Saturday, March 31, 2012

Review: Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

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  • Publisher: Green Willow Books / HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/24/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Source: ARC from the publisher for review
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Overview

Everything is in ruins.

A devastating plague has decimated the population. And those who are left live in fear of catching it as the city crumbles to pieces around them.

So what does Araby Worth have to live for?

Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery make-up . . . and tantalizing ways to forget it all.

But in the depths of the club—in the depths of her own despair—Araby will find more than oblivion. She will find Will, the terribly handsome proprietor of the club. And Elliott, the wickedly smart aristocrat. Neither boy is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does.

And Araby may find something not just to live for, but to fight for—no matter what it costs her.


My Thoughts 


This book is dark, descriptive, and completely intriguing. Based on Edgar Allen Poe's story of the same name, this is a refreshing new take on it. I loved the steampunk elements, and I enjoyed reading about the environment they lived in and how people went about their lives while dealing with the sickness. The characters had depth and kept me wanting to discover more about them. The writing style really pulls you in and keeps you turning pages. I could really imagine how the ruined city looked, the castle, and seeing all of the people in the club.


Araby belongs to one of the "rich families" since her father is a scientist and created the masques, so she has it pretty well considering the situation. The Weeping Sickness is all around and has killed off half of the population. Everyone lives in fear of catching it and they wear masques to protect against it. The masques are porcelain and I can so clearly imagine the people wearing them. Araby has numerous masques since her family has money to buy them, but some people have to work hard and save up money in hopes of being able to afford one.  Sadly so many people, including children do not have them, and you get to see how heartbreaking it is.


Araby and her friend April enjoy going to the Debauchery Club to escape the reality of how horrible things are. Araby likes to drink and take drugs so she can forget. She wants to be numb so she doesn't feel for a while. She is a smart girl really, but she has a lot of despair, hurt, and guilt that she holds inside of her. I loved getting to know her and why she is the way she is. It was interesting to watch as she started to let go of some of that pent up guilt. She is a bit reckless, but there is a reason she's that way. At times she annoyed me with how she acted about things, but I tried to understand the weight of her situation. She also really cares about others and puts herself at risk in order to help them. She is very brave in that sense, but she is not without fear. Every decision she makes is full of fear for the outcome, but it does not stop her.


Will and Elliot are the two boys who confuse her, and help her. Elliot is April's brother and he is trying to help bring the city back. He believes they can rebuild and give people some type of hope. She decides to help him even if it means betraying others. She thinks what he is doing is right, but still doubts a lot of things about him too. Then there's Will who works at the club. He helps Araby when she gets herself into a bad situation. She begins to get close to him throughout the book. Of course there is more to both of these boys than meets the eye. Both are swoon worthy and totally turned my heart to mush at some point. I can say that I honestly thought I would be Team Will, but I really am at a loss. They are both so awesome. It's not a typical love triangle though, so if you hate love triangles I wouldn't worry about it. It's not there for no reason. It's completely valid. ;)


So as if trying to find a way to fix the city and figure out what people are hiding, there is a new illness that starts called the Red Death. People are fine one minute, and then the next they are bleeding from their eyes and drop dead. Morbid right?! Thinking about the illnesses and the descriptions of some of the people suffering from them gave me goosebumps. The beginning of the book seemed a bit slow to me, but it gradually built up to a whole lot of awesome!! Araby discovers some things about her family that are a bit hard for her, and also about Elliott's family. There's a pretty great plot twist towards the end too. The last bit of the book is pretty intense and kept me flipping through to the last page. I am very curious to see what happens next!! Oh and did I mention how awesome that cover is?!! LOVE!! 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Monthly Recap: March 2012

March Recap

It's hard to believe that another month has passed. Where has this year gone? Also it's spring, which means more time spent outside!! I love reading out side. It's so relaxing. I did pretty good with my reading this month, but unfortunately did not get to any of my TBR challenge books. I did read 14 books this month though, which is a lot for me. That puts me at 38 books toward my 125 for my Goodreads challenge. (Goodreads actually has me at 41 because I read Hana, the Delirium story from Hana's POV, The valentines day Iron Fey short story, and Intuition, a very short story to Intangible. I did not include them in my recaps.) Click on the book titles to see my review for that book.




So for the Debut author challenge I read three books which bring my total up to eight. I only set my challenge at twelve, so I am well on my way to surpassing that goal. 

For my Sensational Seconds Challenge I got two books in which puts my total at four. I set my goal for five to eight books, so I am almost at my set goal already. 

I didn't get to any of my TBR pile challenge books this month, and probably won't get to many in the next one either, but I am going to try. My total remains at four books out of my goal of eleven to sixteen. I need to really get on that lol! 

I set a goal of 125 books on Goodreads, and so far I am at 41. I haven't included the short stories in my recaps, but they automatically go as books read on Goodreads. According to my list I am at 38. Goodreads says that I am 9% or 11 books ahead. Yay me!! 

I would love to know what challenges you are participating in and how you are doing. You can tell me in the comments, or if you have a recap post link me and I will check it out!! three months down, nine to go. I am feeling very positive about how I am doing so far. Happy reading!! ♥

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Review: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

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  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 4/24/2012
  • Pages: 512
  • Source: eARC from NetGalley/ HarlequinTeen for review
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  Overview

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts

This book rocked!! I loved it. I loved that it was dark and action filled. The characters were great, and the storyline was awesome!! It did not seem like 500+ pages at all. I really enjoyed how it's pretty much a vampire ruled world, though the humans are still fighting. There is no fluff or sugar-coating in this book. It's flat out dark, tense and a fight for survival. The descriptions of the cities in ruins to the creepy rabids, and the way she has written the character interactions,  Julie Kagawa has won me over yet again. 

Allison is very self sufficient. She is among the Unregistered people, which means she is not provided meal tickets or any type of support from the city. It is a vampire city and if you are registered, you must "donate" blood and in return, you are somewhat taken care of. The unregistereds like Allison have to scavenge and steal to survive. It's a tough life, but Allison is a tough chick. She is also very caring and she really cares about and tries to help her friends. Even after being attacked by the rabids (who I must add are pretty friggin creepy) and being turned to a vampire, she still fights the monster she has become. She wants to keep her humanity and try to save mankind. I totally loved Allie and she was very easy to connect with. You feel her struggles with what she has become and what she must do. 


The secondary characters are just as great. I really liked Kanin, Allie's Sire. Their interactions were great. He is still a bit of a mystery. We get to know some very important things about him, but we don't get to know him personally very well. I am hoping for more of him in the next book. Then there is the group of humans who Allie meets up with. I didn't care for Ruth much, but I understood her. I loved Zeke, and oh, man I am hoping we get more of him too. He sees the best in people and is always willing to help any one in need. He is just awesome on every level. I loved the relationship that he and Allie developed. 


Overall this book just rocks!! The desperation of the people was so raw and believable. There are gangs, vampires, rabids, and crazed animals. The struggle to avoid or kill them in order to survive and find what they are looking for kept me on edge. I was flipping pages like a crazy person needing to know what was going to happen. Would the humans discover the truth about Allie? Would she lose control? Would they get to where they need to be without all being killed? The suspense was so good. This book was fantastically awesome!! 5 out of 5 stars!!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday / WWW Wednesday 3-28-12

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

My pick this week is Crewel by Gennifer Albin. I have had this on my TBR list since last year. It sounds really good, and the cover is awesome!

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  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 10/16/2012
  • Pages: 368
Overview

Incapable. Awkward. Artless.

That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: she wants to fail.

Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she’s exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen as a Spinster is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to embroider the very fabric of life. But if controlling what people eat, where they live and how many children they have is the price of having it all, Adelice isn’t interested.

Not that her feelings matter, because she slipped and wove a moment at testing, and they’re coming for her—tonight.

Now she has one hour to eat her mom’s overcooked pot roast. One hour to listen to her sister’s academy gossip and laugh at her Dad’s stupid jokes. One hour to pretend everything’s okay. And one hour to escape.

Because once you become a Spinster, there’s no turning back.


Okay, seriously!! How awesome is that cover?! And it sounds like it's going to be amazing right?! October is so far away!!

 

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: Masque of The Red Death by Bethany Griffin


I recently finished reading: Pure by Jennifer L Armentrout, (It was so friggin amazing!) Tempest by Julie Cross, (Dude! Get this audio book, it's worth it.) and The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa (Seriously awesome.)


Next I am going to read: Definitely going to get to Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter since I didn't get to it last week, and Grave Mercy by Rachel LeFever. I wanted to get to them, but between the midnight showing of The Hunger Games and date night with the hubs last week, I didn't read for like 3 days. :(


What books are you waiting for, reading, or just finished. Leave me a link to your Wednesday post and I will check it out.


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Pure Blog Tour: Review of Pure by Jennifer L Armentrout


When I saw that Stuck In Books would be hosting a blog tour for Pure by Jennifer L Armentrout I knew without a doubt I needed to be part of it. I loved Daimon and Half-Blood, and knew I would love Pure too. I can't get enough of Aiden, Alex and Seth... or the whole story in general. On my stop today I will be doing a review of Pure. Don't forget to stop by all the other tour stops to see all the awesome posts!! There are great giveaways at some of them too! You can find the tour schedule by clicking on the tour banner above.

  • Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
  • Publication date: 4/3/2012
  • Pages: 360
  • Source: ARC from author ( Also won a copy from Stuck In Books, and bought a digital copy for my nook)
Overview

There is need. And then there is Fate...

Being destined to become some kind of supernatural electrical outlet isn't exactly awesome--especially when Alexandria's "other half" is everywhere she goes. Seth's in her training room, outside her classes, and keeps showing up in her bedroom--so not cool. Their connection does have some benefits, like staving off her nightmares of the tragic showdown with her mother, but it has no effect on what Alex feels for the forbidden, pure-blooded Aiden. Or what he will do--and sacrifice--for her.

When daimons infiltrate the Covenants and attack students, the gods send furies--lesser gods determined to eradicate any threat to the Covenants and to the gods, and that includes the Apollyon... and Alex. And if that and hordes of aether-sucking monsters didn't blow bad enough, a mysterious threat seems willing to do anything to neutralize Seth, even if that means forcing Alex into servitude... or killing her.

When the gods are involved, some decisions can never, ever be undone.


My Thoughts


After reading Daimon and Half-Blood I was seriously pining to read Pure, and OMG it did not disappoint at all!! I absolutely loved this book!! Anything I say can not possibly even come close to how I feel about this book. I already really loved the characters, but I love them so much more now. We get to know them a little better. There is all sorts of crazy stuff going on in this one too. There is plenty of action, twists, and steamy swoon worthy moments. I was so captured and pulled in by this book. It took a hold of me and would not let go until the very last page and left me with an aching need for Deity!!


Alex now knows that she is the other half to Seth, which I have to say is pretty entertaining. She is still coming to terms with the situation that happened with her mother, and trying to adjust to the reality of what her life has become. She is also trying maybe not so hard to fight the attraction she has to Aiden, who is totally off limits since he is a Pure. She's even stronger and tougher this time around, but she gets very emotionally overwhelmed in this book too. She has to go and find out her fate before the council, and also try to keep up with her training, deal with the ever annoying (in a completely hot and entertaining way) Seth, and try to keep her feelings and emotions about Aiden in check.


Okay so now to the boys. I absolutely love Aiden. How can I not! He is super sweet and really tries to do the right thing as much as he can. Some of the things he says and does literally had me melting inside, but then he would infuriate me. I totally understand why he does the things he does though and it makes me love him that much more. He never fails to shock me though. That's all I will say there. As much as he made me mad at some points, he completely redeemed himself by the end of the book. I know I am being very vague here, but I don't want to give anything away. Then there is Seth. Oh, Seth! You have made me love you too!! Seth is very much like Alex. He is sarcastic and doesn't really like to listen well. He can be impulsive and fun, and says what he is thinking, even if it's not the nicest thing or what people want to hear. He is very full of himself, but dude, if you were the Apollyon and super hot, you would be too. There is a lot more to Seth than we originally thought though, and I see him in a whole new light. I honestly can't wait for more Seth in Deity!! He has a hold on my heart now, which I didn't really see happening. It was a pleasant surprise for me to really love Seth.


The interactions between Alex and Seth were awesome!! Most of the time super hilarious laughing out loud awesome! I love how they just really want to stab each other in the head and it's okay. They frustrate each other, but they also really do need each other. They can feel what the other is feeling, so they can also to an extent help each other. More than a few times I was cracking up at them together, but they also have some very touching and not wanting to kill each other moments. As they spend more time together, their bodies respond more to each other too.


I feel like I haven't really said much that makes any sense in this review so far, but I really am having a hard time explaining my love for it in a non-spoilery way. This book had my emotions all over the place. I laughed and cried, wanted to hit people, and got nervous and tense at times. This book is everything that a great books should be and more! Jennifer L Armentrout is just amazing and has completely won me over! I feel like there is a hole in my chest, a void that needs to be filled by Deity!! I need to know what happens next!! 5 out of 5 stars.

Top Ten Tuesday (6)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by  The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a different topic for the Top Ten. This weeks Top Ten topic is:

Top Ten Books I'd Play Hooky With
In no particular order

1. Anything by Jennifer L. Armentrout For real. It could be any of her books. Obsidian, Half-Blood, Pure, doesn't matter. I could just drop everything to read any of them.

2. The Mortal Instuments or Infernal Devices books by Cassandra Clare All of her books are amazing and I would take a "sick day" for them. 

3. Exiled and Shift by M.R Merrick Both of these books require you to read the whole thing. No stopping. 

4. Divergent by Veronica Roth (and Insurgent too) Divergent is one of my favorite books. It was so awesome! I know that when Insurgent comes out, every thing will be put on hold so I can read it. 

5. The Shifters Series by Rachel Vincent I devoured all six books in just a few days! Literally could not stop reading. 

6. The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins These books are so easy to get lost in and not care what is going on around you. 

7. Harry Potter by J.K Rowling I re-read these books all the time. They are so good even after the 20th or 30th time you have read them. 

I am going to leave it at seven. I could keep going no problem, but I am going to stop. I actually had this post all scheduled with the wrong topic, so I just threw this one together quick Lol! #BloggerFail. I would love to see what your picks are. Leave me your link. :)

Teaser Tuesday (23)

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 The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa. I have been looking forward to this book for what seems like forever and it's really awesome!!

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  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 4/24/2012
  • Pages: 512
 My Teasers

I clenched my hands, trying to calm the sudden rage. I would have been tempted to leap up and punch him, un-grateful as that was, if I didn't know he could tear my head off without blinking. (pg 89 eARC)

Angrily, I swiped at my eyes, and my fingers came away smeared with red. I cried blood. (pg 143 eARC)

I am more than half done now, and I have come across some other really awesome lines, but these were what I had written down to use, so I am sticking with them. This book is really awesome, and is definitely living up to my expectations. Leave me a link for your teaser and I will stop by and check it out.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Audio Book Review: Tempest by Julie Cross

  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio
  • Publication date: 1/17/2012
  • Format: CD
  • Source: Won from Wendy @ A Cupcake and a Latte provided by Macmillan Audio


Overview

The year is 2009.  Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it’s just harmless fun.

That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future.

Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.

But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler.  Recruit… or kill him.

Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far he’s willing to go to save Holly… and possibly the entire world.


My Thoughts


This book was just amazing!! I loved listening to it. The reader did a great job with the different characters, and it was easy to tell who was talking when. Julie Cross did a great job at making the characters easy to connect with and the story completely intriguing. I love the idea of time travel, and it is really hard to do it where it makes sense. I think this was done really well, and I didn't find myself confused at all. I also love the the MC is a male. We are seeing it more in YA, but it's still not that common. I have really started to enjoy them. 


Jackson was very easy to connect with. I don't know if it was because listening to it makes it easier to hear emotion or if I would have connected just as easily actually reading the book, but either way, I really felt what he was feeling throughout the book. I thought that he definitely acted his age too, and I loved the growth that he had. He makes plenty of mistakes, but it makes him seem more real that way. He really starts to grasp what things are important and what's not, and knows he needs to see the bigger picture.


The secondary characters are just as amazing too. I loved getting to know each and every one of them. Adam is smart and a great friend. He is very trusting and is overall just a great guy. I really feel bad for him with some of the things he has to go through, but he remains loyal no matter what. Holly is sweet and funny. You can totally see why Jackson likes her. It's really neat to see how different the past Holly is from the present Holly too. It's amazing the difference those two years make. I mean she's still the same person, but how she acts and thinks is different. 


I loved how Jackson starts to realize how deep his feelings are for Holly and how he matures. There are a lot of twists and turns and plenty of action in this story. I found myself lost in the story and would completely just tune out the world around me while listening to this book. I would actually dream about it when I would go to sleep. It is still in my head. This is one of those books that really makes you think and stays with you long after finishing it. It's not all just action and time travel though. I loved the romance and the friendships too. This book had me tense for the majority of the story, and had me crying at others. I won't deny it, I cried a few times while listening to it. And OMG the way it ends *sob*...I need the next one. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

In My Mailbox 3/25/12 Ahhh The Immortal Rules!!

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.

Okay so I first want to say Happy Hunger Games opening weekend!! I hope you have all had the pleasure of seeing it!! It is amazing! I need to see it again! I didn't buy any books this week, but I won a book and got some for review.

Books for review




All sound really awesome, and OMG!! The Immortal Rules is one of the books I have been most looking forward to! I started reading it immediately. Thank you to Kendall, NetGalley, Entangled Publishing, and Harlequin Teen.

Books I won

Thank you Aeicha and Robert Gray!!

I also got this awesome movie poster while waiting in line for the midnight showing of The Hunger Games!!


How awesome is that!! To get an idea of how big it is, check out the next pic!





Okay, I know I'm short, but still that's a big poster! (It goes all the way to the ground from where I am holding it. I love it. I was thinking of hanging it on the wall behind my computer.

That's all for me this week. I would love to see what bookish things you received this week. Leave me a link and I will be sure to stop by. :)

Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Hunger Games Midnight Showing Recap


Happy Hunger Games!! Okay so I just want to start off by saying OMG!! It was even better than I was anticipating! I was so excited for the midnight showing and wanted so bad to make sure I got the most awesome seats, that I got to the theater at noon. No joke. I was the first person in line waiting to be seated and my friends got there a bit later to join me.

I don't want to go into the movie too much, but it was so fantastic. The reaping scene, completely ripped me apart. You could really feel their pain! The cast was all awesome and the acting was fantastic. I didn't think I could possibly love Jennifer Lawrence any more, but man was I wrong. She is the perfect Katniss. All of the actors they chose are perfect for their roles. I seriously can't even try to write a review without a million Squee's, awws, OMG's and just totally flailing fan girlness!! I'm am getting all excited and worked up about the movie again just thinking about it right now. I was intending to write a review, but I just can't do it. Nothing I say could even come close to explaining the epicness that this movie is. Yes, they changed a few things, it happens, but really it was just beyond awesome!! I felt every emotion right along with the characters. I was tense and on the edge of my seat. Okay, I am just totally babbling now. Just go see the movie is all I can say.

Onto the random pics from waiting in line. I don't have any shots of the whole line because it went from the theater and then out into the hall.




My awesome Hunger Games t-shirt from my friend Sharon!



 Just sitting and waiting. First in line!!

 

 Reading to pass the time. BTW it's a really good book so far.


The theater people gave me one of the movie posters. It's one of the actual double sided movie posters too, not one of the smaller ones. 

Hunger Games Pin!!


 I attempted to do the Katniss braid. It came out okay, but my hair is too short.


Passing time with a friendly game of Zombie Dice. (For the record I only lost one game, I am an awesome zombie! Braaains nom nom!!)


My friend got the Jaberjay game, but it was actually really confusing and we didn't end up playing. The cards are really cool though. 


 This was the line outside of the theater. There is more of a line from where this was taken, to the front where I was. I took this about an hour before they let us go in to be seated.

This is me and my friends. Almost time to go into the theater!

After the midnight showing, man was I exhausted. Spending all day at the theater, not getting home until after 3am, and then  waking up a little over 2 hours after going to sleep to take care of a toddler is very tiring. I would do it over again in a heart beat though! It was beyond worth it!! Also, we had the best people in out theater. We didn't have the whole screaming girls thing going on, which was very good. Our theater was filled with some pretty awesome people. So that is my recap of the Midnight Hunger Games!! If you haven't seen it yet, what are you waiting for?!!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Whispering Hills Blog Tour: Guest Post with Taryn Browning


As part of the Whispering Hills Blog Tour I have a wonderful and fun guest post with Taryn Browning. You can find my review for Whispering Hills by clicking here.See the full tour schedule by clicking here.

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Overview

For as long as she can remember, 17-year-old Alexis Forbes can hear the thoughts of others. Most recently, she is disturbed by the dark, unfamiliar voice of a frightening killer: callous, cunning, charismatic…and dead.

She hears his every sinister thought. But she can’t tell anyone. No one would believe her. Alexis is suddenly being haunted by a terrifying past she doesn’t remember, and a ghost with a serious score to settle. Even Chance, the gorgeous new guy she’s falling for, has his own ghostly secret. He’s definitely not like any guy she’s ever met. Alexis soon discovers she has a connection to the dead and it runs much deeper than she could ever imagine. And if the sociopathic entity has his way, she’ll finally be sentenced to the fate she escaped thirteen years ago.





Guest Post

Five Books Taryn would want to live in/be a part of.

Five books I'd want to live in would be:
The Iron Fey
Vampire Academy
The Mortal Instruments 
The Black Dagger Brotherhood
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (haven't read the books, but I  love the TV show)
 Not only are these some of my all-time favorite series (Also, The Hunger Games, but I don't want to live in that book), but the authors created the most captivating worlds with fantastic characters that I'd love to hang out with.
Yes, each of these books has a swoon-worthy guy (or guys in the case of The Black Dagger Brotherhood), and all of them are on my "book crushes" list. But they also include strong female heroines. I'd love to be friends with Clary, Meghan, Rose and Buffy.  They know how to kick butt and take care of themselves. I'm sure they could teach me a move or two, which would be so cool.
Okay, back to my book crushes, because they're so fun to swoon over. I'd love to meet Jace, Ash, Dimitri, Angel and (hmm, favorite brother, this is a hard one - I'll narrow it down to three) Rhage, John Matthew and Quinn. All of these characters are at the TOP of my book crushes list. I don't know what it is about this group of guys. They have their bad-boy and sensitive sides, which are always fun, and we all know they're hot, but they would also do anything for the people they love. I admire this quality in a guy. 

 What great choices. I completely agree with The Iron Fey, The Mortal Instruments, and Buffy!! I haven't read Vampire Academy. *gasp* I know, I know... And yes, there are some totally swoon worthy guys in those series!! 

Thanks so much for stopping by Taryn, it's been a pleasure having you!!



Blog Tour: Whispering Hills by Taryn Browning Review


Today I am pleased to be one of the stops on the Whispering Hills Blog Tour. This tour is hosted by SupaGurl Tours and you can see the full tour schedule here. On my stop I have my review of Whispering Hills.

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Overview

For as long as she can remember, 17-year-old Alexis Forbes can hear the thoughts of others. Most recently, she is disturbed by the dark, unfamiliar voice of a frightening killer: callous, cunning, charismatic…and dead.

She hears his every sinister thought. But she can’t tell anyone. No one would believe her. Alexis is suddenly being haunted by a terrifying past she doesn’t remember, and a ghost with a serious score to settle. Even Chance, the gorgeous new guy she’s falling for, has his own ghostly secret. He’s definitely not like any guy she’s ever met. Alexis soon discovers she has a connection to the dead and it runs much deeper than she could ever imagine. And if the sociopathic entity has his way, she’ll finally be sentenced to the fate she escaped thirteen years ago.


My Thoughts


When approached about doing the blog tour for this book, I was very excited. The synopsis sounded awesome and just my type of book. I was not disappointed. This book was wonderful. The characters are great and the story was amazing. I didn't want to put this book down. I am big on paranormal and this was a very cool and interesting take on it. 


Alexis can hear voices, no it's not just in her head. She hears other people's thoughts. The only other person who knows is her sister. When she hears thoughts of someone planning to do something horrible, she discovers that there is more to her power than just hearing voices. The poor girl ends up going through so much in this book. I think she definitely could have handled some things a little better, but lets be honest, she's a teenage girl, they make stupid decisions. I do admire her selflessness though. Once she knows what is going on, she tries to do what she really believes is the right thing to do. I really enjoyed her character.


Chase is definitely swoon worthy. He is so sweet and great, but I didn't like how he was always so secretive to Alexis. I know that he thinks it's what is best, but I think he could have been a bit more trusting of her about some things especially when it is something that will really affect her. All that aside though, he was great to get to know and I really like how caring he is for Alexis. His main priority is to protect her no matter what. 


Also Summer is one of my favorite characters. She is totally the goth chick who is all emo and wants to just be left alone, but there is so much more to her once we get to know her. She still has a really snarky attitude that I really enjoy though. Underneath all of the snark and the "I don't give a crap" attitude, she is very likeable though. You always need that humorous and sarcastic character to lighten things up a little.


I really enjoy ghost stories, and I loved the creativity of this one and other elements added in too. The romance aspect was great and didn't take away from the main story. There were a lot of darker parts to the story too. The character interactions were fantastic and the story never felt slow to me. I also liked how the parents weren't absent from the story, but there is a good reason why they are pretty oblivious to things. I was intrigued and wanting more. I think this was a fabulous start to a new series and I am eagerly awaiting the next book! 4.5 out of 5 stars!




About the Author

Taryn Browning writes young adult paranormal romance and urban fantasy novels. Her debut novel, DARK SEEKER, is available on Amazon and B&N.  The sequel, DARK RETURN, comes out in late, 2012.
Taryn  graduated with a BS in Education from Towson University and went on to earn a MS in Reading from Hood College. She lives in Virginia with her husband, two young sons and their dog. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, music, movies, and the beach. Visit her at www.tarynbrowning.com, on twitter and facebook.







Thursday, March 22, 2012

Giveaway: ARC of Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver






Hello everyone! I thought since I just posted my review of Pandemonium I would do a giveaway. I recently won a box of books from a giveaway and one of the books happened to be an arc of Pandemonium. I already had a copy, so I figured I should do a giveaway! I absolutely loved it. It had a totally different feel than Delirium, but in a good way. My review is in the previous post. You do not have to be a blog follower to enter. So here's the details.

This is open to US only. Sorry, but as I am paying for shipping, I can't afford to ship internationally. 
Must be 13 or older or have parents permission.
You have 48 hours to respond if you are the winner or a new winner will be chosen. 
If book is lost or damaged in the mail I am not responsible. 

Review: Pandemonium (Delirium #2) by Lauren Oliver

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Pages: 384
  • Source: Own
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Overview

I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare,
pushing aside thoughts of Alex,
pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school,
push,
push,
push,
like Raven taught me to do.
The old life is dead.
But the old Lena is dead too.
I buried her.
I left her beyond a fence,
behind a wall of smoke and flame.


My Thoughts


After reading Delirium I was totally broken and couldn't wait to see what happened next. I was dying to read Pandemonium and see what happens to Lena, how she deals, if she is okay. It goes back and forth from then to now which is pretty neat. I was surprised to find that I was way more interested in the now. Every time it would go back to the past, I wanted to read faster to get back to what is currently happening. This book was a pool of emotions for me. Some parts are intense, some funny, others really sweet, and oh, the heartbreak!! Lauren Oliver knows how to rip your heart out, then patch it up and shove it back in, only to tear you apart again. After finishing this book I wanted to curl up into a little ball and just sob uncontrollably in a corner. I will say that I kind of expected that ending, but I didn't expect all the other emotions I developed through the book that would break me like that at the end.


Lena has changed. Of course we expected that. I actually liked the new Lena, though I think she was a bit on the intense side. I can understand though. She has no clue how to adjust to her new situation and she is suffering heart break. I loved her determination when she finally snapped out of her misery. She still definitely carries it with her, but it makes her stronger. I enjoyed her in the present seeing how smart and perceptive she has gotten. She is still brave too, I actually think much more because she has to be.

Now in New York working as part of the Resistance, Lena is on a mission. The only thing is, she doesn't know exactly what. She is given vague orders on what she needs to do, but doesn't know why or what it's all for. Things go pretty downhill for her for a while, but she is a fighter and somehow gets through it all. I liked the new characters, and how Lena was adapting and working in the new environment. There is a lot going on, and I can't really say much about it, but my goodness...I just, words really fail me. 


This book moves at a much faster pace than Delirium did and makes you need to keep reading. It is a completely different world than we saw in the first book and everything has changed. Just when you think that Lena may catch a break, BOOM something else happens. I ached for her, my emotions were running wild, I was flipping pages furiously needing to get through the book. I was also terrified to finish. I knew something big was coming at the end, that would leave me a complete mess. For days after I could not pull myself together. I just feel so torn!! My heart is ripped in half. I loved this more than Delirium and I am already going crazy needing Requiem right now! The ending is a major, major cliffhanger!! I didn't think a cliffhanger could be more of a killer than in Delirium, but man was I wrong!! 5 out of 5 stars!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday / WWW Wednesday 3-21-12

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

My pick this week is Touched by Cyn Balog. This books sounds really, really good. The cover is freaking awesome too!!

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  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/14/2012
  • Pages: 320
Overview

Nick Cross always listens to the voice in his head. Because if he doesn't? Things can go really, really wrong. Like the day he decided to go off script and saved a girl from being run over . . . and let another one drown. Trying to change the future doesn't work.
But this summer at the Jersey Shore, something's about to happen that Nick never could have predicted. He meets a girl named Taryn and finds out about the Book of Touch. Now the path that he thought he was on begins to shift . . . and there's no way to stop things from happening. Or is there?
In a life where there are no surprises, nothing has prepared Nick for what he's about to discover—or the choice he will be forced to make. . . .

I just think that this book sounds amazing, and the coolness of the cover totally has me pining for this book!! What do you think? Let me know and also leave a link to your Waiting on Wednesday and I will check it out!



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: Pure by Jennifer L Armentrout. Actually by the time this posts I will probably be done. Also listening to the audio book of Tempest by Julie Cross and love it!! I am almost done.

I recently finished reading: As The World Dies Untold Tales Volume 2 by Rhiannon Frater, Intuition (Intangible short story) by J Meyers, Pandemonuim by Lauren Oliver, Whispering Hills by Taryn Browning, and Tomorrow is Today (Tempest Novella) by Julie Cross.

Next I am going to read: Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter, Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin, and maybe Grave Mercy by Robin LeFevers

I will be going to the Midnight showing of The Hunger Games tomorrow, so that is going to throw off my reading a bit. Hopefully I can get some good reading done while waiting in line.

The Day of First Sun Blog Tour

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Overview

When Princess Amelie of Amborix is murdered by magical means, Annie Pearce and Bobby “Cham” Chamsky of the Wizard’s Guard are called in by the FBI. Their job is to help solve the crime while keeping the non-magical world from discovering the existence of the Wizard Council.

During their investigation, Annie and Cham discover that Princess Amelie’s death is connected to a series of other crimes in the Chicago area. A larger plot involving, a vampire, a rogue wizard and an army of soul-less zombies is revealed, but can Annie and Cham discover who is responsible before The Day of First Sun?






I have and excerpt from the book for all of you to enjoy too!

“You’re out of options if you ever hope to get out of here again,” Annie said calmly, focusing on his face.

Sturtagaard squirmed a little in his seat, as Annie’s expression was somewhat disquieting and unemotional. He looked at Cham, whose face was expressionless, and then back to Annie, who hadn’t moved a muscle. The vampire sighed.

“You heard right. I was hired to create a zombie army to overthrow the Wizard Council,” Sturtagaard said. His voice remained steady and calm with resignation.

“Who wants to overthrow the Council?” asked Cham, his hand still clutching the door.

“My employer. I’ve told you, I don’t know who he is. I always dealt with his associate. He’d show up, leave notes, or send others with messages. I’ve never contacted him.” He looked from one to the other, but they both remained stony and detached. “Come on, now. I can’t give you information I don’t have.” Sturtagaard was charming.

Annie rolled her eyes again. “You really don’t have any idea who the employer is?” she asked with sarcasm.

“Really, I don’t,” he said.

“So you’re building an army of the dead. How long did you have to get this done?” Annie took out her phone and pulled out her calendar.

“He wanted it ready for September first.”

Annie looked up with a grimace, and Cham looked surprised. She didn’t need to mark the date on her calendar or research its significance, though neither could figure out why a zombie army had to be created for that day, the Day of First Sun. It was a very powerful and ancient day for good magic.

“So, your employer wants an army of the dead on that day? Why?” Cham asked in a flat, emotionless voice.

“He’s a black wizard. What do you think he wants? He wants to overthrow the Council, take over the world, practice magic in the open. You know, the typical magical fantasy.” Sturtagaard grinned because he believed that would benefit the entire supernatural world.

“Wipe the smirk off your face, Sturtagaard. Having free reign won’t be as good as you think, with all the angry mobs, torches, and stakes through the heart.”

Annie smirked at Cham, who shook his head and laughed. He waited to compose himself before looking back at the vampire.


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About the book: A vampire, a rogue wizard and an army of soulless zombies are par for the course for Annie Pearce and Bobby “Cham” Chamsky of the Wizard’s Guard. But when the non-magical princess, Amelie of Amborix, is murdered by magical means, a deeper plot unfolds. Get it on Amazon.
About the author: Behind the wheel of her ’66 Mustang Convertible, Sheryl is a constant surprise, using her sense of humor and relatable style make her books something everyone can enjoy.



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