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Book Trailer Thurdsday (3): Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan

I know I’ve already reviewed this book but I can’t stress enough how much I enjoyed it. This is LaBan’s debut YA novel and I can’t wait for her to write another one.

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Waiting on Wednesday: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.  It’s designed for bloggers to spotlight the upcoming releases that they simply can’t wait to read.

5th Wave Title: 5th Wave

Autor: Rick Yancey

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

Release Date: May 7, 2013

Summary (from Goodreads): After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

Get a free sample of the 1st chapter here!

The 1st Wave

The 2nd Wave

The 3rd Wave

I was lucky enough to get the first 70 pages in a special ARC at NCTE and am looking forward to reading the remainder of the book.

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Review: Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg

Revenge of the Girl with the Great PersonalityTitle: Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality

Author: Elizabeth Eulberg

Published: March 1, 2013

Publisher: Point

Interests: contemporary ya, realistic, humor, family

Summary (from Goodreads): Everybody loves Lexi. She’s popular, smart, funny…but she’s never been one of those girls, the pretty ones who get all the attention from guys. And on top of that, her seven-year-old sister, Mackenzie, is a terror in a tiara, and part of a pageant scene where she gets praised for her beauty (with the help of fake hair and tons of makeup).
Lexi’s sick of it. She’s sick of being the girl who hears about kisses instead of getting them. She’s sick of being ignored by her longtime crush, Logan. She’s sick of being taken for granted by her pageant-obsessed mom. And she’s sick of having all her family’s money wasted on a phony pursuit of perfection.
The time has come for Lexi to step out from the sidelines. Girls without great personalities aren’t going to know what hit them. Because Lexi’s going to play the beauty game – and she’s in it to win it

Review: This is a humorous and, at times, heartbreaking, quick read.  I really like Lexi and her friends Benny and Cam. Benny and Cam reminded me a little of the Damian and Janis from Mean Girls. In fact, there is little of Mean Girls in this book–Lexi is trying to fit in with the “Beautiful People” by giving herself a makeover. The makeover part then led me to think about She’s All That. Both movies happen to on my favorite movies list so it was nice to see the connections in the book, whether they were intended or not. And of course, you can’t read this book without thinking about Toddlers & Tiaras or Honey Boo Boo. Lexi’s little sister, Mackenzie, participates in all things pageant every weekend and poor Lexi is forced to endure all things pageant too. I couldn’t help but laugh out loud when Lexi is forced to put butt glue on her seven-year-old sister for the bikini competition. Lexi’s descriptions of high school are humorous and, dare I say, fairly accurate. I don’t want to give anything away but I did love the way book ended.

I’m looking forward to reading Eulberg’s other titles: The Lonely Hearts Club, Prom & Prejudice and Take  Bow. I think she has just become one of my favorite authors.

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It’s Finally Here: Requiem by Lauren Oliver

Requiem is available today!

I’m secretly happy that I jumped on the Oliver train late since I won’t have to wait so long for Requiem. However, I’m pretty sure I won’t get to read it right away since there are several students have laid claim to it already.

RequiemSummary (from Goodreads): 

They have tried to squeeze us out, to stamp us into the past.
But we are still here.
And there are more of us every day.
Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight.
After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven—pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor.
Maybe we are driven crazy by our feelings.
Maybe love is a disease, and we would be better off without it.
But we have chosen a different road.
And in the end, that is the point of escaping the cure: We are free to choose.
We are even free to choose the wrong thing.
Requiem is told from both Lena’s and Hana’s points of view. The two girls live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge

SINCE I WON’T GET TO READ IT RIGHT AWAY, I’M LOOKING FORWARD  TO THESE THREE BOOKS IN THE DELIRIUM SERIES:

Title: Annabel

Published: December 2012

AnnabelSummary (from Goodreads): Lena’s mother, Annabel, has always been a mystery—a ghost in Lena’s past. Until now.
Discover her secrets in Lauren Oliver’s brilliant original digital story set in the world of New York Times bestsellers Delirium and Pandemonium.
Lena Halloway’s mother, Annabel, supposedly committed suicide when Lena was only six years old. That’s the lie that Lena grew up believing, but the truth is very different. As a rebellious teenager, Annabel ran away from home and straight into the man she knew she was destined to marry. The world was different then—the regulations not as stringent, the cure only a decade old. Fast forward to the present, and Annabel is consigned to a dirty prison cell, where she nurtures her hope of escape and scratches one word over and over into the walls: Love.
But Annabel, like Lena, is a fighter. Through chapters that alternate between her past and present, Annabel reveals the story behind her failed cures, her marriage, the births of her children, her imprisonment, and, ultimately, her daring escape.

Title: Hana

Published: February 2011

HanaSummary (from Goodreads): The summer before they’re supposed to be cured of the ability to love, best friends Lena and Hana begin to drift apart. While Lena shies away from underground music and parties with boys, Hana jumps at her last chance to experience the forbidden. For her, the summer is full of wild music, dancing—and even her first kiss.
But on the surface, Hana must be a model of perfect behavior. She meets her approved match, Fred Hargrove, and glimpses the safe, comfortable life she’ll have with him once they marry. As the date for her cure draws ever closer, Hana desperately misses Lena, wonders how it feels to truly be in love, and is simultaneously terrified of rebelling and of falling into line.
In this digital story that will appeal to fans of Delirium and welcome new admirers to its world, readers will come to understand scenes from Delirium through Hana’s perspective. Hana is a touching and revealing look at a life-changing and tumultuous summer

Title: Raven

Published: March 5, 2013

RavenSummary (from Goodreads): This captivating 50-page digital-original story set in the world of Lauren Oliver’s New York Times bestselling Delirium series focuses on Raven, the fiery leader of a rebel group in the Wilds.
As a teenager, Raven made the split-second decision to flee across the border to the Wilds, compelled to save an abandoned newborn—a baby girl left for dead and already blue from the cold. When she and the baby are taken in by a band of rebels, Raven finds herself an outsider within a tight-knit group. The only other newcomer is an untrustworthy boy known as the Thief until he finally earns himself a new name: Tack.
Now she and Tack are inseparable, committed to each other, the fledgling rebellion, and a future together. But as they both take center stage in the fight, Raven must decide whether the dangers of the revolution are worth risking her dreams of a peaceful life with Tack.
As her story hurtles back and forth between past and present, Raven transforms from a scared girl newly arrived in the Wilds to the tough leader who helps Lena save former Deliria-Free poster boy Julian Fineman from a death sentence. Whatever the original mission may have been, Raven abides by a conviction that she believes to her core: You always return for the people you love.
By turns surprising, revelatory, and poignant, Raven’s story enriches the Delirium world and resonates with a voice that is as vulnerable as it is strong.

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