Friday, April 27, 2012

Cover Reveal: Breaking Glass by Lisa Amowitz

Spencer Hill Press has another incredible book on the horizon...and it sounds sooooo good. 

BREAKING GLASS by Lisa Amowitz will be released from SHP in July 2013 and trust me, it sounds like a keeper!
Scheduled for release July 9, 2013

Description (Taken from Goodreads):
On the night seventeen-year-old Jeremy Glass winds up in the hospital with a broken leg and a blood alcohol level well above the legal limit, his secret crush, Susannah, disappears. When he begins receiving messages from her from beyond the grave, he's not sure whether they're real or if he's losing his grip on reality. Clue by clue, he gets closer to unraveling the mystery, and soon realizes he must discover the truth or become the next victim himself.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Book Review: Operative (Ganzfield, #5) by Kate Kaynak

Title: Operative (Ganzfield, #5)
Author: Kate Kayank
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
ARC, 231 pages
Date Published: March 15, 2012
Source: Publisher
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
Maddie and the rest of the team must catch the person selling classified information to terrorists--before they become the targets.

Five books into a series, a reader tends to develop some expectations about writing and characters and storyline. I’m happy to say that Kate Kaynak has no clue how to disappoint. Operative has just as much action, just as much depth, and the fantastic storytelling that I’m come to expect from the Ganzfield series.

The last book left off on a bit of a cliffhanger. It ended with a bang and I wasn’t sure what to expect after. Well, Operative was not what I expected at all, but it was so much better than I imagined. Sure, Maddie and Trevor can be somewhat cheesy, but they are totally THAT couple. They’re ridiculously in love, so they’re allowed to be a little cheesy sometimes.

Aside from the cheesy, Kaynak throws in tons of action in an entirely new setting. Some of the Ganzfield group heading off on a military trip to Germany sounds kind of strange (and it is), but it makes total sense in the grand scheme of things. The purple monkey spy they discover, which also sounds very strange (it soooo is), is just one of the great new twists that are thrown in. Even if I told you to expect the unexpected, you’ll still be surprised by Operative.

The characters we’ve all grown to love are still present, but the new characters add another layer to the complicated world that Maddie is still growing into. She’s a leader now and she’s falling into that role fairly well. Obviously everything can’t be sunshine and rainbows because sunshine and rainbows, while pretty, are BORING. And as readers, we do not like boring; and it seems that Kate Kaynak does not like boring either.

Operative is another chapter in a twisting, turning, deliciously addicting series. Each book in the Ganzfield series has resparked my love for the story and while I know it’s coming to a close, I’m dying for the next book and to find out where things go from here…especially with the sneak peek chapter of Soulmate because that is INSANE!

Opening line: Trevor’s gone. ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines/passages: Telepathy made it harder to despise people for their sharp edges – I now saw how those edges had been cut into them. ~ pg. 68

*This is the ARC version and lines, pages, cover art may differ from final copy  

I'm wavering between 4.5 and 5
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Giveaway: Shell Game (Kingdom Keepers, #5) by Ridley Pearson

Disney kindly sent me a copy of Shell Game (Kingdom Keepers, #5) by Ridley Pearson, but seeing as how I've never read the series, I feel the best thing to do is to host a giveaway!! 

Description (Taken from Goodreads):
As the Disney Fantasy joins the cruise fleet, a special treat is in store for guests aboard its inaugural sail from Cape Canaveral to Los Angeles: the Disney Host Interactive teenage guides will be part of the Fantasy crew.

Finn, Maybeck, Charlene, Willa, and Philby are to attend the cruise as celebrity guests, and to perform a ribbon cutting for the DHI server to go live. The Fantasy is now the most advanced cruise ship in the world.

But all is not right belowdecks. Strange things are happening. Unexplained phenomena. Only the Kingdom Keepers know the truth behind their invitation: nearly every Disney villain is represented onboard the new ship: whether on its decks or in its theaters. It's believed the Overtakers have infiltrated the cast and are "stowaways." Worse: it is believed they have stolen an important journal that once belonged to Walt Disney himself--Finn has been having dreams about this--and that some kind of mission is planned.

The ship sets sail filled with enthusiastic guests and crew, and the battle is on in new and exotic arenas: the beaches of Castaway Cay, the caves of Aruba, the locks of the Panama Canal, Costa Rica's rain forest zip line . . . But the end game is far more complicated and intense than anything the Kingdom Keepers had planned on. If the Overtakers get their way, a power will be unleashed that no one will have the ability to vanquish: Chernabog, dormant for years, is about to have his full powers restored. . . .

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Book Review: Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin

Title: Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters
Author: Meredith Zeitlin
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Putnam
Hardcover, 282 pages
Date Published: March 1, 2012
Source: Publisher
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
Kelsey Finkelstein is fourteen and FRUSTRATED. Every time she tries to live up to her awesome potential, her plans are foiled – by her impossible parents, her annoying little sister, and life in general. But with her first day of high school coming up, Kelsey is positive that things are going to change. Enlisting the help of her three best friends — sweet and quiet Em, theatrical Cass, and wild JoJo — Kelsey gets ready to rebrand herself and make the kind of mark she knows is her destiny.

Things start out great - her arch-nemesis has moved across the country, giving Kelsey the perfect opportunity to stand out on the soccer team and finally catch the eye of her long-time crush. But soon enough, an evil junior’s thirst for revenge, a mysterious photographer, and a series of other catastrophes make it clear that just because KELSEY has a plan for greatness… it doesn’t mean the rest of the world is in on it.

Kelsey’s hilarious commentary throughout her disastrous freshman year will have you laughing out loud—while being thankful that you’re not in her shoes, of course…
Are you looking to add a little hilarity to your life? Then run to the bookstore and pick up Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters because it will have you LOL-ing like there’s no tomorrow. I mean, I was sitting all alone, laughing uncontrollably at certain points. Kelsey Finkelstein’s sense of humor and the crazy things that happen to her will make you laugh like that.

Most of us remember what our freshman year of high school was like: overwhelming, exciting, and a time to start over and reinvent ourselves. That’s what Kelsey wants to do, but her big plan to make her mark at high school spirals out of control. Bad things ensue and Kelsey winds up hating her life on the soccer team, fighting with one of her besties, and being crazy over all the wrong boys.

The wonderful thing about Meredith Zeitlin’s writing is that it’s honest. Kelsey’s voice screams I AM A TEENAGE GIRL. *Note: big, bold letters were absolutely necessary* She’s funny and blunt and sarcastic. She gets overly frustrated with her mom, is boy-crazy, and completely oblivious to some way obvious things. But that’s the thing about teenagers – they act exactly like that. Every emotion is heightened and every experience is 1000x more emotional than it really is. Zeitlin gets that and writes that incredibly well.

The supporting characters all feel real too. Em, JoJo, Cass, Lexi, even the evil Julie Nelson all have personality. It’s quite easy to get caught up in the lives of these kids and find yourself spending a few hours flying through the book, unable to put it down. I know I did.

Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters is fun, fresh, and full of delightfully witty humor. It’s the perfect read for any day and something anyone who has gone to high school can relate to. Meredith Zeitlin took me by surprise and will surely be an author to look out for in the future!

Opening line: Here it is, practically mid-September, and it’s still too hot to live. ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines/passages: I immediately know that she is going to do something horrible, like kiss me in front of the free world or warn me about teenage pregnancy. Inevitably it will be something so embarrassing that I will have to throw myself down a well. ~ pg. 22

A definite 4.5!
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

In My Mailbox - (4/22/12)

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. It is a list of any of the books you may have received in the past week from bookstores, libraries, authors/publishers, trades, etc.

I bought a few books this week...the Dark Days Tour made it back to the Boston area (yay!!), so I had to buy the books. Gina Damico (author of Croak) had also visited the same Burlington B&N and I didn't make it, but they had plenty of signed copies, so I bought myself one. :)


For Review:
The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Córdova
Wrecked by Anna Davies

Bought:
Partials SIGNED by Dan Wells
Slide SIGNED by Jill Hathaway
The Last Echo SIGNED by Kimberly Derting
Croak SIGNED by Gina Damico

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Right & The Real Trailer Reveal

Hello bookish fiends!!

I'm very lucky today to have the opportunity to be a part of the trailer reveal for The Right & The Real (I know that rhymes) by Joëlle Anthony.

First, check out the cover and description below:

Description (Taken from Goodreads):
Kicked out for refusing to join a cult, 17-year-old Jamie must find a way to survive on her own.

Jamie should have known something was off about the church of the Right and the Real from the start, especially when the Teacher claimed he wasn’t just an ordinary spiritual leader, but Jesus Christ, himself. But she was too taken by Josh, the eldest son of one of the church’s disciples, and his all-American good looks. Josh is the most popular boy at school too, and the first boy outside the drama geeks to give Jamie a second look. But getting her Dad involved in a cult was not part of the plan when she started dating Josh. Neither was her dad’s marriage to the fanatic Mira, or getting kicked out, or seeing Josh in secret because the church has deemed her persona non grata.

Jamie’s life has completely fallen apart. Finding her way back won’t be easy, but when her Dad gets himself into serious trouble, will Jamie be ready to rescue him, and maybe even forgive him?


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Monday, April 16, 2012

Book Review: The Rivals by Daisy Whitney

Title: The Rivals (The Mockingbirds, #2)
Author: Daisy Whitney
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Little, Brown
Hardcover, 344 pages
Date Published: February 6, 2012
Source: Publisher
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
When Alex Patrick was assaulted by another student last year, her elite boarding school wouldn't do anything about it. This year Alex is head of the Mockingbirds, a secret society of students who police and protect the student body. While she desperately wants to live up to the legacy that's been given to her, she's now dealing with a case unlike any the Mockingbirds have seen before.

It isn't rape. It isn't bullying. It isn't hate speech. A far-reaching prescription drug ring has sprung up, and students are using the drugs to cheat. But how do you try a case with no obvious victim? Especially when the facts don't add up, and each new clue drives a wedge between Alex and the people she loves most: her friends, her boyfriend, and her fellow Mockingbirds.

As Alex unravels the layers of deceit within the school, the administration, and even the student body the Mockingbirds protect, her struggle to navigate the murky waters of vigilante justice may reveal more about herself than she ever expected.
The Rivals is vastly different from The Mockingbirds, both in plot and tone, but it works. Alex isn’t retelling or reliving her story; she’s coming into her own and learning what it takes to head up a secret judicial system within a very well-to-do private school. And it’s a lot more complicated than she could ever have imagined.

The thing I really loved about The Rivals, that Daisy Whitney did a phenomenal job conveying, was that these characters – Alex in particular – are so three dimensional and complicated. Alex is a great person who has a big heart, but she is still very capable of screwing up. She compromises her morals, she lies to the people she cares about, and she does things she shouldn’t; because that’s what real people do. In the end, she sees it as being right, even if her vision is a little skewed.

The supporting cast of characters is as strong as ever too. Martin, Alex’s geeky boyfriend, is sweet and caring, and has a bit of a jealous streak. Alex’s musician friend Jones is the guy brining out Martin’s jealous side, and it’s understandable. Jones is a great guy too. Alex’s circle of friends keep her grounded, especially when the responsibility of the Mockingbirds gets to her.

Having Alex go all gung-ho about a cheating scandal doesn’t seem all that interesting, but this cheating/drug ring is far more complicated that it sounds. There are plenty of red herrings, some betrayal, a lot of false claims, and a ton of sleuthing. The Themis administration truly stands out this time around as being utterly useless. The headmistress blatantly ignores all the issues at the school, so it’s necessary for an organization like The Mockingbirds to exist.

Anyone who enjoyed The Mockingbirds is bound to fly through The Rivals. It’s different, but Daisy Whitney has created these lifelike characters that feel like friends. Alex faces more strife and struggle, not just from coping with what happened to her the year before, but also with a slowly deteriorating relationship with Martin and attempting to the toe the line with her role in the Mockingbirds. It makes for very good reading!

Opening line: I will pretend I know nothing. ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines/passages: And now we are not Mockingbirds. We are just us. Just a boy and a girl trying to move beyond what happened. ~ pg. 54

4.5
 *This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

In My Mailbox - (4/15/12)

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. It is a list of any of the books you may have received in the past week from bookstores, libraries, authors/publishers, trades, etc.

Once again, it's been a good long while since I've posted an IMM. I'm still alive, I promise!! Also, I was way too busy for a vlog, so just a quick picture today...
For Review:
Elemental by Emily White
Purity by Jackson Pearce
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins
Shell Game (Kingdom Keepers, #5) by Ridley Pearson - I'll be giving this one away, as I haven't read the series yet

Plus some awesome One for the Murphys swag and Auracle swag bags!! (I'll be hosting giveaways for both in the future :) )

*Special thanks to Spencer Hill Press, Little Brown, Lynda Mullaly Hunt & Nancy Paulsen Books, Hyperion/Disney*Hyperion and Gina Rosati!!!! You guys are awesome!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Masters of the Veil Giveaway

Up for grabs today is an ARC of Masters of the Veil by Daniel A. Cohen. It's the first book in a planned trilogy.

Description (Taken from Goodreads):
Life can't get much better for Sam Lock. Popular, good-looking, and with a future as a professional football player. every guy at Stanton High School wishes he were Sam. That is, until his championship football game, when Sam accidentally links with an ancient source of energy known as the Veil and reveals his potential to become a powerful sorcerer. Sam is whisked off to Atlas Crown, a community of sorcerers who utilize the Veil as a part of everyday life. Once there, he trains beside a mute boy who speaks through music, an eternal sage who's the eyes and ears of the Veil, and a beautiful girl who's pretty sure Sam's an idiot. As it becomes clear Sam's meant for power magic-the most feared and misunderstood form of sorcery - people beyond Atlas Crown learn of his dangerous potential. An exiled group of power sorcerers are eager to recruit Sam, believing that he is destined to help them achieve their long-held goal. If they succeed, they could bring about the downfall of not only Atlas Crown, but all humankind.

Giveaway Info:
Open to US ONLY
Normal Contest Policy applies
One entry per person
Giveaway ends April 16th
GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED
MAIDENVEIL IS THE WINNER AND HAS BEEN NOTIFIED

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Book Review: Demon Glass by Rachel Hawkins

Title: Demon Glass (Hex Hall, #2)
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Hyperion Teens
Hardcover, 359 pages
Date Published: March 22, 2011
Source: Gifted
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
Sophie Mercer thought she was a witch.

That was the whole reason she was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent Prodigium (aka witches, shapeshifters, and fairies). But that was before she discovered the family secret, and that her hot crush, Archer Cross, is an agent for The Eye, a group bent on wiping Prodigium off the face of the earth.

Turns out, Sophie’s a demon, one of only two in the world—the other being her father. What’s worse, she has powers that threaten the lives of everyone she loves. Which is precisely why Sophie decides she must go to London for the Removal, a dangerous procedure that will destroy her powers.

But once Sophie arrives she makes a shocking discovery. Her new friends? They’re demons too. Meaning someone is raising them in secret with creepy plans to use their powers, and probably not for good. Meanwhile, The Eye is set on hunting Sophie down, and they’re using Archer to do it. But it’s not like she has feelings for him anymore. Does she?
Rachel Hawkins has done it again! Demon Glass is full of the snarky, sassy Sophie-goodness that made me fall in love with Hex Hall. It’s not as chock full of funny as its predecessor, but the new location (a sprawling English mansion) and the new characters (including two unpredictable, kind of unstable demon teens) make for a more than interesting foray into the supernatural.

This time around, readers get to see Sophie far out of her comfort zone. Sure, she still has Jenna – who I still love – and Cal is around – love him too! – but all the scenes with her Dad show just how uncomfortable she is with both him and what they are. Despite Sophie and her Dad not having that familial connection, they have this lovely chemistry that bubbles with their growing affection for one another. Readers get to see them develop that father daughter love (insert sappy aww).

Now, I know everyone is probably wondering where Archer is….fear not, he’s in Demon Glass as well. The steamy that radiated from Hex Hall’s pages is a bit dulled this time, but it’s most definitely there. But keep in mind that Archer is technically the bad guy, so any steamy is made 1000x more steamy because it’s so illicit. Discovering who Archer really is and how he fits into the huge political mess of the supernatural world is complicated, but so worth it.

Demon Glass has different feel than Hex Hall, but the new atmosphere and complications amp up the tension and force Sophie to come to terms with who, and what, she is. The fighting is intense, the politics come into play, the building badness lingers, and the characters become so much stronger. Oh, and the cliffhanger is a killer. All of these things make Demon Glass a sure winner for Hex Hall fans!

Opening line: At a normal high school, having class outside on a gorgeous May day is usually pretty awesome. ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines/passages: “What, does this pit also eat kittens? How much worse can it be?” ~ pg. 266
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Author Interview: Jessica Shirvington


Jessica Shirvington lives in Sydney with her husband of ten years, FOXTEL presenter and former Olympic sprinter Matt Shirvington, and their two daughters. She has previously founded and run a coffee distribution company, Stella Imports, in London, and been involved in managing the restaurants Fuel Bistro, Tow Bar and MG Garage in Sydney.

She is currently a full-time mum, author and co-director in the company MPS Investments Pty Ltd.
*Bio taken from Jessica's website

It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to host Jessica on my blog today. Read on for some very yummy EMBRACE goodness!

The angel lore you’ve presented in Embrace is unlike any other I’ve read. Did you come up with it yourself or pull bits and pieces together from other sources?
Source
It all originated from different pieces of folklore and religious interpretations of mythology we know well. I didn't want the angelic component to become preachy in any way, but also, the biblical linkups offer a wealth of fascinating story threads - so I decided to combine a range of different interpretations from varying religious groups. This ended up working really well and opened up the story to so many alternatives. Ultimately, the mythology leads to questions - if that happened then, how could it impact the now? If that power existed then, what would it have evolved to in today's world? This is where I was able to let me imagination run wild.

For example: The story of Lilith. There are so many different versions of this story. I found the one I liked - that described Lilith as the first wife of Adam - and then asked some of the obvious questions. If they were married, did they have children? If she became such a demonic force of evil after she left Adam, did that mean she wasn't human to begin with? With the answers to these questions, components of my story came to life.
The mythology came through so beautifully! I was intrigued and glued to the page for it.
 
Violet’s letter from her mother kicks off the entire angel/Grigori storyline. Is there a chance we get to know more about the elusive and deceased mom?
Yes. Violet's mother, Evelyn, is a part of Violet's story. Knowing about her past, the decisions she made, and even events she may have set in motion will become very important to Violet.
YES! I cannot wait to learn more about Violet's past and how her mom plays into it. 
 
Source
What has the build-up to the US release been like? Are you excited that the books are being released so close together? (I am!!)
Incredible! It has been a bit of a whirlwind and I have been so lucky to have publishers that are so supportive of the series. Releasing the books on 6 monthly intervals is perfect as far as I'm concerned (I'm glad you agree!). It's becoming a bit of a new trend in YA, and for good reason. YA readers have a tendency to devour books and waiting a year between releases is asking a lot of readers. This way, readers don't have too long to wait and the story remains fresh in their minds. For me, I like being busy, so it's a win/win!
I am ecstatically happy that the books are being released so close together. Once I finished Embrace, I desperately wanted the next one. I may cave and buy them online soon. 
 
It must be asked, if you were in Violet’s position, would it be Lincoln or Phoenix?
If I were in Violet's position, I probably would've gotten myself killed by now! As for Lincoln and Phoenix .... I'll never tell. ;-)
Aww, come on! You know you want to say Phoenix!
 
Source
And for fun, finish this sentence: 
Once upon a time there was a world without chocolate.
 NOOOOOO!!!!

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Book Review: Pure (Covenant, #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Pure (Covenant, #2)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
ARC, 329 pages
Date Published: April 3, 2012
Source: Publisher
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
There is need. And then there is Fate...

Being destined to become some kind of supernatural electrical outlet isn't exactly awesome--especially when Alexandria's "other half" is everywhere she goes. Seth's in her training room, outside her classes, and keeps showing up in her bedroom--so not cool. Their connection does have some benefits, like staving off her nightmares of the tragic showdown with her mother, but it has no effect on what Alex feels for the forbidden, pure-blooded Aiden. Or what he will do--and sacrifice--for her.

When daimons infiltrate the Covenants and attack students, the gods send furies--lesser gods determined to eradicate any threat to the Covenants and to the gods, and that includes the Apollyon... and Alex. And if that and hordes of aether-sucking monsters didn't blow bad enough, a mysterious threat seems willing to do anything to neutralize Seth, even if that means forcing Alex into servitude... or killing her.

When the gods are involved, some decisions can never, ever be undone.
Pure is as action-packed and steamy as its predecessor, but where Half-Blood was fresh and full of learning for both the reader and main character Alex, Pure has less of that new feeling to it. The story focuses more on the politics surrounding the Covenant and Breed Order. The daimon threat lingers throughout and Alex is still coping and learning about the whole Apollyon business, but the laws and traditions really come into play.

Seeing the Covenant world outside of Alex’s little North Carolina bubble is so different from what I expected. Nothing ever went down the way I imagined it, but I ate up how unpredictable it was. Getting an inside view into Council meetings and seeing other Hematoi made the world seem all that more three dimensional.

As much as the politics and such play into the plot, the love story also has a huge role. I have a feeling I’m in the vast minority on this, but I do not like Aiden. I don’t hate him or anything, but I can’t help but feel like he comes off as very condescending at times, and he’s a total portal of fun suckery. But Armentrout writes him spectacularly because I GET HIM. Then there’s Seth…

Seth is arrogant and cocky and a more than a little manwhorish, but I freaking love him. He’s fun and keeps Alex on her toes. And despite the fact that he comes off as selfish, there is so much more to him. Maybe it’s the bad boy thing he has going, or the mysterious side to him, but I adore Seth so much. Any scene between Seth and Alex is sure to boast incredibly heated dialogue and tension. No matter what they’re doing, it’s always passionate.

Pure shows a huge amount of growth for all the characters involved, but I was happy to see that Alex remained just as feisty as before. She’s clever and willful, but so determined sometimes that she misses the little details within the big picture. Obviously, bad things ensue. And it is so entertaining to read about! And the tension! Gah, the tension!! I don’t think I’ve read a story with so much delicious tension between characters. Whether is knockout fighting, petty arguments, or steamy scenes, the tension is always sky high and hot. I. Cannot. Wait. For. More.

This one was another thrill-ride in what I’m sensing to be an action-packed and unpredictable series. Armentrout’s writing is seductive and addicting – I couldn’t put Pure down and had to devour it in one sitting. The characters aren’t just entertaining, but have serious depth to them. I’m not only smitten with the overall story, but I cannot get enough of Alex and the Covenant world. I’m eagerly waiting for November to roll around so I can dive into Deity.

Opening line: I stared at the ceiling of the gymnasium, little black splotches dancing in front of me. ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines/passages: “Great. You’re like herpes. The gift that just keeps on giving.” ~ pg. 320

*This is the ARC version and lines, pages, cover art may differ from final copy
 4.5
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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Monday, April 2, 2012

Book Review: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Title: Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1)
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Hyperion Teens
Paperback, 323 pages
Date Published: March 2, 2010
Source: Bought
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father--an elusive European warlock--only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.
Hex Hall opens with your average high school in your average town with your average outcast…but then it deviates into hilarity and magic and calamity (I’ve never used calamity in a review before, so word win!) and just some of the most entertaining writing I’ve ever had the pleasure to devour.

Sophie Mercer is a freaking genius. She has this comedic timing and snarkiness that rivals all others. I loved her from the moment she says, “I always wondered what it would be like to live in somebody’s mouth” (pg. 9), in reference to the Georgia humidity. Sophie is the kind of person I would hang out with because she’s so genuine and down to earth; and the girl bleeds sarcasm. She is perfection.

Her story of good witch gone to reform school is full of tragedies too – in the way of frizzy hair and bad uniforms, and deaths. Can’t forget the deaths. But there are also these super wonderful, fluffy friendshippy moments with a vampire and sexy bad thoughts about the sometimes nice, all the time annoying Archer. The newness of Sophie’s existence in a supernatural world lends to the books easy reading. Not only is the reader experiencing everything for the first time, but so is Sophie.

Rachel Hawkins has created something special and fun with Hex Hall. The plot is easy to follow, but the whodunit isn’t so cut and dry. Sophie’s a character that readers will relate to and adore. Her thoughts and emotions are very much those of a hilarious teen girl. While the storyline is fantastic, the characters stand out and drive the story. Readers will quickly and devotedly fall in love with Sophie, Jenna, Archer, and their world of witches, faeries, weres, shifters, vamps, and baddies.

Opening line: Felicia Miller was crying in the bathroom. Again. ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines/passages: On the upside, my crush on Archer was totally gone. Over. Once a boy has slammed his kneecap into your rib cage, I think any romantic feelings should naturally go the way of the ghost. ~ pg. 118
And this one:
“I’m experiencing some teenage angst, Mrs. Casnoff,” I answered. “I need to, like, write in my journal or something.” ~ pg. 129

Most definitely a 4.5
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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