Review: Through The Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

Title: Through the Ever Night
Author: Veronica Rossi
Genre: Dystopia; Science Fiction
Pages: 352
Publication: January 9, 2013

Goodread’s Synopsis:
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.

Review: 

   First of all I would like to thank YA Sisterhood for introducing me to these books about sometime back in December of 2011, because without them my life would be completely devoid of not only some of the most amazing characters, but some of the most amazing books, I have read in a while. Now, that being said it’s review time. 
     First off I would love to give Veronica Rossi a HUGE hug! Ever since I can remember, the second book in basically any YA fiction series suffers from what people like to call “the second book curse.” This curse is best described as: the point at which the author decide to split up the main couple in a book and send them in completely opposite directions for a reason seemingly unknown to most of us readers. (I have a theory that they just enjoy torturing us or watching us squirm in our seats as we turn every page hoping that the two characters will be reunited by some force of magic, but that theory is still in the works.) Now, it’s not to say that Aria and Perry are together the whole book but, when they where apart it was purposeful! I never felt like either one of the characters were being over emotional and yelling “YOU JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND,” then running away, not to be seen for the next fifty or so pages. Every moment that they were apart, Aria and Perry were working for something or trying to prove something, and I loved it. 
    Another amazing part of this book were the characters! They are so multidimensional! I feel like they are evolving and developing throughout the entire book. Even minor characters like Bear, Willow, and Cinder grew every time I turned the page, which was truly remarkable. Every character in these books have more to them than meets the eye and it was a joy to watch these characters grow with every page. 
    To say that I enjoyed this book may be a little bit of an understatement. And again I would like to thank YA Sisterhood for introducing me to this amazing series and Veronica Rossi for making a world that I can completely immerse myself in. 

And now the wait for the third book begins! 

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Waiting On Wednesday: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Title: Unravel Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Genre: Dystopian
Pages: 465
Publication Date: February 5, 2013

GoodReads Summary:

 “tick, tick, tick, tick, tick
it’s almost
time for war.

Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She’s finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam’s life.”


Is it weird that I am SO excited for this book and I still have not read Shatter Me yet? Okay, maybe it is just a tad bit strange that I haven’t read Shatter Me yet, since I have heard nothing but great things about it! But never fear, It going to be read in the next week so I can pick up this beauty as soon as it comes out! 

Review: Shadowhunters and Downworlders edited by Cassandra Clare

Title: Shadowhunters and Downworlders
Edited by: Cassandra Clare
Pages: 256
Publication: January 29, 2013

Synopsis:
Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, epic urban fantasy set in a richly imagined world of shadowhunters, vampires, werewolves, fairies, and more, has captured the imaginations and loyalty of hundreds of thousands of YA readers. Originally a trilogy (City of BonesCity of AshesCity of Glass), the series has extended to six titles, plus a prequel trilogy, the Infernal Devices, and a planned sequel series, the Dark Artifices. A feature film is planned for 2013.

Shadowhunters and Downworlders, edited by Clare (who provides an introduction to the book and to each piece), is a collection of YA authors writing about the series and its world.

Authors Who Contributed:
Holly Black / Kendare Blake / Gwenda Bond / Sarah Rees Brennan / Rachel Caine / Sarah Cross / Kami Garcia / Michelle Hodkin / Kelly Link / Kate Milford / Diana Peterfreund / Sara Ryan / Scott Tracey / Robin Wasserman

I’m going to be honest, I was a little skeptical about reading this. All the other “readers” that I’ve read have either been incredibly boring, or complete nonsense. This was not either of those. Shadowhunters and Downworlders was an excellent balance of information and entertainment. It had essay topics that me, and many other Mortal Instrument fans, would enjoy. I blew through this book, and could hardly put it down. That’s how fantastic it was.

I loved the essays in this book. (Mainly the one about incest because of how hilarious it was). They didn’t drag on. They were quick and easy reads that I could comprehend, but also made me think. Each author who wrote for this book brought something fresh and new to make me think about, and each idea or statement they made were great. They knew their stuff, and they kept the topic of their essay closely related to the book. Some readers (*cough*TWILIGHT ONES*cough*), although claiming to be about the book, never actually bring in text evidence or examples from the actual book and just keep relating it to something totally off topic. But the authors used tons of quotes and situations to make their point. Plus, their points made sense. These authors shined a new light on things that I not only had been wondering, but things that I never even thought about.

Every fan of The Mortal Instruments needs to check this book out. It’s a perfect supplemental text for anyone who wonders or thinks extensively about the topics and characters in the series. It was a wonderful, enjoyable read, but also extensively informative.

I’ll give this one 4.5/5 stars. 
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COVER REVEAL: The Space Inbetween by Victoria H. Smith

Title:The Space Between
Author: Victoria H. Smith
Publication: April 2, 2013
Genre:Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Cover Designer: Okay Creations; http://okaycreations.net/site/

Synopsis:
When Drake started the night at his father’s campaign fundraiser, he never imagined he’d end it being conned into buying drugs on the West Side. Losing high-stakes poker has its consequences, but he’d repeatedly face them just to hear Lacey Douglas sing. Drake sees Lacey light up the stage, and he has to have her. But his intentions for being on her side of town turn out to be the reason he can’t.

Chicago native Lacey has dreams of the opera, but life has its obstacles. Lacey has come to know her hardships as part of living in the real world and accepts them fully. When Lacey meets the intense and invigorating Drake, a fire is lit inside her, unleashing those dreams again.

Two paths that should have never crossed prove to create the exact pairing the other needs. But when their worlds take time to catch up, everything they have is tested. Finding the space between the two sides that challenge them will be hard, but it’s the only place that will keep them together.

The Space Between is a new adult contemporary romance.


About the Author:
Victoria H. Smith has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. She puts it to good use writing romance all day. She resides in the Midwest with her Macbook on her lap and a cornfield to her right. She often draws inspiration for her stories from her own life experiences, and the twenty-something characters she writes give her an earful about it.
In her free time, she enjoys extreme couponing, blogging, reading, and sending off a few tweets on Twitter when she can. She writes new adult fiction romance in the sub-genres of science fiction, urban fantasy, and contemporary, but really, anywhere her pen takes her she goes.

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The Undesirable by S. Celi Release Day Blog Tour!

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Today is the release day of the new book The Undesirable by S. Celi!

Title: The Undesirable 
Author: Sara Celi 
Publisher: Lowe Interactive Media 
Pages: 225 
Book Description: *This book is Mature YA/ New Adult. It is recommended for readers 14 and over. What if everything you knew turned out to be a lie? Charlotte Walker knows how to live under the rule of The Party. She has managed for 18 years. She helps out her drunken mother and keeps life going at a familiar, steady pace. She doesn’t ask questions, even though she has many of them in her heart. Fostino Sanchez knows how to live under the rule of The Party, too. For 19 years, he’s worked to be the perfect Party member. He knows what must be done to keep Maxwell Cooper in power, and how find the The Undesirables that threaten to take away everything that matters. As the months go by, what matters most to Fostino is Charlotte Walker. While their love blooms, danger comes to Charlotte and Fostino’s small hometown of Harrison Corners, OH. Threats they never knew existed could take away all that they care about. And just when these two teens think they know what will come next, Charlotte learns the truth about a secret she has long suspected. What Charlotte finds out changes everything. EVERYTHING. THE UNDESIRABLE is Charlotte Walker’s story, from her point of view. It is a thrilling, suspenseful tale of love, curiosity, adversity, and maturity against the backdrop of a futuristic war. Should Charlotte trust Fostino with what she knows? Can she trust anyone? Will she find it in herself to rise up against terrible odds? What if the ultimate Undesirable is her?

 
Excerpt
CHAPTER ONE

Fostino’s frown mixes with his tightened jaw. “Are you serious about this, Charlotte? Really serious? I just — I can’t believe you’re breaking up with me.” His eyebrows pull tighter than any seam I have ever sewn.“God. I’m so stupid.” His mouth sets in a hard line. My heartbeat jumps to my ears. I bite down hard on the inside of my bottom lip. Oh, God. Did I make the right choice? Will he understand? Will he always hate me? My breath quickens as the air constricts all around the two of us. I almost taste the awkwardness in the air. I pray my pain doesn’t show on my face. How do people manage to stay friends after something like this? I can’t. No, I won’t. Not this time. I stand in this apartment and know that I failed to make this breakup painless.My words cover this small dusty room. All the muscles in my back tighten and twist from the stress. We will never be just friends — ever. He gets up from the couch and pulls on his worn, muddy combat boots. He seems wounded, broken, and defeated. He radiates pain. He picks up my keys to the apartment from the coffee table. Awkward. My mind flickers to the beginning. I remember the moment in the town square when The Party transformed our lives. I want to go back and change everything since then. “I wanted to take care of you and shield you from—” He stops and gestures to the windows and the crumbling world outside this room. His soulful brown eyes glint with anger. “Everything.” Now he exhales. “I guess I’m not surprised. Not after all that happened.”His shoulders slump. Sweat beads on the back of my neck. I swallow some of my uneasiness. My plan just might work. I taste the hollow victory in the back of my throat. Good. “I—I’m sorry.” I have nothing else to say, no words to make this better. In minutes, I’ll leave the apartment and flee my life because I have no other choice. “I’ll never understand you. Or this.” Fostino shakes his head of dark waves. He fixates on the bare wall behind me. His words hurt, but Fostino can’t know how much he affects me. I push away the urge to reach out and hold him tighter than I ever hugged anyone. Instead, I shudder a little in my shapeless black dress — the one the government issued me last month. I hate this. I am not a cold person. I don’t hurt people on purpose. “Fostino, I—“ In a few steps, I reach his side. My shaky hand reaches out and the keys link our hands together. I smell him through all the dust in this studio apartment with the Murphy bed in the corner. I inhale just remember how he smells. I’m so afraid I will forget it. Each second ticks by worse than the last. This conversation is hard, so very hard. I bite down on the inside of my cheek to stop myself from saying something I can’t back up. If only I could tell him the truth, share my terrible secret, and find a way out of my bleak future. If only. “Did you ever mean anything you said? I mean, even for one second. Did you ever even like me?” He balls his hand into a fist once I raise my arm to stop him. He keeps talking anyway. “I told you I loved you right here in this room, even though you didn’t say it back. I meant it.” My stomach twists and heart pounds while I keep up the lies. “Well — I did like you.” I emphasize my next words as my toes curl in my sandals. “I thought I loved you once. I wanted to say it, but—” “But, I’ll always love you. I will.” He mutters something else I can’t understand, and his words undo me. I give in and kiss him. His lips are a gentle push against mine, and the kiss is so good it hurts. His lips taste like a nectar I want to savor forever. But I can’t. This moment must stay cold and Fostino needs to know this is goodbye for good. Before the kiss intensifies, I pull away and remember my task. The black Humvee full of people waits around the corner. We all must leave soon. They gave me fifteen minutes to make sure this break-up is a clean one. Time is up. Now. His eyes lock mine. “Why won’t you tell me what’s really going on?” Oh no. He can’t know the truth. Hurt him. They told me I must end it.Loving me will destroy him. It will destroy everything. My teeth bite my lip hard on the inside as I search for the words. “It’s — well — we just…we aren’t right for each other. I don’t want you to come after me. We need to end this. This relationship—” “Whatever. It’s fine. You shouldn’t make stuff up.”Fostino sounds very weary and haggard with each sentence. I take my keys and slide them into the black wool satchel on my left shoulder. Then I take the deception a step further. “I won’t ever love you, Fostino Ahmed.” The words taste like rusted metal. “I just won’t.” My hands open the door with purpose. A few steps will take me through an ancient hallway that links this apartment with sixteen others. I push myself through the doorframe and pull the door shut behind me. Then I take the first steps of what I know will be a lifetime of solitary strides. With each step, I sever this connection. Once outside, I round the corner and slide into the alleyway as the armored vehicle hums a signal. The Humvee’s fat tires set off its flat black paint, tinted windows, silver chrome handles, and a large armored grill on the front and the back. This car is a fortress, made for combat and intimidation. All the cars the government owns mirror this one. I slip inside and sink into black leather. Soon, we will all leave Harrison Corners, Ohio. This small band of rebels will take me some place. And I don’t care where. I just want to disappear, and need to more than ever. After I close the Humvee door, Thompson speaks first. “Did he believe you?” Thompson throws the vehicle into gear and drives it down the alley. He gets irritated when I don’t answer right away and runs a thick hand through his long dreadlocks. “Well?” 
  
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About Sara Celi
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  New Orleans born Sara Celi has lived all over the United States. She calls the Greater Cincinnati area and the Queen City home. She’s currently a TV reporter and anchor in Oklahoma City, and has spent more than a decade working in journalism. She graduated cum laude from Western Kentucky University in 2004. Celi is also a contributing author to Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Positive. The Undesirable is her debut novel. In her spare time, she likes to read, shop, write, travel, run long distances, volunteer with the Junior League, and fundraise for Cooperative for Education, a non-profit providing educational opportunities for Guatemalan kids.  

Book Releases: January 27- February 2

January 29:

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
Asunder by Jodi Meadows
Shadows in the Silence by Courtney Allison Moulton
Prodigy by Marie Lu
Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook
A Shimmer of Angels by Lisa M. Basso
The Prey by Andrew Fukuda

February 2:

Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons


This week is a big week for books! I’m super excited for Prodigy; I’ve been waiting ever since the first book came out, and I want to see what happens next. Also, I can’t wait for debut author, Megan Shepard, to release her book, The Madman’s Daughter. It looks really interesting and overall a great read.

Jessica Gibson Blog Tour and Giveaway

I’m so excited to be a part of this blog tour! Jessica Gibson is an amazing author, and I think all of you need to check out her books. 

Mark of the Witch (Boston Witches #1)

Magic flows through Jillian Proctor’s veins as surely as blood, but so far her life outside Boston has been peaceful. William Morgan blows into Jilly’s life like a hurricane, unleashing her magic and sending her out of control. Unknowingly, William brings an enemy who only wants to posses the power of the witch. Jilly must learn to harness her magic before she loses it – and everything in her life is destroyed.

Chasing the Witch (Boston Witches #2)
After the events of Mark of the Witch, Jilly at last begins to breathe easier though her powers are still growing. But can she harness them in time to confront a new chain of events that threatens to change everything?

Caroline has finally accepted her life as a witch, but when a stranger comes into her life she’s forced to question her family loyalty.

About the Author:
Jessica Gibson is a recovering bookaholic, she’s down from four books a week to a more reasonable one. It was that love of words and creativity that made her dream about writing her first book. That dream was hidden for years, always put on the back burner, filed away in the “someday” section, until her husband Matt gave her the kick in the pants she needed to actually get off her butt and write.
Jessica and Matt live in Southern California and have a serious addiction to reality tv shows like Pawn Stars and American Restoration. They have one son and hope to add to the family in the near future.
Aside from writing, she runs an online event planning business called the Release Day Diva. In addition to novels, Jessica writes and maintains the blog Book on the Bright Side. Keep up with Jessica and her latest releases and events on her blog.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Prodigy by Marie Lu

Title: Prodigy
Author: Marie Lu
Genre: Dystopian
Pages: 384
Publication: January 29, 2013

Synopsis:
June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: the Elector Primo dies, and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the two join a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother and offer passage to the Colonies. They have only one request—June and Day must assassinate the new Elector.

It’s their chance to change the nation, to give voice to a people silenced for too long. 

But as June realizes this Elector is nothing like his father, she’s haunted by the choice ahead. What if Anden is a new beginning? What if revolution must be more than loss and vengeance, anger and blood—what if the Patriots are wrong?

In this highly-anticipated sequel, Lu delivers a breathtaking thriller with high stakes and cinematic action.


I’m beyond excited for this book. When I first read Legend, I finished it within 2 days, which really says how fantastic it is. I loved the world that it was built in because it was such a different dystopian world. I loved the characters, and I loved having a kick-ass female character. Marie Lu writes so simply, but really great, which is one of the things that made Legend so enjoyable. I can’t wait for more world building, more character development (or even characters in general), and how this story will continue.

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Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

Title: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Genre: Dystopian; Romance
Pages: 327
Publication: April 24, 2012

Synopsis:
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself–and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.


Before I read this book, I had heard many good things about, and I was not disappointed. The Selection was a fun and very interesting read, and I loved it. First of all, let’s talk about the setting. The Selection takes place in a dystopian United States, but sometimes, hardly seemed dystopian. In a lot of dystopian books, you see worlds that are completely different from the original, or an exaggerated form of our current world, but this book kept out world somewhat familiar, but added elements that made it unique. I loved the plot in this book. It was like a mix of The Bachelor with some added (non-lethal) elements from The Hunger Games. You have the romance element from shows like The Bachelor, but you kind of have things like the actual selection process and how they get eliminated that sort of reminded me of The Hunger Games.

I would say that there was only one or two characters in this book that I actually loved: Maxon and May. May because she was hilarious and like a little fangirl imitation of all of us reading the book, and Maxon… because he’s Maxon and he’s amazing. I did like America, but there were times that I felt she was being extremely selfish (not on purpose, but still). I’m hoping that in future books, she will develop and change into a person who’s both selfless and independent. The character that I liked the least was Aspen. I don’t really know why. Maybe it was his Gale Hawthorne-y characteristics. Maybe he just rubbed me the wrong way, but what I did like about his character was his selflessness. He provided for his family and America, which is such an admirable quality.

The story in this book was good. It was written well, and it was a quick, fun read. But there was something missing for me in this book. I love books that have both character and plot development, but this book didn’t have both, or just not in the quantities that I prefer. There was a little character development, mainly with our main character. But it wasn’t a lot. America was practically the same in both the beginning and end of the book. This book was very plot development heavy. It changed and evolved beautifully, and I’m so excited to see what comes next when The Elite comes out.

I honestly don’t know where this book is going. I don’t have any idea who America will end up with, and by this point in a story, I usually do. But that’s the beauty of this book. It was lovely and the romance was written fantastically. This book was brilliant and I can’t wait until I get to read the second book this coming April! I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves romance, and just a good story in general.

I’d rate this book 4 out of 5 stars. 🙂