Tuesday, March 3

The Winner’s Crime (Winner’s Trilogy #2) by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner’s Crime (Winner’s Trilogy #2)  by Marie Rutkoski
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 416

Summary: Book two of the dazzling Winner's Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.

The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement…if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.

My Thoughts:  I really loved The Winner’s Curse so I was happy to be able to read The Winner’s Crime!

We are back with Arin and Kestrel. WOW, both of them still have so many priorities they must take care of and they still want each other but can’t be together. Arin has his people to run, and Kestrel is engaged to someone else. She is also forced into a lot of decisions she’d rather not make.

I just love the setting of this series. There is always something going on and I feel like a lot happens even though sometimes it feels slow. I love being able to witness Kestrel and Arin’s actions. I like seeing her dress as a maid to give information or Arin going after what he wants.

I felt like The Winner’s Crime was another complex book for me to really write about. I want to tell you everything that happens but I feel like every little thing is a big spoiler and I want you to experience everything on your own. Feelings, thoughts, actions.

I also liked seeing Jess and her brother again. I just can’t believe that happened!  I also liked seeing all the new characters from Arin’s friend to Kestrel’s dressmaker. Well, some of them aren’t exactly new but they were reintroduced and I liked spending time with everyone.  I also loved the idea of “the moth.”

I loved the scene where Kestrel was at the ball and Arin walked in. I loved her helping her fiance during the game, but I also loved how much tension there was with Arin.

I want to go on and on about this one but I just can’t. I want you to experience it yourself without telling you what happens. I feel like I will give too much away too fast. So much happens. Kestrel has to deal with her fiance’s father, Arin’s stubbornness, War, and so much more.

I also want to point out that ending about killed me. Another ending where I feel like I must have the next book now! And its not even released yet! I’m dying over here. I wanted to cry again. I need to know what happens.

Overall:  Loved it! I just adore this series so much! I get sucked so deep into it and don’t look at the clock for hours. I lose track of time completely! I adore Kestrel and Arin so much!

Cover:  Love it! I think I did like the dress and colors on the Winner’s Curse a bit more but this one is real pretty too!

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Saturday, February 28

A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 352

Summary: Rhiannon Thomas's dazzling debut novel is a spellbinding reimagining of Sleeping Beauty and what happens after happily ever after.

One hundred years after falling asleep, Princess Aurora wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince and a broken kingdom that has been dreaming of her return. All the books say that she should be living happily ever after. But as Aurora understands all too well, the truth is nothing like the fairy tale.

Her family is long dead. Her "true love" is a kind stranger. And her whole life has been planned out by political foes while she slept.

As Aurora struggles to make sense of her new world, she begins to fear that the curse has left its mark on her, a fiery and dangerous thing that might be as wicked as the witch who once ensnared her. With her wedding day drawing near, Aurora must make the ultimate decision on how to save her kingdom: marry the prince or run.

Rhiannon Thomas weaves together vivid scenes of action, romance, and gorgeous gowns to reveal a richly imagined world … and Sleeping Beauty as she’s never been seen before.

My Thoughts:  A Wicked Thing was a bit weird for me. I’ve heard the fairy-tale Sleeping Beauty numerous times.  I had a hard time getting into this one. I’m sure it was probably just my reading mood too.

We are introduced to Aurora who has just woken up from a hundred year curse. She was cursed and only a kiss from her true love would wake her. She’s been kissed throughout the years by a lot of princes but none were her true love.

Well, until one day when Prince Rodric kisses her. Aurora wakes up and his thrown into his life. Rodric has a mother, father, and little sister. I really loved his little sister. She was so spunky and cheery. She was one of my favorite characters throughout the novel.

There was also another boy that Aurora meets. His name is Tristan and I enjoyed him a lot. Yes, Rodric is a decent and honorable guy but I really liked Tristan. He was a bit of a wild card and he always had something up his sleeve.  I related to him more and I wanted Aurora to be with him.

There was a bit of action in this one and Aurora must make a lot of painful decisions. And, the part towards the end that was supposed to be Aurora just broke my heart. I teared up a little bit. Just didn’t see it coming.

I did like Aurora but I never really felt like I could relate to her.

Overall:  I liked A Wicked Thing but it had trouble holding my interest. I wasn't that thrilled with most of the plot but I also blame my reading mood a little bit. I’d probably give this one 3.5 cupcakes. I will read the next one to find out what happens!

Cover:  Like it.  Also like when they show these fancy dresses. Cute!

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Wednesday, February 25

Unleashed (Uninvited #2) by Sophie Jordan

Unleashed (Uninvited #2) by Sophie Jordan
Release Date: February 25, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Age Group:Young Adult
Pages: 368

Summary:  What if the worst thing you ever did was unforgivable?

Davy’s world fell apart after she tested positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome. She was expelled from her school, dumped by her boyfriend, abandoned by friends, and shipped off to a camp that turns HTS carriers into soldiers. Davy may have escaped, but the damage has already been done. The unthinkable has happened. Now, even worse than having everyone else see her as a monster is the knowledge that they may have been right about her all along. Because Davy has killed.

On the run from government agents, Davy is rescued by Caden, the charismatic leader of an underground group of rebels. Despite Caden’s assurances that the Resistance is made up of carriers like her, Davy isn’t sure she can trust them. Then again, she doesn’t even know if she can trust herself . . . or her growing feelings for Caden. But if she doesn’t belong with Caden and his followers, is there anywhere she can call home?

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed Uninvited last year when I read it, so I was really looking forward to reading Unleashed. And I wasn't disappointed.

We are back with Davy and her boyfriend Sean. They are among a few other friends and are trying to cross into Mexico. They have to get away from everything going on in the US and from what they hear, people are safe in Mexico for the most part.

Well, they try to make it across and events happen and Davy ends up somewhere else.

There she meets a boy named Caden. He’s pretty nice and trusting but Davy knows better to trust so she tries to harm him to protect herself. He just kind of shrugs it off and doesn’t take it personally.

Well Davy ends up meeting a lot more people, Caden’s friends or crew. They are part of The Resistance to an extent. They help people get across the Mexico border. Everyone there has tested for the kill gene. So they know what it is like to be hunted.

Sooooo much happened in this one. People live, people die. I got teary eyed a few times.

Even though I really liked Sean, I also now really like Caden. He’s so much more different than Sean yet he brings out Davy’s qualities. Her strong loyal qualities. I couldn’t help myself falling for him.  In the end I may have ended up liking him more than I did Sean. We do get to see Sean and her friends a few times in the book and Davy thinks about them all the time.

Unleashed was a good one for me. I was in the mood for this when I read it. Even though it was a little slow at times even though a lot did happen, I loved this one.  

I love the character development and I love seeing how Davy is getting stronger by the minute!

Overall: I liked the addition of all the new characters. I loved the plot. I loved Caden and Davy. I loved the ending. Oh, the ending. It was pretty perfect for me!

Cover: Its cute! I think it fits and the girl does fit a good Davy! Pretty cover!

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Friday, February 20

One Of The Guys by Lisa Aldin

One Of The Guys by Lisa Aldin
Release Date:  February 10, 2015
Publisher:  Spencer Hill Contemporary
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 320

Summary:  Tomboy to the core, Toni Valentine understands guys. She'll take horror movies, monster hunts and burping contests over manicures. So Toni is horrified when she's sent to the Winston Academy for Girls, where she has to wear a skirt and learn to be a lady while the guys move on without her.

Then Toni meets Emma Elizabeth, a girl at school with boy troubles, and she volunteers one of her friends as a pretend date. Word spreads of Toni’s connections with boys, and she discovers that her new wealthy female classmates will pay big money for fake dates. Looking for a way to connect her old best friends with her new life at school, Toni and Emma start up Toni Valentine’s Rent-A-Gent Service.

But the business meets a scandal when Toni falls for one of her friends--the same guy who happens to be the most sought-after date. With everything she's built on the line, Toni has to decide if she wants to save the business and her old life, or let go of being one of the guys for a chance at love.

My Thoughts:  Seriously, One Of The Guys was cuteness overload! But in a good way!  I knew this one would be right up my alley, I just knew it!

We are introduced to Tonya, aka Toni. Toni is a major tomboy! She burps, and just hangs out with guys. She has a set of friends who are guys! A few of them actually! She fits right in with them! I want to go on and on on each guy but at the same time, I want you to get this one and read about each guy and get to know them on your own! They are each so unique!

Well, Toni gets into some trouble and has to switch schools. She ends up at an all girl school. I’m glad she meets a friend who's a girl. I’m glad she still gets to keep her guy friends too. But, things are changing fast.  The guys are pulling away from her, and she gets a great idea to get them all back together.  She starts a rent a gent service. The girls at her new school can rent her guys friends for a night. Everybody wins! How awesome! I loved this. I loved seeing the fake dates and I loved seeing Toni set everything up, along with her new girl friend of course!

I loved the monster hunting, and the mountain dew drinking, and her basketball shorts. I just loved it.

But most of all, I loved Micah. Oh Micah! He was such a great character and neighbor (hehe). I loved all the scenes with him the most, rather he was fake dating or just hanging out with Toni. He was sweet yet mysterious, yet I loved everything about him! I liked her other guy friends too but Micah made the story so much better for me.

I really loved the plot of this one and the characters! I also loved how she related to each of her guy friends and they got her.

Overall: Such a cute novel! If you like contemps you must read this one quick! Or if you're doing the debut author challenge, read it! Add it to your list! Such a cute and funny story!
Cover:  Love it! She’s just chillin with her friends! Cute!

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Tuesday, February 17

My Heart And Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

My Heart And Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
Release Date: February 10, 2015
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 320

Summary:Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who can barely look at her without wincing, classmates who whisper behind her back, and a father whose violent crime rocked her small town, Aysel is ready to turn her potential energy into nothingness.

There’s only one problem: she’s not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But once she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel’s convinced she’s found her solution: a teen boy with the username FrozenRobot (aka Roman) who’s haunted by a family tragedy is looking for a partner.

Even though Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in each other’s broken lives. But as their suicide pact becomes more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it. Ultimately, she must choose between wanting to die or trying to convince Roman to live so they can discover the potential of their energy together. Except that Roman may not be so easy to convince.

My Thoughts:  My Heart and Other Black Holes was an interesting read! I really liked getting to know both Aysel and Roman. They both have difficult lives for them to cope with. They both have their own tragedies they are trying to get past.

Even though both were so different from one another, they were also a lot alike. They came from families who just didn’t quite understand them.

Aysel and Roman meet each other and decide to be suicide partners. They both want to die and they think they can help one another keep to that goal by doing it together.

This was a heartbreaking story.  So much happened, yet I found myself enjoying reading about them. I wanted to know how their story ended. I wanted to know how it began and how they got to where they were.

I really liked the characters. I also liked the families.  l liked the plot even though it was sad at times. I felt like they made a real difference in each other’s lives.

Overall:  I really liked this one despite its tough subject matter. I thought it was a great look on how suicidal feelings can change you. I really liked the characters and how they looked at things, was very realistic.

Cover:  Like it! I have seen a few different covers for this one and I've liked them all!

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