Sunday, March 31, 2013

Boundless by Cynthia Hand

Title: Boundless
Author: Cynthia Hand
Pages: 438
Rating: 4/5 stars

"The past few years have held more surprises than part-angel Clara Gardner could ever have anticipated. Yet from the dizzying highs of first love, to the agonizing low of losing someone close to her, the one thing she can no longer deny is that she was never meant to live a normal life.

Since discovering the special role she plays among the other angel-bloods, Clara has been determined to protect Tucker Avery from the evil that follows her . . . even if it means breaking both their hearts. Leaving town seems like the best option, so she’s headed back to California - and so is Christian Prescott, the irresistible boy from the vision that started her on this journey in the first place.

As Clara makes her way in a world that is frighteningly new, she discovers that the fallen angel who attacked her is watching her every move. And he’s not the only one. . . . With the battle against the Black Wings looming, Clara knows she must finally fulfill her destiny. But it won’t come without sacrifices and betrayal.

In the riveting finale of the Unearthly series, Clara must decide her fate once and for all."

This book was like all the others. Witty. Charming. Beautifully written. And I could write a whole review about the wonders of Cynthia Hand, but I feel like I am inclined to talk about the problems first.

It wasn't really finished. It was rush-finished. After the emotional whirlwind, I felt cheated. Hand drops a huge bomb on us, doesn't fully explain everything, then slaps on a epilogue that takes place almost a decade after. 

Why Cynthia Hand, why?


I have some real concerns:
Like what was going on with Jeffrey's purpose? 
What was up with Christian just leaving? Is Clara's purpose over? And most importantly, I need to know more about this prophet thing. 

And now I will never know,will I? 

How I wish this was more than a trilogy. 

Now lets talk about my Tucker problem. He wasn't in it nearly as much as I wished. Which made me fall for Christian instead. Cause you see, Christian was shown as the perfect boy. He was her best friend and was able to understand what she was going through. Plus he was a gentleman and uber sweet. So I actually thought she may pick Christian. But now I now that is foolish and the girl always picks the first boy in young adult fiction. *sigh*. 

Then Mr. Tucker over here confesses his love for Clara and Clara realizes that Tucker is her one and only and her "home". And so this of course is the perfect moment for Mr. Christian to walk in with movies to cheer Clara up. And basically that was when my heart broke. Poor Christian. The poor guy had his heart shattered then the girl he loved passed out. Sheesh, right?

But there are good points too of course. Like the action and the dialogue. It is a hilarious series and despite my bipolar feels I would, and have, recommend it. It is my favorite angel series. 

So go read this series, but expect to be on a roller coaster through hell. Literally. 

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Title: Graceling
Author: Kristen Cashore
Pages: 471
Rating: 5/5 stars

"In a world where people born with an extreme skill—called a Grace—are feared and exploited, Katsa carries the burden of the skill even she despises: the Grace of killing. She lives under the command of her uncle Randa, King of the Middluns, and is expected to execute his dirty work, punishing and torturing anyone who displeases him.

When she first meets Prince Po, who is Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.

She never expects to become Po's friend.

She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace—or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away...a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone

Graceling is a very special book. It is powerful, fast paced, fun and full of fantastic things."

Basically, Katsa is the voice of feminism. She hates girly things. She lives her life proving that just because she is a girl doesn't mean she isn't tough. And oh boy is she tough. Not only is she pessimistic and tainted but she is also a badass. Like B A D A S S, man. But that is not all of her. She is also protective, sly and vengeful. She holds a grudge but would die for a cause. For example, her relationship with Bitterblue is a motherly one in someways. While Katsa on one hand doesn't know what to do with a child, she also puts the child's life before hers and does everything she can for her. She hunts lions. She makes shoes. She steals things and teaches her to use a sword. Katsa is one of my favorite characters in YA fiction, and is also a fantastic role model. And while some of her more violent actions are questionable she really does care and does stand her own. She is a lot like Katniss Everdeen, actually. Or Rose from Vampire Academy. 

Then there is Po whose not only the love interest but also the relief of the novel. He is the optimistic counterpart of Katniss. Which leads to a swoon worthy relationship where they pull strength from each other. It is beautiful actually. And I have to add that Po is hilarious! It is great to read about a character who knows how to use irony correctly. I have to say the Katsa-Po banter is the best part.

Every secondary character is so interesting. Raffin. Randa. Bitterblue. Bann. Helda. Giddon. Oll. I can't even begin to get into all the awesomeness. I'd be here all night. Its just such a perfect novel in its uniqueness.

Let us talk about the Seven Kingdoms. Holy Shit. Best fantasy world ever. It is planned and connected and medieval and everything great. It has a warm "sitting by the fire" feel. Yet is cruel and dark. The language and diction is one of the main things that make the book so lovable. It is the life of the piece. And the world is the framework that makes it all possible. 

Now for the ending. What was that? It this some sort of feminist thing? Are you going to be apart now for long periods of time? Are you kidding me? I want more Katsa and Po goddammit!!

I think it is time for me to stalk Kristin Cashore for more books. What do you say eh?

Ps. I am completly in love with this cover!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Sever by Lauren DeStefano

Title: Sever
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Pages: 371
Rating: 4/5 stars

"With the clock ticking until the virus takes its toll, Rhine is desperate for answers. After enduring Vaughn’s worst, Rhine finds an unlikely ally in his brother, an eccentric inventor named Reed. She takes refuge in his dilapidated house, though the people she left behind refuse to stay in the past. While Gabriel haunts Rhine’s memories, Cecily is determined to be at Rhine’s side, even if Linden’s feelings are still caught between them.

Meanwhile, Rowan’s growing involvement in an underground resistance compels Rhine to reach him before he does something that cannot be undone. But what she discovers along the way has alarming implications for her future—and about the past her parents never had the chance to explain.

In this breathtaking conclusion to Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden trilogy, everything Rhine knows to be true will be irrevocably shattered."


“We'll squeeze every second that we can from our lives, because we're young, and we have plenty of years to grow. We'll grow until we're braver. We'll grow until our bones ache and our skin wrinkles and our hair goes white, and until our hearts decide, at last, that it's time to stop.”

This is one of the best endings to a series I've ever read. There is no loose ties. All questions are answered. The big mysteries are explained. People die. It is shocking. Everything intertwines and makes sense. Plus, that last paragraph is perfect. BRAVO. I love you DeStephano. That last chapter. I'm tearing up a little. 

“I liked just being with you. I liked the way you breathed when you were asleep. I liked when you took the champagne glass from my hand. I liked how your fingers were always too long for your gloves.”

Linden you are so frustrating. Because you are so freaking sensitive all the time. And you are lovely and nervous and angsty. You are so lovable. I don't even care if you got a 13 year old pregnant. You are adorable. So nice and comforting. Why did you have to die? I was devastated even though I already knew he was going to die. 

Killing off characters is such a delicate thing to do. Sever was successful at it. It's up there with Harry Potter and The Hunger Games on the dying thing.  

“He sits next to me, careful to avoid my hair that's splayed out around my head like blood. A bullet to the forehead, boom, blond waves everywhere.” 

Rhine reached a new level. She was bubbling with emotion. She spends a lot of this novel in some sort of zombielike denial of depression where she is nervous all the time. Her world is crashing, everything she knows is being twisted and proven wrong. Her parents were a lot more like the man she was trying to run away from than she realized. 

“Vaughn is talking about the heat, and his voice is so excited that it breaks into whispers at times. He loves his madness the way a bird loves the sky.” 

Which brings us to Vaughn. A novel is really impressive when it makes you like the antagonist. The big bad evil has emotions. I truely pity him. Which is fantastic. God, I don't think everyone understands how perfect this book is. After a year of endings that I don't feel are finished (ex. Boundless), I like this book more and more. God, why do you make me feel these feelings? 

“I feel unburdened, and after a while I start to imagine that the divan is a boat moving over the ocean. Sunken cities play music beneath the waves. The ghosts are stirring.” 

This wasn't a love story. It was more of a poetic wave of depression mixed with earth-shattering realizations. Gabriel isn't even in the novel until the second to last chapter, and Rhine develops an odd friendship with Linden. Then there is her relationship with Cecily which is a soothing mother-daughter-sister type thing.

“There’s this anomaly that happens sometimes with twins. It occurs in the womb when the fetuses are growing too closely to each other. The stronger twin develops normally, while the weaker twin crumples and is encased by the body of the stronger twin, where it becomes a parasite. The result is a single child, plagued by a twin-shaped fossil inside. Like a tumor.In death Rose became Linden’s parasitic twin. They were two separate organisms once, growing steadily beside each other. Two pulses. Two brains. But she has crumpled and died, and still he carries her inside himself. She goes where he goes, feeling nothing, seeing nothing, a shadow behind his ribs.”

I really love how everything that happened in the trilogy was revisited and analyzed. Madame. Silas. Jenna. Rowan. Their parents. Maddie. Lilac/Grace. Jared. Rose. Freaking perfection, man. 

“We figure out what death means when we're born, practically, and we live our whole lives in some kind of weird denial about it.”

The cure. This was the most interesting part for me. Going into the Ellery's work. Rhine & Rowan's malformed siblings. Hawaii. The bombing of the research facilities. Eye needles. Vaughn's basement of horrors. President Guiltree's group of scientists. All was so intriguing. 

"It's just him and me, and the books. I feel like our lives are in those books. I feel like all the words on the pages are for us.”

Final rating. 4 Stars. Whoo hoo to a fantastic series!!!

“Someday I'll tell you all of it," I say.
"I'd like that," he says.
"No," I say. "I promise you won't.” 

'Tis Complete!!!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick

Title: Finale
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Pages: 454
Rating: 4/5 stars

"Nora and Patch thought their troubles were behind them. Hank is gone and they should be able to put his ugly vendetta to rest. But in Hank's absence, Nora has become the unwitting head of the Nephilim and must finish what Hank began. Which ultimately means destroying the fallen angels - destroying Patch.

Nora will never let that happen, so she and Patch make a plan: lead everyone to believe they have broken up, and work the system from the inside. Nora will convince the Nephilim that they are making a mistake in fighting the fallen angels, and Patch will find out everything he can from the opposing side. They will end this war before it can even begin.

But the best-laid plans often go awry. Nora is put through the paces in her new role and finds herself drawn to an addictive power she never anticipated.

As the battle lines are drawn, Nora and Patch must confront the differences that have always been between them and either choose to ignore them or let them destroy the love they have always fought for."

Well... It answered all my questions. But boy was I frustrated.. My favorite character died. Patch was a controlling asshole. The cover is nauseating. And Nora with her damn devilcraft is in a category in of itself with all the frustration it caused me. But the story line was interesting and not as predictable as I thought it would be. I really liked the beginning of this series and its hard to say bye to Patch. I found the epilogue to be sweet. Nora stood up for herself and wasn't a victim. There were entertaining twists. And it was well written. Plus I love the font. Overall it ended well and I have no questions or regrets which makes it an alright novel. I had to give it 4 instead of 3 stars because it was entertaining and it feels wrong to give it 3.

Favorite Character: Scott

Monday, February 18, 2013

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Title: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Author: Stephen Chbosky
Pages: 216
Rating: 5/5 stars

"Charlie is a freshman.

And while he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his year yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can't stay on the sidelines forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up."

Personal Tidbit: This is the book club book at my school and I helped organized everything and made the T-shirts which it kind of exciting.

Let's start by saying that Charlie is one of the more interesting characters I've ever had the pleasure of stumbling upon. He obviously has some sort or problem with the way he reacts to social situations. I don't think he really understood what to do with himself. He was awkward and innocent. If I had to guess, his displays of anger and panic make it seem as though he has autism. For example on page 173 where he has an irrational fear of his friends getting into car accidents because they are happy. He also is an AP English student who reads all the time yet has the writing style of a 10 year old. For example he used the words "very good" a lot, which really got on my nerves. 

Overall I found myself relating to Charlie. He reminds me of an innocent side of myself that is scared of people dying and wants everyone to be happy. Who doesn't understand why people are so cruel or so sex driven. He has embarked on this journey through adolescence which is really some screwed up shit. This book covers drugs, alcohol, homosexuality, sex, abortion, abuse, neglect, rape, molestation, suicide, everything. There is brutal honestly when it comes to these things, especially sex, where is actually shocks me. I think this book should be a mandatory read for everyone. It is so heartfelt and real. If I had to describe it in one extreamly cheesy hallmark line it would be: "This novel is a run on of a bunch of thoughtful ideas, flashbacks, feelings and experiences all sewn together in a precious quilt of beauty and one big acid trip" 

I need to express my love for Patrick. He is so adorable and heart breaking. He was by far my favorite character and I feel as though he brings soul to the novel. (especially when him and Charlie start having their experiences in the fourth part)

I also would like to mention Bill and his books. I think Bill kind of narrates this story in the books he chooses. He picks perfect books for different situations and really is the one looking out for Charlie. When Charlie went over to his house and Bill told him how special and smart he was I almost cried. 

This book is beauty.

Other Things That I Liked:
- The rocking music
- Rocky Horror Picture Show (I think Patrick would be a perfect Frank n' Furter)
- When they are at the party and Charlie truly feels accepted
- The Secret Santa Party, typewrites and suits
- Charlie's rambling
- Feeling Infinite
- And the Iconic 90s-movie-esque lines

Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

Title: Through the Ever Night
Author: Veronica Rossi
Pages: 341
Rating: 4/5 stars

"It's been months since Aria last saw Perry. Months since Perry was named Blood Lord of the Tides, and Aria was charged with an impossible mission. Now, finally, they are about to be reunited. But their reunion is far from perfect. The Tides don't take kindly to Aria, a former Dweller. And with the worsening Aether storms threatening the tribe's precarious existence, Aria begins to fear that leaving Perry behind might be the only way to save them both.

Threatened by false friends, hidden enemies, and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night?

In this second book in her spellbinding Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi combines fantasy and dystopian elements to create a captivating love story as perilous as it is unforgettable."

Reviewing sequels are always difficult, especially when they are the middle book in a trilogy, but here we go. 

I did not have the same mind blowing reaction as I did with Under The Never Sky and I am not sure why. I think it had something to do with me. I read the first hundred of so pages, realized I didn't retain any of the information, and had to start all over again. I'm not saying it is a bad book, or even a boring one. In fact it was amazing. I just didn't take advantage of it's brilliance. I will have to reread it soon, and maybe update this review. 

The Heroine:
You go Aria. You work your bad self.
Aria is so self empowering now. The character development was amazing. She started out in Under The Never Sky as a dependent clueless individual and blossomed into one badass mama. She didn't need a man, she didn't need help, she depended on herself to get stuff done. No more frail Aria, now it is Aria who can work a knife. 

The Hero/Love Interest:
There really wasn't any romance in this novel to be honest. Which is good and bad. I wish there was more Aria/Perry scenes.
Now Perry darling, you are so frustrating. I love your POV and all but what are you doing. First you are all,I am Blood Lord hear me roar, but then you don't own the power. The people walk all over you and you feel bad for yourself, then you boss them around, and you still feel bad for yourself. Make up your mind, man. Then you become all self conscious and think Aria and Roar are shacking up behind your back. Then you feel attracted and almost kiss another girl. Then you are totally rude to Roar when he comes back after losing the love of his life because you were self conscious again and selfish. And THEN finally, you have a sweet moment with Aria. What is this? This needs to be fixed. 

The Friend:
Roar is the best thing to ever happen to this genre. Seriously. I almost wish this series was rewritten with Roar as the love interest. He is so perfect. I feel like explaining why he is perfect won't give it justice, so all you readers out there need to pick up this series and marvel at his perfection. 

The Plot:
You Still Blue, you. It is like where's waldo still blue edition. I'm just kidding, but in all honestly I did like the plot. A lot of unexpected things happened and Rossi really has a knack for drawing a reader in. It was interesting to not only have our questions answered about the Aether and the Unity, but also to have a better glimpse of both the Tribes and Reverie. I can ever get over this SmartEye thing. I think it is such a great dystopian invention to keep it both futuristic and oppressive. Plus Soren, Talon, and the members of the tribe were given more of an introduction and also more character depth.

The Ending:
Did this book end? Oh yeah it did. WITH A BIG OPENING. What did Perry have to tell Aria? Would the Tides except the Dwellers? What happened to Cinder? WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL ME THIS? 

Then there are the obvious well needed cliffhangers that make sense like Is Sable going to seek revenge? Does Aria have feelings for Roar? Will they get to the Still Blue? What will Hess do? What will happen with the character introduction of Caleb? Will the Aether storms ever go away? 

God, this book, man. So many questions.

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Title: Under the Never Sky
Author: Veronica Rossi
Pages: 384
Rating: 4/5 stars

"EXILED from her safe home in the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria finds herself in the outer wastelands known as the Death Shop. If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent energy storms will. There she meets a savage, an Outsider named Perry – wild, dangerous – who is her only chance of survival. 

But Perry needs Aria, too, and they are forced into an unlikely alliance that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky."

You know I can't really get into this... I'm kinda confused. What is

Wow. Ohmygod. The feels. This book was AMAZING. Woah. 

At first I was unbelievably confused. I mean, WHAT IS THE UNITY? Seriously. No. This was never explained. If anyone has some foreseeable insight please feel free to message me. Hopefully it will be explained fully in the next book. (Which I delightfully ordered today!) But it is ok because the rest of the book made up for the first 40 pages of so. 

I'm going to break this up into parts. 

The Characters:
Fantastic. Perry was my favorite character and also my favorite POV. But almost every character introduced was surprisingly refreshing. They had their own spunk and pizazz. Their own voice and abilities. 

The Romance:
Okay. Let us start by stating that Perry and Aria hated each other for most of the book. Aria thought Perry was a Savage and Perry thought Aria was a useless hermit. But then they became friends and then... more. I don't want to give much away. *squeals & swoons*. Believe me, this book is totally worth it. It isn't a romance book exactly but the romance involved is swoonworthy. Perry is so broodingly badass. 

Character Development:
There was a lot of development in the characters. Perry became softer and happier. He came out of his comfort zone and learned tolerance for people who are different. And Aria transformed from a depressed twit with no survival skills into a dependent heroine who fought for herself. 

The World:
The success of a dystopian novel depends heavily on the world that is presented. And Rossi succeeded. She has such an unbelievable imagination. From the Smarteye, to the Senses, to the Crovan, to Cinder to The Blood Lords, to the Realms. Wow. Rossi you are the BOMB! I need more. More more more. I am like a book zombie who is starving. My book order cannot come fast enough. Woah buddy.

The Plot:
A+ work Ms. Rossi. You go girl! This was an action packed, gripping, thought provoking novel. I could not put it down. I read it through school. At home. While walking. When I was supposed to do my homework. As I said before I don't want to give too much away. 

The Ending:
This book's ending was a slap in the face. I am usually very good at predicting what happens but nope. No. Did not predict that one. THE FEELINGS THAT I HAVE FOR THIS BOOK I CANNOT PROCESS.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Fever by Lauren DeStefano

Title: Fever
Author: Lauren DeStephano
Pages: 341 stars
Rating: 4/5 stars

"Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion, but danger is never far behind.

Running away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ringmistress keeps watch over a menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. With Gabriel at her side, Rhine travels through an environment as grim as the one she left a year ago - surroundings that mirror her own feelings of fear and hopelessness.

The two are determined to get to Manhattan, to relative safety with Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan. But the road there is long and perilous - and in a world where young women only live to age twenty and young men die at twenty-five, time is precious. Worse still, they can’t seem to elude Rhine’s father-in-law, Vaughn, who is determined to bring Rhine back to the any means necessary.

In the sequel to Lauren DeStefano’s harrowing Wither, Rhine must decide if freedom is worth the price - now that she has more to lose than ever."

I devoured this book! Can you say gorgeous?! This book was so magical and perfect and heart breaking. It made my heart hurt. I can't deal with these feels! DeStefano's writing is so beautiful I want to become its best friend and frolic through the flowers with it. The drugs, the prostitution, the ferris wheel, the tents, the answers, the dialogue, the pain, the love, the sickness, the experiments, ugh I cant deal. Oh Linden, Oh Gabriel, Oh Rhine. You guys are beautiful. This book is one long drugged journey mixed with passion and pain. That's what I should call this book, passion, pain and prostitution.

And Ok. I know the cover looks kind of silly, but once you read the book you will understand. The tarot cards, the dress, the drugged face, the horse, you will all get it, and understand why this is one of the best movie covers. Who ever did this cover certainly read the book!

Everyone needs to read this book. It's rare when a sequel is just as good as the first book, but this book is not only not disappointing but it exceeds expectations. 

Plus one of my favorite characters has my name! (Maddie)


Looooook at this!

She is a perfect author!Plus, Fever Tarot Cards!!!

Favorite Character: Maddie

Monday, January 14, 2013

Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Title: Wither
Author: Lauren Destefano
Pages: 358
Rating: 4/5 stars

"By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children. When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can’t bring herself to hate him as much as she’d like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband’s strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement. Her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next, and Rhine is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape--before her time runs out?

Together with one of Linden's servants, Gabriel, Rhine attempts to escape just before her seventeenth birthday. But in a world that continues to spiral into anarchy, is there any hope for freedom?"

This book left me with a serious craving for these fictional June Beans. I bought a whole bag of jolly ranchers but they aren't seeming to cut it. 

With the exception of Rhine's self conflicts and temporary blips of stupidity, I enjoyed myself. This book isn't quite like anything I have read before. The plot is fantastic and has infinite possibilities of success. It was more about sisterhood and trauma than it was romance which is the thing that is most admirable. There were incredible descriptions and concepts. The language and details and fashion and food are all beautiful. The tragedy is beautiful. The holograms and the whole mansion is beautiful. And the mansion was like a paradise with a lurking hell. Everything you could ever ask for yet nothing at all. It makes you think about freedom and how it is taken for granted. This book is full of illusions and social status and oppression. Candy that turns your mouth different colors, champagne, graphic scenes, flowers and atlases. This book is detail. 

Favorite Character: Rhine

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

Title: Alice in Zombieland
Author: Gena Showalter
Pages: 404
Rating: 4/5 stars

"She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.

Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real….

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies…."

Alice in Zombieland is a great read for a refreshing yet exhilarating evening. It's a great snow storm book to get sucked into as you warm up. I couldn't put it down. 

It was interesting... I was kind of confused about some parts but caught on eventually. At first I thought this book was going to be like watching paint dry. There was no kick ass zombie action, Ali was being a brat and Cole was being over controlling and manipulative. But as the characters and plot progressed it came together and the tone changed. I wasn't aggravated with the characters but was instead then able to connect with them. I got my zombie ass kicking!! 
Some part of me wanted this to be a Rose-Dimitri badass trainer duo tension situation and those high hopes ended in disappointment. In the end, weighing the good and the bad, I was pleased. The characters were quite funny and intriguing, especially the secondary ones.

Also the inside pattern and cover are beautiful which deserves a star in of itself.

I can't wait for the next one!

Rate: 4 stars
Favorite Character: All of them really. But I guess it would be Kat or Frosty.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Title: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Pages: 313
Rating: 5/5 stars

"Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumors in her lungs... for now. 

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault. 

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind."
I look at these rare low ratings and think there is definitely a fault in your star thinking I'm clever

Every word is beautiful and placed in a way of perfection. The vocabulary and literary elegance of this man is fantastic.

This book made my heart want to burst. It made me want cry. My pulse increased. It made me shiver and causes warm happy tingly feelings. And oh boy did I laugh. I feel as though any review I write can't give this book justice. I can't describe the personal longing and connection I had when reading. This was my book. Every line went straight to the heart. I can read it over and over again and not get sick of it and be able to find new things to love, about Hazel and Augustus. Your humor. Hazel your soul. Your sarcasm and humor and the poetically thoughtful way you speak goes right to a special place in my heart.

This book is perfect. It's just perfect. Not one word is wasted. The syntax and dialogue is like nothing I've ever seen before. I was literally trembling as I read this book. John Green you are my savior. You are a hope for humanity. EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ THIS BOOK. Seriously everyone.