Monday, December 19, 2011

[Review] Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Across the Universe
by: Beth Revis

Publication Date: January 11th 2011
Publisher: Razorbill
Format: Hardcover, 416 pages


Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.
Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone - one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship - tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now, Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

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This book is another brilliant masterpiece of a dystopian young adult fantasy! I cannot get enough of this book! It’s those words that I have in mind whenever I think of Across the Universe. How can I get enough of it when the story is incredibly well written?

Across the Universe is the debut book of Beth Revis. I knew it would be a wonderful read for me. I have seen so many good reviews about this book and those reviews made me more excited. And so I did not think twice of buying this book. I trust my co reviewers enough to actually believe that this would be a book worth of my money, effort and time. I’m even thankful I read this. It made me feel like I’d miss a whole lot of a fantastic ride if I did not read this.

It was the story of Amy who was born in the present day Earth but was preserved because she wanted to go with her parents to the new Earth called Centauri Earth to save the human species. Amy was preserved with her parents along with a hundred plus people who will become Centauri Earth’s foundation in rebuilding the new civilization. They were stored in a big compartment in the spaceship called the Godspeed. And after so many years of being consciously asleep, Amy was attempted to be killed. She survived the attempt but woke up into a whole new world she has no clue about. But Elder, the next generation leader of the spaceship, was there to guide and protect her. But with Amy perspective, everyone in the spaceship could be a suspect of her waking up from the preservation.

I especially love the way how people are so different and could become so different in times of difficulties. They could do just about anything to keep on surviving. I love the characters and how I have no idea this would turn out. I had no time guessing of what to come next because I was so engrossed in reading. It was magnificent.

I want to share to you that when I told my friends about the book, they read it and they all loved it. It was awesome really that all of them got what I mean. Some of them weren’t even fond of reading. But they had all absorbed the beauty and brilliance of this wonderful book. We have even imagined this to become a movie. And we all think it would probably be cool if there was really one.

I couldn’t wait for A Million Suns to come out. I’d surely be buying it. I would not want to miss it. It would not be smart to miss it.


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BOOK TRAILER



ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Beth Revis was born and raised in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina. Despite being a complete over-achiever and teacher’s pet in high school, she often wrote short stories instead of taking notes during classes. This habit persisted into college, except the stories became novels.
Beth tried really hard to like boring books by dead white European men while in college, but she kept drifting over to the YA aisles in the bookstore. (While she does like Shakespeare, she insists it’s only because of all the dirty jokes.) Beth’s favorite author of all time is C.S. Lewis, ever since reading The Chronicles of Narnia under the stairs of her local library in elementary school all the way to writing her master’s thesis on Till We Have Faces. She enjoys books that are strange in someway—either they explore new worlds, discover new magics, or delve into different lives of interesting people. She also holds a special place in her heart for Firefly and Doctor Who.

After graduating from NC State University with a BA in English Education with a minor in history and a MA in English Literature with a concentration in fantasy literature (she is a complete over-achiever, remember?), Beth became a teacher herself. She filled her classes with Greek gods, samurai, and ancient monsters, but continued writing between grading essays and making lesson plans.
Although Beth had originally begun teaching thinking it would be a nice way to pay the bills before she got a book deal, she discovered that, much to her surprise, she didn’t just like teaching, she loved it. This made it much harder for her to quit when she decided to focus more time on her writing. She wrote a series of posts on this decision, reflecting on ending one career and starting another.


Sunday, December 18, 2011

In My Mailbox #7


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. This meme allows bloggers to showcase the books they've received, bought or borrowed from the library.

For Review:
Ugly to Start With by John Michael Cummings

Won:
Shatter Me ARC by Tahereh Mafi

Bought:
Shade & Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready
Sweet Venom  by Tera Lyn Childs
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

and the most awesomeness book I got is...
Lola and The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Big Thanks to Amy Plum and John Michael Cummings

What did you get in your Mailbox this week?
Let us know in the comments~
Happy Sunday to everyone!


Saturday, December 17, 2011

Bookish News #5



Welcome to Bookish News by We Fancy Books. This is a feature where we try to sum up some Book News the whole week. I hope this feature will help you guys be up to date about the latest Book News around the Bookish Community~

Book Release

Happy Release Day to
Hunted by Cheryl Rainfield


Read the first 6 pages
here





Maximum Ride, Vol. 5 (Maximum Ride: The Manga #5) by James Patterson


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Cover Reveal
Hana by Lauren Oliver
To be released on January 17th 2012
Published by HarperCollins Publishers

I'm excited for this one! I've read Delirium and I can't wait for Pandemonium. There is no official synopsis still but I'm guessing this is a prequel? or a side story. I may be wrong but you should definitely get this when it comes out! If you still haven't read Delirium read it :)


 Von der Nacht verzaubert by Amy Plum
To be released March 2012
Published by Loewe Verlag Gmbh

I present you all the German cover of Die For Me! Isn't it beautiful? If you translate the title it would read "Enchanted by the night". Isn't the cover beautiful? I totally love it! I'm excited for the German book lovers out there~ if you haven't read Die For Me it's a must read for 2011! I'm sure you'll be in love with the story of Kate and Vincent :)
PREORDER HERE
 Cassandra Clare and Edwestwick on Barnes & Noble in Union Square, NYC! for the launch party of Clockwork Prince!
credits to Simon & Schuster

Mortal Instruments Author “Crossing Fingers” For New Script, 2013 Movie

Meanwhile more Cassandra Clare news. Cassandra Clare dropped by VH1 to promote Book 2 of The Infernal Devices Trilogy: Clockwork Prince. As we are looking forward for some movie news she said that "The original script didn’t stay true to the books" thats why the movie being delayed.

"Nobody could settle on a script that they liked, and so there was a lot of back-and-forthing, and finally, it came down from the head of the studio [Screen Gems] that she wanted the script rewritten,"

"She didn’t feel like it stuck close enough to the book. I kind of agreed with her. There were some characters that were taken out and things that were switched around, and it was very different from City of Bones."

“I’ve got my fingers crossed,” she said. “Now, all the producers have to sign off on the rewrite and if they’re happy with it then we move forward. They still want to shoot early next spring, so they’re going to have to go bang, bang, bang with casting and everything like that.”

credits to The Fab Life

FORBIDDEN to be translated into Thai!
The Thai publishing house 'Sanskrit' have just bought the rights. They have recently decided to expand into YA and want to launch with FORBIDDEN! :)

credits to Tabitha Suzuma

i have officially begun drafting book 3! shiny shiny.
credits to Tahereh Mafi

Tahereh Mafi has officially begun drafting book 3 of Shatter Me Trilogy! I'm pretty sure people who have read Shatter Me is excited on this news. Though I have no news about the title of the second book just the thought that book three is on drafting period makes me want to scream! My review of Shatter Me here 

very cool: Shatter Me is in the top 10 bestsellers for Young Adult fiction at National Bookstore in the Philippines, and a #1 Teen Bestseller for Allen & Unwin books in Australia :D
credits to Tahereh Mafi

and that's here in the Philippines! Congrats to Tahereh :3

Across the Universe Book 3 title has been revealed! See the title of Book 3 on the Across the Universe Facebook Fanpage  

Book 3 title has been revealed but you have to wait till 2013 to read it! A Million Suns will be released January 10th next year :) make sure you get it when it comes out! See our review of Across the Universe here

Book into Movie News

Pic partners wowed by 'Wither'
Prospect Park, Violet House land feature rights to dystopian tale


Lauren DeStefano's dystopian sci-fi fantasy "Wither" is headed for the bigscreen, as Prospect Park and Violet House Prods. have acquired feature rights to the first book in a planned trilogy.

Producers are Jeff Kwatinetz and Rob Carliner through their Prospect Park banner and Aly and AJ Michalka via their Violet House shingle.

credits to Variety

OMG! Wither is going to be a movie! Wither has got to be one of the best book for 2011 and it was optioned to be a movie! I have always imagined the book to be into a movie. If you haven't know about Wither it's time for you to read it. I haven't have a chance to review this book but in my opinion it's pretty good. The book series follows a kidnapped girl and her attempt to escape from a forced polygamous marriage designed to keep the population from dying out. The second book, "Fever," is due out next year. I can't wait for Fever!

Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck optioned for a movie by Paramount
"Paramount Pictures has acquired screen rights to the Colleen Houck novel Tiger’s Curse. Mary Parent will produce through her Disruption Entertainment banner with Raphael Kryszek."

credits to Deadline

I still need to read this book, I have heard nothing but great things about it and another *jaw drop* for me because it's going to be a movie! there are so many books being turned into a movie lately and I say that let the trend go on! There are so many good books to be turned into a movie and I believe that this book has the potential. This reminds me that I need to read it. If you haven't then I guess you should to!


D4M3 is officially within the walls of HarperCollins! (And specifically, in my editor's inbox.) This is the very first draft, of course. Now it will be edited a couple of times, copyedited, tweaked and all that fancy stuff. But the story is there. WOO HOO!!! Next on my To Do list...Christmas cards.
credits to Amy Plum


Norwegian spotting of DIE FOR ME in the wild!!! (By my friend Laila who is there for Thanksgiving.) And what great company the book has!

credits to Amy Plum

If you haven't notice this or I haven't mentioned it but I'm a big big fan of Amy Plum. I totally love Die For Me, do I have to stress that further? Hearing news about the third book being on the first draft and is in the walls of HarperCollins makes me want to tumble around. I love Amy and her work and I'm looking forward for Until I Die. I recommend you to read it... definitely read it because it's an awesome book and when I say awesome it's definitely good. Well if you want a good, unique, awesome, totally awesome, read then I believe this book is one for you.


Ok guys, I have just been shown both the TITLE and the COVER for Legend II. omg. You're going to LOVE it. And I'm going to go stuff my mouth with cotton now, so I don't blurt out the title by accident!
credits to Marie Lu

The Hunger Games Movie Poster Revealed!
credits to The Hunger Games Facebook Page

Isn't it awesome? I need one of this poster for reals! Now I'm getting giddy excited for next year!

Bloodrose Book Trailer
Bloodrose (out Jan. 3), the third and final volume in Andrea Cremer’s best-selling Nightshade trilogy, ends with a twist so shocking that publishers have been keeping close watch on advance copies. This thought-provoking page-turner centers on Calla Tor as she faces the ultimate battle between the Keepers and the Searchers. If you’re having a hard time waiting until Jan. 3, check out the exclusive trailer for Bloodrose below, and also read what Cremer has to say about her next novel … and that surprise ending!

See trailer and an interview here
credits to EW



[Review] Angelfall by Susan Ee



Angelfall
Susan Ee

Publication Date: May 21st 2011
Publisher: Feral Dream
Format: Kindle Edition, 363 KB

It's been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels' stronghold in San Francisco where she'll risk everything to rescue her sister and he'll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again. 

Page turner! Wonderful! Angelic! Bam! There’s Angelfall!

We do have those times when we don’t want to read a book anymore because we feel like they are all the same. I did have that kind of feeling for the past few weeks. And then there’s Angelfall. I can’t even say the right word of how much I’m thankful that I get to read this.

It's Susan Ee’s idea of angels destroying our world in Angelfall. And it was wonderful. Not the destroying part anyway. Penryn, our protagonist, is trying to survive in a world being ruined by the angels. But there was one night when a snowkiss-winged angel fell in front of Penryn and her family. She helped him because she wanted to save her sister who was taken by another angel. And so they journeyed to the nest of the angels together. It was exciting. I love it for all that it is.

And anyway, it was the adventure and all that has happened to both Penryn and Raffe, the snow-kissed angel, that was really thrilling. They have been through a pretty tough journey and well it was indeed page turner. Oh well I mentioned that already.

I love it! And well if not exactly for my words, because I’m totally slacking right now, I guess you can look at the rating for this. This just has to be read because of its marvel. Wonderful book that will not bore you with the same old paranormal things that you always read because it seems like authors like to keep writing the same things over and over but slightly changing a bit so you wouldn’t notice the similarities I don’t know if this is just me or whatever.

And oh, it doesn’t end on just that by the way. I am so freaking excited for the untitled sequel of this. I don’t know but the book wasn’t enough for me. There’s a sequel that I’ll be really looking forward too, which just made me happier by the way.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Susan Ee is the author of Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, Book 1). Her short stories have been in various publications including Realms of Fantasy and The Dragon and the Stars anthology. She is also a filmmaker whose latest film played at major film festivals and on cable TV stations throughout the U.S. She studied creative writing through workshops at Stanford, The Iowa Writers' Workshop and Clarion West.
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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Feature & Follow Friday

This week's featured blogger is



To join the fun and make now book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:


If you are new to the #FF fun, Feature & Follow Friday is a blog hop that expands your blog following by a join effort between bloggers. First you leave your name here and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them hi in their comments. You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win.


Now to make this #FF interesting we do a FEATURE blogger. The Feature bloggers are chosen randomly from participants in the Follow Friday or through twitter and blog introductions. If you are interested in becoming a Feature let me know!



Q: When you’ve read a book, what do you do with it? (Keep it, give it away, donate it, sell it, swap it..?)


I always keep them. I love my books and in case I want to re read some of them I would totally do. But I try to lend most of them to my friends if they want something to read. If I have a spare copy I would give it away or gift it to someone but that rarely happens.


What do you do with the books  you've read?
Let us know in the comment section
Happy Friday to everyone! *waves*

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[Review] The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

The Son of Neptune
Rick Riordan

Publication Date: October 4th 2011
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Format: Hardcover, 513 pages
Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.


Percy is confused. When he awoke from his long sleep, he didn't know much more than his name. His brain fuzz is lingering, even after the wolf Lupa tol him he is a demigod and trained him to fight with the pen/sword in his pocket. Somehow Percy manages to make it to a camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he has to keep killing monsters along the way. But the camp doesn't ring and bells with him. The only thing he can recall from his past is another name: Annabeth

Hazel is supposed to be dead. When she lived before, she didn't do a very good job of it. Sure, she was an obedient daughter, even when her mother was possessed by greed. But that was the problem - when the Voice took over he mother and commanded Hazel to use her "gift" for and evil purpose, Hazel couldn't say no. Now because of her mistake, the future of the world is at risk. Hazel wished she could ride away from it all on the stallion that appears in her dreams.

Frank is a klutz. His grandmother says he is descended from heroes and can be anything he wants to be, but he doesn't see it. He doesn't even know who his father is. He keeps hoping Apollo will claim him, because the only thing he is good at is archery - although not good enough to win camp war games. His bulky physique makes him feel like an ox, especially infront of Hazel, his closest friend at camp. He trusts her completely - enough to share the secret he holds close to his heart.

Beginning at the "other" camp for half-bloods and extending as far as the land beyond the gods, this breathtaking second installment of the Heroes of Olympus series introduces new demigods, revives fearsome monsters, and features other remarkable creatures, all destined to play a part in the Prophesy of Seven

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Wow.
I seriously don’t know where to start my review or what words would give justice for the feelings I have towards this book or how I would even manage to write them without any hints of being an obsessive fan-girl.
The book was amazing.Seriously.
InThe Lost Hero, it was Jason’s story of his struggle in discovering his identity, this one is just exactly the same, but this time its about the humor-filled son of Neptune, errr I mean Poseidon: Percy Jackson, in his journey of unveiling the shroud that’s covering his memories and discovering the gods’ tricky mission while slicing off monsters together with the Roman Camp--Camp Jupiter.
At the first few pages, I cannot deny my excitement as Ive again read Percy’s sarcastic-fun thoughts!But I couldn’t deny the maturity I’ve noticed in his character. And by that, it made everything a whole lot better. He is more focused and determined and a hundred times more amusing!
Percy hated tests. Since he’d lost his memory, his whole life was one big fil -in-the-blank. He was ____, from _________. He felt like ____________________, and if the monsters caught him, he’d be ____________________.
Then he thought about Annabeth, the only part of his old life he was sure about. He had to find her.
Needless to say, Rick Riordan had once again hit it. My toes curled with delight as I read his familiar words. The way he writes our protagonists’ lines could make the readers curious and baffled and left laughing for days!
Frank said, “Just keep moving! We’re almost there."
“Almost where?”
Juno chuckled. "All roads lead there child. You should know that."
"Detention?" Percy asked.
Ofcourse, the books’ chapters were all adventure-packed! Somehow I still cannot imagine how the author had put up all these Greek and Roman craze in one book with lots of twists and unexpected revelations. Also, the love-o-meter in this series had rocketed into a higher level. The new characters he’d added were more involved with one another that it could make your mind burst upon predicting they’re purposes and what their actions could possibly mold one event to another; There’s this girl who makes jewels appear wherever she goes, and actually has a strong link to our favorite characters in the previous books . There’s this awkward buffy dude who is always with the girl and is yet to discover of what he’s made of.  Another one is a weird camp augur who glares at Percy a lot and uses stuffed animals in his rituals. And lastly, ‘the’ Reyna who worried Piper as Jason’s “something” in the last book,and is now leaving the readers puzzled whether Annabeth would have a little competition against her in the next series.
The ending was a big “BAAAAM!” that it made me beat up my pillows harshly. Why? Well… just go and read it right now cause I swear in the river of Styx that if you don’t, you’d miss half of the true essence of reading real good fiction books!
And yea, here is a littlesneak peek for our heroes’ next quest:
“Wisdom's daughter walks alone,
The MARK OF ATHENA burns through Rome.”


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rick Riordan is an American author from Texas famous for his Percy Jackson and the Olympians series (The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan's Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, The Last Olympian). He attended The University of Texas at Austin in 1986, where he double-majored in English and History He also wrote The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles) and, most recently, The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus). He also wrote the Tres Navarre series for adults and helped to edit Demigods and Monsters, a collection of essays on the topic of his Percy Jackson series. He also wrote book one of the 39 Clues (The Maze of Bones) and co-wrote book eleven (Vespers Rising) published by Scholastic Corporation.
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