Review: The Queen of Everything by Deb Caletti

The Queen of EverythingThe Queen of Everything by Deb Caletti
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There is just something about Deb Caletti’s novels that reel me in every time i pick them up. There is something in the words and the characters that makes you feel one with the novel and just connect. Just as i adore Sarah Dessen, i just about love Deb Caletti.

The Queen of Everything was definitely different from what i had read before. Jordan has to live with the fact that her father is going crazy when he starts having an affair with a married woman. She has her own problems as well, a douche of boyfriend, who only wants one thing. Her undeniable attraction to her best friend’s brother, no matter how much of a freak everyone claims him to be, and two tragedies that sneak up on her and rattle her bones.

I absolutely loved this book. Though, i just about hated Kale. Truth be told, i was fooled till 3/4 of the book into thinking that Kale was for Jordan and it had me thinking what the hell she saw in him. But that was before she extracted her awesome revenge on him. Now that i loved.
There are certain parts of the novel that just stick with you. Like in this novel, Jordan’s revenge on Kale was memorable for me, and in The Nature of Jade i loved when Jade threw a glass full of lemonade at her house because she was upset at her mother ratting out her one true love to the authorities (you’ll need to read the novel to find out more).

I can’t wait to get my hands on all the other novels by Deb. I know for sure that they will not disappoint. At the moment i want to read Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by her.

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Follow Friday #13

Q. How has your reading habits changed since you were a teen? or If you are still a teen what new genres are you in love with currently?

Fantasy novels played a huge role in my pre-teen and early teen years. I guess Harry Potter had a role in that, but i was really more inclined towards novels that spoke of imaginary places and creatures that could talk.

City of Stars (Stravaganza, #2)Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)

 

Then i went through the Meg Cabot phase. That phase seems to have simmered down a bit but i still love her novels a LOT! This was the time that i was devouring her books in one day and then going to buy more the very next. I don’t know why, but her books gave me an outlet to run away (for some time, at least) the bad news that had struck my family that year.

The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries, #1)

All-American Girl (All-American Girl, #1)

       Then came the Twilight craze. Many of us are still going through that. It was then that i fell completely and utterly in love with Edward Cullen. Everything he did was swoon worthy and very soon i wanted my own Edward. But guess what happened next? I started reading Twilight the very year the movie was to be released. I had finished the series and when the movie came i was thoroughly disappointed. Over the years, the movies have improved but the choosing of Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart to play Edward and Bella, just put me off them. Then i realised that i had a love for Jacob Black and everything werewolves.  Thats when my love for everything werewolves.

Twilight (Twilight, #1)Moonlight (Dark Guardian, #1)

Currently i am in love with contemporary young adult fiction. Really awesome! Its something i can easily relate to and i have an awful lot of fun just reading them.

The Truth about Forever

The Nature of Jade

“Waiting On” Wednesday #9

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Under the Never SkyUnder the Never Sky

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland—nicknamed The Death Shop—are slim.

If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent, electrified energy storms eventually will. In this dystopia, even the very air she breathes

could kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild, dangerous—a savage. He’s also her only hope.

Perry needs Aria, too. She alone holds the key to his redemption. And their unlikely alliance will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.

Expected publication: February 7th 2012 by HarperCollins

Wanderlove

Wanderlove


 It all begins with a stupid question:Are you a Global Vagabond?

No, but 18-year-old Bria Sandoval wants to be. In a quest for independence, her neglected art, and no-strings-attached hookups, she signs up for a guided tour of Central America—the wrong one. Middle-aged tourists with fanny packs are hardly the key to self-rediscovery. When Bria meets Rowan, devoted backpacker and dive instructor, and his outspokenly humanitarian sister Starling, she seizes the chance to ditch her group and join them off the beaten path.

Bria’s a good girl trying to go bad. Rowan’s a bad boy trying to stay good. As they travel across a panorama of Mayan villages, remote Belizean islands, and hostels plagued with jungle beasties, they discover what they’ve got in common: both seek to leave behind the old versions of themselves. And the secret to escaping the past, Rowan’s found, is to keep moving forward.

But Bria comes to realize she can’t run forever, no matter what Rowan says. If she ever wants the courage to fall for someone worthwhile, she has to start looking back.

Expected publication: March 13th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
The Story of Us

The Story of Us

A new novel about love, life, and everything in-between… from fan-favorite and award-winner Deb Caletti.Cricket’s on a self-imposed break from her longtime boyfriend, trying to figure out whether she’s in it for the right reasons. But this is a bad week to try to figure it all out. After ditching two previous husbands-to-be at the airport, Cricket’s mother Daisy is finally getting married, to Dan Jax. Cricket loves Dan, but as the families and friends start to arrive for Wedding Week at the beautiful guest house on Bishop Rock, run by old hippies Ted and Rebecca Rose and their sweet, sexy son Ash, things start getting complicated.There’s no airport on Bishop Rock, as far as anyone knows, but Cricket fears that Dan is in danger of becoming ditched husband-to-be number three, and Cricket’s own desires have chosen now to have a mind of their own. Because even though her boyfriend looms large in her mind, Ash is right in front of her….

Expected publication: April 24th 2012 by Simon Pulse
Article 5

Article 5

New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC have been abandoned.The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.

There are no more police — instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior — instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested don’t usually come back.

17-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren’t always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it’s hard to forget that people weren’t always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. That life in the United States used to be different.

In the three years since the war ended, Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass the random home inspections by the Federal Bureau of Reformation. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow. That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And what’s worse, one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings…the only boy Ember has ever loved.

Expected publication: February 14th 2012 by Tor Teen
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Vee Bell is certain of one irrefutable truth—her sister’s friend Sophie didn’t kill herself. She was murdered.Vee knows this because she was there. Everyone believes Vee is narcoleptic, but she doesn’t actually fall asleep during these episodes: When she passes out, she slides into somebody else’s mind and experiences the world through that person’s eyes. She’s slid into her sister as she cheated on a math test, into a teacher sneaking a drink before class. She learned the worst about a supposed “friend” when she slid into her during a school dance. But nothing could have prepared Vee for what happens one October night when she slides into the mind of someone holding a bloody knife, standing over Sophie’s slashed body.

Vee desperately wishes she could share her secret, but who would believe her? It sounds so crazy that she can’t bring herself to tell her best friend, Rollins, let alone the police. Even if she could confide in Rollins, he has been acting off lately, more distant, especially now that she’s been spending more time with Zane.

Enmeshed in a terrifying web of secrets, lies, and danger and with no one to turn to, Vee must find a way to unmask the killer before he or she strikes again.

Expected publication: March 27th 2012 by Balzer + Bray for HarperCollins

About Me…Through the Book Blogger HOP #1

Book Blogger Hop

I just recently came across the Book Blogger HOP, which was started by the blogger behind Crazy-for-Books. I know i am super late…or not. You can join these things at any point. But i feel lost…you without further ado i will attempt to answer all/or some of the questions that have taken place over the months and then in the end i will answer the most recent one. Here goes:

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

The book i really want to read is What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen. You don’t know what they mean when they say, “Read her once and fall in love!” Its true. 

What Happened to Goodbye Cover

You do end up falling in love and then you just want to devour every single book that she has ever written – What Happened to Goodbye isher 10th. She just has this way with her words, characters that makes them so real. She covers reality in her books and explores teen angst. And not to mention the LOVE! Up till now i have read only 4 of her books: This Lullaby, Just Listen, Lock & Key and The Truth About Forever. You’ll know what i mean when you give her a shot and pick up her books. She doesn’t disappoint!


“Pick a character from a book you are currently reading or have just finished and tell us about him/her.”

Jade is the protagonist from The Nature of Jade. She’s been diagnosed with Panic Disorder but the elephants in the zoo seem to keep her calm. (we all have our Zen place) It is through this that she comes across Sebastian – Sebastian who has a super cute son. Jade’s character really reels you into the book. Through meeting Sebastian, Jade starts making decisions that willThe Nature of Jade reflect her future but it is through him that she finds true love.  (didn’t want to give away too much, but i think i already did.) There is a part where she shows her anger and i just about loved it. Its when she finds out that her mom has gone behind her back and done something (read the book to find out) that she gets really angry and the glass of lemonade has to suffer. She throws it against her house. Now that is something i’ve always wanted to do…you know find an outlet for when i’m feeling angry. 😛

“If I gave you £50 (or $80) and sent you into a bookshop right now, what would be in your basket when you finally staggered to the till?”

The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney

The Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa

Every single Sarah Dessen book i could get my hands on (the 6 i don’t have)

All the books ever written by Susane Colasanti (especially Something Like Fate and So Much Closer)

 “Who’s your all-time favorite book villain?”

 This is tough! I never think much about my favorite villains. But I think I will chose Darken Rahl from the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. Although he was definitely evil, he also has an interesting history. Plus he reappears for several books, so I feel like I know the man behind the villain. And that makes you both love him and hate him at the same time.

Couldn’t have said it better myself…btw thats what the blogger behind Between the Covers said.

 “Do you ever wish you would have named your blog something different?”

Now that i think of all the possibilities, i do wish that i had named by blog something else. Something which was most definitely related to books. But this blog was never supposed to be book related, it was supposed to be about my transition from high school to everything else the world had to offer. But then i realised that i loved books a bit too much and i had to find an outlet for all that love and who better than to share all that love with than the authors behind all those amazing stories and a whole blogging community that loves books just as much as i do. Plus after all this time, i just think everything is perfect as it is.

 “What very popular and hyped book in the blogosphere did you NOT enjoy and how did you feel about posting your review?”The Hunger Games Trilogy Boxset
The Hunger Games – the start of a revolution for the dystopia genre.  But iwon’t say i didn’t like it because…(confession time) i haven’t had the privilege of reading it. Yes, this is a sad confession because i am super eager to become a part of all the madness. So, don’t worry. If i happen to find the book i will surely pick it up and get to the reading. Obviously, with the reading comes the review 🙂

 “Why do you read the genre that you do? What draws you to it?”

I actually read a variety of books but i try to stick to the Young Adult genre and i am successful almost all the time. Why do i love young adult books? Hmm…because its got everything to do with what i am going through in life. I can relate so easily to it and i’ve always liked how i can related to the characters in the stories i read. Then again, i can’t say why i really like this genre because its just been instilled in my head that i am to love it. Like i was born to read this genre and that my calling was to blog about it and post the reviews.

 “Do you read only one book at a time, or do you have several going at once?”

That totally depends on my mood. If i am engrossed into a book to the point where i can’t put it down without having a seizure, i will be reading that book at that time. But then there are times when i have the urge to devour books, you read as much as i can. Thats when you’ll find that i’m reading 3-4 books at the same time, much to the shock of all those around me. But don’t worry, i retain everything and can differentiate the stories easily. I guess my talent comes from being a bookworm 😀

Today’s question:

 “Summer is coming quickly – what 2011 summer release are you are most looking forward to?”

Abandon (Abandon Trilogy #1) 

New from #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, a dark, fantastical story about this world . . . and the underworld.

Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can’t help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she’s never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.

But now she’s moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid.

Only she can’t. Because even here, he finds her. That’s how desperately he wants her back. She knows he’s no guardian angel, and his dark world isn’t exactly heaven, yet she can’t stay away . . . especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.

But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld.