Sunday, March 29, 2015

Book Review: "The Archived" by Victoria Schwab

7:46 AM
Title: The Archived
Author: Victoria Schwab
Pages: 328
Publisher: Hyperion
Publication date: January 22nd 2013
Rating: 5/ 5

Synopsis:

The dead rest on shelves like books. Each body has a story to tell, a life in pictures only Librarians can read. The dead, called 'Histories', rest in the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often—violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper is dangerous and a constant reminder of those she lost, Da and her little brother. Mac wonders about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. Yet someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.
(taken from goodreads)

                                                     Goodreads  |  Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble


Review:

If there is one thing I regret, its definitely not reading any Victoria Schawb sooner. This book will always hold a special place in my heart because it was truly mesmerizing and had me compelled and intriguied at all times. The story starts with our main character Mackenzie, who is now moving into The Coronado, a hotel-turned-apatment building. With the hear-shattering memory of their son's death, Mac's parents decide that a move is the closest thing they can get to a new fresh start. Everything gets interesting really early in the book when we learn that Mac forms part of what is known as the Archived. This is the place were people's histories (their bodies) are kept after they die. There are also the Narrows, which are like halls were sometimes histories escape to when they accidentally wake up- they're like an "inbetween" . These histories ares sent back to the Archived by a Keeper. Which is the position that our main character holds.

The originality of this book is outstanding. I have never read a book like this one before, much less one that had me so engrossed. All of the fantasy-esque and paranormal elements were on point. And i just loved how it read kind of like a contemporary but with all of these crazy twists. Sometime when reading books that feature such elements, they sometimes tend to feel a bit too unbelievable. I mean, it is obviously fiction, but it is possible to create/write about  fictional characters and their worlds, while still giving them some present credibility. Not many authors, I find, can do that. Or at least not many that I know about. Victoria Schwab, however, seems to have that talent. Every single page in this book is proof of that. Her writing is somewhat magical and it will have you glued to the pages. Every single aspect of this book - and it's plot- was exquisitely written. Nothing felt out of place nor rushed, hence the pacing was just right.

As for the characters, I couldn't have asked for more. They were all so intricate and fascinating. Especially those who formed part of the Archived. Like I said, this book had me mesmerized. Also, the main character is one of the most kick-ass female leads that i have ever read about. I admired both her personality and her strength. Wesley, who is like the main male character, was so cool! He was also very cute and swoon-worthy.

Lastly, I want to mention the amazing imagery in this book. Everything was described so vividly without being overly detailed. I truly resent not having read any of Victoria Schwab's work sooner This book became an instant-favorite!
Read More

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #6 - "The Death Code" by Lindsay Cummings

7:17 PM

Title: The Death Code (The Murder Complex #2)
Author: Lindsay Cummings
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication date: May 26th 2015


Synopsis:

With short, fast-paced, alternating point-of-view chapters, The Death Code starts several weeks after The Murder Complex ended. Zephyr keeps the secret about Meadow close—that if she dies, The Murder Complex will be destroyed, too. Meadow, desperate to find her brother, father, and little sister, is determined to fearlessly fight to the end, even if it means sacrificing herself and her friends, new and old. The Death Code introduces a memorable cast of secondary characters and delivers a vivid and scary thrill ride read.

                                                              Goodreads  |  Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble


My thoughts:

Lindsay Cumming is an amazing author and her debut, The Murder Complex, was absolutely phenomenal! Every page was action packed and just simply epic. I need to find out what happens next, like, right now please.


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.







Read More

Monday, March 23, 2015

Book Review: "Burn For Burn" by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

8:03 AM


Title: Burn For Burn (Burn For Burn #1)
Author: Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers 
Pages: 358
Publication date: September 18th 2012
My rating: 45 stars


Synopsis:


Postcard-perfect Jar Island is the kind of place where nobody locks their doors at night, where parents can sleep easy, knowing their daughters are tucked away safe and sound in their beds.

But bad things can happen, even to good girls . . . and sometimes, the only way to make things right is to do something wrong.

Lillia used to trust boys, but not anymore. Not after what happened this summer. And she’ll do whatever it takes to protect her little sister from the same fate.

Kat is over the rumors, the insults, the cruel jokes made at her expense. It all goes back to one person--her ex-best friend. Someone needs to teach her a lesson, and, with Lillia and Mary behind her, Kat feels up to the task.

Four years ago, Mary left Jar Island because of a boy. But she’s not the same girl anymore. Now that she’s got friends who have her back, he's going to be in big trouble.

Three very different girls who come together to make things right. Will they go too far?
 


Goodreads  |  Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble


Review:

This book is told from three alternating points-of-view. You have three main characters, all of which are stereotypical high-school students. You have Mary: typical shy girl, gets bullied; then you have Kat: rebel teenager acting wild all the time, no cares given; last but not least, you have Lillia; super smart, successful, overachiever. Did I mention she's Asian? So yeah, pretty cliche characters, I know. Fortunately that was a pretty easy factor to get past. Because regardless of the stereotypes, they were pretty intricate and interesting characters. Not to mention that the story itself was marvelous. 

The thing about this book (series in general) is that it centers around revenge. It also deals with a rich-kid problems type scenario.  Consequently, there is a lot of drama. I'm not one to typically enjoy very dramatic books, but there was just something about this one that really pulled me in. It was one of those books that you start reading and before you know it, you reach the "Acknowledgements" page. Then you panic and feel like you could kill someone just to get your hand on the second book. Which goes to say that it is a very fast-paced book. I swear you won't find a single boring point in this book. 

I think both authors really succeeded at making this a very enthralling read. I was a really big fan of the writing and writing-style. Having it told from each of the girl's point-of-view was merely fantastic. Mainly because each of them was so distinct from one another and so it was very to have a first-hand insight into what they all thought individually of the situations that were taking place.

Something I wanted to mention that might not appeal to many people, is the love "triangle". Which I believe I can't really classify as a "triangle" because it kind of passes that three people mark lol. Like I said, there is a lot of drama, and a lot of it is romance-induced. Mixed in with jealousy and all that good stuff. However, it didn't get annoying or obnoxious considering- well- all of that. I guess it's mainly due to the fact that there were many things going on and all of them just kind of weaved together in a way that you can't really focus on one thing only. You just take everything as a whole thus you get very engrossed in the story. 

One more thing I wanted to mention, don't judge this book/series by it's cover. Believe me, it is not what you expect. Also, there are PLENTY of plot-twists throughout the whole series, Which, in my opinion, makes it all the better.
Read More

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

{Guest Post} Why More Should be Done to Get Kids Reading

7:07 PM

 Hi guys! Harvey over at Bookmarked is making a stop here at my blog to talk about why more should be done to get kids reading and the importance thereof. This struck me as a very important issue. Presumably one that requires more scrutiny and observation. I found this very interesting to read, not to mention thought-provoking. Thank you so much Harvey, for taking the time to write and share this.



--------------------------------Harvey's Guest Post---------------------------------


Hi! My name's Harvey and I am a book blogger at Bookmarked. I want to grow up and become a piece of popcorn, though that's another story.  I'd just like to say thank you to Sophie for letting me write this post - Seamless Reader is one of the first book blogs I came across when starting up my book blog, and writing here is a great honour.

    Nowadays, all you have to do is look up and you'll see someone on a smartphone, or a computer, or an xBox. Yet there are still some weirdos out there that actually read, which is a strange concept to grasp. For those born after 1999, a book is like a tweet, but longer, and contains less typos.
    Are you embarrassed by your book? (You are reading a book, right?) Are you embarrassed to be seen reading in public? Unless you're reading 50 Shades of Grey, then I'd hope not.
    Obviously, books will never beat computers. Computers have all sorts of things that books don't, like writing. Though a recent study has shown that young people are actually embarrassed to be seen reading in public. What next? A website that makes young people into social recluses, makes them obese and update their status every two minutes?
    Oh yeah, twitter.
  • As little as 45% of 17 year olds read for fun.
  • In 1984 8% of young people claimed to 'never read'. Now that has tripled to 28%.
  • A recent study shows that thousands of children in the UK can't read well enough to actually understand their GCSEs.
    We all know that reading expands vocabularies, but that's boring. Who needs vocabularies when we have words like LOL and YOLO?
    But aren't kids who don't read missing out? I read non stop when I was at school, and still do now. I can't see why parents are prepared to buy their kids the newest iPhone, yet allow them to go throughout their childhood hardly reading a book. If I was faced between buying an iPad or Harry Potter, personally I'd choose the latter. With TV, xBox and social media, it's no wonder that the general perception of books is that they are boring - because compared to modern technology they are.
    But with books there's just something magical. If young people aren't reading, will books eventually become extinct? There's nothing like the feel of walking into a bookshop and having the smell of the books right in front of me and running my fingers across the spine - isn't it a shame that the most kids today are glued to a screen becoming social recluses? With books you can escape into a different world, if only for a couple of hours, and relax.
    Some of my best friends are books. In fact, if someone gave £10.00 for every book that I class as a friend, I'd be able to pay for the mental therapy that I clearly need.
    When I was younger I had a special story time, I used to look forward to World Book Day and with it the prospect of free books. I used to love coming home and having my own bookshelf, and just sitting and reading my books for a while.
     My parents were a large part of my love of reading, supplying me with endless amounts of reading books.
    So does that indicate that the parents of today don't care about reading as much?
    Well, research shows that parents still value reading with their children, and this family time has been proven to not only increase the chance of better test results in the future, but also benefits the memory of the child and creates a stronger bond between young children and their parents.
    So what about all those teen book bloggers out there? I'm a book lover and am definitely still a teen, and you don't have to spend five minutes on a website like GoodReads to find a teen book blogger or book lover. There are still teen book lovers out there, because if there wasn't I'd guess that at least half the book blogs on the internet wouldn't be around, but I reckon the teen book lover is becoming an extinct species.
    Reading has been proven to benefit kids majorly, boosting test results, vocabulary and writing skills. Kids who read are found to have a better memory, greater confidence and a greater self-esteem. If we want kids to do better, then reading is definitely the answer. Personally, I don't feel there's enough encouragement out there to prove to kids that reading isn't boring, and that books aren't just educational, but just as fun as any iPad.

    It just goes to show, booklovers really are better.

    Do you think more should be done to encourage kids to read?
    Let me know and leave a comment below!

    Harvey
    Bookmarked
 

Read More

Waiting on Wednesday #5 - "The Summer of Chasing Mermaids" by Sarah Ockler

6:14 AM

Title: The Summer of Chasing Mermaids
Author: Sarah Ockler
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: June 2nd 2015


Synopsis:

The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse d’Abreau was destined for stardom—until a boating accident took everything from her. Now, the most beautiful singer in Tobago can’t sing. She can’t even speak.

Seeking quiet solitude, Elyse accepts a friend’s invitation to Atargatis Cove. Named for the mythical first mermaid, the Oregon seaside town is everything Elyse’s home in the Caribbean isn’t: An ocean too cold for swimming, parties too tame for singing, and people too polite to pry—except for one.

Christian Kane is a notorious playboy—insolent, arrogant, and completely charming. He’s also the only person in Atargatis Cove who doesn’t treat Elyse like a glass statue. He challenges her to express herself, and he admires the way she treats his younger brother Sebastian, who believes Elyse is the legendary mermaid come to life.

When Christian needs a first mate for the Cove’s high-stakes Pirate Regatta, Elyse reluctantly stows her fear of the sea and climbs aboard. The ocean isn’t the only thing making waves, though—swept up in Christian’s seductive tide and entranced by the Cove’s charms, Elyse begins to wonder if a life of solitude isn’t what she needs. But changing course again means facing her past. It means finding her inner voice. And scariest of all, it means opening her heart to a boy who’s best known for breaking them . . . her to David for life. 



                         Goodreads  |  Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble


My thoughts:

Mermaids. I love mermaids and anything having to do with them. I also love Sarah Ockler's books so I don't see why I wouldn't be excited for this. It's a Little Mermaid retelling, guys! I need this.


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.







Read More

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Book Review: "The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer" by Michelle Hodkin

6:51 PM

Title: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1)
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers 
Pages: 456
Publication date: September 27th 2011
My rating: 55 stars

Synopsis:


Mara Dyer believes life can't 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 strangely unharmed. 

There is.


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

She's wrong.
(taken from goodreads)


Read More

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Book Trailer Reveal: "Mental" by Justice Serai

12:02 AM





Title: Mental 
Author: Justice Serai 
Publication date: April 7th 2015 
GenresContemporary, Young Adult




Synopsis:


Hope is an illusion meant to convince the broken to keep on living. That’s me. Broken.

My father pays heaps of money for doctors at the Norfolk Psychiatric Center to fix me. I’ve spent six months of my prime teenage years at this residential facility – a place for teenagers who’ve gone mental.

That’s me. Mental.

Just when I begin to feel myself fade away, a boy with a wolfish smile and mischievous eyes reels me in. Julian is broken too, but he believes in me enough for the both of us. Through him, I begin to experience this thing called hope. Doctors can’t fix me, my parents can’t either, but maybe it’s not me who needs fixing.

After all, mental is only a state of mind. It all depends on who’s doing the thinking.




Book Trailer: 

 




Author Bio:

If my name weren't enough to doom me to nerdville, my love of all things dark and weird would. Inspired by stories of hope and perseverance throughout history, in my own life, and in the lives of people I know, I strive to write authentic YA fiction for the oddball in all of us.

I want to make people think deeply, feel wholly, and laugh and cry, just as I have.


I'm no stranger to tricky topics such as LGBTQ issues, adoption, disabilities, and mental illness, and I hope you come to love my characters as much as I do.

Facebook  |  Wix

Giveaway

The author is hosting a giveaway for a $15 Amazon gift card to celebrate the reveal!


Thanks to Xpresso Book Tours for giving me the amazing opportunity of participating in this book trailer reveal!
Read More

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday #4 - "Miss Mayhem" by Rachel Hawkins

6:20 AM


Title: Miss Mayhem (Rebel Belle #2)
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Publication date: April 7th 2015


Synopsis:

 Life is almost back to normal for Harper Price. The Ephors have been silent after their deadly attack at Cotillion months ago, and best friend Bee has returned after a mysterious disappearance. Now Harper can return her focus to the important things in life: school, canoodling with David, her nemesis-turned-ward-slash-boyfie, and even competing in the Miss Pine Grove pageant.


Unfortunately, supernatural chores are never done. The Ephors have decided they’d rather train David than kill him. The catch: Harper has to come along for the ride, but she can’t stay David’s Paladin unless she undergoes an ancient trial that will either kill her . . . or connect her to David for life. 



                                                                       Goodreads  |  Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble



My thoughts:

Rebel Belle definitely made it into my favorites shelf. I loved absolutely everything about the story and the characters and I just can't wait for this sequel to come out. I hope it's just as amazing as the first book!


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.








Read More

Monday, March 9, 2015

Book Review: "Fangirl" by Rainbow Rowell

5:56 PM
Title: Fangirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pages: 445
Publication date: September 10th 2013
My rating: 45 stars

Synopsis:


From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park.

A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love. 

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan...

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words... And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?


Read More

Sunday, March 8, 2015

ARC Book Review: "Positively Beautiful" by Wendy Mills

9:23 AM

Title: Positively Beautiful
Author: Wendy Mills
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
Pages: 368
Publication date: March 3rd 2015
My rating: 55 stars



*I received an eARC of this book through Netgalley.*

Synopsis:

Jodi Picoult for teens meets Lurlene McDaniel. Beautiful written, beautifully moving, a vivid contemporary story of a girl’s unusual but terrible dilemma - and the love story that springs from it. 

16-year-old Erin is a smart if slightly dorky teenager, her life taken up with her best friend Trina, her major crush on smoky-eyed, unattainable Michael, and fending off Faith, the vision of perfection who’s somehow always had the knife in for Erin. Her dad, a pilot, died when she was very young, but Erin and her mom are just fine on their own.

Then everything changes forever one day after school when Erin’s mom announces she has breast cancer. And there’s even worse news to come. Horrified, Erin discovers that her grandmother’s death from cancer is almost certainly linked, the common denominator a rare gene mutation that makes cancer almost inevitable. And if two generations of women in the family had this mutation, what does that mean for Erin? The chances she’s inherited it are frighteningly high. Would it be better to know now and have major preemptive surgery or spend as much life as she has left in blissful ignorance?

As Erin grapples with her terrible dilemma, her life starts to spiral downwards, alleviated only by the flying lessons she starts taking with grumpy Stew and his little yellow plane, Tweetie Bird. Up in the sky, following in her dad’s footsteps, Erin finds freedom chasing the horizon. Down on the ground it’s a different story, and facing betrayal from Trina, humiliation from Faith, and a world of disappointment with Michael, Erin knows she must discover the truth about herself. Sure enough, she’s positive for the gene that’s slowly killing her mom.

Suddenly, Erin’s life has turned into a nightmare, and the only person she can truly talk to is a girl called Ashley who she meets online. But when, in a moment of madness, Erin flies away with Tweetie Pie to find her new friend, she finds herself on a journey that will take her through not only shock and despair - but ultimately to a new understanding of the true meaning of beauty, meaning, and love.


Read More

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday #3 - "Paperweight" by Meg Haston

8:10 PM

Title: Paperweight
Author: Meg Haston
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication date: July 7th 2015




Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Stevie is trapped. In her life. In her body. And now in an eating-disorder treatment center on the dusty outskirts of the New Mexico desert.

Life in the center is regimented and intrusive, a nightmare come true. Nurses and therapists watch Stevie at mealtime, accompany her to the bathroom, and challenge her to eat the foods she’s worked so hard to avoid.

Her dad has signed her up for sixty days of treatment. But what no one knows is that Stevie doesn't plan to stay that long. There are only twenty-seven days until the anniversary of her brother Josh’s death—the death she caused. And if Stevie gets her way, there are only twenty-seven days until she too will end her life.

In this emotionally haunting and beautifully written young adult debut, Meg Haston delves into the devastating impact of trauma and loss, while posing the question: Why are some consumed by their illness while others embark on a path toward recovery?


  Goodreads  |  Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble


My thoughts:


I'm so excited for this one!. Books that deal with subjects like this one rarely cease to captivate me and make it into the height of my favorites. They always hit home for me. I can already envision myself curled up with a fluffy blanket, a warm cup of coffee, and this book in my hands. Too bad I didn't get approved for an eARC. meh :( July 7th needs to get here now! 


What books are you guys anticipating? 



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.








Read More

ARC Book Review: "Down from the Mountain" by Elizabeth Fixmer

6:06 AM

Title: Down from the Mountain
Author: Elizabeth Fixmer
Publisher: Albert Whitman Teen
Pages: 272
Publication date: March 1st 2015
My rating: 45 stars

*I received an eARC of this book through Netgalley.*

Synopsis:

Eva just wants to be a good disciple of the Righteous Path. She grew up knowing that she and her mother are among the chosen few to be saved from Armageddon. Lately, though, being saved feels awfully treacherous. Ever since they moved to the compound in Colorado, their food supplies have dwindled even while their leader, Ezekial, has stockpiled weapons. The only money comes from the jewelry Eva makes and sells down in Boulder--a purpose she'll serve until she becomes one of Ezekial's wives. 

But a college student named Trevor and the other "heathens" she meets on her trips beyond the compound are different from what she's been led to believe.
(taken from goodreads


Read More
Back to Top