Saturday, July 6, 2013

The Murmurings

A teen girl starts hearing the same voices that drove her sister to commit suicide in this creepy, suspenseful novel.
Everyone thinks Sophie’s sister, Nell, went crazy. After all, she heard strange voices that drove her to commit suicide. But Sophie doesn’t believe that Nell would take her own life, and she’s convinced that Nell’s doctor knows more than he’s letting on. As Sophie starts to piece together Nell’s last days, every lead ends in a web of lies. And the deeper Sophie digs, the more danger she’s in—because now she’s hearing the same haunting whispers. Sophie’s starting to think she’s going crazy too. Or worse, that maybe she’s not… -

I think the only thing I didn't like about this book was the fast romance, honestly. I HATE those! What I did like about it was that it was realistic and that it didn't have to have violence to scare you. It used your own mind and thoughts- what could be more terrifying? It has a good storyline and keeps you guessing. Dr. Keller and the rest of the staff made my skin crawl. Spread throughout the book are passages from Nell's diary and blog posts from Adam, an orderly at the institution. I didn't know if I could trust him or not, which added to the twists in the book. But in the end, it wasn't as full of horror as the summary implied. It's hard to explain why without spoiling too much, but I felt like there was a lot of focus on a supernatural element that could have been better, I feel like if she really wanted to scare you she could have. I'm still not sure if I liked the ending or not, I won't spoil it but it didn't feel like a good enough closure for me. Though I liked the characters well enough, I wanted more. Sophie with more substance would be one awesome character and maybe from her aunt too, I liked her.
I will definitely read more from this author, I just fee like I have mixed emotions about this book in all. I liked it but yet I didn't.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Selection

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks. Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself—and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined. -

Oh boy, where do I begin? I literally devoured this book in a day, it was that good. I had been wanting to read it for a very long time because I met the author in Chicago at a book convention and she cracked me up! I read 'The Chemical Garden' series and loved the concept of them so this was obviously a must read for me. And it was AMAZING! I think the only thing I didn't like was how fast the Maxon and America's relationship happened, but I liked how they interacted with each other. This book had me laughing an don the edge of my seat the whole time. It did remind me a little of 'The Hunger Games' but people are getting annoyed with it being compared to that so maybe I shouldn't say that. I found the characters likeable, especially the different girls who were selected and their different personalities and how they treated America. As for the romance, whenever America and Maxon were together I rooted for them completely, I like them together because they have the same personality and I personally don't like Aspen much. I liked that it kept me on my toes and it was a love triangle that did not annoy me. I can't wait to find out what the rebels have in store for Illea and what they are really looking for. I also can't wait to see who America chooses, of course and I'd like to hear more from and about May Singer, she was ADORABLE.
All in all, I loved this book and can't wait for paperback because I NEED to finish it!


Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future. -

I have wanted to buy this book for a very long time and now that I finally have it, I can honestly say that I LOVE this book and everything about it. I love the whole concept of it all and the characters and the descriptions she gives. I loved all of the characters, especially Iko, and it was nice to have one of the stepsisters on the nice side and it was nice to have them with life in them. I'm excited to see how their relationship with Cinder continues through out the books. I also loved Price Kai and how he took time to come and see her and not get all caught up in the royalty and himself.
This book was sort of predictable for me, I saw it all coming which kind of sucked but that's alright I still loved this book! Throughout the book, I couldn't enough of Cinder's world. I wanted to know why everything was the way it was as well as more about the mysterious and deadly Lunar and their society. While everything wasn't reveled in Cinder, Marissa Meyer did a fabulous job of slowly doling out the necessary tidbits, ones that always came at the most perfect of times and always left me craving for more, more, and more! I also enjoyed that this book contained a slow burning romance instead of insta-love, because not only did it create for a more believable relationship, but it also allowed for other important plot parts to take center stage. I absolutely loved this debut and cannot wait to read the rest of this series. I flew through this book and had such trouble putting it down; I was actually really surprised at how quickly I got through this novel because this font is on the small side and it is 400 pages long. But Meyer's prose flowed so well and her characters were really interesting.
I most definitely recommend it!