Saturday, September 28, 2013

Stacking the Shelves [14]


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

What Angela got this week:

Terrorscape by Nenia Campbell


The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

What did you get this week? (:

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday [23]

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.

Top Ten Best Sequels Ever

Angela's Picks:
1. Dare You To by Katie McGarry
2. Fire with Fire by Jenny Han
3. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
4. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
5. Middle Ground by Katie Kacvinsky
6. Spark by Brigid Kemmerer
7. Where She Went by Gayle Forman

And that is my "ten." I don't usually find sequels I like.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Review: Right of Way by Lauren Barnholdt

Right of Way by Lauren Barnholdt
Series: Companion to Two-way Street
Source: Borrowed
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: July 9, 2013
Can a road trip repair a romance gone wrong? Find out in this standalone companion to Lauren Barnholdt’s Two-way Street.

Here are Peyton and Jace, meeting on vacation. Click! It’s awesome, it’s easy, it’s romantic. This is the real deal.

Unless it isn’t. Because when you’re in love, you don’t just stop calling one day. And you don’t keep secrets. Or lie. And when your life starts falling apart, you’re supposed to have the other person to lean on.

Here are Peyton and Jace again, broken up but thrown together on a road trip. One of them is lying about the destination. One of them is pretending not to be leaving something behind. And neither of them is prepared for what’s coming on the road ahead…

This isn't Lauren Barnholdt's best, that's for sure.

I enjoyed Two-way Street so I was looking forward to reading this. But it wasn't as good as I hoped it to be. Right of Way is very predictable, and the story line is JUST like the one of the companion novel. And the first paragraph is almost exactly the same too. 

Peyton wasn't a great main character; more often than not, I found her to be extremely annoying. The same goes for Jace, although he's not as bad. I liked seeing Courtney, Jordan, B.J. (LOL), and Jocelyn again but it's really different reading them from a different point of view.

I didn't really understand the love between Peyton and Jace. They've only known each other for a short period, yet they're so attracted to each other. And nothing in their relationship really made much sense (like why they stopped talking, etc.).

And Jace, you're VALEDICTORIAN. Not that I understand how, but go make the stupid speech. Seriously.

The ending felt too abrupt. It ended without much being resolved and everything just left hanging. Peyton and Jace get back together. The end.

Overall, this was an okay read, nothing really special. The characters weren't likeable, the plot predictable, and everything illogical. It was enjoyable at times, but some parts bored me. This is a book I wouldn't recommend if you're looking for a good road trip book.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Stacking the Shelves [13]


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

What Angela got this week:

Horrorscape by Nenia Campbell
Cloak and Dagger by Nenia Campbell
Armed and Dangerous by Nenia Campbell


United We Spy by Ally Carter
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Then You Were Gone by Lauren Strasnick

What did you get this week? (:

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Stacking the Shelves [12]


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

What Angela got this week:

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
Shadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson

Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

What did you get this week?

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Buddy Reads VOTE - Oct 2013

So, every month the Ravens read one book together and we do a mini review on the blog and a spoilerific discussion and have a lot of fun! However, we can't always come up with what to read. So, on the first (or around the first) of each month we will schedule a post and ask for your help on which book should be our next Buddy Read! So, comment and vote please!

Voting starts on September 12th 2013 and ends September 28th 2013

Cover Reveal: Four Seconds To Lose by K.A. Tucker

I'm so excited to help with the cover reveal for K.A. Tucker’s upcoming release, Four Seconds To Lose! I'm currently reading Ten Tiny Breaths and I'm really enjoying it so far! 

(Ten Tiny Breaths, #3)
Author: K. A. Tucker
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 4, 2013
Publisher: Atria Books

Owning a strip club isn't the fantasy most guys expect it to be. With long hours, a staff with enough issues to keep a psych ward in business, and the police regularly on his case, twenty-nine year old Cain is starting to second guess his unspoken mission to save the women he employs. And then blond, brown-eyed Charlie Rourke walks through his door, and things get really complicated. Cain abides by a strict “no sleeping with the staff” rule. But being around Charlie challenges Cain’s self-control…and it’s been a long time since any woman has done that.
Twenty-two-year old Charlie Rourke needs a lot of money, really fast, in order to vanish before it’s too late. Taking her clothes off for men makes her stomach curl but Charlie tells herself that at least she’s putting her acting and dancing skills to good use. And though her fellow dancers seem eager to nab their sexy, sophisticated, and genuinely caring boss, she’s not interested. After all, Charlie Rourke doesn't really exist—and the girl pretending to be her doesn't need to complicate her life with romance.
Unfortunately, Charlie soon discovers that developing feelings for Cain is inevitable, that those feelings may not be unrequited—but losing him when he finds out what she’s involved with will be more painful than any other sentence awaiting her.

Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.

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The first two books in the series:
Ten Tiny Breaths releases in paperback on September 24, 2013!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Swoon Thursday (10)

YA Bound created a spicy meme where every week we’ll highlight what has made us swoon from a book we are currently reading or one we’ve just finished. Basically what got our heart pounding, skin tingling, and stomach fluttering.

Annie's Pick:

He tugged my face up by my hair. “This is all I think about,” he whispered and pressed his lips to mine. While his hands held my head, his mouth dominated. Wild and raw, his lips sought mine over and over, claiming my mouth desperately, his hot tongue sucking and then dueling with mine. He bit at my lips, and I responded, our tongues in an erotic, open-mouthed tango.
What made you swoon this week?! 

Blurb and Giveaway: 15 Minutes by Jill Cooper

15 Minutes by Jill Cooper
Publication date: June 15, 2013
Purchase: Amazon
I have 15 minutes to save my mother’s life….
15 minutes is all the Rewind Agency gives you in the past, but for Lara Crane it’s enough time to race through the city, find her mother, and stop her from being killed in a mugging that happened over ten years ago.
But that’s not how it happened. The story she’s been told all her life is a lie and when Lara takes a bullet meant for her mother, her future changes forever.
The love of her life acts like a stranger. Her simple life is replaced with a giant house, glamorous clothes and a new boyfriend.
Except someone knows her secret. And he will try to stop her at every turn as she races against the clock to unravel a dangerous conspiracy.
15 Minutes is an edgy high octane YA thriller that can be described as Back to the Future meets Inception where the people Lara trusts change in an instant. She is in a timeline she doesn't understand, and is about to make one fatal mistake as she faces an enemy so familiar, he’s family.
Book Trailer:

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Jill loves to blend horror, comedy, the supernatural, and love, through her novels. A fan of genre blending, her work strives to cross boundaries, but most of all strives to entertain. She loves soft cuddly cats, warm blankets, and paranormal romances. Jill resides in Massachusetts, is constantly renovating her home that she shares with her husband, young daughter, and two skittish cats.
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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday [22]

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.

Top Ten Books I Would Love To See As A Movie/TV Show (set in a perfect which movies don't butcher the books we love.)

Sarah's Picks:

1. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
2. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
3. The Collector by Victoria Scott
4. Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
5. The Diviners by Libba Bray
6. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
7. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
8. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
9. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
10. Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey

Angela's Picks:

1. Pivot Point by Kasie West
2. The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
3. Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
4. The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter
5. The Mediator series by Meg Cabot
6. Angelfall by Susan Ee
7. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
8. The Elemental series by Brigid Kemmerer
9. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
10. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Stacking the Shelves [11]


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

What Angela got this week:

Waterfall by Lisa Tawn Bergren
Dark Promise by Julia Crane
Broken Promise by Julia Crane

Right of Way by Lauren Barnholdt
The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

In the mail:
Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer
Thank you, Becca!

What did you get this week?

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Buddy Reads Discussion [1]


Megan: I gotta start with what I noticed first-- that beautiful cover and hardback! Did anyone else just stroke that pretty royal blue when they first opened it?

Stephanie: Mine is black!?

Sarah: Mine was black too!

Angela: Blue? Mine was black as well! 

Stephanie: Megan, are you sure you're looking at the right book? :P I just cannot believe that we have to wait until 2014!!! That is just cruel punishment! I need the next installment NOW! haha. What shall we talk about first? How about the boys?! :D

Sarah: The boys! :D

Angela: I love the boys! Wolf especially!

Megan: AHHHH! Definitely the boys!Wolf was fantastic, seriously! I love that man-- every wrong he ever did is forgiven, even though he totally betrayed Scarlet-- he made up for it. Plus, his teeth are really cool. LOL!

Stephanie: I do love Wolf, really I do. And, I agree, everything he did badly, is forgiven. However, I LOVE Thorne. :]

Megan: It's a good thing that we could never argue about boys, then. *cough*Wolf is better*cough* *clears throat* Anywho, I could see why you like Thorne. He's got that ladies man thing going for him, doesn't he? Also, he's got that slow drippin' honey way of talking. LOL.

Stephanie: And he's funny! I heard he's even better in Cress! :D

Sarah: I like them both. Though I love Wolf a little more. Thorne is totally awesome too. Why must Marissa Meyer create such swoon worthy men? :)

Angela: To the point where you can't decide. ;) But for the record, I'm Wolf all the way!

Megan: I'm totally with Angela here, y'all!! I never saw him betraying Scarlet coming, though. That surprised me so freaking much!

Stephanie: I heard a rumor that Thorne is going to be a love interest for Cress... which if that is true then I hope Marissa creates an amazing guy for Cinder, cause I'm sorry but Kai is not doing it for me. As Jackie has pointed out to me.. "Kai is a little bitch"

Megan: Oooh, really? That would be so cool! LOL, I still don't get what he did wrong! He did exactly what he had to. Maybe he'll redeem himself in y'all's eyes, though! LOL. I love you, Jackie! ;P

Sarah: I really hope Kai will redeem himself. It's just the fact that Cinder risked her life to warn him and then he does the one thing she was trying to save him from. So it's like her life meant nothing to him. That is why I'm so mad at him.

Angela: I agree with Sarah. Kai better improve in Cress. I felt like he wasn't the same person he was in Cinder. And Cinder definitely needs her own swoony guy!

Megan: I feel kind of like arguing for Kai-- here's your options, laid out in front of you. You only have two:

OPTION 1: Do what Cinder tells you too, because she risked her life and you love her. But guess what? EVERYONE else in your kingdom will PERISH because of the Lunar Queen's vendetta against Cinder.

OPTION 2: Marry the queen and be offed, but keeping your kingdomer's alive. Under the rule of Lunars, but alive. Basically, you die they live. Kind of like Braveheart.

OPTION 3: You didn't sign up for this gig. RUN AWAY!

I actually think that he picked a good option. The only one that could seriously be considered-- he forfeits his life for theirs. That's what any good king or emperor should be willing to do. I mean, I hope that he makes some kind of miraculous escape from death, but it sure don't look good. I just felt a little like arguing my point. Yay or nay?

Sarah: No I totally get what you're pointing at. Maybe I am being a little harsh on Kai, but there's also the fact that once she has him out of the way his people will be slaves. And don't forget the end of Scarlet where she never really withdrew her troops even after he agreed to marry her. I don't think it's going to make much of a difference what he does, people are going to die.

Stephanie: Sarah is right. She will make them her slaves or kill them. Regardless people will die. So, then what makes the difference if he didn't agree to marry Levana? Regardless people were going to die. And, honestly, I'm not really sure why Kai is on my shit list. But he is. He just doesn't do it for me. I need Cinder to have a swoon worthy guy and to me... Kai is just not that... I think he is a nimrod for not realizing that Cinder is Princess Selene. He knew the information about Michele Benoit and that she lives in Rieux... then when he finds out that Cinder is in Rieux... why doesn't he put the 2 together? Anyone with an IQ of 60 could do that. Ugh, stupid, stupid men.

Megan: Okay, now I get where you guys are coming from! YES. People will die, but at least he would have made the decision to try to save them. Maybe I'm being a little too soft on Kai? I mean, Steph has a point-- he is a nimrod for not figuring out that Cinder was Princess Selene. And also for thinking that she was kinda sorta evil. Men are so dense.

Sarah: Well, maybe he has some trick up his sleeve that'll make me forgive him and then all will be right with the world :D. I don't know how anybody would willingly want to marry that nasty woman. They're obviously going to save him because Cinder is in love with Kai. Hopefully they take out Queen Levana soon, she annoys me.

Megan: DIANA! ANNIE! JACKIE! Where areee youuuuuu?

Maybe he does. You'll never know if you don't read Cress! Fat chance, right? ;P I don't think that anyone honestly would. Besides Kai, I mean. But we've already decided that he's at the wrong place. LOL. Cinder is TOTALLY in love with Kai, it is so cute. I think he loves her too, but he's just confused. DON'T SAY THAT! I actually really like Queen Levana. She's a really good villain, and I just die every time I read a good villain!

Annie: Hey I'm here! I totally agree about Kai. I think he needs to seriously step it up in Cress or I'm afraid all my hope is lost for him. :(

Sarah: LOL! As far as villain's go she's one of the best, but she's an awful person :D. I hope we get to see more of Wolf, because darn it I love that boy.

Megan: It's so wonderful to know that we all love the same man. Kind of makes it awkward, don't you think? *the rest of the world loves him too*

Sarah: It does make it awkward. There's obviously going to have to be a fight to the death. :D Whoever is left standing gets to keep Wolf!

Annie: Haha I like that idea! But Wolf is MINE!

Stephanie: Honestly, I think Queen Levana is in until the very end of the series. And, you're right, she is one of the best villains I have come across...I just hate the fact that she has auburn hair. Not all of us redheads are bad, ya know. So, obviously I was SO relieved that Marissa made it up with a fiery kickass heroine such as Scarlet. I love her. SO MUCH. I even liked her more than Cinder...

Megan: LOL, Sarah! ;D I think that you're right, Steph. She makes such a good villain that it would be kind of hard to kill her off. And, well, she's doing a good job making the series interesting. *Steph is not evil!* I LOVE Scarlet more than Cinder too. (:

Sarah: Scarlet definitely is better than Cinder. At least she doesn't run off and hide from her problems.

Annie: I totally agree. Scarlet just seemed stronger than Cinder, which is kinda hard because Cinder was awesome. I just connected more with her.

Megan: I feel like I'm sensing a theme...I wonder why we all like Scarlet better? Is it *dunt dunt dah* JOHN GREEN BRAINWASHING? o.O

Angela: LOL, Megan! It's definitely John Green brainwashing! I'm hoping each following book is better than the previous. I don't doubt that'll happen.

Megan: Teehee. I don't doubt that it'll happen either-- we're watching you, Marissa!

Sarah: LOL Megan! John Green XD. I don't doubt it either.

Stephanie: What do you mean by John Green brainwashing? I have yet to read one of his novels. I own Looking for Alaska but I haven't been able to tackle it just yet...

Megan: Well, it's an inside joke of me and Sarah's. Basically, we read The Fault in Our Stars together, which you know is like hugely popular, and we weren't big fans. So we decided that John Green is brainwashing everyone, because everyone of his books is BIG. Like, super big. And we're not great big fans. Dumb joke, but it's ours. ;)

Stephanie: haha, well, anywho. Back to the discussion at hand. :] What do you think or hope will happen in Cress? Personally, I would love some more Thorne action! I love him so much! :]

Megan: I don't know, actually. I've been thinking about the names of the first two, Cinder and Scarlet, which each turned out being main character names. Now I'm completely curious...why a name like Cress?

Sarah: I was wondering the same thing Megan! But guys, I was just on Goodreads and the release date is apparently February 4, 2014 O_O so far away. I really can't wait to see how she does a Rapunzel story though :)

Megan: OMG, Rapunzel? YOU'RE FREAKING JOSHING ME. That's awesome!! *fangirling is da BOMB*

Sarah: Nope, definitely not kidding. Go look on Goodreads.

Annie: Why does it have to be so far away? :( It makes me so sad, but usually waiting forever makes the book even better. (Example: Clockwork Princess!)

Stephanie: Cress, I think is short for Crescent Moon. At least, that's what I HEARD. It could be wrong. And yes, Cress is about Rapunzel! lol.

Megan: *looks* WHAT KIND OF A TERRIBLE PERSON CALLS THAT A SYNOPSIS? lol, I can't wait to read it! :D

Stephanie: I know, right? It's completely vague!! So what do you guys think will happen in the next book?

Megan: I'm not sure-- I don't think that I even really want to guess about it-- nothing I come up with will be as awesome as the real thing, right? ;P

Angela: Cress is the computer hacker that works for Queen Levana. She's stuck in a satellite orbiting Earth rather than a tower. It's sounds amazing already, doesn't it? :D

Sarah: Definitely! I want it right now :D.

Annie: Well, all I can say is that Marissa is a genius. I can't wait to see how Cress connects with everyone in Cinder and Scarlet. And hopefully we get a new boy for Cress! <3

Stephanie: I agree,  I can't wait until 2014! This book is definitely at the top of the list to get as soon as it gets released!!!! Let's see when is that... February 4... UGH SO FAR AWAY!!!!

Megan: Strangely, I think we may be all talked out about Scarlet. o.O

Sarah: I think so.  O.O

Angela: Agreed.

Megan: *starts maniacally humming It's the end of the World as we know it*

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Buddy Reads Reviews +Interview [1]

Buddy Reads-Mini-Reviews
Each month the 7 of us will be participating in a buddy reads. Where we will all read the same book for that month. You can help us by choosing the next one in the posts that we will highlight on the sidebar. To check out other buddy reads go HERE

April's buddy read was: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Stephanie's mini review:
I absolutely loved Scarlet! It was a definitely 5 star book in my opinion! I loved Thorne so much! And I was SO happy that Iko was back even though it wasn't her original form :] There was so much in it and I cannot wait to read Cress when it comes out next February!

Click here for a look at my entire review

Megan's mini review:
I loved Scarlet just like Steph did-- five stars, which is really rare for me. But it was completely worth it. Scarlet was a totally kick-butt character that surpassed Cinder in my opinion, and I couldn't help but swoon over her boy, Wolf. That is a beautiful man-- and an especially interesting twist. Hopefully, Cress will be better. (Oh, gosh, can you imagine my fangirling?)

Read my full review here, and check out an audioclip sampling here.

Sarah's mini review:
Scarlet was amazing. Like Megan I thought Scarlet far surpassed Cinder. She was completely awesome. And Wolf, seriously I didn't see that coming with him but I love him anyway. I can't wait for Cress, it's way too far away!

My full review can be found here.

Angela's mini review: 
Scarlet was not a 5-star book for me. Almost, but not quite. I liked it much more than Cinder, but like the first book, it was lacking. The characters from Cinder that reappeared in Scarlet were completely different from how I saw them in the first (talking about Kai here). Nonetheless, this was a great book. Marissa Meyer creates totally swoon-worthy boys. I only hope Cress exceeds my expectations. I don't doubt it.

Read my full review here.

We had the amazing pleasure of interviewing Marissa Meyer during our Buddy Reads month when we read Scarlet. It was such an awesome and exciting event for us. So, without further ado, here is the interview with the talented, brilliant Marissa Meyer!

1. How do you think you relate to Scarlet? There must be some way that you’re alike, right?
I think every writer has to put a little bit of themselves into their characters, even if it’s just a tiny thing! With Scarlet, I think we both have a very deep appreciation of home, and a desire to live a pretty simple, uncluttered life. Even though Scarlet is whisked away on an adventure, all she really wants is to get back to her farm and be with the people she loves, and I can relate to that a lot. (Even though I don’t live on a farm…)

2. What made you want to do a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood?
I love LRRH because it’s a tale that everyone is familiar with, and yet it hasn’t been retold to death like some other tales have (like, er… Cinderella.) On top of that, when I started brainstorming different ways I could futurize some of my favorite tales, I loved the idea of the “Big Bad Wolf” being a genetically-mutated creature akin to a paranormal werewolf, but… you know, more scientific. So that’s really where the idea started.

3. What was the hardest part in writing Scarlet?
Definitely striking a good balance between the two storylines – Cinder’s and Scarlet’s – and making sure that both plotlines had good momentum and engaged the reader’s interest. I was concerned that readers would be so in love with one story they would want to completely ignore the other, so I did a lot of finagling to try to make each of them very different from each other, while still being interesting and exciting in their own ways.

4. What books or authors have influenced you the most in life?
The Lord of the Rings was huge – they were the first books that showed me that writers could create entirely new universes and we didn’t have to be stuck with our normal time and existence. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld was also really inspiration for this series in particular, because it was doing really in a time pre-Hunger Games, when a lot of people thought teens weren’t interested in science fiction. So seeing the success of that series encouraged me to pursue this crazy sci-fi fairy tales idea I had.

5. What made you change the personalities of Scarlet and her grandmother from the original story?
One of the great things about retelling stories is you have the freedom to do whatever you want with it! I’m not so interested in protagonists that wander around without a purpose or let themselves get gobbled up by wolves without a fight, so I chose to write about female characters who are strong-willed and courageous instead. Of course, I believe that strength and empowerment comes through in different ways, so I hope my female characters will demonstrate that throughout the series.

6. How did you come up with the dynamic between Scarlet and Wolf?
It was pretty clear early on that Wolf was going to fit the “bad boy” archetype (he does have that big, bad wolf thing going for him, after all), but real people aren’t archetypes. They have eccentricities and contradictions that make them human and interesting. So with Wolf, I started to question who he was and how he came to be in this role that he’s in, and I realized that he would probably have some really awkward, shy tendencies… especially when it comes to Scarlet, who is about as frank and brash as they come. So it became a lot of fun to throw them together and see how they react.

7. How do you create such swoon worthy guys and can we expect even more in the upcoming books?
Thank you, I’m so glad you think so! I’m not really sure that there’s a trick to it - I just write about male leads that *I* swoon over, and hope that my readers will too! There is one more hero that readers have yet to be introduced to in this series, so I hope you’ll adore him as well.

Thank you so much Marissa for letting us interview you! You have been such a great inspiration for us here at The Raven Readers and we CANNOT wait to see what you create for the rest of this series and for future books!

If you read Scarlet, let us know what you thought in the comments!