Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: World After by Susan Ee

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, where you talk about whatever book you are IMPATIENTLY WAITING for!
This week I am waiting for...

12983100Goodreads Description:
In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what's left of the modern world.

When a group of people capture Penryn's sister Paige, thinking she's a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels' secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can't rejoin the angels, can't take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?

What books are you waiting for?

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Book Turn-Offs

Hosted each week by The Broke and the Bookish, it's a meme for listing the top ten for everything bookish.

With a lot of these books, I will still pick up the book anyway, just to give it a chance, but these "turn offs" makes it much more less likely that I will ever eventually read the book.

*In no certain order*

1. "Perfect for fans of Hunger Games/Twilight!" (and other variations of this)
I have a huge dislike towards Twilight, but love the Hunger Games.
With Twilight it's obvious, I am not a fan of Twilight so why should I read a book recommended for Twilight fans.
With The Hunger Games, It's the fact that most books that say things like "The next Hunger Games!" I usually end up not liking it. (A recent one I read was: Glow)

2. Shirtless Guys on Covers
I really hate it when there's a shirtless guy on the cover of a book. Not only does it disgust me (keep in mind that I am an innocent teenage girl), but it gives people the wrong idea of the types of books I read. I actually almost didn't read City of Bones because of this.

3. People Kissing on Covers
I'm weird in a way that I'm okay with kissing in books but I can't handle seeing it in real life  If I see a movie and people kiss each other, I have to look away. And again, it gives people the wrong idea.
One amazing book that has this but I ended up reading anyway was The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.

4. New Adult
A major reason why I stay away from these is the fact that many of them have those covers that I mentioned above, but a lot of New Adult seem to be really... steamy. While some people like steaminess in books, I DO NOT! It makes me blush like crazy! (Innocent teenage girl!) 

5. Obvious Love Triangle in Blurb
I am not a fan of Love Triangles. If there is a mention of two obvious love interests in the blurb, I will most likely turn away.

6. "I'm actually *insert extremely large age here*"
Meaning that the love interest in the book is actually over 100 years old! I obviously don't actually know this until I actually read the book, but it causes my opinion of the book to drop.

7. Forbidden Romance
This has been done way too many times. I am getting sick and tired of it!

8. Insta-Love
Do I honestly need to explain this?

9. Way Too Much Romance
(Wow! I'm on a romance hate-fest!)
This really bugs me when the romance distracts the plot. Like, for example, the couple are supposed to be running for their lives or saving the world but are making out instead.

10. Surprise! You're Not Human!
Books where the main character finds out that they're a paranormal creature.
I used to like these kind of books but lately there has been way too many of them!
And it also annoys me because I haven't gotten this surprise.

Well, I'm sorry about my mini-rants!
But what are your book turn-offs?

Monday, July 15, 2013

REVIEW: The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd

The Madman's Daughter (The Madman's Daughter, #1)

In the darkest places, even love is deadly.

Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father's gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

Accompanied by her father's handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father's madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island's inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father's dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it's too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father's genius—and madness—in her own blood.

Inspired by H. G. Wells's classic The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Madman's Daughter is a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we'll do anything to know and the truths we'll go to any lengths to protect.

The Run-Down Juliet Moreau used to be part of the rich society until the scandal that pronounced her father as a madman.
But that was many years ago. Now Juliet's mother is dead, her father thought to be dead, and she works as a maid.
But after discovering that her father might not be dead after all, running into her an old friend, and basically getting fired from her job, she gets taken to the island where her father has lived all these years.
But strange things are going on at the island...

My Thoughts Apparently, this is a retelling of The Island of Dr. Moreau Which I haven't even heard of until this book came out.
But I read this book anyway!! (YAY!)

I really did like this book.
I loved how it was written, I loved how it was put together...
To summarize, I basically loved it.
This book though is, well, creepy.
Strangely, I did not have a problem with that!

The Romance There's this unspoken rule that every YA book must have romance!
So, of course, this book had it too.
I was not a fan of the romance.
It seemed to take away some of the focus.
The story is mainly supposed to focus on the island, the madman, the creatures, and all that other happy stuff!
But the romance got some unnecessary attention.
There was also a teensy little love triangle.
Okay, maybe not a teensy one but the love triangle added to my annoyance.
Juliet would act like she completely chose one guy and then she will start thinking about the other guy or start doubting herself.

I usually don't have a problem with romance but it just didn't do it for me in this book.

The Ending OH


I did not see any of that coming. Believe me when I say that the ending is full of surprises.
And a cliffhanger...

In Conclusion I believe the only problem I really had with this book was the romance.
There were some scenes that I didn't see the point of (Usually romance scenes) but everything else was AMAZING!
If I have not made it obvious, I really loved this book.

So do I recommend this book? Yes, yes I do. But if you're the type of person that avoids creepy/ horror stories? This book is not for you.

I hereby give this book...
5 Wheels!!
Meaning: I absolutely LOVED this book!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Stacking the Shelves #17

A meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where all the book nerds can post about the lovely (or not so lovely) books that they've got this week (or weeks in my case).

P.S. If you click the book's link, it will take you to the GoodReads page.

Books I've Read in the Last TWO WEEKS!

The Truth About Forever   Invisibility   Losing Mars (Saving Mars, #3)   How My Summer Went Up in Flames   

The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Jenna Fox Chronicles, #1)   The Spindlers   A Certain Slant of Light (Light, #1)   The Book of Broken Hearts

Once (Eve, #2)   Rise (Eve, #3)   Sapphire Blue (Book 2 Ruby Red Trilogy)  The Vampire Hunter's Daughter:  Complete Collection (The Vampire Hunter's Daughter, #1-6)

The End Games   Jennifer Scales and the Ancient Furnace (Jennifer Scales, #1)   Dark Kiss (Nightwatchers, #1)   The Underworld (Fallen Star, #2)

The Vision (The Fallen Star, #3)   The Promise (Fallen Star, #4)  What the Spell   Spectral

For Darkness Shows the Stars (For Darkness Shows the Stars, #1)   Under the Light (Light, #2)   Lock and Key   Life After Theft

Checked Out From The Library!
Jennifer Scales and the Ancient Furnace (Jennifer Scales, #1)   For Darkness Shows the Stars (For Darkness Shows the Stars, #1)   Under the Light (Light, #2)   Of Poseidon (Of Poseidon, #1)

Solstice   Enchanted (Woodcutter Sisters #1)   The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls   The Shadow Society

Rush (The Game, #1)   Star Cursed (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #2)

Books Bought
Physical Copies:
Thirteen Reasons Why   Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)

I've already read both of these, but I saw them at my local used bookstore and couldn't resist taking them home!

Ebooks Bought:
The Promise (Fallen Star, #4)

Books Borrowed
The Vampire Hunter's Daughter:  Complete Collection (The Vampire Hunter's Daughter, #1-6)   The Underworld (Fallen Star, #2)   The Vision (The Fallen Star, #3)  Spectral

Moon Spell (The Tale of Lunarmorte, #1)   The Lost Soul (Fallen Souls, #1)
Books I Got For Free!
Physical Copies:
The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2)

Thanks to the Summer Reading Program at my Library!

Ebook Copies:
Double Star   Sun Kissed (Guardian Angel, #2)   Living Dead Girl (The Vampire Hunter, #1)   Stalking Dead (The Vampire Hunter, #2)   

Immortal After All (The Vampire Hunter, #3)   Burn Bright (Night Creatures, #1)   Angel Arias (Night Creatures, #2)   Shine Light (Night Creatures, #3)

The Gatekeeper's Sons (Gatekeeper's Trilogy, #1)  Dark Promise (Between Worlds, #1)   Broken Promise (Between Worlds #2)   The Island

Cheyenne (Timeless, #1)   Wilde's Fire (Darkness Falls, #1)   Halfway   Mortality (The Hitchhiker Strain, #1)

I admit it, I may have an attraction to free ebooks...

So, what books did you get?