Thursday, September 27, 2012

Bittersweet - Sarah Ockler

Title: Bittersweet
Author: Sarah Ockler
Release Date: January 3rd, 2012, Hardcover
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Group: Young Adult Literature
Once upon a time, Hudson knew exactly what her future looked like. Then a betrayal changed her life, and knocked her dreams to the ground. Now she’s a girl who doesn’t believe in second chances... a girl who stays under the radar by baking cupcakes at her mom’s diner and obsessing over what might have been.

So when things start looking up and she has another shot at her dreams, Hudson is equal parts hopeful and terrified. Of course, this is also the moment a cute, sweet guy walks into her life... and starts serving up some seriously mixed signals. She’s got a lot on her plate, and for a girl who’s been burned before, risking it all is easier said than done.

It’s time for Hudson to ask herself what she really wants, and how much she’s willing to sacrifice to get it. Because in a place where opportunities are fleeting, she knows this chance may very well be her last...
I haven't written a review for a while so I'm sort of rusty. I just know that I won't be able to give this book the justice it deserves. I can't even tell you how wonderful and just down right awesome it is. This is what I wish all young adult contemporary was like. I also forgot how much I love Sarah Ockler's writing. It has been awhile since I read one of her books and it is just so unique and real.

Bittersweet tells the story of Hudson Avery. She is an ex-figure skater and the current Cupcake Queen of Watonka. She works at her mother’s diner Hurley's and tries to stay under the radar after her parent's divorce. One day she gets a letter in the mail about an Ice Skating competition for the prize of a scholarship. She starts to begin to dream about ice skating again and a way out of Watonka but with things getting in the way and her mother and friends depending on her she has to decide what is worth more.

Can I just say that this book made me wish that it was winter time. I started reading this just when it started to get cold where I live and it just made the reading experience much more great. I also was hungry for cupcakes, more specifically Hudson's cupcakes. Also there is a lot of ice skating in this book. For example: Hudson ice skates on a frozen Lake Erie. How awesome is that?! Sarah Ockler's writing was just so descriptive and so real. I felt like I was out on the lake with Hudson and Josh.

Let me now introduce you to Josh Blackthron. He is everything a love interest should be and the relationship between him and Hudson didn't seem rush or unrealistic but very real. That is how I felt about all the characters in this book. I feel like if I went to up-state New York and found a small town named Watonka then I would see Hudson and Josh at Hurley's. Anyways, Josh is the co-caption of the High school’s hockey team. He was just a great character and the relationship he had with Hudson was just fantastic. I really can't tell you why I like it so much but beside the fact that I just said; it seems real.

Hudson is such a funny and likable character to read from. Right from the first chapter I knew that Hudson would be someone that I would want to be friends with in real life. Even though she isn't the best friend to her friends. She is sort of a backstabber by accident. She never wants to treat her friends badly she just does without realizing it but at the end she does own up to her mistakes which makes her such a real and likable character to me! There is this one scene that made me laugh out loud that I just want to talk about because I still remember even though I finished the book a couple of days ago. Hudson is talking to Will about the hockey team and as Will is starting out the story, Hudson says, "Why does this seem like an episode of Friday Night Lights?" LOL. And that is just one of the many jokes that Hudson says during the book.

Overall, I loved, loved, loved Bittersweet. It has been a long time since I loved a contemporary book and I am happy that it was this one. This book is just special and wonderful to read. I highly recommend it. I just can't stop thinking about it and I couldn't stop reading it. I didn't want it to end. I remember when I got to the last chapter I felt sad. I wanted to erase the book from my mind so I could back and read the book again for the first time and experience all the feelings over again. This is definitely one of my favorite books of 2012 and of all time. Oh and by the way, don't read this book hungry and make sure you have come cupcakes near by. You will want them, trust me!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (28)

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Jill over at Breaking the Spine.

Breaking Point (Article 5, #2)
-Kristen Simmons
Release Date: February 5th, 2013

After faking their deaths to escape from prison, Ember Miller and Chase Jennings have only one goal: to lay low until the Federal Bureau of Reformation forgets they ever existed.

Near-celebrities now for the increasingly sensationalized tales of their struggles with the government, Ember and Chase are recognized and taken in by the Resistance—an underground organization working to systematically take down the government. At headquarters, all eyes are on the sniper, an anonymous assassin taking out FBR soldiers one by one. Rumors are flying about the sniper’s true identity, and Ember and Chase welcome the diversion….

Until the government posts its most-wanted list, and their number one suspect is Ember herself. Orders are shoot to kill, and soldiers are cleared to fire on suspicion alone. Suddenly Ember can’t even step onto the street without fear of being recognized, and “laying low” is a joke. Even members of the Resistance are starting to look at her sideways.

With Chase urging her to run, Ember must decide: Go into hiding…or fight back?

My thoughts: I read Article 5 back in August and really, really liked it! I tend to just love dystopian books for some reason! I also love this cover! I can't to find out what will happen to Ember and Chase now. Article 5 had a huge plot twist towards the end and I can't wait to see how it will turn out in this book. I wonder where the story will be going from here. Sould be good! :)

Do you guys plan on reading this?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I Haven't Finished (8)

This weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This weeks Top Ten is:

1. The House of Night Series - P.C. & Kristin Cast
I use to love the House of Night series. I remember my friends and I reading these my sophomore year of high school. We hadn't just finished Breaking Dawn, you know from the Twilight Saga, and we found these at the bookstore and just loved them. I remember when I thought they started to go down hill. It was the third book Chosen. I still read them though. The last one I read the the seventh, Burned. I just haven't had time to read the other two that are out because there are books that I want to read more than those. Hopefully someday I will feel in the mood to read them.
This has to be one of my all time favorite series. I loved all the books but still have yet to read the last one. I just don't want it too end! I keep putting it off. I do plan on reading it soon though so I can read the spin-off series about Ethan.
There is just so many books in this series! I have only read the first four but feel like I will never finish this series. Do anyone know how many books that Rachel Caine plans to put out in this series. Don't get me wrong, I do like this series and think that they are good but I feel like there is too many. Especailly for them to start coming out in hardcover. I guess I will work slowly on this series for now.
I started reading the Blue Bloods series about three years ago. I honestly don't remember the books that much. It seemed like there was a long release date from the fourth and the fifth book and I just never got around to picking it up. I did like the first four books in the series though I remember.  
I didn't like Fallen that much at all and people seem to write a lot of negative reviews about the upcoming books. I just feel like I wouldn't like them. I also don't remember what happened in Fallen that much regardless. Maybe when my TBR pile isn't so big I will try to work on this series again.
The last book that I read was Shadowland. I really wish that I could like this series. I do like it somewhat, but I don't know if I like it enough to continue. I just get so frustrated with ever event that happens to prevent them from being together. I probably will read the next book sometime though. I hate having a series left unfinished.
I hope that nobody hates me when I say this but I thought that the first Percy Jackson book was a little disappointing. I just had such high expectations and the book just fell short. I did like it, but just wasn't so great as I thought it was going to be. I will read the next books, just don't plan too anytime soon.
I read the Dark Divine so long ago and loved and never got around to picking up the second. This has become a trend with me hasn't it? Lol. It has been so long that I would need to reread The Dark Divine before starting the next book and I just don't have time to do it. The guy who said the quote so many books, so little time really wasn't joking.
I really liked the Body Finder but I read Kimberley Derting's other book The Pledge and didn't like it at all. So now I am hesitant to pick up the next book. I hope that when I do pick it up that I will like it. I think that concept is really interesting and I do like mysteries. Have you guys read the second book? Did you like it?
10. Nightshade - Andrea Cremer
I am just so nervous to read Bloodrose! A lot of people loved it and a lot of people hated it. I don't want to hate it. I want to love it so much. I also don't want this fabulous series to end either. I do plan on reading it so I can read the prequel series Rift. Have you guys read Bloodrose? Do you think I should stop being a chicken and just read it? I think so too. Lol.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Showcase Sunday (9)

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From Library:
I was going to go the Libba Bray signing last Wednesday but I got sick and had a big math exam that I had to study for so I didn't have a chance to go but the bookstore was nice enough to have Libba Bray sign my copy anyways! So when I went to the bookstore to pick it up on Friday night, there was another book signing going on. It was the Fierce Read's Panel that had several authors. I didn't have much money on me so I could only decide to get one book and I picked Cinder. So I got to meet Marissa Meyer. She was really nice and I even got some swag.
I also have gotten a few books at the library. I am so excited to read these! I am currently reading Bittersweet. I am about hundred pages and it is so fabulous. I can't tell you how much I love it. I can already tell that it is going to be one of my favorites just like Twenty Boy Summer. That is all for me this week. I am been somewhat lacking my blog recently. I have just been so busy with school and being sick. Hopefully that changes here soon. 
Post a comment and tell me what books you got this week!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Social Suicide - Gemma Halliday

Title: Social Suicide
Author: Gemma Halliday
Release Date: April 24th, 2012, Paperback
Publisher: HarperTeen
Group: Young Adult Literature
Call me crazy, but I figured writing for the "Herbert Hoover High Homepage" would be a pretty sweet gig. Pad the resume for college applications, get a first look at the gossip column, spend some time ogling the paper's brooding bad-boy editor, Chase Erikson. But on my first big story, things went . . . a little south. What should have been a normal interview with Sydney Sanders turned into me discovering the homecoming queen-hopeful dead in her pool. Electrocuted while Tweeting. Now, in addition to developing a reputation as HHH's resident body finder, I'm stuck trying to prove that Sydney's death wasn't suicide.

I'm starting to long for the days when my biggest worry was whether the cafeteria was serving pizza sticks or Tuesday Tacos...
Reading Social Suicide is like eating your favorite dessert. You just can't stop. I was so addicted to this book while reading it. I kept thinking about the characters and what I thought really happened with the murder that Hadley was investigating. The only thing that comes to mind when I think of these books is how fun they are. Sometimes it is nice to step away from the depressing deep books that just make you have so many feelings, which happens to me from time to time because I tend to become attached to characters. I did become attach to these characters but it is a different relationship. I feel so happy and there is the biggest smile on my face whenever I think about the gang in Social Suicide.

Social Suicide takes place right were Deadly Cool left off at. We have Hartley working for the school newspaper. There is a lot more funny jokes and intense scenes with Hadley and Chase. I just want them together so much! There is also her best friend Sam that comes up with a new slang word in this book: "Twittercide - the killing of one human being by another while the victim is in the act of tweeting." I can't even tell you how many times I laughed out loud when Sam and Hartley would you the term twittercide. It is just so funny and clever.

Overall, if you haven't read these books yet I highly recommend. They are light and fun and will for sure make you laugh. I also love the titles to these books, "Deadly Cool" "Social Suicide". I can't help but wonder if there is going to be another book. Social Suicide did leave off on a minor cliff-hanger sort of. I would love for there to be another book!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (27)

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Jill over at Breaking the Spine.

Asunder (Newsoul, #2)
-Jodi Meadows
Release Date: January 29th, 2013

Ana has always been the only one. Asunder. Apart. But after Templedark, when many residents of Heart were lost forever, some hold Ana responsible for the darksouls–and the newsouls who may be born in their place.

Many are afraid of Ana’s presence, a constant reminder of unstoppable changes and the unknown. When sylph begin behaving differently toward her and people turn violent, Ana must learn to stand up not only for herself but for those who cannot stand up for themselves.

Ana was told that nosouls can’t love. But newsouls? More than anything, she wants to live and love as an equal among the citizens of Heart, but even when Sam professes his deepest feelings, it seems impossible to overcome a lifetime of rejection.

In this second book in the Incarnate trilogy, Ana discovers the truth about reincarnation and will have to find a way to embrace love and make her young life meaningful. Once again, Jodi Meadows explores the extraordinary beauty and shadowed depths of the soul in a story equal parts epic romance and captivating fantasy.

My thoughts: I read Incarnate awhile ago and was pleasently surprised by how different it was. It is something so weird but good at the same time. If you haven't read it yet, I highly recommend it. I really liked Ana and Sam. They were great characters and I can't wait to see what is going to happen to them next. This whole Newsouls thing is interesting and hope that Ana gets more answers about it in this book. Also look that cover! GORGEOUS :)

Do you guys plan on reading this?

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (26)

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Jill over at Breaking the Spine.

Finale (Hush, Hush #4)
-Becca Fitzpatrick
Release Date: October 23rd, 2012

Fates unfurl in the gripping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Hush, Hush saga.

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 they are fated to be enemies, but there is no turning her back on him. Now Nora and Patch must gather their strength to face one last, perilous trial. Old enemies return, new enemies are made, and a friend's ultimate betrayal threatens the peace Patch and Nora so desperately want. The battle lines are drawn—but which sides are they on? And in the end, are there some obstacles even love can't conquer?

My thoughts: I can't wait to read this! I love the cover and everything! I can't believe this series is finally coming to an end. It seems like it was forever ago when I read the first book Hush, Hush. This series has it's faults but I still love it. I just wonder how it all will end and what will happen. Excited :)

Do you guys plan on reading this?

Monday, September 10, 2012

Unraveling - Elizabeth Norris

Title: Unraveling
Author: Elizabeth Norris
Release Date: April 24th, 2012, Hardcover
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Group: Young Adult Literature
Two days before the start of her junior year, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit by a pickup truck and killed--as in blinding light, scenes of her life flashing before her, and then nothing. Except the next thing she knows, she's opening her eyes to find Ben Michaels, a loner from her high school whom Janelle has never talked to, leaning over her. And even though it isn't possible, she knows--with every fiber of her being--that Ben has somehow brought her back to life.

But her revival, and Ben's possible role in it, is only the first of the puzzles that Janelle must solve. While snooping in her FBI agent father's files for clues about her accident, she uncovers a clock that seems to be counting down to something--but to what? And when someone close to Janelle is killed, she can no longer deny what's right in front of her: Everything that's happened--the accident, the murder, the countdown clock, Ben's sudden appearance in her life--points to the end of life as she knows it. And as the clock ticks down, she realizes that if she wants to put a stop to the end of the world, she's going to need to uncover Ben's secrets--and keep from falling in love with him in the process.
I don't really know where to start with this review. I had a lot of problems while reading this. I can tell you right now that this book just wasn't for me. I don't know if it was the writing that the author used or just the way the characters developed or what. However the only thing that I loved about the book was the plot. I am being really lenient with a three star rating. I should probably give it two stars, but I thought that the book had a really interesting plot so I bumped it up to three.

Unraveling tells the story of a high school girl named Janelle. Her father is in the FBI, her mother has a really bad case of bipolar, and she has a little brother Jared. One night Janelle gets hit by a pick-up truck and she dies but when she opens her eyes she sees the school's stoner Ben leaning over her.

After reading this book I have come to the realization what the most important element of a story is for me: the characters. If a story doesn't have likable or relatable characters then I probably won't like the book that much. That was my problem with Unraveling. I just couldn't stand Janelle at all. She was rude, stereotypical, and just so cliché at times. She was so stereotypical about Ben and Elijah. She assumes that since these boys dress in all black and keep to themselves than they are supposedly stoners. I got sick and tired of hearing that. I don't know about other people, but at my high school it wasn't like that ever. I remember this girl who would wear Hollister or Victoria Secret and she would smoke pot every day.

Janelle would also be really rude and just mean to people. I really don't know how her best friend, Alex, would put up with her. Alex has an overbearing mother in the book and she won't let him do certain things. Of course Alex is embarrassed by it but Janelle just laughs and makes fun of it and his mother. Is that really anyway to treat your best friend? There is another scene I remember where they are at this party and she tells Alex that the reason why she brought him is because she couldn't let him graduate high school without going to at least one party. Janelle would probably throw a pity party for me because I didn't attend one popular party while I was in high school. I was mostly by myself and didn't have too many friends. I would have interest that nobody else liked; for example reading.

She was also so cliché with her boyfriend Nick. When they break up she tells him that she isn't like most girls. You want to know the type of girls that usually say that? Most girls. I just couldn't get over by how much I disliked Janelle. I don't mean to go on a rant about her but I never disliked such a main character in all my life. Although she did start to become likable towards the end. I tend to like her when she was around Ben, but I did feel like they just fell in love with each other out of nowhere.

I also wasn't a big fan of Elizabeth Norris writing style. It seemed like whenever a huge event would happen, the next chapter would be some sort of flashback that turned out to irrelevant. I guess she did that to let us know Janelle more but I just found it annoying after it happened for the third time. I also didn't really feel any emotion with the characters. There is a big catastrophe that Janelle experiences with her Dad and I just didn't feel anything at all. I felt like I didn't even know her Dad to be sad about it. There needed to be something else done to make us feel sad about her Dad. There was one thing that I did like about the story and that was the plot. There is a countdown to the end of the world and disasters start happening to the earth like hurricanes and earthquakes. The last hundred pages of the book were great! Why couldn't the whole story be like that?

Overall I liked how this book turned out to be science fiction but I just had so many problems with it that I just feel frustrated whenever I think of this book. Honestly, this book was a major disappointment. It was really not my cup of tea, but it might be yours. I feel like I am the only one who hasn't liked it. I just wouldn't recommend it. I still haven't made up my mind if I am going to read the next book or

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Showcase Sunday (8)

Showcase Sunday is hosted by Books, Biscuits and Tea. It was inspired by Pop Culture Junkie and the Story Siren. For more information about how this feature works and how to join, click here.

From Library:
Throne of Glass - Sarah J. Maas
Sweet Evil - Wendy Higgins
That is all for me this week! I also got Social Suicide but I left in my car with book bag! Sorry it isn't included in the picture, but that is the book that I am currently reading right now! I love it so far! It is just as funny as the prequel, Deadly Cool. I have heard a lot of great things about both of these books especially Sweet Evil. Have you guys read these yet? Let me know what you think!
Post a comment and tell me what books you got this week!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (25)

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Jill over at Breaking the Spine.

Reached (Matched, #3)
-Ally Condie
Release Date: November 13th, 2012

Cassia faces the ultimate choices in the long-anticipated conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Matched Trilogy

After leaving Society and desperately searching for the Rising—and each other—Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again: Cassia has been assigned to work for the Rising from within Society, while Ky has been stationed outside its borders. But nothing is as predicted, and all too soon the veil lifts and things shift once again.

In this gripping conclusion to the #1 New York Times bestselling Matched Trilogy, Cassia will reconcile the difficulties of challenging a life too confining, seeking a freedom she never dreamed possible, and honoring a love she cannot live without.

My thoughts: I am so so so so so so so so so excited for this! I love the Matched series. I feel like I am the only one who likes it, since I don't read to many positive reveiws over them. Actually Matched was the reason I wanted to start a blog because I loved it so much and wanted to talk about it somewhere. Lol. I just want to know what will happen with Ky and Cassia! I don't want the series to end, but I know that it will be awesome! Did I mention that I am excited? ;)

Do you guys plan on reading this?

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Fall TBR List (7)

This weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This weeks Top Ten is:
I just cannot wait to read this! I love the Matched series so much. The way that Ally Condie writes is very beautiful and sort of like poetry. The characters are also great as well. I love Cassia and Ky and all the rest. I know that this series gets a lot of hate, but I really enjoy it. I think that if you hadn't read it yet, you should give it try. It is dystopian, but one of the best that I have read. The world building is very good.
I am very excited for this! I love the Hush, Hush series so much. I just finished Silence back last spring and loved it way more than Crescendo. I can't believe this series is finally coming to an end. It seems it was forever ago when I read the first book Hush, Hush. Again,  this series does have some faults but I love it all the same. Beside the covers that this series has is just right down awesome.
This is such a light fun series. Each book is fast paced and full of crazy adventures. I am so happy that C.C. Hunter decided to add onto the series. I can't wait to find out what will happen to Kylie and her gang next. Taken By Dusk had so much action and questions answered that I can't wait too see what direction the series plans to take next. I also love her two best friends, who is a vampire and a witch. They funny bickering makes me laugh out loud everytime. Again, this series has awesome covers as well! Love them!
I have been procrastinating reading this and I don't really know why. I'm scared that I won't like it, because I really want to like it a lot. I also have to read this for sure because I have it down that I would for my debut author challenge. I really just need to sit down and read it. I know that I will love it. This was the same way with Divergent, and that has become one of my all time favorite books ever. I can be really weird sometimes when it comes to books I guess. Lol.
This book is also on my debut author challenge list. I have been looking forward to reading this book for awhile and decided to do it around Halloween since it is about witches. If you haven't notice, Halloween is like my favorite holiday and my favorite time of year. There is just something about pumpkins and scarves and boots that I love so much. But yeah, so that is why I decided to read this one now!
SO EXCITED! I love love love Maggie Stiefvater's books. There hasn't been one that I hadn't like. First it was the Wolves of Mercy Falls series. One of my favorite series ever. Then it was the Scorpio Races. Again so so good. I just know that I will love this one as well. She always makes the characters and the world so unique and really enjoyable to read about. I can't wait to see how this series will turn out.
I read Variant last fall and was surprised by how much I really liked it. It is actually more science fiction than dystopian which was unique to all the other books that are coming out now a days. Also the ending of Variant had the biggest cliff-hanger ever. I was totally shock. I didn't see half the plot twist coming in this book. I can't wait too see what will happen next!
This book has been in my TBR list for almost a year. I am pretty much intimidated by the thickness of it. It is over 400 hundred pages. I also have been saving this for a Halloween read for some reason. I have a lot of great things about this book, not one bad word. So I am really looking forward to reading it.
The last book that I read by Sarah Ockler was Twenty Boy Summer. So it has been awhile, but I remember loving that book so much. I have had this on my TBR list for awhile and plan to read it this fall. I have also heard good things about this as well. I heard that it has cupcakes and ice skating. Sounds like my type of story!
Yes, I do plan to read this. I bought it last month and have actually been looking forward to see what the hype is about. Since I told myself that I would never read 50 Shades of Grey, I thought that I could read this instead. So maybe it won't be that bad? Who knows. I probably will like it, knowing me. I do like the cover for this. I wonder what it has to do the story? Have any of you guys read it. Let me know what you thought of it!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Books Read in August 2012

1. My Life Next Door - Huntley Fitzpatrick (394 pages)
2. Reunited - Hilary Weisman Graham (339 pages)
3. Incarnate - Jodi Meadows (374 pages)
4. What She Left Behind - Tracy Bilen (237 pages)
5. Article 5 - Kristen Simmons (362 pages)
6. Hide and Seek - Sara Shepard (387 pages)

Books Read: 6
Books Read this Year: 53
My Favorite: Incarnate, Article 5, and Hide & Seek
My Least Favorite: Didn't have one this month!
Books from Library: 5
Books I own: 1
Books Borrowed: 0
Reviews Posted:
My Life Next Door, Reunited, Incarnate, What She Left Behind, Article 5, Hide and Seek

September TBR + Events!

I failed pretty bad last month with my TBR list. Hopefully I will be able to read all of this these month. I picked short books to read like Perks, Social Suicide, The Stefan Diaries, etc... I also can't wait to read Beauitful Disaster. I just want to read it really bad for some reason. Wish me luck! I am in college this month so the reading might not be so great.

Here is my list:
1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky | Add it on Goodreads
2. Social Suicide (Deadly Cool, #2) - Gemma Halliday | Add it on Goodreads
3. The Stefan Diaries: The Ripper - L.J. Smith | Add it on Goodreads
4. Beauitful Disaster - Jamie McGuire | Add it on Goodreads
5. Dead to You - Lisa McMann | Add it on Goodreads
6. Throne of Glass - Sarah J. Maas | Add it on Goodreads
7. Bittersweet - Sarah Ockler | Add it on Goodreads
8. Tempest - Julie Cross | Add it on Goodreads
9. Sweet Evil - Wendy Higgins | Add it on Goodreads

I am also going to one book signing this month! I try to always go to at least one a month if there are some in the area! I'm so excited! Here is the information and details below. If you plan on going to this leave a comment and let me know!
NYT Bestselling Author Libba Bray discusses and signs The Diviners
Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City--and she is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult--also known as "The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies." When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer--if he doesn't catch her first.
Wednesday, Stepember 19th at 7:00 pm
Joseph-Beth Booksellers
2692 Madison Rd Cincinnati, Ohio 45208-1321

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Hide and Seek - Sara Shepard

Title: Hide and Seek (The Lying Game, #4)
Author: Sara Shepard
Release Date: July 31st, 2012, Hardcover
Publisher: HarperTeen
Group: Young Adult Literature

My friends and I used to play lying games. Now my twin sister is living one.

When I was alive, my family seemed picture-perfect. My adoptive parents adored me, and my little sister, Laurel, copied my every move. But now that my long-lost twin, Emma, has taken my place to solve my murder, we're both learning just how flawed my family really is. Laurel is shooting Emma nasty looks and sneaking around with my ex-boyfriend. And it turns out my parents are keeping a huge secret-could it be the reason I'm dead?

How far would they go to keep the truth buried? No one can harm me now, but Emma is still fair game. And if she's not careful, she'll end up buried, too. From Sara Shepard, the #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars books, comes a riveting series about secrets, lies, and killer consequences.
Another great installment in the Lying Game series! These books and the Pretty Little Liars series are like some sort of drug. I can't stop reading them. They are addicting! I love Sara Shepard's writing style. It is easy and quick to read, but at the same time feel like you are really exploring the characters and plot. I love that. Hide and Seek had a lot more action and questions answered than the previous book did. Two Truths and a Lie was definitely a filler book for this. I like how each book focuses on a different suspect. This book is all about Mr. Mercer. Do not read ahead if you haven't read this series! I am going to mention spoilers in the next two paragraphs!

There is one heck of a crazy revelation at the end that I was not expecting at all, which I loved! I can usually predict these books pretty well. I still think that Ethan is the killer. It just makes the most sense. I listed the reasons why in my previous review and those reasons still haven't changed. I think that Sutton has some past with Ethan that she just can't remember.

The next book is going to be all about Becky. Sutton and Emma's real mother. This should make for an interesting story, even though I know she isn't the killer. I am still excited for it! I can't wait to continue on with the series.
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