Monday, December 31, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Resolve to Read in 2013




Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme that was created by the Broke and the Bookish most to share our love of lists and favorites to our followers. I decided it would be fun to share these with you guys. :)

This Tuesday I am sharing my Top Ten books I resolve to read in 2013! Happy New Year, lovelies! 

1. My first pick would have to be Sever by Lauren DeStefano. I have waited ages and eon for it to come out and I know I will absolutely eat it up! 




2. My second is Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. This one will no doubt be even better than the amazing first book of this series, called Cinder

3. My third choice has to be Asunder by Jodi Meadows. I read the first novel, Incarnate, when it was first released and have wait very patiently (read: impatiently  for its sequel.  


4. My forth pick is without a doubt Requiem by Lauren Oliver. A lot of people I know are waiting for it and I am definitely one of them. :)


5. My fifth choice would have to Soulbroken by Heather Brewer. This book is a sequel to my favorite book of all time so I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am. 


6. My sixth pick is Just One Day by Gayle Forman. I have never read anything written by her to date, but this one looks absolutely beautiful.


7. My seventh book I resolve to read in 2013 is Rise by Anna Carey. It makes me so sad to realize this book is the last of the Eve series, but I am really stoked to see what happens.


8. My eighth pick is Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi. The covers have changed which kind of angers me, but they are still gorgeous and I am really looking forward to this one. 


9. My ninth choice is Of Triton by Anna Banks. *squeals* Look at that gorgeous cover!


10. My tenth and last but definitely not least is The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa. I have wait so very long to finally read the sequel to my favorite book ever that I feel so anxious about what's going to happen. 




Review: Opal (Lux, #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Published date: December 11th, 2012

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Pages: 382 (paperback)

Summary: (Goodreads)

No one is like Daemon Black. 

 When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well... There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on. 

 But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love. 

 After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different... And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever. 

 Together we’re stronger... and they know it

Review:


I don't really even know where to start with reviewing this book. I might rant some (okay maybe a lot) so if your feelings get hurt or if you just plain hate me after dishing on your favorite book, I apologize in advance. 
When I began reading Opal, I was happy. It felt like I had gotten a little piece of my heart back seeing Katy and Daemon interact and argue like old times. Thing had changed since the last book. Heck, these characters had completely changed since the first book, Obsidian. Maybe for the good, maybe for the better, I don't know. I’ve noticed that some things never change, though.

This book is basically a repeat of the same five chapters from the beginning of the book. Katy and Daemon fight, they argue it out, then they make out (in the most disgusting way, might I add) and then something cool happens. When this "something cool" happens it made the book worthwhile. Otherwise it’s just hot kissing scenes which make this book more of a porno than anything else. The small plots that actually held some promise were pushed to this side and under the rug. It made me so angry that this is what YA might become, what it almost already is. It makes me sick to my stomach that girls like Katy Swartz and Bella Swan are teaching young girls that a man is everything. Katy didn't used to be that way, but she's definitely changed for the worse. 

When the time came around (it was inevitable, I know) for them to have sex (lol wut happen to marriage?) I almost threw up. This was the last straw. This happens too much in reality; do you think I want to read about it? Hmmm?

All in all, this book will make the love I felt for the Lux series wither and die. I wish it wasn't so. I will not be reading the next books to come. 



Saturday, December 29, 2012

Review: Scarlet (Scarlet, #1) by A.C. Gaughen

Published date: February 14th, 2012

Publisher: Walker Childrens

Pages: 292 (hardcover)

Summary: (Goodreads)

Many readers know the tale of Robin Hood, but they will be swept away by this new version full of action, secrets, and romance.

Posing as one of Robin Hood’s thieves to avoid the wrath of the evil Thief Taker Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only the Hood and his band know the truth: the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past. Helping the people of Nottingham outwit the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham could cost Scarlet her life as Gisbourne closes in.

It’s only her fierce loyalty to Robin—whose quick smiles and sharp temper have the rare power to unsettle her—that keeps Scarlet going and makes this fight worth dying for.

Review:


For a while now I have been absolutely obsessed with the Robin Hood legend. I found myself watching more and more and reading more and more about the mysterious man who robbed from the rich and gave to the poor. I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I was to finally get my hands on this book.

I’m irrevocably in love with this novel, to say the least. It has been a very, very long while since I've last read a book that was even relatively good. Once I started Scarlet, I knew I had found a new favorite. The plot, that I already knew so well, sucked me in and I soon found that it would take little more than a day for me to finish it. At first I was scared it wouldn't live up to the amazing tale of Robin Hood, but I was wrong. Little did I know, this book would plunge a dagger into my heart and twist it in even deeper the more I read on.

Gaughen's writing is akin to Moira Young’s in Blood Red Road, though not as thick. The main character, Will Scarlet, is clearly a backwoods ruffian. Both in the way she talks and in her thieving actions. She's a son of a gun who will never take any orders from anyone except the dark and angsty Rob. Short for Robin Hood and he's the only one who can keep a handle on Will's free and damaged spirit.


Lately, I've seen YA literature female protagonist become...whiny for a lack of a better term. They whine, cry, and moan for someone to save them. Or they either have too foreign a personality to connect with. Will Scarlet is headstrong, mean, grumpy, and a feminist. She knows that women don't need a man, even in such a time where women are basically cattle. It's the first time I've met a character who has even grumpier mood swings than me.

A.C. Gaughen has to be my new favorite author because she has bent this legend in such a way that it's hard not to get acquainted with it on amazing terms. I've fallen in love again with the brave tale of Robin Hood.


Friday, December 28, 2012

Feed My Reader Friday

Wintry Words recently acquired a Kindle and find I myself spending more and more time curled up, reading it. Since it was quite empty when I first received it, it has eaten more than a little pocket chance to fill its shelves.



Here's what you do...
  • Just put up a post sharing the new ebooks you've added to your reader, computer, phone, etc.
  • You can grab the graphic I have on this post, make your own graphic, skip the graphic, whatever works for you.
  • The linky will be set as a blog hop so you can grab the code at the bottom of the linky to include with your post IF you want.  
  • Again there are really no requirements. Just share all your great ebooks.

My downloads this week...

From Amazon: (click the photo for more info on purchasing)





 Woah, that's a good bit of books. Granted, a few were free or under $3.00. :)









Thursday, December 27, 2012

Review: Hidden (Firelight, #3) by Sophie Jordan

Published date: September 11th, 2012

Publisher: HarperTEEN

Pages: 260 (hardcover)

Summary: (Goodreads)

Jacinda was supposed to bond with Cassian, the "prince" of their pride. But she resisted long before she fell in love with Will—a human and, worse, a hunter. When she ran away with Will, it ended in disaster, with Cassian's sister, Miram, captured. Weighed down by guilt, Jacinda knows she must rescue her to set things right. Yet to do so she will have to venture deep into the heart of enemy territory. 

The only way Jacinda can reach Miram is by posing as a prisoner herself, though once she assumes that disguise, things quickly spiral out of her control. As she learns more about her captors, she realizes that even if Will and Cassian can carry out their part of the plan, there's no guarantee they'll all make it out alive. But what Jacinda never could have foreseen is that escaping would be only the beginning.... 

 Loyalties are tested and sacrifices made in the explosive conclusion to Sophie Jordan's Firelight trilogy.

Review:


Never in my many years of being an avid reader of young adult books have I ever been disappointed like this. There were so many cheesy moments that I spent more than half of it laughing. It makes me sad when I realize that this is how this amazing series is meant to end.

When I read the first book in the Firelight trilogy, I found it very comical. I didn't like Jacinda as a character and how predictable the story was. I took a chance and read the second book, Vanish, and fell in love. The pace of the book picked up and Jacinda quit being so predictable. Plot twists occurred that I didn't see coming (finally) and I found myself enjoying it so much more than the first novel. 

Then, after the long wait for Hidden to hit the shelves, I found that its pages contained the comical lovey-dovey stuff that was so much like the first book. I was stunned because I thought everything was going in the right direction. But I found that the love story in these novels just wasn't for me. You now see why I felt so disappointed. Sometimes the romance is the best part, other times it's just sickening. 

The Firelight books are one of the only YA series that is actually an original, that its plot isn't some dystopian love triangle or about love sick angles. I'll give Jordan props for that. I just wish Jacinda remained the strong girl she had seemed in Vanish

I wish I could say this was an explosive conclusion to the trilogy, but in my opinion, it wasn't. 



Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (#9): Just One Day (Just One Day #1) by Gayle Forman

Publish Date: January 8th, 2012

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

Pages: 368 (hardcover)

Summary: (Goodreads)

A breathtaking journey toward self-discovery and true love, from the author of If I Stay.

When sheltered American good girl Allyson "LuLu" Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines. 

 Just One Day is the first in a sweepingly romantic duet of novels. Willem’s story—Just One Year—is coming soon!

I am not really one of those girls who enjoys contemporary YA books, bur after reading the summary for this one I just couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I love the whole idea of travel and the Shakespeare aspect. It just seems like one of those thoroughly good books.


Sunday, December 23, 2012

Review: Promised (Birthmarked #3) by Caragh O'Brien

Published date: October 2nd, 2012

Publisher: Roaring Book Press

Pages: 304 (hardcover)

Summary: (Goodreads)

After defying the ruthless Enclave, surviving the wasteland, and upending the rigid matriarchy of Sylum, Gaia Stone now faces her biggest challenge ever.

She must lead the people of Sylum back to the Enclave and persuade the Protectorat to grant them refuge from the wasteland. In Gaia's absence, the Enclave has grown more cruel, more desperate to experiment on mothers from outside the wall, and now the stakes of cooperating or rebelling have never been higher.

Is Gaia ready, as a leader, to sacrifice what--or whom--she loves most?

Review:


There isn't any way, verbal or written, for me to begin to explain the magnificence of the Birthmarked trilogy. The world that O'Brien has made is one of complete beauty, but also the tinge of malice and hatred lurk in the shadows of Birthmarked's dystopian setting. 

At the forefront of the dystopian craze, Birthmarked overshadows all of the others on the shelves. It takes all that we know about the clich├ęd world of post-apocalypse literature and presents something fresher, more exciting to the long exhausted metaphorical table. From the dry wastelands to the unlake, Gaia's world is an oddity that was one of the first tastes I'd gotten of the YA genre. This trilogy has been always one of my favorites ever since I'd seen the first version of the cover. I regret, sorely, that my reaction to the last book, Promised, was not liken to the first.

I feel like most teen books today focus too much on the romance, (which honestly is more like lust, as I've stated before) but O'Brien has been very good about adding the goods into her books. By that I mean, Gaia actually loves the man she falls in love with. A man who is almost as strong as she is. Since the last book Gaia has grown so much into her new role and with that comes a great deal of courage. She isn't the little girl from Birthmarked anymore. That made me equal parts sad and happy, both for good reason. 

Though for some reason I felt that Promised was missing the key ingredient that was so embedded into the first book. It felt like as the trilogy continued it lost some of its spark. The characters all remained lively, but the plot drifted off and became very predictable. But in the end, it felt like everything clicked into place. Missing some characters, but also gaining new ones. 

All of them, though, will forever live between the pages of the greatest dystopian series I've read to date. 




Hey Guys!

I am so sorry for all the confusion, but I've changed my blog's name back to Wintry Words to avoid confusion. I've been reading a lot more lately so expect more reviews very very soon! :)