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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I REALLY Want to Meet

Posted by Irish in Top Ten Tuesday11 Comments

Graphic made by David at From My Bookshelf

Graphic made by David at From My Bookshelf

 

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish this weeks topic is about those authors that we really want to meet. I love meeting up with authors that I’ve chatted with on twitter or whose books I read and loved. Its always great to put a face with a name and some of my good friends here in MA are also authors. I love meeting up with them for coffee or lunches and just chatting about books, tv, and everything in between! How about you? What authors do you really want to meet?

 

1. Becky Albertalli (This WILL happen this fall!)

2. Emery Lord

3. RA Salvatore – not gonna lie would prob pass out, my teen years were ALL about fantasy reads and his books in particular

4. Zoe Marriott

5. Melina Marchetta – FFFFRROOIII!!!!!!!

6. Lindsey Leavitt

7. Karen Akins

8. Courtney Summers

9. Morgan Matson

10. Rhiannon Hart

11. Suzanne Young

 

Authors I’ve met but want to meet again

1. Trish Doller

2. Cindy Pon

3. Jodi Meadows

4. Heather Demetrios

5. And most other authors I’ve met and hung out with…because your all cool, yo. Especially all you MA authors! *s*

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Review: The Treatment by Suzanne Young

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Review, Young Adult1 Comment

Review: The Treatment by Suzanne YoungThe Treatment by Suzanne Young
Series: The Program, Book 2
Also in this series: The Program, The Remedy, The Epidemic
Published by Simon Pulse on 29 April 2014
Genres: Abduction, Action & Adventure, Adolescence, Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Death & Dying, Diseases, Dystopian, Emotions & Feelings, Illnesses & Injuries, Love & Romance, People & Places, Sci-Fi, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
Buy on Amazon|Buy on Audible|Buy on Barnes & Noble
Goodreads
four-stars
Also by this author: The Program, The Remedy, The Epidemic

Place(s) Travels To: Salt Lake City, Utah // Portland, Oregon // Unknown USA

First Line(s): Over the last four years, suicide has reached epidemic proportions, killing one in three teens.

 

The Treatment by Suzanne Young is the long awaited followup to The Program which I listened to on audio and just loved it. I was debating on if I wanted to listen to The Treatment or read it when I received an egalley back in October and knew I wouldn’t be able to wait in order to see what happened. The Treatment picks up not long after the events in The Program ends with Sloane and James on the run from the Programs Goon Squad. Things are dicey for our beloved duo and that makes for some edge of your seat moments. Its not long before they hook up with the small rag-tag band of rebels including new character Dallas and Realm. I had mixed feelings on Dallas and move from disliking her, to liking her, to feeling sorry for her, and back again. My feelings for Realm never wavered.

In fact, I grew to dislike him more than ever. He was worse in every way in this book filled with lies and manipulations. He acted so horrible towards Dallas and would play both Sloane and James in an attempt to drive a wedge between them. If I could have smacked Realm out of the book I totally would have. Its rare that I dislike a character so intensely but I couldn’t find any redeeming qualities in this one and my feelings for him did end up effecting my enjoyment of the book. Its hard to fall in love with a story when there is a character that just makes you so grumbly.

The actual story moved along at a fast pace although I found it a little more choppy than the first book. It was filled with weird little jumps and some awkward transitions which would also take me out of the story. But as with the first book, The Treatment, is filled with issues that will make a reader think. Its also scary in its realism as I could see a world like this existing if real world events played out in a particular way. Dystopias are always more scary there there is a potential for them to come true. I always love a book that can make you think and this one definitely has that. And its message isn’t so overpowering that it weighs down the story instead it only adds to it.

As with The Program, I was in love with Sloane and James and I fell even more in love with them in this book. Even with all that Realm tried to do they still managed to find a way to remain true to each other. Though there were many ups and downs for our duo I did like where they ended up even as it wounded my heart a little.

The ending of The Treatment seemed a little rushed and hard to believe but overall I enjoyed this one. I liked what Young did with this characters and I enjoyed knowing that this was a duology so that events weren’t overly drawn out. I even liked that even though Sloane and James’s story is complete there is potential to have a spin off book or novella with some of the other characters in the story. I think that The Treatment and its first book are well worth the read and can’t recommend them enough.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: 2014 Releases I’m Dying to Read

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Graphic made by David at From My Bookshelf

Graphic made by David at From My Bookshelf

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and today’s topic is about those 2014 titles that we can’t wait to read.

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1. Sweet & Wild by Viv Daniels (2014)

Destiny of Violet
2. The Destiny of Violet and Luke by Jessica Sorensen (07 January 2014)

Death Sworn
3. Death Sworn by Leah Cypess (04 March 2014)

Rebel Belle
4. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins (08 April 2014)

Geography
5. The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith (15 April 2014)

open road summer
6. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord (15 April 2014)

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7. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour (15 May 2014)

On the Fence
8. On the Fence by Kasie West (01 July 2014)

Ollie
9. Ollie and the Science of Treasure Hunting by Erin Dionne (10 July 2014)

Forget Me
10. Forget Me by K.A. Harrington (14 August 2014)

I could go on and on with this list. There are so many great books coming out that it was hard to choice just 10 books to highlight that are coming out in 2014. Some honorable mentions are:

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Split Second by Kasie West (11 February 2014)
What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick (15 April 2014)
Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano (25 March 2014)
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (13 May 2014)
Sixth Grave on the Edge by Darynda Jones (20 May 2014)

2014 books I’ve already read that you need to look out for:

1. Bright Before Sunrise by Tiffany Schmidt (18 February 2014)
2. Erased by Jennifer Rush (07 Jan 2014)
3. The Treatment by Suzanne Young (29 April 2014)

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Was "Forced" to Read

Posted by Irish in Top Ten Tuesday14 Comments

Graphic made by David at From My Bookshelf

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and today’s topic is about those books that we were forced to read. I have a lot of bookish friends and as such they can be a bit opinionated sometimes especially when they find out you haven’t read a beloved book of theirs. If they are good book bully friends then they will keep pestering you until you read the book and 99% of the time they were right to do so. This is a list of the first 10 books that came to mind that my favorite book bullies (aka friends) “forced” me to read.

1. The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan (review)

I mentioned in passing once when two friends, JL and DJ, were talking about the series that I hadn’t read it yet, not realizing what huge fans they where, they then didn’t let up on me until I started to read the first book. And they were right to gush as I was soon hooked and blitzed through the entire series.

2. Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn (review)

A friend, the same JL as mentioned above, was a big fan and when I mentioned I hadn’t read them she told me I needed to, like now. I said I wasn’t buying books at that time and the next time I saw her she handed me a bag filled with her copies of the series. I had no choice, I had to read them.

3. The Program by Suzanne Young (review)

I wasn’t a huge fan of A Need So Beautiful so wasn’t planning on picking this one up. Then a friend and fellow blogger, AS, started to bully me to give this one a shot and I was really glad that I did.

4. Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling

This was back before I read YA, a friend (RA) kept telling me I *HAD* to read these books. I refused, nose stuck up in air and very haughtily proclaiming “I don’t read books for children!” But she wouldn’t quit and so one day at the library I saw the audio of the first book on the shelf and thought, well I check this out and then tell her I tried it and hated it and then she’d quit bugging me. Well, the joke was on me as I got hooked and my mom had to come out to drag me out of my car to come in to eat as I didn’t want to stop listening.

5. Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick (review)

My book bully, TS, wanted me to read this so much she got a copy signed to me and sent it to me with a note saying read now. So I did, and I cried, but I really enjoyed it.

6. Secret Society Girl by Diana Peterfreund (review)

My other book bully, TD, told me that I had to read these books. I hadn’t heard of them before but when I finished I was in love and have since spread the bullying of these series on to others.

7. Altered by Jennifer Rush (review)

This was another AS approved book and one she wouldn’t shut up about when she finished it. So I did what any weak bibliophile would do, I used one of my handy dandy audible credits and DL’d me a copy lickity split. Now I’m dying to know what happens next!

8. Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon (review)

I’d been a fan of Cindy Pon’s twitter for years and bought her book right when it came out. But then I let it flounder on my shelf until a fellow fan said she’d give me $5 to read it as she really wanted me to give it a go. I did and I loved it and then had her donate that $5 to a charity near her.

9.  Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar (review)

Book Bully TD strikes again with her constant telling to read this book. Once I was able to get my hands of a copy I DEVOURED it. So so good.

10. A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley (review)

This was another recommendation from Book Bully TD and another book that I feel head over heels in love with. *happy sighs*

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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Audio Review: The Program by Suzanne Young

Posted by Irish in 4.5 Stars, Review, Young Adult4 Comments

Audio Review: The Program by Suzanne YoungThe Program by Suzanne Young
Narrator: Joy Osmanski
Series: The Program,
Also in this series: The Treatment, The Remedy, The Epidemic
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on 30 April 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Emotions & Feelings, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Suicide, Young Adult
Length: 10 hours 56 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
Buy on Amazon
Goodreads
four-half-stars
Also by this author: The Treatment, The Remedy, The Epidemic

Place(s) Traveled to: Town outside of Portland, Oregon

First Line: The air in the room tastes sterile.

I’d heard rumblings about The Program by Suzanne Young since it was announced and while I was looking forward to it I was a little wary as well. There are just so many dystopias out there and so many have been a disappointment that at first I wasn’t sure about this one. Then more of my blogger friends started to talk about it and so when an opportunity came up to review the audio I thought I’d give it a chance. But it wasn’t until Andi from Andi’s ABCs started to rave about it that I decided to move it up in my listening queue.

To say that I liked it is a bit of an understatement considering that I listened to all 11 hours in roughly 2 days. I spent almost any entire day in the office listening as I work and I during the course of my day I wanted to cry, cry harder, and then smack a book character (or two upside the head). In The Program, teen suicide is an epidemic and the government has developed a way to “save” them be eliminating those memories that lead to their downward spiral. Teens in this world are under constant surveillance and are afraid to show emotion in fear that they might get flagged and sent to the Program. In The Program we learn the story of Sloane and James and its one of the most heartbreaking and uplifting stories that I’ve read. I loved reading about their story and even though they made my heart break they often gave me that wonderful heart achy feeling that I love in books.

The Program is an emotional journey and a heartbreaking story that reminds me so much of one of my favorite movies, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Both the movie and this book deal with big questions of memory and just how far would you go in order to protect yourself, or someone else. In Eternal Sunshine people pay to have certain memories erased for various reasons…mostly because they are painful in some way. In The Program similar memories are forcibly removed from teens under the guise of saving them.

But without all of your memories, the good and the bad, are you really you? How much are you changed when you don’t fully remember who you are? Life can be painful but its those moments that help define us and who we become just as much as the happy memories do. So its no surprise that one reason teens in The Program fear being sent away so much is because those that return seem to come back empty and changed from who they were before.

The Program isn’t just about memory and how it defines a person but it also deals with the question of love and relationships. The phrase x and y are meant to be or that they will be a couple forever are used often by teens and adults alike when they think they are in love. Sometimes a relationship works and other times it doesn’t. Think of the person that you love most, if they were erased from your memory do you think that some part of you would still know them? Do you think that you would find them again?

The one problem I had with The Program was the epilogue. I am not a huge fan of epilogues as it is as they are often a let down. Usually because they try so hard. And while this one doesn’t try hard or jump decades into the future it does change POVs. This normally wouldn’t bother me but the scene captured  in this epilogue was just so…blah. Its an almost exact rehash of something earlier and it just didn’t resonate with me at all.

I really enjoyed The Program and I do look forward to seeing where things go in the next book of this duology. If you like dystopians you may like this one. If you are a bit wary of them this could be a good one to try as its kind of dystopian light in that the world hasn’t gone through anything cataclysmic. The world is just like ours with just a few differences. If you are a fan of the movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind then you will probably enjoy this book as well. If you haven’t seen the movie but liked this book then you should totally check it out (its also currently available on Netflix streaming).

About the Narrator

Joy Osmanski is the narrator of this audio and this is my first time listening to a book that she’s voiced. Overall she did a good job though there were times when she mixed up voices, sometimes in the same scene so that was a little off putting at times. Though never enough to take me out of the story completely. I enjoyed her style and would definitely listen to her again.


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