9.27.2012

Just One Day by Gayle Forman Reveal

I think I've made it clear by now that Where She Went by Gayle Forman is my favorite book ever of all time.

A few months ago, Gayle Forman also announced she would be releasing not one, but two books called Just One Day and Just One Year. I basically imploded with joy at that news. Then I imploded again when I read it wouldn't be released till next year.

But still.

Two new books. By Gayle Forman.


Yesterday a cover reveal and a small excerpt of the novel was released here: http://www.gayleforman.com/blog/2012/09/26/just-one-day-cover-reveal/

(Since it's an exclusive I didn't want to post either here but click the link! Bask in the beauty of the cover! Fall in love with the summary! Become enamored with the excerpt and read it a a million times like I have!)

The year better go by super lightning, holy-shit-it-just-broke-the -time-space-continuum-fast.

9.16.2012

My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent

"If she were going to die, I'd already be screaming."

My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent
Publishing Date: December 29, 2009
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
# of pages: 279
Genre: Paranormal Romance

When Kaylee Cavanaugh screams, someone dies.

   So when teen pop star Eden croaks onstage and Kaylee doesn't wail, she knows something is dead wrong. She can't cry for someone who has no soul.
   The last thing Kaylee needs right now is to be skipping school, breaking her dad's ironclad curfew and putting her too-hot-to-be-real boyfriend's loyalty to the test. But starry-eyed teens are trading their souls: a flickering lifetime of fame and fortune in exchange for eternity in the Netherworld -- a consequence they can't possibly understand.
   Kaylee can't let that happen, even if trying to save their souls means putting her own at risk....

First review of this book I lamented on how there was a lack of sacrifice on both Kaylee and Nash's part. I went on about how the pacing wasn't as exciting as the first one and how it had hit the somewhat inevitable "sophomore slump."

I take it all back.

It wasn't till around book four that I realized how much this book would shape and set the foundation for the entire series. How such seemingly small events could grow so huge it would ultimately warp and, in some cases, destroy parts of each character's life.

Okay, I lied on taking back the fact that this book wasn't as exciting as the first but this book is far, far, far more genius than the first. In fact, the foreshadowing and discreet intricacy of this book is just brilliant, probably the most brilliant I've ever read in any YA series.

The first read through will not impress you much but I promise as the series goes on, and when you look back to find the catalyst of all the tragic events that unfold throughout this series, most will come from within this book. I am just astounded at how much this book changed and started the drive for most of the larger plot-points in this series later on, specifically for Nash.

(I'd like to take a quick moment to say I love that boy dearly. Yes, he does some asshole-worthy moves later on but Nash is the tragic character of this series who is really trying to get out of the hole he unknowing and unwillingly fell into.)

I'm telling you right now if you haven't read this series, please, please, please do. The inner-workings of its carefully woven plot, not to mention Rachel Vincent's brilliant writing, will amaze you.

I guarantee it.

Side note: I find it amusing that Rachel Vincent was inspired by pre-teen shows like Hannah Montana because let's face it, the whole "selling your soul for fame" portion is accurate in some cases. I applaud you, Ms. Vincent.

9.09.2012

My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent

Something is wrong with Kaylee Cavanaugh.


My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
Publishing Date: August 1, 2009
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
# of pages: 279
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Soul Screamers, #1


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She doesn't see dead people, but...

She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.

Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who'll be next...

Note: This review was written last year and put up on my old blog. I made the decision to put it up here because nothing gets people to read a book faster than a positive review and I absolutely believe this is one series, if you're a fan of the pnr genre, that everyone should read. Not only that, I just finished the fifth book in this series and want to put up the review but it would just look incomplete with the other reviews as well. If I re-read this, I'll probably end up editing the review but that's in the unforeseeable future. /end note

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This novel surprised me so much! For the first few chapters it seemed like it was just going to be the atypical YA novel. Average girl meets hot guy, hot guy knows secret about average girl, they fall in love and badda-boom! End of story. 

But whoa. It so took an unexpected turn. I won't lie, Kaylee and Nash's relationship still developed way too fast. Unnaturally fast. I'm not sure whether I like them together or not because I've yet to seen any sort of depth or evidence in their relationship that makes me want them to be together. Unless you count their frequent hot kisses, but I don't so I need a little more emotional evidence which is something Kaylee wants too. She doesn't just go, "Oh to hell with it. I'm kissing a hot guy, I don't care if we barely have any emotional connection what. so. ever." She questions the authenticity of their relationship. Something that bothered me was she never really discussed the relationship with Nash but there's so many other things going on I don't really blame her.

Kaylee's a really strong lead. She's totally kick-ass. I can really see her standing her place and growing with every book. She's a character to watch for, one I personally am excited to see more of. My biggest complaint with her is when she's with Nash. I'd just hear over and over how comfortable he made her feel, how calming he was, and how he-- yea, okay, I get it. Nash is freaking awesome but can we move on? I didn't really fall in love with Nash either. He's the typical male lead. Hot, soothing, and his kisses are out of this world. He does have some personal demons but they don't make him a brooding emo which was nice. I would just like to see more of his personality, which hopefully will happen as the series going on.

Now to the plot. Holy crap, this plot. This is one of the most original plots in YA I've read in years, folks, years. It had so many twists and turns I just did not see coming. Rachel Vincent did a fantastic job with it. The ending was just whoa and a character I once hated, then sympathized for, I ended up hating but then sympathizing for all over again. Jury's still out on whether or not I feel sorry for that character or if I hate them. Probably little bit of both. But still, I love the new elements Vincent brought and appreciate how much thought she put into building up this world and plot. The vividness of it is incredible. Another reason why this book is so original is the creature it's centered around. Face it: most pnr novels are werewolves, vampires, faeries, mermaids, or whatever else. But Vincent uses banshees. Banshees! I mean who would've ever thought of, not just using them, but twisting around the folklore so much that this entirely creative and mesmerizing world comes out as well? Just al;kajsflkja.

I had a small problem with the editing though. Typically,the word "bean sidhe" was italicized, but there were a few occurrences when it was not making me confused on the purpose of the word being italicized in the first place. Also there seemed to be a lot of ellipses which always get annoying very fast. Regardless of those small annoyances, Vincent's writing is incredible, so much so that I can see it becoming a favorite of mine very fast.

Soul Screamers was a pleasant surprise. I was so wary when I started it but man, once the plot starts it don't stop. It's a full on ride that I enjoyed every bit and look very much forward to the next one.