Title : The Wishing Spell Series : The Land of Stories #1 Author : Chris Colfer Pages : 448 Release Date : July 17th 2012 Publisher : Little, Brown for YRTitle : The Wishing Spell Series : The Land of Stories #1 Author : Chris Colfer Pages : 448 Release Date : July 17th 2012 Publisher : Little, Brown for YR / HBG Canada Format : ARC Source : *Thanks to HBG Canada for the review copy in exchange of an honest review*
My Opinion :
I have been a huge Gleek (or Glee fan) since the beginning, and I would be lying if I said that Kurt Hummel (played by Chris Colfer, the author of THE WISHING SPELL, his wonderful debut novel) wasn't my favorte character. I love him as an actor, and I was really happy to find out that I like him as an author too!
I'm not one for Middle Grade novels. I do really enjoy Rick Riordan's novels, but otherwise, I don't read Middle Grade. But, as you can see, I dug into The Wishing Spell pretty quickly and enjoyed it a lot!
The Wishing Spell follows twins Alex and Conner Bailey's story as they discover The Land of Stories' magical world where fairy tale characters actually exist. But, they have to find a way back home, and so they start on a quest to get the seven items needed for the Wishing Spell, a spell that can give you any wish you want. But, the Evil Queen, Snow White's stepmother, wants the Wishing Spell too. And the problem is; the Wishing Spell can only be used two times... and there is only one left.
Near the end, I was sweating, turning the pages as fast as I could so that I could see how it ended.
After a while, though, the quest to finding all the objects got kind of long, but then the best part of the book came by ;D
Although I do like series, I'm seriously wondering where Colfer will takes us next.
If you get the book, look closely at the cover; it's just so beautiful, and represents the book perfectly!
One thing I hated was how the author portrayed the twins; they are 12. I'm 13, so let's say we're the same. And I am not at all like that. They seemed like they were 9 or 10 or something! ...more
Title : Croak Series : Croak #1 Author : Gina Damico Pages : 311 Release Date : March 20th 2012 Publisher : Graphia / Thomas Allen & Son Format : PaperbTitle : Croak Series : Croak #1 Author : Gina Damico Pages : 311 Release Date : March 20th 2012 Publisher : Graphia / Thomas Allen & Son Format : Paperback Source : *Thank you to T. A. & Son for providing this!*
My Opinion :
I have to admit, and although I am now ashamed to admit it, that I wasn't planning on buying the book or anything. It didn't sound my kind of book, and I thought the cover... was weird. But, in person, it's wicked cool. What I mean is, that I, was, again, stubborn. And that I really enjoyed this book, WAY MORE than how much I taught I would.
Croak is about Lex (or Lexington... and that'S a weird name. I kept thinking about a town or something when I saw her whole name... anyways, moving on!), and Lex has been angry for a few years. Angry at nothing in particular, just.... angry. And, she's violent. I mean, she made her school's whole hockey team cry. But now her parents have had enough, and they send her to her uncle.That's when she discovers she is actually a Grim Reaper. Or a Killer. Which means she takes a person's soul from Earth to transport it to the Afterlife.
I think that my favorite thing about the book was Lex's... charms. Okay, not charms, because she's not exactly the charming type. But... I think it was more of her snarky and witty personality that made me love her as a character, and made me enjoy the book way more.
Also, something that always made me grin and/or snort unladylike was when there were some times about the Afterlife, and that there was someone previously famous, like Edgar Allan Poe. It was just so hilarious!
The writing style definitely is one that I like a lot! I love to have a good laugh when reading a book, and this book was just like that!
As I said, Lex was my favorite aspect of the book. But Diggs falls into that category too. Their 'romance-although-not-really-romance-more-kind-of-something-else' was just so funny. I loved it. And... when he said who was on his precious picture.... I was like this : 0.0 D'AAWW
An incredibly funny debut that I liked a lot!...more
Title : Never Eighteen Series : - Author : Megan Bostic Pages : 200 Release Date : Jan. 17th 2012 Publisher : HMH Children's Book / Thomas Allen & Son FTitle : Never Eighteen Series : - Author : Megan Bostic Pages : 200 Release Date : Jan. 17th 2012 Publisher : HMH Children's Book / Thomas Allen & Son Format : Paperback Source : *Thanks to T. A. & Son for providing a PB copy in exchange of an honest review! Thank you!*
My Opinion : I was really surprised when I saw how little Never Eighteen was. It doesn't have many pages, AND the book is surprisingly small. I guess that's why I picked it up so soon after receiving it for review; I wanted a really quick read :D
Never Eighteen wasn't the best book I had ever read... but it WAS a good book. And, you may know that I didn't really enjoy The Fault in Our Stars that much... and Never Eighteen was about the same, except I liked it just a LITTLE more.
Never Eighteen is Megan Bostic's first novel (or debut novel), and I hope that, if she writes books in the future, I will enjoy them more than I did with Never Eighteen.
Never Eighteen deals with Austin. who will never turn eighteen (hence the book title). Because he has leukemia. But, he decides that he has to make things better with a few people. And so, on a weekend, he asks his best friend, and also love interest (he'S in love with her, but he doesn't know if she feels the same way) named Kaylee, to drive him to people's places. She agrees, and they start going around. And Austin changes people's lives.
The writing in Never Eighteen is really fast, and the book is actually two days worth of events (well, 180 pages of the 200 pages). Sometimes, when Austin went to people's house, I enjoyed it, but other times I found it boring.
The romance was only developed enough for me to enjoy it near the book's end. And then, it got killed off... which made me NOT happy. I really like romance, as you may have guessed.
Weirdly... I didn't cry. I'm not the biggest crier, but I do sometimes cry, especially when the book is sad (No shit, Sherlock *sarcastic*), but I guess it didn't get to me enough.
Title : Changeling Series : The Order of Darkness #1 Author : Philippa Gregory Pages : 272 Release Date : May 29th 2012 Publisher : Simon Pulse / Simon &Title : Changeling Series : The Order of Darkness #1 Author : Philippa Gregory Pages : 272 Release Date : May 29th 2012 Publisher : Simon Pulse / Simon & Schuster Canada Format : ARC Source : ** This ARC was provided by S & S Canada in exchange of an honest review**
Changeling is Philippa Gregory's Young Adult debut novel, although she has written quite a lot Adult bestselling books. And so, I think that was what intorested me the most about the book, since she had written Adult books that look popular, and I wanted to know if she could make a good Young Adult book.
The book turned out okay, although I thought it was really too slow-paced.
Changeling is about Isolde and Luca. Isolde is now a orphan, and her brother has changed, or maybe she didn't see it before, but he's evil and wants to get rid of her. And so, he sends her to the abbess or something religious like that. And then, Luca, some boy who's with the Church or something (as you can tell, I'm not really churcygious, oh huh, I mean religious), comes to that place that Isolde is now the boss of, because some people say there has been some pretty weird stuff going on there. And so, he comes investigate, and almost kills Isolde and her friend in the process of trying to stop the bad guy.
For me, Changeling was way too-slowpaced. I felt like I was living in a dream that got stuck and stuck again. Also, the book didn't really make the series go far, so I thought it was just pointless to make a book with this much information.
There just wasn't enough romance for me.
Isolde was annoying to me. A lot. I just AGHHHH! I didn't like her, and especially, the girl on the cover just reminds me of Rosalie in Twilight, and I kept picturing Isolde as a freaking vampire bitch! *sigh*
Luca was pretty okay, except for the fact that he was clueless the whole book and I thought he was like a puppet that the Church moved around like it wanted.
This book was just okay.
I have to admit, I was deceived, and I probably won't be buying myself the next book :S
Title : Of Poseidon Series : Of Poseidon #1 Author : Anna Banks Pages : 324 Release Date : May 22nd 2012 Publisher : Feiwel & Friends / Raincoast BooksTitle : Of Poseidon Series : Of Poseidon #1 Author : Anna Banks Pages : 324 Release Date : May 22nd 2012 Publisher : Feiwel & Friends / Raincoast Books Format : ARC Source : **An ARC was provided by Raincoast Books in exchange of an honest review**
My Opinion :
Of Poseidon is one of the best books I have read in 2012.
This is a great debut novel, and you don't want to miss it.
That should be enough to get you to read it. Alright, bye!
Just kidding! I LOVED OF POSEIDON! I got an ARC from Raincoast Books, and i wasn't sure I was going to get it, and I hope you know how happy I am about getting one, because it ended up being AWESOME.
Of Poseidon is about Emma and Galen. Galen is a Syrena, or, if you prefer, a merman.And he's got a Twitter : @GalenForza. And I am his newest stalker. But, anyways. In Of Poseidon, Galen has to find someone with a gift of Poseidon, so that the two 'societies' or something can get kinda together. But, when he thinks he finds one - Emma - he thinks she is actually hiding her mermaid self, but she just doesn't know it! And, romance ensues.
Of Poseidon is written with sarcasm, humor that makes you chuckle. laugh, and snort. Emma was definitely a strong female lead, especially with her witty come backs. It just made the book so fun! Anna Banks' debut brings some fresh into the YA world.
I loved Galen. He may have hid his emotions a lot, but I thought that made him so hot and smexy (*and, you know, cue the giggles*) Let me put it like this: Galen is friggin' awesome and I want to marry him. Point amde, right? I hope.
Emma. I liked her quite a lot, if not for the fact that she has got Galen (*grumbles*). To say that she and I have many things in common is probably a stretch of reality, but I have to say; I like water too, and I love Galen too. So, that should count, right? Hehe :D
Rayna was so awesome. Even if at first I thought she was going to be a mean bitch tht only cared about herself, she actually wasn't that bad. I liked her quite a lot!
So, the author told me there is a sequel. At first she told me 'Why would there be a sequel', which almost made me have a heart attack, but then she added 'Just kidding'. I mean, if you ahve read the book, you totally know what the cliffhanger is like. It'S like 'Here is a revelation that will change the entire book' 'THE END'. I almost screamed, although I don't think my sleeping mother would have liked it. So, that't why I didn't!
So, if you hadn't guest it yet, I loved this book. A favorite!
Title : The Summer of No Regrets Series : - Author : Katherine Grace Bond Pages : 290 Release Date : May 1st 2012 Publisher : Sourcebooks Fire / RaincoastTitle : The Summer of No Regrets Series : - Author : Katherine Grace Bond Pages : 290 Release Date : May 1st 2012 Publisher : Sourcebooks Fire / Raincoast Books Format : ARC Source : **An ARC was provided by Raincoast Books in exchange of an honest review**
My Opinion :
I really wanted to love this book, but it just wasn't for me.
The Summer of No Regrets is a debut novel, so yeah about that!, but I didn't really enjoyed reading it.
I got my copy the day BEFORE it got out, and so I decided to read it then, so I could have my review up as quickly as possible. I read the book in aobut two hours, and even if I read it quickly, it wasn't fast-paced enough for me.
The Summer of No Regrets is about Brigitta and Luke... they meet, and Luke looks like this teen sensation called Trent Yves... but is he him? Then, they take care of kittens together, and they fall in love. But, what if she had fallen in love with a lie? A big lie?
The writing is okay; a bit too much slow-paced with some parts with no action in them, which sometimes makes the book boring.
This book had some blog posts in it. Those were 'written by Brigitta', and they were mostly about how Trent Yves is stupid and yady yada; I didn't really want to read all of them. Some did make the story good... but other posts were just pointless and I just skipped those. And, also, there are some comments on the posts.... and I don't think we needed them... *sigh*
I actually thought that Luke wasn't that good of a guy... and you'll understand if you ever read the book... which I don't really recommend you do, unless you get it from the library. The only thing that should make you want to read the book is of its awesome cover. Point.
Brigitta was a pretty good character, although I didn't really like her that much... I guess I just didn't relate to her at all *shrugs*
One thing that kind of made me uncomfortable is the bits of religion mentions; Brigitta's father had parents that thought of the Christian religion VERY highly, which made her father despise it (and also a bit dislike his parents), and now he's a shaman... which is kind of weird... And, the awkward thing is that Brigitta had a tight relationship with her father's mother...
Title : Intangible Series : - Author : J. Meyers Pages : 264 Release Date : Jan 31st 2012 Publisher : Self-Pub! Format : eBook/ ePub Source : **This eBook wa Title : Intangible Series : - Author : J. Meyers Pages : 264 Release Date : Jan 31st 2012 Publisher : Self-Pub! Format : eBook/ ePub Source : **This eBook was provided from the author in exchange of an honest review**
My Opinion :
Intangible is a great debut novel.
I think the thing that made me want to read the book was mainly the book cover. I just love it sooooo much!
I don't get many eBooks for review, since, firstly, I can't take my Nook to school (*sighs and rolls eyes*) and also because I always forget about them :S BUT, Intangible looked too good to pass out on.
Intangible is about twins Sera and Luke. They both have powers; Sera can heal and Luke can See the future. They have always kept their powers secret every since Sera told their grand mother about her powers. Which didn't really go well. But now, everything is about to change, because Luke has Seen a vision of Sera dying. And his visions are never wrong.
Intangible was SUCH an entertaining debut. I found the time flying by while reading Intangible!
The writing in this book is fast-paced and keeps you turning the pages.
I found myself really loving Luke as a character; he was just so cute and hot and awesome. I just loved it when he was more in the book.
Sera was a surprisingly great character, although I don't understand why she should be the one to be in the Prophecy (which isn't explained a lot in the book, unfortunately :S)
Title : Between the Lines Series : - Author : Jodi Picoult Pages : 358 Release Date : June 26th Publisher : Simon Pulse / Simon & Schuster Canada FormatTitle : Between the Lines Series : - Author : Jodi Picoult Pages : 358 Release Date : June 26th Publisher : Simon Pulse / Simon & Schuster Canada Format : ARC Source : **An ARC was provided by S & S Canada in exchange of an honest review
My Opinion :
I plainly loved this book. I could seriously marry it. Seriously.
I actually haven't read any other books by Jodi Picoult (I know, I know, shame on me, but they were all Adult books! And this books is Young Adult... and I was going to buy myself a copy when I received an ARC.... I am telling you, I was screaming with joy and happiness. I know that I'm not the only one who doe that when receiving books ;D
Between the Lines is, by far, one of the awesomest books I have read in 2012 yet. It was so refreshing and just plainly entertaining.
You know how some books you'd recommend to somebody who wanted to get into reading, like The Hunger Games, or Harry Potter... well, that's how I felt for this book. I felt like recommending it to EVERYONE. But, of course, it's not like I've got that much bookish people I know in real life... so that's why I got you guys! *tackle hugs*
Between the Lines is about Delilah, kind of a loner; she's got only one friend, and has been reading the same book over and over again. And, it's not just any book, but it's a FAIRYTALE... I mean, can it be weirder? Some teenagers read Pride & Prejudice again and again... but for her it'S a Fairytale called BETWEEN THE LINES (which is, as well, the title of this books ;D). But, then, she discovers that the characters in the book are alive. And, she falls in love with Oliver *giggles*
I loved the writing. It was just so good; fast-paced, action-packed, great, awesome, and really fun to read. I literally (no, not literally, Jackson Pearce XD) could marry him.
My favorite character HAS to be Oliver. I just loved him sooooo much. I thought it was cute how he didn't know anything that we think is normal, like Algebra, detention, homework, swim practice. It was so cute ;D
I also loved Delilah; she was a strong and determined character, and she was just greatly developed. She was entertaining.
Between the Lines will be, I hope, a favorite that will go on for years!
I would love to see this made into a movie; it would just be so cool! I can totally see the potential!
Title : The Last Princess Series : - Author : Galaxy Craze Pages : 295 Release Date : May 1st 2012 Publisher : Little, Brown Books for YR / Hachette Book GTitle : The Last Princess Series : - Author : Galaxy Craze Pages : 295 Release Date : May 1st 2012 Publisher : Little, Brown Books for YR / Hachette Book Group Canada Format : Hardcover Source : **A hardcover copy was provided by Hachette Book Group Canada in exchange of an honest review**
My Opinion :
The Last Princess is an impressing book. It was great.
The Last Princess is, correct me if I am wrong, Galaxy Craze's Young Adult novel. I was so happy to receive a pretty finished copy for review, although I knew I was going to get it, I didn't know that the cover would be as beautiful as it was.
The Last Princess is a dystopian book, but, I don't know why, but at times it felt like a Steampunk novel; probably because it was set in England, and that that there was a dictator. So, it was kind of a Steamtopian... ! Hehe...
The Last Princess is about Eliza. She's a Princess, and the soon-to-be dictator of England has killed her mother, her father and now he has her younger brother and older sister, but, she doesn't know it. So, she decided to enroll in the dictator's army. And, she meets love. But, she has to kill the the soon-to-be dictator. And, that's when she happens to see her brother and sister. She needs to get them out, or else they will be killed.
This book is really great. I don't really know how to explain it, but it holds such a great pull on you, so much that you don't want to stop reading the book. It holds your attention all the while you're reading it.
The Last Princess is magnificent.
Wesley was the bestest (yes, that'S a word... maybe not, but he is). He was just awesome.... (*giggles* *grins*) I want him, Eliza. You better watch out :D
Eliza was a great character too; with flashback memories, not too much, though, and she was perfectly buildt.
The Last Princess is a book you DO NOT want to miss. Seriously.
By the way... the cover is freaking amazing. Bravo to anyone who made it :D
And... there was a cliffhanger... and... I hope there's another book, or else.
Title : Letters from the Ledge Series : - Author : Lynda Meyers Pages : 353 Release Date : Jan 11th 2012 Publisher : Hallway 11 Format : Paperback Source : Title : Letters from the Ledge Series : - Author : Lynda Meyers Pages : 353 Release Date : Jan 11th 2012 Publisher : Hallway 11 Format : Paperback Source : ** This book was sent to me by the author in exchange of an honest review**
My Opinion :
This book was just... wow. Just read it. You'll understand.
This was an incredible debut you don't want to miss!
Letters from the Ledge is, from how I'd describe it, a YA/Adult (well... more of a YA) contemporary romance... mixed with some 'coming of age' and other pretty intense stuff. I received this book from the author, and, I have to admit, I know I would have never discovered this amazing book if it weren't for book blogging.
Letters from the Ledge is about two (well... um... four... but two are more of main characters). There'S Brendan; a guy who smokes pot and cuts himself, because his father doesn't really treats him well, and he has just lost a really good friend to suicide. His life hasn't been the best. He meets Sarah, who's a good kinda girl. Then, there'S Paige, who's got a boyfriend, Nate. She got raped once, in an alley, and since then she hasn't been the same, even if it happened two years ago. And then, Paige gets 'employed' by Brendan's father. And, they kinda all meet. (Just so you know, the story is actually really more complicated than that... so yeah, read. the. book!)
Letters from the Ledge is a moving story you don't want to miss. The book was just so great!
I absolutely loved this book! It was amazing! I mean, it'S fast-paced, it keeps your attention all the way, the writing is great, there's drama, it's action-packed; IT's GREAT! As I said, it keeps your attention, because you can't wait to see what will happen next.
I've grown attached to the characters, especially Brendan, and I'm kinda sad to see him go. He'S just so.... special. At first I thought he was just another kid that smoked pot and just didn't care about other people. I just thought he was going to be a jerky kid who got everything he wanted, especially pot. But, he turned out to be a great, awesome, lovely, hot (*cue the fangirl giggles). I just... really liked him a lot. Sarah, you better be ready, because I'm going to steal your lover boy and you'll never see his face again... because I'll be kissing him (*again, cue the fangirl giggles*)
Paige was actually really good. I thought that, even though she was fragile from what had happened to her, she was a great character.
Nate was cute too :D I liked him quite a lot, although I think that he just fluffied everything to muck for Paige before.
Sarah... I would have liked to get a bit more of her story. And more of her and Brendan's romance, since, I really love romance.
The characters were really well developed; which is always what helps building a book with a great story and plot line .
I jsut kept turning the pages faster and faster, until there was anything left :( ...more
Title : Harbinger Series : - Author : Sara Wilson Etienne Pages : 309 Release Date : Feb 2nd 2012 Publisher : G.P. Putnam's Sons BYR Format : Hardcover SourTitle : Harbinger Series : - Author : Sara Wilson Etienne Pages : 309 Release Date : Feb 2nd 2012 Publisher : G.P. Putnam's Sons BYR Format : Hardcover Source : Library - Borrowed
My Opinion :
I had high expectations for Harbinger. But, sadly, there weren't met. I intended to buy myself a copy of the book, since, at first, my library didn't have it, but when I saw they did, I jumped on the occasion to read it! I was thrilled that they had it (I don't know why I was thrilled anymore :S). But, I don't really get what the hype was about :S
The book held a definitely great premise. It's about a girl, Faye, who's been having those weird visions since she was a little kid. Now, her parents can't take it anymore and send her to Holbrook Academy, a place for troubled teens. There, she finds her Family (with a capital F... read the book to know why.... although... I don,t recommend reading the book :S), parts of herself, and why she has been having her vision. She also meets Kel, a member of her Family, and kinda falls in love with him (kinda, because it's really confusing...)
As I said, I had high expectations for this book. The premise sounded great, and I couldn't wait to see what this new voice in young adult, Sara Wilson Etienne, had in store for us/me. I had heard great things about it; people raving about how good it was, or about how they loved it as a thriller.... but I would describe it as a Confuser, because it was just so damn confusing with all these secrets, and 'not-knowing-who-I-am' and the 'am-I-the-bad-guy-ir-is-the-guy-I-am-in-love-with-is?' kinda things.
The romance in the book was practically non-existent, and, I don't like that. I always love it when there'S a cute or rough romance sotry in a book, even if it's not the main story, I love it when it'S just a 'side dish', but, here it was like a a piece of butter to put on a bread that you barely eat (did you like my food reference? Hehe)
Faye was so confused, so since the book was in her point of view, that made the book a whole more confusing than it already were. Although, aside from that, she was a pretty okay character, and she was well developed (why do I always put TWO Ps to developed? UGHHHHH!) and well detailed!
Kel... I didn't like him. At all. He was even MORE confusing than Faye (I wonder if he did that on purpose!), and, I think it'S the first time that I hate the male lead interest in a book! I just... he was annoying.
The other characters.... they were all annoying, except for Zach; he was just so cute!
I won't insult the author, because even though the story was confusing and the characters not that fun, her writing style was the kind I appreciate, and so I am looking out for her next book, hoping that it'll be good!
So, I was really sad that I didn't like this book :S
Also, I really love the cover, and I was sad I didn't like the book.
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Title : First Date
Series : - Author : Krista McGeee Pages : 336 Release Date : Jan 10th 2012 Publisher : Thomas Nelson Publishers Format : eBook/ eGalley (PDF) Source : NetGalley - Owned
My Opinion :
Krista McGee brings up a fun and romantic debut novel.
It's been a long time since I have read an eBook, mainly because I have so many physical books to read and review, but I really wanted to read First Date, and so I put the eGalley on my Nook and read it in less than a day (that'S really surprising, because I normally have a hard time reading an eBook fast... probably because I can't bring my Nook to school :S).
First Date is a great contemporary you don't want to miss!
First Date is the story of Addy Davidson, a Christian from Tampa Florida. There's this new show called The Book of Love, and some school in the U.S. can send one girl to the show, where one lucky girl will go to prom with the president's son, Jonathon (what a weird way to write that name!) Jackson. And, Addy gets chosen, even if she doesn't want to be chosen. When she gets there, she learns a thing or two (more, actually :D) about Jonathon. She was prejudiced about him. A lot. And... what if something she didn't plan happens?
First Date was suck a quick and joyous read! I found myself smiling the whole time.
As I said, I read this book in less than a day, mainly because it was so fun and easy to read. The writing was really fast-paced (which was just what the book needed!) and I loved that, because it made it so much fun to read it. The writing may not be anything special, but it is comfortable to read.
Jonathon Jackson... oh god how I loved him! He's just soooooooo... cute and shy and... *giggles*. I loved him so much! I thought he was going to be that spoiled brat, jerk, a$$... but he wasn't (see! I was prejudiced too!).
Addy was really nice. She was a great main character, and even though there were loads of mean girls treating her badly, she didn't lose herself.
Kara was a great friend to Addy too! She was just the friend Addy needed! She could have just joined the mean girls, but she didn't.
The characters are well developed and awesome (and some were bitches!)!
The cover really represents well the story. The girls in dresses are the bitches, and Addy, the normal girl, isn't in a dress. And, of course, the boy is Jonathon *giggles* ...more