The Violet Hour: July 10, 2011

Saturday, July 16, 2011

In My Mailbox

This meme is hosted by The Story Siren, and is a great opportunity for bloggers to show what books they bought, received in the mail, or borrowed from the library/friend.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Follow Friday!

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee's View. It's an awesome way to meet new bloggers and friends!

Since I work weekends, it takes me a little longer to get back to everyone and return comments/follows, but I will! Promise! Have a great weekend! =)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Review – Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

Hardcover, 386 pages
Expected publication: July 12th 2011 by Scholastic Press
ISBN 0545259088 (ISBN13: 9780545259088)
Primary language: English
Original title: Forever
Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3
Source: ARC from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review
PreOrder from Amazon here

GoodReads "then. 
When Sam met Grace, he was a wolf and she was a girl. Eventually he found a way to become a boy, and their love moved from a curious distance to the intense closeness of shared lives. 
That should have been the end of their story. But Grace was not meant to stay human. Now she is the wolf. And the wolves of Mercy Falls are about to be killed in one final, spectacular hunt. 
Sam would do anything for Grace. But can one boy and one love really change a hostile, predatory world? The past, the present, and the future are about to collide in one pure moment – a moment of death or life, farewell or forever."

Maggie Steifvater is easily one of my favorite writers. Her ability to transition between character point of views is top notch. There was always a distinctness to each character that made it clear who was speaking. I only put this book down when sheer exhaustion from fatigue and trepidation overtook me.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Teaser Tuesday

Wanna play? 
Grab your current read.
Open to a random page.
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away!
You don’t want to ruin the book for others!).
Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week's teaser is from Wildefire by Karsten Knight.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Review – Possession by Elana Johnson

Possession by Elana Johnson

Hardcover, 416 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Simon Pulse
ISBN 1442421258 (ISBN13: 9781442421257)
Primary language: English
Original title: Possession
Series: Possession #1
Source – ARC Tour
PreOrder from Amazon here

GoodReads "Vi knows the Rule: Girls don’t walk with boys, and they never even think about kissing them. But no one makes Vi want to break the Rules more than Zenn…and since the Thinkers have chosen him as Vi’s future match, how much trouble can one kiss cause? The Thinkers may have brainwashed the rest of the population, but Vi is determined to think for herself.
But the Thinkers are unusually persuasive, and they’re set on convincing Vi to become one of them….starting by brainwashed Zenn. Vi can’t leave Zenn in the Thinkers’ hands, but she’s wary of joining the rebellion, especially since that means teaming up with Jag. Jag is egotistical, charismatic, and dangerous: everything Zenn’s not. Vi can’t quite trust Jag and can’t quite resist him, but she also can’t give up on Zenn.
This is a game of control or be controlled. And Vi has no choice but to play."

This debut from Elana Johnson offers an intense world where everything is monitored and regulated. It was crazy how much control people let The Thinkers have. Things like having to basically put headphones on every night to 'listen' to a broadcasting personalized to each persons behavior, and almost zero physical contact after eight really freaked me out. I couldn't imagine how people would think that was okay. I suppose that's the 'beauty' of brain-washing.

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