Waiting on Wednesday! (#3)

Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother and the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.

As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.
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OKAY, I’ve been waiting for this one for a while now, and I CANNOT WAIT for it to come out on February. It’s release date is February 5th 2013, but I need to have this book in my hands right now. Marissa Meyer’s fist installment in the Lunar Chronicles was genius! It was pretty predictable a times, but still, it was pretty frickin amazing. I stayed up late and even postponed food so I could read this book. Yeah, it was just that good. I mean, anyone who knows me knows that I don’t turn down food. For anything.

For those who don’t know, this is the second installment to Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles series. It’s about a cyborg/mechanic in New Beijing who was donated by her step mother to scientist as an experiment subject to help find the cure for an illness. In between all experiments and taking blood samples, she meets and falls in love with Prince Kai.

I was really upset to find out that this book isn’t going to be in Cinder’s perspective! Personally, I’m not a fan of book with changing perspective, so I hope that Marissa makes the book so good that I look past that. Other than that I’m really exited to read this book! I just can’t wait to see Prince Kai again! I’ve yet to read the Lunar Chronicle’s .5 and 1.5, Glitches and The Queens Army, but I’ll get on that as soon as I can!

Again guys, this is the second installment to The Lunar Chronicles by : Marissa Meyer. So if you have the chance, read it! It was very good!

Click HERE for more information about Cinder.
Click HERE for more information about Scarlet.

-Caryl

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The Selection By: Keira Cass

The Selection By: Kiera Cass

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself–and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

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The book Selection is about a girl who unwillingly joins the “Selection” where 35 girls compete for Prince Manxon’s love. The lead, America, joins because people who join usually get money while they stay in the palace. America has to leave her love, Aspen, and has to fight for the love of a man she barely knows. Soon enough the two meet and befriends another.

I’ve had this book in my TBR pile for a while, I finally got to it when certain people kept telling (yelling at) me to read it. I’ve heard really good things about it, you wouldn’t believe how many people describes this as The Hunger Game’s and The Bachelor’s baby. So I finally got to it, and it was awesome! I have no idea why I hadn’t gotten to it sooner!

The plot was… unique… I mean, you don’t see people comparing The Hunger Games and The Bachelor very much because they’re two completely genres, but Kiera Cass just… she somehow made it frickin’ awesome. I have to admit, I didn’t see very much of the whole “Hunger Games” part of the book, but I’m expecting there to be more action in the upcoming books! To me the book seemed to just build up the anticipation of what the rebels want and the real mystery behind the palace, I actually expected a very big ending. I didn’t get that big action packed ending that I wanted, but it was great nonetheless.

There were so many characters in this book and I think that’s what made the world seem so real. Most of the characters were the contestants America befriends in the competition. Each and everyone of these girls were unique in their own way. They were all so happy, corky and so dang nice! Personally, one of my favorite character is Prince Maxon (LOL, I guess you guys know who I ship now.) He was genuinely nice. If you wanted something, he’d try his best to give it to you. He barely went out of the castle, this made him so innocent and just plain cute. When you think of prince you think strong and forward character, but Prince Maxon was just very shy and awkward.

The highlight of this story was definitely Prince Maxon’s and America’s love story. There is a love triangle in this story between America, the prince and Aspen, the man from her home town America is in love with. Personally, I love Maxon soo much more than Aspen. I guess it’s because America and the Prince are friends first, then their friendship grows into something more. A part of me loved watching America and Maxon’s friendships grow, but somewhere in the middle of the book (ehemm… for all those people who already read it know what I mean…. ehemm…) it just all falls apart and you just give up.

Overall, this book was great. I wish I could have seen more action in it, but it was still awesome without it! I can’t wait until the .5 of the series comes out. The Prince will be out in March 5,2013 and will be in e-book format. I can’t wait because its written in Maxon’s perspective. This book was great and I expect good things from the rest of the trilogy. I love you Kiera Cass. That is all.

-Caryl

The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart By: Leanna Renee Hieber

     I’m coming for you.

The whispers haunt her dreams and fill her waking hours with dread. Something odd is happening. Something…unnatural.

Possession of the living. Resurrection of the dead. And Natalie Stewart is caught right in the middle. Jonathon, the one person she thought she could trust, has become a double agent for the dark side. But he plays the part so well, Natalie has to wonder just how much he’s really acting.

She can’t even see what it is she’s fighting. But the cost of losing her heart, her sanity…her soul.

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The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart starts from where Darker Still, the first book of the Magic Most Foul saga, left off. Natalie and Lord Denbury are on the run because they need to run away from people who might think that Lord Denbury is a murderer and also because the magic still lingers on them and they need some space from the magic that’s in Manhattan. On their run they learn of a society that’s held responsible for the demon that terrorized them and realise that banishing the demon wasn’t the end of the story.

When I first decided to read this book I thought it would be exactly the same as Darker Still but with other demons and no one’s soul captured in a beautiful, life like, painting. But as soon as I read the first thirty pages I realized that a lot more was different. The book wasn’t written in diary format like Bram Stokers Dracula this time, but it was written regularly with the exception of letters and telegrams. With a whole society out there it was seriously different because u weren’t looking at one demons plan to murder and conquer. Also, in this book you deal with more runes and exorcists.

The old characters were the same as they were in Darker Still. Natalie Stewart is still a kind, clever, brave character that loves to know everything that’s going on and loves to protect her loved ones. Jonathan Whitby, Lord Denbury, is still absurdly handsome, smart, and British. I still really love his London accent because people with London and British accents in general are just simply awesome. Mrs. Northe changed because throughout the book they mention how they don’t know her intentions and will forever be in debt to her, because of that I looked at her differently. In this book you also learn a bit more about her past before Natalie and the painting showed up in her life. Maggie in this book was plain crazy. I don’t want to spoil the book, but the shrine she made, and the way she acts with Lord Denbury is just creepy.

As for new characters, you have Nathaniel Veil (which is an awesome name) and Rachel Horowitz. Nathaniel Veil is Lord Denbury’s best mate, is an actor, and hails from London as well. I loved his description because he had blue eyes, black hair, a london accent, but looked rugged. He was a great character because he reminded me of William Henry Herondale from The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. Also, he helped a lot on their adventure even thought he only showed up twice in the book. he looks like hes a very loyal friend to Lord Denbury, as well. Rachel was a very kind character that could feel ghost and hear them talking to her despite the fact that she can’t hear and shes mute. Because of her entering the story and plot you could learn more about Natalie when she was at the Asylum(the one for people with disabilities).

I loved the references in the book because they were so much fun. They referred to Jack the Ripper because the book is set a couple years before Jack the Ripper appeared in white chapel, so one of the society members stated how they could kill people by ripping them apart without anyone discovering who did it. I loved when I read that because I’m betting the author is suggesting that a demon did it. There were many references to Shakespeare, Edger Allen Poe and Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein  I liked that because the book is set in 1880 and is of course a Gothic, macabre, steampunk age.

When the author, Leanna Renee Hieber, made Nathaniel say that everyone is either born with darkness or darkness is thrust upon them and that you either die with it or you learn how to live with it, it showed me that gothic edge to the Victorian age. Also, there’s something about people understanding their in a macabre  gothic age that I really liked because it showed that people can acknowledge the age their in and accept it. When Mrs. Northe states that, it was quite interesting to see how she interpreted theater and how it’s refreshing to see people that do acknowledge pain and darkness.

Overall, I adored the sequel to Darker Still, The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart, and thought it was a great follow up. I hope that despite the way that it ended that their will be a third book in this wonderful saga.

-Michelle

Waiting on Wednesday (#2)

  Danger intensifies for the Shadowhunters as the New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy comes to a close.

If the only way to save the world was to destroy what you loved most, would you do it?

The clock is ticking. Everyone must choose.

Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment.

Danger closes in around the Shadowhunters in the final installment of the bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy.

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     The book I’ve been waiting for is Cassandra Clare’s third and last Infernal Devices book, Clockwork Princess. The book comes out March 19th 2013! I really can’t wait! I’ve been waiting since I read and finished Clockwork Prince in January and that was eleven months ago. I loved the cover when I first saw it, which was when they first posted it up. I have to admit I fangirled a lot, so much that I called three different people and had full discussions on it.

     I can’t wait to see how it all ends. I’m also going to miss it a lot when it ends. Seriously! where will I get my daily dose of William Herondale! This will be such a tragedy for me!

There was so many questions I had at the end of Clockwork Prince. Is Tessa going to be with Will or Jem? How is this Cecily thing going to be? How is it that in the prequel to the mortal instruments there’s a girl named Emma Carstairs? There was so many questions that I hope will be answered in Clockwork Princess and that’s why I’m waiting for it to be published so badly.

     I have to admit I didn’t think I had much to say on why I was waiting for this book. I guess there was a lot of pent up emotions.

-Michelle

Shut Out By: Kody Keplinger

Shut Out         Most high school sports teams have rivalries with other schools. At Hamilton High, it’s a civil war: the football team versus the soccer team. And for her part,Lissa is sick of it. Her quarterback boyfriend, Randy, is always ditching her to go pick a fight with the soccer team or to prank their locker room. And on three separate occasions Randy’s car has been egged while he and Lissa were inside, making out. She is done competing with a bunch of sweaty boys for her own boyfriend’s attention

     Then Lissa decides to end the rivalry once and for all: She and the other players’ girlfriends go on a hookup strike. The boys won’t get any action from them until the football and soccer teams make peace. What they don’t count on is a new sort of rivalry: an impossible girls-against-boys showdown that hinges on who will cave to their libidos first. But what Lissa never sees coming is her own sexual tension with the leader of the boys, Cash Sterling…

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The book Shut Out is about a high school’s soccer and football team’s rivalry against eachother. Being the girlfriend of the quarterback of the football team Lissa’s experienced her fair share of the rivalry. It seems like she’s lost her boyfriend Randy to the war. Lissa and the other boy’s girlfriends stand together and go on a sex strike. The boys don’t get any until they stop the rivalry. But the boys aren’t too happy with their plan, and makes plans of their own.

I’ve had this book on my to-read pile for a while now, and the whole “battle of the sexes” really intrigues me and I find that Keplinger really presented that in a really cute and funny way. It all started as a desire for the boys to stop their stupid fight, but suddenly became a war between genders.

This book had so many characters. I’ll take too much time and words to explain all of these awesome characters. But one of my favorite characters in this book was Cash Sterling. I mean, who would not love that boy? Cash is basically one of Lissa’s love interest. He was just awesome in so many ways. I mean, he’s good looking, plays soccer, smart and READS. Yes, he reads. There’s not much guys out there like him, who’s both sporty and still has the time to read books. Every time he talked about greek plays and literature was just such a turn-on. Every time Cash came in the picture, I found myself wondering why he didn’t exist in real life. Darn fictional characters for being so dang fictional! Another character I absolutely loved was Lissa’s best friend Chloe. She was awesome. She was just purely honest about everything. Wether it came to her hatred for other people, her sex life or just her personal feelings she  just said everything and anything she wanted to, and she wasn’t going to do you the favour of sugar coating her opinions either. Chloe didn’t care if you’d hate her, she’d tell you what she thinks anyways. That’s what I loved about her, the honesty that’s so rare these days. Lissa was great. She was neither amazing or horrible for me. I liked that she’s the type of person to  stand her ground on her opinions and has a strong character. She was a noteable lead, but I found that she made horrible descisions along the way.  Sure she grew from those mistakes, but I still think that her mistakes were so…. for a lack of a better word, stupid. She had good intentions, but I would have done some things very differently.

The best part of this book has got to be Cash. I mean, wow, that boy was awesome. Other than that, I really love the way that Keplinger wasn’t afraid to write so honestly and bluntly. She wasn’t afraid to address society’s sexist issues and double standards. Keplinger’s writing style was just so straight forward and blunt. She didn’t sugarcoat anything.

Overall, I thought the book was great. It wasn’t one of my favourites, maybe because I don’t usually favour contemporary books, but apart from that, the book was awesome. It was a cute and a very light read. I just ate this book up. I’ve heard good things about Keplinger’s books, especially her book DUFF. I can’t wait to read her other novels. If you guys recommend any of her books, tell me! Just comment below!

 – Caryl

Guardian of the Dead By: Karen Healey

     “You’re Ellie Spencer.”

I opened my mouth, just as he added, “And your eyes are opening.”Seventeen-year-old Ellie Spencer is just like any other teenager at her boarding school. She hangs out with her best friend Kevin, she obsesses over Mark, a cute and mysterious bad boy, and her biggest worry is her paper deadline. But then everything changes. The news headlines are all abuzz about a local string of serial killings that all share the same morbid trademark: the victims were discovered with their eyes missing. Then a beautiful yet eerie woman enters Ellie’s circle of friends and develops an unhealthy fascination with Kevin, and a crazed old man grabs Ellie in a public square and shoves a tattered Bible into her hands, exclaiming, “You need it. It will save your soul.” Soon, Ellie finds herself plunged into a haunting world of vengeful fairies, Maori mythology, romance, betrayal, and an epic battle for immortality.

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Guardian of the Dead is about Eleanor Spencer, Ellie, who is a normal seventeen year old who gets wrapped in the work of New Zealand’s fey that are on the hunt for immortality.

Ellie was a good character because she already knew how to fight and already knew the myths of the New Zealand’s type of fey. Hew description was terrible but I’m pretty sure that that’s only how she sees herself because she has a hot guy as her best friend, a guy who thought she was sexy and wanted to be with her, she has an ex-boyfriend, and the hottest guy in school who technically is her boyfriend near the end of the book. Kevin was a sad character because of how he’s under Reka’s spell. But he’s a loyal friend and can be a funny person at times. Mark Nolan, is the typical handsome, mysterious, rugged, love interest that happens to bring Ellie into the world of the New Zealand fey. Reka was just a character that happened to be both, bad and good, neutral in some ways. Iris is both a really good friend to Kevin and Kevin’s love interest.

Most of this book was predictable. When you read that her best friend is being bombarded because of Reka, you just know something’s up and that she’s going to have to save him. Also, that the guy she likes is at the heart of the problem and that he’s going to both help her and fall in love with her. What I didn’t expect was the different type of fey that they show. They’re not the typical English fey but instead a different type of fey that’s from New Zealand. They don’t even refer to them as fey. I also didn’t expect Reka’s and Mark’s relationship. I thought maybe they were rivals or they didn’t know each other at all.

Even the ending was a bit of a shocker because I didn’t that that could happen. I thought at least the guy would come back as a human but instead he came back as something not human at all. Although, there was a little bit of foreshadowing in the middle when they show his grandfather, I just didn’t think the author would do that. That’s what I like in a book, when you think that the author will do one thing but does the opposite only in a good way. Good thing about it is that he can turn human on occasion.

The cover was what initially intrigued me to the book. I wondered what the mask was all about and what kind of guardian of the dead was this. I learned that the mask on the cover is magical item that she bought at a random store that can make anyone love you and obey you. What I disliked was the fact that there was no background information on the mask and why it was on a shelf at a store if it’s so powerful. They also show that it’s powerful enough to consume you. That’s why I thought that the rest of the book would be on the mystery of the mask. I disliked how it lead you on about the mask and didn’t talk about it further and considering the fact that it’s a stand-alone there will never be a story on this still mysterious mask.

Overall, I thought this book was great, not the best, but great. I have other books on my to-read pile that is of this author, Karen Healey, and I hope that those books are just as great but a bit better.

-Michelle

Waiting on Wednesday!

     Your strength in heart and hand will fall. . . .Ellie knows that the darkest moments are still to come, and she has everything to fight for:

     She must fight for Will.
The demonic have resorted to their cruelest weapons to put Will in mortal danger, and Ellie makes an unlikely alliance to save him and to stop Lilith and Sammael, who seek to drown the world in blood and tear a hole into Heaven.

She must fight for humanity.
As the armies of Hell rise and gather for the looming End of Days, Ellie and her band of allies travel to the world’s darkest and most ancient regions in her quest to come into her full glory as the archangel Gabriel.

And Ellie must save herself.
Her humanity withers beneath the weight of her cold archangel power, but Ellie must hold tight to who she is and who she loves as she prepares for the ultimate battle for Heaven and Earth.

In this final installment in the Angelfire trilogy, Courtney Allison Moulton brings her dark world of epic battles and blistering romance to a blazing bright conclusion.
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Hello there fellow bloggers and viewers, welcome back! Michelle and I have finally decided to move from from mediocre blog that posts reviews to an awesome blog that does actual blog activities. I am proud to say that this is Dorks In Wonderland’s first ever Waiting Wednesday! (woot, woot) So, let’s get on with it! 😀

The book I’ve been waiting on lately is Courney Allison Moulton’s Shadows in the Silence!The book comes out on January 29, 2013 and I absolutely cannot wait! This book is the last installment of the Angelfire series! I’m not much of a fan of the cover, I prefer the previous book’s cover, BUT I still can’t wait! * Insert fan-girl squeel here*

Well, I guess that’s it? WHOA, that was faster than I thought it would be…

Click HERE for more details about the book! 🙂

Come back next Wednesday to see what Michelle’s waiting for! Happy reading! 😀

-Caryl