Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters Whose Relationship Made Me Squee

Top Ten Characters Whose Relationship Made Me Squee
 Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish

1. Lora with Armand
This is one of those "almost romances" so every little thing that happens between them kills me.

The Deepest Night (The Sweetest Dark, #2)

2. Alina with The Darkling/Alina with Mal
At first I was all "oooer Darkling", but then I was all "oh Mal" 

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1) 

3.  Katsa with Po
I loved that Katsa had no idea Po was into her.

Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1) 

4. Ananna with Naji
Definitely one of those "love/hate slow burn" relationships.  Those payoffs are usually the sweetest.

The Assassin's Curse (The Assassin's Curse, #1) 

5. Lucy with Ed
I literally loved everything about their relationship.

Graffiti Moon 

6. Celaena with Chaol
I wasn't as into them in the first book, but the sequel did things to my heart.

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)

7. Puck Connelly with Sean Kendrick
This is a sweet, non-flashy relationship.  But it made me sigh with happiness just the same.

The Scorpio Races

 8. Kestrel with Arin
Another slow burner...but when it is lit, it explodes.  (Forgive the pun!)

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)

9. Aria with Perry
I will ship them until I die.

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1)

 10. Penryn with Rafe
Yay for forbidden love interests!

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)


Monday, April 21, 2014

Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano [Review]

Nearly Gone4 out of 5 Robots!

Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release: March 25, 2014
Hardcover: 388 Pages
Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
Bones meets Fringe in a big, dark, scary, brilliantly-plotted urban thriller that will leave you guessing until the very end.

Nearly Boswell knows how to keep secrets. Living in a DC trailer park, she knows better than to share anything that would make her a target with her classmates. Like her mother's job as an exotic dancer, her obsession with the personal ads, and especially the emotions she can taste when she brushes against someone's skin. But when a serial killer goes on a killing spree and starts attacking students, leaving cryptic ads in the newspaper that only Nearly can decipher, she confides in the one person she shouldn't trust: the new guy at school—a reformed bad boy working undercover for the police, doing surveillance. . . on her.

Nearly might be the one person who can put all the clues together, and if she doesn't figure it all out soon—she'll be next.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
Well, I nearly loved this book.  Har, har.  I don't know what it was exactly, but while the premise was incredibly interesting, I wasn't really drawn into the book until well past halfway.  I never really connected with Nearly.  I didn't get a lot of emotional response from her, so I felt a bit held at arm's length.  But, there was enough going on with the rest of the story that kept me reading.  My favorite was probably the relationship between Nearly and her best guy friend.  He has feelings for her, but she doesn't reciprocate them.  It was sad and a little awkward, but realistic too.

As far as the romance goes...ehhh...it was alright. I'm not generally a fan of the "bad boy" who is mean to the girl troupe.  Reece did manage to grow on me a bit...considering how complicated their situation was.  But it did end on a sweet note and I was happy with that.

The mystery is very twisted and intense.  I think some readers will make a guess at the murder, but I really didn't know who it was until the reveal.  I'm not sure I completely buy it, but points for surprising me, I guess.

Lastly, this book has a small paranormal aspect.  Nearly can "taste" people's emotions when she touches them.  I always like an empathetic paranormal power, but in this case, it felt slightly extraneous.  There wasn't enough of an emphasis on it for it to be the primary focus of the book.  And because of that, I felt like the same effects could be achieved through other means besides this paranormal trick. 

Overall, I thought it was a good, intense mystery.  I liked some of the side stories and I liked the setting a lot.  I recommend giving this book a read if you like mystery thrillers.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Panic by Lauren Oliver [Review]

Panic4 out of 5 Robots!

Panic by Lauren Oliver
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release: March 4, 2014
Hardcover: 408 Pages
Publisher: HarperCollins
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.

Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.

Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn't know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.

For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
Going into this book, I wasn't sure how I much would like it.  The reviews are a bit mixed.  But I ended up really liking it.  At the center of the book is Panic.  Panic is a secret game that Carp graduating seniors play.  The tasks are dangerous.  People have been horribly injured in years past.  But winning Panic means winning the large pot of money and that money means freedom from Carp.

But even though this book centers around Panic, it isn't really about Panic.  It is about the characters and the situations that push them to enter Panic in the first place.  At the stakes get higher and higher and everyone is tested to their limits, I was getting more anxious wondering how it would all turn out.  Luckily, I quite liked the ending.  I thought everything came together well. 


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