Wednesday, October 31, 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 books. I've got a couple picks for today. Let's just call this the blue cover edition.

"Set in 111 C.D., one hundred and eleven years after a Catastrophic Disaster has wiped out 99% of humanity and left the earth covered in ice, this new series introduces readers to a ragtag group of friends and the dawning of a new time. The world of reason, of mathematics and science, is ending, and a new civilization is being born from the ice: a world of magic and mayhem, sorcerers and spellcraft.

FROZEN is the first in a trilogy and is set to release in Spring of 2013."

Why I Can't Wait: Melissa De La Cruz is one of my favorite authors and dystopia is one of my favorite genres. Put them both together, and you're sure to have a recipe made of win!

Release date: Expected publication: March 12th 2013 by Putnam

Add it to your Goodreads.

"Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Isn’t that what they say? But how close is too close when they may be one in the same?

The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it. But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career.

Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a Testing candidate; eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the eve of her departure, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies--trust no one.

But surely she can trust Tomas, her handsome childhood friend who offers an alliance? Tomas, who seems to care more about her with the passing of every grueling (and deadly) day of the Testing. To survive, Cia must choose: love without truth or life without trust."

Why I Can't Wait: Ahhh, this book sounds so flippin' good! It even has a swoon-worthy boy! EEEK!

Expected publication: June 4th 2013 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Add it to your Goodreads.

"In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims. But Justin is given a second chance when Mae Koskinen comes to bring him back to the Republic of United North America (RUNA). Raised in an aristocratic caste, Mae is now a member of the military’s most elite and terrifying tier, a soldier with enhanced reflexes and skills.

When Justin and Mae are assigned to work together to solve a string of ritualistic murders, they soon realize that their discoveries have exposed them to terrible danger. As their investigation races forward, unknown enemies and powers greater than they can imagine are gathering in the shadows, ready to reclaim the world in which humans are merely game pieces on their board.

Gameboard of the Gods, the first installment of Richelle Mead’s Age of X series, will have all the elements that have made her YA Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series such megasuccesses: sexy, irresistible characters; romantic and mythological intrigue; and relentless action and suspense."

Why I Can't Wait: Do I even have to explain why? Richelle Mead!!! AHHHH!!!!

Expected publication: June 4th 2013 by Dutton Adult

Add it to your Goodreads.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Top Ten Favorite Kick-Ass Heroines

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fabulous ladies at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is your Top Ten Favorite Kick-Ass Heroines. Eeep, love this topic! Let's do this thing!

1. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. Seriously, do you have to ask why?

2. Hermoine Granger from Harry Potter. Hermoine is the heroine to beat all heroines. Who wouldn't want Hermoine as their best friend and confidant?

3. Tris from Divergent. I don't need to explain why, do I? Didn't think so!

4. Lenah from Infinite Days. The ultimate badass vampire.

5. Jacqueline from Easy. I love her sarcasm and strength. She lives in the "real world"(and also my only non paranormal/fantasy/dystopia pick) and deals with problems other girls face. It makes me heart her even more.

6. Celaena from Throne of Glass. Excuse my crude language, but this girl's got balls, yo. Fo' shizzle.

7. Ember from Article 5. It's funny how I just want to hug her and tell her everything's going to be okay even though it's not. It's even funnier that she'd punch me in the face if I did.

8. Rachel from Defiance. God bless a girl who can fight and has ninja skills.

9. Celia from The Night Circus. Magic? Illusions? Games? I don't even know what I would do if I were Celia which is one of the reasons why she's one of my faves.

10. Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone. You got to love a girl with morals and a lot of heart.

Those are my picks, kiddies! I hope you guys are having a fabulous week thus far. To those in the North East US, stay safe!

Who are some of your favorite heroines?

Monday, October 29, 2012

Becca Fitzpatrick, Elizabeth Miles, and Drew (aka Patch!)

Hey guys! This past Friday, I was fortunate enough to attend Becca Fitzpatrick and Elizabeth Mile's signing at Blue Willow Bookshop. I barely made it on time. Luckily, my very awesome friend, Jess from Gone With the Words, saved me a seat.

They announced the authors, but what I wasn't expecting was for them to announce a very special guest...

That's right kiddos. It's Drew Doyon aka Patch from the covers of the HUSH, HUSH series. Needless to say, every girl in the house immediately started taking photos. RAWR!

The fabulous ladies discussed everything from their books, to current projects, to chips in ice cream. All of them were awesome, and we had a blast. After their Q&A, we had an opportunity to get our books signed. Sadly, I have yet to read any of Elizabeth's books, but I'm definitely going to remedy that ASAP.

Everyone signed books including Patch. The lines were insane, but totally worth it. Be sure and see if they're dropping by a town near you! You won't want to miss out!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Stacking The Shelves + Weekly Round-Up

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Y'all, I'm uber excited about the books I got this week. Ch-ch-check it out!

For Review:
*Easy by Tammara Webber (goodreads)

*The One That I Want by Jennifer Echols (goodreads)
*Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi...had to get the pb with the new cover (goodreads)
*Silence (Hush, Hush #3) by Becca Fitzpatrick (signed by Becca and Drew aka "Patch") (goodreads)
*Finale (Hush, Hush #4) by Becca Fitzpatrick (signed by Becca and Patch) (goodreads)
*In The Arm of Stone Angels by Jordan Dane (goodreads)

***Special thanks to Berkley Trade***

Weekly Round-Up

*My picks for the Top Ten Books To Get Into The Halloween Spirit.
*6 Questions with FROM WHAT I REMEMBER authors Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas. Find out what the craziest thing they did in high school was.
*Wherein I review LOVELY, DARK AND DEEP. Not just a pretty cover.

That's all, folks! What did you guys get this week?

Friday, October 26, 2012

Review: Lovely, Dark and Deep

Title: Lovely, Dark and Deep
Author: Amy McNamara
Published: October 16th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Source: ARC courtesy of the publisher for an honest review

"A resonant debut novel about retreating from the world after losing everything—and the connections that force you to rejoin it.Since the night of the crash, Wren Wells has been running away. Though she lived through the accident that killed her boyfriend Patrick, the girl she used to be didn’t survive. Instead of heading off to college as planned, Wren retreats to her father’s studio in the far-north woods of Maine. Somehwere she can be alone.

Then she meets Cal Owen. Dealing with his own troubles, Cal’s hiding out too. When the chemistry between them threatens to pull Wren from her hard-won isolation, Wren has to choose: risk opening her broken heart to the world again, or join the ghosts who haunt her."

First line: "Be careful what you wish for."

Thoughts: LOVELY, DARK AND DEEP offers everything the title suggests it will: A lovely setting, a dark past, all wrapped into a deep story. Though I must admit, what originally drew me to the novel was it's breathtaking cover. Gorgeous, isn't it? What I wasn't prepared for was the depth and overall intensity of this novel.

Wren use to be a lot of things. She use to go by a different name. She use to live with her mom. She use to have a boyfriend before a tragic car accident left her uninjured and him dead. Use to is the key phrase here, my friends.

Now, instead of going to college, she's living with her dad. Her dad, the artist, who lives in a reclusive area and doesn't exactly know how to be a dad. That's okay. All Wren wants to do is be by herself. Her friends try to keep in contact with her. Call her. See how she's doing. Wren doesn't want any of those things. She wants to escape. She wants to run.

One night, while she's riding her bike, she's literally ran off the road by Cal Owens. Though she insists that she's fine, Cal can't help but want to help her. The thing is, he's suffering from his own problems as well. What neither of them expected to find was comfort in each other.

Wren, of all things, is just a girl who has suffered far too much pain to deal with. She's lost and though the best thing for her to do is confide in her love ones, she decides to keep it all in. She feels the pain and guilt of her loss every second of every day. I really admired how the author wrote Wren's story. It's not easy to depict that sort of all-consuming torment and yet she did. You can literally feel Wren's agony leaping off the pages and even though it's uncomfortable, you can't help but keep reading.

While I enjoyed Wren's character, I must admit I enjoyed Cal's story more. Even after everything he's been through, he still has this warming heart that just somehow comforts you. He's hurting from his own misery, but still puts Wren ahead of his own pain. The selfless characters are usually my favorite ones, so it's no surprise that in this novel, Cal was my favorite.

Now, if you didn't notice, I wrote part of this review using short, somewhat tousled sentences. The reason I did this was because the author does this quite a few times in the novel. I think the reason for this is because she wanted to show Wren's thought process. Wren wasn't seeing the world in beautiful colors, but rather seeing it in black, white, and grey. Though I understand why the author decided to do this, I can't help but feel like it took a bit away from the story. At times, it even became a bit distracting. I would've loved to see this elegant writing to go along with Wren and Cal's world.

Also, to be honest, it did take me a while to get into the story. After some time, I just wanted Wren to live and stop suffering in her own pool of self pity. About a hundred pages or so later, the story finally took off. I rushed to finish it and luxuriated in it's artistry.

Overall, LOVELY, DARK AND DEEP is an emotional book I relished in. While it's not the best book I've read, it's still a splendid one, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I recommend it to anyone out there looking for a touching novel with a lot of heart.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

6 Questions With Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas

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Happy Hump Day! I'm uber excited today to share with you guys an interview I did with FROM WHAT I REMEMBER authors Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas. FROM WHAT I REMEMBER is like "The Hangover" in book form for teens everyone. Think funny adventure from five very unique characters with a hint of romance. Anywho, without further ado, please welcome Stacy and Valerie!

1. How did you guys come up with the concept of the book?

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly how this idea evolved, but it started with a small idea of a girl waking up in a strange place, not remembering what happened the night before, and having to piece it together. We knew we wanted to set the book in a foreign locale, and we knew we wanted it to be highly plotted, with a real ticking clock moving things along. Everything else in the book came about over time, in trying to work out the story and figure out who the characters are.

2. Which character is the most like you?

Valerie: Although I would say there is a little part of each character in me, I would have to choose Kylie as the character most like me. I was not an outcast in high school, but I had plenty of worries and neuroses, and I really didn’t know who I was for a very long time. I was also stubborn and passionate about my points of view, and needed a little perspective.

Stacy: Funnily enough, I think Will is the most like me. A little outrageous, anti-establishment, obsessed with clothes and always ready with a snarky comment.

3. What's the craziest thing you ever did in high school?

Valerie: I went to boarding school in Northern California and a lot of crazy stuff happens at boarding school, but probably my craziest stunt was sneaking off campus for an entire weekend, getting on a Greyhound bus and going to Los Angeles to visit my boyfriend. Didn’t get caught…

Stacy: I went to high school in Pittsburgh where things were pretty tame, for the most part. I grew up in an upper middle class neighborhood where in several parts of town, everyone had pools. I think the most outrageous thing we did was to go pool hopping in people’s swimming pools in the middle of the night. We’d climb over their fences, sneak through yards, slither through bushes, whatever it took to get into their pools for a dip, until we got bored or spotted and then we’d run away into the night. Never got caught…

4. What about the craziest thing you ever ate?

Valerie: I’ve eaten lots of weird things. I’m half Chinese and a lot of the stuff at certain Chinese restaurants is pretty unorthodox – duck tongues, fish eyeballs, chicken feet. I’ve eaten fried insects, and horse meat pizza in France.

Stacy: I’ve traveled extensively through Asia and South America, where I’ve eaten bugs, grasshoppers and various animal organs.

5. Do you guys have any plans on writing another book together?

Yes! We are currently writing two YA novels, and they are both almost done, God willing!!! One is closer to FROM WHAT I REMEMBER, in that it is a funny, romantic story, while the other one is a romantic thriller set in Berlin.

6. Twitter fun! In 140 characters or less tell everyone why they should pick up a copy of FROM WHAT I REMEMBER.

This book will make you swoon, laugh, snort, think, reminisce, ponder, and laugh again, so read it now!!!!

Lena here. I'm still reeling from the horse meat pizza and grasshoppers. *Shudders* Ladies, thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedules to answer a few questions for us. Special thanks to Laura from Disney Hyperion for setting all of this up. Y'all, be sure to grab a copy of FROM WHAT I REMEMBER ASAP. You don't want to miss out on all the fun. For those contemplating getting an eBook verses hardback, I suggest you go with the hardback. Trust me on this'll see. :-)

Anywho, what's the craziest thing you guys have ever done?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Top Ten Books To Get Into The Halloween Spirit

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fabulous ladies at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is the Top Ten Books To Get Into The Halloween Spirit. Woot, love this topic!

TECHNICALLY, I'm currently reading The Diviners. Though I haven't finished it yet, I can say that it's one of the freakiest books I have ever read. It's not the kind of book you want to read alone, in the dark, while it's raining. Just saying.

Nothing like a book about a ghost who rips people in half to celebrate Halloween!

If The Ring and Scream had a baby, TEN would be it's name.

This is the third book in The Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy and my favorite. Zombies...sheesh!

A collection of stories about witches, gypsies, and more? AND it's told by some of the hottest, best authors out there? To say you need this anthology is an understatement.

I totally love this book. If the story doesn't scream Halloween read, the cover does. MUHAHAHAHAHA!

Halloween isn't complete without a vampire book. INFINITE DAYS is a great one, especially since it reminds people that vampires are vicious, bloodsucking creatures. That's right, they don't all sparkle!

Modern day Jack the Ripper? Ghosts? Win!

This one is for all the people out there who hates scary stories. Quite frankly, it's a stunning book.

Demons, guys. DEMONS!

That's my list! What book do you guys recommend for Halloween? Have you read any of the books I listed above? Are you afraid of the dark?! MUAHAHAHAHA...


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Stacking The Shelves + Weekly Round-Up

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Well, what are you waiting for? Let's get this party started!

For Review:
*Bitter Blood (Morganville Vampires #13) by Rachel Caine (goodreads)
*Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick (goodreads)
*Furious by Jill Wolfson (goodreads)
*Level 2 (The Memory Chronicles #1) by Lenore Appelhans (goodreads)

*The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (goodreads)
*For Darkness Shows The Stars by Diana Peterfreund (goodreads) (not shown above)

***Special thanks to Penguin Teen, Macmillan and SimonTEEN***

Weekly Round-Up
*Wherein I review STEALING PARKER by Miranda Kenneally. So, so good y'all!
*The Art of Making Mistakes Guest Post with Miranda Kenneally (plus a STEALING PARKER giveaway!)
*Movies/TV Shows That Should Be Made Into Books...featuring DANCE ACADEMY! WHAT?!

And that's all, folks! I hope you guys are having a fabulous week. Now, if you'll excuse's football time! :D

Friday, October 19, 2012

Movies/TV Shows That Should Be Made Into Books

If you have Netflix and have yet to watch Dance Academy, YOU NEED TO. Thanks to Jess from Gone With The Words and Sarah from Storybound Girl, I'm now obsessed with this show. Feel sorry for them because they both had to deal with my constant texting..."WHAT JUST HAPPENED?", "SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!", "GEEEEERD". Exactly.

Every time I watch this very awesome Aussie show, I can't help but think "Why isn't this a book?!". There are ballet books out there, and Dance Academy would be a great addition to them. I mean, think of all the ways you can spin it.

With the show, you have several love triangles, a cast of lovable-hatable characters, a gorgeous setting (SYDNEY!), and of course...the dancing!

There's drama along with things like backstabbing, injuries, heartache, jealousy, and disappointment. Hey, no one said the competition would be easy, especially in the dance world!

I would love it if Dance Academy were to be made into a series of books, rather than just one or two. Much like the show, the books should start off with Tara's point of view and slowly gravitate towards the others. The covers should be based on whatever show they're doing at the end of the year like The Nutcracker or Peter Pan.

I'm telling you, people would eat this book series up. I know I would. Heck, I'm dying for season 3, and it hasn't even aired in Australia yet. Needless to say, someone needs to get on this NOW. Please? Pretty please with cherries on top?

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Guest Post With Miranda Kenneally + Giveaway

The Art of Making Mistakes: Why messing up is one of the most important things you can do.

I love reading reviews of my books. I always listen to what people have to say in hopes I can make my writing better. However, there’s one thing I’ll never change about my books, no matter what: I’ve seen some readers get upset when my characters make mistakes.

My characters make big mistakes and small mistakes. Some decisions have serious repercussions on the life of not only my main character, but sometimes on the lives of others.

When I was a teenager, I did some very dumb things. Like, one time my parents told me I couldn’t go to the Aerosmith concert, but I took their car and went anyway. My parents got really upset. Sure, I loved the concert, but afterwards I had to live with the guilt of hurting my parents and doing something I knew was wrong. They grounded me for a month!

Another time, I told a friend a serious lie because I thought it would impress her. She was always doing things that were “cool” and I wanted to feel cool too. I wanted her to think I was worthy of our friendship. Instead of thinking I was cool, she told a bunch of people what I said and spread the gossip about me all over school. What made it especially bad was that some people knew it wasn’t true. I was so embarrassed and ashamed. And I was sad that my “friend” wasn’t a true friend. But I learned from the mistake. I learned not to lie anymore, and I learned that true friends will love me for who I am, not what I’ve done.

When I’m writing a book, I’m not scared to have my characters screw up. If we don’t screw up, we can’t learn, and then we can’t become better people.


Thanks to Sourcebooks, I am giving away a copy of STEALING PARKER. If you didn't notice, I reviewed STEALING PARKER yesterday and thought it was the shiznit. It's a must read, and here's your chance to win a copy.

All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below. As per usual, extra entries will be rewarded to people who follow Miranda on twitter, "like" CATCHING JORDAN on Facebook, etc. This giveaway is only open to US and CA participants and will end November 17th.

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

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Review : Stealing Parker

Title: Stealing Parker
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Published: October 1st 2012 by Sourcebooks Fire
Source: ARC courtesy of the publisher for an honest review

"Red-hot author Miranda Kenneally hits one out of the park in this return to Catching Jordan's Hundred Oaks High.

After her family's scandal rocks their conservative small town, 17-year-old Parker Shelton goes overboard trying to prove that she won't turn out like her mother: a lesbian. The all-star third-baseman quits the softball team, drops 20 pounds and starts making out with guys--a lot. But hitting on the hot new assistant baseball coach might be taking it a step too far...especially when he starts flirting back."

First line: "Bubblegum Pink is the nail polish of the day."

Thoughts: After reading CATCHING JORDAN, I knew I had to get my hands on STEALING PARKER as soon as humanly possible. I had high expectations and wondered whether or not the author's sophomore novel would be as good as her first. Would it make my heart skip a thousand beats? The answer to this question is plain and simple. Yes...yes, yes, YES!

Unlike Jordan from CATCHING JORDAN, Parker is a man's lady. She's not one of the boys and is considered to be a player (not of the baseball variety). Parker has a reputation for being a bit of a, what's the proper term? Harlot? But if you know her, really know her, you'd know that's not necessarily true. After dealing with a controversy with her mom, being shunned by her friends and even church, Parker has decided to transform herself. Gone is the softball playing muscular girl and in with the skinny valedictorian vixen. Personally, I enjoyed Parker's character more than Jordan's. It felt like she had more to prove, and I reveled in the complexities of her life and personality.

In the beginning, it was only about making out with boys and figuring things out. Of course, this all changes when Coach Hoffman enters the picture. He's hot and seems to be just as lost as she is. He gets her, but he's still the baseball coach and an authority figure. So what's a girl to do when she has a crush on the new coach and he seems to feel the same way?

At first, I was a little weirded out by the whole student-coach relationship. Technically, he's only a few years older than her but it might as well be an entire generation gap. After so many pages though, while I wasn't rooting for Brian (aka Coach Hoffman), I did somewhat understand why Parker was so attracted to him and vice versa. Their relationship was mosaic, perplex, and enthralling. It was fun to read and at the same time, you knew it would eventually blow up in their way or another.

My personal swoon-worth contender is Will aka Corndog. I love how awkward and lovable he is. He's that genuinely nice guy you can't help but love. His loyalty and friendship is undeniable. He will always have your back, regardless of the circumstances. It's one of the many reasons why I completely heart him.

One of my favorite things about STEALING PARKER are the cameo appearances from CATCHING JORDAN. I love that Sam Henry plays a role in the story, and you even get glimpses of Jordan. It was like taking a trip down memory lane, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Overall, I would recommend STEALING PARKER to all fans of contemporary and YA novels. You don't have to read CATCHING JORDAN in order to understand or relish this novel, but it will definitely help you cherish it more. Be sure to give yourself enough time to read it. Once you start, you will not, I repeat...WILL NOT, want to stop.


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Stacking The Shelves + Weekly Round-Up

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. I scream, you scream, we all scream for...books! Yay, let's get this party started!

For Review:
*Breaking Point (Article 5 #2) by Kristen Simmons (goodreads) LOVED Article 5, so I'm super excited about this one!
*Splintered by A.G. Howard (goodreads) You had me at Alice In Wonderland.
*The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver (goodreads)WOO, Lauren Oliver!


*Stolen Night(s) by Rebecca Maizel (goodreads)Because I can't wait for the US release. Doesn't help that the UK cover is GORGEOUS!

Weekly Round-Up

*The Top Ten Books That Left Me With My Mouth Hanging Open
*Waiting on Wednesday with books by Jennifer Brown and Miranda Kenneally.
*Wherein I review The Dark Heroine- Dinner With A Vampire by Abigail Gibbs.

And there you have it! What did you guys get in the mail this week? Anything awesome? Let me know!


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Review : The Dark Heroine- Dinner With A Vampire

Title: The Dark Heroine- Dinner With A Vampire
Author: Abigail Gibbs
Expected publication: October 25th 2012 by Harper Voyager

"The sexiest romance you’ll read this year…

One moment can change your life forever…

For Violet Lee, a chance encounter on a darkened street draws her into a world beyond her wildest imaginings, a timeless place of vast elegance and immeasurable wealth – of beautiful mansions and lavish parties – where a decadent group of friends live for pleasure alone. A place from which there is no escape… no matter how hard Violet tries.

Yet all the riches in the world can’t mask the darkness that lies beneath the gilded surface, embodied in the charismatic but dangerous Kaspar Varn.

Violet and Kaspar surrender to a passion that transcends their separate worlds – but it’s a passion that comes at a price…"

First line: "Trafalgar Square is probably not the best place to stand at one o’clock in the morning."

Thoughts: Can you say addicting, much? I went into THE DARK HEROINE with an open mind, honestly thinking I probably wouldn't like it and yet, behold! I like it! I really do!

I know it's being compared to as the newest, younger "50 Shades", but I honestly don't know why. Even the first sentence in the summary screams sex, but I promise you that this isn't that kind of book at all. This book is not an erotica novel in any way, shape, or form. If anything, I would probably categorize it as older young adult, new adult, or even urban fantasy. There are a few sexy scenes, but they're done tactfully to where a teenager could read it and not think "What are they doing?". Now that I think about it, there is one scene that kind of threw me off (it involves vampires and a carnival), but it was brief and only involved a couple sentences. Still no where near the erotica genre.

What I really enjoyed about this book is how the author depicted vampires as hunters. They're at the top of the food chain, are scary, and (at times) show very little remorse for their actions. They are not gentle creatures, and I appreciated that. Thank you for reminding us that not all vampires sparkle in the sunlight!

The characters in this novel are not necessarily lovable, but interesting and creative. They can be jerks or idiots and make incredibly poor decisions, but doesn't that make them all the more real? This doesn't mean that sometimes their decisions (VIOLET! KASPER!) can't frustrate the heck out of you, but it does make them more believable.

While the story is told through Violet's point of view, the author does throw in a few Kaspar chapters for you. Personally, I'm grateful for this because it's interesting to see how such a complex character thinks. To be quite honest, I HATED him in the beginning. I don't even know if I like him now, however, it was nice knowing what he was thinking and why he acts the way he does.

The concept behind the prophecy, the war, and the dimensions was done exceptionally well. The mystery and suspense had me up reading in the wee hours of the night, trying to find out what it is and why it's so important. It gave the novel this fantasy aspect that I really enjoyed.

Overall, I would recommend THE DARK HEROINE to older teens and adults looking for a vampire-romance fix. If you're looking for a book that's kind of cheesy, a bit scary, can be funny, full of action, and extremely addicting, than this is the book for you. Not all people will love it, but if you're in a vampire reading slump, you might want to give this book a go.


Wednesday, October 10, 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 books. I've got a couple picks for today, so fasten your selt belts. It's going to be a fun ride!

"Ashleigh's boyfriend, Kaleb, is about to leave for college, and Ashleigh is worried that he'll forget about her while he's away. So at a legendary end-of-summer pool party, Ashleigh's friends suggest she text him a picture of herself -- sans swimsuit -- to take with him. Before she can talk herself out of it, Ashleigh strides off to the bathroom, snaps a photo in the full-length mirror, and hits "send."

But when Kaleb and Ashleigh go through a bad breakup, Kaleb takes revenge by forwarding the text to his baseball team. Soon the photo has gone viral, attracting the attention of the school board, the local police, and the media. As her friends and family try to distance themselves from the scandal, Ashleigh feels completely alone -- until she meets Mack while serving her court-ordered community service. Not only does Mack offer a fresh chance at friendship, but he's the one person in town who received the text of Ashleigh's photo -- and didn't look.

Acclaimed author Jennifer Brown brings readers a gripping novel about honesty and betrayal, redemption and friendship, attraction and integrity, as Ashleigh finds that while a picture may be worth a thousand words . . . it doesn't always tell the whole story."

Why I Can't Wait: Jennifer Brown writes some of the most real and raw books I have ever read. With her, I never know whether a book will have a happy ending, but I do know it'll end with a message to take with you. Something to think about, so to speak.

Expected publication: May 21st 2013 by Little Brown Books for Young Readers

"Companion to Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker.

Kate has always been the good girl. Too good, according to some people at school—although they have no idea the guilty secret she carries. But this summer, everything is different…

This summer she’s a counselor at Cumberland Creek summer camp, and she wants to put the past behind her. This summer Matt is back as a counselor too. He’s the first guy she ever kissed, and he’s gone from a geeky songwriter who loved The Hardy Boys to a buff lifeguard who loves to flirt…with her.

Kate used to think the world was black and white, right and wrong. Turns out, life isn’t that easy…"

Why I Can't Wait: It's simple. I love all of Miranda Kenneally's books. How can I not? I started STEALING PARKER last night and am almost done with it. Stayed up late and everything. It also doesn't help that this book sounds so stinking good. Thus, saying I need her next book is a bit of an understatement.

Expected publication: March 1st 2013 by Sourcebooks Fire

What books are you guys exciting about?

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Top Ten Book Endings That Left Me With My Mouth Hanging Open

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the ladies at The Broke and the Bookish. This week is a freebie week, so I decided to pick the Top Ten Book Endings That Left Me With My Mouth Hanging Open.

I cried, I was in shock, I was crushed.

Surprise doesn't even begin to describe the ending of this book.

If you've read it, you'd know.


:O! Seriously.

Not only did this leave me with my mouth open, it also left me in tears.

Whoa. Whoa.

Did not see that coming!

Sequel cliffhangers with an insane ending. Yep, that pretty much sums it up.

Here's what I wrote on Goodreads: "NOOOOOOOO!!!! What kind of ending is that?! I can't wait another year and half for book 3. I just can't! AHHHHH!!!!".

And that's all, folks! What books left your mouth hanging open?

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Stacking The Shelves + Weekly Round-Up

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. I wasn't in town last weekend, so this is going to be a two week haul. Let's get started, shall me?

For Review:
*The Loop by Shandy Lawson (goodreads)
*Shadowlands by Kate Brian (goodreads)
*Unremembered by Jessica Brody (goodreads)

*Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan (signed and personalized!) (goodreads)
*Taken By Storm (Raised By Wolves #3) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (signed and personalized!) (goodreads)
*Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley (signed and personalized!) (goodreads)
*From What I Remember by Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas (goodreads)

I know, this isn't a book, but I'm just so super excited. It's here, it's here! I finally got the first season of Veronica Mars. Let the VM marathon begin!

Weekly Round-Up
*Top Ten "Older" Books I Don't Want People To Forget About.
*Waiting on Wednesday with featured books by an awesome writing duo (Andrea Cremer and David Levithan), Gayle Forman, and Sarah Ockler.
*Wherein I review BREATHE by Sarah Crossan.

That's all, folks! Have a fantabulous Sunday. Can you believe it's already October? Eep!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Review : Breathe

Title: Breathe (Breathe #1)
Author: Sarah Crosan
Publication: October 2nd 2012 by Greenwillow
Source: ARC courtesy of the publisher for an honest review

"Inhale. Exhale.
Breathe . . .
The world is dead.
The survivors live under the protection of Breathe, the corporation that found a way to manufacture oxygen-rich air.

has been stealing for a long time. She's a little jittery, but not terrified. All she knows is that she's never been caught before. If she's careful, it'll be easy. If she's careful.

should be worried about Alina and a bit afraid for himself, too, but even though this is dangerous, it's also the most interesting thing to happen to him in ages. It isn't every day that the girl of your dreams asks you to rescue her.

wants to tell him that none of this is fair; they'd planned a trip together, the two of them, and she'd hoped he'd discover her out here, not another girl.

And as they walk into the Outlands with two days' worth of oxygen in their tanks, everything they believe will be shattered. Will they be able to make it back? Will they want to?"

First line: (From Alina's point of view) "Breathing is a right, not a privilege, so I'm stealing it back."

Thought: It's no wonder dystopia is quickly becoming one of my favorite genres, and BREATHE is a prime example as to why. From the world building to the characters and everything in-between, I simply fell head over heals in love with the story. It's terrifying, it's fun, it's dangerous, it's awesome.

Imagine a world where trees are artificially grown and air is taxed. The Premiums (or shall I say rich?) are marked behind their ear and can breathe, run, dance as often as they like. The poor, on the other hand, must be cautious. Can you picture it? Take a deep breath because that's the only one you'll get until the very end of this remarkable, excruciating tale.

BREATHE is told through three incredibly different characters who, like most, are ironically tied together. Let's start with Alina. As you can see from the first line, she believes breathing is a right, not a privileged. She's your modern day Robin Hood, taking from the rich, giving to the poor, and looking for solutions beyond air taxes and the dome. Of course, it's always fun to say you'll do the right thing until you get caught. Overall, I really enjoyed Alina's character. She's tough and fearless, but also caring. She's the type of person you want to have your back and will stand up for whatever she believes in, whether person or cause. She can be reckless and a bit abrasive, but that's part of her charm and what makes her so much fun.

Then you have Quinn. He's one of the lucky ones, born into the elite and never having to worry about running out of air. He's also best friends with Bea and get this... is actually a nice guy. I know, crazy right? The only thing about him is he's a little, what's the word? Dense? Yes, he's a little very dense, especially when it comes to girls. There were moments where I just wanted to slap him and scream "HEY! ARE YOU BLIND?! COME ON!!!". Alas, I do not have the super power to jump into books and save the day. I did enjoy Quinn's character, even though he frustrated me. He's a great friend to have, and I can completely see why Bea hearts him. Did I swoon over him? No, not yet, but maybe that's what the sequel is for.

Oh, Bea. Sweet, intelligent, forgotten Bea. Of all the characters, I must say I love her the most. She's the smartest person in her class and sometimes gets overlooked because of where she's from. This also happens to define her relationship with boys. I think the reason why I adore her so much is because she's completely relatable. Who hasn't been overlooked by a boy or a teacher or anyone in general? She's like any teenage girl, wanting to be seen. Sadly, it's one of those things you just have to deal with, and that's what Bea does. She deals with it while remaining a good friend. She does have a few tricks up her sleeve, but that's for you (the reader) to find out.

Though I must admit, to me, the story really took off when these death defying trio actually leave the dome to go camping. For some, it'll be a fun vacation. For others, it'll be a chance to escape. Who, you ask? Well, I guess you'll have to read it to find out. There will be obstacles and dare I say, things that bump in the night? Two days worth of air and not enough time. DUN, DUN, DUN!

For fans of dystopia, I highly recommend checking out BREATHE. This is one of those books you'll drop everything to finish. Even after it's over, you'll be craving for more. Be careful, the path to freedom is normally paved with heartache and pain. And sometimes, it's not the kind you're expecting...