Saturday, May 31, 2014

Review: The Brokenhearted (Brokenhearted #1) by Amelia Kahaney

The Brokenhearted Title: The Brokenhearted (Brokenhearted #1)
Author: Amelia Kahaney
Published: Oct 8, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: Ebook; 336pg
Source: Library
ISBN: 0062230921
Purchase:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Book Depository

Synopsis:

A teenage girl is transformed into a reluctant superhero and must balance her old life with the dark secret of who she has become.

Prima ballerina Anthem Fleet is closely guarded by her parents in their penthouse apartment. But when she meets the handsome Gavin at a party on the wrong side of town, she is immediately drawn into his dangerous world. Then, in a tragic accident, Anthem falls to her death. She awakes in an underground lab, with a bionic heart ticking in her chest. As she navigates her new life, she uncovers the sinister truth behind those she trusted the most, and the chilling secret of her family lineage…and her duty to uphold it.

The Dark Knight meets Cinder in this gripping and cinematic story of heartbreak and revenge. From Alloy Entertainment, this inventive new superhero story is sure to captivate any reader.


The Brokenhearted is described as a cross between The Dark Knight and Cinder. That totally got my attention along with the gorgeous cover of this book. Honestly, I had never heard of this book, which really surprises me. I found out about it because I saw the sequel, The Invisible, available on Netgalley. The Invisible has an amazing cover too, so that grabbed my eye and once I read the synopsis I was totally in! When I discovered it was actually a sequel, I immediately found the first book and read it. And to my shock, this book was actually available as an ebook through my library. Say what?!? That never happens.

So, Anthem Fleet is not an ordinary girl. Not only is she the daughter of a powerful family, now she has the added problem of being just a teensy bit bionic... Speaking of problems, Anthem's started when she met Gavin. Gavin is from the poorer side of town which is looked down upon by the Fleet empire. So, of course, Anthem falls for Gavin. Due to circumstances surrounding these two, Anthem ends up dying. Luckily, she is saved by being given a heart that is part mechanical and part hummingbird heart. Yeah, I know right! Talk about freaky and inventive. Way to go Amelia Kahaney!

Overall, Anthem was an interesting character that I loved reading about. The character growth she exhibited throughout this novel was brilliant. Her transformation from over-protected daughter to bad ass heroine is so much fun! The story was very fast paced and the plot was solid with some really great twists. This was a quick read that I highly recommend!

5 stars to The Brokenhearted!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Feature and Follow #23: I'm Featured!


Hello all!
I am so super excited to be a
Featured Blogger!
This meme is hosted by
Thank you so much for featuring me!


Here are some questions I answered for the hosts!

When did you start blogging?

A friend of mine introduced me to Goodreads
and that is how my book blogging madness began.
My first post was January 25, 2012, over 2 years ago!
I remember being so nervous about my first post
and rewriting my review half a dozen times. 

What is your favorite part of book blogging?

Well, of course, there are the books I get to read!
More than that though, are all of the great people
I have met through blogging. It's really amazing
to be a part of a community with such a passion for reading!

What type of books do you mainly blog about?

Most of the books I end up reviewing 
are YA Dystopian, since that's my fave genre.
However, I like reading fantasy and scifi and sometimes contemporary.

What is your favorite book(s)?

Oh wow! This is such a hard question...
I love anything by Neil Gaiman, particularly Stardust.
Of course, The Mortal Instruments series or 
anything by Cassandra Clare!
Also, books by Lauren Oliver, Suzanne Collins...and so many more!

What has been the best thing that has happened to you because of book blogging?

I have met amazing bloggers and authors and been able to do things
I never thought I could do.
I once won a Kindle Fire.
I participated in a Blast that entered everyone into a drawing.
OMG! I flipped when I got the e-mail.
Honestly though, the best thing is that I have proven to myself I can stick with something!


Question this Week:
How important is good writing to you? In an ideal world, a book would be beautifully written AND have great character development, plot, etc. But in the real world, which do you prefer: (1) Great characters and plot with lousy writing or (2) Middling character development and plot but gorgeous writing

Answer:
Good writing is of the utmost importance to me. I have read some books that had awesome characters but the writing was horrendous. It absolutely ruined the book for me. I think Character Development and Plot is in integral part of "good" writing, so it's hard to answer this question! I guess if I HAD to pick one, it would be gorgeous writing. 








Think Out Loud #98: BookTubers!


Hello all!!
Welcome to my weekly meme,
This meme is a time for you to do
Whatever YOU want!


I just recently discovered "BookTubers"
and I wanted to share some of my faves!
These ladies know their books
and they are fun to watch as well!

Little Book Owl

Katytastic

Peruse Project






Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Teaser Tuesday #47: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver


Hello all!
Welcome to Teaser Tuesdays,
a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading!
Just share a Teaser. Super easy and fun!


Her heart is nestled next to a small set of bones buried beside a frozen river,
which will emerge with the spring thaw, a skeleton ship rising out of the water.


This Teaser is from:


PandemoniumI’m pushing aside
the memory of my nightmare,
pushing aside thoughts of Alex,
pushing aside thoughts of Hana
and my old school,
push,
push,
push,
like Raven taught me to do.
The old life is dead.
But the old Lena is dead too.
I buried her.
I left her beyond a fence,
behind a wall of smoke and flame.

Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Review: This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

This Song Will Save Your Life Title: This Song Will Save Your Life
Author: Leila Sales
Published: Sept 17, 2013
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Format: Ebook; 279pg
Source: Netgalley
ISBN: 0374351384
Purchase:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Book Depository

Synopsis:

Making friends has never been Elise Dembowski’s strong suit. All throughout her life, she’s been the butt of every joke and the outsider in every conversation. When a final attempt at popularity fails, Elise nearly gives up. Then she stumbles upon a warehouse party where she meets Vicky, a girl in a band who accepts her; Char, a cute, yet mysterious disc jockey; Pippa, a carefree spirit from England; and most importantly, a love for DJing.

Told in a refreshingly genuine and laugh-out-loud funny voice, THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE is an exuberant novel about identity, friendship, and the power of music to bring people together.


This book was so different than what I am used to reading. It was a bit of a reality check that I didn't really want. Elise Dembowski is the main character in this novel and it is completely told from her perspective, which is ultimately skewed. Elise has always been "precocious" and wanted to be the best at whatever she was doing. She feels as a result that she is destined to be unpopular and miserable. So, at the age of 16, Elise thinks there is nothing more to live for...until she discovers Start one night.

Start is an underground dance club that Elise happened to stumble upon. She makes her first real friends and discovers a love of DJing. Elise has always had a passion for music and now she has an outlet for all of her angst and it makes her feel amazing. Too bad there are always people out to make you feel like your dream is ridiculous and there is something wrong with you for being good at something.

I can actually really relate to the negative mindset of Elise. She is constantly mentally bashing herself about how "uncool" she is and I have to admit I beat myself up too. If I had to guess, I bet the majority of people in the world mentally bash themselves. Well, this novel definitely makes you stop and think about what really makes you happy and what gives you a feeling of purpose in life. Just following Elise through her inner struggles and issues with bullying wore me out emotionally.

Overall, this book was written really well although it was kind of a downer. The fact that I had this strong of a reaction to the book is really a testament to how good it was. Not everyone's cup of tea, especially if you read a lot of Fantasy like me, but very worth a read.

5 stars to This Song Will Save Your Life!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Weekly WrapUp!


Hello all!
Welcome to my Weekly WrapUp!
With this post, I participate in the following meme's.



Here are my posts from this week.



I received a book for review from Edelweiss.
I just finished the first in the series and thought it was awesome!

Invisible (Brokenhearted #2) by Amelia Lahaney

InvisibleIn the riveting sequel to the reimagined superhero story The Brokenhearted, Anthem Fleet takes on a powerful new villain and makes some startling discoveries about her family and her past that will forever change her.

Taking up where The Brokenhearted ended, the sequel finds Anthem Fleet attempting to return to a normal life after an experimental surgery that left her with a bionic hummingbird heart and a terrifying new strength. But she can’t shake her suspicions about her father’s connection to the Syndicate and she can’t ignore the cries of help in the crime-ridden city of Bedlam. She finds new promise in her relationship with Ford, but after his lifesaving surgery, the Ford Anthem knew slips away.

When a mysterious new group called “The Invisible” starts attacking the privileged North Siders, Anthem has to step up and be the New Hope that Bedlam needs, or Bedlam will fall…once and for all.

Review: Plus One by Elizabeth Fama

Plus OneTitle: Plus One
Author: Elizabeth Fama
Published: April 8, 2014
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Format: Ebook; 373 pg
Source: Netgalley
ISBN: 0374360073
Purchase:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Book Depository

Synopsis:

Divided by day and night and on the run from authorities, star-crossed young lovers unearth a sinister conspiracy in this compelling romantic thriller.

Seventeen-year-old Soleil Le Coeur is a Smudge—a night dweller prohibited by law from going out during the day. When she fakes an injury in order to get access to and kidnap her newborn niece—a day dweller, or Ray—she sets in motion a fast-paced adventure that will bring her into conflict with the powerful lawmakers who order her world, and draw her together with the boy she was destined to fall in love with, but who is also a Ray.

Set in a vivid alternate reality and peopled with complex, deeply human characters on both sides of the day-night divide, Plus One is a brilliantly imagined drama of individual liberty and civil rights, and a fast-paced romantic adventure story.


In the world of Plus One, the government has separated humans into two classes; Smudges and Rays. Smudges are only allowed to live their lives in the night and are given a negative stereotype throughout the novel. Rays are individuals allowed to live their lives during the day. I guess you could say the Rays have a negative stereotype with the Smudges as well. However, the Rays seem to have better perks in life in general.

The main character of Sol is as selfless as they come. All she wants is for her grandfather to see his granddaughter before he passes away. However, this means she has to kidnap the infant and figure out how to get home to him. And another big problem? Sol is a Smudge and the baby, her brother Ciel's daughter, is a Day. This means Sol has to go through with a crazy plan to break curfew that ends up with her in the ER being nursed by D'Arcy. D'Arcy is a Ray, just the type that piss off Smudges like Sol. He seems like a know it all with a silver spoon in his mouth, but D'Arcy turns out to be anything but what Sol thinks...

The storyline was fast paced and really kept my attention throughout the whole novel. I couldn't wait to pick up this book to find out what was going to happen next. The relationships between the characters were believable and nothing seemed forced, the dialogue flowed effortlessly.

Overall, a really beautiful read. I would rank this up there with These Broken Stars. Fama just became one of my favorite new authors and I will definitely be looking forward to her next book!

5 stars to Plus One!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Feature and Follow #22: Sharing the Book Love


Hello all!
Welcome to Feature and Follow,
a weekly meme hosted by


Q: Have you ever convinced someone to read a book, a series,
or a whole genre? What book(s) and who was it? Did they like it?

A: I gave my friend Jen, who was actually one of my University professors,
a copy of Stardust by Neil Gaiman. She adored it and has read several more 
of his books to date! I also suggested The Hunger Games to my 
favorite local Sonic car hop and she thanked me for weeks after reading it.
Of course, I've suggested books that people didn't like...
Especially when I went through my Chuck Palahniuk "phase".
He wrote Fight Club.
I broke the first rule.
I talked about Fight Club.
LOL
Let's just say he is an acquired taste.


What about you?
Best/worst experiences with book recommendations?


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Think Out Loud #97: Grinding the Crack


Hello all!
Welcome to my weekly meme,
Think Out Loud!
A great way to do something new on your blog!


I saw this and was amazed.
I can't imagine flying freefall like this,
especially with how close this guy cuts it!

Jeb Corliss "Grinding the Crack"

Wasn't that breathtaking!?






Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Teaser Tuesday #46: The Brokenhearted


Hello all!
Welcome to Teaser Tuesday,
a meme hosted by Should Be Reading!


My heart whirs with stubborn, stupid hope.
After a dozen kicks, I put a hand to my scar. 
I think of Serge's warning.
I'm ready to risk everything if it means Gavin will live.


This Teaser is from...

by Amelia Kahaney

The Brokenhearted A teenage girl is transformed into a reluctant superhero and must balance her old life with the dark secret of who she has become.

Prima ballerina Anthem Fleet is closely guarded by her parents in their penthouse apartment. But when she meets the handsome Gavin at a party on the wrong side of town, she is immediately drawn into his dangerous world. Then, in a tragic accident, Anthem falls to her death. She awakes in an underground lab, with a bionic heart ticking in her chest. As she navigates her new life, she uncovers the sinister truth behind those she trusted the most, and the chilling secret of her family lineage…and her duty to uphold it.

The Dark Knight meets Cinder in this gripping and cinematic story of heartbreak and revenge. From Alloy Entertainment, this inventive new superhero story is sure to captivate any reader.


Monday, May 19, 2014

Review: Delirium (Delirium #1) by Lauren Oliver

Book Title: Delirium (Delirium #1)
Author: Lauren Oliver
Published: Feb 7, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: Ebook; 441pg
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 0061726834
Purchase:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble

Synopsis:

Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't.


The first time I read Delirium was several years ago. But, even though I knew the main plot of the book, it still felt like reading it for the first time. The thing I love most about this book is the writing of Lauren Oliver. Her style is ultimately beautiful.

Delirium is told from the perspective of Lena. Lena is counting down the days until her procedure that will "cure" her of the disease of Love. In the society Lena lives in, love is the most dangerous thing there can be. Therefore, at the age of 16, teenagers are expected to receive the "cure" in order to be able to properly function in society. So says the government...

As the story progresses, Lena eventually meets Alex. Alex is an enigma to Lena. She is drawn to him like a moth to a flame and as they spend more time together, Lena finally begins to let her defenses down. She begins to understand that Love is a beautiful thing.

This book was just spectacular and I loved everything about it. The character relationships were brilliant and so was the plot. I am so glad I re-read it and I cannot wait to dive into Pandemonium!

5 stars to Delirium!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Think Out Loud #96: Dangerdust


Hello all!
Welcome to Think Out Loud,
my weekly meme!
This is a time to do ANYTHING you want!
Isn't that totally awesome??


This week, I found a super interesting article online HERE.
Then another one HERE.

"At the Columbus College of Art and Design, two rogue college students are creating quite a stir... but not by any normal means. They aren't cheating or stealing, they are causing a creative riot. The anonymous duo, who go by the name Dangerdust, sneak into a classroom each week and create a masterpiece out of nothing but chalk." 

Here are a few examples of their artwork!












Isn't this just amazing!!!













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