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January 22, 2013

Georgetown Academy book two by Jessica Etting and Alyssa Schwartz Review

Title: Georgetown Academy: Book Two

Publisher: Coliloquy
Release Date: October 15, 2012 
Received: From publisher in return for a honest review

  Summary:  In the halls of Georgetown Academy, gossip and rumor abound. But when photographic proof shows up on the front page of The Huffington Post? Then it’s a national scandal.

While Ellie tries to put her life back together, Evan just might get everything she’s ever wanted—the perfect boyfriend and her dream career. But her loyalties will be put to the test when it turns out to be the very people she’s closest to who are standing in her way.

Brinley is determined to find out who is behind the photo leak, all while her own dirty secret spirals out of control. And California girl Taryn is sick of being walked all over and ready to start playing by the rules of D.C., for better or for worse.

In a world where reputation and appearances are everything, knowledge is power. But you’ll have to learn how to use it if you want to come out on top. 

Review:  The second Georgetown Academy is very similar to the first. There are lies, backstabbing, and politics. But in this installment Ellie is left reeling after what happened at the end of book one. 

 Ellie's scandal is the main issue that is present in the book. I liked seeing ho different people manipulated the situation, and I have to say I was surprised to find out who took the picture. The way Brinley's situation screamed Gossip Girl to me. So if you are a fan of that type of drama this is the series for you.

I really liked that we got to know the boys of Georgetown Academy a little more. Learning more about Hunter, Luke, Gabe, and Brooks helped to flesh out the story and made it more believable.

Overall I feel the same about this book that I did the first one, it is a great short read, especially for fans of Gossip Girl. Again I wish there had been more than one interactive part but I felt like this one was better than in the previous book.

Check out my review of the first book!

January 18, 2013

Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes Review + Giveaway

Title: Nobody   
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes 
Publisher: EgmontUSA  
Release Date: January 22, 2013 
Received: For review  

Summary:  There are people in this world who are Nobody. No one sees them. No one notices them. They live their lives under the radar, forgotten as soon as you turn away.

That’s why they make the perfect assassins.

The Institute finds these people when they’re young and takes them away for training. But an untrained Nobody is a threat to their organization. And threats must be eliminated.

Sixteen-year-old Claire has been invisible her whole life, missed by the Institute’s monitoring. But now they’ve ID’ed her and send seventeen-year-old Nix to remove her. Yet the moment he lays eyes on her, he can’t make the hit. It’s as if Claire and Nix are the only people in the world for each other. And they are—because no one else ever notices them.

Review:  We all feel like nobody every once in a while, but what if you found out you actually were Nobody? That is what Claire must come to terms with in Nobody.

 Claire and Nix are two great main characters. They, as we learn throughout the book, are Nobodies, people who no one really notices. But while Nix has grown up knowing he is a Nobody, Claire is just learning it. I enjoyed Claire's journey into realizing what she is, Nix is so sure of what he thinks and when Claire's existence tears that all apart their resulting journey is both complex and interesting.

I like books that are semi-grounded in reality but have a cool scientific twist ad Nobody definitely has that. I loved learning about the Institute, the Nobodies, and the Nulls. Barnes has painted a picture so real that I was getting shivers thinking about the possibility of Nulls existing and about real people who are basically the real life equivalent of Nulls.

The way the book is written is kind of strange. Instead of alternating between characters each chapter. The chapters are broken up and they go back and forth between Claire and Nix. After a little while I got used to it but it is different when you first pick it up.

Overall I liked Nobody and am looking forward to the next one.
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January 6, 2013

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood Review

Title: Born Wicked  

Author: Jessica Spotswood 
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile 
Release Date: February 7, 2012 Pb: January 3, 2013

Received: From the Library

Summary:  Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they’re witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave.

Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word... especially after she finds her mother’s diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family’s destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.

If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren’t safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood—not even from each other.

Review:  Historical and Fantasy in one magical book; what more can a girl want? I loved Born Wicked and I am kicking myself for waiting so long to read it.

With magic, secret societies, prophesies, and romance Born Wicked has something for almost any YA lover. It is a fantastic debut that really shows off what Jessica Spotswood can do.

I liked most of the characters in this book, even the ones that I thought I was not going to like I started warming up to by the end of the book. I liked how different all three sisters were, even if Maura drove me mad, they each had their own goals and motivations but thy were tied together as a family. I thought the family dynamic was illustrated very well. 

As the story went on the plot got even more twisted and complicated but I never got lost or felt like I was being info dumped on. I cannot wait for the next book to see where Cate's decision takes them! 

I recommend this book to everyone but especially people who loved Marissa Doyle's Betraying Season, and Bewitching Season, and if you haven't read them pick them up as you wait for the second book in the Cahill Witch Chronicles.

January 1, 2013

Favorite books of 2012!

1. Best Book You Read In 2012? (You can break it down by genre if you want)
Adult fiction: Cheating at Solitaire by Ally Carter (This book came out a long time ago but it is so good!) A newer one is Size 12 and Ready to Rock by Meg Cabot Contemporary YA: A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith Dystopian/Post-apocalyptic YA: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa Paranormal: Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan Fantasy:The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore, and Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
Retelling: For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

Historical: Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. Now that is not at all to say that I did not like either of these books! On the contrary I really liked both of them, but I guess since they were so hyped I expected to LOVE them.
 3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012? 
The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman. I really liked this book and while I thought I would like it I was surprised how much I liked it.
 4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore and The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman
 5. Best series you discovered in 2012?
The Girl of Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson (I have yet to read the second but the first one was one of my favorites!) and the Shadow and Bone series by Leigh Bardugo. Both of these books were interesting fantasy worlds that I fell in love with!
 6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?
Sarah Rees Brennan, I had never read any of her other books before but I fell in love with her two newest books. Rae Carson, Leigh Bardugo, and Anna Banks (Of Poseidon is hilarious)
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Nine Rules to Break When Romanceing a Rake by Sarah Maclean was m first foray into Romance and I fell in love with it and the other books in the series!
 8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi and For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund. I read both of these books in a day and could not put them down.
 9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year:
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore because I loved it and want to read it again and again. Also The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater because it was so beautifully written and I loved the characters!
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012?
This cover is so gorgeous and fits the book so well!
 11. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater was one of the most beautifully written and lyrical books I have ever read.
12. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012? 
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, while I did not cry like many other readers, I was really touched by this story and thought about it for days after.
 13. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read? 
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, and Clarity by Kim Harrington
 14.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012? 
LongestHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling at 759 pages
ShortestGeorgetown Academy by

15. Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah Maclean I never would have actually (rather than just thinking about it) read this book if not for the insistence of Erica at the Book Cellar 
What were your favorite books of the year?