Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins

SweetPerilAnna Whitt, the daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a vow. She’d been naive about a lot of things.

Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.

When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?

We all know how much I loved the first book, right? Well, I love this one a bazillion times more; just to clarify. Like, I’m sitting here trying to find words for this but all I do is draw a blank. As you read this, just know it took me 8 days to write this because it’s hard to express such great love for a book. I was ecstatic to get my hands on this book and when I finally did, I freaking devoured it. I finished it in about 3 hours. Like in the first book, Anna is battling her work but is feeling a more addictive pull to it than ever before. She’s also still searching for the good in herself and her fellow Neph. as she and Kope travel the world. At times, things become extremely tense between the two but they make the best team, in my opinion. Oh and there’s Kai. Who tops the “Book Boyfriend” list. Because he’s amazing. And a drummer. I don’t want to, like, ruin this entire romance aspect of the book because that’s one of the things driving you to pick this book up, but you’ll be amazed at Kaidan by the end of this book. So now I’m experiencing the bittersweet purgatory of waiting on the next book in this series. Go read this so we can suffer together.

Highly Anticipated Releases-May 2013

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein………..May 7th, 2013

If I Should Die by Amy Plum………..May 7th, 2013

Awaken (Abandon Trilogy Series; book #3) by Meg Cabot……….May 7th, 2013

Icons by Margaret Stohl……….May 7th, 2013

Invisibility by Andrea Cremer & David Levithan……….May 7th, 2013

Fifteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton……….May 7th, 2013

The Beautiful & The Cursed by Page Morgan……….May 14th, 2013

As Dead as it Gets by Katie Alexander………..May 21st, 2013

Crazy by Amy Reed……….May 21st, 2013

Dare You To by Katie McGarry……….May 28, 2013

6 Books You Should Read Before They’re Movies

With the YA genre getting so much attention in the movie business, it only seems right to recommend a few of my favorites that are now in the film making process or rumored to be. Let’s just hope they don’t turn out like Beautiful Creatures-which I (and everyone else who read the book) was very angry about because they changed so many things. I mean, I know that they can’t fit 400 some pages into two and a half hours worth of film but a few of those scenes came from nowhere. And characters were changed skipped. It was good, I guess, if you hadn’t read the books. But I mean, come on, everyone read that book.

Okay, my rant is over. Sorry. I tend to get carried away with my criticism. I now present to you yet another List. For more information, click the book covers (though, some are unlinked).

1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

Okay, you all know that I love it. If you don’t, click that pic because you’ll need to find out sooner or later. It’s such a good book. Great story line, epic romance that will make you want to rip your heart out, and the most ultimate philosphy ever to be presented in the YA world, what leagacy will I leave behind? Shailene Woodley has been offered the part of Hazel, which I would not have chosen but it’s not like I’m in charge of this stuff. (Let’s all just take a minute to imagine that; a world ruled by Chelyan. It’d be great.) It’s going to be directed by up-and-coming Josh Boone and produced by Wyck Godfrey, who no one knows even though he produced all of the Twilight movies.

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2. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Seeing as The Hunger Games was such a major freaking success, you should know that Catching Fire is the next installment. Though this was probably my least favorite in the trilogy, it was crucial the entire plot of the series. You can’t escape it. Catching Fire

3. Divergent by Veronica Roth

Yet another that I love. It’s easily my favorite dystopian YA. You may have recently seen the EW First Look still that was released of Shailene (yep, she’s in this one too) standing with her back pressed to a wall. The wall that has a knife stuck in it. Fairly close to her head. That may shock you-if you haven’t read the book. If you need a new adventure, go find this book.

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4. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

If you have heard of just one of these books, it’s going to be City of Bones. It’s getting the most hype and the most attention because Cassandra Clare is becoming extremely popular. The first book is great but I can’t say the same for the series. It’s not Cassie’s writing because I’m in love with her other series, The Infernal Devices. Anyway, read this one so you can enjoy the movie. But just a wCity of Bones

5. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Zoey Deutch, who played Emily in Beautiful Creatures, is going to play the role of Rose. Again, I wish I was over the casting of these things. Anyway, this is a book you either love or you hate. I’m on the love side, of course. Even if you’re over the whole vampire fad, you’ll want to read this; its different. It also explains all that confusing vampire termanology that I mentioned in my Bloodlines review. books_vampireacademy_big  6) The Maze Runner by James Dashner

My best friend in the world, Alex, recommended this book to me. It’s her favorite book of all time. Though not much information has been given as of yet, there are a lot of people getting excited over this one. I know Alex is. She was ecstatic when she heard about the possibility of this movie. Everyone falls in love with this book. Dylan O’Brien (Stiles from Teen Wolf) has accepted the role of Thomas.

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Over You by Amy Reed (Release on June 4, 2013)

over youMax would follow Sadie anywhere, so when Sadie decides to ditch her problems and escape to Nebraska for the summer, it’s only natural for Max to go along. Max is Sadie’s confidante, her protector, and her best friend. This summer will be all about them. This summer will be perfect.

And then they meet Dylan. Dylan is dark, dangerous, and intoxicating, and he awakens something in Max that she never knew existed. No matter how much she wants to, she can’t back away from him.

But Sadie has her own intensity, and has never allowed Max to become close with anyone else. Max doesn’t know who she is without Sadie, but she’d better start learning. Because if she doesn’t make a decision—about Dylan, about Sadie, about herself—it’s going to be made for her.

I got this ARC for Easter (along with A Touch Mortal & A Touch Morbid by Leah Clifford) thanks to Aunt Angela (a Reading Angel) and devoured all three books in a day and a half–not excluding the eating and sleep time associated with Spring Break. This book is about Sadie, who is a bit reckless-for lack of better word-and Max, who is a sort of mother/protector towards her best friend going to Nebraska to spend time on a communal farm miles from civilization (remember these girls are from Seattle, talk about major culture shock) with Sadie’s somewhat awful mother. If I go into too much more detail, I’m going to start giving away things. We wouldn’t want that now, would we? Anyway, the very first thing I noticed about this book is the unique point of view. It’s written from Max’s POV but the best way to explain it is kind of like Max is writing a letter to you, telling you about the adventure you two have had and how she experienced it (she isn’t really writing a letter, though. It was just the best thing I could thing of.) You’re Sadie. I liked that it was different in that aspect. In short, this book is about finding yourself, sacrificing others, and following your heart, even if it hurts. That sounds selfish, but if you read it you will understand. It also makes you think about what it means to love and be loved and to be hurt but keep going anyway. It’s pretty deep, heavy stuff in the long run. I don’t see how anyone could finish this book and hate it. It’s unique, spiteful, wonderful. And about a million other adjectives that I doubt anyone really wants me list.

I’ll probably pass my ARC to another lucky blogger once my best friend Rachael finishes it. She is absolutely in love with Amy Reed. So be looking for that soon.

Preorder your copy at:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Google Play Store

So…

I know it’s been nearly a month since I’ve blogged and I feel awful. Even if there are only, like, 18 of you who follow me. I’ve been extremely busy lately with school work and other things. There are a few things I would like to inform you of, though:

~Guest Bloggers!

I think they’re supposed to be actual bloggers, but I don’t really know. So, I got 3 of my absolute best friends-who aren’t bloggers at all, just readers-to write me a review on their favorite book/the best they’d ever read. I figured it would be nice to switch things up with their inputs, as opposed to just my own. I should have those posted by the end of the week. If you’re interested in being a guest blogger, just contact me. I’m always seeking new opinions 🙂

~The Lists.

The infamous lists that are always mentioned are currently in production. I have a lot of them (mostly because I like talking about myself) so it may take a while, but I promise to mix their publishing times inbetween my reviews so you aren’t overwhelmed/bored out of your mind all at once.

~I’m Going To Do Better About Posting On a Regular Schedule. Hopefully.

Things have been kind of crazy lately but I think that I’ve adjusted. I promise that I going to take some time everyday to blog. My teachers should be slowing down with giving us homework *groans* because we’re six weeks from the end. Knock on wood, one of them will magically see this and give us more. Cross your fingers that they stay oblivious to my ranting.

I’d also like to hear some thoughts on the new City of Bones trailer, the EW First Look picture of Shailene as Tris, and The Fault in Our Stars casting options. Those are the things I’ve been fangirling over this week, in case you were wondering why. Any other nerdy things are also accepted.

Thanks for following,

C

Highly Anticipated Releases-April 2013

Brianna on the Brink by Nicole McInnes……….April 1st, 2013

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith……….April 2nd, 2013

Halflings by Heather Burch……….April 2nd, 2013

The Rising by Kelley Armstrong………..April 2nd, 2013

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters……….April 2nd, 2013

If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin……….April 2nd, 2013

The Obsidian Blade by Pete Hautman……….April 9th, 2013

Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout……….April 9th, 2013

Nobody’s Secret by Michaela MacColl……….April 9th, 2013

The Grass is Always Greener by Jen Caronita……….April 16th, 2013

Ultimate Betrayels by Brittany Cournoyer……….April 16th, 2013

The Elite by Kierra Cass………April 23, 2013

The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa……….April 30th, 2013

A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford

TouchMortalDeath isn’t what Eden expected. Where the hell is her release? Her quiet ending? Not that Eden remembers the details of her final hours, but one thing is for sure–becoming a sider, trapped between life and death, was definitely not part of the plan…

For Eden, nothing seems to be coming easy. There’s no way of telling  what will happen when her fingertips graze human skin. The power that builds inside her, Touch, strips away morals and logic.

Some people only feel a high; others are overcome by their darkest thoughts.

But honestly there’s not much time for her to worry about her effect on mere mortals. She’s got her own drama. Somehow, word’s gotten around that her Touch can kill her own kind. With desperate siders already camping out on her doorstep, the last thing Eden needs is the rumor to spread. Especially since it’s true…

If it is any indication to you of how much I love this book, then I’ll tell you that I only got it today and I’m already blogging about it. It was an Easter gift, one of three books in my basket from the Easter Bunny-who is still entirely real to my brother and sister. I read this entire book while at my grandma’s and began the second before I left. I eventually had to quit reading the second because I was still processing and putting together the pieces of the first book. It sucks you in like this mystical black hole and your mind experiences spaghettification (apparently that’s what black holes do to the things they suck in; just don’t ask where I acquired that info, because I have no clue) because the twists and turns and bends and breaks. The story itself is perfect, the characters were human (you know what I mean; imperfect, flawed, broken), but I was a little baffled by the fact that Eden switched her love interest so many times. Like, it may have been the same two boys but ughhh it was frustrating. Anyway, Leah Clifford was wholey original and brilliant in this world she has developed. I like the concept of being in between Heaven and Hell after you die. I think this is my new favorite Heaven-vs.-Hell-vs.-fate book. Guess that means I’ve got to update The List…

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The_Fault_in_Our_StarsSixteen year-old Hazel Grace Lancaster is forced by her parents to attend a support group for children living with cancer. Hazel was diagnosed with Stage 4 Thyroid cancer when she was 13 (three months after her first period). At support group she meets Augustus “Gus” Waters, a former basketball star who lost his right leg to osteosarcoma, and upon her first words to him he clearly becomes infatuated. Hazel convinces Augustus to read ‘An Imperial Affliction’, her favorite book, and he becomes almost as obsessed with it as she is. Beginning on their first meeting, they both begin their freeing journey to loving each other and themselves.

Like Looking for Alaska, John Green proves that he can write incredible life stories, both happy and awfully tragic. Just a warning: This book is a bazillion times more likely to make you cry than Looking for Alaska. You’ll also love and loath the characters as if they are actual people. You’ll laugh with them, scream with them, and-of course-sob uncontrollably with them. John tells an incredibly raw, powerfully real, and extremely heartfelt story about love, life, and facing anything that scares you, even death. I like to imagine that I would be as strong as Hazel in her situations but I know that it is very unlikely that a normal person could be so strong and so weak and still keep going. I believe that people with a serious illness are some of the bravest humans there are, anyway. I simply cannot imagine living this. During this book, you’ll laugh, swoon, cry, insert-intense-emotional-action-here all in the same chapter. It made me feel severely bipolar, but at the same time I loved it. I would recommend this book to anyone, whether they need to reconsider how truly blessed they are or they just want an awe-inspiring read. It will definitely make you think about how you affect the world, what mark you’ll leave on it when you leave, and what you’d do if you lost the one you dearly loved. Just make sure you’ve got a box of tissues and that you won’t have to go anywhere after you read it because you’ll be ugly and splotchy, and look like death from crying (this is what I learned from my experience). Cry. Be merry. Learn about life. But most of all, enjoy it.
 

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

thduff     Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “Duffy,” she throws her Coke in his face.

     But things aren’t so great at home right now. Desperate for a distraction, Bianca ends up kissing Wesley. And likes it. Eager for escape, she throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with Wesley.

     Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out that Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

I know I don’t give the books I review stars but if I did, I would definately give it like 20 stars. That is how great this book is. Though the story line is based on Bianca’s “enemies with benefits” connection with Wesley (which begins as only a distraction), it’s not graphic or risque like most people would think. I mean, you know what’s going on but it doesn’t go into detail, which is good. The reason I loved this book, though, was the fact that this girl isn’t afraid to speak her mind to others or admit her insecurities to herself is something we rarely find in YA. Though it isn’t a very nice thing, she makes herself accept the fact that she is the Designated Ugly Fat Friend (even though she really isn’t). She also realizes that everyone has problems that cripple their sanity and that most people live with the very same insecurities she finds in herself. Add in an awkward love triangle between “the perfect match” and the screwed up playboy and you have the best book ever written in contemporary YA. And when I say the best, I mean it from the darkest depths of my heart. Like, it’s better than John Green–which is something very few people say, I’m sure.

Yes, some people are going to say that this book is a bad influence because there is sex and blah, blah. But they can just deal with it. No one is forcing them to read it. If anything, they should be glad that this book shows how much sex will screw up your relationships. It’s not like we weren’t forced to read Romeo & Juliet or The Scarlet Letter (which is actually referenced) in high school. I mean, the sex in that book is more of a big deal than it is in The Duff. I honestly think there is nothing wrong with teenagers reading this. I may be a little biased-seeing as I am one-but it is really not any worse than anything you learn in Health Class or see on MTV. I highly doubt this book will influence teenagers to have sex and like I said, it will warn most kids away from sexual relations. Nowadays, people are going to do what they will and one book probably won’t sway them to sleep around. Plus this book doesn’t go into any detail about the sex so it’s not bad.

The Haul

So, as you know I went on a book trip yesterday. I was extremely excited to go to into an actual book store. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Nook but only because I live in southern West Virginia and it is quite convenient to just download books as opposed to going all the way to Charleston. Anyway, I spent about $90 at Books-A-Million. The eight books I purchased were: The Duff by Kody Keplinger, Wicked Kiss by Michelle Rowen, The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Paper Towns by John Green, Partials by Dan Wells, and Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. I’ve already finished the first two, and I’ll be beginning The Fault in Our Stars shortly. I’m living with a sort of book-hangover from The Duff because it was sooooo magnificent. That’s probably the next review to come.