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5 stars to Divergent by Veronica Roth

Published January 29, 2013 by katheryn13

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series–dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

 

I didn’t write a review the first time around of reading this. I don’t know why; maybe I was too shocked. Too in awe.

But now I’ve finished Divergent for the second time, I think I can bravely do this. I can!

I think it was just as good, if not better than the first time. I grasped what was happening quicker; some things were clarified and somethings felt like I was reading them for the first time. Granted, it has been nearly a year since I first got this and read it, so yeah.

I learned to love Tris much more, and fell in love with Four all over again.
Beatrice/Tris goes through so many changes in this. She has to learn to abandon her instincts from her old life, and become someone she’s both scared and excited to be. She is literally the bravest female character I’ve read (well, a tie with Katniss Everdeen) and I wish I had half her guts to do the stuff she does.

No matter what gets thrown at her, Tris never gives up, never gives in. She’s so strong and independent, and for her to have to deal with so much… I’d have broken down ages ago. Like, before she even had half the trauma.
I hooked onto Four quicker this time,and understood just how much he liked her when she was so blind to him. I mean, I knew the first time that he did, but now you know what to expect, it’s easier to pick out the small bits; the signs, the things he says.

-Kat

How I wanted kill Peter; I understand he was a coward at the heart of it, but he was so…so cruel. Coward’s usually are, though, right?
The deaths in this…well without spoiling WHO, were really just as sad as the first time around and made my heart break.
I won’t say much more, even though most people have read this book already. I suggest, if you haven’t already, to go and get it because it will rock your world.

5 stars to My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris

Published January 24, 2013 by katheryn13

On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother and well-meaning father. So even though Cat knows the family’s trip to Florence, Italy, is a peace offering, she embraces the magical city and all it offers. But when her curiosity leads her to an unusual gypsy tent, she exits . . . right into Renaissance Firenze.

Thrust into the sixteenth century armed with only a backpack full of contraband future items, Cat joins up with her ancestors, the sweet Alessandra and protective Cipriano, and soon falls for the gorgeous aspiring artist Lorenzo. But when the much-older Niccolo starts sniffing around, Cat realizes that an unwanted birthday party is nothing compared to an unwanted suitor full of creeptastic amore. Can she find her way back to modern times before her Italian adventure turns into an Italian forever?

 

Woah. Okay. Where do I freaking start?

First off, this was so GOOD!

I mean, yes, it had its cliche moments, and its “oh yeah, because that’s likely” moments, but to be honest, the writing style, the inner monologue of Cat Crawford was so…fascinating and funny and just plain cool, that you forgot about the flaws and ended up getting sucked in. Well, i did, anyway.
Way to go Rachel Harris!

I am completely impressed and in awe with the whole Renaissance theme and getting the dialogue and scenery spot on (I’m guessing) and I felt like I wanted to be there. I was there. I was in the book. (okay, so not LITERALLY)

At one point I found myself tweeting like they spoke in the 16th century (or any other century but ours), but in ENGLISH, not Italian – because I’m not good with languages.

I fell in love with Alessandra and Cipriano and Lorenzo…and pretty much everyone in this story, except….Niccolo. But I’m sure if you’ve read the book, then I’m not the only one who thought he was one MEGA creep. I get that that was the point…but he seriously made me want to reach into the book and slap him hard.

Cat aka Patience, did a fantastic job at blending in to her new surroundings.

*clears throat*

Really, she did.

Okay, I lie.

She didn’t.

But then, to be fair, I don’t think I would have, either.

There were so many moments where I cracked up laughing at something she’d say in modern speak and then the other peeps would just look at her like “WTF?”
It really made me wonder if any of them had any brains, because if that was to happen to me, I’d have gotten caught out in a second of saying “gonna”. lol.

Lorenzo…man oh man, what can I say? You took my heart from the first moment I saw you…er…when Cat saw you. Hey, my name is Kat, so technically it could have been me…
Don’t hate me because I’m a fangirl!
So anyway, I thought the book was brilliant; it had a kind of..Lizzie McGuire feel to it (in my opinion) just without the time-travel element. I don’t know why, but I just kept on seeing Cat and Lorenzo drive off on a mo-ped together…

I adored the way it tied up after she “returned” and there was this “HOLY SHIT IS THIS REALLY HAPPENING?!” moment that I won’t spoil, but it totally made my heart go BOOM!

I’m seriously hoping for a sequel. That ending was just…. UNREAL! You cannot leave a book like that and NOT have a continuation somewhere in the future. I’ll probably be asking Rachel on twitter, but anyway… I LOVED IT.

I think it’s a bittersweet, romantic, heartwarming, full of friendship and lessons learnt type of story and you’d be a fool to not give it a chance!

:o)

You have to add this to your to-read list PRONTO!

 

Kat

5 Stars to Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Published January 23, 2013 by katheryn13
A zombie who yearns for a better life ends up falling in love—with a human—in this astonishingly original debut novel.

R is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He doesn’t enjoy killing people; he enjoys riding escalators and listening to Frank Sinatra. He is a little different from his fellow Dead.

Not just another zombie novel, Warm Bodies is funny, scary, and deeply moving.

When I first saw the preview for Warm Bodies (the movie), I was so excited. What a fantastic premise. A zombie falling in love! Then when a friend told me it was a book too, I was even more excited! I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it! And I absolutely loved this book!! Omigosh, it was stop-your-world fantastic!!!!

The first thing that drew me in was the fact that Isaac told the story from R’s (the hero’s) point of view. Watching a guy fall in love, especially a zombie, was so intriguing. Throughout the entire book, I wasn’t sure how things could possibly end well; because, after all, the hero is a zombie. Eats brains, does the death shuffle, that type of thing. I won’t give anything away, but the ending will surprise you.

Another aspect of this story that was so unique was what happened when zombies actually ate human brains. Read the book to find out!
You can’t help but root for R. He’s witty, smart and hopelessly romantic, even if he can’t remember his name or what he did before the outbreak happened. Zombie stories—what with the flesh eating and all—can get a little gory, but I never once thought about that while reading Warm Bodies. The beautifully crafted sentences and underlying humor held me spellbound. I flew through the pages, but had to force myself to slow down and savor the ending… I wanted more! I am so glad I read this book, and I absolutely cannot wait to see what comes next! Give me book two, Isaac!!

Highly recommend you move this one to the top of your TBR list.

****Favorite lines**** Okay, so this wasn’t even all of them. I had to cut quite a few or I’d give the entire book away and Isaac probably wouldn’t like that! Enjoy!!

Faint impressions of past lives that linger like phantom limbs.

But it does make me sad that we’ve forgotten our names. Out of everything, this seems to me the most tragic. I miss my own and I mourn for everyone else’s, because I’d like to love them, but I don’t know who they are.

It’s simple but senseless, arbitrary laws from some lunatic legislator in the sky.

Being dead is easy.

In my mind I am eloquent; I can climb intricate scaffolds of words to reach the highest cathedral ceilings and paint my thoughts. But when I open my mouth, it all collapses.

The sparkle of life sprays out of his cells like citrus mist from an orange peel, and I suck it in.

I crush her against me. I want to be part of her. Not just inside her but all around her. I want our rib cages to crack open and our hearts to migrate and merge. I want our cells to braid together like living thread.

But then she screams again, and something inside me moves, a feeble moth struggling against a web.

I look at her blankly. Hungry? Does she want an arm or leg? Hot blood, meat and life? She’s Living . . . does she want to eat herself?

She is Living and I’m Dead, but I’d like to believe we’re both human. Call me an idealist.

I long for exclamation marks, but I’m drowning in ellipses.

Nora stares at me like I’m Sasquatch, the Chupacabra, maybe a unicorn.

“Come on,” she encourages. “Use your words.”

I would like my life to be a movie so I could cut to a montage.

I’m just a corpse who wants not to be.

A review by Karen Y Bynum

COVER REVEAL: BLURRED (KISSED BY DEATH #2)

Published January 21, 2013 by katheryn13

We are very pleased to be part of the cover reveal for Tara Fuller’s upcoming sequel in the Kissed By Death series:

BLURRED!

So here you go…

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Synopsis:

Cash is haunted by things. Hungry, hollow things. They only leave him alone when Anaya, Heaven’s beautiful reaper, is around. Cash has always been good with girls, but Anaya isn’t like the others. She’s dead. And with his deteriorating health, Cash might soon be as well.

Anaya never breaks the rules, but the night of the fire she recognized part of Cash’s soul—and doomed him to something worse than death. Cash’s soul now resides in an expired body, making him a shadow walker—a rare, coveted being that can walk between worlds. A being creatures of the underworld would do anything to get their hands on.

The lines between life and death are blurring, and Anaya and Cash find themselves falling helplessly over the edge. Trapped in a world where the living don’t belong, can Cash make it out alive?

How pretty is this cover?

I cannot wait for this.

You can purchase BLURRED (Kissed By Death #2) from: GoodreadsAmazonBarnes & NobleThe Book Depository and many other book retailers.

 

About the author:

Tara Fuller writes novels. Some about grim reapers. Some about witches. All of course are delightfully full of teen angst and kissing. Tara grew up in a one stop light town in Oklahoma where once upon a time she stayed up with a flash light reading RL Stine novels and only dreamed of becoming a writer. She has a slight obsession with music and a shameless addiction for zombie fiction, Mystery Science Theater, and black and white mochas. Tara no longer lives in a one stop light town. Now she lives with her family in a slightly larger town in North Carolina where they have at least three stoplights.

Website: http://www.tarafuller.com/

Blog: http://tara-fuller.blogspot.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Tara25Fuller

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tara25fuller

Kissed by Death Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/KissedByDeath?fref=ts

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3471272.Tara_A_Fuller

Be sure to add Blurred to your Goodreads to-read list!

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5 stars to Underworld (Abandon Trilogy #2) by Meg Cabot

Published January 21, 2013 by katheryn13

Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera isn’t dead.

Not this time.

But she is being held against her will in the dim, twilit world between heaven and hell, where the spirits of the deceased wait before embarking upon their final journey.

Her captor, John Hayden, claims it’s for her own safety. Because not all the departed are dear. Some are so unhappy with where they ended up after leaving the Underworld, they’ve come back as Furies, intent on vengeance . . . on the one who sent them there and on the one whom he loves.

But while Pierce might be safe from the Furies in the Underworld, far worse dangers could be lurking for her there . . . and they might have more to do with its ruler than with his enemies.

And unless Pierce is careful, this time there’ll be no escape.

 

It has been so long since I read Abandon, the first in this series, but it didn’t take me long to figure out what happened and get right into this sequel. I abso-freaking-lutely loved this! Seriously. I have this thing for books revolved around death and the underworld. I don’t know why, and I know it’s morbid – and considering I’m petrified of dying – but it’s just so fascinating! I think part of it is the bad guy image and the…powers, I guess?

Anyway, so Pierce is now in the Underworld with John. She loves him completely. The time scale for this book seems to go over a few days, which all in all isn’t a long time, really.
Pierce struggles with her emotions over John. There’s a few issues that get in their way (mainly trust), and when she finds out one of her relatives is in trouble, she battles with him to let her go and help. She won’t stop, and well, when he gives in….things happen. It’s like a domino set – one thing happens which leads to another, and so on and so forth.

There didn’t seem to be an end to the action and conflict in this and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute. The romance was also very good, and you got a sense of how Pierce and John’s relationship worked. Although, I think she fell in love with him pretty fast (but then, I don’t remember every detail from the first book so I may have that time frame wrong) I still loved how she managed to change John, to become a better person. Well, for someone who’s Lord of the Dead, anyway. That must be pretty tricky.
It saddened me that John thought so little of himself and was constantly thinking Pierce was going to leave him. I think maybe that’s why I love him so much – and the fact I have a thing for broken men.

The Furies were more involved in this and boy, were they annoying! I swear, they just wouldn’t leave them alone. I guess that was the point. I found myself questioning everyone. Maybe that was what was supposed to happen? Every time a character behaved in an odd way I was constantly thinking “They’re a Fury!” and then they turned out to not to be. I think I had that problem for about four or five characters and each time I was wrong, so it does keep you on your toes, that’s for sure.

I liked how John’s crew in the Underworld were introduced, and I found myself really liking Frank, especially. They were all explained a bit… weirdly, at first, but then once you got to know each of them, I felt they were much more likeable. Henry is adorable, if not a little rude.

The ending completely shocked me. I thought it was all sorted – they’d fixed the problem, saved the day, and off they go back to underworld. Oh no. Not this time. Things take a turn for the worse – and without spoiling – I’ll just say it gets SERIOUSLY intense. I mean, I thought my heart was going to thump out of my chest.

I cannot wait for the 3rd book Awaken. Underworld really was left on a cliffhanger (although thankfully nothing too major, just enough to make you go “WHAT NO WHAT HAPPENED NEXT OMG” and then you get on with your life. Sort of.) and I’m really hoping Awaken will answer all the questions. And finally defeat those evil Furies, because believe me, they drive me nuts. I hope Pierce and John get their happy ever after (if that is possible in death).

I would definitely recommend putting Underworld in your to-read list if you haven’t already. And If you haven’t read the first book, Abandon, you MUST!

Meg Cabot, I applaud you!

 

-Kat

4.5 stars to The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen :)

Published January 19, 2013 by katheryn13
There are those who don’t get luck handed to them on a shiny platter, who end up in the wrong place at the wrong time, who don’t get saved.Luck was not on Callie’s side the day of her twelfth birthday when everything was stolen from her. After it’s all over, she locks up her feelings and vows never to tell anyone what happened. Six years later her painful past consumes her life and most days it’s a struggle just to breathe.

For as long as Kayden can remember, suffering in silence was the only way to survive life. As long as he did what he was told, everything was okay. One night, after making a terrible mistake, it seems like his life might be over. Luck was on his side, though, when Callie coincidentally is in the right place at the right time and saves him.

Now he can’t stop thinking about the girl he saw at school, but never really knew. When he ends up at the same college as Callie, he does everything he can to try to get to know her. But Callie is reserved and closed off. The more he tries to be part of her life, the more he realizes Callie might need to be saved.

This story is about two young people who have struggled and I mean, truly struggled throughout their lives. Both Kayden and Callie have some deep, dark secrets behind their smiles. They have been haunted by them and it has kinda caused them to be scared of the future, in a way…
It was hard to read what those two struggled with. I just felt… People who have to go through that and make it out are truly beautiful people.
I won’t say what they struggled with, but they did. Rough things. And it was hard for them both to come to terms with their past and open up about them to each other. But I was so happy they found each other. They came into each others lives when they needed someone the most. Their relationship, I truly felt, was based on love and emotion. There was sexual tension, but their relationship was built off words and feelings, not physical attraction. THIS is a love story. A beautiful love story.
I loved reading this. I enjoyed watching their relationship grow; seeing the trust between them grow. I saw Callie grow into a beautiful woman that really opened up and allowed herself to be happy. Same with Kayden. He opened up and allowed himself to feel feelings for Callie that he never experienced before.
Their love… It’s just beautiful because it’s not something you read everyday. I can’t stress enough that this is what I feel is a love story. These two people, who struggled, were able to get past it, grow, and fall in love. It was heartwarming to watch and to feel it. The words in this book really captured the emotions here. It was just… An aw moment :)
Now. I’ll tell you something. There is a CLIFFHANGER! A Killer cliffhanger. My heart sank. My jaw dropped. My eyes watered. It’s very devastating and hard to read. I was in shock from what happened. I’m left with a broken heart waiting for book two. I’ll tell you, as soon as book two is out, I will be getting it. I must know what happens because I’m slowly dying here. Tears will fall. Get a tissue box at the end people!
Overall, this is a beautiful love story. I highly recommend this book. It’s sweet, gentle, and true love. It’s intense as well because of the struggles the two face, but it’s a beautiful love story. I… It’s a love story. Read it :)

Christy Lyn

5 Stars to THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT by Veronica Rossi

Published January 17, 2013 by elenafx

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It’s been months since Aria last saw Perry. Months since Perry was named Blood Lord of the Tides, and Aria was charged with an impossible mission. Now, finally, they are about to be reunited. But their reunion is far from perfect. The Tides don’t take kindly to Aria, a former Dweller. And with the worsening Aether storms threatening the tribe’s precarious existence, Aria begins to fear that leaving Perry behind might be the only way to save them both.

Threatened by false friends, hidden enemies, and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night?

In this second book in her spellbinding Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi combines fantasy and dystopian elements to create a captivating love story as perilous as it is unforgettable.

 

I read ‘Under The Never Sky’ back in May and I’ve been waiting for ‘Through The Ever Night’ since then. There were a lot of screaming and cursing the publishers involved in these in-between months.  I just wanted the freaking book. But like the good girl I am, I waited. I can honestly say that it was worth it. I could wait years for it and it would still worth it. There would be a lot of swearing and crying until I read it though.

The story began immediately which I really appreciated. In contrast to ‘Under The Never Sky’, ‘Through The Ever Night’ was fast-paced and addictive since the first chapter. It kept me on edge and surprised me a lot. There’s a lot of action, mystery and unexpected moments that will shake you to the core. Also, a lot of heartbreak. As in, prepare the tissues, everyone.

I liked all the characters since the first book but I’m glad to discover that they’ve grown on me even more. Especially Aria. She’s so different since we first met her. She used to be afraid and with a very good reason. Now, she’s determined to protect those she loves, regardless of the risks. She’s a heroine that I truly admire and get.  And then, there’s Perry. Oh, how I love him! He might be hot and so sexy – which totally adds to the perfection that he is – but the best thing about him is his protectiveness, his goodness. He’d do anything for Aria and his loved ones. Plus, he’s such a fearless badass. What’s not to love? Roar might be my favorite secondary ever. He’s just amazing! Always funny and loyal. I love him! We also got to meet Liv in this book but I won’t tell anything about her because – no spoilers!

‘Through The Ever Night’ is an amazing read full of action and romance. The dystopian world that Veronica Rossi has created is even more dangerous in this second installment of the UNDER THE NEVER SKY trilogy. But be warned: it might actually keep you awake at night. You won’t be able to put it down!

-Elena