Sunday, September 29, 2013

REVIEW: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…

Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town… until River West comes along. River rents the guest house behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard.

Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more?

Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery... who makes you want to kiss back.

Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.

Blending faded decadence and the thrilling dread of gothic horror, April Genevieve Tucholke weaves a dreamy, twisting contemporary romance, as gorgeously told as it is terrifying—a debut to watch.

Violet's parents have been in Paris for the past few months, leaving Violet and her twin brother, Luke, alone. They have been running out of money and decide to rent out the guesthouse.
A teenager named River West is the one that rents the house, but strange things begin to happen...

It's hard for me to outright say how I feel about this book.
There are things that I absolutely love about this book, and things that I don't like at all.

Let's start with what I did like: The story.
Yes, we may have seen this story before.
Stranger comes to town, strange things happen, yadda yadda yadda.
But this most definitely had some differences! (Which I can't say because... SPOILERS!!!)
Anyway, the story was made up of creepiness! For some completely odd reason, I adore creepiness in books!
And I did say creepy, this was not a scary book.
But the level of creepy and the detail in the story made me feel like I was actually in the book...

Now for what I didn't like: The romance.
I couldn't quite understand the romance. I couldn't understand why Violet wanted to be with River, especially when she knew that he has hurt people and didn't really regret it

I honestly believe that the good outweighs the bad.
Did I dislike the romance? Yes, but the romance took a backseat to the mystery of the town.
All in all, this was a good creepy story and I'm curious to see what's next!

I hereby give this book:
3 Wheels!
Meaning: I liked it, but I didn't quite love it!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Cover vs. Cover: All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

This weeks's pick is....
17451105     VS.    All Our Yesterdays
Paperback                                                Hardcover

While the first cover does look cool, I prefer the hardcover version. The paperback version doesn't really tell you anything about the book, and it also reminds me of the covers in the Immortal Beloved series. It also basically consists of faces and a pretty yellow.
I find the hardback cover to be more interesting and relevent to the story

Final Verdict: HARDCOVER

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Split Second by Kasie West

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, where you talk about whatever book you are IMPATIENTLY WAITING for!
This week I am waiting for...

Split Second (Pivot Point #2)Goodreads Description:
Life can change in a split second.

Addie hardly recognizes her life since her parents divorced. Her boyfriend used her. Her best friend betrayed her. She can’t believe this is the future she chose. On top of that, her ability is acting up. She’s always been able to Search the future when presented with a choice. Now she can manipulate and slow down time, too . . . but not without a price.

When Addie’s dad invites her to spend her winter break with him, she jumps at the chance to escape into the Norm world of Dallas, Texas. There she meets the handsome and achingly familiar Trevor. He’s a virtual stranger to her, so why does her heart do a funny flip every time she sees him? But after witnessing secrets that were supposed to stay hidden, Trevor quickly seems more suspicious of Addie than interested in her. And she has an inexplicable desire to change that.

Meanwhile, her best friend, Laila, has a secret of her own: she can restore Addie’s memories . . . once she learns how. But there are powerful people who don’t want to see this happen. Desperate, Laila tries to manipulate Connor, a brooding bad boy from school—but he seems to be the only boy in the Compound immune to her charms. And the only one who can help her.

As Addie and Laila frantically attempt to retrieve the lost memories, Addie must piece together a world she thought she knew before she loses the love she nearly forgot . . . and a future that could change everything.

Goodreads Link

What are you waiting for?

Coming to a Bookstore Near You... THIS SEPTEMBER!!!

Sorry about this post being so late!
But anyway, here are this month's books!

September 3rd-9th
All Our Yesterdays     The Transfer: A Divergent Story (Divergent, #0.1)     Risked (The Missing, #6)    Sweet Legacy

Scorched (Scorched, #1)    The 100 (The Hundred, #1)     Phoenix Overture (Newsoul, #2.5)

September 10th-16th

Thornhill (Hemlock, #2)     Antigoddess (Goddess War, #1)     The Chaos of Stars     More Than This

Rogue (Croak, #3)     Unthinkable (Impossible, #2)

September 17th-23rd
United We Spy (Gallagher Girls, #6)     The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2)     Once We Were (The Hybrid Chronicles, #2)     Kinslayer (The Lotus War, #2)

The Wicked Within (Gods & Monsters, #3)     The Burning Sky (The Elemental Trilogy, #1)     3:59     Unreap My Heart (The Reaper Series #2)

Frozen (Heart of Dread, #1)     Tumble & Fall     The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

September 24th
A Radiant Sky (A Beautiful Dark, #3)     Not a Drop to Drink      Vicious     Find Me

Untold (The Lynburn Legacy, #2)

What books are you looking forward to?

Monday, September 16, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Eight Books On My Fall 2013 TBR List

Hosted each week by The Broke and the Bookish, it's a meme for listing the top ten for everything bookish.

For this list I am only including books that are coming out this fall (As in, October & November)
I only have eight books since, for some odd reason, I don't have a large number of books that i'm really looking forward to this fall...

Allegiant (Divergent, #3)
Release Date: October 22nd

2.  Champion
Champion (Legend, #3)
Release Date: November 5th

World After (Penryn & the End of Days, #2)
Release Date: November 19th

UnSouled (Unwind, #3)
Release Date: October 15th

The Iron Traitor (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #2)
Release Date: October 29th

6. Hero
Hero (Woodcutter Sisters #2)
Release Date: October 1st

Across a Star-Swept Sea (For Darkness Shows the Stars, #2)
Release Date: October 15th

8. Tandem
Tandem (Many-Worlds, #1)
Release Date: October 8th

What are you looking forward to?

Sunday, September 15, 2013

REVIEW:Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs

Forgive My Fins (Fins, #1)
Lily Sanderson has a secret, and it’s not that she has a huge crush on gorgeous swimming god Brody Bennett, who makes her heart beat flipper-fast. Unrequited love is hard enough when you’re a normal teenage girl, but when you’re half human, half mermaid like Lily, there’s no such thing as a simple crush.

Lily’s mermaid identity is a secret that can’t get out, since she’s not just any mermaid – she’s a Thalassinian princess. When Lily found out three years ago that her mother was actually a human, she finally realized why she didn’t feel quite at home in Thalassinia, and she’s been living on land and going to Seaview high school ever since, hoping to find where she truly belongs. Sure, land has its problems – like her obnoxious, biker boy neighbor Quince Fletcher – but it has that one major perk – Brody. The problem is, mermaids aren’t really the casual dating type – when they “bond,” it’s for life.

When Lily’s attempt to win Brody’s love leads to a tsunami-sized case of mistaken identity, she is in for a tidal wave of relationship drama, and she finds out, quick as a tailfin flick, that happily-ever-after never sails quite as smoothly as you planned.

THE RUN-DOWN Lily is a mermaid (a Thalassinian princess to be more specific) but is currently living on land with her Aunt. Besides the whole Thalassinian princess thing, Lily's life is pretty normal. She goes to high-school, has a best friend, a nemesis, and a crush. The problem is, mermaids don't get crushes. Mermaids bond for life

MY ThoughtsThis was a really cute and quick read. 
Was it girly? yes. But it was really adorable.
Quince, the "nemesis", is actually really sweet and was probably one of my favorite things about this book. This brings us to the major thing that I did not like about this book: Lily.
Don't get me wrong, there is nothing really wrong about Lily, but she is kind of...blind. I say blind because Quince obviously has a crush on her but she is completely oblivious! Then there's the fact that she has a "crush" on someone that she barely knows and is actually a jerk.
There were many times where I wanted to knock some sense into Lily.

The only other thing that bugged me about this book was the ending.
There's a very short epilogue that doesn't really have much to do with the book, there isn't even any hints towards it happening. The whole point of the epilogue was to tie the book into the next book.
But, to be honest, if it wasn't for the epilogue this would have been a really nice stand-alone. That might've been the whole point, but I kind of like the idea of this being a stand-alone...

But anyway, really cute book!!

I hereby give this book
3 Wheels!
Meaning: I liked it, but I didn't quite love it.

Stacking the Shelves #20

A meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where all the book nerds can post about the lovely (or not so lovely) books that they've got this week (or weeks in my case).
P.S. If you click the book's link, it will take you to the GoodReads page.

Books I've Read in the Last TWO WEEKS!
Solstice    Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)    Rebel Heart (Dust Lands, #2)    Spirit (Elemental, #3)

Hare Moon (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #0.5)    Blood-Kissed Sky (Darkness Before Dawn Trilogy, #2)    Eleanor & Park    Midnight Frost (Mythos Academy, #5)

Forgive My Fins (Fins, #1)     Fable (Unfortunate Fairy Tale, #3)     Wake (Watersong #1)     UnWholly (Unwind, #2)

Some Quiet Place (Some Quiet Place, #1)     Infinityglass (Hourglass, #3)      Quicksilver (Ultraviolet, #2)     The Book Thief

Glimmer     Fearless (Elemental, #1.5)     Starcrossed (Starcrossed, #1)     The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)

After Daybreak (Darkness Before Dawn Trilogy, #3)     The Distance Between Us     Dreamless (Starcrossed, #2)

Checked Out From The Library!
Physical Copies:
Born of Illusion (Born of Illusion, #1)    Sweet Legacy    The Ward (The Ward, #1)    Fire with Fire (Burn for Burn, #2)

Parallel    Starglass (Starglass, #1)    Gated    Deception (Defiance, #2)

The Serpent's Shadow (Kane Chronicles, #3)    Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Between, #1)     After Daybreak (Darkness Before Dawn Trilogy, #3)     This Strange and Familiar Place (So Close to You, #2)

Ebook Copies:
The Book Thief     Fearless (Elemental, #1.5)     Hare Moon (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #0.5)

Books Bought
I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls, #1)    Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy (Gallagher Girls, #2)    Along for the Ride

Every Soul A Star    Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life

I got these for only $3 (all together) at a library sale.

Hover (The Taking, #2)Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)   Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2) 

I've already read Throne of Glass, but I really needed my own copy!!!!

So, what books did you get/read?