Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday! #2

Top Ten Tuesday is a week feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday, book bloggers post a top ten list in response to predetermined prompt. To learn more about Top Ten Tuesday or to see a list of future topics, head on  over to The Broke and the Bookish.
Top Ten Favorite Books You've Read During The Lifespan Of Your Blog:
 I started my blog back in March so it isn't a hard list to make for me!

1. Out Of Sight, Out Of Time by Ally Carter
Ally Carter's novels are my thing teenage spies and thieves, number five in the Gallagher Girl's series is the best read I've had since March. However many have come close but Carter just wins again.
2. The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
This came in as a close second and Mead has done it again in the Bloodlines world creating new romances & adventures.
3. Until I Die by Amy Plum
Vincent <3 and Kate's romance and story just captivate me along with the setting of Paris.
4. Storm by Brigid Kemmerer
If it wasn't for all those Aussie Bloggers on twitter raving about this read I wouldn't have picked this novel up, however it is now one of my favourite books.
5. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Having only reading this last week this book is full of action and kindling romance. This book had me at Assassin reminding me of Maria V. Sydner's work as well as Ally Carter's
6. The Body at the Tower and The Traitor and the Tunnel by Y.S. Lee
Both these books are Mary Quinn novels and I love Mary Quinn and the agency's adventures espically when they involve a Mr James Easton. Trurth be told I only finished the third novel (Traitot and the Tunnel) yesterday.
7. The Last Echo by Kimerbly Derting
I love the body finder series and this just added to my love of it. Jay and Violet's relationship is amazing and hope it continues!
8. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
This tearjerker is now rising the list and becoming one of my favourite contemps YA of the year.
9. Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
This Sport YA is amazing! My love of sport and female power are all in this novel it is awesome!
10. Instructions for a Broken Heart by Kim Culbertson
Don't care if people hated it, what matters is that I loved it! A well known fact by know is that I'm a sucker for a good contemp read.

So that is my Top Ten this tuesday!


Review Time! #17

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

From the Flying Start author of Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, a powerful novel about hope in the face of heartbreak.

Taylor Edwards’ family might not be the closest-knit—everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled—but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor’s dad gets devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer all together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains.
Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere. Her former best friend is still around, as is her first boyfriend…and he’s much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve.
As the summer progresses and the Edwards become more of a family, they’re more aware than ever that they’re battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance—with family, with friends, and with love.

When Taylor never came back to her families lake house after the summer that she was Tweleve she was relieved that they didn't go back. However, this time they are going back because it is her father's last wish that they have a normal and together summer at their lake house one last time, Taylor's father has cancer.

As we go through the present day and those summer days five years ago, you see Taylor reconnect with the characters from her past espically her first boyfriend and her summer best friend. The secret that tore her apart from them is found out throughout the novel but Henry and Lucy still don't know why she ran away back home that summer.

Matson shows us that Taylor isn't perfect and with her flaw of running away when things get tough is exporled throughout. Taylor really grows throughout the story, she becomes less afraid and starts to accept the fact yes her father is going to die, yes she made a mistake five years ago and yes she is still running away from situations without actually running away.

Lucy was Taylor's old best friend and both are now working together along with their old friend Elliot at the beach shack. As Taylor and the other characters start to reconnect it unravels what happened five years ago. Henry and Taylor, well they start to continue their relationship after avoiding each other for a good half of the summer (bit hard when they live next door to each other) but it is still complicated and Taylor's flaw kicks back into gear.

Matson has created a great contemp YA read with the reconnection of friends and romance, the realities of life and brings in the strong sense of family values which seem to missing nowdays. The book is a tearjerker and I must say that Matson doesn't believe in happy endings one bit!

Rating: 5/5


Monday, July 23, 2012

Review Time! #16

The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting
Words cannot describe how much I love the body finder series, it is just amazing and a series that is quite different from other YA books around.

In the end, all that’s left is an echo.

Violet kept her morbid ability to sense dead bodies a secret from everyone except her family and her childhood-best-friend-turned-boyfriend, Jay Heaton. That is until forensic psychologist Sara Priest discovered Violet’s talent and invited her to use her gift to track down murderers. Now, as she works with an eclectic group of individuals—including mysterious and dangerously attractive Rafe—it’s Violet’s job to help those who have been murdered by bringing their killers to justice.

When Violet discovers the body of a college girl killed by “the girlfriend collector” she is determined to solve the case. But now the serial killer is on the lookout for a new “relationship” and Violet may have caught his eye....

Violet is back and it is no longer a huge secret that she can sense the dead, well many people still don't know about it but Sara Priest's team now does along with Violet's family and Jay. Violet has teamed up with Sara's team as she helps them find the serial killer they call "the girlfriend collector" and once again puts her life at risk.

The new characters from Sara's team are either annoying (well okay just one) or supportive and helpful to Violet. Raf is back, he was in book two and saved Violet's life twice, and he seems different this time around much more friendlier? well I still wouldn't call him a warm person. However, Jay is still with Violet and worries about her, he is still sweet but more understanding of why she does what she does it. Raf and Jay still don't see eye to eye with Jay seeing Raf as a threat (which everyone knows Jay would always win no matter what).

Violet once again is in danger and this time for following leads and attracting unwanted attention by more than one person. This book is much darker than the other two and is much more interesting as the story develops more. I still love how Derting has the killers perspective throughout the book as she makes you understand them and their actions. This book is action packed with mystery, a little bit of romance and whole lot of action, Derting once again delievers a compelling novel which is full of dark twists and turns.

Rating: 5/5

Keely xx

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #3

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog feature hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine which spotlights future releases that we may be eagerly anticipating. Here is my pick for the week:
Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick
Nora is more certain than ever that she is in love with Patch. Fallen angel or no, he is the one for her. Her heritage and destiny may mean that they will always be enemies, but there is no turning her back on him. But now they face their biggest challenge. Can their love survive a seemingly insurmountable divide. And in the end, will there be enough trust left to rebuild what has been broken? The lines are drawn - but which sides are they on?

In the final installment of the Hush Hush series, we will finally see how it ends once and for all. I love this series ever since my best friend told me "Read this it is amazing" I cannot help but love Patch and Nora, even if Nora annoys me sometimes, Patch makes up for it! Plus look at the cover!

This final installment is released October 23 2012. So everyone who hasn't read Hush Hush GET OUT THERE AND READ IT!

Keely xx

Review Time! #15

No Such Thing As Forever by Ali Cronin

Real love. Real lives. The real thing . . .

Four girls, three boys, turning 18. Get set to follow their eventful final year at school.

Cass is Ms Monogamy. Ashley is a player. Donna is a party girl. But what about Sarah? Her friends tease her for being uptight, but she's waiting for The One. Now she's found him, but is he forever - or is Sarah just his summer fling?

Girl Heart Boy is the irresistible new romantic series for teenage readers. Immerse yourself in the stories and engage with the characters through our books, ebooks and online webisodes. Real love, real lives, real sex: Girl Heart Boy is the most thrilling must-read series. (Bio from netgallery.com)

No such thing as forever is a new romantic/contemprary YA. I was dragged in on the first page and instantly connected to the main characters; Sarah is such a relatable character for many older teenagers with her relationships with friends, family and of course boys. As she struggles to make sense of her relationship with Joe it strains her relationships with friends and her family.

Throughout the book you see underlying relationships which you can see but Sarah can't which makes you feel for the other characters. The strain that one relationship has on her other relationships is something which many readers can relate to.

This book is more relatable to teenagers 16-20 as much of what is explored and addressed in the books is what teenagers go through. This and the relatable characters of Sarah, Donna, Cass and Ashley drag you into the book and don't let you until your left wanting more.  This group of friends has everything a player, a party girl, a loyal girlfriend and Sarah, the girl who falls in love on a holiday romance and trys to make it work back in Brighton.

The characterisation of the characters make you feel for them and understand what they are going through. With the relatable characters you know what they are going through and what they want to do but don't.

This is the first book in the Girl Heart Boy series by Ali Cronin and I honestly cannot wait for book two!

Rate: 4.5/5

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Top 10 Tuesday! #1

Top Ten Tuesday is a week feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday, book bloggers post a top ten list in response to predetermined prompt. To learn more about Top Ten Tuesday or to see a list of future topics, head on  over to The Broke and the Bookish.

This week it is Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR List! However since it is winter here in Aus, I am going to do my Winter TBR!

1. My Life Next Door by Huntly Fitzpatrick
This Contemp YA debut is right up my ally! Romance and Friendship! It looks like an amazing read and the cover is adorable!

2. The Summer Of No Regrets by Katherine Bond
This book is on order! I love Summer and Summer romances (Yes there will be a summer theme on my TBR, Yes I am having beach withdrawal) It just looks like a book that I would read over and over until Summer comes around.

3. The Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen
This debut contemp YA looks amazing! It seems to like the romance in Anna and the French Kiss! Romance is what I love so this book looks like a great read!

4. Instructions for a Broken Heart by Kim Culbertson
This book may have been out for a while but I have just recently found it and cannot wait for it to arrive!

5. Siernsong by Jenna Black
This series is a different take on Fairies which I love, I really wanna see how this series pans out after the last two.

6. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
I've heard nothing but great things about this book and just wanna read it! Also it would get me out of this beach withdrawal I'm going through!

7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
My best friend reccommened this read and well, she is never wrong! So I can't wait to read it!

8. Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson
This YA contemp looks different and interesting! Summer + Italy + Hot Boys = Something I Want To Read!

9. Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry
This YA contemp sounds amazing after her so much great things from other book bloggers I can't wait to read it!

10. The Pledge by Kimberly Derting
After loving Derting's body finder series I am looking forward to reading this one!

And that is my Top 10 Winter TBR!

Keely xx 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

IMM #3

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren. I'm only going to do this when I get a chance, exams coming up and year 12 is terrible! So this is from the last few weeks!
Hey guys, this is my haul since the last IMM!

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, Thankyou to Bloomsbury for the comp on twitter! I cannot wait to read it!

Second Chance Summer by Morgans Matson, After hearing nothing but great things about this book I had to go buy it! Loved all of it and it was a book that set you into tears.

The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting, I love the body finder series and this one was no expection! However it doesn't match my other covers! The others are so pretty and this one is dark, but then again it is a dark book

The Selection by Kiera Cass, This book was amazing, after seeing it in the shop I couldn't not buy it!

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, I finally have an actual copy of this book! Instead of ebook reading it, I can now finally read it in book form.

The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald, my best friend insited I read this before the movie comes out, so lets see how it goes!

And that is it for this week! What did you recieve in your mailbox this week?

Keely xx

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Review Time! #14

The Selection by Kiera Cass
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself- and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.(from goodreads.com)

The Selection is a cross of The Hunger Games and The Goddess Test, well thats what I think. However it was still a great read!

America only enters the Selection as a bribe from her mother and a plee from her boyfriend. America is a 5, her boyfriend a 6, meaning that her family would never go for it. America is a singer and a musician which is what a 5's family does while Aspen is a 6, a servant for 3's and 4's, he doesn't have a lot of money so he doesn't want America to have this life.

The Selection takes America to Prince Maxon's palace to compete for his heart with 34 other girls. But the thing is that America doesn't want to be there, she wants Aspen. However after insulting Maxon they become friends, he finds her different from the other girls as she likes all the simplistic things and as she helps him understand the sudden influx of girls in his home.

The characters are each unique and complex, America has her own style which the Prince loves so when the other girls try to copy her she changes it up so she is still unique. Maxon, you cannot help but fall in love with Maxon! He is sweet, caring and has NO idea how to act around females, it's kinda cute. Aspen, Aspen, Aspen we have a love/hate relationship, but your intruiging. The girls in the selection are each different and have their own way of acting whether like a bitch or a good friend.

The Selection is a great YA debut, one of the best I've read so far! So everyone get out their and go pick up a copy!

P.S the ending almost killed me, 2013 should hurry up just so I can see what happens!

Rating: 4.5/5

Keely xx

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Review Time! #13

Rapture by Lauren Kate
The sky is dark with wings . . . .

Like sand in an hourglass, time is running out for Luce and Daniel. To stop Lucifer from erasing the past they must find the place where the angels fell to earth. Dark forces are after them, and Daniel doesn’t know if he can do this—live only to lose Luce again and again.

Yet together they will face an epic battle that will end with lifeless bodies . . . and angel dust. Great sacrifices are made. Hearts are destroyed. And suddenly Luce knows what must happen.

For she was meant to be with someone other than Daniel. The curse they’ve borne has always and only been about her—and the love she cast aside. The choice she makes now will be the only one that truly matters.

In the fight for Luce, who will win?

The astonishing conclusion to the FALLEN series. Heaven can’t wait any longer (from goodreads.com)

What an ending to a series that has had its up's and downs. Rapture is the final enstallment of the Fallen series and I advise to not read this review if you haven't read the other three books.

At the end of Passion we find out that Bill, Luce's announcer guide, is really Lucifer who is trying to erase the past and start again from the fall. It starts where Torment left off really with the adventures of Passion inbetween. They have nine days to find three relics to give them the location of the fall.

With the race across the world to find the three relics, the angels of heaven and hell unite together to stop Lucifer from erasing the past they face dangers from the outcasts, the scale and the elders (remember Miss Sophia from Fallen?) and Luce trying to remember her past lives and what she really is.

Luce is the key to knowing where the fall site is and is the only one who can stop Lucifer from erasing the past. There isn't much time for romance between Daniel and Luce as they are trying to stop the world from ending, but the final ending really brings out the fact that they are true soulmates.

Rate: 4.5/5

Keely xx

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #2

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog feature hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine which spotlights future releases that we may be eagerly anticipating. Here is my pick for the week:
Spark by Brigid Kemmerer

Gabriel Merrick plays with fire. Literally.

Sometimes he can even control it. And sometimes he can’t. Like the fire that killed his parents.

Gabriel has always had his brothers to rely on, especially his twin, Nick. But when an arsonist starts wreaking havoc on their town, all the signs point to Gabriel. Only he’s not doing it.

More than Gabriel’s pride is at stake -- this could cost him his family, maybe his life. And no one seems to hear him. Except a shy sophomore named Layne, a brainiac who dresses in turtlenecks and jeans and keeps him totally off balance. Layne understands family problems, and she understands secrets. She has a few of her own.

Gabriel can’t let her guess about his brothers, about his abilities, about the danger that’s right at his heels. But there are some risks he can’t help taking.

The fuse is lit…

I don't need to say much about this one because everyone gets it when I say Merrick Brothers! After loving Storm I am not set on counting down the days until I can get Spark in my hands! It will be good to read from Gabriel's view after reading Becca's and Chris's. As you can see the countdown widget is on 55days until Spark is released :D
Spark is released in Australia on October 1 2012!

Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff
Griffins are supposed to be extinct. So when Yukiko and her warrior father Masaru are sent to capture one for the Shogun, they fear that their lives are over. Everyone knows what happens to those who fail him, no matter how hopeless the task.

But the mission proves far less impossible, and far more deadly, than anyone expects – and soon Yukiko finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in her country's last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled griffin for company. But trapped together in the forest, Yukiko and Buruu soon discover a friendship that neither of them expected.

Meanwhile, the country around them verges on the brink of collapse. A toxic fuel is slowly choking the land; the omnipotent, machine-powered Lotus Guild is publicly burning those they deem Impure; and the Shogun cares about nothing but his own dominion. Yukiko has always been uneasy in the shadow of power, when she learns the awful truth of what the Shogun has done, both to her country and to her own family she's determined to do something about it.

Returning to the city, Yukiko and Buruu plan to make the Shogun pay for his crimes – but what can one girl and a flightless griffin do against the might of an empire?

After seeing everyone rave on about the Stormdancer, I am actually intrigued by what this book will be like and wanting to read it!
Stormdancer is released September 1 2012!

That is my Waiting on Wednesday! What is yours this weekk?

Keely xx

Review Time! #12

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, while her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will - the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers to who she is and what she was born to do? As their search for the truth leads the three friends into peril, Tessa's heart is increasingly torn, especially when one of their own betrays them...(from goodreads.com)

At first was hesitant to read Clockwork Prince until Celine over at forget8me8not.blogspot.com convinced me to give Clockwork Angel a second chance and boy was she right! Unlike the first time I fell in love with clockwork angel and couldn’t wait to start clockwork prince that had been sitting on my shelf since I bought when it was released.
Love and lies can corrupt even the purest heart...

Clockwork Prince starts right where Clockwork Angel left off, Will doing things for Magnus Bane trying to break a curse that no-one knows about. The Enclave has given Charlotte and Henry two weeks to mind The Magister (Mortmain) along with the help of the Shadowhunters in the institute. Benedict Lightwood wants to take over the institute himself for a family feud between the Lightwood and Fairchild families or does he have another dangers motive?
Tessa, Tessa, Tessa I’m sorry but you annoyed me this book. I know you have a tough choice between Will and Jem but it seems like you are so confused you pick the first one that says I love you, to you. Not saying no more on that because I will just give it away.
Will believes that he is cursed that anyone whom he loves will die. Jem is slowly dying. Jessamine still wants out of the shadowhunter world. And Gideon and Gabriel Lightwood are at the institute to train Tessa and Sophie how to fight.
Will the chase is on to find Mortmain, the chase of Tessa’s love is also on. But will finding Mortmain answer the questions that Tessa is burning to find the answers too or will it lead to disappointment and betrayal by those who see loves the most?
Rate: 4.5/5
Also at the start of each chapters there are quotes from poetry and literature of the time, I can say that I knew some, I blame English for making me read the rime of the ancient mariner.  (I started getting annoyed at Will when he started to quote this)
Keely xx