Tuesday, November 30, 2010

New Release Tuesday

Matched by Ally Condie

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

New Release Tuesday

Night Star by Alyson Noel

After fighting for centuries to be together, Ever and Damen’s future hinges on one final showdown that will leave readers gasping for breath. Don’t miss this explosive new installment of the #1 bestselling series that’s enchanted millions across the world!

Haven still blames Ever for the death of her boyfriend Roman, no matter how hard Ever’s tried to convince her it was an accident. Now she’s determined to take Ever down…and destroy Damen and Jude along the way. Her first step is to tear Ever and Damen apart—and she has just the ammunition to do it.

Hidden in one of Ever’s past lives is a terrible secret about Damen—a secret that illuminates new facts about her relationship with Jude, but that’s so dark and brutal it might be enough to drive her and Damen apart once and for all. As Ever faces her greatest fears about the guy she wants to spend eternity with, she’s thrust into a deadly clash with Haven that could destroy them all.

Now it’ll take everything she’s got—and bring out powers she never knew she had—to face down her most formidable enemy. But in order to win, she must first ask herself: is her own survival worth dooming Haven to an eternity of darkness in the Shadowland? And will learning the truth about Damen’s past hold the key to their future?

Friday, November 5, 2010

Love That Cover!

Betrayal, loss, pain, fear. How many trials can love endure and still survive?

Not much of a synopsis yet but I am reading the first book in the series, Nightshade, right now and if book two is anything like book one I know it will be amazing! And staying true to the Awesomness that was the Nightshade Cover I think that the cover of Wolfsbane is pretty amazing as well :)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

Mackie Doyle is not human. He was a replacement, left in the crib of the real (human) Mackie Doyle when he was in infant. Now Mackie is sixteen and slowing dying. He is allergic to many of the elements that humans encounter on a daily basis. He becomes violently ill when he comes in contact with iron (and most metals), blood, or consecrated ground. Think about what that means for Mackie. Traveling in a car, using silverware, school blood drives, or even visiting his father at work (he is a pastor) is unbearable for him.

Mackie and his family have worked hard to keep his true identity as a replacement a secret. After Tate's little sister dies she approaches Mackie for answers. Tate thinks that Mackie knows more then he is letting on and she knows that the child her family buried was not her sister. Soon Mackie finds himself caught between doing whats right and saving himself from a slow painful death. He travels to the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem and meets the Morigan and the living dead creatures that dwell below the slag pile. They hold the key to Mackie being able to live in the human world but it will come at a price.

Mackie was a great character. I think that Brenna Yovanoff did an amazing job developing the characters and their relationship in the story. The reader is able to see exactly what motivates them and why Mackie has been able to survive as long as he has in the human world. I love the relationship that Mackie has with his sister. She is truly the reason he lived when all other replacements die. Tate and Mackie to begin to take their relationship to a more sexual level so keep that in mind for younger readers. I loved this book and I look forward to more books by Breena.

Monday, November 1, 2010

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

I heard about this book a few months ago and finally picked it up last week. I am so glad I did too because it was fantastic! I only wish I had picked it up months ago. I will say that this book is not for younger reads. I think that it has a lot of great messages about self esteem and coping with issues that younger YA reader could benefit from but the story has a lot of adult language and sex. So if you are easily offended my teens portrayed in these situations this may not be for you.

Bianca Piper knows she is not the prettiest girl out there and that has never bothered her. She has two great friends, a good head on her shoulders, and despite her absent mother, Bianca has loving parents. Being the loyal friend she is Bianca finds herself once again sitting at the local teen club watching her friends dance the night away. Just when Bianca thinks her night cant get any worse Wesley Rush sits down next to her. Wesley is the hands down hottest guy from school but he is also a man-whore. He has a reputation as a love 'em and leave 'em kind of guy. When Bianca refuses to give him the time of day he decides to break it down for her. She is the Duff (designated, ugly, fat, friend) and statistically girls are more willing to sleep with a guy who associated with their duff friends. Wesley is only asking for her to help him score with one of her friends. - Cue Bianca dumping Cherry Coke on Wesley's head.

Then Bianca's home life gets a little rough and Bianca needs a distraction. Wesley is as shocked as Bianca is when she finds her self kissing him to get that distraction. Even more shocking...he kisses her back. As life gets more complicated Bianca finds herself in a enemies-with-benefits relationship with Wesley. Let the sexy times begin ;) Just a much needed escape from her problems. No feelings involved. But Wesley is a surprisingly good listener and he may not have as perfect a life as she always imagined. But Wesley could never fall for the Duff right?

This is an amazing book so if you were on the fence about this book maybe this review could help push you over. It was definitely one of the best books I have read this year!
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