(re)Review: Fallen by Lauren Kate

Fallen by Lauren Kate

Release Date: December 8, 2009
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Series: Fallen, Book 1
Rated: YA 14+
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
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There's something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price's attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in Savannah. He's the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce–he goes out of his way to make that very clear. But she can't let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.

I'm rereading this series because I'm going to part of the upcoming blog tour for the release of the paperback of the fifth book in the series, Unforgiven. It's been such a long time since I've read these books! I didn't even actually finish the series–I have yet to read the fourth book, so this reread will give me the chance to do so. I was a little afraid of going into this one, because while I did absolutely love this book when I first went into it way back in 2010 (and wrote a review that I couldn't finish reading because I was too busy cringing), my attitude towards books in general has changed, and I felt like I would be annoyed at parts of it. I'm glad that I still liked this book for the most part, even if I found parts that I didn't, and I'm excited to be rereading and continuing on with this series.

I can't remember how I felt about Luce the first time round, but ugh–I didn't like her! She's the only problem I had with the book. Seriously wayyyy too obsessive over Daniel. He flips her off, she wants him more. She's told to stay away from him, she just CAN'T. She stalks him, tries to find out more about him... it was just way too much. I mean, sure around the time this book was published, a lot of the young adult paranormal or supernatural novel's heroines were like this. Drawn to the mysterious boy, wondering why he's so different, basically trying to grasp onto any connection they have. 2010 me definitely would have appreciated it, but I just about tolerated it. I mean, there was a character–who shall remain nameless to avoid spoilers–who said it best:

You're the human equivalent of a migraine.
–p. 415, paperback

The other characters though? Loved them. Well, maybe with the slight exception of Penn. That chick was wayyy too clingy. Maybe that's why she and Luce are friends? Makes sense anyway. But yeah, Arriane was a total badass, and I liked that she was quirky and different. I even loved Gabbe, because she's got that sweet, protective vibe to her. Cam was super interesting, because he's the typical bad boy, and definitely has some swoon to him. Daniel–oh, Daniel–was one of my first book crushes, and yup, distance (and a whole load of time) DOES make the heart grow fonder.

While my hatred for Luce tarnished my reading experience this time round, I'm excited to be diving back into this world. It's been a while since I've read a good ol' supernatural book with the classic tropes that made the young adult market boom. Dark and compelling, with a delicious gothic touch, Fallen reminded me of my love for (not only Daniel Grigori, but also) eternal love stories and paranormal fiction.

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Waiting on Wednesday – Week 181

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It's to spotlight upcoming releases that I'm DYING to get my hands on!

This week's WoW is:
Kiss Cam by Kiara London

Juniper, Jasper, and Lenny have been friends forever and co-own a vlog channel called WereVloggingHere. Their fans are huge "shippers" who believe that Juniper and Jasper are perfect for each other, and, despite warnings from friends and family, a simple Truth-or-Dare inspired kiss soon spirals out of control into a whole new world of making out and surprise kisses.

Juniper and Jasper's relationship begins to shift. But as fan requests for different "Kiss Cam" segments keep pouring in, Juniper puts her worries aside and convinces herself that it doesn't mean anything. After all, it's just kissing… right?

October 18, 2016 ● Goodreads

I only heard about this one recently, and that cover just GRABBED my attention. Not to mention the title too! It sounds really unique and relevant to today's internet culture, and vlogging and trends sound right up my alley. Can't wait for this one!

What are you waiting on?

Ripple by Heather Smith Meloche

Ripple by Heather Smith Meloche

Release Date: September 20, 2016
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Rated: YA 14+
Format: eGalley
Source: First to Read
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With her impossible-to-please grandmother on her back about college and her disapproving step-dad watching her every move, Tessa would do anything to escape the pressure-cooker she calls home. So she finds a shot of much-needed power and confidence by hooking up with boys, even though it means cheating on her boyfriend. But when she's finally caught red-handed, she’ll do anything she can to cover up what she's done.

Jack is a prankster who bucks the system every chance he gets—each transgression getting riskier and riskier. He loves the thrill, and each adventure allows a little release because his smug smile and suave demeanor in the face of authority doesn’t make life at home with his mom any less tough. He tries to take care of her, but the truth is he's powerless in the face of her fragile mental health. So he copes in his own way, by defacing public property and pulling elaborate pranks, though he knows in the end this’ll only screw up his life even more.

As they both try not to let their self-destructive patterns get the best of them, Tessa and Jack gravitate toward one another, discovering the best parts of themselves in the process. An honest portrayal of the urges that drive us and finding the strength to overcome them, Ripple is a stunning debut from a powerful new voice.

Ripple is the first book I got to read from Penguin's First to Read program, and since I'd seen it around the book blogosphere, I decided to give it a try. It took me a while to get into–granted, it was probably because I was heading back to university and things got pretty busy–but after a while, I actually really started to enjoy it. Sure, there were things that I felt could have been slightly better, and the story was kind of slow in general, but all in all I liked this one.

I feel like the characters were really strong in this one. While I didn't agree with everything Tessa and Jack did, I could see why they did it. Except–the whole pranking thing. I mean, it's not been too long since high school, but are boys really that immature? I would honestly think that the pranks that Jack and his friends pull off fit more with middle schoolers or freshmen, but not seniors! Maybe it's just the high school I went to...anyway. I liked the motivations behind their characters. It felt really relatable, even though I have little to no experience with the things they deal with.

I just wish the pacing was a bit better. It felt like the book dragged a little bit at the start, and throughout the book there was this slow pace that held back the story. I mean, yes, there were absolutely fantastic plot elements in this book, but the rhythm threw me off a little. Regardless, I still think that Ripple was worth the read. Raw and real, Heather Smith Meloche's debut is a pretty powerful look at discovering yourself amongst mental illness, and sexual freedom and relationships.

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Book Trailer Reveal: Lies I Live By by Lauren Sabel

Hey guys! I'm super excited (and sorry for posting this a teeny bit late) to be sharing the book trailer for Lauren Sabel's Lies I Live By. Before I share the trailer with you all, here's a bit about the book:

Lies I Live By by Lauren Sabel

Release Date: May 31, 2016
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Callie Sinclair is literally out of her mind; as the government’s youngest psychic spy, she finds valuable information for top-secret missions. Her work keeps her headaches at bay, but it means she must lie to everyone she loves, including her longtime boyfriend, Charlie.

When a new psychic arrives at the office, Callie can’t help but flirt; Jasper already knows her in a way Charlie never will.

But as her love life gets more complicated, so do her visions. People halfway around the world seem to be in danger...and people in her own backyard, too. If Callie can’t find a way to alter future events, she could lose the people she loves—and her mind. Literally.

This one sounds super intriguing! I'll need to get my hands on a copy... anyway, finally–here's the book trailer!

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Thank you so much to Giselle at Xpresso Book Tours!