Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday (75)--Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Release Date: January 11, 2011


A Story of Love, Murder, and Madness Aboard an Enormous Spaceship Bound for the Future.

Amy is a cryogenically frozen passenger aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed. She expects to wake up on a new planet, 300 years in the future. But fifty years before Godspeed's scheduled landing, Amy's cryo chamber is unplugged, and she is nearly killed.

Now, Amy is caught inside an enclosed world where nothing makes sense. Godspeed's passengers have forfeited all control to Eldest, a tyrannical and frightening leader, and Elder, his rebellious and brilliant teenage heir.

Amy desperately wants to trust Elder. But should she? All she knows is that she must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets before whoever woke her tries to kill again.

Across the Universe is Titanic meets Brave New World.

I'm a not-so-closet sci fi fan, so this one sounds AMAZING! They had me at "cryogenically frozen." Can't wait for January!!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

I'm Back...Sort Of!

Hello all!!

I know I haven't posted much lately, but I am really trying to get back into it. I miss the blogosphere and I miss chatting about books, but I've been super busy with work and school, which sometimes is one in the same for me. As many of you know, I'm an elementary school media specialist, and I'm also taking my last two classes for my Master's in Library Science. All I have left after this semester is my research paper, so YAY! This is all keeping me extremely busy and has put a major dent in my blogging.

I'm trying to make a comeback, though. I can't promise I'll blog everyday, but I will try to blog more regularly. I've been reading more Middle Grade stuff than YA lately, but I'm currently reading Paranormalcy on my Kindle. I'm trying to read more of what I want to read rather than what I feel like I have to read.

So, I have some reviews coming up this week to try to get rolling again. If you're still out there, thanks for sticking around!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

I Heart Rob Zombie!!

Yes, yes it's true. I think the Zombie is dreamy. I love his music and his movies and tonight, I saw him in concert along with the amazing Alice Cooper. Ahhhh, it was a night of rock awesomeness.

If the Halloween Hootenanny Tour comes through your town, you should definitely check it out. I may be deaf tomorrow, but it was totally worth it.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday (74)--Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride

Release Date: Ocotber 12, 2010 from Henry, Holt & Co.


Sam leads a pretty normal life. He may not have the most exciting job in the world, but he’s doing all right—until a fast food prank brings him to the attention of Douglas, a creepy guy with an intense violent streak.

Turns out Douglas is a necromancer who raises the dead for cash and sees potential in Sam. Then Sam discovers he’s a necromancer too, but with strangely latent powers. And his worst nightmare wants to join forces . . . or else.

With only a week to figure things out, Sam needs all the help he can get. Luckily he lives in Seattle, which has nearly as many paranormal types as it does coffee places. But even with newfound friends, will Sam be able to save his skin?

This one had me with that title...love it! The synopsis sounds pretty awesome, too.

And check out the trailer:

Monday, October 4, 2010

Fallout by Ellen Hopkins

Release Date: Available Now from Margaret K. McElderry

Source: Personal Collection (Kindle)


Hunter, Autumn, and Summer—three of Kristina Snow’s five children—live in different homes, with different guardians and different last names. They share only a predisposition for addiction and a host of troubled feelings toward the mother who barely knows them, a mother who has been riding with the monster, crank, for twenty years.

Hunter is nineteen, angry, getting by in college with a job at a radio station, a girlfriend he loves in the only way he knows how, and the occasional party. He's struggling to understand why his mother left him, when he unexpectedly meets his rapist father, and things get even more complicated. Autumn lives with her single aunt and alcoholic grandfather. When her aunt gets married, and the only family she’s ever known crumbles, Autumn’s compulsive habits lead her to drink. And the consequences of her decisions suggest that there’s more of Kristina in her than she’d like to believe. Summer doesn’t know about Hunter, Autumn, or their two youngest brothers, Donald and David. To her, family is only abuse at the hands of her father’s girlfriends and a slew of foster parents. Doubt and loneliness overwhelm her, and she, too, teeters on the edge of her mother’s notorious legacy. As each searches for real love and true family, they find themselves pulled toward the one person who links them together—Kristina, Bree, mother, addict. But it is in each other, and in themselves, that they find the trust, the courage, the hope to break the cycle.

Told in three voices and punctuated by news articles chronicling the family’s story, FALLOUT is the stunning conclusion to the trilogy begun by CRANK and GLASS, and a testament to the harsh reality that addiction is never just one person’s problem.

Let me start by saying that I am an Ellen Hopkins fan. I've read all of her books and I liked each and every one. That being said, this one just didn't do it for me. Here's the thing, it could be the format in which I read the book. In the past, I've always bought the hardcovers and I like how they are set up. The poems all have unique shapes that add to the reading and I usually buzz right through the books. Well, this time, because I'm obsessed with my Kindle, I bought the eBook version. It just wasn't the same. Some books should be experienced the old fashioned way and I think Hopkins' books fall into that category. I just couldn't get into the book. I finished it, but it took me a lot longer than it normally would have.

I thought the story was powerful, but it was almost too much for me. I found myself getting depressed reading about these people being depressed. I think Autumn and Summer were my favorite characters. I just kept reading along hoping they wouldn't take certain twists and turns. It's a bit like watching a car wreck, you just can't turn away.

I do think that Hopkins has captured the pain that drug addiction can cause to an entire family, but with this book, she also shows how that pain can reach out to even those who are acquainted with the family members. I have to say, though, I'm glad this is the final book about Kristina. I don't think I could take another one. I had to immediately move onto something cheerful: The Search for Wondla by Tony DiTerlizzi. I felt like my brain needed a good cleansing.

Will I still read Ellen Hopkins even though I was disappointed in this latest book? Of course! I will eagerly purchase all of her future books.....I just won't read them on my Kindle. :)