Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Review: Better off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Age Genre: Young Adult
Narrative: dual pov/past
Format: hardcover copy
For Macallan and Levi, it was friends at first sight. Everyone says guys and girls can't be just friends, but these two are. They hang out after school, share tons of inside jokes, their families are super close, and Levi even starts dating one of Macallan's friends. They are platonic and happy that way.
Eventually they realize they're best friends -- which wouldn't be so bad if they didn't keep getting in each other's way. Guys won't ask Macallan out because they think she's with Levi, and Levi spends too much time joking around with Macallan, and maybe not enough time with his date. They can't help but wonder . . . are they more than friends or are they better off without making it even more complicated?
From romantic comedy superstar Elizabeth Eulberg comes a fresh, fun examination of a question for the ages: Can guys and girls ever really be just friends? Or are they always one fight away from not speaking again -- and one kiss away from true love?
Better off Friends was my first Elizabeth Eulberg book... but it most certainly won't be the last. This book was just so adorable I can't even. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Recap: Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

Author: Rick Riordan
Age Genre: Young Adult
Narrative: first person/past
Genres: Fantasy, mythology, heroes and quests. 
The heroic son of Poseidon makes an action-packed comeback in the second must-read installment of Rick Riordan's amazing young readers series. Starring Percy Jackson, a "half blood" whose mother is human and whose father is the God of the Sea, Riordan's series combines cliffhanger adventure and Greek mythology lessons that results in true page-turners that get better with each installment. In this episode, The Sea of Monsters, Percy sets out to retrieve the Golden Fleece before his summer camp is destroyed, surpassing the first book's drama and setting the stage for more thrills to come.
Warning: This is a very, very detailed (and long) recap and rundown of the events that occur in Sea of Monsters. If you need to refresh your memory so that you'll get all the little references in the next books, this is your friend.
I'll be very happy to get tips and suggestions from you on how to make these recaps better, as I plan to do them regularly on the blog whenever I re-read a book :)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Harry Potter Re-Read: Philosopher's Stone Chapters 1-5 Discussion

I'm doing this, I'm doing this!!! This hasn't been something I planned on, which is why I haven't advertised or did any of the things that probably need to be done for that sort of thing (damned if I know!). But as this is happening anyways, I guess there's no point crying over that. 

The following months I'm going to do a re-read of the entire Harry Potter series, and you are all welcomed to join me! Every Sunday & Saturday I'll post a discussion about a few chapters right here, on the blog. There will be questions (and my own answers), and general inquiries regarding your Harry Potter experience.
You are free to come back to these discussion posts at your leisure and share your thoughts, either here or on your blog (Just link me up so I could read yours too!), and by the end of each book's discussions there will be a post filled with the best of what YOU think! (with your permission, of course. )
So, without farther ado...

Friday, April 18, 2014

Review: Split Second by Kasie West

Author: Kasie West
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Age Genre: Young Adult
Narrative: dual pov /past
Format: hardcover copy
Challenge/Category: Sequel-Prequel/
Life can change in a split second.
Addie hardly recognizes her life since her parents divorced. Her boyfriend used her. Her best friend betrayed her. She can’t believe this is the future she chose. On top of that, her ability is acting up. She’s always been able to Search the future when presented with a choice. Now she can manipulate and slow down time, too . . . but not without a price.
When Addie’s dad invites her to spend her winter break with him, she jumps at the chance to escape into the Norm world of Dallas, Texas. There she meets the handsome and achingly familiar Trevor. He’s a virtual stranger to her, so why does her heart do a funny flip every time she sees him? But after witnessing secrets that were supposed to stay hidden, Trevor quickly seems more suspicious of Addie than interested in her. And she has an inexplicable desire to change that.
Meanwhile, her best friend, Laila, has a secret of her own: she can restore Addie’s memories . . . once she learns how. But there are powerful people who don’t want to see this happen. Desperate, Laila tries to manipulate Connor, a brooding bad boy from school—but he seems to be the only boy in the Compound immune to her charms. And the only one who can help her.
As Addie and Laila frantically attempt to retrieve the lost memories, Addie must piece together a world she thought she knew before she loses the love she nearly forgot . . . and a future that could change everything.
Split Second was one of my most anticipated reads of 2014. I fell head over heels in love with the world and characters in Pivot Point, and couldn't wait to see what happens next. I'm happy to announce that I loved Split Second, and that I cannot wait for West's next book. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Who Wore it Better: Graceling by Kristin Cashore

In Who Wore it Better we're not going to discuss fashion or cloths, but rather different book covers from different countries and who has the best cover. This meme is co-hosted with the lovely Amanda from The Book Badger and will be featured on her blog every other week, so if you like it check her blog as well!
For this week's, I'm going to take a look at the different Graceling covers. As I love this series, and the variety between the different countries is quite vast, this is again a large batch. 

Let's get started! :)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Amazon List: Young Adult Hardcover Bargains (Last updated - April 16)

<----You can find links to the Kindle, Paperback and adult version lists on the sidebar here
*This HUGE list will be updated regularly, so make sure to come back and check it every once in a while!*
This list is divided into 3 sub lists: 70-90% off bargains, 50-70% off bargains and 40-50% bargains. I recommend checking them all because they all save a lot of money (plus, there are a TON of best sellers in the 40-50% section ;>) 

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Review: Blood Promise by Richelle Mead

Author: Richelle Mead
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Age Genre: Young Adult
Narrative: first person/past
Format: hardcover copy
Challenge/Category: TBR pile/ fantasy category 
Rose Hathaway's life will never be the same. 
The recent attack on St. Vladimir's Academy devastated the entire Moroi world. Many are dead. And, for the few victims carried off by Strigoi, their fates are even worse. A rare tattoo now adorns Rose's neck, a mark that says she's killed far too many Strigoi to count. But only one victim matters ... Dimitri Belikov. Rose must now choose one of two very different paths: honoring her life's vow to protect Lissa—her best friend and the last surviving Dragomir princess—or, dropping out of the Academy to strike out on her own and hunt down the man she loves. She'll have to go to the ends of the earth to find Dimitri and keep the promise he begged her to make. But the question is, when the time comes, will he want to be saved? 
Now, with everything at stake—and worlds away from St. Vladimir's and her unguarded, vulnerable, and newly rebellious best friend—can Rose find the strength to destroy Dimitri? Or, will she sacrifice herself for a chance at eternal love?
It took me literally months to get to this book. Don't ask me why - Shadow Kiss definitely ended on a high note that left me wanting more, and I had all the books in my possession since I've read the first one. Still, I delayed - even after finally starting the book. 
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