Monthly Archives: December 2013

YA Book Review: Stargazing from Nowhere by Isabel Thomas, Marilyn Thomas


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: Stargazing from Nowhere
Author: Isabel Thomas, Marilyn Thomas
Published: July 22nd 2013 by Do Art Publishing
Type: Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Source: NetGalley
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add-to-goodreads-button3Summery: Kristen Morgan’s blog is about to get her into trouble. Deep trouble. Online, she is known as “Stargazer” from the popular Stargazing from Nowhere blog, while in real life she is a regular fifteen-year-old high school student. This online anonymity is quite liberating, allowing her to be completely honest with her readers. Through a twist of fate, Rising Tide, the band she has bashed the most online, ends up in her small town, which sends Kristen into an excited panic. To continue gathering fresh material for her blog, she poses as a Rising Tide fan. After sneaking into the band’s private party, she comes face to face with the band’s drummer, Michael Stevens, who happens to be even more gorgeous in person than she cares to admit. Something unexpected also happens to her when she meets him: she becomes giddy, nervous, and inarticulate, leading Kristen to realize that her interest in Michael has nothing to do with her blog, but everything to do with her heart. As Kristen and Michael grow closer, does she have to make a choice between blog or boyfriend…Or is the choice made for her?

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To be honest i liked the way the beginning was headed. The beginning had funny, and the Funny awkward. but more the story got the more “The Funny awkward” just was awkward and not funny. it got really boring. The funny doesn’t last long at all.

I did have a lot of Love/Hate moments with the character. Like i said she was funny and had me wanting to read more in the beginning but then she became the person who i wouldn’t hangout is. She become awful and just annoying. She would make me so mad. She knew what she was doing was wrong but yet she still did it…i just didn’t get it and i just couldn’t connect to it all. I am all about being Honest about how you feel about certain things but just to be hateful? No Thank you.

I had to stop reading the book after a while. I just couldn’t get pass Chapter 12 without being just totally mad with the whole thing. Maybe the book does get better to what it was like in the beginning but i highly doubt it by the way chapter 12 was heading. I wish i could have just bare threw and finished it but i just couldn’t.

I can’t say the book was a total mess, it did have it moments. Like i said the beginning was pretty awesome. And besides the main character all the other characters where really interesting to read about. specially the whole band guy group thing. I really wanted to know more about them. Maybe if the book wasn’t just in her P.O.V and we got to know all the characters then maybe i could have finished it. But also i always been more in the whole Dystopian, Science Fiction life…Then realistic romance book like this one.. This book reminded me that i don’t like these types of books that well. Yes i have read some really good books that where Contemporary, but this one i just couldn’t make myself like it.

Besides all that i can tell there is a good book hiding under all the mess. I am not trying to say the Authors didn’t good. I am sure they can write a really awesome book if they tried just a little harder. This book i feel like is set for certain readers that isn’t like me. I also can’t judge this book because me being a Science Fiction reader, i don’t think i can fully understand this world.

Overall: I wasn’t feeling this book but i hope others will.

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YA Book Review: The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina

18209419Title: The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf ( The Tribe #1)
Author: Ambelin Kwaymullina
Expected publication: April 8th 2014 by Candlewick
Type: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Source: LibraryThing’s Early Reviews
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add-to-goodreads-button3Summery: A compelling debut novel asks what happens when children develop inexplicable abilities—and the government sees them as a threat.

They’re known as Firestarters. Boomers. Skychangers. The government calls them Illegals — children with inexplicable abilities — and detains them in menacing facilities so that society is kept out of harm’s way. Ashala Wolf and her Tribe of fellow Illegals have taken refuge in the Firstwood, a forest eerily conscious of its inhabitants, where they do their best to survive and where they are free to practice their abilities. But when Ashala is compelled to venture outside her territory, she is betrayed by a friend and captured by an enemy. Injured and vulnerable, with her own Sleepwalker ability blocked, Ashala is forced to succumb to a machine that will pull secrets from her mind. It’s only a matter of time before the machine ferrets out the location of the Tribe. Her betrayer, Justin Connor, is ever-present, saving her life when she wishes to die and watching her every move. Will the Tribe survive the interrogation of Ashala Wolf?

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I was a little confused in the beginning but i am pretty sure the Author did that on purpose, so you can feel as confused as the character. The more the story goes on the more you connect the dots to what is going on in the story.

I did read the book fairly fast. Cause for one the character in the book was awesome and second the whole plot  with the Twist and Turns that had me flipping threw the pages just to find out more. I really loved most of the characters in the book but the main one was for sure hands down, Ashala. Even after finishing the book i can still say she is a favorite of mine. The Love and care the character has for her tribe members was just flowing out of the pages for me. The love and care she has for them is strong and just beautiful, even when she was betrayed by one she still cared for them..because they where Tribe.

you read you Ashala point of View but you also get connect with the other characters in the book. That is one of the things i liked about the book. Yes it was about Ashala but really it was about the others too. Once you watch the book unravel, it becomes this powerful book to me like trust and family and the things you will do to protect them. Scene that had me crying, but a lot of scenes was just so freaking sad…sad scene that still put a smile on your face. I Don’t want to say much about the other characters but besides Connor..i just have to mention him.

Threw the book i was just craving for more Conner. you get left confused by Connor threw most of the book. BUT i more towards the end you finally get more on Connor and omg i cried! specially around the end…the tears just wouldn’t stop. Conner is Awesome and i am gonna go ahead and jump on the Ashala and Conner Ship. There relationship starts off a little rocky but once you read the book, that becomes understandable.

Overall: Besides the slow confusing beginning, i couldn’t find a flaw in the book. It’s full of Mystery and lots of other awesome stuff. The book i guess you can say is a dystopian but mixed with supernatural. Anyways awesome Bool. I defiantly recommend it.

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I am back!

I am back from Michigan, and i have such an awesome time just relaxing with the family for the Holidays. I got a bunch of cool stuff this year and even had some luck over the holidays, won couple of books and even a 25$ Gift Card to Amazon…bought me a couple of books.

My Stacking the Shelves should be pack next weekend! I read a couple of books over Vacation, One I loved! and the other put me too sleep, watch for the reviews here soon. I still have a lot of reviews to write so bare with me…i am a very slow person here lately.

I will be posting my first Review since i been back, on Monday. I am still debating if i should do a Waiting on Wednesday post or just post my reviews to catch up to speed…i guess we will see.

My Christmas List:

  • A couple of hello Kitty stuff.
  • A Cute pair of Slippers boots from my Cousin.
  • Domo Stuffed Doll.
  • PJs and Hot Coco.
  • A Couple of books ( i will list soon ).
  • oh and 50 Dollars from my grandpa!….that i bought books with.
  • Awesome Hunger Games and Twilight Pillow Cases.
  • And My Favorite New Tardis Hat!! still going crazy for it.

…There is a lot of other cool stuff i got but i will be here all day. What did you guys get over the holidays? Any cool books you just have to brag about? anything Fandom Related? Please let me know, so we can all going crazy together over awesome stuff.

Now i am gonna go stick my noes in a book i have to finish up and i will see you guys Monday! Hope everyone has a AWESOME NEW YEARS!

*Review Request is still closed for now

 

 

 

Happy Holidays to my Follower! I have a little note to share.

There is a lot i want to say but i am gonna keep it short. I Haven’t been doing my Review blog that long, but i feel like i been doing it for ages now! Time sure does fly. I wanted to thank all my Followers, For coming on my blog and reading my little reviews( i know it can be hard, with my Typos and all ). Just thank you guys so much! i am happy to share my reviews with other Book lovers out there. I hope you guys keep coming!  without you guys my blog would be in a Blog Graveyard right now.

On to next Subject! I will be gone for Christmas Vacay for a week. I will be heading up too Michigan to visit family i haven’t seen in a year. So all my reviews wont be posted until i am back home. But don’t worry i have been still reading and writing my reviews the old fashion way….on paper.

To the Authors who have asked me to review your books: I am still on it *Smiles* I am reading away and writing.. just stay patience. So far i have already finished 2 ARCS and reviews. I also Finished Nightfall Gardens by Allen Houston, i will be starting on the second book while i am up in Michigan.

I also really want to catch up on the books i won/bought so after i finish my ARC and Request reviews i will be reading those lovely books.

This is why i wanted to Thank you guys, cause i know i most be like a horrible Blogger but you all still deal with me and i couldn’t be happier then i am now.

I really hope all My blog Readers and Authors have a Wonderful Holidays and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

P.S I’m not taking up requests for books at the moment until i can catch up with what i have now and when i get back. So around January i should be open up for request again.

Love,

Stephani ( Owner of YA Book Reviews )

Waiting on Wednesday (13) – Wings by Elizabeth Richards

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine,
which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!

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Title: Wings ( Black City #3 )
Author: Elizabeth Richards
Expected publication: June 12th 2014 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons BYR
Type: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dystopian

Goodreads: Following the cliffhanger ending of Phoenix, Natalie finds herself separated from Ash and unexpectedly reunited with her parents, including the father she thought was dead. But she can only think of Ash. She hasn’t heard a word of him since she and Elijah were brought to the underground headquarters of the Sentry Rebellion. But she vows to find him.

Ash, meanwhile is back in Black City; it’s the perfect place to hide from the Sentry government. But not for long. He won’t give up on Natalie or bringing an end to the terrible reign of Purian Rose.

A pulse-racing end to an exciting series.

Thoughts: One of the things i love about this series is the covers, Specially this one. The cover is just so beautiful. I love how she doesn’t have someone face on a cover or somethings totally random, but the fact that the cover is pretty spot on with what the story is heading towards. I love the character in the book. I love the fact she took a different route in Dystopian books with a touch of supernatural. I can’t wait to read this book. I honestly don;t know how i am gonna sit and wait for this book to come out because it’s gonna take freaking forever.  All my friends that have read this series isn’t as much of a fan as i am. But i don’t care i will love this series over and over again.  Besides how can someone say no to Ash? like he is the coolest character in the whole freaking book series.

So overall can’t wait!

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YA Book Review: Red Rising by Pierce Brown


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 Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy #1)
Author: Pierce Brown
Expected publication: January 28th 2014 by Del Rey (Random House)
Type: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Source: LibraryThing Early Reviews
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add-to-goodreads-button3Summery: Darrow is a miner and a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he digs all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of the planet livable for future generations. Darrow has never seen the sky.

Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better future for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow and Reds like him are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow joins a resistance group in order to infiltrate the ruling class and destroy society from within. He will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

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I really have to point this out, Red Rising has to be one of my Favorite Opening to a book. I thought how it started how a good way to show you how Darrow becomes the Darrow later in the book. You get thrown in with so much emotional and tears for Darrow. He is the kinda guy who does what his told for the good of his people but after what happens ( i won’t mention ) You watch him become more aware of what really is going on. There is a part in the book that is some-what in the beginning that had me in tears. I never really cried in a book in the beginning of a story cause i usually don’t get drown to the characters until i really get to know that character, But in Red rising in this scene i cried like a baby. Darrow has to be one of my top favorite characters in books.

After the beginning the story does kinda go on a slow paste, but one the story goes on the more the gets bigger and more intense in the plot. There is a lot of parts in the book that had me biting my nails and scenes that had me almost in rage. Like with Darrow there was parts where i was yelling ” Do something Darrow “. You watch Darrow grown attach to some golds and hate others. But mostly he learns not all golds are bad and not reds are good.

I was suppressed how much i did end up loving the book. The has the whole Medieval feel to it later in the books, Touch of Survival. And also i loved how the books had the whole Honesty feel about it. The book wasn’t shy from Violence. There was times i did feel like it was like The Hunger Games mixed in old Medieval war but on a alien planet. Lots of suspense and action. Overall loved the whole plot.

I also really loved how the book ended, it wasn’t like a cliff hanger more like you know some serious stuff is gonna go down in the book, where we will get more of the Main plot.

Overall: I am happy to say i loved the book. Great Opening, slow start to the whole plot but once it was there the book just would get better and Better. In my opinion i highly recommend Readers YA or Adult, Boys or girls. I recommend the book for all. I Don;t Recommend the book for Children…Like i said the book wasn’t shy from Violence.

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Stacking the Shelves (16)

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Stacking The Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks

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  • The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith: Ebook – I was asked to Review this book from the Author. I always been a fan of Fairy Tails, so i can’t wait to see if this book is any good. I like how the cover gives off the whole classic look of old books used to have.

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  • The Rule of Three by Eric Walters: ARC – So happy to say that i was a lucky winner of this beautiful ARC! so existed to read this book! as everyone knows i am huge fan of these types of books! Keeping my fingers crossed. I can tell by the cover that this book is sure gonna be one Wild ride.

Trade

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  • The Vampire Diaries ( 1-2 ) by L.J Smith: Hardcover – Huge fan of the TV Series. I kinda stayed away from the book series, cause i didn’t want to judge between the too. But i give in a got this copy from Paperbackswap.

Free from Amazon

  • Kiss of Fire (Imdalind #1) by Rebecca Ethington: Ebook – I am hoping this book is good as it sounds. I don’t know much about this book but still want to read it.

 

  • Sign of The Throne (The Solas Beir Trilogy #1) by Melissa Eskue Ousley: Ebook – I entered a contest a while back too win a copy but sadly i didn;t win it. I was shocked to find it on amazon for free. I been jumping up and down since i got it.

 

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