[Waiting on Wednesday] Tabula Rasa

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming can't wait to read.
Series: N/A
Kristen Lippert-Martin
young adult, science fiction, thriller, dystopia
Expected Publication:
September 23, 2014
Tabula Rasa
The Bourne Identity meets Divergent in this heart-pounding debut. 
Sixteen-year-old Sarah has a rare chance at a new life. Or so the doctors tell her. She’s been undergoing a cutting-edge procedure that will render her a tabula rasa—a blank slate. Memory by memory her troubled past is being taken away. 
But when her final surgery is interrupted and a team of elite soldiers invades the isolated hospital under cover of a massive blizzard, her fresh start could be her end.
Navigating familiar halls that have become a dangerous maze with the help of a teen computer hacker who's trying to bring the hospital down for his own reasons, Sarah starts to piece together who she is and why someone would want her erased. And she won’t be silenced again. 
A high-stakes thriller featuring a non-stop race for survival and a smart heroine who will risk everything, Tabula Rasa is, in short, unforgettable.

[REVIEW] Downsiders

Series: N/A
Neal Shusterman
young adult, science fiction, romance, adventure
November 10, 2009 (first published June 1, 1999)
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Fear the Topside, or be crushed by its embrace. 
Beneath the sewer grates and manholes of the city lies a strange and secret world called the Downside. Every Downsider knows that it’s forbidden to go Topside. But fourteen-year-old Talon is curious about what goes above ground, and when he ventures out in search of medicine for his ailing sister, he meets Lindsay, who is as curious about Talon’s world as he is about hers. 
When Lindsay visits the Downside for the first time, she is awed and amazed by the spirit of the Downsiders, and the way they create marvelous works of art from Topside “trash.” But when she discovers that this fantastic world is not all it appears to be, she is determined to tell Talon the truth. Then a construction accident threatens to crush Talon’s world, and his loyalty is put to the test. Can the truth save the Downside, or will it destroy an entire civilization?

[Flashback Friday] Kimi to Boku.

Flashback Friday is a weekly post where I talk about a book, manga, or anime series I’ve finished. This is more like me reminiscing on stuff I come across back then.

English Title: You and Me.
J.C. Staff
shounen, slice of life, comedy, drama, romance, school
13 (S1); 13 (S2)
Anime Director:
 Kanbe Mamoru
The story revolves around four teens — the good-looking twins Yuuta and Yuuki Asaba, the effeminate Shun Matsuoka, and the class head Kaname Tsukahara — who have known each other since early childhood. While they are not necessarily good or bad friends, they continue to hang out well into high school. The half-Japanese transfer student Chizuru Tachibana joins the circle of friends in this comedy about the everyday life of adolescence.

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Kimi to Boku. was one of the first anime I wrote about when I started anime blogging. It’s just one of those shows that involve beautiful sceneries, pastel colors, laidback characters, plain everyday life, and a bunch of guys with nothing really special to do in life.

[BOOK TOUR | Guest Post: Top Ten Heroines] Prophecy of the Most Beautiful

full tour schedule can be found at YA Bound Book Tours.

Series: Oracle of Delphi #1
Author: Diantha Jones
Genre: young adult, mythology, fantasy, romance
Published: March 1, 2012
Prophecy of the Most Beautiful (Oracle of Delphi, #1)
She has a destiny so great that even the gods fear her. 
Constant hallucinations and the frequent conversations with the voices in her head, have earned eighteen-year-old Chloe Clever the not-so-coveted title of "Whack Job" in her home town of Adel, Georgia. Fed up with prescription meds and therapists, she wishes for a life where she is destined to be more than the butt of everyone's jokes and mockery. 
Be careful what you wish for has never rung more true. 
After a vicious attack and learning that her favorite rockstar is an Olympian god, she is thrust into her new life as the Oracle of Delphi, the prophesier of the future. Setting out to fulfill the prophecy she has been given, Chloe learns of how great she is to become, all the while fighting mythical monsters and trying to outwit the ever-cunning Greek gods who harbor secrets of their own. While on a mission to discover the Most Beautiful, she strives to uncover the mysteries of the demigod Prince who has sworn to protect her with his life…and threatens to win her heart in the process.

[Waiting on Wednesday] the Vault of Dreamers

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming can't wait to read.

Series: N/A
Caragh M. O’Brien
young adult, science fiction, dystopia, fantasy, mystery, thriller, action, romance
Expected Publication:
September 16, 2014
The Vault of Dreamers
From the author of the Birthmarked trilogy comes a fast-paced, psychologically thrilling novel about what happens when your dreams are not your own. 
The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success:  every moment of the students' lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students' schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What's worse is, she starts to notice that the edges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding—and what it truly means to dream there.

[First Impression] Zankyou no Terror

English Title: Terror of Resonance, Terror in Tokyo
psychological, thriller
Anime Director:
Watanabe Shinichiro
In an alternate version of the present, Tokyo has been decimated by a shocking terrorist attack, and the only hint to the identity of the culprit is a bizarre video uploaded to the internet. The police, baffled by this cryptic clue, are powerless to stop the paranoia spreading across the population. 
While the world searches for a criminal mastermind to blame for this tragedy, two mysterious children—children who shouldn't even exist—masterfully carry out their heinous plan. Cursed to walk through this world with the names Nine and Twelve, the two combine to form "Sphinx," a clandestine entity determine to wake the people from their slumber—and pull the trigger on this world.

[Top Ten Tuesday] Anime!

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

This Week’s Topic: Other types of stories! Top Ten Favorite Movies or TV Shows! (can break it down to top ten favorite romance movies or comedy shows etc. etc.). In this topic, I decided to make my top ten anime!

It’s been quite a while since I last made my top ten list and I thought that this is my opportunity to ponder around on this list. I’m thinking of writing a more comprehensive list soon with more descriptions blah-blah-blah… but for now, here’s my current top ten anime (in no particular order).