Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Birthday Giveaway


WOOHOO, it's my birthday and what better way to celebrate than to host a giveaway? I decided to celebrate it "Hobbit style" by giving away your choice of any YA book. YIPPIE! Let's talk rules for a second, shall we?

*To enter, all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Extra entries will be rewarded to followers, tweets, etc.
*You must be at least 13 and up to enter this giveaway. If you are under the age of 18, please make sure you have your parent's permission prior to entering.
*This giveaway is open to international participants provided The Book Depository delivers to your area. Be sure to check and make sure they do before you enter!
*This giveaway will end February 29, at midnight CST.

That's it. Now, lets get this party started!



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Monday, January 30, 2012

Better Know A Blogger Sign Ups


During the Ultimate Reviewer's Challenge, Karen, Tiger, and I host a feature called Better Know A Blogger. Basically, we interview and feature bloggers on our blog. If you would like to be featured, all you need to do is sign up. With the large amount of people that signed up last year, we went ahead and decided to add a couple rules:

*Due to the amount of bloggers that signed up last year, we are putting a cap on the number of bloggers we'll be featuring. This will be on a first come, first serve basis.

*If you sign up on Addicted 2 Novels, please do not sign up on For What It's Worth nor All-Consuming Media. Since there is a cap, we want as many different bloggers to be featured as possible.

**Sign ups are closed! I will be contacting all the interviewees shortly**

LOOOOVE Y'ALLLLLL!!!!!

XOXO,

Sunday, January 29, 2012

In My Mailbox...Sort of

I originally planned on posting my ALA books from last weekend, but I thought I'd do something a little different. Instead, I am posting the books that I donated to the Houston Public Library, aka "Friends Warehouse."


Carrying that to the car and into the center? Not so much fun. I think I bruised my bottom.

I'm not posting this because I want people to think "Oh Lena! You're such a good person!". No. If I wanted attention, I'd video tape myself dancing the funky chicken naked and post it on YouTube.

The reason I'm posting this is because there has been so much negative energy flying around the internet about ALA and bloggers. While I understand where everyone is coming from, I also think that instead of spending all that time being angry and arguing with each other, maybe everyone should spend it doing something good. I get it. Certain things piss me off, too. When I see someone wearing a brown belt and black shoes, I want to run up to them and scream "No! Fashion faux pas, much?!", then tweet about it and tag Joan Rivers in the process. The thing is, what does that solve? Nothing. What's done is done and while everyone is entitled to their own opinions, hurting someone else's feelings only creates another problem. There shouldn't be a librarians vs bloggers, bloggers vs bloggers, elephants vs bloggers war. We're all doing this because we love books and want to share that love with others, right?

There is so much hatred in the world, it's insane. Instead of adding to that, maybe we should all turn that negative energy into something good. Volunteer to help others, donate things to Goodwill or a shelter or donate books you know you won't read again to the library. So many people in the world are worse off than the rest of us that we forget how fortunate we are. I guess what I'm trying to say in my own hippy way is make peace, not war.

Love me or hate me for it, but that's how I feel.

Friday, January 27, 2012

3rd Semi-Annual Ultimate Reviewer's Challenge


It's that time again! For those who don't know, Karen from For What It's Worth, Tiger from All-Consuming Media, and I host a challenge called the Ultimate Reviewer's Challenge. Throughout the month of February, we're challenging Bloggers and Reviewers to write as many reviews as possible. At the end of the month, 2 lucky bloggers will win the prize packs listed below. Remember, each review is an entry and the only way you can enter is to link your reviews!

Ready for the rules?

*You must have a blog.
*These must be real reviews, meaning more than just a couple of sentences describing the book. We'll be checking to make sure you're posting legitimate reviews!
*All reviews must have been posted for the first time during the month of February 2012. You can't just enter all your old reviews.
*No one review can be entered twice on the same blog. That doesn't mean you can't post the same review on each one of our blogs (for a total of 3 entries per review), just not the same review twice on the same blog.
*On Addicted 2 Novels and All-Consuming Media, this contest will be open to US participants only. On For What It's Worth, the URC is open to international participants.
*Contest ends March 1st, midnight, CST.
*Rules and regulations are subject to change depending on current situations. Don't worry, you'll be informed.

Feel free to post a button on your blog. Aren't they adorable? Special thanks to the amazing Sandy at Scribing Shadows for designing our awesome banner and buttons!! *hugglessquishies*

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Lets talk prizes. This time, there will be two winners. The first place winner will receive 5 highly anticipated ARCs and the second place winner will receive 3. The prizes from Karen, Tiger's, and my blog vary so be sure to sign up/link up on each of our blogs. Here are the prize packs being offered at Addicted 2 Novels:


First place will win...


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What are you waiting for? Sign up, grab a button and start writing those reviews!


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Wednesday, January 25, 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. This week, my pick is Dangerous Boy by Mandy Hubbard.

Summary: "Harper’s new boyfriend Logan Townsend is everything she never knew she always wanted—tall, muscular, with tousled brown hair that falls effortlessly around his face. But what’s most exciting about Logan is that he’s exhilaratingly dangerous, and dating him allows Harper to say, “buh bye” to her good-girl past and “hello” to newfound adventure.

There’s only one problem with Harper’s otherwise heart-stopping romance: Logan’s twin brother Daemon. Harper knows he’s a bad seed, but she tries to look past his dark, icy stare and his chilling demeanor. After all, he and Logan are a package deal.

Then cow bones start appearing in people’s mailboxes, a flock of birds show up dead, and all of the cars in the senior parking lot are given flat tires—and covered with blood-red handprints. Logan insists that Daemon isn’t involved—sure, he’s had some trouble in the past, but they moved to Harper’s quiet northwest Washington town so that they could both start over.

Harper desperately wants to believe Logan, but the more he tries to protect his brother, the more she wonders what she isn’t being told. Now, Harper must unearth the hidden secrets of the mysterious Townsend brothers’ history if she and Logan are to have any hope of a future. But learning what brought Logan and Daemon to town won’t put just her heart in jeopardy... She’s playing with her life."

Why I Can't Wait: Hello? It's written by Mandy Hubbard so you know it's going to be good! The summary sounds a bit eerie, and I love it. Cow bones in people's mailboxes?

*Shudders*

The cover. While it's not my favorite cover, I still think it speaks volume. It says I'm creepy yet still fashionable. Needless to say, this novel addicted is EXCIIIIIIITED!

Expected publication: August 30th 2012 by Razorbill

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Review : Gossip Girl Psycho Killer

Title: Gossip Girl, Psycho Killer
Author: Cecily von Ziegesar
Published: October 3rd 2011 by Poppy
Source: Received from the publisher for an honest review

Summary: "Welcome to New York City's Upper East Side, where my friends and I live, go to school, play, and sleep-sometimes with each other. It's a luxe life, but someone's got to live it . . . until they die.
So begins Gossip Girl, Psycho Killer, a re-imagined and expanded slasher edition of the first groundbreaking Gossip Girl novel, featuring all new grisly scenes and over-the-top gore by #1 New York Times bestselling author Cecily von Ziegesar.

Just as in the original story, Serena returns from boarding school hoping to make amends with her BFF Blair Waldorf--things just haven't been the same since Nate Archibald came between them. But here's where our dark tale takes a turn: Serena decides that the only way for her to make things right with Blair is to eliminate Nate. If that means killing him, well, c'est la vie. Her attempted murder doesn't go unnoticed by Blair, however, who isn't about to let Serena kill whoever she wants-not when there's Cyrus Rose and Chuck Bass and Titi Coates and everyone else who's ever irritated Blair to get rid of first . . . .

American Psycho's Patrick Bateman has met his match in Manhattan's newest, most fabulous trendsetting serial killers, Blair Waldorf and Serena van der Woodsen."


First line: "'I'm watching Dexter reruns all morning in my room so I wouldn't have to eat breakfast with them', Blair Waldorf told her two best friends and Constance Billard School classmates, Kati Farkas and Isabel Coates."

Thoughts: The best way to describe Gossip Girl, Psycho Killer is when Dexter meets the Upper East Side. After all, the book was influenced by the hit show. While there's no real complexities to the overall story, it's still a fun read for anyone who's a fan of the series or even the CW show.

For those who have read the previous Gossip Girl books, the story follows the same story line as the first book. The only difference is instead of playing mean girl games that could break even strongest person, they just go ahead and kill them off. Slept with my boyfriend? That's okay. I'll just shove this super shiny knife through your heart, and we'll call it even.

Even though this book didn't have a lot of depth, I still found it to be a fun read. It won't break your heart or make you think, but the overall absurdity will make you laugh. I don't really know whether or not the author will continue with this parody, but if she did, I'd check them out. It's a fun companion to the series I'm sure fans will enjoy.

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Friday, January 20, 2012

ALA Midwinter


Hey Guys! ALA Midwinter starts today! I'll be travelling with my good friends Ginger from GReads, Jess from Gone With The Words and Sarah from Story Bound Girl . I'm super excited about the event/authors but even more excited about hanging out with all of my favorite blogger friends!

Will you be there? If so, I'd love to see you! Shoot me an email at addicted2novels(at)gmail(dot)com. We'll grab coffee, cupcakes and high-five all over the convention center.

(I know we're not going to the Book Fair, but I thought this picture was too ironic and cute to pass up.)



Love you guys!

XOXO

Wednesday, January 18, 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. This week, my pic is Flirting In Italian by Lauren Henderson.

Summary: "Four girls. One magical, and possibly dangerous Italian summer. Family mysteries, ancient castles, long hot nights of dancing under the stars . . . and, of course, plenty of gorgeous Italian boys!"

Why I Can't Wait: I'll admit, the summary doesn't reveal much but what it does say makes me want to tear into this book like it's going out of style. Italy? Yes! Italian boys? YES! Long hot nights? YES, YES, YES!!! Plus, the cover's super cute. There's nothing better than riding on the back of a scooter with a hot guy. :-)

Expected publication: June 12th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Review: Bittersweet

Title: Bittersweet
Author: Sarah Ockler
Published: January 3rd 2012 by Simon Pulse

Summary: "Once upon a time, Hudson knew exactly what her future looked like. Then a betrayal changed her life, and knocked her dreams to the ground. Now she’s a girl who doesn’t believe in second chances… a girl who stays under the radar by baking cupcakes at her mom’s diner and obsessing over what might have been.

So when things start looking up and she has another shot at her dreams, Hudson is equal parts hopeful and terrified. Of course, this is also the moment a cute, sweet guy walks into her life…and starts serving up some seriously mixed signals. She’s got a lot on her plate, and for a girl who’s been burned before, risking it all is easier said than done.

It’s time for Hudson to ask herself what she really wants, and how much she’s willing to sacrifice to get it. Because in a place where opportunities are fleeting, she knows this chance may very well be her last…"

First line: "Three years ago... It was the biggest competition night of my life, but all I could think about was the cheetah bra.

Thoughts: No one writes contemporary novels like Sarah Ockler. Bittersweet offers readers a range of teenage angst, family drama and frustratingly good romance that will have your heart melting one second and screaming the next. Just like a cupcake, it's sweet, delicious and something you'll want to savor till the very end.

Hudson use to be the type of girl that knew what she wanted. Now she's not so sure. She spends most of her days hiding behind her cupcakes and dreaming of what could have been. Luckily, this situation doesn't last forever.

After a crash collision (literally) with Josh Blacktorn (Hottie plus hockey star), Hudson's life begins to change. Suddenly the things that seemed so impossible might be within reach. When life offers you a second chance at persuing your dreams, do you take it or continue living in the 'what could have been'?

Hudson is the type of character anyone can easily relate to. She's down to earth, funny and awkward all rolled into one confused teenage girl. I loved the scene when she first meets Josh. Her reaction and their conversation is probably the best description of shy-girl-meets-cute-boy I have read in quite some time. Adorable! Plus, she's a family girl. You can tell her loves her family through and through, even if they sometimes take advantage of her. Her relationship with her little brother is precious. I love that the little guy is a CSI nut! Cute, cute, cute!

One of my favorite characters in the book is probably Hudson's best friend Dani. Geez, at times that girl had be laughing out loud! She's the type of character that reminds you of your very own best friend, and no one rocks more than your BFF!

Onto boys. Hudson encounters her school's entire hockey team, so there are lots of boys in this book. The main two, Josh and Will, are both equal parts hottie and swoon-worthy. If I had to chose my favorite (which is really hard), I would probably go with Josh. I tend to fall harder for the guy that's first introduced in a book. Yes, I'm that kind of walking stereotype! Plus, I swooned over each and every conversation he had with Hudson. It didn't matter whether they were talking about cupcakes or skating or the weather, I loved them all.

Overall, I would highly recommend Bittersweet for any contemporary fan and even paranormal fans looking to be introduced into the wonderful world of contemporary literature. If you've ever let go of a dream and wished so badly for a second chance, read about Hudson's story. It's so good, you'll be smiling until your lips fall off!

BONUS: Each chapter begins with a cupcake description that best suits that chapter. YUM!

Rating:

Sunday, January 15, 2012

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Krist at The Story Siren. SUPER excited about the books I got this week. Ch-ch-check it out!


For Review:
*The Last Echo (The Body Finder #3) by Kimberly Derting (goodreads/amazon)
*Girl Meets Boy: Because There Are Two Sides To Every Story by Kelly Milner Halls (Editor) (goodreads/amazon)

Trades:
*The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg (goodreads/amazon)- Thank you, Sarah!
*Bloodrose (Nightshade #3) by Andrea Cremer (Not pictured. Thanks, Stacy!) (goodreads/amazon)

Bought:
*Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler (Already read and LOVED!)(goodreads/amazon)
*The Fault In Our Stars by John Green (Signed! Giggidy!) (goodreads/amazon)
*Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey (goodreads/amazon)

Won:
*$25 Barnes and Noble Giftcard (not pictured). Thank you so much Bailey and Miranda Kenneally!!! You guys rock my socks off!

I also got my street team kit from Holly Cupala this week. Thanks, Holly! Be on the look out for giveaways coming in the very near future.


***Special thanks to Harper Teen, Chronicle Books, Sarah at Escaping Through Books , Bailey at IB Book Blogging, Miranda Kenneally, and Holly Cupala!***

Feel free to leave links to your IMM posts below, and I'll be sure to drop by (unless the Texans are playing, in which case, I'll drop by after :-P )!

XOXOXOXOXO!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Review: Cinder

Title: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1)(goodreads/amazon)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Published: January 3rd 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
Source: ARC courtesy of the publisher for an honest review

Summary: "Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future."


First line: "The screws through Cinder's ankle had rusted, the engraved cross marks worn to a mangled circle."

Thoughts: First of all, I have to say that I love retellings of stories I grew up with. Now, add a dystopian take on it, and you have a book that's made of win. In Cinder's case, it brought back memories of the classic tale, but adds it's own modern twist. It's strange, full of drama, and most importantly, good!

I'll admit, when I first started reading Cinder, I had a difficult time relating to the story. At times, I even had difficulty following it. After all, I don't live with cyborgs so how am I to know what they look like or how they function?

As the story progresses, however, you begin to see that cyborgs aren't just half human-half machine beings, but second class citizens. Some people even look at them with disgust. In Cinder's case, even though she is one of the best mechanics around, people still look down on her because of her half mechanical nature. She can't even count on her "family" with the exception of one of her younger step sisters. Then, one day, Prince Kai wanders into her store, and her life changes. Whether for better or worse, you'll have to read it to see.

My favorite thing about this book has the be the creativity and imagination Meyer uses to weave her story. No one out there can argue that this book isn't 100% original. Meyer thought outside the box, and the story really paid off.

I loved the idea of using a futuristic China as the setting. China's a beautiful country and definitely somewhere I'd love to visit one day. I will say I would've liked to see more description as far as the setting goes. You know it's China because they're in "New Beijing", however, they could've been anywhere in the world. What makes this place New Beijing? Heck, what makes it different than where I live? I really hope the sequel answers these questions for me.

Let's talk about romance. The romance factor is definitely there, but it's also light. After all, this is just the first book. You can't throw all your chips in one hand! I adored Prince Kai and found him very lovable. He's not necessarily swoon-worthy, but he definitely has potential.

Overall, I really enjoyed Cinder's tale. I will admit that I saw the ending coming, though it doesn't take anything away. Folks, there is a cliffhanger so prepare yourselves for that. I very much look forward to Cinder's sequel and any other books written by the fabulous Marissa Meyer.

Rating:

Wednesday, January 11, 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. This week, my pick is Glitch by Heather Anatasiu.

Summary: "In the Community, there is no more pain or war. Implanted computer chips have wiped humanity clean of destructive emotions, and thoughts are replaced by a feed from the Link network.

When Zoe starts to malfunction (or "glitch"), she suddenly begins having her own thoughts, feelings, and identity. Any anomalies must be immediately reported and repaired, but Zoe has a secret so dark it will mean certain deactivation if she is caught: her glitches have given her uncontrollable telekinetic powers.

As Zoe struggles to control her abilities and stay hidden, she meets other glitchers including Max, who can disguise his appearance, and Adrien, who has visions of the future. Both boys introduce Zoe to feelings that are entirely new. Together, this growing band of glitchers must find a way to free themselves from the controlling hands of the Community before they’re caught and deactivated, or worse.

In this action-packed debut, Glitch begins an exciting new young adult trilogy."

Thoughts: Did someone say dystopia? I love the concept of chips being implanted to keep humans from having destructive emotions. It's kind of like Across The Universe meets Delirium. Sweet! And did I just read that there's a love triangle? Dude! I haven't read about a good love triangle in a long time. Plus, I'm totally loving the cover! It's pretty basic, but the text used for the title and the colors are gorgeous.

Expected publication: August 7th 2012 by St. Martin's Press

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Review : A Million Suns

Title: A Million Suns (Across The Universe #2)(goodreads/amazon)
Author: Beth Revis
Expected publication: January 10th 2012 by Razorbill
Source: ARC courtesy of the publisher for an honest review

**Warning: Will only contain spoilers if you have not read Across The Universe."

Summary: "Godspeed was fueled by lies. Now it is ruled by chaos.
It's been three months since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. And everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceship Godspeed. But there may just be hope: Elder has assumed leadership of the ship. He's finally free to enact his vision - no more Phydus, no more lies.

But when Elder discovers shocking news about the ship, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed. They must work together to unlock a puzzle that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier, unable to fight the romance that's growing between them and the chaos that threatens to tear them apart.

In book two of the Across the Universe trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis mesmerizes us again with a brilliantly crafted mystery filled with action, suspense, romance, and deep philosophical questions. And this time it all builds to one mind-bending conclusion: They have to get off this ship."

First line: "Elder: 'This isn't going to be easy,' I mutter, staring at the solid metal door that leads to the Engine Room on the Shipper Level of Godspeed."

Thoughts: Holy freaking cow, is this book frexing GOOD! Once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. Seriously, this is what I looked like staying up half the night to finish it:


A Million Suns takes off roughly three months after Across The Universe ends. Elder is now Eldest, but still prefers to be called Elder. If you thought he had problems in Across The Universe, you haven't seen anything yet. As you remember from the ending of the first book, Elder took all the ship's passengers off Phydus, however, there's still the mystery of whether or not he'll go against his beliefs in order to keep peace on the ship. You see, dear friends, when people have the freedom to think, their minds begin to wander. Think about how you'd feel if you spent your whole life on a spaceship knowing that's it. There isn't life for you beyond those confined walls. Now multiply that by the hundreds, possibly thousands, and you'll have an idea of what Elder has to deal with. Of course he has other LARGER problems to worry about (one being Amy), but really, you have to read the book to see for yourself.

Now, Amy. Being as she was the only one not born on the ship and looks completely different from everyone else, she is automatically labeled a freak. She has to be careful not to expose herself or else she could get hurt. Then, a mystery lands right in Amy's lap where uncovering it could be the key to finding freedom beyond Godspeed.

Out of both characters, I have to say that my personal favorite is Elder. I mean, the poor kid gets thrown into running the ship during the worst time ever, and yet he still has the guts to stand up for what he believes in. Most people would crap in their pants and at times, maybe he almost does, but overall, he's a great leader. I felt more invested in his story's than Amy's. He developed more as a character, and I really appreciated that.

The romance and tension between the two is hotter than ever. There were moments where I wanted to throw the book against the wall due to my frustrations at Amy. I understand why she doesn't want to have a relationship with Eler, but COME ON! Girlfriend, you obviously have feelings for him. Life's too short, so go for it! Though it's tense between the two, the chemistry still leaps through the pages, taking hold and never letting you go. Sure it's not perfect. It'll make you smile one minute and angry the next, but at least it's grand!

It's really hard for me to write this review of A Million Suns. Each chapter unfolds a new, more dangerous mystery, and thus containing small spoilers all leading towards a very shocking ending. What I will say is please be sure to have enough time to read this in one sitting. It's addicting and if you don't finish it the same day/night you started it, you'll regret it. Believe me, even after I finish it, spent the entire next day thinking about everything that happened and what might happen next. It's one of those books you don't just read, but live and breathe in. I cannot recommend this book enough. Fair warning: Once you finish it, any other book will hardly compare. Really, it's that epic.

Needless to say, I can't wait to read the third and (*tear*) final book. While I don't want this amazing trilogy to be over, I need to know what happens next, and how it will all end. I NEED IT, BETH! AHHHHH!!!!

Umm, that was awkward. Just read the book. That is all.

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Friday, January 6, 2012

Winners Galore!!!


I have a TON of winners to announce. I apologize for taking so long, but the holidays are normally a crazy time for me. Anyway, without further ado, the winners!

The Shadow Falls (Signed Born At Midnight and ARC of Awake At Dawn) Giveaway Winner is Donnas!

The Love Love (Love & Leftovers and Lovetorn) Winner is Melissa Paz!

The Catching Jordan Winner is Brenda Demko!

The December Dystopia Giveaway Winner is anncleire!

The Sisterhood of Heartbreakers Winner is Lecea!

The Sisterhood of Heartbreakers Swag Winner is Kristen!


Congrats to all the winners!!! I have emailed each one of you. Please respond within 72 hours or a new winner may be selected. If you did not receive an email, feel free to email me at addicted2novels(at)gmail(dot)com.

To those who didn't win, no worries! I'm always hosting plenty of giveaways, therefore, you will always have another chance to win. :-)

Happy Friday Everyone!!!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Cinder Book Trailer


Y'all, I am so excited about the release of Cinder by Marissa Meyer. My review will be posted shortly, but just to let you guys know, it is GOOD!

For those who haven't heard, Cinder is a retelling of the classic story Cinderella, only with cyborgs and other craziness I can't explain. There's a gorgeous prince, an evil step sister, a not so evil step sister, and plenty of twists that will make your head spin.

And if that doesn't get you excited, check out the awesomeness that is the Cinder trailer.




What'd you think? Leave your comments below and be sure to check Marissa's blog for tour dates, blog tour dates and other goodies!

Wednesday, January 4, 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. This week, my pick is Unbreak My Heart by Melissa C. Walker.

Summary: "Sophomore year broke Clementine Williams’ heart. She fell for her best friend’s boyfriend and long story short: he’s excused, but Clem is vilified and she heads into summer with zero social life.

Enter her parents’ plan to spend the summer on their sailboat. Normally the idea of being stuck on a tiny boat with her parents and little sister would make Clem break out in hives, but floating away sounds pretty good right now.

Then she meets James at one of their first stops along the river. He and his dad are sailing for the summer and he’s just the distraction Clem needs. Can he break down Clem’s walls and heal her broken heart?

Told in alternating chapters that chronicle the year that broke Clem’s heart and the summer that healed it, Unbreak My Heart is a wonderful dual love story that fans of Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, and Susane Colasanti will flock to."

Why I Can't Wait: Is anyone else loving the cover as much as I am? It's so cute, and I love how the heart wraps around the entire picture. EEP! Okay, so I'm slowly becoming a huge Melissa C. Walker fan. Lovestruck Summer was a cute, fast read, and Small Town Sinners was intense! Plus, I got to meet her in Austin, and she is AMAZING! Melissa? I love you. :-P

Anywho, you guys know I'm a total sap when it comes to love stories, and all my favorite ones are told in alternating points of view. Plus, I love novels where they take you back to the past, then to the present and so on. And hello? This book is perfect for Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, and Susane Colasanti fans? Win!

Expected publication: May 22nd 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Review : Everneath

Title: Everneath (Everneath #1)
Author: Brodi Ashton
Expected publication: January 24th 2012 by Harper Collins / Balzer + Bray
Source: ARC courtesy of the publisher for review

Summary: "Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she's returned- to her old life, her family, her friends- before being banished back to the underworld... this time forever.

She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can't find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there's a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he'll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen.

As Nikki's time grows short and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she's forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole's..."

First line: "I was picturing his face- a boy with floppy brown hair and brown eyes- when the Feed ended."

Thoughts: I think one of the best and worst feelings in the world is when you receive get a book you've been dying to read, and upon finishing it, you immediately want to read it's sequel. Best because YAY, you just read a fabulous book! Worst because UGH! You have to wait over a year for the sequel. Be warned because for me, Everneath is that type of book.

What originally drew me to Everneath is it's enticing cover. Just look at it! The smoke, the fiery red dress...who wouldn't love it? Of course, with beautiful covers, you also have to be a bit weary and question whether or not the story is as beautiful as the cover. How many times have you read a story where the cover was gorgeous, yet the story fell flat? Plenty, I'm sure. Luckily, this is not the case when it comes to Everneath. After reading the very first line, I was completely hooked into the story. Every time a chapter ended, I had to, no, NEEDED to know what would happen next. And from my previous statement above, it's obvious that in my case, this needing never went away.

Now, read the summary very carefully. A girl being sucked into and escaping the Underworld, only to have a smoldering guy try and lure her back as his queen? Ring any bells? That's because Everneath is loosely based around the story of Hades and Persephone. Of course, Ashton adds in her own flare, plots and "catches" if you will, making it all the more interesting.

A great tale can only be so if the writing is amazing, and Ashton's is incredible. I loved how she went back and forth between the present and the events that led up to Nikki's sudden disappearance. It lures you in, daring you to keep reading and guessing what will happen next. The pacing, at times, can be a little slow and the storyline somewhat repeatative, but overall, the story will hook you.

Moving on, it's time to profess my love for Jack. Yes he's flawed but oh my gosh, does he make up for it! His love for Nikki was as real as the sky. I felt his passion leaping out the pages and wanted to hold on to it for as long as possible. At times, his and Nikki's chemistry and their story even brought tears to my eyes. It's so sweet, pure and genuine. One can only dream of such an epic, undying romance!

All in all, I would recommend Everneath to those who love greek mythology and lovers of love stories. I will admit that the story is somewhat similar to Meg Cabot's Abandon, but that shouldn't draw you away from it. I'm positive that Everneath will be a hit and cannot (I repeat, CANNOT) wait to see what Ashton has in store for us next!


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Monday, January 2, 2012

Review: Legacy

Title: Legacy (goodreads/amazon)
Author: Molly Cochran
Expected publication: December 20th 2011 by Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Source: ARC provided by publisher for review

Summary: "When her widowed father dumps 16-year-old Katy Jessevar in a boarding school in Whitfield, Massachusetts, she has no idea that fate has just opened the door to both her future and her past. Nearly everyone in Whitfield is a witch, as is Katy herself, although she has struggled all her life to hide her unusual talents. Stuck at a boarding school where her fellow studens seem to despise her, Katy soon discovers that Whitfield is the place where her mother commited suicide under mysterious circumstances when Katy was just a small child. With dark forces converging on Whitfield, it’s up to Katy to unravel her family’s many secrets to save the boy she loves and the town itself from destruction."

First line: "I was sixteen years old when I discovered exactly who- and what- I was."

Thoughts: When I first read the summary for Legacy, I had to have it immediately. I mean, written in bright pink letters above the summary is "The Darkness is coming"... how awesome is that? Very foreboding! And while Legacy isn't one of my favorite reads, it's still quite a good one.

First off, I have to say that magic plus boarding school always equals out to win. The story is about a girl named Katy who's father abandons her at Ainsworth School. Ainsworth nor the town is not exactly what it all seems. And Katy's family legacy lives deeper inside Ainsworth than she could have ever possibly imagined.

I really enjoyed Katy's character. She's a genuinely good person and even though the other students and towns people weren't exactly welcoming, she still helped out and was there for anyone when they needed her. I liked watching her progression into accepting her family's legacy and the magic behind it. And I loved that even though other students claimed this or that about her mother, she still had faith that her mother was a good person. Additionally, I'd like to add that I loved her power of viewing past events by touching certain objects. Those were probably my favorite scenes. Interesting indeed!

Katy's grandmother and aunt were also a hoot. It's sweet how they constantly told Katy about how Ainsworth women always married for love and followed their hearts, even if it ended up in tragedy. They also loved Katy and accepted her immediately as one of their own, though her father spent years keeping Katy away from them. I love books with a good family behind them, and that's what Katy's family and even Hattie offers it's readers.

Now, let's talk about Peter. To be fair, I truly believe plenty of girls will easily fall for Peter. He's the brooding type, with a kind heart at his core. Personally, I found him to be a little bland. It just seemed too typical that he hated Katy (for all the right and wrong reasons), but couldn't help his attraction towards her. What these attractions were based on, I have no idea. It was insta-hate-love, if that makes sense. Hate-love at first sight! While the story was interesting, the romance between the two fell a little flat. The chemistry between them didn't leap through the pages, so I never really felt it.

Also, in the beginning, the pacing went by extremely quickly. I flew through the first 100 pages without even realizing it. Then, somewhere in the middle, where the story should have been more intriguing and mesmerizing, it kind of deflated. The story began to feel a little repetitive. I would have liked to see more action, especially when it came to the Darkness. Plus, the story also became a little predictable. Sure there were a couple shocking revelations, but mostly, I saw a lot of things coming.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by Legacy. It's a fun new witch series to add to the YA community. I very much look forward to reading it's sequel, especially after reading the epilogue. Molly Cochran truly is a fantastic story teller and I can't wait to see what she has in store for us next!

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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year & In My Mailbox


First of all, I would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year. 2012 is going to be a great year, and I look forward to spending it with you guys!

Now, back to our regularly scheduled program. In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. While I didn't get much this week, I'm very, ridiculously excited about what I did get. Ch-ch-check it out!


For Review:
*Partials by Dan Wells (goodreads)
*Slide by Jill Hathaway (goodreads)

**Special thanks to Harper Teen. Y'all rock my world!

That's it for me! Feel free to leave links to your IMM posts below, and I'll be sure to drop by and say hello! :o)