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Apr 24, 2014

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Mini-review: Champion by Marie Lu

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Champion (Legend #3)
Author: Marie Lu
Pages: 369
My rating: 6 stars/ special rating
Buy it: Amazon/ B&N/ TBD
Summary:
He is a Legend.
She is a Prodigy.
Who will be Champion? 
June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps-Elect, while Day has been assigned a high-level military position. But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them: just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything. With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14290364-champion 

 



One of my favorite reviewers (Ari @ Reading After Midnight) said about this book:

“Perfect books are just perfect”

And I couldn’t agree more.
This ending was perfect. These books were perfect.
After reading Champion, the Legend Trilogy became my favorite dystopia. I feel like these books have their own heart.
I don’t even know what to say. I can’t find the words to tell you how good Champion was.
Lately I’ve been reading a bunch of disappointing endings, and I was utterly scared that Champion was one of those… but it wasn’t.
I had to “schedule” this book to read it. Because I was able to feel the heartbreak even when I read the synopsis. I was scared, I was terrified, and I didn’t want to say goodbye.
That was the worst part: I didn’t want to say goodbye. It took me three days to read this book; it was because I savored every line, every single word. I forced myself to read slowly, to stop.

If there’s one thing I have to highlight about Champion is that it was unexpected. I was totally wrong about everything. It surprised me and it makes me so sad and so happy.
This book created balance. This book was full of hope. This book made me see things I didn’t see before.
Champion broke and heart, Champion made me cry and smile at the same time.

Champion by Marie Lu is the best ending I’ve ever read. Simply like that!

Apr 23, 2014

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Treatment by Suzanne Young

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spines

I was lucky enough to read The Program some weeks ago... and I say lucky because that means I won't have to wait a whole year to read its sequel.
I cannot wait to know how the story of Sloane and James will end!

Expected publication: April 29th 2014 by Simon Pulse


 

Summary:

Can Sloane and James survive the lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end? Find out in this sequel to The Program, which Publishers Weekly called “chilling and suspenseful.”

How do you stop an epidemic?

Sloane and James are on the run after barely surviving the suicide epidemic and The Program. But they’re not out of danger. Huge pieces of their memories are still missing, and although Sloane and James have found their way back to each other, The Program isn’t ready to let them go.

Escaping with a group of troubled rebels, Sloane and James will have to figure out who they can trust, and how to take down The Program. But for as far as they’ve come, there’s still a lot Sloane and James can’t remember. The key to unlocking their past lies with the Treatment—a pill that can bring back forgotten memories, but at a high cost. And there’s only one dose.

Ultimately when the stakes are at their highest, can Sloane and James survive the many lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end?


Apr 21, 2014

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ARC Review: The Last Best Kiss by Claire LaZebnik

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The Last Best Kiss
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Pages: 320
Buying links: Amazon/ B&N/ TBD
My Rating: 4 Stars 
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Summary:
Anna Eliot is tired of worrying about what other people think. After all, that was how she lost the only guy she ever really liked, Finn Westbrook. 
Now, three years after she broke his heart, the one who got away is back in her life. 
All Anna wants is a chance to relive their last kiss again (and again and again). But Finn obviously hasn’t forgotten how she treated him, and he’s made it clear he has no interest in having anything to do with her. Anna keeps trying to persuade herself that she doesn’t care about Finn either, but even though they’ve both changed since they first met, deep down she knows he’s the guy for her. Now if only she can get him to believe that, too....


 


When I requested this book it was because I saw it was re-telling of Persuasion by Jane Austen.
I haven’t read Persuasion, but I read, and loved For darkness shows the stars by Diana Peterfreund, which is also a re-telling of that book.
I have no way of comparing them because they were utterly different, but both romances had the same essence.

This book is told from the POV of Anna Eliot, her voice is light and the narration comes naturally and entertaining.
What I enjoyed the most about this book is that The Last Best Kiss is realistic and… natural. It’s a cute read and will have you with butterflies in your stomach every time you find yourself expecting for the next encounter between the Anna and Finn.
This is the story about a girl who felt embarrassed of the boy she liked because he was nerd-y and not so well looking, something that can happen every moment in your life. Because all of us feel the pressure of the “what will they say?”
This is a story about guilt, regret, and second chances.

Finn still hasn’t forgotten what happened between him and Anna, but I loved that he didn’t turn into a cruel and bad boy. Finn’s still cute and brilliant. Even though he turned into a hottie, Finn was still nerdy... I really appreciate that!

Personally I feel the first part of this book was better than the second. The tension between Anna and Finn was better, stronger, and I found myself holding my breath for the moment when they finally were alone.
The second part was great as well, respecting the main characters, but I was a little annoyed about Anna’s friends, especially Lily.
The plot was good, it was entertaining, it was funny.
This is the first book I read by Claire LaZebnik and I really enjoyed it. The romance was cute and the characters well created (even those I didn’t like).
The family drama was also well written. Maybe because I don’t read much contemporary I found this book original and swoon-worthy (I say maybe because, who knows? Maybe those topics were used a lot of times).

Overall, like I said I think this book was original and I have to highlight the fact The Last Best Kiss wasn’t just about romance, it was about the importance of family, education, and second chances.
This won’t be my last book from Claire LaZebnik.

*Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me with an eARC for review*

Apr 15, 2014

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Exhibiting: Pretty covers... I mean, books to come.

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This week in the gallery of books, let me show you some pretty books... with pretty covers to come!


The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty––because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.
Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.
Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence . . . and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16068780-the-jewel


  
 

A gorgeous retelling of the Persephone myth, Sarah McCarry brings us the story of Cass and Maia--the mothers from All Our Pretty Songs--and how their fates became intertwined.

Maia is a teenage piano prodigy and dutiful daughter, imprisoned in the oppressive silence of her adoptive parents' house like a princess in an ivory tower. Cass is a street rat, witch, and runaway, scraping by with her wits and her knack for a five-fingered discount. When a chance encounter brings the two girls together, an unlikely friendship blossoms that will soon change the course of both their lives. Cass springs Maia from the jail of the only world she's ever known, and Maia's only too happy to make a break for it. But Cass didn't reckon on Jason, the hypnotic blue-eyed rocker who'd capture Maia's heart as soon as Cass set her free--and Cass isn't the only one who's noticed Maia's extraordinary gifts. Is Cass strong enough to battle the ancient evil she's unwittingly awakened--or has she walked into a trap that will destroy everything she cares about? In this time, like in any time, love is a dangerous game.

  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18490688-dirty-wings

 


 
When Lucy wakes up in a frozen forest, she isn't sure why she's there, until she sees Colin.

Colin has captivated half the girls at Saint Osanna's, but no one has ever snared his fascination the way Lucy does. Even as Lucy begins to remember the details of her life–and her death–neither of them is willing to give up what they have, no matter how impossible it seems.

An adrenaline junkie, Colin begins taking himself to the brink of death, where their realities overlap–and discovers that he can physically be with Lucy. But maybe some lines shouldn't be crossed.




  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18805916-sublime

Apr 13, 2014

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Pining for: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

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After the Legend series I'll read everything Marie Lu writes. And after finding the awesome Pinterest page for The Young Elites... I. AM. DYING. TO. READ. IT!

And now, it has a cover! 

Expected publication: October 7th, 2014

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17984141-the-young-elites

"Some hate us, think us criminals to hang at the gallows. Some fear us, think us demons to burn at the stake. Some worship us, think us divine children of the gods.

But all know us."

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Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood plague: marked by a jagged scar, snow-white hair and lashes. Cast out by her family, Adelina has finally found a place to belong within the secret society of Young Elites. To some, the Elites are heroes, here to save innocents in desperate situations. 
But to the Inquisition Axis, the white-robed soldiers of Kenettra, they are monsters with demonic powers who must be brought to justice. 
As Adelina learns more about this perilous world where politics and magic clash, she soon realizes that her own powers may be in danger of bringing on an era of panic such as the world has never seen.
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The new series, set in what Putnam described as a “Renaissance-like world,” is called The Young Elites. It follows three rival societies with supernatural powers battling for supremacy.


Apr 12, 2014

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ARC Review: The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

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The Forever Song (Blood of Eden #3)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Pages: 416
Source: eARC for review.
Buying links: Amazon/ B&N/ TBD
Synopsis:
VENGEANCE WILL BE HERS 
Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster? 
With the death of her love, Zeke, she has her answer. 
MONSTER 
Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, and Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions—her creator, Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal. The trail is leading straight to the one place they must protect at any cost—the last vampire-free zone on Earth, Eden. And Sarren has one final, brutal shock in store for Allie. 
In a ruined world where no life is sacred and former allies can turn on you in one heartbeat, Allie will face her darkest days. And if she succeeds, triumph is short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17883441-the-forever-song 

 
 

 Julie Kagawa made me believe in vampires again.

Those are the words I say every time someone asks me about the Blood of Eden series by this author.
Let me be completely honest. The books that turned me into a reader were the TMI series by Cassandra Clare but after that I read every vampire book I found. Because vampires were my thing back then.
But after all these years as a reader I find myself unable to read about the bloodsuckers again, because the vampire books I’ve found don’t worth it. Vampires became boring and a cliché.

That was before I read The Immortal Rules.
Then, I thought that was the best book by Julie Kagawa, but after The Eternity Cure I fell madly in love with this series, with Julie’s writing, with those amazing characters, and I couldn’t wait to read the final installment.

Now, after The Forever Song, I can finally say that The Blood of Eden series are the best vampire books of these days.
Even if you don’t like vampire books you’ll love these ones. Because they have everything you look for in a YA book, in a vampire book, in a post-apocalyptical book.

The Forever Song is by far the best ending I read. It will make you laugh, make you cry. It will have you on the edge of your seat. The Forever Song is an emotional roller-coaster, an action packed adventure.
This book is beautiful and heartbreaking.
It has the best characters ever. It has the best vampires ever. It has the best couple ever.
I was thrilled with all the unexpected twists and turns. It was impossible to put it down.

Thrilling
Fantastic
Stunning

TFS is one of the best books I’ve read in my entire bookish life. 


**I got this ARC thanks to the publisher. Thank you!**


Apr 10, 2014

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TSOS Superfan Contest, Day 9: Meet Mr. Ralph!

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http://blog.jerismithready.com/2014/04/final-day-of-superfan-contest-featuring.html 

Jeri Smith-Ready is doing a Superfan contest in honor of her new book "This side of Salvation"
This is an awesome contest! and I'm sure you won't want to miss it!
Each day Jeri Smith-Ready will post a new baseball-style "trading card" on her blog and on all her social networking sites. Each card will feature a different character from This Side of Salvation. And you'll have to share that card!
And you know what's better? The Superfan contest will let you meet the characters from this awesome book.

Today’s featured character is Mr. Ralph, David's math teacher. With one of the best quotes of this book.


And make sure to follow Jeri!

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