Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Blog Tour: Seeds of Discovery, by Breeana Puttroff Review & Giveaway

Title: Seeds of Discovery (Dusk Gate Chronicles #1)
Author: Breeana Puttroff
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publication Date: September 16, 2011

Quinn Robbins' life was everything she thought a teenager's should be. She has good friends, a family that she loves, good grades, and an after-school job she enjoys. And, she's just been asked out by Zander Cunningham, a popular football player and great guy. But one day when driving home after picking up her little sister from the baby-sitter's, she nearly hits a boy who, after running blindly into the street, mysteriously disappears.
The mystery only deepens as she figures out who the boy is; William Rose, a reclusive, awkward boy from school who always has his nose in a pile of books.
As she becomes more aware of his behavior it becomes more obvious how out of the ordinary William is and how hard he deliberately tries to blend into the background. This only intrigues her more and she finds herself working to find out more about him, and exactly where he keeps disappearing to.
On a whim one night she follows him and suddenly finds herself in a new world. One where William is a prince, literally, and she is treated like a princess. She also discovers that she is stuck; the gate back to her own world isn't always open.
Quinn finds herself smack in the middle of a modern-day fairy tale, on a course that will change her life forever.

Rating: 4 stars

I will be completely honest when I say this; there wasn't anything particularly notable about this book. 

Why did I give this book 4/5 stars, you ask?

Well, I loved the simplicity of this story. It was not complicated at all; it had a very simple story-line, which even action-lovers like me like to read once in a while. I was immediately hooked. 

This story follows an ordinary girl, Quinn, who ends up in another world. A girl with no supernatural qualities, just a girl in high school. Most of the books I have read have these chicks with all these perfect qualities; there is something special about them, they are loved by all, are not afraid of anything, and to top it all off, they're strikingly beautiful. Now how are us readers supposed to relate to these kinds of characters? Quinn is so relatable, which made her likable from the start.

Quinn was a very sensible girl, and, unlike other heroines, is smart and has common sense. I like the way the author starts off the book with Quinn, like other normal teenagers, worrying about normal teenage issues. It makes, the readers, take an immediate liking to her. 

Another aspect I loved: There was no "love at first sight" crap that most YA these days have.

I have to admit, my inner 5-year-old self squealed when I found out that there was going to be princes, princesses, kings, and queens. However, I wish the author described the setting more. The castles or the world in general weren't explained much. It would have gave this story more of a "fantasy" feel to it.

Most of the secondary characters were a bit flat. They weren't very unique; to me, they all seemed to have the same personality. That being said, Thomas and William were very well-written characters, and both three-dimensional.

I think that this series has plenty of room to grow into a captivating fantasy. There was just so many questions left unanswered, which naturally pikes my curiosity. For sure, I will be reading the rest of this series.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday #2: Top Ten Favorite Characters In YA

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Here are my ten favorite characters in the YA genre:

1. Puck from The Iron Fey series
Hilarious! My favorite trickster.
The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)
2. Zuzanna from Days of Blood & Starlight
She is the character that brings sunshine in this otherwise depressing 2nd novel.
Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #2)
3. Adrian from Bloodlines/ Vampire Academy
I will admit, I used to hate Adrian. But over time, I began to grow very fond of him.
Bloodlines (Bloodlines, #1)

4. Katarina Bishop from Heist Society
I bet all of us are jealous of this teen thief.
Heist Society (Heist Society, #1)

5. Augustus from The Fault in Our Stars
His outlook on life, his poetic statements, his humor; qualities of Gus that make us all love him.
The Fault in Our Stars

6. Alex Rider from the Alex Rider series
Alex reminds me of Katarina; he is just so clever.
Stormbreaker (Alex Rider, #1)

7. Karou from Daughter of Smoke & Bone
She is one of the few heroines in the YA genre that does not give up all that she believes in just to be with a guy. ( I won't say more; I don't want to spoil it for everyone who hasn't already read it).
Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)

8. Morpheus from Splintered
Love him!

9. Liam from the Darkest Minds
In this book, Liam's heroism is considered a "bad" thing by some of the characters. I totally disagree.
The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)

10. Rudy Steiner from The Book Thief
The Book Thief

Friday, February 15, 2013

Blog Tour: Stitch by Samantha Durante Review & Giveaway

"Her heart races, her muscles coil, and every impulse in Alessa's body screams at her to run... but yet she's powerless to move.

Still struggling to find her footing after the sudden death of her parents, the last thing college freshman Alessa has the strength to deal with is the inexplicable visceral pull drawing her to a handsome ghostly presence. In between grappling with exams and sorority soirees - and disturbing recurring dreams of being captive in a futuristic prison hell - Alessa is determined to unravel the mystery of the apparition who leaves her breathless. But the terrifying secret she uncovers will find her groping desperately through her nightmares for answers.

Because what Alessa hasn't figured out yet is that she's not really a student, the object of her obsession is no ghost, and her sneaking suspicions that something sinister is lurking behind the walls of her university's idyllic campus are only just scratching the surface...

The opening installment in a twist-laden trilogy, Stitch spans the genres of paranormal romance and dystopian sci-fi to explore the challenges of a society in transition, where morality, vision, and pragmatism collide leaving the average citizen to suffer the results." -Goodreads

This is probably one of the best sci-fi/ paranormal books I have read in a while. I can't get over how awesome it was.

I don't know how the author managed to do it. She mixed science fiction with paranormal and somehow, someway, bottled it up into an intricately written YA book. The author definitely has got plenty of talent.

One of the qualities of this book that really made it shine was the super complex plot. It was just so brilliant and unlike any other sci-fi/paranormal/YA book I have read. I never felt any sort of disinterest, and found it difficult to stop reading for more than a few seconds. Due to my immense need to know what occurred next, my eyes were constantly glued to the page.

The characters were alright. They were all pretty likable, and the character development was good, but I didn't care much for some of the characters. I did feel somewhat of a connection to the main character, and I do like her, but occasionally she was just a tad bit boring. This didn't have a huge impact on what I felt for the book, though.

I loved the sense of mystery that oozed off each page. It pushed me to keep reading, and currently leaves me craving the next installment. This book was very well-written, and showed that Samantha Durante is a very talented writer.

Stitch was an awesome read that combined the elements of mystery, suspense, and complexity into one very well-written novel. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book.

If you are looking for a book with nonstop action and a blend of paranormal and science fiction, then you need to read this book. Now! 

Rating: 4/5 stars

I'm Back!

So... It has been about a month since I have updated my blog.  Life has just been so hectic lately, and finals are finally over (thank goodness). I am so glad to be back, and am ready to get this thing going!

A major change for this blog: I will no longer be accepting books directly from author. Sure, I will be participating in blog tours, but mostly I will be reviewing books by obtaining it myself. Sorry, authors, but even I, like so many other book lovers, cannot handle too much of an overload of books.

Anyhow, I am super excited to be back on my blog, and am looking forward to reviewing books and interacting with all you bloggers out there!