Here Lies Bridget by Paige Harbison

Here Lies Bridget by Paige Harbison
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Released: January 18, 2011
Source: Bought
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Cover: 4 out of 5 stars

From GoodReads:
What do you do when the five people you meet in limbo all want you to go to hell?

Bridget Duke is the uncontested ruler of her school. The meanest girl with the biggest secret insecurities. And when new girl Anna Judge arrives, things start to fall apart for Bridget: friends don’t worship as attentively, teachers don’t fall for her wide-eyed “who me?” look, expulsion looms ahead and the one boy she’s always loved—Liam Ward—can barely even look at her anymore.

When a desperate Bridget drives too fast and crashes her car, she ends up in limbo, facing everyone she’s wronged and walking a few uncomfortable miles in their shoes. Now she has only one chance to make a last impression. Though she might end up dead, she has one last shot at redemption and the chance to right the wrongs she’s inflicted on the people who mean the most to her.

And Bridget’s about to learn that, sometimes, saying you’re sorry just isn’t enough.

~ My Review:
I honestly have to say that I hated Bridget for most of the book. I liked her a little better near the end, but not much. I could never understand how someone could do so many hurtful things to other people, knowing that it is wrong and feeling slightly guilty, and yet still doing it. Not even caring when a friend of hers nearly gets arrested for running an errand for Bridget’s party. I applaud Michelle’s decision near the end, and the author for writing it that way. Things can’t always just go back to the way they were.

This book is short, a little over 200 pages. I felt it could easily have been extended to 300 or so, to flesh out the story more. The end felt rushed. Bridget spent hardly any time on each person she needed to make it right with, and her motivation seemed a little selfish. Yes she didn’t want to die, but that’s not necessarily why she should be trying to amend the wrongdoings she has done. Bridget should make that attempt because it’s right, whether it means she lives or dies.

Loving the Reviews Challenge

Loving the Reviews Challenge

I will be joining in this challenge hosted by Sniffly Kitty’s Mostly Books and Blkosiner’s Book Blog.

I’ll be making a page for this challenge where you’ll be able to find a list of books as I review them, since I haven’t decided what all I’m going to be reading for the month of February. Plus I don’t want to put a limit and then fall short. I’m looking forward to this!

In My Mailbox (3)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren, showcasing what you received in the mail, bought, or borrowed from friends or the library for that week. So here’s what I got this week! All links lead you to the GoodReads pages for the books.
For Review:
Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter (03/29/2011) – Thanks ER from St Martin’s Griffin!
From the Library: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Bought: Here Lies Bridget by Paige Harbison
Bought: The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
So yes, that is what I received this week, what did you get?

Need by Carrie Jones

Need by Carrie Jones
Published by: Bloomsbury
Released: December 28, 2008
Source: Bought
Rating: 3/5
Cover: 3/5

From GoodReads:
Zara White suspects there’s a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She’s also obsessed with phobias. And it’s true, she hasn’t exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane…but Zara’s pretty sure her mom just can’t deal with her right now.

She couldn’t be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara’s overactive imagination. In fact, he’s still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There’s something not right – not human – in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara.

In this creepy, compelling breakout novel, Carrie Jones delivers romance, suspense, and a creature you never thought you’d have to fear.

My Review:
Need was a different take on the paranormal than what I’ve read before. While it did have weres, I don’t know that I’ve read a book specifically with pixies before. Blood-sucking pixies. Definitely different, and interesting.

So many secrets are revealed in this book. One after another, I was kept constantly guessing. The love interest, however, was obvious, but I’m happy with the way it ended up, even though I could have done with a little less of them mesmerized by each other.

I’ll definitely be reading Captivate soon. I’m interested in seeing where the story goes after this. Fans of the paranormal genre should definitely add this to their plan to read shelves!

Follow Friday & Blogger Hop (1)

Follow My Book Blog Friday is hosted, as you can see, by Parajunkee.
And to answer the question:

What is/was your favorite subject in school?

My favorite subject in school was history. Especially ancient history. Loved learning about Rome, Egypt, Greece, everything and anything B.C.

Book Blogger Hop
“What book are you most looking forward to seeing published in 2011?  Why are you anticipating that book?”

Twilight’s Dawn by Anne Bishop, one of my favorite authors of all time. I’ve read all of the Black Jewel’s Realm books, as well as her Fae trilogy, and Ephemera duology. I just love her.

Fallen Angel by Heather Terrell

I was a little too busy yesterday to do this, but I did get it done today!

Fallen Angel by Heather Terrell
Publisher: Harper Teen
Released: December 28, 2010
Source: Bought
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Cover: 4 out of 5 stars

From Amazon:
A new guy named Michael has been watching Ellie at school. It is soon revealed that he remembers Ellie from a trip their families took years ago, though Ellie has no similar recollection. But being near Michael awakens her desire to learn the truth about herself, which seems that only Michael knows. Guess what? Her recurrent dreams about flying are not dreams after all, as the two really can fly. That’s not all: both teens can read people’s thoughts, and each has developed a taste for blood. Ellie fears that they are vampires until her parents finally tell her the truth about the biblical story of fallen angels. Soon evil is following Ellie, and the teens are forced to choose which side of the ancient battle to align with.

~~~~~ My Review:
I absolutely loved the second half of this book. The first half, not so much.

Ellie meets Michael within the first few chapters and seems to love him from the moment she sees him, which brought to mind Twilight. And Twilight was there to stay when Ellie and Michael believed that they’re vampires. And while I did end up liking the way the author incorporated vampires into the story, I didn’t like thinking about another book during my reading.

In regards to Ellie and Michael themselves, they were very underdeveloped. Sure Ellie goes around saving the world one third world country at a time with her parents, and same with Michael and his parents, but what hobbies do they like? What music? Anything? We’re given nothing in this regard. I did like Ruth though. I hope to see more of her in Eternity.

The second half of the book the ardour considerably cooled, thankfully. Ellie goes on the run to protect her friends and familes, and to find out why she’s so special. I liked the idea of her heading to England to talk to the Professor, so I was disappointed when the story went in another direction.

Overall, I liked this book enough that I will be reading Eternity when it’s released, to find out what happens to everyone, especially with the bomb dropped towards the end. Fans of Twilight, you’ll probably love this book, so it’ll be a must read for you.

In My Mailbox (2)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren, showcasing what you received in the mail, bought, or borrowed from friends or the library for that week.

Boy this week went by fast. Here’s what I bought this week! None of it actually came in the mail. All links go to their GoodReads page.

Dragon Blood (Hurog #2) by Patricia Briggs
Dragon Bones (Hurog #1) by Patricia Briggs
The Hob’s Bargain by Patricia Briggs
Need (Need #1) by Carrie Jones
Captivate (Need #2) by Carrie Jones
Vampire Academy (#1) by Richelle Mead
Beautiful Creatures (Castor Chronicles #1) by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
So that’s what I got this week, what did you guys get?

The Friday 56 (1)

Since I’ve started Fallen Angel by Heather Terrell, which will be the next book I review, I thought I could use this opportunity to share a small sample of the book! This meme is hosted by Freda’s Voice.

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence that grabs you.
*Post it.

Fallen Angel by Heather Terrell

“Before I could reach the rocky cliffs bordering the ocean, I noticed a clear blue light coming from a house near the beach – a serious departure from my dream’s customary path.”

I’m nearly halfway done with it already, so the review should be up Sunday hopefully.

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Publisher: Razorbill
Released: January 11, 2011
Source: Bought
Rating: 5/5
Cover: 5/5

From GoodReads:
A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.
Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone-one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship-tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.
Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

My Review:
All I can say is wow. I couldn’t put this book down. Except for Orson Scott Card’s Ender series, and one or two other books, I tend to stay away from Science Fiction. I heard somewhere though that this is a science fiction for people who don’t like science fiction, and that is completely true, in my opinion.

I loved Amy. The idea of being frozen but still concious in some way, dreaming for seemingly an eternity, only to be woken up early really hit me. I felt for her, felt her pain at her loss. For her age she handled it extremely well. Seventeen years old and dealing with leaving your life behind for the unknown, and then having that taken from you.

While I did have a nagging feeling about who was committing the murders of the frozens, and the attempted murder of Amy, there were plenty other mysteries and secrets revealed to keep me shocked and entertained, and somewhat disturbed. And the ending shocker. Boy was I not expecting that, but after thinking about it, it made sense.

About the romance aspect of the book, between Elder and Amy, it didn’t really develop how I thought it would. I can’t quite accept how this aspect of the book ends up, but I can understand why it came about the way it did.

Overall, awesome book. A must read for anyone who loves young adult books.

Waiting on Wednesday (1)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, showcasing an upcoming release that you’re looking forward to. Here’s mine for this week!

The Demon Trapper’s Daughter by Jana Oliver

From Amazon:

Riley Blackthorne just needs a chance to prove herself – and that’s exactly what the demons are counting on…

Seventeen-year-old Riley, the only daughter of legendary Demon Trapper, Paul Blackthorne, has always dreamed of following in her father’s footsteps.  The good news is, with human society seriously disrupted by economic upheaval and Lucifer increasing the number of demons in all major cities, Atlanta’s local Trappers’ Guild needs all the help they can get – even from a girl. When she’s not keeping up with her homework or trying to manage her growing crush on fellow apprentice, Simon, Riley’s out saving distressed citizens from foul-mouthed little devils – Grade One Hellspawn only, of course, per the strict rules of the Guild. Life’s about as normal as can be for the average demon-trapping teen.

But then a Grade Five Geo-Fiend crashes Riley’s routine assignment at a library, jeopardizing her life and her chosen livelihood.  And, as if that wasn’t bad enough, sudden tragedy strikes the Trappers’ Guild, spinning Riley down a more dangerous path than she ever could have imagined. As her whole world crashes down around her, who can Riley trust with her heart – and her life?

This title is being released on February 1, 2011 

What are you looking forward to this week?