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We got some gooooood ones this week. I LOVE AMAZON!

REBEKAH:

1. Flawless by Sara Shepard
2. GONE by Lisa McMann
3. All-American Girl by Meg Cabot

TAYLOR:

1. Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
2. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
3. Entwined by Heather Dixon
4. Eve by Ana Carey
5. Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins
6. Rosebush by Michele Jaffe

and lastly, our first book for review, This Girl is Different by JJ Heller!! Thank you so much Peachtree Publishers! Go check out their blog!

Leave a comment so we can go check out your IMM!

Taylor here! One of my favorite things that other book bloggers blog about is different book genres, their experiences within the genres, and books from that genre they have read or would recommend. So, I thought I would do the same! One thing to remember though, I have only truly gotten into YA books this summer, the summer of 2011. Therefore, I have not read NEAR as many books as a lot of the other awesome book bloggers out there. I’m going to do one or two sub genres a post and stagger them over the next few weeks. Hope you enjoy!
1. Dystopian
This is definitely my favorite genre. I love getting a glimpse into what a future world might look like (although, most of the time in these books, it is not looking too good!)

My absolute favorite Dystopians

 I think one thing these three have in common is that they are all totally action packed. Especially The Maze Runner and The Hunger Games. I would highly, HIGHLY recommend all three!
Dystopians I really liked
The only reason these weren’t included in my favorites is because they can’t ALL be my favorite! And these I liked just a touch less than the others. Both still REALLY awesome reads. Inside Out is another one with a good amount of action. Wither isn’t too action packed but still leaves you almost creeped out by the strange world you find yourself invested in.

Dystopians I somewhat enjoyed

I know, I know. All These Things I’ve Done?? But, yes. I just didn’t see what was SO appealing about it. Don’t get me wrong, it was still an enjoyable read, but it just didn’t live up to the standards of the other great dystopians i have read in the past. And I have a review of Possession up right underneath this post so you should go check it out to see my thoughts regarding that one.

Dystopians on my shelves I am DYING to read

AHHHH. why have i not read these yet??

Dystopians I am DYING to get my hands on

 Whew. That was one long post! Please, if you have any other dystopian recommendations, let me know! Because, obviously, I am kind of obsessed with this genre.


Let us know if this is a series you would like to see continued!

There may even be a giveaway at the end! 😉

thanks for reading!


This is a feature hosted by Parajunkee and alisoncanread.


Q:  If you could have dinner with your favorite book character, who would you eat with and what would you serve?


This one’s a given for me. DUMBLEDORE, duhhh. We would talk about what it’s like to be on a Chocolate Frog Card, muggle knitting, and drink pumpkin juice. I’d probably serve something delicious with the help of my house elf friends….and make sure he had lemon drops to end. 

Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?

Rebekah

Possession by Elana Johnson
402 Pages
2.5/5 Stars
 
Vi knows the Rule: Girls don’t walk with boys, and they never even think about kissing them. But no one makes Vi want to break the Rules more than Zenn…and since the Thinkers have chosen him as Vi’s future match, how much trouble can one kiss cause? The Thinkers may have brainwashed the rest of the population, but Vi is determined to think for herself.

But the Thinkers are unusually persuasive, and they’re set on convincing Vi to become one of them…starting by brainwashing Zenn. Vi can’t leave Zenn in the Thinkers’ hands, but she’s wary of joining the rebellion, especially since that means teaming up with Jag. Jag is egotistical, charismatic, and dangerous–everything Zenn’s not. Vi can’t quite trust Jag and can’t quite resist him, but she also can’t give up on Zenn.

This is a game of control or be controlled. And Vi has no choice but to play.

Summary taken from goodreads

My Expectations: pretty darn high. I thought this was going to be an action packed dystopian that would leave me craving the next installment. 

In Actuality: It let me down, guys. It wasn’t one of those books that was just torture to get through, not at all. But I just found myself SO confused most of the time. There would be some big, climatic moment and I would just be like, huh? I just don’t feel like some of the characters were set up in a way that made it easy for me to see the connections made throughout the story.

Vi, our main character, was not a strong heroine. At least, in my humble opinion. She was too busy figuring out which boy she wanted to be with forever.. yes, this means yet ANOTHER love triangle. And, quite frankly, I didn’t really like either of the boys. at all. 


My last complaint is that the writing was confusing. When there was an “action”scene I just could not set it up in my mind. The scenes were not written in a way where I could set them up in my mind.


ON THE OTHER HAND, I am not trying to bash this book. I did enjoy reading it (which seems kind of odd given the complaints I just made..), and it was a decent book. Just definitely not what I expected, and maybe not a book that catered to my reading style.

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted over at Breaking the Spine

SHATTER ME.
by Tahereh Mafi
November 15, 2011

THIS BOOK LOOKS EPIC. So many bloggers who have ARCs have been raving about this book, and we can’t wait to get our hands on it! A girl whose touch is lethal?! How is this possible??

november 15. That’s all I have to say.

thanks for reading! leave your WoW’s below so we can add even more books to our “can’t wait to read” list!

SOME TOP BOOKS TO READ DURING HALLOWEEN!

hosted by : The Broke and the Bookish

In the spirit of Halloween and all that spooky fun, I just wanted to share a few books I have read or want to read that gave me a good fright!
I’ll be honest though, I can handle scary movies. But a scary book…..that’s another ballgame.

Let’s just start with a classics.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
If you’re like me, you had to read this in a high school English class. I’ll be honest, it is not my fave, but I definitely understand the creepy Gothic factor in it.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.
Ok, don’t lie. You know you liked it. But it was kind of creepy, huh? Heathcliff? Yeah? I like him…but he was creepy.
Goosebumps by R.L. Stine
OK Please tell me you’ve read at least one of the Goosebumps back in the day? Ok no, this isn’t Stephen King, but I was pretty scared when I read them. 
Currently Reading…
Wake by Lisa McMann
AHH SO GOOD! I’m loving it. Read like 100 pages last night.
FUTURE READS….

Frost by Marianna Baer
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith, Jane Austen
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
The Sookie Stackhouse books by Charliane Harris
I must be honest. Sometimes I just want to read Twilight around Halloween. What can I say? It is fitting.
What about you? Creepy or not so much?
 Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by Should be Reading

This week’s musing asks…

Do you listen to audiobooks? Why, or why not?

Taylor’s Answer:
My answer to this question is a big, fat YES. I mostly listen to audiobooks when I’m driving in the car. I pretty much always have one playing. I hate to say it, but sometimes I get kind of bored listening to music. With a book, it just whisks me away to some other place and someone else’s story! I think a big part of this is that i grew up listening to Adventures in Odyssey in the car with my dad. It was like a ritual. We ALWAYS did it. So, I guess I just grew up listening to stories and getting lost in another place just by listening. They are also a way to help slowly chip away at my massive TBR pile 🙂

Taylor’s currently listening to Split by Swati Avasthi

 Rebekah here.
Ok, so I haven’t really listened to audio books before until now. I’m currently listening to Shiver on audiobook in my car…..and I really, really like it. I didn’t think I would because I love reading so much, but basically I think I’m just like Taylor on this one….it is just easy for us to get lost in a story! OK yeah, if the narrators voices are annoying it is kind of difficult…but I guess you just kind of get used to it if it is a good story to tell.
Still love reading those physical books though.

thanks for reading!

 Rebekah’s currently listening to Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater