Sunday, January 29, 2012

Soul Screamers Reading Challenge: My Soul To Take [Soul Screamers #1] by Rachel Vincent

My Soul To Take
[Soul Screamers #1]
Rachel Vincent
Released: August 1st 2009 by Harlequin Teen
( Barnes & Noble / Goodreads )
She doesn't see dead people. She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.

Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who'll be next.

Words cannot describe how surprised I was with this book. Since this is my first time reading this series, I decided to read all of them [including the novellas] in order. Though this was nothing like My Soul To Lose, I immensely enjoyed it. I kind of found it funny that they only mentioned the mental institutions once or twice towards the middle, but anyway… I was more than ecstatic when I flipped the last page of this book and knew that I had officially became a Soul Screamers fanatic. I can now sing the praises of Rachel Vincent with the best of you, aren’t you all so glad?

Now there is nothing better than starting out a book with Kaylee [main character] sneaking into an 18+ club with Emma [the best friend]. Well, there are a few ways to spice up said scene. Enter Nash [hottest stud at school] and a chilling discovery n’ BAM, you have yourself a first chapter to keep you hooked until Kaylee opens that pretty little mouth of hers and then some. Now, I was not so sure of Nash in the beginning. He never even spoke to or even looked at Kaylee before this night, only to end up playing her knight in shining armor come nights end? Come on now. But, pleasantly, I was all wrong about Mr. McDreamy. Yes, Nash is my new McDreamy. 

I really enjoyed getting to know Kaylee and all that she is. The concept behind this book was just lovely to read and I have not seen one other author out there do it like Rachel Vincent. Craving the information being held back [not to mention Nash], my eyes couldn’t devour the words fast enough. I thought that this book had enough man candy as it was, until Tod entered and rocked my world. I have found, with recent books I have been reading, that reapers are deadly studs who I would gladly invite to kill me. I am having a bad boy streak lately folks, so I cannot help but to root for Tod, even if I know he isn’t going to win out. Is he? OH! The suspense kills me. And not to mention that little surprise thrown at you in the aftermath of everything going to hell and back, can we say WOAH?!

Hooked from page one and teetering on the edge of my seat for a crazy soul stealing ride I was more shocked than your mother when she found out you’ve seen a man indecently exposing himself at a football game when the ending slapped me in the face. Like WHAT?! I never saw it coming, and for that, I applaud not only Rachel but you readers for not giving it away in reviews. I mean, I don’t know how you all kept that sucker from me, but damn was it an intense ride. 

As I sing my final note of praise for Rachel Vincent and her magnificent characters I just want you all to know how shocked and astounded I was with book number one. It was so much more than I ever expected and I can’t wait to continue on with Kaylee in this thrilling series of death, love, and secrets.

Five Wailin' Stars
[Soul Screamers Junkie]
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Eeep! Guys, I am SO glad I started this challenge. I LOVE these books and I am only two books in. Like seriously, how did it take me so LONG to get around to reading them?! It is so safe to say I am a junkie now. <3

Saturday, January 28, 2012

In My Mailbox [4]

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. It is the one day of the week we get to share what we have bought/received/borrowed throughout the week. This week was pretty good to me. I tried not to buy too much but sometimes that just flies out the window! This week was quiet and I was sick later on so I decided to give my fingers a rest. I also have a huge pile of book waiting on me so I am kind of going on a book buying ban so to speak. Let's see how long that lasts... So, here are the books that are in my mailbox this week.



For Review:

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Like I said, it was not a busy week. BUT, I am excited for both of these. I was SO happy when my ARC copy of Pandemonium made it's way to my mailbox this week. I can't wait to dig into it soon! A big thanks to HarperTeen for the facebook contest in which I won it in! Also this week I got Sin by Shaun Allan. This is not a typical read for me [doesn't contain much romance] but for some reason it just called to me. I am pretty excited to see what those pages hold. Don't forget, you can check out either of these books by just clicking the picture!
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What did you acquire this week? Leave me your own In My Mailbox link or just comment below! I would love to see what was waiting for you in the mailbox. [:

Shelf Candy Saturday [4]

Shelf Candy Saturday is a weekly meme hosted by Five Alarm Books and I chose to do it so I could brighten up my Saturdays! Every Saturday, bloggers get to post a cover that has really caught their eye over the week for everyone else to see. It is a great way to find some new books to be put on your to be read or just admire the wonderful covers that are already on there. Judging a book by it's cover has never been so fun. [:

I went searching for this weeks Shelf Candy. I usually will see a title that jumps out at me throughout the week, but this week I had to scour goodreads. I know that Shelf Candy Saturday is all about 'judging the book by the cover' but I like to put books up that I also have an actual interest in. I also like to put up books that I have not seen before and that make me wonder to myself, 'How the heck have I not seen this yet?!' So, I was very excited when I found this weeks shelf candy. Check it out!

 Dark Storm
Sarah Singleton
Why It's Shelf Candy:
Well, lets start out with the KILLER color that you get from the cover. I love the stormy tealish blue that is brought out, not only in the clouds but the water and waves below. Then there is the whole mans face in the sky and the woman's hair floating behind her. It just makes you wonder what the heck she is doing on that ledge. Is she going to hurl herself off? Is she trying to connect with the man in the sky? SO many questions come along with this stunning cover and it just caught my eye the moment I saw it. I was pleasantly surprised once I click on it and read the synopsis. I hope this story is as great and it sounds to be. I really like the premise and think this will be a nice twist on the whole dead paranormal thing going on. Now, seriously, how have I not seen this before?!

What do you all think about the cover? Is it enough to suck you in and check it out? Well, if it is, click on the picture! Do you have any shelf candy this Saturday? If so, leave me your own Shelf Candy Saturday link or just comment below and let me know what has caught your eye this week.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Follow Friday [4]

Follow Friday is something I am very excited to be doing, since you know, I am kinda new and all. [: It is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Every week there is a new question to answer and new bloggers to meet! There is also a different blog featured every week! This weeks featured blog is Book'd Out, so don't forget to head over there and check it out!

Want to get in on all the fun? Head on over to Parajunkee or Alison Can Read and get all the info to do your own Follow Friday and see who you will meet!!

This Weeks Question Is...

Q: What book genre do you avoid at all costs and why?

A: What a great question. I don't tend to avoid many genre's but here are a few. Any religious book. Religious undertones are not my thing, I am not big into any religion so I try and stay away from them. When I read a book, I don't want to feel like I am being preached to, I want to escape. And they don't have any steamy sexy scenes. That's a big no no for me. I am also not a huge Non-fiction fan. I get enough of the real world as it is, why would I want to read about it?! That really is pretty much it. Any other book I would give a shot, but I am just too big of a YA fan to truly love anything else. What can I say, I will always be a teen at heart. [:
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What about all of you out there? Any genre's you avoid at all costs? Leave me your own Follow Friday link or just comment below. I would love to see what makes you run for the hills. [:

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Soul Screamers Reading Challenge: My Soul To Lose [Soul Screamers #0.5] by Rachel Vincent

My Soul To Lose
[Soul Screamers #0.5]
Rachel Vincent
Released: July 1st 09 by Harlequin Teen
( Barnes & Noble / Goodreads )
It was supposed to be a fun day, shopping at the mall with her best friend. Then the panic attack started and Kaylee Cavanaugh finds herself screaming, unable to stop. Her secret fears are exposed and it's the worst day of her life.

Until she wakes up in the psychiatric unit.

She tries to convince everyone she's fine--despite the shadows she sees forming around another patient and the urge to scream which comes burbling up again and again. Everyone thinks she's crazy. Everyone except Lydia, that is. Another patient with some special abilities....

So, I stared this challenge because I have seen SO many people [seriously, like almost everyone on goodreads] fall head over heels in love with this series. And now I can finally see why. Since this was such a quick read I thought I would do a mini review mixed. Being as this was only 54 pages or so I wasn't exspecting too much as far as giving me a bit of insight into this new world I was going to be reading.

Boy, was I wrong. I am really glad I ended up reading this first instead of jumping right in with the original series because this was a nice little taste of what I was going to be in for. I was not expecting it to start Kaylee off in a mental hospital. Though, once I started reading, I was presently surprised to see how they started off her story. I waited to write this until I was finished with My Soul To Take so I could see if it gave me anything vital to reading the first book. While it gave me TONS of questions, it wasn't a necessary read for the series...for the first book anyway.

I have a feeling some of my questions are going to be answered later on down the line because this book certainly brings a lot to the table. I am so glad I have started reading this series and even more so at the fact that this whole story is going to blow my mind, I can just feel it in my bones. [And I have seen the amazing reviews and ratings so come on now...] None the less. Great start to what I hope to be a breathtaking series.

Five Screamin' Stars
[Turn those pages readers!]
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Don't forget to check out my review of My Soul To Take in a few days! I finished it right before I wrote this review and will be posting it soon. It seriously rocks people. If you are interested in joining this challenge there is still plenty of time! Just click the Challenge button to your right and you can check out the deets!

Liebster Blog Award

So this wonderfully marvelous chick, Victoria, over at Confessions of a Twenty Something Fiction Writer nominated me for the Liebster Blog Award!

Thank you SO much Victoria! I am all flattered and such!  [:

Now, since I got nominated for this award, it is my turn to nominate 5 blogs with 200 followers or less! I really love that I got nominated for this because it is an awesome way to meet new up and coming bloggers and show you guys who I love to follow. So, here we go! In no particular order mind you....

The Nominees Are...

-Megan at Between The Lines-
I love this chick. She was one of my first followers and I can talk to her ALL day if we are left to it. I love her blog because she is a huge YA junkie like myself and has some pretty awesome reviews. If I am not stalking her blog, I am stalking her goodreads. So make sure to go stalk her too. She use to have a twitter, but I was just too distracting for her ;]

-Autumn at The Autumn Review-
How could I not mention with gal? She is crazy about the same books as me and she always has awesome recommendations [reviews, memes, pretty much everything!] I check her out everyday to see what she has to say. If you are a Ya or Adult romance reader, you need to check her out!

I met this gal when I first started my blog. Then I saw how awesome she was and that she loved YA. Not to mention she is a Hunger Games fan! Her reviews are great and she is a teacher! How awesome is that?

-Tabby at Insightful Minds-
I must admit, I have a bit of a steamy saucy side when it comes to books. This gal definitely feeds that. She has some amazing reviews and recommendations for Adult reads and I feel like I am always checking out her blog.

I really fell for this blog because of the background, yeah, I know, it's like judging a book by its cover...but I did! Her blogs super cuteness drew me in while her reviews kept me around. I make sure to check her out every day to see what she has been up to...maybe you should too...[:

Now, if you didn't catch the hint above, you should check all of these guys out! I love them, so you probably will too. [: Can I just give one more HUGE thank you to Victoria? I was so shocked to be on her list you have no idea! I am honored and surprised people actually read what I write. Accumulating all these new followers and friends is so much more than I expected when I started this blog. Thank you all so much!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday [4]

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking The Spine. Each Wednesday we pick a book that we can't wait to get our paws on and share it with the rest of you! Want to play along? Just head over to Jill's site for all the info! I would love to see what you are waiting on this Wednesday.

This weeks Waiting on Wednesday pick is...

A Temptation of Angels
Michelle Zink
Release date: March 20th 2012
Even angels make mistakes in this page-turning epic romance...

When her parents are murdered before her eyes, sixteen-year-old Helen Cartwright finds herself launched into an underground London where a mysterious organization called the Dictata controls the balance of good and evil. Helen learns that she is one of three remaining angelic descendants charged with protecting the world's past, present, and future. Unbeknownst to her, she has been trained her whole life to accept this responsibility. Now, as she finds herself torn between the angelic brothers protecting her and the devastatingly handsome childhood friend who wants to destroy her, she must prepare to be brave, to be hunted, and above all to be strong, because temptation will be hard to resist, even for an angel.

Michelle Zink masterfully weaves historical fantasy with paranormal romance to create a gripping tale of love and betrayal.

Why I Am Excited! 
Well, I have not read any of Michelle Zinks work yet, but this book caught my eye the moment I saw it. Not only does the blurb make me want to get my hands and eyes all over this book, but the cover is just stunning. And I do love a good historical fantasy with plenty of romance! And even though I tweeted my heart out last night to win an ARC of this book and didn't win, that doesn't stop me from wanting this book hardcore. March isn't that far away thank goodness! Oh, and I really like the fact that we are going to be getting a love square. Yeah, a square! 3 hot dudes, one is evil, like how awesomely tempting is that going to be?! So yeah, I CAN'T wait. [:
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What do you all think? Do you have your own Waiting on Wednesday post? Leave you link below or just comment and let me know what you are waiting on this week. I would love to see what is catching your eye.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Review: Fifty Shades Freed [Fifty Shades #3] by E.L. James

Fifty Shades Freed
Published by: The Writers Coffee Shop
E.L. James
Released: January 19th, 2012
( The Writers Coffee Shop / Goodreads )
When unworldly student Ana Steele first encountered the driven, damaged young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and ultimately repelled by Christian’s singular sexual tastes, Ana demanded a deeper commitment; determined to keep her, Christian agreed.

Now, together, they have more – love, passion, intimacy, and a world of infinite possibilities. But Ana always knew that loving her Fifty Shades would not be easy, and being together poses challenges neither of them ever anticipated. Ana must somehow learn to share Christian’s opulent lifestyle without sacrificing her own integrity, identity or independence; Christian must somehow overcome his compulsion to control, and lay to rest the horrors that blighted his past and haunt his present.

Just when it seems that together their love can conquer any obstacle, misfortune, malice and fate combine to make Ana’s worst nightmares come true. Alone and desperate, she must face down the poisoned legacy of Christian’s past.

Seductive, shocking, sad and funny, Fifty Shades Freed is the compelling final volume in the Fifty Shades trilogy.

A magnificent ending to an astounding trilogy, Fifty Shades Freed glued my arse to my seat and didn’t let me get up. I had such high expectations from this book and E.L. James did not fail to deliver one bit [she never does!] So much happened in this book and I never wanted it to end. I swear, if E.L. just continued to write these twos day to day life, I would still be engrossed in it. I hope this review isn’t all gushing about Christian, but I refuse to make any promises…

I couldn’t help but to drink in every last thing in this book since I knew I was getting no more Christian and Ana after it was over. I drank in the fights, the hot steamy sex, the good times they shared, and the rare times when Christian actually opened up. This book was so pivotal for these two and it was done perfectly. I have noticed a lot of people saying they didn’t like how Christian was no longer himself in this book but I couldn’t disagree more. He still has this crazy controlling dark side to him, but he is learning how to cope and deal with all these demons he has accumulated in his life. It was incredible watching our dear, dear Fifty change. And change in this book isn’t all about Christian either. Ana finally comes into her own skin [and attitude] and it is so thrilling and fulfilling to watch.

There was a lot of back and forth in this book but what else could you expect with these two?! The whole time reading it I was either. A] Swooning my socks off B] Fanning myself from all the steamy sex C] Screaming at Christian or D] Rooting and saying you go girl to Ana. As I was blissfully enjoying the story I couldn’t help but to be on the edge of my seat. I felt something huge brewing in the pages and I wanted to know what it was. And boy, does it hit you hard when it comes.
This whole build up to this one incredibly crazy intense scene had me holding my breath. I was blown away when it came jumping out at me and couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.  I thought my life was going to end for Christ sake. I can’t even halfway tell you what it is either folks. You HAVE to read it, and if you love fifty as much as we sub-club chicks do, you won’t waste one moment picking it up. E.L. James couldn’t have written a better ending even if Christian himself was sitting near her with his twitchy palms. But I guess if he was doing that, the book never would have been written now would it *wink* . So I depart from my favorite sexy trilogy with my favorite sexy couple with just one last thought.

Oh Fifty, it’s so sad to see you go, but it’s so nice to watch you leave…

Six Stimulating Stars
[yeah, that's right, I said simulating.]
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I can't believe it is over people!!!! I just want to sit and cry or something for awhile. No more reading about my sexy sexy Fifty. But seriously gals, we should all make a sub-club. I mean, we all would do whatever Christian wanted, and don't you lie and say you wouldn't! ;] Sub-club unite!

Teaser Tuesday [4]

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. It is a great way to tease your fellow readers with the book you are currently reading. Sounds fun right?! Want to play along with the rest of us? Well you totally should! So go on, get to it! You know you want to. It is super simple, trust me!

Here is how you do it:

  • Step 1: Grab your current read. 
  • Step 2: Open to a random page. 
  • Step 3: Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. Be careful not to include any spoilers so as not to ruin the book for others. 
  • Step 4: Make sure to share the title and the author so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR piles!

This weeks teaser comes from:

My Soul To Take
Rachel Vincent
Released: August 1st 2009
"Sit down!" Nash hissed, glaring up at him. Tod shook his head and started to turn away from us, so I grabbed his hand.

The reaper slowly pulled his fingers from my grasp, until my hand hung in the air, empty and abandoned.

[pg 200 from Soul Screamers Volume 1]

So bloggers I officially will start this book today. I am like UBER excited because everyone seems to like have a deep love for this series, and from flipping the pages trying to get a good teaser, I can see why. Not only are the covers amazing, the story will probably hook me and make me fall in love with it...oh well...I think I can handle that. So uh, sorry to cut this short, but I am going to go read! [:
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Do you have a teaser this Tuesday? Leave your own Teaser Tuesday link or just comment bellow and tease me baby!! Because my Tuesdays need a little spice in them. [:

Monday, January 23, 2012

Musing Mondays [4]

It is that time again folks! Monday rolling around means that it is time for another fun edition of Musing Monday! Musing Monday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Each week there is a new book related question asked and we get to respond! It is a great way to meet some new friends also. [:

This weeks question asks:

Why do you think the Young Adult genre is so popular with even the adult readers? Do you read YA books, yourself?

I think adults love YA for the same reason any of us do. Oh, and yes, I am a totally YA freak!

The reason I enjoy YA is simply due to multiple reasons. [: First off, you have a more imaginative plot and there are more variety's of said plots. It makes for a more interesting read and when you have a big book junkie like myself, and many of you, its nice to have a choice and know you will read something fresh and new. Secondly, the relationships in YA are way more fun to read. These are guys and gals in high school who are falling in like, questioning their feelings, and flirting their pants off [sometimes quite literally] and it makes you feel all giddy inside. Thirdly, it is nice to read a book that you take something away from. Even though these are YA books, I feel like sometimes the theme and the writing lets even adults take the message to heart. Sometimes we forget to go back to the "simple" answers that can make all the difference. And finally, I just love the snarky, quirky, down right hilarious dialog that these characters exude. I love to laugh when I read, even if it makes people look at me weird and these books have that. I feel like the characters in YA are still young and therefore haven't lost all that drive to rebel or make the person they are crushing on a bit mad. It makes for major laughs and then I fall hard for some fictonal boy I can never have *sigh* [Augustus Waters in The Fault in Our Stars for SURE]

So uh yeah. That is why I LOVE Ya, and I am pretty sure that is why it draws a large adult crowd also. Everyone likes to remember there first crush and that feeling you got in the pit of your stomach. With rich dialog and fantastic plots to boot, who wouldn't fall in love with YA?
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Are you a YA reader? Why do you think it is so crazy popular? Leave your own Musing Monday link or just drop a comment and let me know! I am pretty sure most of you gush about YA as much as me. [:

Sunday, January 22, 2012

In My Mailbox [3]

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. It is the one day of the week we get to share what we have bought/received/borrowed throughout the week. This week was pretty good to me. I tried not to buy too much but sometimes that just flies out the window! I should like put my credit card in a block of ice or something... But none the less I am excited about each and every one of these books! I will be on a reading spree this week. So, here are the books that are in my mailbox this week.

For Review:



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I have already read and reviewed The Fault In Our Stars you can check out that review here. I am super excited to get to A Million Suns and even more excited that I am reading Fifty Shades Freed!!! Love me some Christian Grey...yummy! Oh and Shift!! I loved Exiled so I can't wait to see what will happen in Shift. I can't wait to see what J.L. Bryan has in store for me in Fairy Metal Thunder because I loved his first series The Paranormals. Oh sorry for babbling! Don't forget you can check any of these out by clicking on the picture!!
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What did you get in your mail box this week? Leave your own In My Mailbox link or just comment and let me know! I can't wait to see what you acquired this week. [:

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Shelf Candy Saturday [3]

Shelf Candy Saturday is a weekly meme hosted by Five Alarm Books and I chose to do it so I could brighten up my Saturdays! Every Saturday, bloggers get to post a cover that has really caught their eye over the week for everyone else to see. It is a great way to find some new books to be put on your to be read or just admire the wonderful covers that are already on there. Judging a book by it's cover has never been so fun. [:

So, my shelf candy wasn't very hard to find this week. Usually I am like over on goodreads going back and forth with books on my to be read or just finding new books to add to my lists. But this week was a bit different. If you have talked to me/seen me talk to others on twitter you probably know I am a HUGE Abbi Glines fan. Well this week [yesterday to be precise] she did her cover reveal for Predestined the second book in the Existence Trilogy. So, without further adieu I give you my Shelf Candy for this very special Saturday....

Abbi Glines
Why It Is Shelf Candy:
Well, if you haven't read the first in this trilogy [uhh where have you been?! Living under a rock?!] Then you should check out not only the book but the cover here. Did you go look? Okay, I will give you a few more seconds....ready? AMAZING wasn't it?! So needless to say this cover blew my socks off! Sadly, Dank is not involved in this cover but Pagan totally takes center stage and I LOVE it. Her eyes are just mesmerizing and the smoke all around her gives off this dark and eery vibe. *Squeals* I just can't contain my excitement about this book people! All I can tell you guys is check this Trilogy out! You can click on the cover or you can head over to Abbi Glines goodreads page and see what else she has to offer. But I am telling you, ALL of it is amazing.

What do you guys think? Do you have any shelf candy this Saturday? Leave your own Shelf Candy Saturday link or just drop me a comment letting me know who your pick for shelf candy is. I would love to see what caught your eye this week. [:

Friday, January 20, 2012

Follow Friday [3]

Follow Friday is something I am very excited to be doing, since you know, I am kinda new and all. [: It is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Every week there is a new question to answer and new bloggers to meet! There is also a different blog featured every week! This weeks featured blog is Pretty In Fiction, so don't forget to head over there and check it out!

Want to get in on all the fun? Head on over to Parajunkee or Alison Can Read and get all the info to do your own Follow Friday and see who you will meet!!

This weeks question is...

Q: What's the craziest thing you've ever done to get your hands on any particular book?

A: Uhm, I can't really say I have done anything super crazy or anything. I have stood in a line for hours on end for Harry Potter and whatnot but other than that... I really wish I could say like, I was in a mad rush of book lovers and people got slammed everywhere and I had a tug of war with some lady for the book, but sadly that hasn't happened. Well, I guess that's a good thing huh?! [:
There were a few times I accidentally [*wink*] have not returned a book to my public library. One time my high school library sucked so much that I decided to just go back to the Middle School Library [it was like amazing] after classes and checked out a few books from there...I may have kept a Sarah Dessen book or two... BUT I had to pay the library before I could graduate! So, I didn't really steal it! I paid. [:
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What about all you you? Anything crazy things you guys have done to get your paws on a book? Leave your own Follow Friday link or just comment and let me know! This question could get interesting answers.;]

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Review: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

The Fault In Our Stars
Published by: Dutton Juvenile
John Green
Released: January 10th, 2012
( Barnes & Noble / Goodreads )
Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

Can I be honest with you all? This review was so hard for me to write. I really wanted this book to sink in before I wrote it but thanks to a sleepless night full of thoughts scurrying around my head I decided that I HAD to write it today.  This story is a heart wrenching, joy inducing, change your life kind of book. The way John Green deliverers it makes sure you will not rest until the story of Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters is told. There was not a single idea in this piece of work that I disliked. In fact, I am going to have extreme problems forming coherent ideas/sentences about how much I adore this book.

First off, can I start by confessing my undying love for Augustus Waters? Like seriously people. That boy was remarkable and I believe the world just NEEDS more Augustus Waters in it. He has this dark yet infectious sense of humor that just draws you in. And the outlook this boy has on life rivals that of any full grown man I have ever known. And Hazel Grace [our MC] is no different. The way these two communicated and the short love that they share is breathtaking. I have this huge admiration for the way these two grew in light of the circumstances that faced them. I don't think I’ve ever connected with two characters more than I have with Augustus and Hazel.

I wish I could personally shake the hand of John Green for writing this book. I have never known anyone close to me that has cancer, and this book opened my eyes.  Not only in the light of seeing how one faces the illness but the side of how young adults and young children deal with their own demise and who they are leaving behind. There were so many passages that utterly moved me to tears that I just don't know how I've lived my whole life without reading this book. [I know, it only just came out, but that is how I feel darn it!] It really reminds you that no matter how prepared you are for a certain outcome, you are never truly ready.  I was so far away from ready, in fact, that I felt like I fell off a cliff and landed tear ducts first.

In light of finishing, I bawled like a baby for about 10 minutes. I felt like my best friend had just been taken from me. And I know it is my fault for falling head over heels in love with Augustus and Hazel, but it made me understand and appreciate the book that much more. John Green has flabbergasted me beyond belief. I honestly didn’t think that when I picked this book up it would affect me so much.. So, thank you John Green. Thank you for creating such an amazing story of life, death, and finally finding the strength to let go and enjoy what you have while you have it. I don’t think I will ever be the same. [Or love a boy more than I love Augustus Waters. Just sayin’.]

Six Stunning Stars
[because I can!]
**** **** **** ****
Gosh darn it folks. I LOVED this book. It now has it's own shelf on my goodreads page. I know, I may have babbled a bit but sheesh. If you have not checked this book out yet, you should do so fast like!! If this is already on your to be read list, make some room! It is one of those books you just have to read. [: