Saturday, May 9, 2015

[Book Review] Vivian Apple at the End of The World by Katie Coyle

Vivian Apple at the End of the World (Vivian Apple #1) by Katie Coyle


Publication Date: January 6th, 2015
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Source: Publisher

Summary

Seventeen-year-old Vivian Apple never believed in the evangelical Church of America, unlike her recently devout parents. But when Vivian returns home the night after the supposed "Rapture," all that’s left of her parents are two holes in the roof. Suddenly, she doesn't know who or what to believe. With her best friend Harp and a mysterious ally, Peter, Vivian embarks on a desperate cross-country roadtrip through a paranoid and panic-stricken America to find answers. Because at the end of the world, Vivan Apple isn't looking for a savior. She's looking for the truth.
(Courtesy of Goodreads)

My Review

Note: I received a finished copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This is a spoiler free review.

Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle is not a book I would have normally picked up but I am glad that I read it. It's a well-written book that offers a lot to think about in terms of religion and belief systems without being pushy or obnoxious. I think it actually handles the whole topic really well and shows multiple, diverse perspectives. There are not that many YA books out there that deal with religion and I think it’s something that is so important that I’m surprised it doesn't come up more often.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

[ARC Review] Rebellion by Stephanie Diaz

Rebellion (Extraction #2) by Stephanie Diaz


Publication Date: February 10th, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Source: eARC courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley

Summary

The uprising has begun.

It's been seven days since Clementine and Logan, along with their allies, retreated into hiding on the Surface. The rebels may have won one battle against Commander Charlie, but the fight is far from finished. He has vowed to find a way to win—no matter the cost. Do the rebels have what it takes to defeat him...and put an end to this war?

As Clementine and Logan enter a desperate race against time to defeat Commander Charlie—and attempt to weaken his power within his own ranks—they find themselves in a terrifying endgame that pits them against a brutal enemy, and each other. With every step, Clementine draws closer to losing Logan...and losing control of herself.

Continuing with the mesmerizing saga that started with Extraction, Stephanie Diaz blends science fiction, epic romance, and heart-stopping adventure to create a world that no reader will soon forget.
(Courtesy of Goodreads)

My Review

Note: I received and advance readers copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This is a spoiler free review.

I thought Rebellion by Stephanie was a good sequel to Extraction, the first book in the Extraction trilogy. I no longer felt like I was constantly comparing it to other YA series and it felt like the story was coming into its own more. Sometimes, with sequels I feel like they just are extensions of the first book and don’t have their own Story. However, with Rebellion I do feel like it stands well on its own.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

[ARC Review] 99 Days by Katie Cotugno

99 Days by Katie Cotugno


Publication Date: April 21, 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Source: eARC courtesy of the publisher via Edelweiss

Summary

Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything—how I destroyed my relationship with Patrick the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. How I wrecked their whole family. Now I’m serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college, and be done.

Day 4: A nasty note on my windshield makes it clear Julia isn’t finished. I’m expecting a fight when someone taps me on the shoulder, but it’s just Gabe, home from college and actually happy to see me. “For what it’s worth, Molly Barlow,” he says, “I’m really glad you’re back.”

Day 12: Gabe got me to come to this party, and I’m actually having fun. I think he’s about to kiss me—and that’s when I see Patrick. My Patrick, who’s supposed to be clear across the country. My Patrick, who’s never going to forgive me.
(Courtesy of Goodreads)

My Review

Note: I received and advance readers copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This is a spoiler free review.

I've been in a reading slump lately so the fact that I sped through 99 Days by Katie Cotugno in a day is something to applaud. I haven’t found myself able to relate to contemporary YA as much as a used, probably because I’m getting older but I enjoyed 99 Days. One of the reasons I found myself flying through the book was because it read like a soap opera. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing, I can’t say, but I just had to know what was going to happen next between Molly, Patrick, and Gabe.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

[Blog Tour] REBELLION: An Interview with Author Stephanie Diaz

Hi lovely readers! I'm very excited to be part of the blog tour for REBELLION, the second book in Stephanie Diaz's Extraction trilogy. This is a science fiction series I started reading this year and fell in love with. As part of the blog tour, I'm thrilled to be bringing you an interview with Stephanie Diaz!

About the Story


Rebellion by Stephanie Diaz


Publication Date: February 10th, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction

Summary


The uprising has begun.

It's been seven days since Clementine and Logan, along with their allies, retreated into hiding on the Surface. The rebels may have won one battle against Commander Charlie, but the fight is far from finished. He has vowed to find a way to win—no matter the cost. Do the rebels have what it takes to defeat him...and put an end to this war?

As Clementine and Logan enter a desperate race against time to defeat Commander Charlie—and attempt to weaken his power within his own ranks—they find themselves in a terrifying endgame that pits them against a brutal enemy, and each other. With every step, Clementine draws closer to losing Logan...and losing control of herself.

Continuing with the mesmerizing saga that started with Extraction, Stephanie Diaz blends science fiction, epic romance, and heart-stopping adventure to create a world that no reader will soon forget.

(Courtesy of Goodreads)


Buy this book at: Amazon // Barnes & Noble // IndieBound



Interview with Stephanie Diaz


Friday, February 13, 2015

[Blog Tour] An Excerpt from THE TRAGIC AGE by Stephen Metcalfe


I've been on a science fiction and fantasy kick for a while but The Tragic Age by Stephen Metcalfe is one contemporary that caught my eye. I am very excited to be the third leg of the tour that's giving you an early sneak peak at Stephen Metcalf's debut YA contemporary.

If you haven't read the first four chapters you can catch up by visiting the following websites.

Excerpt 1: Tuesday, February 3rd: KellyVision
Excerpt 2: Saturday, February 7th: Amaterasu Reads
Excerpt 3: Tuesday, February 10th: The Young Folks

Keep reading to get Chapter 5 and 6!


Monday, February 9, 2015

January 2015 Wrap-Up


I know I'm a little late in posting this, but as the saying goes, better late than never! I managed to read 18 book this month and the books I read were all very good, so overall it was a pretty good reading month, if I do say so myself. I also participated in Bout of Books 12.0 which definitely helped me read so many books. And another big step I took this month was my decision to start a YouTube channel. It's something I've been wanting to do for a while and I finally got the courage to do it. You can read more about it here. If you want to here my thoughts about each of the books check out my January Wrap-Up video. Otherwise, here is a list of all the books I read this month:

Monday, February 2, 2015

A little something new...

Over the weekend I decided to finally start something that I've been wanting to do for quite a while but have always been afraid to do: I started a YouTube channel, specifically a booktube channel. It's scary for me to put myself out there in such a visible way. I've enjoyed watching other people's videos and I think it seems like a great community

That is why this weekend I took the plunge and made my very first video for my new channel. If booktube is your thing, I would love for you to check out my intro video, embedded for your viewing pleasure below.



By no means am I going to stop posting on this blog. This blog is my baby and I would never abandon it. However, I do think some things are better suited for a more visual medium which is what I'm planning to use my new channel for. I hope you enjoy it and check back soon for more videos!

Let me know down in the comment if you have a booktube channel. I'd love to check them out!