Friday, October 21, 2011

Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly meme created by Parajunkee and co-hosted by Alison Can Read where bloggers hop around meeting and following other bloggers. This week's featured bloggers are Book Savvy Babe The Bursting Bookshelf

Q: What superhero is your alter-ego?
A: I'd have the ability to have any power I wanted! I am far too indesicive to pick just one, so why not have the power to have whatever you want?!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Book Blogger Hop! (4)

It's Friday! Which means that it's time for the Book Blogger Hop! Yay! Just in case you didn't know, the Hop is an awesome weekly event hosted by Jennifer at Crazy For Books!

“What is your favorite spooky book (i.e. mystery/suspense, thriller, ghost story, etc.)?”

To be honest I am kind of a newbie to the "horror" genre. For the longest time I was a big baby and was too afraid to read anything "scary". This year is when I decided to get over that and started reading books out of my comfort zone. I have to say as of right now the creepiest book I have read so far and loved has to be Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick. I recently did a review on it too for my Halloween themed month and I totally recommend it. 

What are your favorite horror books?  

Follow Friday! (6)

Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly meme created by Parajunkee and co-hosted by Alison Can Read where bloggers hop around meeting and following other bloggers. This week's featured bloggers are Life Between Pages & Confuzzled Books      

Q: If you could have characters from a particular book meet and form an epic storyline with characters from a particular TV series, which would you choose and why?

A: Katniss from the Hunger Games meets Tris from Divergent. They are both kick-ass heroines and I bet they would be awesome together! I'd love to read about them in the same book. I'd also love to see how they team up and kick butt! 

What are your mash ups?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Zomtober: Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick

Title: Ashes
Author:  Ilsa J. Bick
Release Date: September 6th 2011
Publisher: Egmontusa
Pages: 480
Source: Purchased 

Summary (from Goodreads):
"An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device, wiping out every computerized system, and killing billions.

Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom—a young soldier—and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP. 

For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it’s now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.

Author Ilsa J. Bick crafts a terrifying and thrilling novel about a world that could be ours at any moment, where those left standing must learn what it means not just to survive, but to live amidst the devastation" 

My Thoughts: 
I LOVED this book! It was creepy, disturbing, gruesome and exhilarating! It even had a little romance which was a nice contrast to all the devastation and misery in the story.

At first I was worried that Ashes was going to end up being a slow paced book. The beginning chapters were a bit confusing, but it picked up quickly and I was sucked right into the book. We are first introduced to Alex, a seventeen year old girl with cancer. All Alex wants to do is dump her parent's ashes into Lake Superior. Things don't go as planned for her unfortunately. Along the way Alex meets Ellie, an eight year old with an attitude and her dog Mina (who is awesome). Tom eventually shows up too along the way. 

Like I said, this book is INCREDIBLE and original. The idea that EMP blasts can cause so much damage is haunting and Ilsa does a great job of proving that. The EMP blasts basically kills everyone through the ages of thirty to fifty and "Changes" everyone younger than twenty-five to thirteen. The change is horrific. Instead of killing the young, the EMP blasts fry their brains and turn them into zombie like people. I won't give anything away but let's just say Ilsa has a thing for great detail.

There is a pretty violent scene with a dog. I'm a big animal lover so I know how it can be hard for some people to stomach. It only lasts about a paragraph and I promise that's the only really violent animal scene. If you can stomach that one scene and continue with the story I promise it will be worth it! 

I was impressed with how  the story went down and how suspenseful and thrilling it was. I literally would not stop reading because I had to know what was going to happen next. The romance was good, I really liked Tom in the book and Alex was a good heroine too. Ellie tended to get on my nerves a lot due to her attitude and how defiant she always is. I started getting attached to the characters by the middle of the book. An event happens that caused the group to split up and my heart broke. The story wasn't the same with out the trio but it added to the mystery of what was going to happen. I have to say the last half of the book wasn't my favorite. It's not terrible, but I wanted the old back. In the sequel I hope my questions are answered and the trio can reunite!

The ending to Ashes is a killer! I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened next so badly. I can not wait for the sequel! If you're looking for a creepy read, this is definitely for you!

Rating: 5/5

Waiting On Wednesday (2)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine! Each week, bloggers spotlight what upcoming release they're eager for.
Title: Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Released: January 3rd 2012
Summary from Goodreads:
"Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future." 
Why I want to read this: 
The idea of androids is so cool, not to mention unheard of! I love the idea of the protagonist being a cyborg and falling in love with a human. Although the romance isn't new to YA, the story is. I love it when authors write about NEW things, not recycling old plot line in masked form. I feel that I will love Cinder and is one of the main reasons why I am looking forward to the New Year!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Zomtober: Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

Title: Boneshaker
Author:  Cherie Priest
Release Date: September 29th 2009

Publisher: Tor Books
Pages: 416
Source: Library
Summary (from Goodreads):
"Cherie Priest's much-anticipated steampunk debut has finally arrived in the form of a paperback original. Its plot features the sort of calibrated suspense that readers of her Four and Twenty Blackbirds would expect. Boneshaker derives its title from the Bone-Shaking Drill Engine, a device designed to give Russian prospectors a leg up in the race for Klondike gold. Unfortunately, there was one hitch: On its trial run, the Boneshaker went haywire and, long story short, turned much of Seattle into a city of the dead. Now, 16 years later, a teenage boy decides to find out what is behind that mysterious wall. Can his mother save him in time? 

My Thoughts:
Boneshaker was definitely an original and well put together novel. When I heard there was a steampunk zombie book taking place in Seattle, I knew I had to get my hands on it and devour that book. I had high expectations for Cherie Priest's Boneshaker, and I was not let down. 

The world Priest creates is fascinating and ominous at the same time. It set the tone for the novel and added that extra "umph" to the book. The characters were also great. I felt like I knew Zeke and Briar was a wonderful heroine, definitely a kick-ass lady! I also liked how the Rotters (Zombies) weren't caused by medical experiments gone wrong or viruses. Instead they were created by dangerous volcanic gas called "blight", the blight can turn even a normal healthy person into a munching zombie if inhaled too much. I loved how Priest didn't make the Rotters the main part of the book, instead she allowed them to be lurking around which greatly improved the suspense in the book.

This book was also refreshing because it didn't focus on the typical relationships included in books nowadays (IE. Dramatic BF/GF stories). Boneshaker is the story about a mother and son's relationship and how secrets can sometimes lead people to do crazy things for the truth. The book did have some slow parts and a lot of the story in the end could have easily been predicted from the beginning. Despite that, it was usually well paced and action packed. I honestly don't remember being bored reading this book. I encourage everyone to read Boneshaker and I'll be sure to be on the lookout for the sequel. 

Rating: 4/5

Top Ten Tuesday (2)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.
Top Ten Books I Wish I Could Read Again for the First Time 

1. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

2. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

3. Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk

4. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

5. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

6. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

7. Divergent by Veronica Roth

8. Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien

9. Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

10. I Am The Messenger + The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Imm/Book Haul! (5)

  • In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren. Let us know what books you've bought, borrowed or received for review!

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon
After Obsession by Carrie Jones and Steve E. Wedel
The Predicteds by Christine Seifert
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Michael Vey by Richard Paul Evans
Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

ARC of Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs (Thanks so much Alex!)
The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith (Thank you so much Cristina!)
Fateful by Claudia Grey (Thanks so much Erin!)