Weekly Wrap-Up!

 ~*~Stacking The Shelves~*~

This week wasn't that busy book-wise, though I did have an insane amount of reviews go up! So, I figured it was pointless to do an entire video just for 3 books, even if they are 3 amazing books!


Eve and Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate
Endlessly by Kiersten White

~*~Reviews This Week~*~

On my Own Blog
Scorch by Gina Damico (4 stars)
Incarnation by Emma Cornwall (4 stars)

Tynga's Reviews
Spark  by Brigid Kemmerer (5 stars)

Guest Review
The Diviners by Libba Bray (Books of Love) (3.75 stars)

~*~Giveaway News~*~

Winner
The winner of my Angelfall giveaway was Stephanie! I had to pick 7 winners before I came across a person who didn't cheat. This is upsetting guys, make a habit of this and I'll just take note of your name and not even bother looking at the entries anymore. It's not right.
Giveaways Galore

My 100 Follower Arc Giveaway  - If I get 90 more followers in the next 16 days, I'll add a third winner!

Review: Incarnation

Author: Emma Cornwall
Publication Date: September 18, 2012
Publisher: Gallery Books
Reading Level: Young Adult
Pages: 332 (ARC)
Source: Gifted

~*~Summary~*~
In the steampunk world of Victorian London, a beautiful vampire seeks out the author of Dracula–to set the record straight . . . If one is to believe Bram Stoker’s legendary vampire tale, Lucy Weston is Dracula’s most wanton creation, a sexual creature of the night who preys on innocent boys. But the real-life Lucy is nothing like her fictional counterpart—and she demands to know why the Victorian author deliberately lied. With Stoker’s reluctant help, she’s determined to track down the very fiend who transformed her—from the sensual underworld where humans vie to become vampires, to a hidden cell beneath a temple to madness, and finally into the glittering Crystal Palace where death reigns supreme.

Haunted by fragmentary memories of her lost life and love, Lucy must battle her thirst for blood as she struggles to stop a catastrophic war that will doom vampires and humans alike. Ultimately, she must make a choice that illuminates for her—and for us—what it means to be human.
~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

Can I just say that Lisa is beyond awesome for sending this book to me? I couldn't get enough of it and I'm so happy that this somehow found its way into my hands.

I was lost in Victorian London from page one. This paranormal story took me on an amazing adventure, illuminating the creatures that go bump in the night while Lucy struggles to understand what it means to be human. The historical fiction aspect of this novel was done amazingly and I can honestly say that I've never come across a vampire novel quite like this one.

We all know that a few years ago, vampires exploded onto the YA scene with flare. Since then, they fell into a ton of cliches that all books about vampires seemed to fall prey to, so it was a pleasant surprise to see that INCARNATION is so unique. This is a vampire story unlike any other and has effectively restored my faith in the paranormal creature that I used to love so dearly, but learned to hate due to the lack of originality that tended to come with its respective tale, abilities, and creation. But the originality in this story is off the charts. Bram Stoker writing DRACULA just to cover up what truly happened to Lucy? Brilliant!

The plot in this book will capture you from the get-go. The book begins with Lucy finding herself buried in a coffin, a stake through her heart, and we're with her as she claws her way through the dirt to emerge from her makeshift grave and recover the lost secrets of her past. Not only is Lucy an amazing main character, struggling to sustain her humanity in a world where humans were nothing but toys and live bait, but she's relatable and will stop at nothing to do what she thinks is right. She's accepting and kind despite the despicable creature she was transformed to. Basically, she's a respectable character and a great vessel to experience emotion through as a reader. She's sharp and fearless, the type of heroine that is impossible to hate. With a strong supporting cast, Lucy and her crew are truly unforgettable characters.

The plot twists in this book are plentiful and I was forced to flip pages at lightning speed. Not the least bit predictable, I was often shocked and excited all at once when a new twist was thrown my way. When we learn more of her maker and why he went to such extremes to create her against her will, we're thrust into a world on the brink of war that could lead to all of humanity being overrun by creatures of the night. And it's up to Lucy to save London before it's too late.

This book is truly amazing. Factually accurate and immensely intriguing, I couldn't put it down. This will satisfy any historical fiction and fantasy lover that likes their stories to have a slight, underlying dark twist. I hope that this will turn into the series because I'm not ready to let go of Lucy, her love interest, and her maker just yet. And once you read this book, you won't be able to either. Full of mystery, strong characters, amazing historical references, and a romance that can't help but make you smile, I definitely recommend this to just about anyone.

 
4 stars

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Waiting on Wednesday #18

 
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that spotlights upcoming releases and it is hosted by the fabulous Breaking the Spine.
 
My pick of the week is...

Touch of Death by Kelly Hashway


Publication Date: January 15, 2013
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
 Series: Touch of Death #1
 
~*~Summary~*~
Jodi Marshall isn’t sure how she went from normal teenager to walking disaster. One minute she’s in her junior year of high school, spending time with her amazing boyfriend and her best friend. The next she’s being stalked by some guy no one seems to know.

After the stranger, Alex, reveals himself, Jodi learns he’s not a normal teenager and neither is she. With a kiss that kills and a touch that brings the dead back to life, Jodi discovers she’s part of a branch of necromancers born under the 13th sign of the zodiac, Ophiuchus. A branch of necromancers that are descendents of Medusa. A branch of necromancers with poisoned blood writhing in their veins.

Jodi’s deadly to the living and even more deadly to the deceased. She has to leave her old, normal life behind before she hurts the people she loves. As if that isn’t difficult enough, Jodi discovers she’s the chosen one who has to save the rest of her kind from perishing at the hands of Hades. If she can’t figure out how to control her power, history will repeat itself, and her race will become extinct.

Review: Scorch

Author: Gina Damico
Series: Croak #2
Publication Date: September 25, 2012
Publisher: Graphia
Reading Level: Young Adult
Pages: 332 (Paperback)
Source: Won

~*~Summary~*~

Sixteen-year-old Lex Bartleby is a teenage grim reaper with the bizarre ability to damn souls. That makes her pretty scary, even to fellow Grims. But after inadvertently transferring her ability to Zara, a murderous outlaw, Lex is a pariah in Croak, the little town she calls home.

To escape the townspeople’s wrath, she and her friends embark on a wild road trip to DeMyse. Though this sparkling desert oasis is full of luxuries and amusements, it feels like a prison to Lex. Her best chance at escape would be to stop Zara once and for all—but how can she do that from DeMyse, where the Grims seem mysteriously oblivious to Zara’s killing spree?

~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

This book is an amazing sequel. It expanded on all ideas from the prequel, had further character development, continued hilarity, and plot twists galore. I couldn't put it down! But because I loved it so much, I'm going to keep this review straight and to the point.

My favorite aspect of this novel was the character development. Watching Lex and Driggs's relationship blossom was great and full of hilarity. Uncle Mort managed to become both hilarious and more serious all at once. Norwood and Heloise rot more and more each day. Sofi and Zara are still not to be trusted and the newest additions to Croak, Pip and Bang, are awesome. Hello, hyperactive gay character and pretty Indian girl that speaks sign language, what's not to love?! And several other new characters that we meet will have a huge impact on the tale as well. Both the character development and relationship development far surpassed my expectations. While many recent sequels have disappointed me in this regards, Damico has satisfied me immensely.

The plot twists, though, were what kept me going. Damico made sure they were plentiful and they always caught me off guard. Some made me want to step back and cry while others made me want to scream in shock. Either way, I somehow managed to get even more attached to the lovely inhabitants of Croak and I'm silently begging Damico to release the next book in the trilogy already.

The ending left me breathless. So many secrets were revealed and plot twists were spun out. I swear that my mouth must have fallen open in shock at one point. And something happens to greatly impact a hugely important relationship in the book. For better or for worse, I can't say, which is why I need the next book now!

If you're on the hunt for a series that's equal parts gripping and hilarious, the Croak series is for you. Full of teenage antics, Yoricks galore, and a cast of characters that will never be forgotten, this is quickly becoming one of my favorite young adult grim reaper series of all time.


I highly recommend this series to any young adult reader, especially those looking for a good book that they can get a decent chunk of laughs out of, despite some of the rather serious plot twists. It's becoming harder and harder to rival Damico's humor in my eyes. This series is just steadily getting better and better.


4.25 stars

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Weekly-Wrap Up!

 ~*~Stacking The Shelves~*~


For Review:
Entice by Jessica Shirvington
  Scorch by Gina Damico

Library:
The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson 
 
Won/Gifted/Traded:
A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
 The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Trance by Kelly Meding

~*~Giveaways~*~

100 Follower ARC Giveaway - I hit 200 followers! What! So there will be a second prize winner now!
Angelfall by Susan Ee - ends this week

~*~Reviews This Week~*~
Could have been a better week rating wise, but could have been way worse, too! 

Otherkin by Nina Berry - 2 stars
Swipe by Evan Angler - 2.5 stars
Who I Kissed by Janet Gurtler - 4 stars

What did everyone else review/receive this week?

Review: Swipe

Author: Evan Angler
  • Series: Swipe #1
  • Published: May 8, 2012
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Reading Level: Middle Grade
  • Pages: 275 pages (paperback)
  • Source: Won

  • ~*~Summary~*~
  • Everyone gets the Mark. It gives all the benefits of citizenship. Yet if getting the Mark is such a good thing, then why does it feel so wrong?

    Set in a future North America that is struggling to recover after famine and global war, "Swipe" follows the lives of three kids caught in the middle of a conflict they didn't even know existed. United under a charismatic leader, every citizen of the American Union is required to get the Mark on their 13th birthday in order to gain the benefits of citizenship.

    The Mark is a tattoo that must be swiped by special scanners for everything from employment to transportation to shopping. It's almost Logan Langly's 13th birthday and he knows he should be excited about getting the Mark, but he hasn't been able to shake the feeling he's being watched. Not since his sister went to get her Mark five years ago . . . and never came back.

    When Logan and his friends discover the truth behind the Mark, will they ever be able to go back to being normal teenagers? Find out in the first book of this exciting series that is "Left Behind" meets "Matched" for middle-grade readers.
    ~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

    Sometimes you know you have a decent story in front of you, but other outside circumstances are preventing you from liking it. I think this was the case for me. I knew that aspects of this story were incredibly interesting, but reading it was a struggle. It took me a solid two weeks to pick up this book after I got through the first fifty pages because I didn't want to. Then, what should have been an easy two hours to finish it up the day I picked it up once more, turned into a several hour session where I kept picking the book up after putting it down just to do it again because I couldn't fully focus on it. It never truly pulled me in and put me in a temporary reading funk. I know many people enjoyed it, but this one wasn't for me. 

    Needless to say, this is why I plan on keeping this review short.

    As promising as the plot was, it just fell flat. The world-building was not that detailed and at times it was incredibly unorganized. The antics of some of the characters was incredibly juvenile, as was the writing style in specific parts of the story. A random decision to go and risk your lives on a spy mission is story-book nonsense. To keep going back is a suicide mission. To refuse to alert authorities is sheer stupidity. To do everything that is going against ones better judgment is unnecessary and I found the characters to be more frustrating than anything else. I couldn't relate for them, I didn't pity them nor really connected to them. I understood their paranoia, but so many aspects of this book were unrealistic to me.

    Angler's writing style is unique, I'll give him that. It's generally geared more towards a younger audience. No complexity, not extensive descriptions, no big words or complicated plot twists. I think this was a large part of why I had trouble with this book. I like some middle grade and I can't deal with some because the themes are too simple and incredibly predictable. Unfortunately, this is one of those books that is too simple and incredibly predictable.

    Would I recommend this book? Yes, to those who want an interesting sci-fi with a really unique concept of the stamp. Do I recommend it with intensity? No. Will I check out the sequel? Probably not, but you never know. What was an unsatisfactory read for me was more than satisfactory to many of my fellow readers, so I encourage you to choose for yourself whether you want to give this book a chance or not. As for me, I plan on shelving it and not looking at it for a decent portion of time.

     
    2.5 stars 

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Opal Cover Reveal!

No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well... There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different... And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger... and they know it.

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  USA TODAY Bestselling author, Jennifer L. Armentrout, lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She also writes adult romance under the name J. Lynn. 

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Waiting on Wednesday #17


Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer

Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Publication Date: May 2013
Publisher: K-teen
Series: Elementals #3

~*~Summary~*~
With power comes enemies. Lots of them.

Hunter Garrity just wants to be left alone. He’s learned the hard way that his unusual abilities come at a price. And he can’t seem to afford any allies.

He’s up to his neck in hostiles. His grandfather, spoiling for a fight. The Merrick brothers, who think he ratted them out. Calla, the scheming psycho who wants to use him as bait.

Then there’s Kate Sullivan, the new girl at school. She’s not hostile. She’s bold. Funny. Hot. But she’s got an agenda, too.

With supposedly secret powers rippling to the surface everywhere around him, Hunter knows something ugly is about to go down. But finding out what means he’ll have to find someone he can trust…
 ~*~Why I'm Waiting~*~

I LOVE this series. The Merrick brothers are hot, hilarious, and deep and though Hunter isn't a Merrick boy, I can't wait to see what Brigid Kemmerer has in store for us!



Review: Who I Kissed

Author: Janet Gurtler
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2012
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
  • Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Pages: 314 pages (ARC)
  • Source: Gifted   

  • ~*~Summary~*~
She never thought a kiss could kill…

Samantha didn’t mean to hurt anyone. She was just trying to fit in...and she wanted to make Zee a little jealous after he completely ditched her for a prettier girl. So she kissed Alex. And then he died—right in her arms.


Was she really the only person in the entire school who didn’t know about his peanut allergy? Or that eating a peanut butter sandwich and then kissing him would be deadly? Overnight Sam turns into the school pariah and a media sensation explodes. Consumed with guilt, abandoned by her friends, and in jeopardy of losing her swimming scholarship, she’ll have to find a way to forgive herself before anyone else will.

~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

I was slightly worried going into this book because I attempted to read a similar book back in 2008 and had to DNF it, but I'm happy to say that this book far exceeds my expectations and was carried out beautifully in a really unique way.

Samantha is a really easy character to connect to. I liked her thought processes, even when she was struggling to forgive herself. This book is pretty much her story to forgiving herself and regaining her strength from a huge accident that she couldn't really control, but unfortunately took part in. She makes a lot of mistakes in an attempt to numb herself from the pain and sorrow that consumes her, but she also learns a lot about herself, her family, and her deceased mother, which makes her stronger. I found this book to be very emotionally involved.

The characterization in this novel was incredibly interesting because it highlights every type of teenager out there. It has those that grieve, those that hate, those with risky coping mechanisms, those that lie, those that cheat, those horrible boys that take advantage of girls when they're grieving, and everything in-between. This wide array of characters was extremely welcome and for every bad heckler, there was someone good to stand beside Samantha. They take you on a roller coaster of a ride and never let you sit comfortably, but they helped the story evolve and I really enjoyed the story because of this.

The plot progression in this novel was just right. It wasn't too fast or too slow. It was simply at Samantha's own pace of recovery and self-acceptance. Once her peers began to step in, it sped up slightly because she had the help of others behind her. This is a quick read because of this, and I enjoyed that. I was able to get through it happily in one sitting.

The romance is there and is always in the back-plot, but isn't center stage at every portion of the book. The entire reason that Alex unfortunately passed away is because Samantha kissed him to make Zee jealous. So her love for Zee is always on the back of her mind. As the story continues, her love life is always on her mind simply because she chastises herself for doing something so out of character. She then looks towards boys to help her calm down and temporarily forget about Alex. While things carry out, you may be with her or against her, but in the end, you sit there and realize how her romantic mistakes helped her become a strong girl again. This is all about her emotional struggles and progressions to solidarity, so her decisions were all necessary, even if slightly frustrating in the moment.

I was very satisfied with the ending. It was simple, but pulled together all of the plot points and made me, as a reader, smile because of my attachment and liking of specific characters. It doesn't leave you begging for more and doesn't make a sequel necessary. It simply completes the book efficiently and leaves very little room for complaint. Thus, I really enjoyed this story. It was easy to get through, enjoyable, and emotionally powerful. I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a quick read that is about discovering oneself and traveling the long path to forgiveness.



4 stars

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Weeky Wrap-Up!

~*~Stacking The Shelves~*~

I had an awesome week this week and I would make a video for you, but it's allergy season and I sound horrible! lol Instead look at the pretty pictures below!
 
Bought:
The Dark Light by Sara Walsh
Seraphina by Rachel Walsh

Library:
A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young

For Review: 
Embrace by Jessica Shirvington (thank you Sourcebooks!)
Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone (thank you Hyperion!)

Gifted/Traded:
  Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble
Haunted by Joy Preble
Incarnation by Emma Cornwall (thank you, Lisa! <3)
Cold Fury by T.M. Goeglein

Review: Dreamless

Author: Josephine Angelini
  • Series: Starcrossed #2
  • Published: May 29, 2012
  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Pages: 487 pages (ARC)
  • Source:Gifted  

~*~Summary~*~
Can true love be forgotten?

As the only scion who can descend into the Underworld, Helen Hamilton has been given a nearly impossible task. By night she wanders through Hades, trying to stop the endless cycle of revenge that has cursed her family. By day she struggles to overcome the fatigue that is rapidly eroding her sanity. Without Lucas by her side, Helen is not sure she has the strength to go on.

Just as Helen is pushed to her breaking point, a mysterious new Scion comes to her rescue. Funny and brave, Orion shields her from the dangers of the Underworld. But time is running out--a ruthless foe plots against them, and the Furies' cry for blood is growing louder.

As the ancient Greek world collides with the mortal one, Helen's sheltered life on Nantucket descends into chaos. But the hardest task of all will be forgetting Lucas Delos.

Josephine Angelini's compelling saga becomes ever more intricate and spellbinding as an unforgettable love triangle emerges and the eternal cycle of revenge intensifies. Eagerly awaited, this sequel to the internationally bestselling "Starcrossed" delivers a gritty, action-packed love story that exceeds all expectations.

~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

This book was much better than its prequel. The character development, especially Hector's, was superb, the plot growth was interesting, and the new characters were enticing. I found this one to be a much easier read that I didn't want to put down.

Again, what I really adored about this book was the heavy focus on mythology. And though it was much of the same stories this time, this one had an extreme focus on the Underworld and Helen's travels in it as the Descender, as well as her meetings with many other people and creatures in the Underworld. I often found myself waiting for her to go to sleep because as awesome as her real-world efforts were this time around, the Underworld brought about a world including so much magnificent detail. It was pretty cool that we got to meet kickass Gods like Hades and Persephone, too.

What made this book more bearable than its prequel was the fact that Helen grew in this one. She was literally carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders and refused to allow it to make her shrink. Instead, she prospered and grew stronger, determined to follow through with her quest and to save everyone. She wasn't the whiny lovestruck girl we met in book one.

Lastly, I have to applaud Angelini for bettering her plot progression. I didn't feel like characters were doing things impulsively at every turn like they were last book. Everything made sense or was foreshadowed. While there are still plot twists galore in this one, they were executed more thoroughly and all plot points were fully fleshed out instead of being forgotten. 

I was a little worried about this book because it had the makings of a love triangle between the new character, Orion, Helen, and Lucas. In the end, I'm glad to admit it wasn't anything insane, though I'm not sure what the next book will hold. I loved Orion's character, he was genuinely helpful and intelligent, but he always seemed to pop up everywhere randomly. At times he was a little out of place and other times you couldn't be more thrilled that he popped in to save the day. Either way, this shows hints of Angelini's tendency to randomly drop characters where they need to be without much of an explanation. I really hope that this doesn't continue in the next book.

With everything being said, I did enjoy this one more than it's prequel, but it did have a few problems. With Angelini's writing style improving, I'm even more excited to see what happens in the next book. It can only get better from here because the plot continues to thicken! 

~*~Cover~*~

I do really enjoy the covers in this series. I have to say I like the prequel's more just because I prefer blue to pink, but I do think this cover is pretty. It sticks with the theme set for the series and it is very appealing to the eye. It also has a sense of mythology to it because of the choice of clothing. Fits the story!

 
 
 4.25 stars

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New Blog Design!

So, I have a new blog design and I am loving it. Autum at Always Purrty Designs did an awesome job! We're just working out a few minor kinks!

I wanted to know, what do you guys think?

Before, I just had a generic blue design and now, I have a design totally suited to my style. 

Yay, nay? ;) 

EDIT: If you're looking at the blog at this moment, it's under construction to fix the design!

Review: Lucid

Author: Adrienne Stoltz and Ron Bass
  • To Be Published: October 2, 2012
  • Publisher: Razorbill
  • Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Pages: 342 pages (ARC)
  • Source: Won
  •  
~*~Summary~*~
 What if you could dream your way into a different life? What if you could choose to live that life forever?

Sloane and Maggie have never met. Sloane is a straight-A student with a big and loving family. Maggie lives a glamorously independent life as an up-and-coming actress in New York. The two girls couldn't be more different--except for one thing. They share a secret that they can't tell a soul. At night, they dream that they're each other.

The deeper they're pulled into the promise of their own lives, the more their worlds begin to blur dangerously together. Before long, Sloane and Maggie can no longer tell which life is real and which is just a dream. They realize that eventually they will have to choose one life to wake up to, or risk spiraling into insanity. But that means giving up one world, one love, and one self, forever.

This is a dazzling debut that will steal readers' hearts.

~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

Excuse my language, but this book was a complete mind-f**k in every possibly way...but I loved it.

The characters, the plot, the thought and creativity put behind this by these two authors was all amazing. And that's a lot coming from a girl who tends to shy away from books written by two authors. More often than not, it almost feels as if I can tell the two author's apart. Something like that is distracting to me because I feel as if it interrupts the flow of a book. But this wasn't the case. These authors wrote out their alternating chapters expertly and I was immediately drawn into the story that they weaved together.

Sloane and Maggie are two completely different girls. Sloane lives in a small town and lives a normal life. Maggie lives in New York City and is an aspiring actress that has already nailed a gig or two. Both are so different, but they have one thing in common: when they go to sleep, they don't truly dream. Instead, they completely live through the other's day. Neither of them know if the other is real or if they're just figments of each other's imaginations, but their story is too elaborate to be taken lightly.

What I really liked about this book was that despite the importance of the dream sequences, there was an overarching goal of finding love, mimicked by almost every teenage girl in the country. It shows that it's important to love yourself and to find the right love for you, not to allow others to take advantage of you or to use others for a goal. Love is real, it's raw, and it cannot be faked, especially for business negotiations. It can wound you deeply but it can also make you soar. And that's something that I truly, truly enjoyed while reading. Both of their journies were somewhat similar and incredibly heartbreaking. And I can't say much, but I have no shame saying that I believe Sloane ended up with the wrong guy. I liked Gordy! ah!

The plot progression of this book was amazing. It takes a reader a few chapters to realize what was going on with the dream sequences. If you really want to think about it, the entire book is a dream sequence. After that, it was pretty much smooth sailing until Maggie and Sloane's lives collided. It's hard to figure out up and down as they both go through their identity crises separately, trying to figure out what part of their lives is dream and what part is their reality. It is almost as if they're entering a sudden downward spiral of insanity and you can't help but go with them because as confusing as it is, you want to know what exactly they're going through and what is real. Then you read the last page and your heart stops beating for a second. I'm going to be completely honest and say that I wanted to scream and drag both authors to my room and pepper them with questions about my theories because the ending is certainly open to interpretation, but then I realized that despite the fact that I wasn't fully informed about things, I really enjoyed this ending. It was a shock, it was unexpected, it was totally satisfying and unique. And it delivered the only believable mind-f**k that I have ever encountered in a book. Again, I have to credit this all to the amazing creativity of Ron Bass and Adrienne Stoltz.

This book was amazingly written. I truly felt for these girls because they are both so relatable and have similar struggles. I was rooting for them throughout the entire book and I'd recommend this book to pretty much everyone, especially people who love a unique ending. I'm normally not a fan of endings that are left open to interpretation without spelling exactly everything out for you, but this one got me and will definitely take a spot among my favorites. Heartbreaking, beautifully written, and full of moments that will make you both smile and possibly tear up, Lucid is not a book to be missed. 

 
~*~Cover~*~

I think this cover is gorgeous. I love the color purple, I love that the girl is asleep on the ceiling so it hints at how everything is backwards in the novel, I love that everything is slightly blurry like it's a dream-like state. I just really enjoyed with the book and if you pay attention to how everything is backwards on the cover, you can guess how screwy this book can be with your mind.

4.5 stars
 
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Waiting on Wednesday #16


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that spotlights upcoming releases and it is hosted by the fabulous Breaking the Spine. My pick of the week is...

 The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

~*~Summary~*~
When Ruby wakes up on her tenth birthday, something about her has changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp.  Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.


Date of Publication: December 18, 2012 
Publisher: Hyperion CH 
Number of Pages: 496