Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #31: Origin

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My pick for this week's WoW is...


Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Title: Origin (Lux #4)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release date: 27th August 2013
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal

Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything.

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on?

And will they even be together?

Oh my god guys. This is one of my most anticipated books of the year. I know some people have already got it (and finished it!) and I'm so so jealous! But they absolutely loved it, so I know this will be amazing. And I cannot wait for the dual POV :D Reading from Daemon's perspective for half the book? This is going to be awesome. I'm dying for this! Less than a month to go, but it feels like forever.


Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Review: The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise



Title: The Boyfriend App
Author: Katie Sise
Release date: April 30th 2013
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Format: ARC
Pages: 313
Source: Publisher

In The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise, super-smart, somewhat geeky Audrey McCarthy can’t wait to get out of high school. Her father’s death and the transformation of her one-time BFF, Blake Dawkins, into her worst nightmare have her longing for the new start college will bring.

But college takes money. So Audrey decides she has to win the competition for the best app designed by a high schooler—and the $200,000 that comes with it. She develops something she calls the Boyfriend App, and suddenly she’s the talk of the school and getting kissed by the hottest boys around. But can the Boyfriend App bring Audrey true love?





I completely and absolutely adored The Boyfriend App! It's not what I expected from reading the blurb - it was better. This is so original and captivating. I literally sat in my room and read this from cover to cover, with no breaks. At all. That's how engrossed I was! The Boyfriend App is definitely on my 2013 favourite debuts list.

What I loved most about this book is the programming and tech-y stuff. I took IT in my first two years of high school, so I could somewhat follow the jargon in this book. And even when it got complicated, Katie Sise's way of explaining it was so perfect that I understood all of it. Reading this book has rekindled my interest in computer science and programming, so thank you for that, Katie! I actually felt so jealous of Audrey when reading this, since she knew so much stuff that I'd love to explore. All the hacker stuff, navigating Linux, building video games and apps... I'd love to know more about that! So that's one reason I really loved this book. I really haven't read any other book that goes into this much detail with technology, and you can tell that Katie really knows a lot about it.

Audrey is an incredibly talented girl, courtesy of her father, who taught her everything he knew about computer coding. She spends most of her time with the other computer geeks in the lab, but hangs out with three specific people otherwise. Aidan and Nigit are both computer geeks too, and Mindy is Audrey's only girl friend. She doesn't talk much. Anyway, there's this app-building contest where the winner gets a college scholarship, and that's all Audrey needs to get into MIT or an Ivy League. So she enters by creating the Boyfriend App. But things start to go wrong, and Audrey wonders if it's all worth it. She then discovers a whole new scheme that she'd never imagine, and things start to go her way again... Until she gets caught.

I really enjoyed reading about Audrey. She's so keen and passionate about what she does. And I sympathized with her so much throughout the book, because she gets bullied by her ex-best friend, Blake, and her posse. Quite a few times, and they're pretty nasty people. I felt so angry on behalf of Audrey. But she has Aidan to keep her grounded, and that was awesome. Audrey's liked Aidan ever since she can remember, but she'll never admit it. Why? Because Aidan's one of the only friends she has, and she doesn't want to lose him over anything. I liked their relationship even as friends, especially how protective Aidan is of Audrey, and how he calls her Auds all the time. I thought that was really cute. I of course adored Aidan immediately. He's a computer geek, too, but the popular people cut him slack since he's, well, hot. He's always there for Audrey, and he can calm her down when no one else can. I love how he's always looking out for her even though she doesn't know it. And he's quite different from other YA heros you see nowadays. He's not cocky or arrogant, he's really modest. And he seems to be pretty unaware of his effect on people. That was a nice change.

This book has all these twists and turns, and it's so unpredictable. I would see it going in one direction, and then it would suddenly switch to another, and I would be left shocked. That's another thing I really loved. It's got humour, surprises, romance... and some parts that will make you tear up. This is one of those books that I can re-read over and over again. Katie's writing is amazing, and I'm definitely looking forward to more from her!

*Thank you to Sarah at HarperCollins International for sending me an ARC for review*

Rating: 5/5

Monday, 29 July 2013

Review: A Shadow of Light by Bella Forrest

Title: A Shadow of Light (A Shade of Vampire #4)
Author: Bella Forrest
Release date: July 31st 2013
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Format: eARC
Pages: 118
Source: Author

A riot among the humans. A siege at the port. A kingdom on the brink of civil war while still facing the threat of an attack from outside forces at any moment.

Since the implosion at The Oasis and Derek's stay at Hawk Headquarters, The Shade has fallen into a state of utter chaos. To make matters worse, the citizens of Derek's kingdom have become suspicious of his loyalties and accuse him of siding with the enemy... At a time when Derek desperately needs full cooperation from his subjects, they wish to put their own King on trial.

Meanwhile, Sofia is being held hostage by the hunters. They are determined to rid her of her infatuation with the vampire. She submits to the strict routine and training they impose on her, but the only fuel that keeps her going is the thought of reuniting with Derek - something Reuben is fighting with every fiber of his being to ensure will never
happen.

...Until one day, out of the blue, Reuben appears to have a change of heart and comes to Sofia with a proposal; a solution that she never dreamed possible. A solution that would fulfil her heart's deepest desires and secure her and Derek's future together, forever.

But can she really trust this man who is so renowned for his hatred of vampires? Does she even have a choice?

A Shadow of Light had me totally captivated! From beginning to end, there's so much action and suspense. There's literally never a dull moment. Fast-paced and intense, this book was definitely on par with my expectations of it. And I had some high expectations! This one's a little more intense than its predecessors, and a bit different in a way, which I really liked.

Derek and Sofia are taken to the hunters' headquarters, but Derek manages to escape. Unfortunately, he has to leave Sofia behind in the process. But he knows he'll get her back. Sofia is being held prisoner by her own father, and he forbids her to go find Derek. Complications arise when he sees Ingrid Maslen in the cells, the woman who used to be his wife. Sofia has quite a lot of surprises - some amazing, some nasty, and some just plain unexpected. Meanwhile, when Derek gets back to The Shade, riot has broken out. He has to decide whether to stay and quell it, or go bring back the love of his life, Sofia.

Sofia has both her mother and her father back now, but they're as far away from a happy family as one can get. Her mother is Ingrid Maslen, not Camilla anymore. And she still wants to give Sofia to Borys Maslen. At least Sofia's father cares about her, but she can't even trust him. I sympathized with Sofia so much in this book, especially towards the end. I can't even begin to imagine what she goes through in this one, emotionally as well as physically. I mean, her best friend (and more at one point), Ben, died fighting for her, and she doesn't know how to deal with it. Thank goodness Derek will always be there for her. But can she always be there for him? Because Sofia is the immune. She can't be turned into a vampire. Her father gives her a huge hope - a cure to vampirism. But she doesn't know if she can trust him enough to bring him to The Shade and administer it.

The darkness is threatening to take over Derek again, now that Sofia's not with him, and he's trying his best to win. He's now the king of The Shade, which is a huge responsibility. On top of that, he has to fulfill the prophecy, the one that says he will bring true sanctuary to the vampires. But he has no idea how to. I still love Derek so much, and even more in this book. Sofia is everything to him, and he's so desperate to save his people as well. He's honestly one of the most caring people I've read about. I know he's strong enough to take care of Sofia and the vampires, and that he will eventually fulfill the prophecy. I have faith in that.

One huge surprise for me - Derek and Sofia were not the only couple I was totally rooting for in this book. The other couple? You'll never guess - Claudia and Yuri! That's right. Claudia has definitely redeemed herself, and she's really sorry about everything she's done. We learn more about her past, and who she used to be. Yuri was a part of that past, and it broke my heart hearing their story. No wonder Yuri always cared for her in The Shade even though she was such a bitch. I spent most of the book desperately wanting them to finally make up and get together after so many years. And I cheered like hell in my head when they did! I almost had tears in my eyes, it was that amazing.

The end of the book was pretty heartbreaking, but I could tell that Sofia and Derek are more determined than ever. Oh, and there was another amazing surprise in the book! Well, I wasn't that surprised because I was expecting it, so when the scene came up, I yelled 'I knew it!' Thank goodness no one was around to hear me! It was one of the only things that went right for the characters, so I was really happy about it. I'm still devastated about Ben's death in the previous book, so I've sort of forgiven Bella for that now!

I believe there are two more books in this series, and I don't want it to end, but I can't wait for the next book! I need to know what happens. Because I know it's going to get even more intense, especially after the epilogue in this one. Fans of this series, you guys will love A Shadow of Light. I definitely did, since I read it all in one go and was left wanting more. And for those of you who haven't started this series yet, you totally have to! It's one of the best vampire series I've come across.

*Thank you to Bella Forrest for providing an ARC for review*

Rating: 4.5/5

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Review: Don't Bite the Bridesmaid by Tiffany Allee

Title: Don't Bite the Bridesmaid (Sons of Kane #1)
Author: Tiffany Allee
Release date: May 27th 2013
Publisher: Entangled Covet
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
Format: eBook
Pages: 209
Source: Publisher

Alice Shepard needs one thing: a date for her sister's wedding. And not just any date. A hunk who will make her fiancé rue the day he left her for her best friend. Her drop-dead gorgeous neighbor fits the bill—even if he is a bit quirky and never comes out during the day—and Alice has downed just enough appletinis to ask him. But she makes it quite clear that there will be no funny business.

Spending a week on a cruise ship full of humans while sleeping close to his sexy next-door neighbor sounds like a helluva bad idea to vampire Noah Thorpe. But his friends need time to get him out of a shotgun wedding—a vampire bonding that will tie his fate to a female vampire he's never met. And Alice's offer comes at just the right time.

What could possibly go wrong?

I breezed through Don't Bite the Bridesmaid in one go, which shows how much it completely satiated my vampire craving of the week! Though this is primarily romance, there's still some paranormal elements to it, which I liked. I'm definitely looking forward to the next Sons of Kane book!

Alice desperately needs a date for her sister Cindy's wedding, someone to show up her ex-fiancé. And she's decided that her neighbour, Noah, will do perfectly. He surprisingly agrees, though he has an ulterior motive. Noah's a vampire. And he needs to get himself out of an arranged marriage deal. He decides that this would work as an excuse, but what he wasn't planning on was falling in love with his feisty neighbour.

There is so much tension in this book! And before you speculate, I'm not just talking sexual. Alice and Noah are at the cruise, and they need to convince everyone that they're together. Some things go awry, and Alice's ex, Brent, is beginning to seem suspicious. Brent's there with Kristen, Alice's former best friend and the one he cheated on Alice with. So of course things would get uncomfortable. This book is quite entertaining that way! I devoured it like I would a piece of chocolate fudge cake.

I really liked Alice's character, even though she annoyed me at times. I didn't get why Brent's opinion even mattered to her at the beginning, but thank goodness she snapped out of that later. I love her personality! She's so vibrant. I could really sympathize with her, and even I felt sad when she was upset. And Noah. Wow, just wow. He's incredible! So charming and funny and sweet and protective... I fell in love with him immediately. He really cares for Alice, but I found it so cute how he doubted that she wanted to be with him. And when they finally do get together, holy mackerel does it get hot!

I was expecting the vampire revelation to be a little shocking and, you know, climatic, so I was a bit disappointed with that. I thought Alice would be surprised and maybe freaked out when she finds out, but she wasn't at all. And when Noah steels himself to tell her? She's just all, "I know." But regardless, I enjoyed this book. There are some funny and quirky scenes in it, and even though some parts are quite cliched, I liked them.

Don't Bite the Bridesmaid is a fun and quick read, and it's the kind of book that will get you out of a reading slump. The characters are very likeable, and the romance is great. For all you romance lovers, this is for you. There was a bit too much focus on it for my taste, but I'm sure it's not the case for a lot of others. So go ahead and give this a try!

*Thank you to Katie Clapsadl for providing me with a copy for review*

Rating: 3/5

Friday, 26 July 2013

Shudder Blog Tour: Review, Excerpt & Giveaway


I'm so freaking excited to be taking part in the Shudder blog tour organized by Samantha Durante! I loved Stitch, and I loved this one even more.

Title: Shudder (Stitch Trilogy #2)
Author: Samantha Durante
Release date: June 15th 2013
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
Format: Paperback
Pages: 348
Source: Author
Purchase links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords

It’s only been three days, and already everything is different.

Paragon is behind her, but somehow Alessa’s life may actually have gotten worse. In a wrenching twist of fate, she traded the safety and companionship of her sister for that of her true love, losing a vital partner she’d counted on for the ordeal ahead. Her comfortable university life is but a distant memory, as she faces the prospect of surviving a bleak winter on the meager remains of a ravaged world. And if she’d thought she’d tasted fear upon seeing a ghost, she was wrong; now she’s discovering new depths of terror while being hunted by a deadly virus and a terrifying pack of superhuman creatures thirsting for blood.

And then there are the visions.

The memory-altering “stitch” unlocked something in Alessa’s mind, and now she can’t shake the constant flood of alien feelings ransacking her emotions. Haunting memories of an old flame are driving a deep and painful rift into her once-secure relationship. And a series of staggering revelations about the treacherous Engineers – and the bone-chilling deceit shrouding her world’s sorry history – will soon leave Alessa reeling…

Shudder is one of the best dystopians I've read so far! It's so intense, so captivating. There's a lot in it, and it's so well written. The action, the suspense, the thrill... All of it will leave you begging for more. I know I am! Samantha, you've really set the bar with this one. I enjoyed every second of it.

Alessa and Isaac are making their way away from Paragon and towards where they believe the rebel base is. They're running away from something they've known and have been familiar with for almost a decade, and they're both naturally hesitant. Alessa has even more to deal with when she begins to experience emotions and memories that she knows aren't hers. Oh, and the two of them are constantly being followed and hunted by some sort of creatures that they've never seen before. Tension grows, and things look doubtful. Meanwhile, we find out a lot more about the people behind the Ruling Class. The Engineers. We find out the reason behind Paragon's existence, and get quite a lot of shocks on the way!

I generally tend to prefer first person to third, but in this case, third person works beautifully. We get the perspectives of both Alessa and Isaac, as well as a few other characters. Nikhil, who we first met in Stitch, is back. And we get his story, too. For the most part, Shudder is mainly split into three perspectives. Alessa and Isaac's, Nikhil's, and Phoenix's. Phoenix is a character we know, but she has forgotten herself. The reason her narrative is so important is because we find out everything about this world and how it came to be.

I can't imagine the ordeal that Alessa and Isaac have to go through in this book! They're being chased by fearsome human-like things, they have a limited food supply and not much to go on, and each of them are dealing with their own internal issues. Alessa's newfound ability is causing her pain and anguish, and Isaac is helpless, not knowing how to stop it. Alessa's also been having vivid flashbacks of Joe, which causes her relationship with Isaac to become strained. But I loved that they had some moments of reprieve, of laughter and abandon. It's easy to see how much they care for each other. Alessa is more strong-willed than ever in this book, determined to do whatever she can to keep the people she loves safe. I really admire that about her. And Isaac? He's so lovable! And completely adorable. I love how protective he is of Alessa, and how incredibly sweet he is. They're definitely lucky to have one another.

The world-buliding in this book will just blow you away. Seriously. It's so amazing! The intricate details in everything, the complete background we're provided with... I have to admit I didn't understand some of the things the Doctor tells Phoenix about the creation of the mind-altering program, but I loved how Samantha managed to give us explanation of everything. That's really the basis of any good dystopian book.

I can't even begin to count how many surprises and twists there are in Shudder. It's so unpredictable! At one point I was beside myself with grief, and then suddenly I was shocked at a new twist Samantha added in. And that ending, oh my god. Such an enormous cliffhanger! I'm now really desperate for Stuck, the final book in the trilogy. I have faith that it will be totally mind-blowing, and I hope it's just as awesome as this one!

*Thank you to Samantha Durante for organizing the blog tour and sending me a copy for review*

Rating: 5/5

Haven't read Stitch, a.k.a. the first book in the series? You can read my review here. Also, it's just $0.99 on Amazon, so click here to get it now! You can also add it on Goodreads.


Excerpt

Waiting, Alessa watched the forest, ignoring the snowflakes gathering on her eyelashes and the stinging of the frozen shards scouring her face.  With a slow, deliberate movement she raised the knife to her shoulder, coiling to strike.

Remembering her stealth training with the rebels, she waited with bated breath for the opportunity to come.  A flash of darkness between two snow-covered trunks was all the signal she needed; one flick of her wrist sent the knife hurtling through the darkened sky, intent on its target.
A bloodcurdling shriek – part howl, part yelp – rang out through the wood, chilling Alessa to the bone.  A desperate wave of pain washed through her as she struggled to place the sound – almost human, but not quite.  And the perplexing confusion she’d been feeling earlier came back, this time tumbled with grim despair.
What just happened?  Fighting through the sharp jumble of emotions and physical pain assailing her body, Alessa stumbled determinedly in the direction of the wail.  Clutching at the tree trunks for support, she raked the forest for the source of the cry, hoping beyond hope that she’d incapacitated who or whatever had been stalking her.
But to her dismay, all that remained was her bloodied knife abandoned on the snowy ground.  She scanned the floor for a trail – drops of blood, footprints, anything – but the swirling blizzard had quickly devoured any signs of the intruder.
Gathering up her knife, Alessa prayed that she had at least scared it – and she was fairly certain now that it was indeed an “it” – off.  She caught her breath against the nearest tree as the startling pain and dismay she’d felt moments earlier faded, until she realized she could finally think with some clarity again.
She didn’t understand what she was feeling, but she would have plenty of time to think about that later.  If there was to be a later, she needed to get back to that shelter now.
Shaking the snow and muddled thoughts from her head, she pocketed the knife and felt her way into the clearing once more, burying her nagging worries about Isaac.  First things first, she reminded herself – she was no use to Isaac dead.  By this point she could barely see her own hands stretched out in front of her, but she combed the landscape searching for the warm glow of the fire burning at the edge of their shelter and made her way toward it inch by inch.
She’d almost reached the sanctuary of the lean-to when she was shaken with an overwhelming sense of not being alone.  She could feel a presence behind her – the creature – and she didn’t hesitate.  The blood pounding through her temples, with one swift motion she turned around and swung the knife down as hard as she could, an involuntary snarl issuing from her throat.
But she didn’t connect – the monster had caught her wrist mid-swing and held her tight.  She ripped her arm from its grip and prepared to strike once more.
“Whoa there, tiger!”
Alessa dropped the knife and brought her hand to her hammering heart as he released her.  “Isaac!” she gasped.
Gently cupping her shoulders, Isaac bent forward, scooting his face up under the furred edge of her hood with a grin.  “I know I took longer than expected, but I didn’t think you’d be that mad.”
Still catching her breath, Alessa loosed a small giggle, her body now shaking in an almost pleasant sort of way from the aftereffects of the adrenaline.  But her contentment was quickly snatched away as a thought occurred to her.  “Oh my God, I didn’t – are you hurt?” she implored, frantically checking him for wounds from the knife she’d thrown.
Grabbing her arms, Isaac held her still reassuringly.  “No, no, I’m completely fine.  Just a little cold.  What’s gotten into you, Less?”
Sighing deeply, Alessa collapsed into his arms as relief flooded her once more.  Isaac was back, and it was going to be okay.  “Let’s get inside and I’ll fill you in.”

Giveaway!


About the author:

Samantha Durante lives in New York City with her husband, Sudeep, and her cat, Gio. Formerly an engineer at Microsoft, Samantha left the world of software in 2010 to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams and a lifelong love of writing. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology, Samantha is currently working full time for her company Medley Media Associates as a freelance business writer and communications consultant. Stitch is her first novel. Learn more about Samantha at www.samanthadurante.com.

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Thursday, 25 July 2013

Review: Northern Bites by Nikki Jefford

Title: Northern Bites (Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter #2)
Author: Nikki Jefford
Release date: July 30th 2013
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: New Adult Paranormal
Format: eARC
Pages: 220
Source: Author

Love bites.
Probation sucks.

Thanks to Dante’s recklessness, Aurora is now partners with Valerie: the redheaded, backstabbing vixen.

Dante is in full flirt mode. Fane’s tactics are more ruthless. Something carnal has awakened in Aurora and neither boy is helping tame her cravings.

When a member of the unit’s team is found dead, Aurora and Valerie are sent after a vampire in Sitka, but Aurora suspects the killer’s much closer to home.




Northern Bites has definitely satiated my vampire cravings for quite a while! This book has more Aurora being badass, more Valerie and her bitchiness, and my personal favourite, more Dante! Yeah, I think he's my favourite character now. It's impossible not to see his awesomeness from a mile away.

Okay so Aurora, Valerie, Noel and Dante have become a team. A team that is usually split into two, Aurora being stuck with Valerie. Even though Dante's trying to convince everyone that he works better with her. Aurora's been dealing with a lot, especially after the news from her father, and on top of that she has all these vampires to kill. Oh yeah, and she's developed a craving for blood. No big deal.

I loved the action and the badassery (I know it's not a word but it really works here) of the characters. They're tough, they're strong, and they're all ready to go. There's also a lot of surprises in this book. There's a new guy, Jared, who raises quite a few suspicions among the team. Things start getting out of hand when Aurora and Valerie are sent out on a mission with the newcomer.

Dante's been absolutely perfect in this book. I didn't really go all out for him in the first book, but in this one? Dante all the way! He's awesome - he makes Aurora laugh, he keeps her motivated, and he can be freaking sexy when he wants to be. I loved his interaction with Aurora! Especially their 'date'. You'll find out when you read the book! Fane isn't that much in this book, and I was initially disappointed by that, but at the end? I'm so mad at him! I don't want to give anything away, of course, but let's just say we get some nasty surprises. And now I really can't wait for the next book. I need to know what happens!

I was quite frustrated at Aurora and Fane's lack of communication, because I think that would have helped a lot initially. But we'll see how things play out in the next book. Because I was left reeling at a scene near the end! There are so many twists in this one. Honestly, you'll never see any of them coming. And that's what I really liked about Northern Bites - its unpredictability. Oh yeah, and this is definitely New Adult, just to let you know. There's quite a vivid dream scene in this, which... well, I'd rather not say anything. But it was steamy as hell!

All in all, Northern Bites is an awesome sequel to Transfusion. There was definitely none of the second book syndrome that people talk about. I finished this within a day, I was that riveted by it! For all the vamp lovers out there - you guys have to start this series. You won't regret it.

*Thank you to Nikki Jefford for providing me with an ARC for review*

Rating: 4/5


Monday, 22 July 2013

Review: Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts

Title: Tumble & Fall
Author: Alexandra Coutts
Release date: September 17th 2013
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction/Apocalyptic/Contemporary
Format: eARC
Pages: 381
Source: NetGalley

A novel about the end of days full of surprising beginnings.

The world is living in the shadow of oncoming disaster. An asteroid is set to strike the earth in just one week’s time; catastrophe is unavoidable. The question isn’t how to save the world—the question is, what to do with the time that's left? Against this stark backdrop, three island teens wrestle with intertwining stories of love, friendship and family—all with the ultimate stakes at hand.

Alexandra Coutts's TUMBLE & FALL is a powerful story of courage, love, and hope at the end of the world.




Tumble & Fall is such a beautiful story. It really is. I read some pretty mixed reviews before starting this, so I wasn't sure what I'd think of it, but it was clear soon enough that I would love it. This is the kind of book that really makes you think, you know? About anything, even just life in general. This really is a contemporary novel, but I guess the asteroid about to strike the Earth makes it apocalyptic.

This book follows three teens primarily, but it's really about everyone around those three, and the relationships they make and break. The only thing I didn't like about the book is that it's written in third person. It was a little confusing at the beginning since there are three perspectives, but I soon got into it. I really liked that we got to read three different but ultimately intertwining stories. And that there is so much depth to these characters. Alexandra Coutts' writing really is beautiful, and I immensely enjoyed this one.

The first perspective we get is that of Sienna. Everyone knows about the asteroid hitting the Earth in a week, and Sienne wants to be with those she loves most - her family. Namely, her father and brother, since her mother died a few years ago. But her dad drops a bomb on her. He's getting married. A week before the world could possibly end. And Sienna hates it. They go to live in an old home on an island, the first time they returned after Sienna's mom died. And of course Sienna resents her dad for that. But she meets Owen, a childhood friend from long ago, and everything changes. She's found love in what is possibly the last week of her life. And she wants to spend it all with him. Sienna's story involves her balance of her family with Owen, and dealing with the remarriage of her dad.

We also get Zan's narrative, which is definitely my favourite. It's been a year since Zan's boyfriend, Leo, died. And she's still not over it. But when she finds a phone number written on a receipt in a book Leo had the day he died, Zan wants to find out exactly what happened. She goes on a journey of discovery with Nick, Leo's best friend, and together they trace back the steps Leo took on that fateful night. What they find will both shock and mystify them. I loved Zan's part of the story so much because it always held my attention, and I just loved both Zan and Nick's characters. They're both so strong, mentally and physically. They have each other to hold on to now that Leo's gone, and it was nice to see them get closer as they went on their journey. I do wish that there was some resolution between the two of them by the end, though...

The third perspective is that of Caden. I think this has to be my least favourite, probably because I found it so weird. Caden and his sister, Carly, live with their perpetually alcoholic mother. She doesn't take care of them at all, so they have to do it themselves. Their father left them years and years ago. Well, Caden gets kidnapped by his father, who wants to spend the last remaining week he has with his son and his family. But that doesn't include Carly or her mom. Caden is held against his will at the house of a man he hates. The only other person who is there against their will is Sophie, who Caden immediately connects with. Caden's story is basically him spending time with his dad and his family, trying to forgive him. I did like the way it ended, though.

Apart from the plot of the individual stories, there's something so much deeper in this book. It makes you imagine what it would be like if you knew you only had a week left. Who would you want to be with, and what would you want to do? It definitely raises a lot of questions in us. There are other, simply minor little things that really made me wonder. This quote, for example, where Owen is talking to Sienna - 

“You know how it is when you’re a kid, and you have these friends, and you don’t see them for a while? You always remember the way they were, like they’re all still out there somewhere, hanging out with a smaller version of you.”
I can really relate to a lot of things in this book, and I found that amazing. This book has really made me stop for a while, just to think. And that last chapter, that ending... It was incredible. The writing is so fantastic. Tumble & Fall is an incredible debut novel, and I can't wait to read more from Coutts. You may need some tissues for this one.

*Thank you to Macmillan Children's Publishing for providing me with an ARC for review*

Rating: 5/5

Sunday, 21 July 2013

In My Mailbox #14



In My Mailbox is a meme previously hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren and now hosted by The Mod Podge Bookshelfwhich allows us to share the books we’ve bought, borrowed and received.

Wow. It's been over a month since my last IMM. But that's because I was in the States and the UK for quite a while, so I couldn't blog at all. Anyway, my IMM this week is super awesome. Why? Because my friend Rabiah @ Confessions of a Readaholic was lucky enough to attend ALA at Chicago this month, and she brought me back some awesome books and swag! Thanks, Rabiah! Also, I bought a couple of books while in the US, and also got some in the mail while I was out of town. So there are quite a lot of books to show this week!


Yup, these are all the print books I got. The first picture is the ALA stack, and the second is of all the other books. I'm not going to bother with the ebooks this week, since there are way too many of these!
Oh, and if you look closely at the first pic, you'll see Champion by Marie Lu right at the top. This isn't the book, obviously, but it's a sneak peek into it. The first couple of chapters. I loved reading them, and I can't wait for the book to come out!

Bought 


Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

I've already read Shiver (and absolutely loved it!), but I just had to buy a paperback of this. Why? Because IT'S SIGNED!


Yeah, check out that awesome signature. I just randomly pulled out the book at a bookstore, and it had a sticker on it that said 'signed by the author'!
I haven't read The Goddess Test, but I adore Greek mythology, so I'm sure I will love this one.

Borrowed


ARC of Erased by Jennifer Rush
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
OMG GUYS. Words cannot express how excited I was when I saw that Rabiah got an ARC of Erased at ALA! I freaked out when I saw it so she let me borrow it immediately :)
And I read it crazy fast. Also have a review all written, but I'll post it a bit later. This book was amazing, guys!
I also borrowed For Darkness Shows the Stars from Rabiah, since I have an eGalley of the sequel. I'm looking forward to reading this one.

Won


Graceling by Kristin Cashore

I won this for taking part in the Companion Novels Challenge hosted by Vivian @ Confessions of a Vi3tBabe and Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books. Thank you so much for this, Vi! I can't wait to read this.

From ALA Chicago 2013


ARC of The 100 by Kass Morgan
ARC of The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle
ARC of Seeing Red by Kathryn Erskine
ARC of Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
ARC of Cherry Money Baby by John M. Cusick
ARC of Hypnotize Me by Gordon Korman

I'm so, so excited for The 100 and The Infinite Moment of Us! I've been looking forward to reading them and I really can't wait. I hadn't heard of these other books before Rabiah gave them to me, but they seem awesome and I hope I'll love them too.

Oh, and I mentioned that Rabiah got me some swag too, right? Well, here it is!


You can click on the pic to make it bigger. But yeah, this is the awesome swag I got! A Fierce Reads poster and bookmark, some Maggie Stiefvater bookmarks, a SYLO magnet, some cool Antigoddess feather-shaped bookmarks, a Breaking Point postcard, a bookmark of Not a Drop to Drink, an I love YA button, and... A Team Morpheus button! That's definitely my favourite! There's some other stuff too, but I can't really make out what it is in the picture and I'm too lazy to pull out my swag box.

For Review/Blog Tour


Shudder by Samantha Durante
ARC of The Weight of Souls by Bryony Pearce

I received Shudder because I'm part of the blog tour, and I can't wait to get into it! I loved the first book, Stitch, and I have a feeling this will be awesome.
I requested an ARC of The Weight of Souls, and it arrived, so thank you to Strange Chemistry! They also gave me a little charm and a signed postcard, check it out.


Isn't that sweet of them? Oh, and if you're wondering what the card on the left is, it's Rabiah's blog business card! She printed a bunch of these for ALA, and gave me one. It's so pretty!
Gifted


The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

One of my best friends and fellow book-lover, Ippy, gave me this as an early birthday gift. (My birthday's actually in a couple of weeks) Anyway, she loved this book and she said I would love it too, so I'm obviously really excited to read this!

Received for Books That Glow: YA & MG 2013


ARC of Deep Betrayal by Anne Greenwood Brown
ARC of The Loop by Shandy Lawson

I really enjoyed Lies Beneath, and I can't wait to read Deep Betrayal. The Loop also sounds pretty awesome!

So that's it for this week (well, this month actually). So many books! I don't know when I'll get the time to read all this, since I have most of my last month's haul to read as well. *Sigh* So much to read, so little time.
What did you guys get this week? Leave a comment and I'll visit you!