The Distance Between Us

January 15th, 2014 | Posted by Paola in Contemporary | Review | Romance | YA Fiction - (2 Comments)

distancebetweenTITLE: The Distance Between Us

AUTHOR: Kasie West

GENRE: YA Contemporary

PUBLISHED: 2013, Harper Teen; Paperback – 312 pages

ALSO SEE: Pivot Point

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she’s beginning to enjoy his company. (From Goodreads)

Two things: (1) This book was adorable ajdjksfh and (2) Okay, Xander. I am thoroughly charmed. YOU CAN STOP IT NOW. Seriously! I really, really enjoyed The Distance Between Us. As someone who tends to shy away from contemporary, I feel like this is saying something. It’s both undeniably fun and terribly funny. And while the plot twists weren’t what I’d call earth-shattering, it didn’t really matter to me because I loved Caymen and Xander so much. It’s definitely the characters that define this one. And okay, I appreciated all the humor too. I can never resist a book that makes me laugh this hard.

(more…)

The Rook

March 25th, 2013 | Posted by Paola in Science Fiction | Series - (0 Comments)

022_therookTITLE: The Rook

SERIES: The Checquy Files, #1

AUTHOR: Daniel O’Malley

GENRE: Science Fiction

FORMAT: eBook, 487 pages

Imagine this: a young woman wakes up in the middle of a London park surrounded by a ring of dead bodies. She’s got two black eyes, numerous wounds and bruises, and a note in her jacket pocket that says, “Dear You: The body you are wearing used to be mine.” Thus begins the whirlwind adventure of Myfanwy Thomas, or at least the new Myfanwy Thomas — the one who has absolutely no recollection of who she is. Using the letters and copious research of her previous self, she embarks on a mission to discover who betrayed her, leaving her to die. She learns that she is, in fact, a member of a top secret organization that is the equivalent of a secret service for the supernatural. She also learns that she has supernatural powers of her own, powers that make her both a valuable asset and a dangerous enemy. In a hidden world masked by bureaucracy and clever media manipulation, Myfanwy must navigate through a host of obstacles and match wits with those who want her conveniently dead.

I absolutely loved this book. Not only is it fresh, imaginative, and entertaining, it’s also terribly funny. Myfanwy proves to be a fun, fierce heroine who takes no prisoners, whether she’s fighting it out in the field or in the boardroom. Definitely an instant favorite for me. Read on to find out why!

(more…)

Warm Bodies

February 19th, 2013 | Posted by Paola in Fiction - (0 Comments)

warmbodiesTITLE: Warm Bodies

AUTHOR: Isaac Marion

FORMAT: eBook, 289 pages

You know, I never imagined I’d run into so many amazing zombie apocalypse books out there. It’s not precisely my kind of thing, but I read Alden Bell’s The Reapers Are the Angels last year and was completely floored by how incredibly good it was. Zombies, it turns out, are multifaceted beings. And Warm Bodies further proves that point, because it’s something more than a story about the world ending — it’s also a story of how the world could still be saved. It’s post-apocalyptic, it’s an observation on human nature, it’s a love story. A zombie love story. And since my awesome (2-person) book club decided that zombie love is still love, it was our pick for February. I’m definitely glad we chose this one. It’s witty, funny, and full of something you might not expect from a story involving the undead: life, love, and second chances.

R doesn’t remember who he was before he died. He lives with a cadre of other zombies in their makeshift settlement, once an airport, and every day is just another exercise in survival. He and his fellow zombies cling to life by taking it from others. It’s nothing personal, or so R believes, until the day he kills a young man named Perry Kelvin, eats his brain, and suddenly gains a fraction of this stranger’s memories. In those memories is a girl named Julie. After saving Julie from being killed and eaten herself, R begins to absorb more than Perry’s memories of her. For the first time, R feels something stirring in his long dead heart. It just might be love, and it just might be enough to change everything.

(more…)

Poison

February 17th, 2013 | Posted by Paola in ARC | Fantasy | YA Fiction - (1 Comments)

poisonTITLE: Poison

AUTHOR: Bridget Zinn

FORMAT: Digital ARC (NetGalley/Disney Hyperion), 290 pages

RELEASE DATE: March 12, 2013

This ridiculously excellent book tells a tale of subterfuge, unfortunately lacy underwear, a magical pig, a heroine with a tendency to resort to poisoned throwing needles, and an assassination gone wrong. If these things don’t manage to instantly pique your interest, I don’t know what will. They certainly had me hooked. In fact, I enjoyed Poison so much that all I want to do is give everyone in the world a copy. It’s clever, terribly funny, and a joy to read.

We meet our heroine (she of the throwing needles) for the very first time while she’s in the middle of breaking into her former flat. The Master Trio Potioners were once the kingdom’s premier poison-makers, and Kyra was the founding member. Business was booming, she was engaged, and everything was going extremely well. That is, until Kyra tried to kill the kingdom’s crown princess — and failed. Now she’s on the run, determined to finish what she started. Being the only one in the realm who knows how to avert a cataclysmic tragedy was hard enough without also knowing you have to kill your best friend in the bargain. It’s a race against time, and Kyra will need all of her wits, poisons, potions, and willpower in order to prevent her kingdom’s collapse. Well, and a magical pig. The pig is very important.

(more…)