Flash Review: Relic by Heather Terrell (& Giveaway!)

Lizzie     Nov 1st, 2013     Awesome Things, Dystopian, Fantasy, Giveaways, Reviews, Things You Should Check Out     0 Replies

Reading Level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Soho Teen (October 29th 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616951966
ISBN-13: 978-1616951962

The truth will test you…

For fans of Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games: high fantasy and dystopia meet in this high-stakes tale of a civilization built on lies and the girl who single-handedly brings it down.

When Eva’s twin brother, Eamon, falls to his death just a few months before he is due to participate in The Testing, no one expects Eva to take his place. She’s a Maiden, slated for embroidery classes, curtseys, and soon a prestigious marriage befitting the daughter of an Aerie ruler. But Eva insists on honoring her brother by becoming a Testor. After all, she wouldn’t be the first Maiden to Test, just the first in 150 years.

Eva knows the Testing is no dance class. Gallant Testors train for their entire lives to search icy wastelands for Relics: artifacts of the corrupt civilization that existed before The Healing drowned the world. Out in the Boundary Lands, Eva must rely on every moment of the lightning-quick training she received from Lukas—her servant, a Boundary native, and her closest friend now that Eamon is gone.

But there are threats in The Testing beyond what Lukas could have prepared her for. And no one could have imagined the danger Eva unleashes when she discovers a Relic that shakes the Aerie to its core.

First off, before the review, hello again, my friends! Long time, no reviews. Hopefully, that will be changing! And second, I will be trying a new thing for this review… FLASH REVIEW! Five lines! One paragraph! Lots of exclamation points! YAY! Let’s try this out…

Relic was one of my most anticipated books of the fall and I was not disappointed! The world building, the writing, the characters! I went in unsure if my expectations would be met and came out beyond mesmerized. I could not get enough of this beautiful book. And now am I that person sitting next to you, tapping their feet impatiently, because I am awaiting book two, and it’s taking way too long.

How’d I do? ;) Seriously, you guys, read this book. I’m obsessed.

And nowwww…. A giveaway! Courtesy of Soho Teen, I am giving away a gorgeous finished copy of Relic! Trust me, you WANT this. You want it. You do.

So enter below, my darlings…

Review: 172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad

Lizzie     Jul 16th, 2013     Reviews, Science Fiction, Things You Should Check Out     0 Replies

Reading level: 12 and up
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (April 17, 2012)
Language: English
Source: Purchased
ISBN-10: 0316182885
ISBN-13: 978-0316182881

It’s been decades since anyone set foot on the moon. Now three ordinary teenagers, the winners of NASA’s unprecedented, worldwide lottery, are about to become the first young people in space—and change their lives forever.

Mia, from Norway, hopes this will be her punk band’s ticket to fame and fortune.

Midori believes it’s her way out of her restrained life in Japan.

Antoine, from France, just wants to get as far away from his ex-girlfriend as possible.

It’s the opportunity of a lifetime, but little do the teenagers know that something sinister is waiting for them on the desolate surface of the moon. And in the black vacuum of space… no one is coming to save them.

In this chilling adventure set in the most brutal landscape known to man, highly acclaimed Norwegian novelist Johan Harstad creates a vivid and frightening world of possibilities we can only hope never come true.

More space books! Yes!

When I first found out about 172 Hours on the Moon, I hadn’t heard much of anything about it. At the time, I was quite out of the loop on the book world so I wouldn’t have been able to tell you what this was all about. I was really out of the loop. I picked it up in the bookstore, my eyes caught on that original hardback cover. Anything involving space travel will be on my to-read list.

I didn’t know what to expect when I cracked this open. But it certainly wasn’t what I got at all.

This book has freaking haunted me since I finished it. I can’t say anything about why without completely spoiling it but let me just say, whoa. The ending scared the crap out of me, like legitimately freaked me the eff out. I may have slept with the lights on but what does that matter…

In other points, the translation (this was first published in Norway!) was spot on and not awkward, as some translations can be. I loved the homage to Houston’s NASA Johnson Space Center, which I spent four or so months out the last year living near. It made me feel a little proud! =D Fun fact: JSC is actually in Webster, Texas but once you enter the grounds, it is officially considered Houston city limits!

Weird, huh?

Anyway! Back to the review…

Most of the characters were pretty likeable but I wish there could’ve been more focus on Mr. Himmelfarb, a retired NASA worker. It felt like there could’ve been a lot more of him without losing the sense of mystery but alas, that did not happen. I really particularly liked Mia. She was pretty badass and her at the ending… geesh!

I closed 172 Hours on the Moon with shaking hands and a racing mind. It, to this day, haunts me like no other book I’ve read. I want to scream when people talk about revisiting the moon because of this book. I never expected this, of all novels, to scare me as bad as it did. Read it with all the lights on and don’t look at the moon. This, along with that damn Apollo 18 movie, have absolutely shattered my dreams of visiting the moon. And if you’re up for being freaked out of your mind, you will love 172 Hours on the Moon.

Waiting on Wednesday: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Lizzie     May 18th, 2011     Awesome Things, Things You Should Check Out, Waiting on Wednesday     0 Replies

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we are highly anticipating. Head over to Breaking the Spine to find out how to become an official participant.

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing (September 27, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1442421762
ISBN-13: 978-1442421769
Preorder: Amazon

Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

She’s wrong.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer hits stores everywhere 9.27.11. Pre-order your copy here. Download the widget here. Enter to win an Advanced Reader’s Copy here.

Review: Hope in Patience by Beth Fehlbaum

Lizzie     Nov 23rd, 2010     Realistic Fiction, Reviews, Things You Should Check Out     0 Replies

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 312 pages
Publisher: WestSide Books (October 27, 2010)
Source: ARC received from publicist
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1934813419
ISBN-13: 978-1934813416

Fifteen-year-old Ashley Asher has spent half of her life living in fear. Her stepfather has been sexually abusing her for years, but her mother doesn’t believe her. After his latest assault lands her in the emergency room, Child Protective Services finally removes Ashley from her home, and sends her to live with the father she barely remembers and his new family.

Her new life in Patience, Texas, is much better. She’s in therapy to deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and is trying to make her way in a new high school. She’s getting used to living with her father, stepmother, and stepbrother, and she’s made new friends in the summer course taught by her stepmother, Bev. She even joins the track team at the urging of her new African American friend, Z. Z. But Ashley is so traumatized by her past that she sometimes scratches herself until she bleeds and sleeps in her armoire, even though she knows she’s safe now. Worse, when her stepfather is finally put on trial for hurting her, she learns that truth and justice don’t always go together.

Will Ashley adjust to a better life? Will she trust enough to date Josh, the cute guy on her track team who likes her? YA readers will be caught up in the heart-pounding story of a damaged girl trying to heal herself and get on with the rest of her life.

Okay, so, first off before I get the good part of this, I just wanted to majorly apologize. This was supposed to be posted on November 2nd but two things happened: my mailman stole my first ARC and I was in internets fail. In other words, my internet went BOOM. Not really, but whatever. Anyways, read on for some awesome words.

When I was offered the chance to review Hope in Patience, I immediately jumped on it. As someone who struggled with self-harm and depression, I’m always willing to read books that bluntly deal with those issues and offer hope in a time of absolute lowness. And despite the issues I had getting my hands on a copy, I’m so glad I read this.

I don’t think I’ve ever related so closely to a character. Why, you ask? Because Ashley is the most real, most damaged character I’ve read about and in some ways, she reminds me of myself. I suffered from self-harm for a long time (but I’m happy to tell you that as of late, I am no longer struggling!) and the things Ashley did—I sometimes did myself. And more recently, I’ve been struggling to gain control of my life with a stalker in it (more recently, two, as #1 now has a friend who watches me too). Charlie reminds me all too much of him; I think Hope in Patience came in my life at an excellent time.

I don’t think there are enough words to tell you how much I enjoyed this book. I don’t usually read contemporary because it’s normally about bubbly teenagers I can’t relate to at all but upon reading the first chapter of Hope in Patience I knew it was more than just your average contemporary. It was brutal and honest and everything a book like this should be. Throughout, no matter how many times Ashley relapsed into self-harm, I could still feel hope pouring off the pages.

As I related my situation with the guy who watches me to Ashley’s, I could see myself slowly rising out of the feeling like a helpless little victim. I’m still working on not flinching when he revs his engine at me and on not letting my stomach fall out of my body when I see him but I can see a light at the end of the tunnel. That if I just wait (to quote Ashley’s therapist, Dr. Matt), I’ll be okay.

I’m highly recommending you read this book, guys. It’s elegantly written and the themes, while often difficult and heart-wrenching, will keep you reading until you realized you’ve devoured the entire book in less than 24 hours (not that I did that myself…). Not to mention, the cover is completely beautiful. I don’t know why I love it so much but I do. If I didn’t know about this already, I’d probably get caught by the cover in the bookstore.

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Shadow Hills: The ebook!

Lizzie     Sep 22nd, 2010     Things You Should Check Out     0 Replies

Hey guys! So, there’s this book out, and it’s called Shadows Hills by Anastasia Hopcus. Maybe you’ve heard of it? Oh, who am I kidding? Of course you have! I bet I know something you don’t, though… Well, maybe not since I’m really late with posting this, but whatever. Anyways! Shadow Hills is now an ebook, so you can buy it for your Nook or Kindle! And not even have to leave your bed couch. And what’s best? It’s totally worth it, because this book is awesome and Anastasia is awesome. So what are you waiting for? Pick up the Barnes & Noble ebook or the Amazon Kindle version now!