{Review} XVI by Julia Karr

XVI (XVI #1) by Julia Karr
Published: January 6th 2011
Publisher: Speak (Penguin)
ISBN: 0142417718 (ISBN13: 9780142417713)

Pages: 325
Source: Bought myself
Shelfability: Must read/Acquire
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Some girls can’t wait to be sixteen, to be legal. Nina is not one of them. Even though she has no choice in the matter, she knows that so long as her life continues as normal, everything will be okay.

Then, with one brutal strike, Nina’s normal is shattered; and she discovers that nothing that she believed about her life is true. But there’s one boy who can help–and he just may hold the key to her past. But with the line between attraction and danger as thin as a whisper, one thing is for sure… For Nina, turning sixteen promises to be anything but sweet

My Review:
I was very excited to start reading this book. Not because of the hype (was there some?) but because of the concept. Because just the synopsis was able to make me wonder about myself, our society and the world that awaits us. Nina lives in a nearly completely misogynistic dystopian world where the media and government work hand in hand. And honestly? It’s chilling to think of a world where that is reality. Julia Karr wrote a cautionary tale that resonates with the society in which we live. The bottom line is: Don’t let others think for you. Respect yourself and your individuality.
The plot was exciting in this book. Neatly paced with just enough to keep you hooked.The characters were diverse in their personalities. The classes and different backgrounds were thoroughly thought out. And there was mystery and adventure and romance! I sped through it and I was happy I did! Totally worth it. Although Nina’s bestfriend, Sandy, was ridiculously naive, clueless and with all her “Media” acquired “personality”, she turned out plain and annoying to me. Also, how quickly did Nina replace her with Wei!? It was a little too quick and easy for Nina if you ask me.
The concept behind the book is what gives it such a high score. I believe this book should be read in high school.
What I loved:

  • The society
  • The mystery surrounding Nina’s father
  • The pacing 
  • The action scenes (totally realistic. Nina isn’t a martial arts expert and she doesn’t “suddenly” become one either.)
  • The romance. (I am a sucker)

What I didn’t like:

  • The cluelessness of some characters
  • the useless crushes. (waste of pages)
Final Nifty Rating:

{Review} City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1)
Published: March 27th 2007

Publisher: Simon Pulse
ISBN: 1416955070 (ISBN13: 9781416955078)
Pages: 485
Source: Bought myself
Shelfability: Must read/Acquire
Rating: 4 Stars

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing—not even a smear of blood—to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy? read more…

My review: 
Simply put, this book was an epic of the likes of Harry Potter. I know how much I risk by making such a comparison. It was honestly very different from the other novels I read recently and it was refreshing. Now, why HP you may ask? Well, it’s an adventure, an epic. And that’s what it focuses on. The romance really takes a backseat but it’s still there and obvious. Every character is fleshed out perfectly. I can almost believe they were actually living in this world.
The dialogue was something else! I laughed out loud (LOL!) many many times while reading this. One thing that was a little irritating was how clueless some characters were. I facepalmed. And I didn’t understand (I guessed I missed something) how Clary found out Alec’s well, thing-a-majig there. (no spoilers for the rare few who have yet to read this)
All in all, I am SO HAPPY I finally read this! I went and bought City of Ashes and City of Glass right away!

Favorite Character: Jace (witty and sexy and he knows his stuff)
Least Favorite: Alec (self centered, whiny) but it wouldn’t be as good without him!

Final Nifty rating: 4 Nifty Stars!

Cover Reveal! Once by Anna Carey

OK correct me if I am a little late on this one but this cover is so pretty I just had to post about it! So here it is, Once by Anna Carey (Eve #2)
I love the purple/blue/pink tones in this cover! It seems to be a trend in 2012 YA covers!
What do you think?

Waiting on Wednesday(6)

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by The awesome Jill at Breaking The Spine, where we share books we are most anxious to be be released.
This week is PANDEMONIUM by Lauren Oliver. I am so excited and impatient for this one! After the cliffhanger she left us on I have been raking my brain non-stop trying to figure out what would happen to Lena and Alex.
I might have to pre-order this one!

I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare, 
pushing aside thoughts of Alex, 
pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school, 
push, 
push, 
push, 
like Raven taught me to do.
The old life is dead.
But the old Lena is dead too.
I buried her.
I left her beyond a fence,
behind a wall of smoke and flame.
Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller, delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.

On a side note about that cover: It is PURDY! But I am disappointed that they didn’t go on with the original blue theme, because that is the one I have and my Pandemonium wont match  my Delirium.


What are YOU waiting for?

Top Ten Tuesday(5)


Top Ten Tuesdays: Ten Books I’ve Read That Were Outside my Comfort Zone
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish . At this link you can find all past and future TTT.The Top Ten books That have been sitting, UNREAD on my shelves are:

  1. Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
  2. The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross
  3. Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel
  4. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
  5. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  6. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
  7. A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young
  8. Possession by Elana Johnson
  9. Angelfire by Courtney A. Moulton
  10. Firelight by Sophie Jordan
What do YOU think I should read next!? Please show some love and comment.
Xoxo

About my week

I thought I’d write to just write today. Kind of to share with you guys what I read, heard, bought, cooked, thought. I mean you ARE my readers after all. Why wouldn’t I want you guys to get to know me:

What I read:
I finished reading City of Bones by Cassandra Clare for The Scrapbooking Bookworms Team Read. I am very  happy/pleased/content that I have finally read this YA must-read!

I also finished A great dystopian book, XVI by Julia Karr. A review will be up later this week.

What I am reading now:

I haven’t Started this one quite yet…

What I would read next (although that changes ALL THE TIME):

  • Daughter of Smoke and Bones by Laini Taylor
  • Blood Red Road by Moira Young
  • Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
  • The Demon Trapper’s Daughter by Jana Oliver
What I cooked:
I had to scrape a bunch of things and I came up with Beef and Meatball Stew! It was OH SO YUMMY! There was (obviously) meatballs, diced beef, celery, turnip, onions and potatoes!

More to come!

By Readorkable Posted in my week

I Challenge Myself to the DAC 2012


Will you challenge yourself?

I am participating in the 2012 Debut Author Challenge (DAC) for the first time and I am SUPER! excited.
To find out more, just click on the picture above. This a great way  to have fun and a fantabulastical way to find out about some amazing new debut authors and their first(-born) books which will be released in 2012. I already have a humongous list that I want to read!

There will be a post coming up with my D.A.C. MUST READS!
Stay Tuned and HAPPY READING!
By Readorkable Posted in dac

I Take a Minute… What Am I Reading Now?

I recently finished the Team Read for The Scrapbooking Bookworms which was City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.
As usual, it is the hardest thing to chose which book to read next. Then I realized It had been 2 books since (yes, sometimes calculate time in books. HEY! Don’t you look at me like that! We ALL do it) I’d read a dystopian book. I decided, after I read The Hunger Games, Delirium and Wither in a row, that I’d read 2 different genres for every Dystopian because if I didn’t then I’d be out of them by now!
I decided to start reading:

So far I like it. It’s making me scratch my head and crinkle my nose in disgust at how girls are…… OK NO SPOILERS! Wanna know what its about? Then read it!

Love,
Melina

What did YOU Take a Minute for this week? Share your link, I’d love to know more about YOU!

Tell-All Thursday

Tell-All Thursday!

Hello readers and bookworms! Today I want to share with you my own original Meme! I am quite proud of it!

Every Thursday we will have a “tell all” where we mash a bunch of reading related things together!

We will be answering 5 questions Who, What (or whatever else really), Past, Present and Future every week Why! I hope everyone enjoys it!!

  1. WHO did you follow that is worth a mention (May it be through Twitter, a blog, tumblr, anything! Make sure you link up the profile and or blog!) ? I followed @BrookeWorm33, I thought her blog was awesome and her Fictional boys crush list is one of the quirkiest things I have ever seen! Find it on her blog: Brooke Reports
  2. WHAT is your favorite TV show? There are lots of TV Shows out there. And being a TV fanatic I have many, MANY favorites but the one show I simply CANNOT live without is Grey’s Anatomy
  3. PAST: What book has been sitting on your shelf (unread) for more than 3 months? Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. I really have to get serious and read this one! It’s starting to feel neglected
  4. PRESENT: What book are you Reading now? City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. FINALLY! Woohoo!
  5. FUTURE:What are the next 2 books you are planning to buy/borrow/trade? The Pledge by Kimberly Derting and Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi!
What do YOU have to tell us all? Leave your linky below, I love to see what my readers/friends are up to!

I want to WIN

Stuck in YA Book is having a BIG Surprise Giveaway! Check it out Here!
Here are some of the books she is giving away!

I am pretty excited!

Go and enter the Giveaway!