Waiting on Wednesday: The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard

waitingonwednesday“Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights one book that we are super excited about being released! (click the cover to head over to goodreads!)

the perfectionistsThe Perfectionists by Sara Shepard

HarperCollins
Expected October 7, 2014

Summary from Goodreads:

In Beacon Heights, Washington, five girls—Ava, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Julie, and Parker—know that you don’t have to be good to be perfect. At first the girls think they have nothing in common, until they realize that they all hate Nolan Hotchkiss, who’s done terrible things to each of them. They come up with the perfect way to kill him—a hypothetical murder, of course. It’s just a joke…until Nolan turns up dead, in exactly the way they planned. Only, they didn’t do it. And unless they find the real killer, their perfect lives will come crashing down around them.

From Sara Shepard, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Pretty Little Liars series, comes another story of dark secrets, shocking twists, and what happens when five beautiful girls will do anything to hide the ugly truth.

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I’m all about mystery books, especially murder mysteries! Sara Shepard’s latest book, The Perfectionists, seems like it will be the book to fill the mystery story void that has occurred on my bookshelves as of late. The premise sounds quite interesting, with these five girls who plan out the perfect murder – with no intent to act on their plans – as a joke, or just a way to get their hateful feelings out. Then the murder happens, and they have to find out who did it. If this book is anything at all like the Pretty Little Liars series, I’m prepared for anything and everything that could possible happen. I can’t wait to read this edge-of-your-seat story!

P.S. I’m loving the typography on the cover!

Are you looking forward to reading The Perfectionists? Have you read any of Sara Shepard’s other work? How do you feel about mystery books? What book are YOU waiting for this Wednesday?

Waiting on Wednesday: Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

waitingonwednesday“Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights one book that we are super excited about being released! (click the cover to head over to goodreads!)

side effects may varySide Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

HarperCollins/ Balzer + Bray
Expected March 18, 2014

Summary from Goodreads:

What if you’d been living your life as if you were dying—only to find out that you had your whole future ahead of you?

When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, her prognosis is grim. To maximize the time she does have, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs—however she sees fit. She convinces her friend Harvey, whom she knows has always had feelings for her, to help her with a crazy bucket list that’s as much about revenge (humiliating her ex-boyfriend and getting back at her arch nemesis) as it is about hope (doing something unexpectedly kind for a stranger and reliving some childhood memories). But just when Alice’s scores are settled, she goes into remission.

Now Alice is forced to face the consequences of all that she’s said and done, as well as her true feelings for Harvey. But has she done irreparable damage to the people around her, and to the one person who matters most?

Julie Murphy’s SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY is a fearless and moving tour de force about love, life, and facing your own mortality.

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A dying girl who wants to cross off everything on her revenge filled bucket list – who it turns out isn’t dying anymore?? Count me in! Side Effect May Vary sounds like it is going to be a very emotional book that will spur on a lot of my own thinks about things. Also, cute typography on the cover, I’m a goner!!!

Review: The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine

the promise of amazingTitle/Author: The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine
Publisher/Year: Balzer + Bray on December 31, 2013
Rating:  ★½
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Series: Nope!
Other Books by Author: None yet
How I got this Book: From the publisher in exchange for an honest review – Thanks HarperCollins!
Summary From Goodreads: Wren Caswell is average. Ranked in the middle of her class at Sacred Heart, she’s not popular, but not a social misfit. Wren is the quiet, “good” girl who’s always done what she’s supposed to—only now in her junior year, this passive strategy is backfiring. She wants to change, but doesn’t know how.

Grayson Barrett was the king of St. Gabe’s. Star of the lacrosse team, top of his class, on a fast track to a brilliant future—until he was expelled for being a “term paper pimp.” Now Gray is in a downward spiral and needs to change, but doesn’t know how.

One fateful night their paths cross when Wren, working at her family’s Arthurian-themed catering hall, performs the Heimlich on Gray as he chokes on a cocktail weenie, saving his life literally and figuratively. What follows is the complicated, awkward, hilarious, and tender tale of two teens shedding their pasts, figuring out who they are—and falling in love.

My Thoughts copy

The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine was not as amazing as the title leads you to believe. Sadly, there wasn’t much amazing in there for me at all.  Wren Caswell was a likeable character, but she wasn’t anything special. She was too typical for me. You know, the indecisive, average at everything, middle of her class (socially and academically) kind of girl. Wren works at her family’s Banquet hall, and while working one night, she saves a hottie teen boy from chocking to death on a cocktail weenie. And then BAM! Instalove hits you right in the face.

We learn that this boy Wren saved is Grayson Barrett, a bad boy who wants to change his ways… maybe? He manages to land a job working for Wren’s family’s business to, you guessed it, be closer to Wren and spend more time with her! Told from dual point of view, this is where the book took a turn for the worst. From this point onward – and even a little bit before – all we ever got to read about was the internal banter of Wren and Grayson each wondering if the other one liked them (which they obviously did) and what they should do about it.

We also got to read about Grayson and all of his past term-paper-pimp antics, and his band of miscreant friends and all of the trouble that they like to get into. Which to me, just didn’t seem realistic. I don’t want to give anything away, but I’ve never heard of a group of young teenagers doing things like that before. But even Grayson alone didn’t do it for me. He just didn’t seem like a good person, even though he was trying to change.

Final Thoughts

All in all, The Promise of Amazing started out kind of okay. I’ve got to admit, the moment that Wren saves Grayson from choking was kind of cute. But after that it all went downhill for me. I found the characters underdeveloped and unrealistic, and therefore I couldn’t connect with any of them. And I also found the plot (/lack of a real plot other than their internal bantering?) mind-numbingly boring. But, it has a really cute cover!

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Second opinions

Diane said The Promise of Amazing “had so much potential but lost its steam.”

Amber said it was “bland.”

Debby said “It wasn’t a completely terrible read.”

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Have you read The Promise of Amazing? What were your thoughts on it? Do you like the cover? If you haven’t read it, do you still think you might, or is it a no-go? LET ME KNOW! :)

Waiting on Wednesday: The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno

waitingonwednesday“Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights one book that we are super excited about being released! (click the cover to head over to goodreads!)

the half life of molly pierceThe Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno

HarperTeen
Expected July 8, 2014

Summary from Goodreads:

A mysterious and visceral page-turner about a seventeen-year-old girl who unravels the secrets of her alternate personality, reminiscent of the film Memento.

You live and you remember.
Me, I live and I forget.
But now-now I am remembering.

For all of her seventeen years, Molly feels like she’s missed bits and pieces of her life. Molly suffers from dissociative identity disorder, and since she was a little girl, she’s played host to Mabel, a completely separate and individual personality. When Mabel is in control, Molly experiences the blackouts she’s been so scared of. But now Mabel is letting Molly in on her secrets; she’s letting Molly remember. And in doing so, Molly uncovers the separate life she seems to have led…and the love that she can’t let go.

The Half Life of Molly Pierce is a suspenseful, evocative psychological mystery about uncovering the secrets of our pasts, facing the unknowns of our futures, and accepting our whole selves.

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As soon as I read that this book was about dissociative identity disorder I was hooked. I know that this is one I’m going to have to read ASAP. I’ve been interested in dissociative identity books ever since I read and adored Pretty Girl-13. It is just such an interesting and unusual concept to think and write about. I can’t wait to read about what Molly Pierce remembers about the other half of her life!

Waiting on Wednesday: Elusion by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam

waitingonwednesday“Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights one book that we are super excited about being released!

elusionElusion by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam

Katherine Tegen Books
Expected March 18, 2014

Summary from Goodreads:

Soon, Elusion® will change the world and life as we know it.

A new technology called Elusion is sweeping the country. An app, visor and wristband will virtually transport you to an exotic destination where adventure can be pursued without the complications—or consequences—of real life.

Regan is an Elusion insider. Or at least she used to be. Her father invented the program, and her best friend, Patrick, heir to the tech giant Orexis, is about to release it nationwide. But ever since her father’s unexpected death, Regan can’t bear to Escape, especially since waking up from the dream means crashing back to her grim reality.

Still, when there are rumors of trouble in Elusion—accusations that it’s addictive and dangerous— Regan is determined to defend it. But the critics of Elusion come from surprising sources, including Josh, the handsome skeptic with his own personal stakes. As Regan investigates the claims, she discovers a disturbing web of secrets. She will soon have to choose between love and loyalty…a decision that will affect the lives of millions.

Suspense, thrills, and romance fuel this near-future story about the seductive nature of a perfect virtual world, and how far one girl will go to uncover the truth behind the illusions.

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I first saw Elusion on Debby’s blog a few weeks back and it immediately caught my eye. First of all, can we all just admire the cover together?! It’s sooooo pretty!!!!!! Secondly, that description is amazing! The concept behind this book sounds incredibly intriguing, and I can’t wait to read about Regan and how Elusion affects her. The only problem with this book is that we have to wait until March to read it! :(

Waiting on Wednesday: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

waitingonwednesday“Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights one book that we are super excited about being released!

allegiantAllegiant by Veronica Roth

Harper Collins Children’s
Expected October 22, 2013

Summary from Goodreads:

One choice will define you.

What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?

The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

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I know it doesn’t say too much about this book at all in the description, but COME ON! It’s VERONICA ROTH! I loved Divergent, really liked Insurgent (even though some little things kind of bothered me), so I can only imagine that I am at least going to LIKE this one. I can’t wait to see how Veronica is going to end it all, especially after the huge plot twist she threw in at the end of Insurgent!!!

Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

deliriumTitle/Author: Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Publisher/Year: HarperCollins on February 1, 2011
Genre: YA Science Fiction/Dystopian
Series: Yes! Trilogy
Other Books by Author: Pandemonium (Deliruim #2), Reqiuem (Delirium #3), Before I Fall
How I got this Book: Purchased
Summary From Goodreads: They say that the cure for Love will make me happy and safe forever.

And I’ve always believed them.

Until now.

Now everything has changed.

Now, I’d rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years smothered by a lie.

Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.

My Thoughts copy

Let me start off by saying, WHY DIDN’T I READ THIS TWO YEARS AGO WHEN IT CAME OUT??!?!?! OK, now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, let the review begin. If you couldn’t already tell from the opening sentence, I loved LOVED this book! I was a little nervous going into Delirium because of how much it had been hyped up, and because of how much I loved Before I Fall and I didn’t want Lauren Oliver to let me down. I was not let down, nor was I prepared for how beautifully heart-wrenching this story would be.

Delirium takes place in The United States in an alternative present when love is considered a disease – amor deliria nervosa. First off, that’t the first thing that got me hooked. How could anyone ever imagine a world without love, let alone live in one where it was considered a disease that everyone is “cured” from at the age of 18?! I do not think I could survive in this place with no love.

Lena, the main character, has had a troubled childhood. Her mother committed suicide after failing to be cured 3 times, in the name of love. Lena remembers all the fun and laughter and things from her childhood that she now knows were not permitted, and she remembers enjoying all of those things. She is excited to receive the cure though, because she does not want to end up like her mother, and because it is what is expected of her. She wanted to get the cure — until she met Alex.

Alex is a beautiful boy with eyes the colour of amber and hair the colour of the autumn leaves, and he shows Lena all about love. Lena wishes she could deny that she feels anything for Alex, because of how dangerous the amor deliria nervosa is, but she cannot. Alex has shown her how dismantled and corrupt society is, and she has fallen in love with him and with the thoughts of what society could be like.

Lena is also best friends with a rebellious girl named Hana. Their friendship is amazing, and is as true to life as any teenage best friend relationship could be. They have each other’s backs at all cost. I loved Hana and Lena’s friendship, and I also loved Lena as a character herself. I really connected with her, what with wanting to always do the right thing, but sometimes wishing you could just break free and live a little.

I am warning you now – although it is impossible to be prepared – the ending of this book is a MAJOR cliff-hanger! I thought I was prepared for it, but no. Just, no. The ending will break you right in two. BUT, there are two more books that come after this one!!!

Final Thoughts

I read this book about a month ago, and yet I only posted my review now! That just goes to show you how much I LEGITIMATELY LOVED this book, because I couldn’t even find the words to express myself in a review! And personally, I still don’t think I even came close to doing the book justice in this review. Anywho0000, I can’t wait to get my hands on Pandemonium to read it! Favourite Quote

Love: a single word, a wispy thing, a word no bigger or longer than an edge. That’s what it is: an edge; a razor. It draws up through the center of your life, cutting everything in two. Before and after. The rest of the world falls away on either side.Talk to me

Have you read Delirium? Did you love it as much as I did? If you haven’t read it, do you think you might? (I really really think you should ;) )

Waiting on Wednesday: The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

waitingonwednesday“Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights one book that we are super excited about being released!

the beginnng of everythingThe Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

Katherine Tegen Books
Expected August 27, 2013

Summary from Goodreads:

Golden boy Ezra Faulkner believes everyone has a tragedy waiting for them—a single encounter after which everything that really matters will happen. His particular tragedy waited until he was primed to lose it all: in one spectacular night, a reckless driver shatters Ezra’s knee, his athletic career, and his social life.

No longer a front-runner for Homecoming King, Ezra finds himself at the table of misfits, where he encounters new girl Cassidy Thorpe. Cassidy is unlike anyone Ezra’s ever met, achingly effortless, fiercely intelligent, and determined to bring Ezra along on her endless adventures.

But as Ezra dives into his new studies, new friendships, and new love, he learns that some people, like books, are easy to misread. And now he must consider: if one’s singular tragedy has already hit and everything after it has mattered quite a bit, what happens when more misfortune strikes?

Robyn Schneider’s The Beginning of Everything is a lyrical, witty, and heart-wrenching novel about how difficult it is to play the part that people expect, and how new beginnings can stem from abrupt and tragic endings.

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First off, I love how his name is Ezra. It makes me picture his as Ezra from Pretty Little Liars who I love oh so much! I also am looking forward to reading this book because it is going to feature a “popular boy” who ends up hanging out with the “misfits,” and I always love reading about things like that. I like the cover a lot too!

Review: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

before I fallTitle/Author: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Publisher/Year: HarperCollins on October 25, 2011
Genre: YA Contemporary/Fantasy
Series: Nope!
Other Books by Author: Delirium Trilogy
How I got this Book: Borrowed from a friend
Summary From Goodreads: What if you only had one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all: looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last.

The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. Living the last day of her life seven times during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death–and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Parallel by Lauren Miller

waitingonwednesday“Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights one book that we are super excited about being released!

parallel
Parallel by Lauren Miller

HarperTeen
Expected May 14, 2013

Summary from Goodreads:

Abby Barnes had a plan. The Plan. She’d go to Northwestern, major in journalism, and land a job at a national newspaper, all before she turned twenty-two. But one tiny choice—taking a drama class her senior year of high school—changed all that. Now, on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Abby is stuck on a Hollywood movie set, miles from where she wants to be, wishing she could rewind her life. The next morning, she’s in a dorm room at Yale, with no memory of how she got there. Overnight, it’s as if her past has been rewritten.

With the help of Caitlin, her science-savvy BFF, Abby discovers that this new reality is the result of a cosmic collision of parallel universes that has Abby living an alternate version of her life. And not only that: Abby’s life changes every time her parallel self makes a new choice. Meanwhile, her parallel is living out Abby’s senior year of high school and falling for someone Abby’s never even met.

As she struggles to navigate her ever-shifting existence, forced to live out the consequences of a path she didn’t choose, Abby must let go of the Plan and learn to focus on the present, without losing sight of who she is, the boy who might just be her soul mate, and the destiny that’s finally within reach.

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I love parallel life stories, and this one sounds really good! I can’t wait for this one to come out. At least it’s a May release, so I don’t have to wait a REALLY long time! :D