Saturday, December 31, 2011

End of the year wrap up

Goodbye 2011... It's been great!!

Wow where did 2011 go? It seems like it flew by. I also can't believe it's been almost four months since I started my blog. It has been such a great experience, and I am so glad I did. I only joined goodreads in August so I couldn't do the 2011 reading challenge on there. (You need to have a finish date for the books to count) I had a goal of 100 books this year, and I am so pleased to say that I accomplished it, plus a few! So what I am going to do is list all of the books I read this year. (I know you are probably thinking OMG I am not reading that, but really, I am putting it up for those of you who are curious) There won't be any links or anything because I am pretty much doing this post last minute and don't have the time to link to each and every book. (A lot are part of a series and I tried to label if they are. I know that I missed a lot of them though)

1. After Obsession by Carrie Jones, Steven E. Wedel     
2. Alpha (Shifters #6) by Rachel Vincent                        
3. Airel (Airel #1) by Aaron Patterson, Chris White        
4. Ascend (Trylle #3) by Amanda Hocking                          
5. Arson (Arson #1) by Estevan Vega                                                       
6. Ashfall (Ashfall #1) by Mike Mullin                            
7. Awaken by Katie Kacvinski                                      
8. Anya's Ghost by Vega Brosgol                                  
9. Between the Sea and Sky by Jaclyn Dolamore         
10. Blood Bound (Unbound #1) by Rachel Vincent        
11. Blood Magic (Blood Journals #1) by Tessa Gratton 
12. Blood Red Road (Dust Lands #1) by Moira Young 
13. Bound By Blood by Cynthia Eden                          
14. Brightest Kind of Darkness (BKoD #1) by P.T Michelle          
15. Captivate (Need #2) by Carrie Jones                     
16. Carrier of the Mark (Carrier #1) by Leigh Fallon    
17. Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood                      
18. City of fallen Angels (TMI #4) by Cassandra Clare
19. Clockwork Angel (ID #1) by Cassandra Clare      
20. Clockwork Prince (ID #2) by Cassandra Clare     
21. Crossed (Matched #2) by Ally Condie                  
22. Daimon (Covenant #0.5) by Jennifer L Armentrout
23. Darker Still (Magic Most Foul #1) by Leanna Renee Hieber                    
24. Darklands by Autumn Dawn                                
25. Dearly, Departed (Gone With the Respiration #1) by Lia Habel          
26. Descended by Blood (Vampire Born #1) by Angeline Kace      
27. Delirium (Delirium #1) by Lauren Oliver               
28. Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth          
29. Enthralled Anthology edited by Melissa Marr       
30. Entice (Need #3) by Carrie Jones                        
31. Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes         
32. Exiled (Protector #1) M.R Merrick                     
33. Fallen (Fallen #1) by Lauren Kate                       
34. Fate (My Blood Approves #2) by Amanda Hocking                  
35.Flutter (My Blood Approves #3) by Amanda Hocking               
36. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma                             
37. Ghost in Her Heart by Autumn Dawn                  
38. Gifts of the Blood by Vicki Kiere                        
39. Glimmerglass (Faeriewalker #1) by Jenna Black  
40. Half-Blood (Covenant #1) by Jennifer L Armentrout
41. Hell-Bent by Heather Killough-Walden               
42. Hollowland (Hollowland #1) by Amanda Hocking
43. Hushed by Kelley York                                      
44. If I Die (SS #5) by Rachel Vincent                      
45. Illusions (Wings #3) by Aprilynne Pike                       
46. Into the Shadows by Karly Kirkpatrick               
47. Matched (Matched #1) by Ally Condie               
48. Mockingjay (THG ##) by Suzanne Collins          
49. My Blood Approves (My Blood Approves #1) by Amanda Hocking
50. My Soul to Keep (SS #3) by Rachel Vincent      
51. My Soul to Lose (SS # 0.5) by Rachel Vincent   
52. My Soul to Save (SS #2) by Rachel Vincent
53. My Soul to Steal (SS #4) by Rachel Vincent
54. Need (Need #1) by Carrie Jones
55. Never Cry Werewolf by Heather Davis
56. Nightshade (Nightshade #1) by Andrea Cremer
57. Obsidain (Lux #1) by Jennifer L Armentrout
58. On A Dark Wing by Jordan Dane
59. Possess by Gretchen McNeil
60. Possession (Possession #1) by Elana Johnson
61. Prey (Shifters #4) by Rachel Vincent
62. Pride (Shifters #3) by Rachel Vincent
63. Pyxis: The Discovery (Pyxis #1) by K.C Neal
64. Reaper (SS #3.5) by Rachel Vincent
65. Red Glove (Curse Workers #1) by Holly Black
66. Remedial Magic (Faeriewalker #0.5) by Jenna Black
67. Rogue (Shifters #2) by Rachel Vincent
68. Scent of Danger by Autumn Dawn
69. Shadowspell (Faeriewalker #2) by Jenna Black
70. Shattered Dreams (Midnight Dragonfly #1) by Ellie James
71. Shift (Shifters #5) by Rachel Vincent
72. Sirensong (Faeriewalker #3) by Jenna Black
73. Sometimes by Moonlight by Heather Davis
74. Spells (Wings #2) by Aprilynne Pike
75. Starcrossed (Starcrossed #1) by Josephine Angelini
76. Stray (Shifters #1) by Rachel Vincent
77. Summer's Crossing (IF #3.5) by Julie Kagawa 
78. Supernaturally (Paranormalcy #1) by Kiersten White
79. Switched (Trylle #1) by Amanda Hocking
80. Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) by Sarah Mlynowski
81. The Charmer by Autumn Dawn
82. The Dome by Stephen King
83. The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth #1) by Carrie Ryan
84. The Golden Bell by Autumn Dawn
85. The Heat by Heather Killough-Walden
86. The Hunger Games (THG#1) by Suzanne Collins
87. The Iron Daughter (IF #1) by Julie Kagawa
88. The Iron King (IF #1) by Julie Kagawa
89. The Iron Knight (IF #4) by Julie Kagawa
90. The Iron Queen (IF #3) by Julie Kagawa
91. The Name of the Star (Shades of London #1) Maureen Johnson
92. The Pledge (The Pledge #1) by Kimberly Derting
93. The Spell by Heather Killough-Walden
94. The Strip by Heather Killough-Walden
95. The Twilight Saga Official Illustrated Guide by Stephanie Meyer
96. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara #1) by Michelle Hodkin
97. Torn (Trylle #2) by Amanda Hocking
98. Unearthly (Unearthly #1) by Cynthia Hand
99. White Cat (Curse Workers #1) by Holly Black
100. Wings (Wings #1) by Aprilynne Pike
101. Winter's Passage (IF #1.5) by Julie Kagawa
102. Wolfsbane (Nightshade #2) by Andrea Cremer
103. Zombie Tag by Hannah Moskowitz

*Update- I also just finished reading Legend by Marie Lu last night so I wanted t make sure it got on my 2011 list.

So that is the list of books that I have read this year. This list doesn't include books I have previously read and re-read like the first three TMI books, the entire Harry Potter series, and a few books I read twice. I am actually quite impressed with myself that I managed to reach my goal. I am also very happy that I have met some awesome people since I have started my blog. My year was more amazing thanks to you. Happy New Year everyone. Hope that 2012 will be a great year!!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Vote Alex in the Heroine Tourney


Alex has made it to round 3 of the Tournament of Heroines, and that is fantastic! It shouldn't really come as a surprise that she has gotten this far. She has gotten a very strong fan base and so much support from people who love her character. Jennifer L Armentrout has created such an amazing character, that you can't help but love her. She is, and has been the underdog, but she is holding up awesome. I mean, most of us only met her in October when Half-Blood released. (September if you got it for Nook or Kindle) That just shows how much of a kick @$$ heroine she really is that in just a few months, she has so many fans and people who love her.

There really isn't much more I can say about why you should vote for her that hasn't been said already. I mean she is going into round 3 now!! If you want the reasons, you can go back and read my post for her match in round 2. Of course there are still incentives. My giveaway for an ebook of Daimon and Half-blood will be going on until 11:59pm EST on Jan 6th. I will have the rafflecopter form at the bottom of this post. It is the same one that is on the round 2 post so you can use either one for your entries. Momo (Alex's super awesome, best ever advocate) over at Books Over Boys is also having a giveaway that will end on Jan. 6th too. Her giveaway is for Daimon, Half-Blood, and a pre-order of Pure. That is a super awesome giveaway. You can enter that by clicking here.

That's not it. This is a big, big, match! Alex is up against Katniss from The Hunger Games. I mean who doesn't love Katniss. She is a great heroine for sure, but I still stand behind Alex 1000% (yes I did mean to have three 0's) This match will be super tough, but she beat Rose in the last round, she can totally go up against Katniss. So JLA has some great incentives for us at certain amounts of votes.

Are you ready for this. I thought that JLA really was super awesome with the incentives in round 2, but she just got even more amazing. Here you have the round 3 incentives.


250 votes: a teaser from Pure
500 votes: a teaser from Onyx
750 votes: a teaser from Pure and Onyx
1,000 votes: a POV from Daemon (Obsidian)

And that's not all.

1250 votes: a teaser from Seth's POV in Pure
1500 votes: a teaser from Shadows.
WINNING votes: a teaser from Pure, Shadows, Onyx, and Cursed

AND

And for every 1000 votes, JLA will give away an ARC of Pure, up to 6000 votes
ARC will be given away on Twitter
You know that you want all of that! So lets pull out all the stops. Get everyone you know, and even people you don't know to vote for Alex. From every computer, every browser, their phones, their tablets, anything they can get their hands on. She is really the underdog in this match and needs every vote we can get her. When tweeting use the hashtag #HalfBloodLegion #TeamAlex #ALEXFORTHEWIN #UnderdogsFTW and #HeroineTourney Momo has worked really hard as Alex's advocate, and I know we all really want her to win. Do this for Alex, for JLA, and for the fantastic Momo! Okay time to go vote at YA Sisterhood

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Review: Deliruim by Lauren Oliver

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/2/2011
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 480
Get it from B&N, Amazon, and The Book Depository

Overview


Ninety-five days, and then I’ll be safe.

I wonder whether the procedure will hurt.

I want to get it over with.

It’s hard to be patient.

It’s hard not to be afraid while I’m still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn’t touched me yet.

Still, I worry.

They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness.

The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don’t.

My Review

I waited a long time to read this book. It sounded interesting, but I kept putting it off. I had been hearing a lot of great things about it so I decided to finally give it a shot. I really liked it, I didn't love it like I was expecting to. It was a little bit slow to start, but once it took off I was hooked. The writing is fantastic and the story was so well crafted. A world where love is a disease, and everyone must be cured. It's just so fascinating and a little scary. The characters were really great to. I really felt like I was getting to know them. The story and character development was perfect.

Lena was such a great character to get to know. She changes and grows so much through the book. At first I felt like she was a pushover, but as the story progressed I really loved her. Growing up being judged by her family's past it hasn't been very easy for her. She is really looking forward to having the procedure done that will cure her so she can forget about the pain and memories of her past. She then meets Alex and the way she sees things changes. It's a forbidden love that is so sweet, and touching.

I loved Alex. I knew right when we first met him that there was more to him than we think. I wanted so much to get to know him better, and about his past. The way he is with Lena just melted my heart. He is such a truly nice guy, and genuinely cares about her, and what is the best for her. He wants to make sure she is happy.

This book was beautifully written, and such a touching, and emotional story. The ending left me aching, and needing to know what happens next, but also a bit disappointed. I thought the end was a bit predictable, though it still was emotional. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to start reading dysptopian novels, or for those who already enjoy them. This was a great book worth picking up. 4 out of 5 stars.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday / WWW Wednesday 12-28-11

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine  to share what book you are highly anticipating the release of.

This week the book I am really thinking about is Shadow Bound by Rachel Vincent. There are a lot of books that are next in a series coming out in 2012, but this is one I am really excited to read. I loved Blood Bound and can't wait to get my hands on this one.


  • Publisher: Mira
  • Publication date: 5/22/2012
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 400
Overview

If you live in the dark long enough, you begin to forget the light…

KORI DANIELS is a shadow-walker, able to travel instantly from one shadow to another. After weeks of confinement for betraying her boss, she’s ready to break free of the Tower syndicate for good. But Jake Tower has one final job for Kori, one chance to secure freedom for herself and her sister, Kenley, even if that means taking it from someone else…

The job? Recruit Ian Holt—or kill him.

Ian’s ability to manipulate the dark has drawn interest from every syndicate in the world, most notably an invitation from Jake Tower. Though he has no interest in organized crime, Ian accepts the invite, because he’s on a mission of his own. Ian has come to kill Tower’s top Binder: Kori’s little sister.

Amid the tangle of lies, an unexpected thread of truth connecting Ian and Kori comes to light. But with opposing goals, they’ll have to choose between love and liberty…


In Blood Bound we get to meet Kori, but really don't know much about her. (That book is from Liv and Cam's PoV)  She is pretty much a mystery still. I love that in Shadow Bound we will be in her head and this new guy Ian's too. It sounds awesome, and I love Rachel Vincent's books. 


 
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: Delirium by Lauren Oliver and still listening to the audio book of Legend by Marie Lu. I only listen to it in the car so I am just over half done. 
 
I recently finished reading: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand and Zombie Tag by Hannah Moskowitz. You can read my reviews by clicking on the book titles.

 
Next I think I am going to read: 10 Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) by Sarah Mlynowski and if it comes in, Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi. I still want to get to Ashes by Estevan Vega soon too, I meant to read it last week. 

What are you waiting on? What's your WWW Wednesday? Leave me your link so I can check yours out.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (10)

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!
 My teaser this week is from Delirium. I finally decided to read this book. I have heard a lot of great things about it, I had just not gotten around to it.


  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/2/2011
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 480

My Teaser:

I can feel his eyes on me like the hot pressure of touch, but I'm too afraid to look at him. I'm afraid that if I do I'll lost myself in his eyes, forget the things I'm supposed to say.

I am really enjoying this book. I'm not totally loving it like some people say, but it's very good, and who knows, by the end I might love it. It's definitely worth reading though.

If you want me to check out your teaser, just leave me a link and I will be more than happy to. I love discovering new books, and just getting little teases of books I am going to read.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Review: Zombie Tag by Hannah Moskowitz

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  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Publication date: 12/20/2011
  • Pages: 240
( I won an ARC copy of this from Goodreads)

You can get it from B&N, Amazon and The Book Depository.

Overview
Wil is desperate for his older brother to come back from the dead. But the thing about zombies is . . they don’t exactly make the best siblings.

Thirteen-year-old Wil Lowenstein copes with his brother’s death by focusing on Zombie Tag, a mafia/
capture the flag hybrid game where he and his friends fight off brain-eating zombies with their mothers’ spatulas. What Wil doesn’t tell anybody is that if he could bring his dead brother back as a zombie, he would in a heartbeat. But when Wil finds a way to summon all the dead within five miles, he’s surprised to discover that his back-from-the-dead brother is emotionless and distant.

In her first novel for younger readers, Moskowitz offers a funny and heartfelt look at how one boy deals with change, loss, and the complicated relationship between brothers.


My review
When I saw this book I thought it sounded like a fun quick book to read, and I was partially right. Parts of it were fun, and it was definitely quick, but it was deeper than I thought a MG book like this would be. Not that it's a bad thing, I was caught off guard by the emotional aspect of a book meant for kids of the age range intended. I thought that the idea behind it was cute and creative. The story goes quick and the characters are well written. The story is very thoughtful, and touching. There is a lot of humor in it too, I mean Wil is a thirteen year old boy. Some of the things that he says are really cute and funny.

Wil is a fun little boy who created the game of Zombie tag to play with his friends. The game makes him think that maybe there is a way to bring his brother back , because they know that zombies existed in the past. He discovers how to do it, but it's not what he expects. The zombies are like hollow shells of their former selves. He doesn't feel like he really has his brother back. The zombies don't have feelings. They just sort of exist among the living now, not caring about anything. It really breaks Wil's heart because he just wants Graham they way he was. It's harder having him back, and still feeling like he's lost him. He has to come to terms with what he has done, and what needs to be done to fix it. He's a very brave kid, and he really has some hard decisions that he has to make.
 

This book was great and I really enjoyed it. It was a bit more serious than I thought it would be. It was still fun though. I think it's a nice book for young teenagers or others who enjoy a good MG book once in a while. This is a book that I would have my daughter read when she gets to be around 10 or 12 years old. If you are looking for a fun book for your kids, or you like MG books, I would recommend reading this. Hannah Moskowitz has written a wonder book for young readers. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

In My Mailbox 12/24/11


 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 won some really great stuff this week from Keren at Gothic Angel's Book Reviews. There is so many ebooks that I will just list them instead of trying to put all the pics. There is still other stuff on it's way too, but I will put it in my IMM's as I get it.  If you want book info just click the book title and it will bring you to Goodreads. I got all of these ebooks!!

There are a few other ebooks that I haven't gotten yet, some swag and a paperback. I can't believe how incredibly awesome this giveaway was, and that I won it.

I won an ebook copy of Dreams Unleashed by Linda Hawley from Shana at A Book Vacation












I  won an ARC of Zombie Tag by Hannah Moskowitz from a Goodreads giveaway.











I also got a super cute Christmas card in the mail from Isalys from Book Soulmates. I have to share. Thanks hon!! Isn't it awesome?


There are a lot of really awesome ebook deals going on right now that were hard to pass up. The hubs gave me money to get myself gift cards or books so I splurged! I got myself Unearthly by Cynthia Hand, Entwined by Heather Dixon, Delirium by Lauren Oliver, Hereafter by Tara Hudson, 10 Things We Did and Probably Shouldn't Have by Sarah Mlynowski, Bumped by Megan McCafferty, Destined by Jessie Harrell, The Deepest Cut by J.A. Templeton and Reveal by Brina Courtney. Holy crap right?!! I am in book (or ebook ) heaven at all of the awesome books I got this week. How am I ever going to find time to read all of them? Also not pictured is a $50 B&N gift card that I got with the money the hubs gave me too. I would say this week is pretty epic as far as bookish things go!






So that is what I got in my mailbox (and inbox) this week. I am still psyched at the awesomeness of all of it. I would like to thank Keren at Gothic Angel's Book Reviews, and all of the authors who donated the books to her amazing giveaway. Thanks to Shana at A Book Vacation, and Linda Hawley for donating her book. Also Goodreads, and Hannah Moskowitz. The hubs for supporting my book habit, and last but not least, thank you Isalys for the Christmas card. It really made my day. Thanks for being an awesome friend. This has been a fantastic week for bookish stuff. I would love to see what you got in your mailbox this week. Leave a link in my comments and I will check it out as soon as I can. I may be a little slow being that it's the holidays, but I promise that if you leave me your link I will get to it as soon as I possibly can. Hope everyone has a fantastic holiday weekend and you get lots of bookish stuff!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Vote Alex in the YA Heroine Tourney Round 2 + Ebook Giveaway


Okay people, we are now into round 2 of the YA Tournament of Heroines. The competition is tough and Alex from Half-Blood needs your votes. She will be up against Rose from Vampire Academy. The voting opens at Midnight on December 23rd so make sure you vote for Alex, and tell everyone you know to vote for her. Heck you can even walk up to random strangers and tell them to vote too if you want. I am sure Alex will appreciate your support. Why should you vote for her you ask? Well because she is made of awesome. Not just awesome, but super cool, totally bad@$$ awesome. Not convinced? Okay I will list five reasons why you should vote for Alex on Friday.

1. She is a daimon killing machine!! I mean really, I would not want to mess with this chick. This is from pg 2 in the book.
My foot connected with the side of his head. The impact sent him staggering into the opposite wall.I spun around, slamming my hand into him. Surprise turned to horror as the daimon looked down at the garden spade buried deep in his stomach.

2.She's brave. She goes through quite a bit, but she never breaks completely, even though it would be very easy to fall apart. If you've read Half-Blood, you know what I'm talking about. If you haven't, what are you waiting for? Oh, and you should just take my word for it until you actually do read it. 

3. She has spunk. She's sarcastic, and funny, and causes a bit of trouble (but it's funny). Don't we all want a great heroine with a sense of humor and awesome comebacks? Check out this bit of trouble making.
As the guards opened the door for us, I remembered the last time I'd been in this office for a lecture. I'd been fourteen, and out of  boredom, I'd convinced one of the pures to flood the science wing using the water element.Of course the pure had totally ratted me out. Nasso was not pleased.  

4 Aiden wants you to. Really he does, and who can turn down Aiden. He is so swoon worthy. Right when he is introduced I wanted more of him.
The fire did not singe his pants nor dirty his shirt. Not a single Dark hair was touched by the blaze.Those storm-cloud-colored eyes fixed on me. It was him - Aiden St. Delphi. 
And Aiden thinks very highly of Alex. In his own words. 
"You're so beautiful. So brave, so full of life.  "You have no idea, do you?You have so much life in you, so much." 
Oh Aiden, of course I will vote for Alex for you. *sigh* 



5. JLA has incentives at different intervals of the voting.
If Alex reaches 500 votes, she will give us a juicy scene from Pure. She says it involves a pool. (edited to avoid spoilers though)
If Alex reaches 750 votes, she will give us chapter 16 from Half-Blood from Aiden's PoV. Oh yes, THAT scene. OMG you want this. I am telling you. No, more than that. You NEED this!! REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, NEED THIS!! Oh, sorry got a little carried away for a moment. *takes deep breath* Okay all better now. For those who have read Half-Blood, we are practically dying wanting this, and you will be too after you read it. 
If Alex reaches1000 votes, she will give us chapter 26 from Obsidian from Daemon's PoV. SQUEEEE! That chapter is HOT!! In Daemons head, I can only imagine how much hotter. OMG! THIS NEEDS TO HAPPEN! *dies a little thinking about it* *fans face* Excuse me for a moment while I pull myself together.......................I'm good now.
If Alex wins, JLA will write in her words "a very lengthy scene/ basically a freaking novella from Aiden's PoV about a trip he and Leon took that involved searching down a certain daimon that got away at the end of Half-Blood.
(Keep in mind that all of this awesomeness will take time, so we must be patient waiting for it. JLA is all sorts of busy writing, so we can't expect this to magically appear out of nowhere)

So, come on guys, we really need for Alex to win. Spread the word however you can. Vote from your phone, your computer, computers at the library, anything. Just try to get in as many votes as possible. Keep in mind that you can vote from different browsers on your computer too if you have more than one. 


There we have it. Five reasons that you should vote for Alex on Friday. Please spread the word on twitter and use the hashtags #TeamAlex and #HeroineTourney. Go to Ya Sisterhood's blog to vote. Also, Alex's advocate Momo at Books Over Boys will be doing a giveaway on her blog for Daimon (prequel), Half-Blood, and a pre-order of Pure. How awesome is that?  Look how pretty they are. (I was going to add  the Deity cover too, but since it's not part of the giveaway I don't want to be a tease.) She is the most rockin' advocate ever, so make sure to check out her blog. Just sayin'! ;) She has put a lot into getting #TeamAlex support. Also as an incentive to vote, I will also be doing a giveaway right here on my blog for an ebook copy of Daimon and Half_Blood for Nook or Kindle. I can gift it to you from B&N or Amazon. (And ebook means my giveaway is international guys! No shipping for me to pay for.) There is no requirements to enter, but Alex would really appreciate your vote. Okay, stop wasting time on my blog now (although I appreciate the fact you want to read my ramblings). Go vote Alex!







Thursday, December 22, 2011

Review: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/4/2011
  • Pages: 435
Get it from Amazon or B&N

Overview 

In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees . . . .

Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy.
Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place—and out of place at the same time. Because there's another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side.
As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make—between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?
Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.

My review
This book had been on my TBR list for quite a while, and I am not really sure why I never go to it. Now I am wondering why I waited so long. Actually the answer to that question is simple. There are so many books about fallen angels, and I was worried it would be the same as so many of the other ones I have read. Well, I tell you, this book was wonderful. It is not the same as every other story about fallen angles. Cynthia Hand has done a wonderful job in making this book stand out. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters, and see how they change and develop through the story. I felt like I personally knew them, not like I was reading about some random people. I loved how the story progressed at a good steady pace for the most part. At times I felt it was a little slow, but nothing too bad that really bothered me.

I really liked Clara. I really felt connected to her, and what she was feeling. She really is a pretty tough girl. She goes through a lot emotionally in this book. She is stuck in a love triangle that I will honestly say is not bad as far as love triangles go. It seems like most every YA book has them, and they get a bit annoying after a while. I didn't feel that way with this one. I really do love both boys. They are both so great in their own ways, and both totally swoon worthy. I see Tucker as the hot cowboy who I would be drooling over, and Christian as the popular pretty boy at school, but you know there's lots of those. I adore the interactions between Tucker and Clara through out the book too. I loved the growth that her character has. She has definitely changed by the end of the book.

I have to say that as much as I did love this book, the ending wasn't quite a shock to me. Some aspects were pretty predictable. There is a lot that we are left wondering about too, so I think it's a great set up for the next book. I am really hoping we get to learn more about Clara's mother. She is still a mystery to me. Also I think there is much more to Angela that can be discovered too. I think there is way more to her than meets the eye. This book is beautifully written, and it has the perfect amount of romance and a little bit of heartbreak. I will be eagerly waiting for the next int he series, Hallowed, which comes out 1/17/12. I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Cover Reveal: Chosen One's by Tiffany Truitt

 
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing
  • Expected Publication Date: April 2012
Overview

What if you were mankind’s last chance at survival?

    Sixteen-year-old Tess lives in a compound in what was once the Western United States, now decimated after a devastating fourth World War. But long before that, life as we knew it had been irrevocably changed, as women mysteriously lost the ability to bring forth life. Faced with the extinction of the human race, the government began the Council of Creators, meant to search out alternative methods of creating life. The resulting artificial human beings, or Chosen Ones, were extraordinarily beautiful, unbelievably strong, and unabashedly deadly.

    Life is bleak, but uncomplicated for Tess as she follows the rigid rules of her dystopian society, until the day she begins work at Templeton, the training facility for newly created Chosen Ones. There, she meets James, a Chosen One whose odd love of music and reading rivals only her own. The attraction between the two is immediate in its intensity—and overwhelming in its danger.

    But there is more to the goings-on at Templeton than Tess ever knew, and as the veil is lifted from her eyes, she uncovers a dark underground movement bent not on taking down the Chosen Ones, but the Council itself. Will Tess be able to stand up to those who would oppress her, even if it means giving up the only happiness in her life?

 This book sounds like it's going to be pretty awesome, and I really love the cover. This will be the first book in a series. I know that I am looking forward to it. Add it to your Goodreads list by clicking here.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday / WWW Wednesday 12-21-11

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine  to share what book you are highly anticipating the release of.

My Waiting on Wednesday this week is Insurgent by Veronica Roth. I loved Divergent and really am looking forward to this one.

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Pages: 496
Overview
One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

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

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


Before I read Divergent I hadn't read many other Dystopian novels. It set the bar pretty high for other Dystopian novels. I loved the story and the characters, and I can't wait for Insurgent to come out. I know it seems far away, but I am dying to read it.  





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: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand and Listening to the audio book of Legend by Marie Lu.
So far both are really great. I am really enjoying Unearthly. I haven't gotten very far in Legend yet, but it has definitely pulled me in. 

I recently finished reading: On A Dark Wing by Jordan Dane. You can read my review here 

Next I am going to read: Ashes by Estevan Vega I think. I loved Arson and want to know what happens next. 

What books are you waiting for? What's your WWW Wednesday? Leave me a link and I will check it out.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (9)

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!

My Teaser Tuesday today is from Unearthly by Cynthia Hand.

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/4/2011
  • Pages: 435
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My Teaser:

"Oh really, you think my purpose is about me getting a boyfriend? That would be awfully nice and all, because clearly I could use some help on the romantic front, bout don't you think the world is a little bigger than me and Christian and our love lives?"

This is taken from about halfway through the book. I am really enjoying this book so far. I have wanted to read it for a while and finally am now.

So what is your Teaser Tuesday? I would love to know.
Leave me a link in the comments and I will check it out.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Review: On a Dark Wing by Jordan Dane

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  • Pub. Date: December 20 2011
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Format: Paperback , 304pp 
(e-arc copy provided by NetGalley for review)

You can get it from B&N or Amazon

Overview
The choices I had made led to the moment when fate took over.
I would learn a lesson I wasn't prepared for.
And Death would be my willing teacher.

Five years ago, Abbey Chandler cheated Death. She survived a horrific car accident, but her "lucky" break came at the expense of her mother's life and changed everything. After she crossed paths with Death—by taking the hand of an ethereal boy made of clouds and sky—she would never be normal again.

Now she's the target of Death's ravens and an innocent boy's life is on the line. When Nate Holden—Abbey's secret crush—starts to climb Alaska's Denali, the Angel of Death stalks him because of her.

And Abbey finds out the hard way that Death never forgets.

My Review
I was really excited to read this book. The synopsis sounds awesome. It was very slow to start, and actually for quite a while into the book. I was really quite bored up until about chapter six. Then it started to get a little more interesting, but still wasn't really keeping me drawn in. It wasn't until about halfway through the book that I started to enjoy it. It was just not really what I expected. The story moved along slowly, and I didn't really feel a connection to the characters.

Abbey is the MC. In all honesty, she really annoyed me. I know she is supposed to be a lonely teenage girl that has pent up emotions about her mothers death, but it goes beyond that. She was just so whiny and it really bothered me. I suppose that is how a lot of teenagers are though, but it was like everything had to be about her or she was a brat about it. She does grow up a bit towards the end, but I still couldn't get myself to like her very much.

Tanner, Abbey's best friend was a very likable character. He is a really nice kid, who will go to any lengths to make sure his best friend is happy. He has issues of his own, but puts Abbey first, even when he knows that it will get him into trouble, and even at the expense of his feelings. He is a very strong character, but we don't really get much of him in the story.

Overall it wasn't a bad book. It does have a good story about letting go of guilt and moving on from bad situations. It had a bit of romance too. I think there are a lot of people who would really enjoy this book. It was just different than I thought it would be and didn't quite live up to my expectations. I give it 3 out of 5 stars.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

In My Mailbox (5)

 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.

This week I finally got my replacement Nook in. It took 2 weeks when they said 2 to 3 days, but finally I received it and this one is working properly.


Of course that is just the box, but my replacement nook was inside and is nice and new.

I also got Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey which I ordered last week. (yup B&N not very on top of things lately)


The cover is so pretty, and you can't tell by the picture, but it's really soft too. I just pet it for a few minutes after I opened it.

I got the ebook of Touch by Jus Accardo.


The ebook of Ashes by Estevan Vega

I finished reading Arson a few days ago and it was great. I had to buy Ashes right away so I can find out what happens next.

I won a signed copy of Balloon Toons: Zoe and Robot, Let's Pretend by Ryan Sias from his Goodreads giveaway. It's a really cute kids book and my daughter loves it.

The author was so nice and even added some coloring pages and postcards with it.

I also won an ebook of Angel Evolution from David Estes. He was doing a giveaway for his book.


Thank you to Ryan Sias, David Estes, and Goodreads for the great books that I won. What great bookish things did you get this week? Leave me a link and I will go check it out.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Ebooks for less than $5 that make great gifts

With Christmas just over a week away, I know that there are some of you (like me) who are still trying to decide what to get for some people. Especially if you don't want to, or can't spend a lot. Well lucky for you, I have made up a list of some ebooks that are less than $5 on both Kindle and Nook. (some are a little cheaper and even free on Kindle though.) So for the reader on your list, if they have a way to read ebooks, check these out. (All are highly recommended, I have not read all of them, but they are all books I own)





Descended by Blood by Angeline Kace. It's only $1.99 on Nook and Kindle. My review




 Pyxis by K.C. Neal only $0.99 on Kindle. (for amazon prime members it is free, I don't know for how long though) Not available as ebook on B&N #Fail  My review

              
                                                    
Exiled by M.R. Merrick only $2.99 on Nook or Kindle. My review                                    

Hollowland by Amanda Hocking only $0.99 on Nook, and free on Kindle (I read this before I had a blog so I do not have a review, but I really enjoyed it) You can also get the next book in the series Hollowmen for $2.99 on Nook and Kindle.

Between by Cyndi Tefft only $2.99 on Nook and Kindle

Jenny Pox by JL Bryan only $2.99 for Nook, free on Kindle. Book 2 Tommy Nightmare is only $2.99 and Alexander death, book 3 is $4.99 on both Nook and Kindle ( I have not read this book yet, but I have the first 2 and I am really excited to get to them. I have heard they are awesome books)
Meant to be by Tiffany King only $0.99 on Nook and Kindle. You can also get book 2 Forgotten souls for $2.99 and book 3 (which just released) for $2.99 on both Nook and Kindle ( I haven't read these yet either, but I do have all of them and heard they are excellent)





Arson by Estevan Vega only $2.99 on Nook, and $0.99 on Kindle. My review You can get the 2nd book Ashes fro $2.99 on Nook and Kindle. I can't wait to start reading Ashes.

Become by Ali Cross only $3.99 on Nook and Kindle. I have been wanting to read this. I won it during a twitter chat and am really looking forward to reading it soon.





Dirty Blood by Heather Hildenbrand only $2.99 on Nook and $0.99 on Kindle. I have read this book but do not have a review for it. It is really good though. You can get book 2, Cold Blood for $2.99 on Nook and Kindle.

Airel by Aaron Patterson only $4.99 on Nook and $2.99 on Kindle. My Review

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Review: Arson by Estevan Vega

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  • Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises, L.L.C.
  • Publication date: 5/4/2010
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Overview
Arson Gable feels like a freak. He can create fire. He never asked for it. He never wanted it. But he can't shut it off. Before now, three things were true: he both loved and despised his grandmother; his life was going nowhere; and he was alone. But when a strange girl—who feels more normal behind a mask than inside her own skin—moves in next door, Arson hopes to find something he's never had: purpose. Using what he fears most about himself, Arson must face his consuming past and confront the nightmare that is his present as he walks the fine line between boy and monster. Dark, moody, and breathtakingly relevant, Arson, the chilling chronicle of an isolated boy with unimaginable ability, is sure to ignite the hearts and minds of a new generation.

My Review
I had heard about this book from some people on twitter, and actually bought it as a 2 in 1 edition with Airel by Aaron Patterson. The synopsis sounded interesting, and the cover caught my attention. This book was excellent and held me all the way until the end. The story started off slow, but by the end it was like going down that big drop on a rollercoaster. The writing was wonderful and engaging. I loved getting to know the different characters, and seeing how they are each broken in their own way.

Arson is a very damaged character. He feels like a loner that doesn't fit in. He has been mentally punishing himself his whole life for something that he can't help. He thinks he is a monster. When Emery and her family move in next door it changes how he feels about things. She wants to get to know him, and be around him. He finds that he really wants to get to know her too and can't stop thinking about her. She has lived an isolated life too, and feels that Arson is different then other people. Worth getting to know, and trusting to be a friend. I loved how the story developed between them. It wasn't rushed like in so many other books. Because they both have their own personal issues, they do run into their problems which makes it seem more realistic.

This book was great. It is a dark story that deals with a lot of real issues, but the story is so wonderful. It deals with the struggles that real people have, both teenagers and adults, like insecurities and family issues. I thought that this book was creative while still seeming very real. It ended with a cliffhanger that leaves you wanting the next book. I am glad that it is already out so I can dive right into it. I will be picking up Ashes immediately. 4 out of 5 stars

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday / WWW Wednesday 12-14-11

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine  to share what book you are highly anticipating the release of.

My waiting on Wednesday this week is Incarnate by Jodi Meadows.

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
  • Publication date: 1/31/2012
  • Pages: 384
Overview from Goodreads
NEWSOUL
Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.

NOSOUL
Even Ana’s own mother thinks she’s a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she’ll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are suspicious and afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?

HEART
Sam believes Ana’s new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana’s enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else’s life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?

Jodi Meadows expertly weaves soul-deep romance, fantasy, and danger into an extraordinary tale of new life.


So besides the cover being completely breathtaking it sounds really awesome. This book is another of the books I have on my list for the DAC 2012. 



Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Teaser Tuesday 8

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 Tuesday is from Arson by Estevan Vega. It from the same 2 in 1 edition book as Airel, but it is the second book in it. (I know it's the same cover as I used last week, but I didn't want you to think it was the same book.)



  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1022 KB
  • Publisher: StoneHouse Ink; 1 edition (November 16, 2011)
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My Teaser from Arson:

In all his life, people had been made up of the sweet and sour, the beautiful and ugly. But she was unpredictably unique, somewhere in between, somehow indefinable.

I am now about halfway done with Arson and I am really enjoying it. Airel was really good too. You can read my review here. If you have a Kindle or a way to read kindle format, this is a book to get. You get both books for a great price.

What are you reading. I would love to check out your TT's. Just leave me a link and I will stop by your blog.