It was my goal this year to read 100 books and I also joined the 100+ Reading Challenge. Not only did I make my goal, but I went over it. So, I decided to list the books I read in 2010 so that you guys can see what I've been reading.
This year has been amazing as far as books go. Therefore I decided to share my favorite books/series/authors of the year with you guys! These books weren't necessarily released in 2010, I just read them this year.
The missing dead call to Violet. They want to be found.
When Violet Ambrose's morbid ability to sense the echoes of those who've been murdered leads her to the body of a young boy, she draws the attention of the FBI. She is reluctantly pulled into an investigation that will endanger more than just her secret...but her relationship and possibly her life as well.
I really liked the first in the series, The Body Finder, so I can't wait to see how the series continues.
The Out With A Bang Read-A-Thon is upon us and I thought it would be a good idea to make a list of the books I plan to read. My reading time will be a bit scarce but I still hope to get a lot read. Most of the books on my list are books that I've started but just haven't finished.
Everyone thinks their parents are embarrassing, but Hannah knows she's got them all beat. Her dad made a fortune showcasing photos of pretty girls and his party lifestyle all over the Internet, and her mom was once one of her dad's 'girlfriends' and is now the star of her own website. After getting the wrong kind of attention for way too long, Hannah has mastered the art of staying under the radar . . . and that's just how she likes it. Of course, that doesn't help her get noticed by her crush. Hannah's sure that gorgeous, sensitive Josh is her soul mate. But trying to get him to notice her; wondering why she suddenly can't stop thinking about another guy, Finn; and dealing with her parents make Hannah feel like she's going crazy. Yet she's determined to make things work out the way she wants only what she wants may not be what she needs. . . . Once again, Elizabeth Scott has created a world so painfully funny and a cast of characters so heartbreakingly real that you'll love being a part of it from unexpected start to triumphant finish.
Review: This is one of the only books I've read by Elizabeth Scott, but I really enjoyed it, and after reading Something, Maybe I'm looking forward to reading more of Scott's work.
The first thing about this book that caught my attention was how wonderful of a contemporary novel it was. Scott told Hannah's entire story. It told about her family, romantic, and friendship problems. Not only were all of these things touched on, but they were brought up in a way that allowed you to see who the characters were.
The romance was a bit predictable as far as who Hannah was going to end up with, but it was still great to read about. My only problem with the book was that a lot of Hannah's issues had no closure at the end. Really the only thing that has a solid ending is her romance. You don't find out if Teagan ends up going back to college, you don't know if Hannah patches up her father/daughter relationship, and you don't get any closure on the situation with her mom (as far as Jose goes).
Despite all of those things this was a great book that was a pretty easy read. It had substance to it (it wasn't just fluff) but it also managed to have a believable romance that was fun to read.
My Soul to Steal by Rachel Vincent (e-ARC via NetGalley)
Trying to work things out with Nash—her maybe boyfriend—is hard enough for Kaylee Cavanaugh. She can't just pretend nothing happened. But "complicated" doesn't even begin to describe their relationship when his ex-girlfriend transfers to their school, determined to take Nash back.
See, Sabine isn't just an ordinary girl. She's a mara, the living personification of a nightmare. She can read people's fears—and craft them into nightmares while her victims sleep. Feeding from human fear is how she survives.
And Sabine isn't above scaring Kaylee and the entire school to death to get whatever—and whoever—she wants.
* Thank you to harlequin and NetGalley for the e-ARC
The Candidates by Inara Scott (e-book)
Dancia Lewis is far from popular. And that's not just because of her average grades or her less-than-glamorous wardrobe. In fact, Dancia's mediocrity is a welcome cover for her secret: whenever she sees a person threatening someone she cares about, things just...happen. Cars skid. Structures collapse. Usually someone gets hurt. So Dancia does everything possible to avoid getting close to anyone, belieiving this way she can supress her powers and keep them hidden.
But when recruiters from the prestigious Delcroix Academy show up in her living room to offer her a full scholarship, Dancia's days of living under the radar may be over. Only, Delcroix is a school for diplomats' kids and child geniuses--not B students with uncontrollable telekinetic tendencies. So why are they treating Dancia like she's special? Even the hottest guy on campus seems to be going out of his way to make Dancia feel welcome.
And then there's her mysterious new friend Jack, who can't stay out of trouble. He suspects something dangerous is going on at the Academy and wants Dancia to help him figure out what. But Dancia isn't convinced. She hopes that maybe the recruiters know more about her "gift" than they're letting on. Maybe they can help her understand how to use it...But not even Dancia could have imagined what awaits her behind the gates of Delcroix Academy.
Deadly Little Games by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Camelia and Ben have discovered a powerful bond: They both possess the power of psychometry, the ability to sense things through touch. For Ben, the gift is a frightening liability. When he senses a strong threat or betrayal, he risks losing control and hurting people. Camelia's gift is more mysterious. When she works with clay, her hands sculpt messages her mind doesn't yet comprehend.
Before either teen has a chance to fully grasp these abilities, an unresolved family tragedy resurfaces in Camelia's life, irrevocably changing everything she cares about...
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .
Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.
This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.
Prisoners in the Palace by Michaela MacColl
London, 1838. Sixteen-year-old Liza's dreams of her society debut are dashed when her parents are killed in an accident. Penniless, she accepts the position of lady's maid to young Princess Victoria and steps unwittingly into the gossipy intrigue of the servant's world below-stairs as well as the trickery above. Is it possible that her changing circumstances may offer Liza the chance to determine her own fate, find true love, and secure the throne for her future queen?
Meticulously based on newly discovered information, this riveting novel is as rich in historical detail as Catherine, Called Birdy, and as sizzling with intrigue as The Luxe.
Airhead by Meg Cabot
EM WATTS IS GONE.
Emerson Watts didn't even want to go to the new SoHo Stark Megastore grand opening. But someone needed to look out for her sister, Frida, whose crush, British heartthrob Gabriel Luna, would be singing and signing autographs there-along with the newly appointed Face of Stark, teen supermodel sensation Nikki Howard.
How was Em to know that disaster would strike, changing her-and life as she'd known it-forever? One bizarre accident later, and Em Watts, always the tomboy, never the party princess, is no longer herself. Literally.
Now getting her best friend, Christopher, to notice that she's actually a girl is the least of Em's problems.
But what Em's pretty sure she'll never be able to accept might just turn out to be the one thing that's going to make her dream come true . . . .
“I’ve left some clues for you. If you want them, turn the page. If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.” So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the New York Times bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions? Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.
Review: I have heard amazing things about both Rachel Cohn and David Levithan so this book I was expecting to be amazing, and it was. It's such a fun book and it really gets you in the mood for Christmas time, even though Dash is pretty anti-Christmas.
I found both Dash and Lily to be very interesting characters. Both were very funny throughout the book, but at times, especially with Lily, the speech and word usage in dialogue just didn't seem like that of a 16 year old.
Now I must confess that I related much better to Dash than to Lily. Something about Lily just annoyed me at times. One thing I found unique about Dash was his obsession with words, especially when he tries to find the plural of words, like Wii and Macy's.
The dares and the adventures that followed were absolutely wonderful to read. They had me laughing, thinking, and really getting into the story. Although, near the end some of the adventures/dares got a little far fetched and unrealistic, like the baby catcher and the sudden fame it brought. Note, if you've read the book that last sentence wil (most likely) make sense; if you haven't, then you probably think I'm crazy.
Overall, this is such a cute and fun book that it will make even the most joyless person excited about Christmas. So be on the lookout, everyone, for suspicious red notebooks lurking in bookstores!
Waiting on Wednesday was started and is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. Summary from goodreads!
Exile by Anne Osterlund
April 28, 2011
Exiled. From the weight of others' expectations, the responsibilities of being crown princess, and the pressure to marry, Aurelia is finally free to travel the kingdom and meet the people of Tyralt. If only Robert, her expedition guide, would stop pestering her about her safety and just kiss her.
But then their journey erupts in a fiery conflagration, and with both of their lives and the fate of the kingdom at stake, she and Robert must determine whether they have the strength, and the will, to complete their mission. And face the darker side of exile.
I read Aurelia when it first came out in 2008 and always wondered it there was going to be a sequel. I'll have to go and re-read the first one because I hardly remember it, except that I liked it. So hopefully this will be a good follow up to it.
Cameron Winters is a freak. Fortunately, no one but her family knows the truth …that Cameron can read minds. For years Cameron has hidden behind a facade of normalcy, warned that there are those who would do her harm. When gorgeous and mysterious Lewis Douglas arrives he destroys everything Cameron has ever believed and tempts her with possibilities of freedom. Determined to embrace her hidden talents, Cameron heads to a secret haven with Lewis; a place where she meets others like her, Mind Readers. But as Cameron soon finds out some things are too good to be true. When the Mind Readers realize the extent of Cameron’s abilities, they want to use her powers for their own needs. Cameron suddenly finds herself involved in a war in which her idea of what is right and wrong is greatly tested. In the end she’ll be forced to make a choice that will not only threaten her relationship with Lewis, but her very life.
Review: The first thing that I noticed about this book was that it was different from most YA books. Now I know that's vague, but I have my reasons for thinking it.
One thing that made it different was the fact that the story was about Cameron and her abilities and it stayed on that topic. In the beginning of the book there was a murder, but the book didn't revolve around the murder. It was a way to show Cameron's ability which led to us meeting Lewis. This was different because usually in YA an event that happens early on in the book is what the entire book revolves around, like solving a murder, but it was used to build characters in The Mind Readers.
I also found the romance between Cam and Lewis realistic. I think that they "fell in love" a bit quickly but it was what came after that that was realistic. After they actually went on a date and hung out Cameron saw they were actually different. *Slight Spoiler* And I was pleased to see she was strong enough to not change her beliefs of right and wrong to be with him.
Overall this was a very good book. It was different from many paranormal YA books and put a new twist on mind readers. It also managed to be realistic in the areas of everyday life. The ending was, in my opinion, a cliff hanger, and I definitely hope there's a sequel.
Source: E-Book from author (note: this book only comes in e-book format)
The Out With A Bang Read-A-Thon will be hosted by The Bookish Type and Book Savvy and is running December 29 - 31. It is meant to help finish off the debut books many of us still have to read but you don't have to read just debuts. To learn more and to sign up you can go here or here.
This is going to be my first read-a-thon so hopefully I'll get a lot read!
Anna was looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. So she's less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris—until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming,beautiful, Étienne has it all . . . including a serious girlfriend. But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss? Stephanie Perkins keeps the romantic tension crackling and the attraction high in a debut guaranteed to make toes tingle and hearts melt.
Review: I'm sure you've already heard all of the mazing things about this book and let me assure you that they are all true. This is possibly one of the best books I've read this year!
One of the best things about this book was the characters. They were FLAWED! This made them INTERESTING! St. Clair. Besides being wonderful he is short and does not have good teeth. This may seem random but it is a flaw that makes him wonderfully relate-able. He was also afraid of heights. Can you name any other fictional male characters who are openly afraid of heights?! And Anna! She also doesn't have good teeth! All of the characters were wonderful and interesting and different from each other. They had their own problems and stories which made them so much fun to read.
I loved how this book took place over an entire year. Most books simply cover a few months, but this story was made more real by the fact that it took a year to unfold. What made the romance so realistic was that Anna and St. Clair were just friends for a long time and that made them really get to know each other before they were actually "in love".
I'm sure there are many other absolutely amazing aspects to this book that I'm simply forgetting at the moment, but trust me, you want to read this book. Don't let the title fool you into thinking it's a cheesy romance. Because it's not. It is a great contemporary novel by an amazing debut author who I can't wait to read more from.
As I'm sure you've all noticed I have been severely lacking in the posts/reviews this week. This is due to the wonderful educational institution know as school. Note the sarcasm. Thankfully I am not FINALLY free!
However, my teachers seem to hate me because they have decided to not only make me study for finals, I have them after Christmas break grrrr, but also do a lot of homework. Once again, grrrrr.
But I will be writing reviews and putting them up as well has getting back to my favorite thing, reading! So look forward to many a review in the very near future.
A poignant debut novel of an Irish gypsy boy's childhood in the 1950's by the author of the bestselling memoir A Rip in Heaven.
Ireland, 1959: Young Christy Hurley is a Pavee gypsy, traveling with his father and extended family from town to town, carrying all their worldly possessions in their wagons. Christy carries with him a burden of guilt as well, haunted by the story of his mother's death in childbirth. The peripatetic life is the only one Christy has ever known, but when his grandfather dies, everything changes. His father decides to settle down temporarily in a town where Christy and his cousin can attend mass and receive proper schooling. But they are still treated as outsiders.
As Christy's exposure to a different life causes him to question who he is and where he belongs, the answer may lie with an old newspaper photograph and a long-buried family secret that could change his life forever...
Outside In by Maria V. Snyder (e-ARC via NetGalley)
Me? A Leader? Okay, I did prove that there's more to Inside than we knew. That a whole world exists beyond this cube we live in. And finding that led to a major rebellion - between worker scrubs like me and the snobby uppers who rule our world. Make that ruled. Because of me, we're free. I thought that meant I was off the hook, and could go off on my own again - while still touching base with Riley, of course. He's the one upper I think I can trust. But then we learned that there's outside and then there is Outside. And something from Outside wants In
The Mind Readers by Lori Brighton (ebook)
Cameron Winters is a freak. Fortunately, no one but her family knows the truth …that Cameron can read minds. For years Cameron has hidden behind a facade of normalcy, warned that there are those who would do her harm. When gorgeous and mysterious Lewis Douglas arrives he destroys everything Cameron has ever believed and tempts her with possibilities of freedom. Determined to embrace her hidden talents, Cameron heads to a secret haven with Lewis; a place where she meets others like her, Mind Readers.
But as Cameron soon finds out some things are too good to be true. When the Mind Readers realize the extent of Cameron’s abilities, they want to use her powers for their own needs. Cameron suddenly finds herself involved in a war in which her idea of what is right and wrong is greatly tested. In the end she’ll be forced to make a choice that will not only threaten her relationship with Lewis, but her very life.
*Thank you to Penguin, Harlequin, NetGalley, and Lori Brighton!
Vanished: Volume 1 (When Lightning Strikes & Code Name Cassandra) by Meg Cabot
A gift…or a curse?
Jessica Mastriani has never liked attention. All she wants is to make it to high school graduation like any ordinary girl. But when Jess is struck by lightning, she becomes anything but ordinary: suddenly she has the ability to locate missing children.
Now Jess is getting noticed in all the wrong ways and by all the wrong people. The media is obsessed with her and her story. The FBI is tapping her phone. And what’s going on with sexy senior Rob? Soon Jess learns the hard way that not everyone who is lost wants to be found….
With no one to trust, it's up to Jess to decide what to do with her new power—before it’s decided for her.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (ebook)
Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris—until she meets Étienne St. Claire: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.
As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near-misses end with the French kiss Anna—and readers—have long awaited?
Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler (ebook)
Things in Delilah Hannaford's life have a tendency to fall apart. She used to be a good student, but she can't seem to keep it together anymore. Her "boyfriend" isn't much of a boyfriend. And her mother refuses to discuss the fight that divided their family eight years ago. Falling apart, it seems, is a Hannaford tradition.
Over a summer of new friendships, unexpected romance, and moments that test the complex bonds between mothers and daughters, Delilah must face her family's painful past. Can even her most shattered relationships be pieced together again?
The Synthesis (Powerless#1) by Jason Letts (PDF/ebook)
Mira Ipswich couldn't have ever known the startling difference that separates her from the rest of humanity. But when she discovers a strange anomaly in the midst of her seclusion, her parents are forced to reveal she exists in a world where everyone is imbued with a wondrous natural gift. Everyone except herself that is. Accompany Mira as her attempts to fit in among peers and understand her inconceivable condition embroil her with the dangerous forces threatening her homeland. Protected by nothing more than her imagination and ingenuity, you'll never find a superhero more like you.