Friday, December 28, 2012

Top 12 books I read in 2012

Hey y'all! So I decided to put together my top reads of 2012. Like always I use the year to determine how many bests I get. Last year was the top 11, so this year of course is the top 12.
My rules are it must be a YA book, it can't be a re-read, must be reviewed on my site and only one book per author. The top spot this year is a 3 way tie. I know right? Awesome! I know we still have a few days left, but I don't think any of the books I am reading will be finished and have a review in time to qualify. So, without any more waiting here is my list:

12) The White Glove War  by Katie Crouch and Grady Hendrix.
My review.

 11) Wentworth Hall by Abby Grahame
My Review.

10) If I Lie by Corrine Jackson
My Review.

9) Body and Soul by Stacey Kade
My Review.

8) Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
 My Review.

7) Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins
My Review.

6) The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg
My Review.

5) Something Like Normal by Trish Dollar
My Review.

4) The Elite by Kiera Cass
My Review.

And now, the 3 books tied for first place are by author last name:

Personal Effects by E.M. Kokie
My Review.

Dust and Decay by Jonathan Maberry
My Review.

If I Should Die by Amy Plum
My Review.


So say we all!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Dust and Decay

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (September 11, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1442402369
  • Author: Jonathan Maberry
  • Cover art: Love the black and white look.
  • Over all rating: ***** out of 5 stars
  • Obtained: My personal book shelf.

Dust and Decay by Jonathan Maberry
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.

Six months have passed since the terrifying battle with Charlie Pink-eye and the Motor City Hammer in the zombie-infested mountains of the Rot & Ruin. It’s also six months since Benny Imura and Nix Riley saw something in the air that changed their lives. Now, after months of rigorous training with Benny’s zombie-hunter brother Tom, Benny and Nix are ready to leave their home forever and search for a better future. Lilah the Lost Girl and Benny’s best friend Lou Chong are going with them. Sounds easy. Sounds wonderful. Except that everything that can go wrong does. Before they can even leave there is a shocking zombie attack in town. But as soon as they step into the Rot & Ruin they are pursued by the living dead, wild animals, insane murderers and the horrors of Gameland –where teenagers are forced to fight for their lives in the zombie pits. Worst of all…could the evil Charlie Pink-eye still be alive?

In the great Rot & Ruin everything wants to kill you. Everything…and not everyone in Benny’s small band of travelers will make it out alive. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)

While reading this book, I went through a deep personal loss. Reading this I really understood some of the losses that the characters were going through. Through talking about this book before I finished it with a fellow blogger, I learned about the events of the last chapter. After finding out what was going to happen and my personal loss, I set the book down for a few weeks refusing to open it, knowing what was in store for the characters I have come to love. Especially Tom. Holy cow I LOVE Tom!

Once I picked the book back up, I was glad I did, even though I knew what was going to happen, I wasn't looking forward to it, but I so wanted to know the how and why of the ending. So, I read the last chapter, I cried along with Nix and the others. It made me think of my own loss and how books epically ones like this really touch people. 

It's not often that books come into a person's life that they really identify with. This is one of those books/ series. Yes, it deals with zombies, but that is such a small part of the story. The story deals with so much more and has so much more depth to it. Yes, it's great fun to read and yes the characters are amazing. 

Benny grows so much in this book and he and Nix grow together in many ways. Tom is still as bad ass as ever in this one. I really loved J-Dog and Dr. Skillz! They were hilarious! I do hope we get to see more of them in the next book. Sally was pretty neat too, but I liked J-Dog more. Tom is still my favorite by far, gotta love Tom!

The dialoug of this book was presented very well, the Lost Girl, opens up a bit more, but she never lost that wall that she has. She still protects herself, but not in a way that makes you dislike her character, which is really hard to do. Maberry is a fantastic author!

If you haven't read it yet, please pick up this story and read it, you will not regret it. I can't wait to open up book three to see if the why of the ending of this book is answered. I love this series!

So say we all!

Friday, December 7, 2012

The Elite early review

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (April 23, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 0062059963
  • Author: Kiera Cass
  • Cover art: Love it!
  • Overall rating: *****(5) out of 5 stars
  •  Obtained: From the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

The Elite by Kiera Cass
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.

Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)

I loved the first installment of Cass' The Selection series.  I was eagerly waiting to read book two, and let me just say WOW! This one was even better then the first. It picks up after the first one leaves off with only the six remaining girls the Elite. America, Natalie, Elise, Marlee, Kriss and Celeste are the lucky six chosen by Maxon to stay in the palace.
The girls face new challenges and more eliminations in this book. We get to see Maxon and America grow as characters in this book while learning some new things about some of the other girls. I really like the friendship between America and Marliee. 
We get to see a new side to both Maxon and Aspen which was terrific! There were a few plot twists in this one, that I anticipated happening and some new ones that I never would have guessed.
Cass is a talented writer and tells such a fabulous tale. I had to force myself to stop reading the book to make it last longer. It's one of those books where you sit down to read a chapter and 30 chapters later you realize you need to be doing other things, but the story is too good to put down!
The descriptions of the rooms and the parties were just amazing, Cass has a talent for making the reader feel like you are right there with her characters in the same room and can see, taste and smell the surroundings! I have a few thoughts on what may happen in book three and I am thoroughly excited to see what happens in the last book!
If you have yet to pick up this series I highly encourage you to! The Elite is due out April 23, 2013, so if you pick up The Selection now, you can be all caught up for book 2. Believe me, you don't want to miss this series!

So say we all!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Important Update

Due to the loss of a very important relationship and close friend, my internet will be spotty for a short time while I gather my emotions. Reviews will resume soon. Thank you for your understanding during this very difficult time. I will be picking a blogger to send a RAK to in a week or so when I get paid so I am looking forward to that to be able to send someone joy.