Friday, December 30, 2011

Top 5 Series of 2011

Can you believe there's only 1 more day left in 2011? I can't! This year has been amazing in every aspect, whether it was books of 2011, movies of 2011, or just plain life in 2011! I'm sure that this is a year I will never forget. So before we're off the ship and settle down on a new path in 2012, I'd like to recognize some of my favorite book series of this year.  It's definitely hard to put a number and an order on these series, because they are just all plain amazing!

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The cover for Pretty Little Liars #12 hasn't been released yet!
 The Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard
All I can say is WOW. These books are so freaking amazing. No joke. I love this series so much I read all 8 books in one week. There's 4 more books in the series also (Twisted #9, Ruthless #10, Stunning #11), which is why this qualifies as a 2011 series. Ruthless (#10) just came out recently this year. I feel bad for putting this series in as #5, if this was a Top 5 mystery series then these books would definitely be up top. But I feel like there's other series out there that beat this one. 
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Sorry, the sequels to this book's covers aren't released yet!
The Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi
 Oh my. This book was amazing, I can't believe I have to wait so long to read the next one! This is the first book in the series and it was totally amazing. Shatter Me brought a whole new concept and a beautiful style of writing that I absolutely adored. This series cannot be missed out on. 

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I think there will be a 3rd addition to this series, who's cover hasn't been released yet either!
The Unearthly series by Cynthia Hand
My oh my. I can never stop ranting about how much I loved this book. I always have to say, TUCKER <3 TUCKER <3 TUCKER <3. This book was absolutely amazing. The next book in the series (Hallowed) comes out on January 17th!!! So exciting!!! I know I was a little tired of angels when I read the summary of this book, but don't be hesitant like I was, this book is to die for!
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Requiem's cover hasn't been released yet!
The Delirium series by Lauren Oliver
This book is one of my absolute favorite books of all time. Delirium took me into a new world and atmosphere that I'd never been to before. It made me laugh, cry (especially cry) and swoon all over it. The next book in the series (Pandemonium) doesn't come out until March (HOW THE HECK AM I SUPPOSED TO WAIT THAT LONG???). I don't know how much I have to tell you guys to go read this book, because you will definitely fall in love with it! 
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Divergent #3's cover hasn't been released yet! 
The Divergent series by Veronica Roth
Ah, here we are at number one. Divergent has to be the most awesome book ever. The characters, the plot, the setting, EVERYTHING in this book was just plain amazing. I was a little hesitant about picking this one up also when I first heard about it (I don't know what I was thinking) but Divergent turned out to go beyond my expectations and leave me totally blown away by the end of the book. The second book in the series comes out in May, hopefully I can land an ARC before then!  
Well, there you have it, my Top 5 favorite book series of this year! I probably left out so many series that I adore and love, but these are definitely my top 5. To make it on this list, you had to be a 5 star rated book, and all of these were. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series for all of them! So what books are you guys obsessing over this year???


Friday, December 23, 2011

Catching Jordan

Hey there people's, hope everyone is having a good holiday! I guess my plan to get in 3 reviews in 3 days didn't exactly work, but I promise I'll have a review in soon after this, and it's on a totally amazing book, too! Well anyways, I read Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally and it was super good!
What girl doesn't want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn't just surrounded by hot guys, though - she leads them as the captain and quarterback on her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys, and that's just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university. But now there's a new guy in town who threatens her starring position on the team... and has her suddenly wishing to be seen as more than just a teammate.
Wow that was a short summary, but it pretty much sums up the book. Catching Jordan was a really awesome book. It was so touching and funny and the romance was super cute. Even though it sounds like this book really has no plot or would be really boring, but it really wasn't! I was basically hooked from the first page of the book and couldn't set it down. Jordan was a very cool character to read about, I mean, how many other books are you gonna read about that had a girl quarterback as the main character? Jordan and the other characters in this book were very fun to read about and it was a fresh new setting for a book that I really enjoyed. It was really cool to read about all of Jordan's guy friends and get to go behind the scenes in a football game. Ty, the guy mentioned in the summary of this book, certainly seemed like a cool guy and I loved reading about him, even though at times I wanted to slap him in the face, (I won't tell you why though, you'll have to read the book yourself!) The other character I enjoyed reading about was Jordan's best friend Henry, who I thought was very caring and funny and overall an awesome guy. 
Just in case you guys didn't get much out of the summary of this book, (off of goodreads) I'm going to elaborate more. Basically Ty shows up and threatens to steal Jordan's place as quarterback, and what makes it even worse is that Jordan doesn't want love to affect her football playing, especially when she's waiting for an acceptance into Alabama and the Alabama coaches are coming to their game. Some other things happen later on in the book too but I won't mention what they are, let's just say Jordan has some big decisions to make. 
Some other things I liked about this book was how funny and lovable the characters were, and Jordan was pretty awesome at times. She was never afraid to show people that a girl can play football. Overall, this book was an awesome, fun, quirky, funny, book. Sorry if this review was all over the place, I definitely loved this book! 
*****
4.5 Stars!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Shatter Me

OMG. Have I really not been on here since Thanksgiving??? AH! I feel like an abandoner (which you should know I totally am not one). I hope you guys don't think I've stopped blogging, 'cause I haven't! ANDDDD, I read 3 totally amazing books while I wasn't blogging and I will post those reviews all over the next three days. Anyways, I'm so so so so glad it's finally winter break, (YESYESYES!) but I'm not so excited that we have finals after break (NONONO!) It's a big downer on my fabulous so called "break". Ok so getting back to books, I read Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi a while ago, and ohmygoodness, I haven't read a book that good in a longgg time. So here's the review:
The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal. As long as she doesn't hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don't fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war-- and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she's exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting as The Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel—with a paranormal twist—that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel.

WOWOWOWOWOW. I hadn't actually even read the summary of the book when I picked it up, I just read it because my best friend Katie recommended it (her blog is here). And wow was this book good. It wasn't just plain awesome, it was just AMAZING x INFINITY. Wow. (I've said that a lot now haven't I?) 
Ok, well first things first, the main character, Juliette was an amazing person. Everything she did was for a reason, and a very good reason at that. She wasn't one of those characters who annoyed the heck out of me because she made the stupidest mistakes, she was actually really smart. And, she felt real. For everything that she went through, I went through also. I felt her pain and actually felt bad for her. She was a very well written character and I give props to Mafi for that because she is a very amazing writer. Oh, and speaking of writing, OHMYGOSH THE WRITING IN THIS BOOK! Tahereh Mafi introduced a whole new level of writing, she wrote the most beautiful metaphors and she oh so perfectly expressed Juliette's feelings in the most perfect of times. It blew me away. I can't say much about the romance in this book because it will ruin it for you, but the romance was good. It wasn't like they totally fell for each other the moment they saw eachother, it was progressive, like a real romance should be. The plot of this book was amazing, Mafi took something very simple and made it into something very real and touching. It was really awesome. The book gets even better as you go on, it gets super hilarious towards the end, so hilarious that I actually laughed out loud in the middle of the night while reading in the dark and had to cover my mouth so I wouldn't wake anyone up. And MAN OH MAN does this book have some twists, it just kept getting better and better and more suspenseful. Do I have to say more about this book??? GO READ IT. NOW. 

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FIVE STARS!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hey guys! Hope everyone is having a wonderful Thanksgiving! Make sure to tell everyone around you you love them and give thanks to everything today. I know I sure am! So go and eat some turkey and enjoy this holiday. That's all for now, see ya!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Exciting Books

Everyone has those books that they're dying to read. So here I am, telling you about the books that I absolutely cannot wait for. They all don't come out until 2012, which is sad really, but one of them is on NetGalley!!! Eeek!
 HALLOWED!!!!! AHHH! I'm sooo excited for this one, especially since it's the sequel to Unearthly which was AH-MAZING. <3. Must I say, TUCKERRRR!!!! <3
 INSURGENT!!!!! Haha, I think I'm basically excited for all of these books. Divergent was a really awesome, beautiful, intriguing book that I was actually sad when I finished it. I'm hoping Insurgent will be even better.
And I saved the best for last. Remember Delirium? The most awesome book in the world? The one I gave like 50 stars to? Well, here's the next book in the series. I think I've literally entered every single ARC contest for this one, I'M DYING TO READ IT!!! Oh, and if you haven't read Delirium yet, shame on you.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Check it Out!

Hey, so one of my best friends has this awesome blog that she made, and I just wanted to tell you guys to go visit it. She does books reviews and other stuff like I do and she has a totally amazing blog. I'd appreciate if you spread the word about her blog! It's called A Technicolor Day and it's pretty sweet. Click here to visit! Thanks guys!

Gimme a Call

Ugh. I really need to get out of this habit of getting reviews in late. I totally forgot I'd even read this book! Well, better late than never, right? First, I'd like to say that I'm so happy that Thanksgiving break is coming up. I'm tired of school and excited to sit around that dinner table on Thursday. Anyways, back to the book. I just read Gimme a Call by Sarah Mlynowski. It was a nice, fun read that I think everyone should read.
Devi's life isn't turning out at all like she wanted. She wasted the past three years going out with Bryan—cute, adorable, break-your-heart Bryan. Devi let her friendships fade, blew off studying, didn't join any clubs . . . and now that Bryan has broken up with her, she has nothing left.

Not even her stupid cell phone—she dropped it in the mall fountain. Now it only calls one number . . . hers. At age fourteen, three years ago!

Once Devi gets over the shock—and convinces her younger self that she isn't some wacko—she realizes that she's been given an awesome gift. She can tell herself all the right things to do . . . because she's already done all the wrong ones! Who better to take advice from than your future self?

Except . . .what if getting what you think you want changes everything?

Fans of Sarah Mlynowski's Magic in Manhattan series will love this hilarious new novel with a high-concept premise .

Even the summary for this book is super awesome. It's just one of those funny, quirky, cute little books that you love to read on a typical summer night. It reminded me of Mandy Hubbard's writing a lot, and everyone who reads my blog knows that I love her style and her books. Mlynowski sent me on a journey that I was super into and managed to keep me interested throughout the whole book. I loved the main character, Devi. She was very funny and pretty much sounded like me, fretting over every little thing in life. I think it's really nice when you can relate to a book like that. 
Sometimes I get annoyed when books switch characters, but technically it was the same person in each chapter, right? Yeah. My point is that it wasn't annoying, it was cool to compare young Devi to old Devi, who again, really reminded me of myself. The book was very well written with a laid back style that was just in the right mood for the book. I loved the smidge of romance in the book, it was pretty much awesome. The only thing that bothered me a little was how old Devi was really stubborn sometimes, but I guess it only made me want to read the book even more. I can't say that this book was anything special that blew me away, but it was a very fun read that I really enjoyed. So if your sitting around, waiting for a good book to read, I 'd say pick up this one, it's worth it! 


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4 Stars   

Friday, October 28, 2011

Hereafter

Why hello there fellow readers! Saba here with an awesome book review. It's definitely been a long time since I've read an amazing book, so you could imagine my surprise when I picked up the book Hereafter by Tara Hudson and was thoroughly pleased. I loved this book. It was sooo good! And here's the review before I start ranting about how much I loved this book:
Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she's dead. With no recollection of her past life—or her actual death—she's trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but will him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive.
Amelia and Joshua grow ever closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit named Eli is doing everything in his power to destroy their newfound happiness and drag Amelia back into the ghost world . . . forever.
Thrilling and evocative, with moments of pure pleasure, Hereafter is a sensation you won't want to miss.
 I was a little hesitant about picking this book up at first. The summary wasn't very exciting to me and I really wasn't in the mood for another disappointing book. But I was very surprised when I opened up the first page and was sucked in a wonderful new world. First, there was Amelia, who was a very great and real character. I could feel her pain and sorrow throughout the whole book and was one of the few times I felt the main character wasn't complaining and definitely wasn't stupid in figuring things out. And then there was Joshua, aside from Tucker from Unearthly and Alex from Delirium and probably a lot of other books I've read, Joshua was one of the most ammaaazzinggg characters I've ever read about. He was sooo nice to Amelia and so purely awesome that I was actually sad when the book ended and I realized there would be no more of him. Other than the amazing characters, this book had it all. The suspense, the twists, the drama, the humor, the romance, shall I go on? It was one of the few books where I found myself holding on to the edge of my chair and found my heart beating when things went wrong in the book. Joshua and Amelia's relationship was so strong that when I thought something bad was gonna happen I was silently screaming, no no no! I that probably sounds really cheesy, but it's really hard not to fall in love with this book. I hope that I've convinced you guys to read this book now, because it's surely a book not to be missed!!!
This book deserves...
FIVE STARS! <3

Monday, October 24, 2011

Dead is Not an Option

Oh my goodness, it has been SUCH a long time since I've blogged!!! So sorry guys!!! I will try to get on more often, I hope you guys haven't deserted me! So here I am, officially a high schooler. I pretty much love it, even though there's a lot of stress involved. But it's worth it, I love school spirit and football games and stuff. Anyways... Here's my review for Dead is Not an Option #5 in the Dead Is series!
It’s springtime of senior year, and psychic sleuth Daisy Giordano is preparing to say goodbye to Nightshade High. But no college acceptance letters have arrived yet, and she’s beginning to worry about where she’ll end up come fall—and if it will be anywhere near her boyfriend, Ryan. But that’s not the only uncertainty Daisy’s dealing with. There’s a vamps-versus-shifters war going on in Nightshade, and things are so tense that there is talk of canceling the prom. The conflict is carrying over to the Giordano home, since Rose and Daisy are both dating werewolves and Poppy’s new boyfriend is a vampire.

Can the paranormal community in Nightshade finally find peace? And will Daisy and her friends survive graduation? All of these questions and more are answered in the latest explosive installment in the Dead Is series.

This book was definitely my favorite of the series. A lot of my itching questions were answered and there was a lot of events going on that made the book interesting. I loved how this time, I didn't exactly know the ending of the book, I mean I kinda did still, but there was a lot more surprises than I had expected. Daisy was kind of naive at times. The answer was right in front of her and she didn't know it, it got kinda annoying. Other than that, Daisy was hilarious as always, and clever of course. I thought this book was a lot more action packed and mysterious than the previous books. There was a lot of things going on at once, but it just made the book better. I loved how every once in a while things were just calm and you got to get away from all the books problems and just relax. But I also loved how things would go wrong in the worst of places, it kept the book very interesting. Ryan and Daisy were extremely cute, just as ever, and Daisy's relationship with her best friend, Samantha, was just as funny as ever. I have to say, I enjoyed this book a lot. And there was definitely a jaw dropper at the end. Beware, a few tears might be shed, too. Overall, this book has it all. The action, drama, comedy, everything! If you're not sure about reading the Dead Is series, I hope you change your mind!
This book deserves...
4 Stars!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Uncommon Criminals

Oh boy. School starts in ONE DAY. So sad, right? Yeah. And I'd said before that I won't get on often once school starts, since its high school and I need to really get busy with homework and stuff, so I'd thought I'd get in a review. I still haven't finished Divergent so I don't know when I'll get that in, but here's Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter.