Friday, February 25, 2011

Divergent Signing Wrapup

This Tuesday I had the wonderful oppertunity to meet Veronica Roth, author of the upcoming YA dystopian thriller Divergent, curtoesty of Anderson's Bookshop. Only librarians, teachers, booksellers, and students were invite to this Pre-Publishing event and it was Veronica's first event with readers. After leaving the event, she had this to say on her Twitter account.

I love the people I write for. Especially tonight. #sappywritermoments

The place was packed. According to the organizer, more people showed up than people registered. Everyone was excited to see Veronica and she too seemed truly happy to see all of us, as if her Twitter quote doesn't prove that. It was a great time to meet her and, though she was a bit shy at first, she warmed up the group and I genuinely enjoyed being a part of her first book event.

In case you have yet to see it, you're welcome to check out my Divergent Review. I highly recommend reading it. It was good from beginning to end and promises an exciting series.

DeniseMadness, myself, Veronica Roth, Rosio, and Samantha.


Furnace Penitentiary: the world’s most secure prison for young offenders, buried a mile beneath the earth’s surface. Convicted of a murder he didn’t commit, sentenced to life without parole, “new fish” Alex Sawyer knows he has two choices: find a way out, or resign himself to a death behind bars, in the darkness at the bottom of the world. Except in Furnace, death is the least of his worries. Soon Alex discovers that the prison is a place of pure evil, where inhuman creatures in gas masks stalk the corridors at night, where giants in black suits drag screaming inmates into the shadows, where deformed beasts can be heard howling from the blood-drenched tunnels below. And behind everything is the mysterious, all-powerful warden, a man as cruel and dangerous as the devil himself, whose unthinkable acts have consequences that stretch far beyond the walls of the prison.

Together with a bunch of inmates—some innocent kids who have been framed, others cold-blooded killers—Alex plans an escape. But as he starts to uncover the truth about Furnace’s deeper, darker purpose, Alex’s actions grow ever more dangerous, and he must risk everything to expose this nightmare that’s hidden from the eyes of the world.


Let me begin with how I got my hands on this book. I was at Borders and they had buy two paperbacks, get the third free sale. I'd picked up two paperbacks I'd been wanting to read for a while when I stumbled upon Lockdown. I love finding books I haven't heard about and reading them. New series books are even better. Lockdown was both and, after reading the little bit of information given on the back cover (I didn't have the summary that's listed above to go off of) I bought the book, figuring if I didn't like it, I could pass it on in a contest or something.

Sorry guys, but this is a book I fell head over heels for so there will be no contest. On the up side, I'm hoping I can encourage some of you to head out and purchase a copy of Lockdown for yourselves. Here are several reasons why.

If you haven't already been able to tell by the cover, this book is creepy. I mean, beyond creepy. It makes your skin crawl and your stomach twist in the best way possible. The details described of Furnace and the men in gas masks is enough to chill you so that you don't get a very easy night of sleep. I don't usually get this feeling from books, but Lockdown did it for me.

And here's another thing. The situation of Furnace, of children serving life sentences, though a bit far fetched, is terrifying in its own way. Thing you'd ever mess up knowing you could be sent there? Nuh-uh. No thanks. I will live a perfect life and not mess with the law again, thank you.

Though the idea of it seems a bit off, the rest of it is done wonderfully. Smith creates a world within Furnace that appears real as the ground beneath your feel. Every terrifying aspect from the layered floors to the red rock walls seems real. Through his descriptions, I myself felt claustrophobic while reading it as if I too were trapped within the recesses of the earth, serving a life sentence.

Want to know what shocked me, though? The book is written in first person, male perspective without any female characters in the book. I can only name one other series with a male main character that I enjoyed and that would have to be The Maze Runner by James Dashner. Lockdown was written perfectly and I didn't find myself rolling my eyes because the main character was a guy and I couldn't relate. The best thing about the book is that it plays on your emotions and emotions are the same regardless of gender.

And speaking of emotions, the entire book is one massive thriller wrapped with a sheet of horror and tied up with adventure. I found myself flipping through chapters faster and faster in order to find out what happened. In fact, I needed to pause in the middle of a chapter rather than at the end of one because all the ends left me wanting to read another chapter.

Buckle your seat belts and press your head against the back of your seat because Lockdown will give you whiplash before you can even think the word escape.

Rating: A+

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Teaser Tuesday ~ THREE BLACK SWANS

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Three Black Swans by Caroline B. Cooney
From page 24

"There were gasps from the studens behind Claire, who were manning cameras and control panels. "How did you find each other?" demanded one of them. "It's like a miracle," whispered another."

Friday, February 18, 2011


WARNING: This review is the review of the sequel to the book Incarceron and should not be read unless the first book has been read or else it will contain spoilers for the first book.

Finn has escaped from the terrible living Prison of Incarceron, but its memory torments him, because his brother Keiro is still inside. Outside, Claudia insists he must be king, but Finn doubts even his own identity. Is he the lost prince Giles? Or are his memories no more than another construct of his imprisonment? And can you be free if your friends are still captive? Can you be free if your world is frozen in time? Can you be free if you don't even know who you are? Inside Incarceron, has the crazy sorcerer Rix really found the Glove of Sapphique, the only man the Prison ever loved. Sapphique, whose image fires Incarceron with the desire to escape its own nature. If Keiro steals the glove, will he bring destruction to the world? Inside. Outside. All seeking freedom. Like Sapphique.

Let me begin with a brief summary of what I liked about Incarceron. I'm a huge dystopian fan and this book was no exception. I loved the characters who seemed to come to life and the dark depths of Incarceron itself. I especially loved the parallels with the legends Sapphique to religion and society today. I'm not a person who enjoys religion in books because books should take you away from every day life, not preach religion to you, but Incarceron did it lightly in a way that didn't feel like religion, that felt more like legend and I loved it.

Another thing that I loved was carried over into the second book. I love the little quotes that open each chapter. Quotes from Sapphique's legends that tell his tale and quotes from the king that detail things that happened before. More in Sapphique than in Incarceron I noticed relations between the quotes and the events that happened in the chapters which was great to read.

As with the first book, the characters continued to seem life-like and I constantly felt compassion towards them. Even Keiro who I would rather kick between the legs than talk to held some degree of respect from me. What I truly enjoy about the set up of these books is that all characters are motivated by different things. Whereas Keiro is motivated by self preservation, Finn is more motivated by what's happening in the situation and that alters constantly. This is one of the most important things when having a character become life-like. They must be constant on some degree. They can't skip around and suddenly change their mind over things and I feel as if Catherine Fisher embodies this well.

One thing I notice that happens a lot with YA novels and sequels is that they tend to have a similar plot to the first book. Sapphique was far from that and held up a plot of its own that I marvelled at. Yes, some things were the same such as the search for an escape from Incarceron, but they were twisted. Rather than Finn on the inside searching for a way out while communicating with Claudia on the outside, Finn is on the outside now which proposes a huge amount of twists to the story.

And, as you may have guessed from the title, Sapphique and his legends play a huge role which is exciting to read as someone who enjoyed hearing of his tales from the first book.

Overall, I loved Sapphique though I'm confused as to if it's the final book in the series, which it could be, or if there's more. If you thought Incarceron was dark, watch out for Sapphique because the walls come tumbling quite literally in this book. Great action, great plot, and great characters, this is a book I highly recommend readers of Incarceron pick up.

Rating: A

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Lovely Loves ~ Improv Everywhere

Ever need a really good laugh? Whenever I do, I flip over to Improv Everywhere's Channel on Youtube and watch their latest video. Improv Everywhere is a group who's solitary goal is to make a scene, and have fun doing it. Ever seen those flash mobs on Youtube? Improv Everywhere is like that, only on a grand scale.

So here's the rundown. Improv Everywhere posts an idea about what they want to do like freeze in the middle of Grand Central Station or create a human mirror on a subway car, and people from around the New York area reply and join the group, planning a date and time for the event. Though some, like the food court musical, are done by people who can sing and dance, the majority of them are done by what Improv Everywhere calls Undercover Agents, average people who come out and join them for the fun. It's always good laughs to watch and I would love to be a part of them one day. Check them out on their Youtube Channel or by clicking any of the links to their videos.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Teaser Tuesday ~ SOLITARY

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Solitary: Escape from Lockdown 2 by Alexander Gordon Smith
From page 38

"The sound of screams, and the clatter of rocks being thrown, snapped me to attention. I cast a sightless look back into the cavern, which sounded like it was home to a full-blown riot, then focused on the light, letting its warm touch pull me forward."

Friday, February 11, 2011


In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue-Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is-she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are-and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

From Andersons Bookshop Email

Before I begin, I want to say a quick thank you to Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville for providing me with the opportunity to read this book in preparation for an author event that will take place later this month. I'll post my wrap up about the event afterwards, but for now, the review!

To begin, I have to say that the summary read like a classic dystopian novel. If you read my blog, you know I'm a huge fan of dystopian, but when I read the summary, all I see is a checklist. Future world, check! Society divided, check! Girl with a secret that can bring society to its knees, check! Dangerous boy she falls in love with, check! All of these things fit and nothing in the summary gives way to anything more than the generic plot outline.

I have three words to say to that. Ignore. The. Summary. In fact, while reading the book, I was constantly shocked because the summary refused to give away any of the large plot points such as which faction Tris chooses or who she falls in love with. I often find myself, when reading YA, knowing the main basis of the book from the summary but this summary was far from that. Yes, the summary is simple, but the book reads so much more than the summary.

I truly enjoyed the way the future world was set up, and not only because it was set up in Chicago and I knew all the places talked about in the book like the Bean. Unlike most YA dystopian novels, the characters have a choice of which class they wish to belong in. No, that doesn't go to say that they're not pressured to choose one way or the other, but the simple fact that they have a choice when so many YA novels detail the angst the character feels over not having a choice was very important to the plot.

And, as far as plot goes, Divergent hit the jackpot. If you read the tweets I wrote while reading each chapter, you watched my predictions and reactions grow. I was truly and completely shocked by many of the revelations in this book. Yes, there were some that I saw coming and a feel that seemed slightly out of character, but the overpowering twists and turns kept me reading. I finished Divergent in a single weekend, and both my sister and my friend who are also attending Anderson's event did as well.

Though the book carries a majorly serious tone, Veronica Roth balances in multiple scenes of joy that alleviate some of the stress of the rest of the plot. This, as a reader, is important because I don't want to feel upset or angry or terrified the entire time. I want to laugh and cry. I need them both as a reader and believed Divergent offered that.

One thing I did notice was a parallel between something that happened in the middle of the novel and something that happened at the end of the novel. A scene from earlier in the book is replayed on a much larger scale at the end which blew me away. The author was teaching us the ending before the ending even happened without our knowing it and it's beautifully done. Whether this was intentional or not, I don't know, but it was done very well.

While I'm thinking about it, if I can skip around a bit and talk about the cover before I continue with my main points in my review, that would be great. I often times have a problem with covers in YA not correctly portraying the character (as in Andrea Cremer's Nightshade) or having a symbol or something on the cover that doesn't mean anything (such as Rebecca Maizel's Infinite Days), but Divergent, again, hit the jackpot. The bottom image of Chicago surrounded by marshland is a bit unsettling as well as beautiful and the logo on the top of the cover, taking up the most of it, actually means something and is done beautifully. I have to mention, though, that I'm disappointed the cover on the ARC isn't as vibrant as the covers will be when printed, but it gives me an excuse to purchase a real copy!

That being said, back to the rest of the review. Here is where it gets tricky. Characters. As a character, Tris frustrated me because she didn't continue her strong streak throughout the entire book. As an aside, I want to mention I'd just finished reading Lili St. Crow's Jealously when I began to read Divergent which details Dru's experiences against the supernatural in which she pretty much beats up anyone who steps in her way. This probably aided in my opinion of Tris, but, and this is a huge but, I was glad to watch her character grow throughout the novel. I have a feeling that, since Divergent is aimed to be a series, she will continue to grow in the following books, for which I'm glad. You can't begin with an extremely strong character in the first book and have her grow stronger when there's no room to grow and I understand that. In the end, I was glad Tris acted the way she did.

Another character I enjoyed were Four, one of the men who train Tris in her induction into the faction she chooses. He is expertly crafted, better crafted, may I say, than Tris. Every movement he makes speaks of something bigger, something within him that I can't divulge without giving away the book. Honestly, though, Four was my favorite character while reading.

On the other hand are several people who shall remain nameless for the sake of avoiding spoilers. Several people die throughout this novel and I must say that I didn't feel enough about them to make me upset at their deaths. I had a running bet with my sister that I could continue to like a character despite his constant bad choices and bullying and, ultimately, I liked him in the end because he remained true to form and I didn't feel enough for the characters he bullied in order to dislike him.

That aside, I believe Divergent is an incredible breakout novel and a must read for anyone who enjoys dystopian and the like. I cannot wait to meet Veronica Roth and discuss this book further with her. After the author event on the 22nd, I'll post more information.

Rating: A-

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Lovely Loves ~ MLIA

Over the years, I've fallen in love with a website read by millions called My Life is Average which is dedicated to anecdotes from every day people's lives ranging from the funny to the, well, actually, most of them are funny. You can check out the website here but let it be warned that once you start reading, it's hard to stop. I constantly find myself going through page after page of MLIA and enjoying every moment of it. It's a great break from anything, though also something I'm probably addicted to. Regardless, I love it!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

The Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson
From page 51

"The night before last, his mother had received a call from her contact on the DHI team, asking if Finn had been to the Magic Kingdom lately. Finn denied going, feeling awful about lying, but knowing she wouldn't believe him."

Monday, February 7, 2011

Music Monday ~ Cage the Elephant

Thought I've only heard one of their songs, it's one of my favorite songs and constantly makes me blast my ipod. You can take a listen and become addicted like I have to Ain't No Rest for the Wicked by Cage the Elephant below.

Friday, February 4, 2011

PROJECT 17 Review

High atop Hathorne Hill, near Boston, sits Danvers State Hospital. Built in 1878 and closed in 1992, this abandoned mental institution is rumored to be the birthplace of the lobotomy. On the eve of the hospital's demolition, six teens break in to spend the night and film a movie about their experiences. For Derik, it's an opportunity to win a filmmaking contest and save himself from a future of flipping burgers at his parents' diner. For the others, it's a chance to be on TV, or a night with no parents. But what starts as a dare quickly escalates into a nightmare. Behind the crumbling walls, down every dark passageway, and in each deserted room, they will unravel the mysteries of those who once lived there and the spirits who still might.

I am a huge fan of creepy, but creepy must always have a purpose and that was why I loved Project 17. I know, I know, I'm getting ahead of myself, but I truly enjoyed every part of reading this book. It's like reading the Blair Witch Project, except more things happen. It's intense and it's in your face and the heart pounding doesn't stop until the end, yet even then you're left with trembling hands, unsure of how to take what happened.

So let's begin with the characters, shall we? Characters are always a big thing for me because I need to feel something for them in order to care about what happens. Project 17 is told in alternating viewpoints of the people who are in the asylum that night. Now, I have a big problem with alternating viewpoint in YA literature because books are so often written in this fashion when they don't need to be. Project 17 needs to be written in alternating viewpoints in order to understand the story. Plus, it adds a lot to the creep factor when you're able to get inside character's heads and see what they're seeing when they see it rather than being told what the character saw by another character.

And the setting. Wow. Danvers State Hospital is a real place. Creep factor increasing here, anyone? The book includes a map of the asylum. Here's where Project 17 breaks another rule I generally have about books. I don't like maps, but Project 17's map came in handy to see the size, the shape, the general layout of the asylum. I could never imagine being in there for a night. The place is literally huge. The map helps add to that, as well as provide some barrings in situations where the characters are moving from one place to another.

As for the plot, I felt as if it moved along a pretty steady pace, neither slowing or speeding up too quickly. Many times I wondered where the plot was going, but this was a good thing. I love wondering when I'm reading. If I don't have to think, the book isn't worth reading which is why I loved reading Project 17 so much. I needed to think in order to get through it even when it scared me past the point of thinking.

There's something about reading a creepy scene versus seeing a creepy scene that gets to me more. I'm not a person who scares easily. I sit at horror movies and don't scream or tremble or anything of the sort but Project 17's story got to me. When scary things happened, I felt the hair on my airs raise tall and proud as my heart beat faster. When reading a book, there's no chance to close your eyes when it gets scary and Project 17 has many moments in which you want to close your eyes until the horror goes away.

I think part of the horror of the book is the idea of the asylum. The hydrotherapy, for example, in which they locked a patient in a bathtub for hours, thinking it would somehow make them more sane. For some reason, I've always loved stories about asylums for the mere fact that nothing creepy needs to happen for the tale to be both creepy and sad. The story told within Project 17 of a young girl sent to the asylum grates on your nerves as the girl deteriorates before your eyes. I loved every moment of it.

It doesn't happen often that I finish a book and don't have anything negative to say about it. My only complaint about Project 17 is that it should have been longer, there should have been more to read, but this is only because I loved it so much. Overall, a great creepy read for late at night, Project 17 is something that will keep you thinking and wondering long after the book is put away, the story finished.

Rating: A+

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Lovely Loves ~ PostSecret

Frank Warren was an ordinary man until he came up with the idea of people sending anonymous postcards bearing their secrets in order to get the weight off their chest. Never did he think the project would bloom as big as it has. Every Sunday, new secrets are posted on his website and left up for one week until the new secrets come in the following week. PostSecret is a great inspirational project that lets you see a full spectrum of human emotions upon a single blog. Truly beautiful. Be sure to check it out when you have the chance!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


Have you been hearing the buzz about Saundra Mitchell's newest upcoming book, The Vespertine? If you haven't, now's the time. The author is running a huge contest on her website in order to win a giftcard to purchase yourself the dream gown. If you're like me and am a senior in high school who's not getting their dream dress for prom if they want to go to college, this is the contest for you! You can check out all the details about The Vespertine below!

It’s the summer of 1889, and Amelia van den Broek is new to Baltimore and eager to take in all the pleasures the city has to offer. But her gaiety is interrupted by disturbing, dreamlike visions she has only at sunset—visions that offer glimpses of the future. Soon, friends and strangers alike call on Amelia to hear her prophecies. However, a forbidden romance with Nathaniel, an artist, threatens the new life Amelia is building in Baltimore. This enigmatic young man is keeping secrets of his own—still, Amelia finds herself irrepressibly drawn to him.

When one of her darkest visions comes to pass, Amelia’s world is thrown into chaos. And those around her begin to wonder if she’s not the seer of dark portents, but the cause.


SWEAR Cover Reveal

I don't know if everyone was aware of this but Nina Malkin, author of Swoon, pictured below, is writing a companion book entitled Swear. Those of us on her mailing list got an exciting surprise this evening in which we were given a sneak peek of the new cover and, let me tell you, the cover is stunning. I thought that waiting for this book before was going to be hard, but now that I've seen the cover, I know it's going to be even harder. I can't share the cover now, but Nina Malkin will be doing a big cover release on her blog over here this Friday so be sure to check it out. In the meanwhile, you can read all about Swoon and Sin below.

Torn from her native New York City and dumped in the land of cookie-cutter preps, Candice is resigned to accept her posh, dull fate. Nothing ever happens in Swoon, Connecticut...until Dice's perfect, privileged cousin Penelope nearly dies in a fall from an old tree, and her spirit intertwines with that of a ghost. His name? Sinclair Youngblood Powers. His mission? Revenge. And while Pen is oblivious to the possession, Dice is all too aware of Sin. She's intensely drawn to him -- but not at all crazy about the havoc he's wreaking. Determined to exorcise the demon, Dice accidentally sets Sin loose, gives him flesh, makes him formidable. Now she must destroy an even more potent -- and irresistible -- adversary, before the whole town succumbs to Sin's will. Only trouble is, she's in love with him.

What do you do when the boy of your dreams is too bad to be true?



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert
From page

Even though I'd only talked to about ten of the fifty people in Shelly's house, I'd seen them all at the park. I flitted from group to group like a butterfly.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Music Monday ~ With Lions

Because I'm so in love with the CW's show Nikita, I've fallen in love with the music featured on that show. One of those songs is With Lion's Our Great Rise and you can listen to it below.

Friday, January 28, 2011


WARNING: This review is for a book in the House of Night Series and will contain spoilers for the House of Night series if you haven't read them yet though won't contain spoilers for this book specifically.

At the start of Awakened, the pulse-pounding eighth installment of the bestselling House of Night series, Zoey has returned, mostly whole, from the Otherworld to her rightful place as High Priestess at the House of Night. Her friends are just glad to have her back, but after losing her human consort, Heath, will Zoey—or her relationship with her super- hot Warrior, Stark—ever be the same? Stevie Rae is drawn even closer to Rephaim, the Raven Mocker with whom she shares a mysterious and powerful Imprint, but he is a dangerous secret that isolates her from her school, her red fledglings, and even her best friends. When the dark threat of Neferet—who is coming closer and closer to achieving her twisted goal of immortality—and Kalona returns, what will it take to keep the House of Night from being lost forever, and what will one desperate girl do to keep her heart from being irreparably broken?

To be completely honest, this review is going to be short and to the point. House of Night books have never been completely mind blowing when it came to the writing style or shocking when it came to the plot. They've been my guilty pleasure, though, because of the soap opera style they invoke upon reading. For a couple years now, I've read each book after it's come out only to wait for the next one. I shouldn't have waited for Awakened.

The book Burned was probably the best in the entire series, and to have it followed by Awakened, what I believe to be the worst in the series, is hard. I know I'll read the next book, and the one after that, because I'm addicted to the characters and the plot, but the last book annoyed me. None of the characters seemed real. There were several jumping the shark incidents. The plot was one layer and that one layer was boring. Unfortunately, there was nothing in this book that can justify me reading it.

Rather than rant on about the book and how it wasn't anything worth reading, I will simply leave my review here with a rating of disapproval.

Rating: D

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Teaser Tuesday ~ FULL TILT

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Filt Tilt by Neal Shusterman
From page 56

Here, it seemed muscle wasn't made of flesh and blood; it was made of will and anger. And at that moment I had enough strength to hurl him into the eclipsed sun.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Music Monday ~ The Chemical Brothers

Thanks to my newest TV show obsession, Misfits, I've discovered the band The Chemical Brothers and their song Swoon which I can't stop listening to. You're welcome to take a listen to it below.

Friday, January 21, 2011


Not your everyday coming-of-age novel.

This story was supposed to be about Evie how she hasn't made a friend in years, how she tends to stretch the truth (especially about her so-called relationship with college drop-out Jonah Luks), and how she finally comes into her own once she learns to just be herself but it isn't. Because when her classmate Elizabeth "Zabet" McCabe's murdered body is found in the woods, everything changes and Evie's life is never the same again.


I apologize for this review not being complete but I never finished the book and can only only give you my review of what I've read, but I'll get to my reasons as to why I stopped reading in a bit.

To begin, I liked Evie. She's awkward and a bit off the rails which is what makes her enjoyable to me. In all honesty, I love a character who it a bit crazy and that's what I caught from Evie. No, she's not insane, but she's not the brightest nor the most steady character I've ever met and I enjoyed that.

Another thing I enjoyed was the cover. The picture doesn't do it justice. The actual cover is just the black outline on the picture which is literally carved out from the cover, revealing the purple sheet beneath it. Very pretty.

But, to be honest, that was where my enjoyment stopped. The plot, teen girl dies in the woods and no one knows her killer, didn't interest me. I only made it halfway because I wanted to know who the killer was but I found myself losing interest. The plot doesn't move quickly and when it does, it moves in psychological passageways rather than through action. Though this may be something other people enjoy, it wasn't something I had fun reading.

And then there's the character of Zabet's dad. Yes, he caused me to grieve the loss of his daughter with him, but I couldn't connect with him. He seemed an odd single father with misguided intentions after his daughter died of wanting to resurrect her in her friends. Just weird. I simply couldn't get past the weird with this book.

Overall, I may pick The Space Between Trees back up in the future in order to solve the mystery, but that's about it. The character held little interest to me and I didn't feel a strong enough connection to Zabet before she died in order to mourn her. I can't give this book a fair rating because I didn't finish.

Currently Reading

So, if you read my blog often you know I love Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville (outside of Chicago). Right now, they're running a Pre Publication event with author Veronica Roth who's book Divergent comes out in May. The actual author event is in February but I have the ARC now and am reading it. Of course I'll post a full review when I'm finished, but, if you want to hear my thoughts as I think them, head over to my twitter account where I'll be tweeting after each chapter with minimal spoilers but many things that won't make sense if you haven't read the book.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Lovely Loves ~ Misfits

Recently, I've been hooked on the British show Misfits and thought I would share my love for it with you. The show follows a group of five young offenders serving community service, only on their first day a storm rolls through town and leaves things different from what they were before. The five slowly learn they have powers they can't control, and they aren't the only ones.

A brilliant plot line, though it does slow down a bit during the second season, Misfits is a show I can't wait for the third season of. Yes, because the show is British, there is swearing and sex which I can get past in the name of a good series. All episodes are available via youtube for those of us who don't live overseas.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Teaser Tuesday ~ SAPPHIQUE

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Sapphique by Catherine Fisher
From page 195

Did she have no idea how to act in an ambush? Her horse was panicking; he took a deep breath and ran from cover, grabbing it by the bridle. "Get down!"

Monday, January 17, 2011


As the days grow closer and closer to the conclusion of the Wicked Lovely series, the only fairy series I have ever enjoyed, mind you, I thought I would share the trailer for the final book, Darkest Mercy.

Music Monday ~ The Notwist

This Music Monday is featuring a new group I recently found that I've fallen in love with because of their simple sound and the way the music just flows together. You can take a listen to The Notwist's Off the Rails below.

Cover Reveal ~ THE POWER OF SIX

Here you go, I Am Number Four fans. The cover for the sequel, The Power of Six! I love that it coordinates with the first cover. Very pretty and eye catching, perhaps more than the first. Let me know your comments!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Teaser Tuesday ~ INFINITE DAYS

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel
From page 20

"When Vicken digs up the grave and discovers an empty casket he will search the earth for you. As you've said yourself, the magic that binds the coven has made it so."