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Friday, August 3, 2012

Review: The Raft

Posted by Amelia Wright at 12:32 PM Comments Links to this post
Author: S.A Bodeen
Release Date: August 21 2012
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

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Robie is an experienced traveler. She’s taken the flight from Honolulu to the Midway Atoll, a group of Pacific islands where her parents live, many times. When she has to get to Midway in a hurry after a visit with her aunt in Hawaii, she gets on the next cargo flight at the last minute. She knows the pilot, but on this flight, there’s a new co-pilot named Max. All systems are go until a storm hits during the flight. The only passenger, Robie doesn’t panic until the engine suddenly cuts out and Max shouts at her to put on a life jacket. They are over miles of Pacific Ocean. She sees Max struggle with a raft.

And then . . . she’s in the water. Fighting for her life. Max pulls her onto the raft, and that’s when the real terror begins. They have no water. Their only food is a bag of Skittles. There are sharks. There is an island. But there’s no sign of help on the way.

Judging the Book by its Cover

"Raft," looks ... for lack of a better word ...intense. The girl on the cover looks like everything in life that could possibly go wrong, has gone wrong. The raft is holding her lifeless-looking body up. In fact, she looks like she's desperately holding on to that last string of life. We're wondering... "What the heck, why isn't she swimming?" More specifically, where's that stereotyped, hot lifeguard that saves the damsel in distress?!
Ahhh, that's more like it. See? All she needed was a bit of  Ryan Lochte. (Everyone needs a bit of Ryan Lochte...)

See no evil, Speak no evil, Read this evil?

We find the first sentence of the overview to be a bit irritating. "Robie is an experienced traveler." So why the heck are you traveling ... alone. The reason she's lost at sea, is because a big storm decides to "out-of-nowhere," attack her ship. Does anyone check the weather anymore?! Just for that she deserves something like this:

Never fear, Max (a.k.a Ryan Lochte), the co-pilot of the ship that Robie was aboard, helps save her. They're both lost at sea. Too bad. Since we're talking about Ryan Lochte Max, here, we're predicting they survive. Actually, we're imagining Robie, and Ryan Lochte Max surfing waves with umbrellas. 
We pray and hope with every ounce of determination we can possibly muster, that Robie and Max don't fall for each other. Clearly Ryan Lochte is ours. Makes you want to be lost at sea too, doesn't it? This is not a to-read, but a MUST-read. (Ryan Lochte makes everything a 5 star ;] )

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Review: Narc by Crissa-Jean Chappell

Posted by Demitra & Anastasia at 9:15 AM Comments Links to this post
Author: Crissa-Jean Chappell 
Release Date: August 8 2012
Publisher: Flux

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"You're going to hate me forever when you learn my secret."

Seventeen-year-old stoner Aaron Foster was offered a choice: go to jail or turn undercover narc to find the dealer who's funneling drugs into Miami's Palm Hammock High School. But Aaron has never been good at getting close to people. He's human wallpaper, a stoner wastecase who's obsessed with video games and street magic.

With a cop from Narcotics breathing down his neck, Aaron gets himself invited to parties where the deals go down. To get close to the school's biggest players, Aaron lies to everyone--most of all, the cute but troubled Morgan Baskin. With the Everglades party on Halloween night--and a planned drug bust there--just days away, Aaron realizes that he's falling hard for Morgan . . . and trying to protect her could cost him everything.


Judging the Book by its Cover

We think it's only fair that we state the definition of a narc before we begin our usual "analyses." A narc is a general term used to describe someone who informs the proper authorities when they see others committing illegal deeds. The guy on the cover obviously doesn't look like an adult, so we're assuming he's a teenager. Ohhhhhhh, boy. Where we come from, "narcing" isn't exactly what you want to be known for. In fact "narcing," might just be the worst thing you can do, as a high school student. Something like ... this could happen:
Not the prettiest sight, is it? However, We're finding ourselves a bit intrigued. We're wondering what in the world could have possibly given him the idea that "narcing" is okay. Maybe he has a secret that he's holding on to (very tightly), and it would help to get the authorities off his case ... But you know what they say about secrets, don't you?! (*whispers*) 
"Secrets, secrets, are no fun, unless you share with EVERYONE!"

See no evil, Speak no evil, Read this evil?

Ahh, the overview. Aaron is a stoner, who's been caught. That explains just about ... EVERYTHING. Jail time, or "narcing"? That's like asking us if I'd like to get something to eat or let myself starve to death? There was really only one option in the first place! While playing undercover narc, he falls in love. It's okay, Aaron! Some people were meant to be single! 
I'm going to hate you forever, you say? Well one things for sure, We definitely don't hate this book. Translation: This book is OURS. It might as well just be on my bookshelf, because nothing, and we mean NOTHING, is going to stop  us from reading this book.

Temptation Scale
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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Review: The Waiting Sky by Lara Zielin

Posted by Demitra & Anastasia at 7:03 AM Comments Links to this post
Author: Lara Zielin
Release Date: August 2 2012
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

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One summer chasing tornadoes could finally change Jane's life for the better.

Seventeen-year-old Jane McAllister can't quite admit her mother's alcoholism is spiraling dangerously out of control until she drives drunk, nearly killing them and Jane's best friend.

Jane has only one place to turn: her older brother Ethan, who left the problems at home years ago for college. A summer with him and his tornado-chasing buddies may just provide the time and space Jane needs to figure out her life and whether it still includes her mother. But she struggles with her anger at Ethan for leaving home and feels guilty--is she also abandoning her mom just when she needs Jane most? The carefree trip turned journey of self-discovery quickly becomes more than Jane bargained for, especially when the devilishly handsome Max steps into the picture.

Judging the Book by its Cover

The Waiting Sky cover looks pretty, bright, and "cheer-y." The bright blue of her shirt, and the green grass in the background, added to our suspicion that the novel was a "chick-litter." Want to know what got our attention? There's a friggin' tornado in a jar ... and she's holding it. We're wondering if she realizes that isn't some firefly she can just let roam free when she's done. However, the title does make sense now. The Waiting Sky ... tornadoes ... hahaha ... Zielin you are a clever one. (:

See no evil, Speak no evil, Read this evil?

Where do we begin? How about the fact that Jane was almost killed in a car crash, with her best friend! And the driver was her alcoholic mom! Everything should've been on red alert as soon as her mom stumbled into the driver seat. Our faces would've looked pretty much like this:
 Lucky for Jane, that brain of hers is being put to work. She leaves to move in with her brother and his friends ... for the summer. What part of ABORT, was not understood? It seems as if we've missed one key detail in this description. Jane moves in with her brother, and his tornado-chasing friends. Let that sink in a little bit ... T-o-r-n-a-d-o-c-h-a-s-i-n-g friends. What in the world?! The overview also mentions Jane's grudge on her brother for abandoning "home." That is not abandonment, sweetie. It's called survival of the fittest, and you my friend don't seem very ... ehm ... "fit." "The carefree trip turned journey of self-discovery quickly becomes more than Jane bargained for, especially when the devilishly handsome Max steps into the picture." We're all for rediscovery, but Max, eh? We're looking forward to him ;) ... and the rest of novel, of course. Ahem. TBR-listing this now.

Temptation Scale
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Monday, July 30, 2012

Review: Survive by Alex Morel

Posted by Demitra & Anastasia at 12:44 PM Comments Links to this post
Author: Alex Morel
Release Date: August 2 2012
Publisher: Razorbill

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Jane is on a plane on her way home to Montclair, New Jersey, from a mental hospital. She is about to kill herself. Just before she can swallow a lethal dose of pills, the plane hits turbulence and everything goes black. Jane wakes up amidst piles of wreckage and charred bodies on a snowy mountaintop. There is only one other survivor: a boy named Paul, who inspires Jane to want to fight for her life for the first time.

Jane and Paul scale icy slopes and huddle together for warmth at night, forging an intense emotional bond. But the wilderness is a vast and lethal force, and only one of them will survive.

Judging the Book by its Cover

First things first, the girl on the cover looks cold. (See what we did there?) Cold as in, she'd kill a baby polar bear, just so she could have her next meal. 
Judging by the cover, we're assuming that this takes place somewhere there's snow, and mountains. The "frosty" cover also adds to the cover's already intense-looking design.The title gives us the impression that she's struggling to get by? Survive, huh? Well we definitely won't be able to survive until we have this book in our hands.

See no evil, Speak no evil, Read this evil?

Reading the overview only added more to the out-of-control cravings we've been having since we came across the cover. The aspect of her wanting to kill herself makes it seem like the drama build-up in the book is going to be a bit unpredictable. The fact that she was about to kill herself with this "lethal dose of pills," makes us want to convince Jane to fight for her life. But, it looks like the job's already being done, by Pauulllll. ( ;] ) Sounds like we have a love interest. And no love triangles?! 
Whaaat? Do our eyes deceive us?! We're praying and crossing our fingers, hoping that they both survive (Hahaha. See what we did there ... again? Just too clever.) Survive definitely looks like a promising read, and if you haven't already added it to your to-read list yet, please for the sake of peer pressure, do so.

Temptation Scale
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Friday, July 27, 2012

Introducing the Temptations

Posted by Demitra & Anastasia at 6:38 PM Comments Links to this post
Reading Temptations is a new blog featuring recent releases from your favorite Series', Authors, and Publishers. The contributors and founders of this blog can be found on the sidebar to the right of this post. To read more about us and our blogs, visit the About Us page. The releases we feature are updated every month. Keep in mind that the only books we feature are books that we're interested in, and would read, or books that were requested to be featured on our blog. This book blog is unique, in that, we don't post reviews based on reading the books, but by the novel's Overview, cover, and overall appeal to us. However, we each have our individual blogs in which we do review books. 

*(Once again, our blogs can be found on the sidebar to the right of this post.)*

If we've already read the book, then we will be sure to post the links to our reviews. We also tend to host a lot of giveaways. So stay tuned for opportunities to win new book releases, and ARCs!


 

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