Friday, October 24, 2014

Review: Made For You by Melissa Marr

I had to read this book once my order from Amazon came in, well as soon as I had finished the last e-galley I read.  And I must say that I wasn't disappointed at all.  I will admit at first I was a bit worried, as the main character was a girl who was popular and pretty but complaining about all that and not wanting it.  But you do learn throughout the book that while she was those things, the popularity had a lot to do with who her family was, and it may not have been something she really wanted, so you are okay with it.  Or maybe I should say I was better with it.

The main character is Eva.  She is popular, because her parents are descended from the families that own a lot of the town, as well as the big minister in town.  She's dating the most popular guy, Robert.  She had a boy who had been her best friend when she was younger, who has grown up to be quite handsome.  His name is Nate.  But something happened a few years ago, and he changed.  He just quit talking to her, and kind of turned into a man-slut.  And then there is "Judge".  The killer, or in Eva's case, he hits her with his car, but she survives.  We get to spend some of the chapters from his point of view.  We don't know just who he is right away.  (Although I did guess and get it right!)  His mind is quite warped, as you'd expect someone like that to be.  He decides that since Eva didn't die when he'd tried to kill her, that it was God sending him a message and that she was meant for him.  So now he thinks he must send her a message.  And that is what leads to the other deaths. 

Eva wakes up in the hospital after the accident, not remembering anything about it.  She can tell her life will be changed as she sees the horrible cuts on her face, and now she has a broken leg as well.  Her parents were out of town when it happens, and her friend Grace and her mom are there taking care of her in the hospital.  This is how it is, it isn't that Eva's parents don't love her, they're just pretty hands-off.  But not when this happens.  When they get home, they decide they must do a better job being parents.  Nate shows up at the hospital, he is visiting his half-brother who spends a lot of time there.  Nate and Eva start talking, and their friendship picks up almost like it never ended.  But Eva had crushed on Nate, and soon she will feel she can tell him.  But first something strange is happening, that she wonders if it is a side effect of the accident.  When someone touches her, she can see their death.  It happens first with her friend Grace and Nate.  She says something to Nate, makes him promise to always have his cell phone, and then the next time he touches her, the vision changes.  So she sees that she can change these futures that she's seeing.  Soon the messages from the killer begin to show up and show their connection to Eva, when the killer cuts her name in one of them.  Eva must figure out who this person is, even though others want her to stay out of it and stay safe. 

Such a great story.  Reminds me of how much I enjoyed Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout.  And like that one, I guessed who the killer was kind of early one, but again, so many things happened that made me doubt that was the person throughout the story.  And I like that, I like when it isn't just obvious and you know right away.  At least for this kind of story.  Such a great story, and I love the cover, and I'm so glad the book was as good as the cover made me want it to be. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Opposite Book Tag

I was tagged by Ellen at Random Smiles to do this.  She had seen this tag on YouTube, but as she says, nothing's stopping us from doing it here. This might be the original video So here are the questions (Ellen got these from dreamlandbookblog):
First book in your collection/Last book you bought:

 I know this probably wasn't my very 1st book, but it was the one I first remember my mom buying me the set of the first ones when I was a kid at a Sears Outlet.  I still have it.

This is the last book I probably actually bought and will be adding to my collection when I'm done!

A cheap book/An expensive book:


 I'm not sure how much I actually paid for this one, but I'm sure I probably bought it in a book order at school for like 75
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I didn't actually buy this one, got it as a gift, but it was probably at least $35.  I'm sure I had textbooks that cost more when I was in college though. 

A book with a male protagonist/One with a female protagonist:

 Even though there is a little girl on the cover, the protagonist is a 16 year old boy named Jacob.

I chose the last book I read which had a female protagonist, as most of the books I tend to read do, it was a teen girl named Sterling.

 A book you read fast/One that took you long to read:

 Now, it only took me 1 day to read this.  But part of the reason is that I was recovering from surgery at the time, and pretty much had nothing else to do but read.

This took me over 6 months.  Not because it was hard to read, just because I kept it in a certain room (the bathroom) to read whenever I might need something.

 Pretty cover/Ugly cover:

 All the covers in this series by Jodi Meadows are just beautiful!

Now technically I don't actually think this one is ugly, I just think compared to the original cover of the book before they changed it, it's not as pretty.

 A national book/An international book:

 The coolest thing was when I found out Heather Brewer lived in Missouri, so that made me even more excited to promote her books.

I was so excited when I learned that Sarah Rees Brennan is from Ireland.  I so want to go there and find an Irish man to fall in love with.

 A thin book/A thick book:

 When The Green Mile first came out, it was in 6 small parts of less than 100 pages each.  That is how I read the book.

Gone With the Wind, one of my favorite books ever at over 1000 pages.  I'm sure I've read longer, I just felt like sharing this one.

 Fiction book/Non-fiction book:

 I thought I'd pick a historical fiction, and this one is about the time in between World War I and II, when Hitler was rising to power.  I've read a lot of World War II stuff, but not a lot about this earlier time period.

I grew up in the 80s and was a fan of River Phoenix.  So when this book showed up on Edelweiss I jumped at the chance to read it.  Very sad story, but very eye opening.

 Very (way too) romantic book/Action book:

 Honestly, I don't read a lot of mushy romance.  In fact I get bored really quickly if the romance isn't good.  But I picked one that is the closest to this choice here.

All of Rollins' books have good action in them, so I chose one of his.

 A book that made you happy/One that made you sad:

 This book left me with such a huge smile on my face.  Go read my review HERE

And I cry every time Edward leaves in this book.  Even though I now know he's coming back, it is still sad every time.  Say what you will, it is Meyer's writing that does that.

If I tag you, I'll let you know.  Don't forget to link me back so I can see your answers! If you want to participate even if I didn't tag you, feel free to join right in and link me as well.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Review: Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker

First thanks to Edelweiss and HarperTeen for allowing me to read an e-galley of this.  I have to say I enjoyed another pretty original YA story.  I'm glad to be reading books that are not the same old repeat of a YA dystopia or paranormal romance or vampire story, etc.  It's nice to find something that is so refreshingly new, or at least different.

The main character is Sterling.  As the story starts, her brother Phineas has stormed off into the swamp after almost hitting her in anger.  And he doesn't come back.  Now this isn't unusual for their town, the swamp has lots of stories about it.  In fact a long time ago, Sterling's grandfather and the rest of the town built a fence around the swamp to both keep people out, as well as to keep the swamp from spreading and taking more people.  A few hours later a girl comes walking out of the swamp.  And she walks right into Sterling's house, and all of a sudden it is as if she has always been there, has always been Sterling's sister Lenora May. But Sterling knows different, even if everyone around her seems to have completely forgotten her brother, and also accepts or takes part in these memories of Lenora.  Sterling is so torn up about this, she was already upset that her brother Phin was going to go away to school and leave her alone.  You see when they were younger, they'd had a father who beat them.  Phin had always done his best to protect his younger sister, and she just can't imagine life without him.  So much that she hadn't been eating much, to the point that it was a big concern to Sterling's family and friends.  But now even her friends and mother don't seem to remember Phin, and she keeps searching for someone.  Turns out there is someone out there, a boy who'd she'd almost went out on a date with a while back.  Until something happened to him, and he changed, became withdrawn, and people said maybe he was on drugs. 

This boy is named Heath, and Heath also lost someone to the swamp, his best friend Nathan.  Together they are able to talk and try to remember their loved ones, as well as try to figure out if they might be able to get their loved ones back.  It is during this that they will seek out the help of one of the oldest people in the community, the one who has been writing down all the stories about the swamp that have sold in books throughout the year. But at first she doesn't really want to help, just tells Heath and Sterling to keep away from the swamp and forget their crazy ideas.  They also must determine if Lenora May is someone evil who has taken Sterling's brother and used him to get out of the swamp selfishly.  Or is there actually something else in the swamp that is after Lenora May, that is really the evil that is trapping people in the swamp.

I liked how we didn't necessarily know that people had been taken throughout the story without paying close attention to changes in the people around them.  Sometimes it would be right in front of me as I read, but I didn't catch on until Sterling would notice.  I love how the story went, I love the way the "magic" or in this case it was kind of called the "shine" worked.  Such a really great story.  The romance part was sweet, and I smiled at the banter between Sterling and Heath, during the moments they weren't too sad about their lost loved ones.  It had a great ending, a great way to wrap the whole story up, even with the loss of some people that I'd grown to like, or want to see get another chance.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 New Series I Want To Start

Top Ten Tuesday is sponsored by The Broke and The Bookish.   What I'm picking for "new" may not be new to other people in some cases, they are just series that I know I want to get started because I've heard so many great things about them.  Others will try to follow what the actual spirit is as many as I can think of.  And again, no particular order for this, as I'm not sure I have the time to worry about order today!










Well, I guess I didn't have to pick any older series because there are a bunch of new ones coming out!  And I could have listed more than 10 as I was going through my TBR list on Goodreads.  So that is kind of awesome!  Please leave a comment if you are looking forward to any of these, or share a link to your post.  Today is busy in the library where I work, classes in here to teach every hour, but I'll be back on later tonight to come check out your top ten lists!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Cover Characteristic - October 20th, 2014 - Dogs

Cover Characteristics is hosted at  Sugar and Snark.  Here are the guidelines for how it works if you want to join in:

Each week we will post a characteristic and choose 5 of our favorite covers with that characteristic. If you want to join in and share your 5 favorite covers with the weeks particular characteristic, then just make a post, grab the meme picture (or make your own) and leave your URL in Linky (so we can visit).
You don’t even need to participate, just stopping by and saying hi would be great! Don’t forget to stop by the other participants!

I always try to pick books I've already read, in no particular order.

This week's characteristic:  Dogs

 Such a good story, but so sad.  I could never read it again. Could barely watch the movie after I'd read it.

 I love this book.  It amuses me that so many of them seem to be dachshunds!!
 This is a really good book, and I like the main character having a dog that helps her with her autism. 
 And I love all things dachshund, and so while I'm not necessarily a big art fan, I had to get and read this book.
 I love this one because it includes two of my favorite things, dinosaurs and dachshunds!

And I had to throw in this last one, even though I haven't read it yet, because it is so cute!! (I also got a cool tote bag with this on it at BEA this summer.)

So what do you think of my covers? 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Review: Compulsion by Martina Boone

This is one of the awesome ARCs I got at BEA this past summer, and I also got to meet the author, I'll share that picture at the end!  I have to say this was another story I really enjoyed. And honestly, it was a different story than most of them these days.  While some might say there was a bit of "insta-love,"  I think it was definitely explained in a way that totally made it NOT "insta-love."  I"m very ready for the story to go on, but as it says at the end of the ARC, I'll have to wait till next Fall. 

The main character is Barrie Watson.  And she is about to find out that her family is one of three families part of some ancient legacies/curses.  Her mother has just passed away, and her godfather, Mark, has found out that he is also dying of cancer.  So Barrie is moving back to live with an aunt she's never met, that she never even knew she had, so that Mark can go live in a home to be taken care of.  Things get weird right away.  Her aunt never shows up to pick her up from the airport. So Barrie takes a cab.  She gets to this mansion, old and kind of run-down, and sees her aunt sitting on the front step.  It seems her aunt sat down and lost all track of time.  It seems her aunt might be a bit on the weird side.  But the house seems to be as well.  Then two members of one of the other two families stop by, and they go by Seven and Eight.  Eight is Barrie's age, and of course very handsome.  He seems to know all the right things to say.  And it seems there may be something between Seven and Barri's aunt Pru. Barrie also finds out that the third family is the one that her father was from, and she has cousins.  So of course, after growing up with her mother and leading a very sheltered life of no family, she is now adamant about meeting them.  Eight agrees to take her, but everyone warns her that it won't be a good thing.   You see the third family's legacy is more of a curse.  In fact the whole town looks down on their family.  But at first, her cousin Cassie just seems like someone Barrie is so glad to have for a friend. 

She will soon find out that Cassie wants something from her.  She wants to use Barrie's family legacy.  They are able to find lost things.  In fact when Barrie walks into a room she immediately will be drawn to things that have been lost, jewelry, letters, you name it.  Cassie wants Barrie to find the treasure that her ancestors supposedly buried on their beach.  You see all three of the families' ancestors were pirates, or privateers if you want to be nicer about it.  There is a legend about the Native Americans in the town that Barrie will see come to life every night.  While she has the legacy of finding things, and Cassie's family is cursed, Eight's family has a legacy as well.  These legacies have become things they really feel the have to give into.  Or compulsions.  It gets so bad that when Barrie tries to leave the house she gets headaches.  And while Cassie seems to be nice even though she wants something from Barrie, her father, Barrie's uncle, Wyatt, wants something as well.  And he is a drunk, violent man, as well as a drug runner. 

There are many things in the house pulling at Barrie to find them, as well as in the forest that her aunt has forbid her to go into.  Barrie will find things that will clear up old mysteries in her family, some good, some bad, some dangerous.  And she will fall in love, while also losing people she loves. 

Such a good story!  Even after I finished reading it, there would be times when my mind would kind of go back and think about the story, and want to know more, as well as even telling other people about it and comparing it to other stories.  Definitely a great read, and like I said, I can't wait to read the next one!  While it didn't end on a cliffhanger, there is definitely more for us to know with this story. 
Me and Martina Boone

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Stacking the Shelves - October 18th, 2014

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It is a way for us to share the new books we have collected.  My Amazon order finally came this week, but not on Monday as I'd hoped, because I'd forgotten it was a holiday.  So Tuesday morning my box showed up.  Then my birthday is next Wednesday, and so today I celebrated with my dad, stepmom, one of my sisters and her boyfriend and his son.

Amazon order:

 The first one, Made For You, I've been lusting after for awhile.  The 2nd one is one that I figure I need to read since I love Stiefvater's newer books, and with her coming to my town in November, I'll be able to get it autographed as well.  The 3rd one is one I've been seeing around, plus I hear it is going to be a movie, so need to read it. And the last one is a book that I got an ARC for the first one two years ago at BEA, and am just now getting this one.  All this was made possible with a gift card I won from a book blast on I Am A Reader's blog. 

Birthday gifts:


No the 2nd thing there isn't a book, but it was a birthday gift, so I had to share my season 7 of The Big Bang Theory DVD.  And the first one is a book, Deliver Us From Evil, which is a true story that they made a movie of earlier this year. 

So that's all I got this week.  I tried really hard to be good abour requesting any e-galleys, although there is one I'm still waiting on to see if I'll be approved for or not.  What did you add to your shelves this week?