Reading: Firsts and Lasts of 2011

TGIF is a feature over GReads to re-cap the week’s posts & to propose a question for all the followers.

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First & Last: What was the first book you read in 2011 and the last you finished in 2011? How do you feel about these books? Would you recommend them to other readers?
Holy crap, Y’all, I CANNOT believe that 2012 is almost upon us. This year completely FLEW by. Thank goodness that there were some awesome, kick-ass books to keep us occupied this year. But enough about my ramblings, let’s get to the matter at hand, shall we?
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Across the Universe was the First book I read in 2011.  I was hearing a lot about this book from various book related bloggers, and I thought to myself, why the heck not?  It was a debut author and the COVER. OMG, the cover. Isn’t that a beaut? The cover attracted me like no other…and guess what?!?! It’s reversible for the boys.  I loved this book. LOVED this book.  The plot was OMGosh amaze.  I also got to meet Beth at her launch party (Which was delayed by some ‘freak’ snowstorm in the southern states!) in North Carolina. I would definitely recommend this book to other readers. This book definitely got me back into the swing of reading again. Oh and the ending……you’ll just have to read it for yourself!

…and the last was this fantastic awesome second book from THE Cassandra Clare.  If you haven’t read this book (or The Infernal Devices/Mortal Instruments series) what is WRONG with you? This book is my favorite out of the trilogy so far. The twists and turns and angsty love… more please. I thought that I was Team Will…but by the end of this novel, I am definitely Team Jem. Or I might still be Team Will….Can’t I have them both? If you haven’t read this…..shame on you!

So happy 2012 and I will see you all next year!

Waiting on Wednesday #27 – The Selection

10507293From Goodreads:
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself- and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Why I am Waiting on It: OMG THE COVER! While I am a bit tired of the “Girl-in-Pretty-Dress” cover this one is gorgeous. And I really like the plot of this novel– caste systems, princes and competing for a crown? Love it.

Can’t wait for this book coming out: April 24, 2012

Book Review: Shattered Souls

Yani’s Review:

I read this book a while back and when I tried to write this review, I remembered I liked it, but I couldn’t remember why. Then I found my notes. This book reminds me of a mix of Fallen and Angelfire, while still standing out and being original. I enjoyed both those books and will definitely add this one to the list of books I look forward to reading a sequel.
I had some issues with the characters, Zak is an idiot in my opinion. And spoiler alert

I also felt like the synopsis in the back of the book is misleading, but I kinda liked that I was surprised. That doesn’t happen often.
My Review in a Tweet: Not an amazingly memorable book, but I really enjoyed it. The ending left my Soul Shattered and I look forward to more by Mary Lindsey :)

Ratings:

Plot Development: 8/10
Writing Style: 7/10
Characters: 8/10
Pace: 8/10
Uniqueness: 6/10
Ease of Reading: 8/10