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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Book Review: Perception by Kim Harrington

Published by: Scholastic
To Be Released on: March 1st, 2012
Source: book from publisher to review
4 stars: I Enjoyed It
Pre-Order from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound
Series: Clarity Book #2

When you can see things others can't, what do you do when someone's watching you?

Everybody knows about Clarity "Clare" Fern. She's the psychic girl in school, the one who can place her hands on something and see hidden visions from the past.

Only Clare would rather not be a celebrity. She prefers hanging back, observing. Her gift is not a game to her.

But then someone starts playing with her head . . . and heart. Messages and gifts from a secret admirer crop up everywhere Clare turns. Could they be from Gabriel, the gorgeous boy who gets Clare's pulse racing? Or from Justin, Clare's hopeful ex-boyfriend who'd do anything to win her back?

One thing is certain. Clare needs to solve this mystery, and soon. Because the messages are becoming sinister, and a girl in town has suddenly disappeared -quoted from Goodreads

Picking up not long after Clarity ends, Perception starts off with things trying to get back to normal, which is short lived. There's a disappearance, a murder, and not to mention a crazy stalker who's after Clare. Like Clarity, Perception was a fun, quick read full of mystery, and romance. It's one of those books I quickly got immersed in. I had to know who was behind what was going on and before I realized it I was already done with the book. One of the things I really enjoyed about this sequel is the character growths, the romance and the nonstop mystery that is found within Perception's pages.

Clare for me is a character who grew the most. She's much more comfortable with her ability and in fact uses it more openly than she did in Clarity, she's bold, and she finally speaks her mind to a few characters who needed to be put in their places. I also really like the way in which her relationships with Gabriel and Justin grew. I admire her for really thinking about her true feelings for each guy and not rushing into one relationship. The way she feels about both guys was realistic, and I liked that Kim allowed me to see how Clarity was weighing her feelings about both. My personal favorite is Gabriel and I loved getting to know him more. I think a lot of fans of this series will feel the same way. He's hard not to love.

Kim Harrington's writing in this series is fabulous. She has done a fabulous job at creating a story where everyone is a suspect and the end result on who the murderer is, is quite shocking, as well as who the stalker is. I found myself unable to turn the pages fast enough to find out who did it. Kudos to Kim for keeping me guessing. She did a great job at creating characters and incidents that totally threw me off and for a good part of the book keep suspicious about a few of them. I like that I had no idea who the person was until it was revealed. While Kim tied up a few lose ends from Clarity, she also kept enough unanswered questions that leaves me eager to find out what answers she'll will give me in the next installment in this series.

Perception is an exciting, fast paced read and one I highly recommend picking up. It's one fans of mystery, romance and realistic YA reads will enjoy. There is one scene that consists of underage drinking. Be sure to follow Kim's blog to read her latest Perception teasers here.

The Latest YA Book News

This week has delivered some exciting book news!

Veronica Roth's Insurgent excerpt was posted on EW online HERE. If you have not read it you must hurry and go read it. It's soooo good! I wish this book was already in my hands. I can't wait to read it.

Here's a little bit about the book:

One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

Published by: Harper Teen
To Be Released on: May 1st, 2012
You can add it to your Goodreads lists here.

Sophie Jordan's HIDDEN cover was revealed. YAY! That means it's that much closer to it's release day. I love the covers for this series. What do you guys think? This is another book I can not wait to get my hands on. I need to know who she chooses.

Here's a little bit about the book:

Jacinda was supposed to bond with Cassian, the "prince" of their pride. But she resisted long before she fell in love with Will—a human and, worse, a hunter. When she ran away with Will, it ended in disaster, with Cassian's sister, Miram, captured. Weighed down by guilt, Jacinda knows she must rescue her to set things right. Yet to do so she will have to venture deep into the heart of enemy territory.

The only way Jacinda can reach Miram is by posing as a prisoner herself, though once she assumes that disguise, things quickly spiral out of her control. As she learns more about her captors, she realizes that even if Will and Cassian can carry out their part of the plan, there's no guarantee they'll all make it out alive. But what Jacinda never could have foreseen is that escaping would be only the beginning....

Loyalties are tested and sacrifices made in the explosive conclusion to Sophie Jordan's Firelight trilogy.

Published by: Harper Teen
To Be Released on: September 11th, 2012
Add it to your Goodreads lists here. You can read more about the cover on Sophie's site and find links on where you can pre-order it from here.

CJ Redwine's debut, DEFIANCE also had a cover reveal this week! Check out how awesome this cover it. I swear I'm in cover love right now. The forest, the castle in her cape, and the entire cover looks awesome!! I can't wait to read this one.

Here's a little bit about the book:

Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses, host dinner parties, and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father’s apprentice, Logan—the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same boy who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.

At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to the city’s top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for his mentor’s impulsive daughter. Logan is determined to protect her, but when his escape plan goes wrong and Rachel pays the price, he realizes he has more at stake than disappointing Jared.

As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.

Published by: Balzer & Bray
To Be Released on: August 28th
You can add it to your Goodreads lists and be sure to stop by CJ's site to enter to win her Defiance giveaway!

Jessica Shirington's Embrace book trailer was also featured on EW here. You can also read my guest post with Jessica here and my review for Embrace here.

Here's a little bit about the book:

It starts with a whisper: “It’s time for you to know who you are…”

Violet Eden dreads her seventeenth birthday. After all, it’s hard to get too excited about the day that marks the anniversary of your mother’s death. As if that wasn’t enough, disturbing dreams haunt her sleep and leave her with very real injuries. There’s a dark tattoo weaving its way up her arms that wasn’t there before.

Violet is determined to get some answers, but nothing could have prepared her for the truth. The guy she thought she could fall in love with has been keeping his identity a secret: he’s only half-human—oh, and same goes for her.

A centuries-old battle between fallen angels and the protectors of humanity has chosen its new warrior. It’s a fight Violet doesn’t want, but she lives her life by two rules: don’t run and don’t quit. When angels seek vengeance and humans are the warriors, you could do a lot worse than betting on Violet Eden…

Published by: Source Books
To Be Released on: March 6th, 2012
You can also add it to your Goodreads lists here.