Review: Mirror X by Karri Thompson


mirror xMirror X (The Van Winkle Project #1) by Kerri Thompson

Published on June 30, 2014 by Entangled Teen.

318 pages

E-ARC from publisher in exchange of an honest review.

Cassie Dannacher wakes up in a hospital over 1,000 years into the future after her space capsule is retrieved from space. She soon learns that 600 years prior to her arrival, the earth was struck by a plague, killing over half of the world’s population. Naïve and desperate, Cassie, who longs for home and is having trouble adjusting to the new, dictatorial 31st century government, is comforted by Michael Bennett, the 20-year old lead geneticist at the hospital where she was revived.

But why is Cassie in genetics’ hospital in the first place, and why do several of the people around her seem so familiar, including Travel Carson, the hot and edgy boy she is fated to meet? Soon she discovers there is a sinister answer to all of her questions – and that they want something from Cassie that only she can give.

My Thoughts

I do not think that I have been so frustrated with a book that I had been reading like ever! But it was a good frustrating!!! I could seriously feel my blood pressure rise while reading and had to put it down several times because I wanted to just jump on into the story myself and commit murder on a few characters! This book made me feel something and even though it was anger, it left me with a story that I definitely will not forget due to all the mixed up emotions that I had while reading!

Cassie wakes up 1000 years in the future when she is informed that the world that she knew is long gone and everyone that she loves is no longer alive. This is where I first starting having the heart palpitations but believe me…this was only the beginning! Cassie is literally kept a prisoner that is expected to just do what the government tells her even though their plan is so sinister!

I really enjoyed Cassie as a character and was enamored of her strength. If I had to go through even an ounce of what she did in this book, I definitely would have given up. I also love the fact that even though she didn’t want certain things to happen, she welcomed them with open arms because that is just what you are supposed to do and never in the book did she even have a thought of giving that up. (I cannot reveal what I am exactly speaking of because then you will all be spoiled!)

Next we have Michael and I liked him at first but the more the book went on, the more I was not so sure of him???? He had all these secrets that he just kept keeping from Cassie which really was annoying and added to my anger. The biggest ones were revealed right at the end and I wish that Cassie would have given him the boot! I just adored Travel and thought he was the man for Cassie:( He was sweet and really tried to make her happy!

I could probably go on and on about this book but that will deter all of you from reading it….so, go right now and hit up Amazon! I guarantee that you will be as frustratingly happy with it as I am! AND then, come on back and discuss it with me! I am dying to chat with someone about it! I can’t wait for the next in the series!!!!

5-stars

h.lee

 

Review: On the Fence by Kasie West


on the fenceOn The Fence by Kasie West

Published July 1, 2014 by HarperTeen

320 pages

E-Copy from Edelweis with permission from the publisher in exchange of an honest review.

She’s a tomboy. He’s the boy next door…

Charlie Reynolds can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn’t know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at a chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world. To cope with the stress of her new reality, Charlie takes to spending nights chatting with her neighbor Braden through the fence between their yards. As she grows to depend on their nightly Fence Chats, she realizes she’s got a bigger problem than speeding tickets-she’s falling for Braden. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.

Fun, original, and endearing, On the Fence is a romantic comedy about finding yourself and finding love where you least expect.

My Thoughts

This was the first book that I had read by Ms. West, even though her books have been all over you tube & blog websites for a while now. This one just caught my eye and made me feel like I really needed some contemporary in my life.

There were certain parts of Charlie that I adored:

1. The fact that she was “just one of the guys” and could beat them down.

2. The fact that if she wanted something, she went for it!

Then, on the other hand, there were certain parts of Charlie that I really didn’t like:

1. The fact that she felt that she had to hide her awesomeness to get a boyfriend.

2. The fact that at times, she had no filter and little compassion for other people’s feelings.

I can’t say that if Charlie were a real live person, that we would be friends but, I do understand to some point the reasons of why she did certain things.

This brings me to Braden. Now Braden was almost perfect! Adorable I tell you! He was sweet and kind but had no problem telling Charlie what he thought, even if it hurt her feelings!

I enjoyed the fact that these two had a long history together that had started when they were young. They were friends first, then fell in love. Their fence chats were beautiful and helped the reader learn a whole lot more about these characters.

I also have to mention Charlie’s brothers here! They were awesome and hilarious! I really loved all of them but if I had to choose a favorite, it would have to be……Gabe! He just seemed to always have Charlie’s back and they were really close.

I did enjoy my first Kasie West read and thought this book was a really cute contemporary. I will definitely be checking out more from this author!

4-stars

h.lee

Quarantine: The Burnouts by Lex Thomas Review


quarantineQuarantine: The Burnouts (Quarantine #3) by Lex Thomas

To Be Published by Egmont USA on July 22, 2014

Source: ARC from publisher in exchange of an honest review.

272 pages

Lord of the Flies in a 21st-century high school setting.Welcome to Quarantine 3: The Burnouts , where readers of The Maze Runner, Gone, and Divergent go when they’re hungry for more dark, compelling survival stories.

When an explosion rocks David and Will’s suburban high school one morning, a deadly virus is unleashed on the school. After a year of quarantine, with no adults around, the students have created their own society. All of the social cliques have developed into gangs-The Nerds, The Geeks, The Freaks, The Sluts, The Skaters, The Burnouts, The Pretty Ones, and The Varsity-and each gang provides a service with which they can barter for provisions. Without a gang, it’s almost impossible to secure food, water, territory, or supplies. In the final installment in the Quarantine trilogy, the brothers are reunited on the Outside and it appears as if, for once everything is going right. But inside the school, Lucy is alone with no gang and no hope, until the Burnouts welcome her into their filthy arms.

My Thoughts

I LOVED the first 2 books in this series but they do not even compare to the third and final book! The Burnouts was explosive and a great ending to a horrific, yet intriguing apocalypse story.

David and Will are reunited at the beginning of this final chapter, which picks up right where the last book left us off. Will is thinking of Lucy and feeling guilty for leaving her behind but cannot bring himself to tell David about their relationship. He can’t hurt his brother’s feelings. Lucy is left with no group to belong to, she has been cast out by everyone around her and a surprise, makes her more week than she was to begin with.

There is so much action in this book that you have to pay attention closely to every page for fear that you may miss something. The reunion of Will and David had me a smidge teary-eyed. I loved David in the first book and adored Will in the second. I really cannot tell you which character I love more? I was really feeling emotional over Lucy.I was saddened by what happens to her in this book and to how low she actually stoops to not feel anything.

I can tell you that not everyone will survive and you will literally be blown away by some of the action of the characters. the writer was sure to show us just how low life in the school had become. If you enjoyed the first 2 books, YOU HAVE TO PICK THIS ONE UP!!!

5-stars

h.lee

One Safe Place by Tania Unsworth


one safe placeOne Safe Place by Tania Unsworth

Published April 29, 2014 by Algonquin Books Of Chapel Hill

Source: ARC from publisher

295 pages

In this near-future dystopia with echoes of “The Giver” and “Among the Hidden,” Tania Unsworth has created an unsettling page-turner fast-paced, smooth, filled with dread that s wholly satisfying and startlingly original.

Devin doesn t remember life before the world got hot; he has grown up farming the scorched earth with his grandfather in their remote valley. When his grandfather dies, Devin heads for the city. Once there, among the stark glass buildings, he finds scores of children, just like him, living alone on the streets. They tell him rumors of a place for abandoned children, with unlimited food and toys and the hope of finding a new family. But only the luckiest get there.

An act of kindness earns Devin an invitation to the home, but it s soon clear that it s no paradise. As Devin investigates the intimidating administrator and the zombie-like sickness that afflicts some children, he discovers the home s horrific true mission. The only real hope is escape, but the place is as secure as a fortress.

Fans of dystopian fiction and spine-chilling adventure will devour “The One Safe Place”; its haunting themes will resonate long after readers have turned the final page.

My Thoughts

When I first spotted this book and saw that it was a dystopian, I knew that I had to check it out. I love all dystopian reads and I wasn’t quite sure at first with this one but the more that I read, the more I enjoyed the characters, the mystery and the storyline.

Devin grew up living with his Grandpa on his grandparents farm. He was use to hard work and his grandfather tried to teach him everything he needed to know about life but it is pretty hard when it is just 2 people living all alone of the land.

When Grandpa dies, Devin is left all alone and is unable to take care of the farm on his own. He sets out for the city hoping to find someone who is willing to come back and help him. What he ends up with is a whole lot more than what he was expecting!

I really enjoyed this book! It was so much more than I was really expecting it to be. There is a mystery surrounding the home that Devin gets taken to and it is one that the reader gets hints about but does not find out until almost the end what is really going on. the story line itself was a unique and interesting one that was a rare find in a book. I really enjoyed all the different characters, especially the pig which gave me a few giggles on more than one occasion.

If you enjoy dystopian books, you are guaranteed to enjoy this one. It does read a little like a middle grade but I did enjoy it all the same. the mystery alone kept me reading until the very end.

4-stars

h.lee

Teaser Tuesday!


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This a weekly meme held on Tuesday’s that was created by Should Be Reading

Here are the rules:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Afterparty by Ann Redisch Stampler


Emma is tired of being good. Always the dutiful daughter to an overprotective father, she is the antithesis of her afterpartymother — whose name her dad won’t even say out loud. That’s why meeting Siobhan is the best thing that ever happened to her…and the most dangerous. Because Siobhan is fun and alluring and experienced and lives on the edge. In other words, she’s everything Emma is not.

And it may be more than Emma can handle.

Because as intoxicating as her secret life may be, when Emma begins to make her own decisions, Siobhan starts to unravel. It’s more than just Dylan, the boy who comes between them. Their high-stakes pacts are spinning out of control. Elaborate lies become second nature. Loyalties and boundaries are blurred. And it all comes to a head at the infamous Afterparty, where debauchery rages and an intense, inescapable confrontation ends in a plummet from the rooftop…

This explosive, sexy, and harrowing follow-up to Ann Redisch Stampler’s spectacular teen debut, Where It Began, reveals how those who know us best can hurt us most.

Teaser
Then she was gone.

Maybe.

Maybe she is only temporarily asleep-but more likely, she is only temporarily alive.

Leave your TT links below!

h.lee

Far From You by Tess Sharpe


far from youFar From You by Tess Sharpe

Published March 27, 2014 by Indigo

Source-ARC from publisher in exchange of an honest review.

352 Pages

Nine months. Two weeks. Six days.

That’s how long recovering addict Sophie’s been drug-free. Four months ago her best friend, Mina, died in what everyone believes was a drug deal gone wrong – a deal they think Sophie set up. Only Sophie knows the truth. She and Mina shared a secret, but there was no drug deal. Mina was deliberately murdered.

Forced into rehab for an addiction she’d already beaten, Sophie’s finally out and on the trail of the killer – but can she track them down before they come for her?

My Thoughts

This book really started out with a bang for me. I was sucked right in from the very first chapter.

The story starts off with Sophie being in rehab and getting ready to be released. You get snippets of past memories throughout the book as different scenarios happen and you try to help Sophie pull all of the pieces together. The writer did a fantastic job at letting us understand the feelings between Sophie & Mina. Especially as Sophie is remembering the day that Mina died. YES, of course I shed a few tears. It was inevitable and I think you all would shed a few too if you had either read the book or planned to pick it up.

The relationship between all of these characters was a little messed up but, I really enjoyed the different dynamics. It all gets revealed a little into the book and then I had thought back to small pieces that I had already read and all of a sudden…the lightbulb went on! I thought..how the hell had I missed that??? There is a love “square” I guess you could say, which I just adore in my books. I know that some do not, but I really enjoy that aspect. I am just weird like that I guess?

The ending was a bit shocking because it was, of course, someone who you would never expect in the first place. But all in all, I thought this was a really great read! I was kind of disappointed in myself for not reading it sooner and I was surprised that there was not as much hype about it. Another one that I suggest you all pick up….you will not be disappointed!

4 stars

h.lee

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart


we were liarsWe Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Published May 13, 2014 by Delacort Press

Source: Purchased

240 Pages

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

My Thoughts

Oh this book! I couldn’t put it down and it was sooooo good!!! I cannot tell you that enough! I enjoyed every minute of the mystery it held and I guarantee you will too! READ IT!!!

I went into this book not really knowing much about it at all. the synopsis does not really give you a good description and sometimes …that is a good thing! Every once in a while, I enjoy picking up a book without reading any reviews or even knowing what is in store for me. Sometimes they end poorly, but this was not the case with this one! I had skipped over every review and held myself back from watching anything on booktube that had included any type of spoiler on this book. I suggest that you all do the same! It makes the read that much better!

The very basic synopsis is that there is a very wealthy family that spends their summers on their own private island. There is an accident and the main character tries to piece everything back together. But the end…oh the end …I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING!!! That is all that your going to get out of me…I do not want to spoil this one for anyone! If you would like to discuss the book with me, contact me on twitter, goodreads or send me an email.

Now, I have not read a book by E. Lockhart before, even though I have heard many great things about her. I can tell you that her writing is exquisite and she will suck you in! She has a way of describing the main character’s feelings that you really have to pay attention to the book to actually understand that some things are NOT really happening. There were several times that I was like…wait…what just happened? And then went back and had to read the paragraph over again before I really Got it.

I can definitely tell you that I will be on the look out for more from this author. This may be one of my favorites so far this year! READ the book people! and then come back and tell me if you think I lied???? LOL!

5-stars

h.lee

 

Graduation Day by Joelle Charbonneau Blog Tour!!


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Title: GRADUATION DAY (The Testing #3)

Author: Joelle Charbonneau

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Pub. Date: June 17, 2014

Pages: 304 Find it: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

In book three of the Testing series, the United Commonwealth wants to eliminate the rebel alliance fighting to destroy The Testing for good. Cia is ready to lead the charge, but will her lethal classmates follow her into battle?

She wants to put an end to the Testing
In a scarred and brutal future, The United Commonwealth teeters on the brink of all-out civil war. The rebel resistance plots against a government that rules with cruelty and cunning. Gifted student and Testing survivor, Cia Vale, vows to fight.

But she can’t do it alone.
This is the chance to lead that Cia has trained for – but who will follow? Plunging through layers of danger and deception, Cia must risk the lives of those she loves–and gamble on the loyalty of her lethal classmates.

Who can Cia trust?
The stakes are higher than ever-lives of promise cut short or fulfilled; a future ruled by fear or hope–in the electrifying conclusion to Joelle Charbonneau’s epic Testing trilogy. Ready or not…it’s Graduation Day.

The Final Test is the Deadliest!

My Review

The first two books in this series were awesome and I could not wait to get my hands on this third installment! GD was masterfully crafted and this has become one of my favorite series of all time!!

Cia faces her toughest test yet in GD. We all thought the others were tough but they have nothing on this one. She knows that she needs help this time around but is frightful that she will choose the wrong person to trust.

I love Cia! She is tough as nails and an all around great heroine! She is not your typical teenager and really thinks things through before acting on them.

This book had so many twists and turns that it felt like a roller coaster ride and I enjoyed every minute of it! I would say that this was probably one of the best finale books that I have read and I encourage all of you to pick up this series if you have not already!

5-stars

About the Author

Ever since I can remember I loved telling stories. As I grew up, I started performing thoseJoelleCharbonneau_Publicity_Photo-264x300 stories on the stage. Creating vivid characters and singing wonderfully complex songs were my passion. I graduated from Millikin University with a Bachelors Degree in Vocal Performance and then continued onto DePaul

University for my Masters Degree in Opera Performance. From there I went onto perform across the Chicagoland area in a variety of Operas, Operettas and Musicals. I also started teaching acting classes and private voice lessons to pass my passion along to the next generation.

Not exactly the path you’d expect a writer to take.

I’d never dreamed of writing a novel. But I loved to read. Then one day I had an idea and I started to write. I found my passion for creating characters lived on the page as well as the stage. It is my hope that the characters I’ve created resonate with you and make you smile.

I still teach voice lessons and sing for the occasional professional event. But the rest of my time is spent with my husband and son while dreaming up new and interesting stories. I hope that someday I hear yours. Website/Twitter/Facebook/Goodreads/Pinterest

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My Home Library!


So my daughter and I decided to go through all 3 of my book shelves on Sunday. This is what we my room looked like:

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We have figured out that I own 544 books which, in all honesty, I thought would be a heck of a lot more!

Now, out of those 544 books, there are 125 that I have yet to read! I guess that is not too bad? Like 25%?

My new shelves are way more organized now.

I am so happy to be more organized! My daughter, however, thinks that I own my own personal library! I guess in a way she is right!

How do all of you organize your shelves???

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ARC Review/Release Day: Royally Lost by Angie Stanton


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18530135Royally Lost by Angie Stanton

Published May 6, 2014 by Harper Collins

Source: ARC from publisher.

336 Pages

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amazon buttonDragged on a family trip to Europe’s ancient cities, Becca wants nothing more than to go home. Trapped with her emotionally distant father, over-eager stepmother, and a brother who only wants to hook up with European hotties, Becca is miserable. That is until she meets Nikolai, a guy as mysterious as he is handsome. And she unknowingly finds herself with a runaway prince.

Nikolai has everything a guy could ask for-he’s crown prince, heir to the throne, and girls adore him. But the one thing he doesn’t have…is freedom. Staging a coup, he flees his kingdom and goes undercover on his own European tour.

When Nikolai and Becca meet, it’s their differences that draw them together. Sparks fly as they share a whirlwind of adventures, all the while dodging his royal guard. But Becca’s family vacation ends in a matter of days. Will Nikolai and Becca be forced to say goodbye forever, will his destiny catch up to him, or will they change history forever?

Review

If anyone had ever seen the movie Chasing Liberty, and loved it, you will definitely love this book! Royally Lost reminded me so much of the story of Anna & Ben. It had it’s own little spin that kept me wanting to read more just so that I could finally find out how it all ended.

Poor Becca is literally on the trip from hell with her work-a-holic father, her stepmother which she has no desire to get to know and her party/player brother Dylan. She just had to deal with her awful break up after her boyfriend hooked up with her best friend and now she is stuck traveling Europe with the family when she really just feels like being at home and hiding in her room all summer. I really did feel bad for her and enjoyed her character immensely! She had actually sworn off men and was starting to realize that she could stand on her own two feet.

Enter Nicolai, whoooooo-wheeeeee! Hot, Hot, Hot!!! Even while I was reading, I just kept imagining his accent…La-swoon!! Nicolai has so many issues of his own. He is the crown prince of Mandovia and is expected to just bow down to whatever his parents say. He has no ruling over his own life and decides that he needs a little break. So he literally takes off without telling anyone where he is going. On one of is lonely afternoons, he spots the beautiful american girl wondering the streets. He does take notice of her but shrugs it off.

That is until they just keep bumping into each other EVERYWHERE they go!

What an adorable love story! I couldn’t get enough of the feels! Once the two characters finally meet, they realize that they have a lot more in common than they had originally thought and the story takes you on a whirlwind romance through the streets of many European cities. This was a bonus in my eyes because I love me some traveling stories!

The other character that I must mention because yes, Nicolai was swoonworthy but so was Becca’s brother, Dylan! yup-yup! He had the whole bad boy vibe going on but also was able to show his tender side by caring so much for his sister. He really had her back throuout the trip and it made me love him even more!

The ending was perfect and exactly what a great book is suppose to give it’s readers:) This is the first book that I had read by Angie Stanton but I am on the lookout for more!!!

4-starsh. Lee