Monday, April 30, 2012

Review : Silence (The Queen of the Dead #1)

Title: Silence (Queen of the Dead #1)
Author: Michelle Sagara West
Expected publication: May 1st 2012 by DAW (goodreads/amazon)
Source: Finished copy received by the publisher for an honest review.

Summary: “It began in the graveyard. Ever since her boyfriend Nathan died in a tragic accident Emma had been coming to the graveyard at night. During the day she went through the motions at her prep school, in class, with her friends, but that’s all it was. But tonight was different. Tonight Emma and her dog were not alone in the cemetery. There were two others there—Eric, who had just started at her school, and an ancient woman who looked as though she were made of rags. And when they saw Emma there, the old woman reached out to her with a grip as chilling as death….”

First line: "Everything happens at night."

Thoughts: I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Silence. Prior to receiving the book, I had not heard of it, therefore, did not have any expectations whatsoever. My intial thought was "Oh, a book about necromancers? Could be fun!". Boy, was it fun! Silence is a fast-paced, exciting read that anyone can easily breeze through in a couple of days. The character are likable (though some were a bit strange, to say the least), and come on...she has a rottweiler named Petal. Any book that features a dog as a main character has to be made of win, right? I thought so.

The story revolves around Emma, a girl who enjoys the night and spends most of her free time in the graveyard. Why? It's a great place to think, no one to disturb her. It's also a chance for her to be with Nathan, someone Emma was close too and is no longer here. One night, Emma runs into Eric in the cemetary. He's the new kid at school, and she can't help but wonder why he's there, holding such a strange lantern. After all, the cemetary is hardly a hangout location for teenagers. It's only when she encounters a zombie-ghost like woman that Emma's world is completely turned around

First off, I have to mention how much I enjoyed the level of creepiness in this book. It's the perfect amount, not overwhelming but also not understated. I wouldn't necessarily say this book contained a lot of twists, but there were a few great surprises. Plus, since the author decided to write this book in third person, that means alternating points of views! If you know me, you know how much I love alternating points of view.

I do have a couple grievances, though. First is the consistent use of page breaks. There seemed to be at least 3 in each chapter which, to me, is a bit excessive. You can transition to another scene without the use of page breaks. Each time this happened, I pictured a curtain on stage going down and rising again to a new scene. And if each chapter was an act in a play, that poor curtain boy/gal should get a raise because he/she is working overtime!

Also, while not all books need to revolve around romance, I would have enjoyed more in this book. There wasn't really any chemistry between the characters, and I think adding a touch more romance would've added that wow factor this book needed.

All in all, I would recommend this book to fans of Kelley Armstrong's The Darkest Powers series. Since Silence is about necromancers, ghosts, and all things that go bump in the night, I would highly recommend reading this book at night, by a fireplace or where ever. There's just something about reading a book like this at night that gives it that little extra kick.

Rating:


Sunday, April 29, 2012

Stacking The Shelves + Weekly Round-Up

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Basically, this is a way to feature all the delicious goodies everyone received this week. I should really label this week's STS as the "Contemporary With Possible Heartbreak, Possible Romance" edition. Ch-ch-check it out!


*Beauty by Lisa Daily (goodreads)
*The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland (goodreads)
*Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti (goodreads)
*Rodeo Redeemed (Juliet Immortal #2)by Stacey Jay (goodreads)
*Kissing Shakespeare by Pamela Mingle (goodreads)
*Being Friends With Boys by Terra Elan McVoy (goodreads)


**Special thanks to Penguin Teen, Angela, Sarah from The Book Life, and Novia from Truly Bookish. You guys rock my socks off!!!**


Weekly Round-Up


*The winners of the Book of Choice and The Selection have been announced. Prizes and book orders were done last week.
*My Top Ten All Time Favorite Characters (with many boys and redheads!)
*What did I pick for my Waiting on Wednesday post this week? *dun dun dun*
*Wherein I review, fangirl, and semi stalk John Green and his fabulous book The Fault In Our Stars.

And that's all, folks! I hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend. I can't believe May is just around the corner. Where did this year go???

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Review : The Fault In Our Stars

Title: The Fault In Our Stars
Author: John Green
Published: January 10th 2012 by Dutton Books

"Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind."

First line: "Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decied I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time to thinking about death."

Thoughts: I'm not going to lie, I put off reading The Fault In Our Stars for a very, very long time. Everyone kept talking about how it ripped their hearts in two, and I just wasn't ready for that kind of emotional baggage. After several months...okay, half a year, my friend Jess from Gone With The Words finally convinced me to read it (though I still waited 2 months to do so). Regrets? None. I cannot tell you how easily I fell in love with each and every one of these characters. Was it sad? Well, it is mainly about two teenagers with cancer. The better question is, is it worth the read? Yes. An infinity of infinities worth of yeses.

First off, let's talk about Hazel. Hazel is a sarcastic and incredibly brilliant young lady, who has the misfortune of being diagnosed with stage IV cancer. She's been dealing with cancer since she was a young teen, and it's affected her life greatly. Still, even with everything, she still finds a way to have a sense of humor about it.

“I told Augustus the broad outline of my miracle: diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer when I was thirteen. (I didn’t tell him that the diagnosis came three months after I got my first period. Like: Congratulations! You’re a woman. Now die.)”

See what I mean by snarky and brilliant? Anyway, her parents had to pull her out of school, which means having practically no friends and no social life. Her mother actually has to drag her off the couch (No more ANTM marathon for you!) and force her to attend these group meetings for cancer patients at her local church. Enter Augustus Waters. Augustus is suffering from cancer as well and though he knows his infinity may not be as long as others, it still doesn't keep his spirit down. He brings out the best in Hazel, and she does the same to him.

I cannot tell you how much I thoroughly enjoyed reading and watching Augustus and Hazel's relationship bloom. There were times I burst out laughing out of nowhere, thinking about some of the conversations they had together. And though humor is ever so present in this novel, there is also a beauty and sadness to it as well. Some of Green's passages in this novel had me trembling with it's exquisiteness and elegance. I know it's cheesy to say, but my heart melted over and over again. Oooohs and Ahhhhs galore.

“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once.”


That's exactly how love feels to me. If I could hug the words off the pages, I would. Heck, if I could hug John Green, I would. Hear that, John Green? I would have hugged you at TLA had your line not been 10,000 miles long.

Back to the book and back to Augustus Waters. Oh, Augustus. Swoon-worthy doesn't even begin to describe him. How he changed me. How I will forever keep him in my heart and never let him go. His wit and passion won me from the beginning and truly left a mark. *siiiiiigh*

Moving on, The Fault In Our Stars also deals with family dynamics and how strong a parent can be when they have no other choice. So many books have dysfunctional families, and I'm so grateful that both Augustus and Hazel had understanding, funny, and caring parents. This book reminds us how strong parents can be when they have to, and how truly fragile the human heart is.

I'm not going to say this is an easy read. It's not. About three fourths of the way into the book, I had to put it down and take a breather. Did I shed a few tears? Yes. Was I angry or disappointed after finishing the book? Absolutely not. In fact, it's quite the opposite. By the end of the book, I felt an overwhelming sensation of both love and hope. I highly recommend The Fault In Our Stars to all fans of contemporary literature. After all, life is short and our little piece of infinity can only be as spectacular as we make it.

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”

Rating:


Wednesday, April 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 The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna.


"Eva’s life is not her own. She is a creation, an abomination—an echo. Made by the Weavers as a copy of someone else, she is expected to replace a girl named Amarra, her “other”, if she ever died. Eva studies what Amarra does, what she eats, what it’s like to kiss her boyfriend, Ray. So when Amarra is killed in a car crash, Eva should be ready.

But fifteen years of studying never prepared her for this.

Now she must abandon everything she’s ever known—the guardians who raised her, the boy she’s forbidden to love—to move to India and convince the world that Amarra is still alive."

Why I Can't Wait: Love the cover! It's simple yet a bit eerie. I think the summary speaks for itself. I love the concept of echos and replacing someone's life if they die. I love that there's forbidden love and the "twist" of having to find Amarra instead of just replacing her. I love it all! Giggidy!

Expected publication: August 28th 2012 by Balzer + Bray

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Top Ten All Time Favorite Characters


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is your top ten all time favorite characters. Woo, love it! Let's get this party started!

1. Ron Weasley from the Harry Potter series: Come on, how can I not love Wron Wron? He's hilarious, an amazing friend, and ironically, brave. Love this kid!

2. Marcus Flutie from the Jessica Darling series: Speaking of hot gingers, I have to tell you how much I love, love Marcus Flutie and his crocodile eyes. I've loved him since I met him back in 2003, when my friend convinced me to read Sloppy Firsts. We've been lovers ever since.

3. Peeta from The Hunger Games: I know what you're thinking, that I'm only going to list boys, but these are some seriously awesome boys. I mean, the kid can ice a cake! That's hot!


4. Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series: The once annoying know-it-all turned badass savior. Seriously, where would those boys be without her? I love that she didn't care whether or not people thought she was a nerd. She's brilliant, and she knows it!

5. Katsa from Graceling: For the love of gravy, this girl can kill a man with her bare hands. Anyone that can do that is made of win!


6. Tris from the Divergent trilogy: To me, Tris is your every day girl put in an awkward and horrible situation. I love how she dealt with each trial. She's not perfect, but she is awesome. And speaking of Divergent...


7. Four from the Divergent trilogy: Freakin' love me some Four. Just you wait till you read Insurgent. If you liked Four in Divergent, you are going to fall head over heals in love with him in Insurgent.

8. Deuce from Enclave: Needless to say, I love badass heroines. I honestly don't know how she lives in the world she does. Ann Aguirre is a brilliant and twisted writer. Ahh, dying for Outpost!

9. Fade from Enclave: Oh, Fade. How I love thee. How I would give anything for a Fade of my own.

10. Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next Door: What I wouldn't give for a guy to invent me something brilliant like, I don't know, something that can captures the stars? Cricket is a great example of how a sweet and somewhat nerdy boy can be completely swoon-worthy.


And there ya go, my Top Ten All Time Favorite Characters. Yes, a lot of them are guys. I can't help it if I'm boy crazy! Who would be on your list? Agree or disagree with any of the characters I chose? Let me know!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Winners!!!


Woohoo, I have a couple winners to announce. First off, the Birthday Book of Choice winner. Apparently the old winner never got back to me, so without further ado, the winner of my Birthday Book of Choice giveaway is...


Kelly!


The winner of The Selection ARC is...


Maiden, who said she'd throw a bottle at Prince Maxon to get his attention!


Congrats to both the winners!!! Emails have been sent. Please respond within 72 hours or a new winner may be selected. Thanks to everyone who entered. If you didn't win, that's okay. You can still enter to win a hardback of The Immortals or a Nook Touch (GO TEAM DAUNTLESS!).

Happy Monday, Everyone!

XOXO

Sunday, April 22, 2012

In My Mailbox + TXLA

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

This past week, TXLA happened to be in my town, and I was fortunately enough to attend Thursday. TXLA is one of my favorite conferences and let me tell you, it is a blast. With a killer line up of authors and signings (Veronica Roth, Kristin Cashore, John Green, Lauren Kate, Stacey Kade, Rachel Vincent, Jackson Pearce, Judy Blume and more!), this was one of those "can't miss" events.

KRISTIN CASHORE!!!

I cannot tell you how much fun I had. Books are definitely a perk, but the main reason I go to these events is so I can meet authors, chit chat with publishers, randomly run into Deb Caletti (PLEASE READ THE FAULT IN OUR STARS!), and hang out with my friends.

Ginger from GReads Books, Jess from Gone With The Words, and Cynthia from A Blog About Nothing. Magan from Rather Be Reading, why aren't you in this photo?

These lovely ladies made my day. I never laughed so hard in my life! The day was fun (and a little tiring), but I have to say, dinner was the best part of the day. "Is that a burrito in your pocket or are you happy to see me?". HA!

After an exhausting day, I came home with a lot of memories and quite a bit of goodies. Some of these I bought, and the rest I snagged. I am so grateful to all the publishers who stood in their mile high pumps all day, just to help us out and share their love of books with everyone. You guys are seriously rockstars and deserve mani-pedis ASAP! Yes, even you male publicists should get a mani-pedi STAT! Thank you so much for all your help!!!



*Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings by Helene Boudreau (goodreads)
*Personal Demons by Lisa Desroachers (goodreads)
*TEN by Gretchen McNeil (goodreads)
*Survive by Alex Morel (goodreads)
*Spark (Sky Chasers #2) by Amy Kathleen Ryan (goodreads)
*Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London (goodreads)
*Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan (goodreads)
*Bitterblue (Graceling Realm #3) by Kristin Cashore (goodreads)
*The Lost Code by Kevin Emerson (goodreads)
*Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson (goodreads)
*The Temptation by Alisa Valdes (goodreads)
*A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger (goodreads)
*Fallen In Love (Fallen #3.5) by Lauren Kate (goodreads)
*Graceling (Graceling Realm #1) by Kristin Cashore (goodreads)
*Body and Soul (The Ghost and the Goth #3) by Stacey Kade (goodreads)
*Fire (Graceling Realm #2) by Kristin Cashore (goodreads)
*The Fault In Our Stars by John Green (goodreads)
*Crewel by Gennifer Albin (goodreads)
*Break My Heart 1,000 Times by Daniel Waters (goodreads)
*The Letter Q (goodreads)
*Loss (Riders of the Apocalypse #3) by Jackie Morse Kessler (goodreads)
*The Boy Recession by Flynn Meaney (goodreads)
*Catherine by April Lindner (goodreads)
*Don't Turn Around by Michael Gagnon (goodreads)
*Fated (Soul Seekers #1) by Alyson Noel (goodreads)
*Miracle by Elizabeth Scott (goodreads)
*The Book of Life by Angel by Martine Leavitt (goodreads)
*The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee (goodreads)
*Over You by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus (goodreads)
*Waking Storms (Lost Voices #2) by Sarah Porter (goodreads)
*Ashes of Twilight by Kassy Tayler (goodreads)
*Rapture (Fallen #4) by Lauren Kate (goodreads)
*Unbreak by Heart by Melissa C. Walker (goodreads)
*Temptest Unleashed (Tempest #2) by Tracy Deebs (goodreads)
*Breathe by Sarah Crossan (goodreads)
*Once (Eve #2) by Anna Carey (goodreads)
*The Other Normals by Ned Vizzini (goodreads)

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


Wednesday, April 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 pick is Butter by Erin Jade Lange.

"A boy everyone calls “Butter” is about to make Scottsdale High history. He’s going to eat himself to death live on the Internet – and everyone will watch.

He announces his deadly plan to an army of peers and expects pity, insults or even indifference. Instead, he finds morbid encouragement. When that encouragement tips the scales into popularity, Butter has a reason to live. But if he doesn’t go through with his plan, he’ll lose everything."

Why I Can't Wait: I am equally disturbed and intrigued by premise of this book. I'm curious to know what drives Butter to "eat himself to death live on the Internet". What does he end up doing? I must know!

Expected publication: September 18th 2012 by Bloomsbury

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Top Ten Tips For New Bloggers


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is Top Ten Tips For New Bloggers. Let's get this party started!

1. Network. I'm not kidding when I say that Twitter is your best friend. It's a great way to meet other bloggers, authors, publishers, etc. I've met some of my favorite people through Twitter and cannot tell you how grateful I am for that. Socialize and have fun with it.

2. Go to book signings/events in your area. Signings are a great way to meet authors and other bloggers out there. They're also a great way to meet publishers as well. If you get the chance to go to a conference (ALA, BEA, RT, TLA, etc), go. Trust me, it's not only a great way to promote your blog, but it's a helluva good time!

3. Don't be in it for the ARCs. One of my biggest pet peeves are bloggers who are clearly blogging for ARCs or as they put it, "free books". A) They are not free and B) you're setting yourself up for failure. When I first started blogging, I didn't even know what an ARC was. I did it because I loved reading and wanted to share that love with others. Period. If you're doing it for ARCs (and my guess is, requesting them like crazy), you're going to get overwhelmed and eventually hate blogging. It's a full time job, requiring (in my experience) at least 30 hours of work a day. Also, did you know that ARCs cost publishers more money to produce than an actual final copy? They're there to help promote the book/spread the word. They are NOT free. Plus, if you love an author so much, why wouldn't you help support them by buying their book?

4. Don't bite off more than you can chew. How many of you have felt completely overwhelmed with your TBR pile? *Raises hand* It's hard not to get caught in the hype. "OMG, look at all the books coming out! I must get my hands on those". Then, let's say May rolls by and you realize you have about 10 books you must review and less than two weeks. EEP! My advice is don't bite off more than you can chew. If you're TBR pile is already sky high, stop requesting books. By the time they release, you'll have punched a dent in your TBR, and then you can buy the book and enjoy it. If you ever do feel overwhelmed...

5. Take a blogging vacation. I do it every Christmas. Let's be honest, sometimes your real life (work, school, family, and friends) beckon you, which leaves you less time to blog. Maybe you're just feeling overwhelmed with everything. That's okay. The best thing you can do is take a week or two off. Believe me, it will feel like spring break.

6. Make friends. I'm not kidding when I say that blogging is a great way to meet new, amazing, and fabulous people. Some of my favorite people in the world are bloggers. Not only will you have fun with them, but you'll also have a great support group. Trust me, when it comes to blogging, no one will know more about what you're going through than a blogger. It goes without saying, but still.

7. Get a fabulous blog design. The way your blog looks says a lot about who you are. I personally can't design worth a dime, nor do I know anything about html, so what I did was hire a blog designer to design my blog. She listened to what I wanted, offered a view suggestions, then voila! My new look was born. I know not everyone can afford to put that kind of money into your blog, but there are sites where you can get free designs and step by step information on how to install it. The Cutest Blog on the Block is a great one.

8. Get on Goodreads. Want to know where to find the latest books, covers, debut authors, etc? Goodreads, my friend. Goodreads is a great way to showcase your reviews, learn about books you've been curious about, and also see what other have to say about certain books. It's like Facebook for book lovers!

9. Comment, comment, comment! I have seriously failed in this department lately and am sorry for that. The cordial rule is if someone leaves a comment on your blog, you go and leave a comment on their's. You don't have to, but it's the nice thing to do. The more comments you leave, the more you'll get in return. After all, everyone loves comments, right?

10. BE YOURSELF! I know a lot of people have a ton of advice for you. Post memes, don't post memes, write kind reviews, write mean reviews, don't share your personal life, share your personal life, etc. Remember, your blog is your blog. Do what you want with it and be yourself. Some advice is great and incredibly helpful, but if you don't agree with it, than don't do it. Let your voice shine, and I promise, people will take notice. :-)

And that's my advice to you. What advice would you give to new bloggers?

Monday, April 16, 2012

Review : Gilt


Title: Gilt
Author: Katherine Longshore
Expected publication: May 15th 2012 by Viking Juvenile
Source: ARC courtesy of the publisher for review. All quoting is subject to change.

Summary: "In the court of King Henry VIII, nothing is free--
and love comes at the highest price of all.


When Kitty Tylney's best friend, Catherine Howard, worms her way into King Henry VIII's heart and brings Kitty to court, she's thrust into a world filled with fabulous gowns, sparkling jewels, and elegant parties. No longer stuck in Cat's shadow, Kitty's now caught between two men--the object of her affection and the object of her desire. But court is also full of secrets, lies, and sordid affairs, and as Kitty witnesses Cat's meteoric rise and fall as queen, she must figure out how to keep being a good friend when the price of telling the truth could literally be her head."

First line: "'You're not going to steal anything.'"

Thoughts: First off, I have to tell you what a huge fan of the Tudors I am. I love reading, watching, and learning about Henry VIII and his six wives. Needless to say, when I first heard about GILT, I knew I had to get my hands on it immediately. With all the glamour, gossip, and controversy of the Tudors court, GILT offers it's readers a look into the life of Catherine Howard. The twist? It's not told through her point of view. After all, isn't a story always better when it's told through the eyes of a queen's best friend?

The story begins with Katherine "Kitty" Tylney, Catherine "Cat" Howard, and the other girls living with the dowager duchess. As you know from history, the girls were quite wild back then. After all, they're teenagers and living with the dowager duchess means they'll be trained to be the wives of dukes and such. Some of these girls (like Alice) are already married, whereas others (like Cat) are hoping to score a rich lord or duke. Kitty just wants to be a part of a family. Since her parents clearly have no interest in her, she finds comfort in her best friend Cat, even though Cat makes her do things she doesn't want to do. Even back then, Cat acted like a queen and people treated her like one.

When Cat is invited to be a part of Queen Anne of Cleaves ladies in waiting, she leaps at the opportunity. After all, if you're not at court, you're nobody. With Cat's absense, the midnight parties cease to exist, and for the first time in a long time, Kitty feels alone. Luckily, she has the very so charming William to keep her company. He's the Duke of Norfolk's personal messenger and boy, are the walks outside with him and Kitty oh so swoon-worthy. I have to admit, the pacing in the first half of the book ran a little slow. In a way, I think this was on purpose because it shows that Cat really was the life of the party. When you lose your best friend, life becomes dullier and less satisfying. What kept be reading were the stolen moments with William and the controversy to come.

As the novel progresses, you begin to read about Cat's accension to the throne. Kitty can no longer call her Cat and must address her as Your Majesty. You see how life is in the court of King Henry, and let's just say it is both enticing and dangerous. To quote The Black Keys, "Lies, lies, lies, ooooh lies." William warned Kitty about life at court, but that didn't stop her. As if it could. When the Queen of England summons you, you come.

I loved how Longshore portrayed Catherine's character. It was right on the money. From Catherine's frivolous nature to her scheming and selfishness, Longshore did an incredible job bringing this once real queen back to life. It seemed as though Catherine's less than honorable traits intensified when she became queen. Kitty continued to defend her and protected her, but Cat did not always do the same for Kitty. I'm not going to go into details, but let's just say I hated Catherine Howard.

If you know the story, you know about Thomas Culpepper. This is another character Longshore hit on the money as well. The only thing is, I wish there was a bit more romance between him and Catherine. I felt like she saved all the "love" for Francis Dereham and not Thomas Culpepper. After all, didn't Culpepper use to send Catherine secret love letters? His cruel nature, though? Longshore covered that aspect exceptionally.

More boys! Let's talk about Edmund for a minute. He's Kitty's other love lust interest and the one Catherine sets her up with/pushes. Gosh, from the very beginning, I disliked his character. I will admit, he does somewhat redeem himself, but at the same time, I didn't appreciate him. At all. Were all noblemen during this time jerks? Apparently!

I also want to discuss Jane Boelyn for a second. For those who have watched The Tudors series on Showtime, compared to the way they depicted Jane's character, I did enjoy Longshore's version better. You see her as a person who's sole purpose is serving the queen. Jane's life has been far from easy, and it only got worse. Of all the characters, I truly felt the worst for her. This book clearly shows that there's a fine line between duty, honor, love, and betrayal.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading GILT. I've read quite a few historical fiction novels, and this is by far one of the better ones. I loved reading about Kitty's experience in court and her experiences outside of it. She truly was a loyal, honorable friend, and anyone would be lucky to have a Kitty in their life. Walking into this, even knowing the story behind Catherine Howard, I couldn't help but feel teary-eyed towards the end. It's incredibly bitter sweet (more bitter than anything). In the end, it does leave you with a message of hope, and really, what is life without hope?

Rating:


Sunday, April 15, 2012

In My Mailbox + Teen Book Con Recap

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. I hope everyone had a fabulous week! Let's get this party started!


Won:
*Girl of Nightmares (Anna #2) by Kendare Blake. OMG, I was super excited to receive this. Not only is it signed, but it also has a little drawing inside...


AHH, love it! THANK YOU, KENDARE!!!

For Review:
*Silence (The Queen of the Dead #1) by Michelle Sagara West
*Purity by Jackson Pearce
*Black Dawn (Morganville Vampires #12) by Rachel Caine (Haven't read this series, so I'm going to send this to my awesome friend Tiger at All-Consuming Media to review)

Bought:
*Me and Earl and The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrew (signed!)

**Special thanks to Kendare Blake, Penguin Teen, and Little, Brown**

Now, a little Teen Book Con recap.

You guys, I cannot tell you how much fun I had yesterday! I mean, when you get to meet authors like Siobhan Vivian, Elizabeth Eulberg, Holly Black, Michelle Zink, Maggie Stiefvater, Lisa McMann Marissa Meyer, Tara Hudson, Inara Scott, Jesse Andrews, and Jessica Spotwood, you're bound to have a good time. It probably also helps that I got to spend my day with these awesome ladies...


Sarah from Storybound Girl and Jess from Gone With The Words.


Jenn from Novel Thoughts, Lindsi from Books, Sweets, and Other Treats, and Deidra from Simply Books Simply Music.


Ginger from GReads and Jess, again.

LOVE THESE LADIES!!! There were other bloggers I heart there, too. You know who you are, and I'm so happy I got to see you guys again.

Moving on, the panels yesterday were pretty awesome. My personal favorite was the Reality Bites one featuring Jesse Andrews, Elizabeth Eulberg, Lisa McMann, Ruta Sepetys, and Siobhan Vivian. We were cracking up so much during this panel. Twas awesome!

At the end of the event, I got to meet some of my favorite authors and get a bunch of my books signed. Word of advice: If you go to an event like this, buy your books at the beginning. Because I waited till after lunch, a lot of the books I wanted to purchase were sold out. Great for the authors, sad for me. Oh well, next time! Anywho, here's a pic of all the books I got signed:


Teen Book Con was such a great event. Thank you so much to all the volunteers, authors, Blue Willow, everyone that helped organize this extraordinary event. I had a blast and look forward to experiencing all of this again next year. :-)


XOXO,




Friday, April 13, 2012

Review : The Last Echo


Title: The Last Echo (The Body Finder #3)
Author: Kimberly Derting
Expected publication: April 17th 2012 by HarperCollins
Source: ARC courtesy of the publisher for an honest review.

"In the end, all that's left is an echo...

Violet kept her morbid ability to sense dead bodies a secret from everyone except her family and her childhood-best-friend-turned-boyfriend, Jay Heaton. That is until forensic psychologist Sara Priest discovered Violet's talent and invited her to use her gift to track down murderers. Now, as she works with an eclectic group of individuals—including mysterious and dangerously attractive Rafe—it's Violet's job to help those who have been murdered by bringing their killers to justice. When Violet discovers the body of a college girl killed by "the girlfriend collector" she is determined to solve the case. But now the serial killer is on the lookout for a new "relationship" and Violet may have caught his eye...."

First line: "Violet strained, searching for the sensation through the suffocating blackness."

Thoughts: If an older Nancy Drew and Dexter (from the Showtime series) had a baby, her name would be Violet. It has been quite a while since I've read The Body Finder and Desires of the Dead, so needless to say, I was a bit curious to see if I still loved Derting's novels as much as I have in the past. The Body Finder and Desires of the Dead were amazing novels, but did The Last Echo meet up to it's high standards? Oh, you bet it did! Not only did it meet my expectations, it surpassed them. I'm not lying when I say that these books just keep getting better and better.

Violet is back and better than ever, searching for the dead now as part of her career rather than a fluke. She works as part of a team now. As any team of teenagers go, some like her and some don't. It probably also doesn't help that the call of the dead is so strong sometimes, she ends up ignoring her "orders". Remember Rafe? Distant, brooding Rafe? Well, if you remember him, he's a part of her team, too. Sometimes Vi thinks he hates her and sometimes she thinks otherwise. As the reader, you know better. Will something develop between them? I guess you'll have to wait and see.

This series has a mystery/thriller twist to it. With that said, what I love about this series (and I think I've mentioned this in my Desires of the Dead review) is how the author rotates from Violet's point of view, to the unknown killer's, and back again. It's interesting to view the story from the killer's point of view. Out of all of Derting's vilians, I have to say that this one is definitely the creepiest. Let's just say he likes to kidnap girls, unwillingly make them his girlfriends, then "dispose" of them. They even deem him the "Girlfriend Collector"...

*shudders*

Needless to say, there's never a dull moment in this story. Something is always happening, whether in Vi's personal life or in her slooth life. The Last Echo is type of book where you'll keep wishing there were more hours in the day, just so you can finish it. I cannot tell you how many times I said "I wish I didn't have to go to work tomorrow so I can finish this!".

Now, onto the boys! Jay. Oh, how I heart Jay. He's proof that a swoon-worthy guy can be sweet, caring, honest, and sexy. It's admirable how protective he is of Violet. He gives her enough space to do what she needs to do, but still let's her know how much he worries about her. I love that he's the type of guy who would be there for her no matter what. And, get this...he trusts her! There are times where he doesn't agree with her or a situation comes up where he doesn't feel comfortable, but he loves her enough to trust her. LOVE THAT! Plus, their chemistry is undeniable and oh so sensuous. Why can't boys like Jay live in the real world?

Next up, Rafe. Rafe is your brooding, angsty, off-limits type of guy. You can tell he has feelings for Vi but the million dollar question is will his feelings be reciprocated? Ahh, the mystery of young love! I think a lot of the connect between Vi and Rafe is due to the "magical" bond they share. They both of special gifts and in a way, their gifts call out to one another. Personally, out of the two boys, I'm more of a Team Jay girl. I see Rafe more as a good friend than a potential lover. I know a lot of people get annoyed with love triangles, but in all honesty, sometimes that's just a part of life. You're always going to meet new people you connect with, even if you're already in a relationship and especially if you're in high school. It's probably why people love/hate them so much. It's how one deals with it that makes them who they are. As far as the novel goes, in my opinion, I think the author did a fantastic job executing the relationship between Vi, Jay, and Rafe. It's enough to keep you a bit frustrated, yet satisfied.

Overall, I think fans of this series will be more than pleased with The Last Echo. It's a fabulous addition to the series, and I couldn't be happier with it. Reading The Last Echo is like catching up with a good friend you haven't seen in a while. If you haven't read the series yet, I would highly, highly recommend picking it up as soon as possible. The Body Finder series offers readers plenty of plots twists, a fairy-tale like romance, plenty of swoon-worty guys, and a kick butt heroine. Could you really ask for anything more?

Rating:


Wednesday, April 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 Meant To Be by Lauren Morrill.

"Meant to be or not meant to be . . . that is the question.

It's one thing to fall head over heels into a puddle of hazelnut coffee, and quite another to fall for the—gasp—wrong guy. Straight-A junior Julia may be accident prone, but she's queen of following rules and being prepared. That's why she keeps a pencil sharpener in her purse and a pocket Shakespeare in her, well, pocket. And that's also why she's chosen Mark Bixford, her childhood crush, as her MTB ("meant to be").

But this spring break, Julia's rules are about to get defenestrated (SAT word: to be thrown from a window) when she's partnered with her personal nemesis, class-clown Jason, on a school trip to London. After one wild party, Julia starts receiving romantic texts . . . from an unknown number! Jason promises to help discover the identity of her mysterious new suitor if she agrees to break a few rules along the way. And thus begins a wild goose chase through London, leading Julia closer and closer to the biggest surprise of all: true love.

Because sometimes the things you least expect are the most meant to be."

Why I Can't Wait: First off, the cover? LOVE! I love the vibrant colors, the London backdrop, I love it all! Secondly, how cute is that summary? I've always wanted to travel to London, so maybe I can live vicariously through the main character. Love doing that! Also, my very awesome and lucky friend Sarah has read an advanced copy and describes Meant To Be as having a Gilmore Girls feeling to it. Umm, win much? The fact that she loves it makes me believe I'll love it, too.

Expected publication: November 13th 2012 by Delacorte

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Top Ten Books That Were Totally Deceiving


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is the Top Ten Books That Were Totally Deceiving. Whether it's the cover or summary, in a good way or a bad way, we've all been deceived at some point. Let's get this started!


THE HUNGER GAMES: I'll admit, the cover threw me off. It's a sin to judge a book by it's cover, and that's what I did. I'm so glad I went with my instincts, ignored the cover, and gave this book a chance because it's simple fabulous!


HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE: You definitely can't judge HP by the cover nor the summary. This book isn't just for children and offers it's readers a splendid journey.


KISS CRUSH COLLIDE: I thought this book would be as steamy as Perfect Chemistry, but it wasn't. The cover and the summary were both misleading. :-(


PERFECT CHEMISTRY: Speaking of Perfect Chemistry, when my friend Tiger first recommended it to me, I had my doubts. Super glad I sucked it up and finally read it because it is completely made of win!


TRIS & IZZIE: Oh goodness, how I love this cover. And I love retellings of tragic couples, but I just could not get into this book. Trust me, no one was more disappointed than me.


THE SUMMER OF SKINNY DIPPING: I thought this was going to be a cute summer read, but it ended up going into a whole new direction. Personally, I would've preferred something a little lighter.


GRAFFITI MOON: To be honest, I knew I'd like Graffiti Moon, but I didn't know how much I would love it. Believe me, the cover and summary don't do it justice. It really should have a giant "READ ME NOW" sticker on it.


SAVING JUNE: Again, I didn't know what to expect when I first picked it up. The cover is cute, and I liked the summary but I didn't realize how deep and moving this story would be. Ahh, how I loved it.


ONCE IN A FULL MOON: Oh, how I really wanted to love this book. I guess it just didn't meet whatever expectations I built in my head.


PARTY: The summary and cover are both okay and doesn't really have anything that stands out. The story itself? Incredible! Loved, loved, loved it!





That's it, folks! Do you guys agree with any books on my list? What would be on your top ten list?

Monday, April 9, 2012

Q&A With Julie Kagawa + The Immortal Rules Giveaway

Thanks to the very awesome people at MM Publicity and Harlequin Teen, I am giving away a hardback of The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa today. First off, let's start off with a little Q&A with none other than Julie herself. Julie, the floor is your's!


After writing the Iron Fey series for so many years, how difficult was it to immerse yourself in a futuristic world filled with vampires, rabids and an enslaved human race?

It was...very different. I think the hardest thing for me was the fact that this story does take place in the real world -- a futuristic, vampire-infested world, but the real world nonetheless. Things had to make sense, for example: how far can a large group walk in a single day if there were no roads, they were going through thick woods, and there were children in the group? I had to have logical reasons for everything; I couldn't just make something work "because of faery magic," lol.

Just like Meghan Chase in the Iron Fey series, the main character in The Immortal Rules, Allison Sekemoto, is a “take charge and kick butt” kind of girl. Is this intentional? What woman – real or fictional, alive or deceased – do you look up to or admire?

Yes, Allison comes from a very different world than Meghan Chase. Meghan's upbringing was pretty normal; Allison grew up among vampires and monsters, where every day was a fight to live, so she couldn't afford to be weak. While Meghan had to learn to "take charge and kick butt," Allison's first impulse is stab first, talk later. As for female role models, the first that comes to mind--when it comes to kicking vampire butt, anyway -- is Buffy Summers. Thank you, Joss Whedon, for making me love feisty, snarky, heroines who can dust all sorts of nasties but who also look good in a cheerleading outfit. ;)

You mention in your acknowledgements in The Immortal Rules that at the beginning of your writing career you promised yourself you wouldn’t write a vampire book. What changed your mind?

Well, there were already so many really good books about our favorite bloodsuckers, so many stories and ideas, I thought I didn't have anything new to add to the masses. I was actually toying with a post-apocalyptic YA novel when my agent mentioned I might want to try writing a vampire series. I wasn't intrigued with the idea at first, but then I thought about combining vampires with the post-apocalyptic novel and then rest sort of fell into place.

Allison claims she hates vampires and believes they are monsters yet when faced with a choice of die or become one, she becomes a vampire. Would you have made that same decision?

Me personally? No. I'm like Zeke in the belief that there is something better waiting for me beyond this life, and I just have to do my best until it’s time for me to go. Besides, I love pizza and Mountain Dew too much to give it up.

Who do you think the most complex character is in The Immortal Rules?

Probably Kanin, Allie's sire. He's a vampire who has made his peace about being a monster, yet chooses to live by his own set of moral rules. He warns Allison about getting too close to humans, yet he does not kill unless he absolutely has to. He is tormented about something in his past that he refuses to share with anyone. He is certainly the most mysterious of all the characters, if not the most complex.

How many books will be in the Blood of Eden series? When will the next book be coming out?

At the moment, there are three books planned, with the second coming out sometime next spring, after the release of the new Iron Fey series this fall.

Before you starting writing full time you were a professional dog trainer. Do the professions share any similarities?

Lol, well you have to think on your feet a lot. And some of the small dogs could be compared to tiny snapping goblins, but writing requires less dodging skills, though perhaps the same amount of creativity and problem solving.

When starting a new series, like Blood of Eden, do you have the entire series mapped out in detail or do you let the story develop book by book?

I have a high point that I write toward in each story; I know this and this has to happen, but getting from point A to point B usually develops as I go along.

And for the speed round:

What book have you read and re-read, and read yet again?

Any of the Harry Potter books.

Favorite song to play when writing a fight scene?

My "favorites" change daily. Right now its "Awake and Alive" by Skillet.

Worst job?

Working a kiosk in the mall during Christmas. It sold glass figurines, and the maneuvering space around the hundreds of very breakable merchandise was quite small. I was like a bull in a china shop.

Best vacation spot?

Walt Disney World

Sweets or salty?

Sweet.

One thing most people don’t know about you – and would never guess!

I used to play the flute when I was a kid. I was really good at it too, but my instructor stopped teaching to have a family, and I never went back to it.

And now for the giveaway. One person will with a hardback of The Immortal Rules by Julie Kawaga. To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Extra entries will be rewarded to followers, tweeters, etc. This giveaway is only open to US/CA participants and will end May 1st.

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

***Special thanks to MM Publicity for putting all this together, Harlequin Teen, and of course, Julie Kagawa***


"In a future world, Vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.

Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die… or become one of the monsters.

Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.

Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.

But it isn't easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for."
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Sunday, April 8, 2012

In My Mailbox + Weekly Recap


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. I didn't get much this week, but I'm super (SUPER) excited about the books I got. Ch-ch-check it out!


For Review:
*Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth (goodreads/TEAM DAUNTLESS FO'EVA)
*While He Was Away by Karen Schreck (goodreads)

Bought:
*Kiss of Frost (Mythos Academy #2) by Jennifer Estep (goodreads/not pictured)- LOVE THIS SERIES!

**Special thanks to HarperTeen and Sourcebooks**

Weekly Recap


Let's start off with some Team Dauntless Giveaways!

*Team Dauntless is giving away a Nook with an eBook of Insurgent! Eep!
*Divergent Fans is giving away a signed ARC of Shadow and Bones by Leigh Bardugo.
*Jessica at Confessions of a Bookaholic is giving away an ARC of Glimmer and Hallowed.
*Sign up for the Dauntless Street Team and win a signed copy of Divergent and a hardback of Insurgent.
*April at Good Books and Good Wine is giving away an ARC of The List by Siobhan Vivian.
*Yara over Once Upton A Twilight is giving away an ARC of Insignia by S.J. Kincaid.
*Tales of the Ravenous Reading is giving away an ARC of Dear Dylan by Siobhan Curham.

On the blog:
*Top ten books to read in one day
*Waiting on Wednesday (Burn For Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian)
*My review of Shift by Em Bailey

That's it, folks! So, what did you guys get in your mailboxes this week?


That's it, folks! What did you guys get in your mailbox this week

Friday, April 6, 2012

Review : Shift

Title: Shift
Author: Em Bailey
Expected publication: May 22nd 2012 by EgmontUSA
Source: ARC received by the publisher for review. Please note, all quoting may be subject to change.

Summary: "Olive Corbett is not crazy. Not anymore.

She obediently takes her meds and stays under the radar at school. After "the incident," Olive just wants to avoid any more trouble, so she knows the smartest thing is to stay clear of the new girl who is rumored to have quite the creepy past.
But there’s no avoiding Miranda Vaile. As mousy Miranda edges her way into the popular group, right up to the side of queen bee Katie – and pushes the others right out – only Olive seems to notice that something strange is going on. Something almost . . . parasitic. Either Olive is losing her grip on reality, or Miranda Vaile is stealing Katie’s life.

But who would ever believe crazy Olive, the girl who has a habit of letting her imagination run away with her? And what if Olive is the next target?

A chilling psychological thriller that tears through themes of identity, loss, and toxic friendship, Shift will leave readers guessing until the final pages."

First few lines: "There were two things everyone knew about Miranda Vaile before she'd even started at our school. The first was that she had no parents - they were dead. And the second? They were dead because Miranda killed them."

Thoughts: The first word that comes to mind when describing Shift is creepy. What about the second word, you ask? Intense. No joke, when people say this book isn't for the light-hearted, they really mean it. The truth is, even though it made me uncomfortable quite a few times, I still couldn't put it down. I had to know what happened next and believe me when I say it is GOOD!

Olive hasn't been the same. Not since the accident and not since her father left. The once popular girl now looks at life with a different perspective. Out with the old Olive and in with the new. Don't worry, folks. She's not crazy. Oh no! So what if she takes meds? That doesn't mean she's crazy, right?

Part of being the new Olive means getting rid of her old friends. She doesn't need that kind of poison in her life. She has her best friend Ami, and really, having one great friend is better than having a million not so great ones. Just when Olive thinks she's finally getting a grip on her life, Miranda walks into the picture. Miranda has bloodcurdling reputation, one that involves murdering her parents. As Miranda begins to takeover Olive's old life, Olive begins to see what Miranda is really like. And let's just say it is not very pleasant.

What I loved about the book is the constant character development, not only with Olive, but also with Miranda, Ami, and Lachlan. I felt like each chapter provided a new twist and turn. Some I saw coming, and some shocked me to the core. Some were great, like the relationship between Olive and Lachlan, and some terrifying. Needless to say, it makes for a very interesting read.

The story line in Shift very much reminded me of a combination between Choker by Elizabeth Woods and Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers. It has the psychological thriller/mystery aspect as Choker fused with the mean girl antics of Some Girls Are. If you're a fan of either of those novels, this is definitely the book for you.

As I said before, I really enjoyed the relationship that formed between Olive and Lachlan. From the beginning, Olive pushes Lachlan away, but that doesn't stop him from pursuing her and being there when she needs him most. He has this hero demeanor radiating off of him and definitely lives up to it. I will admit, in the beginning I did get frustrated with the way Olive treated Lachlan. All I kept thinking was "Why aren't you giving this poor kid a chance?". I understood where she was coming from, but the romantic in me rooted for a happy ending...with Lachlan!

Then there's Miranda. Wow, talk about your deranged antagonists! The girl literally frightened the living day lights out of me. While I didn't like her as a person, I did very much enjoy her character. The story would not have been the same without her. I'm just grateful she's not a real person. Sheesh!

Overall, if you are looking for a light read, this is not the book for you. However, if you are looking for a piercing novel with complex characters and a plot that will have your heart racing till the end, than you need to get your hands on Shift. This may not be your typical lollipops and rainbows type of contemporary novel, but it is definitely mind-blowing. Kudos to Em Bailey for writing such a powerful novel. Needless to say, I can't wait to see what she has in store for us next!

Rating:


Thursday, April 5, 2012

Dauntless Street Team-We Want You!

Addicted 2 Novels


You heard me right, folks. We want you to join the Dauntless Street Team. Don't you want to be part of the Fearless crew? Who knows, we'll might even let you spend the day with Four and Tris. ;-)

If you'd like to sign up to be a part of the street team, click HERE. Throughout the month of April, Team Dauntless will come up with fun weekly assignments for everyone to participate in. After all, what are we if not a fun loving group?

Street Team Prizes
- Signed copy of DIVERGENT
- Copy of INSURGENT (from The Book Depository)
- HUGE box of ARCs (to be announced soon -US/CA only)
- The Hunger Games (paperback)
- Swag packs (including FACTION TATTOOS) each week

Important Links
- We can now use two different links for our buttons and tweets.

The links are:
Dauntless Tumblr page: http://bit.ly/dauntlessfaction
HarperTeen's Insurgent page: http://bit.ly/choose_dauntless
Please make sure you use the bit.ly links only. They are the only two that count.

Feel free to change your avatar on Twitter and grab any of the Dauntless buttons for your blog.

ASSIGNMENTS:

*This week's assignment is to tweet the following: "#IfIWasFearless _______". Be sure to hashtag #TeamDauntless, #DivergentNation and http://bit.ly/choose_dauntless. After all, we want the biggest, baddest street team on the block, right? Here's an example of what I tweeted yesterday:

"#IfIWasFearless I would eat head cheese. Sick! #TeamDauntless #DivergentNation http://bit.ly/choose_dauntless"

*#FEARLESSFRIDAY. To participate, tweet or post a picture of yourself doing something cool and fearless, or post a picture of something fearless you would like to do someday.

CHALLENGES:
Each week we will be coming up with a challenge for street team members. Everyone who completes this challenge within the time-frame will be entered to win a swag giveaway for that week. For this week, please try to submit your link by Monday, the 9th.

- The challenge is to make a vlog of you or your friends talking about being DAUNTLESS. Think of the question "What does it mean to be Dauntless?" You can also tie this into #FearlessFriday and share the things you would do if you were fearless for a while. We know that a lot of people have a fear of vlogs, so that can be your fearless task :)

You can link your vlog's youtube URL or, if you'd like, create a blog post and link it that way. Once you have completed this challenge, make sure you sign up below with your link and email in order to be entered to win the swag! Swag packs include faction tattoos and we may even throw in a surprise book!

We are all so thrilled to have you guys on board. Please contact us with any questions and send us links if you post about the Dauntless team! We'll be sure to re-tweet it :) We really appreciate all the hard work you all are doing to help Team Dauntless win!

Most importantly, be sure to have fun. We love y'all like whoa.


Here's a list of Team Dauntless members. You'll want to follow them, as they will be doing giveaways throughout the month of April. Yay!

*Anna Reads
*Confessions of a Bookaholic
*Divergent Fans- Our fearless faction leader!
*Divergent Nation
*Good Books And Good Wine
*Once Upon A Twilight
*Pageturner's Blog
*Lindsay Cummings
*Tales of the Ravenous Reader

Wednesday, April 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 Burn For Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian.

"The start of a brand-new young adult trilogy about three very different girls who overcome their differences and band together to seek revenge on those who have wronged them, uncovering a supernatural secret about what brought them together and why in the process. Each book will rotate back and forth between the perspectives of all three characters."

Why I Can't Wait: I know, the summary doesn't give much away, but did you see who the authors are? EEP!!! I'm curious to know what the supernatural aspect of this story is. Oh, and alternating points of view? LOVE! This book kind of reminds me of a mixture between The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June by Robin Benway and the movie Mean Girls. Two great combinations, if you ask me. Ahh, can't wait!

Expected publication: September 18th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Top Ten Books To Read In One Day


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is your top ten books to read in one day. I'm not kidding, I stayed up all night to finish each and every one of these books. Really, they're that good. Ch-ch-check it out!


Anna and the French Kiss: What is it about Paris that screams romance? It definitely makes the perfect backdrop for a great, no FABULOUS contemporary novel. I loved every minute of this book, especially a certain scene that involves laying in the park. RAWR!


Lola and the Boy Next Door: What can I say? I love Stephanie Perkins. She writes some of the best contemporary novels I have ever read and is an absolute sweetheart. This book was by far one of the best books I read last year. From the cameo of certain characters, to Lola and her dads, and of course, Cricket, everything about this book is made of pure win. I love you, Cricket!


Where She Went (If I Stay #2): Where She Went is the fabulous follow up to Gayle Forman's If I Stay. Since this book is told through Adam's POV, I couldn't help but fall in love with him all over again. He's so broken, yet beautiful. Oh, and when he finally runs into Mia, after all those years...*sigh*. I really hope Gayle writes a third novel, but if she doesn't, this really was the perfect ending.


The Hunger Games: There's a reason why the books and movie are doing so well, and that's simple because the story is epic. My love for dystopia began when I fell in love with The Hunger Games. This book keeps your heart pounding from the beginning to the very end. Let us not forget Peeta. MMM...Peeta.


The Harry Potter Series: Sorry, I couldn't pick just one! Remember the midnight Harry Potter parties at Barnes and Noble? Yeah, I went to those and spent the rest of the night reading whatever book was released. Harry Potter teaches you so much about life and tragedy, especially about doing the right thing, no matter what. AHH, love this series1


Daughter of Smoke and Bone: LOOOOOVE Daughter of Smoke and Bone! I couldn't put it down. The writing is spectacular and the storytelling is even better. It's crazy how this book will have you hating one character one minute and loving him the next. I cannot (CANNOT) wait until Days of Blood and Starlight comes out. EEP!!!


DIVERGENT: Goodness, how I love this book! How could you not? From the beginning to the end, I was completely mezmorized by Veronica Roth's world. I would gladly choose Dauntless, jump in and out of trains, off of building tops, whatever, to spend a day with Four. I love this book so much, I even bought several copies for my friends/family. Nothing says I love you like a copy of Divergent!


Shade: You guys, I simply could not put this book down. I tried to pace myself so I could enjoy each and every chapter, but it didn't turn out that way. Waiting for Shift to release was the worst! I really think Jeri Smith-Ready must be my music soulmate. And, of course, Logan and Zachary. I'm smiling right now just thinking about them!


Shiver: This book is pure poetry. The writing is stunning to say the least. I fell in love with Sam the instant I started the book. And I mean it when I say that I have never cried as hard as I did while I read Shiver. Gosh, you really relate to these characters...probably not the turning into wolves part but with the emotional factor. For anyone that has read Shiver, you know what I mean.


Fire: It takes a really talented author to write a prequel instead of a sequel and tell an even more magnificient story (if that's even possible) than their first one. I originally wanted to post Graceling, but after speaking with my very awesome from Cynthia, I had to agree that I did enjoy Fire more. It's amazeballs!

That's all, folks! What books would you include in your Top Ten Books To Read In One Day? Any of the above or different ones all together?