Books Finds: Glitch

BOOK FINDS is a regular feature that spotlights upcoming book releases that I am looking forward to read.

GLITCH by HEATHER ANASTASIU
RELEASE DATE. August 7, 2012
PUBLISHER. St. Martin’s Press

SYNOPSIS. In the Community, there is no more pain or war. Implanted computer chips have wiped humanity clean of destructive emotions, and thoughts are replaced by a feed from the Link network. 

When Zoe starts to malfunction (or “glitch”), she suddenly begins having her own thoughts, feelings, and identity. Any anomalies must be immediately reported and repaired, but Zoe has a secret so dark it will mean certain deactivation if she is caught: her glitches have given her uncontrollable telekinetic powers. 

As Zoe struggles to control her abilities and stay hidden, she meets other glitchers including Max, who can disguise his appearance, and Adrien, who has visions of the future. Both boys introduce Zoe to feelings that are entirely new. Together, this growing band of glitchers must find a way to free themselves from the controlling hands of the Community before they’re caught and deactivated, or worse. 

In this action-packed debut, Glitch begins an exciting new young adult trilogy.

WHY I'M WAITING FOR GLITCH? I can’t help but love the alluring cover of this book, and it reminds me of Heroes and X-Men. I really can’t wait to read it!

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Book Hoards (2)

Book Hoards is inspired by the In My Mailbox of The Story Siren. This feature showcases the books I’ve received, bought or borrowed.

FOR REVIEW


 
ANGEL EVOLUTION by David Estes
LIES BENEATH by Anne Greenwood Brown
SPIRIT FIGHTER by Jerel Law


WON


ANEW by Chelsea Fine

BOUGHT


THE PRINCE OF MIST by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Many thanks to Chelsey Fine, David Estes, Kate Evangelista, and people at David Fickling books, Fully Booked, Random House Children’s Books, and Thomas Nelson.

How about you guys? What books have you received, bought, or borrowed this week? Leave your comments below.

Book Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

SERIES. The Hunger Games, Book Two
RELEASE DATE. September 1, 2009
PUBLISHER. Scholastic
PAGES. 391
FORMAT. Hardcover
AGE GROUP. Young Adult
GENRE/S. Dystopia, Science Fiction
PURCHASE. Amazon
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SYNOPSIS. Sparks are igniting.

Flames are spreading.

And the Capitol wants revenge.

Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol--a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she's afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she's not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol's cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can't prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

In Catching Fire, the second novel in the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before . . . and surprising readers at every turn.

THOUGHTS. I really didn't have any idea, even the slightest idea how this book came out to be. I didn't know how the story would go on. I was clueless of everything. When I finished The Hunger Games, I immediately devoured Catching Fire while the scenes on the first book were still fresh. After finishing the second book, I was on delirium! What an addictive read this was! Definitely extraordinary! More than extraordinary if there is such thing! Suzanne Collins did it again. Catching Fire is a riveting follow-up to The Hunger Games.

I believed that the plot was the best thing that happened to this book. There were so many twists that had me turning the pages. Everything were like on fire. The characters were so much better. New characters emerged. Dangers were far worse. I couldn't imagine how Collins put these all in her head. Those were almost too real for me. I will never, ever forget this book.

More traps, more bloods, more emotions. This second installment just left me breathless. I believed that no words could really define the beauty of this book. Suzanne Collins is a pure master storyteller.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR. Suzanne Collins is the author of the bestselling UNDERLAND CHRONICLES series, which started with GREGOR THE OVERLANDER. Her groundbreaking young adult novels in THE HUNGER GAMES trilogy were number one New York Times bestsellers, received wide praise, garnered numerous starred reviews, and now a major motion picture starring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark. Suzanne lives with her family in Connecticut.

Book Review: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

SERIES. Unearthly, Book One
RELEASE DATE. January 1, 2011
PUBLISHER. HarperTeen
PAGES. 435
FORMAT. Hardcover
AGE GROUP. Young Adult
GENRE/S. Paranormal, Romance
PURCHASE. Amazon
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SYNOPSIS. In the beginning, there’s a boy standing in the trees . . . . 

Clara Gardner has recently learned that she’s part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn’t easy. 

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place—and out of place at the same time. Because there’s another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara’s less angelic side. 

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she’d have to make—between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny? 

Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.

THOUGHTS. I never expected this book to be that good. I have quite read a few novels whose concept were angels but nothing is so well-thought out and excellent than this book. It was indeed riveting.

I had to admit that I was really captured by the stunning cover. Honestly, I was in hesitation at first because I thought that it would just be the cover I would love and the story would not meet my expectations. But Cynthia Hand proved me wrong. It was more than just a good read.

What made me love the book was the different take on angels and the well-written romance. The mythology of the book was different that it came out new and mesmerizing. I just want more of the mysterious Black Wings and more history of the Angel-bloods.

The romance, indeed, was one of a kind. Hand proved to be a great romantic writer. The love triangle of this book was the most riveting of all.

The characters also had me in too many emotions. They were well-developed and their dialogues really showed me who they are. One is Clara. I really did admire her. She was lovable at the same time a refreshing character. She was strong, and radiantly beautiful inside and out. She was just your typical teenage girl, sweet, loving, cute but with that paranormal aspect. But some characters were a little bit bland for me too, like Christian, the boy from Clara’s visions. Hand made me not think of him when he went to New York, and focus more on Clara and Tucker’s summer romances. Perhaps, Hand made Christian quite not knowing so she could write more of him in the next books. I hate to say this but I admired her for giving me cliffhangers because she left me wanting for more.

The story was very unpredictable. Clara moved from California to Wyoming to get to fulfill her Purpose of saving a guy from a forest fire but I just never thought that she will end up with Tucker. I thought that she would end up saving Christian, and live happily ever after; but it became different after the last three chapters. How I love twists and turns! There are still so many questions that need quick answers. And I can’t wait for the next book.

Unearthly is the book you can’t really put down. It is the book you would really admire in your book shelf. It is an outstanding, unpredictable read. Cynthia Hand really is a natural Angel-blood. I was held captive by her book.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR. Cynthia Hand grew up in southeast Idaho (very near the Wyoming border). Currently she lives in southern California with her husband and two small children. She teaches courses in creative writing at Pepperdine University.

Book Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

SERIES. The Hunger Games, Book One
RELEASE DATE. September 14, 2008
PUBLISHER. Scholastic
PAGES. 374
FORMAT. Hardcover
AGE GROUP. Young Adult
GENRE. Dystopia, Science Fiction
PURCHASE. Amazon
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SYNOPSIS. In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. 

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister Primrose, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before — and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

THOUGHTS. I couldn't say anything after reading this book. My mind was totally trapped inside this harrowing thought of the future. Why have I not read this the moment it came out? Or while it is still the talk of town? And now I’m begging for more. I know that you’re wondering why I’m still telling you my thoughts about this book. Well, I just thought that you want to know my opinions on The Hunger Games especially, that we’re all expecting it to be in the big screen. And I think my review is just in time for the movie.

I actually found this book absolutely extraordinary. Its plot is so amazing. I really like reading a book when it has lots and lots of twists. And the characters were all well thought out especially Katniss, who was an almost perfect heroine. She was fearless, caring, and loving. She was easy to relate and how she deal with her life’s situation particularly when she joined the horrific Hunger Games in exchange for her sister’s life. She had to battle herself out to survive and go back home and believe again that everything will be normal.

Another thing that made me love this book was the setting, the entire world of The Hunger Games so to speak. Collins really was a natural. She made me believe that it was all real. From the quirky fashion of the Capitol to the unbelievable skills of the Tributes.

All in all, I couldn't put it down. I’m thinking that even my review couldn't give justice to this book. Amazing or brilliant are not enough words to describe this book. It’s one of the addictive books I've read so far. I have no more words to tell but Suzanne Collins is such a brilliant, exceptional author. She weaves a book with such force that made my heart pumped out more blood than ever. A phenomenal fiery tale of drama, suspense, and romance. It’s this story I’ll never ever forget.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR. Suzanne Collins is the author of the bestselling UNDERLAND CHRONICLES series, which started with GREGOR THE OVERLANDER. Her groundbreaking young adult novels in THE HUNGER GAMES trilogy were number one New York Times bestsellers, received wide praise, garnered numerous starred reviews, and now a major motion picture starring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark. Suzanne lives with her family in Connecticut.

Book Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

SERIES. The Infernal Devices, Book One
RELEASE DATE. August 31, 2010
PAGES. 476
FORMAT. Hardcover
AGE GROUP. Young Adult
GENRE/S. Fantasy, Historical, Romance
PURCHASE. Amazon
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SYNOPSIS. Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still. 

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos. 

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa’s power for his own. 

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by--and torn between--two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm’s length . . . everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world…and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

THOUGHTS. This book had been sitting on the shelf for months old already and when The Clockwork Prince came out, I immediately devoured The Clockwork Angel. After finishing it, all I can say was, what a brilliant, inescapable world this was. Cassandra Clare had done it again. She masterfully combined Victorian London with her Shadowhunters, plus some steam punk automatons, and a love triangle; who would ever thought that a great story will emerge. I couldn’t ask for more!

The setting was brilliantly plotted, perhaps, the world as a whole. Clare did a really good job on researching and creating this Victorian version of the world of Shadowhunters.

I have been drawn to the intricate world of Shadowhunters since The Mortal Instruments series. But this book had me drawn to it more even dwell in it if it’s possible. It had really blown me away. I couldn’t keep my eyes from opening just not to miss any scenes.

The characters, as well, definitely blew me away. I thought I will not love them as much as The Mortal Instruments characters. I really did love Tessa from the roots of her hair to the tips of her toe. She’s a marvelous character to reckon for. With that power to Change and a charming face, why would not William and James vie for her love? And I also loved Clare’s addition on most characters as bookworms as expected in a kind of era they were in. But I couldn’t keep Will and Jem to be compared to Jace as the three of them are all gorgeous young men. Then there’s the ever young and vibrant Magnus Bane. He’s the one the three should fear. But then there’s Henry, he really reminded me of Ron Weasley.

On the other hand, females also made impressions to me. Jessamine reminded me of Isabelle with the same stubbornness, yet with different beliefs. Charlotte, for me, is the symbol of feminism during her time.

Overall, I loved it. Such a remarkable book with so many twists. Cassandra Clare is a natural. I couldn't wait for more of The Infernal Devices. Don’t you dare miss it!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR. Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction.

She is the author of the New York Times bestseller THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS series and the number one New York Times bestseller THE INFERNAL DEVICES series. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.
  

Book Hoards (1)

Book Hoards is inspired by the In My Mailbox of The Story Siren. This feature showcases the books I’ve received, bought or borrowed.

FOR REVIEW
STARTERS by Lissa Price

BOUGHT


 
STILL WATERS by Emma Carlson Berne
BEASTLY by Alex Flinn
CARRIER OF THE MARK by Leigh Fallon


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Many thanks to the people at Random House Children’s Books and Fully Booked.

How about you guys? What books have you received, bought, or borrowed this week? Leave your comments below.

Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

SERIES. Divergent
RELEASE DATE. May 3, 2011
PUBLISHER. Katherine Tegen Books
PAGES. 487
FORMAT. Hardcover
AGE GROUP. Young Adult
GENRE/S. Dystopian, Romance, Science Fiction
FIND IT. Amazon | Goodreads

SYNOPSIS. In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself. 

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves… or it might destroy her. 

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

THOUGHTS. I’ve got three words for this book: brave, bold, and brilliant. It’s an action-packed story that kept me up the whole ungodly night.

In this intriguing thought of the future, Roth had me in constant suspense. From the five idealistic factions who believed in different values yet had one thing in mind, to extinguish human faults; to the blossoming romance between Tris and Four. The build up of the story was incredible even after reading it. I can’t get this book out in my head (until at this moment). I was so fascinated by the book. Every turn of page, I have to pause and stare on the ceiling (before I get back to the book) imagining the brilliantly plotted world in my head.

Tris’ story was clearly written out. Her voice is also an incredible one. One of the original voices I’ve read. I wouldn’t say that Tris is a heroine to be reckoned as strong because as expected, heroes or heroines are always physically strong but emotionally weak or you can say the opposite. And I didn’t have a hard time of distinguishing who the friends or the fiends as Roth had written them very well with key factors of their personalities.

Scenes are clearly well-thought with expectations of violence in some parts. Of course, it made the book more mature yet highly-appropriate as this is a dystopian book. This book is also unpredictable. I have to keep guessing on what will happen next but sometimes the unexpected comes. And the unexpected really made the book a great read.

I couldn't put into words on how I love this book from the front cover to the last sentence of this book. The bottom-line here is this: Veronica Roth gave us a book which should be placed right next to The Hunger Games trilogy. I wouldn’t mind if I read this book again and again. Now it’s clear, that I’m addicted to this kinds of books. Totally moving, totally amazing, totally recommended, and totally cannot wait for the other books. Divergent is a debut novel which is not to be missed.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR. Veronica Roth is a twenty-two-year-old debut author and a recent graduate of Northwestern University’s creative writing program. While a student, she often chose to work on the story that would become DIVERGENT instead of doing her homework. Now a full-time writer, she lives near Chicago. DIVERGENT is soon to be a major motion picture by Summit Entertainment.

Book Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
SERIES. Shatter Me, Book One
RELEASE DATE. November 15, 2011
PUBLISHER. HarperCollins
PAGES. 338
FORMAT. Hardcover
AGE GROUP. Young Adult
GENRE/S. Dystopian, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction
FIND IT. Amazon | Goodreads

SYNOPSIS. Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days. 

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color. 

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war— and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now. 

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior. 

In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting as The Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel—with a paranormal twist—that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel.

THOUGHTS. I immediately and excitedly read this one, not affording a head-turn or the slightest glance on the other tempting books on the shelves as Juliette's world had ensnared me and not once did I want to leave--not ever.

Mafi's writing style is one that is fresh yet already unforgettable. It is poetic, alive, and real. The way she used strike-throughs, damn, that was so good. There are times I wanted to read the passages aloud, words that I know will resonate to everyone. With such poetic prose, Mafi created a character with a distinct and strong voice to match. Listening to Juliette, or rather reading her thoughts was quite mesmerizing. I fell in love with her as soon as I read the first sentences. Her words were affecting, unassuming, and at times magical, the way she described her world, her circumstances, her confinement, I was shrouded by her dark thoughts, her growing depression and her enigmatic character. She is the kind of flawed character that you'd love and hate at the same time.

I too love the other characters in this book: Adam, Kenji, James, Warner. She has created not just characters but actual people that you'd love and hate just like Juliette. The villain, I would say, is one of the best, the kind readers will love to hate and hate to love, such which is not so common in some books. I love that each character has a story despite being told from a point of view of one person. Mafi had written characters with diverse personalities and I cannot wait to get to know them better.

The romance is wicked. It was intense, addictive even (Lauren Kate was right). I was obsessed, for a moment. I had to turn the pages quick before it let me burn me. Still, it did. It thrilled me, it consumed me right to the core because I allowed it to and I have no regrets.

Cliff-hangers could ruin a good book like this but Mafi left me wanting for more of Juliette, her world, and her touch.

Overall, this book really did shatter me and I don't know if I am still able to piece back myself after that last page. Incredible, brilliant, and sexy, that's more than I can say! A searing mix of dystopian, science fiction, paranormal, and romance, Tahereh Mafi is an author to watch for.

Tahereh Mafi

ABOUT THE AUTHOR. Tahereh Mafi is 24. She was born in a small city somewhere in Connecticut and currently resides in Orange County, California, where she drinks too much caffeine and finds the weather to be just a little too perfect for her taste. When unable to find a book, she can be found reading candy wrappers, coupons, and old receipts. 
SHATTER ME is her first novel. Foreign rights have sold in 20 territories to-date and film rights have been optioned by 20th Century Fox. Her work is represented by Jodi Reamer of Writers House, LLC.

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