Sunday, April 26, 2015

Embace by Jessica Shirvington (Review #8)

Summary:
Violet Eden dreads her seventeenth birthday. After all, it’s hard to get too excited about the day that marks the anniversary of your mother’s death. As if that wasn’t enough, disturbing dreams haunt her sleep and leave her with very real injuries. There’s a dark tattoo weaving its way up her arms that wasn’t there before. 

Violet is determined to get some answers, but nothing could have prepared her for the truth. The guy she thought she could fall in love with has been keeping his identity a secret: he’s only half-human—oh, and same goes for her.

A centuries-old battle between fallen angels and the protectors of humanity has chosen its new warrior. It’s a fight Violet doesn’t want, but she lives her life by two rules: don’t run and don’t quit. When angels seek vengeance and humans are the warriors, you could do a lot worse than betting on Violet Eden…


Review:

This was a really good book! First of all I have to say - I can't believe this is Jessica Shirvington's first story! It was simply amazing and so well-written. I loved the action throughout the book. There was never a dull moment! I definitely recommend this to everyone! I could not put this book down and I finished it in 1 day. It was that good! 

I really loved Violet's character and how she progressed throughout the story. She was strong, brave, and not afraid to stand her ground. She made her own decisions and was a great character overall! I really loved her confidence throughout the book. 

Also, THE COVER IS GORGEOUS! I love the covers of the whole series! I really wish that I owned them instead of checking them out from the library! I want to say thanks to my friend, Madi, for recommending this book to me! I really loved it and I'm going to definitely re-read it in the future!

Quotes:

"The spirits are real and sometimes they need to be returned..."

"Remember, all passions start from love or hate. But beware-you never know whether they will end with delight or sorrow."

"Perhaps it had always been the sound of my own fading heart that I heard. Vision abandoned me and the darkness consumed me, a willing victim."


Reboot by Amy Tintera (Review #7)

Summary: Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation). Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum. The perfect soldier is done taking orders.

 Review: Wow. This book was really good! The beginning was really slow. I wasn't sure if it was because I was in a book slump or it was just slow. Im not sure.
Otherwise, i really liked the ending. The ending was fast paced and exiting. It left you on the edge of your seat. I liked how the book ended and I don't think I'm going to read Rebel (Rebook #2).
I like how Callum and Wren's characters changed throughout the book. I like how the story progressed along with the characters. I would recommend this book to anyone that liked sci-fi books.
Overall, I gave this book 3.5 stars.

Quotes:

“Humans had a brightness to them, a glow that only death extinguished.”

Update!

Hey everyone! Time for an update. So, I just finished Reboot by Amy Tintera. The ending was really good! I also read Embrace which I will do a review on soon! I really loved it and cannot wait to read Entice. Im going to borrow it from a friend who recommended it to me. Next Im going to read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, Paper Towns by John Green, and Cress by Marissa Meyer. I think thats it for now! Thanks for reading! -Piper

Friday, April 24, 2015

Follow & Feature! (#3)

How did you come up with your blog title and address? Does it have a special meaning for you? No it doesn't have special meaning I just used my name because I'm not good at coming up with names! Thanks for reading! Please follow via GFC! -Piper

Favorite Books!

Piper's favorites book montage

The Fault in Our Stars
The Selection
The Elite
The One
Shatter Me
Unravel Me
Ignite Me
The 5th Wave
Cinder
Beginnings: Obsidian & Onyx
Monument 14
Embrace


Piper's favorite books »

A-Z Review List By Title!

*lots of more reviews to come!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Update!

Right now, I am currently reading Reboot by Amy Tintera! I don't think I'm going to be doing a review when I finish. I might if the ending is good because the book is really slow :( I am also reading Cress by Marissa Meyer and I'm super excited to read it because I've been told the ending is very good! Next, I'm going to read LUX Consequences and LUX Opposition. I'm super excited to finish this series! I've been told it's really good! That's all for today!


-Piper

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne (Review #6)

Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne!

Summary:
Your mother hollers that you're going to miss the bus. She can see it coming down the street. You don't stop and hug her and tell her you love her. You don't thank her for being a good, kind, patient mother. Of course not-you launch yourself down the stairs and make a run for the corner.


Only, if it's the last time you'll ever see your mother, you sort of start to wish you'd stopped and did those things. Maybe even missed the bus.
But the bus was barreling down our street, so I ran.

Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong.
In Emmy Laybourne's action-packed debut novel Monument 14, six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves inside. While outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world-as they know it-apart.

Summary:
Wow.
Just wow.
This book was amazing! It was soooo much better than I expected it to be!
So essentially this book is about 14 kids trapped inside a superstore while outside a bunch of natural disasters are happening. 
I devoured this book in 2 days. I loved this story from start to finish! This book is fast paced and kept you wondering what would happen next. It keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time. I recommend this book for people who like post-apocalyptic/dystopian type books. 
Even though I didn't really like the POV being told from Dean, I still gave this book 5 stars. I didn't feel connected to his character as much as I thought I would but I still loved the concept of this book! I cannot wait to read the next book!

Quotes:

“Night came and fell hard.
Not like God drawing a blanket over our land
But like someone snuffing a candle.
Sudden and total.
Out—just like that.
Now we are waiting.
Waiting in the dark
To see if someone
Will switch on the light.
We can cower,
We can fear,
We can get lost together or
Get lost alone.
But the truth is:
I am the light. You are the light.
We are lit up together.
We are silhouettes of sunlight
cast against the night.
Shining now, let us
Shining, hold the light,
Shining, so that our families
Can find us.
Shining.”


“Your mother hollers that you're going to miss the bus. She can see it coming down the street. You don't stop and hug her and tell her you love her. You don't thank her for being a good, kind, patient mother. Of course not- you launch yourself down the stairs and make a run for the corner."

Thanks for reading!
-Piper

Friday, April 17, 2015

Follow & Feature (#2)



Here is €/£/$100,000. Buy something. Anything at all! What would be the first thing you choose, and why?

The first thing I would choose would be books of course! I would probably buy new furniture for my room and a new bookshelf that's bigger! :)

Thanks guys! Please follow via GFC! I follow back! :)
-Piper

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

New Review Coming Soon!

Hey guys!
I just finished Monument 14 and it was AMAZING! I'm going to write a review on it tommorow so expect a review soon! 
Right now I'm currently reading The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken and it's pretty good so far! My friend Madi (from www.bookreviewsbymadi.blogspot.com) recommended it to me so I'm excited to read it! Thanks Madi!

-Piper

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey! (Review #5)


The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey!

Summary:

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker.

Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.
 

Review:

I really liked this book! I don't really like science-fiction novels usually but this book was very good! Honestly, I wasn't expecting it to be as good as it was! I fell in love with the characters and story line. I love how even though the author is a guy, its in a girl's point of view and is still very accurate and realistic. Rick Yancey did a very good job with this book! 
So basically, the weld is being overthrown by aliens. The aliens have been watching them for 6,000 years to figure out their ways and then they went to Earth to kill everyone. They are killing everyone with 5 waves. The first wave was "lights out." Everything that ran on batteries or electricity died. Nothing worked. No electronics, cars, planes, ect. The second wave was called "surf's up." There was a tsunami and all costal areas were wiped out. The third wave was the plauge. The plauge went around killing everyone. This wiped out 97% of the population including her mom. The fourth wave was "silencers." Aliens or silencers went around killing people. Imaging it as a map with a bunch of red dots. The red dots are people who survived the first 3 waves. They go and "pluck" off the pins as they kill the people. Where the book starts off, its the dawn off the 5th wave. I cannot say what the 5th wave was without spoiling the book. But, after Cassie's brother is taken, she must do anything to save him because the people who are "saving him" are really trying to kill him. 
I recommend this book to everyone because even though I don't like science-fiction, I really enjoyed this book. If you like dystopian or science fiction books about aliens, then this book is for you!

Quotes:

“We'd stared into the face of Death, and Death blinked first. You'd think that would make us feel brave and invincible. It didn't.” 

"When you look death in the eye and death blinks first, nothing seems impossible."

“We’re here, and then we’re gone, and it’s not about the time we’re here, but what we do with the time.” 

Thanks for reading my review!

-Piper 




Monday, April 13, 2015

Hey Everyone! :)

Hey Everyone!
So recently my best friend, Madison, got a book blog! I want to help her gain followers and page views! So please go check out her blog and leave a comment or follow! 
Thanks Everyone!
Her link:
http://bookreviewsbymadi.blogspot.com

Currently Reading:
I just finished reading Origin by Jessica Khoury and right now I'm reading:
Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne!

I just started reading this and I'm on page 2 haha.

It sounds good though so I'm excited to read it!

See you guys later! Bye!

-Piper

Origin by Jessica Khoury (Review #4)

Origin by Jessica Khoury

Hey everyone! I'm going to be doing a review for Origin which I just finished and loved! I'm excited to review it!

Summary:
Pia has always known her destiny. She is meant to start a new race, a line of descendants who will bring an end to death. She has been bred for no other purpose, genetically engineered to be immortal and raised by a team of scientists in a secret compound hidden deep in the Amazon rain forest. Now those scientists have begun to challenge her, with the goal of training her to carry on their dangerous work. 
For as long as she can remember, Pia's greatest desire has been to fulfill their expectations. But on the night she turns seventeen, she finds a hole in the seemingly impenetrable fence that surrounds her home. Free in the jungle for the first time in her life, Pia meets Eio, a boy from a nearby village. Unable to resist, she continues sneaking out to see him. As they fall in love, they begin to piece together the truth about Pia's origin-a truth with deadly consequences that will change their lives forever.

Review:
I really enjoyed this book! This is probably one of my favorite books! Honestly, when I picked this book up, I wasn't expecting it to be this good! It beat my expectations. 

The first 80 pages were slow and nothing really happens until around page 100-ish. It started getting really good and had me on the edge of the seat the whole time. I loved the character development in this story and I especially loved Pia's character and how she developed thought the story. She started out as a very shy girl, afraid of the world yet still curious until one day she leaves the walls of Little Cam and her character spikes from there. She's becomes very brave and an amazing individual overall.

I gave this book 5 stars and I recommend this book to anyone that likes Science-Fiction books.

Quotes:

"Sooner or later, we must all face eternity."


“No one should live forever," I whisper. "Isn't that how it goes? There must be a balance. No birth without death. No life without tears. What is taken from the world must be given back. No one should live forever, but should give his blood to the river when the time comes so that tomorrow another may live. And so it goes.


"It's all becoming clear, as if I'm looking in a microscope and only now finding the right adjustment of the lens. I have a suspicion Ive been looking for a while now; it's just been out of focus."


"Why live your whole life thinking that just because you can't see every side to something, those other sides don't exist?"

Thanks for reading this review! If you plan on reading this book tell me! :) Bye!

-Piper


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Matched by Ally Condie (Review #3)

Matched by Ally Condie

Summary:

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate... until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.


The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

Review:
Matched is set in a dystopian world where Society controls everything - the food they eat, the jobs they would have, their every day schedule, and even whom they love.

The story starts off with Cassia's Match Banquet. When she the face of Xander, her best friend, on the screen, she isn't surprised at all. That is, until later on when another boy's face is shown on the screen - Ky Markham.


Now, Cassia is faced with an impossible task. She must make a choice between Xander and Ky, between the boy that's been her best friend since childhood, or the boy she never even really notice before - a choice she never really had in the first place. 

Matched started off quite good and then it got a bit boring then good again. The book was unoriginal. The pace was a little bit slow until the end. The first 2/3 of the book, I wasn't really interested. But the book managed to redeem itself near the end. 

My excitement for the book went down since it took me so long to pick it up. Overall, I give it 3.5 stars. I couldn't really connect with the characters.  I really like the world they live in but I would not want to live like that where society makes all your choices for you. It takes away the only freedom you have.

Quotes:

“I am trapped in glass and I want to break out and breath deep but I´m too afraid that it will hurt.”

“Growing apart doesn't change the fact that for a long time we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled. I'm glad for that.” 

“It was a little thing, a baby tree, but still it tangled with things around it and required care to move. And when she pulled it out, it's roots still clung to Earth from it's old home.” 




Saturday, April 11, 2015

Follow & Feature!


Have you ever read a book you thought you’d hate but loved? Or vice versa? – Suggested by A Great Read
Yes! I thought that I would love Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. There is so much hype about this book but I don't really like it. The plot was just so slow and boring. 

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The goal is to increase blog followers and make friends. First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools — keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them “hi” in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you! What sets this Hop apart from others, is our Feature. Each week we will showcase a Featured Blogger, from all different genres and areas. Who is our Feature today? Find out below. Just remember it is required, if you participate, to follow our Features and you must follow the hosts (Parajunkee & Alison Can Read) as a courtesy. How do you follow someone? Well, if you have a preference, state it in your #FF post. A lot of blogs are transitioning to WordPress in which they do not have the luxury of GFC, so an RSS subscription is appreciated or if you choose an email subscription. If you don’t have GFC please state in your post how you would like to be followed. All features are chosen randomly to be the feature. They are not chosen by content or name.

Friday, April 10, 2015

The Friday 56! :)

The Friday 56 

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The Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that's ok.)
 *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it)
*Post it.
*It's that simple.

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I just finished Matched my Ally Condie (review coming soon!) so I will pull a sentence from there.

"The Outer Provinces are on the geographic fringe of the Society where life is harder and wilder. Some people refer to them as the Lesser Provinces, because they have so little order and knowledge there." -Ally Condie (Matched)


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Crash by Lisa McMann (Review #2)


Summary:
Jules lives with her family above their restaurant, which means she smells like pizza most of the time and drives their double-meatball-shaped food truck to school. It’s not a recipe for popularity, but she can handle that.

What she can’t handle is the recurring vision that haunts her. Over and over, Jules sees a careening truck hit a building and explode...and nine body bags in the snow.

The vision is everywhere—on billboards, television screens, windows—and she’s the only one who sees it. And the more she sees it, the more she sees. The vision is giving her clues, and soon Jules knows what she has to do. Because now she can see the face in one of the body bags, and it’s someone she knows. Someone she has been in love with for as long as she can remember.

In this riveting start to a gripping trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Lisa McMann, Jules has to act—and act fast—to keep her vision from becoming reality.
 

Review:
So this book revolves around Jules and how she kept having the same vision over and over again. It was the same vision every time. Jules sees a snow plow crash into a building, causing an explosion, and nine body bags in the snow. Jules doesn't know why she's having this vision, but she knows it's important and she has to figure it out. 

This book was a bit slow in the beginning but was a good short read (around 230 pages). Even though the beginning was so slow paced and low-action, the last 100 pages or so were fast paced and contained a lot of action. 

I really enjoyed this book! Though it left out Jules physical description made it hard to connect with the character so I gave it a 4.5 stars. This book is a must-read and leaves you on the edge of your seat the entire time!


Quotes:
“Sawyer turned our friendship off like a faucet, but I can't help it - my faucet of love has a really bad leak.” 
-Lisa McMann (Crash)


Purchase this book:

Monday, April 6, 2015

The Cellar by Natasha Preston (Review #1)



The Cellar by Natasha Preston


Summary:

When sixteen-year-old Summer Robinson goes missing one night, her family, friends and boyfriend are devastated. Nothing ever happens in Long Thorpe, so the disappearance of a school girl shocks the whole community. The police waste no time in launching a search and investigation, but with nothing to go on and no trace of Summer, hopes of finding her quickly fade.

Colin Brown, is a thirty-year-old solicitor living alone after the death of his mother. He suffered a traumatic and abusive childhood, and is left with no sense of right or wrong. Desperate for the perfect family, Colin, referring to himself as Clover, turns to drastic measures to get what he wants.

Review:

So, I really enjoyed this book. It pulled me in from the first chapter. It's a very fast paced book and keeps you interested from the first page. It kept you wondering what would happen next and would would happen in the end.

I really loved that it was told in 3 alternating POVs: Summer/Lily, Lewis (Summer's boyfriend) and Collin/Clover (the kidnapper). I enjoyed the glimpse into Clover's POV and it showed how unstable he was.  The flashbacks throughout the story really help you understand the character better and see what life was like before Clover kidnapped them and why he kidnapped them in the first place.  And while I certainly had no sympathy for him, I definitely appreciated the insight into his past that the author provided. 

Overall, I gave it 5 stars and and its a great mystery/thriller read for those who like kidnapping stories. I was not disappointed when I picked up this book. I recommend it to everyone who likes a good mystery.