Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (139): THE VAULT OF DREAMERS

WoW is hosted by Breaking the Spine

September 16th 2014 from Roaring Brook Press
From the author of the Birthmarked trilogy comes a fast-paced, psychologically thrilling novel about what happens when your dreams are not your own.

The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success: every moment of the students' lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students' schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What's worse is, she starts to notice that the edges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding—and what it truly means to dream there.

I'm very curious to know more about this story - it sounds so fascinating! Love the clean, crisp cover design, too.

What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Top Ten Characters Who Are Completely Swoonworthy

1. Wes Baker: AKA, the boy who was so swoonworthy, the characters actually had to comment on his swoonworthyness. Ex-bad boy with tattoos and an artistic nature?

2. Michael Moscovitz: Geek, musician, Star Wars fan, and more, MM was one my first fictional crushes.

3. Hector: I tried writing something eloquent, and failed, because he's too fabulous to describe.

4. Chaol Westfall:  Ditto.

5.  Nico Rathburn: While his literary classic counterpart makes me a bit angry, I quite adored Nico.

6.  Sturmhond: STURMHOND. That is all.

7. Jesse / Hector de Silva: Sure, he may be a ghost, but he has excellent manners, can whisper sweet Spanish nothings in your ear all day, and his eagerness to learn / read is always a bonus.

8.  Levi: I'll always have a soft spot for sweet guys who are genuinely good, and Levi is all of that and more.

9. Augustus Waters: Speaking of this lovely human being, did anyone else get all misty-eyed watching the TFioS trailer? *grabs tissues*

10. George Weasley: I love the Weasley twins, but George always stood out a bit more to me in the books. You've gotta love a guy with a sense of humor and the dedication to make his dreams come true.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Mini-Review: UNBREAK MY HEART by Melissa Walker

Title: Unbreak My Heart
Author: Melissa Walker
Published: May 2012
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages: 232
POV: 1st person
Format: Kindle eBook
Source: Purchased
Rating: The Royal Library, Middle Shelf.
"Sophomore year broke Clementine Williams’ heart. She fell for her best friend’s boyfriend and long story short: he’s excused, but Clem is vilified and she heads into summer with zero social life.

Enter her parents’ plan to spend the summer on their sailboat. Normally the idea of being stuck on a tiny boat with her parents and little sister would make Clem break out in hives, but floating away sounds pretty good right now.

Then she meets James at one of their first stops along the river. He and his dad are sailing for the summer and he’s just the distraction Clem needs. Can he break down Clem’s walls and heal her broken heart?"

Considering the plot – a girl who falls head-over-heels for her best friend's boyfriend and consequently becomes a social outcast because of that choice – I expected to dislike Unbreak My Heart. But, Walker skillfully portrays Clem's character in such a way that she quickly became someone readers can enjoy, forgive, understand, and even relate to. Alternating between the past and present, Clem narrates both her past actions / life and her current summertime journey on a sailboat with her family. There is a romance, that much is obvious from the cover alone, but there are also other relationships being created and mended – namely, Clem's relationship with her family and with herself. Unbreak My Heart is an unexpected pleasure, delving honestly into love, family, and friendship. 

Highlights: James is an incredibly vibrant character, and I really wish the reader could have seen his drawings. Clem's family, especially her little sister Olive, are definite highlights. This story is very focused on friends and families, which I always love. Sailing for the summer is a different plot point for me, and I love how Walker shows the ups and downs of such a "vacation." Even Clem is a highlight, if only because I didn't expect to like her so much, and she proved to be a wonderful protagonist worth rooting for. 

Lowlights: Clem can be a bit bratty and her moody behavior can be a bit much at times, but it adds to her realism (considering her age). I wish there was more closure for Amanda and Clem, I'm curious to know how things worked out between them. Also, the cover. The image is great, but that darn heart and cheesy pink may scare away some readers (like me). 

Rating: The Royal Library, Middle Shelf (normal/high 4 out of 5). This book is fantastic, worth owning, and has earned a spot in the royal library. I enjoyed this story very much, despite a few small issues, and would recommend this book to other readers.