Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: The Rose Society by Marie Lu

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

**Spoiler Alert - Do not read Synopsis if you have not read the first book!

The Rose Society  by Marie Lu
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Series: The Young Elites, #2
Publication date: 10/13/2015
From New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu comes the second book in the exhilarating Young Elites series

Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.

Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers that murdered her love, the Crown Prince Enzo Valenciano.

But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness?

I fell in love with The Young Elites. As with anything Marie Lu writes, I've come to the  conclusion that I'll be taken on a roller coaster ride. I can't imagine what's going to go down in this book but if the last scene was anything to go by, then  we're going to be in for some major thrills.

So this is my pick. What are you waiting for?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Blog Tour: Damage Done by Amanda Panitch

Damage Done by Amanda Panitch
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 07/21/2015
Age range: 14 to 17
Source: Publisher
22 minutes separate Julia Vann’s before and after.

Before: Julia had a twin brother, a boyfriend, and a best friend.

After: She has a new identity, a new hometown, and memories of those twenty-two minutes that refuse to come into focus. At least, that’s what she tells the police.

Now that she’s Lucy Black, she's able to begin again. She's even getting used to the empty bedroom where her brother should be. And her fresh start has attracted the attention of one of the hottest guys in school, a boy who will do anything to protect her. But when someone much more dangerous also takes notice, Lucy's forced to confront the dark secrets she thought were safely left behind.

One thing is clear: The damage done can never be erased. It’s only just beginning. . . .

I went into this book blind without reading other reviews and I have to say that Damage Done really captured my attention; I mean you’re hit with some major shock value at the beginning of this book. It was so unnerving at times that I couldn’t help but see how everything unfolded.  Oh Lucy/Julia!  There was something nagging at me as her story unfolded. I just had a feeling about her and I had to follow through and sift through the bread crumbs.

Even though the twist was foreshadowed, the past/present narration was well written and kept my attention. This book had me rethinking my definition of a psychopath, especially with everything going on with mass shootings around the globe.

As a psychological thriller, Lucy’s unreliable narration definitely worked for the most part.  However, I didn’t feel the connection with the secondary characters. Overall, Damage Done was a good read.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars


Monday, July 27, 2015

Blog Tour: Stone Rider by David Hofmeyr

Stone Rider by David Hofmeyr
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication date: 07/14/2015
Age range: 12 and Up
Source: Publisher
In the vein of The Outsiders and the early Western novels of Elmore Leonard, this inventive debut novel, a cross between the cult classic Mad Max movie series and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, blends adrenaline-fueled action with an improbable yet tender romance to offer a rich and vivid portrayal of misfits and loners forced together in their struggle for a better life.

Adam Stone wants freedom and peace. He wants a chance to escape Blackwater, the dust-bowl desert town he grew up in. Most of all, he wants the beautiful Sadie Blood. Alongside Sadie and the dangerous outsider Kane, Adam will ride the Blackwater Trail in a brutal race that will test them all, body and soul. Only the strongest will survive.

The prize? A one-way ticket to Sky-Base and unimaginable luxury.

And for a chance at this new life, Adam will risk everything.

The beginning of this book was so intriguing that i couldn't help but be pulled into its pages. I kept having flash backs of Mad Max which made me appreciate Adam's journey even more. He's one fierce character and it was always an adventure, filled with action and danger where he was concerned. I fell completely in love with the world that David created. 

I couldn't imagine being in Adam's shoes and it's no wonder he did everything in his power to escape Blackwater. Seeing life through his eyes was downright fascinating and I felt like I was on a never-ending roller coaster with non-stop action. I can't forget to mention Sadie and Kane and how I enjoyed delving more and more into their characterizations as the story progressed.

I was completely caught off guard at how much I enjoyed this book. The time and pages just flew by as I gobbled up this story. I would without a doubt pick up the next book that this author publishes!

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars