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Hey guys!
So I know this is a day late or so… But, I’m just going to go ahead and put up my IMM anyways!
Here is the video, and pictures will be below 🙂
Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
Sweetly by Jackson Pearce
Legend by Marie Lu
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
Let me know if you have read any, and which ones you liked! I will be reading Legend this month for sure. A book review of Eve by Anna Carey is up next on the blog!
Taylor
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Unearthly (Unearthly #1)Reviewer: Taylor
Title: Unearthly
Author: Cynthia Hand
Source: Bought- Ebook
Series: Yes- first book
Pages: 435 (hardback version)
Rating: 4/5
In the beginning, there’s a boy standing in the trees . . . .

Clara Gardner has recently learned that she’s part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn’t easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place—and out of place at the same time. Because there’s another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara’s less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she’d have to make—between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?
Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.
The main idea: Unearthly was a book dealing with a normal girl dealing with normal teenage stuff. Except- she is an angel and has a divine purpose that she must complete. This book had plenty of love interest, conflict, and enough questions to make you ITCHING for the next book.

I surprisingly really, really enjoyed this book. I got it for .99 on my eReader and thought maybe I’d glance at it one day if I had the time. But… angels? Really? I’ve done wizards, vampires, and even demon slayers.. but angels? I wasn’t so sure. (Obviously I need to work on getting out of my comfort zone…) But, surprise, surprise, it was awesome!

What I liked:

1. Real girl. Hand really depicts Clara as a real girl. As in, the book is not ALL about her being an angel. Yeah, obviously it has big effects on her life (hello moving to another state because of a vision you have?!), but she also was a “normal” teenage girl. She fought with her mom (a lot), crushed on guys who- shocker- were just normal human beings, and even made some friends. 

2. Boys. I actually was down with both the boys in this book. I liked them each for different reasons, and that ending really got me confused! So, I have no team. I am teamless. But anyways, both boys were great. Neither of them were jerks (which is my BIGGEST pet peeve.. when a character falls for a complete jerk), and they treated Clara with respect. They were both portrayed as being smoking hot. Especially Tucker though… rugged, tan cowboy? Alright. Can’t wait to get Hallowed in my hands so I can try to figure out who I like better!

3. Just enough paranormal. Obviously this book is paranormal… it is about angels. But, as I’ve said earlier, that’s not what all of it was about. Yeah, that’s basically all I have to say about that.

What I didn’t like:

1. Clara fighting with her mom 24/7! I understand she was mad at her for not giving her more answers. Or for expecting her to be only focused on her “divine purpose.” But seriously? She is your mom. Give her a little more respect!

2. Lack of action. I went into this book expecting a little more action than I got. Luckily, I’ve been reading lots of action books lately so it didn’t bother me too much. But, I got the feeling that the next couple of books will definitely be more action packed!

I really would pick this up if I were you! I wish I had a physical copy… the cover is so pretty!

Taylor

Fever (The Chemical Garden, #2)
Fever by Lauren DeStefano. Sequel to Wither.
Publication Date: February 21, 2012

Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion, but danger is never far behind.

In the sequel to Lauren DeStefano’s harrowing Wither, Rhine must decide if freedom is worth the price – now that she has more to lose than ever.  
Pandemonium (Delirium, #2) 

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver. Sequel to Delirium.
Publication Date: February 28, 2012
 

Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.

OnceOnce by Anna Carey. Sequel to Eve.
Publication Date: July 3, 2012

Brimming with danger and star-crossed romance, and featuring a vivid dystopian landscape, this electrifying follow-up to Eve, which bestselling author Lauren Kate called “a gripping, unforgettable adventure—and a fresh look at what it means to love” is sure to appeal to fans who crave the high-stakes adventure of The Hunger Games and the irresistible love story of Romeo and Juliet.

Insurgent 

Insurgent by Veronica Roth. Sequel to Divergent. 
Publication Date: May 1, 2012


New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth’s much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking The Spine where were share our top pick of the week we are “waiting on.”

Hey everyone! 
So today, the top ten tuesday theme at the broke and bookish is a 
FREEBIE.
So, I am choosing to talk about 10 (11 actually… oops)
books off of my own bookshelf that I am dying to read. 
Here is the video, but I will also link pictures below!
 But, if you have time, I’d love for you to check out the video! I am really, truly enjoying making them! 🙂
Pretties (Uglies, #2)
1. Pretties by Scott Westerfeld. I read the first one in this series recently and really enjoyed it! Definitely want to finish reading this series soon.
Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) 
2. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. I just really need to catch up with all her books.. so badly!
Five Flavors of Dumb
3. Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John. Had this one for a while… supposed to be an amazing contemporary!
Between Shades of Gray 
4. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. I’ve wanted this one forever. Finally bought it. Need to read it. Historical fiction taking place during the Holocaust. 
Leviathan (Leviathan, #1) 
 5. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. Bought this one recently but still really want to read it. I’ve just heard great things, and I love adventureish books!
Gone (Gone, #1) 6. Gone by Michael Grant. Yet another dystopian series I am dying to get into!
The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)
7. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. ANOTHER dystopian trilogy I want to read! Also, male point of view!
The Fault in Our Stars8. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Enough said. For real.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1)
9. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. This paranormal romance has gotten SO much attention this year! Excited to be swept away into a new world!
Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)
10. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. Definitely reading this one next month. No questions. I’ve heard this is INSANELY good. Her touch is lethal? WHAT.
A Million Suns (Across the Universe, #2)
11. A Million Suns by Beth Revis. AHHHHH. I’m reading this one ASAP. I loved Across the Universe and CAN’T wait to get into this sequel!
Whew. That was one long list. Hope y’all enjoyed! Let me know what your themes are this week so I can check them out!!
Taylor
Author: Ann Brashares
Rating: 5/5
Series: Eh, not exactly
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Ann Brashares comes the welcome return of the characters whose friendship became a touchstone for a generation. Now Tibby, Lena, Carmen, and Bridget have grown up, starting their lives on their own. And though the jeans they shared are long gone, the sisterhood is everlasting.

Despite having jobs and men that they love, each knows that something is missing: the closeness that once sustained them. Carmen is a successful actress in New York, engaged to be married, but misses her friends. Lena finds solace in her art, teaching in Rhode Island, but still thinks of Kostos and the road she didn’t take. Bridget lives with her longtime boyfriend, Eric, in San Francisco, and though a part of her wants to settle down, a bigger part can’t seem to shed her old restlessness.

Then Tibby reaches out to bridge the distance, sending the others plane tickets for a reunion that they all breathlessly await. And indeed, it will change their lives forever—but in ways that none of them could ever have expected.

As moving and life-changing as an encounter with long-lost best friends, Sisterhood Everlasting is a powerful story about growing up, losing your way, and finding the courage to create a new one.

I’m not good at ending things. It’s not just that I get attached/addicted/committed to a television show or a routine or a ritual, I like feeling as if the “thing” is helping me understand myself. 
That’s kind of how I am with book series. I like getting to know my characters. I don’t want to just appreciate them, I want to actually love them.
So when I realized Brashares wrote this fifth follow-up to her beloved Traveling Pants series (and if by some ridiculous reason you don’t know about these books – especially if you are a teenage girl – click on that link immediately), I naturally had to read it. It took me longer to get my hands on  it – unlike my usual self, I know – but I finally succeeded and read it in a couple of long car rides this weekend (mind you I wasn’t driving, but sitting safely in the backseat). 
I’ve read some reviews that people have left about this 5th book. Some said that the unexpected plot was “too much.” Some said that it felt like some kind of farce. Some said they didn’t WANT to know what happened to these girls after the fourth book (and to that I say: POOP YOU!! Don’t read it if you don’t care). Some said they felt like the girls hadn’t grown up enough since the last book took place ten years ago.
But I loved it. Sure, I wanted to scream and throw things at Brashares for one big reason, but I won’t spoil it. However, I can’t imagine a more beautiful ending – and beginning – for my favorite group of gals. And by the end of the book, I easily saw how they had indeed grown up, without losing their cores – the things that made them each so very different and special but also so perfect for each other.
Brashares has a way of writing that feels like she takes the thoughts of others and writes them down, and somehow they are much more beautiful than we realized. 
One big difference that reflects the “older tone” of this book compared to the series is the non-summery feel. Each Traveling Pants book is the perfect summer read…partially because they take place in the summer. This book covers the other side of the year….mostly the winter. I think that’s pretty symbolic, don’t you?
“You have been my friend,” replied Charlotte.
“That in itself is a tremendous thing.”
-E.B. White

xo
rebekah 

Hey guys! This week I have a video for my IMM. Actually… I have 2 haul videos from this week! I will link both of the videos down below. I meant to take a picture too, but forgot, and now all the books are back and school and not with me! So sorry about that!
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
Birthmarked by Caragh M. O’brien
Saving June by Hannah Harrington
Pretties, Specials, Extras by Scott Westerfeld
Leviathan and Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld
I will have pictures as well next week for those who don’t want to watch the videos!
Thanks for stopping by! What was in your mailbox this week?
Taylor
Hey guys! Today I am doing a TGIF post hosted by Ginger over at GReads.
Today’s question: Which book from the last 10 you’ve read would you recommend to a friend?
Hmm.. This is a tough one. I’ve read a lot of good ones lately! But I think I would recommend I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan. I truly enjoyed this one. If you want to see my full review, you can check it out here. But here was my short and quick “main idea” of the review:
I’ll Be There could be considered your typical middle-high class girl meets poor boy, and they fall in love kind of story- but it isn’t. All I can say is that if you are looking for a truly beautiful albeit heart wrenching at times story, PLEASE pick this one up to read. I was amazed. 
 I'll Be There
-Taylor

Yowza, I agree – tough one. For the majority of my friends, I would recommend Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. Published over 10 years ago, the award-winning novel is a quick, witty, sad, and honest story about a regular girl with a big burden, all while juggling the pressures of her lonely first year of high school. And while I often tire of the drawn-out clichĂ©s in YA books and movies (even though I also secretly love many…Mean Girls, hello), Anderson hit that “awkwardness” right on the head while keeping true to the themes. The main character is funny and flawed, but so real.



-Rebekah

Have you read either of these books? What did you think? What would you recommend?