Sunday, January 30, 2011

Matched by Ally Condie

Title: Matched
Author: Ally Condie
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Release: November 30, 2011
Pages: 366
Series: Matched #1
Synopsis:
Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.
The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

Review:
Matched was a fast paced, fun read, with a lot of hype to boot. Not to mention the cover! I finished Matched a little while back and had a pretty good time with it.

Wow, the cover is just wow. I mean the minute I saw it I knew I had to read it. It's just that eye catching, though it's even more beautiful in person. It has gloss highlights over the girl and off set highlights over the letters of the title giving it a very futuristic feel. I also love the colors, they stand out against other books as the green that they use if so vibrant and it also gave you a feel for what Cassia actually wore to her Matching ceremony. I really like though how the girl is in the bubble, symbolising the society she lives in keeps all its people in a bubble away from the real world. I always love a cover that's gorgeous and has meaning.

The characters in Matched were interesting to read about for many reasons like they were so new with love and unlike today's teens they weren't looking for a boyfriend or a girlfriend, the Society did that for them. Then when Cassia started to realise she had feelings for Ky that might go against everything that the society taught her, she had no idea of what to do. It was a very different trait than we are used to in our everyday lives because we know what love is where she was taught that anything that couldn't be proved or wasn't approved of be the society didn't exist. On Xander's side of things, he faced rejection which doesn't often occur among members of the society because of the rigorous Matching system. And Ky (I'm Team Ky!) had to fight for Cassia's heart because he realised his feelings for her though he wasn't her chosen partner. When you pool this all together, you get one great set of characters that are all unique in their own ways.

The story in Matched is the part that I didn't always care for. I found that sometimes there wouldn't be much of anything going on during some chapters. Most of the time though the story kept chugging along at a fairly good pace, and then the end happened. The last part of the book was definitely my favorite part. The events of the book finally all caught up to the characters and the result was a suspenseful ending with some realization as well.
After reading Matched, I really can't wait to read and find out what happens to all of the characters and to see if Cassia will get her happy ending after all. Until then, Matched gets a 3.5/5.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Book Blogger Hop!

Book Blogger Hop
Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy For Books made to help showcase your blog to other bloggers out there with the same interests!

What book are you most looking forward to seeing published in 2011?  Why are you anticipating that book?

The book that I am looking forward to the most would have to be either The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong or Delirium by Lauren Oliver. They really appeal to me as I have read a few of Kelley's books and I've read great reviews of Delirium.



Thursday, January 27, 2011

Follow My Book Blog Friday!


So Follow my Blog Friday is a meme held by Parajunkee and it's where you answer the weekly question and then link yourself and you go and check out other blogs of your interest.

What is/was your favorite subject in school?

One of my favorites was science. I also really liked language courses.


Monday, January 24, 2011

100 Followers!

Hey guys, I would just like to thank each and every one of you for following my blog! I just recently (yesterday, January 24, 2011) hit 100 followers after blogging for just over 4 months! I cannot believe it's been that long, or that I've come this far. Thank you to everyone who follows my blog and here's to many more successful months after this!

*Pats myself on the back*

Thanks,

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Follow My Book Blog Friday


So Follow my Blog Friday is a meme held by Parajunkee and it's where you answer the weekly question and then link yourself and you go and check out other blogs of your interest.

Who do you cheer for?

No one. I'm not a sports kind of person. Though occasionally I'll cheer for a hockey team during playoffs.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Cover Reveal!

Hey guys, I would just like to show you a brand new cover for a book that I'm pretty excited for!

The Craving by LJ Smith

It's finally Elena/ Katherine's turn! The last one had Damon on it and the first one had Stefan on it. Have any of you guys read these books? Personally I can't wait to read these books!



Sunday, January 16, 2011

Torment by Lauren Kate

Title: Torment
Author: Lauren Kate
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Release: September 28, 2010
Pages: 452
Series: Fallen #2
Synopsis:
Hell on earth. That's what it's like for Luce to be apart from her fallen angel boyfriend, Daniel. It took them an eternity to find one another, but now he has told her he must go away. Just long enough to hunt down the Outcasts - immortals who want to kill Luce. Daniel hides Luce at Shoreline, a school on the rocky California coast with unusually gifted students -Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans.

At Shoreline, Luce learns what the Shadows are, and how she can use them as windows to her previous lives. Yet the more Luce learns, the more she suspects that Daniel hasn't told her everything. He's hiding something - something dangerous. What if Daniel's version of the past isn't actually true? What if Luce is really meant to be with someone else? The second novel in the addictive FALLEN series . . . where love never dies.

Review:
Okay, for any of you who have read my review of Fallen, you know that I thought it was a pretty good book, it had flaws but it was fairly good. So going on that I started Torment fairly soon after Fallen and then life happened. I had other things I needed to do and of course I got tempted once again into reading other books at the same time which meant that this one got pushed to the bottom of the pile for no particular reason. Though once I did finish it I was a little disappointed with it.

The cover for both Fallen and Torment are gorgeous with the cover models in the black dresses, but with totally different backdrops. In Fallen she is clearly at Sword & Cross, and on Torment she's clearly at Shoreline. How can I tell? The coast in the background was a hint. The other bits I like of the cover was the emotion that the model is portraying. It really was what Luce felt through the whole book: confusion and frustration. I also love the little touch of colour in the authors name. In case you didn't know from my theme, I love pink!

The characters are where this book starts to go down hill for me. I really didn't like how rude and controlling Daniel got to be in Torment. I mean I understand that he wanted to protect her, but he didn't need to be so much of a bully to Luce. I also didn't care for the way he just invited himself to Luce's for dinner or how he would just pop up without announcement after he said that they would have to be separated for 18 days. Then there's Luce. She just seemed to be so strong in one moment (which I loved!) when she was arguing with Daniel and then the next moment she was running back into his arms just to fight with him a couple minutes later. She just seemed to flip personalities too often for my tastes.

The writing in the book was good. The story kept moving and never got ridiculously slow, though I wasn't sold on all the events of the book. My favourite part of Torment had to be the ending though. I loved that Luce finally took a step back in order to think for herself for a change. It really did make me glad that she put some separation between her and Daniel , though I don't like how obsessed she was with her past reincarnations. Have you ever heard of the saying 'the past is the past'? I wish that this saying could have been used more in this book and that Torment would have focused more on the present. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't boring, it was entertaining though I didn't always like some aspects of the book.

Overall, Torment was a good read, though I wish somethings were different. Overall, it got a 3/5 because of the ending and the fact that it wasn't hard to read because it never got too slow or boring.


Saturday, January 15, 2011

New Button!

Hey guys! I'm just finishing up the transformation from my old theme to my new one and I just wanted to show you guys the resized button I just scaled!

New Theme!

Hey guys! So as you probably already know, I recently held a poll with choices for a new theme here at The Bursting Bookshelf. There were 5 choices, all which got votes. But by a landslide, one theme won.

DRUMROLL PLEASE!

That's right! It was Logo #2!
Thanks to everyone who voted and chose Logo #2.


Please leave a comment below with your thoughts on this new theme.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Follow My Book Blog Friday

So Follow my Blog Friday is a meme held by Parajunkee and it's where you answer the weekly question and then link yourself and you go and check out other blogs of your interest.

What makes up your non-human family??

Only a dog!

Library Thursday Blog Hop

Hey guys! I just recently found a new blog hop that features books you get out in the library! I think it sounds fun since there's no other hop like it! It's hosted by Lazy Girl Reads.

I only have one books this week and that's Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. It's all about Greg who builds schools in places where children have never had a chance to go to school and his journey along the way.

Did you guys get anything?

Book Blogger Hop!

Book Blogger Hop


Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy For Books made to help showcase your blog to other bloggers out there with the same interests!

 "Why do you read the genre that you do?  What draws you to it?"
I read YA fiction, but mostly paranormal fiction. Why? I love the different creatures that are so different from the real world! They are great for the imagination and they provide a great reality escape as well.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

In My Mailbox #3

Hey guys! I just got another book today! Today it was...

Need by Carrie Jones!

What did you guys get?


Heartless by Sara Shepard

Title: Heartless
Author: Sara Shepard
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release: January 19, 2010
Rating: 5/5
Pages: 277
Series: Pretty Little Liars #7
Synopsis:

In picturesque Rosewood, Pennsylvania, neighbors gossip over picket fences, and gleaming SUVs sit in every crushed-granite driveway. But recently, friendly smiles have been replaced with suspicious glares and accusatory whispers and it's all because Hanna, Aria, Emily, and Spencer just can't keep their mouths shut. . . .
First they claimed they found a dead body in the woods behind Spencer's house, only to have it vanish without a trace. Then when the same woods went up in flames, they swore they saw someone who's supposed to be dead rise from the ashes. And even after all that, the pretty little liars are still playing with fire.
Hanna's trading in her Dior trench for a straitjacket. Aria's trying to contact the dead. Emily's dumped her boyfriend and is skipping town . . . again. And Spencer thinks someone in her family has gotten away with murder.
The friends insist they're telling the truth about what they saw, but all of Rosewood thinks they're simply out for attention and nobody likes a girl who cries wolf. So when the big bad killer comes after the girls, will anyone believe them . . . or will they be the next to disappear?

Review:
OK, so for those of you who have read Killer (the last book) or any of the other Pretty Little Liars books, you know that the books always end with incredible cliff hangers. And Killer was no exception. So as soon as I finished Killer, I immediately moved on to Heartless and was just as pleased with this book as I was with the last. By the way, there are some mild spoilers below. Sorry!


The cover for Heartless keeps in the theme of the rest of the Pretty Little Liars books; a doll on the front and a actual model on the back. Also in the theme are bright, vibrant colours that stand out against the uniform dark YA cover/ spine in a bookshelf. But with this cover, I was disappointed. When I got the book (in paperback) it was the same colour as the second book, Flawless. The hardcover must have been more peachy though like the picture above, but I found it disappointing because I always look forward to each new colour.


The thing I love about these books are that they stay fairly consistent. The characters grow, but don't become completely different people. The writing and story also are fairly consistent as well. They retain all the mystery and 'A' caused fun that I've come from these books. And honestly, I like the new 'A' better than the first one. I mean the mind games that 'A' played on the girls this time were crazy! I couldn't figure them out myself until the end where they were explained. That's why I love these books, they are so mysterious and complicated while at the same time they're still readable for a teen and they're not too hard to read.

So after finishing Heartless, I can't wait to get my hands on the final book (for now*) and devour that one as well. Overall, this book was a great lead up to what I'm sure will be a shocking conclusion to this epic series.



*PS: Did you guys hear about the next Pretty Little Liars book? It comes out summer 2011 and it's called Twisted. What new twists could be in store for the Pretty Little Liars? I guess you'll just have to wait and find out :)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Killer by Sara Shepard

Title: Killer
Author: Sara Shepard
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release: July 1, 2009
Rating: 5/5
Pages: 321
Series: Pretty Little Liars #6
Synopsis:
In picture-perfect Rosewood, Pennsylvania, ash-blond highlights gleam in the winter sun and frozen lakes sparkle like Swarovski crystals. But pictures often lie— and so do Rosewood's four prettiest girls. 
Hanna, Aria, Spencer, and Emily have been lying ever since they became friends with beautiful Alison DiLaurentis. Ali made them do terrible things—things they had to keep secret for years. And even though Ali was killed at the end of seventh grade, their bad-girl ways didn't die with her. 
Hanna's on a mission to corrupt Rosewood's youth, starting with a very attractive sophomore. Aria's snooping into her boyfriend's past. Spencer's stealing— from her family. And pure little Emily's abstaining from abstinence. 
The girls should be careful, though. They thought they were safe when Ali's killer was arrested and A's true identity was finally revealed. But now there's a new A in town turning up the heat. And this time Rosewood is going to burn.


Review:
To start off, I would just like to say that this review might actually contain spoilers as this book is fairly far into the series, so those of you who haven't read the first five books might not want to continue on reading this review.


The writing in this book is great. It flows very well, despite the fact it's written in four different perspectives. The story never felt chopped together either which was great. And the fact that shocks me the most is that this is the sixth book in the series and it's still just as entertaining and great as the first couple books. Not many series can completely hold my attention as Pretty Little Liars has. Not to mention the twists that were in this book! I couldn't believe how many misfortunes these poor girls go through. The mystery is fascinating as well because of it's complexity. Though, the best part of the book was the end. The cliff hanger is incredible and it makes you want to have the next book ready to read right after you finish Killer.



I'm just going to come out and say it. A is my favorite character in this book. Now you may question my sanity when I say that. Let me explain why; you don't know who A is, but they are such an integral part of the book. I mean, if A wasn't there it would just be a story about a murder that happened just over 3 years ago. Not nearly as exciting right? The other characters are great because even though they lead 'perfect' lives, they are realistic with the problems that everyone has gone through at one point or another. 


I just adore  the covers of these books! They're just so bright and colorful and eye pleasing! Though, I think the cover of Killer is my favorite cover of all the books. Why? It's purple. And I really like the necklace that the doll on the front is wearing. That brings me to my next point, I really like the idea of comparing the four main characters to dolls. The comparison is accurate, they live the dream life: they have money, beauty and they live in a seemingly idealistic town. The perfect life like a doll's world. What's not to love? And on all the books one of the characters is always featured and this time round it's Hanna.

I think that this book would be definitely be an amazing read as a summer read or for just any time. Killer was a killer (bad pun, I'm sorry) read and I'm very excited to get started on the next book, Heartless. Overall, Killer gets a 5/5 for being a great book with a great storyline, good writing and twists that will have you on the edge of your seat the entire time that will make you beg for the next book.

In My Mailbox #2

Hey Guys! Guess what? That's right! I just won my first contest (well actually I won in late December but I just received the prize in the mail!)!

What did I get? Well...

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead!

BUT...

IT'S ALSO SIGNED!!!!!!

I also got a Vampire Academy Tattoo and Bracelet!

This is all courtesy of an amazing contest that was hosted over at A Little of This & That. Please be sure to go check out her blog.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event held by Jill over at Breaking The Spine! It's all about those books you just can't wait for and are counting down the days till they come out. This week I have chosen The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa:

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)You will kill. The only question is when.

In the dark days since the insidious Red Lung virus decimated the human population, vampires have risen to rule the crumbling cities and suburbs. Uncontested Princes hold sway over diminished ranks of humans: their "pets." In exchange for their labor, loyalty and of course, their blood, these pets are registered, given food and shelter, permitted to survive.

Unregistered humans cling to fringes, scavenging for survival. Allison Sekemoto and her fellow Unregistereds are hunted, not only by vampires, but by rabids, the unholy result of Red Lung-infected vampires feeding on unwary humans. One night, Allie is attacked by a pack of rabids, saved by an unlikely hero...and turned vampire.

Uncomfortable in her undead skin, Allie falls in with a ragtag crew of humans seeking a cure, or cures: for Rabidism and for Vampirism. She's passing for human...for now. But the hunger is growing and will not be denied. Not for friendship—not even for love.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Follow My Book Blog Friday!

So Follow my Blog Friday is a meme held by Parajunkee and it's where you answer the weekly question and then link yourself and you go and check out other blogs of your interest.

What book(s) have you discovered lately from someone's book blog?

There are numerous occasions where I've discovered a book on a blog and decided to read it but probably the most recent example would have to be Need by Carrie Jones. I just got it after seeing it on numerous blogs.



Book Blogger Hop!

Book Blogger Hop
Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy For Books made to help showcase your blog to other bloggers out there with the same interests!
"What book influenced or changed your life? How did it influence/change you?"
I would have to say that every book I read changes me some how and how I view the world. For example, The Hunger Games gave me a new out look on war and how children can be affected by it.



Thursday, January 6, 2011

Cover Reveal: Passion by Lauren Kate

Hey guys i just wanted to do a quick announcement as the cover of Passion (Fallen #3) was just announced! What do you guys think? It's slightly different from the other two covers as this one features colour and you can see more of the models face.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event held by Jill over at Breaking The Spine! It's all about those books you just can't wait for and are counting down the days till they come out. This week I chose Dreamless by Josephine Angelini:

Dreamless (Starcrossed, #2)
As the only Scion that can enter Hades at will, Helen descends to the Underworld in search of a way to overcome the Furies and end the cycle of revenge that has cursed the Scions. But she’s running out of time. Each descent weakens her both in mind and spirit. A mysterious stranger might be her only salvation, but the price may be her love for Lucas Delos.

As an unforgettable love triangle emerges, Josephine Angelini’s compelling saga becomes ever more intricate and spellbinding. The eagerly awaited sequel to the internationally bestselling Starcrossed, Dreamless delivers with a huge emotional impact that will leave readers satisfied—and longing for more.

More Contests...

Hey guys! I thought I should let you guys know about this cool contest being held over at A Little of This & That. This time it's for a copy of Awakened by PC & Kristen Cast. Click the link above to enter and good luck to everyone!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Title: City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Release: March 27, 2007
Rating: 4/5
Pages: 485
Series: The Mortal Instruments #1
Synopsis:
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing - not even a smear of blood - to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know....


Review:
So it took me forever to read this book. I'm really not sure why I took that long to read this book. But it took me over a month between reading other books and occasionally picking up this one. Though when I did pick it up the last time I finished it and was pleasantly surprised by some of the twists and turns that the plot took that I could never have seen coming.

The cover for City of Bones, in fact the whole series, is just attention grabbing. It's also intriguing at the same time. The fact that you can't see the model's face and he's just covered in glowing tattoos really add to the intrigue. And the cover is even cooler when you can touch it, as it has a certain shine to it that just adds to the effects.

The writing for this book is great and chock full of description, but what's really great about the description is the way it's so different and it really makes you think about what that room would have been like or how the glamour appeared to Clary. It makes for a very interesting read. Now for the part I wasn't as keen on; the story. The story is where I stumble a little bit as it just didn't hold my attention well. I would find myself wishing I was reading another book while reading this one. That being said, towards the end (the last just over one hundred pages) the plot really started to grip me and keep me reading. And the twist at the end definitely, in my opinion, brought this book up from a 3/5 to a 4/5.

The characters in this book are completely relate-able. That being said, there were some characters in the book that were over the top, and they were purposely designed that way but characters like Clary and Simon were just regular people like me and you. But then enter Jace- he was cocky, arrogant and funny. Overall, he did hold appeal for me as a love interest, and he never failed to make me laugh.

When it comes to The Mortal Instruments Series, I will continue based on the fact that there were major twists and turns and the ending was surprising and good. I have the second book and it is in my To Be Read pile. But for now, City of Bones gets a 4/5 overall.

New In The World Of... Cassandra Clare

Hey guys! Did you hear the news? I sure did! You may be wonderingat this point what 'The News' is. Well I'll tell you guys through this weeks New In The World Of...

The News:
*DRUMROLL*

Cassandra Clare announced recently a tentative name for the next Shadowhunters series she might write. She posted that if/ when she were to write another Shadowhunters book trilogy, it would be titled The Dark Artifices. She wenton to say that other than possible guest appearances from current characters, The Dark Artifices would showcase a whole new batch of characters.

What do you guys think?

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