Saturday, September 29, 2012

October TBR Pile

Halloween Themed!!!!! :D :D :D
What I plan on reading:
  • Grave Witch (Alex Craft #1) by Kaylana Price
  • Gone (Gone #1) by Michael Grant
  • Dark Inside (Dark Inside #1) by Jeyn Roberts
  • Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr
  • Sweet Evil (Sweet Trilogy #1) by Wendy Higgins
  • This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers
  • Dreaming Awake (Falling Under #2) by Gwen Hayes
  • Rot & Ruin (Benny Imura #1) by Jonathan Maberry
  • Dust & Decay (Benny Imura #2) by Jonathan Maberry
  • Ten by Gretchen McNeil 
  • Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
  • Hollowland (The Hollows #1) by Amanda Hocking
  • Exiled (The Protector #1) by M.R. Merrick
Like I said in the video, I'm still open to more Halloween themed suggestions! So if you have anymore for me to look into just leave me a comment! :)

Stacking The Shelves [#22]

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews as a way to share all the books we got during the week!

Sorry if I sound a little off. My allergies are acting up a little so my nose is a little blocked up. 
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Review: Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

Incarceron (Incarceron #1)
Author: Catherine Fisher
Publisher: Dial
Publication Date: January 26, 2010
Pages: 442
Source: Hardcover/Borrowed

A thrilling, high-concept fantasy for fans of Garth Nix and Nancy Farmer.

Incarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells, but also metal forests, dilapidated cities, and vast wilderness. Finn, a seventeen-year-old prisoner, has no memory of his childhood and is sure that he came from Outside Incarceron. Very few prisoners believe that there is an Outside, however, which makes escape seems impossible.

And then Finn finds a crystal key that allows him to communicate with a girl named Claudia. She claims to live Outside- she is the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, and doomed to an arranged marriage. Finn is determined to escape the prison, and Claudia believes she can help him. But they don't realize that there is more to Incarceron than meets the eye. Escape will take their greatest courage and cost more than they know.


Review: After getting through the first few chapters I really enjoyed this book. It wasn't because the first few chapters were bad, it was because things were a bit confusing to me at times until it was explained. But even in the confusion those chapters were still pretty good writing wise. This book was definitely unique! But in a good way! 

Finn. He is trapped inside Incarceron. A prison that's alive. It listens to everything you say and it even responds sometimes. Its a prison that doesn't let any of its sons or daughters even find a way of escaping (or so it seems). Finn is a starseer (he has visions) but yet hes haunted by these pieces of memories he seems to remember that makes him think he wasn't born there, but outside and brought in. These feelings get even stronger when he get his hands on a crystal, the key to Incarceron. 

Claudia. She lives on the outside, where everyone thinks Incarceron is a paradise. She's also the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron. She's doomed to an arranged marriage to the Queen's son. Only, this isn't her first engagement. She was originally engaged to the Queen's half son Giles (the King was married before to someone else), and original heir to the throne. Only he died, or so it seems, until Claudia gets some evidence that shows he might still actually be alive and in Incarceron. Then she finds her dads crystal to Incarceron and everything changes.

Once Finn and Claudia get those crystals they find they are able to communicate through them. And through the crystals Claudia learns from Finn that Incarceron isn't the paradise everyone makes it out to be, and Claudia learns that her father isn't the man she thought he was. Through the crystal two things become very clear to Claudia and Finn. Finn knows there is an Outside and believes he really has been there, and Claudia knows that she needs to help Finn escape, by all means possible. I loved seeing the two of them work together through the crystal to uncover the lies surrounding Incarceron. I also loved seeing the two of them grow as they learned more about the lies surrounding them. I definitely can't wait to read Sapphique and see what happens with all the lies and secrets now out in the open. 

4 Stars!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Review: Shadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Shadows (Lux #0.5)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Entangled
Publication Date: February 21, 2012
Pages: 179
Source: Kindle Book/Own

The last thing Dawson Black expected was Bethany Williams. As a Luxen, an alien life form on Earth, human girls are…well, fun. But since the Luxen have to keep their true identities a secret, falling for one would be insane.

Dangerous. Tempting. Undeniable.

Bethany can’t deny the immediate connection between her and Dawson. And even though boys aren’t a complication she wants, she can’t stay away from him. Still, whenever they lock eyes, she’s drawn in.

Captivated. Lured. Loved.

Dawson is keeping a secret that will change her existence...and put her life in jeopardy. But even he can’t stop risking everything for one human girl. Or from a fate that is as unavoidable as love itself.


Review: I loved Dawson!!! I seriously loved Dawsons story! It is fantastic! I definitely like Dawson more than Daemon. He is TEN times nicer than his brothers been. He was so sweet and protective over Bethany! I loved the connection him and Bethany had even before he saved her and formed what we later know as that special connection like what Katy and Daemon have. I loved how Dawson stood up for what he wanted and didn't back down from it for anyone, even his brother. He wanted Beth and he refused to give her up over worries about the DOD! He is just amazing! And Beth! She's pretty cool too! She didn't flip out about the whole Alien thing! She accepted Dawson for who he was! 

After reading Shadows though I do completely understand why Daemon is the way his is in Obsidian! It definitely made things clearer for me. 

4 1/2 Stars!

Halloween Book Suggetions

Hey everyone! I'm looking for some suggestions for the month of October. I'm looking for suggestions that fit with the Halloween theme. You know like books with ghosts, zombies, killers on the loose! Anything scary, creepy or like the sort. I'm gathering a list of suggestions to look up and choose from so let me know what you'd suggest!

Heres a few suggestions I already have (and plan on using):
  • Ten by Gretchen McNeil
  • Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
  • Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
  • Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr
  • Gone by Michael Grant
  • Hollowland by Amanda Hocking
  • This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers
I'm looking to get enough to have my entire months filled with halloween themed book reviews! (I post like 3 or 4 reviews a week depending on what I'm reading). So ya, I still more suggestions! So let me know yours in the comments! I'll have my list of halloween themed reads ready for my October TBR video!

Waiting On Wednesday [#57]

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

Opal (Lux #3)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Expected Publication: December 11, 2012

No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well... There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different... And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger... and they know it.



This is a no brainer for my pick this week since the cover was revealed on Friday. Do I even have to explain why I'm excited for this?!?! More Daemon!!! Hello! Lol. Not to mention after the way Onyx ended. I seriously like need this NOW!!!! Lol. 

Also, I'm looking for some Halloween themed kind of books (like books with ghosts, zombies etc.) for the month of October, and I'm looking for suggestions! Let me know what you think I should read here!  


What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

New Releases September 25-October 1

Dearly, Beloved (Gone With The Respiration #2)
Author: Lia Habel
Publisher: Del Rey
Publication Date: September 25, 2012

Can the living coexist with the living dead?

That’s the question that has New Victorian society fiercely divided ever since the mysterious plague known as “The Laz” hit the city of New London and turned thousands into walking corpses. But while some of these zombies are mindless monsters, hungry for human flesh, others can still think, speak, reason, and control their ravenous new appetites.

Just ask Nora Dearly, the young lady of means who was nearly kidnapped by a band of sinister zombies but valiantly rescued by a dashing young man . . . of the dead variety.

Nora and her savior, the young zombie soldier Bram Griswold, fell hopelessly in love. But others feel only fear and loathing for the reanimated dead. Now, as tensions grow between pro- and anti-zombie factions, battle lines are being drawn in the streets. And though Bram is no longer in the New Victorian army, he and his ex-commando zombie comrades are determined to help keep the peace. That means taking a dangerous stand between The Changed, a radical group of sentient zombies fighting for survival, and The Murder, a masked squad of urban guerrillas hellbent on destroying the living dead. But zombies aren’t the only ones in danger: Their living allies are also in The Murder’s crosshairs, and for one vengeful zealot, Nora Dearly is the number one target.

As paranoia, prejudice, and terrorist attacks threaten to plunge the city into full-scale war, Nora’s scientist father and his team continue their desperate race to unlock the secrets of “The Laz” and find a cure. But their efforts may be doomed when a mysterious zombie appears bearing an entirely new strain of the virus—and the nation of New Victoria braces for a new wave of the apocalypse.

Lia Habel’s spellbinding, suspenseful sequel to Dearly, Departed takes her imaginative mash-up of period romance, futuristic thriller, and zombie drama to a whole new level of innovative and irresistible storytelling.


Shadows (Ashes Trilogy #2)
Author: Ilsa J. Bick
Publisher: Egmont USA
Publication Date: September 25, 2012

The Apocalypse does not end. The Changed will grow in numbers. The Spared may not survive.

Even before the EMPs brought down the world, Alex was on the run from the demons of her past and the monster living in her head. After the world was gone, she believed Rule could be a sanctuary for her and those she’d come to love.
But she was wrong.

Now Alex is in the fight of her life against the adults, who would use her, the survivors, who don’t trust her, and the Changed, who would eat her alive.

Welcome to Shadows, the second book in the haunting apocalyptic Ashes Trilogy: where no one is safe and humans may be the worst of the monsters.

A Fractured Light (A Beautiful Dark #2)
Author: Jocelyn Davies
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: September 25, 2012

When she wakes up in unfamiliar surroundings, Skye knows something terrible has happened to her. It's not until she hears Asher, the dark, rebellious angel she fell in love with, that the memories come flooding back. She tries to put the past behind her, but she knows she'll be forever haunted by the ruthless betrayal that almost took her life.

Skye returns home, but with the knowledge of who she really is, nothing can ever be the same. As she tests the limits of her newfound powers, Skye discovers that she's capable of far more than anyone could have imagined. Both the Order and the Rebellion want her for their side as war between the factions looms. She can't forget the terrifying truth she now knows about the Order, but something holds her back from embracing the Rebellion.

"A Fractured Light" picks up right after "A Beautiful Dark"'s shocking cliffhanger ending and is perfect for fans of Lauren Kate's "Fallen" and Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush, Hush saga.


Alice In Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles #1)
Author: Gena Showalter
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: September 25, 2012

She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.

Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real….

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies….


I wish I could go back and do a thousand things differently.
I'd tell my sister no.
I'd never beg my mother to talk to my dad.
I'd zip my lips and swallow those hateful words.
Or, barring all of that, I'd hug my sister, my mom and my dad one last time.
I'd tell them I love them.
I wish... Yeah, I wish.

Falling To Ash (Moth #1)
Author: Karen Mahoney
Publisher: Corgi
Publication Date: September 27, 2012

You can’t choose your family... living or dead.

Trapped between two very different worlds, newly made vampire Moth is struggling to find her place in either. Not only does she have to answer to her strict Irish-Catholic Dad, but her over-protective maker, Theo, is intent on making her the star attraction in his powerful Boston vampire clan. Moth will have to pull off the double-act of the century to please both of them...

Adding to her problems is the dangerously attractive Jason Murdoch, a trainee vampire hunter who loves to play cat and mouse in his spare time (Jace = cat; Moth = mouse). But when the teenagers of Boston’s wealthiest families start to disappear, it forces Moth and Jace into an uneasy truce. Will they be able to solve the mystery behind the disappearances—before someone winds up undead?


Other New Releases This Week:
Scorch (Croak #2) by Gina Damico (9/25/12) [Graphia]
Yesterday by C.K. Kelly Martin (9/25/12) [Random House]
Covet (The Clann #2) by Melissa Darnell (9/25/12) [Harlequin Teen]
The Mephisto Kiss (The Mephisto Covenant #2) by Trinity Faegen (9/25/12) [Egmont USA]
The Blessed (The Blessed #1) by Tonya Hurley (9/25/12) [Simon & Schuster]
League Of Strays by L.B. Schulman (10/1/12) [Amulet]

Cover Reveal: Hollywood Holiday by Sasha Summers

The Blurb:
All she wants for Christmas is for Hollywood to love her again. But once she meets him, her Christmas list changes.
Jen’s only Christmas wish: Hollywood falling back in love with her. Meeting ex-Marine Gunner was a bonus. She likes that he isn’t impressed by celebrities or the movie biz. She likes that he’s funny and sweet … and drop-dead gorgeous. And she loves that he has no idea who her alter-ego is: Jen Fleming, Hollywood bad-girl and paparazzi target number one. Why ruin an amazing affair when he’s leaving after the new year?

But the closer they get, the harder she falls, and the more she wants to tell Gunner everything. Especially once he shares his secret with her.

Her new Christmas wish: Gunner accepts and loves her for who she really is. 


Know More about Red Carpet Series Book 1: Hollywood Ever After (Paperback Giveaway)
She wasn't meant for movie stars, Hollywood, or happy endings.

And then she met him.

Happy Endings are for fairy tales. Or the movies. Not for real life. At least, not in Claire’s life. Even though she’s starting over, she knows better than to want too much this time. But when she falls, literally, into the strong arms of Hollywood’s ‘it’ boy Josh Wiley, Claire’s in for some surprises. Her plans for rest and relaxation are forgotten as one incredible night with Josh becomes two… And her heart begins to want him as much as her body. Will two kids, one bastard ex-husband, and Josh’s juggernaut career mean the end of their affair? Or can Claire find her happy ending after all?




About The Author: 

Sasha is part gypsy. Her passions have always been storytelling, Hollywood, history, and travel. It’s no surprise that her books include a little of each. Her first play, ‘Greek Gods and Goddesses’ was written for her Girl Scout troupe. She’s been writing ever since. She loves getting lost in the worlds and characters she creates; even if she frequently forgets to run the dishwasher or wash socks when she’s doing so. Luckily, her four brilliant children and hero-inspiring hubby are super understanding and supportive.



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Monday, September 24, 2012

Teaser Tuesday [#58]

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along! just do the following:

1. Grab your current read
2. Open to a random page
3. 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!)
4. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!

1. "The last thing he felt was Bethany being pulled from his limp arms."

2. "A finality of black crashed over him in waves he couldnt surface from, welcoming him into the nothingness that dug in deep, refusing to ever let him go."

-"Shadows (Lux #0.5)" by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Blog Tour: Brightest Kind Of Darkness by P.T. Michelle Review + Giveaway


Brightest Kind Of Darkness (Brightest Kind Of Darkness #1)
Author: P.T. Michelle
Publication Date: June 27, 2011
Pages: 357
Source: Kindle Review Copy/From Author/Blog Tour

Amazon / Barnes & Noble

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

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

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



Review: I really enjoyed this book! It was definitely a different, unique take on seeing the future and fate! I read it all in one afternoon! It is definitely a book you will read in one sitting (ya, its that good!) I really loved the mystery behind Nara losing her dreams for a while and not knowing why! I also loved the whole mystery behind Ethan and how he knew her so well when she had barely even talked to him before! 

Nara. I really like this girl! She deals with dreams outlining the events of her next day (which gets kinda boring after a while since you always know whats going to happen). Until the day she interferes with fate to prevent a bombing at her school. Then all of a sudden after that day she starts losing her dreams and she doesn't know why! I totally felt her loss! She had these dreams every night for years and then all of a sudden they're gone? Where did they go? And how does she get them back? And how does this new guy Ethan fit into the picture and know so much about me all of a sudden?

Ethan. New guy at school. Not much of a people person. Until he starts seeing this girl Nara's dreams. Why am I able to see her dreams when they have nothing to do with darkness? Why are her dreams full of light able to get through all the darkness I absorb? How do I tell her I have her dreams without freaking her out?

I really loved the two of them getting to know each other. They understood each other, and helped each other in so many ways! They are fantastic for each other! I enjoyed seeing the two of them figure out the mystery behind why bad things were suddenly happening to people around the school and trying to help each other figure out their powers and whatnot. These two were really smart. They didn't just play dumb to everything. They might not have understood things at certain times, but they took everything seriously and when it came time to put the puzzle together all the pieces just clicked into place and revealed the problem. Now fixing the problem became a whole other issue. You see. Fate is a massive jerk. He would rather try and get rid of Nara than just let her help certain people. I loved Ethan so much! He worked so hard to protect Nara, no matter what the circumstances! And when he couldn't protect her from it, he stood by her side to help her confront it. And when she just needed someone to talk to he was there for that as well. He is seriously a fantastic guy and perfect for Nara! And his plan at the end to help Nara be able to confront Fate... Genius! I totally wouldn't have put all those pieces together and thought to do that, but Ethan is a genius and his plan worked! 

I cant wait to buy myself a copy of Lucid! Because after reading BKoD I definitely need more of this series!

4 1/2 Stars!
About The Author:

P.T. Michelle is author of the young adult series BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS. When P.T. isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading or taking pictures of landscapes, sunsets and anything beautiful or odd in nature.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Cover Reveal: Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

 
No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well... There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different... And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger... and they know it. 
  


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USA TODAY Bestselling author, Jennifer L. Armentrout, lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She also writes adult romance under the name J. Lynn.

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I am so excited that I got to take part in this cover reveal! I am dying for Opal to come out!!! Now the cover! I love love love it!! Especially the color!!! It looks fantastic!!!! :)
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