Posts Categorized: 2011

2011 Favorites!

2011 Favorites!

This has been a monumental reading year for me, because it was the year I rediscovered my love for YA. I also started posting reviews on GoodReads and started this blog, which has been so much fun! Most importantly, I’ve made so many amazing new friends who feed my book addiction, and I’m grateful everyday for having so many people I can go to for recommendations. Total Books Read:    422 Here are my favorite books published in 2011. #1 Liesl & Po A lovely tale full of adventure and magic, and an instant classic alongside books like Mary Poppins and A Little Princess. #2 Clockwork Prince (Infernal Devices #2) A heart-breaking story that combines exquisite Victorian details, steampunk, a love of literature, principled characters, and magic. #3 Angelfall  Post-apocalyptic YA + kickass heroine + badass angels + cannibals…what more could you ask for? #4 A Monster Calls  A difficult but… Read more »

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Angelfall: review

Angelfall: review

Angelfallby Susan Ee In the beginning, it starts with a single feather drifting slowly down from the sky. When 17-year-old Penryn sees this simple sight, she is filled with incredible dread, because this lovely, floating ephemeral thing is an unlikely sign of terrible things to come. Six weeks after a devastating attack on earth, the world has been torn apart by a war between angels and humans. Caught up in a battle she doesn’t understand, Penryn watches in horror as an angel named Raffe is cornered and brutally stripped of his wings. In trying to help, she antagonizes one of the perpetrators and is forced to watch as her wheelchair-bound little sister is taken away. Penryn angrily demands that Raffe provides information and assistance in finding her sibling, and the two natural enemies must work together to outwit danger at every turn. If you’ve been searching high and low for… Read more »

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Deadly Cool: review

Deadly Cool: review

Deadly Coolby Gemma Halliday How was it fair that I had to conduct a murder investigation and do trig? If Nancy Drew had a cheeky sense of humor, she would be Hartley Featherstone. Hartley’s boyfriend Josh has been cheating on her, and even worse, the girl turns up dead and Josh is now the prime suspect in Courtney’s murder. What’s a girl to do except band together with her best friend Sam and the good-looking Chase to try and solve the crime? Reading Deadly Cool is like eating a bowl of ice cream. It’s a refreshing treat following the afterburn of reading so many mopey and middling young adult novels, and it’s one that goes down smoothly and will leave you craving more more more! I didn’t expect for a murder mystery to keep me laughing throughout the entire story, but this one totally did. Hartley’s observations are hilarious, and… Read more »

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Double Clutch: review

Double Clutch: review

Double Clutch (Brenna Blixen #1)by Liz Reinhardt Gosh, this book is so freaking cute, I can’t even stand it. We all can use a little romance now and then, but not many contemporary YA love stories stand out as anything particularly memorable, which is why I normally prefer to see them cloaked among werewolves and angels and other such distractions. Brenna Blixen doesn’t need supernatural beings to keep our attention, however. This smart and focused heroine has plenty of drama in her life, what with starting all over again at her school after being abroad for a year. She’s also attracted to two very different boys: the arrogant, too-sexy-for-his-own-good Saxon, and the hot but shy Jake. Both boys pursue Brenna with enjoyable focus, and as things heat up in the two different relationships, she discovers that everyone’s hiding secrets…and the two boys even have a complicated history of their own…. Read more »

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A Need So Beautiful: review

A Need So Beautiful: review

A Need So Beautifulby Suzanne Young This was almost a really great book. Angel books are tricky anyway, perhaps because they can’t rely so much on the sexy-dangerous vibes of other paranormal creatures such as vampires or werewolves, and then there’s a certain expectation of a higher purpose being fulfilled. It’s a fine line to balance that greater calling along with making a character relatable and sympathetic, so it’s no wonder that we don’t see very many good ones. It’s very strange, then, to find an angel YA book that does the most difficult elements of an angel book very, very well, but somehow falls short in the everyday life stuff. Charlotte is an angel whose purpose is to help those in need, but she’s destined to be forgotten by everyone she has ever known. Day by day, her Need grows stronger and her ties to the earth grow more… Read more »

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Clockwork Prince: review

Clockwork Prince: review

Clockwork Prince (Infernal Devices #2)by Cassandra Clare Have you ever pictured yourself wandering among the tombs at Westminster Abbey, marveling at the sheer wonder of being among the greatest literary figures in history? Sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray is taken to Poets’ Corner by someone who understands exactly what such an experience will mean to her, and this lovely little moment in the sequel to Clockwork Angel perfectly encapsulates everything I love about the Infernal Devices series. Tessa is a shapeshifting Shadowhunter who is becoming accustomed to her powers, but in the middle of all the magic and mystery in Victorian England, the relationships between Tessa, the enigmatic Will, and the thoughtful, sensitive Jem remain the very heart of the story. Following a rather, ahem, provocative prologue, the story really begins as the London Institute of Shadowhunters is given two weeks to find the evil Magister, who is still determined to gain… Read more »

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Between the Sea and Skyby Jaclyn Dolamore Ten (Unfulfilled) Wishes for this Book: 1. If this is was supposed to be a YA book, I wish that the story was more complex, the characters more fully developed, and the dialogue less juvenile. 2. If this was supposed to be a middle grade book, I wish there were no fewer mentions of breasts and men looking at them, fewer mentions of drunken sailors making suggestive remarks, and less focus on the rather insipid romance. Such random lascivious behavior inserts an ugly note into the story for no reason whatsoever. 3. I wish mermaids didn’t eat olives and nuts and other decidedly human foods; it just doesn’t sit well with me. I also wish mermaids didn’t eat fish. While I understand that fish do eat other fish in the wild, there’s a certain cannibalism about this scenario that I would think the… Read more »

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