Monday, February 21, 2011

Heart On A Chain

Title: Heart On A Chain
Author: Cindy C. Bennett


17-year-old Kate has lived her whole life in abject poverty, with an alcoholic father and drug-addicted mother, who severely abuses Kate. At school, her second-hand clothing marks her as a target. Her refusal to stand up for herself makes her the recipient of her classmates taunts and bullying. That is, until Henry returns. 

Henry Jamison moved away six years earlier, just as he and Kate had begun an to develop feelings for one another. He returns to find the bright, funny, outgoing girl he had known now timidly hiding in corners, barely speaking to anyone around her, suspicious of even him. 

Kate can’t figure out what game Henry is playing with her - for surely it is a game. What else would the gorgeous, popular boy from her past want with her? 

Kate finally decides to trust Henry’s intentions, opening her heart to him. Just when it seems he might be genuine in his friendship, tragedy strikes, threatening everything Kate has worked so hard to gain. Can Henry help her to overcome this new devastation, or will it tear them apart forever?

My Thoughts:

I literally just finished this book about an hour ago, and I can say without hesitation that it is one of the best books I have ever read. It is one of those things that make you sit back and think about life, reconsider what you know, and evaluate who you want to become. I realize that that is an incredibly loaded statement, but aside from being a book that was enjoyable, it was a book that had the ability to make me feel. I smiled, I laughed, and I teared up while reading this book.

I will give a fair warning that this story is quite a diversion from the paranormal romance/ fantasy books I usually post about. Granted this book is fiction, but it touches on some emotional topics. It has some violence and down right cruel people in it, something that made me cringe, but at the same time I couldn't turn away from because I genuinely cared about Kate and wanted to know how her story would end.

I just can't say enough good things about this book. Oh, and did I mention I finished it in less than a day between doing school work and stuff around the house? Yeah, it's that good!

Definitely add this to your reading list!


Saturday, February 19, 2011

I Am Number Four

I actually finished this book a week ago and had every intention of getting this post out before the movie came out, BUT life got in the way, so it's a little late. Sorry!

Title: I Am Number Four
Author:Pittacus Lore


We may be walking past you right now.
We are watching as you read this.
We may be in your city, your town.
We are living anonymously.
We are waiting for the day when
We will find each other.
We will make our last stand together—if
We win,
We are saved, and
You are saved as well.
If we lose, all is lost.

My Thoughts:

I realize that the above summary is a bit vague (it is the one on the book jacket, I promise), so I will give you a bit more insight into the plot. There were originally nine aliens that escaped from the planet Lorien to Earth when their planet was under attack. A curse was placed over these nine in order to protect them since they continue to be hunted by the same group that attacked and destroyed their home planet; they can now only be hunted in order. The first three are dead, and Number Four (our main character) is next, and that is really where our story begins.

Personally I love love LOVED this book. I know that sound a bit extreme, but it is now one of my new favorite book, one I might add that I've recently been forcing my friends (including Katie) to read.

This book had a bit of everything; action, adventure, humor, and romance. The writing style was more simplistic in my opinion, but the story was still told in a way that constantly had glued to this book. The main character Number Four, or John Smith as he goes by was a genuinely like-able character that I never felt annoyed with.

I did read some mixed reviews on Barns & Nobel's website, but I highly recommend that you at least pick up the book and flip through a few pages!

Happy Reading!


Have you read I Am Number Four? OR Do you now plan on reading it? We'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments! (:

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Teaser Tuesday!!

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Mizb @Should Be Reading
-Grab your current book
-Open to a random page
-Share (2) teaser sentences from somewhere on that page
-no spoilers!
-Share title and author

This week's teaser is from Nobody' Princess by Esther Friesner
"And I don't want to risk your life even once," Mother said, laying her fingers to my lips to hush me. "Don't anger the gods, Helen."

Review: Last Sacrifice

Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
Genre: YA and paranormal

She broke the law when she ran away from St. Vladimir’s Academy with her best friend and last surviving Dragomir Princess, Lissa. She broke the law when she fell in love with her gorgeous, off-limits instructor, Dimitri. And she dared to defy Queen Tatiana, leader of the Moroi world, risking her life and reputation to protect generations of dhampir guardian to come. 

Now the law has finally caught up with Rose- for a crime she didn’t even commit. She’s in prison for the highest offense imaginable: the assassination of a monarch. She’ll need help from both Dimitri and Adrian to find the one living person who can stall her execution and force the Moroi elite to acknowledge a shocking new candidate for the royal throne: Vasilisa Dragomir. 

But the clock on Rose’s life is running out. Rose knows in her heart the world of the dead wants her back… and this time she is truly out of second chances. The big question is, when your life is about saving others, who will save you?

My thoughts: 
Now if you haven't read any of the books in the Vampire Academy series then I seriously suggest that you do but you might want to wait to read my review of the last book. I probably won't put any spoilers in my review but hey no promises!

Once again Rose exceeded my expectations and totally kicked some butt. Not only does she have to free her name, deal with her love life(Adrian and Dimitri), but she also has to try and secure a spot on the Council for Lissa. I honestly loved her as a character so much that I am quiet disappointed and sad that the series ended although I think Richelle is continuing Vampire Academy just in another characters point of view.

I really love love love this series though! It gives Twilight a run for its money and in my opinion it won in the first book. There was never a dull moment ever in this book, in the whole series. It keeps you on your toes. Also for me I fell in love with all of the characters and the story plot. And I would love to see this series to hit the big screen. Those movies would be totally kick-ass.

So I would love to applaud Richelle Mead for a great series that fall in love with the Vampire World all over again! I Hope if you haven't read this series that you get your hands on it as soon as you can and love it as much as I did! Happy Reading!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

In my Mailbox

This meme was created by Kristi at The Story Siren. So this week is going to be for two weeks because I forgot to do it for a while. So lets get started!

Bought from Barnes and Noble:
 Intertwined by Gena Showalter

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

            Beautiful Darkness by  Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl  

Bought on my Nook:

 The Healer's Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson

Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble

 The Greatest Knight by Elizabeth Chadwick

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

 The Dark Divine by Bree Despain

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber

Books I got from friends:

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer(I got from Alexa at Pages of Forbidden Love)

The Lying Game by Sara Shephard

Wow that was a lot! Wooh so tell me....What did you get in your maibox?

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


Title: Timeless
Author: Alexandra Monir


When tragedy strikes Michele Windsor’s world, she is forced to uproot her life and move across the country to New York City, to live with the wealthy, aristocratic grandparents she’s never met. In their old Fifth Avenue mansion filled with a century’s worth of family secrets, Michele discovers a diary that hurtles her back in time to the year 1910. There, in the midst of the glamorous Gilded Age, Michele meets the young man with striking blue eyes who has haunted her dreams all her life – a man she always wished was real, but never imagined could actually exist.And she finds herself falling for him, into an otherworldly, time-crossed romance.
Michele is soon leading a double life, struggling to balance her contemporary high school world with her escapes into the past. But when she stumbles upon a terrible discovery, she is propelled on a race through history to save the boy she loves – a quest that will determine the fate of both of their lives.

My Thoughts: 
 I really enjoyed this book. I found it to be an interesting take on an almost impossible love  story centered around Michele Windsor who lives in the present and Philip of 20th century New York. While I'm aware that time-travel isn't exactly a new concept, I really believe it was what made this book great. Alexandra Monir really did her homework on life in old New York, creating a convincing setting with the details she described.

The writing of this novel wasn't without flaw, but I will give that a pass because the story was still told and it was fantastic, illustrating a beautiful story of love conquering all boundaries, including time. 


Have you read Timeless? OR Will you be adding Timeless to your reading list? Let us know in the comments!