Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick
Oh my stars... WATERWORKS! I sobbed but I loved every minute. I am always amazed at how Sonnenblick works humor and heartbreak together. Read Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie first.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Author: Wendelin Van Draanen
About the book (from jacket flap):
The first time she saw him, she flipped. The first time he saw her, he ran.
I randomly picked this book off our library shelf when I first got my job about three years ago. I remember reading it and liking it but I was so overwhelmed with finding me feet in my first library job! I really didn't think about it again until I saw the movie trailer last spring. I decided to skim the book to get a refresher but ended up reading it cover to cover! I had forgotten how great it was.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
You guys. YOU GUYS. You guys. This was SUCH a hard list. Even when I was being REALLY picky about my top books I still had about thirty. Then I thought I'd cheat and do 12... one for each month. Turns out March and April of next year are going to be AMAZING book release months! There are books that I'm excited for because they're next in a series (Forever by Maggie Stiefvater), books that are companions to books I've loved (Exile by Anne Osterlund) books that I want to read because I love the author (What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen), and books I can't wait to read because I've heard amazing things (Across the Universe by Beth Revis), all kinds of reasons! I think I could do a top ten on each. Even sneaking those four titles in doesn't really narrow it down. So, I decided to stick just to YA. That only eliminated TWO!! There are some books (like Mastiff by Tamora Pierce, Bitterblue by Kristen Cashore, Vanish by Sophie Jordan, and Supernaturally by Kiersten White) that I don't know that date of release. They had to go too (at least they kinda did ;) ) I still had 20 books. I kept recounting hoping somehow it would magically change. In the end I sucked it up and cut titles. In the end all but one are books in a series. I know I've said it before but I'll say it again... I really should wait until all book in a series are out before I start! I am SO not patient!!
1. Red Glove by Holly Black (April)
This is book two of The Curse Workers. I am SO looking forward to it. There was never any doubt that it is number one on my list. I love Holly Black's books. White Cat was one of my very favorites of 2010. April seems far, far away!
2. The Demon's Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan (June)
Have a recently raved about how much I love Sarah Rees Brennan's writing? Because I do. Love it. A lot. I love that each book is from another characters perspective. I can't wait to get to know Sin more.
3. Clockwork Prince (Sept.) & City of Fallen Angels (April) by Cassandra Clare
I know, I kind of cheated by putting these two together. But come on, after that intro you had to kinda expect it, right? My last book review was a (quite long) gushy one about Clockwork Angel. I'm in book-love with Cassandra Clare's books!
4. Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr (February)
I'm torn on this one. I really want to read it but I don't want the Wicked Lovely books to end! No one does faery like Melissa Marr. (Sidenote: Graveminder sounds amazing too!)
5. Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter (June)
Adored Heist Society. LOVE Hale!!! Ally Carter is great at writing smart and witty dialogue that is oh-so-fun to read!
6. The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson (April)
I NEED TO KNOW WHAT WAS IN THAT ENVELOPE!!!!!!!!!!!
7. Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins (March)
I read Hex Hall shortly after it was released and have been anxiously awaiting Demonglass ever since! Rachel Hawkins seems to like to keep us in suspense! It has a great cover too :)
8. Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer (July)
Nightshade totally lived up to the hype for me. Now I can't wait for Wolfsbane. I need more Ren!!! Of course, Calla and Shay and the rest of the pack are important too!
9. Abandon by Meg Cabot (April)
The only book that isn't part of an existing series/trilogy/whatever on my list! Of course it's book one of it's own set :) I love Meg Cabot and the Persephone myth is a favorite of mine. Plus.... the cover? Gorgeous!!
10. Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles (May)
We finally get to find out what happens with the third Fuentes brother! This book looks to be just as fabulous as the first too.
Okay all, there you have it. My incredibly long top "10" books to anticipate! Ahhhh! Now I'm even MORE excited for them!!
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Series: The Infernal Devices, Book One
About the book (from jacket flap):
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.
This book has lead me to create a new rule for myself: Never read any of Cassandra Clare's books unless the ENTIRE SERIES has been released. I think I could have lived with the ending but the epilogue was just cruel! I have to wait until SEPTEMBER! I am so not good with the whole delayed gratification thing!
Sophie Mercer thought she was a witch.
That was the whole reason she was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent Prodigium (aka witches, shapeshifters, and fairies). But that was before she discovered the family secret, and that her hot crush, Archer Cross, is an agent for The Eye, a group bent on wiping Prodigium off the face of the earth.
Turns out, Sophie’s a demon, one of only two in the world—the other being her father. What’s worse, she has powers that threaten the lives of everyone she loves. Which is precisely why Sophie decides she must go to London for the Removal, a dangerous procedure that will destroy her powers.
But once Sophie arrives she makes a shocking discovery. Her new friends? They’re demons too. Meaning someone is raising them in secret with creepy plans to use their powers, and probably not for good. Meanwhile, The Eye is set on hunting Sophie down, and they’re using Acher to do it. But it’s not like she has feelings for him anymore. Does she?