Waiting on Wednesday: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield

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!)

 afterworldsAfterworlds by Scott Westerfield

Simon Pulse
Expected September 23, 2014

Summary from Goodreads:

Darcy Patel has put college and everything else on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. Arriving in New York with no apartment or friends she wonders whether she’s made the right decision until she falls in with a crowd of other seasoned and fledgling writers who take her under their wings…

Told in alternating chapters is Darcy’s novel, a suspenseful thriller about Lizzie, a teen who slips into the ‘Afterworld’ to survive a terrorist attack. But the Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead and as Lizzie drifts between our world and that of the Afterworld, she discovers that many unsolved – and terrifying – stories need to be reconciled. And when a new threat resurfaces, Lizzie learns her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she loves and cares about most.

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I remember reading Scott Westerfield’s Uglies series way back when I was in elementary school, and I really liked it! He always comes up with interesting ideas that get you hooked, and the cover art on his novels is always simple, yet really draws you in. It looks like Afterworlds is going to be no exception to the rules!

The thing that is most interesting to me about this book is how there is going to be a story within a story – literally! I’m excited to see how that plays out; if the two stories may end up tying together in some way. But even if they don’t, both sound interesting enough to stand on their own. Darcy’s life story will be no doubt interesting to all of us aspiring authors who haven’t taken a leap quite as drastic as her character has, and getting to read the story about a place between the living and the dead that she put everything else aside for sounds fantastic.

Are you looking forward to reading Afterworlds? Have you read any of Scott Westerfield’s other work? What book are YOU waiting for this Wednesday?

*Spoiler free!* Review: Fire With Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian (and a mini review of Burn for Burn!)

fire with fireTitle/Author: Fire with Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
Publisher/Year: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on August 13, 2013
Genre: YA Contemporary
Series: Yes! Burn for Burn
Other Books by Author: Burn for Burn (Burn for Burn #1)
How I got this Book: From the publisher in exchange for an honest review – Thanks Simon and Schuster!
Rating: 4.5 stars
Summary From Book Flap: When sweet revenge turns sour. Book two of a trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian.

Lillia, Kat, and Mary had the perfect plan. Work together in secret to take down the people who wronged them. But things didn”t exactly go the way they”d hoped at the Homecoming Dance.

Not even close.

For now, it looks like they got away with it. All they have to do is move on and pick up the pieces, forget there ever was a pact. But it”s not easy, not when Reeve is still a total jerk and Rennie”s meaner than she ever was before.

And then there”s sweet little Mary.she knows there”s something seriously wrong with her. If she can”t control her anger, she”s sure that someone will get hurt even worse than Reeve was. Mary understands now that it”s not just that Reeve bullied her-it”s that he made her love him.

Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, burn for a burn. A broken heart for a broken heart. The girls are up to the task. They”ll make Reeve fall in love with Lillia and then they will crush him. It”s the only way he”ll learn.

It seems once a fire is lit, the only thing you can do is let it burn…

My Thoughts copy

I had never planned on reading this series until I got sent an ARC of Fire with Fire in the mail from Simon and Schuster. I decided that I had no good reason not to pick up the first book, Burn for Burn, and so I did and then I moved on to read Fire with Fire! I can tell you that I am soooo happy they sent it to me, and that they got me to read the series.

Since I never actually got around to writing a full review of Burn for Burn I figured I would include a mini one here for you all. I’m going to start off by saying that I only liked Burn for Burn. I thought that it was a good story, but it just didn’t sit entirely well with me. The main plot is that there are three girls (Kat, Lillia, and Mary) who have had some not too great things done to them by some mean people, and so they band together to get revenge on them. Now, when these girls say they want to get revenge, they SERIOUSLY mean it. The things that they do to the people who were mean to them are AWFUL! In fact, this was one of the reasons that I was not a huge fan of Burn for Burn. The revenges were too awful for my liking, however I guess there wouldn’t have been much of a story if they weren’t. For these girls it was kind of a “go big or go home” situation. Anywhoooo, the book ends on a huge cliffhanger, and so naturally I had a desire to see what was going to happen to Kat, Lillia, and Mary in the next book!

So when I finally started Fire with Fire, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked loved it! The majority of the acts of revenge had taken place in the first book, so there was a lot less focus on that, and more on the effects that their revenge had on people.

I am seriously impressed with Jenny and Siobhan’s writing in this book. Each chapter is written from a different girl’s perspective, and yet the transition from chapter to chapter is so fluid. I especially enjoy how conversational the prose is. They things the characters say, and they way lines are delivered are exactly how I talk with my own friends and so is very believable.

My favourite character out of the three girls would have to be Lillia. I love her so much, and she actually seems a lot like me in some ways. She is definitely someone I could see myself being friends with. The authors also described a lot of Lillia’s outfits in detail, and they’re awesome! She has great fashion sense :P

As for the guys in this book, I really like Alex, and I like Reeve too! I can’t decide, so you can’t make me!!!!

Now, there are so many spoilery things that I would say about this book, but I’m not going to. I will say this though: There is a lot more focus on Mary in this book, who we really didn’t see a huge amount of in Burn for Burn. Also, THE ENDING!!!! That sh*t cray! I seriously need to get the third instalment – Ashes to Ashes – in my hands right now!!!

Final Thoughts

Y’all need to trust me on this one when I say push through Burn for Burn, even though there will probably be times that you want it to be over already, and then rush on to Fire with Fire because this book makes it all worth your while!!! SO GOOD!

4.5 hearts

Second opinions

Amber says that Fire with Fire is “Essential” 4.5 stars

Lauren says it was “unforgettable for me.” 4 stars

Rachel recommends it!

Talk to me

Have you read Burn for Burn? Did you like it? What about Fire with Fire? Do you think you’ll give it a shot, even if you weren’t the biggest fan of Burn for Burn? Let me know!

Review: The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines

the vincent boysTitle/Author: The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines
Publisher/Year: Simon Pulse on October 12, 2011
Genre: YA Romance
Series: Yes (but dear Lord whyyyyy?)
Other Books by Author: The Vincent Brothers (The Vincent Boys #2), Too Far Series, Sea Breeze Series
How I got this Book: Purchased for my Kindle App
Summary From Goodreads: Get seduced by a sizzling account of attraction and betrayal in this previously self-published phenomenon.There was something wicked about Beau that drew me to him. What was wrong with me? Why did I want to sin so badly?

Ashton is getting tired of being good, of impressing her parents and playing ideal girlfriend to Sawyer Vincent. Sawyer is perfect, a regular Prince Charming, but when he leaves town for the summer, it’s his cousin Beau who catches Ashton’s eye. Beau is the sexiest guy she’s ever seen, and even though he’s dangerous, Ashton is drawn to him.

Beau loves his cousin like a brother, so the last thing he wants to do is make a move on Sawyer’s girl. Ashton is off-limits, absolutely. That’s why he does his best to keep his distance, even though he’s been in love with her forever. When Ashton wants to rekindle their childhood friendship in Sawyer’s absence, Beau knows he should say no.

Ashton and Beau don’t want to hurt Sawyer. But the more they try to stay away from each other, the more intense their urges become. It’s getting way too hard to resist…

My Thoughts copy

Oh God this book… It was just… bad. Just plain bad. I read this as a part of the Spring into Summer Readalong hosted by Cass And Judith, which was good, because we all got to laugh together about how bad the book was!!!

It starts off kinda okay, for like the first chapter or so. You think, YAY this book is going to be so hick and southern! But then you realize that there is a complete lack of southern atmosphere, save for all these field parties and the overuse of the word y’all. Also, Ashton’s love interest seems really hot right?! Well he is! Except for he’s a huge douchebag and that makes him NOT HOT. You think maybe he just acts like a douche and has a soft, kind side underneath like most books with a character that acts like that? NOPE! I really really disliked Beau. And WHAT KIND OF NAME IS THAT!? My friend has a DOG named Beau. A little, tiny, teacup dog named Beau.

I also think this book really lacked a good story, and was SERIOUSLY REPETITIVE. All we heard about this book was Ashton and how she was supposed to be this perfect little preacher’s daughter with the perfect boyfriend (Sawyer Vincent) but she really just wanted to be with Beau – which was MEGA INSTA-LOVE! Sawyer left for the summer, so Ashton would make out with Beau and feel guilty, and then repeat this cycle about a million times!!!

And then it ended. Well, there was a major family secret revealed first, Sawyer came home, AND THEN it ended. I really rushed reading the end of this book because I just wanted the torture of reading it to be over!!!Final Thoughts

This book totally wasn’t the book for me, or for multiple other participants of the readalong. BUT, I have read some reviews from people who did (miraculously), like this book, so I guess if you really want to you could give it a shot! I personally will NOT be picking up the sequel, (or anything else by Abbi Glines for that matter) after reading this book.
Favourite Quote

I was already headed for Hell, I might as well enjoy the ride. – Beau Vincent
Talk to meHave you read this book? What did you think of it? I clearly wasn’t a fan, but maybe there are some out there who are?! Have you read anything else by Abbi Glines?