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Monday, March 16, 2015

Giveaway: Win a copy of "Red Queen" by Victoria Aveyard

Posted by Book Hooked at 3:58 AM 13 comments
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Giveaway Rules:
  • This giveaway is international!
  • Giveaway will run 20 days and will end on April 6.
  • You have to be 18 or at least 13 years-old and have your parents or guardian's permission since I will be needing your address! (This address won’t be shared with anyone)
  • There will only be one winner.
  • The winner will be announced here and on my twitter!
  • The winner will have 48 hours to respond or I will choose another winner.
  • Entries that don't follow instructions correspondingly will be disqualified.

Good Luck!



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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Being Sloane Jacobs

Posted by Book Hooked at 5:37 PM 2 comments

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Synopsis: 

"Meet Sloane Emily Jacobs: a seriously stressed-out figure-skater from Washington, D.C., who choked during junior nationals and isn’t sure she’s ready for a comeback. What she does know is that she’d give anything to escape the mass of misery that is her life.

Now meet Sloane Devon Jacobs, a spunky ice hockey player from Philly who’s been suspended from her team for too many aggressive hip checks. Her punishment? Hockey camp, now, when she’s playing the worst she’s ever played. If she messes up? Her life will be over.

When the two Sloanes meet by chance in Montreal and decide to trade places for the summer, each girl thinks she’s the lucky one: no strangers to judge or laugh at Sloane Emily, no scouts expecting Sloane Devon to be a hero. But it didn’t occur to Sloane E. that while avoiding sequins and axels she might meet a hockey hottie—and Sloane D. never expected to run into a familiar (and very good-looking) face from home. It’s not long before the Sloanes discover that convincing people you’re someone else might be more difficult than being yourself." ( Taken from; Good Reads

Review:


  Sloane Emily Jacobs, daughter of a Senator, lives in Washington D.C. and comes from a family of power and money. Her family is a little messed up, her mom is the definition of perfect and her brother is the contrary. But she just wants to get away from it all, including seeing her father and his secretary in a compromising position, and have a nice life. Sloane is an ice-skater who has to much pressure in her shoulders. Because of the elections, her family decides to ship her off to a skating camp in Canada. This way she will get better as a skater and her family would be perfect.

  Sloane Devon Jacobs is pretty much the opposite of Sloane Emily. She is a rough hockey player with many problems, including anger management and  performing anxiety, which keeps her from scoring. For her, this is horrible, because a hockey scholarship  is her only way to get out of town. She need to get over this fear and her only choice is going to a hockey camp in Canada.

  Then they meet each other and realize that they are both running away from their problems so they decide to switch lives for the rest of the summer.

  This isn't my favorite book by Lauren Morril but I liked it. It was full of every day problems and a bunch of cute romance. I really liked every single character, there were unique in their own ways and the author made every single one of them special. I think i'm going to start calling Lauren Morril "The Queen of Contemporary Romance".



Rating:

3/5


Monday, March 9, 2015

Vanishing Girls (ARC)

Posted by Book Hooked at 2:45 PM 2 comments
*I received a Digital ARC of this book from Harper Collins through Edelweiss for an honest review*
Publishing Date: March 10, 2015
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Synopsis:

"New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping story about two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident.

Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it's too late.

In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.

"Alarming and uplifting, a rare psychological thriller that has a kind heart at its center. Read it with all the lights on." -- E. Lockhart, author of We Were Liars.
 " (Taken from; Good Reads)


Review:

  Even though Nicole and Dara are sisters, they are practically best friends. That is until Dara starts getting wild and they get into a car accident, where Nicole gets blamed. After this, they decide to ignore each other and go on with their lives.

  Thanks to their parent’s divorce, Dara has to live with their mom and Nick with their dad. Due to constant and unwise decisions their dad decides to send Nicole to spend some time with their mom. They continue to ignore each other until Dara disappears during the day of her birthday. But she isn’t the only one, a little girl, Madeline Snow, also disappeared.  Nick is desperate and she starts doing everything in her power to find her sister. During this process, she can’t help but think that both disappearances have something in common.

  When I started reading this book I got the impression that it was going to be a contemporary read but then it became mysterious and thrilling. The ending of this book was OUTSANDING, I really wasn’t expecting what happened.  

  Another thing I really liked is the development of the characters and how Lauren Oliver gives us some of Dara’s thoughts. Even though most of the book is in Nicole’s point of view, we get an entrance to Dara’s diary.

  For those of you who are wondering if there is any romance in the book, there is some but the book is centered on the relationship between Nicole and Dara.

  This book was so much more than I expected. Lauren Oliver never fails to amaze me, her writing style is so beautiful and compelling, it’s almost unbelievable. I must say that this is my favorite book from her so far. I really liked it and found it impossible to put down.


Rating:

4/5
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Friday, March 6, 2015

Twenty Boy Summer

Posted by Book Hooked at 3:25 PM 2 comments
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Synopsis:

""Don’t worry, Anna. I’ll tell her, okay? Just let me think about the best way to do it."
"Okay."
"Promise me? Promise you won’t say anything?"
"Don’t worry.” I laughed. “It’s our secret, right?"


According to Anna’s best friend, Frankie, twenty days in Zanzibar Bay is the perfect opportunity to have a summer fling, and if they meet one boy every day, there’s a pretty good chance Anna will find her first summer romance. Anna lightheartedly agrees to the game, but there’s something she hasn’t told Frankie–she’s already had her romance, and it was with Frankie’s older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago.

TWENTY BOY SUMMER explores what it truly means to love someone, what it means to grieve, and ultimately, how to make the most of every beautiful moment life has to offer." (Taken from; Good Reads)


Review:

This book is about Anna and her best friend Frankie trying to enjoy a summer together after Frankie's' brother, Matt, death. They make a plan to meet one boy for each day they spend on summer vacations. But their plans don't turn out exactly as they wanted them to. Anna is hiding the truth about her relationship with Matt before he died and Frankie has secrets of her own.

I really enjoyed this book. I sympathized with Anna and her struggles and with Frankie and her behavior. The characters weren't exactly really developed at first, but they grew throughout the book. One thing I really liked about this book is how the parents are there. I don't know if it makes sense, but some books don't present the parental figures.

In my opinion, this book portrayed the reality of loss in a family pretty accurately. If you are going to read this book, I would recommend you to do it during summer.

Rating:

3/5

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Forgive me, Leonard Peacock

Posted by Book Hooked at 3:14 PM 2 comments
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Synopsis:

"Today is Leonard Peacock’s birthday. It is also the day he hides a gun in his backpack. Because today is the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather’s P-38 pistol.

But first he must say good-bye to the four people who matter most to him: his Humphrey Bogart-obsessed next-door neighbor, Walt; his classmate, Baback, a violin virtuoso; Lauren, the Christian homeschooler he has a crush on; and Herr Silverman, who teaches the high school’s class on the Holocaust. Speaking to each in turn, Leonard slowly reveals his secrets as the hours tick by and the moment of truth approaches.

In this riveting look at a day in the life of a disturbed teenage boy, acclaimed author Matthew Quick unflinchingly examines the impossible choices that must be made—and the light in us all that never goes out." (Taken from; Good Reads)


Review:

This novel is well written, beautiful, powerful, and heart breaking. It follows Leonard Peacock during the day of his birthday. He has chosen this day to commit suicide. This after giving the people he loves the most a couple of gifts to remember him by and killing a boy in his school. I love how every single character matters. Every single one of them is realistic and a big part of the novel. I need to say that this isn't a happy read, as you can probably see. I found some parts difficult to read, not because the book was bad or boring, but because it was really strong. This is one of those books that everyone should read.


Rating:

5/5


 

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