Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday

Cursed
By: Jennifer Armentrout
Publication Date: September 18, 2012
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

From Author's Website:
"Dying sucks--and high school senior Ember McWilliams knows firsthand. After a fatal car accident, her gifted little sister brought her back. Now anything Ember touches dies. And that, well, really blows.

Ember operates on a no-touch policy with all living things--including boys. When Hayden Cromwell shows up, quoting Oscar Wilde and claiming her curse is a gift, she thinks he’s a crazed cutie. But when he tells her he can help control it, she’s more than interested. There’s just one catch: Ember has to trust Hayden's adopted father, a man she's sure has sinister reasons for collecting children whose abilities even weird her out. However, she’s willing to do anything to hold her sister's hand again. And hell, she'd also like to be able to kiss Hayden. Who wouldn't?
But when Ember learns the accident that turned her into a freak may not've been an accident at all, she’s not sure who to trust. Someone wanted her dead, and the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she is to losing not only her heart, but her life. For real this time."
 
 
 
 
I'm already obsessed with Armentrout's Covenant series which has been getting a lot of buzz even though the first book isn't published till October.  Until then you can get acquainted  with her writing with her free read Daimon over at http://www.site.spencerhillpress.com/Daimon.php

Monday, July 18, 2011

Review: The Pace

The Pace by Shelena Shorts
Publisher: Lands Atlantic Publishng
Publication Date: August 19, 2009

"Nineteen-year-old Weston has everything.  He's super hot, mysterious, dangerous, sincere, and vulnerable.  He's also a one-of-a-kind evolution that will change the idea of immortality forever.  Anyone would be drawn to hm, even without fate's intervention, and when eighteen-year-old Sophie crashes into him, there's no turning back.  

All that remains is figuring out who, or what, he is, and with a little perseverance, she'll find out the indelible truth--right along with a century-old secret...and a threat for which neither of them are prepared." (From back of the book)



My Review:
The story starts out pretty normally where the reader is introduced to the main character, Sophie, who has recently moved to California and has a close relationship with her mother.  One day she literally crashes her car into Wes', who insists he doesn't want her insurance information and drives off.  From that brief encounter I was hooked to the story, the chemistry felt real, instantaneous, and believable. I found myself wondering about his motives and the mystery behind him.  When the secret was finally revealed I was impressed by such an original idea for sci-fi.  Most of the book is focused on Wes and Sophie's relationship and their development as a couple which I loved, but don't worry there is plenty of drama and some action as well once other people become aware of Wes' secret and well as the truth about Sophie.  Sophie is a great character she is not afraid to say what is on her mind (including when she thinks Wes is acting ridiculous)  and is very independent.  She has a lot to deal with when she finds out the truth about Wes and herself, I don't want to give too much away other than these two are destined to be together.  Wes is beyond sweet, protective, and caring he makes a great love interest (especially during a certain carnival scene). I will admit I got a little frustrated with Wes at one point, even though his heart was in the right place.  I would definitely recommend this book to others and I know other review are comparing it to other books such as Twilight, but I feel Shorts made this story her own.  This was a great read with 3 other books in the series, the second one The Broken Lake is already out and book three will be out in August. 

You can read the first chapter on amazon and decide if you want to order it http://www.amazon.com/Pace-Shelena-Shorts/dp/0982500505/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1310981057&sr=8-1

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Review: Being Jamie Baker

Being Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram
Publisher: Bluefields
Publication Date: June 14, 2010

"An accident that should end in tragedy instead gives seventeen-year-old Jamie Baker a slew of uncontrollable superhuman abilities.

To keep her secret safe Jamie socially exiles herself, earning the title of Rocklin High's resident ice queen. But during a supercharged encounter with star quarterback Ryan Miller she literally kisses anonymity goodbye. Now the annoyingly irresistible Ryan will stop at nothing to melt the heart of the ice queen and find out what makes her so special.

Unfortunately, Ryan is not the only person on to her secret. Will Jamie learn to contain her unstable powers before being discovered by the media or turned into a government lab rat?

More importantly, can she throw Ryan Miller off her trail before falling in love with him?" (From Goodreads website)



You should watch this amazing book trailer it is what convinced me to buy the book.


My Review:
Loved this book Jamie was a normal girl until a chemical spill changed everything and she found herself with green hair, yellow eyes, heightened senses, and other superpowers.  It starts out with Ryan Miller trying to get a kiss from Jamie in order to win a bet, he is very straight forward about his reason, but after the kiss he falls for her.  Jamie on the other hand tries to push him away since she is doesn't always have control over her powers and is trying to deal with her past.  Oram finds a way to make Ryan's pursuit of Jamie very endearing I couldn't help but smile at how sweet and charming he is throughout the book.  While Jamie puts up a cold front she is a very likeable character who avoids others for their own good, since she can't always control her powers.  Although Jamie's parents don't have a huge role they are super supportive of her and try to make sure she leads as normal a life as she can, it was nice to see parents who were involved but not trying to hover over her.  Most of the book focuses on Jamie and Ryan, but there is also someone after Jamie trying to expose her secret and is stalking her relentlessly.  The story moves along smoothly and without meaning to I read the book in a couple of hours.  There are surprising twists, sweet moments, and drama.  There is one small plot hole that I wish was given more closure (it has to do with a side character).  I would highly recommend this book and will definitely read anything else Oram writes in the future.  


You can read the first chapter of Being Jamie Baker over at http://www.beingjamiebaker.com/excerpt/

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday

The Last Echo 
By: Kimberly Derting
Publication Date: April 17, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins

From Author's Website:
"Violet kept her morbid ability to sense dead bodies a secret from everyone except her family and her childhood-best-friend-turned-boyfriend, Jay Heaton. That is until forensic psychologist Sara Priest discovered Violet’s talent and invited her to use her gift to track down murderers. Now, as she works with an eclectic group of individuals—including mysterious and dangerously attractive Rafe—it’s Violet’s job to help those who have been murdered by bringing their killers to justice. When Violet discovers the body of a college girl killed by “the girlfriend collector” she is determined to solve the case. But now the serial killer is on the lookout for a new “relationship” and Violet may have caught his eye...."

I love the Body Finer series and I can't wait for this book to come out! 

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday

Mastiff
By: Tamora Pierce
Publication Date: October 25, 2011
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (Random House)

From Goodreads website:
"The Legend of Beka Cooper gives Tamora Pierce's fans exactly what they want—a smart and savvy heroine making a name for herself on the mean streets of Tortall's Lower City—while offering plenty of appeal for new readers as well.

Beka and her friends will face their greatest and most important challenge ever when the young heir to the kingdom vanishes. They will be sent out of Corus on a trail that appears and disappears, following a twisting road throughout Tortall. It will be her greatest Hunt—if she can survive the very powerful people who do not want her to succeed in her goal."


I've been waiting since Bloodhound for this to come out.  Fun fact: I got to meet Tamora Pierce when she visited Wellesley earlier this year=]

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Review: Spellbound

Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz
Publisher: HarlequinTeen (Harlequin)
Publication Date: June 28, 2011 (Today!)


"What’s a girl to do when meeting The One means she’s cursed to die a horrible death?
Life hasn’t been easy on sixteen-year-old Emma Conner, so a new start in New York may be just the change she needs. But the posh Upper East Side prep school she has to attend? Not so much. Friendly faces are few and far between, except for one that she’s irresistibly drawn to—Brendan Salinger, the guy with the rock-star good looks and the richest kid in school, who might just be her very own white knight.
But even when Brendan inexplicably turns cold, Emma can’t stop staring. Ever since she laid eyes on him, strange things have been happening. Streetlamps go out wherever she walks, and Emma’s been having the oddest dreams. Visions of herself in past lives—visions that warn her to stay away from Brendan. Or else." (From Author's Website)

My Review:
It took me a while to get into this book, at first I felt Emma, the main character, was a little over dramatic.  But as the book progressed I found myself being drawn into the story, I loved the character interaction especially those between Emma and Brendan.  I didn't find their instant attraction realistic, but once the author had them together, interacting in a scene it was wonderful.  There were many  funny and sweet scenes  between the two characters.  The main story line is like an original fairytale in the present day although I didn't find the supernatural component to be the strongest point in the story.  I enjoyed the character development with most of the characters, except the classic mean girl and jerk jock who stayed one dimensional.  For the first half of the book there isn't much of paranormal or romance development, it mostly focuses on Emma and overcoming her new environment full of rich, privileged high schoolers. This was a quick, funny read with lots of great characters, with plenty of sarcasm and great lines.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday

Damage
By: Anya Parrish
Publication Date: September 8, 2011
Publisher: Flux


From the Author's website:
"There was a time when I prayed for Rachel to be real. Until the night I learned she'd always planned to kill me. 

When Dani was eight, she fell from a building. No one believed her claim that she was pushed by Rachel . . . her imaginary friend. It took years of therapy to convince Dani that Rachel wasn't real.
Now fifteen, Dani wants to make it as a dancer. But a deadly freak accident sends Dani a terrifying message: Rachel is back, she's real, and she'll stop at nothing to kill Dani. Complicating matters is Jesse, the school bad boy who's being stalked by his own invisible childhood nemesis.
Dani and Jesse join forces to learn why their astral tormenters are back. Their investigation leads to a horrifying discovery--and the terrible experiment that binds them to each other."

Sounds scary, but the idea of imaginary friends trying to kill their playmates sounds interesting.  You can find a small excerpt on the author's website: http://anyaparrish.com/

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Review: Enthralled



Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions by Melissa Marr, Kelly Armstrong, Claudia Gray, Carrie Ryan, Kami Garcia, Jackson Pearce, Rachel Vincent, Sarah Rees Brennan, Jeri Smith-Ready, Kimberly Derting, Ally Condie, Jessica Verday, Margaret Stohl, Mary E. Pearson, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, and Rachel Caine

Publisher: Harper (HarperCollins)
Publication Date: September 20, 2011


Giovanni's Farewell by Claudia Gray: Is the story of twins Cairo and Ravenna on a school trip in Rome as they begin to discover they have supernatural powers.  Cairo finds out he can read people's thoughts while Ravenna begins to see ghosts.  It is a fun sweet read and I wish there was more to the story.


Scenic Route by Carrie Ryan: Follows the story of sisters Margie and Sally in their refuge after the world goes through a "change" and no one is safe.  This is a dark story about two girls who had to grow up way to quickly and relax by planning a road trip until a stranger comes into their lives and they must decide whether to trust him or not.


Red Run by Kami Garcia:  Edie is seeking revenge from the ghost who killed her brother out on a haunted road, Red Run, a year ago. This is another dark story where everything Edie believes is put into question when she meets a mysterious boy out on Red Run.  I really enjoyed this story, I hope there is a continuation.


Things About Love by Jackson Pearce: Alternates POV's of the main characters Lawrence and Juliet.  Lawrence is a boy just trying to find love like his friend Viola while Juliet, a genie, tries to figure out what love is.  They become friends and try to help the other and they being to realize that what they thought about love is all wrong.


Niederwald by Rachel Vincent: Is from Sabine's POV from the Soul Screamer Series as she and Emma and taking a road trip back from doing an extra credit assignment at a cultural fair.  In this story we meet some harpies who Sabine has some business with (involving Nash and Kaylee of course).  We find out how Sabine found Nash after all those years and something shocking about Kaylee's future (my jaw was hanging open when I found out...well I'll let you read for yourself).  I still cannot make myself like Sabine (I feel for her though), but I am still Team Kaylee.  While I was reading the story all my mixed up emotions from My Soul to Steal came bubbling up, Vincent does a great job bringing out emotions from her characters and readers.


A Mortal Winter King by Melissa Marr:  This story is written from Keenan's POV as he and Donia go on a vacation.  Keenan is mortal and is trying to convince Donia to let him attempt to become a fairy again.  This was a funny, sweet, and quick read that make me want to read the series.  I loved the ending and I can't wait to find out what happens next since there was a bit of a cliffhanger.


Facing Facts by Kelley Armstrong:  Written from Chloe's POV and deals with the aftermath of Tori finding out who her father is.  Tori does not take the information well and runs off.  As Chloe tries to catch up to comfort her there seems to be something sinister following her as well.  We also get to see a bit of Derek and I couldn't help falling for him in this short story.


Let's Get This Undead Show on the Road by Sarah Rees Brennan:  Is about a boy band called Four the One which has three humans and one vampire named Christian.  Christian has been struggling with his change into a vampire not really feeling like he belongs anywhere since his family rejected him, does not feel connected to other vampires, and not really connected to his band.  As he and the rest of the band go on a concert tour a person's crazed actions makes Christian re-evaluate the people around him and let others see another side of him.  I loved Christian's sarcastic voice and gentle manner, although I was a little put off by another vampire story I turned out to really love this one and would definitely read more if possible.  I also fell in love with the bad, which I didn't think was possible at the beginning of the story.


Bridge by Jeri Smith-Ready: Told from Logan's POV, an ex-star who OD'd on cocaine, as he tries to make amends by with the ones he left behind because of his mistake, especially his brother Mickey.  The story is written like the words in a song, and even though it is disjointed it is very beautifully written.  I felt the characters come alive and could feel their emotions strongly. This was an amazing read that makes me want to read more from the author.


Skin Contact by Kimberly Derting:  Told from the mysterious Rafe's POV, tells the story of his past, how he came to work for Agent Sara Priest, and how his powers work.  This is a heart-breaking story, he has been through rough times and I couldn't help falling in love with him and his inner strength.  I don't want to give too much away but it involves a love (different but as strong as Violet and Jay's), I'll leave it at that.  This was the first story I read when I got this book and I was not disappointed.  I can't wait to learn more about him in the third Body Finder book.


Leaving by Ally Condie: Takes place in the future and follows the POV of Sora whose father left her trying to look for something better, because of this she has become untouchable and suffers from being excluded by everyone.  Although a popular boy named Elio sees the suffering she is going through and fights against people's expectations.  Condie has built a beautiful world in just a few amount of pages and I hope it becomes a series or writes another short story because the end was too much of a cliffhanger for me to not want to know what happens next.


At the Late Night Double Feature, Picture Show by Jessica Verday: Amazing story involving cannibal girl scouts, vampires in drag, and evil spirits.  This is about a girl named Jane who comes from a family of supernatural hunters with special powers, everyone except her.  To prove she can be more useful than bait she takes on a cannibal girl scout on her own and the night spirals out from there.  I have to read more from this author especially if it involves more of this story, which of course ends in an awesome cliffhanger.  Funny and action-packed I only wish it was longer.


I.V. League by Margaret Stohl: Follows the story of Wern Lola Lafayette, a vampire, as she tries to get into college with her friend Maynard Hopper Wilson. It is an interesting story demonstrating class difference with money as well as species, taking place in Harvard.


Gargouille by Mary E. Pearson: A great story that takes a new spin on gargoyles.  A female gargoyle named Giselle has been captured and her wings cut off, soon she will lose her memories of who she use to be including her fiance Etienne (amazing love story).  Wonderful story and I loved the new take on the gargoyle myth, I hope the author plans to continue the story in the future, she has me hooked.


The Third Kind by Jennifer Lynn Barnes: Jess’s sister Krissy gets divine impulses that must be followed, including going to San Antonio in the middle of the night. Along the way they meet some shady characters that will stop at nothing to stop them from their destination. Really great story, I’m just sad there isn’t more of an explanation, since it leaves off at a cliffhanger.


Automatic by Rachel Caine: From Micheal's POV after Amelie requests that he demonstrate the new Coke machine that dispenses blood instead, in cans.  Although tasting the preservatives put in the blood has some interesting effects on Micheal.  We also get to see Eve with and how her and Micheal's relationship is progressing.  Fun filler story mixed with danger and comedy, definitely a must read for anyone who reads The Morganville Vampire series.



Loved this anthology and its theme of taking a journey or detour.  This is a great book for discovering new authors to read and read works from some of your favorites.  It was also great seeing so many strong female characters standing up for themselves and fighting back. Thank you so much to Kimberly Derting for having a giveaway that let me win this book.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Review: The Ghost and the Goth

The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
Publisher: Hyperion (Disney)
Publication Date: June 29, 2010


Alona Dare–Senior in high school, co-captain of the cheerleading squad, Homecoming Queen three years in a row, voted most likely to marry a movie star…and newly dead.
I’m the girl you hated in high school. Is it my fault I was born with it all-good looks, silky blond hair, a hot bod, and a keen sense of what everyone else should not be wearing? But my life isn’t perfect, especially since I died. Run over by a bus of band geeks—is there anything more humiliating? As it turns out, yes—watching your boyfriend and friends move on with life, only days after your funeral. And you wouldn’t believe what they’re saying about me now that they think I can’t hear them. To top it off, I’m starting to disappear, flickering in and out of existence. I don’t know where I go when I’m gone, but it’s not good. Where is that freaking white light already?
Will Killian–Senior in high school, outcast, dubbed “Will Kill” by the popular crowd for the unearthly aura around him, voted most likely to rob a bank…and a ghost-talker.
I can see, hear, and touch the dead. Unfortunately, they can also see, hear and touch me. Yeah, because surviving high school isn’t hard enough already. I’ve done my best to hide my “gift.” After all, my dad, who shared my ability, killed himself because of it when I was fifteen. But lately, pretending to be normal has gotten a lot harder. A new ghost—an anonymous, seething cloud of negative energy with the capacity to throw me around—is pursuing me with a vengeance. My mom, who knows nothing about what I can do, is worrying about the increase in odd incidents, my shrink is tossing around terms like “temporary confinement for psychiatric evaluation,” and my principal, who thinks I’m a disruption and a faker, is searching for every way possible to get rid of me. How many weeks until graduation? (From author's website)

My Review: 
This is a really good read where nothing is what it seems.  When Alona is first introduced she is portrayed as a classical mean girl but as Will begins to get to know her so does the reader and we find out that the perfect life she projects is not what it seems.  The book alternates between the POV's of Alona and Will as they try to figure out how Alona can find closure and move on and how will can make it through high school without being harassed by ghosts.  Whenever a ghost is near Will they are able to gain some solidness and are able to move things around.  Will has led a hard life with everyone around him thinking he is crazy for hearing voices, being harassed by the principal and shrink, seeing ghosts everywhere, and to top it off an evil spirit has been stalking him (and becoming more violent towards him).  Alona and Will help each other confront the problems in their lives and begin to fall for each other in the process.  I didn't expect to like the book as much as I did but Kade does a wonderful job bringing Alona, Will, and all the supporting characters to life that I just couldn't help falling for them.  Kade does a great job balancing lightness and some of the heavier material touched in the book.  I loved the ending which had a great set up for the second book Queen of The Dead. 

Friday, June 3, 2011

Review: Legacy


Legacy by Cayla Kluver
Publisher: HarlequinTeen (Harlequin)
Publication Date: June 28, 20111

"The first boy disappeared on the day of his birth, on a night when the pale yellow moon of the nighttime sky turned red and bathed the heavens in the ghastly color of blood, on the same night the Kingdom of Cokyri abruptly ceased its merciless attack.

Across the land of Hytanica, under the shadow of the crimson moon, infant boys continued to vanish. Not until the blood had faded from the sky did the disappearances stop and the bodies of the murdered infants were found outside the gates of the city, a final word from the greatest enemy Hytanica had ever known. For the next sixteen years, peace reigned, but one mystery remained unsolved. The Cokyrians had abducted forty-nine newborns, but returned only forty-eight bodies.

Now, as seventeen-year-old Princess Alera of Hytanica is besieged from all sides by suitors vying for the Throne, a teenage Cokyrian boy, Narian, is encountered within the walls of her Kingdom, a boy who will show Alera a world where women serve a purpose and not just a husband. As Narian helps Alera find her voice, she struggles against an arranged marriage that will shatter the life she has scarcely begun to live. And when Narian's shocking past is uncovered, and war with Cokyri looms once more, he must fight to defy a fate ordained at his birth." (From goodreads.com)

My Review: 
Legacy drew me in from the first page where Cayla Kluver sets up the Kingdom of Hytancia.  Alera, princess of Hytancia, deals with a marriage she does not want, the possible betrayal of someone close to her, and the sudden reappearance of the kingdom’s enemy the Cokyri.  Being the first born and part of the royal family Alera seems to live in a panopticon with everyone watching her every move and no one can keep a secret for long.  Alera has always been interested in the politics of her country but has to deal with the fact she is a woman and is looked down upon.  She must deal with everyone’s expectations of her and decide what she wants out of life.  When a boy from Cokyri, Narian, is captured inside Hytancia, Alera finds herself drawn to him.  I loved the character development for Narian who is very reserved with everyone around him, but around Alera begins to open up.  Steldor, Alera’s suitor, is the King’s first choice to take his place.  From his first scene I could feel his arrogance and while I don’t like him as a character the author does a good job developing him.  While Cokyri is the enemy I couldn’t help myself by cheering for them since they hold women in higher esteem than Hytancia.  With a possible war and prophecy that could destroy Hytancia Alera begins to grow up and makes difficult and important decisions for her life and kingdom.  There are some unexpected twists and with the politics of monarchy it’s hard to know who you can trust. I loved the writing style which kept me entertained and pulled me along at a great pace.  The book is almost 500 pages long but I was never bored for any of them because the characters came alive from the moment they were introduced and made me want to learn more.  This is a coming-of-age novel with mystery, intrigue, and romance which I think many people will enjoy. I didn’t agree with how the book ended but I’m interested to see where it goes in the next novel.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday

If I Die
By Rachel Vincent
Publication Date: September 20, 2011
Publisher: HarlequinTeen (Harlequin)

From Author's Website:
"NO ONE WANTS TO BE THIS TEACHER’S PET . . .

Everyone else is talking about Eastlake High’s gorgeous new math teacher, Mr. Beck, but Kaylee Cavanaugh has bigger things on her mind. Kaylee’s a banshee—her scream is a portent of death.

But the next scream might hit too close to home. Kaylee’s borrowed lifeline has almost run out.

Yeah—it’s a shock to her, too. So to distract herself from her own problems, Kaylee is determined to defend her school against the latest supernatural threat. That hot new teacher is really an incubus, who feeds from the desire of unsuspecting students. The only girls immune to his lure are Kaylee and Sabine, her boyfriend’s delinquent ex-girlfriend. Now the unlikely allies have to get rid of Mr. Beck…before he discovers they aren’t quite human either.

But Kaylee’s running out of time, and those who love her will do anything to save her life.

ANYTHING."

I can't wait to find out what happens next with Nash, Kaylee, Todd, and Sabine.  Although I will admit I still don't like Sabine...at all.

Contest to Win If I Die over at http://rkvincent.wordpress.com/2011/05/30/if-i-die-arc-giveaway/

Review: Born at Midnight

Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (Macmillan)
Publication Date: March 29, 2011


"Kylie Galen has had a lot of crap tossed in her lap lately. Her parents are getting a divorce for who the heck knows why. Her boyfriend broke up with her because she wouldn't put out. And her grandmother died because . . . well, older people do that. But now, Kylie's acquired a stalker and she hasn't a clue what he wants or how to get rid of him . . . and she really wants to get rid of him because apparently she's the only one who sees him. Thinking she may be losing it, her parents send her off to see a psychologist who gets Kylie sent to Shadow Falls Camp. Kylie and her parents think it's a camp for troubled teens.
They thought wrong.
Kylie's surrounded by vampires, werewolves, fairies, witches and shapeshifters. And if she believes what they tell her, she's one of them. They're just not sure exactly how she fits in. As Kylie struggles to cope with the realization that these creatures even exist, and the fact that she might not be human, she's got two hot guys, a werewolf and a half-fairy vying for her attention. And they can just keep vying. Kylie's determined that before she lets her heart loose on love, she needs to unearth the truth. What does the ghost want? Who can and can't she trust? And most of all . . . What is she?" (Author's website)


My Review:
Kylie has been dealing with her parent's divorce, her ex getting a new girlfriend, and being stalked by a silent solider.  She is arrested at a party that had drugs convincing her mom to send her to a camp for delinquents.    Her new roommates are a vampire and a witch and no one at camp can figure out what supernatural creature she is.  There is a bit of a love triangle although I would have liked to find out more about Lucas (werewolf) who seems to disappear throughout most of the book.  Lucas had a lot of potential but Kylie spends most of the book blaming him for her cat's death instead of asking him about it.  The other love interest Derek is really sweet but is constantly compared to her ex.  While the solider story was played out really well the other trouble the camp has been experiencing happened very quickly and seems to be for a bigger set up in the next book.  This was a fairly quick read with great writing, most of the focus is on interactions and development of the characters.  While the supernatural creatures used their powers once in a while, some more than others, it didn't feel like a prominent part of the story which was mostly Kylie's inner dialogue trying to figure out how to deal with her friends, parents, and boys.  No one seems to try very hard to figure out what Kylie is even though everyone questions her identity, they mostly focus on her power to see the ghost solider.  Also the death angels are referenced throughout the story but we don't find out anything else, so I'm guessing Hunter is saving it for the next book. Nothing is what it appears and there are some surprising turns in the novel.  The ending is pretty satisfactory and has a great set up for the next novel Awake at Dawn.  Overall it was an interesting read and I would be interested in reading the next book.

Review: Unraveled

Unraveled by Gena Showalter
Publisher: HarlequinTeen (Harlequin)
Publication Date: August 31, 2010

"For once, sixteen-year-old Aden Stone has everything he’s ever wanted:

A home.

Friends.

The girl of his dreams.

Too bad he’s going to die…

Since coming to Crossroads, Oklahoma, former outcast Aden Stone has been living the good life. Never mind that one of his best friends is a werewolf, his girlfriend is a vampire princess who hungers for his blood, and he’s supposed to be crowned Vampire King – while still a human! Well, kind of.

With four – oops, three now -- human souls living inside his head, Aden has always been “different” himself. These souls can time travel, raise the dead, possess another’s mind, and, his least favorite these days, tell the future.

The forecast for Aden? A knife through the heart.

Because a war is brewing between the creatures of the dark, and Aden is somehow at the center of it all. But he isn’t about to lie down and accept his destiny without a fight. Not when his new friends have his back, not when Victoria has risked her own future to be with him, and not when he has a reason to live for the first time in his life…" (From author's website)

My Review:
The second book in the Intertwined series does not let you down. Aden and the gang are dealing with the witches' curse while something seems to be going on with Mary Ann which affects her relationship with Riley. One of the things I liked about this book is we get to learn more about Victoria who I felt a little indifferent about her in the first book. Aden tries to figure out how to be the King of the vampires who are demanding he dates other girls so he can choose a Queen. There is a new adversary in the form of fairies. The pace and character interactions are amazing and some scenes will make you laugh out loud. Once again Mary and Riley's relations was my favorite and I can't wait to see more of it in book 3 Twisted where we will see Victoria and Riley's POV which is super exciting. There is an even bigger cliffhanger at the end that could be a game changer for Aden and Victoria.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Contests to Look into and Some Advice


 So many great opportunities to win some amazing books...*happy sigh*


win Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade

Win a summer tote bag with Moonglass by Jessi Kirby and We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han

Win a copy of Accused by Kate Kaynak

Win Daimon swag, Half-blood Swag, and a special rune stone swag (If you’re in NYC this week and have some free time this will be easy, if you’re like me and nowhere near there you are SOL)

1st prize: HEREAFTER hardcover pre-order, with 2-day shipping so you have it June 7th!
2nd prize: HEREAFTER hardcover pre-order, with standard shipping
3rd prize: HEREAFTER ARC and fun, book-related swag
4th prize: Fun, book-related swag

Win BEASTLY MOVIE TIE-IN EDITION by Alex Flinn, BEAUTY QUEENS by Libba Bray, CLARITY by Kim Harrington, DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth, HEREAFTER by Tara Hudson, THE IRON QUEEN by Julie Kagawa, LOST VOICES by Sarah Porter, A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL by Suzanne Young, NIGHTSPELL by Leah Cypess, PROM AND PREJUDICE by Elizabeth Eulberg, RUBY RED by Kerstin Gier, SHIVER by Maggie Stiefvater, STARCROSSED by Josephine Angelini, SUPERNATURALLY by Kiersten White and TEN THINGS WE DID (AND PROBABLY SHOULDN'T HAVE) by Sarah Mlynowski. And a bag full of summer essentials such as: a blue polka-dot beach towel, a Mega Fling Toss Game, a deck of invisible cards, an inflatable beach ball, Coppertone Sport Sunblock, H2O+ Mineral Spa Shower Gel, Crystal Light Drink Mix, a metallic sports bottle to keep your drink cool, and a terrific cap.

Even if you don't win you should raid your library as I did today and get some books to kick off your summer.  For example this is what I got today and plan to read before the due date June 14 (challenge accepted!):



Waiting on Wednesday

The Iron Quill
By Shelena Shorts
Publication Date: August 1, 2011
Publisher:Lands Atlantic Publishing

From Author's Website
"With Weston's self-imposed forty-eight hour deadline having already lapsed, Sophie's patience is pushed to the max—especially with her realization that his concern is not for his own well-being, but for hers.

Just when they embrace a reconnection, she'll learn that her greatest threat is not necessarily something that might happen in the future, but something that’s happening… right now. And this time, Sophie and Wes will need the help of more than one person to fix it—even if it means giving up his secret.

With time forever moving, and the dark cloud at its lowest, the third book in the Pace Series stays true to its signature grace and determination as Sophie and Weston take the biggest detour so far."

Great Sci-Fi series, you should read the first two in the series, The Pace (book 1) and The Broken Lake (book). Has a really interesting idea and I can't wait to see where the author takes it.

Book crush: Wes

Monday, May 23, 2011

If Your in NYC...

You should head over to the Jarvis Center for the BookExpo of America (BEA). Authors, signed books, and everything book related is going on over there. Sadly I can't go this year, hopefully next year. Great things you should check out is:

1. Spencer Hill Press booth #4779 who are giving out a bunch of SWAG and ARCs.
2. Lisa Desrochers giving out copies of Personal Demons and signed ARC's of Original Sin.
3. Gena Showalter signing ARCs of Twisted.
4. R.L. Stine will be there (My first chapter book was A Night in Terror Tower)
5. Meg Cabot will also be in NYC at that time so go check her out. I just found out she will be going to a book store next to my college and I won't be there...NOOO! it's even worse than missing Suzanne Collins when she was there right after Mockingjay came out and I was still on summer vacation.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Review: Intertwined


Intertwined by Gena Showalter
Publisher: HarlequinTeen (Harlequin)
Publication Date: August 19, 2009



"His eyes are the window to his souls . . .

Most sixteen-year-olds have friends. Aden Stone has four human souls living inside him:

One can time-travel.

One can raise the dead.

One can tell the future.

And one can possess another human.

Everyone thinks he's crazy, which is why he's spent his entire life shuffled between mental institutions and juvie. All of that is about to change, however. For months Aden has been having visions of a beautiful girl -- a girl who carries centuries old secrets. A girl who will either save him or destroy him.

Together they'll enter a dark world of intrigue and danger . . . but not everyone will come out alive." (From author's website)

My Review:
Aden is sent to a foster home in Oklahoma as a last resort and if it doesn't work out he will be locked up in a psychiatric hospital. He has been having premonitions of a beautiful girl that he will fall in love with so he is desperate to stay. The book starts off with the main character fighting off zombies and only gets better from there. Showalter writes believable character that I loved getting to know. I kept trying to figure out what would happen but the plot kept me guessing, the book hits its stride once all the main characters get to know each other (Aden, Victoria, Mary Ann, and Riley). There is a lot of action and mystery about why four spirits are trapped inside Aden's head.  I found it very refreshing that Mary Ann and Aden aren't interested in each other and become great friends.  The character came alive for me and Showalter writes believable dialogue and interactions.  We get to see the book from Mary Ann's and Aden's POVs which was a great aspect because it allows the reader to learn more about all the characters as opposed to one POV. My favorite couple is Mary Ann and Riley, they have great chemistry. It ends in a cliffhanger so I would suggest having the second book nearby.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Review: Accused


Accused by Kate Kaynak
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Release Date: August 15, 2011


My Rating 5/5 stars (Must Read)

"Someone in the government has files about Ganzfield... and now they have Maddie. The story continues with the fourth installment of the Ganzfield series." (From publisher's website)

My Review:
This is the fourth book in the Ganzfield series, so if you haven't read the first three you should stop and go read them now. I don't know where to begin, I was hooked from the beginning as government agents took Maddie into custody. Maddie faces alot of challenges in this book and you can feel her emotions vividly through the words. We also get to see other favorite characters such as Trevor (of course), Rachel, Drew, Seth, etc. There are many surprising turn of events throughout the novel that I just couldn't put it down. The romance between Trevor and Maddie is as amazing as ever (I want my own Trevor) but their relationship is put the test. A new adversary is introduced that poses a threat to everyone in Ganzfield. The cliffhanger will leave you gasping and make you wonder about Maddie's future. I have no idea how I'm going to wait till the next book. This is the best book in the series so far. Make sure you don't have anything important to do because you will not be able to put it down. I was so hyped after reading it that I just had to write this review right away and it leads into...

Waiting on Wednesday


Operative
By: Kate Kaynak
Publication Date: March 2012
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press


After reading Accused this became my must read book for 2012.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

In My Mailbox

So I just started this blog recently, and am excited to start the IMM meme about books I'm going to be receiving next week to kick off my summer. I'll be writing reviews as I finish them.

1.

Abandon by Meg Cabot
Publisher: Point (Scholastic)
Publication Date: April 26, 2011


A modern retelling of the Persephone and Hades myth. I started reading Meg Cabot's books in middle school starting with 1-800-Where-R-You (reprinted: Vanished), Mediator Series, Princess Diaries, etc. From the excerpts on her website I cannot wait to find out what happens next.

2.

Die for Me by Amy Plum
Publisher: HarperTeen (HarperCollins)
Publication Date: May 10, 2011


There has been alot of hype about this book and I can't wait to start reading it. I've read the first chapter on amazon.com and am excited to learn more about the revenants.


3.

The Emerald Talisman by Brenda Pandos
Publisher: Obsidian Mountain Publishing
Publication Date: August 1, 2010



This book caught my eye a while ago since I kept seeing it on different book review sites and I decided to give it a shot. Mystery, stalkers...I can't wait till tuesday.

4.

Past Midnight by Mara Purnhagen
Publisher: HalequinTeen (Harlequin)
Publication Date: September 1, 2010


I just started reading this last night, I'll hold off saying anything until I finish the book.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Great Contests to Check Out


Who doesn't love free stuff especially when it involves books. Check out all these great contests going on:


1. Lisa Desrochers is giving away a signed copy of Original Sin and Gayle Forman's book Where She Went over at: http://lisadesrochers.blogspot.com/2011/05/my-fifth-of-many-contests-for-no-reason.html#comments

2. Kate Kaynak is also holding a contest on her blog to win a signed copy of Accused (book 4 in Ganzfield series)over at: http://thedisgruntledbear.blogspot.com/2011/05/contest.html

3. The Knight Agency is having their weekly Freebie Friday to win the book Demons Prefer Blonds by Sidney Ayers over at: http://knightagency.blogspot.com/2011/05/happy-freebie-friday_13.html#links

4. Check out Jennifer Armentrout's Daimon Blog Tour that is having a giveaway over at: http://preternaturalprimer.blogspot.com/2011/05/daimon-blog-tour-presents-interview.html

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday


Twisted
By Gena Showalter
Publication Date: August 30, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen


From Author's Website:
"SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD ADEN STONE HAS HAD A HELL OF A WEEK. HE’S BEEN:

Tortured by angry witches.
Hypnotized by a vengeful faery.
Spied on by the most powerful vampire in existence.
And, oh, yeah. Killed – twice.

His vampire girlfriend might have brought him back to life, but he’s never felt more out of control. There’s a darkness within him, something taking over . . . changing him. Worse, because he was meant to die, death now stalks him at every turn. Any day could be his last.

Once upon a time, the three souls trapped inside his head could have helped him. He could have protected himself. But as the darkness grows stronger, the souls grow weaker – just like his girlfriend. The more vampire Aden becomes, the more human Victoria becomes, until everything they know and love is threatened.

Life couldn’t get any worse. Could it?"


Since there is some time before the book comes out you should read the first two books in the series: Intertwined and Unraveled.

Book crush from this series: Riley

Daimon Free Read



Hey!
Check out the prequel to Half-Blood over at:
http://www.site.spencerhillpress.com/Daimon.php

Daimon by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication Date: May 10, 2011


"For three years, Alexandria has lived among mortals—pretending to be like them and trying to forget the duty she'd been trained to fulfill as a child of a mortal and a demigod. At seventeen, she's pretty much accepted that she's a freak by mortal standards… and that she'll never be prepared for that duty.

According to her mother, that’s a good thing.

But as every descendant of the gods knows, Fate has a way of rearing her ugly head. A horrifying attack forces Alex to flee Miami and try to find her way back to the very place her mother had warned her she should never return—the Covenant. Every step that brings her closer to safety is one more step toward death… because she's being hunted by the very creatures she'd once trained to kill.

The daimons have found her."


Once your done go over to:
http://www.bookscompleteme.com/2011/05/exclusive-excerpt-half-blood-by.html

to read an excerpt from Half-Blood.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Review: Half-Blood


Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Release Date: September 15, 2011


My Rating: 5/5 stars (Must read)


"The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi—pure-bloods—have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals—well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures.

Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:

Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden.

Unfortunately, she’s crushing hard on the pure-blooded Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn’t her biggest problem--staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck."(from author's website)

My Review:
This book captured my attention from the first page, where the reader is dropped right in the middle of the action. Alex, the main character, is strong and not afraid to stand up for herself. Her mother has died and she is trying to figure out how to survive. You find yourself cheering for her to become a Sentinel, despite the inequality between half and pure bloods. I also fell in love with the supporting character specifically Aiden St. Delphi (needless to say I have another book crush). Armentrout strikes the perfect balance of action and romance. The world building was amazing it made me wish I could train at the super exclusive Covenant. I don't want to spoil anything so I won't say too much more, other than I cannot wait till the second book Pure comes out next spring. How addicting is this book? I read through most of the night even though I had a 9:50 class in the morning, I just couldn't put it down.

Lisa Rogers and The Knight Agency Giveaway

Hey author of Angelina's Secret is hosting a giveaway check it out at:http://talkingaboutghost.blogspot.com/2011/05/giveaway.html

Also The Knight Agency is hosting their weekly Freebie Friday where you can win an autographed copy of Ghost Huntress: The Discovery over at: http://knightagency.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Jennifer Armentrout (Author of Half-Blood) Contest

Check out Jennifer's awesome contest over at her blog http://jenniferarmentrout.blogspot.com/2011/05/six-sentence-sunday-and-contest.html

She's giving out some great prizes such as
First place winner receives:

* A Signed and Personalized (with doodles) Print Copy of Daimon
* Daimon Swag
* Half-Blood Swag

Second place winner receives:

* An e book format of Daimon
* Daimon Swag
* Half-Blood Swag

Third place winner receives:

* Daimon swag
* Half-Blood swag

This contest will be running till May 8th.

Win an ARC of Original Sin

Lisa Desrochers is holding another contest at http://lisadesrochers.blogspot.com/2011/05/fourth-of-many-contests-for-no-reason.html

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Another Chance to Win

Lisa Desrochers is having another contest at her blog. Go check it out: http://lisadesrochers.blogspot.com/2011/04/third-of-many-contests-for-no-reason.html

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Contest by Lisa Desrochers pt 2

http://lisadesrochers.blogspot.com/2011/04/second-of-many-contests-for-no-reason.html
Check it out!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Kate Kaynak contest

Kate Kaynak is having an awesome giveaway for the book Graceling on her blog: http://thedisgruntledbear.blogspot.com/2011/03/giveawaygraceling.html?showComment=1301294110382:

Lisa Desrochers Contest

Lisa Desrochers is having an amazing contest on her website at:http://lisadesrochers.blogspot.com/2011/03/first-of-many-contests-win-os-pd-and.html#comments