Thursday, May 24, 2012

Summer/Fall Cover Love, Part 1

This summer and fall there are a ton of books coming out that I'm excited for with lovely covers! I don't know about everyone else, but for me, books with gorgeous covers generally get priority over books that don't. So here are some sequels that I'm anticipating to books I've enjoyed (they also serve as some loverly eye candy). :D You can click each cover to take you to its Goodreads page.

I adored Juliet Immortal, so I can not wait for it's sequel (which I was hoping for before I even knew about it). It should be a lovely match to the first one!

This book is like legit one of my top five anticipated books of the year. I love the cover re-design of the first one, to match this cover for the second book. There is something about this cover that I love. Maybe because there is a lack of yellow covers out there. And that it's in the desert. And that it's of Jack! :D

It's very military-like, which I love! I bet it looks gorgeous next to the first book (Legend). Whereas I wasn't a huge fan of the first book, I will be reading this sequel. And doing a bit of staring at this cover, also!

So those are some of my favorite covers for upcoming books! I hope you like my picks and also check out the these series', because they are amazing reads! I think pretty covers just make the whole world a better place, don't you? ;)

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Destroy Me, the e-novella!

I don't know if all other fans have heard of this already, or why it's taken me so long to find it out, but there is going to be a Shatter Me e-novella! It's called... get ready... Destroy Me! Shatter Me is my absolute favorite book, I just adore it, and I love Warner too, which is good, because it's entirely in his perspective! Tahereh Mafi tells us that it is more like an actual book (around 150 pages or so), way more than the standard 50 pages for e-novellas (but who's complaining?!).

This e-novella is being released on October 16, 2012 (fall? I have to wait that long?!), and there is no cover yet, but right now I'm able to hold myself over just reading that summary. It sounds so good! I don't generally get super-excited for e-novellas (they're always over too soon), but I can not wait to read this one (obviously)! You can get more info on the novella from Tahereh's website or go to its Goodreads page.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Review: Storm by Brigid Kemmerer

Storm by Brigid Kemmerer (April 2012)

Goodreads Summary:

Earth, Fire, Air, Water – they have more power than you dream.

Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her, Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys—all the ones she doesn't want. Then she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parking lot. Chris is different. Way different: he can control water—just like his brothers can control fire, wind, and earth. They’re powerful. Dangerous. Marked for death.

And now that she knows the truth, so is Becca.

Secrets are hard to keep when your life’s at stake. When Hunter, the mysterious new kid around school, turns up with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time, Becca thinks she can trust him. But then Hunter goes head-to-head with Chris, and Becca wonders who’s hiding the most dangerous truth of all.

The storm is coming . . .

My Thoughts:
This one wasn't even on my radar until a couple weeks ago when it showed up at my ebook library. But when I saw it was available, I snatched it right up. And I am so glad I did! There were so many things to this book that I loved. It'll be in the running for my favorite book of the year, for sure.

The characters:
I thought the characters were fantastic. I loved them all (with the exception of Drew, Seth, and Tyler of course, the mandatory "bad guys"). I especially loved the twins. I hope this twin fad that I'm seeing keeps up, because I love it! (The most recent other twin books I've read are Obsidian and Anew, both fantastic books.) I just adore the whole "Elemental" thing, have always wanted a good YA book about it, and here it was, everything I could hope for in a book.

But back to the characters. Chris was a sweet character that I totally would have fallen for before I'd fall for Hunter, not that he wasn't a cool character, too (though I did love his stones!). But the whole book I was just wishing that Becca would give Chris a chance. I can not wait for the next book, to see how it all works out (if we see how it works out, since it's in Gabriel's perspec). Love triangles! Love em or hate em, I guess. And generally I don't really enjoy the whole two-perspectives thing, and there wasn't much of it in here anyway, but I did like hearing Chris's take on things.

Becca was a strong female heroine. I thought she was one of the more realistic heronines that I've read of in a long time. I mean, it's nice reading books where the girl is suddenly thrown into chaos and becomes this strong-willed, conquering gal and all, but that's not realistic. I think in real life, people would react to this news (people controling the elements) like Becca did, tentatively and with a bit of fear, being involved but not running off into danger.

The Plot:
It had a good plot. It kept me going and thinking. Who saw that curveball at the end? Anyone? I sure didn't! I love a book with a twist, and that was a pretty good twist. I won't spoil it for anyone, but if you've read it, than you'll probably know what I'm talking about. Its got me so excited to read the next one! The book had a good solid pace and events that pulled you in. I, for one, wanted to devour this book in one sitting and then pick up the next one right away (which I can't do, because I have to wait half a year... *sad face*).

The Writing:
I thought the writing was fantastic. It was witty and quick and had a certain element (see what I did there? ;) to it that made the book just shine. I thought it was perfect.

To make this quicker, just read this book! It was so, so good! I'm going to have to go out and buy my own copy, and then read and re-read it until the next one comes out (IN GABRIEL'S PERSPECTIVE! YAY!). If this book hasn't made your TBR list yet, then that should be the next thing you do. Like, right now. Please. You can't regret reading this book!


Monday, May 7, 2012

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

Hello all! If you're here, at my blog, than thanks for stopping by! This blog is for all things mainstream YA fiction and my ramblings and thoughts on them. This is something I am doing for fun. I designed it one day when I got bored, and now I've decided that I might as well use it! How many followers I get is not the point; the point is that this is just a place for me to write about books, and probably not very often at that. But if you want to follow anyway that'd be really lovely. :D

I understand my blog design is, well, not the best. It's the first one I've ever designed, though, so give me some credit there! As I said, this is just for fun. Maybe if I like it and enjoy it enough I'll make it a legit thing and all. Someday I hope to have a good book blog, and host giveaways and all that, but that might not necessarily be this blog.

So, on to the boring author stuffs! I am a 16 year old girl from America, and reading is my favorite thing to do. I hate stereotypes, running, thinking about college, and screamo music. I love iced tea, giveaways, chick-flicks, and history. I love buying books and adding them to my shelf, but rarely do I have enough money for large book hauls. And that is enough about me :D

I follow VERY MANY book blogs, so I know it takes determination to keep up with them. And it's even harder to maintain a book blog and be posting lots of reviews (this blog will probably not have lots of reviews, since I don't like doing those as much). I respect all those bloggers out there who are able to keep up with it. All of us followees are grateful for it!

So now I shall add my blog to the masses! Thank ya for stopping by! ;)