Saturday, March 30, 2013

Bot Wars



Bot Wars by J.V. Kade

Goodreads Summary:
Twelve-year-old Trout St. Kroix has been searching for his missing father for the last two years, after his dad disappeared while fighting in the Bot Wars. The Bot Wars began after robots became so advanced that they revolted and demanded more workers' rights, causing the government to declare all robots terrorists and ban them from the Districts. Trout never questioned anything the government told him--even when his own nanny bot was banished--until a vid he posts about his missing dad goes viral and new information pops up. At first Trout is wrenched his dad might be alive, but when his brother disappears, Trout learns nothing is what it seems . . . not even his own father.

Percy Jackson meets Transformers in this heart-stopping, futuristic adventure that will make you question everything you know--and look at robots in a whole new light.

My Review:
This book was awesome! If you know me at all, you know that that means a lot. Pretty much all I read are books that have lots of romance in them. So, for me to LOVE a book about robots, with almost no romance, you know the book has to be really good.
The plot was very fast paced, and I never wanted to put this book down. There was never a spot in the book where I got bored, or felt like I had to make myself keep reading. I think a big part of that was the fact that it took place in the future. It was kind of like the world in Cinder where everything is just more advanced. That was cool and very intriguing. I loved how the author incorporated robots into this world. Instead of saying things like "that's so cool!!" they would say "that's wrenched!" Just little things like the different words they used, made the story seem even more real. I was completely drawn into this world and loved every minute of it.

5 stars
I received this book for free in return for an honest review.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

At Every Turn


At Every Turn by Anne Mateer
Goodreads Summary:
She's off to the races!

Caught up in a whirlwind of religious enthusiasm, Alyce Benson impetuously pledges three thousand dollars to mission work in Africa. Now she just has to find a way to get the money.

Alyce harbors a secret passion for speed and automobiles, and she's spent many an afternoon driving around the rustic track in the field behind her home. When she discovers that her father's company has sponsored a racing car that will compete in several upcoming events--races in which the driver will be paid and could win as much as five thousand dollars in prize money--she conspires with her father's mechanic, Webster, to train and compete.

But when her friends cast aspersions on Webster's past, she realizes she may have trusted the wrong person with her secret. Will Alyce come up with the money in time, or will she have to choose between her hasty promise and the man who holds a piece of her heart?

My Review:
Historical Christian Fiction will always be my favorite genre. I start to think YA is my favorite, and then I read a Christian Fiction book, preferably historical, and I know I was wrong. This book was no exception.
Alyce was so brave and so passionate about the things that she loved. Nothing was going to get in her way. I love that she is such a strong woman. That was particularly hard back then, but she did not let that stop her either. She was going to do what she wanted, even if no one else would help her.
Webster was the one person that Alyce would share things with. I loved Webster. He was so sweet, and from the beginning you could tell he really cared for her. It was upsetting when Alyce and others would question him. I knew he was the good guy!! There was a little bit of mystery in this book as well as the sweet romance. It definitely kept it exciting. I thoroughly enjoyed every part of this book, and would definitely recommend it.

5 stars
I received this book for free in return for an honest review.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Do Over Cover Reveal



Title: The Do Over

Author: A. L. Zaun

Genre: Contemporary Adult

Cover Designer: Wicked by Design

Expected release date: May 20, 2013

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Life doesn't look like it's supposed to for Daniela, aka Dani. After a painful break-up with Rick, Dani decides she doesn't want to deal with the hassles of relationship.

After almost two years, Dani's friends stage an intervention, forcing her out of her holding pattern and back into the real world of dating.

Liam, a down to earth firefighter, may be just the person to show her she’s still worth something. Their chemistry is instant and electric. But will Dani be able to trust her patched-up heart with him?

And what will happen when Rick decides he’ll go to any lengths to get her back?

 

About the Author
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A.L. Zaun graduated from Florida International University with a degree in English Literature a long time ago. A degree she didn’t use at all in her professional endeavors. She loves to read, write and take pictures. She walks around with her camera, and most importantly she has her e-reader available at all times. Healthcare Management by day, Mommy in the evening and most nights, you can find her sitting in front of her laptop with a bottle of Diet Pepsi, bringing the voices in her head to life on the pages of her debut novel, The Do Over.

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Going Vintage


Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt

Goodreads Summary:
When Mallory’s boyfriend, Jeremy, cheats on her with an online girlfriend, Mallory decides the best way to de-Jeremy her life is to de-modernize things too. Inspired by a list of goals her grandmother made in1962, Mallory swears off technology and returns to a simpler time (when boyfriends couldn’t cheat with computer avatars). The List:
1. Run for pep club secretary
2. Host a fancy dinner party/soiree
3. Sew a dress for Homecoming
4. Find a steady
5. Do something dangerous
But simple proves to be crazy-complicated, and the details of the past begin to change Mallory’s present. Add in a too-busy grandmother, a sassy sister, and the cute pep-club president–who just happens to be her ex’s cousin–and soon Mallory begins to wonder if going vintage is going too far.

My Review:
I have had my eye on this book for a while. It was so cute!! I loved the creative storyline. Getting rid of all technology in todays world? That would be nearly impossible, and we saw how hard it was in the book. It was a really cute idea though, and I loved being able to watch it.
Oliver was the sweetest. I am obsessed with him. He joked with her when she needed it, and was sweet and a good listener when she needed it. He was so unexpected to Mallory, but turned out to be just what she needed.
I loved Mallory's sister and grandma. They really helped keep the story interesting as it went along. There was a lot of family drama going on. It was cool to see how well it was mixed in with everything else.
The ending. I have read quite a few reviews where people have said that they don't think the book provided closure. I however have to disagree. I don't want to give anything away, but I think the way the book ended was perfect. It manages to still be sweet and hopeful, but strong and capable. While at the same time, it is just open ended enough for a possible sequel??? I know I would definitely read this series if she wrote more!

5 stars
I received this book for free in return for an honest review.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

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Book Spotlight + Giveaway


A Plain Scandal (Appleseed Creek Mystery Series #2) by Amanda Flower

Book Blurb:
The people of Appleseed Creek in the heart of Ohio's Amish Country are under attack. Soon after the dust has settled on a buggy accident that turned out to be murder, an unknown assailant begins cutting off the long hair of Amish women and the beards of Amish men.
New to the area, computer specialist Chloe Humphrey may not share their customs, but she is certainly alarmed over these crimes against the Amish and worries how such events will impact her growing number of friends who are more connected to that way of life.
In this small community, when Chloe discovers the body of an Amish businessman who was stabbed in the back and whose beard was cut off, she knows that finding the murderer and restoring peace to Appleseed Creek is as much her responsibility as anyone else's.

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

In My Mailbox (29)

In my mailbox hosted by The Story Siren is a great way to show people the books you received this week.
It has been a long time since I have done one of these, so if I forgot something I apologize!!

For Review:
Parallel by Lauren Miller

You Look Different in Real Life by Jennifer Castle

The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise

How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True by Sarah Strohmeyer

Seven-Night Stand by Nicole Helm

Speaking of Love (Perfect Kisses #2)by Ophelia London

Orleans by Sherri L. Smith

White Lines by Jennifer Banash

Stealing the Preacher (Archer Brothers #2) by Karen Witemeyer

Undeniably Yours (A Porter Family #1) by Becky Wade

A Taste of Trouble by Gina Gordon

Just for the Summer (Lake Bliss, #1) by Jenna Rutland

The Practice Proposal (Suddenly Smitten, #1)by Tracy March

Dear Cassie by Lisa Burstein

A Risk Worth Taking by Victoria James

New Lands (The Chronicles of Egg #2) by Geoff Rodkey

Temptation by Kathryn Barrett

Traded:
Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Destiny, Rewritten



Destiny, Rewritten by Kathryn Fitzmaurice

Goodreads Summary:
Des·tin·y: |destinÄ“/
(noun) The hidden power believed to control what will happen in the future; fate.

Eleven-year-old Emily Elizabeth Davis has been told for her entire life that her destiny is to become a poet, just like her famous namesake, Emily Dickinson. But Emily doesn’t even really like poetry, and she has a secret career ambition that she suspects her English-professor mother will frown on. Then a seeming tragedy strikes: just after discovering that it contains an important family secret, she accidentally loses the special copy of Emily Dickinson’s poetry that was given to her at birth. As Emily and her friends search for the lost book in used bookstores and thrift shops all across town, Emily’s understanding of destiny begins to unravel and then rewrite itself in a marvelous new way.

In her third novel, Kathryn Fitzmaurice again weaves a richly textured and delightful story about unexpected connections, about the ways that friends can help us see ourselves for who we truly are, and about the most perfect kinds of happy endings: those that happen just on time.

My Review:
This is a great middle grade book. It has some elements of mystery, but without being creepy or scary at all. There were a few different "mysteries" happening throughout the book. It kept it interesting throughout, and I never got bored. I think this would be a great book for both boys and girls.
The only thing was the constant talk about Destiny. This may confuse some children's current beliefs. Or they may not even understand any of the talk about destiny. It was kind of over the top at times.

4 stars
I received this book for free in return for an honest review.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Starring Jules: As Herself


Starring Jules: As Herself (Starring Jules #1)by Beth Levine Ain

Goodreads Summary:
Lights! Camera! Action! A hilarious chapter book debut from a fabulous new talent!
Things to Know About Me by Jules Bloom:
1. I am a scrambled-eggs-and-chocolate-milk type person.
2. I have an audition for a TV commercial (which would be great if I were a tall-icy-drink type person.)
3. I am in between best friends right now.
4. I am worried that the audition will be a disaster. (See #1 and #3!)

Jules doesn't want to ruin THE OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME, and she's willing to turn to anyone for help--even her know-it-all ex-best friend! If only that lovely new girl in class would turn out to be the new best friend of her dreams, maybe, just maybe, Jules will be ready for her close-up....

My Review:
This is a great chapter book for young readers. It was short, easy to read, and very entertaining! I found myself laughing as I read this book that is meant for kids! It was so fun! Jules was such a fun character. She was so spunky!
The storyline was great. It was not really relatable in the sense that most kids don't get to actually audition to be an actor. However, what kid doesn't dream of that? It was a great idea, and something that I would have loved reading as a kid.

5 stars
I received this book for free in return for an honest review.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings


Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings (Real Mermaids #1) by Helene Boudreau

Goodreads Summary:
Freak of nature takes on a whole new meaning...

My Review:
This book was kind of a disappointment. There were some really great, really funny parts that I thoroughly enjoyed. The beginning of the book was hilarious! I loved it. It was what any normal teenage girl would experience and could relate to, and then throw in growing a mermaid tail. I felt like the book just went downhill from there.
The way that all of the mermaid parts was down was weird to me. It is not just that I don't like it because mermaids aren't normal. I have read other mermaid books and enjoyed them. This one just didn't really keep me as engaged as I would have liked for it to have.
I did love the romance part. It was really sweet, and totally relatable. She didn't have any idea that he liked her, and it was cute how they both started sharing their feelings. I liked the way the book ended to, with him making the relationship even more meant to be. (I don't want to give it away!!!) With that being said, I am not sure how there are two more books in this series, because it pretty much had a solid ending I thought. I guess we will have to read to find out!

3 stars

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Eleanor and Park



Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Goodreads Summary:
Bono met his wife in high school, Park says.
So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be, she says, we’re 16.
What about Romeo and Juliet?
Shallow, confused, then dead.
I love you, Park says.
Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be.

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love—and just how hard it pulled you under.

My Review:
This was such a sweet book. I laughed, I cried, I swooned. I usually have a hard time reading books where the kids are abused or the parents just don't pay much attention to them. I don't know why but I just don't like reading about it. At all. So, once I got into this book and saw that it was in this book, I was a little concerned. I ended up loving this book though. They don't let their family life destroy them. I think it was written so well and that the kids really handled it very maturely.

The romance aspect was adorable at first! They were so clueless that even just talking to each other was such a treat for both of them. The first time they held hands was so sweet! As the book went on, things started to heat up. They were so clueless but were learning things together. It really fit in the book perfectly, but I would not recommend this book to young teens because of this part.

The ending was rough for me. I like books that give me absolute closure and are happy endings. This book didn't give me that. Some people might say it was an absolute ending, but I still have questions. In my mind, it was a happy ending. It's still bittersweet though. I don't want to give it away, but no matter how I spin the ending, it's not perfect. They had hard lives and sometimes things can't end with a fairy tale ending, although I like to think they can. All in all, I loved this book.

5 stars
I received this book for free in return for an honest review.