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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

"Die for Me" by Amy Plum

In the City of Lights, two star-crossed lovers battle a fate that is destined to tear them apart again and again for eternity.
When Kate Mercier's parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life--and memories--behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.
Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate's guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he's a revenant--an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again.
In this incandescent debut, newcomer Amy Plum has created a powerful paranormal mythology with immortal revenants. The Paris setting comes enchantingly alive as a relentless struggle between good and evil takes place in its streets. Rich with romance, atmosphere, and thrills, Die for Me will leave readers breathlessly awaiting its sequel.

I'll admit to being a sucker for a pretty cover, but lately I've seen some beautiful covers that end up having not so beautiful stories inside. That is not the case here :0) I thoroughly enjoyed myself while reading "Die for Me". I thought the premise was really unique, I haven't personally ever read about this kind of paranormal before. I liked the fact that the main character didn't suction cup herself to the cute boy immediately, and I liked the fact that she was torn about her decision toward him once she found out the truth. It seemed more realistic, or at least as realistic as you can get with something that is fiction :0) It's probably a little biased, but this book automatically got brownie points from me, for being set in France. When I was in high school I took a trip there and I love anything that reminds me of how great of time I had then!
Definitely recommended! :0)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

"Beauty Queens" by Libba Bray

The fifty contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner.
What's a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program--or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan--or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?
Welcome to the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Your tour guide? None other than Libba Bray, the hilarious, sensational, Printz Award-winning author of A Great and Terrible Beauty and Going Bovine. The result is a novel that will make you laugh, make you think, and make you never see beauty the same way again.

First let me start by saying this, I am in love with Libba Bray's sense of humor and sarcasm. I knew this book and I were going to get along when it started off with a public service announcement type letter to the reader. Don't be fooled by the excessive make-up and perfect pageant waves, these beauty queens are quite resourceful. This book was funny and sarcastic, but there were also a whole heap of serious issues going on within and between these girls. Maybe a few too many issues crammed onto one island, but then again I breezed through this book and really enjoyed myself, so I guess those issues weren't too distracting. Some of the character names in this book were priceles, MoMo B. ChaCha, come on now!! And I'm pretty sure my absolute favorite character was the pirate SinJin St. SinJin. So Good! There are the obvious comparisons that can be made to 'Lost' and 'Lord of the Flies', and while those comparisons aren't completely wrong, I'd say this book really stands on its own. Personally, I don't ever remember laughing out loud like this while reading 'Lord of the Flies' or watching 'Lost'. Two thumbs up in my book :0) Highly Recommended!


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