Wednesday, August 31, 2011

I Am Sad To Announce...

...that Hope's Bookshelf will soon be no more.

I am getting to the point that reading lately seems like a chore, instead of a fun hobby.  I want to get myself back to the point where reading is fun again, and the only way I think I can do this is to stop this blog.

There will be a few more posts within the next month.  There will be some blog tour posts and some author interviews that I already agreed to that I won't back out of.

If you want to still read my reviews, go to my goodreads page.  I will be reviewing all of the books I read - including all of the review books I have now - on my goodreads.

So, a few posts of author interviews and blog tours, there will be no more posts on Hope's Bookshelf, but I will be keeping the blog up so people can read the old posts that I have on here.

It's been a great two years, guys!  I hope to see all of you on my goodreads page.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Contest Winners!

Listed below are the contest winners for the Bloodlines swag!

The ultimate grand prize winner is:
Ronda C!

The following people also won Bloodlines tattoos:
Kelsey F.!
Mable L.! 

Your winnings will be mailed to you within the next week. :)





Monday, August 29, 2011

Review: Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles

Summary:

Luis Fuentes has always been sheltered from the gang violence that nearly destroyed his brothers’ lives. But that didn’t stop him from taking risks—whether he’s scaling a mountain in the Rockies or dreaming of a future as an astronaut, Luis can’t stop looking for the next thrill.

Nikki Cruz lives her life by three rules—boys lie to get their way, don’t trust a boy who says “I love you,” and never date a boy from the south side of Fairfield. Her parents may be from Mexico, but as a doctor’s daughter, she has more in common with her north-side neighbors than the Latino Blood at her school. Then she meets Luis at Alex’s wedding, and suddenly, she’s tempted to break all her rules.

Getting Nikki to take a chance on a southsider is Luis’s biggest challenge, until he finds himself targeted by Chuy Soto, the new head of the Latino Blood. When Chuy reveals a disturbing secret about Luis’s family, the youngest Fuentes finds himself questioning everything he’s ever believed to be true. Will his feelings for Nikki be enough to stop Luis from entering a dark and violent world and permanently living on the edge?

Review:

Simone Elkeles is one of my favorite authors. Whenever I see that she has another book coming out, I immediately go and pre-order it because I just have to read it. The Perfect Chemistry series is a favorite series of mine.

I absolutely fell in love again with this novel. Simone Elkeles is a genius. I'm not even kidding. The way she writes makes you fall in love with the characters. While reading these books, I laugh, cry, and get so mad I want to throw them against the wall. (And I have to say, I did almost throw this one against the wall a few times lol.) I get so connected to these characters that I never want the story to end.

Chain Reaction is a must read for any young adult reader. My only hope is that Simone Elkeles will continue on the Perfect Chemistry series with the Fuentes' brothers children, because I definitely do not want this series to end anytime soon. As you can tell, this one is a definite recommendation from me. You just can't go wrong with Simone Elkeles... I am anxiously awaiting her next novel already.


Grade: A+ 

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Week in Perspective (4)

What I Read:

1. Sweetly - Jackson Pearce (finished)
2. The Unwanteds - Lisa McMann
3. One for the Money - Janet Evonovich
4. Chain Reaction - Simone Elkeles
5. The Shattering - Karen Healey (started)

What I Posted:

On Monday, I posted a contest for some Bloodlines swag.  Don't forget to enter - you only have until Monday!

On Tuesday, I posted a review for Sweetly by Jackson Pearce.

On Thursday, I posted a review for Between by Jessica Warman.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Review: Between by Jessica Warman

Summary:

Elizabeth Valchar --- pretty, popular and rich --- wakes up the morning after her 18th birthday on the yacht where she’d been celebrating with her closest friends. A persistent thumping noise has roused her. When she goes to investigate, she finds her own drowned body is hitting the side of the boat. Liz is dead. She has no memory of what happened to her, and can only observe in horror the fallout of her death.

She’s also soon joined by Alex Berg, a quiet boy from her high school who was killed by a hit-and-run driver. The two keep each other company, floating in and out of memories and trying to piece together the details of what happened to each of them.

In her regular life, Liz was a runner. It wasn’t abnormal for her to run 8-10 miles per day. But as memories from closer to her death begin to surface, Liz finds that she’d been running much more than normal, and that she’d all but stopped eating. Liz’s mother, who died when Liz was nine, had battled with anorexia as well, and those around her worried that Liz was following in her mother’s footsteps. But something more sinister was consuming Liz from the inside out..
 
Review:
 
I don't know where to start with this review. This book was awesome. I mean, really, really awesome. I don't know why I didn't know about this book sooner or why I didn't read it sooner!

Liz is one of those main characters that you love to hate. She is one of those "popular" girls. What makes this different is that after she dies, she gets stuck with someone she and her crowd used to make fun of. Yeah, major twist in the story there! She is written wonderfully and by the end of the novel, you will be sympathetic toward her.

The plotline was very unique. I was really happy with it. If a book can have a few twists and turns in it that I don't see coming, it's wonderful. This book had many of those twists and turns. I figured out only one of them toward the middle of the book, but besides that, I was as clueless as Liz. I still can't get over how unique it was and how it was presented, as far as the timeline of it goes. I don't want to get into any spoilers, but it was just wonderful.

Though the subject is a serious one, this is a nice, fast read that everyone will enjoy. I am recommending this to everyone. Get your hands on it as quick as you can, it really is wonderful!
 
Grade: A+  

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Review: Sweetly by Jackson Pearce



Summary:

SWEETLY is a modernization of Hansel and Gretel and a companion book to SISTERS RED.

Twelve years ago, Gretchen, her twin sister, and her brother went looking for a witch in the forest. They found something. Maybe it was a witch, maybe a monster, they aren’t sure—they were running too fast to tell. Either way, Gretchen’s twin sister was never seen again.

Years later, after being thrown out of their house, Gretchen and Ansel find themselves in Live Oak, South Carolina, a place on the verge of becoming a ghost town. They move in with Sophia Kelly, a young and beautiful chocolatier owner who opens not only her home, but her heart to Gretchen and Ansel.

Yet the witch isn’t gone—it’s here, lurking in the forests of Live Oak, preying on Live Oak girls every year after Sophia Kelly’s infamous chocolate festival. But Gretchen is determined to stop running from witches in the forest, and start fighting back. Alongside Samuel Reynolds, a boy as quick with a gun as he is a sarcastic remark, Gretchen digs deeper into the mystery of not only what the witch is, but how it chooses its victims. Yet the further she investigates, the more she finds herself wondering who the real monster is, and if love can be as deadly as it is beautiful.

Review:

A little while ago, I read and fell in love with Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce, which is the companion novel to Sweetly.  I had very high expectations for Sweetly because of how much I loved Sisters Red.  And I have to say, I was a little bit disappointed with this one.

The thing that really hurts this book is the pacing of it.  If this book didn't have a pacing issue, it would be wonderful.  However, the first 200 to 250 pages are extremely slow.  A few events happen during this period, but not enough to make you want to keep reading and find out what happens.  It wasn't until around page 200 that I really started getting interested in the storyline and actually wanted to keep reading to find out what happens.

Like I said, besides the pacing issue, this book is wonderful.  It has the same effects as Sisters Red, with the sister element, the romance element, and a paranormal element with the werewolves.  The sister element in this novel is different, however there is a brother in this novel.  Grentchen and Ansel are extremely close and it is a nice example of a brother/sister relationship.

The romance element was good - once it kicked in.  Since the pacing wasn't the greatest in this novel, it took a while to kick in.  However, once the romance started showing up, it happened so fast in some cases that it was like, "Waiiiit! Slow down! Where's this coming from?!"  Even with this, I loved the romance aspect of the novel.

And now onto the paranormal bit.  As in Sisters Red, Jackson Pearce keeps up with traditional Fenris storytelling, and I love that.  While I don't think the werewolves show up as much in this novel as they do in Sisters Red, they still play an extremely important part in the novel, and it's a wonderful part in the novel.

Overall, if you read and liked Sisters Red, I recommend reading this novel.  If you like modern retelling of fairytales, I also recommend this novel.  Just go into remembering that the pacing is slow and it will take a while to get into it.

Grade: B-

Monday, August 22, 2011

Contest: Bloodlines swag!

So, to brighten up a dreary Monday, I have a contest for you!

It is for some Bloodlines swag, and there will be multiple winners!

The grand prize winner will win:
-The Vampire Academy tote bag
-The rose
-One Bloodlines tattoo

There will be five follow up winners who will win one Bloodlines tattoo, each.

To enter:
-You must live in the United States.
-You must be 13 years or older.
-You must fill out the form below completely.

The contest will end in one week on August 29th and winners will be posted then.

Good luck!

Here's the form to fill out: