Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Cover Reveal Times Two

Hi guys!! I have two awesome cover reveals for you today so I figured I may as well put them in the same post. The first one is Options by Abbi Glines and that reveal is through AToMR Book Tours. The second is Rua by Miranda Kavi from BB Book Tours.

Book description:

Two paths.
Two completely different roads.
Each one standing before me.
Each one holding a different destiny.
 
In life you're just supposed to choose one path.  
In life you're not given the chance at choosing one specific future.
 
Until now.
Until me. 
 
Why am I different? I don't know. But I'm going to see those roads and walk down each one. When it's over I'll know which one to choose because I'll know my - options.

Expected Publish Date: February 5th, 2013

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  *Cover design by Stephanie at Mooney Designs.

Gorgeous cover right? And it sounds so good. I know I am looking forward to this book. 

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Now for the next super awesome cover I have for you!!

Book Details:

Rua by Miranda Kavi
Expected Pub: September 3, 2012

A girl with an unknown destiny. 

A boy from a hidden world. 

When Celeste starts at a new school in a small, Kansas town, she hears whispering voices, has vivid nightmares, and swarms of blackbirds follow her every move. She is oddly drawn to aloof Rylan, the other new student who has his own secrets. 

The exact moment she turns seventeen, she wakes to a bedroom full of strange creatures, purple light emanating from her hands, and Rylan breaking in through her bedroom window. 

He knows what she is . . . 

Intriguing and deeply romantic, RUA is page-turning YA novel with a supernatural twist.


Author Bio:

Miranda Kavi
Miranda Kavi is a YA and Urban Fantasy author. She has worked as an attorney, an executive recruiter, and an assistant in a biological anthropology lab. She loves scary movies, museums, and is hopelessly addicted to chocolate. She lives in the Houston area with her husband and daughter.

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This one sounds really good too!! I love this cover! So effing gorgeous!! There is no link to the book on Goodreads yet that I could find, but hopefully there will be soon. (Either that or I couldn't find it since sometimes Goodreads search is horrible)

What do you think? I am really looking forward to both of these and they both are really pretty covers!!

Teaser Tuesday (33)

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!

Last week I did a Top Ten post so this week I decided to do a Teaser Tuesday. My teasers this week are from The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna.

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/2012
  • Pages: 432
My Teasers:

Sean doesn't believe in Superstition. But when the world collapses in on itself, I remember him telling me he's rather never see me again than watch the Weavers destroy me because of him. I can't help thinking that when he said it, he somehow turned those words into reality. - pg 97 ARC

But maybe that's what the dead do. They stay. They linger. Benign and sweet and painful. They don't need us. They echo all by themselves. - pg 263 ARC



So I just finished this book and I really enjoyed it. My review will be posting next week. Don't forget to stop back for it.

I would love to see what you have posted this Tuesday. Leave me a link and I will hop over and check it out.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Review: The Goddess Legacy by Aimee Carter

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  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Pages: 400
  • Source: eARC provided by NetGalley/Harlequin for review
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Overview

For millennia we've caught only glimpses of the lives and loves of the gods and goddesses on Olympus. Now Aime e Carter pulls back the curtain on how they became the powerful, petty, loving and dangerous immortals that Kate Winters knows.

Calliope/Hera represented constancy and yet had a husband who never matched her faithfulness....

Ava/Aphrodite was the goddess of love and yet commitment was a totally different deal....

Persephone was urged to marry one man, yet longed for another....

James/Hermes loved to make trouble for others-but never knew true loss before....

Henry/Hades's solitary existence had grown too wearisome to continue. But meeting Kate Winters gave him a new hope....

Five original novellas of love, loss and longing and the will to survive throughout the ages.


My Thoughts

I have been really enjoying this series so I was excited to read this. It's a collection of novella's about the gods and goddesses and I think it's a wonderful addition to the series. I loved getting to know why they are the way they are, how they came to get their names, and learn some of the things that happened in the past.

The first story is about Calliope. (Hera) I have not been a big fan of her in the series, and I can't say that I like her any more after hearing her story, but I am sympathetic to her feelings. Having a husband who repeatedly cheats on you and has numerous other children with others can make anyone feel pretty horrible, but it doesn't excuse her behavior at all. I couldn't believe the things she would really do for revenge and to get what she wants. Though she was faithful, she was no better than Zeus. (Walter)

The next story is Ava's (Aphrodite) who I didn't care for very much either, and now I like her even less. I understand that she is the goddess of love, but the fact that she pretty much just sleeps around with everyone is horrible. At first I felt a little bad for her about her arranged marriage, but then as we get further into the book I start to despise her and think she is horrible and selfish.

Persephone to me is manipulative and selfish too. She is another one who I was really sympathetic to and felt bad for, but the more the story went on, the more I didn't like her. I get that she was sad and lonely, and no one was helping her out of her situation, but I still just thought she was awful for hurting people the way she did.

I really enjoyed James's (Hermes) story. I don't agree with all the things he did, but I felt that he was treated very unfairly about a lot of it. I think of all of the gods and goddesses, he is one of the best ones. He isn't manipulative and selfish. He really cares for his brothers and sisters, and besides that, he understands what the humans mean to their survival. He cares for the humans like the other gods and goddesses don't. He understands the balance that they have and need for existence. Without the humans, they would fade. James has more compassion than all of them and I really enjoyed learning his back story.

The last of the novella's is Henry's. (Hade's)  I have grown to love him so much reading this series even with how much he had aggravated me at times. Now that I have a much better understanding of him and what happened in his past I totally get why he acts that way. I wish he would just stop acting like such a tool sometimes, but he has been tortured for eons so I get it. My heart was really breaking for him reading this story.

If you are a fan of the Goddess Test series, this book is a must have. It was so great getting to read about the gods and goddesses lives going back eons and eons. It really helped to get a better understanding of them. I don't think that this is necessary to read at all, but it was really enjoyable. If you can't wait for more of this series, this is a great way to help hold you over until the next book comes out. 4 out of 5 stars.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Weekly Recap/Stacking the Shelves (14) In which I dance lol!

*Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews
Hello everyone!! How are you all doing!! Whoa, can't believe it's seriously the last weekend in July! Where the eff has this year gone? For real!! Anyways, since I didn't have a vlog for you last week, I will do one this week. I actually don't really have a lot to show you, but I know you miss my face. :)


Love the freeze frame. Lol
Books Mentioned

People Mentioned
  • Sourcebooks Fire
  • Edelweiss/HarperCollins
  • Heather and Tara from Entangled Publishing
  • Erin Jade Lange
Thank you so much to Sourcebooks, Eldelweiss, HarperCollins, Tara, and Entangled Publishing. I look forward to reading the books!!

Weekly Recap

I know I slacked on reviews the previous week, but this week I had four reviews for you guys. The Little Woods by McCormick Templeman, Deadlocked by A.R. Wise, From What I Remember by Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas, and Fairy Metal Thunder by J.L. Bryan. I had cover reveal for Unloved by Jennifer Snyder. The last post for the Fairy Metal Thunder Read-Along. And also two weekly memes, Top Ten Tuesday and Waiting on Wednesday.

Searches that led to my blog
  • Some variation of Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout teasers - Eighteen!! For real!! I am flattered that that many people ended up on my blog searching for that sice I am a super JLA fan girl, and I promise my review is coming soon, but no teasers!! ;)
  • So Close - Two searches for that. I am assuming it's for So Close to You since I reviewed that recently.
  • Unloved by Jennifer Snyder - Two. I did the cover reveal for it this past week. 
  • No Man's Land by Susan Underdahl - This was in my StS post last week because I got it for review. 
  • Carrie Jones Endure ending spoiler - Like I would put something like that in a review. Seriously people!! I try to keep my reviews spoiler free. Read the book and find out how it ends. I promise, it's good. 
That's all I have for you this week. Thanks so much for stopping by. I just want to say thank you so much to all my loyal followers and thank you to all my new followers. I have gotten so many new blog followers the past week. I love you all so much!! ♥ Leave me a link and I will check out your blog. I may not get to it until tomorrow, but I will get to it. Promise!! :)

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Review: Fairy Metal Thunder (Songs of Magic #1) by J.L. Bryan

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  • Publisher: CreateSpace
  • Publication date: 9/17/2011
  • Pages: 190
  • Source: Own/Won from author in giveaway
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Overview

A rock & roll fairy tale.

Jason plays guitar in a teenage garage band called the Assorted Zebras, but they have no fans, no gigs, and they're going nowhere. Even worse, Jason has a crush on their lead singer, but she doesn't seem interested in him at all.

Then Jason steals instruments from the fairy world. Soon the band is enchanting crowds, and Jason is a step closer to the girl of his dreams, but the new gear is brimming with dangerous and destructive magic they can't control.

Their shortcut to success has cost a troupe of innocent fairies their livelihood and turned Jason and his band into enemies of the powerful Queen Mab, who sends supernatural bounty hunters to track them down, including one of the most dangerous horned creatures in Faerie...a small unicorn named Buttercake.


My Thoughts

I had this book on my TBR list for a while, I even bought the first book for my nook last year and still never got around to it. Then a few awesome blogs decided to get together and host a read-along for it and I knew it was the perfect time to fit this in. I am so glad that I did. This was a fun and entertaining book. I loved the characters, I loved the idea of the fairy instruments and that they had magical powers even in the human world. I also enjoyed the POV switches so you really get a feel of what is going on in both the fairy realm and in the man-world. 

Jason is a character that was really great to get to know. He is just a normal teenage boy who has a secret crush, likes to play music in a band, and sucks at having a job. There is nothing special about him and his personality doesn't stand out. I think that's what was so likable about him. He was just your average teenage boy. Of course then he chases a goblin into the fairy realms and ends up stealing fairy instruments. I don't really get why he does it to be honest. In general he seems like a good kid, so it is a little odd that he would just steal them. I know that he is interested in the power they have and what it can mean for the band, but it doesn't seem right that he would steal. I'm going to just convince myself that it was the magic compelling him to do it. Besides that, I do like that he finally gets the courage to tell Erin how he feels about her. 

Aoide is one of the members of the band in the fairy realm that Jason stole the instruments from and she is trying to find them. It is a very big no no for anything from the fairy realm to be in the man-world so she risks being punished (most likely by death) if she cannot recover the instruments. We don't really get to know her a lot, but we get to be in her POV some of the time. I am looking forward to getting to know her better though. 

I really enjoyed most of the secondary characters in this book. All the band members, Mitch, Dred, and Erin. They each had their important roles in the story. I thought that the way they interacted with each other was very believable. They are really just typical teenagers who have now been given the power or these magical instruments. It's fun to see how it affects them. I liked that Dred was really hesitant about wanting to have anything to do with them. 

This was a very quick and fun book. We get just enough to hook us and leave us wanting more. The plot, characters, and amount of information we get was great. There is no info overload, but we aren't left confused at things. I am looking forward to continuing this series. I want to know what will happen with Erin and Jason, I want to know his sister better, and I want to know what crazy creatures the fairy realm is going to attack with next!! 4 out of 5 stars.  

Just wanted to add in my pictures of what my unicorn would look like as a pretty unicorn and a fierce dragon. Meet my Unicorn, Rainbow Sprinkle Cupcake!! She's really lovable unless you make her angry. Then I can't promise she won't eat you. :)



 

Friday, July 27, 2012

Fairy Metal Thunder Read-Along Week Final Week!

 
Hey guys!! This is the last week of the Fairy Metal Thunder Read-Along. This has been so fun and I have really enjoyed reading this book. I am sad that it's over, but I have to say that it was one of the more enjoyable read-alongs I have ever done.

Chapters 21-27 hosted by Jen of In the Closet With a Bibliophile

Chapters 21-27
1.  Grizelmore the Goblin has some really weird cravings and eating habits. Tell us about some of your weird eating habits. Bonus point if you can show me a picture!

Hmm I don't know that I have any weird eating habits. Does popcorn with junior mints and gumdrops count? It's really good. I also like saltines with marshmallow fluff on them.  I have also been known to eat frosting right out of the container. (I had a pretty pic of popcorn with my yummies on it but can't find it)




2.  In chapter 22 Aiode and her friends try to go and get their instruments replaced at the factory. There are a ton of different instruments there being made for the fairies, but man are they a fortune. Do any of you play any instruments? Have you ever played an instrument? If not, what would you play if you could?

I used to play the clarinet when I was younger. I can play the piano, guitar, and the drums a little bit too.

3.  Jason and the band are finally discovered by the elf (with the crazy long name) and Buttercake the freaking adorable unicorn who turns into something not so adorable. If you were a detective who would you choose for your magical accomplice?

I think that I would definitely want something a little tougher than Buttercake. Although very cool what Buttercake turned into, she got beaten by a couple of teenagers with magic fairy instruments. 
4.  The book ends on a happy but painful note. What do you think of the ending? Were you happy with the turn of events? 

I did like the ending. I am really looking forward to reading the next book now for sure!! Good thing I have all of them. 
5. Tell us your favorite quote(s)/part(s) from the book!

So I suck and I didn't really write down any. I liked a lot of them though. Let me flip though and find one....

"My mom is going to kill me, " Mitch said, "then she's going to hire a necromancer to raise me from the dead so she can kill me again." Pg 115

I want to thank all of the wonderful hosts of this event and J.L. Bryan for a fabulous book!! I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series! 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Review: From What I Remember by Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas

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  • Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
  • Publication date: 5/15/2012
  • Pages: 480
  • Source: eBook from NetGalley/Hyperion for review
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Overview

KYLIE: MEXICO WHAT? I should be putting the finishing touches on my valedictorian speech. Graduation is TODAY, and is this a wedding band on my finger.

MAX: It all started with Kylie's laptop and a truck full of stolen electronics. Okay, it was kind of hot, the way she broke us out like some chick in an action movie. But now we're stranded in Tijuana. With less than twenty-four hours before graduation. Awesome.

WILL: Saving Kylie Flores from herself is kind of a full-time occupation. Luckily, I, Will Bixby, was born for the job. And when I found out she was stuck in Mexico with dreamy Max Langston, sure, I agreed to bring their passports across the border -- but there's no reason to rush back home right away. This party is just getting started.

LILY: I just walked in on my boyfriend, Max Langston, canoodling with Kylie Flores, freak of the century. Still, I can't completely hold it against him. He NEEDS me. It's even clearer now. And I'm not giving him up without a fight.


My Thoughts


Right when I read the overview for this book I knew I had to read this book. It sounded so hilariously awesome, how could I not want to? Well, I tell you. It was really great. It wasn't just all fun though. It was super entertaining, but there are some good messages, and some really cute, sweet romance in there too. This is just one of those books that has you grinning while you are reading it, and at times literally laughing out loud. There were also so many times that I was like OMG did that really just happen. It's like right when you think things can't get worse, they do. But it always leads to something good that comes out of it. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. 


Kylie was a bit hard for me to like at first, and at many points during the book, but overall she was such a great character. She really grows and changes a lot in just a few day. She is the straight edge, smart, good girl. Valedictorian, never breaks rules, never dated, and never ever partied. She is not a rich privileged kid like all the other students, and her only real friend is Will, a totally awesome, way out of the closet gay guy. (for the record, he is like my favorite character in this whole book.) Kylie is so used to not having a life outside taking care of her brother with Asperger's Syndrome due to her mothers work schedule and her dad's lack of wanting to care enough to be there to help. The whole way that the whole situation happens to lead her to Mexico and how she behaves while she is there is not the way she would ever act, but she wants to just let go. I really think it's awesome seeing that side of her, but also her internal struggle too.

Max I really hated at first, but grew to really love him. He was a total tool and he knew it. He made it a point to be a jerk. It's really like his protective shell though. He doesn't want to feel things or want anyone else to know too much about him on a personal level. He is dating Lily who is hot and a super B*&%$. He is friends with all the popular jocks and looks like he has a pretty much perfect life, but we all know that everyone has secrets. I loved seeing the real Max, that only Kylie was able to bring out. The true Max hidden under all the exterior armor is a wonderful guy that you can help but love. 

Will is freaking awesome!! He dresses off the wall in outfits like t-shirts, skirts, and combat boots, and is very openly gay. He tells it how it is and isn't afraid to just be himself. The only thing is that the way he acts at school isn't really him. I mean yes, he is gay, but he prefers suits over girl clothes. He more does that just to make it a point. He realizes later that it's completely unnecessary and he should do what makes him comfortable. He is a true friend too. No questions asked he is there for Kylie. Actually to him it's a fun adventure. I loved the scenes with Will. He is just too awesome for words. 
  
I don't have much to say about Lily. She is shallow, snotty, and self centered. She thinks everything needs to be about her all the time. She is going through some tough things at home and at a few times I almost felt bad for her, but then she would show her true colors again. She is just one of those people who wants the easy way out of everything and wants everything to be about her and won't change. 

I loved how this book started on graduation day then goes back to 2 days before to tell us how Kylie ended up there. The best part about it though, was the book doesn't end where it started. The morning of graduation is actually just a bit past the middle of the book so it continues on from the starting point. I thought it was fabulously done. This book is full of laughs, heartache, and the dumb, happy grin moments. It switches POV's for all of the main characters, but it was never confusing at all. I think it's a perfect summer read, but a book you could enjoy over and over again at any time. If you love good fun contemporaries, this is a book to pick up! 4 out of 5 stars. 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday 7-25-12


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 I decided to do two again. The first is Requiem by Lauren Oliver. If you have read Pandemonium then you know why I am totally pining for this one. If you haven't, it left us with a big cliffhanger ending!! Oh, and it's told from both Lena AND Hana's POV's!! Heck yeah!!

** WARNING! If you haven't read the first two books, the overview is a bit spoilery

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/5/2013
Overview

Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight. Of Pandemonium, ALA Booklist noted that “like all successful second volumes, this expands the world and ups the stakes, setting us up for the big finale.”

After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven—pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancĂ©e of the young mayor. Requiem is told from both Lena’s and Hana’s points of view. The two girls live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.


Next book I am dying waiting for is Prodigy by Marie Lu. I freaking loved Legend. It's was so fantastic and I absolutely need to know what is going to happen next for Day and June! The overview for this one isn't really spoilery if you haven't read the first one I don't think.


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  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 1/29/2013
Overview

Jan. 4. 1932 Hours.

Ocean Standard Time

Thirty-Five Days After Metias’s Death


June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: the Elector Primo dies, and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the two join a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother and offer passage to the Colonies. They have only one request—June and Day must assassinate the new Elector.

It’s their chance to change the nation, to give voice to a people silenced for too long.

But as June realizes this Elector is nothing like his father, she’s haunted by the choice ahead. What if Anden is a new beginning? What if revolution must be more than loss and vengence, anger and blood—what if the Patriots are wrong?


I swear with all the books coming out the end of this year and especially the beginning of next year, I may go crazy with anticipation of them all. Leave me a link and I will check out your post. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Mini-Review: Deadlocked by A.R. Wise

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  • Publication Date: December 20, 2011
  • Source: eBook provided by author for review
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Overview

David was caught in the middle of the city when the zombie outbreak started. His wife and daughters were at home, stranded on the roof as zombies waited below. He would have to fight through hordes of undead, merciless other survivors, and a series of death defying stunts to get home. However, even if he makes it there, how can he be sure they're safe?

Deadlocked puts you into David's head as he struggles to get home. Then a final confrontation occurs that will guarantee his family's survival, but at what cost?



My Thoughts


This is the first short story in the series. It is Davids story about what happened when the zombie outbreak started. It's no secret that I love anything having to do with zombies, so of course this book was appealing to me. This starts off right at the beginning of the zombie outbreak and it is Davids struggle to try to get to his family. It is fast paced, suspenseful, and action packed. 


David is at work when the news hits about some crazy outbreak of some sort going on. It isn't until he is out and trying to get home that it becomes obvious that it's not some type of virus, but is actually zombies. He is not really in the best shape, he's not the smartest guy, but he is very passionate about getting to his wife and kids no matter what it takes. Did I really connect to him, no, but his struggle was totally believable and I was rooting for him. 


As with any book where people are literally fighting for survival there are the people who will  fight or kill you if they think you have something they may need to help them to escape and survive. People get irrational and mean. We see the love that family shares, the violent nature of people who are scared to death and will do anything to survive, and the pure determination from everyone! This was a wonderful first story to this series and I am looking forward to David's wife's story which picks up right where this one left off. For a short story, it packs a lot in. It is intense and enjoyable and leaves you wanting more. 4 out of 5 stars.

Top Ten Tuesday (15)

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 week is:

Top Ten Most Vivid Worlds/Settings In Books

So it's been what seems like forever since I have done a Top Ten post, and this is going to be slackerific lol!! It's about 8pm on Monday night and I decided I want to do one for tomorrow, but am having a total brain fart, so we will see what I come up with. These aren't in any order, I'm just putting them as I think of them.

  1. The Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling - I mean seriously I don't think that the movies could have translated the books any better. That is pretty much how I imagined it all while reading the books.
  2. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor - I was so in love with the setting of that book. I could see it so clearly in my head. 
  3. Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin - The descriptiveness of everything was so wonderful. It was easy to see the things and places that she described. 
  4. Exiled and Shift (The Protectors series) by M.R. Merrick - I think what helped me to get so lost in these books besides the amazing plot and characters, was feeling like I was right there with them. I could so easily imagine everything. 
  5. Inhale and Exhale(Just Breathe trilogy) by Kendall Grey - Going from the real world into the Dreaming was so enjoyable. Not only because of the smexy, but the great detail and vividness of the Dream world. 
  6. The Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent - Rachel is not only amazing with making us love and hate her characters and become wrapped up in their world, she is incredible at making me actually almost fear the Netherworld and all the crazy creatures that it holds. 
  7. The Mortal Instruments series and The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare - In both series, no matter where they are or what they are doing, I feel like I can see the settings around them. I can see everything so clearly in my head it's just amazing. 
  8. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins - I could clearly see every aspect of this story in my head from the districts, to the train, The Capitol, The Arena's, and so on. It was written so fantastically that I had no problem at all envisioning any of it.
  9. Pure by Julianna Baggott - It was so creepy and disturbing, but so descriptive and great!! I could really imagine everything in ruins and the mutated humans and creatures. 
  10. Legend by Marie Lu- Everything about this book was fabulous, but I really loved the settings and thought it was very realistic.
I know that there are tons more and when I see other peoples posts I will be ike "Why didn't I think of that?" Lol! Anyways, I really wanted to do the Top Ten this week, but also really want to veg out and read so I put it together all quick like.  Leave me a link and I will check out your Tuesday Post.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Cover Reveal: The Unloved by Jennifer Snyder

Hi guys!! Guess what? Another cover reveal! Today I am taking part in the cover reveal for The Unloved by Jennifer Snyder. It's pretty!! The cover was designed by Stephanie Mooney from Mooney Designs. There is also a giveaway for an ecopy of the book (on release day) that ends on July 27. It's International so be sure to enter that too.

Book description:

Sometimes the love our heart needs to heal can be found in the familiar eyes of a childhood friend...

Julie Porter learned the hard way that trust is something which must be earned and not something to be given out lightly, those who say they love you are those who hold the power to hurt you most, and best friends can help you survive anything—until they move away.

Nick Owen knows a thing or two about a hard life. At a young age Nick learned how to take a hit and to make lemonade out of the lemons life tossed his way. Returning home after nearly two years of being away, all Nick cares about now is protecting his mom from the abusive hands of his father and catching up with his best friend—the girl who lived across the street, the girl he can’t seem to stop thinking about.

Finally reunited after two years apart, Nick and Julie are about to learn that age does nothing to protect you from life’s trials and tribulations, heartache and loss, but maybe together they’ll find a way to survive.

(Mature Young Adult, contains violence, language, and sexual situations.) 

Publish Date: July 30th, 2012

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What do you guys think? I like it!! I think it's cute and pretty. Don't forget to enter the giveaway. 

About the author (taken from the authors blog)

A girl who loves the color green, hates milk, likes it when her nail polish chips because it gives her nails more character, enjoys peanut butter on pancakes, and daydreams often. I write YA contemporary and paranormal romance fiction.
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OMG guys!! Today is the day! We need to vote for our favorite alien hottie, Daemon in the YA Crush Tourney!!

Team Daemon FTW


Daemon from the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout will be going up against Augustus from The Fault in Our Stars in the Young Adult Crush Tournament today (Monday July 23). Valerie from Stuckinbooks.com is Daemon's advocate.


To vote just head on over to


For those who don’t know Daemon is from the Lux series (Obsidian and Onyx) by Jennifer L. Armentrout. To find out more about the series check out Jennifer’s website, here. Also check out the book trailer for Obsidian on Youtube.


If Daemon wins this round Jennifer will show a never before scene between Katy and Daemon (between Obsidian and Onyx).


Also don’t forget to join in on the Twitter party that will be lasting all day. There will even be the opportunity to win some awesome giveaways. To join in just use the hashtag #TeamDaemonFTW


“Beautiful face. Beautiful body. Horrible attitude. It was the holy trinity of hot boys.” - Obsidian


Go Team Daemon!

In true JLA fashion, she has posted all sorts of kick ass incentives. Want to know what they are? Of course you do!!

500 Votes: A Daemon teaser from Onyx
800 Votes: A Daemon POV teaser from Onyx
1000 votes: Signed ARC of Onyx (Pepe, Sztella, and me)
1300 Votes: A juicy teaser from Deity and Cursed.
1550 Votes: Signed Daemon Invasion Tour swag
2000 Votes: A juicy teaser from Deity, Cursed, and Unchained
2500 Votes: A signed copy of Diety
3000 Votes: A reeeeeaaaal good teaser of Onyx
 Winning Vote: A deleted, unedited Obsidian scene between Katy and Daemon
 
**Remember** If Daemon or Aiden makes it into the final four, I will share the unedited, special edition "Laptop Scene"

In case I get sent to twitter jail tweeting too much I have created an alternate twitter account @BookLovingMe so if you want to follow that account to see my tweets and to help RT for #TeamDaemon feel free to. Vote on every computer, phone, tablet, eReader, or whatever you have!! Go out in public and tell random strangers to vote if you have to. We want Daemon to win this thing!! #TeamDaemonFTW

Review: The Little Woods by McCormick Templeman

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  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 7/10/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Source: eARC from NetGalley/Random House for review
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository

Overview

Are the woods behind St. Bede's Academy really haunted, or does bad stuff just happen there? When Calista Wood, a new student, arrives midway through her junior year, St. Bede's feels like a normal school . . . until she discovers that a girl had disappeared a couple of months earlier. Some kids think she ran away, others think she was murdered, but it's only when Cally starts digging around that she finds the startling truth.

Watch as Cally enters a world of privilege, weekend-long parties, high school romances, and . . . well-kept secrets. This page-turner will appeal to teens looking for a fast-paced thriller. Written in a voice at once gripping and crystal clear, debut novelist, McCormick Templeman, will take readers on a twisting and turning journey as only a "new girl" can experience. 



My Thoughts


Any time I see a book about a boarding school I am instantly interested. I don't know what the intrigue is for me. Maybe the idea of being a teenager and being away at a cool boarding school somewhere, or maybe it's the fact that there is always something mysterious that happens. Always secrets of some sort. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. In the case of this book, it was just okay to me. I felt that there was a lot of wasted space in the book with events that don't really factor into the plot in any way. 


Cally is a character that I wanted to like, but couldn't. I just couldn't really connect with her at all. Inside her head she acted one way, but outwardly she was totally different. I get that she is kind of trying to be different and maybe rebel, and even to some extent trying to impress or fit in with others, but it all seemed very fake and lame to me. And I don't get why she is so intent on hiding the fact that her sister was one of the missing girls from ten years ago. She gets so worked up about trying to hide that from everyone. So many of the things she does just don't seem to fit with who she seems to be. She is also very obsessed with trying to figure out the mystery of what happened to Iris, the girl who disappeared. She gets to the point that she is pretty much becoming a mental wreck over it all. 


Now the secondary characters weren't that great to me either.I didn't like Helen, Freddy, or Pigeon. Alex was a tool too. Jack was okay to me, he didn't seem like he really fit in there. He isn't one of the spoiled privileged kids either. Like Cally, he is there on a scholarship. I thought that Jack was probably the most real character in the whole story. Noel was an interesting character and although I can't say that I liked her, I didn't really dislike her either. Now Chelsea even though she isn't a huge part in the story was a character that I was intrigued by. I didn't know what to think of her. I had no clue whether to like her or hate her, or if there was something else going on with her.


Of course this is a mystery, and it did take me a little while to figure it all out, but not nearly long enough. It was pretty obvious in a hidden kind of way I guess. I have read a lot of mysteries, so when there are the typical elements of a mystery novel, I figure things out easy. I thought that the way that it all led up to it was still interesting and enjoyable to read though. I could have done without some of the ridiculous things like them just hanging out at the twins house, or some of the other random things that happen though. There seemed to be so much filler content that even with this being a relatively short book. I understand when things have something to do with the story later, but a lot of it didn't. 


In general I think that it was a slightly creepy, interesting mystery. If you like stories that take place at boarding schools and have a mystery element to them, this will be an enjoyable read. I know that my review seems a bit negative, but I really did like the book. I just tend to have a hard time really getting into a book when I don't really connect with the characters at all. I think with more character development and skimming out some of the unnecessary events, this book would be really excellent. 3 out of 5 stars

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Weekly Recap/Stacking the Shelves (13)

*Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews

Welcome to another Weekly Recap and Stacking the Shelves. It was a quiet week for me which I am totally okay with that. No vlog for me this week because hubs is home and it's impossible to record one with him here. He makes me feel all awkward and stuff. I know you will miss me, but I will b back next week most likely.  I only got one physical book anyways. Click on the covers to go to their Goodreads page.


 











Ughh why do the pictures never line up correctly for me. Seriously I can't get them right next to each other for the life of me. Oh well.

Books Mentioned


  • Enclave by Anne Aguirre (taken out from the library)
  • Kindred (Darkwoods #2) by J.A Redmerski (from the author just because she is awesome)
  • No Man's Land by S.T. Underdahl (from NetGalley/Flux books)
  • The Believing Game by
  • inbetween tara fuller - I am totally cool with this. I am super excited to read this book and it was my pleasure to take part in the cover reveals.
  • onyx jennifer armentrout teasers - Love that JLA searches come to my blog so often. I'm fan girling
  • beau and ashton - Love this search and that it finds it's way to my little blog!!
  • deity teasers - No Deity teasers for you guys yet, though it's taking a lot of will power to not read it right this second. 
  • jennifer l. armentrout onyx teaser tuesday - Wow, can't believe all the JLA searches that wind up here. I am so stoked!!!
  • onyx book teasers - Seriously fan girling over all the JLA love coming to my blog. 
  • reaper (soul screamers, #3.5) book - SQUEE!! I am a super Rachel Vincent fan too so this excites me that this would come to my blog. 
There were of course the other searches for Book Loving Mom or similar too. 
I would love to know how your week was so leave me a link and I will check it as soon as I can. Like always, Sundays are family day since it's usually the hubs only day off so I may not comment back until tomorrow, but I will comment back. 


Saturday, July 21, 2012

Saturday Silliness (8)



I had a beach day with the hubs and sister in law on Thurday and decided to use today to post the pics from our day. It was a perfect day for the beach and I had a great time.


This was getting to the beach


Another of getting there


And one more


Random pic of my feet in the sand. I have beach nails!! Like the blue?


Yay! Waves!!


Feet in the water!


Bye bye wave!


My sister in law and my daughter


Her first time in the ocean!


Trying to get her to look at the camera


 Still trying


There we go!


Family photo. Hubs doesn't like the beach so he wasn't too pleased.


 Hubs and his sister playing with the kiddo in the waves


Me running into the water


Trying to show my daughter the water is okay while she clings to my sister in law


Just standing around


My daughter doesn't know what to think so I'm trying to show her it's fun.


More playing


And more


And more lol!!


She was okay with it if we were holding her.


She actually stayed still  so we could bury her


We made a mermaid tail


My cute little mermaid girl


Yup, that's a Harry Potter beach towel


Digging in the sand


She doesn't want to be bothered


Sand castle building with her auntie


Just hanging out


Beautiful sand castle


Trying to get her to look at me


Soaking up the sun


dumping sand


Getting ready to leave


The view from the restaurant where we had lunch. 


We got sparklers before we came home so this was the end to a good day.

My daughter had a blast on her first beach trip. She loved the waves until she got knocked down twice, then she wanted nothing to do with the water. She loved the sand though.