Thursday, August 30, 2012

Third Sentence Thursday (2)

       
 Third Sentence Thursday is Hosted by Sniffly Kitty's Mostly Books


"The color of his hair gave midnight a run for its money, with eyes to match." -Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick 

I'm not going to give away who Nora is talking about, but I think you could take a guess...


Happy Reading, 
Kiersten

Waiting on Wednesday (5)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post that highlights books we are excited to read hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine

Title: The Casual Vacancy
Author: J.K Rowling
Synopsis:
When Barry Fairweather dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock.

Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty fa├žade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…Pagford is not what it first seems.

And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults.

Why am I excited?:
Um, duh. Another book from J.K Rowling, enough said.

What book are you waiting for?

Happy Reading,
Kiersten




Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Review: Mask City

Author: James Agee Jr.

Release Date: August 17th, 2012

Pages: 134

Synopsis:

With James Agee, Jr.'s second work of fiction, Mask City, he presents a world where two siblings, Thomas and Lacy Farthur, are thrust out of their seemingly harmless world into a society they formerly didn't know existed: an underground domain where the common adage, "A person is not a person without a mask," is exploited in the most dreadful manner. Thomas and Lacy, through a series of dramatic and horrendous undertakings, eventually find themselves challenging the system that took everything away from them. This work is an exploration of friendship, trust, redemption, and discovering purpose.

Genre: Fantasy


My Review: 

I was given a review copy of Mask City from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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First of all, this book was very detailed and thought out. From the very first pages, I was instantly intrigued. The writing style had a nice flow to it and the story world was amazing. This book really needs some more recognition!

The book starts off telling the story of Thomas and Lacy's parents and how they came to meet/fall in love. After a couple of pages, Thomas and Lacy Farthur are introduced. The two siblings are extremely adventurous and love the outdoors. One day, though, in the middle of the night, they are taken by a woman and a man who prick their throats with needles. 

We are then introduced to the Mask City. Let me just say that  I was fascinated by the underground world James created. Also, the whole mask thing was a really neat idea as well.  The concept overall was just, different and I liked that.  

The ending left me satisfied and wanting more. After all the hardships and troubles in the Mask City, Thomas and Lacy finally make it back home. (Yay!) Probably the only thing I wanted to learn more about was if their parents survived. It was just something that was nagging me throughout the whole story. But, oh well, this book still was awesome and definitely worth at least four stars. 

Rating: 

Happy Reading,
Kiersten

Teaser Tuesday (2)



Teaser Tuesdays is hosted MizB of Should be Reading

My teaser:

"He nodded his head a few times, almost wanting 
to fight
sleep as a reflex. His eyes became so heavy that it felt as if they
had lead weight on top of them. His breathing slowed, and his
eyes shut as sleep took him for a few seconds of escape from the
world in which he now lived and would hopefully soon be
leaving."

-Page 74, Mask City by: James Agee Jr.

Happy Reading,
Kiersten

Monday, August 27, 2012

Musing Mondays (2)

Musing Mondays are hosted by MizB of Should be Reading

This week’s musing — courtesy of http://lustforstories.blogspot.com– asks…

What is the weirdest/strangest/craziest book you've ever read?

My Answer:  Starters by: Lissa Price

HER WORLD IS CHANGED FOREVER

Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie's only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.

He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie's head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator's grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations' plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined. . . .

The concept of this book was really. . .different. I loved the book, it's just that it was so weird!   


What about you? What was the weirdest/strangest/craziest book you've ever read? 

Happy Reading,
Kiersten



Update

Hello everybody! I just wanted to let you know that Alivia will no longer be posting on this blog, for she is creating a blog of her own. From now on, I will be managing and posting on this blog. I thought I would just update everyone, just to prevent confusion and such.

Happy Reading,
Kiersten

Friday, August 24, 2012

Feature & Follow (1)


Feature and Follow is a blog hop hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read. The purpose is to meet new people and gain more followers in the book blogging community.


Q:Worst cover? What is the worst cover of a book that you've read and loved?



A:


Okay, don't get me wrong, I LOVE this cover. But I don't like how it doesn't match with all of the other Maximum Ride covers. It just does not look good on a shelf. Also, I just couldn't find a cover I didn't like of a book I read, so this is the next best thing I could find.

What about you?
Please follow and leave a link to your post so we can follow back!

Happy Reading,
Kiersten

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Third Sentence Thursday (1)

Third Sentence Thursday is Hosted by Sniffly Kitty's Mostly Books

"I was about to break that rule by taking off my pants." -Nine's Legacy by Pittacus Lore

On first glance, this guy sounds like he's at a party and is drunk. But my second opinion was that he was seriously crazy and psycho; he needed to be put in a mental institute!


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Review: Hush, Hush

Author: Becca Fitzpatrick

Release Date: October 13th, 2009

Pages: 391


Synopsis:
A SACRED OATH
A FALLEN ANGEL
A FORBIDDEN LOVE


Romance was not part of Nora Grey's plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.


Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Romance

My Review:

First of all, let me just say that this book is addicting. Like 'stay up 
until three in the morning because you just can't stop reading' addicting.   The plot was so intriguing and the characters were really well thought out, especially Patch Cipriano. You rock, Becca Fitzpatrick!

The lead heroine, Nora Gray is a somewhat typical one. She was smart, a little shy, and sometimes made me roll my eyes due to her lack of common sense. The only thing I didn't like about her was that she was predictable, just like a lot of other females in Young Adult literature. Overall though, I liked her a lot as a character.

But Patch. . .I loved Patch. He was dark, mysterious, and cute all at the same time! I mean yeah, at first he kind of creeped me out. He definitely grew on me though. Patch and Nora's relationship was awesome as well. It also was a bit typical, in comparison to other YA relationships I've read about in the past. (Cough cough Edward and Bella cough cough.) 

Overall though, I loved how the book went along and the characters developed. I think all of the characters in this book had their time to shine and had meaning in the plot and development of the story. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, it really is an enjoyable read!


Rating: 


Happy Reading,
Kiersten 





Teaser Tuesday (1)


Teaser Tuesdays is hosted MizB of Should be Reading


My teaser:

"I can't explain to her how quaint I find the humans' understanding of the known cosmos.  I wonder if other aliens in hiding have had first dates at the planetarium."

~Page 61, Nine's Legacy (Lorien Legacies: The Lost Files #3) by: Pittacus Lore


Happy Reading,

Alivia

Monday, August 20, 2012

Musing Mondays (1)

Musing Mondays is hosted by MizB at Should be Reading.
This week’s musing — courtesy of http://drpepperdiva.wordpress.com – asks…
Have you ever reread a book and found that your opinion changed?
Not really. However, there are books that I plan on rereading in the future that I hope my opinions change on. Usually when I reread a book, it's because I love it so much. For example, the Harry Potter series by: J.K. Rowling.

Happy Reading,

Kiersten


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (4)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post that highlights books we are excited to read hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine.

Title: The Treachery of Beautiful Things
Author: Ruth Frances Long
Synopsis: 
A darkly compelling mix of romance, fairy tale, and suspense from a new voice in teen fiction




The trees swallowed her brother whole, and Jenny was there to see it. Now seventeen, she revisits the woods where Tom was taken, resolving to say good-bye at last. Instead, she's lured into the trees, where she finds strange and dangerous creatures who seem to consider her the threat. Among them is Jack, mercurial and magnetic, with secrets of his own. Determined to find her brother, with or without Jack's help, Jenny struggles to navigate a faerie world where stunning beauty masks some of the most treacherous evils, and she's faced with a choice between salvation or sacrifice--and not just her own.



Why are we excited?: 
One of the main reasons why I am interested to read this is because the female protagonist seems like a strong one. 

What book are you waiting for?

Happy Reading,
Kiersten




Monday, August 13, 2012

Update

Hello everybody, it's Kiersten here! I just wanted to make a brief post apologizing about the lack of posts lately. I am almost done with Hush, Hush, so the review for that book should be up sometime this week. 

Just thought I would let you all know that there will be a new review up soon, thanks!

Happy Reading,
Kiersten

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (3)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post that highlights books we are excited to read hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine.

Title: Counting Backwards
Author: Laura Lascarso
Synopsis: 
Three weeks ago I tried to run away from home. Now all I want is to go back.

When troubled Taylor Truwell is caught with a stolen car and lands in court for resisting arrest, her father convinces the judge of an alternative to punishment: treatment in a juvenile psychiatric correctional facility. Sunny Meadows is anything but the easy way out, and Taylor has to fight hard just to hold on to her sanity as she battles her parents, her therapist, and vicious fellow patients. But even as Taylor struggles to hold on to her stubborn former self, she finds herself relenting as she lets in two unlikely friends-Margo, a former child star and arsonist, and AJ, a mysterious boy who doesn’t speak. In this striking debut, Laura Lascarso weaves together a powerful story of anger and self-destruction, hope and love.


Why are we excited?:
This books seems like a really interesting contemporary with some romance and drama. I don't read contemporary books too often, but this actually looks good.

What book are you waiting for?
Happy Reading,
Kiersten

Monday, August 6, 2012

Review: Nevermore

Author: James Patterson

Release Date: August 6th, 2012

Pages: 368

Synopsis:

One last chance...
For Max, Fang, Angel, Iggy, Nudge, and Gazzy.
Before it all ends.

Are you ready for the final chapter? Are you ready for the ultimate flight? Because THIS IS IT. One last incredible, explosive adventure with an astonishing ending that no one could have seen coming.


Deep breath in, deep breath out. There are so many things I need to say about this book, and this review may be a big jumbled mess once I'm done with it. But, for starters, let me just say that I absolutely loved this book. I finished it in a couple hours and couldn't put it down. 

This book was such an amazing ending to an fantastic series. So, I'm going to warn you now, there will be some spoilers in this review and considering not a lot of people have read this book yet, you may not want to read this right now. Anyways, for those who want to read this, let's get started.  

Genre: Young Adult Action/Science Fiction

My Review: 

Warning: Spoilers below.

First of all, I will admit, I was kind of bored throughout the first 100 pages of the book. Nothing much was happening with Fang's Gang or the Flock. Well, except the fact that (Major Spoiler: Highlight to read.) Maya died.  Let me tell you, I was not expecting that to happen. When it did, though, I was having my own little dance party and jumping around like a maniac...ha ha.  After that incident, Fang decides to leave his gang behind and heads out to find Max and the rest of the flock.

Aside from Fang for a moment, let's talk about Max and Dylan. I found myself rolling my eyes a lot within the first half of the book, because of some things Max said about Dylan. Example: 'Dylan smiled and I felt a tiny thrill run down my spine.' Ugh, gross. The most annoying thing about her saying that was that she literally repeated pretty much the same statement (worded differently) every five pages. I mean come on, we get it already. 

Once again...pretty big spoiler coming up. Read with caution. :)

So, at about page 200, Fang reunited with the flock and him and Max start to get, what's the word for it, interesting, again. Their relationship is a little awkward for about 50 pages, until the big fight happens. (Fang is injured badly and Dylan flies away.) After the fight, some things happen (that I won't say because of spoilers.) and then it's pretty much the ending of the book.

The ending. Holy moly, talk about emotional! For me, I thought the ending of Nevermore was probably the most emotional part out of the whole series, besides that one tear-jerker part in Fang.  I won't go into details about the ending, but let me just say, Fax fans; the ending will leave you very satisfied. I guarantee it. ;)

So yeah, amazing book, awesome series. Definitely check out the Maximum Ride series if you haven't already, you won't regret it. At least, I didn't. 

Happy Reading,
Kiersten









Friday, August 3, 2012

Barnes and Noble Book Haul!

Hello everybody, it's Kiersten here. Today I wanted to show you some books I bought at Barnes and Noble today. There are only three books, but I thought it would be cool to make a blog post about them and share them with you. They are pretty popular, so you should know all about them already. :)

I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies #1) by: Pittacus Lore

SynopsisNine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books - but we are real.

Our plan was to grow, and train, and become strong, and become one, and fight them. But they found us and started hunting us first. Now all of us are running. Spending our lives in shadows, in places where no one would look, blending in. We have lived among you without you knowing.

But they know.

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They killed them all.

I am Number Four.

I am next.



The Power Of Six (Lorien Legacies #2) by: Pittacus Lore

Synopsis: I've seen him on the news. Followed the stories about what happened in Ohio. John Smith, out there, on the run. To the world, he's a mystery. But to me . . . he's one of us.

Nine of us came here, but sometimes I wonder if time has changed us—if we all still believe in our mission. How can I know? There are six of us left. We're hiding, blending in, avoiding contact with one another . . . but our Legacies are developing, and soon we'll be equipped to fight. Is John Number Four, and is his appearance the sign I've been waiting for? And what about Number Five and Six? Could one of them be the raven-haired girl with the stormy eyes from my dreams? The girl with powers that are beyond anything I could ever imagine? The girl who may be strong enough to bring the six of us together?

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They tried to catch Number Four in Ohio—and failed.

I am Number Seven. One of six still alive.

And I'm ready to fight.


Alivia has told me nothing but amazing things about this series, so I thought I would give the books a try. It looks amazing!

Legend by: Marie Lu

Synopsis: What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.

I'm sure you all have heard about this book, it's gotten a lot of hype lately. Because of that, I thought I would give this book a try and form my own opinion about it.

Happy Reading,
Kiersten

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (2)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post that highlights books we are excited to read hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine



Title: The Rise of Nine
Author: Pittacus Lore
Synopsis: 
Until the day I met John Smith, Number Four, I'd been on the run alone, hiding and fighting to stay alive.



Together, we are much more powerful. But it could only last so long before we had to separate to find the others. . . 



I went to Spain to find Seven, and I found even more, including a tenth member of the Garde who escaped from Lorien alive. Ella is younger than the rest of us, but just as brave. Now we're looking for the others--including John.



But so are they.


They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They caught me in New York--but I escaped.
I am Number Six. 
They want to finish what they started.
But they'll have to fight us first.

Why are we excited?:

I have loved this series for a loong time!  It up there in my favorites.  John is so cool, so is Six!  I can't wait!! The synopsis sounds so exciting. This is the 3rd book of 6, and I just wish they were all already out!

What book are you waiting on?

Happy Reading, 
Alivia    

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