What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Friday, November 30, 2012

Cover Reveal

Did y'all know that Rachel Hawkins was writing a spin-off of her Hex Hall series? I had no idea until she posted on Twitter today that they had the cover done! Hex Hall was hilarious, and I can't wait to see what's going to happen in her new series! But like I said, she revealed the cover today so I am super excited to share it with y'all!

Don't you just love it? I really like how it sort of resembles the Hex Hall covers, but is still different in it's own right! What do y'all think? Excited or what? Right now according to Goodreads the expected release is May 2013. No summary revealed yet.

Ashes of Twilight by Kassy Tayler

This one was my WoW pick a while back, and I've finally gotten the chance to read it. Apparently I'm on this kick with books that have people living in domes, because the outside world is too dangerous. I mean, this one, and Breathe at least, which I reviewed last week.

Here's the summary from Goodreads: Wren MacAvoy works as a coal miner for a domed city that was constructed in the mid-nineteenth century to protect the royal blood line of England when astronomers spotted a comet on a collision course with Earth. Humanity would be saved by the most groundbreaking technology of the time. But after nearly 200 years of life beneath the dome, society has become complacent and the coal is running out. Plus there are those who wonder, is there life outside the dome or is the world still consumed by fire? When one of Wren's friends escapes the confines of the dome, he is burned alive and put on display as a warning to those seeking to disrupt the dome’s way of life. But Alex’s final words are haunting. “The sky is blue.” What happens next is a whirlwind of adventure, romance, conspiracy and the struggle to stay alive in a world where nothing is as it seems. Wren unwittingly becomes a catalyst for a revolution that destroys the dome and the only way to survive might be to embrace what the entire society has feared their entire existence.
I didn't understand this cover for a very long time. But I do now. So...yeah. I felt like that was important for you all to know.

What I Liked: 1) Wren. I always like defiant heroines, and she is defiant from the very beginning. Even when we first meet her she is breaking one of the cardinal rules of her world. She's very strong in that she knows not to just accept what is expected of her, because there is something better out there. 2) I liked Pace a lot. It's hard not to like this guy. He kind of reminds me of a puppy dog. He's a little helpless when he is in Wren's world, but he's got a lot of strength to him too. Especially when they are "above." 3) "The Sky Is Blue." This is the mantra that seems to keep Wren and her friends going after Alex's death. There is something so simple in that phrase, yet when you are in the book, it's very powerful. I love how it brought everything together and became such an important piece of the story. 4) Two worlds. There are two very distinct worlds within this book. There is that of the shiners, who live below in the tunnels, and that of the people who live above. Author Kassy Tayler did a very good job in making this two places so different, yet showing both the reader and the characters how the spirit of the people can be the same. I thought this was one of the best parts of the story.

What I Didn't Like: Just a few little things here and there: there are some things about Wren that I didn't understand. She is a Shiner, which is someone who lives underground and mines for coal. And there is a very obvious physical distinction between the shiners and other people, that had to do with their eyes. I don't know if maybe my imagination just wasn't working properly, but I can't figure out what that was supposed to be. I know it's supposed to be there, but I had a hard time visualizing it and that really messes me up when I'm reading. Also, there was an unnecessary death that made me quite angry. This isn't so much a complaint about the writing of the story, but I just can't believe she did that to her characters.

Overall Thoughts: Steampunk meets Dystopia in this new YA from author Cindy Holby (pen name, Kassy Tayler). I'm not the biggest steampunk fan, but the dystopian side of the story appealed to me. Heroine Wren takes a Katniss-esque step into the spotlight when she unwillingly becomes the leader of a band of "Seekers" who aim to learn the truth about the world outside the dome. Between the characters and the plot, there is a lot to enjoy about Ashes of Twilight. I had a hard time connecting with some of the details, and it made the visualization a little difficult, but other that I think Ashes of Twilight was an interesting story that will intrigue fans of the steampunk genre.

My Rating: 3.5 shots

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Eve and Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate

I think I wanted to read this book mainly because of the cover. And the title. The story of Adam and Eve is hardly an unknown story, so I was interested to see if this was borrowing that theme, or actually pulling in some sort of re-telling element. I'll have to go with a theme here, after having read it. I wouldn't say there is a religious element to the story, more a scientific one.

Here is the summary from Goodreads: And girl created boy… In the beginning, there was an apple— And then there was a car crash, a horrible injury, and a hospital. But before Evening Spiker’s head clears a strange boy named Solo is rushing her to her mother’s research facility. There, under the best care available, Eve is left alone to heal. Just when Eve thinks she will die—not from her injuries, but from boredom—her mother gives her a special project: Create the perfect boy. Using an amazingly detailed simulation, Eve starts building a boy from the ground up. Eve is creating Adam. And he will be just perfect... won’t he?

What I Liked: 1) I said this on twitter as well, but Evening Spiker has got to be one of the coolest names I've come across in YA fiction. I know that sounds like a strange thing to point out, but it stuck with me after I read the book, so I figure it was worth throwing in here. 2) The idea. The idea that someone has developed this program where you can create actual, human people was interesting, and a little scary. I was interested to see what EV would perceive as the perfect guy, because I think all girls sort of have that vision in our heads as to what he would be, so its kind of cool to see what EV's was. 3) Sharp turns. I'm not going to say plot twists, because really, they weren't plot twists. They were more like sharp angles that you don't see until you are right up on them. Random pieces of action that I didn't think had any bearing on the overall story, but made it better just the same. A lot of this had to do with EV's best friend.

What I Didn't Like: Well...there was really no depth to the story. Other than being a cautionary tale about how far science is willing to go, it was lacking anything deep or emotional. Not that all books have to be deep and meaningful, but this coupled with a lot of unnecessary drama, it was a little more...rough draft-ish than it could have been. Also, I expected a lot more of the whole, creating of the perfect guy, part. For that being the inspiration for the title, it was sorely lacking in that department. I get that the whole idea was "perfect isn't really perfect" but the lack of details bothered me alot.

Overall Thoughts: Eve and Adam is a cautionary tale of what could happen when scientists try to "play God." The characters keep the plot afloat as they revolve around each other in interesting fashions, but the plot is interrupted a few too many times with unnecessary drama, and because of a lack of detail, it was hard to know just where we picked back up. For light reading, this one may be fun for a lot of people, but don't go into it expecting a lot of depth.

 My Rating: 3 shots

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (56)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. It highlights the books that we are most anxiously awaiting!

Today, the final Wednesday of November, my WoW is..........

Sever by Lauren DeStefano 
Release Date: February 12th, 2013 

I'm going to have to reread Wither and Fever before this one comes out, because it seems like it has been soooo long since Fever! But just a few more months until we get the conclusion to Rhine's story!

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Reached by Ally Condie

I've loved this series, and have been preparing myself for the end since I finished Crossed. Then, once it was here, I almost didn't want to start, because I wasn't ready to let these characters go! Anyone else every feel like that about a series? Oh, I'm going to warn you off this review if you haven't read Matched or Crossed. I won't spoil the end, but it's hard to talk about it without discussing things that happened in the previous two books!

Here's the summary from Goodreads: After leaving Society and desperately searching for the Rising—and each other—Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again: Cassia has been assigned to work for the Rising from within Society, while Ky has been stationed outside its borders. But nothing is as predicted, and all too soon the veil lifts and things shift once again.

What I Liked: 1) How Cassia and Ky's relationship has changed. They have both grown up so much from what they were and knew in Matched, and it's made their relationship very mature, and I have loved watching that. It happened gradually, especially since they spend so little time together, but I really noticed the changes in Reached. 2) There is an all around maturity that I found in this book. I'm not just talking about the characters, but in the story itself. The plot advances with perfect pacing, and the situations that the characters encounter...there is just a maturity to all of it that I notice is missing in some YA books. It appeals to the adult in me, I guess. 3) Xander. I've always been a Xander fan. That's one of the hardest things about this series is that it seems that there is only one thing that will make both Ky and Xander happy, but they obviously can't both get it, so one of them will have to be unhappy. That breaks my heart. But I really loved getting parts of this story from Xander's perspective. Everything up until now has been Cassia's perspective of him, or Ky's. But there was a lot going on under the surface that you never really knew about until Reached, when we the story was switching between Cassia, Ky and Xander's POVs. 4) The ending. I was so thankful for the way this ended. It was perfect for the storyline. There was no big build up and then crash down to the ground. Enough of the twists were resolved to make everything end satisfyingly, but also open-ended enough to give the reader a sense that these lives in this world go on, no matter if we are reading about it or not. I love it when a book ends on a note like that.

What I Didn't Like: Nothing!

Overall Thoughts: Ally Condie is one of my favorite authors, despite this series being the only books of hers that I have read. If everything else she writes has this level of intrigue and maturity, then I will always read stuff that she writes. The Matched series is one with romance, action, a great setting, and a battle of good versus evil that sparks a lot of thought about just what is right and what is wrong. If you haven't begun this series yet, I'd definitely recommend reading it. If you've enjoyed it so far but haven't yet read Reached, then don't hesitate! It holds up to the high standard set forth by Matched and Crossed, and ends on a very satisfying note!

My Rating: 5 shots

Monday, November 26, 2012

The Innocents by Lili Peloquin

I think the title of this book is cool. The Innocents. Doesn't it just conjure up all types of scandalous acts that the characters could be getting into? That alone was what drew me to this book in the first place. And then I read the summary.

Here's the summary from Goodreads: Nothing ever came between sisters Alice and Charlie. Friends didn't. Boys couldn't. Their family falling apart never would. Until they got to Serenity Point. In a town built on secrets and lies, it's going to be hard to stay innocent. They're sucked into a strange and seductive world—a world they can't help but hate, and can't help but love. A world that threatens to tear them apart, just when they need each other the most.

Who isn't intrigued now?

What I Liked: 1) The Gothic Mystery element. I read so much paranormal fiction that often I forget how mysterious contemporary novels can be. This one is a nice example of the gothic mystery (albeit pretty easy to figure out, I think I figured it out about 100 pages in.) 2) The secondary characters. The secondary characters of Jude, Cybill, Camilla, and Tommy fascinated me, probably more than the two MCs did. Their lifestyle, which MCs Alice and Charlie are just learning about, is one of indulgence and extravagance, like being dropped into some overdramatic reality tv show. Or a soap opera is more like it. 3) Alice. I connected with Alice a lot when she was doing all of her sleuthing to try and figure out what the big secret was about Camilla. Alice seemed to think she was being sneaky about it, but to me it was just research, and she wasn't giving up until she knew the truth. I'm like that when I'm curious about something, I will research and research until I get my answers. And since her curiosity became my curiosity, that was a big part in keeping me interested.

What I Didn't Like: I hated the way it ended. Hated it. It was like being dropped off a cliff. Not like a big cliffhanger, in fact there wasn't really a cliffhanger at all. But there was a big reveal (of the answers to Alice's mystery) and then nothing. She goes a little crazy in a Henry James kind of way in making all sorts of assumptions, none of which made any sense to me at all. And then the book was over. Really? REALLY? That's how you're going to end it? It's not an ending that drives another book at all. I was very disappointed in that. I also did not like Alice and Charlie's mom at all. But people who completely change their personalities because of some new person in their life bug me in real life too.

Overall thoughts: There is a lot of promise in this debut as it picks up to a great start with fully developed characters and an intriguing mystery. The overindulgent lifestyles of the youth (and the adults) in Serenity Point adds a flair of the dramatic and a lot of fun. The ending was very disappointing though, as the author was simply tired of writing. Yes, it answered the questions that had been developed throughout the course of the story, but there was no gradual let down. It was BOOM, The End. The saving grace for the series is the fact that an excerpt from the next book is included at the end. My belief in Lili Peloquin's talent, plus that mysterious little excerpt have convinced me to give the series another shot.

My Rating: 2 shots

Friday, November 23, 2012

The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

So I thought I had reviewed all of the Iron Fey books here on Fuzzy.Coffee.Books. That was apparently not the case. The first three Iron Fey books were some of the first I read after starting FCB, and I know that once I started the first one, I sat down and read all three in one weekend. And then began the anxious wait for The Iron Knight. Well...The Iron Knight disappointed me a little. It was like the weird cousin of the series. It just didn't fit with the other books. But oh well. This review isn't about The Iron Knight, it's about her newest release, The Lost Prince.

The Lost Prince is the first in a companion, or continuation series of The Iron Fey series, and I was looking forward to seeing how this world has changed in the 13 years that have gone by.
Here's the summary from Goodreads: Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them. That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for. Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

I just have to say, before I say anything else, that The Lost Prince reminded me why I fell in love with the Iron Fey series in the first place.

What I Liked: 1) Ethan. Remember the bright-eyed, curious little boy from Meghan's story? Well, he's back and now he's a 17 year old bad-ass martial artist with a serious attitude. It's funny because when I was reading the first books I just wanted to protect him. Now he's a dangerous bad boy with an attitude that I think most girls can hardly resist (especially on paper). Anyone who loved the first books will definitely enjoy seeing what Ethan has grown up to become. 2) Back into the Fey. Heh - that was supposed to be funny. The Fey world of both the Nevernever and the parts of the human world that they inhabit are fascinating, and it's only become more so now. For me, the differences are tangible, and I'm amazed that Miz Kagawa has brought these places to life so vividly that just turning the page from one place to the next feels like stepping through a portal to another world. 3) Old friends. Some of my old favorites have made a reappearance in The Lost Prince, and I'm so very glad they did, because I didn't think it would be the same without them. I won't say who for spoiler reasons, but that's something fans can look forward to. 4) A whole new story. 13 years later, it's a completely different story. This isn't some continuation of what Meghan had going on when she had her first encounter with the Nevernever, no this is Ethan's story in his own right and had Meghan and others not been mentioned, it could be it's own wonderful, standalone series. 5) The love story. I don't think a faery tale is incomplete without a romantic angle, and Miz Kagawa delivers. I was holding my breath at one point waiting for The Moment. You know, the one where they realize...it's good. Trust me.

What I Didn't Like: I loved it all. I'm not wild about the cover though.

Overall Thoughts: Again, I'll say this book reminded me of what I loved about the series. The writing is incredible, the characters are rich, interesting, and have such great back stories that they become your friends instead of characters on a page. And the plot keeps you completely engaged from page one. I can't say how awesome I thought this book was and absolutely cannot wait for the next book!

My Rating: 5 shots

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Breathe by Sarah Crossan

Happy Thanksgiving to my US readers and followers! Among the many things I am blessed with, I am thankful for y'all who continue to read and comment on my reviews! I love being able to share my thoughts about the books I read with you guys! Knowing that you guys think my thoughts are interesting enough to take the time to visit makes me so happy! So thanks to all of you who have supported me since FCB started. Anyone else ready to eat some turkey and dressing? I plan on watching the parade, probably watching a little football, do some cooking, lots of eating, and prepping for tomorrow! Yes, I love shopping on Black Friday! Happy Thanksgiving, my friends!

I picked up Breathe on a whim. I was headed out no vacation and saw it on the shelf. I hadn't read anything about it online, but the summary sounded interesting, so it went into my vacation bag. I always take more books than I can actually read. Anyone else do that? Imagine that they will spend more time relaxing than they actually do? Anyway....

Here's the summary from Goodreads: Inhale. Exhale. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe . . . The world is dead. The survivors live under the protection of Breathe, the corporation that found a way to manufacture oxygen-rich air. Alina has been stealing for a long time. She's a little jittery, but not terrified. All she knows is that she's never been caught before. If she's careful, it'll be easy. If she's careful. Quinn should be worried about Alina and a bit afraid for himself, too, but even though this is dangerous, it's also the most interesting thing to happen to him in ages. It isn't every day that the girl of your dreams asks you to rescue her. Bea wants to tell him that none of this is fair; they'd planned a trip together, the two of them, and she'd hoped he'd discover her out here, not another girl. And as they walk into the Outlands with two days' worth of oxygen in their tanks, everything they believe will be shattered. Will they be able to make it back? Will they want to?

What I Liked: 1) This seemed to be a new twist on the post-apocalyptic books that are out there. Since the trees and plants have been killed off, there isn't enough oxygen for people to breathe and survive outside of the pods that have been built. This was something completely new and unique to me, which always gives my imagination lots of room to run wild. 2) The Grove. The Grove is a place that you won't visit until late into the book, but it was fascinating. I am not going to tell you much about it because I want you to be able to experience it first hand like I did, but know that it is a fun place to explore, and you really get to spend time in a lot of different places. I hope that in future books we get to know more about how it was designed because it seems to be pretty ingenious. There are some puzzles to solve here, which were definitely intriguing. 3) The main characters. At first, I wasn't sure how I felt about any of them. They seemed a little flat. But as the story progressed, they opened up more and became much more interesting to me. I think because of the nature of the world they were living in, they were all so much more guarded about who they were and what they were thinking, Alina especially. But they form a neat little trio as they are traveling the Outlands.

What I Didn't Like: Hm...lets see if I can explain this in a way that makes sense outside the confines of my brain. This book reminded me of a black and white movie. Not like a classic black and white movie like Casablanca or It's A Wonderful Life that's just better in the original black and white. The kind of black and white where you genuinely feel like something is missing, where all the emotions that you want to jump off the screen feel dull. That was Breathe, for me anyway. I was desperately wanting to feel something more from the characters, and for their plight, but there was just something missing that was causing a lack of connection for me, and not just to the characters, but to the story itself.

Overall Thoughts: Pure curiosity drove this book for me. It wasn't a need to cheer on the characters, or even to see where we'd go next in the journey. But the scientific and political questions that are raised in this world stand out as the most intriguing parts of the story. Luckily, there was plenty of that to keep me interested, and have convinced me to check out the next book when it becomes available. I am hoping to see a little more relationship development between some of the characters, secondary included, because I like to know how their lives are being affected by the plot twists. But overall, Breathe has brought a new idea to the world of post-apocalyptic stories, and we'll surely see more questions than answers before the series ends.

My Rating: 3.5 shots

Once again, Happy Thanksgiving my friends!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (55)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. It highlights the books that we are most anxiously awaiting.

This week my WoW is.... 

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Release Date: February 5th, 2013

Who read Cinder? I can remember everything about the first time I read Cinder, from where I was, to what I stopped to do when I absolutely had to put the book down. I really enjoyed it, and am very anxious to see how author Marissa Meyer incorporates another story, Little Red Riding Hood, into this futuristic world that she's created.

Here's the summary from Goodreads: Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother and the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own. As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.

Are y'all (in the US) getting ready for Thanksgiving? It's almost here, and I can about taste the turkey and dressing. And pie! Speaking of pie, I've got to get mine in the oven if anyone in my family plans on having dessert this Thanksgiving. Hope y'all are getting everything you need done! I love this time of year!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

False Memory by Dan Krokos

This book wasn't on my radar until I started researching some of the authors for Austin Teen Book Festival. Of course I knew who many of them were, and had read some of their books. But Dan Krokos was new to me, and False Memory sounded interesting, so I decided to check it out before we headed down to Austin.

Here's the summary from Goodreads: Miranda wakes up alone on a park bench with no memory. In her panic, she releases a mysterious energy that incites pure terror in everyone around her. Except Peter, a boy who isn’t at all surprised by Miranda’s shocking ability. Left with no choice but to trust this stranger, Miranda discovers she was trained to be a weapon and is part of an elite force of genetically-altered teens who possess flawless combat skills and powers strong enough to destroy a city. But adjusting to her old life isn’t easy—especially with Noah, the boyfriend she can’t remember loving. Then Miranda uncovers a dark truth that sets her team on the run. Suddenly her past doesn’t seem to matter... when there may not be a future.

What I Liked: 1) I was pleasantly surprised at the level of talent in this debut. Not surprised that he was a good writer, I mean, he was published, obviously. But for a debut, this was very well written and had the depth that I've come to expect from more experienced authors. I fully expect that Mr. Krokos is someone we've not seen the last of! 2) "Genetically-altered teens" - hm....can you go wrong with a phrase like that? There are so many different ways that this could go, but I always love stories with teens that have some sort of supernatural powers and there is some scientific research angle included. The science that they talked about in this book was very interesting, and kept my mind wondering the entire time I was reading. The level of intellect and creativity amazed me. 3) The characters. It was hard to get to know Miranda at first, and she was the main characters, so I started off being bothered by that. But at the same time, I had to remind myself that she doesn't know herself either, and is relying on friends that she has no memory of to fill in all the gaps in her memory. But I really came to like her, as well as Peter, Noah, and Olive. We get to see these relationships rebuild, develop and change, instead of jumping into some already established relationships, and that was a very fun part of the story. 4) The action. This book is non-stop. It's fast-paced and packed full of action. Despite the length (over 300 pages) I raced through this novel. There is never a dull moment in the lives of these teens (the Roses), and the excitement was almost tangible. 5) The suspense. I'm not even sure suspense is the right word. There are so many twists in this story, and you are kept guessing right up until the very end. Who can you trust, who is dangerous. The whole story is so mind-boggling that you don't know what you'll find from one page to the next.

What I Didn't Like: Nothing. I loved everything about it!

Overall Thoughts: I 100% recommend this book to any of my followers or readers who seem to enjoy the same books that I read on this blog. There is something for everyone in False Memory, but I think MY personal favorite part was how I was able to be surprised by everything. My mind being messed with, in a book at least, is something that I'm always impressed by when an author is able to do it. Big time props to Dan for bringing this level of creativity, imagination and intellect to the table with his debut series, and I can't wait to read what more he has in store for us!

My Rating: 5 shots

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

I love this series. I loved the first five Percy Jackson books, and I am equally as interested in the Heroes of Olympus. A lot has been happening since Percy first found out that he was a demi-god, so I was excited to find out what was happening next!

Here's the summary from Goodreads: Annabeth is terrified. Just when she's about to be reunited with Percy—after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera—it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon masthead, Leo's fantastical creation doesn't appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans that the visitors from Camp Half-Blood are coming in peace. And that's only one of her worries. In her pocket Annabeth carries a gift from her mother that came with an unnerving demand: Follow the Mark of Athena. Avenge me. Annabeth already feels weighed down by the prophecy that will send seven demigods on a quest to find—and close—the Doors of Death. What more does Athena want from her? Annabeth's biggest fear, though, is that Percy might have changed. What if he's now attached to Roman ways? Does he still need his old friends? As the daughter of the goddess of war and wisdom, Annabeth knows she was born to be a leader, but never again does she want to be without Seaweed Brain by her side. Narrated by four different demigods, The Mark of Athena is an unforgettable journey across land and sea to Rome, where important discoveries, surprising sacrifices, and unspeakable horrors await. Climb aboard the Argo II, if you dare....

What I Liked: 1) The characters are finally all coming back together. This is what I've been waiting for since the first book came out - to see Percy and Annabeth back together, along with their new friends, Piper, Leo, Jason...among others. Seeing how they will all get along, or perhaps not get along was one of the driving parts of this story. 2) It was fun to get to know what was happening at different places at the same time. I was wondering how that would be done, now that we are aware of what's been going on with Jason and Percy. Mr. Riordan did a nice job with keeping the reader informed of everything that was happening, despite the characters being a little...all over the place. 3) How smoothly we slide from one story into the next. What I am always pleased about with Riordan's books is how seamlessly we move from book to book. Despite there being nearly a year between books, we pick up right where we left off.

What I Didn't Like: The story is getting a little too...convoluted for me. Now that there are so many characters to keep track of, which we knew would happen right from the beginning, it's getting a little hard to tell what is happening where and to who. This story is narrated in the first person by four different characters and y'all know that sometimes I struggle with two narrators. So my biggest complaint is that it is becoming to convoluted.

Overall Thoughts: Mark of Athena is an excellent continuation to a story that I've already fallen in love with. The historical Greek and Roman references, the mythology, and even the characters fascinate me in a way that few other books have. I have a feeling that I'm just going to have to deal with the multitude of narrators if I am going to continue reading this series, which I am. Just be prepared for a lot of jumping around.

My Rating: 4 shots

Friday, November 16, 2012

Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

I want to start off with a shout out to my baby brother who turns 23 today! Happy Birthday, Ryan! Don't study too hard out there in law school, and I can't wait to see you next week!

I've come across Kresley Cole's name before when scouring bookshelves but Poison Princess was the first one that I've read. Bringing in Tarot and magic and the Cajun history was new and intriguing for me so I was definitely excited to get started.
Here's the summary from Goodreads: She could save the world—or destroy it. Sixteen year old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux. But she can’t do either alone. With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him? Who can Evie trust? As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side…

What I Liked: 1) The Cajun history. I'm not very familiar with any of this history, their religion, the tarot magic any of that, and there was a lot of the information included in the book. I always love learning new things so of course that was very interesting to me. 2) Jack. OMG, Jack. Something about this guy. Part of it is the Cajun accent. I read the book, but then had to get the audiobook because I just needed to hear it spoken aloud. Jack is kind of the epitome of the bad boy - the ones that your Mama warned you about! That's Jack. And he's all the hotter for it. 3) Tarot. I know next to nothing about Tarot, but the way the cards were incorporated into the story was great. I was skeptical first about how it could be done, creating characters from the images on the cards, but it was done very well! 4) The world post and pre-flash. There are a lot of post apocalyptic stories out there that begin after the fact. You know what I mean, after the event or events that made it happen. But there was quite a bit of time spent Pre-Flash in Poison Princess, so we got a sense of what the world was like before that. I really enjoyed that, because we didn't have to wonder as much what led to the post-apocalyptic world, and how drastically their lives changed.

What I Didn't Like: I have absolutely no complaints about this book, and can't wait for the next one!

Overall Thoughts: Poison Princess is an awesome beginning to a series that I think is going to thrill many readers. It's engaging with well written characters, including an epically hot bad boy, detailed settings and a fast-paced plot. Check this one out when you get the chance, because with it's history set in Louisiana and the Cajun influence, it's a unique story that's sure to keep you turning the pages!

 My Rating: 5 shots

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Talk about a wait. I've been enamored with this series since I first listened to the audiobook, so it was a bittersweet wait to know that this story would be coming to a close. I was anxious to find out what would happen, but not wanting it to end. So I grabbed this book up as soon as it hit shelves.

Here's the summary from Goodreads: Is death the end . . . or only the beginning? Ethan Wate always dreamed of leaving the stifling Southern town of Gatlin. But he never dreamt that finding love with Lena Duchannes would drive him away. Lena is a Caster girl whose supernatural powers unveiled a secretive and cursed side of Gatlin, so powerful it forced him to make a terrible sacrifice. Now Ethan must find a way to return to Lena - and Gatlin - as she vows to do whatever it takes to get him back. Even if it means trusting old enemies or risking their loved ones' lives. Can Ethan and Lena rewrite their fate and their spellbinding love story in this stunning finale to the Beautiful Creatures series?

What I Liked: 1) Thank you, thank you, thank you for answering a burning question I've had ever since the beginning. What Is Lena's Real Name? For those of you who've been following along and are curious, yes, this question is answered in Beautiful Redemption. 2) The beginning. I was surprised at the beginning, which is something that almost never happens. I think the optimist in me expected something different, even knowing what happened at the end of Beautiful Chaos. So the fact that I was surprised was good. 3) Some characters that I thought we'd never meet. There were some people who've played a pretty significant role in the story who we never actually met, and they made an appearance. One in particular I was very glad was included in the conclusion to Ethan and Lena's story. 4) Happy Endings. I feel confident that I can say that without really giving anything away, because there are so many characters and so many relationships that who knows what I'm really talking about.

What I Didn't Like: Was anyone else as disappointed in this one as I was? I felt like there was a huge build up with the first three books to something completely epic and spellbinding the happen in Beautiful Redemption. But in my opinion, everything about the story changed. Remember those games you played in pre-school, where you would have four items and you had to choose which one didn't belong? That's how Beautiful Redemption was. It didn't fit with the other three books. The settings were...strange, like being dropped in Wonderland after spending the rest of the books in Gatlin. And everyone's personality just seemed a little dulled after the events of the last book.

Overall Thoughts: I love this series, and will probably keep reading and listening to these audiobooks for a long time. I was satisfied with the ending that concluded this long story, but I was very disappointed in the journey we took to get there in Beautiful Redemption. I felt many of the things I have loved about this series were missing in Beautiful Redemption, almost like the book was just churned out in an effort to meet deadlines instead of taking the time to really hold true to these characters. Don't get me wrong, I think these authors are incredible and will jump in to anything else they write with a lot of excitement. But BR just didn't do the rest of the series justice.

My Rating: 3 shots

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (54)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. It highlights the books that we are most anxiously awaiting. Is anyone else just astounded that next week (for those of us in the United States) is Thanksgiving? It seems like this year has just been flying by, and while I was going back and looking over everything that's been going on (both on and off FCB) it's just hard to believe that it's mid-November!

This week my WoW is.... 

Boundless by Cynthia Hand 
Release Date: January 22, 2013 from HarperTeen 

This is one of those series that I got swept up in from page one, which always seems to make things harder...always much more of a wait for the next book. My understanding is that this is the final book in the series, and I'm definitely interested to see how Clara's story wraps up. You can read my review of the first two books here: Unearthly and Hallowed. If you haven't yet checked this series out, I would definitely recommend giving it a read.

What are y'all waiting on this lovely Wednesday?

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Beta by Rachel Cohn

Something about this book really grabbed me. I don't know if it was the cover or the summary, or a combination of the two. I know that Rachel Cohn has written some other awesome books, but this was my first to read by her, and when I discovered it on sale at Austin Teen Book Fest, I scooped it up and started reading it while I stood in line to get something signed!

Here's the summary from Goodreads: Elysia is created in a laboratory, born as a sixteen-year-old girl, an empty vessel with no life experience to draw from. She is a Beta, an experimental model of a teenage clone. She was replicated from another teenage girl, who had to die in order for Elysia to exist. Elysia's purpose is to serve the inhabitants of Demesne, an island paradise for the wealthiest people on earth. Everything about Demesne is bioengineered for perfection. Even the air induces a strange, euphoric high, which only the island's workers--soulless clones like Elysia--are immune to. At first, Elysia's life is idyllic and pampered. But she soon sees that Demesne's human residents, who should want for nothing, yearn. But for what, exactly? She also comes to realize that beneath the island's flawless exterior, there is an under-current of discontent among Demesne's worker clones. She knows she is soulless and cannot feel and should not care--so why are overpowering sensations clouding Elysia's mind? If anyone discovers that Elysia isn't the unfeeling clone she must pretend to be, she will suffer a fate too terrible to imagine. When her one chance at happiness is ripped away with breathtaking cruelty, emotions she's always had but never understood are unleashed. As rage, terror, and desire threaten to overwhelm her, Elysia must find the will to survive.

What I Liked: 1) I loved the premise. I'm sure there are other clone stories out there, but this one was something totally new and interesting for me. Somehow they've figured out how to make clones and these clones are mostly used as service workers. But Elysia is purchased for a different purpose, and watching her interact with her new family is...intriguing. 2) Clones have a code to live by but Elysia, and several other clones she learns later on, have trouble meeting those expectations, and have to keep a lot of things secret. The danger of these secrets hangs over Elysia's head and make her a complex and insightful character. 3) The secondary characters. Some of them I liked. Some of them I hated. But whether I loved or hated them, these secondary characters all played a very significant role in the story, and there was depth to them that sometimes you don't find in supporting characters. You guys know me, and I always get into stories with great characters so it's easy to see why I could get into Beta. 4) If you think the supporting characters were great, Elysia and Tahir were awesome. Considering the supposed "soulless-ness" of clones, I found a great amount of depth to her and some complex feelings, for a teenager especially. The developing relationship between the two was a little...obvious, but at the same time it was sweet and very enjoyable for me. In contrast to some of the other, darker parts of the story, it was very light.

What I Didn't Like: Well, Elysia does her fair share of whining. But I think that was part of what made her different from the adult clones on Demense. It seemed to be Miz Cohn's way of making sure we understood that she was a teenage clone, and only the second of her kind, instead of one of the many adults that have been in service for years.

Overall Thoughts: I loved Beta. It's definitely a story that I'll read again and am anxiously awaiting the next installment of this series. It ended on a cliffhanger but it worked and just made me all the more excited for what's happening next in Elysia's story. There are some parts that may pose problems for readers, Elysia's whininess in particular, but I still recommend it for the creativity and interesting storylines!

My Rating: 4 shots

Monday, November 12, 2012

Bad Hair Day by Carrie Harris

I loved Carrie Harris's Bad Taste in Boys when I read it in October. See that review here. It was such a funny zombie story that when I realized there was going to be another Kate Grable story, I immediately knew I'd want to read it.

Version: eGalley from NetGalley
Release Date: November 13th, 2012

Here's the summary from Goodreads: Senior year is positively hair-raising. Kate Grable is geeked out to shadow the county medical examiner as part of her school’s pre-med program. Except when he’s arrested for murder, she’s left with the bodies. And when Kate’s brother Jonah stumbles upon a dead gamer girl, she realizes that the zombie epidemic she cured last fall was only the beginning of the weirdness taking over her town. Someone’s murdering kids—something really hairy. And strong. Possibly with claws. Is it werewolf awesomeness like Jonah and his dorktastic friends think? Kate’s supposed to be a butt-kicking zombie killing genius...but if she can’t figure out who’s behind the freakish attacks, the victims—or what’s left of them—are going to keep piling up. It’s scary. It’s twisted. It’s sick. It’s high school.

What I Liked: 1) Once again, I really liked Kate, and her geekiness. She's mostly comfortable with it even though she calls herself a "reformed geek." Kate seems to have decided that since she's dating the hot quarterback, that cancels out her geekiness. But I really like that no matter what's happening, you can count on Kate being there with her research and her scientific answers. And I especially loved her scientific insults. "Cephaloproctitis" bahahahahah! Kate is an MC that will endear herself to a lot of readers just because she's smart, curious, geeky, and not afraid to be who she is. 2) The ME. I don't mean the doctor, persay. We actually didn't get to know him very well. But it cracked me up that Kate was assigned to shadow the Medical Examiner as a part of her Future Doctors program. It kind of seemed like, with her new found fame after curing the Zombie Virus, she's get her pick. But she got really excited about it after the first initial idea. So it was really interesting spending time with Kate in the morgue and learning about the ME's office. 3) As a continuation from BTIB, Kate's name is very well-known after learning how to cure the Zombie Virus. And because of that, they named it after her! It's now called Grable's Disease. <----I laughed for like, 5 straight minutes about this. And how she feels about it. I think no matter how much scientific prowess I had or cured something dangerous, I really wouldn't want a disease named after me. Just putting that out there for any of you who were considering naming a disease after me. 4) The humor. It's inescapable, and something I'm coming to expect from Miz Harris's writing. It lightens the mood of the story in a really fabulous way, and fits perfectly with the maturity level of the characters. Despite Kate's fame and smarts, she is still a high school girl with reservations, insecurities, and a sarcastic tongue.

What I Didn't Like: This one is a little harder to follow than the first - the plot picks up the pace at the very end, then suddenly the book is over and you're like, wait, what just happened? I'll say part of this was just excitement on my part, reading so fast to find out what happened, but it does speed up and action and events start to run together so you aren't sure what exactly was happening. Like a really fast basketball game, or hockey game. Where is the dang ball?

Overall Thoughts: Werewolf stories have become increasingly popular (Hmmmm....Jacob Black!) but in most of them, you'll find a pattern to the werewolf lore. Bad Hair Day presents a refreshingly new idea when it comes to that old idea. In smarty-pants Kate's quest for a scientific explanation, she discovers the breech that led to the spread of the newest epidemic spreading through Bayview. While Kate's geekery leads to a lot of discussions of scientific protocol, it never bogs the reader down or bores you. Miz Harris's humor lightens the mood and makes Bad Hair Day a funny, smart, and interesting story that paranormal fans will all enjoy!

My Rating: 4 shots

Friday, November 9, 2012

Son by Lois Lowry

The Giver has been one of my favorite books ever since I read it back in Elementary school. I didn't even realize that Lowry had penned a sequel to Jonah's story until just days before it was released. Probably a good thing, now that I think about it, because I would have driven myself crazy with need!

Here's the summary from Goodreads: They called her Water Claire. When she washed up on their shore, no one knew that she came from a society where emotions and colors didn’t exist. That she had become a Vessel at age thirteen. That she had carried a Product at age fourteen. That it had been stolen from her body. Claire had a son. But what became of him she never knew. What was his name? Was he even alive?  She was supposed to forget him, but that was impossible. Now Claire will stop at nothing to find her child, even if it means making an unimaginable sacrifice.

What I Liked: 1) Well, getting back to the world that we'd discovered in The Giver was like...experiencing a piece of my childhood again. It's been several years since I've read The Giver, but I've never forgotten that wonder and terrifying amazement that I felt the first time I read it. I got to experience that again when I opened Son. A lot of it was about nostalgia for me, so I really enjoyed that part of it. But at the same time, being back in this world gave us the opportunity to explore different parts of it than we had seen while we were tagging along with Jonah. If you've read The Giver, Son will give you a new perspective of this world without color. 2) Claire. Claire was a hard character to get to know at first, because she is so much under the "spell" of the world she lives in. But then, she becomes a completely different person, and you have to learn about her all over again. Luckily, there is a slew of supporting characters that help you along the way. I always appreciate supporting characters for who they are, but in Son, I really realized how much the added to the story. Without them, I wouldn't have felt like I knew Claire. So Ms. Lowry definitely knew how to use those to her advantage. 3) The journey. I mean it literally when I say journey. When Claire decides to find her child, she heads out on a journey that no one else in her community could have prepared her for. There is so much out there that she discovers that it really just shows the reader how isolated has been. 4) The conclusion. I'm pleased at the way the story ended. I don't think I could have asked for anything better for some of my oldest and dearest fictional friends.

What I Didn't Like: Oh, this book could have been terrible and I probably still would have loved it.

Overall Thoughts: For fans of Lois Lowry's writing, Son is a beautiful conclusion to an epic story with dystopian elements, romance and adventure. I know that I grew up reading Lois Lowry books, and a lot of people my age can probably say the same. And ten years after the first book was published, Ms. Lowry has still got it!

My Rating: 5 shots

Thursday, November 8, 2012

The School for Dangerous Girls by Eliot Schrefer

I was surprised to find out how many authors were on this year's ATBF list that I hadn't read anything by before. So naturally I started adding some books to my list to read from some of these authors. Eliot Schrefer's The School for Dangerous Girls isn't his newest book, but the paperback intrigued me, so I eagerly jumped into it.

Here's the summary from Goodreads: Angela's parents think she's on the road to ruin because she's dating a "bad boy." After her behavior gets too much for them, they ship her off to Hidden Oak. Isolated and isolating, Hidden Oak promises to rehabilitate "dangerous girls." But as Angela gets drawn in further and further, she discovers that recovery is only on the agenda for the "better" girls. The other girls -- designated as "the purple thread" -- will instead be manipulated to become more and more dangerous . . . and more and more reliant on Hidden Oak's care.

What I Liked: 1) First off, I loved the setting. I love books set in boarding schools. There is one central location where everything is happening, but there are always new things to discover. And that has never been more the case than in TSFDG, because with every new chapter, another part of the school was being opened up to the reader. 2) Survival of the fittest. You may think that in a school setting, no matter what the teachers are doing to teach, the kids are somewhat safe. Not the case here at Hidden Oak. Talk about old school teachings here, there is a Lord of the Flies feel, particularly among the "purple thread" girls. The girls who were deemed as "unfixable" by the teachers were cast aside to basically fend for themselves until the last one was left standing. It was pretty scary the things these girls had to do just to survive. 3) The Mystery. From the very beginning, Angela knows there are more secrets about this school than the ordinary. And Schrefer has a very compelling way of revealing just enough to keep the reader devouring each page late into the evening. I love it when a book has a great sense of timing like this one, it makes it so easy to stay wrapped up in an interesting story. 4) The School. I talk alot about character development when I read and review books, because 99% of the time, the characters are what keep me involved in a story. Well, I was impressed by the way the school was developed as a character in this book. It was the most compelling part of the story, as if it was taking on the personalities of the teachers and students who were inhabiting the different part of the building.

What I Didn't Like: Well, while the school itself was developed to an awesome degree, I was missing a little from the characters. I got into Angela's story pretty easily, and her search for her cousin was emotional. But as far as the supporting characters go, I could have used some more details because I wanted to care more about them.

Overall Thoughts: The School for Dangerous Girls is one of those psychological thrillers that will leave you chilled to the bone. The plot was easy to understand and get involved in. The characters left a little to be desired, but the plot lines and the awesome sense of timing make up for it. If you are looking for something to mix up your dystopians or paranormals, take some time to check out Eliot Schrefer's The School for Dangerous Girls - it will mess with your head but end in a satisfying way.

My Rating: 3.5 shots

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (53)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. It highlights the upcoming books that we are most anxiously awaiting.

This week my Waiting on Wednesday is.......... 

Asunder by Jodi Meadows 
Release Date: January 29th, 2013 

I LOVED with a CAPITAL L Incarnate. Since it's release last January, I've read it five times. It was my favorite new release last year. So naturally I am super excited for the release of Asunder. I can't wait to see what's next for Ana and Sam, especially after the way Incarnate ended. And isn't that cover just enchanting? I love displaying Incarnate on my shelf, and will be glad to show this one off too!

So what are y'all waiting on this fine Wednesday? 

How's the weather for everyone? Is anyone having nice, Fall, or even Winter weather? We're still in the 80s, and it's driving me a little batty, because I love cold weather.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Jenny Han was at Austin Teen Book Festival in 2011, but I had never read a book by either her or Siobahn Vivian until they got together to write Burn for Burn. I'd actually seen Burn for Burn around the blogs for a while, but happened into the bookstore on the day of it's release and loved how it looked up there on the shelf. Then I was captured by the summary.

Here's the summary from Goodreads: BIG GIRLS DON'T CRY... THEY GET EVEN. Lillia has never had any problems dealing with boys who like her. Not until this summer, when one went too far. No way will she let the same thing happen to her little sister. Kat is tired of the rumours, the insults, the cruel jokes. It all goes back to one person– her ex-best friend– and she's ready to make her pay. Four years ago, Mary left Jar Island because of a boy. But she's not the same girl anymore. And she's ready to prove it to him. Three very different girls who want the same thing: sweet, sweet revenge. And they won't stop until they each had a taste.

What I Liked: 1) The three main characters. Have you ever heard the phrase misery loves company? Well, this definitely seems to apply here - three girls who have nothing in common other than their desire for revenge against the people who are ruling the school. They have very different personalities, but are all easy to get to know and empathize with. I've thought about it for a bit, and I can't pick a favorite. Usually I identify more with one MC than any others, but all three of these girls play an important role in the story and have the ability to evoke emotions of both pride and pity from the reader. Or, from me, at least. 2) The creativity. So the main idea is that our three MCs are exacting revenge on the people who've wronged them. And they are very creative in the ways they go about it. This was part of what made the book so interesting. I was always wondering what they were going to come up with next. 3) Lillia, and how protective of her sister. It's not little things that has happened to these girls, especially not Lillia. She's dealing with a really difficult thing when she and Kat and Mary form their little group. So, this is not a fluff piece. It's some real, hard core stuff, and I really liked how deep the story went. Anyway, Lillia puts most of her energy trying to spare her little sister the grief that she is still dealing with, and she is very loyal and protective. That's something, as a big sister, that I can relate with. 4) The ending. The ending was very satisfying for me - not only did the girls all manage to feel better, but they formed a new friendship that hopefully was going to help them get past the issues they were dealing with.

What I Didn't Like: I liked all of it.

Overall Thoughts: Burn for Burn is an awesome piece of realistic fiction. The characters are very personable, and their pain is very real and evokes a lot of emotion. There is some humor, but also a level of depth that I really appreciate in contemporary fiction. Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian are both very talented, and bringing them together for this book created an excellent work that I think everyone should check out.

My Rating: 5 shots

Monday, November 5, 2012

Promised by Caragh M. O'Brien

I remember starting this series after Birthmarked came out. I had no idea where she was going to take it, but I loved Gaia's story and couldn't wait to find out more. And finally the ending to her story was released and I eagerly dove into it. I'm going to warn you right now that if you haven't read the first two books and plan on it, don't read this review or the summary. I just don't want anything to be spoiled for you.

Here is the summary from Goodreads: After defying the ruthless Enclave, surviving the wasteland, and upending the rigid matriarchy of Sylum, Gaia Stone now faces her biggest challenge ever. She must lead the people of Sylum back to the Enclave and persuade the Protectorat to grant them refuge from the wasteland. In Gaia's absence, the Enclave has grown more cruel, more desperate to experiment on mothers from outside the wall, and now the stakes of cooperating or rebelling have never been higher. Is Gaia ready, as a leader, to sacrifice what--or whom--she loves most?

What I Liked: 1) Well, I was right if anyone is counting! If you read my review of book 2, Prized, you'll remember that I said that Gaia's personality changed from strong and confident to kind of weak and brainwashed. But I predicted that she'd get her confidence back and that rebellious spirit that I had enjoyed so much in Birthmarked. And I was right. Once again she was a stronger personality, and her bravery and self-sacrifice was great. 2) The Enclave's experiments. Okay, I didn't like these at all. But I loved the sentiment behind them and the reaction that I had as a reader to the results. There is one thing in particular that you just think, oh, there is no way they will actually do that. They can't! How can it end that way? And when you realize what happens, it just felt like this stone dropped in the pit of my stomach. Like, no matter what happened after, this one result just put a damper on the rest of the story. But what I loved about it was that it first, surprised me that Miz O'Brien went there, and second, the deep reaction that I had to it. I think it will stun a lot of people. 3) This was the most...active of the three books. There was a big "storm the palace" scene that was really great, because I felt as if I was watching it from several different angles, instead of reading words on a page. But there was so much movement as the residents of Sylum are on the move towards the Enclave. It was as if in books one and two, we are in this world that we've only explored parts of. But in the third book we finally saw how it was all connected.

What I Didn't Like: Nothing!

Overall Thoughts: There was so much to say about Promised, I don't even know that I could get it all in this review. The bittersweet ending to Gaia and Leon's story was emotional, action-filled, and finished the story right back where we belonged in an interesting circle. Gaia is an MC that everyone can root for! And the love story, while not the main focus on the story, is light and sweet and will touch your heart. If you haven't read this trilogy, I'd recommend it for anyone who is looking for a different dystopian story with a great MC and an over-arching love story that doesn't take over the rest of the plot.

My Rating: 5 shots

Friday, November 2, 2012

Halloween Giveaway Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of the Fuzzy.Coffee.Books Halloween Giveaways! Chosen by Rafflecopter:

Alice in Zombieland Winner 
Lisa Cory 

Velveteen Winner 
 Nicole Mainardi 

Carnival of Souls Winner 
Farin (@ThoughtsofFarin) 

Ten Winner 
Kristina Yeager 

Congrats again and thanks to everyone who participated! And don't worry, because there will be plenty more giveaways coming up here on FCB!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

October Wrap-Up

November has arrived, and my life is about to get insanely busy. But I always have time for y'all, and so I thought I'd check in with a wrap-up of everything that went on in October. Did y'all like the Halloween Event here on FCB? It's the second year I've done a similar event, and y'all seem to like it, so I think I'll keep doing it! I'll have winners posted for the giveaways probably tomorrow, so watch your emails! But for now, here's what I read and reviewed this month:

5 Shots 
Ten by Gretchen McNeil
Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr
Velveteen by Daniel Marks
Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
Dust and Decay by Jonathan Maberry

4 Shots
Hidden by P.C. and Kristin Cast
Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith
The Diviners by Libba Bray
The Dead Girls Detective Agency by Suzy Cox

3 Shots
The Turning by Francine Prose
The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison
Once A Witch by Carolyn MacCullough
Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

2 Shots
Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber
Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey

This month I also read: 
Son by Lois Lowry
Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
Promised by Caragh M. O'Brien
The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
Beta by Rachel Cohn

You'll see reviews of these coming in November! Thanks to all of you guys, my old and new followers for sticking with me! There are a lot of fun things still to come on Fuzzy.Coffee.Books!