Mini Reviews

Hey y'all! Welcome to Words Like Silver!It's Grace and I'm sorry I've been somewhat absent recently. I think I'm going to add a note in the sidebar explaining the situation what with starting high school and whatnot. I know I've been busy and I'm sorry that the blog has been less of a priority, and so has reading.Coming up on the blog soon will be a post about Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie, and next week is Alexandra Adornetto Week! Y'all know about my admiration/worship of her and I hope y'all are as absolutely excited and stunned about me interviewing her as I am! If y'all have any questions for Alexandra, leave them below! Also, next week will feature a review of Heaven, a post by me talking about why she's my hero, and several other things that include a giveaway! I hope y'all enjoy.These reviews are books that I've read recently, most from BookExpo America and ones that I've been really excited about.

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Release Date: July 31, 2012 (HarlequinTeen)

Format: ARC

Source: BookExpo America

Pushing the Limits

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

It's taken me a long time to gather my thoughts about this one. How do I even begin to describe the effect that this book has on me? I really enjoyed it.Truthfully, I was not expecting it to be this complex and heavy. It's heavy, but nothing that you can't read at any given time. I didn't cry, but I came away from it changed. I was expecting it to be more like Perfect Chemistry, which also affected me but not nearly on this level. I found myself having to put down the book and think for a bit and that's one of the highest compliments that I can offer to a book.The characters were by far the most spectacular part of the book. Echo was such an engrossing character who was real and heartbroken and confused in the best ways. She's the type of character who I feel like I could come across in real life. She made mistakes and she wasn't perfect and she brought more to the table than the usual "popular girl turned outcast" stereotype. I came in expecting something different but her complexity blew me away.Frankly, I was expecting Noah to be a jerk but he was surprisingly heartfelt. I loved being so surprised by each character and how they developed for me in the book. This book completely flipped my expectations and I fell in love with the sizzling romance, dark backstory, and developed characters. There are some books that leave me without words. I wanted to do a normal, long review of this book but mostly it just left me speechless and thoughtful. It's the type of book that both makes me want to tell everybody about it but also made me want to keep it to myself because it made me feel some emotions that I haven't felt in a long time.While I would say that Pushing the Limits was mostly driven by the incredible characters, the plot was phenomenal. The romance, the tangled history that came up, even a few plot twists were employed. Contemporary novels sometimes seem exactly the same when they use the girl-falls-for-bad-boy formula but this was NOT one of those books.If you're looking for a contemporary novel that's going to make you think and is going to make you FEEL something, I highly recommend Pushing the Limits. Echo and Noah's relationship is really well developed and I completely fell in love with it.

The White Glove War by Katie Crouch

Release Date: July 3, 2012 (Poppy)

Format: ARC

Source: Inkwood

The White Glove War (Magnolia League, #2)

Every society has its secrets.The members of Savannah's Magnolia League have it all: money, beauty, power, and love. Some may call them lucky, but we know better. Spells, potions, and conjures are a girl's best friends, and thanks to the Buzzards -- a legendary hoodoo family -- the Magnolias never run out of friends.Golden girl Hayes Anderson would never dream of leaving the League or Savannah, where there's no problem that can't be fixed with a cup of Swamp Brew tea -- served in a bone china cup, of course -- and no boy who can't be won over with a Conjure Up a New Love spell.But when danger lurks and family secrets are unearthed, Hayes discovers that her life may not be charmed after all.Don't miss the second novel in Katie Crouch's enchanting and mysterious Magnolia League series.

I, for one, believe that The Magnolia League is a highly underrated book. It's not one of the books that is furiously marketed and not as many people know about it. For me, it's one of those books that just has such a unique feel to it that I can't experience with many others. If you're a fan of Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia or even Belles by Jen Calonita. It's a dark and creative twist on Southern debutantes!I LOVED the end of The Magnolia League even though it made me want to punch a wall because of the suspense. One of Katie Crouch's numerous talents is being able to manipulate twists and she does it so skillfully. That's both fantastic and unfortunate for me. Fantastic because I love thinking one way and being completely surprised at the end of a book and it takes so much skill to be able to do that. Unfortunate because, well, it meant having to wait for the next book. The second I saw The White Glove War at my indie bookstore for review, I had to have it. There was no waiting until July. I needed the sequel.I loved Alex's point of view in the first one and was a little disappointed that it was going to be dual POV in the sequel. I love her voice and her take on the stuffy debutantes that much. There was a distinct change in voice when Hope was narrating but both point of views melded together really well.I have a thing for Southern books, especially since there are so few great YA ones that really capture the voice that I want to see. It's even harder to find one that contains some other elements instead of only relying on the stereotypical small town setting. The Magnolia League series is such a fantastic example of one that defies the usual.The dark hoodoo aspect of the story is one of the best parts. It doesn't take a classic concept - it takes a concept that not many people think about in terms of paranormal YA and makes it work. It's really easy to understand throughout the book and there's so much backstory and tension that has to do with the hoodoo. I adore this book so much. I do think that it's really underrated and wish that more people would appreciate it. I don't think that it's forgettable by any standards. The characters, relationships, and plot is spot on. There's some romance tossed in, some surprising supporting characters, and it essentially contains everything that I need in a book to be happy.Overall, I was extremely satisfied with The White Glove War. There were politics and there was tension. Plot twists were sprinkled throughout the book and the twist behind the ending is one that completely shocked me. This series should definitely be spotlighted more often and I really enjoyed this enthralling sequel! This series comes highly recommended by me!

Speechless by Hannah Harrington

Release Date: August 28, 2012 (HarlequinTeen)

Format: ARC

Source: BookExpo America


Everyone knows that Chelsea Knot can't keep a secret

Until now. Because the last secret she shared turned her into a social outcast—and nearly got someone killed.Now Chelsea has taken a vow of silence—to learn to keep her mouth shut, and to stop hurting anyone else. And if she thinks keeping secrets is hard, not speaking up when she's ignored, ridiculed and even attacked is worse.But there's strength in silence, and in the new friends who are, shockingly, coming her way—people she never noticed before; a boy she might even fall for. If only her new friends can forgive what she's done. If only she can forgive herself.

I was a wreck after reading Saving June. It was the book that I recommended to my sisters - who read it and loved it! - my friends, relatives, everybody that I knew who read young adult and several who didn't. Hannah Harrington is really a stunning writer and not to be cheesy, but I was actually speechless after finishing it.The main part of the book is character development. Chelsea was so obnoxious towards the beginning of the book. She was brutally honest in some ways and completely abrasive and rude in others. She had a flawed logic system that she used to back up her actions that I was completely fascinated by even though I didn't agree with it. I did feel bad for Chelsea though, being friends with who she was and for feeling like she needed to expose everybody, even though I probably shouldn't have. It was so rewarding watching Chelsea develop as a person. Her flaws made her real and her mistake had bigger complications than she ever could have imagined.Chelsea's group of friends after being dropped by her previous "friends" are the type of people that I would love to be friends with. They're funny, unique, and just mesh well together. They felt like real people and they had the most incredible moments together. I really loved all the supporting characters and each had something to contribute to the story that made it that much better.I was floored by this. I had just read Shine by Lauren Myracle and while they cover similar topics, they are completely different. I absolutely adored how deftly Hannah Harrington dealt with the politics and friend groups and confusion that makes up social life, especially Chelsea's. The way that she repaired relationships when she made mistakes was just as important as when she started relationships and fit really well with her personality.Overall, Speechless is a book that really touched me and will definitely be a reread for me. It had life in it, mistakes, real characters and relationships, and everything that I want in a book to make me happy. If you're a fan of contemporary, flawed characters, or romance, I highly recommend this book. Speechless left me speechless.

I hope y'all enjoyed my reviews! Again, sorry for the minimal posting recently but look forward to Alexandra Adornetto Week on the blog next week! Love y'all!Grace