Mini Reviews: Dystopias Face-Off (1)

These mini reviews are of books I read without the intention to review. However, it seems ALL the books I read deserve a review. So here goes my mini reviews of 2 books per post every Thursday! Both books reviewed will face each other and YOU will vote for which is better! To make it fair and not a battle of genres both books will be from the same genre! Are you ready to vote?

Dystopias Face-Off!

 The Forsaken by Lissa M. Stasse

In this dystopian world, every teenager must go through a test to determine if they are pre-disposed to crimes of violence, rebellion or too much independent thinking. If they fail, they are sent to an Island called The Wheel, where life expectancy is barely 2 years. Our main character Alenna, mysteriously fails and is sent to the island.

Although it took me a while to read this book, it wasn’t because it was boring or strenuous. This book is reminiscent of Lord of The Flies (which I read twice in high-school) and a bit of a disorganized Hunger Games type concept. These kids are just dropped on the island with no training or ways to survive.  It was intense and even violent at times. There were so many questions, most of which were answered. The whole book is a roller coaster. Never ending action with an edge of your seat feeling!

I gave it a 4 star rating!

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The Forsaken (The Forsaken, #1)

 Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan

This dystopia is more futuristic and Science-fiction but it’s still a dystopian on a smaller, spaceship sized scale. Int this book we have 2 ships who are on their way to inhabit a new planet. There is a whole eco-system, society, laws. Life is pretty simple on the ship. Until…. (read it and find out!)   Anyhow, this book does feature a love triangle and the pacing is a bit slower. This book deals with a lot controversial issues and I was happy to see our heroine stand up for her rights! The book is very atmospheric. I almost felt claustrophobic while reading it. It was an very entertaining read and I recommend it for fans of Beth Revis’ Across The Universe series. It is not as good but it the same category!   I gave it 3.5 stars! Buy This Book from Book Depository, Free Delivery World Wide

Glow (Sky Chasers, #1)

 

Waiting on Wednesday(8)

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 Alienated by Melissa Landers! Aside from the pretty cover I just have a very VERY good vibe about this book!  I like aliens! What do you think? Will it go on your TBR pile? It sure is going on mine!

     Buy This Book from Book Depository, Free Delivery World WideAlienated (Alienated, #1)

Interplanetary relations have never been more exciting! The first in a funny, romantic YA sci-fi series.

Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.

But when Cara’s classmates get swept up by anti-L’eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn’t safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara’s locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she’s fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.



What are YOU waiting for?

A Bit About A Book Blogger! (2)

A Bit About A Book Blogger is basically me giving some of my favorite book lovers and bloggers some well deserved spotlight! I think it’s important to make someone feel good and proud of their accomplishments every once in a while. I know many do Book Blogger Interviews and I always admired that. I though I might join in! I will try to have this as a regular feature on every Monday. If you’d like to be featured and interviewed You can contact me with your info! I want to know all of you!

Everyone say hello to Aimee/Christie! She is a young blogger from the Philippines and I fell in love with her AWESOME blog! It is SO SO pretty! You should all take a look!

Bio: Hi there! My name’s Aimee, but you people online know me as Christie. I’ve used Christie as a pen name for quite a while. I’m thirteen and I live in the Philippines. If I’m not reading, I’m probably online, eating or sleeping. I’m a bad student–I mean, I get good grades, but it’s hard to listen to a teacher’s lecture if you know that there’s a book sitting inside your bag, waiting for the bell to ring so that it can be read.

Twitter: N/A (I have a love/hate relationship with Twitter)

Blog: http://theshadowersshelf.wordpress.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5478965-christie-the-shadower-s-shelf

So tell me, how long have you been a book lover and what is it that made you decide to start blogging?

I used to hate reading. I only got into reading around 2011, when the Red Riding Hood movie came out and no one would watch with me, so I had to read the book instead. After that, I just bought book after book after book, and my book addiction began from there.

Aside from Goodreads, blogs are great places to look for more books to read. I love reading about other people’s opinions on things. I don’t have an extravagant story on how I began blogging, but I love to express my opinion, whether good or bad, and so I decided to start blogging. And I thought, Why not?

What kind of person are you outside of the Book Blogging world?

I get good grades and honors in school. I tend to get frustrated easily with other people (particularly my classmates), which is something I definitely hope to change about myself. I’m a really lazy person and I tend to procrastinate a lot.

I hear you have a multitude of names? Care to elaborate?

My real name’s Aimee, but I didn’t want to share personal information when I was starting out in places like Wattpad, FanFiction.net and Goodreads. My first pen name, I think, was Holly or something along those lines.  On Wattpad, I started using the name Christie Meyer and that kind of stuck with me, so that’s the name I use online.

What is a notable book you Just KNOW you will remember forever?

Although it’s not my favorite book, Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally is definitely a memorable book for me. I think it’s the book that kept me in my longest book hangover ever. I couldn’t read anything after reading it. I didn’t want to part with Jordan, Henry and all of the other characters. It was really an emotional book for me and I re-read it every now and then.

If you had to choose only one book character as a BFF who would it be?

I think I’d choose Percy Jackson from Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan. He’s definitely a funny and heroic character. I would trade just about anything (except maybe my soul) to spend a day with him!

Do you have any odd bookish habits?

I tend to read two or more books at a time. I usually have one physical book to read and one e-book on my phone. I read the physical book when I’m at home and the e-book when I’m in school or at the mall. If I do bring a physical book to the mall with me, I end up reading while walking and I have to hold on to someone so that I don’t bump into a wall. I also end up losing all of my bookmarks and use scraps of paper to mark my page instead.

Quickly!! You have to name 5 books off the top of your head right now! GO!

The Program by Suzanne Young, The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, Impostor by Susanne Winnacker, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins andThe Iron King by Julie Kagawa! Lol, I haven’t even read the first three books in this list.

Cake or Pie?

Cake! Is it weird that I’ve never eaten pie yet?

Favorite color?

It depends on my mood. On a bad day, I’d say black, but on a good day, I’d say blue.

Name 3 non bookish things about yourself?

(1) I’m underweight and too short for my age, which is really depressing. (2) People say I’m moody. (3) I have a collection of teddy bears and fluffy pillows.

How did you chose your blog name?

I’m really into dark fantasies and definitely wanted the word shadow in it. I did a bit of research and found out that, in some online game or something, a shadower is what they call some sort of assassin. It sounded really cool, so I went with The Shadower’s Shelf.

Waiting on Wednesday(7)

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’s pick is Tandem by Anna Jarzab. Along with a beautiful cover, the synopsis sounds AWESOME! I mean come on, it mixes fantasy with parallel universes! Totally up my alley! It is set to be released on October 8th 2013! Such a LONG wait!
I will be pre-ordering this one at some point this month! I can’t wait! What about you?
Click below to pre-order!

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Everything repeats.
You. Your best friend. Every person you know.
Many worlds. Many lives–infinite possibilities.
Welcome to the multiverse.
Sixteen-year-old Sasha Lawson has only ever known one small, ordinary life. When she was young, she loved her grandfather’s stories of parallel worlds inhabited by girls who looked like her but led totally different lives. Sasha never believed such worlds were real–until now, when she finds herself thrust into one against her will.

To prevent imminent war, Sasha must slip into the life of an alternate version of herself, a princess who has vanished on the eve of her arranged marriage. If Sasha succeeds in fooling everyone, she will be returned home; if she fails, she’ll be trapped in another girl’s life forever. As time runs out, Sasha finds herself torn between two worlds, two lives, and two young men vying for her love–one who knows her secret, and one who thinks she’s someone she’s not.

The first book in the Many-Worlds Trilogy, Tandem is a riveting saga of love and betrayal set in parallel universes in which nothing–and no one–is what it seems.

Cover Reveal and 15$ Giftcard GIVEAWAY!

I was approached by Megan Martin’s publicist and offered to hos a cover reveal and giveaway! Now I thought the idea behind the book was quirky and original!  Nothing I read before! I hope I will soon have the chance to read and review this book! To be entered in the giveaway simply follow this blog (because it’s pretty and awesome) and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway! Thank you!

skin-deep

Title:  Skin Deep

Author:  Megan D. Martin

Series:  #1 of The Eternal Forces

Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance

Publisher:  Dragonfairy Press

Expected Release Date:   Fall 2013

What would you do to have the body of your dreams?

Kiera hates being overweight and hides behind thick layers of clothing. One night, her friends
present an opportunity that seems impossible to believe. With a single spell, she can have the
thin physique she’s always coveted.

But all magic comes with a price: no sex or she’ll revert back to her old body. Kiera accepts the
cost. It’s not like she has men lined up at her door. Obeying this one tiny rule isn’t difficult at
all—until the night she meets Cain, a were-tiger and a soldier with the Eternal Forces.

When a slew of unexplained murders forces Kiera and Cain together, they’ll have to face the
horrors of their pasts. Will Kiera realize she is worth more than her outward appearance? Or will
she make the wrong the choice and lose everything—including her life?

 

About the Author

Megan D. Martin is a multi-published author, mother, student and editor. In her spare time she enjoys decorating her house with strange things that do not match, playing her old school Nintendo Entertainment System, and buying fish for her many fish tanks.

You can find Megan on pretty much every social networking site that exists.
Vine: Meeegann
Giveaway Info
$15 Amazon GC

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{Review} When We Wake by Karen Healey

When We Wake
by Karen Healey
Series: When We Wake #1
Published: March 5th 2013
Publisher: Little Brown
ISBN: 031620076X (ISBN13: 9780316200769)
Pages: 296
Source: Library book!
Reading Level: 15 and up
Shelf Award: Quick Read!
Rating:  3 Stars

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Goodreads Summary:

Sixteen-year-old Tegan is just like every other girl living in 2027—she’s happiest when playing the guitar, she’s falling in love for the first time, and she’s joining her friends to protest the wrongs of the world: environmental collapse, social discrimination, and political injustice.

But on what should have been the best day of Tegan’s life, she dies—and wakes up a hundred years later, locked in a government facility with no idea what happened.

The future isn’t all she had hoped it would be, and when appalling secrets come to light, Tegan must make a choice: Does she keep her head down and survive, or fight for a better world?

Award-winning author Karen Healey has created a haunting, cautionary tale of an inspiring protagonist living in a not-so-distant future that could easily be our own.

My Thoughts:

Cover Love:  The cover is different than what you usually see. It is simple and uncomplicated. I did not squee over the cover but it also didn’t make me not want to read the book.

Review:

I traveled while reading this book! Set in Australia, our main character, Teagan Oglietti, lives a normal life and is in love for the first time. And at that point in the book her love is requited. There is some sort of weird love triangle that isn’t really a love triangle. Mostly it’s the main character, still in love with the boyfriend from her first lifetime but that doesn’t keep her from falling in love quickly enough in her second lifetime. Anyways… Romance wise, I didn’t feel much chemistry with said love interest (which I will not mention). What I felt Teagan was TRULY passionately in love with was music. Mainly The Beatles. Healey (the author) made it easy to be transported by The Beatles’ music. I even went on YouTube and listened to them as I read the book. Reading this book was very ambient.

Teagan is our narrator and her voice stands out. Along with the “music” of the book, it was Teagan’s voice which I liked most while reading the book. She really is a strong heroine, she doesn’t dwell and dawdle and waste too much time mourning her past life.  She is strong, decisive and obstinate!Oh and she is also a free-runner! Dayum, that is so cool! She was reminiscent of Divergent’s Tris without being copy pasted. Really just reminiscent.

World building was one of the book’s downfall… It was generic and plain for the most part. The author gave us enough details to imagine the general view of the world in the 22nd century. The world is polluted and nearly everyone is a vegetarian… Yeah, why? I am still not sure about that. We are also presented too many “political” and religious groups, government conspiracies (of course, what’s a dystopia without government conspiracies) and lot’s of journalism. Yup, That. There is also an elite school Teagan attends that offers it’s students, well, majors. They specialize in a certain fields. I’m sure you can guess which is Teagan’s. (Guess away in the comments! I’d like to see who’s right)

Second downfall was that the book felt preachy… At some point I felt like I was reading long pamphlets about pollution, global warming, immigration, racism, discrimination, LGBT rights (there’s a big-ish twist concerning that one. I WAS surprised),and even eating meat. Ugh.

Teagan’s friends (aka secondary characters) were very interesting and very involved in the story. There were lots of twists, including them that I never saw coming.

Bottom Line:

It was a well rounded book with a strong heroine and even through what annoyed me, I still read the book in less than 24 hours. I call that a good enough win to recommend that you borrow it from your library and come back to tell me about it.

Recommended for:

Readers who like a strong heroine and dystopian novels.

The Sunday Post/June TBR (2)

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

As usual, I will be featuring my Book BFFs Posts and keeping you updated with the goings-on happening with our little group! Trust me! GOOD THINGS are happening! We will be invading the book world with wonderful goodness!

I will ALSO let you know of any posts I found entertaining in the Book Blogging World OUTSIDE of my Book BFFs. These posts will be worth checking out!!

UPDATE FOR THIS WEEK: I did not receive any books this week, so instead I will share with you my June 2013 TBR Pile!

Are you ready!?

Recent Reviews and Nifty Posts…

  • I focused on Armchair BEA This week so there are no reviews. Check back this coming week for reviews of Pulse by Patrick Carman and When We Wake by Karen Healey!
  • I have a Cover Reveal AND 15$ Amazon Giftcard Giveaway Scheduled for TUESDAY JUNE 4th so be sure to check back in for a chance to win!!!

Book BFFs Bring Presents…

From Around the Book Blogosphere…

June TBR!!!!!

 June TBR

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

What’s Left Of Me by Kat Zhang

Half Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Legacy by Cayla Kluver

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey(The Book BFFs’ June read)

What’s New in Melina’s Life?

  • We are getting a puppy next week! She will be keeping me good company while my beautiful son is spending 2 months with his father! 😥 I am sad to have my baby away from me for the summer. 😥
  • I am going to be looking for a new job! (I am going to apply at the library… I mean, Why not?)
  • I am going to CHINA! (lol no I am not… that was a joke!)

I hope you enjoyed my Sunday Post and I will have more fun stuff for you next week! Let me know what you thought! What books YOU think I should read/buy!

Toodles!