Book Name:
The Iron Queen (Iron Fey #3)
Author/s: Julie Kagawa
Language English
Source: Netgalley
Publisher, year: Harlequin Teen 2011
Page total: 384
Date Read: December 22 to 23, 2010
Genre/s: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Synopsis/Description: My name is Meghan Chase.
I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it.

This time, there will be no turning back.
First line of Book:Eleven years ago, on my sixth anniversary, my father disappeared.

Review:You have probably read all the gushing reviews in the web about this book. How it is so much better than the others. Well, it is.
The Iron Queen has more action, intrigue, drama, comedy, love, pain, tears and sacrifice than the rest of the series.
I cannot tell you how much Meghan has grown on me. I could hardly recognize her, she’s much braver, tougher and more mature than before, and I could really notice the diferences.
Ash... oh my goodness, Ash. You rock. Your love for Meghan was so beautiful, and the things you did...
And the Iron Fey! That was genious, and so was the Iron King! I felt so stupid once I found out who he was, it was a total facepalm moment!
And the end, it was PERFECT! It was grand, and painful and full of sacrifices and love, and yet it fit perfectly with wha I knew was coming.
I can’t wait for The Iron Knight, I simply can’t.

Rating: 5/5
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Book Name: Across the Universe
Author/s: Beth Revis
Source: Bought
Publisher, year: Razorbill, 2011
Page total: 398
Date Read: January 15 to 16, 2011
Genre/s: YA, Sci-Fi, Romance, Future

As the spaceship Godspeed travels toward a new earth, the lives of 100 cryogenically frozen settlers hang in the balance after someone endeavors to quietly murder them. The other passengers aboard the ship have never known life outside its walls and are enslaved by the machinations of Eldest, their tyrannical leader, who divides them into three distinct classes. When Amy, a frozen settler from earth, survives being thawed in a murder attempt, she immediately bonds with Elder, Godspeed's lone teen and future leader. Amy’s individuality, her rebellion, and her fierce desire for freedom, inspire Elder to act on his own doubts and defy Eldest--his mentor and keeper--with shocking results. Eldest’s methods of twisting history and altering the lives of this captive community are a frightening echo of tyrants in our own history, and Across the Universe challenges readers to consider the impact of unchecked power, blind trust, and the ability of one dissenting voice to make a difference


Daddy said, "Let mom go first."


I'm not sure of what to say about this debut, really. I adore its concept, the characters are well written, the plot is layered and it has a terrifying message. What else can I ask for in a YA novel?

As I said before, I love this book's idea. It caught and held my attention throughout the whole story. Having a whole ship on its way to a new planet is not exactly original, but I loved it anyway, especially the way everything was done, it was quite believable.

Since the chapters alternate between Elder and Amy's perspectives, we get to know each of them really well.
Eldest was a very likable character, and he was very believable as a boy (as someone else said, he sometimes thought with his chutz, not his brain) and I loved that he ended up doing the right thing, most of the time.
Amy was also character I liked, especially because she didn't just sit there, doing nothing. And she's got spunk! I loved her! I liked how she kept thinking of her life on Earth, I think that's what most people would have done.
These were not the only characters I liked. I actually liked every single one of them, even the bad guy. But I think you should know them yourself, so read the book.

The plot was also very enjoyable, though the last pages were, without a doubt, the best. Do not think this is predictable, because it is not! In the end you will be completely awestruck, this is a warning.

The way the ship was practically made of lies also held my attention. I swear, the way History was altered, how human minds were manipulated, how everything was kept in order by not-very-honest means, I was alternating between wanting to put this book down and not being able to and actually putting it down to think about it.

And the end, THE END! Gosh, how can I explain to you how good the ending is!? You get to know everything, and it's amazing! Though I guessed some of the things that happened, the rest was pretty mind-blowing, and I still can't take it out of my mind.

4.5/5


"More than the sound of my own beating heart, I miss the sound of a ticking clock. Time passes. It must pass...."

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Book Name: Revolution
Author/s: Jennifer Donnelly
Language English
Source: Bought
Publisher, year: Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2010
Page total: 496
Date Read: January 01 to 09, 2011
Genre/s: YA, Historical Fiction

BROOKLYN: Andi Alpers is on the edge. She’s angry at her father for leaving, angry at her mother for not being able to cope, and heartbroken by the loss of her younger brother, Truman. Rage and grief are destroying her. And she’s about to be expelled from Brooklyn Heights’ most prestigious private school when her father intervenes. Now Andi must accompany him to Paris for winter break.

PARIS: Alexandrine Paradis lived over two centuries ago. She dreamed of making her mark on the Paris stage, but a fateful encounter with a doomed prince of France cast her in a tragic role she didn’t want—and couldn’t escape.

Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages—until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present. Jennifer Donnelly, author of the award-winning novel A Northern Light, artfully weaves two girls’ stories into one unforgettable account of life, loss, and enduring love. Revolution spans centuries and vividly depicts the eternal struggles of the human heart.

First line of Book:Those who can, do.

This was a very unusual Historical Fiction book. I admit I love stories in which one of the characters never knows the other but their stories intertwine anyway, so this was obviously a must-read to me. Of course it didn't hurt that it was set in the French Revolution either, or that the main character studies music.

Revolution confused me quite a bit. Some of the diary entries seemed sketchy at best, and even Andi's story bothered me most of the time. Sometimes she was a okay, but others she made me want to pull out my hair because she was being so immature. I know she's been through a lot, she can't seem to stop talking about it but did she really have to be so stupid? And I didn't like her relationship with Virgil either. Usually I really like the love interest but not on this case. We get to know about him, but not...him, and that's what really matters, right? To me, it was as if she just saw him and immediately decided she liked him because he was so cute.
In the first journal entries, I didn't like Alex that much, but then she really grew on me. I liked that she was not good in the beginning, that all she did was to survive and because of her ambition, but that she grew up and learned and changed her mind. It was a really nice thing to see from her journal entries. I also loved that she was close to the dauphin, that was awesome!

I was expecting some Paranormal influence in this book, and it exists, just not in the way I was expecting it. Okay, maybe it's not Paranormal at all, the truth is I don't know what it is. It's actually kind of strange and hard to explain.

I'd recommend this if you enjoy reading Historical Fiction, though this is not one of the best in the genre I've read. I love the journal idea though. Maybe it's just Andi's present life that annoys the crap out of me. Maybe.

3/5

"Life’s all about the revolution, isn’t it? The one inside, I mean. You can’t change history. You can’t change the world. All you can ever change is yourself."

"Stop yelling. If everyone’s yelling, no one can be heard."

"I'm wishing he could see that music lives. Forever. That it's stronger than death. Stronger than time. And that its strength holds you together when nothing else can."
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Book Name:
Ink Exchange
Author/s: Melissa Marr
Language English
Source: Bought
Publisher, year: HarperCollins, 2009
Page total: 352
Date Read: January 02 to 03, 2011
Genre/s: YA, Fantasy, Faeries

Unbeknownst to mortals, a power struggle is unfolding in a world of shadows and danger. After centuries of stability, the balance among the Faery Courts has altered, and Irial, ruler of the Dark Court, is battling to hold his rebellious and newly vulnerable fey together. If he fails, bloodshed and brutality will follow.

Seventeen-year-old Leslie knows nothing of faeries or their intrigues. When she is attracted to an eerily beautiful tattoo of eyes and wings, all she knows is that she has to have it, convinced it is a tangible symbol of changes she desperately craves for her own life.

The tattoo does bring changes—not the kind Leslie has dreamed of, but sinister, compelling changes that are more than symbolic. Those changes will bind Leslie and Irial together, drawing Leslie deeper and deeper into the faery world, unable to resist its allures, and helpless to withstand its perils. . . .

First line of Book:Irial watched the girl stroll up the street: she was a bundle of terror and fury.

This was an interesting, albeit weird continuation to the Wicked Lovely series.

In case you don't know, I really like this book's world, with faeries around us without us knowing and royal intrigues and lovers and affection and that kind of things. However, during most of the book I was very very lost, which is odd and should not happen since this is a second book. Yet, most of the time I simply did not know who they were talking about or where they were going, even though I remotely remembered the names from WL. I was very, very lost.

The main character, Leslie is quite likable, though I like Ash better. She was (often) brave, though in the end, her careless attitude really pissed me off. Her relationships with Niall and Irial were flat sometimes and at times I couldn't understand what they saw in her. Especially because they were using her. Please. The romance aspect was underdeveloped- so, one of them uses her, and while he's using her, he falls for her? Does it make any sense?

Leslie's story was a lot darker than Ash's, and that's what made me give this four stars instead of three. I enjoyed reading about the Dark Court and it was also nice knowing what had happened to all the characters from WL. I'll definitely read Fragile Eternity- especially because it seems to be even darker than Ink Exchange -but not on the near future.

4/5

"Sometimes love means letting go when you want to hold on tighter."

"What does it mean when nightmares dream of peace? When shadows wish for light?
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Book Name:
Other (Other #1)
Author/s: Karen Kincy
Source: Bought
Publisher, year: Flux, 2010
Page total: 336
Date Read: December 16 to 19, 2010
Genre/s: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal
Synopsis/Description: Feathers unfurl from my skin. My plummet curves into a swoop, and I tuck my talons beneath my body. From girl to great horned owl in about a second. Pretty good, huh?

Gwen Williams is like any other modern teenager with one exception: she's a shapeshifter. Never having known her Pooka-spirit father, Gwen must struggle with the wild, wonderful magic inside of her alone—and in secret. While society may tolerate vampires, centaurs, and "Others" like Gwen, there are plenty of folks in Klikamuks, Washington, who don't care for her kind.

Now there's a new werewolf pack in town, and Others are getting killed, including Gwen's dryad friend. The police are doing zilch. In the midst of terrible loss and danger, Gwen meets a cute Japanese fox spirit who's refreshingly comfortable with his Otherness. Can Gwen find the courage to embrace her true self and find the killer—before she becomes the next victim?
First line of Book:I can't last much longer.

Review:I think what made me read other was not the romance, nor the Others, but the mystery. Because supposedly, this is a mystery/thriller. And it Is a mystery/ thriller, it simply has some other things in the middle, like the Others (which I really liked) and some relationship drama (which I liked too).
Gwen was a likable character, and I loved her need for shapeshifting, the way it called for her. Tavian was also a very likable character, and I appreciated the fact that he was not something you usually see (like werewolves, vamps, shapeshifters *yawn*) but a Japanese fox-spirit. How cool is that? I also think he balanced out Gwen's lack of comfort with her Otherness pretty well, and that he was so sweet!
Now, to the plot. I admit I was completely pissed of at Gwen when I was reading the story because - lets face it - it's obvious she was wrong. But I was not expecting to be wrong too. That I simply adored, it's so good when a book surprises us right?
The ending was good, and I can't wait for the next book, which I just read won't be about Gwen, which is great in my opinion because if you read the book, you know there's not much to go with. Just sayin'.
Rating: 4/5
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Book Name: Prom and Prejudice
Author/s: Elizabeth Eulberg
Language English
Source: Bought
Publisher, year: 2011, Point
Page total:231
Date Read: January 3-4 2011
Genre/s: YA, Contemporary Fiction
Synopsis/Description: After winter break, the girls at the very prestigious Longbourn Academy become obsessed with the prom. Lizzie Bennet, who attends Longbourn on a scholarship, isn’t interested in designer dresses and expensive shoes, but her best friend, Jane, might be — especially now that Charles Bingley is back from a semester in London.

Lizzie is happy about her friend’s burgeoning romance but less than impressed by Charles’s friend, Will Darcy, who’s snobby and pretentious. Darcy doesn’t seem to like Lizzie either, but she assumes it’s because her family doesn’t have money. Clearly, Will Darcy is a pompous jerk — so why does Lizzie find herself drawn to him anyway?

Will Lizzie’s pride and Will’s prejudice keep them apart? Or are they a prom couple in the making? Whatever the result, Elizabeth Eulberg, author of The Lonely Hearts Club, has concocted a very funny, completely stylish delight for any season — prom or otherwise.
First line of Book: It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single girl of high standing at Longbourn Academy must be in want of a prom date.

Review:I got this book the other day (it's a freaking new version of P&P, how could I not get it!?) and I read it and I LOVED it. Most of classic retellings suck, especially if you like the classic, but this is definitely not the case.

P&P's story was very well incorporated in this new modern setting. Apart from some word choices (affections? prospects?), it was all remarkably well written, and all the characters were well rounded and believable. I honestly found myself saying (in a very high voice- some people might call it a squee, something I never do), every time a new character appeared ,something like this:Look, there is a LONGBOURN academy and a PEMBERLEY Academy, how cute is that! or this OMG it's Lizzie, mom, it's Lizzie, she just appeared, and Jane too!!! or even something like this Oh look it's Bingley and Darcy's with him, ohmygoodness I LOVE Darcy!!!

It's not pretty, but it's just so that you know how good this book is. And yes, it IS that good.

Lizzie was a likable girl, and I think if she were real I'd love her to be my friend. She's so honest and sweet and selfless! Oh and smart and talented too!! And man, she's got spunk! Jane was a great person too and she's very kind and gentle and good-hearted (reminds you of another Jane?).
Charles was really cute, very nice and good too.
And Darcy, must I really explain Will Darcy to you? Hot, kind, sweet, generous Darcy... Ah, I'll shut up.
I also loved his sister, Georgiana, her not-so-subtle attempts to put D+L together were so sweet, and I liked that she was slightly different from the other Georgie.

As I said before, this is basically a modern retelling of P&P, but this is actually a good one. Not to fluffy, not to old fashioned and with the perfect amount of drama. All in all, this is similar enough to the original P&P for Austen fans to like it, but it's also different enough for it to stand out on its own. I know the year has just begun, but I know it'll be hard for any contemporary book to surpass this one. This is a definite read and reread. Enjoy.
Rating: 5/5
Quotes:
"Caroline got up from the couch. 'Is it time for dinner, or are we going to have to listen to more pounding? I already have a headache from the drive.'
Darcy laughed. 'I guess Bartók's not for everybody.'
'You knew that was Bartók?' I was surprised.
He shrugged, 'I pay attention in music class.'
Please,' Charles began to say, 'It's more like-'
Darcy shot charles a look, which made it clear he didn't want him to continue."

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My other blog, For The L♥ve of Reading, is hosting its own challenge, and I just had to participate. It's called Cover Love Challenge and it's awesome!!

Cover Love Challenge

Rules:
  1. Open to - International residents
  2. Must be 13 years old to participate
  3. Review must be posted as proof of reading during the designated color month(Blog, Goodreads, Shelfari are exceptable places for reviews to be posted)
  4. Link must be added in through the Mr. Linky to be added to the spreadsheet
  5. Chosen book(s) must be covered with 50% of the color
  6. Get pumped and have fun!
And these are each month's colors:
January: Wild Cherry (Red)
February: Pineapple Pashionfruit (Blue - Darker Blues)
March: Sour Mandarin (Orange)
April: Melon Berry (Green)
May: Grape (Purple)
June: Peach Pear (Light Greens)
July: Orange Mango (Light Peach)
August: Milk Choclate (Brown)
September: Lemon (Yellow)
October: Brownie Batter (Black)
November: Cotton Candy (Baby Blue-Lighter Blues)
December: Peppermint (White)

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Book Name:
The iron Daughter (Iron Fey #2)
Author/s: Julie Kagawa
Source: Bought
Publisher, year: Harlequin Teen , 2010
Page total: 359
Date Read: December 14 to 15, 2010
Genre/s: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Faeries
Synopsis/Description: Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron fey—ironbound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her.
Worse, Meghan's own fey powers have been cut off. She's stuck in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can't help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.
First line of Book:The Iron King stood before me, magnificent in his beauty, silver hair whipping about like an unruly waterfall.

Review:After reading The Iron King and really enjoying it, I was looking forward to reading The Iron Daughter. I'm glad to say this was a great follow-up to the series and that you'll not be disappointed by it (if you liked the first installment, of course).

The Iron Daughter starts pretty much where the previous book ended, so Meghan is in Winter Court, stuck. I thought the differences between the courts were awesome, like, one is tricky but the other is even trickier. I'm not sure if I've mentioned this before, but I really like these books' mythology, and the Iron Fey, but this time I'll add that the Royalty really won me over. I don't know why but I like their cruelty, iciness and aversion to emotions. Somehow I think that fits.

Now, about this book, my only major complain is the love triangle. Or, better explained as: "What love triangle?" The only thing I saw during most of the book was Meghan and Ash, Ash and Meghan. No Puck. No mixed feeling of "I think love him, but what about the other? I have feeling for him too!", just like in the first book. There was only one tiny exception. Basically, I was expecting more Puck. Honestly, I don't even know how can there be two teams.
I know I said in my review of The Iron King that I thought Meghan was quite sensible. In this book, she still makes some understandable decisions but sometimes I was thinking What the hell is she thinking?. Also, there were some things she could have figured out earlier, especially about the Iron Fey. Sometimes I was practically screaming to her DON'T YOU GET IT?!! because, really, she didn't.
In this book, Ash is more developed, and that is FANTASTIC. Now I love him, because I finally got to know him better and I loved what I found out.

The ending was amazing and it is one of those things you think you should have seen coming but you really don't. So don't even try.

Damn, I've got to read The Iron Queen.
Rating: 4/5
Quotes from book:
"I was minding my own buisness long before you and the princess started humping like rabbits."

"She pulled up Ash's shirt, revealing a layer of gauze that was just beginning to seep blood onto the mattress."At least the bandaging was done properly," she mused."Very nice, clean work. Your handiwork, I presume, Goodfellow?"
"Which one?"
"The bandage, Robin."
"Yeah, that was mine, too."
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Book Name:
Forget-Her-Nots
Author/s:Amy Brecount White
Language English
Source: Bought
Publisher, year: Greenwillow Books, 2010
Page total: 384
Date Read: December 11-14 2010
Genre/s: YA, Contemporary Fiction, Fantasy
Synopsis/Description: Something some power is blooming inside Laurel. She can use flowers to do things. Like bringing back lost memories. Or helping her friends ace tests. Or making people fall in love.

Laurel suspects her newfound ability has something to do with an ancient family secret, one that her mother meant to share with Laurel when the time was right. But then time ran out.

Clues and signs and secret messages seem to be all around Laurel at Avondale School, where her mother had also boarded as a student. Can Laurel piece everything together quickly enough to control her power, which is growing more potent every day? Or will she set the stage for the most lovestruck, infamous prom in the history of the school?
First line of Book:Lily reread the letter to her daughter and signed her name at the bottom.

Review:Are you crazy about flowers? If the answer is yes, you should read this book.
What made me read Forget-Her-Nots was its original concept. Flowerspeaking is so cool, and it immediately attracted me. I really enjoyed reading about the different meanings of the flowers, and I think that was perfectly explored in here. The writing is pretty good, and though I had some problems with the characters, I liked the plot.
Laurel was weird to me. Sometimes she seemed older, sometimes younger, sometimes she was so mature, but others... not so much. Some of her choices and actions struck me as childish and sometimes stupid. And it really annoyed me that she did some very bad choices and didn't even understand it and then was so whiny about it.
I thought her relationship with Justin was also quite underdeveloped: I didn't get what she saw in him, and how they'd be together, IF they'd be together, I didn't even like him! Well, not that, I simply didn't get to know him that well, as a character. To be honest, I think Everett is better developed than Justin. I actually liked him, till he became a jerk and did something I hated. Ugh, boys! :P
So, this is a really cute debut novel filled with friendship, awesome family secrets and, surprise surprise, flowers!
Rating: 3/5
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Book Name: The Mockingbirds
Author/s: Daisy Whitney
Language English
Source: Bought
Publisher, year: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2010
Page total: 332
Date Read: December 11 2010
Genre/s: YA, Contemporary Fiction
Synopsis/Description: Some schools have honor codes.
Others have handbooks.
Themis Academy has the Mockingbirds.
Themis Academy is a quiet boarding school with an exceptional student body that the administration trusts to always behave the honorable way--the Themis Way. So when Alex is date raped during her junior year, she has two options: stay silent and hope someone helps her, or enlist the Mockingbirds--a secret society of students dedicated to righting the wrongs of their fellow peers.

In this honest, page-turning account of a teen girl's struggle to stand up for herself, debut author Daisy Whitney reminds readers that if you love something or someone--especially yourself--you fight for it.
First line of Book:Three things I know this second: I have morning breath,i'm naked, and I'm waking up next to a boy I don't know.

Review:I got The Mockingbirds because date-rape is a serious thing and, honestly, I love books that talk about serious things. They're not only entertaining, they're also helpful. And I had never read a book about date-rape, (if you don't know what that is, go here) so this was quite new and fresh.
There were so many mixed reviews about this book I didn't know what to expect. And this turned out to be a book with an awesome concept (The Mockingbirds), a likable heroine (Alex) and love interest (eh, lets leave that blank for now) and a great message.
The characters were well developed and seemed real to me, even the secondary ones, like Amy, who turned out to be my favorite of them all.
The writing was good too, and though I wouldn't say the plot's pacing was perfect, it was still a very enjoyable read. The ending was really good, and though the main thing was definitely predictable, there was still a minor twist I think was perfect.
What I really loved, though, was The Mockingbird's concept. It was awesome, and I thought it was even more awesome that it was Alex's sister who created them.
So, if you're looking for a book that is not fluffy, but not that darkly written either, and are interested in this date rape issue, or if you simply want to know about The Mockingbirds, read it.
Rating: 3/5


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