Saturday, September 28, 2013

Tori's Review: Once by Anna Carey

Once by Anna Carey
Series: Eve #3
Genre: Dystopia, Young Adult, Romance
Rating: ★★★
Pages: 354
Published by HarperCollins on July 3, 2012
Date Read: September 16, 2013
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When you're being hunted, who can you trust?
For the first time since she escaped from her school many months ago, Eve can sleep soundly. She's living in Califia, a haven for women, protected from the terrifying fate that awaits orphaned girls in The New America.
But her safety came at a price: She was forced to abandon Caleb, the boy she loves, wounded and alone at the city gates. When Eve gets word that Caleb is in trouble, she sets out into the wild again to rescue him, only to be captured and brought to the City of Sand, the capital of The New America.
Trapped inside the City walls, Eve uncovers a shocking secret about her past--and is forced to confront the harsh reality of her future. When she discovers Caleb is alive, Eve attempts to flee her prison so they can be together--but the consequences could be deadly. She must make a desperate choice to save the ones she loves . . . or risk losing Caleb forever.
In this breathless sequel to "Eve," Anna Carey returns to her tale of romance, adventure, and sacrifice in a world that is both wonderfully strange and chillingly familiar.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Tori's Marry, Kiss, Cliff Tag!

So if you didn't know what this is, I'm doing the Marry, Kiss, Cliff Tag! It's from YouTube, and I wasn't tagged, but this is one of the best tags I've ever seen. Be prepared to watch me die.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Tori's Review: Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal
Rating: ★★★★
Pages: 418
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on September 27, 2011
Date Read: September 11, 2013
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Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal other wordly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands", she speaks many languages - not all of them human - and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.
When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Tori's Review: Eve by Anna Carey

Eve by Anna Carey
Series: Eve #1
Genre: Dystopia, Young Adult, Romance
Rating: ★★★★★
Pages: 336
Published by HarperTeen on October 4, 2011
Date Read: September 4, 2013
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The year is 2032, sixteen years after a deadly virus—and the vaccine intended to protect against it—wiped out most of the earth’s population. The night before eighteen-year-old Eve’s graduation from her all-girls school she discovers what really happens to new graduates, and the horrifying fate that awaits her. 
Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Separated from men her whole life, Eve has been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust...and her heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Tori's Review: Free Falling by Kirsty Moseley

Free Falling by Kirsty Moseley
Series: None
Genre: Romance, New Adult, Young Adult
Rating: ★★★
Pages: 281
Published by Smashwords on May 15, 2013
Date Read: September 3, 2013
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They say that your school years are supposed to be the best years of your life, and that you should make the most of them because you’ll miss them when you’re all grown up. Up until Maisie Preston’s senior year, she would have totally agreed with that statement. Life was great, she had everything going for her, excellent grades, great parents, an annoying yet caring twin brother, and an impossibly sweet boyfriend.
Everything was perfect - that is until the arrival of Zach Anderson. A misfit delinquent that seemed to bring with him a lot of bad karma. Is it just a coincidence that his arrival marks a significant change in Maisie’s life? Up until senior year, life was perfect, but things seem to be going downhill fast.
This is a companion novel for ‘Always You’ — though this novel stands alone so there is no need to read Always You first.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Lindsay's Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee

Angelfall by Susan Ee
Series: Penryn & The End of Days #1
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Angels
Rating: ★★★★★
Pages: 283
Published by Feral Dream on May 21, 2011
Date Read: September 6th, 2013
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It's been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.
Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.
Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.
Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels' stronghold in San Francisco where she'll risk everything to rescue her sister and he'll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.
Recommended for ages 16 and up

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Tori's Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments #1
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal
Pages: 485
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on March 27, 2007
Date Read: August 29, 2012
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Don’t miss The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, soon to be a major motion picture in theaters August 2013!
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?
This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . . 
Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Lindsay's Review: Forgotten by Cat Patrick

Forgotten by Cat Patrick
Series: None
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Paranormal
Rating: ★★★★★
Pages: 304
Published by Little, Brown Books on June 7th, 2011
Date Read: August 30th, 2013
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Each night at precisely 4:33 am, while sixteen-year-old London Lane is asleep, her memory of that day is erased. In the morning, all she can "remember" are events from her future. London is used to relying on reminder notes and a trusted friend to get through the day, but things get complicated when a new boy at school enters the picture. Luke Henry is not someone you'd easily forget, yet try as she might, London can't find him in her memories of things to come. 
When London starts experiencing disturbing flashbacks, or flash-forwards, as the case may be, she realizes it's time to learn about the past she keeps forgetting-before it destroys her future.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Lindsay's Waiting on Wednesday: World After by Susan Ee

World After by Susan Ee
Series: Penryn and The End of Days
Genre: Angels, Young Adult, Paranormal
Pages: N/A
Expected Publish Date: November 18th, 2013 by Skyscape

In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what's left of the modern world.
When a group of people capture Penryn's sister Paige, thinking she's a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.
Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels' secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.
Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can't rejoin the angels, can't take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Top Ten Books Tori Would Love To See As A Movie/TV Show (8)

This is an event hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is books that I would love to see as a movie or TV show!

1. Stolen by Lucy Christopher
I'd want this to be a movie. This book is just simply amazing. The way Christopher captures the emotions of Gemma so amazingly. Obviously I don't know what it's like to be kidnapped by a hot guy, but I'm sure that the way Christopher writes Gemma's thoughts and feelings is how I'd feel. 

2. Eve by Anna Carey
In my opinion, I think this would make an interesting TV series. I mean, it would take the right directer and screenplay writer to make this book into a good TV series, but I can see it in my head being pretty great. 

3. Free Falling by Kirsty Moseley
This would make a good movie. It had the right elements--creepiness, romance, and a hint of humor--to make a pretty great YA movie production. 

4. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
I can see this being a TV series. I can imagine in my head Juliette counting things in her prison cell and writing in her notebook. There are so many cliffhangers throughout the series that I can just picture what each episode would end up being like. 

5. How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
If this were a movie, it would be such a funny, light-hearted movie that I would have to buy it when it came out on DVD. Rosie is just such a hilarious character. My only hopes would be that the movie would do a better job in making their characters more memorable. 

6. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
I can literally picture in my mind the different episodes that could be shown on TV for this. The first chapter in Cinder would create such a great beginning in a TV series. In my opinion, I would call the TV series Lunar since the second book Scarlet is mostly about Scarlet. 

7. I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
Seriously. If you've read this book and you've seen crime movies and shows, you would understand how great this book would be if it were a big budget movie production. That's the biggest part though: big budget. I don't think they'd be able to pull this off without a pretty fat budget. I would only trust the best with this. (Same with Cinder. If the best aren't producing that TV series, I'll be so sad.)

8. Nightshade by Andre Cremer
TV series. No doubt. So much happens in this trilogy. And no doubt the producers would be able to add more to the plot (like in The Vampire Diaries and Under The Dome) to make it thicker and better than the books (even though the books were great). If they ever create a TV series, I can't wait to see who they cast as Ren. Like hello sexy godlike being. 

9. Eve and Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate
I love science fiction, and with the right crew I'm sure this movie would be great. Of course they'd need a good chunk of money to pull off the special effects in this. I could just imagine this as a movie. It would be so great. 

10. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
These books are just so fat and full of fantasy and full of romance and full of cliffhangers and full of amazing things. Each book (The Unbecoming on Mara Dyer, The Evolution of Mara Dyer, The Retribution of Mara Dyer) would create great seasons. Three seasons. Sounds pretty great. 

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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Lindsay's Review: You Wish by Mandy Hubbard

You Wish by Mandy Hubbard
Series: None
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Rating:  ★★★
Pages: 304
Published by Razorbill on August 5th 2010
Date Read: September 1, 2013
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Kayla McHenry's sweet sixteen sucks! Her dad left, her grades dropped, and her BFF is dating the boy Kayla's secretly loved for years. Blowing out her candles, Kayla thinks: I wish my birthday wishes actually came true. Because they never freakin' do.Kayla wakes the next day to a life-sized, bright pink My Little Pony outside her window. Then a year's supply of gumballs arrives. A boy named Ken with a disturbing resemblance to the doll of the same name stalks her. As the ghosts of Kayla's wishes-past appear, they take her on a wild ride...but they MUST STOP. Because when she was fifteen? She wished Ben Mackenzie would kiss her. And Ben is her best friend's boyfriend.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Tori's Review: Eve and Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate

Eve and Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate
Series: None
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance
Rating: ★★★★
Pages: 291
Published by Feiwel & Friends on October 2, 2012
Date Read: August 30, 2013
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And girl created boy…
In the beginning, there was an apple—
And then there was a car crash, a horrible injury, and a hospital. But before Evening Spiker’s head clears a strange boy named Solo is rushing her to her mother’s research facility. There, under the best care available, Eve is left alone to heal.
Just when Eve thinks she will die—not from her injuries, but from boredom—her mother gives her a special project: Create the perfect boy.
Using an amazingly detailed simulation, Eve starts building a boy from the ground up. Eve is creating Adam. And he will be just perfect... won’t he?

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Lindsay's Review: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Series: None
Genre: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Contemporary
Rating: ★★★★★
Pages: 304
Published by Razorbill on October 18th, 2007
Date Finished: August 28th, 2013
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Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.  On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list.
Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Lindsay's Waiting On Wednesday: Through The Zombie Glass by Gena Showalter

Through The Zombie Glass by Gena Showalter
Series: White Rabbit Chronicals #2
Genre: Zombies, Young Adult, Paranormal
Pages: 480
Published by Harlequin Teen on September 24th
Inspired by the childhood classic Alice in Wonderland, this harrowing and romantic story features teen zombie slayer Alice Bell who has lost so much—family, friends, her home. After a strange new zombie attack, Alice fears she may be losing her mind as well. A terrible darkness blooms inside her, urging her to do wicked things. The whispers of the dead assault her ears and mirrors seem to come frighteningly to life. She’s never needed her team of zombie slayers more—including her boyfriend, Cole—than she does now. But as Cole strangely withdraws and the zombies gain new strength, Ali knows one false step may doom them all.