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ashelynnhetland, February 24, 2012

Incarnate is a refreshing utopian-romance in the sea of dystopians, one whose words match the pretty cover, and will leave you wishing for a time machine to go into the future for the sequels. But in the meantime, I will be rereading the masquerade scene, thankyouverymuch. FAVORITE EVER!

So I’ve heard good and bad things about Incarnate, to the point where I was terrified to read it. I really wanted to like it! JUST LOOK AT THAT COVER. It begs to be a likeable book! And for me, it was. I think what a lot of people didn’t realize was it wasn’t just a story of Ana learning why she is a “nosoul” as Li calls her, but is also a story of Ana feeling emotions��"falling in love��"when Li says nosouls don’t have emotions. Those people hadn’t realized it was a romance story and expected so much more out of Incarnate.

Meadows’ prose is delicate and subtle. I loved it. I had an image of Range in my head as soon as I read the first paragraph, and it only grew from there. The worldbuilding is amazing. The subtlety of it is, too. Ana doesn’t ask questions, or even a simple “Huh?” when she doesn’t understand. No info-dumps. Just a relief and an amazing break from books that do the info-dump so readers understand the world.

I hinted above about a masquerade scene. Oh, man. OH MAN. That scene killed me. I’m not alive anymore, just typing from the beyond. What happens after that scene… oh my lanta. It was scary and amazing. But, a little hint as to why I loved the masquerade scene: there’s kissing involved, but you already guessed that, didn’t you? I LOVE KISSING SCENES. And this one is hot, hot, hot. And did I mention hot?? *G*

Incarnate is full of twists and turns, and I loved every bit of it. There is a scene in the book that made me squeal out loud because I HADN’T realized it was coming and it was so, so amazing and I felt so happy for Ana. (if you’ve read it, it’s the scene where her and Sam are in his house in Heart and Ana’s uncovering everything downstairs.) And the ending; wow, that ending. Amazing and I hadn’t expected it.

This is a book you WANT to read. Put it on your wishlist and toss your schedule around when you get it, because once you dive in, there’s no turning back.
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Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
Imaginary Girls

ashelynnhetland, September 8, 2011

I finished this book not knowing what happened to my brain. Wow, this book is unique and twisted and brain-mushing. It's such a roller coaster, and whoa, I'd read this book again in a heartbeat. It's a little confusing, and not everything is resolved��"hello, cell phone? What's up with that?��"but I can see that maybe the author wanted the reader to make an opinion about it. It's the same way with the ending, and it works VERY well for this book. The reader gets to figure out what happened in the end, what the people of Olive are, etc. I go with Ruby's explanation. Anybody else?

IMAGINARY GIRLS was a delightful read. I was hooked right away, maybe it was from Suma's writing ability (I am green right now. GREEN!) or Ruby casted a spell on me like she did the people in the book and the weird town. I made a grave mistake and started it before bedtime, and to my disappointment, I couldn't keep my eyes open after 100 pages of reading it. I had to set it down and man, was I angry at myself.

This story is a surreal story, probably best read at night (when you aren't tired!) with the lights turned low. Very disturbing, but very very good. I loved it and can't wait to read more by Nova Ren Suma.
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Wildefire by Karsten Knight

ashelynnhetland, September 8, 2011

I read the first chapter when S&S put it up, and I was dying to read the rest. Fast forward a few months later, to the end of May at 12:26, when I finished WILDEFIRE.

This book was going to get a four star rating from me. Yes, it was addictive, but I didn't have my iPad glued to my side when I started to read it. I bounced between books. It's what I do when reading. But the ending��"oh gawd, the ending��"changed my mind. I think I still have whiplash from the ending. The last few pages my heart stopped and all I could think is, “If he dies, I will never, ever read another book from Karsten Knight.”

I hope that's not too spoiler-ish and hope it IS teasing. ;)

WILDEFIRE is very unique, and I liked it a lot. It brought in cultures (a Polynesian protag! A native American love interest! SA-WOON.) and lesser known mythology. And the characters? They act like teenagers, so yay for Karsten!

I loved Ashline and the rest of her group. I loved the fact that they cussed because I'm around teenagers a lot and they cuss. They acted like teenagers, and it was refreshing to read a YA with honest to god believable characters. Or, well, teenager characters who are also reincarnated gods. You know, no big deal.

I could go on and on about this book, but I'm not. You should read it, though. And when you do, you'll be dying for the sequel.
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Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Before I Fall

ashelynnhetland, September 8, 2011

Wow. What a brilliant debut! I love Lauren Oliver, and this is my second book I've read from her (haha, as it should be, since she only has two published/out in the world books. I do have an ARC of Liesl & Po, and I'm very excited to dive into it!)

All I knew about Before I Fall is 1) a lot of people liked it 2) A lot of people hated Sam and her group since they were bitches and 3) she has to relive the same day for seven days in a row.

I freaking love this book, and Sam. I didn't find her mean or overall horrible in the beginning (some of the things Sam and her friends did make me sad). And I loved how Sam grew as a character over the story.

Each day is different, which I love, because if it had been the same day over and over again, that would have been very boring to read. But it wasn't, and oh my god, it was addictive. I kept reading and reading and reading until there was nothing else to read.

And what an ending. I'm not entirely sure I like it, but maybe it'll grow on me. What I really loved about this book was the friendship relationship between Sam and her friends. Lately YA is filled with sexual relationships that a friendship relationship book is amazing and I devour it (think LIKE MANDARIN by Kirsten Hubbard.) These books are amazing, and I loved how Oliver managed to grasp the friendship with this group of teens. Really, really loved that friendship dynamic. More of this, please?
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Sweetly by Jackson Pearce

ashelynnhetland, August 16, 2011

SWEETLY was my first Jackson Pearce book. I’ve been meaning to read SISTERS RED, just haven’t got to buying or reading it yet. (I know! I am lame.) So when I had the chance to review SWEETLY, I jumped at it.

Spoiler alert: I loved it. (Not a real spoiler alert.)

The main character’s voice, Gretchen, cuts through the pages cleanly and I noticed halfway through the book that she had her own voice. Ever read a book then hear the author talk and notice how the character and the author sound ALIKE? Or maybe that’s just me? But Pearce does video blogs (aka vlogs), and I’ve watched probably all of them, so I know what her voice sounds like (which sounds a tad bit stalker-ish…) and still! Gretchen had her own voice.

The story flowed wonderfully, a mixture of emotions along with the plot: happy, sad, pain. There were a few spots where I was surprised because I did not see them coming.

And it’s addictive. I noticed I kept turning page after page after page to learn one thing, and when I did learn that, I kept reading more because there were several other things I wanted to know!

Also? There’s kissing. ^___^

Overall, a fantastic retelling of HANSEL AND GRETEL. I loved the bits of the original story in the retelling (Samuel being a woodsman; Sophia owning a candy shop; Ansel and Gretchen having a stepmother…) I also liked that Pearce added a few Southern superstitions to this paranormal book.

Now, I need to stare at this cover more because how AWESOME is it?
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