Saturday, October 31, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Would you like to have your own ARC copy of Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick? Here is your chance! I started my blog around two months ago and now that it is up and running it is CONTEST TIME!!! The rules are simple. You just have to be a follower of my blog and leave a comment to this post (include your email address). This contest is open to everyone! That's it! The contest ends on November 7th at midnight. Good Luck!!!!!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Thanks to The Story Siren for hosting IMM!!
This week I got some REALLY good books! I can't wait to read all of them. My TBR stack keeps growing..... I need more time to read!!!!
This week I got
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Otherworldlies by Jennifer Anne Kogler
**Now I must get off this computer and READ.. READ .. READ!!!!!
The Maze Runner is the first book in an exciting and action-packed new series by author James Dashner. I was very excited about getting this book because there was so much hype surrounding its release. I am pleased to say that the book lived up to its hype! The book begins with 16 year old Thomas waking up inside a lift with no memory except for his first name. When the lift stops and the doors open Thomas finds himself among a group of teenage boys in a place they call The Glade. The Glade is a makeshift community that is surrounded by an enormous and terrifying maze. Thomas soon finds out that he isn't alone in his memory loss. All of the inhabitants of The Glade entered under the same conditions. Life in The Glade has been somewhat predictable for the group since the first boys arrived two years ago. Every thirty days a new teenage boy would arrive in the lift. The new "greenie" would be assigned a job and everyone else would continue to do their assigned jobs maintaining The Glade. One of these jobs was being a runner. Runners were in charge of exploring the maze in hopes of solving it and freeing everyone. The runners only went into the maze during the day because at night the doors to the maze closed and the dangerous and terrifying "grievers" came out. Grievers are animal-like machines that had one purpose: kill anything in the maze! Thomas couldn't explain the strange pull he felt to become a runner, despite the undeniable danger, nor could he ignore the feelings of familiarity he felt while in The Glade.
Just as Thomas was becoming used to his "new life" an unexpected event occurs that throws the entire Glade into chaos. The lift alarm sounds signaling an incoming "greenie". This wouldn't normally be an unexpected or troubling event, but Thomas had just arrived the day before and instead of the normal newcomer this one was a girl! The girl also arrives with a message that things will change. Thomas and the rest of the Glade must now figure out who the girl is and what her message means. They have got to find a solution to the maze and uncover why "the creators" put them there as well because time is running out and their very lives are at stake. The maze is the key to their freedom but no one knows how to solve it and the danger inside the maze is very real. Thomas and the Gladers know one thing is for certain: if they are going to get out of The Glade they must do three things: REMEMBER. RUN. SURVIVE.
I can't even express how much I loved this book! It was action-packed, fast paced and gripping. The story line reminds me of The Hunger Games in that these young kids were placed somewhere against their will that was extremely dangerous and forced to survive while others "watched" them. The ending was awesome too! It answered many of the lingering questions I had while reading the book but caused many more that open the door for the next installment in the series. I highly recommend this book to all readers of YA fiction, but this is definitely a book that will appeal to boys. There are hints of romance but overall this is a kick-butt action packed book that will keep you up all night trying to see what happens next!!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
**IMM is hosted by The Story Siren**
This is my first IMM post! I always enjoy checking out all of the IMM posts @ The Story Siren's site. I did get some awesome books this week, so I figured that I would do a post myself!
I received Girl In The Arena by Lise Haines! This book sounds great! The summary reminds me of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and The Maze Runner by James Dashner (reading Maze Runner now and so far it ROCKS!). Check out the Compulsive Reader's site www.thecompulsivereader.com for an awesome and hilarious youtube video in praise of Girl In The Arena!
Happy Reading Everyone!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
I have an extra arc copy of Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick and I am looking to swap with someone for a book that I don't have. I am desperate for a few reads (Darklight, Fallen, The Dark Divine, The Mark, The Body Finder and Bleeding Violet) and would love to swap if someone is interested in my copy of Hush, Hush. Just leave me a comment with your email address and I will get in touch with you!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater is the highly anticipated sequel to Lament. Let me begin by saying I really loved Lament! It is one of my favorite books, so naturally I have been counting the days until I could get my hands on Ballad. This book was worth the wait! Ballad Rocked!! I fell in love with James in Lament and was left wanting more from his character... Ballad delivered in a big way!
The story begins with James, a music prodigy/bagpiper/reluctant psychic, adjusting to life at Thornking-Ash School of Music. He and Dee (his best friend and powerful Cloverhand) both decided to attend there after the events that took place over the summer in Lament. James is still suffering in silence over his unrequited love for Dee. Dee is miserable and distant over the loss of her boyfriend Luke, who now lives amongst the faeries in order to stay alive. This distance between James and Dee provides the perfect opportunity for Nuala, a faerie that feeds off human creativity, to enter James' life. Nuala is drawn to James through his music but she soon finds out that there may be more behind this undeniable pull she feels to him. As they collaborate together on a beautiful and haunting musical composition, James and Nuala begin to have feelings for each other that neither thought possible. Unfortunately, as Halloween approaches Thornking-Ash is overrun with faeries and the haunting song of the horned king of the dead. James must look deep within himself and make the hardest decision of his life if he wants to save not only himself, but Nuala and Dee.
Ballad is a powerful, romantic, sad, funny and fascinating story. Maggie Stiefvater does a great job developing her characters so that the reader feels a connection to them. James is so magnetic! I love his quirky personality, sharp tongue and unassuming charm. He is just cool!! I also like the way that the point of view alternates between James and Nuala. I believe this gives the reader a much better insight into the main characters. I really hope there is a third book planned for this series. I haven't heard anything yet, but I am keeping my fingers crossed!
Monday, October 5, 2009
I never win anything...usually! I just found out that I won a copy of Night Runner by Max Turner from www.thestorysiren.com!!! WooHoo!!! How awesome is that?! Thanks again to The Story Siren. I also picked up some great books this weekend to add to my ever growing pile of TBRs. Here is what I got:
Night Runner by Max Turner
Fire by Kristin Cashore
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater
I am DYING to read all of these so check back soon for my reviews!