Posts made in May, 2012

REVIEW: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Posted by on May 31, 2012 | Comments Off on REVIEW: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer 
by Michelle Hodkin (Goodreads Author)

Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
There is.
She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
                                     She’s wrong.

                                     Hardcover, 452 pages
                                     Published September 27th 2011 
                                     Taken from Goodreads.
                                     ISBN:
                                     1442421762 (ISBN13: 9781442421769)

Upon reading this book, I had mixed feelings about how I would feel about it.  The premise, while great, was going to depend on the characters.  By page 30, I was hooked. 

THE BOOK:
And so it goes.  Girl gets in accident, All her friends are dead.  She has no memory of anything that occurred.  All she knows is her friends are gone.  Rachel, Clare, and Alex are still all gone.  Next thing she knows, her psychologist Mom is more on her case than ever, and her whole family (her, her two brothers, and parents) are being moved to Miami, Florida. 

The way that Michelle Hodkin writes is hypnotic.  It draws you right in, and you feel as if you are in Miami with Mara, her family, and friends.  It is very easy to sympathize with Mara and all she is going through.  Her “episodes” and “hallucinations” feel so real, and let you really get inside her head.  It is not long before we get to see exactly what is going on with Mara, and understand more as to why she is “around” at certain times and witnessing certain incidents.   
When Mara starts her new preppy private school, to say the least, she is not treated very well.  Here is where her brother, Daniel as well as her friend Jamie are her saving graces.  Jamie has been on Mara’s side since her arrival, and acts as her friend, confidant and tutor.  While Jamie has his own reputation, he seems determined to make sure Mara doesn’t get hated on.  Mara’s hallucinations only get worse upon moving, and it is clear that this is her minds way of helping her remember what happened the night her friends died.

Then enter Noah Shaw.  The gorgeous guy.  The one with the womanizer reputation.  The one who Mara clearly has her eye on from day one.  Strangly though, the guy who can have ANY GIRL seems to be looking at her too…

Once the story unravels and Noah and Mara finally get past their flirty banter, a real relationship unfolds.  A beautiful one at that.  Noah is so much more than meets the eye, and Mara just had to give him a chance before writing him off.  He would do literally anything for her.  And as it turns out.. they have a special “connection”which I will leave you readers to find out on your own.  J

Once the relationship continues, and Mara gets the help she needs for the trauma she has undergone, weird events start to take place, and Mara and Noah both seem to be the common factor in several of them.  These two each have a “gift” of sorts, and it can either go all wrong or all right.  The rest is on Mara, and her faith in both herself, and Noah. 

The hallucinations as well as the realization of what is really going on with her mind, allow us (and Mara!) to see what REALLY went on that dreadful night in the asylum, especially with Alex.  And this leads up to an absolutely DEVESTATINGcliffhanger.  Damn you,cliffhangers! 


THOUGHTS:


This book was amazing, from start to finish.  There is no point when I had that inevitable, “okay, moving on.. get to the point already!” feeling.  Straight through, it was a fast-moving story, with characters that stay with you long after you finish the last page.  Hodkin’s literary style is spell-bounding.  And while I typically don’t like books where there is a “super-natural-y” element, this was different.  It all came together and made for a wonderful story that needed that simple element to glue it all together.

 All in all.  There’s no way around it.  The sequel THE EVOLUTION OF MARA DYER is out October 23rd.  And this book has earned…

 5 coffee cups :-)
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Interview With Loretta from BETWEEN THE PAGES!

Posted by on May 22, 2012 | 7 comments

I chose to interview Loretta for several reasons.  Firstly, she is the reason I started blogging.  Her blog is the first one I started reading, and it inspired me.  Secondly, upon embarking on my blogging journey, Loretta has been EXTREMELY supportive.  She is a wonderful person and I am very fortunate that I have had her to not only guide me but become a friend as well!  I hope everyone can find someone so easy to connect with, and that is so patient and helpful! 

Loretta owns Between the Pages and can be find on Twitter as well.  She also has a YouTube channel!

Loretta, what made you start your book blog?

 Reading has always been something that I have loved. I have never heard of “book blogging” until a couple years ago. My (in real life) friend, Angela @ Reading Angel had some a read-a-thon going on. She told me about it, and this is when I was introduced to a whole new world of book lovers!! I was hooked. I looked and found new blogs every day for a while. Found and read books I had never heard of. It was then about 6 months later that I became a book blogger myself!!

What made you make the jump into not only blogging, but making YouTube videos as well?

 Youtube was something that came a long time after I started the blog. I posted pictures before. Then I saw how a couple people were videoing them. I loved that idea. So, I wanted to do it too! Now I have a very successful youtube channel, and I am also a member of TotallyBooksessed which is a separate youtube channel where we talk all things books. I am Tuesday!

What is your FAVORITE genre of books?

It is always hard for me to pick ONE genre. Because there are SO MANY that I love.

If I had to choose one it would have to be YA. ALL that is included in YA!!

Is there a type of book you dislike?


Oh yes. I do not like biographies, the ONLY ones I will read are about Marilyn Monroe!!

I do not like classics. BESIDES Jane Eyre.

War book, No thanks.

I gotta know, what’s your ALL-TIME favorite series?

ONE? Just ONE?

A Need So Beautiful & A Want So Wicked by Suzanne Young.

These two books stand out to me so much. Anything that Suzanne writes is amazing. The characters, the plot, just everything about these two books are amazing. Bottom Line.

Pssst. The Paranormals by J.L. Bryan too 😉

Cliffhangers. Love ’em or hate ’em? (& why!)? & What sequel are you most excited for?

I have a LOVE/HATE relationship with them suckers. Lauren Oliver is GOOOOOOD for them! Oh my!! Delirium, Pandemonium & Hanaeach had a cliff hanger that had me picking my mouth up off the floor. So I am soooo ready for Requiem (Delirium #3)!!

I am excited to read, Insurgent. Even though something happened to take away from it for me… BUT I am still very much excited to read that one!

Between The Pages is such a cute name! How’d you come up with it?

I sat and looked through The Blogger Directoryforever to make sure that I did not take any ones blog name. That was important to me. I could not figure it out. Then one day I was trying to read and hubby was annoying me. I told him I was going to throw my bookmark at him, and he said “No you better just stick it between them pages” When I jumped up, he thought I was Coo-cooo because I shouted BETWEEN THE PAGES!!

So Between The Pages started out of hostility towards the husband! Hahah!

Do you have a favorite author?

A? Like as in one?

I cannot pick one. So how about the top 5?

Suzanne Young

J.L. Bryan

Matthew Merrick

Lauren Oliver

Rhiannon Frater

Ok… top 10?….ha!

I read ALLL THE TIME about how much you LOVE Jenny Pox! Can you tell me why this book (series) stands out so much to you?

Jenny Pox which is the 1st book in the series by J. L. Bryan touched my heart, ripped it out, then fixed it back all in one sitting. Jenny is such an amazing character, and everything that she has to go through and is PUT through all because she is different is heart breaking. But to see her grow, fall in love, which she never thought she would ever have that, and just become this person who yes has this problem, but no she knows there is a way around it, a way to live.

It was just something that moved me as a reader. The characters and everything are amazing. I wish there were more books in this series.

Also, these books are not YA. They are books with young adults in them… they are … grown up/epic!

You have so many things going on, how do you do all of it, with two kids!? (Btw, awesome that you can manage all of that!)

Coffee!! No, really.

Last year was worse. Because I was in school, and working. Then I was like there is NO WAY I can do this anymore. So I quit and focused on school. Now I can finally take this test, yippee, and I am ready to work again. I have no schedule or anything like that. They tend to get messed up. But I have a daily “this is what I have to do today” list that I go by, no matter what order it happens do I care as long as it gets done.

Kids come 1st though. Before reading, blogging, or studying. My time with them is something I take very seriously. =D

Anything you’d recommend other readers do? Whether it be join GoodReads or start blogging, any advice?

Yes! Definitely have GoodReads. Twitter. Join meme’s. Comment. Make your blog pretty. Eye appeal is everything.

Just be you. Be honest. & have fun!!!!!

Thank you for having me Cass. Happy Reading
I would like to thank Loretta for doing this interview!  Be sure to follow her on Twitter and read her blog!  And don’t forget about her YouTube channel!  (all links above!)
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What Book Would You Be in!? Blog Hop MONDAY!

Posted by on May 21, 2012 | 2 comments

Blog Hop run by The Crazy Bookworm!  Come join in the fun here.
This weeks question is:
If you could put yourself in any book, which would it be and why?
Ah!  This is so hard for me.  There’s so many great settings out there that I would love to place myself in!  However, I think I’m going to have to go with….
The Fault in Our Stars.  I want to go to Amsterdam with Hazel and Augustus! 
Check it out on Goodreads
The food in this book seems SO delicious!  (and I am a chef at heart so this feeds my soul!) Also, the scenery described, and the houses, it just seems like such a wonderful place to visit!  I would go as an observer, not even as a friend of these two.  I wouldn’t want to intrude on their time, just be a little innocent bystander! 
Going on about this book… it was EXCELLENT.  You should DEFINITELY give it a read if you haven’t.  It is worth all the hype that it recieved.  I promise. 
So, make sure to join in the hop!  And also let me know in the comments below what book you’d love to be in!  And of course..
Stay Reading!
-Cass

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Sunday Catch Up

Posted by on May 20, 2012 | Comments Off on Sunday Catch Up

Hey guys! Just wanted to check in let you know I haven’t abandoned you! I spent friday in Atlantic City

Tomorrow I will be posting two reviews. If there’s a book you want me to review, check me out on GoodReads and if I’ve read it, I’ll review it for you.

I recently finished insurgent and am starting two new books today ( super excited!). Let me know what you’ve been reading! I love book suggestions too. 😉

I’d love to hear about your book blogs. Leave me the links in the comments!

Thanks to Loretta and her issue book video, I got some GREAT ideas for what to read this week! Check her out at – Http://www.betweenthepagesreviews.com

Stay reading!
-Cass

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Top Ten Tuesday- Top Couples

Posted by on May 15, 2012 | 5 comments

For this weeks Top Ten Tuesday, we were allowed to choose our own topic. With this, I chose top couples! I don’t think I’ll make it to ten. But, I’ll do my best.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Join in the fun!

1- Katniss and Peeta The Hunger Games Trilogy (Suzanne Collins)
2- Cassia and Ky Matched Trilogy (Allie Condie)
3- Lena and AlexDelirium Series (Lauren Oliver)
4- Hazel and Augustus- The Fault in Our Stars (John Green)
5- Hadley and OliverStatistical Probability of Love at First Sight (Jennifer E. Smith)
6- Katie and MattSuzanne’s Diary for Nicholas (James Patterson)
7- Emily and ChrisThe Pact (Jodi Picoult)
8. Tris and Four- Divergent Trilogy (Veronica Roth)

Okay. Only eight. This is cause I am sooo picky about couples!! But in the comments below tell me your faves and link your Top Ten Tuesday!

Stay Reading
-Cass

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