Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday- Pure

Waiting On Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Author: Julianna Baggott
Release Date: February 8, 2012
Dystopia

 
Synopsis from Goodreads: A dystopian novel about a society of haves, who escaped an apocalypse in a futuristic dome-covered city, and have-nots, who survived the nearly destroyed outside world. The have-nots are almost entirely marked or mutated in some manner.  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.






Yeah, umm okay, am I the only one who thought that synopsis was a little on the weird side. I re-read it about three times to make sure I had read the part about the hand and the doll's head correctly. Still, I think this is so far the book that I am now most excited for for 2012, yes I do probably say that for every WOW but this time I mean it! The weird synopsis has me so intrigued I cannot wait at all! I really want to read this book since the concept sounds so intriguing. The whole idea of haves and have-nots, and then all of the people have mutations. Kind of gets you wondering about what kind of mutations its talking about right . I am a HUGE fan of sci-fi so the whole futuristic dome society intrigued from the start. And would you take a look at that cover, what a beauty. I just think it matches the book title to PERFECTION. It seems so serene and well, pure, and it relates back to the whole domed city theme beautifully. I already feel hooked on this book and a I still have about a half a year to read it, still, if more books have weirdly interesting synopsis like this one, I be this excited for every single one of them!!!

What do you guys think of this week's Waiting on Wednesday? 

Sunday, July 17, 2011

In My Mailbox #18

In My Mailbox is meme hosted by Kristi The Story Siren and was inspired by Alea at Pop Culture Junkie!


Here are all of the books I received this week! I got all really awesome ones so I'm excited to sit down, relax, and read all day and night; sleep is so overrated.


Bought: 
Van Allen Legacy  (Blue Bloods #4) by. Melissa de la Cruz

I got the first 4 books in the Blue Bloods Series though I am pretty sure I have already read 2 or 3 of them. But since I completely forgotten all that goes on in the wonderful world of Blue Bloods, I decided to buy the whole series and re-read it!

 Stay With Me by. Paul Griffin 

 I also received Stay With Me which I have to say I am most excited about. I have only read completely raving reviews on it and something about it reminds me of the Perfect Chemistry Series by. Simone Elkeles, so the hopes are definitely high!


 Harlequin Teen Panel was nice enough to send its members a copy of Past Midnight! I was very excited about this seeing as I have not heard a lot about this book at all. And considering all of the blogs I stalk, this is BREAKING NEWS (especially since I and many many others seems to love EVERY SINGLE book Harlequin Teen publishes).  But that's is where good old goodreads comes in to reassure me that this one is definitely a winner!!!

Don't forget to tell me what you received in your mailboxes!!!

Monday, July 11, 2011

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by. Carrie Ryan

Title: The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Series: The Forest of Hands and Teeth #1 
Author: Carrie Ryan
Publication Date: July 2009
Pages: 310
Genre: Dystopia/Romance
Rating:  


Synopsis from Goodreads: In Mary's world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future—between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death? 

Review: Mystery, suspence, and sweet romance that will tear your heart to pieces (in the best and worst ways), The Forest of Hands of Teeth is a novel that truly transports you into a whole new world, where, even as a kid, everyday could be your last. Everyone is left with few choices, and for some, death is the best one.

In a world where every other civilization is gone and yours is the only one left, survival and continuation of the human race is the main priority. And the Sisterhood thinks that the best way of doing this is to keep everyone in the dark...about everything. To ask questions is to defy their way of life and to defy god. In a world so strict a girl like Mary can't help but defy, even when she doesn't mean to. Mary has always had questions, but when she is forced to make the decisions on whether her mother should be killed, or live a life of the unconsecrated (former humans turned savage monsters), either choice seems to be a wrong one.

This is when she really begins to wonder about life beyond the fences, and life past the forests. This is where the mystery comes in. I have to say I loved this book mainly because the main character Mary seemed to be so hopeful. Yes, maybe in a way slightly disillusioned, but none-the-less be the voice of reason for me, even if to others she was more of the voice of insanity. She could never just accept anything as law, or 'fact", she had to ask questions. And when people couldn't (or chose not to answer them) she went looking. Whether or not that was the safest route. Her questions and thirst for answers lead her straight into the place she has been taught to fear her whole life.

The romance in this book was, in a word, complicated. I mean, don't you just want everybody to be who they want to be with. But of course in any love quadrilateral, that can never be. To put it simply, everybody wants who they can't have, and if they do want them and have them, then the other doesn't want them. Does that make sense, of course not. But thats exactly how the romance in the book felt. Which is a large part of what made it so much fun to see play out.

All in all, this book was an incredibly fun and new read for me. I haven't really dabbled into the dystopia brook yet, but this book definitely makes me want to!

Recommendations: DYSTOPIA for the win! If are looking to get a taste of the latest YA dystopia trend, I most definitely recommend this book!

Overall: 4/5

Characters: 4/5
Plot: 4/5
Originality: 5/5
Entertainment: 4/5
Ending: 4/5
Writing Style: 4/5
Cover: 4/5

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