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[Book Review] - Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Title: Shatter Me
   Author: Tahereh Mafi
   Series: #1 - Shatter Me
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: Novemeber 15th, 2011
   My Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0

     Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

     The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

     The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war– and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

     Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

My Review:

     Shatter Me I enjoyed when  I started the book, and something about a girl who can kill anyone she touches just sounded involved. I wanted to see how she took this power and made it her own, and the story took a completely different turn. As well, I wanted to see how she handled this power or ability or however you look at it, and what it did to her emotionally. There is just so much emotional and personal trauma that envelopes this book.

     Juliette was orphaned by her parents and the whole experience of her power eats away at her. I loved this sheltered girl who fears her power and doesn't want to possess this power. She views her ability as a curse and how she never wanted to hurt anyone. As well, the book is done almost as if she, herself had written it; occasionally there are words that are written than crossed out like she didn't mean to write, or doesn't believe she feels that way.

     As well the government in this book is a bit hard to discern, I think is a paranormal dystopia, or like an X-men type genre. I like how her power adds depth to her character, but at the same time it's the one part that draws the government to her. I understand that they want her power, but the reason for that power really never showed up. I would be curious to know what they want it, and what the purpose she would serve them. Okay, I understand that fear would be a good explanation, but I want more out of it, and I won't accept that as a good reason.

     As well, the characters in this book were odd. I wanted to know more. Adam Kent seems to have more mystery to him that I first believed. I knew when he showed up there was going to be this whole Article 5, I care about you and I'm here to save you. But when the book was closing, I don't know what it was about his character, but there seemed to be more to him and what Juliette had to choose between. I'm not saying that it's the power or him, but maybe he has a power as well. I'll have to wait and find out, but we'll see in the next book.

     I picked up Destroy Me, because I wanted to find out more about the other character Warner. I am not that fond of his persona; he just seems like a creepy stalker that hides in the bushes and waits on you to go to the bathroom. He's just so odd and unusual and why he's after Juliette is more of an obsession, than a good reason for what the Reestablishment could use her for. And I'll probably go more into depth about him, but the contrast between Warner and Juliette is so different, one is order and the other is complete chaos or tends to go as things come. It's just a complete stark difference that it's very refreshing.

     I was curious on this book, and while it was just decent, I will continue the series. I am still curious on the characters and where the plot will lead them on in the future. While I will moderately recommend this book to those who like a dystopia that has some paranormal features with it, this is a good example, but it's not one of my favorites and I hope the rest of the series can improve on what the book did just moderately okay.

[Stacking the Shelves] - #15

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      I have been away for a while. I have to say the Christmas events kept me busy, and I have started a new job. I'm trying to get back in the swing of things, and getting things in order. I want to thank everyone out there for keeping around, and if you managed to find my site, I want to thank you and hope you enjoy what's around.

I bring more headway on the books that I have received, and I bring good news. I am working on a possible update to the signed books pages. I picked up new signed books from Andersons Bookshop in Naperville, IL. I love that place and I could get stuck there all day. Anyways without delaying anymore, I give you more books out of the mailbox.

The Evolution
of Mara Dyer
The Blessed
Alice in Zombieland

Mailbox Pickup:

   Author: Michelle Hodkin
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: October 23th, 2012

     Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.

     She can’t.

     She used to think her problems were all in her head.

     They aren’t.

     She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets.

     She’s wrong.

     In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?

      Normally I wouldn't be into this sort of book based off the synopsis. I find fault in all if it. Firstly everyone has secrets, even from the people you love. I hate to say it, but no couple, marriage, or even friendship is completely honest and open. Everyone needs their personal space. I hate how people assume or expect their significant other is completely open. Now before I get into a debate here, I have to say that the more serious issues need to be addressed, but some minor issues aren't as needed and can be ignored or found out when they become more pertinent.

     What got me into the book, was I've seen a few bloggers and fellow reviewers looking at the first book and this book giving it some praise that I wouldn't normally have thought. So the contemporary romance side of me is screaming to try this book. For that reason I did pick it up and will get around to both at some point.

Title: The Blessed
   Author: Tonya Hurley
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: September 25th, 2012

     From the author of the New York Times bestselling ghostgirl series, the start to a captivating and haunting teen trilogy about three girls who become entangled with an enigmatic boy—a boy who believes he is a saint.What if martyrs and saints lived among us? And what if you were told you were one of them?

     Meet Agnes, Cecilia, and Lucy. Three lost girls, each searching for something. But what they find is Beyond Belief.

     The Blessed comes from a book club that I partake in, and the majority of the group seemed to enjoy this book. From what I get out of the synopsis is the book looks at Saints and Martyrs and claims that one of the girls is one of them. I don't quite understand how this has to do with a story. In fact I don't understand how exactly this is a story. What's it mean to be a Martyr or a Saint in their world? What do they have to do if they are as Saint as opposed to the Martyr?

     What caught my eye, not because I have this book signed, is there is just so many questions that I have to read it to figure out the answer to all my annoying questions. Normally questions like this would bug people, and maybe some of you will stop reading my reviews because of how stupid the reason is, but I just have to get my hands on it. I want the answers!

   Author: Gena Showalter
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: September 25th, 2012

     She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.

     Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

     Her father was right. The monsters are real….

     To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies…

     I wish I could go back and do a thousand things differently.
     I'd tell my sister no.
     I'd never beg my mother to talk to my dad.
     I'd zip my lips and swallow those hateful words.
     Or, barring all of that, I'd hug my sister, my mom and my dad one last time.
     I'd tell them I love them.
     I wish... Yeah, I wish.

     Alice in Zombieland, this is one of those books that I just loved Alice in Wonderland, which was basically about a girl in a world she knew almost nothing about. This book does a similar thing, Alice in a world of zombies. Now from what I've read, the undead weren't supposed to exist, and most of all some of the people closest to her are dead. Alice is living her life in a world that's changed completely in a moments noticed, and with her world completely upside she's forced to trust people she's wouldn't normally.

     In this book, Alice is one of those stories that I didn't think would catch my eye, but a friend of mine said it was really good and when I got offered a chance at the book, I couldn't pass it up. As well, I find myself constantly looking at it on my shelf wondering why I haven't read it exactly. I need to get around it to, as well.

Title: Crewel
   Author: Gennifer Albin
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: October 26th, 2012

     Enter a tangled world of secrets and intrigue where a girl is in charge of other’s destinies, but not her own.

     Sixteen-year-old Adelice Lewys has always been special. When her parents discover her gift—the ability to weave the very fabric of reality—they train her to hide it. For good reason, they don’t want her to become a Spinster — one of the elite, beautiful, and deadly women who determine what people eat, where they live, how many children they have, and even when they die.

     Thrust into the opulent Western Coventry, Adelice will be tried, tested and tempted as she navigates the deadly politics at play behind its walls. Now caught in a web of lies and forbidden romance, she must unravel the sinister truth behind her own unspeakable power. Her world is hanging by a thread, and Adelice, alone, can decide to save it — or destroy it.

     Crewel has been on my list of a long long while, maybe shortly after I started it. I loved the cover, it just pops and there's so much color and its very pleasing to the eye. As well there was something about a girl who could weave the fate of everyone else, but herself that just sounds weird and I wanted to know more about the book at that point. Crewel even goes above that and throws it into a world where she isn't supposed to be some  Spinster. I understand that the perception of Spinsters are as explained as you've probably read, but at the same time there has to be their flip side to that as well.

     Adelice, I loved that name off the bat, gets forced to a world where she needs to make her decision on what she wants to do. I don't understand how she gets involved in politics and at the age of 16, I don't understand why any girl at that age would want to. And I wonder who her forbidden romance is with, I wish I knew more about the other characters in this book.

Title: Breathe
   Author: Sarah Crossan
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: October 2nd, 2012

     Inhale. Exhale. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe . . . The world is dead. The survivors live under the protection of Breathe, the corporation that found a way to manufacture oxygen-rich air.

     Alina has been stealing for a long time. She's a little jittery, but not terrified. All she knows is that she's never been caught before. If she's careful, it'll be easy. If she's careful.

     Quinn should be worried about Alina and a bit afraid for himself, too, but even though this is dangerous, it's also the most interesting thing to happen to him in ages. It isn't every day that the girl of your dreams asks you to rescue her.

     Bea wants to tell him that none of this is fair; they'd planned a trip together, the two of them, and she'd hoped he'd discover her out here, not another girl.

     And as they walk into the Outlands with two days' worth of oxygen in their tanks, everything they believe will be shattered. Will they be able to make it back? Will they want to?

     First off, manufacture oxygen-rich air? That just sounds like a really bad start to a dystopian novel, so I hope it gets better. Okay so the world is encased in oxygen environment produced by a company named Breathe. I am wondering who exactly is the main character in this story. There seems to be at least three different characters, and I hope that the book picks one of them and sticks with it. I don't know what is with the trend of swapping characters every chapter or in the middle and hoping that it will make sense and have a point.

     For any writer who wants to know how to do good character descriptions, and introductions for characters in any synopsis, this wound be a great place to look at. I love how the three characters are introduced and their objective for what they want is neatly laid out. As well the dilemma of what seems to be the main conflict or issue through the book. I would love to see how this conflict evolves, or maybe see if it does more than just that. As well, I'm curious to see the main issue/conflict that seems to show up, and how that involves and affects the three characters as well. Such a great, but frustrating synopsis here.

[Waiting on Wednesday] - #13

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Title: Prodigy
Author: Marie Lu
Date: January 29th, 2013

     June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: the Elector Primo dies, and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the two join a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother and offer passage to the Colonies. They have only one request—June and Day must assassinate the new Elector.

     It’s their chance to change the nation, to give voice to a people silenced for too long.

     But as June realizes this Elector is nothing like his father, she’s haunted by the choice ahead. What if Anden is a new beginning? What if revolution must be more than loss and vengeance, anger and blood—what if the Patriots are wrong?

     In this highly-anticipated sequel, Lu delivers a breathtaking thriller with high stakes and cinematic action.

     Now I will say Legend is on my list of books to read and I have it sitting on the shelf. Legend was one of those books that I have bought first and have been trying to get around to it. I have heard a lot of good reviews and there actually from a lot of people who I trust. I want to get into that book and see what all the rave is about.

     Prodigy is one of those sequels that I just can't look past, the book reminds me so much of The Hunger Games, based off the synopsis so far. From me not reading the first one and trying to judge the book, based on what I've not seen. I apologize now for possibly sounding completely stupid, but as a revolution gets underway and the Republic edges closer to falling. June and Day are forced to make a decision, to assassinate an Elector. A question arises though along the way, What if this Elector is actually better for the Republic and what the government needs to be better? Who is actually right in this choice; the Republic or the Revolution.

     This book appeals to me on the whole dystopia level, and the whole contemporary whose right choice. I look forward to seeing the book play out and the personal dilemma, and the inner fighting trying to comprehend just which side is the correct one. The government falling apart, brings a question to mind; why? Maybe that'll be answered in the first book, and that's why I'm going to end here. I just don't have much more to add to this book, other than I am really looking forward to getting my hands on this book!

[Flashback Friday] - #13

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Title:  Catching Jordan
   Author: Miranda Kenneally
   Release Date: December 1st, 2011


     What girl doesn't want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn't just surrounded by hot guys, though-she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys and that's just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university.

     But everything she's ever worked for is threatened when Ty Green moves to her school. Not only is he an amazing QB, but he's also amazingly hot. And for the first time, Jordan's feeling vulnerable. Can she keep her head in the game while her heart's on the line?

My Stance:

     I am catching up and working on the blog again. I believe I have a few things in place. But when I got to this segment I was stumped. I have been reading a lot of manly novels. By that I mean it's mainly been Sci-Fi, Mysteries, or Horror/Thrillers, and I have been looking around for my other more catchy romance, emotional, gushy novels to fill this spot and sure enough this book caught my eye, immediately.

     This book is one of those that has been spoken highly of and I really have had it on my list for a long long while. I love the premise of this book, and how it feels like a good clean high school drama type novel. Catching Jordan is a simple book about Jordan who wants to be around boys and be viewed as more than just another one of the guys. However, when Ty enters the view that all changes.

     Jordan isn't sure just how much she can take with her feelings and what Ty does as well. The raw emotion in this book, I've heard it's all pretty good and I want to see it. As well the last time on the TV when Football was playing, the station kept showing the quarterback's girlfriend; and here I am wondering WHY? I am a guy, so maybe I just don't understand what could be so heartfelt or so sad, wrong, whatever that would cause a station to devote that much attention to a girl. This book kinds bridges that gap and shows that emotion and power.

[Book Review] - The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

   Author: J.K. Rowling
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: September 27th, 2012
   My Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0


     When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock.

     Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty fa├žade is a town at war.

     Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils ... Pagford is not what it first seems.

     And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

My Review:

     The Casual Vacancy had the most potential to be a great book, and if you read my review when I got this book and the future expectations I had on this book you would know that there was a lot of glaring problems I had with this book. And I would love to present my first abandoned book to everyone. I just couldn't get past the glaring problems with this book and how horrible it is. If you like slow moving dramas that really just involve a bunch of self-centered morons, this would be the perfect book for you.

     This book is just horrible. It involves an empty seat for the town council, I can only assume. But everyone seems too stupid to realize that the seat is up for reelection now. It isn't until halfway through the book that someone realizes, "HEY! we can fight over this seat and an all-out war will ensue and ..." You get the drift I image. It just moved way way too slow for me and I couldn't find a reason to pick it up anymore and finish it. Maybe later, but no.

     The characters, oh the characters are horrible. There wasn't one general character that I enjoyed of felt that I would enjoy when I put the book down. It was just a cluster of horrible and even worse they all are so self-centered and delusional it's sickening. All of the characters really just use each other to position themselves better politically or to better their standing with the community. The lot of shallow characters in this book is far from what I expected out of J.K. Rowling. C'mon you can do a lot better, than this.

     As well, this is labeled as Adult, and realistically this is no where near an adult book. Its more of a young adult book, with a few mentions of sex and condoms that look like those white grubs you can use for fishing. I hated the labeling of this book, it's not at all what I was expecting. If I could have claimed to be an adult when I was 12 by simply mentioning condoms and sex, than I believe the world would have a lot less teenagers and more immature bastard children running around. This book isn't even close to the label it had.

     The environment was confusing as well, it focuses around Pagford and some suburbs. I spent most of my time re-reading the paragraphs trying to understand what was being conveyed. I felt that I missed most of the setting or it just wasn't described in a manner that I could visualize. As well when I finally understood the setting for the character that was speaking for the moment; the character changes. There is no chapters, there is days and in one day nearly every character has a section in which they give their perspective on the days happenings. Its very disruptive to the story and I was left with a complete emptiness when the character swapped. It just isn't something I enjoy seeing in a book, there was no reason to swap that way.

     Now when I picked up this book I looked around at fellow other bloggers and reviewers to see what they thought, and generally it's a mixed review. Some love the book and some utterly hate it. I would view my stance on this book less than neutral. I don't hate this completely, I more or less just isn't my style of book and I couldn't get past those issues, and it's generally not just me who has those issues but most of those who dislike this book share the issues.

[Stacking the Shelves] - #14

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your bookshelf, be it the physical one or your digital one!

      I have been away for a while. I have to say the Christmas events kept me busy, and I have started a new job. I'm trying to get back in the swing of things, and getting things in order. I want to thank everyone out there for keeping around, and if you managed to find my site, I want to thank you and hope you enjoy what's around.

Anyways, here's more headway on my ever growing list of Mailbox and what I've gotten since December. I would do longer posts, but I don't feel it gives the books credit and what's on my list of books to get to. As well I would rather do smaller posts, cause it seems easier to read and doesn't make the page look too long and hard to figure out how much is left or where you actually left off.

Ashen Winter
Pushing the Limits
The Scorpio Races
The Raven Boys

Mailbox Pickup:

   Author: Mike Mullin
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: October 11th, 2011

     Many visitors to Yellowstone National Park don’t realize that the boiling hot springs and spraying geysers are caused by an underlying supervolcano, so large that the caldera can only be seen by plane or satellite. And by some scientific measurements, it could be overdue for an eruption.

     For Alex, being left alone for the weekend means having the freedom to play computer games and hang out with his friends without hassle from his mother. Then the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, plunging his hometown into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence. Alex begins a harrowing trek to seach for his family and finds help in Darla, a travel partner he meets along the way. Together they must find the strength and skills to survive and outlast an epic disaster.

      Ashfall has been on my watch-list for a long time, more accurately when I first started forming a watch-list this book has been on it. I have always had this fascination with the volcano sitting underneath Yellowstone. As the theory of what would happen if it erupted and what would happen to everyone if it did. I am glad that a book took that angle and I'm ultimately happy to hear someone's perspective.

     When I read this book, at first I wondered how old Alex would be. Okay I get it, he's a teen because of the genre; I guess a better question would be, How mature would Alex be. The reason I ask, is this could be a coming of age tale where he needs to find his family and a relationship blossoms out of disaster and a need to survive.

     Or it could be a dystopia novel, that I don't quiet understand how it would fall in that category. The reason I say that is because it really doesn't have a point where the government is either out of control or there is some underlying oppression that needs to be resolved. There just isn't any equality in this book that would make it a good dystopia. I hope for all hopes in this book that it's not.

Title: Ashen Winter
   Author: Mike Mullin
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: October 16th, 2012

     It’s been over six months since the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano. Alex and Darla have been staying with Alex’s relatives, trying to cope with the new reality of the primitive world so vividly portrayed in Ashfall, the first book in this series. It’s also been six months of waiting for Alex’s parents to return from Iowa. Alex and Darla decide they can wait no longer and must retrace their journey into Iowa to find and bring back Alex’s parents to the tenuous safety of Illinois. But the landscape they cross is even more perilous than before, with life-and-death battles for food and power between the remaining communities. When the unthinkable happens, Alex must find new reserves of strength and determination to survive.

     Ashen Winter being the sequel to Ashfall, I wanted to stay away from the description but I couldn't stop myself. Being six months in the future makes this story more problematic. I dislike time jumps for the simple reason there's the gap that needs addressed. What happened in those six months? There is just so many questions left unanswered, but than again I haven't read the first book either.

     I want this book to be better than Ashfall, as any author, reader, or fellow blogger (about books) should. If you don't want a sequel to be better than the previous, I believe you don't have the right motives or goals. When Mike describes this trek to find their parents more perilous than the first; I am wondering why that would be? I mean what happened to the government, wouldn't you think that FEMA would help those victims, there is issues that need addressed in this book. And again I am asking too many questions for this book, already.

   Author: Katie McGarry
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: July 31st, 2012

     No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.

     Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

     Pushing the Limits came from a downpoint in my life. I bought this book not too long ago, and shortly after my girlfriend dumped me. I was looking for a good romance, and I'm not saying that because of the whole dumping thing is why I picked up this book. Truth be told this book has all the points to a good romance that I find attractive. And the cover does a great job initiating, and even gives a good show of what type of book this is going to be. I love the cover.

     Echo I have to when I read the synopsis, I did imagine her as a red head. And ultimately I am curious on what happened to to cause her to drop in popularity. As well I am curious on Noah. I would love to see what he's like, I usually see that sort of name used in a religious context. I just don't see Noah have the personality that's described, but maybe that's the whole point to Noah and Echo starting a relationship, two broken people or two people with secrets.

   Author: Maggie Stiefvater
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: October 18th, 2011

     It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

     At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

     Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

     Maggie Stiefvater is one of those authors that I keep an eye on. She's a great author, she's put out some great books, and even more they seem to get more praise and comparisons than most other books that I pick up. It's true that some of those opinions and comparisons may not be altogether the best to go on, but I still like to see what the community is after and what peaks peoples interests.

     When I first looked at this book it was compared to The Hunger Games, and I ultimately failed to see the connection. Lately its been compared to the new Divergent and I fail to see that. I will be honest I loved both series and when bloggers and others compared this book to both, I couldn't pass it up.

     After reading they synopsis, The Scorpio Races does have this Hunger Games quality with the races taking place. However, I have feel the better perspective is how Puck is going to be the first girl in the race. The other issue I am concerned with this book, is how are the races dangerous? I mean people die during these events, why? I mean its horse races, the worst that can happen is people get ran over. I see people getting hurt, seriously hurt, but I don't by killed.

   Author: Maggie Stiefvater
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: September 18th, 2012

     “There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve," Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him."

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shivertrilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

     Here is another book by Maggie Stiefvater, and I am not sure why exactly I picked this up other than it was signed. When I first heard the title to this book, I pretty much new part of the book. I thought it would be about some college girl who was minding her own business and wants to stay away from these boys at another college. Its a pretty bad initial impression, but hey you have to give me some credit, it was sort of close.

     The whole seeing spirits thing has me interested. I am trying to figure out if it's spirits as in ghosts or its more of a natural spirit soft of thing. Blue than is attracted to one of The Raven Boys. I don't understand that, or the motives behind the guy Blue is attracted to. There just is so many good intriguing questions that come to  mind. I love how there is enough information to bring questions and peak my interests and leave me hanging so I want to pick up the book. I love this synopsis.

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Fallen by Lauren Kate

I have to say this is by far one of my most annoying series. I so wanted to enjoy this series and over all I was let down over and over in this series. It's a mediocre series that seemed to let me down more than it got my hopes up and that I enjoyed the series. Now I'm not saying that the book was all that bad, I just hoped the characters would have been better and the plot as well.

Anyways this is a simple teaser video, and it plays hard on the whole romance this book is supposed to have. Don't get me wrong the book was a great romance, however the character Luce just is too moronic and doesn't seem to do anything thinking for herself in the book.

I digress from the book, I should be dissecting the teaser rather than the book. The one thing I hated about the teaser is it really just doesn't explain the characters, doesn't give me any interest into what the book is about. It does provide one statement that sticks in the back of your head, "Some angels are destined to FALL." That quote tells more about the book the the rest of the teaser put together. When I first looked at the teaser, that statement was the ONLY thing I took from the trailer. It's just generally awful.

I would have personally liked to see something done with characters. I'm sure you could have asked any one of the fans of this book to do one for free and it would be better than whatever this is. The teaser does nothing for me, and I can't see how it does anything for anyone else.

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