domingo, 31 de enero de 2016

Monday Book Recommendations: Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

Publicado por Paulina J. en 22:00 0 comentarios

Monday is the day I choose what new books I’m going to start reading but I have so many books in my To Read Pile that sometimes it’s hard to choose so I have decided that on Monday mornings I’ll recommend some  of  my favorite books.


Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

Title: Some Girls Are
Series: -
Author:Courtney Summers
Date Published: January 5th 2010
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Climbing to the top of the social ladder is hard—falling from it is even harder.  Regina Afton used to be a member of the Fearsome Fivesome, an all-girl clique both feared and revered by the students at Hallowell High... until vicious rumors about her—and her best friend's boyfriend—start going around.  Now Regina's been frozen out, and her ex-best friends are out for revenge.  If Regina were guilty, it would be one thing, but the rumors are far from the terrifying truth, and the bullying is getting more intense by the day.  She takes solace in the company of Michael Hayden, a misfit with a tragic past whom she herself used to bully.  Friendship doesn't come easily for these onetime enemies, and as Regina works hard to make amends for her past, she realizes Michael could be more than just a friend...if threats from the Fearsome Foursome don't break them both first.

Tensions grow and the abuse worsens, as the final days of senior year march toward an explosive conclusion in this dark new tale from the author of Cracked Up To Be.


Courtney Summer is my favorite Contemporary YA because she doesn't sugar coat things even the ugly ones.

sábado, 30 de enero de 2016

Weekly Recap January 25th-31st

Publicado por Paulina J. en 21:30 0 comentarios








viernes, 29 de enero de 2016

Stacking The Shelves (74)

Publicado por Paulina J. en 21:30 0 comentarios




Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course e books!

I'm happy with my haul, some of hose book I've been wanting for some time.






miércoles, 27 de enero de 2016

The Cage by Megan Shepherd Review

Publicado por Paulina J. en 21:30 0 comentarios
Title: The Cage
Series: The Cage #1
Author: Megan Shepherd 
Date Published: May 26th 2015

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

The Maze Runner meets Scott Westerfeld in this gripping new series about teens held captive in a human zoo by an otherworldly race. From Megan Shepherd, the acclaimed author of The Madman's Daughter trilogy.

When Cora Mason wakes in a desert, she doesn't know where she is or who put her there. As she explores, she finds an impossible mix of environments—tundra next to desert, farm next to jungle, and a strangely empty town cobbled together from different cultures—all watched over by eerie black windows. And she isn't alone.

Four other teenagers have also been taken: a beautiful model, a tattooed smuggler, a secretive genius, and an army brat who seems to know too much about Cora's past. None of them have a clue as to what happened, and all of them have secrets. As the unlikely group struggles for leadership, they slowly start to trust each other. But when their mysterious jailer—a handsome young guard called Cassian—appears, they realize that their captivity is more terrifying than they could ever imagine: Their captors aren't from Earth. And they have taken the five teenagers for an otherworldly zoo—where the exhibits are humans.

As a forbidden attraction develops between Cora and Cassian, she realizes that her best chance of escape might be in the arms of her own jailer—though that would mean leaving the others behind. Can Cora manage to save herself and her companions? And if so . . . what world lies beyond the walls of their cage?



My issue with Megan Shepard is that she has amazing ideas but when she executes them something goes horribly wrong  usually the "romance" but since the concept is usually quite interesting enough I tend to keep reading the series.

Things I liked:

-The whole alien civilization was incredibly interesting, I want to see more of how it works outside the menagerie and see other aliens other than the creepy aliens scientist.


Things I didn't like:

-Megan Shepard should not be allowed to write romance it's what ruins her books, it was the problem I had with "The Madman's Daughter". Does she seriously want me to choose between a boy that knowingly sent the main character to prison and the alien that has stalked you all your life??' forgive me if I want Cora to remain single.

-Cora as a character is full of potential and during the first few chapters I couldn't wait to see what would she do but she became the dreaded special snowflake heroine  because the two main guys were were obsessed with her, can't the book just focus on her as a person. She got unfairly sent to prison that's interesting enough.

Final Rating

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6 Reader Problems

Publicado por Paulina J. en 21:30 0 comentarios


1) The person you len't your book to lost it and doesn't understand why it won't be the same if you buy a new copy. Do people not understand that I have memories memories with my books.

2) The publishing company is changing the covers mid-series or they are adding the TV show/movie cover.

3) When you love a book but you find out that the author is a horrible person. This seems to be more common with the rise of social media.

4) When the book you have been anxiously waiting for hasn't been released in your country and when it finally gets there you only find the translated version and it sucks.

5) You can't understand why publishing companies can't agree on the size of books, they all seem pretty mismatched on you bookshelf.

6) Reading Slumps, there is nothing worse than not liking anything you star reading.

martes, 26 de enero de 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Assassin's Heart by Sarah Ahiers

Publicado por Paulina J. en 21:30 0 comentarios

Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spinethat spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.



Title: Assassin's Heart 
Series: Assassin's Heart #1
Author: Sarah Ahiers
Date Published: February 2nd 
Publisher: Harper Teen

In the kingdom of Lovero, nine rival Families of assassins lawfully kill people for a price. As a highly skilled member of one of these powerful clans, seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana has always trusted in the strength of her Family. Until she awakens to find them murdered and her home in flames. The Da Vias, the Saldanas’ biggest enemy, must be responsible—and Lea should have seen it coming. But her secret relationship with the Da Vias’ son, Val, has clouded her otherwise killer instinct—and given the Da Vias more reason than ever to take her Family down.

Racked with guilt and shattered over Val’s probable betrayal, Lea sets out to even the score, with her heart set on retaliation and only one thought clear in her mind: make the Da Vias pay.

With shades of The Godfather and Romeo and Juliet, this richly imagined fantasy from debut author Sarah Ahiers is a story of love, lies, and the ultimate vengeance.
 


I'm not sure if this author is debuting but she is new to me, I'm excited to see what she can add to the whole teen assassin genre.

lunes, 25 de enero de 2016

Top Ten Tuesday Freebie Week!

Publicado por Paulina J. en 22:00 0 comentarios



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and The Bookish.  Each week a new top ten list is posted, and to participate all you have to do is fill in YOUR top ten for the list.

This weeks topic:

Top Ten Bookish Gifts

I always want someone to buy me these things but sadly my wishes are always ignored.

(Some of these items aren't available anymore or I just saw them online but have no idea where they are sold.)


1) Platform 9 & 3/4 phone case


Buy Here

2) Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe dolls


The Pinterest link I have is broken but HERE is the Facebook page of the company that made them.

3) Books to check out: A Journal

Available HERE

4) Personal Book Embosser 


Available here

5) Book Brush


The Book Brush by Arik Levy is apparently no longer available or at least I can't find I link but it was pretty pricey.


6) "Book Shop" Bookbag 


Get it here

7) Book Shaped USB


I'm not certainties exist since I can't find them anywhere and my Pinterest link sends me to an article about the most pirated books.


And my personal favorite:

Personal Library Kit!! How can I live without it.


Buy HERE










domingo, 24 de enero de 2016

Monday Book Recommendations: Matched by Ally Condie

Publicado por Paulina J. en 22:00 0 comentarios

Monday is the day I choose what new books I’m going to start reading but I have so many books in my To Read Pile that sometimes it’s hard to choose so I have decided that on Monday mornings I’ll recommend some  of  my favorite books.



Matched series by Ally Condie



This is in my opinion on of the "original" dystopias during the boom they had in YA, or at least it was the series that introduced me to the Genre

sábado, 23 de enero de 2016

Weekly Recap January 18th-24th

Publicado por Paulina J. en 21:30 0 comentarios








viernes, 22 de enero de 2016

Stacking The Shelves (73)

Publicado por Paulina J. en 22:00 0 comentarios


Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course e books!















jueves, 21 de enero de 2016

The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver

Publicado por Paulina J. en 22:00 0 comentarios

Title: The Secrets We Keep
Series: -
Author: Trisha Leaver
Date Published: April 18th 2015
Publisher:  Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A girl takes over her twin sister's identity in this emotionally charged page-turner about the complicated bond between sisters.

Ella and Maddy Lawton are identical twins. Ella has spent her high school years living in popular Maddy's shadows, but she has never been envious of Maddy. In fact, she's chosen the quiet, safe confines of her sketchbook over the constant battle for attention that has defined Maddy's world.

When—after a heated argument—Maddy and Ella get into a tragic accident that leaves her sister dead, Ella wakes up in the hospital surrounded by loved ones who believe she is Maddy. Feeling responsible for Maddy's death and everyone's grief, Ella makes a split-second decision to pretend to be Maddy. Soon, Ella realizes that Maddy's life was full of secrets. Caught in a web of lies, Ella is faced with two options—confess her deception or live her sister's life.





This is a book that really got me thinking about many things but especially regarding how any decision we make both good or bad can have so many consequences. It certainly has been a while  since a book made me loose so much sleep because I kept replaying it in my head.

Things I liked:

-I've seen a lot of mixed feelings about Ella's decision. At first it did seem stupid and not the greatest decision ever but I put myself in her shoes and I honestly can't say how I would react in her place so I did end up understanding her better.

-At first I was a bit let down by Maddie's secret but like I mentioned it, I slept on it and realized that it did deserve the build up it got because of the way it altered someone's life so negatively.

-Josh calling Ella out was something I enjoyed a lot, he agreed that she had some issues with her parents but made her see that she also contributed to the situation. I've seen so many main character have their flaws excused in some way  by the author it was a nice change seeing something like this.

Things I didn't like:


-Maddy: the few pages I got to see her in made me dislike her instantly because she came off like an incredibly entitled girl, expecting her sister to be at her beck and call and thinking Ella should be grateful to Maddy for defending her.

Final Rating

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