Friday, June 22, 2012

Sequel Cover Reveals!

There have been some ahmazing cover reveals lately! If I have a bad day all I need to do is look at cover reveals and I cheer right up. :D Also with the cover reveals come release dates!

Januaray 22, 2013!!
(I just thought this deserved big font because I AM SO EXCITED for this book)

I. Adore. This. Cover. It's my favorite in the trilogy for sure! The hue and the font and the DRESS, it's all gorgeous! My favs in order for this series' covers would be Boundless, Unearthly, and then Hallowed.

February 5, 2013

 Not that I don't like this cover... I do... but it doesn't match the first one! The hardcover! It's also too similar to the paperback. It seems the same to me but with white eyelashes.Anywho, I'm sharing it with you all because it's the sequel to one of the most amazing books ever, Shatter Me, and I am soo excited to read this, matching cover or not.

Well those are all for now... I hope more are coming soon! (Through the Ever Night & Dark Triumph the most, though haha) Thanks for stopping by, you're awesome ;)

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Review: Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross

Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross (April 2012)
(clicking the cover takes you to its Goodreads page)

Goodreads Synopsis:

Mirabelle's past is shrouded in secrecy, from her parents' tragic deaths to her guardians' half-truths about why she can't return to her birthplace, Beau Rivage. Desperate to see the town, Mira runs away a week before her sixteenth birthday—and discovers a world she never could have imagined.

In Beau Rivage, nothing is what it seems—the strangely pale girl with a morbid interest in apples, the obnoxious playboy who's a beast to everyone he meets, and the chivalrous guy who has a thing for damsels in distress. Here, fairy tales come to life, curses are awakened, and ancient stories are played out again and again.

But fairy tales aren't pretty things, and they don't always end in happily ever after. Mira has a role to play, a fairy tale destiny to embrace or resist. As she struggles to take control of her fate, Mira is drawn into the lives of two brothers with fairy tale curses of their own . . . brothers who share a dark secret. And she'll find that love, just like fairy tales, can have sharp edges and hidden thorns.

My Thoughts:
I wanted this book immediately after reading the summary. It looks fantastic, right? I had really high hopes for it. It was a surprising book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. There were plot twists and turns, and they mostly changed for the morbid. But it madet the story one of the most unique that I've read in a very long time. Though I did find some issues with it...

The Characters:
Mira, Mira, Mira... Mira is the female lead in the story, and I liked her character at first. She seemed strong and brave, running away from home and standing up for herself and everything. And then--within, what 2 days of meeting him-- she "falls in love" with Felix. I found absolutely nothing special about Felix. He was such a boring character! He was hardly around, but oh, he's nice to Mira! So of course suddenly she's in love with him. And basically all she knows about him is that he runs a hotel. I found it stupid. No one can legit fall in love with someone that way. I've never come across such insta-love in a book before, and it made no sense. At all. Two days! And probably a total of six hours! That's not love, it's called a crush!

But Blue! I liked Blue. Probably because he had personality. He was funny and cocky and he had blue hair. He had the best lines and was in the best scenes. But more than Blue I adored Freddie's character. I wish that the author had told the ending to his story, but I hope he got a happily-ever-after. He seemed like such a sweet guy, and I wish everyone had been nicer to him.

The Plot:
It's such an original plot. Fairy-tales come to life. Yes, some were twisted, but it kept me interested enough to keep picking up the book. I'd kind of predicted the end-- and to keep this non-spoilery, I'll just say the part with the room-- but it was still horrorful (is horrorful a word? :P), though it kept the story climactic and made things urgent and captivating. I was curious to find out how Mira's own curse would work out. But mostly I wanted to know what happened to the others-- Viv and Henly and Caspian and Layla... Sigh, but alas, we never know. (Unless there's a sequel? Hint hint, Sarah Cross :D.)

However, it's one of those books where you have to discover things along with the character. So, that means that if it takes two hundred pages for her to connect the pieces to the puzzle... that's how long it takes you, too. And call me crazy, but plots like this drive me insane. I hate when everything is cryptic. Okay, yes, it can make you think and work things out for yourself, but I hate reading dialogue when I have no clue what the characters are talking about. This book didn't have it too bad, but it left me clueless to some answers I wanted that I had to wait until the end for.

SPOILER. And one other thing. We never do find out about Mira's parents. I mean, we discover they're alive and all that, and that she has their number to call them... but she never does. We never discover how it works out. Did they move into Beau Rivage with Mira? Or did she wait until she turned seventeen--when her parents planned to appear--to meet them? Did she call them and they came to move back to Beau Rivage, or did she remain with her godmothers? It's never told, and I suppose it doesn't really matter, but it was a loose end, nevertheless. SPOILER OVER.

The Writing:
This book had great writing-- not bleak, not boring, but descriptive, and sometimes mysterious. This book had some of the most hilarious dialogue and I loved reading the fights between Mira and Blue. And I liked the ending. Despite no closure of the secondary character's futures, it didn't dissapoint.

You should pick it up! The three stars is more for the plot and the unrealistic love (sorry, but it irked me! I think it could've been made more believeable). It was fast pasted, a quick read, wholly unique and original, and it should keep your attention.


Monday, June 4, 2012

Review: Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Everneath by Brodi Ashton (January 2012)
(clicking the cover takes you to its Goodreads page)

Goodreads Summary:
Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she's returned- to her old life, her family, her friends- before being banished back to the underworld... this time forever.

She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can't find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there's a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he'll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen.

As Nikki's time grows short and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she's forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole's...

My Thoughts:
I've heard tons of good about this book, so I was excited to read it, espeically because it's in the mythology genre and I've enjoyed the other mythology books I've read in the past. This one was okay... but there were a few things missing for me.

The characters:
I had no issues with any of the characters. None of them were annoying, but they weren't exactly unique either. Though they did all sort of lack personality. Jack was... well, he was the typical hot-quarterback-falling-head-over-heals-for-the-awkward-girl love interest. Cole was much more enjoyable, and I was totally rooting for him too, but no spoilers here (Team Cole! :P). Nikki was just another selfless heroine to me. I just didn't find it realistic how she'd choose suffering in hell over ruling it. Who is that selfless? Which leads me to my issues with the plot.

The plot:
Okay, well, here's the main thing I'm wondering about: if Nikki's only problem is not being around the people she loves... why not just become an Everliving? Because as far as I could tell, Everlivings can live on earth (take Cole, Maxwell, and the rest of his band for example). So then why not become an Everliving, not say goodbye, and not have eternal torture while living on earth as an Everliving? Sure, she'd outlive those people, but she thought just months was enough to say goodbye, so why not add a couple more decades onto that? It was never really clarified. I think it's a loophole in the plot, or I could just be missing something. I understand that she doesn't want to drain people of their emotions, but you don't have to kill the person, right? I'm confused...

And then a minor thing I was wondering about. Why do people just assume Nikki has memory loss when she shows up? Jack keeps asking her if she remembers him, but when did she ever indicate that she didn't? She disappeared and came back, why does that give him and everyone else the idea that she doesn't remember anything? It had me a bit confused. It's not as if they knew she went to the Underworld for a century.

But apart from that, the plot was engaging enough. The end wasn't too much of a shocker, though it had a good build-up. I'll definently be reading the next one to see how it all works out. I'm a sucker for cliffhangers. (Or half-cliffhangers, I guess.)

If you like mythology, you should check this one out! I know most people loved it, and I thought it was alright. Who knows, this book may be just your cup of tea.