Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Review: Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines

My Rating: 5 Stars
Date Read: September 2015

Publication Date:  August 25, 2015
Hardback, 336 Pages

Summary from Goodreads:

To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, way-too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god who led Lawton High to the state championships. But while West may be Big Man on Campus on the outside, on the inside he’s battling the grief that comes with watching his father slowly die of cancer.

Two years ago, Maggie Carleton’s life fell apart when her father murdered her mother. And after she told the police what happened, she stopped speaking and hasn’t spoken since. Even the move to Lawton, Alabama, couldn’t draw Maggie back out. So she stayed quiet, keeping her sorrow and her fractured heart hidden away.

As West’s pain becomes too much to handle, he knows he needs to talk to someone about his father—so in the dark shadows of a post-game party, he opens up to the one girl who he knows won’t tell anyone else.

West expected that talking about his dad would bring some relief, or at least a flood of emotions he couldn’t control. But he never expected the quiet new girl to reply, to reveal a pain even deeper than his own—or for them to form a connection so strong that he couldn’t ever let her go…

My Review:

I loved this book. Seriously. I was having a massive case of Reader's Block, but once I started this book, I could not put it down.  I thought that the whole idea was interesting. I mean, if I were in Maggie's position, I probably would have done the same thing. Sometimes, being silent really does help you to cope. Sometime. Not always. And I do agree that at some point, you actually do have to talk about whatever it is that you're avoiding. Otherwise, you'll never completely heal

I really liked Maggie's character. She was so strong and steady for the most part, and I really enjoyed getting to see her grow up and learn that it's okay to talk to someone when you are hurting, and to not let people push her around.

I had a love/hate relationship with West. On one hand he's this really cute guy, who means well, and has a lot of... crap that he's trying to deal with. On the other hand, he hooks up with random girls for no reason just because he can, and he's like, super possessive of Maggie, even before they start dating... And then when they do, you better watch out. Don't talk to Maggie if you're a guy or you'll have heck to pay. That was just really kind of annoying. But Maggie was pretty good about setting him straight.

I haven't read any of the other books by Abbi Glines, but I might give them a shot after reading this one. I definitely can't wait to read the next book in this series.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Swoon-Worthy {Fictional} Guys From A-Z {M}

My Swoony Pick for the letter "M" is...

Michael Glass
From Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine

He plays the guitar. *SWOON*
He's always super flirty with Claire but his heart belongs to Eve, and no one can change his mind.
He is very kind and patient with everyone, but he can also turn into this fierce protector if his friends are being threatened.
He is very charming, and polite {for the most part} he usually has no trouble putting people at ease.
Some of my Favorite Michael Quotes:
“Michael!” Oliver’s voice came faint through the front door. “Something you should see, my boy! Look out your windows!”
“Trap,” Shane said instantly, and reached out to grab Michael’s arm as he walked by. “Don’t, man.”
“What’s he going to do? Make faces at me?”  

Claire: "So we do nothing?"
Michael: "We do the best nothing you've ever seen.” 
Michael rose to his feet and padded down the last few steps silently, came up behind Kim, and leaned over her to say, “I vant to drink your blood” in a heavy, fake-Dracula accent. She shrieked, flailed, and a zombie ate her brains on-screen."You sabotaged me!” Kim yelled, dropped the controller, and smacked him hard on the chest. “I can’t believe you just totally sabotaged me!”
"Can’t let him lose,” Michael said, as Shane hit the high score and the victory music sounded. “Gotta live with the dude.”They high-fived."You’re seriously going to take that as a win,” Kim said. “When he totally cheated for you.”Yes,” Shane said. “I seriously am.”  

“You okay?"
"Your heart's beating really fast."
"Gee, thanks. That's very comforting that you can hear it."
He smiled, and it was the old Michael, the one she'd first met before all the vamp stuff.
"Yeah, I know it is. Sorry. Just stay behind me if there's trouble."
"You sound like Shane."
"Well, he did say he'd kill me if I got you hurt. I'm just looking after my own neck."
"You're bleeding," he said. "What happened?"
Claire sighed and held up her wrist to show him the bandage. "Man, you would be so embarrassed if I said it was something else." Michael looked blank. "I'm a girl, Michael, it could have been all natural, you know. Tampons?”
“I’m a vampire. I have secret powers ,” he said with a full-on fake Transylvanian accent, which he dropped to say, “Actually, your mom let me in.”  

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Books to Read Around Halloween {Part 2}

So I did a Top 10 Tuesday post 4 years ago on books that would be good to read around Halloween and I was just thinking about how many other fantastic books that I have read since then that would completely fit that topic. So here are 12 more awesome books to read to get in the Halloweeny spirit.

{If you would like to check out my original post, click right HERE}

1. Shutter by Courtney Alameda

Oh my golly goodness, this is one of my favorite books of the whole year {I first made that declaration back in March, and it still holds true today} It's about a group of kids who track and trap ghosts using the flash from a specially modified camera. It's pretty epic. Not to mention the fact that Micheline's love interest in the book has a sexylicious Australian accent that makes everything better...

2. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Okay, this one isn't on the scary side, but is has uber attractive alien boys in it.

3. Generation Dead by Daniel Waters

Zombies. Or "Differently Biotic" or "Living Impaired" whatever you decide to call them this book is seriously cool. Again, not too much on the scary side, but it has zombies none the less.

4. My Soul To Take by Rachel Vincent

I really loved this book. It has Bean Sidhes and the Grim Reaper, and Demon's, and a whole bunch of other supernatural beings. It's definitely worth a read.

5. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

This one definitely had a kind of creepy feel to it.  Vi can sense the presence of people who have been murdered. She can feel their "echoes" and the imprints that attach to whoever the culprit it. She ends up getting herself into some pretty scary predicaments.

6. The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan

I don't think that I really even need to elaborate on this one... The name says it all, don't you think?

7. The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

Well if that creeptastic cover doesn't attract you to the book, I don't know what will, other than the fact that this story is about changelings...

8. Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

More Zombies, although they aren't your average zombies either. But they are more creepy and dangerous than the Differently Biotic.

9. Unbreakable by Kami Garcia

Now this one has quite a fantastic spookiness factor. Especially if you read it all alone in the middle of the night when it's rainy/windy... It was suggested to me because I was a fan of Supernatural, and I loved it.

10. The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Here's another fantastic book. It's like Nancy Drew with a supernatural twist.

11. White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L Armentrout

Another JLA book? Heck yes. Her books are that awesome. This one has demons and gargoyles in it. So yeah,.. check it out.

12. The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent

And yes, another one by Rachel Vincent, too. This book is just as good as all of her Soul Screamer books, but this one has Exorcists in it {and one in particular has gorgeous green eyes...}

Friday, September 25, 2015

Swoon-Worthy {Fictional} Guys From A-Z {L}

My Swoony Pick for the letter "L" is...

Lucas Parker
From The Shadow Falls Series by C.C Hunter


He is stubborn as... heck, but he's really a big softy. Especially when it comes to Kylie

He's very thoughtful and sweet {like when he got Socks Jr.}

He's also very protective of his friends, and will stand up for whatever is right.

I was having trouble finding some good Lucas quotes to share with you all. But if you guys have any, let me know!

Who are your favorite Swoony guys with "L" names? Let me know that, too!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything
My Rating: 4 Stars
Date Read: September 2015

Publication Date:September 1, 2015
Hardcover, 320 Pages

Summary From Goodreads:

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

My Review:

*Possible Spoilers*

I was kind of confused when I first started this book, because, I mean, she's allergic to everything, and so I wasn't sure how the story could really go anywhere. But I started reading it and the farther I got into it, the more sense it made.

I liked the fact that it wasn't just a narration. The story was told through narration, and e-mails and IMs and a couple of other things that gave the book more depth and made it more interesting.

I liked the relationship between Maddie and Olly. It was just so sweet and adorable. I was rooting for their happy ending from the very beginning. And I thought that I liked the relationship between Maddie and her mom, but then... stuff happened and I was just like woah... um... okay?  but I guess love makes you do crazy things sometimes.

Maddie did a lot of growing up during the book. Figuring out who she was, and deciding that it was time to start making her own decisions, and I think that she handled it pretty well given the circumstances.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Review: The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis

My Rating: 5 Fan-Freaking-Tastic Stars
Date Read: September 2015

Publication Date: September 8, 2015
Hardcover, 336 Pages

Summary From Goodreads:
"Funny, sweet, and hopeful."--Kirkus Reviews

Maggie Sanders might be blind, but she won't invite anyone to her pity party. Ever since losing her sight six months ago, Maggie's rebellious streak has taken on a life of its own, culminating with an elaborate school prank. Maggie called it genius. The judge called it illegal.

Now Maggie has a probation officer. But she isn't interested in rehabilitation, not when she's still mourning the loss of her professional-soccer dreams, and furious at her so-called friends, who lost interest in her as soon as she could no longer lead the team to victory.

Then Maggie's whole world is turned upside down. Somehow, incredibly, she can see again. But only one person: Ben, a precocious ten-year-old unlike anyone she's ever met. Ben's life isn't easy, but he doesn't see limits, only possibilities. After awhile, Maggie starts to realize that losing her sight doesn't have to mean losing everything she dreamed of. Even if what she's currently dreaming of is Mason Milton, the magnetic lead singer of Maggie's new favorite band, who just happens to be Ben's brother.

But when she learns the real reason she can see Ben, Maggie must find the courage to face a once-unimaginable future...before she loses everything she has grown to love.

My Review: *Warning: Slight Spoilers Ahead*

I loved this book so much. It was so good that I was up at 2 am Tweeting about it. My thoughts after finishing were: This book is perfect and beautiful and heartbreaking all rolled into one, and I love it! 

This book made me laugh, it made me cry, and it made me really appreciate the things that I normally take for granted {like being able to see}
I'll admit, I was extremely hesitant and doubtful before I started reading this book because, well, the premise just makes it sound so... I don't know, sad. It reminded me of The Fault In Our Stars, and that was something that I just wasn't ready to deal with. I wasn't really in the mood to bawl my eyes out, but I started this book anyway. At 8 p.m... And I'm actually pretty glad that I did.

I thought Ben was beyond precious. He was extremely endearing, and he said whatever he thought, without anything going through a filter first, but it wasn't bratty. Sometimes it was hard to remember that he was only 10, because some of the things he said and did made him seem older. Like when he planned this big special trip for Thea to see the stars and the sunrise... it was pretty fantastic.

I usually tend to lean towards books that have a little more romance in it. This one had some hints of romance, but it was very toned down, because the story focused more on Ben and Maggie, and their friendship, and I was absolutely A-Okay with that.

I loved seeing Maggie's character development through the book as she came to term with her blindness, and as she forgave her mother, and confronted her parents about not trying to protect her too much. I loved how her relationship with Ben grew stronger, and how she and Mason grew closer. Ah, it was just so perfect.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Review: Reawakened by Colleen Houck

My Rating: 5 Stars
Date Read: August 2015

Publication Date:  August 11, 2015

Hardcover, 400 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
When seventeen-year-old Lilliana Young enters the Metropolitan Museum of Art one morning during spring break, the last thing she expects to find is a live Egyptian prince with godlike powers, who has been reawakened after a thousand years of mummification.

And she really can’t imagine being chosen to aid him in an epic quest that will lead them across the globe.

But fate has taken hold of Lily, and she, along with her sun prince, Amon, must travel to the Valley of the Kings, raise his brothers, and stop an evil, shape-shifting god named Seth from taking over the world.

From New York Times bestselling author Colleen Houck comes an epic adventure about two star-crossed teens who must battle mythical forces and ancient curses on a journey with more twists and turns than the Nile itself.

My Review:

Can we just take a moment to stare at that cover? I mean, it's gorgeous. And it's even prettier when you're holding it in your hands.

I'll admit that it took me awhile to really get into the book. I thought that Lilly was going to be one of those spoiled rotten rich girls, and I really just cannot stand it when the main character is all snooty. But I stuck with it, and I am ever so glad that I did. In fact, I ended up liking it so much that I ended up staying up until around 2:30 am to finish it. {I had to be up by 6 am to get to work, so that just goes to show you how dedicated I really was to this book.}

I was really fascinated by the whole Egyptian Mythology aspect. It's something that you don't get a lot of that in YA. Greek Mythology, sure, but it's very rare to find something with Egyptian Mythology in it.

I was familiar with some of the names and stories already because, *ahem*, I was maybe just the slightest bit obsessed with Yu-Gi-Oh when I was younger, so I kind of did my research on the Egyptian Mythology way back when...

I was kind of annoyed at Amon for a while because he was kind of... um... well, annoying. But I got over that real quick as the story progressed, and we got to learn more about who he was. I loved his brothers, too. They were completely hilarious and lovable.

It was really late, or really early I guess, when I finished the book. It was one of those things where  I was kind of slap happy, but at the same time, I was really upset with the kind of cliffhanger at the end... but it was totally worth it, and I highly suggest this book to anyone and everyone.