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Monday, January 17, 2011

Unbelievable (Pretty Little Liars #4) by Sara Shepard

Publisher: HarperCollins

Source: Bought (Barnes & Noble)

# of Pages: 352


Four pretty little liars' charmed lives have turned into living nightmares.

Emily's been shipped off to Iowa to live with her ├╝berconservative cousins. Aria's boyfriend is behind bars—because of her. Spencer's afraid she was involved in Ali's murder. But Hanna's fate is far worse: She's clinging to life in the hospital because she knew too much.

If these girls don't start listening to me, Hanna's going to look like the lucky one.

Once again, Sara Shepard has written another fantastic addition to this series! This was probably the most intense book of the four that I've read so far. It had me guessing at the end of each chapter and most of the time I was wrong with my predictions :P

I won't say what, but you do get some important information from this book! I'm kind of nervous for the next book (Wicked) because I almost feel like there isn't much left to the series other than to find out one other answer :P But I'm sure they'll give us more secrets and hopefully more mystery also!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Book Blogger Hop (5)

Hi there hoppers :) Thanks for visiting BAM Book Reviews and make sure to leave a comment so I can come check out your blog too!

Question: "Why do you read the genre that you do? What draws you to it?"

Answer: I read YA because I feel like I can relate to it the most right now. I know someday I might want to grow out of it, but I can't imagine myself doing that. I love everything YA has to offer. Young love, discovering yourself, and other touching subjects. Oh, and the covers are a lot cuter than any other genre I know of ;)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Perfect (Pretty Little Liars #3) by Sara Shepard

Publisher: HarperCollins

Source: Bought (Barnes & Noble)

# of Pages: 320


In Rosewood, Pennsylvania, four perfect-looking girls aren't nearly as perfect as they seem.

Aria can't resist her forbidden ex. Hanna is on the verge of losing her BFF. Emily is freaking out over a simple kiss. And Spencer can't keep her hands off anythingthat belongs to her sister.

Lucky me. I know these pretty little liars better than they know themselves. But it's hard keeping all of their secrets to myself. They better do as I say . . . or else!

Wow! This series just keeps getting better and better! And while I do love the TV show on ABC Family, I have to say that the books are twice as intense, thrilling, steamy, and overall better! The whole time I was reading this book, I was thinking to myself "Why don't they keep the TV show closer to the book!? There would probably be a lot more viewers!" Oh well, I'm sure they have their reasons. :)

Every chapter of this book had me on the edge of my seat with my emotions on a rollercoaster (like the sick ones at Six Flags!) One chapter, I was thrilled; the other, I was depressed; then a different chapter, I was angry! It's crazy how emotionally involved I get when reading this book.

I loved all of the characters and they became a lot more complex this time around. Especially Spencer. And man, I think I'm in love with Lucas :P I already went out and bought books Unbelievable (#4) and Wicked (#5).

Monday, January 10, 2011

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins

Publisher: Scholastic

Source: Bought (Barnes & Noble)

# of Pages: 398


Young Katniss Everdeen has survived the dreaded Hunger Games not once, but twice, but even now she can find no relief. In fact, the dangers seem to be escalating: President Snow has declared an all-out war on Katniss, her family, her friends, and all the oppressed people of District 12. The thrill-packed final installment of Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy will keep young hearts pounding.


I can't believe it took me this long to pick up this book. I've had a (signed ;]) copy of this book with me for a few months now and had two friends read it before I did! I'm not sure if it was just the distraction of school or because I was afraid of what might happen, because Suzanne Collins doesn't seem like the type of author to leave a happy ending.

Now onto my thoughts... I think I'll start off with the negatives: The first 2/3 of the book was dragging on for me. I wanted to be blown away by each chapter and never want to put the book down, but instead I was putting the book down to clean my room, grab a snack, and even go downstairs to see w
hat my mom was doing. Gale's character just didn't live up to standards for me! I thought it was going to be a huge choice for not only Katniss, but for me also to have to choose between the two guys! I drool over a good love triangle and I assumed that's what I would get in Mockingjay. But instead, Gale seemed like he was more interested in the rebellion then trying to win Katniss over. That might sound foolish of me to have that opinion, but damnit I wanted a good love triangle! I was dying to see Gale try to show Katniss why he deserves her and why she should be with him, but unfortunately I never saw that.

The positives: Th
e last third of the book was pretty awesome. I'm glad that there was some grief to go along with some happiness. I have to admit, I was pretty shocked when Katniss shot Coin, but I was also shouting (silently) "YES!" I had the biggest smile on my face when Peeta came back to District 12. The two of them being together makes so much sense. They've both been through so much and they're both a little messed up from it, but they can be messed up together! :) Wow... that sounded wrong.

Anyways, overall I enjoyed the book. It was a good conclusion to a fantastic series and although I may not have liked everything that went down, I don't think I would change it if I could.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

House of Night Contest!

Hi there lovelies!

I have just been informed that St. Martin's Press is throwing a fabulous contest in which the prize includes for one lucky fan and their guest to fly to Tulsa, Arizona to tour the sites from the books and have lunch with the authors, P.C. and daughter, Kristin Cast!

The lucky winner will receive a 3-day, 2-night trip to Tulsa, Oklahoma for two people which includes airfare, hotel accommodations, a tour of Tulsa and lunch on Saturday, April 30th, 2011 at the Chalkboard Restaurant with the authors. In order to enter the promo, they must answer three questions about the series.

Click here to enter the contest and also find more information. For the contest rules, click here!

St. Martin's Press (being as generous as they are!) are also giving away the chance to win 1 of 30 complete sets of House of Night books (via the House of Night Facebook fan page!) Click here to check that out!

Below is the book trailer for the newly released book in the series, Awakened! Enjoy and good luck! :)