Review - Starters by Lissa Price

Title: Starters
Author: Lissa Price
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Publish Date: Mar 13, 2012
Hardcover, 368 pages

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The story premise of this book is SO BELIEVABLE that I was riveted from the beginning. I could not believe that this book was written so well that I felt I could see this happening in the future. Old people use younger people's bodies by renting them and living in them. There is a contract to avoid dangerous drugs, illicit sex, but do they really know what is happening in their bodies while they are out? Amazing!!

Callie is one of the unfortunate orphans who's parent's have died during the last Spore Wars. The only ones left are young and old. Many of the young are penniless and left to fend for themselves. Those not left alone are rounded up and arrested. They must find a way to live. Callie has not only herself to take care of, but her ailing brother. She goes in to investigate and ends up finding a solution to her problem she didn't realize she could fix. Renting out her body seems like a quick fix. Just three rentals and she will have all the money she needs. But one of the rentals has a plan, to kill someone important and use Callie as the body and face of the assassin. Something goes terribly wrong when Callie wakes up in her own body, but still in the rental contract. She must stop the assassin and save her life, but having the renter in her head might sway her to see the rental's point of view.

Summary -

Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie's only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.

He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie's head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator's grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations' plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined. . . .

Review - Fracture by Megan Miranda

Title: Fracture
Author: Megan Miranda
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Publish Date: Jan 17, 2012
Hardcover, 262 pages

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I read this book initially because I read quite a few reviews that kept saying how good this was and of course, I didn't want to miss it. Sadly many times there are good reviews, I'm left thinking, "What am I missing?" But this one did not disappoint.

Delaney was a fabulous character. After being pulled from a frozen pond, pronounced dead they tell her she'll be fine. She is having a few questionable things happen that lead her to believe she may not be fine.

Troy made me suspicious from the get-go. I didn't necessarily not like him, but I didn't like him either. I felt like he was too shadey. They kept him in the forefront, but not enough to give him a clean bill. Kind of like when I am watching a mystery on tv, it's usually someone who is in the scenes, but in the background. But I won't tell you if he is good or bad.

Delaney has trouble seeing past her need to relate to someone and that is why she starts to hang out with Troy. I really enjoyed the twist of trying to figure out if Delaney was causing these catastrophic happenings or if she is just predicting them. The fun of trying to figure out if dying has caused her to connect with the dead.

This book was mysterious, thrilling and thought-provoking, but not freaky weird. I like that.

Summary -
Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters of a Maine lake by her best friend Decker Phillips. By then her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. And yet she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine. Everyone wants Delaney to be all right, but she knows she's far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can't control or explain, Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her altered brain now predicting death, or causing it?

Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who recently emerged from a coma with similar abilities. At first she's reassured to find someone who understands the strangeness of her new existence, but Delaney soon discovers that Troy's motives aren't quite what she thought. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature-or something much more frightening?

For fans of best-sellers like Before I Fall and If I Stay, this is a fascinating and heart-rending story about love and friendship and the fine line between life and death.

Hey It's Okay Tuesday

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Hey, It's Okay Tuesday!

I got this idea from Glamour magazine. They have a section called Hey, It’s Okay and will list a bunch of things to be okay about. You're welcome to join in and do something like this on your blog. Doesn't have to be on a Tuesday either. Just make sure you link up and that the post you link up with is an Hey, It's Okay post.


To know that I will probably never watch Smash on it's actual scheduled time on TV because even when I have Monday off I have something scheduled during that time slot. I'll have to catch up on the episodes online.

To know now that I do not have Bipolar Disorder officially. I'm just who I am and that's okay.

To wish I could have it all. When I am at home, I miss my boyfriend and family, but when I am here, I miss my cats and beautiful house over the lake.

To wish writing novels was easier. It's not.

To be colder in the city where there isn't snow.

To let my mornings off revolve around The Today's Show.

To love the new cooking show Food For Thought by Claire Thomas. She is so cute and seems really nice. And her recipes are always easy to follow.

To know that even though I am in my 30's I still love Aerpostale clothes, especially their sweats.

For the first time ever, I bought green beans. First time. I blanched them by putting them in boiling water for a couple minutes, then cold water and then covered them in salt. They made a great side for dinner and lunches. Who knew green beans could taste so good!