Thursday, 15 September 2011

Got these books in the mail for review :)


The Summer I Turned Pretty Review

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer--they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along. 

I read this book in just over a day, it was SSOOO good, such a nice break from all the paranormal stuff I've been reading lately! Belly is such a down-to-earth girl and I could totally relate to her. I think that's pretty much how every girl feels whenever the boys decide to leave you out of everything! At first I really wanted her to be with Conrad, but then he was always so moody and distant I got tired of him before she did. Then the other guy from the bonfire comes along and I'm all like YAY but he doesn't last very long and he doesn't seem to really suit Belly's life. When we find out her mom's bff has gotten sick with cancer again, and this could be her last, I seriously balled my eyes out. I was so caught up in the story and everything felt so relate-able, it's a really incredible and enjoyable read.


Hush, Hush Review

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her...until Patch comes along.
With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment, but after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is far more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.

Right from the first page, Hush, Hush totally grabbed my attention. Nora is a bit dumb and annoying but not always. Her best friend Vee is a lot like Nora, she can be dumb and naive, but they're still good characters.  I like that Patch has that whole, Mysterious bad guy thing going on, but still gentle. I really thought that Patch was going to be the bad guy and end up killing Nora and/or Vee, but then Elliot and Jules showed up and they made it seem like Elliot was the killer but I was always like, where'd Jules go? The book starts out with some loose ends but definitely ties them up at the end.  I really like the mystery mixed with romance and the other stuff that goes on. I really like how it ended, with Patch becoming Nora's guardian angel.


Secrets and Shadows Review

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

Nothing’s simple when you run with werewolves. Jess Gillmansen thinks she’s seen it all but her eyes are about to be opened to even more danger and a reality far more paranormal than she’s suspected. With Jess’s realization that the Rusakovas’ mother is still alive and imprisoned, the group’s choices become harder and trust more important. Lines are drawn and relationships change as the broken Rusakova family struggles to reunite long enough to free their mother and people who Jess always just took to be normal people show themselves to be much, much more.
Secrets and Shadows is the 2nd book to 13 to Life. It has ssooo much more going on and a little more originality compared to the 1rst book. I love how Jessie and Pietr's relationship tests out the bounds but Pieter is still too closed off. Answers to the questions in the first book are pretty much all answered in this one, and everything makes a lot more sense, you don't feel like your left hanging. I really like how they discover what the cure is, but I almost wish Cat remained as a werewolf like her brothers. One of the things I was hoping would happen, besides finding  a cure, was the Rusakovas getting their mother out, but they weren't able to, so I'm guessing that happens in the next book or two. All in all, this book was pretty enjoyable, definitely worth the read if your into werewolves and a little mystery.


13 to Life Review

Rating: ♥♥♥

Something strange is stalking the small town of Junction…
When junior Jess Gillmansen gets called out of class by Guidance, she can only presume it’s for one of two reasons. Either they’ve finally figured out who wrote the scathing anti-jock editorial in the school newspaper or they’re hosting yet another intervention for her about her mom. Although far from expecting it, she’s relieved to discover Guidance just wants her to show a new student around—but he comes with issues of his own including a police escort.
The newest member of Junction High, Pietr Rusakova has secrets to hide--secrets that will bring big trouble to the small town of Junction—secrets including dramatic changes he’s undergoing that will surely end his life early.

I went into this book not really expecting much, and that's pretty much what I got. It's just so typical, guy moves to new town, guy has secrets, girl meets boy, wants to know secrets and boy won't tell anything. I finished reading it pretty much only to find out what Pietr's 'big secret' was and to find out where Jessie and him ended up. I liked the ending enough though, to read the 2nd book. In this one, it leaves you with more questions than answers and leaves you feeling like, what was the point of that book? I have to say, there was at least one surprise near the ending, that I wasn't expecting. I feel like they should have taken the good points in this book, and made the 2nd book the 1rst book lol.


Betrayals Review

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

She's no angel . . .

Poor Dru Anderson. Her parents are long gone, her best friend is a werewolf, and she's just learned that the blood flowing through her veins isn't entirely human. (So what else is new?)

Now Dru is stuck at a secret New England Schola for other teens like her, and there's a big problem - she's the only girl in the place. A school full of cute boys wouldn't be so bad, but Dru's killer instinct says that one of them wants her dead. And with all eyes on her, discovering a traitor within the Order could mean a lot more than social suicide. . .

Can Dru survive long enough to find out who has betrayed her trust - and maybe even her heart?

I have to say, Betrayals kept my attention way better than Strange Angels did, I don't know why. I kind of like how in this book, Ash seems to be trying to protect Dru, and not kill her like in the first book, same with Christopher, I'm starting to like him more and more. Graves is still my favorite though. I kind of felt that Graves wasn't totally with it though, since him and Dru arrived at the new school and Graves has been making friends, it's like he's not there for Dru in the way he was before, but he's still trying, but somethings different. The characters definitely come more into their own, relationships are tested and secrets are discovered.   

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