30 July 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Yay, it's Monday! What are you reading is hosted by One Persons Journey Through a World of Books. Each week we spotlight the books we are reading, planning on reading or just finished reading.

Recently Finished:
  1. Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry - 5/5 stars, review here
  2. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick - 3/5 stars, review here
  3. Forever Mine by Elizabeth Reyes - 4/5 stars, review to come 

Currently Reading:
1. What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen - I've been searching for a really good, pull you in contemporary without too much weight or fluff. And though I love Sarah Dessen, I feel like this may not be it. I'm still looking for something like Megan McCafferty's Jessica Darling series. Probably the first contemporary book(s) I read that I absolutely fell in love with! And it's been years!

Up Next (hopefully):
  1. Reaper by K.D. McEntire - Review for GoodChoiceReading.com
  2. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
  3. Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett
  4. Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You by Joyce Carol Oates - review for GoodChoiceReading.com
Agh. My family and I have been in the process of moving and it has been quite hectic. I've been slacking on reading, exercising, life, and obviously this blog. It'll be a few weeks before we have internet (eek), so I'm hoping to schedule a few things and just post when I can! I can't wait to get settled and feel at home(?). I just realized a lot of the books I have are coming up at the end of August, so I need to read those asap! (And Kpop, SongPop [itsShanisej, play me!], and possibly being engrossed in those Asian dramas , have taken over, again.)
Anyways, have a great Monday & happy reading! ^_^"

25 July 2012

Review: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Expected Publication: July 31st | Harlequin Teen
Age: YA Contemporary
Pages: 384
Acquired:  Borrowed  [ARC]
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"I won't tell anyone, Echo. I promise." Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. "You didn't do that-did you? It was done to you?" No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked.
So wrong for each other...and yet so right. No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

My Thoughts:
When I first read the summary of this book, I had my doubts that it would hold as much depth as it promised. And boy I was wrong!
This story is told from the perspective of both Echo and Noah and though it feels like, from the summary, the focus is on Echo, it was Noah who won me over with this book. His story and heartbreak broke my heart that I actually shed tears a few times through out.

The focus on this book isn't just romance, but there is some and it was hot, but family and trying to move on from the past yet you can't let it go!
Echo had experienced something in her past that even she doesn't quite understand and therapy isn't helping like it is supposed to. But when she gets a new therapist and happens to run into Noah, her past catches up with her quickly but she isn't quite sure she can handle it.
Noah's past seemed, from the beginning, to me, to be a bit more... drastic and scary. Not to give too much away; fighting for his brothers brought me to tears every time he was near them. I related to his side of the story more. 
Their love for each other was strong and their friends just proved to be warriors as well as enemies in a lot of their battles to stay together and to fight for their past.
I loved Noah's friends (and Beth will have her own book next). Echo's friends were a little less friendly, especially Grace, but fortunately she did have that one friend who stood by her side from the beginning, especially when Echo decided to finally expose her scars. (Both physically and emotionally.)
Aside from the main characters, their therapist was my other favorite character in the book. I loved the way she cared for Noah and Echo and pushed them the right way, never losing site of her responsibilities and what was right for them!

This is a contemporary style book that has the romance, and the real life issues, but still contains that lovey-dovey that we all love! You'll laugh, cry, get royally pissed and then finally sigh when you read the last chapter--maybe get a little choked up as well.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't wait to read Beth's story!

Ending: ½
Cover: ½

Author Info:
Katie McGarry
was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.
More on here: website | facebook | goodreads

23 July 2012

Review: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Under the Never sky by Veronica Rossi
Published: January 3rd, 2012 | HarperCollins
Format: Kindle
Genre: YA Dystopian
Overall: ½
Since she'd been on the outside, she'd survived an Aether storm, she'd had a knife held to her throat, and she'd seen men murdered. This was worse.
Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland - known as The Death Shop - are slim. If the cannibals don't get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She's been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He's wild - a savage - and her only hope of staying alive.
A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile - everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria's help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.

My thoughts:
I've said it before and I'll say it again, dystopian books are not usually my cup of tea, but I absolutely loved this book. Maybe it was the Aether, living in pods in outer space, the names, the journey, the romance, the fight and drive of the characters... I don't know what it was, but I loved it.

Aria has been told her whole life that living on the "outside" would kill her but when she is kicked from the only home she knows, she's scared half to death and has no other option but to die... Until she realizes that she has two other options, fight and live. She meets Perry who she believes is the savage who caused her to lose her home and possibly her mother. Together they make the treacherous journey to a place that is said to hold the promise of answers for both of them. Where she can find her mother and he can find his nephew.

Every thing that happens along the way kept me on the edge of my seat and waiting for what would happen next, who or what would come along. I loved and adored the way Aria always stood up for herself, even though she'd never had to endure such physical demands of being on the outside. She learned how to use a bow and arrow quickly, was able to stretch her senses to their limit and found ways to tolerate Perry to possibly liking him.

Perry won me over,  I loved him, though I kept thinking how they both must stink incredibly. (I'm just that kind of person. lol.)

Aria was my kind of girl, a singer, a fighter, not taking shit from people. I adored her!

Along the way they meet a boy, Cinder (who proved to be useful), I personally was annoyed with him and wished they'd have left him behind. I may sound heartless but he reminded me of a little boy I knew who never spoke and just follows you around in an eerie way.

Once the duo make it to the place the believe will give them the answers they need, I felt the book kind slowed down for me.

The best parts was the romance and their ability to never lose sight of what their mission was, fighting.
I can't wait to read the next book in the series, Through the Ever Night, expected out in January of next year.


Author Info:
Veronica Rossi
was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Growing up, she lived in several countries and cities around the world, finally settling in Northern California with her husband and two sons. She completed undergraduate studies at UCLA and then went on to study fine art at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. When not writing or painting, she chases after her boys, who make her laugh every day, and who teach her about love that's a million gazillion times bigger than the ocean. UNDER THE NEVER SKY is her first novel.
More on her: website | twitter | facebook | goodreads

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