Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Review: Endlessly (Paranormalcy #3) by Kiersten White

Published date: July 24 2012

Publisher: HarperTeen

Pages: 385 (hardcover)

Summary: (Goodreads)

Evie's paranormal past keeps coming back to haunt her. A new director at the International Paranormal Containment Agency wants to drag her back to headquarters. The Dark Faerie Queen is torturing humans in her poisonous realm. And supernatural creatures keep insisting that Evie is the only one who can save them from a mysterious, perilous fate. 

The clock is ticking on the entire paranormal world. And its fate rests solely in Evie's hands. 

So much for normal.


I don't think any amount of whining and complaining will ever get across the fact of how empty I feel now that the Paranormalcy series has drawn to a close, going with a bang loud enough to span realities. I truly believe it couldn't have ended any better. I'd practically grown up with Evie and now seeing her story continuing after those last words--and me not able to read along with her--gives me a sort of hollow feeling inside. But she'll be forever ingrained inside those pages and that puts a smile onto my face.

Where can I start? It seems as every time I started a chapter I was pushed forward and forward until the last few sentences where I was then thrown under a waterfall, letting the coldness crashing onto me. Leaving me speechless and dumbfounded and drenched in adrenaline. The other two books in this wondrous series do not even compare. The pace of this book far exceeds both Paranormalcy and Supernaturally also. Like I said, one thing after another happens in rapid succession.

Evie. Evie. Evie. It seems as if this female lead character happens to be the most real and vibrant (fictional) person I know. She is so stubborn and sarcastic sometimes all I can do is shake my head. She loves without abandon, and isn't afraid do to anything to get her loved ones back. Evie thinks she's being force to do everything and she spends most of the book whiny incessantly about it. She doesn't want all of this pressure on her shoulders. But soon she realizes that when everything and everyone you love is at stake, sometimes you have to stand strong and learn the meaning of sacrifice. I was very proud of her when that went through her thick skull.

The Paranoramlcy series always was like this floaty and dreamy book that magical things happened to seemingly ordinary people. That's what it always signified to me, anyways. No matter how much paranormal blood flows through her body and soul, Evie is indeed normal. Well, compared to the weird, creepy vamps or the faeries with their consuming presence and one-sided love. I think she finally realized it in the end. This book--this series--will forever have a huge place in my soul.

Endlessly is a book that tugs heavily on the heartstrings, leaving me breathless and surround by magic even in this decrepit world.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Cover Reveal + (Closed) Giveaway: Colonization: Paradise 21

Author: Aubrie Dionne

Published date: November 7 2012


Finding a new home has never been so dangerous.

Andromeda has spent all seventeen years of her life aboard a deep space transport vessel destined for a paradise planet. Her safe cocoon is about to break open as Paradise 21 looms only one month away, and she must take the aptitude tests to determine her role on the new world and her computer assigned lifemate. As a great-granddaughter of the Commander of the ship, she wants to live up to her family name. But, her forbidden love for her childhood friend, Sirius, distracts her and she fails the tests. The results place her in a menial role in the new colony and pair her with Corvus, “the oaf”.

But when Andromeda steps foot on Paradise 21, her predestined future is the least of her worries. Alien ghosts from a failed colonization warn her of a deadly threat to her colony. And when Sirius's ship crashes on the far ridge in an attempt to investigate, she journeys to rescue him with Corvus.

 Andromeda now must convince the authorities of the imminent danger to protect her new home. What she didn't expect was a battle of her own feelings for Sirius and Corvus.

 Can she save the colony and discover her true love?

Author Bio:

Aubrie Dionne writes science fiction fantasy with romantic elements. Her writings have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, Emerald Tales, Hazard Cat, Moon Drenched Fables, A Fly in Amber, and Aurora Wolf. Her books are published by Inkspell Publishing, Entangled Publishing, Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. She’s also a professional flutist in New England.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Review: Article 5 (Article 5 #1) by Kristen Simmons

Published date: January 31 2012

Publisher: Tor Teen

Pages: 362 (hardcover)

Summary: (Goodreads)

New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned.

The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.

There are no more police—instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior—instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested usually don't come back.

Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren't always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it's hard for her to forget that people weren't always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. It's hard to forget that life in the United States used to be different.

Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass the random home inspections by the military. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow.

That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings—the only boy Ember has ever loved.

Review: In the beginning chapters of Article 5, the first book in a yet another YA dystopian series, I was a little apprehensive. I didn't know where this book was going and it started off sounding like every other dystopian novel out there, which happens way more than it should. Alas, it still does. 

But I was dead wrong. 

It seems as if every book (I've noticed this even in my own writing) that most books begins with writing that is very immature and mediocre, but as it progresses, the story strengthens to become this masterpiece of wonders. That is exactly what Article 5 does.

The story starts off with Ember Miller, a normal, easy going girl who indeed remembers how things used to be. One of the many things I loved about Article 5 is the fact that Ember does know what the world looked like before the event that made this book dystopian happened. A lot of new changes are made, of course, to the United States, and the Moral Statutes are put into place to keep the people in order. We probably all know that whatever the government does, we usually don't agree with it. There will always be people on both sides of the law; the people who break it and the people who enforce it.

Chase Jennings is supposedly the latter of the two.

I absolutely love the fact that we learn more about Chase from Ember's memories than we do from the actual person. I've always been a fan of books that introduce characters like that, especially the love interest. He's sprinkled in a first, a mere breath of one who was once loved but now lost. When he actually comes into the story, it explodes with life and feelings, abandonment and hurt and loss. Ember powers through them, as she leaves her friends and her life before to get her mother back. She soon realizes that a lot stands in her way and the path is long, but she'll never travel it alone. 

Article 5 will have your emotions strung high and your pulse quickening as it takes you on a journey across the land we all know well with two people who'd never thought they'd see each other ever again. 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Tag: Would You Rather...?

D.L.T. over at The Random Ranterer  made a tag called Would You Rather. I think it was such a cool idea and since I was tagged by Catlin @ The Y.A Bookworm (I just love her and her blog. She's so sweet!) I decided I needed to get in on this. :P

And of course, again, I am reading an ARC that I can't post the review of until 30 days before the release date so I have no reviews to post. Ugh. And I won't for a while because I suck at reading two books at once. Sorry for the rant. Haha :)

Blogs I am Tagging: 

Nikki @ Fiction Freak and Lisseth @ Read-a-HolicZ and Ara @  My Book and Coffee and Cheyenne @ This Girl Reads

Here are the Rules:

  • Intros!-Tell us about yourself and your blog
  • Answer the 6 questions in anyway you want
  • Tag 6 bloggers (or however many people you want to tag)
  • Tell them they have been tagged and link back to your post
  • Put the Would You Rather...? picture to your post

Hey y'all, my name is Abby. I absolutely love YA literature and decided to start blogging about 6 months ago or so. But I will admit I've only been active for about three weeks of those 6 months when I finally decided to start blogging (or gushing more like) about my favorite books and upcoming ones. I've met some crazy cool people and wouldn't change the short time I've been here for anything in the whole world.

    Reading: Would you rather read a classic book or a dictionary?
    Umm...wow. The only "classic" book that I've really read (or almost read) would probably be Alice in Wonderland and I didn't even finish it. So I would choose classic book because I would jump off a bridge if I had to sit there and read a stupid dictionary. I mean seriously...
      Getting : Would you rather receive a $50 gift card to a bookshop or a library card?
      I can honestly say I hate libraries with such a passion I could explode the sun (I feel very violent today so excuse me) so a $50 gift card would be the best way to go unless you want to live in total darkness from then on. K?  

        Shopping : Would you rather look at books at a bookstore or a library?
        Read the answer above. BOOKSTORE, is my answer. 

          Sleeping : Would you rather stay up and see what happens in the book (and its a part where it's a must) or go to sleep?
          I really do love to read, but I cannot function without sleep. So I might read late but wake up the next morning and read some more. 

            Writing: Would you rather write on a laptop/computer or in a notebook/paper?
            Definitely my laptop. I couldn't write/edit on paper alone. It doesn't think as fast as the computer does. 

              Eating : Would you rather eat while you read or keep glancing at the bag of food while you read?
              I would eat. I don't really understand why I would have a bag of food in front of me and not eat it. Oh well. *clears throat*

              Thanks for reading and make sure you go and check out those other blogs! 

              Wednesday, July 25, 2012

              Waiting on Wednesday #4

              Every Wednesday here at WintryWords I like to gush about what books I am waiting very impatiently for. This week I am waiting for:

              Published date: October 1 2012

              Publisher: Walker Books Australia

              Summary: (Goodreads)

              Inspired by Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, BLACK SPRING reimagines the passionate story in a fantasy 19th century society sustained by wizardry and the vengeance code of vendetta.

              Anna spent her childhood with Damek and her volatile foster sister Lina, daughter of the Lord of the village. Lina has magical powers, and in this brutal patriarchal society women with magical powers are put to death as babies. Lina’s father, however, refuses to kill her but when vendetta explodes in their village and Lina’s father dies, their lives are changed forever. Their new guardian Masko sends Anna away and reduces Lina to the status of a servant. Damek—mad with love for Lina—attempts to murder Masko, then vanishes for several years. Anna comes home five years later to find Lina about to marry a pleasant young farmer, and witnesses Damek’s vengeful return and its catastrophic consequences.

              Passionate, atmospheric and haunting, BLACK SPRING will stay with readers long after they turn the final page.

              I am a HUGE fan of anything Alison Croggon after her Books of Pellinor series so I am really looking forward to reading her new book, Black Spring.

              Monday, July 23, 2012

              (Closed) HUGE GIVEAWAY For My 100 Followers! :)

              First and foremost, please let me say how grateful I am to be followed by all of you. It is such an honor to know you guys read my reviews and your comments always make me smile. So I am very proud to say I have reached 100 followers. To give back to you guys I am having a giveaway to give y'all a chance to understand how happy I am to be followed by all of you wonderful and inspiring people. This contest will indeed be International. There will be Two Winners and will end at the end of the month of August. Some books are already released, but most of the others I will have to preorder!

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              Sunday, July 22, 2012

              Review: Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacies #3) by Pittacus Lore

              Published date: August 21 2012

              Publisher: HarperCollins

              Pages: 416 (hardcover)

              From: Publisher via Edelweiss 

              Summary: (Goodreads)

              Until the day I met John Smith, Number Four, I'd been on the run alone, hiding and fighting to stay alive.

              Together, we are much more powerful. But it could only last so long before we had to separate to find the others. 

              I went to Spain to find Seven, and I found even more, including a tenth member of the Garde who escaped from Lorien alive. Ella is younger than the rest of us, but just as brave. Now we're looking for the others-including John.

              But so are they.

              They caught Number One in Malaysia.
              Number Two in England.
              And Number Three in Kenya.
              They caught me in New York--but I escaped.
              I am Number Six.
              They want to finish what they started.
              But they'll have to fight us first.

              Review: There are very few books out there that can inspire pure courage, hope, and strength in me just by reading the summary. Every time I hear the words I Am Number Four, a shiver goes down my spine. Not many teen books can so readily capture those feelings and put them down into words, but the Rise of Nine does just that, the third book in the stunning Lorien Legacies series.

               After a year long wait, to delve into this book and to experience the life of these characters-and the introductions to the new ones-once again was an amazing thing. I don't think I'd ever been happier to see a group of alien kids in my life. I laugh whenever I look back at my feelings on the first book, and how they no longer exist. I am now a huge fan of the series after the second book picked up the pace, and conjured up feelings of mine I didn't know existed. Consider me a definite fan. 

              After the events in the last book, life for the Garde is challenging on a level it'd never before been. Mogs are getting smarter and bigger, forming alliances with persons the Garde thought they were fighting for. To me, the kids seem like easy pickings at times, their legacies still forming. Of course, they don't feel that way. They all seem very confident in their abilities to defeat the leader of the Mogadorians, Setrákus Ra. They believe that they are ready to defeat the most evil creature in the galaxy. But they realized in the end that it's not so easy as they'd like to think.

              Several new things are revealed in this book. More memories are revealed of the aliens lives before they came to Earth. And soon one truth is proved, they are best when together. 

              It's easy to see how perfectly planned these books are. The confidence that the two writers possess is also very evident. And in my experience, one of the obstacles that most writers face is character differentiation. When writing from several point of views, it's easy to get the personalities mixed up. That was definitely not the case in the Rise of Nine. Each character had its own loud, confident voice. No matter what their number, they each had their own personality. No matter how shy, reserved, rude, strong, short tempered, or lovestruck, they were each their own. 

              This summer's blockbuster, the Rise of Nine will have you standing strong and shows what it really means to show no mercy. The Garde are on their way to be ready to take back what is rightfully theirs.

              Saturday, July 21, 2012

              Review: Palace of Stone (Princess Academy #2) by Shannon Hale

              Published date: August 21 2012

              Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

              Pages: 336

              From: Publisher via Edelweiss

              Summary: (Goodreads)

              Coming down from the mountain to a new life in the city seems a thrill beyond imagining. 

              When Miri and her friends from Mount Eskel set off to help the future princess Britta prepare for her royal wedding, she is happy about her chance to attend school in the capital city. 

              There, Miri befriends students who seem so sophisticated and exciting . . . until she learns that they have some frightening plans. They think that Miri will help them, that she "should" help them. 

              Soon Miri finds herself torn between loyalty to the princess and her new friends' ideas, between an old love and a new crush, and between her small mountain home and the bustling city. 

              Picking up where "Princess Academy "left off, this incredible stand-alone story celebrates the joys of friendship, the delight of romance, and the fate of a beloved fairy tale kingdom.

              Review: The familiar mixed smells of goats and mountain air hit me once again as I returned to Miri’s wondrous mountain world. I never knew really how much I missed the little flower until now.

              Miri’s story picks up right after the ingenious, yet simple change that she enacted in the first book. Mount Eskel seems a little bit more prosperous. All thanks to Miri's bravery and her wit as she applied her studies from the Princess Academy to her life on Mount Eskel. Everything is how it was left, everything still in its place. I'm still not quite sure if I liked this or not. I was expecting Miri to have matured more, having been older. That is not the fact in the Palace of Stone, the sequel to the beloved Princess Academy. Miri is still the little girl we left her as. 

              Miri, I will say, is one of the most admired characters of all time. From the time I first read Princess Academy while in elementary school all the way to the present, I have always looked up to Miri no matter her age. She's sweet, caring, and has a heart bigger than the stars. Miri, in every sense of the word, is a very radical person. She always strives for change and she indeed has a heart for people who don't have what she now has. She remembers quite easily how empty a stomach can be. So when a revolution stirs up things, Miri somehow finds herself in the middle of it. How am I not surprised? 

              Miri and some of the princess academy girls travel down off their mountain into Asland. But Miri soon finds out as she comes to live at the palace that some people have no heart at all. The king is a blundering thing, with no respect or love for his starving people. The queen is too timid to speak up for herself or anything she might believe in. Miri soon realizes that the world off her mountain isn't as glorious and perfect as she once thought. Tributes are high and the people have nothing to pay them with. After studying at the university, Miri comes to have a second heart set in Asland. And yet another for its people. A question looms on the horizon. 

              Will Miri ever return to Mount Eskel?

              The writing was beautiful, lyrical even. I thought the letters to Marda at the end of almost every chapter was such a brilliant and wondrous idea. Some parts of the Palace of Stone albeit where awkward, but I figure it was to keep the younger audiences away from questions their parent don't want to have to answer. In example, Miri is kissed at least twice when this happens and she just sits there, eyes wide. I can only understand Hale's reluctance to share anymore with younger kids. I guess since I am a part of the older audience I see a lot more than just kisses in literature these days, sadly. 

              Hale is one of the most amazing authors of this generation's literature and should be applauded and awarded with awards stacked so high she has her own real life Mount Eskel. Miri teaches all of us, young and old, that it's okay to choose both. To strive to hold on to what we have and not to choose sides so readily as we might want.

              Thursday, July 19, 2012

              Review: Team Human by Justine Larbalestier & Sarah Rees Brennan

              Published date: July 3 2012

              Publisher: HarperTeen

              Pages: 352 (hardcover)

              Summary: (Goodreads)

              Just because Mel lives in New Whitby, a city founded by vampires, doesn't mean she knows any of the blood-drinking undead personally. They stay in their part of town; she says in hers. Until the day a vampire shows up at her high school. Worse yet, her best friend, Cathy, seems to be falling in love with him. It's up to Mel to save Cathy from a mistake she might regret for all eternity.

              On top of trying to help Cathy (whether she wants it or not), Mel is investigating a mysterious disappearance for another friend and discovering the attractions of a certain vampire wannabe. Combine all this with a cranky vampire cop, a number of unlikely romantic entanglements, and the occasional zombie, and soon Mel is hip-deep in an adventure that is equal parts hilarious and touching.

              Acclaimed authors Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan team up to create a witty and poignant story of cool vampires, warm friendships, and the changes that test the bonds of love.

              Review: I felt like I'd been reading this book for weeks, maybe months. When really, it’d only been a few super long days. Team Human just never seemed to stop, going on and on in a seemingly endless direction. For some books that can be a good thing or a very bad thing. In this instance, it was a little of both. There were parts that I couldn't stop laughing and then there were part where I was pulling out my hair.

              Team Human seems almost like a parody book, from a certain distance maybe. Well, if you squint both eyes and turn your head to one side. So if you really did do that, I assume you now know it is not a parody of any of the most loved vamp books out there. 
              Compiling all that you know about vampires into one novel, cracking jokes along the way at the other more serious vampire novels out there, Team Human deals a blow to all vampire-aholics with reality. And boy, does it bite. Although the outside influence of Team Human is evident, it indeed is a story all it's own, and yet a tribute to others. It stands alone among so many look alikes.

              Now, the characters in this book create living entities themselves. They live, breath, argue, and care just like the next guy. Or vampire that still managed to hang on to his humanity. (When has that ever happened? Pshh.) The group of friends in this novel make their resounding love apparent to even the most dimwitted, unlearned baby. Oh gosh, I am turning in to Francis. 

              Just so you know, when you crack jokes on vampires, you are instantly freaking awesome in my book.

              Speaking of cracking jokes, the main character Mel Duan is a type of character I've never before experienced in teen literature. She’s sort tempered and rude and not afraid to tell everyone where to shove it where the sun don't shine. Especially the vamps, even if the shine don't shine anywhere for them. When Mel's BFF wants to do the unspeakable, she cannot help but to do everything (AND I MEAN EVERYTHING) in her power to stop her. Mel will go to the moon and back just to help her friends, and so basically the whole book is her trying to either stop her friend from making an eternal mistake or figuring out a runaway dad case.

              I felt like I was in one of those weird romance mystery TV shows.

              The romance that was included (come on, it was a vampire novel. You can't write it without any romance. Duh.) was of a midly amount but yet it made the story ultimately what it is. Take the romance away from Team Human and what do you have? Nothing. The whole story wouldn't have been set in motion if not for it. Other than that (well, that pretty much is the whole book) it was a cool vampire drenched experience. If vampires where the everyday norm for my city I would probably be as short with them as Mel is. I cannot blame her there.

              Team Human is not your average YA vampire novel. Soon it’ll have you choosing teams and showing you how to really stand up for what you believe in.

              What team will you pick?

              Wednesday, July 18, 2012

              Waiting on Wednesday #3

              Every Wednesday here at WintryWords I like to gush about what books I am waiting very impatiently for. This week I am waiting for: 

              Published date: April 3 2013

              Publisher: HarperCollins

              Pages: 320 (hardcover)

              Summary: (Goodreads)

              The fate of The New America rests with Eve in this stunning finale to the Eve trilogy. 

              Eve is trapped in the City of Sand, married to a man of her father’s choosing, but she can’t forget her love for Caleb—or her passion for the rebel cause. When rebel armies invade the city, Eve uses her position as princess for the ultimate act of rebellion—to kill her father, the king. Then tragedy strikes, and Eve must choose who to leave behind, who to save, and who to fight in this final battle for freedom. 

              It's going to be hard to finish this series, but all the same I am ready to see where Carey will take Eve and where her story will end. 

              What are you waiting for this Wednesday?

              Monday, July 16, 2012

              Cover Reveal + (Closed Giveaway): Star Child by Stephanie Keyes

              The world is about to be cloaked in darkness.
              Only one can stop the night.

              Kellen St. James has spent his entire life being overlooked as an unwanted, ordinary, slightly geeky kid. That is until a beautiful girl, one who has haunted his dreams for the past eleven years of his life, shows up spinning tales of a prophecy. Not just any old prophecy either, but one in which Kellen plays a key role.

              Suddenly, Kellen finds himself on the run through a Celtic underworld of faeries and demons, angels and gods, not to mention a really ticked off pack of hellhounds, all in order to save the world from darkness. But will they make it in time?

              About The Author:

              Stephanie Keyes was born in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania and has worked for the past twelve years as a corporate educator and curriculum designer in the Telecommunications industry. She holds a Master's degree in Education with a specialization in Instructional Technology from Duquesne University and a B.S. in Management Information Systems from Robert Morris University. She is a classically trained clarinetist, but also plays the saxophone and sings. When she's not writing, she is a wife to a wonderfully supportive husband and mother to two little boys whom she cites as her inspiration for all things writing. The Star Child is Mrs. Keyes' debut novel.

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              Star Child is released on September 21st 2012

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              Sunday, July 15, 2012

              Review + (Closed) Giveaway: Sweet Shadows (Medusa Girls, #2) by Tera Lynn Childs

              Published date: September 4 2012

              Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

              Pages: 328 (hardcover)

              From: Contest

              Summary: (Goodreads)

              Three teenage descendants of Medusa, now united, must claim their heritage to fight the monsters escaped from the abyss. 

               Gretchen may have known she was a descendant of Medusa long before her sisters--after all, she's spent her life fighting the monsters that escape the abyss--but that doesn't mean it will be easy to teach the other girls the ropes. 

               Greer has pressing social commitments on her plate and precious little time to train in her newfound powers. But that wretched second sight won't leave her alone, and her fabled heritage seems to be creeping into her fashionable life. 

              Grace has worries closer to home--like why her brother, Thane, has disappeared. He's hiding something. Could it possibly be related to the secret heritage the triplets share?

              Review: I was beyond excited to know I won this book in a giveaway and since I just finished Sweet Venom, the first book in the Medusa Girls series, I was glad to eat up the second.

              The tale of Greer, Grace, and Gretchen, the descendants of the Gorgon Medusa, picks up right where we left off. Of course, after the last book’s devastating ending, we see all of the confusing and fear that play through the girl’s minds. They don’t know who to trust or where to turn to. The Gorgons are still missing and Gretchen doesn’t know whether or not Nick is trustworthy. Grace fears she’ll never see her brother again. I can only feel sorry for them. Their normal lives have been ripped violently away from them and all that’s left is monsters and untrusting parents.

              It seems as if the theme of untrusting continues throughout the book.

              Betrayal waits around every corner for the triplets. The monsters from the abyss appear more and more regularly, even so that fighting them as if it were a job has become impossible. The only outcome seems to be death, for both sides of the coming war want them dead. The girls don’t know if they should to open the door that keeps the beasties out of our world for good or close it forever. Either way it seems everyone wants them dead and gone. Destiny seems like a scary and unrealistic thing. But the girls soon realize that our fates will always be ours to control.

              I feel so emotional attached to these books in a way I’ve never been before. Childs has created some of the best female protagonists in the history of YA literature. I don’t think I have read a series that I’ve loved to the point where I’ve considered the characters my own family, that is how connected I feel to these girls. Childs deserves so much recognition for these wonderfully written and action packed books. There’s never a dull moment in either book in the Medusa Girls series.

              The best mythology retelling I’ve ever read in teen literature, Sweet Shadows will have you picking sides even if it means going against the gods and all of monsterkind. Bravery through fear is a required trait in this second installment to the Medusa Girls.

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              Friday, July 13, 2012

              Cover Reveal: Soulbroken (Legacy of Tril #2) by Heather Brewer

              Publication date: March 26 2013

              Publisher: DIAL

              Pages: 304 (hardcover)

              Summary: (Goodreads)

              Sometimes you have to break the rules to discover the truth. 
              In this follow up to Legacy of Tril: Soulbound, Kaya has learned that she is Soulbound to Darius, the Barron she secretly trained with at Shadow Academy. But he’s been sent away, leaving Kaya with questions about how he could be Soulbound to her and another Healer. Determined to find answers and prove herself worthy of fighting in the war against King Darrek and the Graplars, Kaya sneaks away, encountering a mysterious Barron named Gage in her travels. But Darius has shocking information about Gage—information that changes everything Kaya thought she knew about what it means to be Bound.


              Thursday, July 12, 2012

              Review: Once (Eve #2) by Anna Carey

              Published date: July 3 2012

              Publisher: HarperCollins

              Pages: 360 (hardcover)

              Summary: (Goodreads)

              When you're being hunted, who can you trust? For the first time since she escaped from her school many months ago, Eve can sleep soundly. She's living in Califia, a haven for women, protected from the terrifying fate that awaits orphaned girls in The New America.

              But her safety came at a price: She was forced to abandon Caleb, the boy she loves, wounded and alone at the city gates. When Eve gets word that Caleb is in trouble, she sets out into the wild again to rescue him, only to be captured and brought to the City of Sand, the capital of The New America.

              Trapped inside the City walls, Eve uncovers a shocking secret about her past--and is forced to confront the harsh reality of her future. When she discovers Caleb is alive, Eve attempts to flee her prison so they can be together--but the consequences could be deadly. She must make a desperate choice to save the ones she loves . . . or risk losing Caleb forever.

              In this breathless sequel to "Eve," Anna Carey returns to her tale of romance, adventure, and sacrifice in a world that is both wonderfully strange and chillingly familiar.

              Review: It seems as if every time I read something that has been written by Anna Carey I am struck literally dumbfounded and chewing the ends of my nails. Never have I read a series that answers so many questions, but then comes back around and only create more unanswered questions. Full circle every time.

              The exact moment we left Eve in the first novel opens up Once, the second book in the Eve series. She’s lost and pretty much alone, her friends far off and possibly dead. Eve can only imagine the state of Caleb’s leg and Arden’s whereabouts. Finally at Califia, Eve questions everything she once (pun intended) strived for. Her life is turned upside down when she slams into fate and finds what it really means to feel alone amongst people. Journeying from all she thought she wanted, Eve experiences pain on the highest emotional level.

              I feel like I was hit with one bomb after another, a rapid firing of heartbreak and sadness deep to the core. Carey displays emotion so clearly in her writing. Eve’s one of the most emotionally brave characters I know. She wears her heart on her sleeve and isn't really afraid to show it. Sometimes that can be a good thing, but other times Eve’s emotions keep her from seeing better judgment.

              In the beginning of Once, Carey spent a lot of time going over several things from the first book. Before I knew it I was half way through the book, feeling like I'd read the summery of the last book. To some people that might've been annoying and equal parts unnecessary, but I felt it very refreshing after almost a year since I read Eve. Not many books do that, leaving you high and dry and a little befuddled.

              Eve has a strong relationship with the past. She constant thinks of late her mother, her friends from School that are in that building across the lake, and most of all Caleb. After she is captured and brought to the City of Sand, he's all Eve can think and dream about. The only one she's ever loved seems so far away. But really, he's a lot closer than she thinks.

              Learning what sacrifice really means, Eve resists coming fully into what she wasn’t expecting to become. She shows what it means to live and find space in such a confined one.

              Tuesday, July 10, 2012

              Waiting on Wednesday #2

              Every Wednesday here at WintryWords I like to gush about what books I am waiting very impatiently for. This week I am waiting for:

              Published Date: February 5th 2013

              Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

              Pages: 464 (hardcover)

              Summary: (Goodreads)

              Book two, Scarlet, is based on Little Red Riding Hood. It continues Cinder’s story as she attempts to escape Queen Levana’s vengeance and learn more about her past. The story also introduces readers to Scarlet, a girl living in southern France whose grandmother has mysteriously disappeared. In order to find her, Scarlet seeks the help of Wolf, a street fighter with more than a few mysteries of his own.

              I am beyond excited for this book and it's a genuinely happy excitement. There isn't any dread or any other feeling that I usually have when starting a sequel to a well loved book. Usually caused by extreme dislike of the end of the series. 
              I also love books that are adventurous and I think I am going to get just that in the second book of the Lunar Chronicles. And who better to share the fun with than Little Red?
              What book are you waiting for this Wednesday?

              Review: The Kill Order by James Dashner

              Published date: August 14 2012

              Publisher: Delacorte Press

              Pages: 336 (hardcover)

              Summary: (Goodreads)

              Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares seared the earth and mankind fell to disease. "The Kill Order" tells the story of that fall. “The prequel is something that has churned in my mind since before "The Maze Runner" was even complete. It's been hard to keep it a secret! I'm excited to finally share the news and I can't wait for my readers to see how it all began," shared author James Dashner.

              Review: I feel like curling into a little ball and punching a Crank in the face after reading only half of The Kill Order. There’s not much else I can do anymore, feeling like my life is a lie.

              I am a huge fan of The Maze Runner series so when I found out there was going to be a prequel I about had a heart-attack. When I somehow manage to land an ARC, I am pretty sure I did indeed die of a heart-attack. My zombie is typing up this review now. The neighbors probably heard my loud, YES as I read the email.  

              Being disappointed, I will say, plainly sucks.

              Starting The Kill Order or any book for that matter, I usually plan out the said book elaborately in my head before the description is even out sometimes. I know I shouldn’t, but I think I’m not the only one. Am I? So forgive me, but I thought this novel would be about Teresa and Thomas’s adventure as they created the Maze and more on their family life. I was also majorly looking forward to seeing Newt, Alby, and the others before the Maze.

              The Kill Order isn’t about any of those things.

              We see a glimpse into that window in the prologue of this story, but it’s blurry at best. And after that the book jumps thirteen years earlier. What is wrong with you, Dashner? Why must you write about something we have no interest in reading? Hmm?

              I’ll admit I don’t care how the Flare started (you’ve already elaborated) or about how the sun flares scorched the Earth (again, you’ve already elaborated). I want to read about Thomas, Teresa, and the boys honestly, as I said before. The Maze is one of the most curious and complex, yet simply amazing and awe-inspiring structures in all of YA literature and I would love for him to elaborate on that.  

              The Kill Order indeed did disappoint me. It’s all action, action, action. There isn’t much emotion or anything deeper than doing, running, going, jumping, hiding, and dying. In short, it was as dry and boring as a stick in a dead forest.

              Dashner, I think it’s time to let The Maze Runner series go and write something else. I will probably read it, since Dashner is one of the best writers of YA. But I think going backwards and yet not dealing much with Thomas was a mistake.

              I am not sure if it was because I’ve read a lot of great books lately or if I have so many I rather read right now more than this. Or maybe some other factor, I am not sure. I mean, every time I tried to read a paragraph my brain was like, "What? You mean you want me to read this?" *laughs evilly

              I feel like the whole series was just let down by The Kill Order and with it, my respect and whole-hearted love. Maybe one day when I feel like I should give it another chance, I will, but right now I just feel like putting it down and leaving it alone.