Monday, October 31, 2011

Once Upon a Time S1 E2 (The thing you love most)


I'm really sad that I can't put the show image up, but its saved in my computer and I am posting from my phone. I would like to warn of spoilers for those who have not watched it. If you don't want the episode spoiled for you than do not continue. It's a recap so I go over the events of the show.

Recap

The second episode of the season starts off with the towns people waking up to notice the clock tower is now working. Then cuts to Regina (present world evil queen) looking through the storybook and notices the missing pages. She confronts Henry about it and says he thinks she's some kind if evil queen, but she's his mother. He then says you're not my mother and leaves.

Now back to the clock tower.  When Regina  sees it, she seems a bit bothered by it. Could it be that she actually does know about the curse and who she is?

Then we get a pretty cool sorceress fighting scene, when in the fairy tale world the evil queen goes to her bff Maleficent to get the curse. She does not want to give it to her and so begins the fight. The evil queen wins and gets the curse. She is warned by Maleficent that there are consequences and she will have an emptiness that can never be filled. The evil queen does the ritual with the heart if her prized steed but it doesn't work.

Back in the present world Henry tells Emma about the missing pages and gives them to her, and that Snow White is her mother. Emma then runs into Mary Margaret his teacher (Snow White) and Mary Margaret tells her that Henry thinks she is Snow White. Mary Margaret asks who Emma is, and she tells her she's not in the book. (Oh, this is getting good)

Emma goes to see Henry's therapist and he gives her Henry's file "because she's important to Henry" and maybe she can help. This ends up being a set up from Regina and Emma gets arrested for stealing the files. Regina thinks that by making Emma seem like the bad guy Henry will think that, but he knows better. He comes with Mary Margaret to bail her out. Mary Margaret says she is doing it because she trusts Emma. Emma returns to the Inn to be told felons aren't allowed to stay there. Obviously another blow from Regina. Next we see her go bad ass chick with a chainsaw to Regina's apple tree. Regina comes out pretty angry and Emma says if Regina wants to play games fine, but she doesn't know what Emma is capable of.

Now back to the fairy tale world. The evil queen goes to see Rumpelstiltskin to find out why the curse didn't work. He tells her he can help her, but she must make a deal with him. He wants to be comfortable in the new land, and she must give in to his requests as long as he says please. He says they won't remember, so she says no harm done and makes the deal.

Back to Storybrooke Maine. Regina tries to get Emma arrested again, but The Sheriff says he knows Regina set her up and thinks its a bad idea to arrest her again. She says she made him and she can get rid of him. Whoa with the evil threats! He says they are just going to end up hurting Henry. Regina calls Emma and asks her to come to her office to make nice. Well, they talk about Henry and Emma says how his idea of everyone being a fairy tale character is crazy. He was standing in the doorway the while time. Coincidence? Of course not. Regina knee he would be there. Emma tells Regina she is soulless, and asks how she got that way before turning and leaving.

Flashback to fairy tale where the evil queen is talking to what we assume is her servant. She tells him what she must do and he tries to talk her out of it. He tells her she can be happy again. She tells him she can, but not there. As tears roll down her face, she says sorry daddy and kills him. I think they wanted us to feel a little sorry for her, but it didn't really work.

In Maine Emma goes to see Henry's teacher to pay her back for bailing here out. She stays to talk. Emma tells her she's leaving because she cares about Henry, but Mary Margaret says that's why she needs to stay. Emma goes to see Henry at his therapists office and he doesn't want to talk to her. She let's him know that she thinks the curse is crazy, but that doesn't mean its not true. That they need to trick the evil queen by making her think they dint believe it. She then burns The missing pages from the storybook so there's no way for the evil queen to get them. This was a pretty touching moment in my opinion.

Back into the fairy tale world, we see the evil queen performing the ritual for the curse, this time with her fathers heart. The smoke comes up and starts the curse that turns fairy tale into present day Maine, where Emma is the only one supposedly not affected by the curse. This seen comes to an end with her at her fathers headstone. His name was Henry.

The show ends with Mr. Gold aka Rumpelstiltskin coming to talk to Regina while she's tending her apple tree. Regina says how Emma is headed back to Boston and Mr. Gold tells her she just saw Emma walking with Henry, and he can help her...for a price. She says she won't make anymore deals with him. We find out that he is the one who found Henry. She asks where, and wants to know who Emma Swan is to which he replies that she already knows. She demands he tell her and he walks away.

That's a pretty interesting ending. It seems as if they both know of the curse and who they are perhaps. It makes sense that Regina would know since she made the curse happen, but why does it seem that Mr. Gold knows? Does he maybe know because he was part of the deal that made the curse possible? Next week we get some of Snow Whites history, and more Prince Charming. I know I am excitedly counting down the days to the next episode.

Once Upon a Time airs at 8pm Sundays on ABC

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Epic October Snowstorm

I am actually doing this post from my phone because this major storm caused a power outage that broke my modem. I am horribly sad I have no home internet at the moment, and probably wont for a week. I have never done a blog post from my phone so this is new to me.

So Saturday afternoon around 2:30pm the snow started to fall in my area. It was coming down hard and quick. After about 6 and a half hours all the trees in my yard were starting to snap and the one out front broke and fell inches from my house.

8 hours into the storm, the thing I was worried about happened. We lost power. It was a pretty impressive light show oitside as the transformer blew. I have to say we were lucky. Many others lost power hours before, and some still don't have any. My daughter woke up at 3am because she was cold. Let me tell you, she's impossible to sleep with. I got hit and kicked more times than I can count. She moves around so mu h in her sleep.

By 7:30am it was so cold inside I could actually see my breath. My hubs told me he was sending his uncle to come get me because he at least has a pellet stove for some heat. I decided to go out and sit in my warm car with my daughter to wait. While I was in the car the power came back on so we didnt end up needing to leave after all.

I am fortunate that my power outage was pretty short. I know a lot of people who are still without power, and could be for days. It seems petty to complain about not having internet. It's sad how dependent we really are on it. We don't even think about it until we don't have it.

I hope that the thousands of people still without power are safe and will get their power back soon. It was hard for us and it was only a few hours mostly overnight.

Also my daughters Birthday party had to be canceled, but we had a small get together and she was very happy.






Saturday, October 29, 2011

Review: Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber

  • Pub. Date: November 1 2011
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Format: Paperback , 336pp 
(e-arc from netgalley for review)

Overview from B&N
The Picture of Dorian Gray meets Pride and Prejudice, with a dash of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
New York City, 1882. Seventeen-year-old Natalie Stewart's latest obsession is a painting of the handsome British Lord Denbury. Something in his striking blue eyes calls to her. As his incredibly life-like gaze seems to follow her, Natalie gets the uneasy feeling that details of the painting keep changing...
Jonathan Denbury's soul is trapped in the gilded painting by dark magic while his possessed body commits unspeakable crimes in the city slums. He must lure Natalie into the painting, for only together can they reverse the curse and free his damaged soul.

My Review

When I saw this book and read the description, I knew I wanted to read it. The whole idea of it sounded so intriguing. And it was to a point, but in general just didn't quite do it for me. I found myself easily distracted and just not completely drawn into this book. It had a pretty steady pace, and interesting characters, but I felt that it should have had more.

Natalie Stewart is the heroine in the book. She is a 17 year old girl who doesn't speak. I couldn't really connect with her character, not because she didn't speak, but because I just didn't feel like we get to know her that well. The book is written from her POV as a diary, but I felt like it could have been better. She talks about how she feels and the events that happen, but I didn't get that emotional connection that I get with other characters in other books.

She becomes close with Mrs. Northe who acts as almost a motherly figure. Mrs. Northe helps Natalie in her quest to free Jonathon Denbury from the painting. It is Mrs. Northe who purchases the painting because she knows there is something more to it. She's a wealthy widow, and knows a bit about magic that can help reverse the curse put upon the Lord Denbury.

Jonathon Denbury's character was pretty boring to me. I guess if I had been stuck in a painting with no perception of time and nothing to do I would probably be boring too, but I expected more. He was unnaturally calm and collected about the situation. He did have a few little outbursts, but in general he was just dealing with it.

The relationship between Jonathon and Natalie seemed a little ridiculous. Yes they are meant to meet each other and it's fate and all that, but how they are instantly so familiar with each other put me off a little. Their romance is sweet, and it's not just "hey, lets make out" it does progress slowly, but their emotional connection seems too deep for not knowing each other, magic or not.

There were things that I really did like about this book. I liked how Jonathon Denbury was trapped in the painting while an evil spirit was using his body to gain power, and the magic used for the curse was explained well. My main problems with the book was just not really getting that connection to the characters. That's a very important thing for me when reading a book. There were a few other little things that irked me, but overall the story was good. I really wanted to like it much more than I did. I would give this 3.5 stars out of 5.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Follow Friday #2


This is my second Follow Friday. I really enjoyed it last week seeing everybody's answers to the questions and finding cool new blogs. It is a weekly meme hosted by Rachel at Parajunkee's View and Allison at Allison Can Read where bloggers make new friends!

Q:If you could have dinner with your favorite book character, who would you eat with and what would you serve?

This is a tough one because there are so many Characters I really like. I think Magnus Bane from TMI/ID would be pretty awesome. I would serve something like Chicken Marsala over pasta. We would have wine with dinner and then key lime pie for desert. If it was anyone else I would probably say order Chinese food or something, but Magnus has been around a long time so I would feel like I should do something more special.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Books I can't wait for

I'll be honest, for some reason the past week I have been really slow at reading anything. Maybe it's the weather, maybe it's because I have just read so many really great books that this one just can't quite hold me the way the other ones did. I any case, I feel like a slacker that I haven't posted a review in a few days. So, even though I am having a slight reading lull, I think I am going to talk about some books that I am excited about that are coming out in the next few weeks. (maybe it will get me excited enough to come out of it)



Crossed by Ally Condie
  • Pub. Date: November 1 2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Format: Hardcover , 384pp (will also be available as e-book and audio book) 
Overview from B&N

The hotly awaited second book in the dystopian Matched trilogyIn search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky - taken by the Society to his certain death - only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.
Cassia's quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander - who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia's heart - change the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever.

I really enjoyed the first one, and have been waiting for this to come out. With the way Matched ended how can I not need to read this one and know what comes next.


The Pledge by Kimberly Derting
  • Pub. Date: November 15 2011
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Format: Hardcover , 336pp (will also be available in e-book)
Overview from B&N
In the violent country of Ludania, the language you speak determines what class you are, and there are harsh punishments if you forget your place—looking a member of a higher class in the eye can result in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina (Charlie for short) can understand all languages, a dangerous ability she’s been hiding her whole life. Her only place of release is the drug-filled underground club scene, where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. There, she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy who speaks a language she’s never heard, and her secret is almost exposed. Through a series of violent upheavals, it becomes clear that Charlie herself is the key to forcing out the oppressive power structure of her kingdom….

This book sounds absolutely intriguing and I am highly anticipating the release of this one. I have the pleasure of being a part of The Pledge Street Team to promote this book and I am very excited to go out and get others to want to read this book. Hopefully I am able to get others as excited as I am for it.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
  • Pub. Date: November 15 2011
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Format: Hardcover , 352pp (will also be available in e-book, and there will be audio book too, but I am not sure if the release date for it will be the same or later.)
Overview from B&N
"You can't touch me," I whisper.

I'm lying, is what I don't tell him.

He can touch me, is what I'll never tell him.

But things happen when people touch me.

Strange things.

Bad things.

No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon.

But Juliette has plans of her own.

After a lifetime without freedom, she's finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she'd lost forever.

This was my Waiting on Wednesday post a few weeks back, so as you can tell, I really want to read this. The Facebook page had a Shatter Day event where they posted a chapter every hour for 24 hours, and I read up to chapter 23. I am so hooked and need to read the rest. 

There are other great books that are coming out in the next few weeks, but these are the ones I am very much looking forward to and have already pre-ordered. I love when new books are coming out that I really want. I get so excited. What books are coming out in the next few weeks that you are really looking forward to? I would love to see what everyone else is waiting to read.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday #3

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine

This week my Waiting on Wednesday is Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer

  • Pub. Date: January 3, 2012
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
 Overview
(taken from B&N website)
The third and final installment of the international bestselling Nightshade trilogy!
Calla has always welcomed war. But now that the final battle is upon her, there's more at stake than fighting. There's saving Ren, even if it incurs Shay's wrath. There's keeping Ansel safe, even if he's been branded a traitor. There's proving herself as the pack's alpha, facing unnamable horrors, and ridding the world of the Keepers' magic once and for all. And then there's deciding what to do when the war ends. If Calla makes it out alive, that is. In this remarkable final installment of the Nightshade trilogy, international bestselling author Andrea Cremer crafts a dynamic novel with twists and turns that will keep you breathless until its final pages.

I loved Nightshade and Wolfsbane, so I cannot wait to read this one. The final one! I was hooked right from the beginning. I love all the characters and the way that Wolfsbane ended has me completely excited for Bloodrose. I need to know what is going to happen.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Teaser Tuesday 3

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
The book I am reading this Tuesday is Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber



Overview
The Picture of Dorian Gray meets Pride and Prejudice, with a dash of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.New York City, 1882. Seventeen-year-old Natalie Stewart's latest obsession is a painting of the handsome British Lord Denbury. Something in his striking blue eyes calls to her. As his incredibly life-like gaze seems to follow her, Natalie gets the uneasy feeling that details of the painting keep changing...
Jonathan Denbury's soul is trapped in the gilded painting by dark magic while his possessed body commits unspeakable crimes in the city slums. He must lure Natalie into the painting, for only together can they reverse the curse and free his damaged soul.
Comes out November 1st

My teaser
 Though I find Denbury a handsome, dashing man, I can only liken his effect to a siren as in the myths of old, meant to lure a hero toward danger. And I've arrived at the threshold. (Pg 61 of e-book version)

I am currently reading an e-arc of this book from netgalley. It is a little slow at the moment, but it seems to be picking up the pace and getting much more interesting. I am not very far into it yet, and I am interested to see where it's going.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Review: The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa


  • Pub. Date: October 25, 2011
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Format: Paperback , 400pp 
Overview from B&N
My name—my True Name—is Ashallayn'darkmyr Tallyn.
I am the last remaining son of Mab, Queen of the Unseelie Court. And I am dead to her.
My fall began, as many stories do, with a girl…

(e-arc from netgalley for review)

My Review
After reading all of the previous books in the series, I couldn't wait to get to this one. The story has been wonderful and kept me wanting more. I am so glad that Julie Kagawa decided to do this 4th book, and it is fantastic in Ash's POV. This was a great conclusion to a very excellent series. I was so wrapped up in this book, and enjoyed getting to know Ash from inside his own head.

Reading from Ash's POV was great. I loved knowing what he's thinking, and what he's feeling, instead of being shut out and only getting glimpses from an outside perspective. He has so much emotion inside of him that no one sees, and it made me love him so much more. All the hurt and pain he has been through, yet he remains so strong and determined. It was great to learn more about his relationship with Puck, and how they used to be before they were sworn enemies.

This book has some really great plot twists, and emotions. The characters have developed so well, and it's hard to not feel a connection with them. It takes us on a fantastic journey to get Ash back to Meghan as he promised. I kept wishing for the happily ever after, and hoping that Ash and Meghan would get it, but never knew whether it would happen or not. Ash seems to be on an impossible journey, and the odds are not in his favor. This book was so suspenseful and amazing. The romance was very touching. Does this book end in a happily ever after? You will have to read it to find out. I think this is my favorite book of the series. It was absolutely drawn into the story from the first page to the last. 5 out of 5 stars. 

Great new show Once Upon A Time (Ep 1)

 On ABC Sundays at 8pm

Last night was the premier of a new show Once Upon A Time, and I was completely enchanted. When I first heard about this show, I knew I had to see it. It goes back and forth from the fairy tale world and the real world. The characters from the fairy tale world all have a real world counterpart. (except for Emma(played by Jennifer Morrison)) The season opens with the story of Snow White(Ginnifer Goodwin), but I have heard the show will not just be about Snow White. They are going to tie in other fairy tales as well. I was not sure if this would be a full season show or a mini series, but it appears that it will be a full season. (and hopefully more) I read that they are filming episode 8, but the producer has read up to episode 10. (I am doing a happy dance now)

So to recap on last nights pilot episode(S1 E1 Fractured Fairy Tales(may be minor spoilers)

It starts with the familiar story of Snow White in her glass coffin. Prince Charming(Josh Dallas) kisses her, Boom she's awake. But then comes the good stuff. The Evil Queen(Lana Parrilla) interrupts their wedding and curses them to ruin their happily ever after. Then move to the real world where Emma Swan has returned home from work on her Birthday and gets an unexpected visitor. Henry(Jared Gilmore) the son she gave up for adoption when he was born. Henry wants her to come home with him to Storybrooke Maine. As she is bringing him home he shows her his "Once Upon a Time" story book and tell her that they aren't stories, they are real, and she is in it. He tells her that none of the people in Storybrooke can remember they are actually fairy tale characters.

As the show goes on we go back and forth between the flashbacks of the fairy tale world and the real world. We find out in the fairy tale world that the Queens Curse will ensure no one will have a happy ending, and the only one able to save them is Snow Whites unborn daughter, who will escape the curse and return on her 28th Birthday. When they arrive in town Henry tells her that the clock on the clock tower is frozen because of the Evil Queens curse. He says it hasn't moved in years, and that time is frozen in the town of Storybrooke. Emma returns Henry to his home and adoptive mother (who is the Evil Queen in the real world) After a chat she leaves to return home, only to realize Henry has left his story book in her car. She crashes her car trying to avoid a wolf in the road and ends up in jail. (accused of drunk driving)  In the morning it's discovered that Henry is missing and Emma is released to help find him. They go to the school after finding out Henry has his teachers credit card to see if she knows anything. (His teacher is real world Snow White, Emmas mother)

Emma finds Henry and they have a heart to heart talk about why she gave him up, and he tells her that it's the same reason why Snow White and Prince Charming gave her up.He convinces her to stay in town for a little while to try to set things right. When she returns him home, his adoptive mom is angry. She threatens Emma to stay out of Henry's life. Emma asks if she really loves Henry, and she answers yes, but Emma knows it's a lie. She checks into a B&B and encounters the real world Rumplestiltskin who the owners seem scared of. They explain that he owns the whole town. The episode ends with Henry looking out the window at the clocktower, and the clock has now begun to move. 

This show for me is great. Growing up reading fairy tales and seeing all the movies, I was interested to see how they were going to make a show based on them. I really like how it all starts with the fairy tale and the unanswered questions we all want to know, but brings us into the modern world too. The fairy tales are real, not just stories. I didn't know if I was going to like the whole time swapping thing, but it works. I love getting to see the the story in a way it's never been seen. This show has so much potential to be amazing, and so far it is. I will honestly say, I am not much of a tv person. I would rather sit and read, but this show has completely got me hooked and I can't wait until next weeks episode. For anyone who loves fairy tales, this is a show to watch.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Review: The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa


  • Pub. Date: January 2011
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Format: Paperback , 368pp 

Overview from B&N

My name is Meghan Chase.
I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it.
This time, there will be no turning back.

My Review

This is the third book in the amazing Iron Fey series. I can say I honestly didn't enjoy this book as much as the first two. It was still a great book, but it just didn't flow as well as the previous ones. There was still a lot of action, a lot of love, Grimalkin, and of course the silly banter with Puck. (though not as much) Like my review of The Iron Daughter I will keep this short. I don't want to give away any of the story.

Meghan thinks that she is done with the faery world and wants to try to have a somewhat normal life. But the Iron Fey have other plans for her. They want to get to her and bring her back. The Iron Fey are out to take over all of Nevernever and Meghan is the only one who can stop it. She really develops a lot in this book. She is tougher and she knows that she has to be mentally and emotionally stronger too. She knows that she may have to make very hard decisions in order to save the faery world.
 
This book was much more emotional then the previous ones for me. To me this one had a lot of slow spots. (I suppose you can't have something going on ALL the time) I think that it is a great story and I can't wait to read The Iron Knight. It still continues on nicely and takes you on the journey, pushing your emotions every step of the way. Even though I didn't enjoy it as much as the first two books, I would still give it 4 stars. 

    Friday, October 21, 2011

    Follow Fridays #1



    This is my first Follow Friday. It is a weekly meme hosted by Rachel at Parajunkee's View and Allison at Allison Can Read where bloggers make new friends!


     Q. What Superhero is your alter-ego?


    I had no clue. I did a little online quiz to see and it said I would be Elektra. I am totally fine with that. I never really saw myself as the Elektra type, but hey a totally tough super hero chick is awesome. And the more I think about it, she really does kinda fit for me. (and it was better than the first quiz that said I was The Punisher, which I really couldn't see at all lol!)



     



     

    Outrage Over Piracy

    Today I am doing a short post on book piracy. I am just outraged and so sad about it. It makes me so sick that people do this. It is illegal and disrespectful, and it seems like they just get away with it. It seems like it has been happening a lot lately and it's very infuriating. It's not fair to the authors who worked really hard to write these books. I don't understand how the people doing it think that it's ok, and I hate that there aren't better ways to prevent this from happening. There should be better protection to prevent this, but unfortunately there isn't. It really makes my heart ache for the authors who's books are being stolen by illegal download.
    These are some of the recent books/authors to become victims of piracy:
    (there are others, these are just very recent ones that I am mentioning)

    Half-Bood by Jennifer Armentrout (before the book was even published)
    Descended by Blood by Angeline Kace
    Between by Cyndi Tefft

    Please everyone support authors by buying their books and spreading the word about how great they are to encourage others to buy them too. Book piracy is just sick and horrible. If you love to read, show it by buying books and supporting the author who wrote it and the publisher who puts it out there for you. If you think they cost too much, go to your local library and check a book out. There is no reason to ever steal an authors work. Just because it's available to download for free somewhere, doesn't mean it's ok to do it. I am done ranting now. I am just so angry over this and had to vent a little.

    Thursday, October 20, 2011

    Review: The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

    • Pub. Date: August 2010
    • Publisher: Harlequin
    • Format: Paperback , 304pp 

    Overview
    (from B&N website)

    Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron fey—ironbound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her.
    Worse, Meghan's own fey powers have been cut off. She's stuck in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can't help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.

    My Review
    I will make this short and sweet. Being that it's a series I am worried about giving anything away. I loved this book. It was full of a lot of action, romance and humor. I love the characters, and can't get enough them. I tend to really like books that are series because I always want to know more and find out what happens next. This book had a lot of twists and turns to it, and continued on with a wonderful story that kept me sucked right in. I felt like I couldn't read fast enough. 

    I really liked Meghan in the first book, and I really like her a lot more in this one. She is a bad ass. Even with her powers sealed off she still wants to jump right in and save the world. Not that she isn't scared she just knows she has to be tough. She's not one to stand down or be told what to do. She has grown much stronger in this book too. While dealing with all sorts of emotions, she still knows they need to save the Nevernever and stop the war between Winter and Summer.

    It is not only the Nevernever that is at risk either. The mortal world is also in danger. With the balance thrown off, and the faery world about to go to war, Meghan must rush to try to restore order. With the help of an unexpected ally she sets off to do what must be done. There are many obstacles she must face and some setbacks, but she never gives up.

    I was so wrapped up in this book, and the fast pace through it made it almost impossible to put down. There were many surprises in this book, and a lot of emotional parts. I am enjoying this series very much and am going to jump right into The Iron Queen. I rate this 5 out of 5 stars. 

    Wednesday, October 19, 2011

    Waiting On Wednesday #2

    Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine
    This week my waiting on Wednesday is Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

     Overview
    (taken off the B&N website)
    "You can't touch me," I whisper.
    I'm lying, is what I don't tell him.
    He can touch me, is what I'll never tell him.
    But things happen when people touch me.
    Strange things.
    Bad things.
    No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon.
    But Juliette has plans on her own.
    After a lifetime without freedom, she's finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she'd lost forever.

    This cover is awesome, and it sounds like a great book. Over the past week or so I have become even more interested in it. As more advance reviews of this come out, the more I want to read it for myself and see just how great it really is. I comes out November 15th. It can't get here soon enough

    Tuesday, October 18, 2011

    Teaser Tuesday

    Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
    • Grab your current read
    • Open to a random page
    • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
    • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
    • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

    I am doing my Teaser Tuesday form The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

    My heart turned over as another form stepped into the light, dressed in a segmented metal armor emblazoned with a barbed wire crown. He wore a helmet, but the visor was up, showing a face as familiar to me as my own.

    This was on the page I was reading and I didn't want to skip ahead and ruin anything for myself. I really can't believe I have waited so long to read this after reading the Iron King. I knew the Iron Knight would be coming out, and I put off reading more until it was closer so this book and The Iron Queen will be fresh in my head. I loved the Iron King and I am really enjoying this one so far.

    Saturday, October 15, 2011

    Review: Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel

    • Pub. Date: October18  2011
    • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
    • Format: Hardcover , 480pp 

    I was provided an e-arc copy from netgalley

    B&N Overview


    Love can never die.
    Love conquers all, so they say. But can Cupid’s arrow pierce the hearts of the living and the dead—or rather, the undead? Can a proper young Victorian lady find true love in the arms of a dashing zombie?
    The year is 2195. The place is New Victoria—a high-tech nation modeled on the manners, mores, and fashions of an antique era. A teenager in high society, Nora Dearly is far more interested in military history and her country’s political unrest than in tea parties and debutante balls. But after her beloved parents die, Nora is left at the mercy of her domineering aunt, a social-climbing spendthrift who has squandered the family fortune and now plans to marry her niece off for money. For Nora, no fate could be more horrible—until she’s nearly kidnapped by an army of walking corpses.
    But fate is just getting started with Nora. Catapulted from her world of drawing-room civility, she’s suddenly gunning down ravenous zombies alongside mysterious black-clad commandos and confronting “The Laz,” a fatal virus that raises the dead—and hell along with them. Hardly ideal circumstances. Then Nora meets Bram Griswold, a young soldier who is brave, handsome, noble . . . and dead. But as is the case with the rest of his special undead unit, luck and modern science have enabled Bram to hold on to his mind, his manners, and his body parts. And when his bond of trust with Nora turns to tenderness, there’s no turning back. Eventually, they know, the disease will win, separating the star-crossed lovers forever. But until then, beating or not, their hearts will have what they desire.
    In Dearly, Departed, romance meets walking-dead thriller, spawning a madly imaginative novel of rip-roaring adventure, spine-tingling suspense, and macabre comedy that forever redefines the concept of undying love.

    My Review

    This book was amazing. Lia Habel has written a beautiful story that is just so many different things mixed all into one. It was like a post-apocalyptic, zombie plague, Victorian (new Victorian), Romance, YA Thriller. How she manged to get all of these into the story, and have it work flawlessly is just incredible. The very beginning of this book drew me right in. I was a little confused at first, as it switches perspectives, but it all came together very quickly once I knew what was going on. I really enjoyed reading from the numerous perspectives. I especially liked Bram's. This story was full of action, drama, romance, and humor. It was all worked together very well, and I was just so wrapped up in it.

    Nora is a tough girl. She comes across as mature for her age, but I suppose when you have lost your parents and are surrounded by the undead that will happen. She is going to a fancy school, and is supposed to be learning to be a proper lady, but she always had an interest in things not so lady like. Her father and her would watch old war holos together. Her father had taught her how to shoot guns, and it comes in handy when she is fighting off bad zombies before she is rescued by Bram and the other good zombies. She wakes up at their base having no clue what is going on, but soon takes to Bram and opens up to him.

    Bram is one of the good zombies. They are part of a secret army that tries to eliminate the bad ones before they cause a problem or get the attention of the general public. No one can get through to Nora when she is first brought in, but he takes a nice slow approach and lets her control the situation. He tells her as much as he can, even knowing it will get him into trouble. He gains her trust and she becomes comfortable with him. He knows that he shouldn't like her, that it's wrong, but he can't help it. I found myself forgetting how young he really is, as he seems to have such an adult personality. He had a pretty tough life before he was affected by the Laz virus. I suppose that having to be an adult just comes with being in charge and having to be responsible too.

    Reading this book was like watching an amazing movie inside my head. Seeing how everything unfolds, and comes together. I  loved reading about the feelings that Nora and Bram get for each other in their own perspectives. I enjoyed Pam becoming her own person, and doing what she believes is right. This book had me constantly thinking about what was going to happen. When I wasn't reading I was thinking about it. I would wake up in the morning needing to read more, then I would stay up way too late just to try to finish. I wanted so much to know how everything would turn out. The characters were great, and Lia Habel really takes the time to let us get to know so many of them. It was a great story in so many ways. At some points it was almost hard to think of Bram and the others as zombies. They seemed so much more alive and real than a lot of the living. I will definitely be getting the next book when it comes out. I give this book 5 stars. It was really a great read.







    Fall giveaway winner

    Thanks to all who entered to win Descended by Blood in my first ever giveaway. I wish all of you could have won. I used random.org to pick a winner.

    The winner is: Kaitlin (Books to the Sky)
    (winner has been notified)

    Friday, October 14, 2011

    Fantastic Friday

    Since Friday nights are a great night for movies, I thought I would do a post about that. Since Halloween is approaching I was thinking about great scary movies. I love scary movies, but I am also a wuss. I get all creeped out and scared to walk by windows at night. Ok, so I'm scared to look out windows at night anyways. (I have this irrational fear that there is something out there and it will be there looking back at me. My husband actually thought it would be funny to scare me by doing just that. Not funny at all.) So what are your favorite scary movies to watch? Here are some of mine. They aren't in any certain order, but I did put my number one scary movie first. I will put the cover image for it because I think it sets the scary mood.

    • My number one always scare me to death is The Exorcist. Never fails. I wanted to put the original cover, but I will be honest, just looking at the newer cover scares the crap out of me so I thought I would use it instead.
    •  All of The Living Dead movies (Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead)
    • The Ring
    • The Grudge
    • The Amityville Horror
    • The Others
    • Resident Evil
    • The Hills Have Eyes
    • A Haunting in Connecticut
    • Silent Hill
    There are others too, but these were the first ones I thought of. As a child I was terrified of The Nightmare on Elm Street movies, The Friday the 13th movies, and The Poltergeist movies, but I find them funny now. I haven't really seen any good scary movies lately, but I do love them and am curious to know what some the scary movies you like are. 


    Thursday, October 13, 2011

    Five favorite books I've read recently

    It's a rainy Thursday and my mind is kinda mush today so I figured I would do a fun little post of 5 of my favorite books I have read recently. (about the last month or so) They are in no particular order since I can never actually choose a favorite of anything. I just have a lot of favorites. That is why I am sticking to recent books. (All that are available to buy) It's easier to choose 5 out of the past month or so, than to try to choose from a longer period of time. Enough of my babble. Here is my wonderful list.

    •  Descended by Blood by Angeline Kace
    Absolutely Fabulous book, a must read! You can read my review here






    • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
    This book was creepy and interesting. My review of this book can be found right here

    • Half-Blood by Jennifer L Armentrout
    This book had an action packed beginning that pulls you in, and an intriguing story that holds you. Here is my review of this book.







    • If I Die by Rachel Vincent
    I absolutely love Rachel Vincent and have read all of her books. This book was so wonderful and I am excited to see where the Soul Screamers series goes from here. You can find my review of If I Die here





    • Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent
    Another great book by the fabulous Rachel Vincent. This is book one of her new adult series. Whether writing YA or adult series books, she is amazing. This review can be found here





    These are just a few of the amazing books that I have read recently. I have read many other great books besides these, but I wanted to keep this post reasonably short and sweet. I don't want to bore any of you. I think that I am getting better at this whole blogging thing, and I can definitely tell that my reviews  have improved. (I have gotten better about putting my thoughts into understandable words, but it's still a work in progress) Thanks again for stopping by my blog. Much love ♥

      Wednesday, October 12, 2011

      Waiting on Wednesday

      Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that showcases upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

      This is my first Waiting on Wednesday. I think that my most anticipated is definitely Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare.  There are so many to choose from, but this one has been on my mind since I finished Clockwork Angel. I can't wait to learn more about the characters, and where the story will go.





      Overview from B&N


      The situation at the London Institute has never been more precarious. With Mortmain and his clockwork army still threatening, the Council wants to strip Charlotte of her power and hand the running of the Enclave over to the unscrupulous and power-hungry Benedict Lightwood.
      In the hope of saving Charlotte and the Institute, Will, Jem, and Tessa set out to unravel the secrets of Mortmain s past and discover unsettling Shadowhunter connections that hold the key not only to the enemy s motivations, but also to the secret of Tessa s identity. Tessa, already caught between the affections of Will and Jem, finds herself with another choice to make when she learns how the Shadowhunters helped make her a monster. Will she turn from them to her brother, Nate, who has been begging her to join him at Mortmain s side? Where will her loyalties and love lie? Tessa alone can choose to save the Shadowhunters of London or end them forever.

      I absolutely love Clockwork Angel, (and TMI series) and have been super excited about Clockwork Prince. I pre-ordered my copy from B&N a while back. Less than 2 months to go now!!

      Tuesday, October 11, 2011

      Teaser Tuesday

      Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
      • Grab your current read
      • Open to a random page
      • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
      • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
      • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
      This is my first Teaser Tuesday post. Reading other blogs Teaser Tuesdays made me want to join the fun. Mine will be from K.C. Neal's Pyxis (The Discovery)  

      She squeezed my arm harder, and I winced and thew my weight backward, trying to pull away, but her grip didn't budge. I wanted to scream, but my breath seemed to die in my lungs.

      I am now halfway done with the book, and it is very interesting and very good. I was lucky enough to receive an advance e-copy from the author to read and review.

      Monday, October 10, 2011

      Review: Between the Sea and Sky by Jaclyn Dolamore

      advance e-copy sent on behalf of Alona Fryman from NetGalley
      • Pub. Date: October 25 2011
      • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
      • Format: Hardcover , 240pp 
      Overview


      For as long as Esmerine can remember, she has longed to join her older sister, Dosinia, as a siren--the highest calling a mermaid can have. When Dosinia runs away to the mainland, Esmerine is sent to retrieve her. Using magic to transform her tail into legs, she makes her way unsteadily to the capital city. There she comes upon a friend she hasn't seen since childhood--a dashing young man named Alandare, who belongs to a winged race of people. As Esmerine and Alandare band together to search for Dosinia, they rekindle a friendship . . . and ignite the emotions for a love so great, it cannot be bound by sea, land, or air.

      My Review

      This book caught my interest because it's about mermaids, and I love mermaid stories. The whole idea of being able to transform at will to have legs, and then back to a mermaid tail is an interesting concept too.This story was so interesting in how Mermaids, Winged People, and Humans all have a set way they think of each other. This is a relatively short book, and it a quick easy read. It's a beautiful story about overcoming stereotypes and doing what is right for you.

      Esmarine is 16 years old and has been dreaming of becoming a Siren with her older sister Dosinia. She takes her oath, and will finally join her sister. When Dosinia goes missing, she knows that she has gone to land and fears that she has been kidnapped. Esmarine knows that no one else will be able to do what is needed to find her, and she decides she will go to land and try to find her long lost friend Alander. He is a winged person, and he may be able to help her. Alander used to come to the island and play with Esmarine, and teach her to read and write when they were younger, but she hasn't seen him in  years. She knows the journey will be hard, mermaids can turn their tails into legs, but every step is very painful.

      She finds Alander (who now goes by Alan) and after a while he decides to help her find her sister. Esmarine and Alander begin to open up to each other and be friends again. Their journey helps them to understand more about each other, learn that things are not always as they seem, and discover a love for each other that is very touching and sweet. It's a story about love, and that is what you get, so if you are looking for action or something more upbeat, I would skip it. I enjoyed the story for what it was. I found myself smiling a lot while reading. It was a wonderful, make you happy story. It has that happily ever after that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Overall I would give it 4 out of 5 stars.

      Saturday, October 8, 2011

      Fall Giveaway

      Since I love fall, and Halloween I thought I would do a giveaway to celebrate. One of my favorite books I have read recently was Descended by Blood by Angeline Kace, so I thought it would be a perfect book for my giveaway.



      It was a great book and I thought I would share the love by giving away a paperback copy of it. If you would like to read my review you can find it here.

      This is my first giveaway and I wanted it to be a really good book that I would love to have.(which of course I have my own copy) So good luck everyone, and thank you for stopping by. I would love if you could spread the word too. ♥


      Giveaway has ended winner will be announced 10/15

      Friday, October 7, 2011

      Friday Reads

      As it gets further into October the more excited I get about Halloween. It has always been one of my favorite days. Who doesn't love dressing up and eating candy. (well to be honest I'm not much of a candy person now that I'm grown up, or somewhat grown up lol) I just love everything about Halloween. The decorations, the costumes, pumpkins, scary movies, and of course creepy books. So I want to make a list of good October creepy books that I want to read, or have already read.

      Right now I am currently reading The Sleepwalkers by J. Gabriel Gates. I have read a few reviews on it and it sounds like an interesting and creepy book, but in all honesty I am having a hard time getting into it. I'm just bothered by the style of writing and it's hard for me to get past it and ignore, so I find myself distracted and it's hard to keep going. (I am also reading Between the Sea and Sky by Jaclyn Dolamore, which is an e-arc from netgalley, but it's not a creepy book. I am enjoying it so far though)
      Last week I read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin and it was creepy and excellent. You can read my review  here.
      I also recently finished The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson. I have not yet written my review on it, but it was a really good book too. 

      The "creepy" books I have yet to read that I really want to are Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake, The Dead Tossed Waves & The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan, (The Forest of Hands and Teeth was good, and I have the other two, I just haven't gotten to them) Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel, and some others. Don't want to keep rambling on too long about the books I want to read because even if this is just a creepy book list, it can go on and on.

      Now some creepy books that I recommend that I read a little while back.  (not including the above mentioned which I recommend too)
      • Hollowland by Amanda Hocking
      • Possess by Gretchen McNeil
      • After Obsession by Carrie Jones (review here )
      • Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton
      • Anything by Dean Koontz or Stephen King 
      I could keep going, but this will do for now. ( I do hate to leave so many good books out, but those were just some of the ones that popped into my head since I read them not long ago.) I hope everyone has a great Friday, and a wonderful weekend. Happy reading!!

      Thursday, October 6, 2011

      Review: The Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

      • Pub. Date: October 2011
      • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
      • Format: Paperback , 352pp 
      Overview

      Their love was meant to be.
      When Megan Rosenberg moves to Ireland, everything in her life seems to fall into place. After growing up in America, she's surprised to find herself feeling at home in her new school. She connects with a group of friends, and she is instantly drawn to darkly handsome Adam DeRÍs.
      But Megan is about to discover that her feelings for Adam are tied to a fate that was sealed long ago—and that the passion and power that brought them together could be their ultimate destruction.

      My Review

      I want to start off by praising the cover art. This cover is absolutely gorgeous! The book is wonderful too. It does however remind me a bit of certain other books at times, but not in a bad way. It was a fast read, and had a nice storyline that moved along at a good pace. The relationships between the characters worked well, and was believable.

      Megan moves around a lot so she never really gets to feel like she belongs anywhere, but there is something much different about Ireland. She almost immediately feels that it will be different here. She makes friends quickly. At first I actually found her to be a pretty dull character at first, but got to like her as the book went on, and found her not to be dull at all. 

      I liked the DeRis characters. Aine has a cute bubbly personality that you can't help but like. Rain is a little rough around the edges, but you get to know him and find out he's not so bad at all. Fionn who at first you find very intimidating because one of my favorites. Than of course there's Adam. I found him to be a little overly sweet at times, and annoyingly possessive, but there's reasons why so it didn't bother me too much.

      Overall the relationship between Adam and Megan was great to read. The way they are so unfailingly devoted to each other even knowing what the risks are. They are both trying to think of the greater good, but know they can't live without each other and will do whatever they can to find a way around it. This was an enjoyable book to read, and I am interested to find out what happens next. 

      Wednesday, October 5, 2011

      Making my blog more interesting

      I am definitely lacking followers on my blog, and am trying to figure out how to make it better and get the word out. I know that giveaways are a big way to attract followers, and I want to try to do one soon. I am going to try to do more book reviews too. I am not a really fast reader and have a toddler so it's hard to read and put up reviews as often as I would like. I tried to go back through some of the books I read before I started my blog to see if I could write reviews for them, but they aren't fresh enough in my head. I have finished 2 books this week that I hope to be able to review and post soon. It's been slow going for me, but I think I am finally getting used to the whole blog thing. I hope that you continue to read my blog and hang in there while I try to improve on it. It would be greatly appreciated if you could spread the word too. ;) I made sure I had a blog that supported GFC to make it easier for people to follow. I know I hate getting a lot of emails, and I didn't want people to have to get my emails to follow my blog. ♥

      Tuesday, October 4, 2011

      Rainy Tuesday

      The rain continues, it's getting horribly depressing. The forecast says that we are supposed to have sun tomorrow finally. Today I went to B&N to pick up a physical copy of The Carrier of the Mark because the cover is so pretty. While I was there I was thinking about how many books I have bought that I still haven't read because new books come out that I think I want to read more. I think I need to manage my time better with reading and what books I am allowed to let myself buy. I managed to read 3 of the books I bought last week, but I still have ones left over that I didn't get to before this weeks new releases. I think I should hold off on buying too many new books until I finish up some of my others. There are a few that I will definitely buy because I have been waiting for them to come out, but in general I need to not buy every book I want when it comes out if I don't think I will have time to read them.

      Some examples of books that I have and haven't gotten to yet are Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Anna Dressed in Blood, The Sleepwalkers, Brightest Kind of Darkness, Halfway to the Grave, Wicked Lovely, and on and on. Really, I have like 200+ books in my nook and have only read about 100 out of them. It's definitely getting ridiculous so I need to catch up a little. Sorry for the pointless talk about books I haven't read, it was just bothering me so I figured I would talk about it. Thanks for stopping by. ♥

      Monday, October 3, 2011

      Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

      • Pub. Date: September 2011
      • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
      • Format: Hardcover , 464pp 
       Overview

      Mara Dyer doesn't think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
      It can.
      She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
      There is.
      She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.
      She's wrong.

      My Review

      This book is creepy, and intriguing. Mara wakes up in the hospital and finds out that there has been an accident and she is the only one out of her and her friends that survived. She remembers nothing about that night at all. She is diagnosed with PTSD and Mara and her family move away to Florida. Mara and her older brother Daniel start going to a private school. Her whole family keeps a close eye on her and treat her like she's fragile and will break at any moment, which could be true. She hallucinates about the asylum and her dead friends. This school is very different for her and she doesn't fit in. She becomes friends with Jamie. He is so down to earth and is non judgmental about her. He is a good friend that helps her study, and stands up for her. Strange things begin to happen to Mara and she wants so badly to remember what happened the night at the asylum. She begins to have dreams that are memories form that night.

      Then comes Noah. He is the gorgeous boy with the bad reputation. He is intriguing, sexy and charming. The type of guy you know you shouldn't want, but you just can't help it. Arrogant, and refuses to give up on what he wants. There's much more to Noah than meets the eye, and he slowly lets Mara know who he really is. The more I got to know Noah, the more I loved his character. The slow developing relationship between Noah and Mara is funny, and sweet. Their interactions are very entertaining. 

      From beginning to end this book was so wonderful. I couldn't put it down. Michelle Hodkin's amazing descriptions of everything, the nice steady flow and development of the story, and the questions you think have been answered only to wonder again. I almost felt like I might be going a little mental by the end of the book. From an opening letter to a shocker of an ending and everything in between, I was completely sucked in. This book left me blown away and speechless. It was an amazing psychological thrill ride that left my mind spinning and wanting more.

      Sunday, October 2, 2011

      Rainy Weekend

      This weekend has been so icky and rainy. I really don't mind rain, but it feels like all it's done lately is rain here. All this wetness has now ruined our family plans for today. We were going to go apple picking. My daughter was really excited about i too. (and now I'm sure I will have to hear it all day, explaining to a toddler is almost useless) My husband suggested going to Yankee Candle to walk around (and he hates it there) so even he must be itching to get out and do something. My suggestion was the mall and Barnes and Noble. I think if my daughter and I team up on him, we will win. Well I guess there's nothing really interesting for me to post today, but I like to try to post something every day or so to keep all of you wonderful readers interested. Before I finish up I will ask you a question. Being that it's October, what are your favorite scary books to read? Favorite movies? There are so many great ones. I am interested to hear what your picks are. I love the scary books, and movies. Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday!!

      Saturday, October 1, 2011

      Happy it's October

      Besides October being my Favorite month for many reasons, (Apple Picking, apple cider, Fall foliage, Pumpkin lattes, pumpkin carving, and Halloween) There are  a lot of good books coming out too. Cooler weather is the perfect time to curl up with a great book and a hot cup of tea, coffee, or cider. Here is my list of books coming out this week that I am looking forward to.

      • Author: Leigh Fallon
      • Pub. Date: October 4 2011
      • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
      • Format: Paperback , 352pp 
      Overview
      Their love was meant to be.
      When Megan Rosenberg moves to Ireland, everything in her life seems to fall into place. After growing up in America, she's surprised to find herself feeling at home in her new school. She connects with a group of friends, and she is instantly drawn to darkly handsome Adam DeRIs.
      But Megan is about to discover that her feelings for Adam are tied to a fate that was sealed long ago—and that the passion and power that brought them together could be their ultimate destruction.

      Sounds good right, and how beautiful is that cover. I have this one pre-ordered and am really looking forward to it.

      • Author: J. Gabriel Gates
      • Pub. Date: October 3 2011
      • Publisher: HCI Teens
      • Format: Paperback , 336pp 
      Overview
      A chilling and masterfully crafted teen horror novel guaranteed to keep the pages turning, the mind reeling, and the lamp on any reader's bedside table on long after midnight. Privileged and popular Caleb Mason is celebrating his high school graduation when he receives a mysterious, disturbing letter from his long-lost childhood playmate, Christine. Caleb and his jokester friend Bean decide to travel to his tiny hometown of Hudsonville, Florida, to find her. Upon arrival, they discover the town has taken a horrifying turn for the worse. Caleb's childhood home is abandoned and his father has disappeared. Children are going missing. The old insane asylum has reopened, and Christine is locked inside. Her mother, a witch, is consumed with madness, and Christine's long-dead twin sister whispers clues to Caleb through the static of an a.m. radio. The terrifying prophesies of the spirits are coming to pass. Sixteen clocks are ticking; sixty-six murdered souls will bring about the end of the world. As Caleb peels back layer after layer of mystery, he uncovers a truth more horrible than anything he had imagined, a truth that could only be uttered by the lips of the dead.

      It's the start of October. What better month to read creepy books right? Plus I am a sucker for horror. It's so fun to read. I have this one pre-ordered also, and am looking forward to reading this.

      • Author: Anna Carey
      • Pub. Date: October 4 2011
      • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
      • Format: Hardcover , 336pp 
      Overview
      Where do you go when nowhere is safe?
      Sixteen years after a deadly virus wiped out most of Earth’s population, the world is a perilous place. Eighteen-year-old Eve has never been beyond the heavily guarded perimeter of her school, where she and two hundred other orphaned girls have been promised a future as the teachers and artists of the New America. But the night before graduation, Eve learns the shocking truth about her school’s real purpose—and the horrifying fate that awaits her.
      Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Arden, her former rival from school, and Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Separated from men her whole life, Eve has been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust . . . and her heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.
      In this epic new series, Anna Carey imagines a future that is both beautiful and terrifying. Readers will revel in Eve’s timeless story of forbidden love and extraordinary adventure.

      Another beautiful cover and great sounding book. I really want to read this one too.

      • Author: Robison Wells
      • Pub. Date: October 4 2011
      • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
      • Format: Hardcover , 384pp 
      Overview
      Benson Fisher thought that a scholarship to Maxfield Academy would be the ticket out of his dead-end life.
      He was wrong.
      Now he’s trapped in a school that’s surrounded by a razor-wire fence. A school where video cameras monitor his every move. Where there are no adults. Where the kids have split into groups in order to survive.
      Where breaking the rules equals death.
      But when Benson stumbles upon the school’s real secret, he realizes that playing by the rules could spell a fate worse than death, and that escape—his only real hope for survival—may be impossible.

      Interesting for sure. This is kind of an honorable mention for me. Not that I don't want to read it, because I do, but it's not on the top of my list. 

      Also for anyone who has read the Hush, Hush saga by Becca Fitzpatrick, Silence (book #3) comes out on October 4th. I have not read any of the books yet, although I have been trying to get to them. I have heard good things about them.