The Year Of: 2012

The Year od: 2012

Oh 2012 you have been a reading delight!

I started my blog in March thinking this would be something fun to do when I was bored. Little did I realise that blogging would be ridiculously addictive, that there were just so many books I really wanted needed to read, and that there are some awesome people on the internet.

Before I started this blog I actually had no idea how many books were out there that I didn’t know about, I never realised goodreads was the place to be to discover new reads, I used to go to the library and wander down the aisles looking for a title that would peak my interest. Yeah…

Since I’ve started Miss Book Reviews I’ve read and found so many exciting books and series’ that I absolutely love. So I’ve decided to compile my ten favourite books/series that I’ve reviewed this year.
(Please note: This list only refers to the books that I have read and posted a review for on my blog)

2012 Top Ten favourites!

Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick 10. Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick

This book brought chills to my spine, it scared the hell out of me and made me want to start planning for an apocalypse that happens to have flesh eating zombies. It was scary, heart breaking, exciting, different and more than about zombies; it focused more on the survival to live. There were a few things about this book that utterly irked me but this made my top 10 because of how exciting, chilling and awesome it was. I still think about this book.

Across the Universe by Beth Revis 9. Across the Universe by Beth Revis

If you’ve been following my blog for a while you would know that I absolutely love science fiction books set in space. I love space, it’s interesting, exciting and scary at the same time.

So naturally I would really like this series. I have to admit I loved A Million Suns more than Across the Universe. It’s more of a mystery rather than the science fiction space adventure I had imagined it to be when I first read the summary but I still really like this series! I am so excited for Shades of Earth and have already pre-ordered it!

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers 8. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

I loved this book for many reasons: First being it was about assassin nuns, second I liked the era it was set in and third the saint they worshipped was the saint of death, and that sounds pretty cool. The book itself was a great, fun read. I highly enjoyed it! I’ve always quite liked books in this genre so I was happy to find it and equally happy that I loved it.

Divergent by Veronica Roth 7. Divergent by Veronica Roth

Loved, loved, loved this book! I have yet to read Insurgent but Divergent was just awesome.

This was the second dystopian I have ever read, The Hunger Games was the first.

I loved Divergent, I thought it was exciting and I just thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

Enclave by Ann Aguirre

6. Enclave by Ann Aguirre

When I first read Enclave I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. The only reason I picked it up was because everyone was saying you had to read it. And so I did. Boy was I glad I listened to everyone else because I absolutely loved this book and I highly enjoyed it’s sequel Outpost as well.

Before this book I had never read a zombie book before. This doesn’t have zombies in it but the creatures that are featured sure sound like zombies since they eat warm flesh. This book was exciting and left me flipping through the pages as fast as I could, it took me a while to get used to the writing style but once I did I devoured this book as fast as I could.

This series is very entertaining and I’m dying to read the last book in this series!

Cinder by Marissa Meyer 5. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

As I’ve already stated; I love science fiction books, and my favourite fairytale is Cinderella. So how could I not absolutely love Cinder?! This book was everything I was excited for as soon as I heard about it. It was fun, exciting and a refreshing futuristic spin of the original tale. I loved reading this and bought it as soon as I heard about it. I am way too excited for its sequel!

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

4. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

This book was a mix between my favourite genres; adventure, fantasy, and dystopian. I seriously liked Under the Never Sky because I hadn’t really read anything like it before. It had me wrapped around its pages and I found it difficult to put down.

I just loved how much fun it was to read!

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris 3. The Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris

I have loved, been addicted too and thoroughly enjoyed this series since I picked up book one. This comes in at third place because I’ve realised I read these books when I want to be entertained, then when I pick it up I find it hard to put back down again. Sookie has gone through so much since I have read book one and I’ve loved every minute of reading it. I’ve grown attached to the world, the characters and the drama that seems to constantly follow Sookie.

I’ve reviewed books 1-3 so far but have read up to book 7. It will be a sad day when I finish this series for good, a day I am not eagerly awaiting.

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand 2. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

When I first read Unearthly I was blown away. I hadn’t had much hope for it as Angel books never seemed to go well with me, but when I started reading this it instantly became my favourite read of 2012. That was back in March. I’m shocked to say that one series pushed it’s way past this one because this series was just amazing to read.

I loved Clara, I loved  Tucker and I loved the twist! I loved that it didn’t shove religion down my throat (Something not many angel themed books achieve). I loved the location it was set in – the location was beautiful and made me want to move to such a place. I loved so many things about this book.

I have only read this first book of this series because I’ve heard that the second book, Hallowed, breaks your heart, so I decided to hold off on reading the second book until it is possible to read book three.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore1. Graceling Realm by Kristin Cashore

This is my all time favourite series that I read in 2012! Granted I haven’t read the final book yet, but the first two had me captivated.

What I loved most about Graceling was that Katsa was very kick-ass, the romance took time to develop and the pacing of the story had me flipping through the pages extremely fast. I loved the whole story.

I never realised Fire was a companion novel to Graceling until I began reading it, sufficed to say that I was very confused until I realised this. Fire was exciting in it’s own right, the idea, the land, and Fire herself. I loved every minute of it.

This series is just brilliant and I always recommend it to anyone that asks what they should read next.

Special Mentions

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
This didn’t make the top ten list because while I loved the first book in the series, I only liked the second book and very mildly liked the last book in the series.
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
This was a pretty amazing book but I read it in one sitting because I felt like if I put it down I really wasn’t going to pick it back up, it felt a little long winded in parts. I’m glad I got through it though and can’t wait to have time to read the next book in the series.

Legend by Marie Lu
I really enjoyed this book (Yet to read the second in the series) and I felt like this should go in the special mentions because it was entertaining and I had fun reading it. It just didn’t quite make my list.

Overall, 2012 was a successful year of reading for me! I’m not so sure it was a successful year in other areas but that’s a whole other story.

I hope you all had a lovely, fun-filled and memorable year!

Miss J
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P.S. New layout! It’s a pretty simple layout, I just got very bored of the old one. As you do.

[Review #64] The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan cover - Review Title: The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Series: The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Book one
Author: Carrie Ryan
Published: 10th March, 2009
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Genre: Horror
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

In Mary’s world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth.

But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future—between the one she loves and the one who loves her.

And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?

Review

The Forest of Hands and Teeth was one scary story. Seriously, do not read this at night! I freaked myself out after I finished it and tried to go to sleep. Every little noise I heard I imagined that it was something terrifying so least to say that I also had scary dreams!

At first I found this book very hard to get into because of the writing style. I felt like I couldn’t get pulled in, this was probably also because I felt like the beginning was a slow start. Although I say that now but when I think back I realise that the beginning wasn’t a slow start at all. It was just the beginning of the story and I didn’t understand that when I was reading it because I hadn’t realised that that was the story. I was waiting for something more. It turns out that this was not a bad thing.

I liked this book, it was terrifying and I wanted to know how the story panned out. But this book also broke my heart. It is a very sad book and I hadn’t been expecting that. When I read the summary of this book I wasn’t completely sure what it was about so I didn’t expect to find that this book was the way it was.

When this book ended I felt like I had been wretched out of one good story but I also felt incredibly sad and I was left with the feeling of something missing. I felt lost. Empty. This book affected me. The ending does not tie up loose ends, it simply just ends. You leave with the knowledge of what has happened from the beginning of the story till the end, but no knowledge of how things came to be or what is going to happen after the words have stopped.

So I have a tonne of questions that I want to know the answers to but there are no answers. Not many questions were answered at all. Simply because even the characters had no answers for the questions that we undoubtedly are made to ask, so how could they give us the answers?

The Forest of Hands and Teeth is a book that leaves a lasting impression. It’s everything that it is and that seems to be enough. It’s terrifying, moving, heart-breaking, lovely and saddening all at the same time.

Overall, I really liked this story. I’ve been thinking about it well after I’ve finished it and that is usually a very good thing.

You may also like:
Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick

Miss J

[Review #63] Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick

Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick Cover - Review Title: Ashes
Series: Ashes Trilogy
Book one
Author: Ilsa J. Bick
Published: 6th September, 2011
Publisher: Egmont USA
Genre: Apocalyptic
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

It could happen tomorrow . . .

An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device, wiping out every computerized system, and killing billions.

Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom—a young soldier—and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP.

For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it’s now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.

Review

Ashes had me addicted from page one!

I couldn’t put this book down for the first half. It was riveting , exciting and plain scary to read. I was dragged along with Alex trying to figure out what had happened to the world when everyone dropped to the ground in the most excruciating pain. With most never getting back up, and the few that did get back up had either ‘changed’ or had been ‘spared’ for some unknown reason.

Since I first opened Ashes right up until I finished reading it my every waking moment was thinking about this book; and I’m being quite serious. That is how much I enjoyed reading this book, and that doesn’t happen often with me as I do get bored easily sometimes. It had action, mystery, fear, a bit of blood and guts, romance, bravery, fear and obviously world changing events. Cataclysmic is the right word to describe it. I just loved it.

But while I definitely thoroughly enjoyed Ashes there were more than a couple of things that did not gel well with me and kept me from rating this a 5 club book, which I would have undoubtedly done otherwise.

The main problem I had with this was that I could barely stand the attitude of the characters. I found Ellie to be incredibly bratty, annoying, and selfish. I seriously do not know how Alex and Tom kept their cool around her because I wouldn’t have been able to not tell her to “Shut up and stop acting like a brat”, for as long as they did. Every time Ellie talked I cringed. I just could not for the life of me even begin to like her as a character because of her attitude.

Yeah I get that she’s a little girl that recently lost her father in a war, she saw her grandfather die, and now she’s in this world changing event where she herself could be killed, but her attitude? Seriously? She really needed an attitude check earlier in the game. And that really sucks because if she hadn’t of been so bratty I’m sure I could have really liked her.

Then: I really liked Alex up until three quarters of the way through the book, due to certain events it led her to start acting selfish and annoying. To me it felt off that she changed that way, it didn’t feel natural considering the events and the things she had been through. It was weird because the character development went in the opposite direction from what I find usually happens, which is from: annoying -> really likeable. For me it went from: really likeable -> annoying.

Another thing that stopped me from rating this book any higher was that the middle of the book felt like the plot changed direction from where the reader expected it to go; it flipped 180. The pace slowed right down, I got a little bored and I felt like if the author had gone in another direction with the plot it would have been a lot more exciting, more likeable and the pace wouldn’t have dropped.

Ohhh, but there’s one more thing that I need to get off of my chest. There was a love triangle that I did not expect to happen at all. I’ve never really thought about love triangles before, yeah sometimes they annoy me and other times they really work. But this love triangle felt forced, unnecessary, out of character and like it was put there to make the story more interesting rather than move the story forward. Instead it broke my heart a little. In a bad way.

You might argue that all of these points mean that the author was able to surprise the reader and it means book isn’t predictable. In my opinion these points didn’t feel like they worked as well as one would’ve expected if that had been the case. They frustrated me, angered me and lowered my rating overall. Therefore they hindered rather than furthered.

BUT in saying that, I found that I really, really loved this book. Yet at the same time there were a few things that just annoyed me too much. It’s like parts of this book are at the “Best book ever” side of the scale and then other parts are on the “Worst idea ever” side. This book stretches to both ends of the scale and I’m not sure if that’s a good thing.

Regardless, I still think of this book as one awesome book!

Overall this book was the most exciting book I’ve read in a while. It was simply just thrilling to read, I could hardly read fast enough. I just loved it and devoured it within two days. So even though there were the few points that I felt like I needed to rant about they didn’t deter me from dying to read the next book as soon as possible!

Ashes was one of those books that I seemed to eat, live and breath until I was done reading. But then right when I was done I realised I needed to read the next book straight away. By description: Addicted.

I definitely recommend reading this book!

You may also like:
Enclave by Ann Aguirre
Ashfall by Mike Mullin

Miss J

[Blog Tour] ReAwakened by Ada Adams

Blog Tour - ReAwakened by Ada Adams

The Blog tour for ReAwakened, book #2 in the Angel Creek series by Ada Adams!
See book #1: ReVamped

ReAwakened by Ada Adams Cover - Blog Tour
Title: ReAwakened
Series: Angel Creek
Book two
Author: Ada Adams
Published: 27th November, 2012
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

Becoming a vampire guardian was Dawn Fairchild’s ticket out of the Scarlet House. Fresh off a successful mission, life in Angel Creek should have been great. But when her sort-of-maybe- boyfriend, Sebastian, disappears on a quest to help a beautiful vampire from his past, Dawn finds herself amidst a web of danger, lies, and deceit.

Joining forces with Razor, an enigmatic rebel lacking both a verbal and a physical filter, and her band of Misfits—Brooke, Sophie, Hunter, and Seth—Dawn is thrust into a race against the clock to solve the mystery surrounding brutal Born kidnappings and come to terms with the sudden discovery of her own unique powers. With time ticking away and Born vampires’ lives in jeopardy, it quickly becomes evident that someone—or something—desperately wants Dawn and is willing to shed any amount of blood to get her.

Dawn has only one chance to face her demons and overcome all obstacles standing in her way as she embarks on the biggest mission of her life—one that threatens a deadly outcome for all involved.

Released: November 27th, 2012
You are able to purchase it at: Amazon
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Review

ReAwakened definitely delivered! More characterisation, more butt kicking, an intense romance and a fun read.

ReAwakened occurs soon after the first book; ReVamped, finishes. The Misfits – as Dawn has named them – the group of vampire’s that Dawn was assigned to train up as Angel Creek’s new vampire guardian’s to replace the old ‘Fab Five’, are now being awarded as official Guardians. Although down the track things don’t go quite as one would think. There are rumours that Born vampires are going missing yet there are no solid leads, until Sebastian goes missing along with a Born. That’s not all Dawn has to deal with; Something has ‘reawakened’ inside of her and is not happy; she has to deal with Razor, a sexy vampire that brings much humour and, well, sexiness; and just when she thinks everything will be alright the unimaginable happens.

This book has grown a lot from the first book and I loved getting to see that; getting to see the growth from book one to book two was very satisfying. I loved getting to learn more about ‘The Misfits’, I have to say that Hunter is my favourite character; there’s just something so alluring about him. It was nice getting to see everyone’s personalities more and getting to connect with them. Dawn grew more as a woman, a leader and learnt how to be a real friend. Sebastian is as sexy and swoon worthy as ever, then we have Razor whom is not only sexy in looks but also in humour. He had me giggling. A lot.

ReAwakened is action packed, there is so much going on in this book. So much that there were a few times that I thought it was the end but then bam something else happened and I was carried away again. While I felt there were a few predictable moments, there were definitely more moments where I was flabbergasted, blushing madly or laughing my ass off. The ending made my jaw drop, I couldn’t believe it really. I still don’t believe it. The ending has me thinking about book three for sure.

I really can’t wait to see what happens next!

Miss J

About the Author:

Author Ada Adams

“Many people sing in the shower. I write scenes in my head and act them out.”

At the age of five, Ada read her first chapter book—Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren. Ever since that moment, she developed an intense passion for stories and characters found within the pages of literature.

In her career as an actress and a writer, Ada currently spends most of her days immersed in imaginary worlds. Much like the characters she enjoys playing and writing about, Ada is a martial artist with a Black Belt in Shotokan Karate. She is also a big proponent of lifelong learning, and has attained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (it aids in creating characters with
unique quirks!) as well as a Master’s of Science in Education.

Ada strives to bring a fresh voice and perspective to fiction. She has been writing creatively for many years, and is an editor of a global fashion/literary magazine called VEUX. ReVamped is her debut novel.

She lives in Toronto, Canada, and enjoys adventurous nature hikes with her adorable puppies Cara and Oreo.

Visit Ada on her:
[Website | Facebook | Goodreads Twitter]

Giveaway!

GIVEAWAY:
– 3 winners (One grand prize winner +2 small prize winners)
– One main entry per person
– Must be 13 years or older to enter
– Open Internationally
– Winners will have 48 hours to reply before a new winner is chosen

Grand Prize Winner will win the following-

  • PRINT COPY OF RV
  • PRINT COPY OF RA
  • RV POSTER
  • RA POSTER
  • 2 RV/RA POSTCARDS
  • 3 RV BOOKMARKS
  • 3 RA BOOKMARKS
  • I <3 SEBASTIAN KEYCHAIN
  • I <3 HUNTER GUITAR PICK
  • I <3 RAZOR DOGTAG
  • DAWN’S NECKLACE

Click here to enter!

Miss J
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[Review #62] Club Dead by Charlaine Harris

Club Dead by Charlaine Harris Cover - Review Title: Club Dead
Series: Sookie Stackhouse
Book three
Author: Charlaine Harris
Published: 6th May , 2006
Publisher: Orbit
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

Sookie Stackhouse always found it difficult to date – she’s cute, but not many guys are comfortable with her mind-reading abilities. But vampires have no problems with Sookie’s talent – she can’t pick up much of anything form the undead.

But there’s only one vampire Sookie Stackhouse is involved with – at least voluntarily – right now, and that’s Bill. But recently he’s been a little distant – in another state distant. His sinister and sexy boss Eric has an idea where to find him, and next thing Sookie knows, she’s off to Jackson, Mississippi, to mingle with the underworld at Club Dead. It’s a dangerous little haunt where the elusive vampire society can go to chill out and suck down some Type O – but when Sookie finally finds Bill, he’s not only in trouble, but caught in an act of serious betrayal. Should she save him, or sharpen some stakes?

Review

Club Dead is the third book in the Sookie Stackhouse series, this one introduces werewolves. Properly. They were mentioned in Living Dead in Dallas but we didn’t really get to learn anything about them.

Bill has been assigned a top secret mission for the Queen of Louisiana, to Sookie’s disappointment he can’t tell her anything about it. In fact he even lies to her about where he’s been sent for it. While on this mission he disappears in the territory of the King of Mississippi. Eric need’s Sookie’s help to find Bill as Eric can’t roam freely in Mississippi without letting the King know, and that could cause war between the two ‘Kingdoms’. So Sookie heads off to Jackson with a werewolf named Alcide, who owes Eric a favour.

I have to be honest that this book took quite a while to start I feel. To me the beginning was a tad boring, Sookie moped around the whole time and nothing much else happened. I got tired of hearing how much she missed Bill even though she was upset and angry at him. To be honest I would have been just as pissed, Bill up and left telling her barely anything then he lied to her along the way. I get it was a secret mission but if he really cared for Sookie he wouldn’t have been so distant about it all.

In my review for Living Dead in Dallas I said I was on the Eric bandwagon. Yeahh, Club Dead has put me on the Alcide band wagon. Seriously, such a sexy, well mannered man! How I wish I knew such a man… As soon as Alcide entered the scene the book picked up and I started to really enjoy it. The tension between him and Sookie was so thick you could cut it with a knife. I actually liked that they both new this, it didn’t make things awkward, it made things a whole lot more interesting. I wanted them to get together! Scandal.

I liked Bill even less in this book. Well, he was hardly in this book because of his disappearance but I am astonished at the way he acted. I’m annoyed that Sookie wasn’t angrier about it. ‘It’ being something that you need to read the book to find out.

While I am enjoying the Sookie Stackhouse books I am starting to think that these books are all over the place in terms of writing style, plot and characters. The plot in this book didn’t feel smooth, when I felt like it was the end things were still happening but they hardly felt like they were connected to the main plot. Even though they were. It felt jerky and I found myself getting confused at times.

Overall, I did enjoy Club Dead but it didn’t quite reach my expectations. The ending left me wondering where life will take Sookie next and what decisions she will be faced with which has made me really want to read the fourth book! Harris has a way of making you want to pick up the next book.

Miss J

Previous books in the series:
Dead Until Dark
Living Dead in Dallas

[Review #61] Outpost by Ann Aguirre

Outpost by Ann Aguirre Cover - Review Title: Outpost
Series: Razorland
Book two
Author: Ann Aguirre
Published: 4th September, 2012
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Genre: Post Apocalyptic, Dystopian
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

Deuce’s whole world has changed. Down below, she was considered an adult. Now, topside in a town called Salvation, she’s a brat in need of training in the eyes of the townsfolk. She doesn’t fit in with the other girls: Deuce only knows how to fight.

To make matters worse, her Hunter partner, Fade, keeps Deuce at a distance. Her feelings for Fade haven’t changed, but he seems not to want her around any more. Confused and lonely, she starts looking for a way out.

Deuce signs up to serve in the summer patrols—those who make sure the planters can work the fields without danger. It should be routine, but things have been changing on the surface, just as they did below ground. The Freaks have grown smarter. They’re watching. Waiting. Planning. The monsters don’t intend to let Salvation survive, and it may take a girl like Deuce to turn back the tide.

Review

This book had me reeling in anticipation, excitement, anger and heart-break. 

Outpost is just as exciting, if not more than Enclave. The second book to this series is packed with fear, action, fighting, romance and bravery. In a nutshell; I loved it.

In Outpost Deuce, Fade, Stalker and Tegan are now living in Salvation; a town on topside that is surrounded by walls to keep the freaks out. Each one of them have been taken in by a different family, they’ve been split up and made to go to school. Everyone want’s them to fit in but for Deuce this is hard because she isn’t anything like the other girls. Fade isn’t speaking to her and she doesn’t know why, Tegan also keeps her distance but Stalker sticks around although because of his tattoo’s on his face he doesn’t seem to fit in either. Deuce decides to join up to the summer patrols whom guard the planters that harvest food for the winter while they work in the fields.

The freaks aren’t known to attack Salvation often, only when they’re starving but for some reason they’re seem to be around more than usual, what worries Deuce even more is that the freaks also seem to be acting different.

Outpost was one of those books that I couldn’t put down. When I picked it up to read it I got so lost in it’s pages that I had no recollection of time passing as I read, so I would read for hours non-stop without realising. I actually quite like it when I get stuck into a book this much, it tells me it’s one awesome book and it definitely deserves the five clubs!

I felt like I connected with Deuce on some level in this book. She mostly always put the people she cared about first, even if it meant she was in pain herself. That touched me and I understood where she was coming from. I loved that she wasn’t selfish like a lot of YA heroine’s can be, that was incredibly refreshing.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book! It was fast paced, action packed and exciting. I loved every minute of reading it!

Outpost is an exciting post apocalyptic book that has you’re heart racing.

I definitely recommend giving this series a go! I really don’t know how I’m going to wait for the next book!

Book 1 in the series:
Enclave

Miss J

On The List #24

My TBR list gets longer and longer every week, I wanted a way to share those books, so I decided on these posts. I might not exactly be reviewing these books straight away or any time soon, but you never know, I could review them next!
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A book I have decided to share On The List this week is:

Beastly by Alex Flinn

I am a beast.

A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright—a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.

You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It’s no deformity, no disease. And I’ll stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell.

Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.

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I love Beauty and the Beast but I especially love retellings of Beauty and the Beast. I find Beauty and the Beast has the best retellings out there. I have never seen this movie but this book sounds pretty cool!
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What’s ‘On Your List’?

Miss J
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