Thursday, May 31, 2012

Entice Cover Reveal (Plus The First Two Chapters!)


Gorgeous, right? ENTICE is the highly anticipated sequel to Embrace by Jessica Shirvington. Now I know what you're thinking. This cover looks so much darker than the first. Well, here's Sourcebook Fire editor Leah Hultenschmidt to tell us why: “For Entice, we really wanted to have the cover reflect the darker edge of the story and Violet’s toughness.


“Two tutors and three students from the Grigori training center in New York were arriving in two days and I couldn’t be happier. I was going to be able to learn from the experts and have people my own age to train with, something I really needed. I was sure with their help I would be able to get over whatever it was that had been holding me back.

Griffin had been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the two senior Grigori –the intelligence, resources and backup they could provide was much needed. The Scripture that can decipher the identity of all Grigori, even those who have not yet embraced and are therefore defenseless, was at stake.

I would not stand by and watch it fall into the hands of exiles. If they found they key to destroying all Grigori and gained the upper hand, the slaughter would not stop until all the humans knelt before them, worshipping them as gods.”

OOOOH DANG!

Here’s the scoop!

Seventeen-year-old Violet Eden’s is back! With a destiny is to protect humans from the vengeance of exiled angels it becomes clear that it won’t be easy as even her partner, Lincoln, is hiding something. And now she has to learn to live with her feelings for him while they work together to stay alive and stop the exiles from discovering the key to destroy all Grigori. It isn’t easy. Especially when the electricity between her and Phoenix ignites and she discovers his hold over her has become more dangerous than ever. Violet's power will be pushed to the extreme with a race halfway across the world to find the one artifact that could tilt the balance of power between Angels and Exiles. And the ultimate betrayal will be exposed.

Check out Jessica’s brand new video blog post where she sits down with a cup of coffee and invites us into her home. From her favorite chair to her love of befriending characters in a series, Jessica chats with us about her perfect setting for a good read!

Want to read the first two chapters of ENTICE? You now you do!

Exciting News!! Jessica Shirvington will be traveling to the U.S for a two-week national book tour for ENTICE starting September 18. Keep an eye on www.embracetheseries.com for more details.


Sooooo...what do you guys think of the cover? Are you excited about ENTICE?

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Review: Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth

Title: Insurgent (Divergent #2)
Author: Veronica Roth
Published: May 1st 2012 by HarperTeen
Source: ARC received by the publisher for review

***Warning: Will contain spoilers if you haven't read Divergent yet***

"One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature."

First line: "I wake with his name in my mouth."

Thoughts: I am not kidding. It has taken me almost a month to write this review. Why? How do I summarize in so many words the epicness of this book? My words will not do it justice. This review will not do it justice. Believe me, you have to read it to understand why I am so awed and why this trilogy is becoming an all-time favorite of mine.

What does INSURGENT have to offer it's readers? Romance? CHECK! A daring, courageous yet sometimes infuriating protagonist? CHECK! A hottie to swoon over? CHECK, CHECK, CHECK! Treachery and suspense? Check and mate.

INSURGENT kicks off right where DIVERGENT leaves off. The crew may have escaped the simulation and know the truth about the serum, but they are far from safe. Tris awakes with Will's name in her mouth and terror in her heart. War is on the horizon and the worst is far from over.

Stricken with grief and guilt, Tris begins on this tangent of things she believes will help. Sadly though, a lot of these actions are not necessarily noble and come off...how does Tobias put it? Oh yeah, reckless. The poor deary can't even hold a gun! That's how broken she is. Lucky for her, she has Tobias aka Four.

One thing I loved about this book is how much developement there is, not just in Tris and Tobias but also the secondary characters we love to hate. It's crazy how much depth there is to these characters and how you never know who to trust or who will betray whom.

“People, I have discovered, are layers and layers of secrets. You believe you know them, that you understand them, but their motives are always hidden from you, buried in their own hearts. You will never know them, but sometimes you decide to trust them.”

Needless to say, when the world is filled with questionable people, it becomes a bit more complicated. One thing's for sure, it definitely makes for an unpredictable read!

Another thing I love about this book is Roth's incredible storytelling. When I say it's suspenseful, I mean it. I read another reviewer describe INSURGENT as a psychological thriller, and I have to absolutely agree. There's some action, but not a ton, and while you can try to predict what's going to happen next, (like in my case) you'll most likely be wrong.

And oh, lest not forget the writing. The writing is simply stunning.

"Cruelty does not make a person dishonest, the same way bravery does not make a person kind.”

Very true.

Lastly, can I just fangirl for a second about how much I love Tobias? Geez, if I wasn't a fan of him before, I sure am now. I swear, those little intimate touches and his way with words just makes me swoon from here to the moon. Oh, sweet goodness, what I wouldn't give to spend a day with Tobias!

“Sleep,” he says. “I'll fight the bad dreams off if they come to get you.” “With what?” “My bare hands, obviously.”

Yes, please do!

“He kisses me again, more insistent this time, his hands squeezing my waist. His breaths, his body, my body, we are so close there is no difference.”

*waves hand at face* Oh, lawdy! That's southern speak for "I think I'm exploding with love and lust".

“You die, I die too.” Tobias looks over his shoulder at me. “I asked you not to do this. You made your decision. These are the repercussions.”

Umm, how about neither of you die and we get back to the touching and kissing, eh?

Sadly, I can't post one of my all-time favorite quotes because it's a bit of a spoiler. If you want to know it, feel free to message me on twitter or email me. Oh, and to Veronica Roth: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR NOT HAVING A LOVE TRIANGLE! I'd hate to use my magical jumping into books ability and destroy him without your permission.

All in all, if you haven't read INSURGENT yet, bump it up your TBR pile. It will dazzle even the pickiest reader. If you haven't read DIVERGENT yet...

There are no words. READ IT ASAP! I've already turned my childhood best friend on it. She's in med-school, has zero to no time, is getting married in June, and still found the time to read it. What's your excuse, hmmm? I thought so.

Oh, and word of advice? I highly recommend rereading DIVERGENT prior to INSURGENT. There's not a lot of recapping, so it's best to have the last book fresh on your mind.

Rating:


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Top Ten Books Written In The Past 10 Years That I Hope People Are Still Reading In 30 Years

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is the Top Ten Books Written In the Past 10 Years That I Hope People Are Still Reading In 30 Years. Woo, this should be fun!


DIVERGENT: Do you know how freaking good this book is? Believe me, if people aren't reading DIVERGENT in 30 years, I will quit my job and start a Veronica Roth campaign of sorts.


THE HUNGER GAMES: With the other two movies coming out within the next few years, I will be shocked (SHOCKED!) if people forget about the book that started all the dystopia hype.


THE NIGHT CIRCUS: I know this isn't a YA book, but it's truly spectacular. I'm still surprised when people tell me they haven't read it yet. I mean, I bought this book for my sister-in-law and grandmother! My boyfriend's step mother even bought it after she heard us talking about it last Christmas! Eep!


THE SCORPIO RACES: Goodness, I love this book. It has something for everyone!


AMY & ROGER'S EPIC DETOUR: This is the perfect summer read. I mean, road trips, pictures and playlists that all surround a beautiful story about loss, life, regret, and hope. Again, this is the perfect summer read.


LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR: This is one of the best contemporary books I've read in ages. With that said, I will make sure that my children and my children's children read this book.


PERFECT CHEMISTRY: This book is the one that got me started on contemporary YA. Now it's one of my favorite genres and needless to say, this is one of my all-time favorite books.


GOING TOO FAR: I still recommend this book to people and will continue to do so until my old and grey.


THE DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE: Do you know how much I talk about this book? Loads, and I hope (really hope) in 30 years, I can say "Oh, I've read the books ages ago and watched the movies!". There better be movies in the next 30 years!


I HUNT KILLERS: I never wrote a review for this book because my review couldn't come close to doing it justice. Don't you hate that? If you love the show Dexter...heck, if you love a fast-paced and fabulous book, I highly recommend this book. I wouldn't want people reading it in the next 30 years if I didn't think so!


And that's all, folks! Do you agree or disagree with any of my picks? What books do you hope people will still be reading 30 years from now?

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Stacking The Shelves + Weekly Recap

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga at Tynga's Reviews. This edition is the "next book in a series" edition. Ch-ch-check it out!


*City of Lost Souls (Mortal Instruments #5) by Cassandra Clare (goodreads)
*This Is So Not Happening (He's So/She's So #3) by Kiera Scott (goodreads)
*Shadow Bound (Unbound #2) by Rachel Vincent (goodreads)

***Special thanks to my fabulous boyfriend, who apparently loves me enough to buy me more books and deal with all my book hoarding***

Weekly Recap


*Want to win a signed copy of Graceling and a signed arc of Bitterblue? Duh, you know you do.
*Movies/TV Shows that should be books featuring one of my favorite shows!
*Waiting on Wednesday featuring one of my favorite authors, whose verse writing makes me swoon.

Sadly, no reviews last week as my boss decided to kick my butt prior to the three day Memorial Day weekend. Never fear, I have already prepped a couple reviews for this week and am ready to kick some major booty! *fist pump*

Wednesday, May 23, 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 Falling For You by Lisa Schroeder.

"Rae's always dreamed of dating a guy like Nathan. He’s nothing like her abusive stepfather—in other words, he’s sweet. But the closer they get, the more Nathan wants of her time, of her love, of her...and the less she wants to give.

As Rae’s affection for Nathan turns to fear, she leans on her friend Leo for support. With Leo, she feels lighter, happier. And possessive Nathan becomes jealous.

Then a tragedy lands Rae in the ICU. Now, hovering between life and death, Rae must find the light amid the darkness…and the strength to fight for life and the love she deserves."

Why I Can't Wait: Dying to read this book would be an understatement. Lisa Schroeder has yet to disappointment me. And get this folks, her books get better and better! Falling For You sounds like an emotion and intense read that I'll rush to finish and reread to savor. Maybe I'll need a box of tissues? It might not be a light and fluffy read, but it sure does sound like a fabulous one!

Expected publication: 2013 by Simon Pulse

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Movies/TV Shows That Should Be Books

Often we think about books that should be movies, but what about the opposite? I'm sure you've done this, too, but have you ever watched a TV show or movie and thought "Dude, that would make one heck of a book series!"? I know I have...many, many times. For example, whenever I watch this show...


I can't help but think of how epic this TV show turned book series would be. I mean, there could be alternating points of views. Think of all the transitions! Each chapter could rotate between the present and the past (aka the rhelm of magic). Oh, and all the princes to swoon over! I would love to swoon over Price Charming in written word as well as on the tv screen.




WORD! And think of all the details the book series could include. I often wonder more about Snow White as well as the dwarfs, Henry, Emma, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and yes, even Regina (that evil meanie!). If it were to have a book cover, I would imagine it would look like this:


and/or this:


Sure the show offers plenty of details, but I'm just a glutton for more!

BTW, I'm going to feel like a total idiot if this TV series is already based on a book. *smh*

Monday, May 21, 2012

Win a Signed Copy of Graceling and Bitterblue


Hey y'all, it's giveaway time! I'm giving away a signed paperback of Graceling and a signed arc of Bitterblue. If you haven't read this series yet, YOU NEED TO! It's fabulous, and I highly recommend it.

To enter, all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to US and CA participants only and ends June 11 @ 11:59PM CST. Of course extra entries will be rewarded to followers, tweeters, etc.

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

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Stacking The Shelves + Weekly Round-Up

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga at Tynga's Reviews. It's pretty self-explanatory so let's go ahead and get started!


*Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson (goodreads)(Signed! Thanks, Michelle!)
*Never Enough by Denise Jaden (goodreads)

***Special thanks to my awesome friend Michelle and to Simon & Schuster***

Weekly Round-Up


*Check out the top ten authors I'd like to see on a reality show. What author would kick butt in the Bad Girls' Club house? Find out!
*Where I choose a book involving flesh eating tick for my Waiting on Wednesday post.
*Wherein I review Beauty by Lisa Daily. It really is the perfect summer read!

Current Giveaways:
*Speaking of summer reads/books, enter to win a copy of The Summer of No Regrets by Katherine Grace Bond. Open to US and CA participants only.
*Want to win a copy of Goddess Interrupted (The Goddess Test #2) by Aimee Carter? You know you do! This giveaway is also only open to US and CA participants only.


That's all, folks!!! Hope you guys are having a fabulous weekend!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Review : Beauty

Title: Beauty
Author: Lisa Daily
Published: May 10th 2012 by Razorbill
Source: ARC received by the publisher for review

"What's it like to be the most beautiful girl in the world?

Molly desperately wants to be beautiful. And that's what she tells Dharma, the mysterious portrait artist who sketches her face at the town fair just minutes after she's humiliated in front of Hudson, the guy of her dreams. When Molly wakes up the following morning, she's the most beautiful girl in Miracle, Ohio. Babies coo in her arms, her house fills with flowers from dozens of drooling boys, and she's chosen to be a model for the hottest store in town. Best of all, Hudson finally falls for her.

But Molly soon discovers that beauty--and her wish--comes with a price. She's faced with an impossible choice: Will reclaiming her true identity mean letting go of Hudson for good?"

Thoughts: When I first received Beauty, I had not heard of it nor had any expectations. All I knew was that it sounded cute, so I gave it a go. Boy howdy, am I glad I did because Beauty was exactly what I needed to bring me out of my reading slump. Adorable and yes, a bit predictable, Beauty is the kind of book you can easily breeze through in one sitting.

The concept behind the book kind of reminded me of the movie BIG (you know, the one with Tom Hanks). Yes, I'm THAT old. Anyway, it basically centers around a girl (Molly) who believes she isn't pretty and wishes she was. She has her two friends, one who could care less about looks and popularity (i.e. the genuine one) and another who centers her life around it (i.e. the wannabe). After an embarassing moment at the local carnival, Molly stumbles upon Dharma, a lady who not only sketches a portrait of Molly but changes her life. Molly confides in Dharma and wishes she could be the most beautiful girl in town.

Well, you know what they say about wishes.

The next morning, Molly wakes up and all her awkward features have mysteriously transformed into something beautiful. Guys everywhere are tripping over each other to catch a glimpse of Molly. Even her friends can't believe it, and the girls who once teased her about her looks are now begging to be in her good graces. The best part? Her long time crush, Hudson, is finally taking notice. EEP!

But, like all wishes, this one comes at a cost. Is popularity worth sacrificing her real friends and most importantly, herself?

Something I really enjoyed about this book was how relatable Molly was. What girl doesn't dream about being the most beautiful girl in town? Everyone has insecurities and if you say you don't, you're lying. If someone could fix the thing you hate the most about yourself, would you refuse? I wouldn't! The big question is, is it worth it? In this case, Molly's insecurities revolved around her looks, and it's pretty shocking how much looks reflect how people treated her. Of course, at times, Molly doesn't exactly take the noble path (which is understanble), but all in all, I enjoyed reading her story.

Hudson. To be honest, in the beginning I really didn't like Hudson's superficial nature. He tries to be the good guy but (like most teenage guys) gets caught up on looks. Towards the middle of the book, though, he grew on me. He was always a sweet guy, but as the story unfolded, he becomes the good guy with a good heart. I love how he's one of the popular kids yet still doesn't treat anyone like they're beneathe him. He became more and more real as the story progressed and probably grew the most out of all the characters in the book. By the end, I hearted him.

Overall, if you're looking for a spunky summer read with a great message, I recommend checking out Beauty. Sure it's predictable, but sometimes, don't you want to pick up a book and know it's going good versus being utterly surprised and disappointed? I thought so.

Rating:


Wednesday, May 16, 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 Farm by Emily McKay.

"Life was different in the Before: before the Ticks began devouring humans in a deadly swarm across America; before the surviving young people were rounded up and quarantined “for their own protection.” These days, we know what those quarantines are—holding pens where human blood is turned into more food for the Ticks. Surrounded by electrical fences, most kids try to survive the Farms by turning on each other…

And when trust is a thing of the past, escape is nearly impossible.

Lily and her twin sister Mel have a plan. Though Mel can barely communicate, her autism helps her notice things no one else notices—like the portion of electrical fence that gets turned off every night. Getting across won’t be easy, but as Lily gathers what they need to escape, a familiar face appears out of nowhere, offering to help…

Carter was a schoolmate of Lily’s in the Before. Managing to evade capture until now, he has valuable knowledge of the outside world. But like everyone on the Farm, Carter has his own agenda, and he knows that behind the Ticks is an even more dangerous threat to the human race..."

Why I Can't Wait: Ticks that devour humans? Holy crap, that's my biggest fear! This book sounds both creepy and exciting, all at the same time. It kind of reminds me of a mixture between Eve by Anna Carey and The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. Plus, the cover? EEP! Very Carrie Ryan. SOOOOO excited about this one!

Expected publication: December 4th 2012 by Berkley Trade

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Top Ten Authors I Would Like To See On A Reality Show

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is the top ten authors you would like to see on a reality show. Oh, this ought to be good!

1. Jackson Pearce on The Real Housewives of Atlanta. I don't know why, but it just feels right.

2. John Green on The Bachelor. Okay, I know he's married, but a girl can dream, right? ;-)

3-4. Cassandra Clare and Holly Black on Fear Factor. They would make a great combo, and I'd love to see if either of them would bow out of a challenge before the end.

5. Veronica Roth on Survivor. Be brave. Be Dauntless!

6. Jennifer Bosworth on The Bad Girls' Club. I don't know why, but I think she'd totally kick butt on this show. She seems like the no nonsense kind of gal.

7. Maggie Stiefvater on America's Got Talent. Lets face it, folks. This lady has got A LOT of talent(s).

8-9. Rachel Hawkins and Myra McEntire on America's Best Dance Crew. Their dance crew would be called Time Hex, and they'd drop it like it's hot. I'd vote for their dance crew.

10. Jeri Smith-Ready on Total Blackout. If you haven't heard of Total Blackout, it's basically people being sent into a pitch black room, forced to touch/hear/smell/do things and letting their imaginations run wild. It involves a lot of "WTF IS THAT?!?!?!?!" moments, and I would love to see what Jeri thinks "it" was. :-)

Woo! What authors would be on your list, and what shows would they be on?

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Stacking The Shelves

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga at Tynga's Reviews. I'm not kidding, I jumped for joy when I received this package. UBER excited about the goodies I received this week. Ch-ch-check it out!


*Rift (Nightshade Prequel #1) by Andrea Cremer (goodreads)
*The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Francis Long (goodreads)
*My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick (goodreads)
*Soulbound (Legacy of Tril #1) by Heather Brewer (goodreads)


***Extra special thanks to Penguin Teen. I love y'all like whoa!***

What goodies did you guys get this week?

Friday, May 11, 2012

Mini Reviews: Life Is But A Dream and When The Sea Is Rising Red

Title: Life Is But A Dream
Author: Brian James
Published: March 27th 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
Source: ARC received by the publisher for review

"Sabrina, an artist, is diagnosed with schizophrenia, and her parents check her into the Wellness Center. There she meets Alec, who is convinced it's the world that's crazy, not the two of them. They are meant to be together; they are special. But when Alec starts to convince Sabrina that her treatment will wipe out everything that makes her creative, she worries that she'll lose hold of her dreams and herself. Should she listen to her doctor? her decision may have fatal consequences.

Brian James calls Life is But a Dream "the most intense book I've written. Bringing this unique character to life and seeing the world through her eyes, with all its beauty and confusion, was an immense challenge that I hope is just as rewarding to read as it was to write." Intense--yes. Unforgettable--definitely."

First line: "I've always been diferent from other kids my age - from everyone, really."

Thoughts: I'm not going to lie. What originally drew me to the book was the cover. I mean, isn't it stunning? Wow.

What I was surprised at (because I really had no expectations going in) was how much I ended up liking the story. How the story is written kind of reminds me of the movie What Dreams May Come. The further the story goes, the more lovely it gets. Sabrina constantly loses her sense of reality and has to find her way back. The way Sabrina views the world is both heart-breaking and beautiful, like a painting you know is sad but you can't take your eyes off of it.

And the best part? The writing is just as exquisite as the story. It's not an easy read. There are plenty of struggles both for the main character and Alec, but the those hauntingly radiant moments are the ones that beguiled me and kept me reading.

Rating:




Title: When The Sea Is Rising Red
Author: Cat Hellisen
Published: February 28th 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Source: ARC received by the publsiher for review

"After seventeen-year-old Felicita’s dearest friend, Ilven, kills herself to escape an arranged marriage, Felicita chooses freedom over privilege. She fakes her own death and leaves her sheltered life as one of Pelimburg’s magical elite behind. Living in the slums, scrubbing dishes for a living, she falls for charismatic Dash while also becoming fascinated with vampire Jannik. Then something shocking washes up on the beach: Ilven's death has called out of the sea a dangerous, wild magic. Felicita must decide whether her loyalties lie with the family she abandoned . . . or with those who would twist this dark power to destroy Pelimburg's caste system, and the whole city along with it."

First line: "She's not here."

Thoughts: When I first read the summary, I thought this book was going to be epic. Running away? Falling in love with a rebel that is hellbent on destroying your family? Intriguing, right? Overall, I found the story to be a little flat. It was missing that "wow" factor we all crave in a good book. I couldn't relate to the main character and struggled through most of it. It's not all bad, though. There were a few gorgeous moments in this book that had me craving for more. Sadly, there just wasn't enough of them.

Honestly, I'm the oddball when it comes to this book. Most people I know that have read it loved it. Before giving up on it because of me, I recommend checking it out for yourself. You be the judge and if you do read it, let me know. We can break it down together. :-)

Rating:


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Review : Purity


Title: Purity
Author: Jackson Pearce
Published: April 24th 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Source: Copy sent by the publisher for review

Summary: "A novel about love, loss, and sex -- but not necessarily in that order.

Before her mother died, Shelby promised three things: to listen to her father, to love as much as possible, and to live without restraint. Those Promises become harder to keep when Shelby's father joins the planning committee for the Princess Ball, an annual dance that ends with a ceremonial vow to live pure lives -- in other words, no "bad behavior," no breaking the rules, and definitely no sex.

Torn between Promises One and Three, Shelby makes a decision -- to exploit a loophole and lose her virginity before taking the vow. But somewhere between failed hookup attempts and helping her dad plan the ball, Shelby starts to understand what her mother really meant, what her father really needs, and who really has the right to her purity."

First line: "5 years, 352 days before
When I said it, I didn't mean it."


Thoughts: When I first heard about PURITY, I got super excited. I'm a huge fan of AS YOU WISH and was ecstatic to hear Jackson Pearce was writing another contemporary novel. Plus, check out that first line in the summary... "A novel about love, loss, and sex -- but not necessarily in that order.". Tell me that doesn't grab your attention! Just like most of her novels, I tore through it within a couple days. I mean, it's a book about (gasp) s-e-x! Though I did enjoy it, I must admit that it isn't my favorite Jackson Pearce novel. Pros and cons? Let's do it!

First off, I must talk about how much I enjoyed each and every character. A lot of novels these days consist of one or two (or more) obnoxious characters that irritate me to no end. Not this one, though. Every character has a story to tell, and each one ultimately helps navigate Shelby into making her big decision. After all, to have sex or not to have sex, that is the question.

Of all the characters, I must say Jonas and Ruby were my favorite. I loved Jonas' protective nature. He didn't agree with Shelby's haste decision to lose her virginity, but he still supported her and was there for her when she needed him. I mean, he went with her to get condoms for goodness sake (wicked funny scene, by the way)! Ruby's humor had me cracking up to no end. I loved her loyalty to both Shelby and Jonas. She's the kind of best friend everyone wants, and I enjoyed every scene she's in.

Even Shelby's dad, who can be considered the "villain", is not so villainous at all! He's just a guy who doesn't know how to raise his daughter without his wife. After all, how many guys would know how to raise a girl (now teenage girl)in the first place? Few and far.

Moving on, I do have to admit that at times, I felt like the story line was lacking something. I'm not sure what, but in my personal opinion, the story just needed something more. It's a quick and easy read, but I think it would have been better had there been a surprise factor or something to throw the reader off-guard. The overall story is a bit predictable so a wow factor would have been nice.

Also, while I knew what the story was about going in, I still didn't like how Shelby wanted to sleep with any random person just to keep her promise. Sure she might know them from school or whatever the case may be, I'm still one of those people that believe sex is a sacred thing. It made me kind of dislike Shelby. While I know she's a good person and well written character, the absurdity of some of the situations she's thrown in made me roll my eyes. Overall, I did enjoy how the author handled the sex issue, even if there were a few eye rolling moments for me.

All in all, though it's not my favorite book, I still found PURITY to be an energetic and amusing read. Yes, it's predictable, but that doesn't mean it's not fun.

Rating:


Wednesday, May 9, 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 Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier.

"Its name is spoken only in whispers, if the people of Alban dare to speak it at all: Shadowfell. The training ground for rebels seeking to free their land from the grip of the tyrannical king is so shrouded in mystery that most believe it to be a myth.

But for Neryn, Shadowfell's existence is her only hope. She is penniless, orphaned, and utterly alone - and concealing a treacherous magical power that will warrant her immediate enslavement should it be revealed. She finds hope of allies in the Good Folk, fey beings whom she must pretend she cannot see and who taunt her with chatter of prophecies and tests, and in a striking, mysterious stranger, who saves her from certain death but whose motives remain unclear. She knows she should not trust anyone with her plans, but something within her longs to confide in him.

Will Neryn be forced to make the dangerous journey alone? She must reach Shadowfell, not only to avenge her family and salvage her own life, but to rescue Alban itself.

This first novel in a new trilogy from enchanting fantasy author Juliet Marillier is a captivating tale of peril, courage, romance, and survival."

Why I Can't Wait: I am a huge fan of fantasy novels, and this one looks right up my alley. Fey? Prophecies? Needless to say, I am intrigued. Plus, who doesn't love a "mysterious stranger"? I bet he's swoon-worthy!

Expected publication: September 11th 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Top Ten Favorite Book Quotes


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is your Top Ten Favorite Book Quotes. BTW, I love, love, love this topic. LET'S DO IT!!!

1. “Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all those who live without love.” -Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

2. “Gone for a while
Hoping, always, to return
If you will let me” -Perfect Fifths (Jessica Darling #5)

3. “I know you aren't perfect. But it's a person's imperfections that make them perfect for someone else.” -Lola and the Boy Next Door

4. “Your soul sings to mine. My soul is yours, and it always will be, in any world. No matter what happens. I need you to remember that I love you.” - Daughter of Smoke and Bone

5. “Wishes are false. Hope is true. Hope makes its own magic.” - Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Ahh, love this book!)

6. “Sleep,” he says. “I'll fight the bad dreams off if they come to get you.” “With what?” “My bare hands, obviously.”- Insurgent

7. “I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once.” - The Fault in Our Stars

8. “I wish I could freeze this moment, right here, right now and live in it forever.” - Catching Fire

9. “My knee radiated heat. As I watched him pull himself from the car and walk casually across the brightly lit parking lot, I thought dumb things. I will never wash my knee again. I will never wash these jeans again. I will cut the knee out of these jeans and sew a pillow to sleep on every night, just to have a molecule of him in my bed with me.” -Going Too Far

10. “We're all right, you know,' he says quietly. 'You and me. Okay?' My chest aches, and I nod. 'Nothing else is all right.' His whisper tickles my cheek. 'But we are.” -Insurgent

*siiiiiiiiigh*

Monday, May 7, 2012

The Summer of No Regrets Blog Tour (Guest Post + Giveaway)


Happy Monday Everyone! I have the privileged of hosting one of the stops in The Summer of No Regrets Blog Tour. Katherine Grace Bond is here today to discuss the phenomena that is fame and why we crave it. Take it from here, Katherine!

Why We Crave Fame


“Celebrity-in-Hiding.”

"When I first started writing THE SUMMER OF NO REGRETS, I didn’t want to admit how much that idea intrigued me. I’m a lot like my main character, Brigitta—all about finding the meaning of life, not fantasizing over whether the guy next door is a movie star. When I bought a National Enquirer, I explained to the grocery store clerk that it was for research— that I was writing a book (“Yes,” I told her modestly, “I am an author.”) I certainly didn’t normally read that sort of thing. Of course not. Well, okay, maybe the headlines. Occasionally.

But as I read through stacks of People and Star and Us (which is a lot like eating sugar cubes all day long), and more stacks of celebrity biographies, I started to wonder what the deal is about fame. Why does it fascinate us? Why do we love the idea of either being famous or being connected to somebody famous?

I think it’s because we’ve got some interesting ideas about “being known.” If I’m “known,” people know who I am, right? Lots of people. Those people will say I’m talented and beautiful and they’ll treat me with special respect. If I’m known, I get to wear amazing clothes and ride in limousines. People will do what I want just because I’m known. If I only eat the green M&M’s, someone will pick those out of the five-pound bag and put them into a crystal dish for me. If I’m known, I am important—more important than that boss who fired me, or the teacher who gave me a C and said “You ought to be ashamed of yourself,” or the security guard who threw me out of a mall in Seattle for plugging my cellphone into a floor outlet (true story!).

But is that really what being known is? Getting special treatment and being better than somebody else? Who really knows me when I’m known like that? What I crave, what I really crave, is to have a few people who will look into my eyes and know me—know how I wrinkle my nose when I laugh, and what my favorite show is, and why I’m afraid of guns. It’s what we all want, I think—people who will listen to us when we’re scared, and scream with us on the roller coaster, and trust us with their hurts. We want to know we matter. We want to have a few people we don’t have to hide ourselves from.

So is Brigitta’s next-door-neighbor a secret superstar? We can talk about that later. I need to go to the grocery store and read some headlines."

Katherine, thank you so much for taking the time to write a guest post. And now, it's giveaway time. Courtesy of Sourcebooks, I am giving away a copy of The Summer of No Regrets to one lucky winner. All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is only open to US and CA participants and will end May 31st at 11:59 CST.

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


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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Stacking The Shelves + Weekly Round-Up


Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Oh sweet baby, am I excited about the books I got this week. I almost screamed when I got each and every one of these books. I mean, this post should really be called the "Books By My Favorite Authors" edition. Ch-ch-check it out!


*This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers (goodreads)
*Such A Rush by Jennifer Echols (goodreads)
*Revived by Cat Patrick (goodreads)
*Goddess Interrupted (Goddess Test #2) by Aimee Carter (goodreads)

***Special thanks to Ashleigh, Cristina, LB (Little, Brown), Media Masters Publicity, and Harper Teen.***

Weekly Round-Up


In case you missed it, let me catch you up on everything that happened this week. I really haven't been posting as much lately (due to my BFF's wedding), but now that it's over, hopefully I'll get back to posting 5 times a week. Any who, let the recapping begin!

*Wherein I review Silence (Queen of the Dead #1) by Michelle Sagara West.
*Top Ten Books I'd Like To See Made Into A Movie
*Interview with the author of The Goddess Test, Aimee Carter. Oh yeah, I'm also giving away a copy of Goddess Interrupted.

That's all, folks! Hope you guys had a fabulous Cinco de Mayo and an even better Sunday!

XOXO

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Interview + Giveaway With Aimee Carter


Q&A With Aimée Carter, Author of the Goddess Test Series


How familiar were you with Greek myths and folklore before writing the Goddess Test series? Was a lot of research required?

+ I first fell in love with Greek mythology when I was a kid learning how to read, and my infatuation only grew from there. I’ve studied various kinds of mythology for years, sometimes for class and always for fun, but even then I put a great deal of research into the Goddess Test series. Mostly as a refresher to make sure I was getting my facts right, but I also researched the various myths looking for ways to tie the plots and characters together in unexpected ways.

Was Goddess Interrupted any easier or harder to write than the first book in the series, The Goddess Test?

+ It was both easier and harder, in a strange way. I rewrote The Goddess Test multiple times, and I’ve never edited a book more heavily in my life. Goddess Interrupted did require some editing, of course, but it was much easier.

However, the pressure to deliver a sequel worthy of the series made the writing process for Goddess Interrupted more difficult than I’d anticipated. There’s something called the “sophomore slump”, where sequels or second books generally don’t quite match up to the second, and I wanted to avoid that at all cost. So that added a lot of stress, but in the end, I was very happy with the results.


You give the gods and goddesses in the series “ordinary names” – Zeus is named Walter, Aphrodite goes by Ava, Hermes is named James. Why did you do that and do the more contemporary names have any significance?

+ This was something I went back and forth on multiple times. Initially the characters Kate encounters weren’t council members at all – I changed that very, very quickly though. By the second draft, I had a place for each of the Olympians, and I did some heavy rewriting to replace my first draft characters with the gods. I wanted to find a way to keep their names the same, but since they’re supposed to live among us in secret in the modern world, it didn’t really make sense. How many men named Zeus do you know, or women called Aphrodite? On top of that, keeping the council’s identities secret was incredibly important to the plot. So eventually I decided they would have changed their names when Western civilization stopped worshipping them as gods, allowing them to live freely among us.

I did choose each name for what it means, some more than others – Walter, for instance, means “army leader”, while James means “supplanter”. The exception is Calliope, which in the story was chosen by her counterpart for its Greek roots. The reason the gods changed their names – and why Artemis didn’t wind up with the name Diana – is explained throughout the series, but you get to actually see this happen in The Goddess Legacy (July 31).



Goddess Interrupted begins with the main character Kate Winters adjusting to her new life as an immortal. Given Kate’s innate strength and stubbornness, was it difficult to switch gears to portray her as a bit more vulnerable and unsure of herself in her new role as goddess AND wife?

+ Not so much, to be honest – her progression felt natural to me. While Kate is very tough in certain ways, she’s extremely vulnerable as well. She’s emotionally dependent on the people around her (her mother in the first book, Henry in the second), and that in and of itself carves the path she takes in the sequel. She’s spent six months with Henry, falling in love with him and forming a relationship she thinks is going to last for eternity. But Henry is battling his own demons and isn’t ready to be the person she needs him to be, and because Kate is so stubborn, she has a hard time coming to terms with that. In the sequel, Kate really is her own worst enemy emotionally – her entire world has changed, after all, and that’s a lot for anyone to take – but it’s all part of her development into a goddess and queen.



Kate finds herself trying to work through her rather complicated relationship with James, as well as her relationship with her new husband, Henry (Hades). Neither seems to be black and white, but rather varying shades of gray. Were any of Kate’s feelings or situations based on any relationship struggles you’ve been through?

+ Not personally, no, but I did try to make Kate’s relationships with the people in her life as realistic as possible. She isn’t perfect, and neither are they, and that’s something they all have to work through at varying points in the series. None of the relationships in the books are based off of specific experiences I’ve been through though.


What is your favorite part of the writing process? Least favorite?

+ Outlining is by far my favorite part of the process. I love the idea stage, where anything’s possible, and it’s such a shiny place. All of that comes crashing down when I write the first draft though, which is the hardest part for me. I tend to get mentally exhausted about two thirds to three quarters of the way into the manuscript, and it’s always a struggle for me to push through it, especially if I’m on a deadline. And inevitably there are a ton of problems I didn’t notice in the outline stage that have to be fixed for the story to work. I’m a perfectionist, so in order for me to continue writing the story, everything I’ve already written has to make sense.


Do you have a favorite quote or line from a poem or book?

+ I love so many quotes that I couldn’t possibly pick a favorite.

How did you get your first publishing deal and how did that feel?

+ My agent, Rosemary Stimola, sent the manuscript out to various publishers, and after a long submission process, Harlequin TEEN offered to publish it! I was stunned at first, but that quickly gave way to giddiness. It was an incredible feeling to know I’d be published, and to this day, I still can’t quite believe it.


When is the next book in the series due out? Any hints on what will happen in book 3?

+ Goddess Interrupted, the sequel to The Goddess Test, came out in late March. The next book in the series, The Goddess Legacy, will be out July 31. It’s a collection of five novellas told in the perspectives of Calliope, Ava, Persephone, James, and Henry, and together they form one story.

The third book in the series, The Goddess Inheritance, is currently scheduled to be released in March 2013. Unfortunately I can’t say too much about it, but the challenges that Kate will face are pretty clear by the end of the sequel!


After the huge success of The Goddess Test, Goddess Interrupted is on many, many TBR lists for this summer. What’s on your TBR list?

+ I’m so excited for a slew of books coming out – The Girl in the Clockwork Collar, Grave Mercy, The Selection, The Serpent’s Shadow, Philippa Gregory’s YA novel, and a ton of others. I never have as much time to read as I want, but I’m definitely making time for all of those and more!


Yearbook Superlatives! If you went to high school with the Greek gods and goddesses, who would you vote for?
Most likely to succeed? - Hera
Class clown? - Hermes
Nicest? – Demeter or Hephaestus
Best dressed? - Aphrodite
Best dancer? - Apollo
Most school spirit? - Iris
Most likely to attend summer school? - Ares
Teachers pet? - Athena

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It's giveaway time. One person will win a copy of Goddess Interrupted courtesy of Media Masters Publicity and Harlequin Teen. To enter, all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to US and CA participants and will end on May 31st at 11:59PM CST. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at addicted2novels(at)gmail(dot)com.

***Special thanks to Media Masters Publicity, Harlequin Teen, and Aimee Carter for putting all of this together. You guys are amazeballs!!!***


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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Top Ten Books I'd Like To See Made Into A Movie


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is the Top Ten Books I'd Like To See Made Into A Movie. Oh, this is going to be fun!


Divergent: I'm not going to lie, if DIVERGENT was ever made into a movie, I'd go and see it over and over and over (and over) again. I would even internet stalk whoever was cast as Four.



The Jessica Darling Series: I have loved this series for years and have waited ages to see it on the big screen. Again, this is another movie where I would internet stalk the actor who played Marcus Flutie. RAWR!



Lola and the Boy Next Door: Y'all, this is my favorite 2011 read. How cute would this movie be? A girl dressed in costume, running around San Francisco, and an inventor, hopelessly in love with her. *SIGH* It's kind of like How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days only way more adorable.


Daughter of Smoke and Bone: This would be the perfect summer action-fantasy-romance movie. Come on, movie producers! You know you want to...


The Fault In Our Stars: Yeah, if they made this book into a movie, I'd need to bring a box of tissues to the theater with me. They better not change the ending, though! Jodi Picoult and Nicholas Sparks may be okay with it, but John Green would punch the script writer face. I'm not sure if that's necessarily true (probably because I made it up), but I hope it is. :-P


Amy & Roger's Epic Detour: How much fun would this movie be? The only catch is, everyone in the audience would probably leave a) happy and b) hungry.


The List: This movie would be like Mean Girls on steroids, and I would love every minute of it.


Forget You: Woooooo, talk about steamy summer movies. They might even have to rate it R. At least, that's how it's rated in my imaginary movie version. *winks*


The Shade Trilogy: If they made this into a movie, Flogging Molly would have to (HAVE TO) agree to write a song for the soundtrack. I would probably then fangirl like a lunatic, fly to the east coast to high-five Jeri Smith-Ready, and do a little moshing in the movie theater.


Jellicoe Road: Gosh, I'm trying to come up with what the movie would be like, and the only word I can think of is beautiful.



That's all, folks! What books would you guys like to see made into a movie?