Currently Reading: The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

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Summary:

An unforgettable epic romantic thriller about a girl from the future who might be able to save the world . . . if she lets go of the one thing she’s found to hold on to.

Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.

This is the story of seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time—a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins.

Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they’re from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth.

But everything changes when Prenna falls for Ethan Jarves.

From Ann Brashares, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, The Here and Now is thrilling, exhilarating, haunting, and heartbreaking–and a must-read novel of the year.

My Thoughts:

I’m currently about halfway into this book and I’ll go ahead and say that this is a MUST-READ when it releases on April 8! I read the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books back in junior high and I’m now 25. I was quite interested when I saw that Brashares had written a book that includes time travel! I actually put it off for awhile and let the book sit on my kindle until my mama mentioned to me that she’d been reading it too. (we’re both netgalley addicts…) The Here and Now is unlike anything Brashares has released before and has written an interesting concept that can be enjoyed by teens or adults. Pick this one up when it releases in April!

Source: ARC provided by the publisher via netgalley

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Recommendation time!

If you know me, then you know that I’ve fallen in love with Colleen Hoover’s books over the past year. Until two weeks ago, Hopeless and Losing Hope were all that I’d read. However, I’d recommended them to several friends who also got addicted.

Then Slammed was put on a sale a couple weeks ago. I’d bought its sequel Point of Retreat awhile back on sale, so I was prepared for what I was getting into. I read Slammed in one evening and then back tracked to a short story of Hoover’s, Finding Cinderella. The next day I read book two in just a couple of hours.

I find that I get sucked into her books! So, if you’re looking for something new to get addicted to then I suggest ANYTHING from Colleen Hoover. 🙂

-M

Book Review: CRESS by Marissa Meyer

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Summary:

Publication Date: February 4, 2014
In this third book in Marissa Meyer’s bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and prevent her army from invading Earth.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she’s just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. 

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is splintered. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price than she’d ever expected. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai, especially the cyborg mechanic. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

 

My Thoughts:

I love this series. If you’ve been keeping up with my books, then you know that I’m a big fan of Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles. Ever since I read Scarlet, book 2, a couple months ago I’ve been dying for Cress. I tried everything I could find to snag an ARC of the book.

I finally succeeded. It resulted in me stalking my mailbox for almost two weeks.

I didn’t know what to expect with Cress being the 3rd book in a quartet. Would there be tons of no-action-filler-content? Thankfully, I didn’t have to worry about middle book syndrome from Cress. There is hardly a break in the action!

My favorite thing about the series is how we’re introduced to a new female character each book. Cress is a take on Rapunzel and she may be my new favorite. Whereas Cinder and Scarlet were tough-kick-butt girls, Cress is AWK-WARD. Granted, she has been locked away since childhood, so it is understandable. However, her awkward, normal personality easily made her the most likable to me so far.

As for the guys, Thorne became my favorite in Scarlett and his actions in Cress just make me love him even more. Good job, Captain!

I don’t want to say too much about the storyline because I don’t want to spoil it, but the plot moves quickly. This is the largest book in the series at almost 600 pages, but I never felt overwhelmed at the length because I was completely absorbed in the action. I needed to know what was going to happen next. Were they going to overthrow Levana? Was Kai going to go through with the wedding? I NEEDED to know. Of course, we still have Winter coming out next year, so I don’t want to spoil that.

You may notice that I didn’t mention anything about Scarlet’s character. In the words of River Song, “Spoilers…”

Pick up Cress immediately if you’re a fan of this series! Otherwise, do yourself a favor and read Cinder ASAP so that you can get to know this original story!

Free and new and just for you!

I’m a HUGE fan of Colleen Hoover, so I highly suggest checking this out if you’ve read the Slammed series.

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I wrote a short story from Eddie’s point of view.  It’s more or less an epilogue to the Slammed series.  It’s included in an anthology of several other short stories by some pretty awesome authors.  Make sure you download it while it’s free, even if you haven’t read the Slammed series yet.  You never know when you might have the urge to read some short stories, and this book has over thirty of them!  If it’s not showing up for free on your foreign platform yet, give it time.  Might take a few hours or days, but hopefully not weeks.

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ITUNES

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Here’s the cover.  Isn’t it pretty?

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Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Book Info:

Author: E. Lockhart

Publication date: May 13, 2014

Publisher: Random House

Summary from Amazon:

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 Review:

 

OH. MY. GOODNESS. 

I keep telling people that I’m already wondering if this will already be my favorite book that I will read this year. 

I saw some other review that said that they didn’t like the choppy writing style. For me- that is what I found most interesting. It gave me a hint, of sorts, that something huge and abrupt was going to happen. I never would have guessed what was going to happen. Just know that We Were Liars is more than a story about a bunch of rich kids spending summers on an island. Random House is genius for promoting the book in a way that does not go too far into the plot. This way, the reader goes in blind and has no idea what to expect. I only knew that something had to be happening the way that the plot and story kept jumping around to different summers. I had to keep reading because I needed to know.

When I finally reached the book’s climax, I just stared at the page for a few minutes trying to process what had happened. In fact, I finished it days ago and I’m still trying to process it. 

Do yourself a favor and get We Were LIars when it releases in May!

 

Monday Mindset: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Currently Reading: 

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“Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart, We Were Liars is utterly unforgettable.” – John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars

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.

Thought:

So I’m still reading Prodigy, but it’s in hardcopy. (So far, so good I love it!)

That said, I was too lazy to get up and turn the light back on when I couldn’t sleep last night. What did I do? I pulled out my beloved Kindle Fire and chose to start We Were Liars. I got it from Netgalley, but have heard great things about it and was ready to start it.

It is SO GOOD! A full review is coming eventually, but I had to just go ahead and express my excitement over this book. It definitely lives up to the hype that I keep hearing about. 

Review: Scott Westerfield’s Uglies

4.5/5

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Summary:

Publication Date: May 10, 2006
Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous. What could be wrong with that? 
Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. Not for her license — for turning pretty. In Tally’s world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there. 
But Tally’s new friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to be pretty. She’d rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world — and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.
 

My Thoughts:

When I first heard of Uglies years ago, I mostly knew about it being in a time where everyone is turned gorgeous when they turn 16. In fact, based on the titles of the books, I even thought it was some kind of clique-y teenage story. I had NO idea what it was actually about. 

Fast forward to a couple months ago when a friend asked for recommendations for her young teenage daughter. (I’m a middle school librarian, so she uses my knowledge of books!) I told her that I hadn’t read Uglies, but that I’d heard good things about it. Again- I knew nothing about the series. My friend and her daughter LOVED the books! I realized that Uglies was $1.99 on Kindle (it still is as of January 3…) and decided to give it a try.

I. Could. Not. Stop. Reading.

I’ll start with the characters– I was a big fan of Shay! However, (spoiler alert!) I’m an even bigger fan of how she and Tally eventually swap roles in the book. Major character development! All of the Smokey characters were great for the small amount of time we got to focus on each character. As a whole, I never had a complaint about character personalities.

The storyline– it is so much more than “becoming pretty at 16.” That’s what I initially thought it was. Why exactly did the world become this way? Is the change only physical? Why are the children forced to leave their parents until they’re old enough for the operation? Who is in charge??

There was way more complexity than I thought there would be!

My only complaint— the “pretty” talk in the beginning. I get it, Tally, you’re excited. 

                             —The town names…come on, Westerfield…New Pretty Town, UglyVille, Crumblyville? It’s almost like those names were place holders until the author was able to come up with legit names.

Really though, those are my only complaints. Two tiny things.

Well…those and the cliffhanger ending and the fact that I don’t already own book 2.

Reminder:

Again, as of January 3 Uglies is still only 1.99 on Kindle, so go check it out!