July 31, 2013

Book Review: The Archived.

The Archived (The Archived, #1)Title: The Archived.
Author: Victoria Schwab.
Series: Yes, #1.
Pages: 328.
Source: Library.
Publisher: Hyperion.
Published Date: 1/22/13
Barnes and Noble.


"Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often—violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous—it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da’s death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.

In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption."


When looking at covers, I usually know right away  if I like it or not. I can sometimes change my opinion after reading the story inside, and learning what each of the different elements incorporated on the cover stands for. But even after reading The Archived and looking at the cover for months now, I still don't really know what I think about it. Nothing bad stands out, and nothing good catches my eye.

My Thoughts:

For Mackenzie and her parents this move was supposed to a fresh start; something new to focus on and discover after having lost Mac's little brother.

But Mackenzie isn't just any normal teenage girl, she is quiet, more to herself, and a Keeper. Through the inheritance of her grandfather, Da, Mac has learned the ways and tasks of what it means to be a Keeper; someone who hunts down lost souls, Histories, in the Narrows, and takes them to the Archive.

Everyday Mac checks her list of souls for new names and their ages. She never really knows how these people have died, all Mac knows is that she needs to take them out of the Narrows, and bring them to Archived to have them sorted and organized by the Librarians.

But things in this apartment complex aren't the same, and something isn't right. She meets another Keeper, which is unusual since each Keeper has their own territory where they hunt down Histories. And she also runs into a soul that isn't on her list, and decides to give him a free day. Mac has never run into a soul that wasn't on her list...

Who is this Wesley guy? Is she starting to have feelings for him? And what about the soul that isn't on her Histories list? Does he have anything to with a murder in this apartment building?

While I wasn't too fascinated by the cover of The Archived, Victoria Schwab pulled me in, and had me sitting on the edge of my sit with her story. The beginning of the book is filled with information the reader needs to know about Mac, her family life, and the entire concept behind Histories, Keepers, and the Archive. While I usually find this much information to be a bit dry, Schwab does a great job keeping things interesting.

I couldn't ask for a better cast of characters, Mac isn't shy or ashamed of being a Keeper, she actually really enjoys her job and having it incommon with her grandfather. Wesley is this interesting and very confident Keeper that Mac bumps into and starts to having feelings for.

The Archived also has a lot of smaller characters who create a interesting story. The Librarians that work in the Archived, the Histories that Mac encounters and their struggle to stay within the Narrows. But also, Mac's parents who seem to care a lot about her, but kind of live in their own little world, and have no idea of what she does in her free time.

If I had to decide on one thing that bothered me while reading The Archived, it would have to be the way that Mac's parents seem to almost forget that they had a son and lost him. While Mac is still mourning, and keeping momentous of her little brother, her parents are throwing things away, and pushing him out of their mind.

The ending?....*zips lips*

I can easily say there was not a single dull part in this story, every page adds something new, interesting and important to the story! I loved Schwabs writing, and I'm excited to see what she has planned for her readers in the second book!

WWW Wednesday

Welcome to Turning Pages!

What am I currently reading?

Crossed (Matched, #2)

I just started reading Crossed by Ally Condie yesterday afternoon! So far I'm enjoying and can't wait to see how things work out for Ky and Cassia!

What did I just finish reading?

The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2)

The Scorch Trails, by James Dashner. I loved the first book, The Maze Runner, and had extremely high expectations for the second one. My expectations were blown out of the roof, and I couldn't believe the ending! *Mind Blown!!*

What do I plan on reading next?

Well with the end of the month finally here, it's time to pick new books for my monthly TBR pile, so I'm not quite sure just yet!

Waiting on Wednesday

While It LastsTitle: While It Lasts.
Author: Abbi Glines.

"Cage brings his playboy prowess to the countryside as the Sea Breeze hookups continue, from self-published phenomenon Abbi Glines. Low broke Cage’s heart by getting with Marcus in Because of Low. Cage went into a tailspin that ended in a DUI. In order to salvage his baseball scholarship—the one thing he truly valued besides Low—Cage must take a summer job. At a farm. Away from Sea Breeze. With lots of cows, but no hot girls. Maybe that’s what Cage needs to get back on track. But wait—there’s that hostile daughter of the farm boss. She’s pretty and occasionally sweet, and there seems to be a lot of sadness and mystery behind her anger. Cage is dying to strip her down—physically and mentally—in the back of the barn. But is he prepared for what will happen afterward?"

Release Date: 8/6/13

July 30, 2013

It's Monday, What Am I Reading?

Crossed (Matched, #2)Title: Crossed.
Author: Ally Condie.

"In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky - taken by the Society to his certain death - only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake. Cassia's quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander - who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia's heart - change the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever."

My Thoughts So Far:

I haven't actually started this one yet. I just finished my last book, and I plan to start reading Crossed once I'm done doing some blogging! I absolutely loved Matched, and the world that Ally Condie created, I can wait to see how the story continues and how things work out for Cassia.

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July 28, 2013

Book Haul!

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Recently a friend and I decided to head to the Half Price Book's Warehouse sale, about an hour and a half away. I wasn't very sure what the sale would be like, how many people would be there, if they had any YA books from my wishlist, or if it would be a complete disappointment.

But it was....TOTALLY AWESOME!!! After sitting in the car for a little over an hour (no traffic, yaaay!), we arrived at what seemed to be a crowded sale. But after parking the car, and getting a closer look, it wasn't bad at all, and what we saw from the car, wasn't even a third of the entire sale going on.

My friend and I scored amazing titles! I only spend twenty six dollars and got around thirteen books! Can you believe it? And they're all hardback!!

I didn't want to make this book haul too long, so instead I'll break them up into various hauls. Here's the first one!

Intertwined (Intertwined, #1)Intertwined, by Gena Showalter.

"There’s something about the new guy at Crossroads High…

Most sixteen-year-olds have friends. Aden Stone has four human souls living inside him:

One can time travel.
One can raise the dead.
One can possess another human.
One can tell the future.

Everyone thinks he’s crazy, which is why he’s spent his entire life shuffled between mental institutions and juvie. All of that is about to change, however. For months Aden has been having visions of a beautiful girl—a girl who carries centuries-old secrets. A girl who will either save him or destroy him.

Together they’ll enter a dark world of intrigue and danger... but not everyone will come out alive."

Zombie BlondesZombie Blondes, by Brian James.

"From the moment Hannah Sanders arrived in town, she felt there was something wrong.
     A lot of houses were for sale, and the town seemed infected by an unearthly quiet. And then, on Hannah’s first day of classes, she ran into a group of cheerleaders—the most popular girls in school.
     The odd thing was that they were nearly identical in appearance: blonde, beautiful, and deathly pale.
     But Hannah wants desperately to fit in—regardless of what her friend Lukas is telling her: if she doesn’t watch her back, she’s going to be blonde and popular and dead—just like all the other zombies in this town. . . ."

Crusade (Crusade, #1)Crusade, by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie.

"The ultimate battle. The ultimate love.For the past two years, Jenn has lived and trained at Spain’s Sacred Heart Academy Against the Cursed Ones. She is among the few who have pledged to defend humanity or die trying. But the vampires are gaining power, and the battle has only just begun.

Forced to return home after death takes a member of her family, Jenn discovers that San Francisco is now a vampire strong-hold. As a lone hunter apart from her team, Jenn is isolated—and at risk. She craves the company of her fighting partner, Antonio: his protection, his reassurance, his touch. But a relationship with Antonio comes with its own dangers, and the more they share of themselves, the more Jenn stands to lose.

Then Jenn is betrayed by one who was once bound to protect her, causing her to doubt all she had held as true. To survive, Jenn must find the courage to trust herself—and her heart."

Tunnels (Tunnels, #1)Tunnels, by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams.

"14-year-old Will Burrows has little in common with his strange, dysfunctional family. In fact, the only bond he shares with his eccentric father is a passion for archaeological excavation. So when his dad mysteriously vanishes, Will is compelled to dig up the truth behind his disappearance. He unearths the unbelievable: a subterranean society that time forgot. "The Colony" has existed unchanged for a century, but it's no benign time capsule of a bygone era. Because the Colony is ruled by a merciless overclass, the Styx. Will must free his father--is he also about to ignite a revolution?"

Thank you for stopping by, be sure to come back soon and check out what other awesome books I scored!

July 27, 2013

What's Coming This Week?

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"What's Coming This Week?" is a meme hosted here at Turning Pages, showcasing all of the new YA books coming out within the next seven days. Interested in any of the books mentioned below? Click on the books title, it'll take you to that book's Goodreads page, where you'll be able to read more about it!

The Fire (Witch and Wizard Series #3) by James Patterson: Book CoverHide and Seek (Lying Game Series #4) by Sara Shepard: Book CoverThe Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater: Book CoverOver You by Emma McLaughlin: Book Cover

The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Long: Book Cover


The Lying Game #6 by Sara Shepard: Book CoverLove Disguised by Lisa Klein: Book CoverThe Boy on the Bridge by Natalie Standiford: Book Cover

July 26, 2013

Book Review: The Runaway Queen

The Runaway Queen (The Bane Chronicles, #2)Title: The Runaway Queen.
Author: Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson.
Series: Yes, #2.
Pages: 60.
Source: Publisher, Review Audio Book.
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books.
Published Date: 5/21/13.
Barnes and Noble.


"While in France, immortal warlock Magnus Bane finds himself attempting to rescue the royal family from the horrors of the French Revolution—after being roped into this mess by a most attractive count. Naturally, the daring escape calls for invisible air balloons…"

My Thoughts:

While I did enjoy reading What Really Happened in Peru, and learning so much more background information on Magnus, I did find the adventure to be a bit dry. Even with that, I had high hopes for the second installment in the Bane Chronicles, The Runaway Queen.

I was hoping to see the same Magus that I saw in the first book, and learn even more about him, and the past.

The Runaway Queen did have a little bit of that, but I felt that the Magnus in this story isn't the same Magnus that I came to love in the Mortal Instruments series. He just didn't act the same, or do things that I would expect him to do.

I did find the concept of him actually helping Marie Antoinette escape during the French Revolution to be a nifty idea, and found it enjoyable! I do plan on continuing the Bane Chronicles, and even though the Magnus in The Runaway Queen didn't act like himself, I'm still exciting to see what else is in store!

End of Summer Read-A-Thon Sign Up!

What is The End of Summer Read-A-Thon?

The End of Summer Read-A-Thon is hosted by me (Lisa) from Turning Pages and Audris from YA Bookmark; running from August 9th through August 12th. The End of Summer Read-A-Thon is a long weekend filled with books, challenges, giveaways and other special posts.

What do you do?

All you have to do is gather up a big stack of books, either summer themed, or books you planned on finally reading this summer, and start reading and don’t stop until Monday August 12th!! I plan on reading books that have been sitting on my shelf for months now, unread. Also tons of giveaways, challenges, and special posts are planned out on both Turning Pages and YA Bookmark, so it’s easy to be able to join in on the fun!

How to take part?

All you have to do is fill out the form below, with all the information required, and you’ll be in! The information to take part in giveaways and challenges will be listed in each post.

What can you get?

Besides finally finishing those unread TBR books, each day Audris and I will host giveaways on our blogs! That means eight giveaways in four days!! Yes eight! Besides that, each day will hold a new challenge on both Turning Pages and YA Bookmark, completing each challenge will add another entry in our final HUGE giveaway! So yes, actually nine giveaways in four days! The more challenges you complete, the greater your chance is to win our final giveaway!
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July 24, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday

The Lying Game #6: Seven Minutes in HeavenTitle: Seven Minutes in Heaven.
Author: Sara Shepard.

"Sutton Mercer had the perfect life, great friends, and a gorgeous boyfriend…until someone murdered her. Then the killer forced Sutton's long-lost twin sister, Emma, to pretend to be her. Now Sutton can only watch from beyond the grave as Emma frantically tries to figure out who killed her sister, and why. But when Sutton's body is discovered, Emma's time is up—and she becomes the number-one suspect herself. In this final volume of The Lying Game, Emma learns the chilling truth about her sister's murder…but the killer will do whatever it takes to make sure Emma never breathes a word."

Release Date: 7/30/13

July 22, 2013

It's Monday, What Am I Reading?

Welcome to Turning Pages and Happy Monday!!

The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2)
Title: The Scorch Trails.
Author: James Dashner.

"Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. No more puzzles. No more variables. And no more running. Thomas was sure that escape meant he and the Gladers would get their lives back. But no one really knew what sort of life they were going back to.

In the Maze, life was easy. They had food, and shelter, and safety . . . until Teresa triggered the end. In the world outside the Maze, however, the end was triggered long ago.

Burned by sun flares and baked by a new, brutal climate, the earth is a wasteland. Government has disintegrated—and with it, order—and now Cranks, people covered in festering wounds and driven to murderous insanity by the infectious disease known as the Flare, roam the crumbling cities hunting for their next victim . . . and meal.

The Gladers are far from finished with running. Instead of freedom, they find themselves faced with another trial. They must cross the Scorch, the most burned-out section of the world, and arrive at a safe haven in two weeks. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Thomas can only wonder—does he hold the secret of freedom somewhere in his mind? Or will he forever be at the mercy of WICKED?"

My Thoughts So Far:

It hasn't been too long since I've read The Maze Runner, and fell in love with the world that Thomas (the main character) lives in. I couldn't get enough of the mysterious twists and turns, and its about time I got to reading the second book!

P.S. Can't wait for The Maze Runner to come out in theaters!!!

Book Blitz: Spirit!

Release Date: 04/30/13

Summary from Goodreads:
Not even a guardian angel is more powerful than Death.

Always careful to watch out for others, Shayna put too much trust her abilities to keep herself safe and has been cut down by crazed man. Now she is trapped in the land of the dead, watching as her two best friends suffer the consequences of her death; their powers are fading and soon they will too. Shayna is desperate to return to the land of the living to save them from a similar, cold fate. To save her friends Shayna must turn away from the Light and, in doing so, sacrifice her wings.

But the longer Shayna stays among the dead, the further she slips from sanity. If Shayna cannot find her way back she will be condemned and lost forever among the restless souls of the dead. With nothing left to lose, she will do whatever it takes to fight her way back, with or without her wings.

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Excerpt #2:
Traffic was still zipping up and down Main Street, life moving on without me. I kept close to the building, in the darker shadows, as I glanced up, down, and across the street. The last thing I needed was for my guardian angel to take me by surprise again. The sidewalk was clear, and from this distance, I couldn’t see anything by the park across the street, next to Anthony’s building. I had never really registered that he lived across the street from Cemetery Park, so named because it was an active cemetery up until the early 1940s.

Sometime in the sixties, the city decided to convert it into a park, but they never moved the bodies. The place always creeped me out, especially when I saw people playing fetch with their dogs or taking a picnic with their kids, knowing they were on top of hundreds of unmarked graves. But I wasn’t prepared for what I saw that night.

Dozens and dozens of spectral entities were all around the park, obscuring the finely manicured lawn. In the last few days, I had seen other ghosts’ fleeting forms, but none as tangible as me and none returned my gaze. Here though, when I crossed the street and stood in front of the park next to Anthony’s apartment building, no less than four spirits turned their deathly gaze upon me. For a moment, I felt as though I couldn’t move, like a mouse caught in a corner as the big angry cat hunkered down in front of it, just waiting.

Of the four staring at me, two were small girls who looked to be about nine and ten years old. They both wore plain white dresses that hung past their knees and cinched up to their necks. Their high-top black dress shoes were practically lost in the shadows. Another of the four was a war veteran. Of what war I couldn’t be sure, but he didn’t look much older than me as he glared my way. The last was an old, hunched over Chumash woman. Her bedraggled, dark hair swung down, obscuring her face from time to time as she swayed where she stood. Her face was a relief map of wrinkles, a testament to the long life she had before she died.

I wasn’t sure who to keep my eyes on; they were all glaring at me but spread out enough that I had to make an effort to look at each of them. The larger of the two girls tilted her head to the side, drawing my attention to her. Her large eyes looked black in the night. She blinked slowly, her mouth opening slightly, as she lifted one hand and crooked her pale finger, beckoning me to come. Absurdly, I felt the desire to step forward, to answer her call, just like the pull of the White Light.
I managed to keep my feet planted on the sidewalk, though my toes were dangerously close to the edge of the grass. I had the feeling that if I crossed the line of cement and desecrated ground, that tiny waif of a girl would be on me like a rabid dog on the last bone in the world. I shifted my weight and took one small step backward. I heard the howling of the lost souls milling about the grounds. The girl’s head snapped back, and her mouth opened into a terrible black maw. She screamed long and loud before she rushed for me.

Her fingers were crooked into claws and her hands stretched out as she flew across the ground in her mad rage. I flinched against the sounds she made, feeling something for the first time in days, and covered my ears. I panicked and scrambled backward, tripping over my own feet, and fell to the ground. She was nearly on top of me. I started to gather the shadows about me, ready to flee, but as she reached the edge of the grass, she slammed into an invisible wall, then bounced off and tumbled backward.

The milling mass of spirits began to shift toward us. The noise and reverberating energy drew their attention like moths to a flame. I pushed back, putting a little more distance between me and the edge of the cemetery, before I got to my feet. I dusted my hands off on my jeans out of habit and straightened my sweater. When I finally found the courage to look up again, the entire population of the cemetery was pressed close to the edge of the grass, practically looming over me. I clenched my hands into fists to keep them from shaking and lifted my chin. They couldn’t cross the line to get to me, and there was no way they would get me to do it for them. I was fine; I just had to stay on the sidewalk.

The soldier caught my attention, pulling it away from the still glaring, screaming girl in white. He stepped forward out of the crowd. A few tendrils of pale white slipped from his shoulders. He wasn’t quite at the grass line. His face was calm and sad. I watched as he inclined his head toward me in a nod, which I returned. One corner of his mouth lifted in a small half smile. I stepped forward.

He lifted his hand, his fingers splayed as if he would intertwine them with mine. I lifted my hand, opening my fingers and began to reach for him. I took another half-step forward, a few blades of grass bending over the toe of my boot.

“Shayna, no!” a voice called out like a ringing bell in the still, silent night.

Rest of the books in the Elemental series:
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About the Author
Like so many other writers, Shauna grew up as an avid reader, but it was in high school that she realized she wanted to be a writer. Five years ago, Shauna started work on her Elemental Series. She released the first installment, Earth, on May 1, 2011 and has since released four sequels, with the series coming to an end with Spirit. She is currently hard at work on a new Urban Fantasy series, staring a spunky witch with a smush-faced cat named Artemis.

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July 21, 2013

Book Review: What Really Happened in Peru.

What Really Happened in Peru (The Bane Chronicles, #1)Title: What Really Happened in Peru.
Author: Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan.
Series: Novella.
Pages: 133.
Source: Publisher, Review Copy.
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books.
Published Date: 4/16/13.
Barnes and Noble.


"There are good reasons Peru is off-limits to Magnus Bane. Follow Magnus’s Peruvian escapades as he drags his fellow warlocks Ragnor Fell and Catarina Loss into trouble, learns several instruments (which he plays shockingly), dances (which he does shockingly), and disgraces his host nation by doing something unspeakable to the Nazca Lines."

My Thoughts:

I love the Mortal Instruments series, and when I was offered this as an audio book for review, I couldn't turn down the offer!

What Really Happened in Peru follows Magnus's adventures that he encountered during his stay in Peru. Each adventure is short, and the audio itself is only about an hour and a half long.

Throughout this short novella, the reader got to learn a lot about Magnus, his days before meeting the characters in the Mortal Instruments series, and his friends; Ragnor Fell and Catrina Loss. We also got a sneak peek of what it meant for Magnus to be in love with a mortal, and a little bit about Magnus's demon father.

While What Really Happened in Peru did fill the reader in with a lot of information about Magnus and his background, the adventures themselves weren't too exciting. Overall, I still really enjoyed learning more about him, before the Mortal Instruments started, even though I wished the adventures weren't so dry.

Book Haulin'!

Welcome to Turning Pages!

And Happy Sunday!! I'm not sure about you, but I've had the longest weekend; signing up for college classes, getting ready for the read-a-thon, and preparing for a short vacation!

I finally got into the math class I needed for my first quarter of college, which was nothing but stressful. I'm going to the beach in about two weeks (I really need this little vacation), to enjoy the sun, and do some outlet shopping! And I'm not saying anything about the read-a-thon just yet, because I want it to be a surprise! The signup post will be up on July 26th, so make sure to stop by then and join in!

Now to the book haul! I purchased one book from Walmart, and I received one book in the mail!

The Vincent Boys (The Vincent Boys, #1)The Vincent Boys, by Abbi Glines.

"Ashton is getting tired of being good, of impressing her parents and playing ideal girlfriend to Sawyer Vincent. Sawyer is perfect, a regular Prince Charming, but when he leaves town for the summer, it’s his cousin Beau who catches Ashton’s eye. Beau is the sexiest guy she’s ever seen, and even though he’s dangerous, Ashton is drawn to him.

Beau loves his cousin like a brother, so the last thing he wants to do is make a move on Sawyer’s girl. Ashton is off-limits, absolutely. That’s why he does his best to keep his distance, even though he’s been in love with her forever. When Ashton wants to rekindle their childhood friendship in Sawyer’s absence, Beau knows he should say no.

Ashton and Beau don’t want to hurt Sawyer. But the more they try to stay away from each other, the more intense their urges become. It’s getting way too hard to resist...."

Shadows (The Rephaim, #1)
Shadows, by Paula Weston (Review Copy, Thank You!!)

"Love. Nightmares. Angels. War. A fast-paced, compelling debut novel from a fresh new voice in YA.

It’s been almost a year since Gaby Winters was in the car crash that killed her twin brother, Jude. Her body has healed in the sunshine of Pandanus Beach, but her grief is raw and constant.

It doesn’t help that every night in her dreams she kills demons and other hell-spawn. And then Rafa comes to town. Not only does he look exactly like the guy who’s been appearing in Gaby’s dreams, he claims a history with her brother that makes no sense.

Gaby is forced to accept that what she thought she knew about herself and her life is only a shadow of the truth – and that the truth is more likely to be found in the shadows of her nightmares.

Who is Rafa? Who are the Rephaim? And most importantly – who can she trust?"

Feel free to comment below with your thoughts on these two books! I can't wait to get started on them!