Sunday, March 31, 2013

Book Review: Dare You To by Katie McGarry

Ryan lowers his lips to my ear. "Dance with me, Beth."

"No." I whisper the reply. I hate him and I hate myself for wanting him to touch me again....

"I dare you..."

If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does....

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him.

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all.

My Review:

   Honestly, I was blown away reading this book and I just seem to not have the right words to describe how AWESOME this story was. It actually became an inevitable fact that I'm not planning on missing any future books written by Katie McGarry even if it's about mice because I know that she will probably make another masterpiece with her super power in writing and creating stories ;)

   In Dare You To, the story follows Beth - whom admittedly I kind of found unnecessary in Pushing the Limits - but surprisingly I was taken aback by how much was behind her and by the intensity of her character and life. Her character might seem rather repellent at first but she was actually really lovable and sweet, her character was complicated as well as her role as the heroine of the book where all the focus was on her, it will the readers think about her more than once. I personally was able to feel for her and had a strong connection with her throughout the story. Moreover, this book was written from the POV's of both Beth and Ryan and believe me, it was remarkably engrossing to see it through both of their eyes. And Ryan... GOD! He, I fell in love with him despite the jerk that he was at the beginning but seemed like my type of guy, he wasn't a criminal or a wrestler, he was normal and as the story unfolds, he started to shine out more and more, his kindness and sweetness, not to forget how incredibly charming he was when it came to Beth.. Uhhh! I can't say enough about him, about both of them actually.

   About the romantic aspect of the story, needless to say that of course it was nothing less than perfect, and heart-wrenching. The book however, might not be necessary be a sequel but still, I strongly recommend reading Pushing the Limits first, or you would be missing out by not reading both of them, although, just so you know, Noah and Echo were only present in a couple of scenes, nothing huge.

   Overall, this masterpiece of Katie McGarry's entered my must-read books shelf. The story was exquisitely and subtly written, making it possible for the book to engulf you. Riveting, engrossing storyline that was incredibly hard to put down. It was fully charged with powerful emotions that I had an overwhelmingly pleasant time reading it and not to forget the spellbinding relationship between Beth & Ryan. Definitely going to re-read it sometime in the future but right now can't wait to read her next book which is going to be about Isaiah, Crash Into Me! A HIGHLY recommended read for everyone!

Title: Dare You To
Author: Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing The Limits
Release Date: June 7th 2013 by Harlequin Teen
Source: Netgalley ( For Review )
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
Rating: 6/5 ( Because it was that amazing ;D )

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*Thanks to NetGalley & Harlequin Teen for providing me with an e-copy!*

Happy Reading!
xoxo, Mariam

Friday, March 29, 2013

Feature & Follow Friday #17

Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by 
Alison Can Read and Parajunkee where they choose a featured blogger every week along with a question for everybody to answer! It's an awesome way to meet new book bloggers and share the follower love :)
Q: Tell us about the most emotional scene you've ever read in a book - and how did you react?
Answering this shouldn't be hard because it's not the usual for me to cry while reading a book but right now I could only remember crying while reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green but I have never written a review about it which I don't know why. Another book was Broken by AE Rought. It was brilliant and frikkin' cute and it made me cry.

Also, Katie McGarry's books is another story, from reading her two books Pushing the Limits and Dare You To, I was being put through a fully charged emotional roller coaster and it was as if I was in the books, heart, mind and everything. The two books just enveloped me - sort of.
And last but not least is Hopeless by Collen Hoover which I finished reading a couple of days ago and I will review it soon but it was incredibly heart-breaking, I literally kept thinking about the book for the following two days straight.
That was my answer! What about you? Leave me a comment telling me or a link to your own post which I'll be sure to check out :D Also, I follow back ;)

Happy Friday!
xoxo, Mariam

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Cover Reveal: Skeleton Key Guild by MJ Fletcher

Her parents dead, her sister missing, and those she loves branded traitors to the Old Kind... Chloe Masters is on the run.
To fulfill a parent’s dying wish she will do anything to save the sister she has never met. Can she learn the secrets of the Artifacts before it’s too late? Surrounded by her friends; Slade, Edgar, Jess, Val and the man she loves James Nightshade, Chloe has never had so much to live for... but will her enemies let her?

Author's Links:
The Saga's Website | Website | Twitter @fletch125 | Facebook 

Book 1: The Doorknob Society
Book 2: The Impossible Engineers
Book 3: The Mapmakers Union
Book 4: The Detective Inspectors

Happy Reading!
xoxo, Mariam

Friday, March 22, 2013

Book Review: Requiem by Lauren Oliver + The Delirium TV Show!

As her country erupts in open rebellion, Lena fights for the resistance and must make a heartbreaking choice between two loves.

After saving Julian from a death sentence, Lena escapes with him and other members of the resistance. But as she embraces her love for Julian, a boy from her past returns and causes her to question everything.

In the meantime, Lena's best friend, Hana, is engaged to Portland's young mayor and is living a safe, proscribed, loveless life. The story is told from both Lena and Hana's points of view.

As Lena struggles to save the people she loves, everything comes to a head in this exciting finale to Lauren Oliver's epic trilogy. REQUIEM is a sophisticated, wide-ranging novel that explores the large issues of society, government, and resistance, and of course, there is romance.


   In the third installment in Lauren Oliver's Trilogy, Delirium. The story takes an entirely different route and a new outlook, but bearing in mind that I had some really HIGH expectations, I was disappointed - honestly. I expected a bamming completion to the story.

  With the story taking place in an odd setting, it changed the identity that was once given to the story, leaving us to a rather uncivilized world, full of hunger and cruelty. This story was once about a disease called the deliria. Nonetheless, for the most part I enjoyed the fact it was written from two point of views. Hana's and Lena's. And I really admired Hana's part.

  The style of writing is still Lauren Oliver-y awesome! She never fails in engaging me with her writing, along with the story's intensity, both kept me partially glued to the book because I wanted to see the ending. The ending, however, was a disguised one - Yup! a disguised one, seriously - it meant to make you think it was the ending of this amazing series but it wasn't because it will leave unsatisfied, means without actually ending everything. But I guess, maybe Ms Lauren didn't want upset any of the parties or to just leave the rest to us. In both cases, I was left disheartened. Don't get me wrong though, the book was still splendid and I liked it.

   Overall, I cannot deny the fact that I utterly enjoyed this book and it kept me at the edge of my seat, I was hoping to see more of a masterpiece since it's the ending of the trilogy, but I didn't find that. Complications, love triangle, emotions, love, sacrifice, war, longing, struggle, disappointments & hope, those were most of the themes that outlined Requiem. I would recommend it of course to those who already read the first two books, who wouldn't want to read the finale but just keep your expectations low....

Title: Requiem
Author: Lauren Oliver
Series: Delirium #3

Release Date: March 5th 2013 by Harper Collins
Links: Goodreads

Rating: 3.5/5
The Delirium Tirlogy 
Delirium | Pandemonium

The Delirium TV Show!

Delirium is going to be turned into a TV show!!!!!? Can you believe it? Because I can't - I am super excited - but guess who is going to play Lena.... Emma Roberts which I actually don't how I feel about and Alex is going to be portraited by Daren Kagssoff ( whom I never heard of - is it that weird? ) and Julian by Gregg Sulkin. Anyhow, here is the link to Lauren Oliver's announcement on Tumblr ( Link HERE ) Unfortunately though, with the books being turned into a TV show, it is said that there are going to be some major changes.

More Info

Network: FOX 2000
Studio: 20th Television, Chernin Entertainment
Written by: Karyn Usher
Producers: Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope, Karyn Usher, Paula Mazur and Mitchell Kaplan
Pilot Director: Rodrigo Garcia
The Cast ( Link HERE )

Happy Reading!
xoxo, Mariam

Saturday, March 9, 2013

On My Wishlist #13

On My Wish List is a fun weekly meme started by Book Chick City and now hosted by Workaday Reads and it runs every Saturday. It's where we all share our most wanted books and they could be old, new or forthcoming. So hope you enjoy! And don't forget that you could join the fun as well ;)


Shards & Ashes


Published: February 19th 2013 by HarperCollins 
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia

Shards and Ashes
Gripping original stories of dystopian worlds from nine New York Times bestselling authors, edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong.

The world is gone, destroyed by human, ecological, or supernatural causes. Survivors dodge chemical warfare and cruel gods; they travel th reaches of space and inhabit underground caverns. Their enemies are disease, corrupt corporations, and one another; their resources are few, and their courage is tested

Powerful original dystopian tales from nine bestselling authors offer bleak insight, prophetic visions, and precious glimmers of light among the shards and ashes of a ruined world.


Interesting, right! But what about you? What book do you want to read desperately? Leave me a comment down below or a link to your own post which I'll be sure to check out :D

Happy Reading!
xoxo, Mariam

Saturday, March 2, 2013

The Murmurings Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Hey guys! So unfortunately I was unable to finish reading or reviewing this book on time due to some perosna reasons but I'm of course going to finish the book and put up a review as soon as I do. However, for my tour stop, I'll only be featuring a giveaway which I hope you like ;)

The MurmuringsSynopsis:

A teen girl starts hearing the same voices that drove her sister to commit suicide in this creepy, suspenseful novel.
Everyone thinks Sophie’s sister, Nell, went crazy. After all, she heard strange voices that drove her to commit suicide. But Sophie doesn’t believe that Nell would take her own life, and she’s convinced that Nell’s doctor knows more than he’s letting on.
As Sophie starts to piece together Nell’s last days, every lead ends in a web of lies. And the deeper Sophie digs, the more danger she’s in—because now she’s hearing the same haunting whispers. Sophie’s starting to think she’s going crazy too. Or worse, that maybe she’s not…

About the Author

Carly Anne WestCarly Anne West is a freelance writer with an MFA in English and Creative Writing from Mills College. She lives with her husband and son in Seattle, Washington. Visit her at | 

Release date: March 5th 2013 by Simon Pulse
Purchase: Goodreads | Amazon

Click to check the rest of the tour stops!
Happy Reading!
xoxo, Mariam
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