31 December, 2011

Book #16 - Ship Breaker

Ship Breaker - Paolo Bacigalupi
Days I Read It: 29/12 - 30/12
Rating: 4 Stars
GoodReads, Amazon

Sidenote- This book was really good! Great concept; can't wait to read the sequel!

Set initially in a future shanty town in America's Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers are being dissembled for parts by a rag tag group of workers, we meet Nailer, a teenage boy working the light crew, searching for copper wiring to make quota and live another day. The harsh realities of this life, from his abusive father, to his hand to mouth existence, echo the worst poverty in the present day third world. When an accident leads Nailer to discover an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, and the lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl, Nailer finds himself at a crossroads. Should he strip the ship and live a life of relative wealth, or rescue the girl, Nita, at great risk to himself and hope she'll lead him to a better life. This is a novel that illuminates a world where oil has been replaced by necessity, and where the gap between the haves and have-nots is now an abyss. Yet amidst the shadows of degradation, hope lies ahead.

--from goodreads.com--

29 December, 2011

Book #15 - Soulless

Soulless - Gail Carriger
Days I Read It: 27/12 - 28/12
Rating: 4 Stars
GoodReads, Amazon

Sidenotes- This was a great book! Love the Preternatural aspect!

Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.

Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire -- and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.

With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London's high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

--from goodreads.com--

Book #14 - Blonde Ambition

Blonde Ambition - Zoey Dean
Days I Read It: 27/12 - 28/12
Rating: 4 Stars
GoodReads, Amazon

The third novel in this witty and risqué series takes readers behind the scenes of the intoxicating world of Hollywood glitterati. Upper East Side blueblood Anna Percy came to L.A. to learn how to have a good time. Then Princeton prince Ben Birnbaum and his amazing disappearing act turned out to be anything but. Anna finally begins to understand that telling true love from true lust us is far more easily said than done.

--from goodreads.com--

10 December, 2011

Book #13 - Angel

Angel - James Patterson
Days I Read It: 10/12 - 10/12
Rating: 5 Stars
GoodReads, Amazon

*Sidenotes - Can't believe there's only one more book in this series left!!!*

In the seventh book in the bestselling series, evil scientists are still trying to convince Max that she needs to save the world, this time by providing the genetic link in speeding up the pace of evolution. Worse, they're trying to convince her that her perfect mate is Dylan, the newest addition to the flock. The problem is that, despite herself, Max is starting to believe it.

Fang travels the country collecting his own gang of evolved humans, but the two separate flocks must unite to defeat a frightening doomsday cult whose motto is Save the Planet: Kill the Humans. And this time, the true heroine, for once, might just be little Angel.

--from goodreads.com--

05 December, 2011

Book #12 - Fang

Fang - James Patterson
Days I Read It: 4/12 - 4/12
Rating: 5 Stars
GoodReads, Amazon

*Sidenotes - Def the best in the series so far!!!*

Being a kid with wings--constantly on the run--has never been easy, and Max and her flock are getting tenser than ever. First, on a trip to Africa, they meet a mysterious billionaire whose intense scrutiny of the Flock makes her fear the worst. And as if an impending apocalypse weren't bad enough, canny birdkid Angel makes a dire prophecy about Max's soul mate: Fang will be the first to die. Max's desperate desire to protect Fang brings the two closer than ever. But can the team weather the storm, or will the turmoil rip them apart for the last time?

--from goodreads.com--

13 November, 2011

Book #11 - Vampire Academy

Vampire Academy - Richelle Mead
Days I Read It: 13/11 - 13/11
Rating: 5 Stars
GoodReads, Amazon

Sidenotes-- Still in love with this series after a whole year :)

St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school -- it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s -- the very place where they’re most in danger. . . .

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi -- the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires -- make Lissa one of them forever...

--from goodreads.com--

19 October, 2011

Book #10 - Water Bound

Water Bound - Christine Feehan
Days I Read It: 19/10 - 19/10
Rating: 4
GoodReads, Amazon

Sidenotes-- I LOVED this book. I know, quite a mature book for me, but it was good :).

Off the shores of Sea Haven, a beautiful diver rescues a man from drowning, a man with no memory of who he is-or why he seems to possess the violent instincts of a trained killer. But soon, he and his savior will be engulfed in a storm of dizzying passion and inescapable danger...

--from goodreads.com--

11 September, 2011

Book #9 - Midnight Alley

Midnight Alley - Rachel Caine
Days I Read It: 10/9 - 11/9
Rating: 5 Stars
GoodReads, Amazon

*Sidenotes - Best book of the series so far! :)*

A truce between the living and the dead isn't enough to keep Claire Danvers out of danger in this third entry in the Morganville Vampires series.

--from goodreads.com--

28 August, 2011

Book #8 - Everlost

Everlost - Neal Shusterman
Days I Read It: 20/8 - 21/8
Rating: 5 Stars
GoodReads, Amazon

Sidenotes - Definitely going to try to get the rest of this series as well as more of his books!

Nick and Allie don't survive the car accident...but their souls don't exactly get where they're supposed to get either. Instead, they're caught halfway between life and death, in a sort of limbo known as Everlost: a shadow of the living world, filled with all the things and places that no longer exist. It's a magical yet dangerous place where bands of lost children run wild and anyone who stands in the same place too long sinks to the center of the Earth.

When they find Mary, the self-proclaimed queen of lost kids, Nick feels like he's found a home. But Allie isn't satisfied spending eternity between worlds. Against all warnings, Allie begins learning the "Criminal Art" of haunting and ventures into dangerous territory, where a monster called the McGill threatens all the souls of Everlost.

--from goodreads.com--

12 July, 2011

Book #7 - The Devil's Arithmetic

The Devil's Arithmetic - Jane Yolen
Days I Read It: 10/7 - 11/7
Rating: 5 Stars
GoodReads, Amazon

*Sidenote- The movie is awesome as well!*

Hannah thinks tonight’s Passover Seder will be the same as always. Little does she know that this year she will be mysteriously transported into the past where only she knows the horrors that await.

--from goodreads.com--

03 July, 2011

Book #6 - The 19 Dragons

The 19 Dragons - SM Reine
Days I Read It: 2/7 - 3/7
Rating: 5 Stars

*Sidenote - It's been a while since I've updated on here!*

There are nineteen provinces in the Land held aloft by nineteen pillars. Above the earth there is sky, and nobody knows what goes below except the Nineteen Dragons.

That is all you need to know, but that is not all there is to be known.

The Device has been stolen and the godlike Dragons have been rendered mortal. Someone is murdering them one by one, and each death brings the world closer to its end. Unless the Device is somehow restored to its deceased owner, the Dragons are doomed to destruction-- and the human world will go with them.

--from goodreads.com--

22 June, 2011

Book #5 - Cryer's Cross

Cryer's Cross - Lisa McMann
Days I Read It: 20/6 - 20/6
Rating: 4 Stars
GoodReads; Amazon

*Sidenotes- This would be the 6th book, but it took me three days to read Blood Magic.

The community of Cryer’s Cross, Montana (population 212) is distraught when high school freshman Tiffany disappears without a trace. Already off-balance due to her OCD, 16-year-old Kendall is freaked out seeing Tiffany’s empty desk in the one-room school house, but somehow life goes on... until Kendall's boyfriend Nico also disappears, and also without a trace. Now the town is in a panic. Alone in her depression and with her OCD at an all-time high, Kendall notices something that connects Nico and Tiffany: they both sat at the same desk. She knows it's crazy, but Kendall finds herself drawn to the desk, dreaming of Nico and wondering if maybe she, too, will disappear...and whether that would be so bad. Then she begins receiving graffiti messages on the desk from someone who can only be Nico. Can he possibly be alive somewhere? Where is he? And how can Kendall help him? The only person who believes her is Jacian, the new guy she finds irritating...and attractive. As Kendall and Jacian grow closer, Kendall digs deeper into Nico's mysterious disappearance only to stumble upon some ugly—and deadly—local history. Kendall is about to find out just how far the townspeople will go to keep their secrets buried.

--from goodreads.com--

16 June, 2011

Book #4 - Wild Child

Wild Child - Mike Wells
Days I Read It: 16/6 - 16/6
Rating: 4 Stars
GoodReads; Amazon

*Sidenote- This would be the 5th book, but it took me four days to read Divergent.*

Briana Fox is the wildest girl in school. She and Kyle have been close for a long time...almost lovers. But Kyle is afraid that if he pushes her, he'll have his heart broken and lose his best friend. When Briana challenges him to a swim across the lake, she's injured in a horrific accident, but she discovers a mysterious substance in an underwater cave that saves her life. What seems to be a magical yet harmless "power drug" invokes superhuman abilities, and Briana soon becomes dependent on it for her very survival. When two government agents learn of the discovery, they will stop at nothing to find the source and turn Briana into a human experiment. Is Kyle willing to risk everything to protect his love?

--from goodreads.com--

12 June, 2011

Book #3 - The Lipstick Laws

The Lipstick Laws - Amy Holder
Days I Read It: 10/6 - 11/6
Rating: 4.5 Stars
GoodReads; Amazon

*Sidenotes: Amy sent me a signed copy!!! (pic @ the bottom)*

At Penford High School, Britney Taylor is the queen bee. She dates whomever she likes, rules over her inner circle of friends like Genghis Khan, and can ruin anyone's life with a snap of perfectly manicured fingers. Just ask the unfortunate few who have crossed her. For April Bowers, Britney is also the answer to her prayers. April is so unpopular, kids don't even know she exists. But one lunch spent at Britney's table, and April is basking in the glow of popularity. But Britney's friendship comes with a high price tag. How much is April willing to pay?

--from goodreads.com--

Isn't she marvelous?! :D

09 June, 2011

Book #2 - Falling Under

Falling Under - Gwen Hayes
Days I Read It: 8/6 - 9/6
Rating: 5 Stars
GoodReads; Amazon

*Sidenotes- This cover is absolutely beautiful!!!*

Theia Alderson has always led a sheltered life in the small California town of Serendipity Falls. But when a devastatingly handsome boy appears in the halls of her school, Theia knows she's seen Haden before- not around town, but in her dreams.

As the Haden of both the night and the day beckons her closer one moment and pushes her away the next, the only thing Theia knows for sure is that the incredible pull she feels towards him is stronger than her fear.

And when she discovers what Haden truly is, Theia's not sure if she wants to resist him, even if the cost is her soul.

--from goodreads.com--

08 June, 2011

Book #1 - Clarity

Clarity - Kim Harrington
Days I Read It: 6/6 - 7/6
Rating: 4 Stars
GoodReads; Amazon

When you can see things others can't, where do you look for the truth?

This paranormal murder mystery will have teens reading on the edge of their seats.

Clarity "Clare" Fern sees things. Things no one else can see. Things like stolen kisses and long-buried secrets. All she has to do is touch a certain object, and the visions come to her. It's a gift.

And a curse.

When a teenage girl is found murdered, Clare's ex-boyfriend wants her to help solve the case - but Clare is still furious at the cheating jerk. Then Clare's brother - who has supernatural gifts of his own - becomes the prime suspect, and Clare can no longer look away. Teaming up with Gabriel, the smoldering son of the new detective, Clare must venture into the depths of fear, revenge, and lust in order to track the killer. But will her sight fail her just when she needs it most?

--from goodreads.com--

I'm not sure how this is going to work...

...but I'm gonna try. I saw something similar to this on A Book a Day. She is trying to read one book everyday. However, I don't have a lot of time to read, nor do I speed read very often. So I'm going to see if I can read one book in two days. For some occasions, like when school starts again, it might be changed to three. But two is a good goal for the summer :).

I would love for you to follow me and cheer me on! If you even have suggestions of books that I can read, feel free to leave them in the comments.

I'm going to get started now. I finished Clarity (by Kim Harrington) yesterday, and actually read it in two days, so the 6th will stand as the starting date for this challenge. I'm only on page 34 in Falling Under (by Gwen Hayes). Wish me luck!!

~Zakiya LadyWings<3