Saturday, March 31, 2012

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Title: Before I Fall
Author: Lauren Oliver
Release Date: March 2nd 2012 by HarperCollins
Edition: Ebook

What if you only had one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life? 

Samantha Kingston has it all: looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last. 

The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. Living the last day of her life seven times during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death--and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.

My Thoughts:
This book really got me thinking. It had me so deep in thought that I tuned out the environment around me 30 minutes straight. When the book first started off, I was wondering if this was going to be about once of those 'mean girls', the kind of girl who is conceited and doesn't care about the people around her. But my wondering mind quick changed from that perspective. This book had a lot of morals in it and it was something I really appreciated.

To me this book was about seeing the person you were before and making a change for the better. No matter how late it is, things can always change.

I love and hated Samantha's character. I really enjoyed seeing how she evolved as a character and learned so many things about herself that she didn't see before. Those seven days to relive her and try to change the past made her open her eyes to so many different things that went on around her. But sometimes her attitude really bothered me. Like most people, I didn't like girls like that when I was around her age and I still don't really like people with that kind of attitude.

The whole thing with Juliet really opened my eyes to what others may be feeling or going through. You just never know what may be going on in someone's life. It was really sad to read about.

I really recommend this book! It was amazing and I did tear up a bit. Please check this book out. It's really an amazing story. I tried so hard to make this review spoiler free.


Friday, March 30, 2012

Books To Pine For (12)

Title: The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Release Date: April 24th 2012 by Harlequin Teen
Edition: Hardcover, 485 pages

In a future world, Vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.

Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die… or become one of the monsters.

Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.

Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.

But it isn't easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for.

Title: Fear (Gone, #5)
Author: Michael Grant
Release Date: April 3rd 2012 by Katherine Tegen Books
Edition: Hardcover, 509 pages


Despite the hunger, despite the lies, even despite the plague, the kids of Perdido Beach are determined to survive. Creeping into the tenuous new existence they've built, though, is perhaps the worst incarnation yet of the enemy known as the Darkness: fear.

Title: The Calling (Darkness Rising, #2)
Author: Kelley Armstrong

Release Date: April 10th 2012 by HarperCollins
Edition: Hardcover, 326 pages

Maya and her friends--all of whom have supernatural powers--have been kidnapped after fleeing from a forest fire they suspect was deliberately set, and after a terrifying helicopter crash they find themselves pursued by evildoers in the Vancouver Island wilderness.

Blogger Interview: Nicola at A Pocket Full of Books

Hey everyone,
Today's blogger interview is with Nicola from A Pocket Full of Books!
Please welcome her :)
I really enjoy her blog and so you guys should check it out if you haven't and get to know a little bit about her experience blogging.
Her links will be question 10 of the interview :)
Enjoy and please tell me your thoughts!

The Interview:

1. Well, to start off this interview how about you tell us a little bit about yourself and your blog.
Hey! Thanks for having me on your blog.  I'm Nicola. I'm 19 and I live in Ireland. I'm (unsurprisingly) a soon-to-be English lit student. My blog (A Pocket Full of Books) focuses mainly on Young Adult books but the occasional Adult book slips in there too. At the moment it consists of lots of reviews and a few memes. 

2. How long have you been blogging?
I have been reviewing for years. I started reviewing on Goodreads back in 2009. I only decided to start my blog up in December of 2011. I probably would have done so sooner if I had known more about the book blogging world and how huge it is! 

3. What is is one of the best and one of the worst experience you have encountered with blogging?
There are lots of bests! I love it when people stop by to tell me they like my reviews. It's also awesome to get asked by authors or publishers to review their books. The best was probably getting my first print review copy- that was fun!

There haven't been many bad experiences so far. At first I found it a little overwhelming but I'm getting the hang of spacing everything out now and pacing myself.

4. How do you maintain your blog? (Ex: Is there a schedule you stick to or you post as you go.)
I don't have a strict schedule but I do have a calender. I have some scheduled posts for blog tours and cover reveals, and for reviews of books that have to be held until closer to the publication date! But other than that, no. I think life would get in the way of any sort of formal schedule! 

5. How did you come up with the name of your blog? Is there any backstory to it?
I just sat at my laptop all day and tried out different ones! Every time I thought I'd come up with something creative I'd look and someone would already have it. I ended up with A Pocket Full of Books as I got my first ereader at the same time and figured that I now literally do have a pocket that's full of books! Not the most exciting name ever but I've grown attached to it. :)

6. What is one way, to you, that makes a blog eye catching?
I think there's a difference between what I think is eye catching and what I actually want to spend time looking at! I really like when blogs keep it simple. The less I have distracting me in the background the more likely I am to read through the posts. I love when a blog's heading is nice and original but I like the rest of the blog to be plain.

7. What is your favorite book genre? 
I tend to be drawn towards anything with a paranormal element to it. They're just the most exciting! However, this year I've really started to like contemporary YA fiction and I've really enjoyed what I've read so far. I think realistic fiction can be just as entertaining as fantasy!

8 What is one thing about a book that turns you off about it?
Other than having typos and formatting problems, I really can't stand stereotypes! I'm very unlikely to continue reading a book if all the characters are walking talking stereotypes. It's so unoriginal and I feel like the characters really have no voice of their own!

9. Stand Alone or Series? Why?
While series are great and I follow lots of them, lately I've been really into stand alone novels. For a number of reasons really! I think lots of books in a series can end up being fillers and have nothing in them that moves the plot along. It's also a pain having to wait a year for the next installment to come out. And it gets really expensive when you have to buy three or more books for every one book you read! Series can be wonderful and exciting but sometimes authors just don't know when to stop and end up taking it too far.

10. Where can we find you? 
My Twitter: @pocketofbooks
My Facebook: 

End of interview
Thank you Nicola for stopping by the blog!
Your blog is amazing and I love the answers to the questions.
Be sure to check out her blog.