Wednesday, August 7, 2013

A Sad Day for Us

Hi Everyone!

I'm posting today about something that has made us very sad, but unfortunately, it had to happen.

Unfortunately, due to time constraints and personal reasons, we are going to be closing the blog. We just don't seem to have the spare time that we used to have when we started the blog.

We've loved that all of you were nice enough to follow us and wanted to say that we'll miss you!

So thank you all for being loyal followers! All the best in your lives!

Jenn, Meghan and Kristal

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Review: The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams

The Alchemy of Forever

Author: Avery Williams

Publication Date: January 3rd, 2012

Publisher: Simon & Shuster Books For Young Readers

Genre: YA/Fantasy/Romance

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Synopsis:

Seraphina has been alive since the Middle Ages, when her boyfriend, Cyrus, managed to perfect a method of alchemy that lets them swap bodies with any human being. Sera ran away from Cyrus years ago, when she realized that what they were doing—taking the lives of innocent people—was wrong. Yet she doesn’t want to die, so she finds young people who are on the brink of death, and inhabits their bodies. Sera has just landed in the body of a girl named Kailey who was about to die in a car accident. For the first time, Sera falls in love with the life of the person she’s inhabiting. Sera also falls for the boy next door, Noah. And soon it’s clear the feelings are returned. But she can never kiss Noah, because for her to touch lips with a human would mean the human’s death. And she has even more to worry about: Cyrus is chasing her. If she stays in one place for long, she puts herself—and the people she’s grown to care for—in great danger. Will Sera have to give up the one thing that’s eluded her for centuries: true love?


My Thoughts: I found this book for 5$ at a book store  and after reading it I am really surprised it was being sold at such a low price. It's a relatively new release,just over a year old and it's definitely a really great read. Not that I am complaining obviously, I got a great book at a great price and as a book lover that is a wonderful thing, but I feel like it should have been worth more.

It is a pretty short read though, I read the whole thing in one sitting. It was the kind of book that had you turning the pages non stop. I had taken it off the shelf and to bed to read a couple chapters before I passed out. But I ended up not closing it again until I was done and it was way past bed time.

 This book absolutely keeps you intrigued and interested!  Seraphina has been alive for a very very long time but she has had to do terrible things to achieve this immortality. Sera was entranced by love and romance and the excitement of eternal life for a years, but the magic is definitely wearing off and the romance is hardening. Although she has made some great friends in her long course through life she has come to realize the depth of what she is doing, and what the man she has been with for so long is really like. But just as she makes the decision to move on and leave immortality behind, a fateful event changes everything and Sera finds herself in yet another body.

The story was fast paced, short for jam packed full of excitement and drama. I developed a very quick attachment to Sera and all of her humanity, of which she has a surprising amount of for someone who has been alive for so long. I really loved the idea of a person hopping from body to body eternally and I kept thinking to myself that if a prequel were ever made to this story that I would love it. I would love to read about the years between Sera becoming who she was and her coming to a realization that she was a monster of sorts. A girl can dream can't she?

Even still, it was a fantastic read and I would whole heartedly recommend it to any and all YA & Fantasy/Paranormal fans. It's definitely one you should add to your list. It won't take too much of your time to read and you'll be glad you did. I know I need to get my hands on the sequel because I can't wait to see what happens next with Sera!









Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Teaser Tuesday (73)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by  MizB at Should Be Reading



To Participate you:
-Grab your current read
-Open to a random page
-Share two 'teaser' sentences from somewhere on that page
-BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS





This week's teaser comes from:

Exile

Author: R.A Salvatore

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Teaser:

But the hunter, the being who had survived a decade in the savage wilds of the Underdark, could not move from the ledge. The hunter, the being who had defeated a basilisk and countless other of this dangerous world's monsters, could not give himself over in the hopes of civilized mercy. The hunter did not understand such concepts.


My Thoughts: This series is just pure awesome and I wish I hadn't waited so long to finally start it! :)



Monday, July 29, 2013

Review: Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Along for the Ride

Author: Sarah Dessen

Publication Date: June 16th 2009

Publisher: Viking Juvenile

Genre: Contemporay

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Synopsis:

It’s been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents’ divorce—or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live.

A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town. Together they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she’s been denied; for Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend.


My Thoughts: Sarah Dessen, Sarah Dessen, Sarah Dessen. I'm not sure how much praise I've heard for her, a lot. Everyone seems to love her. So I finally bought some of her books. After asking a friend which one I should start out with, I picked Along for the Ride as my first Sarah Dessen book. It was really, really good!

I have to admit, I felt really bad for Auden. Her parents pretty much didn't pay any attention to her and she ended up becoming and insomniac for it. It's really hard to get out of a routine once you're in it. And once you're used to staying up all night, well that just makes things hard. Auden's parents are divorced and she lives with her mom, but her mom seems to be too busy with grad students to have anything to do with Auden, so she gets sick of it and goes to visit her dad and his new wife, who just had a baby for the summer.

Well her dad's not much better than her mom, worse really in some ways. His wife jut had a baby and he doesn't help at all. Heidi (Auden's stepmother) is really struggling and Auden is the only one who will step up and help out, but she doesn't want Heidi to become dependent on her, so doesn't help all the time. But there were some points where I wanted to strangle her father for being a jerk. Plain and simple.

As far as contemporaries go, this is a pretty good one. Auden grows and changes a lot through out the book, in a good way. Yes, there in a boy, but they help each other get over a few things and it's adorable. Both of them are insomniacs, so the night is theirs. Eli is a really great guy and it was nice to see him finally letting go, but never forgetting, something that wasn't his fault at all. Eli and Auden were meant to be together. I also enjoyed seeing Auden find some girls to be friends with, she didn't have a very normal childhood. So to see things becoming normal for her is great.

Along for the Ride is a great story that will pull at your heart strings! I'm definitely glad I gave Sarah Dessen a chance and can't wait to read more by her!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Review: Lightpoints by Peter Kassan

Lightpoints

Author: Peter Kassan

Publication Date: March 25th, 2013

Publisher: Melange Books

Genre: YA/Paranormal/Romance

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Synopsis:

When Amanda Lindner Nichols, a 24-year-old graphic artist living with her husband in Queens, New York, is revived from a near-death experience, she discovers she perceives everyone around her as points of light—but not with her eyes. She soon learns she can not only perceive the life energy of others, but she can give and take it. With the help of others like her, she brings her husband Chris to the brink of death and back to bestow on him the same remarkable faculty, and they’re the happiest they’ve been. But not for long. All over the world, people who’ve been revived from their own near-death experience at just the right moment discover themselves with these same unusual powers. They find ways to use them—some for good and some for evil. When Amanda and Chris encounter a ruthless group of gangsters with the same faculty, tragedy follows—and Amanda faces the greatest challenge of her life


My Thoughts:  Lightpoints was an interesting read for sure! I definitely enjoyed it, especially since it was so unique. I  liked the idea behind the story, this ability that I want to call super natural but it isn't really, I guess. But I don't think it's an ability  I would ever want to have myself, it sounds overwhelming and like it would take over your life.

Amanda faces death and lives to tell the tale, but she definitely does not come back the same woman. She comes back with the ability to sense all other people as these points of light in her head. Although it gets a little confusing there and it's kind of hard to imagine what the author is describing. They are always referred to as points of light but we are also told they aren't literally points of light and they don't actually see anything. I can understand it, but I can't really envision what it would be like and I wish that had of been a little clearer. But I definitely liked the idea behind it, it was something totally new and it kept me interested  and it made for a good read watching her adapt to her new life, how her new ability grew and changed and what she did to cope with her new life.

The other thing that I really liked about this book, was the little side stories. Amanda isn't the only person who finds themselves burdened with this new faculty. Every other chapter or so we get to read about these other people and what they are doing with their abilities. It was incredibly interesting and the diversity it added to the story was fantastic. We got to see how the exact same abilities could be used for good and bad, and how the exact same thing happening to lots of people can bring about so many different results. I think those little side stories made the book, I really do. I often found myself enjoying them more than Amanda's chapters. It got even better when the stories started to intertwine and Amanda finds herself dealing with someone who feels the need to make the most of their ability in a really bad way.

I would recommend this book, it was an light easy read that was very interesting and unique. I did find it a little repetitive at times and maybe sometimes it was a little slow getting to the point, but overall it was a very decent read and I think you should give it a go.