Before I Became A Book Blogger: Vain & Slammed

November 26, 2013

before i became a book blogger
Inspired by Before I Blogged I Read by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner
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Yes, this feature is still alive and I haven't forgotten about its existence. I expected to do this feature atleast once a month, but what do you know, like doesn't always stick to plans! Owing to my really hectic college schedule, among reading and other stuff, I couldn't really spend time on this. But its back on, and to make up for the long hiatus, here are TWO awesome books for y'all! Enjoy!

Review: Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

November 19, 2013

Title: Crash Into You
Author: Katie McGarry
Publication date: Nomvember 26, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Amazon | Goodreads
From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a good girl with a reckless streak, a street-smart guy with nothing to lose, and a romance forged in the fast lane.

The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers...and she's just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind.

Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look.

But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they'll go to save each other.
Ever since Katie McGarry's debut novel Pushing The Limits, I've been hooked to her writing. She has this way of taking a story and making it so intense and deep, that you just know that no other author could've done a better job.

That said, I cant say that I liked Crash Into You as much as I liked her previous works. I actually had a few issues with it. BUT, I think most readers of YA contemporary romance will still enjoy this book.

Top Ten Tuesday: Recommendations for the Reluctant Classics Reader

So... today's topic is a pretty interesting one. Confession: I've been saving up for this topic for sometime now. I had no idea when I'd get the opportunity to use this list, but I made it up anyways, thinking that if not for TTT, I'd post it on my own. But yay! Now I get to share it with all of you! 

I know a lot of readers have problems with classics. Maybe it's because of the way they were taught in school, maybe it's because of a preconceived notion that they're boring, or maybe they tried reading them and really did find them boring. Well, whatever the reason, the fact remains that a lot of people are reluctant readers of literary classics. 

Well, here I am! I've come to rescue you from the clutches of the Classics Aversion Syndrome. I'm sure most (if not all) of you love YA books? And why is that? Aside from the excellent writing and stories we find in them, a main cause is the fact that we can relate to the characters, right? Because we're young adults ourselves, or because we've all been through that part of life, and loved it? 

So, for your reading pleasure, here is a list of classics which will appeal to the quintessential lover of YA. They either have young adult characters or they're just ones that I think a YA book lover will find enjoyable!

Review: Through The Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

November 13, 2013

Title: Through The Ever Night (Under The Never Sky #2)
Author: Veronica Rossi
Publication date: January 8, 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: YA, Post Apocalyptic, Dystopian
It's been months since Aria learned of her mother's death.

Months since Perry became Blood Lord of the Tides, and months since Aria last saw him.

Now Aria and Perry are about to be reunited. It's a moment they've been longing for with countless expectations. And it's a moment that lives up to all of them. At least, at first.

Then it slips away. The Tides don't take kindly to former Dwellers like Aria. And the tribe is swirling out of Perry's control. With the Aether storms worsening every day, the only remaining hope for peace and safety is the Still Blue. But does this haven truly exist?

Threatened by false friends 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 sci-fi elements to create a captivating adventure-and a love story as perilous as it is unforgettable.
One thing about Veronica Rossi? She never disappoints.

With this book, I felt like Rossi was refining her writing, smoothing out the little blemishes that were in Under The Never Sky, and forming a solid foundation for the finish of the series, while still giving this book its own identity and action to contend with.

Review: Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

November 6, 2013

Title: Under The Never Sky (Under The Never Sky #1)
Author: Veronica Rossi
Publication date: January 3, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: YA, Post Apocalyptic, Dystopian
Amazon | Goodreads
Since she'd been on the outside, she'd survived an Aether storm, she'd had a knife held to her throat, and she'd seen men murdered.

This was worse.

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland--known as The Death Shop--are slim. If the cannibals don't get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She's been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He's wild--a savage--and her only hope of staying alive.

A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile--everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria's help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.
Since Into The Still Blue, the last book in the Under The Never Sky trilogy is coming out soon (January 28, 2014), I'm re-reading the previous books to brush up my memory and get ready for the finish. One thing I've noticed in the rare books that I re-read is that the second time around, it doesn't seem as perfect as it did the first time. Somehow, there's almost always something that catches my attention and spoils the awesome-ness of the book that I got the first time.

But you know what? It wasn't so with Under The Never Sky. I went into it apprehensive that I'd find some fault in it, but didn't fin a single one. I've always been a little particular with my books, and I like to think that in the time that has passed since I first read Under The Never Sky my reading has become more critical and perceptive. But inspite of all that, I still love Under The Never Sky! Nothing has changed. In fact, it's gotten even better!

Top Ten Tuesday: The Wait Is Never Ending

November 5, 2013

Okay, so here's the thing. I dont read many series. I literally go searching for books that are not part of a series. The list on Goodreads that goes something like 'Top 100 Standalones of ...'? Yeah, I haunt that list. Repeatedly, picking books off from it to read.

Why all this avoidance of series? Well, for one thing, I'm a VERY curious cat! (People give me nicknames based on it; it's that bad) So this is what happens when I read a series: I read the first book, and then when I realize it's a series, and the next book is not out, so I have to wait like a year to know what happens next, but i cant wait because I HAVE TO KNOW NOWW, and then I cant stop thinking about it, and I end up getting very vivid dreams about it, so vivid, in fact, that the next day, I dont feel like I've slept at all, an then I get up up and think about it, and the cycle repeats itself until I'm completely scarred, and then the next interesting thing comes along, and I flit on to that.

So you see, series can be traumatic things for me. Which is why I put them off a lot, so that I can read them together (and hence have so few to share with y'all today). Like the Shatter Me series and The Grisha series that I've been postponing for so many months. But I think I'm going to start The Grisha ones in the next week or so, because really, after being victim to Judith's constant bombardment, you cant help but cave in.

Review: The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine

November 2, 2013

Title: The Promise of Amazing
Author: Robin Constantine
Publication date: December 31, 2013
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins)
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Amazon | Goodreads
Wren Caswell is average. Ranked in the middle of her class at Sacred Heart, she’s not popular, but not a social misfit. Wren is the quiet, “good” girl who's always done what she's supposed to—only now in her junior year, this passive strategy is backfiring. She wants to change, but doesn’t know how.

Grayson Barrett was the king of St. Gabe’s. Star of the lacrosse team, top of his class, on a fast track to a brilliant future—until he was expelled for being a “term paper pimp.” Now Gray is in a downward spiral and needs to change, but doesn’t know how.

One fateful night their paths cross when Wren, working at her family’s Arthurian-themed catering hall, performs the Heimlich on Gray as he chokes on a cocktail weenie, saving his life literally and figuratively. What follows is the complicated, awkward, hilarious, and tender tale of two teens shedding their pasts, figuring out who they are—and falling in love.
The Promise of Amazing was one of my most anticipated reads this year. I mean, seriously, would you look at that adorable cover? And did you read the blurb? So it should come as no surprise that when I got approved for this book, I spent a few quiet minutes in complete freak out mode.

And then I read the book.