Saturday, May 31, 2014

Molly's June TBR

Hey y'all!
It's Molly and I'm back with my June TBR. I'm hoping to fit in five books this month and hopefully I'll be able to read all of them! I'm super psyched to read all of these and they've been on my shelf for a while. I'm finally get around to reading them. Yayyyyy!

1. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
This book is one of my friend Linda's all time favorites. I'm about a third of the way through currently and I can totally see why. I'm probably going to wind up watching the movie after I finish this. I'll possibly review it too!
2. Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
I've been wanting to read this book for the longest time and I'm finally getting around to it. I'm super excited for it and have really high expectations. It looks absolutely adorable.
3. Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
This is definitely the longest book on the list. I'm going to read this one after I finish all the rest of them. I won't be too upset if I don't finish it though since it's so lengthy.
4. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Another one I've been super excited to read. Everyone talks about how much they love this book and all of Stephanie Perkins' novels. Cannot wait to start it.
5. It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizini
I've wanted to read this novel since I read Perks because everyone says that the two are somewhat similar. I'm excited to read it because I think it's going to be a lovely story.

That's all for this post! What books are you guys planning on reading this month? Have a great day!
Love,
Molly

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Sarah Reviews: The Archived by Victoria Schwab

Title: The Archived
Author: Victoria Schwab
Pages: 328
Publishing Company: Hyperion
Publication Date: January 22, 2013
ISBN: 1423157311

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Synopsis:
Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.
Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often—violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.
Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous—it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da’s death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.
In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption.

My Review:
I was really surprised with where this story went and enjoyed it a lot. The Archived is filled with mystery, action, and suspense. We are immediately thrust into Mackenzie's hectic and strange life. It is a lot to take in at first but you just roll with it. I found the world of the archive to be so fascinating and unique and filled with lies and deceit. I LOVED Wes, a lot. I wished Mackenzie would have opened up to him more and finally have someone she could be completely honest with. Their relationship really grew throughout the book and you could see how they were helping each other and making one another stronger. This book had such an amazing kick-ass female lead who was also easily relatable. Every teenager has times when they lie and I loved how Victoria Schwab described it as a pie needing to be cut into nice, neat pieces. The mystery was also very spooky but some things I could see right through and were predictable, while others were not. Overall, this is definitely one of my top reads of the year so far. If you love mystery, suspense, action, and a dash of romance, pick this up ASAP! So good! I need The Unbound like now!

Until next time fellow readers, keep practicing those lying skills!
xoxo Sarah




Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Sarah Reviews: This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

Title: This is What Happy Looks Like
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Pages: 416
Publishing Company: Headline
Publication Date: April 2, 2013
ISBN: 0316212822

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(more like 3.5 but closer to 3)

Summary:
If fate sent you an email, would you answer?
When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O'Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds. 

Then Graham finds out that Ellie's Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media's spotlight at all costs?


Review:
This book was super adorable. If you're looking for a quick, cute contemporary book I would recommend this. The one thing that annoyed me was that a lot of it seemed over exagerrated. I mean I understand it had to seem to dramatic and like there was a threat, but it seemed blown out of proportion. This book doesn't delve into really deep themes or meanings but it was really enjoyable. I couldn't put the book down and wanted to know how it would end. Overall, it was enjoyable and a cute contemporary read.

Until next time fellow readers, this is what happy looks like

xoxo Sarah



Friday, May 16, 2014

Sarah Reviews: Pivot Point by Kasie West


Title: Pivot Point
Author: Kasie West
Pages: 384
Publishing Company: HarperTeen
Publication Date: December 31, 2013
ISBN: 9780062117366

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Synopsis:
Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.
In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.


Review:
WOW! This book was not what I thought it would be. It was action packed, suspenseful, and there was romance! What more could a book lover ask for? The majority of the book is split between Addie's two possible futures. It was so cool how Kasie West structured the book. The two futures had similarities and it was so interesting to see how the mystery unfolded from both futures. I was completely enthralled and captivated by the story. The book was more centered on the plot rather than characters. I mean it is kind of hard when there are two possible paths the character could take. It was a very unusual world and not a lot was explained. I would like to more about Addie's home and how people developed abilities and why her's is so special. I feel like the second book will cover more of this while this one mainly focused on the issue at hand. It was so interesting during the book to figure out where the story was going and I can't wait to see what will happen in the sequel!

Until next time fellow readers, which path will you choose?
xoxo Sarah

Sarah Reviews: Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Title: Rebel Belle
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Pages: 352
Publishing Company: Putnam Juvenille
Publication Date: April 8, 2014
ISBN: 0399256938

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Summary:
Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper's destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts.

Just when life can't get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she's charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper's least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him--and discovers that David's own fate could very well be to destroy Earth.

With snappy banter, cotillion dresses, non-stop action and a touch of magic, this new young adult series from bestseller Rachel Hawkins is going to make y'all beg for more.

BTW, this was booksplosion's book of the month for April! Check out the deets @booksplosion. Here is the link for the live show they did on May 3: 

Review:
This book! Amazing! If you have read some of Rachel Hawkins' books, you know how funny her writing is and Rebel Belle is just as funny. First of, let me say how much I love Harper and David. I SHIP IT SO HARD!!! Anyway, this story is so action packed and funny. Basically my reaction for most of the book:

I love how Rachel Hawkins is able to ease tension by weaving in her wit. The mythology is so different and unique and had me enthralled instantly. The first couple pages are a little weird and confusing...but don't let that stop you! I love the main character Harper and how everyone can relate to her. I totally understood how spread thin she was with all her activities and shuffling her crazy schedule. My favorite, most meaningful part, is how she mentions how society thinks she's crazy because of all her activities. If your looking for quick, fun, action packed read, don't hesitate to pick this up! Fans of Hex Hall or other guardian/fantasy meets modern world stories will love it! One of my favorite reads of 2014!

Until next time fellow readers, have a good time reading y'all!

xoxo Sarah