Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday (#14)

Synopsis : Sixteen-year-old Evie's job is bagging and tagging paranormals. Possessing the strange ability to see through their glamours, she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency. But when someone--or something--starts taking out the vamps, werewolves, and other odd beasties she's worked hard to help become productive members of society, she's got to figure it out before they all disappear and the world becomes utterly normal.

Normal is so overrated.

For more information, please check out Kiersten's website here.

Paranormalcy release date : September 21st, 2010

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Teaser Tuesday : White Cat by Holly Black

Teaser Tuesday is weekly meme hosted by Mizb at Should Be Reading.
The rules are simple:

-Grab your current read
-Open to a random page
-Share 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 Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week's Teaser Tuesday comes from White Cat - The Cursed Workers #1 by Holly Black. I tried to pick out only 2 lines, but really wanted to share a certain part. The lines are quite short and wouldn't make sense without the rest. Thus, here's a section from White Cat :

"'Okay,' I say. What else can I say?

'A curse was placed on me,' the Lila cat says. ' A curse that only you can break.'

The other cats watch us, tails flicking, whiskers twitching. Still silent.

'Who cursed you?' I ask, trying to smother my laughter.

'You did,' says the white cat."
Pg. 58.

White Cat Releases May 4th, 2010

Monday, March 29, 2010

Fun Finds : Princess For Hire

Synopsis: When a well-dressed woman steps out of a bubble and wants to know if you'd like to become a substitute princess, do you
A) run
B) faint
C) say yes?
For Desi Bascomb, who's been longing for some glamour in her Idaho life, the choice is a definite C). Desi has a rare ability: with the help of "Royal Rouge," she can temporarily transform into the exact look-alike of any princess who needs her subbing services. Dream come true, right?
Well, Desi soon discovers that subbing involves a lot more than wearing a tiara and waving at cameras.... In this winning debut, one girl's dream of glamour transforms into the desire to make a positive impact. And an impact Desi makes, one royal fiasco at a time.

Check out Princess For Hire at your local bookstore today. For more information, check out the book's website here.

In My Mailbox (#9)


In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

Books I Bought/Swapped for:

Fireworks: Four Summer Stories by Niki Burnham, Erin Haft, Sarah Mlynowski and Lauren Myracle. This looks look one of those great poolside reads.

Sticky Fingers by Niki Burnham. A fellow Jennifer Echols fan recommended this to me. I'm excited to see how it goes!

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima. I actually have an arc, but The Demon King was released last year. I've heard some fabulous things about this one. It's the first book in the Seven Realms series.

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting. I borrowed an arc from my friend Catie prior to the release. For those who have read my review, I raved on and on about it. I finally got my hands on a final copy. Be sure to check out my Body Finder contest here.

Book Tours:

White Cat (arc) by Holly Black. Special thanks to Around The World Tours for hosting this.

Books I won:

Sea (arc) by Heidi Kling. Special thanks to Heidi.

That's it. So, what's in your mailbox? Leave a link so I can check it out.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Review : The Cinderella Society

Synopsis: When the Prom Queen becomes your fairy godmother…

Sixteen year old outsider, Jess Parker, gets the chance of a lifetime: an invitation to join a secret society of popular girls dedicated to defeating the mean girls of the world. The Cinderella Society guides all new recruits through its top secret ultimate life makeover. It’s all part of preparing them to face down the Wickeds and win. Determined not to let the Cindys down, Jess dives in with a passion. Finally, a chance to belong and show the world what she’s made of.

… be careful what you wish for.

Jess’s transformation wins her the heart of her dream crush and a shot at uber-popularity. Until the Wickeds–led by Jess’s arch enemy–begin targeting innocent girls in their war against the Cindys, and Jess discovers the real force behind her exclusive society. It’s a high stakes battle of good vs. evil, and the Cindys in power need Jess on special assignment. When the mission threatens to destroy her dream life come true, Jess is forced to choose between living a fairy tale and honoring the Sisterhood… and herself.

What’s a girl to do when the glass slipper fits, but she doesn’t want to wear it anymore?

Game on, baby! Where was The Cinderella Society when I was in high school? Kay Cassidy has taken Sisterhood to a new level.

You think being a cheerleader opens doors? Jess Parker will be the first one to tell you it doesn't. After moving around eight times, Jess has always felt like an outsider. While she hung out with the popular kids, she never really fit in. With her mom expecting twins, her family decides to move back to her mom's old town. After all, her grandmother's there. From the moment Jess moves there, she's treated like the lowest of the low. It's probably because Lexy, one of the populars, spreads rumors about her and treats her like dirt.

Then, out of the blue, Jess receives an invitation to join the Cinderella Society. As a Cindy, she'll finally know what it's like to be apart of the popular crowd and not just someone from the outside looking in. After a few lessons and the makeover of a lifetime, she feels like she can do anything. Maybe even catch the eye of Ryan Steele, quarterback and school hottie.

What Jess quickly learns is, everything isn't always better nor easier when you're a Cindy. The Cinderella Society is an organization who ban together to protect the Reggies (normal people) from the Wickeds. Jess soon becomes wrapped up in this battle. The only thing is, does being a Cindy mean losing the core of who you are and everything you've recently gained?

I absolutely adored this novel. As a heroine, Jess is absolutely wonderful. She's relatable and realistic. She shows the reader you can make mistakes, but you can also fix them. Jess never lets anything get to her head and consistantly puts other's first. If that isn't a role model for today's youth, I don't know what is.

What I loved about this novel is, you start learning bits of information from the other secondary characters (including the evil ones). Instead of hating them, you relate to what they're going through. They're human. Though it does not justify their actions, you can still sense where they're coming from. And then, there's the other members of the Cindys. They're the type of friends who will be there for you in the drop of a pin. Who wouldn't want friends like that?

Now, lets talk romance. My absolute favorite scenes are the ones with Ryan Steele. Hubba, hubba. Those kissing scenes? OMG, *fans face*...Brilliant! I loved the progression in the relationship between Jess and Ryan. One of my favorite scenes involve an instant message conversation and a late night phone call. I would normally find this cheesy, but the way Kay does it, it just fits. Another thing I loved about the relationship is it's flawed. Every relationship isn't perfect because no one's perfect. Balancing this with the fantasy of the perfect date/guy is no easy feat, yet Kay does it with finesse.

The Cinderella Society releases April 13th. I recommend this to young adults all girls/women. Girl power, FTW!


Special thanks to Daisy Whitney (author of The Mockingbirds) for hosting The Cinderella Society book tour.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Review : The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Synopsis : In Mary's world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future—between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?

So, for the longest time, I thought I already reviewed this. I guess I didn't. Here we go :

Enter Mary's world. Imagine being raised in a fenced village. Imagine stories of the ocean, but never actually seeing it. Imagine knowing what lies outside the fence. When the alarm goes off, that means it's time to quickly climb the ladders and into safety's arms. What's there to be scared of? Oh, just your typical zombies (known as the Unconsecrated) who will either eat you or turn you. Good thing the Sisterhood is there to help protect them. And the guards will protect them as well. But what no one knows is the Sisterhood has a secret they've been hiding from the village. A crucial one that can change everything.

Carrie Ryan has written a beautiful story about how one girl deems to live beyond a world, created to protect her. You're pulled in from the first sentence to the very last. At times, I felt myself weaping over Mary's predictament. I don't know how she does it. Her family life is in ruins, she's in love with Travis, but his brother (Harry) loves her, and to top it all off, the Unconsecrated consistantly try to breach the fences.

Lets talk swoon worth boys. I adored Travis. Throughout the book, you can feel how hard it is for Mary to love him. She needs him, wants him and knows she can't have him. There are so many times I wanted to throw the book against the wall. The frustration was eating at me. I mean, give the girl a break. I've never wanted two people to be together more in my life! So what happens to them? Guess you'll have to read it to find out.

I know a lot people are iffy when it comes to zombie-post apocalypic tales. Trust me when I say, this isn't your ordinary tale. The writing is elegant, the story is original and the emotions are raw. I definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good read. If you're in a horrible mood and need a lift, put this down. LOL, this will not lift your spirits. Unless you want a good cry...

But yes, awesome book. Now it's time to check out The Dead-Tossed Waves!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Cover Alert : Misguided Angel (Blue Bloods #5)

Who isn't a Blue Bloods fan? I know I am! Misguided Angel releases in October and this reader can't wait. The cover? GORGEOUS. My favorite yet! I'm curious to know what city is shown below. Hmmm...


Waiting On Wednesday (#13)

The Reckoning is the last book in Kelley Armstrong's Darkest Powers trilogy. Normally, I'd leave a synopsis of the book, but not everyone has read this series. I don't want to ruin it for those who still plan on reading it. What I will say is, this trilogy is FABULOUS. Made of win!

Release date : April 6th, 2010.


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Body Finder Contest

Here's your chance to win The Body Finder and some swag. Haven't heard of The Body Finder? Ok, here's the synopsis:

Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her “power” to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes the dead leave behind in the world . . . and the imprints that attach to their killers.

Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he’s claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay’s intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she’s falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer . . . and becoming his prey herself.

And now, contest time.

First place will win a copy of The Body Finder, plus some awesome signed swag.

5 Runner-ups will win some signed swag.

And since I'm using The Book Depository for this, the book giveaway is INTERNATIONAL. The swag prize packs are US only.

To enter, you must fill out this FORM.. Winners will be picked through, announced on my blog and emailed. If you win, you have 48 hours to email me your information. If you fail to do so, an alternate winner will be announced and contacted.

Since I am using the Book Depository, please make sure the Book Depository will ship to you before entering.

Contest end 04/12 at 11:59PM CST.

Teaser Tuesday/Releases

Teaser Tuesday is weekly meme hosted by Mizb at Should Be Reading.
The rules are simple:

-Grab your current read
-Open to a random page
-Share 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 Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week's Teaser Tuesday comes from The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong. This is the first book in the Darkest Powers trilogy.

"And then there was nothing left but a skull dotted with scraps of blackened flesh. The jaws opened, the teeth glitter.

'Welcome back, Chloe.'" Pg. 5

And releases. I only have one today, but I've been looking forward to this one for months. Thus...

Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken. I preordered mine, so it should be there when I get home. Can't wait to sink my teeth into this one!


Monday, March 22, 2010

In My Mailbox (#8)


In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren..

Forget-Her-Nots by Amy Brecount White. I have an arc, but not a final copy so special thanks to
Aine for sending this to me, along with some awesome swag.

The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott. Special thanks to Elizabeth for sending this to me. Elizabeth's awesome, and I highly recommend checking out her blog. She's always doing some fun things on there.

The Beautiful Between by Alyssa Sheinmel (arc) . This is part of an arc tour hosted by Around The World Tours.

And here are a few others I didn't get a chance to take a picture of.

Candor by Pam Bachorz. Special thanks to Amy Brecount White. I won this in her around the blog flower tour. She rocks! Check out her site.

Something Like Fate by Susane Colasanti (arc). This is part of the Traveling Arc Tours.

And books I bought :

The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong. This is book 2 in the Darkest Powers trilogy.
Rogue by Rachel Vincent. This is book 2 in the Shifters series.

And that's it. So, what's in your mailbox?

Contest Alert!!!

Hey everyone!

A fellow blogger who hosts ARC tours AND is just full of win is hosting an AWESOME giveaway on her blog. I'm sure tons of you have heard of her, but she's The Princess Bookie! You can win several different books including an arc of Spells, Everlasting, Forgive My Fins and Raised By Wolves.

Just click here and enter!

That's all for now. I'm in the process of posting my In My Mailbox. Stay tuned.

Friday, March 19, 2010

The Friday Five

Welcome to another edition of The Friday Five! Here's where you'll find 5 book/author/movie recommendations and updates brought to you by, well, me.

And here we go!

1. New Moon (movie/dvd). New Moon releases tomorrow. If you're a Twilight fan, I know you're as excited as I am.

2. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting (Book rec). It is FABULOUS. A paranormal romance mixed in with a serial killer and a morbid ability? Made of win. I highly recommend it

3. My Best Friend's Girl (movie rental rec). This movie is rated R, so please please please. Be 17 or up or ask your parent's permission. This movie stars Dane Cook, Kate Hudson and Jason Biggs. It came out in 2008, but I ended up seeing it last night on Showtime. It's hilarious and adorable. If you're a Dane Cook fan, he does not disappoint. And there's a pizza scene in there that reminds me of a certain Dane Cook skit.

4. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. This came out last year, but the sequel (Beautiful Darkness) comes out this fall. The sequel's cover was revealed today. It's gorgeous. So, if you have yet to read Beautiful Creatures, you must.

5. The Merry Sisters of Fate. It's a blog with short stories from Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton and Brenna Yovanoff. In one word, brilliant.

And there you have it. Have a great weekend everyone!

Update : I updated my Debut Authors page. For those who don't know, the Debut Authors Challenge (hosted by The Story Siren) invites all people to read at least 12 books from 2010's debut authors. You can check out my update here.


Thursday, March 18, 2010

2 more added to the March Madness Contest


Hey everyone! 2 more books have been added to the March Madness contest:

-Ash by Malinda Lo
-Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott

I updated the contest page. Remember, in order to win, you must fill out the form on the contest page, listed here.

For more entries, spread the word and leave the link. If you have already filled out the form, please leave the link in the comments below. I'll add it to your current number of entries.

Contest ends March 31st.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Ascendant (Killer Unicorns/Rampant #2) Cover!

Oh.My.Gawd. I love it more than Rampant.

And if you have yet to read the synopsis:

Now a fully trained unicorn hunter, Astrid Llewelyn is learning that she can’t solve all her problems with a bow and arrow. Her boyfriend has left Rome, the Cloisters is in dire financial straits, her best friend’s powers are mysteriously disintegrating, and her hope of becoming a scientist seems to be nothing but an impossible dream.

So when she’s given the opportunity to leave the Cloisters and use her skills as part of a scientific quest to discover the Remedy, Astrid leaps at the chance. Finally, she can have exactly what she wants—or can she? At Gordian headquarters deep in France, Astrid begins to question everything she had believed: her love for Giovanni, her loyalty to the Cloisters, and—most of all—her duty as a hunter. Should Astrid be saving the world from killer unicorns or saving unicorns from the world?

Release Date : September 28th, 2010

Flippin' CAN'T WAIT!

Waiting on Wednesday (#12)

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Gwen hides a dangerous secret: she’s Other. Half-pooka, to be exact, thanks to the father she never met. Most Americans don’t exactly roll out the welcome mat for Others, especially not the small-town folks of Klikamuks, Washington. As if this isn’t bad enough, Gwen’s on the brink of revealing her true identity to her long-time boyfriend, Zack, but she’s scared he’ll lump her with the likes of bloodthirsty vampires and feral werewolves.

When a pack of werewolves chooses the national forest behind Gwen’s home as their new territory, the tensions in Klikamuks escalate-into murder. It soon becomes clear a serial killer is methodically slaying Others. The police turn a blind eye, leaving Gwen to find the killer before the killer finds her. As she hunts for clues, she uncovers more Others living nearby than she ever expected. Like Tavian, a sexy Japanese fox-spirit who rivals Zack and challenges her to embrace her Otherness. Gwen must struggle with her own conflicted identity, learn who she can trust, and-most importantly-stay alive.

What People Are Saying:

"This who-done-it is an unusual blend of mystery and fantasy, starring original characters not often featured in modern urban fantasy for teens. I really enjoyed it." — Annette Curtis Klause, author of Blood and Chocolate

"Other has it all: love, shifters, pookas, and nail-biting action. What's even better, Kincy's characters are vibrant, real and lovable. This is a debut that leaves you aching for more." — Carrie Jones, New York Times bestselling author of Need and Captivate

Release Date : July 1, 2010

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Teaser Tuesday/Happy Release Day!

Teaser Tuesday is weekly meme hosted by Mizb at Should be Reading

The rules are simple:

-Grab your current read
-Open to a random page
-Share 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 Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week's Teaser Tuesday comes from The Beautiful Between by Alyssa Sheinmel.

"Even when I go to a movie or something with girls from school, I'm home around ten. And somehow, Jeremy knew that about me-not only does he know it now that we've been hanging out, but even before, it never occurred to him that I might have had a reason to say no to him. I guess princes don't ever expect to hear the word 'no.'"

Release date : May 11, 2010

*Expect review closer to the release*

AND NOW...RELEASES! Sound the horns!

I'm thrilled to announce the release of The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

and The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott.

As you can see from my review, I absoluted LOVED The Body Finder. I recommend checking it out immediately. And I received The Unwritten Rule from Elizabeth yesterday. I've started it and as a Elizabeth Scott fan, I'll let you know it does not disappoint.

Run to your nearest bookstore IMMEDIATELY!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Author Appreciation Week

Heidi Kling, author of Sea (debuts June 10, 2010) has deemed this week Author Appreciation Week. Show your favorite authors how much you appreciate them by blogging about it or hashing out on twitter (#AAW). And a special thanks to Sara from Novel Novice for creating the awesome banner.

I wanted to start by shouting out to the authors I've had the pleasure of meeting. First up, Becca Fitzpatrick (author of Hush, Hush).

Not only is she a talented writer, she's also a sweetheart. Hush, Hush is one of those books that grips you from the beginning to the end. When Becca came to Houston, she read a portion of Hush, Hush (science class scene), answered questions about the book, shared her experience of her road to publication and stayed late to take pictures and sign copies of Hush,Hush. So, thank you Becca for being awesome!

Next, one of my favorite authors, Melissa Marr:

Melissa is the author of the Wicked Lovely series (Wicked Lovely, Ink Exchange, Fragile Eternity) and her next book, the fourth in the series (Radiant Shadows), releases April 20th. I had the pleasure of reading Radiant Shadows and let me tell you, it's made of win! Melissa came to Houston for the Montgomery Teen Book Festival and was absolutely amazing. During the breakout sessions, she answered questions about her series and even answered/taught an english lesson on compound complex sentences. I guess you can never take the teaching out of a teacher! After the session ended, I told her how I was Lena from The Rath and was shocked when she hugged me. Even though the people running the festival were telling Melissa to start her 2nd session, she still went ahead, signed books and took pictures with her fans all while talking about Radiant Shadows. She even shared a story of how her daughter took her cup of tea away and asked her to change a scene from Radiant Shadows. Which one? I guess you'll have to read it and ask her yourself.

And next, Sara Zarr:

Sara Zarr is the author of Story of a Girl, Sweethearts, and Once Was Lost. She's funny and incredible. I'm sad I didn't get to go to one of her breakout sessions during the festival, but I did get to meet with her later where she signed my books and took pictures. I've read and reviewed Sweethearts. It's amazing and sad. I love those kind of books, but you definitely need a pick me up afterward. I have yet to read Once Was Lost, but it's on my list!

And last (for today): Cassandra Clare

Tell me one person who does not know who Cassandra Clare is. She's the author of the Mortal Instruments series (City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass). Her next novel, City of Fallen Angels, releases March 11, 2011. I think. That's what Goodreads says. Anywho, you'd think an author this huge would let it get to her head, but she doesn't. During the breakout sessions as the festival, she read a portion of a story she wrote in her teen years (The Beautiful Cassandra). The crowd almost died laughing. She encourages young writers to shoot for the stars and even though she had to catch a flight at 4:30, she stayed as long as possible to sign autographs.

That wraps it up for today. I'm going to try to do this once a day for the rest of the week, so stay tuned. Same bat time, same bat channel.

Review : The Body Finder

Synopsis: "A serial killer on the loose. A girl with a morbid ability. And the boy who would never let anything happen to her.

Violet Ambrose can find the dead. Or at least, those who have been murdered. She can sense the echoes they leave behind... and the imprints they leave on their killers. As if that weren't enough to deal with during junior year, she also has a sudden, inexplicable, and consuming crush on her best friend since childhood, Jay Heaton.

Now a serial killer has begun terrorizing Violet's small town... and she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him."

I absolutely loved The Body Finder. I found it to be original, thrilling and incredibly romantic in all the right places. Violet is a strong willed, determined heroine and lets face it...this book addict can't get enough of these.

This book has alternating POVs which left goosebumps on my arms. My heart went out to the victims of the serial killer. I was terrified for Violet on several different occasions. There are a lot of novels that alternate POVs between the two main characters, so it was a breath of fresh air to have it alternate between the protag and a secondary character.

Another aspect I loved about TBF are Violet and Jay's parents. All the parents, really. It seems as though, lately, a lot of parents are deplicted as neglective and unrealiable. I personally have amazing parents who are there for me when I needed them. Thus, I love strong families and parents in novels. And the town? You can feel the fear they're going through. Imagine if teenage girls were suddenly missing then showed up dead? Talk about scary!

And of course, the swoon worthy boy. Jay is everything any girl would want in a boyfriend. He's your best friend, your confidant, your rock. And the kissing scenes? Wow! I had to fan my face a couple times. Needless to say, I want my very own Jay Keaton.

I recommend The Body Finder to all people who enjoy a good paranormal YA read. There's a killer who makes your squirm, a believable romance that makes you swoon, and an ending you don't see coming!

In My Mailbox (#7)


In my mailbox is a weekly meme from Kristi at The Story Siren. Lets get started.

Books I bought:

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
The Eternal Kiss : Anthology with some Vampire-love goodness.
Stray by Rachel Vincent
Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers

Books I'm borrowing:

The Body Finder (arc) by Kimberly Derting. I want to thank Catie at Book Bound for lending me her copy.

And my favorite...Books I won:
Very LeFreak by Rachel Cohn. Special thanks to YA Books Central for hosting an awesome contest and for the book. I can't wait to read it!

That's it for this week's edition of In My Mailbox.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Torment (Fallen #2) Cover...

Can you say GORGEOUS?! I absolutely love it. I think this cover says the book will be dark yet beautiful. It screams southern goth.

But lets hear your thoughts. What do you think of it?

I wonder if it'll be soft like the Fallen cover.

Torment by Lauren Kate releases September 2nd. This fan can't wait!

The Friday 5 (version 2.0)

I was about to write my review for The Cinderella Society when I realized, "Crap! I left the book at home." So I guess that will have to wait till I get home.

The last time I wrote the Friday 5, I wrote about 5 different things going on in my life. I wanted to change this up a little. Thus, my version of The Friday 5.

What I'm going to do is recommend 5 books or movies I think you guys should check out. Maybe I'll even throw in some I'm looking forward to. Lets go:

1. The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy. I just finished this last night and really enjoyed it. I love the message behind it. Girl power, baby! This doesn't release till April 13th, but never fear. Keep your eyes open for a contest.

2. The Ex-Games by Jennifer Echols. Due to some of your recommendations, I downloaded this to my nook. I've been reading bits and pieces on the side. You guys were right. It's great.

3. Fallen by Lauren Kate. I read this when it was first released. A couple of my friends and I were discussing it. I forgot how much I liked it. If you haven't read it yet, I highly recommend it. Southern goth plus fall angels? Made of win!

4. The Ugly Truth (movie; on dvd). This came on Starz and it's HILARIOUS. I mean, it has Gerard Butler! Gerard's character preps Katherine Heigl's character in order to win the man of her dreams. It's rated R so all you kiddies under 17, please ask your parent's permission.

5. Percy Jackson & The Olympians : The Lighting Theif (movie; in theatres). I never read the books (*hangs head in shame*), but maybe that's why I loved the movie so much. My friend Mish did both and hated the movie. I loved the action and Greek mythology. It's like Harry Potter with Greek gods!

That's it. I hope everyone is having a fabulous Friday and enjoyed my Friday 5. If you guys decide to do this as well, leave a link in the comments. I'd love to read some of your recommendations.


Thursday, March 11, 2010

2 more books added to the March Madness Giveaway!!!


If you know me, you know I'm a huge Laurie Halse Anderson fan. That's why I decided to add Speak and Catalyst to the giveaway.

How can you get more entries? That's easy. Spread the word! To get credit for spreading the word, you must post a comment on this page with the link to where. I'll add it to your current entry total.

Remember, you must fill out the form here in order to be entered.

Contest ends at the end of March. Stay tuned to see what I'll be adding next week.


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday (#11)

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Teagan McNeel falls for captivating Garreth Adams and soon discovers that her crush has an eight-point star etched into the palm of his right hand-the mark of an angel.

But where there is light, dark follows, and she and Garreth suddenly find themselves vulnerable to a dark angel's malicious plan that could threaten not only her life, but the lives of everyone she knows.

Divinely woven together, Angel Star takes readers on a reflective journey when one angel's sacrifice collides with another angel's vicious ambition in a way that is sure to have readers searching for their own willpower.

I heard this one was pure delish. Can't wait!

Release Date: May 18, 2010

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Teaser Tuesday (#2)

Teaser Tuesday is weekly meme hosted by Mizb at Should be Reading

The rules are simple:

-Grab your current read
-Open to a random page
-Share 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 Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

As you can see, this week's Teaser Tuesday comes from The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy.

I'm actually pretty far into the book. I was looking for a good quote, but it either gave too much away, or didn't give enough away. I looked through and found a passage I ADORED. It's more than 2 sentences, but I'm sure you'll enjoy it. Here we go:

"He looked at me for a second, a dazzler of a smile lighting his face. Then his eyes widened and he looked closer. 'Jess?'
'Wow.' He dropped his hands. So sad was I.
'Wow...?' I prompted.
He stared at me for a few more seconds, then tucked his hands in his pockets. 'Just, wow. You look really great.'
I couldn't help it. My knees turned to mush, and I grinned like a big goober. 'Thanks.'" - Pg. 89-90

The Cinderella Society releases April 13th. For more information, please check out Kay's site here.

Until next time.


Monday, March 8, 2010

In My Mailbox (#6)

In my mailbox in a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

This has been a slow week for me. It's probably a good thing considering I have A LOT of catching up to do. This week, I received The Cinderella Society, courtesy of the amazing Daisy Whitney, aka the Bookchick.

That's it. So...what's in your mailbox?

Friday, March 5, 2010

Review : Major Crush

Synopsis: Tired of the beauty-pageant circuit, Virginia Sauter tosses her tiara, pierces her nose, and auditions for the most unlikely of roles — drum major of the high school marching band.

Virginia wins, but is forced to share the title with Drew, whose family has held the position for generations. Sure, Drew is hot, but because of his superior attitude, he and Virginia are constantly arguing. That is, until they share more than just their half-time salute...

But as the drum major's heated competition turns to sizzling romance, explosive rumors threaten everything — including the band's success. Love seemed to be a sure hit, but Virginia and Drew may be marching straight into disaster.

Major Crush is the first novel by Jennifer Echols. I don't think I've ever read a book that combined marching band and romance. It sounds silly, but trust me, it's adorable.

You have Virginia. She's the first girl drum major to ever be elected in the marching band. The only thing is, she has to share it with Drew, last year's drum major and band hottie. Virginia and Drew have drama from the start. Virginia just wants to do a good job, but Drew doesn't want to share his drum majoring role. To top that off, Drew is dating the evil twin who's out to get Virginia. Oh yeah, and Virginia's best friend has a not so secret crush on her.

As Virginia and Drew grow closer, the band starts to improve. For once, Virginia thinks this could be the real deal. The question is, are they just getting along because they have to or is there a real spark between them?

Major Crush is one of those books you can finish in one sitting. The story's a bit predictable, but still cute. There were times where I was grinning so hard, I thought my lips were going to fall off. The sexual tension between Virginia and Drew makes you squirm with anticipation. I'd recommend it to those who want a quick pick me up type of read.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Review : Beastly

Synopsis: I am a beast.

A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright—a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.

You think I'm talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It's no deformity, no disease. And I'll stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell.

Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I'll tell you. I'll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I'll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.

Beastly is a modern adaptation of the tale Beauty and the Beast. It's told through the "Beast" aka Kyle Kingston's point of view. The setting? Where else? New York City, baby! Anyway...

Kyle Kingston has it all. Popularity, looks, money, the works. He doesn't care who he hurts. In fact, he takes pleasure in it. Then he meets Kendra, the goth girl. He decides to play a cruel joke on her. Of course, what goes around usually comes around. Kendra is actually a witch and casts a spell on Kyle. She turns him into this hideous beast. The only way to turn him back is for him to find someone to love him and love her in return. Sound familiar? I hope so.

When I first started Beastly, all I could think about was what an (insert profane word here) Kyle is. Talk about your pompous, arrogant little (insert another profane word). As the story goes on, you get little tidbits as to why Kyle is the way he is. It's no excuse, but still. My heart went out to the poor guy.

As the story continues, you meet the "Belle" in the story. I would say who she is, but I don't want to spoil it. Just like the fairy tale, she's very distant and very uncooperative. As they start getting to know each other, their friendship grows. Kyle starts to change. For the first time in his life, he cares for someone other than himself. Dare I say, Kyle has fallen in love with her? Oooh la la! The only thing is, can someone like her fall in love with the Beast?

The book is broken down into several different sections. You get the beginning, pieces of the middle and the conclusion with an epilogue. There are certain things I liked about the story. I like watching the relationships develope. Not just the relationship between the Beast and Belle, but also with the other people in Kyle's life. I like to think of those people as the "Mrs. Pots" and "Lumiere." I also liked how the witch played a more significant role in this retelling.

The negatives: There are things that bothered me. The main thing I didn't like is Kyle himself. Even when he changed, he still bothered me. And the internet conversations? I mean, really? Cute, but utterly reaked of cheese!

For the most part, I did enjoy the story. It's short, it's sweet, it's a fairy tale. I finished it in one sitting, and I'm sure you will too.

Random note: I read about how this is going to be a movie with Vanessa Hudgens as "Belle." *vomits* Enjoy the book before she ruins it. Sorry VHud, but I'm just not a all! Plus, she doesn't fit the bill. If you've read the book, you'd understand. And if you haven't, check out Beastly. You'll see what I mean.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Waiting On Wednesday (#10)

Synopsis: Sydelle Mirabil is living proof that, with a single drop of rain, a life can be changed forever. Tucked away in the farthest reaches of the kingdom, her dusty village has suffered under the weight of a strangely persistent drought. That is, of course, until a wizard wanders into town and brings the rain with him.

In return for this gift, Wayland North is offered any reward he desires—and no one is more surprised than Sydelle when, without any explanation, he chooses her. Taken from her home, Sydelle hardly needs encouragement to find reasons to dislike North. He drinks too much and bathes too little, and if that isn’t enough to drive her to madness, North rarely even uses the magic he takes such pride in possessing. Yet, it’s not long before she realizes there’s something strange about the wizard, who is as fiercely protective of her as he is secretive about a curse that turns his limbs a sinister shade of black and leaves him breathless with agony. Unfortunately, there is never a chance for her to seek answers.

Release date: March 23, 2010

Side note: Alexandra is having a HUUUGE contest on her blog. There's several chances to win Brightly Woven among other books and givecards. Check it out here.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

*~March Madness Contest~*


No, this has nothing to do with College Basketball! This March, I've giving away several different books to several different people. Here's how it's going to work:

Game Plan:
There will be at least 8 books I'll giving away. Each week, I'll post more books. Every time I post new books, you'll have another chance to receive more entires. Of course, I'll continue to update this page. At the end of the contest, I'll post and contact the winners!

There will be a total of 4 winners. Here's the breakdown:

1st place: Picks Any 2 books
2nd place: Picks the next 2 books
3rd place: Picks the next 2 books
4th place: Receives the last 2 books

Psst...if I'm feeling friendly, I'll add more books and more winners!

All the books are shown above, but I wanted to list them out for you as well.

-Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers
-Lock And Key by Sarah Dessen
-Looking For Alaska by John Green
-The Ex Games by Jennifer Echols
-Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (added 03/11)
-Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson (added 03/11)
-Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott (added 03/18)
-Ash by Malinda Lo (added 03/18)


*You must be a follower to enter
*You must fill out the form below
*Open to US residents only

Contest ends March 31st!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Fun Feature: Sea by Heidi Kling

Haunted by recurring nightmares since her mother's accidental disappearance over the Indian ocean three years before, fifteen year old California girl Sienna "Sea" Jones reluctantly travels with her father's volunteer team to six months post-tsunami Indonesia. During her stay at the orphanage, she meets scarred and soulful Deni who is more like Sea than anyone she has ever met.

She knows they can't be together, so why can't she stay away from him? And what about her old-best-friend-turned-suddenly-hot Spider who may or may not be waiting for her back home? And why is her psychiatrist father so secretive about her mother's plane crash? The farther she gets from home, the closer she comes to the truth. And Sea's real adventure begins.

"SEA is a richly woven story as turbulent and beautiful as the sea itself, plunging us headlong into the depths of loss, devastation, compassion, and hope. A touching and romantic debut about the redemptive power of altruism and the heart's capacity for love." Sarah Ockler, author of TWENTY BOY SUMMER

"From the first page of SEA, the reader is plunged into a world of love, loss, and hope. The heat between Sienna and Deni is mirrored in the steamy exotic setting of Indonesia. Once I started reading, I couldn’t put this book down. Sienna is conflicted and compassionate... I truly loved this book and can't wait to recommend it to all the teenagers I know!"
--L.K. Madigan, William C. Morris Award winning author of FLASH BURNOUT

"From the opening pages of SEA, the hair stood on the back of my neck, as it does whenever I encounter a writer who really knows what she's doing with words. Tragedies and miracles coexist in this entrancing debut novel about the aftermath of a tsunami."
-- Jennifer R. Hubbard, author of THE SECRET YEAR