Tuesday, April 15

Split Second (Pivot Point #2) Kasie West

Split Second (Pivot Point #2) Kasie West
Release Date: February 11, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages:  368

Summary: Life can change in a split second.

Addie hardly recognizes her life since her parents divorced. Her boyfriend used her. Her best friend betrayed her. She can’t believe this is the future she chose. On top of that, her ability is acting up. She’s always been able to Search the future when presented with a choice. Now she can manipulate and slow down time, too . . . but not without a price.

When Addie’s dad invites her to spend her winter break with him, she jumps at the chance to escape into the Norm world of Dallas, Texas. There she meets the handsome and achingly familiar Trevor. He’s a virtual stranger to her, so why does her heart do a funny flip every time she sees him? But after witnessing secrets that were supposed to stay hidden, Trevor quickly seems more suspicious of Addie than interested in her. And she has an inexplicable desire to change that.

Meanwhile, her best friend, Laila, has a secret of her own: she can restore Addie’s memories . . . once she learns how. But there are powerful people who don’t want to see this happen. Desperate, Laila tries to manipulate Connor, a brooding bad boy from school—but he seems to be the only boy in the Compound immune to her charms. And the only one who can help her.

As Addie and Laila frantically attempt to retrieve the lost memories, Addie must piece together a world she thought she knew before she loses the love she nearly forgot . . . and a future that could change everything.

My Thoughts:  I really enjoyed Pivot Point so I was excited to read this one!

We are back with Addie and Laila, best friends! Addie has seen what can happen and has chosen her path. But, she also missed out on a quite a bit.

Addie gets to visit her dad for break so she jumps on the chance. She wants away for a while and to be normal. But normal isn’t always a great thing either. While in Texas, she meets Trevor again. But of course she really only knows him from her vision and he doesn't know her. But the chemistry between them is amazing! I instantly liked Trevor again. He’s so sweet and cute! Just want to pick him up and hug him.
This time Addie wants to do things right, but things don’t go according to plan…

Back home, Laila has her own problems to face. And she’s got quite a few.

Honestly, I really liked this one. But I feel like if I say much I’ll give too much away. Pivot Point had so many twists and turns that if I mention many details, you’ll know too many important details so I’m just going to leave it at this.

I enjoyed this one! I still like the characters and the plot is so unique! Quite a lot of twists in Split Second as well! And a few new characters to add to the mix.

Overall: Enjoyed it! Glad how things went and turned out. I’m happy.

Cover: Like it! These covers are neat.

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Tuesday, April 8

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
Release Date: April 8, 2014
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 352

Summary: Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper's destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts.

Just when life can't get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she's charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper's least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him--and discovers that David's own fate could very well be to destroy Earth.

With snappy banter, cotillion dresses, non-stop action and a touch of magic, this new young adult series from bestseller Rachel Hawkins is going to make y'all beg for more.

My Thoughts: I really loved Hawkins Hex Hall series so I was anxious to read this one!

And while I enjoyed it a lot, I still loved the Hex Hall series more.

We are introduced to Harper who is your average teenage girl but with a whip of a personality and who is a little education obsessed. She wants to get into a good college, make her parents happy, and on top of that she is involved in a lot of extracurricular activities. Her life is too busy and she has no time for anything new.

But when she runs into a janitor getting murdered and him transferring his responsibilities (ninja kicking butt powers) to her she is pretty much in trouble. He was a Paladin and his job was to protect a certain boy.

A certain boy named David who has been Harper’s nemesis since they were children! Could things get any worse for Harper? Now she has to protect him! What a load of crap. LOL.

David and Harper have spent their lives fighting with each other, but now they must fight together to survive.

I loved Harper’s personality. She was so spunky and always had something to say. David was a sweetheart. I could tell underneath his comebacks, he had true feelings for Harper. They had chemistry!

People are out to kill David and now its on Harper to fix it. She has so many obstacles that get in the way including her boyfriend and her best friend. Things are not easy hiding who she really is.

I really loved both characters and I loved everything that was going on in the background. They had other things they had to tend too as well. They each had a life to live. But all in all, Harper and David made a good team and I could just tell something needed to happen between them.

And of course, Rebel Belle leaves us with a cliffhanger and its a good one. Now, I need the next book!

Overall: I really enjoyed this one! I wanted to give it 5 cupcakes but there was a few pages where it got slow and I needed it to speed back up. I really liked the plot of this one, how things went down, and how Harper and David related to one another. I loved the character development. I would definitely recommend this one, especially if you liked the Hex Hall series!

Cover: Love it! I love the prettiness of it, and I love the color! Its a cute eye catching cover!! 

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Tuesday, April 1

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Page

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Page
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Publisher:  HarperTeen
Age Group:Young Adult
Pages:  464

Summary:  I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero.
But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still the yellow brick road, though—but even that's crumbling.

What happened?
Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I'm the other girl from Kansas.
I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
I've been trained to fight.
And I have a mission:
Remove the Tin Woodman's heart.
Steal the Scarecrow's brain.
Take the Lion's courage.
Then and only then—Dorothy must die!

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this one but it was a bit weird. I didn’t read the novella first (when I started, I didn’t know there was one) but I may go back to it eventually.

We are introduced to Amy who has a hard life. She lives with her mother who pretty much ignores her. She drinks and just has her own life. Amy is pretty much ignored at school unless someone is picking on her. She’s quite invisible really. But she’s also average. She doesn’t really stand out.

One day a tornado comes and sweeps Amy’s home into Oz. But this isn’t any normal Oz. Its weird!!!! Everything is different or backwards and Amy is a long way from home.

I want to explain so much but if I do, I’ll give away so much and I don’t want too. This was such a fun story and I loved seeing how things are different from Dorothy’s Oz. But don’t worry Dorothy is around and so are all the other characters. I did really like the boy Amy meets and he made the story even better. I loved the plot. I love how Amy is destined to do things and how she believes she must follow them and set things right.

I really enjoyed this one and I want to say so much more but I don’t want to give away anything. If you know the original story of Oz, you’ll want to read this one and see how its different.

Overall:  Yes, its a bit long. But I enjoyed it anyway. It probably could have been shorter but I enjoyed all the moments with Amy and everyone else. I liked seeing how things played out and I’m glad I read this one!

It was a very interesting concept and I can’t wait to read the next one!!!

Cover: Like it! Its a bit dark but it makes sense!!! Neat.

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Friday, March 28

Evertrue (Everneath #3) by Brodi Ashton

Evertrue (Everneath #3) by Brodi Ashton
Release Date: January 21, 2014
Publisher: Balzer And Bray
Age Group:  Young Adult

Summary:  Now that Nikki has rescued Jack, all she wants is to be with him and graduate high school. But Cole tricked Nikki into feeding off him, and she’s begun the process of turning into an Everliving herself... which means she must feed on a Forfeit soon — or die.

Terrified for her survival, Nikki and Jack begin a desperate attempt to reverse the process using any means possible. Even Cole, who they expected to fight them at every turn, has become an unlikely ally — but how long can it last? Nikki needs to feed on Cole to survive, Cole needs Nikki to gain the throne in the Everneath, Jack needs Nikki because she is everything to him — and together, they must travel back to the Underworld to undo Nikki’s fate and make her mortal once more. But Cole isn’t the only one with plans for Nikki: the Queen has not forgotten Nikki’s treachery, and she wants her destroyed for good. Will Nikki be forced to spend eternity in the Underworld, or does she have what it takes to bring down the Everneath once and for all?

In this stunning conclusion to the Everneath trilogy, Brodi Ashton evokes the resiliency of the human spirit and the indomitable power of true love.

My Thoughts: I really did enjoy this series. I especially enjoyed Jack and Cole. I was so torn between them.

We are back with Nikki who is trying to get out of the whole idea of being Queen of the Everneath. She refuses to let this be her destiny and she’ll stop at nothing to destroy the idea. But, Nikki is getting weaker and she must do something soon.

If you haven’t read the series yet, that paragraph probably doesn’t even make sense to you. This series was a neat series to read. I really enjoyed it and this last book just makes it more interesting, and sad, and exciting. The real plot of this one was just to get Nikki out of being Queen and destroy the Everneath in the process. That was about it. I just felt like I trudged through it. Don’t get me wrong, I loved it, I just felt like I wanted even more plot than I had.

I loved Jack and Cole. And, this one made me like Cole even more and I wanted to cry a little bit towards the end. I don’t know if I’m completely happy with how it ended but I have to be, I know.

I enjoyed this one. I finished it within a day. It was a nice wrap up to the story.

Overall:  I’m a little sad to see this end. I could probably read more and enjoy it. I’m so happy that Nikki rescued Jack in the last book because I needed more of him in my life. But I’m glad I got to see more of Cole, and another side of him at that.

I really enjoyed this series and I’m sad to see it end, but I’m glad I finished it.  I heart you Jack and Cole!!!

Cover: Love it! I think its very pretty!!!

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Tuesday, March 25

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Release Date:  March 4, 2014
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages:  368

Summary:  Winning what you want may cost you everything you love.

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction.

Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

My Thoughts: Yet another series I knew I had to read. Now, when does book 2 come out?

We are introduced to Kestrel who is a general’s daughter. Her father wants her to either join the military or find herself a good husband. While Kestrel can hold her own well enough, she doesn’t want to do either. Not really.

Kestrel has a best friend named Jess and Jess’ brother is also interested in her. He does his fair share of flirting.

Kestrel gets swept up in an auction and ends up bidding on a slave. His name is Arin and she ends up paying a nice penny for him. This sure does change her life.

Arin isn’t who he claims to be and his own plan and way of life. They both get more than what they bargained for with each other.

Arin is out to change things and this is a big problem for Kestrel.

I loved this story. I loved all the interactions between the two. And I even loved seeing Kestrel visit with her friends. I just thought the story was so enchanting and well written. And filled with action!

I loved the mystery, the romance, the characters, and the way things went down. I loved seeing how Kestrel and Arin reacted to things.

But of course, the ending. Oh the ending. Now I want the next book. I need to know what happens!!!!

Overall:  I loved this one! If I could give it more than 5 cupcakes, I sure would! I loved Arin! Perfect Arin. And I loved how strong Kestrel was and how motivated, and smart.

I loved this story!!!!

Cover:  I really like it! Love how she is positioned and her dress!

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