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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Favorite Book Read In January


Check out the review here Above World Review.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Classic Monday: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

1845
1276 pages
Falsely accused of treason, the young sailor Edmond Dantes is arrested on his wedding day and imprisoned in the island fortress of the Ch√Ęteau d'If. Having endured years of incarceration, he stages a daring and dramatic escape and sets out to discover the fabulous treasure of Monte Cristo, and to catch up with his enemies. A novel of enormous tension and excitement, The Count of Monte Cristo is also a tale of obsession and revenge. Believing himself to be an 'Angel of Providence', Dantes pursues his vengeance to the bitter end, only then realizing that he himself is a victim of fate. One of the great thrillers of all time, The Count of Monte Cristo has been adapted for film and television many times.

The Count of Monte Cristo has to be one of my most favorite classics of all time. It's quite long but I've read it several times. A story of revenge, which is carried out so masterfully it keeps you intrigued until the very end. Definitely a classic novel worth reading and enjoying.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Upcoming Reviews

ARC:
The Other Life by Susanne Winnacker
The Forgetting Curve by Angie Smibert
Enchanted by Alethea Kontis


Bought:
Memento Nora by Angie Smibert
Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
The Book of Wonders by Jasmine Richards

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Last Breath Review

335 pages
With her boss preoccupied researching the Founder Houses in Morganville, student Claire Danvers is left to her own devices when she learns that three vampires have vanished without a trace. She soon discovers that the last person seen with one of the missing vampires is someone new to town—a mysterious individual named Magnus. After an uneasy encounter with Morganville’s latest resident, Claire is certain Magnus isn’t merely human. But is he a vampire—or something else entirely?

Review:
I never get tired of the Morganville Vampires series. Its always a new and exciting storyline with subtle differences to keep the story fresh. Claire is such a great heroine because not only is she brave she's also highly intelligent as well. Viewpoints are not only through Claire's eyes but this time we see views from some of the other characters at well. It definitely doesn't make the novel confusing but it gives it a great new twist.  I actually think this might be the best book in the series. The ending completely surprised me and left me excited and waiting for the next book in the series. I definitely recommend this novel if you have read the others in the series.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Pearl Wars Review

376 pages
A devastated Earth's last hope is found in Pearls: small, mysterious orbs that fall from space and are capable of supplying enough energy to power entire cities. Battling to control the Pearls are the Skyship dwellers—political dissidents who live in massive ships in the Earth's stratosphere—and the corrupt Surface government. Jesse Fisher, a Skyship slacker, and Cassius Stevenson, a young Surface operative, cross paths when they both venture into forbidden territory in pursuit of Pearls. Their chance encounter triggers an unexpected reaction, endowing each boy with remarkable—and dangerous—abilities that their respective governments would stop at nothing to possess. Enemies thrust together with a common goal, Jesse and Cassius make their way to the ruins of Seattle to uncover the truth about their new powers, the past they didn't know they shared, and a shocking secret about the Pearls.

Review: 
This is a awesome, fast-paced sci-fi novel with lots of action. From the very first page we are thrown into a new world filled with adventure. Jesse Fisher is an average and even sometimes below average character who doesn't know where his life is headed. Cassius Stevensen is the complete opposite, and overachiever who sets out to prove himself. Both of these boys are from opposite ends of the spectrum and end up becoming part of something much bigger than themselves when they are thrown together in an unexpected twist of fate. I think that the way this book was written was interesting. The author switches between Jesse and Cassius from a first person to third person point of view respectively. However, this didn't deter from the great storyline. I loved unraveling the mystery of Jesse and Cassius' new powers and the end result is a definite unexpected twist. I honestly can't wait for the next novel to find out what happens next in their story. I definitely recommend this novel to those who love a good science fiction read.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Classic Monday: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

1867
449 pages
I've decided to start a new section on my blog called Classic Monday. I think it is very important to read the classics and not to forget or discount them.

Today's classic novel is one of my personal favorites Little Women. It focuses on four young ladies, Meg, Jo, Amy, and Beth; growing up in the 19th century. Its a beautiful and warm story full of love and hardships and a family who sticks together throughout it all. This is definitely a must read classic.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Fairy Bad Day Review

336 pages
While most students at Burtonwood Academy get to kill demons and goblins, fifteen-year-old Emma gets to rid the world of little annoying fairies with glittery wings and a hipster fashion sense. She was destined to be a dragon slayer, but cute and charming Curtis stole her spot. Then she sees a giant killer fairy - and it's invisible to everyone but her! If Emma has any chance of stopping this evil fairy, she's going to need help. Unfortunately, the only person who can help is Curtis. And now, not only has he stolen her dragon-slayer spot, but maybe her heart as well! Why does she think it's going to be a fairy bad day?

Review:
This is one of those cheesy romantic action books that you can't help but love. Emma is a tough and fierce main character who is disappointed when she finds out that she wouldn't be continuing her mother's legacy of being a dragon slayer. Its pretty funny that Emma has to be a fairy slayer instead because they are the exact opposite of fierce and tough. I loved the character of Curtis. He's extremely mysterious but sweet as well. There is quite a bit of action and fighting in this novel which makes it more than just a romance. This is a really fun and amusing novel that is perfect for some light reading. I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a lighthearted read.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

A Million Suns Review

386 pages
Godspeed was fueled by lies. Now it is ruled by chaos.
It's been three months since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. And everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceship Godspeed. But there may just be hope: Elder has assumed leadership of the ship. He's finally free to enact his vision - no more Phydus, no more lies. But when Elder discovers shocking news about the ship, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed. They must work together to unlock a puzzle that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier, unable to fight the romance that's growing between them and the chaos that threatens to tear them apart.

Review:
If you thought that Across the Universe was good wait until you read A Million Suns! As the second book in the series this noel does not disappoint. Once again we're thrown into Elder and Amy's story of life aboard the spaceship Godspeed. There are new mysteries to be solved and a lot more problems now that everyone is off of Phydus. There were a lot of twists in this novel and an ending that was surprising. I did feel myself frustrated with Amy sometimes in the novel because I felt like when she should have actively been trying to figure things out she was instead just wasting time doing nothing. I was also frustrated that Elder and Amy wouldn't unplug any of the frozen people on board when they could have had more experience and answers than anyone else. Other than that this book is nonstop action and excitement. I can't wait to read the next novel in the series even though it won't be out apparently until next year. I definitely recommend this to those who like young adult sci-fi novels.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Lies Beneath Review

288 pages
Calder White lives in the cold, clear waters of Lake Superior, the only brother in a family of murderous mermaids. To survive, Calder and his sisters prey on humans, killing them to absorb their energy. But this summer the underwater clan targets Jason Hancock out of pure revenge. They blame Hancock for their mother's death and have been waiting a long time for him to return to his family's homestead on the lake. Hancock has a fear of water, so to lure him in, Calder sets out to seduce Hancock's daughter, Lily. Easy enough—especially as Calder has lots of practice using his irresistible good looks and charm on unsuspecting girls. Only this time Calder screws everything up: he falls for Lily—just as Lily starts to suspect that there's more to the monsters-in-the-lake legends than she ever imagined. And just as his sisters are losing patience with him.


Review (ARC):
While I can't say this was the most amazing mermaid novel I've ever read, it was interesting to say the least. The mermaid's in this novel are given a darker nature which makes it different from most mermaid tales. Another difference is the mermaid in this story is actually a merman named Calder. Calder fights against his dark nature and of course a girl helps him do so. I loved that Calder tried to be better than the rest of his family by not killing humans. I liked that Calder was thrown off balance when his charms didn't work as well on Lily as he hoped. I feel like the story itself wasn't as well developed as I hoped. A few things were thrown into the storyline that didn't have an explanation or left me wondering at the end. Sometimes it also felt like a part was missing when going from one chapter to another. Despite that I enjoyed the romance between Calder and Lily. Their romance developed at a realistic pace and she wasn't stuck all over him throughout the whole novel. I think that if you enjoy mermaid stories and romance then this novel will be to your taste. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Starters Review

368 pages
Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie's only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man. He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie's head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator's grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations' plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined. . . .

Review (ARC):
This was definitely an interesting dystopian novel. Can you imagine renting your body out for a week or months where you have no idea whats going on or whats being done in it? Well that's part of the story in this novel. Callie is brave but desperate to help her brother Tyler have a better life. Most of the youth in this society are on the streets or in institutions if they don't have grandparents to take care of them. Callie decides to rent her body and that's when the story and mystery begins. I loved the fact that Callie goes through a lot in this book but doesn't just sit down and take it. Instead Callie works hard to make things right despite the things that happen. Callie does find romance in this book but its a little creepy. However, I can't wait to see where this romance takes her in the next novel. And this book definitely leaves you with a sense of mystery and anticipation for the next novel in this series. I definitely recommend this novel if you love dystopian fiction.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Incarnate Review

384 pages
NEWSOUL
Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.
NOSOUL
Even Ana’s own mother thinks she’s a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she’ll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are suspicious and afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?
HEART
Sam believes Ana’s new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana’s enemies—human and creature alike—, let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else’s life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all? 


Review (ARC):
This book is beautiful but also frustrating and it left me with too many questions at the end! I love Ana as a character when she's being strong but she has her moments of weakness and doubt due to her upbringing which gives her a more realistic personality. Ana is strong and more intelligent than she originally gives herself credit for. I think its strange how badly her mother treats her as if there is more behind it than the book reveals. I think that the thing I enjoyed most in this novel was the romance between Ana and Sam. I have to admit that Sam and Ana's romance seems to take up the majority of this book but their relationship actually grows like a normal relationship should. I loved that Sam is a caring person who doesn't look at Ana any differently for being new. The world created here is more of a utopian society than a dystopian and there are a lot of questions about it that aren't fully answered in this first novel. I'm really interested to see where the next novel goes in this series. I definitely recommend this to anyone who likes to read about utopian societies mixed with a bit of fantasy fiction.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Tangled Tides Review

328 pages
Yara Jones doesn’t believe in sea monsters—until she becomes one. When a hurricane hits her island home and she wakes up with fins, Yara finds herself tangled up in an underwater world of mysterious merfolk and secretive selkies. Both sides believe Yara can save them by fulfilling a broken promise and opening the sealed gateway to their realm, but they are battling over how it should be done. The selkies want to take her life. The merfolk want something far more precious. Treygan, the stormy-eyed merman who turned Yara mer, will stop at nothing and sacrifice everything to protect his people—until he falls for Yara. The tides turn as Yara fights to save herself, hundreds of sea creatures, and the merman who has her heart. She could lose her soul in the process—or she might open the gateway to a love that’s deeper than the oceans. 

Review: 
First a warning, if you don't like books that are mostly romance then Tangled Tides isn't for you. With that being said, Tangled Tides is a beautifully written mermaid tale that also incorporates mythology into the storyline. Yara is a great female character although she tends to complain a bit more than I liked. Treygan and Yara's relationship is a "love at first sight but I hate you" type of relationship. I loved the way that their relationship progressed in this novel and the fact that they had quite a few obstacles in their way. Their are quite a few surprises and twists in the story and between the characters. I think that a great job was done on the mermaid world building and the different characters were described beautifully. I recommend this novel to anyone who likes a good romantic mermaid tail with a mythological twist.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Spirit's Princess Review

464 pages
Release date: April 24th, 2012
Himiko the beloved daughter of a chieftain in third century Japan has always been special. The day she was born there was a devastating earthquake, and the tribe's shamaness had an amazing vision revealing the young girl's future—one day this privledged child will be the spiritual and tribal leader over all of the tribes. Book One revolves around the events of Himiko's early teen years—her shaman lessons, friendships, contact with other tribes, and journey to save her family after a series of tragic events. Once again, Esther Friesner masterfully weaves together history, myth, and mysticism in a tale of a princess whose path is far from traditional.

Review (ARC):
I've liked a lot of the Princess Myth series novels but this one was a bit hard to get into. I found it interesting reading this novel as I have never heard of Himiko before. Himiko was a great central character for this book. She's smart, headstrong, and always willing to do whats right. I loved her relationship with her family even though her family never stands up to her father. I loved the fact that Himiko wasn't afraid to stand up for what she herself believed in. I liked the descriptive nature of Himiko's world but I felt like everything moved too slowly in the novel. The slowness did make parts of the novel tedious to get through. However, the story really picked up in the end and left me wanting to read the next novel to see where Himiko's journey takes her. I would recommend this novel to those who like historical fiction.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Cinder Review

390 pages
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . . Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Review:
This book was really good but the ending frustrated me! This novel is a fresh twist on the Cinderella fairytale with a cyborg Cinderella. I love the sci-fi aspect to this book that created a whole new futuristic world for Cinder to live in. Cinder is a wonderful character who is smart and fun and willing to do anything for those she loves. I loved the different characters created in the book and especially enjoyed Prince Kai and Cinder's budding relationship. This novel really is close to the original Cinderella storyline except with a few twists. Since this is the first book in a series to come I was frustrated because I wanted to know how Cinder's story ends. However, it would seem I have to wait for the next novel to be released so that my curiosity can be satisfied. I recommend this novel to those who like sci-fi, fairytales, and dystopian novels.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Above World Review

368 pages
Release date: February 14th, 2012 
Thirteen-year-old Aluna has lived her entire life under the ocean with the Coral Kampii in the City of Shifting Tides. But after centuries spent hidden from the Above World, her colony's survival is at risk. The Kampii's breathing necklaces are failing, but the elders are unwilling to venture above water to seek answers. Only headstrong Aluna and her friend Hoku are stubborn and bold enough to face the terrors of land to search for way to save their people. But can Aluna's fierce determination and fighting skills and Hoku's tech-savvy keep them safe? Set in a world where overcrowding has led humans to adapt - growing tails to live under the ocean or wings to live on mountains - here is a ride through a future where greed and cruelty have gone unchecked, but the loyalty of friends remains true.

Review (ARC):
As far as dystopian novels go this is a great one. I absolutely loved the concept of humans adapting to their surroundings as the world changed and got overcrowded. There are quite a few different colonies of people who all have adapted in different ways to different surroundings. I really liked the way the author mixed the realistic with the fantastical in this novel. Aluna is an absolutely amazing heroine. She's strong, fearless, and always ready for an adventure. I also loved the character of Hoku. Even though Hoku isn't as strong as his best friend Aluna he is extremely intelligent and that helps them out a lot in this novel. I think that the world created here is beautiful yet frightening at the same time. The battles and adventures are intense and action packed. The ending was amazing and I can't wait until the next book comes out so I can see where Aluna's adventures take her. This was a strong and interesting dystopian novel which I definitely recommend to those who love these kind of books.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Under The Never Sky Review

268 pages
Since she’d been on the outside, she’d survived an Aether storm, she’d had a knife held to her throat, and she’d seen men murdered. This was worse. Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland—known as The Death Shop—are slim. If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She’s been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild—a savage—and her only hope of staying alive. A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile—everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria’s help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky. 

Review:
This was a great dystopian novel. A world was created where some people live in a virtual society and others outside that society live a harsh yet exciting life. The dual perspectives were nicely done. I feel like it was easy to connect with Aria and Perry as characters and to understand what they were feeling. I loved how from the very start of the book I was thrown into the action of Aria's life. Aria really grew as a character in this novel. I loved how Aria's weakness from living in a virtual society, eventually became strength through her adventure on the outside. Perry was an amazing character who embodied strength but also has a soft side. I loved the interaction between Perry and Aria and how they as characters bring the best out in each other.The only thing I didn't like in this novel was that I wasn't sure exactly what happened to make the world the way it was but I'm hoping that will be explained in the next book in this series. I loved that there was a great plot twist that actually caught me off guard, which was surprising since I usually catch on to things early on. I definitely recommend this novel if you like dystopian fiction.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Candlewax Review

384 pages
Release date: April 3rd, 2012
An Ancient Prophecy. A Powerful Relic. An Insatiable Evil. When all three converge, the fate of every living thing will be in peril. All her life Catherine had hoped to see a fairrier cat. No book, no scroll provided to her by her tutors had ever mentioned this legend, much to her frustration, and now-at the worse possible time-she was getting her wish. Only, in her wish the cat wasn't about to kill her. A 732-year-old fairrier cat the size of a horse has killed his fair share of hunters. Driven to the brink of extinction for the supernatural powers of his coat, is he indeed the last of his kind? Sheltered, 16-year-old Catherine is about to find out. Unwitting heir to the Ancient Onyxes, she flees an arranged marriage only to stumble upon the cat's secrets, the force of the ancient relic she wears, and the dangerous mission they must undertake. Hidden under a desert that was once a fertile land, millions of predators are waiting to feast again. Catherine must discover the secret of the Ancient Onyxes and stop the creatures known as trodliks before they consume everything in their path. A whispered prophecy becomes her only guide and a rejected suitor just might be the one warrior she desperately needs. 


Review (ARC):
I always love a novel with plenty of action and adventure and this was no exception. At first I wasn't sure how well this story would turn out. Catherine seemed a bit like a pampered princess with no idea of what life would be like outside the castle. However, as the novel went on I began to see Catherine as a strong heroine who willingly takes on adventure to help save her kingdom. The other characters in the novel on the "good" side were likeable as well and I thoroughly enjoyed their adventures with Catherine. I feel like the only characters I didn't get too much of a sense of were Catherine's parents. However, the world created was amazing and I liked the detail that was shared. I loved that this story went along at a great pace and kept me reading until I finished it. There was also a bit of romance but it didn't overshadow everything else that was going on in this book. This novel definitely pulled me into Catherine's story and I think that it came to an amazing end. I can't wait to read the next one in the series and see what happens next. I definitely recommend this to those who like young adult fantasy novels.

Friday, January 6, 2012

2012 Debut Author Challenge


Ms. Book Queen will be participating in the 2012 Debut Author Challenge over at http://thestorysiren.com

The objective: To read & review a minimum of twelve young adult or middle grade debut novels between the dates of January 1, 2012 - January 31, 2013.

The deadline to join is May 31, 2012.

The books I will be reading are:

  1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  2. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
  3. Above by Leah Bobet
  4. Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
  5. The Selection by Kiera Cass
  6. The Other Life by Susanne Winnacker
  7. Candlewax by C. Bailey Sims
  8. Above World by Jenn Reese
  9. Tangled Tides by Karen Amanda Hooper
  10. When the Sea is Rising Red by Cat Hellisen
  11. The Glimpse by Claire Merle
  12. Incarnate by Jodi Meadows



Thursday, January 5, 2012

Kings, Queens, Heroes, & Fools Review

500 pages
Join Hyden Hawk, and friends, on an adventurous quest, over land and sea, to find the Silver Skull of Zorellin. Fight with Mikahl, Ironspike, and fierce King Jarrek as they try to free the enslaved people of Wildermont from King Ra’Gren and his Dakaneese Overlords. Patrol the skies with Shaella, and her new black dragon, Vrot. With her father’s spell books, and the Priests of Kraw, she decides to aid King Ra’Gren, while scheming to free her lover, Gerard, from the hellish Nethers. 

Review:
Brilliant! That's the only way I can describe the second novel in the Wardstone Trilogy. Once again we are thrown into extreme action and adventure alongside the favorite characters of Hyden Hawk and Mikahl. A lot of new characters are introduced in this novel but M.R. Mathias has an awesome way of getting you to connect with them and see things through their eyes. While reading this book I was literally on the edge of my seat. So many things kept going right then wrong and it definitely kept me guessing until the end. As usual some of the deaths and injuries were pretty gruesome but I think the detail helps you to be more immersed in the novel. I really enjoyed this novel and I love the fact that the author comes to a satisfying conclusion but leaves a slight mystery at the end to continue in the next book. I am very excited to read the next novel and I definitely recommend that those who love fantasy novels read this one.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Books I Read in 2011

These are all of the books I read in 2011. Pretty good number. :)
  1. Eon: Rise of the Dragoneye by Alison Goodman
  2. Eona by Alison Goodman
  3. Pegasus by Robin McKinley
  4. Witch and Wizard: The Gift by James Patterson
  5. Fat Vampire by Adam Rex
  6. The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher
  7. Daniel X: Demons and Druids by James Patterson
  8. Black Ships by Jo Graham
  9. Hand of Isis by Jo Graham
  10. Angel by James Patterson
  11. Genghis: Empire of Silver by Conn Iggulden
  12. The False Princess by Ellis O'Neal
  13. A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn
  14. First Truth by Dawn Cook
  15. Hidden Truth by Dawn Cook
  16. Forgotten Truth by Dawn Cook
  17. Lost Truth by Dawn Cook
  18. Tortall and Other Lands by Tamora Pierce
  19. The Decoy Princess by Kim Harrison
  20. Princess at Sea by Dawn Cook
  21. The Apothecary's Daughter by Julie Classen
  22. Kleopatra by Karen Essex
  23. Pharaoh by Karen Essex
  24. My Blood Approves by Amanda Hocking
  25. Fate by Amanda Hocking
  26. Flutter by Amanda Hocking
  27. Switched by Amanda Hocking
  28. Torn by Amanda Hocking
  29. Ascend by Amanda Hocking
  30. Lily of the Nile by Stephanie Dray
  31. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
  32. XVI by Julia Karr
  33. Stray by Rachel Vincent
  34. Ascendant by Diana Peterfreund
  35. Rampant by Diana Peterfreund
  36. Straight Talk, No Chaser by Steve Harvey
  37. Magyk by Angie Sage
  38. Flyte by Angie Sage
  39. Physik by Angie Sage
  40. Queste by Angie Sage
  41. The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan
  42. The Burning Bridge by John Flanagan
  43. The Icebound Land by John Flanagan
  44. The Battle for Skandia by John Flanagan
  45. Erak's Ransom by John Flanagan
  46. The Sorcerer in the North by John Flanagan
  47. The Siege of Macindaw by John Flanagan
  48. Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  49. Ophelia by Lisa Klein
  50. Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran
  51. The Ex Games by Jennifer Echols
  52. Reign of Shadows by Deborah Chester
  53. Shadow War by Deborah Chester
  54. Realm of Light by Deborah Chester
  55. Wither by Lauren DeStefano
  56. Reincarnation by Suzanne Weyn
  57. Empty by Suzanne Weyn
  58. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
  59. Flawless by Sara Shepard
  60. Perfect by Sara Shepard
  61. Unbelievable by Sara Shepard
  62. Wicked by Sara Shepard
  63. Killer by Sara Shepard
  64. Heartless by Sara Shepard
  65. Wanted by Sara Shepard
  66. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
  67. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
  68. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
  69. Steel by Carrie Vaughn
  70. The Boys Next Door by Jennifer Echols
  71. Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris
  72. Entwined by Heather Dixon
  73. The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan
  74. Bumped by Megan McCafferty
  75. Daughter of Xanadu by Dori Jones Yang
  76. Drought by Pam Bachorz
  77. Eight Grade Bites by Heather Brewer
  78. Ninth Grade Slays by Heather Brewer
  79. Tenth Grade Bleeds by Heather Brewer
  80. Eleventh Grade Burns by Heather Brewer
  81. Twelfth Grade Kills by Heather Brewer
  82. I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
  83. So Over You by Gwen Hayes
  84. The Queen of Water by Laura Resau
  85. The Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry
  86. The Princess and the Bear by Mette Ivie Harrison
  87. Airhead by Meg Cabot
  88. Being Nikki by Meg Cabot
  89. Runaway by Meg Cabot
  90. Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
  91. Messenger by Lois Lowry
  92. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
  93. Enclave by Ann Aguire
  94. Tempted by Trouble by Eric Jerome Dickey
  95. Ghost Town by Rachel Caine
  96. Bite Club by Rachel Caine
  97. Awakened by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
  98. The Door in the Hedge by Robin McKinley
  99. The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
  100. The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
  101. A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner
  102. Matched by Ally Condie
  103. Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky
  104. Bloody Valentine by Melissa de la Cruz
  105. Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
  106. Gone by Michael Grant
  107. Hunger by Michael Grant
  108. Lies by Michael Grant
  109. Plague by Michael Grant 
  110. Mermaid: A Twist on the Classic Tale by Carolyn Turgeon
  111. Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder
  112. Outside In by Maria V. Snyder
  113. Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs 
  114. Locked In Time by Lois Duncan
  115. A Gift of Magic by Lois Duncan
  116. Forgive my Fins by Tera Lynn Childs
  117. Daimon by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  118. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  119. Warrior by Marie Brennan
  120. Witch by Marie Brennan
  121. Witches of the East End by Melissa de la Cruz
  122. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
  123. The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan
  124. The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan
  125. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
  126. Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder
  127. Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder 
  128. Glimmerglass by Jenna Black
  129. Shadowspell by Jenna Black
  130. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
  131. Sirensong by Jenna Black 
  132. Posession by Elana Johnson
  133. Vanish by Sophie Jordan 
  134. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
  135. Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick
  136. Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn
  137. Daughters of Rome by Kate Quinn
  138. Eve by Anna Carey
  139. Blood Red Road by Moira Young
  140. Wildefire by Karsten Knight
  141. Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien
  142. Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder
  143. Sea Glass by Maria V. Snyder
  144. Spy Glass by Maria V. Snyder
  145. Fins Are Forever by Tera Lynn Childs
  146. Variant by Robison Wells
  147. The Hound of Rowan by Henry H. Neff
  148. The Second Seige by Henry H. Neff 
  149. The Fiend and the Forge by Henry H. Neff 
  150. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
  151. Tankborn by Karen Sandler
  152. Pure by Julianna Baggott
  153. The Pledge by Kimberly Derting
  154. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
  155. I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Six's Legacy by Pittacus Lore
  156. The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore
  157. Prized by Cargh M. O'Brien
  158. Glow by Kathleen Amy Ryan
  159. Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  160. The Wicked and the Just by Anderson J. Coats
  161. Crave by Melissa Darnell
  162. The Gray Wolf Throne by Cinda Williams Chima
  163. Solstice by P.J. Hoover
  164. Lure by Stephanie Jenkins
  165. Desire by Kailin Gow
  166. Eden by Keary Taylor
  167. Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs
  168. The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann
  169. Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody
  170. The Farseekers by Isobelle Carmody
  171. Ashling by Isobelle Carmody
  172. Mastiff by Tamora Pierce
  173. Song of the Nile by Stephanie Dray
  174. The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
  175. Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  176. The Keeping Place by Isobelle Carmody
  177. Wavesong by Isobelle Carmody
  178. The Stone Key by Isobelle Carmody
  179. Lost in Time by Melissa de la Cruz
  180. The Death Cure by James Dashner
  181. The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman
  182. Witch & Wizard: The Fire by James Patterson
  183. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
  184. Family Storms by V.C. Andrews
  185. The Fire Wars by Kailin Gow
  186. The Radleys by Matt Haig
  187. Lion of Macedon by David Gemmell
  188. Dark Prince by David Gemmell
  189. Skinned by Robin Wasserman
  190. Crashed by Robin Wasserman
  191. Wired by Robin Wasserman
  192. The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge
  193. The Call by Michael Grant
  194. Destined by P.C. Cast
  195. Crossed by Ally Condie
  196. Abarat by Clive Barker
  197. Inheritance by Christopher Paolini
  198. I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have To Kill You by Ally Carter
  199. Cross My Heart and Hope To Spy by Ally Carter
  200. Sphinx's Princess by Esther M. Friesner
  201. Sphinx's Queen by Esther M. Friesner
  202. Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith
  203. Solitary by Alexander Gordon Smith
  204. Death Sentence by Alexander Gordon Smith
  205. Fugitives by Alexander Gordon Smith
  206. Execution by Alexander Gordon Smith
  207. Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
  208. Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta
  209. Starcrossed by Elizabeth C. Bunce
  210. Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
  211. Legend by Marie Lu
  212. Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep
  213. Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep
  214. Anathema by Megg Jensen
  215. Oubliette by Megg Jensen
  216. Severed by Megg Jensen
  217. Spirit's Princess by Esther M. Friesner
  218. Revealing Eden by Victoria Foyt
  219. Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder
  220. The Sword and the Dragon by M.R. Mathias 
  221. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Monday, January 2, 2012

Pandemonium Review

375 pages
Release date: February 28th, 2012
I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare,
pushing aside thoughts of Alex,
pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school,
push,
push,
push,
like Raven taught me to do.
The old life is dead.
But the old Lena is dead too.
I buried her.
I left her beyond a fence,
behind a wall of smoke and flame.


Review (ARC): 
Such a great continuation in the Delirium series! If you remember in the first book Delirium, love is made out to be a disease by the government which everyone has to get cured once they reach 18. Lena meets Alex and escapes the cure but ends up leaving him behind. In this novel Lena's story is continued and we get to experience her new world in The Wilds. Lena becomes such a strong character in this novel and amazes me with her ability to adapt to difficult situations. I loved the fact that she does what needs to be done but doesn't hide her feelings or back down when confronted. I loved all the action in this novel and Lena's new romantic interest. And the ending throws an exceptional surprise your way that you may or may not see coming. I definitely recommend this book as a great read but only if you've read the first novel Delirium.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!



Hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year!