BLOG TOUR: Wild by Alex Mallory a.k.a move over peter pan, tarzan is here

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TITLE: Wild

AUTHOR: Alex Mallory

PUBLICATION: Expected Publication: July 8th 2014 by HarperTeen

GENRE: YA > Retelling | Contemporary | Romance

PAGES: 448pages (Paperback)

SOURCE: e-Arc provided by tour host

RATING: 4 ★★★★

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Cade, a teen raised alone in the wilderness, is thrust into civilization in this modern retelling of Tarzan.

No one knows the forest better than Cade, who has spent his entire life there, foraging, hunting, and surviving. Raised to believe no one else is left in the world, he is shocked when he encounters Dara, a modern girl on a camping trip in his woods. And when an accident forces him back into society with her, he begins to question his entire life. Together, Cade and Dara attempt to handle their newfound celebrity as the media closes in. But the truth of Cade’s past might be too much for either of them.

Alex Mallory’s action-packed and romantic tale is told from both Cade’s and Dara’s point of view and is perfect for fans of contemporary and dystopian YA as well as classic survival stories such as HatchetLord of the Flies, and Tarzan.

THOUGHTS:

“Do you even know what a phone is?”

“Yes. It plays music in your bag, and you cuss until it stops. Then you hold it in front of your face and talk to yourself.” 

I don’t know if it’s just me, but I never really encountered any YA retelling of Tarzan before. You can see a lot of Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast etc. But Tarzan? Unlikely. So imagine my squealing when I discovered this book. Especially when I got to be a part of the tour. I should probably point out that Alex Mallory is a foreign author to me. Never really read anything from her. And now I’m glad I did.

Cade is living in the forest since his parents died. He believes that he is alone and there’s only few survivors left. All his beliefs changed when he and Dara crossed paths. Cade was immediately fascinated by Dara. She followed her through out Dara’s camping with her boyfriend. He even got jealous, though of course, he didn’t know that jealousy is what he’s feeling at that moment. I usually hate Insta-love, but in this case, it’s totally different. Also, to be completely fair, I don’t really think it’s considered as Insta-love. They’re just… curious at each other. Well, if you see a guy like Cade, wouldn’t you be curious at all? And I understand that in Cade’s eyes, Dara looks strange also. 

But enough with that, the real fun here is seeing a caveman being tamed. Witnessing Cade, a guy who is so uncivilized, trying to fit in in our world. I found myself hanging in every chapter. I laughed at some moments, got touched by Dara’s determination and while reading Wild, I can’t really help but wonder how can a guy like Cade be turned into a civilized citizen. Is it really possible? Why yes, of course it is. If you have a girl like Dara instructing you, then it really is possible.

The pacing is a bit slow for me. And for a reader like me who is impatient and isn’t satisfied with dull chapters, finishing this book says a lot. I tend to DNF a book when there’s nothing happening and when I feel like there’s a lot of unnecessary chapters but Wild is really an exception. It’s because Alex Mallory writes a book that is so readable that you can’t help but be lost inside of it. 

The characters are very well developed, even the background characters who plays a big part in the story are brilliantly written. Dara and Cade are strong characters. They’re authentic. And though the romance is very tame and sweet..  it’s real.

Now that ending, Maaaaan! It’s not a cliffhanger, but it isn’t completely concrete either. Surprisingly, I honestly felt wonderful and satisfied with the ending. It was handled insanely well. Yes, insanely. The fact that I’m not angry right now because of that ending is insane you know. 

With an alluring backdrop, sweet romance and very much alive characters… Wild is a fresh read where you can’t help but get lost into.

 

THE AUTHOR:

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Alex Mallory is a pen name for YA author Saundra Mitchell. She’s a big fan of reading, history, camping and competitive M&M sorting.

She once crossed a dilapidated train trestle in the middle of the night, 200 feet above the Wabash River, in a futile attempt to prove her love to someone who had no idea she existed.

1) She lived to tell about it. 2) It didn’t work. 3) She doesn’t recommend it.

THE GIVEAWAY:

A Wild Prize Pack Featuring: a signed, finished copy of WILD, a copy of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ TARZAN OF THE APES, a DVD (region 1) of Greystoke: Legend of Tarzan of the Apes, bookmarks, and a stuffed plush flu microbe. (US Only)

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ARC REVIEW: The Fever by Megan Abbott a.k.a where everyone talks about their viginities.

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AUTHOR: Megan Abbott
PUBLICATION: Published June 17th 2014 by Little, Brown and Company
GENRE: YA/A > Horror | Mystery | Thriller
PAGES: 320pages (Hardcover)
RATING: 2 ★★
 
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The panic unleashed by a mysterious contagion threatens the bonds of family and community in a seemingly idyllic suburban community.
The Nash family is close-knit. Tom is a popular teacher, father of two teens: Eli, a hockey star and girl magnet, and his sister Deenie, a diligent student. Their seeming stability, however, is thrown into chaos when Deenie’s best friend is struck by a terrifying, unexplained seizure in class. Rumors of a hazardous outbreak spread through the family, school and community.
As hysteria and contagion swell, a series of tightly held secrets emerges, threatening to unravel friendships, families and the town’s fragile idea of security.
A chilling story about guilt, family secrets and the lethal power of desire,The Fever affirms Megan Abbot’s reputation as “one of the most exciting and original voices of her generation” (Laura Lippman).

 

 

 

REVIEW:

 

According to the genre,  it’s Mystery, Thriller and what is that? Horror?

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That’s funny, really. Because I wasn’t mystified, or thrilled.. and seriously, Horror?! Not by a long shot. It’s so weird guys.. so weird. I’m surprised I finished it. Kudos to Abbott’s sophisticated writing. Too bad the multiple POV’s has to ruin it. Or the story itself.

So here’s the gist. One by one, every girl in Deenie’s town has been having seizures and hallucinations. No one seems to know the cause behind it. What’s causing this contagious illness? Why girls only? But most importantly, WHY ISN’T DEENIE AFFECTED BY THIS CONTAGIOUS ILLNESS? Why isn’t she in the hospital like her friends?

Excited and thrilled yet? Well trust me, you’re not gonna stay that way. As I read through out the story, I admit that I was deeply intrigued. You can see it on my status updates. But geez, the multiple POV’s, unnecessary chapters and the bland and boring MC makes me want to hurt myself. You can notice that the author really gets out of her way just to confuse and make the readers think.  And when I finally got some answers, I LOST IT.

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I can’t believe I’ve been through 80% dull chapters for that shallow and stupid reason. THAT IS THE REASON?! Just to give you a heads up, it wasn’t really explained the WHY. Not even the HOW. To say that I was pissed is an understatement. Also, when I started reading The Fever I had this feeling.. like, oh my word this is going to be insanely good or wait is this paranormal or gosh! this book might haunt me forever. Maybe you’ll get those feels too so, I’m telling you,  STOP RIGHT THERE. Don’t get your hopes up.

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And I don’t want you to be crushed so I’ll do you a favor. It’s not paranormal. It’s not gonna haunt you, unless you hurt yourself out of frustration then you will surely remember it. Anyway I AM A BIG FAN of the writing, I really am. Actually, it was the only thing that kept me going. I was tempted (a lot of times!) to put this book down.. nothing is happening, the author keeps confusing me (and not in a good way), also all I got is it doesn’t look like her’ or i feel different’, blah blah blah.. So the CONCLUSION: I just wasted my time on a bunch of teenagers having problems about their virginities.

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Have you read any works of the author? Do you recommend it? Because I just checked out her other books and the ratings are pretty high. But after reading this one, I’m having second thoughts on picking up anything from her. Looking forward to your answers!

MELT by Selene Castrovilla (BOOK TRAILER CONTEST) win an iPad mini!

Are you a teen that loves creating videos?! Then I’m excited to tell you that Selene Castrovilla is sponsoring a Book Trailer Contest for her upcoming YA novel, MELT, organized by JenHalliganPR.

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It’s no secret how I adored this book. One of the most outstanding book for me this year! You can read my review HERE. Be sure to check out the announcement Selene Castrovilla posted on her blog, where she shares where the idea came from, and lists some resources for participants. Also, make sure to follow along with the #MeltTrailerContest hashtag, and good luck to everyone that enters!

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MELT by Selene Castrovilla

MELT by Selene Castrovilla | Last Syllable Books | November 6, 2014

MELT is a brutal love story, set against the backdrop of The Wizard of Oz. Sixteen year old “good girl” Dorothy just blew into the small town of Highland Park – where the social headquarters is Munchkinland (Dunkin’ Donuts.) There, she meets Joey – a “bad boy” who tells no one about the catastrophic domestic violence he witnesses at home. Can these two lovers survive peer pressure, Joey’s reputation, and his alcoholism? And then there’s his family’s secret – about to be unleashed.

Told in dual first person, Joey’s words are scattered on the page – reflecting his broken state. Dorothy is the voice of reason – until something so shattering happens that she, too, may lose her grip. Can their love endure, or will it melt away?

MELT is based on true events. It is both a chilling tale of abuse, and a timeless romance. It will hit you like a punch in the face, and also seep through the cracks in your soul.

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Selene Castrovilla is an award-winning teen and children’s author who believes that through all trends, humanity remains at the core of literature. She is the author of Saved By the Music and The Girl Next Door, teen novels originally published by WestSide Books and now available digitally through ASD Publishing. Her third children’s book with Calkins Creek Books, Revolutionary Friends, was released in April. She is also a contributing author to UncommonYA. Selene holds an MFA in creative writing from New School University and a BA in English from New York University. She lives on Long Island with her two sons. Visit her website www.SeleneCastrovilla.com for book excerpts and more information!

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ARC REVIEW: Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch a.k.a there better be a sequel

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AUTHOR: Kate Jarvik Birch
PUBLICATION: Expected publication: July 1st 2014 by Entangled: Teen
GENRE: YA > Dystopia | Science Fiction | Romance
PAGES: 304pages (Hardcover)
SOURCE: ARC provided by publisher
RATING:  4★★★★
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Perfection comes at a price.

As soon as the government passed legislation allowing humans to be genetically engineered and sold as pets, the rich and powerful rushed to own beautiful girls like Ella. Trained from birth to be graceful, demure, and above all, perfect, these “family companions” enter their masters’ homes prepared to live a life of idle luxury.

Ella is happy with her new role as playmate for a congressman’s bubbly young daughter, but she doesn’t expect Penn, the congressman’s handsome and rebellious son. He’s the only person who sees beyond the perfect exterior to the girl within. Falling for him goes against every rule she knows…and the freedom she finds with him is intoxicating.

But when Ella is kidnapped and thrust into the dark underworld lurking beneath her pampered life, she’s faced with an unthinkable choice. Because the only thing more dangerous than staying with Penn’s family is leaving…and if she’s unsuccessful, she’ll face a fate far worse than death.

For fans of Keira Cass’s Selection series and Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden series, Perfected is a chilling look at what it means to be human, and a stunning celebration of the power of love to set us free, wrapped in a glamorous—and dangerous—bow.

 

 

REVIEW:

 

Well, that’s new. Perfected has a very thought provoking premise. Heart melting romance and heart racing plot. I can definitely say that Perfected is perfected to it’s target reader’s liking..

The story is about Ella, a girl in our world, but a pet in a world she’s living in. She was born or maybe made to make her Masters happy. And she’s completely fine with that. She obeys and she doesn’t complain at all. But all is changed when he got close to her Master’s son, Penn.

It’s been so long since I encountered a Main Character that I completely adored. Some readers may find Ella stupid. Or dense. And the truth is, she is. (lol) But maybe stupid and dense is such strong words. She’s more like, clueless. She was raised to be perfect! To function everyday while being demure and composed. She isn’t supposed to be silly or to be caught up in imperfect moment. I really felt for Ella. She doesn’t even know how to read! But you can really see that the world outside Greenwich (where she came from) scared her a lot. And the desire to fit in, or be educated was there. But you can also see how she fought for those thoughts. For a girl that is so clueless and who doesn’t have any idea how this cruel world works, she’s brave. And I like that a lot.

Penn isn’t an exception, he just stole my heart then completely stomp on it (the ending omg) He isn’t your typical bad boy, he isn’t your usual nerd boy, He’s real. There’s nothing cliché about him. If I have one complain about him, it’s that he can be a wimp sometimes. Especially to his Father. But good thing the author made some character developments. Though, I think Ella might still need some improvement, Penn was a brilliantly written character.

Side characters are detailed. From Ruby, to her mother, to the creepy congressman (who is Ella’s master) You will really see and feel Ella’s world.

The plot is disturbing. Did you know that I got scared while reading this? Because there’s a chance that this kind of platform will be true if it’ll be based on our goverment’s state. That’s what my first thought when I was in chapter 1. They’re like a (sorry for the word) But they’re like prostitutes. They’re purchased and will spend the day of their lives for the pleasure of their Masters. So I really applaud the Author for executing it very well. But! It needs more world building. I wanna know the history of it all! When does this ‘having a pet means we’re regal‘ started? How does someone become a pet exactly? Are pets like Ella born or made?! But most importantly, WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO PENN AND ELLA?

I mean, I’m sorry but you can’t end a book like that and not make a sequel! That’s just not how it works.

By the way, the ending just blew my mind. I love how it crushed me but made me excited too. I really hope that the sequel comes out soon. I’m looking forward to EVERYTHING.

 

ARC REVIEW: Melt by Selene Castrovilla a.k.a it’s so beautiful, it hurts

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TITLE: Melt
AUTHOR: Selene Castrovilla
PUBLICATION:Expected publication: November 2014
GENRE: YA/NA > Realistic fiction | Contemporary | Romance
PAGES: 328pages (Paperback)
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RATING: 4 ★★★★1/2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MELT is a brutal love story, set against the backdrop of The Wizard of Oz. Sixteen year old “good girl” Dorothy just blew into the small town of Highland Park – where the social headquarters is Munchkinland (Dunkin’ Donuts.) There, she meets Joey – a “bad boy” who tells no one about the catastrophic domestic violence he witnesses at home. Can these two lovers survive peer pressure, Joey’s reputation, and his alcoholism? And then there’s his family’s secret – about to be unleashed.

Told in dual first person, Joey’s words are scattered on the page – reflecting his broken state. Dorothy is the voice of reason – until something so shattering happens that she, too, may lose her grip. Can their love endure, or will it melt away?

MELT is based on true events. It is both a chilling tale of abuse, and a timeless romance. It will hit you like a punch in the face, and also seep through the cracks in your soul.

 

 

 

REVIEW:

 

GUYSSSSS. ASSDFFGKDIEUEUEUSJKL

IT’S PURE PERFECTION.

I’ve waited 2-3 days before I wrote my review of Melt and honestly, until now, I still can’t form coherent words about it. So please bear with me, I will try to express how I loved this masterpiece as understandable as I can.

We were first introduced by Joey, a teen that has a bad reputation and a bad situation at home. Then there’s Dorothy, sweet, sweet Dorothy who is new in town. When these two completely opposite people collided.. we got a heart melting and soul crushing experience.

I was completely sucked in from the first chapter.. Joey’s voice is heartbreaking and hard to let go. I found myself anticipating his next words. Dorothy is not that different, I really felt for her. That’s why this story is a success for me, it’s scary real and it’s like that I’m in there! Witnessing what Joey is seeing.. Feeling my heart ache just like Dorothy. I spent half of the time reading this crying and sobbing and I.. I’m speechless.

I get the writing style of “Melt” isn’t for everyone. It’s written as verse, poetic-like. But the book is so deep, but yet such an easy read. I’ll never forget it. NEVER. And I’ll forever recommend it as a must-read. The fact that she could introduce these deep characters in such a structure and make me feel like I know them is mind blowing.

I have nothing but praise to the author … she created a powerful book that will forever hunts the reader. Poignant and entirely realistic, MELT is a book that should NEVER be missed.