Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (6): The Collector

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It's a feature designed to spotlight upcoming novels we can't wait to get our hands on. Click the link for more!

The Collector
by Victoria Scott
Release Date: March 12th, 2013
Series: Dante Walker #1
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: Paranormal
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He makes good girls...bad.

Dante Walker is flippin’ awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence has made him one of hell’s best—a soul collector. His job is simple, weed through humanity and label those round rears with a big red good or bad stamp. Old Saint Nick gets the good guys, and he gets the fun ones. Bag-and-tag.
Sealing souls is nothing personal. Dante’s an equal opportunity collector and doesn’t want it any other way. But he’ll have to adjust, because Boss Man has given him a new assignment:

Collect Charlie Cooper’s soul within 10 days.
Dante doesn’t know why Boss Man wants Charlie, nor does he care. This assignment means only one thing to him, and that’s a permanent ticket out of hell. But after Dante meets the quirky, Nerd Alert chick he’s come to collect—he realizes this assignment will test his abilities as a collector, and uncover emotions deeply buried.

I am SO in the mood for a bad-boy paranormal! By the sounds of it, that part of Dante's character won't be watered down like a lot of "bad boys" in YA, and I'm excited to see the character growth. Plus!! I don't know if you guys have read Breaking Lauren by Jordan Deen before, but I absolutely loved it and The Collector sounds like a similar title only with paranormal elements. Hopefully in March when it's released I'll still be in this mood. :P

What were your picks this week? Have you read The Collector or Breaking Lauren?
- Alysson

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Top Ten Books I'd Want On A Deserted Island

Top Ten Tuesday - November 13th
Hosted by the girls at The Broke and the Bookish. We make lists each week on various categories. This week's topic is:
TOP 10 Books I'd Want On A Deserted Island

The Complete Works of Sherlock Homes - 1796 pages, I think I'll be entertained for a while!
The Count of Monte Cristo - Maybe I can learn how to escape. ;)
The Lord of the Rings - I'd bring the bind up of all three. It works. Technically. Teehee

Graceling - Kickass MC? Action? Yes please.
Eragon - I haven't actually read this one so it'll be a surprise!
The Way of Shadows - Another hefty book, but it's about assassins! I love assassins.

Twilight - Truth time. I am a complete sucker for this series. I love them so much!
Anna and the French Kiss - I could reread this book over and over again.

To Kill A Mockingbird - My all time favorite book. I couldn't image not having it with me
Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales - I never get tired of these stories
Pride and Prejudice - Does this really need an explaination?

This topic was so hard! I had a really difficult time choosing what I'd bring, how about you?

Monday, November 12, 2012

Review: Deadly Cool

Deadly Cool
by Gemma Halliday (Website | Facebook)
Series: Deadly Cool, #1
Published: October 11th, 2011 by HarperTeen
Pages: 303 (Paperback)
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery
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Hartley Grace Featherstone is having a very bad day. First she finds out that her boyfriend is cheating on her with the president of the Herbert Hoover High School Chastity Club. Then he’s pegged as the #1 suspect in a murder. And if that weren’t enough, now he’s depending on Hartley to clear his name. 

But as much as Hartley wouldn’t mind seeing him squirm, she knows he’s innocent, and she’s the only one who can help him. Along with her best friend, Sam, and the school’s resident Bad Boy, Chase, Hartley starts investigating on her own. But as the dead bodies begin to pile up, the mystery deepens, the suspects multiply, and Hartley begins to fear that she may be the killer’s next victim.

Every now and then I find myself craving a fast and light book that'll put me in a good mood. It's easy for me to burn out on my reading when I read multiple novels from the same genre, one after another. Not only did Deadly Cool provide a much needed change of pace, but its humor-filled pages and lovable characters won me over big time. I did have a couple minor issues with it, but Deadly Cool was just what I needed.

While Deadly Cool immediately caught my interest, I had my reservations about it. First off, as a lover of super complicated mysteries, its short length concerned me because I worried it would lack enough plot development and twists to keep me intrigued. Second, I was warned that despite the obvious chemistry between Hartley and Chase, there wasn't actually any romance in the novel. Because of these two reasons, I was really surprised at how much I loved this book! Even though I guessed who the murderer was and had a good idea of his/her motive from early on, I loved following along with Hartley and Chase as they worked to figure it out. I was always entertained and engrossed in their progress, and it never annoyed me when they didn't see something right off the bat. Even more surprisingly, I LOVED how Gemma Halliday didn't put romance in. She put Hartley in so many awkward yet hilarious situations that built up their chemistry and kept me wishing they'd just kiss already! But it was so realistic! I'm hoping we see more them in book two.

Hartley, Sam and Chase were great characters who felt like real people. I liked the fact that Hartley didn't have super awesome detective skills but relied on her ingenuity and quick thinking. I also loved that Chase didn't fall into the typical dark, brooding, and mysterious guy pattern. Gemma Halliday gave all of her characters (except for the killer) the right amount of quirkiness to make them stand out and conventionalism to make them recognizable and relatable.

Halliday also did an excellent job of capturing the ways teens interact with one another. My favorite part of Deadly Cool was how funny the dialogue was! Within the first few pages I was literally laughing out loud. I NEVER do that when I read but I just couldn't help it! Hartley is one snarky, clever girl. And when she and her best friend Sam would censor themselves, I just about lost it. They reminded me so much of me and my best friend (except we aren't that funny) in the way they talk to each other and to those around them. I would honestly love to be friends with them, although I don't know if I'd be able to keep up.

The only thing I didn't really like about Deadly Cool was the motive of the murderer. This might be super vague since I don't want to give anything away, but I didn't fully buy it. I know people have killed for much less but I still would have enjoyed a more complicated explanation. Finally, while not a dislike or a negative, Hartley's school dynamic surprised me. My high school wasn't as drama/gossip centered as her's, so I found it weird just how much these kids relied on camera phones and blogs to blackmail each other and spread "news". I've always wondered what going to a school like that would be like, and I am so glad that I didn't have to deal with that kind of crap for four years.

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

I loved this novel! It's a hilarious and creative book with wonderful characters and snappy dialogue that you will devour in one sitting.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

This Week's Reads (1)

I'm trying a new thing in hopes to stay on top of my reading. I have too many library books piling up, and too many audiobooks started. Juggling all of them, and mixing up due dates/review dates is not conducive, so listing what I need to read each week will, ideally, keep me on track. :) If nothing else, I want to finish the novels I've already started (*).  
This week’s reads are:

Library books:
  1. *White Cat - Holly Black: from page 222
  2. Angelfire - Courtney Allison Moulton
  3. One Foot in the Grave - Jeaniene Frost
  4. Insignia - S.J. Kincaid
  1. *Legend - Marie Lu: about 4 hours left
  2. *Enclave - Ann Aguire: about 2 hours left
My books:
  1. *Crossed - Ally Condie: starting around page 175

Fair warning - if the lovely mail(wo)man makes a delivery at any time this week, I'm dropping everything for Reached. ;D

- Alysson

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Stacking the Shelves (5): November 10

Stacking The Shelves is a meme hosted over at Tynga's Reviews. It's a chance to share all the goodies we received, bought, borrowed or whatever over the last week.

We were bad this week - we bought too many books and posted too little. We should all know by now that when going to Half Price Books, saying "I'm just going to look, I don't want to buy anything," is a load of crap. Well, I guess I can't be in too much trouble though since everything except for Vampire Academy was under $3, and Bill bought stuff too!
The Books :
  1. Game of Thrones - George R. R. Martin
  2. The Gunslinger - Stephen King (Dark Tower #1)
  3. The Drawing of Three (Dark Tower #2)
  4. The Waste Lands (Dark Tower #3)
  5. Wizard and Glass (Dark Tower #4)
  6. Wolves of Calla (Dark Tower #5)
  7. Song of Susannah (Dark Tower #6)
  1. Vampire Academy -They had it hardcover!
  2. Clockwork Angel - Cassandra Clare
  3. Dead Until Dark - Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #1)
  4. Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse #2)
  5. Club Dead (Sookie Stackhouse #3)
  6. Embers & Echos - Karsten Knight
  7. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
  8. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
  9. Deja Dead - Kathy Reichs
  10. One For the Money - Janet Evanovich
  11. Once Burned - Jeaniene Frost
  12. Torment - Lauren Kate
  13. A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini 
This Week's Posts:
- Alysson