Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Let's Get Lost Review

Let’s Get Lost
Publication Date: July 19, 2014
Hardcover, 304 pages, Harlequin Teen
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Five strangers. Countless adventures.One epic way to get lost.

Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named LEILA. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most.

There's HUDSON, a small-town mechanic who is willing to throw away his dreams for true love. And BREE, a runaway who seizes every Tuesday—and a few stolen goods along the way. ELLIOT believes in happy endings…until his own life goes off-script. And SONIA worries that when she lost her boyfriend, she also lost the ability to love.

Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila's own 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth— sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you're looking for is to get lost along the way.

My Review 

Let's Get Lost isn't something I would normally purchase for myself. In fact, if I hadn't of been requested to review this book, I would never have even known what I was missing out on.

This story was gut-wrenching, heart-warming and totally hilarious all at the same time. I didn't expect Leila to be who she was, I actually thought that she was some kind of guardian angel, who lead her charges down their correct path in the form of a teenager on a road-trip to the Northern Lights.

The other characters in the story (otherwise known as Leila's charges), even though we only got a chunk of their lives condensed into about 60 pages, were given personalities that set themselves apart from the others'. Hudson was lyrical and wistful, Bree was rebellious, but not, Elliot was desperate and charming, while Sonia was heartbroken and in love.

I just wish that I could feel half of what all of these characters experience in their lives. Not the pain, but the possibilities.

The book did get kind of slow after the first 40 pages, but once I made it about halfway through the book, it picked up again.

If you're looking for a story that will make you think, definitely check this book out.

4/5 stars

 *Note: I received an ARC of this book to review from the publisher. This in no way altered my opinion/review.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Death Marked

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

This week, what's really got my pages in a twist is...

Death Marked
(Death Sworn #2)
Publication Date: March 3, 2014
Hardcover, 400 pages, Greenwillow
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

A young sorceress’s entire life has been shaped to destroy the empire controlling her world. But if everything she knows is a lie, will she even want to fulfill her destiny? The sequel to Death Sworn is just as full of magic and surprising revelations, and will thrill fans of Leigh Bardugo and Robin LaFevers.

At seventeen, Ileni lost her magical power and was exiled to the hidden caves of the assassins. She never thought she would survive long. But she discovered she was always meant to end up, powerless, in the caves as part of an elder sorcerer’s plan to destroy the evil Empire they'd battled so long. Except that Ileni is not an assassin, and she doesn't want to be a weapon. And, after everything, she’s not even sure she knows the truth. Now, at the very heart of the Empire—its academy for sorcerers—the truth is what she seeks. What she finds challenges every belief she holds dear—and it threatens her fledgling romance with the young master of assassins.

Leah Cypess spins an intricate and beautiful conclusion to Ileni's story. In the end, it may not be the epic decisions that bring down an empire, but the small ones that pierce the heart.

My Thoughts

I read the first book. LOOOOOVED IT! It had smexy assassins, magic, mystery and just a pile of awesome-sauce. I can’t wait to get my hands on this book!

What book are you waiting for this Wednesday?

Monday, July 14, 2014

A Short List of New Adult Book Recommendations

New Adult books can be the best amount of sexy and riveting. Unfortunately, there's always those ones that need tossed - at a wall, in the trash, into space, etc. 

I've come up with a list of New Adult recommendations; each of these books has a great main character, with a hunky love interest.

Beautiful Disaster
(Beautiful #1)
Publication Date: May 2011
Paperback, 416 pages, Atria Books
Genres: Contemporary


Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

My Thoughts

I’m sure every NA fanatic has devoured this book. And that’s awesome, because to be frank, it is awesome. If you haven’t started reading the NA genre yet, this is a great book to get started with. It’s fun, sweet, and intoxicating all at the same time.

The Edge of Never
(The Edge of Never #1)
Publication Date: November 2012
Paperback, 426 pages
Genres: Contemporary

Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett had always been one to think out-of-the-box, who knew she wanted something more in life than following the same repetitive patterns and growing old with the same repetitive life story. And she thought that her life was going in the right direction until everything fell apart.

Determined not to dwell on the negative and push forward, Camryn is set to move in with her best friend and plans to start a new job. But after an unexpected night at the hottest club in downtown North Carolina, she makes the ultimate decision to leave the only life she’s ever known, far behind.

With a purse, a cell phone and a small bag with a few necessities, Camryn, with absolutely no direction or purpose boards a Greyhound bus alone and sets out to find herself. What she finds is a guy named Andrew Parrish, someone not so very different from her and who harbors his own dark secrets. But Camryn swore never to let down her walls again. And she vowed never to fall in love.

But with Andrew, Camryn finds herself doing a lot of things she never thought she’d do. He shows her what it’s really like to live out-of-the-box and to give in to her deepest, darkest desires. On their sporadic road-trip he becomes the center of her exciting and daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But will Andrew’s dark secret push them inseparably together, or tear them completely apart?

My Thoughts

This book was a mystery. Going in I had no idea how this whirlwind of a NA was going to work out, but I enjoyed myself immensely. The characters are given so much detail, from their minute quirks to their larger issues, each kept me reading.

(The Crescent Chronicles #1)
Publication Date: August 2012
Paperback, 268 pages, Createspace
Genres: Paranormal

Sometimes you just have to take flight.

A summer in New Orleans is exactly what Allie needs before starting college. Accepting her dad’s invitation to work at his hotel offers an escape from her ex-boyfriend and the chance to spend the summer with her best friend. Meeting a guy is the last thing on her mind—until she sees Levi.

Unable to resist the infuriating yet alluring Levi, Allie finds herself at the center of a supernatural society and forced to decide between following the path she has always trusted or saving a city that might just save her.

My Thoughts

This book has a great premise! The supernatural creatures are incredibly unique, and the way that Allie gets to be a part of their world is so funky and strange that you just can’t help but want to keep reading.