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2013 December Wrapup + January TBR


Read:

  1. The Secret Language of Girls (The Secret Language of Girls #1) – Frances O’Roark Dowell
  2. The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer #1) – Jenny Han
  3. The Kill Order (The Maze Runner #0.5) – James Dashner
  4. Stork (Stork #1) – Wendy Delsol
  5. Fury (The Fury Trilogy #1) – Elizabeth Miles *review*
  6. Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) – Richelle Mead *review*
  7. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) – Rick Riordan *review*
  8. Blue Moon (The Immortals #2) – Alyson Noël *review*
  9. Evolution (Evolution #1) – Kelly Carrero *review*
  10. 3 Days (3 Days #1) – Krista Madden *review*
  11. Tormented (Evolution #2) – Kelly Carrero *review*
  12. Prophecy (3 Days #2) – Krista Madden *review*

TBR:

  1. Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
  2. Deception (Evolution #3) – Kelly Carrero
  3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) – J. K. Rowling
  4. It’s Not Summer Without You (Summer #2) – Jenny Han
  5. Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2) – Richelle Mead
  6. We’ll Always Have Summer (Summer #3) – Jenny Han
  7. Vengeance (Evolution #4) – Kelly Carrero
  8. The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #1) – Michael Scott

This is just what I’m planning to read, might happen, might not.

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Review: Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell


Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

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Title: Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Release Date: September 10, 2013

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 448

Source: Barnes and Noble

In Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to. Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
 
A New York Times Book Review Notable Children’s Book of 2013

5 out of 5 stars

Plot:

I loved this book so much. I’m so glad I read it in the beginning of 2014, it made me so happy because it was so cute. The idea of this book is adorable; a nerdy book girl in love with a fandom falls in love with a perfect boyfriend. Cath is in love with Simon Snow, which is like our Harry Potter. She writes fanfiction and has thousands of readers on a fanfic website. She and her twin sister, Wren, used to write together, but now that they are freshman in college Wren decides to drop Simon Snow. Cath is crushed and this book just tells how she gets along without her best friend, her sister, in her first year of college.

Characters:

Cath is a wonderful, beautifully relateable character. I love that she’s obsessed with Simon Snow and I think it’s amazing how Rainbow Rowell can create such perfectly flawed characters. The relationships between the characters are so real. Not many authors can capture the feeling of fighting with your siblings or meeting another teenager the same age as you. Levi is so amazing and he’s the most perfect boyfriend on the planet. He is one of my top 5 book crushes. I love him. I like how the relationship between Levi and Cath is formed, it’s just so fricking adorable.

Who Would I Be?:

I wouldn’t have to change much, but I’d be Cath. The only thing I would have to do differently would be to write fanfiction. She is so relateable and adorable. Cath fangirls over books and book characters and huh… so do I, shocking. Gah. Cath. I would be Cath.

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Review: Prophecy (3 Days #2) – Krista Madden


Prophecy (3 Days #2) – Krista Madden

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Title: Prophecy (3 Days #2)

Author: Krista Madden

Release Date: October 2, 2013

Publisher: Nook Book

Format: Nook Book

Page Number: 156

Source: Nook Store

A massive solar flare devastated civilization, returning humanity to near barbarism. Teenagers Blaine and Kara, along with both an old friend and new ally, have managed to survive among the deadly and unforgiving conditions. They are threatened not only by desperate humans that know no other way to survive than to prey upon others, but also by the Intruders, hideous creatures that destroy everything in their path. 
The group is forced to move constantly to avoid attacks, but Kara’s love for Blaine is unyielding as they both grow accustomed to their newly found gift, the ability to catch glimpses of the future through shared visions. One unwelcome vision haunting Kara could mean her love for Blaine comes with a terrible price, a price she is not willing to pay.

4 out of 5 stars

Plot:

I really liked this book, actually. It was much better than I anticipated; much better than the first in the duology. Again, I love that the romance didn’t take over the entire story because when that happens it gets really irritating really quick. I like the post-apocalyptic feel of this book. The aliens were a little weird because they only came out in the night… I wish there was another book in the series because I definitely would have liked more closure with the ending. The ending made sense, but I want an epilogue or a novella at the end. It would be cool to see a prequel too. The ending was somewhat cheesy but still an enjoyable book.

Characters:

Kara and Blaine are a wonderful couple. In the first book you just think it’s a cute relationship between best friends, but then you realize that it’s much more than that. I like the character development in this book, but Kara got really whiny by the end. It’s understandable why, but still. Blaine is the perfect guy for Kara because she is whiny and he’s stable. She can always cound on him to be there any time, and I really love that about the story.

Who Would I Be?:

I think I would be Lacey, an abandoned girl that the group takes in, because she’s oblivious to everything that happens around her. She doesn’t not know what’s going on, she just chooses to not let it get to her. I love that she lightens the mood and talks all the time. I hate when Kara gets mad at her for talking. If Lacey wasn’t talking everything would be silent and awkward all the time. Lacey came into the story scared and kind of pathetic, but then becomes an adorable character that I’ve come to love.

Series:

3 Days (3 Days #1) – Krista Madden

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Review: Tormented (Evolution #2) – Kelly Carrero


Tormented (Evolution #2) – Kelly Carrero

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Title: Tormented (Evolution #2)

Author: Kelly Carrero

Release Date: October 19, 2012

Publisher: Nook Book

Format: Nook Book

Page Number: 187

Source: Nook Store

Jade is only just coming to terms with her mothers murder when she discovers she is the centre of a sadistic game where the consequences will destroy the lives around her.

Someone will die.

Someone will live.

Who these will be will depend on Jade being able to figure out the cryptic messages before time runs out.

Someone will discover her secret.

Someone has been deceiving her.

And Jades life will once again be changed forever.

4 out of 5 stars

Plot:

This book was even better than the first in this series. I love all the plot twists I endured throughout this novel. Before I could even think of what was going to happen next, something brand new already had happened. It was great and I love the whole concept, being immortal and hearing everyone’s thoughts. The end plot twist/cliffhanger was so great, I hadn’t even thought that that could have even happened! I love the teleporting probably most of all. I love that they can just think of a place in their head and then just go there. They just appear in a completely different part of the world. That is pretty awesome.

Characters:

I still love Jade and Aiden just as much as I did in the first, probably more. I love the character development in this book especially. I think the connection between Jade and Aiden is so adorable. I think my favorite character has to be Jade’s best friend, Chelsea. She is so ditzy and somewhat innocent. I think it’s hilarious when she makes jokes about what Jade and Aiden are doing… so good. I’m happy to continue on growing with and learning more about these characters in the books to come.

Who Would I Be?:

I would still be Jade. I love Jade as a character and I love when she is with Aiden. One thing that I prefered about the first over the second is that Jade didn’t have her mind block up. I thought it was funny when Jade got embarassed because everyone could hear what she was thinking. Anyway, I would still be Jade. She’s strong and independent, but still relies on Aiden to help her and keep her on her feet. She is kind of lovestruck and sometimes can’t think about anything but Aiden, but I still would want to be Jade. Maybe not the whole dad wanting to kill her thing, but still Jade.

Series:

Evolution (Evolution #1) – Kelly Carrero

Deception (Evolution #3) – Kelly Carrero

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Review: 3 Days (3 Days #1) – Krista Madden


3 Days (3 Days #1) – Krista Madden

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Title: 3 Days (3 Days #1)

Author: Krista Madden

Release Date: February 13, 2013

Publisher: Nook Store

Format: eBook

Page Number: 136

Source: Nook Store

Kara Laquin wanted nothing more than to forget. Forget the past, live in the present, and ignore the future. When a massive solar flare destroys all electronics and throws the country into chaos, Kara is nearly a whole state away from her lost love, Blaine. He can wait only three days before moving on. With access to fuel limited, she must do anything necessary to get to him before he is forced to move on, but society is crumbling around her. Looters and murderers prowl the cities during the day, and something even worse roams at night.

4 out of 5 stars

Plot:

This book started as a cute boy-next-door type of feel. She liked him but never told him, and he liked her but never told her. Best friends that turn out to be lovey dovey for eachother. It’s odd because that all I thought it was going to be. It definitely was not only that. When the two of them kiss, they see futuristic visions. There is a minor setback in the story when Kara falls and hits her head and loses her memory. I think that it was pointless to even happen and didn’t really help the story… But this was so good and I was definitely pleasently surprised.

Characters:

The main characters, Kara and Blaine, are the adorable couple of this story. I’m so glad that this book had the content of a YA book, not New Adult. It stopped at the kissing, which was really pleasing. I loved both of these characters and I liked the story line. I’m so glad that I found this book; it was a very fun and entertaining read. If you have a Nook I highly recommend downloading this ebook, it was free and I really enjoyed it.

Who Would I Be?:

I would be Kara because the love interest is a really great choice. I liked Kara as a character and I would definitely choose to have her life. The visions that she has would probably freak me out…. a lot, actually. I really loved that Kara was a strong lead character and wasn’t a weak, lovesick puppy even though she’d been falling for Blaine since before she could remember. This was very well written and I would definitely pick something else up from this author. *applauds author*

Series:

Prophecy (3 Days #2) – Krista Madden

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Evolution (Evolution #1) – Kelly Carrero


Evolution (Evolution #1) – Kelly Carrero

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Title: Evolution (Evolution #1)

Author: Kelly Carrero

Release Date: April 29, 2012

Publisher: Nook Edition

Format: eBook

Page Number: 142

Source: Nook Store

Seventeen year old Jade Sommers life tuned upside down the moment she saw the inch long cut across her face, heal right before her eyes.

Jade thought she was going insane, but her boyfriend Aiden Scott knew better. He knew what she was. And like him, she was born this way.

Now if finding out that people like her shouldn’t exist was bad enough, Jades best friend is kidnapped by the psycho who’s terrorised her dreams. With the help of Aiden, she has to figure out how to saver her, before it’s too late.

But what Jade doesn’t know, is not everything is what it seems. She is merely a puppet in a sadistic game to find out what she is truly capable of – and the game has only just begun.

4 out of 5 stars

Plot:

This story kept me interested throughout the whole book. I liked it a lot. It only took me one day to read. I love this story because they made the immortal thing…. almost normal. I love that the romance between the main characters didn’t overwhelm the story. These immortals can read minds and hear thoughts… In my opinion, that is pretty awesome.

Characters:

I loved Aiden and Jade. They really are the perfect couple. I love Aiden, he’s another new book crush… curse you authors and your irresistable characters. Jade was really cool even though she did “black out” a lot. Jade is just such a strong main character that I just flew through this book. Again, I loved that the romance didn’t overwhelm the story.

Who Would I Be?:

I would be Jade because then Aiden would be in love with me. Aiden is the perfect boyfriend and Jade is beautiful. I love the connection between Aiden and Jade so I would want to feel that, therefore, I pick Jade.

Series:

Tormented (Evolution #2) – Kelly Carrero

Deception (Evolution #3) – Kelly Carrero

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Review: Blue Moon (The Immortals #2) – Alyson Noël


Blue Moon (The Immortals #2) – Alyson Noël

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Title: Blue Moon (The Immortals #2)

Author: Alyson Noël

Release Date: July 7, 2009

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 284

Source: Used Bookstore

Alyson Noël’s bestselling Immortals series has been hailed as “addictive,” “beautiful,” “haunting,” and “mesmerizing.” In Blue Moon, Ever has a chance to bring her family back from the dead – but only if she’s willing to sacrifice the guy she loves more than life itself.

Just as Ever is learning everything she can about her new abilities as an immortal, initiated into the dark, seductive world by her beloved Damen, something terrible is happening to him. As Ever’s powers are increasing, Damen’s begin to fade after he is stricken by a mysterious illness that threatens his memory, his identity, his life.

Desperate to save him, Ever travels to the mystical dimension of Summerland, where she uncovers not only the secrets of Damen’s past – the brutal, tortured history he hoped to keep hidden – but also an ancient text revealing the workings of time. With the approaching blue moon heralding her only window for travel, Ever is forced to decide between turning back the clock and saving her family from the accident that claimed them – or staying in the present and saving Damen, who grows weaker each day….

2 out of 5 stars

Plot:

I didn’t like this book at all. It took me over a week and a half to even finish it. I liked the first book, Evermore (The Immortals #1) – Alyson Noël, but this one was just so slow. I dreaded picking it up, thus the two stars. I didn’t like the romance at all. Halfway through, everything cut off. The whole book was Ever saying “Damen! I’ll save you! I’ve no idea how, but I’ll do it!” Cry. Me. A. River. No, actaully, don’t do that. I don’t want to have to look at your wretched tear river.

Characters: 

I don’t like Ever, she’s too whiny and needy. She would rather die (even though she’s immortal) than have Damen be sad. Get over it, you’re irritating. Damen isn’t too bad, but I hated that he checked out halfway through. No, stop it right now.

Who Would I Be?:

I would be Riley, Ever’s dead little sister (technically a ghost) because she’s funny and she gets to go to Summerland whenever she wants. I would definitely not be Ever. She is so extremely irritating.

Series:

Shadowland (The Immortals #3) – Alyson Noël

*Sorry for being MIA for the past week! I was on vacation and I wasn’t able to bring my computer. I read a lot and wrote reviews for the books I read! #makesupforit*

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