Friday, February 27, 2015

Book Review: "Alienated" by Melissa Landers

5:14 PM

Title: Alienated
Author: Melissa Landers
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Pages: 344
Publication date: February 4th 2015
My rating: 4/ 5 stars

Synopsis:

Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them. 

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.

But when Cara's classmates get swept up by anti-L'eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn't safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara's locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class. 

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she's fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet. (taken from goodreads)


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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday #2 - "P.S. I Still Love You" by Jenny Han

7:12 PM
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.











Title: "P.s. I Still Love You"
Author: Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: May 26th 2015


Synopsis:

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.

She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.

When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?


In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I've Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of makes it so amazing. (taken from goodreads)


My thoughts:

I'm a big fan of Jenny Han and I have loved all of her books so far. "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" was such a great read. But it left me wanting MORE. I am -no joke- counting down the days until the release date. 

What books are you anticipating? Comment down below!


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Monday, February 23, 2015

Versatile Blogger Award!

9:30 PM




I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by Vivien @ Pages of Wonderland. Thank you so much Vivien! And everyone who likes to read my reviews and my blog overall! 

Here are the rules: 

  • Nominate 15 relatively new bloggers.
  • Let them know that you've nominated them.
  • Share 10 random facts about yourself.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog!
  • Add the Versatile Blogger Award picture to your post.

I nominate:

10 random facts about me:
  1. I'm Puerto Rican.
  2. I'm 16.
  3. I have a cat named Kitty.
  4. My favorite color is blue.
  5. My favorite food is mac and cheese.
  6. I hope to write a book someday.
  7. I hate public speaking.
  8. I wish I had a pet monkey.
  9. I have a teenie tiny close group of friends and they're all bookworms! 
  10. I wish I were better at writing reviews.
There you go! And thanks again to Vivien for nominating me. Also, If some of you were already nominated!



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Book Review: "Made For You" by Melissa Marr

9:17 AM

Title: "Made For You"
Author: Melissa Marr
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 356
Publication Date: September 1st 2014


Synopsis:

Bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely books Melissa Marr’s first contemporary YA novel is a twisted southern gothic tale of obsession, romance, and murder. A killer is obsessed with Eva Tilling. Can she stop him, or will he claim her?
When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.

For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has applied her extraordinary talent to contemporary realism. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa’s fans, and every YA reader, will find its wild ride enthralling.


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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Book Review: "Playlist For the Dead" by Michelle Falkoff

11:39 AM
Title: "Playlist For the Dead"
Author: Michelle Falkoff
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 288
Publication Date: January 27th 2015

                                  Synopsis:

A teenage boy tries to understand his best friend's suicide by listening to the playlist of songs he left behind in this smart, voice-driven debut novel.


Here's what Sam knows: There was a party. There was a fight. The next morning, his best friend, Hayden, was dead. And all he left Sam was a playlist of songs, and a suicide note: For Sam—listen and you'll understand.

As he listens to song after song, Sam tries to face up to what happened the night Hayden killed himself. But it's only by taking out his earbuds and opening his eyes to the people around him that he will finally be able to piece together his best friend’s story. And maybe have a chance to change his own.

Part mystery, part love story, and part coming-of-age tale in the vein of Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Tim Tharp’s The Spectacular NowPlaylist for the Dead is an honest and gut-wrenching first novel about loss, rage, what it feels like to outgrow a friendship that's always defined you—and the struggle to redefine yourself. But above all, it's about finding hope when hope seems like the hardest thing to find. (taken from goodreads)



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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #1 - "Joyride" by Anna Banks

11:16 AM


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.











Title: Joyride                                                                                   

Author: Anna Banks
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Publication Date: June 2nd 2015

Synopsis:

A popular guy and a shy girl with a secret become unlikely accomplices for midnight pranking, and are soon in over their heads—with the law and with each other—in this sparkling standalone from NYT-bestselling author Anna Banks.

It’s been years since Carly Vega’s parents were deported. She lives with her brother, studies hard, and works at a convenience store to contribute to getting her parents back from Mexico.

Arden Moss used to be the star quarterback at school. He dated popular blondes and had fun with his older sister, Amber. But now Amber’s dead, and Arden blames his father, the town sheriff who wouldn’t acknowledge Amber's mental illness. Arden refuses to fulfill whatever his conservative father expects.

All Carly wants is to stay under the radar and do what her family expects. All Arden wants is to NOT do what his family expects. When their paths cross, they each realize they’ve been living according to others. Carly and Arden’s journey toward their true hearts—and one another—is funny, romantic, and sometimes harsh.

My thoughts:

I'm highly anticipating this book! I have read Anna Bank's Syrena Legacy trilogy and I loved it. It's actually one of my favorite series. I'm a big fan of her writing and I'm sure that this book will be amazing!

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Giveaway: Win a Pre-order of Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

2:21 PM

If you read my ARC review of Vanishing Girls, then you probably know I absolutely adored it. Since I loved it so, I wanted to give you guys the opportunity of winning a pre-order of this outstanding book!

If you'd like to enter just read the rules listed down below!

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Book Review: "Anatomy of a Misfit" by Andrea Portes

3:41 PM
Synopsis:

This emotional, hilarious, devastating, and ultimately triumphant YA debut, based on actual events, recounts one girl’s rejection of her high school’s hierarchy—and her discovery of her true self in the face of tragedy.

Fall’s buzzed-about, in-house favorite.

Outside, Anika Dragomir is all lip gloss and blond hair—the third most popular girl in school. Inside, she’s a freak: a mix of dark thoughts, diabolical plots, and, if local chatter is to be believed, vampire DNA (after all, her father is Romanian). But she keeps it under wraps to maintain her social position. One step out of line and Becky Vilhauer, first most popular girl in school, will make her life hell. So when former loner Logan McDonough shows up one September hotter, smarter, and more mysterious than ever, Anika knows she can’t get involved. It would be insane to throw away her social safety for a nerd. So what if that nerd is now a black-leather-jacket-wearing dreamboat, and his loner status is clearly the result of his troubled home life? Who cares if the right girl could help him with all that, maybe even save him from it? Who needs him when Jared Kline, the bad boy every girl dreams of, is asking her on dates? Who? 
(taken from goodreads)


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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Book Review: "The Truth About Alice" by Jennifer Mathieu

6:46 PM
Synopsis:

Everyone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party.

But did you know Alice was sexting Brandon when he crashed his car?

It's true. Ask ANYBODY.


Rumor has it that Alice Franklin is a slut. It's written all over the bathroom stall at Healy High for everyone to see. And after star quarterback Brandon Fitzsimmons dies in a car accident, the rumors start to spiral out of control.

In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students—the girl who has the infamous party, the car accident survivor, the former best friend, and the boy next door—tell all they know.

But exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end there's only one person to ask: Alice herself.
(taken from goodreads)

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

ARC Book Review: "Vanishing Girls" by Lauren Oliver

9:04 PM
Title: Vanishing Girls
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: March 10th 2015


Synopsis:

New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping story about two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident.

Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it's too late.

In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.

"Alarming and uplifting, a rare psychological thriller that has a kind heart at its center. Read it with all the lights on." -- E. Lockhart, author of We Were Liars.  (taken from goodreads)



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Monday, February 9, 2015

Book Review: "Falling Into Place" by Amy Zhang

6:18 PM

Synopsis:

On the day Liz Emerson tries to die, they had reviewed Newton’s laws of motion in physics class. Then, after school, she put them into practice by running her Mercedes off the road.


Why? Why did Liz Emerson decide that the world would be better off without her? Why did she give up? Vividly told by an unexpected and surprising narrator, this heartbreaking and nonlinear novel pieces together the short and devastating life of Meridian High’s most popular junior girl. Mass, acceleration, momentum, force—Liz didn't understand it in physics, and even as her Mercedes hurtles toward the tree, she doesn't understand it now. How do we impact one another? How do our actions reverberate? What does it mean to be a friend? To love someone? To be a daughter? Or a mother? Is life truly more than cause and effect? Amy Zhang’s haunting and universal story will appeal to fans of Lauren Oliver, Gayle Foreman, and Jay Asher.

(taken from goodreads)




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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Book Review: "Out of the Easy" by Ruta Sepetys

1:41 PM

Synopsis:

It’s 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer. 



She devises a plan to get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street. Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn, and escalating to the ultimate test.


With characters as captivating as those in her internationally bestselling novel Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys skillfully creates a rich story of secrets, lies, and the haunting reminder that decisions can shape our destiny.
(taken from goodreads)



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