“Nerve” by Jeanne Ryan

This book was hard for me to put down…it builds with a heavy sense of foreboding but with an eagerness of seeing just how far will it go and if our girl has the “nerve” to go through with it.  I really really enjoyed this book!

Title: Nerve

Author: Jeanne Ryan

Publisher: Dial Books (Penguin)

Summary (by Goodreads):

A high-stakes online game of dares turns deadly

When Vee is picked to be a player in NERVE, an anonymous game of dares broadcast live online, she discovers that the game knows her. They tempt her with prizes taken from her ThisIsMe page and team her up with the perfect boy, sizzling-hot Ian. At first it’s exhilarating–Vee and Ian’s fans cheer them on to riskier dares with higher stakes. But the game takes a twisted turn when they’re directed to a secret location with five other players for the Grand Prize round. Suddenly they’re playing all or nothing, with their lives on the line. Just how far will Vee go before she loses NERVE?

My take:

Disclaimers and such: I received this book from DAC ARC Tours!  Thank you for letting me read and review this ARC and thank you to Dial Books as well!  So although, I received this book for free in exchange for a review, all thoughts are my own.  This book was published September 13th!

In the book, “Nerve” is a new reality game based on the idea of someone taking a dare and, when successfully completed, earning a prize.  Contestants may enter by completing a preliminary dare and making sure the video is streaming through their phone to “Nerve”s website as they are completing the dare.  With enough views, comments, and popularity, “Nerve” will dare the contestant to do something else.  The dares get bigger and so do the prizes, but once you start, do you have the nerve to actually go through with all of it…to the end?

We find Vee in the beginning of the book as a back stage makeup artist to her friends who are in a school play.  No recognition and no fame has put Vee in the backseat watching everyone else get all the glory.   She doesn’t mind it, but a little recognition wouldn’t kill would it?  To gain the attention of a certain boy in particular, Vee enters the Nerve game by completing a preliminary dare and with the growing number of fans…Vee finds herself texted by Nerve to do another dare, but this time for a prize.  And so it begins…

I tried to find a “Pringles – Once you pop, you can’t stop” gif, but couldn’t find one!!  If someone finds one, tell me where and I’ll put it up!

We have a couple of characters in this book, boys in particular.  Matthew: the boy who Vee has a crush on, but she can’t tell if he’s really that into her or just after her best friend.  Tommy: the good boy that has a crush on Vee (and who Vee should like back), but he doesn’t have the guts to tell her.  Ian: the very cute boy that Nerve pairs Vee with as a partner to go through competitions/dares with.  I picture Scarlet O’Hara out on the lawn in the beginning of Gone with the Wind…if you haven’t read or seen the movie, just…now.  Go see it now.  It’s a classic.

As the dares progress, feelings escalate and the feeling of invincibility sets in, but just how far is too far?  Pretty soon we see the true nature of each person.  Is Ian too perfect?  Will Tommy be there for her in the end?  Who is Matthew really crushing on?

The book really feels like an adrenaline rush and it starts with coasting, then goes to jogging….and then you feel like you’re sprinting to the end.  What I think drew me in the most was the fact that this seemed like a game that you would possibly see on TV.  With all the reality shows…why not have one where people are dared to do crazy stunts for prizes at home with friends watching?   Question is, would you be one of the people to do it and have the nerve to do everything they ask?

Read it!  Read it!  Loved it!!  :)

Myst~ (Amanda)

TTT – Top Ten Bookish People I Want to Meet

Top Ten Tuesday: “Top Ten Bookish People I Want to Meet”

Top Ten Tuesday is a fun way to spice up Tuesdays (because everyone hates Mondays, Wednesdays are the halfway point, Thursdays are “little Fridays”, and everyone knows about Fridays… :)) and it’s hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

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10: John Grisham – I just want to know how he comes up with his stories and ends up on the best sellers list every time!  He’s got to have some great tips…plus, does anyone know if he was an attorney earlier or does he do all the research himeself for his stories?

9: Seal Member who shot bin laden – I know they’ve recently figured out who this guy his, but I would love to just be able to shake his hand and ask him how he’s kept it a secret for this long! 

8: Stephanie Meyers – First I would want to know how she deals with the mass media of love AND hate, then I would want to know if she thinks she could ever top Twilight?

7: Margaret George – I LOVE her books.  Just to sit down to lunch with her and talk about all the different periods of history she’s covered with how she decides to put little details in the chapters would facinate me.  I’m a history junky at heart.

6: Phillippa Gregory – Her love stories with the different characters ALL in the and around the same era are amazing reads for me.  I love being able to look through the eyes of the different characters that may have been mentioned in another book to see the different points of view. 

5: Christopher Paolini – To be SO young and come up with those characters, the adventure, the places…I would love an afternoon to sit with him and just see what all he thinks about day in and day out.

4: Amy A. Bartol – This is the first author to reach out to me and send me one of her books.  I absolutely adore this woman and the characters she has given us!  I fangirl for her and what makes it awesome…she is totally cool with it.

3: Veronica Roth – I would love to know how the series ends…if she wouldn’t give up the ending, I would settle for an afternoon of find out how she thought of the factions and the different characters.  I would be surprised if she doesn’t come out and look/sound like Tris! 

2: Suzanne Collins – Hunger Games…it was a bestseller, now a major motion film.  I would love to know how she feels about the movies.  I would ask her if she’s got any other book ideas.  I want to know why she put Peeta and Katniss together…I would demand to know why Gale just wasn’t the guy she chose.  Can you tell I’m a little biased?

1: J.K. Rowling – I just want a day with her.  7 books…that’s all it took for her to be set for life.  She could choose to never write another book again.  How amazing would that be?  I want to see how quirky she is…beacuse to come up with Dobby, Hippogrifffs, and floo powder means either you’ve just got a great imagination or maybe a few nuts and bolts that aren’t tightened all the way.  Either way, I would love her the same.

“WoW” – Mila 2.0

“Waiting on” Wednesday is an event created and hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.  That’s putting it nicely!  This is going to be a book I’m drooling over, waiting for it to be released.

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Title: Mila 2.0

Author: Debra Driza

Publication date: March 12, 2013

Summary (by Goodreads):

Pitched as a “Bourne Identity”-type sci-fi thriller about a teenage girl who discovers that she is a Mobile Intel Life-like Android, an experiment in artificial intelligence created by the U.S. government, and her scientist mother, who kidnapped her when she was found to have human emotions.

Why I can’t wait:

How awesome does this book sound??  “Bourne Identity”?  I LOVED those movies!  I hope we’ll get a better summary soon, but even this little teaser is enough to get me excited about it!!

What book are you counting down the days for?

“WoW” – Starling

“Waiting on” Wednesday is an event created and hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.  That’s putting it nicely!  This is going to be a book I’m drooling over, waiting for it to be released.

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Title: Starling

Author: Lesley Livingston

Publication date: August 28th, 2012

Summary (by Goodreads):

“Love is just the beginning… of the end.”

Mason Starling is a champion fencer for Gosforth Academy, but she’s never had to fight for her life. Until now. When a ferocious storm rips through Manhattan and unleashes terrifying creatures onto Gosforth’s campus, Mason barely escapes alive. Without help from the mysterious stranger who appeared in the midst of the storm, she might not have made it at all. But now, in the aftermath, Mason’s life begins to spin dramatically, mystically out of control, and the only one who seems able to help her is the stranger who can remember nothing but his name: Fennrys Wolf.

As Mason and Fenn uncover more about Fenn’s past and the strange events that surround them, they realize that Mason’s family — and its dark allegiance to the ancient Norse gods — is at the center of everything. A predetermined fate seems to be closing in on Mason, but is it possible to change one’s destiny?

Why I can’t wait:

Since this book came out yesterday…technically speaking, I don’t have to wait!  Haha!  Norse gods…I was so excited to read those two little words!  I haven’t read any books that talk about Norse gods and I got myself excited about it!  :)

What book are you counting down the days for?

Happy Birthday…to everyone else!

Since yesterday was my birthday…I feel the need to make sure that everyone gets a party favor!  In order to make sure everyone (at least book lovers) have a smile on their face today, I’ve got a few free Kindle deals for you!  :)

So HAPPY BIRTHDAY everyone!

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It’s My Birthday…I’ll Post if I Want to!

Yup…

Guess who’s birthday it is today!!!

I’m happy that I’m still happy about a birthday.  I don’t ever want to be the person who gets more and more bitter with every year that passes.

My co-workers were so awesome yesterday! They gave me cards, got me a bundt cake, made a peach cobbler, bought me flowers, and a couple of them are taking me out next Monday for lunch!

So I want everyone to do one or all of the following:

1) Dance a little

2) Laugh and smile

3) Act your shoe size!  (Example: If you were a size 7 shoe…act 7 years old!  …Seen pictured below)

I hope everyone has an awesome day!!

Amanda

“WoW” – Shades of Earth

“Waiting on” Wednesday is an event created and hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.  That’s putting it nicely!  This is going to be a book I’m drooling over, waiting for it to be released.

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Title: Shades of Earth (Across The Universe #3)

Author: Beth Revis

Publication date: January 15, 2013

Summary (by Goodreads):

The final book in the trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis!

Amy and Elder have finally left the oppressive walls of the spaceship Godspeed behind. They’re ready to start life afresh–to build a home–on Centauri-Earth, the planet that Amy has traveled 25 trillion miles across the universe to experience. But this new Earth isn’t the paradise that Amy had been hoping for. Amy and Elder must race to uncover who–or what–else is out there if they are to have any hope of saving their struggling colony and building a future together. But as each new discovery brings more danger, Amy and Elder will have to look inward to the very fabric of what makes them human on this, their most harrowing journey yet. Because if the colony collapses? Then everything they have sacrificed–friends, family, life on Earth–will have been meaningless.

Why I can’t wait:

I cannot wait for this book to come out!!!  I’m DYING for this third book!!  I really do love this series.  The adventure, the imagination, the story…I can’t wait to see how the series concludes!  :)

TTT – Topn Ten Favorite Books I’ve Read During the Lifespan of My Blog

Top Ten Tuesday: “Top Ten Favorite Books I’ve Read During the Lifespan of My Blog”

Top Ten Tuesday is a fun way to spice up Tuesdays (because everyone hates Mondays, Wednesdays are the halfway point, Thursdays are “little Fridays”, and everyone knows about Fridays… :)) and it’s hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

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1) Harry Potter Series

This series is absolutely the best!  Ron, Hermione, and Harry, the boy that lived, it’s just magical.

2) Eragon “The Inheritance Series”

The adventure in this series is so awesome with the huge world that is imagined and written about!

3) The Premonition Series

Angels, romance, and adventure.  I love this series!

4) Divergent Series

I’m addicted to Four and Tris and the dystopian societies in this series.  I can’t wait to see how things turn out in the next book!!

5) Across the Universe Series

I’ve always said the imagination is amazing, but I also love the way these books are progressing

6) Fifty Shades of Grey Series

Yes, I liked this series!  Haha!  I really liked the characters and the brokenness of Christian.

7) Hush, Hush Series

I enjoyed the romance and the twists and turns of this series!  They were a fun read!

8) Angelfall

This book was hilarious!  I loved the idea behind the plot/story and the wittiness was amazing!

9) Daughter of Smoke and Bone

There really is no other book like it that I have found.  The writing is fantastic and the I enjoyed the plot and characters!

10) The Buddha in the Attic

I found myself liking this book was surprised.  It’s so different from what I usually read but the prose, the writing…it’s just beautiful and poetic.

Top Ten Posts on My Blog

Top Ten Tuesday: “Top Ten Posts on Your Blog that Give the Best Picture of You”

Top Ten Tuesday is a fun way to spice up Tuesdays (because everyone hates Mondays, Wednesdays are the halfway point, Thursdays are “little Fridays”, and everyone knows about Fridays… :) ) and it’s hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

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Here are a few posts that I think best sum up some of the best of my blogging or at least gives you an idea on how I review books and write.  (I know this post is late…but better late than never!)

1)  My post about Twilight (to be…or not to be…sparkly)

2) My gushing over Intuition by Amy A. Bartol

3) My blog about Admitting What You’re Reading…Guilty Pleasure Books in Public

4) My review of The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

5) My breakdown of Insurgent by Veronica Roth

6) My confusion but love for Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

7) My surprise fascination with Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

8) My random post showing how much I love the Olympics

9) My disappointment in Tiger Lily by by Jodi Lynn Anderson

10) My Top Ten Tuesday post: Top Ten Characters I’d Like to See on a Reality Show

Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London

I can’t put my finger on why I’m intruiged by this book so much.  I loved the idea of the book from the beginning and although it ended how I figured it would, I enjoyed reading it unfold.  I even got surprised with a few things at the end!

title: Darkness Before Dawn

Author: J.A. London

Publisher: HarperTeen

Summary (by Goodreads):

Only sunlight can save us.

We built the wall to keep them out, to keep us safe. But it also makes us prisoners, trapped in what’s left of our ravaged city, fearing nightfall.

After the death of my parents, it’s up to me–as the newest delegate for humanity–to bargain with our vampire overlord. I thought I was ready. I thought I knew everything there was to know about the monsters. Then again, nothing could have prepared me for Lord Valentine . . . or his son. Maybe not all vampires are killers. Maybe it’s safe to let one in.

Only one thing is certain: Even the wall is not enough. A war is coming and we cannot hide forever.

First Sentences:

Standing on my balcony, I watch the sun paint its descent across the sky.  Soon the monsters will come out to play.  They like the night.  They feed on it.

Sometimes they feed on us.

From here, I can see the twenty-foot-high concrete wall that surrounds Denver.  It was built shortly after the thirty-year war that pitted humans against vampires came to an end.  It keeps out most of the monsters.  Most of them.

My Take:

I read this all in one day.  I found myself fascinated with the idea behind the story and wanted to know how it would progress.  I totally saw some things coming and then there were a few things that made my jaw drop and point my finger at the book going “Wha….I… Wha…..How?  Why did the author think of that???”

Dawn lives in a world where vampires came out to everyone.  Instead of being afraid, we treated them like celebrities and wanted to know what they thought of us.  Before we know it, we’re in the middle of a war and end up with colonies situated through out the United States with walls built around them with a vampire overlord.  There is “peace treaty” that keeps the vampires out of the city with the exception that human citizens are willing to volunteer to give blood to ensure the vampires can sustain life.

Dawn’s family is not the norm.  Her parents were the delegates, the negotiators, on behalf of the city and one night they are murdered by rogue vampires.  Lord Valentine soon requests Dawn to be the new delegate and not everyone is excited about it.  She’s only 17 and the whole city of Denver would rely on her to keep the peace.

When Dawn and Tegran (Dawn’s best friend) come back from a party…they find themselves trapped on the trolley with 4 vampires.  The situation looks grim, but someone saves them.  Victor.  He’s kind, he’s handsome, he’s a gentleman, and soon she finds out that he’s not human.  A friendship blossoms even under the stress of her new job and the horrible things the kids at school have said or done.

When things get a little messy and confusing between Dawn and her boyfriend Michael, she goes to Victor for comfort and finds that the lines aren’t so black and white.  There are many many shades of grey.  Speaking of Shades of Grey…I might have a review for that next week!  :)

As Dawn tries to keep Lord Valentine placated, her friends kept in the dark for their safety, and keep her the relationship going with Michael, Dawn realizes that what she’s known all her life may not be entirely true.  Dawn finds she needs courage to face obstacles head on and figure out who she really wants to be and who she wants to be with.

When vampires are found murdered in the city and Dawn finds that someone is following her, things seem to go from bad to worse.  The murder of the vampires brings up questions about what creature would do such a thing; the hooded figure following her makes her wonder why someone would spy on her.  The mystery, the relationships, and the negotiations is just a sample of what this 17 year old has to handle.

I really enjoyed the book.  It leaves you with a good sized cliff hanger though.  It’s not major enough to go “OMG!”, but it’s big enough to go … “ugh! When’s the next book?”  December…this year.  Don’t worry too much!

Myst~ (Amanda)