Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Fires of Calderon ( The Balance Keppers Book#1)

TITLE: THE FIRES OF CALDERON
AUTHOR: LINDSAY CUMMINGS

PAGE COUNT: 352
RELEASE DATE: 9/23/2014


Today is the book birthday for The Fire of Calderon the first book in The Balance Keepers series by Lindsay Cummings. I'm so excited to get my hands on this book! I will but the synopsis below and  don't forget to go get your copy! 

The first book in an epic middle grade fantasy adventure series that takes place in an underground society at the center of the earth. Packed with action, humor, magic, and mystery.

After following a mysterious map into the woods and then under the woods, eleven-year-old Albert Flynn learns he’s a Balance Keeper—someone with special magical skills for fixing problems in three underground Realms at the Core of the earth. His new job is important; if the realms fall out of balance, the world above could be in great danger.

Albert and his Balance Keeper teammates Birdie and Leroy arrive in the Core not a moment too soon. There’s an Imbalance in the Calderon Realm and it’s threatening to bury Albert’s hometown of New York City in a mountain of ash.

The three must train hard completing mental and physical challenges, but above all, they must harness the power of their Tiles—unique superpowers given to each Balance Keeper. So far, Albert’s mastered the art of not mastering his Tile....

With the situation in Calderon growing worse every day, can Albert, Leroy, and Birdie restore balance before New York is destroyed forever? Will Albert master his Tile before it’s too late?

Perfect for fans of Percy Jackson, The Unwanteds, and the classic Journey to the Center of the Earth

Monday, September 22, 2014

UNHINGED

TITLE: UNHINGED
AUTHOR: A.G. HOWARD
PAGE COUNT: 387
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2014
RATING: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS


WHAT IS THIS BOOK ABOUT:

Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the guy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly seductive Morpheus and the vindictive Queen Red. Now all she has to do is graduate high school and make it through prom so she can attend the prestigious art school in London she's always dreamed of.

That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland—where she (partly) belongs.

As prom and graduation creep closer, Alyssa juggles Morpheus’s unsettling presence in her real world with trying to tell Jeb the truth about a past he’s forgotten. Glimpses of Wonderland start to bleed through her art and into her world in very disturbing ways, and Morpheus warns that Queen Red won’t be far behind.

If Alyssa stays in the human realm, she could endanger Jeb, her parents, and everyone she loves. But if she steps through the rabbit hole again, she'll face a deadly battle that could cost more than just her head



MY TOUGHTS ON THE BOOK:

This sequel to Splintered was perfect! There is so much more Morpheus which I love Team Morpheus lol. In this book Wonderland starts slipping into Alyssa's real world where she thought her family, Jeb, and her where safe. Morpheus  tries to convince Alyssa to accept that she is as much part of wonderland as she is to the human realm and this makes Alyssa a little mad. I don't want to give to much away so I'm going to stop there.  This book doesn't have as much hype it deserves it's AMAZING A.G. Howard is a brilliant writer the way she describes wonderland you just want to be a part of it and the character development is perfect. If you have not started this series you must you wont regret it. Oh and the ending the ending in this book will leave you wanting more.

Monday, September 15, 2014

If I Stay

Title: If I Stay
Author: Gayle Forman
Page Count: 262
Publish Year:2009
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


WHAT IS THIS BOOK ABOUT?

On a day that started like any other, Mia had everything: a loving family, a gorgeous, admiring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and full of choices. In an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, between a happy past and an unknowable future, Mia spends one critical day contemplating the only decision she has left. It is the most important decision she'll ever make.

Simultaneously tragic and hopeful, this is a romantic, riveting, and ultimately uplifting story about memory, music, living, dying, loving.



MY THOUGHTS ON THE BOOK:

I loved this book it had me hooked from the moment I started it, it also had me bawling 18 pages in. This book just makes you appreciate life more and makes you reflect in how the world can change in just a blink of an eye. I really don't want to give to much away in this review, all I'm going to say is if you haven't picked up this book yet you must. Gayle is brilliant she really hit it out the park with this book. I loved it! I'm going to go watch the movie hopefully this weekend and have a review up for it next week.

Thirteen Reasons Why

Title: Thirteen Reasons Why
Author: Jay Asher
Page Count: 304
Publish Year: 2007
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars 


WHAT IS THIS BOOK ABOUT?

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.
On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list.
Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

MY TOUGHTS ON THE BOOK:
didn't hate this book but I didn't love it, this book really pissed me of at some point. I mean I did like that Hannah got to tell the people that bullied how they had a part in her decision, but it also pissed me of that she went that route. In my opinion no one has control over your life except you and she let the bullies win. I guess in a way this book teaches teenagers how to recognize signs of someone headed that route. I really don't know what else to say about this book . I know a lot of people really like this book but it just didn't do it for me. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Anna and the French Kiss

Tittle: ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS
AUTHOR: STEPHANIE PERKINS
RATING: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS

WHAT IS THIS BOOK ABOUT?

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets √Čtienne St. Clair. Smart, charming,beautiful, √Čtienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend. 

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?



MY THOUGHTS ON THE BOOK:

This book made my heart melt and made me so giddy it was lovely, Stephanie Perkins really knocked out the park with this contemporary she set it in the right place the city of love Paris and described so well i just have to go now.  Etienne St. Clair oh my god St. Clair he was perfect you cant help and fall inlove with him, is he real and where can I find him. The story line was perfect! I just cant stop saying perfect this book just put me in such a good mood! if you have not picked up this book just put everything down and go get it, yes it's that good.

City Of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6)

TITLE: CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE
AUTHOR: CASSANDRA CLARE
RATING: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS


WHAT IS THE BOOK ABOUT?
In this dazzling and long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary's own brother.
Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell.
The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris - but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons?
When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee - even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned...
Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the terrible battle for the fate of the word in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments
MY THOUGHTS ON THE BOOK:
There could have not been a better ending to the series, it left me wanting more and not wanting the series to end. In this book so many secrets are revealed, friends are lost. this book made me laugh, cry and pissed me off at times, does anyone else think that Cassandra always had it out for Simon? it seems to me that in all six books the poor guy never caught a break. Jace and Clary can finally let loose and love each other without out holding back and i loved it I was waiting for them to just give into there love all the series. One thing that bugged me about the book was Sebastian I wish he would have been able to change and stayed with his family, it seems like when all his evil was taken away he was a good guy, but we cant all get what we want. Overall the book was very very good it met all my expectations. This series was AMAZING so sad to see it end. If you have not picked up this series I recommend you do. You wont regret it.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

NEW SEPTEMBER RELEASES!!!

THIS ARE SOME OF THE YOUNG ADULT SEPTEMBER RELEASES I'M LOOKING THE MOST FORWARD TO.



HEIR OF FIRE (THRONE OF GLASS #3)
AUTHOR: SARAH J MAAS
RELEASED SEPTEMBER 2ND 

SYNOPSIS: Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy. 

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love



THE IRON TRIAL ( MAGISTERIUM #1)
AUTHORS: HOLLY BLACK & CASSANDRA CLARE
RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 9,2014

SYNOPSIS:From NEW YORK TIMES bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare comes a riveting new series that defies what you think you know about the world of magic.

From two bestselling superstars, a dazzling and magical middle-grade collaboration centering on the students of the Magisterium, an academy for those with a propensity toward magic. In this first book, a new student comes to the Magisterium against his will -- is it because he is destined to be a powerful magician, or is the truth more twisted than that? It's a journey that will thrill you, surprise you, and make you wonder about the clear-cut distinction usually made between good and evil







THE ILLUSIONS IF FATE
AUTHOR: KIERSTEN WHITE
RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 9, 2014

SYNOPSIS: “I did my best to keep you from crossing paths with this world. And I shall do my best to protect you now that you have.”

Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets Finn, a gorgeous, enigmatic young lord who introduces her to the secret world of Albion’s nobility, a world that has everything Jessamin doesn’t—power, money, status…and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, dangerous secrets that the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits and her determination, can stop him.

Kiersten White captured readers’ hearts with her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy and its effortless mix of magic and real-world teenage humor. She returns to that winning combination of wit, charm, and enchantment in Illusions of Fate, a sparkling and romantic new novel perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare, The Madman’s Daughter, and Libba Bray.




I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN
AUTHOR: JANDY NELSON
RELEASE DATE:SEPTEMBER 16,2014

SYNOPSIS: Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah's story to tell. The later years are Jude's. What the twins don't realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

This radiant novel from the acclaimed, award-winning author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once


THE INFINITE SEA ( THE FIFTH WAVE #2)
AUTHOR: RICK YANCEY
RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 16,2014

SYNOPSIS: How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate


MADE FOR YOU
AUTHOR: MELISSA MAAR
RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 16,2014

SYNOPSIS: When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.

For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has applied her extraordinary talent to contemporary realism. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa’s fans, and every YA reader, will find its wild ride enthralling


JACKABY
AUTHOR: WILLIAM RITTER
RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 16,2014

SYNOPSIS: “Miss Rook, I am not an occultist,” Jackaby said. “I have a gift that allows me to see truth where others see the illusion--and there are many illusions. All the world’s a stage, as they say, and I seem to have the only seat in the house with a view behind the curtain.”

Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary--including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police--with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane--deny.

Doctor Who meets Sherlock in William Ritter’s debut novel, which features a detective of the paranormal as seen through the eyes of his adventurous and intelligent assistant in a tale brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre


WINTERSPELL
AUTHOR: CLAIRE LEGRAND
RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 30, 2014

SYNOPSIS: New York City, 1899. Clara Stole, the mayor's ever-proper daughter, leads a double life. Since her mother's murder, she has secretly trained in self-defense with the mysterious Drosselmeyer.

Then, on Christmas Eve, disaster strikes.

Her home is destroyed, her father abducted--by beings distinctly nothuman. To find him, Clara journeys to the war-ravaged land of Cane. Her only companion is the dethroned prince Nicholas, bound by a wicked curse. If they're to survive, Clara has no choice but to trust him, but his haunted eyes burn with secrets--and a need she can't define. With the dangerous, seductive faery queen Anise hunting them, Clara soon realizes she won't leave Cane unscathed--if she leaves at all.

Inspired by The NutcrackerWinterspell is a dark, timeless fairy tale about love and war, longing and loneliness, and a girl who must learn to live without fear.












Thursday, September 4, 2014

City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5)



WHAT IS THIS BOOK ABOUT?
In this book Clary is horrified when she finds out that demon Lilith's magic has tied Jace and her brother Sebastian together and now Jace has become a servant of evil. The clave is out to destroy Sebastian but there is no way of hurting Sebastian without hurting Jace. While Alec, Magnus, Simon and Isabelle try to make bargain with the Seelie, Demons and the Iron sisters,  Clary takes it up on herself to find a solution to bring her Jace back and kill her Brother.



MY TOUGHTS ON THE BOOK:
I really enjoyed this book, I loved the way Jace seemed to be so much more comfortable with his and Clary's relationship. I also liked how I learn more about Sebastian, his past and how he feels about his family, at a certain point in the book I really was starting to like Sebastian, yes I know CRAZY! this book is just great I think is the best one in the series. City of Fallen Angels had really put me off from the series because it seemed to just drag on, but as soon is I got into reading City of Lost Souls it sucked me back in I loved it!

Monday, September 1, 2014

August wrap up!

I read a total of six books in August! The first book I read was Divergent I gave it ★★★
I really liked the characters and the story line! I put down the Divergent series to start The Mortal Instruments series I read five books and I'm currently reading City of Heavenly Fire. which I will list the books below with the rating I gave each one. if you would like to know my thoughts on the books I have reviews for each one on this blog. 

City of Bones★☆☆
City of Ashes;★★☆
City of Glass: ★★★
City of Fallen Angels:★★☆
City of Lost Souls: ★★★

Overall I think I did pretty good last
month! I really wanted to finish The Mortal Instruments series but it didn't happen, but i will finish it this week. I will also have a review for City of Lost Souls this week. How many books did you read in August? leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you!