Thursday, January 30, 2014

Review: Echo

Title: Echo
Author: Kate Morgenroth
Young Adult


How can I know what's going to happen? 

But somehow he did know. The feeling was like deja vu but stronger...and scarier. It told him that without a doubt something was going to happen. And it was going to be bad.


In the year since Justin's younger brother, Mark, died in a horrific accident, Justin's life has unraveled. Justin used to be one of the school's star athletes, but now he's not even on any of the teams. He used to be part of the popular crowd, but now everyone at school treats him like he's a monster. He used to date one of the prettiest girls at school, but now she will barely speak to him. Then on the anniversary of his brother's death he gets into a fight with his former best friend, and things spiral out of control -- with terrible consequences. But that's not the worst. Now Justin is hearing a voice that's making him relive the day of the accident over and over again. 

My Thoughts:

It was hard to get into the book. I'm not one for repetition but I thought this novel would at least relive the day with a few differences somewhere. Instead I ended up skipping paragraphs because they were exactly the same as the ones ten or so pages ago and that left the novel with a loose hold on me. I didn't find much of a plot to this whole story. Everything was 'tell, then some words from the narrative, then more telling, etc'. What Justin narratived also wasn't powerful to me, not even heartfelt or mind-changing. Not only that, but I couldn't bring myself to remotely connect and like Justin. He responded in realistic ways but some were just hard to find believeable judging from what he went through.

The ending could have been better; there was loose ends and a less than believable conclusion---it was difficult to digest. Morgenroth should have skipped the "shocking  twist" (quote from a reader) and focused more on a kid struggling to live after witnessing such a horrible event.

My Rating: 2.5

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Review: Pushing the Limits

Title: Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits #1)
Author: Katie McGarry
Young Adult


No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.
But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.
Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

My Thoughts:
Apparently I was living under a rock when this novel was floating around the book world. Never heard about it until I win this in a giveaway along with some others. The summary caught me and before I knew it, I was reading pages of pages with little break. Of course that does not mean I didn't hit some snags at times. Often I felt as if I was reading filler chapters or scenes; things just thrown in to make the story have something. I know that's how real life is but, to me, this story overused such events just to put the main characters together or just because.
Also, the constant mention of the hotness of characters irked me a bit. Echo and Noah couldn't be in one place or thinking of each other without noting the other's "sexiness" or amazing smell. That doesn't help a plain jane (me) relate to the main character(s). If a book is getting good then those kind of descriptions can be read with no eye roll, but if I'm warming up to it: forget it.
Pushing the Limit was good overall but there was so many bumps spread out. Everything fell into place too perfectly, although each one of those pieces are possible and realistic when compared to real life; I just find it hard to believe they would all happen to the same people.

My Rating: 3

Stacking the Sounds

A meme where I post a lit of songs I found or finally got to downloading (only found one this week x:)

Daddy Yankee - Limbo

All I got this week; what about you c: ?

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Review: Paper Valentine

Title: Paper Valentine
Author: Brenda Yovanoff
Young Adult

    The city of Ludlow is gripped by the hottest July on record. The asphalt is melting, the birds are dying, petty crime is on the rise, and someone in Hannah Wagnor’s peaceful suburban community is killing girls.

    For Hannah, the summer is a complicated one. Her best friend Lillian died six months ago, and Hannah just wants her life to go back to normal. But how can things be normal when Lillian’s ghost is haunting her bedroom, pushing her to investigate the mysterious string of murders? Hannah’s just trying to understand why her friend self-destructed, and where she fits now that Lillian isn’t there to save her a place among the social elite. And she must stop thinking about Finny Boone, the big, enigmatic delinquent whose main hobbies seem to include petty larceny and surprising acts of kindness.

   With the entire city in a panic, Hannah soon finds herself drawn into a world of ghost girls and horrifying secrets. She realizes that only by confronting the Valentine Killer will she be able move on with her life—and it’s up to her to put together the pieces before he strikes again.

My Thoughts:

This is yet another book that I mislead myself when reading the summary or the summary mislead me. Either way I hate to say this book could have been better. I happily read, just waiting for Hannah to do some mystery solving but nope nope nope, well, you know, nope. There was so much left unfinished (when you read it you should understand what I'm talking about) and I hated that to be honest. I expected more mystery but Paper Valentine handed clumsy romance and some hard to get use to similes. Don't get me wrong I like comparisons but the whole "like, like, like ,like, like" x20 or so is something I personally can't get use to. But I did like the moments she had with her deceased best friend and often what was said between them. That's mainly why I kept reading.

My Rating: 3 stars

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Review: Divine by Mistake

Title: Divine by Mistake
Author: P.C Cast

         The only excitement Shannon Parker expects while on summer vacation is a little shopping. But when an antique vase calls to her, she finds herself transported to Partholon, where she's treated like a goddess. A very temperamental goddess…
Somehow Shannon has stepped into another's role as the Goddess Incarnate of Epona. And while there's an upside—what woman doesn't like lots of pampering?—it also comes with a ritual marriage to a centaur and threats against her new people. Oh, and everyone disliking her because they think she's her double.
Somehow Shannon needs to figure out how to get back to Oklahoma without being killed, married to a horse or losing her mind….

My Thoughts: Now I have to admit that the only reason I got this book was that it was at a thrift shop which sold books four for a dollar. Once I finished I wished that I had chosen a mystery novel. Divine by Mistake was good at times --- I mean, the idea of everybody having a double in another universe, if you will, is quite a nice idea to write about. If only I could say that Cast wrote this novel with the potential it deserved.

    To start off, the main character annoyed me more times than I could count. She talked and thought so much like Zoey from House of Night ( a vampire story written by Cast and her daughter) that I wouldn't be surprised if the duo somehow writes that Zoey was Shannon in an afterlife. Which goes to show how the Cast daughter shouldn't get all the criticism for the "horrid teen dialogue" and whatnot in HoN.

    Then there was the extremely long description of things --- it just became unnecessary half the time. Beautiful image describing is nice but letting readers use their imagination is better in my opinion.

    And my last main annoyance: the  little realistic nature. I know that this is fantasy but at least some of the reactions and actions taken has to have some reality to it so much so that I start to believe that every part of the fantasy is such a real possibility. Divine didn't have much of it; I found that Shannon accepted what happened to her too quickly. She barely protested or even demanded detailed description or tried her hardest to get back home. She only gave a handful of thoughts about her family and friends that are stuck with her double --- an mean and awful person. I don't recall her asking to peer in at her other world, like her double did before switching them, just to check up on her family and make sure everything was relatively okay.

   The ending was a little too sappy but I love those kind of endings anyway cx although things fell together too perfectly.

My rating: 2.85

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Stacking the Sounds

My little weekly meme I created where I list songs I recently found or finally got around to downloading. As the week draws to an end, here's what I now have on my song list:


Daughtry: Waiting for Superman
Halestrom: Here's to Us
Passenger: Let her Go

Finally Got to Downloading:

Daughtry: No Surprise
Chris Brown: Run it
Chris Brown: Gimme Dat
Nickelback: Gotta be Somebody

That's my little short list this week. What have you found? x:

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Things I Found c;

Unfortunately I could not think of a word that had the same first later as Wednesday so not alliteration for this thingy :p Anyway, just because I want to, I decided that every Wednesday (yes, or so cx ) I will post things I found/posted. Images, videos, website links, etc. Here ya go:

Don't remeber where I found this haha

That's what I found/posted. What about you? If you wanna have me post them in my next Things I found, just let in know in the comments and I'll give ya credit :)