Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Ghosts of Ashbury High by Jaclyn Moriarty

Title: The Ghosts of Ashbury High (Ashbury/Brookfield, #4)
Author: Jaclyn Moriarty
Release Date: June 1st, 2010
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Group: Young Adult Literature
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Bestselling author Jaclyn Moriarty returns to Ashbury High for a story of romance, mysterious new classmates, and the terrors of making it through your final year of high school.

This is the story of Amelia and Riley, bad kids from bad Brookfield High who have transferred to Ashbury High for their final year. They've been in love since they were fourteen, they go out dancing every night, and sleep through school all day. And Ashbury can't get enough of them.

Everyone's trying to get their attention; even teachers are dressing differently, trying to make their classes more interesting. Everyone wants to be cooler, tougher, funnier, hoping to be invited into their cool, self-contained world.
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I am sad that this series is over! I have grown to adore and love these characters so much. My favorite out of this series was the Murder of Bindy Mackenzie, which is kinda funny cause that seems to be people's least favorite. For some reason I just love her and her crazy quirkiness!

We are introduced to two new characters in this book, Amelia and Riley. To be completely honest, I didn't understand them. I thought they were so sneaky and scary. I kept wondering what Amelia and Riley were up too. Their relationship was so gothic ;) And gothic-ally speaking, there is ghosts in this book! Emily starts getting strange messages from a ghost in the Art Rooms! She then goes on the search to make people believe her and to find out all that she can about the ghost. During this time, Riley is having problems with Amelia. Riley believes that Amelia is turning into a ghost. Also Lydia is receiving messages from a ghost on her computer!

I really enjoyed the whole Lydia/Riley/Amelia/Toby thing. I just kept laughing while reading that towards the end. I also really liked Toby's story. I found the history of Castle Hill and the story of Tom and Phillip interesting! The letter towards the end made me smile so much! I love how they all had a part in that!

Everything worked out perfectly and I was glad! When I was reading the Year of Secret Assignments I grew to love Lydia and Seb so much and was quite upset of what had happened to them. I never liked Astrid for a reason. I didn't like her when I read The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie and this book just made me dislike her more. I can't tell you how happy I am that Seb and Lydia got back together. Also that Riley and Amelia worked everything out!

"Don't give up on me, I've not given up on you."
 
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Saturday, January 26, 2013

My Top 13 Anticipated Books of 2013

Goddess (Starcrossed, #3)
by Josephine Angelini
 HarperTeen (May 28th, 2013)
 
After accidentally unleashing the gods from their captivity on Olympus, Helen must find a way to re-imprison them without starting a devastating war. But the gods are angry, and their thirst for blood already has a body count.

To make matters worse, the Oracle reveals that a diabolical Tyrant is lurking among them, which drives a wedge between the once-solid group of friends. As the gods use the Scions against one another, Lucas’s life hangs in the balance. Still unsure whether she loves him or Orion, Helen is forced to make a terrifying decision, for war is coming to her shores.

In Josephine Angelini’s compelling conclusion to the masterfully woven Starcrossed trilogy, a goddess must rise above it all to change a destiny that’s been written in the stars. With worlds built just as fast as they crumble, love and war collide in an all-out battle that will leave no question unanswered and no heart untouched.
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The Elite (The Selection, #2)
by Kiera Cass
HarperTeen (April 23rd, 2013)
 
Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.
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Clockwork Princess
(The Infernal Devices, #2)
by Cassandra Clare
Margaret K. McElderry Books (March 19th, 2013)
 
Danger intensifies for the Shadowhunters as the New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy comes to a close.

If the only way to save the world was to destroy what you loved most, would you do it?

The clock is ticking. Everyone must choose.
Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment.

Danger closes in around the Shadowhunters in the final installment of the bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy.
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Boundless (Unearthly, #3)
by Cynthia Hand
HarperTeen (January 22nd, 2013)
 
The past few years have held more surprises than part-angel Clara Gardner could ever have anticipated. Yet from the dizzying highs of first love, to the agonizing low of losing someone close to her, the one thing she can no longer deny is that she was never meant to live a normal life.

Since discovering the special role she plays among the other angel-bloods, Clara has been determined to protect Tucker Avery from the evil that follows her . . . even if it means breaking both their hearts. Leaving town seems like the best option, so she’s headed back to California - and so is Christian Prescott, the irresistible boy from the vision that started her on this journey in the first place.

As Clara makes her way in a world that is frighteningly new, she discovers that the fallen angel who attacked her is watching her every move. And he’s not the only one. . . . With the battle against the Black Wings looming, Clara knows she must finally fulfil her destiny. But it won’t come without sacrifices and betrayal.
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Sweet Peril (Sweet Trilogy, #2)
by Wendy Higgins
HarperTeen (April 30th, 2013)
 
Anna Whitt, the daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a vow. She’d been naive about a lot of things.

Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.

When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?
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Chosen at Nightfall
(Shadow Falls, #5)
by C.C. Hunter
St. Martin's Press (April 30th, 2013)
 
Kylie Galen's life hasn't been the same since her world was turned upside-down in Born at Midnight, Shadow Falls #1, and now an epic conclusion to her journey—not to mention a tough choice between two guys!—is brewing in Chosen at Nightfall:

When Kylie Galen left Shadow Falls, she thought it was the hardest decision of her life. Heartbroken and separated from everyone she loves, she has to embrace her abilities and what it means to be a chameleon. But as Kylie's journey comes to a close, she must return to the camp that started it all...and she must finally chose between the two boys who love her. The werewolf who broke her heart when he chose his pack over her, and the half-fae who ran from their intense attraction before they ever really had a chance. For Kylie, everything will finally be revealed and nothing will ever be the same.
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Prodigy (Legend, #2)
by Marie Lu
Putnam Juvenile (January 29th, 2013)
 
June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: the Elector Primo dies, and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the two join a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother and offer passage to the Colonies. They have only one request—June and Day must assassinate the new Elector.

It’s their chance to change the nation, to give voice to a people silenced for too long.

But as June realizes this Elector is nothing like his father, she’s haunted by the choice ahead. What if Anden is a new beginning? What if revolution must be more than loss and vengeance, anger and blood—what if the Patriots are wrong? In this highly-anticipated sequel, Lu delivers a breathtaking thriller with high stakes and cinematic action.
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Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2)
by Tahereh Mafi
HarperCollins (February 5th, 2013)
 
Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She's finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch. Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam's life.
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Dare You To
(Pushing the Limits, #2)
by Katie McGarry
Harlequin Teen (May 28th, 2013)
 
If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does....

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him.

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all....
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Walking Disaster
(Beautiful, #2)
by Jamie McGuire
Atria Books (April 2nd, 2013)
 
How much is too much to love?

Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.
In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. Just when he thought he was invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.

Every story has two sides. In Jamie McGuire's New York Times bestseller Beautiful Disaster Abby had her say. Now it's time to see the story through Travis's eyes.
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The Indigo Spell
(Bloodlines, #3)
by Richelle Mead
Razorbill (February 12th, 2013)
 
In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch--a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood--or else she might be next.


Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, the Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive—this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone’s out for blood.
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Asunder (Newsoul, #2)
by Jodi Meadows
Katherine Tegen Books (January 29th, 2013)
 
DARKSOULS
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.

SHADOWS
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.

LOVE
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.
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Requiem (Delirium, #3)
by Lauren Oliver
HarperTeen (March 5th, 2013)
 
Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight.

After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven—pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancĂ©e of the young mayor. Requiem is told from both Lena’s and Hana’s points of view. The two girls live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.
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There is also a few other books that I can't wait to read in 2013! Divergent, #3 by Veronica Roth, whenever that comes out. I don't believe we have a cover or title yet! I am so freaking excited for it. That is probably my second most anticipated book in 2013 besides Clockwork Princess! Another book that I am excited is for the second Raven Boys book by Maggie Stiefvater! It doesn't have a cover yet so I didn't include it in this. I hope you guys like it. I am a little wait to post this since a few of these book are already released! I can't wait to read them all! Should be a great year for books! 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

My Top 12 Books of 2012

Hey guys! I know that it has been awhile since I posted anything. I am going to be doing my top 12 books of 2012. They are not listed in any particular order.
Clockwork Prince 
by Cassandra Clare
Margaret K. McElderry Books (December 6th, 2011)
Why: I read this book at the very beginning of the year so it's been awhile and I need Clockwork Princess like right now. Anybody that has read this book understands why. This book and the feels, just oh my gosh. If you guys have time there is this very funny video on youtube called the Mourning Period by Christine from polandbannasBOOKS, it was about how she felt after finishing this book and it fits perfectly.
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Shatter Me
by Tahereh Mafi
Harper (November 15th, 2011)
Why: One of my very favorite dystopians/sci-fi that I read this year. I am so happy that I am getting a kindle fire for Christmas so that I can finally read Destroy Me! Epppp! It's about this girl named Juliette who can kill people by touching them. It has a very unique writing style like this. I was able to finish this book in one night. I couldn't put it down or stop thinking about it once I finished it. I tend to like always like the guy that won't win the love triangle so I am team Warren on this. I know, I am weird.
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The Fault In Our Stars
by John Green
Dutton Books (January 10th, 2012)
Why: How can I even begin to describe this book? How? My favorite John Green book by far. So beautifully written. I do not think I can describe why I love it so much. The characters are so wonderful and refreshing and just the story of the two teens in this book, Hazel and Augustus, is indescribable. This is my top five favorite books ever and it just might be my favorite read in 2012.
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Legend
by Marie Lu
Putnam Juvenile (November 29th, 2011)
Why: This book is why I love dystopian YA. This book is told from two different point of views, which I love, and it's about the rich side of town and the poor. I was not expecting to love this book as much as I did. I remember being at college and having a four hour break because my sociology class got cancelled and doing nothing but reading this book. I couldn't believe how much I loved the characters. I honestly can't wait till the next one.
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The Scorpio Races
by Maggie Stiefvater
Scholastic Press (October 18th, 2011)
Why: I love this book so much! This book deserves so much more hype than it has. Maggie Stiefvater has this wonderful talent of writing so beautifully about these two characters and the story of them becoming together and the island that they live on. There should be a lot more books about horses. When I was younger I was absolutely obsessed horses so this was like revisiting that. I wish that she would write more about these characters but the ending was so perfect! A great standalone novel!
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Lola and the Boy Next Door
by Stephanie Perkins

Dutton Books (September 29th, 2011)
Why: Don't hate me guys, but I kind of didn't like Anna and the French Kiss. Gasp! I know. I think I had such high expectations that it just didn't work out when I read the book. So I went into reading this book with no expectations and loved it so much. Lola and Cricket were just so much fun to read about and I love Lola's crazy outfits and costumes. I am not really into contemporary that much but thanks to this book I realize that I liked it more than I thought I would. I can't wait for the next book and hope to see Lola and Cricket again!
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Insurgent
by Veronica Roth
HarperTeen (May 1st, 2012)
Why: Divergent was my favorite read in 2011 hands down! I just loved this series so much! I can't believe that I got to wait until next fall for the next book! I have no idea what is going to happen next. I do have to admit that I liked Divergent a little bit better than this one, but I liked this one a whole lot. Tris is such a kick ass character to read from and I can relate to her. I also just love Four. I even met Veronica Roth at a signing for this book so I have both of them signed. I am so happy about that.
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City of Lost Souls
by Cassandra Clare
Margaret K. McElderry (May 8th, 2012)

Why: I love this series so much! It is probably my favorite series ever. I can't believe that City of Heavenly Fire doesn't come out till 2014. That is almost as bad as the third Divergent book. I have these great memories with this series and just to think that I almost didn't read it. This series definitely does deserve all the hype that it gets. There is just so many twist and turns that I don't see coming and the characters are so great. Clary, Jace, Izzy, Simon and the rest of the gang are just so awesome. If you haven't checked these books out yet I highly recommend them.
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The Golden Lily
by Richelle Mead
Razorbill (June 12th, 2012)

Why: Have I ever talked about how glad I am that Richelle Mead is writing a spinoff series from Vampire Academy. Also that it's about Adrian and Sydney who are complete opposites. When I read this series I fell like I am visting old friends and when I get finished with the book I just want the next one so bad. Adrian and Sydney is like one of my favorite book couples ever. I use to ship Rose and Adrian in the VA series but I am so glad that Sydney is now in the picture. If you have read Vamprie Academy but am scared to read this series, you are totally missing out. The old characters, the world building, and everything is just so good.
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Bittersweet
by Sarah Ockler
Simon Pulse (January 3rd, 2012)
Why: I was in a reading slump before I read this book and this story definitely got me out of that reading slump thank goodness! It has been awhile since I read a book by Sarah Ockler but now I remember why I loved her previous book, Twenty Boy Summer, so much. Bittersweet is such a feel good read. It's about ice skating, cupcakes, and boys that play hockey. What more do you need from a contemporary ya book?! I didn't write a review for this book but hopefully what I just wrote makes you want to read it!
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Pushing the Limits
by Katie McGarry
Harlequin Teen (July 31st, 2012)
Why: Again another contemporary that I loved this year. This was definitely the year that I discovered many contemporaries that I loved. I haven't heard one person say a negative thing about this book. This is another novel that derserves all the hye that it has. Echo and Noah both have such amazing back stories and you feel for both of them. I also like how it is told in both of their point of views. There is also some mystery that goes on with Echo and you try to figure out what happened to her. I really liked this book a lot and Katie McGarry is writing a companion novel to this about Beth, who was one of Noah's friends, and I am so excited!
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The Raven Boys
by Maggie Stiefvater
Scholastic Press (September 18th, 2012)
Why: I have never read anything quite like this book before.Maggie Stiefvater has become one of my favorite authors. I haven't read one book by her that I haven't liked. This book starts out a little slow and confusing but once you get into the story and know the characters you can't put it down or stop thinking about it. The summary is also a little misleading. I thought that I would be reading more about Blue and Gansey but it a lot more than that. I can't wait for the next book and see what adventure the gang goes on next.
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