The Reading and the Read

Namaste, readers!

So this is just going to be a completely random post about what I'm reading, what I read and what I'm, well, planning to read. Because we're book-bloggers....and this is what we do.
So this week I got two new books- both dystopian- both I know I'm just going to love reading. 
WITHER by Lauren Destefano
The Chemical Garden Trilogy #1
(Received from Simon and Schuster's e-galley grab)

What if you knew exactly when you would die? 

Thanks to modern science, every human being has become a ticking genetic time bomb—males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out.

When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden's genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape—to find her twin brother and go home.

But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limted time she has left.

Now, that's a new kind of concept. Right now I'm just in the first few pages....


Vi knows the Rule: Girls don't walk with boys, and they never even thinkabout kissing them. But no one makes Vi want to break the Rules more than Zenn...and since the Thinkers have chosen him as Vi's future match, how much trouble can one kiss cause? The Thinkers may have brainwashed the rest of the population, but Vi is determined to think for herself.

But the Thinkers are unusually persuasive, and they're set on convincing Vi to become one of them...starting by brainwashing Zenn. Vi can't leave Zenn in the Thinkers' hands, but she's wary of joining the rebellion, especially since that means teaming up with Jag. Jag is egotistical, charismatic, and dangerous--everything Zenn's not. Vi can't quite trust Jag and can't quite resist him, but she also can't give up on Zenn.

This is a game of control or be controlled. And Vi has no choice but to play.

Now this one sort of reminds me of Ally Condie's Matched, which was of course a great book...but I'm midway through this one, and well, it's not that similar. I sort of already like Vi.

These are the two I received for review.

.Art Talk:

I loved the covers for both these books. While Wither manages to look like a deadly addictive photomanipulation with just the right colors, lovely posturing and some added sci-fi kind of detail (just LOOK at the way the title has been written), Possession's cover hints at something that's fragile and beautiful....yet not. It's obvious the book is dystopian- and that butterfly image is just wonderful in it's concept.

To talk about the books I have finished and are now writing a review on:

Maia Peters hunts ghosts. Or at least she used to. The daughter of world famous paranormal investigators, Maia grew up traveling from haunt to haunt on their hit TV show.  Now she is in college and longing to leave that life behind, and the unwanted celebrity status that comes with it.
Heiress Jordin Cole wants to see a ghost and is willing to do anything and spend any amount to make it happen. After tracking Maia down, Jordin convinces her to lead the investigation and take them to the most haunted places in the U.S. As they travel to historic locales and dance with the dead, Maia begins to sense that something is very wrong with Jordin.  It’s not until Jordin disappears a year later that Maia begins to put the pieces together and uncovers a frightening reality. The nightmare is coming and Maia doesn’t know how to stop it.
I LOVED this book. Totally kept me turning the pages....but enough said, there will be a review soon!

When Alexis's little sister Kasey becomes obsessed with an antique doll, Alexis thinks nothing of it. Kasey is a weird kid. Period. Alexis is considered weird, too, by the kids in her high school, by her parents, even by her own Goth friends. Things get weirder, though, when the old house they live in starts changing. Doors open and close by themselves; water boils on the unlit stove; and an unplugged air conditioner turns the house cold enough to see their breath in. Kasey is changing, too. Her blue eyes go green and she speaks in old-fashioned language, then forgets chunks of time.
Most disturbing of all is the dangerous new chip on Kasey's shoulder. The formerly gentle, doll-loving child is gone, and the new Kasey is angry. Alexis is the only one who can stop her sister — but what if that green-eyed girl isn't even Kasey anymore?

About this book....I have a lot to say. Some good stuff, some bad stuff. Review coming soon.

I'm also re-reading Lauren Oliver's BEFORE I FALL for the third time, I can't seem to stop!
Ciao for now!


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