24. tra 2014.

ARC Review - Sleep No More by Aprilynne Pike

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Publication date: April 29th, 2014

My rating: 3.5 stars

Book summary:

"Oracles see the future but are never supposed to interfere. Charlotte learned that the hard way. If she hadn't tried to change one of her childhood visions, her father would still be alive. Since the accident, Charlotte has suppressed her visions to avoid making the same mistake. But when she receives a premonition of a classmate's murder, she can no longer ignore her powerful gift.

Then Charlotte meets someone who not only knows her secret but who also has a way for her to stop the killer. He offers to teach her how to manipulate her visions to change the future. But doing so will put Charlotte in the path of the murderer.…"

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18635004-sleep-no-more?from_search=true

      Do you remember Wings? Aprilynne Pike has a way with words and writing stories that will remind you of your favorite childhood fairy tales. I know that a lot of my friends around blogosphere aren't the biggest fans of this author because, as I said in my review for Earthbound, first in her new paranormal series - it's something that will be more appealing for younger readers. Sleep No More doesn't go into that group, it looks like Aprilynne Pike tried to write a darker story and get the attention of different type of readers.

      What did I like?
  • Premise of Sleep No More. It is so weird and completely different than what I'm used to when it comes to A. Pike. More violent and twisted plot with paranormal elements. 
  • Charlotte. Not the kind of character you'll find in paranormal young adult novels that often. Think along the lines of Angelfall by Susan Ee.
  • Premonitions. The scariest part of the story. I couldn't help myself thinking what would I do knowing about all the bad things that will happen. 
  • The way book ended. I know that there will be a lot of people that will think how few things could have happen differently, but I loved that author didn't fall under the pressure of giving us predictable ending. 

      What I didn't like?
  •  Inception parts of the book. I didn't like that movie at all, I didn't get half of the things that happened. I had same issues here. It's not confusing like the movie, but still few things felt rushed and at times out of the place. 
  • Aunt and "the explanation". I will leave it at that to avoid spoilers, but I really hoped there will be much more to her story.
  • Is this a sequel or a standalone? The way it ended made me a little bit confused. I thought it supposed to be standalone.

Happy reading,
***Copy of this book was provided by publisher, Harper Teen, via Edelweiss in exchange for an hoest review.***

23. tra 2014.

Waiting on Wedensday (#92)


You know the story. This is a meme created by Breaking the Spine and every week we pick books we're waiting for. Here are our picks for this week.

Glass's pick:


 Twenty-one year-old Maddie Asherford is haunted by a past she can’t remember. When she was fifteen years old, there was a tragic accident and she was left with amnesia.

In the aftermath, Maddie’s left struggling with who she is—the forgotten girl she was six years ago or the Maddie she is now. Sometimes it even feels like she might be two different people completely—the good Maddie and the bad one.

Good Maddie goes to therapy, spends time with her family, and works on healing herself. Bad Maddie rebels and has dark thoughts of hurting people and sometimes even killing them.

Maddie manages to keep her twisted thoughts hidden for the most part. That is until she starts having blackouts. Each time she wakes up from one, she’s near a murder scene with no recollection of what happened the night before and this helpless feeling like she’s losing control of her life. Maddie doesn’t want to believe she’s a killer, but she begins to question who she really was in her past. If she was bad Maddie all along and that maybe she was a killer.


Expected publication date: May 13th, 2014.

Tanja's pick:


 The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova's amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.


Expected publication date: June 17th, 2014.

We'd love to see your picks so feel free to link them up.

Until the next time,

22. tra 2014.

ARC Review - Exile (Exile, #1) by Kevin Emerson

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Publication date: April29th, 2014

My rating: 4.5 stars

Book summary:

"Catherine Summer Carlson knows how to manage bands like a professional—she’s a student at the PopArts Academy at Mount Hope High, where rock legends Allegiance to North got their start. Summer knows that falling for the lead singer of her latest band is the least professional thing a manager can do. But Caleb Daniels isn’t an ordinary band boy—he’s a hot, dreamy, sweet-singing, exiled-from-his-old-band, possibly-with-a-deep-dark-side band boy. And he can do that thing. That thing when someone sings a song and it inhabits you, possesses you, and moves you like a marionette to its will.

Summer also finds herself at the center of a mystery she never saw coming. When Caleb reveals a secret about his long-lost father, one band’s past becomes another’s present, and Summer finds it harder and harder to be both band manager and girlfriend. She knows what the well-mannered Catherine side of her would do, but she also knows what her heart is telling her. Maybe it’s time to accept who she really is, even if it means becoming an exile herself."
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18332925-exile

"...all together, it's doing that thing, he's doing that thing that a song can do. Do you know it? When a song inhabits you, possesses you, and moves you like a marionette to its will?"

      Didn't you write this well, Kevin Emerson? But it goes for your book too - I was completely mesmerized. And no, you don't deserve a glare anymore.

      How to describe Exile and not give away too many details? Hm... That will be hard because there's so much more to this story than what is described in the synopsis. How about I list everything I liked?

  • Music. If you are music fan like myself, and if you appreciate '90 music scene, you will feel nostalgic because of all Nirvana... um, references? You'll get it when you read the book. But it's not just about music that marked my teenage years. Exile is not another glorified novel about rock stars and their groupies. Well, of course it's not, after all it is labeled as young adult, but we are constantly bombed with those kind of stories. Kevin Emerson offers two different views on music - from a person who creates it and one who should promote it. Creativity plus business. It reminded me a lot of Amplified by Tara Kelly and even a little bit of Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John - both my favorites.
  • Summer. Main character - seventeen year old girl, band manager, music lover. I know that some of you will find her annoying, but the thing is she is more real than some fictional girl written by a woman. Who should know how is it to be seventeen year old girl. She is selfish, jealous, insecure, brave and shy, grown up but still a child. She has big plans and is all about girl power, but turns in complete idiot in front of her current crush or bastard of ex-boyfriend.
  • Mystery. Exile is not just about love and music, about cute boy and that new girl. There is whole other layer of the plot. Let's leave it at that, I don't want to spoil it for you.
  • But... There is always but. No, it's not about cliffhanger. Now you want to know if there is a cliffhanger. My lips are sealed. I found few more philosophical parts kind of misplaced. Or I didn't get them. 

Who should read it? Everyone who loved Five Flavors of Dumb, Amplified and similar books. If you want to read a little bit different young adult novel. If you are Nirvana fan. If you love music and books about music.


Happy reading,

***Copy of this book was provided by publisher, Katherine Tegen Books, via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.***

21. tra 2014.

ARC Review - Fragile Line by Brooklyn Skye


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Publication date: April 21st, 2014

My rating: 4 stars

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"It can happen in a flash. One minute she’s kissing her boyfriend, the next she’s lost in the woods. Sixteen-year-old Ellie Cox is losing time. It started out small…forgetting a drive home or a conversation with a friend. But her blackouts are getting worse, more difficult to disguise as forgetfulness. When Ellie goes missing for three days, waking up in the apartment of a mysterious guy—a guy who is definitely not her boyfriend, her life starts to spiral out of control.

Perched on the edge of insanity, with horrific memories of her childhood leaking in, Ellie struggles to put together the pieces of what she’s lost—starting with the name haunting her, Gwen. Heartbreakingly beautiful, this poignant story follows one girl’s harrowing journey to finding out who she really is."

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18516005-fragile-line?from_search=true

       Who wouldn't wish to read it after that book summary? As soon as I saw this book on NetGalley I knew that I had to read it (thank you Entangled Teen) because... Okay, do I really have to explain it? Girl is having a blackouts and waking up in the apartment of a hot guy. Who calls her Gwen. And her name is not Gwen. Don't you want to know what is going on? 

       Was it what I expected it to be? Yes and no. Fragile Line is a book you won't be able to put down until the last page which is a awesome thing in my opinion. Here are all the things that make this book worth your time.
  • Brooklyn Skye has a way with words. Writing was perfect, she pulls you into her story and you are not even aware when did it exactly happen. 
  • Get ready to pull an all-nighter. Fragile Line is a book that is best "digested" in one sitting and, to be honest, you wouldn't want to do anything else until you finish reading it. 
  • Topic. Mental illness is not something you will usually find in young adult novels. If you are craving something different you should give this book a chance. 
  • Ellie. She will drive you crazy sometimes, you will scream at the pages of your book in frustration, but in the end you will understand her. She could have easily turn out to be cliche character, but Brooklyn Skye managed to found that golden middle ground. 
  • It reminded me a little it of this other amazing book I read recently, Unravel by Calia Read (you can see my review here).

      Who should read it? Everyone who likes more serious topics in young adult novels. If you read and liked Entangled by Cat Clarke, Ellen Hopkins novels...


 Happy reading,

***Copy of this book was provided by publisher, Entangled Teen, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.***

20. tra 2014.

Sunday Post (#3)

Morning all. Like Now every Sunday you can expect our Sunday post, which is an awesome meme created by even more awesome Kim at Caffeinated Book Reviews! We've met bunch of you this past few weeks and you all seem amazing! We hope to continue our meetings each week!

So, this week again, both Glass and I have been busy. She is still working and has a lot of things to do now that school year is coming to an end. For me, well I'm officially on my vacation this week, but there is so much work to be done, not to mention the Easter this weekend which I'll be away from the city. For the blogging, we are a bit behind with visiting other blogs, but we'll be back on track soon. Let's take a look at what happened and what's about to happen here at Ja čitam, a ti?
  • Fragile Line by Brooklyn Skye (ARC review)
  • Exile by Kevin Emerson (ARC review)
  • Waiting on Wednesday (#92)
  • Sleep No More by Aprilynne Pike (ARC review)
  • The Wizard's Promise by Cassandra Rose Clarke (ARC review and guest post)
  • Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly (ARC review)

Tanja's haul 
Thank you Deb Hanrahan
Grabbed from Amazon (click on the cover for purchase links)
(Vestige and Reckless Magic are free, while Chasing the Star Garden is 0.99 and Red Rising 1.99 (It might change till this post goes up))
Glass' haul
Thank you: J.L. Mac, Intermix, Flux and Disney-Hyperion
Our giveaway is still on so don't forget to ENTER! 
Until the next time,

19. tra 2014.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

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Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.
One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.
          This is a year of me putting my task manager and finally reading some authors I've been avoiding for a while. Holly Black is not an exception and after hearing some amazing things about her Curse Workers series I decided to finally discover her stories. So when The Coldest Girl in Coldtown came out I knew that I need to read it. I mean, YA paranormal stand-alone book! It's basically unheard of these days.

          Tana (that the closest to my name I'll get in YA it seems) our main character here is a normal girl given the circumstances. She lives in a world where vampires and predators and they are quarantined in cities called Coldtowns only she never though she would have to go there as once you enter you never go back. When her friends were killed after a party in safe house she knows she has to run and don't look back, but the problem is that on her way she sees her ex-boyfriend and a boy and she has to free them. It means also that predators will have more time to catch them and they must race and find a way to survive.

          Considering that much of this story was not put into blurb I won't spoil a thing. I will just tell you that this is a book that it's really unique and fun. With great spectra of characters and it was so interesting to see how different types responded differently to the whole vampire invasion. But at the same time it's dark and really filled with horror. But my fave part of all is romance which was so good and grabbed me from the start.

           Only downside of this story was its slow pace which bothered me at moments. But all in all, really interesting story and I'll be reading more of Holly Black's book soon enough.

Rating: 4 stars.

Until the next time,

18. tra 2014.

Cover Reveal: The Night House by Rachel Tafoya

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Bianca St. Germain works at a Night House, a place where vampires like the aristocratic Jeremiah Archer, pay to feed on humans, and she doesn’t much care what others think of her. The money is good, and at least there, she’s safe. Bianca also doesn’t care that the Night House is killing her. All she cares about is: nauth, the highly addictive poison in vampire bites that brings a euphoria like no drug ever could.
But when Bianca meets James, a reclusive empath who feels everything she does, for the first time, she considers a life outside of the Night House and a someone worth living for. But Jeremiah has decided to keep Bianca for himself; he won’t allow her to walk away.
As she allows her feelings for James to grow, she struggles to contain nauth's strong hold on her life. If they are to have a future, James must make her see what she's worth, what she means to him, before Jeremiah and nauth claim her for good.
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Publication date: December 9, 2014
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Rachel TafoyaRachel Tafoya studied creative writing while at Solebury School and was published in their student run literary magazine, SLAM. She attended a writing program for teens at both Susquehanna University and Denison University, and the Experimental Writing for Teens class and Novels for Young Writers program, both run by NY Times bestselling author, Jonathan Maberry. Rachel is the daughter crime author Dennis Tafoya.
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17. tra 2014.

ARC Review - Don't Call Me Baby by Gwendolyn Heasley

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Publication date: April 22nd, 2014

My rating: 3 stars

Book summary:

"All her life, Imogene has been known as the girl on THAT blog.

Imogene's mother has been writing an incredibly embarrassing, and incredibly popular, blog about her since before she was born. Hundreds of thousands of perfect strangers knew when Imogene had her first period. Imogene's crush saw her "before and after" orthodontia photos. But Imogene is fifteen now, and her mother is still blogging about her, in gruesome detail, against her will.

When a mandatory school project compels Imogene to start her own blog, Imogene is reluctant to expose even more of her life online...until she realizes that the project is the opportunity she's been waiting for to tell the truth about her life under the virtual microscope and to define herself for the first time."

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19153084-don-t-call-me-baby

      I am confused. 

I started reading Don't Call Me Baby expecting light and fun read, but can you blame me. Clue number one: look at that cover - sea, sunshine, naked legs. Screams summer romance and beach parties. Clue number two: read the book summary - wouldn't you expect something like diary entries trough which we will find out about secret crushes, first date, kissing on the beach under the moonlight. Or it is just me and what I wanted to read at that moment? After first ten pages I realized that it won't be mindless read I was craving for - and that was not a bad thing. I loved it as soon as I figured out that story is focused more on mother and daughter relationship, blogging and the way internet affects our everyday lives

Two girls, daughters of bloggers, decide to fight back and make their mothers finally hear them using the only media they actually communicate trough - blog. That is where second "I am confused" moment comes. The best part of the story is mother/daughter interaction and I loved how Meg, Imogene's mom, was portrayed. Everything that happened around the middle was expected and pretty much way that things would go in the real life. And then - what? Imogene suddenly changes, she starts doing a lot of things that aren't completely in tune with her statements from the beginning. Also, whole "go offline" talk was... weird. And hypocritical. But it is not just about character development - it's like author herself changed her mind about the point she wanted to make and you have a feeling like you are reading fragments of two different books. 

Don't Call Me Baby is novel with a lot of potential and original premise, but mixed messages and inconsistencies are what made me cool off after my initial positive reaction.


Happy reading,
***Copy of this book was provided by publisher, Harper Teen, via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.***

16. tra 2014.

Waiting on Wednesday (#91)


You know the story. This is a meme created by Breaking the Spine and every week we pick books we're waiting for. Here are our picks for this week.

Glass's pick


Madoc and Fallon. Two estranged teenagers playing games that push the boundaries between love and war…

She’s back.

For the three years she’s been away at boarding school, there was no word from her. Back when we lived in the same house, she used to cut me down during the day and then leave her door open for me at night.

I was stupid then, but now I’m ready to beat her at her own game…

I’m back.

Three years and I can tell he still wants me, even if he acts like he’s better than me.

But I won’t be scared away. Or pushed down. I’ll call his bluff and fight back. That’s what he wants, right? As long as I keep my guard up, he’ll never know how much he affects me….


Expected publication date: August 26th, 2014.

Tanja's pick:


 Lost your way?

Your dreams?

Yourself?

Welcome to Lost.

It was supposed to be a small escape. A few hours driving before turning around and heading home. But once you arrive in Lost...well, it's a place you really can't leave. Not until you're Found. Only the Missing Man can send you home. And he took one look at Lauren Chase and disappeared.

So Lauren is now trapped in the town where all lost things go-luggage, keys, dreams, lives-where nothing is permanent, where the locals go feral and where the only people who don't want to kill her are a handsome wild man called the Finder and a knife-wielding six-year-old girl. The only road out of town is engulfed by an impassable dust storm, and escape is impossible....

Until Lauren decides nothing-and no one-is going to keep her here anymore. 



Expected publication date: May 20th, 2014.


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Until the next time,

15. tra 2014.

How To Say Goodbye by Amber Lin

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My rating: 3.7 stars

Book summary:


"Amy has a secret: no one has ever held her hand. She doesn’t even know how to hug. Everybody thinks she’s brilliant, but that’s because school was all she had. Then she meets Dane, a golden-haired surfer whose easy charm and hot touch teach her what she longs to know.

Dane lives for the salty breeze and a sweet wave, because that’s all he has. He’s lived on the streets since he was fourteen. A drifter. Homeless. Then he meets Amy. Smart and accomplished, she's everything he's not. He wants to be the sort of man who deserves her.

Except that means facing down his past—and that past might very well swallow them both."


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20657293-how-to-say-goodbye

       Something usual and something unusual for new adult. This is first new adult romance by Amber Lin. Her previous books, The Lost Girls series are more appropriate for adult audience. To be honest, I was a little bit surprised when I found out that she will publish new adult novel this month. How To Say Goodbye did not disappoint, there were few fresh turns, but also standard cliches of genre.

      What did I like?
  • Main character, Amy is half American, half Japanese so there is whole cultural issues. Different from what you'd expect.
  • Dual point of view. It doesn't follow usual his chapter/her chapter one after the another scheme.
  • Writing. Amber Lin has a way with words. She reminds me a little bit of Megan Hart.
  • No alpha males. Dane is has his own quirks but being an typical alpha male of new adult genre is not one of them. He is musician, but not a rock star. He has his own secrets and darkness, but he's now troubled bad boy who finds release in violence and womanizing. 
  • Amy is smart girl who doesn't throw her whole future away because of the boy. And Dane is kind of the guy who would never let her do that. 

     What I didn't like that much?
  •  I didn't get captivated by story from the very beginning. It goes slow and you need to be patient to figure out few key points that will make you understand characters better. 
  • Main female character has a lot of usual issues - introvert, virgin, too shy... Painfully annoying.
  • Convenient solutions for their problems. I'll leave it at that because I don't want to spoil the book for anyone interested in reading. I still loved How To say Goodbye, I was happy for them and I swooned, but it's pretty much fluffy read.  

 Happy reading,
***Copy of the was provided by author, Amber Lin, in exchange for and honest review.***

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