Friday, July 30, 2010

Review : Halo


Title: Halo
Author: Alexandra Adornetto
Published: August 31st 2010 by Feiwel & Friends
Arc courtesy of Around The World

Synopsis: Nothing much happens in the sleepy town of Venus Cove. But everything changes when three angels are sent from heaven to protect the town against the gathering forces of darkness: Gabriel, the warrior; Ivy, the healer; and Bethany, a teenage girl who is the least experienced of the trio. They work hard to conceal their true identity and, most of all, their wings. But the mission is threatened when the youngest angel, Bethany, is sent to high school and falls in love with the handsome school captain, Xavier Woods. Will she defy the laws of Heaven by loving him? Things come to a head when the angels realize they are not the only supernatural power in Venus Cove. There′s a new kid in town and he′s charming, seductive and deadly. Worst of all, he′s after Beth.

Thoughts: I'll admit, when I first heard about this book, I was a bit skeptical. After all, another book about angels? Is this really the year of the angel? Apparently, it is! Halo is a cute story, tangled in with forbidden love, a battle between good vs evil (b/c all angel stories are) and the choices people make.

Lets do a bit of a background check, shall we? You have Bethany, the youngest of the 3 angels sent from Heaven to bring light to the small town of Venus Cove. When angels are sent to live on earth, they retain human bodies. Being the youngest and most inexperienced, Bethany did not know the extent of having a human body. For example, eating and nourishing it. And for another, the emotions that tie into being human.

The angels are told to keep a distance from other humans. They are suppose to blend in, keeping themselves inconspicuous. Bethany tries, but before she knows it, she lands a best friend and the eye of the cutest boy in school. Gabriel and Ivy (her brother and sister) warn her to stay away from all emotional ties. Try as she might, she can't fight the urge and connection she feels for Xavier. Soon, they begin to lose themselves in a forbidden love affair. To top all this off, there's something or someone out to get Bethany. Before she knows it, she'll be fighting for her relationship and her life.

I'm going to start off with the romance between Bethany and Xavier. While very, very sweet, at times, it also seemed very rushws. It was an insta-love thing. They began falling for each other before they really knew each other. Don't get me wrong, they are very cute together, but I would've liked to see more depth and foundation to their relationship. Also, their relationship seemed to be all-consuming. When Bethany wasn't around Xavier, she was thinking about him. And Xavier was the most popular boy in school (the school captain!), but other than Bethany (aka Beth, to the humans), he didn't really talk to anyone else. To me, the two together just came off a bit overbearing.

Moving on to Beth's friends. These girls are your stereotypical high school girls. They care about clothes, makeup, boys and prom, but they're also fun loving. I loved the parts where the girls or other people (including the angels) explain things to Beth. For example, what a MILF is. Those parts, to me, are hilarious.

Onto swoon-worthy boys. While I get the Xavier appeal, I felt he was just too perfect of a character. He's charming, nice, hot, understand, loyal, brave, etc. To be honest, I like some flaws in my boys. Or maybe I'm more of a bad guy kind of girl. I don't know, but Xavier wasn't doing it for me. I felt more heat with Gabriel. Yes, he is an archangel and very standoffish, but I loved his brooding ways. I wouldn't mind trying to win his untouchable heart!

Overall, I did enjoy reading Halo. I can't believe the author is only 17 years old! Insane! While I had some issues with it, those issues did not takeaway from my overall enjoyment of this book. It has romance, fun, forbidden goodies and a bit of action as well. I look forward to reading Hades (the sequel) when it releases in 2011.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Review : Dead Beautiful


Title: Dead Beautiful
Author: Yvonne Woon
Published: September 21st 2010 by Hyperion Book CH
Arc: Courtesy of Karen at FWIW.


Synopsis: A haunting love story about desire, danger, and destiny.
After Renee Winters discovers her parents lying dead in California’s Redwood Forest in what appears to be a strange double murder, her grandfather sends her off to Gottfried Academy in Maine, a remote and mysterious high school dedicated to philosophy, “crude sciences,” and Latin: the Language of the Dead. It’s here she meets Dante, a dark and elusive student to whom she feels inexplicably drawn. As they get to know each other better, Dante can’t seem to control his attraction either, and their desires gradually deepen into a complex and dangerous romance. Dangerous because Dante is hiding a frightening secret. A secret so terrible, it has him fearing for Renee’s life.

Dante’s not the only one with secrets, though. Turns out Gottfried Academy has a few of its own… Like, how come students keep disappearing? Why are the prefect-like Monitors creeping around campus during the night? And what exactly are the Headmistress and Professors really up to? Renee is determined to find out why.

Dead Beautiful is both a compelling romance and thought-provoking read, bringing shocking new meaning to life, death, love, and the nature of the soul.


Thoughts: What an amazing debut. I loved the concept behind it. It's really hard to describe what Dead Beautiful is really about without getting too spoilery. Lets just say it's a great spin on a well known, well loved topic.

After finding her parents dead in the woods, Renee's grandfather enrolls her at Gottfried Academy, where the academics and the students are anything but usual. First, everyone is required to take Latin, but some students (the advance students) seem to just know it by heart. They walk around speaking it as if they were born with a natural tongue for it. Then the rules? A bit extreme and odd. Plus, all work must be done by candle light. That's right, no lamps or anything. Needless to say, Renee is in for one long semester.

Luckily, Renee meets Dante. He's everything a girl could want: intelligent, gorgeous and off limits. He doesn't talk to anyone nor ever showed interest in any girl...until Renee. Soon, Renee and Dante become lost in a forbidden love affair (students are discouraged from dating at Gottfried). The thing is, the longer Renee is at Gottfried and the more time she spends with Dante, the more she realizes Dante's past, the mystery behind her parent's death, the students and even Gottfried Academy itself are all tied together in ways she never imagined.

First off, I must say, this book really reminded me of Twilight, especially the romantic aspect! Renee and Dante's relationship (and the phase leading up to said relationship) are so similar to Bella and Edward that, at times, I thought I was reading Twilight. The mystery behind Dante, Renee's uncontrollable pull towards him, all of it just got more and more Bella-Edwardesque the longer I read. Even their mannerisms mirrored Bella-Edward. It's okay. I love Twilight, so it works!

Now, UNLIKE Twilight, the mystery behind Dante and the other students at Gottfried is very nicely done. Instead of knowing what they are from the start, Dead Beautiful will have you guessing again and again. Just when you think you've got it all figured out, Dead Beautiful adds a twist or two. Plus, the background story behind the school and the students? Nice. This was probably my favorite part of the book.

And swoon-worthy boys. Obviously, if you're a Team Edward gal (*raises hand*), you'll enjoy Dante. He's a good looking gentleman who's smart and just a doll. He doesn't share Edward's anxiety and extremities, so that's nice. Think of him as a laid-back EC.

Overall, I really enjoyed Dead Beautiful. The mystery will have you guessing and the romance will have you squealing for more. By the way the book ended, I'm guessing a possibility for a sequel is in-stored? I sure hope so!

Rating: 4/5

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday



Synopsis:
It begins with a subtle vibration, a tingling.
There is time to take only one breath.
The trance begins.
When it is through, Ashlyn is ...more It begins with a subtle vibration, a tingling.
There is time to take only one breath.
The trance begins.
When it is through, Ashlyn is certain of two things:
Someone she knows is about to die.
And she is powerless to stop it.


There really isn't much of a synopsis, but it makes me all the more curious about this book. It still sounds really good. Plus, it's coming out in paperback. Holla, love saving money. Can't wait to read it!

Release date: October 14, 2010

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

You Wish Recreate A Cover



Hey Everyone! The Princess Bookie is hosting another recreate a cover contest. Here's my entry. I know, I'm not very good at this, lol. For more info on the contest, check it out here!

Synopsis: What if all your wishes really came true?

Kayla McHenry’s sweet sixteen sucks! Her dad left,
her grades dropped, and her BFF is dating the boy
Kayla’s secretly loved for years. Blowing out her candles,
Kayla thinks: I wish my birthday wishes actually
came true. Because they never freakin’ do.

Kayla wakes the next day to a life-sized, bright pink
My Little Pony outside her window. Then a year’s
supply of gumballs arrives. A boy named Ken with
a disturbing resemblance to the doll of the same
name stalks her. As the ghosts of Kayla’s wishes-past
appear, they take her on a wild ride . . . but they
MUST STOP. Because when she was fifteen? She
wished Ben Mackenzie would kiss her. And Ben is
her best friend’s boyfriend.

Teaser Tuesday : Halo


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 Halo by Alexandra Adornetto. Halo is the first book in this trilogy about 3 angels sent to earth to stop Dark Forces. It's told through Bethany (the youngest)'s POV.

The section I picked is after Bethany runs into the mysterious Xavier at school for the first time.

"I made myself promise that in the days that followed I wouldn't think about Xavier Woods at all. If I chanced to see him, I would ignore him. If he tried to speak to me, I would give token answers and move away. In short, I wouldn't allow him to have any effect on me.

Needless to say, I was to fail spectacularly."
- Page 45

Monday, July 26, 2010

Ultimate Reviewers Challenge Sign- Ups



If you haven't heard, FWIW, Karen's Addictions, Tiger's All-Consuming Books and I are hosting an event called the Ultimate Reviewers Challenge. Throughout the month of August, we invite all bloggers to post as many reviewers as possible.

When the event begins, we'll each have a Mr. Linky on our blogs where you can post your name, the name of your blog and a link to your review. At the end of the event, we'll each pick a winner and that person will win the Ultimate Prize Pack.

Rules:

*These must be real reviews, meaning more than just a couple of sentences describing the book. We'll be checking to make sure you're posting legitimate reviews!
*No review can be posted twice on the same blog. That doesn't mean you can't post the same review on each one of our blogs, just not the same review twice.
*The review must be written in August. No using reviews you've already written!
*You must be a blogger to participate.
*This contest will be internation. There will be 4 winners total.
*Contest ends August 31st at midnight, CST.
*Rules and regulations are subject to change depending on current situations. Don't worry, you'll be informed.

Here's a preview at one of the prize packs

Books:
-Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl(signed)
-The Mark by Jen Nadol
-Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
-Island Sting (arc) by Bonnie Doerr
-The Ghost and Goth (arc) by Stacey Kade
-The Absolute Value of One by Steve Brenoff (donated by Bella - Paranormal obsession)
-The Secret Life of Prince Charming by Deb Caletti (donated by Heather - Darkly Reading)
-Fixing Delilah Hannaford by Sarah Ockler Ockler (donated by Heather - Darkly Reading)

Swag: TBA (we've got tons!)

We'll each keep you updated on the prize packs as well as the event. Throughout the month of August, we will also be interview your favorite authors and bloggers so keep an eye out for that.

Button: We would love it if you posted one of our buttons on your blog!!!







Now, we do ask that you sign up for the event at each of our blogs. Please fill out the form below if you plan on participating. Thanks to everyone who helped make this even possible. WE LOVE YOU SO HARD! :D

**NOTE** If you signed up using the Mr. Linky, we've already added your name and blog to the form. Sorry for the inconvenience!

To view a list of all the bloggers participating, click HERE.

Sweet Valley Confidential Giveaway



Where were you when you first read The Sweet Valley High Series? I was in 3rd grade, stealing my sister's copies (because she was so much cooler than me!) and hoping I wouldn't get caught.

Now, they're back and better than ever. If you haven't heard, Francine Pascal is releasing a new book called Sweet Valley Confidential. It's been ten years, what are your favorite set of twins up to? Is Liz a hot young journalist engaged to pro-basketball player Todd Wilkins and planning the sweetest backyard wedding? Is Jess gracing the covers of international fashion magazines and breaking the hearts of wealthy jet-setters? After the perfect childhoods, how will the real world affect the lives of the Wakefield Twins? We'll find out soon enough.

Here's your chance to win a copy of Sweet Valley Confidential. Ann-Marie Nieves from Get Red PR has graciously donated a finished copy (when it's released) to one lucky blogger!

To Enter:
*Comment below, and let us know where you were when you first discovered the Sweet Valley High series.
*You must be at least 16 years old to enter
*You must be a follower to enter.
*US and CAN only

Extra Entries:

+2 Old Follower
+1 New Follower
+1 For each one of my affiliates you're following (FWIW, Karen's Addictions, Tiger's All-Consuming Books)
+1 Following @SVConfidential on Twitter
+1 For every place you spread the word about the giveaway (Twitter (plz @Lena1xoxo me if tweeting), Sidebar, etc)
+5 For blogging about the giveaway (must be an actual post)
+5 For signing up to read the first chapter of Sweet Valley Confidential HERE!(Thank you, St. Martin Press!!!)

Yes, you do get 5 extra entries just for signing up and previewing the first chapter! Awesome, right? SWEEEEEET VALLEY! :D

Contest ends August 9th at midnight CST. Good luck everyone!!!

For all things Sweet Valley Confidential, be sure to check out the website: http://www.sweetvalleytenyearslater.com/

Sunday, July 25, 2010

In My Mailbox



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


Arcs:
*Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers (won-signed!) (Special thanks to Lisa.)

Arc Tours:
*Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

Books:
*Kiss of Death by Rachel Caine (signed! Special thanks to my friend Sarah for sending this to me)
*Forget You by Jennifer Echols (Special thanks to Jennifer and Simon & Schuster)

Friday, July 23, 2010

Review : Grace


Title: Grace
Author: Elizabeth Scott
Published: September 16th 2010 by Dutton
Source: Arc from Around The World Arc Tours

Synopsis: A fable of a terrifying near future by critically acclaimed author Elizabeth Scott.

Grace was raised to be an Angel, a herald of death by suicide bomb. But she refuses to die for the cause, and now Grace is on the run, daring to dream of freedom. In search of a border she may never reach, she travels among malevolent soldiers on a decrepit train crawling through the desert. Accompanied by the mysterious Kerr, Grace struggles to be invisible, but the fear of discovery looms large as she recalls the history and events that delivered her uncertain fate.

Told in spare, powerful prose, this tale of a dystopian near future will haunt readers long after they've reached the final page.


Thoughts: After I finished Grace, I didn't know what to say. It's a really hard book to sum up in a few words. Is it good? Yes. Is it disturbing? Oh yes, but does it have a meaningful message behind it? Absolutely!

Grace is based on a dysotopian society where no one is allowed to think for themselves. Everyone must follow the law based on what "The One" views it to be, or he will have you killed.

For Grace, her life has been on the other end. She was raised as one of the "People," the ones against "The One." And because Grace is part of the people, she is selected to become an Angel. An Angel is a living bomb, designed to sacrifice herself for the greater good, taking the lives of those run the country will benefit the People. But Grace doesn't want to die. Instead she chooses life and because of this, she must now be on the run. She must leave the life she has always known and escape to the south, away from "The One" and the People.

Along the journey, she rendezvous with Kerr. Kerr is a fellow escapee and will help Grace if he can, but will help himself first. If it's between him or Grace, he will choose himself.

Throughout the journey, Grace begins to uncover Kerr's true past. His past will shock her to the core.

Much like Living Dead Girl, Grace is a story that's too good to put down, but so difficult to continue reading. Some of the subject matters are very disturbing. I know I keep overusing the word disturbing, but there just really isn't a better way for me to describe it. Hey, at least it's beautifully written!

One thing I will say, after reading Grace, I was ridiculously grateful to live in the society I do. We may not be perfect, but we are no where near THAT! There are some nights, I stayed up thinking about Grace. I wondered what it would be like to live the way she did and to flee as quickly as she did. Would I be strong enough? Would I be brave enough? I don't know.

Overall, I did really enjoy the book, but I don't think I could read it again. Some of the situations were just too intense for me. I would still recommend checking it out. It's a good book that will make you think, well after the book ends. There's a strong message behind it. But fair warning? At times, it will make you cringe.

Rating: 4/5

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Review : Rich and Mad


Title: Rich And Mad
Author: William Nicholson
Published: September 14th 2010 by EgmontUSA (first published April 5th 2009)
Copy Read: Arc

Synopsis: This is a compelling and beautifully written novel about first love, first sex, and everything in between. Maddy Fisher has decided to fall in love. And not just any sort of love: can't-eat can't-sleep crazy in love. Rich Ross is after the same thing. He's set his sights high, and he's going to make it happen. The problem is, in life's messy whirlwind of friends and lies and sex and porn, the real thing can be hard to fine. But there's always a first time for everything. . .

Thoughts: What can I say about Rich and Mad. It's not exactly what I expected. I thought it was going to be one of those cute, young adult reads. You know the one, girl meets boy, boy meets girl, a couple twists and then bam, love! And, in some ways, it is like this, but add in crude language, ridiculous secondary characters, and awkward physical interactions.

Rich and Mad is told through alternating POVs. First, you have Maddy. She begins to fall for the most popular boy in school. Sadly, he's in a serious relationship with someone else. Then, he begins paying more attention to her. They even begin exchanging secret emails. It's strange, really. He seems interested one minute, and aloof the next. She begins to question how he really feels and wondering if her frienemy, Grace Carey, has something to do with this.

Rich is the dorky kid in school no one really notices. He's in love with Grace Carey, the prettiest girl in school and has decided, this is the year. This is the year he will tell her how he feels and make her his girlfriend. But, we all know the prettiest girl is hardly ever the nicest. And soon, Rich begins to realize his infatuation with Grace may have been misplaced.

The thing about this book is, the characters just seem off. I couldn't relate to any of them. Rich is the sensitive type who writes in a journal and is in love with a girl he's never met. And Maddy is a sweet girl, who gets mixed up in this sort of high school drama that didn't even make sense. Both characters have family problems and issues, but end up relying on each other. And they're both so desperate to fall in love. Since they don't interact till halfway through the book, their relationship, to me, was very unrealistic and rushed. I never felt any chemistry between the two. The instalove, in my opinion, was more annoying than sweet.

Grace's character is what did me over. I couldn't stand her. Yes, she does have problems of her own, but I never once felt pity for her. Other than her cruelty, Grace lacked depth. I felt this way about a lot of the characters. They were just there to be there.

I also had issues with the dialogue. The banter between all the characters became confusing. I got lost in who was saying what and what was going on. And with the two main characters not interacting in the beginning of the book, I found the pacing to be a bit slow. If felt like a bunch of randomness and space fillers happened until they met.

I will warn readers this book is very graphic towards the end. The language (overuse of the word "cock" and analogies to "worshiping it") and sexual interactions are described in detail. While it's recommended for 14 and up, I would still hold caution before purchasing it. As long as you're okay with crude language and sex-speak, then go for it.

I know it seems I wrote a lot of negative feedback. I still think Rich and Mad is a cute read. Is it the best thing out there? Probably not. For the most part, I did enjoy certain aspects of it. I enjoyed the honesty depicted at the end of the book. I enjoyed some of the jokes, especially from Rich. But overall, it just wasn't for me.

Rating: 3 Stars

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

5 Reasons To Check Out Fallen



If you haven't heard of Fallen by Lauren Kate, where have you been? With it's sequel, Torment, due out this September, I thought it'd be fun to do a bit of a recap and give 5 reasons why I think you should check this out.

1. Mystery. Between the attraction unknown, uncontrollable with Luce and Daniel, the shadows following Luce and the other odd-balls at Sword & Cross reform school, Fallen offers many, many mysterious questions. Some will be answered and some won't. Which ones? Stay tuned!

2. Complicated Romance. The attraction between Daniel and Luce is undeniable. Sadly, Daniel is hot one minute and cold the next. His mood swings hold a mystery in itself, but you have to read it to find out why.

3. Battle between good vs evil. Who doesn't love this kind of epic battle?

4. Fallen Angels. Need I say more?

5. Swoon worthy males. I've mentioned Daniel, but I have yet to mention Cam. He's the bad guy in this story. There's something about a villain that just has readers craving for more. While I always want the good guy to prevail, I don't mind getting slices of bad boy Cam in the process.

If you haven't read Fallen yet, I recommend checking it out. And if you have, be sure to grab Torment when it comes out September 28, 2010. Can't wait to get my grubby little paws on it!

Waiting on Wednesday



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.


This is the highly anticipated sequel to The Dark Divine. I cannot wait to read this. I must have more Grace and Daniel now! SQUEE! December cannot come faster!

Release date: December 28, 2010

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Teaser Tuesday : Clockwork Angel


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 Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. I've been a bit under the weather lately (who catches a cold/the flu during the summer?), so I haven't read as much as I'd like. Never fear, I'll get better soon and finish this in no time.

This scene is when Tessa firsts meets Will. Let me tell you, if you're a Jace fan, you'll LOVE Will! He is scrum-dilly-umcious! Here we go:

" 'I've mastered many things in my life. Navigating the streets of London, speaking French without an accent, dancing the quadrille, the Japanese art of flower arranging, lying at charades, concealing a highly intoxicated state, delighting young women with my charms...'

Tessa stared.

'Alas,' he went on, 'no one has ever actually refered to me as 'the master' or 'the magister' either. More's the pity...'"-
Page 36.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

In My Mailbox


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


ARCs:

*Fixing Delilah Hannahford by Sarah Ockler
*Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
*Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

***Not in picture****

Arc Tour:

*Grace by Elizabeth Scott ( Around The World Arc Tours)

Won:

*Sisters Red (audiobook) by Jackson Pearce (Thanks, Jackson!)


What a great week. So, what goodies did you guys get this week?

Friday, July 16, 2010

Review : Firelight


Title: Firelight (Draki #1)
Author: Sophie Jordan (also known as Sharie Kohler)
Published: September 7th 2010 by Harper Teen
Details: Hardcover, 336 pages
Source: Arc Tour courtesey of Around The World

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.

Thoughts: I wasn't a fan of dragons before, but I sure am now. Firelight takes a spin, turning humans into a different kind of shifter...a dragon kind! Top that off with a scoop of forbidden love, and well, you've got yourself winner.

Jacinda comes from a long line of draki, aka dragons who can shift into human form. Shifting is the best defense they have against hunters who, not only hunt draki for sport, but also cut them up and sell their flesh. The hunters are the draki's worst enemy. And it probably doesn't help that Jacinda's a fire breather, the only one of her kind in centuries.

In an act of rebellion and the chance to feel freedom for just one second, Jacinda breaks one of the cardinal draki rules: Do not reveal yourself in daylight. This one single act has Jacinda's mother fearing for Jacinda's future. What does she do? Flees the Pride (aka the draki pack).

Jacinda and her twin sister must attempt to adapt to the human world, away from the Pride. For her sister, this is a dream come true. For Jacinda, this is her worst nightmare. The only silver lining is Will, the resident school hottie and mystery boy. Jacinda cannot deny her attraction to Will nor can she deny their chemistry. The only thing is, Will is a hunter. His family hunts Jacinda's kind. So, which is it? Love or life?

Once I picked this book up, I couldn't put it down. Really, it's just that good. First off, the concept is original. While I haven't read many dragon books, I also haven't heard of any being able to shift into a human form. Kuddos for that. Then there's the leading lady. Jacinda is strong, determined and loyal. Like most teenage girls, she wants to please those responsible for her, but also isn't afraid to have fun and be a normal teenager.

While I loved some of the other characters in the book, I also had issues with some of them. Take Jacinda's sister, for example. I found her to be very shallow and selfish. I understand where she's coming from, but it doesn't mean I have to like her. She's one of those girls who whines if things don't go her way. There are several times in the book where I thought to myself, "Come on! Just get over it." But, this might just be me. Then, there's their mother. I understand she's trying to protect her daughters, but she should have listened to what Jacinda wanted. She does a few things I don't agree with. I can't tell you what they are without ruining the book, but if you've read it, I'm sure you know what I mean.

Now, onto boys. First, Cassian. He's a draki prince and wants to claim Jacinda for himself. He has that arrogant, dark allure to him and SEEMS like a good guy, but I don't know. There wasn't enough information about him for me to really determine what he's all about. I'm waiting for book 2 before I decide how I feel about him. Then, there's Xander. He is Will's cousin and a hunter. Scary doesn't even begin to describe Xander. He's not afraid to hurt anyone in order to get what he wants. If the hunters were part of a mafia, Xander would be their #1 hitman. And finally, Will. I LOOOOOOVE Will! He's mysterious, he's hot, he's awesome. And the way he is with Jacinda? SO SWEET! *swoons*

Firelight is a fast-paced, action and romanced filled, good time. While it might not be for everybody, I still recommend checking it out. There are tons of great releases due out this September and, in my opinion, Firelight is one of them.

Rating: 4.5

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Summer Cleaning Contest Winner!!!



Special thanks to everyone who participated and entered the contest. I'm still organizing my bookshelves, so there will be more giveaways soon. But for now, I must announce the first Summer Cleaning Contest Winner.

With 62 participants and 188 entires, the winner is...


#130: Melanie L.

CONGRATS!!!

*throws confetti*

An email is being sent to you. If you don't receive if, feel free to email me at addicted2novel(at)gmail(dot)com.

The winner will have 72 hour to get back to me before another winner is drawn.
Thanks for playing! :D

Review : Infinite Days


Title: Infinite Days
Author: Rebecca Maizel
Published: August 3rd 2010 by St. Martin's Griffin
Details: Paperback, 310 pages
Source: Arc courtesey of Rebecca. Thanks for the lavender! :)

Synopsis: When Lenah Beaudonte, a 500-year-old vampire queen, wakes up a human teenager at an ultra-cliquey prep school, she must choose between embracing the humanity she’s always craved and saving her new friends from her vicious coven. The first in a sizzling new YA series.

Lenah Beaudonte is, in many ways, your average teen: the new girl at Wickham Boarding School, she struggles to fit in enough to survive and stand out enough to catch the eye of the golden-boy lacrosse captain. But Lenah also just happens to be a recovering five-hundred-year-old vampire queen. After centuries of terrorizing Europe, Lenah is able to realize the dream all vampires have -- to be human again. After performing a dangerous ritual to restore her humanity, Lenah entered a century-long hibernation, leaving behind the wicked coven she ruled over and the eternal love who has helped grant her deep-seated wish.

Until, that is, Lenah draws her first natural breath in centuries at Wickham and rediscovers a human life that bears little resemblance to the one she had known. As if suddenly becoming a teenager weren’t stressful enough, each passing hour brings Lenah closer to the moment when her abandoned coven will open the crypt where she should be sleeping and find her gone. As her borrowed days slip by, Lenah resolves to live her newfound life as fully as she can. But, to do so, she must answer ominous questions: Can an ex-vampire survive in an alien time and place? What can Lenah do to protect her new friends from the bloodthirsty menace about to descend upon them? And how is she ever going to pass her biology midterm?


Thoughts: With it's entrancing writing, Infinite Days answers the ultimate vampire question: What would you do if you were human once again?

The synopsis gives away lot about the book. Every so often, the story will transition from present day human Lenah to past vampire Lenah. I've read several books where transition from one era to the next came off confusing (is this happening in the past or present?), but have no fear. Infinite Days is not one of those books. In fact, I rather enjoyed Lenah's past life. I think I actually enjoyed it more than her present day one. It's gruesome, it's cruel, it's awesome.

Don't get me wrong, present day Lenah's life is quite amusing. Imagine being a 300 year old Vampire Queen, who has missed the last 100 years, and trying to transition into modern day America. Something as simple as working a stereo system is confusing and daunting to her. Add all that, plus the added bonus of attending prep school, and you'll have a taste of what she's going through.

Now, on to my favorite subject, guys. Most books have 2 guys to choose from. This one has 4. Lets start with the vampires. There's Rhode, her soul-mate and the one who turned Lenah into a vampire then back again. There's Vicken, part of her coven and, to be quite honest, a bit scary. Now, the humans. There's Tony, the first person to befriend Lenah at Wickham and an artist. Then there's Justin, Lenah's crush at her new prep school and school badass. Out of all the guys, I have to say my favorite is Rhode. While you can tell all the them care for Lenah, I think Rhode's love was more heart-wrenching and yes, the most beautiful. His scenes tore my heart out. If anyone says a vampire can't feel compassion, they need to be introduced to Rhode.

This is quite easily one of the saddest books I have read in a long time. At times, the pacing can be a bit slow, but the writing was so elegant, I hardly felt it. The best way I can think of describing Infinite Days is to compare it to Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. It's not about action, though much like Shiver (replacing werewolves with vampires), everything leads to an inevitable event. It's more about emotions, love and sacrifice.

I cannot tell you how many times I was on the brink of tears. And they came. Oh, did they come. Definitely keeping my eye on this trilogy and looking forward for the release of book 2. Isn't that sad? When you want to read the 2nd book and the 1st hasn't even released yet? I guess it shows how great Infinite Days really is.

Rating: 4.5

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Review : Aces Up


Title: Aces Up
Author: Lauren Barnholdt
Published: August 10th 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published 2010)
Details: Paperback, 288 pages
Source: Arc courtesey of Around The World Arc Tours

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old high school senior Shannon Card needs money. And lots of it. She's been admitted to Wellesley, but her dad just lost his job, and somehow she has to come up with a year of tuition herself. But Shannon's dream of making big bucks waitressing at the local casino, the Collosio, disappears faster than a gambler's lucky streak. Her boss is a tyrant, her coworker is nuts, and her chances of balancing a tray full of drinks while wearing high-heeled shoes are slim to none. Worse, time is running out, and Shannon hasn't made even half the money she'd hoped.

When Shannon receives a mysterious invitation to join Aces Up, a secret network of highly talented college poker players, at first she thinks No way. She has enough to worry about: keeping her job, winning the coveted math scholarship at school, and tutoring her secret crush, Max. But when Shannon musters up the nerve to kiss Max and he doesn't react at all, the allure of Aces Up and its sexy eighteen-year-old leader, Cole, is suddenly too powerful to ignore.

Soon Shannon's caught up in a web of lies and deceit that makes worrying about tuition money or a high school crush seem like kid stuff. Still, when the money's this good, is the fear of getting caught reason enough to fold?


Thoughts: Aces Up, in so many words, is a really, really cute novel. Think of a high school version of the movie 21. That's really the best way to describe. And don't worry, it's okay if you don't know anything about poker. The main character, Shannon, didn't know anything about poker either. As the story progesses, she begins to learn more and more, thus teaching you.

Just like the movie 21, the main character, Shannon, can't afford to go to college. She purchases a fake ID and begins working at the local casino. Then, one day, she receives an invitation to join Aces Up, a secret group of elite poker players. Shannon has never played poker before. Would she be any good at it? Is it hard? Plus, she's already working illegally at the casino. This just doesn't seem like a good idea.

Soon after receiving the invitation, her life begins to fall apart. Her dad can't find a job, her sister is having personal problems, and her mom's working long shifts at Starbucks. At this point attending Wellesley in the fall just seems impossible. On top of all this, Shannon sneaks a kiss in with her long time crush, Max. The thing is, his reaction to the kiss is the exact opposite of what she wanted. What's a girl to do? Join Aces Up! Besides, Cole, the ring leader, is super hot and actually shows interest in Shannon.

Everything seems great. Shannon was made for poker. But Aces Up has other plans in mind for Shannon. Lets just say they're more complicated and illegal than fake IDs.

Something I really enjoyed about this book is, it takes a male dominated sport such as poker and transforms it into this co-ed event, where the girls seem to rock more than the guys! Woo, girl power! I also loved how the author explains the game of poker (they're playing Texas Hold 'Em!) using Shannon's POV. A lot of people, especially young adult females, don't know how to play poker, so that was a nice touch.

While Shannon herself is a fun character, the girl I personally loved was her co-worker and trainer. She is intense, honest and hilarious! Also, I must mention the boys. Ladies, there are two. First, there's Cole. He's the bad boy aka the mysterious poker hottie with a killer smile. Then, there's Max. Sweet, smart, Max who used to be Shannon's best friend, but blew her off for another girl. Both boys are flawed and charming in their own way. Out of the two, Max is my favorite. It's hard to explain why without ruining the story. I'll just say he's a good guy, but (like most boys) can be a jerk.

Overall, I think Aces Up is a fun summer read. It's addicting, cute, funny and fun. If you're looking for an enjoyable, laid-back read, I would recommend checking out this book.

Rating: 4.25

Waiting on Wednesday



Synopsis: Vampires have powers beyond human comprehension: strength that defies logic, speed that cannot be captured on film, the ability to shapeshift and more. But in matters of the heart, no one, not even the strikingly beautiful and outrageously wealthy Blue Bloods, has total control. In Bloody Valentine, bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz offers readers a new story about the love lives of their favorite vamps - the passion and heartache, the hope and devastation, the lust and longing. Combined with all the glitz, glamour, and mystery fans have come to expect, this is sure to be another huge hit in the Blue Bloods series.

If you're a Blue Bloods fan (*raises hand*), you'll know why I can't wait for this to come out. I'm a bit confused on the release date. I hope it's December and not October 2011. Here's what it says on goodreads:

Published: October 1st 2011 by ATOM (first published December 28th 2010)

I'm thinking it's December. Lets pray for the best!

On a side note, I must say, these books have the best covers. Isn't it gorgeous? And not to sound morbid, but I love the little drops of blood. It's the vampgirl in me.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Teaser Tuesday: Grace by Elizabeth Scott


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 Grace by Elizabeth Scott. If you haven't heard, Grace is a dystopian novel about a girl who was raised to be an "Angel." An Angel is a girl who's life matters only because she will be a human bomb and take someone else's life as well as her own.

The scene I chose helps describe what these girls believe and must go through. Hope you enjoy it.

"Lily's toe was swept away because it didn't matter. She learned to walk well enough without it. She would be able to do what she was made for.

She would still be able to die. "-
Page 30

Grace releases September 16th, 2010. For more information, click here.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Once Upon A Time Read-A-Thon

Once Upon A Read-A-Thon



I decided to participate in the read-a-thon hosted by Lori at Pure Imagination, Reading Angel, and Candace's Book Blog.

Here's what I plan on reading:



*Desert Tales (Wicked Lovely): The Challenge (manga) by Melissa Marr
*Fireworks (Four Summer Stories) by Niki Burnham, Erin Haft, Sarah Mlynowski, and Lauren Myracle
*Grace (arc) by Elizabeth Scott
*Her And Me And You (arc) by Lauren Strasnick
*The Ghost And The Goth (arc) by Stacey Kade
*Dead Beautiful (arc) by Yvonne Woon

The read-a-thon is only 3 days (Monday-Wednesday), so I've got some serious reading to do. It's a pretty difficult goal considering my work schedule, but I think I can pull through. Look for updates and wish me luck.

If you're participating in the read-a-thon, comment below and show me your list.


Monday update: I finished Her And Me And You, and I'm almost done with Grace. Yay!

Tuesday update: Finished Grace and The Challenge. Must finish The Ghost And The Goth today. MUST! lol. No Twitter. Well, maybe a little bit of Twitter. :P

Wednesday update: It is currently 4:30PM. I'm about to leave work, finished the summer antho and now I'm on the last book. 400 pages of Dead Beautiful by the end of the day? We shall see!


Sunday, July 11, 2010

In My Mailbox



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


Borrowed:

*Matched (arc) by Ally Condie
*Dead Beautiful (arc) by Yvonne Wood

*Special thanks to Karen from FWIW.

Arc Tours:

*Aces Up (arc) by Lauren Barnhardt (Around The World Arc Tours)



Won:

*Claire De Lune by Christine Johnson (Special thanks to Tina at Fantastic Book Reviews.
*Shadow Hills (signed!!) by Anastasia Hopcus (Special thanks to Anastasia). She also gave me some awesome swag I'll add to the Ultimate Reviewers Challenge.

Bought:

Other by Karen Kincy

That's everything. Feel free to comment below and show me what you got this week!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Review: The Duff


Title: The Duff
Author: Kody Kepling
Publishes: September 7th 2010 by Little Brown/Poppy (first published 2010)
Details: Hardcover, 288 pages


Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn't think she's the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She's also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her "Duffy," she throws her Coke in his face. But things aren't so great at home right now. Desperate for a distraction, Bianca ends up kissing Wesley. And likes it. Eager for escape, she throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with Wesley. Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out that Wesley isn't such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she's falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.



Thoughts: This book has it all: Humor, wit, a fun story line, strong-minded protag, a lovable bastard and just the right about of romance. What amazes me is how young the author is. I can't believe she's only 18. Regardless of her age, Kody writes like a pro!

Bianca may not be the prettiest girl in school, but she is smart, sarcastic and funny. She's not the type of girl to obsess over her looks. And she knows her friends are prettier than her, but it doesn't really bother her. At least, not until Wesley calls her the Duff. The Duff stands for Designated Ugly Fat Friend. It's one of the most offensive things Bianca has ever head. Since then, she just can't get it out of her head. Compared to Casey and Jessica, she really *IS* the Duff.

She's not going to let him get to her though. In fact, she puts him in his place every chance she gets. Then, things seem to spin out of control. And for a control freak like Bianca, this is the worst thing that could've ever happened.

To help forget her problems, she soon beings to use Wesley as an outlet. He's actually not THAT bad of a guy. And as much as she doesn't want to admit it (to herself and her friends), she soon begins to fall for him. But how can a popular, hot man whore like Wesley ever fall for girl he deems as the Duff?

Something I loved about this book is, it's not all fluff. The Duff addresses issues teen girls face today. For example, her family is far from perfect. The more complicated the issues with her family become, the more she distances herself from her friends. And who hasn't, at one point or another, felt alone? Who hasn't had their heart broken or felt like an outsider in your own home or even with your friends?! Whether it's family problems or self image, Bianca is the kind of person every girl can easily relate to.

I must say, I adored Wesley. At times, he can be a real jerk, but then he has these one or two sweet moments that just make up for the rest. His progression as a character may of been slow, but it still really sweet. What can I say, I love arrogant-yet- sweet guys. Is he swoon worthy? Yes, ma'am!

Overall, I found The Duff to be an interesting, enjoyable, fun read. I guess you can say I luffed The Duff. I will warn younger teens to watch out because The Duff does have PG-13 language (i.e. profanity) as well as nookie. For older teens, young adults and just females in general, I recommend checking out The Duff when it hits shelves in September. It's the book everyone will be talking about, and you don't want to miss it.

Blogger and Author Suggestions



During the Ultimate Reviewers Challenge, Karen, Karen, Tiger and I will be interviewing other bloggers and authors. We have a few in mind, but were wondering if there are any specific bloggers and authors you would like us to interview. We'll try our best to contact them and also throw in some books/swag from the authors you suggest. And I'm sure the blogger you suggest would really appreciate the shout out/love.

Thanks for all your help!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Let The Countdown Begin!

Review : Return To Paradise



Title: Return To Paradse
Author: Simone Elkeles
Published: September 1st 2010 by Flux
Details: Paperback, 312 pages
Source: Borrowed Arc, courtesey of Karen from FWIW.

Synopsis: Maggie and Caleb just went through the worst year of their lives. Hit by a car and starting life over with a limp, Maggie never thought she would forgive Caleb. But she did-and fell in love. What they shared was real. But Caleb wanted to be free from the past-and a terrible secret: he wasn't the one who hit Maggie. So he left Paradise-and Maggie-forever. When Maggie and Caleb run into each other in a different town, they can't deny their true feelings. Will Maggie let Caleb get away again? Or will Caleb face the truth and return to Paradise?

Thoughts: Return To Paradise is the highly anticipated sequel to Simone's 2007 release, Leaving Paradise. Thanks to my friend Tiger, who insisted I check out Perfect Chemistry, I became a huge Simone Elkeles fan. Needless to say, when I heard the sequel to Leaving Paradise releases this year, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Fans will not be disappointed.

Return To Paradise starts off 8 months after Leaving Paradise ends. Caleb is back in trouble and struggling. He thought leaving home would solve his problems, but trouble seems to follow him where ever he goes. Caught between going back to jail and attending a peer mediation-counseling roadtrip, he chooses the latter. There is no way he wants to end back up in jail. No. Way. You can imagine his surprise when he discovers Maggie is attending the trip as well. I guess no one ever told him the past has a funny way of catching up on you when you least expec it. And now that she's back in his life, he can't deny his feelings for her any longer.

Maggie has been waiting for this moment. She waited 8 long months for Caleb to return home and profess his love for her. When he didn't, she decided to move on. A frest start and everything. In fact, after this summer, she'll be spending her first year of college in Spain. But now Caleb is back in her life, and she's more confused than ever. She knows his sister was the one who hit her with a car, but Caleb doesn't know she knows. She wants him to tell her and trust her the way she trusts him. She wants him to go back to Paradise, reunite with his family and make things right. The only thing is, if she pushes him too far, will he runaway again? And if he does, will it goodbye forever this time?

I have to tell you, I love books with alternating POVs. When done well, it's fascinating (and addicting) reading how each character not only view one another, but the situation. There's brooding, tortured Caleb and then there's understanding, reliable Maggie. Both need each other and are stronger when together, yet they just can't seem to get it together. The entire time, you'll be on the edge of your seat, thinking "Come on, already!" Simone definitely knows how to write a book with sexual tension and complications.

Return To Paradise is more than your typical, fluffy young adult book. It's about self discovery, growing up and realizing you have to deal with your problems head on instead of running away from them. Oh, and of course, there's romance. I cannot tell you how much I love reading about Caleb and Maggie's relationship. It's rocky, it's funny, it's sweet, it's awesome.

Technically, you can read Return To Paradise without first reading Leaving Paradise, but it won't have the same impact. To get the full experience, you have to read one before the other. While I liked Leaving Paradise more, I still adored and really enjoyed the sequel. It's one of those "Must stay up and finish this, can't stop reading, can't stop to eat, must know what happens next" type of books. My only grievence is the release date. I mean, it should have been released this summer when the fanbase is out of school and ready to read! Don't you agree? I thought so.

This September, keep an eye out for Return To Paradise. You don't want to miss it.

Rating: 4.25/5

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Book Blogger Appreciation Week (BBAW)



Hey everyone. If you haven't heard, September 13-17th is BBAW. How can you not appreciate a week dedicated to the hardworking blog community?

I decided to enter and register my blog into two categories. One is the Best Young Adult Book Blog and the other is the Best New Book Blog. As part of the registration, I had to create a post listing 3 reviews and 2 other things (memes, more reviews, etc) which best describe my blog.

Here are the 3 reviews I chose:
1. Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder
2. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
3. Winter Longing by Tricia Mills

It's kind of fun because it shows how my reviews have grown since I first started.

And here are the 2 other posts I chose:
1. Saturday Sneak Peak
2. Waiting on Wednesday

I also decided to use the same reviews/posts for both categories I entered. Sweet!

I'm pretty positive I won't win either award, but wanted to participate anyway. Good luck to everyone who entered into this fabulous event. If you haven't registered your blog yet, I highly recommend it.

May the gods ever be in your favor.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Announcing The Ultimate Reviewers Challenge



During the entire month of August, Karen from FWIW, Karen D from Karen's Addictions, Tiger from All-Consuming Books and I will be co-hosting an event called the Ultimate Reviewers Challenge.

It's simple. Throughout the month of August, all you have to do is post reviews on your blog and send us the link. We'll each have a Mr. Linky on our blogs for you to use. You can use the same review for each blog, but not enter the same review for the same blog more than once. The more reviews you post, the better chances you have to win. At the end, we'll use pick a random winner from each blog. That means you have 4 chances to win.

The winner will receive the ultimate prize pack. Each prize pack will be unique and fabulous!

We will also be interviewing fellow bloggers and some of your favorite authors. And maybe hosting a mini-giveaway or 2...or 3 or 4.

More Details/Rules/Sign-Ups Soon!

**HOW YOU (BLOGGERS AND AUTHORS) CAN HELP US**

The point of this whole event is to promote reviews and reward reviewers. Because while fun, posting reviews and maintaining blogs can be very time consuming.

Since we do want each prize pack to be epic and there's so much the four of us can do, we're asking fellow bloggers and authors to helps us by donating anything you can. Books, bookmarks, swag, half-eaten chocolate bars, whatever you're willing to part with.

For Authors: This is a Reviewer's challenge. Bloggers are indispensible in getting the word out about books…sometimes word of mouth and good reviews elevate a brilliant book that otherwise would have slipped through the cracks. WoW picks can whip up the book reading community into a frenzy of “I must have it now!” If you have anything you can donate – books/swag….anything to show your love to bloggers…let me know.

For Bloggers: you'll be contributing to a great, fun-filled event. If you have any books or having a signing event coming up and can donate something signed that would be great! We’ll be sure to give everyone who donates a shout out and link to your blog!. Also, if you do donate you are still eligible to enter!

Other ideas : Do you have book related jewelry or crafts etc. that you would like to donate? Again, we’ll be sure to spotlight you during the contest!

I know there are a lot of requests and challenges going on out there so Karen, Tiger, Karen and I appreciate anything your able to do for this event! We want to make this fun and rewarding for you guys!

Most importantly, good juju and karma will be awarded to you! Who can't use more good juju and karma?!

If you're interested in helping us out or have something you'd like to donate, please email me at Addicted2novels (AT) gmail (DOT) com.

Thanks everyone and GET EXCITED! This is definitely something you don't want to miss.

Teaser Tuesday : Infinite Days


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 Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel. This is actually her debut novel, and let me tell you. I finished it last night. It's brilliant! As always, this is a bit longer than 2 sentences, but worth it.

"I brought my face closer to his without even thinking of consequences. He swallowed the petals and I watched his Adam's apple rise and fall. Soon his hands were on my hips and my face was tilted toward his.

'What does that one mean?' he whispered. Our mouths were millimeters apart.

'Happiness. Right where you are.'"-Page 155


Infinite Days releases August 3rd. I highly recommend checking it out! And expect a review very soon.

Monday, July 5, 2010

The Dark Divine Teaser Trailer



And in case you missed it (b/c my blog doesn't like huge videos), click HERE and check it out.

Sweet, right?

Sunday, July 4, 2010

In My Mailbox





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

Arc Tours (Around The World) :
*Firelight by Sophie Jordan
*The Julian Game by Adele Griffin

For Review:
*Infinite Days (arc) by Rebecca Maizel (Thanks,
Rebecca. You rock!)

Bought:
*Just One Wish by Janette Rallison
*Keys To The Repository by Melissa De La Cruz
*Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
*Souless by Gail Carriger

Won:
*Linger (signed!) by Maggie Stiefvater. (Thanks, Tessa. I flippin' love you!)

That's everything. What an amazing week. So, what's in your mailbox?

Friday, July 2, 2010

Review : Sleepless


Title: Sleepless
Author: Cyn Balog
Published: July 13th 2010 by Random House Children's Books

Synopsis: Eron De Marchelle isn't supposed to feel a connection. He is a Sandman, a supernatural being whose purpose is to seduce human charges to sleep. While he can communicate with his charges in their dreams, he isn't encouraged to--after all, getting too involved in one human's life would prevent him helping his other charges get their needed rest.

But he can't deny that he feels something for Julia. Julia, with her fiery red hair and her sad dreams. Just weeks ago, her boyfriend died in a car accident, and Eron can tell that she feels more alone than ever. Eron was human once too, many years ago, and he remembers how it felt to lose the one he loved. Eron has always felt protective of Julia . . . but now, when she seems to need him more than ever, he can't seem to reach her . . .

Sandmen are forbidden from communicating with humans outside their dreams. But will Eron be willing to risk everything for a chance to be with the person he loves?


Thoughts: I was lucky enough to receive an arc of Sleepless. After reading Fairy Tale a while back, I couldn't wait to get my hands on another Cyn Balog masterpiece. In my opinion, it's not as good as Fairy Tale, but still very enjoyable.

Sleepless takes a spin on the concept of Sandmen. Sandmen are not created, but recruited. They're people who died early life and have unfinished business as humans. After serving 100 years as a Sandman, you get to live your human life again.

For Eron, it's been quite a journey. He cares for all his charges and seduces them to sleep. Out of all them, the one he cares for most is Julia. She's different from the rest. Emotional, damaged, but interesting and beautiful. Sadly, he knows his 100 year sentence is coming to an end, and Sandmen are forbidden to visit their charges once they turn human again. It's a very bittersweet occasion. Still, he can't help but feel drawn to her.

Julia has suffered more in her life than most people. Everyone knows her as "Front Page Julia," the poster girl for tragedies. She feels helpless, lost and confused. If only she had someone to help her through these hard times.

Told through alternating POVs, Sleepless takes the concept of forbidden love and adds a bit of a twist. My personal favorite character in this novel was Eron. His gentle and sweet nature made me wish I grew up in the early 1900s rather than today's age. It was really cute to see how he reacts to all the changes in society.

I had a few issues with Julia. Maybe it's because her character meant to be distant, but I never really felt any kind of connection with her. And the romance between Eron and Julia seemed to be lacking. It was missing that certain za za zu. Though I understand the attraction, I just didn't feel it.

I also wish the story was longer. I feel like it ended too abruptly. Just when the story was getting really good, it ends. I can't really describe what I mean without spoiling it. Unless...will there be a sequel? Cause if there's a sequel, then it's okay. Please, let there be a sequel!

Overall, Sleepless is one of those quick bed time reads many will enjoy. It'll have you questioning your dreams and whether or not Sandmen really do exist. And if they do, can I please have more dreams about Chace Crawford? Thank you!

Rating: 3.5/5

Thursday, July 1, 2010

~* JUNE CONTEST WINNERS!!! *~



I'm sorry, but the picture was too funny to pass up.

Thank you so much to everyone who voted for me in the Marr Awards. I couldn't have done it without you. You all deserve a prize of some sort, however, there can only be 2 winners.

With 57 people who entered and 752 entries, I'm pleased to announce the winners. With the help of my good buddy, random.org, they are...

***DRUMROLL***

#261 Samantha from Harlequin Twilight's Book Blog. Samantha asked for a copy of Glimmerglass by Jenna Black. You want it, you got it!

And as promised, a second winner.

***MORE DRUMROLL***

#230 Karla from Karla's Randomness. Karla asked for a preordered copy of Forget You by Jennifer Echols. You want it, you got it!

Emails are currently being sent. If you don't receive an email, feel free to email me at addicted2novels(at)gmail(dot)com. Thanks to everyone for playing. And if you didn't win, no worries. There's still the Summer Cleaning Contest, plus many others to come.

Review : Beautiful Darkness (Caster Chronicles, #2)


Title: Beautiful Darkness
Authors: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Published: October 12th 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Website: http://beautifulcreaturesthebook.com
Source: Arc courtesey of Around The World Arc Tours

Synopsis: Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena's family of powerful supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.

Sometimes life-ending.

Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan's eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there's no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town's tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems.


Thoughts: For anyone who knows me, they know Beautiful Creatures was one of my Top 5 favorite books in 2009. I don't even remember how many people I recommended it to. Needless to say, I was thrilled when I received the opportunity to read the sequel. Let me tell you, it does not disappoint. If you thought Beautiful Creatures was cryptic and mysterious, wait till you read Beautiful Darkness.

The story starts off right where Beautiful Creatures ends.

"Seventeen Moons, Seventeen Years,
Eyes Where Dark or Light Appears,
Gold for yes, Green for no,
Seventeen the last to know..."


As Lena struggles with loss and life, she begins to pull away from Ethan. He doesn't know what to do and everything he thinks is right ends up being wrong. On top of his rocky relationship, Ethan begins hearing new songs, more eerie than the last. He begins to question everything he thought he knew about Casters, Lena and himself.

As Ethan begins to explore the dark secrets of the Caster world, he stumbles across secrets regarding himself and those closest to him. The past meets the present, but what's to come of the future? Who knows. Guess you'll have to read it to find out.

It's hard to fully explain how incredibly this book is without revealing too much on both Beautiful Creatures and Beautiful Darkness. Just know it's amazing, and I'm sure you'll love it. Though I loved Beautiful Creatures more, I still really enjoyed this book.

At times, I found the pacing to be a bit rocky. The instant I thought this, it picked right back up. The book has all the old key players (Ethan, Lena, Link, etc), but also introduces new characters who, too, play an important role to the overall story.

Emotions run deep in this sequel. You'll find yourself wanting to cry one minute, and die laughing the next. Ethan and Link are HILARIOUS when they're together. Whether it's love, hatred, dispair or humor, every character will evoke some sort of emotion from the reader. At least, it did in my case.

If you love Southern Goth and books stuffed with surprises and suspense, you'll love Beautiful Darkness. Trust me, this is a 2010 Must Read. I do recommend reading Beautiful Creatures and refreshing your memory prior to devouring Beautiful Darkness. Had I had more time, I would've done the same.

Rating: 4.5/5