Friday, August 26, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
-Share (2) teaser sentences from somewhere on that page
Posted by Ky at 7:55 AM
Monday, August 22, 2011
Fifteen-year-old Waverly is part of the first generation to be successfully conceived in deep space; she was born on the Empyrean, and the large farming vessel is all she knows. Her concerns are those of any teenager—until Kieran Alden proposes to her. The handsome captain-to-be has everything Waverly could ever want in a husband, and with the pressure to start having children, everyone is sure he's the best choice. Except for Waverly, who wants more from life than marriage—and is secretly intrigued by the shy, darkly brilliant Seth.
But when the Empyrean faces sudden attack by their assumed allies, they quickly find out that the enemies aren't all from the outside.
My Review: I'll tell you upfront that I did not like this book. On the back flap it says "Riveting, the next Hunger Games!" Uh no, I don't think so. Forgive me if this review comes off a bit snotty, but I just had so many major problems with this book. I'll do my best to be unbiased and give you my honest opinion.
The first issue I had with this book was that the author just throws you in. There is no explanation as to the mission leading up to the ships departure, why they had to leave Earth, or anything about the ship itself. Granted, the two MC's don't know hardly anything about Earth and the events leading up to their mission, but still. The story starts and almost immediately it was "ATTACK!" I kind of need a bit more back story than that. I felt like I was constantly trying to catch up on what was happening, because there was literally no explanation.
Secondly, the whole idea of child snatching in order to repopulate kind of rubbed me the wrong way. I understand the New Horizon's position, but I absolutely do not agree with Pastor Mather's decisions. Granted the Pastor is one individual and she does not represent the New Horizon as a whole, but I just take issues with the idea in general.
The whole tone of the novel really bothered me as well. I'm pessimistic by nature, but I still believe in mankinds capability to do good. People are not inherently evil. They have a choice when it comes to their actions. So many people in the novel made horribly immoral decisions. I guess the author was trying to get the point across that absolute power corrupts absolutely, and that right and wrong are simply matters of perspective, but I thought all the horrors being committed was absolute overkill.
And the religious aspect of the novel. I am an atheist, yet I found myself mentally defending Kieran when he started giving Sermon's to help raise moral. The idea that there is some higher being out there, that has a plan, to know that you are not alone is one of the single most important concepts for humanity. Faith is what keeps people going, to not give up, to stay strong, and to do what is right. Pastor Mather was corrupt. She was an evil woman who committed horrible deeds. She was the leader of a brainwashed religious cult on the New Horizon. After Waverly's experience on that ship, I can understand why she would be terrified of any religious activities. Yet what Kieran is doing isn't brainwashing or abusing power. He's trying to give these orphaned and lost CHILDREN some hope. They've been through hell and he is simply trying to give them the gift of faith. I just thought the attitude towards religion was unfair.
Okay, enough of what I did not like. By the end of the novel the only character's I still liked were Waverly and Kieran. Waverly is strong and opinionated and makes decisions for herself. I really enjoyed her character overall. Until the end that is, then I got pissed with her. Kieran was naive, but he was inherently GOOD. He's kind and tries to be fair and does what is best for everyone. I just hope that further into the story that he does not become corrupted. Though I did not enjoy the story I still thought the writing was exceptional. It had a good pace (excluding the beginning) and was very engrossing. She did a good job of keeping you interested and at the edge of your seat.
Well, I did my best. If this came off as a bashing critique forgive me. I tried to be objective. I won't be reading any further books. I had to force myself to even finish this, and I honestly don't think I'd be able to read any more. Who knows, maybe it will get better. But I'll leave you to judge this book for yourself.
Posted by Ky at 9:15 AM
So sorry this was delayed. My college's wifi hates me with a fiery passion. My laptop is currently at the tech department. :/ However I managed to find a computer so here are the winners of the three giveaways I hosted for Back to the Stacks!
The winner for the First in a Series prize pack is... Sablelexi!
The winner for Megg Jensen's ebook prize pack is...Lisa Richards!
And last but not least, the winner for the Second in a Series prize pack is...Christa!
I'll be emailing all the winners for your addresses so please respond promptly! Thanks again for everyone who entered! I hope you all had a blast with this. And hopefully you'll see it again next year. :D
Posted by Ky at 8:28 AM
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Posted by Ky at 7:28 AM
PURE centers around the story of Pressia, a 16-year-old survivor with a doll’s head fused into her left hand, and Partridge, an unmarked Pure who has escaped the Dome to find his mother, certain that she has survived the cataclysm.
My Review:Dystopian novels are all the rage of YA of late. So with all these new futuristic worlds it's hard to bring something new to the table. Well Julianna Baggot certainly has created a new and intriguing world unlike any other.
In the after effects of world wide nuclear devastation, no one has escaped the damage and horrors of mutation. People have been fused to metal, glass, objects, animals, and even other people. Whatever they were standing next to or holding when the detonations hit, became a part of them. Unthinkable creatures like Dusts, people who have been fused to the earth, and Groupies, who are groups of three or more people fused together, roam the streets attacking other survivors. The world has become a gruesome and terrifying place, where no one is left unmarked from the horrors committed.
Posted by Ky at 7:14 AM
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Alright last one! This time it's the second book in a series! Notice a theme here? Once again the prize is a package of three books, each the second in a series! The books are Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld, Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick and Kiss of Life by Daniel Waters. All you have to do to enter is comment on this post with your email! Sorry U.S. only. This bundle is gonna be a heavy SOB and expensive enough as it is. Remember all giveaways close tomorrow at noon!
Hope everyone had a fabulous day!
Posted by Ky at 6:06 PM
The next giveaway is in an hour at Andrea's HERE!
Posted by Ky at 3:26 PM
So at my local bookstore I found the best deals ever. Hardcover YA books for six bucks, buy two get the third for a dollar. I know, I'm a wonderful bargain shopper. So you lucky people get a bundle of three books that are the beginning of different series! The books one lucky person shall be receiving are: The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima, Nevermore by Kelly Creagh, and Tyger, Tyger by Kersten Hamilton. All you have to do to enter is comment on this post with your email! Sorry U.S. only! Remember all giveaways close at noon tomorrow!
Be sure to check out the next giveaway at 9 a.m. CST at Shelley Workinger's Blog HERE!
Posted by Ky at 6:00 AM
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Posted by Ky at 9:42 PM
Hello peeps! Just a quick reminder that Back to the Stacks is tomorrow Saturday the 20th! It's an all day giveaway-a-thon from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST with a different giveaway every hour! It's to celebrate going back to school, whether it be middle school, high school, or college! Ironically enough I'll be participating in my college's "Welcome Weekend" tomorrow so this shall be interesting. Haha.
Remember, a whole bunch of other bloggers and authors are going to be participating as well! Not all the giveaways will be posted on my blog. Andrea and myself will start out the day and there will be links to the next giveaway on every post! It'll be like a book scavenger hunt! The rules to enter will vary from blog to blog so make sure you read instructions! There will be a variety of different giveaways: physical books, ebooks, U.S. only, and international. Also, all giveaways close by noon Sunday CST. It's gonna be quick, but it'll be a lot of; fun! So spread the word, cuz there will be plenty of great prizes to go around! Hope to see you all tomorrow!
Posted by Ky at 9:39 PM
Saturday, August 13, 2011
So when a ship arrives one spring day, bearing a tribute of slaves from Athens, Ariadne sneaks out to meet it. These newcomers don’t know the ways of Krete; perhaps they won’t be afraid of a girl who will someday be a powerful goddess. And indeed she meets Theseus, the son of the king of Athens. Ariadne finds herself drawn to the newcomer, and soon they form a friendship—one that could perhaps become something more.
Yet Theseus is doomed to die as an offering to the Minotaur, that monster beneath the palace—unless he can kill the beast first. And that "monster" is Ariadne’s brother . . .
Posted by Ky at 10:08 AM
Friday, August 12, 2011
Posted by Ky at 9:46 PM
After all, you can’t just steal a life and expect to get away with it.
Award-winning author Jenny Valentine delivers an explosive mystery where dark secrets, betrayal, and loss pave the way for one teen’s chance at redemption.
Posted by Ky at 9:39 PM