Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (11)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

From Goodreads:
After seventeen-year-old Felicita’s dearest friend Ilven kills herself to escape an arranged marriage, Felicita chooses freedom over privilege.

 She fakes her own death and leaves her sheltered life as one of Pelimburg’s magical elite behind. Living in the slums, scrubbing dishes for a living, she falls for charismatic Dash while also becoming fascinated with vampire Jannik. 

Then something shocking washes up on the beach: Ilven's death has called out of the sea a dangerous wild magic. Felicita must decide whether her loyalties lie with the family she abandoned . . . or with those who would twist this dark power to destroy Pelimburg's caste system, and the whole city along with it.

One of the main reasons that I want to read this book is because it it a high fantasy, and I love love love high fantasy books!! It sounds like it's going to be a pretty good read and I'm really glad that I am also getting this book as a part of the Debut Author Challenge ARC tour! I can't wait to read it. This book comes out on February 28th, 2012!  

<3 Shannon

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E Smith

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E Smith

  • Reading Level: Young Adult 
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Poppy 
  • ISBN-10:   0316122386
  • ISBN-13:   978-0316122382
  • Received From: I bought it.

From Goodreads:
Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. She's stuck at JFK, late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's in seat 18B. Hadley's in 18A. 

Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.

My Thoughts:
If I saw this book in a book store and just read the title I probably wouldn't have picked it up because I hate "love at first sight". The only reason why I gave this book a chance is because I heard a lot of great things about it, and decided to give it a chance.  This book takes place over the course of 24 hours, but the love story does not feel like insta-love. It feels real and genuine, and there's no doubting that Oliver and Hadley are great together!

I read this book in two days and I enjoyed it very much but it's not all cute, light material; there is some heavy stuff in this book. Oliver and Hadley each have something they have to come to terms with; some of it you know, some of it you find out during the story. 

This book gives you a little bit of everything: love, heartache, sadness, joy, anger, and acceptance. I would recommend it to everyone because it is so much more than a contemporary love story. The growth that Hadley and Oliver go through is what makes this book great. This book has quickly jumped into my favorite contemporary books. So I give this book 5 Quills and I highly suggest that you pick it up and read it.

<3 Shannon

In My Mailbox (7)

In My Mailbox is a meme created by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie! It is a list of what books you have received over the previous week, either for review, from the library, from the bookstore, or from trades.

Book Bought:
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Books Borrowed:
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
The Queen of Kentucky by Alecia Whitaker (from The DAC ARC Tour)

Book Won:
Incarnate by Jodi Meadows (from Lauren at 365 Days of Reading)

<3 Shannon

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Review: The Queen of Kentucky by Alecia Whitaker

 The Queen of Kentucky by Alecia Whitaker
  • Reading Level: Young Adult 
  • Paperback:  384 pages
  • Publisher: Poppy 
  • ISBN-10:   0316125067  
  • ISBN-13:   978-0316125062
  • Received From: The DAC ARC Tour.

   From Goodreads:
Fourteen-year-old Kentucky girl Ricki Jo Winstead, who would prefer to be called Ericka, thank you very much, is eager to shed her farmer's daughter roots and become part of the popular crowd at her small town high school. She trades her Bible for Seventeen magazine, buys new "sophisticated" clothes and somehow manages to secure a tenuous spot at the cool kids table. She's on top of the world, even though her best friend and the boy next door Luke says he misses "plain old Ricki Jo."

Caught between being a country girl and wannabe country club girl, Ricki Jo begins to forget who she truly is: someone who doesn't care what people think and who wouldn't let a good-looking guy walk all over her. It takes a serious incident out on Luke's farm for Ricki Jo to realize that being a true friend is more important than being popular.

My Thoughts:
This book was a very fast and easy read. It was also very adorable and very realistic as well. The main character is fourteen years old so she is a tad annoying but who isn't when they are that age. So when I was reading this book I had to remind myself, a few times, that she was only fourteen and therefore allowed to be a little annoying. Because when you are that young nobody has who they are figured out. 

I enjoyed reading this book and I would probably reread it again sometime in the future. I don't really have any critiques about this book because I think the author did a very good job at realistically portraying a fourteen year old girl trying to fit in at a new school. So overall I give this book 4 Quills.

<3 Shannon

Sunday, January 8, 2012

In My Mailbox (6)

In My Mailbox is a meme created by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie! It is a list of what books you have received over the previous week, either for review, from the library, from the bookstore, or from trades.

Books Borrowed:
-Looking For Alaska by John Green

Books From Christmas:
-The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
-Inheritance by Christopher Paolini
-Shine by Lauren Myracle
-Graceling by Kristen Cashore
-Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

That is what I go in my mailbox :) what did you get in yours?
<3 Shannon

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

January TBR 2012

Books Read in December 2011:
-Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
-Across the Universe by Beth Revis
-Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
-Looking For Alaska by John Green

Books Going to be Read in January 2012:
-Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan
-The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
-The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
-Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
-The Queen of Kentucky by Alecia Whitaker
-Impulse by Ellen Hopkins
-Perfect by Ellen Hopkins
-The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkein

<3 Shannon