Saturday, May 26, 2012

Building the Book Stacks #3

 Elixir by Hilary Duff
Slide by Jill Hathaway
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
Passion by Lauren Kate

School is officially out next week, so I decided to go ahead and grab some books from the library. :) These are all books I've been wanting to read for awhile; I've picked up 13 Little Blue Envelopes and Passion before but I never had the chance to read them. I'm hoping I'l actually be able to start them this time.

I've also already read Slide.. Sadly, while still being an enjoyable read, it didn't quite meet my expectations. Expect a review of it soon. :) 

If you've made a post about what books you've gotten this week, then feel free to link to it in the comments section. :) I'll be sure to check out all the posts in return!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Rating: ★★★★★ [5]
Release date: July 2009
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Format: paperback
Source: bought - HPB
Pages: 310
Series: The Forest of Hands and Teeth (#1)
Challenge: --
In Mary's world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future—between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?
This book is exactly how I imagined a great zombie book to be.

I'll admit that the beginning of the book was rather slow, and I found that I didn't care about the characters or the little "love triangle" that was beginning to form. Nothing about the protagonist really caught my interest, either. I only kept reading really, because of my love for zombies.

Eventually, the book just became AWESOME. I'm not exactly sure at what point..Maybe when the zombie outbreak finally becomes big, and the characters are in actual, immediate danger. It might have taken a bit longer than I had hoped, but once the action started, it didn't stop. Plus, things just became so emotional. It was so terrifying and vivid, and it literally had me on the edge of my seat, wanting to know what was going to happen next.

I also started to feel for the characters. Although the protagonist had originally been very boring, I was suddenly rooting for her and feeling her pain when she had to make hard decisions. And you know, you actually got to see her go kinda crazy from all the zombie action. Plus, some of the ordeals the side characters had to go through were horrifying. I think I really enjoyed it because it was one of the more gruesome zombie books I've read in the YA genre. However, I didn't like the ending very much.. It was too abrupt, and left me wanting more. Still, anyone who loves zombies should give this book a try! :)

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Building the Book Stacks #2

Fear by Michael Grant

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini {ebook}

I'm so excited to be reading Fear! :D The Gone series is amazing, and it's one of my absolute favorites so I can't wait to get started. I'm kind of sad that there's only going to be one more book! And a special thanks to Some Like It Paranormal for hosting the Starcrossed giveaway! :)

If you've made a post about what books you've gotten this week, then feel free to link to it in the comments section. :) I'll be sure to check out all the posts in return!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Follow Friday #3

This weekly meme is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Basically, it's a great way to meet and follow other bloggers.

This week's question is:
What would be the perfect vacation spot for you to catch up on your reading & relax?
Hmm, I think if I could go anywhere I'd like to go to a beach, specifically in Hawaii! Everything is just so calm and peaceful there, and I'd like to just lay on the sand and read while listening to the waves in the background. 

Something like this would be perfect!

Remember to tell me if you've followed me and I'll return the favor! Don't forget to link me to your own FF! :)

Monday, May 14, 2012

Teaser Tuesdays #2

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be ReadingAnyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teasers:
This week's teasers comes from Nightshade by Andrea Cremer. I just started this today, and so far, it's a pretty good book. :) I love the werewolves that Cremer has created! They're just so different from the usual.
"You're a warrior, Calla. Remember that and keep it close. Distractions will only hurt you." (page 103)
"'You're like a dead man walking.' I pointed an accusing finger at him. 'Don't ever, ever try to pet a wolf. It's just insulting.'" (page 110)