[WAITING ON WEDNESDAY] City of Savages

Series: N/A
Author: Lee Kelly
Genre: young adult, science fiction, dystopia, thriller,
Expected Publication: February 3, 2015



It’s been nearly two decades since the Red Allies first attacked New York, and Manhattan is now a prisoner-of-war camp, ruled by Warden Rolladin and her brutal, impulsive warlords. For 17-year-old Skyler Miller, Manhattan is a cage that keeps her from the world beyond the city’s borders. But for Sky’s 16-year-old sister, Phee, the P.O.W. camp is a dangerous playground of possibility, and the only home she’d ever want. 
When Sky and Phee discover their mom’s hidden journal from the outbreak of the war, they both realize there’s more to Manhattan—and their mother—than either of them had ever imagined. And after a group of strangers arrives at the annual P.O.W. census, the girls begin to uncover the island’s long-kept secrets. The strangers hail from England, a country supposedly destroyed by the Red Allies, and Rolladin’s lies about Manhattan’s captivity begin to unravel. 
Hungry for the truth, the sisters set a series of events in motion that ends in the death of one of Rolladin’s guards. Now they’re outlaws, forced to join the strange Englishmen on an escape mission through Manhattan. Their flight takes them into subways haunted by cannibals, into the arms of a sadistic cult in the city’s Meatpacking District, and, through the pages of their mom’s old journal, into the island’s dark and shocking past. Sky and Phee are dependent on each other, and their ragged posse, for survival, but as their feelings grow toward the handsome English boy Ryder, love and jealousy threaten to break them apart. 
While primarily a thriller, City of Savages is also a story about the many meanings of sisterhood, told across two generations of New York women—those who survived a terrible tragedy, and those who were raised to live in its aftermath. 

[TOP TEN TUESDAY] Book Buying Habits

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and The Bookish.

This Week's Topic: FREEBIE!

Dropping by the bookstore is like a hobby to me. Sometimes I just like being there, staring at the books I plan to get or eyeing on books I'll check out when I get home. But the best thing I like about going to the bookstore is buying books (like DUH!).

I sometimes tell myself that I'm picky about the books I buy but sometimes I doubt that that's true. Sometimes I just buy books on a whim. Sometimes reviews make me want books. Sometimes popularity makes me buy books. ANYWAY, I found myself thinking about what books do I really buy THEN my mind went to how do I choose the books I buy THEN to my book buying quirks.

SO here're ten things I do when I go to the bookstore! LOL.

[1] I instantly go to the YA section of the bookstore THEN scifi-mystery-thriller THEN classics THEN general fiction. That order. ALWAYS! Unless I'm looking for a particular book.
[2] I checkout EVERY SINGLE BOOK on the store before decided on what to buy. Again, this happens unless I already have something in mind. But sometimes I just checkout stuff anyway in case I there're new books.
[3] I don't always read book blurbs when I'm in the bookstore. It's just because they're annoyingly long! and there's a ton of books on the store! and I have so little time in my hands! If I've never read the book's blurb or a review at home, I just checkout the cover, the title, browse the blurb if it's so freaking long, or just quickly check it out on goodreads :P
[4] I unconsciously stay in the bookstore for at least 1hr. How else can I check every book if I'll stay less than an hour? (well unless I drop by that bookstore every single week or every other day or whatever).
[5] I only buy on local bookstores - physical stores and one online manga store. Other than those, just no. although I really want to buy on BookDepository or Amazon or somewhere (but my parents will definitely not approve of using my credit card for international book buys. PLUS there's the customs thing.. or whatever problems they encounter there. bleh! but I'll probably buy OL once I graduate from university).

[BOOK HIGHLIGHT] Final Life


Series: the Transhuman Chronicles #1
Author: Rose Garcia
Genre: young adult, fantasy, paranormal, romance
Publisher: FML Books
Published: January 8, 2014 (first published May 15, 2012)
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | Kobo


Nothing sucks more than being forced to move cross country during senior year. And Dominique Wells doesn't think things can get any worse until she's invited to a quirky neighbor's party. When pressured into playing a magical card game, Dominique's world goes from sucky to terrifying. She begins having visions of a red desert and an evil presence--a presence who hints at past lives and promises to kill her.  
Plagued by fear and suspicion, and unaware of a family secret kept hidden from her, Dominique is determined to live. Together with a mysterious and gorgeous guy who's moved in while his parents are away, and a hot, popular guy from school, Dominique must seek clues to her past if she's to survive. That, and keep her emotions in check for the two guys she suddenly can't stop thinking about because if she doesn't, she'll be dead. For real.

[REVIEW] The Body Electric

Series: N/A
Author:
Beth Revis
Genre:
young adult, science fiction, dystopia, romance
Published:
October 6, 2014
Publisher: 
Scripturient Books
The future world is at peace. 
Ella Shepherd has dedicated her life to using her unique gift--the ability to enter people's dreams and memories using technology developed by her mother--to help others relive their happy memories. 
But not all is at it seems. 
Ella starts seeing impossible things--images of her dead father, warnings of who she cannot trust. Her government recruits her to spy on a rebel group, using her ability to experience--and influence--the memories of traitors. But the leader of the rebels claims they used to be in love--even though Ella's never met him before in her life. Which can only mean one thing... 
Someone's altered her memory.
Ella's gift is enough to overthrow a corrupt government or crush a growing rebel group. She is the key to stopping a war she didn't even know was happening. But if someone else has been inside Ella's head, she cannot trust her own memories, thoughts, or feelings.
So who can she trust? 
SPECIAL EDITION WITH EXTRA CONTENT AVAILABLE FROM BN, KOBO, and IBOOKS

[REVIEW] The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Series: N/A
Author:
Jennifer E. Smith
Genre:
young adult, contemporary, romance, realistic fiction
Published:
January 2013 (first publish January 2012)
Publisher:
Poppy Hachette Little Brown and Company
Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything? 
TODAY SHOULD BE one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan’s life. Having missed her flight, she’s stuck at JFK airport and late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley’s never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport’s cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he’s British, and he’s sitting in her row. 
A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more? 
Set over a twenty-four-hour period, this is a cinematic novel about family connections, second changes, and first loves.