Book Review: The Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com): Once there were three. Three friends who loved each other—Jenna, Locke, and Kara. And after a terrible accident destroyed their bodies, their three minds were kept alive, spinning in a digital netherworld. Even in that disembodied nightmare, they were still together. At least at first. When Jenna disappeared, Locke and Kara had to go on without her. Decades passed, and then centuries. Two-hundred-and-sixty years later, they have been released at last. Given new, perfect bodies, Locke and Kara awaken to a world they know nothing about, where everyone they once knew and loved is long dead. Everyone except Jenna Fox.

My Review: Absolutely fantastic! After The Adoration of Jenna Fox, I definitely had high hopes for this one, and it did not disappoint at all. 

The Adoration of Jenna Fox wasn't exactly slow-paced, but it wasn't rushed. The Fox Inheritance on the other hand, was a definite page-turner. I couldn't put it down! It was just fantastic! I'm not even sure what else to say about it. Hmm, well the world-building was fantastic, as well as the characters. The plot wasn't all that complex, but all the different components were. It was really amazing to see them all fit together into a fantastic picture. 

I think the book touched a lot on freedom and humanity, like what it means to be human. As Kara and Locke, particularly Locke struggle to catch up with a world that left them behind 260 years ago, they question things like that. Some of the other characters they met up with, particularly Dot Jefferson, left a big impression on me. This is the sort of book that lingers with you, just like the first one. 

I highly recommend this book, as well as The Adoration of Jenna Fox, to everyone and look forward to book three (coming soon)!

As usual, here are some links if you'd like to read more:

Goodreads ~ Website

Thanks for reading! 


Book Spotlight: Any Love But Mine by Debbie Davies

Today's spotlight is about Any Love But Mine by Debbie Davies. Here is a brief summary from the author:
Look but don't touch has never been more true... The gods forbade her to love, but love is a powerful force. Acacia has been created purely for Eros' pleasure but discovers within moments of being summoned into his presence that he has no interest in her whatsoever. Rejected, she is banished to Earth to serve as Eros' minion with the task of promoting the blissful state of love among all those around her, a state she must never indulge in with a human being herself on pain of immediate destruction. And then comes Josh, someone whose power of attraction over Acacia is so intense she will find it utterly impossible to resist him. But is he human? Is he a god? Or is he a trick of the gods? And what would happen should they kiss?
It sounds fantastic to me! I really like these sorts of books, and I really wish I had the time to read it. If you're interested in reading Any Love But Mine, here's where you can buy it for Kindle:

If you'd like to learn more about the book, or if you'd like to friend the author on Goodreads, here are a few more links:

If you get the chance to read it, let me know! I want to hear what you think! Thanks for reading!


Book Review: Oracle - Sunken Earth by C.W. Trisef

Synopsis: Fall, current day, Atlantic Ocean. Another hurricane tears through the Bahamas, headed for Florida. Among the wreckage: a U.S. Coast Guard rescue boat, one survivor (Ret Cooper), and a spherical object of curious design (the Oracle). Ret Cooper is a simple young man with mysterious origins, unique physical features, and no memory of his past. His new family and friends discover he is truly extraordinary, with supernatural powers and strange scars on the palms of his hands. But what is his destiny? The Oracle is the key to Earth's unity and full potential, too perfect to be man-made. Legend claims it can unleash limitless power when filled with Mother Nature's six, pure, original elements. But where are these elements? And which of our planet's ancient secrets will be explained in the process of locating them? The first book from new author C.W. Trisef will have you cheering for Ret as he travels a submerged road, discovers a lost city, climbs an electrifying mountain, and begins to unravel the mystery of the Oracle ... all during his first year of high school.
My Review: *I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review.* This was a pretty enjoyable read! It had its ups and downs, but overall it was very entertaining. I'll start with what I did like about the book first:
  • It was funny! There was definitely a comic-relief type of character.
  • It was fast-paced and exciting!
  • It kept me wanting to know what happened next.
  • The characters were funny!
Here's a few things that I didn't like:
  • Sometimes it moved a little too fast
  • I would have liked a little more world-building
  • The characters weren't all that relate-able (but still funny!)
By the end of the novel, a lot of the things I didn't like were resolved, so it definitely got better as it progressed. I could see my self reading this book again in the future, and I would definitely read the second book. I'd like to thank the author for sending me a copy in return for an honest review. I can't wait to read the second book!

Here are some links for Oracle - Sunken Earth:

Thanks for reading!


Giveaway Winner!

And the winner of Mutiny by Jacqueline Gardner is Diane Bojda! Congrats! I've sent you an email, and you have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen. Thanks to all who participated! You are awesome!


Hunger Games Giveaway Winner!

And the winner of a paperback copy of The Hunger Games (provided by myself) is... This Girl Reads! I've sent you an email, so all you have to do is reply and you're good! You have 48 hours before another winner is chosen. Thanks to everyone who participated! You guys are awesome! (Confirmed! Thanks!)

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In My Mailbox (12)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren. Its a fun way to show off what books you've bought, borrowed, received, etc. through the course of the week or month or whatever. Since I haven't posted one in a long time, this one's going to be somewhat long. I'll start with this week's books:
I got four books this week, all from The Book Barn downtown:

The lady at the bookstore had a few ARCs in the back that she said I could read and review (I did NOT buy them, and she was NOT selling them!), so I also got:

Before last week, I got a few books too:
1. I finally got Wither by Lauren DeStefano!
2. Oracle: Sunken Earth by C.W. Trisef - a copy in return for an honest review. Thanks!

When I was at The Book Barn on Friday, I also ordered Fever by Lauren DeStefano and I can't wait to read it!

And that's My Mailbox! If you want me to see what you posted, leave links in the comments and I'll check it out! Thanks for reading!


Book Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com): Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.

My Review: Delirium was pretty good, but not one of my favorites. It took me a while to get into it, because it seemed really familiar. It didn't seem like anything new, and the characters were kind of... irritating. They were kind of one-dimensional for a while. Luckily that changed soon enough to keep my interest, but it still didn't blow me away.

The first two-thirds or so was alright, enough to keep me reading as I said before, but it wasn't until the last third that I couldn't put it down. That's when I really started getting a feel for the characters. That's when I really saw what kind of a world Lauren Oliver had created. That's when the real action kicked in, followed by a cliff-hanger. Good thing book two is already out.

Bottom line: enjoyable, the end was fantastic, and I'll definitely be reading the next book, but I won't buy it. So far, I don't see this series as something I'll be reading over and over again. The ending saved this one for me. Four stars:

And of course, here are some links if you want to read more:

Thanks for reading, and don't forget to check out my current Giveaways!


Happy Friday!

So today is Friday, aka the end of the week. And in my case, end of spring break (sigh). I guess that's ok though, because my week was pretty good. It involved a lot of bike riding, and rain, a little bit of golf, a museum or two, a zoo, and lots of books.

The rain put a bit of a damper on things (especially since I was planning on playing a lot of golf), but we managed find some interesting things to do, like the 100th Anniversary Titanic Artifact Exhibition. We were originally planning on seeing the WWI Memorial Museum, but it is apparently closed on Mondays. Haha. Anyway, when you go in the exhibit, you get a boarding pass of one of the passengers, and at the end you get to check a wall with all the names of the passengers and crew and see if your person survived (mine did!).

The WWI Memorial we went to see.

Well the rain kept coming, so other than a few soggy bike rides, all I had to do was read, which works out just fine for me actually. Lets see, I finished Wither by Lauren DeStefano (and posted a review!), Delirium by Lauren Oliver, Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo by Obert Skye, Leven Thumps and the Whispered Secret (these are quite entertaining), and Oracle - Sunken Earth by C.W. Tricef (review coming soon).

I also reorganized by bookshelf (abc order by author this time). Upon noticing I only had a little space left, I hit the bookstore. I came home with two books (including a copy of The Hunger Games for my giveaway). Also, the lovely folks over at The Book Barn let me borrow a few ARCs to read and review in return for linking to their website. I was, of course, happy to oblige. Ha.

In other news, the midnight premier of The Hunger Games was last night (or this morning). I didn't get to go (I'm going in the next week or so hopefully), but my friend Emilee did and she said it was the "BEST MOVIE EVER!!!!!!!" So if you haven't seen it, make plans to go! And if you have seen it, then I'm jealous! If you haven't read the books and don't understand the hype, go and enter my Hunger Games Giveaway for a chance to read it!

So tomorrow I'm going to post a review of Delirium by Lauren Oliver, followed by In My Mailbox (catch-up edition). So until then, Happy Friday!


Book Review: Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com): By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children. When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can’t bring herself to hate him as much as she’d like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband’s strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement. Her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next, and Rhine is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape--before her time runs out? Together with one of Linden's servants, Gabriel, Rhine attempts to escape just before her seventeenth birthday. But in a world that continues to spiral into anarchy, is there any hope for freedom?
My Review: I opened this book expecting something mildly interesting and a bit cliche. I closed it completely blown away. Wither was absolutely fantastic! There are a lot of dystopian novels coming out now, and it's getting harder to find something completely original that doesn't remind you of another dystopian novel you read, but this one hits the mark.

Lauren DeStefano did a great job with her world-building. She didn't describe it all at once and cause your brain to implode trying to remember it all. She left you with just enough to get by until you needed more. I felt like she was painting a picture that just got bigger and more detailed as you went along.  It was the same way with the characters. Part of what kept me reading was wanting to see what the world was, and who the characters were.

Rhine is an interesting character. She comes of strong, and she wants to be strong, but she's also a bit fragile at the same time. She's very determined to get what she wants. Linden is also an interesting character. I think the summary above kind of sums him up nicely. You want to hate him, but you can't. The only characters I had real issues with were Gabriel because I didn't get to see as much of him as I would have liked, and the father-in-law. He is made out to be very creepy and controlling and frightening, but other than the corpses in the basement, I don't think the creepy vibe was pulled off very well.

Overall, Wither was definitely a fantastic book, and I will definitely be keeping on my shelf. I recommend it to dystopian fans, and though I wouldn't exactly compare it to Carrie Ryan's books, If you enjoyed those, you'd like Wither too.

Here are some links for Wither:

Thanks for reading!


Book Spotlight & Author Interview: Thoughtless by Jacqueline Gardner (And A Giveaway!)

So with us today is Jaqueline Gardner, author of THOUGHTLESS and the M.E.R. Series (Book 1: MUTINY). Here is a bit about her:

Jaqueline Gardner works as a Story Editor for the production company, Labragirl Pictures. Her love of storytelling began at an early age when she would make up stories with her grandmother before bedtime. In early 2012, she completed her first novel and has been stuck on writing ever since. She resides in Colorado and loves hiking, fantasy, fiction, and all things cupcake.
And, of course, here is a bit about her book, THOUGHTLESS:

When Bridget finds a dead cheerleader in the janitor's closet, she becomes the killer's next target. High school just got worse. It's bad enough that she can hear the shocking truths that pass through her classmates' heads. Now she has to worry about staying alive, and all clues point to the one person whose thoughts she can't read - her boyfriend Terrence. Someone is taunting her, threatening to expose her secret, and when Bridget tries to single out her blackmailer, she's nearly beaten to death by a mind-controlled minion with fiery eyes. But when Bridget finally comes face-to-face with the killer, suddenly a horde of brainwashed students programmed to destroy her life doesn't see so bad. 

THOUGHTLESS sounds pretty intriguing to me! To find out more about the book and Jacqueline, I had the opportunity to interview her:

Q: How long have you been writing?
A: I've been writing stories since elementary school, but nothing book length until two years ago. 

Q: How did you start writing?
A: I started keeping an idea journal because I didn't want to forget anything. 
I keep lots of journals! I always hate when I have an idea and I don't have something to write it down on. I just got a Micky Mouse journal :)

Q: Do you have any pre-writing rituals?


Giveaway: The Hunger Games

Happy Monday everyone! I thought that, since The Hunger Games (the movie) is opening this Friday, I'd do a Hunger Games giveaway! So up for grabs is one paperback copy of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and maybe some swag. I'll keep you all updated about that part.

Alright, so here are the rules/regulations:
  • You must be 13+ to enter
  • You must have either a U.S. or Canada mailing address
  • You have to be a follower via either GFC or email subscription
  • As always, visit my policy page for all the details (bottom half)
Extra entries include:
  1. Following Amanda's Writings on Twitter +1
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  3. Tweeting about the giveaway +2
  4. Leaving a comment on this post +2
  5. Commenting on a review +2
Giveaway starts now and ends on the 26th. Good luck everyone! And (I can't resist) "May the odds be ever in your favor!"

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Finale (Hush, Hush #4) by Becca Fitzpatrick

Simon & Schuster just announced Becca Fitzpatrick's new book! Finale! There is no cover art yet (I can't wait to see it!) but Goodreads has a summary already:
Nora is more certain than ever that she is in love with Patch. Fallen angel or no, he is the one for her. Her heritage and destiny may mean that they will always be enemies, but there is no turning her back on him. But now they face their biggest challenge. Can their love survive a seemingly insurmountable divide. And in the end, will there be enough trust left to rebuild what has been broken? The lines are drawn - but which sides are they on?
 I'm super excited! The release date is October 13, 2012, which is way to far away. If you haven't read her first three books, Hush, Hush, Crescendo, and Silence yet, I highly recommend you do! If you're lucky, you won't have to wait very long for Finale! Thanks for reading!


Book Review: Casey Barnes Eponymous by E.A. Rigg

It's three weeks into the school year when music junkie Casey Barnes gets a second chance with her mysterious, heartbreaking ex-boyfriend. She comes up with a plan to win him back, but it soon spins out of control as rivalries, revelations about him, and music itself all start to collide. For Casey the newfound attention means learning the difference between wanting center stage and actually being on it.
My Review: *I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.* I really enjoyed reading this book. It read very quickly and was very entertaining. It was realistic for the most part. I loved the way the main character, Casey interacted with others, and how she changed as the book progressed. I also liked the music.

I don't really consider myself a music person, but I could definitely appreciate the music in this book. It was a central part of it, and the author definitely knows music. If you're someone who loves music, this is a good book for you.

The characters were all really well put together. I especially liked the way Casey and her brother interacted. It was very realistic. I think the average high school student-body was pulled off very well.

The only thing that I didn't particularly love about the book was how narrow the setting was. I didn't really feel like I got a big picture.

Overall, I really enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it, especially to music lovers!

Here are some links if you want to learn more:

Thanks for reading!


Top Ten Tuesday (1)

This seemed like a fun meme, and I love lists so I figured I'd see what I could come up with. :) Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers. Today's topic is Top Ten Favorite Covers.
Here is my list, in no particular order:

1. Fire by Kristen Cashore
I love all her books' covers, actually. They're all fantastic! Bitterblue is gorgeous and Graceling is captivating, but I think the colors of this one really catch your eye. It definitely has the great story to match!

2. Ice by Sarah Beth Durst
I didn't actually like the book all that much, but the cover is beautiful!

3. Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
It's very eye-catching, don't you think?

4. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Again, I love all of her book covers but this is the one that drew me in first.

5. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
This is one of my all-time favorite books ever. The cover fits it perfectly.

6. Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
Absolutely beautiful. This picture doesn't do it justice.

7. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Another author who has beautiful books. Shiver caught my eye first ;)

8. The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
Very eye-catching.

9. The Hunger Games
I couldn't leave this one out!

10. Borrowing Abby Grace
I love it!

Thanks for reading! Leave links in the comments and I'll check out your lists!


Cover Reveal: The Kill Order by James Dashner

Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares seared the earth and mankind fell to disease. "The Kill Order" tells the story of that fall. 
“The prequel is something that has churned in my mind since before "The Maze Runner" was even complete. It's been hard to keep it a secret! I'm excited to finally share the news and I can't wait for my readers to see how it all began," shared author James Dashner.

Wow! I'm super excited for this one! And not just because the release date is my birthday (August 14th), though that is a plus. I love James Dashner's books! And prequels are usually exciting. Anyway, the cover looks great! I can't wait to get my hands on it! 

Thanks for reading!


Emily's House Winners

First of all, thanks to everyone who entered! I really appreciate you! And now for the winners:

Signed copy: Julie Witt

Digital copy: Darlene

Thanks again for entering, and I hope you enjoy Emily's House!

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