Monday, May 31, 2010

In My Mailbox (#18)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

-Ascendant (Killer Unicorns #2, arc) by Diana Peterfreund.
*Special thanks to Karen at FWIW. Not only did she send this to me, but she also got it signed. YOU'RE THE BEST!!!

-Linger (Wolves of Mercy Falls #2, arc) by Maggie Stiefvater. From Around The World Tours.

-Low Red Moon (arc) by Ivy Devlin.
*Special thanks to Ivy Devlin.

-Scarlett Fever by Maureen Johnson (WON)

-Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson (WON)
*Special thanks to Catie for sending me both of these.

-The Dead-Tossed Waves (UK edition) by Carrie Ryan (WON)
*Special thanks to Lynsey from Narratively Speaking for sending this to me.

-Glimmerglass (Faeriewalker #1) by Jenna Black

-Endless Summer (signed)by Jennifer Echols
*Special thanks to Jennifer Echols.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Saturday Sneak Peak

It took me one restless night to finish Linger. Let me tell you, it will not disappoint. As you know, it usually takes me a couple days after I finish a book to write the review. I like to let it "simmer" in my thoughts.

The thing is, I couldn't wait for Tuesday to share a teaser with you. Instead, I thought "Why not give everyone a tiny sneak peak?" For those who have yet to read Shiver, I don't recommend reading this. And for those who have, don't worry. This isn't spoilery.

This small section is from one of my favorite Sam and Grace moments. It'a a bit of a flashback, and I'm going to have to cut it short (due to spoilery reason), but I think you'll enjoy it.

Here we go:

"'Do you remember the first time we came up here?' she asked as I sat there, half-alone in the darkness of my closed eyes.

It wasn't a question meant to be answered, so I just smiled.

'Do you remember how you made me close my eyes, and you read me that poem from Rilke?' Grace's voice was closer; I felt her knee touch mine. 'I loved you so much right then, Sam Roth.'

My skin tightened in a shiver, and I swallowed. I knew she loved me, but she almost never said it. That alone could've been her birthday gift for me."-Page 95

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Review: Forget You

Synopsis:There’s a lot Zoey would like to forget. Like how her father has knocked up his twenty-four-year old girlfriend. Like Zoey’s fear that the whole town will find out about her mom’s nervous breakdown. Like darkly handsome bad boy Doug taunting her at school. With her life about to become a complete mess, Zoey fights back the only way she knows how, using her famous attention to detail to make sure she’s the perfect daughter, the perfect student, and the perfect girlfriend to ultra-popular football player Brandon.

But then Zoey is in a car crash, and the next day there’s one thing she can’t remember at all—the entire night before. Did she go parking with Brandon, like she planned? And if so, why does it seem like Brandon is avoiding her? And why is Doug—of all people—suddenly acting as if something significant happened between the two of them? Zoey dimly remembers Doug pulling her from the wreck, but he keeps referring to what happened that night as if it was more, and it terrifies Zoey to admit how much is a blank to her. Controlled, meticulous Zoey is quickly losing her grip on the all-important details of her life—a life that seems strangely empty of Brandon, and strangely full of Doug.

Thoughts: I have been simmering for the past week, wondering how I'm going to write this review. Should I gush about how ridiculousy good it is? How some of the scenes made me giggle like a little school girl? Or how I would kill (metaphorically) for a Doug of my very own? Hmm...lets do it all!

In the beginning, Zoey seems like your average teenage high school girl. She's smart, captain of her swim team and seems to have it all under control. Little does everyone know her life is slowly falling apart. Her father knocked up a 24 year old girl he works with and plans on marrying her. And shortly after this, her mother has a mental breakdown.

Like most teenagers, Zoey doesn't know what to do. Feeling lost, Zoey becomes a bit reckless and does something rash. I'm not going to tell you what. Lets just say it's something right out of a Gossip Girl episode. Anywho, after a football game one night, Zoey and her swim team friends decide to crash a party. Maybe I shouldn't have used the word crash so losely because later that night, Zoey ends up in a car accident. Unfortunately, all she remembers is Doug pulling her out of the car. The memories leading to the crash and at the hospital are gone. All she knows now is Doug's acting extremely "friendly" and Brandon is becoming very distant.

As the novel progresses, Doug feeds Zoey bits and pieces of the night in question. Zoey doesn't tell him she doesn't know. She uses another route: charm. As she slowly puts all the pieces together, she soon realizes how this missing memory completely alters her life. Nothing is the same after that.

Pretty intense, right? I loved every minute of Forget You. The most frustrating part of my day was having to put the book down and go to work/go to sleep. I couldn't read it fast enough. And even then, I didn't want it to end.

Lets talk swoon worthy boys. Doug is one of those broading yet tender guys every girl dreams of. I want a Doug of my very own. Even when he's furious at Zoey, he never gives up on her. Talk about a great guy! The mischievous things Doug and his brother do together will have you laughing and "awwing" at the same time. And I have to say, every scene with Doug and Zoey will either have you cringing or squeeing.

I do have one complaint about Forget You and that's Brandon. I honestly don't get what Zoey saw in him. I mean, he's like a house with all the lights on and no one's home. I'm thinking it's Zoey's controlling nature that draws her to Brandon. Even though it's obvious he's avoiding her, Zoey still feels the need to take control and fix it.

One quick warning: This book is very PG-13. There's profanity and there's nookie. While I do recommend this book, I also recommend being age appropriate. Like, lets say around the age of 16 and up? Trust me!

Special thanks to Traveling Arc Tours and The Hiding Spot for loaning me this book. I didn't want to let it go! Still, I'm very grateful I had a chance to read it.

To all Jennifer Echol's fans out there, you will not be disappointed. If you loved Going Too Far, you'll love Forget You. It's a summer read with an edgy twist you don't want to miss!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday (#22)

Title & Author: Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Synopsis: With her rare ability to breathe fire, Jacinda is special even among the draki—the descendants of dragons who can shift between human and dragon forms. But when Jacinda’s rebelliousness leads her family to flee into the human world, she struggles to adapt, even as her draki spirit fades. The one thing that revives it is Will, whose family hunts her kind. Jacinda can’t resist getting closer to him, even though she knows she’s risking not only her life but the draki’s most closely guarded secret

Release Date: September 7th, 2010

MMM...forbidden love. I love this new twist on dragons. Can't wait to read it!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Teaser Tuesday : The Iron Daughter

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 Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa (Iron Fey #2). This is going to be a bit longer than 2 lines, but you kind of need it to get the full effect. Don't worry, it's not spoilery!

"'I had to make everyone believe I didn't care, or they would've torn you apart. Emotions are a weakness here, Meghan. And the Winter Court preys on the weak. They would've hurt you to get to me. Now, come on.' He reached for me again, and I let him take my hand without protest. 'Let's get out of here before it's too late.'

'I'm afraid it's already too late,' drawled a snide, familiar voice, making my heart stop."

Monday, May 24, 2010

Review : The Summer of Skinny Dipping

Synopsis: "Sometimes I still wake up shivering in the early hours of the morning, drowning in dreams of being out there in the ocean that summer, of looking up at the moon and feeling as invisible and free as a fish. But I'm jumping ahead, and to tell the story right I have to go back to the very beginning. To a place called Indigo Beach. To a boy with pale skin that glowed against the dark waves. To the start of something neither of us could have predicted, and which would mark us forever, making everything that came after and before seem like it belonged to another life.
My name is Mia Gordon: I was sixteen years old, and I remember everything...."

After getting dumped by her boyfriend, Mia is looking forward to spending a relaxing summer in the Hamptons with her glamorous cousins. But when she arrives she find her cousins distant, moody, and caught up with a fast crowd. Mia finds herself lonelier than ever, until she meets her next-door-neighbor, Simon Ross. And from the very first time he encourages her to go skinny dipping, she's caught in a current impossible to resist.

Timeless in feel, The Summer of Skinny-Dipping is a poignant, literary coming-of-age romance that will live on long after summer has ended.

Thoughts: Don't let the title fool you. This is not the light read it seems to be. Sure, there are cute summer moments that make you go "awww" but it also deals with issues teenagers face today. For example: dysfunctional families, self realization, first loves and loss of innocence.

Mia and her family decide to spend the summer at her Aunt and Uncle's house in the Hamptons. After breaking up with her cheating boyfriend, this seems like Mia's perfect chance to escape and reconnect with her cousins. Sounds simple, right? Well, in the land of teenagers, things are rarely simple.

From the instant Mia steps foot onto the beach house, she couldn't feel more lost. Her cousins are the stereotypical rich New York snobs you've heard and read about. All they care about is hooking up with hot rich guys and partying all summer. Especially when one of their rich friends joins them.

At first, Mia tries to fit in. But like a needle in a haystack, she finds herself becoming more distant and lost. One night, after being ditched at a party, Mia meets Simon. Simon isn't your typical rich kid. He's funny,artistic and a fan of The Great Gatsby. Mia's natural reaction is to pull away from Simon, but the more she pulls away, the harder he tries. Then they begin meeting late at night to swim, to talk, to be together.

Soon, Mia's summer is beginning to look a lot more perfect than she expected. Of course, all good things must come to an end. Mia soon begins to discover secrets about her aunt and uncle, cousins, her parents and Simon's parents. But nothing can stop Mia and Simon from falling in love. The only thing is, what will become of them once summer ends and both must go their separate ways?

When I first started reading this, I thought it was really sweet. The story dragged at times and it felt like the author was being too "wordy." Nonetheless, the story was still adorable. What I liked about it was the fact that it wasn't too overly cute. It also dealt with real issues teens face today. Just like a book, you can't always judge someone or something by the cover. Perfect families are usually the ones with the most problems. Mia thinks her aunt and uncle have the perfect relationship. As summer progresses, she realizes how untrue it really is.

Simon and Mia are completely adorable. I loved their late night swims and the reckless way Mia becomes when she's with Simon. In a way, he frees her and helps her realize who she really is. And she helps him too. She gives him someone to turn to when nothing feels right.

Now, to me, an ending of a book is like the icing on the cake. It's very important. Without a good ending, I won't be able to really enjoy the book. Cliffhangers, while I hate them, can still be alluring. Same with tragedies. In this case, I felt the ending did not fit the tone of the book. At all. It seemed to come out of nowhere and felt like a bit of a cop out. With references to The Great Gatsby being stated earlier on, I thought maybe the author was trying to connect the two. While I KIND OF get it, I still feel like it could've been done better. To be quite honest, the ending left a sour taste in my mouth. It actually made me mad and not want to reread this book.

Overall, The Summer of Skinny Dipping is a cute-serious-romantic book with, at times, slow pacing and a horrible ending. Some people loved this book. But personally, I did not care for it. Remember, I'm just one person. My advice to you is to read what other reviewers had to say. Some will agree with me and some won't.

If you do read it/have read it, let me know what you think. I'd love to hear from you!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

In My Mailbox (#17) With Keenan

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

Books I bought/traded for:

*White Cat by Holly Black (signed @ book signing)-Goodreads Page

*The Demon Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan (signed @ book signing)- Goodreads Page

*The Demon's Covenant by Sarah Rees Brennan (sighed @ book signing)- Goodreads Page

*Invisible Girl by Mary Hanlon Stone (arc)-Goodreads Page

*The Carrie Diaries by Candice Bushnell (arc)-Goodreads Page

*The Lost Summer by Kathryn Williams (arc)- Goodreads Page

*Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson- Goodreads Page

*Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr (arc)- Goodreads Page

That's everything. So, what's in your mailbox?

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Review : Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

Synopsis: While other teenage girls daydream about boys, Calla Tor imagines ripping out her enemies's throats. And she wouldn't have it any other way. Calla was born a warrior and on her eighteenth-birthday she'll become the alpha female of the next generation of Guardian wolves. But Calla's predestined path veers off course the moment she saves the life of a wayward hiker, a boy her own age. This human boy's secret will turn the young pack's world upside down and forever alter the outcome of the centuries-old Witches' War that surrounds them all.

Wow, just wow. This is probably one of the best books I've read all year. It has everything that gets my mojo running: Werewolves, a strong female alpha, forbidden love, lies/deceit and not one, but TWO swoon-worthy males.

Calla Tor has always known who she is and who she will be. On her 18th birthday, she will marry Ren and unite both their packs. Her life and the lives of her fellow pack members depend on it.

As a Guardian, the pack's role is to obey the Keepers and protect their land. When Calla mysterious saves a hiker from a bear attack, she ends up reveiling her true nature. She has broken one of the forbidden rules. Needless to say, it came as a huge shocker when this boy, Shay, ends up being the new student at Mountain High School.

Shay instantly recognizes Calla. They're attraction is undeniable. The harder Calla tries to avoid Shay, the more she's drawn to him. She knows her future lies with Ren, but finds herself lost in Shay's world.

After a surprise attack, Calla and Shay both realize two things:

1. Shay is somehow important to the Keepers and they must figure out why.
2. The Keepers may have been telling lies and keeping secrets of their own.

Now, I don't want to go to any further in details because I don't want to spoil anything for you. The story is intense. It takes you from one adventure to the next. And I LOOOVE how the chapters are broken down. Once you read it, you'll know what I mean. My advice? Before you read it, make sure you have plenty of time to enjoy it. Once you start, it'll be practically impossible to place it down.

One thing I love about werewolves is their pack loyalty. You'll see that, especially in Ansel and Bryn. Both of them, and even Calla herself, would gladly sacrifice him or her self in order to protect the other. The same goes for Ren's pack. You can see how much they respect and obey their alpha. Once you go pack, you'll never go back!

Now, on to swoon-worthy males. With every series I've read, I've always known what team I was on. With Wicked Lovely, it was Keenan. With The Hunger Games, I'm Team Peeta. But with Nightshade, I can't seem to decide. Both males hold certain qualities that make my little human heart go pitter patter. You've got Ren: the strong, confident and very sexy alpha male who knows what he wants and isn't afraid to get it. Then you have Shay: sweet, funny, endearing, clever and isn't afraid to fight for what he wants. How can I choose? Can she end up with both? Please?! Or if she gets one, can I have the other? *puppy dog eyes*

My only pet peeve is the ending. While it's perfect for the book, it makes me cringe with anticipation. My heart, my soul, my every well being is DYING for the sequel (Wolfsbane). And since Nightshade hasn't even been released yet, I know I'm in for a very long wait. Patience is a virtue and mine will definitely be tested

Nightshade isn't due to release till October 19th. What I recommend doing is preordering it. If you can't, make sure to run out to the bookstore when it's out. Trust me, you'll want to read this immediately. Lots of things will disappoint you from time to time, but Nightshade won't be one of those things!

Rating: 5/5 stars

On I side note, I absolutely LOVE the cover. It's gorgeous and perfect!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Review : After the Kiss

Synopsis: This moment changes everything.
Becca has been head-over-heels for Alec from the instant they met. He's a brainy jock with a poet's heart—in other words, perfect for her.

Camille is careful with her words and protective of her heart, especially since Chicago. Then a new boy in her new town catches her off guard with a surprise kiss.

Too bad that new boy is Becca's boyfriend, Alec.

Camille and Becca have never met, but their lives will unravel and intertwine in surprising ways as they deal with what happens after the kiss.

Thoughts: When I first read the synopsis, I didn't realize the story would be told in verse. I was actually pretty excited though because when verse is done well, it can be pretty breathtaking. Now, I'll admit, I had high hopes for this book. I mean, look at the synopsis? Right up my ally! Maybe I expected too much because After The Kiss ended up letting me down.

The narration of the book alternates from Becca to Camille and back again. Their POVs are also written in different styles. Becca's is written in verse whereas Camille's is written in...I don't know. What would you call a huge paragraph with no capitalization? Is that still considered verse? I considered it to be a big jumbled up mess. No offense towards the author, but the writing style was too confusing. I don't know why. Maybe it's just me, but I ended up getting lost in Camille's story. Becca's story, however, was beautifully crafted.

Behind the writing style, there ended up being a really cute/heartbreaking story. It was quite interesting (and fun!) to view both the girlfriend's and the other woman's tale. I loved watching their characters bloom. Both were lost and needed to find themselves. Whether it was losing all your friends because you spent too much time with your boyfriend or never building any real relationships because your family moved so much, the audience can easily relate to these girls.

As far as keeping my interest, After The Kiss was kind of like a rollercoaster to me. It would build, then drag a bit, build again, then drag. I kept reading in hopes it would pick back up. It did, but it took a few pages. And to be quite honest, towards the end, I found myself skimming through some of the pages just so I could finish.

All in all, I liked the story. It's not the best thing I've read, but it's not the worse. Instead of recommending it to my followers, I recommend reading the first 10 pages at your local bookstore or library. If you think you can keep up with the writing style, there's a good story behind there. And if you can't, I understand.

Rating: 2.5/5

Waiting on Wednesday (#21)

Synopsis: The ultimate battle between sisters is nearing, and its outcome could have catastrophic consequences. As sixteen year-old Lia Milthorpe searches for a way to end the prophecy, her twin sister Alice hones the skills she'll need to defeat Lia. Alice will stop at nothing to reclaim her sister's role in the prophecy, and that's not the only thing she wants: There's also Lia's boyfriend James.

Lia and Alice always knew the Prophecy would turn those closest to them against them. But they didn't know what betrayal could lead them to do. In the end, only one sister will be left standing.

Release date: August 1st, 2010

I seriously CANNOT wait for Guardian of the Gate to come out. I loved Prophecy of the Sisters and really want to know what happens next. SQUEE!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Teaser Tuesday : Forget You

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 is from Forget You by Jennifer Echols.

"Doug Fox didn't own this football stadium, and I would not show him weakness and open the door for him to hurt my mother. He would not ruin my carefree high school experience, my party, my night with Brandon.

And that's the last thing I remember." Page 53

I hope you enjoyed it!

Monday, May 17, 2010

In My Mailbox (#16)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

So, ironically, all the books in my IMM are from arc tours. Here we go:

Arc Tour/For Review:

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer (Around The World)
The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells (Around The World)
Forget You by Jennifer Echols (Traveling Arc Tours)

That's it. Lots to read in one week.

What's in your mailbox?

Review : Sea by Heidi Kling

Synopsis: Haunted by recurring nightmares since her mother's disappearance over the Indian ocean three years before, fifteen-year old California girl Sienna Jones reluctantly travels with her psychiatrist father's volunteer team to six-months post-tsunami Indonesia where she meets the scarred and soulful orphaned boy, 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 won't her dad tell her the truth about her mother's plane crash? The farther she gets from home, the closer she comes to finding answers.

And Sea's real adventure begins.

Thoughts: What a nice, refreshing read. I really enjoyed it. Sea takes you through Sienna's journey of self-discovery.

Ever since her mother's tragic death, Sienna hasn't been herself. She knows it, her dad knows it and her friends know it. How can she be the same? It's like her world turned upside down.

On the morning of her 15th birthday, Sienna's father surprises her with a once in a lifetime trip to Indonesia. While there, she will be helping other children cope with the death of their families during the tsunami. At first, Sienna is reluctant, but then agrees to go.

While at the orphanage, Sienna meets Deni, a boy dealing with his own personal demons. As their relationship grows, so does Sienna. She begins to feel like old self again. But, as you know, some summer romances don't last forever. How will it work out if they're from different worlds?

One of my favorite things about Sea is the culture it brings. The author knew what she was talking about when she was describing Indonesia. I'm not going to lie, some of the customs made me cringe. I think a few verbal "ewwws" actually left my lips. But I also think it's important to know how other societies function. It reminds you how much we, Americans, have compared to third world countries.

The description of Indonesia was dead on. I felt like I was there. I love that in a book. It's not too much to bore you, but not so little that you can't visuaize it. The perfect mix!

The romance between Sienna and Deni was absolutely adorable. The "courting standards/guidelines" in Indonesia are extremely different compared to the US. It was nice to see how two people from different worlds build their relationship. My favorite aspect about these two is how they help each other grow. They give each other strength and courage. Both have lost loved ones, yet they also help the other fill a missing void.

Overally, I really enjoyed reading Sea. I love the message Sea brings. You can find beauty even in the face of disaster, love, meaning and more importantly, yourself. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a great summer read. Sea doesn't hit shelves till June 10th, but I highly recommend checking it out when it does. You won't be disappointed!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Review : Everlasting

Synopsis:Sailing aboard her father’s trade ship is all seventeen-year-old Camille Rowen has ever wanted. But as a girl of society in 1855 San Francisco, her future is set: marry a man she doesn’t love, or condemn herself and her father to poverty.

On her final voyage before the wedding, the stormy arms of the Tasman Sea claim her father, and a terrible family secret is revealed. A secret intertwined with a fabled map, the mother Camille has long believed dead, and an ancient stone that wields a dangerous—and alluring—magic.

The only person Camille can depend on is Oscar, a handsome young sailor whom she is undeniably drawn to. Torn between trusting her instincts and keeping her promises to her father, Camille embarks on a perilous quest into the Australian wilderness to find the enchanted stone. As she and Oscar elude murderous bushrangers and unravel Camille’s father’s lies, they come closer to making the ultimate decision of who—and what—matters most.

Beautifully written and feverishly paced, Everlasting is an unforgettable journey of passion, secrecy, and adventure.

Thoughts: I wanted to love it. I really did. I was really looking forward to reading Everlasting. But in the end, I only liked it.

Everlasting is a historical fantasy novel set in the 1800s. As you can see in the synopsis, it's about a girl named Camille who goes on one last voyage before embarking her future as the wife of a wealthy and very desirable man. Only thing is, she fears her future more than the voyage. During Camille's journey, she encounters a sailor named Oscar and instantly falls for him. The chemistry is undeniable. But how can she love him when her heart is suppose to belong to another?

Does all this sound a bit familiar? Everlasting reminded me of the movie Titanic. How so? Here's a couple reasons why:

1. Here's this girl who is forced to marry a wealthy man to secure her future, but along the way, she falls in love with a peasant.

2. While beautifully told, the pacing was too drawn out and slow for my taste.

Is there adventure in this book? Yes. Are there elements of fantasy as well? Yes. But it takes forever to get there. While the words itself are exquisite and the story well crafted, I still couldn't help but feel like something was missing. Maybe too much fluff and not enough adventure? And don't get me wrong, I love the occasional romanctic tale. This one just didn't satisfy my needs. To me, Everlasting resembles a lullaby: while it sounds lovely and you like it, it can also easily put you to sleep.

Now, I know some people out there will love Everlasting. There are great elements to this book. In my opinion, it's a cute read, but there are better ones out there. Am I glad I read it? Yes, but I won't be picking it up for a reread anytime soon. My recommendation is to borrow it from a friend or the library once it's released. Maybe even read the first few chapters at your local bookstore. But before buying, be warned. This book is not for everybody and unfortunately, it was not for me.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday : Kisses From Hell

Synopsis: From five of the hottest teen authors come five stories on the one topic teens can’t get enough of: vampires. Varying from dark and moody to light and fun, this will appeal to every reader looking to quench an insatiable thirst for tales of the beautiful undead.

In this exciting collection of paranormal tales the only thing hotter than the roster of authors is the teen vampire romances they’ve written. Kristin Cast (House of Night series), Alyson Noel (The Immortals series), Kelley Armstrong (The Darkest Powers series), Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy series), and Francesca Lia Block (Weetzie Bat) take “love bites” to a whole new level in their own way.

Each of these well-known authors has her own fan base, and together this collection of vampire tales is sure to captivate the teen audience. With a range of tones and content—Richelle Mead offers a look at the legendary love story of the parents of her Vampire Academy heroine, while Francesca Lia Block’s main protagonist is a sexy, powerful outcast who turns out to be more than she seems—there’s something for everyone.

Release Date : August 24th, 2010

Is it just me or are there a lot of FABULOUS anthologies coming out this year?

Monday, May 10, 2010

Teaser Tuesday : After The Kiss

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!

And this week's Teaser Tuesday is brought to you by After The Kiss by Terra Elan McVoy. This book is part verse, but I wanted to share one I really liked :


--are little vampire footprints
telling me
he was here
here." Page 22

Sunday, May 9, 2010

In My Mailbox (#15) with Keenan!

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

And this week, my kitten Keenan wanted to help present the books. So here we go!

Books I bought/traded for:

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Ironside by Holly Black
Valiant by Holly Black


After The Kiss by Terra Elan McVoy

Special thanks to Around The World Tours.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Linger Trailer

So I'm sure that millions of fellow bloggers have posted the Linger trailer, but I can't help it. It's beautiful and I love the music. I can't believe the music is performed by Maggie herself. Truly spectacular. And if you haven't seen it:

See what I mean? I don't blame you if you end up posting it as well.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Review : Perchance to Dream (Théâtre Illuminata, #2)

Synopsis: Act Two, Scene One

Growing up in the enchanted Thèâtre Illuminata, Beatrice Shakespeare Smith learned everything about every play ever written. She knew the Players and their parts, but she didn’t know that she, too, had magic. Now, she is the Mistress of Revels, the Teller of Tales, and determined to follow her stars. She is ready for the outside world.


But the outside world soon proves more topsy-turvy than any stage production. Bertie can make things happen by writing them, but outside the protective walls of the Thèâtre, nothing goes as planned. And her magic cannot help her make a decision between—

Nate: Her suave and swashbuckling pirate, now in mortal peril.

Ariel: A brooding, yet seductive, air spirit whose true motives remain unclear.

When Nate is kidnapped and taken prisoner by the Sea Goddess, only Bertie can free him. She and her fairy sidekicks embark on a journey aboard the Thèâtre’s caravan, using Bertie’s word magic to guide them. Along the way, they collect a sneak-thief, who has in his possession something most valuable, and meet The Mysterious Stranger, Bertie’s father—and the creator of the scrimshaw medallion. Bertie’s dreams are haunted by Nate, whose love for Bertie is keeping him alive, but in the daytime, it’s Ariel who is tantalizingly close, and the one she is falling for. Who does Bertie love the most? And will her magic be powerful enough to save her once she enters the Sea Goddess’s lair?

Thoughts: What can I say about Perchance to Dream? From the time the curtain opens to the time it sets, Perchance to Dream takes you on this adventure you don't want to miss. If you liked Eyes Like Stars, you'll love Perchance to Dream.

So, I've been killing myself for days trying to figure out how to write a non-spoilery review. All I want to do is fan girl on and on about how much I enjoyed Perchance to Dream. The way Lisa writes makes you feel like your sitting in an audience, watching the best play of your life. You'll feel emotional attachments to characters, fall in love and laugh your butt off all in one reading.

First off, you have all the characters in Eyes Like Stars, tossed in with a few new ones. While the story revolves around Bertie, I find myself more attached to the secondary characters rather than the heroine. Don't get me wrong, Bertie's great. She's a strong woman (stronger than she probably knows) who continues to grow throughout the course of the book. But my personal favorites? Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Moth, and Mustardseed (aka the fairies from A Midsummer Night's Dream). They're HILARIOUS! Needless to say, they definitely keep the story interesting. Never a dull moment when those fairies take the stage.

Now, the epic question : Team Ariel or Team Nate. Any book wouldn't be the same without the epic love triangle. Personally, I'm Team Ariel. Who doesn't love the guy who's a jerk to everyone except Bertie, aka his lady love? I certainly do. Talk about making a girl feel special! Perchance to Dream does not disappoint when it comes to the Ariel department. Many times did a "squee" or two...or three leave my very happy heart. And don't worry Nate fans. Though he's taken prisoner for a good chunk of the book, you'll still get enough Nate to satisfy your needs.

Perchance to Dream is it's very unpredictable. Just when you think you've got it all figured out, Lisa throws in a surprise or two that'll make your head spin. And the ending? ACK! Do we really have to wait a year for book 3? Torture!

So in the end, did I enjoy Perchance to Dream? Oh yeah. I loved it more than Eyes Like Stars. I rarely ever like a sequel more than the first book, but in this case it's no contest! Lisa's writing is just so different than other authors. It's the beautiful, refreshing and interesting kind of different. Will all people enjoy it? Probably not. Much like writings in verse, it's an acquired taste. To everyone who has yet to read Eyes Like Stars, check it out. And for those who have, GRAB your copy of Perchance to Dream the instant it hits shelves in June!

*Special thanks to Lisa Mantchev and Feiwel and Friends for sending me an arc of Perchance to Dream. Be sure to check out Lisa's blog here where you can keep up with all things Théâtre Illuminata.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday (#19)

Synopsis: When KJ Carson is assigned to write a column for her school newspaper about the wolves in nearby Yellowstone National Park, she’s more interested in impressing Virgil Whitman, the new kid in school and the photographer assigned as her partner, than in investigative journalism. But before long, KJ has a face-to-face encounter with a wolf that changes her and the way she thinks about wolves. With her new found passion for protecting these controversial animals, KJ inadvertently ignites the fuse of the anti-wolf sentiment in the community. First Virgil is injured during a town parade, and then her father’s store is set on fire in retribution. To stop the escalating violence, KJ follows Virgil to the cattle ranch of the most outspoken anti-wolf activists in town, against her father’s will. What she discovers there threatens everything and everyone she cares about.

In KJ’s fierce and funny attempt to make peace between the wolves and the people that despise them, she must first face her own long-held fears. It’s terrifying, but then, finding yourself always is.

Luckily, I don't have to wait long for this. The release date is May 13th, 2010. SQUEE!!!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Teaser Tuesday : Everlasting by Angie Frazier

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 Everlasting by Angie Frazier.

" 'Thank you,' she whispered. 'For saving me.'
He didn't answer, except for a low moan, an acknowledgement that somewhere inside his fresh dream he'd heard her."
Page 85

Monday, May 3, 2010

In My Mailbox (#14)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

Books I bought:

Moonlight by Rachel Hawthorne
Mistwood by Leah Cypress

Books I won:

The Owl Keeper by Christine Brodien-Jones


A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley
Everlasting by Angie Frazier (Around The World Arc Tours)
The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
Delcroix Academy: The Candidate by Inara Scott

The actual cover for The Ghost and the Goth looks like this:

But it's not on the arc. The cover for Delcroix Academy: The Candidate has yet to be release.

Special thanks to Mandy from *headdesk*, Christine Brodien-Jones, and Around The World Tours.