Monday, April 25, 2011

Book Review for Willow by Julia Hoban

Seven months ago, on a rainy March night, sixteen year- old Willow’s parents died in a horrible car accident. Willow was driving. Now her older brother barely speaks to her, her new classmates know her as the killer orphan girl, and Willow is blocking the pain by secretly cutting herself. But when one boy—one sensitive, soulful boy—discovers Willow’s secret, it sparks an intense relationship that turns the “safe” world Willow has created for herself upside down.
Told in an extraordinary fresh voice, Willow is an unforgettable novel about one girl’s struggle to cope with tragedy, and one boy’s refusal to give up on her- Goodreads.

First, let me start by saying how I love this cover. In the picture above, the tag line isn't there, but it is on my version. "It`s hard to keep a secret when It`s written all over your body...". In real life, the cover is gorgeous and completely relates back to the feel of the book. The story is told through Willow`s point of view, so you get to see what she feels when she cuts herself. The book is filled with a lot of pain, most of being mental pain. Willow is a character that I cared for, even after the book was over, which says a lot. She lives with her brother David, who is also consumed with pain.
  Guy. The boy who Willow meets and the boy who changes her life. I loved Guy, but at times he seemed very much the "perfect guy". He was what kept the story flowing in some parts and was sincerely a nice kid. Even though Willow was amazing, Guy comes out on top as my favorite character!
   The plot was really good, and made you think about what someone who is classified as a "cutter" goes through. I didn`t find any parts slow and there was a good amount of detail. In just over 300 pages, Julia Hoban made me want much, much more of Willow & Guy! The book was beautifully painful.

Yepp, Its addiction!

Last night at midnight I posted an April Book haul and explained that I`m on a "book band" until I read some of what I have. Well...I have no self control in a book store. Why did I even go in? Becase I have gone off the deep end. So, without further adue, my small book haul!

1.) My Booky Wook by Russell Brand (This is his autobiography. I just HAD to pick this up because I love Russell Brand, and just saw his new movie Arthur! *sigh* I have no impulse control..)
2.) The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
3.) Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
4.) Beautiful Creatures by Kami Carcia & Margaret Stohl

If one of the above (^^^ up there!), catches your interest and you want a review soon, let me know and I`ll try to get to it!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Five-Book April!

My TBR pile is going to take over my life. I have to stop getting books. "Hi, my name is Jordan and I have a book addiction."
Anyway, I had myself on a book-band, but I failed. So...the books of April!

1.) The Morganville Vampires Vol. 2 by Rachel Caine
 2.) Balefire bindup by Cate Tiernan
 3.)Sweep 1-3 by Cate Tiernan
 4.) Willow by Julia Hoban
 5.) Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

Reviews up soon!(:

Reading Teen Giveaway/Current read!

First off, let me say Happy Easter to all who celebrate it!! So, for all of you who have not heard yet, Reading Teen (a fellow blog) is having a giveaway for Entwined! (Also a few others going on to.) Reading Teen is a very cool blog about YA books, and they also do youtube! Go to to check it out.

As for my current read- Incarceron. I am only on page 50-something and am completely confused. I went back to the beginning and am re-reading it. This helped 100%. I now understand whats going on, but still have to take my time and absorb detail. I will post a detailed review when I finish! Until then, Happy Reading!!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Book Review for Hush, Hush

HUSH HUSH, Becca Fitzpatrick. 2 out of 5 stars.

     When Nora and Patch are forced together as lab partners, Nora would rather fall to her death than put up with his elusive answers to her questions, his teasing, and his infuriatingly handsom face and hypnotizing eyes. It seems Patch was put on earth just to drive her crazy.
      But before long, Nora`s defenses start to break down as her curiosity about Patch heats up. Why does he always seem to be wherever she is and know exactly what she`s thinking? How does he know what to say to both attract and repulse her? And what is up with those V-shaped scars on his chiseled back?
      As their connection grows stronger, Nora`s own life becomes increasingly fragile. Nora needs to decide: Is Patch the one who wants to do her harm or the one who will keep her safe? Has she fallen for one of the fallen?

     I did not enjoy this book like I expected to. Nothing made my intersest spark, and I didnt find an exciting climax. Everything that happened was guessable to me, since the story was somewhat repetative. I hated the main chararcter  Nora and her friend, Vee.  Nora was actually stupid in some parts of the book, making choices that made her character look brain-less. I found Nora annoying, stupid, and weak. Vee on the other hand made me want to throw this book across the room. It seemed that after every sentence, she said "Babe". Vee was an abnoxious character to me, and I sometimes skipped where she talked just because I couldnt take it. Patch and Rixon on the other hand, I did enjoy. Rixon didnt bother me, but he didnt stand out either. Patch I really liked; his sense of humor, dark-sexy vibes, and sarcastic personality. 
     I liked the plot, but it was poorly handled. I feel it could have been written so much better. The book was very slow at some points, and I had to force myself on. Most everyone who reads this book has loved it, but it wasnt for me.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Book Review for Morganville Vampire first bindup (spolier free)

Glass Houses  (5/5)
College freshman Claire Danvers moves off campus and into an old house in the small town of Morganville. Her new roommates have her back when the town's deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood...
The Dead Girls' Dance (5/5)
Claire may have a great roommate and a new boyfriend, but when she's invited to the Dead Girls' Dance all hell breaks loose-literally. Because this time, the living and the dead are ready to tear up the night...

I read the first bind-up in the Morganville Vampires series a few days ago, and can`t stop thinking about it! (Im currently waiting on the next one in the mail) Glass Houses is the first book in the bind-up and is where we begin to fall in love with our characters Eve, Shane, Michael, and Claire. Claire is only 16, but already in college, (very smart). She goes to a small southern town named Morganville, but doesnt expect what happens. The first thing Claire encounters is bad, but doesnt prepare her for what is to come! When Claire finds herself living with "goth chic" Eve, musical Michael, and handsom, strong Shane in the Glass House, her entire world changes, and she uncovers truths about Morganville.
     I love the characters in this book. Even though they are living in a different world, they are relateable. The plot is carefully laid out, paced well, and surprises you time and time again. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars, and highly recemend it!
    The Dead Girls Dance- BE PREPARED FOR HEART STOPING DRAMA! I couldnt read this book fast enough! Everything begins to unravel, and no one is safe, nor can they be trusted. Relationships bloom, are tested, and love is everything. Once again I give this 5 out of 5 stars! I cant say enough about how much I loved it!