Review: Made for You by Melissa Marr

20419003 Genre: YA Mystery
Published: September 16, 2014 by HarperCollins
Length: 368 pages
Source: HarperCollins (ARC)

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, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.”

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This book is such a perfect read for Halloween! Made For You is told in three different perspectives which are: Eva’s, the killer’s, and Eva’s best friend, Grace. If you are not a big fan of multiple perspective, I don’t think you’ll have trouble with this one though because the characters sound very distinct from each other. This book was intriguing from the very start, and it was a page-turner. It was so fast paced since you’ll be eager to know who this mysterious, obsessed killer is.

What I loved about this book is reading the killer’s perspective. It was so creepy yet fascinating because the killer’s mind is so twisted and obscure. It may sound weird, but I sympathized for him/her the most because it is not his/her fault that he/she acts that way. I’m saying he/she because I do not want to spoil you whether the killer is a male or a female. The killer is actually not revealed until a couple chapters from the end. I also like how whenever someone has physical contact with Eva, she will able to see the person’s death. I thought that was really creative, and adds more suspense to the story.

There is a sort of insta-love but the story is so focused on the mystery that it just made me overlook at the romance. The supporting characters were okay. I didn’t think they were memorable, but I thought they were realistic. Overall I recommend this book to everyone, especially if you love mystery books!

4 of 5

A Perspective on Binge-Reading {Discuss #18}

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Honestly, I feel a bit jealous when other readers say “oh, the final book is coming out! Now I can just binge read the series!” Some people make it sounds so easy, but binge reading is very difficult for me because no matter how good the book is (i.e. Harry Potter) it is almost impossible for me to binge read a series because after reading a book from that series, I want to just take a break from that world and read a different book. No matter how awesome the world is, I just want to step back and experience another setting.

I wish I was one of those readers who can easily binge read a series. I think binge-reading is good because after reading the first book, you can read the sequel without forgetting important information from the first book.

—WHAT ABOUT YOU?—

I’d like to know your thoughts on binge-reading! Do you like it? Do you have trouble binge-reading? If so, why?

Review: Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas

16090645 Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: March 11, 2014 by Harper Teen
Length: 336 pages
Source: HarperTeen (ARC)

Despite what her name might suggest, Heart has zero interest in complicated romance. So when her brilliant plan to go to prom with a group of friends is disrupted by two surprise invites, Heart knows there’s only one drama-free solution: flip a coin.

Heads: The jock. He might spend all night staring at his ex or throw up in the limo, but how bad can her brother’s best friend really be?

Tails: The theater geek…with a secret. What could be better than a guy who shares all Heart’s interests–even if he wants to share all his feelings?

Heart’s simple coin flip has somehow given her the chance to live out both dates. But where her prom night ends up might be the most surprising thing of all…”

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What a fun read! I was honestly not expecting this book to be such a fun and enjoyable read. I thought this book consisted all of the clichés and stereotypes one could think of but the characters were so real! There were a few clichés here and there, but I know some people who are like that back in high school so it was realistic for me. Ask Again Later is about Heart, the main character, who has less than 2 weeks to choose who to go to prom with. She has a hard time choosing because she does not want to hurt the other person, so she decides to flip a coin and let it choose for her.

The author’s writing style is really good. The chapters switch back and forth to ‘Heads’ and ‘Tails’ where in heads, it shows the outcome if she chose her brother’s friend (Troy) as her prom date and in tails, it shows the outcome if she chose her friend, Ryan, as her date. I was totally not expecting for the writing style to be like that; I thought it was just going to be a book full of drama and her falling for either Troy or Ryan. I was so wrong! This book is filled with adventure, disaster, friendships, and a cute romance.

I especially liked the ‘tails’ scenes more than the heads although they are very similar because the stuff that happens to Heart is much more horrible in ‘heads’ than in ‘tails’. I also did not like how Phil, Heart’s brother, acted in the entire book. He is the definition of a douche. I love Heart’s friends though; they are just so fun to be with and I like how they got Heart’s back.

Overall I recommend this to anyone who is in the mood for a light and fast read. This book will not fail to make you laugh, and if you’re missing high school (like me lol) then you should definitely read it!

4 of 5

Stacking the Shelves #10

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Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. You basically just show your books that you bought, received, or borrowed whether they are physical books, ebooks, ARCs, etc. You can create a blog post or upload a video showcasing the books you received this week.

Wow..I find it funny how all the second and third books in the series are being released soon!

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For Review
Willowgrove (Hemlock #3) by Kathleen Peacock
Pretty Wanted (Pretty Crooked #3) by Elisa Ludwig
Transcendent (Starling #3) by Lesley Livingston
King (The Dragon King Chronicles #3) by Ellen Oh
Quake (Pulse #3) by Patrick Carman
A Cold Legacy (The Madman’s Daughter #3) by Megan Shepherd
Etherworld (Elusion #2) by Claudia Gabel & Cheryl Klam
All That Burns (All That Glows #2) by Ryan Graudin
Death Marked (Death Sworn #2) by Leah Cypess
The Pretty App by Katie Sise
Thank you so much HarperCollins!

Review: A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

20801166 Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: August 26, 2014 by Swoon Reads
Length: 272 pages
Source: bought (at Target)

The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together. Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out.  But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. Their bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship.

Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are meant to be together….

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Honestly, I have mixed feelings for this book and I’m still deciding whether I want to give it a 3.5 stars or 4 stars rating. What I love about this book is how the romance is not told by the two main characters. The people and even animals around the couple tells the story of how these two characters, Lea and Gabe, fall in love. I have never read anything like that and I think that is what makes this book unique. If it were told by the two main characters though, I think this book would be very boring because it would probably consist of Lea and Gabe just telling the readers whether they should make a move or not. It was interesting to read how their friends, the bench, a squirrel, Starbucks baristas, and their English professor view Lea and Gabe. I also love how all of the characters were so realistic and different from one another which made it easier to differentiate and remember each characters.

What annoyed me though is Lea and Gabe obviously like each other (it was so obvious that even a squirrel could tell) but they do not talk to each other. Every time they see each other, they just wave. At times, I just wanted to smack both of their heads.

Overall it was a great and fluffy read . I would definitely recommend it because it was funny at times and was such an easy read. You can breeze through it in one sitting, and I think it’s best to read this during the fall/winter.

4 of 5

Stacking the Shelves #9

bookhaul

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. You basically just show your books that you bought, received, or borrowed whether they are physical books, ebooks, ARCs, etc. You can create a blog post or upload a video showcasing the books you received this week.

Wow I haven’t done a book haul in a long time. I think the last book haul that I’ve done was April of this year.

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For Review

The 52nd by Dela
The Jewel (The Lone City #1) by Amy Ewing
The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen #1) by Jodi Meadows
How to Win at High School by Owen Matthews
Solitaire by Alice Oseman
Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff
The Cemetery Boys by Heather Brewer
Lies I Told by Michelle Zink
The Memory Key by Liana Liu
Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor
Love and Other Theories by Alexis Bass
No Parking at the End Times by Bryan Bliss
Twisted Fate by Norah Olson
Polaris (Avalon #2) by Mindee Arnett
The Prey (The Hatchery #1) by Tom Isbell
My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
Geek Girl (Geek Girl #1) by Holly Smale
Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes
The Distance Between Lost and Found by Kathryn Holmes
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand
Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard
A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas
Everything That Makes You by Moriah McStay
Little Peach by Peggy Kern
Guardians (Wasteland #3) by Susan Kim & Laurence Klavan
Top Ten Clues You’re Clueluess by Liz Czukas
No Place to Fall by Jaye Robin Brown
Crashland (Twinmaker #2) by Sean Williams
Empire of Shadows (Bhinian Empire #2) by Miriam Forster
Catalyst (Insignia #3) by S.J. Kincaid
Made for You by Melissa Marr
Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths Little
On the Edge by Allison van Diepen

thank you so much to author Dela and Harper Collins for the advance copies.

Bought
A Little Something Different by Sandy Hal
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rolling

Won
Lailah (The Styclar Saga #1) by Nikki Kelly
The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien

thank you so much Stacee!

Review: This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

15790873 Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: December 24, 2013 by Poppy
Length: 407 pages
Source: bought (at Barnes & Noble)

If fate sent you an email, would you answer?

When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O’Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds.

Then Graham finds out that Ellie’s Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media’s spotlight at all costs?”

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This Is What Happy Looks Like is such a cute book! It is written in 3rd person point of view and alternates between Ellie’s and Graham’s perspective. The story begins when Graham accidentally sends Ellie an e-mail instead of sending it to someone who will babysit his pet pig, Wilbur. I really like the two main characters because they are so believable. Ellie’s life is simple; she goes to work at Sprinkles (an icecream parlor) and uses the money she earns to fulfill her dream. Graham on the other hand just wants people to see him for who he is. He is tired of people, especially girls, treating him “extra special” just because he is a celebrity. There are also a couple of Charlotte’s Web references which made me smile because it is one of my all time favorite children’s book.

The story takes place in Maine, and the way the author describes the setting felt like I was there. She uses a lot of descriptions but not too much that it will make you bored. I can easily imagine the beach scenes, Graham and Ellie’s dates and their adventures, where Ellie works, etc.

Family and friendship is also significant in this book. The two main characters help each other out to resolve their family conflicts which I really loved because it shows that these characters are compassionate and caring. I really recommend reading this book because it was a light, fluffy read and it was easy to just dive into the story. At times it was a bit unrealistic and hard to believe but overall  I enjoyed it.

4 of 5

Review: Carrier of the Mark (Carrier #1) by Leigh Fallon

10335701 Genre: YA Paranormal
Published: October 4, 2011 by HarperTeen
Series: #1 (Carrier)
Length: 342 pages
Source: bought

Their love was meant to be.

When Megan Rosenberg moves to Ireland, everything in her life seems to fall into place. After growing up in America, she’s surprised to find herself feeling at home in her new school. She connects with a group of friends, and she is instantly drawn to darkly handsome Adam DeRÍs.

But Megan is about to discover that her feelings for Adam are tied to a fate that was sealed long ago—and that the passion and power that brought them together could be their ultimate destruction.

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I think Carrier of the Mark is a book you should just read without any expectations. It was very similar to Twilight, but I love how it was not about vampires. The main characters have element powers and I wish the author elaborated more on how the characters can manipulate their powers. I thought the romance was okay. It was insta-love but I already saw that coming since the romance in Twilight was insta-lovey. It was a bit cheesy at times, but bearable. I wish the book wasn’t so focused on the romance, though. I was really interested to know the side characters’ background especially Adam’s family (lol see what I did there?). Also, the author wasn’t very clear on the whole “carrier of the mark” thing. I still kind of do not understand how one can become the carrier of the mark and how one can pass it on. Overall if you liked Twilight and you are having a hangover from it then you should read this, if you did not enjoy Twilight then maybe skip this one because it really is very similar to it.

3 of 5

Review: The Dolls (Dolls #1) by Kiki Sullivan

18249114 Genre: YA Paranormal
Published: September 2, 2014 by Balzer + Bray
Series: #1 (Dolls)
Length: 384 pages
Source: Balzer + Bray (ARC)

Eveny Cheval just moved back to Louisiana after spending her childhood in New York with her aunt Bea. Eveny hasn’t seen her hometown since her mother’s suicide fourteen years ago, and her memories couldn’t have prepared her for what she encounters. Because pristine, perfectly manicured Carrefour has a dark side full of intrigue, betrayal, and lies—and Eveny quickly finds herself at the center of it all.

Enter Peregrine Marceau, Chloe St. Pierre, and their group of rich, sexy friends known as the Dolls. From sipping champagne at lunch to hooking up with the hottest boys, Peregrine and Chloe have everything—including an explanation for what’s going on in Carrefour. And Eveny doesn’t trust them one bit.

But after murder strikes and Eveny discovers that everything she believes about herself, her family, and her life is a lie, she must turn to the Dolls for answers. Something’s wrong in paradise, and it’s up to Eveny, Chloe, and Peregrine to save Carrefour and make it right.”

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The Dolls was an okay book with lots of creepy scenes and interesting plot. What I liked about it is the mystery at the beginning. I say the beginning because the mystery kind of died down towards the middle and the end of the book since it got a bit predictable. I think the world building was pretty good. Eveny’s hometown is divided into two parts – the rich and the poor. The author was very creative on explaining how the town became like that.

I enjoyed it for the most part, but the whole clique thing a.k.a. ‘the dolls’ and boys chasing them was just too cliché for me. What I liked about the characters though is that some were easy to differentiate because they had different personalities. Though they were easy to differentiate, I don’t think they’ll fall under the category of ‘memorable characters’. There were also some inconsistencies throughout the book like Eveny’s aunt telling her that it is not safe in their hometown yet they move there…UM OKAY?

Overall it was a good book with some inconsistencies and cliché characters. I would recommend you reading it but I wouldn’t put it on top of my to-be read pile.

3 of 5

Top 10 Books That Have Stayed With Me In Some Way

Thank you Kristy and Melissa over at Book Nerd Reviews and Nikki over at Love at First Write for tagging me! The rules are you have to post 10 books that have stayed with you in some way and then tag 10 other people to do it. In no particular order…

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All of these books are amazing and definitely affected me in some way. Some of these books have plot twists that are just mindblowing…but what I love most about these books are the realistic characters. I think that’s the hardest part about writing; making the characters connect with the readers.

I Tag:

1. Hazel @ Stay Bookish
2 & 3. Alise & Bec @ Readers in Wonderland
4. Giselle @ Book Nerd Canada
5. Kaitlin @ Reading Is My Treasure
6. Andrew @ Endlessly Reading
7. Ariella @ Secrets of Lost Words
8. Emily @ Reverie Rhapsody
9. Jessica @ Fly to Fiction
10. And to whoever wants to do this tag :)


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