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:

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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