Wednesday, September 26, 2012

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. I've got a few today, so let's get this party started!

"Max would follow Sadie anywhere, so when Sadie decides to ditch her problems and escape to Nebraska for the summer, it’s only natural for Max to go along. She is Sadie’s confidante, her protector, and her best friend. This summer will be all about them. This summer will be perfect.

But that’s before they meet Dylan.

Dylan is dangerous and intoxicating, and he awakens something in Max that she never knew existed. No matter how much she wants to, she can’t back away.

But Sadie has her own intensity, and has never allowed Max to become close with anyone else. And Max doesn’t know who she is without Sadie.

There are some problems you just can’t escape."

Why I Can't Wait: Love the cover, love the summary. Amy Reed hasn't failed me yet!

Add it to your Goodreads.

"Sometimes the most dramatic scenes in a high school theater club are the ones that happen between the actors and crew off stage.

Seventeen-year-old Tyler Darcy's dream of being a writer is starting to feel very real now that he's sold his first short story to a literary journal. He should be celebrating its publication with his two best friends who've always had his back, but on this night, a steady stream of texts from his girlfriend Sidney keep intruding. So do the memories of his dream girl, Becky, who's been on his mind a little too much since the first day of high school. Before the night is over, Ty might just find the nerve to stop all the obsessing and finally take action. "

Why I Can't Wait: Tom Leveen is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. His stories are just so creative, real, intense, and fun. This one sounds no different. Plus, the cover? Best one yet!

Add it to your Goodreads.

"A story that starts with a girl and a boy. A girl who loves a boy so much , she'll risk anything for him. And a boy who knows only one thing--- kill anyone who stands in his way.

When you can’t trust yourself, who can you believe?

Everything about Anna’s life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There’s Nick, Cas, Trev . . . and Sam, who’s stolen Anna’s heart. When the Branch decides it’s time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape, killing the agents sent to retrieve them.

Anna is torn between following Sam or staying behind in the safety of her everyday life. But her father pushes her to flee, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs. There’s just one problem. Sam and the boys don’t remember anything before living in the lab—not even their true identities.

Now on the run, Anna soon discovers that she and Sam are connected in more ways than either of them expected. And if they’re both going to survive, they must piece together the clues of their past before the Branch catches up to them and steals it all away."

Why I Can't Wait: All you have to do is read the first three sentences in the summary, and you'll know why I can't freaking wait for this book to come out. And that cover? Sexy, much? RAWR!

Add it to your Goodreads.

And that's all she wrote!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Top Ten Series I Haven't Finished

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish. As you can see, today's topic is the Top Ten Series I Haven't Finished. Let's do it!

The Hunger Games.
I have yet to read Mockingjay. I know, I know, I'm ashamed of myself, too, but I'm so afraid I won't like it. I don't want the series to end!

Beautiful Creatures.
With Beautiful Redemption coming out in a month, I figured I might as well wait until then to read Beautiful Chaos. No cliffhangers for me, thanks!

I honestly don't know why I haven't read Destined yet. I just need to do it already.

So I read Supernaturally last year and to be honest, I didn't really love it as much as the first one. I'm a little afraid Endlessly will be the same.

I still haven't read Hidden! What's wrong with me?

Taken By Wolves.
Nope, still haven't read Taken By Storm, but I plan on fixing this very, very soon.

The Hush, Hush series.
When I get my hands on Finale, I'll finally read Silence and be done!

Perfect Chemistry.
That's right, this romance loving fool hasn't read Chain Reaction yet. I have it. Preordered it...even got it signed, but have I read it yet? Nope. I DON'T WANT IT TO END!

The Soul Screamers series.

Bright Young Things.
The 1920s is calling my name!

And that's it! DON'T JUDGE ME! What series haven't you finished yet?

Monday, September 24, 2012

Review : I Swear

Title: I Swear
Author: Lane Davis
Published: September 4th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Source: ARC courtesy of the publisher for an honest review

"Who’s to blame when bullying leads to suicide? A gripping exploration of crucial importance seeks answers in and out of the courtroom.

After years of abuse from her classmates, Leslie Gatlin decided she had no other options and took her own life. Now her abusers are dealing with the fallout.

When Leslie's parents file a wrongful death lawsuit against their daughter's tormenters, the proceedings uncover the systematic cyber bullying and harassment that occurred. The ringleader of the accused girls, Macie, maintains they are innocent. In her mind, Leslie chose be the coward they always knew she was.

Jillian, Katherine, and Beth try to keep their stories straight and shift the blame, as Jake, Leslie's only true friend, tries to make sense of what happened. As the events leading up to her death unfold, it becomes clear that Leslie may have taken her own life, but her bullies took everything else.

Told in alternating perspectives and through well-paced flashbacks, this timely novel sheds light on both the victims of bullying and the consequences bullies face."

First line: "Leslie Gatlin couldn't believe the words she was reading on the screen."

Thoughts: Heartbreaking, raw, and so incredibly moving, I SWEAR takes you on a tragic tale of how bullying can affect not just the victim's life, but also the bully's...or in this case, the bullies'.

I cannot tell you how much this book broke my heart and touched me. The tragic truth is this book can very much be a nonfiction novel because stories like this exist. People should know and read about how bullying can ruin someone's life and how there are consequences for one's actions.

The author does an impeccable job of not only switching points of views, but also jumping from present tense, to past, and back again. Had this not been done well, the novel would have been a disaster. Thank goodness this is not the case because I really enjoyed reading all the POVs, no matter how hard or cruel.

Of all the stories, Jake's and Beth's moved me the most. Their stories are so opposite, in the sense that Jake wants to save Leslie - the girl who commits suicide-, and Beth wants nothing to do with her. At the same time, both characters are similar in the sense that they don't know what to do or when/how things got so bad. The parts they played in this novel completely tore me apart. Here's two genuinely good people who just lost their way and now have to pay the price.

Macie. The ringleader, the instigator, the mastermind. I am so grateful she was not one of the points of views. Talk about a heartless monster. I honestly don't think she felt any remorse for the part she played in Leslie's life. The only person she cared about was herself and boy, did she do a fabulous job of playing the innocent "friend". Believe me when I say I have never read about a character more cruel than Macie. Eek, indeed.

If you're a fan of Jay Asher's THIRTEEN REASONS WHY, this book is right up your alley. I'm not going to lie and say it's an easy read. It's not. I was in tears 10 pages in, but this really is a novel everyone should read at least once in their life.


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Stacking The Shelves + Weekly Round-Up

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Let's do it!

For Review:
*Broken by A.E. Rought (goodreads)
*Don't Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon (goodreads)

Traded For:
*The Blood Keeper (The Blood Journals #2) by Tessa Gratton (goodreads)

I also bought the second season of Veronica Mars. Somehow the second season beat the first season. Huh.

Weekly Round-Up

*The Top Ten Bookish People I'd Like To Meet. This includes authors, bloggers, etc. I may have cheated a little.
*Where I review STORMDANCER by Jay Kristoff. This book is made of so much win!
*Yeah, I'm A Geek Girl guest post by Joy Preble.

And that's all she wrote! I hope you guys are having a fantabulous week! *MWAH*

Friday, September 21, 2012

Guest Post - Yeah, I'm A Geek Girl: Live With It

Yeah, I’m a Geek Girl: Live With It!
Joy Preble
(Author of the DREAMING ANASTASIA series from Sourcebooks: DREAMING ANASTASIA, 2009; HAUNTED, 2011, ANASTASIA FOREVER, 2012)

People often ask what my inspiration was for the DREAMING ANASTASIA series. And part of the answer, of course, is my fascination with the tragedy writ large that is the Romanovs. Like so many people, I have always wanted to believe that there was more to it than political assassination and a girl who died before she could be what she could be.

But then there’s the other part of the answer. The part of me that wrote Anne because I’d grown up with a love of genre fiction and then cut my writerly teeth on the work of Joss Whedon. That girl is an unrepentant geek. A nerd. And so of course I’d end up writing a book with witches and mermaids and soul jar trope dudes who can’t be killed and a romantic hero who’s handsome and blue-eyed but really kind of a doofus at heart. We geek girls write stuff like that. It’s in our DNA or something. We memorize the titles of Buffy episodes and we go with our friends to the opening day of Serenity and when Adam Baldwin guest stars on Castle with Captain Mal himself, Nathan Fillion, we squeal with geeker joy. And we Tweet that our husband just quipped, “Hey. I hope they run into the Rievers.” And the other million geeks who follow us on Twitter tweet back that this is the greatest line they ever heard.

And stuff like that.

So I present to you: You Know You’re A Geek Girl When. With geeky bullet points and everything. And yeah, it’s all true. Get over it, folks. This is the real me.

You Know You’re a Geek Girl When:

*You agree to appear at Comic Con in Austin with your fellow geek authors. In a mermaid costume. For two days.

*Your favorite moment of the above is meeting James Marsters who played Spike on Buffy. And getting a picture. Signed. (Which you babble about for two days, at least when you can get a word in over Tricia (PJ) Hoover’s rambling about her photo op with Kevin Sorbo.

*Did I mention the seaweed boa?

*You put physics and economics jokes in your manuscript and your agent tells you that maybe this is not as funny as you think it is. But you believe that giving a character a t-shirt that reads ‘Fission Chips’ is hysterical. And that the joke “Two protons walk into a black hole… that’s the joke” is also the funniest thing ever. Really.

*You Google ‘nerd t shirts’ while you’re eating your lunch. More than one day a week.

*You still know the titles of every BTVS episode. And can still quote lines. And if someone says anything close to ‘dance of joy’ your first thought is of Season 2 of Angel when the gang went to Pylea.

*When you realized that you now knew and worked with the blogger who used to blog as Moonrat, you were happy for like a million days. Maybe more.

*You saw The Avengers on opening weekend. And you knew that you had to stay seated when the final credits rolled because it wasn’t really over.

*You also saw The Cabin the Woods. And chatted with your fellow geeks about how it was a meta-horror genre movie. Possibly too meta. But whatever.

*You played viola in the high school orchestra. And were first chair. And dated the 1st chair bassoon player.

*You own a full collection of the paperback novelizations of the original Star Trek series.

*You used to write Star Trek fan fiction. Before there was the Internet. Yes, you and your geek friends exchanged yellow legal pads of manuscripts. Mostly about Mr. Spock’s love life. You now believe that if only you had titled it Fifty Shades of Spock, you would be on easy street now.

*You continue to believe that there is such a thing as a tesseract.

*You wish there were more people who would get excited about the Baba Yaga episode on Lost Girl.

*You screamed in horrified delight at the end of this season’s Vampire Diaries.

*You have worn socks with Birkenstocks. In public. But maybe only once.

*You could continue this list for another thousand pages.

***Special thanks to Joy Preble and Sourcebooks.***

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Review : Stormdancer

Title: Stormdancer (The Lotus War #1)
Author: Jay Kristoff
Published: September 18th 2012 by Thomas Dunne Books
Source: ARC courtesy of the publisher for an honest review

The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; an island nation once rich in tradition and myth, now decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, the land is choked with toxic pollution, and the great spirit animals that once roamed its wilds have departed forever.

The hunters of Shima’s imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to capture a thunder tiger—a legendary creature, half-eagle, half-tiger. But any fool knows the beasts have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Shōgun is death.

Yukiko is a child of the Fox clan, possessed of a talent that if discovered, would see her executed by the Lotus Guild. Accompanying her father on the Shōgun’s hunt, she finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in Shima’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled thunder tiger for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her.

But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire."

Thoughts: When I first heard about STORMDANCER, I instantly knew I had to get my hands on it immediately. Japanese steampunk? Enticed yet? Well folks, you should be. This book is that and so much more. Part fantasy and 100% kick butt, STORMDANCER will take you on an epic journey you hope never ends.

Like most journeys, the road is not easy. There were moments where I was so frustrated, I just wanted to scream. At the same time, there were moments that were so beautiful, so breathtaking, I clutched to the book and hoped for more. This story is filled with such wonderful lore and such a wonderful cast of characters, it felt like I was watching a movie.

I am so grateful the author decided to write a story set in Japan. He included bits and pieces of history and stories I've never heard of. Note to the readers, there is a dictionary in the back of the book. Utilize this. It will help describe terminology you may or may not be familiar with. Trust me, it'll help.

The romance in this novel is very limited and in my personal opinion, should stay that way. There is a love interest, Hiro, but he doesn't have as much depth as I'd like. Sure he's gorgeous, with his sparking green eyes and whatnot, but compared to the other characters in the book, he seems to just fade away in the background. I'm not saying he's poorly written nor bad in any way. I'm just saying he's just a little bland for my taste.

Yukiko, on the other hand, is a fabulous heroine. She's everything anyone could ask for in a protagonist: strong, smart, and fearless. And though she is all of these things and so much more, I must admit that my favorite of all the character was Buruu. Yes, I just admitted my favorite character indeed is the thunder tiger. To me, the story didn't take off till he entered the picture. I mean, a talking flying griffin who speaks to Yukiko! SPEAKS! Of all the dialogue in this novel, Buruu's was by far the wittiest and my personal favorite. I mean, this kid...eeerr, cub?... should go on the road, maybe do some stand-up comedy! How can the thunder tiger be brooding? I don't know, but Buruu is.

Favorite Quotes:

“It's easy to lose yourself in the idea of a person and be blinded to their reality.”

How true is this? Nicely put!

“Dying is easy. Anyone can throw themselves onto the pyre and rest a happy martyr. Enduring the suffering that comes with sacrifice is the real test.”

This quote definitely sets the tone for the book.

“He's probably out there in the hallway right now, composing bad poetry in his head." Michi cleared her throat, her voice taking on a breathless lilt:

'Pale Fox's Daughter,
Her cherry lips haunt my dreams.
Something, something, breasts...'”


Overall, I highly recommend STORMDANCER. If you're a fan of adventurous, heartbreaking books with a beautiful setting, then this is the book for you. It's not always an easy read, but it's undeniably a good one!


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Top Ten Bookish People You Want To Meet

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the ladies at The Broke And The Bookish. This week's topic is the Top Ten Bookish People You Want To Meet. Only ten? TEN?!?!? Okay, let's give this a go!

1. Jennifer Echols. Because I totally heart her and her books. Seriously, I must meet the woman who wrote GOING TOO FAR and SUCH A RUSH. Did you hear she wrote a hot contemporary romance? Add STAR CROSSED to your reading lists! Anywho, Texas. You.

2. Jeri Smith-Ready. The woman created Zach. ZACH! Plus she has awesome taste in music! Let's rock out!

3. Tori from The Book Faery. I totally heart this girl. It's about time we meet and eat and get fat and attempt Zumba while feeling like a stuffed turkey.

4. Alexa from Alexa Loves Books. She's my sista from anotha mista! Seriously, we're even the same shoe size. I mean, COME ON!

5. J.K. Rowling. My dream date (yes, I'm saying date, heh) would be going to Hogwarts in Orlando and drinking butter beer with this lady at The Three Broomsticks. Love her!

6. Tiger, Catie, Sandy, and Andrea. Yes, I grouped them all together. I've known these girls long before blogging and totally heart them. I miss our Skype dates, but hopefully we'll get to meet someday.

7. Elsie Chapman. I love talking to this lady on Twitter. We may or may not be crazy cat women. Everyone should add DUALED to their wish list. Though I haven't read it, just getting to know Elsie makes me want to like whoa.

8. Melina Marchetta. Ever since I picked up SAVING FRANCESCA, I have utterly been in love with Melina's writing. Her books are powerful and beautiful and many other words that end with ful. Please, come to Texas.

9. Megan McCafferty. This lady is brilliant. I interviewed her last year for the URC and loved every answer she gave me. Did you hear she's creating a middle-grade prequel to the Jessica Darling series? I think it starts off with the summer before 7th grade. GLEEEEE!!! Will there be a little Marcus Flutie in there? One can only hope.

10. Courtney Allison Moulton. I have the worst luck when it comes to Courtney. When she's in Texas, I am out of town. What is up with that? Can we PLEASE make this happen? PLEASE?!

11. Courtney Summers. I'm sorry, I can't narrow this down to ten. I have to have Courtney Summers on my list. She's simply amazing. Her books, her photography, all of it makes her the awesome person she is and many of the reasons I'd like to meet her some day.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Review : Entice (Plus An Embrace AND Entice Giveaway!)

Title: Entice (The Violet Eden Chapters #2)
Author: Jessica Shirvington
Published: September 4th 2012 by Sourcebooks Fire
Source: ARC courtesy of the publisher for an honest review

***This review and summary will contain spoilers if you haven't read EMBRACE. Scroll down to the Rafflecopter form below to enter the giveaway.***

"Violet Eden is Grigori - part angel, part human. Her destiny is to protect humans from the vengence of exiled angels.
Knowing who to trust is key but, when Grigori reinforcements arrive, it becomes clear everyone is hiding something. Even Lincoln. The only thing Violet does know: Phoenix's hold over her is more dangerous than ever.
The race to find the one thing that could tilt the balance of power brings them all to the sacred mountains of Jordan, where Violet's power will be pushed to the extreme. And the ultimate betrayal exposed.

Enticed is the second compelling book in The Violet Eden Chapters."

Thoughts: Personally, I'm normally not a fan of books about angels. They're usually hit or miss for me, and even if I like the first book, I sometimes don't like the second. Whenever I first read EMBRACE, I thought to myself "Wow, this is so different from your every day ho-hum angel book!". It read more like a comporary novel with a paranormal (urban fantasyish) twist. The only question that remains, did I enjoy the ENTICE just as much as EMBRACE? Be rest assured, folks, because the answer is yes.

The cover very much describes the mood of the book. It's darker than the first book with an extra special hit of kickbutt. Though I must admit, the first half of the book was a bit of a struggle for me. While it's interesting, the pacing was just a tad slow for my taste. There were moments I utterly fell in love with, moments that kept me reading, and there were moments where I felt a little bored. Thank goodness for Lincoln! He seems to always save the day.

Spreaking of Lincoln, I cannot tell you how much the sexual tension between him and Violet a) drove me insane and b) had me craving for more. What a splendid mixture of longing and restraint. I love and hate the forbidden nature of their relationship. Oh. Em. Gee. Needless to say, I'm excited about the next book!

The last half of the book was impeccable. It was the perfect medley of action, suspense, tension, and mystery. Though I've read many books, the ending wholly caught me offguard. I did not see that coming. It was one of those scenes where you think it might happen, then dismiss it because really, how could it happen? Well, it did. Obviously I can't tell you what this "it" scene is due to spoiler reasons, but I will tell you that it is GOOD!

Would I recommend this series? Absolutely. It's just too fun to pass up. It might not be for everyone, but it was definitely for me. Even if you are not a fan of angel books, you should still consider picking these books up. You don't want to miss out on all the fun, do you? Of course not.



Thanks to the fabulous crew over at Sourcebooks, I am giving away a copy of EMBRACE AND ENTICE. All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is only open to US and CA participants and will end October 4th.

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

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Top Ten Books That Make You Think

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fabulous ladies at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic are the Top Ten Books That Make You Think. Here we gooooo!

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. This book made me think about how people treat others and what an impact it can make.

Article 5 by Kristen Simmons. What would you do if the government truly took over and you didn't have a voice? Eek!

The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas. I couldn't imagine losing a parent, especially my mom. I imagine I'd be as broken as Rose.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman. This book reminds me how fragile life is and how everything can be stripped away in an instant. Do you stay or do you go?

You Against Me by Jenny Downham. Family or love? Right or wrong? Which one would you pick?

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. Again, I don't know what it's like to lose a parent, but if the opportunity presented itself, I do know that I wouldn't pass up a road trip of a lifetime.

Winter Longing by Tricia Mills. I cried like a baby when I read this book. In the first 50 pages no less! It really made me think about how how short life is and how I should tell those I love that I love them every single day.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner. Scary, scary world. It makes you think about how brave you'd be if you didn't have a choice.

Divergent by Veronica Roth. If you've ever read Divergent, you'd understand.

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta. I cannot tell you how much I adore this book. Depression is an issue that's rarely talked about in the YA world, so it's interesting to read about how it affects a girl whose mom suffers from depression.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Review : The Treachery of Beautiful Things

Title: The Treachery of Beautiful Things
Author: Ruth Frances Long
Published: August 16th 2012 by Dial Books
Source: ARC courtesy of the publisher for an honest review. Any quoting maybe subject to change in the final copy.

"A darkly compelling mix of romance, fairy tale, and suspense from a new voice in teen fiction

The trees swallowed her brother whole, and Jenny was there to see it. Now seventeen, she revisits the woods where Tom was taken, resolving to say good-bye at last. Instead, she's lured into the trees, where she finds strange and dangerous creatures who seem to consider her the threat. Among them is Jack, mercurial and magnetic, with secrets of his own. Determined to find her brother, with or without Jack's help, Jenny struggles to navigate a faerie world where stunning beauty masks some of the most treacherous evils, and she's faced with a choice between salvation or sacrifice--and not just her own."

Thoughts: I'll admit, what originally drew me to this novel was the cover. It's just too gorgeous to overlook. The question is, will it's beauty be deceiving? Well, my friends, the answer is simply no. The only thing more beautiful than the cover is the writing.

Background check...

As you can see, the story starts off with a bang. As a child, Jenny watches trees (yes, trees) swallow her brother whole. The thing is, no one believes her. I mean, how could they? After years of therapy and boarding school, Jenny is still haunted by the imagine she saw so long ago. Needless to say, she suffers from a bit of dendrophobia. Eep!

It's not until she hears a sound so beautiful, so haunting it can only come from Tom and his flute. Could it be? Is he playing in the woods? He must know she's there! Before fear can consume her, she rushes into the woods in search of her long lost brother. What she ends up finding is so much more complicated and terrifying than merely trees swallowing a person whole.

I know I've already stated this, but I have to tell you again how much I adored the writing in this book. It kind of reminds me of how WICKED LOVELY by Melissa Marr is written. While the story isn't very similar (other than the faeries), the writing style is. It's incredibly elegant and honestly what kept me reading.

The pacing in this novel is, at times, a little slow. I'm not saying it's bad, but this book is definitely more focused on imagery, character and world building rather than action. Don't get me wrong, there's a handful of suspenseful, even petrifying scenes (AHH, Titania! Oberon! NO!), but the majority of the novel is based around the characters and Faerie.

And lest not forget the romance. The first thing you think of when you see the cover is romance. The first thing you hear in the summary is about romance. With all that said and done, the romance was very mild but also tasteful. There's an obvious attraction between Jenny and Jack yet very little happens between them. They both have obligations and quests that comes first and in a way, neither really know what they're feeling is love. Did I mention it's told through alternating points of view? You have Jenny if first and Jack in third, which is a personal favorite of mine.

Though there's very little romance in this novel, I really wouldn't have it any other way. Too much can be overbearing and would have been if this were the case. The tension between both characters is rather perfect, and I really enjoyed watching them and their relationship grow.

My favorite of all the characters has to be, of course, Puck. Though he's not the comical Puck we've all grown to like, he is the same riddle telling, questionable one we've come to love. He's the perfect amount of complicated and compassionate I adore in fey novels.

Favorite Quotes:

"Faeries. Jenny smiled in bewilderment as they darted about her."

Oh, honey. They may be pretty, but they're dangerous.

"He smiled fully then, such a beautiful smile. She scowled- or tried to. Beautiful boys didn't smile at her."

Did I mention he has one green eye and one blue one? Add a smile like that, and he'll stop hearts around the world!

"Deep in his throat Jack gave a muffled groan, something between submission and resignation, and he gathered her into his arms, deepening the kiss, while his hands moved to her hair, her shoulders, the curve of her side."


Overall, if you're a fan of Melissa Marr's WICKED LOVELY series, I'd recommend this book. It will not only sate your fey fix but will also make you wonder what's really in the woods. Watch out for the trees! They could be dangerous!


Friday, September 7, 2012

Review : Easy

Title: Easy
Author: Tammara Webber
Published: May 25, 2012

"A girl who believes trust can be misplaced, promises are made to be broken, and loyalty is an illusion. A boy who believes truth is relative, lies can mask unbearable pain, and guilt is eternal. Will what they find in each other validate their conclusions, or disprove them all?

When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup two months into sophomore year. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she's single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, and failing a class for the first time in her life.

Leaving a party alone, Jacqueline is assaulted by her ex's frat brother. Rescued by a stranger who seems to be in the right place at the right time, she wants nothing more than to forget the attack and that night--but her savior, Lucas, sits on the back row of her econ class, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. Her friends nominate him to be the perfect rebound.

When her attacker turns stalker, Jacqueline has a choice: crumple in defeat or learn to fight back. Lucas remains protective, but he's hiding secrets of his own. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy."

First line: "I had never noticed Lucas before that night."

Thoughts: I have to say, EASY is one of the best contemporary novels I have read in...well, ever. Believe me when I say this is more than your average story. EASY will take you into a world of heartache, fear, romance, and angst. Be sure your seat belt is on tight and your seats are in the upright position because heeeeere we go.

Background check...

The story starts off with the first night Jacqueline (Don't you dare call her Jackie) meets Lucas. Their first meeting is less than ideal. Terrifying even. From then on, Jacqueline constantly notices Lucas everywhere. For such a large university, you'd think it'd be more difficult. Alas, the world must play this cruel "I don't want to run into this person but I do every where I go" game.

Jacqueline is currently in the process of getting over her ex, Kennedy, and moving on with her life. When her friend Erin (LOVE HER!) suggests Lucas as a rebound, Jacqueline is a bit hesitant. I mean, she hardly knows the guy.

She takes her friend's advice to heart, and as she starts to get to know Lucas, she realizes there's more to him than just a potential booty call. This is when the story truly takes off.

A while back, my friend Karen from For What It's Worth suggested I download EASY immediately. I personally don't like reading eBooks off my iPad, but I made an exception for her. Me being me, I kind of just waited and read other things and let time fly by. Then, Alexa from Alexa Loves Books pushed me to read it. It's kind of hard to say no to two people who's opinion you trust completely. I picked it up, gave it a go and behold, love at first sight. Wow, just wow.

I think a lot of the reason why I love this story so much is because of the characters and personal connection I felt with them. Though I do not understand exactly what Jacqueline and Lucas are going through, I do know how it feels to love, lose, and open yourself up again. These characters had raw, true-to-life emotions that made my heart ache. I loved that they were strangers, turned acquaintances, and then something more. Reading how their relationship progressed was like watching a flower bloom, elegant, fragile, and ravishing.

The secondary characters were wonderful as well. It's wonderful to read a story with such an eclectic mix of characters. They ranged from awesome, to somewhat douchebaggy, and even some terrifying ones. Each one had their own distinctive voice, and I really appreciated that.

The story itself is quite spectacular, too. There's never a dull moment. Each scene will have your heart racing one way or another, whether it's due to lust, love, fear, or wonder. Even recapping this story now is putting a smile on my face. Every now and then, I open up the novel on my iPad and reread my favorite bookmarked scenes. Why? Because it's THAT good.

Favorite Quotes:

“Love is not the absence of logic
but logic examined and recalculated
heated and curved to fit
inside the contours of the heart”


“You're full of contradictions, Ms. Wallace."
I looked up at him and arched a brow. "I'm a girl. That's part of the job description, Mr. Maxfield.”

Yep, that sounds about right!

And because I'm a texter and heart books with texting...

“Lucas: I wanted to talk to you after class, but you disappeared.

Me: I have another class right after. One of those profs who stops talking, stares at you and waits until you get to your seat if you're late.

Lucas: I would probably just walk to my seat even slower. ;)”

I recommend every single one of you download EASY immediately. For my sake and for your's. Trust me, you won't regret it.


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fantabulous ladies at The Broke And The Bookish. This week's topic is the Top Ten Books On Your TBR List. 10? TEN?! Eeek, lets see if I can narrow this down to 10.

I'm starting this one soon and am uber excited!

Love the concept behind TOUCHED.

Jay Kristoff is constantly cracking me up on Twitter. Needless to say, this book is high on my TBR list.

LOOOOVED ENCLAVE and can't wait to see what's installed for Fade and Deuce.

Seriously, Sopranos with chocolate. Just saying.

Maggie Stiefvater's books always make me swoon. How does she do it? I'm saving this one for a rainy day.

I'm so ridiculously excited about STEALING PARKER. Will this make my heart melt into a pile of love goo? I think so.

For when I need a vampire fix.

I cannot tell you how excited I am about TIME BETWEEN US. The publisher at Disney raved on and on about this one and even told me the author based the romance on her relationship with her husband. EEP!

Love me a good fantasy book. Doesn't help that the cover is blue, and I heart all blue things!

And that's it, folks! What are the top ten books on your fall TBR pile?