Books out this month, who’s excited?

Here are the books that I’ve been VERY excited for

Audition by Stasia Ward Kehoe

Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday

Eve by Anna Carey

Books that I’ve had my eye on and also excited about

 

If I Tell by Janet Gurtal

You Are My Only by Beth Kephart

Bunheads by Sophie Flack

Books that the book blogging community is excited for and hence I’ll check them out when they’re out

 

Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

Variant by Robison Wells

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Which book are you anticipating and waiting to get your hands on for this month?

Top Ten Tuesday (2)

Top Ten Book Endings That Left Me With My Mouth Hanging Open

Top Ten Tuesday: the weekly meme hosted by the lovely bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)

I basically spent a whole book in conflict with my inner self on whether i want the protagonist to just give up or to fight and live on. Then the LAST page, the decision is made. Really? i have to wait for the NEW book for the protagonist to be physically conscious? I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

Never Have I Ever by Sara Shepard

Never Have I Ever (The Lying Game #2)

ARGH! making you think someone is the murderer throughout the whole book then again, last couple of pages. FALSE ALARM!

Queen of Babble Getting Hitched by Meg Cabot

Queen of Babble Gets Hitched (Queen of Babble, #3)

I know this isn’t technically YA but it deserved to be put here. This is a trilogy and i LOVED the first two. Then someone, Meg Cabot was possessed and basically wrote this book that made me rethink whether im reading the sequel or just a another book all together. I am NOT a fan of its ending. Was invested for two books then BAM.

He’s So Not Worth It by Kieran Scott

He's So Not Worth It

oh my god. The ending (even though i kind of predicted it towards the end), i seriously gasped when i read the last couple of lines. Can’t wait for the third book in this amazing trilogy

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

you broke my heart! now fix it please!

Abandon by Meg Cabot

Abandon (Abandon Trilogy, #1)

I just got so into the story then it ended. Not fair, the second book can’t come out fast enough!

Dear John by Nicholas Sparks

I know Nicholas Sparks is known for his tragic endings, but i HATED this one. Why Sparks why must you make me love someone then kill him at the end?

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)

Does this even need explaining? Sector 13? the ending was a blur of confusion and eye popping revelations

Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Must I really visit this saddening memory? I cried for days at the end of this book.

Review: Remembrance by Michelle Madow

RemembranceTitle: Remembrance

Author: Michelle Madow

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Synopsis (via Goodread)

New Hampshire high school junior Lizzie Davenport has been reincarnated from Regency Era, England … but she doesn’t know it yet.

Then Drew Carmichael transfers into Lizzie’s school at the beginning of the year, and she feels a connection to him, almost like she knows him. She can’t stop thinking about him, but whenever she tries talking with him about the mysteries behind her feelings, he makes it clear that he wants nothing to do with her. Reaching him is even more difficult because she has a boyfriend, Jeremy, who has started to become full of himself after being elected co-captain of the varsity soccer team, and her flirtatious best friend Chelsea starts dating Drew soon after his arrival. So why can’t she seem to get him out of her mind?

Even though Lizzie knows she should let go of her fascination with Drew, the pair of them soon find that fighting fate isn’t going to be easy.

 

My thoughts and review:

I LOVE books that deal with unrequited love, forbidden love (in the sense of girl being in love with her bestfriend’s boyfriend, etc) and basically the tension and awkwardness that manifest in some of the scenes between the protagonist and the other ‘guy’. The synopsis of this book raised my curiosity and i had to read it! my sister had it on her ibooks library so i borrowed it from her and started reading. I loved the beginning, exactly the type of book i always look forward to read, girl has a boyfriend, boyfriend being careless and too busy for her, girl meets new guy and instantly falls for him, new guy is taken! oh no! *giggles*.

One thing that kept me from being totally invested in the story is its similarity to pride and prejudice, the names of the characters all sounded too familiar “Lizzie – Elizabeth, Drew – Darcy, etc), ive seen too many pride and prejudice remakes and i hoped this wasn’t one. So throughout the whole story I kept on wondering whether it’ll be another pride and prejudice remake (which im glad it wasn’t at the end).  I really liked Jeremy, throughout the book i had a hidden hope that he would end up with lizzie, i just felt really bad for him because he was in the way of fate. I kept on hoping Lizzie would give him the explanation he deserved but it never came, which is why I was frustrated at Lizzie.

I give Chelsea kudos for being so level headed about Lizzie and Drew being together, she was a good friend to Lizzie and im just sad that she didn’t get her happy ending, nor did Jeremy. (I guess you can tell I loved Chelsea and Jeremy more than Lizzie and Drew 😛 ).

I honestly loved the beginning of the book more and the ending for me felt a bit unfinished, but it was an entertaining and fun read; One that i would recommend to people who love contemporary retellings and destined love. I would definitely pick up any new book that Michelle Madow writes. She’s got a way to make you keep reading.

 

Recommend Fridays (1)

This is a weekly meme. It was created by Stuck In YA BooksA Cupcake and a Latte. Bloggers will tell others what is your favorite book and why you love it. This will include an genres of books (fiction particularly) . The blogger must add a link to where viewers can add their book to their TBR lists. (via Stuck In YA Books)

 

The book i’m choosing is a Young adult contemporary novel. It is a coming of age novel.

Synopsis:

Patty Taylor can handle anything. So what if the guys in her band dismiss her as just a pretty face, hired by their manager to make them more popular? She’s already survived a bad childhood, a destructive teenage relationship, homelessness, and working twelve-hour shifts washing dishes. Traveling with the band gives her a way to provide for Willie, the two-year-old son she adores.

But on a hot summer day in Kentucky, when Willie’s father shows up outside her hotel room, newly paroled from prison and intent on having her and his son back, Patty begins a journey that will change her from a girl who can put up with anything to a woman with a voice that can bring the house down.

 

This book blew me away. From the first page i was hooked. It was truthful, raw, honest, beautiful! Patty was a true female heroine that i look up to. She is a single mother trying to pursue her dream and still keeps going when everyone else puts her down. The relationship she has with her son is so heartwarming. Willie is so adorable, he was a source of many laughs throughout the book and of course heartbreaks because of his innocence and the apparent painful need for a father figure. I loved every single line of this book. I’ve recommended it to all my friends and every single one of them loved it. They would all curse me for making their hearts break but at the same time grateful to still know there are books that can touch our hearts and still mean something to us several years later. I’ve read the book almost 3 years ago and ive reread it countless times.

 

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Downtown Press; Original edition (April 6, 2004)
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Upcoming September release: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

I’ve been pining for this book by Michelle Hodkin ever since i saw this BEAUTIFUL countdown on The Story Siren blog. I am pretty sure you are all familiar with this fact, but i am a sucker for pretty book covers. Along with the water movement of this countdown, im helpless. But the cover and countdown  aren’t the only reason for this amount of excitement; the synopsis of the book upped my excitement a thousand volts. I’m always eager to read books like this. Plus noticed its a paranormal book so can’t wait to find out in which way makes it paranormal.

Synopsis (via Goodread)

Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

She’s wrong.

Expected publication: September 27th 2011 by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

I AM SOLD.

Review: “Love Story” by Jennifer Echols

Title: Love Story

Author: Jennifer Echols

Genre: Young adult, Contemporary, Romance

My rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis (via Goodread.com)

For Erin Blackwell, majoring in creative writing at the New York City college of her dreams is more than a chance to fulfill her ambitions–it’s her ticket away from the tragic memories that shadow her family’s racehorse farm in Kentucky. But when she refuses to major in business and take over the farm herself someday, her grandmother gives Erin’s college tuition and promised inheritance to their maddeningly handsome stable boy, Hunter Allen. Now Erin has to win an internship and work late nights at a coffee shop to make her own dreams a reality. She should despise Hunter . . . so why does he sneak into her thoughts as the hero of her latest writing assignment?

Then, on the day she’s sharing that assignment with her class, Hunter walks in. He’s joining her class. And after he reads about himself in her story, her private fantasies about him must be painfully clear. She only hopes to persuade him not to reveal her secret to everyone else. But Hunter devises his own creative revenge, writing sexy stories that drive the whole class wild with curiosity and fill Erin’s heart with longing. Now she’s not just imagining what might have been. She’s writing a whole new ending for her romance with Hunter . . . except this story could come true.

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My Review and thoughts:

I really enjoyed reading the contemporary novel ”Love Story” by Jennifer Echols. I had to get past the first 30 pages to really start enjoying it. I picked up this book almost a month ago, read the first 20 pages then got bored and put it down and never went back to it. Every time I was considering what to read next I’d read a page of the book and then choose something else. Today I put a stop to this nonsense and made myself sit down and READ at least 50 pages or so and if I still didn’t like it, then I can tell myself at least I tried.

The story started off with a short story, the heroine “Erin”, wrote for her creative writing class. It took a while for me to get through that story as I didn’t understand what was going on and why it was set in the past when clearly the book is present day contemporary. However I kept going and understood it was a story the heroine wrote. I REALLY started to enjoy the story when the main male lead “Hunter” (can I say how much I LOVE this name?) is enrolled in the same creative class! And guess what her story is about? HIM!. I got a few laughs, embarrassing ones for her too, on the situation she was put it. Her short story wasn’t just a teen love story, ehh it was quite ‘mature’ in content. This is when I knew I would love this book.

I couldn’t put the book down. I ignored all the shows I had waiting for me and couldn’t stop. I even passed up on sleeping just so I can finish this book! Hunter was dreamy, he was sweet, and his grins made me squeal! (I’m a sucker for a guy with a ‘lopsided grin’ or dimples!). Another thing I loved is how independent Erin is. Even though she is what some might call “A spoiled rich kid” I found her very confident in her decision to leave the riches behind and pursue her dream. I had my doubts on her façade and thought she wouldn’t be able to keep playing the ex-rich girl who is now poor because she is pursuing her dream of being a writer. I thought she would crack down at one point in the story and go back and obey her grandmother so she can get back her credit cards.

This was definitely a page turner, I couldn’t put it down. It was a very enjoyable contemporary read and I’m glad I finally gave the book a chance, because anyways its Jennifer Echols. I’ve basically read everything by her. I shouldn’t have doubted how awesome this book would be.

Review: Deadly Little Secrets

A Touch novel #1: Deadly Little Secrets

by Laurie Faria Stolaz

Genre: Mystery, paranormal, romance, highschool

My rating: ★★★☆☆

Synopsis (via goodread)

Some secrets shouldn’t be kept…

Up until three months ago, everything in sixteen-year-old Camelia’s life had been fairly ordinary: decent grades; an okay relationship with her parents; and a pretty cool part-time job at the art studio downtown. But when Ben, the mysterious new guy, starts junior year at her high school, Camelia’s life becomes anything but ordinary.

Rumored to be somehow responsible for his ex-girlfriend’s accidental death, Ben is immediately ostracized by everyone on campus. Except for Camelia. She’s reluctant to believe the rumors, even when her friends try to convince her otherwise. She’s inexplicably drawn to Ben…and to his touch. But soon, Camelia is receiving eerie phone calls and strange packages with threatening notes. Ben insists she is in danger, and that he can help–but can he be trusted? She knows he’s hiding something… but he’s not the only one with a secret.

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My Review and thoughts:

So ive been meaning to pick up more paranormal books (nonvampire relatred however) and the synopsis of this book interested me. Also ive been pining for the “Blue is for Nightmare” series a couple of years back (havent read them yet though). The setting is at a highschool and with a bit of romance, just the way i like it, so this seemed like a good way to dive into this paranormal genre.

While i did end up finishing the book, i can’t lie and say i couldn’t put the book down or im dying to read the second book in the series. It wasn’t bad to the point that i would stop reading it. I tend to do that sometimes; stop reading a book if i don’t enjoy it. I actually have a long list of books ive stopped reading, i know this is shameful.

I feel the paranormal elements of the book weren’t deep enough. We didn’t submerge in the paranormal elements enoguh. Yes i know Ben has supernatural powers, he touches and  is engulfed in past memories, future predictions, etc. I would have really liked it if we ventured more into his power and his past. Something also confused me while reading the book. Ben can’t seem to touch Camelia without it hurting or him losing control. However several instances (such as when she rides behind on his bike and wraps her arms around him) he doesn’t seem to mind it or even feel the slightest discomfort.

What i did love about this book is the twist in the book. After every couple of chapters, there is a small chapter (1 page) where they show us a small piece of a person’s thoughts, and the person is always watching Camelia. Throughout the book i predicted who the person is, but at the end, boy was i surprised! it was such a pleasant surprise actually. My prediction was too easy, so im happy i was wrong.

Overall i enjoyed the series, i WILL pick up the next book in the Touch series and read it, since i want to find out what happens next. But i do hope the second book is better than the first.

She’s So Dead to Us/ He’s So Not Worth It Review

Rating:
She’s So Dead to Us : ★★★★★
He’s So Not Worth It: ★★★★☆

So these books, which are two books from a trilogy have been on my ipad waiting for me to read them for a while. When i got the first book of the trilogy “She’s So Dead to Us” i found the synopsis intriguing. An ex-rich popular girl ends up leaving her hometown “Orchin Hall” poor and fatherless because her runaway father lost all his family’s money along with millions of dollars from the other rich families that live in their Crestie neighborhood (sort of like the zip code 90210 of beverly hills). However the story starts 18 months later when the girl “Ally”, now 17 years old, and her mom end up moving back to her hometown and enrolls Ally in the same school she previously went to. This time she’s not the rich kid in the fanciest house at crestie, but a poor kid living in a small condo at one of the poorer areas of Orchid Hall. She also finds out the hard way that her ex-friends aren’t as forgiving as she thought they would be, and it becomes a struggle when she meets a cute boy who’s currently in their “clique”.

The cover is pretty, the synopsis is intriguing, but i have no idea why i didnt pick it up and start reading it. The second book  “He’s So Not Worth It” also came out, and i also got it, but my TBR list was (and still is) HUGE so it was put in the back burner. Later, when i read somewhere that the series is a page turner, i promised myself id start reading it. Because lets face it, lately all the books are paranormal and you can hardly find a good and mature  book (ie, not a tween YA book) that is interesting and fun to read.

boy was i hooked. I finished the first book in less than a day and tackled the second book straight away. Here im glad i only started reading the first when i got the second because Kieran Scott is apparently big on cliffhangers. However the cliffhanger of the second book is 10 times worse than the first book so i still have to wait 8 months until the final installment is released (May 1st, 2012). However even though the first book was slightly more enjoyable and thrilling than the second, i still loved the second book and can’t wait to find the end of this fabulous trilogy.

The books are addictive, Kieran Scott knows how to grip her readers, and i recently found out she uses the pen names Emma Harrison AND Kate Brian, both of whom are authors of books i greatly enjoyed. From now on this author(s) will be on my radar for any new published books, because for a lazy day of coffee drinking and lounging her books are EXACTLY what i need.