Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Short and Sweet Reviews


I have two Short and Sweet style reviews for you guys today! Enjoy!

Uncaged

It took me a while to get into it and connect with the characters. After a while I grew annoyed and bored with the non Shay chapters, although I knew they were necessary to understand the story but they just weren't as much fun. I eventually fell in love with Shay and all of her friends from Twist's hotel and Twist himself. I thought their relationships seemed unlikely, because of the personalities and they way it all started. I don't know how to explain it but when you first met the characters it seemed like that kind of relationship just wouldn't be something they'd allow or want but then it just happened like right away, insta-trust, insta-friendship, and insta- favoritism. However the characters were so great together I could only be slightly bothered. Other than that it was decent and a good mystery. I give it three out of five stars.





The Bodies We Wear

This one was definitely emotional and worked with a lot of psychology and human nature stuff. The theme was a good one but at times it felt like it was kind of shouted at you at times. The characters were so hardened and distant it was hard to connect with them. I understand that that was how they were supposed to be, but they did't have enough depth and dimension for readers to really connect with them like they should, and want to. That was disappointing. The plot was ok, one of the big twists I knew and the other half of it was kind of wild, random, and ridiculous, not really working with the rest of the story. I didn't really like how it all ended either. It was not bad at all but it wasn't really a favorite. Two and a half stars to three stars.

Goodreads or Liberty Bay Books.









Amity



Amity

by Micol Ostow 

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Expected Publication: August 26th 2014
Received From: Egmont USA via Net Galley (in exchange for an honest review)
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Connor's family moves to Amity to escape shady business deals. Ten years later, Gwen's family moves to Amity for a fresh start after she's recovered from a psychotic break.

But something is not right about this secluded house. Connor's nights are plagued with gore-filled dreams of demons and destruction. Dreams he kind of likes. Gwen has lurid visions of corpses that aren't there and bleeding blisters that disappear in the blink of an eye. She knows Amity is evil and she must get her family out, but who would ever believe her?

Amity isn't just a house. She is a living force, bent on manipulating her inhabitants to her twisted will. She will use Connor and Gwen to bring about a bloody end as she's done before. As she'll do again.

Alternating between parallel narratives, Amity is a tense and terrifying tale suggested by true-crime events that will satisfy even the most demanding horror fan
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This was the first book that I got from Net Galley and I'm really excited! Thanks so much Egmont USA and Net Galley! 

Everyone loves a good horror story, from childhood ghost stories to the gruesome real life horrors that are portrayed in media targeting an older audience. Humans are fascinated with gore, and horror, and savor the fear that tales inspire. We hold a morbid fascination with all things horror, with death, with gore, and with the indescribable. Amity gives readers all of this and more. 

Micol Ostow's writing was amazing. She really brought the tale to life. Her word choice was pure perfection and she used this as well as simile and metaphor to bring her story to life. The writing choices she made and her voice was stunning and will chill readers to the bone. Micol Ostow is a horror master and because of her writing, her book Amity is sure to keep readers up late into the night. 

The characters were deliciously deranged, even before Amity, and that made the story so much better. Gwen and Connor connect with the readers despite not being completely normal. The similarities they had made the story even creepier. The characters didn't really bring the story to life, the writing did that, but they got you invested in the story, and somehow Ostow wrote them in a way that felt like they were pawns. The way they were written makes readers feel like maybe they are just a pawn too and that…that is an eerie feeling. 

While this is a severely gruesome, horrifying, and utterly frightening tale, it also has important themes. Gwen gives us some great themes as she grows to find her strength. She is a model for girls in a way that fits in to a basic, horror free life. Gwen is what every YA female character should look like. 

The plot sends us both speeding and crawling at the same time in the direction of what is sure to be a grisly and terrible end. It's pacing was perfect and really added to the story. It was smooth and flowed well, building up the terror as it went along, crescendoing to a stunning, charged, and unexpected ending. 

Overall thoughts:  (Keep in mind it is only inspired by the Amityville horror. It is not a re-telling or exact replica.) Amity is the best horror story I've read! Ostow did an amazing job of writing it! It's not scary, but it's definitely morbid and horrifying, as well as more than a little bit creepy.  I can not recommenced this book enough to all of the horror lovers and everyone fascinated by morbid and gruesome things. Amity is spine-tingling-ly good and is what ever horror enthusiast dreams of. Five out of five stars.

Be ready to leave the lights on. Be ready to be horrified. Be ready for Amity.

Add it on Goodreads and buy it through Liberty Bay Books


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Crazy Creatures of The blogging World with Clarissa from Books Equal Awesomeness


My irregular and crazy blogger feature is back! This time I'm interviewing Clarissa from Books Equal Awesomeness!

If your new around here here is what's happening, Crazy Creatures of The Blogging World is a feature that I use to spotlight bloggers and get to know them better, as well as let readers get to know them better. I do take nominations, you can email me the name of the nominee, a link to their blog, as well as why you think I should interview them and I'll check it out. (I won't judge if you nominate yourself. It's perfectly acceptable!)

Tell us about you and your blog! How did you start? When? Why? Ect.

I was checking some blogs out and I really loved how some people created their blogs and the features that their blogs had, so I decided a blog of my own! I started my blog around May this year because I really wanted to review and discuss books with other people.

What are your favorite types of books/reads to review?

Most of the books I read and review are young adult, romance, paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy, and dystopian.

You’re blog is fairly new. What are your dreams and goals for the future and for your blog?

I hope to make my blog have more followers in the future, and I think having a co-blogger in the future might also be a fun experience!

What is your favorite part of being a blogger and the experience?

I LOVE to be able to discuss books with other people and see different opinions about books.

How would you describe your approach to reviews?

I guess that I would that I would describe my approach to reviews as honest and (hopefully) good and funny.

What draws you to a book and makes you want to read it?

The characters! If I love the characters in a book, I most likely will love the book too!

If you could live in one of your favorite books, what book would you want to live in and why?

 This is a hard one! I have a lot of favorites, but if I had to choose which book I'd live in, I'd be stuck between the Lux series, by Jennifer L. Armentrout, and the Covenant series, also by JLA. In the Lux series, I'd love to meet Daemon, Katy, and all of the other characters! And the idea of living in a world with aliens rally intrigues me! In the Covenant series, I would really like to meet Alex, Aiden, Seth, and all of the other characters! And it has Greek mythology (something I love!), so I think that I would really enjoy living there!

If you could make characters from books real, what characters would you bring to life to recruit as your best friends, family, date to prom, ect?

I would make most characters from my favorite books real! I would make Daemon from Lux, Aiden from the Covenant series, Adrian from Vampire Academy and Bloodlines, Patch from Hush Hush, Lucas from Shadow Falls, and Warner from Shatter Me real and recruit them as my boyfriends!!!! (I know it would be WAY too many boyfriends, but I love them ALL!! :D) I would also make Katy from Lux, Alex and Seth from the Covenant series, Sydney from Vampire Academy and Bloodlines, Vee from Hush Hush, Kylie, Miranda, and Della from Shadow Falls, and Juliette and Kenji from Shatter Me real and recruit them as my best friends!!

If you could have dinner with 12 of your favorite authors (alive or dead) who would you choose to dine and chat with? (why?)

One of the authors I would really like to dine with is J. K. Rowling. I LOVE Harry Potter, so it would be really awesome if I was able to meet her one day. Another author I would also like to dine with is Jennifer L. Armentrout. So far, I've read 2 book series and 1 standalone written by her and I've fallen in love with them, so it will be like my dream come true to meet her!!! The third author I would like to dine with is Richelle Mead. I LOVED Bloodlines, and I just love Sydney and Adrian, so if I met the person that created them, I would be incredibly happy. The fourth author I would like to dine with is C.C.Hunter. I'm in love with her Shadow Falls series and all the characters in the books, so I think it would be really cool if I could meet her in real life! The fifth author I would like to dine with is Becca Fitzpatrick. I really liked Hush, Hush, and I would really like to meet her one day! The sixth author I would like to dine with is Cassandra Clare. I really loved the Mortal Instruments and it would be a honor to meet her! The seventh author I would like to dine with is Rick Riordan. I really liked the Kane Chronicles, Percy Jackson, and the Heroes of Olympus series, so if I ever got to meet him, I think it would be really cool! The eighth author I would like to meet is Stephanie Meyers. I'm not that big of a fan of Twilight, but I thought the books were pretty good and The Host was awesome, so it might be fun to meet the author of it. The ninth author I would like to meet is Cynthia Hand. I recently finished the Unearthly series, and I LOVED them, so if I got to meet her, I would be SOOOO happy!!! The tenth author I would like to meet is Sarah J. Maas. So far, I've only read the Throne of Glass by her, but I really liked it, so if I got to meet her, I would be excited! The eleventh author I would like to meet is Jenny Han. I really like her books, and I thought her Burn for Burn series that she co-wrote with Siobhan Vivian was AMAZING, so if I got to meet her, I would be REALLY happy!!! The twelfth author I would like to meet is Siobhan Vivian. I want to meet her basically for the same reason as Jenny Han!!

What else should readers know about you and/or your blog?

Well…I really don't know...so let me just tell you more about myself. I'm a teenage blogger! ;) In my blog, I review YA and NA books. My favorite genres are contemporary, and paranormal romance! When you first meet me, I might seem a bit shy and quiet, but when you really get to know me…I'm a bit hyper and crazy… ;)

What are five of your favorite blogs/bloggers and why should other readers go check them out?

Olivia Hou @ Fictionally Obsessed
Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books
Carina @ My Addiction: Books
Aly @ Reading Shy with Aly
The Misses @ Fangirling Misses
I think readers should go check them out because they are all kind of new book bloggers, but they are all really good!! :)

You can find Clarissa on Goodreads, and visit her blog or follow her on Bloglovin'!  Thanks Clarissa it was fun!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Under Construction!

Just a heads up that Catherine and I will be tinkering with my blog trying to get things fixed, in order, and looking good. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and thanks for putting up with me! The changes should make the blog easier to use for you guys in the end and there won't be any major changes that will mess anything up for you guys like a change in URL. We should have things back in order by the end of today, but may end up playing with it some more another day, but it won't be under construction for a large or continuous amount of time.

Teaser Tuesday!


Thanks to Net Galley and Egmont USA for approving me to read Amity by Micol Ostow! This week's teaser is from it, because I'm only a few pages in and I'm already in love with the writing!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

1. Grab your current read

2. Open to a random page

3. 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!)

4. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


"The sage had been meant to cleanse. With another house, another space, another plot of earth, it might have worked." (Kindle app pg. 275) 

*Please remember that this quote has been taken from an uncorrected proof and is subject to change*

Monday, July 28, 2014

Between The Spark and The Burn



Between The Spark and The Burn

by April Genevieve Tucholke

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Expected Publication Date: August 14th 2014

Thanks Liberty Bay Books for the ARC!

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Freddie once told me that the Devil created all the fear in the world.
But then, the Devil once told me that it's easier to forgive someone for scaring you than for making you cry.
The problem with River West Redding was that he'd done both to me.


The crooked-smiling liar River West Redding, who drove into Violet's life one summer day and shook her world to pieces, is gone. Violet and Neely, River's other brother, are left to worry—until they catch a two a.m. radio program about strange events in a distant mountain town. They take off in search of River but are always a step behind, finding instead frenzied towns, witch hunts, and a wind-whipped island with the thrum of something strange and dangerous just under the surface. It isn't long before Violet begins to wonder if Neely, the one Redding brother she thought trustworthy, has been hiding a secret of his own . . .

I had no idea there was going to be a "conclusion" to Between The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea.  I did quite a bit of screaming and flailing when I acquired the first book, (also via Liberty Bay Books, so thanks for that guys!) so I'm afraid my review of it wasn't entirely coherent or professional, but you can read it here anyways and let my blabbing rock your socks off.

I feel a lot of things about this book and I'm not entirely sure where to start so I think I'll do it chunk by chunk again. 


Writing: In my review of BTDaTDBS (yeah I know but as Cait commented on my last stacking the shelves post it gets really ridiculous to write it all out.), Toucholke's writing impressed the pants off of me (don't worry it wasn't scandalous)! I loved the weird lyrical and old-time-y way she wrote and it really fit Violet's personality and the entire setting, but I felt like it was kind of lost in the second book. I missed it. The writing was still really good, but I didn't feel/hear that larger than life and extremely poetic voice anymore. So I was a little bit disappointed by that.


Characters: I still loved the characters the second time around. Brody kind of confused me because his personality became inconsistent and jumbled, although I know that was the whole point. I felt like everyone's personalities seemed kind of dulled down, with the exception of Neely, compared to book one. But I loved 'em to death anyway, because even dulled down, they were great!

Love Component: This part bothered me tremendously. Violet wobbled back and forth between her two men and never really decides. She changes her mind almost every page and tries to have "the best of both worlds." I found this to be quite annoying. It was also really unnecessary, it didn't add to the story in any way, in my opinion. At the very least though, it made sense for her to be torn between the two, and I kind of liked the way it ended...kinda

Plot: Was interesting and uninteresting at the same time. I didn't see the biggest plot twist coming, although I feel like I should have. It was good but not amazingly complex or anything. 

General Thoughts: It pretty much paled comparison to the first one. It was still really great though and I wolfed it down. So it's still a four star great read for me and I'd highly recommend it. I think the only reason I didn't like it was my high expectations from the first one. I know it sounds like I hated it, but really I didn't. I still loved it!
Add it on Goodreads and buy it from Liberty Bay Books here!


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I'm Back!

Well, I had a blast relaxing this past week, but I did miss you guys (just a little bit). I'm sorry if the posts were off, I was using my phone and the automatic posting and things got a little bit messed up and finicky sometimes. I know that it's been a long time since I've posted any reviews, mostly it's just been lots of features and link ups, and that probably isn't much fun to read, so sorry guys! The good news is I have a lot of new reviews planned, as well as some other non-review stuff, but I think it will all be fun! I'm really working on doing more reviews now. Thanks for sticking with me and putting up with me guys! I really appreciate it and I love y'all!