Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!!! And as promised : Eyes Like Stars



Synopsis:
Enter Stage Right.

All her world's a stage.
Beatrice Shakespeare Smith is not an actress, yet she lives in a theater.
She is not an orphan, but she has no parents.
She knows every part, but has no lines of her own.
Until now.

Welcome to the Théâtre Illuminata, where the characters of every place ever written can be found behind the curtain. They were born to play their parts, and are bound to the Théâtre by The Book—an ancient and magical tome of scripts. Bertie is not one of them, but they are her family—and she is about to lose them all and the only home she has ever known.

Lisa Mantchev has written a debut novel that is dramatic, romantic, and witty, with an irresistible and irreverent cast of characters who are sure to enchant the audience.


Open Curtain
I actually read this when it first came out, posted it about on my Shelfari and never got around to blogging about it. I reread my post and realized that I could write a better review than that. So, here we go!

The synopsis speaks for itself. At first, I was a bit hesistant on reading it. I've never been in theater nor was any kind of actress (unless drama queen counts). The only time I've ever been on a stage was for dance recitals and even then, it wasn't pretty. But I was still drawn to this novel. I love books based around Faeries and magic. And lets just say, this one did not disappoint.

Eyes Like Stars takes you into this magical world and doesn't let you go. Pure magic! The way the Theatre functions and the strange players that resided in there with Bertie are so unique. There are two main love interests for Bertie: Nate, the chivalrous pirate and Ariel (swooooon!), the charming arrogant player who, at times, can be more annoying than charming. I know what you're thinking: "Pssh, easy choice! The chivalrous pirate!" Well, I felt more drawn to Ariel. What can I say, I have an addiction to lovable bastards!

Anyway, the other characters are just as memorable. There's Ophelia (from Shakespeare's Hamlet) and the different fairies that are rarely seen from Bertie. The plot itself is brilliant. Bertie is trying to figure out how she came to the theatre, but also has to find a way to become an essential part of the theatre in order to stay. Throw in some serious complications with defiant Players and a spoonful of romance and well...it truly is a magical book.

My only disappointment was at the end. I wanted more! Good thing the next book will be coming out soon!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Waiting Wednesday


Hanover Falls hasn’t had a werewolf problem in over one hundred years. Seattle, Copenhagen, Osaka–they’ve had plenty of attacks. But when humans begin dying in Claire Benoit’s town, the panic spreads faster than a rumor at a pep rally. At Claire’s sixteenth birthday party, the gruesome killings are all anyone can talk about. But the big news in Claire’s mind is the fact that Matthew Engle–high-school soccer god and son of a world-renowned lycanthropy expert–notices her. And flirts with her. A lot.

That night, Claire learns that she is the latest in a long line of Benoit werewolves, and that contrary to popular belief, all werewolves are female. Killing humans is forbidden by the code of the pack, but a rogue werewolf has been breaking that law, threatening the existence of Claire’s new pack. As the pack struggles to find and fight the rogue werewolf and Claire struggles with her lupine identity, her heart and her loyalties are torn in two. Claire must keep her new life a secret from even her best friend–and especially from Matthew, whose father is leading the werewolf hunt…and with whom Claire is impossibly and undeniably falling head-over-paws in love.


Release Date: May 18, 2010

I know. Sounds yummy, right?

You can read more about it at Christine Johnson's website

Falling in love with Fallen



Lucinda Price has been kicked out of her school for an incident she can't explain. Now she's forced to enroll into Sword & Cross, a reform school hiding some pretty deadly secrets. There are bars on the window in her room and a graveyard for a backyard. To top that off, cameras other students refer to as "the red," watch her every move. If that isn't bad enough, Luce sees these shadows every where she goes. She can't explain it. They've just always been there.

Just when Luce is ready to accept her fate, she meets Daniel Grigori. He's the only light to this dark world. Too bad he blows her off and is extremely rude. Borderline cruel, really. The thing is, Luce can't help but feel as though she knows him from somewhere. And she won't stop until she finds out how.

Daniel knows this game. He's played it before. While it kills him inside, he knows it'll be worse for Luce if he doesn't try to push her away. Not that it ever works. For Daniel is a fallen angel, cursed to fall in love with the same girl over and over again. And Luce is a fellow immortal and is somehow connected to Daniel. But there's more to Luce's story than meets the eye.

Lets do a love sandwich. I'm going to point out what I liked about the book, then a couple things I didn't like, but end it on a high note.

I love the concept behind the story. Who wouldn't enjoy a story about fallen angels and a love that lives throughout the ages? Another good point, there's some explaination towards the religious aspect behind it. Not too much to where it's overwhelming, but enough to fully understand and enjoy the story.

Down points. There are parts of the story that seemed to just linger about nothing. At times, I felt bored, but after a few pages, it picked back up. Also, when the book ended, it left a lot of questions unanswered. I hate that. It's a pet peeve of mine. I guess it should be expected considering this is only the first book in the trilogy.

And back to love. Daniel Grigori makes the book worth while. He's the boy you love to hate. Ariane is also another character I enjoyed. I actually liked her more than Luce. She's that funny spunky friend everyone wants. Plus, while I did say that the beginning can be a bit boring, the last 200 pages are pure bliss. When it ended, I wanted to scream because I wanted more.

If you're into fallen angels tossed in with a paranormal romance and a bit of Southern Goth, this is the book for you. The more I think about it, the more I realize how beautiful it really is. For those of you who have read it, pages 357-358 made my heart skip! And for those who haven't, when you do, you'll see what I mean.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

In the mean time...

So, I've got 40 pages left in Fallen. Until then, one of my favorite bloggers is giving away 5 copies of Dear John. I believe every girl with a heart beat is a Nicholas Sparks fan. I'm sure most of you are like me, you like to read the book prior to seeing the movie. Well, here's you chance.

Here's the link: http://thebookvixen.blogspot.com/2009/12/giveaway-dear-john-by-nicholas-sparks.html

Hope everyone had a great weekend. I can't believe Christmas is this Thursday! Gleeeeee!

XOXO!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Magic Under Glass...MUG, get it? Ok...


I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC of Magic Under Glass (Thank you Elizabeth Scott. I love you more than french toast!).

Combine music, faeries, sorcerers, an ongoing battle between both worlds and what do you have? A recipe for fabulous!

Since Nimira left her hometown and headed to Lorinar, all she ever wanted to do was make it as a singer. Instead, she ends up performing for pennies a day, working for a man she hates. Her life seems to be going no where until the mysterious Mr. Parry enters her life. But Mr. Parry isn't an ordinary man. He's a sorcerer, and Nimira knows not to trust a sorcerer.

He invites her to come live with him and sing along side his automaton. What's an automaton, you ask? Well, it's a mechanical man that plays the piano. From the first time Nimira sees this automaton, she can't help but notice how realistic he looks. From his legs, to his hands to his face, everything about him seems so life like. She could swear he's a real living, breathing person. And then, the unthinkable happens. The automaton comes to life. Instead of running to Mr. Parry, she decides to keep him a secret. Turns out, the automaton is a trapped faery, and Mr. Parry has been keeping secrets from Nimira.

There are sorcerers out there who enjoy torturing faeries for sport. These same sorcerers plot to destroy the entire faerie realm, and the key to saving the them lies within the automaton.

What do you do when you're the only one that can save the automaton? More importantly, what do you do when you start to fall in love with him?

I absolutely love this book! It reminds me of a mix between Maggie Stiefvater's Lament and Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely. Who doesn't love a book involving secrets, curses, romance and a race against time? Throw in faeries/fantasy and BAM! Magic, even if it is under glass! Wow, that's cheesy, but I don't care!

My only complaint (and it seems to be the same as others) is how short the story is. MUG hits at about 200 pages. I think the final copy will end up being roughly 250 pages. Also, the ending felt a bit rushed. I had to read it twice to make sure I had it right. The ending does leave the reader to believe there will be a sequel. There better be one! I have too many questions left unanswered.

*correction*
Magic Under Glass releases December 22nd. That's right, this coming Tuesday.

So, on Tuesday, what will you be doing? Getting a copy of Magic Under Glass? That's what I thought!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Waiting Wednesday- The Iron King

I know TONS of bloggers do this, but it's really interesting to see what books everyone's looking forward to. And I'm always one to jump the bandwagon!

Thus:


Meghan Chase has never fit in at her small-town high school, and now, on the eve of her 16th birthday, she discovers why. When her half brother is kidnapped, Meghan is drawn into a fantastical world she never imagined--the world of Faery, where anything you see may try to eat you, and Meghan is the daughter of the summer faery king. Now she will journey into the depths of Faery to face an unknown enemy . . . and beg the help of a winter prince who might as soon kill her as let her touch his icy heart. The Iron King is the first book in the Iron Fey series.

This reminds me of Wicked Lovely. I guess because of the Faery courts? Who knows, but this is something I'm dying to read.

To read more about it, as well as an excerpt, you can go to the Authors website here : http://www.juliekagawa.com/

Release date: February 1, 2010.

Deadly Little Secrets




Normally, I'd post the synopsis as well, but then what would I say? "Here's the story, it's good, done!" The synopsis says a lot about the story, but I wanted to give you my two cents.

The story starts off with Camelia in the school parking lot. It's just an average day, until a fellow student almost runs her over with their car. Luckily, a mysterious boy pushes Camelia out of the way, saving her life. But before she can thank him, he disappears.

Fast forward, 3 months later. Back in school, everything seems to be as normal as can be. But now, the mysterious hero,Ben, is now attending her school. On top of that, rumor has it he murdered his ex-girlfriend. Add in a stalker, a line up of suspects, witty friends and a developing crush on Ben and what do you have? Diaster! Camelia doesn't know who to trust. Did I mention Ben can sense the future with just a touch? Sounds like a recipe for a great novel!

Throughout the book, I kept wondering who the stalker was. I had my ideas, but ended up being wrong. The only thing is, I hate endings that just leave you hanging. I felt as though this was one of those books. Good thing the sequel is already out and waiting to be read!

It's a great series with a twist. I recommend it for all those paranomal young adult loving fools, much like myself!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Me = Epic Fail

So, I wrote a review for Deadly Little Secrets. The internet decided to stop working and I ended up losing it. BOO!!!

LOL, oh well! I've been crazy busy, but expect reviews on Magic Under Glass and Deadly Little Secrets sooooon!!!

XOXO

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Winter Reading List

So, as the winter break approaches, I wanted to give you a list of things I will be reading during my 2 week holiday. In no order whatsoever:

1. Deadly Little Lies (#2 in the Touch series)
2. The Dark Divine
3. Tempted (#...7??? in the HON series)
4. The Van Alen Legacy (Blue Bloods #4)
5. Stolen (Otherworlds #2)
6. Shadowland (The Immortals #3)
7. The Maze Runner

7 books in 2 weeks? Difficult, but possible.

I also wanted to write a reading list for you guys as well. Books I've read that I highly recomend. Thus, your winter reading list:

1. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick : sexy bad boys, Fallen angels, and the BEST kissing scenes!
2. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater: race against time, werewolves and heart tugging moments
3. Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey: I know, cheesy title, but it's delicious! Twilight with a twist and better version of Bella!
4. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl: Southern Goth, family curse, impossible love. Everything is described to perfection!
5. anything by Melissa Marr: she's fabulous!
6. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen: SD can do no wrong! Lets say this will warm your Winter Blues
7. Bloom by Elizabeth Scott: secrets, love triangles, drama!
8. Lament by Maggie Stiefvater: more action than Shiver, but the emotions are still there! And with the fey as oppose to werewolves!
9. Once A Witch by Carolyn Maccullough Teenage witches? Family curses? What's not to love?
10. Far From You by Lisa Schroeder: I never thought I'd be a fan of verse till I read this. So poetic, beautiful, sad and amazing.

And, because I thought it was funny:


So there you have it! My Winter list and a few recommendations for you. Enjoy!

XOXO

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Magic Under Glass

Slight delay on the Magic Under Glass review. I'm still trying to figure out what I want to write. Give me till the end of the week!

XOXO (I know, how Gossip Girl of me!)

Genie? Wishes? OOOOOH BOY!



Synopsis (thank you B&N.com):

"Ever since Viola's boyfriend broke up with her, she has spent her days silently wishing—to have someone love her again and, more importantly, to belong again—until one day she inadvertently summons a young genie out of his world and into her own. He will remain until she makes three wishes.

Jinn is anxious to return home, but Viola is terrified of wishing, afraid she will not wish for the right thing, the thing that will make her truly happy. As the two spend time together, the lines between master and servant begin to blur, and soon Jinn can't deny that he's falling for Viola. But it's only after Viola makes her first wish that she realizes she's in love with Jinn as well . . . and that if she wishes twice more, he will disappear from her life—and her world—forever.

Jackson Pearce spins a magical tale about star-crossed lovers, what it means to belong . . . and how important it is to be careful what you wish for.
"

If Sarah Dessen decided to write a fantasy novel, this is what it would be like. Jackson Pearce does a fabulous job of capturing what it feels like to be a teenager in this day and age. Only this time, this one gets wishes!

Viola: What would you do if your boyfriend tells you he's gay, you don't fit in, and you feel broken? On top of that, this golden boy with curly hair tells you he's there to grant you 3 wishes. What do you wish for? And what happens when you start falling for him?

Jinn:Protocols, the Ancients and having to grant wishes to a teenage girl. He can't even eat or sleep while he's Earthbound! All he wants to do is go back to his world, to Caliban. Just get her to wish 3 times and he can go home. But what happens when you start falling in love with your master? A bird may love a fish, but where would they live?

The story switches back and forth from Viola to Jinn's POV and back again. I love stories like these. It's always great to know where both characters are thinking. And of course, Jinn is VERY swoonworthy. Warm and fuzzies!

Now, one thing I didn't like about the book: the cover. It looks like a bad Disney series. In this case, please don't judge a book buy it's cover. As You Wish is a fast pace, fun read that any Sarah Dessen or Elizabeth Scott fan will enjoy.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

December Giveaway!!!



This month, I'm giving away The Witching Hour by Anne Rice. Here's the synopsis (courtesy of Anne Rice's website):

"The first in the Mayfair Witches series, The Witching Hour introduces the fictional Mayfair family of New Orleans, generations of male and female witches. This tight-knit and deeply connected family, where a death of one strengthens the others with his/her knowledge. One Mayfair witch per generation is also designated to receive the powers of "the man," known as Lasher. Lasher gives the witches gifts, excites them, and protects them. Unsure as to exactly what this spirit is, the Mayfair clan knows him variously as a protector, a god-like figure, a sexual being, and the image of death. Lasher's current witch is Deirdre, who lies catatonic from psycological shock treatments.

Deirdre's daughter, Rowan, has been spirited away from this "evil" and has happily become a neurosurgeon and has an uncanny gift to see the intent behind the facade. Rowan also has a gift few doctors possess--she can heal cells. Yet, though she uses it to save lives, she also fears that she hs caused several deaths. She rescues Michael from drowning. Michael then develops some extraordinary powers that compel him to seek New Orleans and to seek Rowan. He finds both, and pulls the tale closer together by meeting people connected to the Mayfair family who now fear Rowan because she is the first Mayfair who can kill without Lasher's help.

Michael dives into learning the history of the Mayfair witches: Deborah, Charlotte, Mary Beth, Stella, Antha, and many others across hundreds of years and three continents. When Michael looks up from his reading, he learns that Rowan has come to New Orleans to attend her mother's funeral. Rowan learns of her family history, her ancestral home in shambles, and Lasher waiting for the next one. Rowan dedicates herself to stopping Lasher's reign. Michael too has his own mission, but it is foggy and unclear to him. But Lasher is seductively powerful and Rowan's gifts offer him the opportunity to achieve his ultimate goal."

Here are the rules:

+1 for commenting
+2 for being a follower
+3 for posting somewhere else (please leave the link)

You must post a comment to be entered into the contest. This contest is only open to US citizens. I promise, in the future I will open up contests to Canadian citizens as well. Soon, my friends!

Since I don't want angry parents emailing me, you must be 15+ to enter.

Cut off date is 12/28. Please leave your email address so I can notify the winner.

Good luck everyone!!!

*sends good luck juju*

Winners of the November Contest!!!

Congrats to TheBookPixie (Take Me Away) and Catie (dream journal) on winning the November Giveaway! I'll be sending you guys emails to notify you as well. When you have the chance, please email me at longhorn08fan(at)gmail(dot)com the address
where you'd like me to send your books. I'll be sure to send them out by the end of the week!

Special thanks to everyone that entered. Thank you for enjoying my blog, and I hope you decide to enter the December giveaway!

XOXO,
Lena aka Book Addict Girl

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Beautiful Creatures - Read This Immediately!!!



There were no surprises in Gatlin County.
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.
At least, that's what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.


There are no words to describe how amazing this book it. Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl do a magnificent job putting together this story. Part romance, part mystery, part Southern goth, all spectacular!

The story is told through the eyes of Ethan Wates, a local boy from the small sourthern town of Gaitlin. From a town where everyone stays, Ethan so desperately wishes nothing more than to escape. "Anywhere, but here" is his motto. That is, until Lena enters the picture. And as you can see from the synopsis, nothing is ever the same.

One of the things I truly love about the book is the relationship between Ethan and Lena. Most books seem to always rush into relationships. Boy sees girl and BAM, they're together. Well, with Beautiful Creatures, the relationship starts from getting to know each other to friendship to more. It builds and actually feels real. And just like the title, it's beautiful.

Another thing I loved about the novel is the incredible way the authors describe the setting. I felt like I was there. I could picture the library, the houses, Ravenwood, the school, everything. And the characters should not be overlooked. From their appearance to their attitude, you'd swear you've known them your whole life.

Now, I'm not one for spoilers and I certainly won't start now, but what I will say is this. The ending is one of the best endings I've read in...I don't even know how long. Certainly leaves room for a sequel!

I would recommend this to EVERYONE! Please, just trust me when I say that Beautiful Creatures is worth every single page. It's poetic, emotional filled, with a handful of action and yes, just plain beautiful.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Can't Wait For Gone!


Seriously, I cannot wait for this book! It concludes the Wake series. If you haven't checked out the Wake series by Lisa McMann, I highly recommend it. Some people love it, some people hate it. Much like most books. But I loved it. Fair warning, this series has TONS of profanity. Apparently, people in Michigan love the f bomb? hahaha, but yeah. I tried to put the counter on my blog, but it's too wide. Oh well!

100 pages left in Beautiful Creatures. You'll get my review by Friday, I swear! :o)

Love you guys! And Happy Thanksgiving to everyone...even those who don't celebrate it!

XOXO!!!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Reminder : Take Me There Contest


As I'm planning out what to do for a December giveaway, I wanted to remind everyone that there's only 10 days left in the Take Me There/Dream Book contest. Please remember to that you must leave a comment to be entered.

I'm really excited about all the new followers. I hope you continue to read/enjoy my blog and enter future contests.

*hugglesquishes to everyone*

Thursday, November 19, 2009



Busy, busy, busy! What a busy week for me. With work, the release of New Moon (GOODY!) and Beautiful Creatures being a bit over 500 pages, I just have this inkling that I won't finish reading BC for a couple weeks. Hopefully I can find some time this weekend and finish it, but no promises. Till then, I thought I'd continue my journey and keep reviewing my favorite books from this year.

Thus, Along For The Ride by Sarah Dessen:

It's been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents' divorce--or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live. A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town. Together they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she's been denied; for Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend. In her signature pitch-perfect style, Sarah Dessen explores the hearts of two lonely people learning to connect.

Sarah Dessen is one of my favorite authors, and Along For The Ride is a prime example as to why. Auden is one of those girls who just never seemed to fit in. I'm sure everyone has had a moment or two where they can relate. Just imagine being home schooled then starting high school for the first time. I know, very "Mean Girls," but that's the best way I could describe it. Anyways, that's how it is when Auden decides to stay with her father for the summer and is tossed into the small beach town of Colby. Auden decides to help her step mother out by working at her boutique. The thing is, 3 other girls work there as well. And this begins Auden's adventures in the land of girls! Good thing she's not alone...

There's Eli, the "loner who is friends with everyone." He seems to seclude himself from everyone. Part of the plot is figuring out why Eli is the way he is. His goal is to open Auden up to all the childhood experiences she's never had. What they end up discovering is what the other can offer. Eli being the inner-kid to Auden's serious life, and Auden being the kind of friend Eli seaks/needs.

Along For The Ride is a great weekend read. So take your shoes off, kick back and enjoy. Let the butterflies and warm fuzzies take over. *sigh* I love that feeling, don't you? :)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Win an ARC of Fallen By Lauren Kate

I've been dying to read this book. So when I heard a fellow blogger I'm following is giving it away, I had to share it with you guys!

And in case you missed the link on the sidebar: http://www.pureimaginationblog.com/2009/11/fallen-by-lauren-kate-international.html

The contest ends on 11/25, so enter now! And if you win, you MUST let me know what you thought of it. Personal reviews please!

Good luck everyone!!!

Monday, November 16, 2009

For readers 18 and up!!!



Bitten is the first book in The Women of the Otherworlds series by Kelley Armstrong. Now, please be advised, you must be 18 or up to read this. Lets just say there are some graphic wolf nookie scenes that I personally wouldn't want youngings to read!

Synopsis (courtesy of Kelley Armstrong's website):

"Elena Michaels is the world's only female werewolf. And she's tired of it. Tired of a life spent hiding and protecting, a life where her most important job is hunting down rogue werewolves. Tired of a world that not only accepts the worst in her— her temper, her violence—but requires it. Worst of all, she realizes she's growing content with that life, with being that person.
So she left the Pack and returned to Toronto where she's trying to live as a human. When the Pack leader calls asking for her help fighting a sudden uprising, she only agrees because she owes him. Once this is over, she'll be squared with the Pack and free to live life as a human. Which is what she wants. Really."

I just have to say that this is one of the best werewolf books I've read in a long time. Elena is a heroine that fellow female readers will admire. She's strong, independent and hilarious! I love strong minded women that aren't afraid to get hurt. That's exactly what Elena is.

As far as literary crushes go (b/c I know I need someone to lust after), Clay tops the charts. He's loyal to the core, honest, strong, sarcastic and straight up sexy! I had to fan my face a few times!!! *wink, wink*-Cold shower for me, please. He's not one of those sweet lovey dovey guys, but an Alpha that will have you wishing for steamy dreams.

Bitten is a mixture of werewolves, action, mystery, cliffhangers, suspense and romance. If those are things that interest you, then I definitely would recommend Bitten.

Needless to say, Stolen (#2 in the Otherworlds series) is on my list of "To Be Read." So be expecting that review in the near future!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Werewolves, romance and a race against the clock? YES, PLEASE!



Happy Thursday All! So it's taking me a little longer than I'd like to get through Bitten. Unfortunately, real life has caught up with me and took me hostage! But I wanted to review a book that I recommend to EVERYONE. And, ironically, it's also about werewolves!

Lets start with the synopsis given on the Shiver website:

"For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human... until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever. "

The first time someone told me about Shiver, I thought "wow, that sounds cheesy." I literally read the first page and could NOT put it down. It's just THAT good!
The chemistry between Grace and Sam in undeniable. One of the things I love about the book itself is the way the author transitions POVs from Grace to Sam and back again. It's very similar to the finesse Audrey Niffenegger used for The Time Traveler's Wife.

With Grace and Sam, I found myself devouring what they had to say and what happened next. I cared about what happened to them as if they were my oldest, dearest friends. I also found myself completely falling in love with Sam. Oh Sam! He's one of the most lovable males in all of literature!

While reading Shiver, I recommend having a box of tissues available. Just trust me, and if you don't, remember I warned you!

Of all the books I've read this year, Shiver tops the shelf! I recommend it to anyone and everyone.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A GIVEAWAY OF MY OWN!!!



I'm a big fan of karma. And what better way to prove it than to give away a book about karma! Soooo...to celebrate the launch of my new book blog, I am giving away a copy of Take Me There By Susane Colasanti. Synopsis?

"In one short week . . . three lives change.

Rhiannon is devastated after the breakup with her boyfriend and wants him back. Nicole's ex is still in the picture, but she can't help having a new crush. James and Rhiannon are just friends, though he may try to take it to the next level. Will their desire to take a mean girl down a notch bring these three friends what they want . . . and more?

Set during one life-altering week and told in three realistic perspectives, this engaging, witty novel by the author of When It Happens shows the ups and downs of love, friendship—and karma."

Here's how you enter.
+1 for leaving a comment
+2 for being a follower
+3 for adding a link to the contest on your blogspot/webpage/anywhere

And because I'm feeling friendly, the 2nd place winner will receive a Dream Journal. I'm a big fan of dream journals. It's always fun to look back and remember that dream you had of chasing Chace Crawford in your underwear!

Winners will be chosen at random.

I'm going to leave the contest open till 11/30 so I can try to get it to you by Christmas. Please, US Residents only. At least for now!

Good luck everyone! *sends everyone good luck juju*

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Win a ARC of Fallen by Lauren Kate!

Hey guys! It's taking me a little longer than I'd like to finish Bitten (which is fantastic, but please be 18 or up if you're considering reading it). Until then, here's another contest for you to enter. I've been dying to read Fallen and waiting till December is killing me!

Here's the link : http://frankiediane.blogspot.com/2009/11/win-arc-of-fallen-by-lauren-kate.html

And special thanks for having the contest!

(sorry, no picture this time!)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Another Contest!!!



Here's your chance to win a copy of Hold Still by Nina LaCour.
(taken from Borders.com)
"An arresting story about starting over after a friends suicide, froma breakthrough new voice in YA fictiondear caitlin, there are so many things that i want so badly to tell you but i just cant.Devastating, hopeful, hopeless, playful . . . in words and illustrations, Ingrid left behind a painful farewell in her journal for Caitlin. Now Caitlin is left alone, by loss and by choice, struggling to find renewed hope in the wake of her best friends suicide. With the help of family and newfound friends, Caitlin will encounter first love, broaden her horizons, and start to realize that true friendship didnt die with Ingrid. And the journal which once seemed only to chronicle Ingrids descent into depression, becomes the tool by which Caitlin once again reaches out to all those who loved Ingridand Caitlin herself"

You can enter to win here: http://www.pureimaginationblog.com/2009/10/win-hold-still-by-nina-lacour.html

And special thanks to Pure Imagination for holding the contest!

Good Luck everyone!!!

AWESOME CONTEST!!




I came across this AWESOME giveaway and wanted to share it with everyone! It ends on 11/15 and it's international!

Here's the link to the contest: http://teensreadandwrite.blogspot.com/2009/10/our-first-megabook-giveaway-with.html

And here's a link to the blogger: http://teensreadandwrite.blogspot.com/

Good Luck everyone!!!

*crosses fingers*

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Once A Witch By Carolyn MacCullough


Once A Witch is about a teenage girl named Tamsin, who feels like a loner inside her own family. For Tamsin comes from a long line of witches and is the first to not have any Talent (Talents are magical powers). Her grandmother once told everyone the day Tamsin was born that she will be the most powerful their family has ever seen. Unfortunately, for Tamsin, that wasn't true. Or is it?

Tamsin escapes from her family to attend a prep school in New York City. She'll do anything for some form of normalcy in her not so normal life. And it's not until a stranger/professor from NYU comes in, seaking Tamsin's help, that she truly finds her role in the family. Turns out, the stranger isn't who he claims to be...and Tamsin's family have been keeping secrets that will change her life as she knows it.

I adored this novel. Two of my favorite characters in this novel are Agatha (Tamsin's witty roommate/best friend) and her long lost not-so-cousin Gabriel. The banter between the 3 of them is hilarious! Truly reminds me of how my friends and I were in high school. And the romance between Tamsin and Gabriel? One word : MAGICAL!

There's drama, mystery, a battle of good vs evil, and magic! The story comes off bit slow, at first. But as the story kept unfolding, I found myself craving more and more. The last 50 or so pages were spectacular. And the ending leaves room for a much needed sequel.

I recommend this to Harry Potter fans. While I will always think nothing will ever be as good as Harry Potter, this will certainly fulfill those hunger pangs we all felt when the series ended.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Perfect Fifths by Megan McCafferty



I have been following the Jessica Darling series since I was 15. Wow, seems so long ago! At the time, I wanted something to read while waiting for the next Harry Potter novel. I grabbed Sloppy Firsts on a whim and fell in love with it. Jessica is hilarious! I love her witty banter and thoughts.

While all the other 4 are written in a journal format (the first 3 for herself and the 4th meant for Marcus), Perfect Fifths is written in third person. Readers will be able to experience Marcus' thoughts and feelings for the first time. For anyone else that has been following the JD series, you'll understand how epic and amazing this is! I don't know about you, but I love me some Marcus Flutie!

The book is broken down into 4 parts. The first part is written in third person and involves Jessica and Marcus running into each other for the first time in years. While the novel focuses on Jessica and Marcus, it also catches you up on what all the past characters have been up to. The second part is written in a different format. It's strictly a conversation between Jessica and Marcus. Personally, this is my favorite part. I've always loved their banter. The third part consists of back to back haikus between the two. If you've been keeping up with the JD series, you'll know how important haikus truly are! And the final part goes back to the third person format. It gives you closure to a story that was first told back in 2001.

You don't have to read the past 4 books to enjoy Perfect Fifths, but I do highly recommend it. Some of the events and conversations won't make sense unless you do. And for those that have been keeping up with this series, Perfect Fifths gives you a little bit of everything from the past. Old friends, crushes-to-end-all-crushes, the "almost" road trip,"crocodile eyes", caste promises, and of course, Barry Manilow! It really is the perfect end to one of my favorite series.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick




This was one of the books I had to get once it was released. After reading an excerpt online, I knew I needed to read it. I was craving it! And let me tell you, it does not disappoint!

Hush, Hush tells the story of Nora Grey, your typical high school girl with your not so typical problems. She knows what she wants and isn't afraid to work hard for it. And romance isn't part of it. At least, that's what she thought before Patch enters her life. Patch...mysterious, charming, sexy, and dangerous! Nora doesn't know why, but she knows she should stay away from him. Only thing is, she can't. Not for lack of trying, but everywhere she goes, Patch is there. And the more he's around, the more she's drawn to him. But Patch is hiding a secret. One that could end up destroying her and her life, as she knows it.

There were times in the novel where I thought to myself "oh, I know where this is going." Only thing is, I was wrong. This book is filled with surprises, suspense, romance, and mystery. Throughout the book, I kept wanting my questions answered. By the end, the majority of them were, but it still left me curious about other things. I guess that's what the sequel, Crescendo, is for.

Of course, there are other characters besides Nora and Patch. Vee, for example, is Nora's best friend. I personally didn't care for her. She came off selfish and self-centered. There's Elliot, the new kid from Kingston. He has the hots for Nora. And his best friend Jules (quiet and mysterious). There are others that I will not mention because I don't want this post to become too spoilery.

For those of you out there who enjoy a yummy male lead (I know I do!), Patch does not disappoint. I enjoyed his constant innuendos, confidence and charm. He comes off a bit arrogant. Okay, very arrogant, but I swear, it really is part of his charm. Definitely drool worthy!

In the end, I really enjoyed this novel. The only thing I don't enjoy is having to wait till 2010 for the sequel! Thank goodness for all the other delicious novels out there on my TBR (to be read) list.

Until next time, this is your Book Addict Girl signing off!

Welcome to my Book Blog :)

Hi guys!

First of all, my name is Lena and I'm a BOOK ADDICT! I know there are many of you out there that share my addiction as well (which is AWESOME!).

I wanted to create my own personal book blog so I can share some of my thoughts on novels I've read/currently reading/will read. I'm always happy to hear anyone else's opinions. Feel free to comment, recommend books or leave any form of feedback.

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Hugs and Kisses,
Lena