Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. It showcases each blogger's most anticipated books. This week, my pick is Fever (Chemical Garden #2) by Lauren DeStefano.

**Caution: This is the sequel to Wither, so if you have yet to read Wither, I would highly not recommend reading Fever's summary. It DOES contain spoilers!**

Summary: "Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion, but danger is never far behind.

Running away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ringmistress keeps watch over a menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. With Gabriel at her side, Rhine travels through an environment as grim as the one she left a year ago - surroundings that mirror her own feelings of fear and hopelessness.

The two are determined to get to Manhattan, to relative safety with Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan. But the road there is long and perilous - and in a world where young women only live to age twenty and young men die at twenty-five, time is precious. Worse still, they can’t seem to elude Rhine’s father-in-law, Vaughn, who is determined to bring Rhine back to the mansion...by any means necessary.

In the sequel to Lauren DeStefano’s harrowing Wither, Rhine must decide if freedom is worth the price - now that she has more to lose than ever."


Why I Can't Wait: After I first read Wither, I was kind of on the fence about it. I didn't know whether or not I really liked it or how I really felt about it. Slowly, but surely, I came to fall in love with it. The world, though not very detailed, is sad yet beautiful, as are the characters. Now, I cannot wait to read it's sequel! I need to know what happens next. Will it be a happily ever after or will the world come crashing down?! I guess you and I will find out in February 2012!

Expected publication: February 21st 2012 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Review: The Predicteds


Title: The Predicteds
Author: Christine Seifert
Expected publication: September 1st 2011 by Sourcebooks Fire
Source: From publisher for review

Summary: "Daphne is the new girl in town and is having trouble fitting in. At least she has Jesse... sort of. He wants to be more than "just friends," but there's something he's not telling her about his past. Something dangerous. When a female student is brutally attacked, police turn to PROFILE, a new program that can predict a student's capacity for drug use, pregnancy, and violent behavior, to solve the case. As the witch hunt ensues, Daphne is forced to question her feelings for Jesse-and what she will do if her first love turns out to be a killer."


Thoughts:The Predicteds wasn't at all what I expected. I thought it'd be something like the movie Minority Report, but only with a young adult feel. Instead, it was more like just any other contemporary novel out there, but with a hint of a twist.

The book is broken down into three separate phases. In the first round, readers begins to learn a little bit about Daphne and the new small town she recently moved to with her mother, Melissa. Melissa does not like to be called mom, so throughout the novel, Daphne refers to her mother as Melissa. Odd, but okay. Anyway, you begin to also learn more about Daphne's "friends" (and I do use that term loosely). Her friends are what I deem the stereotypical teenage kids who have little to no personality whatsoever. Maybe it's because Daphne does not like to interact with them much, but all of them felt a bit bland. They were basically the popular, semi-rich, snobby kids that criticized people just because they could. Even the boys could be placed into categories: The jocky popular one who all the girls fall for, the popular rude one who's sketchy from the beginning and the mysterious one, the social pariah, that's still incredibly hot and obviously the one Daphne will fall for.

I felt like the first third of the book was unnecessary to the overall novel. While I understand you have to build your characters and set your setting, all that really happened was a bunch of constant rambling which played no part to the story whatsoever. On the bright side, there is humor. Every so often, there would be a funny comment or two. I loved those one/two liners. It gave the main character some depth, and I completely appreciated that. Daphne is indeed a clever girl.

From the beginning, I thought this book would be about how each character would react to what PROFILE predicted about their future. Sadly, the whole concept of being "predicted" was just a slimmer of what this book is about. The predicteds are the bad ones, the unfortunate teens that will eventually commit some crime or cruelty in their life. I would have liked to see the predicteds factor play a larger role in the story. Why not show all the students' PROFILE? I mean, the back cover even asks "Will the head cheerleader get pregnant? Is the student council president a secret drug addict?", etc. I don't know? Is she? Are they?! What? This would have made this book just so much better... asking and answering these questions and possibly creating some subplots, too.

What I did love about the book was the segregation, hate and prejudice between all the characters. I loved that Daphne stood up for what she believed in, even if it meant being a social outcast. This part of the story was incredibly well written and portrayed with grace. Loved it!

Now, the romance. Can you say insta-love? I wish both Daphne and Jesse's relationship grew, bloomed, instead of just "I see you, you see me, let's hook up." They didn't really get to know each other, so as the reader, neither did we. And the chemistry was a bit lacking. It was missing that certain simmer needed to make the relationship believable.

Overall, The Predicteds is a semi-fun contemporary read with a great concept behind it. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it. If there ends up being a sequel, I would totally give it a go. Some people will fall in love with it, and I really hope you do. The writing and dialogue is incredibly clever and hilarious. I wish I did love it, but sadly for me, it as just an okay book where I liked some of it, but was bored with the rest.


Rating:


Monday, August 29, 2011

Better Know A Blogger: Karen from FWIW


So, you've had the chance to get to know other bloggers from around the blogosphere. Now it's time to get to know someone a little more close to home. This girl is one of the sweetest, most amazing people I have ever met. Y'all, please welcome one of the co-hosts of the Ultimate Reviewer's Challenge, and also one of my BFFs, Karen from For What It's Worth.

1. Introduce yourself!

Hi! I'm Karen and I never know what to say about myself, so I'm going to cheat and give you my Google+ profile: I'm a blogger, a reader, a wife, a dog & cat mom. I like mother nature - even the bugs and ugly things.
I like to cook new things, do yoga and exercise - I don't do any of them particularly well. And I like to eat - I do that very well.

2. What is the name of your blog? How did you pick your blog’s name?



For What It's Worth. I'm always giving my opinion whether it's wanted or not and I heard the song "For What It's Worth" by Placebo and it sort of hit me - my opinion - for what it's worth. I'm not sure I even really like it but I had to take the plunge sometime so I went with it.


3. How long have you been blogging?

Since December 15th 2009

4. How do you measure blogging success?

From the friends I've made. Nothing else that has happened since I started blogging has meant as much to me. Followers and free books are great but the friends are what make it fun.

5. What genres/subgenres do you review, and what do you like best about those genres?

I've been leaning more towards YA lately but I love a lot of different genres. I tend to get bored if I read all YA or all dystopion, PNR, UF etc. One of my favorites is adult contemporary romance or chick-lit that is heavy on humor.

6. What are you reading right now?

Unforgettable by Loretta Ellsworth


7. Do you use social media to promote your blog or discuss reading/blogging?

I'm obsessed with Twitter (http://twitter.com/#!/teamsheltie), I post all my reviews on Goodreads (http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/3594840-karen) and just started with Google+ (https://plus.google.com/u/1/105153727611311845361/posts)


8.Where is your favorite place to read?

On my couch with a blanket and pillows and my cat Figment. If I'm lucky I have a Ghirardelli triple chocolate chunk cookie nearby.

9. What are your ideal reading conditions?

See above. I like a little music in the background but on low so I can barely hear it. The ideal conditions would be that my dogs aren't bugging me to go out every 5 minutes.

10. What are the top 5 books in your TBR (To Be read) pile?

EEK! Only 5? OK….
Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Lord of the Vampires by Gena Showalter
Unforgettable by Loretta Ellsworth
Crusade by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie
(that's what's sitting on my coffee table - there are actually about 80 more on my shelves)

Uh oh, I know what question comes next, and I also know Karen's answer for it. This should be interesting.

10. Obligatory controversial question: Love triangles! Love ‘em or hate ‘em, and why?


I think Tiger threw this question in here just to fire me up!! HATE 'EM! Reason #1 is that they are overdone. I would love to see a couple go through at least a few of the myriad of problems that people go though in a new relationship before adding a third party to the mix. And #2 I kind of lose respect for everyone involved. The girl is stringing two guys along - sometimes for years and the guys are idiots for waiting.
There... I think I handled that well! I could have ranted for at least another 5 paragraphs!

11. What has been the best thing about blogging and reviewing books?

I have met the MOST amazing people, including fellow bloggers, authors and followers! I'm often stunned at the support and camaraderie I get from people I've never even met in person. I thought getting to give my opinion about everything would be the fun part - but it's really been meeting so many great friends.

Thanks, Karen, for taking the time to answer some questions for everyone and giving them a glimpse into what makes Karen, Karen! If you guys are not following For What It's Worth, you're completely and totally missing out. Seriously!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

In My Mailbox


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. So I didn't go nuts at Borders, but the week is still young. Still, I got some great goodies this week. Check it out!

Bought:
*The Day Before By Lisa Schroeder (Loved, loved, loved!)
*The Boy Book (Ruby Oliver #2) by E. Lockhart (Read the first one ages ago and loved it!)

Won:
*Grimspace by Ann Aguirre (Loved Enclave, so this should be just as amazing!)

For Review:
*Ladybird, Ladybird by Abra Ebner
*Melody Burning by Whitley Strieber
*After Obsession by Carrie Jones and Steven E. Wedel

***Special thanks to Ann Aguirre, Crimson Oak Publishing, and Bloomsbury***

Feel free to leave links to your IMM posts below, and I'll be sure to drop by your blog to say hello! :)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Better Know A Blogger: Bailey from IB Book Blogging


It's time for another Better Know A Blogger post! This person is someone I actually met at ALA, while waiting for CROSSED arcs. She's awesome and such a sweetheart, so without further ado, please welcome Bailey from IB Book Blogging.

1. What is your name/blogger name?

My name is Bailey. =)


2. What is the name of your blog? How did you pick your blog’s name?

IB Book Blogging

The name of my blog is IB Book Blogging. I came about this randomly one day when I was thinking about what I could possibly name my blog that was original and fit me. Then it hit me--I am an IB student and that is what consumes most of my time decides reading. And that's when the name came to me--IB Book Blogging. Get it? I Be Book Blogging (Like I am book blogging but replace the am with be. =P) It is kind of silly but I love it!

If you want to check out my blog, go HERE.


3. How long have you been blogging? How do you measure blogging success?

I have been blogging since July of 2010. I just recently had my one year blogoversary and I am so proud of myself for sticking with blogging!

I measure blogging success by how my reviews, guest posts, interviews affect my readers. Even if just one reader comments on or tells me how much they agree with my post, like it, or even disagree, then that post was a success.


4. What genres/subgenres do you review, and what do you like best about those genres?

I review anything in the YA genre that isn't horror. I have even reviewed some adult romance books because I love the romance genre a whole lot! Romance is often looked down upon by others who don't understand it and I really hate that. I like romance because I like seeing how being in love can change a guy/girl for the better (or even worse). I do like it best in the YA genre because the romance seems more real, even if it is between two teens who have so much more to experience in life. I also like how many yummy guys are in them. ;)


5. What are you reading right now?

Right now I am reading Shut Out by Kody Keplinger.


6. Do you use social media? (include links to Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, etc) What book-related things do you choose to tweet/facebook post about?

I use Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads to network. I have met so many awesome bloggers and readers through all of the social media websites that I have listed, but especially through twitter.

I tweet about my book reviews that I have just recently posted, interviews, guest posts, and giveaways. I also have it set up so that my facebook fan page posts my blog posts on Facebook when they post on my blog. That is really helpful!

Here is where you can find me:

Twitter
Facebook
Goodreads


7.What's your favorite place to read?

My favorite place to read is my bed. It is so comfy and if I get tired while I am reading, I can easily take a short little nap. ;) Also, my 4 dogs love my bed so they will snuggle with me when I read. =)


8. What are the top 5 books in your TBR (To Be read) pile?

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, Lola and the Boy Next Door, The Carrier of the Mark, A Beautiful Dark, and Deadly Cool

AWESOME LIST OF BOOKS!!! It kind of looks like my TRB pile, lol. Anywho, moving on...

9. Obligatory controversial question: Love triangles! Love ‘em or hate ‘em, and why?

It really depends on how they are executed and who the love triangle is between. I really don't care for the obvious love triangles. By that I mean that I am pretty sure I know who the girl will end up with and basically the other guy is just in there to make a love triangle in the story. I really hate that and I think the guy who is the one that the girl will obviously not end up with gets the short end of the stick. I really like love triangles that are so hard to tell the outcome of. I want to be able to have to guess at who she might end up with, not go in knowing.


10. What's the best thing about blogging and reviewing books?

The best thing about blogging is the feedback that I get from readers and the friends that I have made in the year that I have been blogging. The best thing about reviewing books is getting my thoughts out there and maybe helping someone determine whether or not the book would be to their liking. =)

Thank you so much, Bailey, for taking the time out of your schedule to answer a few questions for us. Seriously, if you guys are not following Bailey's blog, you're totally missing out!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Little, Brown Books Giveaway


Please ignore my unmade bed, and take a look at these books! Little Brown has some amazing books coming out this year, and I thought, why not share the wealth? But you're not going to win just one book. Oh, no no no...what you'll win is one book/arc that's released for every month till the new year (except January, which was replaced with a February release).

The Prize:


*Dark Parties by Sara Grant
*The Shattering by Karen Healey
*Bunheads by Sophie Flack
*DJ Rising by Love Maia
*Wintertown by Stephen Emond

To enter, just fill out THIS FORM. This is only open to US participants, however, if you are an international participant, and have a US address I can send the books to, feel free to enter! This giveaway will end September 15th.

Good luck, everyone!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Better Know A Blogger: Sarah aka Storybound Girl


Better Know A Blogger features bloggers we think you should know. I'm so happy to introduce to you guys one of my dear friends, Sarah aka Storybound Girl!

1. What is your name/blogger name?

Sarah B.


2. What is the name of your blog? How did you pick your blog’s name?

StoryboundGirl.com - It started with the idea to use "Storybound," but that dot com is owned by this creepy looking dude (seriousy, go look). I knew I wanted to use it, so I added "girl"... which I think sort of conveys that I'm reviewing books in a younger age range, even though I'm (ahem) 29.


3. How long have you been blogging? How do you measure blogging success?

My book blog has only been around since May (but I've been blogging in other places & formats since 1998). I measure success by how much I enjoy doing it, really... I've been a big fan of YA for as long as it's been around. Success-wise, I'd say I'm doing pretty well, as I love the whole book blogging community I've suddenly found myself to be a part of and have even made friends with a few local book bloggers (Hi, Lena!). And as someone who reads a lot and is not likely to do a lot of approaching people to make new friends, that's a pretty big deal to me.


4. What genres/subgenres do you review, and what do you like best about those genres?

Contemporary YA is my one true love. I do branch out here there, but I'm much more selective with the non-contemporary books I make the time to read.


5. What are you reading right now?

I'm finishing up The Help. It's a rare non-YA novel for me, but I'm a huge nerd for history and am endlessly interested in the civil rights movement & strong women -- in fiction & life. The book is fantastic & I highly recommend it, especially if you haven't spent a whole lot of time considering what some people went through back then.


6. Do you use social media? (include links to Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, etc) What book-related things do you choose to tweet/facebook post about?

I'm on Goodreads and I use Twitter for my book blog (@StoryboundGirl) where I link to my reviews, post any book news I find interesting & chat with other book bloggers/lovers. (I have another Twitter account for everything else... pop culture, writing, local stuff, home decor, politics.)


7.What's your favorite place to read?

Stretched out on my couch... I wedge myself into the corner and take up the whole thing.


8. What are the top 5 books in your TBR (To Be read) pile?

- Sweetly by Jackson Pearce
- The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
- Wintertown by Stephen Emond
- The Beginning of After by Jennifer Castle
- Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker


9. Obligatory controversial question: Love triangles! Love ‘em or hate ‘em, and why?

Eek! Tough question... Love, I guess, but only if the person I like most isn't the one left out in the end! Ha.


10. What's the best thing about blogging and reviewing books?

I'd be reading every day no matter what, so it's nice to have a place to express my book-love and meet other people with a similar love for books. I especially love when I review a book that hasn't gotten a ton of buzz and someone comments to say they'd never heard of it or didn't know if they'd like it, but plan to find it & read it after seeing my review. And blogging is just fun... writing has always been a big part of my life.

Sarah, thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer a few questions for us. Be sure to check out Sarah's blog where she writes incredible reviews, memes and more!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. It features each blogger's most anticipated books. This week, my pick is New Girl by Paige Harbison.

Summary: "WHY DID A SPOT OPEN UP AT MANDERLEY ACADEMY?


I hadn't wanted to go, but my parents were so excited…. So here I am, the new girl at Manderley, a true fish out of water. But mine's not the name on everyone's lips. Oh, no.

It's Becca Normandy they can't stop talking about. Perfect, beautiful Becca. She went missing at the end of last year, leaving a spot open at Manderley-the spot that I got. And everyone acts like it's my fault that infallible, beloved Becca is gone and has been replaced by not perfect, completely fallible, unknown Me.

Then, there's the name on my lips-Max Holloway. Becca's ex. The one boy I should avoid, but can't. Thing is, it seems like he wants me, too. But the memory of Becca is always between us. And as much I'm starting to like it at Manderley, I can't help but think she's out there, somewhere, watching me take her place.

Waiting to take it back."


Why I Can't Wait: Now, I have to admit, this does sound a big like The Lying Game by Sara Shepard, but oh.em.gee. I've already fallen in love with the summary, the cover and the mystery. Plus, complicated romance and possibly ghost or maybe even something scary or tragic? The author must know personally know me because this book sounds right up my alley! And the fact that it releases on my birthday? Well, it must be fate!

Expected publication: January 31st 2012 by Harlequin

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Contest Winners, URC Updates and All That Jazz


Hey everyone!

First off, about the URC linky situation. I cannot apologize enough about this! I know some of you are concerned because you don't see your reviews in the "past" archive section I've created (which I'm just editing so it looks proper, not adding new reviews to). If you do not see it there nor in the new linky, PLEASE link them into the new one. If you are even questioning it, go ahead and paste it into the new linky. I'm going to copy and paste it all (old then new) into Excel at the end of the challenge and will eliminate all duplicates, if there are any (meaning the repeated entries will be deleted, but not the original).

Another thing, I know a lot of entries and links were posted on the Sign-Up page instead of the Review Your Links page. They are all still listed on the Sign-Up page. If this is the case, please link them to the new linky on the REVIEW page. I don't want you guys to lose your entry just because it's posted on the wrong page.

If you have any questions or concerns, PLEASE email me at addicted2novels(at)gmail(dot)com. With work, I cannot check the comments section every single day, but I do check my email religiously. Thank you so much for your patience. You guys really are the best!

Moving on, thanks to Lori at Use Your Own Imagination Designs, I would like to personally welcome you to Addicted 2 Novels 2.0. New look, same blog. I also have a new button, located on the left side in the left column. See it? YAY! If you have my old button on your blog, I would love it you switched it out with the new one, as it is much classier than my attempt at button making. But if you'd like to keep the old one, that's perfectly fine with me. Thanks for sporting it either way!

Lastly, winners. Lots and lots of winners to announce, so lets get started.

The winner of Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey is Tiger from All-Consuming Books!

The winner of Forgotten by Cat Patrick is Lauren from Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf!

And the winner of Between by Jessica Warman is Theresa from Fade Into Fantasy.

All winners have been emailed and have 72 hours to respond or another winner may/will be selected. Thanks to everyone who participated! More giveaways to come!

Review: The Power of Six


Title: The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies #2)
Author: Pittacus Lore
Expected publication: August 23rd 2011 by HarperCollins
Source: ARC provided by publisher for review

***WARNING: Will be spoilery if you have yet to read I Am Number Four***

Summary: "I've seen him on the news. Followed the stories about what happened in Ohio. John Smith, out there, on the run. To the world, he's a mystery. But to me . . . he's one of us.

Nine of us came here, but sometimes I wonder if time has changed us—if we all still believe in our mission. How can I know? There are six of us left. We're hiding, blending in, avoiding contact with one another . . . but our Legacies are developing, and soon we'll be equipped to fight. Is John Number Four, and is his appearance the sign I've been waiting for? And what about Number Five and Six? Could one of them be the raven-haired girl with the stormy eyes from my dreams? The girl with powers that are beyond anything I could ever imagine? The girl who may be strong enough to bring the six of us together?

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They tried to catch Number Four in Ohio—and failed.

I am Number Seven. One of six still alive.

And I'm ready to fight."


Thoughts:Great Caesar's Ghost! Talk about your fabulous sequels. The Power of Six is an action-packed thrill ride that doesn't end till the very last page. If you're looking for an addicting novel that will have you craving more, you're in for a treat.

The Power of Six picks up right after I Am Number Four end, only this time it's not from John's point of view. No, in fact, this story is told through Marina, aka Number Seven. The story begins with some background information about Marina. Unlike the other Cepans, Marina's seems to want to forget about Lorien and pretend they're actually human. It seems like they may have dealt with more problems than the others, but they've also kept under the radar too, so they must be doing something right. The thing is, Marina knows of the others, what happened in Paradise, and knows the other Gardes must unite.

And for all you John Smith, aka Number Four fans, have no fear. The points of views will alternate between Number Seven and Number Four, so you're in on the journey either way. It's so hard to discuss what happens without spoiling anything. Just know there will be many, and I mean many, twists and turns, so be prepared. Pay attention and be prepared for the unexpected, especially when it comes to John and Sarah's relationship. Holy freaking cow!

All in all, if you're a fan of the series, this book will not disappoint. I have to admit that when I first picked up I Am Number Four way back when, I was a bit skeptical, a little bored at times, but enjoyed it. As for The Power of Six, there is never a dull moment. Even the memories and background information are enticing. Plus, I think I have a bit of a girl crush on Number Six, but hey, who wouldn't? I'm hoping the next four books will be told through the other Gardes' points of views because learning about Marina was a delightful treat. If you are looking for a book with plenty of butt-kicking, entertaining moments that will surprise you, and have you asking for more, then this is the book for you.

Rating:

Monday, August 22, 2011

Review: You Against Me


Title: You Against Me
Author: Jenny Downham
Expected Publication: September 13th 2011 by David Fickling Books
Source: ARC provided by Random House for review.

Summary: "If someone hurts your sister and you’re any kind of man, you seek revenge, right? If your brother’s accused of a terrible crime but says he didn’t do it, you defend him, don’t you?
When Mikey’s sister claims a boy assaulted her, his world begins to fall apart. When Ellie’s brother is charged with the offence, her world begins to unravel. When Mikey and Ellie meet, two worlds collide.This is a brave and unflinching novel from the bestselling author of Before I Die. It’s a book about loyalty and the choices that come with it. But above all it’s a book about love."


Thoughts: It's difficult to convey into words the emotional journey You Against Me will take you on. This novel is a dark and painful look at what two people will do for their family and love. It's not an easy read, but it's undeniably a good one.

The story is told through both Mikey and Ellie's point of views. Ellie's brother is accused of rape, though he swears up and down it's not true. Her brother has always been there for her and protected her, so isn't it Ellie's job to believe and protect her brother? He's a good guy. He would never do anything like that, right?

All Mikey knows is that his sister will not leave their flat for fear of running into Tom Parker, the boy who raped and ruined her. And isn't it the big brother's duty to punish any guy who would dare hurt his sister? What Mikey wasn't expecting was to run into Tom's sister Ellie. Sweet, innocent Ellie. But how can you have a relationship with someone when both your families are at war with each other?

What I loved about this book is not only the incredible story telling, but also the real, raw, painful emotions behind it. From the beginning, you don't know who's telling the truth. You want to believe both victims, but clearly someone is lying. And you want so badly for both Mikey and Ellie to work things out, but how can it? This book very much reminds me of a modern retelling of Romeo & Juliet, but with palpable current issues that, sadly, society faces every day. The romance and chemistry between the two characters is undeniable, so you'll be rooting for them from the beginning.

And the ending? While the outcome was still let a bit open, it still answers every question you have. Talk about touching and moving! I absolutely loved the ending. It left me completely satisfied, happy and hopeful.

Overall, if you're looking for a fantastic contemporary novel, that deals with real issues and truly captures the human heart, I highly recommend checking out You Against Me. This story may have romance in it, but more importantly, it's a story about the love you have for your family and the things you would do for them and the difference between what's right and what's wrong.

Rating:


Sunday, August 21, 2011

In My Mailbox


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. Do you see the little kitty feet in the picture? What a little weirdo!

Anywho, This week has been full of surprises and goodies! Giggidy!

Trades:
*Nocturne by Christine Johnson
*Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
*Envy by Gregg Olsen
*Once Every Never by Lesley Livingston
*Ripple by Mandy Hubbard

For Review:
*Where It Began by Ann Redisch Stampler
*The Shattering by Karen Healey
*Wintertown by Stephen Emond

Bought:
*Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles (EEP!)
*Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson



From S&S Galley Grab:
*The Pledge by Kimberly Derting


Little Brown even sent a beach towl to layout in with hopes for at least one more lazy day before summer ends. How cute is that? It's based on an illutrated series called Sergio by Edel Rodriguez.

***Special thanks to Amanda, Kelsey aka The Book Scout, Tegan, Simon & Schuster, Ann Redisch Stampler, and Little Brown.***

Feel free to leave links to your IMM posts below. I'll try to comment on as many of your posts as possible!!! *hugs*

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Better Know A Blogger-Pepa From Anonymous Reads


Better Know A Blogger features bloggers we think you should know. In this edition, please welcome Pepa from Anonymous Reads!

1. What is your name/blogger name?

-My name is Pepa, same as my blogger name.

2. What is the name of your blog? How did you pick your blog’s name?




- The name of my blog is Anonymous Reads. I chose this name because originally, I was going to be reviewing books anonymously. But I decided against that later on because I thought it would be much easier to get involved in the blogging community without being anonymous. I liked the name though, so I decided to keep it.



3. How long have you been blogging? How do you measure blogging success?

-I actually haven't been blogging long. I had my first review up in the beginning of July, so this is all still a little new to me. I'd measure blogging success by the amount of interaction on a blog. If the creator of the blog interacts with his/her followers a lot and has a friendly relationship with his/her followers, I would say it is a success.


4. What genres/subgenres do you review, and what do you like best about those genres?

-I review pretty much anything that is YA. My favorites to review are dytopian and paranormal. What I love about YA is that whatever subgenre you're reading, if it's written well enough, you can connect with the characters and get lost in their world. I think finding characters you can relate to is the best part of reading.


5 What are you reading right now?

-Right now I'm halfway through Wither by Lauren DeStefano, and I'm loving it so far! I can't wait to finish it.

Oooooh, I love Wither!


6. Do you use social media? (include links to Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, etc) What book-related things do you choose to tweet/facebook post about?

-Yes I do. I use Goodreads, Youtube, and I just made a Twitter so I don't have a lot of posts there yet :P
But I follow a lot of authors on Twitter, as well as some other book bloggers. I'll usually post about upcoming releases, cover reveals, and pretty much anything bookish that I'm excited about. :)

Goodreads:http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5646549-pepa
Youtube:http://www.youtube.com/anonymousreads
Twitter:http://twitter.com/#!/anonymousreads


7.What's your favorite place to read?
-On my bed. It's just so comfortable, and I can get lost in the pages that much faster.

That's my favorite place to read, too!


8. What are the top 5 books in your TBR (To Be read) pile?

-Hmm, I had to think about this. Probably some sequels to books that I loved and some other books I've heard a lot of good things about.
-Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
-City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
-Hourglass by Myra McEntire
-Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
-The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness


9. Obligatory controversial question: Love triangles! Love ‘em or hate ‘em, and why?


-Ah, love triangles. They seem to be everywhere these days. Personally, I don't like them. I feel that if a girl can't decide between two guys, she'll never be able to fully love the one she eventually chooses, you know? That's just my opinion. I think books without love triangles are a refreshing treat.


10. What's the best thing about blogging and reviewing books?


-I'd have to say all the other bloggers you get to interact with. I've only been blogging for a short while, but already I've been welcomed into the book blogging community by a few people. I think that finding other people to talk to about books that you love and things that you have a common interest in is amazing.

Thank you so much, Pepa, for participating in Better Know A Blogger and the Ultimate Reviewer's Challenge. Everyone, be sure to check out Anonymous Reads for great reviews, memes and so much more!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Review: Fins Are Forever


Title: Fins Are Forever (Fins #2)
Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Published: June 28th 2011 by HarperCollins Children's Books
Source: ARC provided by the publisher for review

Summary:
"On Lily Sanderson’s eighteenth birthday she’ll become just a girl—still a mergirl, true, but signing the renunciation will ink Princess Waterlily of Thalassinia out of existence. That leaves plain old Lily living on land, dating the boy she loves, and trying to master this being-human thing once and for all.

Now that Lily and Quince are together, mer bond or not, she’s almost content to give up her place in the royal succession of Thalassinia. But just when she thinks she has everything figured out, the waves start to get rough. Lily’s father sends a certain whirlpool-stirring cousin to stay with her on land. What did Doe do to get herself exiled from Thalassinia and stuck in terraped form when everyone knows how much she hates humans? And why why why is she batting her eyelashes at Lily’s former crush, Brody?

The seafoam on the raging surf comes when a merboy from Lily’s past shows up—Tellin asks Lily for something that clouds her view of the horizon. There’s a future with Quince on land, her loyalty to the kingdom in the sea, and Lily tossing on the waves in the middle. Will she find a way to reconcile her love, her duty, and her own dreams?

Tera Lynn Childs’s sequel to Forgive My Fins offers another tail-flicking romance with plenty of fun, sun, and underwater adventure."


Thoughts: I can't believe I gulped this book up in two days. After I picked it up, I just couldn't put it down. While I didn't love it as much as I loved Forgive My Fins, I still enjoyed and devoured every minute of it.

Sequels can be fishy at times (heehee). Will it be good? Will it exceed all the expectations following the first book? Will new characters be introduced? The answers are simple. Yes, yes, and yes! I love Tera Lynn's writing. She can make you hate a character one minute and love him/her the next.

My only complaint is, I wanted more Lily-Quince moments. Don't worry, fans. There's plenty, however, I just absolutely adore Quince. Quince should write a diary called the Mer-diaries, documenting all his sea and merfolk related incidents. I'd read it! But yes, while there are plenty, I'm a Quince glutton. I can't help it, I love him so!

Also, every so often, the story did seem to drag a little. Just girl drama or nonsense that seemed irrelevant to the actual story. Luckily, this didn't really last long and the story picks right back up. With all that's going on, how could it not?

My favorite part of the book, though, was watching Lily grow. I love the character development. Prior to this novel, she thought she knew what she wanted and was a bit stubborn about it. In this one, she's more confident, and isn't afraid to vocalize what she believes is right and wrong. I loved her selflessness and heart. Truly, she's a fantastic character I've come to adore.

All in all, if you loved Forgive My Fins, you'll enjoy Fins Are Forever. It's not as charming as the first novel, but still a fun read. In fact, it's my favorite mermaid series! The characters are great, the plot is fantastic and the romance is full of oooohs and ahhhhs.

Rating:


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. It showcases each blogger's most anticipated books. This week, my pick is The Story of Us by Deb Caletti.

Summary: "A new novel about love, life, and everything in-between... from fan-favorite and award-winner Deb Caletti.

Cricket's on a self-imposed break from her longtime boyfriend, trying to figure out whether she's in it for the right reasons. But this is a bad week to try to figure it all out. After ditching two previous husbands-to-be at the airport, Cricket's mother Daisy is finally getting married, to Dan Jax. Cricket loves Dan, but as the families and friends start to arrive for Wedding Week at the beautiful guest house on Bishop Rock, run by old hippies Ted and Rebecca Rose and their sweet, sexy son Ash, things start getting complicated.

There’s no airport on Bishop Rock, as far as anyone knows, but Cricket fears that Dan is in danger of becoming ditched husband-to-be number three, and Cricket’s own desires have chosen now to have a mind of their own. Because even though her boyfriend looms large in her mind, Ash is right in front of her...."


Why I Can't Wait:HUGE Deb Caletti fan here. I love that her books not only keep me up late at night (they're addicting!), but always have a serious message behind them. This one sounds like a mix between Runaway Bride- Mom Edition and Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles, two of my favorite things. Eep, cannot, CANNOT wait!

Expected publication: April 24th 2012 by Simon Pulse

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Better Know A Blogger: Jess From Gone With The Words



Better Know A Blogger is a feature where we interview bloggers we think you should know. Today, please welcome Jess from Gone With The Words (love the blog name!).


1. What is your name/blogger name?

Jess :) (Yes, the smiley is on my driver’s license. Not really.)

2. What is the name of your blog? How did you pick your blog’s name?

Gone with the Words

Gone with the Words – I held a poll with different suggested names for my blog, and Gone with the Words won! I was so glad it did because it was my favorite, lol.

3. How long have you been blogging? How do you measure blogging success?

I’ve been blogging since January 2011…7 months now! If people like what I’m writing about and I keep getting new followers pretty regularly, then I feel it’s a success.

4. What genres/subgenres do you review, and what do you like best about those genres?

I review pretty much everything, BUT! There are a few that I have no interest in: Non-fiction, Religious fiction, Memoirs/Biographies, and Political fiction. Everything else is fair game.

5. What are you reading right now?

Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik

I LOVE THAT BOOK!!! SOOOO CUTE!!!

6. Do you use social media? (include links to Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, etc) What book-related things do you choose to tweet/facebook post about?


Do I?!? :D I post everything book related to Twitter and Facebook! On Twitter though, I have a more constant flow of book related gushing. lol
Twitter: http://twitter.com/gonewiththeword
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gonewiththewordsblog
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/3082567-jess-gone-with-the-words

7.What's your favorite place to read?

I love to read in bed...no matter what time of day. Maybe one day I’ll have a more comfortable spot, but right now, nothing tops it.

8. What are the top 5 books in your TBR (To Be read) pile?

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa
The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
Thou Shalt Not Road Trip by Antony John
Wintertown by Stephen Emond

9. Obligatory controversial question: Love triangles! Love ‘em or hate ‘em, and why?

I don’t mind them, but it’s nice to have books that don’t have them, ya know?! Because in reality, when are we really ever in a love triangle? It’s nice to fantasize about Ren and Shay fighting over me (I would so totally pick Ren, btw), but it’s also really nice to read about couples like Sam and Grace from Shiver, or Jay and Violet from The Body Finder.

10. What's the best thing about blogging and reviewing books?

I love being able to put my feelings into my reviews and have someone say “I FELT THE SAME WAY!” Another great thing is someone telling you they bought such-and-such book because of the review I wrote. Those are really the best feelings ever.


Thanks, Jess, for taking the time out of your busy schedule to come chat with us today. Everyone, be sure to check out Jess' blog for awesome reviews, memes and more!!!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Review: The Near Witch


Title: The Near Witch
Author: Victoria Schwab
Expected publication: August 2nd 2011 by Hyperion Books CH

Summary: "The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children.

If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company.

And there are no strangers in the town of Near.
These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life.

But when an actual stranger—a boy who seems to fade like smoke—appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true.

The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion. Still, he insists on helping Lexi search for them. Something tells her she can trust him.

As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi’s need to know—about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy.

Part fairy tale, part love story, Victoria Schwab’s debut novel is entirely original yet achingly familiar: a song you heard long ago, a whisper carried by the wind, and a dream you won’t soon forget. "


Thoughts:The Near Witch reminds me of a ghost story people tell over a camp fire. The writing is exquisite and oh, just plain beautiful. It's clear from the beginning that the author put a lot of thought into her story, and it shows.

From the very beginning, the story captures your attention and doesn't lets it go. I loved that Lexi is the non-girly type of daughter who knows how to wield an ax and wears boots. It didn't matter to her what her uncle or even the townspeople of Near said or thought. To her, girls could do anything, be anything. If she has a suspicion about anything, especially the new guy in town, she doesn't just sit around and wait for the men of the town to take care of it. She goes hunting for answers. Who doesn't love a protagonist who goes against what society believes she should be or do?

Then, there's Cole. Oh, Cole and your mysterious ways. What's in a name? I really adored his relationship with Lexi. It was nice how they were curious about each other and how their relationship grew from there. I get so tired of all the insta-love books, that are just way too intense and quite frankly, unbelievable and unrelatable. This was really a nice, refreshing and sweet touch.

If you're looking for an enchanting, original fairy tale, with a hint of creepy, I would recommend checking out The Near Witch. It's the perfect summer read, especially if you're planning on going on a camping trip! Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if The Near Witch is the "it" book of the summer, and really, do you want to be left out of the "know"?


Rating: 4/5

Sunday, August 14, 2011

In My Mailbox


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. I'm soooooooooooo excited about the books I got this week! :D

Bought:
*All You Desire (Eternal Ones #2) by Kirsten Miller (Been looking forward to this one for a YEAR! Plus, the cover? GORG!)

For Review:
*The Predicteds by Christine Seifert

Trades:
*Everlasting (The Immortals #6) by Alyson Noel
*Half-Blood (Covenant #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout (With signed swag!)

From PBS:
*My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody


***Special thanks to Sourcebooks, Stephanie B. and PBS****

Feel free to leave links to your IMMs below, and I'll try comment on them as soon as I get a chance. This will post while I'm driving home from Dallas, but once I get home, it's on.

I hope y'all are having a FABULOUS weekend! :D

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Better Know A Blogger : Tamara from Tamara's Book Ramblings


Better Know A Blogger is where we feature a blogger we think you should know. Y'all, please welcome Tamara from Tamara's Book Ramblings!

1. What is your name/blogger name?

My name is Tamara

2. What is the name of your blog? (include blog link) How did you pick your blog’s name?

My blog's name is Tamara's Book Ramblings http://tamarasbookramblings.blogspot.com/ . I'm not quite sure, the decision to make a blog was sudden for me, and I just wanted to get it through so I chose something simple, not too long, but somehow unique. This came out! :)

3. How long have you been blogging? How do you measure blogging success?

My blog is a really young and new one, I'm not certain, but I'd say one and a half months now. I measure it not by the number of followers, though even that, of course, is important, but how much the people who read it love it. I mean, you can have only one follower, but he/she might love it more than anything else in the world. That, to me, is success. If you have 3000 followers who followed just because of one giveaway but don't look at the blog ever again, that to me is kinda wrong.

4. What genres/subgenres do you review, and what do you like best about those genres?

For now, since I am a teen, I only read YA books. I love the paranormal stories about vampires, werewolves and fairies and all. Recently, though, I've discovered steapmunk and dystopia and some other genres and hey, they are awesome too!!

What I like the most about this genre is that I can put myself into the main character's shoes, and that's what I really like. Also, you can't ignore the cute boys! ;) I also like that, even though it's all fiction, there are messages behind these novels, so it's not just something for fun and it's not a funny, light read. It helps us deal with things.

5. What are you reading right now?


Right now I'm reading Ember by Carol Oates. I'm participating in a blog tour for this book, so to get myself ready... :) But except this one, I have 5 more books that I read when I find the time.

6. Do you use social media? (include links to Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, etc) What book-related things do you choose to tweet/facebook post about?

Yes, I use social media. You can find me on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002414984749 , Twitter - http://twitter.com/#!/tammyb_28 and Goodreads - http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5004496-tamara . I use twitter the most of these, I'm there every day for hours. I post giveaways, talk to friends about books, give recommendations, spread word about events and all.

7.What's your favorite place to read?

I love to read in my bed. I prefer to be alone when I'm reading, I put my earphones in and blast music and read. It relaxes me and helps me get into the story better.

8. What are the top 5 books in your TBR (To Be read) pile?

Top 5. Hees! Hard to choose! The rest of The Mortal Instruments, Inferno Devices Series, Forever by Maggie Stiefvater, Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick, Nightshade and Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer.

9. Obligatory controversial question: Love triangles! Love ‘em or hate ‘em, and why?

Love them! Most of the time actually lol. The reason is, a) more hot guys, b) I like the suspense and guessing which one will she choose. It is soo much fun!

10. What's the best thing about blogging and reviewing books?

Best thing is meeting new readers and being able to spread the words about new awesome books. Wouldn't want someone to miss out on a great book! :)

Tamara, thank you so much for dropping by and answering a few questions for us. Everyone, be sure to check out her blog and show her your blogger love!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Better Know A Blogger: Linda @ Most Important Letter


Better Know A Blogger features bloggers we think you should know. For this edition, please welcome Linda from Most Important Letter!

1. What is your name/blogger name?

Linda @ Most Important Letter

2. What is the name of your blog? How did you pick your blog’s name?


Most Important Letter


My blog's name is Most Important Letter. The way I came up with the name of my blog is a little bit interesting, actually. Reviewers on my blog are referred to as Letters (thus the "Letter" part of the name), and I just always thought that the letter L was special. There are all sorts of important words that start with the letter L: learn, laugh, live, love, my first and last names, and Louisiana -- the state I live in.

3. How long have you been blogging? How do you measure blogging success?
I've been blogging for about eight to nine months now. I'd say my blogging success is decent; it isn't exactly where I'd say I want to be, but that could just be because I'm pushing myself too hard. :)

4. What genres/subgenres do you review, and what do you like best about those genres?
Well, I generally review YA books that could range from paranormal to general fantasy to sci fi to dystopia to steampunk to historical fiction to realistic fiction to chick lit ... Yeah, you get the point. ^_^ I really don't have any qualms against any fiction genre at all, though; but I would say that I prefer paranormal, fantasy, dystopia, and steampunk over the others purely because they're the most out-of-this-world. You can lose yourself easily in them, and that's a huge part of why I read.

5. What are you reading right now?
Well, I just finished reading Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky (dystopia) and Misfit by Jon Skovron (paranormal), but right now I'm immersed in Blood Red Road by Moira Young (post-apocalyptic) and The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab (paranormal). All of them really are fantastic books.

6. Do you use social media? (include links to Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, etc)
What book-related things do you choose to tweet/facebook post about?
Of course! I have a Twitter account, Facebook page, Goodreads account, and Shelfari account dedicated to my blog. I tend to post more on Twitter than Facebook, and I usually just tweet randomly about a quote that I liked in a book or whatever I'm currently reading or how much I enjoyed that book I just finished reading.

7.What's your favorite place to read?

All over my house! Sometimes I just plop down in front of my computer and read a book, sometimes it's in my bed, sometimes it's on the comfy couch downstairs ... really, it's any place that I can sit down in peace and quiet!

8. What are the top 5 books in your TBR (To Be read) pile?
Ahh, I always have such a tough time answering questions that require me to rank things! Let's see. I desperately need to read (and this is in no particular order, I'd say) Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs (a mermaid book that I hear is fantastic), The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting (I've always been captivated by mystery books), The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa (fey book coming out in October), and my two summer reading books! I'm actually a teen book blogger that has only about one week left to read Murder on the Orient Express and A Tale of Two Cities. :D (Yes, procrastination rules.)

9. Obligatory controversial question: Love triangles! Love ‘em or hate ‘em, and why?
Oh no. I honestly don't know how I feel about love triangles. On one hand, love triangles are way too common and usually, I know immediately after the first book who the girl/guy being fought over ends up with. But sometimes, I really don't know. Some great examples include the Nightshade series by Andrea Cremer, the Unearthly trilogy by Cynthia Hand, and the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Yet, love triangles are SO overrated. I guess what I'm saying is that I only like love triangles when they're done right -- as in, the reader has no idea which guy the girl is going to pick (or which girl the guy is going to pick). ;)

10. What's the best thing about blogging and reviewing books?
The best thing? I wonder, would it be being able to read a ton of books to escape from dreary old life? Or would it be being able to make a difference to someone out there? Perhaps it would be because of all the fantastic books that I receive for free? (I know book bloggers out there say that that shouldn't be the reason that you should make a book blog, and that isn't the reason for me -- but it's still a nice pro anyway. :D) No, I think it's because the book blogging community is so nice. There are a million book bloggers out there who are so willing to befriend you. Everyone is so welcoming and so fantastic. It feels like a second home.

Thanks, Linda, for dropping by! Be sure to check out Most Important Letter for fun character interviews, videos and more!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. It showcases each blogger's most anticipated books. This week, my pick is Take A Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg.

Summary: "From the fantastic author of The Lonely Hearts Club and Prom & Prejudice comes a story of all the drama and comedy of four friends who grow into themselves at a performing arts high school.

Emme, Sophie, Ethan, and Carter are seniors at a performing arts school, getting ready for their Senior Showcase recital, where the pressure is on to appeal to colleges, dance academies, and professionals in show business. For Sophie, a singer, it's been great to be friends with Emme, who composes songs for her, and to date Carter, soap opera heartthrob who gets plenty of press coverage. Emme and Ethan have been in a band together through all four years of school, but wonder if they could be more than just friends and bandmates. Carter has been acting since he was a baby, and isn't sure how to admit that he'd rather paint than perform. The Senior Showcase is going to make or break each of the four, in a funny, touching, spectacular finale that only Elizabeth Eulberg could perform."


Why I Can't Wait:Elizabeth Eulberg is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. This lady knows how to write contemporary YA. And since I love, love, love The Lonely Hearts Club and Prom & Prejudice, there's no surprise why I cannot freaking wait to read Take A Bow. Why can't it be out now? *sad panda*

Expected publication: April 2012

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Review: Ruby Red


Title: Ruby Red
Author: Kerstin Gier
Published: May 10th 2011 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)


Summary: "Gwyneth Shepherd's sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!

Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon--the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust."


Thoughts: Time travel? Romance? Adventure? Count me in! I have to say, I enjoyed Ruby Red far more than I thought I would. It's no wonder why this trilogy is an international bestseller and has been translated into 17 different languages. Not only is the story well adapted for teens, but it's also well written enough for adults to enjoy.

In the beginning, I have to admit the story has a bit of a slow start. From how the time traveling gene is passed on to Gwyneth's first few trips into the past, I found myself a bit confused. The history behind the genes also felt a bit far fetched. Creative, but highly unlikely and a little odd. Luckily, the story only gets better as it progresses, as does the history. It definitely gets more interesting when Gideon first comes into the picture.

The romance between Gideon and Gwyneth, while subtle and sweet, felt a bit forced. I really liked Gideon and Gwyneth as characters, but it seems like they're together because they're both time travelers and well, if there's only one other person like you out there, then that person must be the one for you! I guess what I'm trying to say is I wish their relationship was more developed rather than there just to be there. Nonetheless, I did enjoy their bantering and adventures into the past together. They do make a great combo and the story wouldn't be have as great as it was without them.

Now, I have to talk about the writing style and setting. With the way this novel is written, there's no way you can not finish it. It's engrossing and addicting. The places these two time travel to are so lavish and described so beautifully that you start to wish you could physically see if for yourself. I wish I could be in London in 1778. I wish I could experience balls and gowns and everything in between. And the best part? The hi-jinks. Believe me, mischief is still to be had.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Ruby Red and look forward to reading it's sequel next year. I might have struggled to read the first 100 pages, but gobbled up the last 200 like a starving person on Thanksgiving. The setting is fantastic, the writing is lovely and the story is marvelous.

Rating: 3.5/5



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Monday, August 8, 2011

Review: Epic Fail



Title: Epic Fail
Author: Claire LaZebnik
Published: August 2nd 2011 by HarperCollins Publishers
Source: ARC from publisher for review

Summary: "Will Elise’s love life be an epic win or an epic fail?

At Coral Tree Prep in Los Angeles, who your parents are can make or break you. Case in point:

As the son of Hollywood royalty, Derek Edwards is pretty much prince of the school—not that he deigns to acknowledge many of his loyal subjects.

As the daughter of the new principal, Elise Benton isn’t exactly on everyone’s must-sit-next-to-at-lunch list.

When Elise’s beautiful sister catches the eye of the prince’s best friend, Elise gets to spend a lot of time with Derek, making her the envy of every girl on campus. Except she refuses to fall for any of his rare smiles and instead warms up to his enemy, the surprisingly charming social outcast Webster Grant. But in this hilarious tale of fitting in and flirting, not all snubs are undeserved, not all celebrity brats are bratty, and pride and prejudice can get in the way of true love for only so long."


Thoughts:Epic Fail is seriously too cute for words. This book is so addicting, I found myself up till the wee hours just so I could finish it. Was it worth it? You bet!

Epic Fail is a modern retelling of the classic novel Pride & Prejudice. Instead of a gush Victorian setting, you get a private school designed for the rich and famous. And instead of Mr. Darcy, you get snarky, brooding but amazing Derek.

If you remember earlier this year, Elizabeth Eulberg released a very similar book called Prom & Prejudice. Take out the prom concept, and you have Epic Fail, only better. Not only is it absolutely hilarious, the story just flows perfectly. I loved Elise as the main character. Her wit and loyalty for her outrageous family was pretty much everything I love about any main character. Place her next to Derek, and you have a combination made of win.

Now, the story isn't ALL fluff. You still have the same basic problems Elizabeth Bennett had to deal with in P&P. Examples? Oh, well, mis contriued conversations, poor judgement in characters and deceptive siblings all play a role in this must read summer book.

From lovable characters to teenage love and drama, it's no surprise I fell in love with this book. If you're looking for a light read that will make your icey heart go pitter patter, I recommend checking out Epic Fail. Fans of Pride & Prejudice, Prom & Prejudice and even the movie Easy A will devour this book in one sitting. Really, it's that good!

Rating:







Sunday, August 7, 2011

In My Mailbox


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. I am super, ridiculously excited about the goodies I got this week. Ch-ch-check it out!

For Review:
*The Magic of Recluce by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
*Darkness Falls (Immortal Beloved #2) by Cate Tiernan
*The Rivals by Daisy Whitney
*DJ Rising by Love Maia
*Bunheads by Sophie Flack
*Wintertown by Stephen Emond
*Rock On by Denise Vega

From PBS:
*A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young
*Original Sin (Personal Demons #2) by Lisa Desrochers

Remember back in May when I hosted one of the stops for the Shift tour? Well, I ended up receiving some very special editions of Shift and Shade from Jeri Smith-Ready.



What makes them so special you ask? Well, they have little notes in them written (eeerrrr, typed!) by Jeri herself.

See?



And seeeee?



Y'all, I can't tell you how absolutely hilarious Jeri is. I died laughing at some of these notes. GIGGIDY!

And that's it for this edition of In My Mailbox. Feel free to comment below and leave links to your IMM posts. I'll try to comment on as many as possible!!! :D

***Special thanks to Little Brown/Hachette, Jeri Smith-Ready, Karen from For What It's Worth (just because I felt like adding you in this for no apparent reason), Paperbackswap and Tor for my awesome goodies this week!!!***




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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Books For Trade

Hey y'all!

I have a ton of books that I've either already read or have extra copies of. I broke it down to three columns so it'd be easier to read. If you're interested in any of them, email me at addicted2novels(at)gmail(dot)com. For the books I don't trade off, I'll just throw them into prize packs for later giveaways. Thanks!

For Trade:

*Eve by Anna Carey
*The Apothecary by Maile Meloy
*All The Earth, Thrown To The Sky by Joe R. Lansale
*Dumpling Days by Grace Lin
*My Favorite Band Does Not Exist by Robert T. Jeschonek
*Island's End by Padma Venkatraman
*Unforgettable by Loretta Ellsworth

*Everybody Sees The Ants by A.S. King
*Dark Parties by Sara Grant
*Tankborn by Karen Sandler
*Under Dogs by Markus Zusak
*Dark Passage by M.J. Putney

*You Are My Only by Beth Kephart
*David by Mary Hoffman
*The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore
*DJ Rising by Love Maia
*Wintertown by Stephen Emond
*Bunheads by Sophie Flack


Things I'm Interested In (I know, some of these are kind of impossible :P):

*Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey
*The Pledge by Kimberly Derting
*Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer
*Stolen Nights by Rebecca Meizel
*Sometimes It Happens by Lauren Barnholdt
*Slide by Jill Hathaway
*Someone Else's Life by Katie Dale
*Love And Leftovers by Sarah Tregay
*Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
*Everneath by Brodi Ashton
*Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
*Never Have I Ever by Sara Shepard
*The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas
*The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder



Feel free to suggest books to me, but fair warning, I have A LOT of books, lol. THANKS!!! :)



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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Better Know A Blogger



Better Know A Blogger is a feature where we interview bloggers we think you should know. Today, please welcome Myranda aka Mandi from My{reads}da.

1. What is your name/blogger name?
My names Myranda, but my blogger name is Mandi


2. What is the name of your blog? (include blog link) How did you pick your blog’s name?
The name of my blog is My{reads}da. It is a combination of my name and my passion.



Myranda but take out 'an' and add 'eads'.
Here is the link: http://www.myreadsda.com/


3. How long have you been blogging? How do you measure blogging success?
I have been blogging since October 2010. I feel that as long as you have few devoted people who read and comment on the blog, that you are speaking to someone. And posting regularly! That is the main thing for me.

4. What genres/subgenres do you review, and what do you like best about those genres?
Young Adult is the main focus of my blog. In that category I love to read: Dystopian, Historical Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Fantasy, Paranormal, and much more! I will occasionally read Adult Novels.

5. What are you reading right now?
I am reading The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgeraled (which is for school) and So Silver Bright by Lisa Mantchev. LOVE So Silver Bright so far! :D

6. Do you use social media? (include links to Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, etc) What book-related things do you choose to tweet/facebook post about?
Yes, I do! I will openly admit that I am a Twitter addict! ^-^
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/MyrandaReads
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4491066-myranda
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/SoraMbby


I love to tweet as mentioned above. I will tweet about anything having to do with books. A book that I just finished reading, bookish news (new releases, books trailers, etc.), author signings, and more. As of recently I have found a very fancy app, and will sometimes share the images I capture. :)


7.What's your favorite place to read?
I love reading on my bed, it's the only really quiet place I have. When it's a nice day outside I will read in my hammock. I can read in where though.


8. What are the top 5 books in your TBR (To Be read) pile?
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (< I know! I'm crazy right! I just keep putting it off....) The Mephisto Covenant by Trinity Fagen
All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin
Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer
The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

My TBR pile is overflowing! So it was really hard to pick the top five which are in no order.

9. Obligatory controversial question: Love triangles! Love ‘em or hate ‘em, and why?
Sometimes I love them, then other times I hate them. When it's two really amazing guys, I love it! Because it's so hard to pick which one is right for the character. But then you have the one where the girl and the guy are perfect, and you love them like that. Then some body has to mess it up. Do you get what I'm saying? 10. What's the best thing about blogging and reviewing books? The best thing: All the amazing people I have met! I really love having people to talk to about books. I don't have any friends that really like to read, so I turn to my blogger friends! I love reviewing books, because I love to share with everyone some really great books and authors.


Thanks, Myranda, for dropping by! Everyone, be sure to check out Myranda's blog for reviews, giveaways and more!!



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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. It showcases each blogger's most anticipated books. This week, my pick is Dead To You by Lisa McMann.

Summary: "Ethan was abducted from his front yard when he was just seven years old. Now, at sixteen, he has returned to his family. It's a miracle... at first. Then the tensions start to build. His reintroduction to his old life isn't going smoothly, and his family is tearing apart all over again. If only Ethan could remember something, anything, about his life before, he'd be able to put the pieces back together. But there's something that's keeping his memory blocked. Something unspeakable..."

Why I Can't Wait: Did someone say Lisa McMann?!?! I adored her Wake series, so I know this will be wonderful. Check out that summary. I love a book from a guy's second point of view, plus, the mystery alone sounds phenomenal. Needless to say, the wait is killing me!

Expected publication: February 7th 2012 by Simon Pulse


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