Saturday, September 29, 2012

Stacking the Shelves [1]

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews

What did I get this week?

Redeeming Love
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
from library
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Cold Kiss (Cold Kiss, #1)
Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey
from giveaway
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Glass Heart (Cold Kiss, #2)
Glass Heart by Amy Garvey
from giveaway
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Sweet Venom (Medusa Girls #1)
Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs
free for Nook
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Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy, #3)
Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
from library
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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Book Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Title: Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Series: Delirium #1
Finished on: September 3, 2012
Released: February 1, 2011 by HarperTeen
Source: Local public library ebook

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Summary from Goodreads:
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.
First off, Lauren Oliver's writing is beautiful. Poetic and perfectly detailed. I found myself wanting to read slower, to allow myself to fully savour every word and every eye-opening passage.

I originally picked up this book because the premise sounded extremely intriguing. I was not disappointed. While slow at a few points, there where also moments where I was left wondering what the heck just happened. Another one that left me thinking about it even in the moments I wasn't reading.

Oliver made it so easy to feel exactly what the main character, Lena, was feeling. The stress, confusion, fears, falling in love... all of it. Connecting with Lena and her world was effortless.

Warning: the ending left me in shock! I am SO grateful I was able to get my hands on Pandemonium two days later. I am definitely completed captivated by this series.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Book Review: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Title: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Series: Stand-Alone
Finished on: September 20, 2012
Released: July 3, 2012 from HarperCollins Publishers
Source: Local public library ebook

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Tiger Lily Quote #6
"Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. . . ."
Characters: The characters provide such an emotional rollercoaster. Some I loved [the lost boys, Tink], some I hated [WENDY!!, Smee], some I loved but wanted to scream at sometimes [Tiger Lily, Peter], and some that tugged at my heart strings [Tik Tok, Pine Sap]. There are so many unique and diverse characters in this story and each one really did leave and impression on me.

Writing/Tone: Beautiful, lyrical, raw, funny in some places and heartwrenching in others, descriptive enough to feel you're actually in this world

Setting: I absolutely fell in love with the whole world of Neverland. We get faeries, different tribes, mermaids, the lost boys, the pirates, and so much more. (We even get to see the crocodile for a second!!!)
A gorgeous representation of first love and all the moments that come after.

Everytime I had to set this book down, I still had the story in the back of my mind. A definite re-read one day.

Waiting On Wednesday: 9.26.12

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating.
by Gennifer Albin
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Expected Publication: October 16, 2012
Incapable. Awkward. Artless.

That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: she wants to fail.

Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she’s exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen as a Spinster is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to embroider the very fabric of life. But if controlling what people eat, where they live and how many children they have is the price of having it all, Adelice isn’t interested.

Not that her feelings matter, because she slipped and wove a moment at testing, and they’re coming for her—tonight.

Now she has one hour to eat her mom’s overcooked pot roast. One hour to listen to her sister’s academy gossip and laugh at her Dad’s stupid jokes. One hour to pretend everything’s okay. And one hour to escape.

Because once you become a Spinster, there’s no turning back.

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