Thursday, August 23, 2012

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

This review may contain spoilers of previous books in the series.
Summary: (from goodreads) To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters - never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he's willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her new found powers to help save the Glass City - whatever the cost?
Review: This is the third book in the Mortal Instruments series, and it is my favorite of the series so far.  I liked that much of this book takes place in Idris, which was a really unique setting. I liked getting even more shadowhunter history. This book had a lot of shocking plot twists that kept me hooked. The last few chapters were so intense and although this book was originally meant to be the end of the series. I am really glad that there is more to come. This book is close to six hundred pages long, but I flew through it, especially the last few chapters. I don't have anything else to say except that Clary and Jace are awesome and adorable and I love them both. Can't wait to continue with this series. I am also going to start reading the Infernal Devices series, which is the prequel series to this one.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

That Boy by Jillian Dodd

Summary: (from goodreads) That Boy is a contemporary romance about falling in love with the boys next door.You know, being friends with two cute boys does have its benefits. There's Danny. Danny is a golden boy in every way. He has dreamy blue eyes and blonde hair that always looks perfect, even when it’s windblown or been stuck under a football helmet. He’s the boy every girl crushes on. The boy I get into trouble with, the boy I fight with, the hot quarterback no girl can resist, not even me. Being with Danny is like being on an adventure. He has a bright, contagious smile and abs to die for. He’s pretty much irresistible.Equally crush worthy is Phillip. Adorable, sweet Phillip, who I have known since birth. Phillip has dark hair, a perfect smile, brown eyes, and the sexiest voice I have ever heard. He’s the boy I talk to every night before I go to sleep. The boy who rescues me, the boy who can read my mind, the boy who is always there for me, the boy who tries to keep me out of trouble, the boy who irritatingly keeps getting hotter, and whose strong arms always seem to find their way around me. And when he gives me that grin, I can never say no.One boy will give me my very first kiss.One boy will teach me to make out.One boy will take me to prom.And finally, one boy will ask me to marry him.They will both be my best friends.But only one of them will be the boy I fall in love with.\Only one of them is That Boy.
Review: This book is a sweet and light romantic read. I expected this to be a little bit of a love triangle between three best friends type of book, but it was more than that. I liked that this took place over many years of JJ's life.  In the first chapter she is in fourth grade and by the end of the book she is out of college. That is a lot of jumping around and at the beginning of the book, it kind of annoyed me because it would only show brief scenes and then jump to a later time period. However, once she was older it caught up to "present day" and then it became one continuous story. Basically, the first part of the book is giving  a background on these characters. I didn't expect things to be so obvious, as far as which guy she would end up with. I expected a t least a little bit of suspense and surprise. I liked the characters. Although, JJ was a little bit annoying at times. I'm not sure if I am going to read the sequel because JJ's attitude about things was really getting to me. If the kindle edition ever goes on sale than I will probably get it, but otherwise I don't know if I will. I'm honestly not sure there ever needed to be s sequel because this is a sweet and fun story and there is nothing wrong with things ending here. Overall, this a sweet and fun read that I did enjoy.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Summary:(from goodreads) I’ve left some clues for you.If you want them, turn the page.If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?
Review: I have read the other books that Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written together but this one is by far my favorite. It was such a sweet and exciting story. The plot was a lot simpler than I expected it to be. The notebook as a way of meeting and communicating worked really well. This book was a really quick read. Its only 260 pages and I was flying through the chapters. I also liked that this book took place during Christmas vacation. It added an extra element that I really enjoyed. Dash and Lily were both really cool characters. They were unique and interesting and I liked getting to know them both. My favorite thing about this book was the sweetness of it. A lot of ya romance is full of drama and love triangles, where characters suffer from lack of parents and instalove. This wasn't like that. It was sweet, tentative and unexpected. I thought that was really refreshing. Fans of David Levithan and Rachel Cohn will enjoy this one as well.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Perfect by Ellen Hopkins

Summary:(from goodreads) Everyone has something, someone, somewhere else that they’d rather be. For four high-school seniors, their goals of perfection are just as different as the paths they take to get there. Cara’s parents’ unrealistic expectations have already sent her twin brother Conner spiraling toward suicide. For her, perfect means rejecting their ideals to take a chance on a new kind of love. Kendra covets the perfect face and body—no matter what surgeries and drugs she needs to get there. To score his perfect home run—on the field and off—Sean will sacrifice more than he can ever win back. And Andre realizes that to follow his heart and achieve his perfect performance, he’ll be living a life his ancestors would never have understood.Everyone wants to be perfect, but when perfection loses its meaning, how far will you go? What would you give up to be perfect?
Review: I really loved this book. The premise was really good and I was pretty excited to start reading this. Ellen Hopkins is amazingly talented. She is able to create such an emotional and powerful story, written enitrely in verse. All of the characters are very well developed. I couldn't help but want the best for all of them. The message that this book sends about having unrealistic expectations for yourself and others is a really strong one. I think writing a review of a book I absolutely loved is hard, because I can't put my feelings about it entirely into words. So all i am going to say is read this book. Also, this book was written as a companion novel to her earlier book Impulse, in which Cara's twin brother Conner is a main character. I would reccomend reading Impulse first because it adds a lot to the story if you know what happened in Impulse.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan

Note: I received this book for free from goodreads first reads.
Summary:(from goodreads)What if you were bound for a new world, about to pledge your life to someone you'd been promised to since birth, and one unexpected violent attack made survival—not love—the issue?Out in the murky nebula lurks an unseen enemy: the New Horizon. On its way to populate a distant planet in the wake of Earth's collapse, the ship's crew has been unable to conceive a generation to continue its mission. They need young girls desperately, or their zealous leader's efforts will fail. On board their sister ship, the Empyrean, the unsuspecting families don't know an attack is being mounted that could claim the most important among them...Fifteen-year-old Waverly is part of the first generation to be successfully conceived in deep space; she was born on the Empyrean, and the large farming vessel is all she knows. Her concerns are those of any teenager—until Kieran Alden proposes to her. The handsome captain-to-be has everything Waverly could ever want in a husband, and with the pressure to start having children, everyone is sure he's the best choice. Except for Waverly, who wants more from life than marriage—and is secretly intrigued by the shy, darkly brilliant Seth.But when the Empyrean faces sudden attack by their assumed allies, they quickly find out that the enemies aren't all from the outside.
Review: To be honest I was a little bit hesitant to read this book, only because I usually stay away from science fiction space type books. However, I enjoyed this one more than I thought I would. This book is told from both Waverly and Kieran's point of view. I enjoyed Waverly's perspective better. I thought Kieran and Seth started to get a little bit annoying after a while. The plot well paced but a lot of this book was building up for the rest of the series. What I really liked is that it is somewhat hard to tell what some of the character's intentions are. It added a level of suspense to the story. Although, I didn't really connect with any of the characters, I did really like Waverly. her determination to not give up made her a really strong character. I am excited to hopefully have some questions answered in the next book. Thanks to Goodreads and St. Martin's for sending me this. This is one that I might not have discovered otherwise.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

This review may contain spoilers from previous books in the series.
Summary: My name is Meghan Chase.I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it.This time, there will be no turning back.
Review: This is the third book in the Iron Fey series and I had very mixed feelings about this book. I started to feel like alot of the plot points were recycled from the previous two books. I also thought the plot was somewhat predictable. Although, I was pleasently surprised by the way this book eneded and I am interested to see where the next book leads, especially since it is told from Ash's perspective. The thing I really enjoy about this series is the characters and world building. I liked getting to explore the Nevernever along with all these awesome characters. Ash and Puck are my favorite. They are both so awesome and strong characters. After reading this book, I am excited to see what happens next.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

From Bad to Cursed by Katie Alender

This review may contain spoilers of previous books in the series.
Note: I recieved this book for free from goodreads first reads.
Summary:(from goodreads) Worried about her sister, Alexis and her best friend Megan decide to investigate by joining the Sunshine Club. At first, their connection with leader Aralt seems harmless. Alexis even finds herself reveling in her elegance and success. Still, the group is crumbling from within, and soon Alexis finds herself battling her own personal demons.
Review: This is the second book in the Bad Girls Don't Die series and I thought it was a great continuation of the series. When I first read Bad Girls Don't Die a few years ago I didn't know that it was the beginning of a series and I was really excited to read this one. The premise had me really excited to read this and it had me hooked pretty early on.  Although, this book is about ghosts it wasn't overly scary. There were some creppy elements but it wasn't anything I couldn't handle. The way this ended made me really excited to read the next book in this series.  Alexis is a really awesome main character. She is a really well written character. She is fun and can't help but get herself into trouble. I really liked Lydia in the last book, but in this one she seemed like a completely different person. Kasey and Carter were also really great characters. Kasey really steps up to the plate in this book and isn't afraid to do what needs to be done and carter is just a really sweet and awesome guy. I kind of felt bad ofr him because he didn't know what was going on. Overall, this was a pretty good read and I will definitely be checking out the next book in the series.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Jenny Pox by J.L Bryan

Summary: (from goodreads) Eighteen-year-old Jenny Morton has a horrific secret: her touch spreads a deadly supernatural plague, the "Jenny pox." She lives by a single rule: Never touch anyone. A lifetime of avoiding any physical contact with others has made her isolated and painfully lonely in her small rural town.Then she meets the one boy she can touch. Jenny feels herself falling for Seth...but if she's going to be with him, Jenny must learn to use the deadly pox inside her to confront his ruthless and manipulative girlfriend Ashleigh, who secretly wields the most dangerous power of all.
Review: I enjoyed this book more than I thought I was going to. I was intrigued by the premise when I started reading it and was immediately pulled into Jenny's story.  Jenny lives a very solitary life and I couldn't help but like her as her struggle for a normal life becomes more and more difficult. I thought the plot was well paced and although not much happened until the last few chapters I was never bored. When things did start to get exciting, I was hooked. The climax had me on the edge of my seat. The author did a really good job of tying everything together. Things get a little bit out of hand and I am looking forward to seeing how the next book picks up and deals with the consequences of what happened. Jenny and Seth were both really well written characters. They were very likable and it was easy to hope that things work out for them. My only slight problem was that there was a few very graphic scenes. I didn't really like reading those scenes, and becasue of that many younger teens won't read this. Which is annoying to me, because other than that this book was awesome. I can't wait to read the sequel.