THURSDAY BLOGGER: LOVE IS NOT A TRIANGLE

 THIS IS EASILY MY FAVORITE BLOG

Love Is Not A Triangle is a blog written and controlled by someone who obviously has herself together. Even though we have never met, spoken, or communicated in any way, I feel that she must a be a kindred spirit. ‘Love is not a triangle!’ is what I want to scream to every book that feels the need to bring in another love interest, especially when they already have an established relationship. She even has a Love Triangle Factor to rate how much of a triangle is in a book. I love it. It’s like someone has finally put into words what I’ve been feeling ever since I started reading bookS with romance in them.

This blog is serious, too- well-established, with a major stockpile of awesome features. Not only does she give away books, but she participates in blog tours, reviews, discussions for readers, and scales for the intensity of cliffhangers. Her reviews are informative without being spoilers, fun without lacking substance, and aren’t too short to be satisfying or too long to keep my attention. If you’d like to check out Love Is Not A Triangle, here’s a link: CLICK!

Honestly, I could spend a lot of time on this blog and its great features just to see what else is included, and I’m sure I haven’t found all of it! Although I’m new to the blogging world, I think this is a really great example of a successful blog with a lot to offer, so my hat is off to her for such a simple, yet absolutely perfect, central theme!

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TUESDAY 10: Book Boys!

TOP 10 BOOK BOYFRIENDS!

In case you haven’t heard, Tuesday is Top Ten day here on Get A Bookmark! So this week, I’m counting down my top book crushes- at least the ones I can think of at the moment!

10. Nine~ Lorien Legacies by Pittacus Lore

Nine is the ultimate warrior. Buff, tough, and gorgeous, he’s not one to shy away from a fight, and his looks really are unearthly. I love Nine because he doesn’t beat around the bush- and living at the top of a skyscraper isn’t too shabby, either. He’s got everything you think you want, and that’s why he made the list. (But ironically, he isn’t number nine).

9. Finn~ Something Maybe by Elizabeth Scott

Persistence is the name of the game. Finn never gave up on Hannah in his cheerful, easy way, and he’s the lightness you need on a gloomy day, the flashing smile that immediately brightens your mood. He’s not pushy, but he’s there when you need him, and that’s why Finn is number nine.

8. Jase Garrett~ My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Swoon. Jase is the total package- gorgeous, fun, relaxed, and a total gentleman. He’s laid-back and sweet, but can be direct when he needs to be. Jase is literally the boy next door- and he lives up to the hype. Everyone loves him, including me, and he’s done everything to deserve that.

7. Saf~ Bitterblue by Kristen Cashore

Saf is cool. Not Jase Garrett cool, but ‘I live in an alternate world and I’m the King of the Theives,’ cool. He’s dangerously mysterious and you never know quite what he’s up to, but you know it’s not good and you know it’s going to get him in trouble- that is, if he gets caught. Which is rare. But he does give evidence, every so often, of an amazing self-sacrificing spirit that makes him throw himself into harm’s way to save those he loves- and that circle is hard to break into. Saf is a heartbreaker for sure, but the one heart he takes care of is Bitterblue’s, and that makes him amazing.

6. Fang~ The Maximum Ride series by James Patterson

As the original of my daydream book boyfriends, Fang obviously deserves a spot here in my list. He’s the epitome of tall, dark, and handsome, and you never know what he’s thinking. He fights hard and loves harder, and that’s just about all you can ask for from a man, right? He’s not higher on the list because as of right now, he’s too young for me, but when I was sixteen he was my total dream guy. So here’s to Fang, for rocking the world.

5. Arin~ The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

Oh, Arin. So many misunderstandings and so many problems, and still, he stays true. Even when he believes Kestrel to love someone else, he still does not compromise. He’s as loyal as you could ask for, and he’s a handsome, intelligent guy as well- the strong and silent type, if you will, patiently waiting for his chance. Once his feelings are recognized, he wages war to have them returned, and if that doesn’t make him worthy of love, I don’t know what does. He’s certainly got mine.

4. René Hasard~ Rook by Sharon E. Cameron

Oh, he’s only everything a (future) historical rich boy should be. Arrogant, funny, disdainful, and not at all what he seems, René is a mystery worth unraveling. He knows what he’s about, and he’s fiercely proud- he will die to defend what he loves. He doesn’t give up, doesn’t let the impossible keep him from trying, and loves with everything he has in his body. The best part? He has RED HAIR. There are so few heroes that have those luscious russet locks, but this Parisian aristocrat has it- and he works it. One flash of his smile and every girl in the room is lost, and he’s got the substance to keep you in love forever.

3. Wolf~ Scarlet/Cress (The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer

Everyone loves a misunderstood, beautiful boy with no control. You never quite know what you’re going to get with Wolf- he could be a snarling monster, an agile fighter, or an insecure boy with green eyes and a dangerous smile. He’s a contradiction in itself- bred to be a killing machine, but more interested in Scarlet, the girl who sees him for what he really is. He’s as helpful as can be and cute to boot, so why not give him a chance? He comes in at my top three because he has to fight to be worthy of love, and fight he does. And also because I’m dying to see how he saves Scarlet this fall.

2. Fear~ Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton

Fear is number two simply because he’s so different than any other character. He’s not a person- he’s an emotion personified, living in a dimension only one human can see. He’s not perfect and doesn’t try to be, and he’s more honest than almost anyone can claim to be. That honesty makes him a winner, to me, and it doesn’t hurt that he’s tall and blonde and gorgeous (but almost all guys in books are, right?).

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1. Khalid~ The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Here it is. He’s the precious tortured soul who seems like the villain, but you just can’t resist, even if he is guilty. Khalid is a mystery wrapped in an enigma, a quiet darkness that you can’t help but reach into. Not only is he mysterious- he should be all hatefulness and bitterness, but you can catch glimpses of light underneath- but he’s a skilled swordsman and fighter, a king, and has a tiger-like handsomeness that takes your breath away. He is repeatedly referred to as having “tiger eyes” of amber, calculating adn cold, but then he warms up for fleeting moments of breathtaking poetry. It’s Ahdieh’s poetry, of course, but when you’re reading, you lose yourself in the beautiful, exotic language and the sweeping descriptions. So Khalid is number one, because his character is the most painfully, wonderfully beautiful of all.

Who are your favorite fictional crushes? I’d love to know, so post a comment!

Questions? Comments? Books you’d like me to review? Post a comment below and I’ll be sure to check it out!

MONDAY AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

     I want to take a day each week to highlight an author that I think really excels at what they do. This may be because of many different things, but it all winds up making you really love that author in particular for something they’ve done, whether it be replying to a tweet or writing that book that made you drown in happiness. For my first spotlight, I’ve chosen:

SHARON E. CAMERON

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY

Sharon Cameron has written three books, two in a series and one, her most recent, a standalone. Her series is a steampunk-adventure historical fiction, the first entitled The Dark Unwinding and the second, A Spark Unseen. I have these two on my to-read shelf, and I’m really looking forward to them after finishing her newest book, inspired by The Scarlet Pimpernel, called Rook. I was in love with that book the whole time I was reading it, beginning to end, and I can’t wait to read her series.

WHY I CHOSE HER

Well, first of all, Rook absolutely blew my mind. It combined a classic tale with a unique, anti-technology future world that was both gloriously detailed as well as chillingly possible. The characters were fun, well-written, and each had distinct personalities, so it was easy to distinguish them while reading. A full review is coming later, so I won’t go into detail, but I laughed, I cried, and all the while I tweeted about how I was feeling. And the biggest reason I love Sharon Cameron? She responded. A few of the tweets I wrote I tagged her in, and she would write a short reply or favorite the tweet or whatever, but there was acknowledgement. The one thing authors can do to make me absolutely adore them is to be kind to their fans. And I’m not talking just at book tours or signings- I’m talking about something like this. When they respond to us everyday people when we don’t expect it. So thanks, Sharon, for making my day/week/forever!

IN CONCLUSION

I highly recommend Ms. Cameron to everyone- she has amazing ideas, her writing is phenomenal, and she’s very personable, making you feel like a friend with just a few words. I love her book and I love her attitude, and I’m so glad she has previous books I haven’t read so that I can have a little more instead of having to wait!

Questions? Comments? Books you’d like me to review? Post a comment below and I’ll be sure to check it out!

THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND

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OFFICIAL SUMMARY:

(You all have seen this before, so skip it if you want 🙂 )

When Gia Montgomery’s boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she’d been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend— two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.

The problem is that days after prom, it’s not the real Bradley she’s thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn’t even know. But tracking him down doesn’t mean they’re done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend’s graduation party — three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.

MY THOUGHTS:

Okay, I have to be honest. I think my expectations went a little too high on this one. Of course, I love her other books, and I did hype this one up to myself, but I didn’t think I could possibly ever be disappointed. Well, I was. Just a little bit, but I was.

The characters really didn’t make me swoon as much as, say, The Distance Between Us did. I thought there was a lot of potential for something really great to happen with this one, and I didn’t feel a connection with any of the characters. That being said, it doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the book. It was a perfectly adorable fluff read, with surprisingly more substance than I’ve come to expect from Ms. West’s books.

The substance came from Gia’s brother and his observations. This book really helped make the point that our generation is one where validation can only come through ‘likes’ on Facebook or Instagram, and how this tech generation is becoming one where, if you don’t get enough likes or favorites or retweets, it must not be important.

I could have done without Gia’s friend drama, though. I understand that it was supposed to make another point, that sometimes the friends you have are not the best for you, but their dynamic really got on my nerves. Especially with Claire and Jules- that seemed really unnecessary, and I think that leaving that out would have enriched the story- or resolving it, for that matter! West just kind of leaves it in limbo, with you not knowing whether Gia and Claire are still friends or still going to room together or what, and I don’t like having that hanging over my head. I like everything to be resolved and tied up in a neat little bow, and I didn’t feel like that with The Fill-In Boyfriend. The Distance Between Us will remain my favorite West novel.

WHAT TO WATCH:

     One thing I love about West’s books is that they’re all squeaky clean. She knows how to write a book without swearing, sex, drugs, violence, or magic, and it’s always a relief to know that I can pick up one of her books without worrying that I’m going to have to put it down a few chapters in.

The Fill-In Boyfriend is no exception. It’s clean, fun reading, and despite my hang-ups about conflict resolution and annoying secondary characters, I enjoyed it, and I’m excited for her next book, whatever it may be.

Questions? Comments? Books you’d like me to review? Post a comment below and I’ll be sure to check it out!

THURSDAY SPOTLIGHT: BOOKS AND STUFF

I’M TRYING A NEW THING

So this is new for me- I’m going to attempt, every Thursday, to write a post featuring another book blogger. This may be someone well-known, someone who follows me, or just someone I noticed while browsing around. These will probably be fairly short, but they’re not intended to be a long history of their lives or anything, so that should be okay. This first week, I’m featuring a blogger who noticed me first, and let me tell you, it’s a good feeling. Her name is Sydney, and she operates the blog Books and Stuff. That’s a link, by the way, and you should click it. She has some really great insights and an awesome taste in books, and you need to go follow her right now. This second. GO!

I like Sydney’s blog because she’s got a lot of variety. Giveaways, lists, challenges- it’s all there in her blog. And, of course, I relate to her well. She’s a girl who grew up with her head in a book, just like me, and I appreciate that. Most importantly (not really, but it’s up there) she’s also a lover of Finding Mr. Brightside by Jay Clark, one of my favorite books of all time. (You can find my review by clicking on this sentence.)

She’s also not afraid to express dissatisfaction with a book, something I find refreshing when I really want to know what’s up. She’ll tell you if she loves it or if she hates it, but not in the way that makes you feel like they’re just sore about not getting their preferred ending or they didn’t like the main character’s hair or something ridiculous. So I love her reviews for that. She’s also much more organized than I am, and has lots of cool categories and pages. Now go on over and check out Book and Stuff, because it’s awesome.

WoW: MAXIMUM RIDE: FOREVER

-CUE PATHETICALLY GIRLISH SQUEAL-

It’s Waiting On Wednesday once again, my friends! And this week is featuring a book very close to my heart. I’ve followed this series from the time I was ten years old, and when I discovered this series, I pre-ordered every book and read the entire thing the day it arrived. Three years ago, I thought I had read the last book in the series. And yet, in just two weeks, the ninth and final book will show up at my doorstep for me to devour. Here it is:

Did you hear that? That’s the sound of me squealing like a tween upon meeting Justin Bieber. I can’t emphasize accurately how much I adored these books, how devastated I was with the conclusion of the series, and how elated I am now to anticipate this newest (and final?) book in the Maximum Ride saga. I haven’t even read the summary on goodreads- I don’t want to spoil ANYTHING before I crack open the cover on this beauty. I can tell you that it will be released on May 18th, and It will also be sent to my house on that day, but that’s all. And I don’t even care- I’m going to read it and love it and It. Will. Be. Awesome. You can tell that I loved it from my review of Magonia, where I commented on how much I wanted that to be my life. Tween probs should be my hashtag, and I apologize for how lame I sound in this post.

So check it out, see if you like it, and if you loved Maximum Ride too, let me know! I’d love to chat!

Questions? Comments? Books you’d like me to review? Post a comment below and I’ll be sure to check it out!

TUESDAY’S 10

BOOKS I WANT TO READ, BUT PROBABLY NEVER WILL.

We all have books like that- books we really wanted to read, and still do, but never have the time, never feel motivated enough- or when we do, we can’t get our hands on them! Here is my personal list of just ten (there’s so many more) that I feel like I want to read, but just…haven’t gotten around to it yet, in no real order. If YOU have read any, let me know how they were!

1. WHITE SPACE~ ILSA J BICK

The story of a girl who gets written into her own story, this book by an author that I loved for her previous Ashes trilogy sounded like my cup of tea. But I never read it. I’ve checked it out at the library so many times, opened it even more, but I’ve never gotten past the first chapter. I don’t know what it is, but I’m just not motivated enough to pick it up again and try to read it. Even though it sounds so, so awesome. Here’s the goodreads link if you want a better summary than this> CLICK!

2. THE JEWEL~ AMY EWING

I first noticed this book because the cover is beautiful:

See? Pretty, right? But it reminded me a lot of Keira Cass’s Selection covers, and while those books are okay, and they’re not really the same kind of plot, it just made me think, ‘Eh, not a big deal, I can read it later.’ And it’s later. Much later. So much so that I probably won’t ever read this book, because I just have better things to do. No offense to the author, because maybe eventually I’ll read this series and be SO excited about it, but right now? Sarah Dessen’s new book is calling me.

3. THE YOUNG ELITES~ MARIE LU

I like Marie Lu. I like her a lot. Legend was great (even though I never finished that series either), and I wanted to. But I just…couldn’t. I don’t know what it is about these books, but they just don’t get me pumped up like some other books do, and there’s always one of those other books waiting for me. So yeah, I’ve never read it.

4. ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE~ ANTHONY DOERR

This is actually an adult book that spent a lot of time on the NY Times Bestseller list (and is still pretty high up there. It’s the story of a blind girl and another boy as they grow I got it as a filler book between YA deluges of new books, but as soon as I did, I got a bunch of books I’d been waiting for. And so yes, this one still sits on my virtual to-read shelf with no idea when it will be picked up again. Maybe next year?

5. THE NATURALS~ JENNIFER LYNN BARNES

I don’t know when I will ever read this book. It comes highly recommended by a good friend, and I wanted to read it when it first came out, but it’s probably not going to happen. It’s just not…poppy enough to catch my attention over, say The Wrath and the Dawn, which is the next book I’m planning to read (And oh. my. goodness. It looks so cool). So The Naturals stays on the shelf with all its companions.

6. AT THE WATER’S EDGE- SARAH GRUEN

This is a new book, admittedly, about the search for the Loch Ness monster in the mid-1900s. It sounds really good, and I’ve heard rave reviews, but again, it’s an adult book that I was going to use as filler (I’m not a big fan of adult books, can you tell?). I still would like to read it someday, but it doesn’t top my list of priorities.

7. THE EYE OF MINDS~ JAMES DASHNER

Dashner is probably a familiar name to you- yes, it’s the author of the Maze Runner series. This is the start of his newest series, and even though I loved The Maze Runner, I just never picked this one up. Well, that’s not true. I did get it a few times from the library, but I never read it. It’s even one of my favorite topics- video games and how they affect real lives (or would, if we lived in books). But I haven’t ever ended up reading this one, and with so many other choices, I probably never will. -sad face-

8. TALON~ JULIE KAGAWA

Dragons! Shapeshifters! NOT MAGIC! It’s like a dream come true in this novel in Kagawa’s newest series. I was so excited- she’s really popular, but I haven’t read her other books because they’re all just magic nonsense. So when Talon was released, I got so pumped! Yeah, except I got it, and never read it, and then I got it again, and never read it, and now I’ve just put it on the back burner for a new-book-less day. After all these other books that I’ve never read, of course!

9. BLACKBIRD~ ANNA CAREY

This book really shouldn’t be on this list. Anna Carey had another neat series before this one, and this book is short and looks fast-paced, but I just never got to it. I didn’t know about it until I saw it on the new shelf at the library (unfortunately, as you can probably tell, I can’t afford to buy all the books I want to read) and I snagged it. But guess what? I never took the time to read it. It’s my own fault, and it makes me sad, because guess what? The sequel is out soon, and it looks just as awesome. See? Check these out:

                             

I call these titles engaging, intriguing, intense. But I guess there were some other covers that grabbed me first. And the reviews weren’t particularly good. Have you read it? What did you think?

10. DREAMFIRE- KIT ALLOWAY

This novel is a recent addition. It only came out a few months ago, and I had the library’s copy sitting in my room for about that long. Finally I decided last week that even though it sounded amazing, I needed to let in go in face of the tidal wave of new YA coming out this month. So I may come back to it, but you know, I might not. It’s sad, because it’s about people who walk through our dreams and keep us safe, but I just can’t hack it with all these exciting new releases (Hold Me Like A Breath!!!).

Questions? Comments? Books you’d like me to review? Post a comment below and I’ll be sure to check it out!

THINGS WE KNOW BY HEART

“For so long, I was the one with his heart. I just need to see where it is now.”

OFFICIAL SUMMARY:

When Quinn Sullivan meets the recipient of her boyfriend’s donated heart, the two form an unexpected connection.

After Quinn loses her boyfriend, Trent, in an accident their junior year, she reaches out to the recipients of his donated organs in hopes of picking up the pieces of her now-unrecognizable life. She hears back from some of them, but the person who received Trent’s heart has remained silent. The essence of a person, she has always believed, is in the heart. If she finds Trent’s, then maybe she can have peace once and for all.

Risking everything in order to finally lay her memories to rest, Quinn goes outside the system to track down nineteen-year-old Colton Thomas—a guy whose life has been forever changed by this priceless gift. But what starts as an accidental run-in quickly develops into more, sparking an undeniable attraction. She doesn’t want to give in to it—especially since he has no idea how they’re connected—but their time together has made Quinn feel alive again. No matter how hard she’s falling for Colton, each beat of his heart reminds her of all she’s lost…and all that remains at stake.

MY THOUGHTS:

Okay, so it was pretty good. I’ve never read a book by Jessi Kirby, and I thought this one sounded like a pretty fluffy, easy read. Well, that part was true. And I did like it, but my feelings didn’t ever go beyond that feeling of ‘I like you as a friend’. I’m not big into sad books, because I pretty much read to escape reality- which, in case you haven’t noticed, is pretty sad. So when there were stretches of book where the main character (the name of whom I could never remember) was in the depths of depression, randomly, I found it hard to relate, and a little bit annoying. What I liked most about this book was the fact that she kept pushing, even when she knew she should let it go- it showed a strength of character that none of her other actions did. She let herself feel again, and told Colton what was going on when she realized that she had to. The whole concept was actually pretty new to me, and I can’t say that the technical aspect wasn’t interesting, but I think it fell flat for me only because I didn’t feel a connection with Quinn, the main character. I felt one with Gran. I felt one with the sister, Ryan. But nothing with Quinn. I found her too indecisive, too scared to do what needed to be done right from the beginning. But then, if she had, it wouldn’t have been a book, would it?

WHAT TO WATCH:

This one wasn’t too bad, for a contemporary YA novel. Usually those are riddled with those ‘things that make you blush’. Although this book had one blush-worthy scene- (they have sex in the back of the car and tops come off before the scene is cut) and a few innuendos, there weren’t any major red flags regarding drugs, language, violence, etc. So there was just that one spot- and I was a little disappointed, because they had only even kissed one time. Seems a little rushed to me. But hey, I’m not the writer, and that’s just my opinion! Tell me what YOU thought of this book!

Questions? Comments? Books you’d like me to review? Post a comment below and I’ll be sure to check it out!

MAGONIA

“I read stuff. Books are not my only friends, but we’re friendly. So there.”

OFFICIAL SUMMARY:

Aza Ray is drowning in thin air.

Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live.

So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn’t think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.

Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who’s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia.

Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—and as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. And in Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?

MY THOUGHTS:

I really enjoyed this book. The characters were well drawn, the plot was unique, and the pace kept up a good clip. Ms. Headley had an amazing idea, and she carried it out very well.

Aza Ray is an awesome heroine- a lot of them lately have been really frustrating to me, but Aza never got whiny, she didn’t lay around being sad- she took matters into her own hands and went crazy with it! Her audacity and strength, her willingness to go against people she found more powerful that she, it all joined together to make one awesome, powerful girl out of someone who, for most of her life, couldn’t breathe. Her best friend, Jason Kerwin, is also super duper amazing. He’s a fountain of facts and a hacker worthy of one of those spy shows, and I loved all his random knowledge and the interchange between him and Aza. Dai was great, too- just the right amount of swoon and just the right amount of non-love-triangle-ness. I hate love triangles with a passion, and I thought this book’s excellence would be dulled by one- but it wasn’t. Not at all. The singing was a nice touch, though. The secondary characters, including the birds (Especially Caru), were so integral to the plot and so intriguing that even when the action lulled, you got to enjoy the conversations and really getting to know the Rostrae and all their different personalities.

I definitely loved the plot. When I was 13, this was my dream. I wanted to be whisked away by the bird people. This was mostly due to my obsession with the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson, but as I love to sing as well, and having a heartbird to sing with me like Caru would be a totally amazing life. So Magonia really brought it plotwise. I also really liked how the Magonian people had an actual reason for wanting to destroy the humans. I mean, other than ‘we want to live on the earth, bwahaha!’ That’s a little old. I liked, too, that there were explanations for the actions taken. Some action/adventure books just let things happen and you don’t really know what’s going on. With this one, I always knew what was going on, even if I didn’t understand it.

That might have been my only problem with this book- a lot happened in a fairly short novel (only 320 pages) and usually with these kinds of fantasy books, it takes a lot more to get adjusted to the new world’s lingo and way of working. I mean, a bird flew into her mouth and lodged in her lung. That was so, so random, and I didn’t get a great explanation for why that happened until much later. Even though it was kind of confusing, I didn’t fault Maria for it. She made a really cool book out of an awesome idea.

WHAT TO WATCH:

Here’s the best part of this book- there’s nothing to watch for. I mean, I’m sure the more hardcore you are, the more you’d want to be careful of, but I don’t think anything save a brief description of a battle could be considered objectionable. So that’s another A+++ for this one!

Questions? Comments? Books you’d like me to review? Post a comment below and I’ll be sure to check it out!

WoW: THE LEVELLER

WAIT FOR ITTTTTT…..

It’s Wednesday! And you know what that means: another book on my to-read list! I’m trying to pick books that aren’t too far off so if you think they sound good you won’t have to wait long, and here’s this week’s pick, coming to our shelves June 23, 2015:

Cool cover, right?

OFFICIAL SUMMARY:

Nixy Bauer is a self-made Leveller. Her job? Dragging kids out of virtual reality and back to their parents in the real world. It’s normally easy cash, but Nixy’s latest mission is fraught with real danger, intrigue, and romance.

Nixy Bauer is used to her classmates being very, very unhappy to see her. After all, she’s a bounty hunter in a virtual reality gaming world. Kids in the MEEP, as they call it, play entirely with their minds, while their bodies languish in a sleeplike state on the couch. Irritated parents, looking to wrench their kids back to reality, hire Nixy to jump into the game and retrieve them.

But when the game’s billionaire developer loses track of his own son in the MEEP, Nixy is in for the biggest challenge of her bounty-hunting career. Wyn Salvador isn’t some lazy kid looking to escape his homework: Wyn does not want to be found. And he’s left behind a suicide note. Nixy takes the job but quickly discovers that Wyn’s not hiding—he’s being held inside the game against his will. But who is holding him captive, and why?

Nixy and Wyn attempt to fight their way out of a mind game unlike any they’ve encountered, and the battle brings them closer than either could have imagined. But when the whole world is virtual, how can Nixy possibly know if her feelings are real?

WHY I’M EXCITED:

First of all, the names. Nixy and Wyn? THOSE NAMES ARE SO COOL AND THEY SOUND AWESOME TOGETHER. (Yes, that was internet shouting, sorry.) And this Nixy girl sounds super, super cool. I’m a huge fan of this genre- real-life video games that turn deadly? YES, please! I loved Jen Alexander’s book The Aftermath that was released last year, but this one sounds even better. With a little bit of gaming romance, this one os shaping up to be a real winner.

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