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.