Sunday, October 23, 2011

Siren's Storm by Lisa Papademetriou (ARC)

 TITLE: Siren's Storm
AUTHOR: Lisa Papademetriou
PUBLISHER: Knopf / Random House
PAGES: 272

BACK COVER BLURB: Everything changed for Will last summer. On an ordinary sail with his brother, there was a strange accident, and Will washed ashore on the beach like a piece of driftwood, only to learn that his brother was missing -- presumed drowned.

Now Will and his lifelong friend Gretchen are trying to resume normalcy in their quaint seaside hometown, which is being overrun, as usual, by wealthy summer residents. But both are restless. Gretchen's sleepwalking habit is worse than ever. And Will can't stop thinking about the new girl in town -- Asia. Nobody knows who Asia is. But her otherworldly beauty and bewitching voice have a powerful effect on people...

When disturbing things start happening in town, including a rash of violent drownings, will and Gretchen begin to wonder -- who is Asia really? And if she isn't a beautiful summer resident but something entirely more sinister, why is she there -- and what does she want from them?

Compelling and eerie, this mesmerizing novel is steeped in nautical lore and the mythology of the sultry and mysterious Sirens.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: One thing I don't understand about this book is the title. In this book, sirens are referred to as "seekrieger's", so I'm not sure why the author decided to use siren in the title. Maybe it was just to help people understand the subject matter of the book. The ending of the book was wonderful. I finally got the fast paced action that I had been waiting for. All of the pieces finally came together and I got a sense of what was really happening in the town. I'm excited for the next novel to come out to see where the story will go.

CHARACTERS: My favorite character in this book is Gretchen. She seems to be the one that I relate to the most. She's pretty much just your all around normal girl, and she handles herself really well.

COVER: Love it! I love the hair in the girl's face and the expression she has. I also love how the whole thing is tinted in green, it helps tie in the mermaid theme.

*I received a copy of this book from Amazon Vine for review.

Thursday, October 20, 2011


I was messing around on Stumble today, when I came across this page. It has a bunch of bookshelves on it. Here's a few of them!

I like the pacman and the falling books ones. Which are your favorites?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

In My Mailbox #1

 In my mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

From Tell Harlequin:

From Shelf Awareness:

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Mephisto Covenant by Trinity Faegen (ARC)

 TITLE: The Mephisto Covenant: The Redemption of Ajax
AUTHOR: Trinity Faegen
PAGES: 448

BACK COVER BLURB: Sasha is desperate to find out who murdered her father. When getting the answers means pledging her sould to Eryx, she unlocks a secret that puts her in grave danger -- Sasha is Anabo, a daughter of Eve, and Eryx's biggest threat.

A son of Hell, immortal, and bound to Earth forever, Jax looks for redemption in the Mephisto Covenant -- God's promise he will find peace in the love of an Anabo. After a thousand years, he's finally found the girl he's been searching for: Sasha.

With the threat of Eryx looking, Jax has to keep Sasha safe and win her over. But can he? Will Sasha love him and give up her mortal life?

OVERALL IMPRESSION: This book was pretty confusing at first. I didn't know what was going on; I didn't know what each group of people were -- the Anabo, the Ravens, the Skia, etc -- it was hard to figure out what everyone's purpose was. As the book continued, things were explained and I figured out everyone's purpose. This was an okay book, but not one that I jumped out of my seat for and had to finish right away.

CHARACTERS: I honestly didn't connect with any of the characters in this book. None them stood to me and made me want to learn more about them.

COVER: I love the cover of this one! The dark atmosphere, the trees in the background. I love the dress the girl is wearing and the bridge that she is walking over.

*I received a copy of this book from Amazon Vine for review.

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Top 100 Most Popular YA Books

I found this list on Waiting on Sunday to Drown who found it on Pages Turned & Lessons Learned. The ones I've read are in purple and the ones I have but have not yet read are in blue.

1. Alex Finn – Beastly
2. Alice Sebold – The Lovely Bones
3. Ally Carter – Callagher Girls
4. Ally Condie – Matched
5. Alyson Noel – The Immortals (1-4)
6. Anastasia Hopcus – Shadow Hills
7. Angie Sage – Septimus Heap
8. Ann Brashares – The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
9. Anna Godbersen – Luxe
10. Anthony Horowitz – Alex Rider
11. Aprilynne Pike – Wings (1)
12. Becca Fitzpatrick – Hush, Hush (1)
13. Brandon Mull – Fablehaven
14. Brian Selznick – The Invention of Hugo Cabret
15. Cassandra Clare – The Mortal Instruments (1-3)
16. Carrie Jones – Need (1, 2, 3)
17. Carrie Ryan – The Forest of Hands and Teeth
18. Christopher Paolini – Inheritance (1)
19. Cinda Williams Chima – The Heir Chronicles
20. Colleen Houck – Tigers Saga
21. Cornelia Funke – Inkheart (1 & 2)
22. Ellen Hopkins – Impulse
23. Eoin Colfer – Artemis Fowl
24. Faraaz Kazi – Truly, Madly, Deeply
25. Frank Beddor – The Looking Glass Wars
26. Gabrielle Zevin – Elsewhere
27. Gail Carson Levine – Fairest
28. Holly Black – Tithe (1-3)
29. J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter (1-7)
30. James Dashner – The Maze Runner
31. James Patterson – Maximum Ride (1-5)
32. Jay Asher – Thirteen Reasons Why
33. Jeanne DuPrau – Books of Ember
34. Jeff Kinney – Diary of a Wimpy Kid
35. John Boyne – The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
36. John Green – An Abundance of Katherines
37. John Green – Looking for Alaska
38. John Green – Paper Towns
39. Jonathan Stroud – Bartimaeus
40. Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl – Caster Chronicles (1-2)
41. Kelley Armstrong – Darkest Powers (1-3)
42. Kristin Cashore – The Seven Kingdoms
43. Lauren Kate – Fallen (1)
44. Lemony Snicket – Series of Unfortunate Events (1-13)
45. Libba Bray – Gemma Doyle
46. Lisa McMann – Dream Catcher (1-2)
47. Louise Rennison – Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (1-3)
48. M.T. Anderson – Feed
49. Maggie Stiefvater – The Wolves of Mercy Falls (1)
50. Margaret Peterson Haddix – Shadow Children
51. Maria V. Snyder – Study
52. Markus Zusak – The Book Thief
53. Markus Zusak – I am the Messenger
54. Mark Haddon – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
55. Mary Ting – Crossroads
56. Maureen Johnson – Little Blue Envelope
57. Meg Cabot – All-American Girl
58. Meg Cabot – The Mediator
59. Meg Cabot – The Princess Diaries
60. Meg Rosoff – How I live now
61. Megan McCafferty – Jessica Darling
62. Megan Whalen Turner – The Queen’s Thief
63. Melina Marchetta – On the Jellicoe Road
64. Melissa de la Cruz – Blue Bloods
65. Melissa Marr – Wicked Lovely (1-4)
66. Michael Grant – Gone
67. Nancy Farmer – The House of the Scorpion
68. Neal Shusterman – Unwind
69. Neil Gaiman – Coraline
70. Neil Gaiman – Stardust
71. Neil Gaiman – The Graveyard Book
72. P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast – House of Night (1-6)
73. Philip Pullman – His Dark Materials (1)
74. Rachel Caine – The Morganville Vampires (all so far)
75. Rachel Cohn & David Levithan – Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
76. Richelle Mead – Vampire Academy (1)
77. Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson and the Olympians
78. Rom LcO’Feer – Somewhere carnal over 40 winks
79. S.L. Naeole – Grace
80. Sabrina Bryan & Julia DeVillers – Princess of Gossip
81. Sarah Dessen – Along for the Ride
82. Sarah Dessen – Lock and Key
83. Sarah Dessen – The Truth about Forever
84. Sara Shepard – Pretty Little Liars
85. Scott Westerfeld – Leviathan
86. Scott Westerfeld – Uglies
87. Shannon Hale – Books of a Thousand Days
88. Shannon Hale – Princess Academy
89. Shannon Hale – The Books of Bayern
90. Sherman Alexie & Ellen Forney – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
91. Simone Elkeles – Perfect Chemistry
92. Stephanie Meyer – The Host
93. Stephanie Meyer – Twilight Saga (1-4)
94. Sue Monk Kidd – The Secret Life of Bees
95. Susan Beth Pfeffer – Last Survivors
96. Suzanne Collins – Hunger Games
97. Suzanne Collins – Underland Chronicles
98. Terry Pratchett – Tiffany Aching
99. Tonya Hurley – Ghost Girl
100. Wendelin Van Draanen – Flipped

I have only read 18 of these and I own another 6 of them. There's so many books left to read and not enough time!!