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Top Ten Tuesday: A Google Search

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme started by The Broke and Bookish.

I have always wondered what book titles would pop up if I searched Google for random stuff. Welp, here ya go! I’ve typed in random words, plus the word book, plus the letters YA and this is what I got.

My top ten for Google search.

Art + YA + Book

Angelfall

Angelfall by Susan Ee

It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel. Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl. Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again. Recommended for ages 16 and up.

(Goodreads | Amazon)

Phone + YA + Book

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

Why We Broke Up

I’m telling you why we broke up, Ed. I’m writing it in this letter, the whole truth of why it happened. Min Green and Ed Slaterton are breaking up, so Min is writing Ed a letter and giving him a box. Inside the box is why they broke up. Two bottle caps, a movie ticket, a folded note, a box of matches, a protractor, books, a toy truck, a pair of ugly earrings, a comb from a motel room, and every other item collected over the course of a giddy, intimate, heartbreaking relationship. Item after item is illustrated and accounted for, and then the box, like a girlfriend, will be dumped.

(Goodreads | Amazon)

Sex + YA + Book (My boss came up with this one; NOT me)

Chain Reaction

Chain Reaction (Perfect Chemistry #3) by Simone Elkeles

Like his brothers, Luis Fuentes is a risk taker; whether he’s scaling the Rocky Mountains or dreaming of a future as an astronaut, Luis is always looking for the next thrill. Nikki Cruz lives her life by certain rules ― don’t trust a boy who says “I love you”, boys lie to get their own way and never date a boy from the south side of Fairfield. Then she meets Luis at his brother Alex’s wedding and suddenly she’s tempted to break all her rules. Getting Nikki to give him a chance is Luis’s biggest challenge, until he finds himself targeted by the head of the gang that nearly destroyed his brothers’ lives. Will Luis’s feelings for Nikki be enough to stop him from entering a dark and violent world that could prove to be the ultimate risk?

(Goodreads | Amazon)

Tree + YA + Book

Beautiful Creatures

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohe*

There were no surprises in Gatlin County.
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.
At least, that’s what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn’t have been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

(Goodreads | Amazon)

Power + YA + Book

The Sixth Power by Carol NicolasThe Sixth Power

Tania Westing, a high school senior, is one of the Gifted Ones, descendants of an ancient family with seven special powers. Some of the powers are common, and some are rare.

Until her geneticist brother Tom was murdered, Tania lived an ordinary life. Now hidden in her mind is a clue that will reveal Tom’s research, including secret formulas to unlock all seven powers. During spring break, Tania meets and falls in love with handsome Dan Maclean. When Tania reveals her rare power to heal, the evil Gifted Ones who killed Tom suspect Tania has his research and formulas and come after her. Tania must learn to use her powers to help save Dan’s sister in time to keep Tom’s secrets safe.

(Goodreads | Amazon)

Bird + YA + Book

Fangirl

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love. 

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . .

But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

(Goodreads | Amazon)

Free + YA + Book

Hallowed (Unearthly #2) by Cynthia Hand*

HallowedFor months Clara Gardner trained to face the fire from her visions, but she wasn’t prepared for the choice she had to make that day. And in the aftermath, she discovered that nothing about being part angel is as straightforward as she thought.

Now, torn between her love for Tucker and her complicated feelings about the roles she and Christian seem destined to play in a world that is both dangerous and beautiful, Clara struggles with a shocking revelation: Someone she loves will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning.

In this compelling sequel to Unearthly, Cynthia Hand captures the joy of first love, the anguish of loss, and the confusion of becoming who you are.

(Goodreads | Amazon)

Sing + YA + Book

Sing Me to Sleep by Angela Morrison*SingMetoSleep_FINAL.indd

THE TRANSFORMATION

Beth has always been ?The Beast??that?s what everyone at school calls her because of her awkward height, facial scars, and thick glasses. Beth?s only friend is geeky, golden-haired Scott. That is, until she?s selected to be her choir?s soprano soloist, and receives the makeover that will change her life forever.

THE LOVE AFFAIR

When Beth?s choir travels to Switzerland, she meets Derek: pale, brooding, totally dreamy. Derek?s untethered passion?for music, and for Beth?leaves her breathless. Because in Derek?s eyes? She?s not The Beast, she?s The Beauty.

THE IMPOSSIBLE CHOICE

When Beth comes home, Scott, her best friend in the world, makes a confession that leaves her completely torn. Should she stand by sweet, steady Scott or follow the dangerous, intense new feelings she has for Derek?

THE HEARTBREAK

The closer Beth gets to Derek, the further away he seems. Then Beth discovers that Derek?s been hiding a dark secret from her ?one that could shatter everything.

(Goodreads | Amazon)

Crazy + YA + Book

Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi*

Shatter Me

I have a curse.
I have a gift.

I’m a monster.
I’m more than human.

My touch is lethal.
My touch is power.

I am their weapon.
I will fight back.

No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon.But Juliette has plans of her own. After a lifetime without freedom, she’s finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she’d lost forever.

(Goodreads | Amazon)

Run + YA + Book

Run for the Roses by Rachel Schieffelbein

Run for the RosesAbigail Conrad has spent her whole life training for one goal: to win the roses at the Arabian Youth Nationals. She’s given up friends, a social life, and doesn’t have time to even think about guys — much less date!

Now that she’s headed off to college in the fall, it’s her last chance to be a Youth National Champion, and she won’t let anything distract her from that dream.

Except maybe Chase, the older brother of Abigail’s biggest rival. He’s charming, funny, and possibly Abigail’s biggest problem. How can she focus on riding when her mind keeps wandering to Chase’s green eyes and confident smile?

With her dream on the line, Abigail had better learn to fight her growing attraction to Chase, or she might end up losing the roses and the guy.

(Goodreads | Amazon)

Some of these I have read and think are pretty great (*). The others, I have no idea if they are good nor have I ever heard of them.

Happy Reading!


Review: Starters (Starters #1) by Lissa Price

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(Goodreads | Amazon)

“HER WORLD IS CHANGED FOREVER

Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie’s only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.

He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie’s head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator’s grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations’ plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined. . . .”

Let’s get started. … See what I did there? See that? If you missed it, I’ll tell you what I did there. It was a pun! Get it!? No? Well, then I’m sorry you didn’t get it.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads. I will admit the fact that the cover delayed my reading of this book, but once I opened the cover, I couldn’t put it down (more like didn’t want to, seeing as how I had to put it down to eat, sleep, work and use the restroom).

There were some pros and cons (what is a book without pros and cons) to this book in my opinion.

Pros: Well written; the story just flowed. I didn’t feel like it stayed one tone too long, nor was it too fast a pace. Character development was well thought out; I mean, you really get a feel for who these characters are. Great story line; I thought is was unique enough that I didn’t feel as though I have read it before.  THE ENDING! Literally left my jaw on the floor. Really! I had to pick it up, dust it off, and clean up the saliva I left on the floor.

Cons: (I’m no writer, so this opinion is just that. An opinion. Obviously Price did something right, or this book wouldn’t have been such a success) I thought that the beginning of the book could have been a little stronger.; it’s not something that I can place my finger upon and say, “This. This is what is the problem.” – I just feel as though something is missing from the beginning. I wish there could have been more conflict with some of the secondary characters; maybe get a feel for why, exactly, a certain someone decided to become a starter.

Any-who, those are all just my opinions. Some may not make much sense to you (either because 1. You haven’t read it, or 2. You think the story is great just the way it is written and wouldn’t change a thing.), but this is just how I feel.

Price really knows how to line ’em up and knock ’em down. Well, done! I recommend this book to any reader who is looking for a nail-biting dystopian read.


Review: Stung by Bethany Wiggins

13517444(Goodreads|Amazon)

There is no cure for being stung.

Fiona doesn’t remember going to sleep. But when she opens her eyes, she discovers her entire world has been altered—her house is abandoned and broken, and the entire neighborhood is barren and dead. Even stranger is the tattoo on her right hand—a black oval with five marks on either side—that she doesn’t remember getting but somehow knows she must cover at any cost. She’s right.

Those bearing the tattoo have turned into mindless, violent beasts that roam the streets and sewers, preying upon the unbranded while a select few live protected inside a fortress-like wall, their lives devoted to rebuilding society and killing all who bear the mark.

Now Fiona has awakened branded, alone—and on the wrong side of the wall.

I have read many-a-mixed reviews about this book; some of which are quite comical! (Thank you Goodreads.com)

I found this book quite the little reader. I devoured it as if it were a cupcake in the clutches of an obese child; greedily and hungrily.  It wasn’t the best that I have read, nor was it the worst.

While the plot was intriguing and the characters were well developed, I didn’t much care for the redundancy throughout or the fact that our dear heroine was strong one minute and weak the next (now, I get that in her mind, she was still a thirteen-year-old girl, but still).

If you do plan to read this book, take heed and form your own opinion about it. There are so many colors of opinions about this book and not all are kind.


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