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Showing posts with label harpercollins. Show all posts

Guest Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Friday, January 8, 2016
Why I chose this book:
Delirium is one of those books that has been on my radar since it came out (back in 2012), but quickly got buried amongst other books on my TBR list and then, unfortunately, forgotten. That is until I read Amanda’s post asking for volunteers to write some reviews for her. I knew right away that I wanted to participate and so when I spotted Delirium on the list I jumped at the opportunity to finally try reading it. So another huge thank you to Amanda for putting this whole thing together and giving me the book!


Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: February 7, 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia
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Synopsis:
Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't. (Goodreads)

Review: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Why I Chose this Book:
I had heard a few good things about this graphic novel, but then I looked at it more thoroughly at work and decided that it was something that I wanted to read and maybe use in my Feminist Literature class.



Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: May 12th, 2015
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Paperback

Synopsis:
The graphic novel debut from rising star Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic, which Slate awarded its Cartoonist Studio Prize, calling it "a deadpan epic."

Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel is perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and is sure to win Noelle many new ones.

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren't the heroes everyone thinks they are.

But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona's powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit. (Goodreads)

Guest Review: Made For You by Melissa Marr

Thursday, June 4, 2015
Why I chose this book:
Way back when, I read Marr's book Wickedly Lovely and I remember liking it, but for some reason, I do not recall, I didn't follow through with the series! Anyway, when I heard Made For You was a creeptastic book, I knew I wanted to get my hands on it one way or another. And when I saw that Amanda was trading a copy for a review, I didn't want o consider any other book besides Made For You!


Made For You by Melissa Marr
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: September 16th 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Thriller, Paranormal
Format: Hardback
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Synopsis:
When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she's confused--who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she's awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people's deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, and old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva's power to keep he friends--and themselves--alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva. (Goodreads)

Double Review: Unravel Me & Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

Monday, May 11, 2015
Why I chose this book:
I originally had to read Shatter Me for a paper I was writing for my YA grad class. I was honestly only anticipating reading the first book, writing my paper and then moving on, but my God. There was just no way that I could do that! As soon as I finished Shatter Me, I NEEDED Unravel Me.



Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: February 5th, 2013
Format: Kindle
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
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Synopsis:
Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her--people with gifts--and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She's finally free from the Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible. (Goodreads)

Review: Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths Little

Saturday, May 2, 2015
Why I chose this book:
I will be honest, I completely forgot I received an eARC of this book from the publisher about a year ago. I must have gotten lost in the shuffle of things, but at the mention of a fellow blogger who wanted to read it, I figured I should go back and read the story and review it, even though it is MONTHs past the release date. I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths Little
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: November 4th, 2014
Format: eARC
Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult 
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Synopsis:
In the unforgiving Meospotamian desert where Jayden's tribe lives, betrothal celebrations abound, and tonight it is Jayden's turn to be honored. But while the union with Horeb, the son of her tribe's leader, will bring a life of riches and restore her family's position within the tribe, it will come at the price of Jayden's heart.

Then a shadowy boy from the Southern Lands appears. Handsome and mysterious, Kadesh fills Jayden's heart with a passion she never knew possible. But with Horeb's increasingly violent threats haunting Jayden's every more, she knows she must find a way to escape--or die trying.

With a forbidden romance blossoming in her heart and her family's survival on the line, Jayden must embark on a deadly journey to save the ones she loves--and find a true love for herself. (Goodreads)

Review: Storm Siren by Mary Weber

Monday, October 27, 2014
Why I chose this book:
I heard via Goodreads and a few blogs that this book was excellent for people who loved Throne of Glass. I’m pretty good at taking a book for what it is, and I really don’t pay much attention to book comparisons when reading a particular book, but I thought I should at least check this out.


Storm Siren 
by Mary Weber
Publisher: Thomas Nelson/ Harper Collins
Publish Date: August 19th, 2014
Format: Kindle
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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Synopsis:
In a world at war, a slave girl’s lethal curse could become one kingdom’s weapon of salvation. If the curse—and the girl—can be controlled.
As a slave in the war-weary kingdom of Faelen, seventeen-year-old Nym isn’t merely devoid of rights, her Elemental kind are only born male and always killed at birth — meaning, she shouldn’t even exist.

Standing on the auction block beneath smoke-drenched mountains, Nym faces her fifteenth sell. But when her hood is removed and her storm-summoning killing curse revealed, Nym is snatched up by a court advisor and given a choice: be trained as the weapon Faelen needs to win the war, or be killed.

Choosing the former, Nym is unleashed into a world of politics, bizarre parties, and rumors of an evil more sinister than she’s being prepared to fight . . . not to mention the handsome trainer whose dark secrets lie behind a mysterious ability to calm every lightning strike she summons.

But what if she doesn’t want to be the weapon they’ve all been waiting for?

Set in a beautifully eclectic world of suspicion, super abilities, and monsters, Storm Siren is a story of power. And whoever controls that power will win. (Goodreads)

Review: Even in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot

Thursday, September 18, 2014
Why I chose this book: 
Any book that totes itself as a modern day Gatsby is one that I am going to pick up. This book also reminded me a bit of We Were Liars, which is a summer read that I really enjoyed. While the story isn’t at all similar, it was one I still throughly enjoyed. I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.



Even In Paradise by Chelsey Philpot
Publisher: Harper Collins 
Publish Date: October 14, 2014
Format: eARC
Genre: Romance, Young Adult, Realistic/ Contemporary 


Synopsis:
When Julia Buchanan enrolls at St. Anne’s at the beginning of junior year, Charlotte Ryder already knows all about the former senator’s daughter. Most people do... or think they do.

Charlotte certainly never expects she’ll be Julia’s friend. But almost immediately, she is drawn into the larger than-life-new girl’s world—a world of midnight rendezvous, dazzling parties, palatial vacation homes, and fizzy champagne cocktails. And then Charlotte meets, and begins falling for, Julia’s handsome older brother, Sebastian.

But behind her self-assured smiles and toasts to the future, Charlotte soon realizes that Julia is still suffering from a tragedy. A tragedy that the Buchanan family has kept hidden... until now. (Goodreads)

Mini Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Thursday, May 15, 2014
Why I chose this book:
I absolutely loved Divergent and the strength of Tris’ character. There was absolutely no way I wouldn’t pick up the sequel to the series. However, I was not unaware of the fact that many people hate the progression of this trilogy.



Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publish Date: May 1, 2012
Format: Hardback
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia
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Synopsis:
Insurgent is a 2012 science fiction young adult novel by American novelist Veronica Roth, the second book in the Divergent trilogy. As the sequel to the 2011 bestseller Divergent, it continues the story of Tris Prior and the dystopian post-apocalyptic version of Chicago. Following the events of the previous novel, a war now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. While trying to save the people that she loves, Tris faces questions of grief, forgiveness, identity, loyalty, politics, and love. (Goodreads)

Review: Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Why I chose this book:
I have had my eye on this book for quite a while. I contemplated getting it on NetGalley or Edelwiess, but for some reason never got around to requesting it. I am almost happy I didn't request it, because I ended up buying a physical copy, and guys, let me tell you, this is one of my new favorite additions to my bookshelf collection.


Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publish Date: April 8, 2014
Format: Hardback
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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Synopsis:
In the Forest of the Dead, where the empire’s worst criminals are exiled, twin sisters Moria and Ashyn are charged with a dangerous task. For they are the Keeper and the Seeker, and each year they must quiet the enraged souls of the damned.

Only this year, the souls will not be quieted.

Ambushed and separated by an ancient evil, the sisters’ journey to find each other sends them far from the only home they’ve ever known. Accompanied by a stubborn imperial guard and a dashing condemned thief, the girls cross a once-empty wasteland, now filled with reawakened monsters of legend, as they travel to warn the emperor. But a terrible secret awaits them at court—one that will alter the balance of their world forever. (Goodreads)

Review: Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Why I picked up the book: Ever since The Fault in Our Stars came out, I have been a sucker for cancer books. The early reviews for this novel came out, and I was hooked. I MUST READ THIS BOOK. MY HEART HAS NOT BEEN BROKEN IN AGES. Little did I know this book stands alone in the world of cancer books. It was refreshing, heartbreaking, and so damn thought provoking. I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publish Date: March 18, 2014
Format: Kindle/ARC
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary/Realistic Fiction


Synopsis:
What if you'd been living your life as if you were dying—only to find out that you had your whole future ahead of you?

When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, her prognosis is grim. To maximize the time she does have, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs—however she sees fit. She convinces her friend Harvey, who she knows has always had feelings for her, to help her with a crazy bucket list that's as much about revenge (humiliating her ex-boyfriend and getting back at her archnemesis) as it is about hope (doing something unexpectedly kind for a stranger). But just when Alice's scores are settled, she goes into remission.

Now Alice is forced to face the consequences of all that she's said and done, as well as her true feelings for Harvey. But has she caused irreparable damage to the people around her—and to the one person who matters most?

Julie Murphy's Side Effects May Vary is a fearless and moving tour de force about love, life, and facing your own mortality. (Goodreads)

Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Why I chose this book: I’ve followed Tahereh Mafi on twitter for a while now, and have heard so much buzz about this series. Almost all of the book bloggers I follow have raved about this trilogy, and they normally have impeccable taste when doing so. With that being said, this book has been sitting in my “to-be-read” pile for a long time, and I finally was able to pick it up. I started it Thursday night, and if I hadn’t been so dang tired I would have finished it in one sitting. Shatter Me was good, damn good. 




Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publish Date: November 15, 2011
Format: Kindle
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Dystopian


Synopsis:
I have a curse
I have a gift

I am a monster
I'm more than human

My touch is lethal
My touch is power

I am their weapon
I will fight back

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior. (Goodreads)

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