Monday, October 31, 2011

Review: The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

The Goddess Test (Goddess Test #1)
Author: Aimee Carter
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: April 19, 2011
Pages: 293
Source: Paperback/Library

It's always been just Kate and her mom—and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear her mother won't live past the fall. 

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld—and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.


Kate is sure he's crazy—until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride, and a goddess.

Review: So I really wanted to like this book more than I actually did. So I'll start off with the good. It was a fast read, which in no way is a bad thing. I read this book in 3 hours. Which was a good thing because I had to return it to the library the same day. Lol. So I really enjoyed the modern day take on the myth of Persephone and Hades. I mean it doesn't follow it step by step but in general its the story of them. I was always a big big fan of Greek mythology in high school, so I was interested in how the gods and goddesses would be played out in this book.

Kate had no idea she was going to be put through seven tests to become immortal and to be Hades/Henry's wife just to save her friend. So I really enjoyed when we found out what the seven tests were. The seven deadly sins, I found that really cool though even I didn't pick up on it until it was put out in the open. I also really liked how dedicated Kate was to take care of her dying mom before she was brought to Eden. I also liked how she was slow to trust the people in her new surroundings. She was deadset determined once she found out she was going to be tested to pass every test. That was also pretty cool too because I am also someone who can be determined so it was nice to read about a girl just as determined as me.

The bad I guess. I don't know, something about this book didn't pull me in as much as I thought it would. I also didn't feel as connected to Kate as I have with other characters in books. I cant place it but I also felt like there was something either missing or something that could have made the book more interesting. I loved the story but I felt like it was to easy to guess what was going to happen next. At least in my opinion.

Overall, I did enjoy the book and I probably will pick up the next one but this book isn't being added to my absolute favorites.

3 Stars!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

In My Mailbox [#12]

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren where we share new books we bought, received, won etc.

This Week I Bought: 
  • Destined by P.C. & Kristin Cast (House of Night #9) YAY!

My Library Haul:
NetGalley:

For Review:
  • Borrowing Abby Grace (Episodes 1 & 2) by Kelly Green*

*Thanks to Kelly for asking me to review these! :)

Whats in your mailbox?

TBR Intervention Challenge [#3]

TBR Intervention is a weekly challenge hosted by Dani@RefractedLight, Anayami@Whatever You Can Still Betray & April@Books4Juliet

The goal of this challenge is to help each other (fellow readers and bloggers) manage our enormous and constantly growing TBR (To-Be-Read) List. The rules are simple and everyone is encouraged to participate. It does not force you to commit to more than what you can manage to read in a week or so, but participants are encouraged to read at least one book within a week. You are free to choose the book you want to read and commit to this challenge. You may post your entry every Saturday, at the frequency of your choice--EVERY WEEK or EVERY TWO WEEKS. However, we will sponsor this event regularly every Saturday. 

Here are the rules: 

1. Post the book(s) you committed to read in your last TBR Intervention post and tell us something about it. Did you finish it? Did you enjoy it or not? Post the link to your review (if you have one).

2. Post a book that you want to read and already own. Pick something that has been sitting on your shelf for too long now (6 months or longer). Commit to read the book in the next couple of days or week.


3. Grab the TBR Intervention Button and post it on your blog sidebar so you will be constantly reminded of the challenge, making it easier for you to commit. This will also encourage other readers/bloggers/visitors to join the challenge.


4. Add the link to your post in the Linky below and make sure to visit the other blogs. Comment, encourage, and spread the love to our fellow readers.
Last Weeks TBR Book: 
Lock and Key
Author: Sarah Dessen 

So I'm gonna keep this short and simple since I have a ton of blogging to do today. I enjoyed this book. And I'll have a review posted eventually. I cant give you a time on this one. Lol. 











This week I'm committing to read: 
Shadowland
Author: Alyson Noel

Summary From Goodreads: 
Ever and Damen have traveled through countless past lives—and fought off the world’s darkest enemies—so they could be together forever.  But just when their long-awaited destiny is finally within reach, a powerful curse falls upon Damen…one that could destroy everything.  Now a single touch of their hands or a soft brush of their lips could mean sudden death—plunging Damen into the Shadowland.   Desperate to break the curse and save Damen, Ever immerses herself in magick—and gets help from an unexpected source…a surfer named Jude.

Although she and Jude have only just met, he feels startlingly familiar.  Despite her fierce loyalty to Damen, Ever is drawn to Jude, a green-eyed golden boy with magical talents and a mysterious past.  She’s always believed Damen to be her soulmate and one true love—and she still believes it to be true.  But as Damen pulls away to save them, Ever’s connection with Jude grows stronger—and tests her love for Damen like never before…

So I've had this book sitting on my shelf for probably a year now. I loved Evermore and Blue Moon so much!!! But idk what it is with this book but I keep struggling to keep myself interested in it. I've tried at least 3 times to read it but I only get a couple pages in before I get bored with it and pick up something else. I really wanna give this book another chance though because I loved the first two books and want to continue the series. 

Friday, October 28, 2011

The Hunger Games Movie Posters!

So I know a lot of you have probably already seen these but OMG! They are totally worth showing off more!









































































OMG! They look so amazing! My fave is definitely the Katniss one! What about you guys?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Follow Friday [#11]

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Its a way to get out there and meet new bloggers and discover new blogs. :)

Q. If you could have dinner with your favorite book character, who would you eat with and what would you serve?

I would have dinner with Cassie & Adam from The Secret Circle and I'd serve Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo. Yum!

Book Blogger HopQ. What is your favorite Halloween costume? Even if you don't celebrate, what kinds of costumes do you like?

My favorite costume is a witch costume. I'm a sucker for witch costumes. I dont know how many years I went as a witch. Lol. This year I've changed it up a little though. I'm going as a fallen angel! Yay! I'm excited for that.

Just so everyone knows, Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Jen at Crazy-For-Books



 So the pic on the left is the outfit I'm gonna wear, a black tank top and black skinny jeans. And the pic on the right is more of a close up of the halo and wings. :D

Review: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Unearthly (Unearthly #1)
Author: Cynthia Hand
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: January 4, 2011
Pages: 435
Source: Hardcover/Library

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

Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a
purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place—and out of place at the same time. Because there's another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make—between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.

Review:
I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book seeing as it wasn't even on my radar until I saw it at the library and picked it up. So after finding out it is about angels I decided to give it a go. I definitely enjoyed this more than I expected to! Unearthly isn't like any of the other angel books I've read, which made me want to read it that much more! I loved the whole idea of having a purpose on earth. It made the story amazingly good! I enjoyed following Clara as she learned more about her purpose and the history of the angels. I found the history of the angels and all that comes with being part angel very interesting. Such as how glory works, how you can make another angel show themselves and the languages. It was all so cool! I also enjoyed her friends, they made the story fun in times where her purpose wasn't the main focus. So far my favorite friend of hers is Angela, not just because we find out she's a lot like Clara but also because she was also a lot of fun. 


Ok, now to the boys. I don't have a team right now, I really don't. I'm so torn between Tucker and Christian! I really liked how the author portrayed them both and because of that I can't decide. Christian sounds really hot the way he's described, and after Tucker started opening up more to Clara he ended up being really sweet. I think I'm more on team Christian after what we learned at the end of the book about him. I'll admit, finding out what he is was a total shock to me! It definitely left me wanting Hallowed to hurry up and come out even more than I wanted it already!

I'd definitely suggest this to others, especially if you like angel books! And also if you want to read a story more about the good angels than the fallen angels. Don't get me wrong, fallen angel stories are amazing but its nice to change it up with a story about the good ones too! :)

5 Stars! 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday [#10]

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

Hallowed (Unearthly #2)
Author: Cynthia Hand
Publication Date: January 17, 2012

For months part-angel Clara Gardner trained to face the raging forest fire from her visions and rescue the alluring and mysterious Christian Prescott from the blaze. But nothing could prepare her for the fateful decisions she would be forced to make that day, or the startling revelation that her purpose—the task she was put on earth to accomplish—is not as straightforward as she thought. Now, torn between her increasingly complicated feelings for Christian and her love for her boyfriend, Tucker, Clara struggles to make sense of what she was supposed to do the day of the fire. And, as she is drawn further into the world of part angels and the growing conflict between White Wings and Black Wings, Clara learns of the terrifying new reality that she must face: Someone close to her will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning. 

I really liked Unearthly so I definitely cant wait for this. :)

What are you waiting on this week?

Monday, October 24, 2011

Teaser Tuesday [#11]

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. "A few hours later, the stampede of feet shakes me from slumber. I look around in bewilderment. It's not yet dawn, but my stinging eyes can see it."

2. "It would be hard to miss the wall of fire descending on me."

pg. 171 of "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins

1. "At first he appeared to be human. He had a human male's form, youthful and unmarked as a fledgling or a vampyre. But his movements were too fast to be human."

2. "In a blur he struck. Attacking from behind he grasped the closest Raven Mocker by his upraised wings and in a single, horrible motion ripped them from his body."

p. 47 of "Destined" by P.C. & Kristin Cast

Review: The Host by Stephenie Meyer

The Host (The Host #1)
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Publisher: Little Brown
Publication Date: May 6, 2008
Pages: 619
Source: Hardcover/Own

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact and continue their lives apparently unchanged. Most of humanity has succumbed.

When Melanie, one of the few remaining "wild" humans, is captured, she is certain it is her end. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, was warned about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the glut of senses, the too-vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind. 


Wanderer probes Melanie's thoughts, hoping to discover the whereabouts of the remaining human resistance. Instead, Melanie fills Wanderer's mind with visions of the man Melanie loves - Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body's desires, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she has been tasked with exposing. When outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off on a dangerous and uncertain search for the man they both love.


Review: I am really mad at myself that I let this book sit on my shelf for so long before I read it. I absolutely loved it!!!! OMG! I loved the whole sci-fi thing with the souls and the other planets. It made things really interesting! I found the whole idea of souls invading earth and there being few human survivors in hiding so interesting but such a new and fascinating idea. I mean who would think humans would have to go into hiding on their own planet!!! I also found the souls very very interesting. The fact that they either over took the previous host or the previous host over took them was so fascinating! It took me a little while to get used to when Wanderer/Wanda was talking and when Melanie was talking but I figured it out pretty fast once I caught on.

So lets start with Jared and Jamie right here. Melanie was determined to get to them whether her invading soul liked it or not. Eventually though, when Melanie pushed enough memories of her, Jared & Jamie onto Wanderer she gave in. I'll admit, when Melanie/Wanderer set out on their mission to find Jared and Jamie I was thrilled. When they were found and taken into the cave with the humans I was happy but sad. Everyone reacted bad to Wanderer because she was a soul. Though after a while certain people started seeing that even though Wanderer was a soul Melanie was still in there and they let their guard down slowly. I really loved how over time they slowly learned to trust Wanderer and eventually her let help them when they really needed it. They even gave her a nickname, Wanda.
 
Now, Wanda & Ian. OMG!!!!!!! I loved how Melanie would fight back whenever Wanda and Ian got close, but even that couldn't stop the inevitable. I was so happy at the end when Ian and Wanda finally let out their feeling for each other. I mean yes, it was under bad circumstances but still, they finally let them. I am definitely a fan of Ian & Wanda, like I think I like them even more than Melanie & Jared (though I love the two of them together too).

I was totally crying by the end. I couldn't help it. The ending just had so much emotion in it and after reading all of the book it gets to you! I totally loved the epilogue though. I was so shocked to find out about the other human cells still holding out!!!!!! Just reading the epilogue left me in a state of shock and wanting more!!!!!! Like seriously, we need the next book! Please?

I would DEFINITELY recommend this book to others. If you cant tell by the ginormous letters and the fact that I already said this before, I absolutely loved this book!!!! You must pick it up and read it! :D

5 Stars! 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

In My Mailbox [#11]

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren where we share new books we bought, received, won etc.

This week I bought:

I also got e-books for review of:


  • Annexed by Rebecca McKinnon
  • E-ARC of Cantrip by Rebecca McKinnon (Publication Date: November 22, 2011)
*Thanks to Rebecca for giving me the opportunity to read and review these books!

Whats in your mailbox?!?

Saturday, October 22, 2011

TBR Intervention Challenge [#2]

TBR Intervention is a weekly challenge hosted by Dani@RefractedLight, Anayami@Whatever You Can Still Betray & April@Books4Juliet.
The goal of this challenge is to help each other (fellow readers and bloggers) manage our enormous and constantly growing TBR (To-Be-Read) List. The rules are simple and everyone is encouraged to participate. It does not force you to commit to more than what you can manage to read in a week or so, but participants are encouraged to read at least one book within a week. You are free to choose the book you want to read and commit to this challenge. You may post your entry every Saturday, at the frequency of your choice--EVERY WEEK or EVERY TWO WEEKS. However, we will sponsor this event regularly every Saturday. 

Here are the rules: 

1. Post the book(s) you committed to read in your last TBR Intervention post and tell us something about it. Did you finish it? Did you enjoy it or not? Post the link to your review (if you have one). 
 
2. Post a book that you want to read and already own. Pick something that has been sitting on your shelf for too long now (6 months or longer). Commit to read the book in the next couple of days or week.

3. Grab the TBR Intervention Button and post it on your blog sidebar so you will be constantly reminded of the challenge, making it easier for you to commit. This will also encourage other readers/bloggers/visitors to join the challenge.

4. Add the link to your post in the Linky below and make sure to visit the other blogs. Comment, encourage, and spread the love to our fellow readers. 
Last weeks TBR Book: 
 The Host
Author: Stephenie Meyer 

So I'm almost done with The Host. I forgot how long it takes to read a book over 600 pages so I'm a little behind but I should finish it today. :) So I am successful. I'm mad at myself for not reading it sooner. Like I am really enjoying it! Especially the whole their hiding in a mountain in Arizona thing. I live in AZ so its making me happy that a book actually has AZ in it. :) Not to mention the story is pretty good too! Lol. I definitely am enjoying this book more than I though I would! I should have my review up on this later today when I finish it or tomorrow. I'd more likely go with tomorrow though. Lol. I'll post a link to it when its up. :)


This week I'm committing to read: 
 Lock and Key
Author: Sarah Dessen 

Summary from Goodreads:
"Ruby, where is your mother?" Ruby knows that the game is up. For the past few months, she's been on her own in the yellow house, managing somehow, knowing that her mother will probably never return.That's how she comes to live with Cora, the sister she
hasn't seen in ten years, and Cora's husband Jamie, whose down-to-earth demeanor makes it hard for Ruby to believe he founded the most popular networking Web site around. A luxurious house, fancy private school, a new wardrobe, the promise of college and a future—it's a dream come true. So why is Ruby such a reluctant Cinderella, wary and defensive? And why is Nate, the genial boy next door with some secrets of his own, unable to accept the help that Ruby is just learning to give?


So I chose this book for two reasons. 1. Its been sitting on my shelf for probably at least 8 or so months and it needs to be read. 2. Sam @ Books For All Seasons just recently reviewed this which made me kick it up on my TBR list. So I figure this week is a perfect week to tackle the book. :) 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Follow Friday [#10]

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Its a way to get out there and meet new bloggers and discover new blogs. :)

Q. What superhero is your alter-ego?

Ok, after some thought I figured out one. Storm from X-Men.









Book Blogger HopQ. What is your favorite type of candy?

My fave types of candy are Reeses and Crunch bars! They are so delicious! I also like many more but those are my absolute favorites! :D

Just so everyone knows, Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Jen at Crazy-For-Books

TGIF is hosted by Ginger at GReads. Theres a weekly question and then we do a re-cap of the weeks posts. 


Q. Book Blogs That Make You Smile: Pick 5 book blogs you visit often & think others should, too.

Well. Just so everyone knows I frequent more than these 5 and you can find some of those down the side of my blog but anyways. On to the 5...

Alison at Alison Can Read - I just love Alisons blog. I mean seriously, if you haven't checked it out already you definitely should. Her blog is definitely one of my favorites. :)

Jen @ Almost Grown-Up - I came upon Jen's blog like a month or so ago I think during FF and its definitely become one I like to check out every week.

April @ Books4Juliet - I love April's blog. I may not comment half as much as I should on her posts because she has a lot of awesome ones, but I still check it out multiple times a week and read her posts. Not to mention she just recently started the TBR Intervention Challenge (Shes co-hosting with Dani@RefractedLight & Anayami@Whatever You Can Still Betray)  and boy is it a good one. I might actually be able to tame my TBR pile with the help of the challenge. :)

Sam @ Books For All Seasons - So I actually came upon this blog when Sam followed me on Twitter. I definitely like checking it out every week now. First of all, Sam features some really cool books I never would have even heard of before if it wasn't for checking out the blog. Second of all, Review of Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen. You must check it out! Sam's review actually made me bump it up on my TBR list. :)

Courtney @ Fuzzy.Coffee.Books - Have you seen her blog? Its pretty. Second, she writes amazing reviews! I love reading her reviews, especially on books I've read. I love hearing her thoughts about them and I can definitely agree with some of the things she says in her reviews. 

Weekly Recap:
TBR Intervention Challenge #1
Review: Don't Judge A Girl By Her Cover by Ally Carter
In My Mailbox #10
Review: Matched by Ally Condie
Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Bought Because Of Their Covers
Teaser Tuesday #10
Tune In Tuesday #1
Waiting On Wednesday #9
Review: Only The Good Spy Young by Ally Carter
Review: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Review: Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles
Review: The Summer King by O.R. Melling


As you can tell... I was very busy blogging this week. On the brightside, I got caught up on my reviews! 

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