Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Review for Past Perfect by Leila Sales

Title: Past Perfect
Author: Leila Sales
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: October 4, 2011

Synopsis: All Chelsea wants to do this summer is hang out with her best friend, hone her talents as an ice cream connoisseur, and finally get over Ezra, the boy who broke her heart. But when Chelsea shows up for her summer job at Essex Historical Colonial Village (yes, really), it turns out Ezra’s working there too. Which makes moving on and forgetting Ezra a lot more complicated…even when Chelsea starts falling for someone new.
Maybe Chelsea should have known better than to think that a historical reenactment village could help her escape her past. But with Ezra all too present, and her new crush seeming all too off limits, all Chelsea knows is that she’s got a lot to figure out about love. Because those who don’t learn from the past are doomed to repeat it….

Verdict: Past Perfect was a breath of fresh air. Even though it wasn't my usual genre, Leila Sales made me fall in love with this story and with the characters. I loved the whole idea behind this book! It takes place at Essex Historical Colonial Village where Chelsea Glaser (or Elisabeth Connelly as she is known at work) and her best friend Fiona work as reenactors. Chelsea's ex-boyfriend Ezra is also working at Essex this summer (yikes!). Antyways, as long as anyone can remember the volunteers of Essex have been at war with those at Civil War ReenactmentLand. So you can imagine the chaos that would have ensued if anyone knew that Lieutenant Chelsea of Essex was consorting with Civil Warrior Dan. Yes people, I'm talking about DRAMA!!! So go ahead and get some popcorn popped!!! Moving on, I think the whole reenacting shin-dig was super awesome. These people get to stand around all day in the sweltering heat wearing petticoats and other hot and heavy material all while pretending that they live hundreds of years in the past. For example, if anyone asks them where the bathroom is, they have to pretend to have no earthly idea what a bathroom is and are like "Oh! Do you mean the privy?" And they get paid for this people! I'm seriously upset that my hometown doesn't have one of these around. Because after reading this book, I would have totally been looking for the sign-up sheet! But back to the matter at hand, this really was an awesomely ahhhh-mazing story that I really enjoyed and totally recommend (even if this isn't your usual genre) because it is totally worth it!!! <3

An ARC was provided by Simon & Schuster for review.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

-Kristen ♥

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop!


Welcome to the Back to the Banned Books Week Hop, which was organized by Kathy @ I'm a Reader, Not a Writer and Jen @ I Read Banned Books. A "hop" is when participating blogs hosts a giveaway and then we link up together allowing our followers to hop easily from one giveaway to another. So, to find the linky all you have to do is click the link for one of the above blogs.
The Cozy Reading Corner's prize for this hop will be a pdf file ebook of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins!!!

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1) by Suzanne Collins

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.
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This is an international contest because the prize will be emailed to the winner. After the winner is announced on October 2nd, he/she will have 48 hours to respond to my email before a new winner will be chosen. To win all you have to do is become a follower (unless you already are one) and complete the Rafflecopter form below. Good Luck! :))

Friday, September 23, 2011

Review for Ashfall by Mike Mullin



Title: Ashfall
Author: Mike Mullin
Series: Ashfall, #1
Publisher: Tanglewood Press
Publication Date: October 11, 2011

Synopsis: Under the bubbling hot springs and geysers of Yellowstone National Park is a supervolcano. Most people don't know it's there. The caldera is so large that it can only be seen from a plane or satellite. It just could be overdue for an eruption, which would change the landscape and climate of our planet.
Ashfall is the story of Alex, a teenage boy left alone for the weekend while his parents visit relatives. When the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts unexpectedly, Alex is determined to reach his parents. He must travel over a hundred miles in a landscape transformed by a foot of ash and the destruction of every modern convenience that he has ever known, and through a new world in which disaster has brought out both the best and worst in people desperate for food, water, and warmth. With a combination of nonstop action, a little romance, and very real science, this is a story that is difficult to stop reading and even more difficult to forget.

Verdict: Ashfall by Mike Mullin is one of the most awesome books I have ever read! I loved every page of it and was completely sucked into this new world and loved all of the characters. Alex was uber cool, because he knew tae kwon do and could totally kick your butt but he also had a sweet side!!! Darla was fluent in the language of the mechanics and was equally fierce and amazing! This book had everything: romance, fighting, erupting volcanoes, non-stop action, cross-state adventures, the lists could go on and on! I cannot wait for the release of the sequel Ashen Winter in 2012!!! I could go on and on about this book while I spew a never-ending tirade of praise and gushing compliments on the literary genius of the whole story! But I think the only way to really make you comprehend the sheer awesomeness of this book is tell you to go read it! Now! Because this is not a book that you would want to live your life without ever having read!!! Now I better stop this review before I start giving away spoilers left and right! But I really cannot recommend this book enough!!! ♥

An ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

-Kristen ♥

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Review for Across the Universe by Beth Revis



Title: Across the Universe
Author: Beth Revis
Series: Across the Universe, #1
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: January 11, 2011

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone - one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship - tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.Now, Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

Verdict: I thought that this book was absolutely captivating! I could hardly put it down! The idea was very original, and although I am not a really big fan of science fiction, I absolutely loved it in this book. Beth Revis has created an ahhh-mazing story all wrapped up in a pretty cover. The characters were awesome: I loved Amy, Elder, and Harley! The setting was very cool, because the whole story takes place on a spaceship named Godspeed that is careening through outer space trying to reach a distant planet. Amy is one of the main characters and is a sixteen year old girl who has basically been frozen until they can reach this other planet, but things don’t go exactly as planned and she is awakened early (this is where the story really starts to get going). Elder is the future leader of the ship (the current leader being Eldest) and is really smart and sweet. Harley is Elder’s best friend and is a great painter. This book has absolutely everything; a dystopian society, a murder mystery, some sweet romance, and cool new words to add to my vocabulary (my favorites being: frex & chutz)! Overall this was a “frexing brilly” read that has easily made it onto my favorites list. :))

Rating: 5/5 Stars

-Kristen ♥

Friday, September 16, 2011

Cover Reveal: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Wow. This cover is beautiful and I have a good feeling that the words within it will be equally amazing!!! I cannot wait till the release of this sequel to the Divergent trilogy in May 2012!!! Well, withough futher ado here is the awesome cover:


It's awesome right?!?! If you would like to learn more about the book, Entertainment Weekly had an interview with Veronica Roth HERE!

-Kristen ♥

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Book Blogger Appreciation Week: Readers



I have loved seeing all the post up for BBAW and I finally found a spare mintue to prepare my own post! You can stop by the BBAW blog and check out the other post topics for the rest of the week if you would like to participate as well. :))



Book bloggers blog because we love reading. Has book blogging changed the way you read? Have you discovered books you never would have apart from book blogging? How has book blogging affected your book acquisition habits? Have you made new connections with other readers because of book blogging? Choose any one of these topics and share your thoughts today!

That first statement is very true; I am a book blogger and I do it because I love to read! Overall, I really believe that the way I read has changed since I began blogging. Before, I would write reviews for the books I read, but it was never anything very extensive just stuff like: "Wow! I really loved this book!!! And **insert character here** was awesome!!!" And that was basically a review. When I started blogging I knew that my readers would need more than that, so I found myself stopping to think: "I really want to mention that in my review!" while reading and while I kind of analyze the book I little more. I think this all betters my reading experience. I love writing reviews, because it gives me a note of finality. I can let out my final sigh of contentment and know that I'm done with this book and it's time to move on to another. I love that feeling.

Another thing I love about blogging is that I now discover books I never would have otherwise. One way is that since I'm so immersed in the book blogging community I see what other people are reading and get awesome suggestions. I also have authors emailing me and asking me to review their books! It's a wonderful feeling and I have broadened my horizons in what genres I read. I also love using NetGalley, because they bring books to my attention that I might have previously overlooked! And, yes!, my "book acquisition habits" (I love how they worded that; it sounds so much better than book hoarding!) have very much been affected...... but in a good way! :))

The last question up there is asking if I have made new connections with other readers because of book blogging........ and the answer is "I sure hope so!" I guess only my readers can tell me if I've really connected with them. And I really hope I have. I always love reading comments from my readers telling me that they are now adding a certain book I've reviewd to their to-read pile! It's just a wonderful feeling. Every little comment is like a virtual hug just for me! I hope I've done my job and I hope you like my blog!

Happy Reading!!!

-Kristen ♥

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Review for Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott


Title: Living Dead Girl
Author: Elizabeth Scott
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: September 2, 2008

Synopsis: Once upon a time, I was a little girl who disappeared.
Once upon a time, my name was not Alice.
Once upon a time, I didn’t know how lucky I was.
When Alice was ten, Ray took her away from her family, her friends her life. She learned to give up all power, to endure all pain. She waited for the nightmare to be over. Now Alice is fifteen and Ray still has her, but he speaks more and more of her death. He does not know it is what she longs for. She does not know he has something more terrifying than death in mind for her. This is Alice’s story. It is one you have never heard, and one you will never, ever forget.

Verdict: I decided not to rate this book, because I think it far surpasses a mere star rating. I have never read a more haunting story. Never truly realized it was like that. This is a book about child abduction and what is done to those poor children by their captors. Before reading this book, I would have been one of those people who would have asked: "Why didn't they try to run? Why didn't they try to tell someone?" Now I know. Now I understand. This book made me wish I could enter the story and stop that poor little girl from ever going on that field trip and from ever getting taken away. Ray was a man of pure evil, yet I have to admit I understand why he was the way he was. It was because his own mother treated him the way he now treats his captors. And someone probably treated his mother that way..... it's a chain. In the end, I wanted nothing more for Kyla (aka Alice) than for her to be free. And that's exactly what she got: Freedom. But you have to read the book to understand how she really attained it. This book teaches a valuable lesson that many people need to learn. It isn't as easy as just walking up and telling someone. And most people don't want hear it anyway; they look right through them. Those abducted children really become a Living Dead Girl/Boy. This book was more haunting because of the reality of it. Because it can really happen. Because it has happened. Because there really are sick people like that out there. I recommend this book to anyone willing to learn this hard lesson, but beware this book is for mature teens and adults; because it doesn't give you a watered down version, it tells you like it is. It tells you the truth.

Rating: N/A (Too awesome for a rating.)

-KWB

Monday, September 12, 2011

Review for Shut Out by Kody Keplinger



Title: Shut Out
Author: Kody Keplinger
Publisher: Poppy
Publication Date: September 5, 2011

Synopsis: Most high school sports teams have rivalries with other schools. At Hamilton High, it's a civil war: the football team versus the soccer team. And for her part, Lissa is sick of it. Her quarterback boyfriend, Randy, is always ditching her to go pick a fight with the soccer team or to prank their locker room. And on three separate occasions Randy's car has been egged while he and Lissa were inside, making out. She is done competing with a bunch of sweaty boys for her own boyfriend's attention. Lissa decides to end the rivalry once and for all: she and the other players' girlfriends go on a hookup strike. The boys won't get any action from them until the football and soccer teams make peace. What they don't count on is a new sort of rivalry: an impossible girls-against-boys showdown that hinges on who will cave to their libidos first. And Lissa never sees her own sexual tension with the leader of the boys, Cash Sterling, coming. Inspired by Aristophanes' play Lysistrata, critically acclaimed author of The Duff (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) Kody Keplinger adds her own trademark humor in this fresh take on modern teenage romance, rivalry and sexuality.

Verdict: This book was full of awesome! I couldn't put it down and ended up reading it in one sitting! Kody Keplinger did a wonderful job of making her characters real. Everything they said and did was always 100% believable. I also loved the sex strike! It was an original idea that I've never seen done before and I loved it! The main character Lissa, was flawed, which made her all the more relatable: she made mistakes and had funny quirks. Her best friend, Chloe, was brutally honest and I loved it! She always spoke her mind and wasn't afraid of what anybody else thought, she was someone you could easily imagine becoming best friends with. Lissa's other good friend was Ellen, who I thought was also very cool, she was willing to overlook some of their disagreements and still be there for Lissa. Then there is Randy, who is a football-playing jerk. (I, for one, would totally egg his car..... just saying!) And last, but not least, there is Cash Sterling who is definitely a crush-worthy character. He plays soccer and is totally sweet. After waiting for the release of this book for months, I was not disappointed! It was an all-around superb read! :))

Rating: 5/5 Stars

-KWB

Sunday, September 11, 2011

In My Mailbox (5)

"In My Mailbox" is a meme created by Kristi at The Story Siren that features books I've received/purchased/borrowed during the current week.

From Publishers, I got:

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(This was actually a HUGE surprise, because I was only expecting to receive Hades and then BAM! I get two extra books! I haven't read either of it's predecessors, but I was happy anyway!)

From the Library, I checked out:

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And that's all for me! What did you get???
-KWB

(Since it's the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 I wanted to send out a little prayer to all the victims of this tragic event to let them know that they will never be forgotten.)

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Back to the Books Giveaway Hop! - Winner Announcement!

Woot-Woot!!! We now have our winner of the pdf ebook of Inside Out by Mara V. Snyder! But, first of all, I would like to give everyone who entered and became a follower a virtual hug: **HUGS** I wish you could all get a prize, but there can only be one winner.........



Michelle @ Book Briefs


Yay!!! Congratulations!!! Yipee!!! **throws confetti** I hope you enjoy your prize!!! **throws more confetti**

-KWB

**cleans up all the confetti** :))

Friday, September 9, 2011

Review for If I Stay by Gayle Forman


Title: If I Stay
Author: Gayle Forman
Series: If I Stay, #1
Publisher: Speak
Publication Date: April 6, 2010

Synopsis: In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces - to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heart-wrenchingly beautiful, Mia's story will stay with you for a long, long time.

Verdict: I've been wanting to read "If I Stay" for a long time, especially after reading all its glowing reviews. But I put it off and waited, all the while becoming a little scared that it wouldn't live up to my expectations. And it didn't, this book far surpassed them. I was completely blown away by the words Gayle Forman had written. I loved all of the characters, so you can imagine how heart-broken I was by certain events in the book. But overall, this book was flat out amazing! It taught a life-long lesson and I actually feel changed after reading this book- I am not the exact same person I was before reading this masterpiece. You have to admire a book that can do that. This isn't just another light fluffy read, it was deep and soul-searching. It had loss, love, and literal life-changing decisions. It had passion- for music, for life, for love, for family. It had a lesson. One that you have to read for yourself to truly understand. I wish I could go into more detail, like explain to you how much I loved how Gayle wrote the book, with the memories and all; but I'm still a little scatter-brained from all the emotions this book wrought out of me. I definitely recommend "If I Stay" to everyone who hasn't already read it! (Also, if you are a fan of Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin, you will love this!) <3

Rating: 5/5 Stars

-KWB

Sunday, September 4, 2011

In My Mailbox (4)



"In My Mailbox" is a meme created by Kristi at The Story Siren that features books I've received/purchased/borrowed during the current week.

I know I missed last week..... again. **face-palm** BUT, I will make up for it today! I promise!!! :))

From NetGally, I got:

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From the Library, I got:

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-KWB

Review for Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes



Title: Every Other Day
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Publication Date: December 27, 2011

Synopsis: Every other day, Kali D'Angelo is a normal sixteen-year-old girl. She goes to public high school. She attends pep rallies. She's human. And then every day in between . . .She's something else entirely. Though she still looks like herself, every twenty-four hours predatory instincts take over and Kali becomes a feared demon-hunter with the undeniable urge to hunt, trap, and kill zombies, hellhounds, and other supernatural creatures. Kali has no idea why she is the way she is, but she gives in to instinct anyway. Even though the government considers it environmental terrorism. When Kali notices a mark on the lower back of a popular girl at school, she knows instantly that the girl is marked for death by one of these creatures. Kali has twenty-four hours to save her and, unfortunately, she'll have to do it as a human. With the help of a few new friends, Kali takes a risk that her human body might not survive. . .and learns the secrets of her mysterious condition in the process.

Verdict: I think that this book was awesome; I've never read anything like it! The content was truly unique and Jennifer Lyn Barnes obviously had a strike of pure literary genius when writing Every Other Day, because it was fantastic! The main character Kali was awesome! I don't want to give anything away but I think she was a very unique character. Then there was Skylar who was also very full of awesome and someone you could easily imagine becoming your best friend (I personally considered her one of my favorite characters which was why later events in the book made my very, very sad)! And last but now least there was Bethany, who was the type of person who acts like they don't care when all the while they are caring very deeply. Together, this trio goes on quite an adventure. This book has everything; there was fighting, a tiny bit of romance, deep friendship, scary mythical creatures, and tear-filled moments. I loved every page and zipped through this book in two days, while losing precious hours of sleep in the process. But it was well worth it. I can only hope that there is a sequel to this book because I will be very heart-broken if I don't get to read more about Kali and Zev and the other little mysterious that popped up at the end. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves action-packed reads with kick-butt heroines and spunky best friends (aka sidekicks!) <3

An ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

-KWB

Friday, September 2, 2011

Review for Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton



Title: Darkness Becomes Her
Author: Kelly Keaton
Series: Gods & Monsters, #1
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: February 22, 2011

Synopsis: Ari can’t help feeling lost and alone. With teal eyes and freakish silver hair that can’t be changed or destroyed, Ari has always stood out. And after growing up in foster care, she longs for some understanding of where she came from and who she is. Her search for answers uncovers just one message from her long dead mother: Run. Ari can sense that someone, or something, is getting closer than they should. But it’s impossible to protect herself when she doesn’t know what she’s running from or why she is being pursued. She knows only one thing: she must return to her birthplace of New 2, the lush rebuilt city of New Orleans. Upon arriving, she discovers that New 2 is very…different. Here, Ari is seemingly normal. But every creature she encounters, no matter how deadly or horrifying, is afraid of her. Ari won’t stop until she knows why. But some truths are too haunting, too terrifying, to ever be revealed.

Verdict: This book was ahhh-mazing!!! And I loved everything about it! The characters were awesome. The location was perfect. The mysteries were haunting. The romance was sweet. I will literally be waiting with bated breath until I can get my hands on the sequel! Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton will definitely be going on my "Favorites" shelf! The plot was awesome, it was fast-paced and never had a dull moment. The main character; Ari was super cool. She has some **cough-cough** weird lineage and very different looks. For example, she has silver hair that can't be cut or dyed. Pshh, talk about jealousy? It totally made me want to dress up as Ari for Halloween. Then there is Jenna aka Crank, Henri, Dub, Violet, Pascal (the albino alligator), and Sebastian. All of them together kind of make-up the misfit gang in their home in New 2, New Orleans. New 2 is a city that is no longer owned by America because after the hurricanes destroyed it, nobody wanted it, so the Novem banded together and bought the city and it's now under their control. Cool, right? In their city, there are some awesome creatures such as vampires, witches/warlocks, shape shifters, harpies, gorgons, and gods/goddesses! This book really left me hanging and wanting more of all the drama and excitement of living life in New 2! Overall, this was a fantastic book that I can't recommend enough!!! <3
P.S.- If you would like to read more of Kelly Keaton's books, you can find her adult fiction work under the name Kelly Gay. :))

Rating: 5/5 Stars

-KWB

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Back to the Books Giveaway Hop!


Welcome to the Back to the Books Giveaway Hop, which was organized by Kathy @ I'm a Reader, Not a Writer and Heather @ Buried in Books. A "hop" is when participating blogs hosts a giveaway and then we link up together allowing our followers to hop easily from one giveaway to another. So, to find the linky all you have to do is click the link for one of the above blogs.
The Cozy Reading Corner's prize for this hop will be a pdf file ebook of Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder!!!



Inside Out (Insider, #1) by Maria V. Snyder

Synopsis: Keep Your Head Down. Don't Get Noticed. Or Else. I'm Trella. I'm a scrub. A nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. I've got one friend, do my job and try to avoid the Pop Cops. So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? The only neck at risk is my own…until I accidentally start a rebellion and become the go-to girl to lead a revolution.
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This is an international contest because the prize will be emailed to the winner. After the winner is announced on September 8th, he/she will have 48 hours to respond to my email before a new winner will be chosen. To win all you have to do is become a follower (unless you already are one) and complete the Rafflecopter form below. Good Luck! :))

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