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Sunday, 17 February 2013

Book Review - Destroy Me

Destroy Me - Tahereh Mafi
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Publisher: Harper Collins
Age Group: Young Adult
Buy the Book: Amazon
Perfect for the fans of Shatter Me who are desperately awaiting the release of Unravel Me, this novella-length digital original will bridge the gap between these two novels from the perspective of the villain we all love to hate, Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

In Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me, Juliette escaped from The Reestablishment by seducing Warner—and then putting a bullet in his shoulder. But as she’ll learn in Destroy Me, Warner is not that easy to get rid of. . .

Back at the base and recovering from his near-fatal wound, Warner must do everything in his power to keep his soldiers in check and suppress any mention of a rebellion in the sector. Still as obsessed with Juliette as ever, his first priority is to find her, bring her back, and dispose of Adam and Kenji, the two traitors who helped her escape. But when Warner’s father, The Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment, arrives to correct his son’s mistakes, it’s clear that he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner simply cannot allow.

Set after Shatter Me and before its forthcoming sequel, Unravel Me,Destroy Me is a novella told from the perspective of Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.
Synopsis and cover taken from Goodreads  
My Review:

Destroy Me picks up right where Shatter Me left off but this time we are seeing through Warner's perspective. And guys... It was awesome! In this novella we get a deep look into Warner's mind and life. We get a more in depth view of what he believes in and things that he went through in order to become who he is now.

For the first time in his life Warner is rendered incapable of taking care of himself and it is a side effect of him letting down his guard and falling in love. Throughout the story he is struggling with himself, his feelings and his past. He feels as though he has been betrayed by Juliette and now his wounded condition has left him helpless against his enemies. While he is struggling in the inside his compound is slowly coming apart. Or at least he believes it must be, after all why wouldn't his soldiers and rivals use his time of weakness to rebel.

I liked Warner from book one. I knew I shouldn't but I just couldn't help myself. Yes, he is quite evil but he isn't the one dimensional cliché antagonist that we see in most stories and that is why I like him so much. Actually, I wouldn't call it 'like' I think a better word would be intrigued, I am intrigued by him because he is a character who has a potential to be more than just the antagonist. In fact, I feel like he can be the hero! Now that would be an interesting turn of events!

Anyway, In Destroy Me we get to revisit the destroyed land of Shatter Me once more and see the results of the events that take place in Shatter Me through the eyes of one very controversial character. I cannot wait to see what happens next in this series. Four stars, but only because I found it slow at times. Overall a great little read and much recommended. As for those who haven't picked up this series, the time is now!

Saturday, 16 February 2013

IMM/Stacking the Shelves #2

Welcome to this weeks IMM/Stacking the Shelves!

In My Mailbox and Stacking the Shelves are weekly memes held by Tynga's Reviews and The Story Siren. Here we share all the new and amazing books we acquired over the past week

I Number Four - Pittacus Lore
Beautiful Creatures - Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl

This week was pretty slow for me.. not much reading took place but I managed to get ahold of these two beauties! I haven't read either yet. But I did watch the I Am Number Four movie, it wasn't the best but it was enjoyable and I've been told that the book is better. As for Beautiful Creatures I've been meaning to read it for a long time and I'm planning to see the movie tomorrow.. So I won't have read the book before watching the movie but I still can't wait to read it :)

So, What's New On Your Shelves This Week?

Friday, 15 February 2013

Book Trailer - The Rising

The Rising - Kelley Armstrong
Release Date: April 9, 2013

The Rising (Darkness Rising, #3) 


I am so excited to read the final instalment in this series. Kelley Armstrong is one of my favourite authors. I adored her Darkest Powers Trilogy and can't wait to see what happens when these two amazing series collide. The trailer really got me excited for more of this awesomeness, especially when it showed Derek and Chloe! I thought it was a good trailer. A little short but it got the point through and made the reader excited for the book. What else can we ask for? Oh and lastly, what did you think of the face they put on Derek and the rest of the characters? I kind of like it ^_^

What Are Thoughts? Happy Reading!

Saturday, 9 February 2013

IMM/Stacking the Shelves #1

Welcome to this weeks IMM/Stacking the Shelves!

In My Mailbox and Stacking the Shelves are weekly memes held by Tynga's Reviews and The Story Siren. Here we share all the new and amazing books we acquired over the past week

The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #2)The Essence (The Pledge, #2)Gates of Paradise (Blue Bloods, #7)

The Evolution of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin
The Essence - Kimberley Derting
Gate of Paradise - Melissa De La Cruz

I went on a little library splurge after my exams to get these awesome books! I am so excited to get back into these worlds as all three of the books are sequels. Also, I'm actually currently reading The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and I'm really enjoying it so I can't wait to finish it and jump right into the sequel! And not to mention, the LAST BOOK in the Blue Bloods Series. This series has been more of a feel good series for me. The books aren't the best pieces of literature but I still enjoy them and I can't wait to see how it all ends!

So, What's New On Your Shelves This Week?

Book Review - Pushing the Limits

Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1)Pushing the Limits - Katie McGarry
Release Date: July 31, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 392
Buy the Book: Amazon
No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.
Synopsis and cover taken from Goodreads  
My Review:

I have heard nothing but rave reviews about this one and I am proud to say I understand where all those people come from. Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry is one thought provoking and enigmatic book. I for one absolutely loved it!

Reading the synopsis for the first time it reminded me of Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles one of my all time favourite books. But upon reading the book itself  it proved to be much more than a book like Perfect Chemistry. It was its own book and I loved it for that.

Pushing the Limits follows two troubled teens from different sides of the social spectrum who through a series of events are put together. Echo Emerson is the ex-miss popular of the school and Noah Hutchins is loner/junkie of the school. When the two collide it would be an understatement to say that 'sparks fly'. They aggravate each other yet they also understand each other more then anyone else ever could. 

I seriously loved all the characters in this book. I felt they were all well rounded, realistic and lovable. You also get a good taste of each of the main characters as the book is formatted in chapters that alternate between Echo and Noah's points of view. 

Echo's world was turned upside down after an incident with her mother that left her marked for life and struggling to put back the pieces of her shattered life. She struggled throughout the book with her insecurities and her lack of memory from that night. But she didn't sit back and whine about it throughout the book, instead there were moments when she showed her strong nature and personality. Those moments slowly increased and by the end of the book her growth along with the others was really rewarding. 

Noah was another of those male characters who have the bad boys bravado but are actually good in the inside. He is a caring guy who is trying to deal with the lemons that life keeps dishing at him. His relationship with his brothers broke my heart. Sometimes I had to stop and really take in the conversations. I loved how much he cared about his family and showed that through constantly persevering to do what was best for them and to make his parents proud.

Something else that I absolutely adored about this book was how great a role the side characters played. The families were present instead of being introduced and then disappearing for the rest of the book. Which in the end helped with the realism of the book and really boosted how much I enjoyed the book.

Overall, Pushing the Limits was a refreshing read. It dealt with some dark and serious matters but in a very mature and realistic way. The love story was a great touch and the characters were among my favourite. All in all, a fantastic book deserving of all the hype. 

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Book Trailer - Prodigy

Prodigy - Marie Lu
Release Date: January 29, 2013

Prodigy (Legend, #2)

Book Trailer

I am so excited to read this one! Legend was amazing and Marie Lu is a fantastic writer. As for the trailer itself WOW! I love how book trailers are slowly evolving from a very short and low quality ad to a full on portrayal of the book in video format. I think the trailer to Prodigy was especially well done. It makes me even more excited to finally pick this one up!

What Do You Think? 
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