Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday [#40]

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

Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2)
Author: Laini Taylor
Expected Publication: November 6, 2012

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed "Daughter of Smoke and Bone," Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone was declared a "must read" by Entertainment Weekly, was named a Best Book of the Year by Amazon.com, and The New York Times called it "a breath-catching romantic fantasy."


I am really excited for Days of Blood & Starlight! After all we found out about Karou in Smoke & Bone I'm dying to see what happens next. I definitely want to see what she does with all this new information about herself! 


What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Teaser Tuesday [#41]

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. "She breaks eye contact when a young man comes out of what's left of the building; the roof has been blasted away, probably during some useless riot, and now the structure is covered with canvas. He grips the girl's shoulders and forcibly turns her."

2. "I wonder if he is the father, wonder if he cared for the child in the bundle, or if he just wants to get the disease away from him, to keep it from forming a rash that scabs over ans sinks through his skin. You don't recover from this contagion."

pg. 3 of "Masque Of The Red Death" by Bethany Griffin

Review: Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

Article 5 (Article 5, #1)
Author: Kristen Simmons
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: January 31, 2012
Pages: 364
Source: Hardcover/Library

New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned.

The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.

There are no more police—instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior—instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested usually don't come back.

Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren't always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it's hard for her to forget that people weren't always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. It's hard to forget that life in the United States used to be different.

Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass the random home inspections by the military. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow.

That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings—the only boy Ember has ever loved.


Review: I honestly wasn't sure what I was going to think about this book since I've heard some mixed reactions on it. After reading it though I loved it! The only complaint I have is that I did feel like the story was more set on the romance but besides that I thought it was great. The Moral Statues... Gosh, they were pretty strict! Like they were strict in general but the whole idea of being arrested for them if they just suddenly changed like that day. That would scared me to death. I mean you could go from being safe one day to being arrested for noncompliance the next. That definitely doesn't sound like fun. It also was pretty intense since the people who got arrested were usually never seen again. This dystopian world was definitely interesting and different!

Chase. I couldn't get a read on this guy for a while! I mean one minute he's acting all soldier like and the next he's all Ember's hero. It seriously took me like half the book to see that he actually wanted to save her and that he still cared about her. I was definitely happy that he broke her out of that rehab place. I was disgusted by what went on in there and I honestly don't know if I would have been able to read anymore about it. It was heartbreaking! I mean, how could the government be letting people do that? Even though Chase lied to her to get her to go with him after breaking her out I was happy he did it. She is much better off with Chase and hiding from the FBR than in that rehab center. I was also happy that even though it took Ember so long to realize it, that she did let Chase in after he admitted he still loved her. I honestly believe those two are stronger together than they are apart and they need to stay that way!

5 Stars!

New Releases May 29-June 4

Dreamless (Starcrossed #2) 
Author: Josephine Angelini
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: May 29, 2012

Can true love be forgotten?

As the only Scion who can descend into the Underworld, Helen Hamilton has been given a nearly impossible task. By night she wanders through Hades, trying to stop the endless cycle of revenge that has cursed her family. By day she struggles to overcome the fatigue that is rapidly eroding her sanity. Without Lucas by her side, Helen is not sure she has the strength to go on.

Just as Helen is pushed to her breaking point, a mysterious new Scion comes to her rescue. Funny and brave, Orion shields her from the dangers of the Underworld. But time is running out—a ruthless foe plots against them, and the Furies’ cry for blood is growing louder.

As the ancient Greek world collides with the mortal one, Helen’s sheltered life on Nantucket descends into chaos. But the hardest task of all will be forgetting Lucas Delos.

Josephine Angelini’s compelling saga becomes ever more intricate and spellbinding as an unforgettable love triangle emerges and the eternal cycle of revenge intensifies. Eagerly awaited, this sequel to the internationally bestselling STARCROSSED delivers a gritty, action-packed love story that exceeds expectation.


Dark Frost (Mythos Academy #3)
Author: Jenifer Estep
Publisher: Kensington
Publication Date: May 29, 2012

I’ve seen so many freaky things since I started attending Mythos Academy last fall. I know I’m supposed to be a fearless warrior, but most of the time, I feel like I’m just waiting for the next Bad, Bad Thing to happen. Like someone trying to kill me—again.

Everyone at Mythos Academy knows me as Gwen Frost, the Gypsy girl who uses her psychometry magic to find lost objects—and who just may be dating Logan Quinn, the hottest guy in school. But I’m also the girl the Reapers of Chaos want dead in the worst way. The Reapers are the baddest of the bad, the people who murdered my mom. So why do they have it in for me?

It turns out my mom hid a powerful artifact called the Helheim Dagger before she died. Now, the Reapers will do anything to get it back. They think I know where the dagger is hidden, but this is one thing I can’t use my magic to find. All I do know is that the Reapers are coming for me—and I’m in for the fight of my life.

Darkness Before Dawn (Darkness Before Dawn #1)
Author: J.A. London
Publisher: Harper Collins 
Publication Date: May 29, 2012


This electrifying new trilogy blends the best of paranormal and dystopian storytelling in a world where the war is over. And the vampires won.

Humans huddle in their walled cities, supplying blood in exchange for safety. But not even that is guaranteed. Dawn has lost her entire family and now reluctantly serves as the delegate to Lord Valentine, the most powerful vampire for miles. It isn’t until she meets Victor, Valentine’s son, that she realizes not all vampires are monsters....

Darkness Before Dawn is a fresh new story with captivating characters, unexpected plot twists, a fascinating setting, and a compelling voice. Written under the name J. A. London by a talented mother-son team, the trilogy is perfect for fans of True Blood and the House of Night and Morganville Vampires series.


Other Releases This Week:
Angel Eyes (Angel Eyes Trilogy #1) by Shannon Dittemore (5/29/12) [Thomas Nelson Fiction]
Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti (5/31/12) [Viking Juvenile] 

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Cover Reveals This Past Week!

So I noticed while I was gone there were a few cover reveals (I saw this all on Facebook, so if you follow the blogs Facebook page you probably saw that I shared them on the page). So since both of these books are books I'm really looking forward to I decided to share them even if it's a little late!

Dearly, Beloved (Gone With The Respiration #2) by Lia Habel! As we all know I absolutely loved Dearly, Departed and I cant wait to read this! I do like the cover but I'm not in love with it like I was with Dearly, Departed's cover. But I guess I'll have to wait to see it in person to make a final statement on it. But none the less I'm really excited for this! I need more Bram & Nora!

Blurb from Goodreads:
In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed "Daughter of Smoke and Bone," Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone was declared a "must read" by Entertainment Weekly, was named a Best Book of the Year by Amazon.com, and The New York Times called it "a breath-catching romantic fantasy."


Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2) by Laini Taylor! We also know I loved Daughter of Smoke & Bone and cant wait for this either! After all we learned about Karou in Smoke & Bone I'm so excited to see just where the story is going to be taken next! And I am in love with this cover! I love the red! I think the red fits the title of Blood and Starlight really well! And how pretty does that look around the eye???? I love it! 


What are your thoughts on both the covers? Let me know in the comments!

Stacking The Shelves [#4]

I'm back from my Hiatus. I feel much better (or at least as much better as I can feel with my situation) after taking a week off and being able to just talk to my friends about what was going on. I definitely feel like I can blog again without feeling so overwhelmed. I missed you all!!!

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

Library:

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Hiatus

Hey guys... I have decided to take a hiatus until further notice. I'm dealing with something thats really upsetting me right now and it's taking away my focus from the blog. I need some time to get things together and get myself back into the right mindset where I can focus on things like blogging again. I'm hoping it will only be a week or two but I'm honestly not sure. I'll still be on Twitter if any of you want to talk but otherwise I wont be on the blog until I feel like I can focus on it again.

Stacking The Shelves [#3]

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

Library:

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Review: Faery Tales & Nightmares by Melissa Marr

Faery Tales & Nightmares
Author: Melissa Marr
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: February 21, 2012
Pages: 418
Source: Hardcover/Library

Dangerous promises and beguiling threats swirl together in a dozen stories of enchantments dark and light by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr. Uncanny and unexpected creatures appear from behind bushes, rise from beneath the seas, or manifest from seasonal storms to pursue the objects of their attention—with amorous or sinister intent—relentlessly.

From the gentle tones of a storyteller’s cadences to the terror of a blood sacrifice, tales of favorite characters from Marr’s Wicked Lovely novels mix with accounts of new characters for readers to fall in love with...or to fear.

Lush, seductive, and chilling, Melissa Marr’s stories revel in the unseen magic that infuses the world as we know it.

Table of Contents:
"Where Nightmares Walk"
"Winter's Kiss" (Fairy Tales)
"Transition" (Vampires)
"Love Struck" (Selchies)
"Old Habits" (WL World)
"Stopping Time" (WL World)
"The Art of Waiting"
"Flesh for Comfort"
"The Sleeping Girl and the Summer King" (WL World-ish, the short story that started the series)
"Cotton Candy Skies" (WL World)
"Unexpected Family" (WL World)
"Merely Mortal" (WL World)


Review: I really enjoyed all the stories! Especially the ones from the Wicked Lovely world! That is one of my fave series so jumping into stories from that world was like seeing an old friend. :) I think out of all the WL stories though "Cotton Candy Skies" was my favorite. It brought us back to Faerie after the Shadow Court has settled in. The story focuses more on Rabbit and his adjusting to living in Faerie but it also gave us more of a glimpse of how things have changed with the Shadow Court being there now. I had always wondered how things would be different with the Shadow Court being there now and I finally got a glimpse! I also enjoyed "Stopping Time" because it was Leslie's side of her life after leaving the Dark Court. I always wanted to know how she was living after that, I mean we had some idea in the books but never a full story really from her point of view after Ink Exchange. I did enjoy getting to read about Seth in "Unexpected Family", Keenan & Donia in "Merely Mortal" and the Dark Court after Niall became king in "Old Habits" though even though the first two mentioned were my faves! 

I also enjoyed reading "Transition" and "Love Struck." The vampire story was really interesting. I was expecting a different outcome to that story but I was pleasantly surprised with how the story actually went down. It was interesting. Lol. But I enjoyed "Love Struck" way more! I haven't really read any Selchie stories so it was a new experience for me. I loved the background behind the Selchies and how it was incorporated into the story, but I also enjoyed how it didn't go along completely with the Selchie story and took on a bit of a unique story in itself. I was very happy with the outcome of that story even though I didn't see that being the outcome at the beginning. I also liked the short story that started the Wicked Lovely series, "The Sleeping Girl and the Summer King." I could definitely see how that story really got the series going!

5 Stars!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday [#39]

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

Reached (Matched #3)
Author: Ally Condie
Expected Publication: November 13, 2012

Cassia faces the ultimate choices in the long-anticipated conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Matched Trilogy

After leaving Society and desperately searching for the Rising—and each other—Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again: Cassia has been assigned to work for the Rising from within Society, while Ky has been stationed outside its borders. But nothing is as predicted, and all too soon the veil lifts and things shift once again.

In this gripping conclusion to the #1 New York Times bestselling Matched Trilogy, Cassia will reconcile the difficulties of challenging a life too confining, seeking a freedom she never dreamed possible, and honoring a love she cannot live without.


I loved both Matched & Crossed! I cant wait to see what happens in the end for Cassia and Ky! :D And I definitely cant wait to see what is shifting! 

What are you waiting on? 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten ARC's I Would Love To Get My Hands On For Summer/Fall Of 2012

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. It was created due to their love of lists.

This weeks topic is:
Freebie for those of us that had a hard time with the original topic... So I choose... Top Ten ARC's I Would Love To Get My Hands On For Summer/Fall Of 2012

1. Enshadowed (Nevermore #2) by Kelly Creagh - You guys seriously have no idea how badly I want an ARC of this!!! I LOVED Nevermore and I have been beyond excited for the sequel ever since reading Nevermore!

2. Hidden (Firelight #2) by Sophie Jordan - Another series I love!!! I'm dying to know what's gonna happen! Vanish left me needing more like ASAP!

3. Spark (Sky Chasers #2) by Amy Kathleen Ryan - I really really enjoyed Glow! I'm dying to know what's going to happen next with Waverly & Kieran!

4. Deity (Covenant #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout - I love love love the Covenant series so I'd like die if I got an ARC of this!

5. Flirting In Italian by Lauren Henderson - This book just sounds like seriously awesome! 

6. Once (Eve #2) by Anna Carey - I really enjoyed Eve! I seriously cant wait to find out what's going to happen next in the story, especially with Caleb!

7. The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2) by Michelle Hodkin - OMG!!!! After the ending of The Unbecoming I'm flipping out needing to know what happens next!!!! 

8. Sweet Shadows (Medusa Girls #2) by Tera Lynn Childs - Another one I need after the ending of the first book! The Explosion! I need to know what happens to the girls!

9. Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2) by Laini Taylor - So much happened in Daughter of Smoke and Bone! Nuff said. 

10. Girl of Nightmares (Anna #2) by Kendare Blake - Anna! What happens to her!?!?!?!

Tune In Tuesday: Random Playlists Edition [#2]

Tune In Tuesday is hosted by Ginger and GReads! Its a way to show other bloggers what your listening to and gain more interest in it. :)

So since it's random playlists edition this month I decided I have to do it! I love showing random mixes of my music! Just open up your library and pick a song (or songs) at random to share!

The Sky's The Limit by Jason DeRulo
My boyfriend got me addicted to this song. 

We Found Love by Rihanna

The Webs We Weave by Escape The Fate

Mine by Taylor Swift

Back In Time by Pitbull

New Releases May 15-May 21

Immortal Hearts (Vampire Kisses #9)
Author: Ellen Schreiber
Publisher: Katherine Tegen
Publication Date: May 15, 2012

Athena "Stormy" Sterling is coming to Dullsville, and Raven is both excited and panicked in anticipation of Alexander's little sister's visit. Alexander tells Raven that she and his sister have a lot in common, but can the mini-Raven be everything she hopes for? Alexander calls her Stormy for a reason.

Stormy's visit stirs up the perfect immortal whirlwind. Raven is forced to take a good look at what it would really mean to be a vampire in the Sterling family, aside from some of the things she already loves, like shunning the sun and sleeping in a coffin with Alexander. When Raven compares her life with Stormy's, she can see that it's not all starry skies and black roses. But Raven knows she's always wanted to be a vampire.

Alexander is as romantic and dreamy as ever, and though he keeps showing Raven how much he loves her, will she ultimately be able to convince him that it's the right thing to turn her?

This final chapter of Vampire Kisses' nocturnal romance will keep all mortal and immortal hearts racing.


Gilt (The Royal Circle #1)
Author: Katherine Longshore
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Publication Date: May 15, 2012

In the court of King Henry VIII, nothing is free--
and love comes at the highest price of all.

When Kitty Tylney's best friend, Catherine Howard, worms her way into King Henry VIII's heart and brings Kitty to court, she's thrust into a world filled with fabulous gowns, sparkling jewels, and elegant parties. No longer stuck in Cat's shadow, Kitty's now caught between two men--the object of her affection and the object of her desire. But court is also full of secrets, lies, and sordid affairs, and as Kitty witnesses Cat's meteoric rise and fall as queen, she must figure out how to keep being a good friend when the price of telling the truth could literally be her head.

Kiss The Morning Star
Author: Elissa Janine Hoole
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish
Publication Date: May 15, 2012


The summer after high-school graduation, a year after her mother’s tragic death, Anna has no plans – beyond her need to put a lot of miles between herself and the past. With forever friend Kat, a battered copy of Kerouac’s DHARMA BUMS, and a car with a dodgy oil filter, the girls set out on an epic road trip across the USA. Maybe somewhere along the way they’ll prove or disprove the existence of God. Maybe they’ll even get laid . . .

It’s a journey both outward and inward. Through the Badlands and encounters with predatory men and buffalo. A crazy bus ride to Mexico with a bunch of hymn-singing missionaries. Facing death, naked in the forest with an enraged grizzly bear . . . Gradually, Anna realizes that this is a voyage of discovery into her own self, her own silent pain – and into the tangled history that she and Kat share. What is love? What is sexual identity? And how do you find a way forward into a new future – a way to declare openly and without fear all that lies within you? 


Other Releases This Week:
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (5/15/12) [Hyperion]
A Confusion Of Princes by Garth Nix (5/15/12) [Harper Collins]
As Dead As It Gets (Bad Girls Don't Die #3) by Katie Alender (5/15/12) [Hyperion]

Monday, May 14, 2012

Teaser Tuesday [#40]

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. "Quick. In here," he said, pointing to a supply closet at the back of the room. Thank God it was left unlocked at night, and the door opened easily as Chase shoved me in front of him then stepped inside, quickly closing it behind him."

2. "Just as we heard the door to Mr. Tipkin's room open."

pg. 191 of "Social Suicide" by Gemma Halliday

Review: Social Suicide by Gemma Halliday

Social Suicide (Deadly Cool #2)
Author: Gemma Halliday
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: April 24, 2012
Pages: 277
Source: Paperback/Library

Twittercide [twit-er-sahyd]: the killing of one human being by another while the victim is in the act of tweeting.

Call me crazy, but I figured writing for the Herbert Hoover High Homepage would be a pretty sweet gig. Pad the resume for college applications, get a first look at the gossip column, spend some time ogling the paper’s brooding bad-boy editor, Chase Erikson. But on my first big story, things went... a little south. What should have been a normal interview with Sydney Sanders turned into me discovering the Homecoming Queen-hopeful dead in her pool. Electrocuted while Tweeting. Now, in addition to developing a reputation as HHH’s resident body finder, I’m stuck trying to prove that Sydney’s death wasn’t suicide.

I’m starting to long for the days when my biggest worry was whether the cafeteria was serving pizza sticks or Tuesday Tacos...


Review: I loved this book! An amazing sequel to Deadly Cool! I loved how this was still a serious book with the murder but it had its light, funny times as well just like Deadly Cool! I really loved the word Twittercide! Lol. It totally fit what happened but also put a light note into the story. I absolutely loved Sam's odd funny sentences and words. I found myself laughing so much at some of the things that girl said. I love how Hartley throws herself into her stories! She works her butt off to get the scoop even if it leads her to a dead body and into a death investigation. She is really dedicated! I also loved the thing going on between her and Chase! Lol! It's like she likes him but she she's not sure about it but she cant stay away from him. I am so rooting for them! I think they are so cute when they are alone together and what Chase does to protect her!! I definitely want them to be a couple!!! I mean its like seriously inevitable! 

I definitely loved this book as much as Deadly Cool, in fact more I think. Especially since the murderer was kept a mystery til the very end when it came out just like in the last book! I really didn't see who the killer was coming! I was pretty shocked by it! I honestly thought it would turn out to be one of Hartley's many suspects. Especially with all the motives and reasons she was finding for those people to wanna kill Sydney. I was also shocked that this whole thing with selling answers to tests was way different than what I thought too. I really loved this book! I mean I really thought I had everything figured out but then a bombshell is thrown in and everything turned out way different. I thought this book was really well done and even better than the first! 

5 Stars!

Friday, May 11, 2012

TBR Intervention Challenge [#31]

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:
Fateful
Author: Claudia Gray

I haven't even started this yet... I've been too busy reading some other books and catching up on them, such as the 4th & 5th books in the Soul Screamers Series. And of course I had to start City of Lost Souls when it came in so this just kinda got put off this week.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Follow Friday [#39]

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. This Sunday in the U.S. is Mother's Day, in celebration, what are some of your favorite books with strong mother/child relationships?

I love Clary & her mom, Jocelyn's relationship! Clary did everything in her power to get her mom back in the first three TMI books even though at some points it seemed hopeless. And from the 4th book on her mom has definitely tried to be closer to her and to protect her whenever possible. And I love those little moments between the two of them. I love Clary and her mom!

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

Q. Supporting Characters: We tend to gush over those main characters the most, but what about those supporting roles? Who are some of your favorites?

I love Cinna from The Hunger Games! I also love Harley from Across The Universe, Bradwell from Pure & Ian from The Host!

Weekly Recap:

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Review: The International Kissing Club by Ivy Adams

The International Kissing Club
Author: Ivy Adams
Publisher: Walker & Company
Publication Date: January 3, 2012
Pages: 400
Source: Galley from NetGalley/Publisher

Piper, Cassidy, Mei, and Izzy have been best friends their whole lives. And they've always agreed on one goal: to get out of tiny Paris, Texas, and see the world. The school's foreign exchange program seems like the perfect escape: Piper will go to the original Paris; Mei will go to China; Cassidy will go to Australia; and Izzy, unable to afford the program, will stay at home. To add spice to their semester away, and to stay connected to their best friends, the girls start The International Kissing Club, a Facebook page where they can anonymously update one another and brag about all the amazing guys they're meeting. After all, these girls are traveling abroad: amazing guys abound at every turn! But sometimes fun, flirty vacation flings turn into more serious romances, and sometimes you don't return from abroad the same person you were. Will the girls' relationships-and their friendships-be able to survive?

Review: I thought this book was really cute for the most part! I mean, first of all, who wouldn't wanna be a foreign exchange student?? That would be so cool! Meeting new people, learning about a new culture, exploring a whole new country! I would love that! Personally, I'd be like Piper and go to Paris because I absolutely love Paris! But Australia sounds pretty cool too! I really liked the whole International Kissing Club Facebook page! Not because of the whole kissing as many guys as you can thing, I thought that was weird. I mean, it thought it was so cool that they each met a guy that they could openly talk about with the entire group but not have to give away names or anything. I thought the whole points system for how many guys you kissed was weird though. I honestly like the girls that only got their three points for the one guy they met and really spent their time with. Having a meaningful friendship/relationship with one guy is way better than kissing a ton of different guys, even if your in a different country.

The girls! They all were pretty cool and unique in their own way but I think out of them all I liked Cassidy the most! She seemed the most level headed most of the time and actually thought things through more than the others. She also seemed to be the most loyal friend out of the four, especially after the big blow up between Piper & Izzy! I really disliked how everyone turned against Izzy when she didn't mean for anything that happened to happen. Piper acted like she did everything on purpose. I've been in that spot where your friends turn against you for something stupid that wasn't even supposed to happen. So I really felt for Izzy, because what Piper did to her was really unfair. I also thought it was really messed up that Piper constantly complained about her problems and always tried to make the conversation about her when she wasn't the only one with problems. She acted like the world revolved around her and it didn't. That was extremely unfair to Izzy! She needed someone to talk to and Piper just blew her off and didn't even care. That's why I liked Cassidy the most because she was actually there for all her friends when they needed her. I was really happy that they worked out their problems but I felt like most of the drama between them wasn't needed. Don't even get me started on Germaine! She was just a manipulative jerk! She didn't need to cause half the drama she did but she did anyways just because she thought she was better than everyone else. I thought this book really described high school really well, populars always picking on the non populars and then manipulating them into turning against each other. It felt really familiar. Overall, I thought this was a good contemporary!

4 Stars!

Waiting On Wednesday [#38]

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

Before I Wake (Soul Screamers #6)
Author: Rachel Vincent
Expected Publication: June 26, 2012

Warning! Blurb contains spoilers if you haven't read If I Die yet!

I died on a Thursday-killed by a monster intent on stealing my soul. The good news? He didn't get it. The bad news? Turns out not even death will get you out of high school...  Covering up her own murder was one thing, but faking life is much harder than Kaylee Cavanaugh expected. After weeks spent "recovering," she's back in school, fighting to stay visible to the human world, struggling to fit in with her friends and planning time alone with her new reaper boyfriend. But to earn her keep in the human world, Kaylee must reclaim stolen souls, and when her first assignment brings her face-to-face with an old foe, she knows the game has changed. Her immortal status won't keep her safe. And this time Kaylee isn't just gambling with her own life....

I am so so excited for this!!! I love love love this series! I think that pretty mush sums up what I have to say about it! LOL! :D 

What are you waiting on this week?

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