Variant by Robison Wells Review

10433900[2]Goodreads Description:

Benson Fisher thought that a scholarship to Maxfield Academy would be the ticket out of his dead-end life.

He was wrong.

Now he’s trapped in a school that’s surrounded by a razor-wire fence. A school where video cameras monitor his every move. Where there are no adults. Where the kids have split into groups in order to survive.

Where breaking the rules equals death.

But when Benson stumbles upon the school’s real secret, he realizes that playing by the rules could spell a fate worse than death, and that escape—his only real hope for survival—may be impossible

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

My Thoughts:

First I have to say that this book reminded me a lot of Tower Prep. A tv show on Cartoon Network that was only on air for about one season and got cut off because there wasn’t enough viewers. (Personally, I loved the show to death. Ian Archer will always have a place in my heart.)

But oh my freakin gosh! I’m speechless. So many emotions are zooming through my mind right now. Am I mad? Sad? Happy? Actually, I can definitely say that I am confused! Right at this moment I’m logging onto my library account to put the second book on hold. Due to the unfortunate fact that the author decided to make the end of the book a cliffhanger, just to taunt the reader. Now I have to get the second one pronto!

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Afterward my sister actually asked if I was high. I was like..maaaybe

The author did a very good job at leaving the reader wondering what is going to happen next. And the book wasn’t as predictable as I thought it was going to be! Even in the middle of the book my predictions were somewhat wrong. Though the very beginning of the book you knew something was sketchy. And I mean the first few sentences..

I also liked that the book was well described. Wells described everything perfectly, I could imagine the setting in my head and everyone moving around when the book said. The narration was pretty good, too. Whatever Benson knew, so did I. Whatever he didn’t know, I didn’t either. Until of coarse he found out.
I also have to say that I am a sucker for an underdog. Benson isn’t very admirable but I would’ve instantly followed him wherever just because of the attitude he holds.

Spoilers:

Ok so when the school was trying to bribe Benson into keeping their secret by giving him 5 million points…I was mad because I would’ve told the cameras to give me more! Or I’d tell them to let me go and not mention anything about me. Or just explain to me what the hell is going on.

That’s it for today folks! Comment if you have anything you’d like to recommend me. Or if you watch a tv show similar to this!

A Beautiful Dark by Jocylen Davies Review

10429025[2]Goodreads Description: On the night of Skye’s seventeenth birthday, she meets two enigmatic strangers. Complete opposites—like fire and ice—Asher is dark and wild, while Devin is fair and aloof. Their sudden appearance sends Skye’s life into a tailspin. She has no idea what they want, or why they seem to follow her every move—only that their presence coincides with a flurry of strange events. Soon she begins to doubt not just the identity of the two boys, but also the truth about her own past.

In the dead of a bitingly cold Colorado winter, Skye finds herself coming to terms with the impossible secret that threatens to shatter her world. Torn between Asher, who she can’t help falling for, and Devin, who she can’t stay away from, the consequences of Skye’s choice will reach further than the three of them could ever imagine.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

My Thoughts:

This book was nothing like I expected. When I picked it up I thought “Oh, another cliché book about vampires and angels” but I gave it a chance anyway and what I found was a unique book that stands out from all the other YA paranormal type books. I cant really explain how this book stands out from all the others. I think how Jocelyn decided to write it, how we don’t really know what’s wrong with her, or what she is. In fact we don’t even know what Asher and Devin are until about one-third of the way through the book. Which I think is great! It was the perfect place to clear everything up. And the pace was awesome, it left you thinking about what could possibly happen next.
I was disappointed at how little we saw Ian in the book. But I loved the fact that for a while it was a love ‘square’. Skye had three guys after her at one point. And that is one of the reasons the book stands out. Most books have love triangles and major suspense. This one had a love square, which brings up even more tension. And it takes guts to do something like that when you’re writing. You have to know the boundaries. What would be too much? Or am I not writing enough? Too much is Skye being chased by a bunch of guys and the cliché is two guys.
I will definitely read the next book to this series called A Fractured Light.

Extras:

I have to say that I thought the name of the coffee place was weird. Love the Bean?? Haha but it caught on throughout the book! I also have a weird infatuation of reading books that take place in Colorado. Maybe because I live in Colorado, so it’s more special than anywhere else.

I felt like I understood what Skye was going through. I mean not with everything changing around her but with her always feeling lonely and not being able to talk to anyone about what’s going on. Even though I live in a family with 6 kids, I don’t have anyone to really talk to about my problems. Because of all the kids, I get no attention at all and in order to get attention you have to scream out what you want. Which I’m not the best at doing.

 

New Books!! And Book Recommendations

I finally got my books in the mail yesterday! I am so pumped.

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I got The Rules, All Our Yesterdays, and These Broken Stars (Starbound #1)  from Disney Publishing Company. And since there was more room in the box decided to add Beta! Thank you, Heather!! I got Thy Will Be Done and Warned in exchange for an honest review. And I won The Goddess Test, Mama’s Child, and Fiery Edge of Steel.

Add them to Goodreads and mark your calendar for the release dates to these amazing books!

All Our Yesterdays– September 3rd, 2013

These Broken Stars (Starbound #1)- December 10th, 2013

The Rules (Project Paper Doll #1)  is already out!! April 23rd, 2013

And Beta came out a year ago but anyone who has read it, keep an eye out for the second book called Emergent coming out on Febuary 4th 2014!!

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I’ve really been waiting to read These Broken Stars, I’ve heard so many good things about this book. It also looks like the type of book you fall in love with. I was really disappointed that it was a little roughed up. There’s a lot of creases in it but I’m still very grateful that I got it! And I looked up All Our Yesterdays on goodreads and found that book extremely interesting, too! The goodreads cover is way better than the cover I have, sadly. I mean anyone would want to read that book with a cover that that! But I am still so glad that I at least got the book.

..Click the book links to add or look at the book on Goodreads. Click on the authors to fan them. And anyone who wants to follow my reviews or add me as a friend on Goodreads, feel free to do so, here!
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I have a signed copy of Warned by Dustin Kuhlman and Thy Will Be Done for an honest review given to me by the authors. Thy Will Be Done was written by Julia Fisher, a high school teacher in California.

I will have reviews for the books above soon. Cheers!

Other books to watch for through out the year:

After Eden by Helen Douglas (release November 7th 2013)

Starglass (Starglass #1) by Phoebe North (release July 23rd 2013)

Not A Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis (release September 24th 2013)

In the After by Demitria Lunetta (release June 25th 2013)

The Fallen Star is also a really good book! Check out my review, here.

The Fallen Star (Fallen Star #1) by Jessica Sorensen Review

11051889[1]Goodreads Description:

For eighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she’s around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at school, she can feel electricity that makes her skin buzz. Not to mention the monsters that haunt her nightmares have crossed over into real-life. But with Alex seeming to hate her and secrets popping up everywhere, Gemma’s life is turning into a chaotic mess. Things that shouldn’t be real suddenly seem to exist. And as her world falls apart, figuring out the secrets of her past becomes a matter of life and death

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars!!

My Thoughts:

I zoomed through this book. I was surprised how fast I went threw it. It’s 416 pages but it felt like a 200 page book and before I knew it, it was over. I was disappointed that the book had ended. It’s the type of book you can’t put down after you’ve picked it up. It was perfect for me because it kept moving forward at a steady pace throughout the whole book. It also has astronomy in it, which I looooooooove. So it immediately caught my interest, plus the cover is amazing. Though the main character (Gemma) is a little on the stupid side, I fell in love with her. And Alex…let’s just say he wasn’t on my good side. But I think it’s just me, everyone falls in love with the hot cocky bad boy, right? He was just a little too cocky for me. It was agitating. Anyways, I recommend this to paranormal/fantasy book lovers and I will be sure to read the sequel!

Spoilers:

Now introducing my new book boyfriend!! Layden ❤

He was about five or six inches taller than me, which meant he was really tall-six foot at least. His blond hair swept across his forehead, the tips dyed a bright blue that matched the shade of his eyes. A silver ring hooped the bottom of his dark red lips. He wore a grey t-shirt, black jeans, and biker boots. Black symbols tattooed a foreign language of some kind. Greek maybe?

 

 

It was also really weird how often they said the word “heck” in the book. I was surprised that near the end of the book the author used the word “hell”. It was a bit annoying, probably because I’m used to everyone just saying whatever they want, and “heck” didn’t seem to fit.

Now to talk about Gemma. I think she is a little bit on the stupid side.. I mean I understand that she was let in the dust, wasn’t told anything or could remember anything about her past, and had bad social skills. But it doesn’t take a freakin’ rocket scientist to figure out that Alex is a liar! I think she’s stupid because she was continuously giving Alex information that he sure as hell didn’t need to be hearing. And frankly I think it was way too much information. I also think she’s an idiot for not figuring out that the little girl in ALL of her visions were her. I was also agitated by the way she acted around Alex, I do get that she hasn’t experienced love but she couldn’t hide anything from him. All because he flashed a stupid smile at her..

And Alex is a major dick. I think what he was telling Stephen about it being hard for him to lie to Gemma was a bunch of bull. He needed to get his emotions in check before he started messing with Gemma’s. And then right before she got her emotions wiped out he decided it was a good idea to kiss her. Yeah, I don’t like Alex. If you can’t already tell. Plus, how Alex treated Gemma like he owned her, like she was a piece of property.

 

 

 

 

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ocler Review

5231173[1]Goodreads Review:

“Don’t worry, Anna. I’ll tell her, okay? Just let me think about the best way to do it.”
“Okay.”
“Promise me? Promise you won’t say anything?”
“Don’t worry.” I laughed. “It’s our secret, right?”

According to Anna’s best friend, Frankie, twenty days in Zanzibar Bay is the perfect opportunity to have a summer fling, and if they meet one boy every day, there’s a pretty good chance Anna will find her first summer romance. Anna lightheartedly agrees to the game, but there’s something she hasn’t told Frankie–she’s already had her romance, and it was with Frankie’s older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago.

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

My Thoughts:

I don’t even know what to say…
Once I was finished with the book I was speechless. I had to let it all sink in for a few minutes. My sister is the one who usually reads these type of books.. Sarah Ockler, Sarah Dessen, and Susan Colosanti. Usually the books she reads I think are kind of slow but I have a short attention span  this one kept me interested. It was very suspenseful and heartfelt. I thought it was sad but I think most things are sad. Anyways, I think the author could have enhanced the story more at the end and made it a tad bit more interesting through out the middle, that’s why I didn’t rate it a full 5 stars. Other than that, it was a pretty good book and I would recommend it if you want a  quick summer read. Although, I was disappointed it wasn’t as magical as I had excepted.

Spoilers:

I was mad that Anna wasn’t speaking about what was on her mind to anybody. She kept quiet because she thought that it wasn’t right since she was just the ‘best friend’. Even if she was just the best friend I think she has the right to grief and cry just as much as Frankie and her family does.

I also hated Frankie for throwing Anna’s diary into the ocean. I mean I get that she is an emotional wreck that has a dead brother but really??? Did you have to throw the poor girls book into the freakin ocean?! How would you like it if somebody threw your camera into the ocean?! God.

I knew that Anna would find a red piece of glass! I knew she would. That made me so happy, but it all vanished when she threw it out into the ocean. I was just like “WTF??? Are you crazy?” Even when she explained it. I really think she should’ve kept it. Which leads me to the necklace. Somehow I knew that she was going to end up with Matt’s blue glass necklace at the end of the book. I didn’t know Frankie was going to give it to her but I knew it was going to get into her possession. I thought she was just going to find it on her bed or while she was walking somewhere.

 

 

Cinder by Marissa Meyer Review

11235712[1]Goodreads Review: Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Update 6/27: This book is also available in audiobook. Your local library might also have it. And if you’ve never tried out audiobook before, now is the time! If you have, you should still check this out 😉

Here is a clip from Cinder, provided by Macmillan Audio: Cinder Audiobook

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars!

My Thoughts:

In the beginning I really thought I would hate this book because I’m not very fond of books about robots or living electronic machines, but it surprised me and I ended up loving it. Every time I put the book down I would get overwhelmed and pick it back up. I don’t think I got bored at all, though at the beginning it is a little hard to catch on to what the characters are talking about. But it doesn’t take long for you to figure out how they mentally group people.

This book takes place in New Beijing near Europe. Now, in a lot of books I don’t go too far into the accuracy of the geography because most books I read take place in America, but this book seemed fairly accurate. And not just with the geography, it’s accurate about the government, too. (If you overlook the countries working together and the Lunar people)

I also liked how they made it a Cinderella tale, sort of.. I could pinpoint the key paragraphs that follow Cinderella. The book has a twist to it! I was predicting things left and right and at certain parts I was just like ” OMG OMG OMG!” or *sucks in breath* That did NOT just happen?!?! :O So in the end, the book is very predictable but you don’t know you’re right until you change your prediction

There were two things I did not like about the book. First, I didn’t like the fact that the family was soo damn mean! And I know the author meant for it to be that way but I’m so kind-hearted I just flinch and get super sad when I witness bulling or people not being treated equal. So I guess that really doesn’t count. Second, the cover shows a picture of a leg and red heels, and you can barely see the robotic part. I would guess that it’s Cinder, right?? But in the book she isn’t wearing red heels like that and her leg is completely robotic. The leg on the cover looks like it had skin-grafting. And it clearly states that Cinder’s leg is silver. Maybe I’m just looking too much into it…

FREAKIN’ CLIFFHANGERS!!! At the end of the book I was like…

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And because I got Cinder from the library, right after I was done I went to request Scarlet from the library. Knowing that I had only been there days before and had SEEN Scarlet on the shelf, I knew I would be the first one in line to request it.

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Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes Review

13628172[1]I finally finished this darn book. And it wasn’t as bad as I had expected.  Goodreads review: There are people in this world who are Nobody. No one sees them. No one notices them. They live their lives under the radar, forgotten as soon as you turn away.

That’s why they make the perfect assassins.

The Institute finds these people when they’re young and takes them away for training. But an untrained Nobody is a threat to their organization. And threats must be eliminated.

Sixteen-year-old Claire has been invisible her whole life, missed by the Institute’s monitoring. But now they’ve ID’ed her and send seventeen-year-old Nix to remove her. Yet the moment he lays eyes on her, he can’t make the hit. It’s as if Claire and Nix are the only people in the world for each other. And they are—because no one else ever notices them.

My Rating: 4 out of 5

My thoughts: I was going to just drop the book because of how boring it was in the beginning. And it started to annoy me somewhat how Nix kept saying he was nothing. And that was very stupid of me because if I would have read the review for the book then I would have immediately got that he was literally nothing. The middle was good though. When I understood he was really “nothing” I fell head over heals for him. The climax of the book was so fast, though. It wasn’t how I thought it would turn out. But the very last sentence of the book made me want to rip someone’s throat out. I did not like the ending. Other than that it’s a cool book.
The kind of book that makes you wish a boy would make you a bookshelf. I was mentally kicking myself in the butt for not reading the back of the book, though. That give the whole thing away, it was too predictable. I was also mentally kissing myself for not reading the back of the book because I didn’t know what was coming. And I wasn’t told before I read the book that Claire is a Nobody, too.

Spoilers:

She let the real world, ugly and solid and unimportant as it was, come slowly into focus, enough to realize that they weren’t in Kansas anymore.

I couldn’t help it. I actually laughed out loud because I’m such a dork. And I was raised watching The Wizard of Oz. So I can’t help but think of that awesome movie when I hear the words ” I don’t think I’m in Kansas anymore.”

The second they connected, everything changed. The rest of the world faded to gray, it’s sounds to silence. The wind stopped blowing; the leaves froze at the angles to which they’d been pushed. A bee paused just above a flower. Nix looked farther, harder at the rest of the world. Ants on a log. Birds midflight.

OH MY FREAKIN GOSHH! Their love froze time >_< at this part I almost exploded. My insides got all gushy and warm. And I know, you don’t have to tell me. I’m a hopeless romantic; the love at first sight, soul mates, written in the stars type love. That’s what gets me cuckoo for coco puffs.

She closed her eyes. She leaned her head forward against the book. And she sobbed.

He made her cry… Again. It’s bookshelf time Nix. Get your ass to work.

based on the family resemblance between Nix and the children in the picture, Claire was willing to bet that she’d sold his siblings, too.

The fact that the person Nix has been working for all his life has been his mother and he hasn’t known that is BEYOND wrong. She deserves to die, and the fact that she made more kids? She’s messed up in the head. The fact that Nix had siblings was sad. I figured him and Claire would go off and make some little Nix’s and Claire’s of their own. How Claire treats them is very compassionate and sweet. She treats them like a mother so I guess it’s ok.

“You tamed me.”
Something gave inside her chest, and it almost felled her. And just when she thought she might have imagined those words, he repeated them.
“You tamed me, Claire. I love you, just so you know.”

(Hopeless romantic here) Nix was actually listening when Claire was reading the book to him. That’s so flipping adorable!! And for the second time, he told her he loved her. *faints*

Last thing and then I’m done ranting. I promise. So the ending… Why the hell would you end THE WHOLE BOOK with a NULL?!?! I am mentally struggling Barnes right now. Haha…joking. But seriously, that’s the one thing that Nix hates most. And Natalie only saved Claire and Nix because it was in the way of the things she wanted. I was surprised that she didn’t have a temper tantrum because she didn’t get Nix’s siblings to go with her. I seriously did not like the end. But the epilogue was awesome 🙂

Update

So I’ve been a little busy doing real world type things. That I haven’t done in a few months, to be honest. I am currently trying to read Nothing by Jennifer Lynn Barnes but it isn’t doing so well. Just getting through the first chapter is a drag. I really just want to drop the book but I know it will probably get better in the middle. And it isn’t like me to just stop in the middle of books I read. Sooo I will push my boredom back and force myself to get to the good part. And I’ll write a review when I’m done ^_^

Torched by Adrea Colt Giveaway

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Goodreads Review: Cheerleader Rose Whitfield’s senior year goes up in smoke when she’s framed for arson. Sure that the culprit is her neighbor Paxton, with whom she’s been  feuding since middle school, she sets out to clear her name and take Paxton down hard–not necessarily in that order.

Giveaway for this book: http://cahreviews.blogspot.com/2013/03/interview-with-andrea-colt-author-of-ya.html

I have not yet read it but I am planning to in the immediate future!

Dark Song by Gail Giles

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Just finished this book. Goodreads review:

Marc said he heard the dark song when he creeped houses. The song the predator’s heart sings when it hears the heart of the prey. I heard it now. Marc said it had always been in me. Lurking. Waiting for me to hear.

Ames is not the person she was a few months ago. Her father lost his job, and her family is crumbling apart. Now, all she has is Marc. Marc, who loves her more than anything. Marc, who owns a gun collection. And he’ll stop at nothing–even using his guns–to get what he wants. Ames feels her parents have betrayed her with their lies and self-absorption, but is she prepared to make the ultimate betrayal against them?

My Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

My thoughts:

This was a fast read. The book is separated into two parts. Part one is boring to me. The author dragged on Ames usual life too much. If it were a little bit more interesting then this book would be 5 stars. Part two was amazing. But it seems the whole point of the book was about how Ames became dark and the boy, hence on the cover the quote “She fell prey to the predator’s heart”. I didn’t really think that that is what the main part of the story was about. There was only certain times that Ames felt that dark side of her and it was brief. And the boy only showed up in part two. The ending was totally predictable but it was good nonetheless. The cover of the book gets your attention, too.

I would rate it 3 stars. And if you can be patient with books then I would recommend it because the end of the book still managed to leave me breathless!

Spoilers:

He stood up, no longer leaning. “But there’s something else. I felt like I was steel and you were a magnet. I had a gut feeling I could tell you my secrets and you wouldn’t betray me.” Now his eyes penetrated mine, and I shivered. There’s something dark in you, Ames, that was searching for the dark in me.”

Ok. Deep on soo many levels. If I were Ames that would maybe put off the blinking red sirens in my head. This guy is a little crazy, It’s best to stay away for a while. It was sweet he let her use his computer, though.

“I told them to forget it. Once I make something mine, nobody takes it from me. Nobody.”

This is yet another bad omen. It makes me want to slap Ames for being so stupid.

His voice wasn’t angry. It was cold, unflinching. I had the thought that he was more dangerous than his gun. I pushed that thought away. We had a pact. He was just a hurt boy.

At this point I was like, No!! Don’t push the thought away! The book was totally predictable. Plus the fact that the boy is 22 years old. Em was right to tell Ames dad about him. But that would hurt me, too. Em betrayed her, now she has no one left to trust.

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