Book Obsession

I am an avid reader, mostly of YA, but I do venture out into other fiction as well.  I am new to book reviewing and blogging, so please follow me!  Feedback welcomed.

The Rule of Three by Eric Walters

The Rule of Three - Eric Walters

Adam is at high school, helping his friend write a paper when everything goes dark.  No power and no phones, but Adam is one of the lucky few whose old car does not rely on computer chips, so at least he has transportation. Over the next few days, the world begins to unravel as the outage continues.  Adam, along with his police chief mother, and his former spy neighbor, must get the neighborhood working together for  food, for supplies, for protection, and for survival.  

 

This book was incredibly realistic!  It is a bit horrifying to think how easily our society could completely unravel.  I was totally engrossed in this book.  Time to become a doomsday prepper!  

 

*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Fifteen Minutes by Karen Kingsbury

Fifteen Minutes - Karen Kingsbury

Zack Dylan has a dream. He wants to sing on the biggest stages, for the biggest crowds, and he’ll do whatever it takes to make it come true. But Zack also made a promise to his college sweetheart when he left Kentucky to compete on the popular TV show Fifteen Minutes: If he made it, nothing would change him or his faith in God. (from the official blurb)

 

 

Karen Kingsbury is an amazing Christian fiction writer!  Once again she has written a heart-achingly beautiful story of God's love and redemption.  The characters are flawed, make mistakes and are still able to find forgiveness.  Fifteen Minutes takes a close look at the cost of being a celebrity, especially at a young age, which commonly leads to drug abuse and sometimes even death.  Well done, Mrs. Kingsbury, another amazing story that will change lives!

 

*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

The Edge of Always by J.A. Redmerski

The Edge of Always  - J.A. Redmerski

Cameryn and Andrew first met in The Edge of Never, each dealing with their own issues as the travel across the country and fall in love.  This novel takes up right where the other left off.  Cameryn and Andrew are engaged, Andrew is healthy, and they are expecting a baby.  Things seem perfect, until the aren't.  

 

Cameryn and Andrew must deal with heartache and moments of weakness that could tear them apart.  The have to discover if their love is truly enough, and what better way to do it than on the road, where it all began.  

 

I really enjoyed this sequel.  It was heartbreaking and romantic!  Cameryn and Andrew are unique and interesting characters, and they compliment each other perfectly!  This story was well written and engaging.

Pawn by Aimee Carter

Pawn  - Aimee Carter

YOU CAN BE A VII. IF YOU GIVE UP EVERYTHING. 

For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country. 

If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister's niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter. 

There's only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed Â…and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that's not her own, she must decide which path to choose—and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she's only beginning to understand. (the official blurb)

 

My opinion: I have to say this is one of the best dystopian novels I have read in awhile. I really enjoyed The Goddess Test novels and I could tell this was going to be a very different series.  Well done, Aimee Carter, this novel was suspenseful, with a few twists and turns to keep the reader on their toes!  I am eagerly awaiting the next book in this series!

 

*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.  

Anywhere But Here by Tanya Lloyd Kyi

Anywhere But Here - Tanya Lloyd Kyi

Cole is a high school boy who has lost his mom to cancer, recently broke up with his long-term girlfriend Lauren, and cannot wait to graduate and leave his hometown of Webster. He dreams of becoming a documentary film maker, and as part of his college application to film school, begins filming a documentary about the town.  What he finds out in the process of filming is totally not what he expected.  

 

This was a great coming-of-age novel told through a teenage boy's perspective.  Cole has had his share of heartbreaks in life and is trying to learn how to live with the pain and move on in order to fulfill his own dreams.  He faces many bumps in the road, but learns what it means to be a son, a friend, and a better person along the way.  

 

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.  I enjoyed this book!  Cole starts off as an immature, selfish, but typical teenager dealing with tough circumstances.  In fact, he's a little annoying.  However, I liked the writing style, and I think Cole had to start out that way in order to show the character growth, as he developed throughout the story. Small town teenagers will definitely identify with Cole and his frustrations, and I liked the life lessons Cole had learned by the end.  

 

On-sale date: 10/15/13

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Good advice
Good advice
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I so wish I could.. *sigh*

Stained by Cheryl Rainfield

Stained - Cheryl Rainfield

Sarah has endured so much in her life thanks to her birthmark. Bullied and ridiculed for the mark on her face, and then she gets kidnapped.

 

Horrifying and incredible, Sarah is an amazingly strong female character throughout this story! She is able to find her inner strength when she needs it and overcome everything she has been through. What a powerful story!

 

*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.  Release date: 10/1/13

 

**portrays rape scenes

Tandem by Anna Jarzab

Tandem (Many-World, #1) - Anna Jarzab

Parallel universes collide in the first book of this original fantasy series. Sasha cannot believe it when the guy she has crushed on from afar, Grant, starts talking to her and eventually asks her to prom. Unfortunately, Grant is not who he says he is, and it is too good to be true. After prom, Sasha wakes up a prisoner, in the parallel universe of Aurora, where her “analog” (replica) in this universe is a princess, who is missing. The General offers her a deal- pretend to be Princess Juliana for the next six days and they will send her home. But what he doesn’t know is that Sasha has had dreams of being Princess Juliana most of her life, and she may be able to find Juliana and figure out what is going on. She just needs to figure out if her guard Thomas (Grant’s analog), who has already lied in order to get her here is trustworthy and willing to help her. 
This book was creative and fascinating. Parallel universes, analogs, politics, war, insurgents and the upcoming arranged marriage for the princess, surround this novel with mystery, intrigue, romance and excitement. 

*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Release date: 10/8/13

The F- It List by Julie Halpern

The F- It List - Julie Halpern

Is it ironic that I finished reading this during Banned Books Week?  I’m sure the title alone will be enough to raise some eyebrows, but I have to say I really enjoyed this book. 

 

Alex is a pretty typical teenage girl who has just lost her father in a car accident and then finds out her best friend , Becca slept with her boyfriend.  If that isn’t enough for one girl to handle, when school starts again, she is in for another blow.  After not speaking to Becca all summer, she returns to school to find out Becca has cancer and is starting chemotherapy.  Alex was all prepared to forgive Becca on the first day of school and for their friendship to go back to normal, but now, Becca needs Alex in a different way and wants Alex to help her complete a “bucket list” of sorts she has been working on since she was nine.  Becca and Alex dub it the “F-it List.”

 

This book deals with a lot of heavy emotions, as Alex is dealing with the grief of losing her dad, guilt about not talking to Becca, guilt about being there for her mom, younger brothers, Becca, and now a new boyfriend Leo, who is going through stuff of his own.  Yes, there is some bad words used throughout the book, yes there is sexual situations, however, I felt Alex was portrayed as a pretty real teenager, dealing with very real problems, in a very real way.  Teenagers going through their own heavy problems will definitely identify with Alex and Becca.  Humorous and heartwarming at times, completely heartbreaking at others, but a very enjoyable read!

 

*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

 

Happy Banned Books Week!

Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini Looking for Alaska - John Green
Reblogged from Jessica (HDB):

Reblogging this with MUCH LOVE, because no book deserves to be banned. Get out there and read what you love! Thirteen Reasons Why and The Kite Runner are two of my favorites!

 

If you want to try one here is the Washington Post's list of the most challenged books of 2012:

 

Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey

  • Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
  • Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group
  • Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James.
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
  • And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson.
    Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group
  • The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.
    Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
  • Looking for Alaska, by John Green.
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
  • Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
    Reasons: Unsuited for age group, violence
  • The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
  • Beloved, by Toni Morrison                                                                                          Reasons: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/09/23/its-banned-books-week-read-a-banned-book/?wpisrc=nl_cuzheads

All the Truth That's In Me by Julie Berry

All the Truth That's in Me - Julie Berry

I love it when the main character has a unique voice!  The story is told through Judith's point of view, after she has returned home from being kidnapped. As she is unable to speak, the story is more a narrative of her thoughts and memories.  This novel was gripping, suspenseful and just a little bit horrifying.  What a great combination!  

 

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.  Publish date: 9/26/13

The Vow by Jessica Martinez

The Vow - Jessica Martinez


Heartbreaking and heartwarming all at the same time! Annie would do anything for her best friend Mo, and then she falls for Reed. Sometimes figuring out what the "right" thing to do is the hardest thing to do. 


This was a very emotional book, I loved the characters and their interactions. I felt so bad for Annie, trying so hard to do what she thought was right, but every option still held some type of heartbreak. Sometimes, staying true to yourself first is the only way to do the right thing.

 

*I received an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

The Dream Thieves (The Raven Boys #2)

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The Dream Thieves - Maggie Stiefvater

 This book was released yesterday!

 

Let me start of by saying I was so excited to receive an advanced copy of Maggie Stiefvater's The Dream Thieves! I love this series, it is creative and fresh. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, The Raven Boys. I have been waiting for this book to come out, so to get to read it early was AMAZING!And let me tell you I was in no way disappointed. This book picks up where the first left off. The ley lines have been awakened, so Blue, Gansey, Ronan, Adam and Noah are ready to head back to Cabeswater and continue the search for Glendower. But of course, nothing turns out as expected, leading to more questions, danger and adventure! And then there is Ronan. Oh, my. And what exactly happened to Adam when he woke the ley lines? Well, you won't find any spoilers here, but let me tell you this book is a great ride!I love this series, the characters and plot are original and creative. I love Blue's eclectic family and I love the Raven Boys. I am eagerly awaiting the next installment of The Raven Cycle!

STYXX by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Styxx - Sherrilyn Kenyon

 

 

 

Whew... Finally finished!!  All 836 pages! This really could have been two novels!!

 

Dark and intense- in true Kenyon fashion, this isn't the Styxx everyone thought they knew. His story is just as or even more horrifying as Acheron's. The Dark Hunter's series could go on forever and I'd keep on reading!!

Styxx!

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Styxx (Dark-Hunter, #23) - Sherrilyn Kenyon