Tahereh Mafi in Manila
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Labels: events, tahereh mafi
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The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett + Giveaway
Monday, February 18, 2013
The Nightmare Affair
Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare.
Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy, is hard enough. But when Dusty sneaks into Eli Booker’s house, things get a whole lot more complicated. He’s hot, which means sitting on his chest and invading his dreams couldn’t get much more embarrassing. But it does. Eli is dreaming of a murder.
Then Eli’s dream comes true.
Now Dusty has to follow the clues—both within Eli’s dreams and out of them—to stop the killer before more people turn up dead. And before the killer learns what she’s up to and marks her as the next target.
eARC from Publisher via NetGalley ; To be released on March 5, 2013 by Tor Teen
Oh, I loved The Nightmare Affair
! Such an exciting, fast-paced novel - the first part intrigued me so much I just couldn't help but to keep reading. Basically, it started out quite strong; it grabbed me and didn't let me go. The concept of "Nightmare" is also quite interesting; I don't think I've ever read anything with such a concept, so I found it unique.
Dusty was a likable character, and it wasn't very difficult to relate to her at all. She was witty and funny, and I really liked reading about her. I liked the romance factor, maybe because there was just enough of it so that I didn't get tired of it very easily. LOL. I have to warn you guys, though, especially those who dislike love triangles - as this book has a love triangle.
The ending was... wow.
The author was able to end the novel in such a way that leaves a reader satisfied, yet also gets you excited for the sequel. It was just so good.
I think The Nightmare Affair
was a well-written mystery. It was action-filled, and as I've said, I was gripped. I think the only thing I don't really like much is the dialogue. Some of the conversations sounded a bit unrealistic and cliched to me.
I really enjoyed The Nightmare Affair
- if you're up for a good paranormal mystery with some romance, this book is for you.
: I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Labels: 4, blog tour, mindee arnett
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Follow Friday (27)
Friday, February 1, 2013
What is the first thing you would do if you woke up to find yourself in your favorite book? via @GizmosReviews
: I'll probably try to use "Accio!
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Waiting on Wednesday: The Haven
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Waiting On Wednesday
is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine
, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:
by Carol Lynch Williams
: April 9, 2013
: St. Martin's Griffin
For the teens at The
Haven, the outside world, just beyond the towering stone wall that
surrounds the premises, is a dangerous unknown. It has always been this
way, ever since the hospital was established in the year 2020. But The
Haven is more than just a hospital; it is their home. It is all they
know. Everything is strictly monitored: education, exercise, food, and
rest. The rules must be followed to keep the children healthy, to help
control the Disease that has cast them as Terminals, the Disease that
claims limbs and lungs—and memories.
But Shiloh is different;
she remembers everything. Gideon is different, too. He dreams of a cure,
of rebellion against the status quo. What if everything they’ve been
told is a lie? What if The Haven is not the safe place it claims to be?
And what will happen if Shiloh starts asking dangerous questions?
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Ultraviolet by RJ Anderson
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Hello book lovers! Happy New Year! For my first post of 2013, I'm going to share with you a review of one of my favorite reads in 2012. :)
Once upon a time there was a girl who was special.
This is not her story.
Unless you count the part where I killed her.
Sixteen-year-old Alison has been sectioned in a mental institute for teens, having murdered the most perfect and popular girl at school. But the case is a mystery: no body has been found, and Alison’s condition is proving difficult to diagnose. Alison herself can’t explain what happened: one minute she was fighting with Tori—the next she disintegrated. Into nothing. But that’s impossible. Right?
Oh man, I really, really liked Ultraviolet
. This book was just awesome. I had to stop reading every now and then when I reached the last few pages because it was so INTENSE. It was like I could feel what Alison had felt in those moments.
I'm pretty sure one of my professors mentioned synesthesia to the class before, but I wasn't so interested about it. But after reading this book, I found myself researching about it. I also haven't read a book which had a main character who had synesthesia, so in a way, it was refreshing to read about something new.
The writing was elegant and descriptive. I think it's one of the higher points of the novel, for me. Ultraviolet
could've been yet another YA sci-fi novel, but thanks to the author's lovely writing, this novel came off different. There were also some beautiful quotes at the last few chapters (and some scattered throughout the book), when things were going really intense, that I really liked.
was so unpredictable. I didn't have ANY idea at all about how this book will end. My mind wasn't *blown* away when things were revealed, but still... wow. I wasn't expecting that!
One of the things that I also appreciated in this book was the character development. At first, Alison had been a bit messed up and confused, but eventually she began to accept herself and her abilities. Also, the characters here had different personalities. Her mom, the people at the psychiatric facility, Faraday, even Tori, they were all different from each other. I liked that her relationship with some of the characters had improved, and that she learned from some of them as well.
I'm not entirely sure about romance element here (yes, there is romance). I'm a little confused, and although it was really nice to read when *this character* and Alison interacted, it was still a little strange. And it bordered on the so-called "insta-love." The romance could've been removed and this book would still be awesome, but honestly, I don't really hate it that much.
was oh so surprising. It was a great blend of almost everything I want in a book: sci-fi, an unreliable narrator, twists & turns, and a realistic coming of age story. Reading Ultraviolet
had been truly delightful, and I would recommend this to everyone.
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