Waiting on Wednesday

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This is a feature started on Breaking the Spine that puts the spotlight on upcoming books.

This week’s pick is:

Learning not to drown

Learning Not to Drown

Goodreads: Family secrets cut to the bone in this mesmerizing debut novel about a teen whose drug-addicted brother is the prodigal son one time too many.
There is a pecking order to every family. Seventeen-year old Clare is the overprotected baby; Peter is the typical, rebellious middle child; and Luke is the oldest, the can’t-do-wrong favorite. To their mother, they are a normal, happy family.
To Clare, they are a family on the verge of disaster. Clare: the ambitious striver; Peter: the angry ticking time bomb; and Luke: a drug-addicted convicted felon who has been in and out of jail for as long as Clare can remember—and who has always been bailed out by their parents.
Clare loves Luke, but life as his sister hasn’t been easy. And when he comes home (again), she wants to believe this time will be different (again). Yet when the truths behind his arrests begin to surface, everything Clare knows is shaken to its core. And then Luke is arrested. Again.
Except this time is different, because Clare’s mom does the unthinkable on Luke’s behalf, and Clare has to decide whether turning her back on family is a selfish act…or the only way to keep from drowning along with them.
Debut novelist Anna Shinoda’s raw, gritty, powerful novel cuts right to the bone and brings to life the skeletons the lurk in the closet.

Why I’m excited: The title of this book caught my attention first then the cover. I’ve been reading a lot of books that have crappy parents and families on the verge of exploding lately and this one seems like it’ll fit right in. I already have a feeling I’m going to like Clare.

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WWW Wednesday

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This was started by ShouldBeReading and every Wednesday posters answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently: arclightbreakup

Finished: zac and mia bigrebel belledear killer bigsomething real

Next: creativity

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Teaser Tuesday

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading (blog). Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read • Open to a random page • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week it’s

something real

Something Real

“Benny and I glance at each other, and I know he’s thinking the same thing: hell. We are living in hell.”

Page 46, Something Real – Heather Demetrios

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish(check out the blog ) Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten characters that X(anything you want). I chose to do top ten characters that I would read their memoirs.

10. hunger games Peeta Mellark. Maybe it’s because I’ve gotten so used to dual POVs but I really want to know what was going on in Peeta’s head through the lead-up to the first reaping, the first games, the second time, and through his time in the capitol. I have a feeling the last part will break me.

9. silent swan Alex. There was so much story hinted at in this book but this was his brother’s story so hints are all we got.

8. deathly hallows Severus Snape. I don’t think much more needs to be said.

7. twilight Jasper Cullen/Hale/Whitlock. One of the few characters I found interesting in the series and his story barely got told even though it could have been a book on its own.

6. cruel Ignifex. He’s known as the beast, the devil, a monster but there’s so much more to him.

5. daylighters Amelie. Such a fascinating vampire. I bet her story will be bloody and amazing.

4. near and far small Jesse Walker. We got more of Jesse’s story in this one but there’s still so much to tell, especially about his childhood.

3. her dark curiosity small Montgomery. Being the assistant to such a madman must mean keeping a lot of secrets and successes to yourself.

2. shadow and bone The Darkling. Memoirs might be the only way to finally feel like I know even a little about this mysterious character.

1. Immortal Kanin. He didn’t get a huge role in the first book but it was important. There was so much there to tell about him(and maybe we get more in the second and third books), but he just seemed like such an interesting character with a lot of story to tell.

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Book Review: Death Sworn by Leah Cypress

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Death Sworn

3 stars

Ileni has known her life’s path since she was first tested for magic as a child. She was trained for years and showed great promise. Until the day the elders told her that her magic was fading and she was being sent to tutor a group of assassins who lives underground. The two previous tutors died suspiciously and Ileni is tasked with finding out why, keeping herself alive, and training the deadly assassins in magic, all while keeping her own lost magic a secret.

First, I absolutely love the cover of this book. The detail is amazing. Second, the concept is what drew me into this book(besides the cover). Magic and mystery and a character rebuilding a life in new surroundings. These are things I like.

This turned out to be a faster read than I expected but I still enjoyed it. I ended up really liking Ileni as a character. At first I wasn’t sure since I had a hard time connecting with her, but as the book went on, the connection came. I liked her determination not to show fear in front of the assassins even though any one of them could kill her. And I really liked how she used other assets to teach her students so as not to train what little magic she had left. She definitely had a good head on her shoulders.

Sorin was hard to get a read on, but I liked that. That was who he was. He was an assassin but he never came off as a jerk. The romance between him and Ileni was slow and nowhere near the focus of the book.

The world-building was where the book lost me the most. I was left with so many questions, especially closer to the end when things were happening so fast. A lot of the world information was stated as facts as characters were speaking and it didn’t really give a clear picture.

Hopefully the next book will have more solid world building and keep everything that was good about this book.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: Elusion by Claudia Gabel/Cheryl Klam

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Elusion

2.5 stars

Elusion has always been a part of Regan’s life. Her father invented it and her best friend Patrick, heir to the tech company Orexis, is about to release the program nationwide. In Elusion, with just a visor, a wirstband, and an app, a person can go anywhere, do anything, experience anything, without risking their life. Quick sun-soaked beach trip on the train, done. Climbing a mountain on your lunch break, easy.
Regan can’t bring herself to go back to Elusion since her father’s passing but she still defends it against the people who say it’s addictive and dangerous. The more she investigates these rumors, the more she discovers secrets being kept from her. The only way to truly figure out what’s going on is to go back into Elusion.

I really liked the concept of this book and the set-up for a really great story was there, but it always felt like something was missing. There was a lot of things(technology, the future world) that simply were without providing detail to how they got to be. There was so much technology talk that it was hard to keep up with, especially for someone like me who has a limited knowledge of programming, and I found all these terms and tech-moments being thrown at me took me out of the story because they didn’t feel seamlessly woven in.

I had a hard time with some of the characters. Josh and his motivations were the easiest to understand most of the time, he wanted to find his sister. Regan a lot of the time got on my nerves. She started off wanting to prove that Elusion was safe and keep her father’s memory untainted but once Josh showed up, it seemed like she was more focused on him, his stories, and his looks. It didn’t take much convincing from him for her to start distrusting her best friend since birth and even though Patrick didn’t help matters by being vague with her, it never felt like she genuinely wanted to hear his side. Patrick was the one I felt was the most interesting, and he by far got the least amount of page-time and development of the three. So much pressure at such a young age, so many people whispering in his ear, best friend suddenly against him. I’m hoping to see more of him in the next book.

The plot felt really fast. There was never really a time to stop and take in all the information being thrown around, process it, understand it, instead there was just more information. A lot of the time things just seemed to happen too easily for the main characters.

The cover is absolutely gorgeous and really works well with the plot, which isn’t always the case, so that’s nice to see.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Simon and Schuster promotion/giveaway

Simon and Schuster is having a spring promotion/giveaway and is asking bloggers to share with our followers. They’ve got a lot of really good sounding books coming out so definitely recommend checking out the page. http://pages.simonandschuster.ca/springromance

The giveaway is a prize pack and includes 5 books (To all the boys I’ve loved before, The last forever, The edge of falling, Year of mistaken discoveries, and Criminal), a 100$ gift card to Garage clothing, and a limited edition Jenny Han t-shit.

Good luck to anyone who enters. I definitely did:)

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