ENTANGLED by Nikki Jefford

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Entangled by Nikki Jefford

Published February 20, 2012

Series: Spellbound, #1

Pages: 303

Genre: fantasy, paranormal

Blurb: Two months after dying, seventeen-year-old witch Graylee Perez wakes up in her twin sister Charlene’s body.

Until Gray finds a way back inside her own body, she’s stuck being Charlene every twenty-hour hours. Her sister has left precise instructions on how Gray should dress and behave. Looking like a prep isn’t half as bad as hanging out with Charlene’s snotty friends and gropey boyfriend.

The “normals” of McKinley High might be quick to write her behavior off as post-traumatic stress, but warlock Raj McKenna is the only person who suspects Gray has returned from the dead.

Now Gray has to solve the mystery of her death and resurrection and disentangle herself from Charlene’s body before she disappears for good.

It’s a bit like Freaky Friday. Gray and Charlene are twin witches. Gray dies but is brought back…and put in her twin sister’s body. They have to share, each taking a turn every twenty-four hours. If they were close, maybe they would have handled it better, but they can’t stand each other. Gray can’t stand Charlene’s life, either. She’s forced to pretend to be Charlene. She has to hang with Charlene’s friends and horny boyfriend. Gray is completely different from Charlene, and she refuses to tolerate it.

Charlene starts to form a plan to get Gray out of her body…for good. Gray has to figure out how to stop her…but how does she do that when she lives only every twenty-four hours?

The story is told in two points of view: through Gray and a guy named Raj. Gray is a pretty normal, run-of-the-mill protagonist (except for the part where she USED to be this awesome witch with awesome talent and now she’s lost all that awesomeness). Raj annoyed me so much in the beginning, because he embodies the “bad-boy-but-good-inside-and-falls-for-the-good-girl” thing. Charlene is popular, bitchy, and desperate.

The premise of this book is great. Initially I was excited to read it. Teen witches who get trapped in the same body? It sounds like a great read. It certainly was enough to keep me interested. But it was messy and there were parts I hated.

Everyone makes light of suicide in the beginning of the book, where Charlene threatens to kill herself because her boyfriend has set his sights on someone else. But this seems to be just for show. Perhaps this was to show how dramatic and obsessed with her boyfriend Charlene is, but it just annoyed me. Then Charlene decides she’s going to kill the girl who stole her boyfriend.

Raj never grew on me. I hated him as much as I did in the beginning. He’s selfish and mean, even if he’s supposed to have a good heart. What he does to the teacher proves it. Part of me wishes he’d died for Gray or something, just so I could like him a little bit.

I was surprised Charlene had so much hatred for Gray. It didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. I had to keep reminding myself that Charlene is supposed to be obsessed with her boyfriend, and that Charlene was supposed to be jealous of Gray’s magical talent. But I wanted to yell at Charlene, “WHY?”

Entangled did not live up to my expectations.

Rating: 2 stars

*A copy was provided by netgalley and the author for review purposes*

 

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Waiting on Wednesday (5)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. It’s about upcoming books that we can’t wait to read!

This week, I’m waiting on:

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Expected publication date: April 2, 2013

Sybella arrives at the convent’s doorstep half mad with grief and despair. Those that serve Death are only too happy to offer her refuge—but at a price. Naturally skilled in both the arts of death and seduction, the convent views Sybella as one of their most dangerous weapons.

But those assassin’s skills are little comfort when the convent returns her to a life that nearly drove her mad. Her father’s rage and brutality are terrifying, and her brother’s love is equally monstrous. And while Sybella is a weapon of justice wrought by the god of Death himself, He must give her a reason to live. When she discovers an unexpected ally imprisoned in the dungeons, will a daughter of Death find something other than vengeance to live for?

This heart-pounding sequel to Grave Mercy serves betrayal, treachery, and danger in equal measure, bringing readers back to fifteenth century Brittany and will keep them on the edge of their seats.

This is the second book in the His Fair Assassin trilogy, following Grave Mercy. If you follow my blog, you know that I LOVED Grave Mercy. If this book is half as good as the early reviews say it is, I won’t be disappointed! This is one book that I’ll be buying on the day of release!

Even if the model on the cover is a completely different one than the one on the first book, which is pissing me off.

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FIRE by Kristin Cashore

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Fire by Kristin Cashore

Published October 5, 2009 by Dial Books

Series: Graceling Realm, #2

Pages: 461

Genre: Fantasy

Blurb: It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. The young King Nash clings to his throne while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. The mountains and forests are filled with spies and thieves and lawless men.

This is where Fire lives. With a wild, irresistible appearance and hair the color of flame, Fire is the last remaining human monster. Equally hated and adored, she had the unique ability to control minds, but she guards her power, unwilling to steal the secrets of innocent people. Especially when she has so many of her own.

Then Prince Brigan comes to bring her to King City, The royal family needs her help to uncover the plot against the king. Far away from home, Fire begins to realize there’s more to her power than she ever dreamed. Her power could save the kingdom.

If only she weren’t afraid of becoming the monster her father was.

The moment I began to love you was the moment when you saw your fiddle smashed on the ground, and you turned away from me and cried against your horse. Your sadness is one of the things that makes you beautiful to me. Don’t you see that? I understand it. It makes my own sadness less frightening.

 

Fire is the last human monster in the land of the Dells, a land where there are beautiful, brightly colored monsters (think green cats or midnight-blue leopards) that crave human flesh and Fire’s own flesh. Fire herself is beautiful, with green eyes and brilliant hair in shades of red, pink, and orange. Fire has the gift of being able to control others with just her mind. She can change their thoughts and will completely. Because of this, most people either want to fall in love with her or want to kill her. It’s an amazing and terrifying gift.

But Fire’s afraid of becoming like her father, Cansrel, who was also a monster and used his gift for his own purposes. He manipulated the last Dellian king, until the kingdom was in shambles and the king died. And then two years later Cansrel died, killed by his own menagerie of monsters. Fire was left alone with her teacher, Brocker, and her friend and sometimes lover, Archer.

Fire leads a simple life. She teaches music and mind-guarding to the children in the village. She enjoys walking through the forest. She wishes she had children of her own to care for, but she’s decided that the world does not need more human monsters.

Then strange men start turning up in the forest around Fire’s home. Every single one of them is then killed by a mysterious archer, who flees or is somehow killed himself. It’s bizarre. Archer decides to go to the queen Roen and ask for more soldiers. Fire goes with him.

There she meets the last king’s two sons, the very sons of the man her father destroyed with his manipulation. The two have very different opinions of Fire. Nash, the new king, is overcome with “love” for Fire and wants to make her his Queen. Brigan, who commands the army, would like to see Fire dead.

Then a stranger is discovered inside the king’s rooms and is captured. Nash orders Fire to come and identify the stranger. But when she gets to King’s City, things take a turn for the worst.

I am in love with Fire. I’ve reread it twice and every time I do I wish I could write as well as Cashore does. It’s beautiful writing. All the characters are well-formed and memorable. Fire is even better than Graceling and Bitterblue, in my opinion. Fire is not a badass heroine. Fire is kinder and more fragile. While Katsa’s struggle in Graceling was more about surviving physically, Fire’s struggle is more about surviving internally, emotionally. There aren’t as many action scenes. Fire’s not much of a fighter.

Fire’s world is completely different from Katsa’s, which I appreciated. I enjoyed learning about a world so different and yet secretly connected. The Dellians have no idea what a Graceling is. (That’s unfortunate- there’s a certain gray-and-red-eyed boy named Leck!)

You should absolutely read this book. If you read any one YA fantasy book this year, I’d say read either this one or Graceling. Fire isn’t just about a girl who’s beautiful. It’s about a girl struggling with what the world perceives her as (a monster) and the person she knows she is.

Rating: 5 stars

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2013 A-Z Challenge!

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So I’m going to participate in my first challenge this year. This challenge is hosted over at Babies, Books, and Beyond. You can read the rules over there if you’d like to participate.

Basically, I have to read at least one book for every letter of the alphabet. ‘X’ can be found anywhere in the title (there’s not many books starting with ‘X’, but if you know of one in the YA fiction universe, do let me know!). I’ve decided not to list the books ahead of time. I’m very indecisive and I change my mind often. You should see me at the grocery store…

Officially the challenge started yesterday, but I started Entangled by Nikki Jefford yesterday so I’m right on schedule. I’m excited to participate in my very first challenge!

Waiting on Wednesday (4)

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I’m back! I’ve been so busy lately and then my computer got infected…and I had no scheduled posts…it’s been crazy!

Anyway, I’m back now, and since it’s Wednesday I’m posting my WoW!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It’s to talk about books we can’t wait to devour!

This week I’m waiting on:

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The Elite by Kiera Cass

Expected publication date: April 23, 2013

Blurb: Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.

The Elite is the sequel to The Selection. I loved The Selection, and I really didn’t expect to. I thought it would be frilly and stupid. But no, it wasn’t! I’ll be purchasing the ebook! I really love the cover, too…it’s much better than the cover for the first book. Better color, and the model isn’t being all shy and hiding her face. She looks…bolder. Can’t wait!

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SHATTER ME by Taherah Mafi

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Shatter Me by Taherah Mafi

Published on November 15, 2011 by Harper

Series: Shatter Me, #1

Pages: 338

Genre: Dystopian

 

Blurb: Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war– and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

 

Favorite quote: “I spent my life folded between the pages of books.
In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together. I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction.”

I avoided this book for a long, long time because of the other reviews I read. I saw people crying “insta!love” and I decided to never ever read it. But then last month I read the blurb for it, and I decided to give it a try anyway.

When I first started reading, I loved it. A girl (rejected by her parents, of course) is locked away because her touch can kill. That sounds like an awesome book, right?

Well, until you realize that the girl is totally weak.

It’s hard to sympathize with Juliette. If I had power like that in my fingertips, I’d sure as hell use it. But Juliette is terrified to use her power. Once you learn the reason behind her fear, you understand. But I still want to smack her. She’s been given this amazing power, but she won’t use it unless she’s forced to.

I’m not sure if insta!love is actually present in the book. It didn’t feel like insta!love to me at all, but other people feel differently. I can’t elaborate without spoiling things, though.

The world-building isn’t the best. We’re given most of the information at the beginning of the book, with a monologue from Juliette. However, the characters are solid and memorable.

So I didn’t love this book as much as I did when I first picked it up. But it’s decent, and I’ll be reading the next one.

I would recommend this book to dystopian fans.

Rating: 3 stars

 

 

Happy New Year! Yay 2013!

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Wishing you all a happy, safe new year. May all your wishes come true, and all your resolutions be kept!

My New Years’ Resolutions are to READ, READ, READ, to find a new job (that was mine from last year, and I failed), to write more often, and to lose weight. All are doable, which should leave me less space to wriggle out of them. That’s the plan, anyway!

THIS IS NOT A TEST by Courtney Summers

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THIS IS NOT A TEST by Courtney Summers

Published June 19, 2012 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Series: standalone novel

Pages: 323

Genre: Apocalyptic/Post-apocalyptic

Blurb: It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live. But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside. When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?

Favorite quote: “We eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner to the soundtrack of our own impending death.”

I feel that it’s appropriate to post a review of a book about the apocalypse. It’s still December 21, 2012 for me!

I usually don’t read zombie novels. I don’t like a lot of blood and gore. But the blurb caught my attention- a book where the narrator clearly wants to die and then the zombie apocalypse comes? Sounds interesting to me. I like depressing books.

And it’s quite depressing. Sloane’s every thought is about her abusive father, the sister who escaped without taking her, and how she’s going to kill herself. Now that there’s zombies involved, she considers just waiting. Eventually, they’ll get in, and Sloane won’t have to live anymore.

She tries to make it easy. She stays outside while people are rushing for shelter. But she gets saved by some teenagers and winds up hiding with them in the local high school. Including Sloane, that makes six, and it’s an interesting mix of characters. You’ve got the jock, the geeky nerd, the stoner, the beautiful girl, the old crush of Sloane’s…and Sloane.

So what happens when six teenagers are forced to hide together in their high school, and without any parental supervision? What happens when morals are questioned, when life or death becomes your every thought, when at any moment you could be dead? What if your entire family is gone? What if you don’t really have a reason to live through the apocalypse?

This isn’t really a zombie book. It’s a book about depression and life and death. It’s a book about human emotions. And there’s zombies.

If you’re like me and you don’t like a lot of blood and gore, don’t be afraid. There’s not a lot in this book.

This book I would recommend to zombie lovers (although there may not be enough of them in here for you…) and apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic lovers.

Other reviews of This Is Not a Test:

XpressoReads’ take.

The Readaventurer’s opinion.

Rating: 5 stars

Waiting on Wednesday (3)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme to talk about upcoming books that we can’t wait to read! WoW is hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine.

This week, I’m waiting on:

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If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

Expected publication date: March 26, 2013

Blurb: THERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU CAN’T LEAVE BEHIND…

A broken-down camper hidden deep in a national forest is the only home fifteen-year-old Carey can remember. The trees keep guard over her threadbare existence, with the one bright spot being Carey’s younger sister, Jenessa, who depends on Carey for her very survival. All they have is each other, as their mentally ill mother comes and goes with greater frequency. Until that one fateful day their mother disappears for good, and the girls are found by their father, a stranger, and taken to re-enter the “normal” life of school, clothes and boys.

Now, Carey must come to terms with the truth of why their mother spirited them away ten years ago, while haunted by a past that won’t let her go … a dark past that hides many a secret, including the reason Jenessa hasn’t spoken a word in over a year. Carey knows she must keep her sister close, and her secrets even closer, or risk watching her new life come crashing down.

Doesn’t this cover look amazing? Her eyes are so hypnotizing. I’ve heard great things about this book so far, so I hope it’s as good as they say. I tried to get an ARC but they had limited copies. :( I NEED THIS BOOK NOW.

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