Wednesday, November 30, 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 novels. This week, my pick is Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti.

Summary: "Between Noelle’s struggles at home and the bullying she endures at school, all she wants is to get away from her small town. Noelle’s been nursing a crush on cute, wealthy Julian Porter for ages, but can’t imagine a guy like him could ever fall for a girl like her. When things heat up between Noelle and Julian, she has to decide whether she can be her true self with him."

Why I Can't Wait: To all you Susane Colansanti fans out there, you know how well she can capture teen angst and romance. To be fair, her books are either hits or misses to me, but this one definitely sounds like a hit. It's not the most original story, but still sounds like a very touching and heartfelt read. And the romance sounds super cute, too! I love it when the rich, hot guy falls for the underdog! Plus, like all of Miss Colansanti's books, the cover is adorable. Needless to say, this is high on my "want, gimme, gimme" list. :)

Expected publication: June 14th 2012 by Viking Juvenile

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Teaser Tuesday: Cinder

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. The rules are simple!

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, my teaser comes from Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Cinder is amazing, and I hope you enjoy this teaser as much as I do!

"Cinder barely heard him above the blankness in her mind. With her heartbeat gathering speed, her retina display scanned his features, so familiar from years spent watching him on the netscreens."-Page 6

Monday, November 28, 2011

Review: All These Things I've Done

Title: All These Things I've Done (Birthright #1) goodreads/amazon
Author: Gabrielle Zevin
Published: September 6th 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Source: Copy provided by author for honest review

Summary: "In 2083, chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is hard to find, water is carefully rationed, and New York City is rife with crime and poverty. And yet, for Anya Balanchine, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the city's most notorious (and dead) crime boss, life is fairly routine. It consists of going to school, taking care of her siblings and her dying grandmother, trying to avoid falling in love with the new assistant D.A.'s son, and avoiding her loser ex-boyfriend. That is until her ex is accidently poisoned by the chocolate her family manufactures and the police think she's to blame. Suddenly, Anya finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight--at school, in the news, and most importantly, within her mafia family.
Engrossing and suspenseful, All These Things I've Done is an utterly unique, unputdownable read that blends both the familiar and the fantastic."

First line: "The night before junior year- I was sixteen, barely- Gable Arsley said he wanted to sleep with me."

Thoughts:If Meadow from The Sopranos ever had to live during the time of prohibition, All These Things I've Done would be her story. This novel offers a different take for fans of dystopia. The world may not have ended, but with chocolate and coffee being illegal, it might as well have!

The story revolves around Anya, a daughter in the notorious Balanchine family. Her parents are gone, her grandmother is bedridden, and her eldest brother is not capable of taking care of anyone, let alone himself. It's all up to Anya to take care of the family. She knows this and accepts it. One of the things I love about Anya is though her life is tough, she never once cowers to it. She might be part of the Balanchine family by name, but that does not determine nor define who she is. The best way I can think of to help really describe Anya and her ideals on the family name is from this quote:

"Our birthright was to be Balanchines, but our birthright does not have to be violence and death."

Courageous, independent, headstrong, and overall amazing. These are things that describe her. As far as well-written, strong main characters go, Anya is top notch and quite frankly, one of the best, most diverse protagonists I've read about in quite some time. Needless to say, I heart her.

Moving on, if you've read the summary, you know that Anya's love interest is a little less than ideal. I think controversial and ultimately disastrous are the best ways to describe it. You see, dear friends, Win is the assistant D.A.'s son and remember, Anya's a mafia princess. What's a girl to do? Lie. Lie to protect your family and lie to protect yourself. And though their relationship is flawed in many, many ways, I couldn't help but fall in love with the both of them. In a strange way, they complete each other, and I absolutely adored watching their relationship blossom.

Oh, and for you drama lovers, there are plenty of scandals, betrayals, and other various naughty things that will engage you until the very end. I will admit, somewhere in the middle, the pacing ran a little slow for my taste. Don't fret, though. The pacing will pick right back up until the very end.

Oh, and the best part? While this novel is part of a series, it can also read as a standalone. That's right, no antagonizing cliffhanger that'll make you want to throw the book against the wall and scream bloody murder. Giggidy!

Overall, I really enjoyed All These Things I've Done and very much look forward to reading it's sequel. While the story is set in 2083, it very much reminded me of the prohibition era adding even more flare to the story line. For fans of contemporary literature and dystopia, I'd recommend checking this book out. It's kind of like coffee and chocolate: sweet, bitter, and unlike anything you've ever experienced.

Rating:

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!!!


This is just a quick post to wish each and every one of you a very Happy Thanksgiving. Gobble gobble, till you wobble!

*NOM NOM NOM*

And because Thanksgiving is all about sharing what you're thankful for, I am very thankful to have met so many wonderful people in the blogging community. You guys are like a second family to me, and I could not ask for better friends.

An extra, extra thank you to Karen, Tiger, Cynthia, Sherry, Jen D., Ginger, Jess, Sarah, Julie, Sandy, Catie, Andrea, and anyone else I've had the pleasure of knowing on a more personal basis. You guys are my besties, and I love y'all like whoa.

Wednesday, November 23, 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 Fated by Alyson Noel.

Summary: "It’s a young adult supernatural novel and it’s a completely new world. This book is going to be set in the Southwest, most likely New Mexico. So it’s going to have a very different atmosphere, landscape and feel, and it’ll explore the ability to walk through the Upperworld and the Underworld and to walk amongst the dead. It’s about a 16-year-old girl, who starts suffering the symptoms of what appears to be a psychotic break. But her grandmother recognizes it for what it is: her heredity ability—her father had it as well—to walk between the Upperworld and the Underworld."

Why I Can't Wait: I'll admit, Alyson Noel's books are either hits or misses with me. I really enjoyed Evermore and Blue Moon, but then her next few books were so-so (though I still need to read Everlasting). It's not that she's not a good writer (she's fabulous!), it's just that the characters became a bit...annoying? Anyway, I'm still a fan, thus my pick for the week. I seriously think Alyson was blessed by the cover gods because every single one of her covers are beyond beautiful. This one is actually one of my favorites. Fated is the first book in her new series and from what I can tell, it sounds amazing! Can't wait!!

Expected publication: May 22nd 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Love Love Giveaway


Do you love love? Well, this is the giveaway for you! I'm giving away an ARC of Love & Leftovers by Sarah Tregay AND an ARC of Lovetorn by Kavita Daswani. Giggidy!

All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is only open to US participants and will end December 13th. If you are an international participant and have a US mailing address I can mail the prize to, feel free to enter. As always, extra entries will be provided to followers and tweeters.

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




Sunday, November 20, 2011

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. Y'all, I can't tell you how excited about the books I got this week. Ch-ch-check it out!


*Try Not To Breathe by Jennifer R. Hubbard (LOVED The Secret Year!)
*Life Eternal (Dead Beautiful #2) by Yvonne Woon
*The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe


***Special thanks to Disney Hyperion and Lexa over at Pages of Forbidden Love***

Feel free to leave links to your IMM posts below, and I'll be sure to stop by and say hello. Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!!

Psst...Thursday = Thanksgiving!!! :D

Friday, November 18, 2011

Review: Saving June


Title: Saving June
Author: Hannah Harrington
Expected publication: November 22nd 2011 by Harlequin
Source: ARC courtesy of Shanyn from Chick Loves Lit

Summary: "‘If she’d waited less than two weeks, she’d be June who died in June. But I guess my sister didn’t consider that.’

Harper Scott’s older sister has always been the perfect one so when June takes her own life a week before her high school graduation, sixteen-year-old Harper is devastated. Everyone’s sorry, but no one can explain why.

When her divorcing parents decide to split her sister’s ashes into his-and-her urns, Harper takes matters into her own hands. She’ll steal the ashes and drive cross-country with her best friend, Laney, to the one place June always dreamed of going California.

Enter Jake Tolan. He’s a boy with a bad attitude, a classic-rock obsession and nothing in common with Harper’s sister. But Jake had a connection with June, and when he insists on joining them, Harper’s just desperate enough to let him. With his alternately charming and infuriating demeanour and his belief that music can see you through anything, he might be exactly what she needs.

Except June wasn’t the only one hiding something. Jake’s keeping a secret that has the power to turn Harper’s life upside down again."

Thoughts: Beware, there may (most likely) be a great deal of fan-girling. Enter at your own risk.

Have you ever seen or heard of a book and think to yourself, "This is something I'm going to love!"? Well, Saving June was that book for me. From the second I read the summary, I knew this was something I desperately needed to get my hands on. What I wasn't expecting was how all-consuming, borderline obsessive I'd becoming. Heartbreaking, adventurous, and just plain beautiful, Saving June is one of those books you won't soon forget.

The story revolves around Harper and how she deals with her grief over her sister's suicide. Her father's practically non existent, her mother is barely holding on by a thread, and to top it off, her overbearing Aunt Helen is always around. Harper can't understand why her perfect sister would end her life so rashly and not even leave a note behind.

Then, Harper does the unthinkable. In order to truly set June free, Harper, her best friend Laney, and the mysterious yet obnoxious Jake all embark on a road trip to California. Their goal, to cast June's ashes in the one place she truly wanted to be. And along the way, they endure their fair share of political rallies, crazy exes, and of course, music.

Harper is by far one of the best, most well developed characters I've read about in a very long time. She's snarky, witty, beautiful, and broken. Her soul sings, even if she thinks no one is listening. Every time she got into an argument with any of the other characters, I couldn't help but smile or laugh from her clever remarks. Even though she's clearly in pain and needs to grief, she always puts her friends first. Needless to say, and please excuse my language, but Harper is a badass with a heart of gold.

Oh, and of course, there's Jake. Charming, honest, cocky, and oh so dreamy Jake. From his grin, to the way he always has something to say about music, it's no surprise how easy it was for me to fall head over heals in love with him. Swoon-worthy is an understatement. If more boys like Jake Talon existed, this world would be a better place. I loved how the mystery of how he's connected to June, and why he agreed...no insisted in going on this journey with the girls unfolds. And I promise you, every time he says anything about music (and it will be quite often), it will make your heart go pitter-patter. While everyone wants or wished they could have saved June, he may be the only one can really, truly save Harper.

“It's just nice, I guess. Knowing that someone else can put into words what I feel. That there are people who have been through things worse than I have, and they come out on the other side okay. Not only that, but they made some kind of twisted, fucked-up sense of the completely senseless. They made it mean something. These songs tell me I'm not alone. If you look at it at that way, music... music can see you through anything.” This quote pretty much sums it all up. See what I mean by heartbreaking yet beautiful?

Overall, I cannot put into words how much I loved Saving June. It's definitely one of my favorite reads in 2011...wait, no, ever, and I can't wait to read whatever Hannah Harrington has in store for us next. If you're a fan of Morgan Matson's Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, you are going to love this book. Music lovers, book lovers, lovers of lovers, you must get your hands on Saving June immediately. Like I said, it's hard for me to explain to you how wonderful and amazing this book really is. You're just going to have to experience it for yourself.

Rating:

Wednesday, November 16, 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 reads. This week, my pick is Miracle by Elizabeth Scott.

Summary: "I sat there and wondered again why I'd lived…

Megan is a miracle. At least, that’s what everyone says. Having survived a plane crash that killed everyone else on board, Megan knows she should be grateful just to be alive. The truth is, she
doesn’t feel like a miracle. In fact, she doesn’t feel anything at all. Then memories from the crash start coming back. Scared and alone, Megan doesn’t know who to turn to. Her entire community
seems unable—or maybe unwilling—to see her as anything but Miracle Megan. Except for Joe, the beautiful boy next door with a tragic past and secrets of his own... All Megan wants is for her life to get back to normal, but the harder she tries to live up to everyone’s expectations, the worse she feels. This time, she may be falling too fast to be saved…"


Why I Can't Wait: Okay, anyone who knows me knows I'm a HUGE Elizabeth Scott fan. She writes some of my favorite contemporary books, and I just adore her. Secondly, did you see who was quoted on the cover? JAY ASHER!!! Ahh, love him too! Le sigh. The cover looks amazing (haunting, yet beautiful), and the summary sound even better. I WANT THIS ONE BAAAAAAD!

Expected publication: June 5th 2012 by Simon Pulse

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Teaser Tuesday: Stolen Away


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. The rules are simple!

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 Stolen Away by Alyxandra Harvey.

"And when he kissed me, I felt as substantial as sugar. Everything went sweet, went fiery, went sharp as lightning."-Page 68

Oh Miss Harvey, you sure have a way with words. Le sigh.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Review: Love & Leftovers

Title: Love & Leftovers (goodreads/amazon)
Author: Sarah Tregay
Expected publication: December 27th 2011 by HarperCollins Children's Books
Source: ARC courtesy of publisher for review

Summary: "My wish
is to fall
cranium over Converse
in dizzy, daydream-worthy
love.

When her parents split, Marcie is dragged from Idaho to a family summerhouse in New Hampshire. She leaves behind her friends, a group of freaks and geeks called the Leftovers, including her emo-rocker boyfriend, and her father.

By the time Labor Day rolls around, Marcie suspects this "vacation" has become permanent. She starts at a new school where a cute boy brings her breakfast and a new romance heats up. But understanding love, especially when you've watched your parents' affections end, is elusive. What does it feel like, really? can you even know it until you've lost it?

Love and Leftovers is a beautifully written story of one girl’s journey navigating family, friends, and love, and a compelling and sexy read that teens will gobble up whole."


Thoughts: When I first heard about Love & Leftovers, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. The title alone hooked me in. And though there are a few enjoyable moments, I just felt like the story fell a little flat to me.

Let's start off with the first half of the book. The pacing ran a little slow for my taste. Though it's written in verse, the author uses a lot of explanations, even for situations that played little to no relevance in the overall story. Also, in my opinion, the first half of the book should not be called Love & Leftovers. Oh no, what it should really be called is Lust & Cheaters. I felt like the main character, Marcie, spent the majority of her time feeling sorry for herself. Obviously she has a lot of reasons to be upset. There's the problems between her parents, the fact that she had to leave all her friends and move across the country, and also the fact that her mom is in a constant depressive state. Nonetheless, I would have liked to have seen Marcie turn a bad situation into something good.

Then she meets J.D. He brings her donuts, talks to her and actually seems to like her. The thing is, she's still dating Linus back home. She thinks she wants to break up with him, but doesn't want to do it through an email or over the phone. Apparently the best solution is to spend more time with J.D. and ignore the problem all together. I have to say, the relationship between J.D. and Marcie grew rather quickly and out of nowhere. Personally, I never felt any real connection with them. I mean, other than physical attraction, what did they really have? Did they even really know each other? It didn't seem like it.

Now, the second half of the book? That's where the fun begins. Eventually Marcie has to pay for her crimes, and this is when it happens. Though I did feel bad for Marcie, I was ultimately pleased with how the story turned out. There's confrontation, drama, betrayal, and even a bit of redemption. I started to finally enjoy Marcie's character. She finally turned that bad situation around! I may have struggled with the first half of the book, but I easily breezed through the second half. I still have one vital question I feel was left unanswered, but since this is a standalone, I guess I'm left in the dark.

Overall, I did enjoy Love & Leftovers, but I didn't love it like I originally thought I would. Fans of Lisa Schroeder and contemporary YA should still check it out, if only for a few of the beautifully written verses. It's a quick, sometimes sweet-sometimes bitter, yet easy read you can easily finish in a couple hours.

Rating:

Sunday, November 13, 2011

In My Mailbox


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. It's book time! Let's get this party started!

*Tempest by Julie Cross
*Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
*Kiss of Frost (Mythos Academy #2) by Jennifer Estep

EEP! So many goodies. Special thanks to Lindsay at Lindsay Writes and Jessica at Jessica's Bookshelf.

So, what's in your mailbox, eh?

Wednesday, November 9, 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 For Darkness Shows The Stars by Diana Peterfreund.

Summary: "Generations ago, a genetic experiment gone wrong—the Reduction—decimated humanity, giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.

Eighteen-year-old Luddite Elliot North has always known her place in this caste system. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family’s estate over love. But now the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress and threatening Luddite control; Elliot’s estate is floundering; and she’s forced to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth—an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliott wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she abandoned him.

But Elliot soon discovers her childhood friend carries a secret—-one that could change the society in which they live…or bring it to its knees. And again, she’s faced with a choice: cling to what she’s been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she’s ever loved, even if she has lost him forever.

Inspired by Jane Austen’s PERSUASION, FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS is a breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it."


Why I Can't Wait: For those of you who don't know, I'm a huge fan of Diana Peterfreund's. Rampant and Ascendant are two of my favorite books, which actually turned me into Team Unicorn instead of Team Zombie. If you haven't read any of her book, you should. They're beautifully written, and no one writes frustratingly good romance like her. I absolutely love the cover for For Darkness Shows The Stars. Plus, a dystopian retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion? SOLD! It sounds amazing, and I cannot wait to read it!

Expected publication: 2012 by Balzer + Bray

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Teaser Tuesday: Saving June

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. The rules are simple!

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, my teaser comes from Saving June by Hannah Harrington

.

"'And if he puts on Bowie's early stuff and starts sweet-talking, dammit, you run. You run as fast as you can.'

He winks at me, and I blush as I realize what he's implying."
-Page 81

*Sigh* I'm seriously loving this book! Anywho, feel free to leave links to your Teaser Tuesdays below. I'd love to see what you're reading and how it's going!

XOXO

Monday, November 7, 2011

Review: Touch of Power (Healer #1)


Title: Touch of Power (Healer #1)
Author: Maria V. Synder
Expected publication: December 20th 2011 by Mira
Source: ARC courtesy of publisher for review

Summary: "Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan assumes their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honored for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Territories, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos.

Stressed and tired from hiding, Avry is abducted by a band of rogues who, shockingly, value her gift above the golden bounty offered for her capture. Their leader, an enigmatic captor-protector with powers of his own, is unequivocal in his demands: Avry must heal a plague-stricken prince—leader of a campaign against her people. As they traverse the daunting Nine Mountains, beset by mercenaries and magical dangers, Avry must decide who is worth healing and what is worth dying for. Because the price of peace may well be her life..."


First line: "The little girl wouldn't stop crying."

Thoughts: To simply put it, I loved Touch of Power! It's not just a pretty cover, but a fabulous fantasy novel, which had me on the edge of my seat till the very end. Betrayal, adventure, scandal, romance and magic? Yes, please!

A plague has hit the Fifteen Rhelms, greatly decreasing the population, and healers are being blamed. Avry has spent the last few years constantly on the run. If anyone finds out that she's a healer, they will have her head. With that said, it's Avry's natural instinct to help heal others, especially children. She can't help it, and eventually gets caught. After all, you can only run so long before any sort of hunter catches you.

Enter Kerrick. Him and his merry group of men save Avry from certain death, and whisks her off into the forest. There, they seek shelter in a cave, and spend each day hiking further towards the mountains. Why did these men save Avry, you ask? Well, they need her to heal someone who has the potential to bring peace to the Fifteen Rhelms. The thing is, the person they ask Avry to save is the last person on earth she's willing to. On top of that, Avry is constantly being hunted by those loyal to the kings and queens from other rhelms. How long can she keep running before she gets caught?

First off, I have to (HAVE TO) tell you how much I loved and adored Avry. Her sarcasm and dry sense of humor had be giggling even when I probably shouldn't have been. She's just one of those incredibly moral, sound, and overall good people you wished was real. With that said, if you've read any of the books in Synder's Study trilogy, you'll notice that Avry's character is very much like Yelena. Both are independent because they have to be, and snarky because they want to be. Even their abilities to heal are very similar, with the way they take it into themselves and such. Still, just because they're similar does not mean it takes away from the story. If anything, it's nice since I really like the Study series.

The dialogue between every single character is impeccable, especially the conversations between Avry and Kerrick. I love the love/hate relationship they develop. It seems like they both like playing that little game called cat and mouse.

“...things happen that are out of your control.'
Kerrick gave him a tight smile. 'You mean I'm not omnipotent?'
'You're not even semi-potent.'
'Is that even a word?' Kerrick asked.
'He probably means you're impotent,' I offered.”


Sigh. Nonetheless, the dialogue is very entertaining, and just plain fun to read.

The author also does a fabulous job of developing all the secondary characters. I love the description she uses, giving them personality and each an important role in the overall story. My personal favorite out of all of them has to be Belen. He's like the papa bear in the group, always looking out for everyone. He even puts Kerrick back in his place, even though Kerrick is his superior.

Oh, and lets not forget the action and romance. While Kerrick did very much remind of of Valek from the Study trilogy, I couldn't help but love him. I'm not going to lie, I hated him at first. He's stubborn and at times unbearable, but oh my goodness. I don't know if it's his brooding, tortured nature, but there is just something simply sexy about him. The chemistry between him and Avry is undeniable. Needless to say, he's of the swoon-worthy sort, and I would gladly spend days with him in any of his hidden caves. AND THE ADVENTURE! I swear, there's so much action in this book, you can't put it down...ever. It's filled with jaw-dropping cliffhangers, crazy revelations and stunning magic, both evil and beautiful.

Filled with a cast of charming characters, a romance to die for, and a bad ass heroine, Touch of Power will have you believing in magic and cheering till the very end. The book does leave room for a sequel, but still left me very much satisfied with the overall ending. I cannot recommend nor talk about this book enough! It's simply marvelous and even if you're not a fan of fantasy novels, I still recommend checking it out. In my book, Maria Snyder is a fantastic writer and can do no wrong. No one weaves a story the way she does, and I cannot wait to read what she has in store for us next!

Rating:

Sunday, November 6, 2011

In My Mailbox


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. I cannot tell you how super excited I am about the books I got this week. SQUEEEEE!!!

*The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder
*She's So Dead To Us by Kieran Scott
*Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent


Special thanks to Krystal and Shannon at Stalking The Bookshelves for trading with me!

As always, feel free to leave links to your IMM posts in the comments below, and I'll be sure to drop by! Have a super Sunday everyone!

XOXO

Friday, November 4, 2011

TGIF!!!


TGIF is a weekly meme hosted by the fabulous Ginger over at GReads! This week's question is...

Gateway Books: Which particular books opened you up to a new genre?

That's easy. The book that really opened me up to anything (and reading in general) is none other than the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

My mom bought me the first book, waaay back when I was in 7th grade. At first, I was mad. I mean, come on, mom, I asked for the latest pair of Doc Marten sandals, not a book! Then I cracked it open and was hooked. It's not this childish, fluffy, magic filled book people who haven't read it think it is. It's a world, a life style and speaks to so many people in such different ways. It's easy to fall in love and care for all the characters. I never thought I'd enjoy a book about witches, wizards, magic, and crazy creatures. Needless to say, whenever the next book came out, I wanted it immediately. I even went to the midnight Harry Potter parties at Barnes and Noble and stayed up all night to finish them. This led up to my college years, then came the movies, and now, I'm in my twenties, waiting for The Deathly Hallows 2 to come out on DVD. *Sigh* I will cherish this series ALWAYS.

Now, the book that got me into the gushy love stories, with a paranormal twist is...


Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. Good gravy, how easy is it to fall in love with this story and with Sam? When it first came out, I just happened to be in the YA section at Borders and was immediately drawn to the cover. I picked it up and thought "Lets give it a go." Holy crap, was I in for a ride. This is the first book that ever got me to heart-break-gushing-like-a-freaking-waterfall cry. I cannot tell you how much I love this book and how it tore me up, then fixed me.

And lastly, the book that got me hooked on contemporary YA is...


Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols. I read this book in a few hours and loved it so much, I read it again. The next day, I bought every Jennifer Echols book I could find (which ended up being The Boys Next Door and The Ex-Games) and ate them up. Seriously, in my book, Jennifer Echols can do no wrong. I truly adore her.

That's it, folks! I hope you guys have a wonderful, romantic, magical weekend, filled with books and endless wonder. :)

XOXO

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Winners Galore!!!


WOOHOO, it's time to announce some winners, and boy howdy, are there a lot! For everyone that entered my Box of ARCs, Blogoversary and Tess/Stick giveaways, thank you so much for all your support. Alas, it is time to announce the winners:

The winner of Prize Pack A in the Box of ARCs giveaway is...

TEE!

The winner of Prize Pack B in the Box of ARCs giveaway is...

LISA!

The winner of Without Tess and Stick is...

April X!

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Erin B!


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Wednesday, November 2, 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 Innocent Darkness (The Aether Chronicles #1) by Suzanne Lazear.

Summary: Wish. Love. Desire. Live.

Sixteen-year-old Noli Braddock's hoyden ways land her in an abusive reform school far from home. On mid-summer's eve she wishes to be anyplace but that dreadful school. A mysterious man from the Realm of Faerie rescues her and brings her to the Otherworld, only to reveal that she must be sacrificed, otherwise, the entire Otherworld civilization will perish.

Why I Can't Wait: What first drew me to the book, of course, was the cover. I was super excited to see the cover reveal on Suzanne's blog and fell in love with it instantly. Then, I read the summary. Whoa. Steampunk is quickly becoming one of my favorite genres and though the concept sounds a bit Vampire Diaries to me (Elena must die for the curse to be broken!), I still love it. Plus, FAERIE?! EEEP! I love the fey! Sadly, it looks like we have a really long wait until the release. *Wails*

Expected publication: August 8th 2012 by Flux