Thursday, July 31, 2014

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart


Published: May 2014
Publisher: Delacourt Press
Pages: 227
Copy Provided by: NetGalley
Summary: Goodreads

Summary:

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.
 
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. 
Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

Review:
Where to begin with this novel? It was nothing like I have read to date and really hit me hard.  The synopsis doesn't tell you much about what this novel entails and the depth of the characters involved.  The entire time I was trying to guess what was actually happening in the story but I wasn't able to figure it out until right at the end.  

Cadence is a member of the Sinclair family.  A rich, affluent family who spends the summers with cousins at their second summer home.  All of the Sinclair daughters bring their children to the summer island homes to roam and relax until the fall.  They are a tight knit family with rules about the way you should act and behave.  There are expectations and a bit of snobbery but when the cousins are alone by themselves, they find themselves wrapped up in their own little world.

Lockhart has you captivated with the characters and their innocence.  How teens tend to bond and discover each other and the world around them.  How they take charge and hold onto things passionately and believe in something so fiercely that there could be no other answer than the one they believe to be true.  It is a complicated story about relationships between friends and family and the way we treat each other.  The ties that bind the family will ultimately be the undoing of the Sinclairs and the truths behind them will be just as horrific.

E Lockhart has created an incredibly dramatic story that may have your head spinning with an unexpected ending.  If you were to pick one ISU novel to read this year, you could do wonders picking this one apart.  A guaranteed A+.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine,  that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating or books that are in our TBR pile.  This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is


Summary (by Goodreads)

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.

Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive. 

For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .

Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.

I am loving that Sydney Sage is starting to bring in more of her fierce girl attitude to this series.  Can't wait to see how she does in Book #5!!
- Christinabean

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

That Summer by Lauren Willig


Published: June 3rd, 2014
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Pages: 352
Copy: Library
Summary: Goodreads

2009: When Julia Conley hears that she has inherited a house outside London from an unknown great-aunt, she assumes it’s a joke. She hasn't been back to England since the car crash that killed her mother when she was six, an event she remembers only in her nightmares. But when she arrives at Herne Hill to sort through the house—with the help of her cousin Natasha and sexy antiques dealer Nicholas—bits of memory start coming back. And then she discovers a pre-Raphaelite painting, hidden behind the false back of an old wardrobe, and a window onto the house's shrouded history begins to open...1849: Imogen Grantham has spent nearly a decade trapped in a loveless marriage to a much older man, Arthur. The one bright spot in her life is her step-daughter, Evie, a high-spirited sixteen year old who is the closest thing to a child Imogen hopes to have. But everything changes when three young painters come to see Arthur's collection of medieval artifacts, including Gavin Thorne, a quiet man with the unsettling ability to read Imogen better than anyone ever has. When Arthur hires Gavin to paint her portrait, none of them can guess what the hands of fate have set in motion.From modern-day England to the early days of the Preraphaelite movement, Lauren Willig's That Summer takes readers on an un-put-downable journey through a mysterious old house, a hidden love affair, and one woman’s search for the truth about her past—and herself.

One particular type of novel that I enjoy is where a present day storyline solves a past problem or mystery, with both stories being told at simultaneously.  Lauren Willig is an absolute master at this, (so is Barbara Erskine if you like this style) as anyone who is a fan of her Pink Carnation series can attest.

'That Summer' is a lovely stand-alone novel in that same style, that grabbed me from the get-go and carried me along to the conclusion.  In 2009 Julia inherits a house in England and finds somthing hidden in the back of a wardrobe.  Why is it there and where did it come from?  In 1849, Imogen is trapped in a loveless marriage.  How are the two things related.

2 love stories.  2 mysteries. 2 solutions.  All wrapped up in the nice little bundle that is 'That Summer'.

It's a fairly gentle read that won't take you long to finish and you migh guess the solutions to the mysteries, but you'll enjoy the read while you do.  I'm going to be recommending this one a lot.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Stacking the Shelves


Stacking the Shelves allows us to share the books we have added to our collections - physical, virtual, borrowed, bought or received.

This week Curlypow received from the library:



I cannot wait to read Ruin and Rising and finish off the trilogy

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Shout Out to Indies - Worth the Effort by Kai Strand AND Ascension by A L Patterson

We here at The Paperback Princesses often receive emails from Indie authors requesting reviews and are blessed with free book copies. Often we are unable to get to so many titles before our mass market published books take over our TBR shelves. That doesn't mean there aren't plenty of great reads though! We want to give back to those Indie authors and are declaring EVERY SECOND SUNDAY our SHOUT OUT TO INDIES MEME. For those of fellow bloggers, please feel free to add our meme to your regular schedule. We only ask that you quote and link back to us as a courtesy. For all of you Indie authors, we invite you to contact us at the contact link to your top left. We will select 1 - 3 titles (each time we post) that sound interesting. Lastly, for you readers, this is a bit of a test so please do comment and let us know what you think. We will also be offering up giveaway copies whenever we can! So without further ado, here are this week's pick:

Worth the Effort: Ella’s Story



Ella Jones is a coward. There is a teen boy living in the alley behind her work and she is
terrified of him.
Desperate to leave behind the stereotypical and judgmental world she was raised in, Ella
forces herself to make a true connection with seventeen-year-old Ayden Worth. As their
friendship grows Ayden’s quiet, gentle ways teach her true courage.
But there’s more to Ayden’s story than Ella knows. When their worlds collide in the
most unexpected place, Ella feels betrayed. Will she find the courage to learn who Ayden
really is, or will she determine he’s not worth the effort?

We asked Kai why she chose to write for a YA Audience:


Why Young Adult?
I love writing for young adult readers. First, there are no limits. I can address any topic,
with any language—good or bad—that I choose. Does that mean my books are filled
with inappropriate actions and cussing? Well, no. But they could be if I wanted them to.
And I love that! Plus I feel there is no more passionate reader than a young adult reader.
Regardless of the reader’s age, I believe those who choose to read young adult are still
vehemently invested in life. They want to experience the highs, the lows. They celebrate
and lament them with zeal. After all the hard work that goes into writing, and editing, and
producing a book, it still isn’t complete until melds with the thoughts and feelings of a
reader.
That’s why!


About the author:
When her children were young and the electricity winked out, Kai Strand gathered her
family around the fireplace and they told stories, one sentence at a time. Her boys were
rather fond of the ending, “And then everybody died. The end.” Now an award winning
children’s author, Kai crafts fiction for kids and teens to provide an escape hatch from
their reality. With a selection of novels for young adult and middle grade readers and
short stories for the younger ones, Kai entertains children of all ages, and their adults.
Learn more about Kai and her books on her website, www.kaistrand.com.

Amazon  Goodreads

And our second title this week is:
Ascension by A L Patterson



Published: May 2014

When a group of unsuspecting teenagers are given telekinetic abilities, attracting sudden fame and fortune, they decide to become fully fledged, costumed superheroes in this entertaining YA novel which explores humanity’s capacity to handle power in both its real and transcendental forms.

“This is the most amazing thing I’ve seen or done . . . This is the power of God.”


Clark O’Sullivan and his girlfriend, Sarah, are throwing the biggest party of the year. The guests include everybody from their school’s wealthiest socialites to the brainiest nerds to the strangest loners. But when they and six of their friends discover a glowing crystal in an abandoned barn, the party that follows is unlike anything they ever could have planned. All eight teens touch the crystal at the same time—and in doing so, take their first steps down a road that will change their lives forever. The teenagers awake the following morning to discover that they have each been granted very powerful telekinetic abilities.


Initially, they use their gifts to accomplish small, selfish goals: winning football games, dispatching bullies with ease and making the cheer squad. But it isn’t long before the students begin to grow careless with their increasingly daring exhibitions. When Clark publicly prevents a train from crashing, the media catches on to the adolescents’ powers; almost overnight, they become a global sensation. Riding high on waves of unchecked adulation, the teens begin to entertain an impossible idea: that they should become real-life superheroes.


Clark becomes so obsessed with being a caped crusader that his grades begin to suffer, though not nearly as much as his relationship with Sarah. Other members of the superhero squad are torn by differing priorities. But is it even possible for the friends to return to their previous lives? Though their time in the spotlight has been brief, their nighttime vigilantism has created powerful enemies — enemies who will never allow them to disappear safely back into their high school anonymity....


We asked why A.L. writes for a YA audience:

As a young teenager, I was a voracious reader. 

I wasnt yet on the track to passionate writer, but I was certainly a passionate reader. I discovered countless favorites while browsing the library, usually checking out about five or so at a time. But it was during the summertime roughly a decade ago when I decided I wanted to own a few more novels. I wanted books of my own that I didnt have to return to a library. Given my allowance or lack thereof I knew I couldnt afford a host of brand new paperbacks from a bookstore. So one random week in late May, I found myself perusing the stands of the local flea market. After searching through mounds of antiques and every assortment of kitsch items imaginable, I found a booth stocked with books. They were all old and mostly tattered. But they could be mine.

Stephen King.

I turned around and the booths owner looked me squarely in the eyes and said it once more, You oughta check out the Stephen King.

Up until that point, I hadnt read a single book by Mr. King. His name was synonymous with horror and thats as far as my knowledge went. But I immediately gave the booth owner a resounding yes. He told me that he usually charged one dollar per book, but hed give me a dozen for eight dollars.

That day, I lugged a tomato box home filled with a dozen Stephen King novels and felt as if I had the world to look forward to. I had copies of The Shining, Cujo, Dead Zone, Salems Lot, but the first one I read was Kings debut novel, a story about a lonely teenage girl who harnesses the powers of telekinesis. Her name was Carrie and she changed my life forever.

I must have sped through Carrie across two days and was floored by every page of it. The moment I put it down, I picked it back up and read through it again. Carrie, the powerless teenager at the mercy of the world soon found the world at her mercy. This dark tale of triumph turned tragedy (or perhaps tragedy turned triumph) moved me so much that I jotted down Stephen Kings fan mail address and wrote to him. Imagine my surprise when I received a letter directly from him a few weeks later.

A simple thank you form was what I was told to expect. Instead I got a full page reply from Stephen King himself. His letter informed me that Carrie was devoted to every painful adolescent, that the novel was inspired by his time as both a student and a teacher in high school. He explained that he thought Carrie was a little rough around the edges but it had received more fan mail over the years than perhaps any other book of his. He referred to me in the letter as a constant reader and signed his name in black ink. It remains a priceless artifact in my home.

Since that time, Ive gone on to write countless pages of material. Ive written for the stage and was recently hired by a small South Carolina-based producer to pen a screenplay. And now I am releasing my debut novel, Ascension. It wasnt until just recently that I realized the quaint similarities between Ascension and Carrie.

Both books are about teenagers who arent quite sure what to do upon gaining unimaginable powers, namely telekinesis.

Young adulthood is the time in life in which we come into our own. I believe stories that show heightened reality toward a young adults actions and reactions tend to share the same sensibilities as our own reality.
You may be reading about stories of teens that can move any object with their mind or control entire towns, but their actions mirror our growth as individuals. Stephen King did a stellar job of making Carrie feel both larger than life and true to reality.

I hope the same can be said of Ascension.


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About the author: 

A.L. Patterson studied literature and playwriting at the Art Institute of Atlanta and also has a degree in Social Work from Georgia Regents University. His play, The Figs, was performed at Tuckahoe Theater in Richmond, Virginia and his short stories have been featured in Sand Hills Magazine. He currently lives in Augusta, Georgia. Ascension by A.L. Patterson (published by Amazon Digital Services, RRP $2.99 ebook only) is available at online retailers including amazon.com.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Frozen Solid by James Tabor




Published: March 2013
Publisher: Ballentine
Pages: 336
Copy: Library
Summary: Goodread

The nationally bestselling author of The Deep Zone returns with a heart-stopping new Hallie Leland adventure: a chilling tale of suspense set against the forbidding backdrop of the South Pole—perfect for fans of James Rollins and Brad Thor.

An international group of scientists known as Triage believes that overpopulation is dooming the planet, causing climate change, water scarcity, famine, pandemics, and more. For civilization to survive, the scientists conclude that the earth’s population must be reduced—drastically and without delay. But killing is not part of their agenda. Instead, they will genetically engineer and disseminate a common virus that is really a carrier for something much more sinister.

After the mysterious death of a colleague, microbiologist Hallie Leland is dispatched to the South Pole to continue her friend’s research. What she uncovers are alarming details of Triage’s plot, which pits her against forces more terrible than she could have imagined. Now, in one of earth’s loneliest and most treacherous places, where high altitude and extreme environmental conditions can play tricks on the mind, Hallie finds that she has only five days to stop the shocking plan from taking hold.



'Frozen Solid' is a psychological bio thriller that will knock your socks off.  It was one of those books that spooled like a movie through my mind as I was reading.  Within the first few pages we are introduced to the harshest of Antarctic temperatures and someone dies in the most horrifying way.  There are creepy stalkerish killers hiding from sight;  underground salt water lakes full of strange  biological wonders never seen before;  conspiracies afoot that are almost at completion and of course several red herrings to get us going in the wrong direction.  No-one knows who to trust, especially not Hallie, and then it looks like nature just might be against them as well.  

I was sitting shivering at one point because I could almost feel the minus 70 temperatures that were being talked about. and I had to go and  get my copy of the movie The Thing and watch it, just to remind myself what it was about when it was mentioned. (It seems cheesy now, but I saw it when it first came out and it was terrifying all those years ago, before CGI)

'Frozen Solid' was a fairly quick read that offers a somewhat extreme solution to a legitimate global problem and I for one sincerely hope that it never comes to pass.  Great fun and would someone please make it into a movie - I'll go and see it for sure.

  

Friday, July 25, 2014

Follow Friday - July 25


Friday Follow is a blog hop that was started by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.  Each week a different question is posted by our hosts and we will answer!  This is a great opportunity for bloggers to network and interact. 
This week’s question –

What is your favorite tv series that you can watch over and over again on Netflix?

Augh! So many to choose from...but I think my favorites are 

Alias 
(Jennifer Garner really had a kick ass ability to camouflage in this show. Not to mention that she was absolutely RIPPED!!)


Firefly
Nathan Fillion is freaking hilarious and could be best friends with Hans Solo in some other galaxy somewhere.  I didn't get into Firefly until after it went off the air but I would have gladly signed that petition to get it back on the air.  Serenity, the movie spin-off was good as well.


The best thing about these two shows is that they were done by two of my favorite producers - JJ Abrams and Joss Whedon.  I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see these two guys collaborate on a project together...

- Christinabean

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Midnight Crossroads by Charlaine Harris


Published: May 6th, 2014
Publisher: Ace Hardcover
Pages: 305
Copy: Library
Summary: Goodreads

From Charlaine Harris, the bestselling author who created Sookie Stackhouse and her world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, comes a darker locale—populated by more strangers than friends. But then, that’s how the locals prefer it…

Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It’s a pretty standard dried-up western town.

There’s a pawnshop (someone lives in the basement and is seen only at night). There’s a diner (people who are just passing through tend not to linger). And there’s new resident Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he’s found the perfect place to work in private (and who has secrets of his own).

Stop at the one traffic light in town, and everything looks normal. Stay awhile, and learn the truth...


Review:

Charlaine Harris, creator of the much loved Sookie Stackhouse series (True Blood anyone?), has entered the stakes again with the first book in an entirely new series. Midnight Crossroad is a mystery story about a rag-tag bunch of misfits who live in this small town in Texas.  When I say rag-tag, that doesn't really tell you the half of it.

We have Manfred, who is a psychic of sorts. Fiji, who is a witch, of sorts.  Lemuel, who is a vampire - yep, you've got it - of sorts.  Olivia, who is .... well actually, nobody really seems to know exactly what she is. Bobo has landed in Midnight after running to get away from his past.  Joe and Chuy run the Antique Mart and Nail Salon, and there's a hint of something not quite normal there too.  Let's not even mention the Rev, who runs the small wedding chapel and pet cemetery.  Oh, and then there's Madonna, Teacher and baby Grady who run the diner and do odd jobs respectively. Who else? Oh yes, Shawn and his kids, Creek and Connor, who own the gas station - definitely something odd there too. Oh, and let's not forget Mr. Snuggly, the talking cat - he is just hilarious.

Getting to know these disparate and intriguing characters was a lot of fun and the eventual solution to the mystery of Bobo's girlfriends' disappearance took me completely by surprise.  A fairly lighthearted story, with some definite dark undertones, I'm certain that Midnight Crossroad will delight mystery and urban fantasy fans, and I'll happily read the next in the series.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday - Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine,  that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating or books that are in our TBR pile.  This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is


Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.

Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive. 

For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .

Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off

Monday, July 21, 2014

Stacking the Shelves - July 21


Stacking the Shelves allows us to share the books we have added to our collections - physical, virtual, borrowed, bought or received. 

This week I received - 


Summary (by Goodreads)

Sometimes danger is hard to see... until it’s too late. 

Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn't prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage. 

In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there... and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target. 

But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally? 

Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada for sending this title to me!!  Becca Fitzpatrick is the author of the Hush Hush series and you KNOW how I love to continue reading authors that have hooked me the first time around with a series!  What's on your shelf this week?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson




Published: July 1st, 2014
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 272
Copy: From Publisher, thank you
Summary: Goodreads

Girls started vanishing in the fall, and now winter's come to lay a white sheet over the horror. Door County, it seems, is swallowing the young, right into its very dirt. From beneath the house on Water Street, I've watched the danger swell.

The residents know me as the noises in the house at night, the creaking on the stairs. I'm the reflection behind them in the glass, the feeling of fear in the cellar. I'm tied—it seems—to this house, this street, this town.

I'm tied to Maggie and Pauline, though I don't know why. I think it's because death is coming for one of them, or both.

All I know is that the present and the past are piling up, and I am here to dig.I am looking for the things that are buried.

From bestselling author Jodi Lynn Anderson comes a friendship story bound in snow and starlight, a haunting mystery of love, betrayal, redemption, and the moments that we leave behind



One thing I have to make clear from the start - The Vanishing Season (aka The Moment Collector)  is not a creepy, supernatural ghost story. Not at all.  But it is a beautifully written, hauntingly sad ghost's story.  I read it very quickly, in just over 3 hours actually, and I loved every minute of it.  

I have not read anything else by Ms Anderson, so I had no preconceived notions going in, and I was just able to enjoy the tale.  It starts slowly, telling us about the lives and loves of three teenagers in a small town on Lake Michigan.  There is not a lot of action going on, but we do find out how Maggie, Pauline and Liam are affected by a series of murders that have taken place near their homes.  As the story moves towards the end, there is a building sense of urgency that made me feel slightly unsettled.  I knew what was going to happen, but I wasn't sure to whom, and I wanted to stop it - what's that old expression?  "If wishes were horses...'!

 It was somewhat refreshing to be reading about 3 teenagers who are not desperately trying to be something they are not, and who are reasonably happy within their own skins. Their parents were real, one a little strange, one a little damaged and Maggie's full of love and concern.  Their story was sad and somewhat bittersweet, but I loved it.  I've read several reviews that mention the lack of action as a negative, but for me I was able to just enjoy the language and the setting.  I was able to picture the lake and the woods.  Feel the heat of the sun and the cold of the snow.  Feel Maggie's disappointment and appreciation when she gets the wrong gift from her father, for all the right reasons. Remember what it was like to fall in love for the first time and to feel the loss of love for the first time.

     "This is what I think the world is showing me.  We are souls at a common cause.  We are only here to love.  That was my great story all along.  We are here to take chances, and fail, and keep trying."  (page 167 in my ecopy)

Thank you so much to Gina, at Harper Collins, for persevering and finally getting me a downloadable copy.  (My hardcover copy still hasn't arrived.)  I probably would not have picked The Vanishing Season up on my own, but I am very glad to have read it and will happily be recommending this beautiful story wherever I can.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Quarantine: The Burnouts by Lex Thomas


Published: July 22nd, 2014
Publisher: Egmont USA
Pages: 272
Copy: Publisher via Edelweiss
Summary: Goodreads

Lord of the Flies in a 21st-century high school setting.Welcome to Quarantine 3: The Burnouts , where readers of The Maze Runner, Gone, and Divergent go when they're hungry for more dark, compelling survival stories.

When an explosion rocks David and Will's suburban high school one morning, a deadly virus is unleashed on the school. After a year of quarantine, with no adults around, the students have created their own society. All of the social cliques have developed into gangs-The Nerds, The Geeks, The Freaks, The Sluts, The Skaters, The Burnouts, The Pretty Ones, and The Varsity-and each gang provides a service with which they can barter for provisions. Without a gang, it's almost impossible to secure food, water, territory, or supplies. In the final installment in the Quarantine trilogy, the brothers are reunited on the Outside and it appears as if, for once everything is going right. But inside the school, Lucy is alone with no gang and no hope, until the Burnouts welcome her into their filthy arms

I have loved this trilogy from the beginning ( you can find my reviews #1 here and #2 here) and I was just a little worried that Mr. Thomas would not be able to maintain the tension.  Well, I'm very happy to say I was wrong.  Tension abounds yet again in this third and final volume.

As I mentioned before there are many parallels to Lord of the Flies in this Quarantine trilogy, but it's more like Lord of the Flies on steroids, 10 times over.  One of the most horrific things about it for me is the absolute plausability of it all, and that scares me to death.  Part way through this book there is a comment that the parents on the outside are sure they have solved the food problems, but readers see that this is definitely not the case - the troubles have just gone underground and have become so much worse.

We are made aware that almost 2 years have gone by.  2 years in which hundreds of kids have reverted to savagery to get by.  It's amazing that any of them have survived. Some of the descriptions of the Burnouts and their means of escaping reality had me almost gagging, but I could see it happening!  And just wait until you find out about the cure.  All I'll say is O.M.G.

You will be rooting for Will, David and Lucy and you will cry along with them and keep hoping that they will survive. What poor Lucy has to go through this time will have you gasping. This is a really gritty and horrifying story from beginning to end, but it is so worth reading if you like this type of thing.  Definitely not for the squeamish though and you have to start at the beginning.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Follow Friday - July 18


Friday Follow is a blog hop that was started by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.  Each week a different question is posted by our hosts and we will answer!  This is a great opportunity for bloggers to network and interact. 
This week’s question –

SHARE A FUNNY YOUTUBE VIDEO


I have a young daughter to who likes to sing in the car...but it isn't as entertaining as watching grown men sing something so Disney....

Welcome to the Paperback Princesses! Make yourself at home, take a look around our blog and let us know what you think in the comments section. We would love to hear what you have to say about our posts. We often try to comment on your comments as well so feel free to start a conversation! Since there are two of us running the show, we always have a variety of titles and event postings. Be sure to check out our own personal meme page. Check out Fantastic Fairytales, Let's Hear it for the Boys, In Case you Missed it and a few others. We try to not only focus on new YA books but also great titles from the past.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Top Secret Twenty One by Janet Evanovich



Catch a professional assassin: top priority. Find a failure-to-appear and collect big bucks: top score. How she’ll pull it all off: top secret.

Trenton, New Jersey’s favorite used-car dealer, Jimmy Poletti, was caught selling a lot more than used cars out of his dealerships. Now he’s out on bail and has missed his date in court, and bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is looking to bring him in. Leads are quickly turning into dead ends, and all too frequently into dead bodies. Even Joe Morelli, the city’s hottest cop, is struggling to find a clue to the suspected killer’s whereabouts. These are desperate times, and they call for desperate measures. So Stephanie is going to have to do something she really doesn’t want to do: protect former hospital security guard and general pain in her behind Randy Briggs. Briggs was picking up quick cash as Poletti’s bookkeeper and knows all his boss’s dirty secrets. Now Briggs is next on Poletti’s list of people to put six feet under.

To top things off, Ranger—resident security expert and Stephanie’s greatest temptation—has been the target of an assassination plot. He’s dodged the bullet this time, but if Ranger wants to survive the next attempt on his life, he’ll have to enlist Stephanie’s help and reveal a bit more of his mysterious past.

Death threats, highly trained assassins, highly untrained assassins, and Stark Street being overrun by a pack of feral Chihuahuas are all in a day’s work for Stephanie Plum. The real challenge is dealing with her Grandma Mazur’s wild bucket list. A boob job and getting revenge on Joe Morelli’s Grandma Bella can barely hold a candle to what’s number one on the list—but that’s top secret

Sometimes I find myself wondering just how many more of these Stephanie Plum novels Ms Evanovich has in her.  My enjoyment of them seems to go up and down a little with some being better than others, and the previous one - Takedown Twenty - didn't do a lot for me.  However, I thoroughly enjoyed this one.  The focus in #21 shifted slightly to Ranger and I am a Ranger fan all the way to my toes.

Lot's of explosions again, with rockets in the picture this time around and lots of bad guys on the loose. Stephanie is helped by Lula as usual and also by Briggs - whom we've met in previous volumes.  He brings his own issues into the mix including some of those aforementioned rockets and a band of chihuahuas. 

There are some cheek warming situations - one in particular that includes Grandma Mazur and Ranger and had me laughing out loud,  and all in all, twenty one was fun. I doubt fans will be disappointed.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday - Endless by Kate Brian

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine,  that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating or books that are in our TBR pile.  This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is


Summary (by Goodreads)
**There is a spoiler in this summary**
An unthinkable betrayal threatens everyone Rory loves in the third installment of our dark, thrilling Shadowlands series from New York Times best-selling author Kate Brian.

Rory Miller didn't just fall in love with Tristan Parrish. She fell in love with the idea of forever. He was the one who told her the truth about her existence in Juniper Landing: that her mortal life is over, and she will now spend eternity on the island, helping others in limbo move on.

But like Juniper Landing, a bright island with dark secrets, Tristan is too good to be true. The mysterious, heartbreakingly beautiful boy Rory thought she knew is responsible for unthinkable evil-sending good souls to the Shadowlands in order to get himself a second chance at life on Earth. He has already claimed Rory's friend Aaron and her own father, but when SPOILER Tristan sends her sister, Darcy, to the Shadowlands, too, Rory decides to take matters into her own hands. She will do anything to save her family, even if it means going to hell and back.

I was impressed with the first book in this series and would like to see how things pan out for Rory and her family in Juniper Landing.  Looking forward to this one!
 - Christinabean
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