Sunday, July 10, 2011

In My Mailbox(7 new)

In My Mailbox is a weekly event exploring the books received this week and is hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren. Please comment with your links so I can come see what's new with you too!!

 This week I got 6 new books!

These are the ones from the library that I checked out:

The first one is, Wither by Lauren DeStefano.

2. Is Jinx by Meg Cabot. Which I'm very excited to read since Meg Cabot is one of the awesome-est writers ever!

3. Torment(Fallen #2) by Lauren Kate (NOT FOR REVIEW). I'm excited to continue this series :)

4. Divergent by Veronica Roth(already read it and reviewed - it's amazing!)

5. The Outsider(Roswell High #1) by Melinda Metz(read it, still need to review it, but it's great!)

And I won The Hollow by Jessica Verlay.

So what did you get this week? Leave a comment with what you got or the link to your post and I'll check it out :)

Have a great week everybody!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Top 5 Sunday: Top 5 Books of 2011 So Far

Top 5 Sundays is hosted by Larissa @ Larissa's Bookish Life

This week's theme: 
(In no particular order)

Honorable mentions:

So.. what are your top 5 so far?

Divergent - Veronica Roth

"Somewhere inside me is a merciful, forgiving person. Somewhere there is a girl who tries to understand what people are going through, who accepts that people do evil things and that desperation leads them to darker places than they ever imagined. I swear she exists, and she hurts for the repentant boy I see in front of me. But if I saw her, I wouldn't recognize her.” -Beatrice(Tris)

Title: Divergent
Series: Divergent series 1
Author: Veronica Roth
My Rating: A+


In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris, and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together, they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes-fascinating, sometimes-exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen.
But Tris also has a secret: one she’s kept hidden from everyone, because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly-perfect society, she also learns that her secret might be what helps her save those she loves . . . or it might be what destroys her.

Review: (I like to be able to talk about parts of the book, so reviews most likely have spoilers in them.)
I just finished DIVERGENT and to tell you the truth, I'm quite impressed. Of all the things I've read, this one just blew my mind. And what really killed me is that the end was a HUGE cliff-hanger. The thought of having to wait to read the second book, well, it kills me knowing I will have to wait a year to read it. 
First off, I loved Four(whoops, Tobias ;), although at sometimes I wanted to slap him. Other times, I had to swoon about him. He just had so many personalities, I just didn't know what to say or do at times. He really is a dream character. Beatrice(Tris) was well established as well. She kind of reminded me of Katniss in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, she was brave and outgoing and she wanted to improve. She wouldn't give up. The book itself reminded me of Matched by Ally Condie. Because of the way they run things. Each kind of have the same idea going on with how people make choices and how Cassia and Tris were both similar, even though they are really nothing alike.
I could feel the adrenaline whenever Tris did something new that was just crazy. It made me want to jump off a train unto the roof of a building(ahem, not that I did...). But sometimes I just had to shake my head and laugh thinking that I would never have the guts to do it. 
The end of the book really hit me. Tris's parents gave their lives for her. Well, not just for her, but for her brother and everyone who was fighting. The only problem I had with this book is that when Tobias was pretty much a robot, he just all of a sudden 'woke up'. I thought it just happened like BAM! and he was back. But, I don't have that big of a problem with that. I guess, it's just something that didn't really make sense to me. 
But all in all; It was an amazing read! Roth definitely has a great writing skill!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Follow Friday & Blog Hop!

Hi! My name is Hannah and I'm the blogger at Follow Me To The Bookshelf. I've been blogging since October of 2010(although, this is a whole new blog that just started up about 2 weeks ago), and have had my fair share of meeting authors, book bloggers and finding out about new books. 

Book bloggers, if you're interested in posting a guest post or guest review, please send me an e-mail at followmetothebookshelf(at)gmail(dot)com. 

Authors/editors/publishers, if you're interested in having an interview or guest posting, feel free to send me an e-mail as well. 

Now for some TGIF stuff ;)

Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee @ Parajunkee's View.

"Lets step away from besties..what is the worst book you've ever read and actually finished?

"This is going to sound really horrible. I've never finished a horrible book. I close it and throw it away(metaphorically, I would never throw away a book). But, I haven't done that too often. I have pretty good luck with choosing the right book to read next."


Blog Hop is hosted by Jen at Crazy-for-books.

This week, we are supposed to 'promote' a giveaway happening on someone else's blog. I found the PERFECT person to promote.

Soon to be author, Natalie Whipple is who I chose to promote!

Natalie tweeted tonight, a link to her blog post - I, of course, followed the link to the blog title of "O_O"(odd title, I know). I found out within the next few minutes of reading that Natalie's book is going to be published! In the summer of 2013, Natalie's book "Transparent" will be released.
And to celebrate this absolutely WONDERFUL news, Natalie is hosting a book giveaway!

There are 5 books available.
White Cat(OR Red Glove) by Holly Black
Incarceron(OR Sapphique) by Catherine Fisher
If I Stay(OR Where She Went) by Gayle Forman
My Fair Godmother(OR My Unfair Godmother) by Janette Rallison
Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves

All you have to do is leave a comment on HER POST(click on that to go to her post) telling her what one of your favorite genre busting books is.

It all ends on July 12th(winners will be announced July 13th), so hurry and go enter!

Good luck to Natalie and her book, I'll make sure to pick it up when it comes out into the book world!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Angel Experiment - James Patterson

Let's throw all their stuff in the cannon.

Title: The Angel Experiment
Series: Maximum Ride #1
Author: James Patterson
My Rating: A+


In James Patterson's blockbuster series, fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride, better known as Max, knows what it's like to soar above the world.
She and the other 5 members of the "Flock" -- Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman, and Angel -- are just like ordinary kids -- only they have wings and can fly. They have been grafted with avian DNA (bird DNA), and their bones are thin and light, and have extra muscles. Their lungs are bigger, and theur hearts are more efficient. They need to eat a lot more though.
It may seem like a dream come true to some, but their lives can morph into a living nightmare at any moment . . . like when Angel, the youngest member of the flock, is kidnapped and taken back to the "School," where she and the others were experimented on by a crew of whack-jobs that they call white coats.
Her friends brave a journey to blazing hot Death Valley, California, to save Angel, but soon enough, they find themselves in yet another nightmare -- this one involving fighting off the half-human, half-wolf "Erasers" in New York City.
Whether in the treetops of Central Park or in the bowels of the Manhattan subway system, Max and her adopted family take the ride of their lives.
Along the way Max discovers from her old friend and father-figure Jeb -- now her betrayed and greatest enemy -- that her purpose is to save the world -- but can she?

Rated 4.5 stars(rounded to 5).
I personally enjoyed reading this one. It was my first by James Patterson, and already knew when I was halfway through the book, that I would read the rest of the series. Not only was this a new kind-of genre to me, but also a new idea. Mutant creatures. James Patterson is definitely a new and exciting author. He has wrote a lot of books that I would like to read, but he just seems to keep publishing book after book. It's amazing how fast he can write up a whole book in the little amount of time that he does. 
I would recommend this to anyone who likes paranormal or science fiction.