Friday, August 30, 2013

Amy Tintera's "Reboot"

From the moment the lovely and funny Epic Reads ladies, Margot and Aubry, held up a copy of Amy Tintera's "Reboot," I knew I had to read it. That perfect simple cover is a winner in my book. And the catchy teaser on the cover! 

From Goodreads:

Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).

Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.

The perfect soldier is done taking orders.

There are a lot of dystopian books out there these days and I enjoy reading most of them, but some are too dark for me (I was really enjoying Ilsa Bick's "Ashes" but had to stop because there's a kid in there about my daughter's age, and watching her have issues in a bleak dystopian world was really hard for me) and some sound so much alike. Luckily for me, this book was interesting and light (despite the origin of the KDH disease in the book being from Kill Devil Hills, NC, a town only 4 hours away from me), and I went through it fairly quickly. I found the relationship between Callum and Wren to be sweet and realistic and I could see the two of them really well. 

If you like dystopian books, give this one a try! I can't wait for the second book in the series. 

I'm not sure why, but for some reason, whenever I try to figure out which song belongs, I feel that it must be Default by Django Django. Whatevs. 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Jennifer Echols "Such a Rush"

Library copy! 

From Goodreads:

A sexy and poignant romantic tale of a young daredevil pilot caught between two brothers. 

When I was fourteen, I made a decision. If I was doomed to live in a trailer park next to an airport, I could complain about the smell of the jet fuel like my mom, I could drink myself to death over the noise like everybody else, or I could learn to fly.

Heaven Beach, South Carolina, is anything but, if you live at the low-rent end of town. All her life, Leah Jones has been the grown-up in her family, while her mother moves from boyfriend to boyfriend, letting any available money slip out of her hands. At school, they may diss Leah as trash, but she’s the one who negotiates with the landlord when the rent’s not paid. At fourteen, she’s the one who gets a job at the nearby airstrip.

But there’s one way Leah can escape reality. Saving every penny she can, she begs quiet Mr. Hall, who runs an aerial banner-advertising business at the airstrip and also offers flight lessons, to take her up just once. Leaving the trailer park far beneath her and swooping out over the sea is a rush greater than anything she’s ever experienced, and when Mr. Hall offers to give her cut-rate flight lessons, she feels ready to touch the sky.

By the time she’s a high school senior, Leah has become a good enough pilot that Mr. Hall offers her a job flying a banner plane. It seems like a dream come true . . . but turns out to be just as fleeting as any dream. Mr. Hall dies suddenly, leaving everything he owned in the hands of his teenage sons: golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson. And they’re determined to keep the banner planes flying.

Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she’s leery of getting involved in what now seems like a doomed business—until Grayson betrays her by digging up her most damning secret. Holding it over her head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. Now Leah finds herself drawn into a battle between brothers—and the consequences could be deadly.

Love triangle with brothers - fair amount of kissiness. Parts of this book were kind of rough - an absentee alcoholic mom with bad taste in boyfriends being the worst part, at least for me. 

For me, this book deals a lot with people making assumptions about others and learning to fight to get beneath the surface of a person, to see who they really are. It's about standing on your own but learning to accept help when you need it.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Jennifer Lynn Barnes' "The Naturals"

I received a copy of this book by Jennifer Lynn Barnes from NetGalley for review. Release date November 5, 2013. 

From Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie.

What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides— especially when she’s sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own.

Sarcastic, privileged Michael has a knack for reading emotions, which he uses to get inside Cassie’s head—and under her skin. Brooding Dean shares Cassie’s gift for profiling, but keeps her at arm’s length.

Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms closer than Cassie could ever have imagined. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive.

As per my usual, I was looking for a book on NetGalley when I saw a nice cover and I clicked to see the description of the book. I was immediately intrigued by the description - it reminded me a little of that TV show, Alphas, or at least the 15 minutes I watched of it once. It also reminded me a little of Supernatural - the episodes with the hunter kids living together, and so it's a little X-Men like as well.

This book does have some alternating chapters from the mind of a serial killer, so that's a little creepy, but all in all, a good book! Some kissing, some new friends, and maybe a love triangle in the works.

"Maybe I don't want to be profiled because I don't want to know what you'd see. What little box I fit in. Who I really am."

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Holly Black's "The Curse Workers: White Cat"

In the YA world, I've heard some buzz surrounding Holly Black, so when I saw a copy of "White Cat" at the library, I grabbed it and brought it home. 

As I read the description, I began to doubt my choice - it just sounded really odd - but I read it anyway, and I was very pleasantly surprised!

From Goodreads:

Cassel comes from a family of Curse Workers - people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they're all criminals. Many become mobsters and con artists. But not Cassel. He hasn't got magic, so he's an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail - he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.

Cassel has carefully built up a facade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his facade starts to crumble when he finds himself sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He's noticing other disturbing things too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him. As Cassel begins to suspect he's part of a huge con game, he must unravel his past and his memories. To find out the truth, Cassel will have to out-con the conmen.

Not only was this book original, but it was well written and enjoyable. It wasn't very kissy, which I would usually mind, but I didn't mind at all in this book.

"The easiest lies to tell are the ones you want to be true.

"Now that I've started touching her, I can't seem to stop. Like somehow the language of my hands will tell her all the things I don't know how to say out loud.

The video choice for this is solely based on title. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Jill Hathaway's "Slide"

I got this book free for my kindle, but it's normally $7.99! Excellent deal. 

From Goodreads:

Vee Bell is certain of one irrefutable truth--her sister's friend Sophie didn't kill herself. She was murdered.

Vee knows this because she was there. Everyone believes Vee is narcoleptic, but she doesn't actually fall asleep during these episodes: When she passes out, she slides into somebody else's mind and experiences the world through that person's eyes. She's slid into her sister as she cheated on a math test, into a teacher sneaking a drink before class. She learned the worst about a supposed "friend" when she slid into her during a school dance. But nothing could have prepared Vee for what happens one October night when she slides into the mind of someone holding a bloody knife, standing over Sophie's slashed body.

Vee desperately wishes she could share her secret, but who would believe her? It sounds so crazy that she can't bring herself to tell her best friend, Rollins, let alone the police. Even if she could confide in Rollins, he has been acting distant lately, especially now that she's been spending more time with Zane.

Enmeshed in a terrifying web of secrets, lies, and danger and with no one to turn to, Vee must find a way to unmask the killer before he or she strikes again.

This book is fine, but I'm pretty sure I've read at least 3 similar books. Luckily, the character development for the protagonist, Sylvia "Vee" Bell, is well done, and she has some really well written thoughts. Some quotes I like:

"If she's the pink glitter on your valentine, I'm the black sharpie you use to draw mustaches on the teachers in your yearbook."

"I squirm. Concern makes me itchy."

"My fear of becoming too attached is swept away by my intense desire to make this instant count, make it as complete as it can be."

Because I am a girl of the 90s, my video choice for this is clear.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner's "These Broken Stars"

I LOVE THIS BOOK. I got a digital ARC from NetGalley and I am so happy I did! To me, this book is Star Trek meets Gilligan's Island meets Titanic. That sounds weird, but it's just awesome.

From Goodreads:

It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone. 

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help. 

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

The first in a sweeping science fiction trilogy, These Broken Stars is a timeless love story about hope and survival in the face of unthinkable odds.

The authors do a great job of describing the world these characters live in - "The sounds of air filters and the garden shifting from roses to daffodils on the left, mechanical click of its holographic projectors." The characters are really well developed 

Other quotes:

"I get exactly ten heartbeats to live in this perfect moment..."

"But who names a starship the Icarus? What kind of man possesses that much hubris, that he dares it to fall?"

The book comes out on December 10th. Add it to your holiday wishlist! 

I have the perfect song for this. I think.

This is Bastille (Dan, Kyle, Woody, and Will) and they're amazing. And adorable! 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Myra McEntire's "Infinityglass"

I first read Myra McEntire's "Hourglass" almost a year and a half ago, and I really enjoyed it. I read the sequel, "Timepiece" as soon as I could get my hands on it and then I anxiously awaited the final book in the trilogy, "Infinityglass." 

One day about two weeks ago, the UPS guy knocked on my door and gave me a book shaped package (my favorite kind!) and when I opened the package, I found a brand new copy of "Infinityglass" and this was before the release date! Is there any better mail than a free surprise not yet released book? I'm not sure there is! It's shiny and velvety and I love it. LOVE IT. I haven't had a ton of reading time lately (again, migraines, summer, yuck) but I made sure to go to bed at a decent time over 3 nights and I read it then.

(WARNING: Below is the summary of the final book in this trilogy, so if you haven't read it and don't want spoilers, stop reading this! Now!:) 

From Goodreads:

The stakes have risen even higher in this third book in the Hourglass series.

The Hourglass is a secret organization focused on the study of manipulating time, and its members — many of them teenagers -­have uncanny abilities to make time work for them in mysterious ways. Inherent in these powers is a responsibility to take great care, because altering one small moment can have devastating consequences for the past, present, and future. But some time trav­elers are not exactly honorable, and sometimes unsavory deals must be struck to maintain order.

With the Infinityglass (central to understanding and harnessing the time gene) at large, the hunt is on to find it before someone else does.

But the Hourglass has an advantage. Lily, who has the ability to locate anything lost, has determined that the Infinityglass isn't an object. It's a person. And the Hourglass must find him or her first. But where do you start searching for the very key to time when every second could be the last?

This is one of those series where the books are connected but the star characters in each book change. I usually love that, but in this series I only like it (though I love each book) because the stars of book one, Michael and Emerson, aren't the stars of the other two books.

This book involves Dune (from The Hourglass) and Hallie. The story is fast paced and a fun, quick read. If you like a little Sci-Fi in your YA books, I recommend this! 

Book one in the series is "Hourglass" and book two is "Timepiece."

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Migraine Delay + Erin Bowman's "Taken"

I am so behind on blogs! Posting, reading, everything! Summer immersed me into the season of migraines, so I've either been in pain, or not in pain and appreciating that by parenting or whatever. 

I have, of course, kept up with my reading anyway, and I'm working on a list of the books I owe you reviews of right now

But first! The other day I was lucky enough to win a copy of Erin Bowman's "Taken!" Very exciting! Through the magic of twitter, I discovered an online twitter chat with Erin and Lit New England that was offering prizes! I'd already read the book and I really enjoyed it, and I'm looking forward to the sequel, "Frozen." Having my very own copy of taken will help ease my waiting woes! :) I just checked my blog and apparently I haven't posted about it yet? Crazy. 

From Goodreads:

There are no men in Claysoot. There are boys—but every one of them vanishes at midnight on his eighteenth birthday. The ground shakes, the wind howls, a blinding light descends…and he’s gone.

They call it the Heist.

Gray Weathersby’s eighteenth birthday is mere months away, and he’s prepared to meet his fate–until he finds a strange note from his mother and starts to question everything he’s been raised to accept: the Council leaders and their obvious secrets. The Heist itself. And what lies beyond the Wall that surrounds Claysoot–a structure that no one can cross and survive.

Climbing the Wall is suicide, but what comes after the Heist could be worse. Should he sit back and wait to be taken–or risk everything on the hope of the other side?

Intriguing! I was pretty sure I knew where this was going - I was so wrong. It was a fun read that kept me on the edge of my seat without stressing me out too much. Also, there's a character named Kale! This book shares some similarities with other recent hits (but I'm not saying which ones so you can be surprised!), it definitely has it's own unique twists.

Here's the cover of the sequel - isn't it gorgeous?