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!

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. 
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. 

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!
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! 
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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