January 23, 2015

Review: Perfect Couple by Jennifer Echols

Title: Perfect Couple (Superlatives #2)
Author: Jennifer Echols 
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release date: January 13th 2015
Source: Edelweiss
Format: eARC

Rating: 4/5

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In this second book in The Superlatives trilogy from Endless Summer author Jennifer Echols, Harper and Brody think they’re an unlikely match—but the senior class says they belong together.

As yearbook photographer, Harper is responsible for those candid moments that make high school memorable. But her own life is anything but picture perfect. Her parents’ bitter divorce left her wondering what a loving relationship looks like. And ever since the senior class voted her and star quarterback Brody “Perfect Couple That Never Was,” her friends have been pushing her to ask Brody out.

Brody doesn’t lack female admirers, but Harper can't see herself with him. He’s confused about the match too. Yet they find themselves drawn together—first by curiosity about why the class paired them, then by an undeniable bond.

The trouble is, though they’re attracted to each other, they have a hard time getting along or even communicating well. If they’re the perfect couple, this shouldn’t be so difficult! Soon it becomes clear their class was wrong, and they throw in the towel. But they feel so changed from making the effort, they can’t forget each other. What if this match made in hell is the perfect couple after all?

This is the first book I´ve read written by Jennifer Echols and I enjoyed it very much, but what I do not know is if all her books are oriented toward a more mature audience, because although this is a Young Adult book, it felt more like New Adult, because there are two scenes that felt a little risqué for YA (and this isn´t because I haven´t read material like that, because I´ve read Adults and New Adult books).

This is the second book in the Superlatives trilogy, and each book is about a different couple, apparently in the first book the seniors voted to decide the superlatives that would be in the yearbook, such as: Biggest Flirts (1st book), Best athletes, The perfect couple that never was, etc. And Harper is the yearbook photographer and half of the perfect couple that never was, she´s intrigued to know why her classmates chose her with Brody; because she and Brody are dating someone else, and she keeps trying to find out why they pair her with him. She starts to think about him almost all the time and she begins to see him with different eyes and slowly begins to fall for him and apparently Brody is not immune to her charms either.

Harper is a good girl, she always does the right thing, it's good daughter, a good student, a good friend and is used to put others first due to her good heart; but for Brody, she´s determined to take risks for the first time.

The romance is adorable and fun, Perfect Couple is a light and quick reading, with normal teenage drama and some cliches but it never feels heavy on the drama or exhausting. I really enjoyed it a lot. One of things I liked the most is that the female protagonists of the three books of the trilogy are best friends, so we get to see Tia and Will, the main characters of Biggest Flirts and Kaye and Sawyer the main characters of the upcoming book - Most Likely to Succeed, can´t wait to read it.

January 21, 2015

Review: Thornhill by Kathleen Peacock

Title: Thornhill (Hemlock #2)
Author: Kathleen Peacock
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release date: September 10th 2013

Rating: 4/5

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You can read my review of Hemlock - here
Mac can’t lose another friend. Even if he doesn’t want to be found.

The ripple effect caused by Mac’s best friend Amy’s murder has driven Mac’s new love, Kyle, to leave Hemlock and disappear from her life forever. But Mac knows that Kyle plans to enroll in a rehabilitation camp, where he can live with other werewolves. She refuses to accept his decision, especially since the camps are rumored to be tortuous. So she sets out in search of Kyle with a barely sober Jason—and Amy’s all-seeing ghost—in tow.

Clues lead Mac to find Kyle in a werewolf den in Colorado—but their reunion is cut short by a Tracker raid. Now Mac and Kyle are trapped inside the electric fences of Thornhill, a camp for young werewolves. As she devises an escape plan, Mac uncovers dangerous secrets buried within the walls of Thornhill—and realizes that the risk to the people she loves is greater than ever before.

Thornhill is the second book in the supernatural mystery trilogy - Hemlock; in this world is public knowledge the existence of werewolves,

I read Hemlock in 2012, but as I started to postpone series/trilogies because publication dates were delayed, I decided to wait to read a lot of books nearer to the publication of the last book, but it has been some time since I read the first book, I had trouble remembering details and how certain people had been infected, but once I got the thread of the plot, I enjoyed it tremendously. This trilogy is really good!.

In this sequel Mackenzie goes in search of Kyle, his friend and the guy she´s in love with, he´s infected by the werewolf virus, that´s why at the end of Hemlock he decides to leave the city for the sake of their friends and family, because it is dangerous to be associated with a werewolf. And in her quest, she´s accompanied by Jason, their mutual friend and he´s also in love with Mac (so there is a love triangle) and when they finally found him; Mac and Kyle end up entangled in something that precisely Mackenzie was trying to avoid. As Mac and his friends end up discovering firsthand how bad the containment camps really are and they also discover other secrets about these camps.

Something I didn´t remembered were the dreams that Mac had - really creepy dreams - about her best friend Amy, whom was killed in the first book by a werewolf.

Overall, Thornhill is a good sequel with mystery, action and romance, that raises more questions about the Lupin syndrome.

Waiting On Wednesday (156): Vanishing Girls

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

The book I´m waiting this week is

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver 
Release date: March 10th 2015
New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping story about two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident.

Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it's too late.

In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.

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January 20, 2015

Top Ten Books I Just HAD To Buy... But Are Still Sitting On My Bookshelf

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created bThe Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Books I Just HAD To Buy... But Are Still Sitting On My Bookshelf
(in no particular order)

This is my top 10 of physical books that I had to buy....
The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
I already own the first two books of this trilogy, so I might read it soon-ish.

I plan to read Insurgent before the movie comes out, so it´ll be soon.
I LOVED Daughter of Smoke and Bones but I haven´t had time to read it´s sequels.

I loved the previous book and I just had to buy this one. And I also need to buy The Retribution of Mara Dyer.

This book had been sitting on my bookshelf since 2012 and I though that I would read it nearer to the release date of the final book, but I haven´t even buy it...yet.

This one I bought it because I read several good review about it and I liked the creepy cover of I hunt killers..

I bought The Demon King, The Exiled Queen, The Gray Wolf Throne and The Crimson Crown because I´ve read several excellent reviews about this series.

I own Opal and Origin, so I just need to buy Opposition to read them back to back.

I bought Shade, Shift and Shine with the new covers.

Magic Burns (Kate Daniels #2) by Ilona Andrews : I´ve sitting on my shelf until book 6 in this series, and I would like to read some of them this year.

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January 19, 2015

Review: The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

Title: The Geography of You and Me
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher: Poppy
Release date: April 15th 2014
Source: Netgalley
Format: eARC

Rating: 3/5

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Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they're rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

Lucy and Owen's relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and -- finally -- a reunion in the city where they first met.

A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith's new novel shows that the center of the world isn't necessarily a place. It can be a person, too.

Don´t know why I had the idea that a big chunk of the plot happened in an elevator, but actually the part of the elevator was tiny; actually Lucy and Owen meet when they got trapped in the elevator due to a power outage throughout the city, but soon they are rescued by handy-man from the apartment building where they live, they decide to wander the city which is totally different from what they are used regularly and end up seeing stars, which are never seen in the city and the night is something special for both of them, but by morning both return to their regular routine and they don´t get to see each other for a while and when they finally see each other is to say goodbye as both are moving, Lucy is moving to Edinburgh and Owen makes a road trip with his father to California with no set destination, so that would be it of their story, but without openly acknowledge feelings or that there is something happening between them, they keep in touch through postcards, and the occasional email, but only as friends, so we followed through nearly a year of sporadic email, postcards, times when they lose connection with each other and both continue with their life and times where their paths cross again.

I enjoyed reading The Geography of You and Me, although there were some slow moments, but I liked the dual POV, because we could see what happened to Lucy and Owen, although it's not as romantic as I though, it´s more how they gradually discover that perhaps there is something special happening between them, and the ending was okay.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by Book Journey.
Each week we spotlight the books we are reading, planning on reading or just finished reading.

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Finished reading
Willowgrove is the end of a trilogy about werewolves and in this setting is public knowledge the existence of them, there are a lot of action, the most questions are answered and it has a good ending.

When is about Maddie, a girl with the ability to see the death date in the forehead of anyone she sees, whether in person, picture or television and her mother profits from her ability, so she regularly has visits of people who want to know their death date, so that when the son of a client with whom she had a misunderstanding disappears, Maddie becomes the main suspect. This is a YA thriller.

Polaris is the last book in a sci-fi duology, about a group of young thieves that have in their possession a valuable secret that could change the world in which they live, but it also directly affects the family of Jeth, so he´s willing to do everything to protect it. This book has a lot of action.

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What I´m going to read next?

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January 16, 2015

Review: Even in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot

Title: Even in Paradise
Author: Chelsey Philpot
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release date:October 14th 2014
Source: Edelweiss
Format: eARC

Rating: 4/5

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When Julia Buchanan enrolls at St. Anne’s at the beginning of junior year, Charlotte Ryder already knows all about the former senator’s daughter. Most people do... or think they do.

Charlotte certainly never expects she’ll be Julia’s friend. But almost immediately, she is drawn into the larger than-life-new girl’s world—a world of midnight rendezvous, dazzling parties, palatial vacation homes, and fizzy champagne cocktails. And then Charlotte meets, and begins falling for, Julia’s handsome older brother, Sebastian.

But behind her self-assured smiles and toasts to the future, Charlotte soon realizes that Julia is still suffering from a tragedy. A tragedy that the Buchanan family has kept hidden... until now.

I had mixed feelings about this book, because at the beginning Charlotte was very bland and I felt that she didn´t add much to the story at the beginning, maybe due that she´s an observer and she´s happy living like that.

Charlotte attends a prestigious boarding school for girls, where she´s an average girl, where the only thing that stands out about her is her art (since she´s a sculptor), but when she befriends Julia Buchanan, the relatively new girl in school, she´s a rule breaker and comes from a very prestigious and wealthy family, Charlotte decides to leave her comfort zone and start breaking some rules. Julia introduce her to the life of Buchanans, they welcomed her with open arms and they sort of expect that Charlotte will help them to keep Julia out of trouble. All the Buchanans are peculiar, unusual in their own way and Charlotte ends up loving them all, but especially to Julia and her older brother, Sebastian, to whom Charlotte begins to have romantic feelings.

The Buchanan are the picture perfect family, but they keep a secret that´s gradually eating away and little by little Charlotte will discover that they aren´t as perfect as she initially thought. And especially she´ll slowly discover things about her best friend Julia that she doesn´t want her to find out.

My favorite parts were the ones that took place in Arcadia, the Buchanan´s beach house, and the romance between Sebastian and Charlotte. Plus I liked the style in which it is told, because in the prologue we realize that everything that happens in the book is in Charlotte´s, there is a part where it says that if she knew then what she knows now, she still would not have changed anything that happened in that part of her life, she would do it all again.

Overall, Even in Paradise is a good story and quick read, that´s about friendship, first love, family secrets and self-discovery, it´s a coming of age story. And apparently this novel has elements of The Great Gatsby (a book that I have not read). And I liked that there was an epilogue, which I liked, even though it´s a little bittersweet.

January 14, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday (155): We All Looked Up

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

The book I´m waiting this week is

We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach 
Release date: March 31st 2015
Four high school seniors put their hopes, hearts, and humanity on the line as an asteroid hurtles toward Earth in this contemporary novel.

They always say that high school is the best time of your life.

Peter, the star basketball player at his school, is worried “they” might actually be right. Meanwhile Eliza can’t wait to escape Seattle—and her reputation—and perfect-on-paper Anita wonders if admission to Princeton is worth the price of abandoning her real dreams. Andy, for his part, doesn’t understand all the fuss about college and career—the future can wait.

Or can it? Because it turns out the future is hurtling through space with the potential to wipe out life on Earth. As these four seniors—along with the rest of the planet—wait to see what damage an asteroid will cause, they must abandon all thoughts of the future and decide how they’re going to spend what remains of the present. 
Why I'm Waiting?
I´m really curious about this book, it sounds really good.

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January 13, 2015

Review: Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker

Title: Beware the Wild
Author: Natalie C. Parker
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: October 21st 2014
Source: Edelweiss
Format: eARC

Rating: 3.5/5

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It's an oppressively hot and sticky morning in June when Sterling and her brother, Phin, have an argument that compels him to run into the town swamp -- the one that strikes fear in all the residents of Sticks, Louisiana. Phin doesn't return. Instead, a girl named Lenora May climbs out, and now Sterling is the only person in Sticks who remembers her brother ever existed.

Sterling needs to figure out what the swamp's done with her beloved brother and how Lenora May is connected to his disappearance -- and loner boy Heath Durham might be the only one who can help her.

This debut novel is full of atmosphere, twists and turns, and a swoon-worthy romance.

What I like most about this story is the air of mystery and darkness around the swamp bordering the town of Sticks, everyone in town know they should not enter the swamp, because rare things happen in it and once someone enters the swamp they never comes back, there are too many dark stories told about it, but Sterling did not give much importance to this until her older brother Phin, entered and never come back; and instead of him the one that comes out is Lenora May, a girl that all the people can remember except sterling and also it appears that everyone have forgotten the existence of Phin. That´s why Sterling must find a way to get his brother back, without actually losing herself.

Sterling is very close to her older brother, because in her flashbacks we get to see that both suffered from child abuse in hands of their father and Phin most often attracted the blows to protect his little sister, but before he enter the swamp they have a discussion, so Sterling feels responsible for what happened to Phin, so she begins to investigate the stories told about the swamp, to find a way to get his brother, and is when she realizes that no one has memories of Phin and nobody believes her when she mentions him, but she finds an ally in Heath,, a classmate and former crush.

The romance between Heath and Sterling was okay since they have a back story, so the romance wasn´t instant-love and it was credible by the fact that both understand and trust each other.

I really enjoyed Beware the Wild because it has a creepy and dark atmosphere, tinged with a fairytale feeling and the town Sticks is very interesting, since almost all their residents are little superstitious, and it takes place in Louisiana (which reminded me a little bit to the environment and weather of the Sookie Stackhouse series, note: this book is not about vampires), and where everything weird that happens in town is because of the swamp, it has a lot of mystery and supernatural elements.

Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn't Get To

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created bThe Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn't Get To
(in no particular order)

These are the books that I didn´t get to read from my Top Ten 2014 Release I'm Dying To Read - here is the link to the post.
2. Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5) by Richelle Mead
4. Split Second (Pivot Point #2) by Kasie West

7. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover 

These are the books that I didn´t get to read from my Top Ten 2014 Debuts I'm Excited For - here is the post.

10. Landry Park (Landry Park #1) by Bethany Hagen
Open Road Summer by Emery Lord 

I actually own four of these books but I haven´t had time to read them. Maybe when I´m up to date with the review books.

What books published in 2014 you could not read?
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