Monday, December 31, 2012

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry Book Review

Hey everyone! Sorry for the wait, the holidays are such busy times and I promise I'll be on my game more!! I hope you enjoy!

Pushing the Limits
by Katie McGarry
Published July 31, 2012 by Harlequin Teen
392 pages

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 is a contemporary novel about two people wish very different personalities. Echo Emerson used to be one of the popular girls, with the hot boyfriend who was in the center of everything. But after that one dreadful night, she'd just been that freak with the strange scars on her arms. Noah also had a life, but things changed and bad boy Noah came out. When their paths cross, nothing will ever be the same.

This book has been talked about everywhere recently -- it seems I was the only person who hadn't read it! It was simply amazing. It was heartbreaking, raw, emotional and viciously riveting. It was one of the best book I've read recently. The writing was insanely good, and the story was something different. It needed no supernatural elements to take you to a different world. You really could get into the world and picture everything.

I liked being able to have both Noah and Echo narrate the book. Being able to get inside both of their heads just gave it more connection and a more vivid image. I felt the heartbreak that each of them felt. I was present through their pain and it made my chest ache just as theirs had. It easily is one of my favorite books, especially contemporary books. I loved it.

The emotions were so raw and it was opened up. Learning everything was a new experience. It really made me think about things. It sparked thoughts about life (as cliche as that sounds). It really was thought provoking and something that really stuck with me. I'm sure I'll read this over and over again.

A quote I loved:

"The worst type of crying wasn't the kind everyone could see -- the wailing on street corners, the tearing at clothes. No, the worst kind happened when your soul wept and no matter what you did, there was no way to comfort it. A section withered and became a scar on the part of your soul that survived."
I highly recommend this book, even if you don't particularly like contemporary!

My rating: 5/5
Buy it:  Barnes & Noble  or  Amazon

Happy Reading!!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Merry Christmas!

I hope you all had a wonderful day yesterday and got all the books your little hearts could imagine! I'll be doing a christmas book haul within the next couple weeks but I had to order some so I'm waiting until they get here!

I also have some reviews pre recorded that I have yet to edit but I'll get those up soon! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a great holiday break!

Happy Reading!!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl Book Review

Beautiful Creatures
by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Published December 1, 2009 by Little Brown and Company
563 pages

There were no surprises in Gatlin County.
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.
At least, that's what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.

And in the end, there was a grave.

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

Beautiful Creatures is about Ethan Wate, and his small southern town of Gatlin where not much has ever changed -- until Lena Duchannes comes into town. The strange niece of the recluse, Macon Ravenwood -- and also cursed with a crazy family history. For some reason, things start to change, and Ethan Wate is about to be in for the shock of his life. How can you still not know so much about a town you've been born and raised in?

I absolutely adored this book! I can't wait to pick up the next one! Even though the story was long, I read it rather quickly. It was dark, and mysterious and enticing! I loved every second of it. I liked how it kept you guessing and it had so many different facets and interesting characters. I could totally relate with Lena, and I liked seeing a story like this through Ethan's eyes. It was a very smart and awesome way to tell the story that really kept me entertained. Link, though, was one of my favorite characters as well as the Sisters! They were so hilarious!

The story line was different and I liked how crazy everything seemed to be. I like how this world was one built with so many arts to it, and you just want to know more. I'm itching for the next, because I know there are four total in the series and I have so many questions that I want answered! The ending was magnificent but it definitely is a bit of a cliffhanger in it's own way.

Also, the world was so well created that I could feel it. I wished I had a crazy person like Amma taking care of me, and it makes me picture this small town that I've never experienced, but I felt like I have through the writing. I felt like I was in this wold of Casters and DAR societies entwined. It was so interesting.

I loved some of the quotes that popped up in this book as well. It really got you thinking and it really showed how well written the book was. Some of my favorites are: 

"It's funny how you can live somewhere your whole life, but not really see it."
"Darkness, real darkness, was something more than just a lack of light."
If you've read it, let me know what you think! If not please go out and try it because I highly recommend this book to everyone!

My rating: 5/5
Buy it:  Barnes & Noble  or  Amazon

Happy Reading!!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 30

Day 30: The book you're reading right now.

Ah! I'm so excited I finally got to this book in my whole line of books. It's Clockwork Angel (Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare. So far it's amazing. And of course it is being the prequel series to the Mortal Instruments series which is amazing. I'm so excited for the rest of this book and the rest of the series!! Tessa already really makes me happy even if she is a little prissy, but that's just the way she grew up. 

I can't believe it's the end of the 30 day challenge even though I'm sure it took me three months!! 

What book are you reading right now?

Happy Reading!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Embrace by Jessica Shirvington Book Review

by Jessica Shirvington
Published October 1, 2010 by Hachette Australia
382 pages

It starts with a whisper: "It's time for you to know who you are..."

Violet Eden dreads her seventeenth birthday. After all, it's hard to get too excited about the day that marks the anniversary of your mother's death. As if that wasn't enough, disturbing dreams haunt her sleep and leave her with very real injuries. There's a dark tattoo weaving it's way up her arms that wasn't there before.

Violet is determined to get some answers, but nothing could have prepared her for the truth. The guy she thought she could fall in love with has been keeping his identity a secret: he's only half-human -- oh, and same goes for her.

A centuries-old battle between fallen angels and the protectors of humanity has chosen its new warrior. It's a fight Violet doesn't want, but she lives her life by two rules: don't run and don't quit. When angels seek vengeance and humans are the warriors, you could do a lot worse than betting on Violet Eden...


Embrace is about this girl Violet Eden who has no mother, a distant dad, and weird nightmares. Things start to happen to her -- there are weird patterns being drawn on her skin as she wakes up and her dreams seem too real. Then she finds out that Lincoln, the guy who's always been there for her, was holding in a huge secret. Now that it's revealed, can she trust him again? Can she trust anyone she meets in this new world she's been thrust into like the mysterious Phoenix? Who is telling the truth and who really cares?

I loved this book!! I had seen mixed reviews about it but I thought it was awesome! It was a light, fun, entertaining read. I read it in two days and that's with studying for finals starting! It was so addictive and I loved the characters. I'm a sucker for a love triangle so this one pulled me in. The characters were entertaining and I liked the story. It was something different from other angel stories -- it was part of it's own little category.

It was dramatic and the story didn't drag. I couldn't believe how far I was getting in such little time! The story just drew me in. It was fast-paced and enticing. I really can't wait until I can pick up the next book and the third because I really really want to know what's going to happen next. I highly recommend this book and I've heard the ones in the series are even better so I honestly can't wait!

My rating: 4/5
Buy it:  Barnes & Noble  or  Amazon

Happy Reading!!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Book Haul #4: Thrift Store!

Hey everyone! I went to Goodwill awhile ago with my mom and ended up getting 11 books for three dollars. It was amazing!! I left them at home while I was at school so I wasn't able to show you guys and film a video so now that I'm home for break here's your book haul!! My camera cut off so I only got up to #9 and you see a bit of #10! They're all listed below so don't worry!

1. The Pretty Committee Strikes Back (The Clique Series #5) by Lisi Harrison

2. Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

3. What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman

4. The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

5. A Secret Kept by Tatiana DeRosnay

6. The Tourist by Olen Steinhauser

7. Bloodlines by Jan Burke

8. The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly

9. 1st to Die by James Patterson

10. The Ghost by Danielle Steel

11. The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks

Have you read any of these? Are they good? Let me know (:

Happy Reading!!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 29

Day 29: An author you wish was more well known.

This one is particularly hard. I've always picked up whatever I wanted from the shelves not worrying about something being from a particular author -- except for John Green who is my favorite. But now that I'm getting into book blogging I see how important it is and it's opening my eyes. My favorite authors are pretty well known right now but I just read Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry and I really want her to publish more things and I want to read her stuff -- yet she is pretty well known by now. But there are a bunch of indie authors out there that have amazing stuff that we need to support and discover and I'm so excited for diving into that!

What about you? What author do you think I should check out that's not as well known?

Happy Reading!!

Friday, December 7, 2012

The Host by Stephenie Meyer Book Review

The Host
by Stephenie Meyer
Published May 6, 2008 by Little, Brown & Company
619 pages

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact and continue their live apparently unchanged. Most of humanity has succumbed.

When Melanie, one of the few remaining "wild" humans, is captured, she is certain it is her end. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, was warned about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the glut of senses, the too-vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

Wanderer probes Melanie's thoughts, hoping to discover the whereabouts of the remaining human resistance. Instead, Melanie fills Wanderer's mind with visions of the man Melanie loves -- Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body's desires, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she has been tasked with exposing. When outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off on a dangerous and uncertain search for the man they both love. 

The Host is about the soul named the Wanderer who has been on many different planets and lived in many different "hosts." Now that her species has taken over the human world as well, she is assigned to a new host: Melanie Stryder. Normally, when the Wanderer or any other soul enters a host, they get their memories, but the rest of the host's personality and mine fades away -- but Melanie is different. She's a fighter and she won't let the Wanderer completely control her. Bombarding her with images of the man she loves, she manages to get the Wanderer to team up with her in search of him.

I absolutely loved this book! It was so spectacular. I for one, love Stephenie Meyer's writing. She has such a way of getting you into the main character's head. I honestly felt like the third person inside this girl's head. I felt like I was apart of the same contradiction and world that the Wanderer and Melanie were in. The details were so vivid and I could easily picture the world that they lived in. It was so superbly written that I could lose myself in the story and finished it in record time no matter the length. I was so surprised by how much I loved this book.

The characters were so well developed as well. I felt as if I knew Jeb and felt Melanie's love for Jared. I especially loved Ian. His character was so vivid throughout the book I felt I was becoming friends with him as well. It's something that Meyer does exceptionally well. She also makes it seem so believable no matter the absurdity of the things she proposes. I really believed that this could happen.

This book also had me on a roller coaster of emotions. I could feel it in my heart and I loved books that can make me feel. I really recommend this book to anyone. It was so intriguing and exciting and amazing! Even if you don't like the Twilight Series, this is definitely a must read.

My rating: 5/5
Buy it:  Barnes & Noble  or  Amazon

Happy Reading!!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Update: Finals Week!

Hey everyone!! OKAY I KNOW I'VE BEEN MIA FOR A LITTLE. But I have good reason. These past two weeks I've been in Finals mode for college. Today, I'm taking a little study break to write this but my last final is tomorrow morning. 

As you can see.... It's going well... I promise I'll get back to normal soon!! It's just been so stressful and I've been so busy that it's been impossible to film reviews and keep up with my reading pace. Believe me when I say over Winter Break I'm going to be a crazy reader and give you so much to look at! Also, next week I'll be visiting my friends back in my old town so I might not be posting much then either! I'm sorry! I'm trying, honestly. Life is just kicking me in the butt. 

So, I thought now would be a good time to ask for reading suggestions as well as you guys updating me on what you've been reading and all that good stuff! Any plans for the month of December, the Holidays, anything? Tell me below! I'll be back full force soon I promise!
Love you guys for sticking with me and hello and welcome to new followers!!

Happy Reading!!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 28

Day 28: Favorite Book from Childhood?

Okay, these are going to be very cliche, but I don't really care. Of course I grew up with the Harry Potter books so those have to be in here. I remember getting the first two for Christmas one year and I had no clue what I was getting into. Also the Magic Tree House Books were amazing. There was like a million of them -- probably in the 30s by now if she's still going. I also loved Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. 

What books did you love as a kid?

Happy Reading!!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 27

Day 27: Your reading playlist.

There's not really a playlist I have for reading. I more have one for when I'm writing because I don't really listen to music while I read to much and there's different songs that relate to different books. For writing however, I like to listen to music that makes me feel. I need something that's going to bring out memories and emotions in me whether or not they're good or bad. I find it much easier to connect and I end up connecting them to characters in books I've been reading or writing. I guess it's very specific to each individual person and mine changes so much depending on my mood and the point in my life.

What about you? Do you have a reading playlist? And if so what songs are on it?

Happy Reading!!