Category: Young Adult


The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe

The Sweetest Dark (The Sweetest Dark, #1)

The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe

“With every fiber of my being, I yearned to be normal. To glide through my days at Iverson without incident. But I’d have to face the fact that my life was about to unfold in a very, very different way than I’d ever envisioned. Normal would become forever out of reach.”
 
Lora Jones has always known that she’s different. On the outside, she appears to be an ordinary sixteen-year-old girl. Yet Lora’s been keeping a heartful of secrets: She hears songs that no one else can hear, dreams vividly of smoke and flight, and lives with a mysterious voice inside her that insists she’s far more than what she seems.

England, 1915. Raised in an orphanage in a rough corner of London, Lora quickly learns to hide her unique abilities and avoid attention. Then, much to her surprise, she is selected as the new charity student at Iverson, an elite boarding school on England’s southern coast. Iverson’s eerie, gothic castle is like nothing Lora has ever seen. And the two boys she meets there will open her eyes and forever change her destiny.

Jesse is the school’s groundskeeper—a beautiful boy who recognizes Lora for who and what she truly is. Armand is a darkly handsome and arrogant aristocrat who harbors a few closely guarded secrets of his own. Both hold the answers to her past. One is the key to her future. And both will aim to win her heart. As danger descends upon Iverson, Lora must harness the powers she’s only just begun to understand, or else lose everything she dearly loves.

Filled with lush atmosphere, thrilling romance, and ancient magic, The Sweetest Dark brilliantly captures a rich historical era while unfolding an enchanting love story that defies time.

352 pages            Published  April 2nd 2013 by Bantam

My Review

 

I really enjoyed reading The Sweetest Dark. I love that it is set in the early 1900s during the war. Lora lives in a London orphanage and has been chosen for a spot at the girls boarding school, Iverson. She is leaving the city for a smaller place, snotty girls, and for a chance for a better future.

The Sweetest Dark flows wonderfully through the book. Lora, who doesn’t know anything about her past, learns more about herself throughout the book. She grows into herself, defining who she is. There are no inappropriate scenes or language.  There is an atypical love triangle. This one I actually really enjoyed reading about. It’s not the mainstream love triangle you may find in a lot of recent young adult books.

I didn’t know anything about the book when I started it. A lot of the time I will go into a book not knowing what it is about when I start it. This was another one. For a bit I wasn’t sure what Lora was. She could hear the music of metal and stone. She was pale, with pale hair and eyes. I had different thoughts, and was pleasantly surprised by everything!

Bloggin for the Pitties Giveaway #1

Welcome to the first giveaway for Bloggin for the Pits! To raise the $500 for Villalobos we would have to raise about $21 a week. Our goal for the next 2 weeks is $42, and if we can make it to $60 before the end of the giveaway I will give away 2 sets of prizes. In addition to this giveaway, you will be entered for the giveaways at the end of the blog-a-thon. This giveaway is now live and will end on March 7th! Up for grabs……

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi (ebook)

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1)

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Aria is a teenager in the enclosed city of Reverie. Like all Dwellers, she spends her time with friends in virtual environments, called Realms, accessed through an eyepiece called a Smarteye. Aria enjoys the Realms and the easy life in Reverie. When she is forced out of the pod for a crime she did not commit, she believes her death is imminent. The outside world is known as The Death Shop, with danger in every direction.

As an Outsider, Perry has always known hunger, vicious predators, and violent energy storms from the swirling electrified atmosphere called the Aether. A bit of an outcast even among his hunting tribe, Perry withstands these daily tests with his exceptional abilities, as he is gifted with powerful senses that enable him to scent danger, food and even human emotions.

They come together reluctantly, for Aria must depend on Perry, whom she considers abarbarian, to help her get back to Reverie, while Perry needs Aria to help unravel the mystery of his beloved nephew’s abduction by the Dwellers. Together they embark on a journey challenged as much by their prejudices as by encounters with cannibals and wolves. But to their surprise, Aria and Perry forge an unlikely love – one that will forever change the fate of all who live UNDER THE NEVER SKY

The first book in a captivating trilogy, Veronica Rossi’s enthralling debut sweeps you into an unforgettable adventure.

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Everneath by Ashton Brodi (ebook)

Everneath (Everneath, #1)

Synopsis from Goodreads

Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath. Now she’s returned–to her old life, her family, her boyfriend–before she’s banished back to the underworld . . . this time forever. She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can’t find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these precious months forgetting the Everneath and trying to reconnect with her boyfriend, Jack, the person most devastated by her disappearance–and the one person she loves more than anything. But there’s just one problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who enticed her to the Everneath in the first place, has followed Nikki home. Cole wants to take over the throne in the underworld and is convinced Nikki is the key to making it happen. And he’ll do whatever it takes to bring her back, this time as his queen.

As Nikki’s time on the Surface draws to a close and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she is forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole’s queen.

Everneath is a captivating story of love, loss, and immortality from debut author Brodi Ashton.

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Mortal Obligation (Dark Betrayal Trilogy, #1)

Synopsis from Goodreads

Ree will face the darkest form of betrayal before the year is out.   Seventeen year old Ree McKenna has three goals: get through high school, convince her crush she is more than his best friend’s little sister, and save money for college. Fate, though, has other plans for her. After the untimely death of her older brother, Ree is haunted by dreadful nightmares and terrifying visions. To make matters worse, Ree has started to suspect that something dangerous is stalking her from the shadows.   A night full of frightening surprises leaves Ree with unsettling news. Gifted by the gods with unusual powers, she must devote herself to a battle that could very well lead to not only her death, but the demise of everyone she knows and loves. After all, Ree is the only mortal standing between the Earth and utter darkness.   Set in Savannah, Ga, Mortal Obligation is the first book of The Dark Betrayal Trilogy.

Paperback, 192 pages
Published        August 14th 2011         by Createspace
Edition Read: Kindle Copy

My Review:

I want to start this off to let you know….I did NOT like the end! I will let you know more about that later. Mortal Obligation stars high school teenagers. At the beginning they are “normal” teenagers, then something happens and they learn who they really are. I love the fact this is set in the south. I am a Southern girl. If it wasn’t for work and home life…oh, and sleep, I would have been able to set down and read this book from beginning to end. I really really wanted to! Needless to say, life interfered with my reading and I finished in a few days. It was a great book!

As for why I didn’t like the end….well, because I don’t have the 2nd book! I wanted it to keep going, but alas it had to come to an end. It leaves you wanting! This makes 2 books in a row that I now need to get book 2 for…..really makes me want to get side tracked from my challenge!

Amazon (free)

Cornerstone (The Cornerstone Series, #1)

Nalena Maxwell has been branded ‘The Waste’ at her new school, due to her mom’s obsessive paper hoarding. Nalena desperately wants something to change in her life, but when she receives a sign (and it’s the wrong dang one) inviting her into a mysterious, ancient community, too much changes.  What she knew of her family, what she thought of her life and what she believed about her future, is no longer applicable.  Seventeen years worth of family skeletons come crashing into Nalena’s life and it is the boy…the one that smiles at her like he wants to hear everything she’ll ever say…that already knows her powerful secrets.  But it is only Nalena that can choose between protecting the life that is already crumbling beneath her feet and the one that might sacrifice everything she could ever have.

My Review

I didn’t look to see what this book was about. I read it as part of my UtopYA Challenge. Was I glad that I did get a chance to read Cornerstone! I can’t this was published in 2011 and I just now read it! When I first started the book, I kept wondering what it was about. You learn about Nali and how she came of her unfortunate nickname. Nalena knows what it’s like to be bullied, she’s spent part of her life being nicknamed “The Waste”. Cornerstone kept me interested from beginning to end, and left me wanting more! The first thing I did after finishing was look up the sequel on Goodreads, then Amazon!

Teens always come to a point in their life where they have a big decision(s) to make as far as who they want to be. Nali’s is important, not only for her, but for many many others as well. You get to follow her on her journey to her decision.

Then there is Garrett. I would LOVE to be able to stare into his blue eyes. KWIM?! Dark hair and blue eyes…..yummy! I would have taken him home if I had the chance 😀

One Moment by Kristina McBride

This was supposed to be the best summer of Maggie’s life. Now it’s the one she’d do anything to forget.

Maggie remembers hanging out at the gorge with her closest friends after a blowout party. She remembers climbing the trail with her perfect boyfriend, Joey. She remembers that last kiss, soft, lingering, and meant to reassure her. So why can’t she remember what happened in the moment before they were supposed to dive? Why was she left cowering at the top of the cliff, while Joey floated in the water below–dead?

As Maggie’s memories return in snatches, nothing seems to make sense. Why was Joey acting so strangely at the party? Where did he go after taking her home? And if Joey was keeping these secrets, what else was he hiding?

The latest novel from the author of The Tension of Opposites, One Moment is a mysterious, searing look at how an instant can change everything you believe about the world around you.

Praise for One Moment:

“Infused with page-turning mystery, One Moment is as heartbreakingly real as it is unexpectedly romantic.”—Cat Patrick, author of Forgotten and Revived

“One Moment took my breath away. Beautifully written, achingly romantic, and so much tension the pages seem like they’re turning themselves. One of the best books I’ve read in ages.”—Lauren Barnholdt, author of Two-Way Street

“A page-tuner that grabbed me by the throat, and was impossible to put down!”—Katrina Kittle, author of Reasons to Be Happy

“Good, solid drama about the power of secrets to test the bounds of friendship, with just enough tension to satisfy teen readers.”—Kirkus Reviews

“McBride (The Tension of Opposites) skillfully interweaves Maggie’s flashes of memory with present action, making for a tense and absorbing psychological mystery.”—Publishers Weekly

Hardcover, 272 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by EgmontUSA

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4/5 stars

One Moment is an emotional tale of death, love, heartbreak, betrayal, and friendship. I felt so many emotions while reading.

After an accident that leaves her boyfriend dead, Maggie experiences amnesia and wants to piece together what happened up to the moment of Joey’s death.

Bit by bit she learns more about the boyfriend she was in love with. Secrets have been kept, betrayal from friends, and Maggie’s life is turned even more upside down.

One Moment let’s you feel Maggie’s emotions along with her. You feel her heartbreak, confusion, and more.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiever

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

Hardcover, 390 pages
Expected publication: September 18th 2012 by Scholastic Press

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4/5 stars

The Raven Boys is another great book by Maggie Stiever! Blue, the daughter of a psychic, didn’t receive any of the abilities of her family. Instead she had her own unique ability of amplifying the energy of others.

Every year she goes to Corpse Road with her mother on St. Marks Day. This year she goes with her aunt and it marks the beginning of her journey with the Raven Boys.

The Raven Boys is a wonderful tale. It brings you friendships, adventure, and family. Maggie Stiever knows how to capture your imagination and keep you reading. She keeps me up at night thinking “one more chapter” until it turns into finishing the book! I cannot wait to read more!

You can find Maggie Stiever at the following:

http://maggiestiefvater.com/
https://www.facebook.com/MaggieStiefvaterAuthorPage
https://twitter.com/#!/
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1330292.Maggie_Stiefvater

Abandon (Abandon Trilogy, #1)

New from #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, a dark, fantastical story about this world… and the underworld.0

Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can’t help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she’s never alone… because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.

But now she’s moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid.

Only she can’t. Because even here, he finds her. That’s how desperately he wants her back. She knows he’s no guardian angel, and his dark world isn’t exactly heaven, yet she can’t stay away… especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.

But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld.

Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Point (first published January 1st 2011)
**From Goodreads**

Pierce drowned. She died. Her heart was restarted. Pierce is hoping for a new start in the town her mother
moved the 2 of them to.

Abandon is a good book to read. Although not one of the best I have read/listened to this year. There
were parts that had me wondering if I had missed something. I listened to the audio version of the book.
I kept wondering if I had missed something, would skip back, and turned out I didn’t. There were parts
 that would reference something in the past, but had yet to tell you about it yet so it kept me wondering
what I had missed, when come to find out they haven’t even spoken about it  yet.

Here’s to hoping that book 2 will be better!

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Lock and Key

Ruby, where is your mother?

Ruby knows that the game is up. For the past few months, she’s been on her own in the yellow house, managing somehow, knowing that her mother will probably never return.
 
That’s how she comes to live with Cora, the sister she hasn’t seen in ten years, and Cora’s husband Jamie, whose down-to-earth demeanor makes it hard for Ruby to believe he founded the most popular networking Web site around. A luxurious house, fancy private school, a new wardrobe, the promise of college and a future; it’s a dream come true. So why is Ruby such a reluctant Cinderella, wary and defensive? And why is Nate, the genial boy next door with some secrets of his own, unable to accept the help that Ruby is just learning to give?
 
Best-selling author Sarah Dessen explores the heart of a gutsy, complex girl dealing with unforeseen circumstances and learning to trust again.

*Taken From GoodReads*

This is the first book I have read by Sarah Dessen. I think I have found another author that I will enjoy. The story is about Ruby, a 17 year old girl whose mother abandons her. She has to leave everything that she knows to live with a sister that she hasn’t seen in years.


The book spans a few months. It does seem to jump around a bit, and leave off in areas where I would like to know more about what is going on. I did like that there wasn’t a girl and 2 boys love triangle. In the story she has a school assignment in which she has to define “family”. This story is a good example of the definition of family. Blood and otherwise. Ruby’s experiences in the story are relatable. I look forward to reading more books by Sarah Dessen.

Slipping Reality by Emily Beaver

Description from Amazon:

July 15, 2011
In a time of hardship and heartbreak, sometimes, reality just isn’t enough. Slipping Reality is the story of fourteen-year-old Katelyn Emerson, who, when faced with the glaring reality of her brother’s illness, rebels against the truth by slipping away into the depths of her own imagination. There, she finds the kind of support and comfort she feels she deserves. There, she does not have to feel so alone. And yet, as Katelyn’s grasp on reality begins to unravel, so too does the story of a girl who grew up too fast and fell apart too soon. Emily Beaver’s debut novel is a coming of age story that deals with the trials of young grief, insight, and growth where it’s least expected.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse Publishing (July 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 146342714X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463427146

My Review

2 stars – it was OK

This book was first written by the author when she was 14 years old. For the age the book was pretty good. I was over half the book before I actually got into it. It was lacking creativity in the beginning. I would recommend this for pre-teens/early teens. Especially if they are dealing with a similar situation.

Kassia is a 16 year old girl in a school for gifted teens. With her gift she can cause pain, and even death, with her mind. This story really starts when Kassia’s best friend, Mira, is attacked while in town. Kassia breaks rules to save her, and ends up killing the attackers. The consequence for this act could be the death of her and her friends. Kassia and her friends end up on the run from demons that are out to control her. In this story you experience the depth of true friendship and love amongst friends.

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