Sunday 25 November 2012

Stacking The Shelves #1

Showcase Sunday's aim is to showcase our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders this week. This Sunday meme is hosted by Books, Biscuits and Tea.

Received for review:

The Dervish             Crap Kingdom              Scent of Magic (Healer, #2)

1.The Dervish - Frances Kazan
2.Crap Kingdom - D.C. Pierson
3.Scent of Magic - Maria V. Snyder


The Reckoning (Darkest Powers, #3)    Passion (Fallen, #3)  Between  Night School (Night School, #1) Kiss of Midnight (Midnight Breed,  #1)

1. The Reckoning - Kelley Armstrong
2. Passion - Lauren Kate
3. Between - Jessica Warman
4. Night School - C.J. Daugherty
5. Kiss of Midnight - Lara Adrian


A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1)   Rebel Angels (Gemma Doyle, #2)  The Sweet Far Thing (Gemma Doyle, #3)

1. A Great and Terrible Beauty - Libba Bray
2. Rebel Angels - Libba Bray
3. The Sweet Far Thing - Libba Bray

See you later xx

Leaving Paradise - Simone Elkeles


Another review today for books that are written by Simone Elkeles.

Short description
Nothing has been the same since Caleb Becker left a party drunk, got behind the wheel, and hit Maggie Armstrong. Even after months of painful physical therapy, Maggie walks with a limp. Her social life is nil and a scholarship to study abroad—her chance to escape everyone and their pitying stares—has been canceled.

After a year in juvenile jail, Caleb’s free...if freedom means endless nagging from a transition coach and the prying eyes of the entire town. Coming home should feel good, but his family and ex-girlfriend seem like strangers.

Caleb and Maggie are outsiders, pigeon-holed as "criminal" and "freak." Then the truth emerges about what really happened the night of the accident and, once again, everything changes. It’s a bleak and tortuous journey for Caleb and Maggie, yet they end up finding comfort and strength from a surprising source: each other.

My Opinion
Leaving Paradise was a lot more complex than How To Ruin. What if you neighbor  hit you with his car and ran away? And to make it worse you were in love with him. This is exactly what happened to Maggie and Caleb. When they meet again after he got out of prison, she thinks that ignoring him will help. But it turns out that he’s the only one who really understands through what she’s going. But there is something bigger than the accident that is keeping them apart. A big secret Caleb never can tell anyone , not even Maggie.  So I think you can see what I meant with complex. But you don’t need to think that this books were depressing, because they weren’t. the book was still full of funny parts, which we can expect from books by Simone Elkeles. And the characters weren’t whinny like they would have been in other books. On the contrary they were strong and learned from each other’s mistakes and problems. And like always the boy was swoon worthy. This are definitely  books  you have to read if you liked Pushing the Limits by Katy McGarry and Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles.
Leaving Paradise: *****
Return to Paradise: *****

See you later xx

How to Ruin - Simone Elkeles


Another book that I've read a long time ago, but here's the review.

Short description
Moshav? What’s a moshav? Is it “shopping mall” in Hebrew? I mean, from what Jessica was telling me, Israeli stores have the latest fashions from Europe. That black dress Jessica has is really awesome. I know I’d be selling out if I go with the Sperm Donor to a mall, but I keep thinking about all the great stuff I could bring back home.

Unfortunately for 16-year-old Amy Nelson, “moshav” is not Hebrew for “shopping mall.” Not even close. Think goats, not Gucci.
Going to Israel with her estranged Israeli father is the last thing Amy wants to do this summer. She’s got a serious grudge against her dad, a.k.a. “Sperm Donor,” for showing up so rarely in her life. Now he’s dragging her to a war zone to meet a family she’s never known, where she’ll probably be drafted into the army. At the very least, she’ll be stuck in a house with no AC and only one bathroom for seven people all summer—no best friend, no boyfriend, no shopping, no cell phone…
Goodbye pride—hello Israel.

My opinion
How to ruin are the first books Simon Elkeles wrote. And you notice it. They are still great, but they are missing something. In her next books the characters always have to deal with some (major) problems. But in How to ruin that wasn’t the case. The biggest problem  of Amy was that her boyfriend lived miles away from him. Still I loved reading the books. The characters were funny, the boy loveable (as always) and they were well written. So if you are looking for a quick, relaxing, feel good, funny read this books are definitely what  you are looking for!
  • How to Ruin a Summer Vacation: ****
  • How to Ruin My Teenage Life: ****
  • How to Ruin My Boyfriend's Reputation: *****
Author: Simone Elkeles
See you later xx

Tuesday 20 November 2012

Teaser Tueaday #7 - Secrets and Lies by Ella Monroe


It's been a very long time since I have done my last Teaser Tuesday and I have no idea why.
But from now on I will post one again every week. This week it's from Secrets and Lies by Ella Monroe.

Franklin had brought her here one night for dinner and Whitney'd loved it. It reminded her of the kitschy burger joints in L.A., but with better food. At first, when Whitney had suggested meeting her, Angie had laughed. Apparently, if you're from California, you can only ever eat tofu and bean sprouts. You're also a hippie and spend all your free time hugging trees.

Scott tore the letter from her hand, read it, and immediately signaled for the Secret Service agents mingling among the guests.

See you  later xx

Saturday 17 November 2012

Such a Rush - Jennifer Echols


I've read Such a Rush in August, so it's a long time ago. But I still wanted to write a review about it, so here it is. 

Short description
Such a RushWhen I was fourteen, I made a decision. If I was doomed to live in a trailer park next to an airport, I could complian about the smell of the jet fuel like my mom, I could drink myself to death over the noise like everybody else, or I could learn to fly.

Heaven Beach, South Carolina, is anything but, if you live at the low-rent end of town. All her life, Leah Jones has been the grown-up in her family, while her mother moves from boyfriend to boyfriend, letting any available money slip out of her hands. At school, they may diss Leah as trash, but she's the one who negotiates with the landlord when the rent's not paid. At fourteen, she's the one who gets a job at the nearby airstrip.

But there's one way Leah can escape reality. Saving every penny she can, she begs quiet Mr. Hall, who runs an aerial banner-advertisin business at the airstrip and also offers flight lessons, to take her up just once. Leaving the trailer park far beneath her and swooping out over the sea is a rush greater than anything she's ever experienced, and when Mr. Hall offers to give her cut-rat flight lessons, she feels ready to touch the sky.

By the time she's a high school senior, Leah has become a good enough pilot that Mr. Hall offers her a job flying a banner plane. It seems like a dream come true... but turns out to be just as fleeting as any dream. Mr. Hall dies suddenly, leaving everything he owned in the hands of his teenage sons: golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson. And they're determined to keep the banner planes flying.

Thoug Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she's leery of getting involved in what now seems like a doomded bussiness - unitel Grayson betrays her by digging up her most damning secret. Holding it over her head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. Now Leah finds herself drawn into a battle between brothers - and the consequences could be deadly
My opinion 

When I had finished reading this book I had the feeling that it could have been better. It was well written and the plotline in general was good. And I even liked the characters, well most of them. So what was wrong with it? It’s just  that some events in the book went to quick, the timespan of the book was also very short. Witch I dislike most of the times. And then something I have also noticed in other books I’ve read. The characters were confusing lust with love. Leah didn’t knew Grayson and still she says she loves him. And that’s something that really frustrates me, because in my opinion if you don’t really know each other, than you can’t possibly love each other. But don’t let this stop you from reading the book because other than the love thing I still loved reading the book.

Such a Rush: ****

Author: Jennifer Echols
Titel: Such a Rush

See you later xx

Wednesday 7 November 2012

Releases in November


Here are some (awesome) books that will be release in November:

Reached (Matched, #3)Reached (Matched #3) - Ally Condie
I've read the two previous books. And I really liked them, so I'm very excited to know how it will end.
The ones who haven't read one of the books yet, you should definitely do it!

13th November 2012

Undeadly (The Reaper Diaries, #1)Undeadly (The Reaper Diaries #1) - Michele Vail
I don't read many books about "zombies". Why? I don't know, when I think about zombies I see those horrible creatures from Hollywood. But when I read this short description I thought why not. So maybe I will read this one someday.

20th November 2012

Deity (Covenant, #3)Deity (Convenant #3) - Jennifer L. Armentrout
I know that some people find this books a cheap rip-off of Vampire Academy. And in some points I agree. But I still loved reading the first book in this series. So I'm definitely going to read this one to.

6th November 2012

See you later xx

Monday 5 November 2012

Read in October


This are the books that I've read in October:

Fire (Graceling Realm #2) - Kristin Cashore
Legacy (Legacy #1) - Kayla Cluver
Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1) - Veronica Rossi
The Gathering (Darkness Rising #1) - Kelley Armstrong
Nightshade (Nightshade #1) - Andrea Cremer
Wolfsbane (Nightshade #2) - Andrea Cremer
Temptation (Temtation #1) - Karen Ann Hopkins
Stealing Parker (Catching Jordan #2) - Miranda Kenneally
I am Number Four (Lorien Legacies #1) - Pittacus Lore
Assassin Study (Study #1.5) - Maria V. Snyder
Power Study (Study #3.5) - Maria V. Snyder
Ice Study (Study #3.6)  - Maria V. Snyder

My absolute favorite was Legacy followed by Stealing Parker.
Which book did you enjoy this month?

See you later xx