Thursday, March 31, 2011

Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder

Inside Out (Inside Out, #1)
Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder
Pages: 315 (paperback)
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Released in: March 24th 2010 

Keep Your Head Down.
Don't Get Noticed.
Or Else.

I'm Trella. I'm a scrub. A nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. I've got one friend, do my job and try to avoid the Pop Cops. So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? The only neck at risk is my own…until I accidentally start a rebellion and become the go-to girl to lead a revolution.

This book has everything I liked in a YA novel: a unique plot, romance, suspense, mystery and most important--> A heroin I liked!! It is a traditional dystopia: the “Trava officers” (pop cops) run everything and life is miserable for all of the lowly scrubs in the lower levels and the workers in the upper levels. The really intriguing thing is the author, Snyder, she creates a world like no other; you get a sense of underground pipes as their world.

Trella is a scrub in the lower levels, the same as everybody else: brown hair, brown eyes she cleans the pipes because she is small enough to (talk about career placement). Until she gets involved in her friend's, Cog, illusions of an “outside world”. I really liked Trella because she was very logical and action based, which is very hard to come by in YA novels. Trella believes there is nothing and she is very unwilling to trust and do anything for this “outside” that may not exist. Nevertheless she becomes the person we as readers want here to be: the leader to the revolution.

At first Trella is the anti-social Queen of the Pipes scrub, until she starts seeing the reality of her life and meets Riley. Riley is her, you guessed it, love interest and he shows her that life isn’t peachy on the upper levels either. Riley is sweet, cute and adorable! If I could have my own Riley, I would. He is just so perfect, in an imperfect way, and human. Warning though, this is not completely all romance based, remember our girl needs to complete a mission, so Riley does not show up as much as I wanted him to but the story moves on without him. Overall I consider this the best good read I have had in a while. It is action packed and suspense is at every corner: will she be caught or will she succeed?
So read it! And the sequel: Outside In.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (1)

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. It's a weekly meme where you share with others the books you're eagerly waiting for their release.

My Pick:
But I love Him by Amanda Grace

" Tonight was so much worse than anything before it. Tonight he didn't stop after the first slap.

At the beginning of senior year, Ann was a smiling, straight-A student and track star with friends and a future. Then she met a haunted young man named Connor. Only she can heal his emotional scars; only he could make her feel so loved — and needed. Ann can't recall the pivotal moment it all changed, when she surrendered everything to be with him, but by graduation, her life has become a dangerous high wire act. Just one mistake could trigger Connor's rage, a senseless storm of cruel words and violence damaging everything — and everyone — in its path.
This evocative slideshow of flashbacks reveals a heartbreaking story of love gone terribly wrong." Goodreads

First, that cover is amazingly beautiful. It’s so simple, but I love the heart. I love how the broken shards form the heart. I just love it!
Second, the story itself is intriguing. It’s completely different from something I would read. That was the reason why I want to read this so badly, and I can’t wait until it comes out. It oozes out with something that is so real and happens often. I don’t see the reason not to read it! By only reading the summary it seems that it’ll be something with an impact. It'll leave its young readers thinking and unable to put this book down.
Can’t wait!

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Pages: 478
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Released in: Aug 31, 2010

"Magic is dangerous--but love is more dangerous still.

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by--and torn between--two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all."

Amazing. I’m utterly speechless at how much I enjoyed this book. At first, I deliberately read it because I believed that it was not going to live up to the Mortal Instruments series in my eyes. But, I’m glad that it proved me wrong. From the start, I loved the idea that this was set in the Victorian era of London. Just with that, it hooked me in. Next, the Characters were very different and absolutely addicting. I couldn’t ask for more. Then there is the plot, a complete head turner.
Tessa Gray surprisingly turned out to be a strong fearless girl. I would have fainted and screamed like a mad-woman! I actually liked Tessa, which can be rare when it comes to female characters. But, the way she takes hold of her events is one to admire. And of course, Clare’s books cannot hit a homerun without her main male characters. They pretty much steal sighs and “omg”s. Meet Will Herondale, with his intense blue eyes and witty personality; he will rob your heart! I went giddy over him. And still am! His little remarks make him dangerously attractive. I enjoyed the sparks that flew between these two characters, it made the situation of the story stand out more. James is another character who you will stumble upon in this book, and surprisingly he will steal your heart too! I couldn’t help but feel torn between who was my favorite.
The plot is unbelievably engaging. While reading the book I believed that I had everything figured out. But the twists are so surprising! I felt like I was on a roller coaster, with each turn I read something that was unexpected. This small review could not sum up the excitement I feel even after finishing Clockwork Angel. The book has a way of slowly picking you up into its world and then throwing you into a whirl wind of events.
This book actually works so well with the Mortal Instruments series! It doesn’t give anything away from that series, and yet it flows amazingly well alongside it. Like ying and yang. I can’t wait for the next book! -- Jess

Sunday, March 20, 2011

In My Mailbox (1)

Hey guys! This week I'll be doing an IMM. In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren.  I'm super excited to read all of these, because they all sound so great!! Check them out below!

                  Delirium (Delirium, #1)Falling Under (Falling Under, #1)Forget You
Delirium by Lauren Oliver -Goodreads /Amazon / Barnes&Noble
Falling Under by Gwen Hayes -Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes&Noble
Forget You by Jennifer Echols- Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes&Noble

                     The Iron King (Iron Fey, #1)The Iron Daughter (Iron Fey, #2)The Iron Queen (Iron Fey, #3)
 Iron King by Julie Kagawa - Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes&Noble
Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa - Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes&Noble
Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa - Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes&Noble

                                                             Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy, #5)
Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy #5) by Richelle Mead

 For Review:
(This book was recieved by Goodreads First Reads)
Gone with a Handsomer Man by Michael Lee West

Hope you fellow readers found something interesting to check out! - Jess

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Hush, Hush By Becca Fitzpatrick

Hush, Hush By Becca Fitzpatrick
Pages: 391 (Paperback)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Released in: Oct 13, 2009

"For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch came along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life."

When laying my eyes on that gorgeous cover for the first time I knew I had to get my hands on it! Immediately. However, when reading the little blurb behind the book I was unsure if this was my kind of book. Heck! Then again I have mistakenly pushed aside books that I later get obsessed over. So I thought, why not?!
Once cracking open this book, I was hooked! I could not stop reading it from start to finish. I read it in a day! The story is about a girl named Nora who meets the mysterious bad boy named Patch. How is he mysterious, you ask? Well, you’ll have to pick this book up! Of course, it’s not that hard to figure out if you just look at that pretty cover. Well once they meet, the rest is basically history. At first Nora Grey aggravated me, and I’ll be honest she still irks a part of me. But the book contained a sort of pull that made me want to know where this was leading into.
Patch . . . oh Patchy Patch, how I swooned over this character. It could have been because there were vague similarities with a certain book. I would like to say that Patch was my favorite out of the characters in the book. Not because he was male! But, he was not how I expected him to be. I love the way he is portrayed- flirty, sexy, and dangerous. The Story had its little twists and turns and I just loved how it built up the small suspense. I had loads of fun reading it, and it was a light read.
This serves as a romantic /cute book to read (your perfect fix). I recommend that you give this one a try and read it. . . And ASAP! Thanks for Reading!
-- Jess

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Just Listen
I recently just finished reading this romance/young adult novel by Sarah Dessen!! This is my first review and I am happy to say this book exceeded my expectations of it. The first time I read the summary I was just about to bolt, until I pushed myself to read it. Lucky for me this is a really great book. The chemistry between Annabel+ Owen was just sweet and real.
Now, if you are looking for a twilight obsession love-you’re not going to find it in this novel. But what you do see is a story about this girl, Annabel Greene, who meets an outsider just like her. Owen is the angriest kid in her school, and one day he sees her break down and their friendship starts from there. He is truthful, (which I found totally sexy believe it or not!), and listens to weird music but he opens her up to herself and to the lies she tells. Overall this book made me want to meet a real life Owen. It was upbeat until the end, when everything is reviled. I won’t tell you the secret that she has been keeping, except that it was a experience. I will leave the rest up to you.So w/out judgment or words "Just Read"