Friday, September 27, 2013

Cover Reveal: The One

The cover of The One, the final book in The Selection Trilogy by Kiera Cass has been revealed!!!!

Release Date: May 6, 2014

I'm seriously flipping out right now! It's so pretty!! Love it!! Seeing this cover is like making it official or something. I'm so excited for this book. This is one of my favorite series & I cannot wait to read it!!! I seriously need to preorder this like right now!! May 2014 will be a good month!!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Book Review: Boundless


"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 fulfill her destiny. But it won’t come without sacrifices and betrayal.

In the riveting finale of the Unearthly series, Clara must decide her fate once and for all."

Author: Cynthia Hand
Year of Release: 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: Paranormal
Sequel(s): none 
Prequel(s)UnearthlyHallowed & a novella called Radiant
Book Version: Hardback
Where did you get the book?: Library
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Warning: There are major spoilers in this review

Review: Boundless was a very good ending to this trilogy. Like the other two books, it kept me on the edge of my seat wanting to find out what's going to happen next, and of course, to see who Clara ends up with. Cynthia Hand is an incredible writer. She is descriptive without going over board and she has such an amazing talent of being able to make the reader feels what the characters feel. Books that make me feel the same emotions as the characters are always the best.

I was expecting not to enjoy this book due to the knowledge that there would be a lack of Tucker, and at first, I will not lie, I was annoyed and aggravated by the lack of him. I never like it when one of the love interests has a smaller role or is not in the book at all. I can think of several other books in series that are like this. However, after reading Boundless, I understand why there had to be a lack of Tucker. When I read Hallowed I was beyond upset that he and Clara broke up because of Clara's purpose among other things. I felt as though she didn't love him even though she kept claiming that she did. When reading Boundless, I realized that she never stopped loving him; she was just pushing him away in order to protect him. It was really heartbreaking that they had to breakup, but I understand why.

I was genuinely surprised and happy when Clara accidentally teleported to Tucker's barn the first time she tried without her dad, but was quickly dismayed by the way Tucker was treating her (which was understandable, of course, but still upsetting). I liked how she kept ending up there every time she tried to transport somewhere. It was pretty hilarious, but I never quite understood why until the end. I also found it odd that Tucker just so happened to be there every time she transported there. How unlikely is that? I mean, each time she teleported there, he could have been doing plenty of other things, but he was always nearby. Each time, it became more and more obvious that Clara still had feelings for him, and by the third time, I knew without a doubt that she would end up with him.

Once I arrived at that conclusion, I started to enjoy the novel more. I liked the other storylines with Angela, Jeff, Sam, and Christian as well. It was very addicting. They all tied together really well. As I said previously, I do like Christian. He seemed like a great guy: very sweet, protective, and loyal. He's just not the person for Clara, in my opinion. To me, he always seemed like a brother figure to her, not a love interest. I will not lie, I really, really liked the part when the two of them went out together and when he tried to kiss her, she pictured Tucker. That was downright hilarious. 

The climax of this novel was so much better and much more terrifying than the small little fight that Clara had with Sam in Hallowed. Normally during intense scenes, my stomach doesn't start to hurt with anxiety, but it did this time around when Tucker's life was in jeopardy. I was reading at a much faster pace and ended up crying (which I rarely ever do). I was so upset and angry. Things worked out, and I couldn't have been happier. I absolutely loved how the epilogue was just an extended version of Clara's daydream that she had of Tucker in Hallowed. Now, I'm starting to think that her daydream was a one time vision. 

Overall, this was a great end to this trilogy. I was quite satisfied with the ending, but I want more. I was left with several unanswered questions that I'm dying to know the answer to. Knowing how it ends now, I have a deep desire to reread the first book which I probably will do within the next year or two. I would also probably enjoy Hallowed and Boundless even more a second time.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #20

Waiting on Wednesday is a Book Hop hosted by Breaking the Spinethat spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pick is:
Alienated by Melissa Landers 

"Interplanetary relations have never been more exciting! The first in a funny, romantic YA sci-fi series.
Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them. 
Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.
Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.
But when Cara's classmates get swept up by anti-L'eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn't safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara's locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class. 
Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she's fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet."

Release Date: February 4, 2014

I'm a huge fan of romance & I think this book sounds fantastic! I cannot wait to read it in February!!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday #19

Top 10 Tuesday is a blog hop hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. They post a Top 10 topic & other blogs participate & link their blog post to their website. It is a way to get to know your follow bloggers & get more traffic on your own blog! If you have a book blog, you can definitely participate! If not, you can still post your answers below in the comments!

Top Ten Best Sequels

As always, this list isn't in any order, and my list consists of books that aren't the last book in the series (except for the one Duology that I included)

1. Insurgent by Veronica Roth

2. Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick

3. The Elite by Kiera Cass

4. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

5. A Million Suns by Beth Revis

6. Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

7. Outside In by Maria Snyder 

8. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

9. Phoenix by Elizabeth Richards

10. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Book Review: Hallowed


"For months Clara Gardner trained to face the fire from her visions, but she wasn't prepared for the choice she had to make that day. And in the aftermath, she discovered that nothing about being part angel is as straightforward as she thought.

Now, torn between her love for Tucker and her complicated feelings about the roles she and Christian seem destined to play in a world that is both dangerous and beautiful, Clara struggles with a shocking revelation: Someone she loves will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning.

In this compelling sequel to Unearthly, Cynthia Hand captures the joy of first love, the anguish of loss, and the confusion of becoming who you are."

Author: Cynthia Hand
Year of Release: 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: Paranormal
Sequel(s)Boundless & a novella called Radiant
Prequel(s): Unearthly
Book Version: Hardback
Where did you get the book?: Library
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Warning: There are major spoilers in this review

Review: Hallowed was a good, satisfying sequel, but I must admit that Unearthly had certain things in it that Hallowed didn't thus the reason why I am lowering my rating of it, as well as because things in this book did not turn out the way I wanted them to. 

While reading this book, I felt many different emotions: happiness, sadness, anger, and confusion. During one part, I'm bursting with joy and the next thing I know, I am on the verge of tears. In other words, this book made me feel all the feels.  That is definitely one thing that makes a great novel.

People say that girls shouldn't rely on guys in order to be happy, and I agree, it should be that way in real life. The same should be said when it comes to fictional characters as well. But my love of Tucker controlled my emotions throughout this novel. I couldn't help it and it started to bother me. I felt like a girl with a huge crush on someone and whenever Tucker wasn't in a scene, I felt like I was just reading through it to get to a part with him in it. However, there were many parts of it that didn't have him in it that I did enjoy. 

I thought the romance in Unearthly was better done or maybe I am just biased when I say that because I like Tucker so much. But still, I sometimes find myself enjoying "the buildup" to a relationship better than the relationship itself. By "buildup", I mean "the buildup" to the start of a relationship. Clara had a huge crush on Christian for the first two-thirds of Unearthly and was completely blinded by the fact that Tucker liked her. Tucker started out being a jerk, but only because he liked her. I liked the slow and realistic way in which their relationship blossomed in Unearthly. It happened when she was least expecting it, just as falling in love happens in real life. The fact that she ended up with Tucker when you think she'll end up with Christian was a bit of a surprise, and I liked that a lot. However, Hallowed didn't have that "buildup" because they were already together. Other than a few other scenes, I didn't enjoy reading about their relationship as I thought I would, mainly because it seemed as though Clara didn't love him anymore. She claimed that she loved him and that she chose him over Christian, but the way she described things made it seem as though she didn't. It even felt as though her relationship with Tucker was awkward while her friendship with Christian was more comfortable and at ease. 

I even started freaking out because: a) first I thought Tucker would die (and feeling guilty because I wanted it to be her mom who dies and not Tucker, and then feeling even more guilty when it really does turn out to be Clara's mother who is going to die), and b) thinking that he and Clara won't end up together because of her purpose. I seriously am not used to not getting my way when it comes to love triangles, and I was becoming very, very upset. I was annoyed that I let the romance aspect of this book control how I overall felt about everything that was going on. 

With all of this said though, I do like how Clara has not let any single boy control her happiness and that she doesn't think that her life has ended knowing that she and Tucker can't be together. It breaks my heart, but I'm glad that Clara has come to terms with it even though, like I said, it felt as though Clara didn't even love him as much in the first place.

Even though I am absolutely in love with Tucker, I can't say that I don't like Christian, not at all. I love how even though he feels as though he and Clara are meant to be together, he still respects Clara's decision to be with Tucker. He seems like a great guy and if Tucker weren't in the picture, I'd totally be in love with him. However Christian was a hypocrite because he said that he wasn't the type of guy to hit on another guy's girlfriend and then a few chapters later, he's kissing Clara when she's still with Tucker. That made me want to slap both him and Clara.

The story itself was quite good and was very well written and plotted out. It was very addicting and was hard to put down. There were a few things that I guessed accurately, but there were several parts that I never would have been able to predict and I loved that. I always enjoy reading books with unexpected twists and turns. It makes me love them so much more. There were also two scenes in this book that I just loved. The first was the scene at the beginning of the book with Tucker and Clara when she went over to his house and she ended up falling asleep in his bed with him. The next morning, Tucker's dad caught them together. It was so awkward and so hilarious. I couldn't stop laughing. The other part was when Tucker and Christian started physically fighting over Clara. It really is a girl's dream to have two attractive and nice guys fighting over her. Clara had even mentioned that she didn't like being in a love triangle and she never found them realistic (I completely agree), but man, oh man, I just loved that scene. 

Overall, I enjoyed this book and thought it was a good sequel, but I did not like it as much as Unearthly. However, I would not classify it as a bad sequel at all.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Book Review: Unearthly


"In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees . . . .
Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place and out of place at the same time. Because there's another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart."

Author: Cynthia Hand
Year of Release: 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: Fantasy
Sequel(s): Hallowed & Boundless & a novella called Radiant
Book Version: Hardback
Where did you get the book?: Library
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Warning: There are some spoilers in this review

Review: I was blown away by how good this novel was. It started out pretty well, but it consisted of parts that seemed cliché. The soon ended, and the story quickly turned into something that I really, really enjoyed and couldn't stop reading with the desire of wanting to know what was going to happen next. Cynthia Hand had a way of making an angel story unique. There are plenty of angel novels out there, but this one was different in a good way. It was captivating and really enjoyable.

The plot in this novel was very well done and very well paced. I didn't feel as though it was rushed even though a lot of time went by in only 435 pages. Cynthia Hand had a very good way of handling that. The book also never had a dull moment. I never got bored. Cynthia was able to keep me entertained throughout the entire book. As I mentioned earlier, this book was hard to put down.

As a romance lover, my favorite aspect of this novel was the romance. At first, I was surprised when Clara discovered that Christian, who she is meant to save, already has a girlfriend. I was expecting what most novels have: a love at first sight type of thing. It was strange at first. I had become so accustomed to books where characters fall in love right away that I was actually getting annoyed that it wasn't happening. Then I realized that this story (the love aspect anyway) was realistic. Although people can fall in love within a few weeks of knowing each other, it's much less likely to happen. Clara has a massive crush on Christian, but he already has a girlfriend. Typical if you ask me. I experienced that when I was in high school myself. Their relationship was gradual and natural, the way it would be in real life which I liked.

Enter Tucker Avery. Oh my gosh. I knew he was a potential love interest because of the summary, but by the way the summary describes her relationship with him, I expected him to be a bad type of boy with a sweet side like Patch from Hush, Hush or Jace from The Mortal Instruments. I was entirely wrong. He started out as a total jerk to Clara and I was starting to wonder how this guy was going to become a love interest. She pretty much loathed him and it appeared that he despised her as well. Enter Wendy Avery, Tucker's twin sister who is one of Clara's best friends. I liked the scene between the two of them where Wendy wants to know what's going on with Clara and Tucker and Clara is stunned that Wendy would ever consider such a thing. Wendy mentions that Tucker is only being a jerk to her because he likes her. I hadn't realized that as a possibility considering that no other love interests in books that I have read start out as complete jerks. That was a very unique way for Cynthia to do this, and I liked it. As the novel went on, I started to like Tucker more and more. Clara was falling for Christian, and I found myself falling for Tucker by the little things he did: giving money to Wendy when she was going to go shopping with Clara, taking three girls to prom because none of them had dates, offering Clara a ride home, and of course, willing to take Clara out on a tour of the area when nobody else was around during the summer. I was stunned that he wasn't a jerk at all, but actually a real gentlemen who opened doors for ladies. It was really sweet. I'm still blown away by his relationship with Clara slowly progressed throughout the novel and by the revelations of his character. I never would have expected Clara to fall for him. I just thought he would be the guy who liked her from a distance who eventually told her his feelings, and that she would decline him. I thought he was the underdog. I was, again, inevitably, wrong. (Yay!)

The final chapters of this book were very intense and I enjoyed them a lot. I found myself reading them quickly wanting to find out what happens next. I also found myself in bed still in my night clothes at 12:30 PM still reading. It was that good. What ended up happening was totally unexpected and I have many questions now, but fortunately, I have the last two books already from the library so I will be starting Hallowed very, very soon.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday #18

Top 10 Tuesday is a blog hop hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. They post a Top 10 topic & other blogs participate & link their blog post to their website. It is a way to get to know your follow bloggers & get more traffic on your own blog! If you have a book blog, you can definitely participate! If not, you can still post your answers below in the comments!

Top Ten Books On My Fall 2013 TBR List

1. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
I pre-ordered this book months ago. Seriously, if this book came out right now, I'd stop reading the book I'm reading now & read this. I've been waiting for this book ever since I finished Insurgent in May 2012. So you can imagine how hard the wait has been. Give me! Give me!

2. Champion by Marie Lu
Another book that I cannot wait for. I already have a hold on it at my library. I'm glad I don't have to wait till 2014 for this book.

3. Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs
I love Mermaids. I haven't read any Mermaid fantasy novels before & I'm looking forward to reading this series.

4. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
I've been meaning to read this series for the longest time!! It's about time that I did!

5. Gone by Michael Grant
Everytime I see one of these books at the library I work at I freak out a little because there are so many of them and they're so massive. I typically read books that are 300-500 pages long, but these books look longer than that! I could be wrong though.

6. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
I have a hold on this book at my library. I have enjoyed every book of Maggie's that I have read so I don't think this one will be any different.

7. Wither by Lauren DeStefano
I bought this book over a year ago at half price books and I still haven't read it yet. Now, I think all the books have already been released. That's the best part about forgetting to read a book, the rest of the series will already be available by the time I remember to read it!

8. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
This book is becoming a movie. Normally I like to read books first before I see the movie. That doesn't always happen (many times I don't even know the movie is based off a book until later), but I'm going to try and read this one first before seeing the movie.

9. Ender's Game by  Orson Scott Card
Another book that I want to read before the movie is released. The movie looks fantastic so I'm sure the book is even better!!

10. The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Scheider
Harper Collin's advertisements on Facebook definitely work on me. Their advertisement said that this series is like John Green's The Fault In Our Stars. I LOVED that book, so it caught my attention right away. I read the summary of this book and knew I had to read it. I wouldn't be surprised if this book became just as popular as John Green's books. I have a hold on this book at my library as well.

What's on your list? Let me know!

Monday, September 16, 2013

ARC Book Review: Infinite


The Year of Souls begins with an earthquake—an alarming rumble from deep within the earth—and it’s only the first of greater dangers to come. The Range caldera is preparing to erupt. Ana knows that as Soul Night approaches, everything near Heart will be at risk.

Ana’s exile is frightening, but it may also be fortuitous, especially if she can convince her friends to flee Heart and Range with her. They’ll go north, seeking answers and allies to stop Janan’s ascension. And with any luck, the newsouls will be safe from harm’s reach.

The oldsouls might have forgotten the choice they made to give themselves limitless lifetimes, but Ana knows the true cost of reincarnation. What she doesn’t know is whether she’ll have the chance to finish this one sweet life with Sam, especially if she returns to Heart to stop Janan once and for all.

With gorgeous romance and thrilling action, the final book in the Incarnate trilogy offers a brilliant conclusion to the compelling questions of this fascinating world, where one new girl is the key to the lives of millions."

Author: Jodi Meadows
Date of Release: January 28, 2014
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: Fantasy
Sequel(s): none
Prequels(s): Incarnate and Asunder
Book Version: ARC hardcopy
Where did you get the book?: Won it in Jodi Meadows's Reviewer Appreciation Giveaway
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Review: Infinite was my favorite book of this trilogy. I normally don't read novels that are just fantasy. Most fantasy novels that I have read are urban fantasy, intertwining the real world and a mythological world, so when I read novels like this that take place in a made up world, I'm blown away. Many things in this novel came entirely from Meadows's imagination from the city of Heart to the way dragons communicate. It's amazing. Speaking of dragons, I absolutely loved the mythological creatures in this novel. I found myself wanting to read more about them. They are just so unique and interesting.

As I have said in my reviews of Incarnate and Asunder, this trilogy has a very interesting and unique premise. I greatly enjoyed reading it. There were a few boring parts, but was overall pleased with the conclusion to the series. It kept me reading to see what happens, and answered all my questions that I had after reading Asunder. The ending was a bit ambiguous though. I was left with a few additional questions that were not answered. This might be just me though. I'll have to go back and re-read some the last chapter or so. Overall, when this book comes out in January, I believe that fans will be greatly satisfied with Meadows's last book in the Incarnate Series. 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Stacking the Shelves #8

Stacking the Shelves is a book blog meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where book bloggers post about the new books they have acquired throughout the week either digitally or hard copy. It can be books that you have borrowed from a friend, got at a library, purchased online or in a store, etc!

From Library

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

The second book in the Unearthly trilogy. I still haven't read Unearthly yet, but it's the next on my to-read list!

Boundless by Cynthia Hand

The third book in the Unearthly trilogy. I love it when all the books in a series are available by the time I decide to start the series!!

Reached by Ally Condie

I have been meaning to read this book for months, but never had time because of school or forgot. Now I finally remembered and I plan on reading it soon!!


A Barnes & Noble eGift Card from Lisa @ Lisa Love's Literature's 
4th Blogoversary Celebration Giveaway! I already know what I plan on buying & I'm beyond excited about it!! Thanks, Lisa!!

What books did you acquire this week?

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Feature & Follow Friday #6

Feature & Follow Friday is a blog hop hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read. The purpose of this blog hop is meet new people, gain new followers, and find cool new blogs to follow yourself!!

This week's question is:

It is up to you to do a Kickstarter campaign for your favorite book!!! Who are you casting for the main characters?

Well, my favorite book series by far is the Divergent trilogy. I don't know what it is about that series, but I just love it. The first book was written when the author, Veronica Roth, was 21 and a senior in college. I'm 22 and it's my dream to publish a book. I look up to her so much for that very reason. As for the casting of the main characters? Well, as most people already know, the first film has already been filmed. I'm very passionate about this series so I want it to be done very well. So far, from what I've seen, I'm pretty pleased. But of course, the images in my head will always be how I prefer it, but I have a feeling that the movie is going to rock!!!

Follow Me & I'll follow you back!!

You can also follow me on Twitter @EmHeartsBooks


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #19

Waiting on Wednesday is a Book Hop hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pick is:

The Princess in the Opal Mask by Jenny Lundquist

"Every Fairy-Tale Ending Has a Price. . . .

Orphaned as a child in the crumbling village of Tulan, Elara is determined to learn her true identity, even if it means wielding a dagger. Meanwhile, in Galandria's royal capital, Princess Wilha stands out as someone to either worship or fear. Though no one knows why the king has always made her conceal her face--including Wilha herself.

When an assassination attempt threatens the peace of neighboring kingdoms, Elara and Wilha are brought face to face . . . with a chance at claiming new identities. However, with dark revelations now surfacing, both girls will need to decide if brighter futures are worth the binding risks."

Release Date: October 22, 2013

This book has a very unique premise and sounds quite interesting. I'm definitely going to have to pick this one up after it comes out!!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (#17)

Top 10 Tuesday is a blog hop hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. They post a Top 10 topic & other blogs participate & link their blog post to their website. It is a way to get to know your follow bloggers & get more traffic on your own blog! If you have a book blog, you can definitely participate! If not, you can still post your answers below in the comments!

Top Ten Books I Would Love To See As A Movie (set in a perfect which movies don't butcher the books we love.)

Please note: There is no order to this list. I'm just adding them as I think of them.

1. The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth--I'm not complaining, but to me, Four will always be a skinny, lanky 18 year old, not a bulky 28 year old. But I'm sure Theo will do just fine!!!

2. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare (Please note: I loved the first one. Read my review HERE. I just want the rest of them to be just as good, if not better!!)

3. The Across the Universe Trilogy by Beth Revis

4. The Shatter Me Trilogy by Tahereh Mafi--With a hot actor as Warner that I can stare at the whole time. (This really does need to be a movie, like seriously.)

5. The Hush, Hush Saga by Becca Fitzpatrick--Without people comparing it to Twilight

6. The Selection Trilogy by Kiera Cass--With a hot actor as Maxon and a girl that looks like the model on the cover as America.

7. The Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu

8. The Insider Duology by Maria V. Snyder 

9. The Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver--With a different ending to Requiem and without a cranky/rude Alex

10. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Monday, September 9, 2013

Book Review: Heaven


"Bethany, an angel sent to Earth, and her mortal boyfriend, Xavier, have been to Hell and back. But now their love will be put to its highest test yet, as they defy Heavenly law and marry. They don’t tell Beth’s archangel siblings, Gabriel and Ivy, but the angels know soon enough, and punishment comes in a terrifying form: the Sevens, who are rogue angels bent on keeping Beth and Xavier apart, destroying Gabriel and Ivy, and darkening angelic power in the heavens.

The only way Bethany and can elude the Sevens is to hide in the open, and blend in with other mortals their own age. Gabriel and Ivy set them up at college, where they can’t reveal their relationship, and where there is still danger around each corner. Will Bethany be called back to Heaven – forever – and face leaving the love of her life?"

Author: Alexandra Adornetto
Year of Release: 2012
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Genre: Paranormal
Sequel(s): none
Prequels(s)Halo and Hades
What motivated you to read this book?: Really enjoyed Halo & Hades & wanted to see what happened next to Bethany & Xavier.
Book Version: Hardback
Where did you get the book?: Library I work at
Favorite Character: Xavier Woods
Other noteworthy characters: Bethany, Ivy, & Gabriel Church as well as Molly
Thoughts on Cover: Stunning! It's my favorite cover of the three. I love the blue coloring and how Xavier and Beth's arms form a heart!
Recommended to: Angel fans, Catholics, Other Christians, religious people, Twilight fans, Paranormal fans
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

ReviewThis book was really good, but I there were certain things about it that I found bothersome especially a few mistakes that Adornetto made that I won't go into. There was also one part that really wasn't necessary to the story. I also found it annoying that Beth still has let her life revolve around Xavier. She acted as if her life depended on him. I didn't like how she didn't want to be in heaven because of him and that she would do anything to get out of heaven and be with him. I also didn't like how there were bad angels that God didn't know of and that God was too busy to deal with Beth's situation. As a believer of God, I believe that God knows everything and is never too busy to handle any situation. My final complaint is that it seemed as though Beth's problems took over Gabriel and Ivy's lives and because of Beth they couldn't focus on the real reasons why they were there on earth. I still have yet to figure out what that was since that was never the main issue in the story.

Although this book had its multiple faults, I still enjoyed it and was rooting for Xavier and Beth the entire time. As always, I really liked Xavier. Of course, I still feel as though his character was too good to be true, but it's just fiction. I'm glad that he was in this novel more than the previous one. I also found myself liking Molly's character a lot more than I did in the previous two books. As I've mentioned before, I'm glad that Beth has a friend (and a life) other than Xavier. That's definitely important.

Overall,  this novel was really cute and I am glad that I read it. I was happy with the ending, but I felt as though it ended rather abruptly compared to the first two books that both had epilogues. This novel definitely needed an epilogue. It seemed like there should have been more.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Stacking the Shelves #7

Stacking the Shelves is a book blog meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where book bloggers post about the new books they have acquired throughout the week either digitally or hard copy. It can be books that you have borrowed from a friend, got at a library, purchased online or in a store, etc!

Purchased for My Nook

The Transfer by Veronica Roth

I have already read & reviewed this fantastic novella (click the title for the link to the review). I was extremely pleased with it & I cannot wait much longer for Allegiant & the other Four novellas!

Phoenix Overture by Jodi Meadows

I plan on reading this one as soon as I finish the book listed below!! I love Sam & I look forward to reading & learning more about him.


Infinite by Jodi Meadows

I was beyond thrilled when I found out that I won an ARC of the last book of the Incarnate trilogy. Jodi even signed it with a message. It was so sweet of her. I plan on posting more about my ARC in the near future so stay tuned.

What books did you acquire this week?

Friday, September 6, 2013

My Favorite Insurgent Quotes

I love doing "my favorite quotes" blog posts for books that I truly enjoyed & had humorous quotes in them! It's been awhile since I've done one. I will probably do them whenever I re-read a book. When I plan on doing these I typically keep a paper and pen with me at all times when I'm reading. That can be a hassle when I'm reading a book for a first time, but when I'm re-reading a book, I don't mind it so much. 

Please Note: These "quotes" are just that, "quotes"--things characters said. These quotes don't include narration. If they did, this blog post would be HUGE. Second of all, these quotes are in no order at all. It would take me forever to figure out which ones I like more than others. If anything, they are in the order they were written. Example: A quote may come from page 90 and the next one will be from page 96. Thirdly, if it's difficult to tell who is speaking to whom, I put the people's names in parentheses. If there are no parentheses, you can tell who says what at the end of each quote. If more than one person is talking the first person who spoke is the first listed. Finally, all quotes come from the U.S. hardback version.

Warning: These quotes contain spoilers in them!

Here are my favorite quotes from Insurgent!!

"How old are you, anyway?"
"And you don't think you're told old to be with my little sister?"
"She isn't your little anything."--Caleb & Tobias, p. 17

"We're all right, you know. You and me. Okay? Nothing else is all right. But we are." --Tobias to Tris, p. 48

"Sleep. I'll fight the bad dreams off if they come to get you."
"With what?"
"My bare hands obviously."--Tobias & Tris, p. 50

"Where's your scary boyfriend?"
"He's not scary."
"Sure he's not."
"I don't know where he is."--Lynn & Tris, p. 164

"You're too important to just...die."
"I'm not important. Everyone will do just fine without me."
"Who cares about everyone? What about me?"
"You would be fine. Not at first. But you would move on, and do what you have to do."
"That's a lie."--Tobias & Tris, pp. 311 & 312

"You die, I die too."--Tobias to Tris, p. 338

"Why did he come here?"
"Because he's an idiot."
"Well, yeah." --Peter & Tris talking about why Tobias showed up in Erudite after Tris did, p. 338

"That's ridiculous. That doesn't make any sense. He's eighteen; he'll find another girlfriend once you're dead. And he's stupid if he doesn't know that."--Peter after Tris said that she thinks Tobias came to die with her, p. 339 (I thought this line was pretty funny. Peter's so funny.)

"Unless you want me to throw up all over you guys, you might want to save it for later." --Peter when Tris and Tobias start kissing after he & Tobias saved her, p. 388

"Got your gun?"
"No, I figured I would shoot the bullets out of my nostrils, so I left it upstairs."
"Oh, shut up."--Peter & Tobias, p. 390

"I don't...My family is all dead, or traitors; how can I..."
"I'll be your family now."
"I love you."
"Say it again."
"Tobias, I love you."
"I love you, too."--Tris & Tobias, p. 400

"Let me get this straight. So you left the Dauntless compound to get ready for war...and took your makeup bag with you?"
"Yep. Figured it would be harder for anyone to shoot me if they saw how devastatingly attractive I was."-- Tris & Christina, pp.426 & 427

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