Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Teaser Tuesday : Delirium

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 Delirium by Lauren Oliver. Keep in mind, this is from an arc so quotes are subject to change.

"Fear clamps down on my stomach, and I open my mouth to shout something- I'm not sure, exactly- but at precisely that second he gives a minute shake of his head, and suddenly I can't make a sound. Then he does the absolutely, positively unthinkable.

He winks at me
."-Page 38

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Review : Vixen

Title: Vixen (Flappers #1)
Author: Jillian Larkin
Published: December 14th 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Synopsis: Jazz . . . Booze . . . Boys . . . It’s a dangerous combination.

Every girl wants what she can’t have. Seventeen-year-old Gloria Carmody wants the flapper lifestyle—and the bobbed hair, cigarettes, and music-filled nights that go with it. Now that she’s engaged to Sebastian Grey, scion of one of Chicago’s most powerful families, Gloria’s party days are over before they’ve even begun . . . or are they?

Clara Knowles, Gloria’s goody-two-shoes cousin, has arrived to make sure the high-society wedding comes off without a hitch—but Clara isn’t as lily-white as she appears. Seems she has some dirty little secrets of her own that she’ll do anything to keep hidden. . . .

Lorraine Dyer, Gloria’s social-climbing best friend, is tired of living in Gloria’s shadow. When Lorraine’s envy spills over into desperate spite, no one is safe. And someone’s going to be very sorry. . . .

From debut author Jillian Larkin, VIXEN is the first novel in the sexy, dangerous, and ridiculously romantic new series set in the Roaring Twenties . . . when anything goes

Thoughts: I loved the setting, the concept, and the era, but honestly? I don't think this is the book for me. Don't get me wrong. This book is well-written, thought out, and even has a bit of mystery/suspense behind it, however, I just couldn't get into.

To start off, I didn't like any of the main characters. As you can see, the book is told in three separate, yet connected points of view. First, Gloria. Gloria is the "it" girl. The girl who has it all. She's engaged to Sebastian (the hottest bachelor in town), her family is wealthy, and she has looks others would kill for. The catch with her is, even though her family resembles a Norman Rockwell painting, they're anything but that. Plus, she suffers from rebellious rich girl syndrome. What I mean by this is, she may have everything girls dream of having, yet she still wants to be a Flapper. Flappers are notorious for being "easy" party girls. To top that off, she starts falling for a black singer from the the most notorious big easy in town, the Green Mill.

While Gloria seems like she would be a likable character, she's anything but. I absolutely HATED the way she treated her friends and Clara. She judged her cousin before she got to know her. Honestly, I just can't stand users and to me, Gloria is a user.

Then there's Lorraine. She's Gloria's best friend and town trouble maker. This girl will do anything to catch anybody's attention, but who's attention does she want most? Marcus, also known as the town heartbreaker. Sadly, Marcus is too wrapped up in his life to notice her. I don't blame Lorraine for being the way she is. If my best friend was always the center of attention, I'd be jealous too. The thing is, she's never happy for anyone. And, believe me, this girl isn't afraid to be cruel.

Last but not least, Clara. Out of all the girls, Clara is my favorite. She's the Flapper from New York who moved to Chicago to stay with her cousin, Gloria, and stay out of trouble. At first, she begins to act saintly. If you act like an angel, you'll be become one, right? The last thing she wants is to get involved with a guy. She suffered enough heartache back in New York. To top of this off, the main reason she's in Chicago is to make sure Gloria marries Sebastian. If this doesn't happen, then Clara will be on a one way ticket to boarding school. The only problem I really had with Clara is, she's just such a poseur sometimes. Her true self will escape every now and then, but still. I get why Clara pretends to be this perfect angel, but I why can't someone just be a better version of themself?

What did me in with this book was the lack of romance. There was NO chemistry with any of the characters. At one point, I just expected each character to complain for a few pages about about something, then move on to the next chapter where the next narrator begins complaining.

Overall, I did enjoy the writing and the setting, but as I said, this just wasn't the book for me. The boys are bastards, the girls are biatches and the pacing was slow.


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Sunday, November 28, 2010

2011 Debut Authors Challenge

As you may have heard, Kristi at The Story Siren is hosting the 3rd annual Debut Authors Challenge. For me, it's not about the prizes, but about the challenge. There is nothing better than reading a fresh new voice in the literary world. I participated last year and am definitely participating again.

For the challenge, you must list at least 12 books written by debut authors. Books/arcs I've already read do not count. I'll mark and keep track of them, as well as link reviews, as I go. I've also added a link above (in the pages) to help me keep tabs on myself. While 12 is the main goal, I'll be shooting for as many as possible! Here's my list of books:

*XVI by Julia Karr (already read, does not count)
*Across the Universe by Beth Revis (already read, does not count)
*Entangled by Cat Clarke
*Timeless by Alexandra Monir

*Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton (already read, does not count)
*Rival by Sara Bennett-Wealer
*A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford
*Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley (already read, does not count)

*Clarity by Kim Harrington
*Wither by Lauren DeStefano (already read, does not count)
*Entwined by Heather Dixon

*Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton
*The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder

*Hourglass by Myra McEntire
*Divergent by Veronica Roth
*Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky

*Possession by Elana Johnson

*Bad Taste In Boys by Carrie Harris

***More to come!!!***

P.S. If you are participating in the challenge, let me know! I'd love to see what books you have on your list. Maybe I'll even add it to mine. :)

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In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea at Pop Culture Junkie. BTW, Happy Belated Thanksgiving! I hope it was fabulous! Now, back to this week's IMM.

*Jane by April Linder
*Geek Magnet by Kieran Scott

*The Karma Club by Jessica Brody
*Losing Faith by Denise Jaden
*The Ivy by Lauren Kunze and Rina Onur

*My Double Life by Janette Rallison
*Alvor by Laura Bingham

For Review:
*Starstruck by Cyn Balog

Special thanks to PBS, Around The World Tours, and Laura Bingham.

A quick update: I will be announcing the winners of my Blogoversary giveaway on Tuesday. I apologize for the long wait. It's taking me a bit longer than I thought to count all the entries. Thanks to everyone who entered, participated, and helped spread the word. I love y'all!

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It highlights and features the most anticipated books. This week, I picked The Vespertine by Sandra Mitchell.

Synopsis: The summer of 1889 is the one between childhood and womanhood for Amelia van den Broek—and thankfully, she’s not spending it at home in rural Maine. She’s been sent to Baltimore to stay with her stylish cousin, Zora, who will show her all the pleasures of city life and help her find a suitable man to marry.

With diversions ranging from archery in the park to dazzling balls and hints of forbidden romance, Victorian Baltimore is more exciting than Amelia imagined. But her gaiety is interrupted by disturbing, dreamlike visions she has only at sunset—visions that offer glimpses of the future. Soon, friends and strangers alike call on Amelia to hear her prophecies. Newly dubbed "Maine’s Own Mystic", Amelia is suddenly quite in demand.

However, her attraction to Nathaniel, an artist who is decidedly outside of Zora's circle, threatens the new life Amelia is building in Baltimore. This enigmatic young man is keeping secrets of his own—still, Amelia finds herself irrepressibly drawn to him. And while she has no trouble seeing the futures of others, she cannot predict whether Nathaniel will remain in hers.

When one of her darkest visions comes to pass, Amelia's world is thrown into chaos. And those around her begin to wonder if she’s not the seer of dark portents, but the cause.

Why I Can't Wait: The Victorian era? Forbidden love? Yes, please! All you have to is read the synposis, and you'll understand why I can't wait. Plus, I'm loving these YA historical fiction novels. And look at that cover. If it doesn't draw you to the book in the first place, I don't know what will.

Release date: March 7th 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Teaser Tuesday: Vixen

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 Vixen by Jillian Larkin. It's the first book in Jillian's Flappers series. This book takes place in the roaring 1920s and is told from three separate points of view. The following comes from my personal favorite, Clara:

"She gasped and whipped around, expecting to find a nosy servant. Instead, she saw one of the sexiest boys she'd ever laid eyes on in her entire life. She gasped again."- Page 67

Hope you enjoyed it. This teaser is from an arc I received, but you can check out Vixen when it hits shelves December 14!

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. Sorry about the blurry picture. I had to take it with my iPhone, and yeah, it didn't turn out so well. I didn't realize this till I was uploading the picture, but by that point, I had already put all the books up. Honestly, I'm making excuses for being a poor photographer and lazy. :P

For Review/From my Book Faerie:
*Steel by Carrie Vaughn
*Tempestuous by Lesley Livingston
*Rival by Sara Bennett Wealer
*Wicked Girls by Stephanie Hemphill
*A Spy In The House by Y.S. Lee
*Vixen by Jillian Larkin
*Dash And Lily's Book Of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn

*Mostly Good Girls by Leila Sales
*The Absolute Value of -1 by Steve Brezenoff (signed/from auction)

What a great week! Special thanks to HarperCollins, all my homies at PBS, Kelsey at The Book Scout, Swati Avasthi, and Steve Brezenoff.

I hope you guys are having super weeks as well!

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Review : The Lost Saint (The Dark Divine #2)

Title: The Lost Saint (The Dark Divine #2)
Author: Bree Despain
Published: December 28th 2010 by Egmont USA
Source: Arc provided by Around The World


Synopsis: A family destroyed. A love threatened. An enemy returns.

Grace Divine made the ultimate sacrifice to cure Daniel Kalbi. She was infected with the werewolf curse while trying to save him, and lost her beloved brother in the process. When Grace receives a haunting phone call from Jude, she knows what she must do. She must become a Hound of Heaven.

Desperate to find Jude, Grace befriends Talbot—a newcomer to town who promises her that he can help her be a hero. But as the two grow closer, the wolf grows in Grace, and her relationship with Daniel is put in danger—in more ways than one.

Unaware of the dark path she is walking, Grace begins to give into the wolf inside of her—not realizing that an enemy has returned and a deadly trap is about to be sprung.

Thoughts: The thing about sequels is, it has to leave you on the edge of your seat. It has to make you crave more. Well, The Lost Saint does all this and more. Words cannot truly describe how intense and wonderful this book is!

Lets do a bit of a background check, shall we? The story takes place 10 months after The Dark Divine ends. As you remember, Grace has cured Daniel, Jude infected Grace with the werewolf venom, and Jude ran away. Grace's family needs her now more than ever. With Jude gone, each member of the family must find a way to cope. What does this mean for Grace? It means she must be strong for them. With that in mind, she must also learn to keep her inner wolf at bay. Daniel begins to teach Grace balance, as well as how to fight, but soon his teachings are interrupted by a surprising guest.

After a dangerous run-in with Pete and his crew, Daniel begins to pull away from Grace. He gives her vague excuses as to why he's being so distant. Without Daniel there to keep her balanced, the wolf inside Grace begins to take over. Then Grace meets Talbot. Talbot says he's a Hound of Heaven and can help train Grace. But what if Talbot isn't who he seems? What if he's more dangerous than Grace can ever imagine?

I'll stop there. What I've picked up from reading many, many sequels this year is the recipe will always contain what I now will call the sequel trifecta.

1. The romance will be tested. How, you ask? It's actually a combination of several different things. New characters will be introduced and begin to stir up drama and/or love triangles, the main characters begin keeping secrets from one another, and emotions will run wild. The Lost Saint is no different. I mean, I don't think there's point one in the book where Grace and Daniel's relationship isn't tested. Though frustrating, it makes for a fun, interesting read.

2. The past will make an appearance. As you can see from the synopsis, Jude somehow plays a role in this book. How and when? Well, you'll have to read it to find it out.

3. The oh so ever frustrating cliffhanger. I honestly think this is the best/worst cliffhanger I've read in ages. I almost, ALMOST, threw the book against the wall. Since the book is a loaner, I didn't. But had it been my own copy, I would have! In a way, the ending of The Lost Saint is quite poetic. I never, not in a million years, not even on my best detective days, ever saw it coming. For crying out loud, the book hasn't been released yet, and I'm already itching for the third book!

Now that you know what the sequel trifecta is, lets move on to the swoon-worthy boy. Daniel is a great candidate for this category. Though he lost a lot of his edge, he replaces it with this sweetness I can't describe. Even though he becomes distant and his actions become tiresome, I can't help but love this kid. He has his reasons for doing the things he does, but they won't be revealed till towards the end. And how sweet is it when a guy is willing to do whatever it takes to save the girl he loves most? Some of the things he says to Grace not only got my heart racing, but had me grinning like a fool. He's my kind of wolfy-but-not-so-wolfy-anymore guy.

All in all, The Lost Saint is an action packed, edge of your seat, fun filled ride. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's not a satisfying read, thanks to it's very frustrating ending, but it is a good one. It'll have you craving for more days, weeks, months after you finish it.



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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Cover Alert: Chain Reaction

Chain Reaction is the third book in Simone Elkeles' Perfect Chemistry trilogy. Though it's a trilogy, each story comes full circle. They're more like companion novels, and they're wonderful.

Now, the cover. Can you say HOOOOOT?! I think this may be my favorite of the three. RAWR And for those who haven't read the synopsis yet:

"Luis Fuentes is a good boy who doesn't live with the angst that his big brothers, Alex and Carlos, have always lived with. Luis is smart, funny, and has big dreams of becoming an astronaut. But when he falls for the wrong girl, Luis enters a dark world he's never known, and just when he thinks he's got life all figured out, learns some disturbing news about his family that destroys his positive outlook on life. Will that Fuentes bad boy streak come out with a vengeance and lure Luis to live on the edge like his new girlfriend and his own father?

Continuing all the steamy romance of the first two books, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Simone Elkeles gives fans one more satisfying taste of the irresistible Fuentes boys."

Chain Reaction releases May 24th, 2011. I CAN'T FREAKING WAIT!!!

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Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It highlights and features the most anticipated books. This week, my choice is The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder.

Synopsis: Amber's life is spinning out of control. All she wants is to turn up the volume on her iPod until all of the demands of her family and friends fade away. So she sneaks off to the beach to spend a day by herself.

Then Amber meets Cade. Their attraction is instant, and Amber can tell that he's also looking for an escape. Together they decide to share a perfect day: no pasts, no fears, no regrets.

The more time that Amber spends with Cade, the more she's drawn to him. And the more she's troubled by his darkness. Because Cade's not just living in the now--he's living each moment like it's his last.

Why I Can't Wait: If you know me, you know I'm a huge Lisa Schroeder fan. The way she writes in verse is like poetry to my ears, so it comes as no big surprise why I chose The Day Before as this week's WoW. Plus, isn't the synopsis wonderful? It gives you the right amount of info and has you craving for more. Oh, and I absolutely love the cover. Beautiful!

Release date: June 28, 2011

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Teaser Tuesday: Wither

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 Wither, the first book in debut author Lauren DeStefano's Chemical Garden trilogy.

"I've been stolen, drugged, locked away in this place, yet I'm being served a gourmet meal. The sentiment is so vile I could almost throw up again."-Page 6.
As you can see, this book starts off with a bang. Let me know your thoughts and post your teasers below!

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

In My Mailbox

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

For Review:
*Evenfall by Liz Michalski (arc)
*Wither by Lauren DeStefano (arc/Around The World)

*Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan (arc)
*How To Be Bad by E.Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski, and Lauren Myracle (arc)

Won in an Auction:
*Princess For Hire by Lindsey Levitt (signed!!!)
&Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Levitt (arc/signed!!!)

***Special thanks to The Undercover Book Lover for hosting the Pakistan Flood Relief Fund Auctions***

And that's it for this week's edition of IMM. I got some great stuff. Leave comments as well as links to your IMMs. I'd love to see what you got this week!


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Friday, November 12, 2010

Witch and Wizard Giveaway

What is this? Another giveaway? You know it!

One winner will win the following:
*Witch and Wizard (hardback) by James Patterson
*an ARC of The Gift (Witch and Wizard #2) by James Patterson

The Rules:
*This giveaway is for US participants only. If you are not a US resident, but have a US address I can ship the prize to, feel free to enter!
*You must be a follower to enter.
*You must fill out THIS FORM.

The Witch and Wizard Giveaway ends December 4th at midnight CST. The winner will be announced a couple days after.

Good luck, everyone. And may the odds be ever in your favor.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Blog of Dares Giveaway Winner!!!

Thank you to everyone who participated. And an extra special thanks to Cindy, Karen and Tiger for...well, putting up with it. I love you guys!

There were 69 partipants and 396 entries, BUT, there can only be ONE winner. With the help of random.org, the winner is...

CONGRATS, ANDREA!!! You won a copy of Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn!

*throws confetti*

She even did every single dare. Gotta love that! An email is being sent your way. You have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be selected.

And again, thanks to everyone who participated and played along with the dares. FYI: you can still enter my Blogoversary giveaway, AND I'll be posting a new giveaway shortly. Now, I must prepare for The Vampire Diaries tonight.


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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. This week's WoW is Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Levitt.

Synopsis: Payton Gritas needs a focus object—something to focus her emotions on after discovering that her father’s been hiding his multiple sclerosis. Her guidance counselor suggested something inanimate but Payton chooses the thing she stares at during class: Sean Griswold’s head. They’ve been linked since third grade (Griswold-Gritas, it’s an alphabetical order thing), but she’s never really noticed him before.

Payton starts stalking—er, focusing on—Sean’s big blond head, and her research quickly grows into something a little less scientific and a lot more crush-like. As Payton gets inside Sean’s head, Sean finds a way into her guarded heart. But obsessing over Sean won’t fix Payton’s fear of her dad’s illness. For that, she’ll have to focus on herself.

Why I Can't Wait: How cute does this sound? What can I say? I'm a sucker for these kinds of books. Plus, Lindsey did write Princess For Hire, so you know this has to be good!

Release date: March 1st 2011

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Teaser Tuesday : The Lost Saint

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 Lost Saint (The Dark Divine #2) by Bree Despain. This book is fantastic. If you haven't read The Dark Divine, I don't recommend reading this teaser. This is actually from the prologue. Here we go:

"The boy screamed- but not because of the searing pain he felt as the fragments of the ring sliced into his flesh, and his tendons ripped away from the splintering bones in his fingers. He screamed because he knew that for what he'd done, everyone he'd ever loved, everything he left behind, was going to die."- Page 2

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Review: Once In A Full Moon

Title: Once In A Full Moon
Author: Ellen Schreiber
Published: December 28th 2010 by Katherine Tegen Books
Source: NetGalley

Synopsis: Beware of a kiss under the full moon. It will change your life forever.

Celeste Parker is used to hearing scary stories about werewolves—Legend's Run is famous for them. She's used to everything in the small town until Brandon Maddox moves to Legend's Run and Celeste finds herself immediately drawn to the handsome new student. But when, after an unnerving visit with a psychic, she encounters a pack of wolves and gorgeous, enigmatic Brandon, she must discover whether his transformation is more than legend or just a trick of the shadows in the moonlight.

Her best friends may never forgive her if she gives up her perfect boyfriend, Nash, for Brandon, who's from the wrong side of town. But she can't deny her attraction or the strong pull he has on her. Brandon may be Celeste's hero, or he may be the most dangerous creature she could encounter in the woods of Legend's Run.

Psychic predictions, generations-old secrets, a town divided, and the possibility of falling in love with a hot and heroic werewolf are the perfect formula for what happens . . . once in a full moon.

Thoughts: I wanted to love this book. I mean, the cover is lovely, and who doesn't love a good werewolf story? Sadly, Once in a Full Moon fell a bit (for lack of a better word) flat.

The fact that I've been trying to finish this book for the past month alone should be a clear indicator I just wasn't into it. I hated the West Side, East Side discrimination. I'm guessing the discrimination was there to create drama and while sometimes I can appreciate that, it was more annoying than interesting. As for the main character, it seems like Celeste just runs around, saying the same things over and over. While I loved how she did not discriminate someone because of where they're from or social status, I still could not relate to her. I did love how she volunteers at the retirement home. That was nice.

The romance was cute, but it lacked chemistry. She falls for the new kid in town, Brandon. Sadly, he is also from the wrong side of the tracks. He's quite and different from everyone she's ever known. Normally, I don't mind the brooding bad boy, but he's neither brooding nor bad. And it seems like Celeste suffers more from hero worship and wanting someone different than actual love. Their whole relationship can all be summed up in one word: insta-love.

As for swoon-worthy boys, while I found Brandon to be cute and some of the other boys adorable (in their own way), I would not necessarily deem them crushable. They could just a bit more character developement. Maybe that's what the sequel is for?

Overall, I did enjoy the history of werewolves in their town. And I did enjoy the background on how werewolves are created. There were some interesting scenes, but to be honest, this just wasn't the book for me.


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Sunday, November 7, 2010

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. And please give a shout out to Little K, who thought he was being sneaky.

*Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
*My Invisible Boyfriend by Susie Day

*Misguided Angel by Melissa De La Cruz (signed! Yaaay, book signings!)

For Review (Courtesey of Around The World):
*The Lost Saint by Bree Despain
*Across The Universe by Beth Revis

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

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Friday, November 5, 2010

Review : Anna and the French Kiss

Title: Anna And The French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Published: December 2nd 2010 by Dutton
Source: Arc provided by Around The World Tours

Synopsis: Anna was looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. So she's less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris — until she meets √Čtienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, √Čtienne has it all . . . including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss? Stephanie Perkins keeps the romantic tension crackling and the attraction high in a debut guaranteed to make toes tingle and hearts melt.

Anna and the French Kiss is too cute for words. I haven't loved a book this much since Perfect Chemistry. Don't let the title fool you. While there is romance (after all, Paris is the city of love), there's also relatable drama and great character developement. If given the opportunity, I would reread this book over and over again.

Anna is spending her senior year in Paris. To most 17 year olds, this is a dream come true, but for Anna? It's her worst nightmare. Not only were things finally working out for her borderline-friend-maybe-more crush, she was a senior. One last year to hang out with her bff, go to prom, the works. Now, being at School of America in Paris, with it's student population being 100 students total, none of this seems plausible. And to top it off, Anna took Spanish back home!

In the beginning, Anna feels alone and misses her friends and family. Then, she meets Meredith (her next door neighbor and soon to be friend). Meredith introduces Anna to her friends, one of which being √Čtienne St. Clair aka "St. Clair". Anna can't deny her attraction to St. Clair. He's gorgeous, funny and get this, British! From his adorable accent to his perfect hair, Anna wants nothing more than to fall in love with him in Paris. Sadly, St. Clair has a girlfriend. She graduated from the school last year, but attends university in Paris. Every time Anna looks out her window, she sees St. Clair running off to see his girlfriend. Maybe romance in Paris isn't in Anna's future. Or maybe it is.

One thing I love about this book is how Anna's relationship builds with St. Clair. They both have father issues and relate to one another. They start of as strangers, then friends, then best mates, then maaaaybe something more. And guess what?! You're there for every step of it. Whenever books have what I call "insta-love", it never feels real to me. And while this is a fictional novel, it still felt relatable. The feelings felt real, the romance, everything. I enjoyed every minute of it.

As far as swoon-worthy boys go, St. Clair is all that and more. Though his actions can be frustrating (making me want to slap him), you won't be able to resist his charm. Every time he teased Anna, I squeeed with joy. And how cute was the "Breakfast Scene?" Once you read it, you'll know what I mean. I loved every interaction, good and bad, they had together. In fact, I even contemplated taking a trip to France. Who knows? Maybe I'd find a St. Clair of my very own.

Another thing I loved about this book are the bits and pieces of french the author throws in. After finishing Anna and the French Kiss, I almost bought the French version of Rosetta Stone. Sadly, it's about $500. That's a little extravagant for a on the whim buy.

And though the book focuses more on Anna's romantic relationship, it also focuses on friendship. First, the fine line between friends and more. Then, the fine line between friends and enemies. As if boy drama isn't enough, there's even GIRL drama! Oh, the way boys complicate our lives.

I could go on and on about how much I loved this book, but I'm sure you have better things to do than hear me rant. If you're looking for a fun, amazing, feel good read, I would highly recommend reading Anna and the French Kiss. In fact, if you're on my Chritmas list, expect to be getting this book. It's the whole package and more.


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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Sisters Red Audiobook Winner

Thanks to everyone who entered the Sisters Red Audiobook giveaway. An extra special thanks to Jackson Pearce from letting me interview her! You're HILARIOUS!

Out of 32 participants and 83 entries, the winner is...

#73 Erinberry!!!

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday

Synopsis: In which a 17-year-old discovers that by performing the good deeds that her body compels her to, she will disappear into the light and be Forgotten, but by fighting “the Need,” her fate could be even more dire.

Why I Can't Wait: Okay, so I know the synopsis doesn't give away much, but it says enough to make me REALLY want it. I mean, Suzanne is the author of The Naughty List. Doesn't that mean it has to be good? I love the concept. I want more!

Release Date: June 21st 2011 by Balzer & Bray

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Teaser Tuesday

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 XVI by Julia Karr. Hope you enjoy it!

"'Sixteen will be fun, you'll see.'

'I hate that we have to get tattooed.' I rubbed the imaginary Roman numerals off my skin.

'Nothing we can do about it. We'll get 'em and then we can have sex-'"-Page 39

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