Monday, June 27, 2011

Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


Title: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games, #1
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: September 14, 2008

Synopsis: In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

Verdict: WoW!!! I had heard a lot of great reviews about this book, but never took the time to read it myself. And boy, was I ever a fool...... This book is ahhhh-mazing!!! And I think I will die if I don't get the sequel, like, RIGHT NOW!!!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

-Kristen ♥

Saturday, June 25, 2011

On My Wishlist (#1)



I will be participating in my very first meme by Book Chick City that I will host every Saturday (or at least, try to). So, I basically just give you a short list of books that I wish I owned, but sadly can't really afford. **sigh** But the BIG advantage of this list is that **cough, cough** you would have no trouble birthday shopping for me. lol :))


Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Synopsis: 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 governments 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.


***

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Synopsis: In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees . . . .
Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy.
Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place—and out of place at the same time. Because there's another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side.
As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make—between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?
Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.


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Divergent by Veronica Roth


Synopsis: In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.


These books were so good, I decided that I just had to have a copy sitting on my shelf, and I plan to................. eventually.

***

Brighter Than The Sun by Julia Quinn


Synopsis: Charles Wycombe, Earl of Billington, needs a bride before his upcoming 30th birthday or he'll lose his inheritance. Miss Eleanor Lyndon needs a new home to escape from her father's insufferable fiancee. Though the match seems anything but perfect, the rakehell lord and the vicar's vivacious, determined daughter agree to wed--a platonic union of mutual convenience that is soon threatened by calamity, misunderstanding, and the gravest peril of all--passionate love.


This is one, that I haven't read yet but have high expectations for. I just need to get my hands on it. ;)

-KWB

Friday, June 24, 2011

Awesome Giveaway Happening at The Awesome Magic Attic blog

The Awesome Magic Attic blog is hosting their 200+ Followers Giveaway where you get to pick the prizes! Don’t miss out on all of the fun! The rules are simple, become a follower and fill out the form. I wish you the best of luck! :))

The Link: http://theawesomemagicattic.blogspot.com/2011/06/voting-time.html

-KWB

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Review: 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson


Title: 13 Little Blue Evelopes
Author: Maureen Johnson
Series: Little Blue Envelopes, #1
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: December 21, 2010

Synopsis: When Ginny receives thirteen little blue envelopes and instructions to buy a plane ticket to London, she knows something exciting is going to happen. What Ginny doesn't know is that she will have the adventure of her life and it will change her in more ways than one. Life and love are waiting for her across the Atlantic, and the thirteen little blue envelopes are the key to finding them in this funny, romantic, heartbreaking novel.

Verdict: I enjoyed this fast-paced book, and going along on the journey with Ginny. It all starts out with her Runaway Aunt leaving 13 Blue Enelopes with instructions for her to follow. Ginny goes along with it, and along the way she makes new friends, finds new love, and discovers things she never new about herself.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

-Kristen ♥

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Writing Tool!!! :)

I have stumbled upon a hidden treasure trove. Well, it wasn’t really hidden. I just hadn’t known of its existence until about an hour ago. But I have been reading, and going through the workshops and I knew I had to share it with all of you! If you are an aspiring writer (like me) or if you are an avid reader (also, like me) you can’t go wrong with at least checking out Holly Lisle’s website. It really is truly wonderful. Holly has 32 published books, so you can rest assured that this lady knows what she is talking about. I hope that this website can be as big a help to you, as it will be to me.

Holly Lisle’s website: http://www.hollylisle.com/

-KWB

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Title: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent, #1
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: May 3, 2011

Synopsis: In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

Verdict: This was an ahhhh-mazing book!!! And I can't wait for the sequel!!! I loved every page and couldn't put it down!!! Veronica Roth is an author to watch and Divergent is a series to obsess over.
Now that the gushing part is out of the way, we can get down to business. Everything about this book was awesome. The characters were well-rounded, as was the dystopian world they were set in. This book ended in a kind of cliff-hanger, so it is seriously making me desperate for the sequel. One thing (out of many)I can applaud Veronica for, is the fact that even when I wasn't reading this book, I was thinking about it and asking myself "Hmmmmmmm, what would I do?" She definitely made you feel whatever the characters were feeling! There was a good bit of heart-break and betrayel. But there was also romance and the determination to stand up for what's right. It truly was a great read (I'm seriously not just saying that!). :))

Rating: 5/5 Stars

-Kristen ♥

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Review: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick


Title: Hush, Hush
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Series: Hush, Hush #1
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: October 13, 2009

Synopsis: For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her...until Patch comes along.

With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment, but after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is far more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.

Verdict: It's a pretty good book that I found entertaining. I definitely recommend this book if you like angels, bad boys, and destined-to-be true love.

Rating: 3/5 Stars

-Kristen ♥
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