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The Young Elites by Marie Lu Book Review


I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.
Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.
Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all. 
Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen. 
Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.
It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier Book Review


Gwyneth Shepherd's sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!
Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon--the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.


Loop by Karen Akins Blog Tour Stop and Giveaway

At a school where Quantum Paradox 101 is a required course and history field trips are literal, sixteen year-old time traveler Bree Bennis excels…at screwing up. After Bree botches a solo midterm to the 21st century by accidentally taking a boy hostage (a teensy snafu), she stands to lose her scholarship. But when Bree sneaks back to talk the kid into keeping his yap shut, she doesn’t go back far enough. The boy, Finn, now three years older and hot as a solar flare, is convinced he’s in love with Bree, or rather, a future version of her that doesn’t think he’s a complete pain in the arse. To make matters worse, she inadvertently transports him back to the 23rd century with her.  Once home, Bree discovers that a recent rash of accidents at her school are anything but accidental. Someone is attacking time travelers. As Bree and her temporal tagalong uncover seemingly unconnected clues—a broken bracelet, a missing data file, the art heist of the millennium—that lead to the person responsible, she alone has the knowledge to piece the puzzle together. Knowledge only one other person has. Her future self.
But when those closest to her become the next victims, Bree realizes the attacker is willing to do anything to stop her. In the past, present, or future. 


Announcing the 2014 YA Contemporary Scavenger Hunt + Giveaway

YA Contemporary Scavenger Hunt

Hi everyone! I'm so excited to announce that starting this Sunday, the 26th, Katie's Book Blog and I will be hosting the 1st Annual YA Contemporary Scavenger Hunt through October 29th. There's 28 amazing authors participating, with several fun interviews and guest posts. Along with those, there's going to be two main international giveaways (both of which you can preview on the website). Each author is also hosting their own individual giveaways, so there's lots of chances to win :) To help get the word out about this event, we're hosting a giveaway for two winners to each win a 2014 contemporary release of their choice. This giveaway is open internationally. Good luck!



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Rooms by Lauren Oliver Book Review

The New York Times bestselling author of Before I Fall and the Deliriumtrilogy makes her brilliant adult debut with this mesmerizing story in the tradition of The Lovely Bones, Her Fearful Symmetry, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane—a tale of family, ghosts, secrets, and mystery, in which the lives of the living and the dead intersect in shocking, surprising, and moving ways 
Wealthy Richard Walker has just died, leaving behind his country house full of rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime. His estranged family—bitter ex-wife Caroline, troubled teenage son Trenton, and unforgiving daughter Minna—have arrived for their inheritance. 
But the Walkers are not alone. Prim Alice and the cynical Sandra, long dead former residents bound to the house, linger within its claustrophobic walls. Jostling for space, memory, and supremacy, they observe the family, trading barbs and reminiscences about their past lives. Though their voices cannot be heard, Alice and Sandra speak through the house itself—in the hiss of the radiator, a creak in the stairs, the dimming of a light bulb. 
The living and dead are each haunted by painful truths that will soon surface with explosive force. When a new ghost appears, and Trenton begins to communicate with her, the spirit and human worlds collide—with cataclysmic results.
Elegantly constructed and brilliantly paced, Rooms is an enticing and imaginative ghost story and a searing family drama that is as haunting as it is resonant.


Camp Forget-Me-Not by J.K. Rock Blog Tour Stop

Camp Forget-Me-Not (Camp Boyfriend, #3)
Playing it safe and fitting in may have rocketed Kayla West into the “In” crowd at Camp Juniper Point, but it’s left her lonely. The only person she’s ever been herself with was her former best friend, Nick, an outsider that pushed her to join the most popular girls cabin two years ago. Too bad being a Diva meant pressure to break up with Nick. Of course, Kayla had her reasons, but Nick can never know the real one. She always thought she'd forget him one day and move on. Until he returns to camp a super-hot Olympian snowboarder. Now, every girl wants him and Nick seems determined to show her what a mistake she made. Or at least, she thought that's what he wanted. But when Nick starts sending her private notes--just like he used to--she wonders what kind of game he's playing. Nick's attention is making it tougher to stay in the background and play in safe, forcing Kayla to make a decision--stay on the sidelines and get overlooked? Or take a chance on trusting Nick and, maybe... herself.

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson Book Review


Following on the heels of Sanderson’s successful launch into the YA market with the New York Times bestselling Rithmatist comes Mistborn, now repackaged for the teen audience.
Once, a hero rose to save the world. He failed.
For a thousand years since, the world has been a wasteland of ash and mist ruled by the immortal emperor known as the Lord Ruler. Every revolt has failed miserably.
Yet somehow, hope survives. Hope that dares to dream of ending the empire and defeating the Lord Ruler. A new kind of uprising is being planned—one that depends on the cunning of a brilliant criminal mastermind and the determination of an unlikely heroine: a teenage street urchin named Vin.
Once, a hero rose to save the world and failed. This time, can a young heroine succeed?


The Storm Siren by Mary Weber Book Review


“I raise my chin as the buyers stare. Yes. Look. You don’t want me. Because, eventually, accidentally, I will destroy you.” In a world at war, a slave girl’s lethal curse could become one kingdom’s weapon of salvation. If the curse—and the girl—can be controlled. As a slave in the war-weary kingdom of Faelen, seventeen-year-old Nym isn’t merely devoid of rights, her Elemental kind are only born male and always killed at birth — meaning, she shouldn’t even exist. Standing on the auction block beneath smoke-drenched mountains, Nym faces her fifteenth sell. But when her hood is removed and her storm-summoning killing curse revealed, Nym is snatched up by a court advisor and given a choice: be trained as the weapon Faelen needs to win the war, or be killed. Choosing the former, Nym is unleashed into a world of politics, bizarre parties, and rumors of an evil more sinister than she’s being prepared to fight . . . not to mention the handsome trainer whose dark secrets lie behind a mysterious ability to calm every lightning strike she summons. But what if she doesn’t want to be the weapon they’ve all been waiting for? Set in a beautifully eclectic world of suspicion, super abilities, and monsters, Storm Siren is a story of power. And whoever controls that power will win.

Pages: 320
Source: Publisher

Two Reviews: Unmarked by Kami Garcia

Unmarked (The Legion, #2)The heart-pounding sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller, Unbreakable, by New York Times bestselling Beautiful Creatures co-author Kami Garcia.

He is here... and he could be anyone.

Kennedy Waters lives in a world where vengeance spirits kill, ghosts keep secrets, and a demon walks among us–a demon she accidentally set free. 
Now Kennedy and the other Legion members–Alara, Priest, Lukas, and Jared–have to hunt him down. As they learn more about the history of the Legion and the Illuminati, Kennedy realizes that the greatest mystery of all does not belong to any secret order, but to her own family. With the clock ticking and the life of someone she loves hanging in the balance, Kennedy has to ask the question she fears most: what is it about her past that has left her Unmarked?

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins Book Review

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)
Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last? 
Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart. Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, Étienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

Do You Want To Review Books? (Fall ARCs)

Hi everyone! I'm excited to do another one of these, after how well it worked out last month. The details are below.

Andye generously gave me permission to use this idea :) Basically, I'll send you the book of your choice from the photo every month in exchange for a review that we'll post at The Book Belles. You'll get full and complete credit for your review. The only thing I ask about the reviews is that they are clean (language wise, etc.) and honest. You're welcome to write them however you'd like! You can post them on your Goodreads and attach links to your review (Twitter, Facebook, blog, etc.). Here are the books (including one February release):

*Sublime, White Space, Lark Rising and Hero Complex are taken*

I'll also give everyone a month to read and review the book (from when you receive it) and you can keep the book. If you don't review it within a month, I'll be hesitant to send you books in the future until you get your review in. 

This is going to be almost entirely US only, except I'll be able to send one book to Canada. If you're interested in reading and reviewing one of these books, email me at bookbelles@gmail.com with your mailing address and which book you'd like. I'll respond letting you know whether you got it or not. 

Let me know if you have any questions :)

Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram Book Review and Giveaway

Cinder & Ella
It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder. … Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancée—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything.


Stacking The Shelves #63

Hi everyone! Here are the books that I've received in the past week:

Purchased:

For Review:


Book-Related Items:


Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios: Something Real, her debut, was a super quick, fun read. I love the idea of a book with genies, too!

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick: This is actually my current read, and I'm enjoying it so far! I haven't read her Hush, Hush series, but I think I may give it a try after I finish Black Ice.    

The Secret Sky by Atia Abawi: The topic of this one is something I've never read before, and I'm really excited to see how it turns out. It has amazing reviews on Goodreads, too! Thank you Penguin! :)

The Fault in Our Stars DVD:This is one of my favorite YA book to movie adaptations. The actors did such a great job and the movie followed the book so well. Ansel Elgort is pretty amazing, too ;) 

Bookmarks: I ordered these from the Etsy shop, Crafted Van, and I think they're adorable. Olaf from Frozen isn't pictured, as it's what I'm using as my current bookmark. 

Current Giveaways:
- 3 Copies of Two Lies and a Spy by Kat Carlton (INT) ends 10/20
- Lailah by Nikki Kelly (US only) ends 10/16

What did you receive this week? I'd love to visit your Stacking The Shelves! 


Zac & Mia by A.J. Betts Book Review


The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this tough and tender young adult novel that's a lot about love (and a little about cancer).
Winner of the 2012 Australian Text Prize
"When I was little I believed in Jesus and Santa, spontaneous combustion, and the Loch Ness monster. Now I believe in science, statistics, and antibiotics." So says seventeen-year-old Zac Meier during a long, grueling leukemia treatment in Perth, Australia. A loud blast of Lady Gaga alerts him to the presence of Mia, the angry, not-at-all-stoic cancer patient in the room next door. Once released, the two near-strangers can't forget each other, even as they desperately try to resume normal lives. The story of their mysterious connection drives this unflinchingly tough, tender novel told in two voices.

Sealed With a Lie by Kat Carlton Book Review and Giveaway

Sealed with a Lie (Two Lies and a Spy, #2)In this sequel to the romantic spy-thriller Two Lies and a Spy, Kari must race the clock on a mission to save her little brother.
Kari Andrews thought life was going to get easier. She was wrong. Following the events of Two Lies and a Spy, she and her brother, Charlie, are left to cope with the aftermath while also
adapting to a new school—in another country. And then Charlie disappears.
With her brother’s life hanging in the balance, Kari, Evan, Rita, Kale, and some new friends from Generation Interpol (G.I.) are on a race around Europe at the bidding of a voice on a phone. The voice tells them that they need to jailbreak a thief—a flirtatious, hot thief—steal something from a high-security bio lab, and deliver the goods during what’s sure to be a double-cross exchange. Can they succeed before Charlie pays the ultimate price?

Overlooked Books (3)

I'm here today to do another Overlooked Books post. For those of you who are new to this type of blog post, I think there are too many books out there that just don't get the hype they deserve. And so when I stumble upon these hidden treasures, I like to share why I love them so much so that someone else might discover what they've been missing. So here is a book that definitely deserves more attention that I want to recommend to everybody.

Eva's life is not her own. She is a creation, an abomination—an echo. She was made by the Weavers as a copy of someone else, expected to replace a girl named Amarra, her "other," if she ever died. Eva spends every day studying that girl from far away, learning what Amarra does, what she eats, what it's like to kiss her boyfriend, Ray. So when Amarra is killed in a car crash, Eva should be ready. But sixteen years of studying never prepared her for this. Now she must abandon everything and everyone she's ever known—the guardians who raised her, the boy she's forbidden to love—to move to India and convince the world that Amarra is still alive. What Eva finds is a grief-stricken family; parents unsure how to handle this echo they thought they wanted; and Ray, who knew every detail, every contour of Amarra. And when Eva is unexpectedly dealt a fatal blow that will change her existence forever, she is forced to choose: Stay and live out her years as a copy or leave and risk it all for the freedom to be an original. To be Eva. From debut novelist Sangu Mandanna comes the dazzling story of a girl who was always told what she had to be—until she found the strength to decide for herself                                                                          



Book Blogger Confessions Tag

Confessions

The Book Blogger Confessions tag looked like a lot of fun, so I decided to do it! My answers are below and this tag was created by Laura @ Laura's Book Reviews.

Landry Park (Landry Park, #1)1) Which book, most recently, did you not finish? 
Landry Park by Bethany Hagen: I read the first hundred pages, but it wasn't holding my interest so I decided to put it down. I plan to give it another try, though! 

2) Which book is your guilty pleasure?
This one's difficult for me as I don't tend to think of anything I read as a guilty pleasure. However, I'd pick Foreplay by Sophie Jordan, which definitely has some more mature themes in it, but it's still an amazing new adult novel. I don't read too much new adult, but Foreplay (and the rest of the series) is one that I'd highly recommend! 

Me Before You3) Which book do you love to hate?
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes: This book completely shredded my emotions. I can't discuss why I dislike it so much without going into spoilers, but I wouldn't suggest this book to anyone, unless you're looking for an extremely emotional read.

4) Which book would you throw into the sea?
I'd throw The Awakening by Kate Chopin into the ocean, which is somewhat ironic if you've read it. I had to read it for school last year and both Edna and the storyline itself were terrible.

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)5) Which book have you read the most?
Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan: This is one of my all time favorite series! I read the entire series in a week due to how exciting the plot is and this novel helped me rediscover my love for reading back when I was in middle school.

6) Which book would you hate to receive as a present?
I'd be appreciative to receive almost any book as a present, but I'm not a fan of Mark Twain, so I probably wouldn't want to receive anything written by him (such as Tom Sawyer).

Smart Girls Get What They Want7) Which book could you not live without?
It's almost impossible for me to choose only one book, but after the Bible, I'd pick Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer. This book has so many amazing messages and it has some of the most relatable characters I've ever read about. If you haven't yet read this book, you definitely should read it!

8) Which book made you the angriest?
Before You by Amber Hart: I thought it had a great beginning, but unfortunately both Faith (the main character) and some of the themes at the end of the novel really frustrated me. I didn't ever post my review for this book, as it was too ranty, but I'd give the novel 1 out of 5 flowers.
Second Chance Summer
9) Which book made you cry the most?
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson: Several parts of this book hit me hard and it's an extremely touching read. It's beautifully written, too. 


10) Which book cover do you hate the most?
I can't think of any right now that I completely hate, but a cover that I dislike is the new paperback cover for The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler. It's a great book, but I think the new cover looks super cheesy.

I tag anyone who wants to do this! Let me know if you do this tag :)


Waiting on Wednesday: The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

The Fill-In Boyfriend
When Gia Montgomery's boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she'd been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend— two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.

The problem is that days after prom, it's not the real Bradley she's thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn't even know. But tracking him down doesn't mean they're done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend's graduation party — three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.