Monday, 26 March 2012

Review: Fins Are Forever by Tera Lynn Childs


Fins Are Forever
Series: Fins #2
Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 262
Format: ebook
Source: Purchased

Rating: 

Reason chosen:  

The first in the series was chosen as my random read of the month and I fell in love with the series

Summary taken from Goodreads:

On Lily Sanderson’s eighteenth birthday she’ll become just a girl still a mergirl, true, but signing the renunciation will ink Princess Waterlily of Thalassinia out of existence. That leaves plain old Lily living on land, dating the boy she loves, and trying to master this being-human thing once and for all.
Now that Lily and Quince are together, mer bond or not, she’s almost content to give up her place in the royal succession of Thalassinia. But just when she thinks she has everything figured out, the waves start to get rough. Lily’s father sends a certain whirlpool-stirring cousin to stay with her on land. What did Doe do to get herself exiled from Thalassinia and stuck in terraped form when everyone knows how much she hates humans? And why why why is she batting her eyelashes at Lily’s former crush, Brody?
The seafoam on the raging surf comes when a merboy from Lily’s past shows up. Tellin asks Lily for something that clouds her view of the horizon. There’s a future with Quince on land, her loyalty to the kingdom in the sea, and Lily tossing on the waves in the middle. Will she find a way to reconcile her love, her duty, and her own dreams?
Tera Lynn Childs’s sequel to Forgive My Fins offers another tail-flicking romance with plenty of fun, sun, and underwater adventure.

Review:

Yet another great underwater story filled with adventures, love and many mishaps. I couldn’t wait to pick this book up after reading the first in the series and I have to say I have not been disappointed yet. I love Lily and her crazy life, funny jealous and sarcastic boyfriend Quince, and of course everything in her life is turned upside down in the novel where she begins to feel the pressures of her actions and choices and needs to decide what is best for both herself and her kingdom.
God, I can’t help but smile whenever I read about Quince. About when he kisses her and when she can barely resist the temptation to touch his biceps at random. I can’t help laughing when she almost flies through the air wanting to strangle her cousin and others need to keep her at bay. And best of all I love when she gets distracted and comes up with funny excuses to her actions.
The character of Lily is a funny awkward girl that carries the world on her shoulders while still trying to remain normal. But, of course, she’s far from normal. This merprincess knows how to hold her own and make a mark in the life of those around her.
The fin flicking tale leaves me wanting more of everything. Sure the romance is fantastic in this novel but the mishaps, the characters, and the beautifully described underwater worlds are what make me want to come back and read more. I smile at the idea of her cleaning algae off the roofs of the buildings and I smile at the idea of her crashing Quince’s motorcycle so many times he’s almost calling the lessons quits. I just love it all.

Good:

Lily—very funny, very strong, and very very stubborn.
Quince—this man can be jealous over me anytime. Those biceps, that smile, the wink, the sarcasm, the biker boots, and the love that he has for Lily. What girl wouldn’t swoon over that?
Tellin—this is going to get very interesting
Doe—I like her role in this one
Brody—I like him better in this one

Bad:

Sadly because Quince and Lily are finally together their banter and sarcasm is less and less and I found this one not as funny as the first. In the first even when they were yelling at each other I was smiling and laughing. But if I have to settle for them being in love…well I guess I can. :)

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):

Overall I love Tera Lynn Childs’ writing style. I never find anything wrong with it and never have to re-read it. And the fact that she can remember to put in so much aquatic related slang makes me quite proud to list her as one of my favourite readers. Overall this book was an aquatic adventure that brought me into another world, made me think about our actual world and environment and left me smiling and utterly happy.

Quotes:

“How do you always know just what to say?" I ask. 
His laugh rumbles through me. "Practice, I guess." 
I pull back and give him a quizzical look. 
"I spent three years imagining what I would say to you if you were mine," he says, tugging me close. 
"I should hope I know what to say now that I've got you.” 

“Are you going to distract me by playing footsie?" 
"Absolutely, princess," he says with a wink. 
"Then I won't remember a thing." 
"It's a samurai training technique," he teases, spinning the test prep book toward him. "I distract you as much as possible right now." He slides the book into his lap. "And you'll learn how to test through anything.” 

“You're watching me, princess." His soft lips spread into an appreciative smile. 
"People might get the wrong idea." 
"What, that I actually like you now?" I tease. 
He shakes his head and leans toward me. "No, that you're trying to see past me to get an eyeful of Benson." 
I shift my gaze to the board and fix an innocent look on my face. 

"What makes you think that's the WRONG idea?" 
Quince leans even closer and says, "Because you came back for me.” 

When the sound of her footsteps on the stairs fades away, Quince asks, “Is she gone?” I peer over his shoulder, through the kitchen, and into the hall beyond. Before I’m done nodding, his lips are on mine. He gives me one of those long, soft, warm-all-over kisses that make me forget Dosinia and Brody and the SATs and anything that isn’t just enjoying this moment. Ah, yes, I mentally sigh. Everything will be fine.

The only boy who gives me butterflyfish in the stomach anymore is Quince. I’m ruined for other boys.

Previously in the Series:

Forgive MyFins ->Click for Review

Next in the Series:

Just for Fins ->Click for Review

Viewer Type Recommendation:

If you are a mermaid lover, or someone who loves a romantic comedy (of sorts) this is one for you.

If you liked this you'll probably love:


Read Completely:
Yes

Make sure to add this one and the first in the series to your shelf!

Photobucket

Quotes-Fins Are Forever by Tera Lynn Child


Here are some of my favourites quotes from Fins Are Forever by Tera Lynn Child.



1. “How do you always know just what to say?" I ask. 
His laugh rumbles through me. "Practice, I guess." 
I pull back and give him a quizzical look. 
"I spent three years imagining what I would say to you if you were mine," he says, tugging me close. 
"I should hope I know what to say now that I've got you.” 

2. “Are you going to distract me by playing footsie?" 
"Absolutely, princess," he says with a wink. 
"Then I won't remember a thing." 
"It's a samurai training technique," he teases, spinning the test prep book toward him. "I distract you as much as possible right now." He slides the book into his lap. "And you'll learn how to test through anything.” 

3.“You're watching me, princess." His soft lips spread into an appreciative smile. 
"People might get the wrong idea." 
"What, that I actually like you now?" I tease. 
He shakes his head and leans toward me. "No, that you're trying to see past me to get an eyeful of Benson." 
I shift my gaze to the board and fix an innocent look on my face. 

"What makes you think that's the WRONG idea?" 
Quince leans even closer and says, "Because you came back for me.” 

4. When the sound of her footsteps on the stairs fades away, Quince asks, “Is she gone?” I peer over his shoulder, through the kitchen, and into the hall beyond. Before I’m done nodding, his lips are on mine. He gives me one of those long, soft, warm-all-over kisses that make me forget Dosinia and Brody and the SATs and anything that isn’t just enjoying this moment. Ah, yes, I mentally sigh. Everything will be fine.

5. The only boy who gives me butterflyfish in the stomach anymore is Quince. I’m ruined for other boys


Enjoy reading!

Photobucket

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Review: Forgive My Finns by Tera Lynn Childs


Forgive My Fins
Series: Fins #1
Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 293
Format: Epub
Source: Purchased

Rating: 


Reason chosen:  
It was chosen as my Random Read of the month by random.org


Summary taken from Goodreads.com:
Lily Sanderson has a secret, and it’s not that she has a huge crush on gorgeous swimming god Brody Bennett, who makes her heart beat flipper-fast. Unrequited love is hard enough when you’re a normal teenage girl, but when you’re half human, half mermaid like Lily, there’s no such thing as a simple crush. 

Lily’s mermaid identity is a secret that can’t get out, since she’s not just any mermaid – she’s a Thalassinian princess. When Lily found out three years ago that her mother was actually a human, she finally realized why she didn’t feel quite at home in Thalassinia, and she’s been living on land and going to Seaview high school ever since, hoping to find where she truly belongs. Sure, land has its problems – like her obnoxious, biker boy neighbor Quince Fletcher – but it has that one major perk – Brody. The problem is, mermaids aren’t really the casual dating type – when they “bond,” it’s for life. 

When Lily’s attempt to win Brody’s love leads to a tsunami-sized case of mistaken identity, she is in for a tidal wave of relationship drama, and she finds out, quick as a tailfin flick, that happily-ever-after never sails quite as smoothly as you planned.


Review:

I thought I was going to like this book and that it was going to be good. I never thought I would love it, read it so fast, and then start on the next in the series immediately after I put this one day. But I did. I loved it so much I think the time it took me to read it is probably up there in the top ten for record time reading.
I loved that it was a tale of a fish-out-of-water (literally) who after three years has finally gotten use to the mainland and its people(so she thought) but then, when she is finally deciding what to do with the rest of her life and getting prepared for her role in the water life throws her a little tail spin and she spends two weeks on an adventure that changes the way she sees everything.
I’m so use to reading novels about a world within our own—and still on land for that matter—but I was shocked, awed, and happy to find a book about the mixture of land and sea and was curiously reading all the description of the under water land to get the picture of this beautiful kingdom.
Then there was the humour and emotion that filled the pages. I love when a writer can channel both of those emotions onto the page so one minute you’re rooting for her when she insults Quince and the next your laughing when he dishes out the same. She can even make getting lip gloss on a cat funny and entertaining.
Lily, who although is not a normal human girl, is normal enough in our society that we relate to her. We laugh with her and share the same humour and share the same experiences—although granted there aren’t a lot of us that are undercover princesses. But I think she, and of course Quince, are really what make this novel, and hopefully series, so good.

Good:

Lily—She’s funny. On top of that she’s so emotional, especially when it comes to Quince, that the emotion just radiate throughout her hair causing it to be uncontrollably frizzy and funny
Quince—He is my dream man. I like the guys who are rough around the edges, while be chiselled and funny, and basically gets on your nerves so much that you just want to slap him then kiss him. Then he turns around and can be the most romantic, kind, well mannered and generous person that you can’t help but look at him awe stricken. And he rides a motor cycle. *Sigh.

Bad:

It maybe could have used a little more detail about her kingdom. More about how it physically looks, the architecture, the culture, the people.

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):

Overall I was immersed into this novel and couldn’t help it, nor did I want to. Child points out a pretty good issue especially in relation to our modern day society and that thinking that we love someone when we love them from afar. Its not really possible. I don’t believe that you can love someone without any real meaningful interaction when you actually get to know someone. And then there is the point of maybe looking even closer to home. That love might be on your neighbour’s door step.
Overall I found no issue with her writing style, the only thing might have been that I would have loved to have read more about her kingdom, more description of its beauty, culture and architect—it had really amazed me.
But, I don’t think I can really have any vital complaints. I never had to re-read something to make sense of it, or try and get her meaning out of something she wrote. It was all pretty straight forward without losing the emotion, humour or anything that really mattered. I could picture everything that happened in my mind, and exactly how all the characters actually looked. I thoroughly enjoyed this aquatic read.

Quotes: ****Warning, may contain spoilers


Next in the Series:

Fins are Forever ->Click for Review
Just for Fins ->Click for Review

Viewer Type Recommendation:

If you are a mermaid lover, or someone who loves a romantic comedy (of sorts) this is one for you.

If you liked this you'll probably love:

Read Completely:
Yes

Photobucket

Quotes-Forgive My Fins By Tera Lynn Childs



Here are many of my favourite quotes from Forgive My Finns by Tera Lynn Childs. 


****Warning spoilers



1. “With his attention fully focused on the editing screen, I indulge in a few seconds of unnoticed worship—er, observation.”

2. “Ooh, maybe quince is going to help me kidnap Brody and keep him tied up in our basement until he realizes he loves me. Unlikely. That idea has two major flaws. First, that only works in the old-timey romance novels Aunt Rachel reads. Second, we don’t have a basement.”

3. “Oh, Lily," He says shaking his head. "I know about love. About wanting and dreaming and wishing with every part of your soul. I know enough to reconize the parts that are real and teh parts that are only in my fantasy." Ge turns his head slightly to face me, 
and I find myself saying,"L-like what?" 
"Like when she cries and my heart tears in to little shreds, and all I can think of is making her forget the source of her sadness." His face is blank, emotionless. his words -and the underlying emotion bombarding me through the bond- more than make up for it. "That's real." 
my voice is barely a whisper when I ask, "And fantasy?" 
"Believing she'll ever feel the same way.” 

4. “Because,' Quince says, leaning forward until I step back, 'he's a little boy who doesn't like other people playing with his toys.”

5. “I lean across his body and lift his hand for inspection. As i run my fingertips over his broken skin, careful not to cause more pain, I say "I meant you blowfish. Your bones." 
His hand trembles a little in mine. Somehow that rattles me more then anything else. I could deal with losing my fantasy Brody more then i can face a very real, trembling Quince. 
"No," He whispers. "I pulled my punches." Then, with some of his usual humor, he adds, "Principal Brown already thinks I'm one step away from juvie. Don't need to put myself there." 
I look up ready to argue, when a lumpy spot in his heather gray t-shirt catches my eye. Lifting my fingers to the place just beneath his collarbone, I'm both surprised and not to feel a sand-dollar shaped object. My gaze continues the journey up to his. 
"Your still wearing it." 
We both know it's not a question, just like we both seem to have lost the ability to breathe. A whole sea of emotions washes though his eyes-fear,anger, pain, trust, love. Love. It's when i see that last one that i close my eyes. 
He whispers, "Always.” 

6. “Some people find beauty in chaos.” 

7. “I did it," I gasp, still reeling from the thrill and the fear. "I really-" 
Quince's mouth is on mine in an instant. 
His arms around my waist, mine around his neck. It's the fear, i know it's the fear. And the bond. And the adrenaline. That whole i-was-this-close-to-death-and-really-really-really-glad-to-be-alive emotional response. Anxiety and relief and joy swirl between us until i can't tell which are his and which are mine. I can't not be kissing him right now. 
The urgency in his kiss tells me he feels the same.” 

8. “I'm going to teach you to ride Princess." 
"Princess?" 
"My motorcycle." 
I laugh. "You named your motorcycle Princess?" 
"What can I say?" he teases. "I call all my favorite things princess.” 

9. Sound doesn't carry as well through gills. You have to use a different level of your vocal chords." I point to the spot just above his Adam's apple. "Higher." 
He just stares at me, looking confused——but breathing like he was born to it. 
"Pretend you're talking like a girl." 
No way, he mouths, shaking his head. 
Stupid male ego.

10. “All right," Shannen says slowly, tucking a lock of dark brown hair behind her ear. "Why did you glue that dolphin upside down?" 
Okay, so I'm a little distracted. "He's doing the back stroke.” 

11. “Self-involved? Self-involved?!?" I jump to my feet, unable to sit still. "Let's talk about self-involved, Mr. Kissing Unsuspecting Girls in Libraries.” 

12. This just isn't my day. Or my week. Or maybe my life. No, sadly, this is my life.

13. He slips his hands into the back pockets of his jeans, stretching his T-shirt right across his chest. From a purely objective standpoint, I admit it’s a nicely formed chest. Probably sculpted from all those hours trying to keep his motorcycle running and his part-time job at the lumberyard. And he does have yummy dark blond hair and those great blue eyes that remind me of home. If he weren’t such an obnoxious jerk, Quince might actually be an attractive guy.

14. “What if it doesn’t fit?” That arrogant smile returns. “Darlin’,” he drawls, “I had you in my lap for a good ten minutes today. It’ll fit.”

15. I give her the brief play-by-play—without the part about my fins curling or how nice and warm his lip felt or how he made me kiss him again before going underwater or how he didn’t have to try that hard to make me.

16. “I don’t believe it,” Quince says with absolute certainty. “I don’t believe anything magical can make someone more in love.” He jams his hands into his jeans pockets and leans back against a locker, lifting one heavy biker boot to pound on the gray metal door. He looks me right in the eye as he says, “Love is already the strongest magic in the world.” The laughter drains right out of me. It’s obvious that he truly believes this. He believes in the omnipotent nature of love. I never knew he was such a romantic.

17. I have to suppress my glee when I see Quince’s muscles tighten, one by one, staring with his jaw and moving over his shoulders and down his arms. It makes me feel powerful to know that I can make him so…jealous. Ha! All this time, I’ve been using Quince to make Brody jealous, and it turns out I’m making Quince jealous in the process. Bonus.

18. “I lied. I am his,” I blurt, desperate to keep this awful situation from going tsunami on me. Then, looking at Quince, I say, “And he’s mine.

19. With Quince, I don’t have to pretend to be anyone other than exactly who I am. He makes me content to be me. That’s what makes him my perfect mermate. Well, that and the fact that I love him to pieces.

20. I jump to my feet, but before I can round the corner to make sure he’s okay, he’s standing there—right there in front of me—and it’s all I can do not to flung my arms around his neck and kiss him silly.

21. Willing myself not to faint before I can get the words out, I say, “I love you, Quince. I didn’t want to stay away. I couldn't.” “Woohoo!” He shouts, closes the distance between us, and lifts me into his arms, spinning us around. “I knew it!”


Photobucket

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Review: Beastly: Lindy's Diary by Alex Flinn


Beastly: Lindy’s Diary
Series: Kendra Chronicles #0.5
Author: Alex Flinn
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 126
Format: ebook
Source: Purchased
View/Purchase:  Goodreads

Rating: 

Reason chosen: 

I loved Beastly

Summary taken from Goodreads.com:

See the #1 New York Times bestselling story Beastly through Lindy's eyes! This is her diary, kept while living in captivity with the beast. Lindy's Diary captures all the romance and edgy mystery of the original! 

Diary, 

I am locked away... with no one to confide in but you... and him. His fur, those claws—they caught me off guard at first, but now I'm noticing something else about him—something deeper. It's the look in his eye. It tells me he's got a secret to keep. That's okay—I've got one, too. I think I'm falling in love with him.... 

Lindy

Review:

The story of Beauty and the Beast is a timeless classic and Alex Flinn manages to do a beautiful modern day re-take on the beautiful love story in Beastly. And finally we get to see Lindy’s side of the tale. Flinn made a great choice telling the story from the point of view of the beast. Its something that the viewers who grew up on Disney rendition are not use to. And it made it all the better. Now there is a short(ish) novella from the point of view of Lindy through her diary. Finally we get answers to our questions about what was running through her mind?, when did she fall in love with him? and even got to experience something things that we didn’t know happened. Beastly: Lindy’s Diary is the kind of story that you read when you want the little refresher of the story.

Good:

Adrian/Kyle: Always a great character
Lindy: She has some depth to her and we find out what her side of the story is. Especially with regards to her dad and not telling Adrian that she loved him sooner.
Bad: I almost got mad at Lindy when I knew she was about to leave, because I wanted to kno why she never did decide to come back. Luckily it all gets worked out.

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):

Overall, I love it. The writing was excellent, the story was not confusing and stuck to the story of Beastly but simply providing us with answers and making us like Lindy a little but more.

Previously in the Series:

Next in the Series:

Viewer Type Recommendation:

If you loved Beastly you will love this cute little novella

Read Completely:
Yup

Check out my movie review of Beastly-2011



Photobucket

Sunday, 18 March 2012

In My Mailbox #8.5


Here is the remainder of my In My Mailbox for this week. All summaries are taken from their respective Goodreads.com pages.

I received this one from the author requesting that I review it:



The Lucky Boy
Caroline Gerardo


Summary:


A dark coming of age story. Seth McGrath goes through hell to raise ten grand to find a girl. What would you do to find your true love? 
This young man is the son of an icy neurosurgeon and a pill popping debutante who send him away to be raised by his Grandmother. Seth will sell drugs, arrange bum fights for hire, and steal from anyone. What does it take for a psycho to become a CEO? Find out in this chilling tale, written in contemporary literary beats.  



These are the other books that's I've received or purchased this week.



Beautiful Disaster
Jamie McGuire


This book sounds top shelf worthy. Hopefully it will be.


Summary:


The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend America, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand. 

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the charming college co-ed. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his charms, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’ apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match. 




Providence
Providence #1
Jamie McGuire


Summary:


In the old world shadows of Providence, Rhode Island, Nina Grey finds herself the center of a war between Hell and Earth. 

Struggling with her father’s recent death, Nina meets Jared Ryel by chance…or so she believes. Although his stunning good looks and mysterious talents are a welcome distraction, it soon becomes clear that Jared knows more about Nina than even her friends at Brown University. When questions outnumber answers, Jared risks everything to keep the woman he was born to save—by sharing the secret he was sworn to protect. 

When her father’s former associates begin following her in the dark, Nina learns that her father is not the man she thought he was, but a thief who stole from demons. Searching for the truth behind her father’s death, Nina stumbles upon something she never expected—something Hell wants—and only she holds the key. 




Requiem
Providence #2
Jamie McGuire


Summary:


In the old world shadows of Providence, Rhode Island, Nina Grey finds herself the center of a war between Hell and Earth. 

Struggling with her father’s recent death, Nina meets Jared Ryel by chance…or so she believes. Although his stunning good looks and mysterious talents are a welcome distraction, it soon becomes clear that Jared knows more about Nina than even her friends at Brown University. When questions outnumber answers, Jared risks everything to keep the woman he was born to save—by sharing the secret he was sworn to protect. 

When her father’s former associates begin following her in the dark, Nina learns that her father is not the man she thought he was, but a thief who stole from demons. Searching for the truth behind her father’s death, Nina stumbles upon something she never expected—something Hell wants—and only she holds the key. 




Every Last Kiss
The Bloodstone Saga #1
Courtney Cole


Summary:


Born a goddess. Controlled by the Fates. Can Macy's love for her soul mate survive the bonds of time... and death? 

17-year old Macy Lockhart is as far from normal as any one girl can be. The problem is, she doesn’t know it yet. 

After a bloodstone pendant is mysteriously left on her door, Macy’s life begins to change in ways she’d never dreamed. And while she will eventually come to realize that nothing is ever what it seems, that her life is a tangled web of lies and the Fates themselves pull the strings, for now she is left with only the explanations that they offer her. 

Macy is led to believe that if she doesn’t return to a previous doomed life, one in which she served as Queen Cleopatra ‘s handmaiden, the fate of the entire world will be threatened in a way that would destroy history as we know it. She learns that she has lived thousands of lives, each one ending tragically…but none as tragic as this one. 

After returning to ancient Egypt, she is faced with heart-wrenching decisions. Unless she interferes with Fate’s plan, the very thing she was born to protect, her soul mate will die leading Marc Antony’s forces against Rome. Can she really stand aside and watch the love of her life die all over again? 

In this fascinating novel-length prequel to The Bloodstone Saga, Courtney Cole sets the stage for an epic journey that will have readers holding their breath until the very last page of the very last book has been turned. 

What would you do if you held Fate in your hands? 




Fated
The Bloodstone Saga #2
Courtney Cole


Summary:


Seventeen-year old Macy Lockhart thought she had it all figured out. 

As a Keeper in the ancient organization, the Order of the Moirae, she literally holds fate in her hands. She lives over and over in lives that end tragically; all to further the good of mankind as she does her part to control destiny. 
But there’s one lesson that she hasn’t learned well enough. Nothing is ever what it seems. 

Startling new revelations about her identity surface and Macy realizes that she’s more important than she ever imagined. 

As she struggles to grasp her new reality, everyone she loves is threatened. Is she strong enough to save them all? 




Uglies
Uglies #1
Scott Westerfeld


Summary:


Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous. What could be wrong with that? Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. Not for her license -- for turning pretty. In Tally's world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there.
But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to be pretty. She'd rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world and it isn't very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.

Pretties
Uglies #2
Scott Westerfeld


Summary:


Tally has finally become pretty. Now her looks are beyond perfect, her clothes are awesome, her boyfriend is totally hot, and she's completely popular. It's everything she's ever wanted. 

But beneath all the fun -- the nonstop parties, the high-tech luxury, the total freedom -- is a nagging sense that something's wrong. Something important. Then a message from Tally's ugly past arrives. Reading it, Tally remembers what's wrong with pretty life, and the fun stops cold. 

Now she has to choose between fighting to forget what she knows and fighting for her life -- because the authorities don't intend to let anyone with this information survive. 




Specials
Uglies #3
Scott Westerfeld


Summary:


"Special Circumstances":
The words have sent chills down Tally's spine since her days as a repellent, rebellious ugly. Back then Specials were a sinister rumor -- frighteningly beautiful, dangerously strong, breathtakingly fast. Ordinary pretties might live their whole lives without meeting a Special. But Tally's never been ordinary.
And now she's been turned into one of them: a superamped fighting machine, engineered to keep the uglies down and the pretties stupid.
The strength, the speed, and the clarity and focus of her thinking feel better than anything Tally can remember. Most of the time. One tiny corner of her heart still remembers something more.
Still, it's easy to tune that out -- until Tally's offered a chance to stamp out the rebels of the New Smoke permanently. It all comes down to one last choice: listen to that tiny, faint heartbeat, or carry out the mission she's programmed to complete. Either way, Tally's world will never be the same.

Uglies #4
Scott Westerfeld

Summary:

Fame
It's a few years after rebel Tally Youngblood took down the uglies/pretties/specials regime. Without those strict roles and rules, the world is in a complete cultural renaissance. "Tech-heads" flaunt their latest gadgets, "kickers" spread gossip and trends, and "surge monkeys" are hooked on extreme plastic surgery. And it's all monitored on a bazillion different cameras. The world is like a gigantic game of "American Idol." Whoever is getting the most buzz gets the most votes. Popularity rules.
As if being fifteen doesn't suck enough, Aya Fuse's rank of 451,369 is so low, she's a total nobody. An extra. But Aya doesn't care; she just wants to lie low with her drone, Moggle. And maybe kick a good story for herself.
Then Aya meets a clique of girls who pull crazy tricks, yet are deeply secretive of it. Aya wants desperately to kick their story, to show everyone how intensely cool the Sly Girls are. But doing so would propel her out of extra-land and into the world of fame, celebrity...and extreme danger. A world she's not prepared for.

Uglies #4
Stacey Jay

Summary:

The most tragic love story in history . . .

Juliet Capulet didn't take her own life. She was murdered by the person she trusted most, her new husband, Romeo Montague, a sacrifice made to ensure his own immortality. But what Romeo didn't anticipate was that Juliet would be granted eternity, as well, and would become an agent for the Ambassadors of Light. For 700 years, she's fought Romeo for the souls of true lovers, struggling to preserve romantic love and the lives of the innocent. Until the day she meets someone she's forbidden to love, and Romeo, oh Romeo, will do everything in his power to destroy that love.


Stacey Jay

Summary:

On her seventeenth birthday, Katie discovers a locket and decides to wear it for good luck. But when her boyfriend Isaac finds out she cheated on him - with their mutual best friend Mitch, no less - he dumps her, leaving her devastated.

And then a miracle happens. The locket burns on Katie's chest and she feels herself going back two weeks in time, to the night she cheated with Mitch. At first, Kate is delighted to be a better girlfriend to Isaac this time around. But as other aspects of her life become inexplicably altered, she realizes that changing the past may have had a dangerous effect on her present.

Can she make things right before the locket destroys everything - and everyone - she loves? 


Stacey Jay

Summary:

All in all it was a good day to die. If there really is such a thing. 

You hear characters in movies say that all the time, but does anyone really believe the words “good” and “die” belong in the same sentence? 

Still, it could have been worse. It could have been dark and spooky night instead of a beautiful Georgia morning in late October, with a light wind whipping across the Peachtree High School football field, making zombies seem like the last thing anyone needed to worry about… 

Fifteen-year-old freshman, Karen Vera, is well on her way to ruling her school when a freak cheer leading accident turns her into, well, a freak. Much to her Horror and Dismay, Karen learns she is a genetic mutation, one of the Death Challenged--a politically correct term for a zombie! 

Now she has to go to a top secret zombie school, eat brains for lunch, and take courses with names like "Secrets of Successful Morticians and their Uses for the Undead: Foundation and Beyond". And to make matters worse, her roommate is the most reviled girl at DEAD High, a complete head case, and maybe...a murderer. 

Can Karen find out who's offing the nearly un-off-able Undead before she becomes the next victim? Can she convince the super-cute captain of the swim team that a girl can have a pathological love for pink and still carry on an intelligent conversation? Will she ever pass remedial Algebra for the Death Challenged? 


Megan Berry #1
Stacey Jay

Summary:

Fifteen-year-old Megan Berry is a Zombie Settler by birth, which means she's part-time shrink to a bunch of dead people with a whole lot of issues. 

All Megan wants is to be normal and go to homecoming, of course. Unfortunately, it's a little difficult when your dates keep getting interrupted by a bunch of slobbering Undead. 

Things are about to get even more complicated for Megan. Someone in school is using black magic to turn average, angsty Undead into flesh-eating Zombies, and it's looking like homecoming will turn out to be a very different kind of party the bloody kind. 

Megan must stop the Zombie apocalypse descending on Carol, Arkansas. Her life and more importantly, homecoming depends on it. 


Megan Berry #2
Stacey Jay

Summary:

Megan Berry - Zombie Settler extraordinaire - just wants Pom Squad to trounce Cheer Team in this freakishly funny follow-up to You Are So Undead to Me. But someone's turning coma victims into settler-resistant ber-zombies - and everyone thinks it's Megan's fault! Well, except for super-creepy male cheerleader Aaron. (Ew!)

Meg's also being stalked by a hot - albeit undead - seer named Cliff. Can Cliff's premonitions help Megan stop a zombies-on-ice deathscapade and discover who's really behind the coma-killer crusade before an entire army of undead rise up? And when Megan's boyfriend Ethan grows jealous of Cliff, will it end their intra-settler romance?


Mari Mancusi

Summary:

Can true love survive the end of the world? 

Imagine finding your first love, only to be ripped apart by the apocalypse. Peyton Anderson will never forget the day she was forced to make a choice--between her family--and Chris Parker, the boy she'd given her heart. Now, four years later, as she steps from the fallout shelter and into a dead and broken world, he's the only thing on her mind.

All Chris "Chase" Parker wanted was to take Peyton away and keep her safe from harm. But he waited for hours in the rain on judgment day and she never showed--breaking his heart without ever telling him why. 

Now the two of them have been thrown together once again, reluctant chaperones to a group of orphan children in a post-apocalyptic world where the dead still walk...and feed. As they begin their pilgramage to the last human outpost on Earth, can they find a way to let go of old hurts and find the love they lost--all while attempting to save what's left of the human race? 


Make sure to add some of these to your shelves! And I will do my best to let you know what I think about them!


Photobucket

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...