"We'll have two cokes, two of those awesome hot fudge sundaes hot wings--not the mild sauce I mean the 911 sauce I mean the stuff that tastes like you're eating lava, and a large cheese pizza." (pg 87)

I have wanted to read this book for awhile now but never got around to it. I figure now is the time! I feel like I'm about to be on another contemporary reading kick. I'm excited to see if I like this book. Hope you liked the teasers! :) 

Aug 4, 2014

To All The Boys I've Loved Before

I had no idea going into this book just how much I was going to love it. Then again I should have known because this is Jenny Han. And Jenny Han has a way of writing that makes me fall in love over and over again with characters and the settings she creates.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

Lara Jean is a dreamy eyed girl who writes love letters--or goodbye letters to be more specific to boys she loved. It's a way for her to let that love go and lock it away in her hat box. Letters that are never ever supposed to be read by these boys and somehow get mailed out. Can you say oops?

I was a bit hesitant in the beginning chapters with Lara Jean. I'm not even sure why, but I suppose it was because I was so used to Belly from Jenny's Summer series that it felt strange to be reading about another character. I have to say though that quickly after those letters get mailed out I fell in love with Lara Jean's narration. She cracked me up. The best way to describe her is in Peter's words--cute and quirky. And even then she's so much more. I just loved her!

This storyline is so fun and cute and I can say truthfully the whole time reading this book I was either laughing or smiling. I just loved it. It's every girls worst nightmare what happens to Lara Jean and the way that Jenny Han wrote the story was just perfect. It was so easy after those first few chapters to fall into the story and into Lara Jean's life.

I really adored her family. Kitty being my favorite. She was hilarious and such a little wit for a nine year old! Margot I had a harder time liking but I could totally understand where she was coming from. And by the end I felt I had a better understanding of why she did or said the things she did. Not only was it just the family that I loved, but it was the culture. It really added something to the book having so much mention of different Korean dishes.

Alright, on to the boys. I can only hold off for so long. I gotta say I am truly torn about who I want Lara Jean to be with. Though a part of me feels I already know who it will be and I kind of really hope it happens. But then again I feel like there is a possibility still open for said other guy. I just don't know and I am loving--and dying for the next book because of it--not truly knowing what will happen with all these characters.

Peter is definitely one that will charm your pants off right away. He's cocky, witty, obnoxious, totally handsome and let me just say props to you if you can resist him! Because I couldn't. He was just something else. I felt unsure of his intentions throughout. but deep down kind of felt he had good ones even if he wasn't going about it quiet the best way. I really enjoyed Peter and am really curious to see what will happen with him and Lara Jean in the next book.

Josh is the boy next door. Super sweet and easy to care for. I really did like Josh and the way he always tried look out for Laura Jean, but at the same time when in the presence of Peter he just couldn't measure up. And I hate saying that because I really did love Josh but my mind was always thinking about when Peter would show up next.

Once I really started reading this book I couldn't stop. I read it every chance I could get and I finished it at midnight with a smile on my face. What a way to end it. I loved it and I am dying for the next book! To All The Boys I've Loved Before is getting 5 out of 5 birds from me! I would love to give it more I adore it so much. One of my new favorites. Read this one! You will not regret it I promise you!

Aug 1, 2014

Silver Shadows

Where do I even begin? Richelle Mead is and will forever be one of my favorite authors. I'm always impatiently waiting for the next book to come out from her because hello she writes such darn good books! And Silver Shadows has arrived. Finally. Let me tell you one thing. This book was not what I expected and so, so good because of it.

**Please note there will be spoilers from previous books in series so read at your own risk!**

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.

Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive.

For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .

Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.

I honestly don't know where to begin with this review. Usually I give a tiny recap, but screw a recap I gotta talk about this book now! Silver Shadows was a roller coaster, nail biting, breathtaking, heartfelt, funny, heartbreaking and so much more all wrapped up in those three hundred and eighty pages. Wow. I just...I am so surprised by everything that happened.

I adore Sydney Sage not just because she is brilliant but because she is so damn loyal and strong as nails. I knew this was coming for Sydney but to actually read about it happening was tough. It was really like sitting on the edge of your seat because you didn't have a clue what was going to happen next during Sydney's chapters. All I can say is that you never want to end up on the wrong side of the Alchemist and their twisted way of beliefs. I think we really get to see just how strong willed Sydney is in this book and I loved that. She's put through literal hell and yet she keeps her wits despite the things that happen.

Adrian has become such an amazing character. Thinking back to who he was in Vampire Academy it makes me realize just how much he has grown. We see a really dark side of Adrian--we really see just how Spirit messes with his mind and though it was saddening it was great to have the insist, to be able to understand the struggle he has within himself. Despite the struggles and hell he himself is going through there are still those one lines from him that make you smile and go "Oh, Adrian." I just love him okay? And after the way this book ended I adore him more than I ever thought I could.

I mentioned it before that this book really wasn't what I was expecting and I am really glad about that. This book was better than what I could have thought was going to happen. Re-education was nothing like I thought. It was much more twisted. The way this book ended and the events that took place in those final chapters was nothing I ever, ever saw coming. But boy I squealed, I fangirled and I am still giddy about it. And I will be for a long time. Gah, for sake of not spoiling I will shut up.

There are some new characters introduced into the story and I really personally liked Duncan and Emma. I thought at first I wouldn't really like Emma, but I ended up being wrong. In addition to the new characters we get to see some of the old and that of course is always a treat!

Okay, I could go on and on about how much I love Richelle's writing and the characters she creates but I won't. Simply because you need to stop reading my review and go pick up the book! It's really good guys. Silver Shadows is getting 5 out of 5 birds from me! I am so upset that the final book will be coming out in February, yet I can't wait for it at the same time after that ending. Yes, beware there is another famous Richelle Mead ending. Gotta love her for that.