Wednesday, March 30, 2011

"Waiting on" Wednesday (9)

Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:


Publisher: Atheneum 
Release Date: January 24th 2012

While Varen remains a prisoner in the dream-world, Isobel is haunted by his memory. He appears to her in her dreams and soon, even in her waking life. But is she just imagining it? Isobel knows she must find a way back to Varen. She makes plans to go to Baltimore. There, she confronts the figure known throughout the world as the Poe Toaster—the same dark man who once appeared to Isobel in her dreams, calling himself "Reynolds."
Isobel succeeds in interrupting the Toaster's ritual and, in doing so, discovers a way to return to the dream-world. Soon, she finds herself swept up in a realm which not only holds remnants of Poe's presence, but has also now taken on the characteristics of Varen's innermost self. It is a dark world comprised of fear, terror, and anger.
When Isobel once more encounters Varen, she finds him changed. With his mind poisoned by the dream world, he becomes a malevolent force, bent on destroying all—even himself. Now Isobel must face a new adversary, one who also happens to be her greatest love. -from goodreads.com

After that cliffhanger in Nevermore, I need to know what happens!

What are you waiting on? 

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

TT: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand


TEASERTUESDAY IS HOSTED BY SHOULD BE READING 
    • Grab your current read
    • Open to a random page
    • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
    • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
    • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

    • This week my teaser is for Unearthly by Cynthia Hand


    "Oh my God," I whisper. I suddenly feel so incredibly light, relieved that I'm not going to die, high on adrenaline and the pure thrill of feeling the cold air holding me, lifting me. it's the best feeling of my life, bar none. "I'm flying!"



    Love, love loved this book! I can't wait for the next one.
     

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2)

Release Date: July 13, 2010
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 360
Source: Library
Buy the Book: Amazon
In Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabel, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.
I've just finished reading Linger, with a tear or two sliding down my cheeks. I'm not exactly sure what my feeling are for this book, but I Loved It!

This story is beautiful, pure and simple. Maggie has a wonderful style of wrting, almost poetic. There are moments in the book where I reread a certain phrase of paragraph over and over again because I loved the ways the words were written up together.

In this series, becoming a werewolf is scientific and not in any case, magical like many other stories. Maggie takes the popular werewolf story and creates a new beautiful love story, like no other.

Linger may be one of the best books I've read this year. Everything we thought was solved in Shiver, is far from it. I was completely and utterly shocked by the course of direction the storyline was taken after everything had worked out so perfectly. But I suppose that without these twist and turns, we wouldn't such a magnificently written story. I hated it and loved it all at the same time.

The changes in points of view did wonders to the story. We got an insight on what other characters were thinking and doing. Isabel was an interesting character to follow. Although she may seem like a heartless person on the outside, especially after her brother dies, we see that there is a different side of her. A side that cares for the well being of the wolves and Grace. Theres also a new character introduced, Cole. We get to see some kind of relationship grow between Isabel and Cole. It's seems at first its just lust, but they connect because they both have some problem the're trying to deal with to deal with.Cole was a refreshing new character. Instead of dreading the transformation to werewolf, like Sam, he craves it. He wishes to forget his memories. Almost like running away but without all the work.

My favorite part out of the whole book had to be in the last page, the last three paragraphs. They made me cry, and my heart went out for poor Sam. Ahh, I loved it!

I'm absolutely dieing to know what happens next. If you haven't read, Shiver and/or Linger add it to your list, or better yet, go out and buy it immediately!

Monday, March 28, 2011

For my first Giveaway...

If you've read my about me page, you'll see that as one of my hobbies I like to make friendship bracelets.
I thought it would be a good idea if I hosted a giveaway for one. What you would have to do is fill out a form and specify,  if you want a bracelet, bookmark or key chain and what book would you like me to make it of.

Here are some examples of what I've made:
Mocking jay pin from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Book Mark)
                       In Progress                                  Finished

Half of my Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead bracelet
 And this is an example of a key chain (I couldn't find one of my book related ones)
For this particular giveaway, you would have a choice of what book you want it based on, it doesn't have to be one of the ones displayed above.

Vote on the poll on the right hand side/comment, to tell what me you think about this idea. Would you be interested in this or not?

Sunday, March 27, 2011

In My Mailbox (9)


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren, where we all share what we got during the week! 
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-All links go to goodreads.com-
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From the Library:
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Linger by Maggie Steifvater
Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton
Clarity by Kim Harrington


Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Borrowed:
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

What's in your mailbox?





Saturday, March 26, 2011

Desires of the Dead by Kimberly D


Desires of the Dead by 
Kimberly Derting
Release Date: February 15, 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 368
Source: Library
Buy the Book: Amazon
The missing dead call to Violet. They want to be found.
Violet can sense the echoes of those who've been murdered—and the matching imprint that clings to their killers. Only those closest to her know what she is capable of, but when she discovers the body of a young boy she also draws the attention of the FBI, threatening her entire way of life.
As Violet works to keep her morbid ability a secret, she unwittingly becomes the object of a dangerous obsession. Normally she'd turn to her best friend, Jay, except now that they are officially a couple, the rules of their relationship seem to have changed. And with Jay spending more and more time with his new friend Mike, Violet is left with too much time on her hands as she wonders where things went wrong. But when she fills the void by digging into Mike's tragic family history, she stumbles upon a dark truth that could put everyone in danger.
If you've read my review for Kimberly's debut, The Body Finder, you'll see that I loved it! 

(side note: I've noticed that this is the second book I've read this year, where the main character's name is Violet. And I've enjoyed both very much!)

Desires of the Dead, was the perfect mix of gut-wrenching suspense and mystery. Not far off from this first book in the series. Violet and Jay are quite the perfect couple, they understand each other and their chemistry is perfect. But as you can expect from almost all second books in a series, there is some drama-rama in their perfect love life. (Is is just me, or is there some rule about this?)

Although we know what is going on in the 'bad guys' head, it is far from predictable. Ther are some twists in the plot that will keep you reading this until the very last page. Violet's character changes quite a bit in the book and she is more open and coming out of her shell.

If you haven't read the first in the series, read it immediately so that you can read this one!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Follow Friday&Book Blogger Hop (9)

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee's View.  

This week's question is:
 Inspired by the inane twitter trend of #100FACTSABOUTME, 
GIVE US FIVE BOOK RELATED SILLY FACTS ABOUT YOU.
  1. Every where I go, I have to have a book with me. No matter where I'm going, I'd be bored if I don't have a book along the way.
  2. I have been self diagnosed with OCD. At least, when it comes to my books.
  3. I started learning phobias after reading Need by Carrie Jones. so far I've memorized all the phobias starting with A  and I'm trying to work my way through the rest of the alphabet
  4. I love when books make my cry. Most of my favorites make me cry.
  5. When I go to the library, I can never come home with just one book. 

Book Blogger Hop
The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly event hosted by Jennifer at Crazy for Books and runs from Friday to Sunday.

This weekend's question/topic:"If you could physically put yourself into a book or series…which one would it be and why?"

I would have to say Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. I love the character in this series, I feel like I can relate to them. It would be really awesome to be able to actually meet them. And if a was a dhampir or Moroi, that would be even better!

*Leave me your links so that I can follow you back. Happy Hopping!* 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Lost Saint by Bree Despain

The Lost Saint (The Dark Divine,  #2)
The Lost Saint by Bree Despain

Release Date: December 28, 2011
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 416
Source: Library
Buy the Book: Amazon

A family destroyed. A love threatened. An enemy returns. 
Grace Divine made the ultimate sacrifice to cure Daniel Kalbi. She was infected with the werewolf curse while trying to save him, and lost her beloved brother in the process. 
Desperate to find Jude, Grace befriends Talbot, a newcomer to town. But as the two grow closer, Grace's relationship with Daniel is put in danger - in more ways than one. 
Unaware of the dark path she is walking, Grace begins to give into the wolf inside of her - not realizing that an enemy has returned and a deadly trap is about to be sprung. 
Bree Despain delivers sizzling romance and thrilling action in the heart-pounding sequel to the The Dark Divine
 The title of this book couldn't be more perfect. It describes entirely Grace's feelings and the plot of the book. 

When reading the sequel to most books, I worry that it won't be as good as the first or even that it might stop me from continuing the series. But that was not the case with The Lost Saint. It definitely tops its predecessor, The Dark Divine. With its mysteries, suspense and unpredictable scenes, I myself wasn't sure who to trust.

The book is told in Grace's perspective. I enjoyed that it was because this way we only know what Grace knows, leaving us to question the motives of the other characters and whether they should be trusted or not. I particularly love when my predictions are wrong. Otherwise I would get bored and not enjoy the book as much. And The Lost Saint did not disappoint me. Page after page, Bree kept me second and triple guessing myself. I did not see where the story was leading up to, until the last couple of pages, where we are left with quite a big cliffhanger.

Agh. Cliffhangers are really frustrating!

Point blank, The Lost Saint was GREAT! Can't wait to read its follow up. Does anyone know when it will be out?



Tuesday, March 22, 2011

TT: The Lost Saint by Bree Despain


TEASERTUESDAY IS HOSTED BY SHOULD BE READING 
    • Grab your current read
    • Open to a random page
    • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
    • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
    • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

    • This week my teaser is for The Lost Saint by Bree Despain

    [Pg 223] Grace Divine, when all this crap is over, and we're out of college, and you take some time off from kicking bad-guy butt, will you marry me?"


Haven by Kristi Cook

HavenRelease Date:February 22, 2011
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 416
Source: Library
Buy the BookAmazon
Synopsis:

One month into her junior year, sixteen-year-old Violet McKenna transfers to the Winterhaven School in New York’s Hudson Valley, inexplicably drawn to the boarding school with high hopes. Leaving Atlanta behind, she’s looking forward to a fresh start--a new school, and new classmates who will not know her deepest, darkest secret, the one she’s tried to hide all her life: strange, foreboding visions of the future. But Winterhaven has secrets of its own, secrets that run far deeper than Violet’s. Everyone there--every student, every teacher--has psychic abilities, 'gifts and talents,' they like to call them. Once the initial shock of discovery wears off, Violet realizes that the school is a safe haven for people like her. Soon, Violet has a new circle of friends, a new life, and maybe even a boyfriend--Aidan Gray, perhaps the smartest, hottest guy at Winterhaven. Only there’s more to Aidan than meets the eye--much, much more. And once she learns the horrible truth, there’s no turning back from her destiny. Their destiny. Together, Violet and Aidan must face a common enemy--if only they can do so without destroying each other first

One Word: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Absolutely fantastic. I devoured this book. As soon as I started reading, I knew there was no way I could do anything else until I finished it. This was one of those rare books where I stayed up all night to finish it  I was really surprised when we find out the truth about Aiden. Not what I expected but it wasn't a bad thing either.

I loved the characters in this book, totally believable. Main characters as well as the supporting characters felt like people I could relate to. Violet is a strong and beautiful girl. She's new to the school but took everything she learns in stride. And we meet Aiden, dark and mysterious and not interested any of the girls at the school, until Violet comes along. Swoon. He definitely seems like the type of guy I would have a crush on if he went to my school. Not only is he smoking hot, but he loves Violet and puts he's life at risk for her.

The twists in the book had my hurt lurching and my hand flipping the pages as fast as I could. Not only did the suspense make me read faster but it helped she the book into a great story.

I feel that Haven has many things in common with Hex Hall by  Rachel Hawkins, which I enjoyed reading very much. New school, magical powers and hot mysterious boy. If this is what you like, then Haven is a must read.



Monday, March 21, 2011

Be careful with my child!

I have quite a problem. Some people might  think I'm crazy, I know my family does.

Every time I lend out one of my kids books, a little bit of my dies inside. I'm completely terrified that they will be returned to me in less then the perfect condition, I lent them out in.

I don't know if its just me but if I get back a book with a torn/folded/wrinkled cover I go absolutely ballistic. And I will definitely not be trusting that person with my babies again.




It all started in middle school when I began to buy/read books more often. I become attached to them in some way. Especially the books I really enjoyed.

When I lent someone a book, it would be along with a list of precautions/ rules they had to go by. It went as follows:
  • The book must be given back to me in the same condition as when I lent it.
  • Handle the book as if it were a child in your hands
  • If the book was brand spanking new, Do. Not. Open the book more than a half inch (or at least until your able to read whats on that page
If any of the things said above were not done, my eye would twitch a little bit and their name would be added to my mental list of people who should die. If only for a little while.
Yeah, now that I've told you this, I bet you many of you agree with my family.

But who knows maybe there's someone out there somewhere that has this in common with. If you're out there, you are not alone.

Leave me a comment telling me how crazy you think I am. But if by some off chance you don't, what kind of precautions do you take when lending out your books.

Now remember Be Careful with my Child! and

Sunday, March 20, 2011

In My Mailbox (8)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren, where we all share what we got during the week! 

From the Library:

The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore (Goodreads / Amazon)
Vampire Beach by Alex Duval (Goodreads / Amazon)
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith (Goodreads / Amazon)
Numbers by Rachel Ward (Goodreads / Amazon)
The Lost Saint by Bree Despain (Goodreads / Amazon)
Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting (Goodreads / Amazon)
A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford (Goodreads / Amazon)

I'm really excited to start reading these :D
What's in your mailbox?

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Jessica's Guide on Dating on the Dark Side


Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side (Jessica, #1)Jessica's Guide to dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

Release Date: February 1, 2009
Publisher: Harcourt
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 351
Source: Bought
Buy the BookAmazon
Synopsis:
The undead can really screw up your senior year ...Marrying a vampire definitely doesn’t fit into Jessica Packwood’s senior year “get-a-life” plan. But then a bizarre (and incredibly hot) new exchange student named Lucius Vladescu shows up, claiming that Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth—and he’s her long-lost fiancĂ©. Armed with newfound confidence and a copy of Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampire’s Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions, Jessica makes a dramatic transition from average American teenager to glam European vampire princess. But when a devious cheerleader sets her sights on Lucius, Jess finds herself fighting to win back her wayward prince, stop a global vampire war—and save Lucius’s soul from eternal destruction
Loved it! I really enjoyed this book. Having previously read Fantaskey's Jekel Loves Hyde, I was sure how much I would enjoy this one. But turns out I loved it so much I finished it in a day!


Lucius was an interesting character. He was funny, charming and even sometimes annoying. This made his character all the more believable. I really loved the letters he wrote to his uncle every couple of chapters, describing his adaption to the United States. I thought it was funny to read all the things he found strange and annoying about the culture. 


I really liked Jessica from the beginning. She is strong willed, stubborn, and independent. But her being stubborn worked against her. It made her realization about being a vampire a little too late. The chemistry between Jessica and Lucuis was absolutely toe-curling perfect. Beth Fantaskey kept the tension going in unexpected directions!


Overall, I absolutely adored the book and I am all too excited for its sequel, Jessica Rules the Dark Side!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Follow Friday & Book Blogger Hop (8)




Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee's View.  


This week's question is: How did you come up with your blog name?


It just kind of came to me. I had been wanting to create and blog ad so when I decided to, I wrote the first name I could think og.

Book Blogger Hop
The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly event hosted by Jennifer at Crazy for Books and runs from Friday to Sunday.

This weekend's question/topic:"Do you read only one book at a time, or do you have several going at once?"

I usually read one book at a time but if I have to read a book for school I read one independently as well. I think its too hectic to keep up with so many different stories.

*Leave me your links so that I can follow you back. Happy Hopping!* 



Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove

The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove
The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove by Lauren Kate


Release Date: November 12, 2009
Publisher: Razorbill
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 248
Source: Bought
Buy the BookAmazon
Synopsis:

Natalie Hargrove would kill to be her high school’s Palmetto Princess. But her boyfriend Mike King doesn’t share her dream and risks losing the honor of Palmetto Prince to Natalie’s nemesis, Justin Balmer. So she convinces Mike to help play a prank on Justin. . . one that goes terribly wrong. They tie him to the front of the church after a party—when they arrive the next morning, Justin is dead. From blackmail to buried desire, dark secrets to darker deeds, Natalie unravels. She never should’ve messed with fate. Fate is the one thing more twisted than Natalie Hargrove. Cruel Intentions meets Macbeth in this seductive, riveting tale of conscience and consequence.
Don't try to mess with Natalie Hargrove!

After reading Fallen and Torment by Lauren Kate and having enjoyed them quite a lot, I heard about this book that was published prior to her Fallen Series. Since I'm still waiting for Passion (the third book in the Fallen series) to be published I decided to give it a try.

I am disappointed with this book. I didn't enjoy it much as much as I hoped I would. Most of this book is based on Natalie wanting to become Palmetto Princess. All her life Natalie has worked hard to get to the top. Now with her perfect boyfriend Mike and her popularity climbing she has her mind set on one thing... the crown. But after she finally gets, life isn't as perfect as she thought it would be. After the prank pulled on Justin, Natalie has to find a way to cover her tracks.

Spoiler Alert! Proceed with Caution.


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

"Waiting on" Wednesday (8)

Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:
The 8th book in the vampire kisses series-

Cryptic Cravings (Vampire Kisses, #8)Cryptic Cravings by Ellen Schreiber  
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: May 17 2011
The morbidly monotonous Dullsville has finally become the most exciting place on earth now that Raven is madly in love with her hot vampire boyfriend Alexander, and a crew of vampires has taken residence in Dullsville's old mill. Raven discovers Jagger's plan to open a new club, The Crypt, right here in Dullsville. But is it her dream come true, or her worst nightmare? Raven and Alexander have to figure out what the nefarious vampire has in store for Dullsville's teen and vampire population. Can Raven convince Jagger to listen to her plans to make the Crypt the morbidly magnificent dance club it could be? Will it be safe for mortals and vampires alike? And as Sebastian and Luna's relationship heats up, Raven wonders about her own amorous fate: Will Alexander ever turn her? Does he crave her and does he want to spend eternity together? And what does she really want? With cryptic secrets and cravings, this eighth installment in the Vampire Kisses series is a romantic and mysterious thrill ride.
What are you waiting on? 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

TT: The Betayal of Natalie Hargrove


TEASERTUESDAY IS HOSTED BY SHOULD BE READING 
    • Grab your current read
    • Open to a random page
    • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
    • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
    • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

    • This week my teaser is for The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove by Lauren Kate

    [Pg 223] 
    Odds were he would not be cool with the whole bondage thing. It was funny; if J.B. were awake, he might have been exactly the kind of guy who could get into being tied up."




Monday, March 14, 2011

Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey

Jekel Loves HydeRelease Date: May 3, 2010
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 282
Source: Bought
Buy the BookAmazon
Synopsis:
Jill Jekel has always obeyed her parents rules;especially the one about never opening the mysterious, old box in her father's office. But when her dad is murdered, and her college savings disappear, she's tempted to peek inside, as the contents might be the key to a lucrative chemistry scholarship. To improve her odds, Jill enlists the help of gorgeous, brooding Tristen Hyde, who has his own dark secrets locked away. As the team of Jekel and Hyde, they recreate experiments based on the classic novel, hoping not only to win a prize, but to save Tristen's sanity. Maybe his life. But Jill's accidental taste of a formula unleashes her darkest nature and compels her to risk everything, even Tristen's love just for the thrill of being . . . bad.
I'm not too sure about my feelings for this book. I don't love it but I definitley don't hate it. Jekel Loves had a great mixture of darkness and mystery as well as love and chemistry (pun intended). 


I'm not sure if the relationship with Jill and Tristen was believable. I didn't feel that they were as in love as the claimed. The book had me frustrated. One day she wanted to be  with Tristen and the next she was mad at him. Why couldn't they just be together! Although this makes it very addicting, you can't help but feel exasperated.


I did love the storyline, it was extremely creative. It uses  a lot of references to the book Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I haven't read the book myself but from what is mentioned in this book, it seems interesting.


In all, this book was different and in no way predictable. 
You should definitely give this book a go if you feel like you enjoy reading genre of books.

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