Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Review: Exiled by M.R Merrick

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  • Pub. Date: August 2011
  • Publisher: M.R. Merrick
  • Format: Paperback , 288pp 
(also available as Ebook )

Goodreads Overview
Chase Williams is a demon hunter in the Circle, or at least he was supposed to be. Failing to develop any elemental magic on his fifteenth birthday left him exiled in a world full of half-demons, and no hunters to protect him.


When Chase discovers the Circle's plan to unlock a portal and unleash pure-blood demons into the world, he vows to stop them. Knowing he can't do it alone however, he accepts help from Rayna, a sexy witch with an attitude and a secret.


As the pair attempt to stop the Circle, Chase realizes working with a demon is only half the battle. When they find themselves in the middle of the Circle's plan, it leaves one of them to decide what their friendship is worth, and the other's life depending on it.


My Review
I had been hearing about this book a lot on twitter, and decided that I needed to get it. I am so glad that I did. You want a book that will keep you turning pages? This is it. I tend to stay up late reading anyways, but there was just no putting this one down. It was engaging and interesting. There were so many different elements to it. Different dimensions, vampires, goblins, trolls, and all sorts of demons. It was full of action and emotion. I really loved the characters and the storyline.


Chase is such a great character. He just has one thing after another thrown at him, and he never backs down. Exiled from his home and disowned by his own father, he has had a few rough years. after he meets Marcus and Rayna he finds out that everything he has been raised to believe is in question. The Circle is not what it seems, and the people he has been taught are evil are not really what they seem. Never did Chase think he would help, let alone befriend demons. He and Rayna make a great team, and they must try to figure out what exactly it is that the Hunters from the Circle are looking for and stop them before it is too late. 


It is hard to really write too much without spoiling anything for all of you.(who need to rush out and read this book ASAP) This book was just so amazing. I was pumped with excitement, and nervous at times for the characters. I have to admit that I did tear up a bit from this book too. It had everything that I look for in a great book. Creative story, likeable characters, action, and a full range of emotions. The pace of the book was fast, but not overwhelming. My words can't even describe how fabulous this book was. I can't wait to read the next book in the series. I will be counting down the days until it releases. Do yourself a favor and pick this up. You won't regret it. 5 out of 5 stars

Waiting on Wednesday / WWW Wednesday 11-30-11

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

This week my WoW is Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi


  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/3/2012
  • Pages: 384
Goodreads Overview

Aria is a teenager in the enclosed city of Reverie. Like all Dwellers, she spends her time with friends in virtual environments, called Realms, accessed through an eyepiece called a Smarteye. Aria enjoys the Realms and the easy life in Reverie. When she is forced out of the pod for a crime she did not commit, she believes her death is imminent. The outside world is known as The Death Shop, with danger in every direction.

As an Outsider, Perry has always known hunger, vicious predators, and violent energy storms from the swirling electrified atmosphere called the Aether. A bit of an outcast even among his hunting tribe, Perry withstands these daily tests with his exceptional abilities, as he is gifted with powerful senses that enable him to scent danger, food and even human emotions.

They come together reluctantly, for Aria must depend on Perry, whom she considers abarbarian, to help her get back to Reverie, while Perry needs Aria to help unravel the mystery of his beloved nephew’s abduction by the Dwellers. Together they embark on a journey challenged as much by their prejudices as by encounters with cannibals and wolves. But to their surprise, Aria and Perry forge an unlikely love - one that will forever change the fate of all who live UNDER THE NEVER SKY

The first book in a captivating trilogy, Veronica Rossi’s enthralling debut sweeps you into an unforgettable adventure.


This book just sounds so amazing. This is another book that is on my list for DAC 2012. Goodreads has another cover image too, but this one seems to be the one that is on other book sites.

 
WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading  

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?
I am currently reading: The Pledge by Kimberly Derting 
  • Pub. Date: November 15 2011
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
  • Format: Hardcover , 323pp 







I recently finished reading: Hushed by Kelley York (you can find my review here) and Exiled by M.R Merrick. My review for that is coming soon. It was a fantastic book!


Hushed details
  • Pub. Date: December 6 2011
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
  • Format: Paperback 
Exiled details

  • Pub. Date: December 2011
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
  • Format: Paperback 
Next I think I am going to read: On a Dark Wing by Jordan Dane and The Secret of Lies by Barbara Forte Abate.

On a Dark Wing details
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 12/20/2011
  • Pages: 320
The Secret of Lies details
  • Pub. Date: April 21 2010
  • Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
  • Format: Paperback , 304pp 
If you want me to check out your WoW post or WWW Wednesday just leave a comment with your link. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Teaser Tuesday 6

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! You should too, it's really fun and a great way to find out about other awesome books, and blogs. 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 week my teaser is from Exliled by M.R Merrick. It's not actually my current read, but I just finished it and it was fantastic!!

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  • Pub. Date: August 2011
  • Publisher: M.R. Merrick
  • Format: Paperback , 288pp 
(also available as Ebook )

My teaser:

"You went behind my back and against my instructions and put yourselves in an excessively dangerous situation neither one of you were ready for. You're lucky  you're alive."


This is from about halfway through the book. I just finished the book and it was really great. I recommend reading it.


You can purchase it at B&N or Amazon. Ebook format is only $5.99 from either site. (or other places too, like smashwords)


What's your TT? Leave a comment with your link and I will check it out.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Once Upon A Time S1 E5 (That Still Small Voice)

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After having no new episode last week due to the American Music Awards, I was so happy to have Once Upon A Time back on this week. I felt like something was missing last week without it. I am loving how we are getting the background of more of the characters. I absolutely love this show, but I was a little worried at first that it would focus too much around just Emma and Snow White etc. (not that it would make it any less of an amazing show) I am so glad that it isn't. I have been doing these recaps of the episodes since the show started and it's really fun. It will contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

This weeks episode focused on Henry's therapist, Archie Hopper (aka Jiminy Cricket). It starts off in the fairy tale world showing Jiminy Cricket as a child pick pocketing while they watch a puppet show. After he brings the goods back to his parents he tells them he doesn't want to steal and wants to be good.  He is inspired by a cricket that is in a cage. His parents shut that idea down pretty quick.

In Storybrooke Emma is officially Deputy, she gets a uniform (which she refuses to wear) and her badge. As soon as she puts on her badge something happens. The whole town shakes like an earthquake. Coincidence? I don't think so. They get to the scene of the explosion that rocked the town and Regina is pretty mad to find out that Emma is deputy now. The look she gives Graham (who we now know is having some relations with Regina) is enough to give anyone chills. If looks could kill, that one certainly would have. Regina talks to Dr. Hopper and tells him he better get the whole fairy tale story out of Henry's head or else.

Back in fairy tale Jiminy, who is all grown up now, tells his parents again he doesn't want to steal anymore. They guilt him into it and he is setting up the puppet show in the rain when a little boy comes by. He tells Jiminy he is listening to the Crickets. He then gives him his umbrella before he heads home, and tells him that he can't wait to see the show. (the boy giving him the umbrella is symbolic, look for it later.)

Mary Margaret is still volunteering at the hospital and visiting John Doe (Prince Charming) He still can't remember anything. Back at her apartment she feels bad because John Does wife is so nice. At that moment Henry shows up in tears. Dr. Hopper has done what Regina told him and told Henry that he is delusional. After dropping Henry off at Regina's office, Emma goes to Dr. Hoppers office and she is livid. As she is tearing into him Regina calls wanting to know where Henry is. Dr. Hopper knows where he must have gone...into the abandoned mine shaft. Henry thinks he can find proof there that he isn't crazy and the story is true.

In fairy tale Jiminy is getting desperate. He asks Rumpelstiltskin for help. We know that things never end well when Rump is involved. He gives him a small vial and tells Jiminy to sprinkle it on his parents, pour it, put it in their food whatever, and then leave them for him to collect after. It goes very wrong when his parents switch that potion for a fake one when they go to a nice couples house to trick them and steal from them. They take the vial intended for his parents and turn into dolls. As they are leaving the couples small son walks in. Talk about heart breaking. 

In the mines Henry finds something in a pike of rocks that looks like a piece of glass with some type of pattern on it (looked like tree branches or something like that to me) Now he has caused some type of avalanche and as the ground outside shakes Dr. Hopper runs into the mine just before the entrance collapses trapping him inside. He ends up tracking down Henry. Henry is looking through a small opening saying he sees something that looks shiny. Dr. Hopper tells him that they are trapped and there's no way out.

Outside of the mine Marco (Gippetto) who is Dr. Hoppers best friend watches as they try to dig out the entrance. Regina and Emma actually agree that their fighting isn't helping anything and have a kind of understanding. Inside the mine Henry hears something and they find an old elevator. They are trying to get up when an explosion crushed their efforts. Now they are really trapped.

At the hospital Mary Margaret goes for a walk with John Doe (as part of his physical therapy) He tells her that nothing Catherine is telling him feels real. The only thing that feels real to him is her. They almost kiss when Catherine comes walking up with muffins for him.

At the mine, with the help of the dalmatian rescue dog they find the grate cover above the elevator and it's decided that Emma will be lowered in to get them. In the elevator Dr. Hopper tells Henry he doesn't think he's crazy, and they have a little heart to heart. Dr. Hopper wants to do what is right and follow his conscience. Emma comes down and grabs Henry. There's more shaking and the elevator is about to drop with Dr. Hopper still in it. He says it's ok, and then the elevator drops. (I was in shock for a moment) Then you see the handle of the umbrella that Dr. Hopper is carrying hooked to a

In fairy tale Jiminy is outside and wishes on a star. The fairy comes and grants his wish. He becomes a cricket and will live as long as needed to help the child. It was not his first wish, but it was the one that the fairy could grant for him. He asks how he will know who the child is, and she tells him that his name is Gippetto.

Back at the mine scene Emma sits with Henry, and Dr. Hopper and Marco walk over and they hear the crickets. (Henry had pointed out earlier that there have never been crickets in Storybrooke and he thinks it's because of the curse.) Cut to Mr Gold walking past the set of dolls in his pawn shop.Then at the hospital, Mary Margaret is dropping of her letter of resignation. ( I wanted to scream at her not to do it) Lastly, back to the mine. Regina stands above the mine shaft grate, and drops a piece of glass (I don't think it's the same one Henry had because it looked like it only had one of the branch like designs on it) back down into the mine. It crashes down on what I assume was the shiny thing Henry had seen. That's quite curious to me. It obviously means something, I just don't know what it could be.

Next week is going to be getting to know about Prince Charming. (yay a whole episode focused on the super swoon worthy Prince Charming) I have been pretty sure that Regina knows about the curse since about the 2nd episode, and I have read somewhere that in fact she does. Only makes sense right? I mean she created the curse, she should know about it. Now I can't help but wonder about Graham though. Is he just playing Regina? Is he really on Emma's side, or is it the other way around and he's playing Emma? I am still pretty convinced that he is the Huntsman, so I would hope he would be on Emma's side since he couldn't kill Snow White.

The spoiler pics I had up for my last recap had said they were for Ep5 which they obviously weren't. I have seen an update that they are in fact for EP6 which is next weeks episode. Hope it's right this time. They Hypable site thinks they are, but it still isn't confirmed. Here's the link.
Hypable site spoiler Pics from E6 "The Shepard"

Here's the trailer for next weeks episode. It's going to be amazing!!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

In My Mailbox 2


In My Mailbox is a weekly event hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren to show what bookish things you have gotten in the past week, or month, or however frequently you would like to do it.

I will start what I got  for myself. I had a gift card and got myself some ebooks from B&N.

Exiled by M.R. Merrick.

It sounds great, and I have been wanting to read it for a while. I finally decided it was time to buy it and am reading it now.

Hollowmen by Amanda Hocking

This is the second book of the Hollows series. The first one Hollowland was really good and I have been looking forward to this one.

Airel/Arson 2 in 1

I thought this was pretty cool because I wanted to get Airel by Aaron Patterson and Arson by Estevan Vega and I found this.

Remembrance by Michelle Madow

This one has been on my TBR list for a long time. The best thing is I got the ebook for $0.99. It was a great Black Friday deal.


The Liberation of Alice Love by Abby McDonald

Barnes and Noble has Free Book Friday for the Nook. Each week they have a different book that you can download for free. It's actually how I discovered the Wings series by Aprilynne Pike. The first one was a featured one week.  This one doesn't sound too bad. I am sure I will eventually get to it.






Now onto what I got approved for on NetGalley this week.

New Girl by Paige Harbison

This book sounds really interesting. I am happy that I was approved for it.
(This is an e-arc for review)

The Night She Disappeared by April Henry

This one also sounds like a great book, and I am looking forward to reading this.
(This is an e-arc for review)








I also got some really cool swag in the mail thanks to Aeicha at Word Spelunking





I should really start putting the pics I take with my phone in my computer, then uploading them to my blog. When I upload directly from my phone they look really bad. This is some awesome swag from Aeicha.

I want to thank NetGalley, Harlequin, Macmillan Childeren's Publishing Group, and Aeicha. I guess I should thank myself too for buying myself some really great e-books with the gift card I got for myself a while ago. What did you get this week? Leave the link in the comments and I will be more than happy to check out your IMM.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Review: Hushed by Kelley York

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  • Pub. Date: December 6 2011
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
  • Format: Paperback 
(I was provided an e-arc from NetGalley for review)

You can pre-order Hushed at B&N and Amazon

Overview from Goodreads
He’s saved her. He’s loved her. He’s killed for her.

Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn’t protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids, so he’s never stopped trying to protect her from everything else. It doesn’t matter that Vivian only uses him when hopping from one toxic relationship to another—Archer is always there, waiting to be noticed.

Then along comes Evan, the only person who’s ever cared about Archer without a single string attached. The harder he falls for Evan, the more Archer sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is.

But Viv has her hooks in deep, and when she finds out about the murders Archer’s committed and his relationship with Evan, she threatens to turn him in if she doesn’t get what she wants… And what she wants is Evan’s death, and for Archer to forfeit his last chance at redemption.


My Review 
This story was heart wrenching and emotional. The characters were written so well, and you could really be in their heads. I really felt for them and found my heart breaking sometimes. They are so complex and deep. It was really a tense, but good read. It's not typically the type of book I read, but the overview really pulled me in and made me interested in reading it. 


Archer is such a mentally broken person. You would think he should be the bad guy, but it's the exact opposite. He is actually a really good person, and you can't help but feel sorry for him. He has lived his whole life doing everything for Vivian, his best friend. He would do anything to protect her because he has always loved her. She has never wanted him as anything more than a friend. She walks all over him because she knows that no matter what he will always be there for her. That is until he meets Evan. Evan sees the good in Archer. He cares about him and likes him for who he is. Archer slowly realizes that Viv is messed up and knows that Evan is right about her. 


As soon as Viv knows that Archer is starting to not run to her every time she calls, she starts to get jealous of Evan. She becomes even more unstable, and scary. She will do anything not to lose Archer. Now that she knows that she isn't the object of his affection she becomes pretty psycho.

I really liked how the relationship between Archer and Evan developed. Evan just wants to be there for Archer and make him happy. He tries to get him away from the messed up situation that his life has become. Archer feels better when he is around Evan. He can just hang out and be himself around him. It's very realistic how they progress into their relationship. 


This book is very emotionally charged. Archer and Viv are such messed up people. The difference is that Archer wants to be a good person, while Viv totally falls apart. This is a really touching story. I just wanted the best for Archer the whole time, and I felt myself hating Viv for what she does to him. I loved Evan. He was a sweet and caring character, and just what Archer needed. This book was really a pleasure to read. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving






I thought it would be nice to do a Happy Thanksgiving post. I am thankful for my family and my friends. I enjoy getting together with the family and spending time together. I am also thankful to all of the wonderful people who I have met on twitter since starting my blog. I have become friends with some really awesome bloggers and authors who I never would have otherwise. Reading is something I do everyday and have since I can remember. I want to say thank you to all of the great authors out there who write the books that I enjoy. Thank you to the other wonderful book bloggers out there who I go to for great book recommendations. My blog is still pretty new, but I love doing it and I am so glad that I started it. I would have never gotten to know so many great people otherwise. Thank you so much to my followers and to anyone else who stops by just to check it out. I really appreciate it. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! To those of you who aren't celebrating Thanksgiving, have a great day!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Review: Brightest Kind of Darkness by P.T Michelle

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Overview from B&N

 Nara Collins is an average sixteen-year-old, with one exception: every night she dreams the events of the following day. Due to an incident in her past, Nara avoids using her special gift to change fate…until she dreams a future she can’t ignore.

After Nara prevents a bombing at Blue Ridge High, her ability to see the future starts to fade, while people at school are suddenly being injured at an unusually high rate.

Grappling with her diminishing powers and the need to prevent another disaster, Nara meets Ethan Harris, a mysterious loner who seems to understand her better than anyone. Ethan and Nara forge an irresistible connection, but as their relationship heats up, so do her questions about his dark past.

Author's note: Brightest Kind of Darkness is a novel length dark paranormal YA full of mystery, adventure, romance, and even a touch of horror. It's suitable for ages 14 and up.

You can get it from B&N & Amazon

My Review 
I originally purchased this book back in September and kept meaning to get to it. The lovely P.T Michelle recently e-mailed me and asked if I would like to review it, and I knew it was time to read it. Now I wonder why in the world I waited so long. Right from the start I was completely into it. I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning reading because I just couldn't stop. The story moved along so perfectly, and the characters are just awesome. This book gave you what you needed when you needed it, not too little not too much.

Nara the main character is great. She is a very believable character. She's on the soccer team and has a pretty normal high school life. The only thing that makes her really different is that she dreams her entire next day each night. A curse and a blessing, she never has the element of surprise, but she is the star goalie, and gets good grades. All of this changes the day she calls in a bomb threat to the school. She can't just stand back and let people get hurt, as much as she knows she shouldn't interfere. She no longer has her dreams, and people are getting hurt. With the help of Ethan they try to figure out what is happening to the students at their school.

Ethan is great, I loved his character and the connection he had with Nara. He is the new guy who pretty much keeps to himself. The only exception is Nara. They begin to talk and form a friendship that blossoms into a really sweet romance. He has a dark past and there are all sorts of rumors about him, but Nara trusts him anyways. There is something about him. He seems to know her better than everyone. He is super sweet with Nara.

The romance between Nara and Ethan is so perfect. It's not an instant love connection that seems to be in almost every other book. They become friends and build trust. I loved reading them falling for each other. It was completely believable. They had their tense moments, and their hot moments. Their relationship with each other was very well written along with the rest of the book.

This story was so addicting. It was one of those books where you keep telling yourself you will stop after one more chapter, but you just can't. I was so wrapped up in it that I didn't even realize how late (or early) it was. I needed to finish it, but now that I am done I wish I still had more to read. I am definitely looking forward to the next one. This is a must read.  5 out of 5 stars!

Waiting on Wednesday #6 / WWW Wednesday #2

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

My Waiting on Wednesday for this week is Everneath by Brodi Ashton. It is one of the books on my DAC 2012 list.


  • Publish Date: January 24, 2012
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Pages: 384
Overview

Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath. Now she's returned—to her old life, her family, her boyfriend—before she's banished back to the underworld . . . this time forever. She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can't find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.
Nikki longs to spend these precious months forgetting the Everneath and trying to reconnect with her boyfriend, Jack, the person most devastated by her disappearance—and the one person she loves more than anything. But there's just one problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who enticed her to the Everneath in the first place, has followed Nikki home. Cole wants to take over the throne in the underworld and is convinced Nikki is the key to making it happen. And he'll do whatever it takes to bring her back, this time as his queen.
As Nikki's time on the Surface draws to a close and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she is forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole's queen.
Everneath is a captivating story of love, loss, and immortality from debut author Brodi Ashton.

This book sounds amazing, and the cover is gorgeous. Can't wait to get my hands on this one and dive in!




WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading  

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?
I am currently reading: Hushed by Kelly York. I got an e-arc from netgalley for review. I just started it.  

Overview from Goodreads
He’s saved her. He’s loved her. He’s killed for her.

Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn’t protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids, so he’s never stopped trying to protect her from everything else. It doesn’t matter that Vivian only uses him when hopping from one toxic relationship to another—Archer is always there, waiting to be noticed.

Then along comes Evan, the only person who’s ever cared about Archer without a single string attached. The harder he falls for Evan, the more Archer sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is.

But Viv has her hooks in deep, and when she finds out about the murders Archer’s committed and his relationship with Evan, she threatens to turn him in if she doesn’t get what she wants… And what she wants is Evan’s death, and for Archer to forfeit his last chance at redemption.


I just finished reading: Brightest Kind of Darkness by P.T Michelle. I loved it, and will be posting my review soon.


 Overview from Goodreads
Nara Collins is an average sixteen-year-old, with one exception: every night she dreams the events of the following day. Due to an incident in her past, Nara avoids using her special gift to change fate…until she dreams a future she can’t ignore.

After Nara prevents a bombing at Blue Ridge High, her ability to see the future starts to fade, while people at school are suddenly being injured at an unusually high rate.

Grappling with her diminishing powers and the need to prevent another disaster, Nara meets Ethan Harris, a mysterious loner who seems to understand her better than anyone. Ethan and Nara forge an irresistible connection, but as their relationship heats up, so do her questions about his dark past.

  
I think next I will be reading: The Pledge by Kimberly Derting. I know I said that last week. I said when I finished Brightest Kind of Darkness then I would read The Pledge after, but then I got approved for Hushed after being declined the first time, so I jumped right on that. 


Overview from Goodreads
In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she's spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It's there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she's never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed.

Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can't be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country's only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Teaser Tuesday 5

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!
 My Teaser Tuesday this week is from Hushed by Kelly York (I am reading an e-arc from NetGalley)


My Teaser

Here he was, here Evan was - trying so hard to make him happy. Archer screwed up too many things in his life; this wouldn't be one of them.

I'm not very far into the book yet, so I skipped ahead and tried to find a good teaser. I didn't want to spoil anything for myself so it was tough.

This book will be published December 6th you can pre-order it from Amazon.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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  • Publish Date: November 15, 2011
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pages: 352
You can by this at B&N and Amazon
 
Overview

"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.

My Review

I was highly anticipating this book forever. The cover is beautiful, and the book just sounded amazing. It was worth the wait. I thought it was absolutely great. It was a unique and interesting story. I just couldn't stop reading. 

Juliette can't touch anyone without causing harm. The book starts with her imprisoned, and you make an instant connection with her. Your heart breaks for her that she has never had the love of her parents or friends. After she is taken from the isolation of being imprisoned to a headquarters where she is expected to be used as a weapon, you really get to see how strong she is. In more ways than one. She is mentally tough, and totally bad ass chick when she is mad or feels the need to protect. 

Adam is just completely swoon worthy. I swear my heart was melting for half of the book. He has known Juliette since they were kids, before she was taken away. He has always cared about her when no one else did, and for some reason he has immunity to Juliette's touch. 

The way the romance unfolds is beautiful and sweet. (and hot!) He says all the right things, and some of the thoughts that she has in her head are just absolutely amazing. You can feel how much they care about each other. I really liked that it wasn't an unbelievable fall in love too quick thing for a change too. They have known each other for a long time, and even though they never interacted, they watched each other and loved each other for a long time. He knew everything about her and it was so touching. I love Adam's character. Some of their interactions took my breath away.

I really feel like I am not doing justice to how great I thought this book was. I have all these thoughts in my head, but I can't write them without spoiling it. Tahereh Mafi just did such an amazing job with the character connection, the story line, the romance, everything. I was so sad when the book ended. I wanted more. Needed more. I loved this book and can't wait for the next one. 5 out of 5 stars.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

In My Mailbox 1



In My Mailbox is a weekly event hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren This is my First IMM. I don't usually get much stuff so I never think to do them.



I bought ebooks of Crossed by Ally Condie, and The Pledge by Kimberly Derting for my Nook.


I won The Near Witch from Nerissa at In The Name of Books from her Boo Bash giveaway.
I won these postcards, bookmark, and a Breaking Dawn Movie Poster (it was kinda big to photograph) from Traci at The Reading Geek when she had a quick twitter giveaway
  

This I bought for myself on clearance at Starbucks. I had the purple one already, but I couldn't pass this up. It's bookish because I need to have my coffee or tea when I read. Besides I got it for $2.92 and I had to brag about the awesome deal. 
 


 I won an ebook copy of Become by Ali Cross from one of the twitter chat giveaways from Dustin Hansen

 I also got approved for Hushed by Kelly York on NetGalley for review

So that is what is in my Mailbox for this week. Sorry about the bad quality of some of the photos. For some reason if I use blogger on my phone to upload pics, they look all grainy. Thanks to Nerissa, Traci, Dustin and NetGalley.



Review: Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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  • Pub. Date: December 27, 2011
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA
  • Format: Hardcover , 336pp 
 ( e-arc from netgalley for review.)

    You can get it at B&N or Amazon

    Overview from B&N

    Every other day, Kali D'Angelo is a normal sixteen-year-old girl. She goes to public high school. She attends pep rallies. She's human.
    And then every day in between . . . She's something else entirely.
    Though she still looks like herself, every twenty-four hours predatory instincts take over and Kali becomes a feared demon-hunter with the undeniable urge to hunt, trap, and kill zombies, hellhounds, and other supernatural creatures. Kali has no idea why she is the way she is, but she gives in to instinct anyway. Even though the government considers it environmental terrorism.
    When Kali notices a mark on the lower back of a popular girl at school, she knows instantly that the girl is marked for death by one of these creatures. Kali has twenty-four hours to save her and, unfortunately, she'll have to do it as a human. With the help of a few new friends.

    My Review

    When I read the overview for this book, I was very interested to read it and see what it was all about. There is plenty of action and some blood and gore scenes. There's a lot of character interaction, but it just didn't really do it for me. It's not that I didn't enjoy it, because I did. I just was not that into it. The story moved a long fine, and there was some mystery in there, but I found it actually quite predictable.

    Kali is the Main Character. She turns into a demon hunter every other day. She doesn't know what she is, she just knows that she needs to hunt. She is fierce and a force to be reckoned with when she is in this form. She still looks like a normal girl, but she isn't. Then on the days when she is just normal without her "powers", she is a just girl with no friends, and tries to avoid any attention. That is until Skylar notices her at their school pep rally.

    I really liked Skylar. I think she is the only character who I could really get into and enjoy. She is just so peppy and bubbly, and a bit odd. She seems like she would be the cutest thing ever and really fun to be around. She ends up befriending Kali, despite Kali trying to not get close to anyone.

    This book moved along at a good fast pace, but somehow it wasn't really pulling me with it. It was an interesting story, but like I said, pretty predictable. It was cool that things like Zombies, Dragons, and other mythical creatures exist, and that the normal human population knows about them. Kali's character is very strong, but she also has her weak points. I love strong female characters and Kali was, but I think that Skylar and  Bethany were too. This book doesn't get you all tangled up in a love story either, which is nice once in a while. There is some affection at points, but no big drama love story. This was a pretty fast read, and the way it ends makes me think there will be another. The end left me curious to see what might come next. There is a lot of questions left unanswered. Am I bouncing in my seat in anticipation? No, but I am curious and would definitely read it. This book is worth a read if you like action and some gore.

    Saturday, November 19, 2011

    2012 TBR Pile Reading Challenge


    We all have those books. We buy them, win them, they're gifted to us.. Then we put them up on a bookshelf and there they stay, collecting dust, waiting for the time when we'll finally decide to pick them up...

    I am excited to be participating in the TBR pile reading challenge being hosted by Evie at Bookish and some other wonderful blogs. I have never participated in a reading challenge and this will be the 2nd one I am doing for 2012. Luckily they both go through the entire year, so I should do just fine. This one is really great because I definitely have a lot of books that I bought and was really excited about, but just didn't get to them. This is a great motivator for me to really read them. The challenge levels are as follows:

    1-10 - A Firm Handshake
    11-20 - A Friendly Hug
    21-30 - A Sweet Kiss
    31-40 - Love At First Sight
    41-50 - Married With Children

    I'm going to stick with A Friendly Hug. I think that is a level I can actually do. With doing the DAC 2012, and all the sequels and other books coming out in 2012 that I want to read, I am hoping that I can read at least one book a month that I meant to read this year. (I think that is setting myself up for another TBR pile reading challenge for the following year lol.) Going into 2012 I already have a huge list of books TBR and couldn't be happier about it. So here my list of books for the TBR pile reading challenge (I am hanging my head in shame at some of them that I can't believe I didn't read. Especially the first 2 on the list.)

    • Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
    • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
    • Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday
    • The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab 
    • Between by Cyndi Tefft
    • Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr (been meaning to read this series forever)
    • Bright Young Things by Miora Young
    • Jenny Pox by JL Bryan
    • Anathema by K.A Tucker
    • Fallen Angel by Heather Terrell
    • Born at Midnight and Awake at Dawn by C.C. Hunter 
    *Update 12/1911 I would like to add a few more books to this list which may take place of some I had previously listed. I would love to get to all of them, but don't know if that will happen.

    • Exiled by Rashelle Workman
    • Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey
    • Touch by Jus Accardo
    • Remembrance by Michelle Madow
    • Meant to Be by Tiffany King
      Well, that is my tentative list for the TBR pile reading challenge. I may decide that I really would rather get to a different book instead of what I have on there. I have made a page on my blog with a list of my books, and will cross them off there as I go too.  I am really looking forward to it, and I am ready for the challenge! What's on your list if you are doing it? I would love to see what others have put off and want to get to. Just leave your link in my comments and I will check it out.

      The Hosts for this event are as follows:


      Evie from Bookish - http://www.evie-bookish.blogspot.com @SeoEvie
      Nicole from All I Ever Read - http://www.nicoleabouttown.com/ @Nicoleabouttown
      Bonnie from Hands and Home - http://www.handsandhome.ca/ @HandsHomeBlog
      Donna from Book Passion For Life - http://bookpassionforlife.blogspot.com/ @BookPforLife
      Caitlin from WatchYA Reading - http://whatchyareading.net @caitlingss
      Rie from Mission To Read - http://missiontoread.com/ @missiontoread
      Vicky from Books, Biscuits & Tea -http://booksbiscuitsandtea.blogspot.com/ @alouetteuette
      Christa from Hooked On Books - http://christashookedonbooks.blogspot.com @ChristasBooks
      Jenna from Fans Of Fiction - http://fansoffiction.blogspot.com/ @fansoffiction
      Angel from Mermaids Vision - http://mermaidvision.wordpress.com @mermaidvisions

      Friday, November 18, 2011

      Review: Shattered Dreams by Ellie James

      • Pub. Date: December 6 2011
      • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
      • Format: Paperback , 352pp 
      (e-arc provided by NetGalley for review)

      You can get it at B&N or Amazon on December 6th

      Overview
      Sixteen-year-old Trinity Monsour wants nothing more than to live a normal life. But that isn’t as easy as it seems. Trinity is different. She is special. She sees visions, and for those she’s seen, it’s already too late.
      Trinity arrives on her aunt’s doorstep in New Orleans with virtually no knowledge of her mysterious heritage. She begins settling into life at a new school and even starts making friends. But all too quickly her dreams accelerate; twisted, terrifying visions of a girl locked in a dark room. And when the head cheerleader, Jessica, goes missing, Trinity knows she has no choice but to step forward with what she’s seen.
      But people believe that Trinity has information about Jessica’s disappearance not because of a dream, but because she is involved. She is kind-of dating Jessica’s ex-boyfriend, Chase, and Jessica did pull a nasty prank on Trinity. Revenge seems like the likeliest scenario.
      Nothing prepares Trinity for the dark odyssey that ensues while searching for Jessica, including the surprising romance she finds with Chase, or the shocking truths she learns, not just about the girl who has gone missing, but the past that has been hidden from her. 

      My Review
      This book had an interesting synopsis and I really thought it would be great. Unfortunately I wasn't that into it. I did like some of the characters, and the story was okay, but nothing that really kept me engaged and flipping pages to the very end. It was enjoyable enough to read though.

      Trinity moves to New Orleans to live with her aunt after her Grandmother who she lived with dies. ( I feel like the whole new girl in a new town thing is in every book lately) She wants to fit in, so what better way then to hang out with the "mean girl" type popular cheerleader. She ends up being caught up in Jessica's "game" at an old haunted mansion, but her visions start and she knows there is more going on. She has been told not to let anyone know about her dreams and visions, but when Jessica goes missing she knows she needs to save her. I found myself feeling sorry for Trinity a lot, but also annoyed at her too. She would cry and freak out at the drop of a hat. She just wasn't that believable to me half of the time.

      Chase, who is Jessica's ex-boyfriend really bugged me. He seemed more creepy and possessive than caring most of the time. Then he would just seem like a robot or something. I couldn't get into his character as much as I tried. I wanted to like him and think that he was what Trinity needed to get her through, but I just didn't feel it.

      I did like some of the other characters, like Trinity's aunt. She seems like a cool down to earth person, and really caring. You can tell she is torn up about keeping things from Trinity, but she doesn't want to hurt Trinity any more. I also liked Dylan, he was a small part of the story, but I thought his character was more believable than Chase. I hated Amber, but I think you are supposed to. She is the typical mean girl at school, who is now really pissed that her best friend is missing. As much as I disliked her, she felt realistic.

      The story went along at a steady pace, and unfolded nicely. It was interesting enough that I did want to know how it would end, but I found myself just quickly skimming over a lot so I could read the good parts of the story. I think it's a book that a lot of people will enjoy. It was good, just not blow me away good. I rate it 3 out of 5 stars

      Thursday, November 17, 2011

      My list of books for Debut Author Challenge 2012



      This is being hosted by Kristi  over at at The Story Siren. This is the first Challenge that I am taking part in, and it seems really fun. I love discovering new authors, and also authors who are new at writing in the genre.
      The challenge will run from January 1, 2012 to January 31, 2013 and the goal is to read 12 YA/MG books that are from debut authors (or authors new to that genre) between that time. If you want more info you can find it at The Story Siren.


      There are so many books that sound really great that are coming out next year. It was really hard to narrow down my list, but I also have to keep in mind there are a lot of sequels to books I have read coming out next year too, and I need time to read those. Also new books coming out from non-debut authors that I am looking  forward to. So my list is as follows. (with links to Goodreads so you can add them to your list if you want)

      1. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi- 1/3/12
      2. Everneath by Brodi Ashton- 1/24/12
      3. Incarnate by Jodi Meadows- 1/31/12
      4. Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood- 2/7/12
      5. Undeadly by Michele Vail- 2/28/12
      6. Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins- 5/1/12
      7. Of Poseidon by Anna Banks-5/22/12
      8. Mystique by Shari Arnold- spring 2012
      9. Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard- 7/24/12
      10. Auracle by Gina Rosati- 8/7/12
      11. The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Francis- 8/16/12
      12. Touched by Corrine Jackson- December of 2012
      So that is my list of books I will be reading for DAC 2012. It was really hard to try to pick 12 out of the wonderful list of DA's books. If I have time I would like to read more too, but those are the 12 I have chosen. Some of the other ones I would like to read if I have time are:

      There are many more that sound great, but I can't read all of them. What books do you have on your list? Leave me your link if you want me to check out yours. I am really looking forward to the DAC 2012. Happy reading to everyone participating. :)






      Wednesday, November 16, 2011

      WWW Wednesday (11/16/11)

      This is my first WWW Wednesday. I read a lot of them, and decided to finally join in. This is a weekly event hosted my MizB at Should Be Reading



      To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

      • What are you currently reading?
      • What did you recently finish reading?
      • What do you think you’ll read next?



      I am currently reading Shattered Dreams by Ellie James, and Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. Shattered Dreams is okay. I am reading an e-arc from netgalley, and I had high hopes for it, but it's not as good as I expected. Shatter Me I was waiting for forever and it is amazing. I love it so far.

      I just finished reading Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout. (E-arc from netgalley) This book was just fantastic. I highly recommend reading it. In fact you should pre-order it now. :) You can read my review here

      I think I am going to read The Pledge by Kimberly Derting next. I have been really looking forward to it. Also I am going to read Brightest Kind of Darkness by P.T Michelle. I have been meaning to get to it, and now is the time.

      Waiting on Wednesday #5


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

      This week my waiting on Wednesday is Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey.




      • Pub. Date: December 8 2011
      • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
      • Format: Hardcover , 336pp 
      Overview

      Lenzi hears voices and has visions - gravestones, floods, a boy with steel gray eyes. Her boyfriend, Zak, can't help, and everything keeps getting louder and more intense. Then Lenzi meets Alden, the boy from her dreams, who reveals that she's a reincarnated Speaker - someone who can talk to and help lost souls - and that he has been her Protector for centuries.
      Now Lenzi must choose between her life with Zak and the life she is destined to lead with Alden. But time is running out: a malevolent spirit is out to destroy Lenzi, and he will kill her if she doesn't make a decision soon. 

      This cover is really pretty, and it sounds like an interesting book. This one is coming up soon, so I wanted to use this for my WoW.





      Tuesday, November 15, 2011

      Quickie Swag Giveaway

      The winner is Brenna! Congrats!

      Since The Pledge by Kimberly Derting just came out, I am going to do a quickie giveaway of some swag. The picture I posted is just a general picture of all the swag I got, not what you will actually win. If you win, you will get.
      • 2 bookmarks
      • 2 stickers
      • a signed passport
      • a signed poster
      You can see what they look like in the picture.


      This is going to be a quick giveaway and will end Thursday morning at 8:30am EST.
      All you have to do is comment. You do not have to leave your e-mail if you don't want, but if you don't please leave your twitter name or some way to contact you if you win.
      The winner will be chosen at random. If you are the winner you have 48 hours to respond or I will choose a new winner.

      Teaser Tuesday 4

      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!

       My Teaser Tuesday is from Shattered dreams by Ellie James

      The wind kept whispering- I was sure that it did-but everything else slowed, allowing me to see the lean lines of his leathery face, and the dread in his eyes.
      "Mary Mother of God," he muttered. "You're the girl"

      Okay so it was 3 sentences, but I was having a hard time finding anything to put.

      Monday, November 14, 2011

      Once Upon A Time S1 E4 (The Price of Gold)

      Airs Sunday's at 8pm on ABC

      This weeks episode introduces us to Cinderella (or Ashely in present time) We get to learn a little bit about her story. We get a lot of  the really creepy Rumpelstiltskin in this episode too. I love where the story is going and how other fairy tale characters are starting to come into the picture. As always I will remind you that if you have not yet watched, there will be spoilers ahead. If you don't want to know what happens, please do not continue reading.

      Recap

      This episode starts us off in fairy tale with Cinderella watching her evil step mother and two step sisters leaving to go to the ball. Her fairy god mother comes to help her, but Rumpelstiltskin gets rid of her because "all magic comes with a price". He then tells Cinderella he will help her as long as she does him a favor. Desperate to be saved from her horrible life, she signs the contract. He waves his wand and *poof* she's the picture of perfection in a beautiful gown and all dolled up.

      Back in Maine, Emma is walking Henry to the bus stop without caring if Regina knows. After Henry gets on the bus, the Sheriff stops Emma and thanks her for helping to find John Doe (Prince Charming) when he escaped from the hospital. He then offers her a job and gives her his card. She goes into the diner and is having some hot chocolate with cinnamon when Regina comes in and tells Emma she knows everything that goes on. She says she isn't worried about Emma and Henry because Emma has never stayed anywhere long and doesn't see her as a threat, then leaves. Emma spills her cocoa on herself and asks Ruby if there is a washroom. There she meets Ashley (Cinderella) a very pregnant 19 year old who is an emotional wreck. Emma tells her that she was only 18 when she was pregnant and gives her a pep talk to try to help her.

      Ashley then breaks into Mr. Gold shop after he has locked up. He catches her and she pepper sprays him. She wants to change her life. Then it goes to Mary Margaret's place where Emma is unpacking her box of things, when who other than Mr. Gold shows up. He tells her he needs her to find someone for him, and shows her a picture of Ashley. She stole something from him, and he doesn't want to involve the police. He says Ashley is a confused young woman. Emma says she will help her. As soon as Mr. Gold leaves Henry comes in, and Emma tells him she needs to go find Ashley and he can't come. She says she is trying to be responsible, and he counters with and I'm just trying to spend time with you. Awww so sweet. She tells him that's not fair, but doesn't fight it. 

      Now we go back to fairy tale for the celebration of Cinderella's wedding. Snow white, who is a very good friend congratulates her, and says how she is proud of her. Then in comes Rumpelstiltskin. (can he be any creepier?) He says he is proud too, and asks if she is happy with everything she has. She says yes and asks what he wants from her. He tells her he wants her first born child. When her prince comes home one night he finds her packing and she tells him that she's pregnant, and then all about everything with Rumpelstiltskin. He says " Magic may have brought us together, but it didn't create this love" How sweet is that? He says they need to make another deal with Rumpelstiltskin.

      Back in present time Emma is questioning Ruby at the diner. She says that Ashley is a maid and her boyfriend left her. If she want to know more to go see him. Emma goes to see Sean, and tells him he can help, but his dad won't have any of it. He thinks she is a young irresponsible girl. He got her a deal to sell her baby for a good amount of money. Back in the car Emma is talking to Henry and he says no one can get out of a deal with Mr. Gold. Emma goes back to the diner and finds out Ruby led her away so Ashley could get a head start out of town. She left for Boston already. Henry tells Emma no one can leave Storybrooke or bad things will happen.

      Back in fairy tale, Charming is bringing Cinderella and Thomas to get a magic quill to use for a new contract to trick Rumpelstiltskin, and it will freeze him so they can capture him. Cinderella is scared because magic got her into the situation in the first place. In Storybrooke Emma and Henry approach the town sign and see the car crashed, and find Ashley out of the car on the side of the road, in labor. Emma has another pretty harsh talk with her in the car about making sure she really wants the baby, and knowing that that means she needs to be responsible.

      Cinderella waits in the garden in fairy tale to make a new deal with Rumpelstiltskin. She says that the area is in trouble and they are poor. She tells him she is having twins and offers the second child in return for help. He takes the quill and reminds her that there is a price for magic. He signs, and it freezes him. He tells her that he will get the baby no matter what. No one breaks a deal with him.

      In the hospital back in Maine, Henry tells Emma that she is the only one who can leave Storybrooke without anything bad hapening. He tells her she can go. The nurse comes out and tells Emma that Ashely had the baby. Mr Gold then shows up and thanks her for returning his merchandise. Back in fairy tale Thomas tells Cinderella he picked out the name Alexandra for their baby. She gets a cramp and he runs off to get her water. It passes and she goes to the well to find him, but he's gone. She goes to Rumpelstiltskin and asks what he did. He says he will get the baby, and until he does she won't see her prince again. Back in the hospital, Emma confronts Mr Gold about the baby deal and tells him he won't get the baby, and his contract won't hold up. It's a fight he won't win. Impressed, he tells her Ashley can keep her baby, but Emma must make a deal with him. She agrees and goes to tell Ashley. Ashely thanks her. Emma notices the time and need to get Henry home before Regina gets there and finds out he left.
        
      Regina is getting all fixed up after an obvious romp session with someone. She tells the person that she put his socks under the bed, and takes off to get home. As Ema is dropping Henry off she says "about what you said at the hospital, I will see you tomorrow"  Sean shows up at the hospital and tells Ashley he never should have left, and takes out shoes for their baby. Emma decided to take the Deputy job that the Sheriff offered her. She asks if Regina will be okay with it, and he says it's his department, then it cuts to him taking his socks out from under the bed.

      Wow, now that ending was unexpected. Maybe some people expected that, but I certainly didn't. I don't even know what to think about that. I am a little confused about a few things though. I thought the curse started after Snow and Charming got married, but the episodes are showing before they actually got together. Did the curse make everything go back in time? Does Emma have to break the curse before it actually would have happened? Anyone else have thoughts on this? I am quite sad that there will be no new episode on next Sunday, but when it returns on 11/27 It looks like a really good episode. Here's the preview video for it.




      For anyone who wants to see some promo pics for the next episode, you can see them on the Hypable site spoiler Pics from E5 titled "That Still Small Voice" These pics are awesome!