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Mini-Reviews: Spring Break Reads

Saturday, April 6, 2013
It's been a while hasn't it? The last time I posted, not counting the recent blog tour post, was in February! Since I took a month off of blogging, my blog posting skills are a bit rusty. I take a small break and it's as if I forgot how to blog.

For now I'm just going to compile "mini" reviews, although these barely pass as mini reviews and are more like snippets of full reviews to come, of the books I read during Spring Break. This will most definitely help me get back into the swing of things. I didn't include the books' summaries to keep this short and simple, but clicking the goodreads button will take you right to them.


SPRING BREAK READS

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
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St. Martin's Press, 325 pages
Release Date: February 26, 2013
Source: Library
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How do I even with this book? I love Eleanor and Park so much, and am more than glad that I decided to pick it up. I loved the writing, the characters, the plot, and just everything. I had my doubts when I saw all the hype, but I highly recommend this to everyone.

A fabulous read.
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

*It's only $4.99 on Kindle right now! GO GET IT. (I am not an Amazon affiliate)*


Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
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Margaret K. McElderry Books, 568 pages
Series: The Infernal Devices #3
Release Date: March 19, 2013
Source: Bought
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ALL THE EMOTIONS. Clockwork Princess is now among some of my favorite books of all time, and The Infernal Devices is among my favorite series. This book perfectly ended the series, and it was everything I wanted and more.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

Dare You To by Katie McGarry
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Harlequin Teen, 462 pages
Series: Pushing The Limits #2
Expected Release Date: June 7, 2013
Source: Publisher, via NetGalley
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How could I love a story without Echo and Noah? But I was quickly proven wrong with the stories of Beth and Ryan. Beth's story was beautifully crafted and full of heartache. Katie McGarry does not disappoint!

*Full review will be posted closer to the release date*
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5


The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe
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Bantam - Random House, 352 pages
Series: The Sweetest Dark #1
Release Date: April 2, 2013
Source: Publisher, via NetGalley
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I wasn't sure what to expect when going into reading The Sweetest Dark. All I knew was that it's set during World War I and consists of dragons. It's been a while since I've last read a dragon book, and was more than excited. It was an enjoyable read with its different take on dragons.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5


The Deepest Night by Shana Abe
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Bantam - Random House, 320 pages
Series: The Sweetest Dark #2
Release Date: August 13, 2013
Source: Publisher, via NetGalley
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NO SPOILERS. A great sequel to The Sweetest Dark. The dragon lore gets more in depth as Lora grows into her abilities.

*Full review will be posted closer to the release date*
Overall Rating: 4 out 5



Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
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HarperTeen, 461 pages
Series: Shatter Me #2
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Source: Library
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Unravel Me was one of my most anticipated books of 2013, and I couldn't believe I waited until now to read it. Tahereh Mafi is a genius, and I could read her writing all day. The plot for Unravel Me was crazy, and of chapter 62 ;).

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5
Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
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Sourcebooks Fire, 281 pages
Series: Hundred Oaks #1
Release Date: December 1, 2011
Source: Library
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Catching Jordan was recommended to me by a few bloggers, and I finally gave in and read it. It was a fun and quick read with an entertaining plot. My only problem was that I couldn't connect and feel anything for the characters.

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5




I ended up reading a lot more than I thought I would during break. Sometimes I wonder when I have the time to read because I don't remember having that much free time during break. 
What did you read or are planning to read during this lovely spring? 

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Blog Tour - Review & Teaser: Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting
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HarperTeen, 336 pages
Series: The Body Finder #4
Release Date: April 16, 2013
Source: Publisher
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Violet thought she’d made peace with her unique ability to sense the echoes of the dead and the imprints that cling to their killers…that is until she acquired an imprint of her own. Forced to carry a reminder of the horrible events of her kidnapping, Violet is more determined than ever to lead a normal life. However, the people who run the special investigative team Violet works for have no intention of letting her go.

When someone close to Violet becomes a suspect in a horrific murder, she finds herself pulled into a deadly hunt for a madman with an army of devoted followers. Violet has survived dangerous situations before, but she quickly discovers that protecting those closest to her is far more difficult than protecting herself.

MY THOUGHTS

It’s finally senior year for Violet, and the last thing she’s thinking about is school. The recent event of her kidnapping resulted in Violet developing her own imprint that haunts her every minute. And it’s sure not helping her mental health when a fellow classmate and friend is being accused of murder.

Dead Silence raised the level of creepy with the twisted point of views from “The Killer”. I thought the past Body Finder books’ killers were scary, but this was something else. This particular killer developed a loyal following with young adults among his group. What I loved, and was completely creeped out by, was the possible reality of the situation.

Violet is still the same head strong gal that I loved since The Body Finder. As she gets bolder so do the risks she takes to protect those she loves. Speaking of those she loves, Jay continued to be his sweet self by being the rock that Violet needed through the madness. And I loved how Violet’s family was consistently present and involved in her life. What I will always love are the fleshed out supporting characters of this series, especially the people from The Team, like Rafe. He is my favorite and everyone can go home. No, I’m kidding because I love them all SO MUCH and will miss all the characters dearly.

I loved Dead Silence, and everything and everyone in it. As much as I loved it I didn’t feel like this was THE ending. But Dead Silence did nicely wrap up at nicely at the end. It is still just as amazing and incredibly written as the other books in the series, and I highly enjoyed it.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5
And now for the teaser....

TEASER*

"How come you didn't say anything about your hottie friend comin' to White River."
Violet frowned at her friend. "I have no idea what you're talking about, Chels." She pulled her arm away and glanced up to see if Jay knew what their friend was rambling on about. But he looked as perplexed as she was.
"Dude, whatever..." Chelsea's voice trailed off as her gaze shifted past Violet, to the hallway beyond. Her mouth curved, a sly, knowing smile parting her lips. "Are you trying to tell me you didn't know he was transferring here?" she muttered, and Violet realized Chelsea that spotted whoever it was she'd been talking about. Violet turned to look behind her.
"Jesus," Violet heard Jay breathe beside her, and she felt his arm stiffen around her neck as Rafe approached.




ABOUT KIMBERLY DERTING

Kimberly Derting is the author of the BODY FINDER series (HarperCollins) and THE PLEDGE trilogy (Simon & Schuster). She lives in the Seattle area, with her husband and three children, who often find the outrageous things they say either in the pages of her books or posted on Twitter or Facebook for the entire world to see.

You can visit her website at www.kimberlyderting.com.



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*Teaser quote was taken out of an advance reading copy made from uncorrected proofs which may differ in the published copy. This specific quote was modified by shortening from the original for the purpose of the teaser. 
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