Monday, October 20

Famous In Love by Rebecca Serle

Famous In Love by Rebecca Serle
Release Date:  October 21, 2014
Publisher: Poppy
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages:  336

Summary: When seventeen-year-old Paige Townsen gets plucked from obscurity to star in the movie adaptation of a blockbuster book series, her life changes practically overnight. Within a month, Paige has traded the quiet streets of her hometown for a bustling movie set on the shores of Maui, and she is spending quality time with her costar Rainer Devon, one ofPeople's Sexiest Men Alive. But when troubled star Jordan Wilder lands the role of the other point in the movie's famous love triangle, Paige's crazy new life begins to resemble her character's.

In this coming-of-age romance inspired by the kind of celeb hookups that get clever nicknames and a million page views, Paige must figure out who she is -- and who she wants -- while the whole world watches.

My Thoughts: I really thought this sounded cute and sounded like something I would love.

I liked it but I didn’t love it. I also had a hard time really getting into it. It wasn’t bad, I just felt like I couldn’t really connect to any of the characters.

We are introduced to Paige who is just a normal girl. She tries out for different parts in plays. One day a major movie comes to her town for tryouts. Its based off a best selling book so she goes for it. Well, she gets the part. The main lead lady.

She goes on set and meets another cast member named Rainer. Rainer is every girls dream. He’s sexy, hot, and interesting. Later on, she meets another boy named Jordan. Of course there is major drama between Jordan and Rainer. They do not have a very good recent past.

Well, its hard to for her since she has to play the girl in between them. I thought this one had a very interesting and fun concept. I enjoyed the plot. I just couldn’t get into it very well. I did finish it and I am happy with how things went but I just didn’t connect.

Overall: This just wasn’t the one for me but you might like it more than me!! I had a hard time connecting with books where they are playing characters in tv shows/movies and that is probably my problem here. I just didn’t like Paige very well and I never really felt drawn to either boy. Maybe it was just my reading mood or I just wasn’t very into this one. I can see where a lot of people will love it though!

Cover:  Its cute! I could see it attracting attention!

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Friday, October 17

Stitching Snow by R.C.Lewis

Stitching Snow by R.C.Lewis
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 336

Summary:   Princess Snow is missing.

Her home planet is filled with violence and corruption at the hands of King Matthias and his wife as they attempt to punish her captors. The king will stop at nothing to get his beloved daughter back-but that's assuming she wants to return at all.

Essie has grown used to being cold. Temperatures on the planet Thanda are always sub-zero, and she fills her days with coding and repairs for the seven loyal drones that run the local mines.

When a mysterious young man named Dane crash-lands near her home, Essie agrees to help the pilot repair his ship. But soon she realizes that Dane's arrival was far from accidental, and she's pulled into the heart of a war she's risked everything to avoid.

In her enthralling debut, R.C. Lewis weaves the tale of a princess on the run from painful secrets . . . and a poisonous queen. With the galaxy's future-and her own-in jeopardy, Essie must choose who to trust in a fiery fight for survival.

My Thoughts:   Oh, I loved Essie!! And Dane!! I loved this one so much!

We are introduced to Essie who everyone thinks was kidnapped as a child. But she wasn't. She ends up on another planet named Thanda. She’s pretty far from home and on her home planet she is basically royalty. She keeps low profile at her new home. She works, does what she's supposed too, and has few close friends.  She’s as content as she can be.

And then a mysterious boy named Dane crash lands on her planet. He comes off as pretty arrogant and kind of a jerk. But I liked him right away and I knew he’d be a sweetheart.

Essie agrees to fix Dane’s ship and get him back home, but things do not go as planned and Essie ends up going back home. To the dad she isn’t sure wants her, and the step-mom who hates her. Man, things got intense.

I totally loved this one. I loved the 7 drones (get it?). I loved the way Essie and Dane interacted. Parts of this novel can be taken as a little cheesy but I still loved it. I loved their banter back and forth, and I laughed at so much during the story. I have a hard time with retellings but I really enjoyed this retelling!

The plot was awesome. I loved all the little details and I don’t want to give anything away. It did remind me a little bit of the novel Cinder but that made it that much better.  I loved how things ended. Yes, there were a few weird topics thrown in, but I still loved the story.

Overall:  I really liked this one a lot! It gripped me from the very first few pages and I couldn’t stop reading! I finished it in two sittings! I loved Essie’s voice and the way she was with everyone. She was so compassionate! Stitching Snow was an easy read and enjoyable!

Cover:  Its so white! But I love the apple as well! Cute!

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Tuesday, October 14

The Fire Artist by Daisy Whitney

The Fire Artist by Daisy Whitney
Release Date:October 14, 2014
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 288

Summary: A forbidden romance literally heats up in this new fantasy from acclaimed author Daisy Whitney.

Aria is an elemental artist—she creates fire from her hands. But her power is not natural. She steals it from lightning. It’s dangerous and illegal in her world. When she’s recruited to perform, she seizes the chance to get away from her family. But her power is fading too fast to keep stealing from the sky. She has no choice but to turn to a Granter—a modern day genie. She gets one wish at an extremely high price. Aria’s willing to take a chance, but then she falls in love with the Granter . . . and he wants his freedom. Aria must decide what she’s willing to bargain and how much her own heart, body, and soul are worth.

In a world where the sport of elemental powers is the most popular form of entertainment, readers will be swept away by a romance with stakes higher than life and death.

My Thoughts: I really wanted to love The Fire Artist but I just liked it.

We are introduced to Aria who comes from a family of many talented people. Her brother and her father both have their own gifts so Aria longs to have one too. She does get one, but in another way.

I liked Aria but I just never felt connected to her. I liked the idea of shooting fire out of her body but I just couldn’t see it in my head very easily. I did like learning about what she and her brother could do though.

I liked the concept of this one but I never felt like I really connected to the story or the characters very well. I thought it was an interesting story.

I have enjoyed the novels by Whitney I have read and will continue to read them!! She’s very talented!

Overall:  I liked it enough but I just didn’t find myself in love with it. I think it was an interesting concept and had some interesting characters but I never really connected with the main character or even the love interest! Hopefully you’ll enjoy it more.

Cover: Its somewhat spooky! I like it!

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Sunday, October 12

Exquisite Captive (Dark Caravan #1) by Heather Demetriosre

Exquisite Captive (Dark Caravan #1) by Heather Demetrios
Release Date: October 7, 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 480

Summary: Forced to obey her master.
Compelled to help her enemy.
Determined to free herself.

Nalia is a jinni of tremendous ancient power, the only survivor of a coup that killed nearly everyone she loved. Stuffed into a bottle and sold by a slave trader, she’s now in hiding on the dark caravan, the lucrative jinni slave trade between Arjinna and Earth, where jinn are forced to grant wishes and obey their human masters’ every command. She’d give almost anything to be free of the golden shackles that bind her to Malek, her handsome, cruel master, and his lavish Hollywood lifestyle.

Enter Raif, the enigmatic leader of Arjinna’s revolution and Nalia’s sworn enemy. He promises to free Nalia from her master so that she can return to her ravaged homeland and free her imprisoned brother—all for an unbearably high price. Nalia’s not sure she can trust him, but Raif’s her only hope of escape. With her enemies on the hunt, Earth has become more perilous than ever for Nalia. There’s just one catch: for Raif’s unbinding magic to work, Nalia must gain possession of her bottle…and convince the dangerously persuasive Malek that she truly loves him. Battling a dark past and harboring a terrible secret, Nalia soon realizes her freedom may come at a price too terrible to pay: but how far is she willing to go for it?

Inspired by Arabian Nights, EXQUISITE CAPTIVE brings to life a deliciously seductive world where a wish can be a curse and shadows are sometimes safer than the light.

My Thoughts:  I really wasn’t sure what to think going into this one. It was a bit slow at first. A lot of plot and character development.

We are introduced to Nalia. Nalia is one of the last of her kind from where she came from. She’s also a jinni. A pretty powerful jinni. One who is wanted and some people would do anything to either get her or kill her. She also has a master named Malek. Malek, was… heck I don’t know. He was pretty demanding and he wasn’t the greatest person BUT he could have been a lot worst to Naila. He wanted Naila to fall in love with him, not be forced into love with him. At times, I liked him but other times I really didn’t. He wouldn't free Naila and there was also more to his back-story. I also liked meeting both Raif’s sister and Naila’s best friend!

We are also introduced to another person named Raif. He comes into Naila’s life looking for her help. He has a mission and needs her to fulfill it. I liked Raif from the start. He was smart yet sarcastic. Arrogant but in a good way.

All Naila wants is to be free. And to save her brother. All she begins to think that helping Raif is the way to do it.

This had kind of a complicated plot, it was good but confusing at first. I had to get used to all the jinni lingo and explanations. It did sink in finally though and then I flew through the book. There are also a lot of little things going on as well both in Nalia’s life and Malek's.

Honestly, I haven’t read too many books focused on jinnis. They are interesting but never really interest me if that makes sense.

Exquisite Captive was a good one,  I liked the plot and the characters even though it did take awhile for me to warm up.

Overall:  I’m really glad I gave this one a chance. I wasn't too sure about it at first but I did enjoy it and will definitely read the next one when its available!  I really liked Nalia!

Cover:  Like it! It fits because its somewhat dark and I felt like this one was dark in some areas as well.

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Friday, October 10

Even In Paradise by Chelsey Philpot

Even In Paradise by Chelsey Philpot
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins
Age Group: Young Adult

Summary: When Julia Buchanan enrolls at St. Anne’s at the beginning of junior year, Charlotte Ryder already knows all about the former senator’s daughter. Most people do... or think they do.

Charlotte certainly never expects she’ll be Julia’s friend. But almost immediately, she is drawn into the larger than-life-new girl’s world—a world of midnight rendezvous, dazzling parties, palatial vacation homes, and fizzy champagne cocktails. And then Charlotte meets, and begins falling for, Julia’s handsome older brother, Sebastian.

But behind her self-assured smiles and toasts to the future, Charlotte soon realizes that Julia is still suffering from a tragedy. A tragedy that the Buchanan family has kept hidden … until now.

My Thoughts:  This one has gotten some amazing reviews. It seems like a lot of people really enjoyed it. I just liked it, that's all.

We are introduced to Charlotte who goes to a private school. She hangs out with her friends, isn’t really a popular girl, just normal. She ends up helping out a fellow classmate named Julia. Everyone knows Julia. She’s popular and everybody wants to hang out with her. Well, when Charlotte gets in with her crowd things start looking up for her, so she thinks.

She also meets Julia’s brother Sebastian and develops a crush on him.

As Charlotte starts to get closer to the whole family, she realizes a lot of things.

I just couldn’t connect with any of the characters in this one, and I wasn't too into the plot either. I don’t know, it was ok, I’m glad I finished it but it had a hard time pulling me in and keeping me interested.

Overall:  I just liked it ok. I didn’t really feel anything for any of the characters in this one. Maybe it was my reading mood or whatever, but I just didn’t feel this novel like I wanted too. I've heard lots of good things about it so hopefully you’ll enjoy it more than I did. I am glad I finished it and gave it a chance though.

Cover: Love the cover. I would definitely pick it up to see what it is is about! Love how they are standing! Cute cover!

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